AS THE golden jubilee season of the Morpeth Sunday League got underway, last season’s runners-up in Division One Stakeford Half Moon faced 2009-10 champions Woodhorn Lane.
Honours were even as goals from Andrew Carr and Joe Moscrop for the Moon were matched by strikes from Paul Archer and Andrew Spratt for Woodhorn Lane.
A Josh Hay brace, one from the penalty-spot, saw Amble Pier 81 to a 2-0 win at hosts Stobwood Welfare.
Choppington Traveller’s Rest hosted Bedlington Barrington Arms and took the points with a 4-3 win.
In Division Two, Morpeth Chantry and Blackthorn Rovers shared 10 goals, Chantry eventually edging the match 6-4.
Scores were locked at 3-3 at half-time, but Chantry outscored their visitors during the second 45 minutes to take the points.
Dan Webb and Vitali Bedakuru notched for Rovers, who were also helped by two own goals.
Strikes at the right end came from Ben Fenwick, with a hat-trick, a double from Liam O’Brien and one from Andrew McCabe to see Chantry to the win.
Carl Taylor also got his season off to a great start with a treble, which put his side Amble Dock Hotel on the way to a 4-1 success at home to Morpeth Riverside Lodge. Alex Potts grabbed the other goal for the Dock, while Carl Moat registered for Riverside Lodge.
Ashington RAOB started their first campaign back in the league with a 3-0 win over hosts East Chevington, Adam Ryder, Leonard Lansbury and Craig Robinson the men on target. North End Trap enjoyed a victory by the same scoreline at Newbiggin Bankhouse.
Village Inn, Longframlington and River Coquet drew 2-2.