The new campaign kicks off

Action from Hemel United's clash with AFC Boars. Picture by Jim Garnett
Action from Hemel United's clash with AFC Boars. Picture by Jim Garnett

The Berkhamsted Sunday Football League returned with a bang this weekend as Dacorum’s Sunday sides laced up their boots for the start of the new season.

Every team found the net in the Premier Division, with Warners End taking top spot after week one courtesy of a 4-3 win at Berko Tornadoes.

Ned Ozkasim, Liam Roberts and Jake Lilley (2) did the damage for Warners.

White Hart Rovers also started the season with a win as goals from James Heward, Adam Chaplin and Jonny Davies earned a 3-2 win at Flaunden, while AFC Boars edged past Hemel United 2-1 with strikes from Andy Bryant and Jay Austin.

The Robin Hood saw off Gossoms End 2-1 with goals from James Bushe and Joe Jary, while Comets Sports Club and Park Rovers shared a 2-2 draw.

Aaron Lewis and Lewis Cruwys netted for Comets, and Aaron Baverstock helped himself to a brace for Rangers.

In Division One, meanwhile, it was an opening day goal-fest as three teams scored eight goals apiece.

Run DFC thrashed The Middland 8-2 with efforts from Jeffrey Adu (3), Liam Wyatt, Calvin Cader, Kojo Agyeman, Ronald Thompson and Joe Ellis, while Blackbirds Rangers flew past Old Grey Mare to win 8-4.

Ben Butler, meanwhile, raced to the top of the goalscoring charts as he bagged five for Leather Bottle in their 8-5 win at Greenacres, with Tom Carter’s treble completing the rout.

Drays Athletic also got off to a dream start as they romped past Sportspace 6-2 with goals from Meyer Fuller (2), Jamie France (2), Adam Durrant and Russell Kercher.

In Division Two, Doves United – set up by friends of Billy Dove and managed by Billy’s dad Paul – began the campaign with a crushing win over Landrovers.

Connor Deadman bagged a hat-trick, Adel Mannion netted a brace, and Dan Weeks, Callum Dennis and Chad Pinching also got their names on the scoresheet.

Paul said: “This is a fantastic result for our first game and I hope it puts us at the top of our league, where we aim to be throughout the season.”

Comets Reserves were another team to hit the ground running as goals from Craig Linsell (2), Kieran Lanchbery (2), Alex McCarthy, Dave Green and Alex Kingsley earned a 7-3 triumph at FC Intervino, and it was high fives for Echoes who won 5-0 against Tornadoes Reserves thanks to Clint Finley (2), Luke Wood (2) and Robert Mooney.

Mike Wilson was the match-winner for The Bull Athletic at KLCC, and Andrew Voulgaris and Ryan Smith did the damage in a 2-1 win for Inter Hemel Sunday over The Queens Head.

There was a crushing 4-0 win for AC Grapes at Park Rangers Reserves, thanks to goals from Drew Duggan (2), Justin Seymour and Juan Villar, and Echoes Reserves won 3-1 at Boxmoor Rangers with goals from Paul Joyce, David Thomas and Kyle Batchelor.

A Mike Young double earned a 2-1 win for Potten End Sunday over The Three Blackbirds, and Will Sinclair and Anton Eades secured a 2-1 victory for FC Berko at Tring Royals.

Berko Athletic and Hemel Corinthians drew 2-2.

The Old Bell Gate were the big winners in Division Four, beating Poggenpohl 5-1 with goals from Dale Comper (2), Chris Blake, Lee Godwin and Adam Raspass.

Jamie Long struck twice as Rose and Crown beat Boxmoor Rangers Reserves 3-0, with Lewis Downie also on target.

Scott Kosmalski’s double was enough for Drays Athletic Reserves to beat Palace 2-1, while Matt Richardson earned a 1-0 win for AMG United at Sporting Blackbirds.

Ten-man Apsley Athletic, meanwhile, held Herts Fencing to a 0-0 stalemate.