Swineshead's Liam Parker and Benington's Gavin Bell do battle.
Swineshead's Liam Parker and Benington's Gavin Bell do battle.

Billinghay Athletic and Swineshead Institute kicked off the Taylors Garages Premier Division season with a hard-fought draw.

In a game of two contrasting halves, Billinghay started well in the first half and last season’s leading goalscorer Jac Wright got his personal tally rolling with the opening strike to put the home side in the lead at halfway stage.

Swineshead responded well after the break and deservedly drew level with a goal from striker Jack Houghton.

In the Taylors Peugeot Division One, Ruskington Rovers entertained new side Rippingale and Folkingham.

Ruskington came out on top in the six-goal encounter following strikes from Mathew Robinson, Callum Johnson, Wes Greenwood and a Luke Llewellyn penalty, as the home side recorded a 4-2 home win. Andy Alyliff hit both of the Rippingale and Folkingham goals.

Wainfleet United took the honours in their local derby clash at Skegness United Reserves following a 3-1 away win.

Dan Elwick, David Parnham and Matthew Broome grabbed the crucial goals for Wainfleet, while Tom Pickett replied for The Skegness side.

In the Taylors Ford Division Two, two goals from ex-Wrangle striker Tom Martin helped Nelson to get off to a flying start with a 3-1 home win against Spalding Harriers. Adrian Dobrianski was also on target for the Nelson and Cameron Cope replied for the visitors.

Heckington Millers won 3-1 at Westside Rangers, with Matt Bates grabbing the Rangers goal.

In the Taylors Vauxhall Division Three, AFC Tetford started their new campaign in the Boston League by hitting six goals at Rippingale and Folkingham Reserves.

Rippingale and Folkingham got off to the worst possible start as they conceded five goals to trail 5-0 at the interval following a nightmare opening. To their credit they competed much better after the break and they were rewarded with a goal from Owen Burley, but Tetford sealed a comfortable victory with a sixth goal.

There was abaptism of fire for another of the league’s new sides as Boston College went one better, hitting seven goals in their opening fixture when they defeated Pointon A 7-2. Nathan Rivett and James Wright both hit two goals apiece while Craig Gosling, Andy Thompson and Jamie Dawson also got on the scoresheet for the College.

Benington Reserves won 4-1 at Swineshead Institute A. Martyn Patterson scored a brace and Gavin Bell and Jason Cade also netted.

There were some early casualties in the Boston league, with Wrangle United and Old Doningtonians Reserves withdrawing before a ball had been kicked by either side, due to player shortages.