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Champions Greenalls lose first Division One match of the campaign at Knutsford
CHAMPIONS Greenalls suffered an opening day defeat at Knutsford as the Cheshire League season started on Saturday, writes Kat Davey.
Liam Myers scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot with seven minutes left.
Danny Croft gave Middlewich Town, defeated by Greenalls in last week’s Memorial Trophy curtain-raiser, a late first half lead at Billinge.
He scored again midway through the second period before Sam O’Sullivan completed a fine victory soon afterwards.
Lee Webber and Mike Reid both found the net for Pilkington as they started their title challenge with a home victory over Tarporley Victoria.
Elsewhere striker Ged McAllister opened Eagle Sport's account in the first minute only for opponents Styal to restore parity through Nick Stone before the break.
He completed a brace after half time to pinch the points for the visitors.
Gamesley gave newly-promoted Denton Town a baptism of fire, scoring five goals in the day’s biggest win.
Daniel Sisson and Joshua Brand scored early for newcomers Grappenhall Sports only for Garswood United to fight back through goals from Chris Francis and Calvin Birchall.
The story was a similar one at Rylands who surrendered a two-goals advantage against Golborne Sports, for whom substitute Matty Hughes bagged both goals.
However the game of the day was at Linotype, where visitors Lostock Gralam recovered from 3-0 down to earn a share of the spoils.
Kyle Wilding, Michael Brandon and Ryan Jackson were on target for the Grey Lambs before the home team edged ahead again.
But Josh Smith his team went home with a point.
In Division Two, newcomers Whaley Bridge and Sandbach United both recorded victories.
Raymond Dwolitka was on target four times for the former as they proved too strong for Maine Road reserves, while Sandbach came from behind to beat Daten.
Jack Burbidge netted both goals for Runcorn Town reserves in their win at Crewe FC, while Whitchurch Alport won at Congleton Town reserves.
Rudheath Social were grateful to Sam Didsbury as he scored from distance to sink Moore United, while Ant Davies and Matty Wrench authored Barnton’s goals in home draw with Malpas.