Date: Sat 13 Aug 2022
By Steve Whitney
Paulton Rovers were one of nine clubs to open up their 2022/23 campaign in the Pitching In Southern League Division One South with a victory.
A Kyle Tooze hat-trick in the 37th, 70th and 83rd minutes sealed the win for Paulton against visiting Lymington Town.
Leo Eglin added a fourth in the 85th minute, the Linnets having equalised 5 minutes before half-time through Luke Gray.
Newcomers Exmouth Town, Bashley, Hamworthy United and Tavistock AFC all began life at Step 4 with a win, as did fancied sides Sholing, AFC Totton, Frome Town and Wimborne Town.
Exmouth enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win at Oakfields in front of 442 against Melksham Town.
Levi Landricombe – a familiar name from his days at Tiverton Town – gave the visitors an early 5th-minute lead that he doubled 7 minutes later.
Jordan Harris made it 3-0 in the 51st minute and although Luke Ballinger responded a minute later, Melksham couldn’t mount a comeback.
Bashley beat another fancied side, Bristol Manor Farm, 2-1 at home with Lewis Ross putting the Hampshire villagers ahead after 28 minutes.
Owen Howe equalised 4 minutes before the break, but 4 minutes after it, Sam Davidson scored what proved to be Bash’s winner.
Hamworthy made their long journey to Devon worthwhile with a 2-1 win against Bideford AFC.
After Joe Charles had given the hosts an early 8th-minute lead, Lee Francis levelled on 25 minutes and then Aiden Shepherd made the coach trip a lot happier with a winner 2 minutes into stoppage time.
Tavistock will probably pass Hamworthy on the M5 heading back to Devon after a 1-0 win at Larkhall Athletic, courtesy of a 6th-minute Ben Cross effort.
Sholing beat Slimbridge 3-1 on their own patch, with the returning Lee Wort opening the scoring after just 5 minutes.
Dan Miller doubled the Boatmen’s lead 20 minutes later and then after Ben McLean had pulled one back for the Swans on 67 minutes, Dan Mason made it 3-1 in the 76th minute.
Sholing’s neighbours AFC Totton had a terrific crowd of 738 as they welcomed another newly promoted side, Bishops Cleeve, to the Snows Stadium.
And they saw Jack Watts give the Mitres a 10th minute lead.
That lasted 9 minutes before Jireh Oyebamiji equalised and then veteran Scott Rendell won it for the Stags on 57 minutes.
A crowd of 359 saw Frome score a lats stoppage time winner from George Rigg to seal a 1-0 verdict against Evesham United at Badgers Hill.
Wimborne, relegated from the Premier Division South, had 365 at New Cuthbury as they saw off Cinderford Town 3-1 with goals from Dan Bartlett after 8 minutes, Louis Kellaway on 12 minutes, Luke Burbidge on 35 minutes and an own goal.
And the other new boys, Westbury United, gained a first point at Step 4 level after holding Willand Rovers to a goalless draw in Devon,