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Hall – Opening-game derby woe for Hall

NORTHOP Hall got their North League Division Two (West) campaign off to a disappointing start on Saturday as they went down 3-1 to rivals Wrexham at their shared NEWI home.

And it gets no easier for the Smithy Lane outfit tomorrow as they entertain last season’s runners-up Urmston.

Hall were Wrexham’s equals in the first half and only fell behind to a goal they felt should have been disallowed for an infringement.

They deservedly levelled when Alistair Brown’s well struck free hit was deflected high into the net by the onrushing Nick Critchley.

But Hall could not continue their momentum after the interval and found themselves pressed in their own half for long periods, with Wrexham given too much space to go back in front before adding their third in the dying seconds after a short corner strike was only half-stopped by Jon Upton.

Injury-riddled Northop Hall 2nds lost their North West League Division Four opener 3-1 to Oxton 3rds on Saturday.

The hosts, missing captain Edd Jones through a broken arm plus a trio of other regulars, started well, with Jeff Hodgkinson and youngster Jack Iffla combining to good effect, before their inexperience began to show.

Hodgkinson, having earlier gone close with a lob, offered a short-corner reply for Hall, who head to newly-promoted Triton tomorrow.

There were was opening-game Division Seven (South) joy for Northop Hall 3rds on Saturday as they won 5-2 at Bowdon 6ths, a scoreline which did not do their dominance justice.

Dave Singleton, from two short corners, and hat-trick hero Richard Young, with the pick of his treble being a super solo effort, shared the strikes. Stewart Tasker and Kelvin Hughes controlled the midfield, Jac Lloyd-Jones raided the wings, while starlet forwards Aled Lewis and Aled Affleck showed their continuing improvement.

Sweeper Singleton and midfield general Tasker miss tomorrow’s home clash with Wilmslow 2nds.

Northop Hall 4ths were not disgraced in their 2-0 home reverse to a far more experienced Wilmslow 3rds in Division Nine (South) on Saturday.

Newcomers Lewys Taylor and James Challenor linked up well with centre-midfielder Josh Smith and wingers James McDonald and Mike Brown in the second half for Hall, who head to South Cheshire 5ths tomorrow.

Northop Hall 5ths start their North Wales League Division One season at Colwyn Bay 4ths on Sunday.

Northop Hall Beavers were 3-0 winners at City of Preston on Saturday courtesy of hat-trick hero Joe Turner and his man-of-the-match brother Harry.

Hall, who host Alderley Edge tomorrow, were: Jake Foulkes, Jake Jones, Jacob Ellis, Dylan Wright, Kris Wright, Harry Turner, Joe Turner, Thomas Preece, Harpal Panesar, Alistair Owen.