Champions FC St Johns get off to flying start in Hitchin Sunday League

The Hitchin Sunday League restarted with day one of the 2022-2023 season.

The Hitchin Sunday League restarted with day one of the 2022-2023 season. - Credit: HITCHIN SUNDAY LEAGUE

The new Hitchin Sunday League began with a bang - and with a new structure.

The plan is the two divisions should give teams more football.

Hitchin Sunday League Division One

FC St Johns got the defence of their title off to a good start with a comprehensive 7-0 win away against Ashwell.

Fairfield Park picked up three points following a 7-1 win in their home game against Buffs.

The game started well for Fairfield, going ahead after five minutes and eventually taking a 3-1 half-time lead.

Four more were added without reply after the break as they wrapped up a big win on day one.

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Coach & Horses won 2-1 at home against Chells Rovers in Division One.

The game between Arlesey Town and The Cock turned out to be a nine-goal thriller with Arlesey coming out on the right side of the 5-4 result.

Atletico 99 faced Engineers Arms but lost out by the odd goal in five while St Ippolyts lost their home game against AC Malone 3-2.

St Ipps opened the scoring after just three minutes but their lead was short lived after AC's Will Paynes sent over a cross for Ben Fairey to level the scores.

A St Ippolyts corner just before the half-hour restored their lead but again it only lasted a few minutes, Curtis Vincent converting a rebound following a save.

There was only one goal in the second half, scored by Malone’s Tyrone Brooks 15 minutes from the end with a lob over the keeper.

Coach & Horses 2 Chells Rovers 1

Arlesey Town 5 The Cock 4

Atletico 99 2 Engineers Arms 3

St Ippolyts 2 AC Malone 3

Ashwell 0 St Johns 7

Fairfield Park 7 Buffs 1

Hitchin Sunday League Division Two

Squirrel Taverners were at home against fellow new boys Troll Campbell in Division Two, the pair eventually drawing 3-3.

Troll took an early lead following a corner before Daniel Bond converted a penalty for the Taverners.

Two more Troll goals left them leading 3-1 at half-time but Joel Mason reduced the deficit before Jake Tyler converted from a corner kick leave both teams picking up a well deserved point.

It was a miserable start to the new campaign for Kimpton as they went a goal down inside three minutes to a stunning strike from The Albion the corner of the box before conceding another three for a 4-0 loss.

North Herts Hatters faced Lea Sports PSG and narrowly edged out the visitors winning 2-1.

Stotfold Juniors started their campaign with a resounding 12-0 win at home against Khoi Khoi.

Almond Tree were at home against another new team to the league in the form of North Baldock and the new boys put in a solid performance to claim a 2-1 victory.

Elliot Flynn and Robbie Wilcock score for them.

It wasn’t such a fortunate debut for the final new team as Feed Up Warm Up lost their away game against Hitchin Rovers 8-0.

The final game of the day saw FC Inter Malone win 2-1 at home against FC Kings.

Squirrel Taverners 3 Troll Campbell 3

The Albion 4 Kimpton 0

North Herts Hatters 2 Lea Sports PSG 1

Stotfold Juniors 12 Khoi Khoi 0

Almond Tree 1 North Baldock 2

Hitchin Rovers 8 Feed Up Warm Up 0

FC Inter Malone 2 FC Kings 1