Skegness United begin title defence with victory
Champions Skegness United started the defence of their title with a win at Hykeham Town.
A goal in each half secured victory for the seasiders.
CGB Humbertherm got off to a good start beating Nettleham 4-1 at Fulstow, while ten-man Lincoln United Reserves bagged three points at Heckington.
CGB Humbertherm 4 Nettleham 1
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Fulstow-based Humbertherm hit four past Nettleham to get their season off to a flyer.
On target for the Therm were Daniel Trott, Joe Burns, Liam Wilkinson and Thomas Avison. Harry Potter netted the Nettles' consolation.
Skegness Town 4 Cleethorpes Town Reserves 0
The day's only hat-trick came at Burgh Road, Skegness, where Town skipper Ben Davison scored a triple.
His first came midway through the first half when he got the final touch on an Andy Parish free-kick that finished up in the back of the net.
McCauley Parker made it 2-0 when he side-footed home a chance at the near post.
Davison headed the third after Liam Parker's shot had come back from the Cleethorpes cross bar.
After the break Davison completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Michael Gardner had been brought down.
Heckington United 1 Lincoln United Reserves 3
Despite having keeper Nathan Burrows sent off, Lincoln United's second string came out on top at Howell Road.
A brace from Ian Ward and one from Ash Stephenson set the victory up.
Andrew Collin was on target for the home side.
Hykeham Town 0 Skegness United 2
Champions Skegness United scored a goal in each half to clinch the spoils at windswept Hykeham.
Jordan Smith gave them a half time lead when he steered the ball home in the 35th minute after being set up by Luke Rayner-Mistry.
The champions did not make the points safe until five minutes from the end when Jamie Coulson fired home their second.
Sleaford Town Reserves 2 Gainsborough Town 2
Last season's runners-up dropped two points at Sleaford after letting a 2-0 half-time lead slip away.
Goals from Leigh Hutchinson and Craig Lill gave them their two-goal cushion at the break, but Sleaford bounced back when the visitors were reduced to ten men.
Sleaford's goals were scored by Ryan Anderson and Nathan Holland.