Overthorpe's first league game on their new pitch at Ings Lane was a 31 win over Emley. Scott Hargreaves opened the scoring within 5 minutes following great work from Mark Heseldin. Emley equalised with a disputed goal when Richards seemingly headed out of keeper Steven Holt's hands.
The Sports should have scored when given a penalty for a foul on Bonner, but Brook's shot hit the post.They were not to be denied when a neat ball from Milner fed Heseldin who neatly lobbed the ball over the advancing Ryan to give them a 21 half time lead. Emley pushed hard but the Sports held firm with captain Paul Hodgson a rock in defence and Nicky Croisdale in outstanding form whilst Tom Abbott and Liam Bradford gave great support.
The experienced duo of Scot Minto and Dave Kilkenny came on to add steel to the midfield and it was the old head of Kilkenny which finally got Overthorpe the three points when his weaving run from centrefield ended with a left foot shot to the corner.
Overthorpe’s first team overcame a spirited performance from the reserves. Billed  a ‘friendly’, the game proved to be a very competitive affair with Michael Ellis having to leave the field with mild concussion and Elliott Brooke needing hospital treatment for a head injury.
The match was for the Rod Brook and Alan Wood Memorial Trophy and despite the first team taking a lead, from an Aron Kennedy free kick, the Reserves battling back to equalise.
The reserves took the lead and Neil Sykes was gifted a chance to level but he sent his penalty high over the bar. The firsts were again handed a chance as Chapman handled on the line for a second penalty. This time Hiscocks levelled. The game seemed to be heading for a penalty shootout until Lewis Ward scrambled the ball home, from close range, to hand victory to the first team.

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