Boreham Wood Whites have stated their claim as the top dogs of Division C with a thumping 5-1 win at Bishop’s Stortford.
The 2016/17 Champions of Champions have so far cracked in 16 goals from their two outings and look to be serious title contenders.
Having taken an early lead through Toluwani Osiyemi at the ProKit UK Stadium, Bishop’s Stortford found themselves on track to cause an upset against the league leaders.
However, the lead lasted a mere six minutes. Boreham Wood’s Daniel Creese found himself on the end of an Alex Morgan corner for the swift equaliser.
Goals from Nico Pennant and Morgan made sure The Whites had a two-goal cushion heading into half-time. It was more of the same in the second period. An Iliman Ndiaye penalty was followed by Creese completing his brace to round off the thrashing.
Bishop’s Stortford next host Hitchin Town when both teams will be looking for their first points of the season.
At Spikes Bridge Park, London Tigers and Windsor found themselves locked in a seven-goal thriller.
A dramatic encounter saw the home side end the game with nine players on the pitch.
In the second half, Tigers player Yaya Abdul Rahman had a moment of madness and was promptly shown red by the referee. Rahman’s manager, Marcin Ruisecki, described the incident as “shocking” and advised that the club will ban the player.
Following an injury to another player and having used all his substitutes, Ruisecki had no choice but to finish the match with two men down.
With the scores level at 3-3 and the match heading into injury time, Windsor grabbed a dramatic 93rd winner with a header from a corner.
Ruisecki had no qualms with the rest of his brand new squad and saw the match as “a good game overall”.
Luton Town continued their winning start to the season with an emphatic 4-1 win over Hitchin Town who, after back-to-back defeats, remain bottom of Division C.
An early collapse in the Hitchin defence led to an easy opener finished off by Finbar King in the 13th minute.
Luton then looked to take advantage of a Hitchin defence which had conceded 11 goals at Boreham Wood just a week earlier, as Bryn Regarlssford doubled The Hatter’s lead in the 16th minute, just before Joseph West added a third in quick succession.
The second half remained even until the later stages of the game when a Da Silva consolation in the 87th minute sparked the game back into life. However, Iyanu Odesanya added a fourth goal for Luton in the 91st minute.
Elsewhere, Staines Town began their National League campaign with a 1-0 win over Brentwood Town.
Brentwood were in buoyant form coming into the match, having started the season with a 2-1 win over Bishop’s Stortford.
Joe Malcolmson, Michael Clark & Tom Scarborough.
Photo credit: @Boreham_WoodFC.