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Hodgkins' last-gasp strike secures draw
10:50am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Football
THE McDonald’s Worcester and District League season’s opening day saw newcomers Colwall Village share 10 goals with GDL Athletic in a Sunday Division Three thriller.
Tom Morris and Gavin Hodgkins both bagged braces for Colwall as did Dave Murray for GDL.
Birthday boy Carl Foskett was also on target for the hosts who levelled at 5-5 with the last kick of the game thanks to Hodgkins’ 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.
Malvern side Falcons opened their season with a 9- 1 thrashing of Alumni in Worcester, while Foresters Arms drew 1-1 at Hangover.
In the Premier Division, Joey Haines hit a hat-trick as reigning champions WCT Raiders beat Callow End 4-1.
Ash Millard struck a treble and there were two goals each for Justin Ballinger and Kristian Wood as Upton Snodsbury crushed promoted Colwall St James 7-2.
Malvern Radar also had a tough start after winning Division One with a 100 per cent record last season, going down 3-0 at established top-flight club Perrywood.
Radar play their first home game on Sunday against Martley Spurs at Victoria Park, while Callow End welcome Arrow 2000 and Colwall St James host Heenans.
Powick began life in Division One with a 2-0 home defeat to The Bell at Pensax.
In Division Two, Ian Farney bagged two for Inter Express who were 3-2 winners over Hornets but Malvern Rangers went down 3-1 at home to The Half Way House.
Division Five newcomers Sport Dysons lost 2-0 at GDL Athletic ‘A’ but Leigh and Bransford Badgers won 4-1 at Droitwich Spa Eagles ‘A’ in Division Five.
The early exchanges saw an even affair as both sides looked to settle in and it took a superb 18-yard volley from Eagles to break the deadlock in the 25th minute.
Badgers levelled quickly through veteran striker Steve Dallow’s fine half-volley from Jacob Hooper’s through-ball.
Jack Pearson then put the visitors ahead on the halfhour mark after bursting onto stand-in keeper Callum Price’s long kick.
Badgers defended well before adding further goals thanks to Pearson and fullback Tom Jenkins in the 65th and 75th minutes respectively.
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