Nottingham Forest opened their account with a ding dong 4-3 win over Burton Albion at the City Ground. Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring but Burton fought back with goals from Lucas Akins and Lloyd Dyer, but Thomas Lam scored on the stroke of half time and young talent Oliver Burke made it 3-2 in the second half before Assombalonga got his second. Tom Naylor made it a nervy end with a header to make it 4-3 but Forest hold on to get their opening day 3 points.
The excitement at the City Ground to now follow down the Brian Clough Way as Derby drew 0-0 with Brighton, the best chances fell to Tom Ince and Will Hughes but Derby could not find the breakthrough, two home points dropped on opening day for the Rams.
Blackpool who are hoping to put years of problems behind them got off to a great start at home to Exeter City in League 2. Kyle Vassell’s defleected shot gave Balckpool the lead and a Troy Brown own goal sealed the points. Notts County’s opening was less positive as they were well beaten at Yeovil due to first half goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan enough to give the Somerset side a 2-0 win.
An excellent game between two of the Moon’s teams ended in Mansfield taking the points at Newport. Matt Green’s header for the Stage was canceled out by a Jack Compton Free kick. Danny Rose put Mansfield back ahead but a tap in from Joss Labadie made it 2-2 going into the final stages. The game was won with a Kevan Hurst strike from 20 yards in stoppage time to get Mansfield off to a flying start.
Tranmere Rovers got their season off to a great start with a 2-0 away win at Bromley. A first half double from James Norwood was the difference. By contrast Southport were well beaten at Dagenham & Redbridge with goals for Fejiri Okenabirhie, Luke Guttidge & Jordan Maguire-Drew giving the Londoners a 3-0 win. Chester City also went down 3-0 at Gateshead whose goals all come in the second half, two goals from Wes York and a third from Manny Smith got the North-East outfit the points.
Queen Of the South came out with a creditable point against Dundee United. Mark Millar gave Queens a half time lead. A superb individual effort from Nick Van Der Velden saw the Dundee side draw level and they had the better of the latter stages but could not find a winner. An excellent point for the Doonhammers away at the favourite for promotion should give them plenty of confidence.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Nottingham Forest (2) 4 (Assombalonga 2, Lam, Burke) – Burton Albion (2) 3 (Akins, Dyer, Naylor) – At The City Ground, West Bridgeford
Derby County (0) 0 – Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby
Blackpool (1) 2 (Vassell, Brown [OG]) – Exeter City (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Yeovil Town (2) 2 (Dawson, Khan) – Notts County (0) 0 – At Huish Park, Yeovil
Newport County (1) 2 (Compton, Labadie) – Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Green, Rose, Hurst) – At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales
Gateshead (1) 3 (York 2, Smith) – Chester City (0) 0 – At The Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead
Dagenham & Redbrige (2) 3 (Okenabirhie, Guttridge, Maguire-Drew) –Southport (0) 0 – At Victoria Road, Dagenham, London
Bromley (0) 0 –Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Norwood 2) – At Hayes Lane, Bromley
Dundee United (0) 1 (Van Der Velden) – Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Millar) – At Tannadice Park, Dundee
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers)