Champions Leicester City became the first Premier League Champions to lose their opening game at Hull City. Hull took the lead through Adama Diomande on the stroke of half time. A Riyad Mahrez penalty leveled it up but Robert Snodgrass took advantage of some poor defend to give the Humberside outfit the perfect start and bring the champions down with a bump.
Meanwhile in Ronald Koeman’s opening game as Everton Manager the Toffeemen got off to a perfect start with Ross Barkley scoring within five minutes against Tottenham. The Lillywhites improved in the second half though and Erik Lamella got the equaliser just before the hour as it finished a point a piece.
Disappointment for both of the Moon’s Championship sides as both Forest and Derby went down to defeats. Forest went down in the Friday night game at Brighton, Anthony Knockaert giving the Seagulls a half time lead and two goals from Glenn Murray on loan from Bournemouth saw the Sussex side ease to a comfortable win. Derby were equally disappointing at Barnsley with Conor Hourihane’s shot from range rebounding off the post and then off keeper Ben Carson into the net. Hourihane was provider again for Craig Mawson to make it two and seal Barnsley’s first win back in the Championship.
Blackpool’s fine start to League two came to a halt at Morecambe. Brad Potts gave Blackpool the lead but a penalty from Jack Dunn just before half time turned the game. Morecambe dominated the second half and got the winner through Michael Rose finishing off a smart counter attack. Notts County finally got something to build on with a point at home against Stevenage. Ben Kennedy gave Stevenage an early lead to heap more misery on the Magpies but Jon Stead got an equaliser on 15 minutes and hit the post late on as County may have felt they should have won the game, but after a dismal start to the season, a point is at least a starting point to move forward.
Mansfield are in fifth place but were unlucky not to take all three points after a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Cheltenham Town. Mitch Rose gave the Stage a deserved lead Matt Green and Russell Griffiths missed further chances, but Cheltenham got an unlikely equaliser via a 30 yard strike from Finnish international Daniel O’Shaughnessy to earn an unlikely point. Newport County got an excellent win at Leyton Orient. Recovering from their last minute loss against Mansfield last week, the South Wales side earned a 1-0 win through a first half goal from Jamie Turley.
Tranmere Rovers are top of the National League after making it three out of three with a 2-1 win against Eastleigh. Connor Jennings gave Rovers the lead but Adam Dugdale pounced on a loose ball to level the scores. James Norwood missed a penalty with 15 minutes to go but got a second chance in injury and put away his fourth goal of the season to maintain Rovers 100% record. Chester City could not back up their fine win against Dagenham & Redbridge going down 3-1 at the Diva Stadium to Maidstone. Anthony Acheampong put Maidstone ahead, James Alabi equalised before the break. Ben Greenhalge and Alex Flisher got the goals to seal it for Maidstone in the second half with Alabi getting himself sent off late to to complete Chester’s poor day.
Southport got themselves off the bottom of the table with their first win of the seaons, 2-1 at home to Woking. Dennon Lewis put Woking ahead on 13 minutes but Louis Almond had Southport level within six minutes. With two minutes to go Almond was brought down for a penalty and got up to stick it away himself to secure Southport’s first win of the season.
Queen Of The South continued their excellent start to the season demolishing Ayr United 4-1 at Palmerstone Park. Derek Lyle gave Queens the lead and Stephen Dobbie whose return from Blackpool appears to have added some extra professionalism to the side added a second before Half Time. Lyle added a second on 53 minutes, Kevin Nisbet got one back for Ayr but it was mere consolation as Lyndon Dykes, on eof the heroes of the Hibs League Cup win, completed the scoring.
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