THE new season of competitive football In York kicked off on Wednesday as the York Minster Engineering League premier division returned to action.

Top of the billing was the clash between recent York FA Senior Cup winners Dringhouses and the ever-consistent Dunnington.

The latter got the better of the clash after a fast start which saw them well on top before ‘Houses had got out of second gear.

Tom Anderson bagged a hat-trick for the visitors with Joe Allerton adding to the Dunnington haul in a 4-1 success.

Sam Ripley-Kitson fires home a free-kick for Dringhouses’ consolation.

Another highly anticipated clash saw Huntington Rovers entertain newly-promoted Strensall Tigers with the visitors’ manager Chris Johnson returning to his former club.

It was not to be a welcome opening to premier division football for Strensall though as they failed to convert their chances in the first half and were duly punished when Rovers’ talisman Chris Dyson headed home from a corner.

A rare mistake from the usually reliable Josh Archer in the Tigers’ goal allowed George Wilson in to make it 2-0 to the hosts before Duke Witter made it 2-1, which turned out to be the final score.

Tadcaster Magnets and Poppleton United enjoyed a festival of goals in an entertaining 4-4 draw.

Jonny Hadley (2), Will Deakin and Tom Charlesworth found the net for Magnets with Reece Holmes (2), Danny Owers and Tom Williams on the score sheet for Poppleton.

Wigginton Grasshoppers enjoyed their return to action with a 5-0 triumph at F1 Racing.

16-year-old Max Bauer found the net on his debut in adult football to start the scoring before Jamie Willstrop made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Jamie Green then slipped in Matt Tiplady for the third before half time before Josh Luckhurst (penalty) and Sam Gough finished the scoring in the second half.

Hemingbrough United and Thorpe United played out a goalless draw in their local derby.