Central Midlands League: AFC Bentley seal derby victory on Keepmoat 4G pitch
AFC Bentley again found the 4G pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium to their liking after they claimed a 2-1 Central Midlands League North Division derby win over Askern.
Ash Evans put Bentley, who are still having problems with their pitch at The Avenue following the December floods, ahead a minute before half-time.
Brad Sykes then doubled their lead five minutes from time.
There was still time for Liam Carrick to notch for Askern, but it proved to be merely a consolation.
Sutton Rovers also got the New Year off to a winning start thanks to a 2-1 victory over Collingham.
Ryan Walker put the Doncaster side ahead in the 14th minute with Adrian Parker adding a second just a couple of minutes later.
When Jake Morrison pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time Collingham entertained hopes of salvaging a result.
But that was as good as it got for them as Sutton held on for all three points.
Third-placed Harworth Colliery, beaten in their last game of 2019, lost their first game of 2020 when going down to a 5-0 at home to unbeaten leaders Newark Town.
Daryl Price stole the show for Newark, scoring four of their goals.
Harworth, who look to have a lot to do in the second half of the season if they are to bounce back after relegation, ended the day in fourth spot as a result of Retford posting a 3-0 win over Thorne Colliery.
Colliery were still in the frame when trailing only 1-0 at the break but their hopes suffered a blow when the Badgers added a second eight minutes into the second half.
Harworth Colliery Reserves cashed in on their chances when routing Nottingham Education an 11-0 beating on their return to Division One (North) action.
Ethan Marsh led the way with a treble and there was also a brace for Lee Naughton.
Tom Pick, Aaron Pickersgill, Luke Jackson, Marley Alder, Elliott Carpenter and Chris Belshaw also found the net.
Epworth Colts also got the year off to a good start, hitting six past Chesterfield Town.
Gary Moment and Harrison Coley both bagged a brace with James Bingham and Ewan Sterling also chipping in.
Crowle Colts lost 5-1 in their Lincolnshire Junior Cup quarter-final tie away at Lincs League side Wyberton.