REIGNING Northern Premier League champion Somerset made a strong start to its title defence with a 4-0 win against Prospect Knights yesterday.
Knights were reduced to 10 men in the first 15 minutes after Greg Duffy brought down Kyrone Johnson in the box. Johnson took the penalty but it rebounded off the upright and was cleared.
The Sharks, however, hit the lead a few minutes later through Josh Hoodwin at the back post to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
The home side continued its dominance after the restart, Goodwin scoring his second and Keegan Wells scoring in his 200th game before Goodwin slotted his hat-trick.
Riverside Olympic hit form at the right time, scoring a 7-0 win against Burnie United at Windsor Park.
Chris Wademan opened the scoring from the penalty spot and got his second shortly after but missed a chance to seal a first half hat-trick when his penalty kick rebounded off the crossbar.
Taylor Nielson lobbed the keeper to make it 3-0 at the break. Wademan got his third and forth after the restart, Nielson scored his brace and Liam Poulson popped up for the seventh.
Devonport City had a 4-3 win against Coastal rival Ulverstone after leading 3-0 at half-time. Jake Gleeson scored a hat-trick and Bryce Smith got a single.
Northern Rangers had a 3-1 win against Launceston City with Dylan Headland scoring all there goals. Rangers took a 2-0 lead into the break and went 3-0 up after the restart before City netted a consolation.