LAST season’s top scorer, Luke Murden, started where he left off last term as the new Trowbridge Windows and Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge & District League season returned to action last weekend.

Murden helped himself to four goals as Hilperton United roared to a 5-2 success away at Semington Magpies.

Alfie Francis scored the other goal for United as Jake Abbott and Jordan Field replied for Semington, who were also left to rue a missed penalty.

Newly-promoted Marshfield faced a tricky visit to Melksham Town A and showed they are more than capable of making the step up after coming away with a 4-1 win.

Tom Richards led the way with a brace of goals and Jake Anderson and Ben Hibberd added one each. Melksham’s goal came from Tommy Smith.

Another newly-promoted side, Calne Town Reserves, shared a 3-3 draw away at league newcomers Devizes Town Reserves.

Devizes got off to a good start as they broke the deadlock inside a minute but found themselves 3-1 behind at the break thanks to a double from Brett Fairclough and a strike from Ewan East.

However, the hosts rallied after the interval and Declan Blandford’s brace alongside one from Ben Perrott ensured the points were shared.

Title hopefuls Heytesbury got their season off to a winning start with a 3-1 success at home to Three Daggers.

A Jake Wright penalty and efforts from Charlie Waylen and Joel Sisson saw the home side take the points as Jono Hogarth replied for Daggers.

The final game in the top tier saw last season’s runners-up, Freshford United, begin the new campaign with a point thanks to a goalless draw on their visit to Warminster Town Reserves.

Division Two

DAVID Percival had a storming start to the new season by scoring five times in a 7-2 victory for new team KEW PR against Westbury United Reserves.

Percival scored the first four goals, while his fifth was sandwiched between strikes from Storm Brad and Mark Sheppard as KEW PR laid down a marker for the season ahead.

Westbury’s efforts came from Adam Kenich and Nath Mccafferty.

Two new teams, Staverton United and Dilton Marsh Wanderers, faced each other on the opening day and the former came away with a thumping 6-0 win.

Two strikes each from Stuart McLachlan and Alex Shaw and one apiece for Harry Ledbury and Kye Teague earned Staverton the spoils.

Seend United also got off to a flyer with an emphatic 7-0 success against Greyhound.

Harry Waylen helped himself to hat-trick, while a brace from Tom Clifford and one each for Brandon Georgiou and Lewis McMullen completed Seend’s magnificent seven.

Calne Eagles will be hoping to challenge for promotion this season after their relegation from the top tier last term, and they got off to a dream start with a 6-1 win at The Stiffs.

Two goals from Mickey Taraskevics and one each from Adam Moody, Max Salf, Jake Mizen and Sam Rogers got Eagles up and running. Darren Brewer scored the lone reply.

Barford Hornets are the last new team to the league for the 2019-20 season and they opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Trowbridge Town Reserves.

Trowbridge scored through Gavin Francis and Dan Nicholls replied for Hornets.