Match abandoned after four sent off

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Spalding Harriers are facing an urgent investigation after tempers flared on the opening day of the season.

The match against Nelson in Division Two of the Boston Saturday League was abandoned after 75 minutes.

Four of the Spalding players were sent off before their management team from the sidelines decided to enter the pitch.

Referee Matt Jackson had the uneviable task of trying to control the game and he had no alternative but to call it off.

His report will spark an urgent inquiry as Nelson were leading at the time 3-1. But the game may have to be played again.

FC Kirton, promoted from Division Three, found it tough going in their opening home match against Westside Rangers. The new boys went down 3-0 and will be looking to strengthen their squad.

After Premier Division champions Wyberton decided to try their luck in the Lincolnshire League, Swineshead Institute must be fancying their chances to go one better this time around after finishing runners-up last season.

They kicked off with a 3-0 win at newly-promoted Ruskington Rovers.

Fosdyke, who have had their problems during the close season with gathering up enough players to get their campaign under way, received a major boost when they beat Division One newcomers Sleaford Colts 2-1 at home.

Fosdyke got the opener with a cool finish from Dan Sansam who rifled the ball into the far corner.

The lead was soon doubled in fine style when Martyn Patterson got in front of his marker to volley home a superb second from Adam Poole’s pinpoint cross.

The second half saw Fosdyke sit deep defending the lead and Sleaford reduced the arrears. They pushed hard for an equaliser and struck the post in the final minutes.

There was little piece of history in Division Three when Eastern European made their debut as the first ever international team of its kind to compete.

And they proved that they could be a surprise package with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Spalding Harriers Reserves.

Wyberton lost to a single strike at reigning champions Skegness Town in the Lincolnshire League.