After a terrible start to the season, Bolton Woods kick-started their assault on the Bradford Sunday Alliance League Premier Division title with a resounding 5-0 victory over a young Ventus Sports team.

Ventus played their part in an entertaining match but there was no stopping man of the match Andy Howland, who hit a superb hat-trick.

Zahir Hussain scored on his debut for the visitors while Dave Wright continued his rich vein of form with another strike late in the match.

League champions West Bowling were also in a goal-scoring mood as they hit seven past last season’s Division One champions Mill Lane.

The first half was even, with the teams sharing two goals, but in the second half Chris Wood bagged a hat-trick to go with his first-half strike in his first appearance of the season.

Leading scorer Joe Jagger was also on the mark for the champions, as were Patsy Hollinger and James Wesley.

The highest scorers in the Premier Division though were Westwood Park, who ran in nine goals in a 9-2 win at Dudley Hill Rangers.

John Penn and Glyn Hurst scored two apiece and 18-year-old Adam Hird hit a brace for the hosts.

In Division 1, Dudley Hill reserves also conceded nine goals, to a rampant Sandy Lane, with Danny Hooks hitting four of them and Stuart Cotterhill three. Ventus United’s Sunday Jonah scored for the Yeadon team but visitors Tyersal replied with four of their own, Ben Kendall bagging a brace.

Paul Blaje scored a terrific 40-yard winner for Buttershaw Celtic in their 2-1 Division 1A victory over Dog & Gun. In an early-season top-of-the-table clash, Bolton Woods Social had the edge over second-placed Bradford Phoenix, winning 3-1.

In Division 1B, Oakworth Juniors continued their fine start to the season with a resounding 8-2 win at Saltaire Rangers, with Joe Kershaw hitting a hat-trick for the visitors and James Gill two.

Heaton Kings Arms’ Ben Barraclough and Craig Gartland scored to put them 2-1 in front against Division 2A visitors Cue Gardens but three strikes in the second half assured the visitors of the three points.

White Hart Eccleshill continue to challenge at the top of the table after a 5-1 victory at Shoulder of Mutton There were plenty of goals in Division 2B, with 11 in the New Tyke Rangers and Eccleshill Sunday match, with the visitors edging home by the odd goal.

Whitburn Athletic and Inter Mill Lane shared eight goals in a thriller.

In Division 3A, Anthony Dyson hit his ninth goal in two games when he scored a hat-trick for Buttershaw Rangers in a 3-2 win at Fleece Clayton.

TCFC had the highest score of the day with a 10-0 trouncing of Jubo Dhol, with Rob Denton scoring four of them.

Grass Greener United’s Luke Holdroyd scored a hat-trick in his team’s 3-2 victory at Red Lion in Division 3B and Scott Davison also fired a hat-trick for Swaine Green as they beat Canterbury 2010 5-1.