MAX Palmer hit a hat-trick as Berinsfield began the North Berks League Division 1 season with a 5-1 thumping of Drayton.

A near six-month gap between competitive matches did not affect the hosts, with Joe Bennett and Michael Hinkin also scoring.

Josh Dennis notched a late consolation for Drayton.

Elsewhere, Lambourn Sports thrashed visitors Dorchester 6-0 and Saxton Rovers overcame Long Wittenham 4-1 at home.

Grove Rangers triumphed 3-2 at Faringdon Town Res, while Hagbourne United beat Steventon 3-0.

In Division 2, Kintbury Dev thumped Hagbourne United Res 5-1 and visitors Watlington Town Res edged out Burghclere 3-2.

Stanford went down 4-2 at Long Wittenham Res, with Letcombe Res beating Saxton Rovers Res 1-0.

In Division 3, Marcham dispatched Steventon Res 10-2.

Sutton Courtenay thrashed Faringdon Town B 5-0 and Frilsham & Yattendon beat Uffington United 5-1.

Hagbourne United A overcame Berinsfield Res 4-2, while Benson lost 2-0 at Drayton Res.