A 4-3 victory for Potterne FC over fellow Division Three newcomers FC Box Steam Brewery saw them chalk up the first victory of the new campaign.
With both teams expected to feature in the battle for silverware, Potterne, who laid down an early marker, almost threw the win away as the Brewery boys staged a spirited fightback before losing a seven-goal thriller.
A Steven House double gave Potterne a 2-0 interval lead and when Wayne House fired home a third it should have been game over. But Brewery rallied and a brace from Reuben Spong got them back in the game.
Phil Webb’s side twice felt they should have been awarded a penalty before Steven House bagged his third and Potterne’s fourth of the afternoon. Simon Parfitt pulled a goal back for Webb’s men but it was a case of too little, too late as Potterne held on to claim victory.
Melksham Town A started life with a resounding 9-0 victory over The Stiffs at the Beeches, Shaw.
Jordan Kirk led the way with a fine hat-trick, one of which came from the penalty spot after Kirk himself was chopped down following a mazy run into the box.
Dan Moore helped himself to a brace and Ashley Groves and James Dark scored one apiece. Jake Sainsbury was introduced 15 minutes into the second half for the goal shy-James Eatough and scored with his first touch of the game before quickly grabbing a second to complete the scoring.
League newcomers FC Trowbridge chalked up an opening day win away at Zeals FC. Natty Mills was the star of the show for Kevin Norris’ side as he bagged a hat trick in their 4-1 triumph.
Mills saw his opener for Trowbridge wiped out by Shane Rendall and he had the chance to restore the lead for his team but missed from the penalty spot.
But Mills atoned when he hit the net for a second time before a stunning overhead effort from Ryan Vaughan and Mills’ third of the afternoon rounded things off for Trowbridge.
The fixture featuring two more of the league’s new boys, Worton & Cheverell Reserves and Aces FC, was postponed with the former unable to raise a team.