TWO GOALS in the final few minutes of their game at home to Trowbridge Rangers saw Heytesbury salvage a point in a 3-3 draw on the opening day.
Rangers took the lead on 13 minutes when Brendan Hind put through his own net but Heytesbury were almost level from the restart with Leigh Kennedy having an effort cleared off the line. Their equaliser arrived on 19 minutes as Kieran Edwards and Declan Griffiths combined to set up Kennedy to bring the scores level.
Rangers regained the lead on 60 minutes, with Ross Mather putting them 2-1 up, and when Cameron Thomas made it 3-1 on 74 minutes, manager James Goddard thought it was job done for his team.
But with just three minutes remaining, Hind atoned for his first half own goal with a brilliant solo effort and he was again involved in the last-gasp action as his inch-perfect cross picked out Kennedy, who headed home to level matters.
Calne Eagles, who suffered relegation from division one at the end of last term, would have hoped for an easier opener than they got at home to a much-fancied Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves side.
But Eagles manager Roy Wenham will be pleased with his team’s performance, in spite of a 2-0 loss as his team of youngsters held out for 65 minutes before conceding the opener to a wonderful curling right-footed strike from Michael Cooksey.
Wanderers added their second goal with just 15 minutes remaining as Will Browning playing in Elliot Blanks to slot home number two.
Westbury Town, who failed to win any of their six final games of last season, have a new-look side and they began the new season by overturning a half-time deficit to beat United FC 2-1.
Daniel Wosik saw his first half strike out by a Ryan Earny penalty. United’s keeper Lucasz Bareja had done well to keep his team in the game but he was unable to keep out Westbury’s winner, which was scored by Shane Newman.
On a day of comebacks, Worton & Cheverell must have been satisfied with their afternoon’s work at the Lye in Seend as they came back from 2-0 down to beat Bradford United Reserves 3-2.
Goals from Steve Byant and Ashley Styles had put Bradford in the driving seat and had Josh McGuire had his scoring boots on, Bradford could have been out of sight at the break.
But he didn’t and missed chances were to prove costly as Worton turned the game on its head in the second period. Adam Bewley set up Worton’s first, which was scored by Jamie Wallen, and he played a major part in getting his team level as his assist allowed Scott Stroud to squares things up at 2-2.
Then it was Bewley himself who struck the winner for Worton - after skinning two defenders he curled a stunning strike into the top corner to complete the comeback