Chatteris Town bounced back from their opening Cambs League Premier Division defeat against Over Sports by beating Eaton Socon 2-0 on Saturday.
But the win also came with some cost with last season’s leading goalscorer Richie Allen sent off in the 88th minute for violent conduct and now facing at least a three-game ban.
The Lilies were again missing central defenders Stuart Porter and Tony Brown for Saturday’s home game but got off to a tremendous start when Chris Talton scored after just three minutes.
New striker Jake Burton, who showed his goalscoring prowess in the pre-season friendlies, made it 2-0 on the hour and there was never any danger of anything but a Chatteris win after that.
A happy manager Steve Taylor said: “That was a lot better performance.
“We defended a lot better and Sean McKay did a good job for us in the centre of defence.”
Last Tuesday Chatteris found things difficult against a big Over Sports team without Porter and Brown and goalkeeper Ben Collett did not have one of his better games either.
Over took the lead with less than a minute on the clock with a header at the far post.
Allen hit a post for the Lilies but on the stroke of half-time another cross caught out Chatteris as Over struck with a second headed goal.
Chatteris did play better after the break but Over were in no mood to give anything away and defended well, restricting the home side to long range efforts.
Taylor said: “It was not the ideal start but we missed our two big defenders and always looked vulnerable to their crossing. Their early goal meant we were also always chasing the game.”
Wisbech Town Reserves and Wisbech St Mary both opened their Senior A campaigns with wins in their opening games last Wednesday night.
Darren Edey’s Town Reserves had a 2-0 win at Needingworth and he feels things will only get better for his new-look team.
“That was our first game of the season and considering we had not had even a friendly it was not a bad effort. I am sure we can play better and it was physical games like this that we were losing last season.”
Wisbech included first teamers Lewis Thompson, Nick Davey and Sam Murphy and also had the experienced Kevin Leggett starting.
They took the lead after just 10 minutes when Davey’s cross was turned into the net by a Needingworth player.
They then lost Leggett with a calf injury but Sam Cubberley added a second goal after beating four players.
Edey commented: “Kevin has given us some much needed experience and I would like to bring in a couple of wide players. Murphy was exceptional for us in midfield.”
Wisbech are at Wimblington tonight.
Wisbech St Mary started with a 3-0 win against local rivals Wimblington.
They took the lead after 20 minutes when Chris Gunkel crossed for Ricky Bowden to head home.
New signing Wayne Morton added a second from a corner to make it 2-0 at the break.
Substitute Jack Mockford sealed the points with a third goal in the second half.
Darren Hurst said: “You have to be happy with the three points and a clean sheet.
“The new signings – Wayne Morton, Dan Fysh, Sam Bilby and Ben Russell – have all settled in well.”