GOSPORT BOROUGH started life in the Conference South with a 1-0 defeat to Dover Athletic at Privett Park.
Borough were unable to write the fairytale start to a new chapter in their 69-year history as Alex Pike’s men were narrowly beaten on their first game in the sixth tier of English football.
Dover captain Craig Stone scored the only of the game midway through the second half.
Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, however, showed why he is attracting the attention of Pompey with a superb display between the sticks.
And the hosts could’ve knicked a point late on when Sam Pearce’s fierce shot was wonderfully saved by Dover keeper Mitch Walker.
Also in the Conference South, the Hawks earned a valuable point thanks to a goalless draw at Ebbsfleet.
New-signing Dennis Oli – brought in to replace the departed Ollie Palmer – started in attack alongside Sahr Kabba.
He was one of three debutants for the Hawks, with goalkeeper Scott Bevan and full-back Dan Blanchett also making their competitive bows in Lee Bradbury’s starting XI.
An entertaining first half at Stonebridge Road saw both sides threaten, with Kabba in particular proving a real handful for the promotion favourites.
But neither side could find the breakthrough in the second half, and both teams had to settle for a well-earned point.
AFC Portchester survived a scare from Team Solent to progress through to the next round of the FA Cup.
Wessex League premier division side Portchester were thankful to a late Nathan Kirby brace as they dumped their division one adversaries out of the cup.
Louie Castles had put the visitors ahead, before Solent levelled the scores through Dan Brunnen.
Moneyfields sealed their place in the next round of the Cup thanks to goals from Stuart Green and Steve Hutchings in their 2-1 win over Folland Sports.
Meanwhile, Fareham also progressed following a 4-1 victory against Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
John Wilson, Wayne Boud, Ashley Tattersall and Dougie Rowe sealed an emphatic win.