It was the ideal outcome for Baffins Milton Rovers as they opened up their Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League campaign with a 3-1 home win over Bush Hill.
Dean Harris gave the hosts the lead on 30 minutes before Brad Fairweather struck to make it two on 52 minutes.
Tyler Moret got the third goal on 70 minutes to seal the win.
All the visitors could manage was an 80th-minute consolation goal.
Fleetlands manager Kev Wrapson remained in a positive mood, despite seeing his side lose to a late goal in a 2-1 defeat at Winchester Castle.
Castle struck five minutes from time to leave the visitors demoralised.
‘I felt we did more than enough in the second half to deserve a draw,’ said Wrapson.
‘They dominated in the first half and our goalkeeper Rob Love kept us in the game.
‘We had more of it in the second half and after Craig Haddesley equalised, we felt we could come away with something.’
Haddesley scored on the opening day of the season, after being promoted from the reserves, for the second year running.
‘Maybe it is a bit of an omen,’ added Wrapson.
Central-defender Jordan Cotton and midfielder Jamie Wilkinson both made excellent debuts to leave Wrapson encouraged by the performance.
Two goals in the opening 16 minutes sent Liss Athletic on their way to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Hamble Club.
Liss manager Rich Bessey admitted his team were completely outplayed.
‘Hamble Club are far too good for this league and could easily hold their own in the Wessex,’ said Bessey.
‘I have brought players in with Wessex League experience and we couldn’t get near them.’
Clanfield had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Hedge End Rangers at Peel Park after Darren Ferguson gave them a ninth-minute lead.
The visitors levelled before half-time.
Paulsgrove lost 6-0 at Otterbourne.
Locks Heath went down 2-1 at Liphook.
Marc Holland scored on 80 minutes for Locks.