The Hawks slumped to a hugely disappointing 3-0 opening-day National League South defeat at Bishop’s Stortford.
A horrendous defensive howler gifted the hosts the lead which, they extended just before the break.
It was hitman Elliott Buchanan completed his hat-trick after the break to seal the Hawks fate.
Gosport Borough laboured to an opening-day National League South stalemate at home to St Albans, with neither side able to break the deadlock in what was an underwhelming game.
Bognor edged to victory in a seven-goal Ryman League premier division thriller against newly-promoted Merstham.
A Jason Prior hat-trick and Gary Charman strike sealed the win for Jamie Howell’s side.
Promoted Petersfield Town made a bright start to life in the Southern League central division, earning a 1-1 draw at AFC Rushden Diamonds after Stuart Green had put Ian Saunders’ side in front.
Moneyfields surrendered a half-time advantage to lose 2-1 to Andover Town in their Wessex League premier division curtain raiser – with all three goals coming from the penalty spot.
Prolific striker Steve Hutchings got the hosts’ campaign up and running from the spot but Brad Benson equalised from 12 yards for the visitors on the hour mark.
And, incredibly, three minutes from time Jordan O’Donnell held his nerve to seal an unlikely three-point haul for Andover.
AFC Portchester made a winning start to the Wessex League premier division season as Alex Baldacchino’s late goal sealed a deserved 1-0 win over Sholing at Wicor Rec.