Fareham Town boss Matt Parr was delighted to get off to a winning start in the Wessex League premier division.
Parr’s men beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2-1, with debutant Sam Knight grabbing both goals.
Club stalwarts Wayne Boud and Graham Lindsay – attacking players by trade – performed well at the back for Fareham, in a makeshift defence.
Parr said: ‘It was a very pleasing start.
‘Holiday commitments and injuries resulted in us fielding a makeshift defence against a side who are always there or thereabouts at the top of our league.’
Parr has signed Pete Murphy and Lee Tigwell from Hayling, while two-goal hero Knight arrived from Alton Town.
The trio all impressed on Saturday.
Ashley Tattersall also had a fine game for Town and keeper Luke Douglas made a fine early save.
Fareham’s opener came midway through the first half.
Knight reacted to score after a 20-yard shot from Bryn McKie was saved.
Full-back Tigwell then set up Knight to score the second goal.
Bemerton replied with an injury-time Tom Roberts penalty.
Parr is hoping his team can take the win and push on.
He said: ‘I have a great bunch of lads and this opening-day win augurs well for the campaign ahead.’
Fareham host Hamworthy United, 3-2 winners over Totton & Eling, at Cams Alders tomorrow night.