NEWLY promoted Fremington could hardly have started their Senior Division campaign in more emphatic style, laying down an early marker with a 10-0 win at home to South Molton.
The runaway Intermediate One winners of last season entertained a Molton side with many of their regular squad unavailable and who had their keeper sent off at the start of the second half.
Once they opened the scoring it was one-way traffic. The visitors had no answer to front-running pair Andy King and Wayne Parkhouse. King netted five goals and the others came from Ryan Crompton (2), Darren Vaughan, Jamie Powe and a 30-yarder from full back Josh Hooper - Parkhouse providing five of the set-ups.
Combe Martin, with five of their former players returning to the fold, refound their winning ways, opening their account with a 4-2 win away to Bude.After a close 70 minutes with the advantage twice changing hands, two goals in the final 20 minutes made the difference. Simon Townsend, Bradley Watkins and Carl Power were the Combe scorers.
Park United and Pilton Academicals shared the spoils in a six-goal nailbiter.
Pilton opened the scoring after 20 minutes through Ben Walters, but Park levelled 10 minutes later with a powerful Stephen Skinner header.
A surging run from Sam Shute opened the way for Mark Hill to put Park in front only for a penalty decision to give Walters the opportunity to give Pilton their second. Skinner struck again to restore the Park advantage, but a Matt Hunt free kick in the dying seconds put the sides level once again.
Lynton and Lynmouth also shared six goals at home to Braunton Reserves.
A Braunton side, with half-a-dozen of last season’s thirds and fourths, went ahead with a goal by Chay West. But Lynton then hit a purple patch to draw level by the break and then pulled into a 3-1 lead. An own goal started the Braunton comeback and Clem Benellick hit the equaliser.
Northam Lions had 16-year-old Tyler Pilkington to thanks for their only goal in a 4-1 reverse away to North Molton Reserves. After a period of uncertainty, the Lions are now hoping to get back on track under the guidance of old boy Neil Peake, who has come back to take control of the club where his playing career first started.
Shamwickshire Reserves and Woolsery fought out a 2-2 draw.
New midfielder Charlie Harding put Shammy ahead with a first half header, but then Ryan Mudway and Craig Hill turned the tables with a brace for Woolsery. When Ben Sherborne was sent off early in the second half the writing was on the wall, but Derek Elston did a sterling job in the Shammy goal to keep Woolsery at bay and Harding snatched the equaliser with three minutes to go.