Park United’s defence of their Premier title didn’t get off to the best of starts when the North Devon Football League kicked off on Saturday.
The reigning champions were beaten 2-1 by Torridgeside Reserves at Sandymere.
Torridgeside took the lead when Ollie Kenneally capitalised on a defensive mix-up to tap the ball into an empty net.
After the break Alfie Stevens rounded off a good team move by heading in.
Torridgeside began to tire in the last half an hour, with Park putting more pressure on the visitors.
Tom Summers pulled one back to set up a nervy final 15 minutes, but Torridgeside held on to claim a first win for new manager Tom Hampton.
“We had a young side out and they battled really hard, we had a good shape and we looked dangerous on the counter. I’m really happy with the win,” said Hampton.
North Molton, who finished second last season, were the big winners in the Premier, beating Bradworthy 7-0.
Mitchell Thorne scored a hat-trick for the Stags. There was a brace for Joe Southcott and one each for Jamie Giffard and Lewis Setherton.
Boca Seniors and Shamwickshire Rovers both finished with 10 men in a match where Boca came out 3-1 winners at Mill Road.
Former Shammy player Will Nicholls was sent off for Boca, with former Boca player Carl Holliman levelling the numbers up later on.
Kriss Boreham scored two goals for Boca, and there was one for Craig Sandle. Davey Platt netted for Shammy.
Fremington’s season got off to a winning start with a 4-2 win over Hartland Clovelly at Beechfield Road.
Simon Larcombe scored twice for Fremmy, with Jake Barwick and captain Lee Holding also netting.
Saturday’s other game saw Braunton and Ilfracombe Town Reserves finish their match with a rare result for the Premier – a 0-0 draw.
There were plenty of goals in the Senior division on Saturday, with big wins for both Appledore Reserves and newcomers Boca Seniors Reserves.
The Fishermen beat Senior newcomers Torrington Reserves 7-0 at Marshford, with Luke Arkless scoring a hat-trick.
Matt Fay, Charlie White, Joe Wretham and substitute Nathan Souster also netted.
Boca were also 7-0 winners, beating Barnstaple FC. Will Laramy, Sam Phillips and Kyle Spear scored two each and there was one for Marcus Mahoney.
Danny Brown’s brace helped Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves to a 5-2 win over Ilfracombe Town Thirds. Chris Allen, Oli Cole and Ben Sherborne also scored for Shammy, while James Chapman and Jake Chesworth netted for the Bluebirds.
There were 10 goals at Landkey Town, where the hosts were beaten 6-4 by Fremington Reserves.
Fremington had led 4-0 at half-time, but Landkey battled back from 5-1 to 5-4 to set up a nervy finish.
Billy Wood’s hat-trick helped Fremington to the three points, with Jon Tossell’s brace and one for Sam Lathwell completing the scoring.
Greg Mitchell’s hat-trick ensured Shebbear took all three points from their first game in the Senior. They beat Chivenor 3-0.
Four games in Intermediate One saw wins for North Molton Reserves, Kilkhampton, Merton and Bideford CAFC Reserves.
North Molton were 4-1 winners over Putford, with Jamie Coomber, Michael Hatcher, Adam Jerrett and substitute Jake Turner scoring for the Stags. Simon Grigg netted for Putford.
Ryan Thomas scored four goals in Kilkhampton’s 5-2 win over Northam Lions. Harry Nancekivell also scored for the visitors. Paul Gumbley and Ian Keen netted for Northam.
Karne Elphick and Kyle England scored the goals for Bideford in their 2-1 win over Combe Martin at Moreton Park.
Merton were 2-1 winners over Holsworthy Reserves.
Bridgerule Reserves put 18 goals past Barnstaple Reserves on the first day of the Intermediate Two season.
Alex Parker (6), Nick Purcell (3) and Jedd Peschke (3) claimed 12 of those. Rob Bowdden, Jake Burman, Harry Dymond and Ben Furber also netted.
Braunton Thirds also started well with a 5-2 win over Torridgeside Thirds. Ben Aiken, Toby Bennett, Jackson Coltman, Joseph Grigg and Nathan Martin netted for the visitors. Sam Longhurst scored a brace for T-Side.
Veteran striker Tom Gleeson scored a brace in Appledore Lions’ 4-3 win over Woolacombe. Ashton Donovan and Sam Morris also netted for Lions.
Callum Williams (2) and Liam Rendell scored for the hosts.
Woolsery got off the mark with a 3-2 win over Equalizers, despite finishing the match with nine men.
The new Intermediate Three started with newcomers Kingsley Wizards, Kingsley Park and the returning Lynton all picking up big wins.
Wizards were 9-1 winners over Bradworthy Reserves, which included five goals for Rob Crump.
Four goals for Adam Harris helped Lynton to an 8-3 win over Park Rangers. Daniel Crocombe, Tommy Mirow, Peter Varley and Colin Welch also netted.
Kingsley Park were 6-1 winners over Ashwater, with Kieran Ford scoring a brace.
Hartland Clovelly Thirds were 5-1 winners over Shebbear United Reserves. Owen Pennington and Kieran Chappell each netted twice.
Eastside started their season with a 4-0 win over Braunton, which included a brace for Carter Ward.