DIVISION One champions Edgehill started their defence of their title with a hard-fought 2-0 win against a depleted Eastfield St James side at Staxton.
New boss Terry Jenkinson has seen a whole host of players leave the Staxton-based club over the summer, but he saw his side collect three massive points against Bryn Kneeshaw’s side.
Both sides were missing players and the away side weren’t able to name any substitutes for the clash.
In a highly charged and at times niggly contest, Edgehill took the lead when manager Jenkinson’s son Luke managed to capitalise on an error by the Eastfield keeper, who came to collect a cross and spilled the ball for the Edgehill man to overhead-kick into the empty net.
Referee Bill Pashby was a busy man as a number of players managed to make their way into his notebook.
Edgehill doubled their lead when former Eastfield man Jason Prosser beat the keeper at the near post with a half-volley that really should have been kept out.
Edgehill had further chances to extend their lead as both Lee Dennis and Alex Bowman missed chances to find the net.
But their victory was secured and three huge points with it to start their campaign in the best possible manner.
Bryn Kneeshaw’s men will want to bounce straight back when they host Westover Wasps tonight.
Edgehill make the trip to Wilson’s Lane to take on Chris McNeil’s Ayton side in what could be a more difficult clash than many expect for the champions.