Reigning Sunday League champions Newlands Park had to dig deep for an opening day victory over newly-promoted Heslerton.
Dean Storry’s men took a shock lead through Gareth Driver, but an own goal saw Park head into the interval on level terms.
The home side turned the screw after the break and struck the woodwork as they went in search of a second goal, but Heslerton remained resolute and it looked like they might hold on for a point.
That was until 16-year-old substitute Jacob Codling came off the bench and scored a 75th-minute winner for Newlands in his first ever appearance for the club.
Michael Wilson was named the victors’ man of the match for a solid second-half display in the midfield engine room.
Louis Hird was another player who enjoyed a debut to remember when he bagged a match-winning hat-trick as Commercial beat Itis Itis United by a 5-3 scoreline.
Itis Itis took the lead against the run of play when Zac Hansen capitalised on a defensive mistake after 15 minutes, but Robin Coulson restored parity shortly afterwards.
Hird then scored goals either side of the half-time break to put Commercial 3-1 up, only for substitute Ryan Matson to reduce the deficit just two minutes later.
Straight from the re-start, Hird completed his treble when he spotted the visiting keeper off his line and lobbed him from inside the centre circle.
Matson pulled another goal back, but Hird turned provider for Stuart Wallace to make it 5-3 and seal the points for Geoff Osguthorpe’s charges.
A delighted Osguthorpe said: “We played some good football and created plenty of chances, and I think we deserved to win the game.
“After a tough season last time around where we really struggled in front of goal, it’s great to get some early points on the board and net five times on the opening day.
“Louis Hird was outstanding for us, he took his chances well, looked a threat throughout and worked hard for the team.”
Billy Logan also netted a hat-trick to inspire Trafalgar to a 7-1 home win over Fylingdales.
Logan and his strike partner Sean Exley both registered twice in the first period to send Traf into the break with a four-goal lead.
Dean Craig scored the goal of the game to put the hosts 5-0 up, before man of the match Georgie Rose capped a fine display on his comeback from a short-lived retirement with a well-taken strike.
Logan grabbed his third late on before an own goal handed Dales a consolation at the death.
Dave Galway notched a brace as first division newcomers Barrowcliff beat Whitby Wanderers 4-1 at Gallows Close.
Galway was joined on the scoresheet by Will Rowley and James Day, while Billy Arnold netted for Wanderers.
Barrowcliff’s victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that they still managed to pull it off despite having Dom Leith red carded.
In Division Two, First In Last Out made an explosive start to life in the Sunday League when they beat Alma 14-0.
Lee Brennan led the way with a staggering six-goal haul, the former Fylingdales man netting a hat-trick in each half, while Phil Raisbeck also struck five times.
The other goals for Les Brown’s side were scored by Phil Spencer, Jordan Purvis and Daniel Brown.
A penalty awarded in deep into added time helped Barrowcliff Reserves claim a point in a six-goal thriller at Newlands Reserves.
A goalkeeping error gifted Newlands’ Tyler Richardson the opening goal of the game and the hosts’ lead was doubled when Sam Turner found the net.
Barrowcliff hit back when Travis Wood converted from the spot, and it was 2-2 when Ryan Wood set up Sam Mahoney to crack an effort home from 20 yards out.
Luke Rainton crossed for Nathan Barber to tap in at the back post to restore Newlands’ advantage after the break and the home side led until the 93rd minute.
The visitors were then awarded a second penalty kick of the game and Shaun Wood kept his nerve to fire home and earn his side a share of the spoils.
Ayton eased to a 6-1 home success over another of the league’s new sides, Crown Tavern.
After squandering a pair of early chances, Kieran Friett eventually found the net to hand Mark Plumpton’s side a 30th-minute lead.
Subsitute Joe Mills made it 2-0 after the break before a clanger from stand-in gloveman Ben Mason gifted Tavern a way back into the game.
The visitors could not capitalise on their opportunity however and Dan Pickard restored Ayton’s two goal advantage on the hour mark.
Niall Prentice then danced through the away side’s defence to slot home number four before a second goal from Pickard and a Tyson Stubbings penalty rounded off the scoring.
David Mitchell was Ayton’s star performer after a faultless defensive display in his first game in nearly three years.
Defending champions Trafalgar Reserves turned in a typically ruthless performance when they beat Cayton Corinthians 8-2.
Al Wray, player-boss Mike Barker and Sam Pickard all registered in the opening period to give Traf a 3-0 lead at the interval.
Man of the match Pickard - with his second of the game - Taylor Jordan, Luke Jones, Curtis Rose and Wayne Shaw all got amongst the goals after the break.
Fylingdales Reserves claimed a fine 5-2 away win at Roscoes Bar, Sam Russell smashing in a hat-trick in the process.
Dan Richardson and Michael Thomas were also on target for the visitors in a game which they led 3-0 at the break.
Roscoes substitute Carl Hepples scored with a low effort in to the bottom corner shortly after the resumption before Gary Hepples added a second after being sent one on one with the Dales keeper.
Sean Rowley’s header came back off the woodwork as Lee Patterson’s men almost pulled level, but the village side added two more goals to seal victory.
Scott Newland was Roscoes’ man of the match.