Division Four North new boys Leyland and Chorley had the perfect start to their season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Bolton seconds.
Leyland had to come from behind in their first game since promotion, but throughout the match they showed they are more than capable of competing at this level.
Things started well for the Fox Lane outfit, with new recruit Mark Swann quickly settling in upon his return to the club.
The home side almost opened the scoring after five minutes, but Mark Collier’s shot was deflected wide by a Bolton foot.
From the resulting short corner, Mark Swann saw his flick well saved, and Craig Wilson looked to turn the loose ball in only to be denied with a foot.
Leyland and Chorley continued to probe, controlling the game and with the impressive defensive trio of Terry Fredericks, James Gallacher and Andy Dunn preventing any Bolton threats with well-timed tackles.
Leyland and Chorley showed plenty of drive, with debutant Matt Wilson looking threatening on the left flank and with Simon Myers, Wayne Johnson, Gary Swann, Rahul Bamania and Jon Willett all making impressive attacking
But resolute defending and some wayward shooting meant Leyland and Chorley failed to score.
And after 30 minutes, Bolton had their first short corner and they took the lead, after a shot sneaked under keeper Andy Wilding.
Leyland and Chorley came out all guns blazing in the second half, and Myers soon picked out Craig Wilson, whose first-time pass picked out Collier, and he made no mistake firing in a low shot.
With their tails up, looked to push on and nearly took the lead straight from the re-start through Matt Wilson.
And Leyland didn’t have to wait long to took the lead as Johnson and Bamania combined well to find Collier in the D, and his quick pass located an unmarked Myers, who rounded the keeper and flicked home.
Leyland and Chorley then scored again when Gallacher broke from the back and released Myers, who found Craig Wilson. He showed excellent composure squaring to Collier and his pull back found Matt Wilson, who fired a shot into the roof of the net.
Collier rounded off the scoring as Bolton tired with a thunderous effort to snsure his side took the points in a fine opening-day display.
n The third team went down to an opening-day defeat against South Lakes seconds, losing 8-2.
But Leyland and Chorley performed admirably against strong opponents.
Debutant Pat Sullivan grabbed his first goal and Matt Evans tucked away another, but it was a tough day at the office for the thirds.