BRIGHOUSE Old Boys caused an opening-day shock as Premier Division champions Bardsey fell to a 2-1 defeat in Lightcliffe.
Bardsey won last year’s title by 11 points from runners-up Beeston St Anthony’s but came out second best against a Brighouse side who finished tenth last term.
Michael Pearson was at the double for Brighouse who travel to Shelley this evening looking to maintain their excellent start.
Brighouse boss Paul Jenkinson was delighted with Saturday’s opening day gambit but warned: “It was a good performance against a strong Bardsey side but this is only the start.
“This is a tough league and we need to turn in strong performances week in week out.”
Beeston St Anthony’s got off to a flier with a 7-3 hammering of visiting Ripon City who finished with ten men after Liam Horton was shown a second yellow card.
Beeston’s Ryan Boden bagged a hat-trick which was backed up by braces from Stephen Crawford and Sean Jeavons.
An Adam Robinson double and Joe Knowlson strike failed to save City.
But Field are the division’s early leaders after Saturday’s 5-0 blitz of visiting Boroughbridge.
Field welcome Horbury Town tonight while Beeston go to a Robin Hood Athletic side who began life in the Premier with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Wetherby Athletic.
Jonny Downey bagged the only goal of the game.
Otley Town also began with a 1-0 victory – at home to East End Park.
Josh Waite was the match-winner, with Otley away at another fast-starting side in Oxenhope Recreation tonight.
Oxenhope edged out visiting Horbury Town 4-3 on Saturday as Dan Moriarty’s double was supported by strikes from Michael Garnett and Scott Nelson.
Shelley shared the top flight’s only opening day draw with visiting Hunslet Club.
Liam Berry netted for the hosts with substitute Connor Charlton on target for the visitors.
Leeds City begin their campaign this evening at home to Wetherby Athletic while Knaresborough Town get going at Ripon City.
Hunslet Club also welcome East End Park.
Recently relegated Carlton Athletic signalled their Division One title intentions with an opening day 6-2 romp at Thornhill.
James Kitson’s treble was backed up a goal apiece from Reece Fennell, Tom Griffiths and Joseph Tetley.
Whitkirk Wanderers crashed to a 5-1 loss at Stanley United.
Stanley’s Benjamin Andrew, Stuart Davies, Russell Gill, Ben Huntington and Lewis Lee were all on the scoresheet.
Kippax began with a bang as visiting Old Centralians were blown away 5-2.
A Joseph Thorpe hat-trick and Richard Jackson brace for the home side settled the tie with Aaron Rothery and Christopher Ward the finding the net for the Centralians.
Pool were victorious 4-1 at Headingley AFC.
Thomas Fielding struck twice for the visitors with Temilade Ajimoko and Steven Preston also hitting the back of the net.
Ilkley Town obliged 3-2 at Swillington Saints as Adam Fowler’s brace was backed up by a Damian Smith strike.
Adam Wood and Jamie Davies hit home for Saints.
Wyke Wanderers shared one of two opening day second- tier draws with Aberford Albion as their clash ended 3-3.
Aiden Day, Ian Horrocks and James Tucker were on the Wyke goal trail.
Old Modernians and visiting Featherstone Colliery played out a 1-1 stalemate.
As part of a full list of fixtures this evening, Altofts and Howden Clough start their seasons at home to Thornhill and away at Ikley Town respectively.
Hartshead are Division Two’s early leaders after a 4-2 victory at home to league new boys Hall Green United.
Owan Asquith, Jon Jo Keogh, Nicholas Lambert and Jamie Wasley were all on target for the hosts.
Garforth Rangers began with a 2-0 triumph at Ossett Common Rovers.
Both goals came from Matthew Marshall with the hosts losing Philip Reeday to a straight red card.
Normanton Woodhouse Hill were celebrating after a 2-0 verdict at home to Baildon Trinity Athletic.
Great Preston overcame visitors Sherburn White Rose 3-2.
Connor Booth and Lee Grainger struck for Sherburn but their efforts were rendered meaningless as Tom Davis, Arron Flint and Ashley Hoddell all registered for Preston.
Rothwell Town edged a 2-1 victory at Mount St Mary’s.
Scott Carter and Michael Walpole were the goal heroes for Rothwell in the face of a Gary Fawcett effort for Mount.
Yorkshire Amateur obliged 2-1 at Fryston.
Abishaia Blair and John Watson struck for Ammers with Dale Somerville the solitary Fryston scorer.
The division’s only draw was a 3-3 cracker between Kellingley Welfare and visiting Barwick.
Kellingley had goal men Robert Anderson, James Bird and Brett Smith to thank for getting them a point.
As part of a full round of fixtures, Glasshoughton Welfare begin their campaign tonight at home to Rothwell Town with Middleton Park starting off at Hartshead.
In the Alliance Division One, Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves got their campaign off to a perfect start at home to Headingley AFC Reserves.
Whitkirk thrashed Headingley 9-1, to go top after the opening round.
Hunslet Club Reserves came out on top against Oxenhope Recreation Reserves in a five-goal thriller.
A goal from defender Ryan Gosney and a double from striker Danny Walker were enough to put paid to Oxenhope, whose goals came from Liam Blacka and William Lee.
Ilkley Town Reserves got off to the worst possible start, losing 4-0 at home against Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves.
A double from Paul Taylor and a Mitchum Hirst goal helped Brighouse Old Boys Reserves beat Aberford Albion Reserves 3-0.
Robin Hood Athletic Reserves’ Scott Jackson saw red as his side went down 2-1 at home to Wetherby Athletic Reserves.
Paul Stafford scored for the home side but goals from Harvey Rawnsley and Scott Westerman sealed the win for Wetherby.
Leeds City Reserves won 4-2 away at East End Park Reserves to get their campaign off to a cracking start.
Alex Miller, Jamie Instone, Jake McCann-Tomlin and substitute Richard Goodall all scored for Leeds to seal the win.
A goal from Matthew White was mere consolation for Boroughbridge Reserves, who went down 4-1 at home to Field Reserves.
In the Alliance Division Two, the game of the day was a 14-goal thriller between Sherburn White Rose Reserves and Middleton Park Reserves, with Sherburn winning 8-6.
Elsewhere there were wins for Barwick Reserves, Hall Green United Reserves and Ripon City Reserves.
Pool Reserves and Howden Clough Reserves played out a 2-2 draw, and Rothwell Town Reserves’ game with Ripon City Reserves finished 1-1.