ON THE opening day of the Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League season the two promoted teams in Division One experienced differing fortunes.
Stour Excelsior lost 4-1 at Bear as Matt Staley bagged a treble and Smith also scored, whilst Carr netted for Stour.
However, Tewkesbury-based WMK started with an impressive 5-0 home win over Eckington with goals from Naser (2), Gibbs, Sklenaar and Pritchard.
Champions Bretforton Old Boys were held 5-5 at home by Broadway United in a thriller. Clarke (2), Richardson, Brown and Gilbert scored for Old Boys, whilst Craig (3) and Thomas (2) were on the mark for Broadway.
Mark Bellamy struck twice for Pinvin United in their 2-0 win at Pershore Athletic, whilst an Elliot Grady treble helped Evesham WMC start with an excellent 6-4 home success over Fladbury Athletic.
Promoted Jacksons Fairfield started life in Division Two with an excellent 3-1 win at Mickleton Rangers as McCall, Scrivens and Corr netted for Fairfield and Beasley scored for Rangers.
Offenham Rovers won 5-2 at AC Olympia with goals from Tomes, Fisher, Kilminster, Keen and Walker and Tesco United overcame visitors Defford/Besford United 2-1 with goals from Williams and Stevens, with Francome registering for Defford.
Veteran striker Lee Diamond struck twice as a new-look Bredon won 3-1 at Alcester Town.
Cider Mill started impressively in Division Three with a 4-1 home victory over Badsey Recreation through goals from Dyer, Hardy, Hands and Hawkins, whilst Cropthorne hit five first half goals at Sun Inn through Topping (2), Dean, J Buthier and T Buthier to triumph 5-1.
Broadway United Reserves edged out visitors Stratford United 3-2 thanks to goals from Rich, Sheridan and Fitzgerald, which meant Clifford’s double was not enough for Stratford.
In Division Four, Dragons powered to an 8-1 home win against visitors Stour Excelsior Reserves with Michael Jennings scoring four and Mullins (2), Wilsden and Mayhew adding further goals.
Bengeworth ran out 4-3 winners in an entertaining encounter at home to new-boys Ruby Jacks as Lane (3) and Burford scored for Bengeworth and Wellan (2) and Jenkins netted for Jacks.
Williams and Gray were on target for Pebworth as they opened up with a 3-1 home win against Ambi Allsports, Harvington hit five without reply at Fortis through Philpott (2), Dallaway (2) and Davey, but the opening day top scorers were Tewkesbury Town who hit nine without reply at home to newcomers Charlton Old Boys through Bennett (3), Tarling (2), Dyson (2), Walton and Pepperell.