The Bathroom Solutions Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance is up and running again with new teams and a new title sponsor, but 21st Century Windows fell victim of a very familiar face when they started their division two campaign with a defeat.
Their 16-goal top scorer Ryan Bradley has moved to Belle Vue Rangers this season and made a goalscoring debut in their 5-2 win over his old club at Common Edge.
Two from Nathan Fairnie along with goals from Bradley, Martin Ireland and Nathan Lydon sealed a 5-2 win for Rangers.
James Berry and Samuel Price were on target for 21st Century.
Overseeing fair play was the league’s longserving referee Mark Errington, who also serves as sales and marketing director for the league’s new sponsors
Nick Johnson’s 21st Century side will be hoping to bounce back and build on last season’s sixth-place finish.
This weekend their focus is the Gledhill Cup and a visit to Marshall Court.
Elsewhere in division two, Chris Allen Garages were impressive 8-1 home win over CTK in which Peter Clarkson scored four. Also on target were Ben Holland (2), Bobby Meikle and Steven Flynn.
Chris Long and Neil Gore scored twice as AFC Wilo brushed past Highfield Social FC 7-1, while Exceptional Kitchens and Teamsport FC played out a 3-3 draw.
Little Fat Jacks had to work for hard for their 4-3 win at Media Print, where goals by David Cram (2), Phil Dodgson and Karl McLeod sealed it. Steven Duffy, Ben Kelly and Stephen Twist responded for the home side. Wesham FC were also opening day winners, 2-1 win over K&B Autos FC thanks to David Bamber and Nathan Shelliker.
Boars Head Thistle have sent out a clear message that they will be going for the first division title with a 7-1 win at Wrea Green in their division one opener, Phil Thompson scoring two of the goals.
The similar-sounding Boars Head (without the Thistle) also made a winning start on the road, 4-1 at Bloomfield Club. They also had a two-goal hero in Craig Harding, while Dean Walsh and Luke Robinson netted too.
All three home sides lost heavily in the top flight, Clifton Rangers crashing 8-4 to Fylde Coast Gates, for whom Kurt Bradley, Carl Faber and Jon Simmons all scored twice.
A&P Autos started life in division three with a 6-3 win over Uncle Toms Cabin, in which doubles from Lee Barker and Chris Truby were added to by Matthew Wannell and Scott Dixon. AFC Burlington went behind at Mamas Kitchen but emerged 5-2 winners thanks to Ashley Bradshaw(2), Josh Evans(2) and Martin Finnigan. Ryan Smith bagged both for the hosts.
Bispham Hotel beat Autoweld 5-0, Lytham Town were 6-2 winners over Marshall Court, and Shovels and Fleetwood Gym shared six goals for a point apiece.
Metrostars are sitting pretty in division four after their 10-0 thrashing of Swift Hound, which included a Carl Hughes hat-trick and a Ryan Hewitt pair.
Old Bridge House celebrated their first Alliance victory, edging past Fylde Coast Vets 3-2 thanks to John Berry, Martin Downs and Kevin Everton.
Albion were more comfortable 5-1 winners over FC Rangers as goals by Joel Cummings, Jason Dean and Joshua Reilly augmented Eric Clayton’s pair.
An own goal earned Fire and Ice a 2-2 draw at Old England, for whom Jason Campbell and Anthony Harper scored at the right end. Jordan Foster was also on target for the visitors.
Dutton Arms were emphatic 7-1 winners at RAOB Layton, where Ashley Casey scored three, Matty Grime two, and Craig Lane and Scott Robinson the others.
Rian Macdonald’s hat-trick was in vain for Swan, as his feat was matched by both Sam Clough and Joe Turner to complete a 6-3 victory for visitors Marton Institute.
Another hat-trick hero was Wyre Athletic’s Daniel Smith, whose goals put paid to Wyre FC ( Matt Gowen) 3-1.
Next week’s featured club: Marton Institute