BALL Haye Green suffered a heavy defeat on the opening day of the season in the Staffordshire County Senior League.
The Premier Division outfit were beaten 5-1 at home by Norton United.
Kyle Diskin netted twice for the visitors. An own goal and further strikes from Kieran Ball and Aaron Jones completed the scoring. Lee Fower replied for the hosts.
Alsager Town were hit for six by Hanley Town after being reduced to nine men.
Hilton Harriers, who Cheadle Town face away tonight (Wednesday), scored seven times at home to Brereton Social.
Josh Oultram opened the scoring after 17 minutes for AFC Leek Town at home to Florence, before Nick Woods equalised five minutes later and then Dan Biegus put Florence ahead five minutes before half-time.
Dan Heller increased the lead for the visitors in the 49th minute. Will Carney replied a minute later and added a second goal for Leek after 61 minutes.
Redgate Clayton got their season of to a good start by scoring three times without reply away to Wolstanton United.
In Division One, Ashbourne won 2-1 at home to Abbey Hulton after the visitors threatened to steal a point with an equaliser.
Jordan Stevens scored the only goal of the game in the second half for Stapenhill against newly-promoted Featherstone.
Uttoxeter Town took the points at Bradwell with the only goal of the game.
Leek CSOB went ahead at Foley through Sam Peppit one minute before half-time.
Carl Batchelor equalised in the 50th minute but Mitch Cartwright regained the lead for the visitors Leek after 70 minutes and Matt Anderson made it 3-1 six minutes later. Mitch Drayford pulled a goal back four minutes from time.
Redgate Clayton reserves matched their first team's successful start with a victory over Hawkins Sports.
Leek CSOB reserves did likewise in Division Two with a 3-1 success away to The LA, courtesy of strikes from Josh Bowery, Mark Fox and Kieran Wain.
Staffordshire County Senior League First Division
Foley 2 Leek CSOB 3
THE Old Boys marked their return to the Staffordshire County Senior league with a hard-fought victory.
The visitors had to wait until just before half-time to make their possession count, when skipper Sam Pettit fired home.
The second half was much more open and Foley equalised direct from a free kick against the run of play.
Old Boys reacted positively and regained the lead when Mitch Cartlidge stabbed home from close range on the hour mark.
Zak Barker looked to have wrapped things up when making it 3-1, after the goalkeeper could only parry Jamie Pointon's shot.
However, Foley came back strong to reduce the arrears ten minutes from time.
Old Boys held their nerve to see out time and take all three points.
Tonight (Wednesday) Old Boys travel to Walsall to take on Hawkins Sports, looking to build on their promising start to the new season.
On Saturday, they make the short trip to Milton United (2.30pm).
LAFC 1 Leek CSOB Res 3
JOSH Bowery, Mark Fox and Kieran Wain were on target as the Old Boys eased to victory, as their opponents finished the game with 10 men and their manager sent off.
The visitors took the lead when Bowery finished calmly from Macaulay Lewis' cut-back and made it 2-0 when Fox scored from close range early in the second half.
Wain added his name to the scoresheet before LAFC's manager was dismissed for running onto the pitch and pushing CSOB midfielder Rocky Dunn-Fox as he was receiving treatment for a clash of heads.
The LAFC official had to be dragged from the pitch by his players. The second red card of the afternoon was shown to an LAFC defender shortly before Dean Rhodes put the ball into his own net 15 minutes from time. But for a string of saves by the home keeper, the Old Boys would have established a convincing lead by half-time.
The Old Boys and Market Drayton Tigers were the only teams in the in Division Two North to win their opening fixture, with five sides yet to play.
STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES
Wednesday, August 13 (6.30pm)
Abbey Hulton Utd v Brereton Social; AFC Hanley Town v Florence; AFC Leek Town v Redgate Clayton; Eccleshall AFC v Alsager Town; Hilton Harriers v Cheadle Town; Kidsgrove Athletic v Wolstanton Utd.
Foley v Milton Utd; Hawkins Sports v Leek CSOB; Uttoxeter Town v Cheadle SMU.
Division Two North
Eastwood Hanley v Florence; Market Drayton Tigers v LAFC.
Saturday, August 16 (2.30pm)
AFC Hanley Town v Brereton Social; Audley v Kidsgrove Athletic; Ball Haye Green v Hilton Harriers; Florence v Alsager Town; Newcastle Town v Abbey Hulton Utd; Redgate Clayton v Cheadle Town; Wolstanton Utd v AFC Leek Town.
Abbey Hulton Utd v Foley; Betley v Redgate Clayton; Bradwell v Hawkins Sports; Milton Utd v Leek CSOB; Silverdale Athletic v Featherstone; Stapenhill v Cheadle SMU.
Division Two North
Alsagers Bank v LAFC; Betley v Tunstall Town; Congleton Rovers v Florence; Eastwood Hanley v Leek CSOB; Market Drayton Tigers v AFC Alsager.
Division Two South
Brereton Social v Cheadle Town; Hilton harriers v Real Medina; Wolverhampton SC v Cannock Utd.
Monday, August 18 (6.30pm)
Norton Utd v Uttoxeter Town; Redgate Clayton v Abbey Hulton Utd.
Wednesday, August 20 ( 6.30pm)
AFC Hanley Town v Cheadle Town; Alsager Town v Audley; Brereton Social v AFC Leek Town; Eccleshall AFC v Ball Haye Green; Florence v Newcastle Town; Hilton Harriers v Redgate Clayton; Kidsgrove Athletic v Abbey Hulton; Norton Utd v Wolstanton Utd.
Betley v Cheadle SMU; Bradwell v Leek CSOB; Foley v Silverdale Athletic; Hawkins Sports v Stapenhill;
MORE players are needed to strengthen the Leek Town girls' under-14 team
Team spokesman Chris Hesketh said: "Whilst we have a regular committed nine girls, we will be playing an 11-a-side format from mid-September, so we need some new recruits."
The girls participated in Saturday's FA Girls Football Festival at St Georges Park, Burton.