THERE was a big opening day setback for reigning Beacon Sunday league champions Claregate Park Rangers.

They took on arch rivals and newcomers Claregate Park Rangers seconds as a new Concentric Sales and Lettings sponsored campaign kicked off with a local derby.

The outcome was a shock 4-2 triumph for the seconds who struck back from a 2-0 half time deficit to open with a memorable success, writes Dave McLean.

Last term's fourth place outfit Sedgley & Gornal United got the season off to a sound start with a well earned 5-1 home success over newly promoted Trysull Tigers.

Although the Tigers cancelled out United's narrow interval lead, the experienced Rion Francis-Mills inflicted the second half damage with a treble, receiving good support from two-goal Jack Kelly. Trysull's sole response came from Aaron Bolton.

Coseley based Beacon Lions opened their top flight programme with a 3-0 victory at Shere Punjab Wolves, goals from Kieron Grew (2) and Cory Hill.

AFC Sporting Gornal were well pleased with their first day efforts in the Paycare Development Division, a 5-1 triumph at FC Premier 2014, goals from Owen Harris (3), Jordan Robinson and Jordan Meads, with Mason Heard replying.

New boys CTS (Coseley, Tipton, Sedgley) United had Jay Crumpton bagging a hat trick in a 5-1 win against Health District, as Ashley Walker and Jack Gould also netted. The sole reply came from Kash Ismail.

In a tight affair, Sedgley Rangers and Wyrley Juniors shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Reece Frendo's 88th minute equaliser cancelling out Anthony Ison's 35th minute lead for the former.

The Paycare fixture between Gornal Rangers and local rivals Dudley Rangers United was unfortunately abandoned just after the hour mark after one of the latter's players suffered a suspected broken ankle. United were leading 1-0 and the fixture will almost certainly be rescheduled.

The final fixture on day one proved a ding dong affair with Penn Rovers snatching a dramatic 7-6 victory after trailing three times against newcomers Essington AFC.

"That was some game." said Rovers team boss Ian Craig. "It is the first time in our history that we've managed to win our opening match."

Securing three Paycare points for Rovers were James Craig (four), Connor Clifton, Callum White and Jackson Game.