WEST Bowling, pre-season favourites in most people's eyes for the Bradford Sunday Alliance League title, have been beaten in their opening Premier Division match.
The elements played a large art in their game against visitors Bolton Woods, who trailed 3-0 at half-time to efforts by Aidan Day, Joe Brooksbank and a superb shot from Chris Hanney.
However, Liam Walton (2), Adam Dawson and Andy Howland then condemned Bowling to a 4-3 defeat.
Meanwhile, Peel Park got off to a winning start against dogged Buttershaw Celtic in another seven-goal thriller.
The hosts went in front through a wind-assisted goal by Allan Morley senior, an Adam Turner scorcher soon making it 2-0 before 49-year-old Morley's header at the far post made it 3-0 before the interval.
Peel Park made a terrible start to the second half when debutant Alex Cusack was sent off for bringing down an opponent, although Jamie Brennan blazed the penalty wide.
Nevertheless, it did not take long for Celtic to take advantage of the extra man when they pulled one back shortly after with a Ryan Dunne own goal.
Gaz Stoyles then scored from close range to make it 3-2, only for Morley senior to turn provider late on to send Sean Jack through, the latter finishing superbly for 4-2.
Stoyles then scored from the spot to make it a nervous last few minutes for Park, who managed to hold on for all three points.
Sandy Lane and Stanningley Albion also got off to winning starts against Bradford Moor and George Hotel respectively.
Swaine Green made the perfect start in Division One, beating fellow promoted side Ventus United 7-3.
Green's newly-appointed skipper Andy Lee put in a top performance, scoring four goals – the highlight being his second, which was a curling finish into the corner from the edge of United's box.
Swaine's other goals came from Sam Bradley, who pulled the strings in midfield and had three assists, debutant Antonie Burke taking his goal well. Elliott Holmes rounded things up from the spot after he was brought down.
White Eagles started with a tough test against Bradford Horton Sports but took the lead when a terrific Trinity Brown cross was thumped home from close range by Tobiah Pascal.
This goal appeared to knock the fight out of the visitors and the Eagles dominated the second half from the off. Further goals came from Tate Williams, Jamaine Brown and the impressive Trinity Brown.
Eccleshill WMC, missing a number of players and having captain Joe Sanderson injured as early as the 25th minute, started with a win at home to Queensbury.
After a goalless first half, Chris Lee netted with a wind-assisted free-kick from near halfway and it was soon 2-0 with another long-range free-kick from man of the match Gareth Taylor.
The visitors were unfortunate in having one chance cleared off the line in the first half, Lee Haigh again denying them with a block from a header.
An own goal made it three and Andrew Robinson scored on his debut with a cross that flew in to finish off a good performance.