BLACK HORSE enjoyed victory on their Bromsgrove & District Football League Premier Division debut as they edged past Alcester Town 2-1.
However, victory for the former Redditch & South Warwickshire Combination outfit came with a negative as Brendan Hicks picked up a serious knee injury which was dealt with efficiently by the emergency services after a long delay in play.
Brad Birch had given Black Horse the lead despite strong appeals from Town for a handball before Matt Layton pulled the home side level.
However, a calamitous error from Town’s keeper Ryan Young, who let a back-pass slip under his foot, allowed Sean Brain to slot home into an empty net to give Black Horse their first ever Bromsgrove League points.
Thomas Brothers secured a 3-1 victory over Belbroughton Athletic thanks to an own goal and strikes from Stuart Hall and Paul Whitehead.
Pilkington Sunday let a two-goal lead slip to share the spoils with Meadow Park in a 2-2 draw.
In Division One, Oak Tree Sporting were comfortable 5-2 winners at Quinton Athletic thanks to braces from Jack Steele and Rory Milbourne and one from Richard Hall.
Luke Crockett and Jake Chinn netted for Athletic.
Bromsgrove League debutants Red Lion also won by the same scoreline over Wychbold RBL courtesy of two goals from Anthony McNally and one apiece from Daniel Bearcroft, Peter Treadgold and Kingsley Smith.
Charlie Driscoll and Ciaran Sheehan netted for RBL.
A ten-goal thriller at South Bromsgrove High School’s 3G pitch saw Sporting Rednal and FC Highgate United share the spoils in a 5-5 draw.
Shaun May (2), Dan Wilkes (2) and Lloyd Newman got on the scoresheet for Rednal and Oli Pugh (2), Brad Murrihy, Kyle Morrison and Loz Martin were on the mark for United.
Elsewhere, Rubery drew 2-2 with Bromsgrove Athletico as Mansfield and Behan scored for Rubery and Woolridge and Wright did likewise for Athletico.
AFC Northfield opened their Division Two campaign with a 4-2 victory over Spa Athletic as goals from Ben Dugmore (2), Sam Chilton and Keith Rostill did the trick for Northfield.
Studley Lions enjoyed a 4-2 victory at Hizza United thanks to a brace from Roland Rignall, a penalty from Habib Buaben and strike from Nick Briggs.
Sporting Club Redditch also enjoyed opening day success as they claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hewell thanks to goals from Dan Sill and Dan Hodgetts.
The other game in the division saw Callowbrook Swifts Green and Awkies Allstars share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Luke Wyatt had given Swifts the lead before Jason Gibbons levelled late on.
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves cruised to a 6-0 Division Three victory at Laburnum courtesy of goals from Gary Moriaty (2), Forde Mackenzie, Craig Sabel, Sam Gray and Philip Bower.
Arrow Valley strolled to a 5-1 victory at home to Rubery Legends thanks to Robert Voice’s double and further strikes from Reece Miles, Jacob King and Nick Rumbold. Jacob Booton netted for Legends.
Cofton Old Boys’ first appearance in the Bromsgrove League ended in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Stoke Prior as Karl Parkinson and Joel Francis netted for Old Boys and Sam Bunn, Andy Dawson and Luke Parker scored for Prior.
Elsewhere, Meadow Park Youth enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Millfield Rovers Reserves courtesy of strikes from James Clayton, Michael Hegarty and Oliver Rainsford. Ryan Wood bagged Rovers’ goal.