Man-of-the-match Alex Want suffered a broken ankle as Pinchbeck United under-15s began their season with a dramatic 3-2 victory.
The unlucky Want will be ruled of action for a while after injuring himself 70 minutes into Pinchbeck’s win over Outwell Swifts under-15s.
Hosts United took the lead after 25 minutes when Nuno Pires broke the deadlock, but Outwell hit back to level on the half hour.
Pinchbeck did re-take the lead just before the half-time interval though, with Elliott Lea making it 2-1.
The scores were level again early in the second period, but there was a break in play when Want suffered his injury nightmare.
When play resumed, Jordan Nicholls fired a late winner to earn Pinchbeck all three points.
• Holbeach United under-15s kicked off their campaign with a decent 2-2 draw against a talented Bourne Town under-15 outfit.
With the Wakes side dominating midfield early on, the young Tigers fell behind when stand-in keeper Dom Ford was controversially beaten following his super save.
That revved Holbeach up and it was no surprise when Jack Issitt levelled with a fine shot from the left-hand side.
Bourne were back ahead early in the second period courtesy of a wonder strike, but Holbeach were far from beaten. Having won a corner, skipper Liam Ford rifled in the equaliser to make it 2-2.
The young Tigers almost snatched a late winner, but Levi Butland fired over from six yards out.
• Holbeach United under-12s were handed a 6-1 home reverse by Leverington Sports under-12s.
After an even start, Sports began to pile on the pressure and rattled the bar direct from a free kick. They had two more shots cleared before they finally got their first goal after 20 minutes.
It was soon 2-0, although Ewan McCracken had a shot tipped over at the other end.
Matt Goodley then had another attempt saved by the Leverington keeper, before they added two more goals to put Holbeach 4-0 down.
The young Tigers did pull one back when Goodley’s corner was fired in by Billy Barnes, but Sports added two more goals late on to add gloss to the win.
• Three late goals handed Spalding United Orange under-14s a harsh 6-2 loss against Ryhall Black under-14s.
Ryhall took the lead in an even first half, only for Oliver Warren to find the net for Spalding with an excellent strike.
The young Tulips fell behind again just before the break as Ryhall made it 2-1.
Black extended their lead with a third goal early in the second period, but Spalding continued to battle and were rewarded with a goal from Sandijs Jonans.
Despite their efforts, a disallowed goal and some excellent goalkeeping by man-of the-match Zack Brown, Ryhall managed to score three more goals before the final whistle.
• A fine George Bevan strike earned Wyberton Colts under-14s a deserved 1-1 draw at Louth Town under-14s.
After a productive pre-season, Colts were full of optimism as they made the long journey north for their competitive opener.
But Wyberton struggled to get a footing in the game and it was Louth that opened the scoring with a 20-yard strike – their only shot of the game
The Colts then started to get into the game, but were still not producing their fluent pass and move football.
Louth packed their defence with nine men after they scored, but Wyberton levelled when Bevan ran from the halfway line and scored with an angled drive from the right.
Cameron Lee, Harry Hancock, Mitchell Teft, Davids Balkens and Scott Waterfall all gave good accounts of themselves, but the Colts were certainly not up to their normal standard and a draw was probably about right.