It was a day of mixed emotions at Manor Way as Langtoft United started life in the Peterborough & District League Premier Division with an emphatic win.
Behind the scenes, however, the club were still mourning the loss of avid supporter Tony Meeks and Brian Topham, one of the founding members.
Langtoft and Peterborough Sports Reserves showed their respect by immaculately observing a two-minute silence before the game.
Once the whistle blew it was Langtoft who dominated proceedings and pressed Sports into mistakes at the back.
On 15 minutes Talal Karama, on his return to the village team, made history by scoring Langtoft’s first-ever goal in the top flight, heading home after superb work on the left by Sam Thompson.
Chances came and went for Langtoft and it looked like they might be made to rue those missed opportunities by finding themselves 2-1 down.
However if anything this spurned Langtoft on, with Calum Parker commanding proceedings at the back and leading by example.
The Vikings again began to stamp their authority on the game and after Dan Evans saw his shot saved, Sam Thompson was on hand to stab the loose ball home.
Langtoft’s third goal came 10 minutes from full-time with last season’s leading scorer Evans opening his account after seeing his effort trickle over the line.
Langtoft added a fourth with three seconds to spare – Callum Fox turning and firing low past the keeper.
Manager Phil Gadsby said: “The lads really turned in a top-class performance.
“I think we were very good value for our win and even when we went 2-1 down I still thought if we could find a goal we’d go on and win the game.
“I’d like to dedicate the win to Brian and Tony – two guys who played a big part in helping us get to where we are today.”
Meanwhile, Pinchbeck United got off to a winning start at last season’s runners-up Netherton United.
Three first-half goals by Oliver Maltby, Ashley Murrell and Mark Thompson put them in control and the home side could only pull one back.
Paul Newcombe was on target at Holbeach United Reserves drew at Sawtry.
Deeping Rangers Reserves – beaten 2-0 at Stilton in their opener – lost 5-3 at home to Peterborough ICA Sports on Tuesday. The goals were scored by Ryan Birtles, Thomas Mann and Pearce Westley.
Pinchbeck shared four goals at Moulton Harrox who had Bobby Patterson and Robbie Cundy on the scoresheet.
Holbeach Reserves lost 3-2 to Leverington Sports and Crowland Town went down 2-1 at Thorney.
Long Sutton Athletic’s first point of the Division One campaign came with a 2-2 draw at home to Whittlesey Blue Star courtesy of James King and substitute Steven Robinson.
But in midweek they lost 2-1 to Wisbech Town Reserves as Vince Mackie netted.
Baston substitutes James King and Jimmy Younghusband were on target in a 4-2 defeat at Coates Athletic Reserves on Saturday.
Langtoft Reserves took an early lead through Moddy Santaniello but AFC Stanground replied seven times.