Tydd St Mary came out on top in the Division Two derby at Spalding Town on Saturday.
The teams met for the first time since the Saints’ victory in the Spalding Inter Services Cup final in April.
Tydd started much the stronger and took the game to Town but were unlucky to see James Woods replaced after just five minutes with a badly dislocated finger.
Reserve-team player Marcus Gilbertson came on and almost made it 1-0 with his first touch but was denied by the offside flag.
The Saints took the lead on 17 minutes when a free-kick 25 yards out saw Paul Newcombe strike a wicked shot, only to deflect off Spalding Town player Tom Coote’s ankle and nestle in the far corner of the net, giving Brendan Taylor no chance.
Tydd dominated the first half but chances were few and far between.
The second period was a completely different story as Spalding Town came at the Saints with real purpose.
However, the Tydd back line held strong and denied every opportunity.
The Saints could have made it 2-0 on 76 minutes when man of the match Devon Furness was unmarked in the box but saw his header go narrowly wide.
Tydd doubled their lead in impressive fashion with just 10 minutes remaining.
We edged it on the day and I’m proud of the lads’ start to the season.Tydd St Mary manager Carl Wilson
Max Burrell picked the ball up in the centre and slotted a lovely pass through to Ryan Jones on the right wing. His pinpoint cross found Tim Lowe at the far post to slam home with his left foot.
The game was then over as a contest but Spalding still pressed, harried and never gave up as the Saints stood strong and held out for the victory and the clean sheet.
Tydd manager Carl Wilson said: “This was not a pretty game to watch by any means.
“We saw two good sides going at each other in a local derby with neither really conceding much.
“We edged it on the day and I’m proud of the lads’ start to the season. We now go to Crowland next week looking to extend our unbeaten start.”
Declan Sands (2) and Wes Wilson secured a first win of the season for Pinchbeck United Reserves with a 3-2 scoreline away to ICA Sports Reserves.
Peterborough Sports kept the club’s double-pronged title challege on track by inflicting a first defeat of the Premier Division season on reigning champions Moulton Harrox on Saturday.
Sports’ first team are riding high at the top of the United Counties League Premier Division and their reserves have now won six out of eight top-flight games of their own.
Two goals from Liam Merryweather and one apiece for brothers Karl and Gary Gibbs secured a 4-1 win for Sports Reserves.
Marcus Parry replied for Harrox who stay top on goal-difference from Netherton United. Sports are fifth with two matches in hand on all the teams above them.
Tom Randall scored four goals in Netherton’s 6-1 crushing of Crowland Town.
Wisbech Town Reserves eased home 4-1 against Deeping Rangers Reserves.
Langtoft United got back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory at Thorney. Scott Spearink and Ashley Firth both scored twice.
Sawtry scored a 2-0 home win over Holbeach United Reserves who also had Tom Gosling sent off.
Division One leaders Moulton Harrox Reserves maintained their 100 per cent record with a seventh win.
Declan Earth (2), Louis Steadman (2), John Ball and James Thorold earned a 6-2 victory at Riverside.
Second-placed Sutton Bridge United beat Oakham United Reserves 5-2 thanks to Matt Eaton (3), Jake Lally and Samuel Lilley.
Rock-bottom Spalding United Reserves lost 8-0 at home to Stamford Belvedere with all the goals coming in the second half.
Long Sutton Athletic were beaten 2-1 by Warboys Town with Matthew Cawthorn on target.
Holbeach Bank remain unbeaten in Division Four as Jonathan Turner (2), Lewis Machin and Gavin Phillips earned a 4-0 win at Tydd St Mary Reserves.
Long Sutton’s reserves won by the same score at Whaplode Drove.
Tom Cherry’s first-half goal for Holbeach United A was cancelled out by Division Five hosts Feeder Reserves.