BIG guns FC United ended Nantwich Town's unbeaten run of 20 games on Saturday, but Dabbers boss Steve Davis insisted: 'That's just round one to them.'
The two clubs are considered among the favourites to win promotion from Division One this season.
Newly-promoted United, formed by Manchester United fans disgruntled at the American takeover of Old Trafford, have cash to burn and hit the ground running, scoring and conceding none in winning their first two games.
Nantwich also started with a league win, and followed up with a 3-1 Cheshire Senior Cup win in midweek, thanks to Andy Bott, Matt Platt and Adam Beasley.
Something had to give, and the Dabbers found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline in front of 2,736 at Bury's Gigg Lane.
But Davis is adamant that United are not to be feared in the long-term. He said: 'They were decent and pressurised us well and created a few chances.
'But I don't think they are as good as Cammell Laird were last year, and we would definitely have got something out of the game if we had played anywhere near our potential. We play them in the League Cup and league again this season, so that's just round one to them.
'We didn't seem up for it, and that is surprising and disappointing. We had plenty of possession but our passing in the final third let us down. We must put that right.
'But we had gone 20 league and cup games unbeaten so I can't complain. We need to go on another 20-game run now.'
Town handed a debut to defender Mark Fitton, who has joined from Kidsgrove. Danny Griggs was unlucky to see his second minute shot blocked, while Andy Kinsey and Paul Taylor both went close early on.
But on seven minutes the hosts hit the front when Rory Patterson was allowed time and space to fire a powerful shot home from 18 yards.
United began to take control and doubled their advantage in the 37th minute. Left-back Alex Mortimer found Simon Carden who lashed past keeper Rob Hackney.
The Dabbers toiled in the second period but failed to inject the necessary urgency into their play, and rarely troubled the home side's goal.
Nantwich visited Trafford as the Chronicle went to press last night. They host Ramsbottom United on Saturday and Atherton next Tuesday evening.