WHITE Lion took just 28 seconds to get their 2007/08 Crewe Regional Sunday League campaign off to a flyer.
The Premier Division side struck an early blow against Betley, and went on to enjoy a 4-2 win, with strikes from Andrew Mackenzie (2), Alex Lean and Darren Sumner.
Willaston White Star (Paul Brown) left it late to beat Boot & Shoe Villa 1-0, while defending champions Bentley Motors (Scott Thomas 2, John Scarlett) were pushed all the way by Railway Hotel (Steve Parker, Kev Clark) in a 3-2 win.
Nantwich Wanderers (Ashley Lawton, Calvin Sterry) were thankful for a late winner in their 2-1 success over Flying Lady (David Yoxall).
Nantwich Young Farmers (Richard Ford 3, Andy Williamson 2, Andy Witter, Adam Vernon) thrashed Wrenbury (Wayne Beggs, Graham Mask-ery) 7-2. Wickstead (Caldwell, Hancock, Nicholl) ran out 3-2 winners against AC Wickstead (Boyer 2).
In Division One, relegated Faddiley (Mitchell Hunter) went down 8-1 to Express (Adam Socha 4, Dave Dixon 2, Wilbraham, Griffiths).
Cheshire Rangers (Calvin Haughton) lost 8-1 at the hands of Fox Elworth (Anthony Evans 2, Ian Bloor 2, Steve Bushill, Chris Card, Alex Taylor).
Ben Hickson and Darren Heath were on target for Salvador to sink newcomers AFC Wistaston 2-0, while Beeston Hotel (Andrew Clacher, Henry Buckley, Kevin Rodgerson) won 3-1 against the Vine (Chris Frost).
In the Cheshire and Border Counties League, reigning champions Military Arms (Jackson 3) lost their opening fixture 5-3 to Crewe Athletic (Kempton, Smith, Crimes, Jewkes, Thomas).
Yeoman (Bradford 2, Hart, Melling) won 4-0 over SLB Cars, while Mere Inn (Bostock) went down 3-1 to Scholar Green (Trigg, Gunner, Hassell).
In Division Two, new boys Prince of Wales went down 2-0 at the hands of White Lion (Roberts, Caine), while Brunel (Goodwin, Marsh) snatched a 2-2 draw with Union (Carr, Stoller). Malbank (Brown, Davies, Mason, OG) beat Nags Head (Edwards, Chesters) 4-2.
Goostrey (Mark Leech), Roy Gibbs, Gaz Read) got their Mid-Cheshire Sunday League campaign off to a superb start with a 3-1 derby win over rivals Holmes Chapel.
In the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division, Nantwich Town U17s (Nathan Southern) lost 2-1 to Salford City U17s.
Meanwhile, outstanding eight-year-old Chris Worrell has been signed to a professional youth academy after helping Wistaston Cubs to two league triumphs.
* Nantwich Town host community training sessions for toddlers (aged four-seven) between 9-10am on Saturdays, at the Weaver Stadium complex Youngsters aged seven-11 practice between 10am-11.30am. Keepers practice between 7pm-8pm on Thursdays at the same venue. Call Steve Davis on 07984 089189 for more details.
* Girls interested in playing football are invited to come along to the Alex Soccer Centre on Tuesday nights.
Betley FC are launching a girls squad called the Betley Belles. Girls aged seven and over will practice between 6-7pm. For more details, call 01270 652769 or e-mail BetleyFC@yahoo.co.uk