MALPAS boss Robbie McWilliams refused to condemn his players after they were crushed by their North Shropshire rivals.
Alport's teenage Iranian sensation Kosrow Hematinafar tore the hosts apart with his blistering pace and vision, bagging two goals and setting up another as Alport raced into a 4-0 lead at the break.
Matters got worse for Malpas when defender Jordan Roberts was dismissed for lashing out at the 16-year-old Persian discovery.
But McWilliams, who will have to rally his troops for the return fixture on Wednesday, insisted the game was closer than the scoreline suggests.
'The first-half was a nightmare for us - we got caught on the hop,' he said. 'There wasn't much between the two sides, but in Kosrow they have a very good player.
'Things improved in the second-half but the damage had already been done. The sending off didn't help us and Jordan knows he's let everyone down.
'But it's good to get a bad performance out of our system early on and we've got a chance to make amends next week.'
Kosrow opened the scoring after two minutes with a stunning 20-yard drive. He added a second shortly after, coolly slotting home from close range.
He turned provider for Scott Thomas to net on 20 minutes, before Gavin Day bundled in the fourth.
The threat of Kosrow was nullified by Rob Clarke for the second-half, while Simon Bradley and Steve Plant went close for Malpas.
Alport boss Andy Allmark was delighted to draw first blood against their big rivals.
'I'm very happy with the result,' he said. 'It was a great team performance and I hope we can repeat it again on Wednesday.'
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MALPAS boss Robbie McWilliams saluted his players after an entertaining start to the Division Two campaign.
While the match was a low-scoring affair, both teams played some great football. Unfortunately, neither could convert their chances to steal the win.
McWilliams, who replaced Tommy Lloyd last month, said: 'I'm delighted with the result as it could have gone either way.
'We finished ninth last year and, while the league is tougher this season, I think a top-six finish is realistic.'
Malpas should have held on after taking a first-half lead through Paul Rowlands, who headed home from Rob Clarke's pinpoint cross.
A scrappy goal for the visitors on the hour restored parity, however.
Gamesley's goalkeeper seemed possessed as he continually thwarted Malpas's new signing Steve Plant.
Fellow new faces Steve Rowlands and Mike Nutt also made their presence felt but to no avail.
It was centre-back Matthew Wilde who impressed most as he picked up the Man of the Match award.
Malpas travel to Glossop NE tomorrow.