MBNA made their Division Three debut as the league kicked off a new season last weekend, and they surprised local rivals Chester Nomads by winning 2-1 with goals by Andy Cross and Tim Forman.
Nomads finished a respectable fourth in their first season and will be disappointed with their opening to their second term in the league. Tommy Sutcliffe scored their reply.
In another Chester derby, Upton AA Reserves came out on top against St Werburgh's after Shaun Campbell and Dave Tills netted in a 2-0 victory.
Upton's first team started the night before at Christleton Reserves where they shared the points in a goalless stalemate.
The city's best hope of a second representative in Division One seems to be Blacon YC, who finished fifth last season following a late slump. But on Saturday they had a 3-1 victory at Heswall Reserves where Russell Jones (2) and Jamie Rogers were on target.
Paul Hollifield, a familiar face in Christleton's line-up in the past, has joined title favourites Cammell Laird, but his departure didn't seem to upset his former colleagues who chalked up a 3-0 win at Helsby. Matty Woodward, Steve Kilgannon and Trevor Hallows scoring.
Helsby completed last season with 28 defeats from 28 games, but survived relegation as the top flight was short of its full complement of 16 clubs. They will want to chalk up a win as soon as possible to help erase that bitter memory.
Having lost half of their key players to Cammell Laird, Vauxhall Reserves made a good start to their defence of the title.
Goals by Dave Davies, Mike McLoughlan and Ryan Forde helped them to a 3-0 victory against neighbours Ellesmere Port (formerly Shell).
The Port's other Division One side Castrol Social scored through Ian Parry in Friday's game with Heswall, who hit back to win with goals by Gareth McEvoy and Kevin Ryan.
In Division Two, it was a similar tale of woe for Capenhurst Villa who had Paul Arrowsmith on the mark in a 3-1 defeat by Pavilions (Mike Wheelhouse 2, Paul Gumbs).
Newly-promoted Willaston made a flying start with a win against FC Pensby with a Lee Cairns goal.
Capenhurst Reserves had Ben Powell (2) and Alan Brown on target, but lost 4-3 to Ellesmere Port Reserves (John Coombs 2, Charlie Davies 2), while Grange Athletics' hopes of a winning start were dashed in a 4-2 home defeat by West Kirby Reserves (Jamie Burke 2, Lee Tilman, Mike McGrath). Phil Selby and Carl Burns netted for Grange.