Knaresborough Town made their first ever visit to Clipstone Welfare near Mansfield and were disappointed to lose out to a goal in each half to their fellow newcomers to the Northern Counties East League Division One.
The home side went ahead in the seventh minute when a Steve Owens centre from the right was headed over Jack Rushworth by Gavin King.
Jimmy Adcock then broke free for the home side but shot wide as Rushworth advanced, but then Matt Thompson headed wide from Dan Clayton’s cross as Knaresborough finally created a chance.
Captain Gary Panting headed over twice for Clipstone as they continued to press with King firing wide from distance and Brandon Shaw heading wide from a corner.
Rushworth then saved from substitute Jamie Tryner as the home side ended the half well on top.
The half time team talk seemed to have prompted more action from ‘Boro’ and they were on top for the first part of the second period.
Dan Clayton fired over from a free kick and Thompson was again wide with a header from Matt Donnelly’s corner.
Ben Clayton came closest to a Knaresborough goal when his header from his brother’s corner met the crossbar and goalkeeper Jamie Davies’ hand at the same time but flew clear.
Dan Clayton then shot wide from another Donnelly corner, but the pressure came to nought and when possession was conceded in the Knaresborough half, King was unmarked from a short pass and lobbed gently into goal in the 63rd minute.
Far from being demoralised, ‘Boro’ continued to look for goal making three substitutions in the process.
Thompson was again wide, Dan Clayton far off the mark with another free kick and finally, in injury time, John Chambers forced the best save of the game from Davies.
Meanwhile, Knaresborough reserves were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Rothwell Town in their first game in Division Two of the West Yorkshire League.
After a goal-less first half, Kieron Glennon opened the scoring on his birthday in the 55th minute only for Rothwell to draw level.
Ben King made it 2-1 after 75 minutes only for Rothwell to equalise again within a minute.
On Saturday Knaresborough take on Teversal at Manse Lane (3.00 p.m. kick off) and on Monday travel to Grimsby Borough (3pm kick off). The reserves travel to Woodhouse Hill W.M.C. tomorrow (Kick 2.30 p.m.) and on Wednesday travel to Yorkshire Amateur for a 6.15pm. kick off.