Newbury got their Hellenic Premier Division season off to a winning start beating Wiltshire side Highworth by the odd goal in three at a wet Faraday Road on Tuesday in front of 70 spectators.
Coach Craig Adey took the praise for the win, playing a formation 3-5-2
With the club giving debuts to five players, keeper Andy Bayliss,defenders Ben McCready and Mark James, midfielder Robbie Sadler,and striker Ray Spence.
Newbury survived a scare in the opening 60 seconds, Highworth broke away down the right and the unmarked Kevin Coles shot wide from 12 yards.
Barry Elmore had the first effort for Newbury when he cut inside from the right to fire a left foot shot just wide of the upright on 5 minutes.
Newbury took the lead on 9 minutes, Jamie Green chasing a long pass into the box and keeper Tony Betterton clattered into him and referee Richard Beveridge awarded a penalty.
Up stepped skipper Darren Jones to fire past the keepers right hand to send the home side on their way.
On 15 minutes Newbury thought they had scored again, a fine move resulted in a free kick on the left and Ben McCreadys cross was tucked into the net by Carl Jenner only for the Assistant on the near side to rule offside.
On 20 minutes an incident off the ball at a Newbury throw saw Jones appear to receive a head butt from Highworths tall no,4 Liam Williams and after a lengthy discussion between referee and assistant both players were yellow carded, the first of 3 more cautions delivered by referee Beveridge during the match.
Barry Elmore was booked on 29 minutes before Highworth almost equalised.
A corner on the right found the head of Aaron Maximen who saw his effort graze the crossbar receiving an injury to his scalp and he left the field for running repairs.
With time running out in the first half Newbury timely doubled their advantage.
43 minutes a corner on the right punched clear by keeper Betterton straight to Callum Willmoth who superbly directed the ball on the half volley into the net from outside the area.
Highworth were more attack minded after the interval with Newbury sitting back and paid the price on 68 minutes,the skilful Lee Hayward beating Andy Bayliss from 15 yards.
Both sides then introduced their full quota of substitutes andHighworth mounted pressure for the equaliser, but Newbury had a good shout for another penalty when Willmoth was impeded in the box on 71 minutes.
Ray Spence was played in by Jamie Green and he raced clear on goal and seemed certain to score until keeper Betterton saved with his feet.
Several minutes of stoppage time had the Newbury supporters biting their fingernails
But the final whistle came to the relief of the faithful the 3 points safely tucked away. With thanks to "newbury weekly news"