Scarisbrick Hall get the season off to a perfect start, goals from Mark Snow and Paul Gavan backed up with a clean sheet take the 3 points at the hand of Lydiate FC.
From the kick off the home side were struck with a sense of déjà vu, flashes of the dismal defeat against Kennelwood during last years pre-season campaign came flooding back as Lydiate FC spread the ball quickly and looked lively in the opening minutes of the game.
After overcoming initial fight of Lydiate FC the home side grew into the contest, operating with a new formation with 3 at the back and Mark Snow leading the line supported by Paul Pruden.
Lewis O'Reilly came close to breaking the stalemate midway through the the first half, slipped in to the box beating the off side trap, only for the keeper standing firm to smother the effort with the follow up effort from Mark Snow inching wide of the post.
After some sustained pressure on the visitors goal the breakthrough came, a long throw from Lewis O'Reilly flick on at the edge of the 6 yard box dropped kindly to Mark Snow in a pocket of space, he made no mistake in firing hope emphatically to the delight of the Scarisbrick faithful.
The visitors best move of the half came to an end after Matthew O'Reilly scything challenge. A rare break through the the compact midfield, what thwarted by last weeks Man of the Match who produced yet another fine performance, as part of a back 3 with Jack McShane and David Jones.
After a couple of knocks Paul Pruden and Ryan Graham were resigned to the sidelines for the remained of the game, Alex Medlicott and Harry Grogan introduced as their replacements.
With the half drawing to a close Lydiate FC had there best spell of the game Tom Soffe called into action, parrying an effort from distance and punching clear to ensure the 1-0 lead as the sides went into the break.
HT: SHFC 1 - 0 Lydiate FC
After a solid first half display Scarisbrick opted to stick with the new system with no changes at the break.
Lydiate FC began to tire but threw more and more men forward utilising their pace in an attempt to get back level, but the tenacity and guile of the defence held firm with Jack Medlicott filling in as Jack McShane looked to maraud forward given half a chance.
The key point of the game fell with a timely stop from keeper Tom Soffe with the home side with a slender goal advantage. The visitors pounced to break away quickly, the striker racing past the defence with David Jones striding to close him down. Shrugging of defender he fired a shot back across goal, Soffe made himself big thwarting the effort with his right shin.
Minutes later Scarisbrick Hall capitalised for a lapse in concentration as Lydiate FC switched off from a throw, quickly taken Alex Medlicott raced away to the byline cutting a cross into Paul Gavan who guided in his strike right past the keeper sending him the wrong way.
The strike put the game beyond the visitors with fatigue well and truly setting in as the sun sapped the players energy along with the vast Altcar Road pitch.
With the final whistle looming there was still time for a chance of glory for John Foyle to flash by. Brought on in the later stages as an unorthodox striker, he rose beyond his marker (as he pictures his name in lights) from a Matthew O'Reilly free kick, his header flashing just wide of the left hand upright.
FT: SHFC 2 - 0 Lydiate FC
Line Up: Tom Soffe, David Jones, Matthew O'Reilly, Jack McShane, Jack Medlicott (C), Danny Lonorgan, Paul Gavan, Lewis O'Reilly, Paul Pruden, Ryan Graham, Mark Snow.
Subs (All Used): Oliver Tasker, Alex Medlicott, John Doyle, Harry Grogan, Josh Monaghan.
Goalscorers: Mark Snow, Paul Gavan
Man of the Match: The Whole Team