Stockport Town kicked off their 2016/17 season with a 4-3 defeat to Chadderton on Tuesday night at Stockport Sports Village.
The newly branded Hallmark Security League got underway last Saturday but the Lions were made to wait until this week to get their First Division campaign underway.
Calum Sykes’ side will have been pleased with their start against a strong Chadderton side, taking the lead through Adam Latham following George Blackwell’s cross in just the first minute.
However the home side missed opportunities to double their lead, having a goal ruled out for offside in the 18th minute and it would prove costly.
Gareth Hill got Chadderton back on level terms with a wonderful 25-yard strike just over midway through the first half, before Jack Touhy put the away side in the lead just five minutes later.
The second half saw Town with it all to do, looking for an equaliser but it was the Chadderton captain, Nicholas Alexander, who found the net for the visitors to increase their lead at Lambeth Grove.
Joe Armstrong responded for the Lions with a header with 20 minutes left to play to bring it back to within one goal, but once again the visitors struck to keep their two goal lead, this time James Curley finding the target.
Town were lucky that the score was only 4-2 at this stage as Chadderton had a goal disallowed for offside before Curley’s effort.
The Lions pressed in search of a comeback but they came up against a resistant Chadderton defence, and despite Chris Sherrington’s late strike for Town, it was the away side who took away the first three points at SSV this season.
The Lions are back in action later this week when they host new club Carlisle City at SSV on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.