Sherwood Colliery kicked off their inaugural Step Six season in the East Midlands Counties League with a 3-0 win at Borrowash Victoria.
The Wood missed out on automatic promotion from the Central Midlands League after losing out on the title on the last day of the season, but stepped up after Holbrook Sports’s resignation.
With the majority of last season’s team re-signing, the club won four of their five pre-season games and continued the good form in the opening league match.
An early goal was disallowed as a Liam Theakstone shot came across the box and Shaun Smith tapped home from an offside position.
New signing Lewis Weaver looked a constant threat going forward with his pace.
On 18 minutes Weaver put Shaun Smith through, but he was twice denied by the keeper.
The two were involved as Sherwood scored their first goal at Step Six right on half-time.
A cross from Liam Theakstone was helped on by Shaun Smith and flicked in by Weaver.
On 56 minutes Sherwood extended their lead when a ball from Eden Homer split the defence andJamie York crossed for Smith to head into an open net.
The visitors made it 3-0 eight minutes later, Ricky Starbuck crossing for Smith to head in at the far post.