A Lee Holmes hat trick put paid to Brodsworth Welfare’s hopes of a winning return to the Central Midlands League North Division.
Holmes, who opened the scoring after just three minutes, scored all of Harworth Colliery’s goals as they posted a 3-0 derby win.
Thorne Colliery will be hoping that their 8-1 win at newcomers Renishaw Rangers is a sign of better times ahead following a hugely disappointing campaign last season.
Jonny Lupton gave the Doncaster side a flying start with a second-minute goal. Thomas Taylor added a second before Rangers pulled a goal back.
They were to flatter to deceive, however, and goals by Chris Hancock and a second by Lupton secured the visitors a 4-1 interval lead.
Thorne continued to dominate after the break and were rewarded by a Kirk Frost brace and goals by Ben Teale and Neil Sheppard.
Askern had to settle for a Lee Renne consolation when crashing to a 10-1 defeat away to Clay Cross.
The Derbyshire side, who were pipped at the post for the title last year, will fancy their chances of going one better this season on the evidence of their impressive display which featured two hat tricks.
AFC Bentley, who proved one of the surprise packets last season when finishing third, had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw at in their opening game at Collingham.
Brad Vann and Rod Pursehouse shared the Bentley goals.
Harworth Colliery Reserves came from behind to beat visiting Linby Colliey in the new Division One.
Gareth Sides notched their winner after two equalisers from Michael Wibberley and Lewis Francis.