The Mustangs began the Steve Rains era with a comfortable if unspectacular win against Premier Divison new boys, Nottingham at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The home side never really got out of second gear as they completed a 31-7 win in very windy conditions during Sunday’s encounter.
While gale force winds hampered the passing game, it was the Mustangs’ running game that powered them to an early 7-0 lead as Jeremiah Jordan capped the opening drive with a seven yard run (12:48 left in quarter).
Rob Mills kicked the extra point to put the Mustangs into the early lead.
The home defence held the Caesars on their opening drive before Martyn Lee opened his account for the year with a 48-yard run to extend the lead to 13-0 (5:16).
Mills kick was missed and the quarter ended 13-0 to the Mustangs.
It was Lee who added to the scoreline early in the second period as he went in from 11 yards out this time (10:53) to push the Mustangs further in front at 19-0.
The Caesars then started a promising looking drive that had them deep in Mustangs territory before Mills, playing cornerback, picked off an errant pass in the endzone to snuff out the danger.
And it was the Caesars who had the last opportunity of the half but their 32-yard field goal attempt fell short.
At the half, the score remained 19-0 to the Mustangs.
Lee completed his hat trick midway through the third quarter with a spectacular diving catch as QB Ian McCartney, deputising for the suspended Graham Lightfoot, found him in the endzone from 11 yards out (9:39).
The two-point attempt failed to leave the score 25-0.
The Caesars finally got on the scoreboard with a three-yard run adding the extra point too to make the score 25-7 (6:11) but it was merely a consolation.
Further interceptions from Mills, Ainsley Cawley and Tim Adams snuffed out more Caesars threats before McCartney sealed the win as time expired on the quarter when he dropped back to pass, couldn’t find an open man so tucked the ball away and set off on a 67-yard run to the endzone (00:00).
The quarter ended 31-7 to the home side.
With the game won, the Mustangs played ball control football to run down the clock and complete the victory 31-7.
New head coach Steve Rains was suitably pleased with the win but will know that they will have to quickly overcome their first game rustiness to progress during the season.
The Mustangs now face the Caesars again this Sunday in Nottingham. The game will be played at the Harvey Hadden Sports Complex on Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.
Kick off is slated for 2.30pm and the team would love to see plenty of away support.