Shoreham and Ashford United, promoted to the Bostik League South from the Southern Combination and Southern Counties East League respectively, began the new 2017/18 season with disappointing home defeats.
Shoreham were shown a lesson at home by fancied South Park, who triumped comfortably 4-0 with first half goals from Chris Smith after 22 minutes and then added second half efforts from Joe Jackson with a brace and a Kieran Lavery penalty.
The Nuts & Bolts went down 1-0 at the Homelands to Carshalton Athletic, whose Brendan Murphy-McVey netted on the stroke of half-time.
Ashford finished with ten-men after Pat Kingwell was shown a straight red card 9 minutes from time.
Phoenix Sports and Thamesmead Town, both switched from the northern section, began reasonably well, with Sports enjoying a good 3-1 win at Ramsgate with goals from Frankie Sawyer and late on from James Fitchett and Dajon Golding rendered Adam Woollcott`s reply for the Rams as just a consolation.
Mead earned a last-gasp point from a 2-2 draw at Cray Wanderers, who led through Karl Dent and Michael Freiter`s goals before Tashi-Jay Kwayie netted his second for the visitors in stoppage time.
The biggest crowd of the day at Footes Lane, 743, saw Guernsey start well with a 4-2 win over East Grinstead Town.
Ross Allen and David Rihoy both bagged braces for the Greens as did Marcus Elliott for the Wasps.
Faversham Town were the division`s biggest winners, triumphing 5-0 at VCD Athletic.
Goals inside the opening 7 minutes from Charley Robertson and Liam King gave the visitors a massive boost.
A King second on 46 minutes was added to by Jordan Casey and Sam Berwick to make it a nap hand for the Kent side.
Hastings United and Corinthian-Casuals – both tipped to do well this season – met at the Pilot Field with the hosts edging it 2-1, thanks to a Jack Dixon brace, with Mu Maan replying 12 minutes from time.
Hastings` Sussex rivals Lewes also started well with a 1-0 win at Winch`s Field against Herne Bay, courtesy of a stoppage time James Hammond effort from 30 yards.
Sittingbourne have strengthened considerably in the summer and started well with a 2-1 success at Chipstead, whose Jordan Martin put them in front after 12 minutes.
Laurence Ball levelled on 26 minutes and then sub Dave Smith won it for Bourne 15 minutes from time.
Two goals in a minute just after the break from Ross Chalke and Olu Akinsanya gave Molesey the advantage at home to Horsham.
Toby House pulled one back on the hour-mark, but the Hornets weren`t able to find a leveller.
Walton Casuals were the opening day`s other victors – 2-1 at Hythe Town with goals from Josh Kelly and veteran Roscoe D`Sane in the opening half – Jay May having equalised.
Fancied Greenwich Borough began with a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Whyteleafe at the DGS Stadium.
But Boro had to come back from being a 52nd minute Charlie Postance goal down to draw, thanks to Travis Gregory on 68 minutes.