Jonathan Gibson and James Redmond struck in the final quarter as Calder ‘76 got off the mark for the season with a 2-0 derby win at home to Hebden Royd Red Star.
Gibson flicked the ball home in the six-yard box to break the deadlock and the tireless Redmond tapped the ball in at the back post after good play from influential substitute Frank Howell and Ricky Topham.
Gibson and Gav Fleming had earlier been guilty of glaring misses for Calder while replacement Chad Godfrey put a free header wide for Red Star.
Calder midfielder Simon Stansfield said it had been a close contest but his side had just about deserved their victory.
“Defensively we looked very good. Kieron Sim and Karl Wooliscroft were in good form and it was important for us to keep a clean sheet,” he said.
Calder had lost their previous game 1-0 at Midgley but expectations are higher than normal this season, after several new arrivals, and Stansfield added: “We’re heading in the right direction.”
Stansfield, meanwhile, was quite impressed with what he saw from Chris Garbutt’s solid visitors.
“They made it hard for us and looked dangerous from set pieces,” he said.
Calder ‘76 Reserves picked up their second win since their elevation to Division One when beating visitors Sowerby Bridge on Saturday with goals from Gav Martin, Matt McCambridge and Nathan Sim.
Hebden Royd Res Star Reserves maintained their promising start in Division Two with a 3-1 home win over Crossleys Reserves.
George Oliver, James Speechley and Sainey Touray were their successful marksmen.