Ryan Whittingham grabbed the only goal as the local side triumphed at last seasons runners-up Great Shelford in the Kershaw Premier Division last Tuesday. He struck in the seventh minute of the second half to secure victory as a much-changed Socon side got off to a fine start. It was a very good way to begin the season, said Garwood. Great Shelford are a big and physical side, but we stuck to our game plan and Ryan got the important goal. It was a superb all-round performance from the team. But there was nothing to cheer for the other local sides in action. Brampton were thumped 4-0 at Cambridge City Development, Hemingfords were pipped 2-1 by newly-promoted Bar Hill and newly-formed Eynesbury Rovers Reserves were crushed 6-2 by Cambridge University Press. Lee Bassett and Dean Parratt hit the goals for the Rovers second string who are managed by ex-Eaton Socon chief Mark Spavins. League newcomers St Neots Reserves also endured a miserable start when beaten 6-0 by Fulbourn Institute in their Wednesday opener. Huntingdon United were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat in their first Kershaw Senior A Division outing. Lee Miltons side, title-winners in each of the last two seasons during a rapid rise, were beaten 7-4 at Gamlingay United. St Ives Rangers enjoyed a fine start to Kershaw Senior B Division life with a 4-1 win Cambridge University Press Reserves. Jack Haycock struck twice with Lloyd Schwier and Jackson Bonny also on target for last seasons Division 1B champions. Two other local teams couldnt manage a goal between them at that level as AFC Barley Mow and Bluntisham Rangers battled out a 0-0 deadlock. Needingworth led March Town Reserves 2-0 when that clash was abandoned after 80 minutes following a head injury to a visiting player.