Relegated Southampton wiped out a two-goal deficit to get their Hampshire/Surrey Regional League Division 2 campaign off to a winning start with a 4-3 victory over Andover.
A George Allmark penalty and a second strike from Hayden Jenkins gave the Lions a 2-0 lead, which Josh White trimmed back.
Andover continued in the ascendancy, but by half-time Southampton were on level terms – Rob O’Brien winning the ball in midfield and George Watling celebrating his first team debut with the equaliser.
O’Brien was also instrumental in the third goal which gave Southampton the edge – the club’s player/coach turning his marker and setting up the chance which Andy Gregory took.
Andover forced a string of penalty corners and, having been denied by a string of fine saves by Toby Rigby, drew level at 3-3 through Ben Anthony.
Southampton’s fourth decisive goal came in the closing stages, Steve Wicks scoring from a rebound from O’Brien’s short corner drag flick.
The other three local sides in Regional 2 were all beaten, including newly promoted Hampshire League champions Winchester II, who lost 4-1 to Camberley & Farnborough.
Relegated Hamble, who host Southampton at Satchel Lane on Saturday (1.30), went down 3-2 at Surbiton III, while Romsey lost 3-1 to visiting Sunbury & Walton Hawks.
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