But despite their spirited performance, Hendon lacked belief that they could win and conceded three second-half goals to lose 3-1. Mark Selby opened the scoring for the Old Boys in the 45th minute at a slipped penalty corner, with Welsh international Jon Rees scoring a second 10 minutes later. A fine save by substitute goalkeeper Andy Howell, after Matt Miles had been forced to retire with a migraine, denied Hendon an equaliser before John Read at another penalty corner settled the game.
Coventry and North Warwick's new coach, Gavin Featherstone, got off to a good start with a 3-1 win against Chesterfield, with two goals from Chris Roberts on his comeback and one from Adrian Adams. Paul Speed replied for Chesterfield.
With new signing Richard Ambrose injured in a car accident on Saturday and without the Day brothers, West Herts fell to a 3-0 defeat by near rivals Blueharts. Jersey notched eight goals without reply against Bodmin Dragons, while former winners Nottingham won 9-2 at Worcester Norton.
Eastcote completed their warm-up programme for their first National League season - unveiling a new sponsor, Diamond Motor Co - with a useful 4-4 draw at Premier Division Guildford gained thanks to a hat trick from Peter Gibbins and a string of brave saves from their new goalkeeper, the Welsh Under-21 international, George Harris.
The day's biggest victory was Bowdon's 15-0 demolition of South Shields, with Richard Midgley and David Egerton each scoring five times, Geoff Price and Bob Baker adding a brace each and Will Marshall completing the rout. The day's top goalscorer was Old Georgians' Guy Marchant with six in their 13-0 victory against Horley.Reuse content