Following an impeccably-observed minute’s silence to show respect for Her Majesty The Queen, the Huskies took to the field sporting their new kit, sponsored by roofing specialists AA Harrison & Sons Ltd.
Following the success of their cup final win last season, the Huskies are now playing in the second tier of the under-ten North East Hampshire Youth League.
And they had to stand firm following a late Alton onslaught to triumph 3-2 in their first league game of the season.
The Huskies dominated early on and deservedly went ahead with a well-taken goal by Thomas Smith, latching on to a throw-in and finishing smartly.
The Huskies edged further ahead with two fantastic breakaway goals by Arthur Wholey, the first coming after a superb move down the right started by tenacious Harry Suntokeesing.
Arthur’s second goal came after a great move this time down the left, started by Jed Keel’s perfectly-weighted pass.
After the break Alton scored two quick goals to ensure a nervous finish but the Huskies just held on.
Henry Gunner won the player-of-the-week award for a resolute defensive display.
It was great to have the Haslemere football community back together at Camelsdale Recreation Ground for the new season and see so many children from the ages of five to 12 having fun and taking part in either training or matches.
Parents and youngsters made the most of the Club Cafe expertly run on a voluntarily basis by Pan Yan and Rae Ashby every Saturday morning, selling bacon rolls, hot dogs, coffees and snacks.