Bridlington Sports Club went down to a 3-1 defeat at Hessle Rangers in their opening Humber Premier League game.
They were missing five players, through personal commitments and injuries, but James Faulkner nearly gave them the perfect start when he hit the post with a bending free kick.
Clear-cut chances took a while to arrive but the first goal came from Hessle when some good play in the middle saw a clinical through ball out the left and the winger cut back inside the box and finished neatly in the top corner.
Hessle grew in confidence after this and increased the pressure on the BSCC goal with man of the match Joe Clarkson-Hall being needed to make a couple of good saves.
Sports Club were giving possession away too easily but opportunities to get an equaliser were still there through Billy Tyler and Ash Robinson, who looked lively and dangerous throughout.
Mark Davies and Jacob Brown saw shots go wide and get blocked as BSCC pushed before half time.
Sports Club started the second half stronger and looked likely to equalise in the first 10 minutes, the best chance falling to Robinson after some good play by Lyle Bogle and Brown put him through on goal but his side foot finish was save well by the oncoming keeper.
Hessle extended their lead on the hour with a strong header.
Mike Tate and Josh Christlow were introduced as Sports Club tried to ignite their season with a goal but Hessle continued to break well and force some outstanding saves from Clarkson-Hall.
A controversial third was added when play was paused to allow a Hessle player to remove jewellery and he was allowed to instantly return to the pitch to convert a corner with his first touch.
James Webb saw red moments later when a strong challenge on him saw him retaliate and receive received a second yellow card.
BSCC hit back instantly when Chris Brown struck a deflected cross into the roof of the net.
A tense end could have been created in the final moments when some good play by Tyler and Robinson on the left saw a looping cross fall to Tate at the back post but his header from six yards hit the underside of the bar.
Hessle’s scorers were Christipher Boreman, Ashley Holt and substitute Ashley McWilliam.
Sports Club are away to Reckitts at Hull University on Saturday, and have been drawn away to AFC Rovers in the league cup.