BRIXHAM AFC have put injury woes behind them as they warm up for their second SDFL season with a fully fit and strengthened squad.
Jason Couch's side are eager to make up for a debut season which promised much but delivered nothing in terms of silverware.
Leaving Wall Park will be dynamic midfielder Darren Vicary and full-back James Spence, while Neil Burnell is hanging up his boots.
But into the side come Ipplepen's Simon Armstrong, full-back Luke Chittenden from Stoke Gabriel and speedy utility player Chris Mitchell from Buckland Reserves.
Andy Deare and John Easterbrook will also join the fold as Brixham look to meet their target of Peninsula League qualification.
Their campaign begins at home to Ipplepen Athletic on August 31, and Couch was at Moor Road last Saturday to weigh up the opposition as Athletic kicked off the SDFL season by welcoming defending champions Buckland Athletic Reserves.
In his first match in charge, Bucks boss Simon Dungey opted to play experienced Nick Edmunds up front but despite industrious performances by captain Carl Roles and Josh Webber, Dean Baker's revamped side did well to cut off the supply line.
A dour first half ended goalless, although the home side did have a goal disallowed.
Neither the dank conditions nor the entertainment improved much in the second half, with the usually free-flowing Buckland limited to a handful of half-chances.
With the game drawing to a close, both sides pushed for a late winner, Roles heading over from close range for the visitors, and Ipplepen's Moroccan midfielder Reda showing glimpses of his talent with a dangerous through ball that almost bore fruit.
When Des Bridgeman cleared off the line at the death, it looked as if Ipplepen had earned their point; but three minutes into stoppage time, an Ipplepen player handled in the box and Angus Muirden pointed straight to the spot.
Matt Beer's confident strike eluded Richard Mills' dive to bring Dungey's side a valuable three points.
Despite the disappointment of defeat, Mills was optimistic about his side's chances:
"We're looking a lot better than last year. A few people have left and the lads we have brought in are young and hungry," he said.
"Unfortunately it's gone against us today. It is annoying but there are a lot of positives to take so we've just got to go into the changing rooms, talk about it and move on to the next game."
That's at home to Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves this Saturday.
Buckland Reserves could probably have done with the goal-scoring services of Jordan Havlin, away with the first team in the FA Cup, but Carl Roles remained confident that the new-look Bucks would still be a threat this season.
"I think we'll be all right. We just need to get gelling together a bit more and we'll get there. It's nice to get started with three points; that's what matters."
Elsewhere this weekend, Premier Division runners-up Kingskerswell & Chelston start their season at Galmpton United Reserves; title rivals East Allington United and Bovey Tracey Reserves clash in a tasty Division One fixture and Moretonhampstead can thankfully continue their long history with an opener against Torbay Police in Division Five.
Result (Premier Division 17/08): Ipplepen Athletic 0 Buckland Ath Res 1