TODMORDEN Borough could have no complaints about a fourth successive West Lancashire League defeat, losing 3-1 away to newcomers Hurst Green.
John Gilford was forced to make five changes and while the players he brought in from the reserves gave their all, Borough were no match for their hosts.
The visitors elected to play against a marked slope on a short, wide ground in the hope of keeping it close up to half time.
However, they were under the cosh for the first quarter, Green failing to capitalise on a string of crosses.
The outstanding Daniel Liveley and Daniel Skwarek performed miracles to keep the home side at bay but the deadlock was broken on 35 minutes when Green broke down the right and the ball was sent under keeper Dave Gallagher.
Oliver Wood hit the post on an isolated Borough attack before Hurst Green doubled their advantage with a back post header.
Jack Dungworth then put another effort against the woodwork for Tod before half time.
The visitors pressed for the first 20 minutes of the second half and Green played some nice football in reply.
The next goal was always going to be vital and Green got it when a long ball over the top was cleared by Gallagher to half-way, where a midfielder returned it with interest over the keeper’s head and into the net.
Borough got a late consolation when Nathan Reardon slid the ball in at the back post.
Tod are at home to Croston Sports on Saturday and Gilford will hope to have a stronger team against opponents who also haven’t made the best of starts.