Golden Boot winner Craig Pountney eased back into the old goal-scoring routine to help Stratford Town upset his former club Moor Green with a 3-2 win at Masons Road.
Pountney, who won the Midland Alliance top scorer award last term, set up the first goal for Tom Lever to head home before Peter Faulds, who had a loan spell at Stratford last term, equalised. But Pountney restored the lead five minutes before the break and Carl Farquharson added a third with 12 minutes left before Ricky Owen headed home Moors' late second.
Scott Rickards notched two late goals to seal Redditch United's 5-2 win at Westonsuper-Mare.
But the coreline flattered the Reds who scored three goals after Weston keeper Ryan Northmore was injured and the hosts had to field midfielder Lewis Hogg in goal.
Despite falling behind to Chris Lewis' second-minute opener, Daire Doyle (penalty) and Craig Wilding had put Redditch ahead at the break. Matt Rawlins levelled but then came Northmore's injury and Asa Charlton's tap-in. Substitute Rickards' late double settled matters for Redditch.
Worcester City playermanager Andy Preece rolled back the years when he returned to Evesham United, the club he played for in the late 1980s, in a goalless draw.
Evesham twice struck the woodwork, with a Richard Ball free kick skimming the bar, and then the striker smashed a late shot against the stanchion, but home goalkeeper Tim Clarke rescued his side to save an overhead kick from Jimi-Lee Jones.
There was no shortage of goals, however, at Dales Lane where hosts Rushall Olympic sent Hednesford Town to a 5-4 defeat. Despite falling behind to Neil Kitching's strike on the half-hour, the visitors had led 2-1 early in the second half through Grant Beckett and Paul McMahon.
But four goals in 18 minutes - by Kitching, Gareth Day, Criag Love and Tobias Salmon - turned the contest on its head. A second for McMahon and a header from substitute Steve Anthrobus restored some respectability for the Pitmen late on.
Dean Perrow also showed his goal-scoring abilities with a hat-trick as Willenhall Town exacted revenge on Chorley for ruining their promotion hopes last April.
Perrow's treble, plus a stunning 35-yard drive by newcomer Jamie Petty and a late Nathan Jones' effort sealed a 5-1 rout of Shaun Teale's Lancashire hosts. Chorley had beaten the Reds twice in a week last term to scupper their top two chances.
Bromsgrove Rovers dominated at home to Welshpool only to pay the price for squandering a catalogue of chances in a 1-0 defeat. While Lee Greenway and Matt Barnes-Homer were the biggest culprits for the Greens, Rovers target Steve Rogers scored for the visitors in the 64th minute when he tapped in from Craig Wilkinson's flick.
Chasetown had an impressive 3-0 victory at Newtown in Wales after a first half header by defender Richard Huckfield and second-half efforts by Steve Ulfig and Gareth Horler.
Midland Alliance newcomers Leamington were 4-2 winners at Bedworth United in a feisty affair which brought one red card for each side. Josh Blake (2), Ryan Howell and Andy Gregory scored for the Brakes, with brothers Jason Moore and Lee Moore replying.
Evergreen striker Steve Fergusson helped Feckenham thrash visitors Ledbury Town 6-0. He netted twice, as did Stuart Douglas and Ryan Field for the Midland Combination side.