LITTLE Oakley launched their Thurlow Nunn League first division south campaign with a satisfying 2-0 victory at Burnham Ramblers.

Three points and a clean sheet represented a dream start for Matt Carmichael’s side, who broke the deadlock within the first few minutes thanks to a looping header from Greg Rodger.

Jake Kioussis supplied the pinpoint cross and the Acorns grabbed their second after the break, after a weak backpass to the Ramblers keeper.

Harry Mann nipped in and took full advantage, doubling his side’s advantage.

Luke Mayhew could have extended the lead further - only to see a late penalty saved.

Overall, though, Oakley could be well-satisfied from their opening-day efforts and they will hope for more success when Frenford pay a visit to the Memorial Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

“It was really pleasing to start with a win,” said Carmichael.

“After scoring very early on, we defended well.

“Then in the second half we had strong penalty appeals turned down in addition to hitting the woodwork three or four times.

“We’re still a new team.

“Those 11 players hadn’t started a game together prior to the weekend so it’s going to take time to settle and gel.

“But we’ll keep working hard to improve, to hopefully pick up another three points on Saturday.”