THE haves and have-nots may already be marking out territory after lopsided outcomes in every Premier League match played in North Coast Football's opening round.
The biggest margin was Coffs United Lionesses 11-1 drubbing of newcomers Souths Services but the men also found a way to put space between each other when Northern Storm downed Woolgoolga Wolves 7-0 at Korora.
Even the pick of the round saw reigning premier Coffs United win 5-0 on the away visit to play Boambee and winning coach Mike Smith believes it could have been more.
"We missed a few chances, simple as that," he said.
"Plus we eased off near the end of the session.
"But as the score suggests we always dominated to lead 4-0 by half time and for the first real hit-out of the season, I'm pleased with what happened."
Despite Brady Parker's return for the Bombers being the big story pre-match, Smith feels the news may actually have favoured the Lions.
"Took a lot of pressure off us and the talk was Boambee were favourites for the game," he said.
"My boys like a challenge and having Brady on the pitch gave them one.
"For this time of year, our effort was close to 100% because whenever they made a mistake we jumped on it.
"Well, most of the time, anyway."
For the Lions, Nick Lambert finished up with a hat trick while Ben Mackay put the first goal of the season against his name and Scott Goddard added the penalty.
NCF RESULTS - ROUND ONE
Westlawn Tigers 0 Sawtell 3
Boambee 0 Coffs United 5
Northern Storm 7 Woolgoolga 0
Coffs Coast Tigers and Maclean washed out
Orara Valley and Urunga washed out
Boambee 5 Woolgoolga 0
Coffs United 11 South Services 1
Urunga 4 Orara Valley 0