Last season’s leading scorer Richard Gregory put them ahead from the penalty spot on 11 minutes after Chris Sterling had been bundled over in the box.

But when Sterling was again brought down in the box nine minutes later, this time Cleeve keeper Paul Tassell pulled off a superb save to his right to keep out Gregory’s powerful penalty attempt.

Gregory atoned for his miss on 23 minutes when he rose to head home a Jamie Sheldon cross to double his side’s lead.

But Town put in a disjointed second-half performance and failed to add to their tally as Cleeve had the better of the half without really testing Town keeper Andy Kemp.

Town manager Carl Adams said: “We were untouchable in the first-half and looked a very good team. Our movement was brilliant and should have put the game out of sight with five or six goals.

“Unfortunately as good as we were in the first-half we were as bad in the second-half and looked powder puff throughout.

“But it’s a win and also a clean sheet and we would have settled for that in the opening game.”

Town are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Didcot Town in a 7.45pm kick-off. Didcot were 2-0 winners over Swindon Supermarine on Saturday.