Rovers Ladies opened their Championship campaign with a 5-1 defeat away at Lewes.
Natasha Flint had equalised for the Blues in the first period, but four second-half goals from the hosts ensured they took all three points at the Dripping Pan.
It was a tense and tight opening, with neither side wanting to give anything away early on.
Lewes had the first real opportunity when Jess King forced Dan Hill into a diving save.
Rovers grew into the game as the half went on, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring on the half hour mark.
Emma Jones made a strong run through the middle before firing her shot into the bottom corner.
Rovers responded within three minutes. Flint closed down the Lewes defence to win the ball back on the edge of their box and then found the back of the net via a deflection.
The teams went in level at the break, but the parity would only last three second-half minutes. Lewes number 10 Jess King flicked the ball in from close range to put the hosts back in the lead.
With a quarter of an hour to go Lewes put the game to bed, substitute Ellie Noble curling the ball home from outside the area.
Two quickfire efforts put more gloss on the scoreline late on. Noble added her second and Lewes’ fourth via a free-kick before fellow substitute Emily Donovan slid the ball into the bottom corner.
Next up for Rovers is Sunday’s home game against London Bees at Bamber Bridge, (2pm).
ROVERS: Hill, Taylor, Holbrook, Davies (Jones 67), Fenton, Jordan, Flint (Thomas 56), McDonald, Fletcher, Redman, Stewart.
Unused subs: Jukes, Charlton.