Macclesfield Town kicked off the new Vanarama National League season with a narrow defeat on the South Coast at Torquay United. An Alex Fisher strike midway through the second half secured the points for the home side who were perhaps lucky to be level at half-time.
Boss John Askey handed a debut to Shwan Jalal but it was experienced midfielder Danny Whitaker who had the first chance of the game through Danny Whitaker but he dragged his effort wide.
Whitaker again came close for visitors on 11 minutes, but Torquay keeper Fabian Speiss saved well with his legs. Minutes later Whitaker had another effort which was deflected over the bar.
In fairness, the home side threatened little in the first-half, with Bayan Fenwick twice putting efforts over Jalal's bar.
The second half started with Macclesfield again pushing for an opener. Tony Diange had a header pushed wide from a corner, before Chris Holroyd worked a dangerous ball in to the box that nobody could get on the end of.
Torquay introduced former Silkmen forward Malachi Lavelle-Moore on 58 minutes, and moments later he forced a fantastic save from Jalal in the Macclesfield goal.
From the resulting corner, the Silkmen were unable to deal with the ball and Fisher turned well to swipe it past the Macclesfield goalkeeper from close range and give the home side the lead.
Fisher had a free header in the 76th minute and should have made it 2-0. The Gulls had finally got the ball down and Lavelle-More sent in a lovely cross. Fisher was unmarked but aimed his header wide.
Waide Fairhurst came on for the final 10 minutes as the Silkmen pushed for a leveller, but United clung on to claim an opening day win.