City under 16 whites began their first game in the top division, with a tricky away fixture at Baddow Spartak. On a lovely Autumn morning the new look whites took to a rock hard, dusty pitch knowing that the opposition will be one of the pre-season favorites. The first half was a fairly even affair, with Spartak having more of the ball, but City looking dangerous on the break. The visitors were forced into an early change when Massochi Saldanha was forced off after 20 minutes with a muscle injury. Harvey Moreton came on to make his debut at center back alongside club captain Luke Wilson. With half an hour on the clock, City thought they had taken the lead. Emmanuel Tshinene won a free kick on the edge of the Baddow box ( the only decision he got all morning ) and from 20 yards Max Price-Dixon struck the bar. Jamie Holloway reacted in the box, forcing the rebound goal wards only for Tom Hunter to be flagged offside.
Half time brought a well deserved break for the players who had put in a great stint in the first half.
Holly Wilson-Tawn and Jake Tanner made way for Freddie Pye and Harry Molloy at the interval and city started the half well. However the hosts took the lead soon after the re start a defensive mix up saw Baddow take the lead. Probably deserved, but disappointing in how it was conceded. However City struck straight back, a long ball into the Spartak box saw Max Price-Dixon react first to stroke home from 12 yards to give city their first goal of the season. City were only level for a matter of minutes, a long ball over the top saw Evan Blundell in the city goal race outside his box to try and intercept, only to see him rounded and Baddow go 2-1 up. The last 20 minutes saw city concede another 4 goals as their legs tired towards the end of the game. A Promissing first hour for the Whites, 6-1 a very flattering scoreline for the hosts.