National League North newcomers Spennymoor Town ran out 1-0 winners against Stockport in the season opener at The Brewery Field last weekend.
A solitary goal was enough to overcome a new-look County side, who missed a penalty late in the second half, and give Jim Gannon only his second defeat in ten months.
County, playing three at the back, were put under pressure during the first half, and conceded in the 41st minute to a David Folley strike, cutting in and slotting home from the edge of the box.
The Hatters looked more threatening but still disjointed as the game went on, but had the perfect opportunity to equalise on 70 minutes when Connor Hampson was fouled in the box.
Matty Warburton, making his competitive debut for County, stepped up to see his shot saved by Dan Lowson, and despite Jim Gannon’s side having a number of other chances, they could not convert them and fell to an opening day defeat for the first time in 3 years.
Squad: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Duxbury (Walker, 46 (McKenna, 85)), Winter (Capt.), Clarke, O’Halloran (Hampson, 62), Minihan, Ball, Oswell, Warburton, Stephenson.
Unused substitutes: Smalley, Ormson.