TOWN supporters' disappointment at the non-appearance of new signing Kevin Lewis was softened by the 4-0 demolition of Southampton.
Leeds Road boss Eddie Boot had splashed out £18,000 on Liverpool striker Lewis, a versatile forward renowned for his rocket-like shot.
The Reds paid Sheffield United a club-record £30,000 for the Ellesmere Port-born player in June 1960, and he hit 44 goals in 81 games for them.
He had helped Liverpool win promotion to the top flight under Bill Shankly in 1962, but lost his place to emerging talent Ian Callaghan.
The 22-year-old made his Town debut in the second game of the Second Division season, a 1-1 draw at Southampton, then figured in the 2-0 defeat by Derby at the Baseball Ground.
But an injury picked up in that game prevented him from facing Southampton at Leeds Road, a game which attracted a 13,679 crowd.
Home fans were eager to see their side chalk up a first win of the season, and Town obliged.
While a lack of goals had led to the recruitment of Lewis, there seemed to be little wrong with Town's attack against the Saints.
It took them 57 minutes to find a loophole in a packed defence marshalled by Tony Knapp.
But after Chris Balderstone crashed home a 30-yard snap shot, Southampton crumbled.
Kevin McHale, Derek Stokes and Len White, who had netted in the draw at the Dell, ensured an emphatic win for Boot's boys.
Former Newcastle man White and young winger Mike O'Grady were the pick of the bunch for Town.
Full-backs Ray Wilson and Denis Atkins also made a bright impression.
George Kirby, the much-travelled frontman who was later to manage Halifax, went closest for Southampton with two strong headers, but in general, the visitors produced little to trouble goalkeeper Ray Wood.
The other players on duty for Town were wing-halves John Bettany and Peter Dinsdale and centre-half John Coddington.
After the match, Town learned the League Cup second-round draw had handed them a long-haul trip to Plymouth Argyle, who were to visit Leeds Road in the next Division II game.
Meanwhile manager Boot completed another signing, 18-year-old winger Ray Jones from Northern League club Evenwood Town.
Jones, from Barnard Castle, had just completed a fortnight's trial at Town.
He had scored the winner for Durham against Essex in the FA County Youth Cup final the previous season.
Jones never managed to break into the Town first team, although he did play for upwardly mobile Emley as they were making a mark in the old Yorkshire League.