Liss Athletic finally got back to action after a break of 49 days on Saturday – but came out second best to Sway at the Newman Collard Playing Fields in the Hampshire Premier Football League Senior Division.
The visitors added gloss to the scoreline in the second half to run out 5-2 winners.
The Blues will hope to bounce back from the defeat when they host the bottom-placed side Overton United on Saturday.
The reverse game ended in a 2-2 draw at the start of December.
Liss Athletic’s reserves were defeated 3-1 at Folland Sports in the Hampshire Combination East. The reserves will visit Selsey in a mid-season friendly on Saturday (2pm).