Saturday`s Pre-Season Friendly Round-Up
21-07-2018 I News Headlines
A round-up of some of the plethora of pre-season friendlies played on Saturday.....

National League

 

Newcomers Barnet put in a solid performance against a very strong side from Sky Bet Championship outfit Ipswich Town, falling only 1-0 to Myles Kenlock's second half goal.

 

Chesterfield, who came down with the Bees, ran out 5-0 win at National League North side Nuneaton Borough.

 

Lewis Walker, new signing Lee Shaw, Jamie Sharman, Ify Ofoegbu and Luke Rawson were the Spireites on the mark.

 

Leyton Orient recorded a narrow 2-3 win over National League South side Concord Rangers at the Aspect Arena.

 

A brace from Macauley Bonne followed by a late second half Josh Koroma volley sealed the win for the O's.

 

Billy Knott and Nana Boakye-Yiadom being the Beachboys scorers.

 

Dover Athletic were beaten 3-0 at Crabble by League One side Gillingham.

 

Navid Nasseri’s opener was a shot which came off former Gills defender Connor Essam before nestling in the back of the net.

 

Gills didn’t wait too long in the second half before doubling their lead - Mark Byrne driving to the by-line on 53 minutes before dragging back a cross and Liam Nash was well placed to convert from just a few yards.

 

Nasseri made sure of victory not long afterwards with a 30-yard screamer which gave the Dover stopper absolutely no chance.

 

National League North side Southport beat Barrow AFC 3-0 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

 

Barrow got off to a slow start and soon paid the price for it. A long ball towards Jack Sampson was flicked on to Dion Charles, who isolated defender Matt Elsdon just inside the penalty area, the Barrow defender then fouling Charles, the referee pointing to the spot with no hesitation. Elliot Osbourne stepped up and slotted it into the bottom right hand corner, sending goalkeeper Andrew Firth the wrong way.

 

Southport then doubled their lead midway through the first half, Dan Jones gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and Jordan Richards stepped up to whip a terrific strike into the top left-hand corner, giving debutant Firth no chance in goal.

 

And Port sealed the win with 10 minutes to go, midfielder Nathan Lowe picking the ball up around 25 yards out, arrowing a shot into the top right-hand corner.

 

FC Halifax Town came from behind to record a 3-1 win at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central side Coalville Town.

 

Coalville took an early lead when Ryan Sellers’ pass was cut out by Tolani Omotola, who fired past Town keeper Shaun Rowley one-on-one.

 

The Shaymen equalised 10 minutes later through when Dayle Southwell’s cross was headed in by a Town trialist.

 

Sellers then set-up Southwell 10 minutes after the re-start, and the striker put Halifax in-front as he cut inside and fired low into the corner.

 

Wrexham suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 3-1 at the New Bucks Head against National League North side AFC Telford United.

 

Wrexham went behind with barely 90 seconds on the clock, the makeshift centre-half pairing of Manny Smith and Akil Wight being pulled out of position with Darryl Knights slotting a lovely through ball for Daniel Udoh to race on to and slot home beyond Rob Lainton.

 

The visitors were struggling to find much kind of rhythm and found themselves 2-0 down on 20 minutes, Shane Sutton volleying home a corner from inside the six-yard box.

 

Mike Fondop reduced the deficit when he rose above the Telford defence to head home Paul Rutherford’s cross.

 

But found themselves further behind as Daniel Udoh sprang the offside trap to race clean through on goal and slot home beyond a trialist keeper who had replaced Lainton at the interval.

 

Newly-promoted Harrogate Town continued their preparations for their debut season in the National League with an emphatic 7-2 win against a youthful side from League One Bradford City.

 

Town started off the game very lively, within the first 10 seconds of the game Dom Knowles found himself on the edge of the box and attempted a half volley which he put just wide.

 

Town’s early liveliness payed off in the 5th minute as Liam Kitching, who was starting, having re-signed on loan in the last week, got onto the end of a George Thomson free-kick and guided his header to the far post where the inform Dom Knowles was alert enough to tap in; extending his goalscoring streak to seven games.

 

Knowles added a second, while Aaron Williams and Jack Emmett also bagged braces with one from Jack Muldoon.

 

Hallam Hope scored the only goal of the game as League Two Carlisle United claimed a 1-0 victory at AFC Fylde.

 

And Bromley hosted National League South new boys Dulwich Hamlet in a game dedicated to the life and memory of Glyn Beverly.

 

Hamlet took the lead with their first attack of the game. Noreen Clunis broke through the Bromley defence and beat the offside trap, before slotting past the advancing David Gregory.

 

Bromley gained a rather fortunate equaliser on 79 minutes. Bobby-Joe Taylor raced onto a flick from James O’Halloran and powered a volley into the six-yard box, which was deflected into his own net by Quade Taylor.

 

The trophy was settled from the spot, with Hamlet running out 6-5 winners.

 

Ebbsfleet United beat another Gillingham side 2-0 at Stonebridge Road.

 

Goals from Sean Shields and Ebou Adams either side of half-time helped Fleet secure the win.

 

Two penalties from Alfie Pavey earned newly-promoted Havant & Waterlooville a 2-0 win at Westleigh Park against League One Wycombe Wanderers.

 

Hartlepool United maintained their unbeaten run in pre-season with a battling 1-0 win over National League North outfit Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field.

 

Pools were made to work hard for their victory which came courtesy of Luke James’ second goal in as many games.

 

Goals from Herson Alves and Ryan Bird sealed a 2-0 win for Maidenhead United at the Camrose against Southern League Premier Division South side Basingstoke Town.

 

Dagenham & Redbridge won 3-1 win at Bostik Premier outfit Bishop’s Stortford.

 

Stortford took the lead in just the 8th minute when a poor touch from Daggers defender Patrick Webber allowed Chi Osadebe to intercept the ball, before running through on goal and netting.

 

It took just 7 minutes for Daggers to restore parity, though, with skipper Matt Robinson netting after Michael Cheek’s initial shot was blocked towards the midfielder.

 

With 20 minutes remaining, Peter Taylor’s men hit the front for the first time in the match when new boy Harry Donovan scored on the turn, with his effort clipping the post on its way in.

 

Ollie Swain then scored the third for the visitors 3 minutes later when heading home a corner.

 

Sutton United were beaten 2-0 at Gander Green Lane by an impressive Chelsea under-23 side.

 

Charlie Brown bagged both of the Premier League giants` goals.

 

Newcomers Salford City won 1-0 at one of the teams they replaced, now National League South side Woking, at Kingfield.

 

A header from Carl Piergianni won it for the Ammies.

 

Eastleigh were 3-1 winners at Bostik Premier side Leatherhead.

 

Oscar Gobern, Ben Williamson and Gavin McCallum for the Spitfires and Elliot Benyon for the Tanners.

 

National League North

 

A goal 4 minutes after half-time from Swiss striker Gold Omotayo saw Chester FC go down 1-0 at the hands of League Two side Bury at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

A Joe Ironside goal wasn’t enough to help Kidderminster Harriers to a share of the spoils as the Reds fell to a 2-1 defeat to a young side from Championship outfit Birmingham City at Aggborough.

 

Ironside had netted in the second half to bring his team level after Odin Bailey’s first half effort, only for City to resume the advantage soon after through Greg Stewart.

 

Goals from Gregg Smith and Ellis Myles gave Brackley Town a 2-0 derby win at Southern League Premier Division South neighbours Banbury United.

 

A goal from Nathan McGinley gave Championship side Middlesbrough`s under-23s a 1-0 win at Blackwell Meadows against Darlington.

 

FC United of Manchester edged a 3-2 win at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Scarborough Athletic.

 

Kurt Willoughby with two and Harry Winter for FC United and Wayne Brooksby and James Walshaw for Boro.

 

Relegated Guiseley AFC were beaten 1-0 at Ebac Northern Leaguers West Auckland Town.

 

Mark Doninger scored the only goal after 64 minutes.

 

Stockport County went down 4-1 at Edgeley Park to Premier League Everton`s under-23s.

 

Frank Mulhern was the Hatters` scorer.

 

National League South

 

Bath City struck six goals for the second time this pre-season as they swept aside a young Bristol Rovers side at Twerton Park.

 

The game also saw keeper Ryan Clarke save two penalties and all this after Rovers took a 2nd minute lead. With City appealing in vain for offside Moore reached a through ball just ahead of Clarke to roll it into the empty net.

 

City levelled on 9 minutes when Ross Stearn’s cross was handled by Jones and they scored a pre-season penalty at the third time of asking, Sean Rigg sending O’Flaherty the wrong way from the spot.

 

The hosts were now in control of the game and Andy Watkins put them ahead on 26 minutes.

 

On 36 minutes City made it 3-1 when Joe Raynes crossed for Adam Mann to blast the ball into the roof of the net.

 

Rovers improved after the break, but it was City who increased their lead in the 57th minute, Robbie Cundy rising highest to head home a Matt Richards corner.

 

Walker then fired over an open goal for the Pirates before they were awarded two penalties in the space of 11 minutes. Anthony Straker’s trip on Armstrong won the first only for Clarke to keep out the same player’s kick. Then Clarke brought down Ebbutt but redeemed himself, pushing away Moore’s weak effort.

 

With 15 minutes left City made it 5-1, O’Flaherty blocking Richards’ shot only for John Mills to slot home the rebound, before Mann struck the pick of the afternoon’s goals with a well-struck 20-yard effort 9 minutes from time.

 

Newcomers Hereford FC were beaten 2-0 at Edgar Street by League Two Newport County.

 

It was goals in either half that did the damage on the day for County, Antoine Semenyo marking his first start for the club with a goal when converting a penalty 2 minutes before half-time.

 

The victory was completed with the final play of the match, Padraig Amond refusing to give up on a long ball before rounding Martin Horsell and passing into an empty net.

 

Bostik League North side Dereham Town collected the inaugural Colin Wright Memorial Trophy by beating Braintree Town 1-0.

 

Dartford lost 1-0 at Princes Park to League Two Colchester United.

 

The only goal came 9 minutes from time after an own goal from Ronnie Vint.

 

Striker Danny Hylton notched a hat-trick as League Two Luton Town ran out 6-3 winners in a thoroughly entertaining clash at Clarence Park against St Albans City.

 

Jorge Grant, Arthur Read and James Collins were the other Hatters on target, with Ralston Gabriel and David Moyo with two for the Saints.

 

Chelmsford City eased to a 4-0 win at Bostik Premier side Harlow Town.

 

The Clarets scored twice in 5 minutes as Scott Fenwick and Rhys Murphy gave the visitors a commanding lead.

 

Ross Worner saved Andrew McCollin’s left-footed penalty before recent signing Jordan Chiedozie added to City’s tally.

 

Tom Wraight scored a late fourth goal for Chelmsford, sealing an emphatic win for the Clarets.

 

Newcomers Slough Town were impressive in beating Bostik Premier hosts Staines Town 5-0 at Wheatsheaf Park.

 

Perry Coles and Manny Williams with two apiece and one for Louie Soares.

 

 

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Saturday`s Pre-Season Friendly Round-Up
21-07-2018 I News Headlines
A round-up of some of the plethora of pre-season friendlies played on Saturday.....

National League

 

Newcomers Barnet put in a solid performance against a very strong side from Sky Bet Championship outfit Ipswich Town, falling only 1-0 to Myles Kenlock's second half goal.

 

Chesterfield, who came down with the Bees, ran out 5-0 win at National League North side Nuneaton Borough.

 

Lewis Walker, new signing Lee Shaw, Jamie Sharman, Ify Ofoegbu and Luke Rawson were the Spireites on the mark.

 

Leyton Orient recorded a narrow 2-3 win over National League South side Concord Rangers at the Aspect Arena.

 

A brace from Macauley Bonne followed by a late second half Josh Koroma volley sealed the win for the O's.

 

Billy Knott and Nana Boakye-Yiadom being the Beachboys scorers.

 

Dover Athletic were beaten 3-0 at Crabble by League One side Gillingham.

 

Navid Nasseri’s opener was a shot which came off former Gills defender Connor Essam before nestling in the back of the net.

 

Gills didn’t wait too long in the second half before doubling their lead - Mark Byrne driving to the by-line on 53 minutes before dragging back a cross and Liam Nash was well placed to convert from just a few yards.

 

Nasseri made sure of victory not long afterwards with a 30-yard screamer which gave the Dover stopper absolutely no chance.

 

National League North side Southport beat Barrow AFC 3-0 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

 

Barrow got off to a slow start and soon paid the price for it. A long ball towards Jack Sampson was flicked on to Dion Charles, who isolated defender Matt Elsdon just inside the penalty area, the Barrow defender then fouling Charles, the referee pointing to the spot with no hesitation. Elliot Osbourne stepped up and slotted it into the bottom right hand corner, sending goalkeeper Andrew Firth the wrong way.

 

Southport then doubled their lead midway through the first half, Dan Jones gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and Jordan Richards stepped up to whip a terrific strike into the top left-hand corner, giving debutant Firth no chance in goal.

 

And Port sealed the win with 10 minutes to go, midfielder Nathan Lowe picking the ball up around 25 yards out, arrowing a shot into the top right-hand corner.

 

FC Halifax Town came from behind to record a 3-1 win at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central side Coalville Town.

 

Coalville took an early lead when Ryan Sellers’ pass was cut out by Tolani Omotola, who fired past Town keeper Shaun Rowley one-on-one.

 

The Shaymen equalised 10 minutes later through when Dayle Southwell’s cross was headed in by a Town trialist.

 

Sellers then set-up Southwell 10 minutes after the re-start, and the striker put Halifax in-front as he cut inside and fired low into the corner.

 

Wrexham suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 3-1 at the New Bucks Head against National League North side AFC Telford United.

 

Wrexham went behind with barely 90 seconds on the clock, the makeshift centre-half pairing of Manny Smith and Akil Wight being pulled out of position with Darryl Knights slotting a lovely through ball for Daniel Udoh to race on to and slot home beyond Rob Lainton.

 

The visitors were struggling to find much kind of rhythm and found themselves 2-0 down on 20 minutes, Shane Sutton volleying home a corner from inside the six-yard box.

 

Mike Fondop reduced the deficit when he rose above the Telford defence to head home Paul Rutherford’s cross.

 

But found themselves further behind as Daniel Udoh sprang the offside trap to race clean through on goal and slot home beyond a trialist keeper who had replaced Lainton at the interval.

 

Newly-promoted Harrogate Town continued their preparations for their debut season in the National League with an emphatic 7-2 win against a youthful side from League One Bradford City.

 

Town started off the game very lively, within the first 10 seconds of the game Dom Knowles found himself on the edge of the box and attempted a half volley which he put just wide.

 

Town’s early liveliness payed off in the 5th minute as Liam Kitching, who was starting, having re-signed on loan in the last week, got onto the end of a George Thomson free-kick and guided his header to the far post where the inform Dom Knowles was alert enough to tap in; extending his goalscoring streak to seven games.

 

Knowles added a second, while Aaron Williams and Jack Emmett also bagged braces with one from Jack Muldoon.

 

Hallam Hope scored the only goal of the game as League Two Carlisle United claimed a 1-0 victory at AFC Fylde.

 

And Bromley hosted National League South new boys Dulwich Hamlet in a game dedicated to the life and memory of Glyn Beverly.

 

Hamlet took the lead with their first attack of the game. Noreen Clunis broke through the Bromley defence and beat the offside trap, before slotting past the advancing David Gregory.

 

Bromley gained a rather fortunate equaliser on 79 minutes. Bobby-Joe Taylor raced onto a flick from James O’Halloran and powered a volley into the six-yard box, which was deflected into his own net by Quade Taylor.

 

The trophy was settled from the spot, with Hamlet running out 6-5 winners.

 

Ebbsfleet United beat another Gillingham side 2-0 at Stonebridge Road.

 

Goals from Sean Shields and Ebou Adams either side of half-time helped Fleet secure the win.

 

Two penalties from Alfie Pavey earned newly-promoted Havant & Waterlooville a 2-0 win at Westleigh Park against League One Wycombe Wanderers.

 

Hartlepool United maintained their unbeaten run in pre-season with a battling 1-0 win over National League North outfit Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field.

 

Pools were made to work hard for their victory which came courtesy of Luke James’ second goal in as many games.

 

Goals from Herson Alves and Ryan Bird sealed a 2-0 win for Maidenhead United at the Camrose against Southern League Premier Division South side Basingstoke Town.

 

Dagenham & Redbridge won 3-1 win at Bostik Premier outfit Bishop’s Stortford.

 

Stortford took the lead in just the 8th minute when a poor touch from Daggers defender Patrick Webber allowed Chi Osadebe to intercept the ball, before running through on goal and netting.

 

It took just 7 minutes for Daggers to restore parity, though, with skipper Matt Robinson netting after Michael Cheek’s initial shot was blocked towards the midfielder.

 

With 20 minutes remaining, Peter Taylor’s men hit the front for the first time in the match when new boy Harry Donovan scored on the turn, with his effort clipping the post on its way in.

 

Ollie Swain then scored the third for the visitors 3 minutes later when heading home a corner.

 

Sutton United were beaten 2-0 at Gander Green Lane by an impressive Chelsea under-23 side.

 

Charlie Brown bagged both of the Premier League giants` goals.

 

Newcomers Salford City won 1-0 at one of the teams they replaced, now National League South side Woking, at Kingfield.

 

A header from Carl Piergianni won it for the Ammies.

 

Eastleigh were 3-1 winners at Bostik Premier side Leatherhead.

 

Oscar Gobern, Ben Williamson and Gavin McCallum for the Spitfires and Elliot Benyon for the Tanners.

 

National League North

 

A goal 4 minutes after half-time from Swiss striker Gold Omotayo saw Chester FC go down 1-0 at the hands of League Two side Bury at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

A Joe Ironside goal wasn’t enough to help Kidderminster Harriers to a share of the spoils as the Reds fell to a 2-1 defeat to a young side from Championship outfit Birmingham City at Aggborough.

 

Ironside had netted in the second half to bring his team level after Odin Bailey’s first half effort, only for City to resume the advantage soon after through Greg Stewart.

 

Goals from Gregg Smith and Ellis Myles gave Brackley Town a 2-0 derby win at Southern League Premier Division South neighbours Banbury United.

 

A goal from Nathan McGinley gave Championship side Middlesbrough`s under-23s a 1-0 win at Blackwell Meadows against Darlington.

 

FC United of Manchester edged a 3-2 win at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Scarborough Athletic.

 

Kurt Willoughby with two and Harry Winter for FC United and Wayne Brooksby and James Walshaw for Boro.

 

Relegated Guiseley AFC were beaten 1-0 at Ebac Northern Leaguers West Auckland Town.

 

Mark Doninger scored the only goal after 64 minutes.

 

Stockport County went down 4-1 at Edgeley Park to Premier League Everton`s under-23s.

 

Frank Mulhern was the Hatters` scorer.

 

National League South

 

Bath City struck six goals for the second time this pre-season as they swept aside a young Bristol Rovers side at Twerton Park.

 

The game also saw keeper Ryan Clarke save two penalties and all this after Rovers took a 2nd minute lead. With City appealing in vain for offside Moore reached a through ball just ahead of Clarke to roll it into the empty net.

 

City levelled on 9 minutes when Ross Stearn’s cross was handled by Jones and they scored a pre-season penalty at the third time of asking, Sean Rigg sending O’Flaherty the wrong way from the spot.

 

The hosts were now in control of the game and Andy Watkins put them ahead on 26 minutes.

 

On 36 minutes City made it 3-1 when Joe Raynes crossed for Adam Mann to blast the ball into the roof of the net.

 

Rovers improved after the break, but it was City who increased their lead in the 57th minute, Robbie Cundy rising highest to head home a Matt Richards corner.

 

Walker then fired over an open goal for the Pirates before they were awarded two penalties in the space of 11 minutes. Anthony Straker’s trip on Armstrong won the first only for Clarke to keep out the same player’s kick. Then Clarke brought down Ebbutt but redeemed himself, pushing away Moore’s weak effort.

 

With 15 minutes left City made it 5-1, O’Flaherty blocking Richards’ shot only for John Mills to slot home the rebound, before Mann struck the pick of the afternoon’s goals with a well-struck 20-yard effort 9 minutes from time.

 

Newcomers Hereford FC were beaten 2-0 at Edgar Street by League Two Newport County.

 

It was goals in either half that did the damage on the day for County, Antoine Semenyo marking his first start for the club with a goal when converting a penalty 2 minutes before half-time.

 

The victory was completed with the final play of the match, Padraig Amond refusing to give up on a long ball before rounding Martin Horsell and passing into an empty net.

 

Bostik League North side Dereham Town collected the inaugural Colin Wright Memorial Trophy by beating Braintree Town 1-0.

 

Dartford lost 1-0 at Princes Park to League Two Colchester United.

 

The only goal came 9 minutes from time after an own goal from Ronnie Vint.

 

Striker Danny Hylton notched a hat-trick as League Two Luton Town ran out 6-3 winners in a thoroughly entertaining clash at Clarence Park against St Albans City.

 

Jorge Grant, Arthur Read and James Collins were the other Hatters on target, with Ralston Gabriel and David Moyo with two for the Saints.

 

Chelmsford City eased to a 4-0 win at Bostik Premier side Harlow Town.

 

The Clarets scored twice in 5 minutes as Scott Fenwick and Rhys Murphy gave the visitors a commanding lead.

 

Ross Worner saved Andrew McCollin’s left-footed penalty before recent signing Jordan Chiedozie added to City’s tally.

 

Tom Wraight scored a late fourth goal for Chelmsford, sealing an emphatic win for the Clarets.

 

Newcomers Slough Town were impressive in beating Bostik Premier hosts Staines Town 5-0 at Wheatsheaf Park.

 

Perry Coles and Manny Williams with two apiece and one for Louie Soares.

 

 

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