Published 29th July 2012
Blue Square Bet Premier club Grimsby Town earned a 4-2 victory at Baris Northern Counties East League side Barton Town Old Boys.
When the Mariners stormed into a three-goal lead, it looked like an easy win was on the cards.
Young Dayle Southwell opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he tapped the ball home from short range, before Joe Colbeck added goals two and three within 5 minutes.
But the hosts pulled one back immediately as Ashley Dexter headed home a free-kick - and made it 3-2 before half-time when Ray Ford side-footed home.
There was only one further goal in the second half, with substitute Sam Hatton heading a cross past home keeper Liam Taylor in the 69th minute.
Conference Premier side Cambridge United won 1-0 at Conference North Bishop`s Stortford.
The only goal of the game came in the 82nd minute when Andy Pugh converted a penalty awarded after Adriano Moko was fouled by Stortford defender Phil Anderson.
A stand-out result came at Kenilworth Road where Luton Town, determined not to miss out on promotion this time after the heartbreak of the last two seasons, beat npower Championship side Ipswich Town 2-0.
Hatters` defender Janos Kovacs headed a goal from a set-piece in either half to see the hosts to victory against a full-strength Tractorboys.
Luton`s league rivals AFC Telford United were held to a 2-2 draw at the New Bucks Head by League Two Chesterfield.
On 10 minutes Drew Talbot made it 1-0 to the Spireites before Jake Reid equalised in the 25th.
Jordan Bowery gave Chesterfield the lead for the second time in the 62nd minute, but recent signing Steve Jones brought it all square with 20 minutes remaining.
Conference South club Truro City City regained the Aubrey Wilkes Trophy, competed for against Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division side Falmouth Town, thanks to a fine goal 14 minutes from time by substitute Kiefer Moore.
It was enough to settle an entertaining friendly as both clubs continued their preparations for the new season.
Falmouth had done well to come back from 2-0 down against the higher grade outfit to level the scores after Stewart Yetton and Jake Ash had seemingly put the home side on their way to a comfortable win.
Truro doubled their advantage after 22 minutes when former Falmouth player Dan Green beat Jamie Devine to the ball in his now half and made a storming run before finding Ash who planted the ball over Chapman from outside the area.
But 3 minutes from the interval Falmouth did get back into the game when Dan McGhee's cross shot from wide on the right found the far corner of Payne's net.
And Falmouth levelled the scores 12 minutes into the second half when Payne could only push Wayne Quinn's free-kick into the path of Matt Shiels, who had the easiest of finishes to make it 2-2.
Two goals in the final 5 minutes from Jordi Hiwula gave Premier League champions Manchester City's XI victory over Conference Premier neighbours Stockport County at Edgeley Park.
Having drawn the sides level with an 85th minute penalty, the striker fired past Ian Ormson in the first of two added minutes.
County had been on course for victory, thanks to Daniel O’Donnell’s 68th minute effort when he converted Sam Sheridan’s free-kick at the far post.
County`s league rivals Tamworth`s preparations continued with a 2-1 win at NPL Premier side Hednesford Town.
The Lambs went ahead after just 9 minutes Marcus Kelly curled a free-kick past Lee Crane in the home goal to open the scoring.
That was until just before the break when Lee Hendrie's accurate ball through the middle allowed Kelly to run onto the chance and nip it past Crane and into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box.
The Pitmen reduced the arrears on 54 minutes when Neil Harvey scored courtesy of a close range finish from Sean O'Connor's low ball into his path in the box.
An experimental Alfreton Town side fell to a 3-0 defeat at home against a Burnley XI at the Impact Arena.
Nicky Law's side contained three triallists in the starting line-up and a fourth on the bench, but they were well in contention throughout and created chances in each half.
Last season's loan hero, goalkeeper Jon Stewart, proved to be an unbeatable barrier for the visitors, particularly for Nathan Arnold in the first half.
Burnley's goals came on ten minutes from Mehdi Lazaar with a ten-yard shot, 48 minutes from Joe Jackson with a near post header and on 75 minutes from Steve Hewitt, whose deft touch in front of goal diverted an Adam Evans cross into the far corner.
A West Ham United X1 including Freddie Piquionne and Ravel Morrison were beaten 1-0 at Park View Road by Conference South side Welling United, thanks to a Ben Martin towering header.
Welsh Premier side Prestatyn Town’s undefeated pre-season continued with a 1-0 win over North West Counties League Division One outfit Rochdale Town, thanks to an 80th minute Ross Stephens penalty.
Hat-tricks from two different strikers saw Ebac Northern League new boys Darlington 1883 continue their successful pre-season on Saturday at Northern Counties East League side Glasshoughton Welfare.
Three goals apiece from Shaun Reay and Steven Johnson either side of half-time gave the Quakers a comprehensive 6-1 win in West Yorkshire where they recorded win number four of pre-season so far.
A first half hat-trick by summer signing Lewis Toomey secured a first pre-season victory for Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division St Albans City as Essex Senior League side Enfield FC were seen off 3-2 at Goldsdown Road.
League One side AFC Bournemouth came from behind to win 3-1 away to Southern Division One South & West new boys Winchester City at the Denplan City Ground.
City started brightly and went ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, thanks to a well-taken goal from Michael Charles.
The visitors grew in stature as the game progressed and returning front man Josh McQuoid, who has rejoined Bournemouth following a short spell at Millwall, finished smartly when in a one-on-one situation with the City keeper.
Moments before half-time and it was 2-1 to the Cherries when McQuoid, again, expertly converted his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of Webb's net.
The Cherries sealed their victory 3 minutes after half-time and, despite both sides trading opportunities late on, the scoreline remained 3-1.
Welsh Premier outfit Bangor City thrashed visiting Ashton Athletic, putting the North West Counties League Premier Division side to the sword with an 8-0 thumping, including a hat-trick from John Owen.
Goals from Nathan Bowden-Hasse and Alex Brown in the first half and added to by triallist Saul Otobo gave Southern League Division One Central fancies Slough Town a 3-0 victory over Uhlsport Hellenic Leaguers Thame United.
Ryman League Premier Division side Hendon ran out 3-0 winners against Combined Counties League landlords Wembley.
Kevin MacLaren opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, with Michael Peacock doubling the lead on the half-hour mark.
The third goal came in the 57th minute through Casey MacLaren.
Manager Craig Harris` current club, Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South Chasetown, shared a 1-1 draw at the team he left, Baker Joiner Midland Alliance Tipton Town.
Tipton took the lead when a cross from the left-hand side was headed beyond goalkeeper Ryan Price at the far post.
Danny Smith who set up the second half equaliser, drilling the ball across the box where Gary Hay was on hand to rifle the ball home.
Southern Division One Central side Burnham won 6-1 at Spartan South Midlands hosts Aston Clinton with a hat-trick from Julian Owusu, a brace from Keiran Knight and one from Will Hendrie.
Rob Sanderson scored the only goal of the game after 23 minutes as Northern Counties East champions Retford United beat Cymru Alliance side Porthmadog.
Liam Dooley goal just 4 minutes from time earned Retford`s league rivals Nostell Miners Welfare a 1-0 win against West Yorkshire Leaguers Beeston St Anthony`s, while Adam Hill’s goal saw NCEL Premier Thackley complete the warm-up schedule against Division One Albion Sports.
Another NCEL Premier side, Liversedge, scraped a 1-0 win against Division One side Eccleshill United, courtesy of a Gibral Bojang effort after 16 minutes.
A strong MK Dons side were held to a credictable goalless draw at Nene Park by Southern Premier Division newcomers Kettering Town in front of a crowd of 627.
East Midlands Counties League side Bardon Hill`s final pre-season game against Sutton Town of the Central Midlands League saw them record a 4-1 win.
Three goals from Brett Hickling and one from Ryan Collis was enough to win the game for Bardon.
Bardon`s league rivals Gedling Miners Welfare shared a 1-1 draw with NCEL Premier Division side Arnold Town.
Chase Marcham was on target for the hosts, and Steve Chapman for the Eagles.
Southern Division One Central side Ashford Town (Middx) were beaten at home by Ryman Premier Division new boys Hampton & Richmond Borough.
The match was decided by a single goal, scored in the 18th minute by the Beavers' JJ Bates, who lobbed Paul McCarthy.
NPL First Division North side Mossley won 3-1 at NWCL hosts Bacup Borough.
Sam Hind gave the visitors a 14th minute lead that Nathan Taylor doubled from the spot on 32 minutes.
Adam Dale reduced the deficit 4 minutes later, only for Brad Yarwood to make it 3-1 less than 3 minutes later.
NPL Premier Division FC United of Manchester romped to a 6-0 victory at Northern League Bishop Auckland in a match to celebrate Bishops 125th anniversary.
FC United raced into a 3-0 lead in under 25 minutes and ended the day having doubled that tally without reply.
FC United`s scorers were Kris Amadi with two, Jerome Wright with two, Matty Wolfenden and Mike Norton.
FC United`s league rivals Marine played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Arriva Stadium with visitors Tranmere Rovers.
Rovers had a late chance to seal the win with a penalty, but Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro blazed his kick over the bar.
In truth though defeat would have been harsh on the home side, who had more than matched their full-time opponents until the last 20 minutes when the customary multiple substitutions took place.
Rovers pened the scoring after 13 minutes through Jonathan Tehoue but Danny Grannon to side-footed the leveller less than 3 minutes later.
Matty Brown headed the Mariners in front on 57 minutes, but Tranmere were level after 65 minutes, Lucas Akins sending over a good cross and Joe Conchie converting across Pye from close range.
A single Joe Francis goal in the second half gave Ryman Premier side Lowestoft Town victory at NPL First Division South newboys King`s Lynn Town at The Walks.
Ryman Division One North side Harlow Town enjoyed a 1-0 win at SSML Hertford Town, courtesy of a superb Leon Antoine strike a minute from time.