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Saturday`s Pre-Season Friendly Review…..

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A selection of Saturday`s pre-season friendly matches….

Evo-Stik League South Premier new boys Hereford FC`s final pre-season fixture saw them beat Evo-Stik League Premier side Stourbridge 1-0 in the Herefordshire FA Senior Invitational Cup.

With a penalty shoot-out looking likely to decide the winner of the cup, the Bulls broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute through captain Jimmy Oates.

Goals from Manny Williams, Chris Flood and James Dobson saw Hereford`s new league rivals Slough Town overcome Bostik Premier outfit Tonbridge Angels 3-0 at Longmead.

Another Evo-Stik South Premier side, Basingstoke Town, suffered a 2-0 defeat at Evo-Stik South West outfit Salisbury FC.

Mark Francis bagged a brace for Steve Claridge`s side.

Basingstoke`s league rivals Banbury United edged out Salisbury`s rivals Mangotsfield United 2-1 at the Spencer Stadium.

Goals from Jefferson Louis and Matt Peake-Pijnen for the Puritans and Darren Edwards for the Mangos.

The Mangos` neighbours and league rivals Larkhall Athletic edged out Evo-Stik South East hosts Fleet Town by the odd goal in five at Calthorpe Park.

George King, Matt Guy and a Jamie Lyons penalty for the Larks, Sammy Pekun and Danilo Cadette for Fleet.

Another Evo-Stik South Premier side, promoted Royston Town, lost 3-2 at Bostik League Premier Wingate & Finchley.

Adam Marriott and Sam Ives were the Crows on target, but Reece Beckles-Richards, Ben Pattie and Afolobi Obafemi won it for the hosts.

Veteran Jamie Cureton scored the only goal of the game as Royston`s new league rivals Farnborough sealed a 1-0 win at Evo-Stik South West outfit Winchester City.

The same two divisions were represented as higher grade Weymouth won 3-1 at Wimborne Town.

Ben Thomson, Brandon Goodship and a Jake McCarthy penalty for the Terras.

Jack Lovell replied for the Magpies.

Evo-Stik South East side Aylesbury United completed a hard-fought draw against Evo-Stik South Premier landlords Chesham United.

It was the Ducks who took the lead after 10 minutes through Bruno Brito.

But Jon-Jo Bates fired a 25-yard equaliser for the Generals after 65 minutes.

A second half hat-trick from Tom Knowles ensured Evo-Stik South East new boys Cambridge City recorded a 3-1 victory over Evo-Stik South Premier landlords St Ives Town.

After a goalless first half, Knowles took centre stage as he bagged all three goals inside 5 second half minutes.

A George Landais brace helped Bostik South side Lewes to an impressive 3-1 victory over Bostik Premier outfit Burgess Hill Town in their final pre-season friendly at the Dripping Pan.

Leatherhead beat groundsharing Kingstonian 5-1 in an impressive display.

However, 3 minutes into the game, this result never seemed probable as the K’s took the lead through Jack Palmer.

The equaliser ventually arrived in the 40th minute when Yannis Ambroisine was gifted a free header 5 yards out.

Leatherhead started the second half as they ended the first and took the lead in the 47th minute as Calum Davies continued his great form in pre-season to find the top corner.

Leatherhead made it 3-1 soon after through Chike Kandi this time with a wonderful half volley.

Kandi then made it 4-1 in the 60th minute and The Tanners had time for one more as they completed their impressive display with Tre Mitford wrapping up the performance with a fine header into the top corner with 10 minutes left to play.

The Tanners` league rivals Dulwich Hamlet completed their pre-season preparations with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against Bostik South side Carshalton Athletic during which Dumebi Dumaka took his summer goal tally to 8.

Dumaka bagged a brace along with Nana Boakye-Yiadom, a Gavin Tomlin free-kick and Muhammadu Faal wrapped up the Hamlet scoring – Mickel Miller netting the Robins` consolation.

Another Bostik Premier side, Staines Town, shared a 2-2 draw at Eo-Stik South East hosts Marlow.

Staines` star summer signing, Elliot Buchanan, along with acadamy starlet Elliot Baptiste were the Swans on target.

Kelvin Bossman and Charlie Samuels were Marlow`s scorers, and they also had Josh Francis sent-off after 63 minutes.

Staines` league rivals Hendon`s good pre-season form continued with a 3-0 win at Bostik South VCD Athletic.

Zak Joseph opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Niko Muir had a penalty saved.

The second half saw Daniel Uchechi and Keagan Cole add to the Greens` tally.

Bostik South side Thamesmead Town caused a minor upset by beating Bostik Premier Folkestone Invicta on penalties to claim the Sid Burvill Trophy.

The game finished 1-1 with Sam Hasler pulling Invicta level, but Mead won it in the shoot-out.

Bostik North side Canvey Island rounded off their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Bostik South outfit Greenwich Borough at The Frost Financial Stadium.

A goal from Travis Gregory 19 minutes from time won it for Boro.

Evo-Stik North side Hyde United rounded off pre-season with a resounding 4-0 home victory against Evo-Stik Premier opposition in Tameside neighbours Ashton United.

Peter Boyle gave the Tigers a first half lead from the penalty spot.

But it was the second period when they cut loose, adding goals from Adam Baker with two and David Brown.

Ashton`s league rivals Whitby Town lost 2-1 to Hyde`s new rivals, promoted South Shields.

Goals from Jamie Holmes and a Luke Sullivan spot-kick outgunned Dave Carson`s reply for the Seasiders.

Another Evo-Stik Premier side, relegated Altrincham, suffered another friendly set-back, losing 1-0 at Shawe View against Evo-Stik North outfit Trafford.

A 39th minute Ashley Woods effort won it for the hosts.

Altrincham`s new league rivals, promoted Farsley Celtic, shared a 1-1 draw at Evo-Stik North Mossley AFC`s Seel Park.

Elliott Harrison have the Lilywhites a 63rd minute lead that Isaac Baldwin cancelled out 3 minutes from time.

Warrington Town beat now Cymru Alliance side Airbus UK Broughton 3-1 at Cantilever Park.

Connor Hughes, Abou Sanogo and Jay McCarten were the Wire men on target, Pavel Vieria replying.

Warrington`s new league rivals Stalybridge Celtic won by the same scoreline at Evo-Stik North side Radcliffe Borough.

Jake Charles bagged a brace for Celtic, with Greg Wilkinson adding the other after Carl Peers had given Boro an early 6th minute lead.

Evo-Stik South new boys Corby Town shared a 1-1 draw at Steel Park with Evo-Stik South East outfit AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Blaze Punter’s glancing header for Diamonds, and Steve Leslie’s deflected free-kick for the Steelmen proved to be the only goals of the game and came either side of the interval.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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