Arsenal stormed to a 4-0 win over National League club Boreham Wood as a strong squad from the Premier League outfit outclassed Luke Garrard’s men.
The showcase friendly was the official opening of the club’s £1m DESSO pitch, with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis cutting the ribbon shortly before kick-off.
The away side oozed class and Chuba Akpom opened the scoring in just the 12th minute, sliding it past Grant Smith from the spot.
With the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson in the Arsenal ranks, there was little that the Wood could do.
Garrard’s side battled defiantly, but Jon Toral scored either side of a Stephy Mavidi brace on 24 and 47 minutes to make it four for the Gunners.
The boss is joined pitchside by Ivan Gazidis…
…we're here to open the new pitch at Meadow Park
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 27, 2017
National League South side East Thurrock United were held to a 3-3 draw at Bostik League North outfit Bowers & Pitsea – and after leading 2-0 and 3-1.
Montel Agyemang gave the visiting Rocks the boost of an early 4th minute lead.
Sam Higgins doubled that lead 5 minutes later, only for John Easterford to reduce the deficit just 2 minutes later.
But Kyle Ruel restored the Rocks` two-goal advantage on the half-hour mark and they held that lead until the 69th minute when Jamie Salmon converted a penalty.
And then in the very last minute of normal time, new boy Vlad Sighiartau
grabbed Bowers` equaliser.
East Thurrock`s league rivals Hampton & Richmond Borough travelled to Imber Court to play Bostik Premier side Metropolitan Police
Tom Hickey gave the Met the lead and then doubled that with a fine volley.
Harry Crawford reduced the arrears and then Ryan Moss missed a penalty that would have pulled the Beavers level.
A Tom Bird free-kick then killed off the visitors 10 minutes from time.
Goals from Ryan Ansell and Luis Veirra earned ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side a 2-1 home win over Evo-Stik League South outfit Corby Town.
Jason Lee replied for the Steelmen 2 minutes from time.
Corby`s league rivals Chasetown lost 5-1 at home to League One Walsall.
Chris Baker scored the Scholars` consolation.
Evo-Stik League Premier side Coalville Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at Owen Street to Evo-Stik League South Premier outfit Kettering Town.
Goals from Brett Solkhon after just 4 minutes and Michael Richens on 70 minutes gave the Poppies the win, with Massiah McDonald replying.
Coalville`s neighbours and league rivals Barwell edged out Midland League Division One hosts Leicester Road by a single Cordel White goal.
Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Clipstone edged out League Two neighbours Mansfield Town`s under-21s by the odd goal in five.
Tim Gregory and an Adam Somes brace in the final 3 minutes sealed the hosts` win.
Clipstone`s league rivals Garforth Town won 2-1 at West Yorkshire Leaguers Whitkirk Wanderers with second half goals from Michael Hamilton and Lee Turner.
NCEL Division One side Ollerton Town edged a seven-goal win at Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division outfit Newark Floserve.
Lewis Bingham, Ashley Shannon, Gavin King and Grant Tobin scored the goals that saw the visitors come back from 2-0 down.