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Tuesday`s Friendly Action Reviewed…..

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Vanarama National League newcomers Leyton Orient`s pre-season came to an end with a 5-1 defeat at home to Arsenal under-23s.

Krystian Bielek rifled home an early opener for the visitors, before Chuba Akpom doubled the Gunners lead before the 15-minute mark.

Stephy Mavididi then added a third for the visitors on the stroke of half-time before defender Carl Jenkinson made it 4-0 with 25 minutes remaining.

Striker Macauley Bonne was on hand to continue his fine pre-season form and pull a goal back for the O’s on the 70th minute, but Arsenal added a fifth in the closing stages as Eddie Nketiah smashed home.

The O`s new league rivals Eastleigh included their latest signing, midfielder Cavanagh Miley from Jersey, in their 2-1 friendly win at Sydenhams Football League (Wess0065x) One outfit AFC Stoneham.

Having fallen behind, Eastleigh hit back with goals from Craig McAllister and Paul Reid.

Solihull Moors overcame West Bromwich Albion`s under-23 side 2-0 at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.

Jordan Liburd gave Moors the lead which Luke Benbow doubled after Simeon Maye had seen a penalty saved.

Solihull`s league rivals Barrow AFC readied themselves for Saturday`s peague opener with a 3-1 win at Evo-Stik League Premier returnees Witton Albion at Wincham Park.

Rob Hopley gave Albion an early 6th minute lead that Harry Panayiotou cancelled out 9 minutes later.

But the Bluebirds led at the break when James Demetriou made it 2-1 on 31 minutes.

And Panayiotou netted his second and Barrow`s third with 7 minutes remaining.

National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough ended their pre-season programme with a comfortable win over Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division neighbours Hanworth Villa.

A well-taken goal by forward Harrison Livingstone just before the interval gave the Beavers a platform for the second half.

An early goal from skipper Sam Gallagher doubled the lead, a powerfully finished shot that left the Villains keeper diving as the ball entered the net.

Jerome Federico made it 3-0 with a clever solo run that beat three defenders before he slid the ball under the keeper and into the net.

The Villains grabbed a late consolation goal, but the Beavers mixed line up were good enough to hold on.

Hampton`s new league rivals Chippenham Town slipped to a best-of-five defeat to League Two neighbours Swindon Town at Hardenhuish Park.

A youthful Swindon side were three goals to the good in the first half from Jesse Starkey, Tom Smith and Scott.

The Bluebirds responded in the second half, with Will Richards pulling a goal back and David Pratt pulled a second for the hosts with 2 minutes left on the clock.

Another National League South side, Hemel Hempstead Town, survived the shock of going two goals down to Bostik North outfit Ware to move into the semi-final of the Herts Charity Cup.

Goals from Yannick Kamanan and Lee White inside the opening 15 minutes gave the lower league side their advantage.

That lead was wiped out before the break with two goals in 4 minutes from Ed Asafu and Joe Gardner.

Then a brace of penalties from Jordan Parkes in the 49th and 59th minutes sealed the Tudors` win.

National League North new boys Blyth Spartans slipped to a 3-0 Croft Park defeat to Evo-Stik League Premier side Whitby Town.

One of the impressive visitors’ triallists staked his claim for a place in the squad with a goal on 73 minutes, before Kieran Weledji added a brace in the final 6 minutes to seal the win.

Another National League North outfit, Salford City, ended their pre-season with an encouraging 2-0 win at Shawe View against Evo-Stik Premier side Trafford, with goals from Anthony Dudley and an un-named triallist.

Salford`s rivals and neighbours FC United of Manchester went down to a 2-1 Broadhurst Park defeat to League One Fleetwood Town.

Ashley Nadeson gave the visitors a 10th minute lead.

Nathan Jones equalised 30 seconds into the second half, but Wes Burns won it for the Cod Army 6 minutes from time.

Another National League North side in late pre-season action were Curzon Ashton.

And they won 2-0 at Harrison Park against Evo-Stik South outfit Leek Town, courtesy of a Matty Crothers brace.

Alfreton Town also warmed-up for Saturday`s National League North opener with a 6-1 romp at Midland Leaguers Long Eaton United.

The Reds` goals came from Elliot Whitehouse, Chris Sharp, Brody Robertson, Brad McGowan, Ryan Jennings and an un-named triallist.

In what could be a record, Championship Bolton Wanderers named TEN un-named starting triallists in their 6-1 win against Evo-Stik Premier side Marine AFC!

The only named starter was goalkeeper Jake Turner, and there were another three un-named triallists on a bench of six!

Kenny Strickland scored the Mariners` consolation.

The Mariners` new league rivals Altrincham continued their impressive pre-season form under Phil Parkinson with a 4-0 win at Hallmark Security League neighbours Winsford United.

The visitors took an 11th minute lead through Josh Hancock.

The second goal followed in the 17th minute from Tom Peers.

Hancock scored again after 26 minutes, and the fourth goal came from a poor back-pass which the Winsford keeper Heywood smashed at Peers only for the ball to ricochet off the Alty forward and into the net.

Another Evo-Stik Premier outfit, Rushall Olympic, shared a 2-2 Dales Lane draw with League One Walsall.
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Jordan Sangha drilled Walsall ahead on 20 minutes before Joe Hull smashed home an equaliser 8 minutes before half-time.

Cameron Peters restored the visitors’ lead on 59 minutes, but an un-named triallist’s last-minute header ensured the match finished level.

Evo-Stik Premier newcomers Farsley Celtic won 1-0 at former Evo-Stik North rivals Glossop North End.

A second half Paul Walker goal was all that separated the teams.

Evo-Stik League South Premier club Kettering Town were 3-0 winners at The Sir Halley Stewart Fields against Evo-Stik South side Spalding United.

The Poppies led 2-0 at the break with goals from triallist Matt Stevens from Peterborough United on 15 minutes and an own goal from Jack Fixter after 23 minutes.

The home side did not have a shot on target until the second half as the Poppies wrapped the game up with Aaron O’Connor adding a third on 63 minutes.

Kettering`s league rivals Banbury United suffered their first defeat of pre-season at Evo-Stik South West side Kidlington.

A goal from former Puritan Mark Janes giving the hosts a deserved win on the night.

The final home pre-season fixture for Bostik North side AFC Sudbury was against Stowmarket Town from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

This was a game that was full of endeavour but ended without a goal being scored and there were few chances at either end in the whole 90 minutes.

Sudbury`s new league rivals, Potters Bar Town, who have been switched from the Evo-Stik South East, were beaten 3-1 by Bostik Premier side Hendon.

Niko Muir hit a hat-trick for the Greens.

Hendon`s ambitious league rivals Billericay Town went down to a 5-1 New Lodge defeat to Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

A youthful QPR team, containing former Spurs and England defender Steven Caulker, ran out comprehensive victors.

Aramide Oteh bagged a brace for Rangers, with Axel Prohouly, Eberechi Eze and Reece Grego-Cox also on target, with Billy Bricknell pulling a goal back for the hosts.

Another Bostik Premier outfit, Worthing, ran out 4-1 Woodside Park winners against a youthful side from League Two new boys Forest Green Rovers.

The Rebels` goals came from James Fraser, a Will Davidson own goal, Antone Douglas and Ben Pope.

Nathan Trueman replied for Rovers.

Tony Kempster`s Charity Match saw Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Bridlington Town overcome Humber Premier League minnows 3-0.

A crowd of 110 saw Jake Day bag a brace for Brid, with Joel Sutton adding the third.

Bridlington`s league rivals Barton Town won the Barton Cup by beating NCEL Division One side Brigg Town 2-0 at The Hawthorns.

Veteran striker Gary Bradshaw and Dane Mortimer netted in each half to seal Barton`s win.

A crowd of 320 saw another NCEL Premier Division side, Rainworth Miners Welfare, lose 4-1 at home to Mansfield Town`s under-21s in the Green Energy Cup.

Julian Lawrence scored the Wrens` consolation after a brace from Zayn Hakeem and penalties from Jack Thomas and Keaton Ward for the Stags.

There was an even bigger crowd of 550 at NCEL Division One Hallam as they entertained a Sheffield United XI.

Steve Brammer`s penalty earned Hallam parity after Caolan Lavery`s 8th minute opener for the Blades.

But a second for Lavery and one from Jake Wright sealed a 3-1 win for the Championship visitors.

Spartan South Midlands Premier side Leverstock Green started the new season as they ended the last one, with a cup defeat to Tring Athletic in the Herts Charity Shield.

Jack Read bagged a brace for Tring with late goals from Chris Blunden and James Shaw, with Dave Lawrence replying for Green.

Combined Counties League Premier Division side Guildford City won The Axtell Cup for the first time with a 1-0 win against new league rivals Godalming Town, who were relegated from the Bostik South.

A goal from Kieran Campbell 17 minutes from time earned City some early silverware.

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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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