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Wednesday`s Pre-Season Friendly Round-Up…..

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Vanarama National League outfit Solihull Moors proved too much for Premier League Stoke City`s under-23s at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.

The Moors ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, racing into a three-goal lead inside the opening 25 minutes with Dapo Afolyan, Simeon Maye and Shomari Barnwell all netting for the hosts.

City did stem the tide, although Moors did add a fourth shortly after the interval as Afolyan grabbed his second of game.

Moors` league rivals Gateshead shared a 1-1 draw with National League North neighbours Darlington FC at the International Stadium.

The hosts took the lead after 9 minutes when Jordan Preston cut in from the left and beat Adam Bartlett with a low shot.

The Quakers’ improved after the break and were rewarded when David Syers headed past James Montgomery from six yards.

A squad from National League club Bromley travelled to Southern Counties East Leaguers Holmesdale and triumphed 3-0.

Jordan Higgs, Aiden Enver and an own goal accounted for the Ravens` goals.

Ryan Case grabbed his second goal in as many pre-season games as Bath City got the better of League One Bristol Rovers at Twerton Park.

The defender had been on trial for the past few games and is known to have made a big impression on Romans` manager Gary Owers.

And he made it two goals in two games, following on from his strike against Clevedon Town last Saturday, by heading in a Marvin Morgan cross to give City victory.

Bath`s league rivals Whitehawk fell to a 3-2 defeat to Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23 side at the Enclosed Ground.

The Seagulls twice came from behind to secure the win as James Tilley scored a brace and Max Sanders found the back of the net with a free-kick, after the Hawks took a 2-1 lead through Bayan Fenwick and an unfortunate own goal from Billy Collings.

National League South newcomers Bognor Regis Town were rather unfortunate in losing 2-1 at Nyewood Lane to League Two Crawley Town.

Crawley scored two late goals to win at Bognor – but it was the Rocks who could look back with more satisfaction after bossing long periods of a game they should not have lost.

Ollie Pearce’s goal gave Bognor a half-time lead but Moussall Sinott and Dennon Lewis scored in the final 10 minutes to go home with the win.

National League North side AFC Telford United beat a young Shrewsbury Town side 1-0 in a scrappy affair at the New Bucks Head.

Neither side created many clear-cut chances but it was Telford who scored just after half-time when Elliot Newby’s shot nestled in the bottom corner.

The Bucks` league rivals, Kidderminster Harriers, and Championship side Birmingham City played out a competitive 1-1 draw at Aggborough.

In an end-to-end, open first half it was Harriers who took the lead on 10 minutes as James McQuilkin run forced Paul Robinson to force the ball beyond his own goalkeeper under pressure.

Blues levelled through Clayton Donaldson past the half-hour mark in match that was the ideal work out for both teams.

Another National North outfit, North Ferriby United, came up short in their penultimate pre-season fixture losing 2-0 to League One Rotherham United at the Eon Visual Media Stadium.

Goals from Ryan Williams and Reece McGinley were enough to seal the win for the visitors against Steve Housham’s side.

Evo-Stik League South Premier side Hitchin Town beat a young Arsenal XI 2-1 at Top Field.

Liam Brooks gave Hitchin the lead with 30 minutes played but they were pegged back by a Jordi Osei-Tutu equaliser.

Canaries skipper Dan Webb headed the winner seconds before half-time.

Hitchin`s league rivals King`s Lynn Town earned a 4-3 win over an Ipswich Town XI at The Walks.

The Championship side`s goalkeeper Michael Crowe was the busier of the two in the first half but the Linnets deservedly took the lead just before the break through Toby Hilliard.

Ipswich hit back early in the second half through Monty Patterson but Ryan Hawkins restored the Linnets lead soon after.

Patterson grabbed his second of the evening to level matters before the visitors got their noses in front, thanks to an Albert Wilton strike.

Hilliard restored parity in the 82nd minute and that’s how it looked like it was going to end until Leon Mettam’s 89th minute free-kick.

The Linnets` new league rivals, Hereford FC, were beaten 5-1 at Edgar Street by Ipswich`s rivals Cardiff City’s development squad containing several first-team players.

Cardiff took the lead after 9 minutes through Matthew Kennedy, with Mark Preece equalising 8 minutes later.

But further goals for the Bluebirds from Declan John, Craig Noone with a brace, and Ibrahim Meite rounded off the scoring.

Evo-Stik South East side Aylesbury United made a winning return to their ‘home’ ground of The Meadow, Chesham, as they saw off Spartan South Midlands Leaguers Tring Athletic 4-0.

Portugese striker Bruno Brito bagged a brace for the Ducks, with 16-year-old Jamie Jellis and Reece Cameron grabbed the others.

Evo-Stik League Premier side Stourbridge ran out 4 -1 victors over Evo-Stik League South Premier Redditch United.

The hosts forged in-front on 7 minutes through a Stuart Pierpoint header.

Stourbridge then doubled their lead shortly afterwards through Brandon Hague.

Redditch pulled a goal back in the 20th minute after Dior Angus was tripped inside the area by Paul McCone and Angus got back up to confidently fire the spot-kick past Matt Gould.

Josh Green added the Glassboys` third in the 71st minute and shortly afterwards, Ryan Rowe made it 4-1.

The Glassboys` league rivals Matlock Town won 2-1 at Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division neighbours Staveley Miners Welfare.

Welfare took an early 5th minute lead through a Kurtis Morley spot-kick, but an un-named triallist equalised on 33 minutes and recent signing Shaun Harrad won it for the Gladiators 4 minutes from time.

Evo-Stik North outfit Ossett Town also won at NCEL opposition in Division One outfit Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

As at Staveley, it was the lower league side who went ahead through Rob Oldham after 15 minutes, but Kai Hancock levelled 3 minutes later and then goals from Hancock again after 68 minutes and X-Factor star Jack Quickenden a minutes from time sealed Town`s win.

Bostik League Premier side Leatherhead won 4-0 at Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League new boys Godalming Town.

Chike Kandi with a brace and singles for Callum Davies and a triallist were the Tanners` marksmen.

Leatherhead`s league rivals Burgess Hill Town were held to a 3-3 draw by Southern Combination Leaguers Hassocks in a game held for charity.

Goals by Michael Death and a James Westlake brace had the hosts three-up.

Over £1000 was raised for the St Peter & St James Hospice.

Northern Counties East League Division One side Eccleshill United enjoyed a very good 2-0 home win over Evo-Stik North outfit Brighouse Town.

Goals in either half from Chris Lever and Luke Harrop won it for the hosts.

Not such good news for Eccleshill`s league rivals Brigg Town, however, as they went down 3-2 at The Hawthorns to Lincolnshire Leaguers Immingham Town, whose Gary Nimmo, Ben Cook and Liam Vanderweele cancelled out efforts from Cameron Hill and Jack Boswell for the Zebras.

Goals from Ian Ward and James Fairley gave Ebac Northern League First Division Bishop Auckland a 2-1 win at Second Division Darlington RA.

Bishops` keeper Carl Robinson saved a second half penalty.

Bishops` league rivals Billingham Synthonia enjoyed a more emphatic 5-1 win over another Second Division outfit, Northallerton Town.

Ibby Hassan, a Foster Garton brace, Michael Dalton and Phil Caley made it a Synners` nap hand, with Louis Benoit replying for Northallerton.


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