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Friday’s Pre-Season Friendly Action Reviewed…..

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Vanarama National League newcomers Hartlepool United came from behind to beat Middlesbrough under-23s at Victoria Park.

Louis Laing and Jack Munns responded after George Miller had given Boro the lead 7 minutes into the second half.

Fellow new boys, Maidenhead United, beat League Two neighbours Wycombe Wanderers on a wet evening at York Road.

A 79th minute Adebayo Akinfenwa own goal coming from an in-swinging Sam Barratt corner was the only goal of the evening in a game for the most part dominated by both backlines.

Maidenhead with names on shirts for the first time

Another National League side Torquay United found their scoring boots as they hit National League South outfit Truro City for six at Plainmoor.

The visiting White Tigers were caught cold in the opening minute when Luke Young curled the ball home from a free-kick.

The second goal arrived when James Gray was on hand to guide the ball home from close range following a goalmouth melee.

It became 3-0 on 11 minutes when a quickly-taken free-kick caught out City and Gray was able to grab his second.

Ryan Higgins got in on the act with a fourth goal before the quarter-hour mark when the full-back fired home with a powerful drive.

As the half went on Truro finally started to get into their stride and Stewart Yetton and River Allen went close.

The hosts added a fifth goal early in the second period as John-Paul Pittman strode through before tucking the ball beyond the reach of Tom McHale.
The sixth goal came when Higgins did well to pull the ball back into the path of Damon Lathrope who lashed the ball home from the edge of the area.

Torquay`s league rivals Aldershot Town ended their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against League One side AFC Wimbledon.

On a miserable evening, the Shots found themselves one-up within the first 55 seconds when Matt McClure’s pass through to Bobby-Joe Taylor invited a low drive straight past Wimbledon keeper Joe McDonnell into the bottom corner.

Any lingering celebrations were cut short when Kwesi Appiah took his opportunity to equalise just 3 minutes after falling behind.

Although both goals came in the opening 5 minutes, there were still a few stand-out moments for either side in the game.

A Macclesfield Town XI shared a goalless draw at Shawe View against Evo-Stik Premier side Trafford on a very wet night.

Another National League side, Eastleigh, went down to a 3-2 Silverlake Stadium defeat to Chamionship newcomers Sheffield United.

Goals from Enda Stevens, Daniel Lafferty and Matt Done secured the win, with James Constable and Ben Strevens replying for the Spitfires.

Sutton United were also in Friday night action as they hosted a Norwich City XI at Gander Green Lane and ran out 3-2 winners.

Tommy Wright, Josh Taylor and Craig Dundas were the U`s on target, Todd Cantwell bagged both for the Canaries.

A hat-trick from Chinedu Vine crowned a good display as Evo-Stik League South Premier newcomers Gosport Borough saw off National League South new boys Bognor Regis Town 3-1 at Privett Park.

Jimmy Muitt had actually given the Rocks the lead on 25 minutes.

National League North club Tamworth suffered a 4-0 defeat at The Lamb to an impressive, but youthful Aston Villa side.

Goals from Callum O’Hare, Keenan Davis, Harvey Knibbs and a Nyeko Sinclair own goal sealed an emphatic victory for the Championship outfit.

However, the scoreline as a little was harsh on the Lambs, who played their part in a competitive friendly.

Tamworth`s league rivals FC United of Manchester suffered a 1-0 home defeat to League One Bolton Wanderers, for whom an un-named triallist scored the only goal.

The Leek Post Charity Shield got under way on Friday evening with Evo-Stik League South side Leek Town taking on Staffs County Premier League outfit Ball Haye Green in the first semi-final.

The match was played in torrential rain but got off to a sensational start when Tim Grice opened the scoring within 30 seconds of the kick-off.

When Grice netted two goals in 2 minutes to complete a hat-trick inside the opening 17 minutes the result was never in doubt.

Jordan Johnson made it 4-0 with a fine free-kick, Johnny Higham added a fifth goal soon after the break before Jake Johnson netted a consolation effort for Green.

Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division hosts Barton Town beat Evo-Stik North outfit Tadcaster Albion 3-1.

Sean Hunter gave Taddy an early 8th minute lead that Tom Waudby levelled 7 minutes later.

Second half goals from Josh Elliott and James Nicholls won it for the Old Boys.

Evo-Stik Premier side Grantham Town held Championship outfit Nottingham Forest`s under-23s to a 2-2 draw at The Meres.

Jordan Hempenstall and Sam Purcicoe were the Gingrebreads on target and Lica and Virgil Gomis for Forest.

Grantham`s league rivals Whitby Town shared a 1-1 draw with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the Whitby Town Challenge Cup, but the Eredivisie outfit won 4-2 on penalties.

Ferdy Druijf gave the Dutchmen an early 2nd minute lead.

Mikey Roberts equalised just after the break, but the Seasiders finished with ten-men after McGoldrick was dismissed for two bookings.

Evo-Stik South West side Bideford proved too strong for South West Peninsula League neighbours Bodmin Town, running out 2-0 winners.

Second half goals from Billy Tucker and Brian Levien sealed the Devonians victory.

Bideford`s league rivals Taunton Town won 3-1 at Toolstation Western Leaguers Willand Rovers.

Goals from Ben Adelsbury, Les Afful and Ross Staley won it for the Peacocks, with Luke Mortimer replying for the home side.

Bostik League South club Greenwich Borough went down to a 3-0 home defeat to a Millwall XI.

Charlie McDonald missed a penalty that he had earned, but goals from Christian Mbuw, Christian and an own goal sealed the Lions` victory.

McDonald`s penalty miss

Greenwich`s league rivals, Phoenix Sports, beat Southern Counties East Leaguers Cray Valley PM 4-1.

Frankie Sawyer with two Jack Barham and Ashley Probets for Boro, Densely Gayle for Cray.

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