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Saturday`s Friendly Review (Part One)…

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A round-up of Saturday`s pre-season friendly matches involving Vanarama National League sides….

Vanarama National League newcomers Solihull Moors began their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Oxford United.

New signing Wes Thomas marked his debut with a goal for Oxford but a Lewis Hayden equaliser soon after made it honours even in a well-contested friendly.

Solihull`s new league rivals Guiseley AFC shared a 1-1 Nethermoor draw with League One Bradford City.

Stuart McCall’s second reign in charge of the Bantams started with a draw, thanks to a superb finish from outside the box by midfielder Tom Hateley.

That cancelled out with Oli Johnson’s second half opener for the hosts.

Another National League side, Lincoln City, won 2-0 at Toolstation Northern Counties East Leaguers Worksop Town.

Lincoln took an early lead after Worksop failed to clear from a 4th minute corner. The ball was put back into the box and central defender Jack Wetherall blasted a shot low to the right of Worksop `keeper Ryan Graves.

The visitors hit their second goal on 53 minutes. A tricky run on the right wing by Andrew Wright ended with a dangerous ball into Worksop box, where an un-named triallist was there to force the ball over the line.

Lincoln`s league rivals Chester FC cruised to a comfortable win in their first pre-season friendly of the season at Hallmark Security League newcomers Sandbach United.

Kane Richards broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute with a superbly struck shot from the edge of the penalty box.

James Alabi made it 2-0 after a neat one-two with Johnny Hunt in the 51st minute.

Triallist Ryan Edwards then made it 3-0 in the 65th minute when he slotted home after controlling a long pass from another new boy, Evan Horwood.

Hunt made it 4-0 in the 83rd minute with a 30-yard free-kick which deflected off a defender in the wall and found the target.

An experimental Southport team were beaten by Hallmark Security League Premier Division Bootle at the Delta Taxis Stadium.

First half goals from Josh Hamilton and Ryan Cox saw Bootle earn a deserved win against a Port side featuring a large number of triallists.

Even the experience of former Portsmouth and Everton striker Yakubu wasn’t enough for Boreham Wood who went down 5-0 to Championship side Reading in their second pre-season friendly.

Luke Garrard included the Nigerian international who, with 96 goals, is the second-highest scoring African in Premier League history up front for the first time.

The 33-year-old striker, most recently playing for Turkish Super Lig club Kayserispor, left Reading in May 2015 after a short spell at the Madejski Stadium and twice went close during his hour on the field for the National League side.

George Evans broke the deadlock just before half-time and Deniss Rakels added a second after 59 minutes.

Youngster Tarique Fosu netted either side of a Liam Kelly free-kick to complete the win in Jaap Stam’s first game at the helm.

Relegated York City found Premier League side Middlesbrough too hot to handle as Boro won 6-0 at Bootham Crescent.

Scott Flinders’ own goal was added to by David Nugent, Albert Adomah and Adam Reach and a brace from Jordan Rhodes.

City had showed promising glimpses throughout which is sure to get fans excited for the new season but ultimately the newly-promoted club were too hot to handle for the new-look Minstermen on the day.

Gateshead won 3-0 at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Blyth Spartans.

The Tynesiders` got their pre-season off to a good start, thanks to second half goals from Reece Styche, Mitch Brundle and Danny Johnson.

Aldershot Town fell to defeat at Privett Park against National League South side Gosport Borough.

Jack Saville made a fine diving block to deny Ben Wright’s drive but on 25 minutes Wright did score, floating a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and in off the post.

Wright then doubled Boro’s lead a minute before the break.

And on 65 minutes Chris Flood made it 3-0.

Aldershot responded immediately, Matt McClure directing a powerful header past the goalkeeper.

Dover Athletic beat Ryman League Premier Division side Billericay Town 4-1 at Crabble.

Ricky Miller opened the Whites account early on from the spot.

Chris Kinnear Jr rounded the goalkeeper and tapped in to double the Whites’ advantage.

But just before the break Billericay pulled a goal back through Alex Maitrepierre.

Academy prospect Cameron Heffernan made it 3-1 and Tyrone Marsh added a fourth in the 79th minute.

Dover`s league rivals Bromley suffered a 4-2 defeat though at Billericay`s league rivals Dulwich Hamlet.

Adam Cunnington gave the visitors a first half lead.

Dulwich were quickly level in the second period as Sandy Cunningham was left free at the far post to tap in.

Fellow half-time substitute Gavin Tomlin then put Dulwich ahead with a curling effort from the edge of the area.

Bromley the levelled with a Marc Weatherstone own goal, but Dulwich regained the lead when Omar Koroma turned on the half way line and accelerated down the left and produced an assured finish.

The same player then added a fourth as he collected a cross from Tomlin and thumped the ball home.

Bromley`s league rivals Torquay United beat South West Peninsula League side Stoke Gabriel 2-1 with Jamie Chamberlain scoring both of their goals.

Stoke replied late on with a deserved consolation that came from the head of new signing Ed Palmer.

Coventry City got their pre-season off to a winning start with two first half goals settling the honours with National League North neighbours Nuneaton Town.

Ruben Lameiras and Devon Kelly-Evans were on target as the Sky Blues dominated the opening half at Liberty Way.

But triallist Luke Shorthouse pulled one back for Boro 11 minutes from time.

Nuneaton`s league rivals Boston United shared a 1-1 draw with League One Peterborough United at the Jakemans Stadium in long-serving secretary John Blackwell`s testimonial.

Ryan Tafazolli opened the scoring for Posh with a powerful header from a Marcus Maddison corner, but Lamin Colley netted a fine equaliser for the Pilgrims midway through the second period.

FA Trophy winners FC Halifax Town, relegated to the National League North, look like they mean business under new manager Billy Heath with an 8-1 thrashing of NPL First Division North neighbours Brighouse Town.

The Shaymen led 3-0 at the break through two Burrow headers and a Hughes shot from the edge of the box.

In the second half, Elliot Harrison, Shiraz Khan, Jamie Jackson and a brace from Richard Peniket completed the rout, with Jacob Buchanan scoring Brighouse`s consolation.

Nicky Ajose netted a hat-trick on his first runout for Charlton Athletic as they eased to a 4-1 win at now National League South neighbours Welling United.

El-Hadj Ba scored the other Addicks` goal, with Oliver Sprague replying from the penalty spot for the Wings.

The Shaymen`s new league rivals Salford City won 4-1 at Cymru Alliance side Caernarfon Town.

The Ammies included several un-named triallists, with only Jamie Poole being named as one of their scorers, and Corrig McGonigle replying for the Welshmen.

Another National League North outfit, Chorley, were beaten 2-1 at Victory Park by Championship neighbours Preston North End for the Jack Kirkland Trophy.

Josh O’Keefe’s penalty in the first few minutes separated the sides at the break, but Preston grabbed two second half goals to earn victory in front of 1,739.

AFC Telford United won 2-1 at Colwyn Bay, who were relegated to the NPL First Division North.

Lee Fowler gave the Bucks an early 6th minute lead with a shot from the edge of the box.

Danny Reynolds headed in number two after 37 minutes.

Danny Andrews replied for Bay on 66 minutes.

Newly-promoted Hampton & Richmond Borough eased into the final of the Jimmy Hill/Geoff Harvey Memorial Tournament with a comfortable 4-0 victory over former Ryman Premier rivals Tonbridge Angels.

The Beavers took an early lead through Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick.

Jamal Lowe made it 2-0 with just over 5 minutes to go before the break, then Hippolyte-Patrick hit his second in first half stoppage time.

Both teams made changes and just after the hour-mark, Nicke Kabamba hit a sweet shot from just inside the box to make it four.

Hampton`s new league rivals Margate suffered a 1-0 first leg defeat to Ryman Division One South neighbours Ramsgate in the WW Martin Cup.

Tom Loynes scored the only goal in the first half.

St Albans City were edged out at Clarence Park by League Two neighbours Stevenage by the odd goal in five.

Louie Theophanous gave the Saints the lead the held until the break.

Andrew Fox equalised only for new signing Josh Hill to restore the home side`s lead.

However, a brace from new signing from York City, Jake Hyde, turned the game in Boro`s favour.

The Saints league rivals Concord Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw at Ryman Division One North Waltham Abbey.

Dean Mason gave the Beachboys a 14th minute lead that was cancelled out 10 minutes after the break by Yemi Adelani.

National League North side Curzon Ashton`s friendly at NPL First Division North neighbours Mossley AFC was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Seel Park!

However, Curzon`s league rivals FC United of Manchester may have wished the same had happened to their game at Rhyl!

The Rebels suffered a 5-1 drubbing.

Rhyl opened the scoring through Andreas Alvarado on 18 minutes.

Eight minutes after half-time a triallist made it 2-0 to Rhyl after a mix up at the back.

It was 3-0 on 56 minutes when a ball through the middle beat the offside trap and led to a comfortable finish from Rhyl striker Kristian Pearce.

Tom Greaves pulled one back shortly afterwards but Rhyl added two more in quick succession in the final 5 minutes from Zyaac Edwards.

FC United`s league rivals Stalybridge Celtic were beaten 2-0 at Bower Fold by Championship new boys Barnsley.

Another north side, Tamworth, won 3-2 at neighbouring Midland League side Coleshill Town.

Steve Tomassen, Sam Watts and player boss Andy Morrell were the Lambs` scorers.


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