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|SATURDAY`S PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY REVIEW (PART ONE)....
Stand-out result on Saturday was at Hayes Lane where Blue Square South side Bromley hammered Blue Square Premier Grays Athletic 5-1.
Warren McBean (pictured) helped himself to four goals with Luke l`Anson adding the other, which was actually goal number two just before half time.
Recent signing Jamie Slabber pulled it back to 1-2 on 55 minutes before McBean netted three times in the final 18 minutes.
There was good a bad news for Blue Square Premier club Forest Green Rovers.
The good news was the excellent team performance in holding Coca-Cola Leaue One new boys Exeter City to a goalless draw at the New Lawn.
The bad news was that new Rovers signing was immediately raced to the Royal Gloucester Hospital with a suspected broken ankle sustained after just 12 minutes of the game.
Fowler has been in impressive form for Forest Green in pre-season and was eagerly looking forward to facing his brother Lee in the opening league game next Saturday against Kettering Town.
With Altrincham deservedly 2-0 up against a Burton side showing little punch up front, Dale Johnson's superb shot, two minutes after the interval, came back off the underside of the bar to rob the hosts of a third goal. But after that, Burton changed up a gear and hit Altrincham with three goals in seven minutes during a second half which saw 13 substitutions, 9 by Burton. The impressive Johnson had put Alty ahead in the 35th minute when Clee got clear on the left and provided the striker with a close-range goal. On the stroke of half-time, Chris Senior made it 2-0 from Johnson's feed with a well struck shot into the far corner of th net.
Richard Walker pulled one back for Burton on 67 minutes when a cross came to him at the back post off an Alty head. Maghoma made it 2-2 just 4 minutes later with a finely struck shot from just outside the box. And, as the Alty defence wobbled, substitute Shroot beat Stuart Coburn to a nod forward into the box and headed the winning goal on 75 minutes.
Lawrence Yaku scored the only goal at the Beveree just past the hour-mark as Blue Square South Hampton & Richmond Borough pulled off something of a surprise 1-0 win over Blue Square Premier title-favourites Luton Town, while there was a similar outcome at the Silverlake Stadium where BSS side Eastleigh saw off BSP Salisbury City with a 35th minute Tony Taggart goal.
It finished goalless in Wales between Blue Square South side Newport County and Welsh League hosts Caerleon and at Kingfield where another Blue Square South outfit, Woking, were held by former Blue Square Premier rivals Stevenage Borough.
Blue Square South Thurrock played well but succumbed to an Emmanuel Udoji header against Gillingham at Ship Lane.
Thurrock had the best of the early exchanges and Paul O’Lima hit the bar after 5 minutes. The visitors then came into the game and Joe Woolley did well to save from both Luis Cumbers and Josh Sargeant.
The second half saw the Gills take the lead after 52 minutes when Udoji headed home Sargeant’s cross. Woolley did well to save from Nathan Ashton late on and the nearest Thurrock came to an equaliser was when the impressive Reiss Gilbey was unable to stretch far enough to get a diving header from a Fola Orinolishe cross.
Jamie Taylor bagged a brace and Liam Marum one as Blue Square Premier side Eastbourne Borough edged out Blue Square South visitors Havant & Waterlooville 3-1, with Luke Nightingale`s penalty coming in reply.
Blue Square Premier outfit Kettering Town edged out Coca-Cola League Two side Chesterfield with Francis Green scoring his first goal for the Poppies since a summer switch from Macclesfield.
The striker slotted into an empty net midway through the second half following a mis-kick by keeper Tommy Lee.
Poppies` neighbours Rushden & Diamonds held League One club Colchester United to a 1-1 draw at nene Park after taking the lead on 31 minutes when James Reid converted a cross by Aaron O'Connor.
The U's levelled on 42 minutes as Ashley Vincent beat Kurt Robinson on the line.
Blue Square North side AFC Telford United beat Principality Welsh Premier outfit Llanelli 3-0 at the New Bucks Head with goals from Steve Torpey after 52 minutes, David Brown on 66 minutes and Jamie Vermiglio 17 minutes from time.
Jahson Downes scored twice as Blue Square South side Basingstoke Town won 4-1 at Zamaretto League Division One South & West newcomers Hungerford Town.
Phil Ruggles and Lewis Christon were the other `Stoke scorers.
Blue Square South side St Albans City travelled to Vauxhall Road in their penultimate pre-season friendly against Zamaretto League Premier Division neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town and came away with a 2-2 draw.
City were twice ahead through former Tudor Drew Roberts and Solomon Shields.
Blue Square North side Workington won 3-0 at skilltrainingltd Northern Leaguers Tow Law Town with goals from Jonny Wright, Shaun Vipond and Kyle May.
Blue Square South new boys Dover Athletic beat Ryman Premier Division newcomers Cray Wanderers 3-1 at Crabble with Frannie Collin bagging a brace and Tom Davis one, while Ashley Taylor-Forbes scored the only goal at the New Eyrie that earned Dover`s new league rivals Bishop`s Stortford victory over Zamaretto League Premier Division hosts Bedford Town.
Blue Square North newcomers Glocuester City beat former Zamaretto League Premier Division rivals Merthyr Tydfil 4-1 at Cirencester.
Will Morford, Lee Smith, Luke Ballinger and Eddie Jones were the Tigers on the mark.
Another Blue Square North newcomer, Corby Town, picked up another piece of silverware after beating Atherstone Town 3-2 in the Zamaretto League Championship.
The Steelmen took the lead after only 6 minutes with Jack Defty setting Jon Turner free down the left to finish well.
But within 7 minutes the League Cup winners were level after Luke Keen managed to scramble the ball under the body of Corby keeper Mark Osborn from close in.
However, Corby took control in the final moments of the half with two goals from Chris Hope, both far-post headers, the first from Gavin Strachan's 43rd minute free kick and the second on 45 minutes from Turner's cross.
But Atherstone wouldn't lie down and pulled one back on 61 minutes when Chris Sturridge-Packer's header squirmed through Osborn.
Chris Sharp was ruled out of Bangor City's line-up at Globe Way after being injured in thewarm-up and the Principality Welsh Premier side went down 2-1 to Cymru Alliance Buckley Town.
Neil Wynne got the winner for the Bucks, who also missed a penalty, in a game to celebrate the official opening of Town's new stand.
Geoff Kellaway and Graham Evans both hit two apiece in a 7-1 Aberystwyth Town win over Holyhead Hostspur at Park Avenue. The Seasiders' other goals came from Sion James, Mike Waters and an own goal from ex-Porthmadog stalwart Mike Foster.
Bala Town beat Cymru Alliance neighbours Ruthin 5-2 at Maes Tegid. Gethin Lloyd headed the first and Ricky Evans added the second from a free-kick before the visitors hit back twice to equalise.
But a brace from Warren Duckett and another from Evans saw the Lakesiders run out the winners.
Zamaretto League Division One Midlands side Rothwell Town were denied a fourth straight pre-season win by a late equaliser for Zamaretto Premier Brackley Town as the game ended 2-2.
The Bones led 2-0 at half time through Tom Mills' 23rd minute opener and a Dominic Hallows strike 2 minutes before the break.
But the Saints pulled one back on 65 minutes through former Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town striker Mark Rawle.
And the visitors ensured it ended all-square when Richard Groves equalised 3 minutes from the end.
Yeovil Town completed their pre-season schedule with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Zamaretto League Premier Division Tiverton Town at Huish Park.
Goals from Danny Schofield, Dean Bowditch and Andrew Welsh saw the Glovers secure their fourth victory in six games.
Vodkat North West Counties League Division One side AFC Liverpool held the Fans Club Trophy at Valerie Park by beating NWCL Premier Division Runcorn Linnets 2-1.
Within 2 minutes of the second half starting Si Howard put the Linnets ahead. Ex-Linnets Andy McCoy equalised for AFC Liverpool in the 60th minute, and despite hitting the woodwork, and missing a golden opportunity when the keeper's kick out was deflected back, the Linnets couldn't stop AFC Liverpool clinching the win in the 87th minute to retain the trophy.
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