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07 July 2017 Venue Sir Tom Finney Stadium Attendance 2,186 Referee David McNamara

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Bamber Bridge
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Preston North End

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Lloyd Rigby
    GK
  • 2
    Matty Kay
    DF
  • 3
    Adam Dodd
    DF
  • 4
    Matt Lawlor (C)
    DF
  • 5
    Phil Doughty
    DF
  • 6
    Michael Potts
    MF
  • 7
    Regan Linney
    MF
  • 8
    Danny Forbes
    MF
  • 9
    Brad Carsley
    FW
  • 10
    Jamie Milligan
    FW
  • 11
    Chris Marlow
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ryan Riley
    SUB
  • 14
    Sam Staunton-Turner
    SUB
  • 15
    Kitt Gregory
    SUB
  • 16
    Adam Stammers
    SUB
  • 17
    Prince Ekpolo
    SUB
  • 18
    Matt Mahoney
    SUB
  • 19
    Callum Jones
    SUB
  • 20
    Simon Wiles
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Neil Reynolds

4-4-2
  • 1
    Declan Rudd
    GK
  • 16
    Liam Grimshaw
    DF
  • 6
    Andy Boyle
    DF
  • 20
    Ben Davies
    DF
  • 32
    Josh Earl
    DF
  • 37
    Callum Robinson
    MF
  • 12
    Paul Gallagher (C)
    MF
  • 11
    Daniel Johnson
    MF
  • 7
    Daryl Horgan
    MF
  • 13
    Eoin Doyle
    FW
  • 10
    Stevie May
    FW

Substitutes

  • 22
    Chris Maxwell
    SUB
  • 2
    Marnick Vermijl
    SUB
  • 23
    Paul Huntington
    SUB
  • 17
    Tommy Spurr
    SUB
  • 3
    Greg Cunningham
    SUB
  • 30
    Melle Meulensteen
    SUB
  • 4
    Ben Pearson
    SUB
  • 8
    Alan Browne
    SUB
  • 18
    Ben Pringle
    SUB
  • 9
    Jordan Hugill
    SUB
  • 29
    Tom Barkhuizen
    SUB
  • 31
    Callum Roberts
    SUB
  • -
    Charlie Lyons
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Alex Neil

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Match Previews

Bamber Bridge vs Preston North End Preview

6 July 2017

The pre-season gets underway the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Friday night with Alex Neil watching his new charges for the first time, as they face Bamber Bridge.

Fixture: Bamber Bridge v Preston North End
Venue: The Sir Tom Finney Stadium
Post Code: PR5 6UU
Kick-Off: 7pm
Tickets: Cash turnstiles - adults £8, concessions £5, U16s £1
Coverage: iFollow Premium live stream Kit: Navy blue

The North End boss is expected to run his eye over the majority of the squad, with two teams set to play 45 minutes each in their trip to face the local non-league side.

The pitch at the ground formerly known as Irongate is in great shape and a large crowd is expected to see the new man at the helm of the Lilywhites oversee his first game since his appointment earlier in the week.

Players who missed the latter end of last season or had reparatory operations in the summer, such as Tom Barkhuizen and Greg Cunningham, are expected to return to first team action, whilst the game could be the chance to see some of the new recruits in a PNE shirt for the first time.

Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor have not yet joined up with their new team-mates, so will not be present, but the rest of the squad could be available for selection.

The game is a 7pm kick-off and if you cannot attend then iFollow’s premium service is operating a live stream.

This will be available for those with a premium subscription, on air from 6.45pm, with Jonathan Breeze and Ian Bryson providing coverage and analysis.

Those wanting to watch the game online, must do so via a desktop computer or laptop. Until the launch of the new iFollow App in the next couple of weeks, live streaming through a mobile or tablet device is not available.

For those wanting to attend the game the gates open at 5pm, with entrance available via cash turnstiles, priced at adults £8, concessions £5 and U16s £1 – all U16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Match Reports

Bamber Bridge 0 PNE 7

7 July 2017

The Alex Neil era at Preston North End began as they put Bamber Bridge to the sword at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

First half goals from Ben Davies – via a deflection – Stevie May and Callum Robinson put the Lilywhites ahead at the break and despite a complete change of team the goals continued to flow in the second half, with Tom Barkhuizen, a brace from Jordan Hugill and Melle Meulensteen making it seven.

Whilst the new North End gaffer sat in the stand to watch his new side in action, it was Steve Thompson and Alan Kelly in the dug out and all their plans had to change just 13 minutes in when they lost summer signing Declan Rudd through injury.

The goalkeeper had already at that point saved what would prove to be Brig’s only shot on target of the evening, tipping Brad Carsley’s curling effort from the left hand corner of the penalty area over the bar.

This early test from the hosts was their only real moment of magic on a night where the visitors looked sharp, despite only being eight days into their preparations for the new campaign.

Ben Davies had already flicked one effort, from a Paul Gallagher free kick, wide of the right hand upright when he rose to head home Callum Robinson’s right wing corner, via the boot of the home side’s Danny Forbes, who sliced the ball out of the reach of his goalkeeper Lloyd Rigby for the opener.

From this point forward the blue-shirted Lilywhites looked like they could carve open their non-league opponents at will. Stevie May dragged a volley from Liam Grimshaw’s pull back wide of the left hand post before the Scottish forward found almost the exact same spot having been this time fed by a lively Robinson from the right.

But the two combined again on 35 minutes to double PNE’s total, Robinson showing fast feet to feed the frontman, who fired through a defender’s legs into the bottom right hand corner.

It was 3-0 just before the interval when a Paul Gallagher cross from the right hand side was met by Robinson, who looped a header over Rigby and in off the cross bar, for a deserved goal for the No.37.

A full change of XI at half-time didn’t slow North End’s progress, as goal number four came on 55 minutes. Marnick Vermijl delivered a cross from the right to Jordan Hugill. His initial header was saved by Rigby, but the ball found Tom Barkhuizen, unmarked in the six yard box, and he poked home from close range.

His strike partner Hugill was next in on the act, doing all the hard work himself with a driving run through the middle, going past a defender and goalkeeper Rigby. It looked like he might have overrun the ball, but managed to check back from the right of the goal and buried his shot into the bottom right corner from ten yards out with his left foot.

Young midfielder Melle Meulentseen got his name of the scoresheet with ten minutes to go, calmly sliding home after Barkhuizen had shown a clean pair of heals to the home defence before squaring the ball to the unmarked man, who had celebrated his 18th birthday on the same had as the assist maker’s birthday earlier on in the week.

And there was only two minutes wait before the seventh and final goal of the night and it was probably the best that was saved until last, a lovely lay off by Barkhuizen once again for Hugill, who collected and curled an effort into the bottom right hand corner of the goal from the left hand corner of the penalty area.

Hugill almost had his hat-trick, only to be denied by a smart tip over of the new No.9’s header, after he had arched his neck to get a powerful effort onto Ben Pearson’s stand up cross from the right, but he had to settle for two and the team seven.

Bamber Bridge line-up: Rigby, Kay (Staunton-Turner, 46), Dodd, Lawlor (c), Doughty, Potts (Riley, 61), Linney (Gregory, 46), Forbes (Ekpolo, 46), Carsley (Wiles, 78), Milligan (Mahoney, 46), Marow (Stammers, 61). Sub not used: Jones.

PNE line-up: Rudd (Roberts, 13 (Maxwell, 46)), Grimshaw (Vermijl, 46), Earl (Cunningham, 46), Gallagher (c) (Pearson, 46), Boyle (Huntington, 46), Davies (Spurr, 46), Robinson (Meulensteen, 46), Johnson (Browne, 46), Doyle (Hugill, 46), May (Barkhuizen, 46), Horgan (Pringle, 46). Sub not used: Lyons.

Attendance: 2,186

Referee: Mr D McNamara

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Ticket News

Bamber Bridge Ticket Details

9 June 2017

Ticket details for North End's first pre-season game have now been confirmed.

PNE kick-off their summer schedule with a trip to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Friday 7th July, 7pm kick-off.

This year, tickets for the game will be sold in advance, with tickets available from both the ticket office at Deepdale and the Bamber Bridge clubhouse.

Tickets are on sale from Bamber Bridge now, and tickets will be on sale at Deepdale from Monday 12th June.

Prices for ticket purcashed in advance are as follows:

Adults £7
Concessions £4
U16s £1

These tickets will remain on sale until 5pm on Wednesday 5th July, after this date, supporters must pay on the day.

Admission on the day for those without tickets will be via the cash turnstiles, and will be priced as follows:

Adults £8
Concessions £5
U16s £1

Please note that U16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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