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24 July 2021 Venue Wham Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Accrington Stanley Match Preview

23 July 2021

PNE have their fifth friendly of pre-season on its way this weekend with a trip to the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley.

Frankie McAvoy’s side enter the tie after Tuesday night’s defeat to Bolton Wanderers and will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

North End will again play in front of their own supporters after fans returned to the County Ground for the Bolton game, with the Lilywhites being allocated just under 1,100 tickets for this fixture.

Fans yet to purchase their tickets can do so through the Deepdale ticket office, online at mypne.com or over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

For Accrington, this will be the first time they have welcomed their supporters back into the Wham Stadium since March 2020.

Stanley enter the game on the back of a victory against Lancashire rivals Blackpool, with goals from Dion Charles, Harry Pell and Joel Mumbongo sealing a 3-1 win.

A former Accy shot-stopper in Connor Ripley could be the man trying to keep out the home side on Saturday, while forward Sean Maguire also spent time with Stanley earlier in his career, back in the 2014/15 campaign.

Ripley was one of three North End players on Tuesday evening to get their first taste of action in pre-season, alongside Jack Baxter and Ethan Walker, and they’ll be hoping to get more minutes into their legs this weekend.

There will be no live stream available for this game, but a full match replay and highlights will be available on iFollow PNE in the days following the match.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Accrington Stanley 1 PNE 1

24 July 2021

PNE were made to settle for a draw against Accrington Stanley, with the opener from a Lilywhites trialist being cancelled out by Joe Pritchard.

North End’s opener came from the right-hand side where Tom Barkhuizen found the trialist inside the area, and he headed in from close range to break the deadlock in the second half.

The game was back level on 67 minutes, though, with Pritchard volleying home an equaliser for the hosts.

Head coach Frankie McAvoy was able to call upon skipper Alan Browne from the off for the first time in pre-season, while the eventual goalscoring trialist started on the bench.

After Sean Maguire sent a speculative shot wide in the opening five minutes, the first meaningful effort of the game came 13 minutes in, when Ryan Ledson’s whipped free-kick from the left was tipped over the crossbar by James Trafford.

Declan Rudd was first tested ten minutes later by Matt Butcher, but the goalkeeper was equal to his 20-yard strike.

After Ledson went into the book midway through the half for a high challenge on Pritchard, North End created the next chance of the game, with Greg Cunningham and the booked midfielder linking up well on the left. His pull back was set in the direction of Ben Whiteman and Tom Barkhuizen, and the latter saw his left-footed effort rise over the bar.

At the other end, another strike from Butcher took a deflection on its way to goal from an Accrington Stanley man and the ball went just inches wide of post, as did an Emil Riis effort just moments later.

The last action of the first half saw Ledson swing a free-kick into the area and Liam Lindsay got up highest, but sent his header wide of goal.

PNE made a double change at the break, with Maguire and Browne departing, and on in their place was Brad Potts and a trialist.

It took the trialist just seven minutes to make an impact, as he opened the scoring by heading home from Barkhuizen’s cross from the right.

Another substitute, Joel Mumbongo for the hosts, had a great chance to draw his side level as he was released in behind the defence, however his effort dragged across the face of goal and out for a throw.

Stanley did soon have their equaliser, though, as Pritchard met a cross from the left and volleyed home into the bottom corner.

The last 15 minutes of the match was a battle between Mumbongo and Rudd, with the 'keeper preventing the forward from giving his side the lead on three occasions.

77 minutes in, the ball fell to Mumbongo less than ten yards out, but Rudd produced a fantastic save to keep him out.

The Stanley forward had another great chance four minutes from the end and again Rudd managed to thwart him, with the goalkeeper diving to his left to keep the scores level.

North End's No.1 then produced an even better stop in the final minute of the game as he scurried to his right to ensure the striker's header didn't get past him.

Starting XI: Rudd, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Barkhuizen, Whiteman, Ledson, Browne, Cunningham, Riis, Maguire.

Full-Time XI: Rudd, van den Berg, Bauer, Earl, Rafferty, Bayliss, Trialist A, Leigh, Harrop, Sinclair, Potts.

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Ticket News

Accrington Stanley Tickets On Sale

22 July 2021

Tickets are now on sale for the pre-season friendly at Accrington Stanley on Saturday 24th July (3pm kick-off).

Preston North End have been allocated 1,087 tickets for the fixture at the Wham Stadium, with 500 of those standing and the rest of them seated.

Adults can gain admission to the friendly for £10, whereas concession tickets are available to purchase for £5.

Supporters can get their tickets now online at www.mypne.com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office at Deepdale.

Please note that supporters are advised to take a lateral flow test prior to the game, although this is not mandatory. Those who test positive or display symptoms of Covid-19 must not travel to the match.

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