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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

29 July 2023 Venue Edgeley Park Attendance 4,200 Referee Mr T Kirk

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Stockport County
2 - 0
Preston North End
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Match Previews

Match Preview: Stockport County (A)

28 July 2023

Preston North End will bring the pre-season schedule to a close on Saturday afternoon with a trip to face Stockport County.

With the start of the Championship campaign now just over a week away, PNE are rounding off their preparations by taking on the Sky Bet League Two outfit at Edgeley Park.

After choosing to play two almost completely different XIs in each half of the previous friendly against Fleetwood Town – a goalless draw – it seems probable Ryan Lowe could hand out a larger chunk of minutes to those most likely to be involved against Bristol City.

Andrew Hughes made his first appearance of pre-season in the draw at Highbury after returning from injury, and there were also minutes for the likes of Calvin Ramsay and Duane Holmes, who will also be looking to build their fitness up ahead of the new campaign.

In Stockport County, North End are taking on a side who narrowly missed out on promotion to League One last season – losing out in the Play-Off final on penalties against Carlisle United.

So far this pre-season, the Hatters have defeated non-league opponents Altrincham and Chester, before being beaten 4-0 by Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Dave Challinor’s side will also be hosting North End’s Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers on Friday night, and Stockport County will be in a celebratory mood this weekend as the club marks its 140th anniversary.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Saturday’s pre-season friendly are available to purchase online via Stockport County’s ticketing site.

Supporters are being strongly advised to buy their tickets online in advance of the match, although fans will be able to pay on the day from the away ticket office, subject to availability.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults for this fixture while concessions will pay £5 each. Concessions are those aged over 65, students, and U18s. Disabled supporters will also pay concession prices, with a carer ticket provided free of charge.

Full details can be found by clicking here.

If you can't make it to the match, you can follow live updates across our social media channels, with post-match reaction to follow here on the club website.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stockport County 2 PNE 0

29 July 2023

Preston North End ended the pre-season schedule with a 2-0 defeat away from home against Stockport County.

Freddie Woodman saved a Will Collar penalty in the 17th minute on the day of the Hatters’ 140th anniversary, but the midfielder broke the deadlock just moments later.

Ben Woodburn found the back of the net soon after, only to be flagged offside, and Ryan Rydel’s free-kick in the 75th minute secured victory for the hosts.

North End could have gone ahead inside the opening minute as Kian Best – a day on from signing a professional contract – put in a dangerous cross which just bypassed Will Keane, and then Brad Potts slammed it back across the box, but again no one could get a touch.

Keane was involved again on 12 minutes when Alan Browne slotted him through and the forward forced Ben Hinchliffe to tip over the crossbar.

At the other end a few moments later, Bambo Diaby was adjudged to have brought Louie Barry down inside the area and Collar stepped up to take the penalty, only to be denied by a terrific diving Woodman stop.

Collar would very soon have his goal, though, firing home from the resulting corner after a scramble in the box.

Woodburn thought he had an equaliser for his side in the 20th minute, smartly finding the bottom corner, but he was flagged offside.

Birthday boy Mads Frøkjær had an effort deflected narrowly wide just before the half-hour mark and the resulting set piece saw Andrew Hughes head just wide at the far post.

Shortly before half-time there was a mix-up at the back between Woodman and Diaby which almost cost North End, however the ‘keeper managed to tip Nick Powell’s effort away from goal.

After going in behind, Ryan Lowe’s side dominated the opening stages of the second half and had a few opportunities to go ahead. The first couple were Best free-kicks – one saved and one wide – before confusion at the back almost allowed Woodburn a tap-in.

PNE were perhaps then fortunate to not go two down in the 67th minute when Callum Camps squandered a big chance, sending an effort wide after being found in the area by Barry.

The hosts’ second of the afternoon did arrive 15 minutes from time, though, as Rydel whipped a well-struck free-kick past Woodman from 20 yards.

Substitute Duane Holmes limped off in the final stages of the match for North End meaning they ended the day with ten men as the hosts came out 2-0 winners.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Diaby (Bauer, 45), Hughes (Cunningham, 62); Potts (Ramsay, 62), McCann (Ledson, 62), Browne (Holmes, 45), Frøkjær (Mawene, 79), Best (Taylor, 79); Woodburn (Stewart, 55), Keane (Rodriguez-Gentile, 79). Subs not used: Cornell.

Referee: Mr T Kirk.

Attendance: 4,200 (635 PNE fans).

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