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23 August 2012

Preston North End face a trip to the south coast this weekend to play AFC Bournemouth...

AFC Bournemouth v Preston North End
Saturday 25th August 2012, 3pm 
npower League One 
Seward Stadium

Preston North End will take to the road for the second time in five days this weekend as they prepare for their 550 mile round trip to Bournemouth.

It will be the second time in three and a half months the Lilywhites have travelled to Dorset to face the Cherries following their final day clash last season.

Since then, the Lilywhites squad has seen a near enough complete change, and the squad already have experienced long distance journeys together following last month’s friendly matches at AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle.

Manager Graham Westley will be looking for a quick response from his side after Tuesday’s night’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town, despite North End dominating possession at Greenhous Meadow.

Like Preston, AFC Bournemouth are in search of their first victory of the season following draws at south coast rivals Portsmouth and at home to Karl Robinson’s MK Dons.

Team News
Preston North End captain John Mousinho and fellow midfielder Joel Byrom are both considered doubts for the trip to Bournemouth, whilst Lee Trundle remains the only long term absentee. 

Meanwhile, the hosts will be without the services of Donal McDermott, Stephen Purchas, Frank Demouge and Charlie Sheringham. 

Ticket News
PNE supporters have been allocated space in the East Stand, with seats still available. 

Tickets are now on sale via 0844 856 1966 and from the ticket office.  

Prices for the game are as follows:  
Adults £20
Seniors (over 65) £11
Juniors (U16) £11 
Disabled and Carer £11 

Coach prices are as follows:  
Adults £28   
Concessions £26 
Coaches will depart Deepdale/Leyland at 8am.

The Cherries
With a lot of firepower in their locker, AFC Bournemouth are considered as one of the stronger teams in League One this season.

Boasting the likes of Marc Pugh and Lee Barnard to name just two, the Cherries will be looking to make a surge towards the Play-Offs this season, like they did two seasons ago.

Starting their season off with two draws, new Bournemouth boss Paul Groves will be looking for his first win of the season against the Lilywhites.

1 Shwan Jalal
2 Simon Francis
3 Steve Cook
4 Stephane Zubar
6 Joe Partington
7 Marc Pugh
8 Harry Arter
9 Wes Thomas
10 Charlie Sheringham
11 Charlie Daniels
12 Wes Fogden
13 Tommy Elphick
14 Frank Demouge
15 Steven Gregory
16 Shaun MacDonald
17 Josh McQuoid
18 Matt Tubbs
19 Stephen Purches
20 Mark Molesley
21 Gary Bowles
22 Lewis Grabban
23 Donal McDermott
24 Miles Addison
25 Darryll Flahavan
26 Richard Hughes
27 Jon Meades
28 Lee Barnard
32 Eunan O’Kane
33 Steve Fletcher

Ground Guide
Name - Goldsands Stadium (Dean Court), BH7 7AF

Drive along the M6 and the M5 (avoiding the toll road). Once off the motorways, follow the A338 towards Bournemouth. The ground is situated in the outskirts of Bournemouth on the left of the road and when you see it, take the next exit and turn left towards the ground. 

Distance from Deepdale - 272 miles (4hrs 43 min)
Trains:
Preston to Bournemouth cheapest advance booking return ticket:
Outward: 
Preston 08:17 – Wolverhampton 09:31
Wolverhampton 09:41 – Bournemouth 13:11

Return:
Bournemouth 17:45 – Tamworth 21:19
Tamworth 21:53 – Preston 23:19

Return ticket price for one adult: £111.50

Bournemouth Central is a half hour walk from the Goldsands Stadium.
From Bournemouth Central, you can catch a train to Pokesdown station, which is a mile from the Goldsands Stadium.

Outward:
Bournemouth 13:22 – Pokesdown 13:26 OR Bournemouth 14:05 – Pokesdown 14:09

Return:
Pokesdown 16:56 – Bournemouth 17:00 OR Pokesdown 17:38 – Bournemouth 17:42

Return ticket price for one adult: £2.70

Food And Drink
There is the Legends Bar located at the stadium which allows in away fans in family groups. Around a 10-15 minute walk away is the Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoons outlet on Christchurch Street, in nearby Boscombe. Away fans are welcome at this pub, but no colours are allowed. Next door to Wetherspoons is the Mello Mello bar which also admits away supporters (and with colours).


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