View a gallery of images as the youth team began their EFL North West Youth Alliance league season against Wigan Athletic at UCLan Sports Arena.
Forwards Darren Brannigan and Tyrhys Dolan both got off the mark for the new season, finishing off some neat moves in the first half, but the young Lilywhites were ultimately beaten 4-2.
Read more reaction from the game here:
- Academy manager Nick Harrison gives his thoughts in our match report.
- Darren Brannigan's view; the striker is confident the team can make improvements quickly.
North End's youngsters are back at UCLan Sports Arena on Saturday 11th August to face Wrexham for the second league game of the new campaign.
You can view the youth team's entire fixture calendar now by clicking here, with all matches subject to change.