Date: Sat 02 Jul 2022
By Steve Whitney
There were a number of early pre-season friendlies on Saturday involving clubs from the Pitching In Southern Football League.
Premier Division Central club Stratford Town enjoyed a 5-2 win at the Arden Garages Stadium against United Counties League Premier Division South side Coventry Sphinx.
The Bards included several of their summer signings along with a number of triallists.
League rivals AFC Rushden & Diamonds shared a 3-3 draw at Hillgrounds with Division One Central side Kempston Rovers.
Diamonds` goals came from two triallists and Connor Furlong.
One of Diamonds` new league rivals, Ilkeston Town, suffered a 2-0 defeat at their New Manor Ground to Northern Premier Division One Midlands side Carlton Town.
Brad Wells and Niall Hylton with the Carlton goals.
Another club switched from the Northern Premier League, Basford United, kicked-off their pre-season campaign with a 3-3 draw at home to United Counties League Division One outfit Clifton All Whites.
Harvey Grice, Anthony Dwyer and Courey Grantham with United’s goals.
Another Premier Division Central side, Hednesford Town, were beaten 5-3 at Keys Park by a team from Championship neighbours Birmingham City.
A crowd of 641 saw Lewis Ison, Kyle Bennett and Leroy Lita score for the Pitmen.
One of Hednesford’s new league rivals Bedford Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at The Eyrie to League One AFC Wimbledon.
Luke McCormick and Zach Robinson with the Dons` goals.
Premier Division Central Tamworth ran out 4-0 winners at Northern Premier League Division One Midlands new boys Hinckley Leicester Road.
AJ George, Alex Bradley with two and Eoin McKeown were the Lambs on the mark.
Another Premier Division Central club Nuneaton Borough were beaten 4-0 at Liberty Way by League Two newcomers Stockport County.
All of County’s goals came in the opening 45 minutes through Mark Kitching, Connor Jennings, Will Collar and Ethan Pye.
Boro’s neighbours and league rivals Barwell won 4-0 at Coles Lane against Northern Premier Division One Midlands outfit Sutton Coldfield Town.
Premier Division South side Truro City won by the same scoreline at South West Peninsula League outfit Elburton Villa.
The White Tigers` goals came from Will Deane, Jordan Moyle, Stewart Yetton, Jordan McCarthy and Teddy Horton.
Truro’s league rivals Salisbury edged out Division One South hosts Frome Town by the odd goal in five at Badgers Hill.
New boy Brandon Goodship, Darren Mullings and a Sam Ashton penalty were the Whites` scorers.
Newly promoted Premier Division South club Plymouth Parkway shared a 2-2 draw with League One neighbours Plymouth Argyle at Bolitho Park.
Billy Palfrey and Ben Seymour had Parkway two-up at the break before the full-timers struck back to share the spoils.
Division One South new boys Tavistock AFC began their pre-season programme with a comfortable 5-0 home win over Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Falmouth Town.
It was a good afternoon for new signing from Elburton Villa, Adam MacPherson, who netted a hat-trick, along with goals from Ed Harrison and Josh Grant.
Another Division One South outfit, Melksham Town, put up a brave showing before going down to a 3-2 defeat at the Oakfield Stadium to a squad from League Two Swindon Town in front of 1,592.
Luke Ballinger and Adam Price with the Melksham goals.
Melksham’s new league rivals Westbury United were 4-1 winners at Wiltshire Senior Leaguers Trowbridge Town.
Jack Biddiscombe, Ryan Bole, Sam Jordan and Harvey Flippance scored United’s goals.
Another Division One South side in action were Lymington Town, who shared a 3-3 draw with Wessex League Premier Division neighbours AFC Portchester.
Freddie Bullard, Harrison Cable and Callum Stratton were the Linnets` marksmen.
Lymington’s league rivals Evesham Town were beaten 4-0 at home by a team from League One Cheltenham Town.
Relegated Wimborne Town were 4-2 winners over Wessex League Premier side Bournemouth Poppies.
Division One South returnees Bishops Cleeve started out with a 3-2 home win over Midland League Premier Division side Lye Town.