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- Impressive pre-season outing in front of 300 fans
- Lewis Reilly stars with two goals & two assists
- Elliot Newby also grabs a brace
Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies produced a punishing display at Irongate, capitalising ruthlessly on the home team’s errors with three goals in each half.
Just four days after an initial first team outing at Everton, Jamie Vermiglio’s side were clinical in their execution during the first half and took a three-goal lead into the break.
Elliot Newby’s calm finish from a Lewis Reilly pass after just six minutes set the tone, before Reilly tapped home after a Newby long ranger was palmed into his path by Brig keeper Danny Roccia. Newby’s second came right on 45 minutes; another excellent finish from closer range following another pass from Reilly.
Two further goals were added within 10 minutes of the restart, as the result was put beyond any doubt. Sub Sean Miller hammered home from 20 yards after Brig turned the ball over in defence, before fellow sub, trialist Udoyen Akpan, was buddled over in the box, winning a penalty.
Miller and Reilly discussed the situation, before playing rock/paper/scissors to decide the taker. Reilly won with rock before dispatching the spot kick past the diving Roccia.
Brig rallied slightly as the half went on and pulled a goal back through a Callum King-Harmes penalty on 77 minutes; however, the Magpies weren’t finished and through the industry of Akpan topped a terrific display off with a sixth from under-21 forward Sope Awe.
Bamber Bridge: Roccia; Wilson, Lawlor, Wisdom, Radcliffe, Marlow, Churchman, Thomason, Forbes, King-Harness, Dudley.
Chorley: Urwin (Dutton, 78′); Birch (Shorrock, 72′), Smith-Brown (Taylor, 46′), Halls (Leather, 46′), Smith (McGuire, 72′), Baines, Barton (Shenton, 46′), Calveley (Putnam, 72′), Newby (Miller, 46′), Cardwell (Akpan, 20′), Reilly (Awe, 78′).
Conditions: Calm and chilly
Next up: We’re returning home for pre-season tune up number three – Lancaster City are the visitors to Victory Park on Tuesday – which means we’re going back behind closed doors.