Date: 17th July 2015 at 4:19pm
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Manager Mark Yates oversaw his first game in charge of the club since coming into the position over the summer and watched the lads take a four nil victory over Ryman Hill outfit Burgess Hill at the Green Elephants Stadium.

Yates selected a completely different eleven in each half, and as he confirmed ahead of the game there were ten trialists on show.

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One of those trialists Roarie Deacon who spent last year with Stevenage, opened the scoring after only 20 seconds and Shamir Fenelon added a second before the half time break.

Following the restart last season’s top scorer Izale McLeod carried on from where he finished by grabbing himself a brace in the game.

We largely dominated proceedings having taken the early goal and with so many changes over the summer, it wasn’t just a good run out for the lads as they continue building their fitness and adjusting to each other, but a good win like that would’ve done wonders for confidence.

1st half:

Preston, Sessegnon, Ashton, Bradley, Fitzpatrick, Henderson, Young, Smith, Fenelon, Barker, Deacon.

2nd half:

Preston (Bishop 75), Brister, McNerney, Boateng, O`Hanlon, Walton, Edwards, Richefond, Rooney, McLeod, Harrold.

Referee: John Pike (Hurstpierpoint).

Attendance: 863.

An obviously pleased Mark Yates said at the full time whistle.

‘I’m really pleased with a lot of what we did. There was a good intensity to our play, the trialists all worked very hard to impress and it was a very good workout. We have worked very hard in the first two weeks of pre-season and the boys were looking forward to the run-out. It was a very good 90 minutes with a lot of positives. We scored some great goals after getting a really strong start with an early goal and went from there. I’m sure the fans who came down enjoyed it and we’re now looking forward to a big test at home to Fulham on Saturday.’

Looking ahead to the Fulham friendly on Saturday now, Yates went on to say that he would again take the opportunity to give a number of trialists another chance to shine for us – otherwise the only omissions will mainly be the injured Gavin Tomlin and Lanre Oyebanjo.

‘Wednesday was a good exercise for us but things will be a lot different tomorrow. Fulham have strengthened their squad during the summer and it`s their first friendly in England so they will be strong. We certainly won`t have as much of the ball as we did on Wednesday, that`s for sure. But we`re looking forward to the game and I`m sure we will get a lot out of it. The new players are going to get their first taste of playing here and I have to say the pitch is in fantastic condition, so I think it will be a decent game between two sides that like to play. It`s another step towards the first League 2 game on August 8. That`s what we`re all working towards and at the moment we are in good shape.’


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