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Nelson 0 Clitheroe 4

By Pete Oliver

Fine start to pre-season for Blues as new faces make their mark

The Blues started their pre-season build-up with an impressive 4-0 win at neighbours Nelson.

Boss Phil Brown was encouraged by the early signs from his new-look squad – with almost a month to go before the opening competitive fixture against 1874 Northwich in the FA Cup.

New signing Jordan Darr got off to the perfect start with a superb strike into the top corner and Conor Gaul – another summer recruit – then doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Darr grabbed his second to make it 3-0 before Josh Gregory rounded off a successful afternoon with the fourth goal.

On a positive afternoon, youth-teamer Kit Lloyd also got his first taste of senior action after the 18-year-old came off the bench late on.

And that meant a match-up with brothers Jake and Charlie, who were in the Nelson ranks.

The Blues continue their pre-season programme when they entertain Blackburn Rovers’ U23s at Shawbridge next Thursday night.

Pre-season fixtures:

Thursday 18 July: Blackburn Rovers U23s (H) 7.45pm

Saturday 20 July: Charnock Richard (A)

Saturday 27 July: AFC Blackpool (A) 3pm

Tuesday 30 July: Barnoldswick Town (A) 7.45pm

Saturday 3 August: Bamber Bridge (H) 3pm

Updated 09:19 - 19 Jul 2019 by Michael Barker

Where next?

Brown Ready For Home Comforts Boss looks forward to first taste of Shawbridge as Rovers' U23s come to town
Northwich Up First In Home Cup Kick-Off The Blues will start their season with an FA Cup tie at home to 1874 Northwich

Get the team together and play Fantasy League

Sat 27 Jul
Clitheroe AFC Blackpool
Friendly 15:00
Tue 30 Jul
Clitheroe Barnoldswick Town
Friendly 19:45
Sat 3 Aug
Clitheroe Bamber Bridge
Friendly 15:00

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