B TEAM FRIENDLY: Lancaster City 1 Wanderers 1

B Team

New signing Trevon Bryan made an instant impression as the B Team got their pre-season campaign under way in positive fashion at the Giant Axe.

Bryan, who joined the Whites from Burnley earlier this summer, scored a stunning goal just two minutes into his first appearance in a Wanderers’ shirt.

The 18-year-old frontman picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and cut in before curling a superb left-footed strike into the top corner to give Matt Craddock’s youngsters the lead.

Bryan looked a handful alongside fellow newcomer Ben Andreucci as the Whites - looking more capable of dealing with the challenge of facing senior opposition than this time 12 months ago - aimed to build on their advantage with some well-constructed football before making the first of wholescale changes at the break.

Both frontmen went off, along with midfielder Matty Tweedley who put in another tidy shift against his former loan club after an impressive cameo as a substitute for the first team on Tuesday night.

B Team

Defender Lamine Toure also spent time on loan at Lancaster last season but it was a slip from the defender that allowed the Northern Premier League top-flight outfit to equalise through a trialist early in the second half.

Wanderers utilised three trialists themselves among a plethora of second-half substitutes as Craddock spread the game-time across his squad in the first of three warm-up games against non-league opposition.

With the influential duo of Nelson Khumbeni and Max Conway – who had gone closest to a second goal before half-time with an effort he fizzed just over the top – among those to be replaced, the young Whites couldn’t maintain the same level of control.

But with an increasingly youthful line-up, including a couple of youth team players, they maintained their energy and tempo to the end and could have won it with a last-minute chance for one of the trialists which was saved by the legs of goalkeeper Cole Stephenson.

City also had late openings but with Nic Evangelinos heading the hosts’ best chance of a winner wide, the Whites ensured an unbeaten start from a productive work-out against a Lancaster side now yet to lose in their opening three friendlies.

Wanderers B: Hutchinson (Litherland HT); Halford (Toole 70), Toure (Hogan 70), Hayes-Green (Inwood HT); Khumbeni ((Trialist 60); Frimpong (Trialist 70), Pettifer (Loureiro 60), Tweedley (Sharples HT), Conway (Trialist 60); Andreucci (Trialist HT), Bryan (Lockett HT).

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