Preston win first pre-season game as former Liverpool talent Ben Woodburn scores
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Preston win first pre-season game as former Liverpool talent Ben Woodburn scores

Preston beat Bamber Bridge 3-0 on Saturday afternoon with Ben Woodburn scoring as North End started pre-season with a victory.

Whilst much of the focus is on Preston’s trip to Spain in the coming days, Ryan Lowe took his side to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday.

Lowe played a different XI in each half, giving chances to young players around the senior core of the Preston squad.

The first half wasn’t exactly a thriller, finishing 0-0 whilst striker Seani Maguire went off injured inside the first 10 minutes.

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The goals flowed in the second half though with Ben Whiteman scoring from the penalty spot after Andrew Hughes was brought down.

Trialist Ben Woodburn then made it 2-0 before Mikey O”Neill grabbed the third, securing a 3-0 victory for North End.

It’s all about fitness in pre-season but a comfortable win is always welcome in the first pre-season game.

This game will have certainly meant a lot to trialist Woodburn, who is attempting to win a contract with Preston this summer.

Woodburn is a free agent having been released by Premier League giants Liverpool this summer.

Previously tipped for a huge future at Liverpool, Woodburn burst onto the scene back in 2016 but that’s about as good as it got.

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Loan spells with Sheffield United, Oxford United, Blackpool and Hearts didn’t help Woodburn’s Liverpool cause and he has now arrived at Preston.

North End boss Lowe is a big Liverpool fan and now wants to try and give Woodburn the chance to get his career back on track.

It’s only a goal against non-league Bamber Bridge, so it’s hard to go overboard with Woodburn’s start to life with Preston.

Woodburn ultimately needs to take every chance he can get though, and beginning with a goal in his first Preston appearance is certainly a positive start.

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