Squires Gate defeated a Fleetwood Town development squad side 1-0 at School Road last night.
The Fleetwood team contained recent signings from AFC Fylde Dion Charles and keeper Matt Urwin, as well as outgoing striker Declan McManus.
Both sides took regular drinks breaks in the searing heat and Gate’s Alex McKendrick forced the first save out of Urwin after 25 minutes. Gate alsohad an effort cleared off the line just before the interval.
The second half was a stop-star affair, with plenty of changes, and Urwin again saved well from new Gate signing Mark Thornbur 10 minutes in.
Ryan Riley fired over for Gate from inside the six-yard box, but this was forgotten 10 minutes from time when Mark Buchan was fouled in the box and converted the penalty himself.
The turning point came 10 minutes from time when Mark Buchan was fouled in the box. The Scot dusted himself down and fired past Urwin to give Gate the lead.
Gate will be back in action onSaturday when they host Crook Town.