Preston academy boss hails piece of quality

Preston North End academy manager Nick Harrison.
Preston North End academy manager Nick Harrison.

Preston North End’s academy manager Nick Harrison thought the friendly against Ashington could have gone either way before Jack Ryan’s 62nd minute strike clinched it for the Lilywhites.

Harrison, in charge of the Deepdale-based outfit along with Andy Fensome, said: “It was a great occasion and it was really good for us to be invited to play the game and come up here.

“It was a great contest for our younger boys in terms of playing against men. Some of our boys hadn’t experienced that before.

“It was a worthwhile workout for us, which benefited the players, and the match was played in the right spirit.”

Harrison gave a special pat on the back for stopper Steve James.

“Overall, I thought Ashington had lots of chances and our goalkeeper Steve James made some great saves which kept us in the game,” he said.

“We probably played a little bit better in the second half than we had done in the first, and I thought the game could have gone either way really.

“We were looking to come out the winners, and that bit of quality by Ryan, a second year pro who has been with the academy, has done the trick with the goal coming from a little bit of good possession.

“However both teams will hopefully have got something from the game.”