Full-time: Bamber Bridge 0 Preston North End 2

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A clinical Josh Brownhill penalty sealed a 2-0 victory for Preston North End over Bamber Bridge.

Substitute Nick Anderton was fouled in the box by Matty Lawlor and 18-year-old Brownhill stepped up to smash the spot-kick beyond Brig keeper Lee Dovey.

And the keeper was on hand to thwart two fierce long range rockets from Brownhill in quick succession minutes later.

North End new-boy Jordan Hugill opened his goal scoring account for the club in the 12th minute.

Hugill and the Lilywhites had a flurry of chances to increase the lead in the first half, Brig threatened in the second 45 but Brownhill secured victory with his cool set-piece.

Before kick-off Sir Tom Finney’s son Brian Finney officially renamed Brig’s Irongate stadium the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Brian shook hands with both sets off players at the annual friendly fixture between League One outfit PNE and NPL Division One side Brig.

Jordan Hugill opened the scoring for PNE in the 12th minute. The North End new boy rose above his marker and pounced on a John Welsh free-kick to head the ball past Brig’s keeper..

And the striker nearly doubled his tally in the 25th minute as he latched on to strike partner Jack Ryan’s chest down. But his fierce shot from outside the box flew wide of the right hand post.

PNE were denied a second by the woodwork in the 30th minute as Chris Humphrey danced his way into Brig’s box before his shot bounced back into play off the right hand post.

And just seconds later Brig stopper Dovey blocked Hugill’s shot from six-yards out as PNE upped the tempo.

Humphrey raced down the right wing before curling a sweet cross into the box but Hugill headed the ball over the bar from three-yards out.

And just minutes later Keith Keane advanced down the right before fizzing a fierce cross in to the path of Hugill who fired over from 12-yards out.

In the 41st minute his strike partner Ryan pounced on the ball but his shot skimmed inches wide of the right hand post.

Brig panicked PNE in the 42nd minute as curled in a teasing corner from the right but the ball did not fall to a red shirt and it was fired away from PNE’s goal line by Humphrey.

Humphrey outpaced his marker in the 64th minute and blazed a sweet cross into the path of Ryan, the striker tried to nod the ball back across goal into the bottom corner but it sailed wide of the right hand post.

Minutes later the hosts nearly levelled as substitute Mark Buchan rose above his marker but the Brig sub headed over.

PNE doubled their advantage in the 79th minute, substitute Anderton was fouled in the box and Premier League referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot.

Fellow sub Brownhill stepped up and the young midfielder coolly smashed the spot-kick into the back of the net.

And minutes later Brownhill was in the action again - his sweetly struck 25-yard volley was well saved by Dovey.

Brownhill tried his luck from distance again moments later but Dovey was once again on hand to stop the 18-year-old’s fierce strike.

PNE: Steven James (Ross Dalton, 71), Scott Wiseman (Nick Anderton, 46), Ben Davies, Scott Laird (Alan Browne, 61) Chris Humphrey (Brad Roscoe, 71), Keith Keane (Clive Smith, 71) Joel Byrom (Luke Pritchard, 71) John Welsh (Josh Brownhill, 61) Will Hayhurst (Josh Sampson, 46), Jordan Hugill (Sam Livsey, 71), Jack Ryan.

Bamber Bridge: Lee Dovey, Matt Mahoney (Paul Alexander,46), George Bowyer (Mark Buchan, 65), Matty Lawlor (Nathan Parish, 46), Glenn Steel (Phil Doughty, 46), Matty Kay (Neil Reynolds, 65), Alistair Waddecar, Curtis Thompson, Stuart Vasy (Greg Johnstone), Andrew Bell (Matty Lawlor, 65) Chris Marlow (Luke Atherton, 46) Subs: Mark Buchan, Neil Reynolds.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 1,420