Preston North End’s Under 18s kicked off their new season with a 2-1 victory at Morecambe on Saturday.
Captain Lewis Fensome and Mike Howard got the goals as Nick Harrison’s youngsters ran out victorious in a game played a Kendal Town FC.
The Lilywhites went in front just five minutes in, skipper Fensome rising highest to power a header from Alex Wood’s corner beyond Cameron Armstrong in the Shrimps goal.
Morecambe were undeterred by the goal though and saw half chances come and go for Kyle Hawley, Kaleb Young and Joe Nelligen.
The hosts their equaliser in the 25th minute after Young powered the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net after Preston had failed to clear their lines.
The Shrimps started the second half well, Nathan Dutton Kay drilling the ball at Callum Roberts before the PNE ‘keeper was forced into another sharp save.
Preston always looked dangerous on the break though, Harry Armstrong firing the ball over from close range before hitting another effort straight at his namesake Cameron.
The visitors got their noses in front midway through the second half when Howard finished from close range after Morecambe switched off from a set piece.
PNE had the chance to finish the game off from the penalty spot but Harry Garstang’s effort hit the bar after Howard had been felled in the box.
Both sides had openings in the closing stages but it was the visitors who took the spoils.