Cambridge City eased to a 4-1 victory over Haverhill Borough as they opened up their pre-season programme in the Suffolk sunshine.
City boss Robbie Nightingale promised he would field a strong side, so it was no surprise to see new signings Ian Miller, Michael King and Mark Coulson take to the field. They joined regulars from last year including Ben Robinson, Ollie Snaith and Salim Relizani. Ross Paterson and Darren Foxley were not available.
Meanwhile, there was another new signing as goalkeeper Niall Conroy, who pen to paper before the game, took his place between the posts.
On an artificial surface, City started the game with positive intent and should have scored when Salim Relizani picked out Ryan Sharman who headed narrowly over the bar.
Moments later and City broke the deadlock when a corner found Buster Harradine at the back post who headed across for former Royston player, Spyros Mentis to convert.
Despite their early possession, it was Haverhill who got back into the match when a long range effort beat Conroy and crossed the line off the inside of the post.
However, it did not take long for City to restore their lead when Relizani picked out Sharman who slotted home.
As the second half got under way, it was the home side who had the first chance when an effort was well stopped by Conroy in the City goal.
But City soon re-established their attacking threat when a good cross from Ben Robinson picked out Sharman who saw his effort go wide of the post.
By now, the usual plethora of substitutions that pre-season friendlies are renowned for took place, and it was one of those, Charlie Woolfe who added more potency to the City attack. It was Woolfe who had a big hand in the third goal as he showed great persistence to surge into the box. The ball then eventually broke for Alex Lyratzopolous who is with the City youth team to fire in on the angle from just inside the box.
It was fellow youngster Josh Lowe who fired in the fourth to complete a very satisfactory afternoon for the Lilywhites.
A word from new signing Niall ConroyÖ
I am delighted to be joining Cambridge City. Itís a massive club and one that I grew up watching at Milton Road when I used to go to the games with my Grandad. I remember watching Martin Davies play as keeper and seeing Robbie Nightingale play so the club means a lot to me.
I started at Histon last season, and things didnít go well for me there and at Christmas I moved to Soham and we had a tough season, but we managed to stay up.
Itís good to be re-united with some of the Soham lads. Iíve known Jordan Gent since I was about 12, we grew up in the same colts teams together so I understand how he plays. We also have Ian Miller who is a massive player for us.
I thought the team looked good today and played some decent football. I have been here a short time but I have only heard good things about the club and I am also looking forward to working with Zac Barrett who will bring loads of experience as a goalkeeping coach and I will know I will learn a lot from him.
The City Starting XI
1. Niall Conroy
2. Ben Robinson
3. Mark Coulson
4. Spyros Mentis
5. Jordan Gent
6. Ian Miller
7. Salim Relizani
8. Ryan Sharman
9. Michael King
10. Buster Harradine
11. Ollie Snaith
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