“It's been a great occasion.”
Ray Turner, Manager
The Lilywhites came within millimetres of a draw against the League One squad, hitting the bar and having several other chances to draw level.
But speaking in a video interview
, Ray insisted his squad had not looked out of place against Gilllingham.
He said: "I think they acquitted themselves pretty well over the course of the game.
"I was pleased with the continuity, even during the second half with the young players that came on.
"Considering the fact that we've had very little time to train and work on our shape, I think in general we did a good job.
"The most important thing was that it looked like a good night, I hope the supporters were entertained.
""I'm pleased it's been a great occasion."
Ray also spoke of the tremendous atmosphere created in the stadium as 1,214 packed in, and his hope that many would return for the new campaign.
You can watch the full interview with more of his thoughts on the match and how it bodes for the coming season here
or by clicking on the link below.
Updated 11:40 - 15 Jul 2017 by Brian Flynn