The Cougars did not start the derby well, and were punished for some tentative defending by ex-Albion player, Brandon Thorn
, who played a great game for Town in this pre-season friendly. After a couple of early attacks resulted in half chances for Jack Holland
and Daniel Wilby
, the Cougars were guilty of some poor defending with Town scoring three first half goals, with the Cougars failing to clear on all three occasions in a number of goal-mouth scrambles. A generally poor first half could have been worse had it not been for two great saves by James Tunnicliffe
, the first of which was an instinctive save to tip a close-range shot around the left hand post.
The Cougars played much better in the second half, but were pegged back by two well worked goals from Town. For the last twenty minutes, the Cougars gained the upper hand and started created chances. Daniel, Jack and Ethan Newbatt
all had shots as the pressure built on the Town goal. Once the passes started finding their targets, the chances became more clear-cut against a tough Town defence. Daniel was the first to get on the score-sheet, with a drive into the bottom left corner. Town reacted instantly with a goal of their own, but after a period of pressure a cross from Jack found Harry Lambing at the back post. In the last minute, Jack also had a fantastic strike come back off the post in a strong end to the game.