Mexoc, formally a Zingari rival offered the first test of the preseason for Sacre Coeur 2nds aka St Lukes Newco on a boggy pitch at Moss Lane Kirkby. With three summer signings involved in the starting line-up and a raft of substutions, Coeur cruised to a 6-2 victory.
Starting brightly Coeur dominated proceedings playing high into the oppositions half with some good one touch passing from new signings Jono Cahill and Ollie Rogers who made the journey over from Wrexham to play. Josh Daley was also industrious on the left hand side working well with last year's top scorer Rob Sinclair.
Former fans favourite Robbie Robinson also returned and set the tone with his classy passing and commanding voice.
After some rusty shooting from Phil Steele and Cahill, Sinclair broke the deadlock with a trademark sprint followed by a cool finish after rounding the keeper. Shortly after Sinclair, who inherited the top scorer mantle from strike partner Steele last season with 26 goals latched on to a through ball from Steele and calmly chipped the out rushing keeper.
At the other end McDougall displayed his new found fitness winning headers and playing some 'tiky taky' passing with the ever impressive John Hughes. Mexoc though were relentless in their counter attack with the speedy striker latching on to a searching pass and forced out wide by the steady Tom Blance in goal found himself disposed in spectacular fashion by the irrepressible Chuk.
Chuk then, in possibly the move of the game, collected the ball deep in his own half and surged past both the Mexoc midfield and defence before chipping the keeper from all of 25 yard! The moment of magic made the stories of him partying to the early hours in The George the night before seem irrelevant.
Mexoc however did break the Coeur resolve with an outstanding 40 yard strike that would have beat any keeper in the world even Si Furlong!
The second half saw a raft of substitutions yet Sinclair added to his tally after a perfect cross from Daley despite increasing pressure from Mexoc. At the back, Joe Capstick succeeded at last in gifting a goal after bringing down a Mexoc striker who slotted his pen past Blance.
Yet with the reintroduction of Cahill, Coeur ended the game with 2 further strikes both by the young debutant, the second a beautiful strike that coasted under and across the bar. Cahill was sutibly rewarded with the man of the match vote.
Overall the score line somewhat flattered Coeur, and despite the goals and at times good link up work the team still need to focus on marking, using throw ins and also increasing the amount of short range passing.
Next up a tough game against Waterloo featuring former star Steven Hughes who was present at the Mexoc game and received a warm round of applause from the Coeur travelling fans.
In his post-match interview Manager Steele said that preseason for him was about fitness and working on new systems, "Sometimes in defeat a team can gain more and learn about themselves, that will be the case for Mexoc today and is a philosophy that we hope to encourage at Coeur."