Eight's just great for Sky Blues

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Roy O'Donovan, right, and Gary McSheffrey led the way in an 8-0 victory for Coventry

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Roy O'Donovan, right, and Gary McSheffrey led the way in an 8-0 victory for Coventry

Coventry began preparing for life in npower League One with an 8-0 friendly win at non-league Hinckley.

Gary McSheffrey opened the scoring with City's first attack after just five minutes and Louis Garner tucked in the second. Roy O'Donovan beat the offside trap to make it three before the interval and Will Roberts got in on the act after the break.

Roberts grabbed his second, and Coventry's fifth, with a far-post header from Shaun Jeffers' cross and Jordan Willis struck moments later with a shot which flew in off the crossbar. Aaron Phillips was next to find the net before Jeffers rounded off the scoring for the rampant Sky Blues.

Graham Westley's new-look Preston secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Southport.

Home defender Steve Akrigg inadvertently gave North End the lead when he headed new signing Keith Keane's cross into his own net. Joel Byrom grabbed the second from the penalty spot after Chris Holroyd had been upended in the penalty area.

Trialist goalkeepers Peter Enckelman and David Gonzalez played a half each, while Lee Trundle spearheaded the Preston attack in the second half.

Byron Moore celebrated signing a new contract with Crewe by scoring in their 2-0 friendly win over Congleton.

The winger put pen to paper on a two-year deal on Saturday morning and then put the Alex ahead close to half-time with a neat run and shot. Summer signing Mathias Pogba grabbed the second with one of his first touches for his new club.

Elsewhere, Billy Clarke was on target again as Crawley beat Bromley 3-2. The former Ipswich striker scored twice in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Tonbridge Angels and carried on where he left off with a second-half strike.

Following a goalless first half in which Gary Alexander missed a penalty, Nicky Adams put Sean O'Driscoll's side ahead after the break and Jonte Smith doubled the lead. Bromley pulled one back but Clarke grabbed Crawley's third when he tucked away Adams' pass, before the non-leaguers struck again 10 minutes from the end.

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