STOKE CITY'S Under-18 side made a winning start to the new season . . . coming back from two goals down to beat Macclesfield Town at Clayton Wood Training Ground.
It was Macclesfield who were out of the blocks quickest, perhaps due to the fact that they had already played two matches, and they were well worth their two-goal lead.
But the Potters settled after those early setbacks and went in at the break 3-2 in front following goals from Callum Pilkington, Ryan O'Reilly and Marcel Barrington.
The second half was not quite so eventful, although City extended their lead through triallist Wato Desire before the Silkmen pulled a goal back in the closing stages.
Therefore, the Potters ran out 4-3 winners in their first pre-season match, but more importantly they gave all members of their squad important game time.
The Under-21s also started their preparations for the forthcoming season but were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline against Warrington Town. Former Stoke favourite Mickey Thomas came on to play against the Potters in the latter stages.