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Pre-season: Free-kicks, fairways and foreign friendlies

20 July 2017

We're another week closer to the start of the 2017/18 Sky Bet EFL season, and here's the latest round-up of how some of the 72 clubs have been stepping up their preparations.

We'll start with Charlton Athletic, who ran out 2-0 winners at Dover Athletic in their latest pre-season friendly.

It was a good workout for the Addicks and a good result, with the National League side being forced to find new and inventive ways of stopping their opposition...

If you thought that kick was accurate, then take a look at what Reece Cole managed during Brentford's entertaining affair with Oxford United.

The Bees came out on top in a seven-goal thriller, and this free-kick was the pick of the bunch.

As friendlies go, Wednesday night's local derby between Notts County and Nottingham Forest looked a pretty tasty one, and it was the Sky Bet Championship side who took the spoils at Meadow Lane.

After tasting European Under-19 Championship glory with England this summer, Ben Brereton returned to club action and struck the opening goal to get Forest's pre-season up and running in style.

Click here for more on England U19's Euro success

Further from home are the likes of Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday, who continue their pre-season on foreign soil. The pair both picked up victories in their most recent outings, with Adam Reach netting a fine strike to see the Owls past Portimonense.

The Canaries' two goals both came via Nelson Oliveira, and it's fair to say his second had a touch more fortune about it than that of the Owls' number nine!

Finally, to coincide with the start of The Open Championship, we move away from the pitch, and on to the fairway. Burton Albion have taken to the tee, following pre-season wins over Mickleover Sports and Solihull Moors earlier in the week. It's over to the boss to show his players how it should be done...

We'll be back with another pre-season round-up next week!

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