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Photos: Action from today's friendly between Metro (blue) and Beachside (green) [PlessPix]

Beachside beat Metro 3-1 at North Chigwell this afternoon in a pre-season friendly.

Colin Wain, Ben Crosswell and Kurt De Jong were the scorers for Beachside, while Jason Dawes pulled a goal back for Metro with a late penalty.

Jayden Wiggins played for Metro, who had Nathan Grandin, the former Hobart United keeper, in goal.

Michael Sosynski was in goal for Beachside, who were missing Brett Pullen.

"I was happy with our game as we had a lot of young guys out there," said Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes.

"It was our first hit-out for the year and there were a lot of positives to come out of it."

Nelson president Bill Hanley was the referee.

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As predicted in the comments section of this blog some weeks ago, the merger between Christian United and Kingston Cannons has gone ahead and the new club will blandly be called Southern FC.

Kingston Cannons arose out of the former Rapid and it is a sad day to see the club's demise as it was once a powerhouse of the Tasmanian game.

When clubs merge, one usually becomes dominant and the other party gradually disappears.

The reduction in the number of clubs is a bad sign for the game in this State.