Joy of six for Preston Athletic

Sean Martin scored twice for Preston

Sean Martin scored twice for Preston

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Preston won their first competitive fixture of the season with an emphatic 6-0 Lowland League victory over fellow strugglers Threave to move just a point behind the visitors.

Preston won their first competitive fixture of the season with an emphatic 6-0 victory over fellow strugglers Threave to move just a point behind the visitors.

The heavens opened just before kick-off but the home side were on the front foot and deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes. Michael Osbourne powered into the box and his shot deflected of the keeper and into the net. Sean Martin then scored two goals in two minutes. The first a superb curling effort and his second a strong header from a Liam Henderson deep cross on 30 minutes. Any comeback after the break was thwarted almost immediatley as Paul Devlin showed good foot work to slot home into the bottom corner. To their credit Threave kept plugging away and hit the bar with a cross-cum shot. After another good cross by Henderson Threave’s Andrew Forsyth volleyed into his own net and then Jack Thomson sealed the win with a great strike that hit the bar and bounced over the line. Willie Kirk’s side are unbeaten in three league games as confidence starts to grow.

Preston Athletic: Gilbertson, L Todd, Bruce, Gibson, Ramsay, Cairney, Scott, Devlin, Martin, Osbourne, Henderson. Subs: Stewart, O’Hara, Thomson, Trialist, Strachan, Roy.

Threave Rovers: Parker, Goodwin, Forsyth, Wilby, Patterson, Kay, Fyfe, Tait, Donley, Struthers, Miller. Subs: McClelland, Docherty, Milligan.