Preston will be primed as they resume Lowland League campaign

Preston manager Craig Nisbet. Picture: Jon Savage
Preston manager Craig Nisbet. Picture: Jon Savage
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Preston Athletic haven’t been able to play competitively since a 1-1 draw with Whitehill Welfare at the beginning of the month, but boss Craig Nisbet is taking encouragement from that second half showing ahead of tonight’s home clash with Dalbeattie Star.

Since Connor Brydon’s goal on a quagmire of a pitch earned the ten-man Panners a point, Preston have had idle weeks and their Groundhop UK fixture at home to Threave Rovers postponed half an hour from kick-off. Subsequently, Nisbet is expecting to see a similarly hungry display from his men after their enforced break.

“The second half performance against Whitehll filled me with hope,” he explained. “I know they’ve not had their problems to seek but they’re still an established side that have been together the majority of the season, so that display was pleasing. After the red card we seemed have 12 men rather than ten. We’ve had a few sessions since and an internal game with the Under 20s to keep everybody fresh so there’s no problems there - they’re raring to go.

“Dalbeattie are in a bit of a rut as well with games being on and off, but they’ll be tough. My Preston debut was actually against them down in Dalbeattie, so I expect them to very competitive and really give us a hard test. We’ve not had game for a week and a half so there won’t be tired legs.”