Preston boost their survival prospects

Alistair Roy, right, celebrates with Jack Bruce
Alistair Roy, right, celebrates with Jack Bruce
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More than 300 supporters saw Preston’s third win of the league season as they earned a much-needed three points in their battle to avoid relegation from the Lowland League.

The hosts started strongly and forced a corner in the first minute, with goalkeeper Sean Brennan saving smartly from a close-range header. The remainder of the half passed by without too much incident until the 41st minute when a crossfield free-kick found Jack Bruce at the edge of the box. The left back’s looping header deceived goalkeeper McQueen and bounced into the empty net.

The goal settled Preston and they controlled much of the second period. The second goal arrived on 55 minutes as a floated corner caused havoc in the box, the ball eventually falling to Ali Roy on the edge of the box to rifle home.

The away side could have extended the advantage further, Max Todd was unlucky to hit the bar twice and a well struck volley on the turn from Sean Martin only narrowly missed.

Vale of Leithen: McQueen, Sclater, Brady, McNicoll, Blaikie, Lynch, J Stevens, J Elliot, White, Hunter, O’Brien. Subs: S Elliot, S Stevens, Gill, Saunderson, Mitchell, Wilson.

Preston: Brennan, Liam Todd, Bruce, Gibson, J Todd, S Devlin, Roy, Henderson, Martin, Aitchison, M Todd. Subs: Stewart, McIntyre, Thomson, Baillie.