Preston Athletic got their 2015-16 season up and running, coming from behind to secure an excellent 1-1 draw away to Spartans. The Preston Athletic goalscorer in the 52nd minute was Chris Moffat.
Spartans 1 – 1 Preston Athletic
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Preston got their season off and running with a hard fought draw at Ainslie Park. After their opening day defeat a trip to Spartans is always a daunting prospect but a spirited 2nd half performance secured a deserved point.
The heavens opened at kick off time and played a part in Spartans opening goal, on 20 minutes Dean Horribine worked his way up the left wing and his cross looked like it would be easily gathered by keeper Chris Flockhart but somehow slipped from his grasp and into the corner of the net.
At this point, Spartans were deserving of their lead as they found space in between the Preston defence and midfield regularly and their cross-field balls to their wingers were stretching the Preston defenders. Despite this Preston worked a great chance on the half hour as Jamie Beaton’s threaded ball found James Martin but his lob went inches wide.
The best move of the half was then constructed by Preston as a brilliant passing move cut the home side open and Taylor Aitchison put Jamie Beaton through one on one with Blair Carswell but the keeper did well to smother the chance.
Preston came out with more belief in the 2nd half after creating those chances and were soon level, A long free kick into the area from Jamie Beaton found Chris Moffat unmarked and the defender placed his header just inside the post for a deserved equaliser. This sprung Spartans into life and Chris Flockhart had to be at his best to keep out a number of long range efforts.
Preston also had their chances as sub Josh McGonigal went close seconds after coming on, then James Martin shot just over.
Despite some late pressure from Spartans it wasn’t enough to deny Preston the point.
Spartans: Carswell, Stevenson, Malone, Main, Thomson, Greenhill, Horribine, Ward, Murray, Brown, Herd. Subs: Murrell, Imlah, Carmichael, Douglas, Mitchell (GK), Dishington
Preston Athletic: Flockhart, L.Todd, Porcher, Manson, Moffat, Morrison, Aitchison, Beaton, M.Todd, Gilchrist, Martin. Subs: McSherry, Page(gk), McGonigal, Coull, Nicholson, Jones, Baillie