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Threave Rovers 0 – 1 Preston Athletic
Preston secured three points in Castle Douglas after a dominant display that wasn’t fully reflected in the final scoreline. These two sides fought out a close basement battle last season but Preston gained the early impetus in this match. The first chance of the match saw Jamie Beaton collect a short corner and cross for Taylor Aitchison to try the spectacular scissor volley, who fired just over. Liam Todd then threaded a neat ball to James Martin who shot narrowly over. Chris Moffat then volleyed over from close range after meeting a deep corner. Bob Baillie then received a bizarre booking after having the ball kicked out of his hands at a throw in.
Moffat then misjudged a long ball but Threave’s Ben Irving breaking free failed to trouble Chris Flockhart when through on goal. Threave’s best chance came as Dean Fyve sent over a pin point cross onto the head of Irving but the striker tamely headed into Flockhart’s arms.
James Martin was being found time and again down the Preston left and on 25 minutes he drove into the box but fired into the side netting. Josh McGonigal, who was proving a handful for the home defence, tried his luck with a curling effort that sailed just wide.
The deadlock was broken on the half hour as a free kick out by the corner flag was fired into the area by Jamie Beaton and was met by Chris Moffat to tap home from close range, the big defender’s 2nd goal in a few days. The only other incident of note in the first half was Liam Todd’s booking just before half time for kicking the ball away.
Preston continued to control the 2nd half and on another day James Martin could have scored a hat trick as time and again he was able to evade the Threave back four but was unable to apply a finish, hitting the side netting twice and seeing Nikola Rajovic make a fine stop. Threave were relying on the huge kicking of their keeper but the Preston defence dealt with it comfortably while the visitors looked dangerous as they broke forward but just lacked the killer finish. Sub Andrew Gilchrist was carded late on as Threave tried to press, but in truth Preston keeper Chris Flockhart baely saw the ball in the second period.
This was a deserved victory for Preston Athletic which should have been by a more emphatic scoreline, but the performance will give Colin Jack and his squad lots of confidence ahead of the visit of Edinburgh University on Wednesday.
THREAVE: Rajovic, Wilby, Forsyth, Dunglinson, Jackson, Fyfe, Irving, Miller, Jamieson, Hammond, Barnes. Subs: Patterson, Blain, Milligan, Tait, Docherty, Gemmell(gk), Phillips
PRESTON: Flockhart, L.Todd, Baillie, Manson, Moffat, J.Todd, Aitchison, Beaton, McGonigal, M.Todd, Martin. Subs: McSherry, Page, Morrison, Coull, Nicholson, Gilchrist, Porcher