Civil Service Strollers 3 – 1 Preston Athletic
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Strollers won the basement battle convincingly in part to the brilliant wing play of Christopher Milligan and Jordan Boyle who terrorised the Panners defence all afternoon.
The home side took the lead on 5 minutes as they broke up a Preston attack and the long clearing ball caught out the Preston defence and Stephen Froude who found himself in acres of space and beat keeper Pennycuick with a low shot from a tight angle. Civil looked more controlled from the outset and choose to shoot from distance on a number of occasions but couldn’t add to their lead. Preston’s first real chance came on 25 minutes as a break down the left saw Reece Cochrane fire over a cross which Gavin Stevenson did well to head on target but keeper Stuart Burnside saved well. A good interchange between Frazer Henderson and Neil Shave saw the latter’s cross blocked and the resultant corner was headed just wide. Civil’s Milligan then put in yet another pin point cross which saw the unmarked Boyle head just wide
Preston equalised right from the re-start as Stuart Ritchie volleyed home, his sixth in five games. Neil Shave’s lob went just over as the Panners looked to build but Civil took the lead again moments later as Jordan Boyle rifled home again after quick break away as another Preston attack was broken up and Civil got forward quickly. Headers by Stevenson and Colquhoun for Preston both went wide and then a deliberate hand ball by Robbie Laird as Neil Shave closed him down and threaten to break clear on goal resulted in only a free kick to everyone’s surprise, Jack Jardine fired the kick wide. The points were sealed on 85 minutes as another long ball caught Preston out once again and Russell McLean made no mistake with the time afforded to him, slotting home when one on one with the keeper Pennycuick.
Civil Service : Burnside, Newall, Dingwall, Laird, Kidd, Cunningham, Milligan(Finnie), Downie(Trialist), McLean, Froude, Boyle(Trialist). Subs: Watson, Martin, Milven, Clapperton.
Preston Ath: Pennycuick, Law(Cowan), Cochrane, Colquhoun, Siegel, Graham(Jardine), K.Park(Innes), Stevenson, Shave, Henderson, Ritchie. Subs: Wilson, Baines, Erskine, Lawson.