Preston travelled to the borders to face a team they have played many times before when they were in the lowland league.They faced Vale of Leithen in the Football Nation Qualifying Cup 2nd Round At Victoria Park
Co-Managers Paul Riley And Jack Lynch were without Gavin Stevenson,Craig Innes,Suspended Marc Reid & injured players Paul McCathie,Dale Pennycuick,Ross Cowan,Liam McFarlane And Sinclair Inglis.So it wasn’t the usual eleven,the guys have had through pre season and the qualifying league.
The home side made the early running in the match and it was the vale player manager Chris Anderson who helped in getting he opener for Vale on 31 minutes as he set up Tommy Paterson who scored past Craig Pennycuick.Preston did have a couple of chance near the end of the half,but Striker Greg Binnie And Defender Steven Campbell couldn’t convert the chances.
The second half was only a minute old when Vale Of Leithen.Sean Stewart got their second after lobbing the ball over Craig Pennycuick to the dismay of travelling fans and management.Preston did try to get a goal back and Jonny Grotlin was through on goal and looked to brought down in the box,but referee Addy booked him for diving,Preston did have chances from Michael McFarlane & Jack Gilchrist,but the home side finishes the game off on 88 minutes.Theey were awrded a penalty when Pennycuick brought down Jock Hay and Jordan Finnie coverted it to end the scoring and a bad day at the office for the panners
Next up is a trip to Meadowbank to face last year’s runners up Leith Athletic In The Central Taxis EOS League