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Deepdale (ATT 7,621) 2nd January 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Preston Preston North End vs Colchester United Colchester

Preston 7

C Brown (13)
C Sedgwick (27)
J Parkin (48, 50, pen 72)
B Williams (og 52)
D Carter (64)

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Preston in seventh heaven

Parkin scores hat-trick as North End hit seven past sorry Us

Last Updated: 02/01/10 6:22pm

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Parkin: Scored hat-trick

Parkin: Scored hat-trick

Managerless Preston were in seventh heaven after routing Colchester to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Chris Brown put North End ahead in the 13th minute before Chris Sedgwick doubled the advantage after 27 minutes at Deepdale.

Jon Parkin then netted a quick-fire brace (48, 50) before the unfortunate Colchester keeper Ben Williams scored an own goal (52) and Darren Carter added a sixth (64).

Parkin then netted from the penalty spot (72) to seal his hat-trick and complete the rout.

Preston interim boss Rob Kelly had Ross Wallace back from suspension and the Scottish winger was at the heart of much of the home side's best work in the opening exchanges.

But North End had an early scare when Simon Hackney flighted a dangerous ball into the penalty area only for Phil Ifil to take an air-shot at the back post.

In the ninth minute, Carter produced a rasping 25-yard drive which Williams could only parry as far as Neill Collins, but the Lilywhites defender volleyed wide when well placed.

Relief

Collins could breathe a sigh of relief four minutes later when North End took the lead.

Brown rose highest to nod home Wallace's inswinging corner and register his eighth goal of the season and fifth in cup competitions.

Brown and Parkin both spurned chances to extend the lead before the second goal arrived after 27 minutes.

Sedgwick was set up by the impressive Brown before unleashing a shot on the angle which took a wicked deflection off Paul Reid and looped over Williams.

Five minutes before the interval Colchester had a chance to get back in the game when the ball broke to Steven Gillespie, but the forward miscued with the goal gaping.

Preston moved to the other end of the pitch immediately and Wallace played in Parkin behind the visitors' defence but the bustling frontman shot straight at Williams.

Make amends

He was to make amends with style in the opening minutes of the second half.

First Callum Davidson launched the ball towards the Colchester area where Brown flicked the ball into his strike partner's path and Parkin then spun and smashed a low shot beyond Williams' grasp.

The former Stoke man then had his second two minutes later when he shrugged off the attentions of the Colchester back line to collect a long ball and superbly lob Williams.

The beleaguered Colchester goalkeeper saw his afternoon get even worse in the 52nd minute when Brown completed some neat link-up play on the edge of the penalty area and curled a shot towards the bottom corner of the goal.

His shot bounced back off the foot of the post, hit the hapless Williams on the back of the head before resting in the back of the net.

Carter made it six in the 64th minute when he collected a loose ball in midfield and cut effortlessly through the visitors' defence before slotting home.

Parkin completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot with 18 minutes remaining after he was brought down by Magnus Okuonghae.

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