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Bescot Stadium (ATT 4,189) 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Collins

Walsall Walsall vs Preston North End Preston

Walsall 3

J Baxendale (38)
G Bowerman (pen 55, 58)

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Preston 1

J Byrom (10)

Saddlers unseat Lilywhites

Last Updated: 22/09/12 7:06pm

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Bowerman: Bagged a brace

Bowerman: Bagged a brace

Walsall's young side came from behind to beat Preston 3-1 with a superb performance at the Banks's Stadium.

Striker George Bowerman, 21, was the star with two goals, one from the penalty spot, as the Saddlers climbed above North End in the League One table.

Preston took the lead in the 10th minute when Walsall lost possession in midfield and were opened up by a swift counter-attack. Nicky Wroe crossed to the unmarked Joel Byrom who headed past debutant goalkeeper Karl Darlow, on loan from Nottingham Forest.

After 18 minutes Darlow pulled off a brilliant save, tipping over a fierce header from Stuart Beavon who looked a certain scorer from close range.

Walsall then took control. Will Grigg had a shot blocked and Florent Cuvelier saw his deflected free-kick superbly saved by Steve Simonsen before the hosts equalised seven minutes before half-time when Grigg's knock back was chipped over the Preston keeper by the hard-working James Baxendale.

The Saddlers dominated the second half. Bowerman put them ahead with a 55th minute penalty after he had been tripped by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, and he drove in the third with a cracking left-foot shot to clinch the points after 58 minutes.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15