Saddlers unseat Lilywhites
Last Updated: September 22, 2012 7:06pm
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.
npower League 1
Sat 22nd Sep
Brentford1 - 0Oldham
Bury1 - 4MK Dons
Coventry1 - 2Carlisle
Crawley2 - 5Tranmere
Crewe1 - 1Leyton Or
Doncaster1 - 1Stevenage
Hartlepool2 - 2Shrewsbury
Notts Co3 - 0Portsmouth
Scunthorpe1 - 0Colchester
Swindon4 - 0Bournemth
Walsall3 - 1Preston
Yeovil0 - 1Sheff Utd
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|