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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 5,681) 2nd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Whitestone

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Preston North End Preston

Doncaster 1

D Cotterill (45+1)

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Preston 3

J King (33)
S Laird (60)
S Beavon (71)

Rovers fail to reap reward

Last Updated: 02/10/12 11:21pm

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Beavon: On target for PNE

Beavon: On target for PNE

Stuart Beavon snatched a 72nd-minute breakaway goal to earn Preston a hard-fought 3-1 victory at Doncaster on Tuesday night.

Doncaster battled hard, playing with tremendous spirit and Billy Paynter hit the post, but they were unable to get the reward their efforts deserved in the League One clash at the Keepmoat.

The home side only had themselves to blame for conceding a couple of goals through slack marking at corners.

Right-back Jack King headed Preston in front in the 33rd minute after being left unmarked in the centre of goal following a corner from Joel Byrom before Rovers equalised from a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

David Cotterill hammered home a swerving 20-yard shot that took a deflection off the head of Byrom.

Preston restored their lead in the 61st minute with Scott Laird heading home at the near post following another corner from Byrom and Beavon's clincher came against the run of play when he broke away to fire home from 20 yards with 18 minutes left.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29