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Deepdale (ATT 9,000) 9th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Woolmer

Preston Preston North End vs Stevenage Stevenage

Preston 2

L Holmes (6)
W Hayhurst (16)

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Holmes leads North End win

Last Updated: 09/03/13 6:51pm

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Lee Holmes: Man of the match

Lee Holmes: Man of the match

Winger Lee Holmes scored one goal and set-up another to ease Preston's relegation worries with a 2-0 win over Stevenage.

Holmes netted for just the second time this season when he curled in from 20 yards before the 25-year-old crossed for the impressive Will Hayhurst to add a second.

Jack King wasted a fine chance to add a third goal in the second half as Simon Grayson earned a win in his first home game as Preston manager.

North End were ahead after six minutes. Holmes collected a throw-in before ghosting inside to curl a stunner past goalkeeper Steve Arnold.

And the Lilywhites doubled their lead in the 16th minute. Holmes turned provider as his deep cross was guided home by Hayhurst.

Preston could have extended their lead early in the second half but King fired over from six yards out.

Stevenage rang the changes after the hour and improved, with Robin Shroot firing over from inside the box before fellow substitute Steve Beleck headed wide.

Hayhurst stung the palms of Arnold and Lucas Akins forced Declan Rudd to save in the dying minutes but neither side could score again as struggling Stevenage were condemned to a fifth consecutive away defeat.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
10 Walsall 43 57
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bristol City 43 53
14 Gillingham 43 51
15 Bradford City 42 50
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 42 39