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Bescot Stadium 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Walsall Walsall vs Preston North End Preston

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Preston 3

J Byrom (30)
C Humphrey (58)
L Holmes (61)

Preston power to victory

Last Updated: 31/08/13 7:13pm

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Lee Holmes: Put Preston 3-0 up

Lee Holmes: Put Preston 3-0 up

Preston picked up their first league win of the season when they beat a poor Walsall side 3-0 at the Banks's Stadium.

It was so easy for North End, who dominated from the start and added two second-half goals to the one they picked up in the opening period.

Walsall, who suffered their first defeat of the season, were being outfought all over the pitch and Lee Holmes should have scored when he beat the offside trap on 19 minutes but he delayed his shot and James Chambers got back to deflect his effort for a corner.

Preston did take the lead in the 30th minute after a foul by Malvind Benning.

Joel Byrom took the free-kick from just outside a corner of the penalty box and his effort sailed just inside the far post.

It was the same story after the break and in the 58th minute Chris Humphrey strolled through to drive in a second for Preston, while three minutes later a howler by Benning let in Holmes to poke in number three.

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Table

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