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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16