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Deepdale (ATT 11,591) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Gillingham Gillingham

Preston 3

J Welsh (8)
P Gallagher (57)
N Kilkenny (63)

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Gillingham 1

C McDonald (45)

Gallagher in the goals again

Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:22pm

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Paul Gallagher: Amongst the goals again

Paul Gallagher: Amongst the goals again

Paul Gallagher made it four goals in two games as Preston bolstered their play-offs position with a 3-1 victory over Gillingham.

Preston led for most of the first half thanks to captain John Welsh's early strike but Cody McDonald equalised just before the break.

However, North End struck twice in six second-half minutes through Gallagher and substitute Neil Kilkenny to climb up to third in the table.

Preston took the lead in the eighth minute through Welsh who shot past goalkeeper Stuart Nelson from 12 yards after a Stuart Beavon lay-off.

Gillingham were struggling to compete and team-mates Chris Whelpdale and Joe Martin were spoken to by referee Charles Breakspear after a heated disagreement.

However, the visitors were level on the stroke of half-time when Jack King miscued a headed clearance and Leon Legge fed McDonald who lashed home a shot from eight yards out.

Preston regained the lead after 57 minutes as Beavon found Gallagher on the edge of the area and he curled in an effort from 18 yards.

And it was 3-1 to six minutes later when sub Kilkenny scored with his first touch, bundling home from three yards out after Joe Garner's effort had been saved by Nelson.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40