Preston 5 Olton and West Warwicks 2

Sam Sinclair
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Preston played host to Midlands opponents Olton and West Warwicks needing a good performance but most importantly three points.

And they did not disappoint in front of a healthy West Cliff support, as they enjoyed an excellent 5-2 victory.

The game began with high energy, with the home side looking to dominate proceedings from the outset.

Their luck came early on, when the ball bounced off midfielder Julian Lopez own foot from a turnover ball, but the rest he did was certainly not luck as he powered past two Olton defenders into the 22-yard offence where a late stick tackle forced an early short corner.

The resulting corner was flicked hard past the Olton keeper by Adam Wilson to give the home side the lead.

Preston came close to scoring again soon afterwards with another well earned corner through Sam Sinclair, this time the keeper got down well to deflect the ball high over the crossbar.

Preston were put under some intense pressure for the remaining eight minutes of the half, but the back four commanded by captain Robin Taylor and under clear instruction from goalkeeper Matty Potts were resolute and gave nothing to the travelling team.

At half-time, head coach Peter Nicholson demanded more patience in attack and to make the final ball count.

As the second period started, Preston looked to make good on their coach’s words, and could have had two goals in a minute. This time Adam Wilson being the source of creativity.

However just eight minutes in, Preston found themselves two to the good, when Sinclair breezed past two Olton players then slipped the ball to the back post where Jonathan Platt was at hand to reverse hit the ball into the net.

However, Olton responded quickly through a well worked short-corner, this time despatch high and left by a Callum Stacey drag flick.

Preston were able to virtually kill the game within the next five minutes of play.

Sinclair picked up the ball in midfield, slipped to Sullivan who found space on the left.

A first time ball was played into Lopez in the D who muscled through an Olton defender, to find Sinclair again and the resulting shot was deflected home by Jacob Draper.

Within two minutes, it was Wilson who found David Sullivan again on the left. He pulled the ball back to James Sutcliffe. He dribbled through to lay up Lopez, whose initial shot deflected up before he volleyed home.

At 4-1 Preston then did not make life easy for themselves and let Olton back into the game with lack of concentration and some ill-discipline which some them down to nine men twice. The opposition capitalised and Stacey fired home an unstoppable corner which deflected in off the bar.

Preston did eventually see the game off with a drag flick of their own through Adam Wilson who buried the ball in the bottom corner.

Overall, Coach Peter Nicholson was pleased with the performance and hailed in team for their energy and work ethic, in particular midfield stalwart Sam Sinclair.

Preston take a break from league action for a week before they play top of the table Loughborough Students at home.