Preston push to preserve top position

Preston athletic have led that First Division since the opening game of the season when they beat Heriot-Watt University 3-1 and manager Stevie Myatt has no intention of finishing in any other position with only five league games remaining.

Preston travel to Kelso United tomorrow without Bryan Wilson (wedding), Sean Thomson (working), John Kerr (working) and Craig Scott (back injury) although Myatt is hopeful that both goalkeeper Ross Gilpin and striker Ryan Curran will be available after injuries.

“To have been at the top of the table since day one has meant that every team we play is desperate to knock us off that position and that brings its own pressures,” said Myatt.

“There is no doubt that there will be a lot of twists and turns involving several teams between now and the end of the season. I would suggest that the pendulum, in view of recent results, has probably swung in Heriot-Watt’s favour and they could now be seen as favourites to finish top. However, they do have some tough games left, including the final game of the season against us.”

Last week Preston travelled to meet Berwick Rangers Reserves and, despite conceding two goals early in the second half, rallied to draw 2-2. “I made some changes when we went two down and we managed to equalise, then had a shot headed off the line and created at least four one-on-one situations but could not score. We were disappointed to come away with a self-inflicted draw. It is becoming a feature of our recent games that we are making a lot of chances but not converting them.”