Preston North End under-18s put a dent in the Youth Team’s title chase after beating the Shakers 3-1 in the North West Youth Alliance.
The Lilywhites showed a clinical edge to their game over Lancashire rivals Bury at their Training Ground on Monday beating the young Shakers 3-1.
The Shakers started the game well with a high tempo, looking to get an early goal, however it never came and Preston soon took control of the match. Their first goal came on the 34th minute when Freddie Tracey pounced on a defensive mistake to get the opener.
The Shakers put on a fantastic battling defensive display to make sure they went in at half time only 1-0 down with the hosts throwing everything at the youngsters.
The Lilywhites got their second on the 67th minute when Jay Lunney found Josh Earl free in the box, the striker smashed it home to double Preston’s lead.
Preston got their third 10 minutes later on the 76th minute with Freddie Tracey heading a low Jay Lunney pass across goal into the net.
The Shakers however were not going to lie down and soon started pushing and pushing to get back into the game, the break they wanted didn’t come in enough time for this, although top scorer George Miller did get a consolation goal right at the death to make sure the game ended 3-1.
Next-up for the Young Shakers is a home tie at Carrington on Monday 8th February, 1pm kick-off, which will see them come up against Accrington Stanley.
Watch extended highlights of the 3-1 defeat to Preston on Shakers PlayerHD below: -