Sep 9, 2013 at 7.35pm UK at ‚ÄčDeepdale
PrestonPreston North End
OldhamOldham Athletic
Beavon (14'), Davies (38' pen.)
Clarke (45'), Holmes (84'), Garner (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Tarkowski (83')

Result: Preston North End edge past Oldham Athletic

Result: Preston edge past Oldham
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Preston North End hold off a late fightback from Oldham Athletic to claim a 2-1 win in their League One match this evening.

Preston North End have maintained their unbeaten record in League One so far this season with a narrow 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic.

The hosts took the lead under fortuitous circumstances after just 13 minutes when Joel Byrom's curling free kick took a big deflection off the head of Stuart Beavon that sent it past Mark Oxley in the Oldham goal.

Oldham immediately set about trying to restore parity, but Adam Rooney and Sidney Schmeltz were both guilty of missing chances within a matter of minutes of each other.

Schmeltz then turned provider for the next chance, floating a corner into the box that James Tarkowski rose highest to meet, only to see his header cleared off the line by David Buchanan.

Despite Oldham's dominance, it was Preston who scored the second goal of the match when Kevin Davies was brought down inside the area by James Wesolowski.

Davies stepped up to take the spot kick himself and placed his effort into the top corner to claim his first goal for the club.

The hosts could have killed the game off 10 minutes after the restart, but Scott Laird put his shot wide when he had plenty of time to pick his spot.

Davies almost doubled his personal tally when he curled a low effort just wide, while Rooney squandered a good chance at the other end when he was caught in two minds as to what to do with a header.

Oldham did claw themselves back into the match with just over five minutes remaining when Tarkowski powered a header in at the near post, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

The result leaves Preston sixth in the League One table while Oldham remain in 14th place.

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