Vale keep in touch with the leaders

Preston Athletic1

Vale of Leithen2

Vale made it seven points from their first three games with a hard-won victory at Pennypit Park.

With just 24 seconds on the clock, Charlie Brigain shot home to put the visitors in the driving seat.

Preston got back on level terms when Sean Martin found the net with a well-taken strike, but the game’s turning point came just after the hour mark when the home side lost goalie John Gilbertson. His replacement was slow to claim a cross and Vale’s John Ross Kerr got there first to head it into the net.