Craig Davies hit a second-half hat-trick as Preston romped to victory over Carlisle, who fell back into the League One relegation zone.

Stuart Beavon headed Preston in front and Alan Browne tapped in for 2-0, with Gary Madine replying for Carlisle with a header before half-time.

Lee Holmes restored the two-goal lead before Davies scrambled in the fourth and tapped in to make it 5-1.

Davies then completed his hat-trick with a thumping finish.

The result means Preston have consolidated a play-off place, but they are eight points behind second-placed Brentford. Carlisle slip into the relegation zone on goal difference.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 31 Browne
  • 05 Clarke (Huntington - 84' )
  • 22 King Booked
  • 11 Holmes
  • 37 Kilkenny (Brownhill - 74' )
  • 10 Beavon (Davies - 74' )
  • 17 Davies Booked
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 04 Huntington
  • 06 Wright
  • 09 Davies
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 30 Brownhill

Carlisle United

  • 18 Pickford
  • 19 Symington
  • 04 Chantler
  • 28 Brown
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 39 Chimbonda (Robson - 40' )
  • 16 Potts (Noble - 62' )
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 10 Madine
  • 07 Amoo
  • 24 Redmond (Miller - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Robson
  • 08 Noble
  • 09 Miller
  • 20 Fleming
  • 25 Byrne
  • 29 Guy
  • 30 Meppen-Walter
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 11,428

Match Stats

Shots

19 3

On target

10 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

15 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 6, Carlisle United 1.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 6, Carlisle United 1.

90:00 +3:17

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Chantler.

86:32

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:32

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

85:55

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

85:55

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:04

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

83:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Tom Clarke.

82:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 6, Carlisle United 1. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

79:27

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

79:27

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 5, Carlisle United 1. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

78:38

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:33

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:45

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Amoo.

74:17

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Neil Kilkenny.

73:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Stuart Beavon.

72:36

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Symington.

71:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Lee Miller replaces Daniel Redmond.

71:12

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

71:12

David Symington (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:32

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:01

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

66:01

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:17

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

64:51

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

64:51

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Liam Noble replaces Brad Potts.

60:21

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

59:48 Booking

Booking Jack King (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

59:41

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

59:41

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:00

Craig Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:00

Foul by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

56:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 4, Carlisle United 1. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

56:17

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:09

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

52:44

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

49:26

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Jack King.

47:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 3, Carlisle United 1. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

45:46

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

45:46

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 2, Carlisle United 1.

45:00 +2:35 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 2, Carlisle United 1.

45:00 +1:46

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

45:00 +1:36

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

43:55

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

43:55

Reece Brown (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:20

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

43:20

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:22

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

40:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Carlisle United 1. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Redmond with a cross.

39:50

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

39:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Matty Robson replaces Pascal Chimbonda.

38:52

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

38:52

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:33

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:33

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

31:13

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

31:13

Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:13

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

29:44

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Lee Holmes.

21:36

Attempt missed. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

20:49

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Pascal Chimbonda.

19:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Carlisle United 0. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

17:07

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

16:02

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

16:02

Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:35

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

15:35

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:13

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

11:54

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

9:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Carlisle United 0. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

9:00

Craig Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:57

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

7:41

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

7:41

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:39

Foul by Gary Madine (Carlisle United).

2:39

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:20

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:20

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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