Preston maintained their good form with a win over Gillingham in League One.

The hosts took an early lead when John Welsh's shot found the top corner after Stuart Beavon's lay-off.

But the Gills drew level on the stroke of half-time after Jack King miscued a headed clearance and Leon Legge fed Cody McDonald who fired home.

Paul Gallagher regained the lead with a shot from the edge of the area before Neil Kilkenny sealed the win from close range with his first touch.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"The players have worked exceptionally hard. I know we got beat today but we played against a very good team. The main objective was to stay in the division, start again and learn from the season.

"In the end, the club didn't have a particularly good start - so to finish off with 52 points, I think we've all got to be pleased with that.

"I'm just really, really pleased we're still in the division because there was one or two times where I thought this is going to be very close - but we're over the moon now."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 31 Browne (Kilkenny - 62' )
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Holmes (Humphrey - 62' )
  • 19 Welsh
  • 14 Garner (Davies - 75' )
  • 10 Beavon
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 04 Huntington
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 09 Davies
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 17 Davies
  • 37 Kilkenny

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 03 Martin
  • 31 Hessenthaler (Dack - 79' )
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 19 Smith
  • 12 Gregory
  • 10 McDonald
  • 18 Lee (Akinfenwa - 70' )
  • 07 Whelpdale (Weston - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 11 Weston
  • 15 Dack
  • 23 Harriman
  • 27 Fagan
  • 35 Baxter
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 11,591

Match Stats

Shots

22 7

On target

7 3

Corners

9 1

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +2:24

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:24

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

90:00 +0:59

Attempt blocked. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:01

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:01

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

89:06

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

87:08

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:08

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

86:08

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

85:25

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:25

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

82:37

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

82:12

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack King.

79:12

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

78:41

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

77:51

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

77:51

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:55

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

75:11

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Martin.

74:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Joe Garner.

72:43

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

72:43

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:06

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

70:24

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Myles Weston.

70:12

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Charlie Lee.

68:46

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

68:46

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:34

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:45

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:45

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

67:01

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

66:03

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

66:03

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:00

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:59

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

62:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Garner.

61:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Lee Holmes.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Alan Browne.

60:54

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

57:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Chris Whelpdale.

56:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Gillingham 1. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keith Keane.

53:35

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:24

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

50:16

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

50:16

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:03

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

48:50

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

46:21

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:21

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

46:03

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00 +0:47

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

44:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Legge.

43:20

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

43:20

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:53

Hand ball by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

42:00

Connor Smith (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:58

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

38:00

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:58

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

37:00

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:57

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

34:36

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

34:27

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:33

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:30

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

30:30

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:48

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

26:18

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:57

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Smith.

25:48

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:18

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:03

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Whelpdale.

21:17

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

20:24

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:12

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

19:34

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

19:34

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:08

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:08

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

16:32

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

11:27

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

11:27

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Leon Legge.

7:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Gillingham 0. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.

3:34

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:30

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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