Preston extend lead

Last updated : 29 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen - back in goal for the reserves last night
It was the 11th minute of the game when Tranmere scored through Terry Gornell but that was after Preston had fired themselves into a three goal lead. Karl Hawley, Paul Simpson's replacement for David Nugent, scored the first two before Lewis Neal added a third.

3-1 after eleven minutes and that's how the scoring stayed with the win taking North End five points clear at the top of the league although the chasing clubs all have at least two games in hand on them.

Second place Morecambe had lost only once prior to last night and that looked set to continue after a Wayne Curtis penalty gave them an early lead against Wrexham at Christie Park. It stayed that way until half time but the visitors stormed back in the second half and won it with a Marc Williams hat trick.

Ben Burgess and Danny Mitchley gave Blackpool a two goal cushion at Carlisle but here there was another comeback with the home side securing a point after goals from Luke Joyce and Danny Graham gave them a 2-2 draw.

Bottom club Rochdale won a surprise point against Manchester City. Jack Redshaw had given City the lead at Rossendale United's Dark Lane and that was the only goal of the first half. Lee Crooks and Ben Wharton turned the game in Rochdale's favour in the second half before Greg Cunningham equalised with just two minutes remaining on the clock.

Incredibly there was still time for two more goals. Firstly Rory Prendergast restored 'Dale's lead but James Poole replied at the other end to ensure both sides won a point. Bury's win at Accrington completed this week's games.

This week's results

Accrington 2 Bury 3
Carlisle 2 Blackpool 2
Chester 1 Burnley 1
Morecambe 2 Wrexham 2
Preston 3 Tranmere 1
Rochdale 3 Manchester City 3

Next week's fixtures

Blackpool v Preston
Burnley v Morecambe
Manchester City v Carlisle - Postponed
Tranmere v Chester
Wrexham v Bury

Note: Burnley's game against Morecambe is expected to be postponed. On the same evening Accrington are scheduled to play Rochdale in a League Two fixture at the Fraser Eagle.

Burnley Goalscorers

3: Ade Akinbiyi, Steve Jones, James O'Connor, Jay Rodriguez, Rob Turner
1: Wade Elliott, Garreth O'Connor, David Unsworth

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