Fleetwood 1 Preston 1

Nick Haughton starts against PrestonNick Haughton starts against Preston
Nick Haughton starts against Preston
Fleetwood Town were almost made to pay for their caution in a stunning derby day potboiler at Highbury.

Town failed to muster a shot on target in more than an hour - falling behind after just nine minute when Daniel Johnso rifled home from the edge of the box.

The hosts were lucky to keep it to one at the break - Jermaine Beckford spurning a golden opportunity on the stroke of half time, slipped in by Paul Gallagher but chipping straight into the arms of Chris Maxwell.

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The second half began with North End still on top, the wind almost wrong-footing Maxwell from a Gallagher free kick, the ball just turned around the post.

But a penalty decision, against Town when Jamie Proctor’s effort looked to have been blocked by an outstrectetched arm, fired the hosts up.

And they gradually found a foothold before an eight minute stoppage as Paul Huntington was stretchered off the field.

Town’s stride was not broken and with 85 minutes gone they levelled, Ashley Hunter starting a move down the right, sub David Ball taking over and launching an audacious lob which dropped in off the back post.

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Hunter almost sealed it for Town mid-way through 12 minutes of added time, keeping Jamie Proctor’s break going and forcing a good save from Sam Johnstone.

Then the ball broke luckily to Ball, Highbury rising as he strode forward, the trigged pulled too late, a crucial block by Laird denying Fleetwood the winner.