Preston Athletic v Auchinleck Talbot



The players enter the field of play before kick-off in front of the applauding fans.


‘Gee’ tries to push away his opponent and keep hold of the ball.


‘Pee-wee’ heads the ball into the path of the incoming Samson, as he races into the box.


The Preston player is put under pressure from Gareth and Aiden.


The defender gets to the ball just before Boylan could pull the trigger but…


…the ball lands at the feet of ‘Gee’ but he fails to find the back of the net with his low strike.


‘Big Neily’ rises the highest to clear the danger.


Aiden Wilson gets to the ball first and heads the ball back up the park.


Preston go for the spectacular but the ball goes high over the crossbar.


Dwayne…I think the Talbot fan is telling you what direction to head with the ball.


McCracken gets brought down, as he tries to go on a run.


CHANCE!!! Gareth Armstrong finds space inside the box but he just can’t hit the target with his header.


Craig McCracken makes sure the danger gets cleared.


‘Tucker’ roars out the orders from the dugout.


Graham fires the ball up the wing, as the crowd closely watch the action.


Craig and Neil form Talbot’s first synchronized defence team in order to block this Preston shot but then…


…Craig blocks the immediate rebound strike, as the ball smacks off his body and then…


…Preston have a third go at goal but the shot goes high and wide.


These Talbot fans get ring side viewing of a wee altercation between the players.


RED CARD!!! Even though Preston win the foul, they get reduced to ten men, although Paul Currie argues his case before taking an early bath.


Samson tries to get there first but the Preston ‘keeper gathers the ball on the ground.


Keir Samson races up the wing but gets stopped in his tracks.


A sore one for Samson, as he gets bundled over.


Boylan finds that all roads are blocked, as he fights for the ball.


CHANCE FOR PRESTON!!! Preston find space inside the box to fire a header across the face of goal but…


…Big Andy pulls off a great save to push the ball round the post for a corner.


Aiden Wilson tries his luck from inside the box but his shot gets deflected out for a corner.


WHAT-A-CHANCE!!! McCracken rises and gets his head to the ball but can only watch the ball go agonisingly wide of the post.


OFFSIDE!!! Talbot come straight out the traps after the break and Samson firs the ball into the back of the net from close range but is deemed to be offside.


HAD-TO-BE, SURELY!!! Boylan races in on the ‘keeper, fires off a shot but the ‘keeper pulls off a great block to deny Bryan.


All eyes on the ball gentlemen.


‘Pee-wee’ and Healy put the pressure on, as Preston keep their attack going.


Another aerial battle victory for McCracken.


Jamie looks to the sky and rues a missed chance.


ANOTHER CHANCE FOR TALBOT!!! Samson gets his head to the ball but fails to hit the target.


GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Talbot FINALLY find the back of the net, as Jamie Glasgow fires a shot from outside the box and smashes the ball home. 0-1.


Stunned, happy and deflated all in one image!


Jamie lets out a celebratory roar after scoring, as ‘shankers’ grins from ear to ear.




GAME, SET & MATCH!!! In a blink of an eye Talbot double their lead, as Samson scores via an awkward header from close range. 0-2.


Keir begins to wheel away, as the Talbot faithful go absolutely beserk!


Samson shows his delight after scoring.




Preston try for a late consolation but fail to find the back of the net.


A couple of happy looking Talbot chappies!


What a fine collection of nappers!



Talbot booked their place in the 3rd round draw for the William Hill Scottish cup thanks to a couple of late goals which was enough to see off Preston at Pennypit park.

The breeze was in the home side’s favour in the first half and it was Preston who made the early running. They won a free kick in the 3rd minute about 30 yards out on the left which Archibald hit for goal rather than crossing but his shot went straight at Leishman.

A minute later Talbot had a chance down the other end. The Preston defence didn’t cope with Samson’s long throw in from the right and it broke out to Boylan who squared it for Graham Wilson who fired at the keeper from 15 yards.

Seven minutes in a sloppy corner kick saw Talbot turn attack into defence. Healy’s corner from the left was easily cleared at the near post and the hosts raced onto the counter-attack; releasing Grotlin down the left but McPherson read it & got across to make the tackle.

Talbot almost took the lead in the 12th minute. Samson won a corner on the right and when the ball came over Armstrong met it only to see his header deflected just past Newman’s right post.

The Bot put themselves under pressure again in the 20th minute when Healy’s pass was intercepted in midfield allowing Preston to counter down the left. Once again McPherson was on hand to get across and beat Grotlin to it and put it out for a shy.

Preston were dealt a blow in the 23rd minute when they went down to 10 men. Aiden Wilson conceded a free kick in the centre for a foul on Currie but the Preston midfielder reacted angrily, getting into Wilson’s face, and was sent off for foul language.

The loss of a man didn’t make any immediate impact and the game was at a stalemate; with neither side really threatening in the final third. Preston won a free kick 30 yards out following a clumsy challenge by Hyslop which Archibald took but Leishman wasn’t called upon as it sailed a yard over the bar.

The home side had a let off in the 33rd minute. A ball up the right saw Boylan race clear in behind the defence and he drilled it across goal where Samson met it at the near post but it clipped the outside of the post and went behind.

As half time approached Talbot began to exert some pressure but without creating too much; although Talbot did have a gilt edged chance in the 43rd minute. Boylan released Aiden Wilson on the left and his shot was blocked behind for the corner. When it came over McCracken raced onto it but glanced a free header wide of target from 6 yards out and the sides went in goal less at the break.

Tucker made a change at the interval with Jamie Glasgow coming on in place of Armstrong.

The Bot had an early chance soon after the re-start when a ball up the left found Boylan racing into the area but his shot was well saved by Newman.

Preston made their first change in the 52nd minute when Young replaced Jack.

Leishman didn’t have the busiest of afternoons but he did well when called upon in the 55th minute. A cross into the area was headed clear by McCracken but only came as far as Archibald whose low drive was held by Leishman low to his left.

Talbot threatened down the other end in the 56th minute when they won a free kick out on the left. The home defence cleared it but it was quickly knocked back into the box where Hylsop headed it down to Boylan and Newman had to be alert to halt his drive from 15 yards that skipped up off the surface.

Two minutes later Talbot were back on the attack. Healy slid a good ball down the right channel that found Glasgow racing into the penalty area but he fired wide of target under pressure from a defender.

With 68 minutes gone Tucker made a double switch with Boylan & Hyslop making way for Shankland & Boyd.

In the 72nd minute Shankland cut in off the left and tried his luck from 25 yards but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

Talbot had a real chance to grab the opener in the 76th minute. Aiden Wilson pinged over a great cross from the left that found Samson free 10 yards out but he glanced his header well wide.

However two minutes later Talbot took the lead. Graham Wilson gathered midway inside the Preston half and tried to slide a ball through to Samson. The defender cleared it but the ball came to JAMIE GLASGOW who took a touch before rifling a left foot shot wide of the keeper & inside the left post from 22 yards.

The goal lifted Talbot & demoralised Preston with the Bot pushing hard for a 2nd to kill the tie off and it duly came in the 83rd minute. Stafford’s cross from the right was headed toward goal by Graham Wilson and KEIR SAMSON beat the keeper to it to head it over him and into the empty net.

Twice in the closing minutes Talbot came close to adding to their tally. In the 87th minute Stafford played Glasgow in down the right and he skipped inside Innes before firing fractionally wide of the left post.

As the game headed into injury time Samson came in off the left & drilled a low shot from 20 yards that clipped the outside of the right post.

A good away win for Talbot, who weren’t at their best, but did enough on the day. Next up Talbot are back on the road, this time in the Scottish Junior cup where they travel across East Ayrshire to face Craigmark next Saturday.

Preston Athletic – Newman, Austin, Innes, O’Connor, O’Prior, Currie, Jack, Archibald, Grotlin, Malloy,


Subs – Forsyth, Young, McNeill, Hamilton, McCoolie, Stokes

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Stafford, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, Armstrong, Healy, Hyslop, Graham Wilson, Boylan, Samson

Subs – Glasgow, Shankland, Boyd, Mason, Lyle, McDowall, White, Hewitt, Robbie McCracken



Date Time Competition Season
October 23, 2021 15:00 SCOTTISH CUP 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Preston Athletic000
Auchinleck Talbot022

Preston Athletic

Position Goals Assists YC RC

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
10Bryan Boylan 15Forward0000
7Kieran HealyMidfielder0000
2Chris StaffordDefender0000
6Gareth Armstrong 12Defender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
9Graham WilsonForward0100
11Keir SamsonForward1010
14Mark Shankland 8Forward0000
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
15Willie Boyd 10Midfielder0000
4Neill McPhersonDefender0010
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
 Total 1120


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