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Preston move step closer to Championship

Preston North End's Tom Clarke is mobbed by the fans at the end of the game
Preston North End's Tom Clarke is mobbed by the fans at the end of the game

PRESTON 3 CHESTERFIELD 0 (Agg 4-0)

Jermaine Beckford stole the show as Preston booked their first Wembley trip since 1994.

The Lancashire side moved one step away from laying their play-off curse to rest after advancing past Chesterfield in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finals.

Seven days after missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship following an agonising loss at Colchester, Beckford's volley and incredible lob from near the halfway line helped Preston to a 3-0 victory and 4-0 aggregate success.

His goals came either side of a penalty from the division's top scorer Joe Garner, and ensured Preston were feeling altogether different emotions this Sunday afternoon.

Thursday night's 1-0 win in Derbyshire was followed up in style as Simon Grayson's side looked to make the most of their second opportunity having ceded second spot to MK Dons last weekend.