Loan watch: Jermaine Beckford nets against promotion rivals

Forward opens scoring as Preston North End draw with League One leaders Bristol City

Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring for Preston North End on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Bristol City at Deepdale.

The forward tapped home from Paul Gallagher’s pass to give the Lilywhites the lead against the League One leaders just short of the hour-mark.

However, Aaron Wilbraham levelled the scores soon after as both sides were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in the top-of-the-table clash.

Elsewhere in League One, Sanmi Odelusi and Rob Hall both came off the bench as Coventry City beat Colchester United 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena, while promotion-chasing MK Dons drew 0-0 away at Port Vale.

Conor Wilkinson was an unused substitute for Oldham Athletic as they drew 2-2 at home to Sheffield United.

In the Championship, Jay Spearing returned to complete 90 minutes for Blackburn Rovers, having sat out their FA Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of his former side Liverpool, as they drew 0-0 away at Reading.

Niall Maher also completed 90 minutes for recently-relegated Blackpool as they narrowly lost 3-2 away at Ipswich Town, despite taking an early lead.

Dropping down to League Two, Tom Eaves started for Bury as they beat Newport County 2-0 away from home, while Glenn Matthews was also in action for recently-relegated Conference side AFC Telford United, coming on as a second-half substitute in their 1-0 home victory over Lincoln United.

Meanwhile in Israel, Medo Kamara completed the full 90 minutes for Maccabi Haifa as they netted a last-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 away at Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Click on the YouTube video player below to watch Jermaine Beckford’s goal against Bristol City.

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