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Swindon's promotion dream is over

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford scores his third, and his side's four goal against Swindon at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Swindon Town's hopes of playing in the Championship next season are over after losing 4-0 to Preston in the play-off final at Wembley.

Jermaine Beckford gave the Lilywhites a 3rd minute lead. Paul Huntington doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Beckford curled in his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.


Search for Beaufort Hunt's best-known horse

Nigel Maidment riding Josh Credit: Family photo

He is Sherston's gentle giant, who stands at nearly 6 foot tall, but last Wednesday Josh the gelding vanished from the field where he was kept.

Nigel Maidment, who is the secretary of the Beaufort Hunt, had ridden Josh for eight years in the countryside of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. He was famous amongst the local hunting community. At 28 years old the horse had been moved to a field in Sherston for a quieter life.

There was no sign of forced entry to the field where Josh was kept.

Wiltshire police say they are investigating the disappearance as a suspected theft.

If anyone has information they are asked to call police on 101 and or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Josh a 28 year old gelding Credit: Family photo

Fans arrive to watch Swindon in play-off final

The Powell family wave their flags with pride. Credit: ITV News West Country

Swindon Town fans have been arriving at Wembley hoping for success in the play-off final.

The club are taking on Preston North End for a spot in the Championship. Kick off is at 17:30.

Fans gather ahead of the match. Credit: ITV News West Country
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