Football: LYNCH PINS UP A POINT; Nottm F 1 Preston 1
Byline: Darren BENTLEY
SIMON LYNCH struck to end Preston's six-game losing streak and rescue a point for Craig Brown's battered side.
Sorry Forest were left to rue a catalogue of misses - with goal-machine David Johnson the main culprit.
The prolific hitman looked to have given Paul Hart's faltering side their first win in five games with a first half strike.
But former Celtic striker Lynch marked his home debut by ending North End's own points famine with a bizarre equaliser.
Lynch was one of four players making their bows at Deepdale as boss Brown went in search of a long overdue winning formula.
He and former Bhoys team-mate Jonathan Gould were joined by Scottish international Brian O'Neil and George Koumantarakis, a midweek arrival from Basel.
But it looked like being the same old story as Forest grabbed the lead on 16 minutes as Johnson notched his 22nd of the season.
North End had already had an early let-off when ref Graham Laws gave Tyrone Mears the benefit of the doubt when the defender clearly handled John Thompson's cross in his own penalty area.
But there was to be no reprieve for former Manchester City defender Mears when he dallied on his own 18-yard line.
Gareth Williams pounced to feed Johnson and Gould compounded Mears' error by making a hash of the striker's drilled effort.
North End levelled on the half hour with Lynch's bizarre goal. …