Before kick off at Ferguson Park there was a minutes silence for John Gold who sadly passed away on Wednesday. Fittingly John's nephew Connor Brydon was in the Welfare starting line up and he teed up the last 2 goals.
Whitehill settled quickly and Daryl Healy saw an effort saved by the keeper having been sent clear before Connor Brydon hit the post following up a parried shot from Michael Osborne.
On 11 minutes they opened the scoring when Osborne played a ball through behind the Preston left back which Healy beat the onrushing goal keeper to before slotting into the empty net.
Moments later Fabio Neto went down the right and crossed for Kevin Keane who shot inches wide at the far post.
With 38 minutes played it was Keane again who had a great sight of goal but blasted high over the bar from 15 yards.
2 minutes before half time Bryan Young was called into action as he did well to close down Jason Young cutting in on the angle one on one.
Shortly before the hour mark the Welfare doubled their lead. Captain Steven Manson was scythed down on the edge of the area and Osborne expertly placed a side footed effort into the bottom right hand corner.
Preston desperately sought a way back into the game and as they pushed players forward Osborne scored again as Healy squared for Connor Brydon to tee him up to make it 3-0 from 10 yards.
With 12 minutes left Preston were handed a lifeline when substitute Jamie Cochrane sprung the offside trap before slotting under Bryan Young to pull a goal back.
Any doubt over the result was ended on 81 minutes though as Brydon rounded the visiting goalkeeper before squaring for John-Ross Kerr to tap in.
Young, Robertson, Kidd, McDiarmid, Dodds, Osborne, Manson, Brydon, Healy, Chalmers, Kerr
Subs McAuley, Baillie, McCabe, Jardine
Trialist, Siegel, Inglis, McLeod, Cowan, Stevenson, Trialist, Young, Neto, Keane, Turkington
Subs Trialist, Pennycuik, J Cochrane, R Cochrane, Jardine, Binnie
Referee Lorraine Clark