PNE Women had enjoyed a good win in mid week but they looked a bit jaded against Blackpool on Sunday, going down to three nil defeat at home – all three goals came in a disappointing first half performance.
For much of the game Preston were pegged back in their own half, frequently dropping too deep. When PNE did manage to put together an attack the strikers were isolated and outnumbered. I know Phil Neville likes England’s Lionesses to play the ball out from the back, a tactic even the best players struggle with at times. Preston try and play this way but the tactic tends to result in Preston giving the ball away far too often in their own half as Blackpool pressed them high up the pitch.
To be fair a few of PNE’s regular players were missing for this game, so hopefully this is just a blip before they push on again. On the plus side, it was nice to see the younger players in the team doing well. They kept going till the end and put in a much better second half performance as a team.
A few photos here but a full set is available via this link on my Flickr page