Altrincham Ladies-v-PNE Ladies

The first half of this Cup game is one that PNE Ladies will want to forget.  Defensive frailties and missed chances meant that they went into the break two-nil down. Strangely they could and should have had at least there goals in that half while Altrincham could also have scored more.

In the second half things improved slightly but Preston still couldn’t score and it was clear that this was turning into a collective ‘bad day at the office’. PNE were missing their Captain today and it showed. In the end Preston finished the game with nine players due to injuries and the game ended 3-0 to Altrincham Ladies who deserved their win. For me, this was the team’s poorest performance of the season so far.

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In Pictures: PNE Ladies-v-Cammell Laird Ladies

A slow start to the game from PNE Ladies cost them dear today as they conceded four first half goals in a mad 10 minute period.

It was only then, when the game had all but disappeared that PNE started playing with a bit of fire and passion. It’s been a familiar pattern to games this season and something that must be addressed if they are to get their first victory of the season.

To their credit PNE never gave up and in the second half were on top. They did manage to pull one goal back and came close to getting a couple more goals but they’d given themselves far too much to do. The game finished with a comfortable victory to Cammell Laird in the end, who withstood the pressure well and looked a decent side.

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In Pictures: Morecambe Reserves -v- PNE Ladies

This was a strange game of football.  Morecambe Reserves started brightly and Preston were playing deep, inviting on the pressure but they never really looked in trouble. Then the referee changed the game. First he booked a Preston player for dissent and then showed a second yellow for a clumsy tackle a few minutes later. You don’t often see that at this level, Referees are normally a bit more forgiving but it was just one of many odd decisions throughout the game.

From then on Preston were always going to be up against it but they started to play some good football. Even when Preston undeservedly went a goal behind, they kept working really hard as a team.  As they pushed forward for an equaliser Morecambe caught Preston on the break and sealed the victory right at the end with a second goal.

Tough on Preston given the efforts of the 10 players but some promising signs.

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PNE Ladies -v- Leigh RMI

The first league game of the season ended with a disappointing 1-2 defeat for PNE Ladies today against Leigh RMI. It was a close fought game with Preston deservedly taking the lead in the first half only to concede an equaliser on the stroke of half time.

In the second half Preston had some good chances to regain the lead but in the end got caught by a long ball up field, Leigh’s nippy forward beating Preston’s keeper to the ball and lifting it into an empty net. It was a bit hard on Preston who didn’t deserve to lose and, on balance, a draw would have been a fairer result.

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In Pictures: Penrith AFC Ladies-v-PNE Ladies FC

The final game of the season for PNE Ladies ended in defeat at Penrith today. It was always going to be a tough game with Penrith pushing for the league title.  It ended 5-1 to the hosts but the scoreline did flatter Penrith somewhat.

Preston gave away some sloppy goals in the first half and conceded a couple of own goals but they played some good football and competed well at times, particularly in the second half.

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PNE Ladies-v-Nelson Ladies

A different venue for a mid season friendly. I was taking more photos for Preston North End Ladies Football Club as they took on Nelson Ladies Football Club. Nelson Ladies play in a lower league than Preston and it was the home side’s strength that showed in a first half they dominated as Nelson struggled against a strong wind.

In the end Preston won the game comfortably in the difficult conditions at Ashton Community College. It wasn’t so much about the result today and it is hoped they will take some learning and confidence from the game forward to their next league game against Carlisle.

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In Pictures: PNE Ladies-v-Carlisle Ladies

It was a bitterly cold afternoon for football today and it was a game that PNE Ladies will want to forget. Within minutes of the start Preston were behind after some poor defending from the home side.

Carlisle were pressing Preston every time they has possession and the home team couldn’t get their passing game going. Carlisle were quicker to the ball in all areas of the pitch but at half time it was still only 1-0.

Unfortunately, the second half didn’t’t start well for Preston and Carlisle soon extended their lead. In truth, Preston never really looked like getting back into the game and the Carlisle keeper had a very quiet afternoon. It was an assured performance from the visitors and they deserved the victory. It finished Preston nil, Carlisle four.

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