A look at Women’s Football in Preston

I guess you could say that Preston is the home of women’s football.  The achievements of Dick, Kerr Ladies received national coverage last year when a monument recognising their achievements was unveiled at Preston’s Deepdale Stadium.

Nationally, the women’s game has started to take off. Thousands turn up to watch England’s ‘Lionesses’ when they play and you may already  have noticed the increasing amount of media coverage around the top teams these days

It appears that many Premier League sides have also recognised the growth potential in the women’s game. The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man, City and Everton all have teams playing in the top tier – the FA Women’s Super League. This season Manchester United will also join the fray when their newly formed team goes straight into the leagues at the predominantly part-time Championship level.

If you are interested in watching the women’s game locally, there are  a number of teams to choose from.

For the last few seasons I have been photographing the exploits of Preston North End Ladies who play at UCLan Arena. PNE Ladies play in Division One North of the Regional Leagues along with another local team, Penwortham Town Ladies who were newly promoted to this league at the end of last season. This is in effect ‘tier six’ of the women’s football league structure, which is a little complex to say the least.  

In the League above PNE and Penwortham is another local team Sir Tom Finney Ladies who are playing in the North West Women’s Regional League Premier Division. They also play their football at UCLan Arena. 

Move up another couple of leagues to the National League, Premier Division North and you will find Fylde Ladies who play their football at the fabulous Mill Farm stadium. When you get to this level, you will normally find there is a small admission charge to go and watch the games.

So, that’s a round up of the local teams playing in the top few tiers of the women’s game. The season started for Fylde Ladies last weekend when they won away at Sunderland. In September it starts for our other local teams.  You can follow the teams on Twitter if you want to keep track of news and all the results and fixtures are available on the FA’s website: https://fulltime.thefa.com/ff 

@PNE_LadiesFc

@PenworthamTLFC

@stfladies

@FyldeLadiesFC

 

The FA Women_s Football League Pyramid

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Defeat for PNE Ladies in final game

Preston North End Ladies suffored a disappointing 3-0 defeat in their final game of the season against Carlisle Ladies.  There was an inevitability about the result today, as Preston only managed to field nine players but even so, the performance was a bit lack-lustre.

Carlisle struggled for a while but went into the break one goal to the good. Two second half goals sealed it for them.   Not much else to say really – the season just petered out.

Here are the photos from the game…

 

Another three points for PNE Ladies

I don’t recall covering a night match for PNE Ladies before so the game against Burscough Dynamo was a first for me. This presented challenges from a photographic point of view. The low levels of lighting on the Sport Arena pitch meant that ISO levels were maxing out at ISO12800 and I still wasn’t really getting the shutter speeds I needed. The added misery of cold and driving rain was lifted slightly by the fact that PNE Ladies impressed again and secured a 3-0 win.

Well done to both teams for playing some good football in difficult conditions.  Here are the pictures…

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PNE Ladies score six to beat Morecambe

A fantastic performance today by PNE Ladies as they beat Morecambe Ladies Reserves 6-2 at UCLan Arena. Preston blew Morecambe away in the first half, which they completely dominated, scoring four good goals.

To their credit Morecambe Ladies came out fighting in the second half and competed strongly, pegging Preston back.  Morecambe managed to score a couple of goals but Preston took advantage as the visitors pushed forward and scored another couple of quality goals themselves.

PNE Ladies are playing with confidence at the moment and hopefully they can keep up this momentum till the end of the season.

Here are the pictures. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.

 

Deserved win for PNE Ladies

On a freezing cold afternoon, PNE Ladies triumphed over Bolton Wanderers u21 Ladies at the UCLan arena.  The final score was 3-1 to PNE.

It was a vital win for Preston against  another team struggling at the bottom of the league.  PNE dominated throughout the game and the scale of their victory could have been greater based on the number of chances and pattern of play.

The condition were difficult – a bitingly cold wind and the odd flurry of snowflakes. Credit to both sides for the way they went about the game.

It is to be hoped that this will give PNE the confidence to go on and win more games in the weeks ahead.

 

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.

Here are the pictures from the game, including one of the Ladies’ cute new four legged, spectator. Click on any picture to enter slide show view.