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.



Disappointment for PNE Ladies

It’s fine margins between the disappointment of defeat and the joy of winning. Preston are languishing close to the bottom of the league, while their opponents Bury Ladies are close to the top.  You certainly wouldn’t have known based on the first 20 minutes of the game, which PNE dominated.  When chances come your way though, it’s the teams at the top that seem to put them away and that was the case down at UCLan Arena today. PNE could easily have been a couple of goals to the good before Bury scored but it wasn’t to be.

Preston played some good football and probably had as many chances as Bury but it was Bury who took all three points with two goals in the first half and another in the second. If Preston continue to play this way then it can’t be too long before they get more points on the board.

Photos below. Click on any photo to view slideshow.


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.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on any picture for slideshow view.

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.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on a pic to enter slideshow view.

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.

Here are the photos from the game. Click on any picture for slideshow view.


A pre-season friendly

It was good to get my second pre-season friendly photographed and lovely to meet up with the PNE Ladies team again.

The visitors today were Accrington Ladies who play in a higher league, so it was always going to be a tough game. PNE did really well, particularly in the first half when they played some good football and scored a couple of good goals. When you consider PNE were without a recognised goalkeeper, it was a fantastic performance to finish the game and only lose by the narrowest of margins,  three goals to two.

Well done to both sides. I’m sure the game will have benefitted all the players ahead of the season starting in September.

Here are my pics. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.