In Pictures: Fylde Ladies-v-Sheffield Ladies

The last day of September and it was a chilly one as Fylde Ladies took on Yorkshire rivals  Sheffield Ladies. It was a game that Fylde dominated and the score line of 4-1 just reward for a strong team performance. Well done Fylde.

Here are a few photos from the game…

 

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In Pictures: Fylde Ladies v Blackburn Rovers Ladies

A mid week local derby on the Fylde was a real battle of a game between two good teams. Rovers were the side that looked most likely to score throughout the game but they didn’t manage to create many clear-cut chances and Fylde defended brilliantly, playing more like the away side. In the end Rovers got their goal and it came from a goalkeeping error.  That one goal was the difference between the teams in the end.

From a photographic point of view it was near impossible to get decent pictures under what are really poor floodlights down at Kellemargh Park – the game having been switched from Mill Farm. Here’s are a few picture I did get…

 

 

In Pictures: Sir Tom Finney Ladies -v- Penrith Ladies

A hard fought game down at the UCLan Arena finished in a defeat for the home side as Penrith took all three point with two goals in the last 10 minutes. STF had been leading following a bit of a strange deflected second-half goal but on the balance of play they can’t have too many complaints about the result. Penrith pressed STF throughout the game and worked hard for their victory.

Here are some pictures from the game.

 

In Pictures: Fylde Ladies v Nottingham Forest Ladies

In the FA Women’s National League Norther Premier Division, Fylde Ladies took on Nottingham Forest Ladies on what was a damp day on the Lancashire coast. 

The game, which was played at Squires Gate Football Club’s ground finished 0-0 but Fylde will probably think themselves a little unlucky not to take all three points.  In a game of few real chances, Fylde certainly showed the most attacking intent but the closest they came to a goal was a shot that came back off the bar in the final minute of the game.

Here are the pictures…

 

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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

Sir Tom Finney Ladies take on Crewe Alexander Ladies in pre-season friendly

My first set of photos for the new season comes from a pre-season friendly down at the UCLan Arena where Sir Ton Finney Ladies ran out comfortable winners against the visitors from Crewe.

A few pictures from the game. Click on a picture to enter slideshow view.

 

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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…