Remarkable win for PNE Ladies

There are a number of reasons why this was a remarkable win for PNE Ladies. Preston have been struggling a bit recently and up until today were still waiting to record their first win of the season.

In their last game PNE suffered a heavy defeat. With injuries mounting, and with some players unavailable, it meant Preston could only field nine players for the game against Kendal Town Ladies, who are above them in the table.

Fortunately those nine players had the game of their lives, fighting for every ball they ran themselves into the ground.

The first moment of drama saw Preston awarded a penalty but when it was missed, it appeared as though their unlucky run was about to continue. At one time, heads may have gone down but not in this game. The team kept pressing, kept winning the ball and soon found themselves two goals to the good.

Kendal pulled a goal back before half time and you might have thought that the numerical advantage of Kendal Town would tell in the second half as Preston tired.

As it happens, nothing could be further than the truth and Preston continued to look the more likely to score.  I doubt even the PNE players would have dreamed of going on to score another three goals though! The game finishing 5-1 to Preston. I’m sure Kendal still can’t quite believe what happened. Let’s hope this win kick-starts Preston’s season. The whole team should be feeling very proud of themselves.

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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.

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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.

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.

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AFC Fylde Ladies -v- Liverpool Ladies

I enjoyed a couple of hours in the sunshine today watching a pre-season friendly between AFC Fylde Ladies and Liverpool Ladies.

It was a tough test for both teams in the heat of the sun but Liverpool dominated the game, particularly in the first half when Fylde really struggled to cope with the attacking flair of Liverpool’s strikers.

Liverpool changed most of the team for the second half and Fylde started to enjoy some good passages of play. In the end though, Liverpool still managed to come out on top and ended the game with a convincing win.

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