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.

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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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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.



A season in pictures…

Last year one of the things I wanted to do was try out a bit of sports photography.  After taking some photographs of one of the Preston North End Ladies FC games, I was asked by their manager, Simon Woodford if I fancied taking pictures for them on a regular basis.

So that’s how I came to put together this short video of a season in pictures. It’s only just over a minute long but it features a few black and white pictures from some of the games I’ve attended. They’re a great bunch of ladies and I’ve really enjoyed watching the team this last year. I’m already looking forward to the new season!

Here’s a link to the short vid.“>A season in pictures