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.
Preston North End Ladies have been in good form recently, winning their last three games and moving away from the foot of the table. Today’s visitors Penrith AFC Ladies have also been going great guns and are unbeaten this season – something had to give down at the UCLan arena.
The match proved to be a fantastic game of football, both sides 100 percent committed to the cause.It was a game of contrasting styles. Preston playing a really good passing game while Penrith relied heavily on the long ball game. It’s a tactic that works well for them and it was Penrith who broke the deadlock against the run of play.
Preston had been playing the better football and they continued to do so, equalising with a shot from the edge of the box before half time. It was richly deserved.
The second half continued as the first. Penrith continued to work hard and got a second to take the lead, again somewhat against the run of play.Preston continued to push forward, never giving up but Penrith extended their lead and made it three with the last kick of the game.
Well done to both teams on a great game of football. Preston played the better football and deserved to get something from the game but it was Penrith who stole the points, continuing their unbeaten run.
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…
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.
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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.
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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