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…
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.
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.
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.
Here are the pictures. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.