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Preston North End Women held to a draw in return to league

Posted on - 11th December, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Ingol, Preston News, Preston North End, Sport
Preston North End Women ahead of their 0-0 draw against Accrington Stanley Women
Preston North End Women ahead of their 0-0 draw against Accrington Stanley Women

Preston North End Women resumed their league campaign with a goalless draw against Accrington Stanley Women FC on Sunday afternoon (4 December).

The team started the match at UCLan Sports Arena with confidence, and multiple chances created proved they were a side to watch out for as they faced opponents sitting in third place in league standings.

An excellent run from Olivia Askam in the 17th minute of play broke Accrington’s defence, for her shot to go just shy of the top corner of the net.

Chances were created from both teams, with PNE goalkeeper Justine Elliott providing some vital saves to keep the Lilywhites in the game.

But it was refereeing decisions that overshadowed the game, as both PNE and spectators were visibly unhappy with the performance of the referee.

It was predictable from this that controversial conclusions would entail, which was seen in the first ten minutes of the second half when Freya Hunt was sent off after a second yellow card was given.

The Lilywhites fought on with just ten players to create issues for Accrington’s pressing attack, but the game ended at 0-0.

PNE were unfortunate to not get a goal, but in a game that was poorly managed their strength and determination as a team was definitely highlighted.

The game is just the sixth league match Preston North End Women have played this season, after a quiet month of cancelled games and cup rollovers.

Read more: Bad weather leads to drought of games for Preston North End Women

They currently sit seventh in Division One North, but have five games in hand on league leaders Haslingden.

Their next game is Sunday 11 December, where Carlisle United Ladies First will take a trip to UCLan Sports Arena for a 2pm kick-off.

PNE Women are supported by Preston North End Community and Education Trust, which provides resources and staffing.

The Trust are hosting a Junior Whites Christmas Party on Thursday 22 December, for children aged five to 11. You can find out more on the PNE website.

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