Preston North End Ladies 3 (Ball 8, 36, Forster 18)
Wolves Women 1 (Palmer 9)
Wolves Women fell to defeat once more in the Premier League Northern Division, as they endured a day of misery at Preston.
Jamillah Palmer, pictured, should have scored when one-on-one inside four minutes, but instead misplaced an attempted cross to let Preston off the hook.
The home side made Wolves pay on eight minutes when Wolves missed several opportunities to clear the ball before Mel Ball stole in to steer her effort past Natalie Hall.
Wolves equalised from the kick off when Palmer raced on to Anna Perks’ through ball and finish calmly past the goalkeeper. The early drama continued when a Wolves clearance cannoned off their own midfielder Summer Holmes. The ball fell kindly at the feet of Paige Forster who finished well from 15 yards as Wolves were left to rue their bad luck.
Wolves tried to find a second equaliser but struggled in the final third when it mattered most. Perks produced a superb last-ditch tackle to keep Preston out, before another stroke of good fortune made it 3-1 to Preston on thirty-six minutes. Ball cut in from the left, and her deep cross evaded everyone, floating into the top corner past the stricken Hall.
Wolves came out fired up in the second half, with Layla Salter, Holmes and Palmer all going close as Wolves dictated play.
But Wolves failed to turn their chances into goals, and began to fall away after the hour mark, with Natalie Hall producing a great diving save after she had been chipped to keep Preston out.
Wolves nearly got themselves a consolation goal ten minutes from time when Palmer fired in a free-kick, before Dani Selmes saw her header saved well by Brown in the Preston goal.
In the end Wolves knew that some poor defensive errors and a stroke of luck had cost them the game, although they will also be looking at their own performance as they dropped below normal standards.
Midfielder Summer Holmes was disappointed with the performance, saying: “I thought the first half was dreadful.
“I felt like we were always chasing play, we never really got hold of the ball and didn’t play like we know we can do. The second half was a little better, but there are still a lot of things to work on.”
Manager Trevor Mullings echoed those thoughts. He said: “We started very slowly and presented Preston with their goals.
“We started the second half with more purpose, got chances but didn’t take them.
“We need to work better as a unit over the full 90 minutes.”
*Wolves play at home on Sunday 13th October against Bradford at Castlecroft Stadium.
Team: Hall, Rimmer (Palin), Perks, Salter, McQuilkin (Hewitt), Luke, Holmes, Widdel (Large), Timmins-Ray, Palmer, Selmes.