Wolves Women failed in their bid to win three on the bounce on Sunday as they were beaten at home by Preston Ladies.
Wolves started off the better side, with striker Dani Selmes seeing an acrobatic effort fly over the bar inside ten minutes as Wolves looked comfortable passing the ball around inside the Preston half.
Preston soon improved and forced Natalie Hall into a fantastic save to deny Katie Anderton's half volley from the right side of the area.
Preston took the lead two minutes later, through a great individual effort from Anderton, as she dribbled past three Wolves players before firing in to the corner of the net.
Natalie Hall was forced into a stunning save five minutes later, tipping Gemma Watson’s effort onto the bar to keep Preston at bay.
Wolves went close to an equaliser before the break, but Selmes’ header was well saved by Danielle Brown.
Wolves got off to the worst possible start in the second half when they conceded to a Keeleigh Savage header on 47 minutes.
Dom Luke fired wide for Wolves as the hosts looked to quickly hit back, but they struggled with their passing.
Luke turned provider on 64 minutes when she played in Amber Quick, but Quick could only fire narrowly over from a tight angle.
Hall was forced into another top save to keep Wolves in the game, before Selmes pulled a goal back after reacting quickest in the box to fire in from close range.
Wolves nearly pulled level with five minutes to go, but Quick was unable to keep her shot down.
Preston held on for all three points in a game Wolves Manager Trevor Mullings felt that they should have had “at least a point” after a better second half. He said: “I’m disappointed that we didn’t walk away with at least a point after today’s performance. We showed some good combination attacking play but rode our luck at times, with Natalie Hall making some great saves.”
*Next week's game against Newcastle United will be played at Hednesford Town FC, Keys Park,
Keys Park Road, Hednesford, WS12 2DZ, with a 2pm kick-off. Admission is £2 and £1 for concessions and Wolves season ticket holders.
Captain Natalie Hall said: "The players are really looking forward to playing at Keys Park. It's a big game and a point will see us safe from the drop. We had great support on Sunday so we're hoping plenty of Wolves fans will come and get behind us."
Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Palin, Rimmer, Perks (B. Hall), Hopkins (Cassidy), Quick, Luke, McQuilkin (Timmins-Ray), Selmes. Subs: Williams, Hewitt.