Preston North End 2 (Watson 36, Brown 86)
Wolves 1 (Selmes 7)
Wolves Women were left feeling hard done by after defeat at Preston, despite putting in a good performance.
Wolves started much the brighter and scored on seven minutes. Jamillah Palmer’s hard work forced a corner which Becky Hall planted onto the head of Dani Selmes, pictured, who gratefully nodded past the Preston keeper.
Despite the strong start and early goal Wolves didn’t push on and seemed to switch off as Preston were given time and space on the ball and allowed back into the game.
Despite having the majority of the possession, Preston struggled to create chances, but were gifted a goal on 36 minutes when a back-pass was hit short in sodden conditions and Gemma Watson beat Wolves keeper Natalie Hall to the ball to prod home the equaliser.
Wolves nearly went ahead on the stroke of half time when Becky Hall’s shot was parried into the path of Amber Quick but her follow-up was blocked, with Jordan Timmins-Ray then firing over.
The second half was an altogether different affair as Wolves dominated from the outset but weren’t able to take their numerous chances.
Becky Hall poked over from 12 yards on 50 minutes before Quick charged down a pass from the Preston keeper but saw the ball go agonisingly wide. Palmer then had two fierce shots turned away by the superb
Sophie LeGros as Wolves tried in vain to turn possession and chances into goals.
Le Gros produced two more good saves to deny Palmer and Timmins-Ray as the game entered its final stages and those saves proved crucial, as Preston struck the winning goal four minutes from time. A ball across the box wasn’t cleared and substitute Melissa Brown prodded home from close range to seal a frustrating turn of events.
After the match, Wolves defender Hannah Williams was understandably disappointed.
“It was disappointing to travel away today and not get the three points,” said Williams.
“Having the majority of the possession and chances but losing, you have to say luck was not on our side!
“We will take the positives and move forward to our next game at home to the Baggies.”
Manager James Astle echoed the sentiments of Williams: “I’m very disappointed to have lost today,” he said.
“After a perfect start we should have gone on to command the game but we let Preston back in.
“Going in at the break, the players knew what was required in the second half and I can't fault them on their performance.
“I felt we dominated the second half in possession and chances, and brought out two top class saves from their keeper.
“The simple fact today is that two defensive mistakes have cost us three points.
“As I said, we played well throughout but that's football.
“We are stronger as the weeks go by and the players know they can play football - that was clear to see from the 46th minute to the end.”
* Wolves Women’s next game is Sunday October 7 at home to Albion in the Black Country Derby. Kick off is 2pm at Castlecroft.
Team: N. Hall, Rimmer, Salter, Williams, Hooper, Pinner (Perks), Quick, B. Hall (Wilson), Timmins-Ray, Palmer, Selmes. Unused Sub: Morris.