Preston North End Women bounced back from their defeat against Derby County with a dominant performance against Wolves Women
A double from Melissa Ball, including a bizarre goal, and another from Paige Forster sealed a 3-1 win for PNE Women at Irongate.
Melissa Ball was in action early on for PNE Women and was a thorn in the Wolves side all afternoon as her pace allowed her to get behind the Wolves back four, but her shot was blocked for a throw in.
She was in action again three minutes later, but this time her shot flew into the back of the net.
The ball was played over from the right hand side and managed to evade everyone in the middle, but she was positioned at the back post and met the ball with a ferocious strike that flew past Natalie Hall to make it 1-0 to PNE.
Wolves got a goal back almost instantly through Jamilla Palmer.
She chased down a long ball from midfield and got on the wrong side of Natasha Charlesworth before firing past Danielle Brown to level the scores.
The third goal of the game was scored with Paige Forster being the beneficiary of a lucky rebound.
The Wolves defence attempted to clear the ball up the field but it smashed a midfielder in the face and Forster pounced on the loose ball.
She took it past Anna Perks before placing it in the bottom corner to put PNE in the lead again.
Ball’s bizarre goal was up next in the 36th minute as she got her second of the game.
After an interchange of passes between herself and Beth Stansfield, she hit a cross-cum-shot that looped over Hall in the Wolves goal to extend PNE’s lead to two goals.
The second half was a lot quieter than the first, but the Lilywhites managed to create numerous chances to extend their lead.
Ball was influential again creating many half chances for herself but she couldn’t add to her two goals she’d already scored.
Wolves didn’t really trouble Brown in the second half and the score line stayed the same, with PNE Women getting the three points ahead of their difficult trip to Newcastle on the 13th October.
PNE: Brown, Stansfield, Carroll (Wootton 82), Charlesworth, Jones, Ball, Cleaver, Shepherd (Hutton 65), Cadwallader (Foster 78), Walker, Forster.