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Leeds United 3-3 PNEWFC

30 April 2014

Preston North End Women came back from two goals down against Leeds United Ladies to draw 3-3 at Ossett Town FC on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Carly Bayley, Keeleigh Savage and Katie Anderton sealed the comeback to earn a point to keep PNE in with a chance of finishing second in the league.

Chances were few and far between in the first half but PNE did go close twice through Melissa Ball. 

First she nearly got onto the end of Becky Grocott’s cross before firing over after Paige Forster was denied by Sian Banks in the Leeds goal.

Leeds took the lead with 29 minutes played after North End failed to clear their lines from a deep free kick. 

Carey Huegett took the ball towards the byline and pulled it back from Olivia Thackray to slot home from close range.

Within five minutes of the second half getting underway, Leeds had extended their lead to two goals through Hannah Campbell.

She picked the ball up on the left hand side of the pitch and attacked the PNE box before firing into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0.

PNE attacked from the restart and their efforts were rewarded when Bayley headed in two minutes after United had doubled their advantage.

Ball swung a corner into the box and Bayley rose above her marker to reduce the deficit.

Savage was brought on to replace Grocott in the 58th minute but was unable to prevent a third goal for Leeds when Zoe Roberts scored directly from a corner.

Substitute Savage then got the comeback started by tapping in from close range after Beth Stanfield set her up by firing the ball across the six yard area.

The comeback was then complete with four minutes to go when Anderton showed great determination to rob the last defender of the ball and then take it around the goalkeeper and into an empty net to make it 3-3.

PNE could have stolen all three points at the death but Jenna Carroll fired over from six yards out after being set up by Forster.

The result sees PNE remain in sixth place on 25 points but with three games in hand of fifth and only three points between them.

PNE: Brown, Stanfield, Bayley, Carroll, Taberner, Forster, Walker (Forshaw 66), Anderton, Ball, Watson, Grocott (Savage 58)

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