Preston North End Women take on Blackburn Rovers Ladies on Friday night at the Lancashire FA Headquarters in Leyland in the Lancashire County Cup final.
They are looking to overturn two consecutive defeats in recent weeks, the first against Gillingham in the FA Women’s Cup and the second against Sporting Club Albion in the league, their first consecutive defeats since late September.
Last week’s defeat in the league was also their first league defeat in nearly four months.
Blackburn Rovers are struggling for form as well after losing their last four games, three in the league and a defeat against Reading in the FA Cup.
They last won a game on the 16th February when they beat Middlesbrough 3-0 in the FA Cup Third Round.
Manager Mark Read will definitely be without one player as Katie Anderton sits out the final due to being cup tied.
Anderton joined from Blackburn Rovers in February and is cup tied due to playing for Rovers in an earlier round of the County Cup.
Captain Laura Walker missed last week’s game against Sporting Club Albion and will be hoping to be back in time for the final on Friday night.
If Walker isn’t able to return, Alison Taberner will once again lead the side as PNE look to win one of the two remaining cups they are left in.
Path to the Final
PNE overcame three teams to get to the final with all three opponents playing in lower divisions than the Women’s Premier League.
Firstly, they dispatched of Penwortham Ladies 17-2 at the UCLan Sports Arena with Gemma Watson scoring four goals on her return from injury.
It was a one sided affair as PNE raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening period of the game.
In the quarter-final, PNE faced the current holders, Blackpool Wren Rovers Ladies.
It was another easy tie for the Lilywhites as they won 6-0 with Sophie Jones grabbing a hat trick, like she did in the previous County Cup round.
Up next was Morecambe Ladies on the 9th February and once again PNE dispatched them with ease.
Danielle Brown kept another clean sheet as PNE won 5-0 with goals from Walker, Taberner, Keeleigh Savage, Carly Bayley and Holly Rawcliffe.
The three wins have set up the final perfectly with Blackburn Rovers on Friday evening at the Lancashire FA Headquarters in Leyland. #
Kick-off is at 7.30pm with admission prices set at £5 for Adults and £3 for concessions.
If you can’t make the final, you can follow all the action from the women’s team Twitter account, @PNEWomenFC.
PNE are also in action on Sunday at Irongate, the home of Bamber Bridge FC.
They take on Sheffield FC Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup semi-final, kick off is at 2pm and is free entry for all.