Preston North End Women extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 2-1 win over Wolves Ladies at Castlecroft Stadium on Sunday.
Goals from Katie Anderton and Keeleigh Savage sealed the three points for PNE despite being put under heavy pressure after Dani Selmes pulled a goal back with 14 minutes to go.
Wolves goalkeeper and captain Natalie Hall was in fine form in the first half and made two fantastic saves to keep out Anderton and Gemma Watson.
First she tipped Anderton’s effort around the post before pushing Watson’s long range shot onto the bar.
However she couldn’t prevent North End taking the lead in the 27th minute when Alison Taberner picked out Anderton from a free kick and she nodded the ball down, took it past two players before firing into the bottom corner and out of the reach of Hall’s dive.
Manager Mark Read was forced into an early substitution ten minutes later when Paige Forster was forced off with an ankle injury, Holly Rawcliffe her replacement.
Wolves rarely tested Danielle Brown in the first half with PNE dominating most of the possession, but she was put into action just before half time when she made a comfortable save from Selmes.
Preston attacked from the off in the second half and their efforts were rewarded within two minutes of the restart.
Watson floated a cross into the box and Savage rose above Hall to head in for her tenth goal of the season.
Following the second goal, PNE had a couple of chances to add to their lead, but Anderton put her shot over the bar and Rawcliffe was denied with a wonderful goal line stop by Hall.
Wolves scored a consolation with 14 minutes left despite appeals for a foul on Brown.
The goalkeeper claimed the ball under contact from a Wolves player but then dropped it in a crowded area.
The ball fell to Selmes and she fired in from close range to reduce the deficit.
Despite Wolves pushing for an equaliser, North End were able to see the game out and claim their third win over Wolves this season and move up to fifth in the league.
PNE: Brown, Stanfield, Taberner, Bayley, Forshaw, Forster (Rawcliffe 37), Foster (Grocott 78), Walker (c), Anderton, Watson, Savage (Ball 69).