Reds Ladies remain unbeaten in the league
Reds gifted gallant North End a point in their North West Women’s Regional League fixture, despite dominating for all but the final twenty minutes.
Preston arrived with only ten players and perhaps Workington were guilty of complacency.
But they realised they had a fight on their hands when the Lancashire lasses took an early lead. Natasha Roe’s shot appeared to deceive ‘keeper Laura Miller and the ball brushed through her gloves and into the net.
The home side soon got a foothold in the game and for the remainder of the first half it was one-way traffic towards the North End goal.
Linzi Donaldson saw a well-struck shot pushed away by the visiting ‘keeper, Jess Banks, but luck was against her when a second effort rattled the crossbar with the latter helpless.
Hayley Bracken had squandered a couple of chances for Reds, but it was a case of third time lucky when a superb shot on the turn flew past Banks for the thirty-eighth minute equaliser.
They should have gone on to win comfortably from that point and it looked as though they would when Bracken’s looping header put them ahead after sixty-two minutes.
For some reason, though, they lost their way and allowed Preston to stage an unlikely comeback.
They survived one scare when a cross from the right hit the crossbar but it was only a temporary reprieve. North End mounted one last attack, throwing caution to the wind, and levelled matters at the death through Lorna Lafferty’s composed finish.
A case of two points dropped from a Reds’ perspective, but all credit to Preston for their never-say-die attitude.
Next up for Reds Ladies is the small matter of an encounter against league leaders, Penrith.