It felt good for the Penrith AFC Ladies team to get back on the pitch in this, the first of their preseason friendly games. With several of Penrith’s more experienced players unavailable it opened the door for several youngstrers to get a taste of football with the Ladies squad. Daisy Savage, Kirsty Norwood, Charlotte Veitch, Emily Fergusson and Abbie Forster all made their debuts for the Ladies team.
A young Chorley Development team were technically very accomplished and it proved to be just the challenge Penrith were looking for. Chorley dominated possession from the start and made Penrith work extremely hard to stay in the game. Penrith soaked up the pressure good discipline and defensive shape. Going forward Penrith were finding it difficult to get any real quality in their play.
With the breeze at their backs Penrith proved to have more of an attacking threat in the 2nd half. They were winning possession higher up the field and starting to threaten the Chorley goal. Penrith took the lead in the 57th min when 16 year old Abbie Forster latched onto a loose ball in the midfield area and fired home superbly with her weaker foot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.
Chorley continued to have the better of possession and deservedly equalised in the 74th minute as Penrith tired late on in the blistering heat.
All in all a great work out for both teams and just what was required to start the preseason programme.
Penrith: Alderson, Fawkes (Savage), Mason, Buchanan, Fergusson (Forster), Johnston, Gaulton, Vietch, English, Nelson Norwood (Falder).