Town 3-8 PNE
North End made an early start setting off at 03:00am, picking
up the Higgins brothers on the way. As per usual we got lost
en route, Atky holding his hand up being responsible (Des's
hand was in the way of the map!)
team finally arrived after a few motor way stops, taking six
hours in total. The venue was Ipswich Wanderers FC, playing
on the practice pitch.
made our way to the changing rooms, which were very old in
deed. The feeling of running out for our home team kicked in,
all the players geared up for the match. Unfortunately we were
let down by the Ipswich team, only five players turned up.
It was a bit upsetting, after we had come all this way.
the match was a registered IFA league fixture, the game had
to be played. Steve, Des and Jimmy donned Ipswich blue. The
match eventually got underway.
End got off to a good start, passing the ball around the pitch
in good fashion. It wouldn't be long before Preston made the
break through, taking allot of the ball early on. The Ipswich
keeper was tested on a number of occasions, dealing with some
long range shots.
was top scorer Andy who made the break through, back in the
team after his holiday. Andy took is goal tally to eight in
eight games, hitting the back of the net with a half volley
from close range.
Town found themselves back in the match soon after Andy's opener.
A mazy run from Des beat the PNE defence, Des standing in as
Ipswich striker poked the ball past Chris in goal to level
End soon after took control of the game. Alex Higgins who was
making his debut for the team put Preston back in front. Alex
found himself inside the box with a clear sight on goal, he
made no mistake beating the Town keeper to make it 2-1.
couldn't find the net for the rest of the first half, shots
from distance not causing the Ipswich keeper any problems.
North End had a good foot hold in the match. Defensive back
line Atky, Jimmy and Stewart dealing with everything thrown
blistering heat didn't help much, the half time water break
was much welcomed. A second half on slaughter was to follow.
The host not being able to deal with the pace and fitness through
out the team.
goals started to poor in, which was a great second half display
from the Whites. Alex again found himself in on goal after
a surging run from the right wing. Alex completed his brace
with no hesitation slotting the ball past the keeper.
End had most of the possession in the second half, it paid
off when Andy gave Preston a 4-1 lead. Pete threaded Andy in
on goal, making no mistake drilling the ball left footed into
the back of the net.
pulled another goal back direct from kickoff. Steve lobbed
the ball over the defense for the Town striker to run onto
the ball, under pressure from Atky he netted to make it 4-2.
needed a quick reply, and quick it was. Pete scored a cracking
goal to put North End back in the driving seat. Bradley crossed
a sweet pass to Pete who picked up the ball up to the right
of the box. Instant control, leaded to a quick fire rocket
which almost broke the net.
debutee Jimmy Higgins also got himself on the score sheet.
Jimmy had a short spell up front, Jim finding the net with
a well taken goal after some good one touch football. The Ipswich
forward line didn't cause PNE too much problems with Steve
creating all the forward play from midfield.
got in on the act, scoring his first goal in ten games, he
picked the ball up in the right back position. Atky made a
run into the box playing a one-two with midfielder Lewis. Lewis
showed great skill to back heal the ball back to Atky for the
defender to score from five yards out.
pulled another goal back, Steve made a smart run into the box.
Steve was under pressure from Jimmy, Steve went down in the
box as the ref gave a penalty. Chris made a fantastic save
from the resulting penalty but was unfortunate not to keep
the rebound out.
continued to counter attack, throwing everything bar the kitchen
sink at Ipswich looking to add the the seven goals scored.
It was Lewis who brought the scoring to an end.
made a great run into the box from left back, he found himself
through on goal. Stewart playing his second match for the team
released his shot on goal only to be saved by stand in keeper
Jimmy. It was Lewis who reacted quickest to the rebound, pouncing
from close range smashing the ball into the net.
was an excellent performance all round, everyone playing their
part in which was PNE's firs IFA league win.
Pete, Alex Higgins, Jim Higgins, Jimmy, Des, Chris, Stewart
Steve, Lewis, Andy, Bradley, Atky