North End 4-1 Southampton
North End supporter's
team hosted their first IFA home match. The game went ahead at
North End's Springfields training ground complex.
was set for the Preston lads, a great chance to show the visitors
what there all about.
This is Preston's first season in the Internet Football
Association. Preston have picked up some good results already
this season, drawing against Watford and Crystal Palace.
players were given the privilege of using the player’s facilities, which included the changing
rooms. All the players arrived on time, set for the kick-off.
The Southampton players who had made the 300 mile long trip from
the south were all ready for the referee’s whistle.
Match programme in hand, around
20 fans had made the trip to watch our game. The game kicked
off on time, Preston in all yellow with the visitors in white
and red stripes. North End fielded a strong line up, looking
to win their first home match of the season.
Southampton took the ball to North
End in the opening minutes. It was the visitors who look the
lead, direct from a corner kick. Southampton won a corner within
the first 10 minutes of the match. The in-swinging corner was
too much for PNE to handle as it deluded everyone to sneak in
at the back post.
pressure of the first home match, in front of a watching audience
was going to the player’s
heads. The rain poured down from the heavens, soaking everyone
wet through. North End started to get a foot hold in the match,
starting to pass to ball around on the excellent surface.
Preston found themselves back in
the match midway through the first half. Prior to the equaliser
Pete, Lewis and Atky were playing some good one touch football
down the right flank. It was Pete who managed to get the goal
back for Preston. Pete collected the ball at his feet inside
the box, side stepped one defender, took his time and blasted
the ball past the keeper.
North End started to get their act
together. John and Dave were showing their experience at the
back, keeping Southampton at bay. North End soon later took the
lead from a well worked goal. Steve and Jim in the middle of
the park started to create attacks for the yellows. Allan, playing
along side Pete upfront took the ball wide right. The tall striker
passed a low ball across goal for Potter. Potter who was advancing
from midfield managed to slide towards the ball to tap the ball
into an empty net.
yellows were well on top at this point of the match. Southampton
had a few attacks on goal
only for Chris in nets to pick the pieces up. North End’s
sheer pressure got the better of the away side. Preston’s
made the most of the smooth pitch, stringing a series of passes
Jimmy could have put Preston ahead.
The former Chester City youth player made a surging run into
the box. Jimmy took one touch to many for the Southampton keeper
to get a touch on the ball. North End continued to keep the pressure
on the visitors, looking to extend on their lead.
Preston found themselves 3-1 just
before the break. A nice move from the Lilywhites resulted in
player/manger Steve grabbing his first goal for the team. North
End had the ball towards the right wing. The ball was played
back across towards the on-rushing Steve, were the goal of the
season was about to take place. Steve connected just at the right
time to send the ball flying with curl right into the top corner.
Preston made the most of this moment,
mobbing Steve after his corker of a goal. Later Steve admitted
that he would never be able to do that again.
first half came to a close, Preston deserving their 3-1 lead.
Steve made a few changes at
the half way point, Alex, Stewart and Andy l their bows. The
rain finally stopped for the second half to commence. Chances
were few and far between in the second half. Preston started
to play the ball towards target man Andy. Andy started to use
his pace to get behind the Southampton defence.
scorer, Potter picked up a knock for Johnny to replace the
left winger. It was Johnny who
put the score beyond Southampton’s reach. Johnny used his
great pace and control to race pace a number of defenders. Johnny
managed to release a shot towards goal which found its way past
Preston started to pass the ball
around the park, creating some good chances but failing to add
to the four goals already scored. The match ended, not more goals
being scored. It was a top performance from all the players who
were fortunate to play.