PNE Women target revenge

Jenna Carroll will be back for Preston
Jenna Carroll will be back for Preston
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Preston North End Women’s team boss Luke Podmore is eager to exact revenge by dumping Nottingham Forest Ladies out of the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday on their own patch.

PNE were beaten 2-1 by Forest in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division back in October.

This weekend’s second-round clash will be Podmore’s – and several of the players’ – first taste of the competition.

He said: “We’re going there to win – I’d be lying if I said I will accept anything less.

“You could say it could be a bit of payback for the defeat if we can win on Sunday.” Podmore is boosted by the return of defender Jenna Carroll.

Centre-back Kerry Nickson is an injury doubt for the clash but Olivia Chan has left the club and returned to Manchester City.

PNE have won eight of their last nine matches – their one defeat was at the hands of Sunday’s opponents.

Podmore believes that victory was down to PNE’s self destruction and a lack of clinical finishing but he is confident his in-form side have learned their lessons and can make it nine wins out of 10.

He said: “In the league game, Forest scored a good first goal but we were almost self-destructive for their second goal.

“In fact, we caused ourselves more problems than they caused us.

“We were struggling for defenders for that game so had to have a big reshuffle at the back. Now we’re in great form and have a better squad available, so we’ll be going there as a different side and hopefully come away with the win.

“We missed numerous chances on the day but recently we’ve been taking our chances so I’m hoping it will be a different story this time around.

“I’m confident we’ll be able to continue our good run of form and make it through to the next round.”