Lowick Ladies 4-2 Birtley Town

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This was the proverbial game of two halves. In the first half the visitors defended in numbers and it took Lowick a little while to come to terms with the situation and figure out how to break them down.

Lowick had plenty of possession and were able to play the ball out of defence at their leisure. After only creating few long range efforts the breakthrough came after 30 minutes when a clinical pass from Jenna Kerr released Michelle Stewart on the right, her cross was met at the back post by Becky Robinson, who fired home.

Lowick were now able to capitalise on their possession and use the flanks to break down the oppositions’ defence and create scoring opportunities.

The second goal came five minutes before the break when Jenny Patterson fired home an excellent drive from 25 yards which looped over the visiting keeper.

In the second half Birtley showed more ambition, and it was somewhat against the run of play when they pulled a goal back after being awarded a penalty. Michelle Stewart immediately restored the two goal advantage for Lowick running onto a through ball to confidently score her only chance of the match.

It was a defensive lapse in concentration that led to Birtleys second goal when poor marking at a free kick saw an unmarked player convert from close range.

Towards the end of the match Lowick pushed forward and Jenny Patterson timed her run to perfection to score with a low right foot drive.