Lowick Ladies 6-0 Birtley St Josephs

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After a disappointing result against Tynedale last week Lowick returned to winning form against fellow promotion challengers Birtley St Josephs.

This was undoubtedly Lowicks best performance of the season against opponents who had beaten them in the first league game of the season.

Lowick dominated right from the start with the whole team pressing the opposition high up the pitch, never allowing the visitors time on the ball.

The home team elected to play against the strong wind and this proved to be the best decision.

Lowick opened the scoring after 15 minutes when good interplay between Michelle Stewart and Amy Hateley saw Hateley fire home from 12 yards. The home midfield worked tirelessly and the second goal came from excellent interplay down the right. Latto released Stewart down the wing and her pinpoint cross was converted by Patterson.

Birtley did create chances but home keeper Laura Powell was on hand to deal with them.

The third goal came from a pass up the left which found Darling. She hit a tremendous 30 yard drive which eluded the visitors keeper and flew into the top corner.

In the second half Lowick now had the advantage of the wind and basically camped out in the visitors half. Birtley we unable to exert any serious pressure and were pegged back and were forced to resort to some desperate defending.

Lowick resisted the temptation to react to the constant fouling and punished the opposition by scoring more goals. Stewart was on hand to convert from close range and then Patterson scored two goals after good work from Latto and substitute Jenna Waddell.

This was an excellent all round team performance with all 12 players involved contributing, but special praise should go to Patterson and Thompson, who on the day excelled.