LOWICK LADIES 4, MIDDLESBROUGH 2
This victory saw Lowick go to the top of the NERWFL Northern division. Although Middlesborough currently prop up the division they proved to be tough opposition, playing attractive football and Lowick found them difficult to break down.
In the first half Lowick, playing against the wind, started sluggishly and the visitors created the first opening, hitting the bar after 10 minutes. The wind was making conditions difficult for both teams and the game developed into a tense midfield sparring match with neither team creating many clear-cut scoring opportunities and the defences dominated.
At the start of the second half Lowick made positional changes with Jenny Patterson moving to the centre of midfield and Amy Hately moving up front. This had the desired effect and Lowick began to exert pressure and get the ball out onto the flanks. The breakthrough came when Kirstie Tang’s corner was missed by everyone and flew into the net. Lowick pressed forward and substitute Anna Darcy scored with virtually her first touch.
Just when it looked like Lowick were comfortable they were hit on the break when the visitors beat the off-side trap to score.
Lowick bounced straight back, however, with the league’s top scorer Michelle Stewart racing through to score the third goal. Again Middlesborough did not lie down but pressed forward to score again, Not to be outdone up stepped Jenny Patterson to score with a scorching drive from 25 yards to settle the match.