Middlesbrough 0-2 Lowick Ladies


Lowick took another step closer to the league title and promotion with this comfortable victory over a youthful and well organised opposition.

The home team set up with a 4-5-1 formation, worked hard at closing down and initially Lowick struggled to break them down.

Lowick had to be patient and eventually their experience began to tell and they kept possession and tried to create scoring opportunities.

Michelle Stewart, the league’s top scorer with 28 goals, was well marshalled by the home defence severely restricting her scoringopportunities.

The breakthrough eventually came after 30 minutes when Lowick were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out.

Mel Darling fired a pin-point accurate shot into the top left corner of the goal leaving the home keeper flapping.

In the second half neither Lowick nor the Lionesses created many chances, but with 20 minutes to go Steph Hay crossed from the right and Jenny Patterson was on hand to score from close range with a header.

Although not a free flowing game, Lowick showed patience and resilience. and went on to record a thoroughly deserving victory.

Their defence was resolute never looked under pressure and they took the scoring opportunities when they came along.

The final game of the season is likely to be the title decider with an away trip to Tynedale on April 13.

Best on the day for Lowick were Kirstie Tang and Mel Darling.