Lowick go nap to take a six-point lead at the top

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Lowick Ladies 5 Prudhoe Women 2

NORTH EAST REGIONAL WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NORTHERN DIVISION

This victory saw Lowick take a six-point lead at the top of the NERWFL Northern Division and followed a 6-1 victory away to Prudhoe the previous week.

In the first half, Lowick had the benefit of the wind, but Prudhoe worked hard to close down the home team and chances from open play were hard to come by.

Thankfully, the home team won plenty of corners and the visitors found it difficult to cope with the accuracy of corners taken by Kirstie Tang and Mel Darling.

It was Darling who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when her corner was turned in by a defender for an own-goal (1-0).

Moments later, another Darling corner was met by Tang to score with a glancing header at the near-post (2-0).

After another two corners from the right, it was Tang’s turn to take a corner from the left and, again, this caused confusion in the Prudhoe defence and the ball ended up in the back of the net (3-0).

With a three-goal lead, Lowick started to create chances from open play and Michelle Stewart had a couple of chances to score before latching onto a through-ball from strike partner Amy Hateley to score her 28th goal of the season (4-0).

Just before the break, Prudhoe pulled back a goal after a defensive lapse by the home team (4-1).

In the second half, Lowick effectively controlled the game by calmly retaining possession and restricting the visitors to a handful of chances.

Although Lowick were creating chances, they only added one more goal when a Tang free-kick was hit on the half-volley by Becky Robinson, firing home from 15 yards (5-1).

With five minutes to go Prudhoe scored a second goal (5-2).

It was a good all-round team performance from Lowick, setting them up well for the long trip to Easingwold next Sunday.

Best on the day for Lowick were Kirstie Tang, Amy Hateley and Jodie Robinson.