Kader Ladies 2 Lowick Ladies 2
North East Regional Women’s Football League,
Lowick travelled down to Middlesborough for this tough match against a well-organised and competitive opposition.
Absences and injuries meant a change of keeper and several players were asked to play in unfamiliar positions.
Lowick started brightly, with plenty of possession and looking especially dangerous when attacking on the left wing.
The first real chance came after 10 minutes when Becky Robinson crossed and Jenna Kerr shot just wide of the post.
For long periods of this match, Lowick dominated the play, but struggled to break down the opposition’s well-organised defence.
The breakthrough finally came after 25 minutes when Mel Darling, playing her first outfield match in two years, battled through the defence to score from close range (0-1).
Lowick appeared to be in control, but it was against the run of play when Kader equalised just before the break (1-1).
A ball was played over the top, eluded the defence and the Kader forward slotted the ball home.
After the break, Lowick got off to the worst possible start, conceding a goal immediately following a goalmouth scramble (2-1).
Heads did not drop and gradually Lowick regained control and always looked like they would get an equaliser. With 15 minutes to go, they won a corner and Jenny Patterson headed home (2-2).
In the last 15 minutes of the match, Lowick pressed the opposition seeking the winner, but another goal eluded them.
On balance, a draw was probably the correct result and best for Lowick on the day were Steph Hay and Mel Darling.