Lowick U16s in stalemate

NORTHUMBERLAND GIRLS’ U16s LEAGUE: LOWICK...0 NORTH SHIELDS...0

Lowick’s unbeaten run continued with the girls’ first ever 0-0 draw. Far from being a dull affair, this was a thrilling end-to-end match with Lowick having the best of the play and having ample opportunities to score.

Although the pitch was heavy, both teams managed to cope well with the conditions and play expansive football.

Lowick had the best of the opening exchanges and Becky Robinson was released on a left wing by a Samantha Grieve through ball only to see her cross elude attackers and defenders alike.

The game developed into a cat and mouse affair with Lowick dominating in midfield through Mel Steven and Kirsten Patterson and the Lowick forwards of Robinson, Libby Scott and Leonie McLeod being constantly caught offside.

Indeed the well-drilled North Shields defence were beginning to be reminiscent of Arsenal in the 1980s.

The best chance of the first half fell to Robinson when her neat turn fooled the defenders and her shot cannoned off the cross bar.

The North Shields forwards were well-marshalled by the Lowick defence of Ailsa Skelly, Oriana Frame, Georgia Thompson and Catherine Cass and chances were restricted to a few long-range efforts ably dealt with by keeper Courtney Purvis.

As the first half drew to a close, good interplay between Scott and Grieve resulted in Grieves’ low shot skimming past the post.

The second half resumed with Lowick in the ascendancy and pressing for the breakthrough.

Excellent approach work on the right saw Anna Darcy beat two defenders and cross from the by-line, only to see her cross elude the attackers.

North Shields were competing for every ball and Steven and Patterson worked tirelessly in midfield, only to see their forwards constantly flagged offside.

Lowick looked most likely to score and Thompson was unfortunate to see her header go over the bar when she latched onto a Grieve corner.

The girls had been told at half-time to continue the good work and not worry about the constant offside decisions and the best chance of the match fell to Robinson when, with 10 minutes to go, she slipped her markers and shot.

The supporters on the touchline all cheered, only to see the ball curve and strike the inside of the post and bounce along the goal line to be cleared by a defender.

It was not to be Lowick’s day and in a match that they had dominated and created good scoring opportunities, they could not get the result that they deserved.

Best for Lowick in an entertaining encounter were Darcy, Frame and Patterson.