Newcastle East End...0 Lowick Utd....10
Northumberland County Women’s Football League
Lowick travelled to Newcastle East End looking to continue their unbeaten run after a disappointing draw in midweek.
Manager Andy Thorpe held a pre-game meeting to set out how he saw the season so far and encouraged all players to have their say. This went well and the team were certainly pumped up for the game.
Lowick pressed from the off and although the ground was very hard they tried to play their usual brand of possession football. This proved difficult at the start with some of the passes flying through the air and bouncing unusually high.
East End played a really high defensive line at the back and it took Lowick quite a while to work out a way of unlocking this formation.
Amy Hately made the breakthrough in the 15th minute, finishing a great run from Robin Stewart at the far post.
Hately doubled the score with her second after 25 minutes from a great R Stewart corner.
Top scorer Michelle Stewart got Lowick’s third with a superb run and shot that she drilled into the bottom corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.
Just before half time captain Kirstie Tang looked up and saw the keeper off her line to chip a 30 yard shot that floated into the net for a 4-0 half time lead.
Changes were made at half time with Georgia Thompson and Sally Dawson joining the fray.
Thompson made an immediate impact scoring her first for the ladies after a fantastic run through the East End defence.
Stephanie Hay returning from illness then added Lowick’s sixth and seventh with some fine long range finishing that gave the keeper no chance.
Tang got her second of the game after some fine approach play from Jenny Patterson, her partner in the centre of midfield.
Thompson then added the ninth for Lowick and her second of the game in a show of complete football.
Lowick’s defence were rarely troubled but did well with keeper Kris Weetch in dominant form clearing anything that came her way.
With four players all on two goals apiece it was player of the match Hately who managed to get the elusive hat-trick in the final minute to seal a very effective performance for Lowick.