United find a way through Forest

Lowick United...3 Forest Hall...1

Northumberland County Women’s Football League

A COLD but dry day saw a good crowd to watch Lowick United move up to second place in the league with a battling performance against a strong Forest Hall team.

The visitors had an excellent defensive record and prided themselves on their discipline and organisation at the back.

This was to prove the case in the first half with their players stopping everything that Lowick could throw at them.

Two goalmouth scrambles and a crossbar kept Lowick goalless with Hately, Robinson and Michelle Stewart all going close.

Forest Hall opened the scoring on 20 minutes after some hesitation at the back allowed the striker to finish in the six-yard area.

After the goal, captain Tang looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck and was covering every blade of grass in an attempt to motivate her team.

At the break, the team-talk was all about playing positively and keeping their passing game going. Forest Hall came out in the second half looking to preserve their lead reverting to a four-five-one shape.

Lowick manager Andy Thorpe saw this and took off a defender to play a very attacking three-five-two formation, allowing the wingers Russell and Robyn Stewart to push on at every opportunity.

Lowick equalised from a set-piece routine that came straight from the training ground, Patterson coming in at a corner to head home a Tang corner to make it 1-1 after 60 minutes.

The relief was palpable and spurred Lowick on to look for a winner. They were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute after Hately was bundled to the ground by the keeper after a corner.

Patterson bravely stepped up under great pressure but stroked the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net to make it 2-1.

Lowick continued to attack and press for another goal and were rewarded in the 80th minute with a third from Patterson, with a stunning 30-yard drive that had the keeper beaten and the crowd cheering her hat-trick.

This was a performance that showed the never-say-die attitude that has been the cornerstone of Lowick United’s recent success and kept the pressure on the top of the table.

Lowick are at home again next Sunday to welcome league newcomers Bedlington Town.

All supporters welcome for a 2pm kick-off.