Women’s football

Lowick Ladies 5 Birtley Ladies 0

NE Ladies League, Northern Division

Lowick and Birtley played out a mid-table clash in the first meeting between the two sides.

But a depleted Birtley were no match for a Lowick team keen to get back to winning ways after a number of disappointing results.

Although Lowick dominated possession for all of the game, it took them 30 minutes to break down the opposition.

The breakthrough came when full-back Becky Robinson picked up the ball on the left, eluded two defenders and crossed from the by-line.

It was a difficult ball to defend and the centre-half put the ball into her own net.

For the next 15 minutes, Lowick pinned back the opposition and Georgia Thompson scored two quickfire goals from passes from Robyn Stewart and Kirstie Tang.

Just before half-time, Robinson added a fourth when she struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the goal.

Between the scoring of these goals, the Birtley keeper pulled off several excellent saves to keep the score at a respectable level.

Compared to the first half, the second half was a bit of an anti-climax with Lowick having 90 per cent of the possession but unable to get past the opposition keeper.

Birtley only threatened a couple of times but their efforts were comfortably dealt with by the Lowick defence, ably marshalled by Jodine Bolton.

Just when it seemed like there would be no more goals, good approach play by Jenny Patterson set up Tang to score with a 20-yard drive.

Although never at their best, Lowick comfortably dealt with the opposition and their best performers on the day were Thompson, Stewart, Robinson and Bolton.