Prudhoe...2 Lowick Utd...9
Northumberland County Women’s Football League
LOWICK travelled to Prudhoe after the winter break for their first fixture of 2012.
This was a tough clash with Prudhoe needing a win to move into second place in the league. Lowick were looking to build on their recent good form trying to catch up with the league leaders.
The pitch was in immaculate condition and really encouraged both teams to play a passing game.
Lowick made a few changes from their last game with keeper Weetch and Meg Kyffin returning to the team. The break also enabled M Stewart and Patterson to shake off niggling injuries that had blighted their early-season form.
Lowick attacked from the start and pressured the Prudhoe defence into a rearguard action.
This pressure told in the 13th minute when R Stewart broke free to cross for B Robinson to score with her weaker right foot to make it 1-0.
M Stewart was running free and was able to double the lead with a sharp left-foot drive in the 24th minute.
The game then settled down with both teams playing a passing game with some skill. Changes were made in the 25th minute, with Hay and Frame coming on for B Robinson and J Robinson.
In the 40th minute, as half-time approached, the game came alive with a penalty awarded to Prudhoe which they dispatched well (1-2).
From the kick-off, Prudhoe pressed and got the equaliser to make it 2-2. The watching crowd of Prudhoe fans went crazy but the scoring was not finished for the half.
Lowick shook themselves off and immediately went looking for the lead once more. They were to be rewarded when M Stewart followed up a great save from the keeper to score her second to make it 3-2.
At this point, both managers were looking toward the whistle to get the teams in for the half-time talk.
Patterson was played in brilliantly by captain Tang and was odds on to score but for a superb save from the keeper, R Stewart was not to be denied however, and volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 4-2 with four goals in five crazy minutes.
At half-time, Lowick again made changes with Darling coming on to replace Weetch in goal. Prudhoe doubled up on left-back Cass and pressed from the off.
Only some great defensive interceptions from Cass, Thompson, Frame and J Robinson kept the score at 4-2.
A corner from R Stewart in the 65th minute led to Patterson scoring with another in the 68th minute, leading to Hately making it 6-2.
In the 80th minute, M Stewart completed her hat-trick with a great turn inside to curl a left-footed shot into the corner of the goal (7-2).
B Robinson scored her second of the game. After the keeper saved her first shot, she was quickest to react to drive a shot into the left side of the goal (8-2).
Lowick saved the best until last, however, with R Stewart picking up the ball on the halfway line to run and unleash a ferocious 30-yard left-foot rocket that would not be out of place in the Premier League.
It really was a contender for goal-of-the-season and even the Prudhoe players and supporters sportingly applauded the goal.
The young referee gave an excellent, confident performance and really helped the game flow.
Player of the match was the fit-again Michelle Stewart, although it was really a great team effort.
Next up for Lowick is a home game against Newcastle East End on Sunday, January 15, 1.30pm kick-off – all supporters welcome.