Boss blames changes for dropped points

Lowick Utd...3 Ashington...3

Northumberland County Women’s Football League

LOWICK played their first midweek game in a series that sees them start a run of seven games in just over three weeks.

In a season that has been badly affected by the unusually cold and wet winter, they began their quest for a continued unbeaten run in a bid for their first ever title.

Ashington have proved to be no pushovers this season and are building a young squad that will certainly challenge for honours next season.

Lowick started with a flourish and Michelle Stewart scored after breaking through after 30 seconds. Some great attacking play followed and she was able to double the lead after 15 minutes when a snap-shot from Amy Hately was parried into her path by the keeper.

Lowick then began to dominate the play with Kirsty Tang and Jenny Patterson running the midfield and causing Ashington all sorts of problems.

As the half wore on it seemed inevitable that Lowick would score a third but it remained 2-0 at half-time.

Lowick made three changes at the break with Georgia Thompson getting her long awaited debut.

Lowick scored their third of the game after 55 minutes with Sammy Grieve netting her first for the senior side. Two more changes were made as the game seemed to be only heading one way but this was to prove Lowick’s undoing.

Ashington scored from a free-kick with 20 minutes remaining on the clock and Lowick began to look a little panicked.

As the light began to fade and with 10 minutes remaining, Ashington scored a second from a scramble in the box that Lowick failed to clear. This led to a real burst of energy for Ashington in their push to get an equaliser and they scored their third with two minutes remaining.

This seemed to wake up Lowick and only a foul on M Stewart prevented her from bursting into the box.

From the resultant free-kick, Lowick had a chance to get the winner but the Ashington defence stood firm to get the draw that their never-say-die attitude deserved.

As the final whistle blew, Lowick knew they had thrown away two points and it felt like a defeat. They lead the table by just four points with six games remaining from Percy Main who had won the previous night.

Manager Andy Thorpe took responsibility for the draw with the many changes disrupting the team having felt the game was won. Lowick travel to Newcastle East End for their next fixture.

Player-of-the-match: Tang.