Lowick United... 5 Blakelaw...2
Northumberland County Women’s League
LOWICK welcomed league newcomers Blakelaw to New Barber Park.
Blakelaw have proved to be a dangerous oufit, winning over 80 per cent of their games in their inaugural season so far.
They are a young team and in their ranks possess top Northumberland county striker Hannah Smith who proved to be a real threat throughout the game.
Blakelaw were missing a few of their more experienced players but this gave the youth a chance to shine.
The game started like a chess match with both teams looking to work out where they could gain any advantage.
Smith was marshalled by Jodie Robinson and Georgia Thompson as she looked to break at every opportunity.
Lowick pressed with Becky Robinson in particularly fine form testing the defence and keeper with a number of fine breaks.
From one of these in the 26th minute she played in Michelle Stewart who unselfishly pulled the ball back for Hay to side-foot home, Lowick 1-0.
Captain Tang and Patterson were playing their usual centre-midfield roles and in the 33rd minute Tang passed to M Stewart who beat the defence and rounded the keeper before slotting home for a 2-0 lead.
The Blakelaw keeper then made two excellent saves from Hately and M Stewart before the half-time whistle blew.
Blakelaw hit back in the 56th minute when Smith won the ball and scored an excellent goal that gave keeper Darling no chance, 2-1.
This comeback lasted just five minutes as M Stewart broke free to cross for Robyn Stewart to scissor-kick a superb volley into the top corner of the net, 3-1.
R Stewart was played in again by M Stewart to score her second and Lowick’s fourth in the 70th minute.
Blakelaw were beginning to look a little tired at this point as they didn’t have the opportunity to use any substitutes, having only 11 players available. This was not an issue for Lowick, however, and Darcy came off the bench to score an absolute screamer from the edge of the box to make it 5-1 with 10 minutes of the game to go.
Blakelaw never stopped running and were rewarded with a second in the last minute of the game as Smith used her strength to out-jump the Lowick defence and score her second with another excellent finish.
An excellent game was played in a great spirit by both teams.
Lowick United are next at home on Sunday against Newcastle East End.