Redcar Ladies 0 Lowick Ladies 3
North East Regional Women’s Football League, Northern Div
For the second week in a row, this was a match dominated by a blustery wind and, for the second time, Lowick came out comfortable victors to climb to top place in the table.
Playing with the wind in the first half, Lowick struggled to create clear-cut scoring opportunities and for all the Lowick pressure it was the home team that looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
Lowick keeper Laura Powell had to be at her best to make two good saves when the speedy Redcar centre-forward broke free.
The Lowick defence initially struggled to come to grips with the conditions but about midway through the first half the midfield began to retain possession and were able to feed the wide players and chances started to be created.
Georgia Thompson, Becky Robinson and Michelle Stewart all had strikes on goal without reward.
Just before half-time, the breakthrough came when a pinpoint pass from Kirstie Tang released Stewart to sprint through and shoot past the Redcar keeper.
In the second half, the home team had the benefit of the squally wind, but they were unable to capitalise on this as Lowick basically never let them have the football.
Jenny Patterson, Jenna Kerr and Kirstie Tang worked tirelessly in midfield and forwards Robinson, Thompson and Stewart pressed the home defence and never let them keep the ball.
The Lowick defence of Jodine Bolton, Rachel Thompson, Jodie Robinson and Steph Hay defended well individually and collectively and were able to pass the ball out of danger to their midfield colleagues.
Midway through the second half, Lowick got the important second goal when the ball was played up to Jenna Kerr and her slide-rule pass released Becky Robinson, who ran through on the left to fire past the Redcar keeper.
This really took the sting out of the match and, apart from a couple of late corners, Redcar never really rallied.
With five minutes to go, Stewart scored her second goal of the game with a looping shot from close range eluding the home keeper.
This was a good, solid team performance, in difficult weather conditions with everyone, including subs Georgia Latto and Jenna Waddell, playing their part.