NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Percy Main Ladies FC...2
Lowick United Ladies FC...5
LOWICK United played their first game of 2011 on Sunday after the poor weather wiped out their games in December and most of January.
Percy Main finished runners-up last year and are favourites to take the title this season. Both teams boasted an unbeaten record so far, so something had to give in this top-of-the-table clash.
Lowick started well and had the majority of the possession with Captain Kirstie Tang pulling the strings in a midfield partnership with Jenny Patterson. Wingers Robyn and Michelle Stewart were working hard to cover the pitch to stop any Percy Main attacks.
The new pairing at the centre of the defence Cindy Crossman and Rachel Thompson took time to settle but were helped by the covering of Jodie Robinson and Jennie Brewis. The defence kept the Percy Main strikers at distance protecting keeper Kris Weetch.
As Lowick began to push on a number of chances began to fall to the striking partnership of Amy Hateley and Stephanie Hay. Eventually the pressure began to tell and in the 25th minute Michelle Stewart received the ball in the box and turned on a sixpence to rifle home (0-1).
A tactical switch saw Sally Dawson come on for Hay with Michelle Stewart swapping positions to allow an extra midfielder in a five-man midfield. In the 44th minute, Percy Main drove at the centre of the Lowick defence yo equalise (1-1, half-time).
Hay replaced Robyn Stewart at the start of the second half and with steely determination both teams looked up for a battle.
In the 48th minute, Michelle Stewart broke free and used her pace to run at the keeper before smashing a drive into the top corner of the net (1-2).
Stewart scored her hat-trick goal in the 60th minute when the goalkeeper was unlucky not to catch her cross and fumbled it into the net (1-3).
Percy Main did not let their heads drop and scored their second of the game with 25 minutes to play (2-3).
As Percy Main looked to push on to get an equaliser, Lowick used the space in midfield to counter-attack at every opportunity. This led to Lowick’s fourthth goal in the 80th minute. After some slick passing, Michelle Stewart ran on and crossed for Robyn Stewart to slide home left-footed on the line (2-4).
Michelle Stewart added her fourth with a fierce volley five minutes from time to seal a very hard-fought victory against a good Percy Main team.
Lowick player-of-the-match: Michelle Stewart
Lowick United’s next game is away in the League Cup against Newcastle Medics on Sunday.