Lowick Ladies leap to the league summit

Lowick Ladies 4 Middlesbrough Lionesses 2

North East Regional Women’s Football League, Northern Division

This victory saw Lowick go to the top of the division.

Although Middlesbrough prop up the table, they proved to be tough opposition, playing attractive football and Lowick found them difficult to break down.

In the first half, Lowick, playing against the wind, started sluggishly and the visitors created the first opening, hitting the bar after 10 minutes.

The blustery wind was making conditions difficult for both teams and the game developed into a tense midfield sparring match with neither team creating many clear-cut scoring opportunities and the defences dominating their opposing attackers.

At the start of the second half, Lowick made positional changes with Jenny Patterson moving to the centre of midfield and Amy Hately moving upfront.

This had the desired effect and Lowick began to exert pressure and get the ball out onto the flanks.

The breakthrough came 10 minutes into the second half when Kirstie Tangs’ corner was missed by everyone and flew into the net (1-0).

Lowick pressed forward and substitute Anna Darcy scored with almost her first touch of the match (2-0).

Just when it looked like Lowick were comfortable, they were hit on the break when the visitors beat the offside trap to score (2-1).

Lowick bounced straight back, however, with league top-scorer Michelle Stewart racing through to notch the third goal (3-1).

Again Middlesbrough did not lie down and pressed forward to score (3-2).

Not to be outdone, up stepped Jenny Patterson to score with a scorching drive from 25 yards to finally settle the match (4-2).

Player-of-the-match was Jodie Robinson for her composed performance in an unaccustomed position.