Lowick Ladies 4 Tynedale Ladies 1
North East Regional Women’s Football League, Northern Division
Lowick consolidated their position at the top of the league with this emphatic victory over promotion rivals Tynedale.
Right from the start the whole team showed an impressive work rate and commitment, closing the visitors down and counterattacking with pace. The Lowick defence dominated the opposition forwards and this provided the platform for the whole match.
Lowick were playing free-flowing football and created a series of good scoring opportunities. The breakthrough came after 20 minutes when Michelle Stewart latched onto a through-ball by Kirstie Tang to confidently finish (1-0).
For the remainder of the first half, the home team peppered the Tynedale goal, with efforts from Jenny Patterson, Amy Hateley and Stewart hitting the woodwork and being cleared off the line.
After the break, Tynedale began to exert pressure and Laura Powell in the Lowick goal was forced to make a couple of smart saves. Just as Tynedale were building up a head of steam, Lowick were able to counterattack and it was Mel Darling who scored the vital second goal (2-0).
This proved to be the decisive moment of the game and Lowick were able to keep possession and control the remainder of the match.
The home defence, who had been fantastic all afternoon marshalling the opposition forwards, displayed excellent distribution with Georgia Thompson, Steph Hay and Jodine Bolton linking well with the midfield.
Before the match, the girls knew that the opposition had a dangerous forward but left-back Jodie Robinson dealt with her effectively all afternoon.
The third goal came with 15 minutes to go when Hay released Stewart to score with a mirror image of her first goal (3-0).
With five minutes to go, Tynedale scored a consolation goal, but straight from the kick-off Becky Robinson flew up the left-wing and crossed for Patterson to convert at the near-post for Lowick’s fourth goal (4-1).
This was an emphatic victory against a team challenging for the league title.
It was an excellent all-round team performance, but special praise must go to the defensive combination of Thompson, Bolton, Hay and Robinson, who, on this display, are the best in the league.
This Sunday, Lowick have a tricky away trip to Middlesborough, but if they win their last two games, they will win the league and promotion to the North East Premier Division.