Birtley St Joseph’s Ladies 2 Lowick Ladies 0
After several good performances in pre-season friendlies, Lowick Ladies began their league fixtures with an away trip to Birtley St Joseph’s.
Birtley have just been promoted to the North East Regional League and if this match was anything to go by, they will have a successful season.
Lowick started the match lethargically and although creating a few half-chances, they never troubled the opposition keeper. Birtley, however, looked lively and dangerous on the break, especially on the left.
The Lowick defence looked uncharacteristically hesitant and the opposition capitalised on this when after 25 minutes they scored.
Just before half-time, with Lowick looking to equalise, they lost possession from a corner and Birtley spread the play the full length of the pitch to score a second goal.
In the second half, Lowick played much better, raising the tempo of the game, but couldn’t capitalise.
They dominated possession, creating at least six good scoring opportunities.
On other days, Lowick would have turned the game around, but not today.
A combination of poor finishing, good goalkeeping and sheer luck prevented Lowick from scoring and in the end Birtley were relieved to hear he final whistle.