Ousted by county cup champions

Whitley Bay...5 Lowick Utd...1

Northumberland County Cup

LOWICK travelled to Whitley Bay to play their County Cup game against a team two divisions above them who have won the competition for the past two seasons.

Lowick started brightly with Amy Hately going close after five minutes.

Whitley Bay looked a little shocked at the pressure and the high tempo that was the feature of the first 10 minutes.

But they took the lead after 15 minutes with a fine piece of individual skill from the centre-forward, as she cut inside and unleashed a fierce right-foot shot into the top corner (1-0).

Lowick looked shocked at the goal and failed to clear a second attempt to go 2-0 down after 20 minutes.

The midfeld of Jenny Patterson, Kirstie Tang, Michelle and Robyn Stewart then began to take hold of the game and started to drive the opposition back. The Lowick defence was also beginning to adjust to the pace of the game, looking to play in Stephanie Hay and Hately with wide support play.

Lowick then hit the post, almost halving the deficit just before half-time.

The second half saw Jodie Robinson and Mel Darling make their appearance for Cass and Hay, with Darling dropping into midfield to make it four-five-one.

Lowick were caught out against the run of play to make it 3-0 but hit back almost immediately through a cross-shot from M Stewart that gave the keeper no chance, 3-1 with 35 minutes to play.

Oriana Oz Frame then came on to replace Crossman and the pressure began to increase on the Whitley Bay defence. R Stewart went close with a pile-driver and hit the bar, while Hately, Patterson and Tang all had goal-bound efforts saved or deflected.

In the 85th minute, Whitley Bay got a rare corner and the unmarked striker finished well with a fine header. Lowick failed to lay down and again looked to score only to be denied by the post.

It was one-way traffic but Whitley Bay got a debatable free-kick just outside the box and, with the final kick of the game, got their fifth to make the final score a flattering 5-1.

After the game, the Whitley Bay coach came into the dressing room to praise the efforts of Lowick and told them that the game was a lot closer than the score-line suggested. He added that they were better than some of the teams in their division.

Lowick gave their all and enjoyed the challenge that the opposition provided.

l On Sunday, Lowick play their second game in the FA Cup (Qualifying, Round Two) at home at New Barber Park against higher league opposition Norton & Stockton Ancients, kick-off 2pm. Admission is free and all supporters and football fans are welcome. The club are urging fans to cheer on their local team, the furthest north the women’s FA Cup competition is played.