Lowestoft Ladies 3 Haverhill Ladies 0
Lowestoft Ladies kicked off their season with a 3-0 win over Haverhill Rovers, after a delayed kick-off.
Haverhill were late arriving for the game and were also under strength, playing the whole match with just 9 players on the pitch, resulting in Lowestoft goalkeeper Nikki Wigg wishing she had brought a deck chair with her for the afternoon!!
Haverhill did however defend really well with the majority of their players behind the ball and a well organised defence, who played the offside trap to perfection. On top of this their keeper produced numerous good saves but the Lowestoft Ladies didn't put in one of their better performances and could and should have won by more goals.
It was always going to be made easier playing against just 9 ladies but Lowestoft still needed to go and win the game and took no time in pushing Haverhill back and keeping the ball really well early on.
Midfield dynamo Broghan Scully was controlling matters in the centre of the pitch and got her team off to a flyer when receiving the ball 25 yards out and sending a curling shot past the rooted keeper for 1-0 after just 3 minutes of the match.
It was all Lowestoft at this point and it was no surprise when after 14 minutes Broghan Scully was involved again, with some great footwork to slide Jody Wells in on goal, to steer the ball past the keeper and inside the post for 2-0.
Haverhill were really penned in now and with Broghan pulling the strings in midfield and Hoffman giving plenty of width and quality deliveries from the right, Lowestoft were strolling.
Haverhill had plenty behind the ball and were defending well, with the keeper also making a couple of saves. Lowestoft however, were finding things all too easy and as a result they allowed their performance to wane as the half went on and half time arrived with the scoreline still at 2-0.
The second half again saw the organised Haverhill defence making it difficult for Lowestoft and playing the offside trap well to frustrate Lowestoft.
Lowestoft nearly extended their lead with Flo getting in on goal but a great tackle came in to stop what would have been a certain goal.
Lowestoft really weren't at their dominant best today though and were looking lacklustre and sloppy, in not taking advantage of having more players on the pitch.
With the 'roll on, roll off' substitutes still in place for this season, Broghan Scully was re-introduced and this did raise the Lowestoft performance but a mixture of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant the scoreline stayed the same.
That was until Lowestoft's best player in today's' performance (Broghan Scully) ran on to a ball over the top and produced a great finish across the keeper and into the net for 3-0, after 69 minutes.
Lauren Goulder was presented with a great chance in front of goal to make it 4-0 but she shot right at the keeper, as a great chance went begging.
The Haverhill keeper made a couple more saves, denying goals from Flo and Goulder, as Haverhill held on.
Haverhill had to end the game with 8 players, with their number 5 finally relenting, after playing most of the second half with her leg heavily strapped.
It was great for the Lowestoft Ladies to start the season with a victory but I'm sure they will be looking to improve on that performance next time out, in a league which will prove tougher for them this season.