Billericay Town 3 Lowestoft Ladies 1
The Lowestoft Ladies unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat at Billericay Town.
Lowestoft Line up: Chloe Pearce, Marcie Prettyman, Georgia Paul, Megan Champion, Chantelle Keevil, Kate Pasque (C), Deva Rawlings, Broghan Scully, Natasha Thomas, Amber Rowland, Chloe Hoffman Subs; :Amy Bell, Daniella Willmott
The Lowestoft Ladies unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat at Billericay Town. Billericay Town are unbeaten themselves and the game was always going to be a test for the ladies, not just on the pitch but also in travelling further afield than they had last season.
Lowestoft were short on numbers for the game with just two subs being named but got the game underway on a long grassed pitch.
Lowestoft started the game with little possession and during the first fifteen minutes they were being outplayed by Billericay in all areas of the pitch, with plenty of pressure being put on the Lowestoft defence. An early free-kick was conceded by Chantelle Keevil just outside the 18 yard box and with the free-kick flying high into the Lowestoft net, the host took an early 1-0 lead.
After a shaky start Lowestoft started to pick up their play and were starting to make a few good chances for themselves. Deva Rawlings sent a lovely pass through for Natasha Thomas to run in on goal but with her over hitting the ball, it flew over the bar. It was a great chance for Lowestoft to draw level but they weren’t giving up hope and kept plucking away.
Billericay nearly doubled their lead from a long goal kick that picked out the striker but a great low save by keeper Chloe Pearce denied Billericay and saw the ball behind for a corner.
Unfortunately for Lowestoft, Billericay did then extend their lead, as they organised themselves for a deep corner and scrambled the ball home for 2-0.
Lowestoft had conceded two early goals but with twenty five minutes of the half remaining they picked their heads up and dug deep to try and get back into the game. The whole team began to show a great level of determination and consistency in their play, as they showed great composure and good levels of possession for the remainder of the half.
A well worked run down the right wing by Chantelle Keevil brought a foul and a free-kick for Lowestoft just outside the Billericay box. Up stepped Broghan Scully to take the free-kick and with her picking out Captain Kate Pasque with a perfect delivery, she fired home a fantastic header past the static Billericay keeper, who could only watch the ball soar into the net for 2-1.
With just a minute of the half remaining Broghan Scully was involved again and very nearly pulled an equaliser of the hat, firing a shot in from outside the area which was only just sent over the bar. It had been a tough half, as Lowestoft left the field at the break and went into the changing room for a breather.
Lowestoft came out for the second half raring to go, knowing exactly what they had to do in order to bring the three points home.
Well worked through balls from Broghan Scully and Marcie Prettyman saw Natasha Thomas put through on goal, as she started to make plenty of speedy runs down the right wing.
Lowestoft were pressing well but unfortunately then conceded from another corner, with Billericay yet again scrambling the ball into the next to extend the lead to 3-1.
Lowestoft were playing well though and Chloe Hoffman was continually closing down the Billericay defenders at every opportunity. Deva Rawlings was also working lots of magic in midfield and causing lots of pressure on the Billericay defence. In addition she was also putting in plenty of tackles on the opposition but after making a couple of mistimed challenges she ended up in the referee’s book.
With play continuing to go the way of Lowestoft and balls being put through to the pacey Natasha Thomas, it wasn't long before a great opportunity came along for Lowestoft. A lovely weighted ball by Broghan Scully sent Natasha Thomas in on goal but with a great chance beckoning the Lowestoft hotshot fired wide of the keeper and the goal.
As the final fifteen minutes of the game were entered, Lowestoft knew they had to get a goal in order to stand any chance of getting a point from the game.
Both Megan Champion and Georgia Paul had to make well timed challenges to deny the Billericay strikers any chance on goal but Lowestoft continued to push and a long range shot from Kate Pasque was just seen over the bar.
The last few minutes of the game went by with Lowestoft forcing plenty of attacks but frustrations started to increase, as they just couldn’t find the second goal.
It had been a tough test and a 3-1 defeat but Lowestoft had created chances in the game and should take the positives from their performance.
Lady of the Match for Lowestoft was given to Kate Pasque for her great work rate and determination, causing lots of pressure on Billericay from all over the pitch. Well done Kate!