Bedford 2 Lowestoft Ladies 3
The Lowestoft Ladies inflicted what was just the second defeat of the season for Bedford, as they come from behind to grab a superb 3-2 away win.
The Lowestoft Town Ladies made the long journey to play fellow title contenders Bedford Town who had only incurred just the one loss all season and who were unbeaten at home.
It was the home team who settled best on what can only be described as a shocking pitch and totally unworthy of football of this calibre.
After failing to clear a free kick Lowestoft fell behind after only eight minutes and it took them a few minutes to regain their composure but slowly they started to assert themselves and thoroughly deserved the equaliser when it came. Hannah Waters, who was making her debut, burst past the Bedford defence from the half way line and put away her right footed effort to level things up at 1-1.
The second half saw Lowestoft assert themselves from the off and they were soon dominating the game in every area of the pitch. It was Natasha Thomas with her searing pace down the wing who delivered an inch perfect cross for Chloe Hoffman, who struck her shot to perfection to give Lowestoft a well deserved 2-1 lead on the hour mark.
Lowestoft now sensed more goals and eight minutes later a good through ball found Natasha Thomas out wide and after leaving the left back in her wake, she hit her shot with unerring accuracy to beat the goalkeeper at her near post with an effort which found the roof of the net to put Lowestoft 3-1 ahead.
Chloe Hoffman and Natasha Thomas both went very close to putting the game out of Bedford's reach but it was the home team who hit back when their ace marksman Natasha Fensome squeezed in between two of the Lowestoft defenders to narrow the lead to 3-2 and set up a stirring last few minutes.
With only a minute to go the ball fell kindly to a Bedford player who looked sure to score from just outside the six yard box but somehow Georgia Paul got across from left back to smother the goal bound effort and give Lowestoft a well deserved three points.
It was a tremendous performance by Lowestoft with every player playing their part in full and the team can derive an enormous amount of self-belief from the last two matches and use this momentum for the remaining seven matches, as they look to gain promotion to step two of the ladies football pyramid.