Lowestoft Ladies 3 Colchester Ladies 2
The Lowestoft Ladies continue to climb the league with a 3-2 victory over Colchester Ladies.
The Lowestoft Ladies welcomed Colchester Ladies to the Crown Meadow and despite the recent horrendous weather conditions the ground staff had performed heroics in getting the pitch playable and their efforts are hugely appreciated.
From the start Lowestoft were in the ascendency but the Colchester defence was well drilled and it took until the eighteenth minute for Lowestoft to carve out a clear opening, which Sophie Baker failed to convert when her effort went wide of the right hand post. The midfield trio of Broghan Scully, Amber Rowland and skipper Charlotte Eastwood had a stranglehold on the midfield and it was the former who set up Amber Rowland for the opening goal on twenty-six minutes.
Lowestoft then squandered two gilt-edge chances and Sophie Martin saw an effort hit the inside of the right hand post but with their first meaningful attack Colchester levelled on thirty-eight minutes after Lowestoft failed to clear their lines and Amy Bell in goal was left stranded.
The second half introduction of striker Natasha Thomas seemed to give Lowestoft that extra bit of zip up front and after a great through ball from Charlotte Eastwood, which found the striker with the centre back to beat, she did before rifling home her effort from just inside the box.
Seemingly in total control Lowestoft contrived to miss several good efforts and Jody Ashman went close with three efforts in a ten minute spell of concerted pressure. However, it was Colchester who levelled things up when a back pass fell short and the frantic efforts of Georgia Paul to clear off of the line were to no avail. Her efforts saw her unfortunately collide with the advertising hoardings behind the goal and the subsequent knee injury will see her miss at least the next two games for Lowestoft.
Lowestoft upped the tempo of the game and it was Deva Rawlings arriving late in the box who secured the three points on eighty-one minutes to leave Lowestoft two points off of the top of the table with a game in hand.
This was a top class performance combined with grit and determination which should of seen Lowestoft enjoy a wider margin of victory and if they can sustain this level there is no reason why the ladies cannot be in the shout for promotion this season.
Special mention this week goes to Charlotte Eastwood who marshalled the midfield superbly and Chloe Hoffman who worked tirelessly and was involved in creating a number of openings.
Their next match is at home to Stevenage Borough this Sunday (Kick off 2pm).