Lowestoft Ladies 3 Long Melford 2
The Lowestoft Ladies progress to the third round of the Suffolk Womans Cup, beating Long Melford 3-2 at the Crown Meadow.
The Lowestoft Ladies welcomed Long Melford to the Crown Meadow for their 2nd Round County Cup match.
After a positive team meeting before the match the ladies came out ready to atone for their disappointing exit from the FA Cup but could find no way through a well organised Melford defence, with Jody Sharp putting a real shift in to try and break the Lowestoft attacks up.
It took until a minute before the break for Lowestoft to open their account when a good cross from Jody Wells found Chantelle Keevil at the back post who headed home from six yards out for 1-0.
In the second half Melford tried to play higher up the pitch and this allowed Lowestoft more space in behind with first Sophie Baker and then Broghan Scully forcing the Melford keeper into two excellent saves to keep her team in the contest. On the hour mark Melford levelled things up when a long ball over the top found Jody Sharp and as Amy Bell in goal advanced she lost her footing as she set herself and the Melford striker was left with a simple finish to even things up at 1-1.
The introduction of Amber Rowland on the left wing for Lowestoft paid immeidate dividends, as ten minutes later she found the top left hand corner of the Melford net with a terrific right footed shot to send the Lowestoft Ladies 2-1 ahead. However, Lowestoft's lead was short lived when a long range effort caught the lowestoft keeper unawares and the game was back level at 2-2.
The winner came 13 minutes from time courtesy of Player of the Match Jody Wells, with a free kick from fully 25 yards out which gave the Melford keeper no chance for 3-2. Kate Pasque was denied twice in the last 10 minutes by some heroic last ditch defending and Sophie Baker was again denied by the Melford keeper who performed heroics for her team with a string of high quality saves.
The ladies now travel to Sudbury for a quarter final which is bound to be a good tussle between the two teams who fought out the title race in the Eastern Region North last season.
Special mention this week goes to Chloe Hoffman who had her best game so far this season and with a bit more self-belief and commitment can become a player to be feared in the second half of the season.
Next league match, Sunday 24 November 2013 at Crown Meadow against Colchester. Kick off 2pm and with games in hand the ladies can advance to the top of the table if they apply the right work ethic, focus and commitment in both training and matches.