Lowestoft Ladies 4 Stevenage Borough 2
The Lowestoft Ladies come back from behind to beat Stevenage Borough 4-2 in a brilliant game of football.
Lowestoft Town Ladies played hosts to Stevenage Borough in a game that will live long in the memory for its superb quality, intensity and commitment from both teams, who gave their all in an epic encounter.
Lowestoft started in determined fashion and had Stevenage pinned back in their own half in the first fifteen minutes of the match and with a great through ball from Charlotte Eastwood to find Natasha Thomas, she made no mistake with an accurate finish to put Lowestoft 1-0 up.
Stevenage upped their game from the restart and were showing what a classy team they are with some excellent build up play and they deserved to be on level terms after twenty-seven minutes with a goal right out of the top drawer to make it 1-1. On the stroke of half time Charlotte Eastwood again found Natasha Thomas for Lowestoft but this time her effort rolled agonisingly wide.
In the second half it was Lowestoft who were in the ascendency but on fifty-five minutes the Lowestoft defence was caught ball watching and the Stevenage right winger took full advantage to make it 2-1 to Stevenage.
The match was now end to end and a defining moment came on sixty-seven minutes when Kate Pasque made a goal saving challenge for Lowestoft. The equaliser then came for Lowestoft on seventy-three minutes when Natasha Thomas poked home her effort from close range following a goal mouth scramble to make it 2-2. The match was still being played at an unbelievably frenetic pace and the visitors were beginning to feel it. Lowestoft were awarded a free kick on eighty-two minutes and it was Natasha Thomas who smashed home an unstoppable twenty-five yard effort to give Lowestoft a 3-2 lead. She then secured the three points for Lowestoft with another thunderbolt of a shot two minutes from time to claim her fourth goal of the day and a 4-2 win for Lowestoft.
Lowestoft know quality is not going to be enough in this league and it will require a lot of blood, sweat and guts to gain promotion this season and they displayed this in abundance in taking their new game to a level not previously attained, showing increased maturity. Credit also to Stevenage who on the day provided Lowestoft with their sternest test this season.
It was a fantastic result and this week the Lowestoft Ladies travel to Great Shelford for what is sure to be another humdinger of a match. Thanks to all 3 officials who officiated superbly.