Lowestoft Ladies 6 Barking 1
The Lowestoft Ladies got their pre-season underway last Wednesday evening, hitting six goals at home to Barking with a hat-trick for Hannah Waters.
The Lowestoft Town ladies welcomed Barking Abbey Academy to the Crown Meadow, knowing this would represent a stern pre-season test against a team containing a number of Essex Centre of Excellence players.
It was Barking who started the brighter, which was no surprise as they had already played against Stevenage Borough earlier in the week. However, the new centre-back partnership of Kate Pasque and Megan Cletheroe looked very assured for Lowestoft and dealt well with any threat from the Barking strike force. In the middle of the park Barking displayed good strength and excellent ability to play good passing combinations and seized the early initiative in the match.
However, it was Lowestoft who on sixteen minutes opened the scoring when the ball fall to Amber Rowland just inside the area and her left footed shot found the roof of the net for 1-0. Lowestoft had now shook off their ring rustiness and took control of the game with two goals from the mighty impressive Hannah waters and two for Lowestoft's leading goal scorer from last season Natasha Thomas giving the blues a comfortable 5-0 lead at half time.
In the second half Barking showed they were not done with and forced debutant Chloe Nixon into several excellent saves in the Lowestoft goal. Against the run of play Hannah Waters scored to complete her hat-trick to make it 6-1 and Natasha Thomas was denied her hat-trick with a fine save from the Barking keeper.
Barking finally got on the score sheet ten minutes from time, which was fully deserved and they went close to adding a couple more goals to their tally in the last few minutes as Lowestoft started to tire noticeably. It was Lowestoft's day though as the final whistle sounded to secure a good 6-1 pre-season win.
Special mention for Lowestoft goes to the four U18's players from last season; Zoe Cossey, Molly Sims, Charnelle Riggall and Chloe Nixon who all had very good games.
Ladies manager David Eastwood commented on the game by saying "This good work out should set the team up nicely for their mouth watering match at home against West Ham United Ladies this Sunday, kick off 2pm".
The match against West Ham United this Sunday will provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to watch a team who play their football in the Women's Premier League. It will also provide an opportunity for the Lowestoft Ladies to pit their skills against a team who are now managed by former West Ham, Liverpool and England U21's player Julian Dicks, who made almost 300 appearances for the Hammers and was West Hams player of the year 4 times between 1990 and 1997.