Lowestoft Ladies 6 Colchester Town 1
Lowestoft Ladies progress in the League Cup with a 6-1 win against Colchester Town to register their fourteenth straight win in all competitions.
Lowestoft Ladies welcomed table topping Colchester Town for a third round league cup match and it was the home team who were quickest into their stride with top scorer Hannah Waters opened the scoring after just nine minutes. The goal was created following good build up play involving Paige Shorten, Broghan Scully and Jodie Drake; who has settled into the team really well and is a very welcomed addition to the club. It was Hannah Waters who doubled her tally from the spot after seventeen minutes, after she had been crudely brought down by the visitors keeper, who for her troubles received a red card.
To their credit Colchester upped their game and hit back on twenty-five minutes with an effort which looped over Amy Bell in goal to make it 2-1. Lauren Bullard went close to restoring a two goal advantage for Lowestoft five minutes later but saw her effort well saved. However, Colchester's revival was short lived as Paige Shorten was left unmarked at the far post following a pin point accurate cross from Natasha Thomas, who had only just come on and she gleefully accepted the opportunity for 3-1. This was a thoroughly deserved goal as earlier in the match she had seen a good header comeback off the inside of the post.
Jody Wells added a fourth for Lowestoft just before the break with a wicked shot which dipped and swerved and gave the stand in Colchester keeper no chance as the Lowestoft left the pitch with a 4-1 halftime lead.
The second half was a real mixed bag. At times Lowestoft played some terrific football, moving it from back to front with great accuracy and fluency but this was interspersed with some sloppy passing and a combination of trying to force the play, coupled with some un-necessary long ball passing that resulted in Lowestoft losing their way at times.
Two further second half goals were added for Lowestoft, courtesy of Zoe Cossey who once again impressed, particularly with her work rate and Natasha Thomas with an unerring finish from just inside the penalty area to complete the scoring and give Lowestoft a 6-1 win.
Player of the Match: Zoe Cossey and special mention this week goes to Jody Wells who has worked hard and improved in several key areas, which is very pleasing as she is a very talented player as well as being one of the most popular members of the team. Also Molly Sims who despite limited opportunities so far, has shown great spirit and determination and saw one very well struck effort well saved by the visitors keeper.
Final mention goes to all the supporters who came and cheered the ladies on to their 14th straight win. It is very much appreciated. Thank you