Billericay Ladies 3 Lowestoft Ladies 6
Lowestoft Ladies progress to the semi finals of the League Cup with a 6-3 victory on the road at Billericay Town.
A Sunday evening kick off in London was something new for the ladies and like every other challenge presented to the team this season they took it all in their stride.
They were away to Billericay with a semi final place in the League Cup the reward for the winners and it was Lowestoft who took control straight from the start, going one up inside the first five minutes following good work by Natasha Thomas to drive a cross in which found Zoe Cossey who gleefully accepted the tap in.
Eight minutes later Natasha Thomas doubled Lowestoft's lead and ten minutes later Anna Larkins, who had an outstanding game added a third.
Against the run of play Billericay pulled one back which was harsh on Amy Bell in goal. However, five minutes before the break Lowestoft re-established their three goal lead via Zoe Cossey.
The second half was shared with two goals for each team and the highlight was a sublime thirty-five yard effort from Paige Shorten, who is a young lady that oozed class and was involved in so many of the openings and chances created by Lowestoft. The other goal was scored by Natasha Thomas and both her and Zoe Cossey can both count themselves unlucky that they didn't complete their hat tricks.
All three subs got a good amount of playing time for Lowestoft in the second half. Paige Baker showed why the management think so highly of her, Molly Sims showed greater composure and as a result her passing was more measured and Lauren Bullard excelled and could of easily scored a couple of goals.
Special mention goes to Georgia Paul who was really solid at left back, Chloe Hoffman who just never stops running and working hard and Kate Pasque who organized and communicated superbly.
However, Player of the Match in my opinion was Anna Larkins who was instrumental in some way in just about every chance created and her distribution and vision is of a player who possesses great quality.
Well done to Billericay Town also, who contributed in full in providing a very entertaining match played in sub zero temperatures.
Lowestoft Ladies are next in action this coming Sunday, when they return to league action and welcome Great Shelford to the Crown Meadow (2pm kick-off).