Haringey Borough 1 Lowestoft Ladies 5
Lowestoft Town Ladies win again, this time putting five past Haringey Borough on their travels.
Apologies for the lateness of the report (22nd March 2015 match).....
After the disappointment of losing out narrowly in the county cup semi final the previous week it was back to league action with a trip to Haringey. It was a match that Lowestoft knew would prove tricky given the Haringey pitch is not the best and so it proved again with it being bare in many places, uneven and very hard. Having finished their warm up preparations, Lowestoft were notified the match would be delayed due to the referee thinking the game was the following Sunday, which caused a delay of almost half an hour.
However, despite the delay and the poor condition of the pitch, Lowestoft still delivered a performance of real note, particularly in the first half and found themselves 4-0 up before Haringey hit back just before the break with a goal which owed more to the pitch than anything else.
The first two goals came inside the first twelve minutes from Amber Rowland and Hannah Waters as Lowestoft started brightly and on the front foot from the off.
Hannah Waters and Natasha Thomas scored the other two goals and the feature of the performance in the first half was the excellent intensity, tempo and superb movement with both full backs showing good desire to get forwards and support the attack. The other highlight of the half was the commanding and assertive performance of Paige Shorten who deputised in goal with both of the teams usual keepers unavailable.
Second half was slightly less frenetic with Lowestoft enjoying long periods of possession and carving out several good opportunities. In the end it was Natasha Thomas who scored the final goal of the game to give Lowestoft their 14th consecutive league win.
The ladies now need only eight points from their last eight games to secure their third promotion in four seasons, which would see some very high profile teams coming to the Crown Meadow next season. This would see Lowestoft playing football only two steps down from the Women's Super League, which would be a truly remarkable achievement given the team only started playing in September 2011.
Player of the Match: Natasha Thomas
Also special mention goes to Marcie Prettyman who is playing right at the top of her form at present, Broghan Scully who is showing excellent zest for the game, Hannah Waters who worked tirelessly and Georgia Paul who has been an absolute revelation in the last few weeks and also very unselfishly went in goal second half which was greatly appreciated.
Lowestoft Ladies are next in action on Sunday with their League Cup semi-final being postponed yesterday and now being switched to be played at Gt Shelford next weekend (Sunday 5th April).