Great Shelford 3 Lowestoft Ladies 4
Lowestoft Ladies followed up their season opening win over AFC Dunstable with another victory, away to fancied side Great Shelford
Lowestoft Town Ladies made the trip to Great Shelford knowing it would represent a serious test against a team who harbour hopes of promotion this season.
Lowestoft started on the front foot and dominated early exchanges with the Shelford keeper denying both Natasha Thomas and Hannah Waters inside the first ten minutes. The opening goal eventually came for Lowestoft on sixteen minutes when Megan Cletheroe rose high in the six yard box to head home from a well taken corner from Chloe Hoffman for 1-0.
It did not take Shelford long to turn things around with two quick goals inside seven minutes before Hannah Waters restored parity on thirty-two minutes for Lowestoft to level it at 2-2. The final say of the half when to the home team when Sophie Hopkin raced away and made no mistake with the opportunity presented to her and Shelford going in 3-2 ahead at the break.
Second half saw Lowestoft again start really strongly and after fifty-nine minutes it was the same combination of Chloe Hoffman and Megan Cletheroe who levelled the game up at 3-3 for Lowestoft.
The Lowestoft defence sitting a little deeper second half found it easier to repel any threats from the Shelford defence and at the other end Amber Rowland with two excellent strikes from outside the box saw the underside of the bar deny her a richly deserved goal before a third effort narrowly failed to find the target.
The winning goal came in the sixty-eighth minute when a great pass from Zoe Cossey dissected the Shelford defence and Natasha Thomas lobbed the advancing Shelford keeper, showing real composure under maximum pressure to send Lowestoft 4-3 ahead.
Lowestoft saw the game out really well and can count themselves unfortunate not to have added to their lead in the final ten minutes, as once again the Shelford keeper made two outstanding stops.
It was a performance that showed Lowestoft had learnt some valuable lessons from playing in this league last season and there is without doubt a greater maturity throughout the team this season, coupled with a steely edge which moving forwards will stand the team in good stead.
Special mention this week goes to Chloe Nixon who did well in goal standing in for Chloe Pierce and Amy Bell who were both unavailable and Amber Rowland whose quality shone throughout the game.