Lowestoft took to the pitch for their home game against top of the table Haverhill, hoping to repeat the draw that they secured earlier in the season. Haverhill established themselves the more quickly and took advantage of Lowestoft’s sluggish start to drive towards goal and put keeper Danielle under pressure almost immediately. The visitors’ ongoing persistence saw an early goal, which Lowestoft would rue for the rest of the game.
As both sides settled in, the game flowed end to end with the Lowestoft forwards of Zoe and Katie pushing deep into the circle but being unable to find the final decisive shot. Playing with a sweeper, Becca, defensive play was solid and decisive, with Kate, Jo, Katherine and Carron all contributing admirably to keeping the visitors at bay: a number of critically timed tackles and crucial interventions ensured that the score line was still at 1-0 to Haverhill at half time.
Determined to spread the play and use the midfield players of Amy, Judith, Megan, Emma and Lil to greater effect and move the ball quickly through carefully worked passing moves, saw Lowestoft control the game and begin to have a much greater impact. The last twenty minutes of the half saw Lowestoft encamped in their attacking circle with Amy, Zoe and Judith taking shots on goal and winning a number of short corners but to no avail and Haverhill held on by the skin of their teeth.
The final onslaught, excellently supported by the defence pushing right up, showed how Lowestoft can play when they are fired up and hungry for goals, unfortunately, on this occasion, they were not to be rewarded despite a fantastic team effort right up to the final whistle.
Final score: Haverhill 1 Lowestoft 0.
POM – Kate for her great defensive work.