A well deserved draw for the last home game of the season.
Match report – Lowestoft 3 v Ipswich 5
Final score 1-1.
Saturday 24th March 2012
The final home game of the season saw Lowestoft line up with a strong squad of 13 players, ready to face an Ipswich side who were sitting comfortably mid table and who evidently underestimated the determination and persistence of the home team. Despite an early goal from the visitors, Lowestoft kept their heads and piled on the pressure, moving the ball neatly and effectively in triangles, through the midfield of Amy, Emma, Megan and Judith, thus supporting open, flowing play and allowing the forwards of Katie, Charlotte, Courtney and Mimi to run at the Ipswich defence.
The commitment and resolve from the whole team was in evidence from the first whistle and, although defensively Lowestoft were pushed hard and had to soak up the pressure of several short corners, they always managed a display of grit and tenacity that saw the opposition’s frustration and annoyance bubble to the surface on more than one occasion. Danielle, in goal, and the defensive line of Katherine, Carron, Rachael and Sue, did not hold back, throwing themselves in the line of fire to prevent the scoreline going any further into deficit.
The second half saw some brilliant hockey with the whole of the Lowestoft team playing their part in supporting each other. Gradually, the attacking forays paid off and Lowestoft were able to make inroads into a tiring Ipswich defence. Judith picked up the ball on the edge of the D and put a shot across the keeper inside the left post to bring the game to a 1-1 draw, a just reward for the fantastic team effort and commitment that had been in evidence, undiminished, throughout the game.
Player of the match: Amy for her unstinting hard work in midfield.