Colchester 6 Lowestoft 0
East Women’s League
A DOMINANT display by Colchester resulted in a moral boosting victory against Lowestoft on Saturday and moved them several places up the league table.
The home side started the game at full pace and were quickly creating chances and dominating possession.
Fine work down the right by Jo Hill and good supporting play by the forwards lead to a number of early penalty corners, which helped boost the team’s confidence. The pressure soon paid off when Colchester were awarded a penalty flick for a defender illegally blocking the ball on the line.
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As at Holcombe, Anna Foley stepped up to confidently flick the ball past the keeper and give the home side an early lead. The lead was soon doubled when the ball was cleared from the back and played up the field to Helen Scott who calmly slipped it to her left where Karen Harris was on hand to bundle the ball into the open goal under pressure from a Lowestoft defender.
Colchester were now on a roll and scored there third from another penalty corner, this time powered in from the right by Linda Rose and deflected past the keeper by Angela Roberts. The home side still had time for one more goal before half time, this time through a powerful strike from Lucy Struth from the top of the D, leaving the keeper with no chance.
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At 4-0 up going into the second half Colchester were determined not to sit back and play out the rest of the game, they wanted more goals. The game did start to open up more for both sides, but it was the home side again who scored from another penalty corner, a straight strike from Lucy Struth.
As the half went on Lowestoft did manage to gain a little more possession but never looked like getting back into the game. Man of the match Lucy Struth completed her hat trick a minute from time when Karen Harris blocked a Lowestoft hit out, with the ball rebounding to Struth to place the ball past the keeper and give Colchester a well deserved 6-0 victory.