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Flora's late equaliser earns Lowestoft Ladies draw against Bedford

PUBLISHED: 10:02 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 01 March 2017

Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.

Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.

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Looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games, Lowestoft Ladies welcomed Bedford for the return fixture in what the home side hoped would be a very different game from their first meeting last October.

Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.

The game started with both sides looking to settle early but it was Bedford who created early pressure, and forced Lowestoft to defend, resulting in some early penalty corners.

The defence of Jess Holland, Alex Bond, Hannah Nunn, Charlotte Bond and Kate Bond thwarted any attack on the goal.

Lowestoft began to settle and create attacks, determined to keep the Bedford defence guessing, and showing that as a team, attacking in numbers would be the answer to gaining the upper hand.

In the first half Chrissie Pilbrow, Claire Snelling and Jess Holland came close but the half time whistle came with the scoreline still goalless.

Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.Lowestoft Ladies first team, wearing red, in action against Bedford at East Point Academy. Picture by Mick Howes.

The second half saw a shuffle in positions giving Amy Vallis more freedom in midfield to support the attack.

Becky Soanes provided the link between the midfield and attack and Izzy Rothon’s energy contributed to Lowestoft starting to look more comfortable as the game progressed.

With 10 minutes of the second half gone, Bedford were awarded a dubious penalty corner which resulted in them scoring and therefore taking the lead. Lowestoft responded and within just five minutes they equalised when Izzy, Amy, Katy and Jess Holland executed some creative link play to allow Jess Newnham to strike the ball home for a deserved goal.

However, Bedford were once awarded another penalty corner and regained the lead when they powered a shot into the back of the net.

The last 15 minutes saw Lowestoft go all out on attack and a goalmouth scramble found Flora Dell with only a moment’s thinking time to connect with the ball.

Her effort resulted in the ball lobbing the static keeper and finding the back of the net, giving Lowestoft the equaliser with only five minutes left. Determined to finish the game on a high, Lowestoft held out for the final minutes and took a deserved point from the game.

Player of the match was Jess Holland.

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