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Ladies pinch a point

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

Action from Lowestoft Ladies 2-2 draw with Bury St Edmunds. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Action from Lowestoft Ladies 2-2 draw with Bury St Edmunds. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Lowestoft Ladies 2, Bury St Edmunds 2

SATURDAY saw Lowestoft Ladies first team play host to old rivals Bury.

With several seasons passing since their last encounter, and with Bury starting the game without a point so far, Lowestoft were hoping to be able to take three points in the East Women's League Premier Division.

Lowestoft Ladies 2, Bury St Edmunds 2

SATURDAY saw Lowestoft Ladies first team play host to old rivals Bury.

With several seasons passing since their last encounter, and with Bury starting the game without a point so far, Lowestoft were hoping to be able to take three points in the East Women's League Premier Division.

Bury started the more lively of teams, using their speed on the forward line to try and expose the Lowestoft defence of Kate Bond, Alex Bond, Hannah Pickess and Jess Holland, but solid marking and patient play saw the home side's defence clear their lines and build some promising play through the midfield.

Bury opened the scoring midway through the first half when they seized upon a loose ball from a penalty corner, and were able to push ahead with the opening goal.

Lowestoft responded strongly and created several opportunities through the midfield line of Jess Betts, Charlotte Bond and Charlotte Holland with Chloe McMorran's first time strike going narrowly wide.

Several further chances of the first half went agonisingly wide with Nic Pollard, Izzy Rothon and Mel Young, all causing the defence some nervous moments, but unable to capitalise.

Bury settled more into the game, and a ball through to their winger was struck past the last defender and the approaching goalkeeper to calmly slot the ball home and give the visitors a two-goal cushion to go into half-time.

The second half saw a more determined Lowestoft side create pressure with patient build-up play.

With the home side looking to break down the Bury attacks and open their account for the day, an unfortunate accident to one of the Bury players allowed the Lowestoft to regroup and, on the restart, play with a greater sense of urgency.

A tactical change between the midfield and front line caused the Bury side problems and Lowestoft were able to capitalise when a ball from Young was tapped home by Pollard to open the scoring.

With 15 minutes left of the match, and Lowestoft looking to rescue a point from the game, NE14 hockey and the Wherry Hotels player of the match, Pollard was again in the right place at the right time to pounce on a loose ball to fire home the equaliser for the home side.

This Saturday Lowestoft make the long journey to Kent to take on Tunbridge Wells.

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