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Lowestoft Ladies U15 2 Carlton Park U15 5

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 November 2011

Harrod impresses for youngsters in defeat

The younger players developing within the club, got the opportunity to put the skills they have been learning in training into practice last Sunday, with Carlton Park their first opposition of the season.

Five players from the Youth section made their Lowestoft Ladies debuts, Ellen Goffin started alongside Lily Algar and Katherine Sewell in defence. The midfield line up featured Mimi Stannard and Caitlin Harvey playing alongside Emma Nicholls and May Bandy, with the forward line starting in the shape of Beth Bandy flanked by Emily Whyte and Flora Dell. Kate Goldsmith added strength to the team, enabling some changes for the second half.

From the start the young Lowestoft side settled well and started to create some attacking opportunities using clever link play and build up play, but both teams struggled in their respective attacking areas, with some solid defending and crucial tackles thwarting any shots on goal. Lil Harrod who volunteered to go in goal, made some excellent saves and became crucial player throughout the game, even saving a strike in a one-on-one situation late in the first half.

As both teams settled the experience of the visitors showed when the home side were caught out, when a free hit was taken quickly, they had more players available in the area and were able to take an early lead midway through. Not sitting back, the home side went on the attack with sisters Beth and May Bandy combining well, resulting in May showing her skills to find her way through the defence to give the home side the equaliser. Lowestoft continued to battle and were unlucky to go in the break 2-1 down.

The 2nd half Lowestoft came out fighting. Caitlin Harvey played some excellently timed passes for Emma Nicholls and Mimi Stannard to feed Emily Whyte, Beth Bandy and Flora Dell on the wings as Lowestoft fought hard to get their second goal. The home sides determination paid off when May Bandy found herself picking up on a loose ball in the D and confidently put Lowestoft right back in the game. Unfortunately, the home sides defensive resilience with Lil Harrod, Lily Algar, Katherine Sewell and Ellen Goffin fought hard and stopped many an attack, but some lucky touches from the opposition and a bit of confusion meant that Carlton Park extended their lead and finished the game 5 – 2 winners. An excellent game for the Lowestoft Girls, with the Player of the Match being justifiably won by debutant in goal, Lil Harrod.

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