08 May 2017 11:03
Another excellent performance saw the Hatters relegate bottom placed Lowestoft with a superb attacking display away from home.
Manager Nikki Baker made three changes to last week’s win over Cambridge United, with Angelika Kopec stepping in goal for the absent Jess Devoti, as well as Jodie Bellinger and Dionne Manning replacing Erica Byron and Lucy Tape.
After just three minutes Zara Carroll went close from a Jo Rutherford corner with a volley, and two minutes later Jess McKay was set through on goal by Nicola Henman, but her effort was superbly saved by the Lowestoft keeper. Soon after, another Rutherford corner was met by Henman but her header was just wide of the post. Henman again came close to putting Town 1-0 up on 22 minutes, after left back Asia Brown won the back and ran down the line and put in a great cross that Rutherford set to Henman, but her shot was high and wide over the bar.
Just before the half hour mark, Dionne Manning beat her man on the right hand side and pulled it back to Bellinger, but he shot just crept wide of the far post. The Hatters eventually opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Carroll floated a free kick in that Henman flicked on to Asia Brown, who hit it superbly first time into the top corner.
The home side had their first real chance on 35 minutes from a corner, but Lucy Webster cleared the ball off the line. On the verge of half time from another corner, the ball was twice cleared but it fell loose to a Lowestoft player and her shot was unfortunate not to hit the target and it sailed just over the bar.
The Hatters started the second half strongly and on 55 minutes, a double chance came and went as Henman had her chance cleared off the line and Carroll’s follow up header was just wide. Straight after this, the Town doubled their lead as Henman won the ball back in midfield and played a superb ball in behind to Jess McKay, who finished well into the bottom corner.
Soon after, McKay added her second of the game to make it 3-0 after Rutherford played a clever free kick in and McKay hit it first time under the keeper. Young striker Bellinger then looked like she could add a fourth but it was well saved by the keeper. Late on, substitute Jodie Southby was through on goal but her shot was also well saved resulting in a final score of 3-0.
After the game manager Nikki Baker admitted that she was “Delighted with the three points and clean sheet away from home. Lowestoft has been a tough place to come for us in the last couple of seasons so to win in style is pleasing. We controlled the game from start to finish and played with real attack and tempo at times. I am hoping we can finish the season strongly now and finish where we deserve to be, we are in great form with only one defeat in 10 and want to continue that”.