Lowestoft Town Ladies beat Luton to reach third round of FA Cup

Lowestoft Ladies 2014/15. Picture: Steven Gardiner

Lowestoft Ladies 2014/15. Picture: Steven Gardiner - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town Ladies turned on the style in front of the club's FA Cup winning squad of 1982 to reach the third round of this season's competition at Crown Meadow.

The young Blues side, with an average age of just 19, came from a goal down to book their place in today's draw as the guests of honour from the club's glory years looked on. This incarnation of Lowestoft Ladies have only been playing for four seasons but they are already putting the town back on the map as far as women's football is concerned, with a team from a higher level sent packing yesterday in front of a bumper crowd of 238.

The home side found themselves 1-0 down at the break – and it would have been 2-0 had goalkeeper Amy Bell not saved a penalty 10 minutes before the interval. Lowestoft finally got what they deserved seven minutes into the second half through Anna Larkins' 25-yard free-kick and scored what proved to be the winner in the 85th minute when Broghan Scully was on hand to fire home the rebound after an effort from Hannah Waters had been saved.

'It was a great day for the team,' said manager David Eastwood. 'The girls played really well and it would have been a travesty if we hadn't won the game,

'The return of the 1982 squad helped make it an even more special occasion – and it was great to see so many spectators there. There were some tired legs out there at the end when Luton were pressing for an equaliser and I'm sure the support they received help carry them over the line.

'Now we can't wait for the third round draw on Monday – everyone is very excited about it.'