The first day of summer inspired Lewes to a much needed win at the Dripping Pan on Sunday against Keynsham Town.
Two second half goals in the space of three minutes earned all 3 points for the Rookettes. The win sees them move up to seventh spot and now sit comfortably in mid table.
Keynsham started the brighter of the two sides and looked to get in behind the Lewes defence, which they did to good effect the last time the sides met, but this time Lewes dealt with the threats and minimalized any real clear cut chances. Both sides struggled to get their passing going in the early stages. Cath O Hagan chased a series of early passes but was unable to trouble the Keynsham GK. The more direct approach from Lewes paying more dividends and Lewes should have gone ahead when Spice combined with Bennett who blasted over from close range.
Lewes looked the more dangerous on the set pieces but it was Keynsham who looked better in open play with more possession. Lewes were not able to get their wide players involved to support O Hagan and the midfield area very congested at times and with both teams cancelling one another out. A series of strong brave tackles on a hard surface saw Lewes finished the stronger as the game approached half way stage.
Lewes took more control in the second half and Cath O Hagan’s persistence paid off when she nipped in between the two defenders to latch onto Bennetts clever headed pass to lob the ball over West in the Keynsham goal. Lewes were much more on the front foot and utilised the width with much more effect in the second half. Manager Jacquie Agnew sensing the momentum in Lewes favour brought on fresh legs with Clare Trafford replacing Spice and within two minutes Lewes doubled the lead and effectively killed the game off when Nikki Payne now playing in centre mid picked out Kelly McCulloch who struck a wonderful first time volley from a narrow angle and beyond West’s reach.
Agnew then made another telling substitution with Sian Heather coming on for the tired Bennett. The game now at full stretch with the visitors looking the less fitter of the two sides. Cath O Hagan continued to keep the defenders busy with her endless running but the best move of the game came from a six pass phase and ended with a point blank save by West from Heathers close range shot on the right hand side. Keynsham rarely troubled Michelle Beazley who was protected well by her defence all afternoon in reality and when Lewes did get on the front foot they looked the more likely to score. A well-earned win for the Players and staff, especially the second half. Manager Jacquie Agnew was happy to get back to winning ways, ‘ I think we wanted it more than them and the reshuffle at half time seem to do the trick as well as the timings of the substitutes, we got it right on the day’. Two goals and a clean sheet is a good days work!
Another excellent report can be viewed here.
MvP as chosen by match sponsors Sam Piper: Cath O Hagan
Lewes: Beazley, Bennett,, Wells, Palmer, Smith, Newton, McCullock ,McIntyre, (Trafford, 57), O’Hagan, Payne, Spice (Heather 68) Unused subs: Baker