Lewes Ladies claimed the advantage against Copsewood Coventry Ladies at home last weekend as three goals and a clean sheet saw them take the maximum of points reports Dylan Legrand.
Lewes’ manager John Donoghue watched his side play some clinical football, and saw them open the scoring seven minutes before the interval and, then, trebled their lead with an outstanding second-half.
Lewes saw their first real chance to open the scoring in the opening five minutes with consistent pressure from Lewes in the Copsewood’s box saw their defenders at sixes and sevens before it was finally blocked and cleared. A penalty claim was waved away that would have let Lewes take the lead after 20 minutes as Copsewood player flattened O Hagan in their penalty box, but the referee saw nothing wrong with the infringement.
The visitors also created chances to score early in the game when Lewes’ keeper Cowlin ran off her line and missed her clearance, but defender Rebecca Thompson did well to come back quickly and clear the ball to stop an inevitable goal. Lewes found the pace to finish off some great football in the final third , Charlotte Bennett went on to volley a fine cross from the right flank and found the back of the net from four yards out, seven minutes before the interval to give Lewes a much deserved lead. They could have doubled their lead in the next attack from a corner ball, but it was headed inches wide of the cross bar.
In the second-half Lewes maintained the pressure and had a number of early chances that should have made the score line more favourable but couldn’t quite find that clinical edge. Lewes continued to play their passing game on a great playing surface and on several occasions the midfield unit of Newton and McIntyre linked up well with the forwards only to be denied by some excellent goalkeeping from Nikki Duncan who pulled off some brilliant saves.
However Lewes went on to score their second thanks to Sian Heather’s clinical finish from a well taken corner ball, and the Rookettes could have widen their lead again within a minute when they broke through Copsewood’s defence, but it was again brilliantly saved. Lewes’ Catherine O Hagan went on to score a third goal after team-mate Heather provided a nice through ball, it was then a one-on-one situation for O Hagan who fired the ball passed Duncan 30 minutes before the final whistle.
Chloe Howe, who came on as a late substitute, could have added her name on the score sheet with a powerful strike from 18-yards in the last 10 minutes of the match, but Copsewood’s keeper was again called into action with another brilliant save.
Lewes Ladies have now six points in their bag after five fixtures played and currently stand seventh of the FA Women’s Premier League table. But with one game in hand they may go on to narrow their gap with the top four, as they meet Portsmouth at home at the Dripping Pan on October 8, 2014 KO 7:45pm.
Team: Cowlin, Baker (Howe 61) , Palmer, McIntyre, Thompson, West, Bennett (Winchester 82) , Newton, Spice (Trafford 14) O Hagan, Heather