Plymouth Argyle LFC 1 Lewes Ladies FC 3
Sunday 6th March 2016 FA WPL South
Lewes returned from the long journey west with all three points after a hard-fought match in Plymouth. Argyle ‘keeper Michaela Phillips did her best to deny the Rookettes, pulling off two excellent saves early in the contest, turning Danielle Lane’s fierce strike onto the post.
Lane clearly revelled in her striker’s role, feeding off service from Heather, Wells and the in-form Katie McIntyre. On 25 minutes Wells was forced to leave the field after a blow to the face, replaced by Walder on advice of the Lewes physio. Moments later the home side tested ‘keeper Lauren Dolbear, Ezme Wells bursting through to fire low, forcing a smart save from the Lewes No. 1.
Dolbear was called on again before the break, palming away a well-placed free kick. For the visitors, McIntyre’s accurate passing set up chances for Walder and Lane before her peach of an in-swinging corner forced a goal-line clearance. HT 0-0
After the break Lewes stepped up the pace. A Palmer free-kick struck the cross-bar before Phillips saved well from Lane’s glancing header. She could do nothing about Walder’s finish on 57 minutes, the Lewes sub rising to head home Lane’s pin-point cross. 0-1.
Walder linked well with McIntyre with Lane, pushing up, unlucky to see her strike hit the post with Phillips beaten. Argyle rallied, forcing Lewes back. Skipper Kelly Newton rallied her troops, ably supported by Carter and West, as the game opened up.
With both sides putting in some strong challenges Donoghue looked to freshen up his midfield, bringing Louis-Joseph on for Larkin. Lane settled Lewes nerves with a cracking goal on ninety minutes, running through the Argyle defence before smashing her finish high past Phillips. 2-0.
The home side weren’t done, though, Ezme Wells pulling one back after a free kick was awarded on the edge of the Lewes box. Any chances of a dramatic comeback were quashed by Lane, striking her second and Lewes’s third in the 97th minute after a poor clearance. FT 1-3
A good win for Lewes after a difficult run, one that would have been more emphatic but for Phillips in the Plymouth goal. Manager John Donoghue was pleased to come out on top after what he saw as a tight contest.
‘Once we settled down we really deserved the goals we scored. We were up against a team that battled hard, fighting for their (FA WPL) lives.’
Lewes host second-placed Charlton Athletic next Sunday, at the Dripping Pan, kick off scheduled for 2pm.
Plymouth MvP (chosen by John Donoghue): Michaela Phillips
Lewes MvP: Danielle Lane
Atkins, Baker, Brown, Chubb, Middleton, Phillips (GK), Pollock, Salt, Taylor (M), Wells, Jackson
Subs: Paul, Volpini, Taylor (S), Olde, Kyle
Dolbear, Capon, West, McIntye, Carter, Newton, Larkin, Heather, Wells, Lane, Palmer
Subs: Baldock, Louis-Joseph, Walder, Spice