Newhaven Ladies 1 v 2 Lewes FC Foundation Squad
Scorer : Katie Franks
Newhaven Ladies started the new decade with a narrow home defeat to Lewes FS despite leading until late in the game.
An entertaining match on a heavy , sticky pitch saw both teams battle out an excellent game.
Newhaven took the lead before half time from an excellent goal from Katie Franks but Lewes hit back late in the game to take all three points.
The opening quarter of an hour was an even affair with both teams cancelling each other out in midfield. Newhaven then created the first meaningful chance when Lauren Smith crossed from the left and Franks headed wide. Another cross from Smith soon after found Natalia Laszkiewicz arriving on the edge of the box but she just failed to get the ball under control and the chance was gone.
Lewes then had their chances as a breakaway from deep in their own half found a midfield runner through on goal but the chance was just put wide of Annie Hills right hand post. Another couple of long range Lewes shots were well gathered by Hills as the Newhaven defence stood strong.
At the other end Smith had a cross shot from wide on the left which just went over the crossbar and after a slip by the Lewes defender Laszkiewicz latched onto the mistake but her shot from the edge of the area which was just wide.
The breakthrough came ten minutes before half time when Duchossoy picked up a loose ball in midfield and played wide to Allana Falconer who crossed for Franks who took a touch and shot over the Lewes keeper and give the home side the lead (1-0).
With Maddie Cannon everywhere in midfield breaking play up and Duchossoy picking up the second balls the home side held on until the break with the defence of Cook, Godden and Bashford-Robertson clearing up any dangerous attacks from the lively Lewes attackers.
The second half saw Lewes come out quicker and push Newhaven back. The first ten minutes saw Hills tested a couple of times to preserve the lead.
A timely intervention from Cook prevented the Lewes striker getting in on goal and then a Lewes throughball saw Hills rush off her line and bravely dive at the strikers feet to keep the score 1-0.
Lewes had a further chance from a corner but Hills dived on the ball on the line .
It was the home side turn to push forward and a move down the left from Salusbury to Cannon to Smith saw the final shot deflected for a corner.
Smith sent the corner in and Godden got on the end of it but it was blocked on the line and cleared to safety.
With the game approaching the last fifteen minutes and Newhaven already having changed Georgia Collier for Allana Falconer and Emma Woodcock for Natalia Laszkiewicz it was the home side who looked the most tired and were getting deeper into their half as Lewes probed for the equaliser.
And it finally came with twelve minutes to go as Hills could do nothing to stop a shot from the edge of the box.
This was soon followed by another as a break down the right saw an excellent cross across the six yard box met at the far post to give the away side the lead and turn the game round in three minutes (1-2).
Newhaven tried to get back in the game and push forward but with time running out and tired legs throughout on the heavy pitch the three points went to Lewes.
Joint Manager Andy Cook commented on a closely fought game afterwards;’ It was a really good game of football on a poor pitch. Both teams matched each other and in my opinion we were better first half and Lewes were certainly better in the second half. Unfortunately, like the last couple of games we just tired in the second half and got deeper as the game went on. Cannot fault the effort from everyone though. We had a game plan and stuck to it and largely it worked. Lewes FS are an excellent young side and we knew what to expect after playing them pre-season. I thought we did well on a pudding of a pitch. We tried to play football where we could and we tried to press where we could. It’s just a shame all the hard work today and in recent games has been rewarded with very little points. I thought we were good value for a draw today.’
Alex Ladd (joint manager) agreed the team deserved a draw;’ Another tough result today and one that is hard to take. Over the 90 minutes I feel we did enough to get at least a point. The first half performance was just superb, the ladies executed the game plan perfectly. I think we faded a bit late in the second half and credit where it’s due Lewes scored a couple of good goals. There are plenty of positives to take out of the performance though, not least the commitment and quality of some of our play. We move on game by game and take the positive forward. Well done ladies.’
Team: Annie Hills, Allana Falconer (Georgia Collier), Emily Salusbury, Chelsea Cook, Jas Godden (c), Paige Bashford-Robertson, Katie Franks, Elle Duchossoy, Lauren Smith, Maddie Cannon, Natalia Laszkiewicz (Emma Woodcock)