Lewes FC Womens FS 1 v 5 Newhaven Ladies
Newhaven Ladies returned to winning ways on Sunday at the Rookery against a young Lewes Foundation Squad.
It was just the tonic after a couple of weeks break with a convincing victory by five goals to one with the goals coming from Georgia Ungoed, Paige Ripley, Katie Franks, Chloe Winchester and an own goal.
The match was played in poor conditions with a cold driving wind and rain at times making it difficult for both teams. However it was the Dockers who started the brightest when Lauren Smith hassled the home defence and the ball was played to Ungoed who turned and shot from just outside the penalty area and into the top corner to give the away side an early lead (0-1).
Newhaven moved the ball well and continued to press forward with Smith threatening down the left and Winchester looking dangerous every time it went forward and it was those two who combined for the next big chance when Smiths corner was headed just wide by Winchester.
However with the wind behind Lewes gradually came back into it and forced a series of corners which tested the Dockers defence and a few last ditch clearances were needed to preserve the lead. Annie Hills then made two good saves from shots outside the box diving down low to her right and then tipping one high and wide.
Newhaven were tidy on the break though and moved the ball well and Ripley went close after a fine move saw her find time and space on the edge of the box but shot just wide. But it wasn’t long before Ripley did add the second after another excellent passage of play down the right. Chelsea Cook intercepted and found Natalie Ring who played forward to Katie Franks on the right and her pass into Ripley allowed her to skip past the defender and place the ball in the bottom corner (0-2).
The last meaningful attack of the half came just before the break when Franks crossed from the right and Winchester just shot wide.
After the half time interval the game was effectively over within five minutes as the Dockers scored two quick goals . The first came from an own goal when Franks squared the ball to Winchester who missed the ball and the defender nudged the ball back to the keeper and somehow it went through her legs and trickled over the line(0-3). Then shortly after Smith crossed from the left and Franks met the ball at the far post to make it four.
The Dockers took advantage of the lead and made numerous changes to bring fresh legs on and keep control of the game. On a rare attack Lewes picked up a free kick just outside the penalty area and the shot was saved comfortably by Hills but somehow spilled out at the feet of the striker who gratefully tapped it home.
Newhaven came back again though and continued to pass from side to side and work the flanks. Cook crossed well to Winchester who spun and shot narrowly wide then Smith crossed from the left and Winchester and Small just both failed to connect at the far post. The fifth Dockers goal did arrive though when Smith swung in another excellent corner which was cleared to Winchester who shot back past everyone and into the back of the net (1-5).
It capped a good solid performance and a deserved three points.
Joint Manager Andy Cook was pleased with the performance and commented after the game: ‘It was nice to return to winning ways after a break for a couple of weeks after the FA cup defeat to Bournemouth at the beginning of the month. I thought we moved the ball well and played some really good football at times . The early goal settled us down nicely and despite having to deal with a number of corners in a spell in the first half we coped with it and came through that bit of pressure and then took our chances when they came. Full credit to Lewes who never gave up and played well themselves but I felt we just had too much all over the pitch and in the end were fairly comfortable. There were some good individual performances as well with Lauren Smith providing a threat down the left and some excellent crosses, Ellie Coade was her usual commanding self in the middle and Chelsea Cook had a very good game at right back. So all in all a good win away from home.’
Team: Annie Hills, Chelsea Cook, Paige Bashford-Robertson (Jade Harker), Ellie Coade (c), Natalie Ring (Steph Harrison), Jas Godden (Jade Palmer), Katie Franks (Summer Small), Georgia Ungoed (Paige Fowler), Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith