Saltdean United Ladies 3 v 2 Newhaven Ladies
Scorers: Paige Ripley, Chloe Winchester
Newhaven Ladies fell to their second league defeat of the season away at near neighbours Saltdean on Sunday at Hill Park. Despite goals from Paige Ripley and Chloe Winchester it wasn’t enough to get anything from a close game.
The Dockers started strongest with Georgia Ungoed forcing a close range save from the Saltdean keeper early . The resulting corner found its way to Ellie Coade who set Ripley on the edge of the box and her precise shot was guided into the top corner (1-0).
A second nearly followed soon after when Ungoed had a shot from outside the box which went just wide. Winchester then went close with a shot from Smiths pull back.
Saltdean then began to impose on the game and hit the bar with a shot from the left. Saltdean then had a few long range shots which failed to trouble Annie Hills.
Smith and Winchester then combined to set Ungoed up inside the penalty area but her shot was just over.
Two quick chances then fell to Saltdean but each time Chelsea Cook just got back in time with a last ditch challenge.
Then right on half time a Newhaven throw from deep in on the right was intercepted and punished as a long range shot went over Hills for the equaliser (1-1).
Saltdean started the second half strongest with their tails up after the half time equaliser and pushed the Dockers back and soon took the lead when a quick throw on the right caught the Dockers out and the Saltdean striker went through to give the home side the lead.
Newhaven nearly struck back when Smith found Winchester but her volley was just wide of the far post. The game was finely poised with battles all over the pitch but none so more than Ellie Coade and Naomi Robinson who were both having fantastic games in the midfield.
But Saltdean now started to control the game and break dangerously and the third came with just under 20 minutes to go.
However the Dockers never gave up and Winchester pulled a goal back with just over 5 minutes to go with a fine shot over the keeper (3-2). But Saltdean held on to take all three points in a close entertaining game.
The Dockers management team were disappointed but gracious in defeat. Andy Cook had this to say; ‘Unfortunately Saltdean just wanted it a bit more than us today and deserved to win. We looked a bit tired second half and couldn’t retain possession like we normally do. We started really brightly and I thought after twenty minutes we deserved to be three up but unfortunately it was just one and we lacked that killer instinct which we need to reintroduce into our game. Also we conceded some poor goals today especially right on half time and against a good side like Saltdean you can’t give anything away but although Saltdean took their chances well I felt we contributed to allowing those chances far too easily. As disappointing as it is to lose it was only by the odd goal and shows how close it was. We must learn from it and move on to the next game when we will be expecting a big response.’
Alex Ladd added; ‘A frustrating afternoon from a hard fought game between two good teams. We started with such promise, playing our usual quality football, creating plenty of good chances but not quite finding the target when needed. Conceded just before half time was disappointing and we didn’t quite find our feet in the second half. The ladies commitment could not be faulted throughout the game. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough. Congratulations to Saltdean who played some quality football. We move onto Sunday away to Worthing, another tough game but one that we should look forward to.’
Team: Annie Hills , Steph Harrison (Maddie Cannon), Paige Bashford-Robertson (Jade Palmer), Ellie Coade (c), Natalie Ring, Chelsea Cook, Katie Franks (Summer Small), Georgia Ungoed (Lucy Collinson), Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley (Paige Fowler), Lauren Smith