Newhaven Ladies 0 v 5 Lewes Development Squad / Sussex Womens Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Newhaven Ladies exited their second cup in as many weeks as they fell to a home defeat against Lewes Development Squad.
The first half was an even affair with both teams cancelling each other out on a very heavy surface. Annie Hills was called into action on a couple of occasions making fine stops from the Lewes strikers and at the other end Lauren Smith and Georgia Ungoed went close as did Lucy Collinson who weaved through defensive challenges and shot narrowly wide. But it remained goalless at the break.
However the deadlock was broken early in the second half when Lewes broke through and scored two quick goals. But that seemed to kick the Dockers back into life and Ungoed threatened through the middle and broke away one on one with the keeper who saved well. Another chance came Ungoed’s way as she went past the defender on the box and appeared to get pulled down but the referee waved away penalty appeals. The Dockers were largely in control now with the defence stopping everything coming through and Paige Ripley linking up well with Ungoed and Smith.
As the ladies began to press forward with twenty minutes to go they were caught on the break and despite a valiant effort from Chelsea Cook covering round and Annie Hills in the home goal they couldn’t prevent the third goal of the game.
The Dockers didn’t give up though and a pass from Ellie Coade released Smith who sent in a cross which was just headed wide by Ungoed.
With tired legs all over the pitch both teams had given everything and in the remaining five minutes Lewes added another two on the break to make it five which was perhaps a bit harsh on Newhaven.
Joint Manager Andy Cook reflected after the game; ‘I thought we actually played well and the score line doesn’t reflect the game. We contained Lewes in the first half and there really wasn’t much in it. We then conceded two quick goals after half time which set us back for a bit but then we had the best part of the next twenty plus minutes where we had good chances to get back in the game. I think we should have had a penalty, but we haven’t had one all season and that sums up our luck so far and Georgia went close with a couple of good chances and we had a real go at it. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get that all important goal to get back in it and then in the last ten or fifteen minutes they got another three to make it look like a thrashing when it really wasn’t. We battled really well but suffered a couple of injuries which saw Paige Fowler and Lucy Collinson have to come off which didn’t help but we asked the team to give everything and they did so although we were all disappointed we can take positives from the game. We look forward to concentrating on the league now in the new year and let’s see where we can finish. With teams beating each other who knows what will happen if we put a run together. We have certainly got it in us as you just have to look at what we did last season.’
Alex Ladd was equal in his praise for the team;’ Another tough game against good opposition in Lewes Development Squad on Sunday. The game was played on a very sticky pitch at the Trafalgar Ground. The ladies started the game very well and showed great ability to retain their shape. We were very solid defensively once again and played some excellent counter attacking football. Going in at half time 0 – 0 was a fair reflection. Second half, conceding so early was a shame. I think it knocked us confidence wise but we grew back into the game and showed a lot of grit and determination. Fatigue showed late on as well as a few injuries. Overall another game where the result does not justify the performance. We were very good in parts today, particularly in the first half. If we had converted a few of the chances we carved out it could have a very different result. Credit to you ladies.’
Team: Annie Hills, Steph Harrison, Paige Fowler (Paige Bashford-Robertson), Ellie Coade (c), Chelsea Cook, Jas Godden, Maddie Cannon , Lucy Collinson (Natalie Ring), Georgia Ungoed, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith