Newhaven Ladies 1 v 4 Crawley Wasps Reserves
Scorer: Georgia Ungoed
Newhaven Ladies fell to defeat against Wasps for the second game running and first home match of 2019.
Unfortunately the Dockers couldn’t follow up their excellent performance last week where they ran the league leaders close in a hard fought game. This was a different game where Wasps had the upper hand and despite getting a goal back in the second half through Georgia Ungoed the Dockers couldn’t get on level terms and eventually conceded late goals to come away with nothing from the game.
It was Wasps who started the strongest and got into the game quickly and for the first twenty minutes were the better side. Newhaven were left scrapping for loose balls but too often were careless in possession in what was a poor start to the game. Wasps had a few early half chances without really threatening the home goal. This was until an under hit clearance in the Newhaven penalty area was turned back into a dangerous area and the Wasps left winger lifted the ball over Annie Hills and it looped into the goal to give the visitors a deserved lead.
Newhaven started to increase the tempo and work the ball wide but too many times the ball broke down when it looked like a decent attack was being put together. Wasps were better with the ball and an excellent through ball saw the Wasps striker through one on one with Hills but the Dockers keeper was off her line quickly and saved right on the edge of the box to keep the score at 0-1 at the break.
The second half needed the Dockers to improve to get anything out of the game but unfortunately it was Crawley Wasps who got the next goal when the ball was worked down their right and could only be cleared to the attacking full back who hit a first time shot from 25 yards into the top corner to make it 0-2.
This gave the home side a kick into life and they now begun to play some football and the quality improved. Ellie Coade played Lauren Smith in on the left and her shot was just over the cross bar. Tawny Barden and Kerri Forshaw were introduced for their first games of the season to freshen the team up and for fifteen minutes this seemed to work as the home side began to get on top as Chloe Winchester had a shot just wide and Georgia Ungoed also had a half chance and it was Ungoed who eventually did get one back when played through but looked suspiciously offside but her crashing shot past the keeper was allowed to stand despite the linesman’s flag being waved away 1-2.
Wasps now went on the attack and forced a series of corners and looked dangerous down the wings and it wasn’t long before they scored their third cutting in from the left and with five minutes to play added a fourth to make sure of all three points 1-4.
Andy Cook (joint manager) was disappointed after the game;’ Wasps were better than us today in most areas of the pitch. It’s a shame as we have battled really well in most games this season and shown quality but today it just didn’t happen for us. We never got going and had no rhythm to our play, we looked sluggish and kept giving the ball away. We are rarely critical of the ladies who have been exceptional for the last 18 months but today was one of those games where we never looked like winning unfortunately. We didn’t really ever trouble their keeper which is unlike us as we are usually really good going forward. We have picked up a few injuries as well which hasn’t helped but we have to work a bit harder and get out of this run of defeats which I know the squad are determined to do.’
Alex Ladd (join manager) agreed;’ A disappointing and frustrating afternoon on Sunday against Crawley Wasps Reserves. We struggled to repeat the very good performance of the previous week. The first half saw us compete with Wasps but we misplaced too many passes and handed them momentum too frequently. To go in at half time 1 – 0 down we felt we had a chance to get at them in the second half. Credit to the ladies we began the second half with more endeavour and even when Wasps went 2 – 0 up we still showed belief. Georgia scored a cracking goal, finishing excellently in the top corner. A couple of soft goals though took the game away from us. Crawley deserved the three points and played some good football. I still feel we should have got more out of the last four games, the results have not necessarily reflected the football being played. It’s important we keep our heads up and push on through. We will come out of this brief period stronger for it. We move onto Sundays game against Lewes FS and look to get back to winning ways.’
Team: Annie Hills, Steph Harrison (Kerri Forshaw), Paige Fowler (Paige Bashford-Robertson), Ellie Coade (c), Chelsea Cook, Jas Godden, Georgia Ungoed, Lucy Collinson, Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley (Tawny Barden), Lauren Smith