Newhaven Ladies 0 v 2 Lewes FS
Newhaven Ladies fell to their 5th consecutive defeat at the hands of Lewes Foundation Squad at the Trafalgar Ground on Sunday.
The Dockers had chances to get something from the game but conceded two poor goals either side of half time to defensive mistakes which cost them dearly.
At the other end there were plenty of chances with Paige Fowler and Lauren Smith going close in the first half, as did Paige Ripley when it appeared the ball went out of play but was squared back to her but the shot was not taken in time. Chloe Winchester had a few good chances in the second half including one which hit the post and a one on one with the keeper but the shot went just wide. There was also a good header from Kerri Forshaw from a Smith corner which went just over. Smith also had a chance when she broke through in the second half but the shot was wide of the near post.
Lewes had few chances but kept their shape well and played on the break. They also had a strong penalty appeal in the first half which was waved away. However on possession the Dockers dominated but could not score and came away with nothing to show for their efforts.
Joint Manager Andy Cook was disappointed after the game; ‘We did enough to get something from this game but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances at one end and made two bad mistakes at the other . If you concede two goals at home it’s going to be difficult to get something from the game but it was one of those games where we could have been playing until midnight and we wouldn’t have scored. Fair play to Lewes they had two big chances and were clinical enough to take them. We are in a bit of a rut at the moment but the ladies are determined to get out of it and we will.’
Alex Ladd (joint manager) agreed; ‘Once again a slightly frustrating game on Sunday against Lewes Foundation. We started very brightly and with real intent as we had spoken about prior to the game. We had chances to score but couldn’t quite react quick enough to get them over the line. A breakaway goal from Lewes rocked us and we didn’t really recover. Second half we once again showed a bit more desire only to be undone again by an error. Credit though we really pushed hard in the final 20 mins but just couldn’t convert. I feel we did enough to get something out of this game but as with recent weeks it felt like things were just not going our way. A win is not far away, we are playing good football in parts. Looking ahead to Sunday against Ashford gives us an opportunity to put 90 mins of that good football into practice.’
Team: Annie Hills, Steph Harrison, Paige Bashford-Robertson, Lucy Collinson (c), Chelsea Cook, Jas Godden (Natalie Ring), Maddie Cannon, Paige Fowler (Kerri Forshaw), Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley (Ellie Coade), Lauren Smith