Steyning Town Community Women 1 v 5 Newhaven Ladies – FA Cup Preliminary Round – 1st September 2019
Newhaven Ladies kicked off their season in fine style with an emphatic win away at Steyning Town in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.
Goals from Katie Franks (2), Lucy Collinson, Paige Ripley and Georgia Collier ensured a comfortable passage through to the 1st Qualifying Round on Sunday 22nd September where the Dockers made the long trip to Dartford Women.
It was an excellent performance from the Dockers but somewhat overshadowed by the bad injury suffered by Lucy Collinson midway through the second half. Collinson, who was having a fine game in midfield, badly hurt her ankle when turning with the ball and had to be stretchered off. A later hospital x-ray confirmed a broken ankle and now a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
In fact it was Collinson who gave Newhaven the lead after twenty minutes when she latched onto a pass from Emily Salusbury and drove through the heart of the Steyning defence and calmly slotted the ball past the home keeper (0-1). Before this there were a couple of good chances for Lauren Smith who was played in down the left and cut in only to see her shots either clear the crossbar or saved down well to the keepers left.
Newhaven had started the strongest despite a couple of dangerous breakaways from the home side which needed Annie Hills to rush smartly off her line.
After taking the lead Newhaven began to dominate and started to move the ball well with Salusbury dropping deep to join the play up and the midfield three of Harrison, Collinson and Ripley playing Smith and Franks in down the wings. And it was Franks who created the next chance when her cross found Ripley who just steered the ball wide of the left hand post.
However shortly after it was Ripley who robbed the home defender and played in Franks who made no mistake from close range (0-2).
The third followed almost immediately when a well worked goal started with Smith who squared to ball to Salusbury who set up Ripley on the edge of the box and her shot found the back of the net (0-3).
With five minutes to go to half time Steyning managed to get one back when hesitation in the Dockers defence allowed a ball to run through to the striker and despite Hills bravely diving at the strikers feet the ball was poked into the bottom corner and injuring Hills at the same time (1-3 HT).
Newhaven started the second half well and carried on the good work from the first half. It wasn’t long before they created another chance as Smith was played in by Ripley down the left but her shot was straight at the keeper.
However not long after Smith made up for the miss with a great run and cross to the back post and there was Franks to tap the ball home (1-4).
At this point the Dockers made two substitutions bringing on Georgia Collier for Emily Salubury and Natalia Laszkiewicz for Katie Franks. It was moments later that Collinson suffered her injury and was replaced by Taylor Coade and it took Coade no time at all to make an impact playing a deft through ball to Smith who crossed into the box where Collier was just short of getting a touch. Collier then had another chance this time from a right wing cross but her shot on the run at the near post was just tipped over the bar by the home keeper.
The fifth goal was coming as the Dockers continued to push and it was Coade again who played Smith in down the left and on the run she crossed deep into the box where Ripley kept it alive and steered back in again for Collier to eventually finish from close range (1-5).
Steyning did not give up though and continued to push forward but could only test Hill with shots from distance and a couple of late free kicks from just outside the penalty area. And so the Dockers stood strong to the final whistle to record an excellent victory.
Joint Manager Alex Ladd commented afterwards; ‘It was a very impressive display from the ladies. After a tight 30 minutes we started to play the football we’ve been working on in training. Everyone put in a great shift and some of our passing and movement was fantastic. Really pleasing to see us score 5 goals and create lots of chances. The result was dampened by the injury to Lucy, but we all wish her a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see her back in the Newhaven shirt asap. Well done to each and every player, great to get the season started so positively.’
Andy Cook (Joint Manager) added; ’It was a fine performance from everyone today but obviously the shine was taken off the victory by the nasty injury to Lucy Collinson. That was a real shame as Lucy was having an excellent game in midfield but as soon as she went down we knew it was a bad one. Big thank you to Steyning on this as well who greatly helped us out with Lucy, particularly the two players who were paramedics. The game was an excellent one and we played very well from start to finish. The defence were solid throughout, Annie did what she needed to do in goal and bravely battled on despite getting a nasty cut on her leg. The midfield of Lucy , Steph and Paige Ripley were dominant and we carried a threat every time we went forward. The subs also played their part and all three had an impact on the game. So it was a really pleasing start to the season but we were all gutted for Lucy when we heard the news she had broken her ankle.’
Team: Annie Hills, Allana Falconer, Paige Bashford-Robertson, Steph Harrison, Jas Godden (c), Chelsea Cook, Katie Franks (Natalia Laszkiewicz, Lucy Collinson (Taylor Coade), Emily Salusbury (Georgia Collier), Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith
Unused sub: Paige Fowler