Crawley Wasps DS 3 v 4 Newhaven Ladies
Lauren Smith (3), Elle Duchossoy (1)
Newhaven Ladies grabbed their second league win of the season and a much needed three points against bottom of the table Crawley Wasps Development Squad.
An excellent hat trick from Lauren Smith and a fine free kick from Elle Duchossoy was enough to get the win but there could have been more if it wasn’t for the woodwork and some fine saves from the home keeper.
The Dockers started the game very brightly and raced into a two goal lead in the first ten minutes.
The first came in the opening five minutes when Emily Salusbury crossed from the left for Smith to score at the near post with a fine left foot finish. Smith then added a second a few minutes later when she was played in through the middle and finished right footed past the onrushing keeper.
The Dockers were dominant all over and continued to create further chances with Imy Sweeney testing the keeper from long distance and Smith narrowly shooting wide of the near post when cutting in from the left after being released by Duchossoy.
Smith then became the provider as she sent in a teasing cross from the left where Maddie Cannon arriving at the far post couldn’t quite make strong enough contact to steer it goal bound.
Newhaven were now playing some free flowing football with Salusbury and Cannon getting high up the wings and supplying Smith with chances and Smith was unlucky not to grab her hat trick inside the first twenty minutes when the keeper got a hand to push her shot round the post.
The third was coming and a free kick was won just outside the penalty area on the right and Duchossoy stepped up to send a shot deep over everyone including the keeper and into the back of the net for number three.
Wasps were not deterred by this though and started to creep back into the game as the Dockers stepped off and with ten minutes to go in the first half then won a penalty when Sweeney was adjudged to have fouled the Wasps striker in the box. The penalty was dispatched to reduce the arrears.
Wasps then got a second just before the break as a shot from the edge of the area went in off the post and rolled across the goal into the opposite corner to make it game on (2-3).
A nasty head injury to Maddie Cannon just before the break saw Emma Woodcock introduced as Newhaven consolidated to the half time whistle(2-3 HT).
The second half began in a similar fashion to the first half with the Dockers now kicking down the slope pegging the home side back. Smith was marauding up front closing down and pressing high with support from Franks and Duchossoy. Salusbury was getting lots of joy down the left and crossed for Smith who narrowly shot wide. However it wasn’t long before Smith completed her hat trick as she chased down a ball over the top and scored into the bottom corner to make it 2-4.
Chances continued to come for the team in red with Tasha Scorza hitting the bar from a corner and then Duchossoy blocked for the rebound.
The woodwork came to the rescue for Wasps again when Smith went through down the left flank from Bashford-Robertsons through ball and smashed a shot destined for the top corner but was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by the home keeper.
Salusbury had the next chance cutting in from the left and shooting just wide of the far post. Then the keeper bravely dived at Smiths feet when she was clean through on goal.
Wasps continued to play on the break and the Dockers defence had to be alert for some smart passing and breaks down the flanks by the home side. Hills was on her toes for a couple of long range shots and dangerous crosses as the home side tried to get back in the game.
A couple of late substitutions saw Natalia Laszkiewicz and Steph Harrison make their returns from long term injuries as Imy Sweeney and Chelsea Cook were replaced.
Wasps had the last say in the match when they got their third with the last kick of the game as a cross from the right was bundled home at the far post to make it 3-4 and then the referee called time on the game (FT).
Joint Manager Andy Cook was pleased with the win after the game; ‘It was nice to get back to winning ways and we thoroughly deserved this. We started really strongly which is what we asked for and raced into the lead early in the game. We kind of let Wasps back into it when we should really have been out of sight and overall I don’t think the final result reflected our dominance of the game and that was the only disappointment. Lauren was brilliant today leading the line and defending from the front. She scored three very good goals and could have had a few more but for the home keeper who played well. I also thought Emily Salusbury linked up really well with Lauren down the left playing high up the pitch. There were many other positives but it was really nice to see Steph and Natalia make comebacks from their injuries and it will be like having new signings on board with those two available now going forward. We now look forward to playing Parkwood next week.’
Team: Annie Hills, Maddie Cannon (Emma Woodcock), Emily Salusbury, Chelsea Cook (Natalia Laszkiewicz), Jas Godden (c), Paige Bashford-Robertson, Katie Franks, Tasha Scorza, Imy Sweeney (Steph Harrison) , Elle Duchossoy, Lauren Smith