EHA Women’s Trophy – second round
Newent Ladies 1s 0
Lewes Ladies 1s 2 (Hilton, Hall)
After a successful win on Saturday against Horsham Ladies 2s, Lewes had a long journey to Newent HC to play the 2nd round of the EHA.
As the match began, a fresh looking Newent took advantage of Lewes and broke quickly into the Lewes D. However goal keeper Carla Leach calmly took care of their attacking efforts. Lewes then woke up and produced multiple attacking short corner opportunities which they narrowly missed. Lewes persisted, with central mid fielder Marie Spence moving the ball around the pitch like a pro. Transferring from left to right Lewes looked for a gap. Then Kerry Fitzpatrick found Anna Hilton in the Newent D who took the ball onto her reverse stick and slotted a backhand shot passed the keeper and into the goal. Lewes kept battering the Newent defence from every side but the home team tightened up and didn’t let Lewes through.
As the second half began Lewes wanted more goals to make the journey worthwhile. Forward Lisa Morrison showed some beautiful stick skills in the Newent D only to be fouled by the opposition. Lewes were award a short corner and skipper Sarah Hall blasted the ball straight past the keeper and onto the backboard. Lewes then ran out the rest of the clock taking the 2-0 victory and progressing to the quarter finals of the EHA trophy. The next round is on Sunday 21st February away at Teddington.
South Div 3b
Horsham 2s 0
Lewes ladies 1s 3 (Hilton 3)
Lewes Ladies 1’s Too Hot For Horsham
Lewes Ladies 1’s arrived in Horsham looking for a strong performance, following a disappointing 1-1 draw the previous week against Trojans – A game in which they had most of the possession and created many chances throughout the match, including 9 short corners. Lewes started strongly and, following some flowing hockey, Anna Hilton slotted their first goal after just 7 minutes.
The Lewes defence – well marshalled by Sarah Hall, Kerry Fitzpatrick, Carly Wise and Gabby Rudrum – reduced Horsham to very few chances. However, the home side still managed to win 3 short corners, none of which were converted, partly due to Emma Pavitt’s heroics in closing down the Horsham striker and picking up some bruises for her trouble. The score was 1 – 0 to Lewes at half time, with the match still in the balance. Marie and Emily Spence combined well in mid-field and 4 minutes into the second half Anna Hilton was through on goal again and calmly finished for a 2 – 0 lead. Lewes were pretty much in control from then on and earned 2 short corners, the second of which was converted off a slick slip pass by Anna Hilton for a well-deserved hat-trick. The Horsham team fought hard, but even when they were through on goal, Carla Leach the Lewes goalkeeper made a string of superb saves to keep a good clean sheet. 3-0 was the final score.
Team in the photo: Carla Leach (GK), Kerry Fitzpatrick, Sarah Hall, Carly Wise, Emily Spence, Marie Spence, Leigh Chivers, Emma Pavitt, Gabby Rudrum, Lisa Morrison, Katinka Morris, Anna Hilton, Laura Molloy. Coach: Hugo Youngman
South Premier League
Old Cranleighans 2
Lewes face a crucial relegation match this Saturday away to bottom club Staines after this narrow defeat at the Southdown Club.
Lewes welcomed back Matt Rickson in defence returning from injury and started well – dominating possession in the opening twenty minutes. As is often the case when at the wrong end of the table that little bit of luck early on eluded them. From their first penalty corner after five minutes Alex Lloyd’s powerful flick appeared to strike the defender’s leg on the line for a penalty stroke but the Umpire ruled it was off the stick, to the disappointment of the hosts and the relief of Cranleighans. To their credit Lewes did not let their heads drop and forced two more penalty corners but both strikes were straight at the goalkeeper. Cranleighans then grew in confidence and put pressure on the Lewes defence. A penalty corner was saved by goalkeeper Josh Pewter but the distribution of the ball out of defence was erratic inviting Cranleighans forward and Lewes then lost their discipline losing two players to a yellow and green card. The crucial first goal arrived just before half time with Lewes down to ten players as the defence failed to clear a cross and the loose ball was struck low into the goal.
The second half saw Lewes with good periods of possession in a tightly congested midfield but they failed to create many clear cut open play chances other than a good move from halfway which saw Alex Baxter cross and Jimmy Fuller slide in at the far post only for the goalkeeper to save well. Their pressure did force three more penalty corners but each flick was disappointingly again straight at the goalkeeper when a variation was cried out for. Cranleighans lost two players to cards as their desperate breaking down of play and tackles was penalised but they are not in the top half of the league without reason and they defended solidly getting men behind the ball to frustrate Lewes as they failed to make their numerical advantage count. In the final minute Lewes pushed further players forward but crucially lost control of the ball just outside the Cranleighans circle and they broke quickly and scored from close range to clinch victory.
A surprise victory for London Wayfarers away at Spencer means Lewes are now four points adrift from them second from bottom having played a game more. Skipper Matt Clark was understandably frustrated. ”When we score the first goal in matches we gain in confidence and have gone on to victories this season. This was a tight game where the opening goal was always going to be crucial. We have to ensure victory against Staines and put the pressure on the teams above us in the remaining matches and I am confident we can do this if we play to our potential, take our chances and defend well.”
SUSSEX DIVISION 2
LEWES 4TH XI 5 (Jervis (4), Pewter)
EASTBOURNE 3RD XI 3
Lewes moved up the table with this tight win in an open game. Despite early Lewes pressure Eastbourne opened the scoring from close range but Lewes responded when Rory Jervis hammered home a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle and then scored again in similar fashion from an acute angle. Josh Pewter made it 3-1 having only just come onto the pitch before Eastbourne reduced the arrears just on half time after a deflection off a defenders stick to make it 3-2.
In the second half Jervis increased the lead with his hat trick early on but Eastbourne again got back into the game again scoring from a penalty corner to make it 4-3 and then Lewes goalkeeper Chris Sharpe made a crucial save tipping a deflection onto the crossbar and clearing when an equaliser looked likely. Lewes finally made the game safe when Jervis scored his fourth and Lewes’s fifth from a penalty corner with ten minutes remaining.
Sussex Ladies Div 2
Burgess Hill 3s 4
Lewes 4s 0
No right angles for Lewes at the Triangle
Lewes were outplayed in a game that the ladies in green have already assigned to the archives. From the outset, they seemed to lack gumption and their get up and go had definitely got up and gone somewhere between the changing room and the pitch. It would be unfair on the girls to say they didn’t have chances, they did make a few, but they seemed to have lost their recent good form and lacked the cohesion to pull it all together and get numbers on the score sheet. Conversely, Burgess Hill used their fast, young players to create speedy, skillful opportunities and made the best use of their formation.
Lewes now have a 2 week break to recooperate – their next game is on 27th February.