Lewes Ladies 1s 3 (Hall, Hilton, Spence)
Richmond Ladies 1s 2
Both teams joined together in a 1 minute silence to respect Abby Webb and Tom Wilson, #SticksOutForAbbyAndTom two young hockey players who sadly both passed away during the week.
As the game kicked off Lewes quickly dominated, breaking through the Richmond defence and an early goal was scored by Anna Hilton who picked the ball in mid air and smashed it into the back of the net. Lewes assumed the goals would keep rolling in so they stepped off the pace a bit. However, bottom of the league Richmond were not having any of it, they fought back and scored a very convincing come back goal. This took the teams into half time at one all.
Lewes were not pleased with their first half performance and coach Hugo Youngman had to deliver some hard but inspiring words to the team and remind them that the win and the league were still within their reach.
As the second half began Lewes found form, releasing the ball quicker and upping their tackles. It paid off by winning a short corner. The ball was slipped to an un-marked Kerry Fitzpatrick who 1st timed the ball into the goal only to meet a Richmond foot on the line. A stroke was awarded and Marie Spence stepped up to the mark to sink a beautiful goal mid netting. Lewes took the lead 2-1, but Richmond were not ready to roll over yet. With the play going up and down the pitch a plucky Richmond forward received the ball and with her back to the goal fooled the Lewes side and nailed a goal passed Lewes’ Carla Leach.
Richmond thought they had bagged a point but Lewes had other plans. With less than 2 minutes on the clock Lisa Morrison worked her magic in the Richmond D and won a short corner. Knowing it was going to be their last chance of the game to take the 3 points skipper Sarah Hall struck the ball from the top of the D for it to ricochet from the side board to the back board and win the match. The team were elated to win their last game of 2015 and finish 3rd as they head into the Christmas break.
SUSSEX DIVISION 2
LEWES 4TH XI 0
BRIGHTON ROCKS 6
Lewes gave Brighton an early Christmas present with a disappointing performance in their final match before Christmas. They squandered early chances and then let Brighton dictate the pace of the game and the hostsβ defence was opened up with ease. Brighton had experience with four ex first team players complemented by some good youngsters and were simply too good for Lewes. 4-0 down by half time they at least recovered some pride restricting Brighton to only two further goals.