Investec Ladies Trophy
Lewes Ladies 1s 6 (Fitzpatrick 2, Hilton 4)
Milton Keynes Ladies 1s 3
Lewes Ladies 1’s Too Strong For Milton Keynes in Cup
Following another solid league win v Eastbourne on Saturday, which saw Lewes Ladies 1’s move to second in the South 3B League, they were in action again hosting Milton Keynes Ladies 1’s in the Investec Ladies Trophy Competition. Lewes started strongly but could not convert a number of good early chances and it was MK who scored first from a penalty corner. From the re-start, MK won the ball in mid-field and broke forward again. A strong hit in to the Lewes D was converted by a crisp strike to put MK 2-0 up after 16 minutes, against the run of play. Lewes then piled on the pressure and were rewarded with a goal from a well-worked penalty corner scored by the inimitable Kerry Fitzpatrick. With Lewes now firing on all cylinders Anna Hilton was played through on goal and duly leveled the score at 2-2 by cooly lifting the ball over the sprawling MK keeper and so ended the first half. With all to play for, coach Hugo Youngman roused his team for the second half and it wasn’t long before Anna Hilton scored her second with great support play from Laura Molloy. It was now all Lewes and within a few minutes Kerry Fitzpatrick netted her second, again from a penalty corner. MK didn’t give up, fought hard and won a penalty corner which they duly converted. 4-3. Lewes, however, weren’t going to allow them back in and Anna Hilton put the match beyond doubt with 2 further goals resulting from beautiful passing moves involving most of the Lewes mid-field and forwards. Overall, a very entertaining match, played in a good spirit with Lewes earning a well-deserved 6-3 win. Who will they draw in the next round?
South Prem 3b
Eastbourne Ladies 1s
Lewes Ladies 1s 1 (Morris)
Lewes took to Eastbourne this weekend to take on their East Sussex rivals, determined to break a previous losing streak to the local side. The windy conditions made it extremely hard work but Lewes continued to work hard for each other and kept possession. Eastbourne defended well and overloaded their defensive D making it hard for Lewes to convert anything. However, Lewes kept their structure and remained patient and kept a clean sheet for half-time. In the second half Lewes again had most of the possession and had great attacking set play down the right with Leigh Chivers’ silky skills and great hassling from Anna Hilton. Finally Lewes were able to break down their packed out defence when new youngster Katinka Morris snuck in a finish from top D taking them 1-0 up. Lewes’ solid defence allowed them to keep the lead ensuring Eastbourne got no chances in their attacking D. Lewes finished the game with 3 points and moved up to 2nd in the league.
South Premier div 1
Lewes 3 (Callaway, Cooke, Firth)
Lewes Men’s 1 XI travelled to high flying Havant, home of former India national team captain Sandeep Singh. The Hampshire side started brightly with the lions share of possession. James Fuller did well to pick off the Havant left back in the opening exchanges. Havant pressure told and they found an opener through a well crafted team goal. Lewes’s next move, perhaps inspired by Gabrielle Alpin, was to pull the panic cord. They shipped two cheap goals inside two minutes and found themselves 3 0 down at the break with their backs firmly to the wall.
Buoyed by the words of coach Stuart Goodman during the half time team talk Lewes entered the second half determined, if a little thirsty after Michael Wood forgot the water bottles. The boys flew out of the blocks winning a short corner. Ed Firth recovering his composure to slot home having spent the warm up swooning over Sandeep. Havant scored again against the run of play after James Callaway mistrapped the ball gifting it to the Havant forward. Unperturbed Lewes continued to engage in forays deep into opposition territory. Chris Spruce probably should have scored after a direct run from the midfield. A little more time in the gym will be required for Spruce if future efforts are to actually reach the goal. A penalty corner was awarded to Lewes. Firth stepped up again. His effort was excellently saved only for Ben Cooke serve up a goal by smashing in the rebound.
Another Lewes short corner saw James Callaway trot up seeking to atone for his previous error. An intelligent flick pea rolled its way into the bottom left corner after the postman had been sent to the half way line for breaking early. Game on.
Havant were clearly rattled denying Ed Firth the ball on the edge of the D after Lewes had been awarded a free hit. Feisty Firth took exception to this, seemingly forgetting he wasn’t at School and the dispute wouldn’t be resolved by a fencing match. Fortunately for him Mark Best and Matt Clark were on hand to settle the skirmish on Firth’s behalf.
Lewes chased and harried Havant all over the pitch desperately searching for the equaliser. Regrettably the game ended 4 – 3 to the home side. Lewes will go into their next game full of confidence following an excellent performance and are already looking forward to next week.
Sussex Div 1
Lewes 2s 0
Lewes started the game pressing Worthing defence hard to put pressure on Worthing’s young inexperienced players and openings did arise however chances were not taken. Lewes’ frustrations were made even worse when a succession of stick tackles led to a green card being shown. Despite this, Lewes went into half time level at 0-0.
Half way through the second half Sam Rea made a perfect first time pass to put Jonny Rea through on goal with only the keeper to beat. As the forward turned his back to shoot the keeper took out the player only for the foul not to be seen seen and play to be waved on.
As the game progressed, Lewes continued to dominate the play and looked promising going forward, with Alex Lloyd’s defence-splitting arial ball unlucky to be penalised as Tapping and Rea bore down on the keeper. The decision proved annoying for Jonny Rea who hit the ball away in frustration, earning a yellow card which was then upgraded to 10 minutes for not biting his tongue.
Despite throwing everything at Worthing, Lewes had very little left in their tanks and the game ended 0-0.
SUSSEX DIVISION. 2
LEWES 3RD XI 2 (Petty, Mcgahan)
LEWES 4TH XI 2 (Stillman, Smart)
Although never ideal having two teams in the same league this was a fast open game at a cold and windy Southdown Club. The 3rd’s will wonder how they failed to convert all their possession into a comfortable win but the 4’s will point to a solid defensive performance and their ability to convert limited opportunities into goals.
The 3rd’s took the lead when a penalty corner shot from Josh Petty was deflected into the goal after fifteen minutes and they were well worth their lead. 4’s goalkeeper Chris Sharpe made some good saves to keep the scoreline the same and Martyn Stillman, Simon Forster and Billy Smart made numerous tackles to prevent the 3’s controlling midfield. Just on half time a lovely move between Stillman and Mike Fuller saw Stillman dive from close range to level the score for the 4’s at 1-1 at half time.
The 3’s dominated the second period but could not convert their chances into further goals. Surprisingly it was from a long ball out of the 3’s defence that caught the 4’s defence out as Luke Mcgahan rounded the last defender and slotted home with just over ten minutes remaining. The 3’s were unable to see out the match as the 4’s pushed forward in the final minute and won a penalty corner where skipper Rob Heinzl’s shot was cleared off the line but Smart drove the ball into the goal to ensure honours finished even.
Sussex Ladies division 2
Middleton 1s 4
Lewes Ladies 4s 0
Always underestimated, never imitated.
Captain Mould’s team talk this week focused on ‘Playing our own hockey’ and ‘Can we score 2 goals today please’. Well, they may not have troubled the Middleton keeper but they certainly did play their own hockey. In one of the most impressive displays ever seen by 2 small dogs the ladies passed the ball around like Barry and Paul Chuckle. ‘To me, to you’ was the mantra as they moved up the wings, attacking from the back.
Full credit again has to go to the Lewes defence who ruffled Middleton’s feathers and clipped the wings of the key players. Nipps marking like a teacher at midnight; Laura flying off the line at defensive short corners; Big hitting Bruce hitting them big and Heps bringing up the rear in her bus man’s beanie.
Sport’s Personality of the match went to Keeper Dionne Gooding for belly laugh of the game after she missed a sitter when a momentary lapse of reason saw her fall flat on her face like a newly felled Redwood.