LEWES Ladies eased to a comfortable 5-0 victory at Brentwood Town on Sunday to remain top of the South East Combination League.
Clare Trafford’s first half hat-trick and second half strikes from Steph O’Reilly and Tammy Waine ensured that Lewes are the only team still with a 100 per cent winning record.
Lewes fashioned early chances for Tammy Waine and Holly Grogan but it wasn’t until the 13th minute that they took the lead. Waine’s clever backheel was chased down by Trafford and the striker deflected the defender’s attempted clearance over the keeper and in. Andrea Veiga’s volley then slid just wide and Grogan’s neat finish was disallowed for a foul off the ball as Lewes tried to double their lead.
Lewes were again indebted to centre backs Stacey Baker, whose turn of pace helped nullify the threat of Brentwood’s tricky lone striker Nikita Whinnett, and player of the match Lel Smith who made a vital close range clearance. A swift counter attack on 35 minutes saw Lewes grab their second, Grogan slotting through to Trafford who rounded the last defender and finished across the keeper.
Just before half-time Trafford completed her hat-trick as she flicked in Jo Gardiner’s driven cross.
A curling free kick on the hour mark from Steph O’Reilly, her first of the season, and a fine 25 yard strike from Waine on 85 minutes punctuated a second half where Lewes piled on the pressure as their opponents wilted. Two breakaways by the hosts almost brought a deserved consolation goal but it was not to be and, with the Lewes bench recording 34 chances, it appears that only Lewes’ wayward shooting kept the score in single figures.
The Ladies’ now host Ebbsfleet United on Sunday then entertain Tooting & Mitcham Utd at the Pan on Wednesday night.
n LEWES U18s swept into the next round of the Sussex County Cup with a convincing 14-1 win at home to Felpham Colts on Sunday morning.
Four goals from Thomas Bold, three from substitute Layton Schaaf, two each from Ryan Fergany, Jordan Stubbings and Max Howells, and one from skipper Josh Phillips ensured an easy passage for Lewes, who could have had more but for the heroics of the keeper.