The Rookettes took a big step towards bettering their points total for last season by thumping West Ham 5-1 at the Dripping Pan.
All of the Lewes goal scorers netted for the first time in the league this season with Kirstie Spice (2), Charlotte Bennett, Clare Trafford and Sian Heather taking their opportunities. West Ham’s goal to make it 3-1 gave them brief hope before two late Lewes goals sealed it.
Katie McIntyre’s pull back found Trafford and her lay off was driven into the box by Kelly Newton, likely drifting wide until Spice’s instinctive header diverted it into the net. West Ham then hit the post and blazed over from 12 yards before Bennett’s header hit the bar at the other end. The same player then latched onto Trafford’s pass and sent a low finish past the West Ham keeper seconds before half time to send her side into the break two goals up.
A slightly slow start to the second half by Lewes was perked up when Tash Wells’ cross was volleyed in at the near post by Trafford for 3-0, although West Ham pulled one back almost immediately. A wickedly driven cross from the left was caught by a glancing header which gave Michelle Beazley no chance in the Lewes goal. West Ham stepped up the pressure, trying to find their way back into the match, but this also made the game more stretched and the excellent Nicky Payne swept a pass to Player of the Match Spice who buried her second.
Substitute Heather then rounded things off, catching the keeper by surprise and dispossessing her before tapping in. Manager Jacquie Agnew will now want to see her team pick up three points against relegated Chesham next week although a 1-0 defeat in the away fixture should serve as a warning against complacency.