Never mind 1-0 to the Arsenal... it's 1-0 to Lewes Women again

Simran Jhamat’s late winner saw Lewes pick up their third consecutive FA Women’s Championship victory as they defeated Blackburn Rovers 1-0 – and boss Simon Parker could not have been happier.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 7:15 am
They're celebrating not fighting! Lewes players celebrate what turned out to be the only goal against Blackburn / Picture: James Boyes

In a game of few clear-cut opportunities, the substitute proved the decisive figure as she slotted home the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.

Lewes have won each of their last three games 1-0.

Parker said: “There is obviously an ideal in how you would want a team to play, but we realise we are strong defensively and good on the transition so we make no apologies for winning this way.

“I would obviously prefer if we could score more goals and I believe moving forwards we have to start creating more opportunities, have more touches in the box and ultimately score more goals because you don’t always want to be in the position that we were in today.

“We were poor in the first half, but we spoke at half time to try and demand more of our players and I think we showed great character to go out there and find a winner the way we did.”

In a cagey first half, it was the visitors who started the brighter.

Rovers forwards Aimee Hodgson and Saffron Jordan looked dangerous with a number of darting runs down the flanks but ultimately struggled to break through a compact home defence.

Lewes enjoyed improved spells of possession as the half wore on and signalled a warning shot to their opponents when Emily Donavan called Fran Bentley into action with a shot from the edge of the box.

The pressure from the home side slowly began to tell and they were afforded a golden opportunity to take the lead just before the break when Ellie Leek latched onto a lofted pass into the penalty area.

However, with the onrushing Bentley closing in, the Lewes forward sent her effort over the bar.

The second half continued in a similar vein with chances at a premium.

Jordan again posed the biggest threat for the visitors, forcing a save from Tatiana Saunders with a fierce drive from the left-hand side.

The introduction of Jhamat midway through the second half proved pivotal and she needed a little over ten minutes to make her mark.

Following great work from Filippa Savva on the left, the ball arrived at the feet of Jhamat and she squeezed her shot under the Rovers keeper to secure all three points for the home side.

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