Title contenders Charlton Ladies took all three points from a tight and entertaining game between closely-matched opponents, scoring the winner in stoppage time.
It was a midfield battle where both sides made their chances, but some brilliant displays in defence left the score at 0-0 half-time.
In the first half, Lewes’ Spice could have opened the scoring from a through ball, cutting inside the box to her right, she shot from 15 yards but it was just blocked. The home side had another good chance eight minutes before the break when McIntyre’s cross somehow found the top of the bar.
Charlton broke the deadlock after the interval; Clifford scoring after the hour-mark with a cracking shot from 35 yards, which flew over Beazley and found the top-left corner of the net after hitting the inside of the bar. 10 minutes later Charlton came close to doubling their lead after they found the pace to break through Lewes’ defence, but Graham’s left-footed shot went inches wide at the far post. The second half also saw Lewes’ West injured after a challenge, and replaced by McCullock.
Lewes was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when O’Hagan was fouled in Charlton’s box; the referee did not show any reaction to the incident and let the game continue. However, a penalty in Lewes’ favour then allowed the equaliser, strongly taken by Goddard at 80 minutes.
Charlton Ladies finished the game in the 90th minute when after an accurate pass in a tight area, Pittuck slotted low past Beazley to win the game, disappointing the home crowd after some fine attacking football from the home side.
Manager John Donoghue said after the game “It was a tremendous performance; everyone did what they were asked and more today. It was unfortunate we didn’t come away with a point, which we though we would get at least”.
Lewes Ladies meet next with top-table Cardiff City Ladies on October 26th at the Pan.
Lewes: Beazley, Thompson, Palmer, McIntyre, West, Newton, Baker, Goddard, Spice, O’Hagan, Bennett, McCullock (58), Heather (69) Noakes (82)
MVP Kate McIntyre