Brighton & Hove Albion dealt Lewes Ladies a cruel blow at the Withdean Stadium on Sunday when they struck a late goal to win this league encounter by one goal to nil.
The Rookettes were left kicking themselves after carving out by far the best chances in this frantic encounter.
A strong start from the hosts saw Lewes forced to soak up the pressure and keeper Michelle Beazley was kept busy at corners before diving at full stretch to see a shot fizz just wide of the post.
Lewes began to work their way into the game and carved out several clear-cut chances.
Jodie Boterill forced a good save from Brighton keeper Charlotte Sole, who shortly afterwards, could only parry crosses from Clare Trafford and Boterill – but the ball just wouldn’t fall for Lewes in the box. Trafford headed over from eight yards in the final chance of the half as the sides went in goalless at the break.
Ashleigh Goddard slid wide from a one-on-one chance after the interval, and Boterill blazed over from the penalty spot before another chance ended up in the arms of the Brighton keeper.
Then came the hosts’ killer blow with 10 minutes left. A driven cross came off the unfortunate Vicky Elcome for an own goal. There was nothing she could have done about it.