Frustration for the First team at home
Final score line dampens performance
In less than ideal playing conditions, both teams started with intensity from kick off, the opening exchanges contested mainly in midfield. Bexhill thought they had created the first chance when Anne-Marie Pier played Tara Reid through however she was ruled offside. Undeterred, the pair linked up again moments later with Reid this time being denied by the brave onrushing Lewes goalkeeper whose momentum caused a collision. Reid was replaced by Magdalena Trybula to allow her to recover. The front partnership of Chloe Kennedy and Trybula worked hard to test the visitor’s backline but with the game starting to become an aerial battle in places, Lewes matched Bexhill and were able to break up play in the attacking third. At the other end, Keila Tucker was called upon to deal with a number of overshot through balls. Bexhill almost opened the scoring from their second corner when a goal mouth melee ensued; Kennedy was unable to get a decisive touch when the ball broke free. In the final stages of the half, the Lewes captain galvanised her side and Lewes enjoyed their best possession spell of the fixture.
The second half started in the same vein as the first, energy from both sides and strong competition in midfield. Lucy Knight was always a threat down the wing, together with Reid and Kennedy up front, but again the Lewes defence remained resilient. Just after the hour mark, Bexhill failed to prevent a long pass forward, and were duly punished when the Lewes winger instinctively struck the ball which in turn struck the bar and bounced down over the line. In reply, Knight won a corner minutes later, Kennedy gained a yard on her marker but her resultant volley was played straight at the changed Lewes goalkeeper. In the closing stages Reid was inches away from connecting with a low cross from Knight and Knight also saw a driven effort from wide well held by the goalkeeper. At the other end, Tucker was on hand to hold a number of long range efforts.
Thanks to D&D Brickwork and Construction for sponsoring the match day kit for the 2018/19 season.