QPR LADIES’ hopes of retaining their Premier League South status ended with a lacklustre defeat to fellow strugglers Lewes on Sunday.
In a game deprived of quality, Charlotte Bennett’s 32nd minute header proved the difference to secure maximum points for the visitors.
Rangers struggled to create a chances on an afternoon marred by a serious injury to Lewes midfielder Katie Baker.
Play was suspended for over 30 minutes early into the second period after Baker suffered a suspected broken leg following an innocuous challenge with R’s counterpart Sarah Staples.
Defeat capped a miserable afternoon for Rangers, who were forced to hand versatile midfielder Eartha Pond the gloves after losing goalkeeper Sophie Cheadle to a hamstring injury moments prior to kick-off.
Martino Chevannes’ side came away empty-handed for the second successive weekend, leaving the R’s five points adrift of safety ahead of their final league fixture with title challengers Reading on Sunday.
Before then, Rangers meet Premier League National Division side Barnet in the Middlesex Senior Cup final on Thursday.
QPR: Pond, Ishmael, Walker, Gover, Dempster, Staples, Maggs (McKenna 70), S.Fogarty, Petit, Meadows, Thomson (Bytyqi 46).