Lewes Ladies v QPR Ladies
QPR LADIES’ hopes of FA Women’s Premier League survival were dealt a blow on Sunday when they fell to a 1-0 defeat in Lewes.
A 77th-minute header from Lewes captain Kelly Newton handed the hosts the three points on a windy south coast.
The R’s hard-working efforts again came to nothing after failing to find the net for the fifth consecutive game.
Rangers started the game brightly with Kasha Petit and debutant Vanna Lee combining well down the right flank. A series of corners came to nothing, however, while Sophie Cheadle was called into early action up the other end with Lewes striker Rebecca Carter exerting her pace.
The strong wind was to have an effect on the game and played its part early on when Vanessa Nicholson misjudged a header, only for Carter to be ruled offside when one-on-one with Cheadle.
The R’s looked the likelier of the two sides to open the scoring with Petit continuing to trouble the Lewes defence down the right. Again, Carter remained a threat at the other end but was unable to beat Cheadle.
Juliette Denny tested Lauren Dolbear from distance before the break but the teams went in level at the half-time interval.
Martino Chevannes’ side continued to look for an elusive goal after the re-start and when captain Elly Maggs broke into the box, her effort deflected inches past the post.
Cheadle was again in action at the opposite end to deny a lively Carter.
Chevannes looked to inject some added energy and called on reserve regular Laura Hennessey. It was again Petit who was to show her experience for Rangers when her run down the left wing provided a chance to take the lead before seeing her effort fly wide.
The Ladies were to be left frustrated again, though. After a corner wasn’t cleared, Lewes captain Newton headed in at the second attempt into the bottom left-hand corner.
Chevannes looked for a response by introducing striker Rae Roberts for the defensive Jo Blodgett but it wasn’t to be the R’s day.
Rangers remain bottom of the FAWPL, three points behind both Swindon Town and West Ham United and must wait over a month until their next league encounter when they travel to Cardiff City on Sunday 23rd April.
Meanwhile, the Reserves were also in Lewes, prevailing 3-2 in the Reserve South division.
Neil Bailey’s side came from behind to take all three points with Reserves top scorer Neethu Haridas finding the net for the eighth time this season. Debutant Demi Edwards also hit the target before Emma Godden netted an injury-time winner to cement fifth positon.
The Reserves are in action next weekend at eighth-placed Milton Keynes Dons.
QPR: Cheadle, Lee, Lopes, Nicholson, Dempster, Blodgett (Roberts 80), Denny, Maggs, Lopez, Petit, Engels (Hennessey 67).
Subs (Not used): Sowden, Sseninde.