Ladies boss frustrated after Lewes defeat

MARTINO Chevannes was again left frustrated on Sunday after watching QPR Ladies fall to a 1-0 loss at Lewes.

Rangers remain bottom of the FA Women’s Premier League after Kelly Newton’s 77th-minute header sent Chevannes’ side to a 13th league defeat in 16 league games this campaign.

“We didn’t deserve to lose on Sunday,” Chevannes told “The problem is I’ve had to say this too many times this campaign.”

“The team defended really well and decisions could have changed the course of the game; we should have had a penalty with ten minutes to go and then anything could’ve happened.”

The R’s failed to score for the fifth consecutive game, a major problem for Chevannes.

The lack of a recognised striker compounded by injury to top scorer Jenny Critchley has not helped the Ladies’ survival bid.

“Lewes was a good, competitive game but again finding the net was our downfall,” Chevannes added.

“A striker is needed but in our position, a goal scorer is so hard to find. Nobody seems to be available, even though we can offer them regular minutes.

“That’s a situation that comes when you’re at the bottom, but it’s a lose-lose situation as we need to get the goals to push on to safety.”

With four fixtures remaining, the Ladies sit three points off both Swindon Town and West Ham United.

Rangers now have a month off from competitive fixtures before facing a tough trip to Cardiff City.

“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t close the gap before our extended break,” Chevannes continued. “We need to keep fighting and pushing ourselves.

“I’ve organised friendlies to keep us in shape and keep developing and this coupled with training should keep the team working hard before a tough, tough game at Cardiff.”

Rangers travel to the Welsh capital on Sunday 23rd April, to face a Cardiff side battling at the opposite end of the table.

Looking ahead to their next FAWPL fixture, Chevannes said: “Cardiff will be hard and a point would be a brilliant result with the games we have afterwards.

“They are a great side and we know we’ll have to work very hard in the month leading up to the game. They have four competitive games in between so they will be sharp.”

We need to keep fighting and pushing ourselves.

Martino Chevannes