QPR FC Women suffered defeat against Eastbourne Town on Sunday afternoon, as they returned to Heston for the first time since December.
The topsy-turvy friendly clash ended 5-3 to the visitors with Tiffany Skinner, Kasha Petit and Melanie Hall with the goals for the R’s.
This was Rangers’ second game in the spring round-robin fixtures, following the 1-1 draw with Dulwich Hamlet a couple of weeks ago, as preparations for the Capital Women’s Cup final intensify.
The friendly started evenly with both sides looking to attack early on. Milly Cutler went closest for the R’s and young stopper Cara Henderson had to be on hand to deny the visitors.
Some good work from Ellie Searle down the left-hand side continued to threaten the visiting full-backs, but her skill and pace ultimately came to nothing.
Recent arrival Sue Kumaning was then able to tee up Cutler, with a fine through ball, however the Rangers forward could only drag her shot wide.
With the half seemingly starting to peter out, it instantly burst into life.
Two goals in quick succession from Shauna Harvey gave Steve Quashie’s side a mountain to climb, but a strike from Skinner in the 41st minute gave the Super Hoops a quick route back into it.
A fine ball from the influential Searle found the R’s forward who was able to convert, giving the hosts some momentum heading into the half-time break.
After making a considerable number of changes at the break, Quashie’s side were rejuvenated and with only seven minutes of the half gone, were level.
Substitutes Hall and Petit combined before the former slotted home, 2-2.
Rangers instantly grew in confidence and as we approached the hour mark a wonderful strike from Hall gave the R’s the lead.
Katie Akerman had a chance to wrap up the victory, but her effort was straight at the Eastbourne 'keeper and this proved to be a costly miss.
Three late strikes from the visitors ensured that Eastbourne returned to East Sussex with the victory.
The R’s will be back in action next Sunday where they face Dartford in the next round-robin clash.
QPR Starting XI: Henderson, Johsnon (45’ Wardlaw), Grieve, Searle (45’ Redhead-Ling), Carolan (70’ Pope), Skiverton (45’ Akerman), Dench (45’ Petit), Moore (45’ Edwards), Kumaning, Skinner (45’ Davies), Cutler (45’ Hall).