Citizens lose to Lewes

PUBLISHED: 17:28 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

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South East Women s Combination League Lewes Ladies 2 WGC Ladies 1 DAWN Mallett s solitary strike proved insufficient as Welwyn Garden City Ladies lost 2-1 away at the Dripping Pan on Sunday against Lewes Ladies. The Sussex hosts started strongly and had

South East Women's Combination League

Lewes Ladies 2 WGC Ladies 1

DAWN Mallett's solitary strike proved insufficient as Welwyn Garden City Ladies lost 2-1 away at the Dripping Pan on Sunday against Lewes Ladies.

The Sussex hosts started strongly and had two excellent chances to take an early lead in the South East Women's Combination League match.

A cross-cum-shot bounced back off the bar and a second goal-bound effort was blocked by Vicky Neal on the line with keeper Verity Crook stranded.

Welwyn settled following this initial pressure and began to create chances.

Mallett just failed to beat the keeper to a clever pass from Sophie Bailey.

Bailey was again at the start of another Welwyn attack when she played a ball into the heart of the Lewes defence.

A home defender appeared to have the danger covered but trod on the ball, allowing Faye Rees in on goal.

Only a dive at the forward's feet prevented Rees scoring.

Mallett's free-kick from the left on 20 minutes then cannoned back off the bar and to safety.

Lewes took the lead two minutes later.

Claire Trafford ran onto a ball thumped out of defence before rounding Crook and passing the ball into the unguarded net.

The second half started well for the lady Citizens as they retained good possession.

Lewes looked most threatening when playing long balls towards their two strikers.

WGC's forwards were second best on several occasions to balls played in behind the Rooks' defence as the home keeper displayed a safe pair of hands.

Nikki Day was pushed forward following Sinead Kerr's substitution and found Laveena Betts with a left-foot pass on 67 minutes.

Betts turned and lifted the ball into the box where Mallett controlled and shot to bring the scores level.

Lewes seemed to be settling for a point when a dubious decision by an assistant allowed the home side to regain the lead on 77 minutes.

Two players were coming back following an attack and appeared to be still offside when another long clearance was played into Welwyn's half.

As both players turned to give chase, the flag remained down.

Trafford needed no second opportunity to lift the ball home from 20 yards, leaving Welwyn dismayed and the Lewes bench embarrassed.

The hosts found the back of the net again five minutes later, but this time the goal was chalked out for offside.

Welwyn's best opportunities in the remainder of the game either found the keeper or missed the target.

Mallett, Rees and Sheree Oliver all got into goalscoring positions but couldn't find a way through.

As the Herns Lane outfit pressed for an equaliser, gaps were left at the back.

Bailey's courageous tackle in the dying seconds saw her carried from the pitch with a serious looking injury.

The lady Citizens are playing in the County Cup semi-final against Stevenage Borough at Herns Lane on Sunday. Kick-off is at 1.30pm.

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