Lewes Ladies 1s Win 4-1 against Eastbourne Ladies 1's
Hilton bags two as Lewes defeat their mid-table rivals
FIXTURE: South Div 3B
HOME TEAM: Eastbourne Ladies 1's 1
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 1s 4 (Hilton 2, Molloy, Pavitt)
On a cold November afternoon Lewes Ladies 1s made the short journey down the road to Eastbourne Hockey Club to take on their mid-table rivals.
Lewes were missing a few regular players but had the privilege of Emma Fuller and Kerry Fitzpatrick stepping up from the Ladies 2s to play for them and assist in the victory.
Lewes started very strongly and within a few minutes had won a succession of penalty corners. After working out where the gaps were, Laura Molloy slipped Anna Hilton the ball who neatly slapped it into the bottom corner.
Molloy was keen to bag one for herself and minutes later found herself breaking into the D, past the last defender and slotting Lewes’s second goal past the Eastbourne keeper. Lewes continued to attack for the rest of the first half. Some lovely play came from Amelia Barron and Jess Wycherly, whose speed and skill caused a lot of trouble for the Eastbourne defence.
After a strong half time talk from their coach Hugo, Lewes Ladies 1s were hungry for more and soon slipped straight back into the attacking mode, winning another corner. Copying the same corner from the first half Hilton was able to bag her second goal of the game.
By now, Lewes were moving the ball around the pitch nicely. Libby Youngman was spreading the ball around the midfield receiving some brilliant controlled balls from defender Marie Spence who looked cool and in control at the back.
Lewes secured another penalty corner and tried to be cheeky and go for a third time to Hilton. However Eastbourne changed their run and blocked Hilton from shooting, but not enough of a block to stop Hilton slipping the ball to Emma Pavitt on the post to grab her first goal of the game and Lewes’s fourth.
Not wanting to go down without a fight, Eastbourne broke into the Lewes D and won a scrappy penalty corner. After some brilliant saves from goal keeper Robyn Creeden, Eastbourne managed to slip one past the Lewes defence.
However this was too little too late. The final whistle went and Lewes walked off with 4 goals and 3 points.
MATCH REPORT: Sarah Hall