Ten player Ladies 1s beat Teddington 2-1
Team beat third in the league Teddington despite being a player down for 55 minutes
FIXTURE: South Div 3B
HOME TEAM: Teddington Ladies' 2s 1
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 1s 2 (Hall, Pavitt)
It felt like the world was against Lewes ladies 1st team on Saturday: sickness, lack of players, missing umpires, snow and traffic all added to the ladies problems. Heading to Teddington with just 11 players Lewes knew they were going to have to pull off something special out of the bag in order to beat the third in the league side.
As the snow started to fall Lewes pushed back, connecting well and playing like the worries they had were a thing of the past. Straight away Lewes broke into the Teddington D and won a penalty corner. A superb injection from Emma Pavitt, a controlled stop from Marie Spence and a strike travelling like Bolt in the men's 100m from Captain Sarah Hall clipping a defender's stick then ricocheting off a post into the goal.
Lewes were happy and somewhat surprised with taking such an early lead. After only 15mins of the game being played defender Amy Evans-Rodan put her body on the line and saved a strike from Teddington however this resulted in her taking a ball to the hand which ended her playing time for the rest of the game.
Lewes, now with only 10 players and 55mins left on the clock, had a long way to go to secure the win. After a quick re-shuffle of players and formation Lewes adjusted to having ten players and found their form once again. A quick side-line break from Carly Wise saw Lewes win yet another penalty corner. This time a slip to Anna Hilton and good save from the Teddington keeper saw the ball fly into the air. Quick reactions and a well-timed volley from Emma Pavitt saw Lewes clinch a second goal! The team of ten went into half time with a very nice two nil lead.
Lewes were fully aware Teddington were going to come out strong in the second half, the girls knew the only thing to do was play as a unit all over the pitch and they did just that. All of the Lewes side attacked together and defended together, this strategy clearly frustrated Teddington who just could not seem to work out what to do. Goalkeeper Robyn Creeden pulled off some phenomenal saves in goal, pinging around like an elastic band and constantly communicating instructions with the team, giving the side the direction they needed.
A lucky break from Teddington finally gave them the opportunity they needed to exploit the extra player they had and saw them pull one goal back. Lewes had to plug the hole as best as possible and ride out the last 12mins of the game to go back home with 3 points. Jess Wycherley and Amelia Barron created some brilliant opportunities up front to try and bag Lewes another goal just before the final whistle but were sadly blocked by the Teddington defence but this didn't matter, the final whistle went and Lewes had done it! Ten players, a fantastic team performance and three points, they couldn't have asked for anything else.
MATCH REPORT: Sarah Hall