30th Nov, 2021

FOOTBALL - Coventry United Ladies in second-half collapse against Lewes

COVENTRY United Ladies suffered a second-half collapse to lose 4-1 against Lewes and remain bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table.

 

Despite heading into break level after Katie Wilkinson had cancelled out Lucy Ashworth-Clifford’s opener – United conceded three goals in the second period.

 

Paula Howelles put Lewes ahead before Ashworth-Clifford doubled her tally for the game and Ini-Abasi Umotong completed the scoring to condemn Coventry to defeat.

 

The result means Jay Bradford’s side are rooted to the foot of the Women’s Championship table and are yet to win in the league this season after nine matches.

 

Despite the hefty defeat – the Red and Greens started brightly when Destiney Toussaint fired just wide from 15-yards out.

 

Wilkinson then tried her luck from 40-yards out which forced Lewes keeper Tatiana Saunders to push the ball behind for a corner.

 

The chances continued to flow Coventry’s way when Natalie Johnson’s cross from the left was expertly tipped behind by the scrambling Saunders.

 

United should have taken the lead when Katy Morris beat two players before playing a one-two with Wilkinson only to be denied by the onrushing Saunders.

 

And Lewes made Coventry pay for those missed chances on 20 minutes when Ashworth-Clifford scored direct from a corner from the right with Olivia Clarke unable to keep the ball out.

 

But United were level in the 34th minute when Wilkinson was quickest to react to a loose ball inside the penalty area before firing an effort into the bottom right corner.

 

The Red and Greens almost went ahead early in the second period when Wilkinson glanced a header wide amongst a crowd of bodies with Saunders left stranded.

 

Lewes then reclaimed the lead in sensational style on 52 minutes when Howells cut in from the right and produced a stunning effort into the top-left corner to leave Clarke with no chance.

 

And the home side wrapped up the points in the 77th minute when Ashworth-Clifford finished into an empty net after Umotong selflessly squared the ball into her path.

 

United almost reduced the deficit when Grace Riglar powered a header inches wide of the post from a corner from the left before Lewes scored their fourth.

 

A long ball into the box hit the crossbar before Umotong headed the rebound past Clarke via the aid of a deflection with five minutes left to play.

 

Lewes thought they had scored a fifth goal in injury-time only for Johnson to somehow block Heidi Logan’s effort from a yard out.

 

Coventry are next in action in the WSL Cup against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday, November 17 with kick-off at 7:30pm at the Oakwood.

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