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Fulham FC Foundation 0 Lewes 10
Lewes cruised through to the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with an emphatic double figure victory over London and South East Regional League opponents Fulham FC Foundation at Surrey Sports Park.
Any thoughts of a third victory over higher ranked opponents for Fulham were quickly extinguished by a thoroughly professional performance from the FAWPL Southern Division team. Two devastating bursts of three goals in five minutes, one in each half, gave the Rookettes an eight-goal lead with 40 minutes still to play and Fulham had to battle hard to limit further damage.
A bright start by the home team was undone in the fifth minute when Sian Heather converted from Lewes' first corner. Fulham responded well but were always vulnerable to the quick breaking Lewes attackers. Keeper Paige Hersey was twice quickly off her line to claim through passes but was powerless to stop a fine finish from Cherelle Khassal who rounded the last defender from a Charlotte Carter through ball before finishing on 24 minutes. The same player finished another fast break from a Fulham corner three minutes later, a deflection on the shot wrong footing the Fulham keeper.
Lewes added a fourth on 29 minutes when Kirstie Spice was played clear of the back line and finished over the advancing keeper. Hersey showed very good handling throughout and dealt well with a Paige Walder free kick and another shot after a fine run and cut back by Danni Lane.
Fulham's best moment of the half came on 43 minutes when a right wing cross was nearly turned home at the near post by Helen Ogle. Just before the break, however, a super through ball from Khassal played in Natasha Wells who converted from close range for a fifth Lewes strike.
The visitors returned with great intent as the weather worsened and the goals poured in. A lovely near post header by skipper Kelly Newton from a right wing corner, a neat finish by Lane from another Khassal pass then perhaps the goal of the day from Spice, a 20-yard effort on the turn which curled in off the far post meant Lewes were eight clear on 51 minutes.
Hersey made a good save at full stretch to deny Spice a hat-trick but was beaten by a 25-yard effort by Khassal for her hat trick with 20 minutes still to play. Another quick dash from her line and brave block by Hersey foiled Heather as the Lewes forwards showed great determination to add further to their lead.
The final goal was another beauty. A right wing cross was met on the run by Heather whose blasted a first time effort home from the edge of the area on 82 minutes. A late Fulham corner nearly provided a consolation when a header dropped narrowly over the bar but it had been a testing afternoon for the home team, who had worked hard against a very fluent and highly committed Rookettes display.
Another massive test awaits Fulham next week against Charlton in the Capital Cup whilst Lewes will learn their Third Round opponents on Monday.
Fulham FC Foundation: Paige Hersey, Chloe Greer, Rachel Woodland, Sarah Wentworth, Monica Sharma, Jade Pilley, Lauren Armstrong, Nicola Mair, Helen Ogle, Meg Lovelock, Verity Snow. Subs: Lauren Allen, Becky Deacon, Kendall Styles, Emily Stanley, Aga Augustyniak.
Lewes: Lauren Dolbear, Claire Capon, Hayley West, Charlotte Carter, Kelly Newton, Sian Heather, Paige Walder, Cherelle Khassal, Danni Lane, Natasha Wells, Kirstie Spice. Subs: Lauren Smith, Danielle Perrin, Eleanor Ramaseur, Sienna Howell.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Cherelle Khassal scores the second goal of her hat-trick for Lewes
(middle) Lauren Armstrong in pursuit of Hayley West
(bottom) Sienna Howell is taken on by Helen Ogle
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