West Ham Preview – Sunday 16th April

Kick off 2pm, Thurrock FC, Back Lane, Grays, Purfleet RM19 1YN

Lewes FC Ladies travel East to face West Ham United Ladies on Sunday in the FA WPL South. Lewes will be looking to bounce back after a narrow 0-2 defeat to a strong Charlton side last weekend.

Skipper Kelly Newton is still being assessed after picking up an injury in that game. JD knows he has very capable back-up in the shape of two senior players, both in a good run of form.

‘We still don’t know yet what we’re looking at (in terms of injury). Kelly is being assessed and we’ll go from there. It’s never a good time to lose a player of her calibre, but I thought Leeta and Macca did a great job against a very good Charlton side.’

This will be Lewes’s last league match before the FA WPL Plate Final the following Sunday. Donoghue will have no talk about that.

‘Our opponent on Sunday has historically caused us problems. We need to be focused on and on our toes. Last season they took 4 points off us in two very tight games. The season opener, where we put seven past them, came after a period of upheaval. I am not expecting this match to be anything like that one.’

West Ham have had a tough season. After losing coach James Marrs and being take under the wing of West Ham United FC, the team has struggled to convert improved performances into points. They currently sit one place above the relegation zone, heading Swindon on goal difference.

Defender Hannah Wheeler has described Sunday’s clash as ‘probably the biggest game of the season’, even ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Spurs at White Hart Lane just three days later.

‘I’m nervous but I’m confident we can get the result. In a way we’ve just got to work harder, want it more, and realise that this game is probably the biggest game of the season’