FIVE goals from Emma Thompson, Ellie Mason, Libby Copus-Brown and Emily Kraft secured the Rooks 5-0 win over London Bees and cemented their place in the Vitality FA Cup Fourth Round.
The win over London Bees means Lewes will travel to Ipswich Town on Sunday 29 January to play them in the next round.
Scoot Booth’s side started out the most attacking and dominating side as they held the most possession of the ball making it near on impossible for the Bee’s to break through and create any chances.
Paula Howells started causing trouble for Bee’s defence early on with a powerful strike from the edge of the box which was just about saved by the keeper.
The Bee’s looked rattled and a nasty tackle on Emma Thompson allowed the Rooks to win a penalty, which allowed Thompson to fire a menacing ball straight past the keeper and into the back of the net.
The Rooks found their rhythm and the goals kept on coming with Ellie Mason making a cracking run from the halfway line, and launching an absolute firecracker of a ball into the top corner.
Rooks Captain Rhian Cleverly managed to find Thompson again who managed to dance the ball around the keeper before firing yet another ball into the bottom corner.
Despite the weather taking a turn for the worst the goals from the Rooks kept on coming thick and fast.
Libby Copus-Brown kicked off the second half goal proceedings by collecting a poor pass made by London Bee’s and shooting a low ball which trickled off the post and found the net.
A shambles at the Bee’s defence then allowed for Howells and Emily Kraft to intercept the ball and hammer it in to the back of the net to make it 5 goals at full time.
After the game we got the thoughts of manager, Scott Booth.
“I’m largely happy, we’ve only had about four training sessions, the players have been away, a long time since we’ve played, and I thought we were a little rusty in training this week.
“That was expected to be honest, but I think they turned up today after a start where we controlled the game without looking like we were going to find a way through them.
“Then we eventually did and got the important first goal. It was good play from Emma to get in the box and win the penalty. She stepped up and took it and I thought she worked really hard.
“It was a fantastic goal from Ellie and she is so capable of doing that. She does those runs forward a lot and we’ve spoke a lot to her about being positive with her play because she is so good at it.
“We just want to win games and build momentum; it was important after a long lay-off to come back with a win in the FA Cup. London Bees worked really hard and tried to make it hard for us and all-credit to them because I think they did stifle us at times.
“Looking forward to a tough game against Ipswich Town, we want to win as many games as we can, the next stop is obviously against Southampton and that’s a very important one.”
Photos from James Boyes.