Lewes eased into the third round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive
7-0 win over Enfield Town at the Dripping Pan, writes Barry Collins.
The Rookettes were on the front foot from the moment the referee
moistened the whistle, and it took only five minutes for them to edge ahead via
an Enfield own goal, which was given more than a little help on the way in by
the aerial presence of Dani Lane.
The lead was doubled inside the first quarter of an hour, when
the effervescent Rebecca Carter was put clean through and she lobbed the ball
over the advancing keeper.
Enfield managed to halt the early onslaught, and
occasionally managed to pose a threat themselves, most notably when Beaufort broke
away on the counter attack no fewer than three times, all from Lewes corners.
However, the diminutive little striker struggled to find teammates on the same
Rachel Palmer smashed a shot against the bar and Carter drew
a good save from Enfield’s keeper, before Lewes extended their lead. A lovely
pass from Charlotte Owen sent Vicky Carleton away down the right, who squared
it for Lane to smash the ball into the back of the net.
It was four before half-time when Owen got on the scoresheet
herself, lobbing the ball into the net after a horrible Enfield muddle in
The second half was something a procession, punctuated by
the referee’s whistle as a series of strong challenges drew yellow cards for Enfield’s
combative midfield. It was one such foul that earned Katie McIntyre a free-kick
on the edge of the box, which she curled straight in to make it five on 51 minutes.
The sixth goal was the pick of the lot, as the superb Vicky
Carleton spanked a shot from a tight angle on the half-volley and the Enfield
keeper could only stand and admire as it flew into the top-right corner.
The seventh wasn’t bad either, Dani Lane cracking a fine
effort from the edge of the box.
Thompson, Palmer, McIntyre, James, Newton (c), Rutherford, Carter, Owen, Lane,
Carleton. SUBS: Bridges, Kempson, Wells, Johnson