Lewes boss Scott Booth says his players are raring to go ahead of Sunday’s clash with Charlton at the Dripping Pan following a strong response to the defeat at Durham last weekend.
The Rooks were on course to draw a fifth successive Women’s Championship clash last Sunday before Sarah Mcfadden popped up with a winner for Durham in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
It means Booth’s squad has had seven days to prepare their response, and face a Charlton side on Sunday whom they beat 2-0 in the Conti Cup earlier this October.
The club is expecting a bumper crowd down at the Dripping Pan and tickets are still on sale online.
Discussing the game, Booth says: “Charlton are a very good side. We’ve already come up against them this season and despite getting the win that day, it was a very close game.
“I expect the same again on Sunday – a close clash with plenty of commitment from both teams. The fans are in for a real treat. Hopefully we get the same type of game and result.”
Booth has had a week to prepare his team for Sunday’s 2pm kick off and says the players took plenty away from the trip to the north east.
“The squad’s been great this week. We’ve trained well and overall it’s been a smooth week of training, the type you need for consistency. They’re focused and ready to go,” says Booth.
“It’s good because the week leading up to the Durham game was a little strange. There was the added element of travel and a couple of knocks to players, and it made for a hard-fought game. We didn’t play anywhere near as well as I know we can, yet we were still in the fight right until the end.
“We tired a bit towards the end and gave them one chance too many. That’s the honest assessment.
“The players took out plenty of positives for a day where we didn’t play particularly well – and we’ve seen that in training this week. To just lose the game in the final seconds in tough, but it’s good to see it’s encouraged the players rather than get them down.
“Even if we’re not at our best we’re still very competitive. The aim is to raise our game consistently to what we have been earlier in the season, and we can then start causing teams problems. That consistency means we can make sure opponents don’t get those chances at the end.”
Lewes FC vs Charlton tickets
The match on Sunday kicks off at 2pm. You can buy Lewes FC tickets for the game online and skip the queue at the gate. Online ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
Kids U16 – Free
Beach Huts – £110
Photo: James Boyes