It was an evening battling Charlton and heavy rain on Wednesday evening in which the Rooks lost out on with Freda Ayisi’s goal giving the Addicks a 1-0 win.
The first-half didn’t catch fire with Lewes controlling most of the play. Amber-Keegan Stobbs came close early on firing a close-range effort into the hands of Sian Rogers.
The hosts had a spell of pressure 25-minutes in when Sophie Whitehouse was called into a couple of strong saves. First to deny Melissa Johnson with a firm hand at the near post, followed by an effort from almost point-blank range to stop Elisha N’Dow.
It’s fair to say it was a rather cagey opening 45-minutes with the only other real chance coming when Charlton’s Emily Simkins’ floated free-kick fell just wide of the far corner which Whitehouse happily saw out.
The second-half opened up a lot more but mainly because of the monsoon weather that came down which practically made the game unpredictable at times.
After a couple of early saves from Whitehouse again, Ellie Mason broke forward just short of the hour mark but her effort was wide of the target, agonisingly close.
The pitch really started to feel the rain at this point and it became evident when Charlton opened the scoring. As Kirsty Barton and Ayisi chased the ball it almost stopped dead in Ayisi’s favour and her resulting effort deflected past Whitehouse.
Lewes kept pushing and pushing for the equaliser and some positive substitutions from Scott Booth put pressure on the Charlton defence.
It was the 90th minute though when the big chance fell to Emma Thompson who struck wide with only the ‘keeper to beat.
Charlton held on for a victory that could have gone either way as the Rooks remain eighth place in the table.
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