A late Eve Clarkson own goal condemned Lewes to a frustrating League Cup group stage defeat against London City Lionesses at the Dripping Pan. Reports Will Kirkup.
The Rooks were punished in the 85 th minute when Danielle Carter’s square ball was turned in by Eve, who made her first start in a Lewes shirt in what was an overall very solid display from the defender.
It was the second encounter between the two sides in four days, but unfortunately Lewes were unable to match the 2-1 league victory on Sunday afternoon.
Only a magnificent stoppage time save from Rooks keeper Emily Moore prevented further damage, which was overall a very evenly matched game.
London City started the match brightly, with Paige Satchell testing Moore and causing the Lewes defence plenty of issues. But Lewes grew into the game and experienced plenty of joy down the left-hand side, with Maria Farrugia and Sarah Brasero-Carreira linking well with Anna Grey to create a couple of decent chances.
The second was 45 minutes was attritional but both sides had their chances. The first came to the Pride, who moved the ball down the right flank, before it fell to Izzy Groves, whose shot was magnificently blocked by defensive stalwart Grace Garrad.
Just past the hour mark it was Lewes’ turn to come forward, via a long-range effort from Farrugia, which deflected well over the bar.
In the end London City needed a slice of luck when Lewes keeper Moore misplaced a long ball out to the right flank.
It was intercepted, and fell to Pride forward Carter, who drove into the box, and flashed it across the face of goal. Clarkson, with no option put to play at the ball, could do nothing but put the ball in her own net.
The result leaves the Rooks third in Group C, two points off the top two, and unable to top the group, with the current top two due to play each other next and one of them guaranteed at least another two points.