The Rooks suffered a tough 0-4 defeat on Sunday against Birmingham City as a hat trick from Jade Pennock and a goal from Lucy Quinn secured the visitors all 3 points.
The Rooks were up against it from the first whistle with Birmingham City taking a more dominant and aggressive style of play.
Lewes did well to slow down the tempo at times and create a flurry of chances. However, it was not enough to stop a competitive Birmingham.
A near perfect ball from across the face of the goal saw Birmingham take the lead on the 15th minute courtesy of Jade Pennock.
The Rooks first real chance came from Ellie Mason from a cross down the left hand side, which saw the ball deflect and fall at Kirsty Barton who volleyed it over the bar.
A collision involving Birmingham City Keeper Lucy Thomas and Rhian Cleaverly saw a stoppage to gameplay as Cleaverly received treatment.
Once the was underway again Pennock bagged a second goal on the edge of halftime and secured Birmingham the lead as we headed into the break.
The second-half started very much the same as the first, with Birmingham continuing to be relentless and applying pressure.
The rooks did well to slow Birmingham down and take possession of the ball at times, yet Lucy Quinn managed to find the back of the net in the 70 minute.
Lewes kept on fighting and pushing the visitors hard with Mason managing to find space and dart down to the edge of the box, but was taken down and earned The Rooks a free kick which just flied low and wide.
Pennock cut in the from the left hand side and took a shot from outside of the penalty box which earned Birmingham their fourth goal of the game, and bagged her third of the game.
It was a very tough and competitive game which saw The Rooks give it their all.
Captain, Rhian Cleverly, sustained a head injury which halted the game temporarily but we are pleased to report that following assessment in the hospital, she was able to return home and is recovering well.