A magnificent Anna Grey freekick was the difference as the Rooks came from behind to win at home for the first time this season against London City Lionesses. Reports William Kirkup.
Her 79th minute curling effort proved decisive and topped off a superb player of the match display.
Hollie Olding slotted home the initial equaliser just before the hour mark, her instinctive finish sparking a brilliant comeback.
London City Lionesses had taken the lead in the first half via Paige Satchell, but Scott Booth’s side totally deserved the three points given their fantastic performance after the break.
The victory moves us off the bottom of the table to 11th, and just three points adrift from safety.
The Prides’ opener came in the 16th minute of an attritional first half, when Grace Garrad battled windy conditions to deal with a long ball.
Satchell latched onto it and poked home past Sophie Whitehouse in the Lewes goal.
After this both sides struggled to make inroads despite Reanna Blades finding plenty of space down the left-hand.
But the second half saw a transformed Lewes outfit who looked far more composed in possession and dangerous going forward.
In the 58th minute Olding swept home through an array of bodies after Sarah Brasero-Carreira’s initial shot was blocked when London City failed to fully clear a corner.
10 minutes later the 19-year-old attacker was inches from giving her side the lead when she clattered the upright after a swift breakaway.
And for the winner she was again instrumental when Pride midfielder Izzy Groves clumsily fouled her on the edge of the box.
The resulting free-kick was struck perfectly by Grey and gave Grace Moloney no chance in the London City goal.
It was a goal worthy of winning any match and sealed a vital three points in front of the jubilant home support at the Dripping Pan.
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