Leicester City Women Football Club

Lewes FC Women v Leicester City



Leicester City Women suffered a second successive league defeat as they fell to a 4-3 defeat to Lewes FC Women in East Sussex.

Jonathan Morgan made two changes to the side which lost 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at Farley Way Stadium on Wednesday night with Sophie Domingo and Maddy Cusack coming in for Rosie Axten and Freya Thomas.

The Foxes started the game brightly, with both Leigh Dugmore and Freda Ayisi getting shots away from inside the 18-yard-box.

Seven minutes into the game and the Foxes were awarded a penalty, Dugmore took the ball through on goal and played it round the Lewes keeper before being caught by a trailing leg.

Melissa Johnson stepped up to take the spot-kick and comfortably placed the ball out of the keepers reach into the bottom corner of the net for the Foxes first goal in three games.

Six minutes later and the Foxes doubled their lead, Johnson latched onto a loose ball amongst the Lewes defence to round the keeper and slot home from a tight angle.

Having won their opening two matches, Lewes faced a tough challenge but the home side and fans were buoyed by an opportunity shortly before the half-hour mark. A deep cross from the right hand side found Danielle Lane unmarked at the back post but her header across goal was wide of the left hand post.

Minutes later, the hosts had a goal back, Rebecca Carter finishing well from the edge of the area with a half-volleyed effort.

City looked to restore their two-goal lead with Dugmore firing narrowly wide after good work from Mel Johnson before Cusack did well under pressure to get a shot away but the midfielder’s effort was wide. 

The Foxes continued to dominate the chances in the second half, Mel Johnson raced in behind the defence on the right side before pulling the ball back for Ayisi but the defence recovered well to block the ball before the shot came in.

City saw another good opportunity go missing shortly before the hour mark, Ayisi played a low ball into the box which found Melissa Johnson, the strikers first time shot was saved by the substitute keeper before she collected it at the feet of Dugmore.

A five minute spell, twenty minutes from time, changed the game in the favour of the hosts. Rebecca Carter netted two second half goals to complete her hat-trick and put the hosts 3-2 up.

The Foxes hit the crossbar with ten minutes to go as Charlotte Greengrass rose well from a corner to see the ball bounce down off the underside of the bar before being cleared off the line.

Lewes Substitute Sam Quayle secured the points for The hosts with a break-away goal Carter raced away down the left hand side before drilling a low effort across the six-yard-box which found Quayle at the back post to tap home.

Jonathan Morgan’s side pulled a goal back inside stoppage time when substitute Fiona Worts fired home from the edge of the area after a corner.

The Foxes pushed everything forward inside the dying stages of the game but time evaded them as their search for an equaliser was ended by the referee’s whistle.

LEWES: Baker (Wilson ’45), Wells, Boswell, Taylor, Moloney, McIntyre, Rutherford, Kempson (Owen ’84), Bergin, Lane (Quayle ’82), Carter
SUBS NOT USED: Thompson-Agbro, Larkin, Carleton, Paye
GOALS: Carter ’32, ’70, ’76, Quayle ’83

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, Morgan (C), Greengrass, N Johnson (Worts ’79), Cusack, McCue, Dugmore, Domingo, M Johnson, Ayisi (Axten ’68)
SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, Nymoen, Thomas, Hudson, L Johnson
GOALS: M Johnson ‘8, ’14, Worts ’90



Who impressed?

Melissa Johnson got herself back amongst the goals with two early in the match, taking her tally to four already for the season. The striker was a constant threat for the City front line and had chances to complete her hat-trick later in the game but was denied by some good Lewes defending.

Where do we stand?

The FA Women’s Championship table after matchweek three.

The Foxes sit sixth after matchweek three with three points from their opening three matches. Next week’s opponents London Bees sit just below them in seventh with an identical record.

Where next?

London Bees are next up at Farley Way Stadium for the Foxes, they will arrive in Leicestershire on the back of today’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester United. Luke Swindlehurst’s side will be looking for an immediate response. The match is a 2pm kick off at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday 30 September.




Date Time League Season
23/09/18 14:00 FA Women's Championship 2018/19


Dripping Pan
3 Mountfield Rd, Lewes BN7 2UT, UK


Lewes FC Women4
Leicester City3

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Nat Johnson 15Midfielder0000
Sophie DomingoForward0000
Maddy CusackMidfielder0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0100
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Freda Ayisi 10Forward0000
Melissa JohnsonForward2 (8', 14')000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Nicole NymeonMidfielder0000
Fiona Worts 19Forward1 (90')000
Freya ThomasMidfielder0000
Natasha HudsonMidfielder0000
Rosie Axten 11Forward0100
Lucy JohnsonDefender0000