D Cooper '7
- Charlotte Gurr and Deanna Cooper on target for Albion
- The Seagulls remain top of the league
- James Marrs’s side are unbeaten in eight matches this season
- Albion claim a league double over Lewes
Brighton & Hove Albion women extended their winning run to six matches with a 2-0 victory over Lewes in a Sussex derby at the Dripping Pan.
The Seagulls remain top of the Premier League Southern Division table with 19 points from seven games and are still unbeaten this season.
The game began in a lively fashion, as Lucy Somes saw her shot from distance rise over the crossbar before Deanna Cooper gave Albion the lead after seven minutes.
Somes's initial free-kick was saved by Lewes keeper Lauren Dolbear, but the shot-stopper pushed the ball straight into the path of Cooper, who headed home for her third goal of the season.
Lewes sought to restore parity to the scoreline straight away, as former Seagull Cherelle Khassal’s shot was saved by Faye Baker.
But Albion began to assert their dominance on the game, and Dolbear had to be alert to push away Kate Natkiel’s effort before dealing with two attempts by Charlotte Gurr.
Amy Taylor hit the side-netting following a sweeping Albion move, before Gurr’s strike cannoned off the cross and Natkiel could not make a decent connection with the follow up.
The Seagulls doubled their advantage just a minute before the interval when Natkiel’s cross from the right-hand side was slotted home by Gurr at the far post.
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James Marrs’s side could have scored a third goal when Gurr’s shot was cleared into the path of Taylor, who blasted a shot over the bar.
The hosts had a spell of pressure midway through the second half, as Khassal’s cross was met by Katie McIntyre but her effort rebounded off the woodwork.
Gurr continued to be central to Albion’s attacking play and her corner found Cooper inside the box, but the defender could not make a decent connection with the cross.
Kirsty Barton was next to try her luck from distance, but her looping shot did not trouble Dolbear.
Khassal was involved in the thick of the action again for Lewes shortly afterwards, as her strike went wide of Baker’s left-hand post.
Brighton looked to add extra gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages when Taylor's cross from the right-hand side went across the face of the Lewes goal and eluded substitute Charlotte Markham.
Charlotte Young then had a shot blocked inside the box, but the Seagulls did not add to their first-half tally and claimed another 2-0 win over their local rivals.
ALBION: Baker; C Cooper, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Leitch (Markham 45), Barton, Blackie, Gurr, Somes (Boswell 68); Natkiel (Young 76), Taylor.
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