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Lewes 1-2 United Women - report

17 November 2019

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Sheffield United Women returned to winning ways in the FA Women's Championship with a well-earned 2-1 victory away at Lewes.

Goals in the first half from Jade Pennock and Veatriki Sarri put Carla Ward's side well on their way to victory before Katie Rood pulled a goal back with half an hour to go.

As they have so often this season, United came flying out of the blocks and dominated the possession during the early exchanges.

It took just 12 minutes for the breakthrough to come and it was a familiar source of goals when it arrived.

Maddy Cusack's weighted through ball found Pennock who steadied herself and slotted beyond Faye Baker into the far corner.

The Blades continued to control the match without creating any clear chances, but Sophie Barker, Pennock and Cusack were lively in their link up play down the right while Sarri and Olivia Fergusson did similar on the left.

It was the movement and patience that opened up the space for the Blades' second goal. The ball was played out to Sarri who moved into space and promptly hammered the ball into the top corner from well outside the box.

Katie Wilkinson saw an effort cleared off the line before Fergusson saw a shot saved, but the chances began to dry up in the second half though United maintained control on the game.

15 minutes into the second half, Lewes halved the deficit when Rood ran forwards towards the edge of the box and fired an effort into the far corner.

Aimee Palmer curled a free-kick just wide as the Blades looked to respond but in the end Lewes couldn't create the chances to force an equaliser and United walked away with a deserved three points.

Blades: Flaherty, Barker, Tierney, Little, Hartley, Pennock, Cusack, Wilkinson (Paul 66), Palmer (Lipka 80), Sarri (Dixon 80), Fergusson.
Unused subs: Batty, Matthews.

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