Preview: Crystal Palace v Lewes FA Women's Championship

Preview: Crystal Palace v Lewes FA Women's Championship

Lewes head to south London on Sunday to face Crystal Palace for the final game of the FA Women’s Championship season.

Marcus Lee
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James Boyes

Lewes will be looking to continue their good momentum from last weekend’s victory over champions Leicester City and finish the season on a high, as they take on Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Last Time Out

The Rooks won all three points against the champions Leicester City last weekend. Lewes looked to put the pressure on the visitors early on. Lucy Ashworth-Clifford and Megan Mackey both went close but couldn’t open the scoring. On 20 minutes, the Rooks were awarded a penalty. Ashworth-Clifford won the ball high up the pitch and the No.18 was brought down inside the area by the Leicester defender. Ini Umotong stepped up to take the penalty and put it straight down the middle to give Lewes the lead.

The Foxes dominated the beginning of the second half as they looked for an equaliser, but the Lewes defence stood firm to prevent any chances. Tatiana Saunders made some vital saves to keep the hosts in the lead, notably diving low to palm Natasha Flint’s low effort away from goal. With only six minutes of the 90 left, Filippa Savva almost doubled the lead, but her shot was cleared off the line. The Rooks withstood the late pressure from Leicester and the whistle was blown for full-time, sealing the win and securing Lewes’ position in fifth place.

The Opposition

Crystal Palace currently sit in ninth in the FA Women’s Championship with 17 points after 19 games. The Eagles have won four and drawn five of their 19 games this season. Palace’s last win came back in February when they beat London Bees 5-0 as Bianca Baptiste and Coral-Jade Haines both scored a brace and Kate Natkiel scored the other goal. Since that win, Palace have lost four games and drawn one in the league.

Recently, Crystal Palace progressed to the next round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after beating London Bees 3-0 and they will face Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Arsenal. In the Continental Tyres League Cup, the Eagles reached the quarter-final stage but were knocked out by Leicester City.

Previous Meeting

The Rooks and the Eagles last clashed back in December in the last game of 2020. The visitors won the three points that day in a 2-0 win, with Baptiste scoring both goals. The game was goalless at half-time, but on 62 minutes, the deadlock was broken. A long ball reached Baptiste and she lobbed it over Saunders and fired in from close range. With only 10 minutes remaining, Baptiste scored her second as she chipped it over the onrushing Lewes goalkeeper.

One To Watch

Baptiste is currently the league’s joint third-highest goalscorer with eight goals in the FA Women’s Championship and has scored a total of 14 goals in all competitions for the Eagles. The Crystal Palace attacker has faced the Rooks twice this season and has scored four times, netting a brace in each match. Baptiste had a standout performance in Palace’s last league win when they beat London Bees 5-0, scoring two goals and assisting three.

How To Follow

Sunday’s match will be available to watch live on Crystal Palace’s YouTube channel.

Lewes will be looking to continue their good momentum from last weekend’s victory over champions Leicester City and finish the season on a high, as they take on Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Last Time Out

The Rooks won all three points against the champions Leicester City last weekend. Lewes looked to put the pressure on the visitors early on. Lucy Ashworth-Clifford and Megan Mackey both went close but couldn’t open the scoring. On 20 minutes, the Rooks were awarded a penalty. Ashworth-Clifford won the ball high up the pitch and the No.18 was brought down inside the area by the Leicester defender. Ini Umotong stepped up to take the penalty and put it straight down the middle to give Lewes the lead.

The Foxes dominated the beginning of the second half as they looked for an equaliser, but the Lewes defence stood firm to prevent any chances. Tatiana Saunders made some vital saves to keep the hosts in the lead, notably diving low to palm Natasha Flint’s low effort away from goal. With only six minutes of the 90 left, Filippa Savva almost doubled the lead, but her shot was cleared off the line. The Rooks withstood the late pressure from Leicester and the whistle was blown for full-time, sealing the win and securing Lewes’ position in fifth place.

The Opposition

Crystal Palace currently sit in ninth in the FA Women’s Championship with 17 points after 19 games. The Eagles have won four and drawn five of their 19 games this season. Palace’s last win came back in February when they beat London Bees 5-0 as Bianca Baptiste and Coral-Jade Haines both scored a brace and Kate Natkiel scored the other goal. Since that win, Palace have lost four games and drawn one in the league.

Recently, Crystal Palace progressed to the next round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after beating London Bees 3-0 and they will face Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Arsenal. In the Continental Tyres League Cup, the Eagles reached the quarter-final stage but were knocked out by Leicester City.

Previous Meeting

The Rooks and the Eagles last clashed back in December in the last game of 2020. The visitors won the three points that day in a 2-0 win, with Baptiste scoring both goals. The game was goalless at half-time, but on 62 minutes, the deadlock was broken. A long ball reached Baptiste and she lobbed it over Saunders and fired in from close range. With only 10 minutes remaining, Baptiste scored her second as she chipped it over the onrushing Lewes goalkeeper.

One To Watch

Baptiste is currently the league’s joint third-highest goalscorer with eight goals in the FA Women’s Championship and has scored a total of 14 goals in all competitions for the Eagles. The Crystal Palace attacker has faced the Rooks twice this season and has scored four times, netting a brace in each match. Baptiste had a standout performance in Palace’s last league win when they beat London Bees 5-0, scoring two goals and assisting three.

How To Follow

Sunday’s match will be available to watch live on Crystal Palace’s YouTube channel.