Simon Parker (R) manager of Lewes Women with his assistant. Lewes Women v London Bees, Women’s Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 19 Jan 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

‘The goals were avoidable’ says Lewes boss Parker

Lewes boss Simon Parker was left frustrated by the manner of the goals conceded by his side in their 3-0 defeat to Durham at Maiden Castle this afternoon.

The Rookettes were excellent for 80 minutes against The Wildcats but two Beth Hepple goals and a sublime Emily Roberts  effort eventually broke their resistance.

The opening goal came from the penalty spot after Sammy Quayle was adjudged to have brought down Abby Holmes in the box. The decision looked harsh and Lewes boss Parker agreed when speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the final whistle.

“It did feel soft in the moment” said Parker. “I am always going to feel like that.

“I need to watch it back to see whether it was a penalty but it did feel a little soft.”

Parker was more critical of the manner in which his side conceded two further goals in second half injury time. First, Hepple’s corner kick flew straight in before Roberts was given time and space to pick her spot from 20 yards.

On his side’s late collapse, Parker said “I’m fuming, I’m angry.

“I know my players did so well up until a point but those last two goals were pretty poor, they were so avoidable, especially considering how well we had played.

“We came with a game plan to be defensively solid and we implemented that really well but I’m just gutted.”

Taking away the three goals, Lewes performed admirably given the number of new additions which have been brought to the club this summer. The Sussex club were the only FA Women’s Championship club not in action on opening day but Parker’s side gelled well at Maiden Castle.

Summarising his side’s overall performance, Parker said “They’ve all worked hard all pre-season and we have belief that we can get a result against anybody and that we can be defensively solid.

“That’s why it is so gutting but if you switch off for part of the game and make errors, you get punished.

“If I take that away, I am really proud of them and they are gelling really well.”

Lewes are back in action on Sunday 27 September when Coventry United are the visitors to The Dripping Pan.

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