Portsmouth returned to winning ways in the Premier League as goals by in-form Lucy Quinn and Sarah Kempson earned them a 2-0 win and brought an end to Lewes’s winning start to the season.
The pair scored for the second game in a row, following Pompey’s 4-2 win against Copsewood Coventry in the League Cup on Sunday.
And it was just the tonic they needed after their opening day humiliation against Cardiff City, when they lost 7-3.
They took the lead on 74 minutes when last season’s top scorer Quinn, who scored two on Sunday, fired home a long-range free-kick.
And Kempson made sure of the points just before full-time with another long-range spectacular effort.
Earlier, Lewes goalkeeper Michelle Beazley had kept the Sussex side in the game with an impressive one-handed save to deny Charley Wilson. A few minutes later she was injured in a collision with Tiff Taylor, and not long after that she was finally beaten.
The win takes Pompey level with Lewes, who won their opening fixture 2-0 against Plymouth Argyle, in the early Premier League table, but with an inferior goal difference.
Lewes also won in the League Cup last weekend.
Graham among the goals again
But both teams are going to struggle to catch early pace-setters Charlton Athletic, who followed their resounding 12-1 victory over Keynsham Town on the first day of the season with a 5-0 victory tonight over Queens Park Rangers.
Once again, goal machine Kit Graham was among the goals – her double brought her tally for the season to nine from three league and cup games, following her four in the Keynsham win and three more as they beat Swindon Town in the League Cup.
With six points from their two league games and a goal difference of 16 already, they are looking like the team to beat.
Charlton’s other goals tonight came from Sam Pittuck, who now has four this season, Gemma Shepherd, who has six, and Amy Howlett, who has two.
Charlton visit Spurs in the league on Sunday.