A triple triumph lifted the mood at Lewes, as all three ladies’ teams notched up impressive weekend victories.
The senior side, who have endured a nightmare run of fixtures against the Premier League’s top six, took full advantage of playing the team at the bottom, winning 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers to record their second victory of the season.
Meanwhile, the development side won for the first time this campaign, knocking Bedford’s reserves out of the Premier Reserves League Cup 2-1 away.
And their foundation side finally got their season under way in the Sussex County Women’s League, winning 7-2 at Horsham Sparrows.
Ellie Lock was the hero for the injury-hit first team, scoring twice before half-time after Rangers had taken an early lead through Lauren May.
And John Donoghue’s side grabbed a third in the second half when Kelly Newton made sure after a free-kick caused problems in the Rangers penalty area.
— Kate Macca McIntyre (@Macca2828) September 27, 2015
The win – their first since their 4-1 triumph over Plymouth Argyle on the opening day of the season, six weeks ago – lifts Lewes to ninth in the table, a third of the way through their season, after Plymouth and West Ham both lost, and brings to an end a run of six consecutive defeats.
And after next week’s Premier League Plate tie at Bedford, Lewes have another of what they must consider more winnable games, at home to Forest Green Rovers, who are a point ahead of them.
It’s a nightmare time, though, for QPR, who have lost all seven league matches this season – including home games against Lewes and Plymouth – two of the sides closest to them in the table.
They face champions Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Plenty to cheer about among Lewes’s development squad, too, with confirmation of the appointment of player Carly Noakes as manager following the departure of Mark Currier on the eve of the season.
We are pleased to announce the signing of Emma Plewa to @Lewes_cfc and also Carly Noakes as Manager of the Ladies DS squad
— Lewes Ladies FC (@LewesLadiesFC) September 28, 2015
Noakes, who had been acting player-manager for the opening three league games, has now been confirmed in the job following a weekend in which the team enjoyed some success, defeating Bedford Reserves 2-1.
Lauren Smith, who joined the club in the summer from Seahaven Harriers, scored their first and another newcomer, Mathilde Le Lubois de Trehervé, hit the winner.
Lewes’s third side – the renamed foundation squad – began their season in style with a 7-2 victory at Horsham Sparrows.
Chloe Evans and former Southdown Girls player Lucy Jellett led the way with two goals each, while Charlotte Russell and Ellie French scored one apiece.