By Rab Willis
16 September
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Lewes 1st XV (17) - Hampstead 1st XV (15)

The gazebo was up, the sun was shining, the supporters were out in force and the ice creams were melting! It was time for Lewes ladies to face a strong opposition in the form of Hampstead Ladies.

After last week’s convincing win, the team were feeling the nerves of performing at home for the first time this season.

The whistled went and from the off, Hampstead were using their strong forward runners to try and break the Lewes defence. However, this proved to be too big of a task. The Lewes defence was strong. A penalty was given to Hampstead and they kicked for 3 points. The restart allowed the women to gain some ground and test Hampstead.

The forwards settled into the scrums and were able to build a strong platform for the backs.
At half time, Lewes finally started to dominate and after a quick break they were ready to go again.

The second half saw Lewes pick up where they had left off and pushed into Hampstead’s 22 after a series of scrums, stolen lineouts and exceptional backs moves, Lauren Arthur got the first try and soon after, Abi Radford ran in another one under the posts.

Lewes were now in control and continued to dominate. Lauren Arthur ran in yet another try and Sophie Kelland converted.
Hampstead found a second wind and tested the defence once again and quickly scored a try under the posts which was converted.

Hampstead continued to fight back and with only a couple of minutes to go, Hannah Ross was carded after a succession of penalties against Lewes.

Hampstead used their strong forward runners once again to try and make some space. Their determination paid off and they scored in the corner but were unable to convert.

The final whistle went and there was relief all round. Traditionally, Lewes has lost out to Hampstead but with incredible teamwork they turned it around. That’s two wins from two and a spot at the top of the table. Forward of the match went to prop Cat Thompson and back of the match went to fly half Sophie Kelland.

The team enjoyed a good old Sunday roast at sponsor pub the Hare and Hounds in Brighton and rehydrated with a few pints.

Match report: Hannah Boss

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