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21 February 2019 Venue Hayes Lane Attendance

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Match Previews

The Palace Preview: Palace Ladies v Lewes Women

21 February 2019

Playing on the back of a win over Leicester City Women, Palace Ladies will be looking to notch-up two wins in a row with a victory over Lewes Women this evening at Hayes Lane.

The match will be a chance for them to build on the significant result against the Foxes two weeks ago and up their points tally as they continue vying to progress in the FA Women's Championship.

Facing them will be a Lewes side equally hungry for points as the two teams currently sit level in the table in 9th and 10th respectively; Palace having the lead due to a superior goal difference.

However, with Lewes holding a game in hand, the Eagles will be aware as to just how significant this match will be and have been training hard in preparation.

Perhaps their key player at the moment is newly re-signed Gemma Bryan, who, returning to Palace after a brief spell with Charlton Athletic, has scored three goals from five appearances.

In doing so, she has begun to continue growing her goals total for Palace, after scoring over 100 times in three seasons previously for the south Londoners. Recently, she has said: "Obviously everybody knows how I feel, how passionate I am about this club. It feels normal to be back home now."

Among her teammates, the Eagles have a very strong attacking line based on pace and drive. Their collection of forwards is replete with great speed and talent and has helped to lead to Ladies to bagging seven goals against London Bees and three against both Millwall and Leicester City.

Overall, Palace have scored 22 times from 21 clashes in all competitions despite facing often seasoned opposition in the challenging league they have only recently been promoted to.

Their opposition tonight, however, will be buoyed by the last result between the two teams, as Lewes ran-out 2-1 victors on the south coast.

A relatively new side, Lewes were created in 2002 and are the only football club in the world where men and women are afforded equal playing budgets.

More recently, the team have lost their past five matches and will be looking to bounce back from the tough run of form they have endured.

Though the game's outcome cannot ever be predicted, we can be sure that tonight's clash will be a hotly contested battle between two driven teams in front of a busy crowd.

Make sure not to miss out on an evening of food, drink, entertainment and great football among a vocal atmosphere and buy your ticket here! Kick-off is 20.00 at Hayes Lane, Bromley.

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Match Reports

Ladies Report: Eagles Fall to Pair of Penalties

Crystal Palace Ladies 0-3 Lewes Women

21 February 2019

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A packed Hayes Lane crowd watched Crystal Palace battle well with Lewes Women this evening in a tight affair won by two penalties and an impressive long-range effort from the visiting Rooks.

As the game's initial opening exchanges took place at a lethargic pace, Kallie Balfour sparked things into life when she struck Palace's first chance within five minutes by cracking a shot at goal which went inches wide of the post. Barely seconds later, from a handful of yards out, Gemma Bryan missed a guilt-edged chance as she hit from point-blank range too close to shot-stopper Faye Baker.

Sarah Kempson looked to respond to Palace's double threat when she rifled the ball at goal, however on-loan 'keeper Lucy Gillet was equal to it and she tipped the strike round her right post. It was hardly a minute later that the visitors opened their account though when Kempson stroked home an early penalty to record the first notch on the scoreboard.

A while later, catching the Eagles completely unaware, Jess King almost punished Palace for switching off when she latched onto a quick free-kick before hitting an effort only marginally wide of goal.

At the other end of the pitch, Ashlee Hincks did well to shrug off a challenge before releasing a strong shot at goal, which Baker pushed away to safety. Almost immediately after, Gillett pulled off an even mightier save as she leapt to her right to force a hand behind a fizzing shot from Kempson before jumping up to block Katie Rood's rebound.

The Eagles almost went two down when, countering from a Palace free-kick, Lewes failed to capitalise on a scruffy goal-mouth scramble which seemed to present a progression of opportunities to score. The home side, however, held on.

Entering half-time only a goal down in a tight affair, all was left to play for as the two well-balanced teams re-took to the Bromley turf.

Looking to flip the game on its head entirely, Bryan picked up the ball in a harmless location - over 30 yards out - but somehow launched an effort at goal which dipped dramatically before just being palmed away by Baker.

Gillett then pulled off a string of heroic efforts as she put her body on the line from a point-blank shot before rising back up and, seconds later, hurling herself from the turf high into the air, denying Leeta Rutherford.

Minutes later, however, even Gillett couldn't prevent King from bagging her second as she struck from the edge of the box with a rising shot that flew high into the net.

Hincks couldn't quite open her side's account as she latched onto a ball in the centre of Lewes' box, however her control let her down and the visiting defence cleared the threat.

With less than 10 minutes of time remaining, Lewes were given their chance to wrap the game up as they were awarded their second penalty of the night. Rood stepped up and took the chance with confidence.

All that was left to do for Lewes was see the clash out, which they did well and, at the final whistle, the Eagles had lost to perhaps an unjust scoreline.

In spite of the result, the Ladies can be proud to have attracted almost 800 fans down to Hayes Lane, including first-team players Mamadou Sakho, Bakary Sako and Wilfried Zaha for a great night of entertaining football and off-the-pitch activity.

Palace: Gillett, McRoberts, Nuttall (Haydock 68), Holdaway, Collins, Mackenzie, Georgiou, Hincks, Bryan (Chandler 68), Whinnett, Balfour (Davenport 84).

Subs not used: Salgado, Watling, Nash, Keogh.

Lewes: Baker, Perry, McIntyre, Rutherford, Kempson (Boswell 81), Paye, Lane, O'Rourke, Quayle, Rood, King (Bridge).

Subs not used: Apps, Moloney, Larkin, Robert.

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Ticket News

Support the Palace Ladies Against Lewes During Half Term!

19 February 2019

Crystal Palace Ladies host one of the biggest games of their season on Thursday 21 February at 20:00 GMT at Hayes Lane as they face-off with Lewes Women, the south coast side sitting just one place below the Eagles on level points.

A win for the south Londoners could potentially move them up to eighth place in the Women’s Super League in their inaugural season, with every point earned of great significance.

A special evening of entertainment

The evening clash is set to provide a brilliant atmosphere, with food and drink available at the stadium, entertainment from freestyler Dan Magness before the game and the Utilita half-time challenge.

Ticket prices – kids go free!

Under 16s can attend the game free of charge, making it a perfect half-term activity, whilst Crystal Palace Season Ticket Holders and Members can attend for just £2.50. Adult tickets are priced at £4 in advance, and £5 on the gate.

Don’t miss this huge night and join the growing movement supporting women’s football and the Palace Ladies by securing your ticket today!

You can find out more about the Palace Ladies team as the club shines a spotlight on their season to date throughout the course of this week leading up to the game against Lewes, including interviews with chairman Richard Spokes, manager Dean Davenport and striker Gemma Bryan.

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