Lauren Pickett’s second-half goal sealed an impressive win for London Bees after coming from behind to beat Lewes in the FA Women’s Championship.

Pickett’s fourth goal of the season ended Lewes’ unbeaten start in the league in a thrilling encounter that saw chances for both sides at The Hive.

Dani Lane had earlier given Lewes the lead before Amelia Hazard equalised straight from kick off in a chaotic end to the first half.

Pickett’s strike put her side in front after the break, and they withstood strong Lewes pressure to hold on to the three points.

London Bees started the better of the sides, with Pickett twice going close to opening the scoring.

But Lewes grew into the contest with Zoe Ness and then Jess King squandering chances they should have taken.

Lewes got the lead they deserved after 45 minutes, Lane cutting in from the left wing and sending a looping effort into the far corner.

The Bees were level less than a minute later though as Lewes keeper Faye Baker couldn’t control the ball in the driving rain and Hazard tapped home for the simplest of finishes.

More drama followed in an extraordinary end to the half, with King appealing for a penalty after feeling she was felled in the box.

Pickett gave the Bees the lead against the run of play with a cool left footed finish after 54 minutes, before Flo Gamby missed a massive chance to extend the lead soon after.

Sarah Quantrill produced a brilliant save to deny a King header late on and the Bees stood firm to win in front of their home fans.

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