Gemma Donnelly felt the 5-1 scoreline did reflect the game, despite a strong first-half showing from Rovers away at Lewes.
Natasha Flint’s 33rd minute leveller had given the Blues something to hold onto, but they were blown away by the home side in the second period.
Four goals without reply saw Rovers start the season with a defeat on the South Coast.
“Lewes were certainly worthy winners,” Donnelly said post-match.
“In the first-half after about 10 minutes we completely dominated. Had we capitalised on our half chances and set pieces that we created then it could have been different scoreline at half-time.
“I was disappointed to go in level but then to concede so quickly after the break and having to move the team around a little bit with injuries, it didn’t bode well for us really.
“In the second-half Lewes came out a completely different team and taught us a football lesson.
“We didn’t really achieve our full potential but fair play to Lewes they capitalised on that. We didn’t deal with the pressure that they exerted.
“They gave a good account of themselves and put in a good performance.”
Donnelly believes there are still some positives to take, despite defeat.
“In the first-half we played some really good football and they really struggled to get out of their half and we penned them back.
“In the second-half they’ve taken full advantage of the conditions and cut us apart. We were chasing the game a little bit they just kept finding holes.
“We’ll reflect on the game and work hard moving forward to ensure that we rectify those problems.”
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