After the break Sussex continued to fight hard despite Middlesex’s dominance, and came close to scoring again just four minutes into the second-half when Fleischman again found herself in on goal, but she was denied by a good save by Horsnell.
Michelle Ward denied the hosts a sixth goal with fourteen minutes to go with a fantastic cover tackle, and Wilson made a top-class save in the closing stages as she pushed a close range effort around the post, drawing applause from both sets of supporters.
Sussex head coach Nici Rice was pleased with her side’s performance given the circumstances: “Going in with a bare eleven, and a lot of them played three games this week, you can see they were tired and we didn’t have any options for substitutes,” she said.
“In the second-half we were actually fitter than the other side, who were using quite a few of their subs. I think they should be proud of themselves.
“They all played ninety minutes, so in terms of their fitness levels that was fantastic, the versatility in the squad was wonderful, and their effort and attitude was perfect.”
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Goals: 5-1; Shots: 16-6; Shots-on-target: 10-4; Corners: 7-1; Fouls: 3-0; Yellow cards: 0-0; Red cards: 0-0.
Middlesex: Horsnell, Slater, Magill, Laidler, DeLuca, Keightley, Petit, Down, Cheatley, Sampson, Neufville.
Subs: Smith, Currivan, Roberts, McKevitt.
Sussex: Wilson, Anderson, Elphick, Fleischman, Hyland, Killick, Larkin, Pilgrim, Robinson, Ward, Webley.
Match report by Archie Griggs