Lewes Women’s manager Fran Alonso says striker Zoe Ness is the best player in the WSL Championship.

Ness signed for the Rooks in the summer and has already found the back of net three times this season.

Alonso holds the Scottish international in high regard.

He said: “I believe Zoe is the best player in the league, this is what I told her prior to her joining.

“She had taken a couple of months away from football so it took her time to adjust and to get used to our formation.

“This season she has been in superb form for us. The way she is training she will probably score against on Sunday.

“It is not just Zoe who has been doing well this season.

“All the girls have been working hard.

“I struggle to pick an 11 because of how well they are training.

“We have had a few players who have been great so far this season.”

The Rooks currently sit sixth in the Championship table with eight points from their opening five games.

However Alonso feels his side have underachieved.

He said: “I have to say we have underachieved. Many people say we have had a good start, but in the games we have had a lot of possession, attempts on goal and we should have had five more points this season.

“The girls have been working hard in training and we have upped the regularity and intensity of their training sessions.

“Despite this, I am happy with the way we are playing.”

Lewes take on Leicester at the Dripping Pan tomorrow.

Leicester currently sit second bottom in the table having picked up just one point from their opening five games.

Despite this Alonso says his side need to be wary.

He said: “I have watched all of their games and they have not made the start to the season they would have hoped.

“But like us they have not had much luck.

“In the game against London Bees they went 2-0 and conceded right on half-time, before conceding right at the end of the game.

“Against Crystal Palace they also conceded two late on to lose.

“They have a very young team, who are technically gifted.

“Leicester was also my first game in charge when we lost 4-0 so they need to be respected as any team can beat anyone.”

The Rooks themselves head into the game having lost their previous two games in all competitions, but Alonso says his side performances have not been bad.

He said: “The first game we finished the game with nine players, it was the last game for our captain who was retiring that day and we played a few girls who were making their debuts.

“In the second match we were disappointed as we had created 26 chances in the game, which is our highest this season and we only scored one.

“We were really disappointed to lose back-to-back games but the performances have not been that bad.

“The way we are looking in training as well hopefully we can turn it around.”