Herne Bay are still on course for what could be a second successive treble after retaining the Kent Women’s Plate with a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Bromley.
The South East Counties Division One East side, in only their second season, grabbed their fourth trophy of their brief existence – and have two more still to play for after a sensational start to life in regional football.
However, the other two could prove a little trickier than last night’s emphatic win over Greater London Division Two South side Bromley, who are in their very first season, several tiers below their opponents.
The Bay meet Premier Division title favourites Bexhill United in the League Cup and can still win the league, although it is out of their hands.
Last night at Sevenoaks FC, however, in front of a crowd of 181, their destiny was very much within their own control.
Kate Foster was the star, with a hat-trick, including a penalty for her third, which she earned herself.
Vicky Holness, Lesley Kay, Harriet Chapman and Carly Farrow scored Bay’s other goals – including three in five minutes just before half-time to kill the tie – and Tanya Holley scored a late consolation for the underdogs.
Top team, top result, fantastic goals! Wouldn’t change any of them, well maybe one! Still 🐝💤💤💤ing! #🏆
— Anthony Deer (@deery100) April 2, 2014
Herne Bay manager Anthony Deer told Sent Her Forward: “I’m pleased and proud of the girls in their first cup final of the season. To retain the Kent Women’s Plate is a fantastic achievement for Herne Bay as a club.
“With the league still a possibility and the other cup final to look forward to, our second season is just as good as our first season last year – if not better.
“The game was pretty much over by half-time – four unbelievably goals. We actually played better in the second half and continued to create chance after chance.
“The only blip was the goal conceded, but by then it was all over. Overall, it was a good performance against a team that never gave up.”
Bromley coach Steve Payne told KentFA.com: “We’ve been beaten by a very good side. I’m proud of the girls. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.
“If we win maybe two more league games, we’ll be champions. So how can we be unhappy?”