Round-up of the weekend’s action around the South East
South Coast Super League hopefuls Brighton and Portsmouth confirmed their credentials with goal-laden victories on Sunday.
Brighton, who experienced defeat for the first time under James Marrs last weekend – against Portsmouth – bounced back in fine style, defeating Plymouth Argyle 5-0 in Devon.
Meanwhile, Pompey were going one better against Keynsham Town, who are leaking goals in the league, cruising to a 6-0 win.
Marrs will surely be happy with his team’s return to form after criticising aspects of their performance, not only in their 2-0 defeat at home to Portsmouth last week but also in their previous victories, against Copsewood Coventry and Gillingham.
Lucy Somes helped herself to a hat-trick – and her team to the top of the Premier League on goals scored. The other goals came from the in-form Amy Green and a Charlotte Owen penalty.
The head coach praised the work-rate of both Somes and Fliss Gibbons, who for once was not on the scoresheet. He told the club’s website: “Lucy is right on form at the moment and worked tirelessly for 90 minutes. She deserves everything that comes her way.”
He said of Gibbons, one of the many players who followed him to Brighton from Gillingham: “She was still chasing players in the 80th minute, even though we were 5-0 up. If she continues in that vein, then she’ll have a great season.”
While Plymouth are newly promoted from the former South West Combination, they had already demonstrated their pedigree this season, beating much-fancied Cardiff City last week.
Brighton’s win takes them level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, but top by virtue of having scored a goal more than Spurs, who were in cup action yesterday, and can still go clear if they win their game in hand.
Charlton, too, can overtake the South Coast pair if they win their own game in hand, courtesy of a far superior goal difference, earned largely at the expense of Keynsham, who conceded another six goals yesterday at Portsmouth.
Five different players were on the scoresheet, including Gemma Hillier, who scored her fifth goal in four league games this season.
Charley Wilson bagged her first two of the campaign, Molly Clark and Lucy Quinn grabbed their second and fourth of the season respectively, and substitute Shannon Sievewright scored her first senior goal for the club.
Keynsham have now conceded 26 goals in their four league games to date.
The win – Pompey’s biggest of the season – was their fourth in a row. Three of those victories have come in the league, and yesterday’s scoreline enabled them to more than wipe out their opening-day deficit, when they were beaten 7-3 by Cardiff.
But the goals were not sufficient to take them beyond the goal differences of Brighton and Spurs.
By contrast, newcomers Copsewood Coventry were celebrating their first victory in the Premier League – 1-0 at West Ham United. Nicola Foskett, who has had no problem finding her feet at this level, scored the only goal.
Manager Ryan Conneely told Sent Her Forward: “The girls did themselves proud.”
FAW Premier League results
|Plymouth Argyle 0 Brighton & HA 5 (Somes 3, Green, Owen)|
|Portsmouth 6 (Wilson 2, Hillier, Clark, Quinn, Sievewright) Keynsham Town 0|
|West Ham United 0 Copsewood Coventry 1 (Foskett)|
FAW Premier League Division One South West
Forest Green Rovers maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win against Larkhall Athletic, while their victims and the other two clubs stranded at the bottom are all still trying to get off the mark.
Gosport Borough and St Nicholas also lost by the same score, against Chichester City and Exeter City respectively.
|Exeter City 3 St Nicholas 0|
|Forest Green Rovers 3 Larkhall Athletic 0|
|Gosport Borough 0 Chichester City 3 (Ambler, Challen, Cheshire)|
|Shanklin 2 Cheltenham Town 2|
|Southampton Saints 3 Swindon Town 3|
FAW Premier Reserves League
It was League Cup day yesterday for Premier League clubs’ reserves sides, and it was a particularly impressive start for Lewes, whose newly created development side comprises largely under-23 players.
Mark Currier’s side won 4-0 at Portsmouth, with two goals from Clare Trafford – who has first-team experience – one from Gabriella Beckett and an own goal.
The coach was happy to get off the mark with a victory but described it to Sent Her Forward as an “encouraging start, but lots to work on”.
Gillingham, too, earned a commendable victory, defeating Bedford‘s reserves 4-1 a week after crashing 7-1 to Brighton’s second string. The Gills’ goals came from Kayleigh Galvin, Ashleigh Loosemore, Megan Carroll and Charlotte Long.
Brighton‘s tie with Queens Park Rangers was postponed, and Chichester City‘s young development side crashed 6-0 at Charlton Athletic.
|Cardiff City 3 West Ham United 4|
|Charlton Athletic 6 (Cole 3, Manktelow 2, Stubbington) Chichester City 0|
|Gillingham 4 (Galvin, Loosemore, Carroll, C Long) Bedford 1|
|Portsmouth 0 Lewes 4 (Trafford 2, Beckett, OG)|
|Tottenham Hotspur 3 C&K Basildon 1|
London & South East Regional Women’s League
Bexhill United finally got off the mark with victory at the fourth time of asking in their fourth consecutive away game following promotion last season.
The East Sussex side beat West Sussex rivals Hassocks 2-0, with a goal in each half, from Laura Bolton and Fay Denyer.
— Laura Bolton (@bolt_on10) September 14, 2014
The result continued their gradual improvement since being promoted, having lost their opening two fixtures 6-0 and 4-0, and lifts them to 10th, above yesterday’s opponents and Aylesford, with whom they were promoted last season.
Aylesford lost their fourth game on the trot – 1-0 to Eastbourne Town – but like Bexhill, their performances have largely been heading in the right direction, after 7-4 and 5-1 defeats in their first two games.
Crawley Wasps crashed to their second defeat in an up-and-down start to their season, losing 4-1 at high-flying AFC Wimbledon.
Fellow Londoners Fulham Foundation still lead the table, but they dropped their first points of the season, drawing 1-1 at Old Actonians.
The most outstanding performers in the division so far are surely Carshalton Athletic, who were promoted from the Surrey League last season. They have won all three of their league games to date, and are currently second following yesterday’s 5-2 success at London Corinthians.
They are a game behind because they were playing an early FAW Cup match last week – which they also won.
|AFC Wimbledon 4 Crawley Wasps 1|
|Eastbourne Town 1 Aylesford 0|
|Hassocks 0 Bexhill United 2 (Bolton, Denyer)|
|KIKK United 3 Maidstone United 4|
|London Corinthians 2 Carshalton Athletic 5|
|Old Actonians 1 Fulham Foundation 1|