Round-up of the rest of Sunday’s grassroots women’s football in the South East – including news of yet more postponements
Buoyant Carshalton Athletic are continuing where they left off last season, with another big win putting them clear at the top of the London & South East Regional League.
The Surrey side, who won the county’s league and cup double last season, cruised to their fourth successive victory and preserved their 100% record, hammering Hassocks 11-0.
Laura Curtis scored five, taking her tally to 12 in five league and cup games as her team continue to take the regional league by storm.
Previous leaders Fulham Foundation crashed to their first defeat of the season, at home to Maidstone United.
London Corinthians are third after inflicting a fifth defeat in a row on struggling Aylesford, while Bexhill United, who were promoted with the Kent side last season, crashed to a 4-1 home defeat by KIKK United.
Another East Sussex side, Eastbourne Town, also lost – 4-2 at Crawley Wasps – in a game that produced nine yellow cards and one red.
Two goals by Keisha Lawrence had pulled Town back into the match after Rebecca Carter and Toni Smith had given Crawley a 2-0 half-time lead.
But a penalty – and sending-off – after a handball in the Eastbourne box gave Natalie Stephenson the chance to haul Crawley back in front from the spot before Carter finished off the visitors with her second.
AFC Wimbledon missed the chance to go joint-top when they lost 3-0 at Old Actonians.
|Aylesford 0 London Corinthians 4|
|Bexhill United 1 (L Johnson) KIKK United 4|
|Carshalton Athletic 11 (L Curtis 5, Smith 2, O’Halloran 2, Bale, Davies) Hassocks 0|
|Crawley Wasps 4 (Carter 2, Smith, Stephenson pen) Eastbourne Town 2 (Lawrence 2)|
|Fulham Foundation 0 Maidstone United 1|
|Old Actonians 3 AFC Wimbledon 0|
South East Counties Women’s League
The top three pulled further away from the pack with emphatic victories in the fourth round of games in the Premier Division.
Herne Bay remain top, with the division’s only remaining 100% record, after defeating Burgess Hill 3-0 with strikes from Harriet Chapman – her sixth of the campaign – and goal-hungry substitute Issie Tulett.
Dartford remain second after beating bottom club South Park 4-1, Sofia Da Costa scoring the Surrey side’s consolation in a defeat that leaves them still pointless after three league games.
And Long Lane‘s 6-0 win at Crockenhill keeps them third, five points clear of fourth-placed Anchorians.
|Anchorians 1 Eastbourne 1|
|Crockenhill 0 Long Lane 6|
|Dartford 4 South Park 1 (Da Costa)|
|Herne Bay 3 (Tulett 2, Chapman) Burgess Hill 0|
|Parkwood Rangers 0 Meridian 2|
Division One West
Worthing Minors went to the top of the league after racking up a season-best score of 13-0 against Wivelsfield Green.
Minors beat the previous highest – Seahaven Harriers‘ 8-2 victory over the same opposition – to leapfrog the south-coast side after they were unable to improve their goal difference after being given a walkover against Dorking.
Hayley Bridge and Dani Lane each scored four for Worthing, Chloe Johnson got two, and there were also goals for Stephanie Carter, Maddy Emerton and Phoebe Thorpe.
Abbey Rangers also managed to better Seahaven’s score, hammering fellow newly-promoted side Adur Athletic 8-1. Rachel Johnson took her tally to seven goals in two games, with four, and strike partner Amber Walker claimed two. Hannah Johnson and Steph Sale got Abbey’s others.
The win keeps them in touch with the leading pair, with a 100% record and a game in hand.
Worthing Town claimed their first points since their re-formed team was placed directly in the division, beating Milford & Witley 2-1.
|Abbey Rangers 8 (R Johnson 4, Walker 2, H Johnson, Sale) Adur Athletic 1|
|Burgess Hill 2nds 2 Bexhill United Reserves 0|
|Seahaven Harriers H/W Dorking|
|Worthing Minors 13 (Bridge 4, Lane 4, Johnson 2, Carter, Emerton, Thorpe) Wivelsfield Green 0|
|Worthing Town 2 Milford & Witley 1 (Cox)|
Division One East
Ashford and Thanet Colts each hit six in maintaining their perfect starts to the season.
Rusthall and Castle Colts, the two bottom clubs, both conceded six to stay rooted to the foot of the table.
|Castle Colts 1 Ashford 6|
|Faversham Elizabethians 2 Thanet Colts 6|
|Prince of Wales 1 Anchorians 2nds 0|
|Rusthall 2 Charlton Athletic Development 6|
Long Lane Reserves followed up last week’s 10 goals with another eight against Sheerness East.
Margate, who were on the receiving end of last week’s 10-goal salvo, hit five themselves yesterday to beat London Corinthian Reserves.
Swale, who lost 4-1 to Anchorians 3rds, remain without a point after three games.
|Anchorians 3rds 4 Swale 1|
|Long Lane Reserves 8 Sheerness East 0|
|Margate 5 London Corinthians Reserves 2|
|Teynham Gunners 1 University of Kent 0|
Sussex County Women & Girls League
Unfortunately, in the Sussex League, it’s once again a question of what didn’t happen as much as what actually did.
Worthing Town Reserves no longer feature in the division, having failed to fulfil their first scheduled fixture, and the game scheduled for the club’s other side in the division, at Crawley Wasps, was also postponed yesterday.
Henfield, who lost their opening game 11-0, pulled out of Sunday’s fixture against Hurstpierpoint – the second successive Sunday that Hurstpierpoint had been denied a game through postponement.
And Predators – who could not make that fixture last week – fielded only nine players at Lancing yesterday.
It means that after two weeks of the SCWGFL season, a division that initially had 11 entries, and started the season with 10 teams, now has just nine – and has had just five matches.
Sent Her Forward has asked the SCWGFL for its comments on the situation, which comes quickly after the axing of its Under-18 Division because of a lack of interest, and will report league officials’ views on the future of women’s and girls’ football in the county when it receives them.
On the field, Rottingdean Village, last year’s runners-up, shook off last week’s defeat against Crawley Wasps, beating Jarvis Brook 5-3. Amy Clark hit a hat-trick for the East Sussex side.
And in the one-sided game at Culver Road, reported here, Lancing beat Predators 14-0.
|Crawley Wasps P-P Worthing Town|
|Jarvis Brook 3 Rottingdean Village 5 (Clark 3, Kinloch, Smith)|
|Lancing 11 (Bashir-Eviston 4, Cobb 2, Longhurst 2, Tibbs 2, Pierce, Watson, Webley) Predators 0|
|Hurstpierpoint P-P Henfield|
In the Under-16 Division there was a full house of two fixtures – Southdown winning 7-1 for the second week running, with a second successive hat-trick for Lucy Jellett, and Bexhill United and Hawks Youth Withdean drawing 4-4.
|Bexhill United 4 (Sands 2, Devereux, Freeman) Hawks Youth Withdean 2 (Hall 2, Butcher, Greenfield)|
|Royal Tunbridge Wells 1 (McPhail) Southdown 7 (Jellett 3, Curran 2, MacIntyre, OG)|
Surrey County Women & Girls League
Crawley Town‘s switch to Surrey after the scrapping of the Sussex league is going well so far, the girls’ team topping the table after a second successive victory.
They won 1-0 at Abbey Rangers, courtesy of a goal from Ellie Killick-Bird, to follow up last week’s 9-2 victory over South Park.
Hampshire County Women’s Football League
Perhaps it is not only Sussex that is struggling. Portsmouth‘s third fixture in their home county league, away to BTC, was abandoned after an injury to one of the players meant there were not enough players to complete the game.
The Hampshire FA will determine the outcome at the women’s league committee’s next meeting.
Portsmouth lost their opening game, at Southampton Saints, but won last week at home to Mudeford Phoenix.
Results and details courtesy of the FA’s Full-Time website and club officials.