Round-up of the rest of the weekend’s women’s and girls’ football action
The big three in the South East Counties Division One West are already moving clear of the rest after extending their 100% records with convincing wins on Sunday.
Worthing Minors, who had already scored 23 goals in their first three games, appeared to ease off the gas with a mere 3-0 victory away to newly promoted Adur Athletic.
Phoebe Thorpe, Millie Crowhurst and top scorer Dani Lane scored the goals that left Adur just two off the bottom, with just a single point to date.
Hot on their heels are Seahaven Harriers, who went on a scoring spree against Wivelsfield Green for the second time in less than a month, hammering them 9-2 after winning 8-2 in the home fixture on the first day of the season.
Katie Bothwell scored four of Seahaven’s goals, bringing their tally for the season to 22 – still four behind Worthing Minors. Wivelsfield have now conceded 30 goals in their four league games to date – one of which they won.
The third 100% record is held by surprise package Abbey Rangers, who were promoted last season from the Surrey County Women’s League.
They recorded their third successive league victory, beating Burgess Hill 2nds 5-0, with Rachel Johnson‘s double taking her tally to nine goals from three games. Hannah Johnson, Amber Walker and Stephanie Sale got the others.
Milford & Witley won the Surrey derby, winning 4-0 at Dorking to move four points clear of the bottom – a position occupied by their county rivals.
SECWL Division One West results:
|Abbey Rangers 5 (R Johnson 2, H Johnson, Walker, Sale) Burgess Hill 2nds 0|
|Adur Athletic 0 Worthing Minors 3 (Thorpe, Crowhurst, Lane)|
|Dorking 0 Milford & Witley 4|
|Wivelsfield Green 2 (J Gardiner, Vogel) Seahaven Harriers 9 (Bothwell 4, Ungoed 2, Flynn, Franks, Smith)|
SEC Women’s League
Because of FAW Cup commitments there was only one league fixture in the Premier Division, South Park losing 3-1 at home to Meridian.
Josie Porter scored for a new-look South Park side, with Olympia Little, Amy Russ and Katie Waters replying for the Kent side, who move up to fourth. South Park have yet to win a point and are bottom of the division.
Division One East
League leaders Ashford lost their 100% record when they fell to their first defeat of the season, 2-1 at home to Prince of Wales.
The result leaves Thanet Colts – whose game against Rusthall was postponed – as the only side still with a perfect record, though they have played one game fewer.
Charlton Athletic Development doubled their points tally for the season with a 5-0 victory at Aylesford Reserves, who are still adjusting to life after promotion.
Aylesford’s manager, Steve King, told Sent Her Forward: “It’s been a difficult start, playing in a higher division and losing some players to uni and work. On the day Charlton gave us a lesson on how to play good football.”
But he added: “There are always positives to take away from matches like that. We want to play against better teams and learn from them. I’m sure matches like this will help us for the future.”
|Anchorians 2nds H/W Faversham Elizabethians|
|Ashford 1 Prince of Wales 2|
|Aylesford Reserves 0 Charlton Athletic Development 5|
|Thanet Colts P-P Rusthall|
Kent Division results:
|London Corinthians Reserves P-P Anchorians 3rds|
|Sheerness East 3 Barming 4|
|Swale 3 Teynham Gunners 3|
|University of Kent 0 Long Lane Reserves 9|
Sussex County Women & Girls Football League
Lewes appear to be taking to adult football like a duck to water after recording their second successive victory since taking the leap from under-16s football.
The club’s most junior team, who had hoped to be playing in the Under-18 Division before it was scrapped through lack of interest, followed last week’s 11-0 debut win with a 5-0 victory over Jarvis Brook.
Chloe Evans and Ellie French, with two apiece, and Emily Guthrie scored the goals that keep Lewes second in the division behind Lancing, who, incredibly, have a goal difference of 30 from their two opening wins.
In the other match played in the division on Sunday, Hurstpierpoint finally got to play their first ever game after the disappointment of successive postponements.
After their initial fixture against Predators was called off when their opponents failed to raise a side, Hurstpierpoint’s inaugural home match against Henfield was cancelled for similar reasons.
But on Sunday Predators finally managed to fulfil the fixture – but may wish they hadn’t, going down to an 11-0 defeat just a week after losing 14-0 against Lancing.
Emily Hale and Stacey Jackson hit hat-tricks, while Chloe Ansell and Carolyn Walters scored two each. Crystal Waite got the other.
Hurstpierpoint’s manager, Steve Weller, was relieved finally to get off the mark, and said the frustration of the previous late postponement gave his team all the motivation they needed when they finally got to face the Bognor Regis-based side.
He told Sent Her Forward: “My ladies were very nervous and excited. Of course, this was heightened by not having played for the last two weeks.
“We did not play well on a very very bad pitch – lots of potholes and a very uneven bounce ensured it would be hard for us to play our passing game.
“But as I said to the girls at half-time, to have played this badly and be 6-0 up is testament to how much effort they had put in.”
Ironically, it was his side who were suffering from a shortage of players. “Predators had 16 players. Unfortunately, we were down to only 12,” said Weller. “It was one of those weeks when those who sometimes have to work all had to do so on the same day.”
But he encouraged them to go all out for goals, aware that goal difference might prove important at the end of the season.
“In the end, [it was] never really a contest, but the record books will always show that our first ever competitive match ended with an 11-0 win.”
|Lewes 5 (Evans 2, French 2, Guthrie) Jarvis Brook 0|
|Predators 0 Hurstpierpoint 11 (Hale 3, Jackson 3, Ansell 2, Walters 2, Waite)|
Surrey County Women and Girls League
Crawley Town stay top of the league in their adopted county after beating previously undefeated Beecholme Belles 5-2.
Chloe Chesworth, returning from injury, scored twice before picking up another injury. And Jade Page went one better with a hat-trick.
Crawley have won all three league games to lead the table on goal difference.
Hampshire County Women’s League
Portsmouth made it two wins in three games, inflicting a first defeat of the season on Corfe Mullen.
Mia Cook, Paige Mullings, Georgia Puddick and Charley Sanford scored the goals in Pompey’s 4-1 win, which takes them level with their opponents, behind leaders Southampton Saints.