Worthing look on the bright side after being stung by Wasps

Sent Her Forward round-up of FAW Cup action

Worthing Town went down to the sort of defeat they had already resigned themselves to when the South East Counties Premier Division newcomers lost 9-0 at Crawley Wasps in the first qualifying round of the FAW Cup.

But there was no despondency – just optimism, from the club’s chairman Tony Lelliott.

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Lelliott had predicted a thrashing for the women’s senior side, who play two levels below their experienced hosts, but insisted the honour of playing for Worthing in the FAW Cup was something that would help buoy the team on their ambitious journey through grassroots football.

Wasps manager Paul Harding paid tribute to Worthing’s hard-working side – in particular, captain Karen Grimes and striker Dulcie Elder.

But he felt his side coped well with the challenge after overcoming a spell of complacency, and then stepping up a gear as the SECWL side tired in the second half.

He gave a full first-team debut to Rebekah Dunt, who shone last year in Wasps’ under-18 side, who are now playing in the same division as Worthing Town.

She was joined by the second team’s captain, Ellen Clifford, as Harding rang the changes ahead of a challenging series of matches.

Rebecca Carter scored six of Wasps’ goals, Toni Smith two and Jade Simmons the other.

Bexhill United met London & South East Regional Women’s League leaders Carshalton Athletic for the second time this season – this time in the FAW Cup – and showed a much-improved performance in losing 2-0 following their 6-0 defeat on the opening day.

Parkwood Rangers celebrated a giant-killing over Kent rivals Aylesford, producing their best performance of the season to shake off their inconsistent early-season league form and overcome the team who pipped them to promotion last term.

Emily Vaughan and Zoe Counter grabbed Parkwood’s goals in their 2-1 win. Assistant manager Andy Morton told Sent Her Forward: “Today was special. I’m proud of all our players and supporters. The squad is starting to gel together more as we get to know the strength and weakness of the players.”

But there was to be no giant-killing for SECWL Burgess Hill, who were soundly beaten at Eastbourne Town, who play at the next level. Town ran out 7-0 winners.

The town’s other senior ladies side, Eastbourne, who play in the same division as Burgess Hill, also lost to higher opposition, going down 6-0 at London Corinthians.

In the all-SECWL clash, Premier Division leaders Herne Bay continued their winning run, defeating Anchorians 3-1, with two goals from Vicky Holness and one from Nicola Harris.

But Sussex County Women’s Division side Rottingdean Village‘s hopes of a cup run are over after they lost 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon Development, of the Greater London League.

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round results:

AFC Wimbledon 4 Fulham Foundation 7 (aet)
AFC Wimbledon Development 3 Rottingdean Village 0
Bexhill United 0 Carshalton Athletic 2
Crawley Wasps 9 Worthing Town 0
Dartford 6 Chertsey Town 0
Eastbourne Town 7 Burgess Hill 0
Herne Bay 3 (Holness 2, Counter) Anchorians 1
London Corinthians 6 Eastbourne 0
Parkwood Rangers 2 (Vaughan, Counter) Aylesford 1

Results and details courtesy of FA Full-Time website and clubs

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