Round-up of the rest of Sunday’s women’s games, starting with something of a rarity
Aylesford are finally off the mark! At the sixth time of asking, the Kent side claimed not only their first points, but also their first win in the London & South East Regional Women’s League.
Their 3-2 victory over Eastbourne Town lifts them to third-bottom, ahead of Bexhill United and Hassocks.
And with a visit to Hassocks scheduled for this Sunday, manager Steve Golding and his team will be looking to build on yesterday’s breakthrough – although perhaps without the second-half scare.
Sam Kilroy-Downs put the Kent side ahead and Becks Barr doubled the lead from a penalty. Kilroy-Downs scored her second to give Aylesford a 3-0 half-time lead.
In the second half Janine Daly and Danielle Ford pulled Eastbourne back into contention, but Aylesford stood firm to celebrate their first win in any competition this season and avenge their 1-0 defeat to the East Sussex club last month.
Captain Barr told Sent Her Forward: “It’s been a very tough start to the season, and it was a great feeling grabbing those three points yesterday.”
But there was no such joy for Aylesford’s reserve side, who fell to their third defeat in four games in the South East Counties Division One East.
They crashed 5-2 to league leaders Ashford, who never looked back after racing into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter of an hour and scoring a fourth after 30 minutes.
Aylesford did mount a mini-comeback, leaping back to life just before half-time and striking twice, through Helena Jefferies and Chloe Baker.
But although the second half was much more even, it was the league leaders who scored, killing off Aylesford’s comeback and opening up a three-point gap at the top of the division.
Beatrice Merrett scored a hat-trick for Ashford, the other goals coming from Danielle Berry and Karis Howard.
London & South East Regional Women’s League
Elsewhere in Aylesford’s division, Bexhill United, who pipped the Kent side to the South East Counties title last season, endured another reminder of how big a step up the regional league is with a resounding 7-0 defeat at Old Actonians.
The East Sussex club have conceded 24 goals in their six league matches, scoring only five, but with Aylesford, Hassocks and Eastbourne Town also struggling, they know there is still plenty to play for.
At the other end, the last 100% record disappeared when Carshalton Athletic lost 2-0 at Fulham Foundation, who replace them at the top.
The Londoners, formerly Westfield, scored through Gemma Fraser and Megan Lovelock, to take a one-point lead over Carshalton and London Corinthians, although both have a game in hand.
Corinthians leapt up the table, courtesy of a 3-1 victory at Crawley Wasps, who are still adjusting to life without some of last season’s key players.
AFC Wimbledon 2 (Bisson 2) Maidstone United 2 (Morris, Beeput)
Aylesford 3 (Kilroy-Downs 2, Barr pen) Eastbourne Town 2 (Daly, Ford)
Crawley Wasps 1 London Corinthians 3
Fulham Foundation 2 (Fraser, Lovelock) Carshalton Athletic 0
KIKK United 3 (Le Marchand, Taylor, Iturbe Martinez) Hassocks 2
Old Actonians 7 (Weller 2, Cree, Edwards-Dashti, Murphy, Randall, Williams) Bexhill United 0
South East Counties Women’s League
The season just keeps on improving for league leaders Herne Bay, who made it five wins in five games with the biggest of their campaign so far.
Their 9-0 win over Eastbourne brought their goal tally to 27 in five games. Carly Farrow, Vicky Holness and Debbie Blackmore each scored twice for the seemingly unstoppable east Kent side.
Harriet Chapman, Kate Foster and Jemma Roberts got the others as the team newly promoted from Division One East outclassed a side who had moved up from the parallel Division One West.
Delighted manager Anthony Deer told his club’s website: “Today everything seemed to click. Our passing was sleek and precise, and at times sensational.”
The club will fancy their chances of adding Crawley Wasps to their growing list of giant-killing scalps when they visit Three Bridges next week in the FAW Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.
But Deer promised: “We will approach this game like any other.”
Meridian joined Dartford Royals – who were without a game – as the closest challengers to Herne Bay, winning 3-1 at Anchorians.
But an indication of Herne Bay’s dominance is that they are already five points clear, with a game in hand of Anchorians, who, despite being third, have a negative goal difference.
There were celebrations in Reigate where South Park finally stopped the rot, picking up their first points of the campaign with their first win – 4-3 over Burgess Hill Town.
After losing four on the trot, they bounced into life with a four-goal salvo against the Sussex side who have failed to win in the league since the first game of the season.
Maria Nantes scored twice for South Park, whose other goals came from Josie Porter and Pamela Seddon.
Parkwood Rangers pulled away from the strugglers with a 1-0 win over Crockenhill, Jade Goodall scoring the only goal of the game.
Anchorians 1 (Saputo) Meridian 3 (Waghorne 2, Clare)
Herne Bay 9 (Farrow 2, Holness 2, Blackmore 2, Chapman, Foster, Roberts) Eastbourne 0
Parkwood Rangers 1 (Goodall) Crockenhill 0
South Park 4 (Nantes 2, Porter, Seddon) Burgess Hill Town 3
Division One West
And then there were two. Free-scoring Seahaven Harriers finally surrendered their 100% record, losing 4-2 at home to Abbey Rangers, who preserve their own perfect start.
Rachel Johnson continued her amazing scoring sequence with two more, bringing her season tally to 11 from four games. Stephanie Sale and Amber Walker scored the others, while Katie Franks (her fourth of the season) and Georgia Ungoed (her sixth) got Seahaven’s.
The two-goal margin was not quite enough to enable the Surrey side to overhaul Seahaven – the two are locked together on 12 points, but the Sussex team’s goal difference is one better.
However, newly-promoted Abbey have a game in hand of Seahaven and league leaders Worthing Minors, who cruised to their fifth successive victory, winning 7-2 at Milford & Witley.
Minors have made a sensational start to the season, scoring 33 goals in their five league fixtures and conceding only three.
Dani Lane hit five to take her tally to 13 in five games. Hayley Bridge grabbed her fifth and Steph Carter her fourth of the campaign as Worthing recovered from 2-1 down to win with just 10 players.
Milford’s goals came from Adrianne Blanchard and Kim Meadows.
The win sets Minors up nicely for next week’s crunch match with rivals Worthing Town, whose re-formed first team are still finding their feet in the division.
Town went down 3-2 at home to Wivelsfield Green, who themselves have had a torrid time, with three heavy defeats.
Donna Cox scored twice for Wivi and Sarah Smart the other as their mixture of youth and experience finally came good.
Unusually, Worthing Minors were outscored on Sunday as Adur Athletic celebrated their first win after promotion from the Sussex county league with a thumping 8-1 success at Burgess Hill 2nds.
Zoe Rendell bagged a hat-trick for Adur, and there was a goal apiece for Paris Akehurst, Kirstie Fox, Stacey-Leigh Johnson, Ella Turvill and Faye Charles. Katie Harding scored Hill’s goal.
Dorking are now the only club without a point after losing 2-1 at Bexhill United Reserves.
Bexhill United Reserves 2 (Soffe, Derhun) Dorking 1 (Osborn)
Burgess Hill 2nds 1 (Harding) Adur Athletic 8 (Rendell 3, Akehurst, Fox, Johnson, Turvill, Charles)
Milford & Witley 2 (Blanchard, Meadows) Worthing Minors 7 (Lane 5, Bridge, Carter)
Seahaven Harriers 2 (Franks, Ungoed) Abbey Rangers 4 (R Johnson 2, Sale, Walker)
Worthing Town 2 Wivelsfield Green 3 (Cox 2, Smart)
Division One East results:
Ashford 5 (Merrett 3, Berry, Howard) Aylesford Reserves 2 (Jefferies, Baker)
Charlton Athletic Development 4 (Spice 2, Gurney, Brown-Araque) Anchorians 2nds 2
Rusthall 4 (Janes 2, Smith 2) Faversham Elizabethians 4 (Muckian 2, Curtis 2)
Kent Division results:
Long Lane Reserves 6 Barming 1
Margate 3 Swale 9
Teynham Gunners 3 Sheerness East 3
University of Kent 0 London Corinthians Reserves 6
Sussex County Women & Girls Fooball League
Rosie Newman scored a hat-trick and Phoebe Dier one as Jarvis Brook won their first game of the season, their 4-0 victory leaving Worthing Town still to pick up a point after two matches.
On a day when another two games were postponed, Lewes Development were the only other winners, beating Hurstpierpoint 2-1 in a close-fought match, reported in full here.
Surrey County Women and Girls League
Crawley Town fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 5-3 at Wealdstone. Incredibly, the former Sussex Under-16 side had taken a 3-0 lead, through Chloe Higham, Mia Fenton and Lauren Tyler, before Wealdstone struck back in dramatic style.
However, they remain joint-top after other results went in their favour.
Horsham Sparrows are bottom, still without a win after losing their second game of the season, 5-3 at South Park.
Hampshire County Women’s Football League
Portsmouth crashed to their second defeat of the season, losing 6-3 at Mudeford Phoenix Flames, in a division dominated by Southampton Saints, who romped to their fifth successive victory.