Hassocks relieve league ten-sion with County Cup rout

Round-up of the weekend’s cup action

Hassocks put their miserable league season behind them for a moment with a 10-goal confidence boooster in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday.

The London & South East Regional Women’s League strugglers, who have taken just one point from six league games, cruised to a 10-1 win over Worthing Town, who are in similar difficulties in a league two levels below them.

It follows Worthing’s 9-0 defeat to Hassocks’ rivals, Crawley Wasps, in the FAW Cup, as the newly re-formed team continue to find their feet.

Katie Harding and Billie Philpott both scored hat-tricks as Hassocks, who had previously scored just seven goals in their six league games, went to town.

Philpott’s second-half treble were her first goals for the club, including a late penalty – Hassocks’ second of the game. Their other spot-kick goal came from Emma Young, and there were also goals for Katherine Chappell (2) and Laura Espana.

Rottingdean Village provided the giant-killing act of the round, defeating Eastbourne, from two tiers above, 3-2 away from home.

Fresh from a 15-0 triumph over Henfield in the Sussex County Women’s League last weekend, Rottingdean clinched a home tie against another South East Counties Women’s League side, Seahaven Harriers.

I believe their goals came from prolific trio Amy Clark, Sian Crewe and Sam Morley, but problems with Full-Time’s otherwise excellent website mean I cannot confirm this.

Seahaven made it through with a 3-0 win against Lancing, from the Sussex County Women’s League. Both clubs are doing well in their respective divisions, but Seahaven carried their fine league form into the cup.

Their league rivals Adur Athletic also triumphed against county league opposition, beating Crawley Wasps‘ development side 3-1 at Ewhurst Playing Fields.

Adur’s goals were scored by Kirstie Fox, Katie Goacher and Zoe Rendell, with her seventh in six starts this season.

Brighton’s 9-2 victory at Wivelsfield Green is featured here, but the team who beat the Seagulls in last year’s final, Chichester City, were denied the chance to join them in the second round when their scheduled tie at Burgess Hill Town was called off the previous evening.

Chichester say they were informed at 7.30pm on Saturday, even though there had not been much rain.

Burgess Hill have not yet been available to expand on the reasons, but the game is now scheduled to be played this Sunday at 1pm.

Revised second-round draw:
Adur Athletic v Hassocks
Eastbourne Town v Burgess Hill Town/Chichester City
Lewes Development v Brighton
Rottingdean Village v Seahaven Harriers

Ties to be played on November 16

Kent Women’s Cup

There were no great cup shocks over the border in Kent, where the county cup ties went largely to form.

London & South East Regional Women’s League high-flyers London Corinthians made short work of Meridian, who are bidding for promotion to the league, triumphing 9-0.

Maidstone United, who are seventh in the L&SERWL, comfortably saw off the challenge of Anchorians, one level lower, in the South East Counties Premier Division, 4-0, with two goals from Amanda Beeput and one apiece from Alice Phillips and Shannon Redhouse.

The other London & SE team in action, Aylesford, clinched a narrow 3-2 victory at Chatham Town FC, against Gillingham Reserves.

The Gills were twice in front – through Kayleigh Galvin and Keira Daulby, but a goal in-between by Bex Barr and subsequent ones from Beth Hulme and Laura Brown secured Aylesford’s place in the second round, and another tough tie, against Charlton Athletic Reserves, who beat Crockenhill 1-0.

Parkwood Rangers earned a home quarter-final tie against cup holders Gillingham after a dramatic extra-time win over South East Counties Premier rivals Long Lane.

Courtney Durham, one of several youngsters in Parkwood’s starting line-up, put them ahead, but after conceding a goal to a penalty, they then missed one. But the culprit, Emily Vaughan, more than made amends when she scored the extra-time winner – her fifth goal of the season – that took Parkwood through to the quarter-finals for the first time.

Kent FA Plate

Aylesford Reserves‘ second big defeat to Ashford in a fortnight caused ructions in the home camp as last season’s Kent Division champions struggle with life at the next level.

They lost 5-2 to league leaders Ashford earlier this month and were demolished 7-0 on their own patch yesterday.

Their disappointed manager, Steve King, still found time to talk to Sent Her Forward about their miserable form. He said: “Ashford outplayed us in every department. It’s difficult to be upbeat, but we have to find a way to turn our season round.

“We had a frank and open discussion after the match. We know what’s wrong and where we need to improve to be more competitive, but we need to turn those words into action – and quickly.”

Bromley H/W Rusthall
Teynham Gunners 3 Barming 2
Aylesford Reserves 0 Ashford 7

Surrey County Cup

Carshalton Athletic won the battle of the county’s pace-setters when the team currently just four points off the top of the London & South East Regional League, with three games in hand, beat Abbey Rangers, the second-placed team in Division One West of the South East Counties Women’s League, 5-1.

Georgie O’Halloran scored a hat-trick and Bridie Hipperson and Janaya Spiteri one each, as they eventually managed to kill off the team two tiers below them with three goals in the last 10 minutes.

Crawley Wasps defeated Milford & Witley, from two levels below them, 6-1.


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