Four-star Bexhill triumph in East Sussex derby

More of the weekend’s women’s football news

Bexhill United celebrate winning promotion in 2013/14 (Photo: Kate Wilde)

Bexhill hope the good times are returning after struggling since celebrating promotion last season (Photo: Kate Wilde)

Bexhill United’s miserable season took a turn for the better yesterday when they pulled off their best result of the campaign against FAW Cup giant-killers Eastbourne Town.

Kate Wilde’s side leapfrogged their opponents  to put some more daylight between them and bottom club Hassocks, winning 4-1 away to their local rivals.

Laura Bolton got two of Bexhill’s goals and Carrie Burke and Anne-Marie Pier one each as they clinched only their third victory of the season against a side who had eliminated Chichester City in the first round of the FAW Cup last week, and surpassed their previous season’s best score, against Hassocks in one of their only other two league successes since promotion.

No such joy for Aylesford – one of the teams promoted with them – though. They lost for the eighth time in 11 league games, 3-0 at promotion-chasing AFC Wimbledon.

Hassocks, too, went down to a predictable defeat to league leaders Fulham Foundation, losing 4-1 at home.

Old Actonians and Carshalton Athletic both kept pressure on the top pair. The west Londoners won 4-1 at London Corinthians, while Carshalton triumphed 2-0 at Maidstone United.

League leaders rocked

Bidding to reach the London regional league, Meridian shocked leaders Dartford Royals, winning 6-2 to overtake them at the top of the South East Counties Premier Division.

There were two goals each for Amy Russ and Nicola Waghorne. Melissa Cook and Natasha Moloney got the others as Dartford suffered their first defeat of the season.

Dartford are now three points behind but have two games in hand. Herne Bay are a further point back but have two additional games in hand.

Anchorians, who are ensconced in mid-table, denied Charlton Athletic Development a cup giant-killing, seeing off the Division One East team’s League Cup challenge with a 6-1 away win. Sarah Saputo scored a hat-trick for Anchorians. Anna Hewer, Ciara Laing and Amy Kirwan got the others.

The other scheduled mouthwatering tie, between Herne Bay and Parkwood Rangers, was postponed.

In the Chairman’s Cup, Crockenhill put aside their disappointing league form to see off the challenge of Worthing Town, from the league below them, 4-2. Kirsty Lawrie got both Worthing’s consolations.

Table-toppers hammered

There was another shock result at the top of Division One East when leaders Prince of Wales fell to only their second defeat of the season – a 6-1 home hammering at the hands of their nearest rivals, Ashford, who cut their lead to just three points with two games in hand.

Kayleigh Weeding scored two and Maisie Cannon, Yasmin Howard, Kirsty Dowle and Kayleigh Harris one each. Prince of Wales’s goal came from Emma Viscount.

There was an extraordinary result at the other end of Division One East, too, where bottom club Castle Colts continued their recent revival with their second win in their last three league games – hammering relegation rivals Aylesford Reserves 7-0 to send them to the foot of the table.

Aylesford’s frustrated manager, Steve King, was left furious with his side’s performance. He told Sent Her Forward: “We were completely outplayed. No complaints about the result – only about our performance.” But he promised to keep working with the players to try to get it right.

Seahaven keep up the pressure

No such shocks in Division One West, though, where leaders Worthing Minors and second-placed Seahaven Harriers both won convincingly.

Minors hammered Burgess Hill Town 2nds 10-2 (see report), while Seahaven maintained the pressure on the West Sussex side, defeating Bexhill United Reserves 4-0 away. Katie Franks, Lauren Smith and Emma Woodcock scored three of Harriers’ goals.

They remain nine points behind the runaway leaders but have two games in hand – and have yet to face Worthing.

Abbey Rangers also remain in hot pursuit, winning 3-0 at Adur Athletic to record their sixth win in seven games in their inaugural season in the South East Counties league. Stephanie Sale grabbed all three goals for the Surrey side.

Milford & Witley were handed the three points from their fixture with Surrey rivals Dorking without even having to play, the league awarding them a home win to extend Dorking’s run of defeats to eight out of eight.

Long Lane Reserves made it eight wins out of eight in the Kent Division, defeating London Corinthians Reserves 4-1. Second-placed Teynham Gunners lost 3-2 at home to Barming, who were third, while Swale beat Margate 2-1 and Sheerness East inflicted University of Kent‘s 10th successive defeat of a fledgling season in the division.

Lancing go goal-crazy as more scoring records are shattered

Only two fixtures were played in the goal-mine that is the Sussex County Women’s Division – and another 28 goals were scored.

Lancing line up before their first home match at Culver Road, against Predators Sep 21 2014

Lancing bettered their 14-0 victory over Predators earlier in the season at Culver Road

Lancing broke yet another club record as they crushed bottom club Predators 20-0 to maintain their two-point lead at the top.

An under-strength Predators were Lancing’s unfortunate victims in the club’s first ever match at their Lancing home since forming in the summer, Lancing triumphing 14-0 on that occasion.

Yesterday, they bettered even that against what the club described as “very spirited” opponents, hitting a season’s best 20 goals without reply to take their tally from their nine games played to 79.

Sophie Tibbs helped herself to an incredible nine goals – as many as the bottom three clubs have scored between them all season – once again underlining the gulf in ability in the nine-club league.

Her magnificent haul makes her the club’s top goalscorer – no mean feat when three of her team-mates are also already into double figures.

Captain Billie-Jo Cobb, who with 14 is now one behind Tibbs, scored one, and Hannah Bashir-Eviston hit a hat-trick to take her season’s tally to 11. Kayleigh Thaxter added another to her total, taking her up to 10. Jess Mead, Nicole Webley, Lucia Williamson, Chloe York, Anna Clingan and Florence Pollock were also on the scoresheet – making a grand total of 10 different scorers.

Crawley Wasps might not have been as prolific in front of goal, but they are only two points behind Lancing following yesterday’s 8-0 romp against Worthing TownEmily Robinson hit five, Emma Kendall two and Nicholle Smith the other.

It was Wasps’ best score in adult football after making the step up from the Under-18 division last season – something most of Lancing’s players also did, having played for Hangleton Rangers in the same league last term.

With no Under-18 league for Sussex clubs this time around, Crawley Town and Horsham Sparrows have joined the Surrey County League, and are experiencing contrasting fortunes.

Crawley made a flying start to the division, topping it for several weeks before falling away recently. They lost 7-2 yesterday at Beecholme Belles.

Horsham, however, remain rooted to the bottom after losing 5-2 at home to Kingstonian Youth – their eighth successive defeat.

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