More cup joy for Charlton; rejuvenated Keynsham hold Lewes

Sent Her Forward weekend round-up, division-by-division

Action from Lewes v Keynsham Town March 15 2015 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point and deny Keynsham their first league win of the season (Photo: James Boyes)

FAW Premier League Cup semi-final

Charlton Athletic 2-0 Cardiff City

Charlton’s women marked their return to The Valley for the first time in more than 11 years with a win that earned them a place in the Premier League Cup final for the first time since 2006.

Kim Dixson and Kit Graham scored the goals that defeated the FAWPL Southern division leaders to earn a showdown with Sheffield on May 3.

It’s their third final of the season, having already reached the ultimate stages of the Ryman and Capital Cups.

FAW Premier League Southern

P W D L F A PTS
Cardiff City 14 11 2 1 57 14 35
Portsmouth 13 11 1 1 39 11 34
Brighton & HA 14 10 1 3 40 16 31
Tottenham Hotspur 14 9 1 4 36 26 28
Charlton Athletic 13 8 2 3 48 22 26

Lewes 2-2 Keynsham Town

Lewes v Keynsham Town, March 15 2015 (Photo: Barry Haffenden)

(Photo: Barry Haffenden)

The Premier League’s bottom team maintained their recent improved form, earning only their second point of the season in a 2-2 draw at the Dripping Pan.

Without a league win all season, Keynsham have shown signs of improvement in cup competitions in recent weeks. They averted a potential giant-killing in the FA Cup against Carshalton Athletic with a 5-2 victory and then held Super League Watford to just 2-1 in the next round before bowing out.

But in a stop-start season, they have had few opportunities to turn their improved performances into league points.

But yesterday, at the Dripping Pan, they took a two-goal lead before being hauled back by a spirited Lewes side.

They even saved a penalty at 2-0 before succumbing to a second spot-kick, from former Brighton player Kim Stenning, and then an equaliser five minutes later from Rebecca Thompson-Agbro, who also played for Brighton last season.

Portsmouth 2-1 Brighton & HA

Lucy Quinn celebraes putting Portsmouth ahead against Brighton, March 15 2015 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Lucy Quinn’s opening goal helped turn the game Pompey’s way (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth extended their incredible league run to to 11 wins in 12 unbeaten games to emerge as genuine title contenders from the battle of the south-coast Super League hopefuls.

Goals by Lucy  Quinn and Gemma Hillier earned Pompey a 2-1 victory that takes them to within a point of leaders Cardiff City, with a game in hand.

Fliss Gibbons ensured a frantic finish when she pulled one back for Brighton 10 minutes from the end.

For a detailed match report plus the views of managers Perry Northeast and James Marrs click here.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Plymouth Argyle

West Ham United 1-1 QPR

Vicky Kinsman scored a late equaliser to rescue a point for the Hammers after Sophie Fogarty had given Rangers the lead.

Birmingham County Cup semi-final

Premier League Southern side Copsewood Coventry just missed out on a cup-final spot, going down to Sporting Albion 2-1 in extra-time.

Ryan Conneely’s injury-hit side began with a number of players carrying knocks and had to replace goalkeeper Rachael Graham with an outfield player during the game.

But after falling behind to a comical own goal on the stroke of half-time, they played their way back into the match, courtesy of a goal from Hannah Jones.

Jones later replaced Graham in goal and was finally beaten in the final period of extra-time when a long-range shot hit a divot and bobbled over her.

Albion will play Premier League Northern leaders Coventry City in the final.

FAW Premier League South West Division One

Shanklin 0-0 Swindon Town

Swindon’s goalless draw on the Isle of Wight has given rivals Forest Green Rovers the upper hand in the tense battle for promotion to the Premier League’s top division.

Swindon remain top, but if Forest Green win their final two fixtures, they will be champions, no matter how Swindon fare in their final game at Exeter City next Sunday.

If Forest Green win at St Nicholas, they could clinch the league title at Chichester City on April 5.

FAW Premier Reserves League

Gillingham 2-0 West Ham United

Goals by Bex Stroud and Ashleigh Loosemore earned Gillingham a magnificent win over a side who led the reserves league earlier in the season.

Lewes 0-0 Crystal Palace

Lewes earned only their second point of the season with a goalless draw against high-flying Crystal Palace, illustrating just how far they have come in their daunting debut season in the Premier Reserves League.

Palace, who are currently third, beat Bedford 11-1 last weekend.

Portsmouth 2-1 Chichester City

Chichester, too, went close but ultimately failed to grab a point against Portsmouth’s development side. It was the clubs’ second meeting in a week, Portsmouth having won 2-0 on Chichester’s ground.

They took the lead in the reverse fixture through Rebecca Bell but Chichester equalised through Jess Pike following good work by Abbey Shrubb. However, after the visitors were forced into changes because of injuries, Pompey took advantage, and Megan Gratton clinched the victory with a fine finish.

C&K Basildon 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur

London & South East Regional Women’s League

Fulham Foundation 4-1 Crawley Wasps

With leaders Old Actonians not in action, the onus was on the chasing pack to keep up the pressure, and all three rivals for the title were successful.

Leading the way were Fulham Foundation, who moved to within three points of the top, with a game in hand, with a comprehensive victory over Crawley Wasps.

Lizzie Laws, Kirsty Percival, Jade Pilley and Verity Snow got the goals that condemned the West Sussex side to their seventh defeat of the season.

AFC Wimbledon 4-2 Eastbourne

AFC Wimbledon continue to do their bit, beating Eastbourne Town 4-2 on a day of double celebration for the Dons.

Two goals apiece from Caroline Bisson and Emma Keady helped them to the victory that keeps them in third place, with games in hand of the two above them.

While the first team were celebrating a valuable league victory, their development side were celebrating winning their league with two games to go after thrashing Wealdstone 8-1, and earning a special mention from an old favourite.

Development team manager Roland Harding told the club’s website: “The players have been fantastic all season. They deserve all the plaudits they are getting and have been terrific ambassadors for AFC Wimbledon.”

KIKK United 0-2 Carshalton Athletic

The other title-chasers, Carshalton Athletic, still have their destiny very much in their own hands. Their 2-0 win in east London takes them to within 10 points of the leaders with four games in hand.

If they were to win all their remaining fixtures, they would be champions – although, with nine games still to play – plus a cup final on the horizon – that’s asking a lot of them.

Joanna Goodwin and Janaya Spiteri scored the goals that earned Athletic revenge for the League Cup knockout by the same team.

Maidstone United 5-0 Bexhill United

Bupe Okeowo (2), Nicola Morris, Gemma Sullivan and Alexandra Witham scored the goals that gave mid-table Maidstone a comfortable win and left Bexhill looking over their shoulders near the foot of the table.

London Corinthians H/W Hassocks
Hassocks A/W London Corinthians

London Corinthians rocket up the table after collecting six points yesterday without kicking a ball.

They were due to play Hassocks in a double-header, but the Sussex side conceded both games, handing the Londoners six points on a plate.

South East Counties Women’s League Premier Division

South Park 1-2 Crockenhill
Crockenhill clinched their first “real” league win of the season to send their opponents bottom.

Their only previous success this term was a walkover against the same opposition earlier in the season.

South Park’s mini-revival seems well and truly over and they face a tough fight to avoid finishing bottom for the second season in a row, although they do have games in hands of the Kent side.

Eastbourne 0-2 Herne Bay

Herne Bay maintained their push for a third successive promotion with another clean sheet in a nervy encounter. Issie Tulett and Kate Foster scored the goals, but Bay were also indebted to goalkeeper Sarah Cooper for keeping out Eastbourne.

Burgess Hill Town 5-3 Anchorians

Burgess Hill maintained their recent bright form with a five-goal salvo that earned them their fourth win in the last five games. Ciara Laing and Sarah Saputo were among the visitors’ scorers.

Parkwood Rangers 1-2 Long Lane

Long Lane gained revenge for their defeat by the same score a fortnight ago. Emily Vaughan scored the home side’s goal in first-half stoppage time.

South East Counties Women’s League Division One West

Abbey Rangers 3-0 Milford & Witley

Abbey maintained their bid for a promotion spot with victory over Milford & Witley. Rachel Johnson, with her 27th of the season, Alice Latimer and Rachel Stevens scored the goals that kept Abbey in second place. With the title looking beyond them, their priority now is to finish above Seahaven Harriers, who still have games in hand.

Seahaven Harriers 3-0 Worthing Town

Seahaven remain just one point behind Abbey – and are now 11 behind runaway leaders Worthing Minors – after defeating Worthing Town.

Lauren Smith (2) and Taylor Coade scored the goals that just about keep Seahaven in the title race. Minors need two wins from their final three games to guarantee the championship, but they still have to play Seahaven twice – and two wins for their opponents, who have three games in hand, could transform the title race.

Adur Athletic 6-0 Dorking 

No points, four goals, 61 conceded. It’s not been a great season for Dorking, but still they manage to generate enough interest and spirit to field a side most weeks.

Only three times have they conceded games this season, and despite recent hammerings, they still turned up for their latest challenge.

Two goals from Zoe Rendell, and a goal apiece from Kirstie Fox, Ella Turvil, Lauren Westwood and Melissa Knight added another six to Dorking’s goals-against column – they have failed to concede fewer than six in any game since October in a division containing several free-scoring sides.

Adur continue to enjoy a decent season in a challenging division following their promotion last term, and sit comfortably in mid-table.

Bexhill United Reserves 0-4 Wivelsfield Green

Wivelsfield Green bounced back from three defeats in their last four games to stay on course to finish best of the rest in a league where three sides have stood out.

Emma Chrimes, Jade Gardiner, Hayley Plummer and Leigh Farley were on target as Wivi finally brought their goal difference back to zero after suffering three big defeats in their first four fixtures of the season.

South East Counties Women’s League Division One East

Anchorians 2nds 2-0 Aylesford Reserves

Injury-hit Aylesford Reserves’ miserable season continued as the crashed to another defeat, leaving them in big relegation trouble.

But starting with 10 just players – and finishing with only eight – they restricted their relegation rivals to just two goals.

The win takes Anchorians four points clear of Castle Colts, who are second-to-bottom.

Thanet Colts 0-4 Ashford

With Prince of Wales’ game against Charlton Athletic Development postponed, Ashford took the opportunity to stretch their lead to four points – although their rivals now have two games in hand.

Karis Howard scored twice and Charlotte Marsh and Beatrice Merrett the others.

Charlton Athletic Dev P-P Prince of Wales

A game that could have seen Prince of Wales move within a point of the leaders was called off after no referee turned up for the match, according to league officials.

South East Counties Women’s League Kent County Division

Barming 2-5 Long Lane Reserves

Long Lane Reserves celebrated the title in style, beating their nearest rivals and extending their 100% record to 13 games.

They won the league last weekend without playing after the only team with a mathematical chance of overhauling them – London Corinthians Reserves – dropped points.

Yesterday the new champions – playing their first league game since January – banged in another five goals against Barming, for whom Rachel Brewer scored twice.

Long Lane’s record in the Kent County Division is: P 13 W 13 D 0 L 0 F 70 A 8 PTS 39.

They need to win their final three fixtures to complete a perfect season.

Anchorians 3rds 2-0 Margate

Barming’s defeat enabled Anchorians 3rds to move into second place after a controversial victory over rejuvenated Margate.

Kayleigh Williams and Sophie Milner got the goals in a game of three yellow cards that brought an end to Margate’s recent revival. The club tweeted: “Beat today by 2 freak goals, bunch of bad decisions, heap of bad luck.”

Anchorians are one of a host of clubs who can still finish second.

London Corinthians Reserves 10-1 University of Kent

But favourites for that second spot are London Corinthians Reserves, who became the latest team to maul University of Kent.

Yet for all Corinthians’ goals, the one that meant the most was Brittany Rotor‘s – the first her club have scored in the league, at the 14th time of trying. And it was her first appearance!

Impressively, after joining the league late because of the timing of the start of the academic year, the students have fulfilled every one of their fixtures, conceding 71 goals in their 14 matches.

Yet they had to wait until yesterday to experience the joy of celebrating a league goal – although the 10 they conceded might have put the tiniest of dampeners on the occasion.

Sussex County Women & Girls League Women’s Division

Lancing 1-0 Crawley Wasps

Lancing are effectively four points from the Sussex Women’s League title in their first season after toppling previous leaders Crawley Wasps in a close-fought game at Culver Road.

Chelsea Watson scored her 13th goal of the season to secure the victory that takes Lancing above Wasps on goal difference. Wasps have just one game left, while Lancing still have three to play.

Their only realistic rivals are Rottingdean Village, who also have three matches to play but are five points behind.

Their fixture at Hurstpierpoint yesterday was postponed.

Surrey County Women & Girls League Under-18 Division

Crawley Town 10-0 Abbey Rangers

Ten-goal Crawley remain in contention for a top-four finish.

Horsham Sparrows 0-2 Kingstonian

Horsham returned to the bottom of the Under-18s Division after their 13th defeat in 14 games this season.

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