Newly-promoted C&K Basildon pulled off their second successive stunning Premier League result, winning at title hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.
Steve Tilson’s talented side, who won South East Division 1 last season, followed last weekend’s impressive draw at home to Charlton Athletic with their first three points of the new campaign against a Spurs side reduced to nine players by the end.
Their 1-0 win takes them to third in the early Premier League table, but more significantly, they are unbeaten after facing two of the top sides in the division.
Zoe Rushen‘s free-kick proved the clincher as Spurs had two players sent off in the final 25 minutes.
Great result beating Spurs away 1-0 great display from this great group of ladies @ckbasildon
— C&K Basildon Ladies (@CKBASILDON) August 23, 2015
Coventry set the pace
Another new name, Coventry United, are riding high already after their second successive victory following their change both of name and division. After hammering West Ham United 5-0 on the opening weekend, United hit another three today without reply, against Queens Park Rangers – a result that Rangers boss Martino Chevannes felt did not do his side justice.
Maz Gauntlett (penalty), Dani Selmes and Annabel Johnson grabbed the goals that extended Coventry’s perfect start to the season under Michael Foy, their third manager in as many months.
In only the second week of what is expected to be a close and exciting season, United are one of only two Premier League sides still boasting a 100% record.
The other is Portsmouth, who, after defeating Cardiff City last Sunday, were granted permission to call off their visit to West Ham today because manager Perry Northeast and several of his players were involved in a beach soccer tournament with England in Switzerland.
Chichester City, who also had players in the squad, called off their Division 1 West game against Cheltenham Town for the same reason.
Brighton and Charlton air crash tribute
Brighton followed last week’s comfortable home victory over Forest Green Rovers with a valuable point against title rivals Charlton Athletic at Thamesmead.
In a game played in the shadow of the deaths of a number of people – including a club employee and a supporter – in an air crash so close to Brighton’s training academy, neither side were able to break the deadlock, although Lucy Somes and Kim Dixson each struck the bar with shots.
While Brighton head a group of teams on four points, Charlton, one of the pre-season favourites for the title, have only two to their name following their second successive draw.
A minute’s silence was observed by both sides and their supporters before the game.
— BHAWFC (@OfficialBHAWFC) August 23, 2015
*Yesterday’s air crash also prompted the postponement of the pre-season friendly between Shoreham & Adur and Worthing Town as a mark of respect for a tragedy so close to their own communities.
— Shoreham & Adur FC (@shorehamandadur) August 23, 2015
Four-goal Suominen gives Cardiff Hope
Cardiff City bounced back from their first-day defeat to Portsmouth with a convincing 5-0 victory over Lewes, who themselves had won handsomely last week.
Hope Suominen hit four in a row after Kerry Bartlett had opened the scoring.
Hitchcox leads Forest Green recovery
In the remaining Premier League Southern game, two West Country sides each earned their first point of the season, Forest Green Rovers drawing 3-3 with Plymouth Argyle.
Ella Hitchcox‘s 90th-minute equaliser earned Forest Green their first Premier League point after a manic first half in which the visitors built up a 3-1 lead before Hitchcox hit her first, just before the break.
Kayley Lane gave Plymouth a third-minute lead, but Charlotte King equalised almost immediately before two more first-half goals, from Laura Perrett and Jessie Jones put the Devon side back in the driving seat.