New signings quickly off the mark as Worthing Minors hit six

Sent Her Forward rounds up the rest of the weekend’s grassroots action

South East Counties Division 1 West champions Worthing Minors picked up where they left off last season, with a first-day victory in a nine-goal thriller.

Andy Burling’s much-changed side beat Milford & Witley 6-3, with two goals each for Pippa Langridge and new signing Naomi Robinson and one each from Steph Carter and Emma Chrimes, another new recruit.

Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield, who lost half their side to Minors over the summer, bounced back in typically spirited fashion with a fine 2-0 victory at Shoreham & Adur.

Camilla Chapman and Caitlin French scored for Wivi, who have now lost only once in the league since February.

In a high-scoring opening day, Crawley Wasps Reserves beat fellow newly promoted side Lancing 5-1 at Ewhurst Playing Fields, Emma Kendall bagging a hat-trick, and Fulham Foundation‘s second string triumphed 6-0 at Bexhill United Reserves.

Match report: Crawley Wasps Reserves v Lancing

The London & South East Regional Women’s League, which kicked off a couple of weeks earlier, is turning into a closely fought division, with seven of its 11 clubs on three points.

With many sides in FAW Cup action, only one game survived on Sunday. Fulham Foundation, newly promoted to the league, earned their first points of the season in a 6-1 thrashing of Camden Town to crown a fine day for the club’s senior women’s sides.

Fulham and Camden both now have three points from three games, but the goal difference means they are six places apart.

Only one game was played on the opening day of the South East Counties Premier Division.

Meridian, who finished a creditable third in a tough division last season, began the new campaign in fine style, defeating Crockenhill 4-1, while in Division 1 East, where there was also only one game, newcomers Cray Valley beat Castle Colts 3-1.

In the Kent County Division, the newly elevated Anchorians 2nds (formerly the 3rds until the first team disbanded) hit 11 without reply at Sheerness East to give a clear indication that they will be the division’s team to beat in the coming season.

Kayleigh Williams hit a hat-trick and Amy Kirwan and Elizabeth Magson two each in the rout of a team who conceded 68 goals last season, when they finished second from bottom.

Swale defeated Larkfield 3-0, and new joiners Tunbridge Wells won their opening game 2-0 at home to Teynham Gunners.

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