Goal-happy Abbey brought down to earth by wonders of Wimble-ten

Sent Her Forward round-up of weekend football action, from FAW Cup to youth leagues

AFC Wimbledon hit 10 to bring their tally in two FAW Cup matches this season to 19 (Photo: Simon Roe)

AFC Wimbledon hit 10 to bring their tally in two FAW Cup matches this season to 19 (Photo: Simon Roe)

They’d hammered in 22 goals in their first two games of the season – and there were another 10 in their third, last Sunday – but for once, Abbey Rangers were on the wrong end of a thrashing.

The free-scoring South East Counties League side, who beat Worthing Town 10-1 in the first round of FAW Cup qualifying and then opened their league account with a 12-0 victory over Shoreham & Adur, bowed out of the cup in the second qualifying round in some style, losing 10-0 to those other big-hitters from south-west London, AFC Wimbledon.

The Londoners, who came close to promotion last season, have made a storming start to the new campaign, winning their first three games in the London & South East Regional Women’s League, as well as recording a 9-0 victory over Regents Park Rangers in the first FAW Cup qualifying round.

They had already racked up 21 goals in those four matches before Sunday’s showdown with Abbey Rangers, with Kelly-Jade Whelan and Sian Wylie leading the way.

Both hit four in the 10-0 hammering, bringing their season tallies to 11 and six respectively, while Emma Keady scored the other two, taking her level with Jessica Trimnell with three this season.

It was a tough lesson for Abbey, who play two divisions below the league where Wimbledon are performing so impressively, and must have given them a flavour of how Worthing and Shoreham must have felt after encountering their own goal machine in recent weeks.

Rachel Johnson scored double hat-tricks in each of Abbey’s big wins, while Annabelle D’arcy and Steph Sale each have four goals already.

The test for the team now is whether they can bounce back from their own drubbing. With the firepower and tenacity at manager Paul Johnson’s disposal. I suspect I know the answer.

Wimbledon travel to Gillingham, who play in the league that they aspire to reach, in the third qualifying round next month.

AFC Wimbledon celebrate one of their 10 goals against Abbey Rangers (Photo: simon Roe)

(AFC Wimbledon v Abbey Rangers photos by Simon Roe)

Fellow L&SEWRFL side Bexhill United crashed to a shock defeat at home to Surrey Eagles, who play three tiers below them.

Katie Wilde’s side, who have taken just one point from their opening three league fixtures, opened the scoring at the Polegrove through Tillie Earley, but the Greater London Division 2 South team turned the game around with goals from Ellie Crabb and Faye Hayden.

They will meet St Nicholas, from the Premier League’s South West Division 1, in the next round.

Bexhill’s neighbours, Eastbourne Town, who enjoyed a fine FAW Cup run last season, also fell victim to a giant-killing, losing 4-0 at Long Lane, who play in the division below them.

And Town’s even closer neighbours, Eastbourne, also bowed out at the second-qualifying-round stage, losing 2-0 at Herne Bay, who play a division higher.

Carly Farrow and Debbie Blackmore scored Bay’s goals.

Crawley Wasps were another London & South East Regional side to beat lower-league opposition. They hit six without reply at Dartford Royals, who declined to join the league after winning the South East Counties Premier Division last season.

Rebecca Carter scored three, Toni Smith two and Harriet Minihane the other as Wasps earned a home third-qualifying-round tie against Old Actonians.

In the all-London league tie, Fulham Foundation beat Carshalton Athletic 2-1.

South East Counties Women’s Football League

Premier Division

Parkwood Rangers continued their excellent start to the season, winning their second game by an even more convincing margin than their first.

Having disposed of Hassocks 4-1 in their opening match, they condemned Burgess Hill Town to a 6-2 defeat at Bexley Park, courtesy of six different scorers.

Kimberley Green, Rachel Mugami, Jordan Springett, Hayley Thomas, Zoe Counter and Ellen Oaten shared the goals, while Charlotte Pollendine got both Burgess Hill’s in what must have been a gloomy weekend for the Sussex side following the news that their match against Crockenhill, in which they were leading 8-0 when it was abandoned, looks certain to be replayed.

Their opponents that day, Crockenhill, got off the mark in the league with a 1-1 home draw against Hassocks. Krissy Howlett scored for the home side and Billie Philpott hit Hassocks’ goal.

Division 1 West

Worthing Minorsdecision not to take promotion after winning the division last season is proving a headache for their rivals. With Abbey Rangers, who finished third last season, also going great guns, it looks like a tough season ahead for the rest.

Minors actually look potentially stronger than the side that won the title on goal difference, losing only twice all season and scoring 83 goals.

After hitting six in each of their first two league wins of the new campaign, they beat Bexhill United Reserves 8-0, with their three top scorers each extending their personal tallies.

Pippa Langridge doubled her total for the season with four of Minors’ goals; Naomi Robinson scored two to make it seven for the campaign, and Emma Chrimes added two more to hers and now has four in three matches.

Even by Minors’ impressive standards, their start, with a host of new players to bed in, has been impressive, none more so than Naomi Robinson, identified by Sent Her Forward as a particularly shrewd signing.

Screenshot of extract from article on Sent Her Forward about Naomi Robinson signing for Worthing MinorsWhile Worthing have notched up 20 goals from their first three games, their opponents have let in 16 – albeit half of them in this one match.

Bexhill sit second from bottom at this early stage, with a single point in a table propped up by Shoreham & Adur, whose 4-0 defeat at Cowfold was their third in three games this season.

Cowfold, formerly Hurstpierpoint, one of four teams promoted to the division from the Sussex County League, bounced back from their 6-2 reverse at the hands of Minors the previous week, chalking up their first win, with doubles from Chloe Ansell and Emma Hale.

Rottingdean Village, another of the quartet promoted from the county league, kept in the pack behind the leaders with their second 5-2 away victory of the season.

Gemma Worsfold (2), Hope Hawkins, Amy Clark and Sam Mee were their scorers against Milford & Witley, whose goals came from Jess Cox and Kim Meadows.

But possibly the result of the day in the division was Worthing Town‘s 3-0 victory over Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield – Dulcie Elder (2) and Charlotte Hoskins scoring the first goals that Wivi have conceded this season.

Lancing, the only one of the promoted sides yet to win in the higher league, fell to a 4-3 defeat at Fulham Foundation.

Agnieszka Augustyniak, Nichola Marr, Kayley O’Neill and Emma Thomas scored for Fulham, and Kelly Humphrey, Kayleigh Thaxter and Lucia Williamson replied for Lancing, who are under interim management following the resignation of Jason Downer.

Division 1 East

Leaders Cray Valley enjoyed a doubly good Sunday – without even playing. They were awarded a three-point walkover after Charlton Athletic Development failed to make a fixture for the second time in three games, and then nearest challengers Anchorians were held to a 3-3 draw by Thanet Colts.

Reanne Armstrong hit two for the Gillingham club and Lianne Everett the other. Louisa Croasdale, Amy Robinson and Harriet Woolston scored for Thanet.

Aylesford Reserves squeezed out their first victory of the season against a plucky Castle Colts side who had only nine players.

Alice Cockerill and Lorraine Embleton gave Aylesford the ideal start with goals inside the first 10 minutes, Chloe Baker and Emma Stafford scoring their others.

But spirited Thanet ran them close, scoring three times themselves, through Megan Akehurst, Poppy Gilden and Rosie Hague.

Kent County Division

Anchorians’ new second string – formerly their third – won their third game in a row, joining Swale as the division’s only sides with maximum points from their opening three fixtures.

Anchorians won 7-2 at Tunbridge Wells, with a couple of goals from Zara Chapman and one each from Hayley Arnold, Sarah Jane Goodearl, Rachel Jestin-Cull, Shannon Martin and Sophie Milner.

Swale won 3-0 at University of Kent, through goals from Jemma Barton, Sarah Fletcher and Abigail Jackson.

London Corinthians Reserves also have maximum points – but from their single fixture so far, a 3-2 win at Sheerness East.

Larkfield beat Margate 5-1, leaving their opponents as one of four sides still to win in the league at this early stage of the season.

Sussex County Women and Girls League

Women’s Division

The County League finally got going this weekend – albeit a week late following the blanket postponements on the opening Sunday.

And it proved a cracking return to Sussex for Crawley Town, whose young side moved to the Surrey league last season after Sussex was forced to scrap the under-18 division that they would have been playing in.

The team, boasting a core of the players who won the Sussex Under-16 Cup two seasons ago, beat Mile Oak Wanderers 7-4. Chelsea DeRossi scored four, and Chloe Chesworth, Mia Fenton and Jade Page one apiece.

The hosts at least had the consolation of notching up four goals on their first appearance in the adult league. Henna Butcher scored twice, Amber Crowhurst and Nadia Mustafa once each.

The losing side also scored four in the division’s other game: Burgess Hill Town Reserves defeated by the odd goal in nine by Worthing Town Reserves.

Featuring a mix of the team’s former South East Counties side, who were relegated last season, and of newcomers from South Park and the former Southdown under-16 side, Burgess Hill – who had only 10 players – scored through Katie Wilson (2), Charley Thorne and an own goal.

But Worthing – one of only two sides remaining from last season’s league – scored five times, through Sian Elliott (2), Kirsty Lauder, Harriet Smith and Kelly Wood.

Under-16 Division A

It was a fine day all round for Crawley Town, whose under-16 side did even better than their seniors, defeating their town rivals, Wasps, 10-2.

There were hat-tricks for Nancy Lawrence and Drew Williams, two for Laura Szczegolska and a goal apiece for Jade Dancaster and Sophie Gilbert.

Horsham Sparrows rounded off a thoroughly depressing day for Bexhill United, beating their girls’ side 7-0. Olivia Holder scored three, Jazmin Younger two and Isabelle Grace and Daisy Fitton one each.

There was a hat-trick, too, for Lauren Amerena, who helped Hangleton Rangers to a 5-2 victory over Angmering. Ava Rowbotham and Jessica Tsapparelli scored the Brighton side’s other goals, while Beth Kincaid and Grace Kinnane scored for Angmering.

Under-16 Division B

Mile Oak Wanderers led the goal count in Division B with a 14-goal spree against AFC Varndeanians – although, with no goal difference in youth football, the result counts for no more than Worthing Town’s 3-2 victory over Seahaven Harriers.

Seven different players scored for Mile Oak: Samina Speirs led the way with four, Summer Dutton scored three, Samantha Burgess and Biba Pigott two each and Faye Hannaford, Briony Moore and Maisie Starkey one apiece.

Lucy Apps (2) and Megan Stevens scored Worthing Town‘s goals, and Emily Linscer and Emily Towner for Seahaven.

In the division’s other match, Broad Oak & Horam won 4-0 at Hurstpierpoint, with goals from Katie Titmuss (2), Lucia Law and Celeste Leal.

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