Sent Her Forward rounds up the rest of the weekend action
Burgess Hill warmed up for one of the biggest games in their recent history with their first – proper – league win of the season.
The West Sussex side have a much-anticipated Ryman Cup tie against Premier League West Ham United tomorrow night, and they tuned up for the encounter in the best possible way, by ending Meridian‘s 100% record in the South East Counties Women’s Football League with a 3-2 win at Leylands Park.
Hill, of course, thought they had already got off the mark a couple of weeks ago when they were leading Crockenhill 8-0 when the referee abandoned the game after their opponents went down to seven players.
South East Counties league secretary Greg Petts told Sent Her Forward the decision had been made in error and the game would have to be replayed – a ruling still to be ratified by a league committee.
Burgess Hill lost their next game 6-2 at Parkwood Rangers, but on Sunday, against second-placed Meridian, they triumphed 3-2, with two goals from Shannon McFadden and one from Charlotte Pollendine.
Natasha Moloney and Nicola Quayle scored for the Kent side, who finished third last season.
With their first points in the bag, and already out of the FAW Cup after a respectable 2-0 defeat at Herne Bay, Hill’s attention turns to the Ryman Cup and tomorrow’s visit of Marc Nurse’s West Ham.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm, and while there is an admission fee for adults, under-16s will get in free.
Parkwood stay top
Parkwood Rangers remain on top of the pile after their 2-0 victory at Dartford Royals. Jordan Springett – her third of the season – and Courtney Durham got the goals that maintain Parkwood’s 100% record and – following Meridian’s defeat – open up a three-point lead at this early stage, although many of the trailing clubs have games in hand.
Newly promoted Ashford finally got round to playing their first Premier Division game and took all three points, beating Eastbourne 1-0, courtesy of a Kayleigh Harris goal.
Long Lane and Crockenhill drew 1-1, with Rebecca Parkin scoring for the visitors.
London & South East Regional League
Crawley join leading rivals after scoring seven
Two more goals from Kelly-Jade Whelan earned AFC Wimbledon a 2-1 victory in their local derby at Fulham Foundation, to help maintain their winning start to the season.
Her double – taking her goal tally to 13 for the season – ensured a fourth successive league victory for the Dons, who are already looking the team to beat this season. Three of their four wins have come away from home.
Herne Bay remain hot on their heels, notching up their third victory in four games following their promotion last term.
A Debbie Blackmore penalty and a goal from Carly Farrow earned Bay a 2-0 win at Eastbourne Town in a game marred by yet another serious injury to one of the Kent side’s players – Rachel Tracy taken to hospital with a shoulder injury that held up play for more than an hour.
London Corinthians drop to third after being held to a goalless draw by Leyton Orient, and Crawley Wasps moved into the top four with a 7-2 victory over Aylesford.
Wasps have made an impressive start to the season, defeating Herne Bay early in the new campaign, and their seven-goal salvo against a struggling Aylesford suggests they might be a tougher prospect this season than last, when they finished a disappointing seventh.
Toni Smith, whose goals have played a big part in Wasps’ promising start in league and cup, hit a hat-trick and Lauren Callaghan scored twice. Rebecca Carter and Beth Kemp scored the others as Crawley moved to within six points of the leaders with a game in hand.
Aylesford, with only a single point from their first four games, are bottom by virtue of having scored one goal fewer than Bexhill United, who lost by the odd goal in nine at home to last season’s runners-up, Carshalton Athletic.
Ella Bale and Laura Curtis scored two each for Carshalton, and Lil Chapman hit the other.
South East Counties League
Challengers pile on the pressure after champions are beaten at home
Newly promoted Rottingdean Village announced that they will be a force to reckon with in Division 1 West after ending reigning champions Worthing Minors‘ 100% start to the season.
Rottingdean, who were one of four sides promoted from the Sussex county league last season, won 2-1 on Minors’ home territory to move level on points with their opponents, but from a game fewer.
Amy Clark scored both their goals, while Naomi Robinson replied for Minors, who went 13 games last season before tasting defeat.
Fulham Foundation are second after winning 4-1 at Shoreham & Adur, with two goals from Kendal Styles and one apiece from Emily Stanley and Rebecca Deacon.
But in what promises to be another exciting season in the division, Abbey Rangers continued their own fine start to the season, winning 5-2 against Bexhill United Reserves, courtesy of four more goals from their super-striker, Rachel Johnson. Their other goal came from Steph Sale.
Worthing Town’s 10-1 victory at Lancing, Cowfold’s 4-0 win over Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield and Crawley Wasps Reserves’ 4-1 defeat at Milford & Witley mean the top seven in the 12-club league are covered by just three points.
Kim Donno (2), Emily Hale and Victoria Smallman scored the goals that earned Cowfold – another of the promoted teams – victory against a transitional Haywards Heath.
Wasps‘ two-game winning run was rudely brought to a halt by Milford & Witley, who eased to a 4-1 victory, courtesy of two goals from Kim Meadows and one each from Victoria Grove and Rebecca Singleton. Tracey O’Hagan scored for Crawley.
Division 1 East
Cray Valley remain top of the league after preserving their 100% record. Goals by Hannah Botten, Jodie Gailer and Jenna Keir helped them to a 3-1 win at Aylesford Reserves, for whom Lorraine Embleton scored her third goal of the season.
Gailer has scored in each of Cray’s three competitive victories. Their other win was a walkover against Charlton Athletic Development, who were this week recipients themselves of an easy three points after Prince of Wales were unable to fulfil their fixture.
Anchorians remain second after beating Faversham Strikeforce in their first game under their new guise, 4-0. Ellie Stewart scored twice and Ciara Laing and Carla Maistre once each against opponents who had only eight players recorded on the official result sheet on Full-Time.
Anchorians are still unbeaten, as are third-placed Thanet Colts, who won 6-2 at Castle Colts, thanks to a hat-trick from Harriet Woolston, two goals from Sophie Gifford and one from Sandra Nightingale.
Courtney Smith and Natalie Stacey got Castle Colts’ goals.
Kent County Division
Swale took advantage of a blank weekend for Anchorians 2nds to move above them at the top of the table. Jemma Barton (2), Sian Boswell, Sarah Fletcher and Irene Fredrigo scored the goals that earned them a 5-2 home win against Teynham Gunners, for whom Marie Cordes and Stacey Rye were on target.
It was their fourth win out of four and puts them three points ahead of Anchorians, who now have a game in hand.
Margate picked up their first points of the season in style, winning 5-2 at London Corinthians Reserves. Kara Richardson bagged a hat-trick, and there were goals, too, for Molly Dawson and Lauren Kidd. Nasa Eke and Renette Ofori scored for Corinthians.
University of Kent, who failed to win a point in their 16 league games last season, bagged their first of the new campaign in only their second match, sharing the spoils in a 4-4 draw at Tunbridge Wells.
Jasmine Fox, Emma Helland, Bethany Nobes and Recheal Valderama got the students’ goals, while Yasmin Thomas and Lauryn Underhill each scored twice for Tunbridge Wells.
Sussex County Women & Girls League
Lewes Foundation began their second season in a much-changed women’s division with a 7-2 victory at Horsham Sparrows.
Chloe Evans, Lucy Jellett and Charlotte Russell each scored twice for Lewes and Ellie French got the other. Horsham’s goals in their first game back in the Sussex league came from Naomi Beale and Zoe Fitzpatrick.
Crawley Town made it two wins out of two at the start of their first campaign in the league, beating Burgess Hill Town Reserves 5-1 to take an early lead in the seven-team division.
Having put seven goals past Mile Oak Wanderers last week, they piled up another five – through Tayla Hill, Jade Page, Chelsea Rossi, Lauren Tyler and Rosie Newman.
Natalie Bagwell scored for Burgess Hill.
There have been goals aplenty in the handful of matches that have been staged in this division,- but it still has problems, with Henfield’s match against Mile Oak the latest to be postponed.
Only four matches have been played in three scheduled rounds of fixtures, although those four produced 35 goals, with barely a right old thrashing among them.
Burgess Hill say on their website that they will now play Lewes next Sunday after their game against Henfield was also called off – the third of Henfield’s three scheduled games so far to be postponed.
The entire first day of the season was wiped out because of difficulties experienced by some clubs in raising teams.
In the only league game played in Division A, Angmering clinched their second victory of the season, defeating Crawley Wasps 5-2. Beth Kincaid scored two and Alice Chambers, Grace Kinnane and Georgia Wood got the others, Jordan Bunday and Courtney Walker replying for Wasps.
Most teams were involved in Sussex Challenge Cup ties.
Bexhill United (Maddie Freeman 3, Holly Tabener) beat Eastbourne (Natasha Dean, Lily Lemoine) 4-2 after extra-time; Hangleton Rangers (Lauren Amerena 3, Millie Carter, Chloe Cressey, Becky Reed) beat Seahaven Harriers (Paige Bashford-Robertson 2) 6-2; Crawley Town won 6-0 at Horsham Sparrows (goals by Drew Lawrence 3, Laura Szczegolska, Amber Whenham and Nancy Williams), and Worthing Town (Lucy Apps 4, Cerys Lamper 2) beat Cuckfield Cosmos (Charlotte Avery, Bryony Irvine and Shannon Bartholomew) 6-3.
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