News in brief after an eventful week and ahead of another hectic schedule of fixtures
West Ham serve up goal feast for big Burgess Hill crowd
Burgess Hill bowed out of the Ryman Cup after being given a glimpse of what life is like at a higher level in the women’s football pyramid – but they were far from disgraced.
In front of a crowd of 277, the South East Counties Premier Division side lost 8-0 to a strong West Ham United side featuring a number of players who figure regularly in their Premier League team, including India international goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan and captain Stacey Little.
The Hammers, three tiers above Hill, were 7-0 up by half-time, with Emma Sherwood grabbing a hat-trick in the first 12 minutes and Whitney Locke getting her own treble before the break.
Lily Mellors, one of the stars of the night, bagged the seventh, but only Romini Pinna, with her first goal for the club, breached the Burgess Hill defence in the second half, thanks not least to a series of saves by their experienced goalkeeper Tracey Smith.
Quinn’s Park Rangers
Lucy Quinn’s third goal of the season helped Portsmouth return to winning ways after successive defeats in Premier League and League Cup matches.
Hers was the only goal of the game at Queens Park Rangers, whose defeat left them stranded at the bottom of the division, with eight defeats from eight games.
- The match did not feature two of Portsmouth’s regulars. Goalkeeper Sadie Blakely and Charley Wilson, who had been captain, were informed at training that they were being released by the club – a move that has shocked followers of women’s football.
Charlton up to third
Charlton Athletic leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into third place after beaing their London rivals 1-0. Gemma Shepherd scored the only goal – her eighth of the season.
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Wheeler in sole charge at Gills
Jack Wheeler is now in sole charge of Gillingham as Darren Hare, the joint-manager, takes a back seat, freeing up more time for his role as head of the club’s academy, while overseeing the running of the women’s set-up.