A round-up of the weekend’s women’s football action
- Rottingdean Village beat Abbey Rangers in nine-goal thriller
- First win for Lancing
- Five-star Parkwood continue soaraway start
- Double delight for Anchorians’ sides
- Cardiff beat Charlton again
- Buoyant Brighton hit seven
- Lewes and Gillingham advance in Plate
- AFC Wimbledon drop first points
- Sussex County League down to six after Henfield pull out
South East Counties League
Division 1 West
Rottingdean Village (Short, Worsfold, Crewe, Mee, Mepstead) 5-4 Abbey Rangers (R Johnson 3, Sale)
The battle of the only unbeaten teams in Division 1 West goes the way of the promoted Sussex side, who overcome the 10 players of Abbey to maintain their unblemished league record. They have beaten the two league favourites on successive Sundays.
Fulham Foundation (Deacon) 1-2 Worthing Minors (Simmonds, Pidduck)
Minors stay top, bouncing back from last week’s defeat to Rottingdean, with a performance that appeared to please the players, who highlighted the performance of left-back Katie Burling in the centre of defence.
Shoreham & Adur 2-3 Lancing (Humphrey, Leogue, Hedger)
Lancing finally break their league duck following their promotion as champions of the Sussex County League, in a derby with a bit of everything.
Kelly Humphrey, one of Lancing’s goalscorers, and Bianca Pilgrim were both sent off and Georgia Green taken to hospital with what the club said was knee-ligament damage. If the bottom club can derive any consolation, they tripled their goal tally for the season after scoring two in a game for the first time.
Worthing Town 0-8 Milford & Witley (Blanchard 2, Cox 2, Meadows 2, Singleton 2)
A week after scoring 10, Worthing Town were brought back to earth, on the receiving of an 8-0 hammering by a revitalised Milford, who have won two in a row after taking one point from the first three games, scoring 12 goals.
Cowfold (Hale 2, Derham, Jackson) 4-0 Bexhill United Reserves
Promoted Cowfold storm to their third 4-0 win in a row to move up to third place, within a point of leaders Worthing Minors, but with a game in hand.
Crawley Wasps Reserves (O’Hagan 2) 2-1 Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield (J Gardiner)
Wasps have just enough to see off a spirited Wivi, who have now lost three in a row. Crawley, who were without player-coach Zoe Martin, are now also three points behind Minors with a game in hand. Match report.
Parkwood Rangers (Vaughan 2, Goodhew 2, Jung) 5-1 Meridian (Russ)
Leaders Parkwood extend their lead after beating their nearest rivals, Meridian. They now have a six-point advantage after chalking up their fourth win in four games and taking their goal tally to 17.
Dartford Royals 1-1 Long Lane (Shogbamimu)
Dartford lose ground but still move up a place after drawing 1-1 with Long Lane.
Ashford (Harris) 1-2 Hassocks
Hassocks’ first win, Ashford’s first defeat. Long way to go.
Eastbourne (Collinson) 1-0 Burgess Hill Town
First victory, too, for Eastbourne as they win the Sussex derby.
Division 1 East
Anchorians (Laing 2, Simmons) 3-1 Barming (Brewer)
The new Anchorians first team keep the pressure on leaders Cray Valley with their fourth win in five unbeaten games. Barming are bottom on goal difference.
Aylesford Reserves 0-7 Charlton Athletic Development (Spice 2, Jeffkins 2, Channin, Smith, De Waal)
Charlton up to third; Aylesford drop to sixth.
Cray Valley H/W Faversham Strikeforce
Prince of Wales A/W Castle Colts
Two of the league’s four fixtures were not played, handing free points to leaders Cray Valley and previously bottom club Castle Colts. Colts, who had lost their previous four matches, rocket up to fifth without breaking sweat.
Teynham Gunners (Cordes) 1-6 Anchorians 2nds (Chapman 2, Best, Magson, Martin, Milner)
Anchorians seize the iniative with a big win at Teynham Gunners to gain two points on the leaders.
Tunbridge Wells 2-2 Swale
Lauryn Underhill among the scorers as Tunbridge Wells become the first side to take points off the leaders.
Margate 5-1 Sheerness East (B Sedge)
Fourth defeat in a row for Sheerness.
University of Kent H/W London Corinthians Reserves
Bonus points for the students after Corinthians default lifts them to the heady heights of fifth.
FAW Premier League
Premier League Cup
C&K Basildon (Doyle) 1-0 West Ham United
Basildon beat the Hammers for the second time in three clashes over the past three weeks – and this time both sides finish the game with 11 players.
Cardiff City (Price, Green, Aldridge) 3-0 Charlton Athletic
Cardiff repea their league win over Charlton a fortnight ago to knock the cup holders out of the competition. Three first-half goals do the damage.
Ipswich Town (Crump) 1-4 Forest Green Rovers (Richardson 2, Baker, King)
Premier League Southern side too strong for their South East Division 1 opponents as they take their goal tally to nine from their last three games – all away from home.
Queens Park Rangers (Maggs) 1-7 Brighton (Taylor 3, Gurr, Natkiel, Russell, D Cooper)
There’s just no respite for Rangers at the moment, as they crash to their ninth league defeat in 10 league and cup matches. In-form Brighton were in no mood to take it easy, extending their unbeaten start to the season to 10 games in all competitions. Gurr’s goal was her sixth in the last six games.
Tottenham Hotspur (Bergin, Moore, Rawle, Vio) 4-1 Plymouth Argyle (Lane)
Bergin nets her eighth of the season as Spurs continue their bright start to the campaign.
Cambridge United 0-4 Chichester City (Albuery, Dowdell, OG, Widdows)
Triple celebration for Chichester as they ease into the next round, Kerrie Ryan is voted their player of the match on her full debut and five of their team are selected for the Sussex FA Representative side to play at Middlesex FA next week. Shannon Albuery and Jade Widdows – who were among the Chichester scorers – are joined by Lauren Cheshire, Emma Alexandre and Lucie Challen in Kim Stenning’s first squad.
Old Actonians (Byrne 2, Murphy) 3-0 Shanklin
Actonians, beaten only once all season, pile more misery on the Isle of Wight side.
Swindon Town (Picton 2, Attenborough 2, Westlake) 5-0 Larkhall Athletic
The battle of the two unbeaten South West Division 1 sides who are setting the pace in the league ends in a one-sided cup victory for the league leaders.
— LarkhallAthletic LFC (@larkhallALFC) October 4, 2015
Premier League Plate
Bedford 0-3 Lewes (Louis-Joseph, Lane, Plewa pen)
Danni Lane gets off the mark and earns the Lewes player-of-the match award. Plewa also shines against Bedford’s 10 players, but plaudits go to the home goalkeeper, Becki Scott, for a host of fine saves. Lewes website report here.
Southampton Saints (Perkins, Lewry) 2-3 Gillingham (North 2, Wills)
A young Gills side race into a three-goal lead before Saints hit back – but can’t quite do enough.
Premier Reserves Division South
Charlton Athletic (Giordani, Thompson, Lee, Manktelow) 4-0 Lewes
Portsmouth (Bell 3, Bloomfield 3, Tonks, Reed) 8-0 Bedford
Another Bedford side short on numbers, but Pompey show them no mercy, boosting their goal difference and moving up to third.
Queens Park Rangers (Clarke, Netschova, Engels) 3-1 Chichester City (Ellis)
Dick Semark returns to look after the Chichester team, with assistant Rhys Griffiths, after missing the previous game through illness. But the Greens are yet to pick up a point, with development still their priority. Rangers move up to second.
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Southampton Saints
West Ham United (Gullefer) 1-0 Crystal Palace
London & South East Regional Women’s League
Camden Town 3-3 AFC Wimbledon (Hoesli-Atkins, Clarke, Whelan)
The Dons drop points for the first time this season but still lead the league by two. Kelly-Jade Whelan is among the goals, with her 14th of the season.
Herne Bay (Holness) 1-2 London Corinthians (Harrison, Titchener)
Bay blow the chance to make ground on the leaders as their opponents take their place in second.
Eastbourne Town 1-0 Crawley Wasps
Town triumph in the Sussex derby to move level with their opponents. Both have games in hands of most of their opponents and neither will be panicking about their positions at the moment.
Leyton Orient (Sprake, Stirling) 2-4 Carshalton Athletic (Graham 2, L Curtis, Spiteri)
Carshalton’s third league win in four takes them up to third and four points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
Bexhill United (Atkins) 1-4 Fulham Foundation (Lovelock 2, Ogle, Winchester)
Another tough season for the Sussex side, and this defeat makes it one point from five games now.
Sussex County Women and Girls League
Worthing Town Reserves 0-13 Crawley Town (Rossi 4, Page 3, Tyler 3, Higham 2, Chesworth)
Free-scoring leaders rack up their biggest win yet, with four-goal Chelsea DeRossi and hat-trick stars Jade Page and Lauren Tyler leading the way. DeRossi has nine for the season in three games, Page five and Tyler four.
Burgess Hill Town Reserves 0-7 Lewes Foundation (Jellett 3, French 2, Guthrie, MacIntyre)
Lewes hit seven for the second successive game to become Crawley’s early-season rivals. Following their 7-2 victory over Horsham Sparrows in their first match of the season last week, Lewes extend their goal difference to 12 – though still not as many as the leaders achieved in one game yesterday. The big two are scheduled to meet next weekend.
Mile Oak Wanderers 0-1 Horsham Sparrows (Miller)
Sparrows get their first win, courtesy of Lucy Miller’s goal, leaving Mile Oak one of three teams yet to pick up a point.
Henfield have pulled out of the league, shrinking the division to just six teams. The league said: “Their results will be expunged in due course and fixtures revised.” Both their scheduled fixtures so far had been called off.
Under-16 Division A
Horsham Sparrows 0-1 Crawley Town (Lawrence)
Crawley Town’s under-16s are also shining, reeling off their third consecutive victory to stay joint-top.
Bexhill United 1-8 Angmering (Chambers 3, Wood 2, Burstow, Humphrey, Kincaid)
Angmering stay locked with Crawley after a convincing win at Bexhill.
Hangleton Rangers (Ashley 4, Tsapparelli, Banks) 6-3 Crawley Wasps
The other Crawley team in the division are at the wrong end after suffering their third successive defeat.
Under-16 Division B
Seahaven Harriers 3-4 Mile Oak Wanderers (Dutton 2, Hannaford, Speirs)
Table-toppers preserve their 100% record with a narrow win at Seahaven.
Worthing Town (Apps 5, Cannons 3, Lamper 2, Stevens 2) 12-1 Hurstpierpoint
Town are also yet to drop a point, taking their goal tally to 21 in three league and cup games.
Broad Oak & Horam (Baitup 6, Titmuss 4, Finch) 11-0 AFC Varndeanians
Goal glut takes Broad Oak second as Varndeanians concede double-figures for the second time.
Show some respect, teams urged
Mixed team photos and joint-warm-up drills are among the suggestions the league is making to its teams to mark next weekend’s Set Your Stall Out campaign, organised by the FA as part of its “Respect” initiative.