South East Counties Womens Football League

HILLIANS LOSE IN LEAGUE CUP SEMIFINAL

Burgess Hill Town Ladies 0 Ashford 6


Against Ashford , currently 2nd in the Premier Div, we knew that it was going to be a tough game . However , having beaten Phoenix ,placed 4th in the Premier Div , in the 1/4 finals, a win was possible if the Hillians played to the best of their ability.

It was clear from the start that Ashford are a Premier Div side although there were some hopeful early moves from Hillians Lotti Pollendine and Jess Saunders and a shot from Maria Bardea.

However Ashford soon took control, being in general first to the ball with excellent anticipation and it took battling work by Hillians back four of Harvey , Gittins , Nash and Lawrence in front of keeper Casey Dunford to deny Ashford.

After 15 mins Ashford were first to the ball, evaded a tackle and placed the ball just inside the post to go ahead.

Midway through the half Ashford put the ball into the net but were flagged offside but managed to score a minute later with a long distance specultaive shot.

The Hillians had a couple of corners but were unable to reduce the deficit although Saunders came close on one occasion, and also saw her shot saved.

The 2nd half commenced with Hillians keeper Dunford seeing plenty of action, although the Hillians upped their game somewhat , playing with more determination and Caitlin Garden coming close.

With nearly 30 mins of the half gone Ashford scored their 3rd to basically put the game out of the Hillians reach.

It was at this stage that the superior fitness and anticipation of Ashford took control, scoring 3 more times in 12 mins to make the scoreline somewhat flattering although they were worthy winners.

Manager Mark Bishop named Lotti Pollendine as his "Player of the match" as they now return to League action in their quest for promotion .

Squad :- Casey Dunford, Hannah Harvey, Hayley Nash, Sadie Ashby [Capt] , Penny Gittins ,Maria Bardea, Millie Morley, Jess Saunders, Jess Gray, Ellie Lawrence, Lotti Pollendine

Sub:- Caitlin Garden, Kalila Golding-Huckle, Jade Chapman, Nia Hall



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