Newhaven Ladies 9-0 Worthing Town Women (HT 4-0)
Newhaven Ladies booked their place in the Final of the Sussex County FA Women’s Challenge Trophy with a stunning 9-0 victory over Worthing Town at the Trafalgar Ground on Sunday.
The score line suggests an emphatic victory and it was just that with three goals from top scorer Chloe Winchester, two from Paige Fowler and one each for Lauren Smith, Lucy Collinson, Katie Franks and Rachel Hamlet.
Newhaven started the game pressing high up the pitch and all the play was in the Worthing half but it took 15 minutes before the Dockers opened the scoring when Jade Harker played the ball wide to Lauren Smith who drove in from the left and crashed a long cross shot into the far top corner to give the home side the lead (1-0).
The second goal took a while to arrive despite the Dockers totally dominating the game. There were very good chances starting with Chloe Winchester heading against the bar from Paige Ripley’s cross, then two shouts for handball in the Worthing box which were waved away.
Winchester then had another good chance when set up by Ellie Coade but her shot was just wide. Georgia Ungoed then picked the ball up deep in the right back position and skipped past three challenges before crossing for Winchester who set up Lucy Collinson who shot into the bottom corner which somehow the Worthing keeper prevented from crossing the line.
Smith then put in a great cross from the left which Winchester headed on for Katie Franks at the far post but she miscued her shot.
Finally the second goal came after 37 minutes when a goal kick was misplaced and landed at Winchester’s feet and she made no mistake from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.
Then five minutes later a great through ball from Ripley found the run of Collinson who took it round the keeper and guided it left footed into the bottom corner (3-0). This was the team’s 100th goal of the season which is a fantastic achievement.
The scoring was not finished for the half though as the fourth was added just before the break when Coade crossed from the right to the back post and there was Winchester who rose above the defence to head home (4-0). And a fifth nearly followed straight from the restart when Smith smashed a shot against the crossbar (HT).
The second half started in exactly the same fashion as how the first half ended and it took just two minutes before Newhaven scored again. Winchester picked the ball up in a central position and played the ball into the right channel for Franks to run onto and score in the bottom corner (5-0). The first substitution followed five minutes later when Hamlet replaced Franks on the right and soon after the home side nearly scored the goal of the game when a well worked team move from back to front allowed Smith to break in from the left and send a low cross into the box which was turned in by Winchester only to be ruled out for offside.
Two further substitutions saw Paige Fowler replace Ripley and Chelsea Cook came on for Collinson with Ungoed moving into midfield and it was Fowler who made an immediate impact racing through and with her first touch just shot wide of the post.
But Fowler made amends two minutes later when Winchester beat the last defender to the ball and played to Fowler who rounded the keeper and played into an empty net (6-0).
The last two substitutions were made by Newhaven with 30 minutes to play as Ellie O’Brien and Paige Bashford-Robertson replaced Jas Godden and Jade Harker.
Newhaven continued to dominate with the home defence, and Hannah Paul in goal, rarely getting a touch. And the 7th goal came with 25 minutes left as Smith was provider again from the left when her cross was missed by the Worthing keeper and Hamlet was there to score at the far post (7-0).
Hamlet nearly got her second moments later when she raced through but the keeper saved well at her feet.
Ripley returned to the action with fifteen minutes left as Smith was struggling with injury and was straight into the action with a follow up shot from a keepers save from Winchester but her shot was also well saved.
Worthing then went on a rare attack into the Newhaven half and won a free kick for handball on the edge of the box. However this came to nothing as was well defended and gathered by Paul.
The home team immediately went up the other end and scored the eighth when Ripley played the ball through for Fowler whose first touch took her away from the defender and she slotted the shot inside the near post (8-0).
With minutes remaining Winchester eventually completed her hat trick as Ungoed played the ball over the top and Winchester done the rest and finished with ease (9-0).
A brilliant display from the Ladies yet again who were ruthless in their play all over the pitch and now look forward to the final against Burgess Hill Ladies at Lancing FC on Thursday 8th March in search of silverware in their first ever season.
Joint Manager Andy Cook was full of praise for the team: “This was yet another exhibition of brilliant football from every single player today. They were all quite simply superb from back to front. We totally dominated the game and Hannah in goal touched the ball three times which says it all.
“Although it took us a while to get our shooting boots on we created chance after chance from the first minute and just had to be patient before we opened the scoring and then got the important second. After that it was game over. To play at such a high pace all game and be relentless with it takes some doing and we have done this all season so far.
“The football the ladies play is really entertaining and even with the pitch being very soft from the recent adverse weather we still managed to play attractive free flowing football all over the pitch. We now go to our first cup final in our first season and we are determined to enjoy it and hopefully get our hands on the trophy.”
Joint-Manager Alex Ladd was also very complimentary and added: “It was great to finally get the semi-final played this weekend after a couple of postponements. The performance was well worth the wait as well. We spoke about playing with a high intensity and that is exactly what the ladies delivered. We limited Worthing to very few chances in the game and created an abundance ourselves.
“We knew the Worthing keeper was good after we played them at the beginning of the season and she proved the same again. Lauren and Franks were impressive down the wings providing the ammunition for Chloe, Paige and Lucy. We were patient and the goals came. Ellie had another excellent game in the middle of the park sitting in front of the back four. Defensively we were very solid and showed great composure spreading the play from left to right. All the subs who came impacted the game as well.
“It was a very pleasing team performance and to make a final in our first season is an amazing achievement. Well done ladies, as ever you continue amaze me every game.”
Newhaven: Hannah Paul, Georgia Ungoed, Jade Harker, Ellie Coade (c), Jas Godden, Char Lloyd, Katie Franks, Lucy Collinson, Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith. Subs: Rachel Hamlet, Paige Fowler, Chelsea Cook, Ellie O’Brien, Paige Bashford-Robertson