Newhaven Ladies 8 v 0 Meridian Ladies
Chloe Winchester (4), Lucy Collinson (1), Paige Ripley (1), Lauren Smith (1), Own Goal (1)
Newhaven Ladies recorded their biggest win of the season against bottom side Meridian Ladies at the Trafalgar Ground on Sunday . Four goals from top scorer Chloe Winchester and one each from captain Lucy Collinson, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith and an own goal completed the rout.
The Dockers were impressive from the first whistle to the last playing some fantastic football on a very bobbly, uneven surface .
With Lauren Smith in irresistible form on the left wing and Chloe Winchester in form in front of goal the home side created chance after chance and could have scored more than the eight.
It started well with Smith and Winchester linking up well with the Meridian keeper forced into early saves however it wasn’t long before the first goal went in when a Smith corner from the right was met by Winchesters head in the six yard box to give the home side a deserved lead.
Smith then had a shot from the left which was well held by the keeper and then Winchester worked some space in the penalty area and smashed a shot towards goal but straight at the keeper who held on well again.
A break from the back lead to Smith racing down the left wing and sending a deep cross which Chelsea Cook just couldn’t quite meet at the far post but Cook kept the ball in play and played back to Georgia Ungoed who worked the ball onto her left foot but shot just wide.
It was Smith again who was the provider for the second goal which eventually came ten minutes before half time. The Dockers defence started the move with Bashford-Robertson winning the ball and playing it to Smith who flew down the left wing and sent in another deep cross which this time was met by the head of Collinson who had sprinted up the pitch to score her first of the season.
A carbon copy goal nearly followed shortly after but this time it was Ripley who got on the end of Smith’s cross but her header was just over the bar.
The third came shortly after as Smith tormented the full back and crossed into the box where the Meridian defender turned it into her own net (3-0).
The fourth goal just before half time was an excellent move from back to front.
The Dockers defence dispossessed the Meridian striker on a rare attack. Jas Godden passed to Nat Ring who played out wide on the right to Cook and further passes between Steph Harrison, Ungoed and Paige Ripley ended with a sublime through ball from Ripley to Winchester who placed the ball in the bottom corner to make it 4-0.
The second half was more of the same with attack after attack particularly down the left. Smith’s crosses found Winchester, Ungoed and Collinson but each time the finishing touch just wasn’t quite there.
The Dockers made changes with Paige Fowler, Kerri Forshaw and Maddie Cannon replacing Collinson, Godden and Cook and it was Fowler and Cannon who made an immediate impact with Fowler winning the ball in midfield and releasing Smith with a pass inside the fullback and Smiths cross found Cannon at the far post but the header was just off target.
The fifth goal did eventually arrive when Smiths corner from the right found Harrison who played it back to Smith and her cross was helped on again by Harrison to Winchester who brought the ball down in the box and completed her hat-trick (5-0).
The sixth came soon after as Ripley picked up a loose ball in the box and shot through the keepers legs and number seven followed as Ungoed cut in from the right and found Harrison whose shot was blocked but found its way to Winchester who made no mistake.
There was still time for more chances as Ungoed narrowly missed heading from Smiths cross then Ungoed had another chance as she weaved into the box but her shot was saved and Harrison looked destined to score when she found time and space in the box but her shot was just wide.
The eighth did arrive though when Smith deservedly got on the scoresheet. Having sent in cross after cross with her left foot all game it was her right foot which did the damage as she cut in from the left and on the bounce sent a right foot shot finish over the keeper and into the top corner to round off an excellent performance.
Joint-Manager Andy Cook was pleased with result and the performance; ‘It was an excellent display from the ladies. We played some really good football today on a horrible surface. We kept the ball really well and some of the goals we scored were top quality. Headers from corners and crosses, clinical finishing in the box, passing from back to front ending with a goal and defending strong to keep a clean sheet. We were all disappointed when we lost to Meridian away in awful conditions so we wanted to put that right today and although we scored eight it could have been a lot more. We really want to finish the season strongly in what has been a tough first season at this level but we now can’t finish lower than fifth and we are really pleased with that. Special mention today to Lauren and Chloe who were immense and unplayable but also I have to say everyone had an excellent game.’
Alex Ladd (joint-manager) was equally pleased;’ A fantastic win on Sunday against Meridian. From the second half viewing we looked very confident both with the ball and without it. The shape looked fantastic and we created endless chances. Really happy to see the ladies moving the ball around with purpose and attacking intent. We have showed a really positive step forward in the last few weeks and we look forward now to 2 big games against Saltdean and Ashford. Nice work ladies.’
Team: Annie Hills, Chelsea Cook (Maddie Cannon), Paige Bashford-Robertson, Steph Harrison, Natalie Ring, Jas Godden (Kerri Forshaw), Georgia Ungoed, Lucy Collinson (c) (Paige Fowler), Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith