Oct 17th BURGESS HILL 5 ASHMOUNT LEIGH 2 SECWFL Div 1[W] League game
The Hillians knew that recent League leaders Ashmount Leigh had only lost one league game this season, and also that a Hillian win would make them the leaders !
Hillians started well, going ahead in just 3 minutes when a well judged pass from Abbie Burrows enabled Hillians top goalscorer Emma Whitter to reach the ball ahead of the advancing keeper and slot the ball home .Hillians joy was short lived however as within a couple of minutes a long ball beat their defence and enabled Ashmount to draw level .
As is so often the case the Hillians restored their lead within 5 minutes Whitter scored her 2nd , latching onto a long ball from keeper Ella Bates to give Bates a rare “assist” !!
This reverse stung Ashmount into an attacking mode which in 15 minutes resulted in a goal to make the score 2-2
Once again the Hillians responded in the best possible way and within a couple of minutes Lotti Pollendine headed home from a Fran Cook corner to regain the lead and enable her team to be 3-2 ahead at halftime .
The 2nd half saw Bates in action but the Hillians looked confident whilst working hard to extend their lead and Pollendines determination in a goalmouth struggle forced the ball into the net to record her 2nd goal 4-2
Hillians determination and work rate ensured they were on top and Hillians 5th goal came from Fran Cook after receiving a well judged long ball from Gemma Hebditch.
To their credit Ashmount never gave up but the Hillians maintained their 100% home record achieved by good team work and a positive approach under the guidance of Manager Layla Young who selected Sadie Ashby as her “Managers POM” . Ashmount named Emma Whitter as our “Player of the Match”
Oct 10th BURGESS HILL 9 LANCING 1 SECWFL Div 1[W] League game
In typical style the Hillians bounced back from their disappointing away defeat the previous week to record their best league win since Sept last season. They beat by one goal their previous home league game this season to retain their 100% league home record .
An indication of what was to come came in the very first minute with the Lancing keeper in action and within 10 minutes the Hillians were ahead , Capt Jemma Lindfield scoring from close range following a Hayley Nash free kick.
In the 18th minute Lindfield scored again following a well constructed move with Lotti Pollendine setting up Emma Whitter to provide the final pass. 2-0
There followed a period of end to end football with a Hillians Whitters “goal” deemed to be offside but finally with 10 minutes of the half remaining Whitter scored the 1st of her 5 goals , latching onto a good through ball from Abbie Burrows . 3-0 .
Whitter added 2 more goals before half time as the Hillians took control , both following lenghty balls from Nash , 5-0 and finally in the last minute of the half Pollendine headed home from a Fran Cook corner to make the halftime score 6-0.
The 2nd half started with Whitter adding her 4th goal , within a couple of minutes, once again from a Burrows pass and 10 minutes later a Lindfield pass enabled her to record her 5th goal !! 8-0 .
Lancing had clearly changed their game plan after this and Hillians keeper Ella Bates came out well to claim the ball and avert the danger .
Hillians 9th goal came from speedy defender Ruby Lester with less at 10 mins remaining and Lancing managed a consolation goal before the final whistle in a game where the Hillians showed plenty of passing skills and determination and could have scored even more had they brought their best shooting boots with them such was their dominance !!.
Sept 5th BURGESS HILL 6 TONBRIDGE 2 SECWFL Div 1[W] League game
What a great way to start the season !! 1 - 0 down after around 15 mins , draw level through a Lotti header to go to half time level . Then as the 2nd half started going behind within a couple of minutes . This is where the whole team showed why they win games with great determination and skill they upped their game and levelled the scoreline within a minute through Lotti only for Emma to put us ahead 2 minutes later and within 10 mins we are 4- 2 ahead !! Before the final whistle Lotti completed her hat trick and Jemma scored her 2nd. My congratulations to Layla, Capt Jemma and the whole team for a stunning 2nd half performance which every player should be proud of , they gave 110% and reaped the reward .