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No cup joy for BHHC women in Sussex finals

5 months ago By David Chappell

Horsham win 2-0 against battling 1s while 5s lose out on penalties to Southwick 1s

Brighton and Hove's women came home empty handed from Sussex Ladies KO finals day at East Grinstead on Saturday after gallant efforts in both the Cup and Plate showpieces.

The club's women’s 1s went down 2-0 to Horsham in the Sussex Cup final, when two first-half short corner goals proved the difference between the sides in persistent rain. But Brighton, underdogs going into the match, had their chances and pressed hard in the second half, even having a penalty stroke saved, as they tried to get back into the game.

After Horsham’s opening goal after only three minutes following a short corner, which the defenders could only partially clear, Brighton responded brightly, three times getting in behind the defence on the left but failing to get the vital touch as the ball flashed across close to the goal.

A second short corner - this time crisply struck - after 20 minutes doubled Horsham's lead but Brighton stuck to their task and early in the second half they had a golden chance to reduce the arrears as Lauren Allymohamed was upended in the circle by the goalkeeper when clean through. Brighton failed to convert the resulting stroke but continued to press the strong Horsham defence and won several short corners. As the game became stretched Amanda Billington, the Brighton goalkeeper, was called upon to make a number of saves but there were no further goals.

Brighton emerged with credit against a Horsham side that had finished higher in the South League division one and won promotion to the National League, with Kendall Deck among several players to impress.

Brighton and Hove women’s 5s suffered heartbreak as they lost on penalty strokes after a 1-1 draw in the Sussex Plate final with Southwick 1s.

A goal from Kaz - who dived full length to slip the ball under the goalkeeper - was scant reward for Brighton's first half dominance, with Zoe Beglin and Sorcha Lee proving a constant threat down the right. But Southwick hit back early in the second half with a looping shot and pressed hard for a winner, only to be kept at bay by some stout defence - in which Martine Schrik was outstanding - and excellent goalkeeping by Abbie Wiltshire.

In a tense penalty shootout Southwick emerged 3-2 winners after 14 strokes were taken. Abbie made several good saves while Aisha Hoten and Marie Jarvis were successful from the spot for Brighton.

Many thanks to the band of Brighton and Hove supporters who cheered throughout despite the heavy rain and to Neil Beglin for the photos.

Updated 10:43 - 6 Aug 2018 by Matt Sale

Where next?

BHHC Women's Forum - the feedback April debrief features wide ranging discussion about the club, its structure, aims and future development
Women go for Sussex Cup glory on Saturday Two BHHC teams in finals at East Grinstead

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Men's 2nd XI Old Bordenians 1
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Women's 4th XI Horsham Ladies 4's
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Women's 3rd XI Burgess Hill Ladies 1's
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Women's 7th XI Crawley Ladies 2's
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Women's 4th XI Southwick Ladies 1's
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Men's 3rd XI Horsham Men's 2s
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Men's 6th XI Middleton Mens 2's
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Women's 2nd XI Lewes Ladies 2's
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Men's 7th XI Chichester Mens 5's
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Men's 4th XI Crawley Men's 1s
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Women's 5th XI Worthing Ladies 2s
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