Smith hits hat-trick as Hailsham win epic

Susie Smith
Susie Smith

Hailsham Ladies remain third in Sussex Ladies Premier Division thanks to a hard-fought win at home to Mid-Sussex.

They struggled in the first half after conceding an early goal but Sue Cable pulled things level with a wonderful reverse stick sweep just before the interval.

Once again they started slowly and conceded another early goal from a well-struck penalty corner.

Play became end-to-end as Hailsham asserted themselves on the game and, after some nice midfield play from Toni Bray, Emma Allen found Susie Smith.

She controlled coolly in the D to calmly push the ball home to level the scores up. They continued to press and forced a penalty corner soon after.

After receiving the injected ball, Alison Headey elected to slip the ball left to Smith and she clinically swept home her second goal of the afternoon.

The visitors reacted quickly and levelled things up again from a converted penalty corner but Smith completed her hat-trick and sealed the win in a repeat of the previous penalty corner routine to make it 4-3.

They travel to Lewes II on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the Ladies second XI are bottom of Sussex Ladies League Division Two after a heavy 5-0 defat away at Eastbourne II.

While both sides carved out some early chances, the hosts opened the scoring after a super strike was deflected past Hailsham keeper Jen Heady.

Despite some excellent Hailsham defensive work, Eastbourne scored two more goals in quick succession to lead 3-0 at half time.

The second half saw Hailsham midfield and forwards link up well in attack. But, as in the first half, goals eluded the Hailsham attack. Eastbourne took full advantage to score two more goals, making the final score 5-0.

The second XI host Brighton and Hove VI on Saturday.