Williams at the double as Ladies go top

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Eastbourne Ladies returned to winning ways last Saturday with a 3-0 victory against Mid Sussex in the Sussex Premier division.

The win, and East Grinstead’s draw, placed Eastbourne back on top of the league having dropped to second after last week’s painful 2-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove.

The ladies are on 34 points after 13 matches with crunch games coming up against Crawley Ladies (Saturday, February 1) and second placed East Grinstead (Saturday, February 8).

After a lethargic start the ladies began to take control of the match as Hannah Williams and Steph Black put pressure on Mid-Sussex however, the ball just wasn’t finding the goal.

Mid-Sussex made some great runs but it was Eastbourne who posed the bigger threat and after a sitter was missed by Katie Love, Sharon Clay and Jen Atkins produced a textbook goal that saw Jen slot the ball home to make it 1-0.

The second half was better as great tackling by Helen and Claire kept Mid-Sussex at bay.

Claire Nobles went close on several occassions before a diving Hannah Williams added the all-important second.

The two-goal cushion allowed Eastbourne to dominate and the ball rarely left the Mid Sussex half.

With a minuet left on the clock, Eastbourne were awarded another short corner the ball was slipped to Katie Love and once again Hannah Williams was at the far post to slot home the third.