Cup winning Ladies look back on a remarkable year

Eastbourne Ladies FC
Eastbourne Ladies FC

Eastbourne Ladies FC enjoyed an excellent year which saw them lift the Sussex County Women’s League Cup along with numerous summer tournaments in East and West Sussex and Kent.

All this has been achieved in a very short space of time with the Ladies team of Eastbourne Girls FC being formed just over two years ago. The team has grown and matured with players joining from Polegate Grasshoppers, Eastbourne Borough and Glenco (Bexhill).

The current season looks even better with the team having qualified for the Sussex County Women’s League Cup Final (April 29th), Sussex County Trophy (March 22nd) along with a current League position that could yet secure a League Winners Medal. With just five games to go they have dropped just five points all season scoring more than 70 goals and conceding just eight.

Eastbourne Manager Adam Wolecki said, “I am so proud of the Ladies achievements last season but its looking as if they will be eclipsed this year!

“What ever happens in the Cup Finals this has been a memorable season which will live long in all our memories”

Eastbourne Ladies & Girls FC currently run teams from U10,11, 13, 14, 15 & U18 together with the Adult team and always welcome new players, for further details contact Ian on 07917 130 562.

Vicky takes charge

Team performances have become a trademark of Town Ladies this season, so, despite putting in another excellent all round game, it was unusual to see one player stand out as much as Vicky Phillips did on Sunday at the Saffrons as Town entertained Boreham Wood.

Showing exceptional energy from start to finish, Phillips also bagged three goals, set up Stav Panayiotou for a fourth and drove a shot goalwards that could only be turned home by a Boreham Wood defender.

This was probably the most one sided game that the league leaders have played all season and, if it had not been for an inspired effort by the visitor’s goalkeeper along with some dogged defending, the Town Ladies may well have rattled up a double figure goal haul. It took the hosts just 16 minutes to open the scoring as Phillips notched her first of the game before she doubled the lead on 30 minutes. With Town enjoying most of the possession, Phillips then slid a perfectly weighted pass into Panayiotou’s path that allowed her to give Town a 3 – 0 advantage. With virtually the last kick before the half time interval, Phillips’ completed a very satisfying hat trick.

After the break Town again came storming out of the traps and soon added a fifth goal when a strong goal bound effort from Phillips was helped into the net by a Boreham Wood defender who had little option other than to attempt to block the shot.

Eastbourne Town’s defence again produced a clean sheet, while Beth Richardson and Emma Parslow made appearances as a stand in goalkeeper.

Parslow’s second half outfield introduction was also important for Eastbourne Town as it signalled the return of yet another key player from the injured list, giving Town a near complete squad for the crucial, upcoming phase of the season as they take on second and third place teams in league matches and play their two tough cup semi finals in the space of three weeks.

POM - Vicky Phillips for her superb and influential contribution.