Hailsham Ladies were crowned league champions of Sussex Ladies League 1 with a 3-0 away win at Chichester.
Hailsham started this critical top-of-the-table match with great determination, with the midfield keeping good possession from the outset.
A cross from the right by Emma Allen was met in the ‘D’ by Toni Bray, who calmly placed the ball under the Chichester keeper to open the scoring.
Hailsham kept the pressure on and quickly won a penalty corner. A good injection from Sarah Haird was met at the top of the circle by Katie James who neatly passed two defenders and slipped the ball past the goalie to make it 2-0.
Hailsham were fired up and on the attack, winning several more penalty corners, with Bray scoring her second of the match to make it 3-0 inside the first 20 minutes.
Chichester began to settle into their game and started to pressurise the Hailsham defence, with left back Sarah Lannin clearing off the line to keep a clean sheet at half time.
The second half saw Hailsham defend well, but they were unable to add to their goal tally, with Chichester applying more pressure. The hosts played the ball around well, but Hailsham’s man-to-man marking, particularly from player of the match Lyndsey Horne, didn’t allow any space for Chichester to attack.
This fabulous result makes the team Champions of Sussex Ladies League 1, winning them promotion to the Sussex Premier Division.
Another great result saw Hailsham ladies 2s secure second place in Sussex Ladies division 3. Hailsham went 1-0 down to Middleton & Bognor Ladies early in the game but worked hard and – after a period of great interlinking play – were soon level when a pass from Jenny Harrison set up captain Louise Forwood to score a well-placed goal.
Hailsham continued to put the pressure on and went 2-1 up following a penalty corner strike from Forwood. A final goal from Amy Green sealed victory for Hailsham.
Hailsham Millers secured a superb 4-3 victory against Lewes Flippers in the Sussex Development League. In a frantic game played at a high level from both teams, Hailsham goals were scored by Tom Mcdonald, Ben Twine, Toby Baker and a sublime reverse lob from Will Kirkham. Keeper Jonah Dickie pulled off some superb saves to continually deny the Lewes attack and the young Hailsham team held firm to the final whistle to secure a deserved league win.
Hailsham Men’s 1s put in a great effort on Saturday, but were unable to overcome Sussex Open Division 1 leaders South Saxons, whose two goals came in quick succession halfway through the first half secured them the game.
Needing a point to secure second place in Sussex Open Division 4, Hailsham Men’s 2s took three with a 2-1 victory over Worthing 5s. Hailsham advanced to a 2-0 lead by half time with goals from Steve Johnson and Steve James. Worthing rarely troubled keeper Alan Brundle thanks to decisive interceptions by Laurence Dyer and tenacious play from Toby Baker, but a deflection goal from the Worthing centre forward was too little too late.