Rampant Worthing Women put seven past Herne Bay in league opener

Worthing Women started their quest for South East Counties League Division 1 glory in spectacular fashion with a 7-0 rout of Herne Bay on Sunday.

Gemma Worsfold hit a hat-trick against Herne Bay
Gemma Worsfold hit a hat-trick against Herne Bay

Gemma Worsfold hit a hat-trick, Sophie Humphrey was at the double, Sara Tubby struck a stunner and an own-goal completed the scoring.

It was a second straight win for Worthing after they progressed in the FA Cup at the expense of Pagham last time out.

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But manager Michelle Lawrence was much more happy with the ‘clinical’ performance.

She said: “It was great to start the league season with a win and given the way the game played out, it was nice to keep a clean sheet.

“It was also important that the players kept their discipline and continued to practice the things we’ve been working on.”

Worthing made a dream start and were ahead after ten minutes.

Humphrey and Tubby combined before the latter unleashed a fierce drive which found the net.

Worthing continued to press and added a second on 25 minutes. Humphrey collected a short corner then curled home superbly.

The visitors then survived a scare as Sophie Gifford’s tame side-foot shot was straight at Amy Coster.

Worthing then had a third on the half-hour as Worsfold found the net off a Herne Bay defender.

Hannah Hewlett saw her header ruled out for offside, but the visitors did have a fourth on the stroke of half time. Humphrey calmly lifted over the goalkeeper to bag her second.

Worthing had another let-off minutes after the restart as a free-kick cannoned to safety off the crossbar.

But Worsfold would grab her first five minutes into the second half courtesy of an exquisite lob.

Tubby saw a strike hit the crossbar soon after before Worsfold was quickest to the loose ball to make it six.

There was still time for a seventh, with Worsfold completing her hat-trick and rounding off the scoring.

WORTHING: Coster (Adie, 45), Mckellar, Lelliot, Sutcliffe, Thompson-Agbro, Tubby, Waine, Hewlett, Worsfold, Hinton, Humphrey (Kirby, 45).

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