This weekend, Burgess Hill hosted their last home league fixture of the season and faced Horsham, who are just above them in the table.
They were again hoping to avenge a previous defeat, and knew they were on a great run of form recently.
The first half was played at a good tempo, with Hill benefitting from the pace of their young midfield, but Horsham are a very experienced side and took the lead after about 10minutes. Hill levelled through the impressive Rebecca Chee, who drove into the D and struck a ferocious shot into the far post.
In the second phase, Hill used their rolling substitutions well to keep up the high intensity, and Horsham began to tire. The visitors did win a penalty, though, but Hill’s ‘keeper Harriet Dakin stood firm to keep the ball out. Captain Georgia Aloof took the initiative with 2 great finishes to leave Hill 3-1 winners. Another fantastic 3 points to close the gap to a single point to the team above and with one game to play.
Next week, Hill close their most successful season for quite some time with an away fixture at Eastbourne, who need all 3 points to win the division and move back up to the South Division which they were relegated from last season. Nail-biting stuff!
Burgess Hill third team players were hoping to press the home advantage and also prove that their position above this Horsham side was well warranted.
Hill had their usual mix of experience and youthful fitness combined with ability in all areas of the game. With a sub , the forward line got the opportunity to recharge their batteries throughout the game. Hartman, Griffiths, Kingcombe and Matthews worked hard to keep the scoring opportunities coming. Hill had strength in their half line of Branagan, Childs and Vans Agnew. Vans Agnew on the right made some penetrating runs into the opposition’s circle and Branagan provided strong support on the left. Childs dominated the centre midfield, at times making runs three quarters the length of the pitch before delivering a decisive pass putting the Horsham defence under pressure.
The Hill defence dealt comfortably with Horsham attacks and Vadgama was not called into action during the first half. O’Shea had a confident game. The second half started with Hill two goals in the lead and continued in the same dominant vein throughout the second half – Hill putting another 3 past the Horsham keeper.
Scorers were Childs 2, Vans Agnew, Matthews and an own goal to Horsham.
Next week the 3s play away at Hastings at 12 against South Saxons.
Team: Avni Vadgama (GK), Wendy Caddye (Capt), Chris Mclellan, Ali Gillham, Emily O’Shea, Viv Meday, Isobel Childs, Gillian Branagan, Rachel Vans Agnew, Kirsteen Griffiths, Heidi Kingcombe, Chelsea Hartman, Lucy Matthews