Cup heartbreak for Worthing Ladies as Hassocks take home the cup
Worthing Ladies finished on the wrong side of a 3-1 score-line as a clinical Hassocks Ladies won the South East Counties League Cup Final.
On a sunny afternoon at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium, Hassocks belied their lowly league position and took control of the game in the first two minutes. Young striker Billie Phillpot stunned the Worthing defence with a powerful run into the penalty area and slotted the ball past Worthing keeper Angharad Hills to give the East Sussex side an early lead.
Worse was to follow for Worthing as Phillpot took advantage of Worthing’s failure to clear the ball and calmly finished for hers and Hassocks second after twelve minutes. Hassocks almost added a third after a defensive mix up but Phillpot was unable to take advantage.
Despite the early set backs, Worthing had the better of possession and forced a succession of corners well delivered by Jodie Pallant but were unable to find the back of the net, the closest being Hannah Hewlett’s header just over the bar.
Hassocks further increased their lead in the 20th minute, Katherine Chappell finishing off a fine move to give her side a 3-0 lead. Worthing then had their best spell of the game, Millie Colbran was denied by the keeper’s legs before Pallant looped the ball over the keeper to reduce the deficit. Gemma Worsfold almost got a second for Worthing five minutes, but a goal line clearance kept the score at 3-1.
Worthing dominated the second half possession, but struggled to break down a resolute Hassocks defence. Pallant and Sophie Humphrey tested the Hassocks keeper on occasions, while Worsfold hit the post late on as Worthing pushed forward trying to find a way back into the match.
Hills became the only Worthing player to be booked after she handled outside her area as Hassocks broke on the counter attack in the final few minutes. Worthing had further chances from free kicks in good areas, but Hassocks held firm as Worthing had to settle for runners-up spot for the second year in a row.
Worthing: Ann Hills, Brooke Pallant, Brooke Marshall, Hannah Hewlett (c), Ella Whitcomb, Megan Cave, Sophie Humphrey, Jodie Pallant, Millie Colbran, Gemma Worsfold, Beth McKellar.
Subs: Millie Crowhurst, Maddy Emmerton, Laura Carruthers, Leah Samain.