Eastbourne Borough’s Women take centre stage this weekend with a double-header at Priory Lane.
Our First Team’s hunt for a first league win of the new season continues, and Billy Wood’s side will be out for revenge against Whitehawk Women.
The Hawks edged a ten-goal thriller when the two teams met little over a month ago in the reverse fixture at The Enclosed Ground.
And buoyed by the double signing of Kellie Larkin and Charlotte Gurr, the Sports will be eyeing up three points that would lift them off the foot of the Sussex County Women & Girls Football League Premier table.
That comes after Ellouise Blackburn’s goal earned Borough a point away at Horsham Sparrows last time out.
Wood’s side came from behind in West Sussex, and on another day could have walked away with all three points after missing chances in the second half.
“Last weekend I felt our game plan was spot on,” said the Borough Women’s manager ahead of the weekend.
“The opposition had one shot on goal which was the corner mishap which shows the structure was right. Going forward we are getting into the positions but just didn’t have the luck or the correct end product at times.
“But overall I think the reaction to the changes have shown the squad can adapt to a different game plan but we know it’s a time thing.”
Last time the two teams met, they served up a goal fest. Shooting up the slope at Whitehawk, the Sports found themselves 4-1 down at the break, with Becky Simmons on target. However, they showed character to fight back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Blackburn scored a brace after coming on as a sub at half-time, with Phoebe Cram also on target in the 6-4 loss.
Since beating the Sports, Whitehawk have suffered consecutive 9-0 losses to Shoreham and Saltdean United Development respectively. They did, however, secure a win in the SCWGFL Challenge Cup – beating Brighton Seagals on penalties.
The two teams will come together once again at the start of December in the Second Round of the competition after Borough beat Horsham Sparrows – also on penalties – a fortnight ago.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Wood added: “Hopefully the league registration process doesn’t hold up our new signings coming in but regardless I’m excited for the game against Whitehawk.
“They are a club in general that I have a lot of respect for and so glad they’ve started a women’s team. Over a period of time they will start to get that right and become and force in local women’s football.
“Our aim is to continue to implement our style, understand mistakes will happen but as long as we have the desire Sunday, I’m confident of a positive result.”
Before the First Team kick off at 2.30pm, however, the Development Squad are in action in the Sussex FA Women’s Challenge Trophy.
They entertain fellow SCWGFL Division One side Woodingdean Wanderers, with kick off at 10am at Priory Lane.
They go into the game in fine form, winning four of their five games across all competitions so far and scoring an impressive 26 goals in the process.
And they’ll be looking to build on last week’s 8-3 win at Bognor Regis Town Reserves, where Madison Norwood scored five and Megan-Rose Griffiths scored a hat-trick for Geoff Moule’s side.
Entry is free to all at Priory Lane, so those of you wanting your football fix can have no excuses not to come down and get behind the girls!