Eastbourne Borough Women secured their first league win of the season – and in some style – against Pagham Ladies at Priory Lane.
Becky Simmons scored four for Billy Wood’s side as they racked up a huge 10-4 win in the SCWGFL Premier Division.
Debutant Megan-Rose Griffiths scored twice after progressing from the Development Side, with Sophia Burnipp also scoring two for the Sports.
Charlotte Gurr was also on target after Claire Johnson had opened the scoring early on to give Borough their first three points of the campaign.
After a minute’s silence in memory of Borough founder and former Chairman Len Smith, the Sports got off to the perfect start.
Gurr fired in a low cross from the left and picked out Johnson at the near post, and she turned the ball in from close range to mark her debut with a goal after just five minutes.
However, Pagham – who had lost just once so far this campaign – looked for a response. Jemma Dumbrill’s cross picked out Emma Biffi in the centre and her effort came back off the post, after Sophia Moule did well to deny Amy Stanton.
But the Sports would go on to run riot in the afternoon sunshine at the Lane. Dempsey Favell played a great ball through to Griffiths, and one on one with Emily Buckingham fired home to double Borough’s lead after 16 minutes.
And Griffiths turned provider five minutes later, as her low ball across found Simmons and from close range she bundled the ball home.
With just 25 minutes on the clock, the Sports added a fourth, and in great style. Phoebe Cram had space on the right and found Griffiths on the edge of the area, who took a touch before picking out the top corner perfectly.
The Sports had scored just six goals in their four league games leading up to this one, and they made it 5-0 on the half hour mark.
Borough built from the back, as Larkin found Johnson in midfield. She shifted the ball to Gurr, and from just inside her own half she played the ball through to Simmons, who broke clear of the defence to fire home her second.
Moule has impressed in the Borough goal since making the step up, and she pulled off another fine save to keep her first half clean sheet intact. Stanton was played through on goal and looked all but set to score, but Moule came out well and pulled off a stunning stop.
And the hosts’ scoring exploits for the first half weren’t done there – as Burnipp fired home after good work down the left hand side to make it 6-0 just before half time.
Few could have predicted the scoreline at the break, and Borough continued from where they left off to increase that lead into the second half.
Erin Todd played a fine ball over the top to play through Burnipp, and despite the angle being against her, she still managed to get her shot away and it went over Buckingham and dropped into the far corner.
Number eight duly came just before the hour mark when Simmons found space inside the area, and her low finish past the keeper completed her hat-trick.
However, it wasn’t all one-way traffic and as the half wore on and Borough made a few changes, Pagham got on the scoresheet as Chloe Debaes produced a fine finish from a close angle.
But service at the other end duly resumed after 65 minutes, when Simmons fired home her fourth and Borough’s ninth of the game.
The visitors added to their tally midway through the half, though, as Biffi and then Debaes’ second made it 9-3 with twenty minutes to go.
Despite that, the Sports still looked a threat on the attack and Gurr got her goal with fifteen minutes to go – running onto a ball through from Kellie Larkin after Gemma Vine did well to intercept a long ball forward – before slotting past the keeper.
Debaes completed her hat-trick with a fine strike from the edge of the area late on, but it didn’t really dampen the spirits of the Sports who celebrate their first league win of the campaign in style.