Reigate Women FC’s Lionesses finished top of the table of the Surrey FA Flexible League, with the club’s Panthers taking third place and the Tigresses finishing fourth.
The seven-a-side competition began in September, and ended on 30 June with all nine teams in the league playing the final round of matches at the Surrey FA headquarters at Meadowbank, Dorking.
At the league finale many of the teams had to play twice on what was one of the hottest days of the year.
A match report from the club is below.
Reigate’s Tigresses win against Lyne Ladies, 2-0
“In the penultimate game of the season, Reigate Women FC Tigresses started their day against Lyne FC Ladies, knowing that they needed to win both games to have a chance of finishing in the top three of the league.
The first half was a very close affair with both teams doing well. Sadly, the Reigate Women FC Tigresses could not convert their numerous chances which included a ferocious header from Holly Stroud rattling the bar.
In the second half, the Tigresses changed things up and brought on Nichola Collins, Jamie-Lee Bowman, Claire Gray and striker Sarah Gott, as immediately all four subs made an impact. There was an increased energy throughout the team and following a lovely forward run from Sarah Gott and a deft cross from Stroud, Tigresses’ midfielder Zoe Perkin smashed an unstoppable effort into the back of the net.
As Lyne FC Ladies pushed forward to find a leveller, the Tigresses were lucky to hold on to their lead as Michelle O’Connor produced a commanding and assured performance in defence (showing exactly why her teammates had voted her the Tigresses ‘Players’ Player’ for the season).
As the minutes died down Lyne continued to push for a goal leaving lots of space in behind and Jamie-Lee Bowman, making her debut, received the ball on the halfway line and was quickly supported by Sarah Gott and Jaime Randle, who pulled the defenders away for the debutant to fire the winning second goal in to the net.
A great game and close affair where both teams showed courage and at times great skill.”
Reigate Panthers win 6-1 against Palace Pumas Caterham
“Reigate Women FC Panthers’ first game of the day was against Palace Pumas Caterham, on the adjacent pitch to the Tigresses, meaning their RWFC Lionesses teammates could sit in the stand and support both teams at once.
The game was finely poised at 2-1 at half-time, with the Panthers leading through Pamela Seddon-Hall and Lucy Manning.
In the second half Seddon-Hall scored her second, before leading Panthers goal scorer Becca Nesbitt scored her seventh goal in eight games, followed by a first league goal for Izzy Maclean, and Seddon-Hall rounded off the scoring by completing her hat-trick, taking the Panthers to a 6-1 win and propelling them into third place in the league.”
Reigate Tigresses against Palace Pumas Caterham: 3-3 draw
“Palace Pumas Caterham then took on the Reigate Women FC Tigresses for their final game of the season.
The Tigresses made a promising start, with Holly Stroud putting them into an early lead before Zoe Perkin scored her second of the day, making her the leading Tigresses scorer for the season.
With a 2-0 lead at half-time, Tigresses’ player/manager Samantha Marshall made way for Aisling Byrne in goal, with Michelle O’Connor also coming off for Jamie-Lee Bowman. The changes proved a turning point in the game, as the Pumas struck back early in the second half, taking the score first to 2-1 then drawing level.
Perkin struck again, to give the Tigresses the lead once more, but alas it was not meant to be with the tenacity of the Palace Pumas Caterham shining through to see them draw 3-3.”
Reigate Lionesses win 3-1 in club derby with Reigate Panthers
“The final game of the day for both the Reigate Panthers and the Lionesses was an important one, with a club derby to finish the league for both sides, who were going head-to-head to take the crown and win the Surrey FA Flexible League for 2018/19.
With three substitutes a piece, it was looking a very even game, despite the heat taking a toll on both sides.
A long goal-kick from Misha West in the Lionesses goal set up Beth Mulrenan, who slotted it coolly past Panthers goalkeeper Lucy Manning. There was an accidental handball in the Panthers’ penalty area and a great chance for the Lionesses to double their lead through a direct free kick in the box, which was cleared off the line.
The same situation happened at the other end of the pitch not long after, with a push in the penalty box leading to another direct free-kick, which was blocked by the two-man wall.
After a short drinks break, the game continued, with the Panthers coming back on the counter, and Pamela Seddon-Hall scoring her fourth goal of the day. In the second half, the Lionesses broke through the tough Panthers defence and it was a lovely finish from Hannah Sparshott, much to the delight of her fellow teammates.
The last ten minutes were nail-biting, with the Panthers having plenty of chances; Becca Nesbitt hit the post and there was some lovely attacking play between them, but it was another counter attack that the Lionesses managed to seal the deal with a 3-1 win, with Mulrenan running down the right wing to score her second of the day and secure the Lionesses the title.”
Final league placings
1) Reigate Women FC Lionesses
2) Sheen Mounties
3) Reigate Women FC Panthers
4) Reigate Women FC Tigresses
5) Kingswood Ladies
6) Palace Pumas Caterham
7) ESPS Phoenix
8) Lyne FC Ladies
9) Woking Diamonds
The full league table results are here.
Reigate Women FC welcomes new players as well as those returning to the game – more details on their website.