Den­ham Ladies proud de­spite cup exit

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Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON Ab­bots kept in the hunt for the Herts/Mid­dle­sex One crown by re­turn­ing to win­ning ways against Lon­don French.

French were the only side to beat Ab­bots last sea­son but the ta­bles were turned here to leave the hosts just one point shy of Lon­don Welsh Am­a­teurs and six be­hind lead­ers Kil­burn Cos­mos.

With the wind and rain play­ing a ma­jor fac­tor in pro­ceed­ings at the week­end, Ab­bots set about keep­ing ball and not kick­ing it.

The plan did not ap­pear to work ini­tially as they made one too many passes and gifted the vis­i­tors the game’s open­ing try, al­though the ar­rears were quickly re­duced by a Hilling­don penalty.

Pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory swung both ways and there was a lack of dis­ci­pline from Ab­bots which en­abled the com­pe­tent Lon­don French kicker to con­vert two long-range penal­ties, mak­ing it 11-3.

As half-time ap­proached with the score­board looked far from ideal from an Ab­bots per­spec­tive, El­liot Wake man­aged to find winger Brett Parn­ham to dive over in the cor­ner and claw back some points.

Hilling­don had the wind be­hind them af­ter the in­ter­val and it im­me­di­ately paid BAT­TLING Den­ham United Ladies bowed out the FA Cup to Crys­tal Palace at the fourth quali­fy­ing round stage.

The Ea­gles soared to a 2-1 vic­tory at the Mid­dle­sex Sta­dium but United man­ager Adam Frail­ing walked away a proud man af­ter watch­ing his team push Palace all the way.

United fell be­hind af­ter 15 min­utes when goal­keeper Lizzie Rose brought down a Crys­tal Palace at­tacker and was un­able to keep out the re­sult­ing penalty.

Ea­gles soon dou­bled the lead and it would have been easy for Frail­ing’s ladies to be­come dis­heart­ened with a cup exit loom­ing large on the hori­zon.

But to their credit, Den­ham showed good spirit and pulled div­i­dends as a Wake penalty was dis­patched to level the score.

Ex­cel­lent yards were gained by Kyle Buck­ing­ham, Neil Gordge and Adri­ano Martins, with the former touch­ing down to send the home side into the lead for the first time.

And the re­sult was put to bed when a high tackle on the try-line de­nied Ab­bots a score and the referee de­cided it was wor­thy of a penalty try, which was con­verted to com­plete the scor­ing at 25-11. one back when Laura Hol­brook, Alissa Down and Laura Hol­brook com­bined to re­lease Nat Mur­ray for a fine fin­ish.

How­ever, there was no way through in the sec­ond half as Palace set up an im­pen­e­tra­ble de­fen­sive wall and held out to progress into the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

There was bet­ter news to come from the re­serves as Jenna Wood, Char­lie-Leigh Dixon, Elishia Allen and Alana Maria Lazarus fired them to a 4-1 tri­umph over Cam­den Town.

Den­ham’s U15s con­tin­ued their win­ning streak by beat­ing Mole Val­ley 2-1 at the Den, re­cov­er­ing from fall­ing a goal down to hit back through Katie Ak­er­man and Ju­lia Thu­rauf.

Chloe Smith was awarded player of the match for her hard work in defence.

There was a 5-2 vic­tory for the U14s in a friendly against Sur­rey League op­po­si­tion Hamp­ton Youth. Sha­nia Fo­ley (2) Tilly Wil­son, Naomi Hickey and Mia Stephen­son all found the net.

And Den­ham’s U12s were 3-0 win­ners in their league clash with Is­ling­ton Whites. Tara Jhawer’s dou­ble put them firmly in the driv­ing seat and Mad­die Kirkby added her name to the score­sheet at the death.

n KNOCKED OUT: Den­ham United Ladies

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