The second weekend of the Surrey FA Flexible League saw all three of Reigate Women FC’s squads in action for the first time.
RWFC Lionesses played their first away fixture, travelling to south-west London to take on Sheen Mounties, to see which team would retain their 100% win record in the league. In the end, it was the Lionesses who ran out 2-1 winners, with both goals scored by Becky Keogh, although Jess Dorman was unlucky with her shot hitting the crossbar. The win propelled the Lionesses to the top of the league, as the only team to have the maximum six points from their first two games.
At Priory Park, the RWFC Tigresses played their second club derby in a row, this time taking on the RWFC Panthers, who were making their league debut. This was a close game in the first half, the Panthers were unlucky to go a goal behind when a goal mouth scramble ended in an own goal. They recovered with Becca Nesbitt scoring the equaliser before halftime. In the second half, Holly Stroud and Zoe Perkin both scored, before Stroud scored her second, taking the Tigresses to a 4-1 win.
This weekend saw the launch of the Surrey FA Women’s Flexible League, with 7-a-side games running every second Sunday of the month until 30 June 2019.
Local club Reigate Women FC was only founded in September 2017 but had such an enthusiastic response from its players that they have entered three squads into the league, known as the Reigate Women FC Lionesses, Reigate Women FC Tigresses and Reigate Women FC Panthers.
The opening weekend of the tournament for Reigate saw a club derby between the Lionesses and the Tigresses in Priory Park. It was a close game, with the score 0-0 at half-time. However, a change of goalkeeper for the Lionesses proved key, with Anais Escalona moving from goalkeeper to midfield to score the first goal and Steph Thorbes then adding a second.
Full results from the first weekend:
Kingswood Ladies 2 – 5 ESPS Phoenix
Lyne FC Ladies A – A Woking Diamonds
Palace Pumas Caterham 1 – 2 Sheen Mounties
Reigate Women FC Lionesses 2 – 0 Reigate Women FC Tigresses
The second group of fixtures will take place on Sunday 9 December 2018.
On the 21st October Reigate Women FC played their first ever 11 a side competitive game against Wealdstone Ladies in the Capital Cup. We sadly lost the game 5-1 but in truth the result did not matter; we’ve come such a long way in short space of time and the team played with a great spirit and learned loads! This is a huge milestone for a club that is just 14 months old and there is much more to come.