Hassocks progressed from the semi-final of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Trophy with a comprehensive 7-0 victory against Montpelier Villa and can now look forward to a final against local rivals Burgess Hill.
Despite the one-sided sounding scoreline, Montpelier gave a very good account of themselves and in the first 15 minutes, probably had more of the ball. Sarah Chappel l had to be alert in the 4th minute to gather a shot on target and then skipper Sam Newman had to make a timely interception and Claire Stevens had to make a saving tackle.
However, Hassocks stepped up the tempo and in the 16th minute, took the lead after Emma Young won the ball in midfield and sent a though ball for Kelly Rushworth who calmly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home. Hassocks then asserted their authority and two minutes later, the keeper had to make a save from a Katherine Chappell effort. In the 21st minute, Chappell sent another pin-point through ball for Billie Philpott to make the score 2-0.
Although Sarah Chappell had to make another save, the play was now mainly one-way and the Montpelier keeper made an excellent save, diving at the feet of the onrushing Billie Philpott. However, Philpott was not to be denied and she added her second and Hassocks’ third after good work by Tallie Bright and Kelly Rushworth.
The Hassocks midfield trio of of Liz King, Kirsten Mair and Katherine Chappell was now in control and further chances were made from several excellent passing moves before Hassocks extended their lead in the 32nd minute to 4-0 with the goal of the game, and possibly a candidate for the team goal of the season. A long kick from Sarah Chappell was expertly controlled by Kelly Rushworth who played in Billie Philpott to pass to Katherine Chappell to slot home. Another effort from Kelly Rushworth was saved and a Tallie Bright volley was blocked. Montpelier briefly responded with a shot which had to be well saved by Sarah Chappell.
After half-time, substitutes Jodie Johanson and Gemma Craig were brought on, demonstrating the strength of the Hassocks squad, as Hassocks continued on the offensive. A superb pass by Billie Philpott almost played in Jodie Johanson before she actually had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside. However, Hassocks were not to be denied and in the 59th minute, Billie Philpott scored the fifth goal following a cross from Kirsten Mair.
Hassocks had the luxury of being able to withdraw and rest Billie Philpott, who was suffering from cramp, and bring back on Tallie Bright. Chloe John, who had been very strong in defence played a couple of excellent long passes as Hassocks dominated, although Claire Stevens, due to Montpelier’s frequent attempts to find a telling through ball, had to play like a sweeper having to make far more back passes than usual to keeper Sarah Chappell.
Tallie Bright added a sixth goal in the 80th minute after a cross by Jodie Johanson and then substitute Hollie Larmar was brought on for the final ten minutes. Hassocks continued to press and Tallie Bright was denied a second by the keeper.
Hassocks completed the scoring in the 83rd minute with a mazy run and shot by Katherine Chappell to make the final score 7-0. The scoreline was probably a little harsh on Montpelier who battled well and had their moments but the Hassocks defence was resolute in keeping a clean sheet.
After the wake-up call from the previous week’s friendly, this was an excellent response by all the players, who can now look forward to another cup final. Hassocks return to league action next week and will need to maintain this high level of performance with a vital game against Oakwood.