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Frontiers Ladies Manager Ronnie Yates was unable to put his happiness into words after watching his newly-formed side win the Essex Women's Trophy with a comprehensive triumph against Chelmsford City Res at Saffron Walden Town FC.
Forward Kay Foy started the ball rolling for Frontiers with her finish inside the first minute of the match, and she would go on to grab a hat-trick as the Church Langley-based outfit lifted the trophy at the end of their inaugural season. Kelly Holsworth netted twice, with Hayley King, Emma Best and Jill Bartholomew also making the score sheet in an 8-0 win.
"It feels really good," claimed Yates, who could not have anticipated the start that his side would make. "Considering we've only been going since June, it's really good. I can't describe the feeling; we played some excellent football today, and the girls did exactly what we wanted. We couldn't've asked for any more."
Less than 60 seconds had passed when Frontiers took the lead. King delivered a cross from the right wing and, when City custodian Clare Pearson couldn't grasp the ball, Foy was on hand to tap gleefully into the net. Only a minute later, they doubled their advantage, with Foy this time turning provider.
Her left wing centre was rifled into the roof of the net by King, who had skilfully got across the front of her defender to angle home. "We played Chelmsford a couple of weeks ago, so a lot of things were fresh in our minds," Yates explained. "We stuck to the plan and we wanted to press high early. The girls did exactly what we asked, they pressed them and we got the reward for it."
Pearson made a good save at the feet of leading goalscorer Sharon Ferguson in the third minute, and the Clarets began to settle. The young City side failed to test Rebecca Tyson in the Frontiers goal, but they worked hard to limit any further opportunities for their unbeaten opponents.
Ferguson could have scored in the 20th minute, though her header from a floated Holsworth free kick was directed across the face of goal and, mid-way through the first half, King was equally profligate as she shanked wide from a Bartholomew knock down.
Frontiers added their third goal in the 26th minute. This time Holsworth was responsible for the assist as her raking through ball was met by Foy, who'd sprinted past Dawn Barnard to chip the ball over Pearson. Within four minutes, Holsworth had added a fourth. Her cross from the right touchline deceived Pearson and found its way into the top right hand corner.
Ten minutes before half time, Foy completed her treble. Best's chipped pass down the middle of the pitch was inviting for Foy to race onto, and she nodded beyond Pearson before hooking the ball over her shoulder and into the net whilst under pressure from a defender.
A spirited Chelmsford team came out fighting in the second period, and they carved out an opening straight after the restart when Daisy Dobbs embarked on a lengthy solo run and picked out Emily Kendle, who curled over the bar from six yards out.
However, Frontiers were soon on the front foot again, and replacement goalkeeper Beth Morrell made a good block with her legs to thwart Foy from converting Best's pass. Shortly after the hour mark, Morrell pushed out a Holsworth cross from underneath her bar and, seconds later, Foy was denied by the woodwork when she slid the ball against the base of the right hand post.
On 64 minutes, a Holsworth set piece resulted in the sixth goal. Her left wing corner was delivered into the penalty area and Bartholomew's effort was cleared off the goal line. However, the ball ricocheted around in the penalty area and Best slammed a shot into the roof of the net to increase the lead.
Frontiers would only have to wait another four minutes before making it 7-0 as a Holsworth cross from the left hand side looped over everyone and settled inside the right hand post and, in the 71st minute, they added an eighth through Bartholomew, who side-footed into the goal from ten yards out following good work by Shannon Hardinges.
Yates' outfit could have added further gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages, but Morrell made a fine near-post stop to keep out Foy's shot from a Freya Liiv pass, and Emma Parker was unfortunate to see a long range strike bounce out after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
Chelmsford City Res: Clare Pearson, Brogan Lambert, Holly Gurnett, Hayley Freeman, Dawn Barnard MBE, Emily Kendle, Nicola Medici, Daisy Dobbs, Kyla-Marie Everett, Fern Elder, Megan Bliss. Substitutes (repeated): Beth Morrell, Abi Challis, Lauren Howland, Lisa Nepean, Sarah Jolly.
Frontiers: Rebecca Tyson, Claire Davidson, Adele Hughes, Jackie Day, Ann Anstey, Kelly Holsworth, Hayley King, Jill Bartholomew, Emma Best, Sharon Ferguson, Kay Foy. Substitutes (repeated): Shannon Hardinges, Emma Parker, Freya Liiv.
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