HAMMERS Ladies showed the fighting spirit that earned them promotion last season as they earned their first point of the season and moved up to 10th place in the FA Nationwide Women's Premier League (South) with a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
On the balance of play the girls will feel that they could have earned all three points and will take renewed confidence into next week's away trip to Portsmouth.
After a tentative start the girls got into their stride and played some nice football, but Brighton were always a threat. Sustained pressure led to a goal on 25 minutes. A clearance kick from keeper Clare Lacey led to a good move through midfield and Lindsey Morgan latched onto a through-ball and from a fine individual effort slotted the ball past the stranded goalkeeper.
The Brighton equaliser came on 42 minutes after a mis-kicked clearance went to a Brighton player who netted the ball. Stacey Crump kept the Ladies in the game when she cleared off the line just before he half-time whistle.
Brighton had West Ham Ladies on the back foot at the start of the second-half. However the Hammers clawed their way back into the game and a great strike by defender Christina Oshodi from 35 yards out flew narrowly wide. On the hour Vicki Lewis came on as substitute for Caroline Moran.
The Hammers had a penalty disallowed when striker Lindsey Morgan was brought down in the box by the Brighton 'keeper.
Manager Kay Cossington made another change on 75 minutes when she brought on Charlene Turturlei for Aoifa Aherne in midfield. Although there were chances at both ends neither team could break the deadlock.
WHU: C Lacey, C Oshodi, K Turney, S
Crump, C Roache, A Aherne, K Fanning, N Grafton, K
Stimson, C Moran, L Morgan. Subs: V Lewis, N Dunsdon, C
Next Sunday the girls travel to Portsmouth in search of their first League win.
HAMMERS Reserves beat Manford Way in a friendly 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming from Gemma Beard.
The future of the Hammers Ladies continues to blossom through
their successful youth policy and the Under-14's won the Essex
County FA tournament.
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