It was an attacking display to remember from Montpelier Villa on Sunday afternoon at Culver Road, as they ran out 4-1 winners over Hassocks in the First Round of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup.
The home side didn’t take long to start showing their quality going forward, with Katie Davyson picking up the ball in the box and finding themselves in a bit of space in the box to get a shot away, but Eleanor Moquet in the Hassocks goal reacted quickly to make a smart save.
This move proved to be a taste of things to come, with Villa taking the lead just 15 minutes into the game.
Number nine Tora Barratt was in the right place at the right time, with a loose ball from a corner dropping kindly for her, which she gladly took advantage of and slotted home, despite the best efforts of Moquet to keep it out.
The goal galvanised Hassocks however, and soon the away side started to put some nice attacking moves together, yet it seemed they were just lacking that clinical finish.
That was until the 27th minute, when striker Emily Spooner picked up the ball just outside the box, spotted Montpelier goalkeeper Hope Hawkins off her line, and sent a shot looping over her to nestle into the bottom corner.
Yet Hassocks’ joy was short-lived.
Straight from the kick-off, the Villa attackers were marauding forward and combining well, and once again Barratt was the grateful recipient of the move; controlling the ball on the edge of the box and striking her shot first time to send it past Moquet in goal.
Hassocks once again looked to hit back themselves, with Emma Flin having a good chance from a corner, but she was unable to keep her shot from going over the bar.