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Fleet hit new heights

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET United Ladies made the most of a rare run-out at Stonebridge Road as they outclassed and outplayed Wingate and Finchley in a rousing rout on Sunday, writes Tina Martin. Showing what a big step forward the development of the squad has taken from

EBBSFLEET United Ladies made the most of a rare run-out at Stonebridge Road as they outclassed and outplayed Wingate and Finchley in a rousing rout on Sunday, writes Tina Martin.

Showing what a big step forward the development of the squad has taken from last season, the Fleet were comfortable on the ball at all times and played some good passing football, thereby developing fantastic attacking opportunities throughout the match and leading to some great strikes on goal.

The pick of the bunch were new Fleet defensive signing, Hannah Gilmour, whose second-half shot was hit with venom from fully 30 yards straight into the left corner of the net. Captain Kelly Philpott's overhead, scissor kick was also spectacularly executed, but cruelly crashed against the crossbar - it would definitely have been the goal of this season had the unlucky effort found its intended target.

Hayley Barton (4), Kelly Campbell (2), Hannah Chambers, Hannah Gilmour, Kelly Philpott, Jules Teague (2), Tamar Upton pen, Kayleigh Weeding, Emily Wells and Vic Wipfler all got on the scoresheet.

Fleet face far tougher opposition this Sunday against Wimbledon Ladies, who dropped down into the division this term. This fixture will be played at Fleet Leisure (KO: 2pm).

Ebbsfleet United Ladies: Barker, Upton, Wells, Philpott, Gilmour, Chambers, Grinyer, Weeding, Barton, Campbell, Teague. Subs: Pattenden, Hills, Wipfler.

GRAVESHAM Borough Ladies got their season off to a flying start with a 4-2 win against newcomers Whitecliffe Ladies, writes Clare Thrush.

Whitecliffe took the lead early on and, when Gravesham's keeper was taken off injured, it looked like they would struggle.

However, in the second half, they went back up to a full quota and equalised through Laura Reilly. Whitecliffe regained the lead, but Gravesham quickly restored their superiority when Nicha Dyett outpaced a trailing defence, Amy Taylor put them ahead ahead with a third and Kerry Wigan volleyed home a fourth.

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