Ladies win 6-0

Sunday 1 September 2002

Brighton Ladies 0 Fulham Ladies 6

Fulham went on a scoring spree on the south coast this afternoon as they put six past Brighton & Hove Albion without reply.

The Cottagers, who swept all before them last season on their way to promotion, have racked up 13 goals already in just three matches without conceding, but manager Gaute Haugenes is refusing to get carried away with his side's blistering start to life in the Women's Premier League National Division.

"We've made it three wins in three and scored 13 goals without conceding any so it is a good start," he said.

"But we still have to face Arsenal and Charlton and that will be the really, really big test."

Brighton held the Londoners until the 20th minute before Sanchia Duncan broke the deadlock.

Two goals inside a minute from Margunn Haugenes and Deena Raaman put the game beyond the reach of the home side.

And Haugenes was on target again five minutes after the re-start leaving Rachel Yankey and Marieanne Spacey to wrap up proceedings at the death.

Jo Broadhurst continued her excellent form in front of goal as Charlton Athletic defeated Southampton Saints 4-0.

Broadhurst was the club's top scorer last season and netted her fifth of the season, following Alexa Hunn's opener, as the Addicks took a two-goal lead into the break.

Casey Stoney scored her first since her switch from Arsenal to make it three on 69 minutes before Emma Whitter hit the target on the stroke of full-time.

Everton slumped to their third successive loss at home to Doncaster Belles.

The Merseysiders have yet to win a point this season and manager Keith Marley was clearly disappointed by their 4-1 defeat.

Two quickfire goals from Vicky Exley and Jody Handley in the final 10 minutes of the first half set the Belles up nicely but Everton replied immediately after the break when Sara Whewell met a Kate Bradley cross to tap home.

Belles and England striker Karen Walker put the game beyond doubt with a 78th minute header at the far post and doubled her tally with an identical goal three minutes later to complete the victory.

Marley admitted: "We went into the game full of hope because even though we were defeated by Leeds and Fulham we played well in our last two matches.

"But today we just didn't perform and you can't do that against a quality team like Doncaster Belles."

Birmingham got their campaign off the ground with a 1-1 draw at home to Leeds.

After a closely-fought opening 45 minutes Leeds' new England recruit Sue Smith put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes.

But not to be outdone the hosts equalised through Eniola Alulco to earn themselves a point.

Manager Marcus Bignot admitted: "Looking back at the number of chances we created I am a little bit disappointed we didn't collect all three points.

"But we're are up and running in our first game so we can be pleased and also encouraged by the fact that we did create chances against a side like Leeds."

Yesterday defending champions Arsenal opened their campaign with a 6-0 rout of Tranmere Rovers.

Angela Banks and Jayne Ludlow grabbed a brace apiece with Ciara Grant and Ellen Maggs chipping in with the other two.