Football: Hutton Women win Essex Trophy
PUBLISHED: 09:54 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 April 2018
Goals in each half from Kaitlin Sugg and Amy Crumpler saw Hutton beat Silver End United 2-1 to win the new-look Essex Women’s Trophy.
The competition was introduced in 2011, but a change in format ahead of the current campaign meant every women’s side entered the BBC Essex Women’s Cup, with those sides knocked our prior to round three moving into the Trophy.
The result was two well-matched Eastern Region Women’s League sides meeting on a wet afternoon, with Hutton hailing from Division One South and Silver End from the North section.
Silver End pulled a late goal back through Stephanie A’Len but two fine finishes had already given Hutton their two-goal cushion.
Both sides had endured a few issues earlier in the season with a shortage of players, but they’ve recovered well and a County Cup final was just rewards.
“It was a good game,” said Hutton boss Dominic Howlett. “The pitch didn’t help, but it was as good as it could’ve been. Both teams had a right go.”
Howlett was also quick to approve both strikes: “There was some decent football and we worked really hard. The first goal from Kaitlin was excellent. She’s well capable of that and she does it all the time in training so it’s good to see one of them go in.
“Amy, who scored the second, is our best passer and everything else and she completely controls the way we move forward. She’s more than capable of popping those in the top corner.”
Howlett was additionally pleased with the tinkering of the format as Hutton lifted the Women’s Trophy eight years after losing in the final of the Women’s Cup, addinng: “It’s worked well. We won the League Plate last year and obviously this [trophy] this year and it gives teams like us who go out early doors something to play for until the end of the season.”
And it could be that extra chance for glory which helps keep sides like Hutton and Silver End going, having successfully come through their early season worries.
“We expected nothing less [from Silver End] because they’re localish and we’ve got a lot of history with Silver End as a team,” added Howlett.
“We’re pleased that, hopefully, they’re going to keep going as well because at the start of the season we were both struggling for players. We’re going to start recruiting players if we can and hopefully this little bit of silverware will help us do that.”
Two hours of persistent rain prior to kick-off at Saffron Walden Town’s Catons Lane made for a difficult surface, but both teams adapted well as they looked to make an impact in the contest.
The first chance arrived on 17 minutes as Silver End goalkeeper Hannah Streetley make a good stop to keep out Laura Allen’s 20-yard shot and the tall custodian made another fine save minutes later to prevent Kate Lowen from finding the back of the net.
But, on 29 minutes, some of Hutton’s pressure told as they took the lead when Sugg lobbed in from 30 yards.
A chance for Silver End then saw Rebecca Donnelly’s low cross bring an effort deflected just wide by Megan Jiggins at the far post and Jiggins was in on the action again midway through the second half as she pulled a low ball across goal where A’Len couldn’t quite convert prior to her low shot being well held by Hutton ‘keeper Krissie Glover.
Streetley was back in action to keep our Hayley Critchell’s drive before Hutton doubled their lead on 78 minutes, with Crumpler curling a fine 20-yard free kick into the top right-hand corner.
The job wasn’t quite complete as, six minutes later, Silver End halved the deficit when A’Len sidefooted home yet, but although the goal set-up a fine finale, Hutton held their nerve to lift the trophy.
Hutton: Krissie Glover, Kirstie McLeavy, Hannah Page, Rianne Dimmock, Nicola Walker, Kaitlin Sugg, Keeley Walker, Lucy Critchell, Kate Lowen, Amy Crumpler, Laura Allen. Substitutes (repeated): Hayley Critchell, Rhiannon Mallard-McHugh, Patrizia Leo, Lucy Blurton.