The Round-Up – Norfolk 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Norfolk Women’s Division One

No Round-Up from Norfolk last Sunday as the heavy rainfall over the weekend saw the county completely underway all fixtures wiped out. Thankfully a different story this Sunday despite their being persistent rain leading up to Sunday all bar one scheduled fixture took place. The game not taking place involving Division One leaders Thorpe United Ladies at home to Thetford Town Ladies.

  That saw the lead at the top of the table change once again with Bungay Town Ladies joining Thorpe on 12 points keeping up their 100% winning start to the season at home to Taverham United Ladies. 4 wins from 4 coming courtesy of a 5-2 victory. Porsha Renwick making her 3rd appearance for Bungay celebrating her first two goals at the weekend. Nicola Hazell and Selina Rowland both scoring their 3rd goals of the season, their was a goal too for top scorers Leanne Smith her tally now 8 from 4 played. A 3rd straight league defeat for Taverham at the start of the season yet despite that have their 1st 3 points on the board awarded a home win against Thetford earlier in the season. Their goals at the weekend scored by Rebecca Sutton and a first of the campaign for Maya Lawlor. 

6 goals for the season for Tavern Ladies, Lucy Kean

Newly promoted Tavern Ladies continuing their excellent start to the season matching Bungay and Thorpe at the top of the table with 4 wins from 4 following promotion to Division One this season. A fourth consecutive win coming away from home on Sunday against Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. A wonder goal from Atlanta Griffith her 5th of the season seeing Tavern leading 1-0 at the break the visitors going on to score a further 3 goals in the 2nd period to win 4-0. Lucy Kean amongst the goals at the start of the season top scorer after she scored a brace on Sunday with Victoria Fusco also on target.

 

A big win for Sprowston Ladies away from home on Sunday to keep 3 points behind the leading trio in Division One their 3rd win of the season coming against newly promoted Freethorpe Ladies. Leading 4-0 at half-time Sprowston ran riot in the 2nd period to add a further 9 goals to win 13-0. Victoria Leyer more than doubling her goals tally for the season on target to score 8 goals at the weekend moving her onto 14 in total. Abby Hutchin and Emily Hall both getting a goal each with Abbi Nobbs and Calista Tink both on target for their first goals of the season an own goal completing the scoresheet.

Fakenham Town Ladies win for the 2nd time this season following promotion from Division Two. Form up and down at the start of the season, new signings settling into the squad got a good result at home on Sunday against Sprowston Athletic Ladies. Sophie Lubbock scoring along with captain Sian Sands with her first of the season to see the game won 2-1. Kate Morris with the goal for Sprowston Athletic.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Four games played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Leaders Stalham Town Ladies travelling to Thorpe United Ladies Reserves this Sunday looking to keep up their 100% winning start to the season. Goals for Amber Mayhew and Emma Gillespie with her first of the season putting Stalham into a 2-0 lead, Thorpe United with back to back wins coming into the match battling back with Joanne Hooper and Alice Ladbrooke with a goal each to earn them a share of the points and end Stalham’s winning start.

Stalham’s lead at the top of Division Two cut to a point with Beccles Town Ladies winning their 3rd game of the season, back to back wins themselves at home to North Walsham Angels Ladies on Sunday. Lola Barber-King on target scoring a goal her 7th of the season for Beccles, Ellie Hills also getting a goal along with a first Beccles goal for Chloe Pearce, normally the clubs regular goalkeeper getting a game playing outfield. Beccles winning 3-1 to collect the 3 points. Carrie Last on the scoresheet for North Walsham netting her first for the club.

Mulbarton Belles won for the 2nd time this season their first 3 points coming on the opening day the squad hit by injuries since suffering back to back defeats a positive result this weekend on the road away to Bulldogs Ladies. Amy Coaker leaping to the top of the goal scoring charts scoring her first goals for the club finding the back of the net for four goals. Megan Sampson too celebrating her first goals for Mulbarton netting a brace their was a goal to for Abigail Storey in a 7-0 win.

Waveney Ladies making a late start to the season joining Norfolk Women’s Division Two this season winning their opening fixture 2-0 at home to Mulbarton 2 weeks ago made it  back to back wins have 6 points on the board winning at home again this Sunday up against Red Rose Ladies. The hosts with 3 goals early in the first half helping them to secure victory. Red Rose scoring to pull it back to 3-1 with 5 minutes left to play Waveney scoring a 4th goal late on to wrap up a 4-1 victory.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

The weather hitting the fixtures again in Cambridgeshire this weekend with half the scheduled games called off. One of those involving Premiership leaders Haverhill Rovers Ladies it was an opportunity for 2nd placed ICA Sports Ladies to retake the lead at the top of the table. A local derby were at home taking on Netherton United Ladies. ICA Sports finding themselves in trouble 4-0 down after just 15 minutes. A strong start from Netherton with Yasmin Green scoring a brace along wit a goal a piece for Katie Barber and Jenna Nairn. ICA Sports battling back well though to earn a point with goals scored by Hannah Murphy, Annie Posnett and the first of the season for Jessica Farchica and Sarah Rouse. ICA Sports with a strong youth section that saw 4 16-year-olds making their senior team debuts at the weekend as the club continues to build.

A first competitive league win of the season for Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds sees them rocket up the table to 5th in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, have 6 points now in total awarded a home win too against Peterborough Northern Star Ladies Reserves dating back to the 15th September. Their first 3 point haul of the season won at home against St Ives Town Ladies Development on Sunday. Marie Stubbings continuing her great scoring form at the start of the season netting twice to take her tally to 9 so far for the season. Fulbourn running out 4-2 winners with two more players scoring, both their first of the season, Natalie Wells and Sharon Pinner. Arianna Andrade and Francesca Worrall getting the goals for St Ives Town.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

 Cambridge Rangers Women open up a 3 point lead at the top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship as they extend their 100% winning start to the season to 4 matches. Away to newcomers Eaton Socon Ladies on Sunday. Top scorer Daniella Lewis scoring a brace to take her onto 7 goals for the season. Claire Kyndt also scoring along with Lauren Lock opening her account for the season from the penalty spot. Cambridge Rangers winning the contest 4-1. Cara Howell with her first goal of the season on target for Eaton Socon.

   Park Ladies are up to 4th spot in the Championship table winning at home on Sunday closing the gap to Pinchbeck United Ladies and Cardea Ladies who weren’t in action on Sunday to 2 points. 7 points collected from a possible 12 to date, Park’s 2nd league victory of the season coming against Newmarket Town Women Development. The visitors having just 10 players available would be forced to go down later in the game. Park winning the match 3-1. Francesca Piltsch finding the back of the net for er 3rd goal of the season, Darcey Howe celebrating her first Park goal along with Georgia Payne in her first appearance for the club. Emilee Drayton making her first start for Newmarket getting on the scoresheet for the visitors goal.

 Joining Park Ladies on 7 points up to 5th in the Championship table are newcomers Mildenhall Town Ladies. Recovering well from a heavy opening day defeat are now unbeaten in 3 including back to back wins. Their 2nd win of the season coming at home this Sunday paying Haverhill Rovers Ladies Development. Georgia-Louise Dargan opening the scoring in 21 minutes her first goal for the club. That the lead going into the half-time break. Annalise Brown doubled the hosts lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half. The 3 points made secure midway through the 2nd period with Megan Hodson on the scoresheet also celebrating her first Mildenhall goal.

   Has been an up and down start to the season for new side Cambourne United Women heavy back to back defeats to begin life in the Championship got their first league win under their belts 3 weekends ago to get their 1st points on the board. A heavy cup loss following last time out bounced back to record back to back victories away to fellow newcomers Swavesey Spartan Ladies this weekend. A close contest all the goals coming in the first half. Stacy Askew and Eleanor Hackshaw with her first goal of the season scoring for Swavesey, Goals from Emily Arnold. Heather, Helen Carder-Hall her first for Cambourne and Heather Williamson scoring a goal on her first appearance enough to see the visitors collect the 3 points.

The Round-Up – Essex 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Essex Women’s Premier Division

 A full programme of fixtures once again across the Essex Women’s Premier Division with all 8 sides in action. League leaders Silver End United Ladies looking to continue thier unbeaten start to the season at home to Frontiers Ladies at the weekend. A hard fought game between the pair, Frontiers a hard side to break down, Silver End coming away with their 5th win from 6 played a single goal enough to see the 3 points secured. Helen Alder the player getting the goal on the stroke of half-time her 2nd of the season for Silver End who maintain their 3 point lead at the top of the Premier Division.

   Collier Row Tigers Women keeping pace with Silver End at the top of the Essex Premier Division having played a game less are unbeaten themselves were at home to Rayleigh Town Ladies this Sunday. Ammarah Ali scoring her first goal for Collier Row as they won the match 2-0 to make it 4 wins from 5 played. Move 5 points clear from 3rd placed Chelmsford City Ladies too with other results going their way.

  That result being Chelmsford City’s 3rd loss of the season away to Southend United Ladies on Sunday back to back defeats after losing to Collier Row the weekend before. In contrast it’s back to back wins for Southend after making a poor start to season with one point from their opening 3 matches, got their first 3 points on the boar last weekend away to Beacon Hill Rovers now their 2nd at home. Chelmsford making a fantastic start scoring straight from the kick-off Shannon Kelly with the goal after just 18 seconds. Southend responding well coming back to level with Ellie Wood scoring her first goal of the season. Ria Toovey firing Southend into the lead with Wood on target for her 2nd of the match to see the hosts leading 3-1 at half-time. Wood going on to complete a hat-trick in the 2nd half putting Southend 4-1 scoring a well struck penalty. Mia Brisley getting a goal back for Chelmsford not enough as they lose ground on the leaders, Southend up to 4th in the table.

Match action between Southend & Chelmsford on Sunday (photo credit Southend United Ladies)

Also gaining some momentum after a difficult start to life in the Essex Women’s Premier Division are Billericay Town Ladies Development. Won for the 2nd time in 3 matches away to fellow strugglers Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies on Sunday. Billericay’s best result of the season so far. Three players scoring a brace in the match, Monique Black with her first Billericay goals. Rebecca Gallagher always a potent goal threat whilst playing for Corringham Cosmos taking her tally to 4 since joining Billericay, with last season top scorer Lisa Robins also on 4 scoring twice. Joanne Burgoyne also on the scoresheet with her first of the season to see Billericay win the game 7-2. Jo Smeaton scoring both Beacon Hill Rovers goals taking her to 4 for the season the club without a point after 5 played.

Essex Women’s Division One

The Essex Women’s County league seeing it’s first postponement due to the weather this weekend in Division One with the game between Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves and Runwell Sports Ladies called off and with 3rd placed Runwell Sports not in action the leading pair of Corringham Cosmos Women and Aveley Ladies open up a 6 point lead neck and neck at the top of the table both making it 5 wins from 5 at the weekend.

Corringham Cosmos away to Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development on Sunday taking the lead inside to opening 15 minutes with Michelle Sumpter continuing her great goal scoring form at the start of the season netting for the 9th time. Bowers & Pitsea battling back to get back to 1-1 late in the 1st half with captain Danni Jennings finishing from Grace Tebb-Reading’s free-kick. Corringham Cosmos hitting the hosts with a quick fire brace in 1st half stoppage time to go in 3-1 ahead, Sophie  Corcoran making it 2-1 with her first goal of the season before Sumpter struck in her 10th of the season. Sumpter going on to complete her hat-trick early in the 2nd half. Tebb-Reading pulling a goal back for Bowers & Pitsea on the hour could find no further goals Corringham staying top on goal difference winning 4-2.

Aveley Ladies impressive start to the season continues picking up another good result at home against Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves on Sunday to keep up their 100% winning start. Hayley Knott and Amara Drummond with her 6th goal of the season securing the 3 points in a narrow 2-1 victory.

   New side Tigers Ladies are up to 5th in the Essex Women’s Division One table after they won their first game of the season this weekend away to Hutton Ladies Reserves to build on the point earned in a thrilling 4-4 with Chigwell Ladies a fortnight ago. Ellie Wallace scoring a brace to take her onto 7 goals for the season for Tigers Ladies, opening the scoring in the 5th minute adding her 2nd in stoppage time at the end of the match. Alexandra Collins also on target with a goal in the 1st half Tigers Ladies running out 3-1 winners.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Suffolk Women’s Division

  Needham Market Women Reserves returned to the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday continuing their 100% winning start to the season with 5 wins out of 5 away to Leiston St Margarets Ladies. Lois Balfour continuing her outrageous goal scoring form at the start of the season with a 5th successive hat-trick (alright she scored 10 on her own in the last game) for Needham Market as they run out 10-0 winners. A comfortable result Needham Market scoring plenty of goals all round Hannah Cobbold also on target for a hat-trick in the match their were goals too for Katie Moore, Abbie Wilkinson Taylor Cooke and Jodie Sharp with her first goal for the club.

Needham Market’s Lois Balfour (photo credit Ben Pooley)

Suffolk Women’s League Cup

Elsewhere in Suffolk this weekend it was the 1st Round of the League Cup. Back to back winners East Bergholt United Ladies moving up to join the ERWFL a great opportunity for a new name to get their hands on the silverware come the end of the season. Byes for Needham Market and Leiston St Margarets, Brettvale are also through the the next round given a home win against Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies, that left 6 ties to be played all beating the weather. 

  New side Holland Ladies drawn at home to face University of Suffolk Women another tough result for the visitors fielding 9 players against Holland who won back to back league fixtures a good result last Sunday away to Bury Town carried on that goal scoring momentum rattling in 17 past their opponents to progress. Becky McDougall scoring her first Holland goals netting 4 times Lauren Bourne scoring a hat-trick. Lauren Lucas and Emma Harvey both scoring two each the pairs first goals of the campaign. Megan-Leigh Lawrence and Jasmine Cox with a goal each along with first goals of the season for Keeley Brickwood, Charlotte Warren, Charlotte Robertson and Alisha Blake.

Bury Town Women themselves got back to winning ways away from home in the 1st Round of the League Cup on Sunday taking on an Alresford Colne Rangers side who were level on points with them in 4th going into the match. Bury Town winning comfortably in the finish, Kate Sandlan scoring a brace her first Bury Town goals. Norma Locker too with her first goal of the season along with Mia Banbury in good scoring form for Bury Town at the start of the campaign scoring her 7th goal of the season so far. Bury Town winning 4-0 to progress.

Brantham Athletic Ladies having lost a few players over the close season have been struggling for results in the league a battling performance in the League Cup seeing them knockout newcomers Henley Athletic Women in the 1st Round of the competition. Henley Athletic in good form since joining the league. Danielle Harvey scoring her 5th goal of the season putting Brantham Athletic 1-0 in the 34th minute the visitors working hard to keep their goal intact getting a much needed win.

Woodbridge Town Ladies were away to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup on Sunday. The visitors getting themselves into a 2-0 lead. Lauren Mallett with her first of the season halving the deficit for Brightlingsea on the stroke of half-time. Woodbridge restoring their 2 goal lead, Brightlingsea getting it back to 3-2 on the hour with Paige Knight scoring her 5th goal of the season from the penalty spot. Woodbridge going on to score again to open up their 2 goal lead once again this time holding onto it to reach the next round of the competition. Top scorer Jenna Liverpool scoring a hat-trick to move onto 7 goals for the season with Kiera Hines also celebrating a goal.

Lastly AFC Kesgrave Ladies League Cup finalists themselves two seasons ago in their new guise having reformed this season were at home to fellow newcomers Ramsey & Mistley Ladies in the 1st Round of the competition. A good first half from Ramsey & Mistley seeing them leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Amy Cook and Farren Varty-MacDonald both getting their first goals for the club. AFC Kesgrave coming back in the 2nd half to equalise and go on to score the winning goal themselves to advance with a 3-2 victory their goals scored by Jade Fox with Sophie Maul and Chloe York scoring their first goals for the club.

  The draw for the quarter finals of the League Cup already made ties to be played Sunday 24th November with a 1:30pm kick-off:-

 Bury Town Women v Needham Market Women Reserves

Brantham Athletic Ladies v Brettvale Ladies

Leiston St Margarets Ladies v Holland Ladies

Woodbridge Town Ladies v AFC Kesgrave Ladies

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

A cup weekend in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League with the League Cup getting underway with 15 1st Round ties drawn. 14 scheduled to be played this Sunday with last season’s finalists St Albans Ladies involved in the Women’s FA Cup thier home game against Division Three side Stotfold Juniors Ladies delayed until this coming weekend. Three more sides progressing without kicking a ball. Current holders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies, Division Two side Evergreen Ladies and Kempston Rovers Ladies from Division Three.

  That left 11 ties to be played and plenty of action to bring you from the weekend. A good result for Garston Ladies 1st team at home to fellow Division One side Northwood Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. Chloe Farrell on target to score her first goals for Garston netting a brace. Two goals too for Ruby Jager along with on for Sian Fisken securing the hosts a 5-2 victory. Leanne Jones and Samantha May with the goals for Northwood.

   A tough game on paper for Division One side Royston Town Women Development, were at home to Division Two side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies who had made a good start in Division Two. Proved to be a close match with the game won by just a single goal. Hannah Tofts with the crucial goal her first of the season to secure the win for Royston Town winning 1-0.

  A comfortable away win for Hitchin Town Ladies seeing them safely through to the next round of the League Cup the Division One side taking on Division Two opponents Watton Ladies. Hitchin on target scoring 6 goals without really to advance.

  Another all Division One clash saw Hartham United Ladies away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the 1st Round of the League Cup. Hartham opening the scoring with Danielle Aken putting the ball over the top for Georgia Quinton to slot home. Letchworth coming back to level a fantastic header from a corner kick. Chemise Huitson getting her Hartham goal account up and running to see the visitors leading 2-1 at half-time with her 1st of the season. Huitson going on to score two more goals in the 2nd period to complete a hat-trick despite heroics from the Letchworth defence. Janiece Allen a threat for Hartham all game sending a shot low into the bottom corner to get a goal and see the game won 5-1.

At last a first taste of victory this season for Hitchin Belles. A tough start following promotion to Division One this season losing their opening 4 league matches. The cup this weekend were away to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses newly promoted to Division Two. The bare 11 for Hitchin Belles they were pushed all the way battling with their opponents eventually coming out on top in a penalty shootout. Drawing 1-1 at half-time Millie Fraser with her first goal for Hitchin Belles late in the 1st half. The 2nd period also drawn Emily Field scoring for Hitchin Belles with 10 minutes left the game finishing 2-2. Neither side able to find a winning goal in extra-time the tie heading to penalties. Hitchin Belles coming out on top winning the shootout 4-2 to advance. 

 Promised to be an intriguing match up in the 1st Round of the League Cup between Herts Vipers leading Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three with a 100% start at home to Langford Ladies top of Division Two also making a 100% winning start. Something having to give in the cup. Selin Buyukgiray scoring inside 3 minutes to put Herts Vipers into the lead. That the narrow advantage for Herts Vipers going all the way to the final 15 minutes of the tie, top scorer Nicole Jancey scoring to double the lead. Amber Clark pulling a goal back for Langford, Herts Vipers with a great result to advance in the competition. 

Bedford Ladies Development with a comfortable result safely through to the next round of the League Cup easing past Division Three side Buntingford Town Ladies at the weekend. The Division Two hosts seeing 3 players open their goals account for the season. Remi Bains on target to score a hat-trick. A brace for Joanne Main along with a goal for Dahlia Davis-Fhalora. Alicja Olszanska also scoring her 5th of the season in a 7-0 victory.

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples with the biggest win of the weekend scoring double figures away to Division Three side Whetstone Wanderers Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. The Division Two side making a strong start to the game early chances before Yasmin Sabri fired them into the lead. Spanish player Ainhoa Beascoechea scoring her first goals for the club a quick fire double to put them 3-0 up. Amy Pearson on target for her first goal of the season making it 4-0. Beascoechea going on to complete a hat-trick. Erin Jones turn to score her first of the season. 6-0 up Garston dominant. Captain Jane Hales striking in a 25 yard shot to make it 7-0. Sabri adding 2 more goals to bring up her hat-trick making it 6 goals now for the season. Hales finding the bottom corner to bring up double figures. Pearson and Jones both adding another goal each along with a brace bring her personal tally to 5 for Beascoechea in a 14-0 win.

After seeing their previous two league games abandoned through injury AFC Dunstable Blues having made a great start to the season with a 100% record following promotion to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two were at home up against Harvesters Ladies in the League Cup 1st Round. Harvesters new to the league this season making a strong start joint leaders with Herts vipers in Division Three with a 100% record themselves. Top scorer Bianca Vassell putting Dunstable into the lead inside the opening 15 minutes scoring her 12th goal of the season. Holly Wilks doubling the hosts lead midway through the first half. Kerry Mulvihill-Reed having had an assist in both goals scoring herself to make it 3-0 to Dunstable on 35 minutes. Nicola Hollick making it 4-0 late in the first half with her 5th goal of the season. 4-0 up at half-time Dunstable adding on more goal in the 2nd period with Hollick getting her 2nd of the game with 20 minutes left.

Sherrardswood Ladies from Division Two playing Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves at the weekend in the league cup. Their Division Three opponents proving hard to break down Sherrardswood eventually getting the break through with 12 minutes left on the clock Laura Cousins scoring her first goal of the season to secure victory and put Sherrardswood through to the next round of the League Cup.

Lastly in the League Cup 1st Round there was an all Division Three tie with Bedwell Rangers Ladies hosting Biggleswade United Ladies. Both in good league form at the start of the season was a close scoreline with goals from Grace Leslie and Angelica Fachechi both celebrating their first goals for the club enough to see Biggleswade advance going through 2-1. Maisie Main with the goal for Bedwell Rangers her 3rd of the season.

The draw for the 2nd Round of the League Cup already made the ties as follows date to be announced: –

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples v Herts Vipers Women

Flitwick Eagles Ladies v Hitchin Town Ladies

St Albans Ladies or Stotfold Juniors Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies

AFC Dunstable Women Blues v Kempston Rovers Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v Hartham United Ladies

Royston Town Women Development v Biggleswade United Ladies

Bedford Ladies Development v Garston Ladies 1st team

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

One league match also taking place this weekend, in Division Three. Flitwick Eagles Ladies receiving a bye in the League Cup at home to Stotfold Juniors Ladies. The pair meeting in the league a fortnight ago it was a comfortable 10-2 win for Stotfold to see them collect their 1st win of the campaign. A much closer game this time around. Stotfold holding a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time going on to win the game 3-1 in the 2nd half. Chloe Ward striking in the first half for the visitors would add her 2nd and fifth of the season overall on the hour a goal for Gemma Robertson in between for Stotfold. Brittany Holdsworth from the penalty spot scoring the goal for Flitwick. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

ERWFL Premier Division

 Was once again another great weekend for Colney Heath Ladies in the ERWFL Premier Division, once again they were the only top 6 side in action in the league on Sunday and took full advantage with back to back wins to climb up into 2nd in the table level on points with leaders Harlow Town Ladies. Away this Sunday were playing newly promoted Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. Colney Heath rattling the post in the opening minutes with captain Sheree Oliver striking from 18 yards out. The visitors lacklustre for a spell after came to life again on the half hour another warning shot with Charlene Moreton seeing a shot cannon off the bar. The opening goal scored with 7 minutes left of the first half Samaira Khan with the cutback for Oliver to tap home. A corner won a minute later the ball in controlled by full back Eustacia Randles inside rifling the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 and see her celebrate her first goal of the season. 

   Opportunities for Bowers & Pitsea trailing 2-0 at the break were soon trailing by 3 Colney Heath scoring again 4 minutes into the restart, Samaira Khan proving to be a potent goal threat since joining from AFC Dunstable scoring her 8th goal of the season. Goalkeeper Amy Butler saving to deny Bowers & Pitsea a goal the visitors awarded a penalty on the hour a clinical finish from Lucy Hancock t make it 4-0. Khan wrapping up a 5-0 win scoring her 2nd of the match with 15 minutes left.

    A run of frustrating results for Wymondham Town Ladies was brought to an end at home this Sunday was they recorded their 2nd league win playing Bedford Ladies. The Norfolk side taking the lead in the 23rd minute Hannah Waters lobbing the keeper to score her 8th goal of the season. Chelsea Clarke involved in the build-up to that goal had the assist to see Waters double the lead just 3 minutes later. Bedford catching Wymondham in possession Carissa Kaczorowski capitalising to pull it back to 2-1 before half-time. That how the scores remained leading up to the final 15 minutes of the game Mollie O’Callaghan sending a shot across the keeper to give Wymondham a 2 goal lead. Wymondham adding a 4th goal with 10 minutes left to win 4-1 O’Callaghan seeing her corner headed against the Bedford crossbar by one of their own defenders Freya Symonds pouncing on the rebound to score.

St Ives Town Ladies are beginning to find their feet and confidence playing at this level for the first time have now collected 7 points from their last 3 games after losing their opening 4 league games since winning promotion as Division One champions last season. Away to struggling Haringey Borough Women this weekend came home with all 3 points in the bag. Attackers Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson both getting on the scoresheet with a goal each along with captain Hannah Seymour-Shove scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-1 win. 

ERWFL League Cup

The 2nd Round of group games from this season’s new look ERWFL Cup played this weekend the 16 (now 15) Division One sides North & South divided up into 4 groups of 4 playing each other once with the group winners progressing to the knockout stages. 7 matches scheduled the weather playing it’s part unfortunately seeing the games between Gorleston , & Needham Market & King’s Lynn & Hutton postponed. AFC Sudbury awarded an away win over Lawford Ladies left 4 to be played. 

 In group A, Newmarket Town Women were hosting Stevenage FC Women Development both starting with a win. Newmarket’s win however against the now withdrawn Bishops Stortford and not sure that result win count. Nevertheless playing Stevenage in good form in Division One South, Newmarket picked up another great result winning the match 4-0. Young striker Annabel Cuthbert scoring a brace in the game has 7 goals now from 5 played. Katie Webb not far behind with a goal in the game to take her to 6 goals from 5 played. Lauren Deller also on the scoresheet with her 3rd goal of the season.

A 100% winning start to the season in both league and cup for Cambridge City Ladies Development topping Division One North were away to Millwall Lionesses unbeaten in 3rd in Division One South this Sunday also winning their opening League Cup group match. Meeting in group B. An early goal for the hosts Ellis Lunn chasing the ball down forcing an error from the keeper to tap home into the empty net beyond. Cambridge getting it back all square midway through the 1st half Ellie Cullum seeing her initial shot come back of the keeper slotting the ball in to make it 1-1. Lunn from close range restoring Millwall’s lead, Cambridge hitting back with an instant reply Bella Simmons pouncing as the hosts failed to deal with a long ball. 2-2 at the break. Millwall taking the lead again on the hour Cansu Mentash getting onto the end of a corner to find the back of the net. The clock closing down to the final 10 minutes Millwall extended their lead Shannan Drewe striking to find the bottom corner from outside the box. Again Cambridge came back with an instant reply Simmons with her 2nd of the game to make it 4-3. The visitors rescuing a point in the final minute of the game Rachel Pearce scoring the goal to see it finish 4-4.

All very tight in Group C with 3 sides all on 3 points now. Wodson Park Ladies losing their opening group game against Gorleston away to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this Sunday. Hoddesdon losing to Needham Market in their opening group match was a vital victory in the competition for Wodson Park as they collect the 3 points courtesy of a 4-0 win.

Was also a vital win in the competition for Histon Ladies on Sunday away to Essex side Leigh Ramblers Ladies both losing their opening group D games to King’s Town Ladies & Hutton Ladies respectfully that game called off a chance for one or the other to join the pair on 3 points. Goals from Siobhan White and Poppy Kelly on her debut seeing Histon leading 2-0 at half-time. Leigh Ramblers battling back 2nd half to level the scores with Rebecca Dalgarno and Georgia Holdaway on target with a goal a piece. Kelly scoring an 89th minute winner for Histon was unfortunate to see a penalty saved in injury time to deny her a hat-trick.

 

The Round-Up – Women’s FA Cup 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Women’s FA Cup

  Three ties played in the region this Sunday after being postponed last weekend due to the heavy rain. Conditions not much better this Sunday but the rain held off in the morning meaning all three got the go ahead. Good news it was to one of these Women’s Football East headed a trip to Plantation Park to watch the all FAWNL South East Division One clash between Norwich City Women and Cambridge United WFC. A good contest the sides fairly even the result could have gone either way.

 Norwich starting well and capitalising with an early goal the ball won back high up the picked fired into Keunna Dill central 25 yards out taking it out of her feet to make room to shoot lifted the ball up past the keeper to score. Cambridge coming back into it Amy Howlett breaking clear to chase into the box committing the keeper seeing her shot come back off the post. Moments later Cambridge were level striker Kelley Blanchflower away on the left a powerful run taking her into the box evading a challenge before smashing the ball home. The goalkeepers for both sides thwarting more scoring opportunities Norwich retaking the lead right on the stroke of half-time a free-kick won outside Cambridge’s box on the left fired in captain Millie Daviss getting her head on it to turn the ball wide of the keeper to make it 2-1.

Norwich City Women captain, Millie Daviss scoring late in the first half to put the club 2-1 up

  Norwich with the narrow lead going into the 2nd half Cambridge continuing to press Blanchflower ready to break at any opportunity Emma Jenkins releasing her on the left another strong run on the ball striking from the edge of the box to level the scores for the 2nd time in the game. Heading into the final 10 minutes the result looking wide open the ball found its way through to Aimee Durrant 25 yards out right of goal she struck it well lifting her shot up and over the keeper to put Norwich 3-2 ahead. A case then of keeping Cambridge off the ball late on the hosts going on to win and reach 3rd Round Qualifying where they will be away to East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town Women.

  Ipswich themselves were at home taking on ERWFL Premier Division side Royston Town Women.Manager Joe Sheehan introducing several of the clubs talented U21 squad into the first team this season, it was one of their senior players celebrating a huge milestone this Sunday however with captain Amanda Crump making her 200th appearance for the club. A fantastic achievement, a player that is often influential in the heart of midfield for the club. Congratulations.

200 club appearances for Ipswich Town Women’s Amanda Crump (photo credit Ross Media UK))

Crump involved in the build-up to the first goal cutting the ball back to striker Maddie Biggs to smash home midway through the first half. The hosts quickly going 2-0 up with Eloise King firing into the top corner a minute later. King striking the crossbar too along with Crump seeing a shot rattle the woodwork Ipswich 2-0 up at half-time. Biggs with her 2nd of the game extending Ipswich’s lead on the hour firing home from inside the box. A flurry of goals coming in the final 20 minutes as Ipswich went on to secure a comfortable result. Crump getting on the scoresheet in the 70th minute making it 4-0. Lindsey Cooper making it 5 a few minutes later heading in Paige Peake’s cross. Into the final 6 minutes King getting her 2nd of the game latching onto the ball spilled in the area following an Amy-Leigh Abrehart free-kick. A minute later Crump adding her 2nd of the game shooting into the bottom corner to see the game won 7-0.

One more tie to bring you again with plenty of action to cover as Beds & Herts Women’s Division One club St Albans Ladies travelled to Ely City FC on Sunday to play FAWNL South East Division One side Cambridge City Ladies. Three leagues between the sides St Albans coming close to causing a huge upset the visitors going into the changing rooms leading 2-0 at half-time. Kayla Johnson firing St Albans into a 21st minute lead. Eleanor Lovelock making it 2 with a goal close to half-time.

   Cambridge City coming out strong at the start of the 2nd half pulling a goal back within 3 minutes of the restart striker Megan Tonks hitting a looping volley past the keeper in the 48th minute. St Albans battling did well to hold on to their lead creating opportunities too a shot against the crossbar, the game heading into the final 7 minutes Holly Rossington putting St Albans into a 3-1 lead. Beatrice Fitzsimons on target with a reply for Cambridge straight away to set up a tense finish. Into the final minute Cambridge winning a penalty. St Albans going down to 10 with Lacey Kavanagh-Blake receiving a 2nd yellow for kicking the ball away. Tonks to take has to score to force the game into extra-time. The ball struck home to make it 3-3. Into extra-time a player advantage now for Cambridge, Karly Tolentino seeing an effort come back off the post, the hosts taking the lead for the first time in the match to clinch a hard fought victory with Fitzsimons on target for her 2nd of the game to see the club through to 3rd Round Qualifying and a home tie against fellow South East Division One side AFC Basildon Women.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

FAWNL Cup

 The weather affecting the FAWNL fixture schedule again this Sunday the wet weather seeing games called off. 1st Round ties being played in both the FAWNL Cup & Plate competitions. 3 1st Round ties beating the weather in the FAWNL Cup and all of them very close affairs with 2 going all the way to penalties to decide the winner.

  One of those ties in Wales with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies making the trip to face Cardiff City Ladies. A narrow 1-0 victory to Cardiff when the pair met in the league 3 weeks ago. This afternoon’s cup match no less different Milton Keynes working hard in defence to keep Cardiff out, the Cardiff defence just as effective nothing separating the sides as they fought out a goalless draw to see the game go to a penalty shootout. Two great saves from Milton Keynes goalkeeper Emma Kirby and 3 out of 3 successfully converted for Milton Keynes seeing them into the next round of the competition.

   Penalties needed too to separate Enfield Town Ladies and Yeovil Town Women. South East Division One side Enfield hosting higher league opponents at the weekend. A goal form Meesha Dudley-Jones firing Yeovil into a 30th minute lead the Southern Premier Division side holding the advantage at half-time. Enfield in good form at the start of the season coming back straight away in the 2nd period to level the scored with Beth Lumsden on target to make it 1-1. Chances coming for both sides Yeovil, Sarah Wiltshire putting Yeovil back into the lead with 20 minutes left scoring her 13th goal of the season. Three minutes left on the clock and Enfield pulled it back to 2-2 to send the game into extra-time new signing Rachel Kosky with her first goal for the club. 2-2 the game not settled in extra-time headed to penalties. Yeovil coming out on top winning the shootout 4-2 to advance in the competition.

Match action from Enfield Town Ladies v Yeovil Town Women (photo credit @MikeyTheTowner)

   Essex side AFC Basildon Women headed down to the south coast on Sunday to meet Southampton Women’s FC in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Cup. The South West Division One side taking the lead with almost half and hour played Laura Vokes finding the back of the net. Basildon coming back to equalise on the stroke of half-time Holly Turner making it 1-1 in the 43rd minute with her 4th goal of the season. An exciting final 20 minutes to the match Southampton restoring the lead on 72 minutes with Vokes striking across the keeper to score her 2nd of the game. Basildon attacking a strike sent in from distance Southampton goalkeeper Rose Kite saving pushing the ball up onto the bar dropping down at the far post 17-year-old Sophie Spencer introduced at half-time there to shot and get it back to 2-2. The hosts winning a penalty in the 82nd minute Jane Yeates seeing her spot kick superbly saved by Basildon goalkeeper Charlie Bolland. Into stoppage time the visitors winning a corner the ball put into box and bundled in for a last gasp winner.

FAWNL Plate

 The FAWNL Plate suffering casualties too due to the weather 2 ties played this Sunday featuring sides from the Southern Premier Division & South East Division One. A tough test for Kent Football United newly promoted to the FAWNL away to Watford Ladies now finding form in the Southern Premier up to 2nd in the table unbeaten in 5. The underdogs though taking the lead inside the opening 5 minutes, Amy Russ sending in a free-kick, Rebecca Mackley leaping to score her first goal for the club. A solid first half seeing the South East Division One side keep Watford at bay up the other end to lead at the break. Watford coming back starting well in the 2nd half finding an equaliser on 53 minutes, Petra Kos scoring on her debut for the club. Two minutes later the hosts were in front Anaisa Harvey on target for her first goal of the season. Watford’s fitness coming through as Kent started to tire the game entering the final 23 minutes Harvey striking again making it 3-1. Watford winning a penalty 5 minutes later captain Andrea Carid stepping up to score. Into the final 5 minutes of the match Harvey completing her hat-trick. Kos adding a 2nd of her debut to see Watford through to the next round with a 6-1 win.

A tough start to the season for both Chichester City Ladies of the Southern Premier Division and Swindon Town WFC of South West Division One with just a win and a draw between them. Meeting in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate this Sunday, Chichester hosting in was Swindon who held the advantage at the break Suze Berry’s 38th minute goal the difference between the sides. Swindon holding onto their lead until midway through 2nd half Natasha Wilde with a looping shot from outside the box making it 1-1. A minute later Lucy Cook introduced on the hour along with Gemma Staple brought down inside the box a penalty to Chichester, Gemma Simmonds to take her strike cannoning against the crossbar missed. The hosts pressing for a goal with less than 15 left, Simmonds intercepting before sending a shot into the bottom corner to put Chichester into the lead. Swindon needing a reply late into the game less than 5 minutes left on the clock a free-kick won, Meghan Larkin sending the ball into the top of the net to pull it back to 2-2 and see the game go into extra-time. Staple receiving a late call up to the senior squad smashing the ball into the top corner to put Chichester back into the lead 95th minute. Sophie Phelps heading in to put Chichester 4-2 up 2 minutes later the Southern Premier Division side at last registering their first victory of the season to progress.

Match Report – Norwich City Women v Cambridge United WFC

Sunday 13th October

Women’s FA Cup

Another slice of Women’s FA Cup action this Sunday a trip to Plantation Park for the 2nd Round Qualifying game between Norwich City Women & Cambridge United WFC. 

  An all FAWNL South East Division One clash the clubs from that level entering the competition at this stage the game postponed from last weekend, where absolutely nothing survived in Norfolk last Sunday the county well and truly underwater. An East Anglian derby this afternoon and could potential be the same again in 3rd Round Qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup with today’s winners away to either Ipswich Town Women or Royston Town Women whose game also fell foul to the weather last weekend.

  The 2nd time Norwich and Cambridge have met in the space 4 days having meet in the league at Plantation Park on Wednesday evening, Vicky Lines with Australian side Capalaba FC most recently scoring her 1st goals for Cambridge putting them into the lead twice Norwich coming back to level twice to earn a share of the points with Natasha Snelling and Aimee Durrant scoring. Both sides keen to get points on the board in the bottom half of what is going to be a very competitive South East Division One.

  Changes for both sides over the summer. Norwich changing their name from Ladies to Women a new manager in place Greg Dimsey now head coach. Have lost a few established players particularly in defence have plenty of young talent coming fighting for 1st team places.

  Cambridge moving to a new home over the summer now base at St Neots Town FC both squads for training and games a new start have themselves lost a few experienced players a small squad again with youth coming through to battle it out for a place in the first team. 

  Plantation Park the venue for today’s match. Wet over night the ground came suffer from water logging so it was a case of hedging my bets to see if the game would beat the weather especially with games at either ed of Norfolk called off, but the rain wasn’t heavy and the pitch held up well. Would be soft underfoot and slick plenty of grass cover is a large pitch. The bar open serving hot and cold drinks, a  covered stand offering some protection from the weather light rain at kick-off.

Norwich City Women starting XI – Hope Armstrong, Tigi Robson, Lauren Cullum, Eliza McDonald, Izzy Collins, Angelina Nixon, Reeanna Cook, Millie Daviss (C), Keunna Dill, Aimee Durrant & Natasha Snelling. Subs – Kathryn Stanley, Rosie George, Josie Jarvis, Jodie Drake & Megan Todd.

Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Liz Pamplin, Jemma Moore, Carrie Bennett, Kayleigh-Anne Burt (C), Albany Hodgson, Faith Hewitt, Charlotte Crisp, Amy Howlett, Emma Jenkins, Vicky Lines & Kelley Blanchflower. Subs – Gemma Croucher, Grace Camfield, Katie White & Chloe Armstrong.

Both sides missing players most notably striker Chelsea Garrett for Norwich and midfielder Amber Cantwell for Cambridge amongst others. Norwich wearing yellow shirts and socks with green shorts to kick-off the first half. Cambridge in their change strip white shirts with blue design on front blue shorts and white socks. Cambridge quick to close the ball down no head way for Norwich at the start forced to play it all the way back to defence look to go long down the right Aimee Durrant with the run, Carrie Bennett putting the ball out for the throw defending for Cambridge.

  Norwich come right again getting forwards the diagonal ball fired in with pace central met by Keunna Dill her tough taking it to the right looking to strike the shot Albany Hodgson there first to clear for Cambridge at the back. Cambridge counter the ball up to Emma Jenkins on the right up the wing into the corner Lauren Cullum staying with her for Norwich tackling to concede the first corner of the game. Players forwards for the back Cambridge captain Kayleigh-Anne Burt coming to the ball flicking it on with her feet towards the far post the clearance put high before being headed behind for a 2nd corner. Fired in low towards the near post with Vicky Lines making a clever run shoots close range blocked. Norwich clear a rapid counter away on the right side Durrant crossing early the ball into the area gathered safely by Cambridge goalkeeper Liz Pamplin.

    GOAL! A goal inside the opening 5 minutes, Norwich taking the lead Cambridge bringing the ball out from the back Norwich quick to press bringing the error the ball won in the final third fired across the top of the area into Dill left of the D her tough taking it inside central 25 out latches onto the shot struck well sends the ball up over the keeper and into the back of the net 1-0.

Norwich bright at the start of the game pressing centrally getting the ball forwards quickly a free-kick won on half way the delivery into the area defended the head sending the ball high to drop in behind, Durrant lively onto it but the angle against her the cross is put behind. Dill gets away on the left, Jemma Moore recovering well diving in with the challenge taking the ball away for the throw. Pamplin with an excellent save to deny Durrant as she attacks right taking on the shot early driven in across goal rising Pamplin throwing up and arm to push the ball behind for the corner kick. The delivery comes in central knocked down towards goal blocked, Burt then launching it clear. 

Cambridge United WFC’s Jemma Moore.

  Dill lively in attack for Norwich a good ball forwards into her from captain Millie Daviss, Dill getting in front of her marker central to swing her foot into the shot from 30 yards out in a central position, spinning as she strikes it Pamplin can watch it safely wide of her goal. Reeanna Cook and Daviss combine in attack for Norwich getting forwards Durrant the outlet wide right her ball in headed clear by Hodgson for Cambridge. 

Eyes on the ball, Cambridge United WFC midfielder Charlotte Crisp

  Norwich energetic at the start, Cambridge having soaked up the pressure well break the pass forwards seeing Amy Howlett away over halfway on the left races on towards the box coming inside one on one with the keeper commits Hope Armstrong into the dive attempting to block the ball as she travels right knocks it past her shoots trying to cut the ball back into the empty net the ball striking the base of the post. 

  GOAL! The post saving Norwich a moment ago, Cambridge getaway on the left in attack this time and score. Striker Kelley Blanchflower gathering the ball int her feet and driving up the left wing a powerful run on the ball taking it into the box to the byline getting away from a last ditch challenge to come back inside smashes her shot low across the goal to equalise 1-1. 

   Cambridge’s turn to exert some pressure in attack, Moore getting forwards on the overlap to support Jenkins. Lines across to help forces Norwich to give away the throw high up the pitch Moore has a long throw in her arsenal. The ball almost finds it’s way through across the six yard box Norwich struggle to clear eventually put out of the box gathered by Moore to loop a cross in from the right an inviting ball dropping far post Lines arriving late can’t quite get onto the end of it.

Cambridge’s Vicky Lines looking to find away through the Norwich defence

   Norwich look to attack building on the left Dill laying it on for Cook, Cullum racing on to stay with her the pair combining before Cook sends in a waist high cross towards the top of the area, Snelling stooping to head the ball goalwards can’t get enough power on the ball to trouble Pamplin. Ebbing and flowing is an even contest plenty of energy no one allowed time on the ball and the wet surface making the ball tricky to control at times. Cook surging on through the middle looking to get hold of the ball, Burt out of defence making a strong tackle to deny her. 

Izzy Collins clearing the ball for Norwich.

  A good understanding forming between Lines and Blanchflower in attack for Cambridge are playing off one another well Cambridge inviting Norwich on at times drawing their defence forwards are quick to exploit Lines putting Blanchflower away to carry the ball on into the area right side closing it on the six yard box hits it hard rising straight at the keeper nevertheless Armstrong does well to get her gloves up to make the save and take the sting out of the shot able to grab it before Blanchflower can capitalise on the rebound. 

Keunna Dill controlling the ball well on the touchline for Norwich City Women

  A fantastic piece of skill form Dill out wide to bring the ball down on her chest and keep in as it is fired long up to her, plays it inside to Snelling before spinning in behind Moore, Snelling looking to pick her out with the return ball. Moore does well to get back on the Norwich attack to slide in and win the ball back. The light rain that has been falling has stopped the sky looking mildly brighter. Faith Hewitt central plays it on well for Blanchflower beating the offside trap to run at the box, Eliza McDonald with her making the challenge top of the box the ball cleared by Armstrong. Is competitive in the middle Angelina Nixon an ex-Cambridge player lunging in to win the ball against Crisp playing it forwards for Snelling, Burt close in win the tackle for Cambridge.

Cambridge United WFC captain, Kayleigh-Anne Burt

   Durrant on the right wing as Norwich push forwards, Cambridge dropping deep into their box the cross long gathered by Dill plays it central to Snelling, closely marked can’t turn to shoot holds up well though laying it back towards the top of the area for Nixon slight hesitation before shooting gives Hewitt the chance to dive in and charge the ball down. Howlett and Jenkins have switched flanks in attack for Cambridge, Howlett right now up with Lines forcing Norwich to concede a throw deep in their territory, Moore to put long into the six yard box bounces on through with no one getting a meaningful touch before being cleared far side. 

  Time running out in the 1st half Norwich on the attack. From a throw in left Dill plays it into the advancing Nixon left of the box her pass in central for Snelling 20 yards out a tame effort on goal, gathered cleanly by Pamplin. Dill brought down attacking left 30 yards out, Snelling on the set-piece long to the far post headed clear back out to the left Dill bringing it down fouled again another free-kick given.

 GOAL! Norwich retake the lead in the closing moment of the first half Durrant on the free-kick fizzed in with pace a good height Daviss six yards out getting her head on the ball to power her header down wide of Pamplin to score 2-1.  

Millie Daviss making it 2-1 to Norwich late in the first half

Half-time Norwich City Women 2-1 Cambridge United WFC

   Norwich retaking the lead at the death in what was a very entertaining and fast paced half. The rain easing up and eventually stopping. The hosts vocally cheered on well by their mascots Haddenham Rovers Colts U12s treated to fantastic contest so far. The sides fairly even overall play fast little time on the ball. Cambridge soaking up more pressure at times but counter attacking well. Norwich lively throughout looking to get forwards at every opportunity taking an early lead. Cambridge coming back well the post struck before equalising disappointed to concede late in the first half. 

Cambridge attack

Cambridge to get the 2nd half underway extra-time and penalties if needed. Blanchflower putting the ball on for Lines moving right, Cullum staying on her to get the ball away for the throw for Norwich. Norwich bring the ball on through the middle Daviss with Nixon onto Durrant away right a good cross into the box central Snelling moving towards the ball Burt on her shoulder squeezes a cut backed shot under the defender and she challenges, Pamplin central through reacts well to get down make the save.

Angelina Nixon on the ball for Norwich City Women

  Cambridge feed the ball forwards into Blanchflower, determined on the ball getting forwards, Cullum halting her progress the striker sends it across the top of the box with Jenkins racing forwards central her attempt charged down the deflection spinning away to the far post gathering by Lines to hit goalwards, Armstrong across at her post diving getting both gloves securely around the ball. 

Norwich goalkeeper, Hope Armstrong.

  Nixon breaking up a Cambridge attack sends the ball on for the advancing Cook, Crisp across lunging in to tackle the ball won back the game competitive in the middle. Hodgson with a vital interception at the back for Cambridge as Dill aims to send Snelling in behind as she peels away right. Norwich with a ball forwards fortunate as it finds its way through to Durrant top of the area her tough forwards looks to prod it back across the keeper, Pamplin down making a fantastic save with her legs to deny her. 

 GOAL! Cambridge come back to level the scores for the 2nd time in the match. The ball played out from the ball into Jenkins central he helps it’s on its way to Blanchflower pulling away to the left in space she drives on intent on finding her way into the box shoots on the angle pace on the ball races past Armstrong into the goal beyond to score her 5th goal of the season 2-2.

Cambridge United WFC striker, Kelley Blanchflower

   Norwich look for an immediate reply Dill with a burst of pace on the left side travelling to the byline a good ball cut back towards the top of the area, no one making the run however allowing Cambridge to build a move forwards. Norwich making the first change of the match McDonald the player coming off, Kathryn Stanley coming on. A move that sees her go left and Dill drop into central defence. A flowing one two between Nixon and Snelling as the midfielder breaks forwards to the top of the area sees Snelling put a shot wide from inside the area. 

Norwich City Women captain, Millie Daviss

  The game remains open neither side on top both looking like they can score. Daviss with a superb pass forwards to pick out Durrant on the right down the wing a cross flashed in missed by Snelling near post, Pamplin plucking it down central needed with Stanley racing in far side. A 2nd change for Norwich with Cullum coming off, on in her place Rosie George. Norwich pushing up a throw on the right finds Nixon on the byline turns well to play it back to Durrant six yards out shoots, Burt throwing herself into the challenge blocking the ball away for a corner kick. 

Emma Jenkins playing the ball for Cambridge with Norwich’s Aimee Durant closing in

  Cambridge make their first change of the game, Gemma Croucher coming on for Lines in attack. Stanley with a 25 yard shot as Nixon brings the ball on from midfield is tackled. The shot straight at Pamplin. Crisp passing the ball on for Blanchflower pulling away left gets behind Robson, the full back recovering well to lunge in to make the block as the striker shoots from the edge of the box. Norwich with a 3rd change, Snelling the player off on comes Josie Jarvis with the game entering the final 10 minutes.

  GOAL! Norwich have been competitive in the middle all game Daviss supported by Cook and Nixon the ball pressed and won put forwards into the path of Durrant right side of goal 25 plus yards out, strikes it well taken early up and down over the keeper to nestle in the goal beyond and give the hosts the lead late in the game 3-2.

Aimee Durrant playing the ball on scoring the winning goal for Norwich City Women

   Cambridge get on the offensive straight from the restart the ball with Hewitt central on for Jenkins right does well to hold it up in the corner a lack of support doing well to get throw, Blanchflower back to Moore who crosses high into the area Jarvis able to bring it away for Norwich. Cambridge make a change Katie White on for Howlett. Norwich getting forwards looking to keep the ball in the corner Durrant managing to force a corner. A good delivery into the box attacked by George near side can only put her header wide across goal.  

 Norwich frustrating Cambridge late on determined to keep them off the ball Daviss with a looping shot as she gets free right 20 yards out dropping down at a comfortable height in front of Pamplin to claim. Grace Camfield coming on in the closing moments for Cambridge in place of Jenkins. Norwich with renewed energy the winning post in touching distance snapping in to win the ball Stanley shooting over from 30 yards out. Durrant back to help in defence in the closing seconds as Cambridge try to force a path through on the right. The final whistle blows and it’s Norwich who advance in the Women’s FA Cup.

Full time Norwich City Women 3-2 Cambridge United WFC

  An away tie against East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town Women in 3rd Round Qualifying as they comfortably progressed against Royston this afternoon. The tie to be played Sunday 27th October. A late winner this afternoon and to be fair to both sides it could well have gone either way entering the final 15 minutes I felt that whoever scored next would go on to win the game you couldn’t have called it. Highly entertaining, competitive without any over the top challenges. 

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match, a few contenders once again. Kelley Blanchflower superb leading the attack for Cambridge strong and determined on the ball clinical in her finishing. For Norwich Aimee Durrant was excellent making fantastic runs to receive the ball always providing and outlet a well taken strike to win the game. Keunna Dill lively from the off a great strike to give Norwich the early lead offering a threat on the left. Midfield competitve all round a great contest to watch and coming out on top today’s award goes to Norwich captain Millie Daviss battle well breaking up play making it difficult for Cambridge to play through the middle.

  An entertaining game, always frustrated afterwards because I want more! The weather not dampening things too much. My thanks to both teams for the team details as always appreciated. 

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 06/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

The weather affecting the fixtures across Cambridgeshire too this Sunday heavy rainfall half the games fall by the wayside with some very late call offs. 3 of the 4 scheduled games surviving in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership and it was a good result for Haverhill Rovers Ladies as they continue their excellent start to the season winning at home to previous leaders ICA Sports Ladies to go top of the table to keep up their 100% winning start. Haverhill Rovers hosting opening the scoring through a penalty scored by Kayleigh Steed. Kayleigh Steed scoring a brace in the match. Joeli Kirby heading in a Georgia England cross with England herself running through to shoot past the advancing keeper. 5-1 the winning score Clare Knibbs with the goal for ICA Sports who lose for the first time this season. 

   Leverington Sports Ladies up to 3rd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership table with their 2nd win of the season away to Histon Ladies Reserves on Sunday. A brace from Chloe Stanborough seeing the visitors into a 2-0 lead, Sophie Swinden making it 3-0 on target from a 30 yard free-kick. Histon getting it back to 3-1 before half-time with Bethany Fisher getting the goal. Leverington (probably be December before I stop typing Wisbech) with a strong 2nd half to run out comfortable winners. Stanborough with a penalty to complete her hat-trick, Faye Kowalewsky making it 5-1 with her first of the season would go on to score a 2nd another for Swinden sandwiched in between 7-1 up a quickfire brace from Amy Newell sealing a 9-1 win.

March Town United Ladies at home to Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds this Sunday both playing just their 2nd league game of the season losing their opening fixtures ironically both against ICA Sports Ladies. In search of their first points of the campaign, it was March who were celebrating at the final whistle having secured their first win. Goals from Eleanor McLeish and captain Adele Munday giving march the 3 points.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

One game going the distance in the 1st Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup this Sunday. Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies Development at home to Championship newcomers Cambourne United Women. Arianna Andrade marking her first appearance for St Ives with a 4 goal haul. Rebecca Baldry also celebrating her first goals for St Ives bagging a brace. Molly Berryman an Francesca Worrall getting their accounts opened with a goal each. Ellen Bullinaria with her first goal along with Ellie Jefferson making her first appearance. Jade Carpenter with a hat-trick seeing St Ives advance with a 13-0 win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

One game beating the weather in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship and it was a good result for Cardea Ladies keeping up their 100% winning start to the season making it 3 wins from 3 to join Cambridge Rangers Women and Pinchbeck United Ladies on 9 points at the top of the table. Cardea hosting new side Swavesey Spartans Ladies. Captain Laura Rudd firing Cardea into a 2nd minute lead going on to add another in the first period with a goal for Courtney Coles seeing the hosts leading 3-0 at the break. Nicola Anderson on target twice in the 2nd period securing a 5-0 win.