The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Eleven
Welcome to Edition Eleven of The Tuesday Round-Up. Well into the season and it had to happen sooner or later the weather was going to start playing havoc with the weekend fixture list with nearly half of the scheduled matches across the East getting postponed. With a few of those being cup matches to it will see the fixture lists getting readjusted as cup fixtures take priority over league matches. More than half the fixtures did survive the weather and where they did there was plenty of action and drama as leagues really start to take shape as we head deep into November. In one league alone there are now 4 sides ties on the same points at the top of the table, but you’ll have to wait till the very end of The Tuesday Round-Up to find out who. Into the weekends action.
FAWPL Southern Division
Leaders Cardiff City Ladies weren’t in action this Sunday due to international call ups, this gave the side they had replaced at the top Brighton & Hove Albion WFC a chance to reclaim the lead themselves at home against West Ham United Ladies. A single goal was enough for them to claim the points and return to the top of the table with Jay Blackie scoring in the 74th minute.
It was a special day for 3rd placed Charlton Athletic WFC as they were playing this Sunday’s FAWPL Southern Division fixture against Queens Park Rangers Ladies at The Valley. Having not been in league action since the 1st weekend in November were after the 3 points to close the gap between themselves and Brighton and Cardiff at the top. Kit Graham opened the scoring for the home side 3 minutes before half time, then 3 minutes into the 2nd half Charley Clifford doubled their advantage. Queen Park Rangers pulled one back with 15 minutes to played Danielle Puddefoot curling a free kick into the back of the net to set up a tense finish, Charlton held on however to win the match and take the 3 points now just a point of 2nd placed Cardiff, 2 behind leaders Brighton.
Coventry United Ladies climb up into 4th place in the table following a 4-0 away win at Lewes Ladies at the weekend. Ashleigh Neville scoring on 11 minutes for the visitors, Natasha Lynch scoring on 36 to give Coventry United Ladies a 2-0 half-time lead. Helen Dermody was on target 12 minutes into the 2nd half with Lynch adding her 2nd and Coventry’s 4th goal 10 minutes from time, still have games in hand on all the sides above them. In the other match in the FAWPL Southern Division Portsmouth Ladies travelled to Cheshunt to face Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, returned to the south coast with all 3 points winning the game 4-0 with a brace each by Ini Umotong and Lucy Quinn, Portsmouth goalkeeper Courtney Trodd also saving a penalty during the match.
FAWPL South East Division One
All 12 sides in the FAWPL South East Division One were scheduled to be in action this Sunday however the inclement weather put pay to 3 of the 6 matches, one of those featuring runaway leaders Crystal Palace Ladies. Meant 2nd placed Luton Town Ladies had a chance to close the gap at the top, were at home to 4th placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies who were in need of the 3 points themselves if they wanted to close the gap on the teams above them. Natasha Fensome finding the back of the net for Luton Town Ladies, it wasn’t enough however with Leah Cudone and Samantha Gillings scoring for Milton Keynes Dons Ladies to secure a 2-1 win close the gap to Luton to 4 points, have 2 games in hand on the 2nd placed side.
3 points won on Sunday see Denham United Ladies moving in the right direction up the table into 7th spot with others not in action. Were on the road taking on bottom side Bedford Ladies. Natalie Murray scoring 2 with Clarice Gould and Holleigh Marsh also netting goals.
It is from the FAWPL South East Division One where the featured match on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog comes from this weekend with 3rd placed Gillingham FC Ladies who had only played 1 league match since the end of September travelling up the region to take on the in form team in the league Cambridge United WFC who had recovered from a poor start to claim 10 points from their last 4 league matches were on a run of 3 straight wins. Gillingham have seen plenty of football in that time competing in several cup competitions now they were in search of the points to close the gap on the leading pair. Was one of the best matches I have seen in the division this season and a great advert for the league. Sarah Wiltshire gave Cambridge United WFC the lead at the break lobbing the ball over the on rushing Gillingham goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill. A competitive contest both sides working really hard Gillingham pressed hard looking for an equalising goal in the 2nd half an eventually it came Paige Baker-Carroll bundling the ball over the line following a great run in space on the right from Kallie Balfour. For all of the match action click on the link below to take you to the SWF Blog.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Stevenage Ladies are starting to open up a gap at the top of the ERWFL Premier League whilst maintaining their 100% winning start to the season now 8 wins in a row in the league the lastest coming this Sunday on the road a 3-0 at Haringey Borough Women the goals scored by Alex North, Hannah Marshall and Nicole Perschky.
A special mention for Georgia Box who was making her 200th appearance for Colchester Town Ladies this Sunday and her side helped her celebrate it with a win beating Brentwood Town Ladies at home to climb above them into 5th spot the goals from Paige Wakefield and Kerry Stimson.
In the other match taking place in the Premier Division, AFC Dunstable are also celebrating as they climb off the bottom of the table climbing above this weekends opponents Great Shelford Ladies beating them at home 3-1, Amber Person and Charlotte South getting the goals. Sophie Lanham with the goal for Great Shelford.
In the ERWFL Division One East, leaders Writtle Ladies and 2nd placed Silver End United Ladies are neck and neck at the top of the table both with a 100% winning start 6 wins out of 6 and both recording 3-1 home wins this Sunday. Writtle were taking on bottom side Long Melford Ladies. Abigail Fry, Amy Simmons and Sophie Vale with their 3 goals. Sherral Williamson scoring for Long Melford. 2nd bottom West Billericay Ladies were the visiting team facing Silver End United Ladies this Sunday, Lynsey Cowell opening the scoring on 3 minutes with Rebecca Hollocks adding a 2nd goal before half time, Lynsey Bowman with the 3rd in the 2nd half.
Ipwsich Wanderers Ladies move up to 3rd place in the table following a 3-2 win against Suffolk rivals Bury Town Ladies. It was the visitors who opened the scoring Helen Cryer from the penalty spot, Ispwich Wanderers equalised. Nadine Basson who has been out of the game for a long time with a serious knee injury made a welcome return to the pitch coming off the bench to make her debut for Bury Town Ladies scoring a goal to celebrate too, wasn’t enough for the visitors as Ipswich Wanderers went on to win the match 3-2 their goal scored by Kristie Turner, Tarnya McKew and Leanne Parker.
In ERWFL Division One West, Hutton Ladies stay top following a 1-1 draw away to Colney Heath Ladies. The bottom side in the division finally getting a point on the board this just their 3rd league game since the season started back in September, Annie Hickey scoring their goal. Royston Town Ladies had lost 3 league matches straight in the league finally got back to winning ways beating early pace setters Stevenage Ladies Reserves 3-0 at home to climb above them into 3rd place.
Going to be a brief summary of the women’s football in Norfolk this weekend, was hit particularly hard by the weather and postponements all round. The 2nd round of the League Cup was scheduled to take place in the end just the 1 fixture survived the weather an all Division One encounter with Brandon Town Ladies hosting Fakenham Town Ladies. The home side going 4-0 up with goals from Chloe Slater, Hazel Shephard and 2 from Tiffany Forshaw. Fakenham came back 2nd half with Nina Batchlor, Rochelle Woods and Natalie Wright scoring, the final score 4-3 to Brandon Town Ladies who advance to the quarter finals the other ties rescheduled to take place this coming Sunday.
Equally brief in Suffolk, however their were just 2 fixtures taking place as it was the semi final stage of the their League Cup competition. In the 1st semi final Brantham Athletic Ladies were at home to Bacton United Ladies. Brantham book their place in the final following a 5-2 win Lucy Dunnett and Danielle Harvey with 2 goals a piece with Charlotte Partridge also finding the back of the net.
The other semi final ended in a bit of a farce, Copleston Ladies were at home to Witnesham Wasps Ladies, Amelia Deuchars and Jade Horne scoring for Copleston, Isabel Leming and Emma Long finding the goal for Witnesham Wasps 2-2 after extra time. Penalty shoot-out right? Wrong! The referee and league chairman abandoned the game due to lack of light. A 2pm kick off for this game it has since been rescheduled to be played again on the 6th December with a 1:30pm start.
Another county hit hard with postponed fixtures was Cambridgeshire, no fixtures in the Premiership it was the 1st round of the Cambridgeshire County Cup with 5 ties due to be played the game between Fulbourn Bluebirds and Newmarket Town Ladies was postponed will be rescheduled for this coming Sunday. Bar Hill Ladies were awarded a home win against Cambridge Rangers to progress. Another Premiership side through to the next round after beating lower league opposition are ICA Sports Ladies defeating Championship North side Wisbech St Marys Ladies by 4 goals to 2 way from home. Lorna Hart with a brace the other goalscorers Tash Applegate and Louise Burgess. Jeorgia Carr with both goals for Wisbech St Marys. An all Championship tie saw Wisbech Town Ladies from the North division at home to Milton Ladies playing in the South division, and it’s Milton who advance in the competition winning the tie 3-1.
It was a 9 goal thriller between Park Ladies and Huntingdon Town Ladies. Different competition mind a quarter final clash in the League Cup. In the end Huntingdon Town the current holders of the cup won out over their lower league opponents progressing with a 5-4 victory, Claire Radford netting twice with the other 3 goals scored by Emma Clarke, Natasha Houchen and Laura Spaxman. Park Ladies goals were scored by Kirstie Smith, Amy Newell and 2 from Sherrie-Louise Martin.
In Essex their were 2 County Cup 2nd Round fixtures taking place this Sunday following the previous weekends postponements. Was an all ERWFL Premier Division encounter with Billericay Town Ladies at home to Gt Wakering Rovers Ladies, Frances Murphy and Lucy Wyatt scoring in a 2-1 win to see Billericay Town Ladies into the quarter finals. Alos into the quarter finals are Collier Row Tigers after a 3-1 at home against Walden Ladies.
There was just the one league fixture in Essex Women’s Premier Division, but Eastern Avenue took full advantage of it winning at home against Runwell Hospital Ladies to climb into 3rd spot in the table winning the match 3-1, Mollie Rose scoring 2 with Beatriz Cordoso also scoring.
In Division One there were just the 2 fixtures taking place, runaway leaders Harlow Town Ladies were away to bottom side Waltham Forest Ladies so no surprise they made it 10 wins out of 10 to keep their 100% start. Are scoring goals for fun against everyone in the league to date and recorded their biggest result 21-0 in the league so far this Sunday. Face a sterner test at home to FAWPL Southern Divison side Charlton Athletic tonight in the Ryman Women’s Cup. Do fear for Waltham Forest Ladies a new side to the league this season been a tough start but pleasing to here from Harlow Town Ladies that the side was in good spirits will hopefully see a positive result in the near future. In the other match in Division One Wickford Town Ladies were on the road playing Southend Town Ladies, returned to 3rd place in the table after a 5-1 win.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Everyone continues to jockey for position at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Sherrardswood Ladies hold on to top spot for the 2 consecutive week following a 3-3 draw away to Bishops Stortford Ladies. Jessica Mace giving the home side a slender advantage at the break, Laure Marris pulling the scores level 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Bishops Storford went 3-1 up Inka Pearson scoring both goals, into the last 10 minutes and the visitors struck back 1st through Laura Cousins then with 3 minutes left on the clock Abby Cardall scored to make it 3-3 to share the points.
Hertford Town Ladies move up into 2nd spot in the league table a point behind Sherrardswood following a 6-2 home win against bottom side Toddington Rovers Ladies. A brace from both Lisa Kline and Becky Shephard with Donna Watts also scoring and own goal completing the final score. Toddington Rovers Ladies goals scored by Victoria Reid and Megan Palmer from the penalty spot. Missed the chance to go top themselves last weekend, this weekend Letchworth Garden City Eagles get the win to lift themselves up the table into 3rd spot following an away win at Flitwick Ladies. Alex Bush, Samantha Edgar, Tayla Murray and 2 from Emily Jamieson scoring the goals in a 5-1 win.
Just the one league fixture taking place in Division Two this Sunday with Garston Ladies FC 96 at home to 2nd bottom Evergreen Eagles. Close the gap on 2nd place Sharnbrook WFC to a single point winning the game 7-0 with a hat-trick each for Lauren Berryman and Natalie Powell, Lilly Clark also bagging herself a goal.
As far as title battle go it doesn’t get any closer than the top of the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three right now with 4 sides all level on 18 points at the top after this Sunday’s results. 2nd place Hitchin Belles weren’t in action might have expected leaders Crawley Green Ladies to extend their lead at the top after all they had a 100% win rate at the start of the season 6 wins out of 6, instead they saw their 1st defeat of the season going down 4-2 away to 4th placed Icknield Ladies who join the leading pack on 18 points . Zoe Molloy and Sophia Pidgeon with 2 goals each to seal the win. Nina Service and Jessica McNamara with a goal each for Crawley Green Ladies.
Is still 6 wins out of 6 at the start of the season for Evergreen Ladies who keep up the pace in 3rd position gave their goal difference a boost too this Sunday beating 2nd bottom Hatfield Town Ladies 13-0 at home. Samantha Jackson with 5 of the Evergreen Ladies goals, Rebecca Freeman helping herself to 4 more with a brace each for Natalie Maher and Ruth Morris. Lost out in their local derby last weekend, however this weekend Panshanger Ladies were back at home on the Moneyhole Playing Fields and got the 3 points over Bedwell Rangers to move above them in the table back into the top half, won the match 3-0 the goals not coming till the 2nd half Ellie Burke scoring from the penalty spot in the 65th minute, with Shannon Twigg doubling their lead with 10 minutes left Georgia Harvey putting the result beyond doubt in injury time scoring the 3rd.
On more game to bring you, Welwyn Garden City Ladies won the local derby against Panshanger Ladies last Sunday to record their 1st win of the season, couldn’t build on it however as they lost at home to Kings Langley Ladies who win just their 2nd league match of the season the final score 5-2 their goals from Amy Earthrowl, Amber Harris, Rachael Lee and 2 scored by Kimberly Nield. Claire Cranfield and Jenna Wynne scored the goals for Welwyn Garden City.
That’s it another edition of The Tuesday Round-Up complete, afraid postponements will be the feature of the day over the next few months but that’s the nature of the game. League well an truly taking shape going to be some intense battles over the coming months which will be more interesting than the weather to be sure. Results and League Tables updated throughout the site as usual. Fixture lists will be updated too in due course can’t get too far ahead this time of year so be sure to come back and check on a regular basis. Until next week thanks for reading.