The Tuesday Round- Up – Edition Nineteen
Well this is more like it a Sunday where more fixtures get played than end up getting postponed, good to see and let’s hope it lasts. Still sides out there yet to kick a ball in competitive action in 2016 but a few more finally got the New Year going. With last weekend being a County Cup one, quarter finals in most cases any postponements were rolled back to this Sunday. Were still 3 outstanding 2nd round Proper FA Women’s Cup games to get played. In Essex it was the 2nd Round of the women’s league cup.
The busiest edition of The Tuesday Round-Up yet in 2016 with the action from 45 matches to bring you so let’s get started; Edition Nineteen – Sunday 24th January.
FA Women’s Cup
Postponed for the past 2 Sunday’s there were still 3 FA Women’s Cup ties from the 2nd Round Proper to be played the earlier poor wet weather causing plenty of disruption to playing calenders. West Ham United Ladies were drawn away to London rivals Crystal Palace Ladies in the 2nd Round Proper, a league separating the 2 sides Crystal Palace Ladies are leading the way in FAWPL South East Division One, unbeaten so far this season. A potential upset on the cards as West Ham United Ladies travelled to Bromley FC. The visitors conceding an early penalty , Fraya Holdaway stepping up to put the spot kick into the back of the net to give Crystal Palace Ladies the lead. West Ham United Ladies soon get themselves back on level terms as Italian striker Romina Pinna sends her shot into the back of the net, applying pressure on the home side late in the 1st half West Ham go in at the break 2-1 up, Whitney Locke giving them the lead. Both sides create chances 2nd half, no more goal are scored however and West Ham United Ladies advance to the 3rd Round Proper where they will have hoe advantage over the winner of the Nuneaton Town Ladies/Blackburn Rovers Ladies tie still to be played.
It was also FAWPL Southern Division against FAWPL Division One in the other two outstanding ties, Queens Park Ranger Ladies travelled down to the South Coast to play FAWPL South West Division One, Chichester City Ladies, and it was they who had the lead in the tie Amy Found converting a penalty on 25 minutes. Queens Park Rangers got themselves back on level terms 6 minutes before half time Jo Wilson scoring from a corner. The visitors won an early 2nd half penalty, Danielle Puddefoot scoring it to give Queens Park Rangers the lead, no long after Wilson with her 2nd of the match to make it 3-1, an own goal reduced their lead to 3-2 before half-time substitute Natalie Richardson scored to make it 4-2, Found scored again for Chichester City but it wasn’t enough as Queens Park Rangers held out for the 4-3 and now face a long trip west to play FAWSL 2 side Bristol City WFC in the 3rd Round Proper.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies were also taking on FAWPL South West Division One opposition heading west to face Swindon Town Ladies, fresh from reaching the Ryman Women’s Cup Final on Thursday night, Leah Rawle gave Tottenham the lead before Swindon put though their own net to go 2 down, Rawle found the net again with Avilla Bergin putting them 4-0 after half time. Alex Hurst pulled a consolation goal back for Swindon Town Ladies but it’s Tottenham who progress to the 3rd Round Proper an away trip to face Gillingham FC Ladies.
FAWPL Southern Division
Just the 1 league game played in the FAWPL Southern Division to date in 2016 and that back on the 3rd of January. Two matches did finally take place this weekend, with the current run away leaders Brighton & Hove Albion WFC on the road away to 2nd bottom side Forest Green Rovers Ladies. Took 40 minutes until the deadlock was broken, Deanna Cooper scoring the goal to give Brighton the slender advantage at half-time. Forest Green pulled it level five minutes after the break Kirsty Richardson scoring from the spot. Any hopes of holding on to get anything from the match were blown away for Forest Green with 10 minutes left, Charlotte Gurr nosing them back in front, then Lucy Somes extended the lead with 5 minutes left, Lisa Fulgence scoring in injury time Brighton winning 4-1 are now 11 points clear of the chasing pack, have played 4 games more the 3 sides below them.
Moving back into 2nd spot are Cardiff City Ladies playing their 1st league match since back in mid November 2015. Were on the road at the The Dripping Pan to play Lewes Ladies who like Cardiff hadn’t played a league game since November 22nd themselves. The Welsh side started brightly had the lead on the 3rd minute Chloe Lloyd finding the back of the net, midway through the 1st half the lead was doubled Kerry Partridge with the goal. 2-0 the lead to Cardiff at half-time they gave Lewes a mountain to climb early in the 2nd half with Laura Williams netting their 3rd goal. The home side pulled a goal back on 65 minutes through Sian Heather, Cardiff won it 3-1 to move back into 2nd.
FAWPL South East Division One
It’s in the FAWPL South East Division One where this weekend’s featured match report comes from on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog, a trip down to The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium to watch Enfield Town Ladies play their 1st league game since the 25th October last year. The A10 derby with Cambridge United WFC the visitors. Enfield’s opponents were in a rich vein of form going into the match a run of 8 games unbeaten that had seen them rise to 4th on the table, Enfield’s lack of games during that same period had seen them drop down the table.
Cambridge were the stronger side in the 1st half creating chances, Enfield’s Kerrie Marlborough the busier of the two goalkeepers pulling off a vital save just before half-time to deny Hannah Goodchild an easy goal from an Anneka Nuttall cross. Straight after the break Enfield were lifted as striker Chloe Bassett truck from distance the ball heading for the top corner needed a fine save from Cambridge’s Verity Crook to turn it around the post. The home side were better 2nd half getting the ball out wide winning a corner midway through the half Regan Coleman moved unmarked towards the near post and meeting the ball hooked her shot over Crook and into the back of the net. The single goal was to settle the match Enfield Town Ladies collecting all 3 points, Cambridge’s unbeaten run coming to an end, For the whole match report click on the link below to take you to the SWF Blog
Enfield Town Ladies v Cambridge United WFC 24/01/16
Another local derby of the East Anglian variety also too place this Sunday in Norfolk at Plantation Park with Norwich City Ladies hosting Suffolk rivals Ipswich Town Ladies. The visitors looking to get points on the board to move them away from the bottom two had the lead Coral Young scoring it 2 more goals followed Ipswich Town going 3-0 up with Hollie Clement and Jo Foy on target. Norwich came back late on coring twice in the last 6 minutes Chelsea Garrett on 90 with Paige Shorten adding another deep in injury time, too little too late Ipswich Town winning 3-2.
Turbulent times at Lowestoft Town Ladies with several of there 1st team players joining other clubs in recent weeks it was a young squad that travelled to Newport Pagnell FC to play promotion hopeful’s Milton Keynes Dons Ladies who took full advantage to win the 3 points to move back above Luton Town Ladies into 2nd improve their goal difference dramatically too with a 12-0 win, Leah Cudone the pick of the goalscorers with 5 to her name. Charley Wright and Heather McDonnell scored two each with Sophie Watson, Leanne Doyle and Claire Hollingsworth all on target too.
Eastern Regional Leagues
No league games on in the ERWFL Premier Division, although leaders Billericay Town Ladies were due to face local rivals Brentwood Town Ladies the match ended up being called off . Elsewhere it was the Quarter Finals of the ERWFL League Cup. 3 of those ties survived the weather with Great Shelford Ladies v AFC Sudbury Ladies falling foul to a water logged pitch.
Of the other three ties Stevenage Ladies are through to the semi-finals of the competition beating Great Wakering Rovers Ladies 4-1 at home, Josie North scoring a brace, Hannah Marshall and Jessica Nash also getting goals.
Also winning 4-1 at home to reach the semi-finals are ERWFL Division One East side Silver End United Ladies taking on West Billericay Ladies. Alexandra Bailess opening the scoring on 9 minutes it was 2 a minute later Danielle Warnes on target with Rebecca Hollocks making it 3-1 at half-time 4 minutes before the break. The 4th goal came on 63 minute Helen Alder getting her name on the score sheet. Colchester Town Ladies also booked their place in the semi-finals facing a tough opponent at home to Haringey Borough Women a single goal was enough to win the match.
In the ERWFL Division One East, leaders Writtle Ladies extend their 100% record to 9 games in the league were on the road away to Bury Town Ladies, 2-0 up at half-time went on to win 5-0 with Abigail Fry bagging a hat-trick, Sophie Vale scoring the other Writtle goals.
5-0 was also the winning margin in the other ERWFL Division One match taking place this Sunday, scored by the home side this time around and a 2nd league win of the season for Suffolk side Long Melford Ladies as they welcomed Little Thurrock Dynamos to their Stonylands ground. Jessica Clarke and Megan Partridge both scoring a pair, Jodie Sharp with the other goal that sees Long Melford open up a healthy gap between themselves and bottom side West Billericay Ladies.
In the ERWFL Division One West one match took place on Sunday with bottom side Colney Heath Ladies hosting Stevenage Ladies Reserves. Jael Muzzi gave Colney Heath Ladies the lead at half-time. Stevenage Ladies Reserves came back into it 2nd half levelling from the penalty spot before going on to win the game 3-1 and move into 2nd a point behind leaders Hutton Ladies. Sarah Payne, Leah Littlechild and Alexandria Moir with the goals for Stevenage Ladies Reserves.
Two Norfolk Women’s County Cup quarter final ties fell foul to the weather last weekend. Alysham FC Ladies were at home to Division Three side Toftwood Ladies, the Norfolk Division One side ran out 4-0 winners with Alicia Lacey on target along with a hat-trick from Abbie Charlton.
Norfolk Division One side Lynn Ladies were hosting the County Cup holders Acle United Ladies, the ERWFL Premier Division side. Acle United took an early lead Kate Pasque scoring from a corner kick. Player coach Joanne Hooper adding a 2nd goal just before half time. Acle United continued to create chances 2nd half without adding to the score winning 2-0
Norfolk Women’s County Cup semi-final line up
Aylsham FC Ladies v Red Rose Ladies
Thorpe United Ladies v Acle United Ladies
In Norfolk Division One there are new leaders once again as Brandon Town Ladies move back to the top of the pile. At home against Bungay Town Ladies they had to come from behind to take the 3 points, Michelle Stanborough giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at half time. Brandon Town came back 2nd half the ball ending up in the back of the net from a Chloe Slater corner to bring it level before Nettie Stillinger scored from distance to seal a 2-1.
Hot on Brandon Town Ladies heels moving into 2nd spot are Wymondham Town Ladies won big on Sunday at home to bottom side Long Stratton Ladies 8 nil the winning margin the goals shared between 7 different scorers, Mary Cann, Amber Cantwell, Kelly Ayers, Kayleigh Holloway, Laura Hammerton and Louise Hamilton-Rout, with Laura Wiseman scoring a brace.
In Norfolk Division Two there was a big win for Norfolk Women’s County Cup semi-finalists Red Rose Ladies at home this Sunday to Bohemians Ladies, who they had beaten last Sunday in the Cup. Won 4-1 then, and even bigger margin this time around 4-0 up at the break went on to win 7-1 Sophie Lubbock and Megan Skinner both scoring hat-trick with Stacey High also finding the back of the net to move Red Rose up to within 2 points of 3rd placed Sprowston Ladies with a game in hand.
In ended goalless on the North Norfolk Coast in the match between Cromer Town Ladies and Freethorpe Ladies in Norfolk Women’s Division Three, the point sees Freethorpe up a place into 3rd in the table. The league leaders Harleston Town Ladies were away to bottom side Sprowston Ladies Reserves had beaten them at home 13-0 earlier in the season a much closer match this time around Harleston Town edging it 2-1 to maintain their 100% win record at the top of the league Lacey Andrews and Miryram Ruiz with their goals.
One match in the Suffolk Women’s Division took place this Sunday with league leaders East Bergholt United away to Bacton United Ladies had the chance to extend their lead over 2nd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies to 6 points, instead the gap is 4 after they were held to a 1-1 draw, Jessica Quinsee the player on target for East Bergholt.
New leaders at the top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership with Cambridge City Ladies at the summit of the table for the 1st time this season, were away to Netherton United Ladies. All the goals coming in the 1st half, Carla Penny scoring once with Grace Stanley scoring a hat-trick for the 2nd successive Sunday. In fact Stanley is in a hot run of goal scoring form for Cambridge City Ladies scoring 17 goals in her last 7 games including 4 hat-tricks, (1 of which was a 4 goal haul). Are the only unbeaten side in the league.
Cambridge City Ladies lead is slender mind on goal difference with 3 sides all on 17 points at the top former leaders ICA Sports Ladies drop to 3rd as Cambridge University Women move up into 2nd winning 3-2 away to rivals Cambridge United Ladies Reserves who were leading the Premiership for the 1st half of the season now find themselves down in 4th spot. Cambridge University had an early 2 goal lead through Fiona Carter and Finnoula Taylor. Sarah Mosley and Monique Christian got Cambridge United back on level terms at 2-2 before Amanda Wainwright scored in the 85th minute to win it for Cambridge University. All very tight at the top just 2 points separating the top four although they are pulling away from the rest.
One other match from the Women’s Premiership saw Newmarket Town Ladies pick up their 3rd point of the season, where at home hosting Bar Hill Ladies on the Dullingham Polo Fields. The final result 1-1 with Faye Sutton scoring for Newmarket Town Ladies, Anna Jephson finding the back of the net for Bar Hill Ladies.
No fixtures in the Women’s Championship South both matches postponed due to waterlogged pitches. Three matches did take place further north in the Women’s Championship North. Leaders Bourne Ladies weren’t in action whilst 2nd placed Wisbech Town Ladies match against Wisbech St Marys Ladies was called off. The side to take advantage of this was March Town United Ladies who climb back into 2nd spot in the table following a 2-0 win at home to Stamford Ladies a goal scored in either half by Emma Searle and Jessica Harvey.
Another side moving up a place in the Women’s Championship North are Downham Town Ladies moving from 5th to 4th spot following a huge 11-0 win at home to bottom placed Tydd St Mary Ladies at the weekend. George Lingham with 5 more goals to her name has scored in every match Downham Town Ladies has played this season with 12 of those coming in her last 3 games. Also on target for Downham Town were, Georgia Brown and Chelsea Thomason, with Holly Eves and Zoe Sharp getting 2 a piece.
Also climbing a place in the Women’s Championship North table and settling comfortably into the middle in 6th are Swineshead Institute Ladies on the road playing 2nd bottom Hungate Rovers Ladies had a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time, went on to add 4 more goals 2nd half to win 5-1. Lycia Elston with 2 goals, Erin Carmody, Leah Ardon and captain Chloe Gray all scoring too. Kesley McKenna netting on 80 minutes for Hungate Rovers Ladies.
Two rearranged ties from the 2nd Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup were also played after being postponed last Sunday. Huntingdon Town Ladies were hosting fellow Premiership side ICA Sports Ladies. The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes ICA Sports Ladies having a penalty saved in closing minutes to see the game went into extra time, the visitors found the back of the net to win the game 3-1 to book a quarter final place at home to Riverside Rovers Ladies. Louise Burgess, Cara Clarke and Becky Shields with the 3 goals of ICA Sports Ladies.
An all Championship South clash in the other 2nd Round tie in the Invitation Cup, Comberton Ladies at home to runaway league leaders St Ives Town Ladies. 2 goals each from Georgia Rebane and Sasha Smith with Jorgie Hall added another goal saw St Ives through to the quarter finals with a 5-0 win, will face Cambridge City Ladies at home.
Cup matches all the way in Essex this Sunday, 1st off one outstanding Essex Women’s County Cup quarter final tie to be played postponed due to holders C&K Basildon Ladies FA Women’s Cup commitments. Were at home at Canvey Island FC this Sunday with Essex Premier Division title hopefuls Hullbridge Sports Ladies the visitors, a great opportunity and test for the newly promoted side taking on C&K Basildon 5 leagues above them in the FAWPL Southern Division. C&K Basildon had a 4 goal lead at half time with Karissa Rodney, Zoe Rushen and Amy Nash getting the goals with and own goal making up the scoreline. 2nd half C&K Basildon went on to score 6 more goals Rodney, Rushen and Nash adding another whilst Lilly Mellors also helped herself to a brace with Stacey Little prodding in from a corner to score her 1st goal for the club final score 10-0.
Essex Women’s County Cup semi-final line up
Billericay Town Ladies v Brentwood Town Ladies
Colchester Town Ladies v C&K Basildon Ladies
Elsewhere in Essex it was the 2nd round of the Women’s League Cup with 5 ties taking place this Sunday the pick of those the clash between the league leaders from both divisions with Harlow Ladies unstoppable in Essex Division One hosting Premier Division table toppers Chelsmsford City Ladies. Anyone who follows The Tuesday Round-Up will know this is a tough test for both sides. Harlow Town Ladies opened the scoring Abbie Bensted the player to put the ball into the back of the net, Phillipa Stephens made it 2-0 to the home side before Daisy Dobbs got Chelmsford City back to 2-1 at half time. The visitors were level in the 2nd half Georgia Sleep scoring the equaliser, 2-2 Harlow Town Ladies had the final say winning the match 3-2 Riley Bennett with the winning goal to send Harlow Town through to the quarter finals.
3-2 was also the winning score in another 2nd Round tie featuring a Premier Division side against Division One opposition, The Premier Division side having home advantage this time around as Lawford Ladies took on Wickford Town Ladies another close game it was 2-2 going into the closing stages of the 90, Lawford Ladies popped up with a last gasp winning goal to knock Wickford Town out. Premier Division side Eastern Avenue were at home to Division One side Alresford Colne Rangers. Mollie Rose scored a hat-trick as Eastern Avenue won the tie 8-2 to advance to the quarter finals team-mates Billie Davis, Katie Peers, Courtney Lowther, Hannah Warner and Charlotte Lynch also amongst the goals.
Chigwell Ladies are the other Division One side guaranteed a quarter final spot after they ran out 7-0 winners against fellow Division One side Southend Town Ladies at home. A 7 goal thriller between Premier Division sides Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies and Hutton Ladies Reserves with Hutton edging it 4-3 to book a quarter final spot. Walden Ladies are also in the quarters without kicking a ball awarded a home win over Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves. Two outstanding ties to be played before the full quarter final line up is known.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
It was a total white wash in the quarter finals of the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup last weekend so they all tried again this Sunday with a much better outcome all 4 games getting played. Couldn’t have been a bigger gap in leagues in the game between Icknield Ladies from Beds & Herts Division Three hosting FAWPL South East Division One side Luton Town Ladies, 7 leagues the difference, a tough test but great experience for Icknield. Luton Town Ladies were too strong in the end running out 10-0 winners natasha Fensome scoring a hat-trick, Erica Byron scoring twice with a goal each for Shanice Jiminez, Abbie Luby and Kezia Hassall with an OG making it 10.
Another side winning big were AFC Dunstable Ladies at home to Beds & Herts Division One struggler’s Flitwick Ladies. Were 3 goals up at half time through Rebecca Langthorne, Danielle Carty and Amber Pearson. Ran riot 2nd half with Pearson going on to make her goals tally for the match 5, Carty and Langthorne also scored again, with Carly Cowell, Stephanie Fisher and Bethany Stanton completing the score-sheet in a 12-0 victory to progress to the semi-finals.
Defending County Cup holders Bedford Ladies are through to the semi-finals also a narrow 2-1 win for the FAWPL South East Division One side over Beds & Herts Division One bottom side Sandy Ladies. Making up the semi-final line up are Offley & Stopsley Ladies the ERWFL Division One West side away to Beds & Herts Division Two side Woburn Lionesses won 5-1.
As I’m writing this post the draw for the semi-finals was taking place and is as follows;
Offley & Stopsley Ladies v AFC Dunstable Ladies
Luton Town Ladies v Bedford Ladies
New leaders at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday. A top of the table clash with leaders Harvestes FC hosting 2nd place and still unbeaten in the league Hertford Town Ladies. Hertford Town are the new leaders taking over from Harvesters on goal difference with a huge 9-3 win away from home. Laveena Betts top scoring with 4 goals for Hertford Town whilst there were braces for Kerry Oldham and Becky Shephard with Donna Wells also getting a goal. Lauren Croucher got 2 of the Harvesters FC goals with Ellie Lovelock also on target.
All very tight at the top in Division One, Sherrardswood Ladies move from 4th to 3rd following a 2-1 win at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles, Laure Marris scoring both their goals, Emily Jamieson for the visitors.
One match played in Beds & Herts Division Two a meeting between the bottom two with AFC Kempston Rovers Ladies at home to Evergreen Eagles a single goal the difference between the two sides the 3 points going to AFC Kempston Rovers only their 2nd win of the season whilst Evergreen Eagles still have 0 in the W column.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three another 100% win record came to an end this Sunday leaving Hitchin Belles as the only side left across the three divisions not to drop a point so far this season in Beds & Herts. Evergreen Ladies saw their record end at home to Bedmond Ladies as they were edged out 3-2. Bedmond Ladies took the lead through Molly Peters. Evergreen Ladies came back to make it 1-1 at the break then go 2-1 up in the 2nd half, Natalie Maher and Ruth Morris with the goals. Peters got Bedmond Ladies back on level terms with 20 minutes left to play. Bedmond Ladies captain Abbie Harrison scored the winning goal as they ended Evergreen Ladies unbeaten record.
On more match to bring you in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Panshanger Ladies were at home at the Moneyhole Playing Fields. April Spang opened the scoring for Panshanger Ladies after just 3 minutes, Danielle Harvey added a 2nd goal after 10 then double her tally with another strike on 25 minutes. Tenyl Damrauskas scored for the home side midway through the 2nd half with Kerry Twigg adding a 5th in the closing minutes to seal a 5-1 win to take the 3 points.
That concludes Edition Nineteen of The Tuesday Round-Up, plenty to cover and good too, sides getting matches under their belts at last competitive minutes you can’t beat them. Results still popping up to say there will be plenty of twists and turns yet, several sides playing catch up too, games in hand or points on the board most coaches… well probably all will tell you they’d rather have to points. Sunshine at a match at last, don’t suppose it’ll last. One Sunday left in January will bring you all the action in Edition Twenty until then thanks for reading.