The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Twenty Three
From Sunday 21/02/16
Welcome to Edition Twenty Three of The Tuesday Round-Up, bringing you all the action from last Sunday’s football across the East and beyond as FAWPL Southern Division side Cardiff City Ladies were in action playing in the FAWPL League Cup. A busy weekend of both league and cup football with most County Cup competitions reaching the semi-final stage, in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Norfolk whilst it was the quarter finals in Cambridgeshire. Suffolk are keeping the excitement of their County Cup semi-finals until March. A few postponements around but there is still 50+ matches to cover and a few of those went to extra-time too so we’d best get on with it.
FAWPL League Cup
Cardiff City Ladies were on the road this Sunday to play FAWPL Northern Division counterparts Stoke City Ladies in the quarter finals of the FAWPL League Cup. The Welsh side won the match 4-2 in the finish to book a semi-final spot, Laura Williams scoring twice on 15 and 30 minutes with Kerry Bartlett adding a 3rd 5 minutes before half-time. Wasn’t until the 90th minute though before the game was secured Alys Hinchcliffe recently joining the club from Yeovil Town Ladies with the goal on her debut. Are joined in the semi-finals by Blackburn Rover Ladies who beat Sporting Club Albion Ladies 4-1 with two more quarter finals to be played.
FAWPL League Plate
A fantastic result for FAWPL South East Division One side Enfield Town Ladies in the quarter finals of the FAWPL League Plate as they beat FAWPL Northern Division side Loughborough Foxes LFC 1-0 away from home to win a place in the semi-finals. A single goal enough to send them through scored by their captain on the day, Regan Coleman. That win completes the semi-final line-up with Enfield Town Ladies joining, Keynsham Town LFC, Newcastle United WFC and Coventry United Ladies in the draw.
FAWPL Southern Division
Just the one match taking place in the FAWPL Southern Division this Sunday with 4th placed Coventry United Ladies at home against the leaders Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies. League games at the start of 2016 have been sparse for both this Brighton’s 1st for nearly a month, Coventry United Ladies hadn’t had a league game since the opening weekend of the year. Have 4 matches in hand on the leaders with the points gap 14. Amber Hughes opened the scoring on 4 minutes to give Coventry the perfect start. Brighton were back on level terms by half-time Kate Natkiel with the strike on the half hour mark. Jade Brook restored Coventry’s lead almost 20 minutes into the 2nd half, Brighton looked to be heading for their 3rd defeat in the league however Sophie Perry found the back of the net with a well taken free-kick in injury time to see that the points were shared.
FAWPL South East Division One
In the FAWPL South East Division One, Milton Keynes Dons Ladies had the chance to go level on points at the top with leaders Crystal Palace Ladies. Were at home at Newport Pagnell FC against 5th placed Gillingham FC Ladies who were playing their 1st league match of 2016 their last league game coming back in November 2015. As a result they have plenty of matches in hand on the sides above them having played just 8 to date. Kallie Balfour gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes before half time. The lead was doubled soon after with Lauren Williams claiming the goal. Milton Keynes Dons Ladies pulled a goal back late in the match with Leah Cudone on target but it wasn’t enough as they suffered their 2nd defeat of the season the 1st all the way back in September as Gillingham FC Ladies take all 3 points.
Lowestoft Town Ladies were on their travels this Sunday taking on their Suffolk rivals Ipswich Town Ladies who had been in great form recently winning 3 league matches in a row to climb the table. Lowestoft Town Ladies had gotten a much needed 3 points themselves last Sunday at bottom side Bedford Ladies, Molly Hall and Natasha Thomas scored for Ipswich Town, it wasn’t to be a 4th win on the spin however as Lowestoft Town Ladies came back to earn a 2-2 draw with Hannah Waters on target for both of their goals the 2nd a minute from time to see the points shared.
Capital Women’s Cup
It was the semi-finals of the Capital Women’s Cup this Sunday. An all FAWPL Southern Division tie saw Charlton Athletic Women at home taking on Queens Park Rangers Ladies. Booked their place in the final with a comfortable 5-0 victory their prolific strike force doing the damage once again. Kit Graham scoring twice in the 1st half before adding a 3rd to complete her hat-trick on 76 minutes, before Graham got her hat-trick Gemma Shepherd helped herself to a 2nd half brace.
Their opponents in the Capital Women’s Cup final will be Tottenham Hotspur Ladies after they beat London & South East Regional Premier Division side Camden Town FC. A much closer game it took Tottenham 43 minutes to break the deadlock Wendy Martin giving them the half-time lead, Tottenham continued to create goal scoring chances but Camden Town held on pulled the scores level on 70 minutes Sarah White scoring the goal. Two minutes later Tottenham restored their lead Rhiana Soobadoo with the goal that turned out to be the winner as they took it 2-1 to reach the final to play Charlton Athletic Women for another piece of silverware as both sides will also be contesting the Ryman Women’s Cup Final too.
Eastern Regional Leagues
One league match in the ERWFL Premier Division with other sides involved in the latter stages of their various County Cup competitions. Gave 3rd placed AFC Sudbury Ladies the chance to close the gap upon the leading pair. Were at home with bottom side Great Wakering Rovers Ladies the visitors. Stacey Teager scored a hat-trick for AFC Sudbury Ladies with Sophie Jeffery finding the back of the net twice plus a goal for Phoebe Guiver as they won the match 6-2 to move a to within a point of 2nd placed Stevenage Ladies albeit having played 3 games more are 4 points of leaders Billericay Town Ladies both have played 14 games.
Elsewhere across the ERWFL it was the continuation of the Division One Cup Group matches. The 2 scheduled games in Group B fell foul to water logged pitches, Group A faired better. Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies remain unbeaten picking up their 2nd successive point following a 0-0 draw away to Ipswich Wanderers Ladies. New leaders in Group A this weekend as Bury Town Ladies win their 2nd game away to Sawbridgeworth Town WFC, Nadine Basson and Jessica Horgan scored a goal a piece to give the side from Suffolk the 3 points.
In Norfolk it should have been the semi-finals of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup, however both Aylsham FC Ladies v Red Rose Ladies and Thorpe United Ladies v Acle United Ladies fell foul to the weather and will both try again next Sunday.
In Norfolk Women’s Division One Brandon Town Ladies go 7 points clear at the top with their title rivals not in action this weekend. On the road a trip to West Lynn to play Lynn Ladies, captain Tiffany Forshaw put the ball into the back of the net 4 times with Chloe Slater also getting on the scoresheet won the match 5-1 despite seeing Shanice Burch sent off.
Bungay Town Ladies won the battle of the bottom two in Norfolk Division One to record just their 2nd league victory of the season moves them up a place to 7th over Fakenham Town Ladies. Emily Leach scoring a hat-trick to give them all 3 points away to Long Stratton Ladies having beaten them at home in the Ladies Plate 2 weeks ago.
In Norfolk Women’s Division Two the top two North Walsham Angels Ladies and Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies met again having shared the points in a 2-2 draw back at the end of January. Both went into this match still unbeaten North Walsham Angels Ladies a point in front at home this Sunday. Luci Middleton was on target 1st half to give them a 1-0 lead at the break. Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies came back in the 2nd half Selina Rowland netting twice to win the match 2-1 and put the visitors back on top of the lead end North Walsham Angels Ladies unbeaten record.
Sprowston Ladies climb back up to 3rd in the Norfolk Women’s Division Two table, Millie Cursons scoring a goal in each half in a home win against Bohemians Ladies. Bottom side Morley Ladies are still searching for their 1st win of the season had a single point on the board as they took on Stalham Town Ladies at home this Sunday. 1-1 at half time both sides went on to score again 2nd half to share the points in a 2-2 draw. Lucy Lincoln and Hannah Lucas with the strikes for Morley Ladies. Stalham Town Ladies goals came from Liz Dawson and Jade Telfer who scored her 1st goal for the club.
In Norfolk Women’s Division Three another record was ended as leaders Harleston Ladies saw there 100% winning start to the league end 10 wins out of 10 going into this Sunday’s game dropped points for the 1st time this season. At home against Dereham Town Ladies the score was 2-2 at half-time, both sides scored again 2nd half to see it end 3-3. Lacey Andrews, Nicole Holland and Miryam Ruiz the players on target for Harleston Ladies.
Two league games in a row for 2nd placed Gorleston FC Ladies as they get their season resumed after a long lay off from competitive action the cobwebs brushed off now as they continue their 100% winning start in the league now 6 wins out of 6. Were on the road at Toftwood Ladies. Braces all round with 4 players, Kayleigh Byrne, Molly Sims, Bethany Turner and Leanne Muffett all helping themselves to 2 goals in an 8-1 win. Katie Hart with the consolation goal for Toftwood Ladies. Red Rose United are up to 3rd in the Division after a 6-1 home win against Cromer Town Ladies.
The Suffolk Women’s Division continues to remain interesting at the top the race for the title still very much in contention. Leaders East Bergholt United were at home playing Witnesham Wasps Ladies. the points were shared as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Georgina Longden and Jessica Oxlade scoring for East Bergholt United, Emma Long and Natasha Williams getting the goals for Witnesham Wasps Ladies.
A chance for the chasing pack to close the gap, it was 3rd and home to 2nd with Brantham Athletic Ladies playing Bacton United Ladies. Was a high scoring match with Lucy Dunnett putting the ball into the back of the net twice with Brantham Athletic Ladies scoring 3, Kirsten Hutching also on the score sheet. Bacton United Ladies kept pace with Brantham Athletic Ladies, Samantha Walker scoring a hat-trick for the visitors to see it end 3-3 the points shared.
One side in Suffolk did pick up all 3 points at the weekend and get their own title ambitions back on track. Copleston Ladies in 4th place close the gap on the sides above them with a convincing 5-0 win away to Leiston St Margarets Ladies. Shannon Giles with 2 goals with a goal each scored by Sophie Crane, Jade Carter and Jade Horne. Copleston Ladies have games in hand on all the sides above them.
In Cambridgeshire it was quarter finals weekend in the Women’s Invitation Cup. Holders Cambridge United WFC were drawn away to Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side Newmarket Town Ladies. The match was played at Newmarket Town FC a big challenge for Newmarket Town Ladies playing as side plying their trade 4 leagues above them, a great opportunity too. The FAWPL South East Division One side started strongly Laura Baker then captain Laura Bright both getting 3 goals each, Bright’s 3rd from the penalty spot. The goals kept coming in regular intervals 2nd half with Faith Hewitt scoring on 70 minutes, Becky Taylor on 80 with Isabella Simmons adding Cambridge United WFC’s 9th goal in the last 10 minutes as they won the match 9-0.
Last season’s runners up Great Shelford Ladies were on home soil in their quarter final tie with Bar Hill Ladies the visitors. Jordanne Sillitoe and Sophie Hopkin were both on target twice for the ERWFL Premier Division side with Alison Wright getting on the scoresheet as they beat their Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership opponents 5-1 to reach the semi-finals. Anna Jephson with the goal for Bar Hill Ladies.
Also through to the semi-finals of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup are Cambridge City Ladies as they beat Cambridgeshire Championship South leaders St Ives Town Ladies. One goal scored by India Aluwihare-Duffy enough to send the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side through.
Saved the best quarter final till last, if you wanted drama then this tie had it all and this is where the Supporting Women’s Football Blog featured match comes from this weekend in Peterborough with Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side ICA Sports Ladies hosting Riverside Rovers Ladies playing a league above them in the Invitation Cup. Riverside Rovers had the early lead with their captain Clare Knibbs dual signed for both clubs putting them in front. Went 2 up in the 1st half with Holly Morgan doubling their lead. Lorna Hart got on the end of a quickly taken free kick late in the 1st half to pull one back for the home side.
Were level in early in the 2nd half, striker Tash Applegate finding the top corner from the edge of the box. That was how it finished after the 90 minutes were up 2-2 and the match headed to extra-time. Riverside Rovers got themselves back in front Annie Posnett drilling home a shot from wide on the right in the 1st half of the extra 30. So close to seeing it out ICA Sports made on late push the shot coming in was pushed wide by the goalkeeper, ICA Sports Ladies scored at the death Carmen Herridge up the left in the box to tap the ball home to send the match into penalties. Both sides scored their opening penalty, then both failed to convert the next 2. Riverside saw their 5 spot kick save the shootout posed at 2-2 one taker left up stepped Louise Burgess for ICA Sports Ladies she buried it to send her side into the semi-finals. For the whole match report on the SWF Blog click on the link below.
The draw for the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup was made earlier today and is as follows below: –
Cambridge City Ladies v Cambridge United WFC
Great Shelford Ladies v ICA Sports Ladies
One match took place in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this Sunday with Netherton United Ladies travelling to Huntingdon Town Ladies who had picked up their 1st win in the league last time out. Instead it was the visitors who got themselves back to winning ways with Yasmin Green giving them the lead just before half-time. Green scored her 2nd of the game 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Netherton United Ladies putting the result beyond doubt 5 minutes from time with Sasha Haw scoring on her full debut for the club.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, leaders Bourne Ladies haven’t played since the end of January in the league returned to action with an away trip to local rivals Stamford Ladies. Made it 5 league wins in a row with Claire Lawrenson scoring a hat-trick, with Charlotte Ayers and Toni McHamilton also scoring in a 5-1 victory.
March Town United Ladies are there closest rivals 5 points back as they climb above Wisbech Town Ladies into 2nd place in the table. Were taking on Wisbech Town Ladies this Sunday at home won the match by a single goal to take all 3 points. Adele Munday with the match winner. Wisbech St Marys Ladies hadn’t had a great start to 2016 losing all 3 matches played to date, finally got back to winning ways on the road against bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies. Won big to netting double figures Toni Lewis scoring 4 times, with Jeorgia Carr adding a hat-trick, 2 goals more from Eilish Brown with goals each for Frances Peeling, Catherine Ray and Jade Kelly in a 12-2 win. The 2 goals for Tydd St Mary scored by Alexandra Roper and Natasha Lane.
With leaders St Ives Town Ladies in cup action this Sunday it gave an opportunity for those hoping to chase them down for the title a chance to close the gap and they most certainly took the chance. 2nd placed Park Ladies 6 points behind with 2 games in hand are now 3 points behind with a game in hand and narrow the goal difference too just 1 goal as they helped themselves to 11 goals without reply at home to Comberton Ladies. Fran Plitsch finding the back of the net on 5 occasions, hot on her heels was Kirstie Smith netting 4 goals with Casey Ward getting another goal for Park Ladies and OG completing the scoreline.
Another side with plenty of games in hand on the leaders in the Championship South are Milton Ladies, the 4th placed side haven’t played a league match in 2016 yet have played just 6 to date are 16 points off top spot but have 6 games in hand on the leaders. Resumed league action with a massive win at home playing Isleham United Ladies racking up double figures too winning 10-1, Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks with 4 goals, Lauren Threadgold and Daniella Briggs both scoring a brace with a goal each from Carly Dawson and Lucie Buzkova giving them the 3 points.
The semi-finals of the Essex Women’s County Cup this weekend and the 4 big guns in the county were shooting it out for a place in the final. Was an all ERWFL Premier Division clash with Billericay Town Ladies at home to local rivals Brentwood Town Ladies in the 1st semi-final. Two goals each from Lindsey Morgan and Hayley Piggott plus a goal scored by captain Marie Barker saw Billericay Town Ladies win comfortably to reach the final winning 5-1. Piadamoyo Dedza with the goal for Brentwood Town Ladies.
In the other semi-final, Colchester Town Ladies were at home taking on higher league opponents FAWPL Southern Division side C&K Basildon Ladies and current holders of the County Cup. The ERWFL Premier Division side battled hard kept C&K Basildon from scoring in 90 minutes the game ending 0-0 to bring extra time. C&K Basildon Ladies were creating chances and eventually they found the break through Amy Nash scoring direct from a free kick in the 1st period of extra-time. Won the match 3-0 with 2 more goals coming in the closing minutes of the 2nd period of extra time Hannah Porter and Zoe Rushen scoring to see them into the final.
Wickford Town Ladies are into the final of the Essex Women’s Trophy competition beating Trinity U18s 3-2 at home. Harlow Ladies or FC Clacton U18s contest the other semi-final.
In the Essex Women’s Premier Division, leaders Chelmsford City Ladies stay top after beating one of the sides hoping to catch them. At home taking on Eastern Avenue this Sunday they won the game 5-1 to take the points, 5 different players on the scoresheet with a goal each for, Bobbi Cubberley, Gaby Freedman, Georgia Sleep, Laura Kendle and Rosie Coe.
A surprise result sees a new side move into 2nd spot as Runwell Hospital Ladies jump from 5th up to 2nd two points behind Chelmsford City Ladies following a big 7-0 win at home to 4th placed Collier Row Tigers. At the bottom end of the Premier Division Walden Ladies were at home playing bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies, pull further away from the bottom as they edge a nine goal thriller taking the 3 points after a 5-4 win.
A huge victory for Chigwell Ladies in Essex Women’s Division One scoring 30 goals without reply against bottom side Waltham Forest Ladies whose goal difference closing in on -200 now a torrid 1st season for the club. Tori Parker top scored for Chigwell Ladies whose great from in 2016 continues up to 3rd spot now a point off 2nd, may fancy they have a shot at promotion now, a massive boost to the goal difference certainly helps.
Chelmsford City Reserves in 2nd won big at the weekend themselves at home scoring 8 times against Valley Green. Tyler Christou on target with 4 goals, was backed up by Emma Sharpe scoring a hat-trick one more goal scored by Nicola Hatfield completing the rout. In the other match in Essex Women’s Division One Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves beat Southend Town Ladies 1-0 Megan Marney with the goal.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
At last Watford Ladies Development U19s know who they will be playing in the final of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup as the other half of the draw was finally completed with holders Stevenage Ladies at home playing Royston Town Ladies this Sunday. Stevenage Ladies went a goal down against Royston Town Ladies playing in the league below them, but the ERWFL Premier Division side came back to lead 2-1 the game was to head into extra-time as Royston Town equalised late on. Stevenage Ladies proved the stronger in the extra period going on to score 2 more goals to win the game 4-2. Hollie Jardine and Nicola Perschky with a goal each with a brace scored by Donna McGuigan for Stevenage Ladies. Gemma Croucher and Samantha Tinsley bagging the goals for Royston Town Ladies.
Semi-finals day in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup this Sunday too. Holders Bedford Ladies were away to fellow FAWPL South East Division One side Luton Town Ladies. Natasha Fensome struck twice to send Luton Town Ladies through the final winning the tie 2-0.
2-0 was also the winning margin for the home side in the other semi-final with Offley & Stopsley Women runners-up last year reaching the final once again knocking out higher league opponents as the ERWFL Division One West side beat ERWFL Premier Division AFC Dunstable Ladies.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, 4 of the top 5 sides were due to play each other however these games were called off leaving just 2 placed Sherrardswood Ladies in action had the chance to move to within a point of leaders Harvesters FC Ladies, were at home to bottom side Sandy Ladies who are yet to win this season. Took a point af Harvesters FC Ladies back in December. Katie Seldon gave sandy Ladies the lead on 16 minutes. Sherrardswood pegged it back to 1-1 at half time Abby Cardell scoring from the penalty spot. Amber Williams put Sandy Ladies back in front on 59 minutes were close to getting their 1st win of the season but Sharrardswood salvaged a point Rhiana Rose scoring with 5 minutes left to play to see it end 2-2.
The title is going all the way in all three divisions in the Beds & Herts Women’s League. No less so than in Division Two. Sharnbrook WFC went to the top of the table last Sunday on goal difference after winning big, was another large win this Sunday on home turf taking on Royston Town Ladies Reserves. Charlotte Mullins followed up last Sunday’s 5 goal haul with a hat-trick this time around, Helen Spalding scored 2 goals with Claire Smith, Gemma Franklin and Summer Ranayne getting a goal each.
Move two points clear at the top over Houghton Athletic Ladies who were away to 3rd placed Hitchin Town Ladies coming into the match in good form. Hitchin Town raced into a 3-0 lead Emma Chaffey scoring in the opening 5 minutes then 10 minutes later to put them 2 up on 25 minutes Kayleigh Saunders put Hitchin Town 3-0, held onto the lead for a long time but there was to be a dramatic come back from the visitors with ten minutes left on the clock Errin Davies and Emma Hawkes scored to get it back to 3-2 then up popped Louise Spendelow to score for Houghton Athletic with virtually the last kick of the game to grab a point.
Watton Ladies were at home in Division Two hosting bottom side Evergreen Eagles. Francesca Smithers scored a double hat-trick, with Zoe Hammick and Emma Cater both scoring 2 each, Elizabeth Dowton adding to the scoreline in an emphatic 11-0 win.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three 2nd placed Hitchin Belles have now won 10 out of 10 to continue their impressive league form the 100% extended against a title rival too. At home against Crawley Green Ladies, Hitchin Belles ran out 4-2 winners with 2 goals scored by Emily Field. Keira How and Charis Wakefield striking to score too. Samantha Joiner and Fiona Neto scoring in the 2nd half for Crawley Green Ladies.
Bedmond Ladies were hosting Panshanger Ladies raced into a 4-0 lead with a hat-trick from Molly Peters, and a goal from Abbie Harrison in the opening 30 minutes before Chemise Huiston pulled one back for Panshanger before half time. Bedmond extended the lead to 5-1 with Harrison on target again early in the 2nd half. Panshanger responded quickly Sophie Whitman with the strike got it back to 5-3 on 63 minutes with Kerry Twigg netting the goal. Peters got her 4th to put Bedmond 6-3 up, Huitson scored in the last 5 minutes to make it 6-4, but Peters wasn’t finished scoring her 5th of the afternoon to make the final score 7-4 to Bedmond Ladies.
Shefford Town & Compton Ladies were at home playing Bedwell Rangers, doubled their points tally for the season earning a point in a 1-1 draw, had gone in front Sophie Bound scoring in the 1st half. Bedwell Rangers pulled it level 10 minutes into the 2nd half with Jessica Sullivan the player scoring.
That concludes another Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up lots to cover with March soon upon us and the business end of the season coming up. Nothing is even close to being decided in any off the leagues across the East plenty of drama yet to come can’t call anything at the top of any league table has been an intriguing season so far, still lot’s of games to be played, need some better weather and it needs to last a month without rain how good would that be right now… ain’t going to happen. Not as far ahead a usual this week results are updated, the league tables will follow shortly. Edition Twenty Four will soon come around until then thanks for reading Edition Twenty Three.