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The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 16/10/16

The Round-Up

Cambridgeshire – Sunday 16th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

In Cambridgeshire the focus was on the league this weekend everyone finally getting started in the Women’s Premiership in what has been a slow start to the season with just a handful of matches played. Both Cambridge United WFC Reserves and Netherton United Ladies had recovered from an opening day defeat to win next time out, both on 3 points Cambridge were top on goal difference as they travelled to Peterborough to play Netherton on Sunday. 3 successive home wins in league and cup Netherton were in form going into the game however they were out of sorts on Sunday as Cambridge got on top to dominate the game 1st half, Laura Baker returning from injury opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Gabrielle Whitehurst (pictured on the ball below) doubled the lead scoring from a free-kick put into the box to see the visitors lead 2-0 at half-time.


An early goal 2nd half scored by Mel Findlater her 1st for the club saw Cambridge extend their lead to 3-0, Netherton never really getting back into the match. Final score 3-0 this was the featured game on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog at the weekend and the report can be read further down this site, or by clicking on the link below.

Netherton United Ladies v Cambridge United WFC Reserves

Joining Cambridge United WFC Reserves on 6 points at the top of the table are Newmarket Town Ladies playing just their 2nd league match of the season. Maintain a 100% start to the season after a trip to newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies. A brace from Abbi Griffin seeing the 3 points secured with a 2-0 win for Newmarket.

With their players returning to their studies Cambridge University Women were getting their league campaign started this Sunday with an away trip to another of the promoted sides, Bourne Ladies. The home side getting themselves 2-0 in front, Claire Lawrenson scoring the goals on the 10th and 25th minutes. Cambridge University came back to level it at 2-2 before half-time Amanda Wainwright with their 1st goal. Had 2 debutants in their side, one of those scoring 1st half too with another added 2nd half. their other debutant also getting a goal to see the visitors win the game 4-2.

  Another side to finally get a league game under their belts were ICA Sports Ladies, the Peterborough based club had been short on numbers earlier in the season. Now playing at last started with a home win as they took on Park Ladies at the South Bretton Playing Fields. Rhian Leonard with the only goal of the game seeing ICA Sports Ladies win the 3 points.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

 In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, Wisbech St Mary Ladies strong start to the season continued as they made it 4 wins out of 4 at the start of the season. Were on home turf taking on new side Spalding United Ladies on Sunday. Was all square at the break the sides level at 2-2. Ellie Nobbs and Sian Peeling scoring the goals midway through the 1st half for Wisbech St Mary. Sasha How and Jordan Wheeler on target for Spalding United. Different story 2nd half with Wisbech St Mary coming out the stronger Annalise Scales scoring a hat-trick with Abi Roach-Smith also getting a goal the final score 6-2.

  March Town United Ladies join 2nd placed Ketton Ladies on 9 points as they match their record of 3 wins from 3 league matches at the start of the season were away to Hungate Rovers Ladies on Sunday. Both Louise Barbour and Emma Frost were both on fire scoring a hat-trick to win the game 6-0 and come home with the 3 points.

  Another side climbing up the Championship North table are Swineshead Institute Ladies undefeated at the start of the season, on 7 points now with 2 wins and a draw the win on Sunday away to Thurlby Tigers. The goals scored tally vastly improved too. Kirsty Hewitt grabbing herself 5 goals for the visitors. Swineshead racked up a double figure scoreline with Ellie Spendlow netting a hat-trick, a brace for both, Chloe Steward and Gabrielle Smith. Rebecca Taylor also scoring a goal in a 13-0 victory.

Wisbech Town Ladies having suffered 2 defeats in their opening 2 league games got a point on the board at the weekend as they drew with new side P&L Motors Diamonds at home. Sophie Gutteridge scoring both if their goals as the sides drew 2-2.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

 A couple of postponements in the Cambridgeshire Championship South that allowed leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development to extend their lead at the top of the table as they maintained their 100% start to the season. At home playing Isleham United Ladies. Bella Simmons scoring 4 goals with Charlotte Gillies grabbing a hat-trick. Goals too for Emma and Rachel Littlewood aswell as Bronte Rapley as they made it 4 wins out of 4 with a 10-0 scoreline.

  Elsewhere Fulbourn Bluebirds were away from home playing St Ives Rangers Ladies. The visitors winning for the 2nd time this season to move into 3rd place in the table. Goals from Sarah Bodger, Katie Luddy and Krissie Taylor seeing them to a 3-1 win. Jasmine Hope scoring the goal for St Ives Rangers.

The Round-Up – Essex 16/10/16

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 16th October

In Essex as in Suffolk all the weekends matches were from the Women’s County Cup and Trophy competitions the 1st Round in both.

Essex Women’s County Cup 1st Round

 5 ties in the 1st Round of the Women’s County Cup in Essex with the winners knowing who they will face in the 2nd Round of the competition with the draw having already been made. 

   ERWFL Premier Division side, Billericay Town Ladies were away on Sunday in the 1st Round taking in Essex Women’s Premier Division side, Eastern Avenue. 2 leagues between the side, Billericay won the game 5-0 to progress to the 2nd Round, Rosi Webb scoring a brace with a goal apiece for Vicky Kinsman, Paris smith and captain Lindsey Morgan.

 Elsewhere it was ERWFL Division One home against Essex Premier Division a league a part. Hutton Ladies hosted Alresford Colne Rangers on Sunday in the County Cup. Goals from Hayley Critchell, Kate Lowen, Rianne Dimmock & Amy Crumpler saw Hutton reach the 2nd Round.

Was a 4-0 home win too for ERWFL Division One side Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies were hosting Runwell Sports Ladies. Leading 1-0 at half-time went on to score 3 more in the 2nd half with Taylor Adcock, Katy Judd, Abbie Simmonds and Sophie Dowman all on target.

  Was an ERWFL Division One casualty in the 1st Round as Silver End United Ladies were knocked out of the County Cup by Essex Premier Division side, Harlow Town Ladies winning the game in extra-time after it finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, Paula Drane getting the goal for Silver End United after Rebecca Pope had put Harlow Town Ladies into the lead. The away side going on to score twice in extra-time Tayla Handscomb and Davina Smith with the goals to see Harlow Town Ladies into the 2nd Round.

In the final game in the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup it was an all Essex Premier Division tie with Wickford Town Ladies hosting Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies. Autumn Ranger scored for Wickford Town however it wasn’t enough as Beacon Hill Rovers scored 3 goals to progress to the 2nd Round the draw listed below ties to be played Sunday 20th November.

    Writtle Ladies v Walden Ladies

Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies v Brentwood Town Ladies

Billericay Town Ladies v Great Wakering Rovers Ladies

Hutton Ladies v Colchester Town Ladies

Harlow Ladies v Collier Row Tigers

Chelmsford City Ladies v Lawford Ladies

Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies awarded an away win after Hullbridge Sports Ladies progress to the quarter finals. Holders C&K Basildon Ladies with a bye. 

Essex Women’s Trophy 1st Round

Only 2 of the 5 ties originally listed in the Essex Women’s Trophy match was played in the end and 1 of those didn’t get finished due to a serious injury. The game between Chigwell Ladies and Harlow Town Ladies U18s abandoned due to a head injury to one of the Harlow players. Chigwell were winning 3-0 at the time. Wishing the Harlow Town Ladies U18 player a full and speedy recovery.

  In the tie that was completed Colebrook Royals U18s beat Collier Row Athletic 3-2 at home to reach the quarter final draw that is listed below with the ties to be played Sunday 20th November. 

Frontiers Ladies v Chigwell Ladies

Trinity U18s v Writtle Minors U18s

Southend Town Ladies H-W Bishops Stortford Community Girls U17s

Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves v Colebrook Royals U18s

The Round-Up – Suffolk 16/10/16

The Round-Up

Suffolk – Sunday 16th October

Suffolk Women’s County Cup 2nd Round

A place in the quarter finals of this season’s Suffolk Women’s County Cup was up for grabs at the weekend with 7 ties scheduled to take place, Ipswich Wanderers Ladies having a bye into the next round. Newmarket Town Ladies 1st team also reached the quarter finals without kicking a ball awarded a home win against Witnesham Wasps Ladies. That left 6 ties to be contested in the 2nd Round.

Holders Ipswich Town Ladies were at home playing AFC Sudbury Ladies whom they had beaten in the final 2 seasons previously. The FAWPL South East Division One side too strong for their lower league opponents on the day beating the ERWFL Premier Division side 5-0. Sophie Welton scoring a brace. Jacqueline Ball, Jade Henry and Natasha Thomas were the other goalscorers from Ipswich Town.

 Lowestoft Town Ladies also competing in FAWPL South East Division One were away to Brandon Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup a 3 league difference between the side Lowestoft have found some form of late and it showed as they won the match 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals having been knocked out early on last season having been drawn against Ipswich Town. 4 different goal scorers for Lowestoft Millie Davies, Amy Durrant, Broghan Scully and captain Hannah Waters.

 Was a fiery game between Walsham Le Willows Ladies and fellow Suffolk Women’s Division side Brantham Athletic Ladies. 2 red cards issued in the match it was to all the way to extra-time 1-1 after 90 minutes, Walsham Le Willows winning it 2-1 in the extra period to reach the quarter finals. 

It was a big win for East Bergholt United Ladies in another all Suffolk Women’s Division clash in the 2nd Round. Were playing away against Copleston Ladies. An 8-0 win seeing them into the quarter finals of the competition.

  Also racking up the goals on Sunday were Bungay Town Ladies at home taking on Ipswich Phoenix Ladies. Nicola Hazell getting her name on the scoresheet for 4 goals, close behind was captain, Kelly Collins with a hat-trick. Michelle Stanborough, Hannah Jones and Lois Nethersell-Webb all scoring too in a 10-1 win to reach the quarter finals.

  Bacton United Ladies were away in the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup playing Newmarket Town Ladies new Reserves side. Bacton took an early lead before Dominika Szary pulled it back to 1-1. Bacton going on to score 2 more 1st half goals to lead 3-1 at the break. Held onto that lead in the 2nd half to reach the quarter finals.

  The draw for the quarter finals of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup was made earlier today and it sees the 2 FAWPL South East Division One sides kept apart. The ties a scheduled to be played Sunday 20th November.

Lowestoft Town Ladies v Bungay Town Ladies

Walsham Le Willows Ladies v Ipswich Wanderers Ladies

Newmarket Town Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies

East Bergholt United Ladies v Bacton United Ladies

The Round-Up – Norfolk 16/10/16

The Round-Up

Norfolk – Sunday 16th October

Norfolk Women’s County Cup 1st Round

This Sunday saw the start of this season’s County Cup competition in Norfolk with 3 ties drawn out of the hat for the 1st Round the rest of the field receiving a bye to the 2nd Round. As it was just one of the 3 took place with Acle United Ladies and Stalham Town Ladies progressing without kicking a ball with their opponents withdrawing.

That left an all Division Three clash between Cromer Town Ladies and Freethorpe Ladies with the latter making history as Freethorpe won their 1st ever County Cup match. Won the game away from home 2-1 to reach the 2nd Round. Sarah Earl with Freethorpe’s 1st goal then Megan Wilson scored the winner on her debut.

The draw was made for the 2nd Round of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup on Monday 16 sides to contest 8 ties on Sunday 20th November with a scheduled 1:30pm kick-off

Bohemians Ladies v Freethorpe Ladies

Kings Lynn Town Ladies v Fakenham Town Ladies

North Walsham Angels Ladies v Acle United Ladies

Long Stratton Ladies v Aylsham FC Ladies

Sprowston Ladies v Briston Wanderers Ladies

Harleston Town Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies

Tavern Ladies v Wymondham Town Ladies

Stalham Town Ladies v Gorleston FC Ladies

Norfolk Women’s Division One

There was a top 2 clash in Norfolk Women’s Division One on Sunday with newly promoted North Walsham Angels Ladies having started the season very well topping the table travelling to play Thorpe United Ladies who themselves have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season winning all 3 of their league games to date. It was the home side who started better getting themselves into a 3-0 lead in the 1st half, North Walsham reducing the deficit to 3-1 at half-time. The visitors showed character 2nd half as they scored twice more getting 3 goals themselves it wasn’t enough to take anything from the game as Thorpe make it 4 wins from 4 winning 4-3 to move 3 points clear at the top of the table. 2 goals from Alice Ford with a goal each for Charlotte Groves and Shanice Sutton seeing them to them to the win. North Walsham’s goals scored by the Middleton sisters, 1 for Luci with Hope netting a brace.

  Aylsham FC Ladies were also victorious at the weekend winning their 2nd league game of the season the 5th placed side at home playing bottom of the table Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies. Aylsham held a narrow lead 3-2 at half-time, Felicity Levett and Donna Parsons scoring for Kirkley & Pakefield. Different story 2nd half with Aylsham going on to find the back of the net 4 times to win the game 7-2, Abbie Charlton, Leanne Ferdani and Emma Gillespie amongst the goals.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 Gorleston FC Ladies moved back to the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two on Sunday returning to league action after a 2 weekend lay off. With a 100% start to the season Gorleston were at home playing fellow promoted side Harleston Town Ladies. A different record for the visiting side bottom with 3 defeats one of those forfeited. Have lost a few players particularly their strike force that netted 62 goals between them last season. Were up against a Gorleston side that is full of goals. Kayleigh Byrne scoring 4 against Harleston on Sunday. Bethany Turner scoring a hat-trick. Elsewhere the goals were spread about the side with Kelly Allen getting herself a brace. Leanne Smith, Melissa Anderson, Hannah Croft, Molly Sims and Jordan Bull were also on target in a thumping 14-0 win.

Having gone top of the table the weekend before, Sprowston Ladies had also started the season well like Gorleston with 3 wins from 3 were away on Sunday playing Bohemians Ladies who had 3 points on the board having been awarded a home win against Harleston early in the season. Got their 1st competitive point on the board at the weekend as they held Sprowston to a 1-1 draw, Ellie Blaxell scoring the goal for Bohemians.

   Leonie Daulby scored the only goal of the game for Long Stratton Ladies as they won away to Briston Wanderers Ladies on Sunday. The visitors have recovered from an opening day loss to win 3 league matches in a row to climb up to 3rd in the Division Two table.

Norfolk Women’s Division Three

There was one league match in Norfolk Women’s Division Three on Sunday and it saw 3rd placed Tavern Ladies go top of the table as they beat previous leaders East Coast Ladies in a 5 goal thriller. East Coast were at home went a goal down after 10 minutes, Tavern scored again soon after. East Coast reduced the lead to 2-1 after being awarded a penalty, Lucy Robbens putting the ball into the back of the net. Tavern finished the 1st half strongly adding 2 more goals a 4-1 lead at half-time. 

  East Coast Ladies came back into the game 2nd half, getting it back to 4-3 with goals from Rosie Cook and another from Robbens. Tavern scored again to make it 5-3 Rianna Scott with a hat-trick for the visitors, Lucy Kean and Emily Bell with their other goals. Cook got her 2nd of the game for East Coast late on but they were to lose a league game for the 1st time this season and lose their lead at the top of the table too. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 16/10/16

The Round-Up

ERWFL – Sunday 16th October

Like the FAWPL Round-Up before several of the ERWFL sides will pop up in the various County Cup ties to be covered later on with a limited number of league games taking place this Sunday.

ERWFL Premier Division

3 league games were played in the ERWFL Premier Division on Sunday. Bedford Ladies extend their lead at the top of the table to 7 points but they were made to work for it away to Colchester Town Ladies. Struggling at the wrong end of the table, Colchester Town got themselves into to 2-0 lead at the break, Kira Fitzpatrick scoring on 22 minutes, Georgia Box on target on 35. Bedford came back into it 2nd half an own goal reducing the deficit before Kaiya Gunn and Eden Kibron went on to score a goal each to see Bedford win the match 3-2.

   It was a 3-2 win away from home too for AFC Dunstable Ladies who move up from 5th to 4th in the ERWFL Premier Division table. Were playing Brentwood Town Ladies the Essex side scoring twice with Ashley Debnam and Sophie Lovell getting the goals. A brace scored by Amber Pearson plus a goal from Paige Kavanagh saw the 3 points go to Dunstable.

  cw3 Writtle Ladies were in action on Sunday too taking on Histon Ladies at home, winning to move 2 places up into 6th in the ERWFL Premier Division table. scoring 2 goals in both halves to win 4-0. A brace from Amy Simmons plus a goal each for Courtney Clarke (pictured) and Sophie Vale seeing the 3 points won. 

ERWFL Division One

  Just the one game in ERWFL Division One on Sunday, but it was a significant one as the table has a new leader. Wymondham Town Ladies moving a point above Cambridge City Ladies after the Norfolk side clinched the 3 points at home. Ipswich Wanderers Ladies were the visitors on Sunday had beaten Wymondham Town 2-1 on the opening day of the season in the reverse fixture. Wymondham have been unbeaten in the league since making it 4 successive wins in the league. Kayleigh Holloway putting Wymondham Town into the lead on the half hour mark, Ipswich Wanderers got it back to 1-1 5 minutes later the score level at half-time. Wymondham with 2 goals in 2 minutes went on to win  3-1 Alice Collins netting on 60 minutes, Gemma Sanders with the 3rd goal for Wymondham seeing them to victory.

The Round-Up – FAWPL 16/10/16

The Round-Up

FAWPL – Sunday 16th October

  Busy start to the week so this weeks, The Round-Up is a little later than normal. Plenty of games to cover from last Sunday, largely featuring County Cup matches, 1st and 2nd Round games and that means clubs might not be in, The Round-Up where you would expect them to. A limited fixture list in the FAWPL Southern and South East Division One, and some of those ending up being postponed meant just the 4 games were played. 2 in the league and 1 tie in each the FAWPL Cup and Plate 2nd Round.

FAWPL Southern Division

Just the one league match took place in the FAWPL Southern Division this Sunday and although it is still very early in the season this was a huge match at the bottom of the table with Queens Park Rangers bottom of the table without a point on the board after 6 matches hosting 2nd bottom Swindon Town Ladies the newly promoted side just 3 points better off with 1 win from their opening 7 games. Swindon Town climb up 2 places to 8th in the table as they double their points tally with a high scoring win. Opening the scoring 16 minutes into the 1st half, Amy Watham putting the visitors in front, the lead was 2-0 a minute later Samantha Hallsworth with the goal. 8 minutes later Watham was on target again to see Swindon Town lead 3-0 at half-time. Hallsworth scored her 2nd goal of the game 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Substitute Sandy Abi-Elias coming on in the 63rd minute netted for Swindon Town on 72 minutes. Into the last 10 minutes Ellie Maynard brought on at the start of the 2nd half made it 6-0, with Watham completing her hat-trick with 3 minutes left on the clock final score 7-0.

FAWPL Cup 2nd Round

  Were 2 ties in the FAWPL Cup 2nd Round featuring sides in the region scheduled for the weekend, heavy rain overnight on Saturday saw Portsmouth FC Ladies home match against Cambridge United WFC postponed, they will try again this coming Sunday.

cn7-1  Charlton Athletic Women were at home in the 2nd Round of the FAWPL Cup taking on fellow South East Division One side C&K Basildon Ladies. Striker Kit Graham (pictured) put Carlton into a 2-0 lead in the 1st half scoring 2 goals in 4 minutes on 19 and 23. C&K Basildon got it back to 2-1 before half-time captain Zoe Rushen with the goal. 2nd half Graham went on to complete her hat-trick scoring 5 minutes into the 2nd period. C&K Basildon battle hard to get back into the tie, Hannah Porter finding the back of the net late into the game, wasn’t to be enough, knocked out as Charlton win 3-2 to advance to the next round.

FAWPL Plate 2nd Round

2 ties were scheduled in the FAWPL Plate 2nd Round too this weekend, featuring sides in the region. Another postponement with Lewes Ladies meant to be hosting Maidenhead United Ladies who were unable to field a team.

In the other 2nd Round tie, South East Division One side Luton Town Ladies had a long trip down to the South West to play Plymouth Argyle Ladies. Nicola Henman putting Luton into the lead in the 1st half. Plymouth were reduced to 10 players just before half-time Kayleigh Lane red carded for stamping on an opponent. Luton pushed for more goals against Plymouth’s 10 2nd half but it was the home side who would score, Tori Marks levelling the tie at 1-1 on 62 minutes. Luton picked thing’s up after that, 16 year old Jodie Bellinger having come on in the 1st half due to an injury scoring her 1st goal for the 1st team, went on to score 2 more to make it a hat-trick. Plymouth pulled a goal back late into the game, Kayleigh Brown with the strike, Luton progress to the next round with a 4-2 win.

FAWPL South East Division One

 One league game in the FAWPL South East Division One at the weekend, with AFC Wimbledon Ladies travelling to Kent to play Gillingham FC Ladies. The points were shared the sides drawing 1-1 both goals in the 1st half, Emma Keady’s 31st minute goal for AFC Wimbledon cancelling out Jade Keogh’s 17th minute goal for Gillingham who remain unbeaten in mid-table, whilst the point is enough to take AFC Wimbledon back to the top of the table. 

Match Report – Netherton United Ladies v Cambridge United WFC Reserves

Sunday’s match report on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog comes from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, a trip to Peterborough to watch Netherton United Ladies play Cambridge United WFC Reserves.

Match Report – Netherton United Ladies v Cambridge United WFC Reserves

  A trip to Peterborough this Sunday, the venue The Grange to watch a match from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership with Netherton United Ladies hosting Cambridge United WFC Reserves.

  The season in Cambridgeshire has barely gotten started with just a handful of games having taken place in the Premiership to date with 2 of the 9 sides contesting the 2016/17 yet to get going. Both Netherton United Ladies and Cambridge United WFC Reserves have played 2 league matches to date. Both starting with a defeat then bouncing back with a win. 

  Netherton United Ladies run a number of youth sides as well as the ladies 1st team.  Started the season with a 1-0 home defeat against Newmarket Town Ladies, this was followed by 2-0 away defeat in the FA Women’s Cup against higher league opponents Acle United Ladies. Since then however the club has enjoyed a run of 3 successive home games winning all 3 games 1 league and 2 cup matches scoring 19 goals along the way. A 4th successive home win today will see them move to the top of the Premiership, albeit early days.

  Cambridge United WFC Reserves are the current Premiership leaders recovering from a 2-1 defeat against newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies on the opening day. Won big 2 weeks later scoring 10 goals past another of the promoted sides Bourne Ladies to go to the top, victory today will see them extend that lead. A lot of player movement at the club over the close season new faces in both the 1st team squad (competing in FAWPL South East Division One) and the Reserves as the club looks to push up the women’s football pyramid.

  The venue for today’s league encounter The Grange in Peterborough, to the north of the town centre, the ground at the end of a newly build housing estate boasts a new 3G pitch with room inside for spectators to watch along one side. A clubhouse with bar and hot and cold refreshments available with multiple grass pitches beyond. A nice set-up all the better because the heavy rain that had blown through all morning was finally clear and it was a bright and sunny afternoon, with the odd black cloud dotted about.

  Netherton United Ladies starting XI – Katie Cooper, Lucy Johnson, Dita Upesjure, Camen Giles, Hannah Johnson, Jenna Nairn, Megan Parrett (C), Alice MacNicol, Georgia Parrett, Yasmin Green & Emily Johnson.
  subs – Lauren McKeever, Anna Hatcher & Savannah Evans

  Cambridge United WFC Reserves starting XI – Verity Crook, Sarah Carroll, Carolyn Sarafain, Liz Pamplin, Mel Findlater, Laura Baker, Gabrielle Whitehurst, Emily Ingle (C), Teonie Peyton, Ebony Rule & Lauren Gibson

  subs- Ellen Green, Jess Harvey, McKenzie McGranor & Vicky Hoover.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

   A minutes silence held before the game in honour of Paul McCann, a coach with Riverside FC who tragically passed away whilst falling ill competing in the Great Eastern Run recently.
  With Cambridge United WFC’s 1st team game in the FAWPL Cup away to Portsmouth FC Ladies postponed early in the morning the Reserves side was ale to draft in Verity Crook to keep goal for today’s match. New signing Jess Harvey having come in from Peterborough United Ladies was starting on the bench. Netherton United Ladies had a new signing on their bench too, Anna Hatcher joining the club from March Town United Ladies. It’s the visitors to kick-off the 1st half, Cambridge wearing amber shirts and socks with black shorts. Netherton lined up opposite wearing red and black shirts with black shorts and socks. 
  Cambridge work the ball out to the right wing early on captain Emily Ingle pushing up that side of the pitch to win the ball, her attempted cross blocked by Netherton’s Dita Upesjure defending that side of the pitch the ball out for a throw-in. Linking up with Ebony Rule from the throw Ingle sends the ball into the box, Netherton defend Camen Giles heading the ball clear of the area. The visitors continue to push forwards in the opening exchanges the ball won back in midfield is played up into Teonie Payton inside the D, helps the ball on into the box with Rule getting onto the end of it right of goal, shoots low aiming near post, Netherton goalkeeper Katie Cooper has the angle covered gathers the ball into her arms.
  Netherton get the ball forwards quickly, Jenna Nairn sending it long for Emily Johnson up front to chase, Cambridge are playing with 3 at the back, Johnson runs in behind Carolyn Sarafain on the left of the 3, looks to take the ball on into the area, Sarafain gets back with the attacker getting a foot on the ball to push it away from her runs on to Crook who claims the ball. 
  Pressuring the Netherton defence on the left wing, Peyton wins Cambridge the 1st corner of the game. Is a good delivery fired into the box with plenty of pace, Liz Pamplin (who can and has played in every position on the pitch) is up from the back coming onto the ball gets her head on it, puts it over the crossbar from 10 yards out. Is a competitive game a few strong challenges coming in early on complaints from both sides.
Teonie Peyton on the ball for Cambridge United WFC Reserves
looks to get away from Netherton’s Georgia Parrett
  Mel Findlater pays the ball out of the Cambridge half up to Rule, back to goal she heads the ball down into the advancing Gabrielle Whitehurst she plays it to her midfield partner Laura Baker, returning to action after an injury in early pre-season. 25 yards from goal Baker juggles the ball between her feet before hitting a shot towards goal on the volley, up and over the defence drops safely into Cooper’s gloves. The visitors have Netherton on the back foot in the opening 10 minutes. From a throw on the left side, Lauren Gibson looks to turn on the edge of the box as the ball is played into her feet falling back as she strikes the ball, lacks the power to beat Cooper at her near post.
  GOAL! The early pressure from the visitors tells as they take the lead on 11 minutes, working the ball up the right flank Cambridge win a throw, Ingle and Rule link up to get the ball into the box, a Netherton defender throws a leg out to deflect the ball out of the area is loose as it runs across the D central, is a race for the ball, Baker for Cambridge getting there just ahead of the defender takes the ball inside past her then hits a right foot shot low across the keeper into the bottom corner for her 1st goal of the season 0-1.
Laura Baker with the opening goal of the game for Cambridge United WFC Reserves
  Netherton look to move the ball forwards from the restart, captain Megan Parrett in midfield plays the ball out to Emily Johnson moving right to the right, turns back inside passing the ball inside to the advancing Nairn central, picks out Alice MacNicol coming inside from the left getting hold of the ball as she runs inside the box, left of goal the angle is against her as she squeezes a shot away the ball running along the ground Crook down to collect at her near post.
  The game is stretched from one end to the other with Cambridge playing it over the top for Gibson, Cooper rushing out of her box to kick clear manages to pick out Johnson on the right side, Georgia Parrett makes a run inside receives the ball, hits the cross on the move outside the box, Yasmin Green is there on the penalty spot the ball just evades her as she throws a leg at it. MacNicol has a pop at goal from distance for Netherton up and over the Cambridge defence like Baker’s earlier effort drops safely for Crook to take cleanly.
  A throw on the left deep inside the Netherton half brings Cambridge a corner kick the delivery his headed near post by Gibson into the middle of the area, Megan Parrett heads the ball away. A freaky deflection puts Cambridge’s Rule in on goal as Hannah Johnson’s attempted clearance smashes against her own team mate having push out from the back the deflection sees the ball spin in behind Rule reacting quickest is after it carrying the ball into the area is one on one with the keeper, her touch just a fraction heavy as she arrives in the box allowed Cooper committed to sliding in at her feet to get hold of the ball pull it into her body on the ground.
 The strong tackling continues and Cambridge feeling they aren’t getting the decisions are making their protests vocal. Johnson is caught in possession at the back by Gibson the Cambridge striker nicking the ball on the left outside the box, takes it on into the area looks to curl the ball into the top corner across goal, good save from Cooper as she throws herself at the ball pushes it wide her defence clearing far side. Cambridge keep possession inside the Netherton half, Sarafain coming forwards as Peyton wins a throw on the left, linking up with Baker, Sarafain is played in down the line coming into the area her cross is deflected behind by Hannah Johnson for a corner kick. The delivery into the six yard box his headed up into the air by Parrett, dropping amongst bodies is cleared away to the left top of the area, Baker latching onto the ball sends it back in towards goal, Cooper dives as the ball goes across her goal but leaves it confident it is racing wide.

Netherton United Ladies, Alice MacNicol

Peyton has said too much for the referees liking and get’s her name in the book. Winning the ball wide on the right for Netherton, Georgia Parrett passes the ball in field into Nairn has MacNicol to her left plays the ball into her feet takes on the strike from distance whipping the ball up over the Cambridge defence from outside the box the shot whistles over the crossbar. Giles takes a painful knock defending for Netherton at the back, wants to continue but can’t the home side making a change sending on Anna Hatcher to join the defence. 

  Play is drawn over the the right of the pitch with Cambridge attacking, Peyton moving central is in space and play is spread across to her as Gibson holds the ball up before laying it into Baker her pass finding Peyton, takes the ball on into the box, Netherton’s Lucy Johnson gets back to try and force for wide of goal, left of the target getting closed down, Peyton gets a shot away with the outside of her boot runs wide across the face of goal. Rule is played in on goal moments later Gibson playing her in behind her shot is blasted in wide of the goal.
  GOAL! Late into the 1st half and Cambridge double their lead. Are awarded a free-kick some 40 yards out to the right of the Netherton box. Baker over the ball as players pile forwards, flights the ball into the area near post area, 2 Netherton defenders go for it comes off the shoulder of one falling inside the six yard box favourably for Cambridge’s Whitehurst travelling forwards, the ball dropping into her path makes no mistake getting her foot over the ball sending her shot across the goal and into the back of the net 0-2.
Gabrielle Whitehurst scores late in the 1st half for Cambridge United WFC Reserves
Half-time Netherton United Ladies 0-2 Cambridge United WFC Reserves

  A goal at either end of the 1st half sees Cambridge lead the match 2-0 with a strong 1st half display. Creating plenty of opportunities inside the Netherton final 3rd have had the home side on the back foot for much of the 1st 45 minutes. A few of the Netherton players letting themselves get distracted by the verbals flying around haven’t been at their best. Haven’t been able to get their strikers in behind the Cambridge back 3 who have won most things in the air. 2-0 is always a tricky scoreline all to often the next goal has a huge influence on where the final result will go as the 2 sides line up for the 2nd half, Netherton to kick-off.
  An early corner for Cambridge as Baker gets her foot on the ball sends a pass out to Ingle wide on the right taking the ball down the line Upesjure prevents the cross coming in turning the ball behind. The ball is sent long across the top of the six yard box, Pamplin far side gets something on the ball sends it high over the top of goal. 
  GOAL! An early goal in the 2nd half for Cambridge sees them extend their lead. Peyton full of running on the left wins the visitors a throw the ball is retained that side as players drift forwards through the middle, Findlater having been shielding the back 3 for much of the game is up field in front of the Netherton area as the ball is played in towards her left of the D she sees the bouncing ball onto her foot hitting it on the half volley getting it up and over the keeper to drop into the back of the net beyond with just 4 minutes of the 2nd half played 0-3. Her 1st goal for Cambridge.
Mel Findlater with her 1st goal for the
club early in the 2nd half to make it 3-0
  Netherton win a free kick the ball is played up towards the D, MacNicol inside in attempts to control her header the ball evading her, Cambridge fail to clear it rolling back to Nairn in midfield, MacNicol comes across to the left to receive the ball, shifts it between her feet to evade a challenge and runs with the ball down the line cutting it back on the byline into the middle of the area runs straight towards Green on the penalty spot, looks to open her body take her shot into the far corner the ball rolls the wrong side of the post.   
   Peyton wins Cambridge a corner attacking down the right. The ball in is headed back out to the right by Hatcher. Peyton to put the ball back into the box is headed down into the ground by Hannah Johnson, Whitehurst outside the box gets her foot over the bouncing ball gets her shot through the crowd, no trouble for Cooper as it runs wide of goal. Megan Parrett having taken a knock comes off for Netherton, Lauren McKeever coming on into midfield. 
  Lucy Johnson brings the ball up the right for Netherton rolls in into Georgia Parrett plays the ball inside into Green who strikes the ball early from outside the box, doesn’t get off the ground rolls straight towards Crook who has time to set herself and gather. Savannah Evans comes on for Netherton. Cambridge make a change too bringing on McKenzie McGranor for Peyton. Straight away the substitute has a chance on goal ahead of play as the ball is played out from the back comes in field with Ingle moving inside helps the ball on into the box from 25 yards out McGranor gets her head on the ball tries to power it around Cooper pushes the ball wide of goal. A free kick in a dangerous area outside the box for Netherton as McKeever is fouled by Whitehurst. 25 yards out MacNicol over the ball goes for the shot her effort flashing over the crossbar. 
Netherton United Ladies, Lucy Johnson
  2nd change for the visitors as Rule comes off, Jess Harvey comes on to make her debut. Cambridge have a corner on the left. Before it is taken Netherton make a change Megan Parrett back on with Georgia coming off. Lucy Johnson does well for Netherton defending the corner getting hold of the ball play it out of the area before sending it up field, Baker from a deeper position regains possession looks to send the ball into the area, too long Cooper reaching up can pull the ball down into her body.
   Whitehurst bringing the ball over half-way passes into Gibson back to goal holds it up with Baker going past making a move to get into the box, Gibson attempts to roll the ball into her path inside the box Cooper commits early coming out to the edge of her area sliding in to push the ball away from the attacker. Harvey getting hold of the ball on the wing looks to lift the ball back in towards goal, Cooper back on her feet quickly snatches the ball down holding onto the shot. 
   Cambridge bring players forward to attack another corner kick on the left, the initial ball into the box is headed back out towards the taker Ingle, sends the ball back in central, Gibson tries to get her head on the ball, Hatcher defends well getting their 1st to clear the ball. Linking up on the right side, Ingle plays the ball down the line for Harvey, Upesjure stops the cross conceding the corner. The ball comes in quickly along the six yard box, is on Gibson far post area before she get her head under the ball, deflects off her up over the bar.
Cambridge United WFC Reserves, Jess Harvey with
Netherton’s Dita Upesjure
  Baker has the ball at her feet outside the Netherton area, moves forwards with it shifting it between her feet before shooting, taking a deflection the ball runs wide for a corner kick on the left. Cooper gets up amongst the crowd gathered near post to punch the ball on wide across the six yard box. A double change for Cambridge, Carroll and Findlater coming off, Ellen Green and Vicky Hoover coming on with 15 minutes left to play. Has been a heated contest between Hannah Johnson and Gibson all game both are called to the referee, Gibson yellow carded for dissent when her objections go too far. 
Lauren Gibson & Anna Hatcher
  Harvey attempts to turn in behind to attack the box on the right side outside the box as Whitehurst gets the ball into her feet, moving into the box Upesjure recovers to close her down and slides in to take the ball out for a corner. Going long the ball is cleared the area cleared, Cambridge come again Hoover winning the ball deep in midfield plays it into Baker who picks out Harvey right, crosses the ball along to face of the box for Gibson closed down quickly by Hatcher shifts the ball to get a shot away doesn’t get a good connection with the ball spins wide along the ground. Gibson’s last action of the game as she comes off, Rule back on. 
  Baker is brought down right on the edge of the area as she attempts to get into the box, left of the D it’s Baker over the ball, goes for goal her six flashing wide across the six yard box. A corner for Cambridge left side the delivery whipped into the six yard box, McGranor central gets her head on the ball places it up over the crossbar. Into the final minutes of the match Baker is brought down again 25 yards out in a central position. Pamplin over the set-piece goes for goal the strike heading for the top corner, Cooper throwing herself at the ball may have gotten the slightest touch the ball hitting the crossbar and spinning away to the left.
Liz Pamplin comes close from the set-piece for Cambridge United WFC Reserves
 A corner on the left in injury time, Pamplin closest to it inside the area can’t turn it goalwards plays it back to McGranor who attempts to lift the ball in across the face of goal with the outside of her boot, Green can’t quite reach it as she lunges for it in a central position the ball is cleared as the final whistle blows.
Full time Netherton United Ladies 0-3 Cambridge United WFC Reserves

  Cambridge win 3-0 a comfortable win to earn the 3 points move onto six points at the top of the table are joined on 6 points by Newmarket Town Ladies who won 2-0 this afternoon too away to St Ives Town. A good performance from the visitors creating alot going forwards the back 3 not letting anything get in behind them. Not too much for Netherton to complain about weren’t at their best today the early goal 2nd half a blow couldn’t find a way back into the game can only get back on the training pitch look to get it right next match.
  My thanks to both clubs for their help with the teams today much appreciated. 

The Round-Up – FA Women’s Cup 3rd Round Qualifying

The Round-Up

FA Women’s Cup 3rd Round Qualifying – Sunday 9th October

This Sunday saw 64 ties being played in 3rd Round Qualifying for this season’s FA Women’s Cup. The FAWPL Division One sides entering the competition at this stage. 19 ties featured sides playing in the region with 27 sides in all represented. A place in 4th Round Qualifying and prize money of £500 for the winners.

It was an FA Women’s Cup upset last season in 3rd Round Qualifying as Norfolk Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies knocked FAWPL South East Division One side Cambridge United WFC out of the cup. 12 months later and the 2 sides have been drawn to face each other once again albeit Cambridge have home advantage this time around. For both it has been a huge year growing on and off the pitch, Wymondham eventually stopped in 4th Round Qualifying by Bedford Ladies last season went on to win the Norfolk Division One title and promotion to the Eastern Regional Women’s Football League starting up a Reserves side have begun the season well in the higher tier. For Cambridge United WFC that result was a catalyst went on to improve that season record a record points haul and this season have been in great form top of the South East Division One table.

On to Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Mildenhall Town FC. Cambridge took the lead midway through the 1st half, Rosie Kmita heading the ball into the back of the net. 5 minutes later were awarded a penalty kick. Captain Laura Bright unfortunately sending the ball over the crossbar. 1-0 the lead at half-time Cambridge extended their advantage on 66 minutes, Gemma Croucher one of the clubs new recruits over the summer scoring her 1st goal for the 1st team. Croucher wasn’t done their with her goal scoring as she went on to score another goal deep into injury time to see Cambridge into 4th Round Qualifying with a 3-0 win.

Level on points with Cambridge at the top of the FAWPL South East Division One table are newly promoted AFC Wimbledon Ladies lost their 100% start to the season away to Denham United Ladies in midweek, looked to bounce back in the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday with an away trip to Bexhill United Ladies. Over came their lower league opponents comfortably  winning 6-0 to advance into 4th Round Qualifying. A hat-trick from, Kelly-Jade Whelan, plus 2 goals from Laura Low, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins also on target.

Was an all FAWPL South East Division One clash between Denham United Ladies at home to Ipswich Town Ladies. Both winning in midweek in the league. Ipswich with beating Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Ladies 3-2 at home on Wednesday. Denham United with a springing a surprise by becoming the 1st side to beat AFC Wimbledon Ladies in the league on Thursday. A confidence boosting result Denham United carried that into Sundays FA Cup winning the game 4-1. 2 goals each for Alissa Down and Rebecca French. Sophie Welton with the goal for Ipswich Town.

Two more FAWPL South East Division One sides were drawn to face each other in 3rd Round Qualifying both in good form recording mid-week victories in the league  in the top half of the table, Milton Keynes Dons Ladies were at home taking on Actonians Ladies who were up to 3rd in the table. Hannah Barrett scored a hat-trick in the game for MK Dons Ladies with Kara Howes also on target in a 4-0 victory to go into the hat for the draw for 4th Round Qualifying.

Another all FAWPL South East Division One East tie saw Lowestoft Town Ladies at home to Enfield Town Ladies. Two sides at the other end of the table Lowestoft Town with one win in the league so far coming at home against Enfield Town recently the draw for the cup bringing Enfield Town back to Crown Meadow. Lowestoft Town getting the early lead, captain Hannah Waters with the goal in the 10th minute. A narrow lead at half-time it was Waters again with the goal 10 minutes into the 2nd half to put the home side 2-0 went on to win the tie 2-0 progress in the competition.

Norwich City Ladies from FAWPL South East Division One were at home after a spell away from Plantation Park taking on Peterborough based side Riverside Rovers Ladies who play their football in EMWFL Division One South. Norwich made light work of their lower league opponents Natasha Snelling putting them ahead inside the 1st minute. Adding a 2nd goal on 21 minutes after Chelsea Garrett had made it 2-0 in 14 minutes. Captain Kate Parsons making it 4-0 to Norwich before half-time. 2nd half Norwich continued to press, Riverside going 5-0 down through an own goal on 48 minutes, Snelling completing her hat-trick a minute later. Parsons scored her 2nd of the match with Brooke Osborne bagging herself a brace, Parson 3 minutes from time getting her hat-trick the final score 10-0.

Gillingham FC Ladies were at home on Sunday playing FAWPL South West Division One side, Maidenhead United Ladies in 3rd Round Qualifying. Got off to a great start with Felicity Gibbons scoring the opening goal on 5 minutes with Emma Tune adding a 2nd goal a minute later. A strong 1st half performance saw 2 more goals added to the scoreline with Harriet Chapman making it 3-0 on 22 minutes and Emily Symond scoring on 41 minutes to make it 4-0 at half-time. No more goals added 2nd half Gillingham going into the hat for 4th Round Qualifying.

Stevenage Ladies advance in the FA Women’s Cup after a convincing win away to Worthing Town Ladies in 3rd Round Qualifying. Without a win in the FAWPL South East Division One since earning promotion Stevenage made light work of their lower league opponents scoring 15 goals without reply nearly trebling the goals they have scored so far this season. No record of the goalscorers as of yet.

ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Sudbury Ladies were hosting higher league opponents in the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday taking on FAWPL South East Division One side, Luton Town Ladies. The side fought out a goalless 1st half. Stacey Teager put Sudbury 1-0 in the 2nd half. Luton hit back almost straight away, Joanne Rutherford making it 1-1. Again Sudbury got themselves i front a goal from Megan Partridge to make it 2-1. Shanice Jiminez a 2nd half substitute for Luton found the back of the net to make it 2-2 the visitors went on to grab a winning goal in injury time, Jessica McKay with a 40 yard strike in the 94th minute to see off a determined Sudbury.

 ERWFL Premier Division side Haringey Borough were also at home taking on FAWPL Division One opposition in the FA Women’s Cup, from the South West, Chichester City Ladies. The visitors led 2-1 at half-time with Jess Lewry and Cherelle Khassal on target. Haringey found another goal but eventually their higher league opponents went on to take control of the tie, Chloe Dowdell scoring on 57 minutes before Khassal netted her 2nd of the game on 62. Rebecca Barron 5th goal for Chichester with 20 minutes left. Jade Widdows was introduced from the bench on 75 minutes scored on 76 minutes. Another 2nd half substitute, Charley Wilson-Blakely adding a brace in the closing minutes final score 8-2.

Another ERWFL Premier Division side at home to FAWPL South West Division One opposition in the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday were Billericay Town Ladies, the Essex side hosting Basingstoke Ladies. Paris Smith scored for Billericay Town but it wasn’t enough as they were knocked out of the cup with a 2-1 defeat.

Histon Ladies were taking on Peterborough Northern Star Ladies at home on Sunday in 3rd Round Qualifying. Both sides competing in the Premier Division of their Regional League, Histon in the Eastern, Peterborough in the East Midlands set-up. The visitors struck the post on 2 occasions as they created chances in the 1st half, looked like it might be a all square at the break then Peterborough found the back of the net with their last attack in the half, Vicky Gallagher turning the ball home from inside the six yard box.


2nd half Peterborough came out the stronger, a purple patch that saw 4 goals scored in 11 minutes to put them totally in control of the tie. 15 minutes into the 2nd half, Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse (pictured above) was sharpest to the follow-up as Donna Nicholls shot cannoned down of the crossbar, Histon goalkeeper Helen Slipper parring Hopkins-Duckhouse’s 1st attempt the ball coming straight back at her was sent over the line to make it 2-0. Gallagher rounding the keeper 5 minutes later to score her 2nd goal of the game 2 more from Nicholls followed the final score 5-0, Peterborough advancing to 4th Round Qualifying. This was the featured match on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog this Sunday and can be viewed further down this page or by clicking on the link below. 

Histon Ladies v Peterborough Northern Star Ladies 0/10/16

3 ERWFL Premier Division sides did make it into the draw for 4th Round Qualifying in the FA Women’s Cup. In a 7pm kick-off on Sunday Acle United Ladies made the short journey to Maltings Meadow to play Norfolk Division One side Bungay Town Ladies. Kate Pasque scored inside 3 minutes to give Acle the lead, captain Rebecca Burton making it 2-0 on 18 minutes. Bungay came back into the tie 2 goals in 2 minutes to peg it back to 2-2. All square at half-time Bungay got themselves into the lead making it 3-2 on 55 minutes. Acle responded pulling it back to 3-3 on 62 minutes Luka Goodfield with the goal. Pasque restored the lead with her 2nd goal of the game on 67 minutes. Jody Wells finally ending Bungay’s hopes of advancing in the competition scoring a brace in the last 10 minutes to see Acle into the hat for the next round with a 6-3 win.

    AFC Dunstable Ladies were at home on Sunday playing Meridian Ladies in the FA Women’s Cup. Amber Pearson putting them in front inside the 1st minute. went on to score another on 20 minutes with Charlotte Smith scoring for Dunstable on 38 minutes the half-time score 3-1 the result was ensured late in the 2nd half with Stephanie Chandler making it 4-1 with 4 minutes left on the clock.

  Brentwood Town Ladies are also through to 4th Round Qualifying were on the road on Sunday playing Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Houghton Athletic Ladies. A brace from Leah Cowan plus a goal from Carla Rose sealing a 3-0 away win.

  Royston Town Ladies bow out of the FA Women’s Cup, the ERWFL Premier Division side losing narrowly to Regents Park Rangers 3-2. ERWFL Division One side Hertford Town Ladies were also knocked out of the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday, despite a Becky Shephard goal in the 2nd half lost 2-1 away to Newbury Ladies. Norfolk Division One side Brandon Town Ladies had a long trip to Kettering Town Ladies in 3rd Round Qualifying their higher league opponents proving to be too strong as they scored 6 goals on the 1st half to move into the 4th Round Qualifying draw.

   One more tie to bring you from this Sundays FA Women’s Cup 3rd Round Qualifying matches. ERWFL Division One leaders, Cambridge City Ladies were on the road a trip to Northampton Town Ladies from EMWFL Division One South, had overcome opponents from the same league in the previous round a narrow win over Peterborough United Ladies. Was another narrow win for the visiting side a goal from Bronte Rapley, plus a brace scored by Grace Stanley seeing them win 3-2 to advance into the next round.

The draw for 4th Round Qualifying was made on Monday lunchtime and below are the selected ties featuring the sides from the East – ties to be played Sunday 13th November.

Acle United Ladies v Brentwood Town Ladies

Norwich City Ladies v Lowestoft Town Ladies

Cambridge United WFC v Stevenage Ladies

Kettering Town Ladies v Peterborough Northern Star Ladies

Leyton Orient WFC v Cambridge City Ladies

Luton Town Ladies v Oxford City Ladies

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v AFC Dunstable Ladies

AFC Wimbledon Ladies v Denham United Ladies

Aylesford Ladies v Gillingham FC Ladies

Queens Park Rangers Development v Milton Keynes Dons Ladies




The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 09/10/16

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 9th October

The Sunday in Beds & Herts the focus was on the 1st Round of the Women’s Openage League Cup with 8 ties scheduled to be played.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 1st Round

No sooner had I put the fixtures out for the weekend then Letchworth Garden City Eagles informed that their opponents on Sunday, Hatfield Town Ladies had withdrawn from the League Cup.

Did have some football elsewhere however, starting with the League Cup holders, Garston Ladies, started the defence of their trophy with a tricky home tie against the early Division One pace setters, Sandy Ladies. Having won it for the past 2 seasons Garston were in no mood to give it up however and advanced to the next round with a 2-0 victory.

Sherrardswood Ladies were the side Garston Ladies had beaten to win the League Cup in both those finals and hoping to reach their 3rd successive final and maybe go one better this year Sherrardswood were at home taking on fellow Division One side, St Albans Ladies. Laura Cousins followed up a 1st half goal with a 2nd half 10 minute hat-trick with Laure Marris converting from the penalty spot on 80 minutes to see Sherrardswood into the 2nd round with a 5-2 win.

Division Two side Panshanger Ladies were coming into this weekends League Cup 1st Round tie at home to Hitchin Town Ladies off the back of their 1st league win. Started well against their Division One opponents on home turf, Chemise Huitson with the opening goal of the match inside 2 minutes. Hitchin Town having barely played this season to date, just the one competitive league fixture came back strongly to move into a 3-1 lead in the 1st half, Huitson scoring her 2nd goal of the game to see the deficit reduced to 3-2 at half-time. Hitchin Town found the back of the net again in the 2nd half to win the tie 4-2 to advance to the 2nd Round of the League Cup their goals coming from, Dani Friel, Kelly Hannington, Sarah Payne & Kayleigh Saunders.

  Garston Ladies FC 96 leading Division Two early on were away to Division Three side Crawley Green Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. This game went all the way to penalties. The scores locked at 3-3 after 90 minutes and extra-time. Nina Service was no target twice for Crawley Green with Jessica McNamara scoring the other goal. Garston’s goalscorers were Leah Crockett, Holly Jury and Hannah Roberts. The tie going to a penalty shootout Garston the side advancing to the 2nd Round winning 4-3 from the spot-kicks.

Evergreen Ladies also from Division Two progress to the 2nd Round of the League Cup over coming Bedwell Rangers from Division Three at home with 2 goals from Natalie Maher plus 1 from Emily Jones to edge the result 3-2.

An all Division Two clash in the 1st Round of the League Cup between Flitwick Ladies and Watton Ladies. A hat-trick from Francesca Smithers seeing the away side Watton Ladies move onto the 2nd Round winning the tie 3-1.

Hertford Town Ladies Reserves were scheduled to play Division One side Bishops Stortford Ladies at home on Sunday as of yet I’m unsure how this game went.

The Round-Up – Essex 09/10/16

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 9th October

Elsewhere across the region in the women’s county football league it has been a slow start to the season, however in Essex the leagues are in full flow with side on the whole playing regularly starting to build form. In both the Premier Division and Division One the title contenders are starting to get into position at the top of the table.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Lawford Ladies are setting the pace in the Premier Division no stopping them as yet as they made it 5 wins out of 5 at the start on Sunday with a 5-0 home win over Alresford Colne Rangers to keep themselves ahead of the rest.

Harlow Town Ladies, newly formed last season winning the Division One title are a couple of games behind Lawford after postponements and their debut in the FA Women’s Cup. Were away to Chelmsford City Ladies who led the Premier Division for much of last season. Any prospect of a close game was quickly dismissed as visitors Harlow Town Ladies went 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes, Fran Tye and Taylor O’Leary with the strikes. It rained goals 2nd half with Tayla Handscomb scoring for Harlow in 24 minutes, O’Leary with her 2nd on the half hour mark. 4 more goals scored in 7 minutes followed. Handscomb with her 2nd goal to make it 5-0 on 32 minutes O’Leart completing her hat-trick 3 minutes later. Lucy Sende scoring on 36 with Tia Dye making it 8-0 at half-time on 39 minutes. A goalless 2nd half followed the damage done 3 wins from 3 for Harlow a great start to life in the Premier Division.

Claire Campbell netted a goal for Wickford Town Ladies with Danielle Dickens scoring a brace too, however 3 goals at home weren’t enough to take anything from the game as visitors Runwell Sports Ladies hit back with 5 goals to win the game move up to 4th in the Premier Division table. 

The mid-table clash between Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies & Collier Row Tigers ended all square the points shared in a 3-3 draw on Sunday. Elsewhere it was the battle of the bottom 2 in the Premier Division both Walden Ladies and Hutton Ladies Reserves without a win let alone a point at the start of the season from 3 played. Great result for Walden Ladies as they climb off the bottom into 9th spot with their 1st win of the season at home beat Hutton 6-0.

The game between Chigwell Ladies & Eastern Avenue was abandoned just after half-time due to an unfortunate injury to one of Eastern Avenue’s players a suspected broken ankle Women’s Football East wishes her well and the best for her recovery.

Essex Women’s Division One

Like Lawford Ladies in the Premier Division, Corringham Cosmos are setting the early pace in Division One, moved onto 15 points with their 5 win in 5 league games at the weekend, recording a 4-1 home win against Southend Town Ladies

 Hot on their heels in 2nd place are Frontiers Ladies a 100% start to the season themselves made it 4 wins from 4 on Sunday at home taking on Benfleet Villa Ladies, started the match well early pressure, Jill Bartholomew (pictured) was upended inside the opposition box, stepped up to take the resulting penalty to score put Frontiers 1-0 on 6 minutes. 

(picture credit -Frontiers Ladies)

(picture credit -Frontiers Ladies)

Kay Foy adding a 2nd goal on 22 minutes the home side held a 3-0 advantage at the break, Sharon Ferguson with the goal 3 minutes before half-time. Carried their 1st half dominance into the 2nd half going 4-0 up inside 4 minutes of the restart Kelly Holdsworth netting the goal. A 5th goal came late in the 2nd half Adele Hughes on target with 3 minutes of normal play left on the clock to move Frontiers onto 12 points.

Joining Frontiers Ladies on 12 points in 3rd spot in the Division One table are Harlow Town Ladies Reserves winning 6-1 away from home against Wickford Town Ladies Reserves. Rachel Dipper with the consolation goal for the home side. 

Hatfield Peveral Ladies started the season late another new side this season like the 3 above them in the Division One table the 4th placed side look like they could be amongst the title contenders as they recorded their 3rd straight league win to maintain their 100% start away to Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. Winning the game 3-0 to move onto 9 points.