A full programme of fixtures played in the ERWFL Premier Division this Sunday and it’s Billericay Town Ladies who continue to set the early pace now winning their 1st 4 opening league matches. A tough trip away to AFC Sudbury Ladies. Goals from captain Lindsey Morgan, Lauren Knight and new signing Dempsey Favell her 1st for the club since joining from Harlow Town Ladies seeing the visitors win 3-1. Mia Etheridge scoring the goal for Sudbury who drop to 2nd bottom in the table.
Writtle Ladies also continue their fine start to the season and continue to score…. and concede plenty of goals in 2nd spot 2 points behind Billericay. Were involved in another high scoring game at the weekend at home to Bedford Ladies. A 7 goal thriller Writtle edging Bedford out 4-3 to take all the points. Eden Kibron with a brace and captain Jodie Molloy scoring for Bedford. Writtle’s captain, Abigail Fry scoring a goal for the home side along with Lucy Jones, Leanne Stubbings and Charlotte Bryant the result ending Bedford’s unbeaten start only the top two remain undefeated now.
Acle United Ladies move back up to 3rd position in the Premier Division table after securing a late win at home to Cambridge City Ladies on Sunday. The visitors had Laura Mills making her debut and she was on hand to score and put Cambridge City into an early lead. Held onto the advantage going into the half-time break. Acle got themselves back on level terms early in the 2nd half Lauren Bullard scoring the goal. The winning goal coming 5 minutes from time, Megan Todd sending the ball into the back of the net.
AFC Dunstable Ladies finally got a league win under their belts after 4 attempts this weekend at home to Brentwood Town Ladies. 2 draws and a defeat in their previous 3 games goals from Charlotte South and a Danielle Carty free-kick enough to secure the 3 points with a 2-1 win, Rosi Webb scoring for Brentwood.
Colney Heath Ladies travelled up to Suffolk on Sunday to play an under strength Lowestoft Town Ladies, having won their previous two matches Lowestoft could only field 9 players which was later to drop to 8 during the game. Despite this managed to score 2 goals but Colney Heath at full strength took full advantage,Christina Freestone top scoring in the game netting a hat-trick. Samantha May and captain Sophie Joseph both scoring a brace, Annie Hickey and Nicola Hollocks also on the scoresheet in a 9-2 that lifts them up into the top half of the Premier Division Table.
3 straight losses in the Premier Division to start the season for Royston Town Ladies, that all changed this Sunday as they picked up their 1st win of the season in spectacular fashion. At home to bottom side Colchester Town Ladies, 4…yes 4 players all got themselves a hat-trick in a 12-1 win. Sammy Tinsley and Gemma Croucher, along with new signings Becky Shephard and Frankie Smithers her 1st goals for the club since joining from Watton Ladies.
ERWFL Division One North
King’s Lynn Town Ladies should have been in league cup action this weekend but with opponents Offley & Stopsley WFC folding they were instead playing a rearranged league match at home to Ipswich Town Ladies Development. It was King’s Lynn who clinched their 3rd straight win in the league to start life in the higher division and in doing so go 2nd in the table on goal difference behind Histon Ladies. Goals from Oksana Imanalijeva and captain Shelley Woods securing a 2-1 win.
ERWFL League Cup
4 games played in the 1st Round of the ERWFL League Cup this weekend featuring sides from Division One. Stevenage Ladies Reserves were hosting Cambridge United WFC Reserves. It was the visitors who took the lead Liz Pamplin sending her free-kick into the back of the net. Stevenage pulling it back to 1-1, Teonie Peyton scoring to restore Cambridge’s lead. Again Stevenage came back to level, then saw a penalty saved before getting a 3rd goal to win the match and see them through to the next round. A goal for Hayley Wood-Thompson along with a brace for Emily Scofield the goalscorers for Stevenage.
It was an all Division One North clash in the 1st Round of the League Cup between Wymondham Town Ladies at home to Ipswich Wanderers. Drew 2-2 early on in the league a different result this time around with Wymondham dominant to progress with a convincing win. Kayleigh Holloway putting the home side in front inside the opening 5 minutes. Brooke Cheal-Ferris scoring on 19 minutes to give Wymondham a 2-0 half-time lead. Cheal-Ferris adding another goal a minute into the 2nd half had Wymondham in control of the game, Alice Collins and Laura Wiseman both adding more goals before the 60th minute. Laura Nicholls with a goal on 78 minutes sealing a 6-0 win.
The other 2 tie featured sides from Division One South, Hutton Ladies at home to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies. Amy Crumpler scoring for Hutton, it was Little Thurrock Dynamos who advance in the competition Georgia Fraser scoring twice to secure a 2-1 win.
Bishops Stortford Ladies and Hertford Town Ladies have been seeing alot of each other recently. Previous meeting in both the league and FA Women’s Cup both going Bishops Stortford’s way this time in the league cup Bishops Stortford the hosts conceded two goals, Bilge Taspinar and Donna Watts scoring for Hertford. Were knocked out of the League Cup as Bishops Stortford won the game 3-2 Rebekah Coppin, Teigan McHale and Brooke White scoring the goals.
St Albans Ladies are flying high in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One making it 3 wins from 3 to start the season scoring 27 goals along the way. At home to newly promoted Flitwick Ladies this Sunday Sophie Lawrence set the ball rolling scoring in the 8th minute for St Albans. Ellen Slater scoring from the penalty spot on the half hour to double the lead her goal quickly followed by a 3rd from Michaela Johnson. Lawrence getting her 2nd of the game 2 minutes before half time. More goals 2nd half, Nicola Dark getting St Alban’s 5th 3 minutes into the 2nd half. Chloe Reeves and Eleanor Lovelock sealing a 7-1 victory.
Northwood Ladies had started the season with 2 wins from 2. At home to Sherrardswood Ladies this Sunday had to settle for a point after leading 2-0 at half-time. The visitors pulling a goal back in the 2nd half Northwood scored again making it 3-1 before Sherrardswood scored two more goals to level the scores at 3-3. Claire Cranfield, Yvonne Macalonan and Emma Steele with the goals for Northwood. Laura Cousins and a double for Rhia Rose the goalscorers for Sherrardswood.
Sharnbrook WFC are 3rd in the table as they edged out Houghton Athletic Ladies away from home in a 7 goal thriller to pick up their 2nd win of the season. Ciara Craig, Emily Wilson and Holly Thomson with the goals for Houghton, wasn’t enough to get anything from the game as goals from Gemma Franklin on 17 minutes, Emily Clark and Clare Smith also in the 1st half and a goal from Stephanie Hettle with 15 minutes left saw Sharnbrook to a 4-3 win.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
Garston Ladies 2nd XI made it 2 wins from 2 at the start of the season to go top of the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two table. Home on Sunday were playing Royston Town Ladies Reserves. Goals from Leah Crockett, Dion Lewis and Charley Kelsey securing a 3-1 win for Garston. Allyson Santini getting the goal for Royston.
Hitchin Town Ladies go 4th in the Division Two table after gaining their 1st win of the season building on last weekends draw away to Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires. At home were taking on Letchworth Garden City Eagles both sides relegated last season. 4 goals from new signing Jessica McNamara sealing the 3 points as Hitchin Town beat Letchworth 4-2. Tayla Murray and Louise Mylles scoring their goals.
The points had to be shared between Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues and Hitchin Belles as they contested a high scoring score draw, Woburn & Wavendon going 3-0 down coming back to level the scores at 3-3 went on to take the lead before conceding in the last couple of minutes 4-4 the final score. Hitchin 3-0 up after 22 minutes, salvaging the draw late on, Amy Jack and Charlotte Peters both getting a goal with Chloe Keller scoring twice. Georgie Payne, Amy Gibbins, Madison Drewett and Bethany Young the goal scorers for Woburn & Wavendon.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Welwyn Pegasus Azures are 3 points clear at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, new to the league this season made it 3 wins from 3 with victory at home to Evergreen Ladies on Sunday edging the score 2-1 thanks to goals from Janiece Allen and Sevi Djemal. Natalie Maher scoring for Evergreen Ladies.
Also starting the season with a 100% win rate are Bedford Ladies Development made it 2 wins from 2 away to Potters Bar United Ladies on Sunday, Jade Nairn scoring for Potters Bar, Jessica Bunnage for Bedford the scores level at 1-1 at half-time. Bedford going on to lead 2-1 through Paige Abraham in the 68th minute, Bunnage with her 2nd of the game with 15 minutes left, Cayleigh Jackson made the 3 points secure with a 4th goal in the 90th minute.
A good weekend for both the Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses sides as the Clarets also won picking up their 1st win of the season in their 3rd league game at home to bottom side Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Charlotte Demmon scoring the opening goal on 10 minutes for Woburn & Wavendon. Lauren Revell and Grace Woodman putting Woburn & Wavendon into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes. Leah Tomlin pulled it back to 3-1 for Bedwell 5 minutes later before 2 quickfire goals from Dominique Hull on the half hour saw the home side leading 5-1 at the break. Erin Dabbs scoring Woburn’s 6th goal. Jessica Sullivan pulling a goal back for Bedwell. Demmon with her 2nd of the game in the 70th minute Woburn & Wavendon winning 8-2 moves them into 4th in the Division Three table.
North Walsham Angels Ladies remain top of Norfolk Women’s Division One following last weekends 12-0 home win over Long Stratton Ladies were pushed all the way to claim a 2nd successive win by Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves this time around. North Walsham leading 3-2 at the break going on to win 5-4! Luci Middleton scoring a double hat-trick last weekend followed that up with another 3 goal haul this Sunday, Emma Faux and Hope Middleton getting North Walsham’s other goals.
Joining North Walsham on 7 points at the top of the Division One table are Sprowston Ladies. Away to Long Stratton Ladies this Sunday, a brace for Rebecca Russell along with a goal for Thea Hackney helping the visitors to their 2nd win of the season the final score 4-0.
Gorleston FC Ladies remain undefeated after 3 games. Were at home to Stalham Town Ladies on Sunday at Emerald Park having drawn their opening two league matches last season’s Division Two Champions drew for the 3 successive time to take a point from the game the score 2-2, Kelly Allen and Samantha Hunn scoring the goals for Gorleston.
At last last season’s Division One Champion’s, Thorpe United Ladies were beginning the defence of their title, have seen several departures from the club over the summer. Were away to Fakenham Town Ladies without a point from their opening 2 league games. A narrow lead for Thorpe at half-time 1 goal to the good different story 2nd half as they went on to start with a convincing win Shanice Sutton scoring 4 goals, Charlotte Groves with a hat-trick seeing Thorpe win 7-0. Early days in the league not many games played Bungay Town Ladies match at home to Aylsham postponed have played just the one league game, Aylsham yet to get started.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies, Charlie Cooper
A few new sides joining Norfolk Division Two this season, young sides too and the step up has been tough for Gorleston Rangers Ladies facing tough and experienced opponents in their opening 2 games losing away to relegated Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies in their opening match were at home to one of the strongest teams in the league this Sunday, Tavern Ladies. Starting with a 7-0 win Tavern followed that up with big win at Gorleston. Katie Hart-Copsey netting a double hat-trick for Tavern. Sophie Fuller scoring a hat-trick too. Their were braces for Lucy Kean and Jordie Head with Lucy Lincoln also getting a goal in a 14-0 that takes Tavern top of the table.
Matching Tavern with 2 wins from 2 at the top of the table are FC Sprowston Ladies. At home on Sunday to the then league leaders Beccles Town Ladies who had won their opening 2 games. FC Sprowston holding a 3-0 advantage at half-time doubled that goals tally 2nd half to win 6-0. Jade Dodds scoring a hat-trick, the other goals coming from Katie Fray, Nicole Read and Joanna Davey.
Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies lost their opening game of the season at home to Beccles Town Ladies 7-2. Were away for their 2nd league game against fellow newcomers Costessey Sports Ladies. The sides went in goalless at the break, Bure Valley finding the back of the net 2nd half, Charlie Cooper scoring 4 goals with Abigail Clark also on target in a 5-1 win to get their 1st win in women’s football.
3 more games from the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup settled this Sunday. 4 goals from Chloe Sams plus one for Rebecca Gallagher saw Premier Division side Corringham Cosmos over come Division One newcomers Rayleigh Town Ladies to progress through to the 2nd Round of the competition.
Frontiers Ladies required extra-time to progress through to the 2nd Round drawn away to fellow Premier Division side Chigwell Ladies in the 1st Round. Frontiers leading 2-1 at half-time Chigwell found an equaliser in the 2nd half to force the game into the extra half-hour. Frontiers then going on to score twice more to win 4-2 their goalscorers, Kay Foy and Freya Liiv with Adele Hughes scoring twice. Victoria Parker scoring both the goals for Chigwell.
It was an all ERWFL Division One clash in the 1st Round with North side Silver End United Ladies hosting South side Harlow Town Ladies. A brace for Davina Smith along with goals for Abbey Dell, Lucy Sende and Paige Horwood sending Harlow Town through to the 2nd Round win a 5-1 win.
Six ties to be contested in the County Cup 2nd Round scheduled to be played Sunday 15th October and are listed below; –
Hutton Ladies v Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies
Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves v Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies
Corringham Cosmos v Waltham Forest Ladies
Harlow Town Ladies v Harlow Town Ladies Reserves
Lawford Ladies v Hullbridge Sports Ladies
Chelmsford City Ladies v Frontiers Ladies
Essex Women’s Premier Division
Not much action in the Essex Women’s Premier Division yet with only half the sides playing 2 games so far, Corringham Cosmos and Lawford Ladies not of the mark yet in the league. Eastern Avenue were starting their league campaign at home this Sunday taking on Chelmsford City Ladies who had won their opening league game of the season. A close game a single goal winning the match was scored by Eastern Avenue’s Katie Peers with 20 minutes left to see them win their 1st league game.
Also starting their league campaign were Collier Row Tigers away to newly promoted Harlow Town Ladies Reserves. The visitors moving straight into 2nd position with a comfortable 5-0 win a hat-trick for Laura Bunton along with a goal each for Daisy Chapman and Helen Moriera.
Hutton Ladies Reserves were another side starting their league season on Sunday at home to Runwell Sports Ladies who had lost their opening match of the season. A close 1st half Runwell Sports led Hutton 2-1, Rachel Selfe and Samantha Delves with their goals. Delves added her 2nd goal 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Frances Murphy making it 4-1 Gemma Vine making the final score 5-1 in the last 10 minutes.
Essex Women’s Division One
5 games played in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday, Hullbridge Sports hitting double figures away from home against Benfleet Villa Ladies to make it 2 wins from 2 at the top of the league. Broghan Kelly scoring 4 goals in the match, Jennifer Lyttle getting a hat-trick. Megan Murray scored a brace for Hullbridge and their were goals each for Danni Dorrington and Patricia McWeeney in an 11-0 win.
Leigh Ramblers Ladies are up to 2nd spot in Division One after beating Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies away from home on Sunday. Te score level at 1-1 at half-time Leigh Ramblers went to to score 3 goals in the 2nd half to win 4-1. Madeleine Archer scoring twice with a goal a piece for Emily Diwell and Katherine Newton. Pauline Adeyemo scoring in the 1st half for Dagenham & Redbridge.
Alresford Colne Rangers relegated from the Premier Division last season began their league campaign with a good win away to Billericay Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Joanna Harvey netting a hat-trick the other 4 goals were shared amongst, Vicki Hall, Claire Rouse, Cassandra Villa and Jasmine Warner, the win putting Alresford straight into 4th position in the Division One table.
Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves won their 1st game of the season on Sunday beating FC Clacton Ladies away from home this Sunday. Chloe Williamson scoring a hat-trick with Emma Hooke also on target with a goal in a 4-2 victory.
Also getting their league season off to a winning start are Walden Ladies also relegated from the Premier Division after last season at home to Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves a hat-trick for Kim Jeffery and a goal for Samantha Sunday starting them off with 3 points.
Netherton United Ladies extended their winning run at the start of the season to 3 games in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership at the weekend. Away to Cambridge City Development. A brace for Sasha Haw giving Netherton a 2-0 half-time lead the advantage was doubled in the 2nd half goals from Alice MacNichol in the last 15 minutes and Emily Johnson securing the points with a 4-0 win.
Newmarket Town Ladies go 2nd in the table as they won their 2nd match in the Premiership to keep up their own 100% winning start. Away to ICA Sports Ladies. Goals from Jess Linger, Lauren Deller, Hollie Turner and Abbie Marshall seeing Newmarket take all 3 points courtesy of a 4-1 win. Jessica Farchina scoring for ICA Sports.
A big win at home for St Ives Town ladies saw them win their 1st league game of the season were at home to Park Ladies. Amy Seymour-Shove netting 4 times in the game. Georgia Stancombe with a hat-trick Tierney Coulson also scoring an own goal completing a 9-2 winning margin the 3 points putting St Ives into 3rd spot in the fledgling Premiership table.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North
Battle between the top two in the Cambridgeshire Championship North on Sunday with leaders Wisbech Town Ladies away to 2nd placed Ketton Ladies both winning their 2 opening matches in contrasting fashion, Wisbech Town hitting 32 goals without reply in their 2 games, Ketton clinching a narrow win against Hungate Rovers home and away to get their 6 points. A closer game for Wisbech Town this time around Wisbech Town ending Ketton’s winning start beating them by 3 goals to 1 to move onto 9 points 3 clear at the top of the table. 2 more goals for striker Sophie Gutteridge along with a strike from Shushannah Feast.
Starting the season with 2 narrow defeats against Ketton Ladies, Hungate Rovers Ladies were away to new side Pinchbeck United Ladies at the weekend. Kelsey McKenna found the back of the net scoring 7 goals in the game for Hungate Rovers. Lauren Barnes scoring a brace with Bianca Taylor also grabbing herself a goal in a 10-0 win that see Hungate Rovers up to 3rd with the sides below playing less games.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
Just the one match played in the Championship South at the weekend 3rd placed Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds at home to 2nd placed Cambridge Rangers Women both starting the season with a win. Early days in the league a handful of games played 2 sides yet to get off the mark. Marie Stubbings was on target scoring 5 goals for Fulbourn with Emma Clark and Yasmine Upson getting a goal a piece to see Fulbourn win 7-1 and move to the top of the table.
Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup this weekend with Championship South side Histon Ladies Reserves hosting Championship North side Spalding United Ladies in the 1st Round. A huge win for Histon to see them progress. Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks top scoring in the match with 5 goals. Elsewhere the goals were shared out Samantha Cousins getting a brace. Daniella Briggs, Katrina Brown, Hannah Gordon, Katie Webb, Sophie Wing, Carly Dawson and Casey Bull all getting a goal in a 14-0 win.
Following the action in midweek on the FAWPL Southern Division, leaders Charlton Athletic Women were looking to extend their winning run at the start of the season to 6 games as they played host to 3rd placed C&K Basildon Ladies the other only unbeaten side in the league on Sunday. Kit Graham opened the scoring for Charlton netting in the 21st minute. Charlotte Gurr adding a 2nd goal for Charlton 5 minutes before the break to see them leading 2-0. Katie Flack extended the lead for the home side on the hour mark. Emma Sherwood introduced in the 68th minute scored for Charlton on 72 minutes the lead 4-0. Angela Addison pulling a goal back for C&K Basildon. Goalkeeper Nikita Runnacles saving a penalty for the visitors who suffer their 1st league defeat of the season, Charlton 6 wins from 6 are 5 points clear at the top.
Lewes FC Women are on an incredible run 3 successive 1-0 home wins including a late winning goal against unbeaten Crystal Palace Ladies in midweek, are now up to 2nd in the Southern Division table as they extended that run of wins to 4 in the league on the road this time playing Chichester City Ladies. It was the home side in good form themselves who took the lead 20 minutes into the game Chloe Tucker firing home. Katie McIntyre pulling Lewes level with 10 minutes of the 1st half left to play. The winning goal coming early in the 2nd half Rebecca Carter putting Lewes ahead on 54 minutes.
Portsmouth FC Ladies having started the season well had suffered 2 narrow 1-0 defeats to stall their momentum in the league, earned a point with a 2-2 draw at home to Chichester City Ladies in midweek. It was late drama at home on Sunday against West Ham United Ladies that saw them win all 3 points. 0-0 going into the last 10 minutes of the game, Shannon Seivwright put Portsmouth ahead in the 84th minute. West Ham responded and Chenise Austin put the ball into the back of the net to level the scores in the 88th minute. Rachel Panting winning it for Portsmouth 3 minutes into injury time, the win lifting Portsmouth back up the table into 5th spot.
FAWPL South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon Ladies beat Actonians Ladies 3-0 on Thursday night to make it 4 wins in a row to take them to the top of the FAWPL South East Division One table. Weren’t in action on Sunday and the two sides that could have retaken top spot both suffered defeat.
One of those was Luton Town Ladies were at home playing new promoted Leyton Orient WFC. The sides had met in the same fixture in the Determining Round of the FAWPL Cup at the start of the month, Leyton Orient picking up their 1st win of the season 4-2. Since then Leyton Orient have won twice in the league to climb the table. That good form continued on Sunday, Sarka Stryhalova putting them into the lead in the 17th minute added a 2nd goal just past the half hour. Sophie Le Marchand scoring late in the 1st half to put the visitors 3-0 up. Chanel Richards making it 4-0 in the 2nd half a 3rd straight league win lifting Leyton Orient into 2nd.
Ipswich Town Ladies were on a high travelling down to play Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday after beating East Anglian rivals Norwich City Ladies 5-0 in midweek. Enfield with just one win on the board going into the game were 2nd bottom. Brought Ipswich back down to earth with a good 1st half, Alena Berganovic scoring to put the home 1 up on 9 minutes. Two quickfire goals just past the half hour from Lisa Kline and captain Regan Coleman giving Enfield a 3-0 1st half lead. Ipswich threatened a comeback 2nd half goals from Natasha Thomas and Jacqueline Ball making it 3-2 Enfield held on for their 2nd league win of the 2nd. Ipswich Town having led the table after their midweek win remain 3rd in the table suffered huge blow however despite the derby win it was marred by an injury to goalkeeper Leanne Smith has snapped her ACL an operation to come, wishing her all the best for that and the recovery that follows.
A late goal in midweek away to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies saw Cambridge the last remaining side in FAWPL South East Division One lose that tag. At home on Sunday looking to bounce back against Denham United Ladies. Goalless after the 1st 45 minutes it was Denham who took the lead early in the 2nd half Sophie Cheadle on target. Cambridge responded with 2 goals to go in front Lauren Gibson then captain Laura Bright scoring from a corner. Into the last 5 minutes and a great goal from Annie Hewitt saw Denham level the scores at 2-2 to see the points shared.
Two sides from the FAWPL Southern and South East Division One were drawn to play in the Cup competition’s preliminary round. Southern Division, Crystal Palace travelling down to the South Coast to play Poole Town Ladies from South West Division One. Gemma Bryan putting Crystal Palace in full control of the game scoring 5 goals in the 1st half, giving her 19 goals already from just 7 played. Was substituted early 2nd half giving Poole a little respite. Nikita Whinnett extending the scoreline in the 65th minute. Ellie Stenning ad Sandra Martin both grabbing a goal in the last 10 minutes for the visitors in an 8-0 win.
Also travelling to the South Coast in the FAWPL Cup preliminary round were Actonians Ladies from South East Division One taking on South West counterparts Southampton Women both sides starting the season well, little separating them goalless after 90 minutes the game heading into extra-time. Actonians conceding early on through an own goal Jane Yeates doubled Southampton’s lead in the 1st period of extra-time to see them progress through to the 1st Round.
Way off the beaten track this Sunday, up in the North East, new beginnings all round a new season of FAWSL football begins and for the 1st time a match report from the FAWSL will feature on Women’s Football East. An exciting looking game to begin with too from FAWSL 2, Durham Women FC one of the favourites to win the league hosting newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.
Merging my two women’s football sites this season, the Supporting Women’s Football Blog no more the match reports remain however just in a new home Women’s Football East, for the past two season’s an FAWSL free zone namely as their was little FAWSL presence in the region. Arsenal Ladies can stake a claim however from FAWSL 1 along with Watford FC Ladies in FAWSL 2. Brighton & Hove Albion WFC and now Tottenham Hotspur Ladies winning the FAWPL Southern Division title and then the FAWPL Playoff game earning promotion since the time is right to cover the countries top two leagues as well.
FAWSL 2 is a highly competitive league and no doubt it will be again this season, new challenges with the FAWSL reverting back to the winter to move in line with the rest of the women’s football pyramid. The league itself is a hard on to call this season. With the make up of the league Durham Women FC have their best chance ever of mounting a title challenge. Doncaster Rovers Belles will be up there. Millwall Lionesses have recruited well and had a really strong Spring Series. London Bees under new manager Luke Swindlehurst have made some useful signings, Aston Villa Ladies if they can find consistency might spring a surprise. Brighton & Hove Albion WFC have had the Spring Series to get used to the league with Hope Powell now there manager have made good signings over the summer. As for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies themselves have a strong winning mentality and haven’t had to wait over a year like in previous seasons to make their FAWSL bow.
Durham Women FC one of the founder members of FAWSL 2 are well established and stable. Progress made on and off the pitch since 2014. Finishing in the top half of the table in 2016 & 2017. Attendances have steadily grown one of the best in engaging with fans on social media haven’t the men’s club behind them but are a leading force for women’s football in the North East likely to challenge rivals AFC Sunderland in that regards if they keep going the way they are. Named FAWSL 2 Club of the Year the side collected the award in front of their home crowd before today’s game. Have added a few additions to their squad, Striker Abigail Cottam along with midfielder Nicola Worthington. Scottish defender, Kathryn Hill also comes to Durham along with Scottish youngster Ellis Dagliesh.
Durham Women FC – FAWSL 2 Club of the Season
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies stormed to the FAWPL Southern Division title last season, going unbeaten for most of the campaign. Went on to beat Blackburn Rovers Ladies the Northern Champions in the FAWPL Play-off game in Charlton back in may. A short but in real terms close season to prepare with the FAWSL reverting back to the winter clubs no longer having to wait over 8 months to begin life in the FAWSL. Karen Hills side is one of the most exciting and attack minded teams I’ve seen play and have no doubt that is how they will approach life in the FAWSL. Have made a few new signings bringing in some FAWSL experience with striker Sarah Wiltshire joining from Yeovil Town Ladies, Carol-Jade Haines comes to the club on a season long loan from Birmingham City Ladies. Ashleigh Neville joins from Coventry United Ladies. Hannah McKenzie from Reading FC Women. Lauren Pickett new to the club too looks a talented addition. Whilst it’s also good to see the likes of captain Jenna Schillaci, goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne and attacker Wendy Martin getting an opportunity to show what they can do at this level. Tottenham are also the FAWPL Club of the Year with Karen Hills awarded Manager of the Year.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies – FAWPL Playoff Champions
New Ferens Park the venue for today’s game have only been here once before it’s a long way from Norfolk. That said a simple run A17 then A1 just off the motorway. 3 and a half hours and the radio managed to stay on the whole way there for a change. A compact ground an all weather playing surface. A seated stand along one side housing the changing rooms a cafe bar on entry. Hot refreshments available I wasn’t hungry but was lured by the smell of cooking bacon so I gave in very nice it was too. Looked an interesting game on paper a chance to see what Durham were made of and whether Tottenham were ready for the next challenge.
Durham Women FC starting XI – Helen Alderson, Anabel Johnson, Jordan Atkinson, Sarah Wilson (C), Caroline Dixon, Beth Hepple, Zoe Ness, Emily Roberts, Kathryn Hill, Rachel Lee & Nicki Gears. Subs – Megan Bothwick, Nicola Worthington, Ellie Curson, Lauren Briggs & Abigail Cottam.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies starting XI – Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Renee Hector, Jenna Schillaci (C), Josie Green, Sophie McLean, Ashleigh Neville, Coral-Jade Haynes, Sarah Wiltshire, Wendy Martin & Bianca Baptiste. Subs – Chloe Morgan, Hannah McKenzie, Lauren Pickett & Ronnell Humes.
It’s Durham in their all blue kit to get the 1st half kicked off with Tottenham lined up opposite wearing white shirts and socks with navy shorts. Right from the off Tottenham press Durham for the ball win possession down the left Sarah Wiltshire wins her side a corner kick. The inswinging delivery coming central Durham goalkeeper Helen Alderson rises to punch the ball away across goal a 2nd corner, this one fired in near post is attacked by Durham headed clear.
The visitors on the front foot Coral-Jade Haines plays a long pass out for Wiltshire breaking left with the ball cuts inside puts the ball into the middle, Sarah Wilson, Durham’s captain clears comes out to Ashleigh Neville on the left, Wiltshire ahead of her takes it on down the line fired the cross in this time headed clear from inside the six yard box by Durham’s Caroline Dixon. Kathryn Hill bringing the but up from the back sends a diagonal pass out to the left wing the early cross in won by Tottenham captain, Jenna Schillaci. A fast paced start Tottenham setting the tempo.
Durham captain Sarah Wilson up against Tottenham’s Sarah Wiltshire
Bianca Baptiste on the ball right side for Tottenham, is brought down by Dixon the referee having a word with the defender. Schillaci to play the set-piece from wide right outside the box heading towards goal a great save from Alderson to tip the ball away across goal for a corner kick. Sophie McLean has made a couple of runs from midfield to get ahead of the attack to Tottenham slid through into the box right of goal, Alderson closing her down saves near post.
Beth Hepple looks to thread a ball into Zoe Ness inside the Tottenham area as the home side attack through the middle the ball is won back and send long, good head work from Baptiste through the middle knocking it on for Wiltshire the striker is clear on goal taking the ball into the box, Alderson comes out stays big as Wiltshire looks to place her shot wide of her, not wide enough the keeper going to ground snatching the ball into her body.
A competitive contest both sides battling for the ball Durham haven’t made the most of it early on getting forward Hill tries her luck from 25 yards out as the ball is rolled into her path, struck well goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne can see it wide of her near post. McLean getting forwards on the left links up with Wiltshire her ball into the box cut out Durham counter attack Jordan Atkinson receives the ball in space on the right delivers an inviting cross towards the far post, Schillaci again has her head on it.
20 minutes of the 1st half played an intriguing game Tottenham more than matching Durham the home side starting to get a little more possession in the final 3rd. Looking to take players on as she picks up the ball wide left Emily Roberts drives in field making ground is brought down. The free-kick floated into the crowd gathered inside the box is deflected onto Atkinson in space inside the area right of goal puts her foot through the ball her strike flying wide across the Tottenham goal. Durham are starting to find space on the flanks, Nikki Gears riding a challenge taking the ball on to the by-line sees her cross claimed by Wayne. Rachel Lee sends a shot whistling over the bar from outside the box as the clearance from a free-kick delivery falls to her.
Wiltshire and Baptiste switch flanks for Tottenham, now left Baptiste springs the offside trap plenty of pace surges down the wing cutting the cross in along the top of the six yard box, Wendy Martin coming in near post can’t quite reach it, races on through to Wiltshire she plays the ball back for McLean at the top of the area, leaning back into her shot she lifts the ball up over the crossbar. Lucia Leon is caught in possession bringing the ball out from the back for Tottenham out of position Atkinson moves forwards onto the pass forwards lets fly from outside the area her shot straight at Wayne saved,
The ball sent up field from the back by Tottenham, Dixon and Martin go up to contest it Martin grounded the ball is knocked on picked up by Baptiste is quick to release it fired across to Wiltshire moving into the area from the right, Alderson comes racing out to met her Wiltshire tries to lob her squeezes the ball past her but no pace, full back Annabel Johnson has gotten round on the cover to clear. Roberts coming on with the ball left sends her cross racing through the six yard box picked up by Atkinson far side she lays it back for Ness who sends er shot over for Durham.
Tottenham’s Wendy Martin contests the ball with Durham’s Beth Hepple
Martin sends the ball on for Wiltshire as she beats the offside flag left side moving down the line fires a vicious cross along the six yard box looking for Martin making a far post run, Martin puts the ball back out of the area towards Haines coming on she strikes the ball hard, Wilson blocks feeling the full force of the shot stays down, the ball is scrambled behind for a corner. A pause in play Wilson off the pitch for the corner. The ball played long towards the far post drops to Wiltshire she strikes the ball goalwards Alderson across her goal drops forwards to make the save.
GOAL! In minute of normal time to play in the 1st half the stalemate is broken and it’s the home side who take the lead. Attacking down the right Gears on the ball the cross is fired into the Tottenham box is behind Ness who has made a central run adjusts well spinning falling back knocks the ball out of the area towards Hepple. Very little back lift n her strike gets plenty of power behind the shot nevertheless, Wayne is rooted to the spot as the ball races past her to nestle in the back of the net 1-0.
GOAL! The lead doesn’t last long however Tottenham restart and go straight on the offensive the ball with Baptiste on the left wing she has space to run into takes the ball all the way into the box closing in on the six yard box shoots sending the ball across Alderson and into the bottom corner to equalise and in doing so score Tottenham’s 1st ever FAWSL goal 1-1.
GOAL! Into 1st half injury time and again Durham come back to retake the lead breaking up a Tottenham attack the ball worked rapidly through the middle put into the box comes onto Gears inside the area 10 or so yards out, spins and shoots the ball finding its way inside the near post before the diving Wayne can get there 2-1.
Nikki Gears restores Durham’s lead
Half-time Durham Women FC 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
3 goals in quick succession at the end of the 1st half and Durham go into the changing rooms leading 2-1. That scoreline could just as easily been the other way around Tottenham starting the game on the front foot getting forwards had some good opportunities to take the lead. Durham grew into the match and when the chances came their way took them. An entertaining 1st half.
Tottenham to get the 2nd half underway no changes from either side at the break. Wiltshire is fouled as she attacks down the left players come up from the back for the free-kick, a great delivery into the area Neville gets her head on the ball directs it into the back of the net however it won’t count as the flag is raised for offside. Wiltshire on the ball central again lifts the ball into the area for Baptiste running away to the right of goal taking the ball on checks back to evade a tackle then looks to scoop the cross up towards the far post, Alderson can get her gloves around the ball.
Durham’s Kathryn Hill with Tottenham’s Sophie McLean
Good work from Haines winning the ball out to Green moving into space on the left pushes on before whipping a ball into the area, Martin goes up for it near post can’t get a clean header on it knocked to the ground the Durham defence shields the ball allowing Alderson to gather. End to end both sides leaving room to exploit on their flanks Roberts threads a pass through to Gears on the left, McLean tracking back slide in to concede the corner before the cross can be put in. The resulting corner is headed clear Tottenham break the ball with Baptiste she surges forwards sends the ball into the box early too close to Alderson the keeper takes cleanly.
Tottenham’s Josie Green
Good running from Gears moving clear on the left once again squares the ball into the area as she arrives at the top of the box looking to pick out Roberts she connects with the ball 1st time turning it goalwards but without the power needed to evade Wayne the keeper going down claiming the ball. Durham coming at Tottenham more 2nd half Roberts finding more time on the ball. Finds Gears available on the left side again taking the ball to the byline sends a cross in towards the near post Ness arriving turns it goalwards Wayne has the post covered saves a close range the ball behind for a corner kick.
Durham Women FC’s Emily Roberts
Atkinson on the right gathers the ball from inside the Tottenham drives forwards shooting from 30 yards out the ball sailing over the bar. Hector trips Hepple as the Durham midfielder looking to take the Tottenham defence on through the middle. The set-piece in a dangerous position top of the D. Hepple with the shot sends her strike over the bar.
Durham’s Rachel Lee with Tottenham’s Coral-Jade Haines
Tottenham make a double change 21 minutes into the 2nd half bringing off Haines and Martin send on Ronnell Humes and Lauren Pickett. Durham also make a change bringing Abi Cottam on for Atkinson. A free-kick for Tottenham wide on the right the ball flighted into the top of the area half cleared falls to Wiltshire central 20 yards out jinks left the right before taking a shot the ball easily palmed down by the keeper. Tottenham make their final change bringing off Leon for Hannah McKenzie.
Durham bring on Lauren Briggs for Gears. Durham press forwards Roberts sees her shot from the top of the area deflected wide for a corner kick on the right, a good ball delivered centrally, Cottam gets her head on the ball puts it wide across goal. Durham looking the stronger as the game moves into the latter stages. McLean puts a cross into the box from the right for Tottenham, Baptiste after it goes down under challenge but the appeals are waved away. A single goal it still Tottenham press forwards, Durham ready to hit on the counter Cottam is clear left side driving towards the box Wayne comes to meet her the attacker knocking the ball beyond the keeper goes after t looks to send the ball in from the six yard line, Tottenham have Schillaci and Hector racing back between them the ball is cleared of the line.
Durham make their final change, Ness coming off to be replaced by Nicola Worthington. The game moves into the last 7 minutes. Getting forwards players around the box the ball sits up nicely for McKenzie to strike Alderson concedes the corner making the save. The ball drops over the players gathered near post drops to Humes stabs the ball up over the bar. A throw left for Durham inside the Tottenham half into Worthington chips it on for Hepple 25 yards out not closed down has a go for goal her strike rising swerving away from goal. Tottenham push on late into the game 2 crosses into the Durham box cleared by Wilson. The final whistle blows the flurry of goals at the end of the 1st half enough to secure and opening day win for Durham.
Full-time Durham Women FC 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
An entertaining game to watch fast paced. Durham not quite at their best starting with a good result however matching Tottenham’s tempo 2nd half the game might have gone either way. Tottenham will be disappointed to start with loss but nevertheless showed they are more than capable of competing in the FAWSL and that will only make the league more exciting than it already is.
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
These decisions don’t get any easier picking today’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match is another tough one. Thought Sophie McLean was fantastic for Tottenham. Have chosen Durham’s Emily Roberts strong running with the ball and more often than not her pass found a teammate going forwards, setting up a few chances.
Good to finally get back into some FAWSL action even if it was a long journey still is, as I churn this last bit off in the Motorway Services… been a long time since I’ve done that too. A good game to watch in front of a great crowd of 617 too plenty of chips sold too. My thanks to Durham Women’s FC for their help today especially Mark Donnelly. Best of luck to both sides for the rest of the season.
St Albans ladies continue to set the early pace in Beds & Herts Division One starting the season well building on last weekends 12-1 win continued to find the back of the net again at home this Sunday against Sherrardswood Ladies. Sophie Monahan scoring twice in the 1st 10 minutes to put St Albans into the lead Ellen Slater scored to put the home side 3-0 in the opening quarter hour. Michaela Johnson getting a goal on 32 minutes, Sherrardswood pulling a goal back to make it 4-1 3 minutes later Laurie Marris scoring. Johnson went on to score for St Albans just a minute later completing her hat-trick a minute before half-time. Monahan completed her own hat-trick on 63 minutes. Chloe Reeves also scoring for St Albans with 15 minutes left as they ran out 8-1 winners scoring 20 goals in their opening 2 matches.
Also making it 2 wins from 2 to start their season in Division One are Northwood Ladies away to Watton Ladies on Sunday. Victoria Lieberman scoring midway through the 1st half to see the visitors 1 up at the break, Claire Cranfield making it 2-0 20 minutes into the 2nd half. Jenny Hunnable making the points secure with a goal for Northwood in the last 5 minutes.
Garston Ladies started their season with a home game against Sharnbrook WFC who scored on 10 minutes Charlie Mullins on target. Garston took all 3 points however going on to win the game 3-1 with goals from Alice Frost, Kelly Kirwan and Caroline Tenebaum putting them 4th in the table.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday their were 4 games played. Evergreen Eagles were on the road taking on Hitchin Belles the newly promoted side collecting all 3 points taking them to the top of the table. A brace for Christie Brewer along with strikes from Samantha Feeney and Samantha Takis seeing Evergreen Eagles win 4-1. Chloe Keller scoring the goal for Hitchin Belles.
Joining Evergreen Eagles on 4 points at the top of the Division Two table are Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires. At home to Hitchin Town Ladies the points were shared in a 2-2 draw. Georgina Harvey and Chemise Huitson scoring for Welwyn. Hitchin Town got their 1st point on the board courtesy of goals from Sherrie Evans and Megan Franklin.
Garston Ladies 2nd XI got off to a great start in the league beginning their campaign away to last season’s Division Three Champions, Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Lauren Berryman opening her season with 4 goals for Garston. Leah Crocket scoring twice along with a goal for Maxine Hotz the final score 7-1. Woburn’s goal coming from Victoria Herald.
Lastly in Division Two, Letchworth Garden City Eagles were beginning there season at home to Royston Town Ladies Reserves. The away side with the narrow victory to claim their 1st win of the season beating Letchworth 2-1 thanks to an early goal from Abby Laughlin the 2nd scored by Hannah Tofts. Katie Smith with Letchworth’s goal. Early days but just like last season this league looks like it’s going to be very competitive once again.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Crazy scenes in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as Shefford Town & Campton Ladies win 2 matches in a row at the start of the season to lead the way in the table. At home on Sunday facing Bedwell Rangers Ladies, Louise Grocott scoring a brace with goals for Vikki Ransom and Chloe Tate plus an own goal sealing a 5-1 victory for Shefford. Jessica Sullivan scoring the goal in the 1st half for Bedwell Rangers.
Also winning their 2 opening league matches in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three are new side Welwyn Pegasus Azures, an early 10 minute hat-trick for Janiece Allen putting Welwyn 3-0 inside 20 minutes. Woburn & Wavendon came back into it Catriona Roxburgh pulling a goal back on the half hour mark Shelby Archer adding a 2nd 5 minutes later. 3-2 it remained Welwyn keeping their opponents at bay to collect the 3 points.
Evergreen Ladies picked up their 1st win of the season at home to Potters Bar United Ladies on Sunday. Winning the match 3-1 thanks to goals from Rebecca Freeman, Natalie Maher and Danielle McMullen. Lauren Englefield with the goal for Potters Bar.
This Sunday in Essex attention was on the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup with 5 ties being played. Harlow Town Ladies Reserves handed a home win after Eastern Avenue couldn’t field a team.
Chelmsford City Ladies were at home taking on Division One newcomers Southend United Community. The Premier Division side holding a narrow 2-1 advantage and half-time went on to extend their lead 2nd half eventually winning 5-2. Georgia Sleep scoring twice, Mia Brisley and Angela Holden also getting a goal along with Rosie Coe from the penalty spot. Laura Johnson and Emily Pert with the goals in each half for Southend.
ERWFL Division One South were finally playing their 1st game of the season in the Essex Women’s County Cup 1st Round drawn at home to Premier Division side Collier Row Tigers, Kate Lowen scoring 5 goals for Hutton as they advanced with a 6-0 win.
Not so good news for Hutton Ladies Reserves as they were knocked out of the Essex Women’s County Cup by Division One newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies. The score level at 1-1 at half-time Dagenham & Redbridge went on to score the winner to knock the Premier Division side out of the competition. Daisy Davies and Fran Pridie with Dagenham & Redbridge’s goals.
In the all Division One tie between Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Hullbridge Sports a single goal scored by Broghan Kelly was the difference between the sides as Hullbridge Sports make it through to round two of the County Cup.
The 1st game of the season for Premier Division side Lawford Ladies in the 1st Round of the County Cup hosting Walden Ladies, had their scoring boots on too with a comfortable double figure win there were braces for 3 players, Ella Boyden, Daisy Canny and Jasmine Cox. Zoe Perkins. Keeley Blackwood, Susan Jackson and Gemma Issacs also grabbing a goal in the tie.
Essex Women’s Premier Division
One match played in the Essex Women’s Premier Division One Sunday with Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies at home to Chigwell Ladies. Goalless after 45 minutes Beacon Hill Rovers edged Chigwell to the points with goals from Demi Cassey and Jo Smeaton scoring a penalty to win their 1st league game of the season 2-1, Grace Holt on target for Chigwell.
Netherton United Ladies came back from a goal down to win 3-1 to make it 2 wins from 2 at the top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership at a local derby match at home to ICA Sports Ladies it was the visitors who took an early lead Clare Knibbs putting ICA Sports 1-0 up in the 9th minute. Held onto that lead for almost an hour before Netherton found a reply captain Megan Parrett levelling the scores for Netherton. Soon after ICA Sports were reduced to 10 Donna Nicholls sent off. A player advantage Netherton went on to take the lead with 15 minutes left, Yasmin Green scoring. Parrett making sure of the 3 points scoring her 2nd of the game with a couple of minutes left.
Promoted as Championship South Champions last season Cambridge City Ladies Development started the new season in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership away to Park Ladies. Erin Fox netting a brace for the visitors there were goals to for Rachel Pearce, Molly White and Morgan Want in a 5-0 victory.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North
In the Championship North, Wisbech Town Ladies have scored a whopping 32 goals in their opening two games without reply to lead the table. 14-0 last weekend to Orton Rangers were at home this Sunday to new side Pinchbeck United Ladies a tough beginning for the young side. Sophie Gutteridge scoring a double hat-trick last Sunday went one better this time around netting 7 times. Chloe Riches also claiming 4 goals to her name with Annie Rooks grabbing a hat-trick. Faye Kowalewsky scoring twice along with a goal for both Kaylie Swinden and Katie Garner in a crushing 18-0 scoreline.
Keeping up with Wisbech Town Ladies with points gained if not goals scored are Ketton Ladies 2 wins from 2 as they edged out Hungate Rovers Ladies in a close game for the 2nd successive weekend winning 4-3 on their patch last weekend Ketton travelling to Hungate this time around. The score 3-2 to Ketton this time around.
Lauren Laws scored 5 goals for Wisbech St Mary Ladies as they began their season at home to newcomers Spalding United Ladies on Sunday. Carlie Knight, Megan Ratcliffe and Abi Roach-Smith also getting a goal for Wisbech St Mary in their opening game the 8-0 putting them into 3rd position.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
In the Championship South, 2 wins from 2 for Histon Ladies Reserves sees them lead the way. Only one game played in the league on Sunday. Histon travelling to play Isleham United Ladies. Philippa Hayden-Evans amongst the goals for the away side finding the back of the net on 4 occasions. Angelica Fachechi, Sarah Freestone and Emma Gillespie also scoring for Histon who ran out 7-2 winners. Nicole Bailey and Rebekah Finch with Isleham United’s goals.
Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
March Town United Ladies were at home to Orton Rangers Ladies in the opening round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup the Premiership side too strong for their Championship North opponents progressing with a comfortable 6-0 victory. Captain, Shannon Kelly scoring a hat-trick, with a brace for Emma Frost and a goal for Shannon Shaw.