The final edition of The Round-Up for 2017 and a one off reverting back to the Tuesday Round-Up format with another weather affected Sunday wreaking havoc on the fixture lists with plenty of postponements right across the East. 16 games were played a handful across the divisions makes sense to put them all together, much better than the previous Sunday when just 2 games beat the weather.
Starting with the FAWPL one game played in the Southern Division and it was a great end to the year to cap off a fantastic first half of the season for Crystal Palace Ladies as they climb back into 2nd spot having been amongst the forerunners in the league all season. On the road taking on West Ham United Ladies a goal from Northern Ireland International, Ciara Sherwood midway through the 1st half saw Crystal Palace leading 1-0 at the break, despite looking comfortable with their lead the visitors didn’t double their lead until the 88th minute to secure all three points, Gemma Bryan with her 29th goal of the season. Level on points with C&K Basildon Ladies both on 28 are 5 behind leaders Charlton Athletic Women with both having a game in hand the new year promises to be exciting.
For the 2nd weekend running the FAWPL Cup 2nd Round was heavily affected by the weather several ties postponed once again now rolled over into the new year. One tie did survive the weather however and it was a cup upset with Southern Division side, Cardiff City Ladies knocked out of the competition by South West Division One side, Plymouth Argyle Ladies. The visitors travelling to Wales in excellent form unbeaten in league and cup ended the year with that record intact, a goal from Rebecca Atkins giving Plymouth a 1st half lead. Natasha Knapman doubling their advantage 20 minutes into the 2nd half. Cori Williams pulling it back to 2-1 for Cardiff City, the lower league side progressing through to the next round.
In FAWPL South East Division One, it was a winning end to the year for Enfield Town Ladies the 3 points lifting them up to 7th spot in the league table. At home on Sunday taking on bottom side, Haringey Borough Women. The hosts taking the lead 22 minutes into the 1st half through an own goal. Sheryce Slater making it 2-0 to Enfield just 4 minutes later. Leading 2-0 at half-time Enfield pressed the advantage 2nd half extending their lead in the 66th minute, Daisy Jenkins on target. Andrea Vivas scoring Enfield’s 4th goal with 20 minutes left scored again for her double towards the end of the match along with Danielle Smith the final score 6-0.
With all their games postponed last Sunday the ERWFL was trying again to play their League Cup and Plate ties, frozen pitches seeing games called off for a 2nd time just two ties from the 3rd Round of the League Cup were decided with the away side in both games progressing through to the quarter finals. Current ERWFL Premier Division leaders, Cambridge City Ladies were hosting Bedford Ladies both in good form a hard game to call. Cambridge City scoring through Bella Simmons it wasn’t enough as last season’s finalists were knocked out of the competition with Bedford winning the tie 3-1 to advance.
An all Essex affair at the Harlow Arena with ERWFL debutants Harlow Town Ladies entertaining Premier Division side Brentwood Town Ladies again another tough game to call but with Brentwood getting so recent momentum in the league it was the higher league side who booked their spot in the quarter finals winning the game 2-0 with Marie Barker and Georgia Holdaway scoring their goals.
One game in the Norfolk Women’s Football League survived the weather on Sunday, in Division Two with 4th placed Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies hosting Freethorpe Ladies, a great result for the visitors to end the year 2 goals for captain Claire Garner, (one from the penalty spot) along with a goal for Amy Morris seeing Freethorpe win the game 3-1 the 3 points moving them up a place into 5th in the league. Paige Baker with the goal in the 2nd half for Kirkley & Pakefield.
Another heavily affected fixture list across Cambridgeshire on Sunday with 2 games played. In the Women’s Premiership, leaders Netherton United Ladies ended 2017 with a massive 12 point lead at the top of the table. A fantastic opening start to the season were hosting March Town United Ladies at The Grange. The visitors holding the advantage at half-time with a 2-1 lead having scored twice within the opening 10 minutes of the match, Livvi Hodges and Shannon Kelly the goalscorers. Netherton pulling it back to 2-1 with a goal from Emily Johnson in the final minute of the 1st half. The home side equalising early in the 2nd half with Georgina Parrett sending the ball home it make it 2-2. Johnson scored again to put Netherton into the lead with 20 minutes left to play. Yasmin Green making it 4-2 from the penalty spot before Johnson completed her hat-trick with 3 minutes left on the clock to see Netherton win 5-2.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup, it was an all Championship South tie with league leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds hosting Isleham United Ladies on Sunday. Marie Stubbings scoring a brace for Fulbourn has 25 goals for the season now from just 9 appearances. There were goals too for Emma Clarke and Yasmin Upson along with Marcela Mundz who scored her 1st goal of the season. Fulbourn advancing into the next round with a 5-0 win.
In Essex the 1st Round of the Women’s League Cup was scheduled to be played again affected by the weather just 3 ties were played on Sunday with big home wins for all 3 Premier Division sides drawn against Division One opponents. Collier Row Tigers reaching the final of the League Cup last season were at home to Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves. Laura Bunton netting 4 goals for the Premier Division outfit half their tally in an 8-0 victory the other goals shared out between Marta Choruzy, Sarah Finch, Emma Harrison and Rebecca Killington.
Another side to score 8 goals at home on Sunday in the 1st Round of the League Cup were Premier Division side, Eastern Avenue taking on Waltham Forest Ladies. Katie Peers taking her goals scored to 13 so far with a hat-trick in the game. Hannah Warner moving onto 10 goals too with a brace for Eastern Avenue. Amara Drummond, Teliscia Linton and Lorna Huddleston with her 1st goal of the season also scoring in an 8-2 victory.
A potential upset in the League Cup on the cards in the other 1st Round tie played in the League Cup on Sunday with Harlow Town Ladies struggling for points in the Premier Division hosting Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies. In the end a comfortable and much welcome win for the home side as Harlow advanced through to the next round with a 5-0 win, Casey Lunn scoring twice with Rubie Smith, Amber Strows and captain Rebecca Pope all getting on the scoresheet.
One game played in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday, 2nd versus 3rd with Leigh Ramblers Ladies hosting Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies both looking to close the gap on Hullbridge Sports Ladies. Both having to settle for a point each as the match ended without neither goal breached 0-0 both having lost just the once this season with be pushing Hullbridge Sports still with a 100% record hard in the New Year.
Beds & Herts
A great end to the year for Houghton Athletic Ladies in Beds & Herts Division One taking their unbeaten run to 4 matches climb up to 4th in the league with a good away win on Sunday against Garston Ladies. Both Ciara Craig and Becky Sullivan scoring a brace in the match for the visitors. Emily Wilson, along with Louise and Rachel Spendelow were also on target in a 7-1 victory.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two the title race on well and truly on as 2017 ends with leaders Garston Ladies 2nd Xi beaten for the 1st time this season at home to Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires on Sunday the 3rd placed side closing the gap to just 2 points Georgina Harvey scoring a hat-trick. April Spang netting a brace along with Chemise Huitson also scoring in a 6-1 win for Welwyn Pegasus. Maxine Hotz getting Garston’s goal.
In between Garston Ladies 2nd XI and Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires are Royston Town Ladies Reserves winning away from home on Sunday to move level on points with Garston at the top of Division Two. Playing bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues, Samantha Edgar netting a brace for Royston. Paige Rolfe and Jazmin Racher were also on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies end the year on a high as they move into 2nd spot in the league table with a comfortable 5-0 win away from home against bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies.
A weather affected end to the year, my thanks to all that have enjoyed reading The Round-Up throughout the year plenty of excitement and action to look forwards too in the New Year. After all nothing is settled at Christmas. Enjoy your festive period and have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Hatfield Peverel Ladies extended their lead at the top of the Essex Women’s Premier Division on Sunday as they won for the 4th straight league game on Sunday were at home taking on Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies the sides drawing 0-0 at half-time. Yasmin Cowley opening the scoring for Hatfield Peverel 10 minutes into the 2nd half with her 24th goal of the season. Christa Osman with her 6th goal of the season doubling the hosts lead on the hour mark and own goal securing a 3-0 win 20 minutes from time.
A defeat at the start of November and a lack of league action since had seen Collier Row Tigers briefly leading the Essex Women’s Premier Division slip down to 5th in the table. Other sides over taking them one being Chelmsford City Ladies on a winning run of 5 straight league games which had taken them up to 3rd. Collier Row Tigers were hosting Chelmsford City in the league this Sunday a brace for Laura Bunton seeing the hosts come out on top in a 2-1 win to claim the 3 points move them back up into 4th level on 18 points with Chelmsford City whose goal was scored by Niki Medici.
A big win away from home on Sunday saw Lawford Ladies in 6th place close the gap on the sides contesting the title above them. Taking on Chigwell Ladies, Ella Boyden top scoring in match for Lawford with 4 goals to her name. Top scorer Daisy Canny also claiming a hat-trick in the game, Jasmine Cox and Ami Warnes also getting a goal each along with new signing Tyler Christou from Chelmsford City getting off the mark on her debut in a 10-1. Victoria Parker scoring the goal for Chigwell who continue the search for additional players to help bolster their squad.
Corringham Cosmos were also in action at the weekend still unbeaten have played just the 4 league matches so far this season still handily placed in 7th position in the Premier Division table were away to 4th placed Eastern Avenue on Sunday. Rebecca Gallagher on target with 3 goals taking her onto 16 goals for the season with Chloe Sams, Corringham’s top scorer also getting a goal in the game taking her to 26 for the season so far in a 4-1 win. Katie Peers scoring for Eastern Avenue.
Essex Women’s Division One
Hullbridge Sports Ladies continue their 100% winning start to the season with an 8th straight league win in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday. Scoring plenty of goals too in the process now on 63 whilst conceding just 5 goals in defence. At home taking on Rayleigh Town Ladies they claimed their biggest win of the season yet. Were 8-0 up at half-time before going on to add 5 more in the 2nd half to win 13-0. Broghan Kelly top scoring for Hullbridge in the game with 5 goals move her onto 26 goals for the season from 10 appearances. Karley Hunt and Christina Fragnito both getting a brace in the match with Grace Francis, Sophie Fraser, Danni Dorrington and Patricia McWeeney all getting on the scoresheet too.
Leigh Ramblers Ladies youngsters remain Hullbridge’s closest challengers 3 points further back in 2nd spot in the Division One table. At home on Sunday were taking on Walden Ladies. A hat-trick from Katherine Newton along with a goal each for Rhiana Castle and Megan Thomas securing Leigh Ramblers 7th win of the season from 8 played the final score 5-2. Kim Jeffery and Lucy Williamson scoring the goals for Walden.
With 3rd placed Southend United Ladies game away to Alresford Colne Rangers postponed at the weekend, 4th placed Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies had the opportunity to move level on points with them if they could secure the win away from home against FC Clacton Ladies. The visitors holding a 1-0 lead at half-time went on to win the game 3-0 in the 2nd half with Daisy Theobald, Juliet Thomas and Charlotte Copeland scoring the goals the win taking Dagenham & Redbridge into 3rd spot with a superior goal difference.
Brentwood Town Ladies move up to 5th in the Essex Women’s Division One table after a 5-0 win at home on Sunday to Billericay Town Ladies Reserves. Top scorer Emma Mackie moving onto 11 for the season scoring a hat-trick with Joanne Attridge and Clarista Wigley with her 1st of the season also scoring.
Has been a difficult time for Waltham Forest Ladies haven’t seen much action with only the 3 league games played a large number of postponements in Division One 3 losses too bottom of the table some positive news coming through this weekend and league action at last as they took on fellow strugglers Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves at home. Waltham Forest despite starting the game with just 9 players coming away with a positive result in a high scoring game winning 5-3 to claim their 1st win.
With St Albans Ladies not in action this Sunday it was an opportunity for 2nd placed Northwood Ladies to close the gap on the leaders in Division One, a tough game at home however taking on Garston Ladies. Northwood with just the one defeat in their opening 6 games since joining the league at the start of the season secured the 3 points winning the match by a single goal, Emma Steele finding the back of the net.
Sherrardswood Ladies consolidated 3rd position in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table with a win at home on Sunday against Sharnbrook WFC. It was the visitors however who were leading at half-time goals for Emma Butler and Gemma Franklin putting Sharnbrook into a 2-0 lead before Laura Cousins pulled it back to 2-1 in the 40th minute. Trailing 2-1 going int the final 15 minutes Cousins grabbed her 2nd goal of the game in the 77th minute to draw the sides level at 2-2. Sherrardswood going on to claim all 3 points in the final 5 minutes with Francesca Novelli scoring the winner.
Two successive draws against the top two in the league Houghton Athletic Ladies built on that by securing their 1st win of the season in Division One away to Flitwick Ladies. The hosts struggling for numbers and looking to recruit new faces to the squad came up against a confident Houghton side Emily Wilson scoring a hat-trick with Holly Thomson also on target with 2 goals. Holly Skinner, Ciara Craig and Louise Spendelow all getting a goal each too in an 8-0 that takes Houghton up into 5th position.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 5th placed Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Goals from Danielle Allen, Sophie Mandel, Mandy Mercer, April Spang and Hanicka Mikova plus a brace for Chemise Huitson seeing Welwyn Pegasus win the match 7-1. The 3 points lifting Welwyn Pegasus up 2 places back into 3rd position in the table. Sally Green the goalscorer for Woburn & Wavendon.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Three games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend. It was a meeting between the top two with league leaders, Bedford Ladies Development away to Welwyn Pegasus Azures. 5 points clear of their opponents going into the match Bedford took an early lead in the game with Cayleigh Jackson scoring in the 8th minute. Susannah Hall made it 2-0 to Bedford just 3 minutes later. Janiece Allen pulled a goal back for Welwyn Pegasus. Joanne Makin putting Bedford 3-1 on 27 minutes. Allen netted her 2nd goal to make it 3-2 to Bedford going into half-time. The visitors going on to secure the win 2nd half captain Jessica Bunnage scoring just past the hour to see Bedford extend their lead at the top to 8 points with a 4-2 win.
Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies leap frog two places in the Beds & Herts Division Three table into 2nd position level on points with Welwyn Pegasus Azures as they won at home on Sunday taking on Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Sophia Pidgeon scoring a hat-trick for the hosts as they ran out 3-1 winners to make it 5 wins from 6 league games played.
Bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies are finally off the mark in Division Three after they secured a point at home on Sunday playing Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. Leah Casali the goalscorer for Potters Bar. Karen Clark netting for Shefford Town & Campton the 1-1 draw enough to lift them up a place into 5th in the Division Three table.
Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup
An all Evergreen affair in the final tie in the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 2nd Round to be settled this weekend with Evergreen Eagles in Division Two at home to Evergreen Ladies playing in Division Three. Amber Charlton scored for Evergreen Eagles however a goal from Samantha Jackson along with a brace from Natalie Maher saw Evergreen Ladies win the game 3-1 to advance into the quarter finals.
The 4 quarter final ties are scheduled to be played in the New Year, Sunday 14th January the completed draw as follows:-
St Albans Ladies v Garston Ladies
Sharnbrook WFC v Garston Ladies 2nd XI
Houghton Athletic Ladies v Flitwick Ladies
Evergreen Ladies v Northwood Ladies
Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup
The 1st of the 4 Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup quarter finals was played at the weekend with last season’s beaten finalists, Royston Town Ladies away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side, Hitch Belles. 3 leagues between the sides ERWFL Premier Division side Royston opened the scoring as early as the 2nd minute, Becky Shephard getting the goal. Hitchin Belles responded quickly with a goal to make it 1-1, Keira How on target. Royston were soon back in front however with Shephard getting her 2nd of the game. After that Royston went on to dominate the tie, Paige Rolfe, Sammy Tinsley, Hayley Graham and Andrea Wright all scoring before Shepard went on to complete her hat-trick, Wright adding her 2nd of the game a minute before half-time to see Royston leading 8-1 at the break. Doubled their score 2nd half Tinsley getting 2 more to complete her hat-trick. Gemma Croucher, Ellie Pickard and Paris Coldicott-Stevens also getting a goal each. Shephard adding a 4th goal to her tally with Wright also getting 4 goals in a 16-1 win.
After suffering their 1st league defeat of the season last Sunday Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership leaders, Netherton United Ladies were looking to put things right at home on Sunday as they hosted Cambridge City Ladies Development in the only match taking place in the league this weekend. A great start for Netherton as they opened the scoring in the 5th minute Emily Johnson scoring. Midway through the 1st half the lead was doubled with Yasmin Green making it 2-0. Johnson getting her 2nd of the game just 4 minutes later to put Netherton into a strong 3-0 lead at half-time. It was 4-0 2 minutes into the 2nd half Netherton awarded a penalty Green stepping up to score. Cambridge City pulled it back to 4-1 in the 57th minute adding a 2nd goal in the last minute, Morgan Want and Charlotte Vaskin scoring their goals. Netherton once again opening up a 9 point lead at the top of the Premiership table.
Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
Elsewhere it was quarter finals day in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup. In the only all Premiership tie St Ives Town Ladies were on home soil facing March Town United Ladies. In great form St Ives proved to strong an opponent as they reached the semi-finals of the competition with a convincing win. Georgia Stancombe netting 5 goals in the game for St Ives. Hannah Seymour-Shove also getting herself a brace with Katherine Speed also on target in an 8-0 win.
Newmarket Town Ladies were away in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup quarter finals taking on Championship South side Isleham United Ladies. Laura Bailey put through on goal to score the opening goal for Newmarket. Chloe Slater doubling the advantage. Abbi Griffin also scoring a brace in the match with Bailey getting another goal to her name. Jess Linger completing the goalscorers, Newmarket progressing to the semi-finals with a 6-0 victory.
Championship North leaders, Wisbech St Mary Ladies came into this weekends League Cup quarter final tie in confident form as they hosted Premiership side Cambridge University Women who themselves had knocked out Netherton United Ladies in the previous round. The hosts scored twice with Carlie Knight and Lauren Lewis getting the goals. Cambridge University scoring 2 goals in the 1st half with Amanda Wainwright netting both. The visitors starting the 2nd half strongly Lili Donlon-Mansbridge and Fiona Conlon scoring within 5 minutes of the restart. Donlon-Mansbridge adding another goal on the hour with Wainwright going on to get her hat-trick in the 84th minute. Cambridge University Women winning 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.
Is an all Premiership line-up in the semi-finals of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup too with ICA Sports Ladies also progressing although they were run all the way to penalties by Championship South title chasers, Histon Ladies Reserves. The visitors leading 1-0 at half-time Philippa Hayden-Evans with the goal. Megan Purnell equalising for ICA Sports in the 2nd half. The tie needing to be decided from the penalty spot ICA Sports edged the shootout 3-2 to progress.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
One match played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South on Sunday with leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds opening up a 3 point lead at the top of the table over Histon Ladies Reserves with a big home win over bottom side Burwell Tigers. Ebony Rule scoring a hat-trick for Fulbourn on her return to the side. Stacey Kemp and Marie Stubbings both netting a brace, there were goals too for Yasmine Upson, Sarah Green, Seema Grewal, Katie Luddy and Sharon Pinner an own goal too seeing Fulbourn win 13-1. Megan Seabrook-Mead with the goal for Burwell.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup
A new competition in Cambridgeshire this season which as of yet I know very little about except as the name suggests the Division One Cup which in this case is the Championship North and South. Two 1st Round ties were played at the weekend. An all Championship South tie saw Cambridge Rangers Women hosting St Ives Town Ladies Development. The visitors progressing into the next round winning by a single goal captain Georgia Rebane the scorer for St Ives.
The other 1st Round tie saw an all Championship North tie with Ketton Ladies at home to Pinchbeck United Ladies on Sunday. 2nd in the league Ketton reaching the next round comfortably with a 10-1 win.
East Bergholt United Ladies were 4-2 winners away to Coplestonians Ladies in the only league game played in the Suffolk Women’s Division last Sunday to open up a 3 point lead at the top of the table with a 5th straight league win. Kept the 3 point gap this Sunday as they won big at home to AFC Kesgrave Ladies to extend their 100% winning start to the season, a dominant 1st half seeing East Bergholt United leading 7-0 added a further goal 2nd half winning 8-0, Jessica Clarke and Deban Faiers both scoring a brace in the game with a goal each for Millie Wilding, Annie Northwood, Charlotte Warren and Jessica Quinsee.
Keeping up the pressure on East Bergholt United at the top are 2nd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies also winning 8-0 at the weekend on the road taking on Ipswich Athletic Ladies. Kirsten Hutchings on target scoring 5 times in the match. Jodie Sharp also netting a brace with Lucy Elmes also getting her name on the scoresheet.
Also winning at the weekend were Bacton United Ladies to move 3 points clear of Walsham Le Willows Ladies in 3rd place in the Suffolk Women’s Division table. Away on Sunday taking on Leiston St Margarets Ladies were leading 4-0 at half time with both Lois Balfour and Rebecca White scoring 2 goals each. Although Leiston St Margarets threatened a 2nd half comeback getting it back to 4-2 Bacton United held on to claim their 4th league win of the campaign.
A 2nd win of the season for Coplestonians Ladies moves them up for 8th in the Suffolk Women’s Division into 6th position. Away to bottom side Hadleigh United Ladies on Sunday both Courteney Farris-Whatling and Josie Haward netted a brace along with a strike from Jemma Wessels in a 5-0 win.
Two matches played in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday, with Thorpe United Ladies taking over the lead in the league for the 1st time this season, although they dropped points for the 1st time this season in the process. At home to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves the visitors held a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time with Sally Hammerton scoring the goal. Thorpe United coming back in the 2nd half to draw the game 1-1, Shanice Sutton the scorer taking her goals scored tally to 20 from just 7 appearances. The point enough to move Thorpe United ahead of Sprowston Ladies on goal difference.
Fakenham Town Ladies travelled to the coast on Sunday to play Gorleston FC Ladies looking to build on last weekends 3-3 home draw against Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. Scored 3 goals once again with Jennifer Codman netting a brace along with a debut goal for Jade Dodds. It wasn’t enough however to take anything from the game this time around as the home side netted 4 times up the other end to win the game 4-3, Gorleston winning their 1st league game of the season. Sophie Gillett scoring a hat-trick along with a goal for Bethany Turner.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
In Division Two, Bure Valley Wildcats ladies climb a place in the table up into 5th spot after claiming their 2nd league win of the season on Sunday away to Toftwood Ladies. A goal from each side saw them drawing 1-1 at half-time the visitors going on to score twice more in the 2nd half to win the game 3-1. Abigail Clark, Charlie Cooper and Juliette Kelly getting the goals. Thea Wilson scoring the 1st half goal for Toftwood United.
Gorleston Rangers Ladies won their 1st ever league game in Division Two at the weekend new to the league have been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats claiming their 1st win will do their confidence no end of good. At home to Freethorpe Ladies the sides playing out a goalless 1st half Gorleston Rangers went on to score in the 2nd half and win the game 1-0.
Norfolk Ladies League Cup
FC Sprowston Ladies complete the Ladies League Cup quarter finals line up with a big win away to fellow Division Two side Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies in the last remaining 2nd Round tie to be played. Tammy Graves top scoring in the match with 4 goals. Lois Irving hit a brace with goals too for Keri Boorman, Rebecca Kirby, Joanne Pipe and Nicole Read in a 10-0 victory
The Norfolk Ladies League Cup ties are scheduled to be played in the New Year, Sunday 7th January the final line up as follows:-
Cambridge City Ladies fantastic league form continues as the newly promoted side keep hold of the leaders spot in the ERWFL Premier Division winning away to Essex side Brentwood Town Ladies to extend their unbeaten run to 8 matches winning 7. A single goal enough to secure all 3 points on Sunday scored by Bella Simmons who takes her goals tally to 13 for the season from 11 appearances.
Cambridge City Ladies remain a point clear of 2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies who also won at the weekend taking on 3rd placed Acle United Ladies in the Premier Division on Sunday. The Essex side getting off to a fantastic start scoring 2 goals in the opening 2 minutes were 3-0 up before the opening quarter of an hour. The lead 4-0 to Billericay at half-time, Paris Smith netting a brace along with a goal each for Georgia Bx and captain Lindsey Morgan. Acle had chances 1st half and came back strongly in the 2nd half Megan Todd wearing the captains armband scoring twice in the 57th and 74th minute not enough however the damage done early in the game Billericay Town keeping up the pressure on the league leaders.
Writtle Ladies finally got back to winning ways after a slump in the league that has seen the one time league leaders take just 2 points from their last 5 games. Came out on top in a 7 goal thriller away to Suffolk side AFC Sudbury Ladies. Goals from captain Abigail Fry, Lucy Jones Hannah Mold and Sophie Vale seeing the Essex side edge the result 4-3 to claim the 3 points and take them back above Acle United into 3rd position. Stacey Teager, Charlene Roach and Semma Halil scoring the goals for AFC Sudbury Ladies.
It was a Bedfordshire derby on Sunday in the ERWFL Premier Division with 6th placed Bedford Ladies hosting 5th placed AFC Dunstable Ladies. The hosts winning the game 2-0 with goals from Setor Acolatse and Eden Kibron to close the gap on AFC Dunstable to a single point.
ERWFL Division One North
King’s Lynn Town Ladies are now 7 points clear in the ERWFL Division One North as they recorded their 7th straight win in the league on Sunday at home to Silver End United Ladies they finished the game strongly to take all 3 points with a 5-1 win over the Essex side. Two goals for Olivia Baker, with Tiffany Forshaw, Georgia Reardon and Shelley Woods all claiming a goal each. Rebecca Hollocks scoring for Silver End United Ladies.
3rd placed Wymondham Town Ladies were on the road on Sunday taking on 2nd placed Ipswich Wanderers Ladies, have played half the league games of their opponents due to cup commitments Wymondham Town remain unbeaten in the ERWFL Division One North are scoring plenty of goals two in good form added to that fire power with the addition of striker Hannah Waters formerly with Lowestoft Town Ladies. A blistering start too for Waters in her 1st start for Wymondham scoring in the 6th minute her 1st goal for the club had a hat-trick just TWO minutes later scoring in the 7th and 8th minute. Mollie O’Callaghan made it 4-0 to Wymondham just 2 minutes later. Top scorer Laura Nicholls scored her 22nd goal in the 37th minute to see Wymondham lead 5-0 with Waters scoring her 4th of the game a minute from half-time to see the visitors end a dominant 1st half leading 6-0. Two more goals midway through the 2nd half saw Wymondham win the game 8-0 both O’Callaghan and Waters getting on the scoresheet again. 49 goals now from 7 league games for Wymondham as they look to chase down the leaders.
Histon Ladies were at home in the ERWFL Division One North on Sunday hosting Ipswich Town Ladies Development. Emily Steward putting the visitors into the lead before Katie Seagrave equalised for Histon with 5 minutes left of the 1st the hosts going on to score again late in the 1st half to lead 2-1 Seagrave claiming her 2nd of the game. Histon extending their lead 3 minutes into the 2nd half Sophie Hopkin netting the goal the lead 4-1 going into the final 20 minutes Abigail Davies getting the goal. 15 minutes left and Ipswich Town Development mounted a fightback to claim a point awarded a penalty Grace Bowman stepped up to score to make it 4-2. 5 minutes later it was 4-3 Steward with her 2nd of the game. Into the final 5 minutes and another penalty awarded to the visitors Bowman taking it again and scoring to level the scores up at 4-4.
ERWFL Division One South
Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies kept their winning start to the season going in the ERWFL Division One South, the Essex side making it 7 wins from 7 to close the gap on Stevenage Ladies Reserves to 6 points with 2 games in hand winning away from home to fellow Essex rivals Hutton Ladies who they have already played 5 times this season in league and cup. Came out on top once again leading 1-0 at half-time went on to win the game 3-1 in the 2nd half. Kerri Thomas scoring a brace for Little Thurrock along with a goal for captain Abbie Simmonds.
At the other end of the ERWFL Division One South, it was good to see Bishops Stortford Ladies returning to action for the 1st time in over a month a difficult period for the club have regrouped and ready to go again this Sunday taking on Hertford Town Ladies. A brace for Kathryn Stanley along with a goal a piece for Heather Martin and Brogan McHale seeing Bishops Stortford win 4-2 to claim their 2nd league win of the season.
This weekend saw the FA Women’s Cup reach the 2nd Round Proper when the sides from the FAWPL Northern and Southern Division enter the competition, 24 ties played up and down the country 11 of those ties featuring sides playing in the leagues covered by Women’s Football East, and it’s those ties that feature in this edition of The Round-Up.
Harlow Town Ladies were the only ERWFL side left in the FA Women’s Cup a tremendous achievement already by the Division One South newcomers making history to get this far were drawn away in the 2nd Round to FAWPL South East Division One side Luton Town Ladies in good form themselves with one defeat in their last 9 matches. It was the underdogs who took the lead in the game Chloe Bassett putting Harlow Town Ladies 1-0 up in the 15th minute. Held onto the narrow advantage going into half-time. Luton Town coming back to level the scores early in the 2nd half Jess McKay finding the back of the net the FAWPL side then went on to take the lead Kim Farrow making it 2-1 with 15 minutes left to play. Harlow kept battling and Bassett scored again with 2 minutes left on the clock to make it 2-2 and take the tie into extra-time. Neither side looking like it was going to find a winning goal in the extra 30 minutes penalties looming McKay scoring a worldie late on to send Luton Town through to the 3rd Round Proper and break Harlow Town hearts. A fantastic run by the lower league side running Luton so close.
Extra-time was going to be a feature of the day with several times needing to be settled in the extra 30 minutes. FAWPL South West Division One side Brislington Ladies were one of those as they hosted higher league opponents Swindon Town Ladies in the 2nd Round Proper. Goals from Polly Wardle and Jodie Arkell in the 2nd half seeing Brislington drawing with Swindon Town 2-2 after 90 minutes of play. Another late goal in extra-time settling the tie Arkell scoring her 2nd of the game deep into extra-time to send Brislington into the 3rd Round Proper with a 3-2 win.
FAWPL Southern Division side Gillingham FC Ladies were hosting Plymouth Argyle Ladies from South West Division One in the 2nd Round Proper on Sunday. Zoe Cunningham getting the visitors off to a prefect start putting Plymouth 1-0 inside 2 minutes. Gillingham found a levelling goal in the 20th minute Jade Keogh scoring from a corner. 1-1 that was how the scores remained for the rest of the 90 minutes the tie going to extra-time. Natasha Knapman scoring to put Plymouth into the lead in the 12th minute of extra-time, Ezme Wells made it 3-1 in the 2nd period of extra play to ensure Plymouth a happy journey on the long journey home as they booked their place in the 3rd Round Proper.
Another 2nd Round Proper tie going all the way to extra-time was the all FAWPL Southern Division clash between Chichester City Ladies and C&K Basildon Ladies the Essex side in great form 2nd in the league as they made the journey south on Sunday. Chichester taking an early lead Jess Lewry putting the home side 1-0 up on 7 minutes. Thing’s got worse for C&K Basildon 4 minutes later when they were reduced to 10, Amy Nash shown a straight red card. Despite this the visitors got back on level terms midway through the 2nd half awarded a penalty kick, captain Zoe Rushen sending the ball home to make it 1-1. The visitors going on to take the lead Therese Addison with the goal to see C&K Basildon lead 2-1 at half-time. Jade Widdows got it back to 2-2 for Chichester early in the 2nd half. With neither able to find a winning goal in the 90 at 2-2 the game went into extra-time. Late in the 1st period Chichester took the lead captain Emma Alexandre scoring to make it 3-2. Time left in the 1st period of extra-time and the hosts doubled their lead Cherelle Khassel with the goal sealing a 4-2 win for Chichester.
Women’s Football East headed down to Hertfordshire at the weekend to watch the all FAWPL South East Division One, FA Women’s Cup 2nd Round Proper tie between Stevenage Ladies and Ipswich Town Ladies. History already made for Stevenage Ladies reaching the 2nd Round Proper were hosting a in form Ipswich Town Ladies side unbeaten in 8 going into the match. A competitive game Stevenage starting well opening the scoring in the 20th minute striker Amy Makewell inside the box turning a right wing cross home. Both sides giving it their all in an all action tie Stevenage leading 1-0 at half-time.
Sophie Welton bringing the ball forwards for Ipswich Town Ladies
Ipswich Town had threatened from corners earlier in the game coming close on two occasions eventually scoring the equaliser from a 3rd midway through the 2nd half Natasha Thomas rising highest at the near post to make it 1-1. That the score after 90 minutes the tie heading into extra-time both goalkeepers making saves to keep the scores level two excellent save from Ipswich Town’s Sian Fagg to deny Stevenage both sides trying to find a winning goal neither managing the tie to be settled with penalties, a lottery it was Stevenage to take the 1st, missed they saw their next saved before a 2nd miss, Ipswich scoring both their opening penalties it was Gemma Moore a late introduction to the pitch in extra-time to take the visitors 3rd penalty she scored to see Ipswich Town Ladies advance to the 3rd Round Proper.
New London Lionesses were the lowest ranked side left in the FA Women’s Cup playing in the 7th tier were hosting FAWPL Southern Division side, Crystal Palace Ladies in the 2nd Round Proper of the competition. Their run coming to an end as Crystal Palace booked their place in the 3rd Round Proper with a 3-0 win, Megan Chandler, Stefanie Simmons and Gemma Bryan scoring the goals.
A late winning goal scored 5 minutes from time saw FAWPL Southern Division side, Cardiff City Ladies go through to the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup as they faced a possible upset away to South East Division One high flyers Milton Keynes Dons Ladies. The sides goalless up until the 85th minute Jasmine Turner introduced to the game in the 2nd half popping up with the winning goal for Cardiff City Ladies.
FAWPL South East Division One leaders, AFC Wimbledon Ladies were hosting Southern Division side Portsmouth FC Ladies in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday. Ingrid Asplund putting the lower league side into an early 7th minute lead Wimbledon held onto the advantage going into half-time. Portsmouth levelling the tie with 7 minutes played in the 2nd half Samantha Quayle making it 1-1 the visitors going on to win the tie 2-1 to reach the 3rd Round Proper with Amelia Southgate scoring the winner.
FAWPL Southern Division side Lewes FC Women were hosting Enfield Town Ladies from South East Division One in the 2nd Round Proper on Sunday reached the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup with a comfortable result helped by an early goal Danielle Lane scoring in the 4th minute, Rebecca Carter putting Lewes 2-0 up inside the opening quarter hour. Lane adding her 2nd of the game late in the 1st half the lead 4-0 at the break with Charlotte Owens scoring in stoppage time. Two quickfire goals on 51 and 53 minutes put Lewes 6-0 up early in the 2nd half with Lane going on to complete her hat-trick on the hour mark to see Lewes win 7-0.
Coventry United Ladies were drawn at home in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup to fellow Southern Division side West Ham United Ladies, close 2-1 wins home and away to Coventry recently in the league the home side won for a 3rd time on Sunday. Marie Gauntlett’s 16th minute goal seeing Coventry leading 1-0 at half-time. West Ham United getting back on level terms early in the 2nd half Chenise Austin scoring in the 52nd minute. It didn’t take Coventry long to restore their lead Keeley Davies making it 2-1 2 minutes later. The hosts then went on to secure the win with 4 more goals Alison Hall, Anna Wilcox, Helen Dermody and Laura Cooper all on target in a 6-1 win.
In the other all FAWPL Southern Division tie played in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup league leaders Charlton Athletic Women were at home in an London derby with Queen’s Park Rangers Ladies on Sunday. An own goal scored with 41 minutes played giving Charlton the lead Charlotte Gurr scored to make it 2-0 just before the half-time break. Gurr added a 2nd goal early in the 2nd half before going on to score a hat-trick with captain Kimberley Dixson adding a 5th goal with 20 minutes left to play to see Charlton into the 3rd Round Proper draw.
Made on Monday the 3rd Round Proper draw for the FA Women’s Cup sees 12 ties to be played in the New Year on the 7th of January all 12 listed below. The winners receiving £1000.
Cardiff City Ladies v Burnley Ladies
Fylde Ladies v Plymouth Argyle Ladies
Keynsham Town Ladies v Brislington Ladies
Huddersfield Town Ladies v Lewes FC Women
Leicester City Women v Bradford City Women
Newcastle United Women v The New Saints Ladies
Blackburn Rovers Ladies v Portsmouth FC Ladies
Derby County Ladies v Brighouse Town Ladies or Wolverhampton Wanderers Ladies
Ipswich Town Ladies v Charlton Athletic Women
Crystal Palace Ladies v Coventry United Ladies
Middlesborough Women v Liverpool Marshalls Feds Ladies
Action from the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup this Sunday afternoon a trip to Hertfordshire to watch the all FAWPL South East Division One tie between Stevenage Ladies and Ipswich Town Ladies.
History for Stevenage Ladies has already been made reaching the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup for the 1st time. Progressing well as a club overall supported well by Stevenage FC themselves the 1st team gaining promotion to the FAWPL the season before last, are building well on the pitch after their 1st season playing at this level in 8th position one point short of last season’s tally already. Manager Reece Buck recruiting over the close season bringing in Paige Logie, Ashleigh Deacon and the returning Nicole Emming’s all with Cambridge United WFC last season.
The 1st team at Stevenage being pushed hard by their Reserves side leading the ERWFL Division One South winning all 9 of their opening league games scoring 52 goals along the way and yet to concede, keeping the 1st team on it’s toes. Stevenage entering the FA Women’s Cup in 3rd Round Qualifying a comfortable 8-0 win away to Hassocks LFC to reach the 1st Round Proper. At home to former ERWFL Premier Division rivals Acle United Ladies, Stevenage won 4-1 to reach the 2nd Round Proper.
Ipswich Town Ladies are currently 5th in FAWPL South East Division One actually their lowest position so far this season having been in the top four for a long period very much amongst those hoping to challenge for the title this season are unbeaten in 8 games in league and cup. Like Stevenage, Ipswich have a 2nd side a new Development side that won the Suffolk Women’s Division title in it’s 1st season now promoted to the ERWFL Division One North players from that side going on to appear for the 1st team. Have brought in Gemma Moore and Cassie Craddock previously with Lowestoft Town Ladies and Jordan Arnoup good to see her back on the pitch after a long period out of the game with injury. Speaking of injury however have unfortunately lost goalkeeper Leanne Smith to a long term injury, Sian Fagg usually playing outfield taking on the role between the sticks.
Ipswich Town Ladies entered the FA Women’s Cup in 3rd Round Qualifying away to Cambridge City Ladies beating the ERWFL Premier Division side 5-1. At home in the 1st Round Proper taking on Leyton Orient WFC newly promoted to FAWPL South East Division One and up their in the top 4 with Ipswich the game finishing 2-2 in normal time Ipswich went on to win in extra-time 4-2 to progress to the 2nd Round Proper.
Stevenage play their home games at Hertingfordbury Park, home of Hertford Town FC. A good sized non league ground, a small seated stand on one side housing the changing rooms, a small clubhouse too serving hot and cold drinks. The pitch looking a little worn has seen alot of football looked a little boggy in places, at the start of December a reasonably cold day, gloomy and dull overhead but little chance of rain.
Ipswich Town Ladies starting XI – Sian Fagg, Jac Ball, Jordan Arnoup, Lindsey Cooper, Harriet Petley, Cassie Craddock, Amanda Crump (C), Zoe Cossey, Sophie Welton, Natasha Thomas & Jade Henry. Subs – Miagh Downey, Tori Campbell, Nicole Pannifer, Florence Cage& Gemma Moore.
It’s Stevenage to kick off the match wearing white and red vertical striped shirts with red shorts and socks with Ipswich lined up opposite wearing blue shirts and socks with white shorts. The home side look to move the ball across the pitch forwards down the right side the ball played into the area with Amy Makewell giving chase, Ipswich’s Lindsey Cooper gets across to slide in to challenge, Makewell squeezes the ball in towards the near post goalkeeper Sian Fagg is across covering the angle gathers the ball.
Ipswich win the ball in the middle of the park the pass out to Zoe Cossey left wing looks to attack sends the cross into the area cut out by Dominique Godbeer the middle of Stevenage’s 3 at the back the clearance falls to Ipswich captain midfielder Amanda Crump tries to lift the ball back into the Stevenage area the ball is cleared. Cossey with another run left side, Natasha Thomas and Jade Henry up front for Ipswich in the area her cross is over both retrieved by right back Jac Ball getting up the pitch on the right her cross is blocked by Stevenage’s Tanya Blacksley. The home side look to counter attack Ellie Searle on the ball carries it forwards is stopped by Cooper.
Stevenage Ladies, Ellie Searle
Room on the left wing for Leah Littlechild for Stevenage whips a cross into the box too close to the near post is collected by Fagg. Ipswich launch a rapid counter move the ball through the middle into Henry up top good control takes on the shot from 25 yards out is straight at goalkeeper Katherine Long who makes the comfortable save. Stevenage win their 1st corner of the game delivered left side Ipswich defend at the near post.
Ipswich’s Jade Henry, marked by Stevenage’s Tanya Blacksley
A lively start to the game both sides competitive and looking to move the ball quickly little break in the action. Searle with another positive forwards run through the middle holding the ball up 25 yards out lays the pass back to captain Chloe Gunn she finds Littlechild free on the left going forwards her cross into the box is cleared comes back to the advancing Gunn now 20 yards out left shifts the ball then shoots the ball zipping in towards goal Fagg makes a great save getting low to her right to push the ball away from goal.
Ashleigh Deacon bringing the ball on down the right wing for Stevenage sees her cross into the area headed clear by Ipswich’s Harriet Petley. A free kick to Ipswich wide left on the halfway line Crump plays the ball long into the box to be attacked Jordan Arnoup gets her head on the ball sends her shot wide across the Stevenage goal however play is stopped by an offside flag. Henry and Thomas link up on the right wing as Ipswich launch a counter attack, Thomas sending a high ball in towards goal is collected at head height by Long at her near post.
GOAL! 20 minutes into the game and the home side open the scoring attacking down the right side from a throw in the ball is with Deacon played into the area Makewell has made a fantastic run getting away from her marker, great control and shoots to send the ball in at the near post 1-0.
Amy Makewell opens the scoring for Stevenage Ladies
Ipswich look for a quick response from the restart the ball with Cossey left side good footwork to get up the pitch the ball squared into the middle the shot is taken from distance doesn’t trouble Long in the Stevenage goal. A fantastic defensive tackle from Paige Logie to deny Cossey an opportunity to skip in behind with the ball as Craddock does well in the middle for Ipswich. Up the other end Gunn taking the ball forwards tries to play the through ball in for Makewell peeling off the centre backs, Ball is round on the cover for Ipswich to win the ball.
The wide players for both sides are seeing plenty of the ball, Cossey breaking forwards with purpose again left side sees Sophie Welton on the opposite flank looking to get into the box sends her cross long, Blacksley is aware of the threat to the Stevenage defender winning the ball at the top of her area. Littlechild has a clear field ahead of her on the left as the ball is won in the middle fired out to her driving forwards into the box strikes the shot the low ball racing wide across the face of goal. A throw in left side 25 yards out played in Makewell a turn and strike sweeps the shot wide across the goal.
The goal has swelled Stevenage’s confidence are getting players forwards and pressurising the ball when out of possession. Welton brings down Gunn in a central position. Is Gunn to take the free kick 30 yards out goes for goal the ball over the wall straight at Fagg the keeper gathering the shot. All action Ball looks to go beyond Henry off an Ipswich throw inside the Stevenage half right side up ended by Gunn the visitors with a free kick outside the top corner of the area Crump plays the ball towards the far post, Stevenage regain he ball counter attack the ball up the field Makewell giving chase Fagg out to the edge of her area kicks the ball clear.
Cossey with the ball left side her cross over Crump arriving in the box making a run from midfield, Blacksley beyond half clears the ball 20 yards out is dropping for Welton closed down can’t get the shot under control as she strikes the ball slicing it wide of the target. Ball makes a good run infield with the ball from the right on for Henry up front into the box, Godbeer does well getting across the attacker to get her head on the ball first, Long able to collect. Welton wins Ipswich a corner on the right players come forwards from the back one of those is Cooper, Crump’s delivery is perfect Cooper gets up 8 yards out headers the ball just over the crossbar.
Lindsey Cooper header flies over the bar for Ipswich Town Ladies
More good defending from Godbeer to deny Henry a chance inside the box as the attacker looks to receive the ball from Welton’s good right wing run. Cossey on the opposite side whips a low cross in towards the near post Thomas there to try and attack it under challenge sends her attempt wide of goal. Fagg sliding in claims the ball before Searle can latch onto it inside the area following good control from Emmings to see the ball into her body centrally and send the pass into the box.
Half-time Stevenage Ladies 1-0 Ipswich Town Ladies
That 45 minutes flew by all action both sides constantly looking to get forwards no one getting much time on the ball. A lively contest both sides creating chances, Stevenage with the narrow advantage competing well, right now the tie looks like it could go either way cup football at its best.
No changes for either side at the start of the 2nd half Ipswich to get the 2nd 45 underway. A little bit of hesitancy at the back from Stevenage as they break up an Ipswich attack however the visitors don’t capitalise the ball regained and cleared. Ipswich win a corner on the right following good work from Ball getting forwards receiving the lay off from Henry putting the ball in towards the top of the area. A great chance from a corner in the 1st half for Cooper, she is close again as the delivery is played in near post gets her head on the ball drills the attempt wide of the near post.
Sophie Welton bringing the ball forwards for Ipswich Town Ladies
Stevenage get the ball forwards Breckenridge on for Makewell moving left her early cross into the area is over Emmings head central and evades Littlechild beyond out of play a corner is signalled. Taken from the right towards the top of the Ipswich area the ball is cleared back out to Emmings on the right sends the ball back into the area, Godbeer gets her head on the ball drops safely for Fagg to collect.
Cossey bringing the ball on down the left for Ipswich sends a pass forwards through the middle, Blacksley misses her clearance comes onto Henry 25 yards out the ball doesn’t sit the striker not catching it cleanly the shot bounces safely on for Long to gather. Searle is brought down by Cooper as she comes forwards through the middle with the ball for Stevenage. The free kick 25 yards out central Gunn over it goes for goal on target but straight into Fagg’s gloves.
Ipswich Town Ladies, Zoe Cossey
Getting a little more physical out there the referee needing to have a word with a few players from both sides, Ipswich half a free kick just inside their own half is played long into the area dipping on Long the keeper looks to have it inside her six yard box but spills it out to her right Crump racing in blasts her shot over from a tight angle. Another free kick on halfway this time Crump on the ball play it forwards into the area gets through the crowd is claimed by Long in goal beyond.
The energy levels remain high from both sides, Ipswich looking to get forwards Stevenage nipping at the ball winning it and looking to counter, Searle and Gunn ahead of Breckenridge. Crump gives away the free kick inside the centre circle the ball played high into the area his headed clear by Thomas for Ipswich.
Cara Breckenridge on the ball for Stevenage Ladies
Ipswich come forwards Welton on the ball right inside to Craddock on for Cossey going up the left wing tackled by Logie the corner conceded. The ball is delivered near post drops to the floor Cooper tries to deflect it goalwards cleared back out to the taker put back into the area again Henry central sees her downwards header cleared off the line. Good defending from Petley for Ipswich as Searle plays the ball in behind for Emmings to chase Petley cutting out her cross. The visitors make the 1st change of the game Nicole Pannifer coming on for Henry. The substitute going to left back Arnoup moving into midfield.
Stevenage Ladies, Nicole Emmings
Direct play from Stevenage almost puts Gunn through on goal the ball kicked long by Long is flicked on with Gunn breaking in behind trying to get into the area, Fagg quick off her line slides in gathering the ball momentum seeing Gunn collide with her. Both are okay.
GOAL! Good work from Cossey on the right side the ball on for Thomas she is tackled by Godbeer inside the area to concede the corner kick. Ipswich already proving they are a threat from corners score the equalising goal the ball whipped in near post Thomas get’s up well to get her head on the ball powers it across goal and in off a defender who has no time at all to react 1-1.
Searle is fouled coming forwards for Stevenage on the left side half way out Gunn plays the ball long into the area appears to go through everyone and out of play however a corner is signalled. Played in towards Logie at the top of the area right of the D gets her foot over the ball her shot on target Fagg is prevented from gathering it on her line as a Stevenage player gets across her deflected out to the right a shot from close range is blocked a 2nd corner given this one successfully defended.
The game is stretched a little moving into the last 15 minutes both sides still looking for a goal both believing the game is there to be won. Long makes a great save on her line as Thomas looks to sweep the shot home at the near post following Welton’s right wing cross. Stevenage make their 1st change of the match, Deacon coming off to be replaced by Kristi Burling. The referee has been reluctant to show any cards but the fouls are mounting up Crump is the 1st player booked sliding in from behind.
A penalty shout for Stevenage as Makewell goes down under challenge inside the box from a throw in on the left, the referee waves play on. Makewell is presented with a goal scoring chance at close range as Ipswich attempt to header the ball back to Fagg dropping late on the keeper the ball is spilt Makewell racing in pokes the ball wide of the left post. Ipswich work the ball down the right Crump inside for Craddock her shot from 25 yards out is charged down spins away to the right the cross drilled back in rebounds back off the near post then the follow up strike is blasted wide across the six yard box.Cossey with a run through the middle shoots wide from 25 yards out for Ipswich . The score remains 1-1 as the 90 minutes are up the tie heading into extra-time.
Full time Stevenage Ladies 1-1 Ipswich Town Ladies
A really good match to watch, the action non stop either side could yet still win in Ipswich getting the equaliser 2nd half the energy levels from both sides remaining high throughout more fouls creeping in 2nd half.
Ipswich to kick off the 1st period of extra-time. A great chance straight away for the visitors as Craddock steals possession from Burling at the back and plays the ball into the area right side with Ball providing the run a blasts her shot wide across the Stevenage goal. Makewell up the other end bursts forwards with the ball taking it into the right corner flashes a cross along the face of the Ipswich goal.
Stevenage with a free kick wide on the left played into the top of the box Burling with the header sends the ball looping up into the air Ipswich head clear comes back to Searle plays the ball back into the area the 2nd clearance falling to Emming’s outside the area right of the D sends her shot wide. Stevenage press forwards Littlechild on the move left side her cross squared in along the top of the Ipswich area Makewell arriving sends her 1st time strike up over the bar.
Fagg with an easy save as the shot is put straight at her from distance by Emming’s following good work from Gunn winning the ball and playing her in. Gunn then shoots wide from distance following a run with the ball at her feet through the middle. Stevenage make a 2nd change Rebecca Scola coming on for Searle. A corner late in the 1st period of extra-time for Ipswich Thomas with the header on near post Arnoup central headers the ball down towards goal Stevenage clear.
A substitution for Ipswich at the start of the 2nd period of extra-time, Miagh Downey on for Welton as Stevenage get thing’s started. Gunn with more good work on the ball for Stevenage is brought down by Thomas wide left. The ball cleared Ipswich attack the ball into Cossey through the middle no advance as she is tugged back by Burling the free kick awarded 30 yards out. The shot is attempted a yard wide of the top right corner.
Both sides still going for it no one is shutting up shop a quick free kick taken by Stevenage has Emmings away down the left into the corner her cross in cleared by Cooper comes back to her, another cross put in lands in the side netting. Gunn brings the ball on plays it through for Emmings trying to get into the area from the left cut out by Petley the corner conceded, Stevenage make their final change before it is taken Danielle Maloney coming on for Makewell. From the left the corner is taken short rolled into Gunn coming and calling for it turns inside 25 yards out connects with the shot wall flying towards the top corner Fagg with a top class save to tip the ball up over her crossbar.
Ipswich Town Ladies goalkeeper, Sian Fagg
Thomas is shown a yellow after mounting up the warnings a free kick for Stevenage wide right Emmings over it goes for the shot angling in near post another excellent save from Fagg to tip the ball over once again. The corner taken from the left cleared into Gunn outside the box central blazes her shot over the crossbar. Stevenage pressing hard late on Ipswich make a late change Gemma Moore their final substitution coming on for Cossey. The final whistle and this tie will be settled from the penalty spot.
I might have mentioned I hate penalty shootouts before so moving on it’s a lottery now both sides have put so much into the game a late winner for either side would have been tough to take. A shootout then for a place in the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup.
The sides gather on halfway to watch the penalty shootout
Stevenage to take the opening penalty kick. Breckenridge puts the ball down on the spot and takes it, Fagg dives to her left guessing right the ball misses running wide of the post 0-0.
Arnoup to take Ipswich’s first penalty kick, a confident strike through the middle high into the back of the net to give the visitors the advantage 0-1.
Jordan Arnoup scores Ipswich Town Ladies first penalty
Up comes Logie to take Stevenage’s 2nd penalty sends the ball low towards the bottom left corner Fagg guesses right getting down to make the save 0-1.
Thomas walks forwards to take Ipswich’s 2nd penalty no messing straight down the middle to double the advantage 0-2.
Emming’s comes forwards to take Stevenage’s third penalty goes the opposite side to the previous two wrong footing Fagg however sending the ball high, too high it goes over the crossbar 0-2.
Up comes Moore to take Ipswich’s 3rd penalty only just introduced to the action no doubt not expecting her penalty to be the one that would send Ipswich through to the 3rd Round, a low and confident strike through the middle she turns to celebrate and is mobbed by her on rushing team mates Ipswich win on penalties 3-0.
It’s a cruel way to end a match but it has to be settled one way or anther Ipswich go through to the 3rd Round Proper extend their unbeaten run to 9 games too. A great game to watch a good sized crowd in attendance too, witnessed a good contest between two committed sides end to end and rarely stopping to draw breath. Stevenage’s run comes to an end but shouldn’t be disappointed too much a great effort today.
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
I do make it hard for myself at times since deciding to name a Women’s Football East – Playerof the Match another tough call today good performances from players on both sides all over the pitch the back 3 for Stevenage, Fagg with some excellent saves in extra-time, Cossey on the wing for Ipswich. Overall however for today’s Player of the Match I have gone with Stevenage’s captain, Chloe Gunn, a tremendous work rate in the middle of the park good timing of passes and runs forwards a threat from a set-piece too.
Enjoyed today got to love a cup tie, a great game to watch, tough to end on penalties. My thanks to both sides for their help today. Best of luck to Ipswich Town Ladies in the 3rd Round Draw.
Welcome to this our second newsletter of this season. In this edition we cover:
Constitution 2017/18 & Cup Draw
FA Women’s Conference
Funding- Charter Standard
But first. Many congratulations to all clubs that are doing well in their county cup competitions and those that have had a good run in the FA Cup. Pride of place must go to Harlow Town who have reached the second round proper of the competition. We do wish Harlow every success; a great game with right result!
Really good news that all clubs appear to have settled back into the “3 Division” framework and we do hope you’re enjoying the games and competition. So how are first division teams finding it? Be very interested to know.
Disappointed that we have now lost 3 teams, 2 from the Premier Division would you believe and Offley & Stopsley from the first Division South. We did seek help from County FAs to try and recruit more players, but at this level in the game most players that want to play are already signed up, so it’s all a bit difficult. There’s no doubt that having a continuous supply of fresh players coming through a youth set up is the way to go.
It’s also interesting to have a look at the number of players registered for each team over the last couple of seasons and the number that have dropped by the wayside and compare this with the number recruited. You can do this through looking at Full-time, so check it out for your club and ask yourself, “Are we bringing through sufficient players to cover those that move on?” Worth thinking about talking to your County FA development team perhaps.
As with the last few seasons, we reach into November and think we’re doing well; up with the league schedule and the cup rounds. But then, the weather kicks off and come the end of February we wonder how we’ll get all the games in. So if the weather does start to take a grip then do fight back and try and get your games played; but without any health and safety issues mind you. Think about doing a deal with a local all-weather pitch facility. Try setting something up as a fall back now, you then get priority access and a better deal.
Now the exciting bit, the cup draw!
Round 3 to be played on 10th December 2017
Round 1 to be played on 10th December 2017
Round 2, Date to be arranged
Cambridge United Reserves
Winners of Match 1
Little Thurrock Dynamos
We do hope you enjoy these games and wish you all every success!
Our project of working with County FAs to appoint referees to clubs in their county for home matches has continued successfully.
But, do always check out with the appointed referee that they know: where they are going, kick off time and match details (Cup or League). And do make sure you get conformation from them that they are going to do the game. Also, thinking about it, be good to give them your mobile contact details, and, always get their mobile number in case of an emergency.
Many thanks also for feedback you’re providing on the performance of our referees. Don’t forget the standard marking process is:
91 – 100
81 – 90
71 – 80
61 – 70
So there it is, don’t go giving referees silly marks, up or down and don’t forget to use the form if you’re going to mark the referee down.
FA Women’s Conference
Peter and Jim recently attended a meeting of the Women’s Conference that included some discussion on the structure of the women’s pyramid.
The FA have reviewed the upper end of the pyramid and some restructure agreed that will be put in place over the next few seasons and now they have commissioned some work to start reviewing regional and county levels in the game.
So during the upcoming months do be thinking about the structure at our regional level in the pyramid and how you think improvements can be made to help current clubs and attract more teams and clubs into the game at our level.
It looks like the FA will be running some roadshows, one of which maybe at a meeting of ours, and we’re sure your ideas will add considerable value to the process.
Funding- Charter Standard
Earlier this season we were able to provide match balls and bibs for those in technical areas and we do hope you’re making good use of these.
We were able to do this through a partnership with Nike, but chiefly through financial support provided by the FA.
To access FA support we produce a Development Plan that’s agreed with the FA and this year we’ve again submitted our plan and we meet with the FA at the end of November for them to consider our proposals.
Again, we’ve included footballs for all our clubs and in fact we’ve already received a £1000 administration grant from them towards our ongoing costs through this plan.
An expectation from the FA is that all of our clubs achieve Charter Standard status so please help us help you by maintaining your Charter Standard accreditation.
Don’t forget we still have funding available to support emergency first aid qualification, to better ensure match day health & safety, and to cover the cost of any physio support your players may need. Contact our Treasurer, John Bacon, for details.