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Match Report – Cambridge City Ladies v Cambridge United WFC

Sunday 11th November

FA Women’s Cup

 The 1st Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup this Sunday afternoon and it’s a local derby for Women’s Football East returning to the Trinity Playing Fields to watch Cambridge City Ladies take on rivals Cambridge United WFC.

   A contest between the leading women’s football sides in Cambridgeshire, Cambridge United WFC playing in FAWNL South East Division One whilst Cambridge City Ladies compete just one league below the ERWFL Premier Division.

  They were once one at youth level, Cambridge Women forming and going on to rise through the woman’s football pyramid reaching the FAWNL, a merger with Cambridge United seeing them become Cambridge United WFC. Several players have since returned to Cambridge City who themselves are rising through the women’s football pyramid. Local rivals their most recent meeting seeing Cambridge City win the Invitation (County) Cup Final last season to end a spell of dominance from United.

  A runners-up finish for Cambridge City Ladies in their debut season playing in the ERWFL Premier Division, are looking to go one better this time around win the title and with it join the FAWNL themselves. Have made a perfect start a 100% in all competitions to date including making history in reaching the 1st Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup for the 1st time. 

  Began their FA Women’s Cup campaign back in the Preliminary Round with a away match against Newmarket Town Ladies a 2-0 seeing them draw at home to Cambridgeshire Premiership side Riverside Ladies in 1st Round Qualifying a crushing 14-0 victory setting up another home tie in 2nd Round Qualifying against higher league opponents, Leyton Orient WFC, Women’s Football East was there to watch the match a thriller 9 goals scored Cambridge City 2-0 down late in the 1st half came back to win an exciting 2nd half 5-4! A much different game in 3rd Round Qualifying an away trip to fellow ERWFL Premier Division side, Acle United Women. Laura Mills scoring the opening minutes, Cambridge City defending resolutely as Acle pushed hard for an equalising goal, held out and booked thier place in the 1st Round Proper.

   Cambridge United WFC are well established in the FAWNL South East Division One, those clubs entering the FA Women’s Cup in 2nd Round Qualifying. A home draw against ERWFL Premier Division side, Harlow Town Ladies, a comfortable 6-0 win over the Essex side setting up a 3rd Round Qualifying tie at home to fellow South East Division One side Stevenage Ladies. 2-0 up Stevenage came back late on to level the scores send the tie into extra-time, for there penalties Cambridge holding their nerve to win the shootout and reach the 1st Round Proper. 

 Despite alot of overnight rainfall, knew from previous experience the Trinity Playing Fields will hold out well, the pitch looking in good condition, a local derby alot of interest generated a good number arriving. Hot drinks available plus Cambridge City were laying on hot food for the afternoon. A good atmosphere building, sunny but cloudy a shower possible but unlikely.

Cambridge City Ladies starting XI – Tee Mhunduru, Amy Reed, Lauren Tomlinson, Robyn Phillips, Becca Fay (C), Hannah Bodily, Sarah Mosley, Charlotte Gillies, Laura Mills, Erin Davies & Shannon Shaw. Subs – Bella Simmons, Anna Kanz, Emily Reed & Ceri Flye.

Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Savannah Smith, Emma Jenkins, Carrie Bennett, Vicky Neal, Fran Gough, Gabrielle Whitehurst, Amber Cantwell, Jade Bell, Becky Shephard, Faith Hewitt & Kelley Blanchflower (C). Subs – Charlotte Crisp, Zoe Lander, Steph Gale, Mollie Coupar & Liz Pamplin.

  A moment of remembrance before the match a poignant day, 100 years since Armistice Day that brought an end to World War I. The team captains laying a wreath on the centre circle before a period of silence… Lest We Forget.

Captains, Kelley Blanchflower & Becca Fay laying a wreath of poppies in Remembrance of Armistice Day

   There’s a buzz in the air a crowd eagerly gathered to watch surrounding the pitch, no point using  Cambridge from here on in, City v United. It’s City to kick-off the 1st half wearing white shirts with black across the shoulders, black shorts with black and white hooped socks. United lined up opposite wearing amber coloured shirts with black shorts and socks. The ball played out to the right side, Gabrielle Whitehurst winning the tackle for United the ball out for a throw.

   City attack the ball played out to Charlotte Gillies on the right cuts inside before lifting the ball over the United defence with Laura Mills making the run in behind, Savannah Smith in goal for United able to safely gather inside the box. Derby matches can see some robust and usually clumsy tackles early on and this one is not exception, United right back, Emma Jenkins getting clipped across the ankles, Mill sliding in bring down Jade Bell. The latter resulting on a free-kick wide right the ball into the area knocked on towards goal City goalkeeper claiming the ball as it runs into her six yard box. 

Charlotte Gillies on the ball for Cambridge City Ladies

  City attack on the left Shannon Shaw on for Mills, Jenkins getting in to tackle and put the ball out for a throw. Defending inside their area the ball moved quickly through the middle a United break, captain, Kelley Blanchflower with a powerful run on the ball, central, rides Hannah Bodily’s challenge before running in Robyn Phillips the City centreback regaining possession of the ball inside her box. A good tempo both sides pushing players forwards, United break left, Blanchflower running into the channel as Becky Shephard plays the ball forwards, Mhunduru out to the edge of her area quickly sliding in to claim the ball at the strikers feet. 

Cambridge United WFC’s, Emma Jenkins

  United’s Amber Cantwell take the ball on through the middle laying it off to Faith Hewitt tries her luck from 30 yards out the ball swinging away from goal. Gillies fouled on the right, a low ball played into the area, Vicky Neal putting in a block before clearing, Jenkins committing the foul 25 yards out City with a chance to shoot. Erin Davies over the ball goes for goal the ball wide past the post takes a clips off a United defender on the way through, the corner given. Mills from the left the delivery long towards the far post, the header sending the ball behind for the goal kick. 

Cambridge United WFC’s, Amber Cantwell with Cambridge City’s, Erin Davies

  Bodily looks to find space on the left as she comes forwards, Jenkins getting support from Bell dealing with the threat. A throw in, you know from the last report that Lauren Tomlinson has a long one in he armoury United winning the ball in the box, Neal clearing. End to end Shaw with Mills in attack for City, United break the counter attack bringing a free-kick 25 yards out left of the D. Jenkins to have a shot on goal, Mhunduru with a fantastic save diving to her right pushes the ball behind for the corner kick.

   Bell available on the right for United as they bring the ball forwards, Gillies looking lively on City’s right flank. The niggly free-kicks continue, United showing a little frustration. Good work from Cantwell in the middle winning the ball runs on the pass on for Bell she sends it on for Blanchflower coming over to the right her cross swung into the box cut out by City captain, Becca Fay. Hewitt’s turn to get the ball forwards for United, out to Bell on the right side, a strong tackle from Tomlinson to stop the attack.

Kelley Blanchflower ready to tackle Cambridge City’s Sarah Mosley

   A free-kick on halfway for City the ball played long up into the area, Neal backpedalling for United with the header on the six yard line the ball drops straight to the advancing Davies top of the area meets the shot on the volley her effort spins wide of the target. Shaw takes the ball forwards almost succeeds in playing Mills in behind instead the ball is cleared for a throw on the left. Tomlinson goes long the ball inside the area knocked on towards the near post, Smith catches it not put off by Davies attempting to get her head on it.

   Mills pulls away to the left wing on the ball down the line swings a cross into the area, Shaw lined up with the far post 12 yards out up to get her head on the ball knocked down, Smith with a slight stumble before getting down to push the ball away for the corner. In towards the near post headed behind for a 2nd corner from 3 yards out. The 2nd corner in from the right, met again near side deeper this time, Phillips sending the header wide.

   Shaw with a good run with the ball for City through the middle lays it out to Gillies getting forwards on the left, cuts inside the full back into the area shaping to shoot, Neal racing across gets the challenge in the rob her of the ball. Smith racing out of her area misses the ball as it is played long up to Shaw, the United defence back on the cover clearing the ball long before it can reach the goal. Amy Reed getting forwards from right back for City to the byline with the ball her cross in claimed at the near post by Smith.

Cambridge United WFC’s, Vicky Neal

   Fay receives the first yellow card of the game as she slides in to take out Bell right side. The ball from the resulting set-piece fired in towards the far post area, Mhunduru claiming well not put off by the runners coming in. Davies steals in to win the ball off the United defence right side spots Mills making a run in from the left tries to find her, Smith though can intercept the pass. Bell with a jinking run right side looks to get into the box, the City defence converging running her off the ball. Tomlinson breaking away on the left wing for City, Jenkins doing well up against her preventing the cross before defending and winning the goal kick.

Half-time Cambridge City Ladies 0-0 Cambridge United WFC 

  An intriguing 1st 45 minutes, certainly has a derby feel about it two committed sides that have provided the crowd with an enjoyable game so far. Very good numbers in attendance and heard lots of positive comments too. Goalless neither side has gotten on top of the other, spells of pressure short lived, some lively challenges but not malice more niggly, it’s tense out there. An interesting 2nd half to come and extra-time… and penalties should they be required.

Sarah Mosley getting the ball up field for Cambridge City Ladies

   It’s United to kick-off the 2nd half the sun low in the sky in Smith’s eyes. City winning the ball in the middle come forwards Davies out to Mills on the left her early cross into the box met central by Shaw knocked down into the ground, Smith right behind it collecting safely. Whitehurst brought down in the middle United awarded the free-kick, Cantwell to put the ball up into the area, Phillips winning the header for City. Phillips defending again as United’s Blanchflower and Shephard look to combine on the right. 

Kelley Blanchflower looking to shake of Cambridge City Ladies, Robyn Phillips

   Shepherd’s run in behind halted through the middle the flag up against her following good work form Cantwell in the middle of the park. Carrie Bennett defending at left back stopping Gillies as she tries to cut inside her from the wing. City attack left side the ball played on for Shaw to chase, Gough on her shoulder running towards the box, Smith coming to kick the ball clear, smashes it unluckily against Gough, Shaw alert onto the rebound the keeper out of position she shots from the angle, Bennett racing back to clear if needed the ball striking the outside of the post and out of play.

Erin Davies attacking for Cambridge City Ladies

   Shephard gets into space on the left given the ball takes it on in behind her cross squared into the box along the top of the six yard box an awkward height for Bell nevertheless does well the get her leg back enough to get a kick in towards goal, lacking pace however Mhunduru diving it able to smother the shot. Gillies doing well on the right wing for City, support from Reed and Davies playing her in, inside the area, the United defence closing her down Gough winning the tackle. City make the first change of the game, off comes Mosley on comes Bella Simmons.

Amy Reed dealing with the ball for Cambridge City Ladies

  Gillies with a storming run down the right side plays the cross into the box United defending as Mills tries to turn it in at the near post. City have a corner on the right the ball into the six yard box comes at Simmons quickly can’t direct it in on target. City applying a little pressure now another cross in from the right flashing across the face of goal. 

   Smith with a fantastic save to deny City the opening goal, pressure around the 18 yards box the cross in central Simmons 10 yards out central shifts the ball well the goal looks there for the taking as she unleashes a shot, Smith throwing herself up to her right full stretch getting behind it gloving the ball away for the corner brilliant. The corner from the right long carries to Mills a the top of the area her strike goalwards charged down the rebound out to the left the cross put back in Smith with the catch.

   Bell coming out to the left has support from Hewitt down the line edge of the box, Phillips in with a good tackle to stop Bell turning inside. The ball staying that side United keep it Bell getting another opportunity to send a cross in, very nearly results in an own goal, Tomlinson running a with Blanchflower getting the first touch the ball turned goalwards inside her six yard box, manages to get to it to hook it up over the bar. 

Robyn Phillips tackling Cambridge United’s Jade Bell

  Hewitt with a strike on goal from outside the area as the ball comes out to her from the corner, takes a deflection sending it wide for another corner. Swung in under the bar Mhunduru up under challenge does enough to get the ball away from danger. Bell wins a throw on the right the ball played on into the area won by Phillips, City counter attack the ball up to Mills, Gough closing her down does well up against her. 

 GOAL! Closing in on the final 15 minutes and United break the dead lock, good running from Blanchflower coming out to the left side down the line, checks back inside before looking up and lifting a cross into the area the ball over Shepherd leaping in a central position falls to, Bell at the far post meeting it perfectly to volley back in towards goal and score, her 1st goal for United in only her 3rd appearance 0-1.

  United make a change straight after the goal, Charlotte Crisp coming on to replace Hewitt in the middle. City press the ball lifted up through the middle headed out to Gillies coming inside from the right onto the ball fires in a shot races wide across the face of goal. Blanchflower with a driving run bursting towards the area tackled by Reed as the game moves into the final 10 minutes. United make a 2nd change, Mollie Coupar on for Shepherd. Decisions continue to frustrate United, players letting their emotions show.

Cambridge United WFC’s, Gabrielle Whitehurst

  Gillies still full of running on the right, down the wing sends in and inviting cross low into the six yards box, Smith down low pushes the ball away from danger. City win a free-kick in the corner on the left, the ball high into the six yard box Smith up for it falls awkwardly under challenge, play stopped needs treatment. Jenkins booked for expressing her anger. Shaw gets onto the end of a cross put in from the left plants the ball wide of the near post.

 GOAL! Into stoppage time a throw in deep on the left the ball is put into a congested near post area pings around feet before popping loose back to a City shirt, a shot the ball lashed into the back of the net, City equalise, now you try to look for the scorer but she’s currently under the rest of her teammates as they bundle into celebrate 1-1. The goal scored by Bella Simmons.

Cambridge City Ladies celebrate their late equaliser goalscorer Bella Simmons under there somewhere

  Smith is struggling in goal for United, Pamplin being readied, carrying injuries herself including a broken finger but that won’t stop her. City pressure late on pushing for a winner, a free-kick on the right Reed to put the ball into the box cleared as the final whistle blows and the game heads into extra-time. 

Full time Cambridge City Ladies 1-1 Cambridge United WFC

  Extra-time

  Momentum firmly with City right now as the teams gather their composure for the extra period of play the sun low in the sky now. A blow for United, Smith cannot continue, Pamplin comes on in goal. United frustrated with the officials too. City to kick-off the 1st 15 minutes of extra play. Gillies winning the ball right side running on her cross high landing behind the goal. City come again right side this time win a throw inside the United half, Bell actually playing the ball off Tomlinson, the fans all knowing the decision is wrong so too the United bench, manager Kevin Hoover getting a talking to from the referee as he voices his complaints.

GOAL! From the throw-in City go on to score a well worked move Tomlinson’s throw down the line good the cross put in early towards the top of the area Mills making a good move getting herself into space inside the D, unmarked hits the ball well rifling it into the back of the net and moments from going out of the FA Women’s Cup, City are in front 2-1.

Laura Mills strikes in extra-time to put Cambridge City Ladies into the lead

  City looking confident have their tails up now the goal restoring energy levels, space opening up Gillies right her cross early long Mills far side turns it goalwards, Pamplin down low easily able to gather. Shaw turning inside with the ball from a throw in foul Cantwell as she tries to get into the area. Coupar winning the ball deep on for Blanchflower left takes on the shot early and attempted lob, doesn’t have enough height on it to worry Mhunduru.

  United pressing forwards room in behind as City counter the ball fed into Shaw, both Simmons and Davies into the area, the latter left side slices her shot wide. Gough defends well as Tomlinson forces her way forwards looking to get in behind her, Neal around on the cover to make sure the ball is cleared. Gillies on the right inside for Shaw she is tackled by Gough outside the box the ball coming back for Gillies she strikes it goalwards from 25 yards out lands in the side netting. 

  A brave save from Mhunduru as Coupar running with the ball left side into the middle sends Bell through into the area left of goal the City keeper rushing in to slide down at her feet the ball deflected away for a corner. The corner is fired in across the face of goal low, Jenkins gets onto it at the far post, a goal line clearance keeping the ball out.

Half-time extra-time Cambridge City Ladies 2-1 Cambridge United WFC

  The sun low in the sky now as United kick-off the 2nd period of extra-time 15 minutes to find a reply. The visitors press forwards Blanchflower with Coupar central moving left, Reed defending for City, Crisp gathers the ball on the wing the cross fired in central, Whitehurst stretching for the ball can’t quite reach it. 

  City break attacking on the right Gillies played on by Mills, Bennett doing well as she stands up against her. Zoe Lander on at right back for United replacing Jenkins. Blanchflower getting hold of the ball takes on 3 City plays manages to get n behind into the area left of goal looks to place the ball high past Mhunduru the City keeper doing well getting a glove to the ball taking it behind for a corner.

City make a change, Davies coming off on comes Emily Reed. Mills is booked for a late challenge on Cantwell on halfway. Neal looks to get in behind from the set-piece the flag up for a foul against her. Mhunduru comes for a free-kick into her six yards box on the right pushing the ball down and away gets hurt as she falls the decision going her way, needs treatment looks in pain but thankfully in up shakily and able to continue. Gillies booked late of for a clip on Neal’s heels. The free-kick defended, City counter the ball with Mills on the right wins a throw. No time left for a United counter, as City win 2-1 to reach the 2nd Round.

Full time extra-time Cambridge City Ladies 2-1 Cambridge United WFC

  A thrilling game, intriguing a great watch and a god crowd in attendance to see two committed and passionate sides go head to head in the FA Women’s Cup. It’s a relatively new rivalry but these two sides are destined to meet again plenty of times in the future. The momentum with City now and well deserved conceding late they demonstrated once again their ability to keep going keep pressing and got back on level terms late on. Taking the lead early in the 2nd half to win in extra time and keep their 100% record going. Will be eagerly awaiting the 2nd Round draw when the FAWNL Premier Division sides enter the competitions.

  Frustrating in the end for United, taking the lead but couldn’t hold out aggrieved at decisions before falling behind only adding to the case. Played their part in a passionate derby however and the game had the feel of a proper cup tie too and who can predict those?

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

   On to this afternoons Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. Several contenders in what was a really enjoyable game. Savannah Smith with an outstanding save for United, Kelley Blanchflower making some excellent runs using the channels well too. For City, Charlotte Gillies was lively in the right wing some great runs with the ball, bringing others into play, Shannon Shaw with some good hold up play in attack and Robyn Phillips terrific at centre back. Just ahead of those though is Laura Mills excellent in attack finding space on both flanks and through the middle, driving with the ball and a quality strike to win the game wins today’s award.

   A great game attracting plenty of interest a good crowd to witness an intriguing encounter between two of the best woman’s football sides in Cambridgeshire. Perhaps one of those rare games where I actually know who the players are, but it always pays to get those team sheets and my thanks as always to both clubs for helping me out. Wishing Cambridge City Ladies all the best for the 2nd Round draw.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Two games played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this weekend and with the league leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development not in action it was an opportunity for 2nd placed ICA Sports Ladies to move level on points with them at the top of the table. This Sunday ICA Sports Ladies were at home taking on Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds. Kylie Armstrong scoring twice to take her goals tally to 6 for the season for ICA Sports, there was a brace too for Bente Hanert her first goals for the club in only her 2nd appearance. Donna Nicholls on target too with a goal wrapping up a 5-0 win for ICA Sports joined the leaders on 12 points.

   Is tight in the Premiership table below the leading pair, Histon Ladies Reserves winning for the 2nd time this season leaping up to 3rd in the table. At home were taking on Riverside Ladies this Sunday, Daniella Briggs scoring her first goals of the season netting twice for Histon, Sarah Freestone on target too for her first goal of the campaign with Sophie also scoring in a 4-0 win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

The top two in the Championship North went head to head on Sunday for the 1st time this season, both level on points with a 100% winning start to the season, Ketton Ladies ahead on goal difference hosting Wisbech Town Ladies. Ketton having the better of thing’s were leading the game 4-1 when the game was abandoned quarter of an hour into the 2nd half following a medical emergency to one of the Wisbech Town players. Awaiting a response to see if the result stands or the game will be replayed at a later date. Individual rules for league can vary the norm being 70 minutes. More importantly though is the health of the players and Women’s Football East wishes the player involved all the best for a full and speedy recovery. 

  Elsewhere in the Championship North 3rd placed Wisbech St Mary Ladies were hosting 4th placed Cardea Ladies. Wisbech St Mary claiming the 3 points in a high scoring game winning 8-3 to move onto 9 points. Josie Turner scoring a hat-trick moves onto 11 goals since joining in the summer. A goal too for Hannah Shales takes her tally to 8. There were 1st goals of the season for 3 players too for Wisbech St Mary with Carlie Knight getting a brace, Eilish Brown and Lauren Laws also celebrating a goal each.

   The bottom two in the Championship North were also in action on Sunday with Hungate Rovers Ladies travelling to play Pinchbeck United Ladies. A comfortable win for the visitors in the end as Hungate won for the 1st time this season, 6-0 the winning margin.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

  Haverhill Rovers Ladies maintain a 3 point lead at the top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South with an away victory on Sunday as the top 3 all picked up another 3 points. Haverhill Rovers were up against Isleham United Ladies. Top scorer, Joeli Kirby now has 15 goals for the season as she scored a further 3 goals on Sunday. Kayleigh Nolan, Siobhan White and Elicia Cooper all on target too in a 6-1 win. Nicole Bailey with the Isleham goal. 

  St Ives Town Ladies Development in 2nd place were at home on Sunday hosting bottom side Burwell Tigers Ladies, A brace from Frances Chapman along with goals from Jade Carpenter, Connie Liddiard and Leah Culpin her 1st for the club securing a 6-1 victory. Elisa Heinamaa scoring for Burwell Tigers.

  6 goals to scored for the winning side in the other game from the Championship South with 3rd placed Cambridge Rangers WFC travelling to Wimblington to play Park Ladies, a disappointing afternoon for the hosts as Cambridge Rangers hit them for 6 Vanessa Martinez Ramos scoring twice to open her goals account for the season. Jaclyn Scafide also getting on the scoresheet for the 1st time this season, with Robyn Barlow and Sharne Southgate both getting a goal each moving onto 7 and 8 goals respectfully, an own goal too seeing the visitors win 6-2.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

League Cup weekend in the Beds & Herts Women’s league, 8 ties in the 2nd Round of the competition six played this Sunday. Northwood Ladies v Royston Town Ladies Development scheduled for this coming Sunday. Houghton Athletic Ladies through to the quarter finals awarded the home win against Welwyn Pegasus Azures.

   Holders St Albans Ladies progress comfortably through to the last 8 with a home win against Division Three side, Biggleswade United Ladies on Sunday. Michaela Johnson scoring the opening goal for St Albans on 17 minutes. Two quick fire goals from Jessica McNamara and Ellen Slater midway through the 1st half putting St Albans 3-0 up, McNamara scoring again late in the 1st half to see the hosting 4-0 to the good. Eleanor Lovelock striking early in the 2nd half for St Albans 5th goal. McNamara went on to compete her hat-trick before scoring a 4th 15 minutes from time. Johnson getting her 2nd of the game with the clock moving into the last 10 minutes. Slater two claiming a brace as she completed a 9-0 scoreline with 3 minutes left to play.

   The leaders of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One were away in the 2nd Round of the League Cup taking on the leaders of Division Three, Langford Ladies. A narrow win seeing the higher league side progress, goals from Katherine Calvert and Janiece Allen securing a 2-1 win for the Sapphires, Chloe Scott scoring for Langford.

   A strong 2nd half performance saw Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies advance to the last 8 of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup as they overcame fellow Division One side Sharnbrook WFC at home in the 2nd Round. Natasha McConville scoring in the 10th minute for Hemel Hempstead went on score twice more in the last 15 minutes to seal a hat-trick. Charlotte Ross scoring for the 1st time this season in the 67th minute, the 5th Hemel Hempstead goal coming in the final minute Bianca Hedgecock also getting her 1st goal of the season. 5-1 the final score, Jackie Dodds on the scoresheet for Sharnbrook.

   Division Two side, Letchworth Garden City Ladies were at home in the 2nd Round of the League Cup taking on Division One opponents, Sherrardswood Ladies, the tie going all the way having to be decided on penalties. Laurie Marris with the early goal to put Sherrardswood into the lead, Katy Jones adding a 2nd goal for the visitors in the 65th minute. Letchworth getting 2 goals themselves through Emily Jamieson and Tayla Murray taking the tie into extra-time. The back of the net remaining intact in the extra half-hour the game to be settled on penalty kicks, Letchworth advancing to the last 8 of the competition with a 5-4 win.

  Hitchin Belles are also through to the last 8 of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup with a home win against fellow Division Two side Bedford Ladies Development in the 2nd Round this Sunday. Amy Jack scoring twice to move onto 7 goals for the season, also on 7 goals for the season is Charlotte Peters as she scored against Bedford. Whilst Emma Wells and Chloe Keller were both on target with their 1st goals of the season. Hitchin Belles winning 5-1.

   One all Division Three tie in the 2nd Round of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies away to Bedwell Rangers Ladies. A 100% start to the league the visitors kept that record in the cup, 3 players netting a brace with Chloe Urbanowicz, Zara Garrard and Katie Hay all getting 2, a brace of own goals too unfortunately for Bedwell as they were defeated 8-2, Rachael Jones and Leah Tomlin with their goals.

  The quarter final draw of the League Cup already made the 4 ties scheduled to be played Sunday 2nd December are as follows:- 

St Albans Ladies v Houghton Athletic Ladies

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies v Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires

Northwood Ladies or Royston Town Ladies Development v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Letchworth Garden City Eagles

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

  One league game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday with league leaders Hitchin Town Ladies at home taking on Watton Ladies. Emma Chaffey captaining Hitchin Town scoring twice in the game 1 from the penalty spot with 3 players finding the back of the net for their 1st goals of the season, Natalie Thompson, Hayley Watson and Robyn Wilfort. The 5-0 win for Hitchin Town seeing them open up a 7 point lead at the top of the Division Two table.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

  Two matches played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three on Sunday. AFC Dunstable Ladies Reserves climb up to 3rd in the table as they won away from home to keep up their unbeaten start. Were taking on Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses who themselves had started with 2 wins from 2. Their 100% winning start ended by Bianca Vassell as she scored all of the goals for AFC Dunstable as they ran out 5-2 winners. Georgia Payne and Jade Matthews with her 1st of the season scoring for Woburn & Wavendon. 

  A first ever league win for Kempston Rovers Ladies this Sunday coming at the 5th attempt at home to fellow newcomers Stotfold Juniors Ladies, 3rd at the start of the day. A brace from both Chelsea Rose Jeffery and Sabrina Stramaglia seeing Kempston Rovers celebrate a 4-1 win at the final whistle. Sophie Norman scoring for Stotfold her 5th goal of the season.

The Round-Up – Essex 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Leigh Ramblers Ladies winning run continues as they make it 6 in a row since an opening day defeat to join leaders Frontiers Ladies on 18 points at the top of the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Their latest win coming at home on Sunday against fellow promoted side Southend United Ladies. A 2-1 lead for Leigh Ramblers at half-time they went on to find the back of the net for a further 2 goals in the 2nd half to win the game 4-1. Amy Jacobs scoring a brace their were goals too for Rebecca Dalgarno and Kate Newton. Ra Toovey with the 1st half goal for Southend.

Harlow Town Ladies Development continue to consolidate 3rd position in the Premier Division table winning for the 4th time in the league this Sunday, along with Frontiers remain unbeaten in the league too a strong 1st half performance at home taking on bottom side Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves, Harlow holding a 5-1 lead a further goal added in the 2nd period seeing them win 6-1. Ellie Nicholls scoring twice their were goals too for Hannah Smith, Lucy Edmeades and Tasmin Turner, with Evie Anderson scoring her 1st goal for Harlow. Lauren Knight with the 37th minute goal for Brentwood.

A gap down to 4th placed Chelmsford City Ladies and defeat on the road sees the side behind them close the gap. Chelmsford were taking on Collier Row Tigers who had a slow start to their season 1 point from their opening 3 games a 1st win of the campaign coming last Sunday, made it back to back wins to climb into 5th spot. Sarah Finch and Laura Bunton both on the scoresheet with 2 goals each, with Helen Moreira also getting a goal her 1st of the season in a 5-2 win. Lisa Overall with both of the goals for Chelmsford.

Silver End United Ladies also climb the Premier Division table joining Collier Row Tigers on 7 points with victory on the road this Sunday against Corringham Cosmos. Stephanie A’Len scoring twice getting off the mark this season, 1st goals of the season too for Ella Toovey and Angela Holden in a 4-0 win.

Silver End United Ladies, Stephanie A’Len

Essex Women’s Division One

 Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies excellent start to the season continues as they chalked up their 7th straight win to maintain their 3 point lead at the top of Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday. Were at home taking on 4th placed Runwell Sorts Ladies, a goal in each half securing a 2-0 win for Dagenham & Redbridge, Jodie Barden scoring for the 6th time this season, Sade Walters was on target for her 1st goal.

   Billericay Town Ladies Reserves keep the pressure on the leaders as the 2nd placed side recorded their 6th league win of the season away from home on Sunday, a local derby taking on Hutton Ladies Reserves, a brace for Rachel Armstrong-Morris along with a goal for Anna-Maria Rains sealing a 3-1 victory for Billericay. Rachael Agombar getting the goal for Hutton.

   A high scoring match between FC Clacton Ladies and Rayleigh Town Ladies with the sides contesting a 9 goal thriller, 3rd placed Rayleigh narrowly beating 5th placed Clacton. A home, Becky McDougall striking home 3 goals to claim a hat-trick for Clacton moving her onto 7 goals for the season, Lauren Lucas with her 1st of the season. 4 goals not enough however to get anything from the game as Rayleigh hit them for 5 up the other end. Jorja Victoria Killington scoring twice for Rayleigh her 1st goals of the season there was also a brace for Holly Gash with Francesca Browne also getting a goal. Rayleigh winning 5-4.

   A first league win of the season for Island Ladies having joined the league this season, their first 3 points coming in their 5th match at home to Chigwell Ladies on Sunday. Island had only scored 2 goals in those previous 4 matches, were rampant in front of goal this time around scoring double figures! Chigwell scoring 3 times themselves through Emily Alexander and a brace from Victoria Parker, Island went crazy up the other end, Jess Bowen scoring a hat-trick. Everyone else getting their 1st goals in Division One for Island, Rebecca Hopkins also celebrating a hat-trick. Both Ebonnie Williams and Elizabeth Clarke scored 2 a piece with Georgia Holdaway also opening her account in an 11-3 win.

  A first point of the season too for another league newcomer, Belhus Ladies, themselves suffering some heavy defeats at the start of life in Division One are finally off the mark earning a point at home on Sunday against Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. 1st goals of the season for Bethany Murray and Hayley Freeman seeing Belhus draw 2-2 with Chelmsford City their goals scored by Emily Kendle and Fern Elder both again celebrating their 1st goals of the season.

 

The Round-Up – Norfolk 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

Norfolk Women’s Division One

A big win away from home on Sunday see’s Thorpe United Ladies open up a 7 point lead at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division One. 6 wins from 7 games now were at Beccles Town Ladies. A good 1st half performance seeing Thorpe leading 4-0 went on to add two more goals 2nd half to seal a 6-0 result. Chloe Young scoring her 1st goals of the season from Thorpe completing a hat-trick. Victoria McNorton also on target with two goals her first strikes of the season with captain, Rebekah Lake also getting on the scoresheet.

   Losing away to Thorpe last weekend their 1st defeat of the season, 2nd placed Aylsham Ladies were on the road again this Sunday taking on Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. Amber Mayhew and Hannah Sturman scoring for the visitors Aylsham, Wymondham responding with two goals of their own to see the points shared in a 2-2 draw.

  That 1st elusive win of the season came last Sunday for Sprowston Athletic Ladies, following promotion to Division One, a 4-0 home win against Bungay Town Ladies. Scored 4 at home again this Sunday to record a 2nd successive win, albeit they were run much closer by opponents, 3rd placed Gorleston FC Ladies. The visitors taking an early lead, Sprowston getting back on level terms a shot from outside the box bringing a goal for Rachel Bussey. Gorleston retaking the lead just before the half-time whistle. Katie Fray heading home from a corner kick saw Sprowston draw level again early in the 2nd half. The home side going on to take the lead in the 70th minute Rebecca Kirby making it 3-2 with her first goal of the season. A dramatic final 5 minutes saw Gorleston get it back to 3-3 only to concede straight from the restart Melissa Belsey with the shot to make it 4-3 an win the game for Sprowston, Just 5 points separate the sides placed 2nd to 6th. 

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 New leaders in Norfolk Women’s Division Two after Sunday’s results with Fakenham Town Ladies not in action 2nd placed Taverham United Women took full advantage maintaining their unbeaten start with a 6th straight win to move into top position. Taverham were at home taking on Thetford Town Ladies on Sunday. Goals for Caitlyn Arnup, Chloe Hall, Laura Jones and Rebecca Sutton seeing Taverham score 4 times to claim the 3 points with a 4-2 victory. Thetford Town’s goalscorers, Shannon Richardson and Laura Martins.

 A big win away from home on Sunday sees Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies climb up to 3rd in the Division Two table, their opponents Horsford Women who came into the game off the back of their 1st ever league win, back to earth with a bump this Sunday, Bure Valley scoring plenty of goals this season claimed a 2nd double figure win of the season. Kiera Brown and Charlie Cooper both scoring hat-tricks have 25 goals between them now. Carrie Last and Anya Sadler both hitting a brace, their were goals to for Juliette Kelly and Molly Ferguson, the final score 12-0.

   Tavern Ladies slip to 4th in the Division Two after they drew away from home with 5th placed Long Stratton Ladies on Sunday. A high scoring contest between the sides as they shared 8 goals between them. Tavern with the lead at the half-time interval 3-1 up, Long Stratton coming back 2nd half went on to take a 4-3 lead themselves before Tavern hit back late on to level the scores a 4-4. Katie Hart-Copsey with a brace for Tavern, Atlanta Griffith and Rianna Stott also on target with a goal. Emily Watts netting twice for Long Stratton  their other goals scored by Samantha Walker and Nadia Child.

 A 3rd win of the season sees Gorleston Rangers Ladies over haul this Sunday’s opponents Freethorpe Ladies to move into the top half of the Division Two table. At home goals from Chloe Ashton, Abbie Pogmore and Zoe Waite secured a 3-1 win for Gorleston. Robyn Steele scoring for Freethorpe.

  Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies were playing just their 2nd league game of the season Difficulties getting a side early on their previous fixture resulting in a narrow defeat they were on the right end of the result this time around. Hosting Thetford side, Bulldogs Ladies the sides were drawing 1-1 at half-time. Kirkley & Pakefield finding the winning goal in the 2nd half to win 2-1 and earn their 1st points of the season. Ineta Omeleviciute scoring the goal for Bulldogs.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

Suffolk Women’s Division

 It remains neck and neck at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division with defending Champion’s East Bergholt United Ladies and 2nd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies keeping up their 100% winning starts to the season 7 each now both on 21 points. East Bergholt with the superior goal difference some big scorelines this season this Sunday saw their closest result of the season a 2nd half winner enough to see them to victory away from home as they took on Woodbridge Town Ladies. A goal from Jemma Liverpool seeing Woodbridge drawing 1-1 at half-time. Stacey Teager and Elena Nitsche on target with a goal in either half enough to claim the 3 points keep East Bergholt out in front. 

  Brantham Athletic at home to University of Suffolk Women on Sunday, chipped away at the leaders superior goal difference with their biggest win of the season. Kirsten Hutchings and Jodie Sharp both scoring a hat-trick for Brantham. Danielle Harvey and captain Lucy Dunnett also on target with a brace each, Sophie Crabtree and Carra Marie Seeley also getting a goal each whilst Merlin Watson scored her 1st goal for Brantham in a 13-1 victory to keep up their 100% winning start to the season. 

  It was a massive win on the road on Sunday for Needham Market Women as they kept up the pressure on the leading pair 3 points back in 3rd spot in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Were at fellow newcomers Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves bottom without a point on the board so far this season. Francesca Rainbird top scoring for Needham market in the match with 5 goals. Lois Balfour scoring 4. Abbie Wilkinson with a hat-trick. Jemma Wessels and Nicola Henderson with a brace a piece. Isabel Chaplin and Milly Carter with a goal each whilst their was a 1st Needham Market goal for 4 players, Maria Smith, Megan Stock, Ria Delves and manager Freya Louis in a crushing 22-0 result. A big win for Needham Market, was positive to see after the game to the spirit and togetherness show by Haverhill this is very much a fledgling league and they are a fledgling side that will carry them through a tough start.

  A goal from Michelle Stanborough gave Leiston St Margarets Ladies a first half lead on Sunday away to 4th placed Alresford Colne Ladies. The hosts though undefeated since the opening day of the season came back 2nd half to secure a point drawing 1-1 with Jo Harvey scoring her 7th goal of the season.

   A draw for Alresford Colne Rangers seeing them drop a place as victory at home for Walsham Le Willows Ladies saw them move up to 4th spot in the Suffolk Women’s Division just the one defeat themselves were taking on Coplestonians Ladies on Sunday. Laura Brame scoring a hat-trick has 8 goals for the season now from 5 appearances. Julie Brind, Katie Grimwood and Norma Locker also on target with a goal each in a 6-1 win. Sophie Maul with her 1st goal for Coplestonians.

  A first ever league win at the weekend for Brettvale Ladies playing their 7th game of the season were at home to fellow newcomers Brightlingsea Regent Ladies. Kelly Hannington’s goal struck in the 1st half the difference as Brettvale defended to celebrate at the final whistle.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th November

ERWFL Premier Division

The battle at the top of the ERWFL continues to intensify with the 4 of the top 5 all winning at the weekend. Leaders Cambridge City Ladies remain 3 points clear at the top as they recorded a 7th straight league win to maintain their 100%. A trip to The Harlow Arena on Sunday to play Harlow Ladies. Kaydee King and Lily Bruno on target with a goal each for Harlow not enough as Cambridge hit them for 5 up the other end, have goalscorers all over the pitch with Laura Mills, Erin Davies, Bella Simmons and Shannon Shaw all adding a goal to their accounts this season along with a 1st goal of the season for Lauren Tomlinson.

    Royston Town Ladies were the other side in the ERWFL Premier Division defending a 100% start to the season going into Sunday’s game. The Hertfordshire side at home to Wymondham Town Ladies. The Norfolk side taking the lead on the half hour Kayleigh Holloway scoring the goal from a Betty Fretwell free-kick. Top scorer, Laura Nicholls scoring Wymondham’s 2nd just 5 minutes later her shot smashing in off the underside of the bar. Royston pulling a goal back with 3 minutes left in the 1st half Joanne Rutherford from the penalty spot. A 2-1 lead for Wymondham at the break.

   Rutherford with her 2nd of the match bringing Royston back to 2-2 in the 53rd minute, Wymondham responding straight away, Hannah Waters scoring to restore Wymondham’s lead. That only lasted a minute however as Hayley Elderd hit a screamer, scoring to make it 3-3. Past the hour and Wymondham edged themselves into the lead again Waters scoring her 2nd getting onto the end of another Fretwell set-piece. Royston coming back once again Georgia Gannaway with her 1st touch after coming on making it 4-4 with 25 minutes left. The points shared in the finish 4-4! Royston dropping points for the 1st time this season. Wymondham with a new signing, Jordan Arnoup recently with Ipswich Town Women a very strong addition to their squad.

  Points dropped for Royston Town Ladies a bonus for Brentwood Town Ladies as the Essex side get back to winning ways after 2 straight defeats in the league to climb back into 2nd spot. Victory coming at home on Sunday as they entertained bottom side, Haringey Borough Women. Both Marie Barker and Leah Cowan netting a brace for Brentwood their were goals too for Danielle Butler, Sophie Lovell and top scorer Georgia Holdaway in a 7-0 success.

   It was the ERWFL Premier Division were the football action on Women’s Football East came from a trip to the FDC Flegg to watch 4th placed Acle United Women play 6th placed Bedford Ladies. A fast paced game that was played at a high tempo, Acle with a confident start showed their attacking intent from the very start. It was Bedford though who would open the scoring a counter attack, Carissa Kaczorowski making a run into the channel left side bearing down on the box, goalkeeper Amy Bell rushing out to close her down, Kaczorowski lifting it over her to send the ball into the goal beyond. Acle weren’t too long in finding a reply a free-kick on the left lifted into the box, runners from the edge of the area the ball turned home by captain Megan Todd. The home side pressing Bedford back looking for further goals chances came and went into the last five minutes of the half Todd picking up the ball 25 yards out a run in field and shoots the ball rifled pass the keeper into the back of the net 2-1. Substitute Kate Pasque rising in the area meet a right wing cross, not connecting with the ball as she had intended but nevertheless effective knocked down back across the goal into the bottom corner for Acle’s 3rd. Todd completing a 1st half hat-trick right at the end of the half a free header inside the six yard box the ball played in from the right. 

  Acle leading 4-1 at half-time in control of the game started in the same vein 2nd half on the offensive, Bedford unable to get anything going in attack. A free-kick on the left played into the area near post Todd with the run to meet it scoring her 4th of the match Acle’s 5th. A dominant display from Acle, Bedford frustrated not their afternoon, backs to the wall they managed to pull a goal back winning a corner the ball headed out to the left retrieved, Priya Bhatti with Maya Sidhu the long range shot on finding it’s way in across the six yard box. A coming together in the box saw Acle’s Amy Bell injured needing to come off Rhianne Brister donning the gloves for the final 15 minutes. Acle continued to attack won a penalty off the frustrated Bedford back line, Ceira Flatt brought down in the box taking the spot kick scoring her 1st goal of the season high into the net. Into stoppage time and Bedford grabbed another goal a free-kick from Michelle Byrne fired high into the box the bounce taking the ball up over the keeper and in. Acle winning 6-3.

   Peterborough Northern Star Ladies, in  5th spot joining Acle United Women and Royston Town Ladies on 16 points with victory away to Colney Heath Ladies on Sunday. The visitors taking a first half lead through Chanade Henderson scoring from a free-kick, the lead doubled before Colney Heath pulled one back, Nicola Hollick scoring. Half-time 2-1 to Peterborough Northern Star they added a further goal in the 2nd period to win the game 3-1 to take the 3 points. Katie and Cassie Steward with the goals.

   A first win of the season for AFC Dunstable Ladies who at one point had given notice to withdraw from the ERWFL before the season started a difficult start just a point on the board were at home to fellow strugglers AFC Sudbury Ladies on Sunday. move above them courtesy of goals from, Victoria Allen, Kerry Straton and a brace for Storm Sherry Burrows. 4-0 the winning margin.

ERWFL Division One

The table adjusted in ERWFL Division One following the sad withdrawal of Ipswich Wanderers Ladies sees the sides that gained points against them have them scrubbed off their tally, including league leaders Stevenage Ladies Reserves their lead now 4 points.

  2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies also losing those points won them back on Sunday at home as they took on Essex side, Hatfield Peverel Ladies. Tierney Coulson scoring a goal to put her into double figures for the season after 7 appearances. A goal each too for Katie and Georgia Stancombe, whilst Harriet Ford netted her 1st goal of the season in a 4-0 win.

   Hutton Ladies leap frog above their weekends opponents Lawford Ladies to move into 4th position in Division One. The Essex sides meeting at Lawford on Sunday. A brace from top scorer Vicky Kinsman has an incredible 22 goals already this season from 10 appearances, since joining the club over the close season, Rosi Webb also on the scoresheet for Hutton has 11 goals now from her 9 appearances this season. Hutton winning 3-1, Jasmine Cox with the goal for Lawford.

  Histon Ladies were at home on Sunday taking on Hertford Town Ladies at the Glassworld Stadium. The home side holding a 2-0 advantage at half-time, Katie Webb scoring both goals. Involved in the build-up as Histon took a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd half Katie Seagrave scoring from close range. Georgia Day scoring soon after to secure a 4-0 win for Histon pulling them clear of the bottom 3.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 04/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 4th Nov

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

New leaders of the FAWNL Southern Division as Chichester City Ladies move to the top of the pile with a home victory taking advantage of Coventry United Ladies not being involved in league action for the 2nd successive weekend. Chichester City capitalising closed the gap to the leaders last Sunday with a 1-0 home win over Cardiff City Ladies go above them with their 2nd successive 3 point haul on home soil this Sunday. Were hosting Gillingham FC Ladies, Cherelle Khassel scoring the only goal of the 1st half just past the half hour to see Chichester City with the narrow lead at half-time. Molly Clark with her 8th strike of the season firing the hosts into a 2-0 2 minutes after the restart. The 2-0 win taking Chichester City to the top 2 points ahead of Coventry.

   A great 2nd half for Loughborough Foxes Women saw them win for the successive game in league and cup 6 points from their last 2 matches in the Southern Premier Division seeing them climb up to fifth in the table 2 points behind 4th placed Plymouth Argyle Ladies who were their opponents this Sunday. Plymouth at home this weekend haven’t lost a game since the end of August taking them up into 4th spot, chances in the 1st half to open the scoring denied by the post and a disallowed goal the sides drawing a blank at half-time. Rebecca McGrother breaking the deadlock 7 minutes into the 2nd half. Chloe Young then doubling Loughborough’s lead 4 minutes later heading in from a corner. McGrother hitting a screamer to find the back of the net made it 3-0 with 67 minutes gone. Her 3rd goal another quality strike to complete her hat-trick in the final 10 minutes securing a 4-0 win for Loughborough.

  Kylie Nolan scored in the opening minute for Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday as they took on Oxford United Women at home. Defending the goal for much of the game Oxford getting back on level terms late on the game entering the final 15 minutes. Georgia Timms with the strike to make it 1-1 and see the sides take a share of the points, enough to keep Oxford in the top half of the Southern Premier Division table.

FAWNL South East Division One

  The top 2 met in FAWNL South East Division One this Sunday, 2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies hosting leaders Crawley Wasps Ladies. Both promoted to the league this season have had fantastic starts a 2 point lead for Crawley who have a 100% win rate after 7 games played. A close 1st half saw the sides drawing 0-0. The stale mate broken 15 minutes into the 2nd half. Emma Plewa played through on goal to score her 7th goal of the season. Naomi Cole doubling Crawley’s lead with the game entering the final 10 minutes scoring for the 8th time this season. The 2-0 victory seeing Crawley open up a 5 point lead on their nearest rivals and keep their 100% record going.

   A great week for Enfield Town Ladies, very tight in the middle of the South East Division One, Enfield were in action on Tuesday night, the visitors taking on Luton Town Ladies as the Bedfordshire side got to play again at Kenilworth Road. 1st half goals from, Sasha Kelly and Nuala McKevitt sealing a 2-0 win for Enfield lifting them up into 3rd position. Built on that result away from home this Sunday too capping off a good 6 days with 6 points. Away to Actonians Ladies. It was goalless between the sides at the half-time interval. Katherine Long giving Enfield the lead on 58 minutes her 1st goal of the season. Sasha Kelly extending Enfield’s lead with 20 minutes left, her 4th goal of the season to secure the 3 points.

Enfield Town Ladies, Katherine Long

  A 3rd successive league win for AFC Wimbledon Ladies sees them consolidate 4th spot in South East Division One. Their latest 3 point haul coming at home on Sunday up against Norwich City Ladies, who faced delays on their journey down to Carshalton Athletic FC. The hosts starting brightly getting themselves into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes, Jenny Nagle scoring in the 5th minute, Caroline Bisson getting Wimbledon’s 2nd just 4 minutes later. Kathryn Stanley pulling a goal back for Norwich just before the half hour mark, Wimbledon responding straight away to restore their 2 goal lead Nagle with her 2nd of the game adding Wimbledon’s 3rd .3-1 the lead at half-time Katie Stanley striking from a free-kick early in the 2nd half put Wimbledon into a strong position, 4-1 up Norwich got a goal back with 20 minutes left Reeanna Cook scoring. The early goals the difference as Wimbledon went on to win 4-2.

  A last gasp equaliser saw Leyton Orient WFC grab a point at home on Sunday, in South East Division One were hosting Ipswich Town Women who were looking to extend their winning run to 5 games. A fantastic strike from Zoe Cossey firing Ipswich into an early lead scoring on 10 minutes the difference between the sides at half-time. Paige Wakefield finding the back of the net from a corner doubling the visitors lead, 3 minutes into the 2nd half. 2-0 up with 10 minutes left Leyton Orient were to mount a late comeback Egle Trezzi pulling the score back to 2-1 in the 3rd minute, Hayley Barton levelling the scores in the dying seconds to rescue a point. 5th and 6th both sides on 12 points.

 Stevenage Ladies move onto 10 points level with 7th placed Actonians Ladies to move further away from the bottom sides winning away from home on Sunday at Denham United Ladies. Ashleigh Deacon opening the scoring for Stevenage midway through the 1st half, her goal quickly followed by another with Amy Makewell on target with her 5th goal of the season. 2-0 up at half-time, Denham pulled a goal back early in the 2nd half, Kayleigh Currivan on the scoresheet but the hosts were unable to breach the Stevenage defence for a 2nd time, the visitors winning 2-1.

  A tough week for Luton Town Ladies at the foot of South East Division One a heavy defeat away to leaders Crawley Wasps Ladies last Sunday were back in action again on Tuesday evening laying at Kenilworth Road suffered a 2-0 defeat to Enfield Town Ladies. Wee on the road again this Sunday taking on Cambridge United Women who with only 5 points on the board themselves were looking to pull away from the bottom. A single goal enough to secure the win for Cambridge coming from the penalty spot, new signing Becky Shepherd scoring her 3rd goal of the season.

Match Report – Acle United Women v Bedford Ladies

Sunday 4th November

ERWFL Premier Division

Back to it after a weekend off, the football action resumes on Women’s Football East with a trip east across Norfolk to watch a game from the ERWFL Premier Division, Acle United Women v Bedford Ladies.

  Is a tightly contested league with just 6 points separating the top six sides. Promotion to the FAWNL the aim for all. Today’s clash sees 4th v 6th in the league. The current top two win 100% winning starts Cambridge City Ladies and Royston Town Ladies whilst 3rd placed Brentwood Town Ladies had a run of 5 straight wins that saw them leading the table early on too. Peterborough Northern Star Ladies also looking strong in the top half with just the one loss so far this season.

   A new name for Acle United this season as they make the switch from Ladies to Women. The Norfolk side will be targeting the title having narrowly missed out on top spot in the previous two seasons their title charge going all the way to the final games of the season. Both seeing a fixture pile up towards the end with a frustrating lack of games in the first half of the campaign. Regional league sides more often than not involved in the early stages of the Women’s FA Cup and County Cup competitions often seeing league games put back and then of course theirs the weather.

  Acle play on an all weather pitch at the FDC Flegg  in Martham only played twice at home so far this season both in August have been frustrated by 2 postponements from the opposition so far in October both games likely to be awarded to Acle which will see further changes to the table. 

 Bedford Ladies were undefeated in their opening 4 games which included a 2-2 with Acle United Women in the reverse fixture back in September. A pair of successive losses followed by 2 successive league wins keeps Bedford the last a 5-3 win over Brentwood Town Ladies keeps them well and truly involved in the battle for top positions. Have shown they can beat anyone on their day the trip to Acle the longest one of the season a few difficulties for some of the squad getting to the ground.

  A pleasant start to November the weather dry, a little chilly wind gets up. The FDC Flegg, Acle United Women’s home venue for the league. An artificial playing surface, is one of the smallest pitches around. Hot drinks available via a vending machine, the viewing area down one side of the pitch. 

Acle United Women starting XI – Amy Bell, Anna Larkins, Naomi Cooper, Grace Parker, Chloe Shields, Broghan Scully, Ciera Flatt, Lauren Bullard, Olivia Mungham-Gray, Megan Todd (C) & Grace Birchall. Subs – Rhianne Brister, Kate Pasque, Amber Rowland, Kirstie Kindred & Rosie Filby.

Bedford Ladies starting XI – Lauren Webb, Paige Abraham, Sophie Mulvihill, Priya Bhatti, Gemma Franklin, Amy Magnus, Michelle Byrne, Jodie Molloy, Lily Eaton & Carissa Kaczorowski. Subs – Ashley-Louise Emerton & Mollie Robinson.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  A minutes silence held before the match, remembrance for lost in conflicts, the ending of World War I a 100 years ago. Thoughts to for the lives lost in the Leicester City helicopter crash. 

  Acle to get the game underway kicking off the 1st half wearing black and white vertical striped shirts, black shorts with black and white hooped socks. Bedford wearing blue and black vertical striped shirts, with black shorts and socks. The ball put out to Anna Larkins at right back played long diagonally through the middle captain Megan Todd the target the pass too heavy enabling the Bedford defence to clear. The visitors winning a free kick inside the Acle half left of the centre circle put long up into the area the Acle defence comfortable defending.

   Amy Bell tested early on in the Acle goal producing a very good save as Bedford build on the left the ball rolled on, Lily Eaton getting hold of it outside the area cuts back inside getting a yard on the defence into the box drives a shot in low near post, Bell diving to her right gets down well to push the ball away for a corner. The corner from the left a good delivery over Acle’s Grace Parker as she jumps for it, comes unexpectedly to the Bedford attacker beyond the header instinctive the ball high over the bar.

   Acle make ground up the right wing a throw deep, Grace Birchall picking it up turns and fires a ball in from an acute angle, Lauren Webb gloving the ball down safely at her near post. Appeals for a penalty for Acle as Birchall is floored inside the box, the protests waved away. Webb with a great save denies Todd as she receives the ball from a throw in on the left 25 yards out comes inside before shaping to shoot a vicious effort driven in on target Webb throwing herself into the save getting a gloves on the ball to touch it onto the bar the ball out for a corner on the right.

Olivia Mungham-Gray carrying the ball forwards

  Acle starting well pressing bodies forwards on both flanks. Ceira Flatt in the middle for Acle a good pass put the the right finding Lauren Bullard, her cross into the box defended by Bedford’s Priya Bhatti heading the ball clear. A double change for Bedford, Mollie Robinson and Ashley-Louise Emerton coming on. 10 minutes played. 

  GOAL! A good start from Acle is undone as they are caught on the counter attack Bedford switch play quickly coming forwards Carissa Kaczorowski making a good run into the left channel receiving the ball is in behind heading for the box, Bell comes racing out to close her down sliding in, the Bedford attacker does well to lift her shot over the keeper and send the ball on into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead 0-1.

Carissa Kaczorowski opens the scoring for Bedford Ladies

   Paige Abraham back on for Bedford a brief interlude. Bhatti defending for the visitors challenging Birchall at the top of the area as Todd looks to play her in. A free-kick for Bedford right side, the captain, Jodie Molloy on the ball plays in diagonal to the left side Kaczorowski up attempts to flick the ball on with Abraham making a timely run in behind can’t quite pick her out. Abraham on the ball left side looks to be away running with the ball, Broghan Scully getting across slides in to tackle and win the ball back for Acle.

   GOAL! 8 minutes after conceding the opening goal Acle get back on level terms, win a free-kick on the left 35 yards out players lining up to attack a far post delivery, is a perfect ball fired into the area runners attacking it met by Todd and turned into the back of the net 1-1.

Megan Todd equalises for Acle United Women

   Acle press well play drawn over to the right side leaving those on the left to drift in unattended the cross coming in, Olivia Mungham-Gray in the area meeting it in front of goal her touch taking it up over the bar. Birchall sees a shot from outside the box deflected for a corner has picked up a slight knock comes off, Rhianne Brister coming on. Bedford struggle to get the ball away from the corner Acle laying the 18 yard box under siege, balls in blocked before a sliced clearance takes the ball away for another corner. Swung in towards the far post attacked but the referees whistles brings the move to an end. 

  Eaton returns to the pitch for Bedford replacing Abraham. Is getting a little feisty, Bedford getting frustrated the ball not sticking can’t get anything substantial going in attack. Acle are getting the ball into the area from crosses but so far Webb is untroubled claiming everything. Amy Magnus drives forwards with the ball for Bedford played on for Kaczorowski closely marked by Grace Parker the central defender regaining possession.

  Molloy surges forwards with the ball has Eaton moving into space left given the ball Kaczorowski available coming over to support turns into the box closing in on goal her ball on charged down deflected behind for a corner. Bedford finding a bit of thrust in midfield able to able to counter attack more effectively, Acle turn play round quickly a cross field pass intercepted by Robinson headed back to Webb in the Bedford goal. 

Bedford Ladies, Paige Abraham

  Scully in the centre 30 yards out has the ball played into her from the left meeting it sweetly fires a fierce shot in towards goal late swerve on the shot Webb does well diving low to her left to make the save parrying the ball up and claiming it. The nature of the small pitch the game is played at a fast tempo players able to get forwards quickly, Acle’s finding the space better than Bedford. A double change for Acle as the game closes in on the final 5 minutes of the 1st half, Scully and Flatt coming off on come Amber Rowland and Kate Pasque coming on. 

GOAL! Acle take the lead building on the left the pass inside for Todd 25 yards out she carries the ball on across goal no-one closing her down as she runs across the D, lets fly with a quality strike that flies in towards goal left of Webb the keepers dive is too late the ball past strikes the back of the net 2-1.

   Acle are looking very strong towards the end of the 1st half, Rowland involved on their next build up winning the ball sprays play out to the left, Todd with Bullard, Rowland getting forwards receiving the ball 30 yards out looks to set up Bullard top of the D a curling effort that runs wide of the far post. A double substitution for Bedford with Gemma Franklin and Maya Sidhu returning to the game. 

GOAL! No sooner have they taken the lead then Acle go 2 goals up, attacking up the right side players getting up into the area a high ball comes in Pasque jumping to meet it with her head, not necessarily the part she intended but still effective as the ball in deflected down back across goal into the bottom corner 3-1 Pasque down in the box has a bloody nose.

In of the nose a goal for Acle United, Kate Pasque

   Pasque comes of so she can get cleaned up Birchall back on. Birchall with a tremendous strike from all of 30 yards out right side the lay off from Todd, the ball fired in across goal striking the bar. A hand ball from Parker spotted by the referee a late chance for Bedford to get the ball into the area, Molloy floats it in, claimed well by Bell as Bedford attackers converge.

GOAL! Right on the stroke of half-time Acle break up the other end and score a 4th goal, Bedford out of shape the hosts press forwards right side the cross put in to the six yard box Todd has closed in unmarked to head the ball down and across the keeper to claim her hat-trick 4-1.

Half-time Acle United Women 4-1 Bedford Ladies

   A strong 1st half from Acle who lead 4-1 despite conceding the opening goal. Came back well 3 goals in the final stages of the first half putting them in a strong position, both goalkeeper making excellent saves. Alot of work for Bedford to do 2nd half they are to turn the result around, frustrated so far chances have been few and far between, Acle able to come forward at will.

Goalkeeper, Lauren Webb claiming the ball for Bedford Ladies

   Bedford to get the 2nd halfway. Possession lost the ball put on down the right the cross into the area taken low by Webb at her near post. Naomi Cooper getting forwards on the left side for Acle takes on the strike from distance her 25 yard effort taken cleaner by the keeper. More appeals for a penalty by Acle as a free-kick is put into the area fro the left but again the protests go no where. Birchall lively on the right side at the start of the 1st half  for Acle gets in behind cutting a cross in from the by-line flashing across the six yard box no one there to meet it, Sophie Mulvihill clearing for Bedford. 

Larkins supporting Birchall as both get forwards down the right receiving the inside pass 20 yards out her shot driven in blocked by Bhatti, the rebound coming to Pasque 22 yards out, leans back to shoot the ball rising over the bar. Acle starting the 2nd half well, Bedford cannot get out of their half, Larkins and Birchall again on the left combine this time Larkins inside putting the return ball into Birchall as she breaks down to the by-line her cross landing in the side netting. 

GOAL! The early pressure bringing a 5th goal a set-piece won outside the box top corner left side the ball floated in near post Todd making the run in around the Bedford defence getting to it first to turn the ball on to score her 4th of the game 5-1.

  Cooper with another powerful run forwards picks the ball up from Rowland left side smashes the ball from 25 yards out the attempt whistling over the crossbar. Mungham-Gray getting into an advanced position on the left sees her cross land on the roof of the net. Bedford are under siege everyone back to defend, Molloy doing well to tackle Pasque as she looks to turn and get a shot away. Mungham- Gray comes off for Acle, Rosie Filby coming on goes to left back Cooper moving over to the right. 

Bedford captain, Jodie Molloy with Acle United’s, Amber Rowland

  Birchall steals on to get hold of a loose ball at the back from Bedford, Mulvihill recovering well to get back to close the attacker down and win the ball. A rare chance for Bedford making ground on the right a throw played into Kaczorowski 30 yards out right turns well before letting loose a shot the ball over as it flies across goal. Kaczorowski with support from Sidhu this time the ball right side the cross/shot racing across the face of goal. 

Acle United’s, Chloe Shields

  Acle get away on the right Todd racing into space with the ball swings the cross in along the top of the six-yard box, Brister central, Birchall behind her with the acrobatic effort that rises up over the bar. Filby is clipped as she comes forwards with the ball left side a free-kick 25 yards out played into the box Birchall up near side the ball runs on to Todd close in at the far post, Webb at close range with an excellent stop to deny her another goal. Abraham comes back on for Bedford replacing Eaton. 

GOAL! Out of nothing Bedford pull a goal back as they win a corner up on the right side the ball attacked near side the header taking the ball wide across the area is picked up in the right, Bhatti after it has support from Sidhu the ball from distance fired back in towards goal finding it’s way across the six yard box and in 5-2.

  Acle undeterred come forwards in numbers as Pasque claims possession in the middle drives on options left and right goes right the cross into the area Cooper with the low effort lacks the power to trouble the keeper. Brister comes off for Acle on comes Kirstie Kindred as the game enters the final 15 minutes.

   Abraham’s steals in behind the Acle defence as the diagonal ball comes in, Abraham’s into the box chasing the ball hasn’t seen the offside flag up against her, Bell sliding in gets hold of the ball as the attacker goes for it the pair coming together play stopped but their is a problem for Bell she is down needs treatment. A lengthy delay, Brister volunteers to don the gloves if needed, she is Bell can’t continue has take a nasty one on the knee is helped off, the goalkeeper letting her frustration out on the dugout. Flatt also returning to the action. 

Bedford Ladies, Michelle Byrne

  Both sides are getting wound up niggly and not so niggly free-kicks given away the banter to getting stronger. Injury sees Filby needing to come of Mungham-Gray comes back on. 

GOAL! A free-kick on the left a result of the latest knock the ball put in Flatt making the run around the defence to attack it near post is blatantly shoved over by Robinson leaving the referee with the easiest decision he needs to make all game a penalty. Flatt to take goes for power a rising effort Webb tries to get to by is too strong 6-2.

Ciera Flatt scorer of Acle’s 6th goal from the penalty spot

   Plenty of play left with the stoppages 8 all in, another free-kick for Acle on the left the ball floated in near side Byrne rising well to head clear for Bedford clearing it for a throw. Mulvihill winning the header for Bedford this time. Acle continue to press Todd putting a free-kick over the bar. Bhatti cutting out a cross from Todd. A corner for Acle goes long attacked by Flatt at the far post the ball dropping wide of the upright. 

GOAL! Into the closing minutes of stoppage time the ball inside the Acle half Bedford win a free-kick wide on the left a far distance out, Byrne on the ball plays a high delivery into the area landing in the six yard box the ball bouncing high loops up over the keeper and in 6-3.

Full time Acle United Women 6-3 Bedford Ladies

  The last action of the game Acle running out 6-3 winners. A good result but one that would tell a very different story on it’s own. Acle were by far the better side today deserving of the win. Dominating for large portions of the game scored 6 goals should have had more. Not Bedford’s day by a long way and no doubt are far better, one to chalk off on the back foot for the most part will still look back and say they scored 3 goals and if you’re going to do that on a bad day… Both goalkeepers with some excellent saves.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

   Time for this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match.  A good afternoon for Acle some good performances out there, Grace Birchall with some good attacking runs should have had a goal too, Chloe Shields at the back hardly gets a mention in the report never put a foot wrong in defence. She’s won this before for Acle and I have to put her forwards this time too not only scoring 4 well worked and different goals but also the leadership shown in the middle the Player of the Match goes to Megan Todd.

Acle United Women’s captain, Megan Todd

  A good return to action after my mini-break, preparing for winter now so a bit of nicer weather to start November was welcome. My thanks as always to both sides for their help with the team details. It’s going to be interesting watching how the ERWFL Premier Division title race pans out.