A cup weekend in the NWGFL with the Ladies League Cup reaching the 2nd Round stage. 4 ties played this weekend with 2 two called off and one never happening in the 1st place but read ob to find out why. Holders Sprowston Ladies playing in another Sprowston derby match were at home to Sprowston Athletic Ladies once again coming out on top. Leading 1-0 at half-time scored twice more without reply in the 2nd half to progress to the quarter finals with a 3-0 victory. Ellie Hall on target for a brace has 6 more for the season for Sprowston with Chelsea Brister also scoring.
Division One side Fakenham Town Ladies were away to Division Two newcomers North Walsham Angels Ladies in the 2nd Round of the League Cup on Sunday. Both sides with the bare 11 available. Fakenham running out 4-1 winners to reach the quarter finals, Sophie Lubbock with a brace as 7 goals now since arriving at the club in the summer twin sister Vicky also scoring a goal with Jemma Riches putting the ball into the back of the net for her first of the season. Keira Brown with the North Walsham goal.
7 goals so far this season for Fakenham’s Sophie Lubbock
In the other two League Cup matches played at the weekend the ties went all the way to penalties, an all Division One clash saw Long Stratton Women hosting Thetford Town Ladies on Sunday. Katie Ransome putting Long Stratton into the lead. Thetford Town improving of late scoring the equalising goal in the 90th minute, last seasons top scorer Melissa Boulton off the mark this campaign making it 1-1. The tie heading to penalties Long Stratton edging the shootout 3-2 to make the last 8.
Also going to penalties was the all Division Two tie between Waveney Ladies and Horsford Women. Meeting in the 2nd Round of the League Cup. Amanda Vincent with her first goal of the season putting Horsford into the lead. 1-0 up at half-time Waveney came back to level the scores in the 2nd half, extra-time following nothing to separate the sides into the penalty shootout Waveney scoring 5 out of 5 winning it 5-4 to progress.
Norfolk Women’s League Cup
This one snuck through the Women’s Football East net because I was convinced it was being played this coming Sunday and had Thorpe United not told me otherwise as their League Cup match was affected I wouldn’t have realised. However Taverham United Ladies were away to Hockering Ladies in the Norfolk Women’s County Cup their 2nd Round tie postponed due to the weather the Sunday before. Hockering improving this season in Division Two with a good result beating Taverham 8-2 to reach the quarter finals of the competition where they will once again be at home in the New Year taking on Sprowston Ladies.
One outstanding game from the 3rd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup played this weekend, Premier Division side Billericay Town Ladies Development at home to ERWFL side Hutton Ladies. The game postponed the weekend before. Hutton making a strong start to the season have Vicky Kinsman once again amongst the goals, on target to add four to her total rapidly closing in on 30 once again. Kate Lowen, Sally Appleton and captain Abigail Fry also amongst the goals as Hutton ran out 7-2 winners to set up a quarter final clash away to Premier Division leaders Collier Row Tigers. Grace Wooley and Tyler Christou scoring their first goals for Billericay.
4 goals at the weekend for Hutton’s Vicky Kinsman
Essex Women’s Premier Division
A reduced fixture list this weekend in Essex anyway was further hit by the weather with two games called off across both divisions. That left just the one game in the Premier Division with bottom club Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies away to Southend United Ladies. A tough start to the season for Beacon Hill Rovers bottom of the table without a point on the board after 7 games were at last celebrating their 1st league victory of the season coming off the back of their 1st win of the season in the Essex Women’s Trophy agianst Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves. Jo Smeaton with the goal first half her 6th of the season enough to clinch the 3 points.
Essex Women’s Division One
All of a sudden it’s getting very close in the middle of the Essex Women’s Division One table with 3 sides now all on 10 points 2 behind 3rd placed Runwell Sports Ladies. Two games played this weekend and good results at home for both Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development and Chigwell Ladies.
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development now up to 4th in the table undefeated in 3 winning 7 points, were at home to Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves this Sunday a goal in each half from Lily Wilding with her 5th goal of the season to put Bowers & Pitsea 1-0 up at half-time. Captain Ellie Jones scoring a 2nd half penalty to put the hosts 2-0 up after grace Tebb-Reading was brought down inside the box.
Chigwell Ladies with a fantastic result at home against 3rd placed Runwell Sports Ladies at the weekend, 3 wins on the bounce now propelling them away from the bottom end of the table into 5th joining Bowers & Pitsea on 10 points, fielding the bare 11, Georgia Steele putting the ball into the back of the net twice scoring her first goals of the season for Chigwell, Karen Ulyatt with a goal too to see the game won 3-0.
This weekend seeing the Women’s League Cup reach the quarter finals, 8 sides looking to win a place in the semi-finals of the competition a new name could well be on the trophy come the end of the season.
League leaders Brettvale Ladies away to former winners Brantham Athletic Ladies this weekend in the quarter finals. A 100% win record in the league Brettvale carrying that form into the League Cup, a brace each for Amie Chippendale and top scorer Abbie Fisher along with a 7th goal of the season for Tarnya McKew seeing Brettvale into the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-1 victory.
New side Holland Ladies reaching the semi-finals of the Suffolk Women’s League Cup enjoying a good start to life drawn away to Leiston St Margarets, a physical game, both sides creating opportunities early on both keepers called into action Holland taking the lead in the 23rd minute centre back Sadie Cullen playing a great ball in the build up. Holland going on to find their rhythm, particularly, Jasmine Cox as she rattled in 4 goals to take her onto 13 for the season. Becky McDougall and Lauren Bourne with their 8th and 9th goals of the season respectfully helping seal a 6-0 win.
Bury Town Ladies at home to Needham market Women Reserves in the quarter finals of the Suffolk Women’s League Cup on Sunday ,3rd and 4th in the league Bury 3 points behind Needham Market with a 100% record so far in the league, suffered defeat in the cup this weekend Bury Town with a good result beating them 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Olivia Hodges with a brace celebrating her first goals for Bury Town, Mia Bambury putting away her 7th goal of the season with top scorer Julie Brind adding one more to her tally of 17 for the campaign.
Bury Town Ladies (photo credit Neil Dady)
Completing the League Cup semi-final line up are Woodbridge Town Ladies. At home in the competition this Sunday taking on AFC Kesgrave Ladies. Coming into the game off the back of 3 straight league wins Woodbridge continuing their good form with top scorer Jenna Liverpool adding 4 more goals to her tally for the season which now stands at 22. Lucy Eagle making her debut joining from Leiston St Margarets getting off the mark straight away with her first for the club. Two more players getting their first of the season too for Woodbridge with Stacey Hadley and Lauren Jacobs both finding the back of the net in a 7-1 win.
Suffolk Women’s Division
Three league games played in the Suffolk Women’s Division too this weekend and good results of sides at the bottom of the table. Ramsey & Mistley Ladies with a fantastic point won in a goalless draw with Alresford Colne Rangers currently 2nd in the table. Ramsey & Mistley earning their 2nd league point since joining the league this season. Alresford happy with the point too, had several regulars missing this Sunday presenting a opportunity to see what others had to offer pleased with the performance.
Despite their 2nd point of the season Ramsey & Mistley fall a place to 2nd bottom as the bottom pair mat at the weekend Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies and University of Suffolk Women without a point on the board so far this season a tough start for both something having to give as they met for the 1st time this season. Chantry getting that much welcomed first win and 3 points of the season with 4 players all getting off the mark for the season, Sam Elliot bagging a brace, with Megan Le Grice, Louise Dickman and Felicia Harris all celebrating their first goals with Bernice Corney also on target in a 6-0 win.
After their heroics in the County Cup last weekend Henley Athletic Ladies were left disappointed this weekend after the final whistle as they lost at home to a single goal to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies in the league. Lucy Tilbury with her 11th of the season scoring on the hour to net the winning goal for Brightlingsea who climb above Henley Athletic into 7th spot as a result.
One quarter final outstanding in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup played this weekend, having been postponed last Sunday, Langford Ladies flying high in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two hosting ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Dunstable Women. Three leagues between the sides Dunstable’s new look side struggling in the league as they look to rebuild having lost several players over the summer. A much welcome victory in the county cup competition that will do wonders for the confidence. Jodi McClelland getting a brace celebrating her first goals for the club there were goals to for Hannah Ring and Louise McCay in a 4-1 win. Amber Clark with the goal for Langford. Dunstable joining, Luton Town Ladies, Houghton Athletic Ladies and Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses in the last four.
Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup
Also postponed from last weekend was the 2nd Round Hertfordshire Women Challenge Cup tie between Letchworth Garden City Eagles and Herts Vipers. Letchworth agreeing to switch venues as their pitch remained waterlogged. Playing in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One the highest league placed side Herts Vipers flying high at the top of Division Three ha faced this season. Herts Vipers getting off to a flying start taking the lead inside the opening 2 minutes Selin Buyukgiray with her 8th of the season finding the top corner. Letchworth coming back quickly to equalise winning a penalty Katie Smith sending the ball past the keeper to make it 1-1. Herts Vipers on the attack getting a penalty of their own 7 minutes later Buyukgiray netting her 2nd of the game had a hat-trick with a 3rd scored midway through the 1st half. Top scorer Nicole Jancey then getting in on the scoring act striking to make it 4-1 just past the half hour. Buyukgiray latching onto a through ball to collect her 4th of the game and 12th overall. A great first half for Buyukgiray ending on a sour note an altercation with a Letchworth player seeing her sent off. Herts Vipers down to 10 leading 5-1 at half-time. Despite their disadvantage Herts Vipers coped well keeping Letchworth out at one end whilst finding the back of the net for a further 3 goals, Jancey adding two more to get her hat-trick to take her past 30 for the season, Rachel Wall with the other goal. Herts Vipers into the quarter finals of the competition where they will face their toughest test yet a home tie against FAWNL South East Division One side Stevenage FC Women the game taking place on Sun 15th December.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division One
Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies remain well clear at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One as they continued their 100% winning start at home this Sunday in a top of the table clash hosting 2nd placed Hitchin Town Ladies. A 3-1 win to Hemel Hempstead in the finish doesn’t reflect the game as the hosts were pushed all the way by Hitchin the pair drawing right up till the 85th minute Hemel Hempstead with 2 late goals to clinch victory. It was Hitchin in fact who made the better start to the game taking the lead in the 11th minute Holly Darling shooting from the edge of the 18 yard box to make it 1-0. Hemel Hempstead coming back well looking for an equaliser hitting the bar, forcing the keeper into a save. A corner with 4 minutes played put into the mix in front of goal seeing the hosts score to make it 1-1 Leah Haley with her first goal of the season. Chances for both sides 2nd half the ball picked up in midfield carried forwards by Hemel Hempstead into the area and struck low off the post and in to give them the lead a penalty awarded in the 90th minute scored to see Hemel Hempstead win a cracking match 3-1, Charlene Turturici-Clarke and Jessica Green with the goals.
St Albans Ladies climb back up to 2nd spot in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table winning away to 5th placed Garston Ladies 1st at the weekend. St Albans with a narrow 1 nil lead at the break a different story in the 2nd period as they ran riot in front of goal to score a further 7 to win the match 8-1 and make it 5 wins from 6 played so far. The gap to Hemel Hempstead 9 points St Albans with 2 games in hand. Danniella Roberts with the 2nd half goal for Garston.
4th placed Hartham United Ladies were hosting Houghton Athletic Ladies this Sunday in the league. The visitors opening the scoring the ball put over the top dinked over the advancing keeper to make it 1-0. Hartham coming back to equalise awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box fired in by Ellie Burke. Hartham going on to take the lead themselves Janiece Allen played in behind the defence to fire home her 14th goal of the season. The points shared in the finish Houghton coming back to level their initial shot saved the rebound sent over the line. 2-2 the final score Shakeela Hussain and Bethany Phillips with the goals for Houghton.
Northwood Ladies final back in league action this Sunday six weeks since their last league victory cup games and postponements getting in the way. Were at home played Royston Town Ladies Development. A brace from Emma Steele taking her to 6 for the season and one for Scarlett Keightley helping Northwood to a 3-1 victory to make it 7 points from their last 3 games up to 5th in the table with games in hand on everybody above. Rebecca Lenton scoring for Royston.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
Two games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this weekend, featuring the top two both away from home as they continued their 100% winning starts, AFC Dunstable Women Blues and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies winning promotion last season doing well in Division Two. Kempston Town & Bedford 3 points clear at the top making it 6 wins from 6 away to Evergreen Ladies this Sunday. A goal in each half securing the 3 points Evergreen with a strong performance to Limit Kempston Town & Bedford goals from Rachel Mumford and Helen Spalding on her debut securing the 2 points.
AFC Dunstable Women Blues 2nd make it 5 wins from 5 now are scoring plenty of goals to 54 now from those 5 matches with just 4 conceded well out in front on goal difference were away to Watton Ladies this weekend in Division Two. Gemma Williams putting Dunstable into the lead inside 7 minutes, Emily Mitchell making it 2-0 2 minutes later. Nicola Hollick giving top scorer Bianca Vassell a run for her money scoring Dunstable’s 3rd with barely 20 minutes gone. A quick fire brace from Mitchell seeing her complete her hat-trick has 14 goals herself so far this campaign. Hollick with her 2nd of the match seeing Dunstable comfortably leading 6-0 at the break. More of the same 2nd half Vassell getting in amongst the goals making it 7-0 early on. Hollick completing her hat-trick joining Vassell on 19 goals for the season. Williams netting her 2nd of the game Vassell nudging ahead of Hollick to bring up double figures, Courtney McNamara with the final goal seeing Dunstable win 11-0.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Two matches played too in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday, Harvesters Ladies losing for the first time this season last time out returned to winning ways this weekend to rejoin leaders Harts Vipers on 18 points at the top of the table. Harvesters at home to Evergreen Eagles held at 0-0 for almost half an hour before Eve Shaw struck to fire in the opening goal. Harvesters finishing the first half strong, Shaw adding a 2nd goal, with Rachel King making it 3-0 with her 8th of the season. Eleanor Keating with a goal deep into injury time seeing the lead at 4-0. Rachel Dodd on target to make it 5-0 with almost an hour played. Shaw getting her 3rd to complete her hat-trick and put her top of the goal scoring charts with 9 for the season. Isobel Hughes with a goal 6 minutes from time wrapping up a 7-0 win.
Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves the side to defeat Harvesters Ladies last weekend continue their fine recent form making it 3 wins on the bounce to climb up the Division Three table into 3rd spot just a point behind the leading pair. At home taking on Flitwick Eagles Ladies top scorer April Spang netting her 11th of the season putting Hitchin into a 29th minute lead. Flitwick doing well coming back to level the scores just before half-time a lobbed goal making it 1-1. The visitors starting the 2nd half well taking the lead. 2-1 down Hitchin were spurred into life Spang pulling it back to 2-2 in the 65th minute. The winning goal coming on the 82nd minute Hitchin attacking, Spang onto a ball over the top to fire home and complete her hat-trick winning the match for Hitchin.
A strong start to the season in Cambridgeshire for 2 of the newly promoted sides with Leverington Sports Ladies joint top with Haverhill Rovers Ladies. Both on 15 points Leverington with 6 played suffering the one defeat so far that to Haverhill. Haverhill playing this Sunday at home going into the match with a 100% record 5 wins from 5 were taking on fellow promoted side St Ives Town Ladies Development who pipped them to the Championship title last season. Kayleigh Nolan scoring her 8th goal of the season putting Haverhill into a 1 goal lead at half-time, St Ives Town coming back to level the scores in the 2nd half and go on to win the match 2-1 to end Haverhill’s 100% record and in the process climb up to 4th in the Premiership table. Tash Applegate opening her St Ives account last time out on target again with a goal Francesca Worrall scoring her 4th of the season.
Peterborough Northern Star Ladies Reserves are up to 5th on the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership table winning for the 3rd time this season at home to Histon Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Histon with just the 10 available on the day all putting in a shift, Peterborough coming out on top scoring 3 goals to win the game, Georgia Clarke, Ella Gavaghan and Brandi Davies with the goals the latter pair with their first strikes.
Peterborough Northern Star Ladies Reserves pictured this weekend (photo credit PNS Ladies)
Also a winning weekend for the other promoted side, Championship North Champions, Ketton Ladies ending a frustrating league run with their 2nd win of the season, a 2-0 result away to Riverside Ladies.
A mixed bag of results so far this season for Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds in Premiership action this Sunday they came out on top against Cambridge City Ladies new A side to win their 3rd match of the season. Taking a 2-0 lead against Cambridge City youngsters, all but 4 of the visitors players under 18 the visitors fought back to level the scores Fulbourn on target with a 3rd goal to clinch a 3-2 win. Defender Sara Bodger with her 3rd goal of the season, Ebony Rule firing home her 8th and top scorer Marie Stubbings with her 14th of the campaign getting the Fulbourn goals.
March Town United Ladies found them selves trailing heavily to opponents Cambridge University Women last weekend in the cup eventually rallying to lose the game 8-3. The pair meeting once again at the GER Sportsground in the Premiership was a much closer affair, Emma Frost’s first goals of the season a brace helping March to their 2nd league win of the season beating Cambridge University 2-1. Lidiya Mykhaylechko with the goal for the visitors.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship
5 games played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship this Sunday, Cambridge Rangers Women making a strong start stay 7 points clear at the top as they continued their 100% winning record making it 8 wins from 8 away to Burwell Tigers Ladies. Leading comfortably 4-0 at half-time went on to score a further 3 in the 2nd period to win 7-1. Erika Balskute doubling her tally for the season as she top scored in the game netting a hat-trick. 6 goals to for the season for Stephanie Rowan who bagged a brace. Lauren Lock also on the scoresheet with a goal along with Robyn Barlow scoring her first of the season. Megan Seabrook-Mead with the 2nd half goal for Burwell.
Mildenhall Town Ladies stay 2nd in the Championship winning away from home at the weekend. Were taking on Hungate Rovers Ladies the hosts with the are 11 would finish the game with 10 with Mariah Keys-Heaps sent off for collecting two yellow cards. Charlotte Nash with one goal to her name so far this season for Mildenhall scoring in the 5th minute adding a 2nd 6 minutes later went on to complete a 1st half hat-trick in the 43rd minute. A 4th goal to Nash coming on the hour in between a brace for Jasmine Luckett. Mildenhall winning the match 6-2. Kesley Ramm and Ewelina Jerzak with her first of the season for Hungate Rovers.
A cluster of sides starting the day on 12 points below Mildenhall and with Pinchbeck United Ladies in cup action and Cardea Ladies game called off, new sides Eaton Socon Ladies and Cambourne United Women took full advantage to climb up into 3rd and 4th respectfully collecting their 5th wins of the season. Eaton Socon away to fellow newcomers Swavesey Spartans Ladies on Sunday the pair drawing 1-1 at half-time Eaton Socon going on to score two more goals in the 2nd half to clinch a 3-1 victory, a run of 4 straight wins.
Cambourne United Women at home this weekend in the Championship taking on bottom side Haverhill Rovers Ladies Development. Their 5th win of the season coming courtesy of a 5-2 result. Helen Carder-Hall netting twice in the first half with Emily Arnold also amongst the goals. Natasha Caine and Gemma Codling getting the Haverhill goals.
Also in the Championship this Sunday it was a tale of missed chances for Park Ladies as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Isleham United Ladies. Park frustrated creating plenty of scoring opportunities a combination of poor finishing and excellent saves from Isleham’s keepers, Gemma Stimson scoring their goal, Isleham taking their chances up the other end with goals first goals of the season from Kate Silver and Nicole Bailey securing Isleham’s 2nd league win of the season to pull them away from the bottom of the table.
The top two meeting the the ERWFL Premier Division this Sunday with Wroxham Women 2nd making the trip down to Essex to play leaders Harlow Town Ladies. Having lost to Harlow twice this season already in the league and FA Women’s Cup illness and unavailability making thing’s tough as the Norfolk side look to close the 3 point gap at the top. Harlow quickly on top scoring within the opening 90 seconds. A further injury blow for Wroxham seeing Grace Parker forced off Harlow continued to push forwards taking a 2-0 lead a 3rd goal coming late in the 1st half 3-0 up at the break. Wroxham putting in the shift, Harlow strong Amy Bell with a double save the hosts went on to take a 4 goal lead. Wroxham battling striker Kirstie Kindred brought down in the box scoring from the resulting penalty. Rhianne Brister scoring to pull it back to 4-2. Harlow would have the final say Becky Shephard scoring their 5th goal to see them do the league double over Wroxham winning 5-2.
Fantastic action shot from Sunday’s match (photo credit Proud of Harlow)
As Harlow open up a 6 point lead at the top of the Premier Division it remains very tight amongst the chasing pack, Royston Town Ladies up to 3rd in the table now joining Wroxham on 19 points as they won at home on Sunday a comfortable result in the finish taking on newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies, Rebecca Vass prolific in front of goal this season following her move from Bedford Ladies on target for 5 goals in the match taking her tally to 16 for the season. Emma Slater also scoring for Royston along with Samantha Edgar in a 7-2 result. Katie Stancombe with her 1st goal of the season and Georgia Stancombe scoring the goals for St Ives.
Didn’t get a mention last week as their weren’t enough games played in the ERWFL to see a Round-Up produced was a very good result for Bowers & Pitsea Ladies they lost 3-2 to leaders Harlow Town Ladies, a loss may not sound like a good result but it was a much improved performance compared to the 16-1 drubbing they suffered in the reverse fixture at the start of the season a blip on what has other wise been a solid first season playing in the Premier Division. Giving the Essex side a bit of confidence as they travelled to Hertfordshire to play the 3rd placed Colney Heath Ladies this weekend, in good form themselves. Bowers & Pitsea edging the first half taking the lead on the half hour Yasmin Cowley’s strike taking a deflection on it’s way into the back of the net. Colney Heath coming back to level the scores midway through the 2nd half. 1 all heading into the final 6 minutes, Cowley finding space there to receive Megan Harley’s cut back to score her 2nd of the game and win it for Bowers & Pitsea.
For the 2nd successive weekend it was a Bedfordshire derby as Luton Town Ladies made the short trip to play rivals Bedford Ladies. Meeting in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup quarter finals with Luton hosting last weekend they won 7-1 to advance in the competition. A much closer result this time around in the league with both sides on 14 points heading into the game. Luton with an early lead Rebecca Kane heading in on 3 minutes from a Zara Carroll free-kick. Bedford coming back to level within 10 minutes the visitors then going 2-1 ahead through a controversial free-kick. All action first half Kane on target for her 2nd of the game making it 2-2 to Luton with 5 minutes left to play in the 1st period, Kane than rounding the keeper in the final minute of the 1st half to complete her hat-trick put Luton 3-2 ahead. That how the score remained heading into the final 10 minutes Luton getting themselves a 2 goal cushion as Erica Byron smashed a shot into the roof of the net. Bedford coming back to make it 4-3 Luton holding out for the victory.
Wymondham Town Ladies are up to 7th in the Premier Division table 4 points behind 2nd and 3rd placed Wroxham and Royston now winning for the 4th time this season, were at home taking on bottom side Haringey Borough Women. Hannah Waters rounding the keeper in the 5th minute to put the hosts into the lead. Waters doubling the advance in the 22nd minute. 14 goals for the season now for Waters. Midfielder Mollie O’Callaghan amongst the goals too this season for Wymondham scoring a brace in the match to keep pace with Waters on 14 goals her first of the day making it 3-0 after the visitors failed to clear a corner. 3-0 up at half-time Laura Nichols released by Rebecca Russell through on goal to round the keeper and score in the 63rd minute putting Wymondham 4-0 up. O’Callaghan’s 2nd coming soon after scoring from a good run forwards. Katie Knights on hand to score after Haringey fail to clear from a corner in the 70th minute making it 6-0. The visitors going straight up the other end to score a consolation. Nichols celebrating her 2nd of the game wrapping up a 7-1 victory for Wymondham in the 90th minute once again set-up by Russell.
ERWFL Division One North
The top two in ERWFL Division One North due to meet at the weekend, East Bergholt United Ladies due to host leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development saw their match called off. The postponement an opportunity for the sides below to close the gap to the leading pair. Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies finding their form in the league were looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce as they travelled to the Norfolk coast to play Gorleston Ladies. New signing Poppy Kelly scoring a hat-trick along with a goal from Alison Wright seeing Histon win comfortably 4-0 to climb into 3rd place in the table 2 points behind East Bergholt.
Women’s Football East made the journey to Bloomfields home of Needham Market Women on Sunday to watch their match against Newmarket Town Women. New to the league Needham Market had secured their first win playing at this level for the first time at home to Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury Ladies a fortnight ago, victory in the County Cup following had the opportunity to make it 3 wins on the spin as they took on Newmarket, the full match report can be found further down the page. Newmarket settling quicker, forcing an error from a corner to take the lead captain Sasha Diston heading into her own net a further error from the goalkeeper seeing Newmarket take a 2-0 lead Lauren Deller striking from outside the box and the ball was presented to her. A life line for Needham Market coming late in the first half Newmarket’s goalkeeper with the error this time failing to collect Lois Balfour’s through ball for Francesca Rainbird the Needham Market winger tenacious winning the ball and sending it into the back of the net.
Needham Market captain, Sasha Diston with a goal for each side
Needham Market coming out with a strong start to the 2nd half equalising straight away a corner won dropping inside the six yard box a fortunate deflection putting it straight at Diston to score and make it 2-2. An intriguing match open could have gone either way Needham Market taking the lead for the first time in the game scoring from another corner the ball knocked down into the feet of Rainbird she struck it back in off the underside of the bar. Annie Northwood giving Needham Market a two goal cushion as Newmarket pressed for a reply the visitors managing to get it back to 4-3 with seconds left no time to mount another attack Needham Market joining Newmarket of 7 points for the season.
King’s Lynn Town Ladies losing their opening two league games in Division One North got thier first win under their belt away to East Bergholt United Ladies back on October. Postponements and cup matches since were hosting another Suffolk side this weekend as they made it back to back wins in the league taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies. Goals from captain Becky Russell and a first of the season for fellow midfielder Tegan Wheeler securing the 3 points courtesy of a 2-1 win.
ERWFL Division One South
Leigh Ramblers Ladies newly promoted to the ERWFL join Stevenage FC Women Development and Millwall Lionesses on 10 points the trio now all 2 points behind leaders Hutton Ladies. Away from home this weekend playing the only match in the Division were taking on Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. Emily Diwell on target netting 4 times in the match as the Essex side ran out 10-2 winners. Rebecca Dalgarno scoring a brace, with 3 more players celebrating their first goals of the season, Chloe Gilligan also bagging a brace with Paige White and Connie Mashford off the mark for the season. Lauren Hasler scoring in the first half for Hoddesdon with Jo Brookman scoring her first goal for the club in the 85th minute.
One game played in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division this weekend, saw Portsmouth FC Women making the trip up into Wales to play Cardiff City Ladies. Jasmine Turner putting the hosts into the lead on the half hour, Portsmouth goalkeeper Hannah Haughton with the initial save, Turner in on the follow up to make it 1-0. Portsmouth with a good response getting straight back on level terms, their attacking players pressing the Cardiff defence, Charmaine True winning the ball back 25 yards out Tasmin De Bunsen taking over bringing it forwards to strike a low shot in from the top of the area the ball racing past the inside of the post evading the diving keeper. The sides all square at the break, chances for both to win the match 2nd half Portsmouth seeing a goal ruled out before finding the winner with 15 minutes left possession out on the right the ball played back across defender Eilidh Currie coming forward into acres of space teeing up a shot from 25 yards out her strike looping up over the keeper into the top corner. Portsmouth winning 2-1 their good away form continuing 3 wins out of 4 in the league on their travels.
Two ties played this Sunday in the 2nd Round of the FAWNL featuring sides in the leagues covered by Women’s Football East, both going the distance and beyond. Southern Premier Division side Yeovil Town Women hosting Southampton FC Women from South West Division One at Dorchester Town FC. Yeovil making a good start, Charlotte Buxton’s shot smashing down off the crossbar in the 8th minute, top scorer Sarah Wiltshire on hand to put the ball over the line for her 14th goal of the season. Southampton leading the South West Division One table unbeaten in all competitions so far this season coming close to levelling the scores hitting the post, Yeovil with further chances to extend their lead with the 1 goal advantage at the break. The visitors with a good start to the 2nd period Ella Pursey heading in her 10th goal of the season to make it 1-1. Few chances created 2nd half Southampton seeing the ball come back off the woodwork once again the game heading into extra-time. The visitors finding the winning goal to advance into the quarter finals a deflected ball sent into the path of attacker Sophie Pharoah who slots the ball home.
Milton Keynes Dons Ladies with a good result in the previous round of the FAWNL Cup away from home beating fellow Southern Premier Division side Cardiff City Ladies on penalties to advance. Penalties needed once again in the 2nd Round as the club travelled to Essex to take on South East Division One side AFC Basildon Women in the 2nd Round. One goal in it at half-time Jessica Driscoll putting Milton Keynes 1-0 up. Basildon making a good start to the 2nd half back on level term within 5 minutes of the restart Holly Turner firing home. The hosts quickly going on to lead Grace Gillard scoring from a free-kick to make it 2-1. Milton Keynes turn to come back to level the scores midway through the 2nd half Driscoll with her 2nd of the match. Rhianne Rush firing the visiting side into the lead 3-2 to Milton Keynes with 15 minutes left her first goal of the season. Basildon with an injury time equaliser to send the tie into extra-time Kelly Wealthall credited with the goal. The extra period of play yielding no further goals the game to be settled from the penalty spot, Milton Keynes goalkeeper Emma Kirby with 2 saves as Basildon failed to convert their 1st 3 kicks, Milton Keynes composed to put theirs away to win it 3-0 to book their place in the quarter finals of the competition.
Two games also played this Sunday in the 2nd Round of the FAWNL Plate featured sides from the Southern Premier & South East Division One. AFC Wimbledon Ladies unbeaten so far this season in South East Division One making the long trip to the South West to play high flying Plymouth Argyle Ladies 3rd in the Southern Premier Division. The hosts taking the lead inside the opening 15 minutes Helen Bleazard’s free-kick parried down by Wimbledon’s keeper, top scorer Natasha Knapman fastest to react sending the ball over the lien for her 18th goal of the season. Knapman on target for Plymouth’s 2nd goal in the 18th minute striking home from 30 yards. Soon after Plymouth went 3-0 in front awarded a penalty, Zoe Cunningham taking as regular taker and captain Katie Middleton was deputising in goal. No mistake from Cunningham putting away her 5th goal of the season. Plymouth 3-0 comfortable at half-time. Wimbledon came out fighting 2nd half looking to find a route back into the game, awarded a penalty in the 65th minute Georgia Heasman got it back to 3-1, that though as close as Wimbledon would get Plymouth securing their spot in the quarter finals.
Plymouth Argyle Ladies, Natasha Knapman (photo credit Tim Badger Photos)
Also advancing into the FAWNL Plate quarter finals are Watford Ladies although the Southern Premier Division leaders left it late to secure victory against fellow league side Oxford United Women. Watford hosting finding themselves trailing 1-0 at the break with Oxford getting their noses in front late in the first half with Catherine Beaver scoring the goal. That the score heading into the final 5 minutes of the match Adekite Fatuga-Dada with the run playing in Andrea Carid to put in the cross, Emily Hill meeting it on the volley to level the scores. A minute later Watford were in front Helen Ward played in by Fatuga-Dada to turn and strike home her 9th goal of the season to see Watford take the game 2-1.
FAWNL South East Division One
Two league games played in FAWNL South East Division One this weekend and at last Kent Football United are celebrating a win and their 1st league points at the 10th time of asking. A tough start to life playing at this level for the 1st time close on a couple of ocassions before now. Were at home playing fellow promoted side Cambridge City Ladies. Beatrice Fitzsimons hitting the crossbar from a volley. Kent Football United taking the lead scoring from a free-kick. Cambridge City responding well however Kent were to go on and double their lead before half-time. The woodwork rattled again by Cambridge, Sofia Castiglione with the strike. Pushing for a goal, denied by the woodwork for a third time Kent coming forwards winning another free-kick outside the area scoring to make it 3-0. Once more the woodwork coming to Kent’s defence as they battle hard to keep their lead, Fitzsimons with a cracking strike pulling a goal back for Cambridge with 5 minutes left but it wasn’t to be their day that belonged to Kent Football United a win at last. Chloe Francis with a brace her first goals of the season and one for Amy Russ gaining them their 1st 3 points.
Elsewhere in South East Division One the points were shared with Actonians Ladies travelling up to Norfolk to play Norwich City Women. The visitors opening the scoring in the 1st half, Chelsea Garrett with her 11th goal of the season getting Norwich back on level terms. Actonians coming back to retake the lead before half-time went on to open up a 3-1 lead in the 2nd period, top scorer Alessandra Barreca with a brace to take her onto 11 for the season, with Justine Buckmire celebrating her first Actonians goal. Eliza McDonald with her first goal of the season bringing it back to 3-2 for Norwich, McDonald was on target with a 2nd of the game to see Norwich secure a point with it finishing 3-3.
Match action from Norwich v Actonians on Sunday (photo credit Brian Coombes)
League action this weekend on Women’s Football East, a game from the ERWFL Division One North, newly promoted Needham Market Women hosting Newmarket Town Ladies.
A meeting between two sides that have several similarities, a young talented squad looking to make an impact. Needham Market Women just over a year old formed during last summer made a great start one of several new sides competing in an expanded Suffolk Women’s Division. Made a strong debut pushing eventual champions East Bergholt United Ladies all the way in the title race aswell as reaching the finals of both the League and County Cup. Moving straight up to join the ERWFL along with East Bergholt, the club setting up a new Reserves side to compete the the Suffolk Women’s Division, going well with a 100% record after 7 games played.
Freya Louis one of the youngest managers around looking after the 1st team and pretty much involved with everything to do with the club. Passionate about her role and loving it to the max, writes the Happy Gaffer blog in her spare time and most recently has set up the #WeAre twitter account with the aim to celebrate females in all roles within the game and to encourage more participation, to find out more go to and follow@UK_WeAre
Stepping up to the regional set-up Needham Market into Division One split into two divisions this season North & South. Are in the North league along with East Bergholt, Cambridge City Ladies Development and Gorleston Ladies also new this season with AFC Sudbury, Histon, King’s Lynn and Newmarket seeing 8 competing. Has been a stop start season so far for Needham Market which can often be the case for ERWFL in the first half of the season. 3 league games played so far yielding 4 points. Cup games dominating for the large part the early stage of the League Cup seeing the Division One teams divided up into 4 groups of 4 playing each other once with the group winners going on to join the Premier Division sides in the knockout stages, Needham Market topping Group C. Lois Balfour featuring for the first team today, prolific in front of goal for the Reserves so far this season with 28 goals from just 7 appearances.
Newmarket Town Ladies beginning their 2nd season playing in the ERWFL made a solid debut upon stepping up into regional league football, quickly found their feet in a highly competitive single division last season eventually finishing in fifth spot. On top of that won silverware as they reached the final of the ERWFL Plate beating Histon Ladies to lift the trophy. Reestablishing a Development side this season, Craig Boneham coming in to take charge of the 1st team as the club looks to push on once again. The ERWFL Division One North looking a strong league this season Newmarket have 7 points from their opening 5 games, young striker Annabel Cuthbert finding her form in front of goal early netting 16 goals so far this season from 10 played.
Bloomfields the venue for today’s game home of Needham Market FC, it’s women’s sides part of a wider club and academy. The Hub cafe & bar was in construction the last time I visited now build dominating as you enter the ground the grass pitch beyond overlooking the 3G pitch where today’s game will be played. Two stories the ground floor home to the changing facilities, the upper floor housing a conference room and the cafe itself serving hot and cold food and drinks a balcony for viewing surrounding it. A smart looking set-up. A hive of activity very much a community feel to the place. Pity the weather was rubbish, dull and overcast, the rain though should stay away. A game taking place on the 3G on arrival would run into the next game causing a delay in kick-off so both sides can get warmed up properly.
Needham Market Women starting XI – Freya Louis, Jodie Sharp, Ashleigh Goddard, Maria Smith, Amy Dunn, Sasha Diston (C), Taylor Cooke, Amber Sparkes, Francesca Rainbird, Lois Balfour & Annie Northwood. Subs – Megan Stock.
A few players missing for Needham Market only able to name the one substitute, manager Freya Louis donning the goalkeeping gloves today with 1st choice keeper Amber leeks out injured. Newmarket naming two 16-year-old Development players amongst their squad today Rebecca Towler and Layla Weston. Needham Market to get the first half underway wearing an all red kit with yellow trim. Newmarket lined up opposite wearing yellow shirts and socks with blue shorts. Back to the defence Newmarket quick to close down on the right forcing a throw, Needham market build again through the middle captain Sasha Diston bringing a wealth of experience to Needham Market having joined in the summer playing the ball forwards into Lois Balfour she lays it out to the left wing, Francesca Rainbird racing down the line fizzing in a cross towards the near post Newmarket captain Beth Woodfield racing in clearing despite goalkeeper Elli-Rai Quinn-Nichols well placed to pick up.
Newmarket bring the ball out from the back central forwards into attacker Lauren Deller, spots Molly Agnew making a run on the left putting the pas into her feet she takes it on Jodie Sharp, another of Needham Market’s summer recruits playing right back getting back across Agnew to defend and play the ball back to her keeper to clear. Woodfield plays a fantastic pass from the back out long to the rights to set Laura Brame away recently joining Newmarket was at Needham Market at the beginning of the season. Against her former club takes the ball in behind a good turn of pace letting fly from the angle her shot over the bar.
Newmarket Town Ladies captain, Beth Woodfield
Brame played in again on the right after another superb ball from Woodfield at the back taking the ball on travelling into the box Maria Smith sliding on to tackle brilliantly for Needham Market the ball sent behind for a corner kick. The corner delivered near side Woodfield running forwards to meet it getting a firm header on the ball looming high into the air dropping over the goal.
Rainbird getting hold of the ball for Needham market left side threads a pass through to Annie Northwood in attack, joining from rival East Bergholt United scoring 40 goals last season. Northwood touching the ball looks to shift inside to get a shot away inside the box, well read and defended by Newmarket centre back Chloe Slater. Maria Smith with another fine piece of defending on Annabel Cuthbert central as Deller almost slides her through in behind, the ball put back to Louis to kick clear. Holly Dryland up on halfway as Newmarket lose the ball does well defensively to stop Needham market getting away on the wing.
Holly Dryland in to win the challenge for Newmarket
Needham Market win the ball back central put forwards into Amber Sparkes she plays the ball forwards with the outside of her boot scooping it over the Newmarket defence for Northwood getting in behind moving to the right into the area sends a shot in low across the keeper, Quinn-Nicholls down well throwing out a glove to push the ball wide of the far post for a corner. A god delivery in from the right through the six yard box, Diston the target gets no contact retrieved by Sparkes hooks the ball over her head back across the face of goal Diston inches away again.
Needham Market Women’s Amber Sparkes
Diston with a strike from distance off a throw in on the left side sets her sights from 40 yards out on target one bounce in the box, Quinn-Nichols catching safely right behind it. Newmarket pressing well showing good movement intercepting more than one mislaid Needham Market pass and getting it forwards quickly, Deller finding room coming for the ball, Brame and Agnew outlets on either flank. Nearly pays off as Agnew is played in right side squaring a cross into Cuthbert top of the area a great piece of skill to wrong foot the defence and get into the box, Maria Smith recovering fantastic to dive in make the challenge put the ball away for the corner before Cuthbert can pull the trigger.
Molly Agnew looking for a passing option as she gets hold of the ball for Newmarket
GOAL! Closing in on the opening 20 minutes and Newmarket open the scoring. From the corner kick put in from the right Woodfield making the run once again closer in across goal, forcing the error Diston getting her head on the ball to her dismay sends it into her own goal 0-1.
Needham Market haven’t settled not giving themselves enough time on the ball in the early stages Sparkes gets hold of the ball 40 yards out and battles her way forwards riding a couple of tackles before shooting from the top of the box, the ball straight into Quinn-Nicholls back on her line. Sparks has Sharp making a run on the overlap right side puts her in taking it to the line sends in a cross along the top of the six yard box the ball cut out by Slater.
Amy Dunn clearing the ball for Needham Market
Sparkes showing intent in attack getting on for Needham Market a great pass forwards putting her in by Diston central Sparkes quick takes the ball into the area, right of goal has it in her sights Slater coming to close opts to take another tough into the six yard box wide of the post turns inside looking to knock it past the keeper and shoot, Quinn-Nicholls down at her feet makes the save. Needham Market creating opportunities now have a free-kick wide on the left the ball flighted in goes long Taylor Cooke hooking it back in across goal beyond the far post met first time by Northwood fired over.
Antonia Smith and Jess Linger working well together in the centre of Newmarket frustrating Needham Market as they look to play the ball though the middle, Rainbird always ready to break on the left for Needham Market almost in behind, Rebecca Towler getting in close to tackle and deny the cross. Louis races out of her area to get to the ball first as Cuthbert is played in behind by Antonia Smith getting forwards as Brame wins the ball. Amy Dunn coming to help Sharp on the right as Agnew receives from Deller in the middle.
Laura Brame playing the ball for Newmarket
Balfour on the ball high on the right for Needham Market passing central for Diston getting forwards good work on the ball dinks it over the top into the area for Northwood great control with her first before shooting lifting the ball high but straight at Quinn-Nicholls, gloves up palms it down coolly. Cuthbert has been almost gotten away from the Needham Market defence on a few ocassions playing off the shoulder of the last defender, more often than not Maria Smith has been the defender making the vital tackle. The home sides turning play around quickly look to get Sparkes away central as she comes inside, Dryland getting her toe on the ball to deflect it away from her into the box for Quinn-Nichols to clear.
GOAL! Late in the first half Newmarket double their lead Brame running with the ball on the right in behind crosses into the box, Louis coming out to that side gets her fists on the ball, pushes it out of her area, but it well out of position as the ball falls straight to Deller 20 yards out puts her foot through the ball rifling it into the back of the empty net 0-2.
Lauren Deller fires Newmarket into a 2-0 lead
Sparkes seems intent on taking the whole Newmarket defence on at once as she picks up the ball 35 yards out central forces her way forwards checking back inside the D, spots Rainbird to the left breaking in behind attempts to chip the ball to her, Woodfield getting hold of it clearing for Newmarket.
GOAL! Time almost up first half, Needham Market frustrated so far getting a late lifeline on the attack Balfour lifting the pass forwards for Rainbird racing on into the box, Quinn-Nichols to the ball first knocking in away from the winger, does claim however as Rainbird gets back on her to steal possession and roll the ball into the empty net beyond 1-2.
On last attack for Newmarket Deller taking the ball on down the left, Sharp quick staying with her for Needham Market putting in a good challenge to win the ball back.
Half-time Needham Market Women 1-2 Newmarket Town Women
2-1 to Newmarket at half-time, a late life line for Needham Market giving them something to take into the first half. Good chances created by both sides the goals however all coming from errors. An intriguing contest, Newmarket settling the quicker looking a threat out wide and Deller picking up the ball finding space. Needham Market frustrated passes not finding their marked have more time on the ball than they are giving themselves. The game still very much there for the taking.
No changes at the break the floodlights coming on Newmarket to get the 2nd half underway. Sparkes on the attack straight away forcing her way forwards brought down 30 yards out winning a free-kick. On the set-piece herself goes for goal on target finds its way through but not troubling Quinn-Nichols. A positive start from the hosts on the offence driving forwards Sharp running in behind on the right delivering a low cross into the area takes a deflection sending it behind for a corner.
GOAL! Needham Market straight back on level terms at the start of the 2nd half an inswinging corner falling into the six yard box takes an unfortunate deflection of a Newmarket defender sending it straight into the path of Diston close in to stab over the line and equalise 2-2.
Needham Market captain, Sasha Diston
Needham Market fired up now coming forwards a fantastic through ball to set Northwood away into the area clear left of goal fires a low drive across goal, Quinn-Nichols down well to save pushing the ball wide well away from danger. Newmarket win the ball central Linger into Brame left forwards to Cuthbert making a run into the channel the striker carrying the ball inside looking for a shooting opportunity tackled by Dunn, the ball spins loose to Deller central her first time strike charged down.
Jess Linger, Newmarket’s dead ball specialist
Newmarket make a double change Towler and Agnew coming off on come Yasmin Woodfield and Jordanne Sillitoe. Linger a threat from any dead ball situation, over a free-kick 40 yards out, plays the ball into the box swinging towards the far post, Louis doesn’t catch the ball dropping wide of goal. Diston plays a nice crossfield pass 30 yards out left into Sharp advancing into the area on the right catching it on the volley blasts into the side netting. Needham Market make a change Sparkes the player off Megan Stock on comes over to left back with Goddard switching to the right Sharp pushed forwards. Goddard called into action right side straight away defending well as Cuthbert controlling the ball 25 yards out looks to shift and shoot.
Needham Market’s Ashleigh Goddard
Anyone’s game at the moment Needham Market coming back well, both sides looking to get forwards. Sharp getting clear on the right into the corner does well to get a cross towards the top of the six yards box, think it’s Balfour racing in near post stooping into the header, sends the attempt wide across goal. Stock linking up with Rainbird bringing the ball out from the back the latter crossing along the top of the area Northwood receiving looks to tie up Balfour inside the box, Beth Woodfield in between the strikers intercepts the pass. Newmarket make another change Layla Weston coming on for Deller.
Development player, Layla Weston on for her senior team debut for Newmarket
Goddard shown the first yellow card of the game for a somewhat ungainly challenge on Cuthbert as she attempts to break into the box. The free-kick in a dangerous position 20 yards out left of the D, Linger over the ball takes on the shot, on target Louis with a superb save tipping it over the bar, is rather pleased with her effort. The resulting corner sees Slater almost steal in around the back to poke out a boot stab towards goal her shot blocked. Needham Market hit Newmarket on the counter Northwood carrying the ball down the left all the way into the area closing in on goal drags her shot wide of the near post. The game entering he final 15 minutes Sharp causing problems for Newmarket on the right in attack a surging run with the ball towards the ball Slater tackling the ball behind for the corner.
Needham Market’s, Jodie Sharp
GOAL! Needham Market come back from 2-0 down to take the lead for the first time in the match. The corner from the right into a congested six yard box Quinn-Nichols up amongst bodies gets her fist on the ball knocks it down and straight at Rainbird back on the penalty spot an instinctive hit lifts her shoot back in an down off the underside of the crossbar 3-2.
Newmarket respond straight away with a substitution, Hannah Rogers on Brame coming off. Needham Market lively getting players forwards Rainbird continuing to carry a threat on the left winning a corner. Diston making thing’s tick in the middle for Needham Market now coming inside of a throw in right side drags a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards out. The game open Needham Market on the attack, Newmarket still carrying a threat up the other end Cuthbert pushing the ball central for Sillitoe can’t get a clean connection as she throws herself into the shot.
Newmarket come forwards Antonia Smith playing it on for Cuthbert on the left comes infield is challenged the ball deflected spins out to Sillitoe right comes inside top of the area into a shooting position a shot curled in low Louis diving to her right making the save.
GOAL! Needham Market get down the other end win a corner on the right the delivery in with pace attacked near side missed runs across goal, Balfour racing after it to retrieve left side turns an fires the ball in towards the near post, Northwood sticking out a leg meets the ball turning it into the back of the net to give the hosts a 2 goal cushion late in the match 4-2.
Annie Northwood battling for the ball with Antonia Smith.
Needham Market come forwards Balfour playing her pass out to Rainbird advancing on the left shoots towards the near post Quinn-Nichols down to make the save. Sharp on the opposite flank striking the ball on the run blasting it wide across goal. Time running out Needham Market starting to put everyone behind the ball Newmarket press forwards, Dunn and Maria Smith solid through out the game.
Needham Market centre backs, Maria Smith and Amy Dunn
GOAL! Into stoppage time a last gasp free-kick wide on the right for Newmarket Linger to delivery played long to the far post knocked down back across goal, defended on the line the block putting it straight into Sillitoe to smash home from close range pull a goal back 4-3.
No time left however for another attack the final whistle blows and Needham Market record back to back wins in the league to join Newmarket on 7 points.
Full time Needham Market Women 4-3 Newmarket Town Ladies
A thoroughly entertaining match this afternoon, Needham Market coming back from trailing 2- to win the game 4-3. Newmarket having the best of the 1st half causing Needham market problems creating chances forcing errors. A vital goal coming late in the 1st period for Needham Market began the 2nd half strongly straight back on level terms. The game wide open for a spell, Needham Market taking the lead and getting a 2 goal cushion, Newmarket never out of it pulling one back late hadn’t enough time left to find another.
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
Onto this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match, several contenders out there. Lauren Deller for Newmarket scoring their 2nd goal, finding pockets of space between midfield and defence almost had Cuthbert in on goal on a couple of ocassions. For Needham Market I’ve mentioned the centre backs a few times, Maria Smith in particular with some great tackles first half to prevent Newmarket shooting. Jodie Sharp in defence but mostly in attack a threat on the right as was Francesca Rainbird on the left. Have gone for Sasha Diston overall strong in the middle the engine for Needham Market a good range of passing bringing others into play and winning the ball.
An enjoyable trip to Bloomfields, an entertaining match, always competitive in the ERWFL, never disappoints. My thanks to both clubs for the team line-ups much appreciated.
Plenty of cup action to be had across Essex this weekend too with the Women’s County Cup reaching the 3rd Round stage 8 sides vying for a quarter final spot where the 4 top ranked side in the county enter the competition. Saved the Essex Round-Up till last as the draw for the quarter finals was being made live on BBC Essex radio this evening. That to follow first the action… or lack of it for Billericay Town Ladies Development and Hutton Ladies as their match was sadly postponed will try again this coming Sunday.
Three 3rd Round ties were played, AFC Basildon Women’s Development side were away taking on Essex Women’s Premier Division side Silver End United Ladies. Katie Whitehead putting Basildon 1-0 inside the opening 15 minutes, A deflected shot from Francesca Anunwa doubling the advantage 5 minutes later. Silver End getting it back to 2-1 with a penalty. Basildon 2-1 up at the break. Georgia Hyland with a 30 yard strike making it 3-1 to Basildon early in the 2nd half the 2 goal lead held to see them advance through to the quarter finals.
Leigh Ramblers Ladies newly promoted to the ERWFL were at home in the 3rd Round of the County Cup hosting Premier Division side Southend United Ladies. Leigh Ramblers with several players unavailable with one on the bench forced into an early substitution got themselves into a 2-0 lead. Southend playing well despite trailing creating opportunities but it was Leigh Ramblers who took theirs getting a further 2 to go 4-0 up. Southend continuing to battle pulling a goal back through Christina Fragnito on the volley. Kate Wiseman scoring also to bring it back to 4-2, Leigh Ramblers having enough to see them safely through to the quarter finals.
An all Premier Division tie saw new leaders Collier Row Tigers at home playing Chelmsford City Ladies in the 3rd Round of the County Cup on Sunday. A strong performance from Collier Row, Laura Bunton prolific in front of goal once again on target to score 5 goals to take her tally to 28 for the season. Roseanne Shafier moving into double figure for the season too netting a brace. Emily Dempsey also getting a goal in an 8-1 win. This despite ending with 10 players Emma Best sent off collecting 2 yellow cards.
Match action from Collier Row Tigers v Chelmsford City (photo credit Ian Kendle)
The draw for the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s County Cup made a short while ago is as follows:-
Collier Row Tigers v Billericay Town Ladies Development or Hutton Ladies
AFC Basildon Women Development v AFC Basildon Women
Harlow Town Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies v Leigh Ramblers Ladies
Essex Women’s Trophy
This Sunday also saw the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy played, those sides knocked out of the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the County Cup going on to contest the Trophy 12 in all 4 receiving a bye straight to the quarter finals 4 games in the 1st Round.
Lawford Ladies reached the final of the Trophy last season, have had a tough start to the season in ERWFL Division One were drawn at home to play Rayleigh Town Ladies newly promoted to the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Lawford showing signs of turning things around last weekend winning this weekend 4-1 to progress in the Trophy.
Hutton Ladies Reserves causing an upset in the Trophy knocking out higher league opposition to make it into the quarter finals the Division One side hosting Premier Division side Frontiers Ladies at the weekend. A first goal of the season for Patricia Mcweeney along with a brace for Chloe Eastwell seeing Hutton clinch a narrow 3-2 victory.
Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies without a point bottom of the Premier Division were hosting Division One side Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves in the 1st Round of the Trophy on Sunday. Leigh Ramblers getting a good draw against league leaders Corringham Cosmos last time out scoring twice. Beacon Hill Rovers with a much welcome win to progress, goals from Bethany Morrell and a brace for Emma Sach sealing a close 3-2 win both getting their first goals of the season.
Chigwell Ladies from Division One hosting Billericay Town Ladies Reserves in the Trophy 1st Round at the weekend, the visitors playing in the FAWNL Reserves league through to the quarter finals with a comfortable 9-0 win. Leigha Bradding-Butler scoring a hat-trick, there was also a brace for Amelie Johnson along with a goal each for Freya Fuller, Hannah Humm, Rosie Richards and Robyn Moody.
The draw for the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy already made the 4 ties to be played in the New Year Sunday 19th January kicking off at 1:30pm:-
Lawford Ladies v Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development
Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves v Hutton Ladies Reserves
Holland Ladies v Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies
Aveley Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies Reserves
Essex Women’s Division One
Two league games played this weekend both in Essex Women’s Division One. League leaders Corringham Cosmos Women further extending their grip at the top of the table now some 8 points clear of the rest winning away to 3rd placed Runwell Sports Ladies on Sunday. Top scorer Michelle Sumpter with a first half brace to move onto 14 for the season. Two goals for Runwell Sports with Anna Winfield and Marie Barker scoring, Corringham with a further 3 goals in the 2nd period to win the game 5-2, Rebecca and Sophie Corcoran with a goal apiece with Rachel Fleming scoring in between.
A run of 3 straight defeats for 2nd placed Aveley Ladies seeing them fall away from the top after an impressive start. Brought that run to an end on Sunday at home as they clinched a point at home to Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development, the sides drawing 1-1 after a goalless first half. Amara Drummond with the Aveley goal, Lily Wilding on the scoresheet for Bowers & Pitsea.
This weekend saw 6 ties taking p[lace in the 2nd Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup, Haverhill Rovers Ladies awarded a home win against Pinchbeck United Women progressing to the quarter finals whilst Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds match at home to Netherton United Ladies has been rearranged for Sunday 1st December.
Cambridge City Ladies Development current holders of the League Cup, promoted to the ERWFL unable to defend their trophy there for the taking this season. ICA Sports Ladies double cup winners two seasons ago making a strong start to the season away in the 2nd Round were playing fellow Premiership side Histon Ladies Reserves. Sophie Lanham netting a brace for Histon, ICA Sports with a number of players unavailable digging deep to clinch the win with goals from Hannah Murphy, Donna Nicholls, Carmen Herridge and a 1st ICA Sports goal for 16-year-old Zoe Davenport securing a 4-2 win to put the visitors into the quarter finals. An injury blow suffered however with ICA Sports, Megan Purnell breaking her ankle in the match, wishing her well for a full and speedy recovery.
Cambridge University Women made it all the way to the League Cup final last season were away to March Town United Ladies in the 2nd Round of this seasons competition on Sunday. A crazy start to the all Premiership tie March taking the lead with just 30 seconds played, Cambridge University coming back to level the score and surge into a 5-1 lead with less than 20 minutes gone the game settling down March battling pulled back 2 goals, Cambridge University kept creating opportunities scoring a further 3 themselves to win the tie 8-3. 2 goals for Charlotte Kenyon netting a brace her first goals for Cambridge University, also amongst the goals Lili Donlon-Mansbridge, Amanda Wainwright, Jennifer Atherton and Lidiya Mykhaylechko. Emma Searle, Jordan Turner and Louise Barbour scoring for March.
Cambridge University Women at March United on Sunday (photo credit Cambridge University Women)
Plenty of goals elsewhere in the 2nd Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup too, Leverington Sports Ladies leading the Premiership at home playing Championship side Cardea Ladies who had made a 100% winning start to the league themselves. Shushannah Feast breaking the deadlock with the opening goal scoring her first goal for Leverington since her return from a terrible injury that had her sidelined for 18 months. 1-0 up. Soon after Savanna Plavecz rounded the keeper to make it 2-0 to the host side. Leverington captain, Faye Kowalewsky on target for a 3rd goal. Plavecz on target for a 2nd goal before a brace from top scorer Sophie Swinden saw Leverington into a 6-0 half-time lead. Anna Langa from the penalty spot pulling a goal back for Cardea but a further two goals from Swinden saw Leverington comfortably into the quarter finals with a 8-1 win.
Another high scoring match that saw 10 goals scored went all the way to a penalty shootout. Premiership side Riverside Ladies hosting Mildenhall Town Ladies 2nd in the Championship in the 2nd Round on Sunday. Both sides scoring 5 goals each couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes, Kerry Camwell with a brace for Riverside, with Jess Hill, Gabija Pavlova and Ines Sophia Lopes Monteiro with her first goal of the season. A first half brace for Megan Hobson along with a hat-trick for Kate Hayes her 3rd goal coming in the 88th minute on the scoresheet for Mildenhall. The tie settled from the spot Riverside winning the shootout 3-2 to reach the quarter finals.
Penalties too needed to settle the all Championship 2nd Round tie between Isleham United Ladies and Swavesey Spartans Ladies on Sunday. Laura Todd with her 5th goal of the season for Isleham and Emma Smart scoring her first goal of the season for Swavesey seeing it finish all square at 1 goal apiece at the final whistle. Swavesey edging the shootout 2-1 to book their spot in the League Cup quarter finals.
Lastly, St Ives Town Ladies Development were hosting Championship leaders Cambridge Rangers Women in the League Cup 2nd Round. Cambridge Rangers with a strong start to the season a 100% winning start to top the table. Daniella Lewis with her 12th goal of the season scoring for the visitors, St Ives clinching victory to reach the quarter finals with Tash Applegate scoring her 1st goal for the club and Cherish Sibanda on target for her first of the season in a 2-1 win.
The draw for the quarter finals as follows ties to be played Sun 8th December with a 1:30pm kick-off:-
Haverhill Rovers Ladies v St Ives Town Ladies Development
Leverington Sports Ladies v Cambridge University Women
ICA Sports Ladies v Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds or Netherton United Ladies
Swavesey Spartans Ladies v Riverside Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship
Sadly some readjusting to do in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship table with the first casualty of the season, has been coming I’m afraid the games and call offs adding up the Isleham United Ladies Youth withdrawing from the league. A shame to see and hope to see them back at some point wishing everyone involved with the club all the best.
Two matches taking place this Sunday, the top 4 involved in the League Cup or not playing, Eaton Socon Ladies climb up to 5th in the table joining a cluster of sides all on 12 points. Their 4th win of the season coming away from home at the weekend a close match with Hungate Rovers Ladies a single strike winning the game Hannah Hutchinson on target with her 4th goal of the season to secure the victory.
Fellow newcomers Cambourne United Women joining Eaton Socon Ladies on 12 points to go 6th in the Championship table winning at home on Sunday to match their record of 4 wins and 3 loses from 7 played. Cambourne taking on Burwell Tigers Ladies at the weekend, played on 3G to beat the weather, Emily Arnold with the goal midway through the 1st half to give the hosts a narrow lead at the break, held on to the lead making thing’s alot more comfortable in the final 10 minutes, Arnold scoring her 2nd of the match 7th overall this season to ensure the win.