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The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 28/10/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 28th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

Cup action all the way in Cambridgeshire this Sunday with the League Cup group games resuming. There was also one tie in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup 1st Round with Championship South side, Park Ladies hosting Championship North side Wisbech St Mary Ladies. The two sides enjoying a good contest with the tie going all the way to a penalty shootout. Park Ladies edging a close 1st half leading 1-0. The hosts scoring again in the 2nd half Darcie Tegerdine and Sherrie Martin with Park’s goals. Wisbech St Mary seeing the game end all square after the 90 minutes getting 2 themselves in the 2nd half, Megan Ratcliffe and Hannah Shales with the goals. No further goals in extra-time the tie settled by penalties, Park celebrating at the end going through to the quarter finals winning the shootout 4-2. An away trip to Wisbech Town Ladies awaits.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

The group games in this season’s League Cup competition continuing this Sunday with 6 games taking place. In Group A, Ketton Ladies become joint leaders after the Championship North side at home beat Premiership side Netherton United Ladies. A single goal enough to secure the 3 points.

  One game too in Group B, Premiership side, March Town United Ladies topping the mini-league with 3 wins from 3 now. Away to Championship North side Hungate Rovers Ladies this Sunday. March leading 1-0 at half-time went on to dominate the 2nd half to run out 5-0 winners. Louise Barbour scoring twice. Emma Frost, Ella Nutter and Adele Munday all getting a goal each.

 Two games from Group C, in the early kick-off Premiership leaders, Cambridge City Ladies Development were away playing Cambridge Rangers Women from the Championship South. Megan Tonks putting Cambridge City into an early lead scoring after 5 minutes. Cambridge Rangers getting back on level terns on the half hour went on to take the lead in the 38th minute. Cambridge City responding quickly Tonks finding the back of the net for her 2nd of the game to make it 2-2 a strong end to the 1st half seeing the visitors score twice more Yasmin Crow and Rachel Littlewood with the goals putting Cambridge City 4-2 up at half-time. The visiting side adding one more goal in the 2nd half Jade Powell firing the ball home from a free-kick. Cambridge City winning 3 from 3 to top the group.

  Also in Group C it was an all Premiership clash between Riverside Ladies and Histon Ladies Reserves on Sunday. The Peterborough based side claiming their 2nd win in the group to join St Ives Town Development on 6 points. Annie Posnett scoring a hat-trick. Hannah Stubbs and Jade Ramm also scoring in a 5-0 win for Riverside.

   Two games also in Group D. Haverhill Rovers Ladies topping the table with 2 wins from 2. Have 20 goals from those 2 matches too, 8 in their win over Premiership side Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds, scored 12 without reply away from home against Burwell Tigers Ladies this Sunday. Joeli Kirby scoring 4 goals in the game. Emma Barnes netting herself a hat-trick. The other Haverhill goals shared between, Hayley Turner, Julie Brown, Kayleigh Nolan, Amy Evans and Kayleigh Steed.

   Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds picked up their 1st group win in the League Cup this Sunday at home to fellow Premiership side, Cambridge University Women. A close game Fulbourn scoring twice with Katie Luddy and Marie Stubbings both on the scoresheet. The hosts winning 2-1 with Amanda Wainwright scoring for Cambridge University.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 21/10/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 21st October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

 The 1st Round of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup began this Sunday across the county with 5 ties being played. FAWNL South East Division One side, Cambridge United Women were drawn away to play Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds in the competition. Playing 3 leagues higher than their hosts Cambridge were leading 2-0 at half-time, Opening the scoring from the penalty spot Amy Howlett the goalscorer. Becky Shephard making it 2-0. A strong 2nd half performance from Cambridge seeing them go on to rack up a comfortable win. Steph Gale’s strike from distance making in 3-0. Defender Kayleigh-Anne Burt scoring from a corner for 4-0. Captain Kelley Blanchflower getting Cambridge’s 5th goal went on to score at hat-trick. There was a brace for Vicky Neal. Howlett converting again from the penalty spot and Chloe Smith scoring her 1st goal for Cambridge. The final score 11-0.

 Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side, ICA Sports Ladies went one better than Cambridge in their 1st Round Invitation Cup tie, scoring 12 goals to win comfortably away from home against Burwell Tigers Ladies on Sunday. Jessica Farchina top scoring in the game netting 4 goals for ICA Sports, 3 players all getting a brace, Carmen Herridge, Donna Nicholls ad Kylie Armstrong. Megan Purnell and Zoe Leddy also getting a goal each. The final score 12-2. Charlotte Forgarty and Elisa Heinamaa with the goals in each half for the Championship South side.

 Plenty of goal elsewhere too in the Invitation Cup 1st Round, ERWFL Division One side, Histon Ladies were away to Isleham United Ladies from the Championship South. Sophie Lanham’s free-kick putting Histon into the lead in the 14th minute. Alison Wright doubling the lead just 3 minutes later would go on to complete a 1st half hat-trick, Brie Baker and Georgia Day both getting a goal each to see Histon leading 6-0 at half-time. Isleham pulling a goal back early in the 2nd period, Histon soon extending their lead, Charlotte Westhorpe making it 7-1. Becky Finch scoring her 1st goal of the season an own goal seeing Histon advance comfortably the final score 9-.

  ERWFL Division One newcomers, Newmarket Town Ladies were hosting Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side March Town United Ladies in the 1st Round of the Invitation Cup on Sunday. A 2-0 lead for Newmarket at half-time went on to make the result comfortable in the 2nd half adding a further 5 goals to win the tie 7-0. Both Brooke Wickens and Cassandra Carvalheiro scoring twice in the game with Jess Linger, Sarah O’Rourke and Jodie Woodfield all getting a goal.

   Championship North versus Championship South in the other 1st Round Invitation Cup match played on Sunday. Wisbech Town Ladies at home playing Cambridge Rangers WFC. The visitors taking the lead going 1-0 up early in the match. Wisbech Town coming back to level the scores with Kaylie Swinden firing the ball home. Again Cambridge Rangers came back to lead the game, Were pegged back to 2-2 with Chloe Stanborough equalising for Wisbech Town drawing at half-time Wisbech Tow the stronger side 2nd half, Sophie Swinden putting the hosts into the lead for the 1st time in the match. Leah Hall extending the advantage with both Stanborough and Sophie Swinden scoring a 2nd goal each to see Wisbech Town win the game 6-2.

Two more 1st Round ties to be played, Park Ladies are at home to Wisbech St Mary Ladies whilst, St Ives Town Ladies are hosting Riverside Ladies. The draw for the quarter finals made on Tuesday, are scheduled to be played Sun 18th November:-

  St Ives Town Ladies or Riverside Ladies v ICA Sports Ladies

Wisbech Town Ladies v Park Ladies or Wisbech St Mary Ladies

Newmarket Town Ladies v Cambridge United Women

Histon Ladies v Cambridge City Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

One game played in the Championship North at the weekend with the bottom pair meeting on Sunday, Pinchbeck United Ladies up against Hungate Rovers Ladies, the sides contesting a 2-2 draw to both earn their 1st point of the season.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

   One game too in the Championship South with leaders Haverhill Rovers Ladies hosting 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies Development. Haverhill Rover with a 100% winning start to the season, St Ives Town 6 points behind succeeded in closing the gap to 3 points ending Haverhill Rovers unbeaten start to the season winning the game 3-1. Hannah Seymour-Shove scoring a brace for St Ives Town with Fran Chapman also finding the back of the net. Kayleigh Nolan scoring the goal for Haverhill Rovers.

Cup Final Report – Cambridge City Ladies v Cambridge United WFC

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Final

Thursday 10th May

 Back to Cambridgeshire for more Cup Final action this Thursday evening. To the Glassworld Stadium in Histon to watch this season’s Women’s Invitation Cup Final once again being contested between Cambridge City Ladies & Cambridge United WFC who have held an iron grip on the trophy for a number of seasons.

   A league between the sides coming into tonight’s final they have never been closer in terms of position within the women’s football pyramid, Cambridge City Ladies finishing 2nd in their debut season in the ERWFL Premier Division just a point behind Champion’s Billericay Town Ladies. An indifferent season in the league for Cambridge United WFC in FAWPL South East Division One currently laying in 7th place in the table with 2 league games left to play. 

  Cambridge United WFC beating Cambridge City Ladies 5-1 in last season’s final. The two sides enjoy a bit of rivalry with a number of ex-United players now back with Cambridge City. Both rearing to get going the game having been originally scheduled to be played a month ago the awful weather that has blighted much of the 2nd half of the season putting pay to the game back then. Cambridge United into a 6th successive final have won it for the past 5 season’s once again sponsored by S-Tech Insurance who have supported girls & women’s football in Cambridgeshire for 12 years. 

Road to the Final

  A bye for the holders in the 1st Round of the Invitation Cup. It was another wet and cold day for Cambridge City Ladies as they clinched a 5-1 win at home against Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side, ICA Sports Ladies. 

  Into the quarter finals, Cambridge United were drawn away to Championship North side Wisbech St Mary Ladies. There higher league status shining through as they comfortably progressed to the last 4 with a 12-0 victory. A trickier tie on paper for Cambridge City Ladies in their quarter final tie at home to ERWFL Division One North side, Histon Ladies. Cambridge City though was also comfortable winners going through the the last 4 with a 7-0 result.

  Home ties for both sides in the semi-finals up against the two sides who would eventually finish as Champions and runners-up in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership saw them both in action just last evening St Ives Town Ladies and Newmarket Town Ladies. A 3-0 win at Mildenhall Town FC for Cambridge United as they beat Newmarket Town 3-0 to reach another final. Cambridge City reaching a 2nd successive Invitation Cup Final with a narrow 1-0 win over St Ives Town Ladies.

Histon’s Glassworld Stadium the venue once again for the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Final. The pitch having seen a lot of football over the season it Histon Ladies and their Reserve side amongst those using it. A big pitch with plenty of room on the flanks to exploit one main stand over looking the pitch with covered terraces and seating all around. Much better weather this time around cooler than it has been sunny and cloudy no rain forecast. 

Cambridge City Ladies starting XI – Tee Mhunduru, Sarah Mosley, Lauren Tomlinson, Amy Reed, Becca Fay (C), Anna Kanz, Stacey Fullicks, Charlotte Gillies, Laura Mills, Grace Stanley & Bella Simmons. Subs – Carla Penny, Emily Reed, Bronte Rapley, Lucy Hurst & Ellie Cullum.

Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Savannah Smith, Emma Jenkins, Carrie Bennett, Kayleigh-Anne Burt, Laura Bright (C), Charlotte Crisp, Laura Baker, Amy Howlett, Faith Hewitt, Lauren Cartwright & Kelley Blanchflower. Subs – Liz Pamplin, Amber Cantwell, Gabrielle Whitehurst, Teonie Peyton & Lauren Gibson.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  Strong line-ups for both sides, normally both are abbreviated to Cam in my notes that’ll confuse everybody however so from here on it it’s City and United. It’s United to get the game underway wearing amber and black vertical striped shirts, black shorts and socks with City wearing white shirts, with black shorts and white and black hooped socks. United playing the all into striker Kelley Blanchflower breaking forwards at the start her ball on for Amy Howlett on bursting down the right, she fouls her opponent trying to get inside to cross the ball.

   City break forwards the ball coming on through the midfield Anna Kanz with Stacey Fullicks, the diagonal ball sending Grace Stanley in behind of the left cuts inside and fires a cross into the area Bella Simmons arriving at the near post getting in front of her marker and putting her head on the ball directs it wide of the goal. Right from the off it looks like it’s going to be a feisty contest between the pair. 

Grace Stanley on the attack for Cambridge City, Emma Jenkins in defence for Cambridge United

  United get the ball down into the right channel win the first corner of the game. A good delivery into the area the ball falling for Bright at the far post her strike charged down the rebound racing out to Amy Howlett positioned 25 yards out her shot back in claimed by City goalkeeper, Tee Mhunduru. 

  City build on the right Simmons coming across to offer support for Charlotte Gillies, receiving the ball Simmons shoots from the top right corner of the area her low effort gathered by United goalkeeper Savannah Smith covering her near post. City pressure United at the back bodies forwards win their first corner of the game over on the right the ball played into the middle of the area headed clear by United’s Laura Baker. 

  Both sides are using the width getting their wide players involved in the action early on United breaking forwards the all into Blanchflower shifted on for Howlett her cross squared in along the top of the area Lauren Cartwright stooping into the header directs the ball in towards goal, Mhunduru right behind the ball takes it into her arms. Lauren Tomlinson at left back for City gets across to take the ball away from Blanchflower as the United striker is played in through the middle.

  Fullicks felt the full force of a Baker tackle in last season’s final and the pair come together again this time around a Baker having broken up a City attack lunges in as Fullicks picks up possession. A painful one for the City midfielder, Baker with a talking to from the referee. Fullicks after treatment is okay to continue. A free-kick for City inside the United half the ball played up into the area cleared by Kayleigh-Anne Burt.

Laura Baker about to tackle Stacey Fullicks

 A purposeful attack by City Simmons running at the United defence with the ball her shot blocked by Emma Jenkins top of the area the rebound travelling on into the box Laura Mills wants it runs on, United captain Laura Bright with a great sliding tackle to take the ball away from her. A competitive game Blanchflower running into the channels to get onto the ball a cross into the area from the right long to the far side Faith Hewitt with the shot can’t keep the ball down. 

 Charlotte Crisp with the ball through the middle for United plays it on for Blanchflower she spins away from City captain Becca Fay breaking into the box, Amy Reed coming across to challenge and deny a shooting opportunity. Carrie Bennett tackles Gillies as the City winger comes infield with the ball on the right. City press forwards Mills seeing her shot from 20 yards out right side of the area blocked the ball looping away to Stanley on the left side her header back in met by Bright the ball doesn’t go far fired back in low for Simmons six yards out her near post strike gathered by Smith.   

Cambridge City Ladies captain, Becca Fay

Entertaining the crowd are getting behind the sides, flowing football United clearing a City cross into the box one end, breaking it forwards up the other rapidly Howlett seeing her cross claimed by Mhunduru the centre of her goal. Sarah Mosley getting her head on the ball to clear for City as Howlett surges down the right again. Smith comes racing out of her area as City release Stanley through the middle charging forwards the goalkeeper slices her clearance, luckily for her Stanley momentarily looses sight of the ball players racing back, the winger picks it back up left corner of the area Smith getting back on her goes to ground the ball struck against her United able to nullify the threat.

Cambridge City Ladies, Grace Stanley

   An injury to Bright bring’s a chance of respite for both sides. Bight is allowed back on after treatment. United attack the ball fired into Blanchflower 40 yards out a drop of the shoulder and she is away in behind the City defence shooting early drills a swerving shot in Mhunduru going for it misses the ball though wide of the post. A free-kick out wide right corner for United after Howlett is fouled, the delivery long Mhunduru taking it high beyond the far post releases it quickly Mills away on the right, Gillies with her the ball crossed in Jenkins slicing the clearance, Smith coming pounces on the ball.

   GOAL! The stalemate is at last broken as United score the opening goal of the game. Have a free-kick out wide on the left inside the City half the ball is sent in long towards the far post Blanchflower closing in lets it run on for Howlett to her right a solid connection to smash her shot back across the goal and in 0-1.

Amy Howlett opens the scoring for Cambridge United WFC

The goal firing United up they press on looking for another Tomlinson winning the ball from Cartwright moving to the right. PENALTY! City looking for a quick response build on the right get an opportunity from the penalty spot as Gillies is brought down just inside the area by Burt lunging in try and take the ball from the winger. Simmons placing the ball on the spot runs in and strikes the ball Smith beaten the ball running low past her strikes the base of the post and cannons out to the left.

Cambridge City Ladies midfielder, Anna Kanz

 A spell of City pressure late in the first half Kanz winning the ball played on for Fullicks she combines with Gillies going forwards the cross in too close to the keeper Smith claiming the ball. Gillies with more good running down the right Bennett defending the corner conceded, into the area Burt clears. City come close again to levelling the score Tomlinson getting forwards with the ball into the United half a diagonal ball launched into the area a pointblank header for Simmons six yards out an excellent catch by Smith quick reactions a couple of yards between attacker and goalkeeper Smith gets a firm hold of the ball. 

Half-time Cambridge City Ladies 0-1 Cambridge United WFC

  Plenty happening in an exciting and entertaining first half, pretty even between the sides, United getting their noses in front. City far from out of it creating plenty of opportunities running at the United defence. A penalty missed, Simmons looking a real threat in attack for City. Just one goal in it United know they have plenty of work ahead if they are to keep hold of the County Cup. 

Laura Mills on the attack for Cambridge City

The floodlights on for the 2nd half, City get the 2nd half underway, lose the ball United putting it out to Hewitt on the left wing she crosses into the area Fay clearing for City. 

GOAL! A couple of minutes gone in the 2nd half and City are back on level terms players breaking forwards Gillies on for Mills inside the area right side falling she cuts the ball back towards the six yard box Simmons on it near post sends the ball across the keeper and over the line 1-1. 

Gillies gets back to support Mosley as Hewitt looks to get in behind her on the left for United. Gillies playing the ball long for Simmons to go after she is brought down 30 yards out right side of the United goal. The delivery long to the far post a glancing header from Simmons touches a United player as it runs out for a corner. The ball into the area defended by United. Hewitt with the ball left side again her early cross in toward Howlett right of the D she shoots first time the ball wide. United make a change Cartwright coming off, Amber Cantwell coming on. 

Cambridge United WFC’s Laura Baker

  Mosley defending as Baker looks to put the ball into Blanchflower the United striker aiming to spin in behind. City have the advantage a strong spell have United penned around their penalty area. 

 GOAL! Having levelled the scores City go on to take the lead in the Invitation Cup Final of the net. Breaking up a United attack Gillies brings the ball forward through the middle sliding the ball on for Simmons her touch taking her away from her marker and shooting from the top of the area her low effort runs into the back of the net just inside the post 2-1.

United make a substitution Lauren Gibson on up top for Blanchflower. City are looking strong having started the 2nd half well renewed energy as they press on wanting another. Bennett charging down a shot from the right from Gillies as she takes the ball on down the wing has a second go past the full back this time but not Smith who claims at her near post. Gillies and Simmons look to combine centrally, Jenkins coming in to win the ball for United. 

Cambridge United WFC’s Emma Jenkins

City are on top Mills coming on with the ball into the right channel crosses from the byline the ball flashing across the face of goal runners coming in but no one can get a touch on the ball. A free-kick in a dangerous position for City right of the D 25 yards out Mosley on the ball curls in a shot towards goal Smith jumping up the ball smashes against the crossbar dropping down to the left a shot fired in, Smith already on the ground making the save on her goal line. 

Cambridge City Ladies, Stacey Fullicks

  Bright having taken a knock needs to come off for United, Teonie Peyton coming on goes into a position wide left. City’s tails are up they are dominant sense they can get more goals pulling the United back line out of shape. Gibson is pulled back as she attempts to get on through the middle a free-kick for United. Jenkins over it a good delivery in towards goal bouncing in front of Mhunduru she lays claim to the ball even as Hewitt lunging for it almost connects. A double change for City, Kanz and Stanley coming off, on come Carla Penny and Ellie Cullum. Reed winning the ball at the back for City as United look to play the ball over the top for Gibson.

Faith Hewitt on the attack for Cambridge United WFC

 GOAL! City extend their lead pressing forwards the ball on the right numbers up pressing United top of the area the ball played across to the left side in front of goal, Gillies right corner inside to Cullum she helps it on to Simmons left side her dipping shot flying into the back of the net 3-1.

A Cup Final hat-trick for Cambridge City Ladies, Bella Simmons

City bring on Bronte Rapley in place of Mosley with less than 10 minutes left to play. Fullicks back to help out at the back as Peyton gets free on the left prevents the cross coming in. Gabrielle Whitehurst comes on for United replacing Hewitt. Howlett getting back gets the ball back to Smith as Penny threatens to run in on goal. Reed with another good defensive tackle as United try to bring the ball on through the centre. Peyton with the ball deep in the left cuts the ball back in towards the byline Mhunduru concerned the ball though landing on the roof of the net. 

Fullicks is struggling with a knock comes off Emily Reed coming on for City. Blanchflower back on for United, Crisp off. Burt getting the ball back safely to her keeper as City press in attack through the middle. Reed wins the challenge against Blanchflower as Baker sends the ball on into her after winning it on halfway. Blanchflower’s ball lifted on strikes Fay in the back as the defender turns 20 yards from goal. City bring off Simmons in the closing minutes Lucy Hurst on. Look comfortable United rushing their passes in their bid to try and get a goal back late on. Lively late on emotions running high City closing everything down. City celebrate everyone running onto the pitch as the final whistle blows and they win this season’s Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Final.

Full time Cambridge City Ladies 3-1 Cambridge United WFC

  A strong 2nd half performance from Cambridge City getting themselves back on level terms early on. Went on to become deserved winners dominating the game pressing the ball defending strongly and building quickly through the middle. Simmons could have had a hat-trick in the first half instead waited for the 2nd half 3 well taken goals too to comeback from being a goal down after the 1st half. Cambridge United’s long hold on the Invitation Cup coming to an end were outplayed 2nd half.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

 Picking this evening’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match is fairly straight forwards although their were plenty of other good performances from Cambridge City too, Amy Reed good in the back line. Charlotte Gillies a threat on the right supported by Laura Mills. Stacey Fullicks strong in the midfield. Scoring a hat-trick in a Cup Final though is pretty special and for that and the constant threat she posed Cambridge United all game the award goes to Bella Simmons.

Cambridge City Ladies 2017/18 Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Winners

Congratulations to Cambridge City Ladies winning the 2017/18 Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup.

  My thanks to everyone who assisted me this evening and good to catch up with a everyone not many games left to watch now.

The Round-Up – 18/03/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th March

 Here we are once again with another shortened version of this weekends Round-Up with the weather again playing havoc with the fixture lists another cold burst depositing snow across the country over the weekend saw just 11 matches survive across the East. The majority of those in Cambridgeshire too. Adds to the problem of an already congested fixture list with games piling up towards the end of the season. March has not been kind to football so far in 2018. Of those games that did get played it was thanks to the dedication and hard work of the host team in most cases to get their pitch in a playable state and an appreciative thanks to all those put so much in to do so. A total wipe-out of fixtures the the FAWPL this weeks action begins with the ERWFL.

ERWFL Division One North

 One game in the ERWFL Division One North this Sunday in Cambridgeshire, Histon Ladies have seen a good proportion of their home matches at the Glassworld Stadium called off due to weather conditions but not this time around as they took on opponents, Ipswich Town Ladies Development. The hosts getting their noses in front on 10 minutes with Abi Davies scoring her 9th goal of the season. Ipswich Town getting back on level term with 10 minutes of the 1st half left the sides drawing 1-1 at the break. Histon retook the lead with 20 minutes left to play Davies getting her 2nd of the match, the 3 points made secure with Ipswich Town conceding a penalty as the game closed on the final 10 minutes captain Sophie Lanham scoring from the spot. 

ERWFL Division One South

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies fresh from playing in their 1st ever Hertfordshire County Cup final last Sunday were hosting 2nd placed side Harlow Town Ladies in the only match to beat the weather in ERWFL Division One South this Sunday. The hard work by Hoddesdon to get their pitch playable paying off as they picked up a great result beating Harlow 2-1 to record their 3rd league win of the season. The goals scored by Hannah Kelly and Sian Owens.

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

 Just one game surviving in Norfolk on Sunday for the Norfolk Women’s County Cup the competition down to the last 4. Sprowston Ladies leading Division One certainly the underdogs as they played hosted to Wymondham Town Ladies currently leading ERWFL Division One North. Sprowston making the decision early on Sunday to switch the match to the FDC’s Open Academy all weather pitch. Wymondham have a strong attack with plenty of goalscorers in their side, aren’t too many games where the sides top scorer, Laura Nicholls isn’t on the scoresheet and not so this Sunday as she scored in the 11th minute to put Wymondham into the lead. Nicholls involved in the next two Wymondham goals too setting up Mollie O’Callaghan to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute, with striker Hannah Waters scoring to make it 3-0 at half-time. 

 Two goals early in the 2nd half putting Wymondham in full control of the tie with Alice Ladbrooke and Waters with her 2nd of the game making it 5-0. The pair both getting on the scoresheet again as the game entered the final 15 minutes Ladbrooke making it 6-0 with Waters going on to claim a hat-trick. A 2nd successive County Cup Final appearance for Wymondham they will play either King’s Lynn Town Ladies or Acle United Ladies who saw their match at The Walks postponed.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

 It was also County Cup semi-final weekend in Cambridgeshire both games surviving the snow that had blowed in, holders Cambridge United WFC from FAWPL South East Division One hosting Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side, Newmarket Town Ladies. A three league gap between the sides, Newmarket very much the underdogs going onto the game but have tested themselves well against higher league opposition this season and as the 1st half drew to a close it looked as though the sides would go in level at the break. Cambridge getting a goal to put them 1-0 up in the 41st minute courtesy of striker, Lauren Gibson. A more comfortable lead for the hosts early into the 2nd half two quick goals seeing the lead increased to 3-0 with Kelley Blanchflower and Faith Hewitt firing the ball into the back of the net in the 47th and 49th minutes respectfully. That the final score as Cambridge United reach another Invitation Cup Final.

  It will be a repeat of last season’s final pair too as Cambridge City Ladies also booked their final berth this Sunday, the side currently 2nd in ERWFL Premier Division hosting another side from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, St Ives Town Ladies. A tighter scoreline this one with just a single goal enough to settle the semi-final. Charlotte Gillies getting the winning goal for Cambridge City. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Two games from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this Sunday. 4th placed Cambridge City Ladies Development close the gap to 3rd placed Newmarket Town Ladies to just a single point after they came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 their 5th successive win in league and cup. At home on Sunday taking on 5th placed March Town United Ladies. Shannon Shaw with her 20th goal of the season putting March Town into the lead. 1-0 up at half-time Cambridge City came back to win the game and claim all 3 points. Eline Sorbye scoring both there goals in the 2-1 win her first this season. 

  Park Ladies are at last celebrating this season and will get tagged in a Round-Up for the 1st time in close to two season’s after they won their 1st ever match in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this weekend. Has been a tough period for the club after they raced to promotion in their 1st season. A difficult period to follow as results went against them early on their 1st season in the Premiership players then leaving the club threatened it’s very existence for a little while but the club came through these tough times again this season results have not been with them bottom of the table without a point that finally changed this Sunday.

  Park were at home to the side immediately above them, Cambridge University Women who themselves are having a tough season after being amongst the forerunners in the Premiership in recent seasons. Amy Newell leads the line for Park and she was on target for 5 goals on Sunday taking her onto 14 for the season as Park clinched their 1st 3 point haul with an 8-2 victory taking them to within a point of Cambridge University Women. Chantelle Abraham, Jenna Brown also scoring their 1st goals for Park with Sian Holcroft also to target. A victory that will do wonders for morale.

Cambridge Women’s Division One Cup

  Three more group matches from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup this Sunday. In Group C, Wisbech Town Ladies made it 3 wins from 3 to clinch top spot in the group and advance to the knock stage of the competition. Were at home to Orton Rangers Ladies. Josie Turner top scoring in the match getting 4 goals to her name for Wisbech Town. Top scorers Sophie Swinden also getting a hat-trick the the match with both Faye Kowalewsky and Chloe Riches getting a goal each in a 9-0 win.

  In Group D, Riverside Ladies had already clinched top spot winning all 3 of their matches. This Sunday Ketton Ladies were away in their final group game taking on Spalding United Ladies. A  brace each for Claire Lawrenson and Emma Ward plus a goal for top scorer Fran Kavanagh seeing Ketton finish 2nd with a 5-1 win.

 In Group A, Isleham United Ladies were away to Burwell Tigers this Sunday. A brace from Amy Ellis along with a goal apiece for Lily Turner and Shona Kelly securing a 4-1 win. Lauren Rouse on target for Burwell Tiger’s goal. The other group match between Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds and Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves was called off, so it remains all to play for in the group. 

Essex Women’s Division One

 Also a total wipe-out of the fixture list in Essex on Sunday with just one league match surviving across the two divisions. In Essex Women’s Division One 4th placed Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves close the gap up to the top 3 to just 2 points with a comfortable result at home to Rayleigh Town Ladies on Sunday. Georgia Holdaway on target for a hat-trick in the match top scoring for Brentwood, there was a brace each for Kirstie Jackson and Emma Mackie with Paida Dedza and Chloe Wilkinson both getting a goal each in a 9-2 win. Eleasha Reeves and captain Isabelle Wallings getting the goals for Rayleigh Town Ladies.

Alot of fixtures across all leagues yet to squeeze in as we approach the last weekend of March, fingers crossed for a dry April and May.


The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 18/02/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th February

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

 Two matches played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup on Sunday, Cambridge United WFC beginning the defence of their trophy away to Wisbech St Mary Ladies in the quarter finals. 4 leagues between the sides it was going to be a tough test for the side from the Championship North despite their impressive form this season. Cambridge starting the game well scoring at regular intervals progressed with a double figure win. Laura Baker and Faith Hewitt both scoring a hat-trick in the tie. Captain Laura Bright and midfielder Charlotte Crisp both getting a brace with a goal each for Carolyn Sarafian and Teonie Peyton for the FAWPL South East Division One side.

 In the other quarter final played on Sunday it was an all ERWFL clash with Cambridge City Ladies 2nd in the Premier Division at home to Histon Ladies sitting in mid-table in Division One North. Cambridge City starting well taking the lead after just 17 seconds!. Histon coming close to levelling the scores Cambridge City finished the 1st half strongly scoring 3 goals in the closing minutes to have a 4-0 lead. Extended the advantage early in the 2nd half adding further goals on the hour and final 2 minutes to win comfortably in the end 7-0. Bella Simmons getting a hat-trick. There were goals too for Charlotte Gillies, Carla Penny and Bronte Rapley.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

 Not every weekend you win 6 points but that is exactly what Cambridge City Ladies Development did as they played a double header at home to Park Ladies on Sunday as fixture congestion starts to bite. Ellie Cullum scoring 4 goals in the 1st game with Rachel Pearce also on target in a 5-1 win. 

  Onto the 2nd game and it was a case of deja vu with the scoreline as Cambridge City ran out 5-1 winners once more. Cullum getting a brace this time around. Amy Ozakpinar, Erin Fox and Rachel Littlewood were also on target with a goal each in the match the 6 point haul putting them back up to 4th in the Premiership table.

   Also in the Premiership on Sunday it was a much welcomed home win for March Town United Ladies against Cambridge University Women on Sunday. Leading 2-0 at half-time, March Town United went on to win the game 4-1 to claim all 3 points their 3rd league win of the season. Shannon Shaw netting a brace  with a goal each for Emma Searle and Adele Munday. Hannah Short scoring in the final 15 minutes for Cambridge University who remain 2nd bottom.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

  Two matches played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North on Sunday leaders Ketton Ladies back in league action for the 1st time in a month opening up a 5 point lead at the top of the table once more with a win away to bottom side Orton Rangers Ladies. Fran Kavanagh getting herself a 5 goal haul in the match moving her onto 31 goals for the season. Sascha Smith also scoring a brace with Claire Lawrenson also on target for her 10th goal of the season in an 8-1 win.

    Riverside Ladies entering the league late made it 3 wins from 3 as they won away to Spalding United Ladies on Sunday the 5th place side’s goalscorers Roneta Mardosaite and Samantha Woodham with Dionne Lawton scoring from the penalty spot. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup

  The Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup also began this Sunday with 2 fixtures played, Championship South side St Ives Town Ladies Development at home to last season’s beaten finalists Wisbech Town Ladies. The visitors progressing with a 4-1 victory, Faye Kowalewsky scoring twice in the match their were goals too for Josie Turner and Sophie Gutteridge for Wisbech Town.

   Also progressing in the Junior Invitation Cup are Championship South side Isleham United Ladies at home on Sunday to fellow league side Burwell Tigers Ladies. Both Amy Ellis and Lily Turner scoring a brace, with a goal each too for Annabelle Marsh and Olivia Caffarelli in a 6-1 win. Vicky Murrell getting the goal for Burwell Tigers.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 11/02/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th February

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this Sunday a 12:30pm kick-off at the Ridgeons Stadium as 2nd placed Newmarket Town Ladies hosted Cambridge University Women. The home side couldn’t have gotten off to a better start Jordanne Sillitoe latching onto the ball to score within the 1st minute. Sillitoe was on target again just a minute later to put Newmarket Town 2-0 up. Cambridge University finding a quick reply to pull it back to 2-1 in the 6th minute a lively start to the game Sillitoe completed her hat-trick in just the 19th minute going on to score a 4th goal to see the hosts leading 4-1 at half-time. 

A double hat-trick on Sunday for Newmarket Town Ladies, Jordanne Sillitoe

   Newmarket Town scored again early in the 2nd half to lead 5-1 Amanda Stacy with the goal. Sillitoe taking her own tally onto 5 with a strike in the 52nd minute. Chloe Slater scoring 3 minutes later to make the score 8-1 that goal being the 100th goal in all competitions this season. Abbi Griffin adding another goal not long after to make it 8-1. Cambridge University pulled it back to 8-2 before Griffin went on to complete her hat-trick. Sillitoe starting and finishing the scoring to claim a double hat-trick the final score 11-2 moves Newmarket Town to within 4 points of leaders Netherton United Ladies. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

March Town United Ladies were at home to fellow Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies in the quarter finals of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup this Sunday. A goal in each half from Tierney Coulson the difference between the sides as St Ives Town ran out 2-0 winners to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North on Sunday with 2nd placed Wisbech St Mary Ladies at home to Pinchbeck United Ladies. A 1-0 lead to the hosts at half-time, Wisbech St Mary went on to win the game 4-0 to secure another 3 points remain unbeaten in the league as they close the gap to leaders Ketton Ladies to 2 points with 2 games in hand. Amy Magnus scoring a brace with Eilish Brown and Abi Roach-Smith also getting a goal each.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup

Two group games played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup at the weekend. Following on from the 1st team, Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves were at home against Burwell Tigers Ladies in Group A, the home sides 1st game in the competition Hollie Turner put Newmarket Town into the lead inside the opening 10 minutes. Joeli Kirby also getting a brace in the 1st half goalkeeper Eloise Hope saving a penalty in between her goals. 3-0 the lead at half-time Kirby completed her hat-trick on the hour. Faye Sutton pulling a goal back for Burwell Tigers with 20 minutes left. Sarah O’Rourke extending Newmarket Town’s lead to 5-1 4 minutes later, Dominika Szary also getting her name on the scoresheet before O’Rourke went on to score twice more to complete her hat-trick the final score 8-1.

   In Group D, Riverside Ladies made it 2 wins from 2 in the 4 strong group with an away win against Ketton Ladies on Sunday. Samantha Woodham scoring all their goals in a 3-1 victory.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 28/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 28th January

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

3 games in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership and with the league leaders Netherton United Ladies not in action it was another opportunity for the chasing sides to try and close the gap at the top.

St Ives Town Ladies moved back above Newmarket Town Ladies into 2nd spot with a home win against March Town United Ladies on Sunday. Winning the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Hannah Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson. Move to within 6 points of Netherton United with 3 games in hand on the leaders.

   Newmarket Town Ladies closed the gap on Netherton United Ladies too on Sunday but by just the single point after they were held to a goalless draw away to ICA Sports Ladies, the Peterborough based side steadily improving picking up some useful results. Newmarket are 7 points back from Netherton United with 2 games in hand.

   Also in the Premiership, Cambridge City Ladies Development were at home to Cambridge University Women on Sunday the visitors taking an early lead through Amanda Wainwright. Cambridge City had goalkeeper Jennifer Jamieson to thank for keeping the scoreline down to a single goal at the break and although Cambridge University pushed hard for more goals in the 2nd half, Cambridge City’s young players found the resolve to keep them out and counter to score an equaliser to take a point from the game, Yasmin Crow on target scoring to make it 1-1.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

2 matches played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North this Sunday. Riverside Ladies building on last weekends opening win made it 2 from 2 with a big away result against bottom side Orton Rangers Ladies. A Peterborough derby this one Sophie Harris top scoring for Riverside netting 5 goals. Samantha Woodham and Jade Ramm both scoring a brace with Zoe Lenton, Jess Hill and Jordan Sampson also on target in a 12-0 win.

    4th placed Hungate Rovers Ladies move onto 10 points as they secured their 3rd win of the season away to Spalding United Ladies on Sunday. Kelsey McKenna scoring twice in the game (one from the penalty spot) with Ewelina Jerzak also getting on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup with Histon Ladies home match against Wisbech Town Ladies postponed for a 2nd Sunday and Wisbech St Mary Ladies awarded an away win against Burwell Tigers. Championship South leaders, Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds were hosting Premiership bottom side Park Ladies for a place in the next round. Marie Stubbings is in blazing goal scoring form for Fulbourn and she continued to find the back of the net this Sunday getting another hat-trick to move her onto 30 goals for the season. Stacey Kemp was also on target for two goals with Marcela Mundz also getting a goal in a 6-1 win to see the home side progress.

The Round-Up – 21/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 21st January

It was another weekend of disruption to the fixture lists across the East with more bad weather seeing a huge chunk of the scheduled games called off, a complete wipe out the the FAWPL in the Southern, South East Division One and FAWPL Cup. A handful of fixtures surviving elsewhere as a wet Saturday was followed by freezing conditions on Sunday morning turning to snow, sleet and rain unpleasant playing conditions for those fixtures that did get played 13 in all so it’s another all inclusive edition of The Round-Up this week.


Two games managed to beat the weather in the ERWFL this Sunday both in Norfolk. In the ERWFL Premier Division, Acle United Ladies were glad just to be playing again after a 7 week period of inactivity through a combination of postponed cup fixtures and teams then unable to field a side. Playing at The Flegg FDC the all weather pitch playable Acle were hosting bottom side Colney Heath Ladies knowing a win would lift them from 5th into 3rd position in the Premier Division table. The hosts taking an early lead, midfielder Laura Holden making it 1-0 in the 9th minute. Had more chances to extend the lead 1st half Colney Heath keeping them at bay until late on in the 44th minute as top scorer Megan Todd made it 2-0 with her 14th goal of the season. Colney Heath were quick to respond getting a goal in 1st half injury time to head into the dressing room 2-1 down, Nicola Hollick with the goal. More chances in the 2nd half but the goals weren’t breached again Acle claiming the 3 points with a narrow win. A game in hand on both 2nd placed Cambridge City Ladies and leaders Billericay Town Ladies with the points gap 4 and 5 respectfully.

 Cambridge United WFC Reserves travelled to Norfolk on Sunday to take on Wymondham Town Ladies at King’s Head Meadow the home side 3rd place in the table playing just their 8th league game of the season looking to close down the leading pair Ipswich Wanderers Ladies and King’s Lynn Town Ladies. In a rich vein of goal scoring form Wymondham have scored 27 goals in their last 3 league and cup games alone and got off to a blistering start against Cambridge going 3-0 up inside the opening 7 minutes! Kayleigh Holloway setting thing’s rolling with Wymondham’s 1st goal after 4 minutes quickly followed by a goal each for youngsters, Laura Nicholls and Mollie O’Callaghan. Things threatening to get away from Cambridge the visitors galvanised and kept Wymondham from going further in front. 3-0 at half-time it wasn’t until 2 minutes from time before Cambridge conceded again with Nicholls now 1 goal away from taking her tally to 30 so far for the season making it 4-0. The win moves Wymondham to within a point of 2nd placed Ipswich Wanderers who have played 6 games more.


A piece of sad news to bring you from Norfolk before we get into the weekends match action. Aylsham Ladies have withdrawn from the league having struggled to field a side this season. A real shame such a prominent member of women’s football in Norfolk in recent season’s certainly in the short history of the SWF Blog and Women’s Football East have some fond memories their 4-3 against Bungay Town Ladies a thrill to watch. Division One Champions too, a County Cup Final appearance aswell as winning the League Cup with 2 last gasp goals. Wishing everyone involved with the club all the best for the future and hopefully one day we will see Aylsham back in the NWGFL.

Aylsham Ladies winning the League Cup in 2016

   The withdrawal of Aylsham from the league sees their results expunged from Norfolk Women’s Division One meaning a change at the top with Bungay Town Ladies taking over from Sprowston Ladies who drop to 3rd place in the table. The two sides scheduled to meet in the league this Sunday the pitch at Malting’s Meadow in Bungay passing a late inspection. Bungay Town Ladies are in great form their only loss in the league coming back at the start of October visitors Sprowston are themselves unbeaten in the league going into the match. Emily Leach putting Bungay into the lead in the 1st half Sprowston drew level from the penalty spot. Bungay went on to retake the lead a goal from Selina Rowland putting them 2-1 up at half-time. The home side further extending their lead in the 2nd half with Nicola Hazell scoring along with Leach getting her 2nd to make it 4-1. Sprowston struck late on to reduce the deficit losing for the 1st time this season in the league 4-2 the 3 points taking Bungay 5 points clear at the top of the Division One table.

One game played in Division Two this Sunday with leaders FC Sprowston Ladies extending their lead at the top of the table to 6 points. Awarded an away win from a game in December came into the match at home to 2nd bottom Toftwood United Ladies looking to extend their 100% to 9 matches. Scoring plenty of goals in the process too, Charlie Head recently signed scoring 5 goals in the match, elsewhere the goals were spread out amongst Katie Fray, Tammy Graves, Rebecca Kirby, Nicole Read and Rosie Wickenden in an 11-0 win.


One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this Sunday and that was where Women’s Football East headed knowing the all weather pitch at The Ridgeon’s Stadium in Newmarket might hold up better than others. Passed inspection it was nevertheless a horrid and bitterly cold day with Newmarket Town Ladies 3rd in the table taking on 4th placed Cambridge City Ladies Development. Newmarket started the better of the 2 sides pressing Cambridge for the ball pushing forwards opened the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes Antonia Smith on hand inside the box to put the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Abbi Griffin just 18 years old making her 50th appearance for Newmarket this Sunday celebrated with a goal to make it 2-0. Jordanne Sillitoe making the lead 3-0 at half-time.

   Into the 2nd half and Newmarket extended their lead going 4-0 with Jess Linger putting home a free-kick from outside the box. Cambridge were better 2nd half getting the ball higher up the pitch and a headed goal from Rachel Littlewood pulled it back to 4-1. The win lifting Newmarket above St Ives Town Ladies into 2nd spot in the table with games in hand on leaders Netherton United Ladies. 

Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire it was the beginning of their County Cup competition the Women’s Invitation Cup. 2 ties beating the weather, ERWFL Premier Division side playing on 3G hosting Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side ICA Sports Ladies. It was the lower league side who struck 1st blood Lorna Hart putting ICA Sports 1-0 up before Cambridge City went on to equalise and go on to win the game 5-1. Bella Simmons netting 4 goals in the match with 16 year old Anna Kanz scoring her 1st goal for the senior team.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies were at home in the Invitation Cup taking on Championship South side, Cambridge Rangers Women. Goals from Stephanie Ransome, Hannah Seymour-Shove, Amy Seymour-Shove and Georgia Stancombe seeing St Ives Town progress with a 4-1 win.


In Essex it was quarter finals weekend in the Women’s County Cup 3 games to be played with holders C&K Basildon Ladies receiving a home walkover following the folding of Colchester Town Ladies. Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies game at home to Corringham Cosmos was postponed. That left 2 quarter finals to be played in less than pleasant conditions. 

    Harlow Town Ladies from ERWFL Division One South were taking on Premier Division side Writtle Ladies at the Harlow Arena. A goal in each half from Hannah Mold and Sophie Vale seeing Writtle through to the semi-finals.

2-0 was also the winning margin in the other Essex Women’s County Cup semi-final an all ERWFL Premier Division clash this one with two in form and local rivals locking horns once again, Billericay Town Ladies hosting Brentwood Town Ladies. A brace from Georgia Holdaway seeing the visitors progress the the semi-finals Brentwood with the 2-0 win.

Was also quarter finals weekend in the Essex Women’s Trophy competition however just 1 of the 4 ties beat the weather with Premier Division side Collier Row Tigers at home to ERWFL Division One South side, Hutton Ladies. The higher league side progressing to the semi-finals with a narrow 2-1 win goals from Hayley Critchell and Rianne Dimmock enough to see Hutton through despite Laura Bunton scoring for Collier Row Tigers.

  There was also some league action in Essex albeit restricted due to the weather in the Essex Women’s Premier Division, Lawford Ladies move back into 3rd position in the table with a 5-0 win at home to Eastern Avenue on Sunday. Jasmine Cox scoring twice with a goal each for Daisy Canny, Tyler Christou and Claire Gauntlett.

One game also on in Essex Women’s Division One and a big win away from home for Hullbridge Sports Ladies sees them return back to the top of the table with their 10th straight league win. Taking on FC Clacton Ladies, top scorers Broghan Kelly added another 5 goals to her season’s tally with a brace each for Patricia McWeeney and Christina Fragnito. With Sophie Fraser, Karley Hunt and Julia Setford all getting a goal each in a 12-1 win.

Beds & Herts

Just the one game to bring you from Beds & Herts in Division One 2nd placed Northwood Ladies moving to within 2 points of leaders St Albans Ladies with a big home win over bottom club Watton Ladies on Sunday. 3 players scoring a brace for Northwood Leanne Jones, Scarlett Keightley and Francesca Webster, there were goals to for Zamina Rehemtulla, Aliyah Ahmed and Emma Steele in a 9-0 win.


Match Report – Cambridge City Ladies v Cambridge United WFC

On to the 2nd cup final in two days was another trip to Cambridgeshire for the Supporting Women’s Football Blog to watch Cambridge City Ladies and Cambridge United WFC go head to head once again this time the senior sides in action in the Women’s Invitation Cup Final at Histon FC’s Glassworld Stadium.

Cup Final Report – Cambridge City Ladies v Cambridge United WFC

  The Cup Finals continue on Supporting Women’s Football as just 24 hours after watching the Junior Invitation Cup Final it’s back to Cambridgeshire to the Glassworld Stadium in Histon to watch the Women’s Invitation Cup Final once again featuring Cambridge City Ladies and Cambridge United WFC.
  This time round it’s the clubs senior sides going head to her in Cambridgeshire’s County Cup competition sponsored by S-Tech Insurance. I recent season’s Cambridge United WFC have dominated the competition along with familiar rivals Great Shelford Ladies having contested the Invitation Cup Final for 4 successive season, Cambridge United WFC coming out victorious each time, reaching a 5th final in a row have new opponents as, the rivalry no less intense however as Cambridge City Ladies reach the final for the 1st time.

  Both sides enjoying a good season in their respective leagues Cambridge United WFC playing two leagues higher in the FAWPL South East Division One were leading the table for a good portion of the season, cup runs seeing them overhauled are currently in 4th place in a good position to challenge for a higher finish come the end of the season.

  Cambridge City Ladies winning promotion as Cambridgeshire Premiership Champions last season recruited several players from Cambridge United WFC returning to the club they had started playing for at youth level as they began life in the next step of the women’s football pyramid the Regional leagues, have stormed to the title winning the league with 4 games to spare, earning promotion to the Premier Division as well as reaching the final of the League Cup. A strong youth set-up Cambridge City are ambitious and ultimately looking to challenge Cambridge United WFC as the dominant force in women’s football in Cambridgeshire which can only be good for the game in the county as a whole. 

Road to the Final
  Two in form sides they racked up the goals on their way to the final. Both receiving a Bye in the 1st Round. Cambridge City Ladies were at home to Championship South side Cambridge Rangers in the 2nd Round easing through with a 15-0 win. Double figures too for Cambridge United WFC away to Championship North leaders, March Town United Ladies winning 12-0.
  Into the quarter-finals a 9-0 victory over Premiership side Park Ladies seeing Cambridge City Ladies through to the semi-finals. Cambridge United WFC bettered that score by the odd goal in 10 breezing past Championship South side Milton Ladies. A tighter affair for Cambridge City Ladies playing Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies, edging the result 4-3 to reach their 1st ever County Cup Final. Familiar opponents then for Cambridge United WFC in the semi-finals albeit under a new name as Great Shelford Ladies are now Histon Ladies, play their home games at the Glassworld Stadium. Cambridge United WFC winning comfortably in the end 6-0 to make it to yet another Invitation Cup Final.
  The venue Histon FC’s, Glassworld Stadium home to a number of Cambridgeshire FA Finals this year once again. A big pitch with a main seated stand housing the changing rooms below and bar above, Covered terracing either at both goal ends with a smaller seated stand running the length of the pitch on the opposite side. A few dark clouds around by no rain forecast plenty of spectators coming in through the turnstiles.

  Cambridge City Ladies starting XI – Tee Mhunduru, Amy Reed, Izzy Broadbent, Becca Fay (C), Robyn Phillips, Emily Reed, Bronte Rapley, Sarah Mosley, Charlotte Gillies, Stacey Fullicks & Philippa Witherspoon.
  subs – Saffron Henry, Emma Littlewood, Grace Stanley, Carla Penny & Bella Simmons.

  Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Verity Crook, Emma Jenkins, Carrie Bennett, Laura Bright (C), Kayleigh-Anne Burt, Laura Baker, Becky Taylor, Laura Mills, Ashleigh Deacon, Sarah Wiltshire & Paige Logie.

  subs – Carolyn Sarafian, Evie Gallop, Nicole Perschky & Liz Pamplin.

(roll on roll off substitutes)
The two sides line-up before tonight’s final
 As with last nights Junior Invitation Cup Final we have two Cambridge’s so to make life easier for us all it’s be City v United from now on. It’s City wearing white shirts and black shorts with black and white hooped socks to kick-off the 1st half. United lined up opposite in amber shirts and socks with black shorts. City get players forwards early to pressure the ball inside the United half, charged down centrally the deflection runs into the path of City’s, Stacey Fullicks sends it out to the right with Charlotte Gillies on the move taking the ball in behind cuts the ball inside to striker Philippa Witherspoon outside box right of the D, turns her shot in towards the near post lacking pace the ball is gathered by United goalkeeper, Verity Crook.
   United counter attack quickly the ball played on by right back Emma Jenkins up the right wing with Laura Mills ahead of her already on the move, with plenty of pace in her legs Mills takes the ball on down the line sending the ball into the box as she tries to turn, City goalkeeper Tee Mhunduru has to keep her eye on the ball on her goal line as it swerves through the air landing on the roof of the net. United press down the left awarded a free-kick, Sarah Wiltshire over it sends the ball in towards the centre goal, Mhunduru right behind the shot claims the ball without challenge.
   A few challenges coming in early on resulting in free-kicks being given away one on half-way for City, captain Becca Fay to play the ball up into the area, United captain Laura Bright gets her head on the ball to clear it wide right, Gillies looks to get hold of the ball but gives away a free-kick. A fast tempo at the start of the game both sides looking to use the width of the pitch.
 GOAL! 7 mins played and United take the lead in the Invitation Cup Final Paige Logie up front for Cambridge after a ball sent up field picks it up on the right of the box flashes a cross along the City box no one central is gathered by Ashleigh Deacon on the far side drives forwards getting past players into the box taking the ball to the line crosses low towards the near post, Logie is there to met it her touch taking the ball past the keeper up onto the crossbar the ball crashing down into the back of the net 0-1.
  GOAL! One goal is quickly followed by another a United press the ball in the middle the ball is with Becky Taylor bringing it forwards right of the pitch has Mills to her right making the run rolls the ball into her feet fires in a vicious ball across the goal face, Mhunduru can’t get anything on it as it runs through to the far post Deacon arriving on cue to send the ball in to score 0-2.
Paige Logie opens the scoring
in the Invitation Cup Final for
Cambridge United WFC
  Down by 2 quickfire goals inside the opening 10 minutes the last thing the lower league placed side needs as City find themselves on the back foot. look to get forwards for a immediate response Sarah Mosley playing the diagonal ball out to Gillies getting forwards on the right, lays the ball inside to Witherspoon her 1st time strike from outside the box is charged down by United’s Bennett. The loose ball retrieved by City is threaded through the middle Fullicks into the box a Taylor tackles they both go down, the referee waves away the penalty appeals, play stopped as Taylor still down requires treatment. 
  50/50 balls contested all over the pitch no one is afforded any time on the ball, Fullicks lines up a strike from distance her 30 yard effort straight at Crook. Wiltshire into the box with the ball on the right turns inside looks to curl a shot into the far corner, too central is taken high by Mhunduru. Attacking with the ball on the left the ball is squared into Mills coming central, outside the box turns the ball goalwards with the outside of her foot looping up drops safely int Mhunduru’s gloves. 
  Good running from Gillies on the right for City wins her side a corner kick, the ball floated into the area is knocked back out towards the right lifted back into the area long Mosley has it at her feet pulls the trigger her shot charged down by Jenkins spins behind for a corner on the left, the ball in towards the far post headed clear by Bright. Taylor gets forwards for United on the right side tussles with Izzy Broadbent for the ball gets control before sending a cross long towards the far post Wiltshire gets her head on the ball puts it wide. 
  A driving run from Wiltshire on the ball as she is given it from a throw-in closing in on the area strikes the ball her shot held by Mhunduru. Logie link up with Jenkins on the right a high ball lofted into the area, Mhunduru takes it high with runners closing in. Fullicks pushes forwards through the middle looking to power her way into the area, is tackled by Kayleigh-Anne Burt the ball going away for a throw right. Bronte Rapley plays the ball left into Fullicks pushing forwards her ball goes long into the box Gillies closing in Crook come and sliding in claims the ball at the attackers feet.
  Gillies breaking forwards down the right carries the ball on before crossing the ball skims off the crossbar back into play, Jenkins reaching it before City can put another ball in towards goal. City make a change Witherspoon coming off with Grace Stanley coming on taking up a forwards position. Logie is brought down in the middle players go forwards as Bright plays the ball up towards the near post, no one able to get a shot in nor clear the ball is turned wide of goal a corner awarded. From the right Taylor flicks the ball on across goal, Amy Reed winning it and clearing for City.
  Mosley on the move with the ball central on for Gillies to her right back inside for Stanley is closed down by Laura Baker, runs back to Emily Reed for City lifts the ball into the box with Fullicks looking to get in round the back, Crook makes the call claiming the ball high in the air. Half and hour played United press forwards Baker looking to roll the ball into the path of Wiltshire making a run towards the area, defender Robyn Phillips intercepts for City. 
  A double switch for City as they bring on Saffron Henry and Carla Penny for Amy Reed and Mosley. City have possession in the final 3rd Gillies on the right lays the ball into Fullicks on her inside, Baker comes sliding in to make the challenge Fullicks is caught on the ankle as she tries to evade the tackle. Left on the ground, Baker is yellow carded another referee might have shown a different colour. Fullicks in alot of pain can’t continue and is carried off the pitch on comes Bella Simmons, City’s top scorer this season so far with 21 goals. Fay over the free-kick 22 yards out goes for goal puts her shot over.
   Baker travelling with the ball has Wiltshire ahead of her lays the ball on Wiltshire has Mills out wide right passing her the ball looks to turn inside Broadbent challenges and winning the ball puts it out for a throw. United retain possession Baker central has Wiltshire ahead of her again closer to goal this time puts the threaded pass into the box, Mhunduru comes sliding in to gather the ball at Wiltshire’s feet. Wiltshire and Taylor play a one two outside the box looking for the return past inside the box, Phillips gets in front of the striker to win the ball back for City.  A strong end to te 1st half from United, Taylor pressing forwards with the ball lifts it up over the City defence into the box with Wiltshire after it, closed down under pressure puts her shot wide of the post.  
  GOAL! Deacon wins United a corner kick on the left as her cross from inside the box is charged down, players crowd the six yard box as Mills comes over to take the corner, with her right for is a fantastic inswinging ball flies past the goalkeeper at the near post the City defence desperately try to clear off the line but can’t keep te ball out of the back of the net hard to tell from where I was standing whether it was already over the line or not but Mills’ ball was on target sure she’ll claim it 0-3. 
Half-time Cambridge City Ladies 0-3 Cambridge United WFC
A third goal for United right on the stroke of half-time puts them in firm control of the Invitation Cup Final, another blow for City rocked early in the half by 2 quickfire goals took them a while to get back into the game, a competitve contest United not giving much away at 2-0 going into the break City would feel an early goal 2nd half puts them right back in it. 3-0 a tougher prospect to overcome against a United defence that doesn’t give too much away.
  A change for United at the start of the 2nd half striker Nicole Perschky on for Baker the change seeing Logie who can play in any position in the spine of the team taking up a deeper midfield role. It’s United to kick off the 2nd half on the attack early the ball put out to the right Perschky looks to play it in central to Wiltshire closed down the corner is conceded. Played in with pace towards the near post City defend putting the ball behind for a 2nd corner. The ball flicked on near side, City claim it and go on the counter attack getting the ball into Gillies up top head down tries to mow her way through the middle, too much traffic is tackled by Bennett. 
  Jenkins gets forwards on the right Mills ahead of her plays the ball in, Mills knocks it forwards in towards the area her touch to heavy gives Fay time to close her down win the ball. City knowing they need an early break through if they are to find anyway back into the Final pressure the United back line, Simmons has the pace to close down Bright as she tries the shield the ball the ball back to Crook the clearance down’t go far the ball with Stanley out right moves into the area lays the ball back towards the top of the box, Simmons is wrong footed can’t adjust quickly enough as the ball come at her to get a shot away. 
  GOAL! 12 minutes played in the 2nd half and City get the goal they needed is a brilliant individual goal too from Gillies is given the ball in a central position 30 yards from goal runs at the United defence looks to shift the ball left, then takes it right wrong footing Bennett ahead of her opening up a window to shoot lets fly the ball arrowing into the top corner, little Crook can do about it 1-3.
Cambridge City Ladies
Charlotte Gillies
  Taylor is covering plenty of ground in the midfield for United getting forwards with the ball shifts it left playing in Deacon on the run looks to fire the central pass into the box with Mills coming into the area from the right reaching the ball is denied a shot on goal flagged offside. City make a change Witherspoon coming back on for Simmons up front. Good control from Perschky bringing the ball down onto her chest in the top right corner of the box lays it into Taylor making the run to the top of the area, her low shot is scooped up of the floor by Mhunduru right behind the ball. 
  Emily Read comes off for City, Rapley coming back on as Stanley wins her side a corner kick on the right side played in towards the far post drops to the floor inside the six yard box a block sends the ball back out to the right picked up by the corner taker Rapley her attempted cross back in is blocked by Deacon another corner. Comes in towards the far post for a 2nd time knocked down centrally by Henry is cleared by Burt.
 GOAL! Pressing for another goal City concede a 4th goal in the 64th minute giving away a free-kick inside their half the ball is played high up into the area, Perschky running forwards the ball dropping over her shoulder, has Deacon with her stretches he right leg out meeting the ball on the bounce taking it up wide of the keeper and into the goal beyond to score her 2nd of the game 1-4.
Mills running onto the ball on the right plays the cross into the box Perschky looks to flick it on comes to Taylor 8 yards out meeting the ball sends her shot over the crossbar. Witherspoon makes room for a shot 25 yards out central, goes straight at Crook who collects as it bounces inside her six yard box. United have Wiltshire in possession plays the pass into the right channel for Mills drives a cross in near post Perschky making to run, Mhunduru gets hold of the ball. 
Logie comes forwards with the ball, Wiltshire ahead of her makes a move from left to right across the top of the City box, Logie rolling the ball into her path, Wiltshire turns the all in towards goal, straight at Mhunduru the goalkeeper drops forwards to gather. Stanley comes off for City, Mosley returning to the action. Gillies twisting and turning on the ball right side gets the ball inside to Mosley outside the box sees Penny making a far post run, lifts the ball into the area to close to Crook who sees the danger gets across Penny to win the ball. 
  The game moving into the final 20 minutes both sides still showing lots of energy City counter attack as Broadbent wins the ball at the back played on from Penny into Witherspoon 20 yards out left of the D she shots her strike flying wide of the post. Bright plays the ball long up towards the area, Perschky  can’t quite bring the ball down into her strike but carrying on into the area has it left of goal flashes the ball into the six yard box, Fay clearing with Mills coming on far side. 
  Witherspoon moves right to get the ball for City level with the top of the box plays in back into the middle for Rapley has Mosley inside the box right of goal plays the ball into her feet, back to goal Mosley holds off the United defence turning right looks to shot the ball deflected behind for a corner on the right. Into the middle of the box, Taylor clears for United. A double change for United, Logie and Deacon rested with Evie Gallops coming on along with Baker. 
  City come on again the ball central into Witherspoon has Bright on her shoulder as the two race for the box, Witherspoon is brought down by Bright inside the D the free-kick a foot outside the box. Rapley on the ball gets it up over the wall starts to dip as it heads towards the top corner but not by enough as it flies over the bar. United make a change at the back Burt coming off, Carolyn Sarafain comes on. Wiltshire with the ball running towards the City area lets fly from the edge of the box her strike smashing against the crossbar. Deacon returns to the field in place of Taylor for United, Stanley back on for City replacing Phillips. as the game moves into the closing stages 
 GOAL! Into stoppage time and United extend their lead Wiltshire pushing on with the ball is brought down 20 yards from goal a dangerous position she picks herself up to take the free-kick, is a great strike heading towards the top corner initially an excellent save from Mhunduru as diving across she takes off gets both gloves around the ball falling however she drops the ball and Deacon racing in is first the ball to bury it into the back of the corner and claim a Cup Final hat-trick 1-5. Not long after the final whistle blows and United celebrate having retained the Invitation Cup once again.
A Cup Final hat-trick for Cambridge United WFC’s Ashleigh Deacon
Full time Cambridge City Ladies 1-5 Cambridge United WFC
 An enjoyable final watched in front of a good numbered crowd. Two early goals for United putting them in total control of the game took City a little while to recover momentum only to concede a 3rd right on the stroke of half-time. Gillies gave then home with a superb goal to make it 3-1 before United went on to extend their lead. Deacon scoring in injury time to get her hat-trick the icing on the cake. Two Cup Final wins for United in the space of two days, two losses for City who shouldn’t be too downhearted real progress made this season.
SWF Blog – Player of the Match
 A few contenders for the SWF Blog – Player of the Match tonight. Charlotte Gillies with a great performance for Cambridge City, a Cup Final hat-trick for Ashleigh Deacon however tonight’s Player of the Match goes to Becky Taylor a strong all round midfield performance plenty of energy and vision helping out at the back when needed bringing other into play going forwards. 
Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Winners, Cambridge United WFC
Congratulations to Cambridge United WFC on winning this season’s Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup, two cups in two nights for the club.
 My thanks once again to Chris Abbott from from the Cambridgeshire FA for his help again tonight.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 19/03/17

The Round-Up

Cambridgeshire – Sunday 19th March

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup 

This weekend also saw the Women’s County Cup competition reach the semi-finals stage in Cambridgeshire too. Current holders Cambridge United WFC are determined to keep there iron grip on the cup as they took on familiar foes in a familiar setting in there semi-final away to Histon Ladies (formerly Great Shelford Ladies) who now play at the Glassworld Stadium where previous Invitation Cup Finals have been played. Cambridge United took the lead in the 11th minute striker Sarah Wiltshire curling home a free-kick, starting the game as she looks to return to match fitness after so recently giving birth. 1-0 was the lead for Cambridge at the break.

  2nd half the visitors had control of the game scoring 2 goals within the 1st 5 minutes of the restart, Wiltshire making it 2-0 in the 48th minute then captain Laura Bright added their 3rd from a corner 2 minutes later. Nicole Perschky made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute, the best saved till the last as midfielder Dawn Mallett scored a superb goal flicking the ball on twice before volleying it over the keeper to score with 2 minutes of the 90 left. Well worth a watch take yourself over to Cambridge United’s twitter feed (@CambridgeUtdWFC) to see for yourself. The 5-0 victory seeing Cambridge United WFC into yet another Invitation Cup Final.

 It will be an all Cambridge Invitation Cup Final this time around as ERWFL Division One leaders, Cambridge City Ladies booked their final spot winning at home against Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies on Sunday however they did so with a nervous finish after getting themselves into a commanding 4-0 lead with goals from Charlotte Gillies, Sarah Mosley, Carla Penny and Bella Simmons. The home side were then reduced to 10 players as goalkeeper Tafadzwa Mhunduru was shown a red card. St Ives Town came back into the game goals from Hannah Seymour-Shove, Amy Seymour-Shove and Jorgie Hall getting the score back to 4-3, St Ives Town struck the crossbar too but it was Cambridge City who held on to win it and reach the Invitation Cup Final, date and venue to be announced.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

One game in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this weekend with 2nd placed Netherton United Ladies hosting Peterborough rivals ICA Sports Ladies. A strong wind was a predominate feature for alot of the games in the region this Sunday I’ve observed through social media at The Grange it was no different goalless at the break Netherton United went on to take the lead 8 minutes into the 2nd half Sasha Haw scoring with what would prove to be the winning goal. The 3 points seeing Netherton United close the gap on league leader Newmarket Town Ladies to 3 points. You can read Netherton United’s report from the game by clicking on the link below.

Netherton United Ladies 1-0 ICA Sports Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North 

 March Town Ladies leading the Cambridgeshire Championship North dropped league points for the 1st time this season although they still remain unbeaten as they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Wisbech St Mary Ladies on Sunday. Livvi Hodges netting the goal for March Town after Carlie Knight had given Wisbech St Mary the lead in the 1st half.

That result sees 2nd placed Ketton Ladies close the gap on March Town United Ladies to 4 points as they won away from home beating bottom side Thurlby Tigers 6-1 on Sunday.

 Three successive league wins have propelled Wisbech Town Ladies up the Championship North table into 3rd place after beating Boston United Ladies at home this Sunday had to do it the hard way however after going a goal down Victoria Bradford scoring for Boston United. Wisbech Town coming back to win the match 2-1 with goals from Sophie Gutteridge and Emily Stephenson.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

 In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South league leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development are now just 1 win away from securing the title after they racked up a huge win at home on Sunday against bottom side Orton Rangers Ladies. A hat-trick for both Ellie Geoghan and Tegan Wyman. Erin Walusimbi, Megan Tonks and Rachel Littlewood all scored 2 goals each with a goal each for both Erin Fox and Amy Ozakpinar competing a 14-0 win. 

Plenty of goals too in the match between 2nd placed Milton Ladies and 3rd placed Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves. Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks was back amongst the goals for Milton scoring 4 times in the match played at Newmarket with Sam Cousins also getting a goal. However 5 goals wasn’t enough to get all 3 points as Newmarket Town Reserves responded in kind scoring 5 themselves to see the points shared. Elicia Cooper with a brace along with goals from Joeli Kirby, Hollie Turner and Siobhan White. 

In the other game played in the Championship South this weekend, Fulbourn Bluebirds at home collected all 3 points against Isleham United Ladies. Katy Luddy scoring a brace in the game, Amy-Louise Chapman also found the back of the net along with an own goal in a 4-0 win seeing them close the gap on 4th placed Isleham United to 3 points.