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The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

Cambridgeshire’s County Cup competition the Invitation Cup reaching the quarter final stage this Sunday, 8 sides vying for a place in the semi-finals, through without kicking a ball are ERWFL Division One side, St Ives Town Ladies awarded a home with after opponents ICA Sports Ladies withdrew.

   That left 3 quarter final ties to be settled on the pitch. It was an all Championship tie with Championship North side, Wisbech Town Ladies hosting Championship South side, Park Ladies for the 2nd successive Sunday. A 2nd successive win for Wisbech Town Ladies too as they reached the last 4 of the Invitation Cup courtesy of a 7-1 win. Both Amy Newell and Jasmine Luckett scoring two each, Luckett’s first goals for Wisbech Town, also scoring were Chloe Stanborough, Leah Hall and Sophie Swinden.

Cambridge City Ladies are the new holders of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup they began their defence of the trophy in the quarter finals drawn away from home against ERWFL Division One side, Histon Ladies. A 100% record at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division, Cambridge City Ladies kept up their winning form winning the game 3-0 to reach the last 4 of the competition. Charlotte Gillies, Sarah Mosley and Erin Davies getting the goals.

   FAWNL South East Division One side, Cambridge United WFC were drawn away in the quarter finals of the Invitation Cup up against Newmarket Town Ladies, showing good form following promotion to ERWFL Division One this season. Newmarket holding thier higher league opponents for much of the 1st half, Cambridge United breaking from a Newmarket corner in the 44th minute, Jade Bell there to turn the ball into the back of the net as Mollie Coupar’s shot came back off the post. 1-0 the half-time lead it was Coupar herself who doubled the visitors lead her presence in the box bringing a defensive error for which she pounced on the ball and shot home. Bell put through on goal late in the match to score her 2nd of the game and send Cambridge United through to the last 4.

  The draw for the  semi-finals has been made and is as follows:-

Cambridge United WFC v St Ives Town Ladies

Wisbech Town Ladies v Cambridge City Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup

The Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup also beginning this Sunday, 2 tie scheduled in the 1st Round, Cambridge City Ladies Development going through courtesy of a home win over Riverside Ladies, that left just the one tie to be played.

  March Town Ladies from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership hosting Championship North side, Wisbech St Mary Ladies. A comfortable first half for March saw them holding a 3-0 lead at half-time, doubled that scoreline 2nd half to progress with a 6-1 victory. Their goals coming from 6 different players with, Louise Barbour, Adele Munday, Emma Searle, Megan Webb, Georgia Brown and Claire Watts. Carlie Knight with the 2nd half goal for Wisbech St Mary.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

  One game played this Sunday in the group stage of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup. In Group D, Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side, Cambridge University Women were hosting Burwell Tigers Ladies from the Championship South. Having suffered defeat away to Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds in their opening group match, Cambridge University got their 1st win this time around with goals from Amanda Wainwright and Lili Donlon Mansbridge plus a brace from Shona Lester securing a 4-0 win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

   One league match played in Cambridgeshire at the weekend on Sunday morning in the Championship South, 3rd placed, Cambridge Rangers Women hosting 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies Development, a one sided contest with St Ives rampant in front of goal achieving a double figure scoreline to win the 3 points and move level on points with Haverhill Rovers Ladies at the top of the table. Frances Chapman scoring 4 goals, Megan Stow claiming a hat-trick, a goal to for Connie Hornibrook along with a brace for Jade Carpenter in a 10-0 win for St Ives.

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 30/09/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 30th September

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

The Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership sees a 3 way lead at the top of the table after this weekends results with Netherton United Ladies joining leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development and 3rd placed ICA Sports Ladies on 6 points. It was a win against fellow Peterborough based ICA Sports that saw Netherton United win their 2nd league game of the season and end ICA Sports 100% winning start. At home Netherton United opened the scoring on the half hour Georgina Parrett scoring to put the hosts 1-0 up. Doubled there lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half Emily Johnson getting the goal. Made sure of the 3 points with a 17 minutes left to play Alice MacNichol getting on the scoresheet. Netherton United climbing to 2nd above ICA Sports courtesy of the 3-0 win.

  Cambridge University Women were starting their Premiership season this Sunday, began with a home match against Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds. The visitors still in search of their 1st league point following promotion took an early lead in the game through Katie Luddy. Marie Stubbings also getting a goal for Fulbourn. Cambridge University hit back to score twice and see the sides level at half-time. The hosts having the better of the 2nd half went on to score 3 more goals to win the game 5-2. 

  Riverside Ladies climb off the bottom of the Premiership after they won their first league game of the season at home to March Town United Ladies on Sunday, up to 5th, Annie Posnett struck in a hat-trick for the Championship North Champions. Lianna Bell also getting a goal in a 4-1 win. Danielle Westgate scoring for March Town United.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

Like the Premiership above there is now a 3 way tie on 6 points at the top of the Championship South table. With Wisbech Town Ladies not in action, Ketton Ladies and Wisbech St Mary Ladies both close the gap. Ketton Ladies winning away to Cardea Ladies on Sunday to start their season with 2 wins in the league. Fran Kavanagh striking for 4 goals in the game, Lauren McKeever and Claire Lawrenson also getting a goal each in a comfortable 6-0 win.

   A comfortable score too for Wisbech St Mary Ladies after they win for the 2nd time this season in the Championship North. At home were taking on Pinchbeck United Ladies. Josie Turner finding the back of the net for 5 goals. Hannah Shales too on target getting a hat-trick as Wisbech St Mary ran out 8-2 winners.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

 Haverhill Rovers Ladies win for a 3rd successive league match to climb 6 points clear in the Championship South, starting with a 100% record 4 wins in total were on the road at the weekend away to Cambridge Rangers Women. Abbi Griffin scoring a hat-trick with goals too for Joeli Kirby and Kayleigh Nolan in a 5-0 victory.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

Cambridge City Ladies Development were playing in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup this Sunday. A new group format this season, in Group C were away taking on Histon Ladies Reserves who they beat 6-0 away from home on the opening day. Cambridge City with a repeat scoreline netting 6 goals again, Megan Tonks scoring 5 of them, Ellie Cullum too finding the back of the net. Histon Ladies Reserves did get on the scoresheet themselves this time however with Philippa Hayden-Evans scoring a consolation goal.

Plenty of goals scored too in the other League Cup group match played on Sunday. In Group D, Isleham United Ladies travelled to play fellow Championship South side, Burwell Tigers Ladies. The hosts scoring 4 goals, Charlotte Fogarty with a brace along with a goal a piece fir Elisa Heinamaa and Hannah Dewey. Isleham United though hit there opponents for 6 goals up the other end to win all 3 points, Laura Todd and Louisa Harwood both netting a brace, the other goalscorers, Rachael Turner and Melanie Findlater. 


The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 23/09/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 23rd September

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

 This weekend saw the beginning of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup, the competition having a new group format this season with all the sides from the Premiership & Championship’s North & South drawn into 4 groups the top two progressing to the knockout stage. The draw made however before the start of the season 3 sides have unfortunately withdrawn before a ball has been kicked the latest Netherton United Ladies Reserves side joining Spalding United Ladies and Glinton & Northborough Ladies a real shame. Home & Away wins awarded to their opponents in each group now all consisting of 5.

 Group A consists of Premiership sides ICA Sports Ladies & Netherton Ladies along with Championship sides, Cardea Ladies, Pinchbeck United Ladies & Ketton Ladies.

 Group B consists of Premiership sides March Town United Ladies along with Championship sides Hungate Rovers Ladies, Wisbech St Mary Ladies, Park Ladies & Wisbech Town Ladies.

 Group C consists of Premiership sides, Cambridge City Ladies Development, Histon Ladies Reserves & Riverside Ladies along with Championship sides, St Ives Town Ladies Development & Cambridge Rangers WFC.

 Group D consists of Premiership sides, Cambridge University Women & Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds along with Championship sides, Burwell Tigers Ladies, Isleham United Ladies & Haverhill Rovers Ladies.

 There were 5 group matches played this Sunday. The Premiership sides not all having it their own way with three suffering defeats in their opening group matches. Was an impressive result at home for Championship South side Cambridge Rangers WFC as they beat Premiership side Riverside Ladies on Sunday. A goal each for Robyn Barlow and Ruth Telfer along with a brace for Sharne Southgate seeing them win the game 4-1.

  Also in Group C it was an opening day victory in the League Cup for St Ives Town Ladies Development from the Championship South over Premiership side Histon Ladies Reserves. 5-2 becoming a familiar scoreline for St Ives Town as it is the final score for their 3rd successive match. On the wrong end of the first now make it two wins from 2 in league and cup. Jade Carpenter and Connie Liddiard both scoring a brace with Katherine Speed also scoring for St Ives Town. Philippa Hayden-Evans and Sophie Wing scoring the goals for Histon Ladies Reserves.

 Championship South newcomers, Haverhill Rovers Ladies were at home to Premiership side Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds in their opening Group D match. Fulbourn starting well getting int a 2-0 lead Haverhill Rovers regrouping well from the early setback to come back strong an go on to win the game 8-3. Sian Cottrell back from injury opening her goals account for Haverhill Rovers with 5 goals. Abbi Griffin, Joeli Kirby and Hayley Turner the other goalscorers. Katie Luddy, Marie Stubbings and Krissie Taylor scoring for Fulbourn a 3rd successive match where they have scored 3 goals without anything in return.

 ICA Sports Ladies are the current holders of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup began the defence of the trophy in Group A at home to Championship North side Cardea Ladies a new name in the league were beginning their season this Sunday. ICA Sports hitting the ground running in the Premiership with 2 wins from 2 proving too strong an opponent as they ran up a double figure score. Carmen Herridge netting a hat-trick. Zoe Leddy getting two goals to her name there were also goals for Sarah Rouse, Donna Nicholls & Kylie Armstrong in a 10-0 win.

   March Town United Ladies recorded their 1st victory of the season in Group B on Sunday at home to local rivals Wisbech Town ladies in the League Cup a goal in each half saw the Premiership side chalk up a 2-0 success. Louise Barbour and Naomi McGarvie the goalscorers.


Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

 There was also one league match taking place this Sunday with Ketton Ladies at last getting their campaign underway in the Championship North. A strong campaign last season saw them clinch runners-up position, will be hoping to go one better this time around. Got off to a fantastic start away to Pinchbeck United Ladies. Claire Lawrenson opening her account with a hat-trick, both Fran Kavanagh and Beth Goodman a brace with and own goal adding to an 8-0 opening game win.

Cup Final Report – ICA Sports Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

Wednesday 2nd May

  The Cup Final action continues this week on Women’s Football East this Wednesday, hot on the heels from watching the Suffolk Women’s League Cup final a trip to Cambridgeshire to watch ICA Sports Ladies versus Newmarket Town Ladies competing for the Women’s League Cup.

 An all Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership Clash, Peterborough side ICA Sports Ladies playing the 1st of two finals they have reached this season with the postponed Junior Invitation Cup Final coming up on the Wednesday 16th May at Newmarket Town FC against Championship South side, Isleham United Ladies. This evening though the focus is on the League Cup. Have progressed in the competition as there form has improved through the season picking up well after a slow start losing there 1st 3 league games some notable results along the way to including beating Premiership leaders St Ives Town Ladies in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

  Newmarket Town Ladies have had a great season to date, an early run in the FA Women’s Cup knocking out higher league opposition have as a result been playing catch up in the league now into the final run in lay in 2nd spot behind St Ives Town Ladies and a well positioned to challenge should there rivals slip up.  Reaching the League Cup Final have scored plenty of goals throughout the season and have several goalscorers in their squad. 

Both sides into their 1st League Cup Final.

Road to the Final 

  A walkover in the 1st Round for ICA Sports Ladies whilst Newmarket Town Ladies racked up a rugby score away to Championship South, Burwell Tigers these score pop up one or twice a season 30-0 to the Premiership side. Into the 2nd Round and ICA Sports were at home taking on Championship North side Wisbech Town Ladies a brace from Donna Nicholls along with a goal each for Hayley Jones, Jessica Farchina and Megan Purnell seeing ICA Sports progress to the quarter finals with a 5-1 win. Newmarket were on the road taking on fellow Premiership side Park Ladies. The goals spread around with Cindy Ponder, Amanda Stacey, Brooke Wickens, Antonia Smith Sarah O’Rourke and Chloe Slater scoring in a 6-1 win.

  ICA Sports were at home in the quarter finals taking in Championship South title hopefuls Histon Ladies Reserves. A close game Histon leading 1-0 at half-time a goal from Megan Purnell squaring it up at 1-1 to send the tie into extra-time, no more goals it went to penalties ICA Sports emerging victorious with a 3-2 win to reach the last 4. Another away trip for Newmarket taking on Championship South side Isleham United Ladies. A comfortable win seeing them into the last 4, both Abbi Griffin and Laura Bailey scoring twice with a goal each for Chloe Slater and Jess Linger in a 6-0 win.

  Both semi-finals played on neutral territory at the Fulbourn Recreation Ground. A great result for ICA Sports in the semi-finals drawn against Premiership leaders St Ives Town Ladies. ICA Sports in good form the sides were goalless at the break the winning goal coming in the 2nd period, Lorna Hart with the goal to send ICA Sports into the League Cup Final. Newmarket were taking on Cambridge University Women. Newmarket continuing their good form in front of goal reaching the League Cup Final courtesy of a 5-1 win, Jordanne Sillitoe scoring a brace with Abbi Griffin, Amanda Stacey and Chloe Slater all getting a goal.  

 3 times the sides have met in the league this season Newmarket winning 2 of those encounters 4-1 whilst the other game ended in a goalless draw. League form however goes out the window in any cup game.

   The venue for this evenings Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup Final sponsored by S-Tech Insurance The Ellgia Stadium, home of Ely City FC. Has been a while since I was last here, there is now a new cinema and restaurant complex build on the land leading to the ground off the A10. The rugby club, tennis, golf and football ground still beyond. New dugouts, the pitch looking in good condition a little bobbly offers good width. Concerned earlier above whether the game would be on heavy rain falling for a while late morning into the afternoon but it cleared and pleasant and mild afterwards, perfect weather for a game of football… about time too.

ICA Sports Ladies starting XI – Clare Knibbs, Steph Pepper, Holly Partner, Sophie Antonucci, Becky Shields (C), Sarah Rouse, Jess Farchica, Zoe Leddy, Megan Purnell, Donna Nicholls & Lorna Hart. Subs – Rhian Leonard.

Newmarket Town Ladies starting XI – Eloise Hope, Yasmin Woodfield, Brooke Wickens, Beth Woodfield (C), Cindy Ponder, Jess Linger, Laura Bailey, Chloe Slater, Antonia Smith, Abi Griffin & Jordanne Sillitoe. Subs – Sarah O’Rourke, Frankie Torrance, Joeli Kirby, Amanda Stacey & Lauren Deller.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  Just the one substitute available for ICA Sports, Newmarket having several attacking options available on theirs. It’s ICA Sports to get the first half kicked off, wearing royal blue shirts with a white and navy band across the top, royal blue shorts and blue and white hooped socks. Newmarket wearing yellow shirts and socks with blue shorts. 

ICA Sports put the ball forwards right from the off showing attacking intent, Lorna Hart the target , Beth Woodfield captaining Newmarket heading the ball away at the back. Donna Nicholls receiving the ball form Jess Farchica drives forwards on the right tackled by Newmarket full back Yasmin Woodfield. ICA Sports with a good start lively getting players forwards have Newmarket penned back in their own half. 

Newmarket Town Ladies captain, Beth Woodfield heading the ball clear.

  A throw deep on the left into Hart the striker putting the ball inside for Farchica, Newmarket tackle the ball cleared, ICA Captain, Becky Shields bringing it down on halfway, builds another ICA Sports attack. Newmarket haven’t settled, ICA Sports taking full advantage goalkeeper Eloise Hope rushing out of her area to clear the ball for Newmarket as Hart is put in over the top. Newmarket have the ball the pass out to striker Jordanne Sillitoe moving away to the left, her crossfield ball coming to Abbi Griffin in space on the right takes it forwards her cross into the box gathered by ICA Sports goalkeeper Clare Knibbs at her near post.

   Nicholls on the left the ball up to Hart, Cindy Ponder going up for the ball with striker the ball out for a throw-in on the left. Played into Nicholls top of the area, inside for Hart played on across the D for Zoe Leddy, taking the all away to the right making room for a shot sends a low strike angling in towards the far post, Hope is in position to gather the ball. Laura Bailey with the ball inside the ICA Sports half plays the pass out to Brooke Wickens running forwards on the left taking it to the edge of the box the ICA Spots defence close on her no room for a strike a regain possession of the ball. 

ICA Sports Ladies, Donna Nicholls

  Counter attacking the ball played up to Hart she knocks it down to Nicholls breaking in behind on the left, Ponder coming across to slide in and take the ball away from her. Hart leading the line for ICA Sports the ball played into her 25 yards from goal central bringing it down turns and strikes the ball in towards goal her effort straight at Hope the Newmarket goalkeeper claiming the ball. 

GOAL! ICA Sports capitalise on their good start take the lead as Hart forces a mistake at the back the ball played into the left channel the striker going after it as it runs into the box Beth Woodfield trying to shield it back to her keeper, Hope comes out sliding in, Hart on Woodfield’s back the ball is touched by the defender taking it out of Hope’s path leaving her goal exposed Hart alive getting around the Newmarket pair and sending the ball into the back of the empty net 1-0. 

Lorna Hart with the opening goal for ICA Sports Ladies.

  Newmarket were planning a change before the goal do it before the restart Antonia Smith giving way for Frankie Torrance who goes into left back pushing Wickens further up on the wing. Bailey with the ball into Sillitoe left side her lay off to the advancing Torrance 20 yards from goal her attempted strike charged down by the ICA Sports defence. Megan Purnell with the ball attacking on the right wing for ICA Sports screws a shot wide from 25 yards out. The positive start from ICA Sports has them full of confidence, Newmarket rattled are disjointed

 Jess Linger with the ball in the centre for Newmarket on for Sillitoe ahead of her spins the ball out to the left with Wickens bombing on, Shields coming across to clear the ball out for a throw top of the area. Sillitoe taking the throw down well into her body turns and sends a cross into the area, Knibbs can easily gather. Getting early goal they were after ICA Sports have settled forming a solid shape at the back not showing as much attacking intent. Nicholls a threat on the left. Ponder tackling in the middle of the Newmarket defence as Hart looks to force her way in on goal. ICA Sports make a change, Rhian Leonard coming on for Holly Partner. 

Brooke Wickens bringing the ball on for Newmarket Town Ladies

  Bailey plays the ball forwards Sillitoe leaving it to run on through as Wickens runs clear in behind on the left side, Purnell going with her tackles her on the edge of the area. A free-kick wide left for Newmarket, Linger on it a good distance goes for goal the ball wide of the near post. Torrance bringing the ball on down the left on for Sillitoe the Newmarket striker beating a coupe of players before sending a diagonal ball into the box Griffin with the central run the ball too close to the keeper Knibbs down to gather before her goal is threatened.

   Hart strong on the ball gets the better of Beth Woodfield wide left puts a cross/shot in towards goal the ball flashing out wide at the far post across the goal face. Bailey opens up her body sliding the ball into Sillitoe to attack the ICA Sports, no shot on as the opposition are quick to converge, Farchica with Sarah Rouse a shield in front of their defence. Newmarket haven’t got going properly at all, attacking room in the final third but closed down quickly passing options aren’t on. ICA Sports bringing it away Hart always ready yo turn in behind up top. 

Newmarket Town Ladies, Jordanne Sillitoe with ICA Sports, Steph Pepper.

  Into the closing minutes of the 1st half, Leonard forwards on the right for Newmarket played in down the line coming inside Ponder tackling the ball out for a corner kick. Defended near post a goal kick awarded. Rouse sending the ball back into the area as Newmarket initially clear it, bouncing Hart at six yards out Hope does well up against her, her punch taking it off her head knocking it to the floor is first to it and gathers. A free-kick inside the ICA Sports half for Newmarket, Linger has Yasmin Woodfield in space to her right she is supported by Griffin working the ball forwards Leddy wins the ball back for ICA Sports before any cross can be delivered.

Half-time ICA Sports Ladies 1-0 Newmarket Town Ladies

  A strong 1st half performance from ICA Sports showing attacking intent from the start, got Newmarket on the back foot and getting the goal they were after have sat back since. Newmarket are more often than not a free flowing attacking side, haven’t settled at all in the 1st half on this evening’s final a large part down to ICA Sports, haven’t tested Knibbs with a shot getting the ball in and around the box, Shields and Pepper strong at the back backed up well by Rouse and Farchica in front of them. Chances have been few the difference ICA Sports have taken theirs. A narrow lead to defend but Newmarket need to find more in themselves if they are to find a way back into the game 2nd half. 

The floodlights starting to take full effect as the light fades the sides out for the 2nd half. A change for Newmarket who get the 2nd half kicked off, Sarah O’Rourke up top supporting Sillitoe with Bailey off. Ponder moved into midfield, press the ball early Sillitoe inside for O’Rourke the substitute driving forwards to try and get into the box, Farchica sliding in to tackle. A counter attack for ICA Sports the ball played out to Nicholls bursting forwards on the left her pass inside to Hart runs in behind the return pass a little too heavy allowing Hope to come and gather.

Jess Farchica with the tackle to win the ball back for ICA Sports

 Pepper goes in to win the clearance for ICA Sports the ball played long up to Hart moving into the left channel, Beth Woodfield coming across to her to shield the ball out for a goal kick. O’Rourke with the ball deep on the left after a throw-in her cross fired in towards the near post Griffin getting in front of the keeper tries to flick the ball past her with her heel the ball running across the face of goal. Sillitoe with support from O’Rourke right side of the ICA Sports box pushing the ball into her Sillitoe coming inside receiving return ball her shot in curling wide of goal. 

Newmarket Town Ladies, Cindy Ponder

Yasmin Woodfield on the overlap in behind as Griffin slides the ball into her run her cross in cleared by Pepper, comes straight to Ponder drives a shot back in towards goal on target but straight at Knibbs the keeper taking the ball safely into her body. Newmarket starting the 2nd period well players forwards into attacking positions ICA Sports remain a tough nut to crack. Hart the outlet up top for ICA Sports the ball played up to her tried to turn in behind is tackled by Slater. 

ICA Sports Ladies, Steph Pepper

  O’Rourke fouled by Shield as she looks to force her way forwards with the ball through the middle a free-kick in a dangerous position 25/30 yards out Linger takes on the shot her rising ball parried down and caught by Knibbs. A free-kick up the other end as Nicholls is fouled by Beth Woodfield 22 yards out left of the D. She shot striking the wall the rebound blazed high over the goal. 

Pepper comes across to tackle put the ball out for a throw on the right as Griffin is played in behind by Ponder. ICA Sports are standing strong against the Newmarket assault Sophie Antonucci bringing the ball on from the back on for Nicholls on the left the ball put out for a throw level with the top of the Newmarket area.

GOAL! ICA Sports double their lead off the throw in the ball rolled inside for Farchica having gotten into an advanced position 25 yards out no one on her shifts the ball and sends in a great strike towards goal looping up into the air has Hope worried back on her line it dips late on her striking the underside of the crossbar bouncing down and up again the angle taking it into the goal off the side netting 2-0. 

A further blow for Newmarket a triple change made Smith back on along with Joeli Kirby and Lauren Deller. Hart strong through the middle, Beth Woodfield doing well up against her to regain possession. Newmarket overloading the left side win a corner the ball curled in towards the near post Rouse defending for ICA Sports. A change for ICA Sports, Leonard off Purnell back on. Newmarket press players on attacking risk leaving gaps at the back, ICA Sports though defending resolutely are camped inside there half defending the box, Farchica cutting out a through ball for O’Rourke from Ponder. 

Another strike charged down by Pepper, Linger bringing the ball on. Kirby getting hold of the ball 25 yards out runs towards the area, now way through the ICA Sports defence. Newmarket rotate players in attack desperate to find goal. ICA Sports make a change a slight knock for Nicholls, Leonard returning. Into the final 5 minutes ICA Sports are working hard to keep Newmarket at bay happy for the ball to be played around 25 yards out letting no gaps appear especially through the middle. 

  Hart up top on her own always ready to go after the ball whenever it is launched clear one on one with Hope as the keeper comes to the top of the area a crunching 50/50 between the pair the ball could have gone anywhere runs out for a goalkick wide of goal as Hope picks herself up. Smith with the ball fr Newmarket forwards for Kirby, Pepper sliding in to tackle for ICA Sports. Into stoppage time all Newmarket, Knibbs claiming the cross has collected everything Newmarket have played into her box. ICA Sports standing firm right to the final whistle celebrate as they win the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup for the first time. 

Full time ICA Sports Ladies 2-0 Newmarket Town Ladies

  Have seen Newmarket several times this season, and they don’t need me to tell them they can play better. Finals can do that sometimes, have seen it for whatever reason you just don’t have the performance you know you’re capable of there on the day. Disappointment for Newmarket, however take nothing away from ICA Sports Ladies fully deserving of their success came with a plan and executed it perfectly, getting in front early and working hard as a unit to frustrate and prevent opportunities for their opponents. Defending resolutely at times got up the other end to score a 2nd goal wanted the clean sheet up the other end. One final won another to come.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  A tough one this evening singling out just one player for the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match award. It was a good solid all round team performance from ICA Sports. Lorna Hart leading the line well backed up by Donna Nicholls. At the back Steph Pepper put in some terrific tackles to prevent Newmarket’s attackers running through on goal. Sarah Rouse in midfield breaking up play along side Jess Farchina, excellent in disrupting Newmarket’s flow especially 1st half and with a great strike to score ICA Sports 2nd goal I have chosen Jess Farchina.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup Winners 2017/18, ICA Sports Ladies

Congratulations to ICA Sports Ladies on winning this season’s Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup.

 My thanks to both sides for there help with the teams this evening. Thanks to Chris Abbott to for asking me to present the players their awards it was an honour one I certainly wasn’t expecting. Back to Ely again tomorrow for my 3rd final of the week the Division One Cup Final.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 11/03/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th March

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

The Fulbourn Recreation Ground played host to the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup semi-finals this weekend. Newmarket Town Ladies were playing Cambridge University Women who had knocked out Premiership leaders Netherton United Ladies earlier in the competition. Newmarket Town started well taking an early lead in the match Abbi Griffin scoring in the 6th minute, further chances followed the lead doubled in the 26th minute Jordanne Sillitoe on target to make it 2-0, a 3rd goal quickly following Amanda Stacey heading home from a corner kick. A good first half for Newmarket another goal late in the half from Sillitoe putting them in complete control of the semi-final. Cambridge University pulled a goal back early in the 2nd half capitalising on a mistake at the back. 4-1 the score right up until the final minute of the match Chloe Slater making it 5-1 to see Newmarket into the League Cup Final.

The other League Cup semi-final was again an all Premiership tie with ICA Sports Ladies taking on St Ives Town Ladies who would have started as slight favourites 2nd in the league with just one defeat. ICA Sports Ladies however have picked up some good results themselves this season and have improved well as the season has gone on. A closer tie a single goal enough to win the game coming in the second half. Lorna Hart the goalscorer as ICA Sports Ladies beat St Ives Town 1-0 to reach the League Cup Final.

   The League Cup Final between ICA Sports Ladies & Newmarket Town Ladies scheduled to be played on Wednesday 2nd May with a 7:30pm kick-off and Ely City FC.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

3 games in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this Sunday with another double header taking place to ease fixture congestion. The local derby between March Town United Ladies and Park Ladies. 6 points up for grabs March Town took full advantage beating their local rivals twice 3-1 in both matches the 6 point haul enough to move them up a place in the table into 5th spot. Charley Miller, Adele Munday and Shannon Shaw getting the goals in one of March Town’s 3-1 victories. Shaw on target again in the other match grabbing herself a brace with Ella Nutter also getting her name on the scoresheet.

Cambridge City Ladies Development were involved in a double header with Park 3 weeks ago picking up all 6 points themselves this Sunday they were hosting the Premiership leaders, Netherton United Ladies. A brace from midfielder Rachel Pearce and with a goal each for Molly White and Yasmin Crow seeing Cambridge City earn the 3 points as they ran out 4-0 winners. A 3rd defeat of the season now for Netherton United Ladies after a great start to the season, encouraging for 2nd and 3rd placed St Ives Town Ladies and Newmarket Town Ladies who both have games in hand came both overhaul Netherton United if they win those matches.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup

One outstanding quarter final left to play in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup an all Championship South tie with Isleham United Ladies hosting Cambridge Rangers on Sunday. And it’s the hosts that progress to the last 4 of the competition with a 4-1 victory. A brace for Vicky Beeton along with goals for Louise Harwood and Nicole Bailey setting up a semi-final against fellow Championship South side, Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup

Two matches from the Group stage of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division Cup this Sunday both in Group C. Wisbech Town Ladies going top of the 4 team table with their 2nd win in the competition, at home playing Hungate Rovers Ladies, goals from Faye Kowalewsky and Annie Rooks seeing them win the match 2-1. A positive result in their final match against Orton Rangers Ladies with ensure Wisbech Town top the group and advance to the knockout stage of the competition.

  Orton Rangers Ladies themselves were hosting Wisbech St Mary Ladies on Sunday in Group C the visitors having just 10 players available were held to a goalless score at half-time before going on to take control of the game in the 2nd half Amy Magnus getting herself a hat-trick, with a goal each for Ellena Bennington and Abi Roach-Smith in a 5-0 win.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 03/12/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd December

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

After suffering their 1st league defeat of the season last Sunday Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership leaders, Netherton United Ladies were looking to put things right at home on Sunday as they hosted Cambridge City Ladies Development in the only match taking place in the league this weekend. A great start for Netherton as they opened the scoring in the 5th minute Emily Johnson scoring. Midway through the 1st half the lead was doubled with Yasmin Green making it 2-0. Johnson getting her 2nd of the game just 4 minutes later to put Netherton into a strong 3-0 lead at half-time. It was 4-0 2 minutes into the 2nd half Netherton awarded a penalty Green stepping up to score. Cambridge City pulled it back to 4-1 in the 57th minute adding a 2nd goal in the last minute, Morgan Want and Charlotte Vaskin scoring their goals. Netherton once again opening up a 9 point lead at the top of the Premiership table.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

Elsewhere it was quarter finals day in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup. In the only all Premiership tie St Ives Town Ladies were on home soil facing March Town United Ladies. In great form St Ives proved to strong an opponent as they reached the semi-finals of the competition with a convincing win. Georgia Stancombe netting 5 goals in the game for St Ives. Hannah Seymour-Shove also getting herself a brace with Katherine Speed also on target in an 8-0 win.

Newmarket Town Ladies were away in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup quarter finals taking on Championship South side Isleham United Ladies. Laura Bailey put through on goal to score the opening goal for Newmarket. Chloe Slater doubling the advantage. Abbi Griffin also scoring a brace in the match with Bailey getting another goal to her name. Jess Linger completing the goalscorers, Newmarket progressing to the semi-finals with a 6-0 victory. 

Championship North leaders, Wisbech St Mary Ladies came into this weekends League Cup quarter final tie in confident form as they hosted Premiership side Cambridge University Women who themselves had knocked out Netherton United Ladies in the previous round. The hosts scored twice with Carlie Knight and Lauren Lewis getting the goals. Cambridge University scoring 2 goals in the 1st half with Amanda Wainwright netting both. The visitors starting the 2nd half strongly Lili Donlon-Mansbridge and Fiona Conlon scoring within 5 minutes of the restart. Donlon-Mansbridge adding another goal on the hour with Wainwright going on to get her hat-trick in the 84th minute. Cambridge University Women winning 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.

  Is an all Premiership line-up in the semi-finals of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup too with ICA Sports Ladies also progressing although they were run all the way to penalties by Championship South title chasers, Histon Ladies Reserves. The visitors leading 1-0 at half-time Philippa Hayden-Evans with the goal. Megan Purnell equalising for ICA Sports in the 2nd half. The tie needing to be decided from the penalty spot ICA Sports edged the shootout 3-2 to progress.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

One match played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South on Sunday with leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds opening up a 3 point lead at the top of the table over Histon Ladies Reserves with a big home win over bottom side Burwell Tigers. Ebony Rule scoring a hat-trick for Fulbourn on her return to the side. Stacey Kemp and Marie Stubbings both netting a brace, there were goals too for Yasmine Upson, Sarah Green, Seema Grewal, Katie Luddy and Sharon Pinner an own goal too seeing Fulbourn win 13-1. Megan Seabrook-Mead with the goal for Burwell.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup

A new competition in Cambridgeshire this season which as of yet I know very little about except as the name suggests the Division One Cup which in this case is the Championship North and South. Two 1st Round ties were played at the weekend. An all Championship South tie saw Cambridge Rangers Women hosting St Ives Town Ladies Development. The visitors progressing into the next round winning by a single goal captain Georgia Rebane the scorer for St Ives.

   The other 1st Round tie saw an all Championship North tie with Ketton Ladies at home to Pinchbeck United Ladies on Sunday. 2nd in the league Ketton reaching the next round comfortably with a 10-1 win.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 05/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 5th November

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

This weekend in Cambridgeshire the woman’s football action was largely focused on the League Cup with 8 ties from the 2nd Round taking place the 16 sides vying for a place in the quarter finals. 

  Last season’s beaten finalists were at home in the 2nd Round in an all Premiership clash Netherton United Ladies hosting Cambridge University Women. A close contest the sides both scoring in the regular 90 minutes Emily Johnson for Netherton as early as the 8th minute. Cambridge University levelling the scores the tie headed into extra-time the visitors going on the score the winning goal and progress.

  Another all Premiership clash saw St Ives Town Ladies paired with Cambridge City Ladies Development in the 2nd Round of the League Cup. A tight contest between the sides the scores level at half-time at 1-1 it was St Ives Town who went onto score the winning goal in the 2nd half and progress with a 2-1 win Katherine Speed and Frances Chapman with the home sides goal. Kayleigh Whitehead scoring the goal in the 1st half for Cambridge City.

   A 3rd all Premiership tie in the 2nd Round of the League Cup saw Park Ladies drawn at home to Newmarket Town Ladies. The visitors reaching the quarter finals scoring 6 goals with 6 different names on the scoresheet. Cindy Ponder Antonia Smith Sarah O’Rourke, Chloe Slater, Amanda Stacey and Brooke Wickens. The final score 6-1.

Elsewhere their were no banana skins for the other Premiership sides left in the competition both March Town United Ladies and ICA Sports Ladies at home to Championship opponents. A big win for March Town United hosting St Ives Town Ladies new Development side. Shannon Shaw netting a hat-trick in the match there were braces for both Shannon Kelly and Emma Frost. With Charley Miller Lyndsey Churchyard and Naomi McGarvie all getting a goal each in a 10-2 win. Jade Carpenter and Megan Stow both scoring in the 2nd half for St Ives Town.

 ICA Sports Ladies were hosting Wisbech Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of the League Cup the Championship North side having started the season well. The Premiership side proving too strong however running out 5-1 winners, thanks to goals from, Jessica Farchica Hayley Jones, Megan Purnell and a brace from Donna Nicholls. Sophie Gutteridge getting the goal for Wisbech Town.

Three 2nd Round ties in the League Cup pitting Championship sides against each other. South v North in 2 ties with Isleham United Ladies hosting Hungate Rovers Ladies not much separating the sides a single goal winning the tie for Isleham United Rachael Turner with the match winner.

  Fulbourn Bluebirds were hosting Wisbech St Mary Ladies a good contest between the sides 5 goals in the match the win going to the visitors as Wisbech St Mary Ladies edged it 3-2 to reach the quarter finals. Lauren Laws netting 2 goals with Amy Magnus also getting a goal. Joanne Woods scoring both of the goals for Fulbourn.

   In the all Championship South tie it was an early kick off on Sunday with Cambridge Rangers hosting league leaders Histon Ladies Reserves the visitors carrying on their great league form into the cup reaching the quarter finals with a 3-1 victory. Amanda Binge scoring twice, with Philippa Hayden-Evans also getting a goal. 

The quarter finals are scheduled to be played Sunday 3rd December and the line up is as follows: – 

ICA Sports Ladies v Histon Ladies Reserves

St Ives Town Ladies v March Town United Ladies

Wisbech St Mary Ladies v Cambridge University Women

Isleham United Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

One league game played at the weekend in the Championship North between the two bottom sides Pinchbeck United Ladies hosting Orton Ranger Ladies both sides still in search of their 1st point of the season they contested a 7 goal thriller with Pinchbeck United coming out on top 4-3 winners to get that 1st all important win under their belts and move off the bottom of the table in the process. Caitlin Burke, Alexandra Gomes, Chloe Gray and Britney Weaver their goalscorers.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 01/10/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 1st October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Cambridge City Ladies Development picked up their 2nd win from 3 games at the weekend to climb into 2nd spot in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Were away to Cambridge University Women who were stating their season. 3-0 the score goals from Erin Fox, Molly White and Ellie Cullum securing the 3 points for last season’s Championship South Champion’s.

Park Ladies were away to ICA Sports Ladies in the Premiership on Sunday both sides looking for their 1st league win of the season. Park held a 2-1 lead going into the half-time break, Amy Newell scoring both their goals. 2nd half ICA Sports Ladies turned it around getting back on level terms then going on to score the winning goal take all 3 points with a 3-2 win. Carmen Herridge, captain Becky Shields and a penalty from Claire Knibbs giving the Peterborough based side their 1st win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

Elsewhere across Cambridgeshire there were 4 ties played in the 1st Round of the League Cup and it was a huge win for Premiership side Newmarket Town Ladies away to new Championship South side Burwell Tigers. Not the record scoreline brought to you in a Round-Up but very close. A strong side in for Newmarket fired 30 goals in on Sunday! Sarah O’Rourke sweeping ahead in the top goal scorer stakes as she got 8 of that total. Both Laura Bailey and Abbie Marshall equalled that with 4 each. Brooke Wickens and Abbi Griffin both getting hat-tricks. Lauren Deller, Cindy Ponder and Antonia Smith getting a brace each. Goals too for Jess Linger and goalkeeper Eloise Hope. A hard one for Burwell Tigers young side, hopefully Newmarket have a few goals left for their much tougher FA Women’s Cup game this Sunday.

  Wasn’t such good news for Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves hosting Premiership side St Ives Town Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. The higher league opposition too strong advance to the next round. A brace a piece for Amy and Hannah Seymour-Shove. Goals too for Katie Stancombe, Tierney Coulson and Connie Liddiard in a 7-0 win.

   Wisbech Town Ladies had met Ketton Ladies away from home in the league just the previous week now they were at home in the League Cup a 3-1 win to Wisbech Town Ladies last Sunday they maintained their excellent start to the season with a comfortable result to advance in the competition. A hat-trick by Chloe Riches, along with a brace for current top scorer Sophie Gutteridge along with a goal for Jasmine Luckett seeing Wisbech win 6-0.

  Finally it was a tie from two sides finally getting their season started a new look Milton Ladies side hosting St Ives Town Ladies new Development side. A 2-0 lead for the visitors at the half-time whistle, Chloe Stefanelli and Georgina Astley with the goals for St Ives Town. Dominated the 2nd half scoring 6 more goals to win their 1st ever game 8-0. Astley with her 2nd making it 3-0, Jade Carpenter then hit a brace. Drew Jenkins, Megan Stow and Olivia Baker all getting on the scoresheet in the last 10 minutes.

With a few sides unfortunately not getting involved before the season started their were a few home and away wins awarded the draw for the 2nd Round of the League Cup is as follows. 

ICA Sports Ladies v Wisbech Town Ladies

St Ives Town Ladies v Cambridge City Ladies Development

Cambridge Rangers Women v Histon Ladies Reserves

Netherton United Ladies v Cambridge University Women

Park Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies

Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds v Wisbech St Mary Ladies

March Tow United Ladies v St Ives Town Ladies Development

Isleham United Ladies v Hungate Rovers Ladies

Ties scheduled to be played Sunday 5th November

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 24/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th September

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Netherton United Ladies extended their winning run at the start of the season to 3 games in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership at the weekend. Away to Cambridge City Development. A brace for Sasha Haw giving Netherton a 2-0 half-time lead the advantage was doubled in the 2nd half goals from Alice MacNichol in the last 15 minutes and Emily Johnson securing the points with a 4-0 win.

  Newmarket Town Ladies go 2nd in the table as they won their 2nd match in the Premiership to keep up their own 100% winning start. Away to ICA Sports Ladies. Goals from Jess Linger, Lauren Deller, Hollie Turner and Abbie Marshall seeing Newmarket take all 3 points courtesy of a 4-1 win. Jessica Farchina scoring for ICA Sports.

  A big win at home for St Ives Town ladies saw them win their 1st league game of the season were at home to Park Ladies. Amy Seymour-Shove netting 4 times in the game. Georgia Stancombe with a hat-trick Tierney Coulson also scoring an own goal completing a 9-2 winning margin the 3 points putting St Ives into 3rd spot in the fledgling Premiership table.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

Battle between the top two in the Cambridgeshire Championship North on Sunday with leaders Wisbech Town Ladies away to 2nd placed Ketton Ladies both winning their 2 opening matches in contrasting fashion, Wisbech Town hitting 32 goals without reply in their 2 games, Ketton clinching a narrow win against Hungate Rovers home and away to get their 6 points. A closer game for Wisbech Town this time around Wisbech Town ending Ketton’s winning start beating them by 3 goals to 1 to move onto 9 points 3 clear at the top of the table. 2 more goals for striker Sophie Gutteridge along with a strike from Shushannah Feast.

Starting the season with 2 narrow defeats against Ketton Ladies, Hungate Rovers Ladies were away to new side Pinchbeck United Ladies at the weekend. Kelsey McKenna found the back of the net scoring 7 goals in the game for Hungate Rovers. Lauren Barnes scoring a brace with Bianca Taylor also grabbing herself a goal in a 10-0 win that see Hungate Rovers up to 3rd with the sides below playing less games.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

Just the one match played in the Championship South at the weekend 3rd placed Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds at home to 2nd placed Cambridge Rangers Women both starting the season with a win. Early days in the league a handful of games played 2 sides yet to get off the mark. Marie Stubbings was on target scoring 5 goals for Fulbourn with Emma Clark and Yasmine Upson getting a goal a piece to see Fulbourn win 7-1 and move to the top of the table.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

 One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup this weekend with Championship South side Histon Ladies Reserves hosting Championship North side Spalding United Ladies in the 1st Round. A huge win for Histon to see them progress. Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks top scoring in the match with 5 goals. Elsewhere the goals were shared out Samantha Cousins getting a brace. Daniella Briggs, Katrina Brown, Hannah Gordon, Katie Webb, Sophie Wing, Carly Dawson and Casey Bull all getting a goal in a 14-0 win.