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The Round-Up – ERWFL 12/01/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 12th January

ERWFL Cup

A break from the league this weekend in the ERWFL (well almost) with the knock-out stages commencing for both the League Cup and Plate competitions. The first half of the season seeing the 16 Division One sides North and South competing in a group format, 4 sides playing each other once with the group winners progressing the the League Cup joining the 12 Premier Division sides the rest going on to compete for the League Plate.

  Newmarket Town Women, Millwall Lionesses, Needham Market Women and King’s Lynn Town Ladies to 4 Division One sides to win their groups all draw against higher league opposition in the League Cup. All 4 involved in a close game. 8 ties in the 1st Round just 7 played at the weekend. The game between Wymondham Town Ladies and Harlow Town Ladies cancelled after Harlow’s parked mini-bus was hit by a lorry at the services on their way up to Norfolk. Everyone okay, a new date for the tie to be announced.

Wroxham Women were drawn away to ERWFL newcomers Needham Market Women the in first round of the League Cup on Sunday. Needham Market making a good start to the game early chances, it was Wroxham though who opening the scoring captain Anna Larkins getting forwards from full back on the 14th minute her cross come shot finding the back of the net. Needham Market coming back to level the scores 6 minutes later, Amber Sparkes bringing the ball on from halfway shooting from 20 yards out making it 1-1. Needham Market coming close to leading before the break it was level at half-time. Larkins on target to score her 2nd of the match restring Wroxham’s lead before the hour. The visitors going further ahead in the 67th minute with Lauren Bullard scoring the goal. A 2nd for Bullard coming with 10 minutes left heading in a corner to put Wroxham 4-1 up. Alot of stoppage time to be played with both sides seeing a player needing lengthy treatment for injury. Needham Market having chances all game mounting a late fightback 3 minutes into injury time Abbie Wilkinson scoring her first first team goal to get it back to 4-2 turned provider 3 minutes later setting up Annie Northwood to pull it back to 4-3. Needham Market finishing strong time running out however Wroxham progressing into the quarter finals.

Luton Town Ladies and Bowers & Pitsea Ladies meeting for the 3rd time this season having been drawn out to play each other in the 1st Round of the League Cup having met twice in the league and in the Women’s FA Cup this season. Both matches at Bowers & Pitsea ending in 3-0 wins for Luton. This Sunday’s League Cup tie Luton’s home ground The Branche. Funmi Babalola putting Luton in front on 11 minutes scoring her 8th goal of the season. Bowers & Pitsea breaching Luton’s defence for the first time this season coming back to level with 20 minutes on the clock Yasmin Cowley 7th goal of the season. The pair drawing 1-1 at half-time. Luton getting back in front with 20 minutes left on the clock Kelsey Gibson putting Jess McKay through on goal to score her 10th goal of the season. The win assured in the final minute McKay with a superb finish to score her 2nd of the match and see the tie won 3-1.

  A 3-1 win at home too for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies at the weekend in the first round of the League Cup as they took on St Ives Town Ladies. Peterborough 2nd in the ERWFL Premier Division scoring plenty of goals this season and in every game so far this season. Leah Cudone with a penalty on target for her 16th goal of the season , Evie Driscoll-King and Amy Magnus with her 1st goal for the club in only her 2nd appearance for the 2nd scoring the winning goals. Georgia Stancombe netting the goal for St Ives Town.

Penalty box action from Peterborough Northern Star v St Ives Town (photo credit James Cox)

Royston Town Women enjoying a good season in the Premier Division hosting another of the Group stage winners, King’s Lynn Town Ladies riding high in Division One North 2nd unbeaten in open play since mid-October winning 6 straight games in the league along with all three group matches. Good work with the ball at her feet from Georgia Gannaway leading to an own goal to see Royston take the lead. A free-kick struck in from distance seeing King’s Lynn bring the scores level 1-1 the score at the half-time interval. Royston captain Amy Cooper scoring her first goal of the season bundling the ball in from a corner to restore Royston’s lead, a fantastic break away goal from King’s Lynn bringing the Norfolk side back level for the 2nd time in the tie. The winner coming with 5 minutes left on the clock Emma Slater blasting in the goal her 8th of the season to see Royston into the quarter finals 3-2.

Newmarket Town Women winning Group A were at home to Premier Division side Bedford Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup this Sunday. Captain Bethany Woodfield heading Newmarket into the lead, Bedford though coming back quickly to equalise and then take the lead themselves through to strikes from range by Jasmine Ajayi and Natasha Fensome. 2-1 the lead at half-time both sides finishing the game with 10 players with both Newmarket’s Katie Webb and Bedford’s Ashley Emerton sent off. N further goals added in the 2nd period Bedford into the quarter finals.

Three of the Division One sides suffering narrow defeats in their clashes with higher league opposition, Millwall Lionesses the side to cause the upset and reach the last eight of the League Cup were drawn away to bottom side AFC Dunstable Women, working hard to improve every game Dunstable leaving the pitch frustrated having created a host of chances but failing to score Millwall Lionesses restricted in attacking opportunities scored from a free-kick to clinch a narrow 1-0 victory.

The final League Cup tie to report on saw Colney Heath Ladies travelling to play Haringey Borough Women in the 1st Round. The club 2nd bottom in the table coming close to getting the opening goal on 10 minutes hitting  Colney Heath on the counter 1 on 1 with the keeper Amy Butler with a superb save to deny Haringey. The hosts keeper with a great save to deny Samaira Khan up the the end 2 minutes later. Khan leading the goal scoring charts for Colney Heath heading in her 22nd goal of the season 3 minutes later to put the visitors into the lead. A hand ball inside the box seeing Colney Heath awarded a penalty Lucy Hancock stepping up to score to make it 2-0 with 20 minutes played. Colney Heath starting to dominate going on to add a 3rd goal before the half hour Khan crossing for Adrienne Milton to score. Haringey getting it back to 3-1 scoring on the follow-up after the initial shot was saved. Sheree Oliver nodding in Charlene Moreton’s cross late in the half to see Colney Heath 4-1 up. Not many chances created 2nd half Colney Heath comfortable though safely through to the last 8.

ERWFL Plate

  Three ties played in the 1st Round of this season’s League Plate competition won by Newmarket Town Women last season. Leigh Ramblers Ladies in good form going into the weekend 2nd in Division One South at home to fellow league side Lawford Ladies who have been struggling for numbers during the season. The visitors once again short of a full side in the 1st Round of the Plate Leigh Ramblers young side full of confidence, adding Georgia Holdaway to their squad this season. On target for a hat-trick at the weekend taking her tally to 8 for the season. There was also a brace each for Rhiana Castle and Megan Downes with her first goals of the season. Connie Mashford also getting her name on the scoresheet in a comfortable 8-0 win. 

  High scores in the other two 1st Round ties too at the weekend. Wodson Park Ladies struggling for form in the league this season with just one win hosting AFC Sudbury Ladies the Suffolk side finding some form after a tough start themselves. The visitors scoring twice, Wodson Park bringing in new faces to add to their squad progressing to the quarter finals of the League Plate with a 4-2 victory. A 5th goal of the season for Chloe-Marie Clay plus a hat-trick for Kristina O’Connell her first goals for Wodson Park making just her 2nd appearance.

East Bergholt United Ladies completing a trio of home wins in the 1st Round of the League Plate at the weekend beating Division One South side Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies 6-2 to reach the quarter finals following a solid start to life in the regional leagues having joined the ERWFL this season. Cara Savage with a brace scoring her first goals of the season for East Bergholt. A first goal of the season too for Tiffany Reeves along with brace for Stacey Teager. 

ERWFL Division One South

Just the one league fixture played at the weekend in Division One South and a lack of games through postponements seeing Hutton Ladies knocked off top spot down to 3rd behind Millwall Lionesses and fellow Essex side Leigh Ramblers Ladies. Were playing their first game since the 1st of December  a 100% record from 5 games played were at home to Stevenage FC Women Development who had suffered similarly having not played since the 8th December. Keen to get going both sides with plenty of goals in them shared 8 between them both scoring 4 to see the points shared Stevenage scoring 4 past a Hutton side that had only concede 3 in their previous 5 matches. Hutton losing their 100% record still unbeaten the top scorers in the league go back to 2nd 3 points behind Millwall with a game in hand. Kate Lowen scoring a brace with captain Abigail Fry and top scorer Vicky Kinsman both getting a goal each for Hutton. Nicole Emmings netting a hat-trick for Stevenage with Sofia Carpenter also on the scoresheet.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 05/01/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 5th January

ERWFL Premier Division

First Round-Up of the New Year beginning the league reviews with the latest action from the ERWFL all three divisions shaping up nicely before the festive break. A strong ERWFL Premier Division. Harlow Town Ladies six points clear of the rest at the top at the end of 2019, looking to push on and win the title. Some strong challengers below as all 12 sides were in action at the weekend. 

Harlow Town Ladies hosting 2nd placed Peterborough Northern Star Ladies who have a game in hand. The visitors taking the lead in the game going 1-0 up early in the match. An eventful first half Harlow came back to level, scoring twice more to hold a 3-2 lead at the half-time interval. Harlow pulling further in front in the 2nd period went on to win the match 5-2 at extend their lead at the top of the table to 9 points with 10 left to play. Five different goal scorers for Harlow, Fran Gamble scoring her 7th of the season, a 5th goal of the season for both Abbey Dell and Georgia Box whilst Amy Nash and Hannah Porter were all on target with a 4th goal of the season each. Leah Cudone scoring her 15th of the campaign for Peterborough North Star with Stephanie Gale also celebrating her first goal for the club.

Georgia Box amongst the goal scorers for Harlow Town Ladies on Sunday (photo credit Proud of Harlow)

Remains very tight below Harlow, Luton Town Ladies climbing back up to 3rd in the table after a late goal secured all three points away to Wroxham Women on Sunday. A highly competitive match both sides testing the goalkeeper early on. Tight in midfield both sides battling to find the opening goal proving hard to break down. 0-0 at half-time Luton have the tightest defence in the league conceding just 11 goals so far this season and worked hard in defence to keep another clean sheet clearing the ball off the line late on bodies in to block. The visitors finding the winning goal in the 83rd minute Rebecca Kane joining top scorer Jess McKay on 11 goals for the season as she struck a shot across the keeper. Luton also hitting the post in the closing minutes.

Royston Town Women up there too in the cluster of sides in the top half of the ERWFL Premier Division going into their 1st game of 2020 on 20 points alongside Wroxham and Luton were making the trip across to Essex on Sunday to face Bowers & Pitsea Ladies who had enjoyed a solid start to life playing at this level for the first time. An even start to the match Bowers & Pitsea gaining some momentum putting pressure on the Royston defence chances created, Royston goalkeeper Ellie Pickard with two superb saves to keep it at 0-0 midway through the 2nd half the visitors going on to score the opening goal in the 34th minute Rebecca Vass with the through ball to send Emma Salter in on goal to make it 1-0.

  Royston leading at half-time. Bowers & Pitsea starting well in the 2nd period coming back to level the scores in the 53rd minute Yasmin Cowley with chances in the first half up highest to head Kiera Adcock’s cross into the bottom corner. two minutes later Bowers & Pitsea were in the lead Ebony Moore at the back post making it 2-1. Royston regrouping getting it back to 2-2 in the 65th minute Danielle Carty scoring from distance. 2-2 with 18 minutes left Courtney Fraser skipping a challenge on the wing sending the ball inside for Sophie Dowman to turn and score to put Bowers & Pitsea back into the lead. The 3 points secured in the final 15 minutes, Fraser and Dowman involved in the build up to see Moore score her 2nd of the game to win it 4-2. All very tight in the middle of the table now as Bowers & Pitsea 9th join Wymondham Town Ladies and Colney Heath Ladies on 18 points, two points behind a trio on 20, including Royston and Wroxham.

Joining Wroxham and Royston on 20 points in 6th place in the table are Bedford Ladies as they won at home against St Ives Town Ladies at the weekend. St Ives promoted as Division One Champions last season in their debut season in the ERWFL finding it tough playing at this level collecting 7 points from their opening 9 matches working hard a steep learning curve held Bedford to a goalless opening half the hosts finding the break through goal in the 2nd period going on to score a further 3 to win the match 4-0.

 Tight in the top half of the ERWFL Premier Division 5 points between 2nd and 6th a trio of sides queuing up below on 18 now. Bowers & Pitsea as already mentioned the other two met at the weekend with Hertfordshire side Colney Heath Ladies travelling up to Norfolk to play Wymondham Town Ladies. A host of injuries both long and short term for Wymondham to deal with this season are in a decent position coming into the New Year. Colney Heath themselves enjoying good form during the first half of the season both will fancy there chances of pushing into the top half towards the end of the season.  Wymondham opening the scoring in the 36th minute Chelsea Clarke setting up top scorer Hannah Waters to fire home her 16th of the season. Olivia Mari equalising for Colney Heath on the stroke of half-time pouncing on the rebound as a well struck free-kick hit the crossbar.

1-1 going into the 2nd half Wymondham retaking the lead early on Waters on target with her 2nd of the match scoring from an impossible angle. Wymondham pressing the attack Katie Knights setting up Laura Nicholls her shot hitting the bar coming back down into play Waters on the follow up blocked, Knights pouncing to put Wymondham 3-1 ahead. Laura Nicholls top scorer for Wymondham last season back amongst the goals after a spell out with injury Jennifer Grey playing her in to score her 9th of the season with 15 minutes left to play. Nicholls 10th of the season coming inside the final five minutes a great individual effort to make it 5-1. Colney Heath’s top scorer Samiara Khan pulling it back to 5-2 with 2 minutes left on the clock Wymondham beginning 2020 with a win.

2020 saw the 2nd battle of the season between the basement sides AFC Dunstable Women and Haringey Borough Women a tough 1st half of the season just 3 points between them both without a win on the board. A transitional period for both, AFC Dunstable a new look side rebuild over the summer after almost folding. Both battling week in week out as they look to improve. The points shared in a 1-1 draw when they met at Haringey earlier in the season. Hannah Ring with her 3rd goal of the season putting Dunstable into the lead on Sunday. A great strike from Rosie Missen for Haringey seeing the visitors come back to level the scores and the points shared for the 2nd time.

ERWFL Division One North

  A superb first half of the season for Cambridge City Ladies Development as the newly promoted side made their ERWFL debut in Division One North winning 5 of their opening 7 matches with just one loss. That result a 1-0 defeat away to AFC Sudbury Ladies. A vital first win of the season too for Sudbury relegated the season before and rebuilding with a new look young side. Pressure applied by King’s Lynn Town Ladies moving into 2nd a point behind to end 2019, Cambridge City played host to AFC Sudbury at the start of 2020. The visitors taking the lead in the 16th minute held onto their advantage late into the 2nd half. Cambridge City doing everything but score the first time they met at last finding a reply with 20 minutes to go Megan Stow tapping home at the far post to make it 1-1. 2 minutes later the hosts were in front Ellie Cullum poking home a Bella Simmons through ball. A quickfire double in the final 5 minutes securing the 3 points Yasmin Crow  and then Stow with her 2nd of the game seeing it end 4-1.

 A strong run of 5 straight wins seeing King’s Lynn Town Ladies recover from losing their opening two games to finish up 2nd in the Division One North table a point behind the leaders Cambridge City at the end of 2019. That form continued into the New Year as they extended their winning run away to bottom side Gorleston Ladies on Sunday. A tough introduction to the ERWFL for Gorleston finding themselves adrift at the bottom of the Division One North table without a point on the board with 5 games played. Started 2020 with a positive performance that will give them plenty of encouragement going forwards though as they were unlucky not to take anything away from the match at the weekend going down to a 2-1 defeat. Beth Turner getting off the mark for Gorleston levelling the scores in the first half after Katie Ward had put King’s Lynn in front. Emma Corbyn on target for the fourth match in a row scoring the winning goal for the visitors in the 2nd period her 7th of the season.

A local derby too in ERWFL Division One North at the weekend too as Suffolk sides Needham Market Women and East Bergholt United Ladies locked horns for the 2nd time time this season. Both promoted to the ERWFL for the first time this season were neck and neck in the race for the Suffolk Women’s Division title last season. East Bergholt United edging it to complete a 2nd successive league and cup double, began life at a higher level well leading early on 2nd for much of 2019 edged into 3rd by King’s Lynn, a 1-0 home win against Needham Market earlier in the season. Needham Market playing in just their 2nd season since forming taking time to find their feet at this level a great result against their local rivals at the weekend. Lois Balfour amongst the goals for both their new Reserves sides and now the first team opening the scoring early making it 1-0 with just 5 minutes played. Amber Sparkes sending Needham Market into a 2-0 midway through the 2nd half. Sparkes adding a 2nd just 4 minutes later chipping the keeper from 30 yards. Balfour adding her 2nd of the game 2 minutes later. Megan Partridge pulling a goal back for East Bergholt before Balfour completed her hat-trick on the stroke of half-time to send Needham Market into the dressing room 5-1 up at the break. A quieter 2nd half Needham Market creating further chances striking the woodwork Balfour on target for her fourth of the game midway through the 2nd half to see the match won 6-1.

Lois Balfour sending the ball into the back of the net for Needham market Women (photo credit Ben Pooley Photography)

ERWFL Division One South

Two matches played in ERWFL Division One South at the start of 2020. Millwall Lionesses ending 2019 top of the table after joining the league in the summer after the upheaval at the club. Rebuilding and regrouping a positive outlook and a hungry squad. Began the year away to Lawford Ladies who they had beaten heavily twice this season at home in league and cup. A tough end to 2019 for Lawford a much more positive start to 2020. A bright start from Millwall out of the blocks quickly Lawford though hit them against the run of play to open the scoring captain Daisy Canny pouncing on a goalkeeping error to make it 1-0. Millwall pushed on creating chances Molly Hawkins dancing through to make it 1-1 in the 20th minute. The host continued to dominate first half but it was Lawford who retook the lead on 40 minutes Canny with her 2nd of the game alert to capitalise on a mistake outside the 18 yard box. Lawford 2-1 up at half-time. Shannan Drewe amongst the goals for Millwall towards the back end of the year pulling the visitors level midway through the 2nd half latching onto a ball over the top to score. 5 minutes later Millwall were leading Samantha Middleton newly introduced to the action volleying home from a corner to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes left. Cansu Mentesh firing home from close range off a corner in the final minute. Millwall winning 4-2 to stay 3 points in front at the top of the table.

Shannan Drewe amongst the goalscorers for Millwall Lionesses at the start of 2020 (photo credit Millwall Lionesses)

Leigh Ramblers Ladies keeping the pressure on Millwall in 2nd beaten 4-1 by Millwall at the end of 2019 the Essex side newly promoted to the ERWFL bounced back with an away win against Wodson Park Ladies to begin 2020. Abbi Brown and Rhiana Castle both scoring their first goals of the season to secure the 3 points for Leigh Ramblers as they ran out 2-1 winners over Wodson Park who put in a much improved performance to begin the new year as they look to get themselves away from the bottom of the table. Olivia Worsfold scoring her 2nd goal of the season for the hosts.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 15/12/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th December

ERWFL Premier Division

The final weekend of fixtures for 2019 in the ERWFL this weekend, the weather unfortunately playing it’s part with 4 of the 6 fixtures scheduled in the Premier Division falling by the way side. A healthy lead at the top for Harlow Town Ladies would ensure they go into the festive period top of the pile no mater what. A close battle behind the Essex side with the top half tightly congested. Peterborough Northern Star Ladies climbing into 2nd last weekend were aiming to close the gap to Harlow as they took on Bowers & Pitsea Ladies at the weekend. The hosts taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes Jessica Driscoll put through on goal from the left to score. Bowers & Pitsea coming back to level the scores in the 21st minute Sade Waters with the through ball for Yasmin Cowley to round the keeper and make it 1-1. The sides drawing at the interval. Bowers & Pitsea having opportunities in front of goal denied by Peterborough goalkeeper Sarah Hudson. Peterborough retaking the lead with 20 minutes left Chanade Henderson with the goal to make it 2-1. Top scorer Leah Cudone on target for her 14th strike of the season five minutes later to see Peterborough win the game 3-1 and open up a 5 point gap in the sides below.

 

Jessica Driscoll looking to take on the Bowers & Pitsea defence (photo credit James Cox Photos)

Wroxham Women made the long journey down to North London on Sunday to play bottom side Haringey Borough Women in the Premier Division a win would put them back up into 3rd spot, as it was they left it late to salvage a point, the sides goalless at the break despite Wroxham having numerous opportunities to score whilst goalkeeper Cyan Fullbrook prevented Haringey from finding the opener. The hosts breaking the deadlock in the 2nd period came very close to getting their first win of the season the game a minute into stoppage time Kirstie Kindred struck to find the back of the net to score her 5th goal of the season and see Wroxham take home a point. Move into 4th level with 3rd placed Royston and 5th placed Luton on 20 points.

ERWFL Division One North

One match affected by the weather in ERWFL Division One North this weekend, top of the table Cambridge City Ladies Development home match against Needham Market Women off. An opportunity for the chasing sides to close the gap one again. East Bergholt United Ladies 2nd in the table drawing 0-0 at home to Newmarket Town Women last weekend made the trip to Norfolk this Sunday to play in form King’s Lynn Town Ladies, moving up the table fast into 3rd winning their last 4 league matches in a row a run that began away to East Bergholt back in October. A close 2-1 result then, nothing close about it this time around a King’s Lynn’s winning streak moved to 5 matches, scoring 6 without reply, 3 players all celebrating a brace, captain and top scorer Becky Russell into double figures for the season, 8 goals now for Tiffany Forshaw with Emma Corbyn on 6. The result takes King’s Lynn 2nd in the table now just a point behind Cambridge City.

A big home win at the weekend too for Newmarket Town Ladies, soon to be under new management. Craig Boneham coming in during the summer stepping down from the role. Newmarket moving swiftly to appoint Kevin Parsons taking over as first team manager. Looking on this weekend with Eddie Cuthbert looking after the team as they took on bottom side Gorleston Ladies. A brace from top scorer Annabel Cuthbert and a long range strike from Katie Webb seeing Newmarket lead 3-0 at half-time. Cuthbert completing her hat-trick early in the 2nd half her first of the afternoon would go on to score 3 more goals to give her 22 for the season, Sarah O’Rourke with her first goal for the first team also as Newmarket ran out 8-0 winners. Up to 4th in the table despite an indifferent start to the season. Congratulations too t Newmarket midfielder and dead ball specialist, Jess Linger as at just 20-years-old she made her 100th appearance for the club at the weekend.

A double hat-trick at the weekend for Newmarket Town Women's striker Annabel Cuthbert

A double hat-trick at the weekend for Newmarket Town Women striker Annabel Cuthbert (photo credit Gary Reed)

Elsewhere in ERWFL Division One North it was a clash between two sides showing recent good form in the league Histon Ladies travelling to play AFC Sudbury Ladies, the Suffolk side coming into the game off back to back victories, Histon winning their last 3 league matches. The sides contesting a goalless draw after 90 minutes to share the points. Histon in 5th on 11 points now with Sudbury a place and point behind both well positioned to push on in the New Year.

ERWFL Division One South

Millwall Lionesses end 2019 top of the pile in ERWFL Division One South moving ahead of Hutton Ladies who weren’t in action at the weekend. Millwall were at home taking on Essex side Leigh Ramblers Ladies. Unbeaten in the league Millwall level on points with Leigh Ramblers heading into the game the visitors showing good from with 3 straight wins in league and cup themselves. Hannah Cheeseman opening the scoring for Millwall in the 10th minute, putting away Shannan Drewe’s left wing cross. Few chances in the first half Leigh Ramblers with a strong finish Millwall holding onto their 1-0 advantage. Drewe amongst the goals in recent games for Millwall firing in a worldie early in the 2nd half to put the hosts 2-0 up. A strong start to the 2nd half Millwall adding a 3rd on the hour with Cheeseman putting away her 2nd of the match 5 minutes later Leigh Ramblers given a penalty pulling it back to 3-1. Drewe put in behind the defence to fire in across the goal to put Millwall 4-1 up and see them win the game and climb to the top of the table dropping just 2 points so far this season.

  At the other end of the ERWFL Division One South table it was a much welcomed first 3 points of the season for Wodson Park Ladies as they travelled to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies at the weekend. The hosts with just the one win themselves Wodson Park losing their opening 6 matches. Leah Dunnage and Sam Garner with their first goals of the season for Hoddesdon. A brace for Christie Seakins her first goals of the season for Wodson Park and a 4th of the season for Chloe-Marie Clay seeing the visitors edge the win 3-2, takes them off the bottom on goal difference.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 08/12/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 8th December

ERWFL Premier Division

 Harlow Town Ladies extend their winning run to 10 games in the league to move 9 points clear of the chasing pack in the ERWFL Premier Division. At home on Sunday taking on bottom side Haringey Borough Women. An emotional win too achieving a double figure scoreline getting off to a good start the goals flowing. 22 goals for the season now for top scorer Becky Shephard a poignant a special hat-trick scored on Sunday, thought are with her at this time. Plenty of goals to amongst the squad this season too with both Abbey Dell and Beth Chambers scoring a brace each with goals too for Frances Gamble, Georgia Box and captain Kaydee King. The final score 10-2.

Royston Town Women starting the day in 2nd spot in the ERWFL Premier Division travelled to play Bedford Ladies at the weekend. Royston with a string of early chances, a keenly fought match goalless at the break was to end in frustration for the visitors, Bedford capitalising to score the only goal of the game to win it 1-0, Maya Sidhu with the goal getting Bedford back to winning ways.

That defeat coupled with a 6th straight league win for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies sees then move up into 2nd in the ERWFL Premier Division table 9 games unbeaten now in all competition following an opening day defeat. Making the trip to Norfolk this weekend to play Wymondham Town Ladies. The hosts starting the brighter taking the lead inside the opening 5 minutes, Rebecca Russell playing in top scorer Hannah Waters to make it 1-0. PNS coming back to level the scores in the 15th minute. A competitive contest Wymondham retaking the lead 5 minutes later with Chelsea Clarke sending a shot across the keeper. Back came PNS to equalise, the visitors going on to score two goals late in the first half to lead at the break 4-2. A 2 goal cushion PNS went on to add a 5th goal before the hour finishing up winning the match 6-2. Jessica Driscoll dual signed with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies scoring a hat-trick on her first appearance for PNS. Goals too for Emma Pollard, and top scorer Leah Cudone with Chanade Henderson scoring her first goal of the season.

The ERWFL Premier Division where the action on Women’s Football East came this weekend a trip down to Essex to watch the match between Bowers & Pitsea Ladies and Luton Town Ladies. Bowers & Pitsea’s recent form improving back to back wins coming into the game have added Terry Harrison to the management team. Luton relegated from the FAWNL making a good start to the season themselves blooding alot of youngsters plenty of talent within the club, 16-year-old Ellie Sergeant handed her first start. The wind at their backs a solid defensive display from Luton, Bowers & Pitsea enjoying more of the possession moving the ball well without creating much in front of goal. Luton happy to sit back taking the lead midway through the first half, as route one a goal as you’ll see goalkeeper Kezia Hassell kicking the ball forwards travelling with the wind behind it missed by the Bowers & Pitsea centre backs attacker Rebecca Kane running onto it in the clear to place wide of the keeper. Erica Byron firing in a superb strike from outside the box to double the lead.

Luton’s Funmi Babalola challenging for the ball

  Luton 2-0 up at half-time. Bowers & Pitsea continued to move the ball well Luton standing firm as the hosts looking to pull a goal back Kane put in over the top late on no flag going on to slot home her 2nd of the match to see the game won 3-0. Luton climb into 4th spot in the Premier Division table. The full match report available further down the page.

ERWFL League Cup

One outstanding match from the group stages of the league cup played this Sunday to decide the winner of Group B. Millwall Lionesses and Cambridge City Ladies Development finishing level on points goal difference not counting. The pair going head to head again a thrilling 4-4 draw the last time they met. Cambridge the hosts this Sunday Millwall pressing for a goal in the first half not taking their chances the pair goalless at half-time, Cambridge improving in the 2nd half two young sides showing plenty of energy, Millwall ending the game strong Cambridge goalkeeper Tee Mhunduru with a couple of saves, in the end the 90 minutes couldn’t separate them and the game heading into extra-time both sides tiring Millwall awarded a penalty Shannan Drewe sending her spot kick over was to make amends in the 2nd period of extra-time a mazy run ending with a goal enough to see Millwall secure victory and progress to the knock-out stages of the League Cup, Cambridge going into the Plate competition.

ERWFL Division One North

With leaders Cambridge City Development in cup action this weekend it was a chance for the sides below to close the gap to the top once more. Frustration for 2nd placed East Bergholt United Ladies last time out losing 4-2 to AFC Sudbury Ladies were at home playing Newmarket Town Ladies this weekend. As it was defences stood firm as the pair battled out a goalless draw to both take a point from the match enough to keep East Bergholt 2nd 3 points back from the leaders.

  Coming up the rails at a gallop are King’s Lynn Town Ladies up to 3rd in the ERWFL Division One North table with a 4th straight league win. Bar a penalty shootout loss are unbeaten in 7 now in all competitions. The Norfolk side travelling down into Suffolk this weekend to play Needham Market Women. King’s Lynn making a strong start leading within 2 minutes a 2nd coming before 10 minutes were on the clock, Needham Market coming back creating chances King’s Lynn getting the better of the hosts to score twice more to lead 4-0 at half-time. King’s Lynn holding their advantage deep into the 2nd period Needham Market with a late fightback, Sasha Diston letting fly from 30 yards with 16 minutes left finding the top corner to make it 4-1. Captain Nicola Henderson with a goal a minute later also hit from 30 yards out bringing it back to 4-2. 10 minutes left Henderson with another long range hit getting it back to 4-3. The hosts tails up pressing forwards in search of an equaliser King’s Lynn exposing the high line to get forwards a score a 5th goal to seal the win 5-3 in the 88th minute. Emma Corbyn with a pair. Captain Becky Russell with her 9th goal of the season and a first of the season for Lily Porter and Deva Rawlings.

AFC Sudbury Ladies travelled up to the Norfolk coast at the weekend looking to build on last Sunday’s win against East Bergholt as they took on bottom side Gorleston Ladies still looking for their first point since joining the ERWFL. A close contest Gorleston unlucky not to get more from the match as they went down narrowly 3-2. AFC Sudbury with back to back wins up to 5th in the Division One North table, goals from Olivia Gunn, Rebecca Stephenson and Amy Thompson securing the 3 points despite the visitors ending with 10 players Evie Creaton sent off for collecting 2 yellow cards. Sophie Gillett and Nicole Sheldrake with her first of the season scoring for Gorleston.

ERWFL Division One South

One game played in ERWFL Division One South this weekend and it was a good result at home for newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies their recent good form continuing their unbeaten run up to 4 matches now with 3 wins on the bounce. Taking on 4th placed Stevenage Women Development a brace from Rebecca Dalgarno along with a goal each for Georgia Holdaway, Kate Newton and Lucy Dalgarno seeing Leigh Ramblers to a 5-1 win that moves them level on points with 2nd placed Millwall Lionesses who they play this coming Sunday. Hannah Marshall scoring the goal for Stevenage.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 01/12/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 1st December

ERWFL Premier Division

  Harlow Town Ladies fantastic start to the season continues unabated as they move 8 points clear at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division with their winning streak moving onto 9 matches. The only points dropped to date way back on the opening day draw against Wymondham Town Ladies. Harlow’s 9th straight win coming on the road this weekend a trip to Bedfordshire to played AFC Dunstable Women. A 7-1 win in the reverse fixture back in September. AFC Dunstable working hard to improve, Harlow not at their best at the weekend still finding the back of the net for three goals to come away with the three points. Abbey Dell, Chloe Bassett and a 19th of the season from Becky Shephard securing the victory.

 Plenty of challenges to come for Harlow as the chasing pack look to close them down and take points off each other in the process, with 2nd placed Wroxham Women’s match away to St Ives Town Ladies postponed it was an opportunity for Royston Town Women to move above them as they played host to Colney Heath Ladies. Top scorer Rebecca Vass finally breaking the deadlock to put Royston 1-0 up at half-time with her 17th strike of the season. Colney Heath have their own goal machine this season Samaira Khan prolific in front of goal since joining in the summer putting the visitors level early in the 2nd half. A goal disallowed for offside, Vass then fired Royston back in front with her 2nd of the match Colney Heath responding straight away to equalise for a 2nd time, Khan with her 2nd of the. Khan then bringing up her hat-trick to put Colney Heath into the lead with 80 minutes left to play. 19 goals for Khan now. Royston frustrated at conceding awarded a late minute penalty, Joanne Rutherford stepping up to take and salvage a point. Enough to take Royston 2nd in the Premier Division table.

 Games in hand on the three sides above them Peterborough Northern Star Ladies climb up to 4th in the ERWFL Premier Division table with their 4th straight league win. At home this Sunday playing Bedford Ladies. Winning 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in September their good form continued as they emerged 5-2 winners to collect the 3 points. Leah Cudone netting a brace top scorer this season with 12 so far. Emma Pollard alos on target for a goal along with Evie Driscoll-King and Faith Horner scoring her first goal for the club. Priya Bhatti and Natasha Fensome scoring the Bedford goals.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies, Faith Horner

 Bowers & Pitsea Ladies ended a run of 5 straight losses with a great result away to Colney Heath last time out winning 2-1. Were looking to build on recent performances having made a good start to life played in the ERWFL Premier Division for the first time. Away to bottom side Haringey Borough Women this weekend. The Essex side taking the lead on 18 minutes Georgia Fraser cutting the ball back towards the top of the area for Megan Harley to put away her 9th goal of the season. Fraser setting up the 2nd goal too flicking the ball on for Yasmin Cowley to run in behind the defence and score 6 minutes later. A 3rd goal coming late in the first half Taylor Adcock captaining the side scoring her 1st of the season firing in a 35 yard free-kick. A comfortable lead for Bowers & Pitsea at half-time. Donna Fletcher with a 30 yard shot putting the visitors 4-0 with nearly an hour played. An own goal adding a 5th in the final 10 minutes, Haringey netting a late consolation in the final minute, Bowers & Pitsea up to 8th winning 5-1.

ERWFL Division One North

With the leaders, Cambridge City Ladies Development seeing their match away to Gorleston Ladies called off on Sunday it was an opportunity for 2nd placed East Bergholt United Ladies to close the gap to within a point at the top should they win away in their Suffolk derby with AFC Sudbury Ladies this weekend. Megan Partridge formerly of Sudbury putting East Bergholt into the lead. Sudbury with a chance to level from the penalty spot, Becca Stephenson clinical with her 5th goal of the season to make it 1-1. Sudbury going on to taking the lead Charlene Roach finding the top corner from close range. Amy Thompson showing good footwork inside the box getting a shot away taking a wicked deflection onto the post and back across the line to grab her first for the club. Evie Creaton with a bullet header down into the East Bergholt goal to celebrate her first of goal to put Sudbury 4-1 ahead. Georgia Lockerbie with a late goal pulling it back to 4-2 for East Bergholt. Sudbury’s new look young side picking up just their 2nd league win of the season, the first of course against leaders Cambridge City Development.

 Needham Market Women’s match away to Histon Ladies also postponed on Sunday it’s now getting very tight in the middle of the Division One North table, King’s Lynn Town Ladies finding their form after losing their opening two league matches, a 3rd straight win coming away to Newmarket Town Women on Sunday. Emma Corbyn with her first goals of the season netting a brace. Captain Becky Russell with a goal taking her onto 8 so far this season. Nikita Morris also on the scoresheet in a 4-0 result with her first goal for the club. 

ERWFL Division One South

A full fixture list in ERWFL Division One South at the weekend. Hutton Ladies leading the way a perfect start winning 4 from 4 were looking to make it 5 from 5 as they played host to bottom side Wodson Park Ladies, the Hertfordshire side still looking for their first points of the campaign with 5 straight defeats. Hutton scoring plenty of goals, in particular top scorer Vicky Kinsman on target once again this weekend to bury 4 more goals taking her to 28 for the season in just 8 matches. Kate Lowen also celebrating a goal as the Essex side ran out 5-1 winners.

 Looking to chase Hutton down are Stevenage Ladies Development and Millwall Lionesses 2nd and 3rd level on 10 points each after 4 played both unbeaten meeting this weekend Millwall the away side fielding the bare 11 on Sunday battling to a goalless draw at the break. Shannan Drewe firing home her 11th goal of the season putting Millwall into the lead early in the 2nd period. Millwall fighting to keep their lead intact a clean sheet for Kelly Webster seeing Millwall win the 3 points to en Stevenage’s unbeaten record and move 3 points clear in 2nd spot.

 A high scoring match to end this weeks ERWFL Round-Up. Initially listed a 0-0 on full-time was told on two fronts it actually ended 9-5 between Lawford Ladies and Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. Corrected on full-time now but still reading a 0-0 at half-time I don’t believe that either. A tough start to the season for both Lawford earning their first point of the season against Leigh Ramblers Ladies 3 weeks ago back in league action this Sunday away to Hoddesdon with just the 10 available. Conceding 5, battled through to hit their opponents for 9 up the other end to win their first game of the season. Daisy Canny often Lawford’s talisman on target for 7 goals in the match. Nancy Bulter with a brace scoring her first goals of the season. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 24/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th November

ERWFL Premier Division

The top two meeting the the ERWFL Premier Division this Sunday with Wroxham Women 2nd making the trip down to Essex to play leaders Harlow Town Ladies. Having lost to Harlow twice this season already in the league and FA Women’s Cup illness and unavailability making thing’s tough as the Norfolk side look to close the 3 point gap at the top. Harlow quickly on top scoring within the opening 90 seconds. A further injury blow for Wroxham seeing Grace Parker forced off Harlow continued to push forwards taking a 2-0 lead a 3rd goal coming late in the 1st half 3-0 up at the break. Wroxham putting in the shift, Harlow strong Amy Bell with a double save the hosts went on to take a 4 goal lead. Wroxham battling striker Kirstie Kindred brought down in the box scoring from the resulting penalty. Rhianne Brister scoring to pull it back to 4-2. Harlow would have the final say Becky Shephard scoring their 5th goal to see them do the league double over Wroxham winning 5-2.

Fantastic action shot from Sunday’s match (photo credit Proud of Harlow)

As Harlow open up a 6 point lead at the top of the Premier Division it remains very tight amongst the chasing pack, Royston Town Ladies up to 3rd in the table now joining Wroxham on 19 points as they won at home on Sunday a comfortable result in the finish taking on newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies, Rebecca Vass prolific in front of goal this season following her move from Bedford Ladies on target for 5 goals in the match taking her tally to 16 for the season. Emma Slater also scoring for Royston along with Samantha Edgar in a 7-2 result. Katie Stancombe with her 1st goal of the season and Georgia Stancombe scoring the goals for St Ives.

  Didn’t get a mention last week as their weren’t enough games played in the ERWFL to see a Round-Up produced was a very good result for Bowers & Pitsea Ladies they lost 3-2 to leaders Harlow Town Ladies, a loss may not sound like a good result but it was a much improved performance compared to the 16-1 drubbing they suffered in the reverse fixture at the start of the season a blip on what has other wise been a solid first season playing in the Premier Division. Giving the Essex side a bit of confidence as they travelled to Hertfordshire to play the 3rd placed Colney Heath Ladies this weekend, in good form themselves. Bowers & Pitsea edging the first half taking the lead on the half hour Yasmin Cowley’s strike taking a deflection on it’s way into the back of the net. Colney Heath coming back to level the scores midway through the 2nd half. 1 all heading into the final 6 minutes, Cowley finding space there to receive Megan Harley’s cut back to score her 2nd of the game and win it for Bowers & Pitsea.

For the 2nd successive weekend it was a Bedfordshire derby as Luton Town Ladies made the short trip to play rivals Bedford Ladies. Meeting in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup quarter finals with Luton hosting last weekend they won 7-1 to advance in the competition. A much closer result this time around in the league with both sides on 14 points heading into the game. Luton with an early lead Rebecca Kane heading in on 3 minutes from a Zara Carroll free-kick. Bedford coming back to level within 10 minutes the visitors then going 2-1 ahead through a controversial free-kick. All action first half Kane on target for her 2nd of the game making it 2-2 to Luton with 5 minutes left to play in the 1st period, Kane than rounding the keeper in the final minute of the 1st half to complete her hat-trick put Luton 3-2 ahead. That how the score remained heading into the final 10 minutes Luton getting themselves a 2 goal cushion as Erica Byron smashed a shot into the roof of the net. Bedford coming back to make it 4-3 Luton holding out for the victory.

 Wymondham Town Ladies are up to 7th in the Premier Division table 4 points behind 2nd and 3rd placed Wroxham and Royston now winning for the 4th time this season, were at home taking on bottom side Haringey Borough Women. Hannah Waters rounding the keeper in the 5th minute to put the hosts into the lead. Waters doubling the advance in the 22nd minute. 14 goals for the season now for Waters. Midfielder Mollie O’Callaghan amongst the goals too this season for Wymondham scoring a brace in the match to keep pace with Waters on 14 goals her first of the day making it 3-0 after the visitors failed to clear a corner. 3-0 up at half-time Laura Nichols released by Rebecca Russell through on goal to round the keeper and score in the 63rd minute putting Wymondham 4-0 up. O’Callaghan’s 2nd coming soon after scoring from a good run forwards. Katie Knights on hand to score after Haringey fail to clear from a corner in the 70th minute making it 6-0. The visitors going straight up the other end to score a consolation. Nichols celebrating her 2nd of the game wrapping up a 7-1 victory for Wymondham in the 90th minute once again set-up by Russell.

ERWFL Division One North

The top two in ERWFL Division One North due to meet at the weekend, East Bergholt United Ladies due to host leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development saw their match called off. The postponement an opportunity for the sides below to close the gap to the leading pair. Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies finding their form in the league were looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce as they travelled to the Norfolk coast to play Gorleston Ladies. New signing Poppy Kelly scoring a hat-trick along with a goal from Alison Wright seeing Histon win comfortably 4-0 to climb into 3rd place in the table 2 points behind East Bergholt.

  Women’s Football East made the journey to Bloomfields home of Needham Market Women on Sunday to watch their match against Newmarket Town Women. New to the league Needham Market had secured their first win playing at this level for the first time at home to Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury Ladies a fortnight ago, victory in the County Cup following had the opportunity to make it 3 wins on the spin as they took on Newmarket, the full match report can be found further down the page. Newmarket settling quicker, forcing an error from a corner to take the lead captain Sasha Diston heading into her own net a further error from the goalkeeper seeing Newmarket take a 2-0 lead Lauren Deller striking from outside the box and the ball was presented to her. A life line for Needham Market coming late in the first half Newmarket’s goalkeeper with the error this time failing to collect Lois Balfour’s through ball for Francesca Rainbird the Needham Market winger tenacious winning the ball and sending it into the back of the net. 

Needham Market captain, Sasha Diston with a goal for each side

  Needham Market coming out with a strong start to the 2nd half equalising straight away a corner won dropping inside the six yard box a fortunate deflection putting it straight at Diston to score and make it 2-2. An intriguing match open could have gone either way Needham Market taking the lead for the first time in the game scoring from another corner the ball knocked down into the feet of Rainbird she struck it back in off the underside of the bar. Annie Northwood giving Needham Market a two goal cushion as Newmarket pressed for a reply the visitors managing to get it back to 4-3 with seconds left no time to mount another attack Needham Market joining Newmarket of 7 points for the season.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies losing their opening two league games in Division One North got thier first win under their belt away to East Bergholt United Ladies back on October. Postponements and cup matches since were hosting another Suffolk side this weekend as they made it back to back wins in the league taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies. Goals from captain Becky Russell and a first of the season for fellow midfielder Tegan Wheeler securing the 3 points courtesy of a 2-1 win.

ERWFL Division One South

Leigh Ramblers Ladies newly promoted to the ERWFL join Stevenage FC Women Development and Millwall Lionesses on 10 points the trio now all 2 points behind leaders Hutton Ladies. Away from home this weekend playing the only match in the Division were taking on Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. Emily Diwell on target netting 4 times in the match as the Essex side ran out 10-2 winners. Rebecca Dalgarno scoring a brace, with 3 more players celebrating their first goals of the season, Chloe Gilligan also bagging a brace with Paige White and Connie Mashford off the mark for the season. Lauren Hasler scoring in the first half for Hoddesdon with Jo Brookman scoring her first goal for the club in the 85th minute.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 10/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th November

ERWFL Premier Division

A highly competitive ERWFL Premier Division this season with the sides all the way down to 8th in a good position to challenge what is an ever changing picture at the top of the table, whether one side can get a grip on top spot and go on to dominate remains to be seen right now it’s wide open. The lead changing once again. Wroxham Women going top last weekend at home this Sunday facing Bedford Ladies. Always a competitive tussle between the sides (and yes I am referring to when Wroxham were Acle United Women) no less so in their new colours chances for both in the first half Wroxham seeing a shot in added time bounce down off the bar and over the line before being plucked back by the keeper but despite their protests the sides heading in goalless. Bedford awarded a penalty on the hour to take the lead added a 2nd 5 minutes later. Wroxham making a couple of good comebacks already this season fighting back once again Kirstie Kindred firing home to bring it back to 2-1 with 15 minutes left top scorer Grace Birchall getting the equalling goal, clear cut chances for both sides to win the game missed, the points shared.

That result sees previous leaders Harlow Town Ladies return to the top of the table, although they themselves very nearly let it slip at home at the weekend, the Essex side hosting Wymondham Town Ladies. Harlow getting into an early lead Wymondham failing to clear from a corner the ball put over the line. Proved to be the difference between the sides. A 1-0 lead for Harlow at half-time when 2-0 early in the 2nd half capitalising on a mix-up at the back to make it 2-0. Wymondham with a quick response getting it back to 2-1 in the 48th minute Jac Ball shooting across the keeper to get her 1st goal for the club. Harlow straight back with a 3rd goal 3-1 up made it 4-1 with less than 15 to play, Becky Shephard with a brace, along with goals for Frances Gamble and Chloe Bassett. Wymondham with a late fight back scoring twice in the closing minutes to get it back to 4-3 setting up a tense finish, Mia Etheridge crossing for Katie Knights to score and Sarah Payne flicking on a goal kick to put Laura Nicholls in to score her first of the season (hard to believe it’s taken until November to say that although she has only featured in 4 games so far this season.) Harlow with the 3 points maintaining their unbeaten start to the season top on goal difference.

Colney Heath Ladies amongst the early season front runners too back up to 3rd on the ERWFL Premier Division table winning away to AFC Dunstable Women on Sunday. A 15-1 for Colney Heat in the reverse fixture at the start of the season. Ex-Dunstable player Samaira Khan with a hat-trick that day repeated the feat this time around, to put her on 14 goals for the season, scoring twice in the first half after Lucy Hancock had opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the visitors. Colney Heath 3-0 up at half-time Hancock on target for her 2nd of the game 10 minutes into the 2nd period, Rianne Townsend-Brown making it 5-0 on the hour. Hannah Ring making her first start for Dunstable with a goal to prevent a clean sheet for Colney Heath before Khan added her 3rd late on to see the game won 6-1.

Royston Town Women climb to 4th in the Premier Division table, 3 points behind leaders Harlow with games in hand on Wroxham and Colney Heath. The Hertfordshire side away to bottom side Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. The game looked to heading for a goalless opening 45 minutes. Royston with a corner late on the ball hooked in by Emma Slater. Royston adding to their lead early in the 2nd half Joanne Rutherford onto a through ball to make it 2-0 a 3rd goal coming quickly after Danielle Carty with a great strike on 58 minutes to make it 3-0. A devastating spell from Royston going 4-0 up 2 minutes later Rutherford from a free-kick scoring her 2nd of the match. Haringey getting a quick reply to bring it back to 4-1 but that would be as good as it got as Royston went on to win the 3 points comfortably.

 The game between newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies and Bowers & Pitsea Ladies falling foul to the weather.

ERWFL Division One North

The weather playing it’s part in both ERWFL Division One North & South this Sunday to. King’s Lynn Town Ladies home game against Histon postponed whilst in the South, Millwall Lionesses match away to leader Hutton Ladies also suffered.

 Two games played in Division One North on Sunday, league leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development away to Newmarket Town Women. A 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture just 3 weeks ago, Newmarket keen to close the gap on the leading side after making a slow start. It was Cambridge who would make a fast start this Sunday taking the lead just 3 minutes into the game Bella Simmons on target for her 11th goal of the season Newmarket coming back to level the scores inside 20 minutes with Annabel Cuthbert getting her 12th goal of the season. All square at the break Cambridge retaking the lead with 10 minutes gone in the 2nd half after not capitalising on early chances, Ellie Cullum rifling the ball into the roof of the net from 25 yards out. Her 5th of the season proving to be the winning goal.

A Suffolk derby saw newcomers Needham Market Women at home playing AFC Sudbury Ladies. Sudbury starting the game well creating opportunities, Needham Market still looking for their first league win at this level growing into the game with chances as the 1st half wore on, the visitors taking the lead from a free-kick late in stoppage time the ball finding it’s way in. 1-0 Needham Market goalkeeper Amber Leeks injured unable to continue, outfield player Milly Carter donning the gloves. Needham Market starting the 2nd half well getting a goal back within 3 minutes of the restart Jodie Sharp crossing for Amber Sparkes to tap home. Needham getting forwards well further opportunities created taking the lead just past the hour Sparkes with a good run jinking into the box opening up her body to shoot high into the net. Carter with a fine save to tip the ball over at the other end saw her defence concede a penalty moments later a chance for Sudbury to level from the spot a superb top draw save from the substitute keeper going left getting a firm hand on the ball to turn it out. The win secured in the final 10 minutes Lois Balfour deadly for the Reserves this season striking from distance her shot in off the post.

ERWFL Division One South

Two games in Division One South on Sunday and with the leading pair not playing it was a chance for Stevenage FC Women Development to close the gap as they travelled to play Wodson Park Ladies who were still looking for their first points of the season. Stevenage unbeaten in the league winning the game 4-0 to join 2nd placed Millwall on 10 points, the goal scored by Hannah Marshall, Sofia Carpenter, Katherine Taylor and Emily Schofield.

Stevenage FC Women Development pictured before thier game with Wodson park on Sunday (photo credit Stevenage FC Women)

Also without a point on the board in Division One South were Lawford Ladies a difficult start to the season short on numbers so are hosting newcomers Leigh Ramblers Ladies. A full side available this weekend it was a much needed point earned as the sides finished 1-1 at the final whistle. daisy Canny with her 5th goal of the season on target for Lawford.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

ERWFL Premier Division

The Women’s FA Cup pushing this weeks ERWFL Round-Up back a bit. Plenty of action to cover and it is an ever changing picture at the top of the Premier Division table with new leaders at the top. Peterborough Northern Star Ladies moving a point clear at the top winning a 4th straight league game away to Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. Taking advantage of previous leaders Harlow Town Ladies involvement in the Women’s FA Cup. Leah Cudone a prolific attacker wherever she’s played joining Peterborough Northern Star this season put 4 into the back of the net on Sunday against bottom side Haringey to take her tally to the season into double figures. A first goal of the season too for Georgia Coulson as Peterborough wrapped up a 5-1 win their only loss in the league so far this season coming on the opening day.

10 goals so far for Peterborough Norther Star Ladies, Leah Cudone (photo credit PNS Ladies)

Wroxham Women taking advantage too to Harlow’s involvement in the Women’s FA Cup despite the Essex side knocking them out in the previous round to move above them in the Premier Division table into 2nd. Back in action at home after two weeks were taking on Colney Heath Ladies, the Hertfordshire side showing good form recently to climb up the 2nd in the Premier Division table. Wroxham bringing that spell to an abrupt end taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes Amber Rowland played in to shoot and find the bottom corner. Grace Birchall amongst the goals for Wroxham early in the season netting her 23rd goal from just 9 appearances midway through the 2nd half, running into a long ball to beat the defence and shoot into the top corner. An own goal from Colney Heath seeing Wroxham leading 3-0 at half-time. Lauren Bullard introduced by Wroxham at the start of the 2nd half making it 4-0 in the 58th minute would go on to get a 2nd midway through the half to help secure a 5-0 win for Wroxham.

 Royston Town Women another side taking full advantage of others involvement in the Women’s FA Cup to climb up into 4th spot in the ERWFL Premier Division. Just 3 points behind the leaders level on points with 3rd placed Harlow now. Unbeaten in 4 in the league now won comfortably away from home this Sunday taking on AFC Dunstable Women. Just the bare 11 for Dunstable struggling at the bottom of the league Royston have goals in their squad this season notably from Rebecca Vass the new signing scoring 4 against Dunstable to take her to 11 for the season. Emma Slater and Ellie Wilkerson both getting a goal each with first goals of the season too for Angharad Chambers and Georgia Gannaway. An 8-0 win for Royston.

ERWFL Division One North

Four wins and a draw to start the season for newly promoted Cambridge City Ladies Development were leading the way in the ERWFL Division One North as they travelled to AFC Sudbury Ladies at the weekend. The hosts relegated from the ERWFL Premier Division losing their opening 2 league games without a point on the board a new look side this season a young squad. A great start to the match for the hosts though taking the lead in the 15th minute Rebecca Stephenson firing in a great shot from the top of the box taking a nick off a defender to loop up into the top corner. Sudbury going 2-0 up midway through the 1st half, Stephenson to target again striking from a long way out to celebrate her 2nd of the game. Minutes later Sudbury were down to 10 as goalkeeper Amelia Carter was sent of bringing down striker Bella Simmons outside the box. Sudbury lead 2-0 at half-time playing the 2nd half with 10. Battled hard in defence, Cambridge getting it back to 2-1 straight after the restart with Simmons scoring. Sudbury frustrating thier opponents wasn’t to be Cambridge’s day as they failed to find another goal Sudbury getting their first win under their belts.

A local derby elsewhere in the ERWFL Division One North with Suffolk sides East Bergholt United Ladies & Needham Market Women meeting in the league for the 1st time both promoted to the ERWFL this season following a season long battle last season at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division. Contrasting starts to the season, East Bergholt beginning with 2 straight wins before losing to Cambridge City a third win keeping them 2nd in the table a loss last time out narrowly at home to King’s Lynn. Needham Market Women have played just one league match to date a 3-3 draw against Histon Ladies. Meeting this Sunday the sides enjoying another close game in the end a single goal enough to secure the 3 points the win going to hosts East Bergholt, ex-AFC Sudbury player Megan Partridge on target for her 5th goal of the season since joining the club. East Bergholt moving to within a point of leaders Cambridge City.

A single goal too enough to win the 3 points for Histon Ladies away from home on Sunday taking on Newmarket Town Women in the ERWFL Division One North. A frustrating start to the season for Histon Ladies, just one point won in 3 league games coupled with two cup defeats. Bringing in several new players to bolster the squad over the close season have started to find some form back to back wins in league and cup were looking to make it 3 on the spin away to Newmarket who were keen to get their season going themselves making a good start themselves with a win and a draw. A hard fought win going Histon’s way in the finish the winning goal coming on the hour, Poppy Kelly latching onto Lauren Martin’s through ball to shoot past the keeper. Histon up to 3rd in the table with 7 points on the board.

ERWFL Division One South

Two game played in the ERWFL Division One South this weekend and with the top two not in league action it was a chance for 3rd placed Millwall Lionesses to close the gap as they hosted bottom side Lawford Ladies. The bare 11 for Lawford, Millwall making an unbeaten start to the season with 2 wins and a draw. Millwall getting off to a brilliant start getting themselves into a 4-0 lead inside 15 minutes! Ellie Lunn finding the bottom corner to open the scoring in the 7th minute. Molly Hawkins scoring from close range doubling the lead in the 12th minute. Hawkins with a quick fire double chipping the keeper on the volley to make it 3-0. Shannan Drewe intercepting and firing in a shot across goal bringing up the hosts 4th. Lawford rallying somewhat battling hard at the back. Millwall striking the woodwork. Lawford pulling a goal back in the 34th minute the ball lifted over the keeper. Hawkins though completing her hat-trick to see Millwall leading 5-1 at the break. 

Millwall slow out of the blocks 2nd half, Lawford pulling it back to 5-2 scoring from a corner. 10 minutes into the 2nd period and Millwall themselves were back amongst the goals Ruby Snowden firing into the top corner to make it 6-2. A 7th goal brought up on the hour with Samantha Middleton getting on the scoresheet with the finish. An 8th goal soon following Drewe rifling home for her 2nd of the match. Lawford not giving up by any stretch getting on the scoresheet for a third goal themselves bringing it back to 8-3. Drewe seeing her shot saved new signing Hannah Cheeseman chasing in on the follow up sending the ball over the line for her first goal for the club. Snowden getting her 2nd goal of the match to see Millwall reach double figures with 15 minutes left. A 10-3 win seeing Millwall move level on 10 points with 2nd placed Stevenage FC Women Development.

Elsewhere in ERWFL Division One South newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies young guns were at home to Wodson Park Ladies. A win and a loss for Leigh Ramblers so far from 2 league games played. Wodson Park yet to win a point frustrated at the start of their season. Leigh Ramblers bringing in Georgia Holdaway this season, amongst the goals last season playing for Brentwood was on target again this weekend for her 3rd goal since joining the club. Emily Diwell also on target getting her third goal of the campaign to see Leigh Ramblers win the match 2-0 to move clear in 4th place in the table.

ERWFL League Cup

Postponed from a fortnight ago ERWFL Division One South leaders Hutton Ladies were away to Norfolk side King’s Lynn Town Ladies in the ERWFL Cup group stage this weekend. The Essex side with a 100% success rate so far in league and cup matches to start the season and scoring plenty of goals in the process, a strong start for Hutton, King’s Lynn making an indifferent start doing well to keep their opponents for scoring this weekend for the first time this season Hutton drawing a blank in front of goal. King’s Lynn going on to win the match 3-0. Captain Becky Russell scoring twice to move onto 5 goals for the season with attacker Oksana Imanalijeva scoring her first goal of the season.

The Round-Up – #ERWFL 06/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th October

ERWFL Premier Division

Three games played in the ERWFL Premier Division this Sunday all featuring the sides in the bottom half of the table… at least at the start of play. Colney Heath Ladies the big movers in the league up form 7th to 3rd in the table after bringing a end to a run of three straight defeats in league and cup. Were at home this Sunday up against Norfolk side Wymondham Town Ladies who were themselves keen to get a positive result after letting slip a 2 goal lead in the cup a fortnight ago and 3-0 in the league last week in the last 10 minutes respectfully to lose and draw.

   Colney Heath with the opening goal on 10 minutes Christina Freestone playing in Samiara Khan to shoot under the advancing keeper. Wymondham keeping Colney Heath from adding further goals first half equalising late in the half Hannah Water through to make it 1-1 in the 43rd minute. All square at the break. A bright start to the 2nd half from Colney Heath retaking the lead in the 58th minute striker Riane Townsend-Brown fouled inside the box. Lucy Hancock sending the keeper the wrong way to put the hosts 2-1 up. Wymondham with chances to level before Townsend-Brown taking on a shot from the top of the box finds the top corner to put Colney Heath 3-1 with 15 minutes left to play and secure all 3 points and with the top half sides not in league action this weekend Colney Heath muscle their way in amongst them to sit 3rd.

A first win of the season for newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies winning their first game at this level last weekend away to AFC Dunstable Women. At home this weekend were taking on Bedford Ladies looking to build on that result. The visitors with 2 wins from their opening 5 league games knowing a win would put them on the tails of the sides battling for position in the top half of the table. The sides pleased to earn a point each in the finish 1-1 the final score with captain Hannah Seymour-Shove scoring her first of the season for St Ives and Lauren Murray on target with her first for Bedford who can thank there keeper for some fantastic saves to prevent St Ives adding more goals the visitors finishing with 10, Mathilda Fidler sent off.

  A tough start to the season for both Haringey Borough Women and AFC Dunstable Women both without a point on the board after their opening 5 games respectfully with some eye watering defeats too, something had to give this weekend as they met for the first time this season. Haringey the hosts having the better of a wind affected game held the advantage first half Dunstable coming back in the 2nd to earn a point close to winning it in a high scoring match with both sides netting 4 goals! First point on the board for both much needed, Louise McCay with a brace for Dunstable. Dionne Umeh also on target with a goal and Lori Wilson-Phillips from the penalty spot.

ERWFL Division One North

The heavy rain that fell over night and long into Sunday particularly focused in Norfolk and the surrounding area, in fact a total wipe out of fixtures in Norfolk in the end. Just 1 of the 3 games scheduled for Sunday in the ERWFL Division One North surviving. League leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development at home to fellow Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies. Cambridge City looking to build on their fantastic start a 100% record 3 wins from 3 following promotion to the league. The hosts getting off to a greet start Molly White setting up Bella Simmons to score on 6 minutes. Simmons scoring another just 5 minutes later to make it 2-0 her 7th goal of the season. A 2-0 lead for Cambridge City at half-time they kept Histon at bay up the other end to continue their perfect start to the season and open up a 6 point lead at the top of the table.

Bella Simmons on target for 7 goals this season so far for Cambridge City Ladies Development

ERWFL Division One South

New leaders in ERWFL Division One South this week with Essex side Hutton Ladies taking over from Stevenage Women Development who saw their game at home to Leigh Ramblers Ladies off due to a waterlogged pitch. Hutton continuing their excellent start to the season a 100% record which now stands and 4 wins from 4 in the league. Scoring plenty of goals too with 30 coming from those games. A high scoring win at home against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this weekend. A double figure score Hutton winning 10-1 to collect the 3 points. Vicky Kinsman continuing her great scoring form hitting 6 of those goals into the back of the net on Sunday to have 17 to her name after just 5 games played. Lauren Knight with a brace with a goal each for Sally Appleton and Carley Brewster on her Hutton debut. Lauren Hasler wit the goal for Hoddesdon.

  Millwall Lionesses at home on Sunday continued their unbeaten start to the season with a win against Wodson park Ladies. A great start to the match for Millwall Princess Elisery heading in from a corner in the 5th minute. The lead doubled within the opening 10 minutes Cansu Mentash first to ball from another corner to score to make it 2-0. Millwall 3-0 to the good a minute later Samantha Middleton getting onto the end of Shannan Drewe’s cross to find the back of the net. Millwall doing the damage from their corner routines a 4th goal coming courtesy of Katie Klosinski with just 17 minutes played. Drewe getting on the score sheet with 37 minutes played to see Millwall end a dominant first half period leading 5-0. Sian Fitzpatrick adding a 6th goal 10 minutes into the first half. Comfortable at 6-0 Wodson Park getting a consolation goal with 4 minutes left.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 29/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 29th September

Before we begin this weeks ERWFL Round-Up a piece of sad news to bring you with Bishops Stortford Ladies withdrawing from the Division One South. A popular club that will be sorely missed have enjoyed a near 10 year run in women’s football. Struggling for numbers on game day’s in recent seasons despite having the numbers on the books commitment on Sunday’s a challenge leading to this tough decision. A strong youth set-up with sides from U10 to U18 hope it will be a short hiatus and that the Bishops Stortford name will rise again within the women’s football pyramid for now wishing everyone involved with the club all the best for the future.

ERWFL Premier Division

All very tight at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division, the top two go head to head this Sunday with Luton Town Ladies looking to regain top spot from Harlow Town Ladies both unbeaten at the start of the season Harlow’s winning run now 5 games in league and cup after drawing on the opening day. Took the lead through a long range free kick in the 10th minute captain Kaydee king lifting the ball up into the Luton area Olivia Steele with great vision to strike the ball on the half volley into the back of the goal.. Luton creating chances coming back to level in the 38th minute Zara Carroll crossing for Anne Folan to head in to head in her first goal of the season. Luton continued to create scoring chances frustrated as none were converted, Harlow retaking the lead to clinch a 2-1 victory to stay top scoring from a corner Amy Nash taking it short receiving the ball wide sending a shot looping in over the keeper. Results going against Luton elsewhere seeing them fall to 5th in the table.

A huge win at home for Wroxham Women on Sunday over bottom side Haringey Borough Women to see them move up to 2nd in the Premier Division table a point behind Harlow. A full strength squad in confident mood following a late comeback to win in the FA Cup 3-2 against Wymondham after trailing 2-0 with 9 minutes left Made a fast start with Beth Bygrave pouncing to score in the opening minute. It was 3-0 before 10 minutes were played Grace Birchall netting twice. Haringey struggling to cope with Wroxham’s pace fell further behind on 19 minutes Birchall completing her hat-trick, Kayleigh Holloway making it 5-0. Wroxham dominant, goals form Emily Leach and Grace Parker extending the lead to 7-0. Birchall rampant in attack going on to score 2 quickfire 2nd hat-trick a 7th goal for Birchall seeing the hosts leading 11-0 at half-time. A game no one really enjoys one side so dominant over the other Wroxham remained professional doing their job adding a further 8 goals in the 2nd period with Birchall taking her haul to 10. Leach netting a 2nd goal there were goals to for Rhianne Brister, Anna Larkins, Lauren Bullard and Kirstie Kindred. 19-0 the winning margin. A long and tough trip to Norfolk for Haringey.

Royston Town Women stay 3rd in the Premier Division table getting out of jail to earn a point coming back from 3-0 down away to Wymondham Town Ladies to draw 3-3. A 2nd successive late collapse from Wymondham. the hosts holding a 1-0 lead at half-time scoring through a Chelsea Clarke penalty on the half hour after striker Hannah Waters was brought down inside the box. Katie Knights putting Wymondham into a 2 goal lead early in the 2nd half. Waters with her 6th goal of the season firing Wymondham into a 3-0 lead midway through the 2nd half. Royston pushing the game entering the final 10 minutes. Charlotte South with a great strike to pull it back to 3-1 with 8 minutes left. Sammy Tinsley setting up a dramatic finish scoring to make it 3-2 moments later a late corner won for the visitors the ball put into the area South getting her head on the ball to score the equaliser for Royston to see them leave Norfolk with a share of the points.

Two late goals from Charlotte South earning a point for Royston Town Women

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies up to 4th in the Premier Division table, unbeaten in 3 since losing their opening fixture travelled down to Essex this Sunday to play newly promoted Bowers & Pitsea Ladies, themselves in 5th at the start of play having made an encouraging start to the season. The hosts announcing the signing of attacker Yasmin Cowley before the game, will add strength to the Essex sides attack having scored alot of goals in her time with Hatfield Peverel Ladies. A slow start for Bowers & Pitsea, Peterborough creating chance failing to take one the sides drawing 0-0 at the break a single goal the difference in the 2nd half going to the visitors capitalising on a defensive mix-up in the 55th minute Eleanor Spendelow with her first goal for the club, Bowers & Pitsea pressing for a goal were denied by goalkeeper Sarah Hudson as Peterborough won the 3 points.

Bedford Ladies were at home to Colney Heath Ladies at the weekend leading 1-0 at half-time Bedford adding a 2nd goal in the 2nd period to clinch their 2nd league win of the season. Despite making a good start to the game Colney Heath fell behind as Bedford beat the offside trap to score. The hosts finding their 2nd goal through a 40 yard free-kick. Mathilda Fidler and Shianne Swarres scoring the goals to win Bedford the 3 points.

A first win of the season at last for St Ives Town Ladies. Last season’s Division One Champions getting off the mark with their first 3 points this Sunday away to fellow win less side AFC Dunstable Women. The performances have been there at times for St Ives just haven’t been converting into points. A brace each for Tierney Coulson and Georgia Stancombe with her first two goals of the season along with a first St Ives goal ERWFL goal for Anna Hicks securing a 5-1 win for St Ives Town. Lori Wilson-Phillips with the goal for Dunstable.

ERWFL Division One North

There Development side carrying on where their first team left the ERWFL making a winning start maximum points from their opening 3 league games a 10% record in league and cup so far. Cambridge City Ladies Development winning the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership along with a couple more bits of silverware making the trip along with their first team this Sunday to Norfolk to the coast to play Gorleston Ladies also newly promoted to the league. Bella Simmons putting the visitors into the lead on the half hour, Freya Standing scoring a 2nd late in the first half volleying in a Simmons cross to see Cambridge 2-0 to the good at half-time. Carla Penny adding a 3rd goal 10 minutes into the 2nd half going on to complete a hat-trick. Goals too for Jade Powell and Rebecca Langthorpe both opening their accounts for the season in a 7-0 to see Cambridge leading the table on goal difference over East Bergholt United Ladies.

 East Bergholt United Ladies themselves at home playing a Suffolk derby this Sunday up against AFC Sudbury Ladies. East Bergholt bouncing back from last weekends first league loss of the season against Cambridge City to win the game a single goal enough to win the match, ex-Sudbury player Megan Partridge with the goal her 4th in 2 matches since joining East Bergholt.

  The leading pair 6 points ahead of the rest. Some though only getting their league campaign started this weekend. Amongst the Newmarket Town Women, cup matches dominating early in the season at last in league action away to King’s Lynn Town Ladies this Sunday.King’s Lynn losing their opening league game 3-1 at home to Cambridge City Ladies Development. Antonia Smith’s 16th minute goal the difference at half-time seeing the visitors leading 1-0. King’s Lynn coming back to level the score 15 minutes into the 2nd half captain Becky Russell finding the back of the net. Newmarket retaking the lead with 2 quick fire goals inside the final 20 minutes, Annabel Cuthbert scoring then Katie Webb both bringing up their 5th goal of the season. King’s Lynn frustrated as they fought to get back into the game striking the woodwork 4 times throughout the game Tiffany Forshaw getting it back to 3-2 with 3 minutes left Newmarket holding onto their lead to win the 3 points.

Antonia Smith scoring Newmarket Town Women’s first league goal of the season (photo credit Gary Reed)

Also playing their first league game in the ERWFL Division One North this Sunday following promotion from the Suffolk Women’s Division were Needham Market Women hosting Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies who had lost their opening league fixture. Needham Market going ahead in the 28th minute new signing Gemma Moore crossing for Annie Northwood also newly arrived this season to score her 4th goal since joining. The lead lasting 10 minutes Histon coming back to level were in front with 3 minutes left to play in the 2nd half scoring from a corner. Leading 2-1 at half-time Histon went further ahead 7 minutes into the 2nd half. Needham Market with an opportunity for an immediate reply a penalty awarded as Northwood is fouled by the keeper. Captain Nicola Henderson to take the spot kick struck low to make it 3-2. Needham Market pushing on looking for the levelling goal came on the 70th minute Northwood with her 2nd of the game to see Needham Market win a point from their opening league figure.

ERWFL Division One South

There will be some adjustment to the league table in ERWFL Division One South following the withdrawal of Bishops Stortford Ladies that will affect leaders Stevenage FC Women Development. For now though they topped the table with a 100% as they travelled to play Millwall Lionesses this Sunday. An opening game league win for Millwall up against the leaders this Sunday. Stevenage having the better of the 1st period taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room at half-time with Sherrie Evans. Millwall improved in the 2nd half earning a point late in the game Shannan Drewe taking on players in the 90th minute to rifle the ball into the top corner to equalise.

  Hutton Ladies impressive start to the season continues as they extend their 100% winning start to 4 matches in league and cup were away to Wodson Park Ladies this Sunday. Vicky Kinsman prolific in front of goal for Hutton joining the club last season has taken that form into the new season 7 goals from her previous 3 matches hit 4 this weekend to move into double figures. Sally Appleton on the scoresheet too with a goal for the Essex side her fifth of the season with both Chloe Eastwell and Laura Knight celebrating their 3rd goal each in a comfortable 7-0 win despite having Kate Lowen sent off.

   A tough start to the season for both Lawford Ladies and Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. Both on 0 points Lawford losing their opening league game 9-1 at Hutton last weekend Hoddesdon losing their opening three. A chance to get points on the board as they faced each other this weekend at Lawford. Hoddesdon having the better of the first half to lead 3-1 at the break. Kristina O’Connell going on to score a hat-trick as Hoddesdon added a further 3 goals in the 2nd period to win 6-21 and collect their first 3 points of the season, Megan Davies, Laura Hasler and Hannah Knipe making her first appearance for Hoddesdon all scoring their 1st goals, Jessica Collison scoring for Lawford in the 1st half.