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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 03/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd November

ERWFL Premier Division

All change at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division once again this Sunday with Wroxham Women taking over the lead for the first time this season over Peterborough Northern Star Ladies who achieved the same feat last weekend. This weekend Peterborough Northern Star’s match away to Royston Town Women falling foul of the weather. 

  Wroxham Women 2nd in the table travelling down to play Essex side Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. A 3G playing surface. Bowers & Pitsea looking to arrest a poor run of league results after a fine run in the Women’s FA Cup was brought to an end last weekend. Wroxham looking for a 4th straight league win. An even start to the game Bowers & Pitsea coming close to opening the lead striking the woodwork with 2 efforts. Wroxham going 1-0 in the 34th minute, top scorer Grace Birchall receiving a crossfield ball from Naomi Cooper cutting inside to beat the keeper.  Cooper again setting up Birchall to score her 2nd of the game. Bowers & Pitsea pulling a goal back late in the first half Megan Harley shot firing its way in from 30 yards out. Wroxham restoring their 2 goal lead in stoppage time Birchall out pacing the defence through to score her hat-trick and make it 26 goals so far for the season. Bowers & Pitsea striking the woodwork for he 3rd time in the match in an attack that saw Wroxham goalkeeper Amy Bell forced off injured defender Grace Parker donning the gloves. Wroxham though finishing the match strongly a host of chances getting a 4th goal deep into stoppage time, a long range free-kick struck by Naomi Cooper finding the bottom corner her 1st goal of the season. Wroxham moving to the top of the table winning 4-1.

Previous leaders Harlow Town Ladies back in league action themselves this weekend after enjoying a run in the Women’s FA Cup, surrendering their lead in the Premier Division in that time were back at home this Sunday taking on St Ives Town Ladies in the league, Harlow unbeaten in the league dropping just 2 points. In fine goal scoring form too the Essex side taking the lead through top scorer Becky Shephard free at the near post to score off Chloe Bassett’s left wing cross. Shephard going on to score a hat-trick to put her on 13 for the season. Captain Kaydee King making it 2-0 to Harlow scoring with a looping header off a free-kick. Tayla Handscombe put away on the left smashing the ball in high on the angle from outside the box to put Harlow 4-0 up. A strong first half from the hosts Bassett played through on goal by Amy Nash on halfway to score their 6th. St Ives pulling a goal back before King headed home from another set-piece to make it 7-1. Beth Chambers and Hannah Porter also celebrating a goal each in a 9-1.

4th versus 5th saw Luton Town Ladies away to Colney Heath Ladies this Sunday both in good form recently incredibly tight in the top half of the Premier Division table. Luton starting well creating chances, Colney Heath goalkeeper Amy Butler with a vital save. The hosts coming back into it striker Rianne Townsend-Brown put through to play the ball over the advancing keeper her effort back off the bar on 21 minutes. Goalless at the break, Luton taking the lead early in the 2nd half Funmi Babalola stealing the ball off the defence running in on goal to score. Colney Heath getting back on level terms 10 minutes later Samaira Khan firing into the roof of the net to make it 1-1 with her 11th strike of the season. Colney Heath exerting late pressure in the game Luton standing firm Elly Wade saving on the line to ensure the points were shared.

The Premier Division leaders can’t afford to let their foot off the gas at all incredibly close in the table all the way down to 8th, Wymondham Town Ladies with several players out injured long term winning at home on Sunday to put them on 12 points are only 6 off top spot were taking on AFC Dunstable Women struggling for points at the bottom of the table as their new look squad is still settling. Wymondham bringing in several players to bolster thier squad over the close season have goal scorers within their ranks young midfielder Mollie O’Callaghan opening the scoring inside 15 minutes shooting into the top corner to make it 1-0. New signing Mia Etheridge involved in the build up to the goal involved again for the 2nd just a minute later setting up captain Hannah Waters to score. Freya Symonds another new arrival in the summer scoring to put Wymondham 3-0 up midway through the 1st half. A dominant opening half hour Waters with the assist to set up O’Callaghan on 31 minutes to make it 4-0. O’Callaghan scoring from 25 yards out at the end of the 1st half to complete her hat-trick and see Wymondham leading comfortably 5-0. Dunstable battling 2nd half preventing Wymondham from adding to their tally managing to get a goal back themselves with 15 minutes left to play Louise McCay the scorer.

Wymondham Town Ladies, Mollie O’Callaghan

A point ahead of Wymondham in 7th are Bedford Ladies, they picked up the 3 points with a comfortable win at home to bottom side Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. Amy Magnus getting her goals account for the season opened scoring a hat-trick. There was a brace each for Lauren Murray and Setor Acolatse with both Maya Sidhu and captain Priya Bhatti also on the scoresheet with a goal apiece in a 9-1 win.

ERWFL League Cup

Plenty of goals scored in the final round of group matches in the ERWFL League Cup this Sunday with the Division One sides battling for a place in the knock out stages of the competition the 4 group winners going on to join the Premier Division sides with the rest entering the Plate competition.

To one of these games Women’s Football East headed this Sunday, a landmark occasion personally with the last report written my 400th since I started scribbling on a notepad at games. Enjoyed every minute of it and plenty more to come.

  Onto the game headed to the Glassworld Stadium to watch Histon Ladies v Hutton Ladies in Group D, both with a win and a loss in their previous games, needed King’s Lynn Town Ladies to slip up away to Leigh Ramblers to have any chance of progressing. Hutton top of Division One South with a 100% record scoring plenty of goals, Histon coming into the game on a good run of results. Hutton getting off the the better start Histon not settling, the Essex side creating opportunities taking the lead inside the opening quarter hour Clare Edmonson scoring her first Hutton goal with a looping effort top of the area to beat the keeper on the line dropping under the bar. Despite their dominance Hutton leading by just a single goal at half-time Histon finishing the half well encouraged entering the 2nd half. 

Histon captain, Sophie Lanham clearing the ball

  Came very close to equalising Sophie Hopkins by line cross put in across pushed away by the keeper straight at substitute Rebekah Finch unable to get her foot up around the ball, Hutton broke to score up the other end the ball laid back to the top of the area for top scorer Vicky Kinsman to make it 2-0. Histon coming back to make it 2-1 straight away striker Poppy Kelly with a terrific shot across the keeper after shifting the ball well top of the area. Again Hutton came back to restore their 2 goal lead Kinsman captain Abigail Fry running clear taking the ball round the advancing keeper unselfishly setting up Kinsman to tap home into an empty net. Histon kept attacking Hutton comfortable to hit on the break adding a 4th through an unfortunate own goal with less than 10 minutes left Kinsman completing her hat-trick at the death to see the game won 5-1. The whole match report can be found further down the page. 

Hutton striker, Vicky Kinsman scoring a hat-trick

 In the end Hutton having to settle for 2nd place in Group D, there only loss of the season coming away to King’s Lynn Town Ladies in the competition a week ago the Norfolk side buoyed by that result travelled down to Essex to play newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies knowing a positive result would guarantee top spot. Tiffany Forshaw getting her 5th goal of the season and a 1st of the season for Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse securing a 2-0 victory for the visitors.

 Group A down to three sides following the sad withdrawal of Bishops Stortford Ladies from the league. Their opponents awarded the wins Stevenage FC Women Development not in action moving onto 6 points joining Newmarket Town Women who had beaten Bishops Stortford 13-0 before they pulled out another good result beating Stevenage 4-0 seeing them head into their final game at home to East Bergholt looking to make it a clean sweep in the group. East Bergholt with 3 points on the board could yet finish on 6 themselves and got off to a great start taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes extended the advantage on 30 minutes to lead 2-0 at half-time, Newmarket with a mountain to climb as East Bergholt struck again early in the 2nd half to lead 3-0, Megan Partridge with a brace along with a goal for Stacey Teager. Katie Webb setting up Annabel Cuthbert seeing Newmarket get it back to 3-1 on the 54th minute. Cuthbert battling her way through the East Bergholt defence to net her 2nd of the match midway through the half. Moments later the comeback was complete Chloe Slater with the strike to make it 3-3. Newmarket winning the League Plate in their debut season in the ERWFL winning the game in the final 3 minutes, Cuthbert scoring from the penalty spot to complete her hat-trick after Katie Webb was brought down inside the box. Newmarket winning Group A.

Group C yet to be decided Gorleston Ladies away match against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies falling foul to the weather. Needham Market Women topping the group with 2 wins from 2 likely to progress after their opponents Wodson Park Ladies couldn’t get a side.

  In Group B it was all going to come down to who could score the most goals with Cambridge City Ladies Development and Millwall Lionesses on 4 points drawing 4-4 when they mat in the competition after winning their opening matches. Cambridge City at home taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies this weekend. Suffering a surprise 2-1 loss to them in the league itself last time out looking to make amends this time around had top scorer Carla Penny back in the starting line up and she carried on where she left off finding the back of the net for 4 goals. Ellie Cullum on target for a brace along with a goal for Freya Standing securing a 7-0 victory.

Millwall Lionesses were at home taking on Lawford Ladies who were short of numbers on the day. Again the sides meeting in the league last weekend Millwall coming out on top winning comfortably 10-3. Emily Stanley opening the scoring off an Ellis Lunn cross after just 7 minutes. Shannan Drewe adding a 2nd goal in quick succession. Ellis Lunn scoring a 3rd Millwall goal with 20 minutes gone. Thalia Broadman making her Millwall debut scoring her first goal for the club on 22 minutes netting from a 25 yard strike. Captain Ruby Snowden putting Millwall 5-0 up. Drewe rounding the keeper making it 6-0 completing a 1st half hat-trick. Broadman with her 2nd of the game seeing Millwall dominant leading 8-0 at half-time. Hard work for Lawford, Millwall kept coming 2nd half adding more goals. Snowden seeing a shot in off the post in the 48th minute. Millie Connell striking from the edge of the 18 yard box to bring up double figures. Hannah Cheeseman recently signed scoring a quickfire brace. Broadman getting a hat-trick on debut to make it 13-0. Drewe going on to add a further 2 gals giving her 5 in total. Stanley netting a 2nd goal. Snowden the 3rd Millwall player to celebrate a hat-trick with Elissa Stonebrook opening her account late on to see Millwall win 18-0 to top Group B and progress to the knockout stages.

The Round-Up – Essex 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Essex Women’s Premier Division

A full fixture list in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday with the top 4 all picking up good results. Silver End United Ladies continuing their fantastic start to the season away to bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies this weekend. Unbeaten in 7 now at the start of the season dropping just 2 points Silver End recording their biggest win of the league campaign to date making a great start to the game Lindsey Cowell scoring inside the opening 5 minutes. A brace for Lauren Hannah along with a goal for Helen Alder seeing Silver End leading 4-1 at the break, Jo Smeaton with the goal for Beacon Hill Rovers. Alder going on to add a 2nd goal early in the 2nd period her 5th of the season. Rosi Webb with her 7th goal of the season making it 6-1 from the penalty spot midway through the half. Michelle Hodgson on target for her first goal of the season making it 7-1 with 10 minutes left the final score 8-1 to Silver End with Stephanie A’Len registering her first goal of the campaign in the final minute.

Collier Row Tigers remain hot on Silver End’s heels in 2nd spot a game in hand 3 points behind unbeaten themselves now from 6 played again dropping just 2 points so far. Away to Billericay Town Ladies Development this Sunday, Billericay finding some form recently winning 3 out of their last 4 in league and cup. Collier Row Tigers confident themselves scoring plenty of goals, particuarly Laura Bunton who races onto 21 goals for the season netting a brace at the weekend. A brace also for Roseanne Shafier who has 8 for Collier Row now. Mia Cooman celebrating a goal too for the visitors with Fran Pridie on target to score her first goal of the season in a 6-1 victory. Rebecca Gallagher with her 5th goal of the season scoring for Billericay.

A good result at home for Chelmsford City Ladies at the weekend at home taking on Frontiers Ladies. 3rd in the Premier Division, Chelmsford bouncing back well after a couple of frustrating results in the league that has seen them lose ground on the leaders. All the goals coming in the first half Chelmsford getting themselves into a 3 goal lead keeping a clean sheet up the other end to win their 4th league match of the season, Shannon Kelly, Georgia James and Mia Brisley with the goals, all on 3 for the season.

Shannon Kelly celebrating scoring for Chelmsford City Ladies (photo credit Ian Kendle)

Completing a quartet of wins for the top four sides in the Essex Premier Division are Southend United Ladies. Although they left it late to clinch victory on Sunday at home to newly promoted Rayleigh Town Ladies. Southend coming into the game on the back of 3 straight wins in league and cup. New signing Cristina Fragnito firing Southend into the lead with her first goal for the club. Rayleigh coming back to equalise before half-time Holly Gash scoring her 6th goal of the season. That the score heading into the closing minutes of the match Lauren Johnson on her first appearance for Southend scoring the winning goal in the final minute to make it 4 wins from 4 for club in October.

Essex Women’s Division One

A fantastic October too for newcomers Tigers Ladies coming into the month with their first league point under their belts, have gone on to win back to back league games to move up the Division One table. Now up to 4th as they win for a 3rd successive game ending Aveley Ladies 100% winning start in the process. A close game Aveley hosting Amara Drummond and Bethany Murray getting a goal apiece. Alexandra Collins scoring a first half brace for Tigers Ladies taking her to 5 for the season. Ellie Wallace on target to score her 8th goal of the season in the 82nd minute seeing Tigers Ladies win the match 3-2.

  One other match played in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday, Hutton Ladies Reserves winning their first 3 points of the season at home taking on Chigwell Ladies. Scoring 3 goals without reply to move above Chigwell and Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development into 6th place in the table.

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 20/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 20th October

ERWFL Premier Division

Continues to be very tight on the ERWFL Premier Division, now a 4 way tie at the top on 13 points, with everyone else bunched up behind, all the way down to 10th place St Ives Town Ladies who lay 6 points behind the leading pack. Harlow Town Ladies despite not being in action holding onto top spot on goal difference, Colney Heath Ladies in County Cup action this weekend retaining 2nd spot, joining the pair on 13 points at the top of the table are Luton Town Ladies & Peterborough Northern Star Ladies.  

Luton Town Ladies back up into 3rd place were back in league action for the 1st time in 3 weeks having lost for the first time this season away to current leaders Harlow Town Ladies. At home this Sunday were taking on bottom side Haringey Borough Women. Luton taking the lead inside the opening 2 minutes Funmi Babalola scoring her 4th goal of the season. Haringey holding Luton at bay for another half hour before the hosts doubled their lead Zara Carroll’s shot finding the top corner. Jess McKay making it 3-0 with her 7th goal of the season late in the first period. A 4th goal coming early in the 2nd half Erica Bryon scoring her first goal of the season on 47 minutes would go on to score a hat-trick with two quick fire goals on the hour. a 6-0 the goals flowed then for Luton on top adding a further 5 to win the game 11-0. Babalola going on to complete her hat-trick, Carroll adding a further goal along with a brace for Rebecca Kane.

Katie Steward

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies away to AFC Dunstable Women at the weekend like Haringey with just the one point on the board. Peterborough Northern Star undefeated since a narrow loss on the opening day gunning for a 3rd straight win. A brace each for Leah Cudone taking her to 6 goals for the season and last seasons top scorer Katie Steward seeing Peterborough Northern Star head home with the 3 points to put them level amongst the leading pack on 4th spot.

Leah Cudone

7 points earned from their last 4 league games Bedford Ladies climb up to 7th spot in the ERWFL Premier Division onto 10 points level with 6th placed Royston Town Women albeit having played 3 games more and just 3 points from the leading quartet. Bounced back from last weekend defeat away to Wymondham Town Ladies to win the 3 points at home to Bowers & Pitsea Ladies who find themselves slipping down the table after making an encouraging start to the season. Bowers & Pitsea making a great start taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes new signing Yasmin Cowley striking for her first goal for the club. Bedford coming back to quickly equalise the initial shot well saved Carissa Kaczorowski there on the follow up to send the ball over the line to make it 1-1. The sides level at half-time Bedford would go on to find the winning goal midway through the 2nd half. Maya Sidhu in plenty of space on the left a through ball finding her taking the ball on to slot into the bottom corner to put Bedford into the lead.

ERWFL Division One North

Cambridge City Ladies Development making a fantastic start to the season following promotion to the ERWFL playing in Division One North 4 wins from for so far, were defending their 100% start at home to Newmarket Town Women this Sunday the visitors with a 100% win record themselves albeit having played just the one league match so far. Newmarket starting well taking the lead on the 17th minute, winning a corner Chloe Slater to put the ball in, Beth Woodfield heading on across goal, Jodie Woodfield nodding in from close range to make it 1-0. Striker Annabel Cuthbert making it 2-0 with her 8th goal of the season. A chance to go 3 up from the penalty spot missed by Cuthbert towards the end of the first period hitting the bar. Cambridge’s defence working hard to keep Newmarket at bay needed a better 2nd half performance. The hosts awarded a penalty on the hour dispatched by Carla Penny to put her joint top scorer on 9 with Bella Simmons making it 2-1. Cambridge pressing for another goal forcing a good save from Newmarket keeper Elli-Rai Quinn Nicholls. The hosts given a 2nd penalty with 20 minutes to go Penny successful from the spot levelling the scores to see Cambridge & Newmarket share the points losing their 100% starts stay undefeated.

Far from the start to the season that King’s Lynn Town Ladies were looking for losing their opening two league matches in ERWFL Division One North postponements halting their season for the past two weekends were finally back in action this Sunday the Norfolk side travelling down into Suffolk to play newly promoted East Bergholt United Ladies who have made a promising start to the season playing at a higher level winning 3 of their opening 4 league games currently 2nd in the table. King’s Lynn beginning the match well dominating early on getting into the lead midway through the first half, striker Tiffany Forshaw firing home her 4th goal of the season. The lead doubled on the stroke of half-time captain Becky Russell driving a shot in, King’s Lynn 2-0 up at half-time. East Bergholt came out battling in the 2nd half looking to get back into the match eventually pulling a goal back in the final quarter hour Katie Bruce on target with her first goal of the season. King’s Lynn holding out to claim their first league points of the season.

Histon Ladies with just a point on the board after 3 played in Division One North were looking for their first league win of the season this Sunday at home taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies. A chance to take an early lead as the hosts were awarded a penalty in the opening couple of minutes. Alison Wright to take scoring off the rebound to make it 1-0. Sydney Graham on target to score her first goal for Histon in the 36th minute seeing them into a 2-0 lead at the break. Histon creating further chances in the 2nd period Graham hitting the bar and Sophie Hopkin seeing a shot pushed onto the post Sudbury pulled it back to 2-1 in the 81st minute with scoring her first goal of the season to set up a nervous finish Histon though celebrating the win at the final whistle.

Histon Ladies, Sydney Graham (photo credit Gary Reed)

ERWFL League Cup

One game from the group stage of the ERWFL League Cup played this Sunday postponed from last weekend, in Group C Gorleston Ladies hosting Needham Market Women. Both new to the league. Jason Croft stepping down as Gorleston’s manager this week, oversaw the clubs rise through the leagues gaining two promotions. Player/coach Sophie Gillett stepping up to become manager as the club look to build within the ERWFL. Needham market keen to to make their mark in the ERWFL. A close game scrappy on occasions Gorleston working hard with Needham Market creating opportunities early on the visitors taking the lead in the 11th minute with captain Nicola Henderson’s cross sot finding it’s way over the line. Gorleston proving hard to break down Needham Market without creating too much to trouble Needham market at the other end the hosts having one ruled out for offside, Henderson’s early goal proving the difference.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

ERWFL Premier Division

 Was once again another great weekend for Colney Heath Ladies in the ERWFL Premier Division, once again they were the only top 6 side in action in the league on Sunday and took full advantage with back to back wins to climb up into 2nd in the table level on points with leaders Harlow Town Ladies. Away this Sunday were playing newly promoted Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. Colney Heath rattling the post in the opening minutes with captain Sheree Oliver striking from 18 yards out. The visitors lacklustre for a spell after came to life again on the half hour another warning shot with Charlene Moreton seeing a shot cannon off the bar. The opening goal scored with 7 minutes left of the first half Samaira Khan with the cutback for Oliver to tap home. A corner won a minute later the ball in controlled by full back Eustacia Randles inside rifling the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 and see her celebrate her first goal of the season. 

   Opportunities for Bowers & Pitsea trailing 2-0 at the break were soon trailing by 3 Colney Heath scoring again 4 minutes into the restart, Samaira Khan proving to be a potent goal threat since joining from AFC Dunstable scoring her 8th goal of the season. Goalkeeper Amy Butler saving to deny Bowers & Pitsea a goal the visitors awarded a penalty on the hour a clinical finish from Lucy Hancock t make it 4-0. Khan wrapping up a 5-0 win scoring her 2nd of the match with 15 minutes left.

    A run of frustrating results for Wymondham Town Ladies was brought to an end at home this Sunday was they recorded their 2nd league win playing Bedford Ladies. The Norfolk side taking the lead in the 23rd minute Hannah Waters lobbing the keeper to score her 8th goal of the season. Chelsea Clarke involved in the build-up to that goal had the assist to see Waters double the lead just 3 minutes later. Bedford catching Wymondham in possession Carissa Kaczorowski capitalising to pull it back to 2-1 before half-time. That how the scores remained leading up to the final 15 minutes of the game Mollie O’Callaghan sending a shot across the keeper to give Wymondham a 2 goal lead. Wymondham adding a 4th goal with 10 minutes left to win 4-1 O’Callaghan seeing her corner headed against the Bedford crossbar by one of their own defenders Freya Symonds pouncing on the rebound to score.

St Ives Town Ladies are beginning to find their feet and confidence playing at this level for the first time have now collected 7 points from their last 3 games after losing their opening 4 league games since winning promotion as Division One champions last season. Away to struggling Haringey Borough Women this weekend came home with all 3 points in the bag. Attackers Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson both getting on the scoresheet with a goal each along with captain Hannah Seymour-Shove scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-1 win. 

ERWFL League Cup

The 2nd Round of group games from this season’s new look ERWFL Cup played this weekend the 16 (now 15) Division One sides North & South divided up into 4 groups of 4 playing each other once with the group winners progressing to the knockout stages. 7 matches scheduled the weather playing it’s part unfortunately seeing the games between Gorleston , & Needham Market & King’s Lynn & Hutton postponed. AFC Sudbury awarded an away win over Lawford Ladies left 4 to be played. 

 In group A, Newmarket Town Women were hosting Stevenage FC Women Development both starting with a win. Newmarket’s win however against the now withdrawn Bishops Stortford and not sure that result win count. Nevertheless playing Stevenage in good form in Division One South, Newmarket picked up another great result winning the match 4-0. Young striker Annabel Cuthbert scoring a brace in the game has 7 goals now from 5 played. Katie Webb not far behind with a goal in the game to take her to 6 goals from 5 played. Lauren Deller also on the scoresheet with her 3rd goal of the season.

A 100% winning start to the season in both league and cup for Cambridge City Ladies Development topping Division One North were away to Millwall Lionesses unbeaten in 3rd in Division One South this Sunday also winning their opening League Cup group match. Meeting in group B. An early goal for the hosts Ellis Lunn chasing the ball down forcing an error from the keeper to tap home into the empty net beyond. Cambridge getting it back all square midway through the 1st half Ellie Cullum seeing her initial shot come back of the keeper slotting the ball in to make it 1-1. Lunn from close range restoring Millwall’s lead, Cambridge hitting back with an instant reply Bella Simmons pouncing as the hosts failed to deal with a long ball. 2-2 at the break. Millwall taking the lead again on the hour Cansu Mentash getting onto the end of a corner to find the back of the net. The clock closing down to the final 10 minutes Millwall extended their lead Shannan Drewe striking to find the bottom corner from outside the box. Again Cambridge came back with an instant reply Simmons with her 2nd of the game to make it 4-3. The visitors rescuing a point in the final minute of the game Rachel Pearce scoring the goal to see it finish 4-4.

All very tight in Group C with 3 sides all on 3 points now. Wodson Park Ladies losing their opening group game against Gorleston away to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this Sunday. Hoddesdon losing to Needham Market in their opening group match was a vital victory in the competition for Wodson Park as they collect the 3 points courtesy of a 4-0 win.

Was also a vital win in the competition for Histon Ladies on Sunday away to Essex side Leigh Ramblers Ladies both losing their opening group D games to King’s Town Ladies & Hutton Ladies respectfully that game called off a chance for one or the other to join the pair on 3 points. Goals from Siobhan White and Poppy Kelly on her debut seeing Histon leading 2-0 at half-time. Leigh Ramblers battling back 2nd half to level the scores with Rebecca Dalgarno and Georgia Holdaway on target with a goal a piece. Kelly scoring an 89th minute winner for Histon was unfortunate to see a penalty saved in injury time to deny her a hat-trick.

 

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.

Match Report – Peterborough Northern Star Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies

Sunday 8th September

ERWFL Premier Division

  A return trip to Peterborough this Sunday to watch my first game of the season from the ERWFL Premier League with Peterborough Northern Star Ladies hosting early leaders Colney Heath Ladies. 

  The standard within the league improving year on year is highly competitive at this level and rarely disappoints in entertainment. Several sides have recruited well over the summer and could will be intriguing to find out who winds up on top. Both of today’s opponents enjoy a good relationship and support from within the wider club. 

  Peterborough Northern Star Ladies moving across to join the ERWFL (Eastern Region Women’s Football League) last season having previously been with the East Midlands regional set-up. A strong outfit pushing towards the top of the league they were among the front runners early on before injuries and lack of numbers took their toll towards the end of the season. A need to recruit and strengthen the first team, they have brought in several new additions with the likes of Kayla Dortch, Kimberly Fairweather, Gabrielle Smith, Eleanor Spendelow and Leah Cudone coming in. The first team backed up by a Reserves side playing in a 13 strong Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this season. A last gaps goal seeing them lose 3-2 at home to Luton Town Ladies on the opening day. Bounced back with a 3-0 win away to newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies last time out.

  Colney Heath Ladies have made a fantastic start to the season winning their opening two league games scoring 17 goals in the process to top the ERWFL Premier Division one of 3 sides still with a 100% record. A great performance in the Preliminary Round of the Women’s FA Cup last Sunday saw them win 3-1 away to fellow Premier Division side Bedford Ladies. Now entering their 3rd season playing at this level have consolidated well and will be looking to push on. A terrific start last season however they fell away badly losing their manager. Paul Gleeson coming in thing’s began to pick up towards the end of last season, have recruited over the summer too with the likes of Jordan Goddard, Rachel Spendlow, goalkeeper Amy Butler and Samaira Khan joining. 

  The Branch Bros Stadium, Peterborough Northern Star Ladies home ground to the northern end of the city easy to get to. Two large grass area with pitches either side of the main pitch overlooked by the bar and clubhouse on entry. A burger van open to serve hot food and drinks. The pitch with a thick covering of grass two small seated stands available either side of the dugouts. A pleasant day a few dark clouds around but no rain forecast keeping the temperature down, the sun bright when it does poke through.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies starting XI – Sarah Hudson (C), Evie Driscoll-King, Samantha Davies, Kayla Dortch, Bronwyn Mulheron, Chanade Henderson, Gabrielle Smith, Leah Cudone, Katie Steward & Emma Pollard. Subs – Frances Peeling, Alexa Hunter, Kimberly Fairweather, Eleanor Spendelow & Georgia Coulson.

Colney Heath Ladies starting XI – Lucy Hancock, Samantha May, Catalina Costas, Annie Hickey, Kelly Glynn, Christina Freestone, Sheree Oliver (C), Samiara Khan, Adi Milton, Charlene Moreton & Rianne Townsend-Brown. Subs – Mel Godino & Rachel Sherlow.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  Four of the 12 sides in the ERWFL Premier Division play in a black and white strip, Royston, St Ives Town and today’s opponents. Peterborough with home advantage wearing black and white vertical striped shirts, with black shorts and black and white hooped socks lining up as Colney Heath wearing an all blue away kit prepare to kick-off the match. Pressure from the hosts straight away forcing Colney Heath back towards their own box Katie Steward in to pinch the ball central sees it run on in behind Emma Pollard giving chase moving away from goal the angle against her as she gets her foot around the ball her attempt wide of the near post.

Emma Pollard looking to head the ball on for Peterborough

   Peterborough starting brightly Steward in possession on the right controls well before turning inside to fire a cross in along the six yard box no one attacking it central, goalkeeper Lucy Hancock able to gather at the far post. Christina Freestone on the ball central plays it out wide left for Samaira Khan, 5 goals for the winger since joining the club looks to take the ball on tackled by Peterborough’s Evie Driscoll-King the ball out for a throw. Taken quickly inside the Peterborough half attacker Charlene Moreton coming towards the ball heading it on over the top for Rianne Townsend-Brown she sends it wide to her right with Adi Milton looking to get inside her fullback, strong running into the box, goalkeeper and captain Sarah Hudson out well to close her down makes the blocking save at her feet. 

  Driscoll-King putting in a good tackle to deny Khan again on the wing sends a great all up the right for Steward to chase, gathering the ball takes it on before wrapping her foot around the ball to launch a cross into the area, Hancock up well to claim it. Both sides looking to turn the play around quickly Milton almost succeeds in playing Townsend-Brown through central with a well flighted diagonal pass, the striker halted however by a raised flag. 

Kayla Dortch

 Khan stays onside from a free-kick won on the left played forwards the winger squaring a pacey ball along the top of the area finds its way through to Milton far side meets it first time with the outside of her boot the shot in angling away from goal. Peterborough mount a quick attack of their own from front to back the ball through the middle almost has Steward in top of the area but Hancock out well just about does enough to thwart her as her defence recovers to clear the ball. 

Catalina Costas holding of Peterborough’s Katie Steward

  Chanade Henderson getting hold of the ball in the middle for Peterborough plays a great ball forwards for Steward to attack in behind shoulder to shoulder with full back Catalina Costas the Colney Heath defender doing well to get a toe to the ball before Steward to send it wide of goal, then a controversial decision by the referee in the visitors opinion as goalkeeper Hancock goes out towards the ball is warned not to pick it up but does, Colney Heath complaining it wasn’t a back pass an indirect free-kick awarded against them wide of goal near the edge of the six yard box. A crowded penalty area the intention to smash it across the face of goal the Colney Heath defence charge it down and clear successfully.

Peterborough Northern Star’s Chanade Henderson

  An entertaining opening to the match both sides lively, Colney Heath with the slower start coming into it more as captain Sheree Oliver plays the ball forwards to Milton on the right possession retained, a cross lifted into the box, Khan central rising a tall player, can only get a glancing header the ball over at the far post. A delay in play then as a dogs mess is discovered on the pitch, happens at this level now an again. The task of clearing it up usually the home side managers (although I doubt Emma Hayes had this dilemma at Stamford Bridge this afternoon) Dean Steward managing Peterborough armed with a plastic bag clearing up the offending item and play can resume. 

  The free-kick scheduled to take place nearby as Driscoll-King plays a fantastic ball into the box, Hancock in amongst bodies on the penalty spot with a good punch getting it away. Hancock reacting sharply again moments later as a defensive error puts Leah Cudone in behind on the left of attack into the box the goalkeeper rushing out to gather top of the area. Peterborough upping the tempo attacking with more urgency in the last five minutes get control of the ball inside their opponents half Gabrielle Smith showing fantastic close ball control threading a pass forwards for Cudone playing in in to attack the box central Hancock coming to close her down Cudone looks to place her shot wide of the advancing keeper, not enough however as Hancock throws out and arm to stop the ball. 

  Hancock quick to set up the counter attack the ball up to Milton a threat on the right plays the ball on for Townsend-Brown in behind, the defence caught static, Hudson comes out towards her top of the area right of the D, Townsend-Brown sending the ball past her as the pair collide, Kayla Dortch back by then on hand can clear the ball if needed by can see it safely behind only just mind. Neither side on top, both looking like they will find the opening goal Peterborough regain possession central Smith finding her pass again to see fullback Samantha May outnumbered left side of the area as Cudone and Pollard burst forwards the shot fired in across goal into the bottom corner, the goal though doesn’t stand the flag raised against the pair. 

Rianne Townsend-Brown looking to get in behind the Peterborough defence

  Costas has picked up an injury for Colney Heath the full back struggling can’t continue bringing the first change of the match with Rachel Spendlow joining at right back. Peterborough have a corner on the right the delivery short as Cudone spots makes a run towards the ball turning to shoot from 20 yards out her strike over the bar. A mix-up at the back inside the six yard box from the Colney Heath defence sees Cudone latch onto the ball attempting to turn right side to get a shot away the blocking tackle sees the ball cleared falling to Peterborough’s Faith Horner she shoots 25 yards out the ball safely handled straight into Hancock’s midriff.

   Colney Heath attack right Milton winning her side a corner kick the delivery in central headed clear Cudone bringing it away left play a quality pass on for Steward breaking forwards right channel, Sherlow back with her lunging in to make the tackle top of the area to take the ball away from the attacker. 

  GOAL! Half an hour played and the deadlock is broken, Peterborough on the attack right side, Driscoll-King having made some good runs forwards previously allowed to go on bringing the ball inside from the top of the area hits it hard sending the ball angling in across the face of goal, finds its way past everyone to nestle into the back of the net 1-0. 

Evie Driscoll-King with the opening goal of the game

   A few robust tackles have been a feature of the first half, Freestone upended by Smith in the middle sees the Peterborough player warned. Peterborough enjoying the lions share of the attacking play now, Dortch’s defence clearance turning into a great ball forwards Steward after it looks to lay it off inside for Pollard to shoot, Annie Hickey reading it for Colney Heath the defender in to nick the ball and attempt to set up a counter attack, on to Freestone to Milton away on the right squares a cross in ear side Townsend-Brown going for it so too Dortch the defender sliding in to win the challenge inside the box. 

 Flowing football from Peterborough Henderson with Horner out to Steward right side a brilliant pass long in behind on the diagonal to pick out Cudone nipping into the box left, her first touch taking the ball out from her feet giving Hancock a chance to dive for it, grabbing it into her body Cudone hurdling over her. 

  GOAL! Out of nothing Colney Heath are back on level terms late in the first half. Milton who has carried a threat all through the first half doing well to win a corner on the right players forwards as Charlene Moreton goes across to take it, a fantastic inswinging delivery high, Hudson up for it near post misses the ball past her finds the underside of the ball to nestle into the back of the net 1-1.

Charlene Moreton scores direct from a corner to level the scores for Colney Heath

 The full back have swapped sides for Colney Heath, May over at left back now called into action to make a vital tackle inside the box as the ball is played on through the middle to send Steward away in attack the full back on her shoulder pushing her wide of goal lunging to make the tackle before Steward can unleash a shot. 

Katie Steward attacking for Peterborough Samantha May across to defend for Colney Heath

  GOAL! The game turned completely on its head then as moments after levelling the scores they break to score and take the lead. The ball left side lifted forwards a miscued defensive clearance seeing the ball fall in behind with Milton quickest on the right side latching onto it taking on the shot early from 25 yards out well struck Hudson with little chance as it flies over her into the back of the net 1-2.

  Finding themselves trailing with just a minute of the first half left Peterborough get on the attack good combination play between Driscoll-King and Steward on the right the cross played into the box Pollard right of the D, her effort blocked by Hickey. Peterborough closing the ball down with intensity with the half-time whistle imminent. 

 GOAL! Winning the ball inside the Colney Heath half their defence pushed up Dortch to Mulheron who plays a great ball forwards for Cudone to gather on the left the striker head down with one intent to get inside and take on the shot lets fly from the top of the area the ball angling in over the keeper into the top corner 2-2. The half-time whistle blows.

Leah Cudone scoring a superb equaliser to make it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time

Half-time Peterborough Northern Star Ladies 2-2 Colney Heath Ladies

 An entertaining first half of football, plenty of action, played at a good pace, chances created, a splash of controversy into the mix. Peterborough started well and created opportunities. Colney Heath coming back into the game Both sides making use of their wide players, Peterborough taking a deserved lead, Colney Heath with a fortunate levelling goal but no doubt about their 2nd a quality strike from Milton, Peterborough responding well to level the scores before the break Cudone with a superb strike to make it 2-2. Beautifully poised for the 2nd half.  

The sun starting to poke through more towards the end of the first half now bright and facing the goal Peterborough are defending 2nd half as they get the game restarted. Both sides making a change at half-time Kimberly Fairweather on in place of Smith for Peterborough, Melissa Godino replaced Khan in the wing for Colney Heath. Cudone out on the right attacking sends a driven shot in towards the near post the ball held by Hancock closing the angle. 

  Oliver bringing the ball forwards for Colney Heath up the right into Milton she cuts infield before firing a cross in towards the top of the area met by Moreton her 1st time effort rising towards goal sails over the crossbar. Mulheron picking up the first yellow card of the game for an ungainly tackle on Milton looking to get on 20 yards out on the right. Freestone over the set-piece floated into the area, claimed well by Hudson. A lively start to the 2nd half both sides closing down the ball.

Christina Freestone winning the ball in midfield for Colney Heath

  Townsend-Brown caught just offside as Colney Heath play the ball on through the middle. Peterborough a little sloppy with their passes in the middle, Oliver getting hold of it up for Moreton, Mulheron in to win the ball back. Hancock is having an assured performance in goal for Colney Heath takes a confident catch high above her head as Cudone lifts a cross in from the right. 

Sheree Oliver playing the ball forwards

  A 2nd change for Peterborough with Georgia Coulson coming on for Davies. Peterborough get a corner on the right the delivery in towards the near side punched back to the taker by Hancock, crossed back in dropping in the six yard box, players attacking it none can get a clean strike on the ball, Hickey wining it with a no nonsense clearance. Steward out on the right bursts in behind Hancock coming to meet her one on one Steward jinks left the right attempting to deceive the keeper before trying to shoot across her, Hancock saving once more. 

Peterborough enjoying more of the attack more Colney Heath happy to sit ready to hit on the counter. Oliver bringing it out on for Townsend-Brown, Milton the outlet ready to go on the right, Coulson intercepting the pass for Peterborough. Hancock continues to thwart the Peterborough attack again Cudone clever is through into the box looking to take the ball around the keeper, Hancock down to pinch the ball. Pollard lines up a strike from 20 yards her attempt drilled wide. Fairweather comes off for Peterborough on comes Alexa Hunter. Milton off for Colney Heath, Khan returning with Godino moving to the right. 

Bronwyn Mulheron

  Henderson allowed to travel with the ball 20 yards out goes to pull the trigger Hickey running out to close her down making the block. Into the final 20 minutes the game remains there for the taking. Pollard carries the attack on the right for Peterborough, May holding her up, Cudone joining in support the pair win a corner. The ball in cleared by Hickey, her header falling to Steward 25 yards out does connect with the shot lacks the pace to trouble Hancock. 

Kelly Glynn holding off Leah Cudone

  Colney Heath’s defence the busier a determination amongst them not to concede, Glynn clearing as Hunter almost feds Pollard into the box making a run left channel. Pollard’s last actin of the game as she comes off now to be replaced by Eleanor Spendelow. Cudone looking the most likely to score as she makes another purposeful run on the right her shot fired in low Hancock down to save the ball loose however in front of her Peterborough slow to follow-up as Colney Heath scramble it away. Cudone taking the ball on to the byline right side lifting a cross in central evading Hancock this time, Spendlow jumping in the middle can’t keep her header down. 

Samaira Khan tracking Frances Horner as she brings the ball on for Peterborough

  Mulheron sending a fine pass forwards for Steward breaking right of the D takes aim the ball on target can only pick out Hancock back on her line, The game entering the final five minutes, Colney Heath working hard in defence keen to remain unbeaten allow Peterborough to come on. Coulson playing the ball on for Hunter to release Henderson central, Hickey stepping out of the back line to defend for Colney Heath. Another change for Colney Heath, Coulson departing… Frances Peeling on. 

  Peterborough winning a couple of free-kicks on the right late on Cudone on the first, Hancock claiming. The 2nd taken by Steward with Horner coming for it, Hickey dealing with the threat for the visitors. Moments left Peterborough attacking late on Henderson off a throw left crossing along the top of the area Hunter touching it into the path of the advancing Driscoll-King smashes a ball in towards goal deflected central Spendlow central wrong footed adjusts well to get her head on it turn it back towards goal Hancock across at her left post to save.

Full time Peterborough Northern Star Ladies 2-2 Colney Heath Ladies

  The points shared in an entertaining game, all action from start to finish. No more goals added 2nd half but not for want of trying from Peterborough pushed hard in the 2nd half Colney Heath putting in a solid defensive display thwarting them. Little in attack from the visitors in the 2nd 45 did invite pressure but maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a few players out. 

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match 

  Onto this Sunday’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match award not an easy one once again a few contenders certainly. Adi Milton carrying a threat on the right for Colney Heath especially first half scoring a fantastic goal. Lucy Hancock with a confident display in goal reading the game well. For Peterborough, Evie Driscoll-King with good defensive work at full back getting forwards well to linking with Katie Steward. Edging it though Leah Cudone attacking for Peterborough brings a wealth of experience to the side making forceful and clever runs on and off the ball creating chances and always looking to score. Took her goal beautifully. 

An enjoyable trip to Peterborough, the ERWFL Premier Division producing yet another entertaining game full of excitement. Competitive from the 1st minute. My thanks to both sides for their help with the teams always appreciated. 5 games into the season already can’t believe it.

 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 25/08/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 25th August

ERWFL Premier Division

The 2nd round of league fixtures to begin the ERWFL Premier Division this hot Bank Holiday Sunday, and for the 2nd weekend running we saw an eye watering scoreline. A 15-1 win for Colney Heath Ladies last time around against AFC Dunstable Women, Harlow Town Ladies went one better at home this Sunday with a comprehensive 16-1 result over fellow Essex side Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. Newly promoted to the Premier Division, Bowers & Pitsea had started the season with a 3-2 win over fellow promoted side St Ives Town Ladies. Started well at Harlow opening the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes Sophie Dowman capitalising on a defensive error to put the visitors 1-0 up. Harlow came back to level 10 minutes later, 2 quick goals seeing them extend their lead Harlow added another 4 before half-time as Bowers & Pitsea struggled with the hot conditions. 

Harlow were to go on and rattle in another 9 goals in the 2nd half but despite the heavy scoreline were full of praise for Bowers & Pitsea’s spirit and endeavour. Harlow have made some strong additions over the summer and two of those opened there accounts with a hat-trick each, Georgia Box and Becky Shephard, Amy Nash also newly joined also getting her first goal for Harlow. Olivia Steele was also amongst the goals with a hat-trick. Tayla Handscombe and captain Kaydee King both netting a brace, their was also a goal each for Frances Gamble and last weekends scorer Bethany Chambers. Harlow up to fourth in the Premier Division table behind 3 sides still with 100% records.

Becky Shephard one of Harlow Town Ladies one of 3 players celebrating a hat-trick on Sunday (picture credit Gary Reed)

Colney Heath Ladies remain top thanks to their big win last Sunday were on the road this Sunday taking on Haringey Borough Women. A 9-0 opening day loss for the hosts on the opening day looked like they might hold Colney Heath to a goalless first half, Adrienne Milton played in to score late on to give the visitors the lead. Colney Heath with a threadbare squad doubled their lead early in the 2nd half with Samaira Khan newly joined from Dunstable on the end of a cross supplied by Milton to make it 2-0 adding another goal to the hat-trick secured on the opening day. Colney Heath keeping a clean sheet up the other end making it 2 wins from 2 to start the season.

Dionne Manning scoring a late winner away to Peterborough Northern Star Ladies on the opening day saw Luton Town Ladies with 3-2. This Sunday played their first home game of the season taking on Royston Town Women who had started the season with a 9-0 win at home to Haringey Borough Women. Looked to be heading for a goalless first period too Luton having created chances taking the lead in the 45th minute, Rebecca Wilson-Kane sending the ball into the bottom corner. The lead doubled with 12 minutes of the 2nd half gone a corner won Erica Byron sending the ball into the box Rachel Carter up highest to meet it and send a bullet header into the back of the net. 2-0 it remained heading into the final minute of the game Luton winning a penalty, Manning stepping up to score a confident finish adding a goal to her opening day hat-trick. Luton into 2nd courtesy of a 3-0 win.

A 3-0 home win too for Wroxham Women as they climb into 3rd with a 100% start beating Norfolk rivals Wymondham Town Ladies on Sunday at Trafford Park. Grace Birchall top scoring for Wroxham (Acle as they were last season) with 33 goals, opened her account this season to put the hosts into the lead at half-time. On 65 minutes Wroxham got themselves into a 2-0 lead Birchall scoring her 2nd of the game heading in from a grace Parker free-kick, two minutes later from a corner Kate Pasque got her head to the ball to add a 3rd for the hosts and help secure a 3-0 victory.

Losing out to a last gasp winner at home on the opening day Peterborough Northern Star Ladies were away this Sunday travelling to Westwood Road to play newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies. Leah Cudone adding quality to an already capable attack getting her account for the season open to put Peterborough into an early lead cutting in from the left to send a shot home. Katie Steward double the advantage in the 17th minute as she scored direct from a corner. St Ives came close to pulling a goal back midway through the first half Sarah Hudson making a fantastic diving save to keep the ball out. Leading 2-0 at half-time St Ives continued to battle looking for a reply didn’t come as Peterborough made the points secure with 10 minutes left, Emma Pollards looping ball from outside the area adding to the 2 she scored on the opening day.

A heavy defeat to start their ERWFL Premier Division campaign last Sunday, AFC Dunstable Women were on the road once again this Sunday albeit not far as they faced local rivals Bedford Ladies who themselves suffered a narrow 2-1 loss at home to Wroxham on the opening day. Priya Bhatti with the Bedford goal then, she added another to her tally against Dunstable with 4 more opening their accounts for the hosts with Setor Acolatse, Jasmine Ajayi, Charlotte Demmon and Mathilda Fidler all on the scoresheet in a 5-1 win. Sydney Webb finding the back of the net for Dunstable.