Sunday 17th November
Essex Women’s County Cup
Plenty of cup action to be had across Essex this weekend too with the Women’s County Cup reaching the 3rd Round stage 8 sides vying for a quarter final spot where the 4 top ranked side in the county enter the competition. Saved the Essex Round-Up till last as the draw for the quarter finals was being made live on BBC Essex radio this evening. That to follow first the action… or lack of it for Billericay Town Ladies Development and Hutton Ladies as their match was sadly postponed will try again this coming Sunday.
Three 3rd Round ties were played, AFC Basildon Women’s Development side were away taking on Essex Women’s Premier Division side Silver End United Ladies. Katie Whitehead putting Basildon 1-0 inside the opening 15 minutes, A deflected shot from Francesca Anunwa doubling the advantage 5 minutes later. Silver End getting it back to 2-1 with a penalty. Basildon 2-1 up at the break. Georgia Hyland with a 30 yard strike making it 3-1 to Basildon early in the 2nd half the 2 goal lead held to see them advance through to the quarter finals.
Leigh Ramblers Ladies newly promoted to the ERWFL were at home in the 3rd Round of the County Cup hosting Premier Division side Southend United Ladies. Leigh Ramblers with several players unavailable with one on the bench forced into an early substitution got themselves into a 2-0 lead. Southend playing well despite trailing creating opportunities but it was Leigh Ramblers who took theirs getting a further 2 to go 4-0 up. Southend continuing to battle pulling a goal back through Christina Fragnito on the volley. Kate Wiseman scoring also to bring it back to 4-2, Leigh Ramblers having enough to see them safely through to the quarter finals.
An all Premier Division tie saw new leaders Collier Row Tigers at home playing Chelmsford City Ladies in the 3rd Round of the County Cup on Sunday. A strong performance from Collier Row, Laura Bunton prolific in front of goal once again on target to score 5 goals to take her tally to 28 for the season. Roseanne Shafier moving into double figure for the season too netting a brace. Emily Dempsey also getting a goal in an 8-1 win. This despite ending with 10 players Emma Best sent off collecting 2 yellow cards.
Match action from Collier Row Tigers v Chelmsford City (photo credit Ian Kendle)
The draw for the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s County Cup made a short while ago is as follows:-
Collier Row Tigers v Billericay Town Ladies Development or Hutton Ladies
AFC Basildon Women Development v AFC Basildon Women
Harlow Town Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies v Leigh Ramblers Ladies
Essex Women’s Trophy
This Sunday also saw the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy played, those sides knocked out of the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the County Cup going on to contest the Trophy 12 in all 4 receiving a bye straight to the quarter finals 4 games in the 1st Round.
Lawford Ladies reached the final of the Trophy last season, have had a tough start to the season in ERWFL Division One were drawn at home to play Rayleigh Town Ladies newly promoted to the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Lawford showing signs of turning things around last weekend winning this weekend 4-1 to progress in the Trophy.
Hutton Ladies Reserves causing an upset in the Trophy knocking out higher league opposition to make it into the quarter finals the Division One side hosting Premier Division side Frontiers Ladies at the weekend. A first goal of the season for Patricia Mcweeney along with a brace for Chloe Eastwell seeing Hutton clinch a narrow 3-2 victory.
Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies without a point bottom of the Premier Division were hosting Division One side Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves in the 1st Round of the Trophy on Sunday. Leigh Ramblers getting a good draw against league leaders Corringham Cosmos last time out scoring twice. Beacon Hill Rovers with a much welcome win to progress, goals from Bethany Morrell and a brace for Emma Sach sealing a close 3-2 win both getting their first goals of the season.
Chigwell Ladies from Division One hosting Billericay Town Ladies Reserves in the Trophy 1st Round at the weekend, the visitors playing in the FAWNL Reserves league through to the quarter finals with a comfortable 9-0 win. Leigha Bradding-Butler scoring a hat-trick, there was also a brace for Amelie Johnson along with a goal each for Freya Fuller, Hannah Humm, Rosie Richards and Robyn Moody.
The draw for the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy already made the 4 ties to be played in the New Year Sunday 19th January kicking off at 1:30pm:-
Lawford Ladies v Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development
Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves v Hutton Ladies Reserves
Holland Ladies v Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies
Aveley Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies Reserves
Essex Women’s Division One
Two league games played this weekend both in Essex Women’s Division One. League leaders Corringham Cosmos Women further extending their grip at the top of the table now some 8 points clear of the rest winning away to 3rd placed Runwell Sports Ladies on Sunday. Top scorer Michelle Sumpter with a first half brace to move onto 14 for the season. Two goals for Runwell Sports with Anna Winfield and Marie Barker scoring, Corringham with a further 3 goals in the 2nd period to win the game 5-2, Rebecca and Sophie Corcoran with a goal apiece with Rachel Fleming scoring in between.
A run of 3 straight defeats for 2nd placed Aveley Ladies seeing them fall away from the top after an impressive start. Brought that run to an end on Sunday at home as they clinched a point at home to Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development, the sides drawing 1-1 after a goalless first half. Amara Drummond with the Aveley goal, Lily Wilding on the scoresheet for Bowers & Pitsea.