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The Round-Up – Essex 25/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 25th November

Essex Women’s Premier Division

 Two games in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday feature the top 3 sides. Two young sides going head to head, with Leigh Ramblers Ladies topping the table hosting 3rd placed Harlow Town Ladies Development the sole unbeaten side in the league. An tight contest it was Leigh Ramblers who emerged with the win and 3 points at the final whistle edging out Harlow 3 goals to 2 and see the visitors lose their unbeaten record after 9 games played. A brace for Hannah Smith for Harlow. Amy Jacobs also claiming a brace to for Leigh Ramblers, Chloe Gilligan the other goal scorer for Leigh Ramblers her first goal of the season.

   It was Leigh Ramblers who brought an end to Frontiers Ladies 100% winning start two weeks ago. Were back in action this Sunday at home taking on Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies, and bounced back with a 3-1 victory. Kay Foy finding the back of the net for two goals, with Dempsey Favell also on the scoresheet with her 12th of the season. Jo Smeaton more often than not amongst the goals for Beacon Hill Rovers scoring on Sunday to move onto 13 for the season.

Essex Women’s County Cup

    One tie left to be played in the Essex Women’s County Cup 3rd Round this Sunday the winners knowing they face a tough away trip to FAWNL South East Division One side, Billericay Town Ladies. Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies were hosting Premier Division side Hullbridge Sports Ladies. Hullbridge struggling for numbers at the start of the season up against a side full of goals at the moment and Rayleigh continued that good form in the County Cup. Captain Isabelle Wallings taking her tally for the season to an incredible 30 goals as she scored a double hat-trick in the match. Holly Gash with a hat-trick, Eleasha Reeves getting a brace and a goal for Megan Harley all have double figures for the season now. Millie Arnold, Amy Cox-Smith and Jo Cooper also on the scoresheet with a goal each in a 15-1 win. Megan Marney scoring the goal for 10 player Hullbridge.

Essex Women’s Trophy

 One tie played in the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy this Sunday with Premier Division sides, Southend United Ladies & Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves meeting in the competition. Southend at home winning comfortably to progress, Ria Toovey and Lauren Johnson both scoring two goals each. There were goals to for Emily Pert, Melissa Burton, Ellie Wood and Lily Halliday in an 8-0 result.

Essex Women’s Division One

   Billericay Town Ladies Reserves took advantage of Division One leaders, Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies not being in action last Sunday to win themselves and go top of the table on goal difference. With Dagenham & Redbridge not playing again this Sunday a win for Billericay would see them go 3 points clear at the top. A trip to bottom side Belhus Ladies, 3 players all scored a hat-trick as Billericay recorded a double figure win. Nicola Carty, Sophie Vale and top scorers Lisa Robins on 15 now all with 3 goals each, Darcie Salmons the other goalscorer. Danni Jennings with the goal for Belhus.

   Hutton Ladies Reserves are up from 5th to 3rd spot in the Division One table with a good result away to FC Clacton Ladies on Sunday. A narrow lead for the visitors at half-time Hutton 2-1 up, Laura Allen scoring a hat-trick making her first start of the season with Demi Gimbert on the scoresheet for the 1st time this season as Hutton ran out 4-1 winners in the 2nd half.

   Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves recorded just their 2nd league win of the season on Sunday as they took on Island Ladies at home in the league. Charlotte Stelmaszyk scoring twice for Chelmsford her first goals of the season. Also celebrating their first goals of the season were Alex Greenshields, Freya Barnard and Daniella Cross. Tish Cleary also getting a goal as Chelmsford won the game 6-1. Sarah McDonnell scoring the goal for Island.

    An away win too for Chigwell Ladies on Sunday in Division One as they travelled to play Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves. Just Chigwell’s 3rd win of the season. Both Jessica MacNab and Caitlin Hynes were on target with a goal each, Marie Gamage with her first goals of the season, celebrating a hat-trick as Chigwell won the game 5-1 to earn the 3 points. Elisha Reade scoring the goal for Leigh Ramblers.

The Round-Up – Essex 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

Essex Women’s County Cup

The Essex Women’s County Cup reaching the 3rd Round stage this Sunday, there was however one 2nd Round tie to be settled with Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves from the Premier Division hosting, Rayleigh Town Ladies from Division One. Rayleigh scoring plenty of goals this season getting the better of their higher league opponents to set up a home tie in the 3rd Round next Sunday with Hullbridge Sports Ladies. Top scorers and captain Isabelle Wallings adding another 2 goals to her tally. Megan Harley getting a goal takes her to 11 for the season whilst Millie Arnold struck for the first time this season as Rayleigh won the match 4-0.

Onto the 3rd Round itself a place in the quarter finals of the competition up for grabs. Premier Division leaders Leigh Ramblers Ladies were at home taking on fellow league side, Chelmsford City Ladies. The league leaders in a great run of form 7 straight wins continued that form into the County Cup, their young side emerging the winners with a 5-0 result to book their place in the quarter finals.

  Another young side doing well in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this season are Harlow Town Ladies Development unbeaten in the league were at home to Division One side, FC Clacton Ladies in the 3rd Round of the County Cup this Sunday. A strong performance from Harlow Town’s Development side playing at the Harlow Arena as they reach the last 8 of the County Cup courtesy of a 17-0 win.

   Also in the 3rd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup it was Hutton v Hutton as the clubs were drawn to face one another in the competition the first team playing in ERWFL Division One hosts taking on the young guns of their Reserves. The Reserves making the 1st team work for the win, Vicky Kinsman is in fine form in front of goal for Hutton this season and she was on target for another two goals in the County Cup to see the 1st team through to the quarter finals. The draw for those to be make Wednesday evening. 

Essex Women’s Trophy

One of two ties played on the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy this Sunday with 6 other sides receiving a bye through to the quarter finals of the competition. Premier Division side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies at home to Division One side, Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. A good result for the home side reaching double figures with 3 players all opening their accounts for the season, Demi Cassie finding the back of the net for 4 goals. Amber Long also netting a brace for Beacon Hill, Xanthe Davis getting on the scoresheet, Jo Smeaton with two goals one from the penalty spot, as the hosts ran out 10-0 winners to progress.

Essex Women’s Division One

One fixture played in the league itself this Sunday in Division One, Billericay Town Ladies Reserves away to Leigh Ramblers ladies Reserves. Goals from Rachel Armstrong-Morris, Emilia Dingwall and Karen Stephanou along with 1st goals of the season for Gemma Curtis an Nicola Carty securing a 5-0 win for Billericay their 8th of the season putting them back to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies.

Cup Final Report – Hutton Ladies v Silver End United Ladies

Essex Women’s Trophy Final

Sunday 8th April

 Saffron Walden Town FC the venue for today’s football action on Women’s Football East, another Cup Final this season’s Essex Women’s Trophy Final to be contested between Hutton Ladies and Silver End United Ladies. 

  A new format for the competition this season with the sides knocked out of the earlier rounds off the County Cup going on to contest for the Trophy. Today’s final between two sides that play there football in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League (ERWFL) Division One. The pair haven’t met in league action as geography see’s Silver End United Ladies play in the North section with Hutton Ladies in the South.

  For a 2nd successive season Hutton Ladies reach a cup final, having reached the ERWFL Plate Final last season beating Colney Heath Ladies to life the trophy. Reaching the Essex Women’s Trophy Final this time around are still in with a good chance of defending the ERWFL Plate too having reached the last four, that semi-final scheduled for next weekend at home to Histon Ladies. Struggled for numbers at the beginning of the season which eventually led to their Reserve side folding earlier in the season. Currently 4th in the league are like many sides in the region, have several games left to play following one of the wettest winters in recent season’s aswell as their run in the cups.

 Silver End United Ladies are one of the few sides who have played out there fixtures ending their league campaign last weekend today’s final is their last match competitive match of the season. Have had a difficult campaign in the league finishing bottom of the league having struggled for numbers and injuries at the start of the season. Danielle Warnes taking on the role of player-manager at the start of the season. Rebuilding and recruitment during the season recent form has improved and to reach the final of a competition at the end of their season is a fantastic achievement.

Road to the Final

  Both sides entering the Trophy in the first round were both up against young sides riding high in their 1st season’s in women’s football amongst the title chasers in Essex Women’s Division One. Hutton Ladies were away to Leigh Ramblers Ladies coming out on top in a close match winning 3-2 to reach the quarter finals. Silver End United Ladies were at home to Southend United Ladies a 2-0 victory seeing them into the last 8.

   Hutton Ladies were away in the quarter finals taking on Essex Women’s Premier Division side Collier Row Tigers a 2-1 win seeing them book their place in the last 4. Silver End United Ladies were handed an away win against Hutton Ladies Reserves side who have since folded. Hutton Ladies had a home draw in the semi-finals up against Essex Women’s Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies another new name this season. A free scoring side, Hutton proved to strong the higher league placed side comfortably into the final with a 6-1 win. A closer looking game in paper for Silver End United Ladies in the semi-finals at home to the current holders of the play Essex Premier Division side, Frontiers Ladies. Silver End United Ladies started the better and leading 2-0 at half-time held off a Frontiers come back in the 2nd half to win the match 2-1 the reach the Trophy final.

  The venue for today’s game Saffron Walden Town FC a small stadium in the heart of the town, car parking available beside the ground. two small seated stands either side of the pitch. A large bar and clubhouse with rejoining kitchen serving hot food and drinks. Sadly the weather wasn’t playing ball this Sunday as again like so many others recently the day was overcast with heavy rain falling before the game. It rained all the way down from Norfolk so I wouldn’t have been surprised if the game was in doubt when I got there, but despite being muddy the pitch drains well and was okay for the final. 

Today’s prize, The Essex Women’s Trophy

Hutton Ladies starting XI – Krissie Glover, Nicola Walker, Kristi McLeavey, Hannah Page (C), Rianne Dimmock, Kaitlin Sugg, Amy Crumpler, Keeley Walker, Lucy Critchell, Kate Lowen & Laura Allen. Subs – Rhiannon Mallard-McHugh, Lucy Blurton, Hayley Critchell & Patrizia Leo.

Silver End United Ladies starting XI – Hannah Streetley, Emily Bambrick, Roxanne Gardner (C), Lindsey Cowell, Danielle Warnes, Danielle Bragg, Stephanie A’Len, Juliana Marques, Rebecca Donnelly, Megan Jiggins & Georgia Bryan. Subs – Laura Borein, Toni Brown, Jennifer Stanhope, Lisa Nepean & Angela Holden.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  The rain still falling as the teams walk out onto the pitch the presentations taking place it’s Silver End wearing light blue shirts with navy shorts and socks to kick-off the 1st half with Hutton lined up opposite in an all red kit with white across their shirt shoulders.Conditions are going to be slippery under foot with the amount of rain that has fallen the ground having already seen one final played today. Hutton win the ball early play it long out to Lucy Critchell breaking down the left wing, Silver End captain Roxanne Gardner at right back sliding in to make the challenge put the ball out for a throw.

Kaitlin Sugg holds Silver End, Danielle Bragg off the ball

   Kristi McLeavey winning the ball for Hutton looks to play Kate Lowen in ahead of her on the right taking the ball on down the line slips as she attempts to turn inside giving Emily Bambrick the opportunity to tackle and put the ball out for a throw deep on the right. McLeavey throws it long towards the edge of the Silver End area, Lindsey Cowell getting her head on the ball to clear for Silver End, they counter attack getting the ball up to their attackers, Megan Jiggins bringing the ball down passes it to Georgia Bryan to her left looking for the return pass put into her path as she looks to get in between the Hutton centre backs, Hannah Page, Hutton’s captain intercepts the pass. 

Hutton captain, Hannah Page with Silver End United Ladies, Megan Jiggins

   A free kick awarded wide on the right for Silver End a chance to put the ball into the area  a good delivery into the six yard box Hutton goalkeeper Krissie Glover does well under with a Silver End player closing her down to punch the ball away, the play halted the challenge deemed unfair against the goalkeeper, Glover takes the free-kick. McLeavey with another long throw in deep inside the Hutton half in the right the ball knocked on across the top of the area Lowen knocks it over the top with Laura Allen breaking in behind, the ball dropping wide of goal before she can get a telling touch. 

  Hutton have started the game the better pushing players forwards turning play around quickly no one is afforded any time on the ball the pass forwards Allen giving chase Danielle Warnes sliding in to win the ball. Silver End attack up the right Juliana Marques with the ball squared inside players clustering round the top of the area Jiggins with the strike in towards goal, Glover right behind it makes the comfortable save. 

  Silver End capitalise as a kick out of the area from Glover is intercepted on the right side the ball moved quickly into the middle Jiggins turning and sliding the ball on for Rebecca Donnelly 25 yards out the goal open hits the ball 1st time Glover scrambling to get back across arrives just in time to see the ball bounce wide of the post. A busy opening quarter hour play rushed as both sides move the ball on quickly, Silver End are on the attack, the ball won back by Keeley Walker in her own half the midfielder carries the ball forwards Allen making a good run ahead of her peeling away to the right receives the ball shooting from just outside the area her shot angling in towards goal is straight at Hannah Streetley the goalkeeper making the save. Gardner defends well up against Allen in the next Hutton attack as Walker looks to set her up moving left this time.

Plenty of mud out there

   Silver End break forwards players drifting into the middle, Donnelly is in space on the left the ball played forwards she gives chase towards the box, Glover comes rushing out to meet her sliding in to save at the attackers feet, the ball not gathered runs on behind Glover, Donnelly keeping her feet tries to get there McLeavey back on the cover shielding the ball as Glover gets back to smother the ball. Kaitlin Sugg with good hold up play moving towards the right for Hutton get the ball forwards for Allen running in behind, a cry of frustration as she sends her cross behind the Silver End goal.

Hutton Ladies, Rianne Dimmock

Up the other end Rianne Dimmock comes across from the middle of defence to put the ball out for a throw as Donnelly is looking to get in behind for Silver End on the left. Warns puts in the block as Lowen and Allen attempt the one two getting forwards down the right channel for Hutton. Streetley with a good save to deny Allen as Hutton push on down the left the diagonal ball missed by the Silver End defence running onto Allen clear into the box pulls the trigger looking to put the shot back across the keeper Streetley getting a glove on the ball to deflect it away.

Hutton Ladies, Kate Lowen

  Hutton look lively breaking forwards through the middle Walker on for Lowen takes a run at the Silver End defence, Bambrick blocking her shot the rebound coming out to Amy Crumpler she attempts the slide the through ball on for Allen, a little too much on the ball Streetley can get out of her goal to gather at the top of her area. 

GOAL! Approaching the half hour mark the dead lock is broken as Hutton score the opening goal of the final, pressing forwards through the middle Sugg on the ball riding a tackle from Jiggins as appeals are made for the free-kick Sugg finds herself with time and space on the ball 35 yards out takes on the shot her lobbed effort flying over Streetley to land in the back of the net 1-0. 

Hutton Ladies’ Kaitlin Sugg

Crumpler bringing the ball on through the middle after breaking up at Silver End attack looks to exploit a high defensive line a defensive slip seeing Allen run in behind the flag up against Hutton as Lowen is caught offside. Both sides make a change, Toni Brown coming on for Bambrick for Silver End, Hayley Critchell on for Lucy Critchell for Hutton. Stephanie A’Len bringing the ball on for Silver End through the middle support to her right with Marques the ball dinked over the top of the Hutton defence deflected wide brings the 1st corner of the match. Played in from the right a good delivery an equally good claim from Glover jumping at her near post. 

A’Len getting on with the ball at her feet again through the middle has Donnelly breaking clear on the left wing taking the ball on up the line squares a cross in towards the near post Jiggins closing in as Glover goes down to save the ball put wide looks to come off the keeper but a goal kick is awarded. Into the closing minutes of the 1st half a throw deep on the right for Silver End the ball played into the area Bryan holding in the ball up right of the goal attempts to lay it back for the advancing runner, Hutton defend the ball deflected wide across the six yard box Jiggins retrieves left side swings a low cross back into the six yard box, Glover down low lays claim to the ball. 

  Last attack of the half as Hutton break the ball rolled on for Lowen to take on jinking left then right takes on the Silver End defence moving right gets a shot away from inside the box, Streetley is a tall goalkeeper plucks the ball down safely at her near post.

Half-time Hutton Ladies 1-0 Silver End United Ladies

  That 1st half passed very quickly the ball wasn’t still for a second both sides eager to get forwards, play broken up in midfield space is available if the pass can find the runner. Both goalkeepers producing saves. A single goal the difference between the sides a narrow advantage for Hutton a well taken goal by Sugg to put them ahead. Silver End far from out of the game plenty to look forwards to in the 2nd half.

Tackle avoidance, Hutton’s Amy Crumpler evades Megan Jiggins slide in the mud

A change for both sides at half-time. Both in attack, Patrizia Leo is on for Hutton in place of Lowen. Angela Holden is on for Silver End in place of Bryan. Hutton to get the 2nd half underway. Silver End win the ball and counter the pass long out to Donnelly on the left wins a corner kick. Players forwards as the delivery comes in from the left knocked on across the face of goal falls to Holden from close range her shot is blocked deflected behind for a corner on the right. A good ball in low across the top of the six yard box, no one challenging Glover as she drops forwards onto the ball. 

Silver End United Ladies captain, Roxanne Gardner

  Bragg with a excellent tackle to get hold of the ball for Silver End in the centre on for A’Len she runs with the ball before looking to slide Jiggins in on goal Sugg tracking back is able to shield the ball back to her goalkeeper. A free-kick on halfway for Hutton players up to the top of the area as Crumpler plays it forwards the headed clearance coming back to her as she advances takes a shot fro distance her effort blocked Sugg trying to get on the end of the rebound Silver End launch the ball up field. 

  Crumpler plays the ball on for Critchell getting clear on the left closing in on the byline sends a low cross in towards the six yard box Streetley gets to it first. A’Len with the ball on for Jiggins she is tackled by Walker, the game becoming a little stretched, Silver End knowing they are not out of it sense they can pull the scores level Hutton know they need another goal. Critchell sees another cross in from the left race across the Silver End six yard box. Walker does enough to stop A’Len as the Silver End midfielder looks to press on with the ball. The ball not cleared the diagonal ball is fired in towards the far post Marques closing in, Glover gets out ahead of her to take the ball. 

Silver End United Ladies, Stephanie A’Len

 Leo on the attack right side fires and early ball into the area a difficult ball for Streetley to deal with gets a glancing touch on the ball in the middle of her six yard box to knock the ball on to the left side Critchell after it regains possession hitting a shot in on the turn, Streetley has her near post covered by then is well placed to make the save. Silver End launch a rapid counter the ball on through the middle Bragg on for Jiggins on the move takes on the early shot outside the area Glover behind it all the way safely gathers. 

Straight up the other end the ball played out to Critchell on the left side knocks the ball inside 25 yards out sends a shot in towards goal the rising ball heading for the top corner Streetley makes the save knocking the ball down and away for the corner. The corner delivered low in towards the near post is cleared. Silver End make another change Marques the player coming off on comes Jennifer Stanhope. Silver End are pushing fro the equaliser with 20 minutes of the game left Leo attacking with the ball right side turns in field is tackled by Brown on the edge of the box. Hutton make another change the Critchell’s switching places once again Lucy back on for Hayley. 

 GOAL! Crumpler has the ball at her feet running towards the Silver End goal his fouled by Bragg in a dangerous position 25 yards out central to goal. It’s Crumpler to take the set-piece strikes it superbly the ball curled over the wall finding the top right hand corner of the goal to double Hutton’s lead with less than a quarter of an hour to play 2-0. 

Hutton Ladies, Amy Crumpler

Crumpler involved in the build up once more as Hutton push on taking the ball on through the middle lays the pass out to Leo on the right her early diagonal ball low into the box evades Streetley the ball heading for the goal beyond the Silver End defence back tracking the ball is cleared off the line by Warnes. A throw high on the left for Hutton into Critchell plays the pass from the top of the area 25 yards out on for Allen she takes the ball on shapes too shoot her standing foot going out from under her as she doe so the ball running wide of the far post as a result. A free-kick for Silver End as Gardner is fouled inside her own half almost all go forwards towards the Hutton penalty area. Hutton make a change Crumpler coming off, Lucy Blurton comes on.

 GOAL! Closing in on the final 5 minutes of the match and Silver End set up a tense finish to the final as they pull a goal back. The ball played up towards the top left corner of the area Hutton don’t get it clear as Silver End pressure the ball the cross is fired into the middle of the area, A’Len meeting it sends the ball past the keeper into the back of the goal to make it 2-1.

  Jiggins plays the ball on for Donnelly looking to come inside to attack the box from the left Dimmock gets there first to clear the ball over her own crossbar for the corner. Allen finds space on the left as the ball is won in midfield by Walker. Shoots from 25 yards out her low ball in gathered by Streetley. Silver End make another substitution Bragg the player coming off, Lisa Nepean on. Nicola Walker gets forwards on the left in support of Allen the attacker getting the ball into her the full back squares a cross into the area intercepted by Warnes. Allen chases the ball into the corner eating up valuable seconds.

Silver Ends, Jennifer Stanhope tackles Hutton’s Nicola Walker

  Silver End bring off Gardner late on sending Laura Borein on a straight swap at right back. Donnelly sends a shot over the Hutton cross bar after the referee plays the advantage as she runs onto the ball after Jiggins is fouled in the middle. The last chance of the match as the final whistle blows and Hutton Ladies celebrate winning the Essex Women’s Trophy.

Full time Hutton Ladies 2-1 Silver End United Ladies

  Despite the horrible conditions an entertaining final played at a furious pace both sides never finding any time on the ball. Hutton leading 1-0 at half time were in need of a 2nd goal as Silver End pushed for a reply in the 2nd half, Amy Crumpler’s superb free-kick doubling the advantage. Silver End never gave up though and pulling it back to 2-1 made Hutton work for the result. 

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

   Sometimes it can be an easy decision… but more often then not it’s a tough one picked a Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. A committed battle in the centre of the park play broken up by both sides, plenty of good forwards movement too. One player slightly ahead of the rest and consistent throughout was Hutton’s Amy Crumpler and add on to that her excellent free-kick the make it 2-0 she wins today’s Player of the Match award. 

Essex Women’s Trophy winners 17/18, Hutton Ladies

Congratulations to Hutton Ladies on winning this season’s Essex Women’s Trophy Final.

 To Silver End United Ladies congratulations too, a cup final to end a difficult season for the club.

  Plenty more games left to squeeze in before the end of the season and possibly some dry ones too. Enjoyed the final despite the weather my thanks to the Essex FA and both the clubs for their assistance today. 

The Round-Up – Essex 18/02/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th February

Essex Women’s County Cup

 Semi-finals this Sunday in Essex in both the Women’s County Cup and Trophy competitions. In the County Cup holders C&K Basildon Ladies are as strong as they have ever been leading the FAWPL Southern Division a bye in the quarter finals they began the defence of the County Cup at the semi-final stage at home to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies playing 3 league below in the ERWFL Division One South. A big test for Little Thurrock Dynamos an occasion to be enjoyed nevertheless.

Captain Zoe Rushen scoring in the 10th minute to give Basildon the lead, the hosts created further chances didn’t add to their tally a 1-0 advantage at half-time. Therese Addison scoring early in the 2nd half doubled Basildon’s lead before Jay Blackie went on to score a hat-trick. A strong finish to the match seeing Addison and Rushen both score another each with April Bowers also getting on the scoresheet. 9-0 the final score with Blackie adding her 4th of the day in the closing stages.

   C&K Basildon’s opponents in this season’s Essex County Cup final will be Brentwood Town Ladies after they over came fellow ERWFL Premier Division side, Writtle Ladies on penalties after the sides drew 2-2 after extra-time. 1-1 in the regulation 90 minutes a close game all the way, Writtle taking the lead in extra-time Brentwood Town scoring late on to level it up at 2-2 and take the game into penalties. Marie Barker and Jessica Mills with their goals. Goalkeeper Kelly Warner making to saves in the shootout as Brentwood won 4-2 to reach the final of the competition.

  The Essex Women’s County Cup Final to be played at Aveley FC on Thursday March 29th with a 7:45pm kick-off hopefully Women’s Football East will be there.

Essex Women’s Trophy


2 goals for Silver End United Ladies, Megan Jiggins

The semi-finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy were also played this Sunday a new look to the competition this season and it was to one of these where I travelled, Conker Park to watch Silver End United Ladies from the ERWFL Division One North take on the Current holders of the Trophy, Frontier Ladies winning the competition in their 1st season. Just a place between them in the women’s football pyramid it looked to be a close game on paper. Silver End started the better of the 2 sides winning a series of corners before Frontiers got into the game themselves. The score 0-0 until late in the 1st half Silver End capitalised on a error from the Frontiers goalkeeper Rebecca Tyson slipping as she went to strike the ball, Megan Jiggins putting the ball into the empty net from outside the area. Late into the 1st half Silver End doubled their lead, Jiggins again getting in front of the keeper from a corner to turn the ball home to make it 2-0.

 Frontiers pushed hard for a goal in the 2nd half eventually getting it back to 2-1 as striker Sharon Ferguson cleverly lobbed goalkeeper Hannah Streetley from distance. Streetley though produced an excellent save to deny Ferguson the equaliser from a corner inside her six yard box. Silver End going on to win the match 2-1 an book their spot in the final.

  Silver End United Ladies will meet Hutton Ladies in the Essex Women’s Trophy final after the ERWFL Division One South side beat Essex Women’s Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies 6-1 at home to book their final berth on Sunday. Hayley Critchell netting a brace for Hutton along with a goal each for Lucy Blurton, Amy Crumpler, Patrizia Leo and Kaitlin Sugg in a 6-1 win. Megan Harley with the goal for Rayleigh Town.

  The Essex Women’s Trophy Final is scheduled to be played Sunday 8th April a 3pm kick-off at Saffron Walden Town FC.

Essex Women’s Premier Division 

 3 league games played in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday. 3rd placed Lawford Ladies closing the gap on the top two, Frontiers Ladies and Hatfield Peverel Ladies with a 5-1 away win against Chelmsford City Ladies. Daisy Canny scoring another hat-trick to take her onto 21 for the season. There was also a goal for Jasmine Cox and Tyler Christou against her former club also scored a goal. Georgia Sleep with the goal for Chelmsford City.

   Chigwell Ladies 2nd bottom in the table earned a point at home to Eastern Avenue on Sunday in the Premier Division. The hosts leading 1-0 at half time Eastern Avenue coming into the game 2nd half despite a shortage of players to draw 2-2 with goals from Katie Peers and Teliscia Linton. Victoria Parker and Kimmilee Day from the penalty spot scoring the goals for Chigwell. 

 9th versus 8th in the other Premier Division match played this Sunday with Runwell Sports Ladies hosting Beacon Hill Rovers the scores tied at 1-1 at the break, Rachel Selfe on target for Runwell Sports. Mia Claydon scoring for Beacon Hill Rovers her 1st goal for the club. The game won 10 minutes from time the 3 points going to the hosts as Sophie Olley found the back of the net to score the winner for Runwell Sports who move to within a point of Beacon Hill Rovers.

Essex Women’s Division One

Two matches played in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday, Southend United Ladies move into 2nd spot in the table level on points with leaders Hullbridge Sports Ladies as they won away to Benfleet Villa Ladies. Georgia Raby netting a brace for the visitors, with Melissa Burton also getting a goal in a 3-0 win all the goals coming in the 2nd half.

   FC Clacton Ladies were at home on Sunday taking on bottom side Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. A comfortable win for Clacton collecting the 3 points with an 8-2 result lifting them up a place to 9th in the Division One table. Monique Black and Kelsey Honeywood scoring the goals for Chelmsford City.


Match Report – Silver End United Ladies v Frontiers Ladies

Sunday 18th February

 A trip to Essex today to watch a game from the Essex Women’s Trophy. At the semi-finals stage as Silver End United Ladies host Frontiers Ladies the current holders looking to defend the trophy.

   A new look for the Essex Women’s Trophy this season run by the Essex FA with the sides knocked out of the early rounds in the County Cup going on to contest the Trophy. 

  Silver End United Ladies play their football in the ERWFL Northern Division a tough season league wise struggling for form and numbers plus injuries earlier on in the season sit bottom of the table. Recent results have improved with progression in the Essex Women’s Trophy seeing the side with an opportunity to reach a final and challenge for silverware.

  Frontiers Ladies are into their 2nd season since being formed in 2016 the Harlow based side winning the Essex Women’s Division One title at the 1st attempt going unbeaten dropping just 2 points along the way. A double last season too as they won the Essex Women’s Trophy in its old format. Have started this season strongly too laying 2nd in the Essex Women’s Premier Division still yet to be beaten in the league games in hand on leaders Hatfield Peverel Ladies.

   In terms of the women’s football pyramid there is just one place between the sides going into today’s semi-final clash. Both sides entering the Trophy in the 1st Round, Silver End United Ladies were at home to Essex Women’s Division One side Southend United Ladies progressing into the quarter finals with a 2-0 win. Drawn away to Hutton Ladies Reserves they were awarded an away win against the Premier Division side. Frontiers Ladies began their Trophy defence away from home to fellow Essex Premier Division side Harlow Town Ladies Reserves, a 3-1 win taking them into the quarter finals where they faced another Premier Division side at home this time to Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies again the result 3-1 to see Frontiers progress.

  The venue for today’s semi-final Conker Park the home ground of Silver End United FC part of a larger sporting centre right in the heart of Silver End itself adjoining pitches hosting a number of youth sides aswell as the senior mens and women’s sides. Hot and cold refreshments available. The pitch for today’s match well used nice and wide, alot of rain recently it was sticky underfoot. A dry day however the sun was even out a few clouds around but no rain forecast. 

Silver End United Ladies starting XI – Hannah Streetley, Emily Bambrick, Danielle Warnes, Lindsey Cowell, Roxanne Gardner (C), Stephanie A’Len, Danielle Bragg, Rebecca Donnelly, Juliana Marques, Megan Jiggins & Angela Holden. Subs- Toni Brown, Laura Borein, Jennifer Stanhope & Georgia Bryan.

Frontiers Ladies starting XI – Rebecca Tyson, Adele Hughes, Jackie Day, Shelley Anglin-Liiv, Kelly Holsworth (C), Anna Freeman, Jill Bartholomew, Ann Anstey, Freya Anglin-Liiv, Sharon Ferguson & Kay Foy. Subs – Vikki Silvester, Poppy Bennett, Loren Delamere, Emma Best & Hayley King.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

It’s Silver End to kick-off the 1st half, wearing light blue shirts with navy blue shorts and socks with Frontiers lined up opposite wearing pink shirts and socks with black shorts. The Essex FA appointing 3 officials for the game. An early free-kick awarded to Silver End inside their own half the ball played up towards the top of the area, attacker Megan Jiggins getting her head on the ball knocks it on into the area taking a deflection off a Frontiers defender on the way a corner signalled. Silver End’s captain, Roxanne Gardner to take from the right a good delivery into the top of the area looking for Lindsey Cowell the central defender up from the back can’t quite bring the ball under control as it squirms past her across to the right Emily Bambrick running onto the ball 20 yards out goes for goal flies over the crossbar a touch from a Frontiers player sees another corner signalled. Frontiers defend the ball at the near post.

A bright start from the home sides Silver End push their attacking players forwards Juliana Marques released into space on the right gets down the line with the ball wins Silver End another corner kick, Gardner’s delivery whipped in across the face of goal turned goalwards at close range bodies around her goalkeeper Rebecca Tyson gets something on it the ball kept out as Silver End hands go up in appeal for handball, play continues the ball cleared out of the area a shot comes back in low and fast, Tyson with a good save diving to her right. 

Silver End United Ladies, Juliana Marques

The corner count is mounting for Silver End right side again the ball fired in towards the top of the area is met by a Silver End head the ball driven wide of the near post. Frontiers struggling to get any forwards momentum in the early stages Silver End pressing the ball well. A half chance comes the visitors way as Silver End goalkeeper, Hannah Streetley doesn’t get any height on the back pass rolled into her the ball running straight to Anna Freeman in a central position out she sends the diagonal ball out to the right side Freya Anglin-Liiv getting in behind the Silver End defence scuffs her shot from the edge of the area dragging the ball wide of goal. 

  Jill Bartholomew in the middle of the park for Frontiers gets onto the ball coming left the pass up the line for Kay Foy in attack, Cowell comes across to defend for Silver End. Again the same combination moments later Bartholomew up the line for Foy the attacker getting her cross in from the byline this time flashing across the face of goal, Anglin-Liiv racing in at the far post can’t quite get a touch on the ball to deflect it into the back of the net. 

  The visitors win the ball at the back Shelley Anglin-Liiv into Bartholomew the ball played up field Sharon Ferguson the target controls the high ball well bringing it down into her body with Freeman making a run forwards central the ball played into her path she strikes it from 20 yards out the low effort saved by Streetley coming out to meet her dropping low to her right getting a glove on the ball, Gardner back to kick the ball out of play.

Rebecca Donnelly with the ball on the left fro Silver End looks to take on the Frontiers defence evading a clumsy challenge gets a shot away with defenders and goalkeeper drawn to the ball past them all everyone turns expecting it to bounce into the empty net beyond, Marques is arriving at the far post as it bounces just wide unsure if she got a touch or not either way the flag is up for offside. Kelly Holsworth Frontiers captain is down in the middle after turning her ankle in a fall needs treatment but is cleared to come back on. 

Frontiers, Jackie Day with Silver End United’s Rebecca Donnelly

A good ball played over the top of the Frontiers defence by Silver End’s Stephanie A’Len looks to have sent Donnelly through on goal coming in from the left, the flag is up though against Angela Holden who was offside in the middle. Silver End with another corner right side Gardner with another good delivery into the middle of the area, Holden trying to let the ball run across her can’t get a shot away as Frontiers scramble the ball away look to clear the ball quickly up field is won back and played forwards Holden springing the offside trap this time a good starting position from Tyson sees the goalkeeper get to the ball first.

Silver End United Ladies, Roxanne Gardner

A competitive game no one given much time on the ball Ferguson looking to link up with Ann Anstey getting forwards the attack stopped by the officials flag. Ferguson looking to hold the ball up turns well 30 yards from goal plays it high into the area with Foy making the run, Streetley able to take the bouncing ball into her body before the striker can reach it. Danielle Warnes wins the ball at the back for Silver End as Ferguson controlling the ball on her chest hooks it on into the box looking for Freeman.

   A good spell from Frontiers more good hold up play by Ferguson slips the pass through for Anglin-Liiv on the right the flag up against her as she takes it on into the area. Silver End launch a rapid counter attack Gardner into Danielle Bragg the ball played forwards a vital interception from Frontiers Jackie Day at the back or the home side would have been through on goal. Jiggins gets the ball through for Holden, bearing down on the area, Day is with her as Tyson comes out of the area to clear the ball.

Frontiers Ladies, Jackie Day

GOAL! Late into the first half and the deadlock is broken comes unfortunately from an error, the game is being played at the fast tempo the ball end to end Frontiers are on the attack lose possession Silver End come forwards Holden released in behind the visitors defence left side towards the area, Tyson comes out to the edge to kick the ball away slips on the sticky surface landing on the ball, manages to recover enough to push it away from Holden but the ball comes straight into Jiggins to her left and 20 yards out wide of goal sends the ball into the empty net to make it 1-0.

   Marques with a burst of pace on the right runs onto the ball as Holden picks her out in the middle, Day comes across to defend for Frontiers putting the ball out for a throw in deep on the right form it Silver End win a corner.

 GOAL! Silver End double their lead from the set-piece have put pressure on the keeper inside her six yard box earlier on this time Gardner’s delivery is swung in close Jiggins a tall player coming towards the ball gets in front of Tyson and knocks the ball over the line for her 2nd of the game 2-0.

2 goals for Silver End United Ladies, Megan Jiggins

   More good link up play between Marques and Holden as Silver End attack down the right side the winger playing the ball inside to Holden before running on to receive the return pass, Day across just about gets there first putting it out for a corner on the right. The corner cleared Ferguson looks to get forwards for Frontiers is brought down in a central position inside the Silver End half. Holsworth over the ball, regular readers of The Round-Up will know the Frontiers captain is a threat from any set-piece presented to her, a long way out nevertheless goes for the shot, on target but Streetley has time to shuffle across her goal line and claim the ball.

Deep into 1st half injury time Silver End mount an attack Holden playing off the shoulder of the last Frontiers defender springing the offside trap, Adele Hughes getting back to slide in a win the ball on the edge of the area, knocked into the path of Donnelly she sends the ball goalwards from 20 yards out her effort bouncing wide across the face of goal.

Half-time Silver End United Ladies 2-0 Frontiers Ladies

   An entertaining 1st half played at a fast tempo, Silver End starting well, catching Frontiers a little slow out of the blocks early chances before Frontiers got into the game themselves becoming an even contest the opening goal coming from an unfortunate error at the back Silver End going on to double their lead always looked a threat from a corner. A 2-0 lead at half-time the tie far from settled.

A goalkeeper change for Frontiers at half-time Vikki Silvester replacing Tyson. The visitors getting the 2nd half underway. Start well Hughes winning the ball back puts in on for Freya Anglin-Liiv plays the ball into Freeman before getting the return ball and taking in onto the byline inside the box getting the better of her marker, sends the cross in the ball cut out and out behind by Cowell at the near post. Streetley coming into the crowd at the near post gloves the ball away for a 2nd corner. This one deeper Streetley with a confident claim in the centre of her 6 yard box. 

Frontiers, Kay Foy tries to find a way through the Silver End united defence

A throw high on the left for Silver End as they bring the ball forwards play stopped by the bane of a pitch with public access – dog mess – cleared up play resumes. Both sides take the opportunity to make an early change 2nd half, Marques coming off for Silver End, Jennifer Stanhope comes on in attack right side. Hayley King comes on for Frontiers in place of Anstey. Foy gets onto a loose ball for Frontiers up front taking it on to the byline squeezes a cross in looking for Anglin-Liiv making a run near post, Silver End have players back too successful defend. Another change for the home side, Bambrick coming off at left back Toni Brown coming on.

    The 2nd half more competitive than the 1st if anything, Frontiers working hard to try and find a reply. Offside decisions frustrating both sides but so quick is the turn around at times it’s easy to stray offside both back lines are keeping a good line too. Another change for Frontiers Holsworth still feeling her ankle injury from the 1st half coming off, Poppy Bennett coming on. 

 GOAL! Frontiers find the goal they were looking for early in the 2nd half, won at the back the ball played up into Ferguson just over halfway room to run with the ball sees the goalkeeper off her line and from 30 yards out goes to lob her, Streetley is a tall goalkeeper however the ball in up and over her before she came get back to stop it finding the back of the net 2-1 game on.

The moment Frontiers Ladies, Sharon Ferguson shoots to score and make it 2-1

Silver End look for an immediate response get forwards on the right side Stanhope playing the ball across the top of the area Jiggins sliding in for the ball as Silvester comes racing out of her goal going to ground the pair collide both injured the flag up for offside in either case, lengthy treatment for Jiggins who goes off the field to further strap up her right knee. Both striker and goalkeeper are okay to continue.

A throw on the left for Frontiers, Freeman on for Foy the striker can’t reach it before Gardner the ball cleared for a throw deep in the corner from it Frontiers win a corner before it is taken Silver End make a change, Georgia Bryan coming on for Holden goes up top. Very nearly the levelling goal from Frontiers but for a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Streetley, the ball delivered into the six yard box near post area Ferguson with the snap shot two yards out, the ball deflected goalwards, Streetley instinctively stooping an outstretched glove into the balls path knocking it away her defence clearing the ball.

Frontiers, Adele Hughes keeps her eye on the ball

 All action Frontiers confident they can find a way back into the game push forwards risk the counter at the back Silver End ready to capitalise strong defending from both sides Cowell and Warnes for Silver End, Day covering  well for Frontiers, King gets the ball over the Silver End defence after good hold up play on the left, Foy breaking clear can’t get there before Streetley claims the ball. Offside’s continue frustrate Silver End, Jiggins making her protests known is warned once then when she throws the ball down into the ground after another call goes against her finds herself yellow carded.

Stephanie A’Len looks to get forwards for Silver End United Ladies

 Into the last 15 minutes A’Len fouled bringing the ball on for Silver End on halfway the ball played out to the right, Shelley Anglin-Liiv in with the tackle to regain possession for Frontiers. The crossfield ball into King on the right for the visitors in towards the top right hand corner of the area just outside she is brought down by Brown a free-kick awarded, Bartholomew on the ball goes for the shot flies over the bar near side. Hughes with a great tackle to win the ball for Frontiers pushed on into Ferguson in a central position 25 yards out goes for the early shot looking to lob the keeper once again Streetley is better positioned this time the ball lacking pace as she brings it down cleanly into her gloves.

Jiggins moves to the left to receive the ball puts in a diagonal pass towards the area Silvester claiming it before Bryan can reach it. Her goalkick played on through the middle coming to Ferguson 20 yards out looks to strike the ball 1st time doesn’t get a good connection the ball running along the ground gathered by Streetley. A change for both sides late on Laura Borein comes on for Silver End replacing Jiggins. Loren Delamere joins the action for Frontiers in place of Freya Anglin-Liiv.

Frontiers, Hayley King with Silver End United’s Toni Brown

 A fair bit of stoppage time to play due to injuries. The game stretched as Frontiers push forwards, Silver End looking comfortable at the back, Gardner coming inside to win the ball from Ferguson late on. The final whistle blows and Silver End win the game 2-1 to reach the Trophy final.

Full time Silver End United Ladies 2-1 Frontiers Ladies

  An entertaining cup tie, had a sneaky feeling it would be a close one and it certainly was. Competitive a sticky surface to play on. Both sides creating chances Silver End starting the better before Frontiers grew into the 1st half could have easily gone in level at half-time as it was Silver End capitalised on an error to open the scoring then doubled their advantage. Frontiers battled hard getting it back to 2-1 and only a brilliant piece of goalkeeping prevented an equaliser, Silver End defending well to hold onto their lead and claim the semi-final win ending Frontiers defence of the Trophy.

Silver End United Ladies will face ERWFL Division One South side, Hutton Ladies in the Essex Women’s Trophy Final after they beat Essex Women’s Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies 6-1 at home in the other semi-final.  The date and venue for the Trophy final to be announced.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Another difficult one today picking this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match several contenders from both sides, Day strong at the back for Frontiers. Streetley with an excellent save, today’s Player of the Match goes to Silver End United’s, Megan Jiggins her two goals winning the semi-final was a threat in attack especially 1st half winning the ball supporting Holden through the middle.

Nice to watch a game in the sun for a change, an entertaining semi-final between two sides I have been keen to see this season. Competitive right to the final whistle. My thanks to both sides for their help with the team line-ups today. Congratulations to Silver End United Ladies on reaching the final.


The Round-Up – Essex 28/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 28th January

Essex Women’s County Cup

Cup action all the way in Essex this Sunday with weather affecting the County Cup and Trophy competitions last weekend rearranged along with action from the 2nd Round of the League Cup too.

   In the Essex Women’s County Cup, Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies, 2nd in ERWFL Division One South were hosting Essex Women’s Premier Division side Corringham Cosmos. A 1st half hat-trick from Georgia Fraser seeing Little Thurrock leading 3-1 at the break. Corringham coming back against their higher league opponents in the 2nd half to level the scores at 3-3. Into stoppage time and Eloise Ives found the back of the net to win the game 4-3 for Little Thurrock and send them through to the semi-finals. 

 The semi-final draw for the Essex Women’s County Cup is as follows:- 

Brentwood Town Ladies v Writtle Ladies

C&K Basildon Ladies v Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies

 Both semi-finals scheduled to be played Sunday 18th February

Essex Women’s Trophy

Hutton Ladies were already through to the semi-finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy competition beating Collier Row Tigers 2-1. Also advancing through to the semi-finals are ERWFL Division One North side Silver End United Ladies after Hutton Ladies Reserves side couldn’t field a team.

  That left 2 quarter finals to be contested. Essex Women’s Trophy holders Frontiers Ladies were at home drawn against fellow Essex Women’s Premier Division side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies. Goals from Sharon Ferguson and Kelly Holsworth along with and own goal sealing a 3-1 victory for Frontiers to put them into the semi-finals. Sarah Taylor scoring the Beacon Hill Rovers goal.

 In the other quarter final tie in the Trophy competition it was an all Essex Women’s Division One affair with Rayleigh Town Ladies taking on Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. A tough day at the office for Chelmsford City up against a side in hot goal scoring form. Holly Gash pipped by a single goal to top scorer spot last time out wasn’t outdone this time around as she netted herself 4 goals in the game. Captain Isabelle Wallings wasn’t far behind however getting a hat-trick as did teammate Lily Aungier. Eleasha Reeves getting a brace, their were goals too for Francesca Browne, Anna Winfield and Megan Hurley in a 15-0 win to put Rayleigh Town onto the semi-finals.

That sees the draw for the semi-finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy look as follows again the games scheduled to be played Sunday 18th February:-

 Silver End United Ladies v Frontiers Ladies

Hutton Ladies v Rayleigh Town Ladies

Essex Women’s League Cup

A disrupted fixture list in the 2nd Round of the Essex Women’s League Cup with a few ties rolled over due to last weekends County and Trophy postponements. 3 ties were played however with last season’s beaten finalists Collier Row Tigers at home to fellow Essex Women’s Premier Division side Chelmsford City Ladies on Sunday. The hosts scoring through,Laura Bunton, Emma Harrison and Helen Moreira to win the game 3-1 to reach the quarter finals. Georgia Sleep with the goal for Chelmsford City.

   Two sides with plenty of goals in them as Premier Division side Lawford Ladies faced a potential banana skin at home to Division One high flyers, Leigh Ramblers Ladies. As it was a brace from Jasmine Cox moving her onto 14 goals for the season was enough to send Lawford through to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 win.

   Essex Women’s Division One side, Benfleet Villa Ladies went into half-time in their home 2nd Round League Cup tie against Premier Division side with a goalless scoreline under their belts. in the end just a single goal was enough to win the tie going in the end to the visitors Harlow Town Ladies Reserves getting the result to send them through to the quarter finals, Tegan Burling getting the all important goal.

The Round-Up – 21/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 21st January

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


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

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


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

Aylsham Ladies winning the League Cup in 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Beds & Herts

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


The Round-Up – Essex 19/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 19th November

A busy Sunday across Essex with the action taking place across 4 competitions one league fixture with ties in 3 separate cup competitions.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

  In the Essex Women’s Premier Division, Hatfield Peverel Ladies picked up another 3 points away from home to take them 4 points clear at the top of the table travelling to play 5th placed Eastern Avenue. Yasmin Cowley scoring a 15 minute hat-trick in the 1st half to help Hatfield Peverel into a 4-1 lead at half-time Kerry-Anne Stimson with the other goal. Cowley scoring twice more in the 2nd half to take her goals tally to 23 from 8 appearances. Victoria King also scoring in the last 15 minutes to see Hatfield Peverel win the game 7-2. Amara Diamond and Katie Peers with the goal in either half for Eastern Avenue.

Essex Women’s League Cup

One tie in the League Cup this Sunday in the Preliminary Round an all Essex Women’s Division Two clash with Billericay Town Ladies Reserves hosting league leaders Hullbridge Sports Ladies. A narrow 1-0 lead for the visitors in the 1st half a busy 2nd half saw a further 5 goals scored, Joanne Burgoyne and Giulia Francesconi both scoring for Billericay, Hullbridge Sports went on to score 3 more to win the game 4-2 with Christina Fragnito, Karley Hunt, Megan Marney and Broghan Kelly all getting a goal.

Essex Women’s County Cup

3 ties in the 3rd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup to decide the final 3 spots available in the quarter final draw with, holders C&K Basildon Ladies, Billericay Town Ladies, Writtle Ladies and Brentwood Town Ladies already there receiving a bye to this stage of the competition. Colchester Town Ladies too who have since unfortunately folded.

Harlow Town Ladies match at home to Essex Women’s Premier Division side Lawford Ladies was postponed.

  Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies from ERWFL Division One South were at home in the 3rd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup taking on Premier Division side Chelmsford City Ladies both sides in excellent form. It was the higher league side that came out on top to reach the quarter finals, goals from Sophie Dowman, Georgia Fraser and Eloise Ives seeing Little Thurrock Dynamos win 3-0.

  Essex Women’s Premier Division side Corringham Cosmos were hosting Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies from Division One new to the league this season. Corringham Cosmos with a strong 1st ha;f performance to lead 4-0 went on to win the tie 6-1 to reach the quarter finals. Chloe Sames netting a hat-trick. Rebecca Gallagher getting a brace along with one for Rachel Fleming the goalscorers.

Essex Women’s Trophy

A new format to the Essex Women’s Trophy this season with the sides knocked out of the 1st 2 rounds of the County Cup entering the competition. 7 ties in the 1st Round with Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves receiving a bye to the quarter finals.

Frontiers Ladies won the competition last season were drawn away to local rivals Harlow Town Ladies Reserves in the 1st Round of the Trophy. Leading 1-0 at half-time Frontiers went on to win the tie 3-1 in the 2nd half with Kay Foy, Emma Parker and Sharon Ferguson scoring the goals. Harlow’s goal coming through an unfortunate own goal from Frontiers.

   ERWFL Division One North side, Silver End United Ladies were hosting Essex Women’s Division Two side Southend United Ladies in the 1st Round of the Trophy. Goals from Stephanie A’Len and Megan Jiggins seeing the higher league side progress into the quarter finals.

 Extra-time was needed to separate Walden Ladies and Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies as the side met in the 1st Round of the Trophy, Walden in Division Two holding their Premier Division opponents 1-1 after 90 minutes Samantha Sunday scoring Walden’s goal. Jo Smeaton scoring for Beacon Hill Rovers she was to find the back of the net again in extra-time to send her side into the quarter finals.

   Also progressing to the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy are Collier Row Tigers, winning at home to fellow Premier Division side Chigwell Ladies. Lauren Bunton, Sarah Finch and Emma Harrison all scoring 2 goals each for the hosts with Daisy Chapman getting one goal in a 7-1 win. Victoria Parker scoring for Chigwell.

   A close contest between Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Hutton Ladies with the Essex Women’s Division Two side narrowly beaten by their higher league opponents, the ERWFL Division One South side progressing to the quarter finals with a 3-2 win. Hayley Critchell, Kaitlin Sugg and Laura Allen scoring their goals. Rebecca Dalgarno and Katherine Newton scoring for Leigh Ramblers.

In the final tie to bring you from the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy it was an all Essex Women’s Division Two clash with Rayleigh Town Ladies hosting Alresford Colne Rangers. Isabelle Wallings captaining Rayleigh Town taking her goals tally to 23 for the season with a brace on Sunday. Holly Gash also scoring for Rayleigh Town to see them advance to the quarter finals courtesy of a 3-1 win. Jasmine Warner with the goal for Alresford. 

Hutton Ladies Reserves home match against Waltham Forest Ladies was postponed.

The Round-Up – Essex 12/03/17

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 12th March

Essex Women’s Trophy Final

 The 1st Final of the season in Essex was contested this weekend with Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves and Frontiers Ladies meeting at Saffron Walden Town FC to contest the Essex Women’s Trophy Final. Both playing in Division One newly formed Frontiers Ladies lay 2nd in the table with a 100% record winning 11 from 11. Are also in the quarter finals of the League and Tiptree & District Charity Cup. Had beaten Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves 7-0 in the league recently and got off to a great start in the final with Kay Foy (pictured) putting Frontiers into the lead inside the opening minute. Hayley King doubled the lead just a minute later to put Chelmsford City on the back foot right from the start. Frontiers made it 3-0 midway through the 1st half with Foy through on goal scoring again. Kelly Holsworth got a cup final goal as she made it 4-0 a few minutes later. Foy went on to complete a 1st half hat-trick in the 35th minute. 

 5-0 the lead at half-time Chelmsford City had a chance to reduce the deficit early in the 2nd half before Frontiers got on the front foot again creating chances before Emma Best scored from a Holsworth corner. who scored her 2nd of the final a few minutes later. Jill Bartholomew also getting on the scoresheet as Frontiers won the Essex Women’s Trophy 8-0 in their inaugural season.

Essex Women’s Trophy Winners – Frontiers Ladies (picture credit Ponderosa Pix)

Essex Women’s Premier Division

 Harlow Town Ladies keep on winning at the top of the Essex Women’s Premier Division making it 16 straight league wins. Were away to 6th placed side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies this Sunday who scored twice through Marie Hall and Jo Smeaton, Harlow Town hit twice that many at the other end to run out 5-2 winners and extend their advantage at the top to a massive 17 points.

   4th placed Runwell Sports got back to winning ways this Sunday to close the gap in 2,d and 3rd placed Lawford Ladies and Chelmsford City Ladies to just 3 points. At home hosting 2nd bottom side Hutton Ladies Reserves, Samantha Delves and Rachel Selfe both scored a brace in the match with Sophie Olley and Nikhol Campbell also on target with a goal a piece in a 6-1 win.

 Collier Row Tigers move above Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies and Eastern Avenue into 5th place in the Premier Division table winning away from home this Sunday. Sharing 5 goals with Alresford Colne Rangers the visitors took the 3 points with a 3-2 win. 

  Elsewhere in the Essex Women’s Premier Division, 8th placed Wickford Town Ladies were hosting Walden Ladies in a league double header. Bottom side Walden had the bare 11 players at their disposal were beaten 2-1 in the 1 game with Danielle Dickens scoring both their goals. In the other match however it was a vital 3 points for Walden as they beat their opponents 2-1 the win taking them off the foot of the table. Lois Curson with the goal for Wickford Town.

Essex Women’s League Cup

Division One side Hatfield Peveral Ladies were hosting Premier Division side Chigwell Ladies in the Essex Women’s League Cup quarter finals on Sunday postponed from last Sunday, it’s the higher division side that join, Lawford Ladies and Collier Row Tigers in the semi-finals as Chigwell ran out 3-1 winners. Frontiers Ladies and Corringham Cosmos to play the last remaining quarter final tie guaranteeing one Division One side in the last 4 of the competition. 

The Round-Up – Essex 20/11/16

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 20th November

It seems every week in The Round-Up somewhere or other at the moment I am reporting about a team withdrawing from a league in the region and this week sadly it’s no different. Southend Town Ladies who had been struggling to fulfil fixtures have pulled out of Essex Women’s Division One which has seen so adjustment to the table benefiting some others losing points won. Sad to see another side gone and wish everyone at Southend Town Ladies the best hope you all stay in the game one way or another.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

One game in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this weekend and Wickford Town Ladies are celebrating after they get their 1st win in the league since being promoted. Climb up to 8th spot in the table as a result the 3 points earned away from home against Hutton Ladies Reserves. 2 goals from Kerry Mills plus a goal a piece for Julia Setford, Carly Willis and Harley Brueton seeing Wickford Town win the game 5-2.

Essex Women’s Division One

2 matches in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday and Collier Row Athletic continue to advance up the league table 4 straight league wins now. A high scoring game on Sunday at home against Harlow Town Ladies Reserves who themselves found the back of the net 3 times. Was far from enough to take anything from the game however as Collier Row Athletic put more than double that tally into the back of the net winning the game 7-3.

   Another side failing to take anything from a match at the weekend after scoring 3 goals were Wickford Town Ladies Reserves despite a hat-trick from Rachael Dipper at home visitors FC Clacton Ladies left with all 3 points after scoring 6 to 4th spot joining 4 sides all on 12 points in the middle of the table.

Essex Women’s County Cup 

Like the rest of the region it was County Cup weekend in Essex the 2nd Round of the competition 7 ties to decide who would join Cup Holders, C&K Basildon Ladies in the quarter finals. Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies and Billericay Town Ladies going through with home wins after their opponents withdrew from the league. Chelmsford City Ladies v Lawford Ladies was postponed and they will try again this coming Sunday.

That left 4 2nd Round ties that were played this Sunday. A big win at home for last seasons beaten finalists Writtle Ladies from the ERWFL Premier Division playing Essex Women’s Premier Division side Walden Ladies. Sophie Vale bagging herself 4 goals in the match with captain Abigail Fry netting a hat-trick. Ellie Bowdidge, Lucy Jones and Amy Simmons also scoring as Writtle racked up a 10-0 win.

A big win away from home too for ERWFL Premier Division side Brentwood Town Ladies taking on Essex Women’s Premier Division opponents Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies, the 2 league gap proving too much. Georgia Holdaway finding the back of the net for 4 goals, Marie Barker scoring a hat-trick with Emma Hooker also getting a goal in an 8-0 away win.

Just a single goal was enough to decide the only all ERWFL tie in the 2nd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup and it saw Division One side Hutton Ladies through to the quarter finals knocking out Premier Division side Colchester Town Ladies at home. Kaitlin Sugg with the goal for Hutton.

An all Essex Women’s Premier Division tie in the last match to bring you from the 2nd Round and Harlow Town Ladies with a 100% win record in the league advance to the quarter finals of the County Cup winning big at home against Collier Row Tigers on Sunday. If you rocked up for the 2nd half you missed an all action 1st half. 6 goals coming in the opening 15 minutes. Tayla Handscomb put Harlow Town into the lead inside the opening minute only for Collier Row Tigers to score right away to make it 1-1, Tia Dye put Harlow Town back into the lead on 7 minutes Handscomb netting her 2nd goal a minute later to make it 3-1, Collier Row Tigers getting it back to 3-2 on 12 minutes. Taylor O’Leary scoring for Harlow Town on 15 minutes to see them lead 4-2. Francesca Tye extending the lead 3 minutes later Harlow Town going on to dominate the remainder of the 2nd half, Fran Gamble having seen the goals going in went on to grab herself a 13 minute hat-trick to see Harlow Town lead 8-2 at half-time. The 2nd half in comparison was a quiet affair with just a further goal added to Harlow Town’s tally O’Leary with her 2nd of the match to see them into the quarter finals and make it 10 wins from 10 in all competitions.

  The draw for the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s County Cup scheduled for Weds 30th November. 

Essex Women’s Trophy

  With 3 of the 4 quarter finals of this years Essex Women’s Trophy already decided without a ball being kicked it was nevertheless a tasty looking encounter in the remaining fixture with Frontiers Ladies new this season high flying in Essex Women’s Division One hosting higher league opponents Chigwell Ladies. The Essex Women’s Premier Division side taking the lead in the match going in front on 14 minutes. Frontiers responded and pulled it back to 1-1 within 7 minutes of falling behind, Hayley King netting the goal. Chigwell came back to retake the lead with 10 minutes of the 1st half left from a free-kick 2-1 the advantage at half-time. 

frontiers-freya-liiv  In a competitive match between the 2 sides Frontiers pushing for an equalising goal got it with 12 minutes of normal time left Sharon Ferguson on target ending 2-2 after 90 minutes the tie headed into extra-time. Frontiers were to find the extra energy and got themselves into the lead for the 1st time in the match Freya Liiv (pictured) on hand to put the ball into the back of the net. Held the advantage going into the 2nd period of extra-time, Ferguson scoring her 2nd of the game to open a 2 goal cushion with 5 minutes left, just aswell as Chigwell responded straight away scoring up the other end to make it 4-3. Frontiers seeing out the closing minutes to win the game advance to the semi-finals of the Essex Women’s Trophy where they could face either Trinity U18s or Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves or with Southend Town Ladies withdrawing from the league may even receive a bye straight to the final if I learn anything more will let you know however the draw is scheduled to be made Wednesday 30th November.