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The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 21/10/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 21st October

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

County Cup weekend across the East this Sunday the competition beginning in both Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

  In Bedfordshire there were 3 ties taking place in the 1st Round of the competition. A good start to life in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three for Langford Ladies leading the way 5 points clear at the top of the table were drawn at home in the County Cup to play fellow league newcomers Kempston Rovers Ladies. A 6-1 win for Langford seeing them advance, Amber Clark finding the back of the net for all 6 of Langford’s goals. Chelsea Rose Jeffery scoring the goal for Kempston Rovers.

  Also making a good start to life in Division Three are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies, 3 wins from 3 played so far were looking to extend that run in the County Cup as they hosted Division Two side Bedford Ladies Development. Chloe Urbanowicz already had 8 goals to her name, added another 4 goals to that tally against Bedford. Zara Garrard also scoring along with Bex Cray in a comfortable 6-0 win.

  Another new side in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three also advancing in the County Cup at the weekend, AFC Dunstable Ladies Reserves were away to Luton Town Ladies Development. Goals from Bianca Vassell, Madison Ashford and Holly Wilks with her 1st of the season securing a 3-1 win for Dunstable. 

 There will also be 3 ties played in the 2nd Round of the County Cup to join the sides receiving a bye through to the quarter finals, scheduled to be played Sunday 18th November the 3 ties are:-

Stotfold Juniors Ladies v AFC Dunstable Ladies Reserves

Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses v Biggleswade United Ladies

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies v Langford Ladies

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

8 ties played in the 1st Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup this season with a further 3 ties awarded home or away wins, Stevenage Ladies Reserves, Royston Town Ladies and Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies the sides benefiting all going through without kicking a ball.

  St Albans Ladies causing the upset of the 1st Round knocking out higher league opposition the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One Champions hosting ERWFL Division One side Hertford Town Ladies. Not much football yet for St Albans so far this season just 1 league game. Early goals from Sophie Lawrence and Nicola Dark putting St Albans 2-0 up inside 12 minutes. Jael Muzzi making it 3-0 on the half-hour. Michaela Johnson adding a 4th goal on the hour, before new signing Jessica McNamara made her mark scoring her 1st goals for St Albans a 4 minute hat-trick no less as St Albans ran out 7-0 winners.

  Another side knocking out higher league opponents in the 1st Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup were Division Three side Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Were hosting Division Two side Evergreen Eagles, a high scoring game the sides sharing 8 goals between them, 5 went to Bedwell securing the win, a brace from Jessica Sullivan along with goals for Leah Tomlin, Ellie Fennell.

 ERWFL Premier Division side Colney Heath Ladies got themselves back to winning ways with victory in the County Cup at the weekend. Away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies a local derby, goals from Lucy Hancock, Nicola Hollick, Sophie Gardner and Charlotte Grogan seeing the visitors progress with a 4-0 win.

   ERWFL Division One side, Bishops Stortford Ladies also progress in the County Cup victory in the 1st Round their 1st win of the season were hosting Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Garston Ladies on Sunday. Goals from captain Brogan McHale and Poppy Kelly with her 1st goal of the season sealing a 2-1 result for Bishops Stortford.

   Two Garston Ladies sides do advance to the 2nd Round of the County Cup. Garston Ladies 2nd XI were hosting Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Like St Albans Ladies a lack of football for Garston’s 2nd XI this season just one league match and that over a month ago, dusted off the cobwebs to win the game 5-1 to progress, Ruby Jager scoring a hat-trick her 1st goals of the season whilst Lauren Berryman also opened her account for the season with a brace.

  Also in action in the 1st Round of the County Cup were Garston Ladies U18 side, hosting Division Three side Buntingford Town Ladies. 3 goals for the visitors, Garston’s youngsters trebling that tally up the other end to win the tie 9-3.

  Hitchin Belles were at home in the 1st Round of the County Cup played fellow Division Two side, Evergreen Ladies. A 9th minute goal from Keira How seeing Hitchin Belles leading 1-0 at half-time the win made secure in the final 20 minutes with Katie White and Amy Jack both on the scoresheet to make it 3-0.

   Also in the 1st Round of the County Cup it was an all Welwyn Pegasus affair with the Azures up against the Sapphires who are top to Division One. The Sapphires in good form proving the strong beating their Division Two club mates 9-0 on the day. Sophie Mandel with her 1st goals of the season and Katherine Calvert both getting a brace. Chemise Huitson, Mary Lisle and Danielle Aken also getting a goal each along with Georgina Harvey and Ellie Burke both finding the back of the net for the 1st time this season.

The draw for the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup will see 8 ties being played. All scheduled for Sunday 18th November are listed below:-

Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires

Garston Ladies 2nd XI v Bedwell Rangers Ladies

Stevenage Ladies v Hitchin Belles

Royston Town Ladies v Bishops Stortford Ladies

Watford FC Ladies v Stevenage Ladies Reserves

St Albans Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies

Watford Ladies Development v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Garston Ladies U18 v Sherrardswood Ladies

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

   There was one league match played on Sunday, in Beds & Herts Division One, Sharnbrook WFC hosting 2nd placed Houghton Athletic Ladies. A 2nd successive loss now for Houghton Athletic as they were beaten by Sharnbrook who in contrast record two successive wins to climb up into 3rd place in the table. A hat-trick from Claire Smith her 1st goals of the season. There were also 1st goals of the season for, Emily Clark and Jackie Dadd whilst Hoffi Pursey moved onto 5 goals for the season also on target in a 6-2 victory. Ciara Craig and Shakeela Hussain the goalscorers for Houghton Athletic.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 11/03/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th March

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

 The first Cup Final played in the East this Sunday the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup at The County Ground, Letchworth. Women’s Football East was there too to watch Stevenage Ladies the current holders playing in their 4th successive county cup final looking to retain the trophy for the first time up against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies who had reached the final of the competition for the 1st time. 

  Two leagues between the sides Stevenage Ladies playing in the FAWPL South East Division One starting the game well and opened the scoring in the 16th minute Amy Makewell sending a low drive from outside the box into the bottom corner of the net. Found nearly the same spot again soon after to make it 2-0 before midfielder Chloe Gunn broke forwards to make it 3-0 then added another herself from a well taken free-kick 25 yards from goal.

  Introduced late in the 1st half substitute Ashleigh Deacon scored a quickfire brace to extend Stevenage’s lead before Makewell when on to complete her hat-trick. Leah Littlechild receiving the ball from Nicole Emmings to score Stevenage’s 8th goal to successfully retain the County Cup for the 1st time.

  The link to the full match report on the website can be found below:- 

Cup Final Report – Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Stevenage Ladies

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

 The first of the semi-final of this years Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup took place this Sunday with St Albans Ladies leading Division one at home to fellow league side Sharnbrook WFC. A great start for the hosts going 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes with Michaela Johnson and Katie Grehan on target. Sharnbrook pulling a goal back, St Albans extending their lead on the half hour with a goal from Sophie Lawrence. Their lead at half-time 4-1 with Nicola Dark scoring late in the 1st half.

  Sharnbrook getting it back to 4-2 early in the 2nd half. Eleanor Lovelock restoring St Albans 3 goal lead in the 57th minute. Into the final 10 minutes Ellen Slater running through to score St Albans 6th goal. Sharnbrook adding another goal at the death, time for St Albans to reply, Grehan with her 2nd of the game in stoppage time. 7-3 the final score as St Albans celebrate reaching this season’s League Cup Final the double on!

 Houghton Athletic Ladies the current holders of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup meet Northwood Ladies at home this coming Sunday in the 2nd semi-final.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

 Two matches in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday. 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies close the gap to 2nd placed Northwood Ladies to just 2 points still with 2 games in hand as they secured all 3 points at home to Garston Ladies this Sunday. Goals in the 2nd half from Laurie Marris and Laura Cousins securing a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

   Houghton Athletic Ladies move up from 6th to 4th in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table with a 2-1 home win against Flitwick Ladies on Sunday. Scoring all 3 of the goals in the match and own goal cancelled out with goals for Shakeela Hussain and Eireann O’Donoghue her 1st goal for Houghton Athletic. 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

 One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Leaders Garston Ladies 2nd XI were at home taking on Evergreen Eagles. Top scorer Lauren Berryman moved onto 21 goals for the season as she netted a brace in the match with Maxine Hotz also finding the back of the net in a 3-1 victory to move Garston into a 5 point lead at the top of the table. Amber Charlton scoring the goal for Evergreen Eagles.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 One match also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three with Evergreen Ladies at home to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets. Both sides level on points on 13 in 5th and 4th respectfully going into the match. A brace from Natalie Maher enough to secure all 3 points for Evergreen Ladies in a 2-1 win that takes them 3 points clear into 4th spot in the table.

Cup Final Report – Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup

Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup Final

Sunday 11th March

Stevenage Ladies v Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

The first County Cup Final of the season today a 3:00pm kick-off at The County Ground, Letchworth, with Stevenage Ladies looking to successfully retain the trophy for the 1st time take on county cup final debutants, Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies.

 A contest that pits FAWPL against ERWFL, two leagues between the sides a stern test for Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies playing in ERWFL Division One South up against a Stevenage Ladies side that is as strong as it has ever been. 

  Reece Buck the man in charge of Stevenage Ladies 1st team these days into his 2nd season in the job, was previously in charge of Hoddesdon Town Owls taking several of their experienced players with him to join Stevenage. Promoted to the FAWPL they retained their league status in their first season at that level aswell as winning the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the ??? Bringing in several experienced players over the close season have gotten stronger currently in 7th place in the table well away from danger nudging towards a top half finish. Their 4th successive County Cup Final winning the competition in the 2014/15 & 2016/17 seasons Stevenage Ladies are looking to successfully defend the trophy for the 1st time.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies reached the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final for the 1st time this season, a great achievement for a side that has been through a difficult spell of late. Following the departure of Reece Buck and several players, Matthew Hudson took over the 1st team having to field an inexperienced side last season, a difficult campaign struggling for points things starting to improve towards the end of the season. Some of their experienced players returning to the club, Leah Dunnage, Kristina O’Connell and Rosy Wodhams were in the starting line-up for Stevenage in the County Cup Final last season Wodhams scoring two goals. Thing’s are improving as Hoddesdon look to reestablish themselves in the ERWFL.

Road to the Final

 A big win away from home for Stevenage Ladies in the 1st Round of the competition as they began the defence of their trophy, taking in Beds & Herts Division One side Garston Ladies. Hat-tricks for both Leah Littlechild and Nicole Emmings in a 14-0 win. More of the same in the 2nd Round away to Bed & Herts Division Two side Evergreen Eagles 14-0 again the winning score, captain Donna McGuigan the pick of the goalscorers with 5 goals to her name.

   Onto the quarter finals and another away trip this time to play Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies whom they beat to win the County Cup in the 2014/15 season. The result 3-0 then it was 3-0 again as Stevenage booked their place in the semi-finals with goals from McGuigan, Ellie Searle and Amy Makewell. A repeat of last seasons final in the semi-finals only Stevenage were at home for the 1st time in the competition as they took on Royston Town Ladies goals from Littlechild, Ashleigh Deacon and Chloe Gunn seeing them into the final courtesy of a 3-0 win.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies started their campaign in the County Cup at home to Beds & Herts Division Three newcomers Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kristina O’Connell scoring a hat-trick in a comfortable win for the higher league side. At home again in the 2nd Round a much sterner test followed as they faced fellow league side and unbeaten leaders, Stevenage Ladies Reserves. A great result for Hoddesdon as they battled to a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes taking the tie into extra-time going on to win 5-3. Hannah Kelly scoring a hat-rick with O’Connell also getting a brace.

 Higher league opponents in the quarter finals of the competition Hoddesdon were draw at home again to take on Colney Heath Ladies. Another battling display seeing the sides drawing 2-2. Rosy Wodhams and Charley Handley scoring for Hoddesdon the tie going all the way to penalties. Goalkeeper Casey Herrick with some great saves as Hoddesdon went on to win the shoot-out 3-1 to reach the semi-finals. At home once again were the narrow favourites as they took on Beds & Herts Division One leaders, St Albans Ladies. Captain, Natasha Crick scoring twice with a goal each for O’Connell, Handley and Wodhams in a 5-2 victory to reach the County Cup Final for the very first time.

  The County Ground, Letchworth once again the venue for today’s final. The Hertfordshire FA getting their county cup competition wrapped up in most cases a month before the surrounding counties. A nice wide playing surface a little sticky underfoot with the amount of moisture that has fallen recently. Overlooked by a large mainstand on one side the bar at one end the changing rooms beyond. At the other the Pukka Tukka refreshments trailer serving hot food and drinks. A good crowd building for the final. An overcast sky not too chilly little or no rai forecast during the match.   

 Stevenage Ladies starting XI – Shayla Burgess, Paige Logie, Tanya Blacksley, Dominique Godbeer, Cara Breckenridge, Chloe Gunn, Ellie Searle, Leah Littlechild, Donna McGuigan (C) & Nicole Emmings. Subs – Danielle Maloney, Amy Josland, Kristi Burling, Ashleigh Deacon & Rebecca Scola.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies starting XI – Casey Herrick, Katie Kendle, Charley Handley, Faye Holder, Hannah Kelly, Leah Dunnage, Sian Owens, Chloe Makepeace, Kristina O’Connell, Natasha Crick (C) & Rosy Woodhams. Stephanie Iaonnou, Megan Davies, Shannon Daly, Robyn Jones & Courtney Smart. 

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  7 players that started last season’s County Cup Final are in the starting line-ups this afternoon 4 for Stevenage whilst, Leah Dunnage, Kristina O’Connell and Rosy Wodhams represent Hoddesdon this time around. It’s Stevenage to kick off the game 1st half wearing white shirts with pale red vertical stripes, red shorts and socks. Hoddesdon lined up opposite wearing navy and red vertical striped shirts, navy shorts and socks. Midfielder Chloe Gunn sends the ball long from kick-off out into the left channel for Ellie Searle to try and chase down can’t reach it an early goalkick for Casey Herrick for Hoddesdon.

 A bright start from Stevenage trying to get players forwards Hoddesdon with a free-kick on half way as Paige Logie commits the foul for Stevenage the ball played high up towards the top of the area, Dominique Godbeer the middle of Stevenage’s three centre backs getting her head on the ball to clear. Sian Owens on the right side for Hoddesdon looks to make progress down the wing her pass inside to Rosy Wodhams she tries to pick her out with the return pass, Tanya Blacksley coming in tackling the ball out for a throw. Hoddesdon sending captain Natasha Crick away down into the right corner she squares the cross inside the box into Wodhams looking to strike it on the angle first time, Godbeer going to ground slides in to take the ball away from the striker. 

Stevenage Ladies, Dominique Godbeer

 Stevenage launch a rapid counter attack, Gunn bringing the ball on through the middle. Nicole Emmings peeling away into space on the right ahead of her Gunn picks her out with the pass her cross into the Hoddesdon area cut out by Faye Holder. Stevenage rebuild in attack coming forwards the pass out to Leah Littlechild on the right her cross whipped in dipping near post captain Donna McGuigan with the run stoops to get her head onto the ball turns her effort wide of the post inside the six yard box. A fast tempo from Stevenage at the start of the game coming forwards with purpose. 

Chloe Makepeace winning the tackle for Hoddesdon Town Owls

  A free-kick for Stevenage wide right level with the top of the area, Gunn their set-piece specialist over the ball goes for goal her strike flashing wide across the face of goal. Searle with the ball on the left rolls it on for Emmings, getting inside the full back puts the ball into the path of Gunn her long range strike controlled by Herrick back on her goal line. As Stevenage come again the Hoddesdon defence gets a little ragged as they attempt to clear the ball falling pushed out wide McGuigan latching onto the ball stumbles slightly before regaining control and firing in a vicious strike towards goal her attempt smashing against the cross bar before running out wide to the left.

 Hoddesdon have defended hard for the opening 15 minutes getting forwards pressing the ball high catch Stevenage in possession Hannah Kelly winning the ball brings it on, Cara Breckenridge getting back on her to win the ball back for Stevenage. The ball played into Gunn she picks out Searle going clear into space on the left her cross fired into the near post intercepted by the Hoddesdon defence. 

GOAL! Stevenage open the scoring in the 16th minute have a free-kick inside their own half the ball played up towards the top of the area, Gunn under it the ball knocked into McGuigan she passes back to Gunn who lays the ball back for Amy Makewell to hit 1st time 25 yards out her low driven shot racing past the diving keeper into the bottom corner 1-0.

  Stevenage looking strong press forwards Emmings with support from Littlechild on the right the ball turned into the area, Holder comes charging forwards to win the tackle for Hoddesdon. Herrick produces an excellent one handed save as Stevenage get in behind her defence Makewell moving to the left cutting the ball across the area for Emmings to strike from 8 yards out Herrick flinging a hand out parrying the ball away from her goal.  

GOAL! On 20 minutes Stevenage’s lead is doubled, Makewell scoring again from outside the box a virtual copy of her first goal, Bodies forwards around the top of the area as the ball comes in Emmings getting the ball into the number 9 she sends another low drive into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

 Little opportunity for Hoddesdon to get the ball into their attackers, O’Connell bringing the ball on through the middle has support from Kelly she holds the ball up well tries to pick out Wodhams on the left, Logie closing her down regaining possession for Stevenage. A free-kick wide right for Stevenage, Gunn to play the ball long into the area, Charley Handley with a commanding header getting the ball away for Hoddesdon. A throw on the left the ball played inside by Stevenage is inviting Breckenridge to have a strike 30 yards out she obliges, pulling her effort wide of the left post. 

Hannah Kelly on the ball for Hoddesdon looking to get past Stevenage’s Cara Breckenridge

 Littlechild breaking away on the right side for Stevenage her diagonal ball into the box parried behind for a corner by Herrick. Taken short up the line on the right Littlechild fires a shot narrowly over the Hoddesdon crossbar. Katie Kendle tackles well to stop Searle on the left as Gunn looks to play the winger in behind. Gunn confident in possession breaks forwards through the middle with the ball O’Connell seeing the threat goes with her sliding in to take the ball from her as she closes down on the area. 

Stevenage’s Tanya Blacksley contesting the ball with Hoddesdon’s Rosy Wodhams

 Stevenage are on top, pushing on the ball played inside to McGuigan in a central position outside the box a turn and hit as the ball comes across her the attempt taking a deflection wide for a corner. Dunnage winning the ball for Hoddesdon, attempting to break themselves Stevenage are organised at the back the 3 centre backs keeping tabs on any one threatening to get in behind. 

GOAL! Half an hour played and Stevenage extend their lead with a well worked goal. Gunn beginning the move and finishing it as she carries the ball forwards laying the pass out to Searle getting in behind on the left Gunn continuing her run into the area as Searle sends the ball into her run, the midfield opening up her body to send the ball angling away from the keeper into the top corner 3-0.

Stevenage Ladies, Chloe Gunn

 Stevenage press their advantage look strong as Hoddesdon look to regroup. O’Connell back to clear the ball hasn’t had much chance to influence thing’s going forwards. Holder scrambling the ball away inside the box for Hoddesdon as the cross is flung into the area from the right, a foul spotted by the referee as Emmings latches onto the ball. A chance for Makewell for complete her hat-trick as the ball comes to her momentarily free in the area a second to composure herself looks to play the ball wide of the keeper right into the bottom corner of the net sees her shot run wide of the post. Hoddesdon make a change, Stephanie Iaonnou coming on in place of O’Connell. 

 Closing in on the final 5 minutes of the 1st half, Hoddesdon have their 1st shot of the match coming as Stevenage give away possession wide on the left Crick with the attempt from all of 30 yards out, on target, Shayla Burgess on loan from Watford Ladies having had little to do in the Stevenage goal, well place however back on her line is right behind the strike palming it down and safely claiming the ball. 

Hoddesdon Town Owls captain, Natasha Crick

GOAL! 41 minutes on the clock and Stevenage have another goal. Launching a counter attack the ball with Littlechild right side she squares the ball inside to Breckenridge coming on through the middle she is fouled in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal. Gunn to take it strikes the ball perfectly the ball lifted up towards goal flies over the keeper and into the back of the net 4-0.

  Late into the 1st half and Stevenage ring the changes, making 3 substitutions, Emmings, Littlechild and Blacksley coming off for Danielle Maloney, Ashleigh Deacon and Rebecca Scola. 

Half-time Stevenage Ladies 4-0 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

  A dominant 1st half from Stevenage sees them with a comfortable 4-0 lead. A brace each from Makewell and Gunn. Have created numerous other chances. Hoddesdon have battle hard in defence have see little of the ball themselves with just the one attempt at goal. 

 More changes at half-time for Stevenage, Amy Josland and Kristi Burling replacing Breckenridge and McGuigan. Megan Davies on for Hoddesdon who get the 2nd half underway. A later 3pm kick-off sees the floodlights starting to come on as the natural light begins to fade. Wodhams with the ball at her feet 30 yards out is allowed to come on takes on the strike her effort on target Burgess back on her line right behind it once again comfortably gathering the low ball. 

Stevenage Ladies, Paige Logie

  Deacon wide on the right side for Stevenage receiving the ball off a throw sends the pass inside towards Gunn positioned outside the box connecting with the ball sens it looping high into the air, heading towards goal looks to be heading over but dips very late a real problem for Herrick as she back peddles onto her goal line sees the ball land on top of the crossbar. 

 GOAL! 5 minutes into the 2nd half Stevenage go further into the lead, the Hoddesdon defence stretched pulled over to the left as Searle races on with the ball fires in a cross along the face of goal, both Josland and Deacon are racing in far post the latter getting the touch on the ball to turn it into the back of the net to make it 5-0. 

GOAL! A 6th goal quickly follows a minute after scoring her 1st of the final Deacon with her 2nd with a great individual goal as she is set away on the right side after Stevenage break up a Hoddesdon attack. The right winger carrying the ball on into the area unopposed right of goal sends her shot wide across the keeper to score 6-0.

Two quick goals for Stevenage’s Ashleigh Deacon

  Hoddesdon make a change Makepeace coming off to be replaced by the returning O’Connell. Makewell with a strong run forwards, Holder getting in front of her to get the ball back to her keeper to clear. A free-kick won for Hoddesdon 30 yards out in a central position O’Connell over the ball goes for goal on target the shot lacks the pace to trouble Burgess. 

Makewell close again to completing her hat-trick as Gunn playing deeper 2nd half sends the ball forwards towards Scola as Stevenage come forwards a clever touch from Scola sending the ball on through splitting the Hoddesdon defence Makewell racing in free behind, Herrick starts to come, Makewell puts the ball past her spinning away her head in her hands as she sees the ball strike the base of the post. 

  Dunnage defending well against Makewell on the right giving away the corner as the attacker looks to get around her. Iaonnou comes off for Hoddesdon, Shannon Daly coming on. A free-kick wide on the left inside the Hoddesdon half for Stevenage the ball headed on into the box, Deacon is free far side the flag up for offside however before she can strike the ball. Wodhams and Davies work the ball well together on the left for Hoddesdon, Davies looking to get in behind, Logie with good defensive work for Stevenage.

Megan Davies bringing the ball forwards for Hoddesdon

GOAL! Stevenage get a 7th goal and finally it’s a hat-trick for Makewell. Times her run in behind well as Gunn plays the ball up to her from the back, with the keeper coming to close her down as she carries the ball right the striker dinks the shot over her and into the goal beyond to make it 7-0.

 Tiring Hoddesdon have let their heads drop a little 2nd half Handley winning the ball puts it forwards into midfield the ball deflected out to the right, Kelly wriggles clear to get in behind and fire a cross into the area, Godbeer coming towards her getting in the block. Searle with a burst of energy on the left for Stevenage fires a low cross into the area Josland can’t quite connect running on races onto Scola quickly no control on her attempt as the ball is deflected up over the crossbar. 

Rosy Wodhams winning the ball for Hoddesdon from a Stevenage corner

  A free-kick wide left for Stevenage Gunn to play in towards the far post the ball knocked down comes to Burling controls well hitting the shot on the turn putting the ball wide. Kendle is off for Hoddesdon as Robyn Jones comes on. Stevenage continue to dominate Makewell driving a 20 yard strike wide of the right post. Gunn getting onto the ball 30 yards out plays Josland in behind to inside the box, Herrick coming to close her down going to ground stops the shot getting past her. Emmings comes back on for Makewell for Stevenage, Handley coming off for Hoddesdon, Courtney Smart joining the game. 

Stevenage make more changes, McGuigan and Littlechild returning to the field late on. Into the last 5 minutes. Wodhams with a cross/shot from a wide position on the right sending the ball behind the Stevenage goal. 

GOAL! Another goal for Stevenage late in the match Littlechild on target to bring up their 8th. The attack on the left the ball rolled into Emmings outside the box good hold up play allowing Littlechild to get forwards running past her Emmings lays the pass into her run Littlechild striking the ball from the top of the area finds the bottom corner 8-0.

Godbeer comes off in the closing stages for Stevenage as they finish as strong as thy started the game. Scola wide on the right  flashes a cross along the top of the six yard box, McGuigan in the middle attempting an ambitious overhead kick does’t connect with the ball. 

Full time Stevenage Ladies 8-0 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

  The final whistle blows and Stevenage Ladies celebrate having successfully retained the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the 1st time. A dominant performance an 8-0 win. Some well taken goals amongst those. On top right from the off and never let their opponents have any time on the ball. A fantastic effort from Hoddesdon to reach their 1st ever County Cup Final couldn’t get to grips with Stevenage on the day nevertheless should be proud of their achievement.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Stevenage Ladies

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

 She’s already got one of these but an easy choice once again for today’s Women’d Football East – Player of the Match. Dominating the midfield with great vision in passing and timing of her runs, especially in the 1st half along with scoring twice is Stevenage Ladies, Chloe Gunn.

Enjoyed my 1st final of the season, plenty more to follow. My thanks to the staff at Hertfordshire FA today for their assistance, everyone was very helpful always appreciated. Lastly my congratulations to Stevenage Ladies on successfully retaining the County Cup.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 28/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 28th January

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

Semi-finals time in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup, delayed a week due to the poor weather affecting the region last weekend. It was a repeat of last years final with Stevenage Ladies winners last season at home to Royston Town Ladies. A league between the sides FAWPL South East Division One side, Stevenage had the better of the 1st half but were unable to find the back of the net against their ERWFL Premier Division opponents. A goal early in the 2nd have set Stevenage on their way to victory, Ashleigh Deacon putting the ball into the back of the net, more chances followed before Stevenage doubled their lead, Leah Littlechild getting the goal. A penalty scored by Chloe Gunn sealing a 3-0 win and sending Stevenage into their 4th successive final the aim this year to try a successfully defend the trophy. 

Stevenage’s opponents in this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup final will be Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies reaching the final for the 1st time. The ERWFL Division One South side at home to Beds & Herts Women’s Division One leaders, St Albans Ladies in the semi-finals. St Albans 8 months unbeaten going into the match. Two goals from Natasha Crick with a goal each for Kristina O’Connell, Rosy Wodhams and Charley Handley seeing Hoddesdon win the game 5-2 to reach the final. Eleanor Lovelock and Jordan Williamson with the 2nd half strikes for St Albans. 

   The Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final will be played on the 11th March at the County Ground in Letchworth. Women’s Football East will be there.

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

 It was quarter finals weekend in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup competition again delayed due to the poor weather last weekend. Bedford Ladies already through due to Sandy Ladies folding earlier in the season that left 3 ties to be contested.

It was as far apart in the women’s football pyramid as you could get in one quarter final with Luton Town Ladies, Bedfordshire’s premier women’s side playing in FAWPL South East Division One and holders of the County Cup away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets on Sunday. Luton winning comfortably to progress, Natasha Fensome top scoring in the game with 5 goals. Nicola Henman netting a hat-trick, there was a brace each for Kim Farrow and Dionne Manning. Also getting a goal each in the game were, Lisa Nixon, Rachel Kosky, Jess McKay, Stephanie Gale and Zara Carroll the final score 17-0.

   Luton Town Ladies Development side were also in action in the quarter finals of the County Cup drawn away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Houghton Athletic Ladies. Luton were leading the game 1-0 when the game was stopped due to a serious injury to Houghton’s Ciara Craig an ambulance called the game abandoned. Terrible news and Women’s Football East wishes Ciara all the best for a speedy and full recovery. The game rescheduled.

ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Dunstable Ladies were also taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division One opponents in the quarter finals of the County Cup, Sharnbrook WFC the visitors to Creasey Park. Goals from Danielle Carty and Charlene Moreton securing a 2-0 win for Dunstable to send them through to the semi-finals.

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

Luton Town Ladies v ADC Dunstable Ladies

Bedford Ladies v Houghton Athletic Ladies or Luton Town Ladies Development

Both games scheduled to be played Sunday 18th Febraury.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

 One game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday with 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies playing their 1st game of 2018 at home to bottom side Watton Ladies. Both Laurie Marris and Laura Cousins getting 2 goals each in the 1st half before going on to complete their hat-tricks in the 2nd. Manjinder Atwal also on target in the 2nd half with Sherrardswood running out 7-2 winners, moving them 5 points behind 2nd placed Northwood Ladies with 2 games in hand.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

It was 3rd v 4th in Beds & Herts Division Two on Sunday with Royston Town Ladies Reserves away to Hitchin Town Ladies. It was the hosts who opened the scoring Jessica McNamara putting them 1-0 on 11 minutes. Just past the half hour Royston came right back into the match equalising then going into the lead just 3 minutes later scoring from two free-kicks, Grace Leslie and Harriet Smith the scorers. Hitchin were quick to reply however the lead lasting just 4 minutes as Emma Chaffey got it back to 2-2. That the half-time score. One the hour Hitchin retook the lead Dani Friel scoring. The 3 points made safe 2 minutes from time Megan Franklin scoring from 30 yards to make it 4-2 the 3 points enough to move Hitchin above Royston into 3rd on goal difference.

 Evergreen Eagles also move up a place in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two table after winning at home on Sunday going above opponents Hitchin Belles into 6th. Samantha Takis putting Evergreen 1-0 on 20 minutes it was 2-0 2 minutes later Samantha Feeney getting the goal. Holly Williams making it 3-0 on the half hour. Abbey Williams extending the lead 20 minutes into the 2nd half. Takis scoring her 2nd of the game 20 minutes from time to seal a 5-0 victory.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, 2nd placed Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies cut the gap to leaders Bedford Ladies Development to 5 points with a comfortable home win on Sunday. Taking on Shefford Town & Campton Ladies the winning margin 6-0. Sophia Pidgeon scoring all 6 of Wheathamstead’s goals moving her on to 24 goals from 10 appearances. Wheathamstead in good form have 2 games in hand on the leaders.

  Also in action on Sunday in Division Three were the bottom two Bedwell Rangers Ladies looking to extend the gap from bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies. Holly Walker scoring in the 10th minute for Bedwell. Jessica Sullivan also getting a goal in the 1st half went on to complete her hat-trick in the 2nd half. Leah Tomlin and Faye Prout also getting a goal each with Bedwell winning the game 6-3 their 3rd win of the season moving them 8 points ahead of Potters Bar United, their goal scorers Carly Gilbey and Mandy Morgan who scored a brace.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 07/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 7th January

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

The semi-final line-up for this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup has now been settled after the final two quarter finals were played this Sunday. Holders Stevenage Ladies were drawn away to Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies in the competition progressed courtesy of a 3-0 win. Goals from Amy Makewell, Ellie Searle and captain Donna McGuigan securing victory.

In the all ERWFL quarter final tie between Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies and Colney Heath Ladies the game went all the way to penalties on Sunday. Rosy Wodhams giving Division One South side Hoddesdon the lead on 13 minutes, Charley Handley doubled the advantage as the game closed in on the half hour mark. Premier Division side Colney Heath mounted a comeback a 40 yard strike from Annie Hickey bringing it back to 2-1 then she scored a 2nd goal to bring it back to 2-2. The tie went into extra-time neither side could find a winning goal it was Hoddesdon who came out on top in the penalty shootout winning it 3-1 to reach the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup semi-finals. Royston Town Ladies and St Albans Ladies complete the last four.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

It was 1st v 2nd at the start of the year in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with leaders St Albans Ladies travelling to 2nd placed Northwood Ladies plenty of goals in this game Michaela Johnson putting St Albans 1-0 up on 12 minutes, Northwood drew level 12 minutes later Emma Steele scoring to make it 1-1. 10 minutes before half-time St Albans retook the lead Chloe Reeves on target. At half-time the lead was 3-1 to St Albans with Eleanor Lovelock scoring in the 40th minute. Francessca Webster got it back to 3-2 for Northwood 15 minutes into the 2nd half before St Albans went on to extend their lead further Katie Graham and Suzanne Reed scoring to make it 5-2. Leanne Jones scoring in the last 5 minutes for Northwood to see the final score 5-3 to St Albans who are now 8 points clear at the top of the Division One table.

In the other match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday, Garston Ladies started 2018 with a big win on the road away to bottom side Watton Ladies. Jane Hales scoring 5 goals to move her into double figures for the season. Emma Trill also netting a brace with a goal each for Lucy Zecchin and Katie Sills in a 9-2 win. Elizabeth Dowton and Chloe Jones scoring for Watton Ladies.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Garston Ladies 2nd XI continue to lead the way in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two winning at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday two goals from Charley Kelsey along with a strike from Holly Jury enough to edge the result 3-2 in their favour to see the 3 points won. Katie Smith and Shemika Holloway with her 1st goal of the season scoring for Letchworth.

 Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires have Garston Ladies 2nd XI in their sights as they won at the weekend to go 2nd 2 points behind the leaders in Division Two. Ending 2017 in good form with 3 straight league wins Welwyn carried that form into 2018 away to Evergreen Eagles. Chemise Huitson going into double figures with a brace to move onto 11 for the season along with a goal for April Spang seeing the visitors win the game 3-0.

   4th placed Hitchin Town Ladies move onto 13 points for the season 6 behind leaders Garston and well placed to challenge the top 3 in the table. Away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues this Sunday it was a close result goals from Bethany Lowe, Jessica McNamara and Hayley Watson enough to win the 3 points for Hitchin Town with a 3-2 win. Molly Churchill and Victoria Harold on target for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday and it was a big game between 1st and 2nd with Bedford Ladies Development 5 points clear at the top hosting Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies whose good form late in 2017 had propelled them up the table. 2nd half strikes from Cayleigh Jackson and captain Jessica Bunnage seeing Bedford Ladies win the game 2-1 to extend their lead to 8 points at the top of the league. Annya Hall netting the goal for Wheathamstead Wanderers.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 03/12/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd December

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

With St Albans Ladies not in action this Sunday it was an opportunity for 2nd placed Northwood Ladies to close the gap on the leaders in Division One, a tough game at home however taking on Garston Ladies. Northwood with just the one defeat in their opening 6 games since joining the league at the start of the season secured the 3 points winning the match by a single goal, Emma Steele finding the back of the net.

Sherrardswood Ladies consolidated 3rd position in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table with a win at home on Sunday against Sharnbrook WFC. It was the visitors however who were leading at half-time goals for Emma Butler and Gemma Franklin putting Sharnbrook into a 2-0 lead before Laura Cousins pulled it back to 2-1 in the 40th minute. Trailing 2-1 going int the final 15 minutes Cousins grabbed her 2nd goal of the game in the 77th minute to draw the sides level at 2-2. Sherrardswood going on to claim all 3 points in the final 5 minutes with Francesca Novelli scoring the winner.

   Two successive draws against the top two in the league Houghton Athletic Ladies built on that by securing their 1st win of the season in Division One away to Flitwick Ladies. The hosts struggling for numbers and looking to recruit new faces to the squad came up against a confident Houghton side Emily Wilson scoring a hat-trick with Holly Thomson also on target with 2 goals. Holly Skinner, Ciara Craig and Louise Spendelow all getting a goal each too in an 8-0 that takes Houghton up into 5th position.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 5th placed Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Goals from Danielle Allen, Sophie Mandel, Mandy Mercer, April Spang and Hanicka Mikova plus a brace for Chemise Huitson seeing Welwyn Pegasus win the match 7-1. The 3 points lifting Welwyn Pegasus up 2 places back into 3rd position in the table. Sally Green the goalscorer for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Three games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend. It was a meeting between the top two with league leaders, Bedford Ladies Development away to Welwyn Pegasus Azures. 5 points clear of their opponents going into the match Bedford took an early lead in the game with Cayleigh Jackson scoring in the 8th minute. Susannah Hall made it 2-0 to Bedford just 3 minutes later. Janiece Allen pulled a goal back for Welwyn Pegasus. Joanne Makin putting Bedford 3-1 on 27 minutes. Allen netted her 2nd goal to make it 3-2 to Bedford going into half-time. The visitors going on to secure the win 2nd half captain Jessica Bunnage scoring just past the hour to see Bedford extend their lead at the top to 8 points with a 4-2 win.

Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies leap frog two places in the Beds & Herts Division Three table into 2nd position level on points with Welwyn Pegasus Azures as they won at home on Sunday taking on Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Sophia Pidgeon scoring a hat-trick for the hosts as they ran out 3-1 winners to make it 5 wins from 6 league games played.

  Bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies are finally off the mark in Division Three after they secured a point at home on Sunday playing Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. Leah Casali the goalscorer for Potters Bar. Karen Clark netting for Shefford Town & Campton the 1-1 draw enough to lift them up a place into 5th in the Division Three table.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

An all Evergreen affair in the final tie in the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 2nd Round to be settled this weekend with Evergreen Eagles in Division Two at home to Evergreen Ladies playing in Division Three. Amber Charlton scored for Evergreen Eagles however a goal from Samantha Jackson along with a brace from Natalie Maher saw Evergreen Ladies win the game 3-1 to advance into the quarter finals. 

  The 4 quarter final ties are scheduled to be played in the New Year, Sunday 14th January the completed draw as follows:- 

St Albans Ladies v Garston Ladies

Sharnbrook WFC v Garston Ladies 2nd XI

Houghton Athletic Ladies v Flitwick Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v Northwood Ladies

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

The 1st of the 4 Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup quarter finals was played at the weekend with last season’s beaten finalists, Royston Town Ladies away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side, Hitch Belles. 3 leagues between the sides ERWFL Premier Division side Royston opened the scoring as early as the 2nd minute, Becky Shephard getting the goal. Hitchin Belles responded quickly with a goal to make it 1-1, Keira How on target. Royston were soon back in front however with Shephard getting her 2nd of the game. After that Royston went on to dominate the tie, Paige Rolfe, Sammy Tinsley, Hayley Graham and Andrea Wright all scoring before Shepard went on to complete her hat-trick, Wright adding her 2nd of the game a minute before half-time to see Royston leading 8-1 at the break. Doubled their score 2nd half Tinsley getting 2 more to complete her hat-trick. Gemma Croucher, Ellie Pickard and Paris Coldicott-Stevens also getting a goal each. Shephard adding a 4th goal to her tally with Wright also getting 4 goals in a 16-1 win.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 19/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 19th November

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, league leaders St Albans Ladies dropped their 1st points of the season, as opponents Houghton Athletic Ladies got their 1st point on the board. St Albans at home twice coming from behind to draw the game 2-2 to retain their long unbeaten record in the league. Houghton Athletic playing just their 3rd league game scoring through Ciara Craig and Emily Wilson. St Albans levelling the scores twice in the final 12 minutes through goals from Chloe Reeves and Sophie Lawrence.

  The points were also shared between Sharnbrook WFC and Garston Ladies in Division One, drawing 1-1, Emma Butler scoring the goal for hosts Sharnbrook, Jane Hales finding the back of the net for Garston Ladies.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

A comfortable result at home for Garston Ladies 2nd XI at home on Sunday sees the league leaders in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two go 3 points clear at the top of the table. Hosting bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues both Charley Kelsey and Maxine Hotz scored 2 goals each. Leah Crockett, Charlotte Dormer and Holly Jury were also on target in a 7-0 win making it 5 wins from 5 for Garston at the start of the season.

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires move back up to 4th in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two table with an away win at Hitchin Town Ladies on Sunday, the hosts scoring twice with Emma Chaffey getting both goals, Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires doubled that tally to claim the 3 points with Chemise Huitson scoring a brace, Mandy Mercer and Ellie Burke also scoring the final score 4-2.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 A good weekend for the chasing sides in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as the leading pair were both beaten. Welwyn Pegasus Azures 100% winning start to the season coming to an end away to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets who climb up to 3rd in the table with their 4th win of the season. Grace Woodman giving Woburn & Wavendon the lead in the 35th minute. Janiece Allen levelling the scores within a minute of the 2nd half starting. Emily Saunders scoring what would prove to be the winning goal with 20 minutes left to play for Woburn & Wavendon.

Bedford Ladies Development had taken over top spot from Welwyn Pegasus Azures the previous weekend were on the road this Sunday playing Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies. Jessica Bunnage scored early in the game to give Bedford the lead. Wheathamstead Wanderers came back to level the scores then go on to win the match 2-1, Sophia Pidgeon with both strikes back amongst the goals the win moving Wheathamstead into 4th position also on 12 points with 3rd placed Woburn & Wavendon however they have games in hand on all the sides above them with the gap to the leaders 5 points.

In the other match played in Division Three the winning margin was also 2-1 this time however to the away side with Shefford Town & Campton Ladies travelling to play Bedwell Rangers Ladies on Sunday. Jessica Sullivan scoring in the 8th minute for Bedwell Rangers, Shefford Town & Campton coming back to win the 3 points Sarah King and Michelle Smith with the goals.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

Two ties outstanding from last weekend in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup 2nd Round due to Stevenage Ladies and Royston Town Ladies involvement in the FA Women’s Cup. Current holders FAWPL South East Division One side, Stevenage Ladies were away in the 2nd Round taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side, Evergreen Eagles. In good form with a 4 league gap between the sides Stevenage progressed to the quarter finals with a large winning margin. Captain Donna McGuigan top scoring in the game with 5 goals. Amy Josland scoring a hat-trick there were braces for both Rebecca Scola and Katherine Long with Leah Littlechild and Amy Makewell both getting a goal each in a 14-0 win.

   ERWFL Premier Division side, Royston Town Ladies were at home in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side, Sherrardswood Ladies. Paris Coldicott-Stevens scoring twice for the hosts there were goals too for Francesca Smithers, Rebekah Fisk, Hayley Graham and Becky Shephard in a 6-0 win for Royston Town.

   That sees the quarter finals of the Hertfordshire Women County Cup look as follows:- 

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v Stevenage Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Royston Town Ladies

Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v St Albans Ladies

  these ties will be played over 3 Sundays the 3rd through to the 17th December

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 12/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 12th November

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday with Sharnbrook WFC hosting Sherrardswood Ladies. The hosts taking the lead in the 17th minute, Emma Bulter scoring the goal for Sharnbrook, the Bedfordshire side holding on to their single goal advantage until the final 6 minutes, Laurie Marris with her 4th goal of the season levelling the scores and seeing both sides take home a point.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One match too in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two with Letchworth Garden City Eagles hosting 3rd placed Garston Ladies 2nd XI the visitors looking to extend their 100% winning start to 4 games. A competitve match Letchworth scoring twice with goals from Tayla Murray and Natalie Moey, Garston scoring 3 up the other end to win the game and keep their record intact. Eleanor Barton, Lauren Berryman and Charley Kelsey scoring the goals to secure victory the win taking Garston back to the top of the Division Two table.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

New leaders in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this weekend with 2nd placed Bedford Ladies Development taking advantage of leaders Welwyn Pegasus Azures not being in action to win and move above them. At home to Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Paige Abraham opened the scoring for Bedford on 10 minutes. A brace from Jessica Bunnage saw Bedford with a 3-0 lead at the break. Maya Sidhu make it 4-0 in the 2nd half netting on 70 minutes with Bunnage going on to complete her hat-trick in the final 5 minutes. Courtney Edwards scoring a late consolation goal for Bedwell Rangers. Bedford winning 5-1.

  Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets move up 2 places in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three table with a 3rd win of the season up from 6th to 4th. Away to Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. Charlotte Demmon scoring in the 14th minute for the visitors, Erin Dabbs adding a 2nd goal 2 minutes later. Emily Saunders scoring from the penalty spot for Woburn on the half hour. Alexandra Miller also getting a goal with 5 minutes left to play in the 1st half. 2 more goals coming in the final 3 minutes of the 2nd half Miller with her 2nd of the game before Lauren Revell found the back of the net with 2 minutes left Woburn winning 6-1.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

5 ties from the 2nd Round of this seasons Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup taking place this Sunday. Evergreen Ladies awarded a home win against King’s Langley Youth U17s Belles Girls. 

   An all Beds & Herts Division One clash in the 2nd Round with table toppers St Albans Ladies hosting Garston Ladies. Sophie Monahan playing her final game for St Albans opening the scoring for the home side. Ellen Slater also scoring in the 1st half. Slater adding her 2nd of the game via the penalty spot on the hour with top scorer Chloe Reeves adding a 4th goal for St Albans late in the match. Garston’s Jane Hales scoring 2 for the visitors, St Albans progress to the quarter finals with a 4-2 win.

   Hitching Belles from Beds & Herts Division Two were hosting Division Three side Potters Bar United Ladies in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup. Leading comfortably 4-0 at half-time Hitchin Belles went on to claim 3 more goals 2nd half winning 7-0 to reach the quarter finals. Charlotte Peters scoring a hat-trick the other 4 goals were shared out with Amy Jack, Chloe Keller, Gemma Smith and Charis Wakefield all getting on the scoresheet.

   A big test for Beds & Herts Division Two side, Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires taking on higher league opponents Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies at home in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup the regional league side given a game however, Sophie Mandel and April Spang scoring for Welwyn Pegasus, it wasn’t quite enough as Hemel Hempstead scored 3 up the other end to progress to the quarter finals.

   Two ties from the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup featuring sides from the ERWFL. Division One South side Hertford Town Ladies were hosting ERWFL Premier Division side Colney Heath Ladies on Sunday. It was the hosts who took the lead in the match Donna Watts putting Hertford 1-0. Colney Heath came back to level the scores just before half-time Holly Sheridan getting the goal. Sheridan then went on to score another early in the 2nd half to see Colney Heath lead 2-1. couldn’t build on their lead however and Hertford came back to level it at 2-2 with Watts scoring her 2nd of the game. The tie was settled in extra-time, Samantha May sending home a free-kick to put Colney Heath back into the lead and this time they held on for the 3-2 result to reach the quarter finals.

  The other all ERWFL tie saw Division One South side Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies hosting league leaders unbeaten Stevenage Ladies Reserves. Hoddesdon up against a side yet to concede in the league the visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Hoddesdon responded with a quickfire reply to make it 1-1, Hannah Kelly scoring. Stevenage retaking the lead on 20 held onto the advantage until the half-time break. Again Hoddesdon scored pulling it back to 2-2 in the 2nd half, Stevenage though getting up the other end making it 3-2, their goals scored by Hannah Marshall, Rebecca Day and Emily Scofield. For the 3rd time in the match however Hoddesdon brought it back level and at 3-3 after 90 minutes the tie headed into extra-time. Hoddesdon having the better of the 30 period of play going on to score 2 goals to lead 5-3 and held on to win through to the quarter finals of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup, Kelly scoring a hat-trick with Kristina O’Connell scoring the other 2 goals. 

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 15/10/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th October

Sad news to start this week’s Beds & Herts Round-Up, struggling for numbers at the start of the season Sandy Ladies of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One have took the hard decision to call it a day. After 14 seasons ended last season winning the nearly formed Chris Renshaw Trophy. A real shame a talented squad had the pleasure of watching them on a couple of occasions wishing everyone at the club all the best for the future and hope to see as many as possible continue in the game and hopefully one day Sandy will return to women’s football.

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

 Across both counties this weekend all the action was from the County Cup in Bedfordshire the 1st Round was being contested between 8 sides looking to join, Luton Town Ladies (the current cup holders), AFC Dunstable Ladies. Bedford Ladies and Sandy Ladies in the quarter finals.

  Beds & Herts Division One side Sharnbrook WFC were at home in the 1st Round taking on Division Two side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Hoffi Pursey scoring an early goal for Sharnbrook in the 6th minute, 2 quickfire goals from Stephanie Hettle and Charlie Mullins on the hour mark had Sharnbrook in control of the tie. Mullins adding a 2nd goal to her tally with 20 minutes left. Pursey also claiming a brace netting another goal in the 83rd minute to see Sharnbrook progress with a 5-1 win. Georgie Payne with the Woburn goal.

  An all Division One clash in the 1st Round of the Bedfordshire County Cup between Flitwick Ladies at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies on Sunday the away side getting the result to progress, Emily Wilson hitting  a brace with goals form Louise Spendelow and Holly Thomson in a 4-0 win.

  Bedford Ladies Development at home to Woburn & Wavendon Lioness Clarets was an all Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three clash in the 1st Round of the County Cup, the sides all square at the break drawing 1-1 both goals coming within a minute of each other just past the half hour mark Joanne Makin on target for Bedford, Alexandra Mitchell scoring for Woburn. The visitors going on to win the tie in the 2nd half with Lauren Revell giving Woburn the lead on the hour mark Charlotte Demmon making it 3-1 with 20 minutes left the Clarets reaching the quarter finals.

  Bed & Herts Division Three side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies were at home to Luton Town Ladies Development in the 1st Round of the County Cup a 6-0 defeat seeing them exit the competition at the weekend.

The quarter final draw for the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup is as follows:-

Bedford Ladies H-W Sandy Ladies (folded)

AFC Dunstable Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC 

Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets v Luton Town Ladies

Houghton Athletic Ladies v Luton Town Ladies Development

 Ties scheduled to be played Sunday 21st January 

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

8 ties played in the 1st Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup this Sunday with Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies, Evergreen Eagles and Garston Ladies all awarded a walkover to progress into the 2nd Round.

County Cup holders Stevenage Ladies began the defence of their trophy away to Beds & Herts Division Two side Garston Ladies 2nd XI. 4 leagues between the sides Stevenage overpowering their opponents attackers Leah Littlechild and Nicole Emmings both scoring a hat-trick. Chloe Gunn getting a brace. The goals were shared out elsewhere with Amy Josland, Rebecca Scola, Ellie Searle, Kristi Burling and Dominique Godbeer all finding the back of the net in a 14-1 win.

  Stevenage Ladies Reserves side also progress in the Hertfordshire County Cup taking their fantastic league form away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday. A brace for Emily Scofield, along with strikes from Hannah Marshall and Rebecca Brooker seeing them beat the side from Beds & Herts Division Two 4-0.

   Royston Town Ladies last season’s beaten finalists are also through to the 2nd Round of the County Cup winning away from home against Watford Ladies Development who themselves won the competition 2 seasons ago. Goals from Samantha Edgar, Hayley Graham and Abby Laughlin sealing a 3-0 victory for Royston Town.

ERWFL Division One South side Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies won comfortably at home to progress in the County Cup on Sunday taking on Beds & Herts Division Three side, Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kristina O’Connell netting a hat-trick in the match. Summer Muir claiming a brace with goals too for Leah Dunnage, Courtney Smart, Charlotte Grogan and Sian Owens in a 9-0 win.

  Not such good news for ERWFL Division One South side Bishops Stortford ladies as they exit the County Cup in the 1st Round knocked out by lower league opposition, short on numbers Bishops Stortford were hosting Beds & Herts Division Two side Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires. Goals from Danielle Aken, Chemise Huitson and Sophie Mandel seeing the Sapphires win the tie 3-1. Brogan McHale scoring for Bishops Stortford.

Another side causing an upset on the County Cup were Beds & Herts Division Three bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies at home on Sunday taking on Watton Ladies bottom of Division One. Goals form Charlotte Caswell and Lauren Englefield sealing a narrow 2-1 win for Potters Bar.

  Bedwell Rangers Ladies from Beds & Herts Division Three were leading Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies 1-0 at half-time in their County Cup 1st Round tie the away side scoring in the 25th minute Megan Wybrow with the goal. Sherrardswood started the 2nd half strongly, Manjinder Atwal levelling the scores on 50 minutes a quickfire spell of 3 goals putting Sherrardswood on top on 57,58 and 60 minutes, Atwal with her 2nd of the game, Laurie Marris and Francesca Novelli also on target. Bedwell Rangers threatened a comeback Holly Walker then Jessica Sullivan making it 4-3. Into the last 10 minutes of the game and Atwal struck again to complete her hat-trick then a 4th a couple of minutes later to seal a 6-3 result.

Also advancing into the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup are Beds & Herts Division Two side Hitchin Belles winning 4-2 away from home against Bishops Stortford U18 Girls. Chloe Keller scoring a brace with Charlotte Peters and Charis Wakefield also scoring.

The draw for the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup features 8 ties to be played Sunday 12th & 19th November.

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Evergreen Eagles v Stevenage Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Potters Bar United Ladies

Royston Town Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies

Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Stevenage Ladies Reserves

Hertford Town Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v King’s Langley Youth U17 Belles Girls

St Albans Ladies v Garston Ladies

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 12/03/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 12th March

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final

The 1st County Cup of the season took place at The County Ground in Letchworth. Stevenage Ladies from FAWPL South East Division One taking on Royston Town Ladies playing in the league below the ERWFL Premier Division. A 3rd successive final for Stevenage Ladies winning it for the 1st time 2 seasons ago. Royston Town beaten finalists in the 2013/14 Final.

Royston Town started positively looking to press a high line keep Stevenage back in their own half. As Stevenage settle they found space in behind strikers Bolu Fisher and Rosy Woodhams found space in behind Royston Town goalkeeper Emma D’Costa with some important saves. Eventually the pressure told however and Stevenage scored just after the half hour mark Woodhams on hand inside the box to receive the ball from Fisher after D’Costa had stopped her getting a shot away herself Woodhams putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

  A narrow advantage for Stevenage at the break, they were soon in control of the final scoring twice early in the 2nd half. Defender Dominique Godbeer heading the ball home at the near post from a corner before Woodhams got her 2nd of the game running towards goal as D’Costa came sliding in to gather the ball lost it Woodhams going on beyond her to put the ball into the back of the net.

Stevenage Ladies, Rosy Woodhams celebrating after scoring her 2nd goal (photo credit Kevin Richards)

  Royston Town despite being 3-0 down created chances late in the game Sammy Tinsley striking the post from long range, Harriet Smith getting into the box threatened to pull a goal back no to be however as Stevenage hit them on the counter in injury time captain Donna McGuigan firing the ball into the top corner the final whistle blowing Stevenage Ladies celebrate winning the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the 2nd time. You can view some excellent pictures taken of the game by Kevin Richards by clicking on the link to his album from the day below 

The game was covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog too and you can read the full match report on this site or by clicking on the link below 

Stevenage Ladies 4-0 Royston Town Ladies

Congratulations to at Stevenage Ladies winners of this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

St Albans Ladies remain top of Beds & Herts Division One on 27 points ahead of Sandy Ladies on goal difference after picking up a good win away from home on Sunday taking on 3rd placed Garston Ladies goals from Megan Samuel and a penalty put away by Ellie Lovelock seeing them to a 2-1 win. Bobbi Rhodes with the goal for Garston Ladies. Top of the table with 2 matches left to play the league has been competitive all season maximum points from those games and anything is possible.

   Sandy Ladies in 2nd spot stay level on points with St Albans Ladies have two games more to play however were beaten by Letchworth away from home almost a month ago a slight wobble losing again before beating Bishops Stortford Ladies away from hoe allowed others to catch them up. 3 wins on the bounce had seen Letchworth climb off the bottom of the Division One table. Away to Sandy this Sunday that winning run was brought to an end. Sandy winning the match 4-2 to collect the 3 points, Chloe Reeves scoring twice, Katie Seldon and Amber Williams also scoring.

  Sherrardswood Ladies climb above Garston Ladies into 3rd in Division One with their 3rd straight win were away from home on Sunday playing Bishops Stortford Ladies whose own title hopes took a knock as they were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Sherrardswood. Broghan McHale and a Lauren Maynard penalty for Bishops Stortford. Laura Cousins scored in the 1st half for Sherrardswood with Francesca Novelli scoring with 15 minutes left Laurie Marris scoring their 3rd goal in the last 10 minutes of the game.

  Letchworth’s good form plus a lack of league points gained so far in 2017 had seen Houghton Athletic Ladies slip down the table was a clash between the bottom two then on Sunday as Houghton Athletic hosted bottom side Hitchin Town Ladies. Got back to winning ways in the league with both Charlotte Ross and Holly Thomson scoring in a 2-0 win that lifts Houghton Athletic up 2 places into 6th in the Division One table.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two league leaders Watton Ladies were held to a goalless draw by Flitwick Ladies the point enough to lift Flitwick a place into 4th spot in the table. 

2nd placed Panshanger Ladies closed the gap to Watton Ladies to a single point on Sunday were playing their final league game of the season at the weekend hosting previous league leaders Hitchin Belles. The visitors getting off to a great start going 1-0 up early on Shannon Page with the goal. Panshanger responded well however pulling it back to 1-1 before 10 minutes were played Chemise Huitson getting the goal, Huitson went on to add a 2nd of the game 10 minutes later to hand Panshanger the lead taking her tally past 20 for the season. Ellie Burke scoring twice inside the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half to see Panshanger win 4-1. A very good league campaign following promotion last season amongst the top sides in the division leading for a spell themselves, a good platform to take into next season.

Elsewhere in Division Two the bottom sides Evergreen Ladies and Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets met both on 4 points going into the game the next was won by a single goal Annelie Ramsey scoring in the 20th minute for away side Woburn & Wavendon to put them 3 points clear of Evergreen. And although Panshanger Ladies have completed their league fixtures their is still plenty of games left in the league 6th placed Royston Town Ladies Reserves in particular have 6 games left. 

 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 One game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday and it was a great result for Wheathamsted Ladies at home beating Potters Bar United Ladies 7-0 their 2nd successive league win too as they move onto 9 points. 2 goals each for Sophia Pidgeon and Shauna Smith. plus a goal each for Sandra Knias, Libby Quinn and Jackie Sheridan.