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Match Report – Cup Final Special

Sunday 5th May

Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final

Sprowston Athletic Ladies v Beccles Town Ladies

 An early start to day this Sunday with a trip east along the A47 to Plantation Park for this season’s Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League Finals Day. Three games in total, the action kicking off at 10am with the League Plate Final this season being contested by Sprowston Athletic Ladies and Beccles Town Ladies.

 The Ladies League Plate competition introduced in the 2015/16 season sees the sides knocked out of the early rounds in the League Cup go on to contest the Plate, both of today’s opponents running foul of Taverham Women United knocked out of the Cup, Taverham’s young guns making a blistering start to playing in women’s football for the first time winning the Division Two title losing just one game along the way.

  A third successive finals day appearance for Sprowston this Sunday in their various guises over recent season’s. Reaching the in Plate final the 2016/17 losing to King’s Lynn Town Ladies. As FC Sprowston Ladies last season reached the final of the League Cup itself whilst winning the Division Two title, were taking on Bungay Town Ladies both sides entering the game looking for a league and cup double, a single goal scored in the 2nd half seeing Bungay win the trophy. Entering Division One, the club joining forces with Sprowston Athletic FC. Didn’t get off to a good start playing in the higher league losing their opening 3 games but since then have picked up some notable results and rising up the table an encouraging finish as they secured a top half position in the league.

  Promoted with FC Sprowston Ladies last season were Beccles Town Ladies making their debut in women’s football, pushing their opponents all the way in the title race. Life in Division One has been tough however finishing bottom have struggled with an awful injury list and long spells without a game, despite all that, the club continues to have a positive outlook. Is well supported by Beccles Town FC. Reaching their first ever final the club making the trip down to Wembley Stadium yesterday to watch the FA Women’s Cup, where they saw local girl, Lauren Hemp score for Manchester City Women as they beat West Ham United Women 3-0. 

 Road to the Final

    A bye for Beccles in the 1st Round of the Plate competition. Sprowston were away to Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies a 6-1 victory seeing them comfortably through to the quarter finals.

  Another away trip for Sprowston in the last 8 of the Plate competition once more taking on Division Two opposition, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies leading 2-0 at half-time Sprowston went on to win the game 5-1 with Melissa Belsey scoring a hat-trick. Beccles Town Ladies were at home taking on Bulldogs Ladies bottom of Division Two with Beccles leading heavily the game was abandoned due to a serious injury to Bulldogs captain Emma Johnson the game to be played again, Beccles comfortable winning 9-0 to book their spot in the last 4.

   An all Division One line-up in the semi-finals, Sprowston at home taking on Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves, a brace form Katie Fray plus a goal for Olivia Leggett seeing them through the the final with a 3-1 win. Beccles were away playing Aylsham Ladies in the semi-finals a goal in each half from captain Megan Vincent seeing Beccles into their first final.

Plantation Park the home of Norwich United FC once again the venue for the NWGFL Finals Day, home to Norwich City Ladies too and they were down to play their final game of the season at home against Billericay Town Ladies, that game switched to Fakenham Town FC’s Clipbush Park. The pitch at Plantation Park offers plenty of with a surprisingly good condition at the end of the season, not had the weather on it however a mild and very dry winter good grass coverage if anything perhaps a little hard and in need of some moisture. Dark clouds overhead heavy downpours a possibility hopefully not anything like Norfolk had the day before. Chilly the sun trying to make an appearance. The bar open with hot food and drinks on sale.

Sprowston Athletic Ladies starting XI – Tyla Cole, Hannah Taylor (C), Sophie Rose, Keri Boorman, Olivia Leggett, Katie Fray, Nicole Read, Rebecca Kirby, Rachel Bussey, Kate Morris & Laura Jenkins. Subs – Megan Belsey, Melissa Belsey & Monica Cass.

 Beccles Town Ladies starting XI – Chloe Pearce, Emily Coe, Elisha Maher, Megan Vincent (C), Poppy Wilson, Vicky Ottey, Fran Heaney, Lucy Robbens, Bethan Owen, Darcie Keiley & Eva Evans. Subs – Chelsea Caplin, Marie Carter & Poppy Fenn.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

   It’s Beccles to get the Plate final underway kicking off 1st half wearing white shirts with black shorts and socks. Sprowston wearing orange coloured shirts with black shorts and socks. Beccles play the ball on right for Bethan Owen to chase support from Elisha Maher coming on from fullback, Rachel Bussey tackling for Sprowston the ball out for a throw in. A bright start from Beccles have Sprowston penned back in their half the ball worked across the top of the area Fran Heaney out to Darcie Keiley left she gets a throw taken quickly Heaney turning to put a cross into the box from 25 yards out safely gathered by Sprowston goalkeeper Tyla Cole. 

Rebecca Kirby winning the tackle for Sprowston.

  Sprowston get up the left a throw high up the pitch, on into the area Laura Jenkins near side heading it on to the far post Kate Morris closing in, Beccles captain Megan Vincent in to win the ball put it behind for the 1st corner of the game. The ball played in by Rebecca Kirby long across the six yard box a touch far post deflecting in goalwards Beccles goalkeeper Chloe Pearce down making a reactive save the ball pushed out of the area a shot driven back in a nick deflecting it wide a corner signalled. Pearce coming for it near post misses it over her is blocked and cleared by the defender on the post. 

Sprowston Athletic Ladies, Laura Jenkins

  Katie Fray getting on the ball in the middle bringing it on for Sprowston sees Morris making a run away into the right channel picks her out Morris travelling on into the area, Vincent getting back at her to make the challenge the ball away for a throw. Eva Evans in attack for Beccles running onto the ball right comes inside looking to get into the area is pulled down a free-kick awarded Lucy Robbens to play the ball into the area the delivery cleared headed back out to the right Robbens taking a touch lining up a shot the ball charged down. 

Katie Fray attacking for Sprowston Athletic Ladies

  Fray breaking up a Beccles counter attack as captain Hannah Taylor gets forwards on the right her cross intercepted. Owen dribbling with the ball right wing cuts inside and shoots for Beccles the effort tame easily gathered by Cole. Players up for Sprowston as they win a throw high up on the right the ball put on for Morris getting her foot wrapped around it on the byline sends a cross back into the box, Keri Boorman attacking it from 8 yards out under challenge lifts a shot in across goal the rising ball hitting the crossbar. 

  Vincent with another timely interception sticking a leg out to prevent Morris running clear from Fray’s through ball. Sprowston starting to see more of the ball getting players forwards Taylor high on the right winning a corner. The ball from Kirby in towards the near post defended the clearance straight to Sprowston’s Nicole Read positioned inside the D controls before playing it to Fray to her right the midfielder brought down right on the edge of the box a free-kick awarded. Sophie Rose on it gets her shot past the wall but not Pearce beyond the ball straight into her midriff. 

 Vicky Ottey through the middle driving on with the ball has Evans ahead of her the striker playing it out to Keiley left, Taylor sliding in conceding the throw taken quickly Robbens away down the left her cross into the area long. Heaney getting back to help the defence an throw for Sprowston right pt inside for Morris a poke goalwards from the top of the area runs wide of the post. Poppy Wilson defending well inside the box as Jenkins left looks to get onto the end of a diagonal ball from the left by Fray. 

Beccles Town Ladies, Lucy Robbens

 Midway through the 1st half Sprowston beginning to get on top have Beccles penned back, Fray with support from Read in the middle breaking up Beccles attacks before they can begin. Kirby looks to play the ball on for Morris right get forwards to receive the cross in top of the area, close on Vincent looks to shift the ball take it in past her the defender reading it putting in the well timed tackle. Heaney getting forwards for Beccles her diagonal pass right looking for Owens stopped by Rose, Sprowston break forwards Morris with Kirby right side, Emily Coe managing to get enough on the ball to regain possession for Beccles. 

  Beccles make the first change of the game Chelsea Caplin on in attack replacing Evans. Rose doing well up against Heaney. The ball on left for Keiley a throw won played into the area Kirby inside the box up for the header the ball back to the keeper safe. A double change for Sprowston, Megan and Melissa Belsey coming on in place of Read and Morris. Olivia Leggett wining the ball at the back into Fray 40 yards out goes for goal catching the ball well doesn’t have the height to trouble Pearce. 

  Vincent although busy at the back is winning everything inside the box. Bussey cutting in field from the left drives a ball in towards the near post cut out by Wilson deflected behind for corner. Beccles making a change before it’s taken Ottey coming off, Evans back on. The corner defended Beccles struggle to get out the ball won back Kirby pushing on central checks and lays it back to Fray 25 yards out she hits it first time the shot straight at Pearce a comfortable save. 

  The ball played up the right for Melissa Belsey to chase with Coe the ball squared central to Leggett in a higher position with Megan Belsey at the back she looks to play it back to Fray to strike goalwards, Heaney sliding in denies the opportunity for Beccles. An injury late in the first half to Rose after on the pitch treatment need to come off Monica Cass coming on. Little goalmouth action Sprowston ending the half well pressing high Kirby getting on up the right, Coe tackling.

Half-time Sprowston Athletic Ladies 0-0 Beccles Town Ladies

  Goalless at the break neither keeper overly tested, Sprowston growing into the game on top for large spells have had Beccles penned back however their defence although the busier has coped well Boorman’s strike onto the bar their best chance so far. Are creating opportunities in attack and look the more likely to find the opening gal as it stands. Beccles not getting the ball into their opponents box too often have yet to trouble Cole in goal. 0-0 though you get the feeling at this stage there might just be one goal in it.

  Sprowston to get the 2nd half underway the ball out to the left Beccles defend Morris back on for Kirby. Jenkins up the wing into the right corner holding the ball up gets a throw the ball dropped into Bussey her cross fired in long across the face of goal, Melissa Belsey in at the far post can’t quite reach it. Pressing right the ball bouncing along the top of the area met by Fray on the volley her shot goalwards once more picking out Pearce. Coe getting outnumbered as Sprowston overload the right wing closes in to make a fine tackle to get the ball up field. Leggett picking up an injury has to go off for some treatment.

Beccles Town Ladies, Emily Coe

  Play resuming with a free-kick the stalemate continuing neither side looking like they are going to change the game with a goal. Vincent with a strong tackle at the ball the ball cleared through the middle on for Caplin she has a half a yard on the defence racing after the ball, Cole out of her area getting there first to clear. Sprowston having looked the more likely to score, Beccles having kept them out for so long are beginning to find a bit more going forwards Heaney influential on the ball central. Morris away right on for Melissa Belsey she cuts infield 20 yards out preparing to shoot Coe back to win the ball for Beccles.

Melissa Besley looking to get in behind for Sprowston

   A miscue at the back sees Melissa Belsey in behind left racing towards the box Maher back on her to slide in play the ball away from a throw. Sprowston with players up into the box for a corner kick on the right the ball fired in low towards Fray positioned top of the area she meets it first time lifting a shot wide across goal. Robbens comes off for Beccles on comes Ottey. Morris right squaring a cross into Leggett central 25 yards out her shot blocked by Vincent. Leggett comes off for Sprowston with Read back into the action. 

Beccles Town Ladies, Chelsea Caplin

 Read on the ball left up for Melissa Belsey nicks it off the defence running n behind into the area cutting inside before winning a corner kick. The cross played in put behind by Vincent for a 2nd corner on the left. Put in central a glancing touch sees the ball spin wide of the far post. Pearce sliding in to claim well top right of her box as Melissa Belsey plays the ball on. Heaney with a powerful run on the right taking the ball on lifts a cross into Caplin top of the area looking to control with her head and cushion it down for a shot, is closely marked by Megan Belsey tries to get in back to Heaney closing in from the right, Sprowston getting bodies back to defend. 

Beccles Town Ladies, Fran Heaney

   Fray through the middle on for Morris, Vincent sliding on to tackle the ball out to the right gathered by Melissa Belsey the cross sent in towards the near post Wilson getting a boot on it to send behind for the corner. Fray off for Sprowston, Leggett back on Poppy Fenn on for Keiley for Beccles. Evans off too with Robbens back on. Kirby returning for Sprowston Bussey off. The changes doing nothing to improve the tempo the neither side threatening to score cancelling each other out as Beccles defend Belsey in attack for Sprowston making some good runs played in by Leggett through the middle, Pearce racing out of her area clears. 

Sprowston Athletic Ladies, Rachel Bussey

Morris off for Sprowston, Bussey back on, Beccles on the attack Heaney brought down, Robbens on it right side delivers into the box Cole claiming the ball. Bussey on the ball right attacking for Sprowston gets into the area pulls the trigger her near post effort stopped by Pearce. Jenkins winning a corner on the left the ball put in towards the top of the area Read with the header the ball dropping wide of the right post. Into the closing minutes cannot see either side scoring. Pearce with a brave stop top of her area is hurt as she and Melissa Belsey come together the striker attacking the ball played in from the right. Pearce is okay up on her feet able to continue. A late corner for Sprowston right into the box, Vincent as she has done all game defending for Beccles.

Full time Sprowston Athletic Ladies 0-0 Beccles Town Ladies

  The 90 minutes end goalless the Plate Final heading into extra-time neither side looked like getting what would have most likely been the winning goal, Beccles coming into the attack a bit more 2nd half another 30 minutes to see if the game can be won in open play or we head into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.


  Assistant Paul Coe departing to referee the 7’s final a substitute made with the officials. Sprowston t get the 1st half of extra-time underway. Attacking left the ball played into the top of the area long finds Cass advanced on the far side her strike dropping wide back across goal. Leggett sends Melissa Belsey on through the middle shooting from outside the box lifts her attempt over the crossbar. 

Jenkins on the left cuts in field 25 yards out before shooting no power behind the strike safely gathered by Pearce. Robbens with the ball for Beccles on for Owen right inside to Ottey gives Owen the return ball shooting the ball deflected behind for a corner, cut out at the near post for a 2nd corner this one dropping central inside the six yard box Heaney on it back to goal tries to control and turn into a shot, Sprowston in to scramble it away. 

Bethan Owen on the ball for Beccles Town Ladies

  Sprowston come right from a throw the ball crossed into the near post a spot of head tennis sees the ball fall to Melissa Belsey 8 yards out stabs her shot wide. Keiley back on for Beccles. Sprowston getting forwards not finding the one clinical chance they need.

Half-time Sprowston Athletic Ladies 0-0 Beccles Town Ladies

  15 minutes left a goal now would surely win it but it’s hard to see who it will be, Beccles battling hard to keep Sprowston out have had few opportunities themselves. Beccles get things underway. Owen off Evans back on. The flag up against Evans as Robbens plays the ball forwards. Fray on the ball central for Sprowston bouncing into her won’t fall favourably as she looks to shoot 20 yards out Vincent an Wilson closing her down. Heaney getting forwards with support from Caplin goes right wins a corner can do little else well marked inside the box, the corner behind.

  Evans brought down on the right a free-kick for Beccles, Robbens with an inviting ball in for runners to attack, Read winning the race for Sprowston in front of everyone to head behind for the corner. A good delivery into the middle of the six yard box Ottey on it can;t get a shot away pushed back for Vincent to strike a low shot back in the ball cannoning off the base of the right post! 

  Morris tries to get away into the right channel the ball lifted on Vincent with Coe getting back to regain possession for Beccles. Sprowston make further changes late on attacking can’t get a shot in to trouble Pearce, the final whistle blows and after 2 hours of football it remains goalless the game to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Full time Sprowston Athletic Ladies 0-0 Beccles Town Ladies


  I hate penalty shootouts (as I may have mentioned before) a game though has to be settled and so each team has five penalties each then if they remain tied it goes to sudden death.

  Beccles to take the first penalty Wilson on the ball goes for placement high but too close to the keeper, Cole saving. Kirby to take Sprowston’s first penalty scores a low strike hit with pace low into the bottom corner past the keeper diving to her left. Sprowston 1-0 Beccles.

  Ottey with Beccles 2nd penalty a composed strike driven low into the bottom corner to score. Bussey matching her strike to score Sprowston’s 2nd penalty. Sprowston 2-1 Beccles.

   Maher up to take Beccles 3rd penalty puts it into the air a comfortable save for Cole shifting left. Rose next for Sprowston her penalty flying over the bar. Sprowston 2-1 Beccles.

  Robbens up next for Beccles sends her penalty in past the keep low to the right to score. Jenkins up next for Sprowston her penalty converted. Sprowston 3-2 Beccles.

  Vincent up to take Beccles 5th penalty has to score and does to put the sides level at 3 each. Read with the opportunity to win it for Sprowston puts her head int her hands as she sees her high effort saved by Pearce the shootout heading to sudden death! Sprowston 3-3 Beccles.

  It’s goalkeeper Pearce to take Beccles next penalty her strike too close to her counterpart Cole with the save. Morris forwards from half way to take smashes her low strike into the bottom corner and turns away in celebration as her teammates race forwards having won the League Plate. Sprowston winning 4-3 on penalties.

 A cruel way to settle a match but the winning goal didn’t look likely to come from normal play Beccles battling hard at the back defending Sprowston coming on but not finding a clinical edge. The longer it went on at 0-0 the more likely it looked to stay that way, either side nicking it at the end would have been harsh, Beccles doing well to take Sprowston all the way to penalties. 

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. Katie Fray performing well in central midfield for Sprowston setting up attacks and breaking up play. Melissa Belsey a threat in attack always looking to get in behind. Fran Heaney doing her best to get things going in attack for Beccles with some good runs getting hold of the ball. The award though goes to Beccles captain Megan Vincent a towering performance in defence putting in some vital and well timed challenges thwarting Sprowston on several occasions.

So at the 3rd attempt of asking on a finals day in Norfolk, Sprowston get their hands on the trophy, the League Plate took all the way by their opponents end the season with silverware.

Sprowston Athletic Ladies 2018/19 Norfolk Ladies League Plate winners

  Congratulations to Sprowston Athletic Ladies on winning the Norfolk Ladies League Plate. 

 A fine effort from Beccles Town Ladies whose season isn’t quite over as they enter the BT Sports Pub Cup, wishing them the best of luck and will keep a look out for thier progress.

  My thanks to both clubs for their help with the team line-ups a brief rest and some food before we go again with the League Cup Final.


The Round-Up – Norfolk 07/04/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 7th April

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

This weekend saw the semi-finals of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition taking place. An all Division One line-up. Beccles Town Ladies reaching the last 4 of the competition were looking to reach their first ever cup final as they travelled to play Aylsham Ladies in their semi-final. A disappointing 2nd half to the campaign for Aylsham who showed early promise upon their return to women’s football this season 2nd for a long spell played out their last league match in midweek a 4-2 loss seeing them finish 5th. A shot at ending the season on a high by reaching the League Plate final. Megan Vincent on target with a goal for Beccles giving them a narrow lead at half-time. Onto the 2nd half and Vincent struck again to double Beccles lead and see them into their first ever final in just their 2nd season.

  Their opponents in the League Plate Final will be Sprowston Athletic Ladies who will be making their third successive appearance on a Norfolk Women’s Finals day in their various guises. Their debut as Sprowston Athletic were at home to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves in the last 4. Katie Fray netting a brace along with a gal for Olivia Leggett securing a 3-1 win for Sprowston Athletic, Laura Watson on the scoresheet for Wymondham. 

  The Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final between Sprowston Athletic Ladies & Beccles Town Ladies scheduled for Sun 5th May at Plantation Park a 10am kick-off part of the NWGFL Finals day with the 7’s Final & League Cup Final between Sprowston Ladies & Tavern Ladies

Norfolk Women’s Division One

     One game played in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday just a handful of matches left to play, Thorpe United Ladies Champions have played all their games. this weekend it was the last league game of the season for Sprowston Ladies, into the final of the Ladies League Cup the 2nd placed side were away to Bungay Town Ladies who picked up the 3 points with a midweek home win over Aylsham Ladies on Wednesday. A 4-2 win, Imogen McGregor netting a brace with a goal each to for Jody Wells & Selina Rowland. 

  Were looking to build on that result at home to Sprowston the scores level at 1 a piece at half-time more of the same 2nd half with both adding another goal to share the points in a 2-2 draw. McGregor scoring both the goals for Bungay the youngster into double figures now for the season. Victoria Leyer on the scoresheet for Sprowston once again with her 28th of the season with Abbi Nobbs also getting a goal. Sprowston finishing on 23 points 2 clear of Gorleston Ladies who still have two games to play.

Sprowston Ladies, Abbi Nobbs

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Taverham United Women remain in a strong position at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two. Their lead 9 points bouncing back well from their 1st league defeat of the season against Tavern ladies two weeks ago. At home this Sunday were taking on Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies. Taverham are scoring plenty of goals well past 100 now, 36 of those claimed by Rebecca Sutton the clubs top scorers on target with another goal this Sunday. Goals to for Charlotte Hurren her 9th of the campaign and Teigan Robinson with her 12th of the season Taverham winning 3-0. A big week coming up with a trip to Long Stratton Women now 2nd on Wednesday and Clipbush Park on Sunday to play 3rd placed Fakenham Town Ladies.

Those two met this weekend with Fakenham 2nd going into the match travelling to Long Stratton. The hosts taking a 1-0 lad into the break with Emily Watts finding the back of the net. Watts adding a further 2 goals in the 2nd half to claim her hat-trick and in doing so moving onto 25 goals for the season. Long Stratton winning the game 3-0 and moving above Fakenham losing for just the 2nd time in the league into 2nd spot.

 Tavern Ladies fourth in Division Two were playing at home on Sunday against bottom side Bulldogs Ladies. The Dereham based side are scoring plenty of goals this season, largely through Katie Hart-Copsey who has more than half their tally moving past 40 goals for the season, sporting a new pair of boots at the weekend they brought her a further 4 goals to take her to 45 goals, Tavern leading 4-1 at half-time went on to win the game 7-2. Nicole Costin scoring a brace for Tavern their was also a 21st goal of the season for Atlanta Griffith. Emily Hinsley making just her 3rd appearance for Bulldogs scoring both goals her first for the club.

Both Zoe Waite and Abigail Bell were celebrating a hat-trick at the weekend for Gorleston Rangers Ladies as they won 8-1 away from home against Horsford Women to move back up into 6th position in the Division Two table. Rachel Adams also on the scoresheet for Gorleston with her 13th goal of the season with Amy Durdin celebrating her 1st goal of the campaign. Laura Hudson with the 43rd minute goal fr Horsford.

   Hockering Ladies have done fantastically well to battle on this season more often than not struggling to field a full team, it was a rare occasion this Sunday when the boot was on the other foot, Hockering having not only a full side but someone on the bench. Were at home taking on Thetford Town Ladies who were the ones short on numbers this Sunday with just 8 available. Hockering able to take advantage a get just their 2nd win of the season. Jolene Ayrton opening the scoring in the 7th minute went on to score a first half brace her first goals for Hockering 2-0 up at half-time Leah Brown was on target from a brace too in the 2nd half. Laura Stratton making her 2nd Hockering appearance scoring her 1st goal too along with Sophie Baldry celebrating her 1st Hockering goal in just her 3rd appearance. A 6-0 win for Hockering.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 10/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th March

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Thorpe United Ladies claim the first honours of the season as they were crowned Norfolk Women’s Division One Champions on Sunday. A 9 point lead at the top of the table going into the weekend have lost just the once in the league from 11 played. The introduction of youth stepping up into the 1st team rejuvenating the squad have led from start to finish. Injuries hampering progress in the cup competitions recently Thorpe went into this Sunday’s home game knowing a positive result would clinch the title. Were taking on Sprowston Athletic Ladies who with games in hand on the leaders remained the only side who could catch them.

   Sprowston Athletic unlucky in the finish having gotten themselves into a two goal lead with Katie Fray and Keri Boorman on the scoresheet, Thorpe coming back with 3 late goals to claim the win. Captain and top scorers Rebekah Lake on target for her 15th goal of the season. Laura Hedtke scoring for the 9th time with Alice Smith making her 1st start also celebrating a goal.

Congratulations to Thorpe United Ladies on your title success. Champions!

One more game took place in Norfolk Women’s Division One on Sunday with 4th placed Gorleston Ladies travelling to 5th placed Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. A big win for Gorleston takes them up to 3rd in the table ahead of Aylsham Ladies on goal difference. Mary Croft trebling her tally for the season finding the back of the net for 4 goals in the match. A brace too for Sophie Gillett, with Bethany Turner also getting a goal in a 7-0 victory for the visitors.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

 A reply for Beccles Town Ladies and Bulldogs Ladies in the quarter finals of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate after the original tie was abandoned after 76 minutes with Beccles leading 4-0 due to a serious injury. Rearranged for this weekend an away trip to Aylsham Ladies awaiting the winner. Beccles getting players back from injury after a long spell without a game Bulldogs Ladies short on numbers. Beccles running out convincing winners to reach the last 4 of the competition, three players on target for a brace, Rosie Cook, Megan Vincent and the first goals of the season for Elisha Maher. Darcie Keiley also scoring her 1st goal, with Emily Coe and Francesca Heaney getting a goal each in a 9-0 win.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

The fixture list virtually wiped out in Norfolk Women’s Division Two on Sunday due to the weather. Only one game surviving and that thanks to a reversal of fixture with Thetford Town Ladies down to visit Freethorpe Ladies becoming the home side. 7th versus 8th in the table, Thetford beginning to find their feet in women’s football recording their 6th win of the season. Melissa Boulton hitting a brace on Sunday moves onto 15 goals this season for Thetford. Shannon Richardson scoring too has 7 for the season with Rebecca White getting a goal too in only her 2nd game for Thetford in a 4-1 win. Kiera Squires the goalscorer for Freethorpe.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 24/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th February

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

All about the Cup this weekend in Norfolk with both the semi-finals of the Ladies League Cup & quarter finals of the Plate competition taking place this Sunday.

Sprowston Lades are the current League Plate holders winning their 1st piece of silverware in women’s football last season. That and a runners-up position in Division One. This season have climbed into 2nd place in the Division One table and through to the last 4 of the League Cup. Were drawn away in the semi-finals to Division Two leaders Taverham United Women, a young side very much in the mould of Sprowston, unbeaten in their debut season in woman’s football. Came up against a Sprowston side that is beginning to find a bit of form and scoring plenty of goals too. Top scorer Victoria Leyer scoring 4 goals in the match moving onto 25 for the season two more than she scored in the whole of last season. Abby Hutchin also claiming a hat-trick in the semi-final for Sprowston has 9 now for the campaign with captain Calista Tink also finding the back of the net for a goal in an 8-1 win to see Sprowston confidently into the League Cup Final.

Sprowston’s opponents in the League Cup Final will be Division Two side Tavern Ladies after the Dereham based side pulled of something of an upset by knocking out Division One leaders Thorpe United Ladies in this Sunday’s semi-final game. The game at Scarning playing field Tavern Ladies home pitch (and once home to the deadliest slide in the county, but I was 6-years-old I loved it!) Tavern in good form going into the game scoring plenty of goals Katie Hart-Copsey with 35 from 11 before kick-off. Thorpe missing several through injury with others unavailable. The scores level at the break with both sides scoring 1-1 Tavern went on to snatch themselves a winning goal and reach their first ever final, Hart-Copsey with her 36th of the season and Emily Bell with her first seeing the Division Two side cause the upset. Eloise Peek on target for Thorpe who crashed out of their 2nd cup semi-final in as many weeks.

Katie Hart-Copsey in prolific form for Tavern Ladies this season

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

The Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition at the quarter finals stage, the last 8 throwing up 4, Division One versus Division Two ties with the Division One sides all coming out on top to book their place in the last 4 of the competition on Sunday.

  The Beccles Town Ladies squad were well rested going into their home quarter final tie against Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday having not played a competitve match since the middle of December! This has given them a chance to get a few back from injury and they got 2019 off to a winning start with a 4-0 win to book their place in the semi-finals with Lucy Robbens netting twice along with goals from Megan Vincent and a first of the season for Victoria Ottey. The game ending on a sad note abandoned through injury following a collision between Beccles goalkeeper Chloe Pearce and Bulldogs captain Emma Johnson, wishing both players all the best for a full and speedy recovery.

*NB – Have been informed due to this game being abandoned due to the above incident the game between Beccles Town and Bulldogs Ladies will now be replayed a date to be set in due course.

   Long Stratton Women from Division Two were in good form going into their quarter final tie at home to Aylsham Ladies on Sunday. The Division One side in need of a positive start after a difficult beginning to 2019, got it with goals from Amber Mayhew and Vicky Lubbock plus first Aylsham goal for both Katrina Carman and Emma Allsopp in a 4-1 victory to see the Division One side reach the last 4 of the Plate.

   Sprowston Athletic Ladies won 6-1 away to Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies last Sunday to book their place in the quarter finals of the Ladies Plate competition. This Sunday were away once again taking on Division Two opponents, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies. Melissa Belsey scoring her 1st ever hat-trick, along with goals from Rachel Bussey and a 1st of the season for Nicole Read seeing Sprowston Athletic reach the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-1 win. 

  Also reaching the last 4 of the Ladies League Plate competition are Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. Were away to Division Two side Thetford Town Ladies in the quarter finals. Sally Hammerton moving into double figures for the season for Wymondham scoring 5 goals in the match. Wymondham comfortably winning with Chelsea Pettifer and Hannah Claughton also getting a goal each along with Gabriella Stone getting her 1st goal of the season in an 8-0 win.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 17/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th February

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

Semi-final weekend for the Norfolk Women’s County Cup a strong line-up in the last four with the huge incentive of Carrow Road waiting for the winners the final of the women’s competition being held at the home of Norwich City FC.

   No side winning to lay down both games couldn’t be sorted in the allocated 90 minutes. It was to one of these semi-finals Women’s Football East headed this Sunday to the game between Thorpe United Ladies & King’s Lynn Town Ladies. 4 County Cup final appearances in a row for Thorpe United including back to back successes in recent season’s the underdogs being the lowest ranked side. That said their new side with a good blend of youth and experience are runaway leaders in Norfolk Women’s Division One. King’s Lynn Town Ladies playing in the league above were looking to reach the County Cup final for the 1st time.

  Thorpe with a depleted squad a few missing some on the field recovering from injury. Started well with captain Rebekah Lake a threat up top. King’s Lynn were to open the scoring the ball struck well from outside the area by Tiffany Forshaw on the hour to make it 1-0. A narrow lead for King’s Lynn at the break the 2nd half they started to grow in dominance creating chances but failing to find the back of the net to put the tie to bed. The game entering the final 10 minutes Thorpe with a free-kick outside the area was cleared out to Sharnie Boast on the left inside the box struck it well racing through the crowded six yard box to nestle in the back of the net. 1-1 at the final whistle extra-time to be played.

A hat-trick for King’s Lynn Town Ladies, Tiffany Forshaw

   King’s Lynn striking early to retake the lead the ball crossed into the area for Forshaw to head down from six yards to score her 2nd of the game. Good work from Jodie Hopkins on the right supported by captain Becky Russell brought a 3rd goal the ball across the face of goal missed at the near post running on for Forshaw to tap in and complete her hat-trick. King’s Lynn 3-1 with 15 more minutes of extra-time left. Thorpe were never out of it a free-kick struck well from outside the box by Laura Hedtke setting up a nervous finish but running the ball into the corner King’s Lynn held on and were ecstatic at the final whistle as they booked their place at Carrow Road.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies through to their first ever County Cup Final

No less dramatic in the other Norfolk Women’s County Cup semi-final as Acle United Women took on Wymondham Town Ladies in a repeat of last season’s final. Close rivals always a closely fought contest between the sides both in the ERWFL Premier Division. Both have lifted the County Cup, Wymondham the holders last season’s winners 3-2 over Acle looking to make it 3 finals in a row. League encounters don’t give much away Acle winning 1-0 at Wymondham back in October. Wymondham returned the favour winning 1-0 at Acle 3 weeks ago. 

  The game started off at tight affair little penalty box action, the opening goal coming as the game closed in on the half hour Wymondham awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards out, Mollie O’Callaghan the taker her shot judged to have crossed line despite Acle’s attempts to clear. 5 minutes to go in the first half and it was Acle’s turn to score from a free-kick Amber Rowland finding the top corner to make it 1-1. Wymondham were soon back in front getting down the other end won a penalty. O’Callaghan stepping up to send the ball in for her 2nd of the game. 2-1 the lead at half-time.

   Mid-way through the 2nd half and Acle levelled the scores up once again winning a penalty themselves Rowland like O’Callaghan sending the ball past the keeper to make it 2-2. Acle pressed for a winning goal Wymondham keeping them at bay the game ending all square headed int extra-time. A cagey period of extra play Laura Nicholls broke through to send the ball into the back of the net to put Wymondham ahead for the 3rd time in the game, but with 3 minutes remaining Acle equalised for a 3rd time. Broghan Scully sending the ball in from the free-kick. The game heading to penalties the shootout seeing more drama, Acle seeing one strike the post, Summer Ward scored the decisive spot kick for Wymondham to send them into their 3rd successive final. Wymondham winning on penalties 5-4.

  The Final to be played at Carrow Road, I can hardly wait! Scheduled for Sunday 28th April with a 3:30pm kick-off.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

One game in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday with 2nd placed Sprowston Ladies travelling to the coast to play Gorleston FC Ladies on Sunday. A 1-0 lead for the visitors in the 1st half Sprowston went on to have the better of the 2nd half to score a further 4 goals and win 5-0 to open up a 3 point gap over Aylsham Ladies in 3rd. Victoria Leyer hitting another brace takes her tally to 21 goals for the season from 10 appearances. Their were goals too for Amee Kennett, Georgina Belton and captain Abby Hutchin.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

One outstanding tie left to play in the 2nd Round of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition saw another Sprowston side travelling to Gorleston on Sunday with Sprowston Athletic Ladies taking on Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies. The higher league side running out comfortable winners in the finish to reach the quarter finals. Sprowston Athletic wining the game 61 had 6 different goalscorers on the scoresheet with both Melissa Belsey and Rachel Bussey netting for the 5th time this season. Goals too for Olivia Leggett, Katie Fray and Laura Jenkins with Keri Boorman on target for her 1st of the campaign. An away trip to Division Two side Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies this coming Sunday in the quarter final. Rachel Adams with the goal for Gorleston Rangers.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Three matches played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Long Stratton Women taking advantage of Fakenham Town Ladies not having a game to climb above them into 2nd spot in the table with their 5 successive league win. Were on the road this Sunday taking on Freethorpe Ladies. A brace from Beth Stratton taking her to 12 for the season along with a 27th goal of the season for Samantha Walker seeing the visiting side win the game 3-0.

A series of postponements see Tavern Ladies with games in hand in Division Two and should they win those games will be in amongst the top 4 sides themselves. A scoring plenty of goals too. Were away to Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies this Sunday. 4-1 up at half-time the score repeated 2nd half to see Tavern climb up to 6th with an 8-2 victory. Katie Hart-Copsey well in front in the goal scoring charts hit 5 into the back of the net this weekend taking her tally to an incredible 35 goals from 11 appearances. Atlanta Griffith with a goal to against Bure Valley has 15 for the season with Lucy Lincoln and Meganne Smith with her 1st goal of the season also scoring.

   Hockering Ladies were once again short on numbers as they entertained Horsford Women at home this Sunday in Division Two. Horsford winning for the 3rd time this season to move further clear of the bottom pair. The winning score 6-2. Laura Hudson was on target for 3 goals her 1st for the club in just her 2nd appearance. Jade Dodds too celebrating her 1st goals for Horsford netting a brace with Tanya Kirton also on the scoresheet for her 3rd of the season. Amy Bambridge scoring both the goals for Hockering.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

Quarter finals weekend of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup 8 sides vying for a place in the semi-finals. Just 3 sides from Division One left in the competition and two of those were to meet this weekend the holders Bungay Town Ladies out of the League Cup following an infringement of the rules.

 The all Division One clash saw Thorpe United Ladies and Gorleston Ladies meet for the 4th time this season. Thorpe runaway leaders in the league coming out on top of all 3 previous encounter albeit to penalties in the County Cup. Thorpe with home advantage in the League Cup windy conditions a goal from captain Rebekah Lake and a brace for Millie Cursons making her debut having joined from Aylsham enough to see Thorpe into the last 4 winning 3-1 Samantha Hunn scoring the goal for Gorleston.

  Sprowston Ladies the other Division One side to have reached the quarter finals of the League Cup, going strong in the league itself, are the current League Plate holders through to the last 8 of the League Cup were drawn at home to Fakenham Town Ladies challenging for top spot in Division Two and an immediate return to Division One itself. It was a performance Fakenham will want to forget, get out of the system as they were beaten heavily by Sprowston, top scorer Victoria Leyer scoring 5 herself in the match including a long range effort from a free-kick. Hannah Roe and Abby Hutchin both scoring two each with Millie Drake scoring her 1st Sprowston goal in a 10-0 win.

5 goals for Sprowston Ladies, Vicky Leyer

A minutes silence held in honour of Michaela Yeates before the match between Taverham United Women and Freethorpe Ladies on Sunday. Has played for both teams sadly lost her battle with cancer recently.

 Freethorpe up against a young Taverham side top of Division Two unbeaten with just two points dropped so far this season those claimed by Freethorpe on the opening day of the season. Brought down to earth in the County Cup at the weekend losing for the first time this season Taverham returned to winning ways to book a place in the last 4 of the League Cup on Sunday. Leading by a single goal at half-time Taverham went on to add a further 2 goals 2nd half to win 3-0 their goals scored by Hannah Artis, Katie Dunning & Charlotte Hurren.

  Tavern Ladies are the final side to reach the last 4 of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup the Division Two at home to fellow league side Hockering Ladies in the quarter finals, they the side benefiting from Bungay Town’s expulsion. Tavern have played less games than anyone else in the league but are scoring plenty of goals & when they win they usually win big a 12-1 win against Hockering in the league early in the season Katie Hart-Copsey scored half of that tally, scored 4 more this weekend to take her onto an impressive 30 goals for the season. Also scoring 4 in the game was Atlanta Griffith who now has 14 for the season. The score 12 once again without reply Lucy Kean and Nicole Cousin both adding two goals each to the score.  

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

  The sides missing out on the quarter finals of the League Cup going on to contest the Ladies Plate competition now into it’s 3rd season. 1 game in the 1st Round to be played with all the other sides receiving a bye to the quarter finals. Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies were at home up against Division Tow side Horsford Women. Wymondham proving the stronger side on the day the higher league side progressing comfortably winning the game 9-0.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

One match played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 4th placed Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies travelling to Thetford to play bottom side Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday. Bure Valley are scoring plenty of goals too and a 5-1 win at the weekend sees them consolidate 4th position in the league but it remains very tight in the middle of the table with the 4th to 8th placed sides separated by just 5 points.

Norfolk Finals Day – North Walsham Angels Ladies v Sprowston Ladies

Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final

Sunday 6th May

 The cup final action on Women’s Football East continues this Sunday with a double bill from Norfolk, later on the Ladies League Cup Final but first up an 11am kick-off for the Ladies Plate Final this season being contested by previous Plate winners, North Walsham Angels Ladies taking on Sprowston Ladies.

 The sides entering the Norfolk Ladies League Plate after being knocked out of the early rounds in the League Cup.

 North Walsham Angels Ladies were the 1st ever winners of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition when it was 1st introduced in the 2015/16 season, beat Red Rose 4-0 to lift the Plate. Into the Plate Final once again looking to end the season on a high. Having gotten off to a promising start in the Norfolk Women’s Division One this season had suffered from a period with a lack of games losing momentum results since have been inconsistent. Haven’t scored as many goals as last year, the Middleton sisters Luci & Hope netting 69 goals between them last season. 

 Sprowston Ladies step up to the league from U16 football and have adapted to women’s football very well, leading the table early on have kept up their in contention all season dropping to 2nd as Bungay Town Ladies overhaul them 3 points ahead with one more to play win that and even maximum points for Sprowston’s remaining 2 games will most likely not be enough with Bungay having a superior goal difference. Bungay’s last game is this coming Thursday at home to Gorleston FC Ladies, after that result Sprowston will know what they have to do. Runners-up spot in their debut season is most certainly on. Bungay slip up and who knows. On top of that were also semi-finalists in this years People’s FA Cup having been amongst the winners season before.

Road to the Final

  Both sides were knocked out of the League Cup by Stalham Town Ladies, Sprowston 1st Round then North Walsham fell to defeat in the 2nd Round. A bye for Sprowston in the 1st Round of the Plate competition. North Walsham were 4-0 away winners against fellow Division One side Long Stratton Ladies.

  It was North Walsham’s turn to progress without kicking a ball in the quarter finals awarded the away win against Costessey Sports Ladies. Sprowston were at home against Division Two title chasers Beccles Town Ladies. A comfortable 6-0 win seeing them into the last 4 of the competition.

  North Walsham were scheduled to play Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies in the semi-finals nut once again their opponents pulled out meaning North Walsham as much as they’d have rather played the game were into the final. Sprowston were taken all the way to penalties by their semi-final opponents Wymondham Ladies Reserves. Both sides getting a goal in the first half couldn’t be separated the game going to a shootout Sprowston celebrating in the finish reaching the final with a 3-2 win.

The venue for today’s Norfolk Ladies League Plate & Cup Finals aswell as the Final of the Women’s 7’s between Hellesdon Belles & Costessey Sports Ladies, once again Plantation Park, home Norwich United and Norwich City Ladies. It was again another beautiful sunny day for the Final’s got sun burnt last year, pretty sure it’ll happen this time around too, always have to burn before I’ll get a tan. Not a cloud in the sky, cool in the shady spots thankfully. The pitch looking fairly dry and firm offers plenty of width. Been a while since I’ve been to the ground, new dugouts replacing the old brick ones. 

North Walsham Angels Ladies starting XI – Jade Knight, Lauren Yarham, Gemma Newell, Hannah Sturman, Robyn Johnston, Sian Wager (C), Charlotte Darvill, Abbie Storey, Rachel Bussey, Mary-Anne Hoy & Luci Middleton. Subs – Emma Faux, Hope Middleton & Alice Wardle.

Sprowston Ladies starting XI – Megan Lightfoot, Jade Mundford, Ria Drake, Paige Barnard, Calista Tink, Chelsea Brister, Abbi Nobbs, Rebecca Russell, Abby Hutchin (C), Chelsea Pettifer & Victoria Leyer. Subs – Becky Greenslade & Jenny Trenholm.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  It’s Sprowston to kick off the Plate Final wearing orange shirts with black across the right shoulder and sleeve, black shorts with orange and black hooped socks. North Walsham lined up opposite wearing white shirts, black shorts and black and white hooped socks. Sprowston attack down the left wing the ball played into the top of the area North Walsham defend the rebound picked up by Sprowston’s Victoria Leyer she strikes the ball form 20 yards out Jade Knight in the North Walsham goal can see it out wide across the six yard box.

   A free-kick on the halfway line for Sprowston, Calista Tink over the ball plays it long up to the left wing, Lauren Yarham defending for North Walsham prevents a cross coming into the box. Abbi Storey winning the ball in the midfield for North Walsham looks to play the ball out to the right wing the pass cut out the ball is gathered by North Walsham captain Sian Wager breaking forwards has a strike from distance her effort sent wide of goal. 

Sprowston Ladies, Calista Tink

  Ria Drake cuts the ball out on the right as North Walsham look to build an attack a throw in North Walsham work the ball towards the Sprowston box, Wager playing the ball into the middle of the D, Mary-Anne Hoy seeing the ball into her feet spins away to the left getting into a shooting position inside the area pulls the trigger, Sprowston goalkeeper, Megan Lightfoot making a great save diving to her right to get her glove on the low ball. 

 A good start to the match from North Walsham as they attack Luci Middleton getting played in behind the Sprowston defence sends her strike from 20 yards out past the advancing keeper, cheers go up from the crowd but they are premature as the ball strikes the base of the post and bounces out across the face of goal, Hoy racing in to latch onto it, a Sprowston defender gets back in the nick of time to slide in and take the ball away for a corner kick.

North Walsham Angels Ladies, Luci Middleton

 A lively start to the game North Walsham showing attacking intent, Sprowston defend the corner kick and launch a rapid counter attack Leyer going after the ball played up the line right side, Charlotte Darvill getting back on her to tackle and put the ball out for a throw. Another free-kick on halfway for Sprowston a good delivery from Tink up towards the left corner of the area the ball headed down, Rebecca Russell getting hold of it drives forwards into the box, North Walsham quick to close her down the ball cleared. 

Sprowston Ladies, Abbi Nobbs

  Abbi Nobbs with a good tackle to break up the attack as North Walsham come through the middle Johnston on for Wager. Wager coming inside from a throw in on the left inside the Sprowston half has another pop at goal from 30 yards out her strike on target drops safely into the arms of Lightfoot coming across to her right post. 

North Walsham captain, Sian Wager about to strike the ball

  GOAL! A free-kick awarded to Sprowston in a dangerous area just outside the area, as Jenny Tranholm is clipped in a coming together of legs as she looks to break through on goal feed the ball by Leyer through the middle. Russell positions the ball left side of the D half a yard outside the area, drills a low strike in past the wall evading everyone as it races into the bottom corner bouncing back out of the net as it strike the read supporting post 0-1.

Rebecca Russell’s free-kick finds its way into the bottom corner to give Sprowston the lead

 North Walsham making a change Emma Faux joining the action. Faux with an early opportunity to get the ball forwards brings it on before trying to release Hoy coming in from the left into the area, the ball claimed by Lightfoot. Hutchin with a strong run forwards on the left for Sprowston, Yarham slowing her down the ball put inside for Russell slid forwards into the box Leyer the target, Hannah Sturman cutting it out for North Walsham. 

Sprowston goalscorer, Rebecca Russell

  A bit of ping ball in the middle of the park results in the ball popping over the North Walsham defence, Leyer after in a chase towards the box Darvill on her shoulder, Reaching the top of the area Leyer shoots Knight having started to come stands tall saves with her legs as the ball comes at her quickly. Leyer played on through the middle is adjudged to bring North Walsham’s Darvill down as the pair come together as they race for the box, play pulled back even as Leyer puts the ball into the back of the net.

Sprowston work the ball on through the middle Russell on for Leyer, Pettifer to her right, Sturman winning it back for North Walsham as the 1st half moves into the final 5 minutes. Yarham getting forwards on the right collides with Lightfoot at the corner of the area as both slide in on the ball. Play stretched late on Darvill getting forwards on the left for North Walsham is tackled the ball out for a throw into the middle Sprowston counter the ball on for Russell breaking forwards, Sturman stepping out of the back line to put in the challenge. 

Sprowston’s Chelsea Pettifer with North Walsham’s Abbie Storey

Into stoppage time North Walsham on the attack, Lightfoot just about getting hold of a ball played into her area from a free-kick wide left. North Walsham regaining possession Hoy out on the left tries to get a cross in the ball cut out comes to Darvill she plays a good delivery into the area Middleton rising in the middle of the box in front of goal puts her header straight at Lightfoot the goalkeeper holding onto the ball.  

Half-time Sprowston Ladies 1-0 North Walsham Angels Ladies

  An entertaining opening 45 minutes of this season Norfolk Ladies Plate Final. North Walsham have had the better chances to score but it’s Sprowston who have take theirs to lead the game 1-0 at the break. North Walsham starting brightly Lightfoot with a smart save, the woodwork struck too. Sprowston getting the ball forwards well haven’t had many clear chances at goal, taking advantage of the set-piece awarded to them to open the scoring. Promises to be a close 2nd half.

North Walsham to kick-off the 2nd half, have Hope Middleton on the right in place of Bussey. A throw on the right fro North Walsham inside the Sprowston half Luci Middleton attempting to turn inside get into the box Paige Barnard with a good tackle to stop her. Faux bringing the ball on through the middle moving right sends it on for Hope Middleton up the line her cross in near post initially cut out Luci Middleton going to retrieve right of goal on the six yard box spins and sends a high ball back in towards goal, Barnard up to head the ball behind for the corner.

North Walsham Angels Ladies, Gemma Newell

   Sprowston with possession on the right, Newell conceding the throw in played inside to Leyer right corner outside the area sees the ball into her feet turns and shoots her effort over the goal. Leyer with a run centrally on the ball, closed down plays it on for Russell right side her shot from outside the box charged down. Johnston off for North Walsham Storey back on. Hutchin with a run inside from the left the ball sent into the box gathered by Knight. 

  Progress up the pitch on the left North Walsham get a throw in the ball helped on into the area for a moment Hope Middleton is in the clear baring down on goal, Drake getting back on her with the touch to take the ball from the striker, Lightfoot getting hold of it. Good defensive work at the other end from Yarham as the ball is played through the middle, both Hutchin and Leyer going for it for Sprowston. 

  GOAL! 20 minutes played in the 2nd half and North Walsham find the equalising goal. Storey with the assist through the middle picking the ball up and sending it through for Hope Middleton making the central run Lightfoot comes rushing out to the edge of the area Middleton shooting getting the ball past her and into the back of the empty net 1-1. 

Sprowston’s Paige Barnard with North Walsham’s Hope Middleton

  Lightfoot with a good save under pressure as she is closed down by Luci Middleton at her near post the striker looking to get onto the end of a high ball into the area from Hope Middleton top of the area the keeper coming and punching the ball off her head, then dropping down to claim it before Middleton can react. 

 GOAL! 3 minutes after losing their lead Sprowston get themselves back into the lead. Leyer with the strike as she runs into space behind the North Walsham defence as the ball is pressed in the middle, shooting from 25 yards out drives the ball across the keeper into the back of the net 2-1.

Victoria Leyer restores Sprowston Ladies lead

  Johnston is back on for North Walsham. A good tempo to the match both sides closing the ball down. Faux onto Johnston out to Hope Middleton right side, Drake challenging getting the ball back. Hutchin driving at the North Walsham defence gets inside looking to slide the ball into the area for Leyer, Yarham can let it go through to the keeper. Bussey back on for North Walsham, Becky Greenslade on for Sprowston. 

Hannah Sturman clears the ball for North Walsham Angels Ladies

  Brister does well for Sprowston at the back up against Luci Middleton trying to get a shot away as she gets into the box. Yarham intercepting at the back as Russell looks to put her in behind. PENALTY! Bussey central on for Luci Middleton to her right gets into the area tries to turn make room for a shot is clipped by Pettifer the spot kick given. Bussey to take it driven in low too close to Lightfoot who guesses right down low shifting to her right makes the save the ball looping up off her Luci Middleton quickest to react getting her foot under the ball sends it across the six yard box.

  A save up the other end moment later, Leyer with a run on the left coming into towards goal tries to slot the ball past Knight the keeper making the save. That’s it the final whistle blows a save from the penalty spot by Lightfoot in the closing minutes keeping Sprowston’s 2-1 lead in tact they they win there first piece of silverware.

Full time Sprowston Ladies 2-1 North Walsham Angels Ladies

  A narrow win for Sprowston Ladies taking their chances and holding out late on North Walsham coming close to forcing the Final into extra-time. An entertaining game two lively and well matched sides. North Walsham will feel disappointed created more chances than their opponents just weren’t converted into goals. Sprowston having an excellent season with such a young side adapting to the women’s league very well have a tremendous work-rate and an abundance of energy. Getting back on players when it looks like they have gotten away from them.  

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Picking the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match for this one is incredibly tough everyone put in a shift today for both sides. Abbie Storey in midfield for North Walsham making some important tackles and playing it forwards was impressive. The award however goes to Sprowston’s Paige Barnard strong in the middle of defence or coming out wide to prevent a cross. Play was turned around so quickly at times there was only time to write 16 stops… before your attention has to go down the other end of the pitch.

Sprowston Ladies 2017/18 Norfolk Ladies League Plate Winners

  Congratulation’s to Sprowston Ladies on winning this season’s Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final.

  One final down one to come. My thanks to both clubs for there help with the teams. Good to catch up with both.


The Round-Up – Norfolk 11/03/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th March

Norfolk Women’s Division One

A few waterlogged pitches around Norfolk this weekend affecting the women’s football fixtures with just 3 matches getting played some big games nevertheless with a semi final in the League Cup and a quarter final in the League Plate both featuring Sprowston who are on top of everything at the moment. 

  One league match in Norfolk Division One at the weekend with 3rd placed still uneaten in the league at home to 5th placed Gorleston FC Ladies looking to close the gap to 2 points on 2nd placed Bungay Town Ladies. A close first half seeing Thorpe United holding a 2-1 advantage the hosts when on to score 3 more goals in the 2nd half to win the game 3-2 with Shanice Sutton scoring a hat-trick that sees her move onto 27 goals for the season from just 11 appearances. Leonie Daulby also on the scoresheet scoring her 1st 2 goals for Thorpe United’s senior side. Sophie Gillett and Nicola Sheldrake with the goals in each half for Gorleston FC Ladies.

Norfolk Women’s League Cup

The first of the semi-finals of the League Cup were played this Sunday with Division Two leaders FC Sprowston Ladies travelling to Rivers Park to play Division One side Stalham Town Ladies. The visitors unbeaten in league and cup so far this season were up against higher league opponents for the 1st time this season. The Division Two side coming out on top clinching a narrow 2-1 win to book there place in the final. Rebecca Kirby and Nicole Read netting the winning goals. FC Sprowston Ladies will meet either Thorpe United Ladies or League Cup holders Bungay Town Ladies in the final their semi-final scheduled for this coming Sunday.

Norfolk Women’s League Plate

Also advancing to the semi-finals of the League Plate are Sprowston Ladies, currently leading Division One were drawn at home to Division Two side Beccles Town Ladies in the quarter finals. 2nd in Division Two, Beccles Town were trailing 2-0 at half-time before a strong 2nd half performance from Sprowston saw them score 4 more goals to win the tie 6-0 to advance. Rebecca Russell scoring a brace their goals to for Chelsea Pettifer, Georgia Cushion, Chelsea Brister and Victoria Leyer. 

  The other 3 quarter finals all scheduled for this Sunday too were all called off.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 07/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 7th January

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

A weekend of cup football to start 2018 in Norfolk with the quarter finals of the Ladies League Cup being played along with 3 ties from the 1st Round of the Ladies Plate Competition. 

   It was an emphatic win at home for current League Cup holders, Bungay Town Ladies as the Division One side ran out double figure winners over their Division Two opponents, Bure Valley Wildcats. Emily Leach netting a double hat-trick in the game, Samantha Walker was just one goal behind with 5 to her name. Selina Rowland also getting herself a brace. Nicola Hazell also getting a goal in a 14-0 win to book their place in the semi-finals.

   Thorpe United Ladies were last season beaten League Cup finalists and they also reached the semi-finals of the competition this Sunday however they needed to come from behind to do so at home against Fakenham Town Ladies who were leading 1-0 at half-time. Shanice Sutton netted a brace in the 2nd half with a goal too for Alice Ford to see Thorpe edge Fakenham out with a 3-2 victory. Sam King and Rochelle Woods with the goals for Fakenham Town.

Also reaching the League Cup semi-finals are Stalham Town Ladies as they narrowly beat fellow Division One side Gorleston FC Ladies away from home on Sunday. Joanne Hooper getting a brace for Stalham Town at Emerald Park with Sophie Lubbock also grabbing a goal as the visitors edged Gorleston out with a 3-2 win. Leanne Smith and Samantha Hunn with the Gorleston goals.

The league Cup semi-final line-up is completed by FC Sprowston Ladies leading the Division Two table. Were at home to fellow league side Tavern Ladies in the quarter finals this Sunday the sides involved in a 7 goal thriller, Sophie Fuller getting a brace for Tavern with Lucy Kean scoring the visitors 3rd goal. It wasn’t enough however as FC Sprowston thanks to goals from Tammy Graves and Katie Fray along with a brace for Rebecca Kirby won the match 4-3 to progress.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

3 games played in the 1st Round of the Ladies Plate competition this Sunday. North Walsham Angels Ladies winners of the Plate competition two seasons ago were drawn away to fellow Division One side Long Stratton Ladies. Progressed with a comfortable win leading 1-0 at half-time went on to score 3 more in the 2nd half with Mary-Anne Hoy, Luci & Hope Middleton and Rachel Bussey all getting in the scoresheet.

   Bungay Town Ladies weren’t the only side to score 14 goals on their way to victory at the weekend as Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves also matched that result in the 1st Round of the League Plate away to Division One side Toftwood United Ladies. The Division One side proving too strong as they overwhelmed their opponents to progress.

  An all Division Two tie in the 3rd 1st Round League Plate game played this Sunday with Freethorpe Ladies hosting Beccles Town Ladies. Kiera Squires scoring for the hosts in the 1st half it was Beccles Town who held the lead at half-time 2-1 up going on to add another goal 2nd half to progress with a 3-1 win. Jordan Duke, Lucy Robbens and Grace Storey their goalscorers. 

The Round-Up – Norfolk 30/04/17

The Round-Up

Norfolk – Sunday 30th April

A slightly different Round-Up for Norfolk this week, just the 3 games played over the weekend all of them Cup Finals! Starting with the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final on Friday night with defending cup holders, Thorpe United Ladies up against Wymondham Town Ladies appearing in their 1st ever County Cup Final. The Supporting Women’s Football Blog was there to cover that game then onto Sunday for the Leagues own finals day at Plantation Park 3 finals played in total the SWF Blog covering 2 the Ladies League Plate Final between King’s Lynn Town Ladies & Sprowston Ladies followed by the League Cup Final with Bungay Town Ladies taking on Thorpe United Ladies playing again less than 48 hours after their County Cup game. As all 3 finals will be published here anyway I figured I’d make it a Round-Up special.

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

First published Friday 28th April

Cup Final Report – Wymondham Town Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies


  For the 2nd Friday in row the Supporting Women’s Football Blog is covering another final under the lights, this time at The FDC Field of Dreams to watch the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final between Wymondham Town Ladies and Thorpe United Ladies the current holders of the trophy.

  Two sides that have featured regularly on the SWF Blog since it began featuring on the post match reports after it’s launch in 2013. In that time Thorpe United have always been a force in the women’s game in Norfolk. Regular visitors to The FDC too having appeared in 4 of the last 5 finals, finally winning the trophy after 3 losses the last in the 2014/15 season losing on penalties to Acle United Ladies. Last season it was an all Norfolk Women’s Division One clash with Thorpe United playing Aylsham FC Ladies a 2-0 victory final seeing them collect winners medals and lift the trophy. 

  Ahead in the Norfolk Division One table this season, have the possibility of claiming a treble this season as not only have Thorpe United reached the final of the County Cup but also the League Cup, a good test for Martin Francis’ squad however as the finals are less than 48 hours apart with the League Cup on Sunday afternoon. 

  Wymondham Town Ladies have come a long way to in that time, progressing each season, Manager Alex Guy seeing them to League Cup success in 2015, went on to win the Norfolk Division One title the next season and take promotion to the Eastern Regional Women’s Football League (ERWFL) building a squad to compete at a higher level a successful campaign saw Wymondham Town clinch 3rd spot in Division One aswell as reach the semi-finals of the League Cup where they were knocked out by Haringey Borough Women who would go onto become the ERWFL Premier Division Champions. Have reached the final of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup for the 1st time in their history, looking to end the season with silverware.

Road to the Final

   Both sides with a bye in the 1st Round of the County Cup this season. neither was to kick a ball in the 2nd Round either as both were awarded the away win against lower league opponents. Thorpe have  seen an unusual amount of games called off against them this season and as it was progressed all the way to the semi-finals without kicking a ball awarded the win in the quarter finals with their opponents unable to field a team. 
  Wymondham were drawn at home to Norfolk Division Two side Stalham Town Ladies breezed into the semi-finals with a 7-1 victory. Onto the semi-finals a repeat of last season’s final for Thorpe as they were drawn at home to Aylsham FC Ladies the score the same as in that final a 2-0 win for Thorpe making it a 5th County Cup final appearance. A clash between the two ERWFL sides in the other semi-final with Wymondham away to Acle United Ladies playing in the league above them challenging for the Premier Division title. 1-0 down at half-time, Wymondham came back with a strong 2nd half performance to get themselves into a 4-1 lead before Acle United found a goal late on 4-2 the final score Wymondham reaching the final of the County Cup for the 1st time in their history.
  The Football Development Centre (FDC) in Bowthorpe on the outskirts of Norwich the venue for tonight’s final the sun setting over the pitch opposite the small mainstand as the teams warmed up. A good sized pitch in good condition plenty of people coming in to watch what should be an intriguing final. Changeable weather all week was nice and dry after a warm today for the match. Modern technology being embraced by Norfolk FA as a flying drone buzzed over head as the two sides walked out for the opening presentations.
Buzzing above the pitch, Norfolk FA’s drone capturing the opening presentation from a new angle
  Wymondham Town Ladies starting XI – Ashleigh O’Callaghan, Leah Newcombe, Bethany Fretwell, Chelsea Clarke, Gemma Sanders, Rachel Cossey (C), Amber Cantwell, Kayleigh Holloway, Laura Nicholls, Alice Collins & Laura Wiseman.

  subs – Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris, Lily Ray & Ella Swift.

Wymondham Town Ladies

  Thorpe United Ladies starting XI – Cara Anderson, Bethan Sommerfield, Olivia Mungham-Gray, Lisa-Marie Riches, Lauren Kett, Alice Ford, Jade Powell, Shanice Sutton, Vivian Moyo, Laura Hedtke & Rebekah Lake (C)
  subs – Nicole Read, Chelsea Clark & Edie Wright.


(roll on roll off substitutes)

Thorpe United Ladies
    Wymondham to take the kick-off 1st half wearing red shirts and black shorts with black and red hooped socks with Thorpe lined up opposite in their away colours luminous green shirts with black across the top of the chest and sleeves. Black shorts and socks. Wymondham play the ball out to the right as they attack right from the off, Laura Nicholls that side taking the all down the line before firing a cross into the box, too close to the goalkeeper, Cara Anderson claims for Thorpe.
  Building from the back Thorpe play the ball into Alice Ford in the middle on for Shanice Sutton on the left the ball at her feet looks to run at the Wymondham defence coming inside is tackled by Leah Newcombe before she can fashion a shot outside the box. Wymondham waste no time in getting the ball forwards targeting ex-Thorpe striker, Laura Wiseman who is Wymondham’s top scorer with 20 goals this season making a run through the centre, Lauren Kett steps up from the defence to intercept the ball. 
  A positive start from both sides, Thorpe in particular looking to close the ball down early on squeeze the Wymondham defence. Playing up front for Thorpe Laura Hedtke sees the ball into her feet from the midfield holding it up well outside the box left of goal, tries to turn inside, closely marked by Newcombe the defence puts her foot in to win the ball. Another opportunity for Hedtke as Thorpe are awarded a free-kick on halfway the ball fired up into the box, the striker brings down well looks to turn and shot finds the room top of the area putting it low, Wymondham goalkeeper, Ashleigh O’Callaghan gets down to her right to make the save.
Wymondham’s Leah Newcombe headers the ball clear before Thorpe’s
Laura Hedtke can get in behind.
  Thorpe are building momentum, Lisa-Marie Riches wins the ball at the back as Wiseman looks to knock the ball in behind played up to Sutton halfway has Rebekah Lake, Thorpe’s captain available for the ball ahead of her plays the pass, Lake has Hedtke to her left threads the ball into her run as she comes into the box from the left channel shoots on the angle Anderson hols onto the ball at her near post. 
  Another free-kick for Thorpe sent up into the area, players attack the ball, Bethany Fretwell heading it out of the area for Wymondham, Vivian Moyo closing down outside the box for Thorpe 25 yards out plays it out to Sutton left side top corner of the area puts the cross in finds Lake near post puts the ball straight into Anderson from close range the keeper holding onto the ball. Just wide from Lake as the striker gets in behind the ball dropping over her shoulder as she enters the box, won’t drop quick enough as O’Callaghan comes to close her down, Fretwell on her shoulder Lake manages to connect with the ball knocking it past the keeper but also wide of goal.
  Wymondham have for the most part been looking to get the ball into Wiseman in the early stages up top, the striker finds a space in behind on the right into the box one on one with the keeper as Anderson starts to come shoots, the keeper palming the ball behind making the save. Playing into towards the near post the flick on catches a Thorpe defender in the face and the referee stops play so she can receive treatment. 
  Thorpe get the ball up the other end quickly as play resumes Moyo linking up with Lake moving into space on the right winning a corner kick on that side the high ball into the box is headed clear by Fretwell. Wymondham are struggling to get their attacking players on the ball, Amber Cantwell coming back to help the defence win the ball has it outside her own area looks to carry it forwards, Thorpe move in quickly to stop her, Jade Powell winning the ball. 20 minutes played and Thorpe are looking the most likely to open the scoring.
  Powell with a shot from 30 yards for Thorpe as she receives it from Hedtke after more good hold up play inside the box back to goal sees the midfielder free rolls the ball back out to her Powell hitting the ball 1st time her effort has the pace but isn’t on target. A great ball from Kett at the back for Sutton off the shoulder of the last defender left side for Thorpe shoots from outside the box her effort wide of the near post. Thorpe have identified Cantwell as Wymondham’s main threat and she fouled inside her own half.
 GOAL! 25 minutes played and the deadlock is broken. The ball from the free-kick is cleared and Thorpe play it up field quickly, Lake is an extremely difficult player to mark, diminutive and pacey always looking for space whenever her side win the ball, central as the ball comes to her 25 yards out peels off her marker moving right taking the ball on a touch turns back inside and curls a 20 yard shot across the keeper and into the back of the net 0-1.
Thorpe United Ladies captain, Rebekah Lake opening the scoring
  Wymondham look for an immediate response from the restart the ball by captain Rachel Cossey out to Gemma Sanders on the right driving on her cross/shot flies into the side netting. A couple of refereeing decisions leave the Thorpe supporters bemused as they go against their side. Wiseman brings the ball down onto her chest has Kayleigh Holloway looking to go on the left side gets the ball into her feet taking it on, Thorpe right back Bethan Sommerfield gets back on her sliding in to put the ball out for the throw. 
   Over the top from Thorpe, Lake after it, O’Callaghan out quickly to the edge of her box to win the race scoop the ball out, then gives the ball away with a misplaced ball out of her area straight at Lake, right side knocks in on into the box, shaping to shoot Fretwell covers the ground throwing herself into the challenge to take the ball away from the striker for the corner kick. Fretwell is on hand from the corner to clear as Hedtke looks to knock it on.
  Wiseman almost in behind as Cossey puts the ball into her feet, top of the area, between Kett and the on rushing Anderson the striker is squeezed of the ball. Moyo doing well on the right for Thorpe finds room is played in behind taking the ball down the channel fires a cross into the area just evades Hedtke on the penalty spot.
  Sanders with the ball 20 yards out right has Alice Collins on the overlap sends the ball into her run taking the ball on squares it across the six yard box evading Anderson at her near post is cleared by Summerfield. Wymondham keep possession in the final 3rd win a free-kick wide right players come forwards from the back a great ball into the box Fretwell rising centrally sees her head directed across goal run narrowly wide. A change for Wymondham as they bring off Nicholls send on Lily Ray.
  Moyo and Lake look to combine down the left, Chelsea Clarke closes Lake down tackling  the ball out for a throw, played back to Summerfield the defender plays the ball up into the box long Sutton attempts to bring it down manages to knock it forwards trying to put it across the six yard box is charged down spinning away for the corner. Ford gets up near post to try and reach it doesn’t connect the ball bouncing safely across the six yard box. 
  Lake forces a great save from O’Callaghan as she rolls her marker top of the box pulls the trigger the keeper down smartly. Powell is booked as she up ends Cantwell trying to carry the ball away from her area. Into 1st half stoppage time Wymondham come forwards Wiseman making a run centre to left the ball dropped into her run has space charging into the box unleashes a shot the ball rising Anderson takes it well at head height. Holloway takes the ball on down the left getting inside Summerfield the defender recovering makes the challenge as Holloway enters the box the ball back to Anderson.

Half-time Wymondham Town Ladies 0-1 Thorpe United Ladies

  Thorpe good value for their lead at half-time have pressed the ball well and created more chances Lake putting them ahead midway through the 1st half. A below par 1st half from Wymondham haven’t been able to find any rhythm. At 1-0 down they are far from out of the game, need a much improved 2nd half however more than capable of turning thing’s around.
  A change for Wymondham at half-time Collins taken off Nicholls back on as Thorpe get the 2nd half underway. The ball is won in the middle by Wymondham passes out to Wiseman carrying it down the right wing, squares a pacey cross in towards the near post inside the six yard box missed by a defender comes at Nicholls quickly behind her, gets her foot on the ball leaning back sends her shot up over the bar.
Wymondham’s Chelsea Clarke getting up to
challenge Lake for the ball
  A good start to the 2nd half from Wymondham, Sanders right getting forwards linking with Nicholls the cross is long to the far side of the area, Holloway can’t get it under her control before Summerfield closes her down. Sanders on the move down the right looks to get in behind, Olivia Mungham-Gray up well to head the ball to safety. Cantwell is brought down in a dangerous position outside the box right of the D, with Holloway who runs over the ball Cantwell strikes the ball wide across goal, has to be retaken however as the wall moved before the ball was struck albeit because of Holloway’s dummy. Cantwell clips the 2nd delivery up in towards the far post runners closing in but no one can reach it.


Wymondham Town Ladies captain
Rachel Cossey

 Cantwell charges down Hedtke 25 yards out up the other end as she looks to shoot having been played in by Powell. Mungham-Gray wins the race with Sanders for the ball down the right as the ball is put down the line diving in the defender gives away the corner. A good delivery to the far post Cossey gets her head on the ball places the ball wide of the post. Holloway wide on the left puts a high ball into the Thorpe area a good jump from Wiseman her attempt goes wide of the goal.

  Midway through the 2nd half Wymondham creating a few chances but the Thorpe defence holding firm, few opportunities up the other end but always ready to counter. Sutton is struggling a bit with a knock needs treatment but carries on. A great tackle from inside the box from Kett to deny Sanders as she gets inside from the right. Cantwell takes the resulting corner, Fretwell doesn’t get the connection with her head coming for the ball cleared back out to Cantwell right looks to meet the ball on the volley puts the ball behind goal.
  The ball is pinging around between feet outside the Thorpe box as sides try to get possession a fortunate deflection sends the ball through in behind Sanders quickest to react knocks the ball on towards the area, Anderson comes rushing out, just gets there 1st to kick the ball away, is caught by Sanders throwing herself at the ball in a desperate attempt to reach it 1st. A painful knock but Anderson is okay to continue. Wymondham keep the ball inside the Thorpe half a throw in right played into the box Powell challenges Cantwell for the ball in the area runs outside towards Fretwell 20 yards out opens her body for the shot can’t get it on target.
   Half an hour of the 2nd half gone 15 more minutes plus stoppage time for Wymondham to find a leveller. A corner from the right for Thorpe the initial delivery poor comes back to the taker lifted high into the six yard box 3 green shirts attack the ball, Kett gets her head on the ball knocking the ball down a superb close range save from O’Callaghan goes out wide left fired back in a scramble in front of the six yard box the referee spots an infringement Thorpe get the free-kick.
 Holloway was tries away down the left, has be well attended to by Summerfield all game the defender stopping her getting inside with support from Moyo who clears the ball up the pitch. The game entering the final 5 minutes of regular time Thorpe make their 1st change, Sutton brought off Edie Wright coming on. Soon after another change is made Lake off, on comes Chelsea Clark as they look to keep hold of their narrow advantage in the closing stages. The substitutes link up well either side of Moyo now playing through the middle, Wright left outside the area across to Moyo helps it on for Clark right side she shoots puts the ball wide. 6 minutes of added on time to play.
 GOAL! Encouraged by the extra few minutes Wymondham push on trying to get the ball forwards is lost and sent forwards Moyo running onto the ball 30 yards out takes it around the last defender getting in behind shifts it before sending the ball past the advancing keeper into the back of the net to double Thorpe’s lead with minutes left 0-2.
  Wymondham pile everyone forwards as the game restarts a painful blow to the ankle for defender Ray she limps off the pitch Wymondham send Ella Swift on, clearing the ball from the area Powell onto it looks to bring the ball away for Thorpe, Cantwell with the strong challenge wins the ball plays it out to Holloway shoots puts her strike wide across the goal. No time left for another attack the final whistle blows and Thorpe United Ladies celebrate defending the Norfolk Women’s County Cup.

Full time Wymondham Town Ladies 0-2 Thorpe United Ladies

   A competitive final played in front of 272 spectators, Thorpe by far the better side in the 1st half getting the lead just the one goal however the game was far from over, Wymondham improved 2nd half just couldn’t put that all important chance away, hit on the counter late in injury time Moyo securing the result the Thorpe defence particularly strong. 

SWF Blog – Player of the Match

  She was the Norfolk FA’s player of the match too the SWF Blog – Player of the Match goes to Thorpe United defender Lauren Kett a fantastic effort Wymondham finding no room through the middle made some vital challenges and interceptions almost scored up the other end too.
Thorpe United Ladies 2016/17 Norfolk Women’s County Cup Winners
  Congratulations to Thorpe United Ladies on retaining the County Cup. One final down one to go Sunday afternoon at Plantation Park playing Bungay Town Ladies for the Norfolk Ladies League Cup 3pm kick-off little time to recover but much easier when you’ve got the win under your belt.
  My thanks to Norfolk FA and The FDC staff for their help tonight.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

First published Sunday 30th April

Cup Final Report – King’s Lynn Town Ladies v Sprowston Ladies


  The cup finals keep coming in Norfolk this weekend with a double this Sunday, form the Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League (NWGFL) hosting their senior finals day at Norwich United FC’s Plantation Park. The first of those finals the Ladies Plate Final this year being contested by King’s Lynn Town Ladies & Sprowston Ladies.

  The Ladies Plate is a new competition introduced by the NWGFL last season the sides entering that didn’t reach the last eight of the League Cup. North Walsham Angels Ladies beating Red Rose Ladies 4-0 to win their 1st ever trophy in last season’s final.

  An all Division Two final back then, it’s Division One versus Division Two this time around with King’s Lynn Town Ladies improving year on year since joining the NWGFL 3 seasons ago the previous 2 as Lynn Ladies a merger with King’s Lynn Town FC in the summer are currently 2nd in the Division One table challenging leaders Thorpe United Ladies for the title. This is the first final the club has reached since joining the league.

  A good run of form for Sprowston Ladies going into today’s Plate Final currently 2nd in Division Two after a 5 game unbeaten run in league and cup 4 wins from 5 played. A strong youth setup at the club many of the players involved today have come through the clubs youth sides to play for the 1st team 

Road to the Final
 Both sides playing in the 1st Round of the competition, King’s Lynn Town were away to Division Three side, Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves a resounding 8-0 win seeing King’s Lynn Town through to the quarter-finals. Made headlines in the next round as they scored a whopping 31 goals at home against Cromer Town Ladies also from Division Three top of the table the with Cromer bottom of Division Three. Were awarded an away win in the semi-finals after opponents Briston Wanderers Ladies fell foul of the rule that all players must have played 5 league games before competing in a semi-final with just 8 league games played the club had to withdraw.
   Sprowston started their run to the Plate final with an all Division Two clash in the 1st Round at home to Long Stratton Ladies, the away side finding the back of the net for 3 goals, Sprowston hot double that up the other ended winning 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals where they were at home once again taking on higher league opposition, Fakenham Town Ladies from Division One a narrow 2-1 putting them through to the semi-finals where they face a tricky looking tie away to Division Three side Tavern Ladies amongst the title challengers in that league. This game was right at the start of Sprowston’s 5 game unbeaten run and a 4-0 result saw them into the final.
  Plantation Park the venue for all 3 of today’s finals the Plate and Cup both on the main pitch, the Ladies 7’s Final between Morley Ladies & Costessey Sports FC being played in the practise pitch behind the mainstand. The clubhouse and bar overlooking the pitch refreshments available too. A large pitch plenty of width does slope a little, can be prone to being waterlogged but with a lack of the wet stuff lately was surprisingly firm underfoot dusty on patches. A dry day unless you happened to be behind the dugouts where the framer next door had positioned his water irrigator a little to close. Warm but with a strong breeze blowing from one goalmouth to the other which might have an influence in both games.  
 King’s Lynn Town Ladies starting XI – Louise Coggles, Viktorija Burkauskaite, Amy Gillon, Albany Hodgson, Emma Woods, Millie Hopkisson, Jade Kelly, Oksana Imanalijeva, Becky Russell, Shelley Woods (C) & Josie Turner.
 subs – Millie Wilson, Winona Lee & Natalie Bunton
 Sprowston Ladies starting XI – Eloise Leach, Paige Barnard, Calista Tink, Abby Hutchin, Georgia Potter, Lois Irving (C), Rebecca Kirby, Nicole Smith, Kerry Mortlock, Rebecca Russell & Victoria Leyer.
 subs – Laura Jenkins, Rosie Wickenden & Ria Drake. 

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  It’s Sprowston to kick-off the Plate Final 1st half wearing orange shirts with black sleeves, black shorts with orange stripes either side and black socks with King’s Lynn wearing red shirts for today’s final along with black shorts and red socks. King’s Lynn press the ball straight away getting hold of it spreading play out to the right win a corner the ball lifted high into the box, Sprowston’s Rebecca Kirby gets her head on the ball knocking it up into the air, goalkeeper Eloise Leach comes and claims the ball. 
  Paige Barnard looks to carry the ball out from right back for Sprowston sends it on down the wing for Kirby to go after taking it down the line King’s Lynn left back Viktorija Burkauskaite gets back on her initially tackling and taking the ball from Kirby she get’s back on it to put a cross into the area, the ball won and cleared by Albany Hodgson. A fairly open start to the game neither side able to fashion a shooting chance in the opening 5 minutes.
Sprowston Ladies, Paige Barnard
  Josie Turner up front for King’s Lynn presses the ball as it is played out wide into the right corner wins a corner kick, takes it herself the ball put in towards the top of the area is met by Lithuanian International, Oksana Imanalijeva right of goal hits the shot as the ball comes into her feet puts the strike wide of goal. Imanalijeva with a powerful run coming inside from the right as the ball is rolled into her path by Millie Hopkisson dives towards the box getting closed down gets a shot away from outside the box, doesn’t have the pace on it to trouble Leach in the Sprowston goal.
  King’s Lynn are beginning to build a little momentum Becky Russell coming on with the ball moves out to the right puts a cross in, Sprowston’s Calista Tink stretched her leg to intercept turn behind for the corner. Cleared at the near post, Imanalijeva retrieves looks to go down the wing gets a throw, Sprowston captain Lois Irving wins the ball as it is lifted up into the top of the area.
  GOAL! Penalty! In the 15th minute Imanalijeva links up with Jade Kelly as the ball moves over the halfway line on the right exchanging passes Imanalijeva looks to get into the box, Sprowston’s Nicole Smith slides in attempting to win the ball catches the attack the foul just inside the box referee Paul Gibson points to the penalty spot. Turner to take it a powerful hit rising to the keepers right past her and into the back of the net 1-0.
Josie Turner puts King’s Lynn Town Ladies 1-0 up from the penalty spot.
 A free-kick for King’s Lynn just inside their own half Hodgson to sent the ball up towards the top of the area, inside the D, Sprowston get the ball away King’s Lynn so have it back spread play to the left Imanalijeva taking it on fires a vicious cross along the top of the six yard line, King’s Lynn captain Shelley Woods it there far post turns the ball goalwards, Leach makes a fantastic save with her legs reacting sharply.
  GOAL! King’s Lynn don’t take long to double their lead writing notes from the previous move look up to see Imanalijeva move in on the ball right side top of the area as Sprowston lose it, the ball is sent it across the box past the stranded keeper with Turner giving chase it finds the bottom corner 2-0 the goal goes to Imanalijeva.
  Scoring 2 quickfire goals the Division One side are threatening to overwhelm their lower league opponents. Russell with Imanalijeva bring the ball in the slide rule ball picking out Turner making a run through the middle, reaching the top of the area, Barnard gets across her in the nick of time to put the the block deflect Turner’s shot away for a corner kick.
Becky Russell playing the ball on for King’s Lynn Town Ladies
   Kirby gets forwards for Sprowston on the right getting a throw deep in King’s Lynn territory put into the feet of Rebecca Russell on the edge of the area good footwork to hold off her marker turns inside on the byline fires a ball into the centre cleared by Amy Gillon her clearance is picked up by Barnard outside the area right corner looks to play the ball back in this time it is claimed by goalkeeper Louise Coggles.
  GOAL! 22 minutes played and King’s Lynn have a 3rd goal a great run from Becky Russell on the ball pushing towards the right corner of the Sprowston box squares the ball along the front of the area into Shelley Woods left of the D, sees the ball into her feet shifts it a yard to evade her marker open up the opportunity for a shot puts her foot through the ball sending it sailing past the keeper into the goal beyond 3-0. 
  A change for Sprowston Ria Drake on for Georgia Potter. Sprowston get the ball up field Smith on for with a great ball on for Rebecca Russell left side support from Victoria Leyer, Russell is brought down just outside the box, gets up to take the free-kick, floating the ball in towards the near post with runners coming in Coggles has the post covered gathers the ball as it pops out of her gloves. 
  Burkauskaite wins the ball from Kirby plays it up the line with Shelley Woods already on the move, left side she is squeezed off the ball 25 yards out the deflection taking it infield is picked up by Turner has Becky Russell to her right getting forwards lays the ball into her run shoots as it comes on to her Leach can see it wide of her left post. Russell get’s fouled wide on the right for King’s Lynn the ball is fired into the area players forwards cleared the ball comes back to the taker sent back in again, Leach dives low to her right to push the ball away before being cleared by her defence. 
Abby Hutchin looking to get forwards for Sprowston Ladies
  Sprowston with an opportunity to break the ball send on for Leyer on the left side getting in behind the King’s Lynn defence, Coggles starts to come then back pedals as Leyer shifts the ball inside rather than shooting getting more central the striker shoots puts the ball straight at Coggles who scooped the ball up into her gloves. Hutchin over on the right for Sprowston now gets hold of the ball takes it down the wing no cross on keeps possession turning back has Barnard up with play ready to receive the ball curls the cross into the box, King’s Lynn can’t clear comes to Smith arriving late stretching for the ball on the edge of the six yard box lifts the ball up over the bar. 
  Potter returns to the action for Sprowston replacing Mortlock at the back. Irving steps across Kelly to win the ball 20 yards out as the midfielder tries to drive on with it through the middle. The last action of the 1st half King’s Lynn returning to the dressing room with a comfortable lead.

Half-time King’s Lynn Town Ladies 0-0 Sprowston Ladies

    3-0 the lead for King’s Lynn Town Ladies at the break, getting an early penalty soon doubling the advantage before getting 3rd, and have yet to fire on all cylinders. The last thing Sprowston wanted was to concede early the 2nd ad 3rd goals putting them on the back foot have defended well on the whole Leach with 2 important saves. Have alot to do to get back into the match, can they keep King’s Lynn from extending their lead 2nd half.
  King’s Lynn to kick-off the 2nd half the strong breeze picking up despite the bright sunshine. Natalie Bunton on for King’s Lynn replacing Turner at the start of the 2nd half. Leach comes racing out of her area as Irving tries to shield the ball back into her to kick clear knocking it along the ground instead the keeper ends up halfway in her half before getting it away before rapidly getting back into her area. King’s Lynn don’t capitalise. 
 A spell of possession for King’s Lynn in the final 3rd ball lifted forwards dealt with by Tink and then Irving at the back. Eventually break the ball up the middle for Rebecca Russell to run onto goes for the shot all of 30 yards out her effort drifting wide of goal. Drake intercepts the ball at the back for Sprowston as Kelly looks to carry it on after being played in through the middle. King’s Lynn make a change with Winona Lee coming on for Becky Russell going into the right back position. 
 King’s Lynn work the ball up the left Shelley Woods pushing on with the ball to get into the box has Hopkisson inside her puts the ball into her feet near the penalty spot is crowded off the ball before she can gets it back out of the area Kelly tries to head the ball back in on target is long way out the ball bounces wide. 
King’s Lynn Town Ladies
Jade Kelly
  A good move from Sprowston down the right wing brings a corner players up from the back the delivery put into a central position at the top of the area, a scramble for the ball on the deck, 1st Tink then Kirby see shots blocked a close quarters before Tink squeezes a ball through the bodies rolls onto the base of the post cleared out to the left put back into the top of the box Leyer onto it 20 yards out screws her shot wide.
  Open game 2nd half Sprowston willing to go for it not defend for their lives, are keeping the ball better 2nd half. Play is brought back on the right as Sprowston have no advantage Barnard over the ball sends in up into the area, Shelley Woods heads it clear coming back to Barnard sends another high ball into the area Coggles under it claims without being challenged. Russell and Turner return the the action for King’s Lynn, Turner is quickly on the ball springing into action as Sprowston hesitate at the back running in behind, she is caught by both Tink and Drake, the 3 come together the ball rebounding back out to Imanalijeva outside the box right of goal fires a low drive in, Leach is behind it all the way.
King’s Lynn Town Ladies, Beck Russell
  Irving in the right play to clear Imanalijeva’s ball into the box from the right, comes right back at the attacker slices her 1st time hit away from the top corner. A powerful run from Hutchin inside from the right for Sprowston has Leyer on the move ahead of her rolls the ball into her striking it from the top of the area puts the ball wide. Another top draw save from Leach in the Sprowston goal, King’s Lynn play the ball central up into the box Turner controls well back to goal bringing the ball into her body then turning to shot, Leach palms the rising ball up over her goal to land on the roof of the net.
Sprowston Ladies, Victoria Leyer
  Sprowston are getting some confidence they can pull a go back are going for it play left squared across the face of the area, Leyer inside the D strikes the shot early the ball racing wide across goal. Millie Wilson comes on for King’s Lynn replacing Gillon. Another shot from distance for Leyer the ball, taking a deflection pushing it wide of goal for a corner on the right a poor one Sprowston have the goal kick.
 GOAL! Pushing on Kelly closes Barnard down on the ball winning it is in behind, left of the area plays the pass through to Turner in behind, the ball running onto her strokes it on under the diving Leach into the back of the net for her 2nd of the game.
Eloise Leach, Sprowston Ladies
goalkeeper with some excellent saves
in the Plate Final
  Sprowston almost hit back with an instant response winning a free-kick after a high foot halfway inside the half to the left, Rebecca Russell looks to go for goal a little bit of wind assistance the ball comes straight in threatening to dip late Coggles gets her gloves up knocking the ball on to crossbar it spins away for a corner kick. Sprowston make a change before the corner is taken Irving coming off, Rosie Wickenden coming on the no 10 runs to join her team mates inside the box, the corner is taken the substitute comes towards the ball dropping near post 10 yards out looks to hit the ball on the volley her effort turned 90 degrees isn’t far wide. 
  Into the final 5 minutes King’s Lynn work to keep possession inside the Sprowston half the ball finds Hopkisson inside the D, shifting it to her right whistles over the crossbar. Leach has performed excellently in goal for Sprowston today a natural shot stopper makes a great double save in the closing minute, Hopkisson playing the ball into Imanalijeva right side the attacker turns inside into the area shoots across goal aiming far post, Leach diving to her left stops the ball isn’t clear Turner running in on the follow up looks to smash the ball home Leach grounded throws herself into the block the ball away for a corner. Cleared King’s Lynn celebrate winning the Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final their 1st piece of silverware. 

Full time King’s Lynn Town Ladies 0-0 Sprowston Ladies

  Not their best performance but King’s Lynn did enough had the movement to keep possession, Russell and Imanalijeva working the ball well. Took the early lead followed it up with 2 more goals, Sprowston on the back foot did well to not fold dug in and gave a good account of themselves 2nd half might have found a goal, King’s Lynn getting a 4th late on to win the final and take home the Plate trophy.
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

The SWF Blog – Player of the Match for today’s Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final is King’s Lynn Town Ladies Becky Russell, a good performance making good runs on and off the ball, drifting wide an excellent range of passing.
Captain Shelley Woods holding aloft the Plate trophy for her joyous team mates
  Congratulations to King’s Lynn Town Ladies on winning their 1st ever trophy. Saw the celebrations were well underway in King’s Lynn tonight, no shopping trolley is safe. 
  Thanks to both clubs for there help with today’s teams.

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

First published Sunday 30th April

Cup Final Report – Bungay Town Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies


  On to the 2nd Final of the day at Plantation Park the Norfolk Ladies League Cup Final with Thorpe United Ladies who successfully defended the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final on Friday night back in action looking to make it a cup double taking on Bungay Town Ladies.

   This season’s League Cup Final contested by the sides 1st and 3rd in the league both in great form in 2017. Bungay Town Ladies after a slow start hit the ground running after the New Year, winning 8 straight league games to leap up the table get onto the tails of the leading pair, beating Thorpe United Ladies 4-1 at home to end their 100% winning start to the season in that spell, 10 games unbeaten in all before the run was ended with a 1-0 loss away to Aylsham FC Ladies, who won the League Cup last season. This is Bungay Town Ladies 1st appearance in a Cup Final.

  Thorpe United Ladies started the season very well under new manager Martin Francis won their opening 12 games in both league and cup, nine straight wins in the league the coming to an end as mentioned above in February when they were beaten by Bungay Town Ladies. Looking strong in the league despite a couple of losses have a 7 point lead at the top from King’s Lynn Town Ladies. 

  A possible treble on the cards, claimed the 1st silverware of the season successfully retaining the Norfolk Women’s County Cup beating Wymondham Town Ladies 2-0. That final as you will know was just two nights ago on Friday, unfortunate scheduling, a quick turn around and recovery for Thorpe United however with one trophy successfully defended they will be in confident mood of claiming another. 

Road to the Final

 Bungay Town Ladies were at home in the 1st Round of the League Cup hosting Sprowston Ladies back in October a comfortable 6-0 win over the Division Two side seeing them progress into the 2nd Round where they were away to another Division Two side, Bohemians Ladies. A 5-1 win putting them into the quarter-finals, after that Bungay Town didn’t kick a ball, despite wanting to as they were awarded a home win against East Coast Ladies before advancing through to the final as opponents Brandon Town Ladies fell foul to the same rule that had seen Briston Wanderers Ladies withdraw from the semi-finals of the Plate. Having beaten Thorpe United once this season Bungay Town will be hoping to so do again this afternoon to win the League Cup.
  Was also 6 goals at home to Division Two opposition in the 1st Round for Thorpe United in the League Cup as they dispatched Long Stratton Ladies 6-1 to reach the 2nd Round. There they faced a tough test away to fellow Division One side King’s Lynn Town Ladies went on to win the match 5-1 to reach the quarter finals. Another fellow Division One side to play another tricky tie drawn at home to North Walsham Angels Ladies, Thorpe won the game 4-1 to progress into the semi-finals. At home to runaway Division Two Champions Gorleston FC Ladies. A single goal in the 1st half saw Thorpe United set up their 2nd final date of the season. 
  An hours turnaround between games had to dash off find a new memory card for the camera the one in place flashing up as corrupt just what I didn’t need but made it back just in time for kick-off. The strong breeze still in place, plenty of people there to watch the final as the 2 sides walked out onto the pitch.
 Bungay Town Ladies starting XI – Ruth Smart, Kelly Collins (C), Hannah Jones, Charlotte Power, Jessica Keeling, Teodora Ilie, Ella Hindley, Laura Holden, Lauren Purling, Nicky Hazell & Lacey Andrews.
 subs – Emily leach, Beccy Goffin & Stefanie Cool.
 Thorpe United Ladies starting XI – Cara Anderson, Bethan Sommerfield, Olivia Mungham-Gray, Lisa-Marie Riches, Lauren Kett, Alice Ford, Jade Powell, Vivian Moyo, Edie Wright, Laura Hedtke & Rebekah Lake (C).
 subs – Nicole Read, Chelsea Clark & Shanice Sutton.

 (roll on roll off substitutes)

It’s Thorpe to take the kick-off 1st half in the League Cup Final, back to wearing their usual home colours dark pink shirts with black shorts and socks. Bungay wearing light blue shirts with black shorts and socks. Goalkeeper Ruth Smart with an early touch of the ball as she claims it inside her area for Bungay as Thorpe captain Rebekah Lake looks to work her way into the box straight from kick-off. A slow start to the game both sides looking to get the ball out wide defences dealing with it.
  An opportunity for Thorpe to bring players forwards as they are awarded a free-kick outside the box on the right as Laura Hedtke is fouled. The ball played in near side centre back Lauren Kett gets her head on the ball directs her effort wide of the Bungay goal. Alice Ford with a good tackle wins the ball for Thorpe in the centre of midfield moving forwards attempts to side the ball through the middle for Lake, Bungay’s Jessica Keeling cuts out the ball outside her area. The ball is launched up field Bungay striker Lacey Andrews is away in behind for a moment as goalkeeper Cara Anderson starts to come, Kett recovers the ground and gets across her prevents any meaningful shot coming in. 
  Ford closing the ball down on halfway plays the pass out to Edie Wright on the left wing back to goal 25 yard out rolls her marker turning inside sends a looping ball high into the area Smart keeps her eye on the ball but sees it land safely on the roof of her net. Bungay are working hard at the back to keep someone on Lake prevent her making the runs into gaps to receive the ball. Laura Holden breaks from midfield for Bungay moving right, Olivia Mungham-Gray getting back on her does enough to put her off as she shoots the ball safely into Anderson’s gloves.
  Hedtke and Lake getting hold of the ball link up in the right corner before the ball is played long across the area met by Wright inside the D, looks to open up her body curl the ball into the top corner, bends sharply flying straight into Smart the keeper claiming the ball. An intriguing contest both sides cancelling each other out to a degree little opportunity to get in behind. Andrews flagged offside on a couple of occasions for Bungay. Ford and Jade Powell combine winning ball in the middle, Powell trying her luck with the strong breeze at her back 30 yards out her pacey dipping effort doesn’t drop far wide of goal.
   Ford also has a go from distance shortly area not the same pace on her shot as Powell,s bounces through to the keeper. A free-kick for Thorpe on half-way Kett over it flights the ball into the middle of the area, Moyo has made the run, doesn’t get the touch as it runs through to Smart. Moyo with a chance as Thorpe break their clearance finding Hedtke turns plays the ball into Moyo making the run on the right knocks the ball on towards the box, Smart comes rushing out Moyo gets the ball past the advancing keeper sees her attempt run narrowly wide of goal. 
Thorpe United Ladies, Alice Ford with Bungay’s Lacey Andrews
  A change for Thorpe, Wright coming off, Shanice Sutton coming on. Bungay also make a change Stefanie Cool coming on for Nicky Hazell. Bethan Sommerfield gets up the field for Thorpe on the right supporting Lake the ball given back to her sent into the area, headed away by Keeling. Thorpe with more of the ball 1st half chances limited Bungay deep not alot of room in behind shots coming in from distance.
  Bungay launch a counter attack the ball with Lauren Purling as she gets forwards with support from Holden as Andrews plays it on, left side coming into the area the shot is past the onrushing Anderson running along the ground the ball goes out wide at the far post. Bungay make another change Teodora Ilie coming off Emily Leach coming on. Ella Hindley lifts the ball over the top of the Thorpe, Andrews after it, Kett recovers well getting back on the striker forcing her out wide left concedes the corner kick. The high ball into the box cleared by Lisa-Marie Riches away for a throw opposite side. 
Bungay Town Ladies, Lauren Purling
  From the throw in the ball from Holden is played into Leach central, tries to power her way through the middle of the Thorpe defence 20 yards out the ball is lost, looking to get Sutton away on the left she is fouled on halfway, the set-piece sent up towards the top of the area is cleared by Bungay’s Charlotte Power.  
 GOAL! 2 minutes of normal time left in the 1st half and the deadlock is broken, Bungay have worked hard all game to limit Lake’s movement in  front of goal she finds away through however to score. The ball played up field into Moyo brings it don on her chest well Lake making her move to get into the area, Moyo sends the ball on up into the area, Lake brings it down with a glance off her shoulder taking it away to the right evading the Bungay defence fires her shot across the keeper and into the far corner 0-1.

Thorpe United Ladies captain, Rebekah Lake

  A strong end to the half for Thorpe, Hedtke bringing the ball into her body turning inside 25 yards out from the left shifts it between her feet to get room for a strike a tame effort in the ed runs through to Smart. Sutton looks to get in behind on the left wing, Hannah Jones back n her slides in to win the ball.

Half-time Bungay Town Ladies 0-1 Thorpe United Ladies

 As with the County Cup Final on Friday, Thorpe hold a narrow 1-0 lead going into the dressing room at half-time. A different game however have put a lot of energy into the 1st half without getting in behind so much as Bungay are prepared to sit invite them on. Have stifled Lake to a degree although she found a way through to score. Haven’t had much luck up the other end against the breeze stay out on the pitch during the break.
  Having been in the mainstand 3 the Plate Final and 1st half of the League Cup Final decide to head round to the opposite side of the pitch to get a better feel for the breeze that blowing across the pitch is strong and clearly having an influence on play aiding the ball one way, sapping energy the other. It’s Bungay to kick-ff the 2nd half. Thorpe win the ball Ford on for Sutton breaking on the left coming inside evades Keeling, but is stopped by Power beyond as she tries to enter the box.
  GOAL! The scores are levelled Bungay getting the equaliser early in the 2nd half the ball is played into Leach inside the Thorpe half top of the centre circle, goes for goal looks a dangerous ball the moment it leaves her foot up into the area caught by the breeze Anderson back on her line is in trouble as it drops dipping late sneaking under the crossbar and in 1-1.
A long range strike from Emily
Leach puts Bungay Town Ladies
back on level terms
  Lake comes to receive the ball 30 yards out helps it on to her left with Moyo on the move up the right wing carries the ball into the area pulls the trigger her strike taking a deflection off Power turned wide of goal for the corner kick. A high ball in from the right Kett gets up headers the ball on across goal, Purling is able to clear it far side. Riches does well at the back sliding in to intercept the ball in front of Andrews as Holden attempts to thread the ball into her in a central position inside the D. 
  Lake onto the ball inside the box right plays it back outside to Powell looks to play in in high for Sutton coming in far post, Leach back for Bungay gets her head on the ball to clear. Cool looks to get onto the diagonal ball send right to left, reaching it 1st sends it on into the area, Purling has covered a lot of ground on the right to get into the box, can’t get to the ball before Anderson claims it.

 GOAL! Good work from Purling on the right closing the ball down winning it and in behind whipping a low ball in across the top of the area left of the D, Andrews doesn’t quite take it in her stride however it hits the defender tracking back with her comes back into her feet a s the goalkeeper starts to come, Kett lunging in to try and take the ball away from the strikers feet Andrews ends up on the floor the ball squeezing past Anderson rolls into the back of the empty net beyond. 2-1 Bungay take the lead with a little over 15 minutes played in the 2nd half.


Bungay Town Ladies,
Lacey Andrews

Thorpe look to freshen things up make an immediate change, Powell comes off, Chelsea Clark on goes out to the right Hedtke coming more central. Purling is left in a heap on the floor as she and Ford clash heads in the centre of the pitch, both are okay after a spell of treatment. Andrews with space on the right to run into sends a high ball into the box, Ford is back to head clear for Thorpe. Sommerfield clears the ball as Holden looks to pick out Cool with a long diagonal ball as she comes inside from the left. 

  Holden brings the ball on for Bungay looks to put the ball into Andrews moving into the right channel, Mungham-Gray closing her down to tackle and clear the ball. A little ragged from Thorpe now their energy levels dropping Collins comes off for Bungay with Beccy Goffin entering the field. Cool peeling off the Thorpe defence runs onto Andrews diagonal ball closing in on the area shoots a comfortable gather for Anderson at her near post. 

 A free-kick for Bungay wide on the right inside the Thorpe half each over the ball looks to put it on target another difficult ball for Anderson to deal with back on her line gets her gloves up does well to bring it down safely. Wright comes back on for Thorpe replacing Hedtke as they look to find a goal to get them back into the match. Lake on the ball gets her head down drives forwards has Sutton left looking to get in behind the Bungay defence into the box Lake tries to pick her out, too close to Smart the goalkeeper can get there first.

Shanice Sutton challenges Lauren Purling for the ball

  Moyo with a good take down on the right side plays the ball on for Lake charging up towards the top of the area, Smart comes racing out to meet her as she enters the area Lake getting the ball past the keeper but not on target, Power back on the ball to launch it clear. A double change for Bungay Cool and Holden the players coming off, Hazell and Ilie back on. Ford with a determined run forwards shoots from all of 30 yards out no pace on the ball Smart able to claim.


  Another clash of heads between Moyo and Hindley this time, the Bungay midfielder coming off the worse comes off holding her bleeding nose. Holden barely rested coming back on. Purling collects a ball in the guts leaving her grounded again. A fair bit of injury time to come. Good work from Holden taking the ball from a central position out to the right before turning back inside an firing a cross along the top of the Thorpe area runs into Ilie looks to curl a shot into the top corner instead puts it into Anderson. 

  Thorpe are throwing players forwards going for broke as the game moves into stoppage time risk the counter Bungay break the ball from Jones into Holden on for Hazell coming in towards the box from the left Anderson comes racing out to the edge of her area gets her gloves up to block the ball as Hazell looks to lift it past her contact outside the box Anderson goes down holding her face, another few minutes to be added. One last throw of the dice for Thorpe everyone up as they win a free-kick wide right Kett up into the area landing inside the area Jones can see it out shielding it from Ford as the final whistle blows and Bungay Town Ladies win the Norfolk Ladies League Cup.

Full time Bungay Town Ladies 0-0 Thorpe United Ladies

 A game too far for Thorpe in the end 2 finals in the space of 48 hours the joy off winning the County Cup tempered by defeat in the League Cup Final. A fantastic achievement none the less to reach both finals. Bungay doing well to keep Thorpe’s chances limited 1st half conceding a goal late on found an immediate response 2nd half working hard to close the ball found another on the counter attack wasn’t a pretty goal but Andrews did enough to put the ball over the line Bungay holding on to the lead to claim the victory.
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

  The SWF Blog – Player of the Match for today’s Norfolk Ladies League Cup Final goes to Lauren Purling an energetic display working hard to close the ball down especially 2nd half getting back to help defend when needed set up the winning goal.
  Congratulations to Bungay Town Ladies on winning this season’s Norfolk Ladies League Cup Final.
Norfolk Ladies League Cup Winners, Bungay Town Ladies
  Also congratulations to Costessey Sports who won the Ladies 7’s League Cup Final beating Morley Ladies 2-0.
  My thanks to both clubs for their help with the teams and to the committee members of the NWGFL for all their assistance and putting on a great finals day