Sunday 29th April
Norfolk Women’s County Cup
Friday night saw this season’s Final of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup being played at The FDC in Bowthorpe. Sadly the weather wasn’t in on the occasion a wet and miserable evening never the less Women’s Football East was amongst the crowd to watch a contest between to of the best sides in the county ERWFL Premier Division, Acle United Ladies taking on recently crowned ERWFL Division One North Champions, Wymondham Town Ladies into their 2nd successive final.
It was Wymondham who opened the scoring in the 1st half from a corner kick the ball put in high towards the near post Bethany Fretwell rising to head it goalwards the ball smashing against the crossbar dropping down into the six yard box Laura Nicholls on the follow up putting the ball over the line. Acle looking for a reply found it on the half hour from a free-kick out wide the delivery into the six yard box Megan Todd going for it past her Kate Pasque close behind bundling it into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Wymondham finding a quick reply awarded a free-kick top of the D up the other end Mollie O’Callaghan’s attempt deflecting up off the wall to loop over the keeper and into the back of the net 2-1 to Wymondham at half-time.
Acle came on strong at the start of the 2nd half looking to level the scores for a 2nd time Wymondham’s defensive standing up well to the storm break up the other end Hannah Waters moving with the ball to the left into the area full back Chelsea Clarke with the run inside her receiving the pass and sending the ball past the advancing keeper. Acle continued to press Wymondham keeping them at bay, Acle reduced to 10 as Ciera Flatt was sent off. Naomi Cooper breaking from the back getting into the box scoring from her rebounded effort to pull a goal back in stoppage time not enough to find another as Wymondham win the County Cup for the 1st time in their history.
Norfolk Women’s Division One
Following up from derailing unbeaten Thorpe United Ladies title hopes in midweek, Bungay Town Ladies score 14 goals in 2 games to move to the top of Norfolk Women’s Division One ahead of Sprowston Ladies on goal difference. A 9-1 win over Thorpe last Wednesday ending the 3rd placed sides unbeaten record. Samantha Walker scoring a hat-trick on Wednesday followed that up with 2 more goals on Sunday to take her onto 27 for the season. At home to North Walsham Angels Ladies, Bungay were 3-0 up at half-time. North Walsham coming back to score 3 goals in the 2nd half with Lauren Yarham, Luci Middleton and Rachel Bussey on target. Bungay however added two further goals 2nd half to win the game 5-3. As well as Walker’s brace, Nicola Hazell, Emily Leach and Lauren Purling were also on target with a goal each.
Thorpe United recovered from their midweek loss with a home win against Fakenham Town Ladies on Sunday. Securing the 3 points with a 4-0 win Edie Wright, Leanne Ferdani and Rebekah Lake were amongst the goals.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Having lead the table from start to finish FC Sprowston Ladies finally secured the league title in Norfolk Women’s Division Two after they secured an away win and Beccles Town Ladies dropped points at home. Taking on Gorleston Rangers Ladies, Charlie Head scored a brace with Melissa Belsey also getting her name on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory. Just the one defeat all season for FC Sprowston one more game to play this coming Sunday the League Cup Final at Norwich United’s Plantation Park against Bungay Town Ladies.
Beccles Town Ladies finish runners-up in Division Two in their debut season. Were at home to the side they faced away on the opening day in Norfolk Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies, they themselves finishing fourth ending with a good run undefeated in their last 7 matches picking up 5 wins. Ending with a goalless draw against Beccles Town.