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The Round-Up – Suffolk 17/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th March

Suffolk Women’s County Cup

 Semi-final weekend for the Suffolk Women’s County Cup, the final to be held back at Ipswich Town FC’s Portman Road Stadium on Tuesday May 7th. 

  Ipswich Town Women will be their once again as they look to keep thier hands firmly on the trophy in a competition they have dominated in recent seasons. Are through to the final without kicking a ball after opponents AFC Sudbury Ladies took the decision to withdraw from the competition, the ERWFL Premier Division side having a tough season struggling with numbers and injuries.

Contesting the other semi-final were Haverhill Rovers Ladies leading the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South up against Needham Market Women top of the table in the Suffolk Women’s Division going into the match. Both making their debut season in women’s football a huge incentive a place in the County Cup Final at Portman Road for the winners. Played at a neutral venue Long Melford FC, Stoneylands Ground. A well contested match placed in front of a crowd of over 300, it was Needham Market who came out on top to win the game 4-1 and book their place in a 2nd final of the season. Currently the treble is on for Needham Market but no matter how thing’s go from here it’s a season that will live long in the memory.

Needham Market Women, through to the Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final (picture credit Gary Reed)

Suffolk Women’s Division

Whilst Needham Market Women were writing another chapter in their short history, their title rivals in the Suffolk Women’s Division, East Bergholt United Ladies were playing their vital game in hand at home to Woodbridge Town Ladies on Sunday. Level with Needham Market at the top a positive result would see them move clear of their rivals with both having 5 left to play. Just the one league defeat to date East Bergholt made no mistake getting the 3 points thanks to a 4-0 win. Elena Nitsche scoring a brace, along with a goal a piece for Annie Northwood and Stacey Teager.

Lauren Page was on target for a hat-trick on Sunday her first goals for Brantham Athletic Ladies as they came home with the 3 points comfortably beating bottom side University of Suffolk Women. Along with Page’s hat-trick their was all a brace for Shanice Leeks with Carra Marie Seeley also getting a goal. 3rd placed Brantham Athletic winning 9-0, Toni Mott and Jessica Ryan on the scoresheet too celebrating their first goals.

Coplestonians Ladies were also in action at the weekend at home to Walsham Le Willows Ladies in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Goals from Abigail Eley her 10th of the season, along with a first for Coplestonians for Ashley Bustos and a strike from Sophie Allen seeing the home side leading 3-1 at half-time. Laura Brame on target for Walsham Le Willows, pulled it back to 3-2 in the 2nd half with her 25th goal of the season, it wasn’t enough however as Coplestonians held on to take the 3 points.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 10/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th March

Suffolk Women’s Division

Four games played on Sunday in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Needham Market Women remain top ahead of East Bergholt United Ladies only separated by goal difference. East Bergholt with that superiority up until the withdrawal of Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves the goals earned against them chalked off, it’s Needham Market’s turn to push their own goal difference up as they recorded a huge win away to bottom side University of Suffolk Women this weekend.

Needham Market going from strength to strength in their debut season the squad full of goals. 7-0 up at half-time there was no let up in the 2nd half with a further 12 goals scored. 19-0 Abbie Wilkinson top scoring for Needham Market in the game with 4 goals. Francesca Rainbird is Needham Market’s top goalscorer a hat-trick on Sunday moving her to 26 for the season. Also scoring a hat-trick and her first goals for Needham market in only her 2nd game was Emily Steward. Four players netting a brace with Josie Harward, Jemma Wessels, Nicola Henderson and Eboni-May Shephard with her first goals too for Needham market celebrating a brace. Another player getting her first goal for Needham market on Sunday was Amber Leeks in only her 3rd appearance.

   East Bergholt United Ladies were at home on Sunday taking on 3rd placed Alresford Colne Rangers, another high scoring game with the sides sharing 9 goals! Top scorers Jo Harvey with a brace and Tiffany Reeves scoring for Alresford have 27 goals between them now. East Bergholt have plenty of goals in their squad too however and hit Alresford for six up the other end to collect the 3 points. Annie Northwood scoring one of those goals has 26 goals recorded for the season now. Elena Nitsche bagging herself a brace there were goals too for Stacey Teager and Charlotte McGrath with Isla Romer-Lee scoring for the 1st time this season in East Bergholt’s 6-3 win. Still have a game in hand on Needham Market.

   Brantham Athletic Ladies took advantage of Alresford losing and 4th placed Woodbridge Town Ladies game being postponed to win big at home to climb back up to 3rd place in the Suffolk Women’s Division on Sunday. At home were taking on Brightlingsea Regent Ladies. Brantham are another side with a strong attack and Brightlingsea felt the full force as the hosts claimed all 3 points with a 14-1 win to move back up the table.

Brettvale Ladies are having a fantastic start to 2019 strengthening the squad have now won 4 of their 6 league games played so far with just one defeat. A 3rd successive league win coming at home this Sunday against Coplestonians Ladies. Brettvale holding a 2-1 lead at half-time that score was repeated 2nd half to see the hosts run out 4-2 winners. Tarnya McKew joining the squad has added a real goal threat playing at a higher level before hit a hat-trick for Brettvale on Sunday to move onto 14 goals from just 6 appearances. Georgia Lindon with the other goal for Brettvale. Abigail Eley netting both goals for Coplestonians.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 24/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th February

Suffolk Women’s League Cup

The weather put pay to the Suffolk Women’s League Cup semi-finals a fortnight ago, no chance this weekend with glorious weather it was a strong line-up in the last 4 of the competition with the top 4 in the league itself reaching the semi-finals.

  League leaders East Bergholt United Ladies with a 100% record at the top were away taking on 4th placed Brantham Athletic Ladies. East Bergholt the League Cup holders looking to reach the final for the 3rd successive season.Tasted defeat for the 1st time this season last weekend losing to Needham Market Women in the County Cup quarter finals. It was another close game this weekend against Brantham. Goals from Jessica Clark, Charlotte McGrath and top scorer Annie Northwood securing a 3-1 victory for East Bergholt to see them into the final.

   A close game too in the other Suffolk Women’s League Cup semi-final between to sides looking to reach it for the first time 2nd placed Needham Market Women away to 3rd placed Alresford Colne Rangers. Needham Market going into the game on a high after their County Cup success last weekend, Alresford proving a tough nut to crack the sides going in goalless at the break. Needham Market getting the break through in the 2nd period Lois Balfour with her 15th of the season and Amber Sparkes netting her 16th goal of the campaign seeing Needham market win the game 2-0 to reach a final in their debut season in women’s football.

Suffolk Women’s Division

There were also two league matches played this Sunday in the Suffolk Women’s Division and the results see another new side nudge there way into the top 4 of the table. It was a 4th straight league win with 5 games unbeaten overall for Woodbridge Town Ladies. Were at home to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies at the weekend. A slender 1-0 lead at half-time the hosts went on to score 3 more in the 2nd half to win the game 4-0 and move ahead of Brantham Athletic Ladies. Top scorer Jenna Liverpool scoring her 13th goal of the season for Woodbridge, Sophie Crane was also on target with her 7th. Natasha Williams and Kirsten Spooner both getting a goal a piece.

   Another new name in the league enjoying a good run of form in 2019 are Brettvale Ladies. Strengthening their squad recently. Were at home to Walsham Le Willows Ladies on Sunday. A competitive game between the sides. Olivia Hodges and Norma Locker finding the back of the net for Walsham Le Willows, Brettvale edging them out scoring 3 up the other end at the final whistle. 3-2 to Brettvale their 4th win of the season.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 17/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th February

Suffolk Women’s County Cup

Quarter finals weekend for the Suffolk Women’s County Cup competition. Ipswich Town Women with an iron grip of the trophy winning six of the last seven finals. This Sunday also the start of a new era for the club with Carla Dickinson stepping down as head coach in mid-week U21s coach Joe Sheehan to the 1st team mangers role. His first game in charge Ipswich’s home quarter final tie against Suffolk Women’s Division side Brantham Athletic Ladies. A 3 league gap between the sides a big gulf. 

  Ipswich getting off to a great start their new signings Amy Nash and Georgia Box combining in the opening 5 minutes for Box to open her account for Ipswich. Toni-Anne Wayne doubling the lead on 15 minutes firing the ball home to make it 2-0. Captain Cassie Craddock quickly adding a 3rd to the home sides tally. Paige Wakefield scoring Ipswich’s 4th on 23 minutes Craddock with her 2nd before the half hour. Full back Jac Ball bombing forwards and shooting on the scoresheet to bring up a 6th goal in the 35th minute. Natasha Thomas scoring on the stroke of half-time to see Ipswich leading 7-0 at the break.

   Five changes at half-time for Ipswich, Brantham to their credit putting in the hard work keep going, keeping the hosts at bay till the 65th minute with Wakefield scoring her 2nd of the match an overhead kick inside the area. Craddock volleyed in her 3rd to complete a hat-trick. Nash finding the back of net for Ipswich’s 10th and her 1st for the club. Into the last 10 minutes, both Wayne and Thomas adding another goal each with Amanda Crump back with a stunning left foot strike. Box wrapping up a 14-0 result with her 2nd goal in the last minute. Ipswich comfortable into the last 4 once again.

    AFC Sudbury Ladies were beaten by Ipswich Town Women in last two County Cup Finals the ERWFL Premier Division side drawn away to Coplestonians Ladies in the quarter finals of this season’s competition. 2 leagues between the sides Sudbury have been struggling for league form the County Cup different as they progress with a comfortable result, Emma Squirrel opening the scoring for the away side, Mia Etheridge doubling the lead, both players going on to score again. 4-0 up Olivia Gunn struck home for her 1st goal of the season to make it 5 with Ellie Mitchell making 1st appearance for the club scoring on her debut. 6 goals and a clean sheet for Sudbury.

   The top two in the Suffolk Women’s Division were drawn together in the quarter finals of the County Cup this Sunday with 2nd placed Needham Market Women full of confidence after a fantastic first half of the season at home to East Bergholt United Ladies very strong themselves top of the table with a 100% record. An attacking game from both sides plenty of goalscorers amongst them, a 3-0 lead for Needham Market certainly caused the eyebrows to raise when I saw it on twitter. East Bergholt fought hard to get back into the game and pulled it back to 3-2, Needham Market’s keeper with a late save to deny them a 3rd as Needham Market knock them out of the competition to reach the last 4 of the County Cup in their debut season.

  In the other quarter final game in the Suffolk Women’s County Cup two sides were meeting who too were making their debut seasons with Woodbridge Town Ladies at home to Haverhill Rovers Ladies the latter playing over the border in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South leading the table it was a close match between the sides that when all the way to a penalty shootout with the game ending all square at 1-1 heading to a penalty shootout Haverhill the side emerging victorious to reach the semi-finals going through with a 4-2 win.

Suffolk Women’s Division

  As well as the County Cup quarter finals there were also two matches taking place in the Suffolk Women’s Division on Sunday. With 3 of the top 4 in the league playing in the competition 3rd placed Alresford Colne Rangers won their 10th game of the season to open up a 5 point gap between themselves and 4th placed Brantham Athletic with a comfortable away win against Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies at the weekend. Alresford having a good spread amongst their goal scorers with most on the scoresheet this season. Were without top scorers Tiffany Reeves and Jo Harvey this Sunday others contributing in their stead Alresford winning 6-1 with six different players celebrating a goal, Leia Rudge, Ellie May Griggs, Lucie Stanbury, Donna Leggett, Laurel Harknett & Abigail Chambers with her 1st of the season. Charlotte Archer scoring the goal for Chantry Grasshoppers.

  In the other game played in the Suffolk Women’s Division on Sunday Leiston St Margarets were at home to Walsham Le Willows. A hat-trick for Lucy Eagle taking her onto 19 goals for the season along with a 13th goal of the season for Thalia Cloke seeing Leiston St Margarets win the game for one to climb above Walsham Le Willows into 6th place on the table. Laura Brame and Norma Locker scoring for Walsham Le Willows.

The Round-Up – 10/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th February

It doesn’t happen very often but this time of year the weather plays it’s part to hit the fixtures and sometimes it’s simply easiest to combine all or some of the weekends Round-Up’s into  a collective post. This Sunday there were just two fixtures played in Norfolk, Suffolk and 3 in Beds & Herts so they get to share this edition. Water logged pitches being the theme.


Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Just three games scheduled in Norfolk anyway those in Division Two that was reduced to two with the rain seeing the match between Hockering Ladies & Tavern Ladies postponed. League leaders Taverham United Women were away on Sunday there opponents Horsford Women. Taverham unbeaten winning their last 10 league games in a row are scoring plenty of goals with Rebecca Sutton and Abbie Walker slugging it out for top goal scorer. Walker getting herself another hat-trick this Sunday, Sutton waded in with 5 goals, a total of 55 goals between them now, Sutton on 29, Walker on 26 both with 14 appearances. A hat-trick too for Maya Lawlor on Sunday takes her into double figures for the season for Taverham. Charlotte Hurren and Teigan Robinson also getting a goal each as Taverham extend their lead at the top of the Division Two table with a 13-0 to 7 points over Fakenham Town Ladies who do have two matches in hand.

  In the other match played in Division Two this Sunday, Bulldogs Ladies fresh from their 1st win of the season last Sunday travelled to the East coast to player Gorleston Rangers Ladies, in 5th position. A goal in each half from Abigail Bell seeing Gorleston Rangers record a 2-0 win their 6th of the season to take them level on points with 4th placed Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies.  


Suffolk Women’s Division

4 matches scheduled for the Suffolk Women’s Division Division this Sunday including the two League Cup semi-finals, both of those games postponed will be replayed on Sun 24th February instead. Those ties featuring the top 4 in the league itself.

  Two league games did get played and it was another positive result for Woodbridge Town Ladies their 3rd straight league win to help them consolidate their 5th placed position in the Suffolk Women’s Division. A reverse of last Sunday’s fixture were away to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies then securing a comfortable 5-0 win. A different story at Chantry Grasshoppers the sides all square at 1-1 at half-time Woodbridge scoring again in the 2nd half to win the game 2-1. Kiera Hines and Kirsten Spooner with her first Woodbridge goal the scorers for the visiting side. Charlotte Archer on target in the first half for Chantry Grasshoppers.

A high scoring game between University of Suffolk Women and Walsham Le Willows on Sunday. Walsham travelling to the bottom placed side with just the 10 players available. A mixed bag of form for Walsham this season, hasn’t stopped top scorer Laura Brame from finding the back of the net more often than not scored another hat-trick on Sunday to move onto 20 for the season. Also scoring a hat-trick for Walsham on Sunday was Emma Marie Baker her first goals for the side too n just her 2nd appearance. Lisa Pratt and Kirsty Pollard both getting a goal a piece too as Walsham ran out 8-3 winners in the game taking them back into 6th spot.

Beds & Herts

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

It was a limited league programme in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division this Sunday anyway with cup action taking president. One game taking place in Division One saw defending champions St Albans Ladies at home to title chasing Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies. Sophie Hull scoring in the 13th minute giving St Albans an early lead. The hosts working hard defensively to keep their opponents at bay were unlucky to concede right at the death, Hemel Hempstead’s top scorer Natasha McConville striking late in the game to secure a point with her 18th goal of the season. That only adds to the intrigue at the top of the league with there now being a 3 way tie at the top with Northwood Ladies, Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires all on 19 points!

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One game also in Division Two this Sunday and that sees new leaders as Hitchin Belles replace local rivals Hitchin Town at the top for the 1st time this season. Hitchin Belles winning for the 9th time this season on the road on Sunday taking in Bedford Ladies Development. Have a potent attack with Katie White keeping the lead in the goal scoring charts netting a hat-trick on Sunday taking her onto 17 for the season. Charlotte Peters has 14 to her name claiming a brace at the weekend, Amy Jack and Keira How also amongst the goals this season both on target with their 13th and 9th goals respectfully Hitchin Belles winning 7-1.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

For the 2nd Sunday in a row the weather played havoc with The Chris Renshaw Cup competition the rescheduled cup ties once again hit by the wet conditions the day before. 5 2nd Round ties set for this Sunday in the end just the one survived that saw Division Three high flyers Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses at home to Sherrardswood Ladies struggling for form in Division One this season. A goal from Charlotte Bedford along with a penalty struck home by Victoria Harrold seeing Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses advance to the quarter finals.


The Round-Up – Suffolk 03/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd February

Suffolk Women’s Division

Three matches played in the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday with a further two matches seeing the 3 points awarded as a home win for league leaders East Bergholt United Ladies and third placed Alresford Colne Rangers. Of the three games played on Sunday it was another good win for 2nd placed Needham Market Women the 2nd placed side keeping the gap between them and leaders East Bergholt to just 3 points. Were at home taking on Brightlingsea Regent Ladies. Needham Market taking the lead from the penalty spot to hold a narrow advantage advantage after a positive start from Brightlingsea, Needham Market have attack minded players through their side and they went on to dominate the 2nd period to score a further 6 goals to win the game 7-0 and extend thier winning run to 7 matches. Another brace fro Francesca Rainbird sees her move onto 22 goals for the season with Jemma Wessels, Elysia Young, Amber Sparkes, Laura Tuley and Ashleigh Goddard with her 1st goal for the club also on the scoresheet. 

  It was a 7 goal thriller between Brettvale Ladies and 4th placed Brantham Athletic Ladies on Sunday. Brettvale having strengthened their squad running Brantham close scoring 3 goals in the match. Brantham edging the result to win 4-3 thanks to a hat-trick from top scorers Kirsten Hutchings who now has 22 for the season and a goal from Jodie Sharp her 13th of the campaign, Brantham 3 points behind 3rd placed Alresford with a game in hand.

A hat-trick for Brantham Athletic Ladies, Kirsten Hutchings

  Woodbridge Town Ladies are up to 5th in the Suffolk Women’s Division table newcomers to the league this season have now collected 10 points from their last 5 matches in the league. This Sunday were at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. Jenna Liverpool, Woodbridge’s top scorer netting twice in the game to move onto 12 for the season. There was a brace two for Sophie Crane. Woodbridge winning the game 5-0 the other goal scored by Kiera Hines her 1st goal for Woodbridge.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

The Suffolk Women’s Division table adjusted now following the withdrawal from the league of Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves, points and goals scored against them now removed from the league standings, it sees some altering of position. East Bergholt United Ladies still lead the way although their 36-0 win over Haverhill gone now reduces their goal difference significantly but still stands at +64. Their 100% winning record continued this Sunday on the road were away to Brightlingsea Regents Ladies. Jessica Scott getting the opening goal for Brightlingsea. East Bergholt getting back on level terms going onto take the lead adding another to lead 3-1 at half-time. The visitors going on to find the back of the net for 4 more goals to win the game 7-1. Both Annie Northwood and Stacey Teager netting a brace. There were goals to for Jessica Clark, Cara Savage and Katie Bruce.

  Needham Market Women in 2nd remain 3 points behind East Bergholt the readjusted table seeing the pair close in the goal difference front too now, Needham Market scoring plenty have a +61 GD, if the 100% slips they are in a great position to pounce (if being the operative word) going strong in 2nd place however the new side had a tough game at the weekend up against Coplestonians Ladies new look young side. A jade Fox goal seeing the hosts hold the lead at half-time Needham Market came back to level the scores in the 2nd half and go on to clinch a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Milly Carter and Amber Sparkes.

Alresford Colne Rangers are now up to 3rd in the Suffolk Women’s Division table, had an away trip to Brettvale this Sunday. Brettvale new to the league this season bringing in additional players recently and useful experience with them. That proving the difference in a high scoring game with the sides sharing 8 goals between them. Donna Leggett scoring for the 1st time this season for Alresford there was a brace too for Tiffany Reeves taking her onto 13 for the season. 3 goals for Alresford not enough to see them take anything from the game as new signing Tarnya McKew scored a hat-trick for Brettvale, Kelly Hannington bagging herself a brace too as Brettvale claimed the 3 points with a 5-3 win.

   It’s all got very congested in the middle of the table with Leiston St Margarets winning big at the weekend climbing up the table into 5th position. Were away to the new sides at the bottom University of Suffolk Women. Thalia Cloke racing up the goal scoring charts for Leiston St Margarets scored 5 on Sunday to move onto 12 for the season. Lucy Eagles top scorer currently hitting a hat-trick to go to 16 for the campaign. Two goals for Sarah Cooper, with Grace Pemberton and Justine Young also getting a goal a piece, a first Leiston St Margarets goal for Young in a 12-1 win.

  Another side firmly in that mid-table cluster are Woodbridge Town Ladies,up into 6th position now moving above their opponent from the weekend Walsham Le Willows Ladies. Woodbridge the visitors leading 2-0 at half-time with Caitlin Howe scoring both goals. Howe going on to complete her hat-trick in the 2nd half to see Woodbridge win the game 3-0. Just two points separating the side placed 5th to 8th.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 20/01/19

Sunday 20th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

Sad news to bring at the start of this weeks Suffolk Round-Up with the withdrawal of Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves from the Suffolk Women’s Division. New to the league this season has not been the start the club would have wanted, have been struggling for numbers right from the start and have bravely battled on playing games with just 8 or 9 players, have suffered some heavy defeats as a result but also the commendation of their fellow league clubs in the way they conducted themselves their spirit and effort. Tough to keep on like that however so the tough decision was made to withdraw, haven’r folded will continue in smaller sized versions of the game and hope to see them back in the league soon with extra recruitment. Sending everyone my best wishes.

Four games played in the league on Sunday with just one game affected by the freezing overnight conditions. League leaders East Bergholt United Ladies were at home taking on Coplestonians Ladies. The visitors doing well in the 1st half keeping East Bergholt’s potent attack at bay to go in goalless at the break. Annie Northwood getting the break through for East Bergholt 2nd half the clubs top scorer going on to add a 2nd goal east Bergholt keep up their 100% record with a 2-0 win.

Eye watering scoreline are becoming a feature in the Suffolk Women’s Division this season and this Sunday was no different. East Bergholt may have an iron grip on the lead but newcomers Needham Market Women having hit the ground running have now opened up an 8 point gap in 2nd spot to 3rd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies. Were at home on Sunday up against another newcomer Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. Needham Market have plenty of goalscorers in their squad and they filled their boots at the weekend. Francesca Rainbird showing no signs of slowing down is way out in front for Needham Market with 4 goals on Sunday taking her to 25 for the season. Rainbird wasn’t top scorer in the game however with Amber Sparks going one better with 5, her 13 goals coming from 7 appearances. Both Laura Tuley and Abbie Walker scoring a hat-trick each. Jemma Wessels and Lois Balfour a brace a piece with Milly Carter also on the scoresheet in a 20-0 win.

Leiston St Margarets Ladies were at home this Sunday taking on Brightlingsea Regent Ladies, the hosts getting themselves into a 2-0 lead at half-time, matched that tally 2nd have to secure their 6th win of the season. four different goalscorers for Leiston St Margarets with top scorer Lucy Eagles getting her 13th of the season, goals too for Thalia Cloke and Sarah Cooper whist Grace Knock scored her 1st Leiston St Margarets goal.

The points were shared in the league match between Woodbridge Town Ladies and Brettvale Ladies on Sunday. The visitors Brettvale taking an early lead in the match scoring from the penalty spot Tarnya McKew sending the ball home. Woodbridge fighting back getting the leveller to see the game finish all square at 1-1. Jenna Liverpool, Woodbridge’s top scorer getting her 16th goal of the season.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 13/01/19

Sunday 13th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

A full programme of league fixtures this Sunday in the Suffolk Women’s Division with the top 4 picking up positive results to consolidate their positions. A reverse of last Sunday’s fixtures. It wasn’t unlucky 13 for league leaders, East Bergholt United Ladies as they made it 13 wins from 13 at the top with an away win against Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies at the weekend. Charlotte McGrath scoring a hat-trick to become the sixth player in the squad to reach double figures for the season 11 to her name now. Stacey Teager also onto 10 goals scoring on Sunday, with Jessica Clark scoring her 15th of the season, Millie Wilding her 18th and Annie Northwood her 34th!. East Bergholt winning 7-0.

East Bergholt United Ladies, Charlotte McGrath

Needham Market Women are looking strong too in 2nd place in the table keeping East Bergholt on their toes should they slip up… Were away at the weekend taking on 5th placed Walsham Le Willows Ladies. New to the league Needham Market nevertheless have some proven goalscorers in their ranks and 2 of these were on target for a brace each on Sunday, with Lois Balfour and Francesca Rainbird adding to their tally’s on 16 now and 21 respectfully. Maria Smith also getting on the scoresheet in a 5-0 victory.

A 4-1 defeat for Brantham Athletic Ladies last Sunday away to Woodbridge Town Ladies, the 3rd placed side claimed a narrow win at home this time around in the reverse fixture goals from Jodie Sharp and Lucy Dunnett enough as they ran out 2-1 winners with Woodbridge’s top scorer Jenna Liverpool scoring her 15th goal of the season not enough to take anything from the game.

Alresford Colne Rangers weren’t in league action last Sunday, were away to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies this weekend. 4th in the table Alresford were held to a goalless draw by Brightlingsea at half-time. Got the goals and the 3 points 2nd half Ellie May Griggs scoring a brace her first goals for Alresford making her 4th appearance. Rae Clancy and Leia Rudge also getting a goal each both their 3rd of the season in a 4-0 win.

Was a close game between Coplestonians Ladies and Leiston St Margarets Ladies last Sunday with Coplestonians winning 2-1 to consolidate a solid hold of 6th position in the Suffolk Women’s Division. At home this weekend the sides played out another tight game ending with a point apiece in a 1-1 draw, that along with defeat for Walsham Le Willows seeing Coplestonians move level on points with the 5th placed side. Came back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time with Thalia Cloke scoring the goal for Leiston St Margarets. Sophie Maul hitting the equaliser into the back of the net in the 2nd half for the hosts.

Has and continues to be a tough season for Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves in the Suffolk Women’s Division. The effort and spirit is there no doubt by sadly not the numbers at present held Brettvale Ladies to a 4-0 defeat at home last weekend felt like a victory after some heavy defeats, at Brettvale this Sunday had just the 8 available, and their opponents had strengthened their ranks Tanya McKew on their subs bench the former Ipswich Wanderers Ladies player with a vast amount of experience a proven goalscorer netted a double hat-trick on her debut. Top scorer Sheryl Nokes Braces for Iris Gunnarsdottir and Tia-Jade Webb her first goals for Brettvale. Also on target for their first Brettvale goals were Georgia Lindon and Bethany Bennett with Ashleigh Trenter also scoring a goal in a 21-0 result.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 06/01/19

Sunday 6th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

2019 begins in Suffolk with defending champions East Bergholt United Ladies having a 100% win rate at the top of the newly expanded league. 11 wins from 11 with a +100 goal difference. A home win awarded at the weekend sees them move onto 36 points 6 clear at the top.

A host of new sides entering the Suffolk Women’s Division this season, the best performing of these Needham Market Women. In 2nd position have won 9 of their 11 league games played in 2018. Began 2019 at home to Walsham Le Willows Ladies. Kept up their good form with a convincing win to pick up the 3 points. Amber Sparkes scoring a hat-trick in her 5th appearance of the season. Lois Balfour starting the year with a brace has 14 goals one behind her is Milly Carter who was also on target with a goal in a 6-0 win.

A great result to start 2019 for Woodbridge Town Ladies as they pick up thier 6th win of the season at home to 3rd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies on Sunday. Brantham enjoying a great start to the season unbeaten until December recent results seeing them fall away from the title hunt, a 3rd defeat in the league coming at the hands of Woodbridge. Jenna Liverpool top scorer for Woodbridge with a hat-trick. Madison Tribley also credited with a goal in a 4-1 win. Danielle Harvey scoring in the 2nd half for Brantham.

A place ahead of Woodbridge in 6th are Coplestonians Ladies, ended the year in good form with 3 successive league wins, started 2019 in the same vein making it 4 from 4 to move onto 21 points. Were away on Sunday taking on Leiston St Margarets Ladies. A brace from Abigail Eley seeing Coplestonians leading 2-0 at half-time. Leiston St Margarets pulling it back to 2-1 in the 2nd half with Leanne Morphew on target for the 1st time this season the visiting side held on for the 2-1 win.

It felt like a victory and bearing in mind their recent results and struggles for numbers I can sympathise with Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves it was a tough start to life for the new side in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Were hosting Brettvale Ladies themselves new to the league this season. The visitors searching for more points on the board themselves however recorded their 3rd win of the season to start 2019 and get themselves onto double figures, Ashleigh Trenter scoring her first goal for Brettvale, Lucy Brown was alos on the scoresheet with Sheryl Nokes taking over as top goalscorer netting twice to move onto 6 after 4 appearances.