The race for the title continues to intrigue in Suffolk with the Women’s Division highly competitive this season. Woodbridge Town Ladies with a fantastic run leading the way now 3 points clear at the top as they sat out the weekend others attempting to close the gap. Bury Town Ladies with a good league run themselves moving clear into 2nd now 5 games as they came home with the 3 points against Needham Market Women Reserves this weekend. Needham Market with just the bare 11 available, Bury Town have plenty of goalscorers within their squad with no less than 19 different names on the scoresheet so far this season. Julie Brind well clear on that list as top scorer getting another this Sunday to go to 23 for the season. Sophie Hemming on target for her fifth and captain Lisa Pratt with her 3rd of the campaign seeing Bury Town to a 3-1 win. Taylor Cooke getting the Needham market goal. Bury Town now 3 points behind Woodbridge with 2 games in hand.
A good result away from home for 7th placed Brightlingsea Regent Ladies have improved well in their 2nd season playing women’s football up into the top half of the table picking up some good results along the way. Brettvale a strong side amongst the early pacesetters also into the last 4 of the League and County Cups. Tarnya McKew an experienced goalscorer playing at regional level top scoring for Brettvale getting her 21st goal of the season on Sunday. Hannah Goldsmith also well out in front as top scorer for Brightlingsea getting her 25th goal of the season to see the points shared in a 1-1 draw.
Holland Ladies new to the Suffolk Women’s Division this season are up to 3rd in the table above Brettvale on goal difference with games in hand on everyone around them still. Have lost just once this season and that back on the opening day just 2 more points dropped since are having a strong debut season solid in defence whilst scoring freely in attack were at home this Sunday playing 2nd bottom side Ramsey & Mistley Ladies. The goals coming again for Holland this weekend with two players celebrating hat-tricks, top scorer Jasmine Cox moving onto 32 goals for the season and midfielder Lauren Bourne who has 18 to her name. A brace too for Michelle Hodgson sees her become the fifth Holland player to reach double figures for the season, the final score 9-0 with Sophie Blowers alos getting her name on the scoresheet.
A high scoring win too for Brantham Athletic Ladies away to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies in the Suffolk Women’s Division at the weekend. Brantham regrouping well now after the loss of a few players during the summer retain a good squad which as always produced goals. Sophie Crabtree opening the scoring at the weekend putting Brantham 1-0 on 10 minutes. Maddie Hubbard quickly making it 2-0 with he 8th of the season. A goal for Carra Marie Seeley and a 2nd for Crabtree seeing Brantham leading 4-0 at the break. Went on to match that tally in the 2nd half winning the game 8-0 with top scorer Danielle Harvey scoring a 2nd half hat-trick to close in on 20 goals for the season. Seely also adding a 2nd goal.
In the final game to bring you from the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday 7th placed Henley Athletic Ladies were at home to Alresford Colne Rangers in 8th. The visitors getting into the lead to hold the advantage at half-time 1-0 up the 2nd half a total contrast with a flurry of goals another 10 in fact! Alresford going on to add a further 3 goals to their tally with Donna Leggett scoring a brace and one each for Jenna Cash and Rae Clancey. Ended up going home empty handed however as Henley Athletic came back well to fire home 7 goals in the 2nd half to win the 3 points, top scorers Amy Gilson and Enya Moore both netting a brace remained locked on 14 goals apiece. An own goal plus one each for Clare Bevan and Megan Tucker helping to secure the victory.
The first of this season’s Suffolk Women’s League Cup semi-finals played this Sunday, a strong looking line-up in the last 4 of this season’s competition this weekend it was 2nd versus 4th in the league with Bury Town Ladies hosting Brettvale Ladies. Bury the first side in the Division to score over 100 goals this season, Brettvale although not scoring as many although 65 is a pretty good number so far have one of the tightest defences in the league conceding just 13 goals. Always going to be a close game both sides in good form Bury finding the back of the Brettvale net twice it wasn’t to be enough however as Brettvale won through to their first ever cup final winning the semi-final 3-2. Abbie Fisher on target to score her 15th goal of the season with Rachel White and Gemma Burnett scoring to send Brettvale into the final. Their opponents will be either Holland Ladies or league leaders Woodbridge Town Ladies the game though not scheduled till the 22nd March.
Suffolk Women’s Division
Four matches played in the Suffolk Women’s Division itself this weekend. Needham Market Women Reserves back in action this weekend taking advantage of Bury and Brettvale locking horns in the cup to win the 3 points at home a nudge their way in between them to see a 3 way tie on 39 points behind leaders Woodbridge. Needham Market were at home playing 2nd bottom side Ramsey & Mistley Ladies, the visitors enjoying their first season in women’s football despite not picking up the points. Needham Market with a strong attack and an array of options coming from midfield proving too strong going forwards, top scorers Katie Moore and Hannah Cobbold on the scoresheet with their 16th & 15th goals of the season respectfully. Captain Amy Trenter firing home her 5th goal of the campaign. Jemma Wessels also celebrating a goal in a 5-0 victory along with new signing Nia Evans making her 2nd appearance scoring her first goal for the side.
Goal mouth action from Needham Market v Ramsey & Mistley on Sunday (photo credit Ben Pooley)
Holland Ladies in 5th place in the Suffolk Women’s Division always behind in their fixtures since the start of the season keeping them below the radar so to speak whilst having games in hand. New to women’s football this season have recruited well bringing experience into the squad and along with it goals. A home this weekend were played Alresford Colne Rangers. Admitting they were not at their best Holland still ran out comfortable winners securing the 3 points with a 6-0 victory. Jasmine Cox top scoring for the club netting a hat-trick to see her up to 28 goals for the campaign. Lauren Bourne getting her 14th of the season, with captain Lauren Lucas and Sophie Blowers also scoring. Now 3 points behind the trio above with 2 games in hand.
Brightlingsea Regent Ladies enjoying a good 2nd season in the Suffolk Women’s Division climb up to 6th in the table their highest position in the league following victory at home to Brantham Athletic Ladies. Brightlingsea have one of the smallest squads in the league to utilising just 15 players this season, that squad doing well however improving leading 2-0 against Brantham at half-time. The visitors fighting back in the 2nd half Jade Horne bringing some useful experience to the side in recent games scoring her first goal on the hour, Lucy Dunnett adding a 2nd goal in the 71st minute. Brightlingsea with a 3rd goal however to win it 3-2 to go 6th. Hannah Goldsmith scoring plenty of goals this season on target to claim a brace has 24 to her tally now. Lucy Tilbury with the other goal moves to 15.
AFC Kesgrave Ladies getting a much needed win at the weekend to end a poor run of results. Were at home taking on Leiston St Margarets Ladies. Sarah Cooper with a goal for the visitors, AFC Kesgrave though scoring twice to win a close match 2-1, Lottie Aldous on the scoresheet netting a penalty.
The first multi-competition edition of The Round-Up last season after Storm Dennis played havoc with the fixture lists once again this weekend. A total wipe out of matches the weekend with Storm Ciara blowing through. 12 games in all to report on from Sunday featuring sides competing in the leagues covered by Women’s Football East.
Women’s FA Cup
Starting with the biggest game of the week a dream tie in the Women’s FA Cup 5th Round for Ipswich Town Women, a historic run taking the Suffolk side into the last 16 of the competition, the lowest ranked side to get this far playing in the fourth tier up against the current holders and FAWSL leaders, a tough test but an occasion to be savoured Ipswich’s history making run drawing national attention in the media.
Manchester City starting well against Ipswich the visitors fielding a young side with 7 17 year olds in their side. Defender Lucy Egan with a couple of vital blocks in the opening 18 minutes, Manchester City taking the lead in the 19th minute breaking away from an Ipswich corner Laura Coombs striking the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Ipswich goalkeeper Nikita Runnacles saving with her legs to deny, Norfolk born Lauren Hemp a goal 2 minutes later. Pauline Bremer amongst the goals for Manchester City this season firing the hosts into a 2 goal lead midway through the first half rounding the keeper to score. Jess Park shooting from the edge of the area seeing Manchester City leading 3-0 on the half-hour. That the score at half-time.
Ipswich striker Natasha Thomas up against Manchester City & England captain Steph Houghton (photo credit @RossMediaUK )
Ipswich with plenty of travelling support for the match spirits high everyone enjoying the occasion. Manchester City out of the blocks quickly in the 2nd period Bremer with an early chance before adding her 2nd of the game in the 49th minute. Ipswich fighting plenty of energy put into closing the ball down Manchester City kept on their toes a professional performance extending the lead in the 57th minute a ball put across the face of goal Georgia Stanway sliding in to score. Bremer netting completing her hat-trick in the 64th minute. Manchester City stepping it up as Ipswich tired Stanway with her 2nd of the game to make it 7-0 two minutes later. Into the final 15 minutes and Park is slid through on goal to net her 2nd of the match wrapping up her hat-trick 3 minutes later her distance strike finding the top corner. Stanway becoming the 3rd Manchester City player to score a hat-trick as she finished from distance from a clearance with 3 minutes to go to see the match won 10-0. A large defeat in the end for Ipswich but a massive gulf between the sides Manchester City a side to be inspired by. Ipswich’s fantastic FA Cup journey coming to an end putting the club firmly on the map plenty still to play for this season challenging for the title in FAWNL South East Division One straight back to it this Wednesday with as big a game away to Norwich City Women in the East Anglian derby.
Another big game in the FAWNL Cup competitions for Milton Keynes Dons Women this weekend at home taking on Northern Premier Division side Stoke City Women in the semi-final this Sunday. A 2nd successive season for Milton Keynes reaching the last 4 of a national competition. League Plate semi-finalists last time out, have saved their best performances for the FAWNL Cup this season dogged in defence going through on penalties in earlier rounds, up against a Stoke City side in good form. The Stadium MK offering some protection from the elements that would certainly play apart in other matches surviving the afternoon, Stoke starting well putting the ball into the Milton Keynes area he home defence standing firm the sides goalless at the break. Abby Hunt firing Stoke City into the lead in the 57th minute the visitors going 2-0 5 minutes later courtesy of a powerfully struck 25 yard free-kick from Hollie Gibson. Milton Keynes looking for a reply seeing a goal ruled out for offside. Milton Keynes breaking with 15 minutes left a shot fired inches wide. Alison Hall smashing a shot against the crossbar for Stoke City with 3 minutes left, a 3rd goal not required 2-0 enough to see Stoke City into this season’s FAWNL Cup final where they will face either Sunderland AFC Ladies or Southampton FC Women the pair meeting in their semi-final this coming Sunday.
Norfolk Women’s County Cup
Two games surviving Storm Dennis in Norfolk at the weekend and both big ones as the semi-finals of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup took place. Women’s Football East braving the elements to watch one of those matches Norwich City Women taking on Wroxham Women. Played at The Nest north of the city the weather rubbish very wet and windy the pitch holding out well however the game on. A fairly even start to the game both sides testing the other creating opportunities joy on the flanks. Wroxham taking the lead just past 20 minutes, captain Anna Larkins put away down the right her ball in on the angle parries down across goal by Norwich goalkeeper Hope Armstrong, top scorer Grace Birchall sliding in at the far post to score from close range. Norwich quick to respond the ball put forwards quickly through the middle their top scorer Chelsea Garrett breaking in behind the defence, goalkeeper Amy Bell starting to come can’t get there is caught in no mans land as Garrett lobs her from outside the box to make it 1-1. No sooner are Norwich level then they take the lead themselves Aimee Durrant putting a free-kick from the right into the box a shot from the left charged down the rebound falling to Garrett top of the box rifles it home for her 2nd of the match. A devastating spell from Norwich as they go on to score twice more in quick succession Durrant causing problems wide right her cross into the six yard box bringing an own goal, then putting pressure on defender and goalkeeper as they get to close to each other at the top of the area steals in to rob the ball and walk it into the empty net.
Natasha Snelling with a late double to help send Norwich through to the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final
Norwich leading 4-1 at half-time scoring 4 goals in 6 minutes, Wroxham coming out fighting at the start of the 2nd half as they look to pull a goal back quickly Norwich solid at the back defender Lauren Cullum clearing a ball off the line. The game entering the final 10 minutes midfielder Jodie Drake lining up a strike from 35 yards out struck well to seal the win 5-1 it was the catalyst for another Wroxham collapse as they suffered a repeat of the 2nd half. Keunna Dill on in the 2nd half free on the left away down the line squaring a ball along the face of goal Natasha Snelling arriving for the tap in. 6-1 quickly became 7-1, a corner taken short Sian Douglas with a well struck shot on the angle driving the ball home to score her first goal for the club. Dill racing away again shooting over Bell seeing her shot strike the bar coming back down not gathered Snelling latching onto it to score her 2nd of the game. Norwich through the the Norfolk Women’s County Cup final, getting the opportunity at long last to play at Carrow Road. The whole game report can be found below this post.
Norwich’s opponents in this season’s Norfolk Women County Cup final will be back to back winners of the competition Wymondham Town Ladies as they made it a fourth county cup final appearance in a row winning away to Sprowston Ladies at the weekend. Sprowston the only county league side to make it this far in the competition amongst the top sides in Division One putting on a spirited performance against a Wymondham side despite being hampered by injuries throughout the season scoring plenty of goals. Vice captain Leah Newcombe at last making her return to the field after being out since last season’s cup final. Goals from Freya Symonds, Katie Knights, striker Hannah Waters and her first for the club from defender Lauren Kett seeing Wymondham through to a fourth successive final 4-0. The County Cup Final to be played on Sunday 19th April kicking off at 11am at Carrow Road.
Essex Women’s County Cup
County Cup semi-final action too in Essex this weekend again the only games to beat the weather and had a feeling if any would it would be these both played on good 3G pitches kicking off later in the afternoon. The competition dominated by Billericay Town Ladies and AFC Basildon Women in recent season’s Basildon first and recent Billericay have lifted the trophy locking horns in recent finals. Both playing in FAWNL South East Division One, Basildon rebuilding somewhat have found their feet in the league making up a strong top half of the table joined by Billericay. Drawn to meet in the semi-finals this time around both fancying their chances on recent form. Played at Aveley FC a 4:30pm kick-off no clear cut chances for either side in the opening 15 minutes. Basildon opening the scoring in the 21st minutes Jodie Osborne flicking the ball over the keeper to make it 1-0. The visitors getting themselves into a 2-0 before the half hour Kelly Wealthall with the tap in following great work on the ball from strike partner Holly Turner. Billericay coming back at Basildon Zoe Rushen seeing a shot saved, Therese Addison with an effort blocked on the line late in the half Basildon going into the changing rooms 2-0 up.
Action from this weekends semi-final (photo credit Nicky Hayes)
Another block on the goal line denying Rushen a goal early in the 2nd half Basildon going on to take a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the 2nd period Turner with a well struck shot. Basildon adding a 4th goal 5 minutes later with Poppy Binding tapping home to put the visitors into a strong position with 25 minutes to play. Billericay getting a goal back straight away Hannah Smith making it 4-1. Billericay pushing later on shots saved Addison firing in a free-kick with 3 minutes left a consolation as Basildon were celebrating at the final whistle reaching the County Cup Final again 4-2.
History to be made in the other Essex Women’s County Cup semi-final with Bowers & Pitsea Ladies at home to Collier Row Tigers both looking to reach the final for the first time. Bowers & Pitsea doing well in their first season in the ERWFL Premier Division not underestimating their lower league opponents Collier Row Tigers top of the Essex Women’s Premier Division unbeaten dropping just 2 points so far this season whilst scoring plenty of goals and keeping it tight at the other end conceding just 11. Weather condition poor wet and windy scrappy at the start few clear cut chances created. Goalless at half-time Collier Row Tigers proving a tough opponent Bowers & Pitsea battling to get the opening goal wouldn’t come the game going to extra-time. A further half and hour of play seeing no goals added the semi-final to be settled on penalties. Some well taken penalties it was Bowers & Pitsea who were celebrating at the finish going through to the final 6-5 in the shootout. The Essex Women’s County Cup Final to be played on Thursday 9th April a 7:45pm KO at Aveley FC.
Essex Women’s Trophy
Another semi-final played at the weekend in Essex in the Trophy competition and better news for Billericay Town Ladies in this one played earlier in the afternoon at Aveley FC with their Reserves side beating Essex Women’s Premier Division side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies 3-0 to reach the final. Amelie Johnson scoring the opening goal of the game. Becky Gallagher striking to put Billericay 2-0 ahead Leigha Bradding-Butler netting the 3rd goal. Billericay’s Reserves will face either Hutton Ladies Reserves or Lawford Ladies in the final their semi-final falling foul of Storm Dennis will try again this coming weekend.
Suffolk Women’s Division
There were just four league matches that survive at the weekend and just the one match in Suffolk. Bury Town Ladies keeping up their title charge as they move into 2nd spot ahead of Brettvale Ladies on goal difference with a double figure win at home against bottom side University of Suffolk Women the visitors short of a full side up against a Bury Town side full of goals players contributing throughout the side. Julie Brind top scorer netting a hat-trick at the weekend moving her onto 22 for the season. Mia Bambury into double figures too now scoring at the weekend on 10. Kirsty Pollard with a brace goals too for Sophie Hemming and Norma Locker. Katie Walker with another goal has 2 form 2 appearances with Georgia Parker scoring her first goal of the season.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership
Again in Cambridgeshire Storm Dennis wreaked havoc with the fixture lists on Sunday with just one match played in both the Premiership and Championship. In the Premiership it was a poignant game for St Ives Town Ladies Development away to Netherton United Ladies. Sad news this weekend with the sad news that one of their founding players Charlene Martin passing away losing her battle with bowel cancer. Can only offer my condolences and thoughts to her family and friends and those at St Ives was an inspiration to so many.
The club coming together to play at the weekend travelling to play Netherton United Ladies. A late winner in stoppage time seeing the 3 points go to Netherton, Yasmin Green scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts earlier in the game, Tash Applegate scoring for St Ives Town. Katie Barber finding the back of the net in the 93rd minute giving Netherton the win, moves them level with St Ives Town on 16 points in what is a very congested mid-table in the Premiership a number of sides pushing for a top 4 finish there is still alot of football to be played.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship
One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship at the weekend rough conditions too for Cardea Ladies as they hosted 2nd placed Mildenhall Town Ladies at the weekend the opening half an hour seeing no goals. Charlotte Nash putting away her 10th goal of the season for Mildenhall seeing the visitors open the scoring. 5 minutes later were 2-0 up with Nadine Basson on target with a goal. A flurry of goals coming late in the first half 10 minutes left to play Courtney Coles pulling it back to 2-1 for Cardea. Nash scoring her 2nd of the game restoring Mildenhall’s 2 goal lead, Coles with her second bringing it back to 3-2 at half-time. Mildenhall ramping it up 2nd half to ensure the 3 points. Top scorer Katie Hayes scoring her 19th goal of the season on the hour, Jasmine Luckett with her 5th of the campaign 5 minutes later along with a brace in the final 15 minutes from Rachel Pearce seeing the game won 7-3 moving Mildenhall to within 4 points of leaders Cambridge Rangers Women.
Beds & Herts The Chris Renshaw Cup
A couple of matches too surviving Storm Dennis in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League. Division One side Hitchin Belles hosting Division Two leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies in the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup. The visitors in good form at the top of the table Hitchin Belles bottom of the Division One table Kempston Ton & Bedford College tight at the back conceding just 6 goals in the league keeping Hitchin out on Sunday in the cup progressing through to the semi-finals of the competition winning 4-0 with both Charlie Mullins and Chloe Urbanowicz scoring a brace. AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will now be at home to fellow Division Two side Garston Ladies Vintage Purples in the semi-finals date to be announced.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
As AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies were advancing through to the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup they were also knocked off the top of the Division Two table on goal difference by Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses as they won big at home to bottom side Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies at the weekend. Charlotte Bedford opening the scoring for Woburn & Wavendon in the first minute. Laura Taylor seeing them 2-0 up inside 5 minutes. Jess Katsinas adding to the scoreline with a goal 5 minutes later Woburn & Wavendon with a strong opening to the game were 4-0 up with 15 minutes played Kelly Randall scoring her first goal of the season. Katsinas with her 2nd of the match putting them 5-0 up. Taylor netting 2 goals in 3 minutes to complete a first half hat-trick seeing Woburn & Wavendon leading 7-0 at half-time. More goals in the 2nd half with Emily Wall getting her first of the season on the hour. Bedford and Randall on target for their 2nd goals of the game each. Lucy Boyle another to celebrate her first goal of the season in the final 10 minutes. Jessica Greaves at the death sealing a 12-0 win. Woburn & Wavendon going top of goal difference but still incredibly tight at the top of Division Two with 3 points separating the top 4.
Woodbridge Town Ladies keep marching on at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division onto 42 points now winning their 14th game of the season at the weekend, 6 straight wins now. Were away from home playing Brightlingsea Regent Ladies for the second successive Sunday. A close match in the first encounter Woodbridge winning 2-1. Was close again at the weekend with Brightlingsea holding Woodbridge to a goalless first 45 minutes. With over 40 goals so far this season Jenna Liverpool in on fire in attack for Woodbridge and she was back amongst the goals in the 2nd half netting a brace to move to 45 for the season. Josie Haward also getting a goal to see Woodbridge come out on top 3-1 to return home with the 3 points. Hannah Goldsmith netting her 22nd goal of the season for Brightlingsea.
Games in hand for the sides chasing below and their are several very competitive at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division table. Brettvale Ladies 2nd in the table 3 points behind Woodbridge with a high scoring win away to AFC Kesgrave Ladies at the weekend. Kesgrave short on numbers, Brettvale with plenty of goal scorers in their squad. Tarnya McKew scoring 5 goals in the match racing onto 20 for the season. Gemma Burnett has 4 goals now from 4 appearances as she scored her first hat-trick for the club. Claire Turnbull with her 5th goal of the season adding to the tally Brettvale winning 9-0.
Bury Town Ladies 3rd in the Suffolk Women’s Division 3 points back form Brettvale were at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies at the weekend. Bury are another side scoring plenty of goals this season those goals spread amongst their squad, 18 different scorers so far this season. 5 goals scored at the weekend without reply to see them won the 3 points, 5 different scorers on the scoresheet too. Julie Brind top scorer for Bury moving onto 19 for the season. Mia Banbury with her 9th of the season. 9 goals too for Stacey Roper, Kirsty Pollard firing in a goal along with Katie Walker running through to score on her Bury debut.
Mixed results for Henley Athletic Ladies in recent matches in the Suffolk Women’s Division have won as may as they’ve lost so far in their debut season in women’s football. A win at the weekend keeping them firmly in the mix for push on the top half of the table were at home playing Ramsey & Mistley Ladies. Enya Moore scoring a hat-trick for Henley to take her a goal behind op scorer Amy Gilson on 11 for the season. Emma Long scoring her 7th goal of the season too along with a goal from Claire Bevan to see Henley run out 5-1 winners. Saskia Gerrald-Cooper scoring the goal for Ramsey & Mistley her first for the club in just her 3rd appearance.
Leiston St Margarets Ladies move up to 10th in the Suffolk Women’s Division winning at home to bottom side University of Suffolk Women on Sunday. Winning 3 of their last 5 matches in the process 10 points collected in that spell. Winning at the weekend 5-0 with goals from Sarah Cooper and Leanne Morphew. A couple more players celebrating their first goals of the season Jessica Coxage and Leanne Fairweather with a brace.
The last Round-Up of the week taking a lot back at the weekends action from the Suffolk Women’s Division an exciting contest at the top of the table, five games played this Sunday. Woodbridge Town Ladies impressive form continues 3 points clear at the top a fifth straight league win coming at home to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies at the weekend. Jenna Liverpool’s fantastic season in front of goal continues another brace at the weekend seeing her move onto 43 goals for the season. Her brace helping to secure the 3 point for Woodbridge winning the match 2-1. Paige White scoring from the penalty spot in the 75th minute for Brightlingsea the pair meeting in the reverse fixture this coming Sunday.
Woodbridge Town top of the table have played more than anyone else games in hand for the sides below, doesn’t necessarily guarantee points alot of football yet to be played, Brettvale Ladies having a strong 2nd season in the league themselves leading for a long period long unbeaten stay 2nd in the table 3 points behind Woodbridge winning at home to Leiston St Margarets on Sunday. Tarnya Mckew moving a goal clear over Abbie Fisher scoring at the weekend to move to 15 goals for the season. Brettvale’s pressure in attack leading to 2 own goals being conceded to see them win the match 3-0.
A trio of sides 3 points further back on 33 points all again with games in hand on Woodbridge at the top. Holland Ladies new to the league this season up to 33 points level with Needham Market Women Reserves and Bury Town Ladies running up a high scoreline away to bottom side University of Suffolk Women on Sunday. Holland losing just once this season way back on the opening weekend scoring plenty of goals spread out amongst the squad rattling in a double figure scoreline. Jasmine Cox top scoring in the match with 5 goals top scorer overall with 25 goals for the season now. There was a hat-trick for both Lauren Bourne and Sophie Blowers. Keeley Brickwood and Charlotte Robertson also on the scoresheet with a goal each along with Ellie Cox scoring her first Holland goal in a 14-0 win.
Bury Town Ladies briefly leading the Suffolk Women’s Division themselves before suffering back to back defeats got back to winning ways this weekend away to Ramsey & Mistley Ladies to keep themselves in contention for the title. Have been scoring plenty of goals this season and well spread out amongst the squad. Winning the match 7-1 Bury had 7 different names on the scoresheet. Julie Brind top scorer with her 18th of the season, Kirsten Hutchings on target to record her 12th of the campaign their were goals too for Sophie Hemming, Lyndsie Duemmel, Olivia Hodges, Norma Locker and captain Lisa Pratt with her first goal of the season. Cassie Howlett the goal scorer for Ramsey & Mistley her first goal for the side.
A high scoring win too for Brantham Athletic Ladies at home to AFC Kesgrave Ladies on the league on Sunday. Leading 4-1 at half-time went on to match the scoreline in the 2nd half to win the match 8-2. Maddie Hubbard with a brace in the first half along with goals for Lucy Dunnett and Danielle Harvey with her 14th goal of the season for Brantham. Daisy Woodward scoring a brace making her Brantham debut in the 2nd half Dunnett with her 2nd of the game with 5 minutes left and Sophie Crabtree in the 90th minute completing the scoreline. Abigail Eley with both the goals for an under strength Kesgrave.
The Suffolk Women’s County Cup reaching the quarter final stage this weekend. Ipswich Town Women dominating the competition in recent season’s by far the strongest side in the county, reaching their highest league position topping the FAWNL South East Division One and making history a fortnight ago to reach the 4th Round of the Women’s FA Cup. A daunting test for Suffolk Women’s Division side Brantham Athletic Ladies hosting Ipswich in the last 8 of the County Cup this Sunday. Ipswich resting several players giving a chance for others within the squad, the visitors in front inside the opening 2 minutes Zoe Cossey latching onto a loose ball to make it 1-0. Roxanne Small making it 2-0 just 5 minutes later seeing her initial shot saved putting in on the follow-up. Top scorer Natasha Thomas making it 3-0 inside 10 minutes her shot in off the post. Ellie Rossiter back in the side after injury kept her out earlier in the season on target for Ipswich’s 4th just a minute later. Assistant manager Paige Shorten out in the the middle for Ipswich this Sunday up with the attack volleying in to make it 5-0 after Thomas’ overhead kick falls straight to her. Linsey Cooper heading home from a corner to see the visitors 6-0 up with half an hour gone. That the lead at the break.
Ipswich continuing to dominate in the 2nd half Thomas scoring in the 52nd minute to celebrate her 20th goal of the season went on to net a hat-trick on the hour following a mazy run from Cossey. Rossiter with her 2nd of the match scoring under pressure from the top of the area to make it 9. Nicole Pannifer with her first of the season seeing Ipswich into double figures with 15 minutes to play. Cossey with her 2nd of the game a couple of minutes later a 4th goal for Thomas soon after turning the ball into the net after the keeper saved Cossey’s shot. Chloe Dunn from close range scoring late on with Rossiter running on in the 90th minute setting up captain Amanda Crump to make the final score 14-0.
Needham Market Women one of the emerging women’s football sides in Suffolk hoping to push on and match the success of Ipswich new to the game last season had a fabulous debut campaign with a 2nd placed finish in the league along with final appearances in both the League and County Cups. Will be aiming to reach the County Cup final once again this season now promoted to the ERWFL were at home to Norfolk Division Two title hopefuls Beccles Town Ladies in the quarter finals this weekend. Needham Market making a fantastic start taking the lead inside the opening 3 minutes a superb strike from Francesca Rainbird outside the box bringing the ball down brilliantly and catching it sweetly on the volley yo make it 1-0. Set the tone as Needham Market blew away their opponents in the opening minutes. Captain Nicola Henderson celebrating her birthday with a goal firing home a 25 yard free kick in the 7th minute. Lois Balfour in to lob the keeper just 4 minutes later. The whirlwind start continuing as Lina Nagib played in Jodie Sharp to score their 4th on 15 minutes. Beccles hit for 4 in the first 15 minutes pulling a goal back Francesca Catchpole robbing the keeper, but just a minute later Needham Market restored their 4 goal lead Balfour’s 2nd of the game in off the post. Rainbird seeing the hosts into a 6-1 lead at the break with her 2nd of the game following good build-up play.
(photo credit Ben Pooley)
Into the 2nd half Needham Market continuing where they left off creating plenty of chances in attack pushing players forwards. Beccles managing to hold off the onslaught with the game closing in on the final 15 minutes a quickfire double from Annie Northwood tapping on from close range then striking on the half volley putting the hosts 8-1 up. Rainbird going on to complete her hat-trick in the final minute 9-1 the final score.
East Bergholt United Ladies are alos into the draw for the last 4 of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup winning at home on Sunday against Suffolk Women’s Division newcomers Henley Athletic Ladies. East Bergholt promoted to the ERWFL this season following back to back league and cup doubles in Suffolk booking their spot in the last 4 courtesy of goals from Cara Savage, Katie Bruce, Stacey Teager and Georgia Lockerbie to see them beat Henley Athletic 4-1.
Brettvale Ladies make up the semi-final line-up for the Suffolk Women’s County Cup representing the Suffolk Women’s Division, making history in the process, enjoying a fantastic 2nd season in women’s football are also into the last 4 of the League Cup aswell as challenging for the league itself. Brettvale were at home to another side flying high in the Suffolk Women’s Division in the quarter finals Needham Market Women Reserves. Brettvale coring 3 without reply making history in the County Cup, will be homing for a home draw in the semi-final draw to be made live on BBC Radio Suffolk on Thursday night’s Sport Social between 8:30 & 9pm.
Suffolk Women’s Division
Three matches played in the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday and once again it was another huge game at the top of the table this weekend that saw 2nd placed Woodbridge Town Ladies away to 4th placed Bury Town Ladies. Bury going top a fortnight ago beating Brettvale lost to the same opponents last Sunday seeing Brettvale back to the top. Woodbridge’s great form seeing them up to 2nd with successive wins over Needham Market Women Reserves their fantastic run continuing this weekend as they beat Bury Town, Lucy Eagle joining Woodbridge from Leiston St Margarets has been amongst the goals during that run now 4 in a row and 9 from 10 played scoring this Sunday to give her 9 from 8 played. Top scorer Jenna Liverpool setting the league alight scoring twice at the weekend taking her past 40 goals for the season from just 16 games. 3-1 the winning score Bury Town suffering back to back defeats very disappointed with their performance.
Just 1 point from their last 5 games and 4 straight losses in the league Alresford Colne Rangers had found themselves slipping down the Suffolk Women’s Division after making a solid start to the season. Got back to winning ways away to AFC Kesgrave Ladies this Sunday to climb back up to 5th in the league. Kesgrave short on numbers not able to field a full side Alresford took full advantage to win the game 3-0. Jasmine Warner on target to score a brace giving her 6 goals for the season with Kirsty Belfall also on the scoresheet.
7 points now for Leiston St Margarets Ladies as they continue to pull their way out of the battle at the bottom of the Suffolk Women’s Division. At home to another side down at the wrong end of the table were taking on Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. Continues to be a frustrating season for Chantry just the two wins so far this season have been unlucky not to take more points. A close game again this weekend a single goal winning the game Grace Pemberton with her 3rd goal of the season securing the 3 points for Leiston St Margarets.
The battle for the title in Suffolk growing more intense last weekend as we saw a 4 way tie at the top of the table a quartet of sides all on 30 points, Bury Town Ladies beating leaders Brettvale Ladies to move top on goal difference. All change at the top again this weekend Brettvale bouncing straight back from last weeks 5-0 loss in reverse fixture played this weekend to win the 3 points and return to the top of the league. The pair plying another competitive game Tarnya McKew netting a brace for Brettvale joins Abbie Fisher as top scorer both on 14. A goal too for Gemma Burnett her first for the club in just her 2nd appearance. Brettvale winning 3-1.
Also the reverse fixture for the other pair firmly locked into the title race as Woodbridge Town Ladies looking to continue thier excellent form which has seen them win 8 of their last 9 league matches. A good result last weekend as they ended Needham Market Women Reserves 100% record to join them on 30 points at the top of the table. A 3-0 win to Woodbridge at home last Sunday travelling this weekend to face Needham Market for the 2nd successive week. Isobel Chaplin scoring for Needham Market seeing the hosts holding a 1-0 lead at half-time. Woodbridge dug deep battling well in the 2nd half to come back to level and go on to score twice more to win the game 3-1 and move 2nd in the Suffolk Women’s Division level on points with Brettvale at the top. Another goal for top scorer Jenna Liverpool 39 now for the season. Lucy Eagle prolific since joining Woodbridge on target for her 8th goal in 7 appearances with Stacey Hadley also celebrating a goal.
Needham Market v Woodbridge (photo credit Ben Pooley)
The fixture reversals from the opening Sunday of 2020 continuing Henley Athletic Ladies were on the road this weekend playing Brantham Athletic Ladies. Henley winning last weekends encounter 7-2. Plenty of goals again this weekend. Brantham making a fast start Lucy Dunnett with her 5th goal of the season firing the hosts into a 3rd minute lead. Henley coming straight back to level the scores. Brantham retaking the lead before 10 minutes were on the clock Maddie Hubbard on the scoresheet to make it 2-1. Top scorer Rebecca Prime hitting her 10th goal of the season with 21 minutes gone to see Brantham leading 3-1 at half-time. Shannon Giles firing Brantham into a 4-1 lead 2 minutes into the 2nd half. Henley pulling a goal back inside the final 15 minutes. Hubbard with her 2nd of the match in the 90th minute securing a 5-2 win. Amy Gilson and Emma Long with the Henley goals.
Leiston St Margarets Ladies with a confidence boosting win to start 2020 last weekend at home to Ramsey & Mistley Ladies the 5-0 result just their 2nd win of the campaign the two meeting in the reverse fixture this Sunday. A battling performance from Ramsey & Mistley leading to a much closer game this time around the game ending in a 1-1 draw the points shared the hosts with a chance to win the game towards the end. Becky Page with her first goal for Ramsey & Mistley. Sarah Cooper with the goal for Leiston St Margarets.
Brightlingsea Regent Ladies over haul Alresford Colne Rangers to climb above them into 6th place in the Suffolk Women’s Division as the two sides over the boarder in Essex met at the weekend. Brightlingsea travelling to Alresford who won the reverse fixture back in November 2-1. Their form has dipped since as Brightlingsea’s has picked up a 4th successive win on the league putting them up to their highest position since joining last season. Top scorer Hannah Goldsmith netting a brace has 21 goals from 13 appearances, Lucy Tilbury also getting a goal in a 3-1 win her 14th of the season. Jasmine Warner scoring for Alresford.
All change at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division at the start of 2020, a 4 way tie at the top of the league now with 4 sides all on 30 points, Holland Ladies with games on hand on all in 5th hot on their heels. Brettvale Ladies ending 2019 top of the pile ousting Needham Market Women’s new Reserves side, Bury Town Ladies and Woodbridge Town Ladies just 3 points behind.
5 games played on the opening weekend of the year Brightlingsea Regent Ladies awarded the home win against AFC Kesgrave Ladies on 23 points in 7th will be aiming to push their way in amongst the top six.
Extremely close at the top Bury Town Ladies losing just one game so far since reforming this season at home to leaders Brettvale Ladies on Sunday the away side themselves with just the one defeat from their 11 opening matches a strong start Bury Town were strong from the off at the weekend plenty of goals amongst their squad got themselves into a 3-0 half-time lead against a strong Brettvale side keeping their opponents out at the other end for a clean sheet went on to win the match 5-0 to go top on goal difference. Stacey Roper with a brace moves onto 8 for the season. Goals too for Norma Locker, Helen Cryer and Lyndsie Duemmel.
Woodbridge Town Ladies into their 2nd season together acheived their highest league position to date as they followed up a strong first half to the season with a 10th win of the season to start 2020 ending Needham Market Women Reserves 100% winning start. Newly formed following the successful debut of their first team now joining the ERWFL Needham Market Reserves had won all their league games in 2019 scoring plenty of goals along the way. Woodbridge Town are scoring plenty of goals themselves however primarily from strike force Jenna Liverpool and Kiera Hines who have 51 between them heading into 2020. Lucy Eagle recently joining the squad from Leiston St Margarets also wading in with goals 6 in 6 matches. Liverpool on target to score a brace rapidly closing in on 40 goals for the season and another for Eagle seeing Woodbridge move into 2nd spot in the Suffolk Women’s Division table.
Holland Ladies new to the league this season opened their campaign with a defeat have since been hot on the heels to the leading pack going on to win all of their next 8 matches to end 2019 on a high, closing the gap on the sides above with games in hand on all just 3 points behind the leading quartet now as they made it 9 wins in a row at home on Sunday at the start of 2020. Were taking on Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies struggling at the opposite end of the table. Proven goalscorers amongst their squad, Michelle Hodgson leading the way at the weekend 3 from 3 going into the game scored 5 more goals against Chantry Grasshoppers on Sunday to make it 8 from 4 appearances. Charlotte Warren moves onto 12 for Holland with a goal also on the scoresheet Lauren Lucas with her 6th of the campaign and Sophie Blowers in an 8-0 victory.
Back to back wins to end the year for newcomers Henley Athletic Ladies after a poor run of results that had seen them lose 5 in a row after making a promising start since joining the league. Began 2020 on a high as they made it 3 on the bounce on consolidate their mid-table position and look to kick on. Were at home taking on Brantham Athletic Ladies on Sunday leading 2-0 at half-time Henley Athletic piled on the goals 2nd half to run out 7-2 winners. Top scorer Amy Gilson moving onto 11 for the season netting a hat-trick. Enya Moore not far behind onto 8 scoring a brace. There were goals for for Mollie Frost and captain Claire Bevan. Danielle Harvey pulling it back to 2-1 early in the 2nd half for Brantham with Shannon Giles scoring the visitors 2nd goal.
At the other end of the Suffolk Women’s Division it was a vital 2nd win of the season for Leiston St Margarets Ladies as they look to pull away from the bottom of the table. Just 2 points won since winning back on the opening day a welcome win to start 2020 as they hosted fellow strugglers Ramsey & Mistley Ladies at the weekend. Thalia Cloke on target to score a brace their were goals to for Leanne Morphew and Grace Pemberton in a 5-0 win.
Needham Market Women Reserves return to the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division as they extend their 100% winning start to the season to 10 matches going back above Brettvale Ladies who weren’t in action at the weekend. Needham market were at home taking on Brantham Athletic Ladies on Sunday. Isabel Chapman scoring her first of the season to see Needham Market leading 1-0 at half-time. Further chances coming 2nd half Sasha Diston hitting the post before Jemma Wessels doubled the advantage with her first goal of the season with 20 minutes left to play, Wessels on the scoresheet again with 10 minutes to go to ensure the 100% winning record continued.
Action from Needham Market Women Reserves v Brantham Athletic Ladies at the weekend (photo credit Ben Pooley Photography)
Hot on the heels of the leading pair are Bury Town Ladies, just 3 points back losing just one of their opening 10 matches of the season to date. Were at home this Sunday in the league hosting, the team starting the day in 3rd spot Alresford Colne Rangers. Norma Locker firing Bury into an early lead, Alresford coming straight back to level the scores with Abigail Chambers scoring her first goal of the season. Bury are scoring plenty of goals this season with scorers spread amongst the squad, Mia Banbury putting Bury 2-1 up with her 9th of the season Hayley Turner then scoring to put the hosts 3-1 ahead. Alresford pulling a goal back from the penalty spot with Jasmine Turner firing home to see the visitors trailing 3-2 at the break. A strong 2nd half from Bury seeing them score a further 4 goals to win the game 7-2. Locker and Turner both scoring again with Stacey Roper adding her name to the scoresheet plus an own goal, Bury climbing above Alresford into 3rd spot.
Another side looking to threaten the leaders are Holland Ladies climbing up another place move into fifth like Bury losing just the one league game so far this season. Were hosting Woodbridge Town Ladies who occupied fifth spot at the start of the day, in good form themselves coming into the match. A good spread of goalscorers amongst their squad, Holland found the back of the net for six goals on Sunday to beat Woodbridge 6-1. Becky McDougall top scoring in the game completing a hat-trick to take her into double figures for the season. Top scorer Jasmine Cox once again amongst the goals, one enough to take her onto 20 for the season. Lauren Bourne also into double figures with a goal has 10 for the campaign with Michelle Hodgson also celebrating a goal. 6 points between the top 6 sides now.
Just as competitive below, Brightlingsea Regent Ladies continue to enjoy a strong season, hold onto 7th spot with their 6th victory of the season at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies on Sunday. Top scorer Hannah Goldsmith firing Brightlingsea into a 4th minute lead. Chantry Grasshoppers coming back to level in the 20th minute. Brightlingsea responding straight away to retake the lead Paige Knight on target with her 12th of the season, Lucy Tilbury with her 13th of the season soon adding a 3rd goal for the hosts Goldsmith with her 2nd of the game seeing Brightlingsea race into a 4-1 lead with just half an hour played, Goldsmith completing a first half hat-trick late on her 19th goal of the season seeing Brightlingsea 5-1 up at the break. A less eventful 2nd half, Chantry Grasshoppers pulling a goal back midway through the 2nd period Brightlingsea securing the win. Bernice Corney and Sam Elliot scoring the goals for Chantry Grasshoppers.
Henley Athletic Ladies came into Sundays home match against AFC Kesgrave Ladies off the back of 5 straight defeats in the league that run coming to an end at last as they clinched their first win since the end of October. Emma Long scoring a hat-trick to move onto 8 for the season and a brace from Megan Tucker sealing victory. 5-0 the final score.
Has been a very difficult start to the season for University of Suffolk Women tough all round since joining the league last season, often not having the numbers available on match days suffering so eye watering defeats. Despite that have remained in good spirits and recieved plenty of plaudits from their fellow league clubs. 11 straight losses, University of Suffolk Women tasted victory for the first time this season as they collected their first 3 points at home to Ramsey & Mistley Ladies at the weekend. University of Suffolk capitalising on a slow start by their opponents to get themselves into a 2 goal lead Sarah Nash scoring her first goals for the club. Ramsey & Mistley pushing them hard to find a reply, University of Suffolk held them off going on to score a 3rd goal to win 3-0, Nash going to to wrap up a hat-trick.
Brettvale Ladies leading the way in the Suffolk Women’s Division collecting maximum points from their open 10 matches. That run came to an end on Sunday as they suffered defeat in the league for the first time this season. Were hosting another in form team new side Holland Ladies who themselves with games in hand had only lost the one game this season and that back on the opening day to the other team with a 100% record in the league Needham Market Women Reserves. Brettvale scoring twice in the match with a goal for Lucy Brown and a 124th of the season for top scorer Abbie Fisher. Jasmine Cox always amongst the goals wherever she has played top scoring for Holland Ladies so far this season on target for a hat-trick at the weekend to put her on 19 for the season with Charlotte Warren netting her 11th of the season to secure a 4-2 win for the visitors stay 6th the gap to the top now 9 points Holland though have 3 games in hand on the leaders.
That result sees Needham Market Women Reserves in 2nd close the gap to Brettvale to 3 points with 2 games in hand, their 100% winning start continuing away from home on Sunday starting the day 3rd against 2nd placed Alresford Colne Rangers. Again a 4-2 win for the visitors. Vicky Hall and Jasmine Warner with the goals for Alresford. A brace for Katie Moore taking her onto 15 for the season, a goal for Hannah Cobbold her 14th of the campaign and one from the penalty spot for Abbie Wilkinson her 10th securing Needham Market’s 9th straight league win.
Incredibly tight between the top 6 in the Suffolk Women’s Division, Bury Town Ladies in fourth spot closing to within a point of 3rd placed Alresford. Away to AFC Kesgrave Ladies the game played in windy conditions Bury weren’t at their best the sides contesting a goalless first half, Abigail Eley scoring for a spirited Kesgrave, Bury managing two goals in the 2nd period to win the 3 points.
Woodbridge Town Ladies the other side amongst the top 6 keeping pace with Bury Town on 24 points in 5th winning their 8th game of the season and 6th in a trot at home to University of Suffolk Women. Another high scoring game Woodbridge ending with a double figure win, 5 goals for top scorer Jenna Liverpool now rapidly closing in on 30 goals for the season. 5 goals too for new signing Lucy Eagle. A brace for Keira Hines moves her to 15 for the season. Stacey Hadley and a first of the season for Josie Haward in a 14-0 result.
Competitive in mid-table too in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Brightlingsea Regent Ladies in 7th spot beating Henley Athletic Ladies for the 2nd time in a fortnight, a 1-0 win when they met on the 24th November. A 5-2 loss following for Brightlingsea away to Bury Town bounced back well this weekend with a god 2nd half performance to capitalise on leading 1-0 at half-time scoring 5 more in the 2nd half to win the game 6-1. Paige Knight with the first half goal adding another on the hour to claim a brace moving her to 11 for the season. Hannah Goldsmith with a 2nd half hat-trick remains top scorer with 16 for the season. Lucy Tilbury also into double figure for Brightlingsea scoring her 11th of the campaign at the weekend. Enya Moore scoring for Henley Athletic who have now suffered 5 straight league defeats.
Brantham Athletic Ladies up to 8th on the Suffolk Women’s Division as they returned to winning ways at home to Leiston St Margarets Ladies this Sunday despite trailing 1-0 at half-time. Sarah Cooper with the goal for Leiston St Margarets. Danielle Harvey with her 12th of the season getting Brantham back on level terms midway through the 2nd half. Lucy Dunnett firing the hosts into the lead with 15 minutes left went on to score another 5 minutes later to make it 3-1. Merlin Watson with her 6th strike of the season sealing a 4-1 victory in the 84th minute.
Brantham Athletic Ladies, Lucy Dunnett
A mini league forming at the bottom of the Suffolk Women’s Division, Leiston St Margarets dragged into the mix as Ramsey & Mistley Ladies and Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies battle for points below meeting for the 2nd successive weekend it was another close game between the pair struggling at the wrong end of the table. 2-1 to Ramsey & Mistley at Chantry Grasshoppers a week ago to see them win their first game in the league. A single goal scored by Bernice Corney enough this time around to see Chantry Grasshoppers record their 2nd win of the season and climb up to 11th above Leiston St Margarets in the process.