The final edition of The Round-Up for 2017 and a one off reverting back to the Tuesday Round-Up format with another weather affected Sunday wreaking havoc on the fixture lists with plenty of postponements right across the East. 16 games were played a handful across the divisions makes sense to put them all together, much better than the previous Sunday when just 2 games beat the weather.
Starting with the FAWPL one game played in the Southern Division and it was a great end to the year to cap off a fantastic first half of the season for Crystal Palace Ladies as they climb back into 2nd spot having been amongst the forerunners in the league all season. On the road taking on West Ham United Ladies a goal from Northern Ireland International, Ciara Sherwood midway through the 1st half saw Crystal Palace leading 1-0 at the break, despite looking comfortable with their lead the visitors didn’t double their lead until the 88th minute to secure all three points, Gemma Bryan with her 29th goal of the season. Level on points with C&K Basildon Ladies both on 28 are 5 behind leaders Charlton Athletic Women with both having a game in hand the new year promises to be exciting.
For the 2nd weekend running the FAWPL Cup 2nd Round was heavily affected by the weather several ties postponed once again now rolled over into the new year. One tie did survive the weather however and it was a cup upset with Southern Division side, Cardiff City Ladies knocked out of the competition by South West Division One side, Plymouth Argyle Ladies. The visitors travelling to Wales in excellent form unbeaten in league and cup ended the year with that record intact, a goal from Rebecca Atkins giving Plymouth a 1st half lead. Natasha Knapman doubling their advantage 20 minutes into the 2nd half. Cori Williams pulling it back to 2-1 for Cardiff City, the lower league side progressing through to the next round.
In FAWPL South East Division One, it was a winning end to the year for Enfield Town Ladies the 3 points lifting them up to 7th spot in the league table. At home on Sunday taking on bottom side, Haringey Borough Women. The hosts taking the lead 22 minutes into the 1st half through an own goal. Sheryce Slater making it 2-0 to Enfield just 4 minutes later. Leading 2-0 at half-time Enfield pressed the advantage 2nd half extending their lead in the 66th minute, Daisy Jenkins on target. Andrea Vivas scoring Enfield’s 4th goal with 20 minutes left scored again for her double towards the end of the match along with Danielle Smith the final score 6-0.
With all their games postponed last Sunday the ERWFL was trying again to play their League Cup and Plate ties, frozen pitches seeing games called off for a 2nd time just two ties from the 3rd Round of the League Cup were decided with the away side in both games progressing through to the quarter finals. Current ERWFL Premier Division leaders, Cambridge City Ladies were hosting Bedford Ladies both in good form a hard game to call. Cambridge City scoring through Bella Simmons it wasn’t enough as last season’s finalists were knocked out of the competition with Bedford winning the tie 3-1 to advance.
An all Essex affair at the Harlow Arena with ERWFL debutants Harlow Town Ladies entertaining Premier Division side Brentwood Town Ladies again another tough game to call but with Brentwood getting so recent momentum in the league it was the higher league side who booked their spot in the quarter finals winning the game 2-0 with Marie Barker and Georgia Holdaway scoring their goals.
One game in the Norfolk Women’s Football League survived the weather on Sunday, in Division Two with 4th placed Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies hosting Freethorpe Ladies, a great result for the visitors to end the year 2 goals for captain Claire Garner, (one from the penalty spot) along with a goal for Amy Morris seeing Freethorpe win the game 3-1 the 3 points moving them up a place into 5th in the league. Paige Baker with the goal in the 2nd half for Kirkley & Pakefield.
Another heavily affected fixture list across Cambridgeshire on Sunday with 2 games played. In the Women’s Premiership, leaders Netherton United Ladies ended 2017 with a massive 12 point lead at the top of the table. A fantastic opening start to the season were hosting March Town United Ladies at The Grange. The visitors holding the advantage at half-time with a 2-1 lead having scored twice within the opening 10 minutes of the match, Livvi Hodges and Shannon Kelly the goalscorers. Netherton pulling it back to 2-1 with a goal from Emily Johnson in the final minute of the 1st half. The home side equalising early in the 2nd half with Georgina Parrett sending the ball home it make it 2-2. Johnson scored again to put Netherton into the lead with 20 minutes left to play. Yasmin Green making it 4-2 from the penalty spot before Johnson completed her hat-trick with 3 minutes left on the clock to see Netherton win 5-2.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup, it was an all Championship South tie with league leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds hosting Isleham United Ladies on Sunday. Marie Stubbings scoring a brace for Fulbourn has 25 goals for the season now from just 9 appearances. There were goals too for Emma Clarke and Yasmin Upson along with Marcela Mundz who scored her 1st goal of the season. Fulbourn advancing into the next round with a 5-0 win.
In Essex the 1st Round of the Women’s League Cup was scheduled to be played again affected by the weather just 3 ties were played on Sunday with big home wins for all 3 Premier Division sides drawn against Division One opponents. Collier Row Tigers reaching the final of the League Cup last season were at home to Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves. Laura Bunton netting 4 goals for the Premier Division outfit half their tally in an 8-0 victory the other goals shared out between Marta Choruzy, Sarah Finch, Emma Harrison and Rebecca Killington.
Another side to score 8 goals at home on Sunday in the 1st Round of the League Cup were Premier Division side, Eastern Avenue taking on Waltham Forest Ladies. Katie Peers taking her goals scored to 13 so far with a hat-trick in the game. Hannah Warner moving onto 10 goals too with a brace for Eastern Avenue. Amara Drummond, Teliscia Linton and Lorna Huddleston with her 1st goal of the season also scoring in an 8-2 victory.
A potential upset in the League Cup on the cards in the other 1st Round tie played in the League Cup on Sunday with Harlow Town Ladies struggling for points in the Premier Division hosting Division One side Rayleigh Town Ladies. In the end a comfortable and much welcome win for the home side as Harlow advanced through to the next round with a 5-0 win, Casey Lunn scoring twice with Rubie Smith, Amber Strows and captain Rebecca Pope all getting on the scoresheet.
One game played in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday, 2nd versus 3rd with Leigh Ramblers Ladies hosting Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies both looking to close the gap on Hullbridge Sports Ladies. Both having to settle for a point each as the match ended without neither goal breached 0-0 both having lost just the once this season with be pushing Hullbridge Sports still with a 100% record hard in the New Year.
Beds & Herts
A great end to the year for Houghton Athletic Ladies in Beds & Herts Division One taking their unbeaten run to 4 matches climb up to 4th in the league with a good away win on Sunday against Garston Ladies. Both Ciara Craig and Becky Sullivan scoring a brace in the match for the visitors. Emily Wilson, along with Louise and Rachel Spendelow were also on target in a 7-1 victory.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two the title race on well and truly on as 2017 ends with leaders Garston Ladies 2nd Xi beaten for the 1st time this season at home to Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires on Sunday the 3rd placed side closing the gap to just 2 points Georgina Harvey scoring a hat-trick. April Spang netting a brace along with Chemise Huitson also scoring in a 6-1 win for Welwyn Pegasus. Maxine Hotz getting Garston’s goal.
In between Garston Ladies 2nd XI and Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires are Royston Town Ladies Reserves winning away from home on Sunday to move level on points with Garston at the top of Division Two. Playing bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues, Samantha Edgar netting a brace for Royston. Paige Rolfe and Jazmin Racher were also on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies end the year on a high as they move into 2nd spot in the league table with a comfortable 5-0 win away from home against bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies.
A weather affected end to the year, my thanks to all that have enjoyed reading The Round-Up throughout the year plenty of excitement and action to look forwards too in the New Year. After all nothing is settled at Christmas. Enjoy your festive period and have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
A postponement hit fixture list across the 3 divisions in the Beds & Herts Leagues at the weekend with just 3 games surviving the weather. Two of those games Division One and with the top 2 not in action it all bunches up again with 3 points now separating the top 5 sides once again. 4th placed Sherrardswood Ladies continued from last weekends success against Bishops Stortford Ladies with a good result at home against 3rd placed Garston Ladies this Sunday. Goals from Laura Cousins and Manjinder Atwal seeing them into a 2-0 lead at the break. Laurie Marris was on target 2nd half to make it 3-0 before Camilla Holland scored a 4th goal in injury time to see them gain 3 more points to go level on points with Garston and close on the league leaders.
Bishops Stortford Ladies were also at home at the weekend recovered from last Sundays heavy defeat against Sherrardswood to win the 3 points this Sunday against Houghton Athletic Ladies. an own goal plus a goal from Lauren Maynard helping them to a 2-0 victory to keep pace with Sherrardswood in 4th make it all very interesting at the top of the table.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
The other game beating the weather at the weekend was in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three a clash between the bottom two with Wheathamsted Ladies bottom hosting Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. A double strike from Libby Quinn seeing Wheathamsted Ladies move above their opponents with a 2-0 win.
That’s it then the last games have been played across the East and we arrive here at the final edition of this seasons The Tuesday Round-Up. Started it this season with a view to giving women’s football more coverage in the region and basically as it says in the title try and ‘Round’ thing’s up in one place as much as possible and boy can it be a challenge sometimes rounding it all up, alot to cover and sometimes I really think I’ve taken on more than I can chew but I get through and am pleased to know it’s appreciated. Try to mention as many goalscorers as I can. May well have a little tweak with the Round-Up next season but for now we have one last Edition to bring you for the 2015/16 season and I said it would be a special one, after all we know who’s won what now been a thrilling and entertaining season and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, even the wet bits. For those that don’t know I also write the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and have tried to see as many different teams as I can across the East over the season. So this one is for the winners –
The 2015/16 Season Roll of Honour
FAWPL Southern Division
Champions – Brighton & Hove Albion WFC
Runners-up – Charlton Athletic Women
FAWPL South East Division One
Champions – Crystal Palace Ladies
Runners-up – Gillingham FC Ladies
Crystal Palace Ladies are one of 3 sides across the region to go unbeaten in the league all season.
There were 2 league games left to wrap up in the FAWPL South East Division One this weekend. Ipswich Town Ladies have had a fantastic 2nd half to the season a huge improvement in league form that has seen them secure a top half finish were on the road in their final league match away to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies knowing a win could lift them above Cambridge United WFC into 5th place, goals from Zoe Cossey, Natasha Thomas and Aimee Harrison saw them win the game 3-0 and end the season on a high. A winning finish to for Norwich City Ladies in their final league game of the season at home playing Old Actonians Ladies, won the game 5-1 the goals coming from Kate Parsons, Ellen Swift, Natasha Snelling plus 2 for Chelsea Garrett.
FAWPL Cup Winners – Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
FAWPL Plate Winners – Coventry United Ladies
Eastern Regional Leagues
ERWFL Premier Division
Champions – Stevenage Ladies
Runners-up – Billericay Town Ladies
ERWFL Division One East
Champions – Writtle Ladies
Runners-up – Silver End United Ladies
ERWFL Division One West
Champions – Royston Town Ladies
Runners-up – Hutton Ladies
ERWFL League Cup Winners – Colchester Town Ladies
ERWFL Division One Cup Winners – Writtle Ladies
Both the ERWFL League Cup and Division One Cup Finals were played this Sunday at the Hertfordshire FA’s County Ground, Colney Heath Ladies playing Writtle Ladies in the Division One Cup Final the match report from the SWF Blog can be found further down the page, likewise the ERWFL League Cup Final between Colchester Town Ladies and Silver End United Ladies.
Norfolk Women’s Division One
Champions – Wymondham Town Ladies
Runners-up – Thorpe United Ladies
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Champions – Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies
Runners-up – North Walsham Angels Ladies
Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies are also unbeaten in the league over the season.
Norfolk Women’s Division Three
Champions – Gorleston FC Ladies
Runners-up – Harleston Ladies
Norfolk Women’s County Cup Winners – Thorpe United Ladies
Norfolk Ladies League Cup Winners – Aylsham FC Ladies
Norfolk Ladies League Plate Winners – North Walsham Angels Ladies
Suffolk Women’s Division
Champions – Copleston Ladies
Runners-up – Brantham Athletic Ladies
Suffolk Women’s County Cup Winners – Ipswich Town Ladies
Suffolk Women’s League Cup Winners – Brantham Athletic Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership
Champions – Cambridge City Ladies
Runners-up – ICA Sports Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North
Champions – Bourne Ladies
Runners-up – March Town United Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
Champions – Park Ladies
Runners-up – St Ives Town Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Winners – Cambridge United WFC
Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup Winners – Cambridge United WFC Reserves
Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup – Cambridge City Ladies
Essex Women’s Premier Division
Champions – Hullbridge Sports Ladies
Runners-up – Chelmsford City Ladies
Essex Women’s Division One
Champions – Harlow Ladies
Runners-up – Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves
Essex Women’s County Cup Winners – C&K Basildon Ladies
Essex Women’s Trophy Winners – Harlow Ladies
Essex Women’s League Cup Winners – Harlow Ladies
Tiptree & District Women’s Charity Cup Winners – Harlow Ladies
Harlow Ladies are not only unbeaten in the league but also the only side covered by Women’s Football East that have a 100% win record in the 2015/16 season.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Beds & Herts Women’s Division One
Champions – Hertford Town Ladies
Runners-up – Harvesters FC Ladies
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
Champions – Sharnbrook WFC
Runners-up – Houghton Athletic Ladies
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Champions – Hitchin Belles
Runners-up – Evergreen Ladies
Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Luton Town Ladies
Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Watford Ladies Dev U19s
Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Winners – Garston Ladies
A fantastic season to watch and be part of have really enjoyed my football this season and covering it for Women’s Football east and the Supporting Women’s Football Blog, would do more if I could. Of course it won’t work without you, the players the coaches the volunteers the fans so a massive thank you for what you do and providing such great entertainment and action week in week out whatever the weather although that has featured a bit too much this season.
Not quite over of course one more massive game to come FAWPL Southern Division Champions, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC in action on Sunday in the FAWPL Play-off game against Sporting Club Albion the Northern Division Champions a chance to reach the FAWSL beckons for the winner, and naturally Women’s Football East will be supporting Brighton so best of luck to everyone at the club. Plenty of pictures posted above but there’s room for a few more so if you want to you’re one of those Champions or Cup Winners without a pick send it to me and I’ll see it’s added. So for one last time this season thanks for reading The Tuesday Round-Up and I look forwards to doing it all again next season.
The season is almost at an end a cross the East a much smaller edition of The Tuesday Round-Up to bring you just a dozen games to write about across the region as side play out there league campaigns a couple of league titles still to be decided and in others final position. Another Cup Final too.
FAWPL Southern Division
One game left to play in the FAWPL Southern Division, for 5th placed Coventry United Ladies a win would lift them above Portsmouth FC Ladies into 4th, 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies were the visitors. Nikki Miles gave Coventry United Ladies the perfect start putting them 1-0 up inside the opening 3 minutes. Held on to the goal advantage until half-time before Libby Piggott added a 2nd goal 3 minutes into the 2nd half to secure the victory and see Coventry United Ladies clim a place. Conceding just 18 goals in the league throughout the season theirs is the best defensive record.
Elsewhere in the FAWPL, Sporting Club Albion Ladies have won the Northern Division title and will play Southern Division Champions, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC in the FAWSL Play-off match on Sunday 29th May at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers and Reading FC Women. This match also has bearing on the relegation places because if Brighton & Hove Albion WFC win the game and are promoted to the FAWSL, 2nd bottom Forest Green Rovers Ladies will remain in the league, just as Newcastle United WFC did last season in the Northern Division when Sheffield FC Ladies went up.
FAWPL South East Division One
Having seen their penultimate league game at home against Old Actonians Ladies postponed in mid-week, Gillingham FC Ladies travelled up to Norfolk on Sunday knowing a win would see them finish as runner-up in the FAWPL South East Division One, playing Norwich City Ladies the visitors were in determined mood to finish the season strongly. Emma Tune opened the scoring on 26 minutes for Gillingham, then Kallie Balfour netted a minute later and went on to score a 12 minute hat-trick putting Gillingham 4-0 to the good at the break, same tune 2nd half (sorry) Balfour scoring her 2nd hat-trick of the match in a 10 minute burst this time Tune getting another goal 2 during that spell as Gillingham ran out 8-0 winners, play their rearranged game with Old Actonians Ladies on Thursday.
Ipswich Town Ladies have had an excellent 2nd half to their season, two more games left in the league a top half finish is guaranteed get to wins and they could pip Cambridge United WFC to 5th spot. Were away on Sunday playing the side directly below them Enfield Town Ladies. The home side took a 3-0 lead, Cally Browne, Nuala McKevitt and Sheryce Slater all getting a goal, but Ipswich Town Ladies thought back scoring through captain Amanda Crump, with Molly Hall also on target with a brace from Natasha Thomas seeing them win the game 4-3
Old Actonians Ladies have been slowly catching up with their league fixtures a busy spell owards the end of the season, have secured their FAWPL status for another season Sunday saw them at bottom side Bedford Ladies to play a double header. Bedford Ladies captain Rebecca Vass scored twice one from the penalty spot the other open play to see them win only their 2nd game of the season. In the 2nd game Old Actonians Ladies took the lead, Kaiya Glynn pulled the scores level but they went down to a late goal to lose the 2nd match 2-1.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Just the one league game left across the ERWFL in Division One West bottom side Colney Heath Ladies were hosting Hoddesdon Owls Ladies for the 2nd successive Sunday, winning last weekends encounter 5-0 another win would see the climb off the foot of the table having been there all season. The 1st half saw 2 goals scored late on, Hoddesdon taking the lead on 40 minutes Kristina O’Connell netting the goal. In 1st half injury time Holly Sheridan got it back to 1-1. Colney Heath Ladies then took the lead a minute into the 2nd half Kirsty Feasey with the goal. Went 3-1 up on 52 minutes Sophie Joseph getting the goal. Hoddesdon pulled a goal back late on Becky Scola scoring but it wasn’t enough as Colney Heath Ladies win to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
That saw Sawbridgeworth Town WFC finish bottom and more bad news was to follow as the club announced on Twitter it was being folded, an established women’s football club always sad to here and Women’s Football East wishes everyone involved at the club all the best hope to see Sawbridgeworth back in the women’s game in the not to distant future.
One game left in Norfolk across the 3 leagues, in Division One a potential title deciding game, Wymondham Town Ladies held top spot by 3 points weren’t in action this Sunday 2nd placed Thorpe United Ladies were away to 4th placed Aylsham FC Ladies, was a ig ask to take the title a win by 5 clear goals was needed on the day. Had beaten Aylsham in the County Cup Final, however Aylsham were on a high having recently won the League Cup with a last gasp winner. Have a goal scorer in top form this season Abbie Charlton see added 4 more to her tally on Sunday to make her the leagues top goal scorer, Leanne Woodward scored twice with Sophie Burr-Walpole also scoring as they won by 5 clear goals beating Thorpe United Ladies 7-2 their goals coming from Hayley Kindred and captain Rebekah Lake meaning Wymondham Town Ladies were crowned Champions.
Congratulations to Wymondham Town Ladies on winning the Norfolk Women’s Division One title.
Cambridge City Ladies were already Champions of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship with one match left to play were at Bar Hill Ladies to complete the Premiership fixtures on Sunday. Won the game 7-2 with goals from Emily Bevens, Izzy Broadbent, Ellie Geoghan and Carla Penny with Grace Stanley scoring a brace plus an own goal. Bar Hill Ladies end the season in 4th place their goal scorers, Maya Holmdahi and Anna Jephson.
Two matches left to complete in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North and one was settled without a ball being kicked. Swineshead Institute Ladies being awarded the win against bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies to see them finish 5th in their 1st season together. In the other game 2nd bottom Hungate Rovers Ladies were away playing Downham Town Ladies who had slipped down the table at the end unable to play fixtures conceding games. Mustered up 8 players to face Hungate at the weekend. The visitiors taking full advantage to end their season with a win Jade Chamberlain claiming 4 goals with Amelia Rees and Terri-Ann Moeser also on target and own goal adding to the scoreline as they beat Downham Town 7-2 their goals from Chelsea Thomason and Katy Walkey.
In other title battle to be decided in the region this Sunday was in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South with both leaders Park Ladies and 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies in contention for the crown both playing their 1st season. A point the difference St Ives Town Ladies should have been playing bottom side Cambridge Rangers in an 11am kick-off it didn’t happen St Ives Town Ladies awarded the away win moved 2 point ahead of Park Ladies who were away playing Riverside Rovers Reserves nothing less than a win would do. Any nerves were erased as they took control of the match leading 3-0 at half-time added another goal in the 2nd half, Erin Powell getting herself a hat-trick with Casey Ward helping herself to a goal 4-0 the final score Park Ladies win the Championship title in what has been a very competitive battle between themselves, St Ives Town Ladies and 3rd placed Milton Ladies.
Congratulations to Park Ladies on winning Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South title.
Two games being played in Essex on Sunday. One of those being the Women’s League Cup Final, and that was where the Supporting Women’s Football Blog headed to Herongate Athletic FC to watch Harlow Ladies play Runwell Hospital Ladies for the trophy. Followers of The Tuesday Round-Up will know full well how successful a season Harlow Ladies have been having, in just their 1st together under the Harlow banner, Essex Women’s Division One Champions aswell as winning two cup finals the Women’s Trophy and Tiptree & District Women’s Charity Cup. The quadruple was on. Runwell Hospital Ladies in their 2nd season together had reached their 1st ever cup final.
It was Runwell who were to take an early lead, Rachael Selfe putting them in front, the lead wasn’t to last long as Harlow hit back straight away Eliza Weeks heading the ball in from a corner. Harlow went on to fashion a host of chances before taking the lead late in the 1st half Tia Dye popping up inside the box to turn the ball home. Again the lead was lost soon after and it was a brilliant strike to from distance by Runwell’s Nik Chapman to fire the ball into the top corner.
All square at 2-2 going into the 2nd half, Harlow got themselves back in front breaking from a Runwell corner getting the ball up into Dye she plays the ball through the keepers legs to score her 2nd of the game. Harlow added a 4th goal, Abbie Bensted firing the ball home, but despite having Runwell on the back foot for a large portion of the game they were never out of it Sammie Delves volleying home a cross inside the area to make it 4-3. 5 minutes from time Harlow got another goal Philippa Stephens rifling the ball home the final score 5-3 Harlow Ladies cap off a fantastic season with a 3rd cup win completing a quadruple and Harlow are the only side in the region with 100% win record in the league. The whole match report from the SWF Blog can be found scrolling on the website below.
Congratulations to Harlow Ladies on such a fantastic season.
One last league game to bring you in Essex Women’s Division One, Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves won 6-0 away to Valley Green.
That concludes the penultimate edition of The Tuesday Round-Up one more to go and it’s going to be a little different. A handful of games left out there in the FAWPL South East Division One, Essex and the ERWFL League and Division One Cup Finals. Introduced a new page to the website this week a Club Advertising page for clubs to post adverts looking for new players or coaching staff, volunteers, or to announce trial dates please get in touch if you like to place an ad. Can’t believe it’ll soon be over until next week tanks for reading.
Welcome to Edition Thirty Four of The Tuesday Round-Up, start with an apology for being a late one but it has been a busy start to the week football wise the season might be drawing to a close but that still sees the games coming thick and fast 3 Cup Finals in 3 nights starting on Sunday with the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final, then onto Suffolk for their Women’s County Cup Final finishing last night with the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup Final, match reports to write up and a full time job to add into the mix and that left little room to write up The Tuesday Round-Up and with this being one of the last of any significant size for this season with league titles and cups won it needed to give those involved proper recognition. Plus seeing’s as we’ve had a few extra games since Sunday we can give those a mention too so let’s get started
One final I sadly couldn’t make it to was the biggest one in the Women’s Football East spectrum the FAWPL Cup Final. This season’s final featured two sides playing in the FAWPL Southern Division, Cardiff City Ladies and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies. A 3rd Cup Final match of the season for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies having played 2 already winning the Ryman Women’s Cup in a penalty shootout against Charlton Athletic Women, then losing to the same opponents in the Capital Cup Final, this was the big one though the one they wanted. Cardiff City Ladies too a chance to end the season with some silverware the Final played at Kidderminster Harriers FC.
Biance Baptiste scored the opening goal in the final putting Tottenham Hotspur Ladies into the lead just after the half hour mark. Cardiff City Ladies responded before have time Hope Suimenin with the goal just before the break to make it 1-1 at half-time. The second half produced no more goals seeing the final go into an extra half hour. Cardiff City Ladies goalkeeper Alesha McGlynn was injured during the extra passage of play unable to continue Hannah Mills stepped into her place in goal. The game was looking destined to go to penalties then in the dying moments Maya Vio got her head onto the ball to nod it over the line and cue wild celebrations from the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies bench her goal winning the FAWPL Cup.
Two trophies to end their season, congratulations to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on winning this season’s FAWPL Cup.
FAWPL South East Division One
Two games being played in the FAWPL Southern Division, league Champions Crystal Palace had enjoyed a lap of honour walking parading the trophy inside a packed Selhurst Park on Saturday. Still had unfinished business in the league however one last game to play 21 played so far an unbeaten record to keep. A trip up to Norfolk to play Norwich City Ladies. Took a while to break the home side down Alma Donohoe scoring late in the 1st half to give Crystal Palace Ladies the lead. 2nd half upping the tempo eventually led to further goals Gemma Bryan making it 2-0 before Donohoe turned provider for Leanne Bell to head the ball into the back of the net and seal a 3-0 win making it 20 wins and 2 draws for the season to cap off a fantastic season.
Also in league action for their final game of the season were Luton Town Ladies on the road facing Old Actonians Ladies in a later 4:30pm kick-off. 4th place already secured in the table they consolidated the position with 3 more points Nicola Henman and Jessica McKay with the goals as they win 2-0. 4th for the second season running however scored 27 points last time around 40 points this time ironically would have brought them a top 2 finish last season, they have improved but so to have others around them and the FAWPL South East Division One is developing into a strong competitive league.
Eastern Regional Leagues
A couple of games in the ERWFL this Sunday with teams wrapping up their fixtures. One more game left outstanding in the ERWFL Premier Division with Acle United Ladies travelling south to play Haringey Borough Women, who with a win could have secured a 4th place finish. It was 7th placed Acle United Ladies who finished with a win however as they took the 3 points courtesy of a single goal, Kate Pasque netting the goal.
In the ERWFL Division One East, Champions Writtle Ladies were due to play Bury Town Ladies in their final league match of the season but were awarded the home team as Bury Town Ladies had insufficient players available. Writtle Ladies have the ERWFL Division One Cup Final to look forwards to on the 22nd May.
In ERWFL Division One West two outstanding fixtures remain, the league games between Colney Heath Ladies and Hoddesdon Owls Ladies both home and away although both would be played at Colney Heath. The 1st this Sunday, Colney Heath Ladies have been bottom of the table all season, but have been one of a number of sides who just haven’t been able to get a run of fixtures going, 5 points adrift at the bottom only 2 wins from 2 would see them finish above Sawbridgeworth Town WFC. Hoddedon Owls Ladies have been struggling with fixtures early in the season to but getting them on late on have build up momentum and form suffering a narrow defeat to league winners Royston Town Ladies in midweek. Came unstuck this Sunday as Colney Heath Ladies hit them for 5, scoring 5 goals without reply to get the 3 points 2 goals from Adrienne Milton plus a goal a piece for Kelly Hancock, Kirsty Fraser and Samantha May. Play Hoddesdon Owls again this coming Sunday then they are Writtle Ladies opponents in the ERWFL Division One Cup Final on May 22nd.
Brandon Town Ladies… remember them? Played their last league fixture back on February 28th sat top of Norfolk Women’s Division One with one game left to play against Thorpe United Ladies, that game got postponed leaving Brandon Town Ladies without a competitive fixture for 10 weeks. Had dropped to 2nd with Wymondham Town Ladies going top couldn’t catch them but a win would secure a runners-up spot and end Thorpe United’s own hopes of winning the title. At Thorpe United this Sunday the game was eventually played, 3 goals in the match all coming 1st half saw Thorpe United Ladies win the 3 points to over take Brandon Town Ladies push them down into 3rd spot. Chloe Slater scoring for Brandon Town Ladies, Charlotte Groves and Becky Russell from the penalty spot sealing the win.
That leaves Thorpe United 3 points behind leaders Wymondham Town Ladies with a game left. Wymondham Town Ladies awarded the A-W in their final match as opponents Fakenham Town Ladies couldn’t find the players available for this rearranged fixture. Thorpe United play 4th placed Aylsham FC Ladies away in their final league game have to win by 5 clear goals if they wish to take the title.
One other fixture played in Norfolk this Sunday in Division Two, 4th placed Red Rose Ladies could climb a place and finish 3rd in the table with a win away to 2nd bottom Morley Ladies. a brace each for Ellen Hutton and Megan Skinner plus a strike from Lauren Hems saw them win the game 5-1, Candice Halstead with the goal for Morley Ladies to see them finish 3rd. Won’t be known as Red Rose Ladies next season, the current 1st team moving on a change needed with the players and management unhappy with the current set up. Will be known as Briston Ladies next season and hope to retain their Division Two status.
It’s been coming for a few weeks now as readers of The Tuesday Round-Up will know in Suffolk and Copleston Ladies did it at the weekend won the Women’s Division Title. Coming from behind with games in hand the scenario was simple in the end if they could win all their games in hand in they could overhaul Brantham Athletic Ladies and claim the title by 2 points. Were playing their last league game against bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies who haven’t taken a point all season. Copleston went about their business leading 2-0 at half time adding 2 more goals 2nd half the goals coming from Jade Horne, Megan Stock, Elysia Young and Amelia Deuchars. Won the game 4-1 Catherine Mason on target for Ipswich Phoenix Ladies.
Congratulation to Copleston Ladies on winning the Suffolk Women’s Division Title.
Also in action in the Suffolk Women’s Division playing their last league game to were Leiston St Margarets Ladies at home to Witnesham Wasps Ladies. Leiston St Margarets taking advantage of a depleted Witnesham Wasps Ladies side to win 2-0 claim their 5th win of the season.
A spot of Monday night football in Suffolk this week too the middle of 3 Finals attended this week, a special occasion at Portman Road the home of Ipswich Town FC where this season’s Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final was being played. A fantastic opportunity for the finalists Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies and Ipswich Town Ladies the current holders of the trophy to play at the famous stadium a 5 league gap between to two sides it was always going to be a tough test for Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies. Ipswich coming at them Hollie Clement opened the scored driving into the box and curling a shot home. Molly Hall scored the 2nd goal heading the ball into the back of the net, Libby Dixon springing the offside trap to make it 3-0.
Captain Amanda Crump added 2 more goals before half-time then added a third 5 minutes into the 2nd half giving her a Cup Final hat-trick. Ipswich Town Ladies kept creating chances striking the woodwork on 4 or 5 occasions before substitute Sophie Welton scored 2 goals late on to make the final score 8-0 and retain the County Cup. The full match report from the Supporting Women’s Football Blog will be posted to the site soon for now you can read it by clicking on the link below.
Congratulations to Ipswich Town Ladies on retaining the Suffolk Women’s County Cup.
Cambridge City Ladies are celebrating to this week having secured a league and cup double. In their debut season playing in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership the side having been together all the way through the youth leagues went top last week a draw the minimum requirement in the game on Sunday a home to Netherton United Ladies would see them clinch the title. Grace Stanley scored for Cambridge City Ladies, Megan Parrett with the goal for Netherton United Ladies saw the points shared the game ending 1-1 enough to see Cambridge City Ladies crowned Champions.
Battling it out for the runners-up spot in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership were ICA Sports Ladies with the advantage a pint ahead in 2nd place hosting Cambridge United WFC Reserves. ICA Sports Ladies scored twice, Tash Applegate and Clare Knibbs on target, Cambridge United WFC Reserves found the back of the net with 2 goals themselves Ebony-Jade Rule and Hayley Turner getting on the scoresheet saw the points shared the game ending 2-2 ICA Sports Ladies in their 1st season in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership finishing runners-up.
A quick turn around for both Champions Cambridge City Ladies and Cambridge United WFC Reserves as they were in action again last night (hence why The Tuesday Round-Up is on a Wednesday this week) playing in the Final of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup at Histon FC. A local derby a chance for a league and cup double for Cambridge City Ladies whilst Cambridge United WFC Reserves beaten in the final last season wanted to lift it this time around. Was always going to be a competitive match and got off to a lively start 3 goals inside the opening 15 minutes Cambridge City taking the lead a long range shot from Grace Stanley evading the diving Tafadzwa Mhunduru in the Cambridge United WFC goal to put them ahead, United came back Laura Mills blasting home a shot just two minutes later then Hayley Turner scored from inside the box to make it 2-1.
Cambridge City were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes left of the 1st half, Philippa Witherspoon brought down, captain Bronte Rapley scoring from the spot placing the ball into the top corner. All even at half-time Cambridge United WFC Reserves got themselves back in front Mills putting the ball over the line. Conceded another penalty however and this time it was Stanley who stepped up to dispatch then with 15 minutes left Stanley went on a mazy run through the middle breaking into the box and sending the ball past the advancing keeper to seal her Cup Final hat-trick and see Cambridge City lead 4-3 in a cracking contest held on to win the game and seal a league and cup double. Like the Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final the match was covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and can be read by clicking the link below.
Congratulations to Cambridge City Ladies on your League and Cup double.
Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire it was a clash between the top two in the Women’s Championship North with Champions Bourne Ladies hosting March Town United Ladies both playing their final match of the season positions secured no pressure on the game, the goals flowed from both sides. Bourne Ladies leading 4-2 at half time went on to win 8-5. Kimberly Fairweather and Tracey Duxbury-Mead both scoring a brace for Bourne with the other 4 goals coming courtesy of Charlotte Ayers, Rosanna Baker, Claire Lawrenson and Toni McHamilton. March Town United Ladies goals were scored by Adele Munday who hit 2 with Shannon Kelly getting herself a hat-trick on the final day of the season.
Wisbech Town Ladies finish 3rd in the Championship North table with a 4-0 final day away win at 2nd bottom Hungate Rovers Ladies. 2 goals for Sophie Gutteridge, plus a goal each for Shushannah Feast and Annie Rooks. Swineshead Institute Ladies in their 1st season playing in the Championship North end with a comfortable mid-table finish playing at home against Stamford Ladies. Edged the win to claim 3 points in a 7 goal thriller Eleaner Spendlow bagging the hat-trick ball with Becky Taylor also on target in a 4-3 win likely to be awarded 3 points in their final game of the season will overhaul Stamford Ladies for 5th place in the table.
Thing’s are a little clearer in the race for the title in Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South, no longer a 3 way battle for top spot. With 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies playing 3rd placed Milton Ladies on Sunday. Both sides needed the win to keep their title hopes alive. It was a close game a single goal settling it the 3 points going to St Ives Town Ladies, Sasha Smith grabbing the winning goal to see them keep up the pressure on leaders Park Ladies. Despite being awarded an away win in their final match Milton Ladies end the season in 3rd place it what has been a competitive battle at the top of the league all season.
Comes down to the final round of fixtures this coming Sunday a pint between the 2 sides St Ives Town Ladies have an earlier kick off at bottom side Cambridge Rangers and although you can take nothing for granted could well hold top spot before Park Ladies kick off i their match away to Riverside Rovers Reserves. That would mean nothing short of the win will do, get it and they will be Champions. Best of luck to both sides.
In Essex it was pretty quiet at the weekend just the one fixture taking place in Essex Women’s Division One with Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves racking up a huge 13-0 win at home against Valley Green.
Last night Wickford Town Ladies were away in their final league game of the season playing Division One Runners-up Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves finished with a victory Kerry Newby scoring a hat-trick with Claire Campbell adding 2 more goals Stone with a goal to as they end the season with a 6-2 win.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Just the one game in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire this Sunday the leagues all wrapped up it was the Women’s League Cup Final and a repeat of last seasons final with holders Garston Ladies playing Sherrardswood Ladies at AFC Kempston Rovers FC in a 6:15pm kick-off. This was also where the Supporting Women’s Football Blog started a trilogy of Cup Finals and again the link to the whole report can be found below.
Vikki Duffy gave Garston Ladies the lead moments after captain Gemma Curtis had rifled a shot against the cross bar. Duffy sending a shot in from the edge of the area. Held the advantage at half-time. Sherrardswood Ladies finished the 1st half strongly and riding out a spell of Garston pressure early 2nd half rallied as the 2nd half grew the equalising goal coming deep into injury time Rhia Rose curling a shot home to send the game into extra-time.
Sherrardswood Ladies got themselves into the lead Rose again with the goal in the 2nd period of extra-time from a free kick a good way out central flying into the goal. So close to victory, Garston pushed down the other end late on winning a corner the delivery in the dying seconds perfect as Sam Roads rose highest inside the box to head the ball into the back of the net and send the final into penalties. Garston Ladies failed to score their 1st two penalties Sherrardswood converting theirs then a complete turn around as Garston went on to score their final 3 penalties and heart break for Sherrardswood at the end not scoring another seeing Garston retain the cup with a 3-2 penalty shootout win.
Congratualtions to Garston Ladies on winning the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup for the 2nd successive season.
That ends another Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up just a handful of games left, still some crucial games left mind titles still to be won as well as comes and although it’ll be a smaller Edition next week it’ll still be covered here. A special Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up is coming up a Role of Honours Edition and I’d like to include as many teams celebrating a league title or cup as possible so if you want to send me a picture I’d love to include everyone. Until next week thanks for reading.
Bright sunshine at last! Spring has finally arrives… just as the season draws to it’s end. Sunday 1st of May plenty of sides playing for the last time this season this weekend, just a handful left for the rest The Tuesday Round-Up will soon be all rounded up… at least for now. A busy weekend to start the month more league titles have been decided, in Cambridgeshire, Beds & Herts and Essex. Cup Finals day in Norfolk the League Plate and Cup contested. Plus another side loses it’s 100% league win record this season just 2 remaining now, lots to cover so let’s plunge on.
FAWPL Southern Division
The season is almost over the in the FAWPL Southern Division, the Champions decided and relegation places filled a handful of games left as sides complete their league games. Two fixtures this Sunday. Charlton Athletic Women needed a win in their final match of the season to secure a runners-up spot in the league. Faced a tough away trip to 5th placed Coventry United Ladies who with 2 games left to play could claim 3rd themselves with 2 wins.
Coventry captain Natasha Lynch gave the home side the lead going into the half-time interval scoring on 15 minutes. Charlton fought back 2nd half and with in 5 minutes of kick off their captain Kimberly Dixson scored to make it 1-1, 7 minutes later and Charlton were in front Kit Graham putting the ball into the back of the net. Coventry came back themselves the lead lasting just 4 minutes with Amber Hughes scoring on 66 minutes to make it 2-2. The game all square heading into the final minute of normal play Charlton scored the winning goal Ellie Baxter coming off the bench in the final 10 minutes with the winning goal on 89 minutes to see Charlton finish as runners-up just 2 points behind Champions Brighton & Hove Albion WFC.
A winning finish to Charlton Athletic Women’s season too not only FAWPL Southern Division runners-up but also retained the Capital Women’s Cup in midweek beating Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3-0 in the final.
That win for Charlton ended 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies hopes of claiming the runners-up spot in the FAWPL Southern Division. With 2 matches left to play they needed a Coventry to defeat Charlton to have any chance of chasing them down. This Sunday saw them play their final home game of the season against C&K Basildon Ladies who themselves were playing their final game of the season. Chloe Lloyd found the top corner from a free kick won inside the opening 2 minutes to give Cardiff City the lead. C&K Basildon Ladies pulled it back to 1-1 with Karissa Rodney on target but Cardiff went into the break with a 2-1 advantage after Kerry Bartlett scored.
Hope Suminen came on 2nd half and put Cardiff City 3-1 up early on in proceedings, C&K Basildon scored again Rodney with her 2nd of the game to make it 3-2. Gemma Evans made it 4-2 to Cardiff City, the final score. They secure 3rd place in the table, travel to Coventry United Ladies on the 15th May in the only outstanding league game left. A Cup Final before that on Sunday 8th May in the FAWPL Cup against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies to be played at Kidderminster Harriers FC with a 2pm KO.
C&K Basildon Ladies finish in 8th place in their debut season in the FAWPL, looked comfortable throughout holding a mid-table berth for pretty much the whole season. Captain Claire Lacey retires from the game at the end of the season a long serving player and respected within the women’s game Women’s Football East wishes Claire all the best for the future, still remember that ball in the side I got from one of her defensive clearances way back.
FAWPL South East Division One
Crystal Palace Ladies will be playing in the FAWPL Southern Division next season Champions of the FAWPL South East Division One and by some margin too, undefeated headed to already relegated Lowestoft Town Ladies this Sunday, for their penultimate match of the season. Took Crystal Palace 30 minutes to break down the hosts and score Gemma Bryan putting the ball home, were 2-0 at half-time Leanne Bell getting the goal just before the half-time whistle. Bryan added her 2nd goal of the match inside the opening quarter of an hour of the 2nd half, but they didn’t have things all their own way as Lowestoft Town Ladies fought back captain Hannah Waters pulling a goal back then Gemma Moore made it 3-2 from the penalty spot. 6 minutes from time Bryan completes her hat-trick to put the result beyond doubt an away trip to Norwich City Ladies their final league match of a successful season will want to finish unbeaten.
A tough season for newly promoted Lowestoft Town Ladies playing their last game in the FAWPL South East Division One, upheaval at the club seeing the manager and alot of the players that got them promoted moving on, leaving a squad of young players who have been asked to step up and done well under difficult circumstances, will look to build again for next season and put themselves in the best position to re-stage a promotion challenge.
Runners-up spot in the FAWPL South East Division One was a three way battle going into this weekends fixtures, Milton Keynes Dons Ladies have held that position for much of the season, were at home to Old Actonians Ladies who finally got the win they needed to secure FAWPL football next season, last Sunday. Took Milton Keynes Dons Ladies a little while to break down the Old Actonians defence but as the game moved past the half hour mark they took complete control scoring 3 goals in 6 minutes, Andie Dickens on 33 minutes setting things rolling, Leah Cudone with a brace netting on 36 and 39 minutes to send them into the dressing room with a 3-0 lead. The scoreline was extended by 3 more goals in the 2nd half an own goal putting Milton Keynes 4-0 up after 57 minutes. Awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left Heather McDonnell put it away to make it 5-0, Samantha Gillings found the back of the net to seal a 6-0 victory.
Gillingham FC Ladies own title hopes faded away in recent weeks, however the runners-up spot is still within their grasp have always had games in hand on everyone else in the league still do and can chase down 2nd spot if they win all three of their remaining matches. Were on the road playing Denham United Ladies this Sunday. Katie Hardaker with the goal to her name giving them a half-time lead Kallie Balfour and Jade Keogh finding the back of the net in the 2nd half to make it 3-0 and claim all 3 points. Denham United Ladies have played out their fixtures end in 9th on 23 points can be caught by Old Actonians Ladies who have 5 games left to as things stand.
In the final fixture being played in FAWPL South East Division One this Sunday 4th placed Luton Town Ladies saw their faint hopes of closing down the runners-up spot end at home in their penultimate match against Ipswich Town Ladies as they won 2-0 Jade Henry and Zoe Cossey with the goals. Ipswich Town Ladies have two matches left play Enfield Town Ladies away from home on the 15th a win will secure a top half finish.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Stevenage Ladies will be playing FAWPL football next season, the ERWFL Premier Division Champions wrapping up the title with a game to spare were on home soil playing bottom side Great Shelford Ladies this Sunday and celebrated with a comfortable 6-0 to see them finish 6 points clear at the top of the table. Great Shelford Ladies finish bottom of the #ERWFL Premier Division but with 2 sides folding over the season are unlikely to be relegated although they will be Great Shelford Ladies no more as come the start of next season will become Histon Ladies moving to a new home and a more secure future a new challenge awaits next season.
A late season flurry of good form sees new #ERWFL Premier Division side Great Wakering Rovers Ladies pull themselves out of the bottom two and finish 8th with a victory in their final game at home beating Acle United Ladies 4-0.
All thing’s come to an end and in the ERWFL Division One East, Writtle Ladies saw their long standing 100% league win record come to an end at home to Essex rivals Silver End United Ladies. Almost 3 seasons, Writtle Ladies have already secured the league title. Silver End United Ladies had secured runners-up spot, this their last league match of the season with the ERWFL League Cup Final to contest ended on a high. A 7 goal thriller Writtle Ladies found the back of the net on three occasions, Abigail Fry, Sophie Vale and Charlotte Walker all getting a goal to their name, but Silver End United Ladies edged the result scoring 4 to win the game a goal from Rebekah Henderson plus a hat-trick from Rebecca Hollocks seeing them become the 1st side to beat Writtle in a league game since they were formed. Writtle Ladies have one more league game left to play, plus a final of their own to look forwards to the ERWFL Division One Cup.
One league game being played in ERWFL Division One West, Stevenage Ladies Reserves at home for their last game of the season playing Hoddesdon Owls. It was the visitors who took the lead Becky Scola on target inside the opening 15 minutes, 10 minutes later an Stevenage had their noses in front, Leah Littlechild then Cara Breckenridge scoring within a minute of each other. Scola scored again 10 minutes before the end of the 1st half to see it all level at 2-2 at half-time. Hoddesdon were the stronger side 2nd half taking a 3-2 lead as Stevenage put the ball through their own net then conceding a penalty kick, Kristina O’Connell made it 4-2 from the spot before Scola went on to complete her hat-trick. Into the final 15 minutes and O’Connell scored her 2nd of the game. Stevenage found a reply through Megan Evans, the game ending 7-3 to Hoddesdon with Charlotte Grogan getting her name on the scoresheet. Hoddesdon still have 3 games left to play currently 5th could with the right results finish as runners-up.
Also playing in the ERWFL Division One West were bottom sides Colney Heath Ladies and Sawbridgeworth Town Ladies the points shared the match ending goalless.
It was Finals Day in Norfolk the Women’s and Girls Football League (NWGFL) League Cup and Plate Finals played at Plantation Park home of Norwich United FC and Norwich City Ladies. The Ladies Plate Competition is a new competition introduced this season and saw an all Division Two Final with North Walsham Angels Ladies taking in Red Rose Ladies both sides playing in their 1st final.
North Walsham Angels have already secured promotion in just their 2nd season since forming. Took the lead in the Plate Final scoring on the 15 minute mark, Lauren Yarham coming in far side to turn the ball home inside the six yard box after Luci Middleton saw her shot saved pushed out wide. Middleton get’s on the scoresheet before the end of the 1st half being played through before lifting her shot over the keeper and into the back of the net from just outside the area.
Middleton went on to claim the match ball in the 2nd half on target twice more, played in behind the Red Rose defence to chase down the ball evade a challenge and put driving into the box shoots from an acute angle to score. Moments later Middleton gets her hat-trick play building up down the left the ball coming to the edge of the area for Imogen Carver, gets a touch on it just before the advancing keeper squaring it to Middleton who has an empty goal to shoot at doesn’t miss. North Walsham Angels Ladies win 4-0 to lift the Ladies League Plate. The whole match report can be found by scrolling further down this web page or clicking on the link below to take you to the Supporting Women’s Football Blog.
Wasn’t the only Final being covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog on Sunday as no sooner had North Walsham Angels Ladies celebrated their win it was time for the Norfolk Ladies League Cup Final, with defending cup holders Wymondham Town Ladies taking in Aylsham FC Ladies playing in their 2nd final this season having lost 2-0 to Thorpe United Ladies in the County Cup a fortnight ago.
A fairly uneventful 1st half with two sides evenly matched not seeing their final balls come off with defences on top for the large part. 2nd half substitute Laura Wiseman put Wymondham Town Ladies into the lead midway through the 2nd half. The ball over the top putting her clear shooting early from outside the box to score. Had a chance to double the lead soon after put in again with the keeper coming pulls the shot wide across goal. Well into the last 5 minutes of the final and Aylsham FC Ladies have a corner kick put in from the right captain Vicki Bird times her jump to perfection connecting with the ball and sends it home to make it 1-1. Unbelievably there is time for a winning goal with Aylsham FC Ladies 1-0 moments ago going on to score again to win the Cup Final. An innocuous looking free kick inside the Wymondham half in front of the centre circle, Abbie Charlton over it decides to go for goal, gets good contact and swerve on the ball, flies over the keeper and Charlton is caught and buries under her celebrating team mates as they win the Norfolk Ladies League Cup Final, again you can find the report further down this page or by clicking on the link below.
Copleston Ladies have had the games in hand on everyone all season knew if they could turn those into points the title was theirs to take. Brantham Athletic Ladies leading the way have played out their league fixtures, finishing on 39, Copleston have climbed up into 2nd spot the gap 4 points had 2 games left to play, 2 victories and they will lift the Suffolk Women’s Division title playing the bottom sides in their remaining fixtures. Their last home league fixture against 2nd bottom Leiston St Margarets Ladies this Sunday, made no mistake scoring 4 goals 4 different scorers too, Jade Horne, Elysia Young, Shannon Giles and Roxanne Middle all netting to see Copleston win 4-0 to move to within a point of Brantham. Away to bottom sides Ipswich Phoenix Ladies next Sunday who haven’t picked up a point all season, can’t afford any sympathy nothing less than a win will do if they want to finish top of the league.
Cambridge City Ladies are the new leaders of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership as they beat the current leaders ICA Sports Ladies at home on Sunday to move level on points with 3 games left to play. Goals from captain Grace Stanley and Phillippa Witherspoon securing the victory winning 2-1. Have a game in midweek against Cambridge University Women, being played even as I’m writing this edition of The Tuesday Round-Up another win to go 3 points clear beating them 5-2 courtesy of a goals from Stanley and Carla Penny with Witherspoon netting a hat-trick sees them go 3 points clear one more point from their remaining 2 games and they will lift the Premiership title.
Bar Hill Ladies are up to 4th in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership table. A big win at home at the weekend against bottom side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Anna Jephson finding the back of the net for 4 goals. Hayley Stevens and Natalie Wells also getting goals along with substitute Nadine Wejkins who scored a brace as Bar Hill ran out 8-0 winners.
Last league match of the season for Newmarket Town Ladies and the last time they will be playing at the Dullingham Polo Fields as they move to Newmarket Town FC next season. Were taking on Netherton United Ladies. Was a close encounter a single goal settling the result and securing 3 points for Netherton who climb up to 5th in the table. Megan Parrett with the goal in the 2nd half.
Bourne Ladies were celebrating on after Sunday’s match as they won the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North title. At home to local rivals Stamford Ladies. Was a high scoring game, Bourne Ladies holding a 3-2 lead at half time went on to win the game by the odd goal in 11 6-5 the final score their goals coming from Charlotte Ayers and Tracey Duxbury-Mead with Kimberly Fairweather and Claire Lawrenson both scoring a brace.
Congratulations to Bourne Ladies on winning the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North.
March Town United Ladies will have to make do with finishing runners-up in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North the gap 4 points with one game needed Bourne to drop points, they didn’t. Were away playing Wisbech St Marys Ladies. Adele Munday scored the only goal of the game to see the 3 points won. Was a single strike for 3rd placed Wisbech Town Ladies too to see them pick up 3 points at home to Hungate Rovers Ladies on Sunday. Bottom club Tydd St Mary Ladies have had a tough season conceding lots of goals and no points to show for it, have a win to their name now albeit awarded to them by the league as opponents Downham Town Ladies couldn’t field a team late in the season.
Was a home win award to for Cambridgeshire Championship South side Park Ladies against bottom side Cambridge Rangers, are still 4 points clear at the top with one game left to play. 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies were taking on 3rd placed Milton Ladies both sides still in the title race themselves, Sasha Smith and Tierney Poore scored for St Ives Town Ladies to get them the result winning the game 2-1. Have two left to play can finish on 44 points. Milton in 3rd can finish on 45 like Park Ladies have the better goal difference too with 3 to play. One of those game is against St Ives Town Ladies once again a defeat for either would end their title hopes, Park Ladies will be hoping for a draw knowing a win in their final game will see them lift the title.
Isleham United Ladies were at home to Riverside Rovers Reserves in the Cambridgeshire Championship North on Sunday lost out by the odd goal in 7 as Riverside won the game 4-3.
Harlow Ladies are just one of 2 sides across the region now holding a 100% league win record have 17 games on the board now win 17 wins one match to go. Promotion to the Essex Women’s Premier Division and a League Cup Final to contest. Were at home this Sunday playing Chigwell Ladies. Racked up another double figure scoreline Nene McInerney scoring a hat-trick, Abbie Bensted, Tia Dye and Catherine Kelly all scoring 2 each, Kelly’s both from the penalty spot. Victoria Hill and Phillippa Stephens also scoring. Despite the heavy defeat Chigwell Ladies have secured 3rd place in the Essex Women’s Division One table.
That defeat for Chigwell Ladies sees 2nd placed Chelmsford City Ladies secure promotion to the Essex Women’s Premier Division were at home at the weekend playing 4th placed Alredford Colne Rangers, Charlotte Barnard, Nicola Hatfield and Tyler Christou all scored a goal but they had to settle for a share of the points as they were held 3-3.
A narrow win for 5th placed Wickford Town Ladies in Essex Women’s Division One sees them up to 4th in the table. Away to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies Reserves won the game 4-3 with goals from Autumn Ranger, Claire Campbell and a brace scored by Harley Brueton.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Hertford Town Ladies move 3 points clear at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three with 2 games left to play. Away to bottom side Flitwick Ladies on Sunday, Wendy Rankin and Dee Gilbert gave them a 2-0 lead before Carly Snell was red carded on 35 minutes didn’t slow Hertford Town down as with 10 they added another 3 goals Bilge Taspinar scoring then Kerry Oldham adding a brace late on to win 5-1. Play 2nd placed Harvesters FC Ladies in midweek a positive result will see them win the league their 2nd league title in 2 seasons since being formed.
Sandy Ladies pulled themselves out of the bottom 2 in Beds & Herts Division One in midweek putting Toddington Rovers Ladies back into the relegation places as they travelled to Letchworth Garden City Eagles in their final league game. Tayla Murray was on target for 5 goals for Letchworth, with Alyce Williams netting a brace goals too for Emily Jamieson and Samantha Edgar as they won 9-1 to to end in 5th on 23 points, can be caught by Garston Ladies but only if they play their remaining league games didn’t at the weekend seeing Bishops Stortford Ladies get the 3 points to see them finish in 4th place.
Just the one game left in Beds & Herts Division Two and leaders Sharnbrook WFC only needed to avoid a 14-0 defeat to see the title won playing Garston Ladies FC 96 whose own title hopes had faded late on in the season. Chantelle Harris scored twice for Sharnbrook in the 1st half adding 2 more goals in the 2nd half, Claire Smith and Charlotte Mullins also getting goals as they ran out 6-2 winners to bounce back to the 1st Division at the 1st attempt. Lauren Berryman and Cassandra Chase with the goals for Garston Ladies FC 96 who finish in 4th place.
Congratulations to Sharnbrook WFC in winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two title.
In Beds & Herts Division Three, Hitchin Belles claimed the title in midweek following an 8-1 win at Panshanger Ladies. Earning promotion in their 1st season together in women’s football. Finished their league campaign at home against Bedwell Rangers FC, a hat-trick by Shannon Page, plus 2 goals by Emily Field and 1 from Charlotte Peters saw them end with a 6-1 win, Jessica Sullivan with the consolation goal from Bedwell Rangers FC who finish their 1st season in the league in 7th place.
Also promoted out of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two are Evergreen Ladies finishing as runners up in the league, were taking on 3rd placed Icknield Ladies away from home in their final league game of the season. Rebecca Freeman, Emily Jones and Natalie Maher all scored for Evergreen in a 3-1 win. Mandy Cain-Murnane scored the goal for Icknield Ladies who are currently 3rd in their 1st season as a club.
Bedmond Ladies in 4th place in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, could yet pip Icknield Ladies to 3rd spot close the gap to 2 points with one game left to play. Were at home for the last time this season playing Kings Langley Ladies. Molly Peters hit a hat-trick with Dawn Kingsley also on target in a 4-0 win. Playing it midweek everything league wise will be wrapped up in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire before the weekend.
That concludes Edition Thirty Three of The Tuesday Round-Up the next one is going to be considerably smaller with the fixtures coming to an end. Still several thing’s to be decided and their will be more congratulations to hand out to league title winners next time around. Thanks for reading.
The final Sunday in April, spring might be trying to get here but it’s having a bit of trouble getting out of bed weather is decidedly hit and miss. This was a hugely important weekend of fixtures across the East, plenty of games seeing sides play out there final games of the 2015/16 campaign The Tuesday Round-Up is going to be getting alot shorter as we round things down. More matters settled across the leagues too. Three more league champions sorted out across the pyramid. A Cup Final… well Plate to and you’ll read about it all here starting with that final so let’s go.
FAWPL Plate Final
The FAWPL runs 2 cup competition the League Cup and League Plate a preliminary round determining which competition a club will contest at the start of the season. This Sunday saw the Plate Final being played at Keys Park, home of Hednesford Town FC. The two sides to reach the final did so by not conceding a single goal on the road to the final. A side from the FAWPL’s 2nd tier reaching the final for the 1st time with South East Division One side Enfield Town Ladies celebrating their 30th anniversary this year making it to their 1st ever national final to play FAWPL Southern Division side Coventry United Ladies.
Was a physical game right from the off, Enfield Town Ladies working hard putting a lot into closing down Coventry United Ladies. Didn’t stop them taking an early lead as Jade Brook turned the ball home arriving far post after Alison Hall headed a Cristina Torkildsen ball down across the face of goal inside the opening 5 minutes. Far from capitulate Enfield Town Ladies continued to press the ball winning a free kick, Kerrie Marlborough sweeping the ball out to the far post where it was met by Elizabeth Kent putting them back on level terms. Coventry United Ladies got themselves back in front right on the stroke of half-time Libby Piggott arriving inside the six yard box turning home coming following a cross from the left.
2-1 up at half-time the lead was 3-1 shortly after the break, the goal awarded from a corner kick is stopped on the goal line by a hand the crowd are silent fear a penalty, are surprised when a goal is awarded instead Torkildsen credited with it. Chances dried up for Enfield Town Ladies 2nd half, Coventry United Ladies kept coming on having more chances to score did eventually late on Marie Gauntlett bagging a brace the 1st a cheeky back heel inside the six yard box the 2nd an audacious lob from outside the box, 5-1 the final score Coventry United Ladies celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate Final. The whole match report from the SWF Blog can be found below this post.
Coventry United Ladies captain Natasha Lynch holding aloft the FAWPL Plate trophy
FAWPL Southern Division
The FAWPL Southern Division title has already been decided refer to Edition 30 of The Tuesday Round-Up for more detail Brighton & Hove Albion WFC securing the title 2 Sunday’s ago playing out their league fixtures. News from Brighton & Hove Albion WFC since then shocking not only Brighton fans but the football community in general with the news the club has sacked manager James Marrs with what will undoubtedly be one of the clubs biggest games in it’s history to come the FAWPL Play-off final at the end of may. Little details are available but a complaint made through the Sussex FA was made that led to the club taking immediate action.
On to this weekends football action several sides were again playing out their final fixtures across the 3 games taking place. Charlton Athletic Women were playing their final home game of the season playing 2nd from top playing 2nd from bottom with Forest Green Rovers Ladies the visitors. Charlton were in goal scoring form straight from the off going 3-0 up inside the opening 8 minutes, Kit Graham after 2 minutes, Charley Clifford on 5 minutes and Gemma Shepherd scoring the 3rd on 8 minutes. were 5-0 to the good at half-time Shepherd and Clifford both scoring again, Clifford completed her hat-trick 2 minutes into the 2nd half. Kerry Walklett pulled a goal back for Forest Green Rovers before Stefanie Simmons found the back of the net to get herself on the score sheet on 67 minutes, Shepherd had her hat-trick 5 minutes later. Charlotte Lee scoring a goal in the last 5 minutes to seal a 9-1 win a closing in on finishing runners up getting a huge boost as 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies lost. Now 5 points clear with on game to play away to Coventry United Ladies a win would guarantee 2nd.
A blow for 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies in their quest for the runners-up spot in the FAWPL Southern Division as they suffered defeat on the South Coast at Portsmouth FC Ladies playing their final league game of the season and last in charge for manager Perry Northeast. Finished with a win after a goalless 1st half Portsmouth’s Emma Sherwood put the home side into the lead on the 68th minute. Entering the final 10 minutes Portsmouth doubled the lead with Shannon Sievwright on target. Cardiff City Ladies pulled a goal back deep into injury time, not enough as Portsmouth ended with a win. Currently in 4th place are 3 points ahead of 5th placed Coventry United Ladies who have 2 to play against 2nd placed Charlton and 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies. Coventry United Ladies could finished 3rd themselves if they pick up 2 wins in their final 2 matches.
In the other game in the FAWPL Southern Division both sides were playing their final game of the season and it was another point on the board for bottom club Plymouth Argyle Ladies hosting Queens Park Rangers Ladies. The visitors took the lead midway through the 1st half Cherrelle Albert scoring on 25 minutes. Plymouth Argyle hit back straight away Mollie Taylor getting them back on level terms within a minute of going behind. That was the score at half-time. Again Queens Park Rangers took the lead Juliette Denny firing in the goal 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Took Plymouth Argyle a bit longer to get back on level terms 20 minutes with Rebecca Atkins scoring on the 71st minute to see Plymouth Argyle take a point from their final FAWPL Southern Division match, for now.
FAWPL South East Division One
Last Sunday Crystal Palace Ladies celebrated winning the FAWPL South East Division One title and their reward for doing so was an opportunity to play at Selhurst Park. Arranged quickly with an earlier kick off time it was a fantastic opportunity for them but also opponents Cambridge United WFC visiting who were playing their final league game of the season. Formed a guard of honour for the new champions as they walked onto the pitch, Cambridge were missing a few 1st team regulars for the game went 1-0 down inside the 1st 5 minutes Abigail Igbavboa putting Crystal Palace Ladies into the lead. Cambridge goalkeeper Tafadzwa Mhunduru gave away then saved the resulting penalty. 2nd half Crystal Palace Ladies went on to win 3-0, 2 goals scored by Rochelle Shakes still unbeaten this season with 2 games left to play. Made it a league and cup double winning the Surrey FA County Cup last Thursday.
Gillingham FC Ladies have picked up just the single point in their last 3 games going into this Sunday’s match at home to Ipswich Town Ladies who are enjoying a resurgence in the latter half of the season up to 6th place. Olivia Dixon and Amanda Crump put them 2-0 up in the 1st half before Lauren Davis scored for Gillingham to make it 2-1 at half-time. Fought back 2nd half getting back on level terms 5 minutes into the 2nd half Kallie Balfour getting onto the end of a ball flighted into the box to turn the ball into the back of the net. Lydia Wills came off the bench in the 77th minute and netted the winning goal 5 minutes later seeing Gillingham take all 3 points winning 3-2.
Has been a difficult and frustrating season for Old Actonians Ladies since the start of 2016 having been playing catch up in their fixtures, still are they. Had dropped down the table to 10th have more or less needed just a single win to be safe for weeks now but haven’t won a single league point in 2016, 8 games played. A home match this Sunday against Norwich City Ladies, Old Actonians took the lead in the 1st half but were pegged back with a minute of the 1st half to play as Ebony Wiseman scored for Norwich. 2nd half and the same again Old Actonians going in front, Norwich pulling it back to 2-2 with 2 minutes normal time to play Wiseman again on target. Old Actonians had time to find the winning goal late in injury time to celebrate finally securing FAWPL football for a 2nd season, a brace from Carla Williams and a Hannah Pearson goal sealing the win. That also confirms Lowestoft Town Ladies relegation as the 2nd bottom side with just the one fixture to play can no longer catch Old Actonians.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Another side playing FAWPL football next season will be Stevenage Ladies as they got the 3 points they needed at the weekend to win the ERWFL Premier Division title. To games left to play before Sunday both against the bottom clubs they were hosting Great Wakering Rovers Ladies who had found a little bit of form right at the end of their season, scored 2 goals however Stevenage Ladies scored 3 times to seal a 3-2 win, Amy Josland and a brace from Donna McGuigan seeing them crowned champions.
Congratulations to Stevenage Ladies on winning the ERWFL Premier Division title.
2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies had just the one game to play knew even a win might not be enough to pip Stevenage Ladies to the title but needed the 3 points to keep the pressure on hope local rival Great Wakering Ladies could do them a favour as they travelled to bottom club Great Shelford Ladies looking to finish with a win. Got the 3 points, Nicola Dunston, Nicole Farmer, Lindsey Morgan, Lauren Knight and Michelle Stoneman all getting their name on the scoresheet as Billericay Town Ladies won 5-0 end the season as runner-up for the 3rd successive season.
A successful league campaign for AFC Sudbury Ladies to finishing in 3rd place in the ERWFL Premier Division in their 1st season in the top division in the ERWFL. Have been up there pretty much all season too. Were at home for their final league match taking on Brentwood Town Ladies who have been struggling for results in the latter part of the season, the visitors found the back of the next 3 times, Chelcee Grimes, Carla Rose and Stacey Turner scoring, AFC Sudbury hit back with double that tally, a goal from Sophie Jeffery plus a brace from Stacey Teager, with substitute Mia Etheridge smashing home a hat-trick to see them end the season with a 6-3 win.
4th placed Colchester Town Ladies were playing their final league match of the season at home to Acle United Ladies. After a goalless 1st half it was Colchester Town who opened the scoring 2nd half Kerry Stimson putting the ball home on 58 minutes. Acle United having beaten Bungay Town Ladies in a friendly match 1-0 in midweek were frustrating Colchester Town all game battling hard, earned a point late in the game a Amber Rowland was fouled inside the box. Joanne Hooper scoring from the penalty spot. Colchester Town can no finish no lower than 5th and have the final of the ERWFL League Cup to prepare for which although I have no confirmation of I believe to be on Sun 22nd May will let everyone know as soon as i do keep an eye on the twitter feed.
Elsewhere in the ERWFL it was the semi-final stage of the Division One Cup. Writtle Ladies were beaten in the final of the Essex Women’s County Cup last Thursday, are into their 2nd final of the season as they travelled to Offley & Stopsley Ladies on Sunday. goals from Courtney Clark, Abigail Fry, Amelia Murphy and Charlotte Walker seeing them win the match 4-2 to reach the final. Their opponents will be Colney Heath Ladies after they beat won their semi-final against Hoddesdon Owls Ladies, one goal enough to put them into their 2nd successive final having contested the ERWFL League Plate as it was last season. Christina Freestone the goal hero scoring to send them through. Again date and details of the final will be published on twitter as soon as I have them.
The games are running out in Norfolk Women’s Division One and despite a hit and miss fixture schedule it’s still all to play for as 3 sides remain in contention for the league title. Leaders Wymondham Town Ladies and 2nd placed Brandon Town Ladies wren’t in action (Brandon since the end of February whilst waiting for the others to catch up) 3rd placed Thorpe United Ladies being on of those are now a point behind Brandon with a game in hand after a convincing 9-2 win at home to Bungay Town Ladies. Captain Rebekah Lake hitting home 4 goals with Charlotte Groves close behind with a hat-trick, Alice Ford and Cara Anderson also on target. Nicola Hazell and Emily Leach with the goals for Bungay Town Ladies. All 3 can still win the title although Wymondham Town Ladies are in pole position one game to play win it and Brandon Town can’t catch them, Thorpe United have 2 to play tough ones to against Brandon Town and 4th placed Aylsham FC Ladies if they pick up the points and Wymondham Town win their last match it’ll be down to goal difference Wymondham Town currently have a +6 advantage.
Lynn Ladies were celebrating this week as they start a new chapter in the clubs young history formed the season before and winning promotion to Norfolk Women’s Division One they have now formed a partnership with Kings Lynn Town FC (The Linnets) and will be playing under their banner next season a huge boost for women’s football in the West of Norfolk in a county that has traditional been dominated from sides in the east and Norwich area, in a county that still has plenty of room for expansion in the women’s game. Will be playing their home fixtures from now on at Lynn Sports 3G surface. Played there this Sunday with Fakenham Town Ladies the visitors. An action packed 1st 45 minutes saw Lynn Ladies take a 4-2 lead into the break. A brace from Shelley Woods, and a goal each from Emma Woods and Brittany Barbour. Nina Batchelor and Sian Sands scoring for Fakenham Town Ladies. 2nd half a different story with just one more goal scored Jodie Hopkins with the goal.
Just the one game being played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two with the fixture list very nearly completed. Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies already promoted secured the title last Sunday and were looking to go the whole season unbeaten in the league were away to 2nd bottom side Morley Ladies. Won the game 5-1 to finish with a record of 13 wins and a draw. Have the final of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final to look forwards to playing Ipswich Town Ladies at Portman Road and the date of the final has been brought forwards to Monday May the 9th with a 7:00pm KO.
Gorleston FC Ladies are the champions in Norfolk Women’s Division Three, winning the title and promotion in their 1st season as a club. Winning all 12 of their league games played so far this season over hauled leaders Harleston Ladies last weekend and can no longer be caught at the top. A double header with Dereham Town Ladies they won 6-0 away last weekend were at home this time around, goals from Melissa Anderson, Molly Sims, Samantha Hunn and Leanne Duffett sealing a 4-0 win as they look forwards to playing in Norfolk Women’s Division Two next season.
Congratulations to Gorleston FC Ladies on winning the Norfolk Women’s Division Three title.
The Suffolk Women’s Division has been a highly competitive league all season the title race hotly contested all the way, but after this weekend’s results it is down to a 2 horse race with one side playing out their fixtures in front looking back knowing they other can catch them up.
Brantham Athletic Ladies leading the way finish their league matches with an 8-1 victory away to bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies. A brace of goals each for Lucy Dunnett, Kirsten Hutchings and Jessica Ryan along with a goal each for Jo Hazelton and Shanice Leeks seeing them finish on a high can only watch now.
That is because 2nd placed Copleston Ladies won a crucial game in their quest for the Suffolk Women’s Division title having climbed up to that position last Sunday having had games in hand on everyone all season still do were away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies this Sunday one goal saw the 3 points won coming in the 2nd half Jade Horne getting it as Copleston Ladies won 1-0. Have 2 games left to play home and away against the bottom 2 sides two wins are needed get them and they will over take Brantham Athletic Ladies and win the league title.
Had led for a good portion of the season so East Bergholt United Ladies may well feel disappointed with a 3rd place finish falling away at the end they finish their league fixtures with a win away to Leiston St Margarets Ladies, Jessica Clark and Jessica Oxlade both scoring in 2-0 win.
ICA Sports Ladies are once again the new leaders of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. going a point clear at the top over Cambridge United WFC Reserves have a game in hand on them to. Were away to Bar Hill Ladies at the weekend edged the 3 points with a 2-1 win, Louise Barbour scoring both goals for ICA Sports Ladies. Anna Jephson on target for Bar Hill Ladies. Has all tightened up at the top of the Premiership with a handful of games left. Both ICA Sports Ladies and Cambridge United WFC Reserves have 3rd placed Cambridge City Ladies closing them down.
Games in hand on the top two in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, Cambridge City Ladies beat Cambridge University Women at home during the week 7-0 and followed that up with a 6-0 at home this Sunday against bottom side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Lauren Ambrose hitting 2 goals into the back of the net with a goal a piece for Grace Stanley, Lauren Tomlinson, Philippa Witherspoon and Carla Penny. Are now 3 points behind leaders ICA Sports Ladies with 4 games left to play 2 more than the leaders play Bar Hill Ladies during the week and could be the new leaders going into next Sunday’s fixtures.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, there are still plenty of games to be played leaders Bourne Ladies remain 4 points clear of 2nd placed March Town United Ladies who were awarded a home win against Downham Town Ladies this Sunday. Bourne Ladies were at home to Tydd St Marys Ladies had thumped the side bottom of the table 14-0 last Sunday were no less rampant in front of goal this time around. Tracey Duxbury-Mead scoring 8 times herself on the day. Toni McHamilton was also banging in the goals getting 5. A brace each for Stephanie Starr and Charlotte Ayers with a goal each for Rossana Baker, Jemma Smith and Catherine Dougall seeing them win 20-0 see’s them with a huge goal difference over their rivals. 3rd placed Wisbech Town Ladies were also awarded a home win at the weekend against Stamford Ladies.
A clash between 1st and 3rd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South at the weekend with leaders Park Ladies travelling to Milton Ladies. A brace from Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks plus a goal for Sam Cousins saw Milton Ladies win the game 3-0. The 3 points seeing the gap to Park Ladies closed to 9 points MIlton have 3 games more to play than Park Ladies and with their goal differences virtually the same it’s all still up for grabs in the league. A game in hand on Park Ladies, 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies could have capitalised on Park Ladies defeat to Milton closed the 5 point gap between them as they travelled to Isleham United Ladies. Georgia Rebane and Sasha Smith scoring for St Ives they had to settle for a point as Isleham United scored twice themselves to see the game end all square at 2-2, Shona Kelly and Rebecca Webb on target. To get the fixtures played Comberton Ladies and Riverside Rovers Reserves were playing a double header this Sunday at Comberton, Riverside Rovers Reserves winning both matches one 5-0 the other 2-0.
Hullbridge Sports Ladies are the new champions of the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Formed two seasons ago it is now back to back title wins for the club. Went into their final match of the season away to Hutton Ladies Reserves knowing a point would be enough to take the title lift them above Chelmsford City Ladies and win the title. Brogan Kelly opened the scoring for Hullbridge Sports, Katie Hartigan and Christina Fragnito giving them a 3-0 lead, Hutton Ladies Rerserves pulling it back to 3-1 before Kelly scored again to make it 4-1 and see Hullbridge Sports lead the way for the 1st time this season, the only time that really matters on at the finish.
Congratulations to Hullbridge Sports Ladies on your title win.
One other game in the Essex Women’s Premier Division saw bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies beaten 5-1 at home by Eastern Avenue Ladies who secure a 4th place finish in the table.
The Essex Women’s Division One campaign will run a little longer with more sides competing in the league, Harlow Ladies have led the way all season played 15 league games to date have won them all earning another huge win away to 9th placed Valley Green on Sunday racking up a 21-1 win. Abbie Bensted baging herself a double hat-trick in the match, were hat-tricks to for Nene McInerney and Phillipa Stephens. Catherine Kelly and Rebecca Watson hit 2 goals each Tia Dye and Phoebe McMurray and Riley Bennett also on the scoresheet whilst Chloe Ring set the ball rolling with the opening goal. Promotion to the Essex Women’s Premier Division long since assured need just one more win to finish as Division One Champions.
Alresford Colne Rangers climb up into 3rd place in the Division One table with a 3-2 win at home against 5th placed Wickford Town Ladies on Sunday.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
After the weekends results Hartford Town Ladies remain go 3 points clear at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One playing away at 2nd bottom Sandy Ladies, Laveena Betts opened their goals scoring on 20 minutes. Freya Rampley also scoring in the 1st half. Lisa Kline Becky Shephard, Kerry Oldham plus 2 goals for Bilge Taspinar saw them win comfortably 7-2. Chloe Reeves with both the goals for Sandy Ladies. In the other game played in Division One Letchworth Garden City Eagles beat Garston Ladies 2-1 to move above them into 5th on the table.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, leaders Sharnbrook WFC have secured a top two finish and are almost certainly going to go up as champions have one game left to play away to Garston Ladies FC 96 and need to avoid a 14-0 defeat. That is the margin 2nd placed Houghton Athletic Ladies are behind them as they celebrate winning a 2nd successive promotion. Were away to AFC Kempston Rovers this Sunday needing the win to make certain of a 2nd placed finish. Emma Hawkes hit the ball into the back of the net for 4 goals with Ciara Craig close behind with a hat-tick, Becky Sullivan scoring too as they won the game 8-1 to wrap up the season. Sophie Keech with the goal for AFC Kempston Rovers. The table still shows Houghton Athletic Ladies in 3rd with a game left to play however it is a formality as they have been awarded the 3 points to put them on 36.
A strong finish to the season for Hitchin Town Ladies who end up in 3rd place a point behind Houghton Athletic Ladies. Were away to Garston Ladies FC 96 for their last league match of the season, Garston’s promotion push faltering at the end as Hitchin Town Ladies too all 3 points with a 6-2 win, Emma Chaffey and Rachael Jones both scoring 2 goals with Kayleigh Saunders and Helen Coster also getting goals. Lilly Clark with both the goals for Garston Ladies FC 96. A 3rd place finish may yet be enough to see Hitchin Town Ladies go up as the leagues could face adjustment over the summer.
Two games played in Beds & Herts Division Three at the weekend a clash between the top 2. With Hitchin Belles moving 3 points clear at the top over Evergreen Ladies following a 3-0 win at Evergreen. Had moved level on points during the week with a 2-7 win at Crawley Green Ladies. Emily Field, Shannon Page and Charlotte Peters with the goals. Now 3 points in front of Evergreen Ladies with a game more to play. Evergreen Ladies have 2 games left to play are 3 points ahead of 3rd placed Icknield Ladies who also have 2 left to play. Icknield Ladies winning 3 points at home on Sunday with a 4-1 win against bottom side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies.
That concludes Edition Thirty Two of The Tuesday Round-Up, several teams playing out their league fixtures will be a shorter edition next time around and a few more thing’s will be sorted out. Lots of midweek fixtures happening this week too so might even be sorted before then, however whatever is sorted with be rounded up right here so until next week thanks for reading.
Welcome to Edition Thirty One of The Tuesday Round-Up and a busy one it is once again with the better weather trying but not really succeeding in getting here. This weekend saw several thing’s decided across the East of England, no less than 3 more league titles were decided bringing the total to 5 as we move into the last weekend of April. Not only league titles but cup finals were contested too, in Norfolk and Bedfordshire, County Cup winners, whilst the ERWFL Division One Cup semi-final line-up was confirmed. More sides playing out their league fixtures across the region as their season draws to a close. Not quite so many games to cover but still plenty to round-up so let’s get started.
FAWPL Southern Division
In the FAWPL Southern Division the chasing pack could only watch last weekend as leaders Brighton & Hove Albion WFC beat Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1-0 away from home to win the league their games in hand no longer counting as they can’t be caught. Now it’s a case of jockeying for final position in the table. West Ham United Ladies have played their fixtures out too, but elsewhere it was a full program of fixtures across the division.
In 2nd place Charlton Athletic Women were at home to relegated Plymouth Argyle Ladies this Sunday. Had played on Thursday night going all the way with Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, 90 minutes plus extra time before suffering the agony of a penalty shootout defeat. Rested a few players on the bench for this Sunday’s match, Charlton eventually broke Plymouth down half an hour into the 1st half, Jenny Newman scoring the goal to give them the advantage going into the dressing room. Charley Clifford doubled the advantage 10 minutes into the 2nd half. 2nd half substitute, Summer Taylor pulled it back to 2-1 for Plymouth with 20 minutes but any hopes of a comeback were dashed as Charlton hit back with 2 goals in 2 minutes, Gemma Shepherd on 72 minutes then substitute Kit Graham added their 4th on 74 minutes. Nikita Whinnett also starting on the bench coming on 2nd half scored a 5th goal inside the closing 10 minutes to secure a 5-1 win the 3 point haul meaning Charlton Athletic Women have guaranteed a top 4 finish with 2 matches left to play.
Moving back up to 3rd spot in the table and with a game in hand on Charlton Athletic Women are Cardiff City Ladies. A home match this Sunday against Queens Park Rangers Ladies who are fielding a much changed starting XI having lost players to FAWSL 2 sides at the end of their season. Were on the back foot early on Cori Williams on target to give Cardiff City Ladies the lead in the opening 5 minutes. Kerry Bartlett made it 2-0 6 minutes later before Queens Park Rangers pulled in goal back on 25 minutes Mariko Eagles netting the goal. Cardiff City Ladies restored their 2 goal cushion going into half-time 3-1 up with Bartlett scoring her 2nd of the game with 7 minutes of the 1st half left. Took full control of the game early in the 2nd half Abbie Britton scoring inside the opening 2 minutes Bartlett completing her hat-trick 2 minutes later. Kelly Aldridge found the back of the net midway through the 2nd half to make it 6 to Cardiff City Ladies with Bartlett getting a 4th goal to her name with 10 minutes left to win 7-1. 2 points behind Charlton with a game in hand they are the two sides contesting the runners-up spot.
No cup final fatigue for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies the difference between winning and losing as they emerged victorious from Thursday’s Ryman Women’s Cup Final penalty shoot-out to lift the cup as Champions the 1st of 3 cups they hope to win at the end of the season. One last league game left away to then 3rd placed Coventry United Ladies. 6th place already confirmed in the table have won as many as they have lost this season with just the one draw. Tipped the balance in favour of the wins column at the end. Were behind at the break however Coventry United Ladies leading through a Alison Hall goal on 15 minutes. That was the scoreline going into the final 10 minutes of the game. Rosie Kmita the 2 goal hero coming off the bench to win the game, introduced on the 60th minute, she put Tottenham Hotspur Ladies back on level terms with 10 minutes left on the clock, setting up happy celebrations at the end of the game scoring with 2 minutes left to see Tottenham end their league campaign with a win.
Another side ending their league campaign with a win in the FAWPL Southern Division are Lewes Ladies, who climb to the highest they’ve been in the table all season 7th. At home playing the side immediately above them C&K Basildon Ladies. A good start from Lewes saw them take the lead on 16 minutes Danielle Lane putting the ball into the back of the net. Were pegged back 15 minutes later Zoe Rushen scoring for C&K Basildon Ladies that was the score at the break, 2nd half the visitors were down to 10 early on Charlotte Long losing control of her emotions and getting her marching orders. Lewes Ladies capitalised and retook the lead Natasha Wells with the goal that turned out to be the winner on 63 minutes. Finish with 2 successive league wins level on points now with C&K Basildon Ladies who have one game left can finish no lower than 8th.
Portsmouth FC Ladies were at home to relegated Forest Green Rovers Ladies at the weekend. In 5th place playing their penultimate match of the season in the FAWPL Southern Division. were in full control of the match getting 3 goals inside the opening 25 minutes, Emma Sherwood with the 1st inside the opening 5 minutes Sarah Kempson and Gemma Hillier scored on 23 and 25 minutes respectfully that being the final score. News after the game that manager Perry Northeast has decided to step down from the role after 3 successful years in charge at the end of the season.
FAWPL South East Division One
Joining the FAWPL Southern Division next season will be Crystal Palace Ladies as they clinched the title in the FAWPL South East Division One this season thanks to a win and a defeat for their closest rivals Gillingham FC Ladies. Leading the way unbeaten all season Crystal Palace Ladies travelled to 2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies on Sunday with an 8 point lead and game in hand. Crystal Palace Ladies were defending an unbeaten league record a strong 1st half performance saw them take a 3 nil lead into half-time. Leanne Bell opening the scoring inside the 1st 15 minutes a double from Gemma Bryan midway through the half putting them 3-0 up. Milton Keynes Dons Ladies had a glimmer of a fightback early in the 2nd half Heather McDonnell scoring inside 48 minutes, but that was a good as it got Crystal Palace Ladies defending their lead adding a 4th goal in injury time Rochelle Shakes getting her name on the scoresheet, the result from Gillingham coming in to see them celebrate promotion can’t be caught with 3 matches left to play.
Gillingham FC Ladies have always been playing catch up all season getting behind in their league fixtures due to cup runs and postponements meant they had a chance to catch Crystal Palace Ladies if they were to ever lose a game, that promotion push has faulted of late and was ended on Sunday by visitors Cambridge United WFC who are looking to finish what has been a very good 2nd half to the season on a high. In 5th had held Gillingham at home to a 1-1 during the unbeaten 8 match run that had ignited their season coming off the back of a 11-0 away win against bottom side Bedford Ladies came to Chatham Town FC full of confidence. Monique Christian was making her full debut for Cambridge’s 1st team this Sunday having had an impressive season with their Reserves was the hero winning the game for the visitors scoring from a Laura Mills corner early on the 2nd half to see the 3 points won and with one match left to play away to Champions Crystal Palace Ladies are guaranteed a top half finish.
Elsewhere in FAWPL South East Division One, Ipswich Town Ladies continue their good form in 2016 opening up a 4 point gap in 6th place with a home win against Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday. Goals from Roxanne Small, Zoe Cossey and captain Amanda Crump saw them to a 3-1 victory. Sheryce Slater with the goal for Enfield Town Ladies. The game between Norwich City Ladies and Old Actonians Ladies was postponed due to a water logged pitch at Plantation Park.
Congratulations to Crystal Palace Ladies on winning the league title.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Stevenage Ladies climb back to the top of the ERWFL Premier Division as they look to secure promotion to the FAWPL move a point clear of Billericay Town Ladies with a game extra to play. A tough away trip this Sunday away to 3rd placed AFC Sudbury Ladies who are ejoying a good debut season in the ERWFL Premier Division. A tough battle Sophie Jeffrey getting on the scoresheet for Sudbury they lost with Stevenage Ladies scoring to win 2-1, Donnna McGuigan and Nicole Perschky hitting the goals to take them above Billericay Town Ladies. One more win from their final two fixtures both at home against the bottom two sides Great Wakering Ladies and Great Shelford Ladies will see the title won.
In the other match played in the ERWFL Premier Division it was a clash of the bottom two in the league with Great Wakering Rovers finding some late season form winning comfortably away from home at Great Shelford Ladies to move above them to climb off the foot of the table where they have been all season. a 5-0 win courtesy of goals from Georgia Holdaway, Garielle Bailey, Helen Clifford, Rhianne Cunningham and Rebecca Dalgarno means tey have now won 3 of their last 4 league matches.
Writtle Ladies having reached the final of the Essex Women’s County Cup Final last Sunday were in cup action again this Sunday in the quarter finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup. At home to fellow ERWFL Division One East side Silver End United Ladies. Sophie Vale was the 3 gaol hero her hat-trick seeing Writtle into the semi-finals scoring once in the 1st half, twice in the 2nd, Rebecca Hollocks pulling one back for Silver End United. Writtle Ladies will now play away at Offley & Stopsley Ladies in the semi-final next weekend. Hoddesdon Owls Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies is the other semi-final.
We have another league champion, Royston Town Ladies taking the crown in ERWFL Division One West to be promoted to the Premier Division. Were just a point away going into the weekends fixtures whatever the opposition did. Got the win taking all 3 points playing away at bottom side Colney Heath Ladies. Had to come back from conceding in the opening minutes Adrienne Milton chipping the keeper to give Colney Heath Ladies the lead. Royston Town Ladies soon get themselves back on level terms the go on to take a 2-1 lead scoring as Colney Heath Ladies lose their keeper Sasha Tucker to an injury, a collision that leaves her with a fractured eye socket Women’s Football East wishes her a speedy recovery. Lucy Hancock takes over between the sticks. Royston Town Ladies add another goal just after the break and a 4th with 2 minutes left to play, Samantha Tinsley with a hat-trick plus a goal from Danielle Lewis seeing them win and celebrate becoming league champions.
Congratulations to Royston Town Ladies on winning the league title.
In Norfolk it was the Final of the Women’s County Cup played at The FDC, Thorpe United Ladies were in their 3rd successive County Cup Final had lost the last two last years to a penalty shootout against Acle United Ladies. Was an all Norfolk Women’s Division One Final this time around with Thorpe United Ladies taking on Aylsham FC Ladies in their 1st Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final appearance.
Was the featured game on this Sunday’s match report on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and the entire report can be found scrolling down this website. An entertaining final Aylsham FC Ladies started strong pushing Thorpe United Ladies back, creating goal scoring chances but it was Thorpe who would go on to take the lead winning a free kick wide left, Sharnie Boast over the ball sends a great delivery into the box that goalkeeper Ania Vanston can only parry down into her six yard box, Thorpe have runners following up the free kick and one of those Hayley Kindred is on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net. One the stroke of half-time Thorpe go 2-0 Charlotte Groves winning the ball and playing it early towards the box for captain Rebekah Lake to turn home over the advancing keeper from the edge of the box. Aylsham FC Ladies pressed hard to get back into the final but couldn’t score as Thorpe United Ladies went on to finally get their hands on the Norfolk Women’s County Cup.
Thorpe United Ladies 2015/16 Norfolk Women’s County Cup Winners
Congratulations to Thorpe United Ladies winning the Norfolk Women’s County Cup.
More congratulations to hand out on Norfolk too as this is where we have our 3rd league title winner this Sunday as Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies celebrate being crowned champions of Norfolk Women’s Division Two. Unbeaten this season move above North Walsham Angels Ladies who have played out their league games to take top spot unbeaten in 13 league matches with one left to play. Were away to 4th placed Red Rose Ladies on Sunday. Were in control of the game leading 4-1 at half-time before going on to score 2 more 2nd half to win 6-1, 4 goals coming from striker Selina Rowland with Jody Wells and Nikki Wigg also on target a consolation goal for Red Rose Ladies scored by Sophie Lubbock in the 1st half, have 2 matches left need to win both if they want a 3rd place finish.
Congratulations to Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies on your title success.
In Norfolk Women’s Division Three both Harleston Ladies and Gorleston FC Ladies are promoted to Division Two all that remains is to decide who wins the title. Gorleston FC Ladies have games in hand and have now moved to the top of the table maintaining a 100% win record away to Dereham Town Ladies. A hat-trick from Kayleigh Byrne with a goal a piece for Leanne Muffett, Molly Sims and Bethany Turner seeing the 3 points secured with a comfortable 6-0 win one more win from their final 3 fixtures will see the league title won.
Entering the home straight in the race for the title in the Suffolk Women’s Division and it has been a competitive season despite their being just 7 sides contesting league. East Bergholt United have led the way for a good part of the season with 4 sides chasing the closest Brantham Athletic Ladies moving clear at the top last weekend beating East Bergholt 2-1 at home have a 4 point lead at the top now winning 3-1 away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies whom they beat in the Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final at the start of April. Isabel Leming had given Witnesham Wasps the lead at half-time, Brantham Athletic came back in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals, 2 from Kirsten Hutchings and a goal from Rebecca Prime, have one league match left to play but a league and cup double may be out of their hands.
East Bergholt United have led the league for so long have lost momentum late on suffering a 2nd successive defeat away to Bacton United Ladies playing their final league match of the season. A hot and cold side Bacton United Ladies finish with a win securing 5th place. 2 goals from Samantha Walker plus one each for Lois Balfour and Eleanor Catchpole seeing the 3 points won despite a goal in each half for East Bergholt’s Jessica Oxlade.
Copleston Ladies have been playing catch up with their fixtures all season languishing back in 5th spot for much of the season have plenty of games in hand getting them in finally are now up to 2nd in the table moving above East Bergholt United winning 4-0 at home against bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies with 4 different goalscorers, Megan Stock, Roxanne Middle, Jade Horne and Shannon Giles to earn another 3 points haul, are now 4 points behind leaders Brantham Athletic with 3 games left to play have a massive game away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies this coming Sunday with 2 more games against the bottom sides to come win all 3 and the title will be theres.
The Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership title battle was totally upended by Huntingdon Town Ladies difficult and late season decision to fold meant Cambridge United WFC Reserves going back to the top of the table 5 points clear but they have just the one league game to play and can be caught by both 2nd placed ICA Sports Ladies and 3rd placed Cambridge City Ladies who still haven’t reached double figures in their league games played were frustrated yet again as they saw another league game postponed at the weekend. One game was played in the Premiership and ICA Sports Ladies close the gap on the leaders back to 2 points with 2 games in hand with a big win at home to bottom side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Tash Applegate smashing home 4 goals with Louise Barbour adding 3 goals herself to see them win 7-0.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies were in ruthless form away to bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies racking up a 14-0 win, Tracey Duxbury-Mead bagging 5 of the goals, Kimberley Fairweather wasn’t far behind scoring 4 goals. Toni McHamilton scored a brace with Rosanna Baker, Helen Barker and Stephanie Starr also getting on the scoresheet. The result keeping them 4 points ahead of 2nd placed March Town United Ladies who were on the road too at the weekend playing Swineshead Institute Ladies goals from Kayleigh Churchyard and Shannon Kelly enough to edge the victory 2-1 with Eleanor Spendlow finding the back of the net for the home side. In the other fixture in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, Wisbech Town Ladies got over their Cup Final defeat to Cambridge United WFC Reserves last week in the Junior Invitation Cup to beat Downham Town Ladies 5-0 away from home to climb back up to 3rd place in the league table.
Park Ladies old onto the lead in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South opening up a 5 point gap as 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies saw their match away to Cambridge Rangers postponed on Sunday. Park Ladies were on home turf taking on mid-table Riverside Rovers Ladies Reserves. Amy Newell scored a brace in the match win an unfortunate own goal handing Park a 3-1 victory. 3 games left to play win them all and the league title is theirs, play 3rd placed Milton Ladies who have games in hand on both the top two a match that could go a long way to deciding thing’s
Milton Ladies were away to Isleham United Ladies at the weekend, Vicky Beeton and Olivia Caffarelli netting a goal each for the home side, Milton Ladies responded with 3 goals to win the match take the points, goals from Danielle Briggs, Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks and Lauren Threadgold seeing the 3 points won have a busy run in 5 games left to play 2 of those against the leading pair need a win from both if they want a chance to win the league title.
In the Essex Women’s Premier Division a surprise late season defeat at home for leaders Chelmsford City Ladies in their final league match of the season at home to Lawford Ladies could see them lose out on the league title going down 1-3. A blow to end the season as they have been leading all the way but it gives a chance for 2nd place Hullbridge Sports Ladies to pip them to the league title should have already played out their fixtures but last weekends game at Hutton Ladies Reserves was called off, due to be played this coming Sunday a point will be enough as Hullbridge Sports Ladies have the superior goal difference however they will be going for the win.
Elsewhere in the Essex Women’s Premiership, Runwell Hospital Ladies are up to 4th in the table late on as they beat bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies 3-2 at home, move above Eastern Avenue who were held to a 2-2 draw away to Hutton Reserves Ladies a handful of games left to play.
The fixture list is longer in Essex Women’s Division One with 10 teams in the league will go on into May. Leaders Harlow Ladies continue their unstoppable form 14 games played 14 won now the latest a huge 16-2 win at home to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies Reserves. Eliza Weeks opening the scoring Tia Dye making it 2-0. Sarah Walker is the Harlow Town Ladies goalkeeper just thought I’d give her a mention as she doesn’t tend to have alot to do but at 2-0 she saves a penalty to keep the lead intact. Harlow go one to score through Theresa Addison who completes a 1st half hat-trick with Nene McInerney and Phillipa Stephens also scoring making to 7 at half-time Angela Addison gets in on the goals 2nd half scoring a hat-trick herself. McInerney adding another goal to her tally before Abbie Bensted wades in with 4 goals herself Dye adding a 16th goal late on in a 16-2 demolition.
16-2 is a big win, try 41-0 that’s how many Alresford Colne Rangers put past bottom side Waltham Forest Ladies at the weekend have been on the back of some heavy defeats all season a -174 goal difference I fear every week they will just pack it up and go but they keep going and I admire their spirit. Alresford stay 4th have slim hopes of chasing down a promotion spot. In the other match in Essex Division One, 2nd bottom Valley Green suffered a 3-1 home defeat to 3rd bottom Southend Town Ladies.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Congratulations are to be handed out once more in this Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up to Luton Town Ladies winners of the 2015/16 Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup Final, the FAWPL side riding high in the South East Division One taking in Offley & Stopsley Ladies in their 2nd successive final at AFC Kempston Rovers FC this Sunday. A 3 league difference Luton Town Ladies got off to a great start Shannon Pratt opening the scoring inside the 1st 5 minutes Jessica McKay added a 2nd goal 10 minutes later. Joanne Rutherford scoring a brace on 23 and 31 minutes respectfully to make it 4-0 to Luton Town at half-time. Natasha Fensome scored her 1st goal of the final for Luton Town 2 minutes into the 2nd half added her 2nd on 61 minutes, Mckay making it 7-0 heading home on 75 minutes, a late consolation goal for Offley & Stopsley Ladies, Holly Flynn with their goal in the final minute, Fensome went on to score her hat-trick deep into injury tie to see Luton Town Ladies win 8-1 and lift the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup.
Congratulations to Luton Town Ladies on winning the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Hertford Town Ladies climb to the top of the league level on points on 31 with 2nd placed Harvesters FC and 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies. Move top courtesy of a narrow 3-2 home win over Bishops Stortford Ladies on Sunday. Becky Shephard, Kerry Oldham and Laveena Betts all on target to see the 3 points won despite 2 2nd half goals from Bishops Stortford’s Ina Pearson and Hannah Mead. Top of the table with 2 games in hand on 2nd placed Harvesters FC, Sherrardswood have played out there league fixtures.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two it has been close at the top all season, leaders Sharnbrook WFC have secured a top two finish to bounce back to Division One at the 1st attempt a 4-0 home win over Watton Ladies seeing them over the line Charlotte Mullins with a hat-trick plus a goal from Claire Smith in the final minute seeing them celebrate a return to the top league in Beds & Herts. A 3 way battle to see who joins them Hitching Town Ladies hold onto 2nd spot with a 3-2 win at home against bottom side Evergreen Eagles. Two goals for Nadia Childs and one from Rebecca Day seeing the points won despite Evergreen Eagles finding the back of the net with goals from Nic Horley and Yasemin Zerzavaci.
It was a clash between 3rd and 4th in the other game in Beds & Herts Division Two with Garston Ladies FC 96 having climbed above Houghton Athletic Ladies last weekend travelling to play them this Sunday a big win for Houghton Athletic Ladies edging another 3-2 scoreline, Ciara Craig, Emma Hawkes and Becky Sullivan each on target for Houghton Athletic, Garston Ladies FC 96 scoring through Leah Crockett and Holly Jury. A huge game for Garston Ladies FC 96 & Hitchin Town Ladies at the weekend playing each other whilst Houghton Athletic have a double header against AFC Kempston Rovers Ladies. Win both games and they will join Sharnbrook WFC in Beds & Herts Division One.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, leaders Evergreen Ladies retain a 3 point lead over 2nd placed Hitchin Belles at the top winning away at Crawley Green Ladies at the weekend after a goalless 1st half Crawley Green took the lead Jessica McNamara scoring inside the opening 5 minutes of the 1st half. Evergreen came back Natalie Maher getting the levelling goal 10 minutes later adding a 2nd to give them the lead with 20 minutes left to play. The 3 points were assured 5 minutes from time with Emily Jones on target to see Evergreen Ladies win 3-1.
A top of the table clash for Hitchin Belles in 2nd playing 3rd placed Icknield Ladies and a result that really benefits Evergreen Ladies to with Hitchin Belles beating them 3-2 at home. A brace from Emily Field plus a goal from Shannon Page giving them the 3 points despite goals from Jackie Sheridan and Lauren Duffy for Icknield Ladies who remain 3rd now with the gap to Evergreen Ladies 6 points, both having 3 matches left to play. Hitchin Belles in 2nd are 3 points behind Evergreen Ladies but have 5 matches left to play.
Bedwell Rangers excellent form continues at the end of the season now unbeaten in 5 league matches with 4 straight wins the latest an away win at Kings Langley Ladies. a 9 minute 1st half hat-trick from Jessica Sullivan doing the damage scoring on 12, 15 & 21 minutes Sarah King making it 4-0 with 5 minutes of the 1st half left. Kings Langley pulled a goal back late in the 2nd half Kimberley Nield on target, but with 2 matches left to play Bedwell Rangers are comfortable in mid-table.
A bad day at the office for 2nd bottom side Hatfield Town Ladies playing their penultimate league match of the season were soundly beaten by 4th placed Bedmond Ladies. Molly Peters helping herself to not 1 hat-trick but 3 as she smashed home 9 goals. Leanne Barnes, Abbie Harrison and Sarah King completing her’s from the penalty spot all grabbed hat-trick too. Suneesha Bheekhee and Vicky Tanner also getting a goal each in a 20-1 win. Lorna Wormald with the single consolation goal for Hatfield Town Ladies.
A busy edition of The Tuesday Round-Up 5 lot of congratulations to hand out and 5 leagues are now settled no doubt a few more thing’s will be decided by the time Edition Thirty-Two comes around next week a handful of matches in midweek as well as we head into the final weekend in April teams playing out their league campaigns The Tuesday Round-Up will be winding down too but it won’t miss a thing in the run in so until next week thanks for reading.
Have reached the 30th Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up of what has so far been an exciting women’s football season across the East of England. A packed Sunday with the weather playing virtually no havoc with the fixture lists. Into April the business end of the season, plenty of important games coming up for sides at the top and bottom of the league tables. League cup final places decided in Beds & Herts, Essex and Cambridgeshire at the weekend. A new County Cup Final line up in Essex too. League games are getting completed with sides no starting to play out their games looking to finish on a high. None more so than in the top division covered by Women’s Football East and that’s where we start so let’s go.
FAWPL Southern Division
Brighton and Hove Albion WFC are the Champions of the FAWPL Southern Division. Went into their final league match of the season away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies having led the FAWPL Southern Division for much of the 2015/16 season. Having played more games than their title chasing rivals had opened up an 8 point lead travelling up to Brimsdown Rovers FC this Sunday to play mid-table Tottenham, knew one final win would give them the title, couldn’t be caught by any side below.
It was to this match that the featured match report on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog came from, travelling down to Brimsdown Rovers FC, saw a tense 1st half, a scrappy contest with both sides working hard to disrupt the others flow in the middle of the park led to few chances being created. Brighton & Hove Albion WFC had edged those chances and on the stroke of half time got their noses in front, Sophie Perry a constant threat on the left flank for the visitors putting a great ball into the area, striker Amy Taylor getting her toe onto the end of it before the advancing Toni-Anne Wayne in the Tottenham goal to turn the ball home, the celebrations releasing a huge amount of tension.
The 2nd half began much the same as the 1st, Brighton defending well against Tottenham as they searched for an equalising goal. With 20 minutes to go Tottenham manager Karen Hills made a change bringing off Wendy Martin and sending on Bianca Baptiste, the powerful striker making an immediate impact hustling the Brighton back line, robbed them of the ball wide right and turned to attack, sending the ball in towards goal from the angle had the power and pace to fly over Brighton keeper, Faye Baker and nestle in the back of the net beyond to cue more excited celebrations, this time from the home side. The lead wasn’t to last for long, Brighton got themselves 2-1 up just 6 minutes later and it was from the boot of Taylor again, curling a shot around Wayne from the edge of the box. The final whistle saw everyone connected with the club rush into the centre circle to celebrate as saw Brighton & Hove Albion WFC win the league title and not only that book them their place in the FAWSL Play-off match at the end of May.
Brighton celebrating their title success at the final whistle
Women’s Football East sends it’s congratulations to all the players, staff and fans of Brighton & Hove Albion WFC. The whole match report from the Supporting Women’s Football Blog can be found on the website below.
That ended the title hopes of the only 2 sides left able to catch Brighton & Hove Albion WFC if they had of slipped up against Tottenham on Sunday, Charlton Athletic Women in 2nd and 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies. Both weren’t in league action at the weekend. Cardiff City Ladies as a result slip down to 4th in the table as Coventry United Ladies move above them in the table after a 2-1 home win against C&K Basildon Ladies. Had to come back from behind to win the match going into the dressing room 1-0 down at half time, C&K Basildon Ladies, Zoe Rushen scoring from the penalty spot inside the opening 15 minutes. Coventry were pushing hard for a goal saw several efforts saved by Molly Pavey in the C&K Basildon goal before finding the back of the net 6 minutes into the 2nd half, Amber Hughes with the goal to her name. It was an own goal scored by Claire Lacey that saw the 3 points won 12 minutes later. Are now one of 3 sides battling for the runners-up spot in the division along with Cardiff and Charlton.
Portsmouth FC Ladies too still have a chance of clinching the runners-up spot in the FAWPL Southern Division although that was delivered a blow at the weekend as they lost their 2nd successive league match having lost away to Brighton & Hove Albion WFC away last time out were on home soil taking on Lewes Ladies. A single goal scored in the 1st hlf on 38 minutes by Natasha Wells for Lewes enough to see all 3 points go home with the away side in their penultimate league match of the season.
West Ham United Ladies were playing their final league match of the season at home against Queens Park Ladies a place above them in 9th in the FAWPL Southern Division title. A difficult season off the pitch for West Ham United Ladies a player dispute with the manager seeing several experienced 1st team regulars and favourites leave has seen the side blood a number of younger players. End the season with a goalless draw which see’s them finish 10th in the table, will be interesting to watch over the close season to see how the club builds up for the new campaign.
It’s a draw too between the bottom two sides, Plymouth Argyle Ladies and Forest Green Rovers Ladies, both relegated from the FAWPL Southern Division they finally earn another point each, in what has been a tough league season for both. Both goals coming in the 1st half, Summer Taylor put Plymouth Argyle Ladies ahead on the quarter hour mark. Forest Green Rovers Ladies levelled through Annie Martin 12 minutes later to see both sides take a point.
FAWPL South East Division One
Another good Sunday for FAWPL South East Division One leaders, Crystal Palace Ladies as they score 5 at home to maintain their 9 point lead at the top of the table and extend their unbeaten record. Had seen one of their title rivals Gillingham FC Ladies drop points in the chase as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Enfield Town Ladies in mid-week. Welcomed Norwich City Ladies to Bromley FC on Sunday. Went in 1 up at half-time, with Alma Donohoe firing home on 28 minutes. 2nd half Crystal Palace continued to apply pressure to the Norwich defence, Gemma Bryan scoring early in the half before Pamela McRoberts scored on 63 minutes, Francesca Ali put them 4-0 up with 20 minutes left. Bryan adding her 2nd and Crystal Palace’s 5th goal late on to see them reach 18 games unbeaten with 4 to play.
Gillingham FC Ladies having dropped points in mid-week saw their title hopes suffer another blow at home on Sunday in 3rd place they were taking on 2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies. Took an early lead Jade Keogh put through to score inside 3 minutes. Were pegged back by Milton Keynes Dons Ladies before half-time Charley Clarke levelling the scoreline. The visitors went on to win the game scoring midway through the 2nd half, Leah Cudone scoring what would prove to be the winning goal.
That defeat for Gillingham FC Ladies, coupled with a win for Luton Town Ladies away to Enfield Town Ladies see’s them switch places in the table. Building on last Sunday’s 2-1 home win against Cambridge United WFC. Travelling to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield Town Ladies once again proved they are a tough side to break down, Luton Town Ladies eventually did so on the stroke of half-time an own goal conceded as Natasha Fensome’s shot is deflected into the back of the net, the 3 points were held onto 2nd half as goalkeeper Hollie Staples saved a penalty kick. Up to 3rd with 2 matches left to play.
In 5th place Cambridge United WFC bounce back from last weeks defeat against Luton Town Ladies in style scoring double figures to relegate bottom side Bedford Ladies. Without a single league point since September 2015 it has been on the cards for Bedford for some time only Old Actonians Ladies failure to secure a league win in 2016 has delayed thing’s now they can no longer close the game. Hosted a Cambridge United WFC side that were in the mood for scoring goals. Paige Logie with a hat-trick with a brace each from wide players Becky Taylor and Laura Mills, Laura Bright, Laura Baker, Isabella Simmons, and Faith Hewitt all with a goal each, but the pick of the goals was from central defender Kayleigh-Anne Burt hitting a volley from outside the box into the back of the net as she scores her 1st goal for the club.
Ipswich Town Ladies return to the top half of the FAWPL South East Division One table with an away victory at Old Actonians Ladies on Sunday. Sharon Odofin scoring for Old Actonians from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough to secure any points at the 5th time of asking in 2016 as Ipswich Town Ladies won 2-1 goals coming from Aimee Harrison and Roxanne Small. Old Actonians ladies remain 3rd bottom 2 points of 2nd bottom Lowestoft Town Ladies but have plenty of games yet to play a single point would be enough to keep them safe if they could just find it, but won’t matter as their rivals at the bottom have just the one match left to play now. Lowestoft had a chance to move above Old Actonians on Sunday know their chances of avoiding relegation are nearly impossible but whilst their rivals can’t buy a point they have a chance. Were at home against Denham United Ladies on Sunday, Aimee Durrant put Lowestoft into the lead on 30 minutes saw them go into the dressing room with the lead. Denham United Ladies came back 2nd half an own goal putting them level before Lauren Cox and Helen Capewell scored to see them win 3-1 to take all 3 points.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Can never take nothing for granted in any league and it looked odds on that Stevenage Ladies with their games in hand would overhaul Billericay Town Ladies at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division to win promotion to the FAWPL. 3 games in hand 2 points behind they had the chance to take top spot on Sunday at home in a rearranged league fixture against AFC Dunstable Ladies, their local rivals however have if you’ve been following The Tuesday Round-Up have been in a rich vein of form as the season draws to a close 5 wins and a draw in 2016 to date. Were a goal down at the break Stevenage Ladies taking the lead before Dunstable came back 2nd half with 2 goals from Amber Pearson to win the game 2-1. Stevenage Ladies have 3 games left and need 2 wins from those to secure the title assuming Billericay Town Ladies win their final league game. AFC Dunstable Ladies have played out their fixtures securing a comfortable mid-table finish a strong end with 6 wins and a draw in 2016 sure they’d love the season to continue, but positive momentum to carry into the new season.
Despite their win against Stevenage Ladies, AFC Dunstable Ladies actually drop a place in the ERWFL Premier Division table, ties on the same number of points as Colchester Town Ladies with a close goal difference a large win sees Colchester Town up into 4th spot following a 4-1 away win at bottom side Great Wakering Rovers Ladies on Sunday. 2 goals scored by Paige Wakefield plus a goal a piece for Chelsea Forde and Kira Fitz-Patrick saw them win 4-1. Also level on points with Colchester Town Ladies and AFC Dunstable Ladies are Haringey Borough Women all on 26 points now in 6th playing their penultimate fixture of the season were at home against Great Shelford Ladies. A close match in the finish saw the home side edge it 3-2 with goals from Stephanie Cooper, Roisin Cormack and Morgan Lundberg. Great Shelford Ladies were disappointed not to take at least a point from the game their goals coming from Sophie Ugar and Alison Wright.
3rd placed AFC Sudbury Ladies were at home playing Norfolk side Acle United Ladies in the ERWFL Premier Division, have all but secured a 3rd place finish in their 1st season in the league following a 1-1 draw. Looked to be heading to all 3 points after Stacey Teager had given them the lead however they were pegged back deep into stoppage time by Acle United Ladies, Kate Pasque earning the away side a point.
In the ERWFL Division One West there are new leaders as Royston Town Ladies having been playing catch up with their fixtures all season leap above leaders Hutton Ladies and 2nd placed Offley & Stopsley Ladies who have both played out their fixtures, are now a point ahead with 2 left to play on 21. Away to Sawbridgeworth Town WFC, Royston Town Ladies, Samantha Tinsley scored twice with Hayley Graham also on target as they won 3-1 have 2 left to play and look odds on to win the league. Not quite their yet as Hoddesdon Owls Ladies back in 5th have 4 games left to play and with a possible 12 points to gain Royston Town Ladies need on more result to get over the line, the 2 are scheduled to face each other but it could be all over by then, Hoddesdon though are in a good streak of form and will be aiming for a strong end to the season.
Were in action in the quarter finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup at the weekend 3 games taking place with Writtle Ladies involved in the County Cup instead.Hoddesdon Owls Ladies were at home playing Stevenage Ladies Reserves for a place in the semi-finals. Becky Scola drove home a free kick on 25 to put Hoddesdon 1-0 up 7 minutes before half-time the lead was 2-0 Kristi Burling on target. Stevenage Ladies Reserves came back into the tie 2nd half pulled a goal back through jade Beckett with 12 minutes left before forcing the game into extra-time deep into injury time Leah Littlechild striking the ball home. Into extra-time Burling headed home from a corner to put Hoddesdon Owls Ladies back in front before Kristina O’Connell rounded the keeper late on to seal the victory and see Hoddesdon Owls into the semi-finals.
Joining them in the semi-finals are Colney Heath Ladies travelling to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies. Molly Slade giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at half-time, Holly Sheridan doubled the advantage on 50 minutes. Brief hope of a come back for Little Thurrock Dynamos with 12 to go as Katy Judd pulled it back to 2-1, that was short lived as Colney Heath Ladies scored again 2 minutes later to go 3-1 up, Kirsty Feasey with the goal to see out the tie. Offley & Stopsley Ladies are the other side to book a place in the semi-finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup, at home to Hutton Ladies who scored twice through Hayley Critchell and Ebony Moore it wasn’t enough as Offley & Stopsley Ladies found the back of the net 3 times to progress. The semi-final line up will be completed by either Writtle Ladies or Silver End United Ladies who play next Sunday.
In Norfolk Women’s Division One, Wymondham Town Ladies had moved into top spot last weekend, on 32 points unbeaten with 12 matches played 2 points clear of 2nd placed Brandon Town Ladies. Wymondham town Ladies were away to 3rd placed Thorpe United Ladies who had 4 matches left to play, on 23 points could catch Wymondham Town Ladies still to win the title so a big game for both sides. Thorpe United Ladies brought Wymondham Town Ladies unbeaten league record to an end Charlotte Groves scoring 2 goals with captain Rebekah Lake adding a 3rd goal in a 3-0 victory to set up a potential grandstand finish. Wymondham Town Ladies are away to Fakenham Town Ladies next Sunday 3 points are a must, then it might all come down to goal difference and with a good advantage in that department will be watching Thorpe United’s last 3 fixtures nervously, always going to be a competitive title race at the top in Norfolk and has proved to be the case.
Elsewhere in Norfolk Women’s Division One, 4th placed Alysham FC Ladies beat an revitalised Fakenham Town Ladies 4-1 at home on Sunday. Two goals from Becky Hills along with a goal each for Kiera Squires and Michaela England getting them the 3 points. Fakenham Town Ladies goal scored by Rochelle Woods.
In Norfolk Women’s Division Two, leaders North Walsham Angels Ladies have already secured promotion to the top division of women’s football in Norfolk in only their 2nd season as a club. One last home fixture at home this Sunday taking on Stalham Town Ladies also playing out their league fixtures back in 6th place. North Walsham did all the damage 1st half scoring 4 goals with 4 different goal scorers, Emma Allsopp, Luci Middleton, Amy Hemp and Hope Middleton on target winning 4-0 they have lost just the one league match all season against fellow promotion chasers Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies and now prepare for the Ladies League Plate Final on the 1st of May against Red Rose Ladies.
Joining them in Division One in Norfolk next season and just 2 season old themselves will be Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies. Are unbeaten in the division and just a point behind North Walsham Angels Ladies with 2 fixtures left to play were at home against 3rd placed Sprowston Ladies who were playing their final league game of the season. Kirkley & Pakefield had a slender 1-0 lead at half-time before coming out strongly for the 2nd half going on to score 5 more and win 6-0, a hat-trick from Selina Rowland, plus a brace from Jody Wells along with a goal by Gemma Farman seeing the points won. A point from their final 2 matches will see Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies win the title. Sprowston Ladies have a 5 point advantage in 3rd but can be caught by Red Rose Ladies in 4th with 3 games in hand.
Bohemians Ladies were at home for their last league match of the season secured 5th place in the Division Two table with a 5-3 win against 2nd bottom Bungay Town Ladies Reserves. Had to mount a 2nd half comeback however as Bungay Town Ladies Reserves held a 3-2 lead going into half-time thanks to goals from Emily Leach and a brace from Nicola Hazell. 3 goals from Bohemians Ladies in the 2nd half saw them fight back to take all 3 points, a brace from Nicola Sheldrake along with goals from Leanne Smith, Ellie Blaxell and Rebecca White seeing them to victory.
Gorleston FC Ladies newly formed this season have secured promotion from Norfolk Women’s Three now they are looking to end the season with a 100% win record and win the title moved onto 10 wins from 10 played with a 4-0 away win against 3rd placed Red Rose United this weekend. 2 goals from Kayleigh Byrne, with a goal a piece for Samantha Hunn and Jennifer Snell.
Toftwood Ladies reclaim 4th spot in Division Three with a comfortable 5-1 away win at bottom side Cromer Town Ladies. Two goals from Katie Hart with Katie Louise Carpenter, Thea Wilson and Lydia Hooper making up the scoreline. Sprowston Ladies Reserves have been struggling at the bottom of Division Three for much of the season, climb away well at the end playing their last fixture at home this Sunday claiming 7 points from a possible 9 in their final 3 games a good 6-1 home win against Dereham Town Ladies to end their campaign.
In the Suffolk Women’s Division it was 1st v 2nd on Sunday with both level on 30 points, Brantham Athletic Ladies leading on goal difference were hosting East Bergholt United. Brantham Athletic Ladies were coming into the game off the winning the Suffolk Women’s League Cup last Wednesday a game you can read about by clicking on the link below or scrolling down this website
On to the league game and hoping to make it a league and cup double Brantham Athletic Ladies took the 3 points to go 3 points clear at the top courtesy of a brace from League Cup Final goalscorer, Kirsten Hutchings. Jessica Oxlade scoring the goal for East Bergholt United both still have 2 matches left to play but it’s the side moving up into 3rd place in the table they will be watching.
Far from being the only side out there, Copleston Ladies just haven’t been able to get the league games played during the winter and have been playing catch up all season. Whilst Brantham Athletic Ladies were winning the Suffolk Women’s League Cup last Weds, Copleston Ladies were beating Leiston St Margarets Ladies 8-0 to move themselves up from 5th, now they are up to 3rd spot after another 3 point haul away to bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies, now such an easy task this time around still won the game 3-0 thanks to a Jade Horne hat-trick. Move onto 29 points 4 off top spot with 4 left to play. Despite their being just the 7 sides contesting the league Suffolk is proving to be an exciting league, going to the wire.
The loss of Premiership side Huntingdon Town Ladies so late on in the season was a blow to Cambridgeshire Women’s football, but wasn’t an easy decision for the club to make. Were the holders of the League Cup and had reached the semi-finals of this years competition, drawn at home against the young guns of Cambridge City Ladies they were awarded the away win to progress to the final itself took on another side feeling the fixture frustration, Brandon Town Ladies in if it was ever a competitive fixture would be a tasty encounter.
The other semi-final in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup did take place however this weekend with last season’s beaten finalists Cambridge United WFC Reserves at home to fellow Premiership side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Top of the league versus bottom of the league it was Cambridge United WFC Reserves who won comfortably to book their place in a 2nd cup final of the season Emily Ingle with a hat-trick with Monique Christian, Hayley Turner and Gemma Clark also on target in a 6-1 win. Michaela Garner with the goal for Fulbourn Bluebirds.
One match took place in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership on Sunday with Bar Hill Ladies at home taking on Cambridge University Women. 2 goals scored by Anna Jephson enough to see Bar Hill Ladies take all 3 points climb up to 5th in table and end Cambridge University Women’s fail title hopes in the process despite a late goal from Lynn-Jones Taylor seeing the match end 2-1.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies saw their lead at the top cut to 4 points at the weekend after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Wisbech Town Ladies. Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Stephanie Starr the players on target for Bourne Ladies, whilst Sophie Gutteridge and Jordan Turner hit the goals for Wisbech Town Ladies who drop to 5th in the table.
Whilst the leaders were held to a draw 2nd placed March Town United Ladies were racking up the goals away to bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies. Emma Searle scoring a hat-trick with, Kayleigh Churchyard, Emma Frost, Jessica Harvey, Charley Miller and Shannon Kelly all getting on the scoresheet in an 8-0 win and while others in the table still remain in contention with the games running out it looks to be between March and Bourne for the Championship North title.
Stamford Ladies in having climbed up to 3rd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North table last weekend were beaten this Sunday at home playing Wisbech St Marys Ladies who took the 3 points in a 2-1 win to lift themselves up from 6th into 4th in the table.
In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South 2nd and 3rd placed St Ives Town Ladies and Milton Ladies were both awarded H-W and 3 points without kicking a ball as frustrated as they would have been not to do so. That meant just the one game taking place a different kind of pressure for Park Ladies to deal with as they were the side on top spot now having been chasing for a good part of the season an away trip to Isleham United Ladies a tight game Shona Kelly and Rachel Turner both scored for Isleham United. Park Ladies won the game and took the 3 points home edging it 3-2, Kirstie Smith with 2 goals, Amy Newell scoring too. Another league that could well go down to the wire.
Will start in Essex with the Women’s County Cup. The finalists were all sorted weren’t they? Sadly not the case as Billericay Town Ladies found themselves disqualified from the competition and Writtle Ladies knocked out by them at the quarter final stage reinstated to play Brentwood Town Ladies in a retaken semi-final this Sunday. One team in form, (Writtle) the other struggling to find the results of late, Writtle took full advantage to find themselves unexpectedly into the Final to play C&K Basildon Ladies on the 21st April. Amy Simmons and Abigail Fry both scoring a pair with Georgina Tricker also on target in a 5-0 win.
In the Essex Women’s league itself it was the semi-finals of the League Cup this Sunday. Harlow Ladies leading Division One, made it into their 3rd Cup Final of the season, beating Premier Division side Eastern Avenue 2-1 away from home a goal in either half from Phillipa Stephens and Catherine Kelly enough to see them reach the final, where they will play another Premier Division side as Runwell Hospital Ladies beat Collier Row Tigers 2-1 to progress at home.
No matches taking place in the Essex Women’s Premier Division itself this weekend. Was a 7 goal thriller between Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves and Wickford Town Ladies with the away side coming out in top with goals from Rachael Dipper, Kerry Newby, Freya Barnard and Danielle Dickens seeing Wickford Town Ladies win the match 4-3. In the other game to take place in Division One at the weekend Valley Green travelled to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies Reserves and came away with a 4-2 win.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
League Cup semi-finals in the Beds & Herts Women’s League this Sunday too and with the results in it will be a repeat of last seasons final. Holders Garston Ladies were drawn away against Hertford Town Ladies. The home side scored 2 goals in the 1st half, Kerry Oldham and Laveena Betts the players finding the back of the net. Garston Ladies hit back to score 4 times Vikki Duffy and a hat-trick from Joanne Sharp seeing them into their 2nd successive League Cup Final.
Garston Ladies opponents will once again be fellow Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies however they were take all the way to penalties at home by Division Two side Watton Ladies the match ending all square at 3 goals each after extra-time, Manjinder Atwal, Laura Cousins and Abby Cardall scoring during the game. Cardall was amongst the successful penalty takers as Sherrardswood took it 4-3 to again play Garston Ladies in the League Cup Final. Date to be confirmed.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Letchworth Garden City Eagles were hosting Bishops Stortford Ladies. Yasmin Smith and Elle Georgiou gave the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the dressing room at half-time, doubled that advantage 2nd half with Georgiou scoring her 2nd goal of the game and Hannah Mead making it 4-0 10 minutes from time. At the 14th time of asking it was finally a 1st win in the league for Sandy Ladies, 2nd bottom in the division hosting bottom side Flitwick Ladies. A convincing win too which saw Kayleigh Bennett score a hat-trick with a goal a piece for Pearl Houghton, Katie Seldon and Amber Williams as they won 6-0.
In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, Garston Ladies FC 96 climb above Houghton Athletic Ladies into 3rd place in the table with a thumping 8-2 home win against AFC Kempston Rovers Ladies. Are now a point behind 2nd placed Hitchin Town Ladies and 5 off leaders Sharnbrook WFC who have both played a game more. Also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, Royston Town Ladies Reserves picked up a good 2-1 win at home against Woburn Lionesses on Sunday. Danielle Calvert and Grace Leslie both scoring for Royston Town, Woburn Lionesses pulling one back 5 minutes from the end scored by Emily Saunders as they play out their league fixtures ending with a mid-table finish.
Another long standing unbeaten record came to an end in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as Hitchin Belles 2nd in the table with 11 wins out of 11 to date were soundly beaten away from home by 4th placed Bedmond Ladies, Sarah Gunn and Molly Peters both scoring 3 for the home side with Emma Treanor also scoring for Bedmond Ladies n a 7-1 victory, Emily Field with Hitchin Belles goal.
Good news for Evergreen Ladies who have moved to the top of the table in recent weeks, now they are now they are 3 points clear at the top winning this weekend at Kings Langley Ladies. Emily Jones and Natalie Maher the players to find the back of the net for Evergreen Ladies in a 2-0 win.
Panshanger Ladies aren’t usually involved in too many low scoring games and this weekends Division Three encounter was no different as they hosted Crawley Green Ladies at the Moneyhole Playing Fields. Senel Chapman put the visitors ahead 20 minutes into the match, Ellie Burke on target to get Panshanger back on level terms in the half hour mark they were behind 4 minutes later as Jessica McNamara scored for Crawley Green to see them lead at half-time. Again Panshanger levelled 17 minutes into the 2nd half Chemise Huitson with the goal then with 15 minutes left to play Georgina Harvey gave the home side the lead. Leanne Stevens pulled it back to 3-3 for Crawley Green with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game saw a winning goal however 4 minutes from time with Harvey popping up with her 2nd goal of the game to see Panshanger win 4-3.
That concludes Edition Thirty of The Tuesday Round-Up saw a few thing’s decided or more certainly set up a few more scenario’s top and bottom of the leagues 2 more unbeaten records ended too. Teams are playing out games as we reach the mid point in April not many games to go in the quest for silverware an promotion. No doubt there will be more thing’s settled next time in The Tuesday Round-Up until then thanks for reading.
Welcome to Edition Twenty Nine of The Tuesday Round-Up, into April a defining month in the women’s football season across the East. Cup Finals to be contested. With a few other finalists to be determined. Pretty much all the leagues across the region have been hotly contested all season and gradually some have fallen away from the title hunt, games though are running out for others to catch the leaders. Not just the battle for the title but promotion too. Finally have an Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up where certainly a few sides can be put out of the running. Others are almost there and one league has a Champion! Plenty to cover April started with bright sunshine a real frustration for those that did see their game called off, but those were few and far between, which of course means we have alot to cover once again so let’s plunge on.
FAWPL Southern Division
In the FAWPL Southern Division, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC are almost there have one league match left to play and a win away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies this coming Sunday will see them crowned Champions with none of the chasing sides being able to catch them. Maintain an 8 point lead at the top of the table on Sunday. At home for their final FAWPL league game this season taking on a side who needed a win to keep their own slender hopes of pipping them to the title alive. Portsmouth FC Ladies were in 3rd place in the table 10 points behind Brighton but with 2 games in hand, needed a win and Brighton to lose both their remaining 2 matches to catch them, unlikely as that was it was a win or they were out of the running.
Brighton were in no mood to fall at the final hurdle however, Amy Taylor scoring twice to put them 2 up inside the opening 20 minutes. Molly Clark pulled a goal back for Portsmouth shortly after but conceded again in the final minute of the 1st half to go in 3-1 down at the break, Charlotte Gurr the Brighton scorer. No more goals were to follow 2nd half as Brighton celebrated. Win their final game and there’s no one to catch them despite the sides below them all having games in hand.
Portsmouth FC Ladies weren’t the only side hoping to see Brighton beaten this Sunday, 2nd placed Charlton Athletic Women. 8 points behind, but again with 2 matches in hand could do with the result going Portsmouth’s way. Were taking on a side from the South Coast themselves with Lewes Ladies the visitors to the Sporting Club Thamesmead Stadium. Of course forgetting the Brighton v Portsmouth match Charlton had to get the right result at home, was a disastrous start conceding in the opening 2 minutes, Lewes ladies going ahead through a Sian Heather strike. Lewes lead right up till the end of the 1st half, Kit Graham scoring to put Charlton back on level terms going into the dressing room at half-time. The stalemate held even as Lewes were reduced to 10 players with 10 minutes left, Paige Walder shown a red card. Plenty of injury time was played, and deep into it 90+5 Charlton popped up with a winning goal, Grace Coombs scoring to win the match and take all 3 points.
Cardiff City Ladies are now the only side who can overhaul Brighton’s points tally, winning on Sunday to climb up to 3rd spot above Portsmouth are 10 points behind Brighton with 12 points left to play for even winning those 4 matches win be futile if Brighton win their remaining match. Still like Charlton it was a case of winning your own match 1st and this Sunday they were away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies whom they will face in the FAWPL League Cup Final next month. One goal was enough to win the 3 points coming for the Welsh side, Alys Hinchcliffe netting from a free kick in the closing seconds of the 1st half.
Coventry United Ladies also climb above Portsmouth to take 4th spot with a comfortable 5-0 away win at Queens Park Rangers Ladies. The visitors 1st goal came just after the half hour mark, Jade Brook on target with Marie Gauntlett putting Coventry 2-0 up 5 minutes before half-time. Amber Hughes extended Coventry’s lead 15 minutes into the 2nd half with Gauntlett scoring her 2nd of the game 2 minutes later. Christina Torkildson making it 5-0 with 15 minutes left on the clock.
FAWPL South East Division One
Leaders Crystal Palace Ladies keep up their unbeaten lead record but were made to work for it at home against Denham United Ladies on Sunday. The visitors taking a 1-0 lead into half-time Alissa Down scoring screamer of a free kick from 25-30 yards out. Francesca Ali came off the bench to join the action for Crystal Palace early in the 2nd half and was on hand inside the box to score the levelling goal for the hosts. Denham United came back to retake the lead Elisha Allen with a long run to round the keeper inside the box and score. 2-1 down going into the last 15 minutes Crystal Palace scored again Ali with her 2nd of the match. Went on to break Denham hearts and cue wild celebrations as they scored in the dying moments of the 90 to win 3-2, Gemma Bryan’s strike smashing in down off the cross bar and over the line. Have a 9 point lead with 5 matches left to play.
The side most likely to catch them in the FAWPL South East Division One are 3rd placed Gillingham FC Ladies. Have 8 matches left to play due to postponements and cup football early in the season even winning all those games still need to see Crystal Palace’s unbeaten run end. Were on the road at the weekend a long journey north up to the top of the Suffolk Coast to play 2nd bottom side Lowestoft Ladies. Took the early initiative going 2 nil up on the 5th and 6th minute respectfully, Paige Baker-Carroll and Megan Maslak with the goals. On 20 minutes Kallie Balfour made it 3-0. Jade Keogh and Lauren Davis both scoring in the final 5 minutes of the 1st half to take full control of the match. 2nd half saw an improved Lowestoft performance couldn’t keep Gilllingham from scoring again but restricted them to 1 more goal Baker-Carroll with her 2nd of the match on the 63rd minute seeing Gillingham win 6-0 give their goal difference another boost.
4th versus 5th in the FAWPL South East Division One was this weekends featured match on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog, a trip to the Stockwood Park Athletics Stadium to watch Luton Town Ladies play Cambridge United WFC. Two competitive sides this was a fiery encounter with several strong challenges early on that set the tone with the referee letting it go. Luton were to take the lead a well delivered corner to the far post met by the head of the falling Nicola Henman was directed back on target Cambridge failing to keep it out on the post. Was from a corner themselves that Cambridge got it back to 1-1 at half-time, a well delivered ball from Laura Mills which goalkeeper Hollie Staples could only knock down at the far post with Cambridge’s Laura Bright on hand to bundle home. 2nd half Luton were to regain the lead Natasha Fensome getting onto the ball on the edge of the area and driving across goal shooting back across to score. Tensions boiled over ending in a mass confrontation players from both sides joining in took the referee a minute to sort out the repressions seeing Luton’s Zara Carroll sent off. Despite being down to 10 from the remainder of the 2nd half Luton defended well to hold on to the lead and take all 3 points. The full match report can be found on the website below this post.
Elsewhere it was a trip up to Norfolk for Enfield Town Ladies to play Norwich City Ladies. Nuala McKevitt scored the only goal of the match to see Enfield Town Ladies leave with the 3 points in the bag and move up a place to 7th in the table.
2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies were involved in a Cup Final at the weekend defending the Berks & Bucks Women’s County Cup against Maidenhead United Ladies whom were also their opponents last season. Was late into the 2nd half before the deadlock was finally broken Andie Dickens heading home in the final 10 minutes for Milton Keynes to see them win. Congratulations to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies on their cup success.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Win the ERWFL Division One Cup group stages out of the way it was back to league action across the 3 divisions. In the ERWFL Premier Division 2nd placed Stevenage Ladies close the gap to leaders Billericay Town Ladies to 2 points with 3 matches in hand with a 3-1 away victory at 2nd bottom side Great Shelford Ladies. A hat-trick scored by Donna McGuigan securing the win. Great Shelford Ladies goal was scored by Samantha Tant her 1st for the club.
Continuing their astonishing form in 2016, AFC Dunstable Ladies are now up to 4th in the ERWFL Premier Division table following another win as they extend their unbeaten league run to 6 matches 5 of those wins. The latest at home this Sunday taking on Acle United Ladies who travelled with just the bare 11 players. Amber Pearson scoring for Dunstable inside 10 minutes the goal proving to be enough to take all the points.
Haringey Borough Women were 4th themselves at the start of play this weekend, but drop to 6th place their opponents moving above them as they travelled to Colchester Town Ladies with just 10 players available. Kerry Stimson scoring a hat-trick for the home side with Chelsea Forde and Charlotte Bryant also on target in a 5-1 win. Klesha Darroux scoring the goal for Haringey Borough Women.
We have our 1st league Champions of the season in the East. In the ERWFL Division One East, Writtle Ladies have gone the entire season, much like the previous two seasons before with a 100% winning league record. Had 3 more matches to play in the league before the weekend 2 of which were against their nearest rivals Silver End United Ladies, their fellow Essex side 3 points behind with just the 2 matches left both against Writtle, needed victory as they welcomed them onto their patch. Writtle had other ideas Courtney Clarke scoring twice with Georgina Tricker also bagging a goal to win the match and open up a 6 point lead can’t be caught now and will be looking to finish without a loss in their last 2 matches away to Bury Town Ladies and home against Silver End United.
Congratulations to Writtle Ladies, ERWFL Division One East Champions.
Where as their are just a handful of fixtures left to be played in the ERWFL Division One East, their counterparts in Division One West have plenty of football left to play having seen alot of postponements early in the year. 7 sides contesting the league leaders Hutton Ladies have played out their league fixtures 12 played on 20 points have 2 sides with games in hand below who can catch them to win the title. Offley & Stopsley Ladies laying in 2nd place were 4 points back with just this weekends fixture to go, were playing bottom side Colney Heath Ladies at the weekend a reversed fixture saw them travel to Colney Heath to play the match scored the only goal of the game to make it a winning finish end on 19 points, 2nd place for now.
The two sides with a chance of catching Hutton Ladies to take the title met at the weekend, Stevenage Ladies Reserves in 3rd place on 16 points had 2 games in hand needed to win both to guarantee the title. Were taking on 4th placed Royston Town Ladies who have only played 8 league fixtures to date. on 15 points with 12 to play for. Beat Stevenage Ladies Reserves and they’d end their rivals title bid. The scores were all level at half-time 1-1, a different story 2nd half with Royston Town Ladies scoring 4 more times to win the game 5-1 leave Stevenage Ladies Reserves out of the running, Leah Littlechild scoring their goal in the 1st half. Royston Town Ladies goals came from Paris Coldicott-Stevens, Samantha Tinsley, Georgia Gannaway and 2 goals for Stacey Little.
Also in the division, Hoddesdon Owls Ladies have a faint shot at the title themselves climbing up to 5th place over opponents Sawbridgeworth Town WFC this Sunday. Taking their recent Division One Cup form into their league campaign had won 3 group successive group matches to finish 2nd in their group. Were at Sawbridgeworth Town WFC at the weekend. Daniela Martucci earning herself a hat-trick scoring all their goals in a 3-1 win. Dempsey Favell with Sawbridgeworth Town WFC’s goal.
In Norfolk Women’s Division One they have been chasing the leaders all season, their earlier run in the FA Women’s Cup meaning they had fixtures to catch up on. This Sunday Wymondham Town Ladies went top of the league. Unbeaten after 11 played conceding just 5 goals were away to Aylsham FC Ladies at the weekend. Despite taking the lead through a Sally Hammerton goal Wymondham went into the break 3-1 down, Aylsham’s goal scoring machine Abbie Charlton with all 3 goals. Wymondham fought back 2nd half goals from Kelly Ayers and Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris getting it back to 3-3 before Alice Collins scored what would be the winning goal to take it 4-3 and go top 2 points clear of Brandon with 2 games left to play. Are away to 4th placed Thorpe United Ladies this coming Sunday if Wymondham win it’ll will see them crowned champions. Thorpe United however have played just the 9 games with 5 left could with a win push it all the way to the end, a big game, Wymondham want to finish the season unbeaten.
At the opposite end of the table in Division One, Fakenham Town Ladies are enjoying a timely purple patch of results at the end of their season near the bottom the entire campaign a draw and 2 wins have seen them climb up to 5th in the table following a 3-2 home win over Lynn Ladies last time out in the league were on the road this Sunday taking on Bungay Town Ladies. Climb above them as they win again by 3 goals to 2. 4 of the goals coming in the 1st half Emily Leach with a goal for Bungay, Fakenham scoring 3 with Rochelle Woods on target for 2 goals, Natalie Wright scoring too. Leach pulled it back to 3-2 for Bungay 2nd half but it wasn’t enough as Fakenham Town Ladies made it 7 points in their last 3.
No league action in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday, although 4 sides were in action playing one another in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Ladies Plate, a new competition this season. In the 1st semi-final North Walsham Angels Ladies were at home playing Morley Ladies. North Walsham could only field 10 players on the day, but having already secured promotion to Norfolk Division One had the firepower to best Morley on the day winning the game 4-0, 2 goals in each half, Luci Middleton smashing the ball into the back of the net to score a hat-trick with Emma Allsopp to reach their 1st ever final in just their 2nd season.
Joining them in the Norfolk Ladies Plate Final will be, Red Rose Ladies, who unless I’m told different are also into their 1st ever final too. Were away to fellow Division Two side Stalham Town Ladies. The game was all square at half-time 1-1, Amber Mayhew scoring for Stalham. Red Rose Ladies winning it 2-1 with a goal in the 2nd half, Sophie and Vicky Lubbock with their names on the scoresheet. The Norfolk Ladies Plate Final is to be played on Sun 1st May at Plantation Park.
In Norfolk Women’s Division Three, leaders Harleston Ladies were playing their penultimate match of the season knowing they have already secured promotion to Division Two. Had gone unbeaten for so long 11 games 10 of those wins until losing at 2nd placed Gorleston FC Ladies two weeks ago. That defeat was followed by another this Sunday as they travelled to play Freethorpe Ladies who were also playing their penultimate game. Picked up a fantastic 3 points as Chloe Barber netted 3 times for the home side to win the game beating Harleston Ladies 3-2, Lacey Andrews with both of their goals.
In 2nd place Gorleston FC Ladies are closing the gap on Harleston Ladies at the top, still with a 100% win record having been left with alot of matches to catch up on earlier in the season were at home to 3rd placed Red Rose United at the weekend. Goals from Kayleigh Byrne, Kelly Allen, Molly Sims and a hat-trick from Samantha Hunn saw them win the match by 6 goals to 2 and in the process secure promotion to Division Two. Holly Baker and Charlotte Gardiner-Banks with Red Rose United’s goals.
In Suffolk it’s still all to play for in the title race with 4 of the 7 sides contesting the league still in with a chance of claiming the champions crown. The leading pair of Brantham Athletic Ladies and East Bergholt United weren’t in action this Sunday. That gave their rivals a chance to close the gap. In 3rd place Witnesham Wasps Ladies were taking on bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies for the 2nd time in a fortnight at home that time around won 9-0. On the road this weekend were in merciless form as they prepare for a midweek League Cup Final match against Brantham Athletic Ladies scoring 6 goals in either half won the game 12-0, Emily Steward scoring 8 of the goals taking her tally to 38 in all competitions for the club this season so far. Emma Long scoring a brace with Lauren Page and Alice Rampling also getting goals.
They are still in 5th place in the Suffolk Women’s Division league table have been behind with their fixtures all season however Copleston Ladies are still very much involved in the hunt for the title, whereas the top 3 sides have 3 matches left to play Copleston Ladies have 6 left to play and moving onto 23 points are 7 points off the leading pair after this Sunday’s result. Travelled to play Bacton United Ladies in 4th place. 2 goals from Sophie Crane plus a goal each for, Amy Trenter, Kristie Turner, Elysia Young and Jade Horne saw them take the points in a 6-2 victory.
Even as I am putting together The Tuesday Round-Up for Cambridgeshire news comes through of another side dropping out of the leagues in the East and it is sad news indeed to here Huntingdon Town Ladies have pulled out of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this season, the 2nd side to do so. Having seen them in action it is a real shame but no surprise having been struggling to field a full team in recent weeks. Is heartening to hear the club is looking to regroup and not stay away from the women’s football scene for too long and I wish everyone involved with the club all the best, and hope sincerely to be writing about Huntingdon Town Ladies in whatever guise they return in on The Tuesday Round-Up in the future.
That sad news of course especially this late into a season brings about huge changes to a league table, in this case the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership as Huntingdon’s results are struck off and the table adjusted. Would have started by saying ICA Sports Ladies win to go back to the top of the Premiership beating Bar Hill Ladies at home 6-2. They did win 6-2 Lorna Hart scoring a hat-trick, with a brace for Sarah Rouse and one goal for Emily Woosnam. Bar Hill ladies 2 goals scored by Nadine Wejkins and Natalie Wells. However ICA Sports drop to 2nd in the adjusted table 2 wins against Huntingdon struck off.
That sees Cambridge United WFC Reserves stay top of the table now with a huge 5 point lead at the top of the Premiership having not played Huntingdon. Were away to Netherton United Ladies at The Grange at the weekend. Netherton took the lead Sasha Haw scoring the goal to see them take a half-time lead. Cambridge United WFC Reserves got themselves back on level terms 20 minutes into the 2nd half the goal scored by Emma Roberts to see the points shared
Also in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, Newmarket Town Ladies are enjoying a good spell of form have seen points lost having played Huntingdon however that form has seen them pick up a 3 point haul against one of the sides hoping to contest the title as they came away from Cambridge University Women with win, Nadine Basson on target with the winning goal. All means the title mix up looks like this with it being a 14 match season leaders Cambridge United WFC Reserves have one game left can get 28 points. ICA Sports in 2nd have 4 games left can potentially get 32 points. In 3rd Cambridge City Ladies have 6 left to play and can earn 33 points if they win them all. In 4th Cambridge University Women have just the 3 games left and 26 points if earned is unlikely to get them the title.
One game took place in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North at the weekend with 5th placed Stamford Ladies travelling to 2nd bottom side Hungate Rovers Ladies move up to 3rd with a thumping 7-1 win, whilst Wisbech St Marys Ladies were awarded an away win over Downham Town Ladies.
New leaders in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South as Park Ladies win the battle between 2nd and 3rd to climb above leaders St Ives Town Ladies. Park Ladies were a point behind the leaders with a game in hand going into the match at home against 3rd placed Milton who had 4 games in hand 10 points back on the leaders going into the game. Milton took the lead in the 1st half held the advantage going into the 2nd half. Park Ladies came back 2nd half with Danielle Green and Ebony Bliss scoring before Kirstie Smith settled it from the penalty spot to win the game 3-1 and sent Park Ladies to the top of the league.
Also in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South it as the clash of the bottom two, Isleham United Ladies at home to Cambridge Rangers bottom of the league. Isleham won the match 5-0 Shona Kelly and Laura Todd amongst the goals.
Going into the closing fixtures the battle for the Essex Women’s Premier Division looks to be between two sides as they play out their penultimate league games, leaders Chelmsford City Ladies a point clear of 2nd placed Hullbridge Sports Ladies with both having just one match to play. Chelmsford City Ladies were away to Hutton Ladies Reserves on Sunday, won the match 2-1 with a goal each for Ciara Meeking and Lisa Overall to stay a point clear of Hullbridge Sports Ladies who faced a tough trip away to 3rd placed Collier Row Tigers who were playing their last league game of the season couldn’t catch Chelmsford City but could stop Hullbridge Sports doing so. 2 goals put into the back of the net by Broghan Kelly plus another from Danni Dorrington saw Hullbridge Sports Ladies win the game 3-2 and guarantee a minimum 2nd place finish.
Just the one game played in Essex Women’s Division One with 3rd placed Chigwell Ladies travelling to Valley Green. racking up a 13-1 win Chigwell keep the pressure on 2nd placed Chelmsford City Reserves the gap just a point however Chigwell have played two game more.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
The Beds & Herts Women’s Division One has new leaders going into April as Sherrardswood Ladies who have played all their league matches are displaced to 2nd on goal difference by Harvesters FC Ladies who beat Letchworth Garden City Eagles Ladies 3-0 away from home this Sunday, all 3 goals coming inside the opening 25 minutes, a Kayla Johnson goal sandwiched between an Ellie Lovelock brace to take the 3 points.
Hertford Town Ladies in 3rd place move to within 3 points of both Harvesters FC Ladies and Sherrardswood still with plenty of games in hand following a comfortable 6-0 home win over bottom side Flitwick Ladies. A goal from Kelly Shephard plus a hat-trick scored by Kerry Oldham along with 2 unfortunate own goals by Flitwick saw them to victory have 5 matches to play. Another side with plenty of games in hand is 5th placed Garston Ladies. Were held to a 1-1 draw with 2nd bottom side Sandy Ladies at the weekend, Joanne Sharp scoring for Garston. Chloe Reeves with the goal for Sandy Ladies.
In Beds & Herts Division Two, Garston Ladies FC 96 close the gap on the leading trio to get themselves in with a good shoot at earning promotion 5 points separating the top 4 now all to play for. Garston Ladies FC 96 were away playing bottom side Evergreen Eagles at the weekend winning the game 4-0 they have a game in hand on 3rd placed Houghton Athletic Ladies and 2 on 2 placed Hitchin Town Ladies with the gap 4 points. Elsewhere in Division Two a 35th minute strike on goal from Jay Birse was enough to earn the win for Woburn Lionesses at home against Royston Town Ladies Reserves to end a run of 3 successive defeats.
A new name at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as Evergreen Ladies beat 2nd placed Icknield Ladies to climb to the summit as 3 sides fight for promotion. All Tied on 33 points Evergreen Ladies have top spot. Evergreen Ladies were 3rd going into the weekends fixtures hosting 2nd placed Icknield Ladies had the lead on the half hour mark thanks to a goal scored by Emily Jones, doubled the advantage 2nd half with Louisa Johnson on target to see the 3 points won and set up what is going to be an exciting contest at the top of the league till the end of the season.
Bedmond Ladies consolidate 4th spot in Division Three with a 4-2 away win against Panshanger Ladies who scored through Sophie Whitman and Georgina Harvey. Elsewhere in the division the bottom 4 sides all faced each other with Bedwell Rangers making a late surge up the table with a 3rd successive league win on Sunday at home to Hatfield Town Ladies. An early goal scored on the 4th minute by Jessica Sullivan gave Bedwell rangers the lead were pegged back to 1-1 before taking a 2-1 lead into the dressing room on the stroke of half time Ailish Beadle scoring the goal. 2nd half was a totally different story as Bedwell Rangers took control of the game going on to score 6 more goals to win the game 8-1, Beadle and Sullivan adding another goal each to claim a brace, so too did Leah Tomlin with 2 second half strikes as well as a goal each for Sarah King and Hannah Manton.
Kings Langley Ladies were taking on bottom side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies who at home scored twice for only the 2nd time this season, they lost 3-2 that time this time despite an improved performance lost the game 4-2 with Kings Langley Ladies earning all 3 points with goals from Amber Harris and Mary Hogan plus a brace scored by Kimberley Nield.
That concludes another packed Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up not many games left to play now, April is often and will be a defining month in the football season. One league title sorted, several others very close to breaking the finishing line tape, will they surge over the line or stumble? With any competitive sport you can never say it’s over till it’s over. Going to be exciting and rounding it up exhausting, but intriguing I am sure, and it will all be covered on here, until the next Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up enjoy your football and thanks for reading.