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The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 15/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th September

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

The third county beginning their County Cup competition this Sunday in the East was Bedfordshire, four ties taking place in the first round. 

Bedford Ladies Development were hosting Division Three side Kempston Rovers Ladies in the 1st round of the competition, pushed hard by their opponents Division Two Bedford scoring twice to secure their place in the next round winning 2-0.

  It was also a 2-0 win at home for Division Two side Langford Ladies against Stotfold Juniors Ladies from Division Three in the County Cup 1st round. A first goal of the season for Tabitha Brown along with a goal for last season top scorer Amber Clark securing the win.

  Division Three side Biggleswade United Ladies took their Division Two opponents AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies all the way to a dramatic penalty shootout before being knocked out of the competition. Goals for Biggleswade’s Zoe Molloy and Kempston’s Charlie Mullins seeing it end all square at 1-1 to force the shootout, Kempston clinching it with a 6-5 result.

  AFC Dunstable Ladies Blues were strong at home as they advanced to the next round of the County Cup scoring double figures against Division Three opponents Flitwick Eagles Ladies. Bianca Vassell top scoring in the game with a hat-trick. Emily Mitchell scoring a brace, so too Lakeisha Fazilahmed with her first goals of the new season. There were also first goals of the campaign for Lauren Brooker, Kerry Mulvihill-Reed and Holly Wicks with Courtney McNamara also celebrating a goal in an 11-0 win.

Three games taking place in the 2nd Round of the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup the draw as follows ties to be played Sunday 20th October.

 Langford Ladies v EB Lions AFC Ladies

AFC Dunstable Ladies Blues v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies

Bedford Ladies Development v Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

There was a full programme of fixtures in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with all 10 sides in action. An 8-2 win at home to Hitchin Belles to start the season, defending champions Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies are looking strong at the start of the season as they travelled to play another promoted side this weekend. Letchworth Garden City Eagles playing their first competitive game of the season. A 5 goal haul for Bianca Hedgecock to open her account last weekend she was at it again this Sunday scoring 5 again. Last seasons top scorers Natasha McConville also on target with a hat-trick, with a goal each for Amy Bentall, Kayleigh Baker and Ella Mercer, final score 11-0.

Last season’s Division Two Champions, Hitchin Belles losing to Hemel Hempstead in their opening Division One fixture faced another tough opponent this weekend as they hosted St Albans Ladies. Cally Salter on target to score a first half hat-trick for St Albans her 3rd in the 44th minute, Ellen Salter adding a fourth just before the half-time whistle. Hitchin Belles restricting their opponents to just one more goal with Cally Salter scoring her 4th of the game 10 minutes from time. 2 wins from 2 for St Albans who travel to ERWFL side Histon Ladies this weekend in the Women’s FA Cup.

Tighter affairs elsewhere in Division One with the points shared in the other 3 matches. Hitchin Town Ladies newly promoted were away to last seasons runners-up, Northwood Ladies playing their first game of the season. The hosts opening the scoring midway through the 1st half. Hitchin Town coming back to level 10 minutes later Robyn Wilfort sliding in to beat the keeper send the ball over the goal line. All square at the break both sides attacking 2nd half sensing they can win the game entering the closing minutes Hitchin clearing in defence the ball played up field finding Samantha Couglan one on one with the keeper o score and send Hitchin into the lead. Northwood coming back at them in stoppage time piling players forwards a cross into the box sent home to see it finish 2-2. Holly Gilder and Emma Steele with the Northwood goals.

 2-2 the final score to between Garston Ladies and Houghton Athletic Ladies seeing both collect their first point of the season having both started with a defeat. Charley Kelsey and Danielle McMullan getting the goals for Garston, whilst Emily Wilson and Louise Spendelow were on target for Houghton Athletic.

Hartham United Ladies were playing at home for the first time this weekend hosting Royston Town Women Development. The hosts starting well creating chances, Royston’s keeper keeping it at 0-0. The visitors going on to open the scoring with Jazmin Racher chasing down the keeper to tap the ball into the empty net. A 1-0 lead for Royston at the break, Hartham strong in the 2nd half Janiece Allen finding the bottom corner to make it 1-1. More chances created Hartham were again thwarted by Royston’s keeper to see the sides finish level.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

With several of the Division Two sides involved in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup there was just the one fixture in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this Sunday with Watton Ladies hosting Garston Ladies Vintage Purples. Stephanie Roads putting Garston into the lead. Watton beaten heavily on the opening day of the season, better this time around coming back to level the scores with Gemma Bickell on target to make it 1-1 and see the sides earn a point each.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

The Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup also affecting the fixtures in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three on Sunday with just two games played. A third seeing Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves awarded the home win over Evergreen Eagles. 

Big wins in the other two matches Bedwell Rangers Ladies having lost their opening game getting off the mark with 3 points won away to Buntingford Town Ladies. The hosts taking the lead with Chloe Camper putting Buntingford 1-0 up against the run of play. The goal spurring Bedwell into life the visitors going on to score 4 quick goals to lead the game 4-1 at half-time. Bedwell continued to press for more goals 2nd half adding another 4 to win the game 8-1 to collect their first points of the season. Rachel Young netting a hat-trick, there was also a three goal haul for Jessica Sullivan with Maisie Main and Freya Rampley also on the scoresheet with a goal each.

An 8-1 win for Bedwell Rangers Ladies on Sunday (photo credit Bedwell Rangers Ladies twitter)

Also scoring 8 goals at the weekend were Harvesters Ladies to make it 2 wins from 2 to start the season away to fellow newcomers Whetstone Wanderers Ladies. Two players celebrating a hat-trick for Harvesters with both Rachel King and Eve Shaw scoring 3 each. Rachel Dodd and Isobel Hughes also on target with a goal each the win seeing Harvesters move clear at the top albeit very early days.

 

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 15/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th September

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

 It was to the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership where the action came from this Sunday for Women’s Football East to watch the league encounter between March Town United Ladies at home to ICA Sports Ladies. The Premiership looking like at is going to be very competitve this season, ICA Sports one of the sides to record an opening day win as they between Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds 6-5 at home. Travelling to play March who sat out the opening weekend this their first competitive action of the season. The hosts making a slow start ICA Sports soon on the front foot, breaking to take an early lead Donna Nicholls taking the ball forwards passing into Carman Herridge top of the area she lay it back for onrushing midfielder Hannah Murphy to strike the ball in from 20 yards. Nicholls lively at the start for ICA Sports soon putting the visitors 2-0 up driving into the box to sent the ball through the keepers legs from close range. A set-piece played into the area seeing ICA Sports take a 3-0 lead captain Becky Shields heading the ball to the back post Murphy there unmarked smashing the ball in for her 2nd of the game.

Donna Nicholls controlling the ball for ICA Sports 

A dominant first half for ICA Sports, March performing better 2nd half pushing forwards creating opportunities a free-kick forwards into Emma Searle to take the ball across the top of the box and fire a shot back in across goal off the post and in to make it 2-1. ICA Sports restoring their 3 goal lead with Nicholls producing another fantastic drive into the box to shoot and beat the keeper. March continued to be positive scoring another with Searle on target smashing home from outside the area off a corner. The game stretched late on Herridge scoring late on finding the bottom corner from the top of the area. ICA Sports winning 5-2 to move to the top of the league.

 St Ives Town Ladies Development also starting the season with a win newly promoted to the Premiership winning the Championship South title last season. A 3-1 win away to Riverside Ladies then, Riverside were once again the opponents this Sunday travelling to St Ives. The sides contesting a goalless draw to share the points, Riverside improving since their heavy defeat in the Women’s FA Cup.

  Also getting their first win under their belts this weekend were Cambridge City Ladies newly formed A side. A trip to Netherton United Ladies this weekend. Cambridge City’s first team not in action a couple of their young players turning out for the A team helping the side to clinch a narrow 3-2 victory. Emily Johnson and Yasmin Green scoring in the 2nd half for Netherton. Goals for Ceri Flye, Sofia Castiglione and Jessica Elliot securing the win for Cambridge City A

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

Plenty of action to cover in the new single division Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship with 14 of the 15 side in league action. A total of 66 goals scored between them!

  Beginning with Cambridge Rangers Women at home to Park Ladies. Both sides recording a 8-0 victory on the opening day to top the early table. Meeting this Sunday, it was Cambridge Rangers who came out on top to make it 2 wins from 2 to start their season. Both Daniella Lewis and Stephanie Rowan scoring twice, Nicky Brewin also on the scoresheet with her 1st goal for the club in a 5-0 victory.

Also making it 2 wins from 2 at the start of the season are Pinchbeck United Ladies, travelling on Sunday to face Hungate Rovers Ladies, 3 players were celebrating their 1st goals of the season at the final whistle with Rebecca Navarette getting off the mark along with captain Chloe Gray with Freya Peters scoring a brace her first goals for the club in a 4-1 win. 

Wins are like buses for Burwell Tigers Ladies, you wait ages for one then two come along at once. Have made a fantastic start to the season as they record back to back wins. At home to newcomers Swavesey Spartans Ladies this Sunday. Just the bare 11 available Vicky Murrell scoring a hat-trick to open her account for the season their were goals too for Charlotte Forgarty and Megan Seabrook in a 5-2 win. Stacy Askew scoring both for Swavesey Spartans.

A 3-0 defeat to Pinchbeck United Ladies to start the season for Isleham United Ladies, turned things around in style this Sunday with a big win over new side Isleham United Ladies Youth playing their first match in the Championship. Laura Todd regularly featuring on the scoresheet for Isleham she scored 5 goals on Sunday, a hat-trick for Poppy Green along with first goals for Kay Cooper, Amy Ellis and Kerry Murry seeing the hosts win 11-1.

A big win to mark their debut in the Championship for Newmarket Town Women’s new Development side this Sunday beginning their campaign away to Cambourne United Women. Leah Harper scoring 4 goals for the visitors, their were goal celebrations too for Tixie Allsopp, Evie Jakes, Sarah O’Rourke, Clementine Key and Talia Irvine in a 9-2 victory. Alice Taylor and Michelle Lau on the scoresheet for Cambourne.

High scores elsewhere too on Sunday. Cardea Ladies were beginning their season at home playing Haverhill Rovers Ladies Development. The visitors putting 5 goals into the back of their opponents net with Gemma Codling on target for a brace, goals too for Emma Barnes, Bethany-May Harding and Rachel Jeffs. Despite that Haverhill went home with no points as Cardea were strong in attack also Courtney Coles scoring 4 goals there was also a brace for Anna Langa with Jessica O’Sullivan, Jade Ramm and captain Laura Rudd all getting off the mark to see the game won 9-5. 

The final match to bring you in Cambridgeshire this week also another high scoring affair. Deeping United Ladies having started the season with a 2-0 win against Haverhill hosting fellow new comers Eaton Socon Ladies who lost to Burwell on the opening day. Both sides seeing a player on target for 4 goals. Hannah Chapman scoring for Deeping United. Emily Whiteman also celebrating a 4 goal haul for Eaton Socon. Ella Jons scoring her 1st for Deeping. Goals for Hannah Hutchinson, Maddison O’Connor and Jessica Bleakley seeing Eaton Socon win the game 7-5 and collect their 1st win.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 15/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th September

ERWFL Premier Division

A 100% winning start to the season saw Luton Town Ladies top of the fledgling ERWFL Premier Division table with 3 wins out of 3 as they look to bounce back following relegation from the FAWNL last season. A long trip up to Norfolk this Sunday to take on Wymondham Town Ladies. Something of a kit clash between the pair the first half ending in stalemate 0-0. More eventful 2nd half Wymondham making a great start taking the lead on 50 minutes with Chelsea Clarke scoring direct from a corner. 2 minutes later Wymondham were 2-0 up new signing Cassie Craddock putting the ball on for captain Hannah Waters to shoot a score across the keeper. Luton responding with a quick reply pulling it back to 2-1 straight away netting from a corner. The visitors salvaging a point 10 minutes from time to see the game end 2-2 Zara Carroll and Rebecca Ferris the goalscorers.

Wymondham Town Ladies, Hannah Waters

Luton dropping two points sees their winning start end and a new leader at the top of the table as Essex side Harlow Town Ladies take over on difference. Ironically their points dropped so far were away to Wymondham too on the opening day of the season. Have since won 3 on the bounce making a fantastic start to the season, bringing in several new players over the close season have added experience and goals to their ranks. At home to AFC Dunstable Women this Sunday goals from Lucy Edmeades, Amy Nash & Kaydee King helping Harlow to a 7-1 win. Also on target were Nicole Farmer with her 1st Harlow goal, Hannah Porter also scoring her 1st goals for the club netting twice. With Becky Shephard another new addition scoring her 8th goal of the season. Louise McCay with the consolation goal for AFC Dunstable.

10 points each for Harlow and Luton at the top of the Premier Division, tight at the top as 3 sides jostle for position just a point behind. Royston Town Women nudging ahead on goal difference into 3rd spot as they extend their winning streak to 3 matches in league and cup. Were away to Hertfordshire rivals Colney Heath Ladies this Sunday, both sides with a good start to the season, injuries affecting Colney Heath last time out were again hit by an injury with defender Kelly Glynn suffering ligament damage. Goals from Charlotte South and a brace from Rebecca Vass seeing Royston leading 3-0 going into the final 15 minutes of the match. Samiara Khan pulling it back to 3-1 for Colney Heath. Sammy Tinsley scoring to secure a 4-1 victory to Royston. 

An off day for Wroxham Women at home to Harlow Town Ladies last Sunday they were looking to bounce back this weekend once again at home taking on St Ives Town Ladies, the newly promoted side still looking for their first points of the season. Wroxham making a great start to the game Grace Birchall onto the end of a long clearance to strike home from 18 yards. 6 minutes later Wroxham were 2-0 up, Birchall on the scoresheet once again brought down 30 yards out scoring from the resulting free-kick. A minute later it was 3, Mary-Anne Hoy latching onto a sliced clearance out wide firing the ball back in on the angle to score her 1st of the season. Wroxham 3-0 up at the break continued to dominate in the 2nd period and despite being reduced to 10 after Rhianne Brister was sent off for collecting two yellows the hosts when on to add 3 more goals in the final 20 minutes a 2nd half hat-trick for Birchall adding to the 2 she scored first half putting her on 9 for the season. Paige Jones scoring a late goal for St Ives Town her 1st of the season nothing but a consolation.

 Joining Royston and Wroxham on 9 points are newly promoted Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. This despite suffering a heavy defeat to the hands of Harlow their only loss to date however as they record a 3rd league win this Sunday at home to Haringey Borough Women. Meagan Harley firing a shot into the bottom corner to put the Essex side into the lead. A 30 rocket struck by Danielle Styles off a free-kick doubling the lead. 2-0 up at half-time Bowers & Pitsea went 3-0 up courtesy of Danni Jennings running from halfway taking on three players to send the ball home. Harley putting a shot into the roof of the net making it 4-0. Jennings too scoring a brace to see the game won 5-0.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies also victorious this weekend are in 7th spot in the Premier Division table but just 3 points behind the leaders. An away trip to Bedford Ladies this Sunday, Leah Cudone celebrating her birthday early by scoring a brace for the visitors with Gabrielle Smith also scoring her 1st goal for the club Peterborough running out 3-1 winners. Mathilda Fidler on the scoresheet for Bedford.

ERWFL Division One North

Has been something of the slow start to the league campaigns in both the ERWFL Division One North and South this season, cup games taking priority at the start of the season on most cases 5 of the 16 sides competing in both division still to get off the mark. Two games in Division One North this Sunday. Newly promoted East Bergholt United Ladies one of the few to have actually played a league match prior to this weekend top after a 7-1 win away to fellow promoted side Gorleston Ladies. This weekend they were at home looking to make it 2 wins from two as they took no Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies. The hosts taking an early lead Jessica Clark on the run striking from 35 yards putting her shot over the keeper on 7 minutes. Histon competing hard looking for a reply efforts narrowly wide one striking the bar. East Bergholt holding their 1-0 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes made thing’s more comfortable Charlotte McGrath finding space to shoot and find the bottom corner from 15 yards out. East Bergholt winning 2-0.

  Also marking their ERWFL debut with a win are Cambridge City Ladies Development. A tough test to start the campaign away to King’s Lynn Town Ladies. A closely fought 1st half Cambridge City coming closest with Carla Penny striking the post. The dead lock broken just before half-time Penny finding the back on the net this time from 18 yards out. The visitors defending a slender lead began the 2nd half well adding another goal Freya Standing volleying in to make it 2-0. King’s Lynn battling back pulling it back to 2-1 with captain Becky Russell scoring from a free-kick. Cambridge City hitting King’s Lynn on the counter to score a 3rd, Bella Simmons carrying the ball out of defence setting up Standing to score her 2nd of the game to see Cambridge City win their league opener 3-1.

ERWFL Division One South

 The ERWFL can be a brutal league at times and feature some eye watering scorelines, this weekend no exception in Division One South. Stevenage FC Women Development having started their season with a 6-0 win over Hoddesdon Tow Owls Ladies, were at home to Bishops Stortford Ladies this weekend. The host were short on numbers with just 10 available. Up against a Stevenage side that could name five on the bench. Several additions to the Stevenage squad over the summer, young exciting talent added to an already experienced bunch the hosts proving too strong with no less than 7 players opening their goals account. Paige Prior on her debut scoring 5! Lucy Bolitho scoring 4, Rebecca Brooker on target for a brace there were 1st goals too for Louise Godden Louise Sollis, Danielle Ransom and Sherrie Evans. Sofia Carpenter on target for a hat-trick, Emily Schofield and Chloe Gunn also getting goals in a crushing 20-1 win. Georgia Sleep scoring the Bishops Stortford goal.

  A tough start to the season too for Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies losing their opening league fixture were away to new side Millwall Lionesses making their league bow this weekend. Ellis Lunn getting Millwall off to a flyer scoring in the opening 5 minutes was celebrating a hat-trick before 20 minutes. Katie Klosinski making it 4-0 in 21 minutes. Millwall dominating early on. 5 more goals to the hosts before half-time. Lunn adding 2 more to her tally. Klosinski with her 2nd along with goals for Molly Hawkins and captain Emily Stanley. Millwall ruthless leading 9-0 at half-time. Shannan Drewe bringing up a 10th goal for Millwall 5 minutes into the 2nd period the hosts awarded a penalty, Drewe on target from the spot. A lull in play then with no more goals added until the final 10 minutes with Hawkins scoring twice to celebrate a hat-trick. Millwall winning 12-0.

Amongst the goals Ellis Lunn scoring 5 for Millwall Lionesses (photo credit Millwall Lionesses)

Hutton Ladies began their ERWFL Division One South campaign at home to the same opponents they faced last Sunday in the League Cup, Leigh Ramblers Ladies. Hutton beating the newly promoted side 7-1 then. Another win for Hutton this Sunday the 3 points coming courtesy of a 4-0 win. Last season’s runaway top scorer Vicky Kinsman scoring a brace there were goals too for Sally Appleton ad Hayley Piggott with her first of the season.  

The Round-Up – ERWFL 08/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 8th September

ERWFL Premier Division

The ERWFL Premier Division fixtures into their 3rd weekend and after the final whistle on Sunday just one side remained with a 100% winning start, Luton Town Ladies two points clear at the top however they left it very late to clinch victory. Luton at home on Sunday playing in the Bedfordshire derby against their rivals Bedford Ladies who they have locked horns with several county cup finals. Bedford with the upper hand in those winning the last two. Meeting in the ERWFL for the first time this season following Luton’s relegation it was the visitors who opened the scoring in thee first half a free-kick awarded right at the top of the area, Maya Sidhu putting a fantastic ball in to make it 1-0. Luton were dominant for long spells but Bedford’s defence held firm until the 80th minute the ball fed to Jess McKay to blast home to make it 1-1. More chances came and went Bedford’s keeper Lauren Webb making some great saves. Luton winning a free-kick out wide deep into injury time Zara Carroll swinging the ball into a packed area, McKay rising highest to head the ball in to clinch a last gasp 2-1 win.

  Harlow Town Ladies are up into 2nd in the ERWFL Premier Division table the Essex side making the long trip to Norfolk on Sunday to face Wroxham Women who were looking to maintain their 100% winning start. A bright start from both Harlow showing intend pushing the attack opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Wroxham looking for an immediate reply saw an effort cleared off the line. The visitors doubling their lead on 27 minutes getting in behind the defence to send the ball home. Wroxham starting positively in the 2nd half however it was Harlow who would score a 3rd on the hour. Grace Birchall doing well to beat her marker and strike to make it 3-1. The hosts went in search of another goal coming close but it would be Harlow who had the final say deep into added time scoring a 4th to take the 3 points with a 4-1 victory. Olivia Steele, Lucy Edmeades, Chloe Bassett and Abby Dell with the goals.

Another side looking to continue their winning start were Hertfordshire side Colney Heath Ladies as they travelled to play Peterborough Northern Star Ladies on Sunday. Women’s Football East there too to watch the action. Colney Heath travelling with a few missing and no recognised goalkeeper, Lucy Hancock donning the gloves. A competitive encounter both sides showing intend in the final 3rd, Peterborough building momentum getting players forwards opening the scoring right back Evie Driscoll-King getting forwards coming inside top of the area smashed a ball in across goal evading everyone found it’s way into the back of the net. Colney Heath getting forwards with Adi Milton in particular a threat on the right winning a corner with 10 minutes left in the 1st half, Charlene Moreton on the set-piece a great inswinging ball missed by the keeper near post creeping under the crossbar to see the scores level. Moments later Colney Heath had the lead, Milton through onto a miscued defensive header to run at the box shooting early a fantastic strike giving the keeper no chance. The last action of the half seeing Peterborough coming back to level the scores themselves. Leah Cudone strong on the ball inside from the left sending a fantastic shot from the top of the area across goal into the top corner. 2-2 at half-time, Peterborough pressed the attack, Colney Heath keeping it tight in defence not pressing the attack intend of keeping unbeaten, Hancock with a confident display Peterborough couldn’t find a way through the points shared.

Leah Cudone with Colney Heath Ladies, Samantha May (photo credit Peterborough Northern Star Ladies)

  A tough start to life in the ERWFL Premier Division for St Ives Town Ladies following promotion last season losing their opening two fixtures were at home to Royston Town Women this Sunday. Positive signs for St Ives Town as they progress as a side, Royston making a slow start hit their opponents with two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead with Rebecca Vass and Joanne Rutherford on target. St Ives Town never out of it scoring late on capitalising on a defensive mix-up with Tierney Coulson scoring her 1st goal of the season. Royston winning 2-1 are 4th a point back from Colney Heath and Harlow.

  Also moving onto 6 points into the top half of the Premier Division are newly promoted Bowers & Pitsea Ladies the Essex side winning their 2nd league game of the season at home to AFC Dunstable Women on Sunday. A great first half for Bowers & Pitsea seeing them going into the dressing room at half-time 4-0 up. Donna Fletcher heading home from a Megan Harley cross to put the hosts into the lead. Harley herself on the scoresheet with Bowers & Pitsea’s 2nd finding the bottom corner. Danielle Jennings scoring from a rebound to net her first goal for the club making it 3. Harley getting her 2nd of the game to put Bowers & Pitsea 4-0 up. Ebony Moore amongst the goals 2nd half making it 5-0. Louise McCay with a consolation goal for the visitors as they start the season with 3 defeats.

  Three defeats to start the season too for Haringey Borough Women and a heavy loss on Sunday seeing them go bottom. At home were taking on Norfolk side Wymondham Town Ladies looking for their first win of the season. The visitors getting off to a flyer taking the lead inside 2 minutes with Hannah Waters scoring. Mollie O’Callaghan doubling the lead on 15 minutes. Katie Knights and Waters with her 2nd of the game seeing Wymondham lead 4-0 at half-time. The goals continuing to flow for the visitors 2nd half Freya Symonds making it 5-0 straight after the restart the new signing would go on to score a hat-trick. Chelsea Clarke on the scoresheet for 2 2nd half goals. New signings Mia Etheridge and Sarah Payne both celebrating a goal too along with Jorja Patterson in a 12-0.

ERWFL Cup

   A new format for the ERWFL Cup this season with the Division One sides entering a group stage the 16 teams drawn into 4 groups of 4 with each side playing the other once with the group winners going on to compete in the knockout stages of the competition joined then by the 12 Premier Division sides. The rest going on to compete for the ERWFL Plate which will to become a knock-out competition. For most the first round of group stage matches preceding the league campaign itself.

  Group A features Bishops Stortford Ladies, Newmarket Town Women, East Bergholt United Ladies and Stevenage FC Women Development.

  Newmarket Town Women were at home playing Bishops Stortford Ladies in the 1st round of group matches taking place this Sunday. A strong debut season in the ERWFL, Newmarket will fancy their chances in both league and cup winning the Plate competition last season. Made a confident start too beating Bishops Stortford’s bare 11 with a high score. Katie Webb top scoring in the match netting 4 goals herself, their was a brace to for young striker Annabel Cuthbert. Plenty of goals elsewhere too with 7 other players celebrating a goal, Holly Dryland, Brooke Wickens, Antonia Smith, Laura Bailey, Jodie Woodfield, Lauren Deller and Jess Linger in a 13-0 win.

  Also in Group A, East Bergholt United Ladies new to the ERWFL this season, winning the league and cup double in Suffolk last season for the 2nd successive time. Stepping up a level were taking on Stevenage FC Women, both having played one league match beginning with a win. Chloe Gunn back for Stevenage has been sorely missed out with an ACL injury in fine form previously, Gunn opening the scoring with a 30 yard screamer. The visitors awarded a penalty, Gunn scoring following in the rebound after being saved. Emily Schofield getting a 3rd goal for Stevenage wining 3-1 with Jess Clarke scoring for East Bergholt.

Group B features, AFC Sudbury Ladies, Cambridge City Ladies Development, Lawford Ladies and Millwall Lionesses.

Cambridge City Ladies, Carla Penny

  Cambridge City Ladies Development winning the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership last season part of a treble. Entering the ERWFL began with a cup game at home to Lawford Ladies. The hosts going ahead early with Carla Penny on target to make it 1-0 in the 7th minute. Lawford responded well Daisy Canny a threat forcing a save from goalkeeper Tee Mhunduru. 1-0 the narrow advantage at the break. Penny scoring early in the 2nd half to double the advantage. Bella Simmons on the end of a Jade Powell free-kick scoring the hosts 3rd goals. Cambridge finishing strong Penny completing her hat-trick bringing up a 4th goal. A hat-trick to for Simmonds.

 

 

Millwall Lionesses join the ERWFL off the back of events at the club that saw the women’s section break away from the club to become London City Lionesses. A new beginning for Millwall Lionesses a young squad, well supported within the club along with a passionate fan base. Millwall were away to AFC Sudbury Ladies in their first group match. Sudbury relegated from the Premier Division last season rebuilding themselves with a young squad. The hosts taking the lead midway through the 1st half a cross squared in an converted. Millwall forcing the opposing goalkeeper into a save a shot into the side netting for the hosts. Millwall getting back on level terms late in the 1st half, Shannan Drewe’s looped shot in from the left beating the keeper. Millwall starting strong in the 2nd period bringing a goal on the hour, a corner floated in cushioned down into the path of Molly Hawkins to blast home 2-1. The visitors pushing striking the crossbar twice, the momentum with Millwall with 10 minutes left Hawkins their for her 2nd of the game after the goalkeeper saved to see the game won 3-1.

  Group C features , Gorleston Ladies, Needham Market Women, Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies and Wodson Park Ladies.

  Needham Market Women joining the ERWFL after a successful debut season that saw them finish runners-up up in the Suffolk Women’s Division, League Cup and County Cup finals. Creating a new Reserves side this season have recruited over the summer a vibrant club that is capturing the imagination and hearts of many. Began their league cup campaign with a home tie against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies a hugely experienced side at this level. An off day to start their season however as they were soundly beaten. Needham Market winning convincingly 9-1. Annie Northwood joining from local rivals East Bergholt United Ladies over the summer scored 40 goals last season off the mark with a hat-trick on Sunday. Gemma Moore and Lina Hagib also joining the squad both off the mark with a goal each. Amber Sparks netting a brace. Defender Megan Stock with a goal too along with Francesca Rainbird often a top performer for Needham Market last season.

  Gorleston Ladies are also new to the ERWFL joining from Norfolk. A heavy loss with players missing to start their league campaign last weekend began their league cup campaign this Sunday with a trip down to Hertfordshire to play Wodson Park Ladies, who were previously Hertford Town Ladies. A better result this time around as the visitors netted 5 times to win the game 5-1. Abigail Bell who I think was with Gorleston Rangers Ladies last season scoring twice. Hannah Croft, Melissa Anderson and Hayley Muir with the other goals. Olivia Worsfold scoring the goal for Wodson Park.

 Group D features, Histon Ladies, Hutton Ladies, King’s Lynn Town Ladies and Leigh Ramblers Ladies.

   King’s Lynn Town Ladies are looking to do well in both the league and cup competitions this season began their cup campaign with an away trip to Histon Ladies who look to have strengthened themselves as they begin the new season. An early lead for the hosts hitting King’s Lynn on the counter Kirsty Geal bursting forwards collecting the pass and shooting form 20 yards to score with 5 minutes gone. King’s Lynn levelling the scores with 10 minutes of the 1st half left. Histon coming close to retaking the lead, but it was the visitors from Norfolk leading 2-1 at the break scoring just before the whistle to go 2-1 ahead. The victory sealed with 15 minutes left King’s Lynn winning 3-1 the goals scored by Tiffany Forshaw, Rachel Skinner and Katie Ward. 

  An all Essex affair in the final group match to bring you with Hutton Ladies hosting newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies winners of the Essex Women’s Premier Division last season. Leigh Ramblers still with a very young squad most 18 years old. Hutton have experience on their side and a goal threat. Started the season with a 7-1 victory. Vicky Kinsman, Kate Lowen and Lauren Knight amongst the goals with Sally Appleton netting a hat-trick.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 05/05/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 5th May

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

The final day of the league season in the Beds & Herts Women’s football leagues this Sunday with just the League Cup and Chris Renshaw Cup Finals to come. Things settled in Division One with Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies winning the title 3 points clear of 2nd placed Northwood Ladies with St Albans Ladies who Hemel Hempstead will meet in the League Cup finishing 3rd. Joining St Albans on 32 points in 4th are Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires with a big win on the final day to mark a fine fist season playing in Division One. Leading for a good spell early on Welwyn have more than held their own in a competitive league following promotion from Division Two. At home to Sharnbrook WFC who have tailed away towards the end of the season Welwyn secured the 3 points courtesy of a 7-1 win.

Promoted as champions of Division Two along with Welwyn, Garston Ladies 2nd XI had a difficult start to life in the higher league bottom for a long spell simply not playing games had alot of catching up to do but a terrific run of form at last getting games played they have stormed up the league to seal a 6th placed finish winning 6 of their last 8 league matches. Away to Houghton Athletic Ladies who have been solid in mid-table on the final day the sides sharing 8 goals between them, Garston edging Houghton out to win the game 5-3. Charley Kelsey netting twice for Garston to put her on 15 goals for the season. Ruby Jager top scorer with a goal has 18. Holly Jury and Lauren Berryman also on target with a goal each. Emily Wilson with 15 goals for Houghton scoring in their final game along with Shakeela Hussain and Coral Beary with her first goal. Garston’s 2nd XI with one more game to play this Sunday at 11am The Chris Renshaw Cup Final against counterparts Garston Ladies 1st team.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One game left to play in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two and having secured a 2nd placed finish in the league and promotion to Division One, Hitchin Town Ladies were away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies on the final day. Have enjoyed a strong season at the top for much of the campaign a big win to finish the campaign. Captain Emma Chaffey edging out Louise Gash to the top goalscorer position netting a hat-trick to finish on 18 goals, Gash with a brace not far behind with 15. There was a brace to in the final game for Rebecca Day her first goal of the season with Lauren Wyatt and Natalie Thompson also scoring a goal each in a 9-0 win. 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

All set up for a dramatic final day of the season in Beds & Herts Division Three with the top 3 all with a chance to win the title. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses top of the pile at the start of the day a point clear of both AFC Dunstable Ladies Development and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies. 

 Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses with just the 2 losses all season away to 3rd placed Kempston & Bedford in their last game. Kempston & Bedford with a strong finish to the season to put themselves right back in the title picture including back to back wins against Dunstable. Those Dunstable’s only defeats too having drawn 0-0 on the opening day going on to win their next 12 league matches to lead the way in their debut season in women’s football. The title out of their hands going into the last game needed the other result to go there way so long as they did there job away to Biggleswade United Ladies. 

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies also making their debut in women’s football enjoying a good start and finish to the season whilst also reaching the semi-finals of both the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup and League Cup. Giselle Randall’s goals powering Woburn & Wavendon to the top of the league, she was on target for 2 more in the final game to put her on 39 for the season. It wasn’t enough as Woburn & Wavendon lost to see them finish up in 3rd spot with Kempston & Bedford winning the game 5-2! Chloe Urbanowicz with the goals early on in the campaign setting the tone for the season on the scoresheet with her 19th of the season. Kayleigh Humphries and Abigale Young both getting a goal a piece along with a first goal for the club for Chloe Hulett and Emily Kay. Kempston & Bedford finishing above Woburn & Wavendon.

That result seeing the Beds & Herts Division Three title go to AFC Dunstable Ladies as they got the win they needed against Biggleswade United Ladies. Bianca Vassell putting Dunstable into the lead late in the first half. Biggleswade not letting Dunstable have it their own way however as they came back to level the scored 7 minutes into the 2nd half. Helen Coster with the goal. Dunstable getting there noses back in front 10 minutes later with Vassell scoring her 2nd of the match her 34th overall. This time they held on in what was bound to be a nervous finish to clinch the 3 points to become Champions!

AFC Dunstable Ladies Development, Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three Champions. (photo credit AFC Dunstable Ladies Development)

 Congratulation’s to AFC Dunstable Ladies Development on winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three title.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 24/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th March

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Five games played across the county this Sunday with two in the Premiership and a full fixture list in the Championship North. In the Premiership, Cambridge City Development leading the table saw their run of wins in league and cup extend to 12 matches this Sunday. A 5th straight league win coming at home against Histon Ladies Reserves. A narrow advantage for Cambridge City at half-time a 1 goal lead, stepped it up a gear 2nd half to score a further 4 games to win 5-0. 

  Third placed Cambridge University Women were awarded the 3 points a home win against Netherton United Ladies.

  Elsewhere in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership it is a very tight picture form 4th down to 7th with there being just 2 points between the 4 positions. March Town United Ladies the latest side to jump up the table going from 7th up to 4th with a home win against bottom side Riverside Ladies on Sunday. Riverside having just the bare 11 available some carrying knocks March held a 2-0 lead at half-time going on to add a 3rd in the 2nd half to win the 3 points, Emma Searle, Emma Frost and Kayleigh Churchyard the goal scorers.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

All six sides in action in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship this Sunday with the leading pair Ketton United Ladies and Wisbech Town Ladies both winning away from home along with an away win too for bottom side Pinchbeck United Ladies their 1st league win of the season.

  Ketton Ladies made it 10 wins from 10 at the top of the Championship North beating Cardea Ladies away from home this weekend. Ketton scoring 3 goals in each half to win the game 6-0, now have 69 goals for the season a potent strike force in Fran Kavanagh and Claire Lawrenson the pair have 64 goals between them this season, Kavanagh moving past 40 with 4 on Sunday, Lawrenson with a brace moves onto 22.

Ketton Ladies, attackers Fran Kavanagh (back) & Claire Lawrenson

 Three points behind Ketton with just the one league defeat to date Wisbech Town Ladies also won away from home on Sunday in their local derby match with Wisbech St Mary Ladies. Have a potent attack of their own as they ran out 7-0 winners to collect the 3 points in Sunday top scorer Sophie Swinden scoring 4 in the game fast closing in on 40 goals herself. Chloe Stanborough moves past 20 goals scoring twice on Sunday with Amy Newell also amongst the goals for her 12th of the season.

   Pinchbeck United Ladies also celebrating a win at the weekend their first league win of the season coming at 2nd bottom Hungate Rovers Ladies, a brace from Rebecca Navarrete as well as a goal for Chloe Gray seeing them win the game 3-1.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 10/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th March

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

 It remains an ever changing picture at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, St Albans Ladies with a big win at home last Sunday the latest side to occupy top spot in the league. This Sunday they were hosting previous leaders Northwood Ladies who ha held fellow title hopefuls Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies to two successive 2-2 draws home and away. The lead changing once again with Northwood coming out on top goals from Danielle Tyler and Megan Warner securing a 2-0 win taking them a point clear of the chasing pack 3 sides all on 23 points.

  St Albans Ladies 2nd, Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires are 3rd joining them on 23 points in 4th spot go Houghton Athletic Ladies. An away trip to Garston Ladies 2nd XI this Sunday goals from Shakeela Hussain, top scorers Emily Wilson and a goal for Holly Thomson in her 1st game for Houghton Athletic seeing the visitors win the game 3-1 to move above Hemel Hempstead. Holly Jury with the goal for Garston. Hemel Hempstead two points back from the top 4 crucially have 2 to 3 games in hand on them all.

   Also in Division One this Sunday it was a home win for Sharnbrook WFC, earning the 3 points with a narrow victory over Sherrardswood Ladies, Francesca Novelli with a 22nd minute goal for the visitors, Sharnbrook scoring twice to clinch the win 2-1.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Hitchin Town Ladies won away from home in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday to close the gap to leaders Hitchin Belles back to 3 points with a game in hand. Hitchin Town were taking on Watton Ladies at the weekend. Got off to a fantastic start with Louise Gash through on goal to score inside 2 minutes, 4 minutes later the visitors were 2-0 up Mandy Cain-Murnane trying her luck from distance to score. Both sides battling the windy conditions Watton had a goal disallowed for offside midway through the first half. 2-0 it remained heading into the last 5 minutes Sherrie Evans with her first goal for Hitchin Town scoring in her 3rd appearance to make it 3-0 on 85 minutes, 2 minutes later it was 4-0 with Lauren Wyatt also into her 3rd appearance scoring her first for the club to see Hitchin Town win the game 4-0.

   A ninth league win of the season sees Letchworth Garden City Eagles in 4th keep the pressure on the leading pack a point now behind 3rd place Royston Town Ladies Development with 2 games in hand. Letchworth were away to Evergreen Eagles this Sunday. Kate Tempest scoring a hat-trick for the visitors has 7 for the season. Top scorer Tayla Murray also amongst the goals netting a brace to move onto 12 for the campaign, with Emily Jamieson also getting her 7th goal of the season in a 6-2 win for Letchworth.

   5th placed Evergreen Ladies were hosting bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures this Sunday in Division Two a good first half to the game saw Evergreen into a 5-0 lead with a goals for Rebecca Freeman and Natalie Maher along with her first goals of the season for Amira Nekikeche celebrating a hat-trick. April Spang pulling a goal back for Welwyn early in the 2nd half it was as good as it got with Maher scoring a 2nd of Evergreen to see them run out 6-1 winners.

   A single goal enough to secure all 3 points in the other game to report on in Division Two, going to Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies at home taking on Bedford Ladies Development on Sunday.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Two matches played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday. 5th placed Biggleswade United Ladies consolidating their position with a good result at home to Kempston Rovers Ladies. Sarah King doubling her goals tally for the season as she scored 5 goals on Sunday for Biggleswade to move into double figures. Tashai Simms also finding the back of the net for a goal along with top scorers Leeanne Davison chalking up her 17th of the campaign in a 7-2 win. Meghan Dimmock and Beth Prior scoring for Kempston Rovers.

  Stotfold Juniors Ladies climb above Kempston Rovers as a result of that defeat coupled with victory at home on Sunday in the league over Buntingford Town Ladies. Stotfold winning the game 2-0.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

One outstanding quarter final tie remaining in The Chris Renshaw Cup, postponed last time out Division Three leaders AFC Dunstable Ladies Development were away to Garston Ladies 1st team struggling for results in Division One. Garston getting themselves into an early lead 1-0 up after 6 minutes, Dunstable coming back late in the first half to score two quickfire goals to lead 2-1 at the interval, Holly Wilks and top scorer Bianca Vassell with the goals. Garston back on level term 7 minutes into the first half scored a 3rd on the hour to lead 3-2, that would prove to be the winning goal, Garston’s 1st team joining their 2nd XI in the last 4 of the competition, Jane Hales, Emma Trill and Lucy Zecchin the players getting the goals. 

  Both Garston sides with a home draw in the semi-finals to be played on the 24th March, Garston 1st team up against another Division Three high flyer Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses whilst the 2nd XI are up against Division Two title chasers, Hitchin Town Ladies.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 16/12/18

Sunday 16th December

Norfolk Women’s Division One

  The final Round-Up for the county this year, although not the end to the football as Division Two looks set to continue through the festive period. Women’s Football East may well be at a couple pf those games if tempted (and that isn’t difficult).

  This Sunday saw a couple of postponement’s Thorpe United Ladies ending the year 9 points clear at the top of Division One having injuries to key players (goalkeepers) calling off their match at home to Sprowston Athletic. Two matches were played. Sprowston Ladies moving clear into 3rd position end the year 3 points from 2nd placed Aylsham Ladies with a game in hand. Sprowston ending 2018 with a run of 5 games without a loss were at home on Sunday up against Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. A 2-0 win seeing Sprowston make 3rd spot their own.

  At last a positive end to 2018 for Bungay Town Ladies. Getting numbers back into their squad and with it the results have come as last seasons defending champions make it 2 league wins on the bounce and a total of 7 points from their last 3. The ‘old farm’ derby as they titled this weekends game taking on local rivals Beccles Town Ladies at home on Sunday. A positive first half for Bungay taking control of the matching winning 5-0 at the final whistle. The goals coming from Selina Rowland and Imogen McGregor. Shannon Dade also scoring her first goal of the season along with Fiona Burrage getting a goal on her Bungay debut.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

   A huge game at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two on Sunday with the leading pair both unbeaten so far this season going head to head. Leaders Fakenham Town Ladies with a 100% winning record away to Taverham United Women just two points behind in 2nd spot well clear of the chasing pack. Destined to be a close encounter and in the end it was just the one goal that separated the sides, Abbie Walker netting it for Taverham her 18th goal of the campaign seeing her side go to the top of the table as Fakenham suffer defeat for the 1st time this season, the sides meeting in the reverse fixture this coming Sunday.

  Long Stratton Women finish the year in 3rd position in the Division Two table climbing above Gorleston Rangers Ladies with a comfortable home win on Sunday against Freethorpe Ladies. Striker Samantha Walker proving a useful addition to the squad too hot to handle this weekend scoring 5 goals moving her onto 27 goals from just 9 games. A brace to for Emily Watts who has 13 now for the campaign seeing Long Stratton win 7-0. Long Stratton travelling to Freethorpe next Sunday.

   A Thetford derby this Sunday with the town’s young guns meeting for the first time in women’s football. Thetford Town Ladies at home to Bulldogs Ladies. A difficult start to lift in the league for both, Thetford Town struggling for numbers at times playing just their 6th league match, Bulldogs bottom of the table without a point, have nevertheless been competitve in several games. Melissa Boulton is Thetford Town’s top scorer a brace at the weekend taking her into double figures for the season. Emma Johnson getting the goals for Bulldogs scored another at the weekend to take her onto 8. Sara-Jane Langford also on the scoresheet for Bulldogs. It was Thetford Town celebrating the win at the end of the match however their 3rd of the season with goals from Laura Martins, Gemma Ramsey and Melena Smith seeing them to a 5-2 victory. Again the fixture reversed this coming Sunday.

  Two sides in need of a confidence boosting win met on Sunday with Horsford Women entertaining Hockering Ladies. Both newcomers to the league with a single win on the board each so far. Hockering struggling for numbers have rarely been able to field a full team which hasn’t helped them, 2 to 3 more committed players will in time make all the difference. Ending up with 9 against Horsford, Hockering did well to limit Horsford to 3 goals enough to get them that 2nd 3 point haul of the season. Robyn Penn scoring for Hockering her first goal in her new teams colours. Likewise the two sides meet in the reverse fixture this coming Sunday.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 09/12/18

Sunday 9th December

Suffolk Women’s Division

  10 wins from 10 now for East Bergholt United Ladies at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division, and a +100 goal difference already. Moved onto an incredible 104 goals for the season before Christmas with a home win against Brettvale Ladies this Sunday. Stacey Teager and Annie Northwood both finding the back of the net for two goals each, with Millie Wilding and Jessica Clark also getting a goal a piece in a 6-1 win. Iris Gunnarsdottir getting the goal for Brettvale her first for the club.

  All change below East Bergholt, Brantham Athletic Ladies neck and neck with East Bergholt at the start of the season slipping down to 4th after a run of 3 games without a win, a draw followed by a narrow loss at home to East Bergholt were away to Needham Market Women this Sunday having the best start to the season out of all the newcomers to the league. 3rd in the table Needham Market came out on top in a 7 goal thriller with Brantham to claim the 3 points their 8th win of the season taking them up into 2nd in the table winning 4-3. Lucy Dunnett, Kirsten Hutchings and Danielle Harvey scoring for Brantham.

  Alresford Colne Rangers up there too amongst the sides hoping to see East Bergholt slip up, climb into 3rd position in the Suffolk Women’s Division table with a big win away to struggling Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Tiffany Reeves with a double hat-trick for Alresford top scoring in the match. 3 more players celebrating hat-tricks for Alresford with Jenna Cash, Vicky Hall and and Lucie Stanbury all getting 3 to their name. Laurel Harknett added two more with Christina Cash and Jasmine Warner also on the scoresheet in a 19-0 win.

   One goal is enough though to win the 3 points more often then not and Coplestonians Ladies claimed their 3rd 1-0 win of the season away from home on Sunday on consolidate their position in mid-table in the Suffolk Women’s Division. Were away to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies the sides locked at 0-0 at half-time. Felicity Cooper, getting the all important goal in the 2nd half for the visitors to secure Coplestonians 5th win of the campaign.

   0-0 after the first 45 minutes on Sunday between University of Suffolk Women and Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies it was a completely different story 2nd half with the sides sharing 8 goals between them and taking home a point each, Leanne Derbyshire and Amy Yeldham scoring 2 goals each for University of Suffolk ended the game with 10 with Christeena Sunny red carded. Charlotte Archer doubling her goals tally for Chantry Grasshoppers with a hat-trick with Bernice Corney also getting a goal for the visitors in a 4-4 draw.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 09/12/18

Sunday 9th December

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

  Quarter Finals weekend in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup, Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies reaching the final for the 1st time last season through to the last 4 again this season without kicking a ball after they were awarded the home win against Garston Ladies 2nd XI. The weather beating another quarter final with Colney Heath Ladies away game against Watford Ladies U23s postponed.

  That left two ties to be settled on the field this Sunday. Holders, Stevenage Ladies were hosting ERWFL Premier Division side Royston Town Ladies, a repeat of the final two seasons ago. Stevenage playing in the FAWNL South East Division One beating their lower league opponents with a confident scoreline to reach the last 4 of the competition once again. Ellie Searle scoring a hat-trick for the hosts. Nicole Emmings on target also for two goals. Ashleigh Deacon and Erin Pope also celebrating a goal each in a 7-2 victory. Joanne Rutherford with both the goals for Royston.

   Also booking a spot in the last 4 of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup are Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies. Pushing at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One were at home to Garston Ladies U18s in the quarter finals. Progressed with a dominate display recording a double figure scoreline in the process. Both Bianca Hedgecock and Natasha McConville scoring a hat-trick each in the match. Two goals each for Louise McCay and Lizzie Richardson. Charlene Turturici-Clarke with a goal along with two players scoring for the first time this season, Lorna Gover and Amy Shaw. Hemel Hempstead winning 13-0.

  The semi-finals taking place in the New Year Sun 20th January and are as follows:-

Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Stevenage Ladies

Watford Ladies U23s or Colney Heath Ladies v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

  Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires ended a run of 3 straight defeats in league and cup competition with a good result at home on Sunday to keep them top of Beds & Herts Division One. Were at home hosting bottom placed side Garston Ladies 1st team. Katherine Calvert and Chemise Huitson both scoring two goals each for the Sapphires Danielle Aken, Janiece Allen and Georgia Quinton with her first goal of the season also getting goals in a 7-1 victory. Emma Trill with the goal for Garston. 

   Houghton Athletic Ladies brought an end to their poor run of results last weekend to put themselves back in contention for top spot in Beds & Herts Division One, kept that pressure up with a 2nd successive 3 point haul to move them into 2nd and stay within a point of the leaders Welwyn. Houghton were at home this Sunday up against Sherrardswood Ladies. The hosts claiming the win with a close 2-1 scoreline, Emily Wilson and Emily Peat’s goals the difference with Rhiana Rose scoring a 43rd minute penalty for Sherrardswood.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

   A 7 point lead at the top of Beds & Herts Division Two now for Hitchin Town Ladies as they won for the 7th time this season, a home win on Sunday against one of the sides hoping to chase them down 3rd placed Royston Town Ladies Development. Captain, Emma Chaffey moving onto 8 goals for the season netting another two at the weekend for Hitchin Town. Kitri Simon scored her 1st goal for Hitchin Town too with Robyn Wilfort on the scoresheet too in a 4-1 win. Olivia Sole getting the goal for Royston.

  Hitchin Belles move into 4th spot in Beds & Herts Division Two a point behind 3rd placed Royston now, 9 points between them and local rivals Hitchin Town, the Belles however with 3 games in hand. Were away on Sunday taking on bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kiera How and Katie White scoring a goal in either half to secure a 2-0 win for Hitchin Belles

  Watton Ladies have been in a poor run of form in the league in Beds & Herts Division Two, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the cup last weekend, Watton had a boost going into this Sunday’s league clash at home to Evergreen Ladies. Sian Owens scoring 2 goals moving onto 7 for the season, with Codie Page scoring her 1st Watton goal sealing a 3-1 win for Watton. Rebecca Freeman on target for Evergreen scoring her 6th goal of the season.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

  New leaders in Beds & Herts Division Three with AFC Dunstable Reserves taking over at the top from Langford Ladies who were the only side not in action this weekend. Eyes on the prize for Dunstable as they kicked off at home to Stotfold Juniors Ladies on Sunday looking to keep up their unbeaten start in the league. Bianca Vassell with the large portion of goals for Dunstable so far this season scoring another 2 to take her onto 20. Madison Ashford, Lauren Brooker and Nicole Cameron all with a goal each too in a 5-1 win. Chloe Everton scoring for Stotfold. 

  Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses in 3rd spot also enjoying a great start to the season their unbeaten start ended by Dunstable, they themselves brought an end to another unbeaten start to the season at the weekend. Were at home taking on 4th placed AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies. Giselle Randall hitting a rich vein of form for Woburn & Wavendon moved onto double figures for the season netting all 3 goals for the hosts as they secured the win 3-2. Kimberlee Aldred plus an OG the goal scorers for Kempston who lose ground on the top 3 but still have games in hand.

  A high scoring match between Biggleswade United Ladies and Buntingford Town Ladies this Sunday in Division Three the sides sharing 8 goals between them Buntingford Town scoring 3 goals so too did Leeanne Davison for Biggleswade taking her onto 13 for the season, Sarah King also getting a goal with Jade Horsley finding the beck of the net for the 1st time this season Biggleswade closing to within a point of 4th placed AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College with their 5th win of the campaign.

  7 points now from their last 3 league games for Kempston Rovers Ladies, moving up the Division Three table their 2nd league win of the season coming away from home on Sunday against Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Goals from Beth Prior and Sabrina Stramaglia seeing Kempston into a 2-0 half-time lead. Bedwell scoring a goal in the 2nd half Courtney Edwards on target, had Leah Tomlin sent off, Kempston Rovers winning out 2-1 to collect the 3 points.