Women’s FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying
33 clubs across the East entered the Women’s FA Cup at the 2nd Round Qualifying stage this weekend as they started on The Road to Wembley, a distance dream it maybe but nevertheless everyone entered with that the ultimate prize come Saturday May 13th. 80 ties in total in the 2nd Round Qualifying. Prize money increased this year too the winning side this weekend earning £450. A possible tie with an FAWPL Division One side in the next round too. The competition regionalised in the early rounds to try and limit the travelling sides have to do. 19 games featured sides covered by Women’s Football East the fortunes of all covered below.
It all started Saturday night the 2nd Round Qualifying ties starting with Bishops Stortford Ladies making their debut in the Women’s FA Cup hosting Bungay Town Ladies. A special occasion for the Beds & Herts Division One side getting to play the fixture at the men’s ProKit (UK) Stadium. Bungay Town Ladies competing in Norfolk Women’s Division One were entering the Women’s FA Cup for the 3rd time looking to progress to the next round for the 1st time. This match was covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog the match report can be found further down the feed on the website or by clicking on the link below.
Bungay Town Ladies held the advantage at half-time leading 1-0 Rebecca Carver with the goal slotting the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box. A competitive 1st half, Bungay Town Ladies came out the stronger 2nd half striker Lacey Andrews causing the Bishops Stortford defence some problems eventually breaking into the box and scoring to make it 2-0. A late goal from Kathryn Stanley on 82 minutes sending the ball over goalkeeper Ruth Smart to pull it back to 2-1 looked to set up a tense finish however Bungay were to get down the other end and score, Andrews winning the ball in the corner linked up with Emily leach before the ball came back to her to lift over the keeper and in to make it 3-1 the final score.
Two more sides from Beds & Herts Division One faced each other in 2nd Round Qualifying on Sunday with Houghton Athletic Ladies entering for the 1st time at home to Sherrardswood Ladies. Emma Hawkes gave Houghton the lead in the tie. Laure Marris pulled it all square for Sherrardswood with 15 minutes left on the clock. A late long range strike from Ciara Craig 2 minutes from time won the game for Houghton sending them through to the next round.
Park Ladies were making their Women’s FA Cup debut and will hardly want a reminder on The Round-Up as to how they fared the side newly promoted to the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership hosting Northampton Town Ladies promoted to the EMWFL Division One South this season. The higher league opponents proving too strong for Park Ladies racking up a 14-0 scoreline to advance in the competition.
Promoted with Northampton Town Ladies to the EMWFL Division One South were Peterborough United Ladies. They were making their debut in the Women’s FA Cup at home to another side entering for the 1st time, Cambridge City Ladies, newly promoted to the ERWFL Division One. A close result Cambridge City Ladies progress through to the next round Grace Stanley scoring the only goal of the tie.
Staying with the EMWFL Division One South, Riverside Ladies were also in action in 2nd Round Qualifying taking on Woodford United Ladies. A far more convincing result for Riverside as they overcame their lower league opponents 9-0 to go into the hat for the next round draw.
Histon Ladies formerly Great Shelford Ladies were on the road in 2nd Round Qualifying taking on EMWFL Division One South side Moulton Ladies. Sophie Hopkin netting a brace in the tie. Abigail Davies, Katie Saunders and Sophie Ugur also scoring goals for Histon as they ran out 5-2 winners to advance.
Two sides from the Essex Women’s Premier Division were also making their Women’s FA Cup debuts in 2nd Round Qualifying. Chelmsford City Ladies face a tough away match against high flying Haringey Borough Women leading with Bedford Ladies at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division two league higher. Proved too strong for Chelmsford City. Anais Reynolds scoring a hat-trick, their were braces too for Anele Komani, Julia Carruthers & Klesha Darroux. Roxanne Eshun, Naomi Graham and Shanice Nourrice all scoring a goal each too in a 12-0 victory.
Harlow Town Ladies promoted as Essex Division One Champions to the Premier Division were facing another ERWFL Premier Division side, Billericay Town Ladies entering the cup for the 1st time. Away from home Billericay Town Ladies took the lead on 17 minutes. Fran Gamble pulling it back to 1-1 on the half hour mark. Billericay Town retaking the lead just before half-time. Extended the lead to 3-1 on 63 minutes. Tia Dye got it back to 3-2 for Harlow Town Ladies with 15 minutes left, Billericay Town Ladies holding onto the lead at the end to progress to the next round.
The Supporting Women’s Football Blog covered a 2nd Women’s FA Cup tie on Sunday, eventually travelling down to the Ridgeons Stadium in Newmarket to take a look at their new state of the art cork based 3G pitch. Newmarket Town Ladies new home the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side welcomed a tough opponent with Wymondham Town Ladies newly promoted to ERWFL Division One having enjoyed an extended run in the competition last season keen for further progress this time around. had Newmarket on the back foot right from kick off. Gemma Sanders giving the visitors an early lead the goal was soon followed up by another with Laura Wiseman played through on goal. Sanders netted her 2nd of the game to put Wymondham 3-0 up at half-time.
Changes at the break saw Newmarket rally early in the 2nd half, Nadine Basson pulling a goal back. Wymondham hit back with 2 quick goals Kayleigh Holloway and Bethany Fretwell scoring to make it 5-1. A well worked goal from Newmarket got it back to 5-2. Again Wymondham broke and scored Alice Collins with the goal. Wiseman adding her 2nd and Wymondham’s in the 90th minute to seal a 7-2 win. The match report can be found on the website or by clicking on the link below.
Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies were making their Women’s FA Cup debut on Sunday at home to local rivals Brentwood Town Ladies playing in the league ERWFL Premier Division above. Katy Judd scored to give Little Thurrock Dynamos the lead and it looked to be enough only for Brentwood Town Ladies to find the equaliser late into the 2nd half to force the tie into extra-time. Brentwood Town Ladies going on to score again in the extra 30 minutes and advance 2-1 to the next round draw.
ERWFL Premier Division leaders Bedford Ladies suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies to go out of the competition Cyeanna Eaton with Bedford Ladies goal. Writtle Ladies also from the ERWFL Premier Division were also knocked out of the Women’s FA Cup the 1st time entrants losing 3-0 at home to Leyton Orient WFC.
Better news for the other ERWFL Premier Division sides in the Women’s FA Cup. Acle United Ladies reaching the 3rd Round Qualifying draw beating Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side Netherton United Ladies at home 2-0. Anna Larkins and Kate Pasque with the goals.
Royston Town Ladies were away to Colney Heath Ladies on Sunday a tricky tie in 2nd Round Qualifying the ERWFL Division One side finding good form recently. Paris Coldicott-Stevens, Grace Leslie and Samantha Tinsley all scored for Royston Town Ladies, Molly Slade getting a goal for Colney Heath Ladies who were knocked out losing 3-1.
AFC Dunstable Ladies were at home on Sunday in the Women’s FA Cup taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Sandy Ladies. 3 Dunstable players claimed a brace in the match, Samaria Khan, Paige Kavangh and Amber Pearson. Danielle Carty and Lori Wilson-Phillips grabbed a goal each too Dunstable winning 8-0.
AFC Sudbury Ladies made the short trip to the Boxted Sports Ground to play fellow ERWFL Premier Division side Colchester Town Ladies. Sudbury taking an early lead, Sasha Diston heading home from a corner inside 5 minutes. Stacey Teager doubling the lead 10 minutes later. Another corner routine late in the 1st half saw Sudbury take a 3-0 lead into the dressing room at half-time Charlene Roach the scorer. Lost Sophie Jeffery to a head injury in the 1st half however. A nasty looking swollen bruise above her eye to show for her efforts after the game. No more goals followed in the 2nd half Sudbury progressing to the next round had something extra to celebrate, Sophie Pink returning to action after a long injury lay off.
Brandon Town Ladies, Peterborough Northern Star Ladies and Hertford Town Ladies all advanced without kicking a ball their opponents withdrawing from the competition. The draw for 3rd Round Qualifying was made this Monday and has thrown up some tasty looking ties those featuring clubs of interest listed below.
Women’s FA Cup 3rd Round Qualifying Draw
Norwich City Ladies v Riverside Ladies
Lowestoft Town Ladies v Enfield Town Ladies
Milton Keynes Dons Ladies v Actonians Ladies
Histon Ladies v Peterborough Northern Star Ladies
Northampton Town Ladies v Cambridge City Ladies
Denham United Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies
Cambridge United WFC v Wymondham Town Ladies
AFC Sudbury Ladies v Luton Town Ladies
Kettering Town WFC v Brandon Town Ladies
Bungay Town Ladies v Acle United Ladies
AFC Dunstable Ladies v Meridian Ladies
Houghton Athletic Ladies v Brentwood Town Ladies
Haringey Borough Women v Chichester City Ladies
Newbury LFC v Hertford Town Ladies
Billericay Town Ladies v Basingstoke Town Ladies
Worthing Town LFC v Stevenage Ladies
Bexhill United Ladies v AFC Wimbledon Ladies
Royston Town Ladies v Regents Park Rangers Ladies
Gillingham FC Ladies v Maidenhead United Ladies
Ties scheduled to be played Sunday 9th October