Sunday 14th January
Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup
A weekend of cup action in Beds & Herts with the quarter finals of the League Cup taking place along with the 1st Round of the Chris Renshaw Cup being played some exciting games amongst them too.
In the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup quarter finals defending cup holders Houghton Athletic Ladies are through to the semi-finals of this years competition with a comfortable home win over fellow Division One side Flitwick Ladies. A brace for both Shakeela Hussain and Emily Wilson in the match with a goal to for Louise Spendelow to see Houghton advance with a 5-0 win.
Also through to the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 5-0 win are Northwood Ladies in their debut season. Were away in the quarter finals taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three side, Evergreen Ladies. Scarlett Keightley putting the Division One side into an early 5th minute lead, Zamina Rehemtulia and Emma Steele making it 3-0 before half-time. Leanne Jones extending Northwood’s lead on 59 minutes. Keightley getting her 2nd of the match with 20 minutes left.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division One leaders St Albans Ladies are into their 2nd semi-final of the season having already reached the semi’s of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup. At home in the quarter finals of the League Cup taking on fellow Division One side Garston Ladies. A single goal enough to send St Albans through coming late in the 1st half, Ellen Slater scoring.
An eventful game in the final League Cup quarter final going all the way to extra-time. Division One side Sharnbrook WFC hosting Division Two leaders, Garston Ladies 2nd XI. Lauren Berryman scoring a hat-trick for Garston. Sharnbrook netting 3 up the other end to force extra-time Emma Butler scoring in the 1st half with Hoffi Pursey scoring early in the 2nd half Butler scoring again in the 84th minute. Into extra-time the match was closing in on penalties when Gemma Franklin (pictured) found the back of the net for Sharnbrook with 3 minutes left to send them through to the semi-finals.
The draw for the semi-finals of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup is as follows date to be arranged:-
St Albans Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC
Houghton Athletic Ladies v Northwood Ladies
The Chris Renshaw Cup
Into it’s 2nd season The Chris Renshaw Cup began this weekend with 8 1st Round ties featuring those sides knocked out of the League Cup in the early stages, plenty of action with three ties going into extra-time two of which feature Welwyn Pegasus.
Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies were drawn at home in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup taking on Division Three side, Bedwell Rangers Ladies. A 7 minute hat-trick from Laurie Marris in the 1st half putting Sherrardswood in control of the tie, could find no more goal 2nd half Bedwell pulling one back with 15 minutes left Jessica Sullivan scoring. 3-1 the final score.
Plenty of goals in the 1st Round tie between Watton Ladies and Welwyn Pegasus Azures 11 in total as the game went all the way to extra-time finishing 4-4 after 90 minutes. Janiece Allen scoring a 1st half hat-tick for the visitors Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Division One side Watton getting 4 goals leading late into the match Sophie Clarke netting for Welwyn in 2nd half injury time to take the tie into extra-time. Watton found another goal in the extra period of play but it was Welwyn who progress as they scored twice more to win an incredible game 6-5. Anja Fletchman Brown and Clarke with her 2nd of the game sending them through. Both Beth Wilding and Laura Agnew claiming a brace for Watton with Gemma Penny also on target.
Hitchin Town Ladies also progress in the Chris Renshaw Cup with a 1st Round home win over fellow Division Two side Evergreen Eagles. Jessica McNamara scoring a hat-trick with Mandy Cain-Murnane also getting a goal in a 4-0 win.
4-0 was also the winning margin in the all Division Three 1st Round tie between, Potters Bar United Ladies and Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. It was the visitors Shefford who progress in the competition with goals from Chloe Tate, Louise Grocott and Sarah King along with an own goal.
Another all Division Two 1st Round tie saw Letchworth Garden City Eagles hosting Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues on Sunday. Natalie Moey scoring a hat-trick for Letchworth with Katie Smith also on target in a 4-1 victory. Chloe Martin from the penalty spot scoring for Woburn & Wavendon.
Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies in form in Division Three were away to Division Two side Hitchin Belles in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup. Laura Bocking and Shannon Page scoring the 2 goals for Hitchin Belles they were knocked out of the competition with Wheathamstead netting 3 up the other end Sophie Pidgeon getting a goal with Libby Quinn scoring twice in a 3-2 win.
An all Division Three clash in the 1st Round of competition saw Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets hosting league leaders Bedford Ladies Development. The visitors in trouble 2-0 down at half-time, Emma Payne netting twice for Woburn & Wavendon. Bedford mounted a come back in the 2nd half to force the tie into extra-time. Captain Jessica Bunnage making it 2-1 on 67 minutes. Catalina Costas with her 1st goal for the side 8 minutes from time making it 2-2. In extra-time Bedford went on to take an early lead Bunnage with her 2nd of the game as Woburn & Wavendon looked for a goal at the other end the visitors scored again late on Cayleigh Jackson on target to make it 4-2 the final score 5-2 with Joanne Makin scoring a late minute penalty.
Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires 2nd in Division Two were hosting 3rd placed Royston Town Ladies Reserves in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup another high scoring tie that went all the way to extra-time on Sunday. Megan Kaba with her 1st goal for Royston and a brace from Grace Leslie seeing the visitors score 3. Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires also on target with 3 goals in the regulation 90 minutes to see the game extended by 30 minutes. A different story in extra-time as Welwyn Pegasus dominated to power their way into the next round netting 4 more goals to win 7-3. April Spang getting 4 goals in the match with Chemise Huitson, Sophie Mandel and Katherine Calvert with her 1st goal for the club also scoring.
8 sides advancing into the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup they are as follows date to be arranged:-
Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies
Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires v Shefford Town & Campton Ladies
Hitchin Town Ladies v Bedford Ladies Development
Welwyn Pegasus Azures v Letchworth Garden City Eagles