Sunday 15th October
Sad news to start this week’s Beds & Herts Round-Up, struggling for numbers at the start of the season Sandy Ladies of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One have took the hard decision to call it a day. After 14 seasons ended last season winning the nearly formed Chris Renshaw Trophy. A real shame a talented squad had the pleasure of watching them on a couple of occasions wishing everyone at the club all the best for the future and hope to see as many as possible continue in the game and hopefully one day Sandy will return to women’s football.
Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup
Across both counties this weekend all the action was from the County Cup in Bedfordshire the 1st Round was being contested between 8 sides looking to join, Luton Town Ladies (the current cup holders), AFC Dunstable Ladies. Bedford Ladies and Sandy Ladies in the quarter finals.
Beds & Herts Division One side Sharnbrook WFC were at home in the 1st Round taking on Division Two side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Hoffi Pursey scoring an early goal for Sharnbrook in the 6th minute, 2 quickfire goals from Stephanie Hettle and Charlie Mullins on the hour mark had Sharnbrook in control of the tie. Mullins adding a 2nd goal to her tally with 20 minutes left. Pursey also claiming a brace netting another goal in the 83rd minute to see Sharnbrook progress with a 5-1 win. Georgie Payne with the Woburn goal.
An all Division One clash in the 1st Round of the Bedfordshire County Cup between Flitwick Ladies at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies on Sunday the away side getting the result to progress, Emily Wilson hitting a brace with goals form Louise Spendelow and Holly Thomson in a 4-0 win.
Bedford Ladies Development at home to Woburn & Wavendon Lioness Clarets was an all Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three clash in the 1st Round of the County Cup, the sides all square at the break drawing 1-1 both goals coming within a minute of each other just past the half hour mark Joanne Makin on target for Bedford, Alexandra Mitchell scoring for Woburn. The visitors going on to win the tie in the 2nd half with Lauren Revell giving Woburn the lead on the hour mark Charlotte Demmon making it 3-1 with 20 minutes left the Clarets reaching the quarter finals.
Bed & Herts Division Three side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies were at home to Luton Town Ladies Development in the 1st Round of the County Cup a 6-0 defeat seeing them exit the competition at the weekend.
The quarter final draw for the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup is as follows:-
Bedford Ladies H-W Sandy Ladies (folded)
AFC Dunstable Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC
Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets v Luton Town Ladies
Houghton Athletic Ladies v Luton Town Ladies Development
Ties scheduled to be played Sunday 21st January
Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup
8 ties played in the 1st Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup this Sunday with Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies, Evergreen Eagles and Garston Ladies all awarded a walkover to progress into the 2nd Round.
County Cup holders Stevenage Ladies began the defence of their trophy away to Beds & Herts Division Two side Garston Ladies 2nd XI. 4 leagues between the sides Stevenage overpowering their opponents attackers Leah Littlechild and Nicole Emmings both scoring a hat-trick. Chloe Gunn getting a brace. The goals were shared out elsewhere with Amy Josland, Rebecca Scola, Ellie Searle, Kristi Burling and Dominique Godbeer all finding the back of the net in a 14-1 win.
Stevenage Ladies Reserves side also progress in the Hertfordshire County Cup taking their fantastic league form away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday. A brace for Emily Scofield, along with strikes from Hannah Marshall and Rebecca Brooker seeing them beat the side from Beds & Herts Division Two 4-0.
Royston Town Ladies last season’s beaten finalists are also through to the 2nd Round of the County Cup winning away from home against Watford Ladies Development who themselves won the competition 2 seasons ago. Goals from Samantha Edgar, Hayley Graham and Abby Laughlin sealing a 3-0 victory for Royston Town.
ERWFL Division One South side Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies won comfortably at home to progress in the County Cup on Sunday taking on Beds & Herts Division Three side, Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kristina O’Connell netting a hat-trick in the match. Summer Muir claiming a brace with goals too for Leah Dunnage, Courtney Smart, Charlotte Grogan and Sian Owens in a 9-0 win.
Not such good news for ERWFL Division One South side Bishops Stortford ladies as they exit the County Cup in the 1st Round knocked out by lower league opposition, short on numbers Bishops Stortford were hosting Beds & Herts Division Two side Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires. Goals from Danielle Aken, Chemise Huitson and Sophie Mandel seeing the Sapphires win the tie 3-1. Brogan McHale scoring for Bishops Stortford.
Another side causing an upset on the County Cup were Beds & Herts Division Three bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies at home on Sunday taking on Watton Ladies bottom of Division One. Goals form Charlotte Caswell and Lauren Englefield sealing a narrow 2-1 win for Potters Bar.
Bedwell Rangers Ladies from Beds & Herts Division Three were leading Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies 1-0 at half-time in their County Cup 1st Round tie the away side scoring in the 25th minute Megan Wybrow with the goal. Sherrardswood started the 2nd half strongly, Manjinder Atwal levelling the scores on 50 minutes a quickfire spell of 3 goals putting Sherrardswood on top on 57,58 and 60 minutes, Atwal with her 2nd of the game, Laurie Marris and Francesca Novelli also on target. Bedwell Rangers threatened a comeback Holly Walker then Jessica Sullivan making it 4-3. Into the last 10 minutes of the game and Atwal struck again to complete her hat-trick then a 4th a couple of minutes later to seal a 6-3 result.
Also advancing into the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup are Beds & Herts Division Two side Hitchin Belles winning 4-2 away from home against Bishops Stortford U18 Girls. Chloe Keller scoring a brace with Charlotte Peters and Charis Wakefield also scoring.
The draw for the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup features 8 ties to be played Sunday 12th & 19th November.
Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies
Evergreen Eagles v Stevenage Ladies
Hitchin Belles v Potters Bar United Ladies
Royston Town Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies
Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Stevenage Ladies Reserves
Hertford Town Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies
Evergreen Ladies v King’s Langley Youth U17 Belles Girls
St Albans Ladies v Garston Ladies