Sunday 11th February
An all Southern Division clash in the quarter finals of the FAWPL Cup this weekend with league leaders, Charlton Athletic Women hosting 4th placed Lewes FC Women, an intriguing tie on paper both going strong in cup competitions up to date something had to give this Sunday. In their 3 previous cup ties in both the FAWPL Cup and FA Women’s Cup, Charlton away from home each time had progressed via extra-time. Lewes drew first blood Sarah Kempson finding the back of the net to put the visitors into a 21st minute lead. Charlton coming back to level with 7 minutes of the 1st half left. Chances came and went for both sides the score tied 1-1 for the 4th time in a row Charlton were heading into extra-time. This time though the result didn’t go their way as Lewes booked their place in the competitions last four with an extra-time winner coming 5 minutes into the 2nd period of extra play, it was Kempson with her 2nd of the game to seal a memorable win. 3 more ties to be played the semi-final draw will follow.
It was also quarter finals day in the FAWPL Plate competition, Luton Town Ladies home tie against fellow South East Division One side Milton Keynes Dons Ladies falling foul of the weather. Southern Division West Ham United Ladies were at home on Sunday taking on South West Division One side, Keynsham Town Ladies. A early goal from Kelly Weathall in the 5th minutes settling West Ham down. Leanne Mabey striking in the 18th minute to double the home sides lead. A devastating spell of 3 goals in 7 minutes on the half hour putting West Ham in full control of the game, Mabey with her 2nd of the game was rapidly followed up with a quick fire double from Amber Stobbs. 5-0 the lead at half-time West Ham added 2 more goals to their tally inside the last 10 minutes Stobbs going on to complete her hat-trick with Molly Peters also on target in a 7-0 win sending West Ham into the FAWPL Plate semi-finals. Also joining West Ham United Ladies in the last 4 are Northern Division side, Flyde Ladies who beat Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies 5-1 and Hull City Ladies 2nd in Northern Division One who beat fellow league side Chorley Ladies 4-0 on Sunday.
FAWPL Southern Division
With Charlton Athletic Women involved in the FAWPL Cup, 2nd placed C&K Basildon Ladies took full advantage winning away to Queens Park Rangers Ladies to go top of the table for the 1st time in their history. It was Queens Park Rangers who started brightly however taking the lead in the 4th minute, Cherelle Albert opening her account after recently returning to the club having previously been with Watford Ladies. Basildon were back on level terms in the 15th minute with Jay Blackie scoring the goal to make it 1-1. That the half-time score Basildon strong at the start of the 2nd half went on to take the lead in the 67th minute, Angela Addison getting the goal. Addison scoring again 6 minutes later to make it 3-1 with her 20th goal of the season. That the final score takes Basildon a point clear at the top of the Southern Division table.
In the other match played in the FAWPL Southern Division at the weekend Gillingham Ladies left it late as they earned a point at home to Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday. The sides 9th & 10th in the table playing out a goalless first half it was the visitors Cardiff City who took the lead midway through the 2nd half, Zoe Atkins netting the goal. 2 minutes into injury time Gillingham came back to level the scores striker Kallie Balfour sending the ball home to make it 1-1.
FAWPL South East Division One
Three games postponed in FAWPL South East Division One on Sunday, only two surviving, league leaders AFC Wimbledon Ladies were at home to bottom club Haringey Borough Women. Georgia Heasman striking in just the 2nd minute to put Wimbledon into the lead. Haringey got themselves back level, Julia Carruthers scoring to make it 1-1. Wimbledon retaking the lead midway through the 1st half, Kelly-Jade Whelan with the goal to make it 2-1. Again Haringey came back though Brooke Hills sending the ball home from a 25 yard free-kick. 2-2 the sides drawing at half time. A different story 2nd half however as Haringey suffering from a couple of injuries could hold Wimbledon back no longer Two early goals in the 2nd half putting the home side 4-2 up, Jess Trimnell and Laura Quinn-Low on target. Hannah Searle scored 2 in two minutes to make it 6-2. Heasman scoring her 2nd of the game to make it 7-2 on 65 minutes. Into the last 20 minutes Rebecca Sargeant added a goal to make it 8-2. Hannah Billingham getting herself a brace along with Quinn-Low also scoring her 2nd hand Heasman completing her hat-trick in a resounding 12-2 win that takes Wimbledon into an 8 point lead at the top of the table.
In the other game to beat the weather in the FAWPL Southern Division, Enfield Town Ladies were at home to Cambridge United WFC in the A10 derby. Cambridge were giving a debut to goalkeeper Savannah Smith as well as Megan Todd who joins from ERWFL Premier Division side Acle United Ladies their top scorer with 15 goals. It was just the 1 goal that would see all 3 points won this Sunday. Stavroulla Panayiotou the scorer for Enfield in the 36th minute. Despite chances for Cambridge the hosts held on to claim all 3 points moves them to with in a point of 6th placed Cambridge.