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The Round-Up – ERWFL 17/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th February

ERWFL Premier Division

Like the FAWNL a large number of clubs for the ERWFL were involved in the latter stages of their various County Cup competitions at the weekend that saw a reduced fixture list across both the Premier & Division One this Sunday.

  Two games from the Premier Division, 3rd placed Royston Town Ladies were at home taking on Bedford Ladies, a win would have seen them move above Acle United Women into 2nd spot in the table. As it was Royston were defeated for just the 2nd time this season Bedford in 8th climbing back up into the top half of the table with the 3 points. Lauren Murray netting a brace for the visitors with Carissa Kaczorowski and Maya Sidhu also on target in a 4-2 win. Joanne Rutherford and Hayley Elderd scoring the goals for Royston.

   AFC Dunstable have at times struggled for players to fulfil fixtures this Sunday they had just the 8 available as they took on Colney Heath Ladies at home. Injury seeing them down to 7, Colney Heath with the player advantage taking the lead from the penalty spot with Lucy Hancock scoring to make it 1-0, Dunstable striking the woodwork battled hard. Colney Heath going on to add 3 more goals ran out 4-0 winners. Sophie Joseph and Rianne Townsend-Brown on the scoresheet along with Olivia Mari marking her first appearance for Colney Heath with a goal.

ERWFL Division One

Three matches played in ERWFL Division One on Sunday. 4th placed Stevenage Ladies Reserves finally with a game on after a few postponements were at home taking on Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies. Midfielder Sherrie Evans putting the hosts into a 12th minutes lead. Stevenage giving a penalty away midway through the 1st half Alison Wrights spot kick in off the post to make it 1-1. The sides drawing at half-time. Evans was on target for her 2nd of the game 10 minutes into the 2nd half. That how the score remained heading into the final minute Wright put through on goal setting her shot up over the advancing keeper to see Histon equalise for the 2nd time in the match and take away a share of the points.

  Hertford Town Ladies resurgence continues as they extend their unbeaten run to 4 matches in Division One with a home win over Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this Sunday. Hertford holding a 2-1 lead at the break going on to score a 3rd goal in the 2nd half to secure their 2nd win of the season. Their goals coming from Rhiann Patmore (pictured), Chloe Ring & Olivia Worsfold. Rosy Wodhams with the 1st half goal for Hoddesdon. 

  Hatfield Peverel Ladies were the winners on Sunday, their 1st since joining the ERWFL this season 3 points all coming from draws prior. The Essex side have struggled for goals this season the lowest scorers in the league by far with just 3 before this Sunday have brought in a few new faces to bolster the squad recently performances improving as a result, the win on the board at last were at home to fellow strugglers Bishops Stortford Ladies. Jasmine Cox adding a goal threat for Hatfield Peverel scoring her 2nd goal in 3 appearances. Victoria King getting on the scoresheet too with her 1st goal of the season in a 2-0 win that takes Hatfield Peverel off the bottom of the table. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 10/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th February

ERWFL Premier Division

The ERWFL was again hit by the weather games falling foul of water logged pitches in both the Premier Division & Division One. Two games in the Premier Division although one of those was abandoned due to a head injury. Bedford Ladies were leading 2-1 away to Haringey Borough when striker Julia Carruthers suffered the injury and was admitted to hospital has since thankfully been given the all clear, the time of abandonment differing between clubs it has been listed as A-A on the full-time website will update if that changes.

 One game going the distance then Wymondham Town Ladies fifth in the table at home to fellow promoted side Harlow Town Ladies. The Norfolk side taking a 10th minute lead with striker Hannah Waters strong on the ball sending the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring. The Essex side responding well getting back level on the half hour then going on to take the lead, Chelsea Clarke lobbing the keeper from distance to level the scores back up late in the first half to see it all square at 2-2. Harlow getting the better of the 2nd half scoring twice more to come to make the long journey home with the 3 points the 4-2 victory seeing them climb into the top half of the table. Poppy Binding scoring twice for Harlow now has 13 for the season with Tayla Handscombe also on target along with a 1st goal for the season for Ellie Wallace. Not all bad for Wymondham either as they actually climb a place up to 4th now awarded the home win against Dunstable Ladies back in December.

ERWFL Cup

    One outstanding tie left to be played in the ERWFL Cup 3rd Round, Division One side Lawford Ladies making the trip to Hertfordshire to player Premier Division side Colney Heath Ladies. A first half brace for Rianne Townsend-Brown securing a 2-0 advantage for Colney Heath. A 3rd goal securing the win for the Premier Division side in the 2nd half Charlene Moreton scoring to send Colney Heath through the quarter finals of the competition.

Colney Heath Ladies, Charlene Moreton

ERWFL Division One

A switch to 3G saw one game beat the weather in ERWFL Division One on Sunday, King’s Lynn Town Ladies finally back in league action playing host to new league leaders St Ives Town Ladies. Unbeaten in the league and knowing 2nd placed Bowers & Pitsea Ladies game had been called off the visitors from Cambridgeshire had an opportunity to open a 4 point lead up at the top of the table. An own goal giving St Ives an early lead, Kira Markwell making a great save to deny King’s Lynn an equaliser as they grew into the game. St Ives defending well doubled their lead through top scorer Tierney Coulson. 2-0 to St Ives at half-time. A strong start to the 2nd half from King’s Lynn it was St Ives who were to extend their lead on the hour Coulson lobbing the keeper for her 2nd of the game and 21st goal of the season to make it 3-0. Hannah Seymour-Shove extending St Ives lead 5 minutes later. 4-0 the final score harsh on King’s Lynn who although not finding the break through with a goal themselves made St Ives work for the win.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 03/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd February

ERWFL Premier Division

One match taking place in the ERWFL Premier Division this Sunday and it saw league leaders Cambridge City Ladies extend their lead at the top of the table as they won their 13th game of the season at home against Essex side Brentwood Town Ladies. 14 played now with just 2 points dropped in a strong position now with 2 thirds of their games played. Have a potent strike force with goal scorers all over the pitch. Shannon Shaw hitting a brace this weekend to take her to 12 for the season with Bella Simmons also getting her name of the scoresheet with her 14th goal of the season in a 3-0 win.

ERWFL Division One 

The weather and outstanding cup fixtures affecting the league programme in ERWFL Division One this Sunday, two games featuring the top two in the league and their is a new side leading the way, St Ives Town Ladies going top. Unbeaten since joining the ERWFL this season 14 played with this weekend bringing up their 10th win of the campaign. Were at home hosting Essex side Hutton Ladies. The visitors carrying a potent goal threat themselves Vicky Kinsman adding another goal to her impressive goal scoring record. St Ives, Georgia Stancombe claiming the match ball as she netted a hat-trick up the other end, has 12 to her name now. Tierney Coulson St Ives top scorer adding a goal her 19th of the season as St Ives ran out 4-1 winners.

St Ives Town Ladies, Georgia Stancombe

  That win for St Ives coupled with dropped points fro previous leaders Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. The Essex side at home to a rejuvenated Hertford Town Ladies coming into the match off their 1st league win of the season last weekend against Bishops Stortford Ladies, have strengthened their squad, a point well earned against unbeaten St Ives a fortnight ago, Hertford followed that up with another creditable 0-0 against the league leaders to take their unbeaten run to 3 matches. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

ERWFL Premier Division

Taking over the lead in the ERWFL Premier Division last weekend Cambridge City Ladies are now 3 points clear form 2nd placed Acle United Women after coming through a tough encounter at home to Colney Heath Ladies. The visitors coming back to level the scores twice before Cambridge City eventually. ran out 3-2 winners. U16s goalkeeper Sally Phelps making her debut for the Cambridge City 1st team. The hosts opening the scoring in the 1st half, Rianne Townsend-Brown putting Colney Heath back on level terms, Cambridge City coming back to take the retake the lead on the stroke of half-time. One of Colney Heath’s best performances of the season they drew level for a 2nd time in the match from the penalty spot with Lucy Hancock stepping up to make it 2-2. Cambridge City getting the lead for a 3rd time in the match and were able to hold on this time to maintain their unbeaten league for to 13 matches, Hannah Bodily, Bella Simmons and Shannon Shaw the goal scorers.

   Acle United Women were at home on Sunday taking on Norfolk rivals Wymondham Town Ladies, the two sides drawn together in the County Cup semi-finals. Always a hard fought contest, Carolyn Sarafian playing her final game for Wymondham before leaving for America, has been a pleasure watching her play for various sides during her time in England and wish her all the best for the future. The visitors taking an early lead in the game with defender Betty Fretwell heading home from a corner in the 6th minute. Goalkeeper Ashleigh O’Callaghan making some important saves to keep Acle from finding a reply including saving from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute to preserve Wymondham’s narrow lead, winning 1-0 the 3 points taking them up to 5th position in the Premier Division.

  Royston Town Ladies came back from 2-1 down at home to win the 3 points a close the gap on 2nd placed Acle United Women to just two points. Came out on top in a tough home game against Essex side Brentwood Town Ladies on Sunday. The hosts taking an early lead through Sammy Tinsley scoring her 10th goal of the season. Brentwood coming back into it to level the scores and then take the lead themselves with Georgia Holdaway and Cerys Adams scoring. Royston finding their equaliser through a Teonie Peyton goal before Hayley Elderd struck with her 10th of the season to win the game 3-2 for Royston, just the one defeat in the league have 3 games in hand on Acle.

  Harlow Town Ladies also picking up 3 points at the weekend were at home to Haringey Borough Women. The two sides meeting a fortnight ago in the reverse fixture in the League Cup, Harlow’s Poppy Binding scoring a hat-trick in their 4-0 win. Binding repeated the feat in the league as she added 3 more goals to her tally moving her onto 11 for the season. There were goals to for Harlow’s Abbey Dell, Olivia Steele, Kirsty Woodacre and a goal on her 1st start for Bethany Chambers in a 7-0 victory.

ERWFL Division One

 Bowers & Pitsea Ladies continue to lead the way in ERWFL Division One remain a point clear of St Ives Town Ladies with 8 games left to play. The Essex side away to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this Sunday. Bowers & Pitsea taking an early lead with Courtney Fraser hitting the ball form all of 30 yards to score in the 9th minute. Chances for Bowers & Pitsea to add to their lead in the 1st half but it remained 1-0 at half-time. Abbie Simmonds doubling Bowers & Pitsea’s lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Hannah Kelly pulling it back to 2-1 for Hoddesdon in the last 10 minutes, Bowers & Pitsea held out to win the 3 points.

  A tough afternoon in tough conditions for 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies as they travelled to play Essex side Hatfield Peverel Ladies on Sunday. Georgia Stancombe’s penalty the difference between the sides in the finish, as Hatfield Peverel battled hard, the wind a huge factor like so many games elsewhere. St Ives Town holding their advantage despite being down to 10 with Elle Jefferson red carded in the match. St Ives remain unbeaten a point behind and a game in hand on Bowers & Pitsea. 

  Testament to this Sunday’s bitterly cold and windy conditions I witnessed them myself in my chosen fixture at the weekend and to be honest Women’s Football Caribbean has a better ring to it… only joking I love what I do, must be mad though a trip down to Hertfordshire to watch the Division One clash between Hertford Town Ladies at their new Wodson Park home against Bishops Stortford Ladies. A good point for Hertford last weekend their 1st of the season against unbeaten St Ives Town. A host of new signing a large squad available. The opposite for Bishops Stortford struggling for numbers starting with just 8 would be joined by a 9th a tough ask but the windy conditions a true leveller, getting the ball down a playing just not easy for Hertford who had the majority of the attack, Bishops Stortford working hard doing well Hertford eventually getting the lead Chloe Ring capitalising as Donna Watts committed the keeper to send the ball back in across goal. Carly Snell lashing the ball home from a corner to make it 2-0 to Hertford at half-time. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Carly Snell

The wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other Hertford playing into it 2nd half rode out a spell of pressure from Bishops Stortford early in the 2nd half Olivia Worsfold finding space and opportunities all game combining well with Dempsey Favell one of Hertford’s new additions to score their 3rd goal. The wind at their backs shots from range were worth a punt and from one of these Rebecca Bull pulled it back to 3-1 from 40 yards with assistance from Brogan McHale keeping the ball still to send the ball over the keeper. Hertford adding a 4th goal late in the game through Karen Staples to see them win their first league game of the season 4-1 to climb off the foot of the Division One table.  

  A convincing win at home on Sunday sees Newmarket Town Ladies climb up a place into 3rd in the ERWFL Division One table were taking on Histon Ladies. Have always had goalscorers in their side, that firepower added to with the addition of 16-year-old Annabel Cuthbert who has 10 goals now from 8 appearances. The youngster opening the scoring for Newmarket in the 24th minute. Antonia Smith doubling the hosts advantage in the 32nd minute. 2-0 the lead at half-time Newmarket struck early in the 2nd half to extend the lead Abbi Griffin scoring her 5th goal since returning to the club. That the score heading into the closing minutes, Cuthbert ending the game celebrating a hat-trick scoring a quickfire double at the end to see Newmarket win the game 5-0.

Match Report – Hertford Town Ladies v Bishops Stortford Ladies

Sunday 27th January

ERWFL Division One

Back to the football after having weeks rest, a trip down to Hertfordshire this Sunday to watch a game I’ve had pencilled in the diary for a while from ERWFL Division One, Hertford Town Ladies v Bishops Stortford Ladies.

  The Eastern Region Women’s Football League (ERWFL) having two divisions steps 5 & 6 of the women’s football pyramid. 12 teams contesting the Premier Division, 12 teams contesting Division One, back to a single division this season having been split North & South last season. Started with 13 the league has sadly lost Ipswich Wanderers Ladies due to lack of numbers, sadly a feature that is affecting women’s football across the board right now.

   Today’s sides at the wrong end of the table Hertford currently the bottom side, Bishops Stortford 10th. Followed each other into the ERWFL winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One title, Hertford in 2015/16, Bishops Stortford the following season. Two sides that rose rapidly through the county leagues have hit the buffers somewhat since joining the ERWFL

Hertford showing signs they are starting to turn the corner, Danny Barley taking over as manager towards the end of last season. Have a new home venue Wodson Park Sports Centre. A multi-sports complex next to Ware FC. Looks a impress partner to become associated with and plans are afoot for Hertford to be renamed in time for the new season. Have a grass pitch surrounded by a running track and access to a 3G pitch too. Had suffered due to lack of numbers have addressed that balance a new crop of players coming in to bolster the squad Rhianna Patmore, Chloe Ring, Georgia Turville, Megan Sende and Dempsey Favell amongst the new arrivals. Got their 1st league point on the board last Sunday a very good result a 1-1 with unbeaten St Ives Town Ladies at home.

  Bishops Stortford are struggling for committed players right now and are continuing to fulfil fixtures despite not being able to always field a starting XI, injury adding to that too. Just the 10 last week away to Newmarket Town Ladies, a commendable performance taking the lead but eventually lost 4-1. Together from youth level and successful they rose all the way through the age levels into women’s football, there as can often happen with a youth side climbing into women’s football there are loses to university. Since then Bishops Stortford have struggled to get results 3 points on the board so far. 

  It’s a windy one and very chilly with it, the hats on for the first time this season and I’ve brought the umbrella but how I’m going to hold it down if it does start raining I don’b know gloomy and overcast. Fingers crossed the rain stays away. The main pitch deemed too wet due to the overnight rain the game to be played the 3G pitch, a good size room for spectators down one side. The Sports Park offering the usual facilities. 

Hertford Town Ladies starting XI – Ellie Morris, Zoe Garvey, Megan Sende, Rhianna Patmore, Christie Seakens (C), Lauren Barnard, Georgia Turville, Chloe Ring, Olivia Worsfold, Katie Williams & Donna Watts. Subs – Nicola Davey, Karen Staples, Carly Snell, Dempsey Favell & Clare Pavett.

Bishops Stortford Ladies starting XI – Teigan McHale, Matilda Attridge, Rebecca Bull, Chloe Haken, Samantha McComish, Brogan McHale (C), Heather Martin, Poppy Kelly & Hollie Tate.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  As you can see from above straight away the visitors are at a huge disadvantage, arriving late not much time to prepare have just the 8 to take to the field with one on the way. Hertford with their new additions have twice the number available. The 3G pitch on a elevated position the hollowing wind is assured to play a huge part in the game a to some regards be something of a leveller. Bishops Stortford to get the game underway wearing blue and white vertical striped shirts blue shorts and socks with Hertford lined up opposite wearing sky blue shirts with a navy band across the front, navy shorts and socks.

  Bishops Stortford playing into the wind first half, Brogan McHale playing the diagonal ball out to Poppy Kelly attacking right drives at the Hertford defence, Megan Sende standing her ground putting the tackle in at left back. Bishops Stortford quick to close down Matilda Attridge into win the ball onto McHale, a great pass long to the right for Kelly crosses early, won by Rhianna Patmore at the back for Hertford. Kelly lively early on gets her head down prepared to run at players wins a throw in. Play across to the left side the pass inside to McHale given time shapes to shoot 30 yards out the ball wide of the upright. 

Bishops Stortford Ladies, Matilda Attridge with Hertford’s Zoe Garvey

 The wind at Hertford’s back isn’t necessarily helping forwards balls for the attackers running on difficult to chase down aiding the Bishops Stortford defence. Chloe Haken blocking a ball inside box for Bishops Stortford sees Hertford with a corner right side the ball crossed into toward the near post high for Donna Watts to try and bring down and turn and shoot, won’t come down Bishops Stortford see the threat away. Hertford unsure where best to exploit their opponents lack of numbers possession football very difficult with the wind press Bishops Stortford into their own half the 8 doing well enough in the opening exchanges. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Donna Watts bringing the ball down

  Balls that are played in behind would create problems on another day but the wind again makes these balls difficult to run down. Heather Martin coming back to win the ball for Bishops Stortford as Zoe Garvey brings the ball on from the back on the right for Hertford. Hertford come close to opening the scoring the ball fired in low across goal, Teigan McHale wearing the gloves today making a smart save with her leg at the near post of Chloe Ring, the ball loping up comes at Katie Williams quickly gets a touch the ball falling wide of the post. 

GOAL! The hosts open the scoring launch an effective counter attack, Lauren Barnard carrying the all on through the middle a threaded ball through to Watts moving right into the area McHale coming out to close the angle the striker shoots McHale saving with her legs going to ground, the rebound coming straight to Ring following Watts into the box from the right sends the ball back in across the empty goal and I think the ball is over the line at the far post even though Williams sliding in makes sure 1-0.

Hertford Town Ladies, Chloe Ring looking to keep the ball in play

Hertford look to press the advantage Olivia Worsfold puts a low ball in from an the right intercepted by Haken. Ring getting into the area twists and turns wins a corner the ball in from the right cleared out of the box falls to Garvey 25 yards out tries to lift it in over the goalkeeper, drops short into her arms. Worsfold sees a pass wide left into her feet left of the D turns into a shot the low ball running straight to McHale to claim low. A change for Hertford Georgia Turville off on comes Carly Snell.

Bishops Stortford Ladies, Brogan McHale

  Bishops Stortford defending for the majority in their own half have the ability to hit on the counter do just that the ball won the pass played early for Kelly bursting away on the right is clear goalkeeper Ellie Morris comes running out of her area to close her down, Kelly gets her shot away beating the keeper the ball heading for the goal beyond strikes the base of the near post. Calls for a foul as McHale is brought down outside the Hertford area, none given Hertford counter, the through ball for Ring clear right side Teigan McHale coming to close the angle Ring shoots the keeper getting her leg in the way of the ball sees it spin away across the face of the six yards box Watts getting a touch the ball spins away from goal wide. 

Samantha McComish heads the ball clear for Bishops Stortford

  Up the other end Broghan McHale is still down needs treatment, the wind is really hollowing now is bitterly cold. A few strong challenges coming in Kelly bundled off the ball. Hertford attack as Christie Seakins brings the ball forwards Worsfold looking to combine with Watts up top the wind ruining the move. Hollie Tate arrives Bishops Stortford have 9 on the field. A flowing attack from Hertford’s attacks Watts with it right 20 yards out plays it inside for Worsfold inside the D she lets it run on for Williams coming in left side hits a fierce shot in on the angle McHale making a great one handed save to palm the rising ball behind for the corner. Broghan McHale off for repairs has a bloody knee, vaseline applied she’d back on. 

 GOAL! The lead is doubled, from the set-piece the delivery good from the corner falls to Williams far post shapes to shot is blocked at pointblank range the ball spinning away to the to left hand corner of the area straight to Snell catches it well lashing the ball into the back of the net 2-0.

Hertford Town Ladies, Carly Snell

  A committed performance from Bishops Stortford’s 9 players are getting a few knocks for their efforts, Rebecca Bull the latest needing treatment. Hertford are enjoying the majority of the possession but no one is being afforded any time on the ball. Samantha McComish breaking up a Hertford attack. McHale combining with Kelly up front the latter forcing her way through in behind left the ball squared into Haken can’t turn as she is quickly closed down inside the D. Calls for a penalty as Snell appeared to be body checked inside the area but the appeals are waved away. 

Half-time Hertford Town Ladies 2-0 Bishops Stortford Ladies

  The half-time whistle blows and Hertford head into the changing rooms leading the game 2-0. Not good conditions for playing football the wind playing a huge part, have gotten the goals putting themselves into a good position to build on 2nd half know the wind will be against them 2nd half should see the through balls hold up better. Have the player advantage to which will be a factor as their opponents begin to tire. Bishops Stortford for their part have done very well a shortage of numbers everyone needed to step up to the plate and has, in their own half for much of the game came close to getting a goal themselves, pressed well and wind will be in their favour 2nd half.

Changes at half-time with Nicola Davey and Dempsey Favell on the field for Hertford at the start of the 2nd period the hosts to get us underway. A little lull in the wind but it won’t last long. Bishops Stortford win the ball come away on the left a driving run first by Kelly then picked up by McHale she is dispossessed outside the area the ball though coming to Martin, she has a shot 20 yards out the ball held by Morris in the Hertford goal. Tate is fouled going forwards McHale encouraged to have a go from 30 yards out the ball deflected wide for the corner. The visitors making an encouraging start to the 2nd half. 

Poppy Kelly on the attack for Bishops Stortford

  Hertford build on the right side a Ring pushing on in behind sends a cross in along the face of goal Williams arriving far side heads the ball wide. Favell with a great low ball through for Worsfold to go after bursting into the right channel, McHale comes early racing in intercept just gets there for the attacker, momentum keeps to keeper coming on gets a 2nd blocking tackle in as Ring is right behind Worsfold. The hosts starting to get a hold of the game push Bishops Stortford back into their own half once more. The visitors making she last gasp blocking tackles in and around their area, Bull, Attridge and Haken all called in to action. 

  GOAL! Hertford extend their lead a goal started ad finished by Worsfold the ball with her left side over halfway combines well with Favell breaking forwards the diagonal ball inside to her feet, Worsfold running on into the box receiving the return ball opens up her body to curl a low shot in McHale gets something in it but Worsfold gets a 2nd bite and makes no mistake 3-0.

Olivia Worsfold looking to win the ball for Hertford

  Kelly carries a real threat with the ball at her feet for Bishops Stortford attacks right is stopped by Seakens outside her box the ball played on for Favell a flowing attack she turns the ball on into the area for Worsfold peeling into space between the defence shots McHale going to ground making another good save with her legs. Williams comes off for Hertford on come Clare Pavett. The hosts have Bishops Stortford penned into the final 3rd, the wind holding the ball up in the air as Snell lifts in on for Worsfold left side she gets it up across the six yards box Ring racing in sees her shot charged down. Sende with the ball looks to get in past Worsfold on the left Bull sliding in wins the ball. Ring comes off for Hertford on in her place Karen Staples. 

  Favell plays the ball on for Pavett left side her cross inside to Worsfold central lets it run on for Snell she unleashes a shot 25 yards out, gathered by McHale. The light is starting to fade and the wind is getting stronger, won’t sit on the corner spot for Martin.

 GOAL! That though is the cue for someone to hold the ball still for the kick taker as Bishops Stortford are awarded a free kick all of 40 yards from goal the win at her back Bull over it has a go McHale laying beside the ball an outstretched finger holding it still, works as Bull catches it well the shot on target looping up and with the wind adding to the pace is over Morris before she can adjust 3-1.

Rebecca Bull with the goal for Bishops Stortford

Hertford continue to push players on Staples drifting out to the right sends in a cross/shot from the angle looping down at the near post a difficult on for McHale to deal with gets a glove to it turning it behind for the corner. The corner headed over by Davey. Into the last 10 minutes Bishops Stortford get some joy wide right winning a corner a great ball in across the six yard box by Martin isn’t attacked. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Nicola Davey

 Broghan McHale onto a loose kick out from the keeper sends a shot back in low left of the D, Morris setting herself has it covered. A free-kick wide on the right for Hertford the ball driven into the area with pace Favell gets a bullet header on it central, Teigan McHale with a fantastic one handed save especially as her body shape is taking her the wrong way. 

  GOAL! Space opening up late in the game the light fading fast Hertford attack right Davey on for Favell, good hold up play 20 yards out turns her marker to get inside drives a cross into Staples in space to the right of goal, she smashes a shot in towards goal defenders racing across to block it takes a nick and that carries it past the keeper and in 4-1. 

  Not long left Hertford finish strong Favell on for Snell right side shoots from the angle the ball skipping up of the surface claimed by the keeper. 

Full time Hertford Town Ladies 4-1 Bishops Stortford Ladies

  4-1 to Hertford Town Ladies they win their first league game of the season 4 points from the last two games taking them off the bottom of the table. A promising start to 2019 as they look to rebuild and become a force in the league. Exceptionally difficult conditions today the wind just meant there was no opportunity to get the ball down and play which would have tired their opponents out quicker, always hard to against a side without 11 on the field they will work all the harder simply because they know the have to. Patience usually paying off though.

  Full credit to Bishops Stortford a great effort from start to finish, 4-1 perhaps a little harsh one them, to start with 8 and keep their opponents from scoring a hat full of goals. The wind in their case suited them today the ball not going to stick to anyone. Great commitment shown and I’ve heard nothing but praise before seeing it for myself. If they can just get a few more committed to the cause they have got a fantastic core of talent to build with.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

   Onto this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. A tough day for playing football no doubt that wind just awful. Credit to Bishops Stortford for the work rate through out the side. For Hertford Carly Snell made a impact upon coming on scoring the 2nd goal, Dempsey Favell too influential in the 2nd half finding pockets of space bringing others into play.  Today’s award however goes to Olivia Worsfold, her link up play excellent and always looking for opportunities up front for herself and others, the wind in her favour 2nd half she got herself into some good attacking positions and scored too.

  Good job I love what I do, it was bitterly cold out there today that wind simply the worst cut right through you, glad to be in the warm this evening. Enjoyed it though I can never predict what I’m going to get and glad I don’t. My thanks to both sides for their help with the teams today much appreciated.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 20/01/19

Sunday 20th January

ERWFL Premier Division

Like the FAWNL the ERWFL fixture lists were severely reduced due to sides contesting their various County Cup competitions and the overnight freezing conditions. Just the two games played in the Premier Division with contrasting scorelines, the outcome the same 3 more points on the board.

Cambridge City Ladies climb back to the top of the league making it 12 unbeaten in the league, scoring 12 goals without reply in the process. Were at home on Sunday taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies, struggling at the other end of the table, their cause not helped on Sunday with another injury blow seeing them reduced to 10. The Cambridge City attack a handful at the best of times have goalscorers throughout the side now have 5 players within the squad into double figures. Erin Davies top scorer with 18 collecting a brace on Sunday, so too did Charlotte Gillies, Carla Penny and Shannon Shaw. With Bella Simmons, Laura Mills, Anna Goggin and Hannah Bodily all celebrating a goal.

18 goals for Cambridge City Ladies, Erin Davies

Less goalmouth action in the other game played in the Premier Division on Sunday in Hertfordshire with Colney Heath Ladies hosting Royston Town Ladies. Samantha Edgar’s strike in the 1st half the difference as the visitors won the game by a single goal the 3 points taking them up a place into 3rd spot in the table.

ERWFL Division One

League tables and final scores tell one side of a story but those snapshots can’t tell the whole picture the hard work and effort teams put in on the pitch and in training. Hertford Town Ladies are bottom of the ERWFL Division One table without a point on the board, that changed on Sunday when they earned themselves a very good 1st point of the campaign at home to title chasing St Ives Town Ladies, themselves putting in the work getting the rewards unbeaten since joining the ERWFL, a point earned for the visitors coming back to level after Chloe Ring had put Hertford into the lead. St Ives levelling the score through new signing Ruth Fox marking her return to the game after 9 months with a goal and player of the match on her St Ives debut. St Ives closing the gap to leaders Bowers & Pitsea Ladies to just a point with a game in hand.

The same could be said of the two sides featuring in the other Division One game at the weekend, Bishops Stortford Ladies have had a tough time of it since joining the ERWFL at the wrong end of the table, keep fighting an injury blow late on saw them travel to 5th placed Newmarket Town Ladies with just 10. Despite that the visitors got themselves into an early lead Lucia Sanchez Miguel scoring her 1st goal for Bishops Stortford. Made Newmarket work the hosts eventually drawing level with 8 minutes to go in the 1st half Abbi Griffin finding the back of the net. Just before the stroke of half-time Newmarket took the lead Jess Linger firing the ball home from a free-kick on the edge of the box. A great start to the 2nd half saw Newmarket 3-1 up straight away Laura Bailey on target. Annabel Cuthbert securing a 4-1 win for Newmarket in the 66th minute that lifts them up into 4th spot in the Division One table.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 06/01/19

Sunday 6th January

ERWFL Premier Division

A busy start to the New Year in the ERWFL with 11 games taking place across both the Premier & Division One at the weekend. Both leagues exciting with the race for the title for both growing ever more intriguing as 2018 wore on, more of the same in 2019 please.

Acle United Women ending the year top of the pile leading the Premier Division began 2019 at home, AFC Dunstable Ladies making the long trip up from Bedfordshire with just the 9 available. Acle’s attack firing on all cylinders. Naomi Cooper opening the scoring for the Norfolk side on 12 minutes celebrated a 2nd goal just 6 minutes later. Lauren Bullard putting Acle 3 up on the half hour. Top scorer Grace Birchall with a headed goal making it 4-0 just before the break. Kate Pasque making it 5-0 to Acle soon after the restart. Birchall added two to complete her hat-trick and with Dunstable now down to 8 through injury added more goals, Pasque then Bullard with their 2nd goals each, double figures coming in injury time Birchall getting it her 25th of the season Acle winning 10-0.

An equally large scoreline too for 2nd placed Cambridge City Ladies to start the year away to bottom side Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. Carla Penny and Bella Simmons both celebrating a hat-trick a piece there were goals too for Erin Davies, Charlotte Gillies, Lauren Tomlinson and Anna Goggin along with captain Becca Fay who scored her 1st goal of the season on an 11-1 victory. Cambridge City unbeaten still with just 2 points dropped and 4 games in hand on the leaders the gap 3 points. Sandeep Tak with the goal for Haringey her 1st for the club.

Cambridge City Ladies, Becca Fay

Plenty of goals, you only need to beat the opposition by 1 to get the 3 points and that was enough for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies at the Harlow Arena to beat Harlow Ladies and travel home from Essex with the win under their belts. Katie Steward with her 11th goal of the season clinching the win for the 3rd placed side who themselves have been beaten just the once this season are 6 points off top spot but like Cambridge City have 4 games in hand on Acle.

4th placed Royston Town Ladies are themselves in a good position in the Premier Division table going into 2019, losing just the once this season themselves played 11 now like Cambridge and Peterborough Northern Star have 26 points. Were at home this Sunday against AFC Sudbury Ladies. Goals from Danielle Carty, Joanne Rutherford, Charlotte South and Georgia Gannaway seeing the Hertfordshire side win the game 4-0.

It was a good point at home for Colney Heath Ladies to start the year as they managed to hold the Wymondham Town Ladies attacking force to a goalless draw to earn a point against the 5th placed side. A much better result than the 7-0 loss Colney Heath suffered in the reverse fixture back in October.

ERWFL Division One

Like the Premier Division in the ERWFL the title race in Division One is proving just as exciting. Bowers & Pitsea Ladies the team to beat as 2019 begins top of the table the Essex side were at home to Norfolk’s King’s Lynn Town Ladies this Sunday. A solitary goal the difference at half-time advantage to Bowers & Pitsea, Sophie Dowman with the goal. A cracking strike from 30 yards seeing King’s Lynn level the scores on the hour. Bowers & Pitsea retaking the lead midway through the 2nd half Eloise Ives finding the back of the net, Georgia Fraser on target extending the lead to 3-1 with 15 minutes left. Into the final 10 minutes and King’s Lynn pulled it back to 3-2, Danielle Styles with the quick reply for Bowers & Pitsea adding a goal 5 minutes from time enough to secure the win 4-2. Tiffany Forshaw and Olivia Baker with the goals for King’s Lynn.

St Ives Town Ladies are 2nd in Division One the only unbeaten side in the league since joining the regional league this season. Their great start extended into 2019 with a home win against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. Their previous meeting a 0-0 in the league and a 5-4 with away from home for St Ives in the League Cup, it was another positive result this Sunday, a goal for Emily Smith along with one for top scorer Tierney Coulson seeing St Ives win the game 2-0. Two points behind Bowers & Pitsea with 2 games in hand.

Stevenage Ladies Reserves are the defending champions were the early pacesetters results towards the end of 2018 going against them nevertheless remain firmly in contention in 3rd spot just 3 points separating the top 3 started the new year well with a comfortable home win over bottom side Hertford Town Ladies on Sunday. Emily Schofield leading the goal scoring charts now hitting a brace in the match with Faith Greene also scoring on her first start for the side. Stevenage winning 3-0.

Another side performing well at the top end of ERWFL Division One are Hutton Ladies, having strengthened their squad the Essex side have gained a prolific goalscorer in Vicky Kinsman was on target again at the weekend away to Hatfield Peverel Ladies. 4th placed Hutton though had to settle for a point as they were held to a draw by Hatfield Peverel struggling for numbers since joining the ERWFL. A good point earned for Hatfield Peverel their goalscorer Jasmine Cox on her debut, a proven goalscorer something the Essex side has been lacking.

Newmarket Town Ladies are another newcomer to the ERWFL were away from home on Sunday against Essex side Lawford Ladies, both starting life at the higher level with a defeat have since gone on to flourish developing into a competitive force more than a match for anyone on their day. Currently 5th & 6th in the table shared 6 goals on Sunday, Tess Ryan and Stacey Teager on target for Lawford, it was Newmarket who came out on top to win the 3 points thanks largely to a 2nd half hat-trick from Annabel Cuthbert the sides drawing 1-1 at half-time Brooke Wickens with the visitors goal. 16-year old Cuthbert putting Newmarket 2-1 up on 55 minutes added a 2nd just 2 minutes later her hat-trick coming in the 70th minute.

2018 overall a tough one for Bishops Stortford Ladies, started 2019 on a positive note earning a point at home to Cambridgeshire side Histon Ladies on Sunday. Histon getting themselves into the lead in the 35th minute Charlotte Westrope turning the ball in the back of the net. A complete turn around though late in the 1st half with Bishops Stortford firing in two goals inside 3 minutes to lead 2-1 at the whistle Brooke White with her 1st of the season and Poppy Kelly the goalscorers. Into the final 10 minutes and Bishops Stortford held the lead, Histon with a corner, Alison Wright rescuing a point levelling the scores in the 82nd minute.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 16/12/18

Sunday 16th December

ERWFL Premier Division

  The ERWFL fixture list suffering like most leagues across the country thanks to Storm Deirdre blowing in on Saturday affecting half the fixtures in Division One whilst County Cup action saw a reduced schedule in the Premier Division on Sunday.

  Acle United Women will end the year top of the pile in the ERWFL Premier Division. Ended 2018 with a trip to Suffolk up against 2nd bottom AFC Sudbury. The visitors taking a little while to get going gradually building momentum creating opportunities, finally took the lead late in the first half with Grace Birchall’s shot blocked Ciera Flatt putting in the rebound. 1-0 up at the break Acle quickly added to the score early in the 2nd half defender Anna Larkins getting forwards to make it 2-0. Acle creating plenty of chances pushing forwards Lauren Bullard getting a 3rd for the visitors. Birchall scoring a brace late on to secure a 5-0 win for Acle moves her onto 21 goals for the season.

   Cambridge City Ladies have had an excellent start to the season 9 wins from 9 they were looking to round that perfect record to 10 at home on Sunday as they welcomed Royston Town ladies to the Trinity Playing Fields. The hosts getting themselves into a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes played. Danielle Carty pulling it back to 2-1 for Royston from a free-kick. Striker Jo Rutherford putting the visitors back on level terms. Cambridge City coming back to restore their lead going 3-2 up, Teonie Peyton scored to see Royston equalise for the 2nd time in the game then Rutherford with her 11th goal of the season scored her 2nd of the match to put Royston 4-3 up. Erin Davies, Shannon Shaw and Charlotte Giles scoring Cambridge City’s 3 goal were down to 10 with Laura Mills shown a 2nd yellow. heading into injury time were in danger of losing for the 1st time in the league this season, very deep into stoppage time and the hosts found an equalising goal themselves to rescue a point with Giles scoring for the 2nd time in the match. Their 100% record gone Cambridge City nevertheless remain unbeaten in all a very successive 2018 for the club.

Cambridge City Ladies, Charlotte Gillies

   Also enjoying a fantastic 2018 are Wymondham Town Ladies, making their debut at this level end the year in their highest position of the campaign up into 5th ending the year with a home win against one of the early pacesetters, Essex side Brentwood Town Ladies. Laura Nicholls enjoying a great year in front of goal leading the way in the scoring charts put Wymondham into the lead in the 21st minute of the game. Brentwood coming back to level 15 minutes later Leah Cowan first to a loose ball to fire in the equaliser. Wymondham restoring the lead late in the first half with Hannah Waters firing in her 19th goal of the season to make it 2-1. 10 minutes gone in the 2nd half and Chelsea Clarke fired in a shot across the keeper to make it 3-1 to the hosts. Wymondham enjoying a got run to end the year 6 unbeaten in a great position now to kick on in 2019.

ERWFL Division One

   Every week the title battle at the top of ERWFL Division One takes a new twist remains as exciting as it has been with no clues yet as to who might emerge on top come the end of the season. Essex side Bowers & Pitsea Ladies with a strong run of results at the end of the year unbeaten in 8 matches now moving to the top of the table.

  Were at home this Sunday taking on Bishops Stortford Ladies. The hosts getting off to a fantastic start taking the lead inside the first minute Sophie Dowman scoring the goal. Bowers & Pitsea pressing forwards creating plenty of opportunities it wasn’t until the 39th minute that they doubled the lead, Danielle Styles finding the back of the net to make it 2-0. Georgia Fraser scoring Bowers & Pitsea’s 3rd goal with the game moving into the final 20 minutes. Dowman on target with goals in the 76th & 81st minute to complete a hat-trick and take her onto 9 goals for the season Bowers & Pitsea winning the game 5-0 to see them stay top going into 2019.

   If current form continues then the side in the strongest position to challenge for the ERWFL Division One title are newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies the Cambridgeshire side 2nd going into the New Year are unbeaten from 10 played two points behind Bowers & Pitsea with two games in hand. Ended the year with an away trip to fellow promoted side Newmarket Town Ladies on Sunday. The two sides enjoying some good encounters whilst playing in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership together. Both starting life at the higher level well, Newmarket in 5th spot. St Ives edging the first half leading 1-0. Kira Markwell making an excellent save denying Newmarket, who saw a goal ruled out. The 2nd half seeing both sides score Laura Bailey’s goal not enough for Newmarket with St Ives winning 2-1. Top scorer Tierney Coulson scoring from the penalty spot with Hannah Seymour-Shove also scoring. A whole calendar year unbeaten in the league for St Ives.

  Stevenage Ladies Reserves long time leaders of Division One slipping to 3rd in the table late on dropping points for the 3rd successive match in the league. Were away this Sunday taking on Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. The hosts leading the game at half-time, Kristina O’Connell’s strike from outside the box finding it’s way into the back of the net in the 33rd minute. Stevenage getting back on level terms 7 minutes into the 2nd period with Gemma Biggadike scoring her first of the campaign to make it 1-1. Melody Jones making just her 2nd appearance for Stevenage shooting from outside the area in the 77th minute getting her first goal in the process to make it 2-1 to the visitors. The game deep into stoppage time and Hoddesdon found an equalising goal themselves to see the game end 2-2 and the sides take home a share of the points. 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 02/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd December

ERWFL Premier Division 

The lead changes at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division once again, Peterborough Northern Star Ladies going top last Sunday weren’t in action this time around, Acle United Women travelling down to White Hart Lane to play bottom side Haringey Borough Women on Sunday a repeat of the fixture that settled the title on the final day 2 season’s ago. Much has changed since then Haringey with a much changed squad struggling, Acle getting the better of them despite a lacklustre performance winning by a single goal to take the 3 points back to Norfolk with them. The winning goal coming in the 34th minute moments after Haringey had almost opened the scoring themselves, defender Grace Parker rising inside the box to score from a Broghan Scully free-kick. Acle go top and would have regardless of the result of this game as they have been awarded the 3 points for 2 fixtures in October their opponents unable to field a side on both occasion’s giving Acle a 6 point lead at the top.

Acle United Women’s, Grace Parker

It was a below par performance last Sunday away to Acle that saw Hertfordshire side, Royston Town Ladies loose for the 1st time this season. Bounced back with a win on home soil this Sunday to climb up into 2nd spot in the Premier Division. Were hosting Colney Heath Ladies despite a slow start to the game Royston opened the scoring with Hayley Elderd setting up Joanne Rutherford to score. Rutherford with the assist as Charlotte South put the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 half-time lead. Elderd getting a goal for Royston in the 2nd half to secure a 3-0 victory.

   Bedford Ladies were at home in the Premier Division on Sunday taking on Suffolk’s AFC Sudbury Ladies. The hosts results a mixed bag this season so far, secure victory this weekend after 2 successive defeats to sides challenging for the title. Goals from Carissa Kaczorowski, Michelle Byrne, Maya Sidhu & Paige Abraham seeing Bedford win the game 4-0.

  An interesting title battle emerging Acle on top for now have played (well more shown as played) than anyone else, Cambridge City Ladies distracted by cup matches have been frustrated observers now 4th but still with a 100% record, a few more twists and turns yet this season I’m sure.

ERWFL Division One

There is an equally intriguing title battle emerging in ERWFL Division One, a host of sides chasing early pacesetters, Stevenage Ladies Reserves their lead having been eroded down to 2 points last Sunday in a 6-5 defeat away to Bowers & Pitsea Ladies, their home game this Sunday against Histon Ladies falling foul to the weather, the gap is now down to just a point!

  Bowers & Pitsea Ladies in confident mood were at home again this Sunday facing a tough challenge against league newcomers St Ives Town Ladies who themselves in 3rd spot have enjoyed a great start to life at the higher level the Cambridgeshire side, unbeaten from 7 played. Two sides full of attacking potential it was a tighter affair at the back for the Essex side this time around, Kira Markwell in top form in the St Ives goal keeping them form scoring. Equally the St Ives attack was unable to breach the Bowers & Pitsea defence at the other end the game ending 0-0 both sides moving one point closer to Stevenage.

St Ives Town Ladies goalkeeper, Kira Markwell

   Another Essex side capitalising on that result are Hutton Ladies as they pick up the 3 points away from home on Sunday to move into 2nd spot a point behind the leaders themselves now. Were on the road taking on Hertfordshire’s Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. 30 goals for the season now for Vicky Kinsman what an inspiring signing she has been for Hutton, hitting another two goals into the back of the net those 30 coming from 13 appearances. Laura Allen also getting in on the goals as Hutton ran out 3-0 winners, 3 point separating the top 4 sides now.

  Newmarket Town Ladies are also in the hunt as they win big at the weekend to move into 5th 4 points from the top. At home on Sunday were taking on Hatfield Peverel Ladies. Newmarket’s squad now starting to grow after a few departures during the close season. Leading comfortably 3-0 at the break were ruthless in the 2nd half going on to record a double figure win. Lauren Deller marking her 50th appearance for Newmarket with a brace, also a brace for Jess Linger, Sarah O’Rourke on the scoresheet too with a goal. Newmarket’s other 5 goals all 1st’s for their new signings, Abbi Griffin of course a familiar making a welcome return to the club getting her 1st goal. Katie Webb with her first goal since rejoining having been with Newmarket at youth level, and there was a hat-trick for Annabel Cuthbert on her home debut. A welcome return to winning ways after a run of 3 straight defeats in league and cup. 

  Lawford Ladies make up the top 6 in Division One and are just a point further back in the table 6 behind Stevenage. An away trip for the Essex side on Sunday taking on Bishops Stortford Ladies. Tess Ryan getting a hat-trick for Lawford, captain Daisy Canny hitting another brace moves her onto 12 goals for the season, Tyler Christou also getting a goal in a 6-2 win. Jemma Good and Poppy Kelly with the goals for Bishops Stortford.




Match Report – Bowers & Pitsea Ladies v Stevenage Ladies Reserves

Sunday 25th November

ERWFL Division One

A return to league action on Women’s Football East with a game from the top of ERWFL Division One, travelling down to Essex to watch 2nd placed Bowers & Pitsea Ladies take on league leaders Stevenage Ladies Reserves.

  Bowers & Pitsea Ladies a new name in the league this season but an established side having joined forces with a new club make the name change after previously been known as Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies

  A 5 point league for Stevenage Ladies Reserves who won the ERWFL Division One South title last season. Ineligible to take promotion to the Premier Division as a reserves side ERWFL Division One the highest level they can reach, have started this season strongly too in what is a single Division One league this season starting with 13 sides but now sadly down to 12 following the withdrawal of Ipswich Wanderers Ladies. 4 straight league wins to start the season for Stevenage before suffering a 5-0 away defeat to newly promoted Newmarket Town Ladies. That their only loss in the league to date however a 100% record since sees them in a strong position at the top of the table. Daniela Martucci leading the goal scoring charts with 11 goals.

 Is an ever changing picture below Stevenage in the race to catch them at the top of the table a cluster of sides separated by just 4 points with from Bowers & Pitsea in 2nd down to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies in 7th and 8th & 9th placed King’s Lynn Town Ladies & Histon Ladies both have games in hand get a run going and both could yet threaten. 3 of the newly promoted sides starting well all amongst those tussling in the top half, St Ives Town Ladies, Newmarket Town Ladies and Essex side Lawford Ladies. Hutton Ladies with Vicky Kinsman leading the attack have started well too.

 Bowers & Pitsea Ladies unbeaten in their last 3 league games collecting 7 points get out in front of that pack this their 3rd game in a week having played last Sunday and then again on Thursday night taking on Charlton Athletic in the quarter finals of the Bostik Cup going down to a 7-1 defeat. Back to the league this time Sunday meeting Stevenage for the 2nd time this season a narrow 3-2 loss in the reverse fixture. Proving to be a league were anyone can beat anyone on their day.

 The Len Salmon Stadium the venue for today’s game a few changes since the last time I visited a brand new pitch, a state of the art 4G playing surface, Bowers & Pitsea always having a wide pitch the new pitch installed in September a good size railing all around two small seated and covered stands, a new dugouts, the first part of a planned redevelopment of the stadium that will see a new clubhouse, function room and changing facilities built. Very much a community club the ladies side now a part of that community. Final weekend in November a chilly and overcast afternoon, don’t need the hat on yet but it won’t be long. 

Stevenage warming up on the new playing surface at The Len Salmon Stadium

Bowers & Pitsea starting XI – Charlotte Stephens (C), Courtney Fraser, Natalie Strange, Jennifer Lyttle, Taylor Parrish, Taylor Adcock, Sabrina Campbell, Georgia Fraser, Danielle Styles, Emma Mackie & Sophie Dowman. Subs – Alesi Harris, Rebecca Cochoran, Eloise Ives, Ebony Moore & Louise Daly.

Stevenage Ladies Reserves starting XI – Keri Green, Hayley Wood-Thompson, Amelia Keown, Amy Notschild (C), Shona Chitate, Steffany Cowell, Sherrie Evans, Rebecca Brooker, Gemma Biggadike, Hannah Marshall & Emily Schofield. Subs – Naomi Sleator, Sydney Webb, Louise Sollis & Daniela Martucci.

   (roll on roll off substitutes)

  It’s Bowers & Pitsea to get the first half under way wearing red shirts with white and red vertical stripes down the front, red shorts and red and white hooped socks. Stevenage in an all blue kit with white trim. The home side moving the ball out to the right looking for Danielle Styles, Amelia Keown stepping in the make the challenge for Stevenage at left back. Stevenage counter attack Steffany Cowell getting hold of the ball in central midfield driving forwards out to Hannah Marshall on her right she lifts the ball over the top with Emily Schofield running through toward the box shoots early her effort lacking any pace as it runs safely through to Bowers & Pitsea goalkeeper and captain, Charlotte Stephens.

Bowers & Pitsea’s, Sabrina Campbell challenging Stevenage’s Rebecca Brooker

   Georgia Fraser attacking left side for Bowers & Pitsea looks to make ground is stopped by right back Hayley Wood-Thompson, Fraser getting back to the ball wins her side the first corner of the game, swung in near side lands on the roof of the net. Bowers & Pitsea are pushing players forwards defending a high line the diagonal ball left to right almost has Styles in behind on the right, Keown getting a vital header to clear the ball. 

  GOAL! A positive start from Bowers & Pitsea it’s the visitors who hit them on the counter and open the scoring inside the first 5 minutes attacking down the right side the cross squared in low central is picked up by Schofield taking the ball on across the top of the area Stephens comes to close her down keeps herself big Schofield sending the shot through her legs to give Stevenage the lead 0-1.

   Bowers & Pitsea push forwards from the restart Sabrina Campbell taking the ball on into the left channel on for Sophie Dowman ahead of her she slides the pass out to Georgia Fraser on the left wing she sends the cross in towards the near post, Amy Notschild captaining Stevenage getting back in defence to get her head on the ball clears. A few early refereeing decisions upsetting the Stevenage players. Schofield fed the ball through the middle has Rebecca Brooker looking to get away on the right, wins a throw in, the ball played up the line before a high cross is fired into the area, Jennifer Lyttle winning the header for Bowers & Pitsea. 

Bowers & Pitsea’s, Jennifer Lyttle

  GOAL! Bowers & Pitsea get themselves back on level terms attacking Campbell spots Styles run wide right sends the pass out to her, Keown gets back on her to put the ball out for a throw, deep, Bowers & Pitsea work the ball well from the throw-in the ball put back central comes straight back to Styles breaking into the box takes the ball on close to goal and from the angle six yards out smashes the shot into the back of the net 1-1.

   The home side enjoying a good spell break forwards in numbers yet again, Styles played in on the right again, rides a challenge keeping her feet before sending a looping cross in central, Keri Green in goal for Stevenage taking the ball low, catches well on the edge of her six yard box with Fraser charging in. Campbell pressuring the ball on the left side wins a corner, taken short the cross taken from a high angle into the area Taylor Parrish drifting in central headers the ball over the crossbar. Georgia Fraser with a 30 yard attempt power on the shot Green diving low at her near post probably had it covered as it runs wide.

Bowers & Pitsea’s, Taylor Adcock

   Taylor Adcock beating Sherrie Evans to the ball in the middle lays the pass on to Campbell, a power run with the ball out to Georgia Fraser left side her cross into the area claimed well by Green getting in front of Dowman’s run. Styles carrying a threat on the right for Bowers & Pitsea is in behind, Shona Chitate coming across to slide in and clear the ball for a throw. A corner on the left side as the home side attack the ball lifted in towards the top of the area central Dowman with the header, on target but too many bodies to get pass as the Stevenage defence head behind for another corner. Off the 2nd corner Styles putting a dangerous ball in across the face of the Stevenage goal a difficult one for the defence to deal with getting it out for a 3rd corner left side. Parrish up to head this one in the box for Bowers & Pitsea top of the area knocked back down towards the near post no-one can connect to turn it in.

Stevenage’s, Gemma Biggadike holding off Bowers & Pitsea defender, Natalie Strange

   GOAL! Again Stevenage come up with a goal against the run of play to retake the lead getting up the other end a corner won on the right side players come forwards as Schofield prepares to take, Gemma Biggadike up high at the near side headers the ball down into the Bowers & Pitsea defender jumping with her comes back out to Cowell top of the area back out right to the corner taker Schofield from the angle she strikes the ball hard sending it arrowing in past the keeper 1-2.

   Bowers & Pitsea make a change Eloise Ives joining the action, Emma Mackie off, Styles taking up a more central position. 

 GOAL! Stevenage get straight up the other end the ball on for Schofield to chase down in the area bouncing wide right of goal a race between her and Stephens, the goalkeeper appeared to get her gloves to the ball, as the pair come together Schofield up ended, the referee points to the spot a penalty awarded. Schofield herself to take a chance for a first half hat-trick makes no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way 1-3. Almost half an hour played.

A 1st half hat-trick for Stevenage’s Emily Schofield

   Notschild getting back to help Chitate as Dowman plays a dinked pass over the top to get Styles in behind top of the area. A throw deep on the left the ball played on into the area Dowman doing well to get her head on it turns it goalwards but straight into Green. Natalie Strange with a long pas on for Styles moving out to the right channel, Chitate getting back on her making a good challenge to regain possession the ball into midfield helped on with Schofield running on Brooker to her left Courtney Fraser tackling the ball going for a throw. 

   Campbell strong on the ball coming on with it for Bowers & Pitsea 30 yards out hits a tremendous strike in towards goal, Green no chance the ball smashing down off the crossbar into the six yard box, Stevenage clear. Lyttle winning the ball at the back played forwards high for Styles back to goal 20 yards out controls well before flicking it on for Ives going past her on the overlap, Keown doing well getting out to her to make the tackle for Stevenage a corner conceded. The ball into the area over the heads of Strange and Fraser, Wood-Thompson clearing it behind for another corner at the far post

  GOAL! A great ball delivered into the area finds Georgia Fraser sneaking in unmarked central meeting the ball low turning it goalwards the shot racing in through a crowded six yard box to nestle in the back of the net 2-3.

    GOAL! Two quickfire goals see Bowers & Pitsea right back on level terms as they score from another corner ball, on the left side the delivery long towards the far post defender Parrish rising unchecked far side 12 yards out sends a looping header up and in towards goal to drop under the crossbar and in 3-3.

Taylor Parrish heading home Bowers & Pitsea’s equalising goal

   Five minutes left to play in a fast paced and exciting first half the sides all square at 3-3 Styles making a nuisance of herself through the middle the ball on into the area Chitate doing well to defend close on her Styles grounded still managing to get a shot away little power on it as Green picks it up. Campbell central slides the ball on for Dowman in behind shots from the top of the area wide, but wouldn’t have counted anyway the flag up against her.

   GOAL! A complete turn around from Bowers & Pitsea, 3-1 down the take the lead late in the first half. Chitate caught in possession at the back 25 yards out Styles closing in to steal the ball bursts in behind into the area closing in on the goalkeeper, Notschild can’t get to her as Styles fires the shot past Green to claim her 2nd of the match 4-3.

  Chances have dried up for Stevenage late in the first half a rare opportunity to put the ball forwards a free-kick left side 30 yards out, Biggadike over it the delivery flighted in towards the far post Stephens can see it drop wide of her goal. Schofield pushing on with the ball central has Biggadike out to her left. top of the area is forced wide good defensive work from Ives. Biggadike getting a cross into the area, Lyttle dealing with in for Bowers & Pitsea.

Half-time Bowers & Pitsea Ladies 4-3 Stevenage Ladies Reserves

  7 goals scored in the first half an exciting 45 minutes has flown by, Bowers & Pitsea with a positive start falling behind to an early goal. Continued in that same vain getting forwards well levelling the scores but again against the run of play Stevenage did well get score two quick goals to go 3-1 up. Bowers & Pitsea kept creating chances and capitalised from 2 corners to level the scores. Styles firing them into the lead late in the half. 4-3 I’d be surprised if it stayed that way 2nd half.

Hannah Marshall looking to get forwards for Stevenage

   Stevenage to kick-off the 2nd half, have made a change Daniela Martucci carrying a slight injury on in attack, Biggadike off. Ebony Moore on in midfield replacing Adcock for the hosts. Bowers & Pitsea winning the ball central early on lift it forwards for Styles to try and bring down top of the area, Notschild getting in close on her to take the ball. Bowers & Pitsea build from the back Georgia Fraser bringing it on left sees Styles peeling out wide ahead of her sends her the ball the cross driven in towards the near post Dowman heading it down towards the top of the box with Campbell racing in meeting it first time her strike is deflected wide and behind for the corner. 

     GOAL! Bowers & Pitsea extend their lead early in the 2nd half attacking through the middle the ball fed into the run of Dowman bearing down on the box is about to be closed down, has Styles to her right slips her the ball and she sends the shot in across the keeper to score her hat-trick 5-3.

Danielle Styles completes her hat-trick for Bowers & Pitsea

   Stevenage are doing their best to push the Bowers & Pitsea defence back, Evans putting the ball on for Martucci, Parrish intercepting. Bowers & Pitsea counter break Fraser left puts the ball into the area Styles opening up her body sends the shot crashing into the side netting. Schofield operating more to the left of attack 2nd half gets the ball forwards squares it into Martucci top of the area, she looks to turn in behind but is quickly closed down. Wood-Thompson looks to get forwards for Stevenage into the area, Courtney Fraser defending for Bowers & Pitsea. 

Stevenage’s, Daniela Martucci

  Martucci central holding the ball up well outside the box lays it off for Evans to run onto a strike 20 yards out driven in low Stephens well placed in goal gathers safely for Bowers & Pitsea. The home side continue to pressure the ball well inside their opponents half, giving Stevenage little room to create as they try and up the tempo. Green sending the ball long from a kick out of the gloves finds Marshall running into space on the right crosses early the ball dropping central for Martucci, the striker not quite able to get the ball under control. 

Eloise Ives after the ball for Bowers & Pitsea

   Changes for both sides Dowman off for Bowers & Pitsea, Louise Daly on, Brooker off for Stevenage, on in her place Naomi Sleator. Moore bringing the ball down 25 yards out for Bowers & Pitsea a spin and a shot the ball held by Green in goal. 

  GOAL! Bowers & Pitsea open up a 3 goal lead Styles with her 4th of the match creating a goal out of nothing the ball out on the right a throw-in played back to her is a long way out but catches it well the ball clearing the keeper and striking the back of the net 6-3.

   Wood-Thompson coming off for Stevenage, Sydney Webb coming on. Martucci with the ball at her feet outside the area lets loose a shot the ball just a foot over the bar. Georgia Fraser on the ball for Bowers & Pitsea cutting inside from the left closing in on the box lifts a shot up over the bar. Styles comes off for Bowers & Pitsea, Rebecca Cochoran going on up front. Courtney Fraser with a long ball from the left into the area pressure on the keeper, Chitate around on the cover to clear.

   Bowers & Pitsea playing well getting forwards at will Courtney Fraser again on the left the ball in central Cochoran with support from Moore central tries to pick out Daly’s run on the right, Sleator intercepting for Stevenage. Chitate tackling Cochoran central as Georgia Fraser pushes forwards with the ball. Green taking the ball well at the feet of Daly as the cross field pass comes into the area from wide left. Campbell comes off for Bowers & Pitsea, Styles back into the action. A quiet spell the substitutions slowing things down. 

Stevenage’s, Shona Chitate

   Into the last 10 minutes Chitate with a crucial foot in to stop the ball as Ives heading the ball on almost sends Georgia Fraser in on goal. Biggadike back on for Stevenage left side lifts the ball into the area, Stephens gets her gloves firmly upon it with Martucci running in. 

  GOAL! Stevenage have picked up the pace in the last minute and the game has gotten a little stretched Schofield back into a more central role along side Martucci receiving the ball timing her run off the last defender perfectly bursts into the area and sends a low strike under the diving keeper to pull a goal back with 8 minutes left to play 6-4.

  GOAL! Straight away Stevenage score another to set up a nervous finish to the match, and it’s Schofield again with her 5th of the match almost a carbon copy of the last goal, the ball breaking favourably into her path after a committed tussle in midfield the striker in behind with the ball at her feet baring down on the keeper one on one she sends the ball wide of Stephens to bring the deficit back to a single goal 6-5.

Bowers & Pitsea’s Natalie Strange

   Their 3 goal lead in danger of being wiped out Bowers & Pitsea are suddenly on the back foot, steel themselves for the closing minutes, Strange with a vital interception at the back. Georgia Fraser breaks in behind for the hosts into the area Green coming out to meet her making a brave save at her feet the ball popping loose Fraser off balance with 2nd bite at it sends the shot over. A late fee-kick for Stevenage left side up into the box Martucci controls before sending a low shot in towards goal Stephens claiming in low at her near post.

 

Full time Bowers & Pitsea Ladies 6-5 Stevenage Ladies Reserves

  It’s rare you’ll read about a 0-0 on here and today was certainly no exception treated to 11 goals this afternoon, a good contest at the top of ERWFL Division One. Bowers & Pitsea winning 6-5 the 3 points closing the gap on Stevenage at the top to just 2 points. A good performance from the host side and overall they were the better side for larger periods of the game, Stevenage not at their best at all know that but still found the back of the net for 5 goals, Emily Schofield now top scorer by my reckoning. The visitors with the early lead, Bowers & Pitsea responding were the better side only to fall 3-1 behind kept going and got the goals back ending u with a first half lead. An early goal 2nd half went 6-3 up. Two late goals from Stevenage setting up a nervy finish, never really got going will be disappointed. A thrill for the neutral but I was probably the only one there.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Time to pick this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. Got to give Emily Schofield a mention it’ll be unfortunate if you ever score 5 goals in a match and still end up on the losing side. All of them well taken. For Bowers & Pitsea I thought Sabrina Campbell had an excellent game in the middle of the park as did Jennifer Lyttle at the back. Overall all though with her 4 goals and the constant threat in attack and the vocal encouragement she offered her team mates today’s award goes to Danielle Styles.

   Always a warm welcome from Bowers & Pitsea, enjoyed my trip down this afternoon and entertaining game, 11 goals plenty to write but it’s the game that provides the contents I just put it into words. Pleasure seeing both sides again and thanks for the help with the teams always appreciated.