Sunday 19th January
Essex Women’s County Cup
The County Cup action quarter final action continues across this weeks edition of The Round-Up, with a place up of grabs in both the Essex Women’s County Cup and Trophy competitions this Sunday. A strong line-up in the last 8 of the County Cup competition. Current holder Billericay Town Ladies amongst the title challengers in FAWNL South East Division One away to a side hoping to join them in the league next season Harlow Town Ladies currently top of the ERWFL Premier Division. Early chances for Billericay saves from the goalkeeper to deny the visitors the dead lock broken midway through the first half Billericay with a throw high on the left keeping possession before squaring the ball into the area for Zoe Rushen to control and lay off for Jay Blackie to collect and strike home from 20 yards out. Harlow back on level terms less than 5 minutes later Blackie scoring at the other end the sun an issue at that end of the ground a free-kick played in high by Amy Nash, Blackie up to try and head clear instead looped back over everyone to fall inside the post. Billericay keeping the pressure on pushing on further opportunities retaking the lead in the 36th minute a corner from the right long beyond the far post laid back to Therese Addison free in the box to lash home to make it 2-1. Billericay leading at half-time. Karissa Rodney giving the visitors a 2 goal cushion with 20 minutes left to play following good work by defender Lucy Jones up on the left a high ball played in towards the far post Rodney ghosting in to smash the ball home and send the holders into the last four.
A Basildon derby in the quarter finals on Sunday as AFC Basildon Women’s first team were drawn ‘away’ to their Development side in the quarter finals of the County Cup. A Basildon side gaurenteed to reach the semi-finals a good contest with both goalkeepers called into action to make a number of fine save Amy Dodds awarded player of the match for the Development side the first team coming out on top with Courtney Clarke their star performer the winning score 6-0.
AFC Basildon Women’s Courtney Clarke (photo credit Little James Photography)
Plenty of goals too else where in the quarter finals of the Essex Women’s County Cup. ERWFL Premier Division newcomers Bowers & Pitsea Ladies at home looking to progress as they took on Leigh Ramblers Ladies new to the ERWFL themselves, Bowers & Pitsea not taking their lower league opponents lightly having fallen foul to them in the Women’s FA Cup last season. In the end a 7 goal thriller between the sides including a stoppage time winner. A fantastic start to the game by Bowers & Pitsea taking the lead in the 10th minute Sade Walters laying the ball back for Donna Fletcher to smash in from 20 yards. The hosts applying plenty of pressure looking good going forwards further chances coming it was against the run of play though that Leigh Ramblers came back to level the scores. Bowers & Pitsea undeterred kept up their attacks it was the visitors though who would take the lead late in the first half, a mix-up at the back leading to the ball been stolen and lobbed over the keeper to make it 2-1. Bowers & Pitsea seeing an immediate reply chalked off for offside.
Leigh Ramblers 2-1 up at the break, Bowers & Pitsea out of the blocks quickly to equalise Sade Walters heading home from a Megan Harley cross in the 49th minute. An exciting cup tie both teams giving it their all the game moving onto the final 15 minutes and the visitors were in front again latching onto a loose pass in midfield to take the ball on slide into the bottom corner Leigh Ramblers 3-2 ahead. Bowers & Pitsea coming back for a 2nd time in the match 5 minutes later Courtney Fraser setting up Georgia Fraser in space to slot the ball home 3-3 the game on a knife edge into stoppage time 92 minutes on the clock Ronni Harrison with the pass into Georgia Fraser her short cannoning down off the crossbar up into the roof of the net to see Bowers & Pitsea with it 4-3.
Plenty of goals in both Collier Row Tigers top of the ECWFL Premier Division and Hutton Ladies from the ERWFL Division One South. Hutton unbeaten in the league reaching the last 4 of the County Cup last season aiming to repeat the feat scoring 4 goals in the tie. However that wasn’t enough as Collier Row Tigers saw the ECWFL represented in the semi-finals of the County Cup as they put 7 goals past their opponents to win the game. No goals for top scorer Laura Bunton last weekend she was saving them for this Sunday scoring a hat-trick putting her on 36 for the season to date. Emma Harrison netting a brace moves into double figures with a goal each for Ammarah Ali and Helen Moriera.
The draw made live on BBC Essex radio just a short while ago the semi-final line up as follows ties to be played Sunday 16th February:-
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies v Collier Row Tigers
Billericay Town Ladies v AFC Basildon Women
Essex Women’s Trophy
The quarter finals too for the Essex Women’s Trophy this weekend. Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies already through to the last four of the competition after being awarded the away win agianst Holland Ladies. One tie falling foul to the weather Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves home game with Hutton Ladies Reserves. That left two games to be played.
Lawford Ladies reaching the final of the competition last season haven’t had the best of season’s so far in the league the ERWFL side facing Bowers & Pitsea Ladies in last seasons final were at home to their new Development side in the quarter finals this time around. A slow start from the visitors Lawford taking the lead inside the opening 5 minutes. Bowers & Pitsea coming back to level the scores Sophie Thomas finding the top corner. Lawford retaking the lead going onto to add a further too leading 4-1, Ema Neilson-Gee with her first goal for the club getting it back to 4-2. Lawford scoring from a corner to win the game 5-2 at the final whistle. Captain Dais Canny with a brace, two also for Nicola Gooch her first of the season and a first of the season too for Gemma Issacs.
Billericay Town Ladies Reserves completing in the FAWNL South East Reserves League were away to Essex Women’s Division One side Aveley Ladies in this Sunday’s Trophy quarter final. The visitors racking up the goals as they powered their way into the last four of the competition. Rosie Richards scoring a hat-trick there was a brace each for Freya Fuller and Leigha Bradding-Butler. With Mya Turner, Frankie Hendricks and Jay Johnson all celebrating a goal each in a 10-0 win.
The semi-final draw for the Essex Women’s Trophy already made tie games to be played on Sun 16th February are as follows:-
Billericay Town Ladies Reserves v Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies
Lawford Ladies v Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves or Hutton Ladies Reserves
Essex Women’s Premier Division
Silver End United Ladies finally back in action since way back in mid-November, their first game of 2020 coming this Sunday away to Rayleigh Town Ladies in the Essex Women’s Premier Division losing ground to leaders Collier Row Tigers in that time remain well placed in 2nd spot losing just once this season. Rayleigh Town coming into the game off back to back wins. The long lay off not affecting Silver End despite Rayleigh scoring twice trough Isabelle Wallings and Amy Cox. A brace from Rebecca Henderson her first goals of the season plus a goal from Rebecca Hollocks on her first appearance. Sarah Jolly with her 5th of the season and Rosi Webb with her 10th securing a 5-2 victory for Silver End.
Chelmsford City Ladies back up to 3rd in the Premier Division table as they ended a poor run of 3 straight defeats with victory at home to Billericay Town Ladies Development on Sunday. Georgia James scoring in the first half for Chelmsford. Hannah Phillips on target for Billericay 1-1 late in the game moving onto stoppage to Mia Brisley scoring twice in stoppage time to secure the win for Chelmsford 3-1 scoring in the 92nd & 94th minute.
Mia Brisley with a stoppage time brace to win the game for Chelmsford City Ladies (photo credit Ian Kendle)
Essex Women’s Division One
One game in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday, Tigers Ladies ending a run of 3 straight defeats in the league winning the 3 points away from home at the weekend in a close game with Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves. Goals from Jemma Gardner and Megan Nicholls helping the visitors to secure a 3-2 win that moves Tigers from 2nd bottom up to 6th in what remains a very close battle for places above Tigers with games in hand on both 4th and 5th placed Aveley Ladies and Chigwell Ladies with the gap now 3 points.