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The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 11/03/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th March

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

 The first Cup Final played in the East this Sunday the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup at The County Ground, Letchworth. Women’s Football East was there too to watch Stevenage Ladies the current holders playing in their 4th successive county cup final looking to retain the trophy for the first time up against Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies who had reached the final of the competition for the 1st time. 

  Two leagues between the sides Stevenage Ladies playing in the FAWPL South East Division One starting the game well and opened the scoring in the 16th minute Amy Makewell sending a low drive from outside the box into the bottom corner of the net. Found nearly the same spot again soon after to make it 2-0 before midfielder Chloe Gunn broke forwards to make it 3-0 then added another herself from a well taken free-kick 25 yards from goal.

  Introduced late in the 1st half substitute Ashleigh Deacon scored a quickfire brace to extend Stevenage’s lead before Makewell when on to complete her hat-trick. Leah Littlechild receiving the ball from Nicole Emmings to score Stevenage’s 8th goal to successfully retain the County Cup for the 1st time.

  The link to the full match report on the website can be found below:- 

Cup Final Report – Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Stevenage Ladies

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

 The first of the semi-final of this years Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup took place this Sunday with St Albans Ladies leading Division one at home to fellow league side Sharnbrook WFC. A great start for the hosts going 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes with Michaela Johnson and Katie Grehan on target. Sharnbrook pulling a goal back, St Albans extending their lead on the half hour with a goal from Sophie Lawrence. Their lead at half-time 4-1 with Nicola Dark scoring late in the 1st half.

  Sharnbrook getting it back to 4-2 early in the 2nd half. Eleanor Lovelock restoring St Albans 3 goal lead in the 57th minute. Into the final 10 minutes Ellen Slater running through to score St Albans 6th goal. Sharnbrook adding another goal at the death, time for St Albans to reply, Grehan with her 2nd of the game in stoppage time. 7-3 the final score as St Albans celebrate reaching this season’s League Cup Final the double on!

 Houghton Athletic Ladies the current holders of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup meet Northwood Ladies at home this coming Sunday in the 2nd semi-final.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

 Two matches in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday. 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies close the gap to 2nd placed Northwood Ladies to just 2 points still with 2 games in hand as they secured all 3 points at home to Garston Ladies this Sunday. Goals in the 2nd half from Laurie Marris and Laura Cousins securing a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

   Houghton Athletic Ladies move up from 6th to 4th in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table with a 2-1 home win against Flitwick Ladies on Sunday. Scoring all 3 of the goals in the match and own goal cancelled out with goals for Shakeela Hussain and Eireann O’Donoghue her 1st goal for Houghton Athletic. 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

 One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Leaders Garston Ladies 2nd XI were at home taking on Evergreen Eagles. Top scorer Lauren Berryman moved onto 21 goals for the season as she netted a brace in the match with Maxine Hotz also finding the back of the net in a 3-1 victory to move Garston into a 5 point lead at the top of the table. Amber Charlton scoring the goal for Evergreen Eagles.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 One match also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three with Evergreen Ladies at home to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets. Both sides level on points on 13 in 5th and 4th respectfully going into the match. A brace from Natalie Maher enough to secure all 3 points for Evergreen Ladies in a 2-1 win that takes them 3 points clear into 4th spot in the table.

Cup Final Report – Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup

Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup Final

Sunday 11th March

Stevenage Ladies v Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

The first County Cup Final of the season today a 3:00pm kick-off at The County Ground, Letchworth, with Stevenage Ladies looking to successfully retain the trophy for the 1st time take on county cup final debutants, Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies.

 A contest that pits FAWPL against ERWFL, two leagues between the sides a stern test for Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies playing in ERWFL Division One South up against a Stevenage Ladies side that is as strong as it has ever been. 

  Reece Buck the man in charge of Stevenage Ladies 1st team these days into his 2nd season in the job, was previously in charge of Hoddesdon Town Owls taking several of their experienced players with him to join Stevenage. Promoted to the FAWPL they retained their league status in their first season at that level aswell as winning the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the ??? Bringing in several experienced players over the close season have gotten stronger currently in 7th place in the table well away from danger nudging towards a top half finish. Their 4th successive County Cup Final winning the competition in the 2014/15 & 2016/17 seasons Stevenage Ladies are looking to successfully defend the trophy for the 1st time.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies reached the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final for the 1st time this season, a great achievement for a side that has been through a difficult spell of late. Following the departure of Reece Buck and several players, Matthew Hudson took over the 1st team having to field an inexperienced side last season, a difficult campaign struggling for points things starting to improve towards the end of the season. Some of their experienced players returning to the club, Leah Dunnage, Kristina O’Connell and Rosy Wodhams were in the starting line-up for Stevenage in the County Cup Final last season Wodhams scoring two goals. Thing’s are improving as Hoddesdon look to reestablish themselves in the ERWFL.

Road to the Final

 A big win away from home for Stevenage Ladies in the 1st Round of the competition as they began the defence of their trophy, taking in Beds & Herts Division One side Garston Ladies. Hat-tricks for both Leah Littlechild and Nicole Emmings in a 14-0 win. More of the same in the 2nd Round away to Bed & Herts Division Two side Evergreen Eagles 14-0 again the winning score, captain Donna McGuigan the pick of the goalscorers with 5 goals to her name.

   Onto the quarter finals and another away trip this time to play Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies whom they beat to win the County Cup in the 2014/15 season. The result 3-0 then it was 3-0 again as Stevenage booked their place in the semi-finals with goals from McGuigan, Ellie Searle and Amy Makewell. A repeat of last seasons final in the semi-finals only Stevenage were at home for the 1st time in the competition as they took on Royston Town Ladies goals from Littlechild, Ashleigh Deacon and Chloe Gunn seeing them into the final courtesy of a 3-0 win.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies started their campaign in the County Cup at home to Beds & Herts Division Three newcomers Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kristina O’Connell scoring a hat-trick in a comfortable win for the higher league side. At home again in the 2nd Round a much sterner test followed as they faced fellow league side and unbeaten leaders, Stevenage Ladies Reserves. A great result for Hoddesdon as they battled to a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes taking the tie into extra-time going on to win 5-3. Hannah Kelly scoring a hat-rick with O’Connell also getting a brace.

 Higher league opponents in the quarter finals of the competition Hoddesdon were draw at home again to take on Colney Heath Ladies. Another battling display seeing the sides drawing 2-2. Rosy Wodhams and Charley Handley scoring for Hoddesdon the tie going all the way to penalties. Goalkeeper Casey Herrick with some great saves as Hoddesdon went on to win the shoot-out 3-1 to reach the semi-finals. At home once again were the narrow favourites as they took on Beds & Herts Division One leaders, St Albans Ladies. Captain, Natasha Crick scoring twice with a goal each for O’Connell, Handley and Wodhams in a 5-2 victory to reach the County Cup Final for the very first time.

  The County Ground, Letchworth once again the venue for today’s final. The Hertfordshire FA getting their county cup competition wrapped up in most cases a month before the surrounding counties. A nice wide playing surface a little sticky underfoot with the amount of moisture that has fallen recently. Overlooked by a large mainstand on one side the bar at one end the changing rooms beyond. At the other the Pukka Tukka refreshments trailer serving hot food and drinks. A good crowd building for the final. An overcast sky not too chilly little or no rai forecast during the match.   

 Stevenage Ladies starting XI – Shayla Burgess, Paige Logie, Tanya Blacksley, Dominique Godbeer, Cara Breckenridge, Chloe Gunn, Ellie Searle, Leah Littlechild, Donna McGuigan (C) & Nicole Emmings. Subs – Danielle Maloney, Amy Josland, Kristi Burling, Ashleigh Deacon & Rebecca Scola.

 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies starting XI – Casey Herrick, Katie Kendle, Charley Handley, Faye Holder, Hannah Kelly, Leah Dunnage, Sian Owens, Chloe Makepeace, Kristina O’Connell, Natasha Crick (C) & Rosy Woodhams. Stephanie Iaonnou, Megan Davies, Shannon Daly, Robyn Jones & Courtney Smart. 

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  7 players that started last season’s County Cup Final are in the starting line-ups this afternoon 4 for Stevenage whilst, Leah Dunnage, Kristina O’Connell and Rosy Wodhams represent Hoddesdon this time around. It’s Stevenage to kick off the game 1st half wearing white shirts with pale red vertical stripes, red shorts and socks. Hoddesdon lined up opposite wearing navy and red vertical striped shirts, navy shorts and socks. Midfielder Chloe Gunn sends the ball long from kick-off out into the left channel for Ellie Searle to try and chase down can’t reach it an early goalkick for Casey Herrick for Hoddesdon.

 A bright start from Stevenage trying to get players forwards Hoddesdon with a free-kick on half way as Paige Logie commits the foul for Stevenage the ball played high up towards the top of the area, Dominique Godbeer the middle of Stevenage’s three centre backs getting her head on the ball to clear. Sian Owens on the right side for Hoddesdon looks to make progress down the wing her pass inside to Rosy Wodhams she tries to pick her out with the return pass, Tanya Blacksley coming in tackling the ball out for a throw. Hoddesdon sending captain Natasha Crick away down into the right corner she squares the cross inside the box into Wodhams looking to strike it on the angle first time, Godbeer going to ground slides in to take the ball away from the striker. 

Stevenage Ladies, Dominique Godbeer

 Stevenage launch a rapid counter attack, Gunn bringing the ball on through the middle. Nicole Emmings peeling away into space on the right ahead of her Gunn picks her out with the pass her cross into the Hoddesdon area cut out by Faye Holder. Stevenage rebuild in attack coming forwards the pass out to Leah Littlechild on the right her cross whipped in dipping near post captain Donna McGuigan with the run stoops to get her head onto the ball turns her effort wide of the post inside the six yard box. A fast tempo from Stevenage at the start of the game coming forwards with purpose. 

Chloe Makepeace winning the tackle for Hoddesdon Town Owls

  A free-kick for Stevenage wide right level with the top of the area, Gunn their set-piece specialist over the ball goes for goal her strike flashing wide across the face of goal. Searle with the ball on the left rolls it on for Emmings, getting inside the full back puts the ball into the path of Gunn her long range strike controlled by Herrick back on her goal line. As Stevenage come again the Hoddesdon defence gets a little ragged as they attempt to clear the ball falling pushed out wide McGuigan latching onto the ball stumbles slightly before regaining control and firing in a vicious strike towards goal her attempt smashing against the cross bar before running out wide to the left.

 Hoddesdon have defended hard for the opening 15 minutes getting forwards pressing the ball high catch Stevenage in possession Hannah Kelly winning the ball brings it on, Cara Breckenridge getting back on her to win the ball back for Stevenage. The ball played into Gunn she picks out Searle going clear into space on the left her cross fired into the near post intercepted by the Hoddesdon defence. 

GOAL! Stevenage open the scoring in the 16th minute have a free-kick inside their own half the ball played up towards the top of the area, Gunn under it the ball knocked into McGuigan she passes back to Gunn who lays the ball back for Amy Makewell to hit 1st time 25 yards out her low driven shot racing past the diving keeper into the bottom corner 1-0.

  Stevenage looking strong press forwards Emmings with support from Littlechild on the right the ball turned into the area, Holder comes charging forwards to win the tackle for Hoddesdon. Herrick produces an excellent one handed save as Stevenage get in behind her defence Makewell moving to the left cutting the ball across the area for Emmings to strike from 8 yards out Herrick flinging a hand out parrying the ball away from her goal.  

GOAL! On 20 minutes Stevenage’s lead is doubled, Makewell scoring again from outside the box a virtual copy of her first goal, Bodies forwards around the top of the area as the ball comes in Emmings getting the ball into the number 9 she sends another low drive into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

 Little opportunity for Hoddesdon to get the ball into their attackers, O’Connell bringing the ball on through the middle has support from Kelly she holds the ball up well tries to pick out Wodhams on the left, Logie closing her down regaining possession for Stevenage. A free-kick wide right for Stevenage, Gunn to play the ball long into the area, Charley Handley with a commanding header getting the ball away for Hoddesdon. A throw on the left the ball played inside by Stevenage is inviting Breckenridge to have a strike 30 yards out she obliges, pulling her effort wide of the left post. 

Hannah Kelly on the ball for Hoddesdon looking to get past Stevenage’s Cara Breckenridge

 Littlechild breaking away on the right side for Stevenage her diagonal ball into the box parried behind for a corner by Herrick. Taken short up the line on the right Littlechild fires a shot narrowly over the Hoddesdon crossbar. Katie Kendle tackles well to stop Searle on the left as Gunn looks to play the winger in behind. Gunn confident in possession breaks forwards through the middle with the ball O’Connell seeing the threat goes with her sliding in to take the ball from her as she closes down on the area. 

Stevenage’s Tanya Blacksley contesting the ball with Hoddesdon’s Rosy Wodhams

 Stevenage are on top, pushing on the ball played inside to McGuigan in a central position outside the box a turn and hit as the ball comes across her the attempt taking a deflection wide for a corner. Dunnage winning the ball for Hoddesdon, attempting to break themselves Stevenage are organised at the back the 3 centre backs keeping tabs on any one threatening to get in behind. 

GOAL! Half an hour played and Stevenage extend their lead with a well worked goal. Gunn beginning the move and finishing it as she carries the ball forwards laying the pass out to Searle getting in behind on the left Gunn continuing her run into the area as Searle sends the ball into her run, the midfield opening up her body to send the ball angling away from the keeper into the top corner 3-0.

Stevenage Ladies, Chloe Gunn

 Stevenage press their advantage look strong as Hoddesdon look to regroup. O’Connell back to clear the ball hasn’t had much chance to influence thing’s going forwards. Holder scrambling the ball away inside the box for Hoddesdon as the cross is flung into the area from the right, a foul spotted by the referee as Emmings latches onto the ball. A chance for Makewell for complete her hat-trick as the ball comes to her momentarily free in the area a second to composure herself looks to play the ball wide of the keeper right into the bottom corner of the net sees her shot run wide of the post. Hoddesdon make a change, Stephanie Iaonnou coming on in place of O’Connell. 

 Closing in on the final 5 minutes of the 1st half, Hoddesdon have their 1st shot of the match coming as Stevenage give away possession wide on the left Crick with the attempt from all of 30 yards out, on target, Shayla Burgess on loan from Watford Ladies having had little to do in the Stevenage goal, well place however back on her line is right behind the strike palming it down and safely claiming the ball. 

Hoddesdon Town Owls captain, Natasha Crick

GOAL! 41 minutes on the clock and Stevenage have another goal. Launching a counter attack the ball with Littlechild right side she squares the ball inside to Breckenridge coming on through the middle she is fouled in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal. Gunn to take it strikes the ball perfectly the ball lifted up towards goal flies over the keeper and into the back of the net 4-0.

  Late into the 1st half and Stevenage ring the changes, making 3 substitutions, Emmings, Littlechild and Blacksley coming off for Danielle Maloney, Ashleigh Deacon and Rebecca Scola. 

Half-time Stevenage Ladies 4-0 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

  A dominant 1st half from Stevenage sees them with a comfortable 4-0 lead. A brace each from Makewell and Gunn. Have created numerous other chances. Hoddesdon have battle hard in defence have see little of the ball themselves with just the one attempt at goal. 

 More changes at half-time for Stevenage, Amy Josland and Kristi Burling replacing Breckenridge and McGuigan. Megan Davies on for Hoddesdon who get the 2nd half underway. A later 3pm kick-off sees the floodlights starting to come on as the natural light begins to fade. Wodhams with the ball at her feet 30 yards out is allowed to come on takes on the strike her effort on target Burgess back on her line right behind it once again comfortably gathering the low ball. 

Stevenage Ladies, Paige Logie

  Deacon wide on the right side for Stevenage receiving the ball off a throw sends the pass inside towards Gunn positioned outside the box connecting with the ball sens it looping high into the air, heading towards goal looks to be heading over but dips very late a real problem for Herrick as she back peddles onto her goal line sees the ball land on top of the crossbar. 

 GOAL! 5 minutes into the 2nd half Stevenage go further into the lead, the Hoddesdon defence stretched pulled over to the left as Searle races on with the ball fires in a cross along the face of goal, both Josland and Deacon are racing in far post the latter getting the touch on the ball to turn it into the back of the net to make it 5-0. 

GOAL! A 6th goal quickly follows a minute after scoring her 1st of the final Deacon with her 2nd with a great individual goal as she is set away on the right side after Stevenage break up a Hoddesdon attack. The right winger carrying the ball on into the area unopposed right of goal sends her shot wide across the keeper to score 6-0.

Two quick goals for Stevenage’s Ashleigh Deacon

  Hoddesdon make a change Makepeace coming off to be replaced by the returning O’Connell. Makewell with a strong run forwards, Holder getting in front of her to get the ball back to her keeper to clear. A free-kick won for Hoddesdon 30 yards out in a central position O’Connell over the ball goes for goal on target the shot lacks the pace to trouble Burgess. 

Makewell close again to completing her hat-trick as Gunn playing deeper 2nd half sends the ball forwards towards Scola as Stevenage come forwards a clever touch from Scola sending the ball on through splitting the Hoddesdon defence Makewell racing in free behind, Herrick starts to come, Makewell puts the ball past her spinning away her head in her hands as she sees the ball strike the base of the post. 

  Dunnage defending well against Makewell on the right giving away the corner as the attacker looks to get around her. Iaonnou comes off for Hoddesdon, Shannon Daly coming on. A free-kick wide on the left inside the Hoddesdon half for Stevenage the ball headed on into the box, Deacon is free far side the flag up for offside however before she can strike the ball. Wodhams and Davies work the ball well together on the left for Hoddesdon, Davies looking to get in behind, Logie with good defensive work for Stevenage.

Megan Davies bringing the ball forwards for Hoddesdon

GOAL! Stevenage get a 7th goal and finally it’s a hat-trick for Makewell. Times her run in behind well as Gunn plays the ball up to her from the back, with the keeper coming to close her down as she carries the ball right the striker dinks the shot over her and into the goal beyond to make it 7-0.

 Tiring Hoddesdon have let their heads drop a little 2nd half Handley winning the ball puts it forwards into midfield the ball deflected out to the right, Kelly wriggles clear to get in behind and fire a cross into the area, Godbeer coming towards her getting in the block. Searle with a burst of energy on the left for Stevenage fires a low cross into the area Josland can’t quite connect running on races onto Scola quickly no control on her attempt as the ball is deflected up over the crossbar. 

Rosy Wodhams winning the ball for Hoddesdon from a Stevenage corner

  A free-kick wide left for Stevenage Gunn to play in towards the far post the ball knocked down comes to Burling controls well hitting the shot on the turn putting the ball wide. Kendle is off for Hoddesdon as Robyn Jones comes on. Stevenage continue to dominate Makewell driving a 20 yard strike wide of the right post. Gunn getting onto the ball 30 yards out plays Josland in behind to inside the box, Herrick coming to close her down going to ground stops the shot getting past her. Emmings comes back on for Makewell for Stevenage, Handley coming off for Hoddesdon, Courtney Smart joining the game. 

Stevenage make more changes, McGuigan and Littlechild returning to the field late on. Into the last 5 minutes. Wodhams with a cross/shot from a wide position on the right sending the ball behind the Stevenage goal. 

GOAL! Another goal for Stevenage late in the match Littlechild on target to bring up their 8th. The attack on the left the ball rolled into Emmings outside the box good hold up play allowing Littlechild to get forwards running past her Emmings lays the pass into her run Littlechild striking the ball from the top of the area finds the bottom corner 8-0.

Godbeer comes off in the closing stages for Stevenage as they finish as strong as thy started the game. Scola wide on the right  flashes a cross along the top of the six yard box, McGuigan in the middle attempting an ambitious overhead kick does’t connect with the ball. 

Full time Stevenage Ladies 8-0 Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies

  The final whistle blows and Stevenage Ladies celebrate having successfully retained the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the 1st time. A dominant performance an 8-0 win. Some well taken goals amongst those. On top right from the off and never let their opponents have any time on the ball. A fantastic effort from Hoddesdon to reach their 1st ever County Cup Final couldn’t get to grips with Stevenage on the day nevertheless should be proud of their achievement.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners – Stevenage Ladies

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

 She’s already got one of these but an easy choice once again for today’s Women’d Football East – Player of the Match. Dominating the midfield with great vision in passing and timing of her runs, especially in the 1st half along with scoring twice is Stevenage Ladies, Chloe Gunn.

Enjoyed my 1st final of the season, plenty more to follow. My thanks to the staff at Hertfordshire FA today for their assistance, everyone was very helpful always appreciated. Lastly my congratulations to Stevenage Ladies on successfully retaining the County Cup.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 28/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 28th January

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

Semi-finals time in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup, delayed a week due to the poor weather affecting the region last weekend. It was a repeat of last years final with Stevenage Ladies winners last season at home to Royston Town Ladies. A league between the sides FAWPL South East Division One side, Stevenage had the better of the 1st half but were unable to find the back of the net against their ERWFL Premier Division opponents. A goal early in the 2nd have set Stevenage on their way to victory, Ashleigh Deacon putting the ball into the back of the net, more chances followed before Stevenage doubled their lead, Leah Littlechild getting the goal. A penalty scored by Chloe Gunn sealing a 3-0 win and sending Stevenage into their 4th successive final the aim this year to try a successfully defend the trophy. 

Stevenage’s opponents in this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup final will be Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies reaching the final for the 1st time. The ERWFL Division One South side at home to Beds & Herts Women’s Division One leaders, St Albans Ladies in the semi-finals. St Albans 8 months unbeaten going into the match. Two goals from Natasha Crick with a goal each for Kristina O’Connell, Rosy Wodhams and Charley Handley seeing Hoddesdon win the game 5-2 to reach the final. Eleanor Lovelock and Jordan Williamson with the 2nd half strikes for St Albans. 

   The Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final will be played on the 11th March at the County Ground in Letchworth. Women’s Football East will be there.

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

 It was quarter finals weekend in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup competition again delayed due to the poor weather last weekend. Bedford Ladies already through due to Sandy Ladies folding earlier in the season that left 3 ties to be contested.

It was as far apart in the women’s football pyramid as you could get in one quarter final with Luton Town Ladies, Bedfordshire’s premier women’s side playing in FAWPL South East Division One and holders of the County Cup away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets on Sunday. Luton winning comfortably to progress, Natasha Fensome top scoring in the game with 5 goals. Nicola Henman netting a hat-trick, there was a brace each for Kim Farrow and Dionne Manning. Also getting a goal each in the game were, Lisa Nixon, Rachel Kosky, Jess McKay, Stephanie Gale and Zara Carroll the final score 17-0.

   Luton Town Ladies Development side were also in action in the quarter finals of the County Cup drawn away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Houghton Athletic Ladies. Luton were leading the game 1-0 when the game was stopped due to a serious injury to Houghton’s Ciara Craig an ambulance called the game abandoned. Terrible news and Women’s Football East wishes Ciara all the best for a speedy and full recovery. The game rescheduled.

ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Dunstable Ladies were also taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division One opponents in the quarter finals of the County Cup, Sharnbrook WFC the visitors to Creasey Park. Goals from Danielle Carty and Charlene Moreton securing a 2-0 win for Dunstable to send them through to the semi-finals.

The semi-final draw for the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup is as follows :-

Luton Town Ladies v ADC Dunstable Ladies

Bedford Ladies v Houghton Athletic Ladies or Luton Town Ladies Development

Both games scheduled to be played Sunday 18th Febraury.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

 One game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday with 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies playing their 1st game of 2018 at home to bottom side Watton Ladies. Both Laurie Marris and Laura Cousins getting 2 goals each in the 1st half before going on to complete their hat-tricks in the 2nd. Manjinder Atwal also on target in the 2nd half with Sherrardswood running out 7-2 winners, moving them 5 points behind 2nd placed Northwood Ladies with 2 games in hand.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

It was 3rd v 4th in Beds & Herts Division Two on Sunday with Royston Town Ladies Reserves away to Hitchin Town Ladies. It was the hosts who opened the scoring Jessica McNamara putting them 1-0 on 11 minutes. Just past the half hour Royston came right back into the match equalising then going into the lead just 3 minutes later scoring from two free-kicks, Grace Leslie and Harriet Smith the scorers. Hitchin were quick to reply however the lead lasting just 4 minutes as Emma Chaffey got it back to 2-2. That the half-time score. One the hour Hitchin retook the lead Dani Friel scoring. The 3 points made safe 2 minutes from time Megan Franklin scoring from 30 yards to make it 4-2 the 3 points enough to move Hitchin above Royston into 3rd on goal difference.

 Evergreen Eagles also move up a place in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two table after winning at home on Sunday going above opponents Hitchin Belles into 6th. Samantha Takis putting Evergreen 1-0 on 20 minutes it was 2-0 2 minutes later Samantha Feeney getting the goal. Holly Williams making it 3-0 on the half hour. Abbey Williams extending the lead 20 minutes into the 2nd half. Takis scoring her 2nd of the game 20 minutes from time to seal a 5-0 victory.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, 2nd placed Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies cut the gap to leaders Bedford Ladies Development to 5 points with a comfortable home win on Sunday. Taking on Shefford Town & Campton Ladies the winning margin 6-0. Sophia Pidgeon scoring all 6 of Wheathamstead’s goals moving her on to 24 goals from 10 appearances. Wheathamstead in good form have 2 games in hand on the leaders.

  Also in action on Sunday in Division Three were the bottom two Bedwell Rangers Ladies looking to extend the gap from bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies. Holly Walker scoring in the 10th minute for Bedwell. Jessica Sullivan also getting a goal in the 1st half went on to complete her hat-trick in the 2nd half. Leah Tomlin and Faye Prout also getting a goal each with Bedwell winning the game 6-3 their 3rd win of the season moving them 8 points ahead of Potters Bar United, their goal scorers Carly Gilbey and Mandy Morgan who scored a brace.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 07/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 7th January

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

The semi-final line-up for this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup has now been settled after the final two quarter finals were played this Sunday. Holders Stevenage Ladies were drawn away to Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies in the competition progressed courtesy of a 3-0 win. Goals from Amy Makewell, Ellie Searle and captain Donna McGuigan securing victory.

In the all ERWFL quarter final tie between Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies and Colney Heath Ladies the game went all the way to penalties on Sunday. Rosy Wodhams giving Division One South side Hoddesdon the lead on 13 minutes, Charley Handley doubled the advantage as the game closed in on the half hour mark. Premier Division side Colney Heath mounted a comeback a 40 yard strike from Annie Hickey bringing it back to 2-1 then she scored a 2nd goal to bring it back to 2-2. The tie went into extra-time neither side could find a winning goal it was Hoddesdon who came out on top in the penalty shootout winning it 3-1 to reach the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup semi-finals. Royston Town Ladies and St Albans Ladies complete the last four.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

It was 1st v 2nd at the start of the year in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with leaders St Albans Ladies travelling to 2nd placed Northwood Ladies plenty of goals in this game Michaela Johnson putting St Albans 1-0 up on 12 minutes, Northwood drew level 12 minutes later Emma Steele scoring to make it 1-1. 10 minutes before half-time St Albans retook the lead Chloe Reeves on target. At half-time the lead was 3-1 to St Albans with Eleanor Lovelock scoring in the 40th minute. Francessca Webster got it back to 3-2 for Northwood 15 minutes into the 2nd half before St Albans went on to extend their lead further Katie Graham and Suzanne Reed scoring to make it 5-2. Leanne Jones scoring in the last 5 minutes for Northwood to see the final score 5-3 to St Albans who are now 8 points clear at the top of the Division One table.

In the other match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday, Garston Ladies started 2018 with a big win on the road away to bottom side Watton Ladies. Jane Hales scoring 5 goals to move her into double figures for the season. Emma Trill also netting a brace with a goal each for Lucy Zecchin and Katie Sills in a 9-2 win. Elizabeth Dowton and Chloe Jones scoring for Watton Ladies.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Garston Ladies 2nd XI continue to lead the way in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two winning at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday two goals from Charley Kelsey along with a strike from Holly Jury enough to edge the result 3-2 in their favour to see the 3 points won. Katie Smith and Shemika Holloway with her 1st goal of the season scoring for Letchworth.

 Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires have Garston Ladies 2nd XI in their sights as they won at the weekend to go 2nd 2 points behind the leaders in Division Two. Ending 2017 in good form with 3 straight league wins Welwyn carried that form into 2018 away to Evergreen Eagles. Chemise Huitson going into double figures with a brace to move onto 11 for the season along with a goal for April Spang seeing the visitors win the game 3-0.

   4th placed Hitchin Town Ladies move onto 13 points for the season 6 behind leaders Garston and well placed to challenge the top 3 in the table. Away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues this Sunday it was a close result goals from Bethany Lowe, Jessica McNamara and Hayley Watson enough to win the 3 points for Hitchin Town with a 3-2 win. Molly Churchill and Victoria Harold on target for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday and it was a big game between 1st and 2nd with Bedford Ladies Development 5 points clear at the top hosting Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies whose good form late in 2017 had propelled them up the table. 2nd half strikes from Cayleigh Jackson and captain Jessica Bunnage seeing Bedford Ladies win the game 2-1 to extend their lead to 8 points at the top of the league. Annya Hall netting the goal for Wheathamstead Wanderers.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 03/12/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd December

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

With St Albans Ladies not in action this Sunday it was an opportunity for 2nd placed Northwood Ladies to close the gap on the leaders in Division One, a tough game at home however taking on Garston Ladies. Northwood with just the one defeat in their opening 6 games since joining the league at the start of the season secured the 3 points winning the match by a single goal, Emma Steele finding the back of the net.

Sherrardswood Ladies consolidated 3rd position in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One table with a win at home on Sunday against Sharnbrook WFC. It was the visitors however who were leading at half-time goals for Emma Butler and Gemma Franklin putting Sharnbrook into a 2-0 lead before Laura Cousins pulled it back to 2-1 in the 40th minute. Trailing 2-1 going int the final 15 minutes Cousins grabbed her 2nd goal of the game in the 77th minute to draw the sides level at 2-2. Sherrardswood going on to claim all 3 points in the final 5 minutes with Francesca Novelli scoring the winner.

   Two successive draws against the top two in the league Houghton Athletic Ladies built on that by securing their 1st win of the season in Division One away to Flitwick Ladies. The hosts struggling for numbers and looking to recruit new faces to the squad came up against a confident Houghton side Emily Wilson scoring a hat-trick with Holly Thomson also on target with 2 goals. Holly Skinner, Ciara Craig and Louise Spendelow all getting a goal each too in an 8-0 that takes Houghton up into 5th position.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 5th placed Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. Goals from Danielle Allen, Sophie Mandel, Mandy Mercer, April Spang and Hanicka Mikova plus a brace for Chemise Huitson seeing Welwyn Pegasus win the match 7-1. The 3 points lifting Welwyn Pegasus up 2 places back into 3rd position in the table. Sally Green the goalscorer for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Three games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend. It was a meeting between the top two with league leaders, Bedford Ladies Development away to Welwyn Pegasus Azures. 5 points clear of their opponents going into the match Bedford took an early lead in the game with Cayleigh Jackson scoring in the 8th minute. Susannah Hall made it 2-0 to Bedford just 3 minutes later. Janiece Allen pulled a goal back for Welwyn Pegasus. Joanne Makin putting Bedford 3-1 on 27 minutes. Allen netted her 2nd goal to make it 3-2 to Bedford going into half-time. The visitors going on to secure the win 2nd half captain Jessica Bunnage scoring just past the hour to see Bedford extend their lead at the top to 8 points with a 4-2 win.

Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies leap frog two places in the Beds & Herts Division Three table into 2nd position level on points with Welwyn Pegasus Azures as they won at home on Sunday taking on Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Sophia Pidgeon scoring a hat-trick for the hosts as they ran out 3-1 winners to make it 5 wins from 6 league games played.

  Bottom side Potters Bar United Ladies are finally off the mark in Division Three after they secured a point at home on Sunday playing Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. Leah Casali the goalscorer for Potters Bar. Karen Clark netting for Shefford Town & Campton the 1-1 draw enough to lift them up a place into 5th in the Division Three table.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

An all Evergreen affair in the final tie in the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 2nd Round to be settled this weekend with Evergreen Eagles in Division Two at home to Evergreen Ladies playing in Division Three. Amber Charlton scored for Evergreen Eagles however a goal from Samantha Jackson along with a brace from Natalie Maher saw Evergreen Ladies win the game 3-1 to advance into the quarter finals. 

  The 4 quarter final ties are scheduled to be played in the New Year, Sunday 14th January the completed draw as follows:- 

St Albans Ladies v Garston Ladies

Sharnbrook WFC v Garston Ladies 2nd XI

Houghton Athletic Ladies v Flitwick Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v Northwood Ladies

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

The 1st of the 4 Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup quarter finals was played at the weekend with last season’s beaten finalists, Royston Town Ladies away to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side, Hitch Belles. 3 leagues between the sides ERWFL Premier Division side Royston opened the scoring as early as the 2nd minute, Becky Shephard getting the goal. Hitchin Belles responded quickly with a goal to make it 1-1, Keira How on target. Royston were soon back in front however with Shephard getting her 2nd of the game. After that Royston went on to dominate the tie, Paige Rolfe, Sammy Tinsley, Hayley Graham and Andrea Wright all scoring before Shepard went on to complete her hat-trick, Wright adding her 2nd of the game a minute before half-time to see Royston leading 8-1 at the break. Doubled their score 2nd half Tinsley getting 2 more to complete her hat-trick. Gemma Croucher, Ellie Pickard and Paris Coldicott-Stevens also getting a goal each. Shephard adding a 4th goal to her tally with Wright also getting 4 goals in a 16-1 win.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 19/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 19th November

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, league leaders St Albans Ladies dropped their 1st points of the season, as opponents Houghton Athletic Ladies got their 1st point on the board. St Albans at home twice coming from behind to draw the game 2-2 to retain their long unbeaten record in the league. Houghton Athletic playing just their 3rd league game scoring through Ciara Craig and Emily Wilson. St Albans levelling the scores twice in the final 12 minutes through goals from Chloe Reeves and Sophie Lawrence.

  The points were also shared between Sharnbrook WFC and Garston Ladies in Division One, drawing 1-1, Emma Butler scoring the goal for hosts Sharnbrook, Jane Hales finding the back of the net for Garston Ladies.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

A comfortable result at home for Garston Ladies 2nd XI at home on Sunday sees the league leaders in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two go 3 points clear at the top of the table. Hosting bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues both Charley Kelsey and Maxine Hotz scored 2 goals each. Leah Crockett, Charlotte Dormer and Holly Jury were also on target in a 7-0 win making it 5 wins from 5 for Garston at the start of the season.

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires move back up to 4th in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two table with an away win at Hitchin Town Ladies on Sunday, the hosts scoring twice with Emma Chaffey getting both goals, Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires doubled that tally to claim the 3 points with Chemise Huitson scoring a brace, Mandy Mercer and Ellie Burke also scoring the final score 4-2.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 A good weekend for the chasing sides in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as the leading pair were both beaten. Welwyn Pegasus Azures 100% winning start to the season coming to an end away to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets who climb up to 3rd in the table with their 4th win of the season. Grace Woodman giving Woburn & Wavendon the lead in the 35th minute. Janiece Allen levelling the scores within a minute of the 2nd half starting. Emily Saunders scoring what would prove to be the winning goal with 20 minutes left to play for Woburn & Wavendon.

Bedford Ladies Development had taken over top spot from Welwyn Pegasus Azures the previous weekend were on the road this Sunday playing Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies. Jessica Bunnage scored early in the game to give Bedford the lead. Wheathamstead Wanderers came back to level the scores then go on to win the match 2-1, Sophia Pidgeon with both strikes back amongst the goals the win moving Wheathamstead into 4th position also on 12 points with 3rd placed Woburn & Wavendon however they have games in hand on all the sides above them with the gap to the leaders 5 points.

In the other match played in Division Three the winning margin was also 2-1 this time however to the away side with Shefford Town & Campton Ladies travelling to play Bedwell Rangers Ladies on Sunday. Jessica Sullivan scoring in the 8th minute for Bedwell Rangers, Shefford Town & Campton coming back to win the 3 points Sarah King and Michelle Smith with the goals.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

Two ties outstanding from last weekend in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup 2nd Round due to Stevenage Ladies and Royston Town Ladies involvement in the FA Women’s Cup. Current holders FAWPL South East Division One side, Stevenage Ladies were away in the 2nd Round taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two side, Evergreen Eagles. In good form with a 4 league gap between the sides Stevenage progressed to the quarter finals with a large winning margin. Captain Donna McGuigan top scoring in the game with 5 goals. Amy Josland scoring a hat-trick there were braces for both Rebecca Scola and Katherine Long with Leah Littlechild and Amy Makewell both getting a goal each in a 14-0 win.

   ERWFL Premier Division side, Royston Town Ladies were at home in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side, Sherrardswood Ladies. Paris Coldicott-Stevens scoring twice for the hosts there were goals too for Francesca Smithers, Rebekah Fisk, Hayley Graham and Becky Shephard in a 6-0 win for Royston Town.

   That sees the quarter finals of the Hertfordshire Women County Cup look as follows:- 

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v Stevenage Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Royston Town Ladies

Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v St Albans Ladies

  these ties will be played over 3 Sundays the 3rd through to the 17th December

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 12/11/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 12th November

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday with Sharnbrook WFC hosting Sherrardswood Ladies. The hosts taking the lead in the 17th minute, Emma Bulter scoring the goal for Sharnbrook, the Bedfordshire side holding on to their single goal advantage until the final 6 minutes, Laurie Marris with her 4th goal of the season levelling the scores and seeing both sides take home a point.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One match too in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two with Letchworth Garden City Eagles hosting 3rd placed Garston Ladies 2nd XI the visitors looking to extend their 100% winning start to 4 games. A competitve match Letchworth scoring twice with goals from Tayla Murray and Natalie Moey, Garston scoring 3 up the other end to win the game and keep their record intact. Eleanor Barton, Lauren Berryman and Charley Kelsey scoring the goals to secure victory the win taking Garston back to the top of the Division Two table.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

New leaders in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this weekend with 2nd placed Bedford Ladies Development taking advantage of leaders Welwyn Pegasus Azures not being in action to win and move above them. At home to Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Paige Abraham opened the scoring for Bedford on 10 minutes. A brace from Jessica Bunnage saw Bedford with a 3-0 lead at the break. Maya Sidhu make it 4-0 in the 2nd half netting on 70 minutes with Bunnage going on to complete her hat-trick in the final 5 minutes. Courtney Edwards scoring a late consolation goal for Bedwell Rangers. Bedford winning 5-1.

  Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets move up 2 places in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three table with a 3rd win of the season up from 6th to 4th. Away to Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. Charlotte Demmon scoring in the 14th minute for the visitors, Erin Dabbs adding a 2nd goal 2 minutes later. Emily Saunders scoring from the penalty spot for Woburn on the half hour. Alexandra Miller also getting a goal with 5 minutes left to play in the 1st half. 2 more goals coming in the final 3 minutes of the 2nd half Miller with her 2nd of the game before Lauren Revell found the back of the net with 2 minutes left Woburn winning 6-1.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

5 ties from the 2nd Round of this seasons Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup taking place this Sunday. Evergreen Ladies awarded a home win against King’s Langley Youth U17s Belles Girls. 

   An all Beds & Herts Division One clash in the 2nd Round with table toppers St Albans Ladies hosting Garston Ladies. Sophie Monahan playing her final game for St Albans opening the scoring for the home side. Ellen Slater also scoring in the 1st half. Slater adding her 2nd of the game via the penalty spot on the hour with top scorer Chloe Reeves adding a 4th goal for St Albans late in the match. Garston’s Jane Hales scoring 2 for the visitors, St Albans progress to the quarter finals with a 4-2 win.

   Hitching Belles from Beds & Herts Division Two were hosting Division Three side Potters Bar United Ladies in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup. Leading comfortably 4-0 at half-time Hitchin Belles went on to claim 3 more goals 2nd half winning 7-0 to reach the quarter finals. Charlotte Peters scoring a hat-trick the other 4 goals were shared out with Amy Jack, Chloe Keller, Gemma Smith and Charis Wakefield all getting on the scoresheet.

   A big test for Beds & Herts Division Two side, Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires taking on higher league opponents Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies at home in the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup the regional league side given a game however, Sophie Mandel and April Spang scoring for Welwyn Pegasus, it wasn’t quite enough as Hemel Hempstead scored 3 up the other end to progress to the quarter finals.

   Two ties from the 2nd Round of the Hertfordshire County Cup featuring sides from the ERWFL. Division One South side Hertford Town Ladies were hosting ERWFL Premier Division side Colney Heath Ladies on Sunday. It was the hosts who took the lead in the match Donna Watts putting Hertford 1-0. Colney Heath came back to level the scores just before half-time Holly Sheridan getting the goal. Sheridan then went on to score another early in the 2nd half to see Colney Heath lead 2-1. couldn’t build on their lead however and Hertford came back to level it at 2-2 with Watts scoring her 2nd of the game. The tie was settled in extra-time, Samantha May sending home a free-kick to put Colney Heath back into the lead and this time they held on for the 3-2 result to reach the quarter finals.

  The other all ERWFL tie saw Division One South side Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies hosting league leaders unbeaten Stevenage Ladies Reserves. Hoddesdon up against a side yet to concede in the league the visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Hoddesdon responded with a quickfire reply to make it 1-1, Hannah Kelly scoring. Stevenage retaking the lead on 20 held onto the advantage until the half-time break. Again Hoddesdon scored pulling it back to 2-2 in the 2nd half, Stevenage though getting up the other end making it 3-2, their goals scored by Hannah Marshall, Rebecca Day and Emily Scofield. For the 3rd time in the match however Hoddesdon brought it back level and at 3-3 after 90 minutes the tie headed into extra-time. Hoddesdon having the better of the 30 period of play going on to score 2 goals to lead 5-3 and held on to win through to the quarter finals of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup, Kelly scoring a hat-trick with Kristina O’Connell scoring the other 2 goals. 

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 15/10/17

The Round-Up

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

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 12/03/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 12th March

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final

The 1st County Cup of the season took place at The County Ground in Letchworth. Stevenage Ladies from FAWPL South East Division One taking on Royston Town Ladies playing in the league below the ERWFL Premier Division. A 3rd successive final for Stevenage Ladies winning it for the 1st time 2 seasons ago. Royston Town beaten finalists in the 2013/14 Final.

Royston Town started positively looking to press a high line keep Stevenage back in their own half. As Stevenage settle they found space in behind strikers Bolu Fisher and Rosy Woodhams found space in behind Royston Town goalkeeper Emma D’Costa with some important saves. Eventually the pressure told however and Stevenage scored just after the half hour mark Woodhams on hand inside the box to receive the ball from Fisher after D’Costa had stopped her getting a shot away herself Woodhams putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

  A narrow advantage for Stevenage at the break, they were soon in control of the final scoring twice early in the 2nd half. Defender Dominique Godbeer heading the ball home at the near post from a corner before Woodhams got her 2nd of the game running towards goal as D’Costa came sliding in to gather the ball lost it Woodhams going on beyond her to put the ball into the back of the net.

Stevenage Ladies, Rosy Woodhams celebrating after scoring her 2nd goal (photo credit Kevin Richards)

  Royston Town despite being 3-0 down created chances late in the game Sammy Tinsley striking the post from long range, Harriet Smith getting into the box threatened to pull a goal back no to be however as Stevenage hit them on the counter in injury time captain Donna McGuigan firing the ball into the top corner the final whistle blowing Stevenage Ladies celebrate winning the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup for the 2nd time. You can view some excellent pictures taken of the game by Kevin Richards by clicking on the link to his album from the day below 

The game was covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog too and you can read the full match report on this site or by clicking on the link below 

Stevenage Ladies 4-0 Royston Town Ladies

Congratulations to at Stevenage Ladies winners of this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup

 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

St Albans Ladies remain top of Beds & Herts Division One on 27 points ahead of Sandy Ladies on goal difference after picking up a good win away from home on Sunday taking on 3rd placed Garston Ladies goals from Megan Samuel and a penalty put away by Ellie Lovelock seeing them to a 2-1 win. Bobbi Rhodes with the goal for Garston Ladies. Top of the table with 2 matches left to play the league has been competitive all season maximum points from those games and anything is possible.

   Sandy Ladies in 2nd spot stay level on points with St Albans Ladies have two games more to play however were beaten by Letchworth away from home almost a month ago a slight wobble losing again before beating Bishops Stortford Ladies away from hoe allowed others to catch them up. 3 wins on the bounce had seen Letchworth climb off the bottom of the Division One table. Away to Sandy this Sunday that winning run was brought to an end. Sandy winning the match 4-2 to collect the 3 points, Chloe Reeves scoring twice, Katie Seldon and Amber Williams also scoring.

  Sherrardswood Ladies climb above Garston Ladies into 3rd in Division One with their 3rd straight win were away from home on Sunday playing Bishops Stortford Ladies whose own title hopes took a knock as they were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Sherrardswood. Broghan McHale and a Lauren Maynard penalty for Bishops Stortford. Laura Cousins scored in the 1st half for Sherrardswood with Francesca Novelli scoring with 15 minutes left Laurie Marris scoring their 3rd goal in the last 10 minutes of the game.

  Letchworth’s good form plus a lack of league points gained so far in 2017 had seen Houghton Athletic Ladies slip down the table was a clash between the bottom two then on Sunday as Houghton Athletic hosted bottom side Hitchin Town Ladies. Got back to winning ways in the league with both Charlotte Ross and Holly Thomson scoring in a 2-0 win that lifts Houghton Athletic up 2 places into 6th in the Division One table.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two league leaders Watton Ladies were held to a goalless draw by Flitwick Ladies the point enough to lift Flitwick a place into 4th spot in the table. 

2nd placed Panshanger Ladies closed the gap to Watton Ladies to a single point on Sunday were playing their final league game of the season at the weekend hosting previous league leaders Hitchin Belles. The visitors getting off to a great start going 1-0 up early on Shannon Page with the goal. Panshanger responded well however pulling it back to 1-1 before 10 minutes were played Chemise Huitson getting the goal, Huitson went on to add a 2nd of the game 10 minutes later to hand Panshanger the lead taking her tally past 20 for the season. Ellie Burke scoring twice inside the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half to see Panshanger win 4-1. A very good league campaign following promotion last season amongst the top sides in the division leading for a spell themselves, a good platform to take into next season.

Elsewhere in Division Two the bottom sides Evergreen Ladies and Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets met both on 4 points going into the game the next was won by a single goal Annelie Ramsey scoring in the 20th minute for away side Woburn & Wavendon to put them 3 points clear of Evergreen. And although Panshanger Ladies have completed their league fixtures their is still plenty of games left in the league 6th placed Royston Town Ladies Reserves in particular have 6 games left. 

 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 One game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday and it was a great result for Wheathamsted Ladies at home beating Potters Bar United Ladies 7-0 their 2nd successive league win too as they move onto 9 points. 2 goals each for Sophia Pidgeon and Shauna Smith. plus a goal each for Sandra Knias, Libby Quinn and Jackie Sheridan.

Match Report – Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final

 The 1st Cup Final of the season for the Supporting Women’s Football Blog, the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup.

Stevenage Ladies v Royston Town Ladies

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final 2016/17 

 A trip to The County Ground, Letchworth this Sunday for my 1st Cup Final of the 2016/17 season. Stevenage Ladies playing Royston Town Ladies in this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final.

  A league between the sides both sides were promoted as league champions last season to test themselves at a higher level. Stevenage Ladies winning the ERWFL Premier Division title to move up into the FAWPL South East Division One, are 3rd from bottom currently and picked up a good win away from home last weekend as they look to maintain their league status. This is Stevenage Ladies 3rd successive appearance in the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final winning it for the 1st time 2 season’s ago, finished runners-up against Watford Ladies Development U19s last time around. 
  
  Royston Town Ladies were promoted to the ERWFL Premier Division this season after clinching the ERWFL Division One West title. Like their opponents in today’s final currently sit 3rd bottom in the table but with more points on the board are 9 points clear of the bottom side. Have one of the league top hotshots in their squad, Sammy Tinsley who has scored 31 goals so far this season. Royston Town Ladies have enjoyed their County Cup run scoring 40 goals in 4 rounds to reach the final. Were beaten finalists in the 2013/14 season.

Road to the Final

   Both sides entered the competition in the 1st Round. Stevenage progressing without kicking a ball awarded a home win. Royston were at home in the 1st Round taking on Beds & Herts Division Two side Panshanger Ladies, Sammy Tinsley hitting a double hat-trick as the club progressed with a 12-1 win.
  In the 2nd Round, Stevenage were drawn at home to ERWFL Division One side, Colney Heath Ladies, won the match 5-0 with Daniela Martucci netting a hat-trick. Royston were drawn at home again in the 2nd Round, playing Beds & Herts Division One side St Albans Ladies. Tinsley with just the 1 hat-trick this time, however she was joined by Stephanie Hicks and Georgina Gannaway as Royston scored 12 again winning 12-4 to progress.
  Into the quarter finals an away match versus Evergreen Eagles, playing 5 leagues below them in Beds & Herts Division Three, Stevenage winning 6-0 to reach the semi-finals with captain Donna McGuigan scoring a brace in the game. Scoring 12 goals in the previous 2 ties in the County Cup, Royston’s goal scoring was far from over as they hosted Beds & Herts Division Two side Watton Ladies in the quarter finals won the game 14-0 with Tinsley top scoring in the game with 5 goals.
  The semi-finals were much closer affairs for both sides. Stevenage were at home playing another Watford Ladies youth side their U17s Hornets their young side pushing them all the way for a large chunk of the game before Stevenage sealed a 2-1 win to set up a 3rd successive final appearance, McGuigan scoring both the goals. It could have been an all Stevenage final too as their Reserves side had also reached the semi-finals away to Royston it was another 2-1 winning scoreline with Tinsley scoring both the goals.
  The County Ground, Letchworth headquarters of the Hertfordshire FA the venue for today’s match. A good sized stadium, one main seated stand over looking a good sized pitch covered standing areas each end and on the opposite side the bar and clubhouse behind the main stand. The Pukka Tukka trailer their to provide hot and cold refreshments. Was an overcast day with a few spots of rain in the air slicked the pitch up a little before the match.
 
  Stevenage Ladies starting XI – Katherine Long, Leah Dunnage, Tanya Blacksley, Dominique Godbeer, Jade Beckett, Lisa Milliken, Kristina O’Connell, Donna McGuigan (C), Cara Breckenbridge, Rosy Woodhams & Bolu Fisher.
  subs – Hayley Wood-Thompson, Amy Josland, Daniela Martucci, Stephanie Mann & Kristi Burling
 
  Royston Town Ladies starting XI – Emma D’Costa, Rebekah Fisk, Annie Chambers, Amie Jones, Amy Cooper (C), Grace Leslie, Hayley Graham, Paris Coldicott-Stevens, Georgina Gannaway, Sammy Tinsley & Harriet Smith.
  subs – Katie Seymour, Paige Rolfe, Andrea Wright, Lucy Sende & Allyson Santini
(roll on roll off substitutes)

    It’s Royston wearing white shirts and socks with black shorts to get the final underway, Stevenage lined up opposite wearing blue shirts with black sleeves, blue shorts and socks. Royston push forwards right from the start the ball from Hayley Graham into Georgina Gannaway takes the ball on towards the Stevenage area, Leah Dunnage closing her down outside the box tackling to concede the throw. Winning the ball in the middle Paris Coldicott-Stevens plays it on to Sammy Tinsley on the right for Royston, cutting back in field as she carries the ball on looks to thread the ball into striker Harriett Smith making a run ahead of her into the box, defender Dominique Godbeer goes with her keeping Smith from reaching the ball lets it run across her through to her goalkeeper Katherine Long to safely gather into her gloves.
  A competitive opening to the final, Royston pressing the ball early have kept Stevenage penned back in their own half without getting a shot away the midfield congested a few strong challenges. The ball runs favourably out to Cara Breckenbridge out wide left for Stevenage looks up attackers Bolu Fisher and Rosy Woodhams are both on the move sends the ball over the top Fisher closest breaks forwards after the ball, Royston goalkeeper, Emma D’Costa commits early rushing out towards the edge of her area to slide in and claim the ball before Fisher can reach it. 
  Stevenage are starting to find a few pockets of space to run into, Kristina O’Connell breaks from midfield moving to the left getting in behind wants the ball played into her, Royston captain Amy Cooper reads the threat getting across to win the ball play it out before O’Connell can get into a one on one position. Stevenage work the ball across the top of the area from the throw on the left the cross flighted in towards the far post sees Lisa Milliken flagged offside. It’s Cooper’s central defensive partner, Amie Jones who breaks up the next Stevenage attack as their opponents work the ball through the middle Jade Beckett playing it on for Fisher moving left has Stevenage’s captain Donna McGuigan ahead of her they try to play the one/two Jones getting in between the to intercept the ball knocking it of McGuigan for the throw.
Stevenage’s Jade Beckett looking to get ahead of Royston Town
midfielder Paris Coldicott-Stevens
  
  A brave and vital save from D’Costa in the Royston goal as Woodhams battling for the ball in the middle gets it out to Breckenbridge left sends the pass over the Royston defence with Fisher on the moves getting in behind a race for the ball, sliding it to save at the top of her area D’Costa makes the save collides with Fisher the ball runs in behind, Fisher scrambling up goes after it as the Royston defence get back to cover the goal, before Fisher can turn the ball home however referee, Rebecca Fearns-Purdue stops play with D’Costa hurt. 15 minutes in a chance for both sides to have a breather. D’Costa is okay to continue after treatment.
  Tanya Blacksley winning the ball at the back for Stevenage pushes forwards through the middle before sending it long for Fisher to go after having peeled away to the left side, Jones covers the ground well to get across on the cover to slide in and clear the threat for Royston. A corner kick for Stevenage on the left, Breckenbridge plays it short the cross delivered into the middle of the Royston area, Cooper gets up highest to head the ball from danger. Attacking down the right side another corner is conceded, Stevenage play the ball in high to the near post Jones up to head the ball out of the area, is fired across the D in towards McGuigan who hits the shot on the spin sending it goalwards, lacking height or pace the ball is gathered by D’Costa on her goal line.
Stevenage’s Tanya Blacksley with Royston’s Harriet Smith
Little room on the ball for Royston in the final 3rd, Grace Leslie gets hold of the ball runs it on for Tinsley out right turns in field drives towards the Stevenage box, Blacksley on her shoulder runs her into Dunnage who wins the tackle gets it out to Breckenbridge moving down the left on for Fisher, reaches D’Costa coming to the edge of her area first. A free-kick for Royston on half-way the ball played up to the edge of the area is initially headed away by Breckenbridge, Royston win the ball back the diagonal ball from right to left picks out Gannaway outside the area left of the D shifts the ball between her feet well to make room for a shot, slips at the vital moment the ball rolling towards goal scooped up by Long.
  Tinsley is stopped in her tracks by Dunnage as the Royston attacker dribbles the ball through the middle. Dunnage plays the ball forwards into space for Fisher to go after, Cooper with her both are beaten to the ball by D’Costa the Royston keeper out early to the edge of her box to slide onto the ball. From a throw in on the right Tinsley gathers the ball into her body turns and looks to find space in front of the Stevenage area for a shot, Blacksley goes with her, Tinsley sends the ball out to Annie Chambers on the left the full back rolling the ball into Gannaway ahead of her inside the box looks to square the ball across the six yard box with Smith making a central run, Dunnage gets across to clear the ball for the throw. 

Georgina Gannaway on the ball for Royston Town Ladies
 GOAL! Just over half an hour played and the deadlock is broken, Stevenage taking the lead after Long claims possession of the ball from a Royston attack the goalkeeper kicking the ball from the top of her area up towards the halfway line for once the centre backs fail to deal with the ball as it deflects favourably for Fisher sends the ball forwards getting up a head of steam drives towards the box left into the area plays from both sides racing to catch up with her, D’Costa comes closing down the angle saves well with her legs as Fisher looks to put the ball wide of her, grounded however the ball runs back to Fisher keeps her composure as the Royston defence get back to cover the goal instead rolls it across the penalty spot to Woodhams who sends the ball into the bottom corner of the goal to make it 1-0.

Rosy Woodhams scores the opening goal in this seasons
Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final

  Royston make a change with Andrea Wright coming on up top for Smith. The substitute looks to hold the ball up as she takes it into the right corner is tackled by Blacksley playing the ball into O’Connell helps it on for Fisher to try and get in behind, Jones goes with her sliding in to take the ball away from the striker into Chambers to clear. D’Costa out to the edge of her area right corner saves well again sliding in to deny Fisher the ball rolls back out towards McGuigan, Leslie slides in to take the ball from her before she can line up a shot the ball running across the top of the box Coldicott-Stevens gets it up field. 

Stevenage’s Bolu Fisher with Royston Town’ defender Amie Jones

  Gannaway plays the ball on for Wright down the left channel cutting inside gets into the area her ball put in along the six yard box cut out and cleared by Godbeer. A set-piece for Royston on half-way players go forwards as Cooper plays the ball up towards the top of the area, Leslie heads the ball on into the six yard box, Dunnage is the quickest to react getting it out of the box for Stevenage. Breckenbridge finds herself with time and space in the middle as the ball is played across to her 35 yards out lines up a strike plays the ball straight into the keeper. Fisher has been in the wars 1st half clattered into several times a free-kick is awarded in 1st half injury time after she is brought down wide on the left inside the Royston half, O’Connell on the ball a corner is conceded on the left a good delivery into the box by Breckenbridge, Beckett gets her head on the ball sends her effort over the bar the final action of the 1st half.

  Half-time Stevenage Ladies 1-0 Royston Town Ladies

  A 1-0 lead for Stevenage at half-time having been dominant once they got to grips with Royston’s pressing game, a competitve contest especially in the middle of the park. Stevenage getting in behind the Royston defence on a few occasions eventually bringing the goal whilst up the other end have kept things tight at the back playing deeper preventing their opponents attackers from finding any room to exploit. Leading by just a single goal the Final is far from settled.
   It’s Stevenage to kick-off the 2nd half, Royston look to get hold of the ball right from the start, Stevenage instead get it forwards playing it into Fisher outside the box left of the D back to goal rolls in across the top of the area looking to pick out Woodhams, instead Chambers steps in to intercept the ball clear it up field for Royston.
 GOAL! Stevenage waste no time getting the ball back into Royston’s final 3rd win themselves a corner on the left side, Breckenbridge to take as players come up from the back the delivery in towards the near post Godbeer gets her head on the ball inside the six yard box at the near post nodding the ball into the ground it bounces into the back of the net to see Stevenage double their advantage 4 minutes into the 2nd half 2-0.

Dominique Godbeer is mobbed by her team mates after putting Stevenage 2-0 up

 Royston come very close to pulling a goal back right from the restart the ball passed into Tinsley in a central position 25 yards from goal, good footwork to make room for a shot let’s flying the ball arrowing towards the top corner, Long throws herself to her right as it dips late strikes the post before rebounding out of play. Royston make a double substitution Jones and Gannaway the players coming off, Lucy Sende and Paige Rolfe come on. A throw in for Royston on the left the ball is played across the pitch by Graham out towards Fisk plays it forwards for Wright making a move down the right channels to get in behind the Stevenage defence, Long comes rushing out from her goal to slide in and claim the ball before Wright can take it past her.

Royston Town Ladies, Rebekah Fisk

  Stevenage counter attack from a Royston free-kick the ball played out to Woodhams on half way drives forwards before sending the ball into Fisher’s path moving right looking to get into the Royston box is forced wide by Cooper tracking back with her the angle against her as she tries to get a shot away sends her effort high over the crossbar.

 GOAL! 10 minutes into the 2nd half and Stevenage extend their lead a moment D’Costa will want to forget unfortunately the keeper having had fantastic game up to that moment, Stevenage get the ball forwards into the run of Woodhams left side pushing towards the area knocks the ball on into the area, coming out to slide in and claim the ball D’Costa doesn’t take it cleanly pops out of her gloves, Woodhams knocks it past her and gives chase to send the ball into the empty net beyond to make it 3-0.

 D’Costa is distraught but her teammates are quick to pick her up and get her focused with over half an hour of the final still to play. A comfortable lead for Stevenage now. Royston push players on Fisk supporting Tinsley out wide right receives the ball squares it into Graham in a central position 20 yards from goal, shifts the ball between her feet making room to curl a low shot in towards goal, travelling towards the bottom corner not enough pace on the ball as Long comes across her goal to claim it. Fisk pushes on again with Wright holding the ball up in the left corner for Royston plays it up towards the full-back who has Tinsley making a run across the D in front of the Stevenage box, Fisk picks her out the attacker meeting the ball 1st time sending the ball in towards goal flies wide of the post.

  A change for Stevenage as they bring off Milliken with Amy Josland coming on into the midfield. Involved in the action straight away a ball over the top has Woodhams in behind same run that led to her goal, D’Costa comes rushing out to sliding takes the ball confidently into her body. Pressing on the right wing Stevenage win a corner kick, Breckenbridge plays it up the line with O’Connell available the midfielder sends a sweeping cross in towards the near post just behind Dunnage’s run the defender turns getting her chest on the ball to help it on, bouncing up for Beckett, she tries to get some power on her header but plays it straight into D’Costa in goal.

Changes for both sides, Royston bring on Katie Seymour in place of Fisk, Stephanie Mann comes on for Stevenage replacing Beckett midway through the 2nd half. Woodhams looks to bring the ball on through the middle for Stevenage is tackled by Rolfe 25 yards out the ball deflects wide to Breckenbridge on the right plays a great early ball into the Royston area, bouncing in front of the six yard box, D’Costa claims the ball well above her head not distracted by Josland racing in try and reach the cross. Allyson Santini come on for Royston in place of Coldicott-Stevens. 70 minutes played.

Royston are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the box top left corner, Wright over the ball as players come forwards from the back. Is a great ball in towards the players lining up at the far post picking out Leslie 12 yards out gets a firm header on the ball turning it towards goal, pace on the ball it is heading for the bottom corner, Long throws herself across her goal to make an excellent save. Stevenage bring off Woodhams sending on Daniela Martucci to join the attack for the final 15 minutes. 

Royston’s Grace Leslie get her header on target

  Rolfe gets back to tackle Martucci as she takes the ball down the right channel conceding the corner kick. Breckenbridge plays the ball into the area going long is just over McGuigan falls to Josland beyond who meets the ball on the volley sends her attempt wide of target. Smith rejoins the action for Royston with Graham coming off. McGuigan is away down the right as the referee plays the advantage after Breckenbridge is clattered driving inside into the box closing in on goal McGuigan blasts the ball into the side netting a corner is signalled however, the delivery swung in towards the near post is headed clear of the area by Santini, falling to O’Connell outside the box snatches at the shot cutting the ball wide across the area.
  
  Breckenbridge is the next player substituted by Stevenage, Kristi Burling coming on with a little over 10 minutes left to play. Godbeer comes across to slide in and take the ball inside the area from Smith as she is played in behind on the left side by Chambers. Fisher comes off in the latter stages of the game with Stevenage sending on Hayley Wood-Thompson. Josland tussling with Leslie for the ball in the middle of the park gets it forwards for McGuigan, advances towards the top of the area before blasting a shot wide of the far post. Milliken returns to the action in place of O’Connell for Stevenage.

 

Royston Town Ladies,
Harriett Smith

Late pressure from Royston as they search for a goal, Smith is played in down the right carries the ball on into the box Long comes to close the angle, Godbeer too, between them squeeze the Royston attacker off the ball. A great reverse ball down the line from Santini gets Chambers in behind on the left for Royston sends a long ball in across the six yard box towards the far post Wood-Thompson defends well against Wright heading the ball out of the area falls to Leslie 20 yards out running onto the ball hits it back into the area her strike blocked. 

 Into the final couple of minutes of normal time Royston get the ball forwards into Smith right of goal shifts the ball before pulling the trigger, Long gets down sharply to make the save the ball deflects across her six yard box, no one following in as Stevenage launch it up field. Another late chance for Smith as Tinsley rolls the ball into her path outside the area hits the ball hard towards goal Long throws herself to her left, the ball flies narrowly wide of the post.

 GOAL! In injury time Stevenage hit Royston on the break to score a 4th goal the ball played out to Milliken is space on the right plays the ball in towards the top of the area just behind Wood-Thompson has Josland beyond her McGuigan is running on towards the top of the box Josland rolling the ball into her opening up her body McGuigan meets the ball perfectly sending it angling into the top corner 4-0. Virtually the last action of the game the final whistle blows and Stevenage celebrate winning the County Cup.

Full time Stevenage Ladies 4-0 Royston Town Ladies

  A 4-0 win for Stevenage 2 early goals 2nd half putting them in control of the final, the better side on the day their defence giving Royston very little opportunity in behind whilst up the other end had players always ready to break forwards. Royston battled hard a competitive contest especially in the middle of the park but eventually ran out of energy. A few late chances to pull a goal back hit on the counter on concede a 4th goal. A good game watched by a decent sized crowd.
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

     With two goals in the final the SWF Blog – Player of the Match is Rosy Woodhams. Made life difficult for the Royston defence with so forceful runs on the ball. Good hold up play to bring others into the attack aswell as making intelligent runs to make space for others to exploit.

Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Winners, Stevenage Ladies

  Congratulations to Stevenage Ladies on winning this season’s Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final.

  My thanks to the Hertfordshire FA staff today, especially Callum Riley for his help with the team line-ups. Enjoyed my 1st Cup Final of the season plenty more to look forwards too.