Beginning this weeks Norfolk Round-Up with the one remaining tie to be played in the quarter finals of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup, and it was a huge test for Norfolk Women’s Division One side as they faced FAWNL South East Division One side Norwich City Women. 3 leagues between the sides Norwich keen to make progress in this season’s County Cup after falling in the early rounds since rejoining the competition a couple of season’s ago. A home tie against Wroxham Women awaiting the winner. Norwich holding a 3-0 lead at half-time, prevented Sprowston Athletic from scoring whilst adding a further 3 goals to progress into the last 4 with a 6-0 victory. The goals spread amongst the side with 3 players netting their first goals for the side, Lauren Cullum, Hannah Claughton and Jodie Drake. Eliza McDonald and Reeanna Cook also getting on the scoresheet along with Aimee Durrant scoring her 8th goal of the season.
Aimee Durrant on the scoresheet at the weekend against Sprowston Athletic with her 8th goal of the season for Norwich (photo credit Brian Coombes)
Norwich with now play Wroxham Women in the last four the game to be played on Sunday 16th February. Back to back winners Wymondham Town Ladies are away to Norfolk Division One side Sprowston Ladies.
Norfolk Women’s League Cup
Plenty of cup action too elsewhere in the county with the Norfolk Women’s League Cup reaching the quarter finals stage. A strong line-up in the last 8 of the competition too with the top 4 in Division One all still involved. All showing great form in the first half of the season with plenty of goals in heir squads. Current League Cup holders Sprowston Ladies were at home to at Bungay Town Ladies winners of the League Cup the previous season, 2nd and 3rd in the league. Victoria Leyer has been prolific in front of goal for Sprowston once again this season and was on target for two goals in the fist half for the hosts on Sunday to move her onto 29 goals from just 10 appearances, a goal to for captain Abby Hutchin seeing Sprowston leading Bungay 3-1 at half-time. Selina Rowland netting the goal for Bungay pressed for more goals in the 2nd period Sprowston though standing firm in defence going on to win and book their place in the last 4 of the competition.
Sprowston Ladies opponents in the League Cup final last season were Tavern Ladies then of Division Two. Now riding high in Division One were away to familiar opponents Fakenham Town Ladies had knocked them out of the County Cup earlier in the season. Tavern scoring plenty of goals a potent attack force with players joining from midfield, Fakenham battling hard in defence goalkeeper Chloe Easter pulling off a number of saves, Katie Hart-Copsey scoring in the first half to put Tavern into the lead her 13th goal of the season proving to be decisive enough to send Tavern into the League Cup semi-finals for the 2nd successive season.
Elsewhere both Division One leaders Thorpe United Ladies and their Reserves side playing in Division Two were both in quarter final action in the league cup. High scoring games Thorpe United Ladies Reserves were hosting Division One side Long Stratton Women. Samantha Walker captaining the side doing well in front of goal this season on fire at the weekend to score a double hat-trick for Long Stratton helping the club to reach their first semi-final in 9 years. A brace from Emily Watts making her return to the side and one for Ellie Sostman seeing Long Stratton to a 9-2 victory. Rachael Wall on target for both goals for Thorpe United Reserves.
Runaway leaders at the top of Division One with a 100% record from 11 played were away to Division Two newcomers Waveney Ladies in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Thorpe’s captain Rebekah Lake scoring a very large chunk of their goals this season bagging herself another 4 at the weekend against Waveney’s youngsters to take her to 35 for the season from 12 played. Thorpe running out double figure winners progressing to the last 4 of the competition with a 10-0 win, six other players celebrating a goal, Joanne Hooper, Ellie Hunter, Millie Cursons, Aneliese Smith, Alice Ladbrooke and Sophie Jermy.
Norfolk Women’s Division One
One match played in Norfolk Women’s Division One on Sunday with Wymondham Town Ladies hosting Thetford Town Ladies. The visitors finding a bit of form in the league in recent weeks taking 4 points from their last two match Thetford pulling further away from the bottom two going above Wymondham into 8th place in the table as they made it 7 points from 3 matches winning at the weekend 2-1. Natalie Woods scoring for Wymondham but a 6th goal of the season from Melissa Boulton and a first of the campaign for Abbey Comstock securing the win for Thetford who may yet push for a mid-table finish following promotion from Division Two last season.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Two games played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two on Sunday, Hockering Ladies getting back to winning ways in the league at the weekend following back to back defeat plus a heavy loss in the League Cup to Tavern Ladies. Were hosting struggling Red Rose Ladies the 2nd bottom side short on numbers a situation Hockering were familiar with in the past. Took advantage to rack up a double figure scoreline winning by 11 goals to nil Hockering back up to 5th in the table.
Very tight though in the middle of the Division Two table with Hockering ahead on goal difference over North Walsham Ladies now 6th ahead of Mulbarton Wanderers who they beat at home on Sunday. Mulbarton another side short on numbers, North Walsham themselves with the bare 11, goals from Kiera Brown and Rhiannon Holt helping the hosts to a 3-0 victory.
Thorpe United Ladies winning form in the league shows no sign of fading made out 10 wins from 10 at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division One starting 2020 where they left off the old year. A 3-1 away win against nearest rivals Sprowston Ladies opening up a 9 point lead at the top of the table. Were away this Sunday too making another short trip to Sprowston this time taking on Sprowston Athletic Ladies. Thorpe’s captain Rebekah Lake a constant threat to opposition defences scoring plenty of goals this season eased past 30 on Sunday netting another brace to put her on 31 from 11 played. A new name on the scoresheet this weekend too as Thorpe ran out 3-0 winners, Melissa Belsey scoring her first goal for Thorpe against her former club.
Sprowston Ladies themselves bounced back from defeat to Thorpe last weekend moving back up to 2nd in the Division One table over Bungay Town Ladies on goal difference collecting the 3 points away to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. The sides drawing 0-0 at the break a brace for Camilla Morgan her first goals for Sprowston in her 5th appearance and a 7th of the season for Ellie Hall securing the win by 3 goals to 1 in the 2nd period. Rebecca Carver scoring the goal for Wymondham.
Long Stratton Women where at home to Fakenham Town Ladies at the weekend. A close game between the newly promoted sides the game settled by a single goal at the finish. Samantha Walker wearing the captains armband for Long Stratton hitting her 9th goal of the season to win her side the 3 points. Long Stratton in 6th closing the gap to 5th placed Fakenham to a point.
Another clash between two of the promoted sides saw Thetford Town Ladies at home taking on Taverham United Ladies, both sides struggling for points in Division One. Thetford 2nd bottom going into the game finding a bit of form towards the end of 2019 to collect their first points with a win and a draw. Taverham one place above them with 2 wins from the 10 matches played so far. A close game between the pair a single goal in it in the finish, Maya Lawlor scoring for Taverham the visitors though were to leave empty handed as Thetford clinched their 2nd win of the season 2-1 to climb above Taverham into 9th position. Melissa Boulton and Dayna Howard with her first Thetford goal winning the points.
Norfolk Women’s League Cup
One outstanding tie left to be played in the 2nd Round of the Norfolk Women’s League Cup, a tough test for Division Two side as they hosted Division One high flyers Tavern Ladies. The game played at Easton College on 3G. Tavern are scoring plenty of goals this season and soon got the ball rolling strong to lead 6-0 at half-time, matching that scoreline 2nd half to win the tie 12-0 to reach the quarter finals. Will fancy their chances of making a 2nd successive League Cup final appearance having down so as a Division Two side last season. Katie Hart-Copsey closing the gap to joint top scorers Atlanta Griffith and Lucy Kean on target to score 5 goals in the game taking her to 11 for the season. A brace for Griffith puts her on 13 along with Kean getting a goal. A goal each too for Sophie Fuller & Meganne Smith with Kelly Gray and Natalie Wright both scoring their first goals for Tavern.
The quarter finals of the League Cup to be played Sun 26th January the draw as follows:-
Sprowston Ladies v Bungay Town Ladies
Waveney Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies
Thorpe United Ladies Reserves v Long Stratton Women
Fakenham Town Ladies v Tavern Ladies
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Three games played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this weekend. Stalham Town Ladies maintaining their 7 point lead at the top of the table winning their 8th game of the season at home to Horsford Women on Sunday. A goal in each half for top scorer Amber Mayhew securing the 3 points. Mayhew moving onto 16 goals for the season.
Beccles Town Ladies in hot pursuit and they were relentless in front of goal on Sunday as they rattled 15 goals past bottom side Bulldogs Ladies matching Stalham’s eye watering scoreline registered back at the start of December. The bare 11 available for Bulldogs always going to be a hard ask against Beccles young guns confidence high within the squad. Francesca Catchpole out for a lengthy spell suffering a nasty injury making up for lost time firing 5 more goals into the back of the net taking her tally to 9 goals from 3 appearances. Lola Barbour-King currently Beccles top scoring a hat-trick moves to 14 from 7 games. Chloe Pearce usually keeping goal netting a brace to add to the goal she has already got this season. A brace too for Francesca Heaney her first goals of the season. There was a goal each too for captain Megan Vincent, Elisha Bower and Bethan Owen.
Waveney Ladies are up to 3rd spot in the Division Two table scoring a dramatic late winner to take home all three points away to North Walsham Angels Ladies. Rhiannon Holt scoring her 8th & 9th goals of the season to fire North Walsham into a 2-0 lead. Waveney fought back well Maddie Cook heading home her first goal of the season to pull it back to 2-1 on the hour. 2-1 in remained to the hosts heading into the final 3 minutes of the game a free-kick awarded to Waveney Cook sending it in to equalise late on more drama a nervous end to the game 10 seconds left on the clock Chloe Dobson popping up with the winner for Waveney.
Thorpe United Ladies remain 6 points clear at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division One after they continued their 100% winning start to the season with an 8th straight win at home to bottom side Freethorpe Ladies on Sunday the fixture reversed due to the weather affecting Freethorpe’s pitch. Thorpe scoring plenty of goals this season in particular captain Rebekah Lake moving onto 21 for the season netting a brace at the weekend. Braces too for Laura Hedtke and Bryony Knights her first goals for the club. Natasha Levesley, Joanne Hooper and Alice Ladbrooke all getting on the scoresheet too with a goal each in a 9-0 win.
Thorpe now the only unbeaten side in the league as another 100% record fell at the weekend as Tavern Ladies promoted to Division One lost for the first time this season away to Sprowston Ladies who as a result of the win join them on 18 points and go 2nd in the table. A good first half for Sprowston taking a 3-0 lead into the changing room at half-time added a 4th in the 2nd period whilst keeping a free scoring Tavern out at the other end to keep a clean sheet and win 4-0. Victoria Leyer racing way ahead in the goal scoring charts moving to 23 for the season scoring a hat-trick. Chelsea Brister also celebrating a goal for Sprowston.
After an indifferent start to the season back in Division One following promotion Fakenham Town Ladies finding some form are now up to 5th in the league as they take their unbeaten run in all competitions to 5. A bare 11 drawing 0-0 away to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves last weekend Fakenham were back at Clipbush Park this weekend hosting the reverse fixture. Despite going 1-0 down Fakenham came back 2nd half to win the game 4-2. Holly Davies with a 25 yard screamer opening her account for the season. An own goal. Sophie Lubbock scoring her 8th of the season and Karina Townsend with her first of the season seeing the 3 points won for Fakenham.
Fakenham Town Ladies, Holly Davies
Sprowston Athletic Ladies also winning at the weekend their 3rd victory of the season now into double figures in mid-table were at home playing Taverham United Ladies. Kate Morris with a brace moves onto 5 for the season. 5 goals for the season too now for Rachel Bussey also getting a goal with Katie Fray scoring her first of the campaign in a 4-1 win. Abbie Walker scoring the Taverham goal.
Norfolk Ladies League Cup
A local derby as Beccles Town Ladies hosted Bungay Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of this seasons League Cup. An end to end game Beccles taking the lead Lucy Robbens with the through ball to set-up Lola Barber-King to make it 1-0. Bungay coming back to equalise close to the end of the first half to see the sides drawing at the break Grace Storey with the goal. Bungay awarded a penalty Selina Rowland putting the visitors into the lead in the 2nd period. The game remaining end to end Beccles bringing on a couple of subs Francesca Catchpole finding the back of the net for her 4th goal in 2 matches to send the game into extra-time. Both sides creating chances Bungay getting their noses in front going 3-2 ahead with Porsha Renwick scoring what would prove to be the winning goal and send Bungay into the quarter finals.
Bungay Town Ladies, Porsha Renwick
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Stalham Town Ladies continue to set the pace in Norfolk Women’s Division Two winning again on Sunday to remain 6 points clear at the top of the table. Following on from a 15-0 home win over bottom side Bulldogs Ladies last side were again at home this Sunday entertaining Mulbarton Belles. Stalham’s strong form in front of goal continued top scorer Amber Mayhew netting a brace to take her onto 12 for the season. A brace to for Lalaine Davey her first goals of the season. Emma Gillespie and Sophie-Jayne O’Connor also getting a goal apiece in a 6-2 win. Mulbarton’s goals scored by Evie Hards in her first appearance for the club.
Thorpe United Ladies Reserves move back into 2nd spot in the Norfolk Women’s Division Two table with a narrow 2-1 win away to bottom side Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday, travelling with the bare 11 Thorpe led 0-1 at half-time, Rachel Hardy scoring her 5th goal of the season for Bulldogs. Thorpe with a 2nd goal winning the 3 points thier goals scored by Sophie Jermy and Annika Skoog.
Horsford Women won their 2nd match of the season at home to North Walsham Angels Ladies to join them on 6 points on Sunday in Division Two, a fantastic strike from Ella Wright along with an own goal seeing Horsford to a 2-1 victory.
A cup weekend in the NWGFL with the Ladies League Cup reaching the 2nd Round stage. 4 ties played this weekend with 2 two called off and one never happening in the 1st place but read ob to find out why. Holders Sprowston Ladies playing in another Sprowston derby match were at home to Sprowston Athletic Ladies once again coming out on top. Leading 1-0 at half-time scored twice more without reply in the 2nd half to progress to the quarter finals with a 3-0 victory. Ellie Hall on target for a brace has 6 more for the season for Sprowston with Chelsea Brister also scoring.
Division One side Fakenham Town Ladies were away to Division Two newcomers North Walsham Angels Ladies in the 2nd Round of the League Cup on Sunday. Both sides with the bare 11 available. Fakenham running out 4-1 winners to reach the quarter finals, Sophie Lubbock with a brace as 7 goals now since arriving at the club in the summer twin sister Vicky also scoring a goal with Jemma Riches putting the ball into the back of the net for her first of the season. Keira Brown with the North Walsham goal.
7 goals so far this season for Fakenham’s Sophie Lubbock
In the other two League Cup matches played at the weekend the ties went all the way to penalties, an all Division One clash saw Long Stratton Women hosting Thetford Town Ladies on Sunday. Katie Ransome putting Long Stratton into the lead. Thetford Town improving of late scoring the equalising goal in the 90th minute, last seasons top scorer Melissa Boulton off the mark this campaign making it 1-1. The tie heading to penalties Long Stratton edging the shootout 3-2 to make the last 8.
Also going to penalties was the all Division Two tie between Waveney Ladies and Horsford Women. Meeting in the 2nd Round of the League Cup. Amanda Vincent with her first goal of the season putting Horsford into the lead. 1-0 up at half-time Waveney came back to level the scores in the 2nd half, extra-time following nothing to separate the sides into the penalty shootout Waveney scoring 5 out of 5 winning it 5-4 to progress.
Norfolk Women’s League Cup
This one snuck through the Women’s Football East net because I was convinced it was being played this coming Sunday and had Thorpe United not told me otherwise as their League Cup match was affected I wouldn’t have realised. However Taverham United Ladies were away to Hockering Ladies in the Norfolk Women’s County Cup their 2nd Round tie postponed due to the weather the Sunday before. Hockering improving this season in Division Two with a good result beating Taverham 8-2 to reach the quarter finals of the competition where they will once again be at home in the New Year taking on Sprowston Ladies.
A reduced fixture list across the Norfolk Women’s Football League this weekend with the 1st Round of the Ladies League Cup scheduled to take place. There was one league game played too in Division One newly promoted Taverham United Ladies hosting Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves both with 3 points on the board looking for the 2nd win on the season that could get their season going. Wymondham having not won since the opening day of the season getting their 2nd league win of the season winning 2-0. Rebecca Carver and Zara Krischer with her first goal for the club securing the 3 points.
Norfolk Ladies League Cup
Four 1st Round ties due to be played this Sunday in the 1st Round of the Ladies League Cup last season’s finalists Tavern Ladies saw their game at home to Mulbarton postponed. Three tie played Division One side Fakenham Town Ladies were at home taking on Stalham Town Ladies who were setting the early pace in Division Two. Fakenham progressing into the 2nd Round courtesy of a 2-1 victory, Sophie Lubbock and Megan Spurrell with the goals. Amber Mayhew scoring the Stalham goal.
Sophie Lubbock & Megan Spurrell with the goals for Fakenham Town Ladies (photo credit Fakenham Town Ladies)
Long Stratton Women also through to the 2nd Round of the League Cup with a comfortable away win against Division Two side Bulldogs Ladies. Samantha Walker a potent threat in front of goal moving onto 6 goals for the season scoring 4 in the tie for Division One side Long Stratton. Leonie Green making her Long Stratton debut scoring her first goal for the club as the visitors progressed with a 5-0 win.
Also in the 1st Round of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup it was an all Division Two tie between high flying Thorpe United Ladies Reserves at the top of the table hosting Red Rose Ladies. A high scoring encounter with Thorpe running out 8-3 winners at the final whistle. All of Thorpe goal scorers celebrating their first goals for the club 3 making their debut for the side. Rachael Wall with their 1st goal going on to score a 1st half hat-trick adding a 4th in the 2nd half. Annika Skoog scoring a brace on debut. Rosie Leigh too getting her first goal a minute into the 2nd half on her first start. Silvia Ribeiro also celebrating her first goal for the club.
The draw for the 2nd Round of the competition made 8 ties to be played Sunday 24th November listed below:-
Horsford Women v Waveney Ladies
Taverham United Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies
Sprowston Ladies v Sprowston Athletic Ladies
Freethorpe or North Walsham Angels Ladies v Fakenham Town Ladies
Long Stratton Women v Thetford Town Ladies
Thorpe United Ladies Reserves v Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves
Beccles Town Ladies v Bungay Town Ladies
Hockering Ladies v Tavern Ladies or Mulbarton Wanderers
A brief rest before moving on to my 2nd game from today’s Norfolk Finals Day, the League Cup itself this season being contested by Sprowston Ladies from Division One taking on Division Two side Tavern Ladies.
Before that however the Ladies 7’s final was also taking place this afternoon on the pitch behind the main stadium. A repeat of last season’s final with Costessey Sports taking on Hellesdon Belles. Costessey Sports winning the final 6-2 last season to make it back to back wins were looking for a 3rd successive triumph, the pair drawing 1-1 at half-time, Costessey Sports went on to score twice more in the 2nd half to win the final 3-1 a continue thier dominance in the competition.
Easy to forget Sprowston Ladies are such a young side having done so well since joining the women’s leagues, alot of the squad together since early youth level have grown together as a team. Pushing Bungay Town Ladies all the way in the title race in Division One last season eventually clinching runners-up spot aswell as winning last season’s League Plate Final. A slower start to the season this time around some rebuilding to be done at the start of the season with a few players moving on to test themselves at a higher level.
Bringing in youth as is their tradition the squad slowly gained momentum little to be done to stop runaway leaders Thorpe United Ladies, Sprowston nevertheless climbing the table to reach 2nd as they completed their league fixtures. Have since dropped to 3rd with Gorleston Ladies overhauling them to finish runners-up. At finals day yet again saving some of their best form for the League Cup. Victoria Leyer once again top scorer with 28 goals so far this season.
Dereham based, Tavern Ladies are firmly amongst the sides challenging for promotion in Division Two, in 2nd position tied on points with Fakenham Town Ladies who have a game in hand, both looking to finish 2nd in the league the pendulum swinging back and fourth with a handful of games left. Have been in great form after making a losing start, scoring plenty of goals along the way. 74 goals between attackers Atlanta Griffith and Katie Hart-Copsey. Griffith with 23 of those whilst Hart-Copsey has scored an incredible 51 goals to date. The only side to defeat league champions Taverham Women United on their way to the Division Two title. A great run to reach the League Cup Final including knocking out the Division One champions, Thorpe United Ladies.
Road to the Final
A bye for Sprowston in the first round of the competition. Tavern Ladies were at their Scarning Playing Fields home taking on fellow Division Two side Bulldogs Ladies a comfortable 7-1 win seeing them progress.
Sprowston beginning their league Cup campaign in the 2nd Round in the New Year away to fellow Division One side Aylsham Ladies who had shown great form in the first half of the season. There to watch as Sprowston put in a dominant performance to win the game 7-1 with both Amee Kennett and Leyer scoring a brace. Tavern were at home again taking on a fellow Division Two side, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies, leading 2-0 at half-time Tavern added a further two goals 2nd half to reach the quarter finals.
Sprowston at home to Division Two title chasers Fakenham Town Ladies, another dominant performance saw them leading 4-0 at half-time, Leyer scoring 5 goals in the match helping them on to a 10-0 victory. Tavern were at home for a 3rd time taking on Hockering Ladies the Division Two side reinstated to the competition after holders Bungay Town Ladies were removed from the competition having infringed the rules. Hockering struggling for numbers all season suffering a big loss with both Griffith and Hart-Copsey scoring 4 goals each on their way to a 12-0 win.
Into the semi-finals Tavern looking the underdogs in a strong line-up. Sprowston young guns away to the even younger Taverham Women United. 3-1 to the good against the Division Two leaders at half-time, a hat-trick for Abby Hutchin along with another 4 goals for Leyer seeing Sprowston into a 2nd successive final winning the game 8-1. Tavern were at home again taking on Division One leaders Thorpe United Ladies a battling performance seeing the sides all square at 1-1 at half-time Tavern scoring late on in the 2nd half to win the game 2-1 and reach their first ever final.
We’re still at Plantation Park so nothing has changed from the first game, the rain hasn’t come which is fantastic remaining chilly in the shade the pitch hard dust coming off the surface as the ball is struck. Tavern in particular bringing good support, their the more vocal at least.
Tavern Ladies starting XI – Zoe Gibbons, Emily Fusco, Danni Lee, Roxy Bailey, Lydia Hooper, Millie Bell (C), Nicole Costin, Meganne Smith, Lucy Kean, Atlanta Griffith & Katie Hart-Copsey. Subs – Natalie Merry, Jordie Head & Gemma Higgot.
(roll on roll off substitutes)
Sprowston to get the League Cup final underway kicking off the 1st half wearing orange coloured shirts with black across the top and shoulders, black shorts and orange socks. Tavern lined up opposite with an all blue kit with white trim. Sprowston look to play the ball out to the right, Nicole Costin straight in to win the ball for Tavern cutting the ball out playing it on to Hart-Copsey in attack, Sprowston captain Calista Tink marking her winning the ball.
Victoria Leyer on the attack for Sprowston Ladies
Atlanta Griffith bringing the ball on through the middle for Tavern looks to send it on for Hart-Copsey pulling away to the left, Georgina Belton across to intercept for Sprowston. Costin with a strike from distance the ball bouncing up off the hard surface, grabbed by Sprowston goalkeeper, Megan Lightfoot. A higher tempo to the game straight away from this mornings match, Tavern taking the game to Sprowston, Griffith with some forceful runs early on has support from Lucy Kean to her right playing the ball to her the cross into the box is long.
Abby Hutchin with a strong run with the ball bringing it on covering alot of ground the ball put on into the area for Leyer stopped form shooting by Tavern’s Roxy Bailey pushing her wide Leyer managing to squeeze a cross into the six yard box the ball headed clear. Sprowston win a corner on the right Tink up from the back meeting it near post turned goalwards Tavern with bodies in front of goal scrambling it clear. Hart-Copsey moving left to get onto the ball plays it in field to Griffith 25 yards out she has a shot the ball in comfortable for Lightfoot.
Atlanta Griffith carrying the ball forwards for Tavern Ladies
Tink lunging into the tackle blocks Griffith as she gets in to shoot right outside the box. Both sides closing down and press the attack one the ball is won. Nobbs tackling playing the ball up to Leyer in attack, Lydia Hooper putting a foot in to take the ball away from her. Leyer prepared to take players on gets the ball from Amee Kennett on the left bringing it in field lets fly from 20 yards out her effort racing wide across the Tavern goal.
Sprowston Ladies captain, Calista Tink
Leyer holding the ball up 25 yards out sends it on up the line left for Kennett, Emily Fusco preventing the cross for Tavern. Griffith on the ball attacking right for Tavern 20 yards out squares the cross inside to Hart-Copsey struck first time the shot lacking pace gathered by Lightfoot. The Tavern strikers combining again, Griffith on the right bringing the ball on inside to Hart-Copsey once more shoots from the angle, Lightfoot down at her near post to save.
Tavern Ladies captain, Millie Bell
Leyer racing into space on the right channel in behind into the box goalkeeper Zoe Gibbons out to close her down, the Sprowston attacker getting her shot away Gibbons with minimal contact on the ball slowing it down enough as it runs on towards goal to allow Hooper running back to clear the ball off the line. Tavern under pressure Sprowston get bodies forwards on the right winning a corner the ball put in near post headed on by Tink met by Kennett at the back post she smashes a shot in high Gibbons saving tipping the ball over.
GOAL! From the resulting corner the lead is gained, Tink the target once again the ball sent in towards the near post the defender glancing it on into the middle dropping into a crowded six yard box the ball is driven in towards goal hitting the hoardings behind the net bounces back out, Sprowston after a brief moment of hestitation celebrating the goal, Georgina Belton with the telling touch. 1-0. 20 minutes played.
Sprowston Ladies, Georgina Belton
A change for Sprowston Millie Drake coming off on comes Chelsea Brister. Griffith continues to make threatening runs through the middle played on by captain Millie Bell strikes from 25 yards out a swerving shot caught well by Lightfoot. Belton pushing on up the right for Sprowston the ball crossed into the area Leyer making a near post run, Hooper winning it for Tavern. A nasty looking fall for Kean in the middle as she goes down under challenge landing heavily on her back jars her neck play immediately stopped the trainer rushing on. A pause whilst she is assessed up gingerly looked painful sensibly is brought off for further assessment, Jordie Head the player coming on.
Hooper and Bailey combine to dispossess Leyer as she tries to force her way through the middle into the box the ball cleared to the right Sprowston keep it alive Kennett to cross in Leyer hooking a shot over from 8 yards out. Rebecca Basten on for Sprowston for Ria Drake. Leyer given time and space 20 yards out to tee up a strike central the ball racing in low pushed away by Gibbons diving to her right. Nobbs onto Hutchin the ball put over the top for Leyer to burst in behind Bailey recovering well to get back across her so shield the ball into her keeper. Tavern doing well competitive, Griffith forwards shooting from distance safely held by Lightfoot, Tavern having nothing inside Sprowston’s box yet with Tink marking Hart-Copsey well.
Tavern Ladies, Lydia Hooper
Belton brought down by Bell getting on cutting inside from the right a free-kick 25 yards out, Hannah Roe forwards to take, an ambitious effort trying to get the ball to loop in over the keeper near post the ball instead dropping wide. Brister winning a corner right for Sprowston met again by Tink coming near post the attempt turned wide. Costin tracks Hutchin as she tries to get away on the right tackling to regain the ball.
Hutchin upended by Smith central late in the first half a change before it’s taken Smith coming off Kean back on. Mayhem in the box from the free kick put up towards the top of the box Tink heading it down into the middle Leyer latching onto it inside the six yard box left of goal, Gibbons down at her feet the ball almost squeezing through Gibbons plucking it off the line, cleared straight to Brister positioned at the opposite post shoots Gibbons still grounded with a fantastic save throwing herself towards the ball getting a arm up to parry it away, the defence scrambling the ball clear.
Sprowston’s Chelsea Brister with Tavern’s Danni Lee
Danni Lee cutting out a ball played inside for the right to prevent Leyer getting into the box. Nobbs winning the ball in the middle on for Leyer 30 yards out has a go the shot held by Gibbons.
Half-time Sprowston Ladies 1-0 Tavern Ladies
A narrow lead for Sprowston at half-time 1-0 up, could and probably should have had more but for heroic goalkeeping from Gibbons looking solid through the middle Tink, Nobbs, Hutchin and Leyer in attack all doing well. Tavern playing their part however competitive battling for the ball getting forwards whenever they have the ball Griffith with some great runs shots from outside the box not troubling Lightfoot so far. Tavern to get the 2nd half underway the ball put to the right, Tolson closing Fusco down the ball pressed early the ball ending up behind for a goalkick Tavern break as the ball is played long up top for Hart-Copsey to chase, Roe in to tackle the ball wide for a throw in.
Abby Hutchin with Tavern’s Lucy Kean
Griffith up on the right does well to win Tavern a corner the ball delivered from the right by Hart-Copsey won by Tink for Sprowston inside the box. Getting forwards Hutchin on the ball right plays it inside to Leyer top of the area hooks her first time strike wide of the near post. Kennett bringing the ball forwards left with the diagonal ball central for Leyer 25 yards out, pushed wide by Bailey nevertheless gets a cross away into the box with Tolson after it Gibbons rushing forwards their first to kick clear.
Leyer lively in attack keeping the Tavern defence on their toes Nobbs putting the ball on into her run, Hooper defending concedes the corner. Players up for the corner ball angled towards the top of the area a shot driven in blocked by Costin comes back out meet by a Sprowston attack the ball sent over the bar. Leyer pressing the defence the ball outside the box running int Tolson central pokes a shot wide of the left post.
Tavern’s Nicole Costin with Sprowston’s Abby Hutchin
A free-kick to Tavern on the left into Griffith central has support from Kean getting forwards on her left sending her the pass Kean checks back inside getting a shot away from outside the box. Lightfoot behind it saving comfortably. Sprowston with a corner left taken short the cross put in from the top of the area Tink with the near post run, Hooper going with her blocking her shot. Bell brought down central a free-kick to Tavern, Costin to send it up into the area, Tink winning the header. Sprowston pushing for a 2nd goal Leyer in particular as she drives into the area from the left, checks her run to try and find a half yard to unleash a shot, Bailey putting her body on the line to block.
The referee playing the advantage as Kean coming on is fouled by Tink, the ball rebounding in behind Hart-Copsey after it left shooting from the edge of the box a deflection seeing the ball put wide for a corner kick. Sprowston winning the header at the near post the ball sent over the bar. Tavern working hard in defence to keep the scoreline down whilst Costin and Kean try to get on to support Griffith and Hart-Copsey in attack. Belton is down having taken a knock to the ankle cannot continue helped off the field on comes Jade Mundford.
Tavern’s Katie Hart-Copsey with Sprowston’s Rebecca Basten
Head on the right for Tavern getting forwards with support from Fusco wins a throw high up the pitch, Griffith then getting Tavern a corner kick. Hart-Copsey making a near post run meeting the ball to hook it towards goal, Lightfoot back on her line claiming the high ball. Hutchin picking up the ball deep allowed to drive on through the middle almost squeezes through in on goal, Bailey in to tackle sends the ball behind. Natalie Merry coming on for Tavern replacing Bell. The game entering the final 15 minutes still just the one goal in it.
Costin winning the ball on the right plays it central on for Griffith, Basten closing her down winning the tackle for Sprowston. Millie Drake back on for Sprowston replacing Roe. Costin bringing the ball on right Fusco past her on the overlap receiving the ball crosses into the box, Basten beating Hart-Copsey to the ball. Kean pushing forwards with the ball getting into the box, closed down plays the ball back to Griffith top of the box she strikes a shot up over the bar.
Sprowston Ladies, Abbi Nobbs
Leyer carrying the ball on right coming inside, Merry sliding in to tackle and win the ball for Tavern look to get the ball up field, Nobbs cutting it out. Fusco’s momentum coming forwards sees her collide with Kennett on halfway a free-kick for Sprowston left Nobbs putting the ball on Tolson breaking clear into the box left Gibbons coming out to close her down, the shot past her defenders racing back Hooper with the clearance. A corner on the left Tavern defend the ball played forwards a late change for Tavern with Gemma Higgott on for Lee little time to make an impact as Sprowston prevent Tavern getting out of their half to see the final whistle blow and celebrate winning this season’s League Cup.
Full time Sprowston Ladies 1-0 Tavern Ladies
An entertaining final played at a good tempo both sides committed, Tavern contesting the ball trying to find a reply in the 2nd period having gone a goal down in the first half. Sprowston limiting their opportunities, not able to find a 2nd goal themselves 2nd half half and make the result more comfortable. Sprowston having the better of the chances, Leyer in particular a threat in attack. Tavern with a creditable performance edged out by a single goal.
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
A second Women’s Football East – Player of the Match to give this afternoon, several notable performances from both sides. Atlanta Griffith with some great runs with the ball a threat for Tavern, Nicole Costin with some fine tackles in midfield too. For Sprowston Calista Tink strong in defence keeping a close watch on Hart-Copsey especially first half a threat up the other end in the box too. Victoria Leyer pushing forwards in attack always willing to take players on. Abby Hutchin with several storming runs on the ball. The award however goes to Abbi Nobbs the unsung heroine of the side solid in the middle winning the ball and happy for others to take it on in attack, ready whenever possession breaks down.
Congratulations to Sprowston Ladies on winning this season’s Norfolk Ladies League Cup
Sprowston Ladies, 2018/19 Norfolk Ladies League Cup winners
Another enjoyable day watching the Norfolk Ladies League Plate and Cup Finals, my thanks to everyone for there help this afternoon, the clubs and committee members much appreciated.
All about the Cup this weekend in Norfolk with both the semi-finals of the Ladies League Cup & quarter finals of the Plate competition taking place this Sunday.
Sprowston Lades are the current League Plate holders winning their 1st piece of silverware in women’s football last season. That and a runners-up position in Division One. This season have climbed into 2nd place in the Division One table and through to the last 4 of the League Cup. Were drawn away in the semi-finals to Division Two leaders Taverham United Women, a young side very much in the mould of Sprowston, unbeaten in their debut season in woman’s football. Came up against a Sprowston side that is beginning to find a bit of form and scoring plenty of goals too. Top scorer Victoria Leyer scoring 4 goals in the match moving onto 25 for the season two more than she scored in the whole of last season. Abby Hutchin also claiming a hat-trick in the semi-final for Sprowston has 9 now for the campaign with captain Calista Tink also finding the back of the net for a goal in an 8-1 win to see Sprowston confidently into the League Cup Final.
Sprowston’s opponents in the League Cup Final will be Division Two side Tavern Ladies after the Dereham based side pulled of something of an upset by knocking out Division One leaders Thorpe United Ladies in this Sunday’s semi-final game. The game at Scarning playing field Tavern Ladies home pitch (and once home to the deadliest slide in the county, but I was 6-years-old I loved it!) Tavern in good form going into the game scoring plenty of goals Katie Hart-Copsey with 35 from 11 before kick-off. Thorpe missing several through injury with others unavailable. The scores level at the break with both sides scoring 1-1 Tavern went on to snatch themselves a winning goal and reach their first ever final, Hart-Copsey with her 36th of the season and Emily Bell with her first seeing the Division Two side cause the upset. Eloise Peek on target for Thorpe who crashed out of their 2nd cup semi-final in as many weeks.
Katie Hart-Copsey in prolific form for Tavern Ladies this season
Norfolk Ladies League Plate
The Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition at the quarter finals stage, the last 8 throwing up 4, Division One versus Division Two ties with the Division One sides all coming out on top to book their place in the last 4 of the competition on Sunday.
The Beccles Town Ladies squad were well rested going into their home quarter final tie against Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday having not played a competitve match since the middle of December! This has given them a chance to get a few back from injury and they got 2019 off to a winning start with a 4-0 win to book their place in the semi-finals with Lucy Robbens netting twice along with goals from Megan Vincent and a first of the season for Victoria Ottey. The game ending on a sad note abandoned through injury following a collision between Beccles goalkeeper Chloe Pearce and Bulldogs captain Emma Johnson, wishing both players all the best for a full and speedy recovery.
*NB – Have been informed due to this game being abandoned due to the above incident the game between Beccles Town and Bulldogs Ladies will now be replayed a date to be set in due course.
Long Stratton Women from Division Two were in good form going into their quarter final tie at home to Aylsham Ladies on Sunday. The Division One side in need of a positive start after a difficult beginning to 2019, got it with goals from Amber Mayhew and Vicky Lubbock plus first Aylsham goal for both Katrina Carman and Emma Allsopp in a 4-1 victory to see the Division One side reach the last 4 of the Plate.
Sprowston Athletic Ladies won 6-1 away to Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies last Sunday to book their place in the quarter finals of the Ladies Plate competition. This Sunday were away once again taking on Division Two opponents, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies. Melissa Belsey scoring her 1st ever hat-trick, along with goals from Rachel Bussey and a 1st of the season for Nicole Read seeing Sprowston Athletic reach the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-1 win.
Also reaching the last 4 of the Ladies League Plate competition are Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. Were away to Division Two side Thetford Town Ladies in the quarter finals. Sally Hammerton moving into double figures for the season for Wymondham scoring 5 goals in the match. Wymondham comfortably winning with Chelsea Pettifer and Hannah Claughton also getting a goal each along with Gabriella Stone getting her 1st goal of the season in an 8-0 win.
Quarter finals weekend of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup 8 sides vying for a place in the semi-finals. Just 3 sides from Division One left in the competition and two of those were to meet this weekend the holders Bungay Town Ladies out of the League Cup following an infringement of the rules.
The all Division One clash saw Thorpe United Ladies and Gorleston Ladies meet for the 4th time this season. Thorpe runaway leaders in the league coming out on top of all 3 previous encounter albeit to penalties in the County Cup. Thorpe with home advantage in the League Cup windy conditions a goal from captain Rebekah Lake and a brace for Millie Cursons making her debut having joined from Aylsham enough to see Thorpe into the last 4 winning 3-1 Samantha Hunn scoring the goal for Gorleston.
Sprowston Ladies the other Division One side to have reached the quarter finals of the League Cup, going strong in the league itself, are the current League Plate holders through to the last 8 of the League Cup were drawn at home to Fakenham Town Ladies challenging for top spot in Division Two and an immediate return to Division One itself. It was a performance Fakenham will want to forget, get out of the system as they were beaten heavily by Sprowston, top scorer Victoria Leyer scoring 5 herself in the match including a long range effort from a free-kick. Hannah Roe and Abby Hutchin both scoring two each with Millie Drake scoring her 1st Sprowston goal in a 10-0 win.
5 goals for Sprowston Ladies, Vicky Leyer
A minutes silence held in honour of Michaela Yeates before the match between Taverham United Women and Freethorpe Ladies on Sunday. Has played for both teams sadly lost her battle with cancer recently.
Freethorpe up against a young Taverham side top of Division Two unbeaten with just two points dropped so far this season those claimed by Freethorpe on the opening day of the season. Brought down to earth in the County Cup at the weekend losing for the first time this season Taverham returned to winning ways to book a place in the last 4 of the League Cup on Sunday. Leading by a single goal at half-time Taverham went on to add a further 2 goals 2nd half to win 3-0 their goals scored by Hannah Artis, Katie Dunning & Charlotte Hurren.
Tavern Ladies are the final side to reach the last 4 of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup the Division Two at home to fellow league side Hockering Ladies in the quarter finals, they the side benefiting from Bungay Town’s expulsion. Tavern have played less games than anyone else in the league but are scoring plenty of goals & when they win they usually win big a 12-1 win against Hockering in the league early in the season Katie Hart-Copsey scored half of that tally, scored 4 more this weekend to take her onto an impressive 30 goals for the season. Also scoring 4 in the game was Atlanta Griffith who now has 14 for the season. The score 12 once again without reply Lucy Kean and Nicole Cousin both adding two goals each to the score.
Norfolk Ladies League Plate
The sides missing out on the quarter finals of the League Cup going on to contest the Ladies Plate competition now into it’s 3rd season. 1 game in the 1st Round to be played with all the other sides receiving a bye to the quarter finals. Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies were at home up against Division Tow side Horsford Women. Wymondham proving the stronger side on the day the higher league side progressing comfortably winning the game 9-0.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
One match played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 4th placed Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies travelling to Thetford to play bottom side Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday. Bure Valley are scoring plenty of goals too and a 5-1 win at the weekend sees them consolidate 4th position in the league but it remains very tight in the middle of the table with the 4th to 8th placed sides separated by just 5 points.
Happy New Year! The first game of 2019 for Women’s Football East, another great year of football action to look forwards too. A quiet end to 2018 with just the one game watched have missed it and keen to get this year off to a flyer, the action beginning in Norfolk from the 2nd Round of the Ladies League Cup with Aylsham Ladies at home to Sprowston Ladies.
A place in the quarter finals of the competition up for grabs the one remaining tie the other 7 places decided and with half the Division One sides set to be gone from the competition after today’s game a great opportunity awaits the winner of today’s tie.
Aylsham Ladies reformed this season after a brief withdrawal from the league. Managed now by Robert Highe formerly in charge of the Stalham Town Ladies side, he has brought with him a good number from that side with players formerly with North Walsham Angels Ladies also joining the squad has plenty of experience competing in Division One. 8 sides in the league this season Aylsham were one of the early pacesetters neck and neck with Thorpe United Ladies, a dip in results seeing Thorpe who have remained consistent throughout stretch their lead.
Aylsham are second and well clear of the chasing pack, the dynamic of the league changing over the first few months of the season, several teams struggling for numbers early on most have added to their squads and alot closer to one another now, anyone can feel capable of beating anyone on their day as the new year begins.
Sprowston Ladies are 4th in Division One their squad light early on has gotten stronger, this side making their debut in Division One last season were very strong pushing eventual winners Bungay Town Ladies all the way to the title, collected silverware too winning the League Plate. Both sides will be keen to get going in 2019 having both played their last competitive fixture back in November! The two sides drawing 2-2 at Sprowston when they met in October.
Youngs Park the venue for today’s fixture and the first time I’ve been back there since the redeveloped site was opened in 2016. A new housing development close by easier to get to than I remember, a large carpark a large clubhouse with bar and refreshments, beside the main pitch, lots of space for additional practice pitches, a great sporting facility. The weather a pretty dull picture, gloomy and overcast, not too cold mind
Aylsham Ladies starting XI – Katie Clarke, Charlotte Darvill, Hannah Sturman, Megan Champion, Sophie-Jayne O’Connor, Amber Mayhew, Kerry Wright, Summer Moore, Mary Anne Hoy, Vicky Lubbock & Leanne Symonds. Subs – Jade Knights, Emma Gillespie & Abbie Charlton.
8 teams in the league, 3 of them play in orange. Aylsham as the home side wearing there first choice colours, orange shirts and socks with blue shorts. Sprowston wearing black shirts today with orange shorts and black socks. It’s Aylsham with the kick-off 1st half. The visitors press the ball straight away Abbi Nobbs getting hold of the ball for Sprowston, played forwards cut out by Aylsham’s Sophie-Jayne O’Connor.
Vicky Leyer with the ball at her feet for Sprowston inside the Aylsham half central played on down the left for Amee Kennett to chase, Hannah Sturman across her for Aylsham sees the ball out for a goal kick. Sturman with some good defensive work soon after as Kennett given the ball left side looks to turn inside get into the area the Aylsham defender getting in a good challenge.
Abby Hutchin getting forwards with the 1st goalwards attempt for Sprowston her low ball gathered easily by Aylsham goalkeeper Katie Clarke. A good start to the game from the visitors Sprowston attacking have the ball inside the Aylsham half making in difficult for the hosts to counter.
GOAL! Sprowston capitalise on their good start by taking an early lead in the match attacking right side Chelsea Brister on the ball down the line plays it back of Hutchin behind her she sends a cross along the top of the six yard box Leyer central send the ball on for Kennett closing in at the far post she sends a shot back across the goal and scores 0-1.
Aylsham look for an immediate response the ball forwards into Vicki Lubbock right channel her ball forwards cut out by Ria Drake, the visitors counter the ball forwards finding Leyer top of the centre circle is clear running in towards goal, the flag is up however and when eventually spotted her run ended.
Clarke does well coming early to kick the ball clear as Hutchin making a great run through the left channel is almost played in on goal. The passes not coming off for Aylsham frustration in the early part of the game as Sprowston continue with their energetic game. Amber Mayhew bringing the ball forwards fro Aylsham looks to set up Lubbock as she moves with her to the right the Sprowston defence regaining possession.
Mary Anne Hoy flicking the ball on down the left wing gives chase tries to tie up Leanne Symonds in the middle, the best the attacker can do is win a throw as Georgina Belton slides in with her in win the ball. Sturman with more good defensive work inside the box the deny Kennett a shot as she turns inside. Charlotte Darvill defends for Aylsham as Sprowston try to double up on her at left back Hutchin with the run into space on her right with Leyer holding up the ball.
Paige Barnard has a long throw in her arsenal and uses it to good effect for Sprowston on the right the ball into the box causing problems, Megan Champion clearing for Aylsham. Barnard likes to charge forwards with the ball at her feet too a good run from half way is ended as her heels are clipped 25 yards out Sprowston winning the free-kick. The ball flighted into the box headed down out of the area the defensive clearance dropping straight to Hutchin outside the box, shoots her looping effort straight at Clarke well placed in the Aylsham goal.
Aylsham haven’t registered a shot on target yet are struggling to get anything going in the final third, Summer Moore gathering the ball into her feet inside her opponents half looks to plough her way towards the box, eventually after three challenges Sprowston manage to stop her.
GOAL! From the resulting counter attack Sprowston get the ball up the other end and score to double their lead the ball played direct up through the middle Hutchin picking it up carrying it on into the area, Sturman managing to get in the challenge on her takes the ball away from her Kennett free behind Hutchin coming in from the left onto the loose ball sends her shot from outside the box up over the keeper to score her 2nd of the match 0-2.
A change for Sprowston, Brister coming off a straight swap on the right with Evie Tolson coming on. 25 minutes played. Sprowston remain strong in attack numbers forward win a throw deep on the right, Barnard to take the long throw, drops to Leyer inside the area right side holds the ball up well before trying to tie up Hutchin top of the area central her shot blocked by Moore the deflected ball racing out to Melissa Anderson positioned left she 1st time shot over the bar.
GOAL! A mix up at the back sees the visitors score a third goal. The ball played up over the top with Tolson the target right side, Darvill to it first as it runs into the box, the keeper calls aiming to clear it as she advances, defender and goalkeeper too close to each other as she does the ball unfortunately striking Darvill rebounds behind both into Tolson who has an empty net in front of her scores her 1st goal for Sprowston in just her 2nd appearance.
Darvill getting forwards for Aylsham tries to link up with Hoy on the left the pair gain ground on the wing before Barnard slides in with the tackle to win the ball. Sprowston counter Hutchin running into the space vacated by Darvill right side to the by line her cross in low towards the near post taken well by Clarke. Aylsham’s turn to counter quick to get the ball forwards into Symonds left of goal across the top of the area into Lubbock, Belton sliding in on her as she shoots the ball looping up over the bar a corner awarded, the ball near side defended.
GOAL! 35 minutes gone and Sprowston add to their lead Nobbs on for Hutchin breaking forwards a good run through the middle sends it on for Leyer bursting clear into the area moving right away from goal gets a shot away wrong footing the keeper moving to close down the angle the ball back across her and into the far bottom corner 0-4.
A free-kick for Sprowston awarded on the left side 35 yards players up from the back as the ball is played diagonally across to Hutchin moving in from the right 20 yards out her shot blocked… by Tink.
GOAL! A late life line for Aylsham in the first half as they are awarded a penalty. Mayhew getting the ball forwards into Symonds getting into space on the right her cross squared into Lubbock top of the area she is upended as she goes to receive the ball the referee pointing to the spot. Lubbock gets up to take, a well taken effort placed to her right pulls a goal back for the home side 1-4.
A double change for Aylsham in the cards before the penalty and with it a change of formation 3-5-3 now with Darvill and Moore coming off for Abbie Charlton and Emma Gillespie. Little time left in the first half for the changes to take effect, Sprowston press on the ball from Hutchin up to Leyer running right sends a cross along the face of goal into Kennett a chance for a hat-trick the ball bouncing the attempt screwed wide.
Half-time Aylsham Ladies 1-4 Sprowston Ladies
A strong first half from Sprowston, an early goal pressed the ball well inside their opponents half making it difficult for Aylsham to get anything going in attack, frustrated Sprowston capitalised getting into a 4-0 lead. Chances few and far between for Aylsham a goal back late on gives them something but know they have alot of work to do if they are to get themselves back into the game 2nd half.
Another change at half-time for Aylsham, Moore on for Sturman. Sprowston to get the 2nd 45 underway. Aylsham need to start on the front foot, Anderson though wins the ball for Sprowston on for Leyer central drives on, Champion tacking her and winning the ball for Aylsham spins away to the right Wright doing well too in defence before Clarke lays claim to the ball.
Aylsham much more positive at the start of the 2nd half pushing on Symonds winning a throw on the right as Lubbock sends the pass down the line. Champion winning the ball inside her opponents half pushes forwards on for Symonds looks to turn inside tackled by Tink.
A second penalty awarded to Aylsham early in the 2nd half the ball played into Lubbock standing just inside the box a kick out at her calves spotted. 4-2 now and it’s a huge boost for the hosts Lubbock to take again, missed the ball lifted over this time.
Aylsham regroup push on Moore plays the pass out to Lubbock right side as she looks to combine with Symonds the cross into the six yard box Charlton the target far post the ball headed clear of the area collected by Hoy left side 20 yards out her strike wide. Lubbock with a 30 yard attempt on target Megan Lightfoot in the Sprowston goal back on her line claims the ball firmly over her head.
All Aylsham at the start of the 2nd half Sprowston with the 3 goal advantage soaking up the pressure. Lubbock with more support around her influential on the ball spins the pass out to Symonds right her looping cross falling central Mayhew forwards lays the ball off for Lubbock drifting in central top of the area her snap shot pulled wide.
Sprowston always ready to launch a counter Hutchin a good run forwards played in on goal into the box closing in on the keeper Clarke saves well at close range the ball pushed straight back into Hutchin’s path she tries to adjust place her shot wide of the keeper but Champion is back to clear for Aylsham.
Leyer holding the ball up for Sprowston brings Barnard into play as she bursts forwards on the right side, Wright reading the threat in quickly to put in the tackle deny a cross. A chance fro Sprowston Drake the player off, on comes Rebecca Basten. Tink intercepts at the back for Sprowston as Symonds aims to put Lubbock through. The final ball just not happening for Aylsham this afternoon.
Kennett with the ball at her feet on the left wing for Sprowston pushes on lays the pass on for Leyer 25 yards out she checks inside shapes to send a shot towards the top corner the ball flying wide of the upright.
GOAL! Leyer does score soon after Sprowston have ridden out Aylsham’s early pressure 2nd half find space in attack Kennett central with the run and shot 25 yards out the ball blocked manages to squirm it’s way through into the box for Leyer drifting free left of goal 8 yards out shoots her strike back across Clarke diving full stretched does well to get glove on it but the touch not enough to keep it out of the back of the net Leyer with her 2nd of the game 1-5.
Another chance for Sprowston with Jade Mundford coming on. Jade Knights on for Aylsham replacing Mayhew. Lubbock wins Aylsham a corner on the right side the ball into the area defended the half clearance straight to Charlton running onto the ball no time to control a shot too many bodies in front of her the rebound falling to Champion top of the area her shot runs wide.
Sprowston hit on the counter right side Leyer on the ball checks in field again shapes to shoot, this time Wright is in her face before she can unleash a strike tackling wins the ball. Champion back behind her keeper to clear the ball again as Clarke does well saving against Leyer at close range.
GOAL! Closing inon the final 15 minutes and Sprowston extend their lead with Aylsham pushing forwards gaps are opening up at the back as they tire Leyer a willing runner is played in Clarke sets herself making the save as she strikes the ball hard from the top of the area left of the D the ball racing out to the right Hutchin the player getting ahead of the Aylsham defence to meet t blasts a low strike from the top of the area into the back of the goal 1-6.
GOAL! A further hammer blow for Aylsham moments later as Sprowston go on to add a 7th from a corner. Won on the right, Tink with the near post run isn’t picked up six yards out gets a free header turning the ball on towards goal and into the back of the net 1-7.
Aylsham are tiring has been a frustrating afternoon, not happening in front of goal, Sprowston press on late on remain full of energy. Anderson in to win the ball in the middle, out to Barnard running on right side the ball in field to Leyer cut out by Champion.
GOAL! a penalty awarded late in the game going Sprowston’s way this time. Plenty of options for the visitors leading 7-1 up to take it central defender Belton, A well taken effort wide into the side netting to her right scores her 1st goal for the side 1-8.
Sprowston press on late on the wind gone from Aylsham’s sails, Hutchin with a strike from 25 yards out runs wide of goal. The final whistle blows and Sprowston progress to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a convincing win.
Full time Aylsham Ladies 1-8 Sprowston Ladies
A comprehensive win for Sprowston Ladies in the finish reaching the last 8 of the League Cup, a great win to start 2019. Strong from the start an early goal setting them on their way pressed well inside their opponents half. Raced into a 4-0 lead, Aylsham out of sorts poor in the first half hour got a life line from the penalty spot 4-1 at the break needed an early goal 2nd half and despite starting well it didn’t come. Sprowston always ready to counter having soaked up the pressure added a further 4 goals. A confidence boosting result for the visitors the opposite for Aylsham not the start to the year they were looking for but no doubt out of character, know alot of these players from watching them before are better and will regather and bounce back.
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
Onto the first Women’s Football East – Player of the Match award for 2019. From the outset I had an early contender. Sprowston dominated the first half, soaked up some pressure 2nd half before ending strong, Vicky Leyer pushing for it towards the end the award today however goes to Abby Hutchin made some great runs from midfield to join the attack get ahead of play early on and maintained that throughout the game a constant threat adding a goal too.
Good to get a game in after a month and thrust me I needed it too after the weekend I’ve had, the best medicine great to see both teams in action. My thanks as always for the help with the teams. The draw for the Norfolk Ladies League Cup quarter finals will be made soon keep an eye on the @NWGFL twitter account for all the details.
It’s a piece of sad news to bring you from the NWGFL league this week, with Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies with drawing from Division Two. A shame to see but not surprising, unfortunately have been struggling to field a full side since the start of the season and have only played a handful of fixtures. This sees some adjustment to the league table. No doubt the highlight of their spell being the achievement of reaching the Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final in the 2105/16 season and getting to play at Ipswich Town FC’s, Portman Road. Kirkley & Pakefield have a strong youth set-up and hopefully one day women’s football will return. Wishing everyone involved with the club all the best for the future.
Norfolk Women’s Division One
On to the football played this Sunday and it was a return to league action in the county after a two week break for the cup competitions. The weather playing it’s part affecting the fixtures just 5 games played overall. One game from Division One. Beccles Town Ladies hosting Aylsham Ladies on Sunday both side supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign. It was a good point earned for Beccles Town as they held 2nd placed Aylsham to a goalless draw.
Norfolk Women’s League Cup
Division One leaders. Thorpe United Ladies were in action in the League Cup this Sunday, a trip to Division Two newcomers, Thetford Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of the competition. Thorpe in good form at the start of this season carrying that on into the cup too strong for a willing Thetford side on the day. Chloe Young moving ahead in the goal scoring charts for Thorpe has 8 now as she found the back of the net for 5 goals. A brace for Laura Hedtke is one behind on 7 for the season. Joanne Hooper scoring a hat-trick with Molly Young also on target with a brace in a 12-1 win. Laura Martins with the 2nd half goal for Thetford.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Three matches played in Division Two this Sunday, some adjustment to the table following the withdrawal of Kirkley & Pakefield. Taverham Ladies with an unbeaten start to the season are in 2nd place in the table won big at home on Sunday to bottom side Bulldogs Ladies. Chloe Hall giving her goals scored a massive boost as she scored a double hat-trick on Sunday for Taverham moving onto 7. Abbie Walker has 16 goals to her name scoring 5 on Sunday, Rebecca Sutton, Taverham’s top scorer getting a hat-trick has 19 goals. with both Tiegan Robinson and Maya Lawlor scoring two each in an 18-0 result. Bulldogs with just the 9 available.
A six point gap down to 3rd spot and the chasing pack, amongst them Freethorpe Ladies who secured the 3 points on Sunday to climb up to 4th spot in the Division Two table. Their 4th win of the season coming away to Horsford Women. Scoring 2 goals in each half, Claire Garner getting a brace with a goal a piece for Laura-Jayne Peachment and Andrea Colbrook seeing Freethorpe win 4-0.
Very tight in the top half of the Division Two table, Gorleston Rangers Ladies are just a point behind Freethorpe in 6th place as they themselves secured a 4th league win of the campaign on Sunday away to Hockering Ladies. Rachel Adams scoring 5 times for Gorleston Rangers takes over as top scorer with 9 to her name now. Abbie Pogmore also getting a goal. Gorleston Rangers running out 7-2 winners, Abigail Bell also on the scoresheet with her first goal of the season. Amy Bambridge and Leah Hall the goalscorers for Hockering.