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Match Report – Fakenham Town Ladies v Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies

Thursday 25th April

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 A return trip to Clipbush Park this Thursday evening for another slice of action from Norfolk Women’s Division Two, Fakenham Town Lades once again the hosts taking on Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies.

Still plenty of games left to play in Norfolk Women’s Division Two, Fakenham with 4 left, Bure Valley Wildcats with 5, although some of these may see the points awarded. Fakenham taking on league leaders Taverham Women United 11 days ago, under the cosh for much of the game Taverham leading 1-0 didn’t take their chances with Fakenham’s bare 11 battling hard breaking late on to win a last gasp penalty and level the scores. Taverham however getting the points they needed to clinch the title this Sunday.

  Fakenham’s hopes of clinching runners-up spot taking a huge blow this Sunday away to Tavern Ladies, A poor performance seeing Fakenham lose 5-1, Tavern the form side in the league moving above them into 2nd spot. Fakenham with a game in hand played this evening looking to move back level on points, Tavern with a superior goal difference however now in pole position.

 This evenings game technically Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies home game but without floodlights at their Coltishall base forfeited home advantage to get the game played with Fakenham one of the few sides in the league to possess a pitch with floodlights. Bure Valley Wildcats are into their 2nd season playing women’s football stepping up from the youth league was a tough start to that season a steep learning curve but they adapted well and towards the end of the season they were in promotion winning form. A good start to the season scoring goals new signing Kiera Brown making a difference, since then Charlie Cooper has took over as top scorer with 25 goals from 15 appearances. A larger league this season with a host of new sides Bure Valley are comfortable in mid-table looking well placed to secure a top 6 finish.

 Clipbush Park the venue this evening a flurry of activity on arrival, the circus in town the big top set up on the field leading into the ground, youth matches and coaching taking place on the practice pitches beyond. Fakenham Town Ladies play on the main pitch, the bar open, food and hot drinks available too. The pitch large in good shape for the time of year could do with a little moisture but the rain forecast today didn’t arrive. A dry evening the sun setting low to one side of the ground, behind the stand thankfully making viewing the game less of a strain.

Russell’s Circus Big Top will be a familiar sight across the county in the coming weeks

Fakenham Town Ladies starting XI – Chloe Easter, Katrina Townsend, Ellie Websdale, Jemma Riches, Maddie Smith, Sian Sands (C), Jennifer Codman, Amber Guyatt, Fran Dankskanen, Tara Betts & Megan Spurrell. Subs – Tash Patten & Kayleigh Robb.

Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies starting XI – Danielle Barnes, Chloe Yarham, Abbie Cushion, Molly Ferguson Willow Locke, Imogen Shearing, Carrie Last, Lalaine Davey, Hannah Burton, Becky Wood & Charlie Cooper (C)

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  Better numbers for Fakenham this time around with two substitutes available, Bure Valley the side this time only able to field the bare 11 have the kick-off wearing navy shirts with red and white trim on the sleeves, navy shorts and red socks. Fakenham wearing their amber shirts with black shorts and socks. Bure Valley look to play the ball on through the middle Hannah Burton on for Cooper captaining the side in attack, Maddie Smith winning it at the back fr Fakenham.

 GOAL! A fantastic start to the game for Fakenham as they open the scoring from their first attack, Fran Dankskanen played on down the right winning her side a corner. The delivery put in from the right dropping down at the near post bodies around the ball deflected on into the back of the net Jennifer Codman with the final touch putting the hosts into the lead 1-0.

Build up to the opening goal

  Bure Valley build on the left wing Abbie Cushion on for Carrie Last the ball carried into the corner, Ellie Websdale preventing a cross from coming in for Fakenham. From the resulting throw in the ball is played back up the line before a cross is lifted in towards the near post the ball cut out by the Fakenham defence. Attacking the ball played out t captain Sian Sands moving into space on the left she looks to combine with Tara Betts in attack the final ball into the area having too much weight on it running out for a goal kick.

 Willow Locke at centre back for Bure Valley heading a cross put in from the left wing out of her area. Fakenham quick to regain possession the ball played diagonally out to Dankskanen peeling in behind right, Chloe Yarham in to tackle concede the corner. The delivery into the near post again Bure Valley scramble it clear. Fakenham counter the ball through the middle played on to see Megan Spurrell in behind right taking the ball on into the area, shoots her strike rising over the crossbar. Cooper getting the ball down central drives on through the middle, stopped by Smith outside the area, the ball out for a throw on the left Bure Valley play well getting a good cross into the area, Becky Wood making the run the ball however safe in the hands of goalkeeper Chloe Easter.

   Amber Guyatt with a fantastic pass through the middle releases both Sands and Dankskanen in behind on the right, Bure Valley goalkeeper Danielle Barnes reading it well out of her area quickly to win the race and clear the ball. Guyatt with another quality through ball 25 yards out that almost sees Sands played in central as she peels in behind the move not quite coming off Barnes able to claim. An injury blow for Fakenham as full back Katrina Townsend goes down after played the ball clutching her calf. In pain is helped of the pitch after treatment can’t continue on comes Kayleigh Robb. 

Fakenham looking better organised the back four keeping a good shape Jemma Riches clearing the ball Codman on for Guyatt plays another ball forwards, Molly Ferguson stepping up to intercept for Bure Valley. Tash Patten also on for Fakenham in place of Tara Betts. A slip at the back from the Fakenham defence sees Cooper getting hold of the ball 30 yards out and making a driving run towards goal unleashing a shot from outside the area the ball pulls wide of the right post. Sands left with the ball sends it on for Spurrell into the area forced away from target marshalled well by Ferguson a throw won high on the left.

GOAL! Fakenham keep the ball in the final third Sands top of the area central back to goal holding the ball up looks to tee it up for Spurrell, Lalaine Davey getting back from midfield to put in the tackle the ball pops out to the Patten 20 yards out right of the D, with no back lift strikes the ball well lifting it in towards goal past Barnes before she can react to double Fakenham’s lead 2-0.

Bure Valley look for an immediate response the ball played between Last and Burton sent forwards into Cooper left of the D , strikes the ball towards goal her low effort racing wide across the six yard box. Burton and Cooper link up in attack through the middle for Bure Valley the ball into the striker she is closely marked by Riches. Codman plays the ball forwards with Spurrell looking to get hold of it top of the area central, Ferguson doing really well under pressure to control the ball and get it away for Bure Valley. Sands winning the ball more often than not as Bure Valley attempt to play it out from the back to put Fakenham back on the front foot.

Fakenham captain Sian Sands winning the ball

  An injury blow for Bure Valley sees them having to continue with just 10 players, Yarham the player down having defended a corner, in alot of discomfort can’t put any weight on her leg needs to he helped off. Fakenham press the attack Dankskanen right combining with Patten and Spurrell, the ball laid back to Sands, Cushion getting the tackle in as Bure Valley scramble it away. Fakenham on top seeing more of the ball as the floodlights start to take effect. Sands central 25 out rolls the ball on into Spurrell top of the area, sees Dankskanen free to her right looks to tee her up Ferguson sticking out a leg nicks it for Bure Valley the ball collected by Codman 35 yards out has a go the shot wide of the goal.

Fakenham Town Ladies, Jennifer Codman

  Sands with time to shoot 20 yards out central her effort over taking a nick off a defender on the way through a corner given. Sands to take from the left put back to her by Codman running in near side the second delivery high towards the far post the Bure valley defend heading the ball over for another corner. This delivery in central headed clear falling straight to Guyatt her strike from 25 yards out straight at Barnes the keeper claiming the ball. Woods charging the ball down on the right as it is sent on, deflected in behind into the area, Woods after it, Easter out smartly getting her gloves around it first.

   Barnes down to smother the ball to the left of her goal as Patten shoots from 20 yards out a curling ball in. Fakenham pressing late on Dankskanen picking up a knock. Sands nodding the ball on central gets into the area moving left looking to shoot, Ferguson back well in throw herself into make the block.

Half-time Fakenham Town Ladies 2-0 Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies

   Fakenham leading 2-0 taking an early lead in the game in control throughout, organised with some good build up play Sands, Guyatt and Codman with some great balls on. The lead doubled through Patten, Bure Valley with the bare 11 hit but an unfortunate injury to Yarham down to 10 now players out of position have been on the back foot a testing 2nd half looms. A change for Fakenham at the start of the 2nd half Betts back on for Dankskanen. The hosts with the kick-off. Patten providing an early run through the middle the ball put on from the left, Ferguson intercepting for Bure Valley at the back. 

The ball back and forth a spot of head tennis in the middle it bounces away in behind with both Betts and Spurrell after it the latter with a shot form the top of the area dragged wide across the face of goal. Cooper doing her best in attack to get the ball on but with little support Fakenham soon outnumber her to regain possession. Betts in to steal the ball on the left high a shot fired in near post Barnes down smartly to save. 

Numbers forwards for Fakenham using their player advantage well, Betts coming inside Guyatt getting forwards centrally the pass into her feet out for Spurrell right tries the return ball for Guyatt, Locke closing her down, Guyatt laying it back to Codman position 25 yards out takes on the shot the ball over the bar. Smith with a shot from all of 40 yards out, high into the area, not enough though to trouble Barnes who can safely catch. All Fakenham, Bure Valley absorbing alot of pressure, Imogen Shearing with the sliding tackle getting back to take the ball of Betts as she comes inside the full back.

   Robb with a great ball in from left back to Guyatt central breaking into the area, goes to strike the ball the shot wide of the left post. Riches heading the ball on for Sands in midfield combining with Codman, Guyatt bursting forwards the through ball attempted, Ferguson in again with a determined challenge to win the ball.

  GOAL! On the hour Fakenham further extend their lead great possession and build up play on the left inside the final third the pass into the box seeing Guyatt baring down on goal, poking the ball on she sends the ball wide across the stranded keeper and into the bottom corner to score 3-0. 

   Last carries the ball out from the back left for Bure Valley has support inside from Burton into the Fakenham half Cooper looking to make a run in behind, Smith holds her ground for Fakenham winning the header to give possession back to the hosts. A free-kick awarded to Fakenham top of the area 20 yards out Guyatt to play it her strike sent over. Davey plays the ball on for Cooper in attack in behind but too much ground to cover as Easter who has virtually been a spectator 2nd half gets to the ball first. 

  Fakenham’s Sands winning the ball from a goalkick strikes the ball back towards goal from 25 yards out, the attempt dropping wide of the post. A corner on the right for Fakenham Sands to take the delivery fired in low across goal met by Smith at the back post getting her foot over the ball smashes a shot back wide across the six yard box. Websdale coming off for Fakenham, Townsend recovering from her first half injury back on. A tough game for Bure Valley are working hard continue to be on the back foot, Locke and Ferguson battling well in the centre of defence.

   Betts is in on goal as the ball in from the left inside the six yards box is missed by Barnes, hesitates before shooting however giving the keeper the opportunity to scramble to grab the ball at her feet. Fakenham forwards on the left a corner awarded put in towards the near post Barnes doing well getting a glove on the ball to take it off Betts as she goes to head it. Cleared only to the edge of the box a shot is lifted back in lands on the roof of the net. Codman with a strike on the half volley 30 yards out caught by the keeper. 

25 goals so far this season for Bure Valley Wildcats, Charlie Cooper

  Last, Burton and Wood getting forwards when they can to try and support Cooper in attack but often two, Fakenham can soon get back to outnumber them. A further blow for Bure Valley as anther injury blow sees them forced to play on with 9. Davey I think helped off but Bure Valley have red numbers against a navy background tricky to read under the lights, especially on Fakenham’s wide pitch. More adjustment players well and truly out of position now but they regroup for the final 15 minutes. 

  Barnes plucking the ball down well as it is fired in high from the right. A free kick for Fakenham right Codman running onto the ball at the far post, Barnes down well keeps it out. Dankskanen back on for Fakenham with the ball on the left holds it up support from Townsend, her cross into the six yards box, Betts can’t reach it out for a goal kick. Robb on the ball at right back players bombing forwards into the area her ball played in bouncing safely gathered by Barnes. 

Fakenham push late on Bure Valley have done well in defence restricting them to one goal 2nd half, Spurrell top of the box laying in inside to Patten inside the D, Sands on behind her 20 out gives her the ball a tremendous save from Barnes tipping her strike over the bar. Fakenham with a corner in towards the near post Bure Valley defending.

Full time Fakenham Town Ladies 3-0 Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies 

  Back to winning ways for Fakenham Town Ladies, the perfect response to last weekends disappointing result. On top right from the start an early goal. Both sides having to deal with injuries, Fakenham having the substitutes available, whereas Bure Valley didn’t. 2-0 down then going down to 10 players meaning they were always up against it from then on. A creditable performance however as Fakenham pushed for further goals with some great build up play and forward passes. Bure Valley backs to the wall limiting Fakenham to just one more goal in the 2nd half, Ferguson and Locke in central defence with Barnes making some vital stops in goal. A long hard season in Division Two most sides feeling the strain towards the end, games still to be played yet.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto this evenings Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. Mentioned the Bure Valley central defence a great effort under pressure for much of the game. For Fakenham the link up play in the middle was excellent Sian Sands winning alot of ball bringing others into the game, Jennifer Codman notable too with some fine balls forward plus the early goal. The award this evening going to Amber Guyatt played some fantastic through balls from midfield and made several runs to support the attack scoring Fakenham’s 3rd goal.

  My thanks to both sides for the team details tonight always appreciated, good to see both sides, has been a while since I’ve watched Bure Valley good to see them in action again despite it being a tough game for them credit to the 11 and wishing both their injured players a speedy recovery.

The Round-Up – The Counties 21/04/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 21st April

The County Leagues

Another condensed version of The Round-Up for the county leagues this week with just 11 games played across all the leagues covered by Women’s Football East this Easter Sunday.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Starting in Norfolk, just two fixtures left to play with one on those taking place this weekend seeing Sprowston Athletic Ladies at home to Beccles Town Ladies, both sides promoted to Division One this season, will meet again in a fortnight in the League Plate final. Mixed fortunes with Beccles hit by injuries all season finishing bottom, Sprowston Athletic ending on a high results picking up towards the latter half of the season overhaul Bungay Town Ladies to secure a top half finish ending up in 4th place courtesy of a 5-0 win, K Welsh scoring a brace in the game with goals too for Keri Boorman, Melissa Belsey and Olivia Leggett in a 5-0 win.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

In Norfolk Women’s Division Two, Taverham Women United are the Champions getting the point they needed to seal the title away to Hockering Ladies in their final game of the season this Easter Sunday. A fantastic achievement for the club playing their first ever season of women’s football have led the way for much of the season a long winning run, just the one defeat late on to dent the record. All under 18 bar one have kept getting the results despite some strong sides their to challenge. Hockering Ladies sadly short on players as they have been for most of the season battling on a creditable effort form everyone. 9 players against Taverham the visitors a handful at the best of times got into a 5-0 lead comfortable the title secured opted to drop down to 9 themselves to match Hockering a noble gesture didn’t stoop the goals as they added a further 5 to win the game 10-0. Three players netting a brace, Hannah Artis, Maya Lawlor and Tiegan Robinson with Jasmin Snelling, Lucy Staff, Summer Rogers and Abbie Walker all getting a goal each. Staff and Snelling with their first goals of the season. 

Taverham Women United, Division Two Champions

Congratulations to Taverham Women United on winning the Norfolk Women’s Division Two title.

The only side to defeat Taverham in the league this season were Tavern Ladies. Coming on strong towards the end of the season themselves victory at home to Fakenham Town Ladies on Sunday seeing them move into 2nd position and pole position for clinching the runners-up spot. A 4-0 defeat to Fakenham on the opening day of the season Tavern have been behind the top three in part due to a run in the league cup that has seen them reach their first ever final. Tavern’s winning streak now reaching 10 wins in all competitions scoring plenty of goals along the way too. Fakenham needing the points themselves to put them into 2nd it was Tavern holding the advantage at half-time leading the game 2-0 the hosts went on to win the game 5-1. Atlanta Griffith scoring a brace to move onto 23 goals for the season, Katie Hart-Copsey adding another goal to her staggering 51 goal tally. Nicole Costin also getting a goal for Tavern to take her into double figures for the season an own goal too.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

One game in Cambridgeshire at the weekend from the Championship North, leaders Ketton Ladies at home to bottom side Pinchbeck United Ladies. Ketton extending their 100% winning record to 12 games to go 6 points clear at the top courtesy of a 2-0 win with the usual suspects on target for a goal each, Fran Kavanagh scoring her 45th goal of the season With Claire Lawrenson finding the back of the net for her 26th of the campaign.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Essex saw the most league action at the weekend with five matches played. Sadly however there is some sad news to report from the league with Brentwood Town Ladies withdrawing from the Premier Division late in the campaign, no doubt a tough call to make, bottom of the league knew they were going to find it a challenge having been promoted despite a 4th placed finish last season, 11 losses have struggled to find a team on several weekends, with less than 75% of their fixtures played their results are expunged meaning adjustment to the table and some sides losing up to 6 points previously gained. Wishing everyone involved with Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves side all the best for the future.

Three games played in the Premier Division on Easter Sunday. Leigh Ramblers Ladies returning to the top of the table winning away from home against Silver End United Ladies who were playing their last game of the season. Amy Jacobs scoring a brace has 16 goals now for Leigh Ramblers from 9 appearances. Emily Diwell also on the scoresheet with Leigh Ramblers running out 3-0 winners. Leigh Ramblers a point clear of 2nd placed Frontiers Ladies with a game in hand.

  Collier Row Tigers are now 3rd  in the adjusted Premier Division table and with games home and away against Leigh Ramblers to come could yet have a say in the title race with 4 games left to play. Won the 3 points at home this Easter Sunday against Southend United Ladies. Top scorer Laura Bunton hitting a brace moving onto 33 goals for the season with Emma Harrison and Natalie Oxby also getting a goal apiece in a 4-1 win, Emily Pert scoring for Southend. 

 A point behind Collier Row Tigers in 4th spot Harlow Town Ladies Development also have 4 league games left. Were big winners away from home on Sunday taking on Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies. Leading 2-0 at half-time Harlow ran riot in the 2nd half to score a further 7 goals to win the game 9-1. Hannah Smith, top scorer on target for another hat-trick has 29 goals for the season now. Ellie Nicholls with a brace has 18 for the season. Also on target for a brace was Hariot Douglas her first goals for Harlow in just her 2nd appearance. Maisy Wyer and Poppy Binding with a goal each also scoring. 

Essex Women’s Division One

Home wins awarded for earlier games called of now taking effect, Billericay Town Ladies return to the top of Essex Women’s Division One, ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies on goal difference. Nothing Dagenham & Redbridge can do having completed their fixtures but they are now sandwiched between the title contenders, with Rayleigh Town Ladies moving up to 3rd awarded points and winning at home this Easter Sunday against Runwell Sports Ladies who were playing their final game of the season. 51 goals for the season too for Isabelle Wallings scoring at the weekend with Sophie Rhodes making it 2 from 2 appearances for Rayleigh as they won the game 2-1. Danielle Dorrington scoring for Runwell who finish with 10 victories and 10 losses but just 27 points with a 3 point deduction.

  The title battle between Billericay Town Ladies Reserves and Rayleigh Town Ladies, One game left for Billericay away to Rayleigh this coming Sunday 3 points the gap, Billericay win it they will be champions, draw and they will almost certainly be there with a far superior goal difference. A win for Rayleigh however and we have a 3 way tie at the top on 48 points. A point then for Rayleigh in their final game of the season away to Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves will see them clinch the title… a huge game on Sunday.

  One other game played in Essex Women’s Division One this Easter Sunday with Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves beating Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves 3-1 away from home to climb up to 7th in their final game of the season, ending on a high thanks to a brace from Kelsey Honeywood and a goal for Millie Richards.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Two games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this weekend both featuring Garston Ladies as the 1st team and 2nd XI met in a double header to get their games in towards the end of the season. 6 points up for grabs. Garston’s 2nd XI bottom of the table for much of the campaign finishing strong with 4 wins coming in their last 5 league matches. Charley Kesley with a brace along with a goal for Holly Jury her 10th of the season seeing them win one match 3-0. In the other game Kelsey was also on target for another goal to take her tally to 12 for the campaign. Top scorer Ruby Jager scoring a brace too has 15 for the season a closer game this time around with Garston’s 2nd XI edging it 3-2 the 6 points seeing them climb up to 6th in the table with 3 games left to play.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 14/04/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 14th April

Norfolk Women’s Division One

 Just a handful of fixtures left now in Norfolk Women’s Division One half the sides now completing their fixtures Thorpe United Ladies long ago crowned champions, a win from Gorleston Ladies would see them clinch runners-up spot in the league as they travelled to play bottom side Beccles Town Ladies on Sunday just a point behind 2nd placed Sprowston Ladies whose fixtures were done. Two games in hand for Gorleston they were 2 goals to the good at half-time, went on to add a further 2 in the 2nd period to win the game 4-1 and seal a 2nd place finish. Samantha Hunn scoring a brace with Sophie Gillett and Beth Turner both on target for a goal each. Lucy Robbens with the 2nd half goal for Beccles who despite a spirited finish bottom of the table following promotion last season. Haven’t had the luck with injuries throughout but still have a cup final to look forwards too.

 Has been a difficult season too for Bungay Town Ladies double winners last season, got off to a terrible start this time around the squad taking a hit players missing, injuries, results picking up recently as new players start to find their feet bolster the existing squad end the campaign unbeaten in 3 winning two including their last game of the season at home to Sprowston Athletic Ladies the 3 points lifting them into the top half of the table. At home Bungay leading 2-0 at half-time went on to win the game 3-0. Selina Rowland scoring a brace there was a goal too for Morgan Devine.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 It was from Norfolk where this Sunday’s action came from Women’s Football East came from the top of Division Two a first opportunity to have a look at league leaders Taverham Women United’s young guns as they travelled to 3rd placed Fakenham Town Ladies knowing one more win would secure them the league title. Taverham with a very young side all U18 bar one making the step up from youth football often a big step Taverham drawing their opening game haven’t looked back losing just the one game and that only a month ago. Fakenham coming into the game hit by injuries and unavailability meaning they had just the bare 11.

  Taverham were on the front foot from the off the game soon becoming a classic of attack versus defence, Fakenham with their backs to the wall battling hard deep in their half ans Taverham poured forwards. Teigan Robinson getting the break through breaking into the area o score from the rebound to put the visitors into the lead. Chloe Easter making some vital saves in the Fakenham goal. It was more of the same 2nd half Fakenham rarely in the Taverham half, digging in battling as opportunities came and went for Taverham to put the game to bed, denied by the post, Easter again their to save, late into the game Fakenham got forwards forcing a corner on the right a goal bound shot blocked by an arm the referee pointing to the spot a last gasp chance for Fakenham to rescue a point, captain Sian Sands to take now mistake her strike just about eluding Taverham goalkeeper Laura Beevor to find the back of the net and see the game end 1-1. The title remains in Taverham’s hands victory in their final game of the season away to Hockering will see them crowned champions in their first season in women’s football.

 The battle for runners-up spot still very much alive with a 3 way tie on 37 points between 2nd placed Long Stratton Women and Fakenham Town Ladies pushed down to 4th on goal difference as Tavern Ladies nestle in between them in 3rd. A game in hand on Long Stratton too, Fakenham with 5 left to play having games in hand on both. Tavern were in action this Sunday on the East Coast taking on Gorleston Rangers Ladies. The Dereham based side scoring plenty of goals this season, none more so than Katie Hart-Copsey as she was on target once again at the weekend on fire scoring all 5 goals in the game to become the 2nd player (would have been the first but I started in Essex this week) in the East to rack up 50 goals for the season!

   Freethorpe Ladies move up the Division Two table once again this Sunday winning at home against Thetford Town Ladies to slot into 5th place in the table. A big win too against a Thetford side once again struggling for numbers. Andrea Colbrook scoring a hat-trick in the game for Freethorpe. Keira Squires on target for a brace, there were goals too for Claire Garner, Robyn Steele and a first of the season for Michaela Stordy in an 8-0 victory.

  At the other end of the Division One table it has been a long hard 1st season in women’s football for Bulldogs Ladies. Playing their final league game of the season this Sunday they ended on a high with a strong 2nd half shoeing against Horsford Women to claim victory for just the 2nd time this season. 2-1 up at half-time Bulldogs went on to add a further 6 goals without reply in the 2nd half to win the game 8-1. Emma Johnson scoring a hat-trick for Bulldogs. Also getting on the scoresheet were Stevie-Leigh Malkinson, Emily Hinsley, Sara-Jane Langford and Rachael Barrett with her 1st goal for Bulldogs. Lois Irving with the early first half goal for Horsford.

Match Report – Fakenham Town Ladies v Taverham Women United

Sunday 14th April

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 A return to league action this afternoon on Women’s Football East a short trip today to Clipbush Park to watch a crucial top of the table clash from Norfolk Women’s Division Two leaders Taverham Women United one win away from clinching the title in their debut season away to Fakenham Town Ladies in 3rd whose own title hopes rest on winning the 3 points themselves.

 Due to be played back in December had it on the radar but the weather put pay to that outing, the rearranged fixture falling just right, both sides starting the season well under contrasting circumstances. Fakenham Town Ladies relegated from Division One looking to regroup and rebuild confidence within their squad. Taverham Women one of a cluster of youth sides making the big step up to women’s football this season.

  The two clubs neck and neck at the top of the table in the early stages of the season, both unbeaten Fakenham winning their opening 8 matches before the two sides met at Taverham in December, Taverham ending Fakenham’s 100% winning start in a close match winning 1-0. Since then Fakenham have fallen behind with fixtures hit by postponements and call offs have 6 games left to play. Injury and unavailable players affecting them too in the run in, 4 games in hand on Taverham down to 3rd now after a 2nd defeat of the season against Long Stratton Women in 2nd know they can’t afford to lose today if they want to finish top of the pile.

  Taverham making the step up into women’s football this season has seen several sides struggle to adapt recently, not in their case however their young squad all under 18 bar one Rebecca Sutton who is 18 hitting the ground running a 0-0 draw on the opening day went on to win their next 13 league matches before suffering their first and only defeat of the season to an in form Tavern Ladies side last month. An important 3-0 away win in midweek against Long Stratton Women sees them 12 points clear at the top knowing a win against Fakenham will see them clinch the league title.

  Taverham have a small close knit squad 16 players, manager Kevin Robinson with the squad since they were playing at U10 level, with 5 of that team still with the current group. Well supported by joint manager Bill Artis along with all the parents that make it a real family unit. Have scored an incredible 123 goals so far this season with Rebecca Sutton and Abbie Walker sharing 66 goals between them. Learning every game and with some strong sides in the league a credit to be where they are with two games left to play.

  Clipbush Park the venue this afternoon the ladies side sharing the main pitch with the mens side. A bar also serving tea and coffee along with hot food upon entry leading out onto the pitch a large surface plenty of width fitness levels need to be sharp. A seat stand along the opposite side of the pitch, a few dark clouds around a few spots of rain in the are sunny but chilly, took advantage of the cover just in case.

Fakenham Town Ladies starting XI – Chloe Easter, Ellie Websdale, Karina Townsend, Jemma Riches, Sian Sands (C), Jennifer Codman, Holly Davies, Megan Spurrell, Tash Patten, Tara Betts & Sam King

Taverham Women United starting XI – Laura Beevor, Lucy Staff, Caitlyn Arnup, Jasmin Snelling, Hannah Artis (C), Summer Rogers, Rebecca Sutton, Maya Lawlor, Abbie Walker, Charlotte Hurren & Teigan Robinson. Subs – Laura Jones

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  Just the bare 11 available for Fakenham with players out injured or unavailable, Taverham naming just the one substitute. Fakenham to kick-off the 1st half wearing amber shirts with black upon the sleeves, black shorts and socks. Taverham kitted out in white shirts with blue trim, blue shirts and white socks. The ball pressed straight away in the middle pops wide for Megan Spurrell to bring on down the right support inside from Holly Davies her diagonal pass driven into Jennifer Codman getting forwards to the top of the area she knocks the ball on into the box, the Taverham defence able to let it run out for a goal kick. 

Fakenham striker Sam King with the ball

  Taverham attack down their right the ball put on for Charlotte Hurren her cross swept into the area headed clear by Jemma Riches for Fakenham. Taverham pressing the ball high up the pitch a ball knocked forwards into the area, goalkeeper Chloe Easter trying to let it run out for a goalkick Teigan Robinson giving chase managing to win her side a corner, a good delivery in from the left towards the far post Karina Townsend getting it away for Fakenham. A positive start from Taverham very much on the front foot getting players forwards rapidly a throw high on the right Robinson crossing inside the box deflected out to the top of the area a shot drilled back in runs low wide of goal.

  Fakenham look to make ground on the left wing Tara Betts playing the ball on for Sam King, Jasmin Snelling putting the foot in to win the ball back for Taverham. Taverham full of energy pressing the ball ready to attack at will Fakenham pushed back into their box defending a two v two situation opening up as Taverham counter attack Sutton with the ball at her feet carrying it forwards left Robinson central tries to lift the ball into the box for her but too much on the ball Easter can let it go for a goal kick. Fakenham captain Sian Sands in the heart of the defence getting across to win the ball put it out for a throw in as Abbie Walker attempts to hook the ball on for Sutton down the flank. 

Sian Sands winning the ball for Fakenham Town Ladies

  Summer Rogers nipping in to rob the ball from the Fakenham defence 25 yards out pushes it into Sutton inside the area, can’t get it out from her feet and turn to shoot before being closed down. Taverham continue to press the attack a through ball threaded in behind sees Sutton clear on Chloe Easter coming to close her down making a great blocking save at her feet to push the ball away for a throw. The Fakenham defence putting themselves under pressure trying to play it out from the back with the Taverham attackers lively. 

Taverham captain, Hannah Artis

   Taverham captain Hannah Artis receiving the ball from a throw on the right plays a cross long into the area Sands getting her head on it to put it behind for a corner. The ball in from the left defended near post another corner this delivery dropping into the six yard box Maya Lawlor getting her head to it stooping a deflection knocking it wide.The attack Taverham’s early on Fakenham working hard to defend not creating anything up the other end. Walker and Hurren switch flanks. Lucy Staff stopping Spurrell as she tries to get in to cross wide right.

Fakenham Town Ladies, Megan Spurrell

  A handball spotted in midfield a free-kick top of the circle for Taverham, Snelling to take a great ball played in towards the top of the area, Rogers meeting it twisting her neck to head the ball goalwards her attempt bouncing wide of the right post. Fakenham busy in defence, Townsend sliding in gets the ball from Walker as she races forwards on the right. Ellie Websdale holding Hurren up on the left as Spurrell gets back to help her out. Robinson clipped as she drives forwards centrally a free-kick awarded 20 yards out Sutton over it gets a shot in past the walk, Easter gloving it down her defence back following it in getting it away Taverham collecting it a shot from 25 yards out racing wide across goal.

Abbie Walker holding the ball up for Taverham

   Taverham win a throw high on the left played quickly into Sutton she turns taking the ball on into the area level with the six yard box gets her foot over the ball to hit a shot in the ball bouncing wide across the face of goal. Taverham make a change Hurren the player coming off on comes Laura Jones. Fakenham with a rare attack Spurrell with the ball n the right played inside to King coming across to make herself available, Caitlyn Arnup on her shoulder the pair battling inside the area the defender winning the tackle, play brought back however for a foul on the edge of the area. Patten over it tries to lift a shot in near post the attempt off target.

Megan Spurrell with Taverham’s Laura Jones

   Rogers latching onto the ball 20 yards out after Fakenham fail to clear sends her strike over the crossbar. Fakenham with a free-kick out wide on the right Patten to play it in towards the top of the box King up knocks it down into her feet is quickly closed down by the Taverham defence can’t get a shot away. Fakenham seeing a little more of the ball in the latter stages of the 1st half having soaked up alot of pressure. Robinson looking a constant threat in attack for Taverham attacks right cutting into the area Riches with a great tackle to deny her.

 GOAL! The pressure from Taverham in attack finally bringing them a goal late in the 1st half, up the pitch on the right a throw won the ball put inside to Robinson she turns carrying the ball into the box the angle tight six yards out blasts a shot in Sands defending getting a leg out to block the rebound however falls straight to Robinson her 2nd attempt played past the defender across goal into the bottom corner 0-1.

Teigan Robinson scores the opening goal

  A chance to double the lead straight away the ball won by Rogers put on for Walker in behind right side one on one with the keeper attempts to lift the ball over her succeeds but her effort drops wide of the mark. Artis winning most of the aerial balls Fakenham try to put on through the middle. King with the ball at her feet willing to take players on, the Taverham defence proving very difficult to shake off.

Half-time Fakenham Town Ladies 0-1 Taverham United Women

  Half-time, Taverham leading 1-0 a narrow advantage for all their attacking player have shown plenty of energy and positively getting numbers forwards in attack have had their opponents on the back foot for the entire 1st half. Just the one goal to show for it however the game far from settled a 2nd goal most definitely needed, Fakenham have battled hard in defence to keep Taverham at bay whilst creating very little in attack themselves.

  Taverham to get the 2nd half underway a change made Hurren back on Robinson off. Get forwards right from the off Lawlor played through into the box on the right blasts a shot in towards the near post Easter with a fantastic save to push the ball behind for a corner kick. The ball delivered into the box Fakenham just about deal with it knocked outside the area a shot back in well wide. Taverham starting the 2nd half off where they left the 1st have Fakenham penned inside their own 18 yard box.

  The pressure relieved as Fakenham are awarded a free-kick 40 yards out from goal, Sands to play it in towards the top of the area, Artis sticking out a leg to stop it. Sutton carrying the ball on down the right Sands across tackling well to deny her the opportunity to cross. Websdale winning the ball at right back for Fakenham on for Codman in the middle, Davies making a run ahead of her, Rogers sliding in to intercept the pass. King attacking on the ball left comes inside Arnup on her shoulder pushes her across the top of the area checking back King lifts a cross into the box headed clear falls straight to Codman a good 35 yards out takes on the shot the strike safely claimed by Beevor in the Taverham goal.

Fakenham Town Ladies, Holly Davies

   Taverham full of running first to most balls, Spurrell on the right for Fakenham up ended a free-kick played in central, Arnup in ahead of King, Taverham counter Sutton wide playing the ball inside right looking for Sutton, Riches with a timely interception. Taverham come again on the right Walker on the ball taking players on getting into the box lays it inside for Lawlor to take on towards goal shoots looking to play the ball across the keeper from where I’m standing it looks in all the way right behind it, but for Easter a great piece of glove work getting down to palm it wide.

Jemma Riches on the ball for Fakenham Town Ladies

  Taverham bring Robinson back on for Jones. Spurrell plays the ball on for Davies right in behind the full back too much on the pass allows Artis to get across and clear. Townsend with a great tackle to deny Robinson as she turns inside towards the top right corner of the area before she can line up a shot. Remains 1-0 for all their possession and attacking play Taverham haven’t put the game to bed Fakenham continue to battle hard have very little of the attack but one chance taken changes everything. Hurren with a dangerous run in from the left flashes a cross along the top of the area a shot taken the Fakenham defence throwing bodies in to block. 

    Walker coming inside from the right up against Townsend and Riches squeezes a ball between the pair on for Robinson in behind spins into the shot 8 yards out her strike running wide across the six yard box. Close again from Taverham the base of the post denying them a 2nd goal a cross put in low from the left met at the near post by Walker inside the six yard box. Taverham have a a small but passionate group of supporters vocal encouraging them on. Walker a threat on the wing cuts into the area right six yards out the ball pushed on for Lawlor she shoots, Easter getting across to cover her near post saving brilliantly again the ball behind for corner. 

Eyes on the ball Jennifer Codman looking to win the header

  The corner played in long to the far post Robinson under it lifts a shot up over the bar. Taverham regain possession high up the pitch Fakenham struggling to get out of their own half a corner won on the right the delivery in central headed up onto the roof of the net, that 2nd goal won’t come. Codman is down for Fakenham struggling with an injury having taken a knock has to come off for treatment with no substitute to bring on are down to 10. Townsend too taking a blow down but can continue. Hurren an excellent dribbler of the ball at speed bombs forwards into the box on the left closing in on the byline checks back attempts to lift the ball in across the face of goal, no one to meet it runs wide. Codman is back on Fakenham back up to their full compliment.

Caitlyn Arnup

  Davies is upended as she tries to bring the ball on up the right for Fakenham, the ball played on down the line quickly King after it, gets a cross into the area no one gambling however, Taverham bring it out from the back lost however deflected into Spurrell’s feet she lifts a shot back in from distance, Beevor safely gathering. A rapid attack launched the ball helped on through to Sutton wins a corner on the left as Websdale comes to close her down. The delivery in central headed away by Sands for a 2nd corner. This time the ball lands at Walkers feet six yards out a snap shot cleared on the line put out to the left players attracted to the ball the cross in over them all, Townsend doing a good job in front of goal to get the ball away before it can be attacked.

Taverham’s Charlotte Hurren

  Taverham continue to attack another corner won on the right, have played in some great deliveries again to the far post Robinson meeting it her attempt blocked on the post.  Into stoppage time Fakenham get on down the right Spurrell with King combining wining a throw put on down the line for King she does well to win a corner. The ball played in central a shot driven in towards the back post blocked on the line, hand ball! The referee pointing to the spot late drama PENALTY!

  GOAL! Fakenham captain Sian Sands placing the ball on the spot. The whistle blows a confident hit lifting the ball to the right pace on the ball Beevor gets a touch throwing herself in that direction but not enough to keep it out Fakenham level at the death 1-1.

Sian Sands scores from the spot in the closing moments of the game

  That’s it not time for Taverham to find a response robbed of the 3 points needed to win the title in the closing seconds of the game, Fakenham ecstatic having battled so hard all game to take a point from the match.

Full time Fakenham Town Ladies 1-1 Taverham United Women

   That was most definitely a game off attack versus defence Taverham on the front foot right from the off getting forwards in numbers pressing the ball high and keeping a high level of energy throughout, taking the lead late in the first half had numerous chances in the 2nd half to put the game to bed but none were taken. Fakenham battling hard with the bare 11 players out of position defending battling and working hard to keep Taverham at bay, Easter pulling off some fantastic saves. At 1-0 they were never out of the game and in the end that cost Taverham all 3 points with a late penalty conceded and dispatched. 

  Fakenham keep there title hopes alive for now but a win for Taverham in their final game of the season will be enough to see them win the league away to Hockering. This point meant alot however to Fakenham and they can use it to spur them on for their remaining 4 games, promotion still not guaranteed some important games still to come.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

 Onto this afternoons Women’s Football East – Player of the Match, certainly a tough one to narrow it down to one but I’ll do my best. Abbie Walker a real threat on either wing for Taverham getting forwards and creating opportunities for herself and others in front of goal, Summer Rogers in the middle put in some good tackles was the player more often than not keeping Fakenham penned back in their own half. For Fakenham it was a battling display back to the walls with the bare 11 but credit to them especially the back for and Chloe Easter in goal making some great saves. Have chosen Sian Sands a captains performance at the heart of defence and of course the scorer of the all important penalty.

  Good to see both sides in action especially Taverham my first look at them having done enough positive reports in The Round-Up all season, appreciate the help form both teams this afternoon.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 07/04/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 7th April

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

This weekend saw the semi-finals of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition taking place. An all Division One line-up. Beccles Town Ladies reaching the last 4 of the competition were looking to reach their first ever cup final as they travelled to play Aylsham Ladies in their semi-final. A disappointing 2nd half to the campaign for Aylsham who showed early promise upon their return to women’s football this season 2nd for a long spell played out their last league match in midweek a 4-2 loss seeing them finish 5th. A shot at ending the season on a high by reaching the League Plate final. Megan Vincent on target with a goal for Beccles giving them a narrow lead at half-time. Onto the 2nd half and Vincent struck again to double Beccles lead and see them into their first ever final in just their 2nd season.

  Their opponents in the League Plate Final will be Sprowston Athletic Ladies who will be making their third successive appearance on a Norfolk Women’s Finals day in their various guises. Their debut as Sprowston Athletic were at home to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves in the last 4. Katie Fray netting a brace along with a gal for Olivia Leggett securing a 3-1 win for Sprowston Athletic, Laura Watson on the scoresheet for Wymondham. 

  The Norfolk Ladies League Plate Final between Sprowston Athletic Ladies & Beccles Town Ladies scheduled for Sun 5th May at Plantation Park a 10am kick-off part of the NWGFL Finals day with the 7’s Final & League Cup Final between Sprowston Ladies & Tavern Ladies

Norfolk Women’s Division One

     One game played in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday just a handful of matches left to play, Thorpe United Ladies Champions have played all their games. this weekend it was the last league game of the season for Sprowston Ladies, into the final of the Ladies League Cup the 2nd placed side were away to Bungay Town Ladies who picked up the 3 points with a midweek home win over Aylsham Ladies on Wednesday. A 4-2 win, Imogen McGregor netting a brace with a goal each to for Jody Wells & Selina Rowland. 

  Were looking to build on that result at home to Sprowston the scores level at 1 a piece at half-time more of the same 2nd half with both adding another goal to share the points in a 2-2 draw. McGregor scoring both the goals for Bungay the youngster into double figures now for the season. Victoria Leyer on the scoresheet for Sprowston once again with her 28th of the season with Abbi Nobbs also getting a goal. Sprowston finishing on 23 points 2 clear of Gorleston Ladies who still have two games to play.

Sprowston Ladies, Abbi Nobbs

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Taverham United Women remain in a strong position at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two. Their lead 9 points bouncing back well from their 1st league defeat of the season against Tavern ladies two weeks ago. At home this Sunday were taking on Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies. Taverham are scoring plenty of goals well past 100 now, 36 of those claimed by Rebecca Sutton the clubs top scorers on target with another goal this Sunday. Goals to for Charlotte Hurren her 9th of the campaign and Teigan Robinson with her 12th of the season Taverham winning 3-0. A big week coming up with a trip to Long Stratton Women now 2nd on Wednesday and Clipbush Park on Sunday to play 3rd placed Fakenham Town Ladies.

Those two met this weekend with Fakenham 2nd going into the match travelling to Long Stratton. The hosts taking a 1-0 lad into the break with Emily Watts finding the back of the net. Watts adding a further 2 goals in the 2nd half to claim her hat-trick and in doing so moving onto 25 goals for the season. Long Stratton winning the game 3-0 and moving above Fakenham losing for just the 2nd time in the league into 2nd spot.

 Tavern Ladies fourth in Division Two were playing at home on Sunday against bottom side Bulldogs Ladies. The Dereham based side are scoring plenty of goals this season, largely through Katie Hart-Copsey who has more than half their tally moving past 40 goals for the season, sporting a new pair of boots at the weekend they brought her a further 4 goals to take her to 45 goals, Tavern leading 4-1 at half-time went on to win the game 7-2. Nicole Costin scoring a brace for Tavern their was also a 21st goal of the season for Atlanta Griffith. Emily Hinsley making just her 3rd appearance for Bulldogs scoring both goals her first for the club.

Both Zoe Waite and Abigail Bell were celebrating a hat-trick at the weekend for Gorleston Rangers Ladies as they won 8-1 away from home against Horsford Women to move back up into 6th position in the Division Two table. Rachel Adams also on the scoresheet for Gorleston with her 13th goal of the season with Amy Durdin celebrating her 1st goal of the campaign. Laura Hudson with the 43rd minute goal fr Horsford.

   Hockering Ladies have done fantastically well to battle on this season more often than not struggling to field a full team, it was a rare occasion this Sunday when the boot was on the other foot, Hockering having not only a full side but someone on the bench. Were at home taking on Thetford Town Ladies who were the ones short on numbers this Sunday with just 8 available. Hockering able to take advantage a get just their 2nd win of the season. Jolene Ayrton opening the scoring in the 7th minute went on to score a first half brace her first goals for Hockering 2-0 up at half-time Leah Brown was on target from a brace too in the 2nd half. Laura Stratton making her 2nd Hockering appearance scoring her 1st goal too along with Sophie Baldry celebrating her 1st Hockering goal in just her 3rd appearance. A 6-0 win for Hockering.

The Round-Up – The Counties 31/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 31st March

County League Round-Up

 A reduced fixture list across the county leagues in the East this weekend, Sunday being Mother’s Day just 15 games played across the whole of the region felt it easiest to place all the games in one edition of The Round-Up. A handful of games in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex & Beds & Herts.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Beginning in Norfolk, two matches played in Division One on Sunday. League Champions, Thorpe United Ladies playing their last game of the campaign away to Bungay Town Ladies. 12 wins and a single defeat in the 13 games played to date a successful league campaign for Thorpe bringing a number of youth players into the squad this season, have performed well the club running away with the leagues, injuries stretching them towards the end were looking to end on a high against a Bungay side starting to move in the right direction themselves after a difficult start to the season. Always competitive between the two a heavy defeat for Thorpe at Bungay last season, a better start to the game scoring twice to lead the game 2-0 at half-time. A competitive 2nd half saw Bungay fight back scoring 3 goals, Thorpe responding adding a further two goals to win the game 4-3. Captain Rebekah Lake finishing well clear as top scorer for Thorpe a goal on Sunday taking her to 18. Midfielder Laura Hedtke also into double figures for the season with a goal   finishes on 11. Victoria McNorton and Millie Cursons also on the scoresheet. Selina Rowland, Grace Storey and Jody Wells getting the Bungay goals. 

Gorleston Ladies up to 3rd in the Division One table have 2nd placed Sprowston Ladies in their sights, were at home this Sunday taking on 4th placed Sprowston Athletic Ladies. A close game a goal each for Sophie Gillett and Bethany Turner enough to win the game for Gorleston despite a goal from Kate Morris for Sprowston Athletic the hosts winning 2-1 move to within a point of Sprowston Ladies with a game in hand.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

  A first defeat in the league in women’s football for Norfolk Women’s Division Two leaders, Taverham United Women last Sunday losing 3-0 at home to in form Tavern Ladies. Taverham bouncing back straight away with an away win against bottom side Bulldogs Ladies this Sunday in the only match taking place in the division. The scores close at half-time with Taverham holding a narrow 1-0 advantage. The visitors getting the better of the 2nd half despite Bulldogs getting a goal themselves Taverham going on to score 3 more to win the game 4-1 to go 9 points clear at the top of the table, Hannah Artis bagging herself a hat-trick in the game along with a goal for top scorer Rebecca Sutton who now has 35 goals for the season.

Suffolk Women’s Division

Three league games played in the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday, East Bergholt United Ladies keeping their 6 point lead at the top of the table with a home win in a high scoring match with 3rd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies. The visitors scoring 3 goals, East Bergholt securing the 3 points hitting five in reply. Stacey Teager scoring a brace to move to 16 goals for the season. Another goal for Annie Northwood takes her to 33 for the campaign. Jessica Clark and Jessica Quinsee also scoring a goal a piece. 2nd placed Needham Market Women awarded the 3 points for a home win against Alresford Colne Rangers. 

   Brettvale Ladies keep up their good form in 2019 just the one defeat from 8 played. A point earned on the road this Sunday away to Leiston St Margaret Ladies. Pushing for a decent mid-table finish and a good platform to build on for next season. Tarnya McKew scoring her 18th goal for Brettvale since joining the game finishing 1-1.

 A winning end to the season for Brightlingsea Regent Ladies, their first season in women’s football coming to an end at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. The team continuing to develop haven’t always got the points they deserved, looking for a new manager to take their development further. 1-0 up at half-time Brightlingsea made sure of a winning finish adding a further 2 goals 2nd half to win the game 3-1. Paige Knight, Jessica Scott and Lucy Tilbury with her 1st of the season the goalscorers. Felicia Harris with her first Chantry Grasshoppers goal.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

 Two games in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday. League Cup action or lack of seeing Harlow Town Ladies lose ground in the league a comfortable victory at home on this weekend saw them climb back up to 3rd in the table. Were taking on Silver End United Ladies, 2-0 up at half-time, Harlow scoring a further 2 in the 2nd period to clinch the 3 points. Top scorer Hannah Smith amongst the goals with her 23rd of the season, 17 goals too now for Ellie Nicholls also getting a goal. Lucy Edmeades with a goal too with Ellie Wallace another new name amongst the goal scorers for Harlow this season with her first goal in just her 2nd appearance.

  In the other game played on Sunday in the Essex Women’s Premier Division it was a 7 goal thriller between Corringham Cosmos and Southend United Ladies. Rebecca Gallagher getting hosts Corringham off to a great start scoring her 17th goal of the season in the opening minute. Southend getting back on level terms to see the sides drawing 1-1 at half-time. The visitors getting the better of the 2nd half a further 5 goals added to win the game 4-3. Michelle Sumpter on the hour and final minute for Corringham. Lily Halliday, Ria Toovey, Kate Wiseman and Lauren Johnson with the goals for Southend.

Essex Women’s Division One

One game taking place in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday with Chigwell Ladies at home to 4th placed Rayleigh Town Ladies. 46 goals now for Rayleigh Town captain Isabelle Wallings scoring a brace against Chigwell. Was Sunday’s top scorer however with a hat-trick for Holly Gash  who herself moves onto 22 goals for the season. Millie Arnold also on the scoresheet with a goal along with Sophie Rhodes scoring on her Rayleigh Town debut in a 7-0 victory.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

The top sides bunch up again in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with leaders Northwood Ladies not in action the chasing sides all picked up the 3 points to see just 4 points once again between the top 4. 3rd placed Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies awarded the home win over Sharnbrook, there were two matches played on Sunday.

 2nd placed St Albans Ladies closing to within a point of Northwood winning away to bottom side, Garston Ladies 2nd XI. A fantastic start for the visitors 2-0 up inside the opening 6 minutes. Michaela Johnson making it 1-0 with less than a minute played, Molly Slade doubling the lead. Garston doing well to keep St Albans adding further goals, just 3 minutes left on the clock, St Albans doing 3-0 up, Slade with her 2nd of the match in the 87th minute, a 4th goal added in the final minute with Ellen Salter finding the back of the net for her 15th goal of the season.

   A closer score for 4th placed Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires away to Sherrardswood Ladies on Sunday winning the 3 points with a 2-1 result to keep them right up with the league leaders in Division One.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

4 points from their remaining 2 league games will see Hitchin Belles win the Beds & Herts Division Two title. Move 7 points clear at the top with a comfortable home win over Evergreen Eagles on Sunday. Top scorer Katie White netting a hat-trick moves to 21 goals for the season. Amy Jack back amongst the goals with a brace to go to 18. With a brace to for Kiera How enjoying a good run in front of goal with 14 goals now for the season. Hitchin Belles winning the game 7-1. Sophie Kempsford on the scoresheet for Evergreen Eagles. Hitchin Town Ladies the side that can catch them with games in hand. Hitchin Belles last game of the season away to their local rivals.

2nd placed Letchworth Garden City Eagles ow title hopes dashed on Sunday as they lost away to 5th placed Evergreen Ladies on Sunday. Captain Rebecca Freeman scoring twice as Evergreen continued their recent good form with a 4th straight league win to put them to within a point of 4th placed Royston Town Ladies Development with a game in hand.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Two games too in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday. With leaders AFC Dunstable Ladies Development not in action it was an opportunity for 2nd placed Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses to close the gap at the top back to 4 points. Were away to Stotfold Juniors Ladies. Giselle Randall continuing her excellent season in front of goal for the visitors scoring a hat-trick to take her onto 24 goals for the season. The winning score 4-0 with Kodi Meader also on the scoresheet with her 1st of the season. 

In the other game was 3rd versus 4th with Langford Ladies away to AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies. A tight game between the sides goalless at half-time a single goal enough to win the points in the 2nd half, Kayleigh Humphries getting the goal the win taking Kempston Town & Bedford College back above Langford into 3rd place.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 24/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th March

Norfolk Women’s Division One

The games starting to run out in Norfolk Women’s Division One with a handful of fixtures left to play, the league title decided already Thorpe United Ladies leading from start to finish. Runners-up spot isn’t quite done an dusted yet Sprowston Ladies have it right now with one game left to play. Two fixtures from the division this weekend and a good result at home for 3rd placed Gorleston Ladies sees them close the gap.

Gorleston were at home taking on Aylsham Ladies who haven’t won in the league in 2019 following a great 1st half to the season. Gorleston finding form at just the right time with a 3rd straight league win. Both Samantha Hunn and Sophie Gillett scoring a brace against Aylsham one for Gillett from the penalty spot. Bethany turner also celebrating a goal along with a 1st for Gorleston for Kimberley Sherllock. Gorleston winning the game 6-1 close the gap to Sprowston to 4 points, and with 2 games in hand a positive run could yet see them finish 2nd.

Sprowston Athletic Ladies also winning at the weekend the 3 points seeing them climb up int the top half of the Division One table. Were taking on Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves, a goal each for Kate Morris and Laura Jenkins helping them secure a 2-0 win. 3 points back from Gorleston they too have 3 games yet to play in a strong position to consolidate a top half finish following promotion this season.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 An opening day 0-0 draw for Taverham United Women they hadn’t looked back since the young side winning their next 13 league matches in Norfolk Women’s Division Two to lead the way for much of the season. That run brought to an end this Sunday as they tasted defeat in the league for the first time. At home came up against another side bang on form, Tavern Ladies, 5 straight wins in league and cup the Dereham based side beaten in the reverse fixture with Taverham at the start of the year. A great result away from home with Lucy Kean on the scoresheet for her 9th goal of the season for Tavern along with a brace for Atlanta Griffith who moves to 20 for the campaign. Defeat for the first time Taverham still remain in a very strong position at the top of the table. 

Fakenham Town Ladies in 2nd spot close the gap to Taverham to 4 points winning at home this Sunday, have two games in hand on the league leaders, Fakenham’s only league defeat this season coming against Taverham who have to come to Clipbush Park yet this season. This Sunday Fakenham were playing host to Horsford Women. Leading 1-0 at half-time Fakenham went on to find the back of the net for 2 more goals in the 2nd half to win the game 3-0. The goals coming from Kayleigh Robb, Jennifer Codman and captain Sian Sands with her 9th goal of the season.

   3rd placed Long Stratton Women returned to winning ways at home to bottom side Bulldogs Ladies this Sunday. Samantha Walker bagging herself another hat-trick has 34 goals this season from just 12 appearances for Long Stratton. Charlie Head was also on the scoresheet with her 15th of the season the hosts ran out 4-1 winners to claim the 3 points to keep them 6 points clear of 4th placed Tavern who have 2 games in hand. Emma Johnson scoring the goal for Bulldogs her 12th of the season.

   A tight battle in the middle of Division Two with teams jockeying for position Thetford Town Ladies move up a place into sixth overhauling Gorleston Rangers Ladies as the two met at the weekend both on 18 points going into the game at Gorleston. A hat-trick for Melissa Boulton the difference as the Thetford Town’s top scorers goals helped the visitors to a 3-2 win to earn the 3 points. Boulton with 18 goals for the season now. Rachel Adams from the penalty spot and Abbie Pogmore getting the goals for Gorleston Rangers.

  Up to 7th in the Division Two table are Freethorpe Ladies winning away from home this Sunday against Hockering Ladies who keep battling away despite not being able to field a full team. Freethorpe scoring twice in the first half went on to add another 4 in the 2nd to win the game 6-0. Captain Claire Garner scoring a brace Amy Barber also getting on the scoresheet with first goals for Eden Simmonds, Hayriye Budak and Miranda Park making her first Freethorpe appearance.

 

 

The Round-Up – Norfolk 17/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th March

Norfolk Women’s Division One

The weather a volatile mix on Sunday clubs experiencing a bit of everything, games even abandoned as a result, notably the Division Two clash between Freethorpe Ladies & Gorleston Rangers Ladies. There were plenty of gals around in those fixtures that were completed.

 In Division One, Thorpe United Ladies were back in action after clinching the league title a trip to Aylsham Ladies on Sunday. Thorpe have had their share of injuries during the season. Found themselves trailing 3-1 at half-time with Vicky Lubbock, Leanne Symonds and Katrina finding the back of the net for Aylsham. Thorpe far from content to sit back and take it easy in their remaining 2 league matches mounting a spectacular come back 2nd half to win the game 8-3! Ex-Aylsahm player Millie Cursons amongst the goalscorers, so to Laura Hedtke along with braces for 3 players, captain Rebekah Lake scoring her 16th & 17th gals of the season. Joanne Hooper having been struggling with a hamstring tear back amongst the goals with first goals for Lisa Webster in just her 2nd appearance for Thorpe United Ladies.

  The other two league games in Division One, derby matches, 2nd placed side Sprowston Ladies away to Sprowston Athletic Ladies on Sunday. Melissa Belsey with her 9th goal of the season putting Sprowston Athletic 1-0 up at half-time. The points shared in the finish as Sprowston got it back t 1-1 in the 2nd period.

  The other derby match saw Beccles Town Ladies hosting Bungay Town Ladies this Sunday. Not much in it in the finish, Bungay not taking all their chances goalless at half-time the visitors finally breaking the deadlock early in the 2nd half Imogen McGregor turning the ball in to score her 6th goal of the season. Proving to be the winner the 3 points lifting Bungay off the bottom of the table at Beccles expense.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Taverham United Women remain 7 points clear at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two with a big win away from home this Sunday. Taking on Thetford Town Ladies the hosts short with just 10 available, that went down to 9 through injury, Taverham strong in attack this season taking full advantage, 5-1 up at half-time went on to win the game 13-1. Rebecca Sutton top scoring in the game for Taverham with 5 goals blazes past 30 goals for the season her tally 34 now. Abbie Walker challenging her hitting a brace on Sunday has 28 herself. There were braces too for Charlotte Hurren and Tiegan Robinson with Hannah Artis and Katie Dunning also getting a goal a piece.

  Fakenham Town Ladies move back into 2nd spot playing again after almost a month were also away this Sunday a trip to play Hockering Ladies who were short on numbers again with 9 available on Sunday, fought well against Fakenham who eventually ran out 8-0 winners. 4 goals in the game for Holly Davies making her Fakenham debut. A brace for Kayleigh Robb as well as a goal each for Megan Spurrell and Jennifer Codman.

  Long Stratton Women were in 2nd position going into the weekend fixtures a trip to play Tavern Ladies on Sunday. A lively game played in awful weather at times, the sides drawing 2-2 at half-time Tavern getting the better of their opponents in the 2nd half to emerge with a 6-3 win. A hat-trick for Atlanta Griffith takes her goals to 18 for the season. Top scorer Katie Hart-Copsey scoring another brace now has an incredible 41 goals to her name for Tavern with Nicole Costin also celebrating a goal. Samantha Walker with a brace for Long Stratton with Charlie Head also scoring.

  In the other league game to bring you from Division Two on Sunday, Bure Valley Wildcats with just the bare 11 available enjoyed a strong first half at home to Horsford Women to lead 4-0 at half time. A further goal added 2nd half Bure Valley recording a 5-0 win Charlie Cooper shooting past the keeper for 4 of those goals has 25 to her name for the season now. Carrie Last with the other goal her 11th of the campaign.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 10/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th March

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Thorpe United Ladies claim the first honours of the season as they were crowned Norfolk Women’s Division One Champions on Sunday. A 9 point lead at the top of the table going into the weekend have lost just the once in the league from 11 played. The introduction of youth stepping up into the 1st team rejuvenating the squad have led from start to finish. Injuries hampering progress in the cup competitions recently Thorpe went into this Sunday’s home game knowing a positive result would clinch the title. Were taking on Sprowston Athletic Ladies who with games in hand on the leaders remained the only side who could catch them.

   Sprowston Athletic unlucky in the finish having gotten themselves into a two goal lead with Katie Fray and Keri Boorman on the scoresheet, Thorpe coming back with 3 late goals to claim the win. Captain and top scorers Rebekah Lake on target for her 15th goal of the season. Laura Hedtke scoring for the 9th time with Alice Smith making her 1st start also celebrating a goal.

Congratulations to Thorpe United Ladies on your title success. Champions!

One more game took place in Norfolk Women’s Division One on Sunday with 4th placed Gorleston Ladies travelling to 5th placed Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves. A big win for Gorleston takes them up to 3rd in the table ahead of Aylsham Ladies on goal difference. Mary Croft trebling her tally for the season finding the back of the net for 4 goals in the match. A brace too for Sophie Gillett, with Bethany Turner also getting a goal in a 7-0 victory for the visitors.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

 A reply for Beccles Town Ladies and Bulldogs Ladies in the quarter finals of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate after the original tie was abandoned after 76 minutes with Beccles leading 4-0 due to a serious injury. Rearranged for this weekend an away trip to Aylsham Ladies awaiting the winner. Beccles getting players back from injury after a long spell without a game Bulldogs Ladies short on numbers. Beccles running out convincing winners to reach the last 4 of the competition, three players on target for a brace, Rosie Cook, Megan Vincent and the first goals of the season for Elisha Maher. Darcie Keiley also scoring her 1st goal, with Emily Coe and Francesca Heaney getting a goal each in a 9-0 win.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

The fixture list virtually wiped out in Norfolk Women’s Division Two on Sunday due to the weather. Only one game surviving and that thanks to a reversal of fixture with Thetford Town Ladies down to visit Freethorpe Ladies becoming the home side. 7th versus 8th in the table, Thetford beginning to find their feet in women’s football recording their 6th win of the season. Melissa Boulton hitting a brace on Sunday moves onto 15 goals this season for Thetford. Shannon Richardson scoring too has 7 for the season with Rebecca White getting a goal too in only her 2nd game for Thetford in a 4-1 win. Kiera Squires the goalscorer for Freethorpe.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 17/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th February

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

Semi-final weekend for the Norfolk Women’s County Cup a strong line-up in the last four with the huge incentive of Carrow Road waiting for the winners the final of the women’s competition being held at the home of Norwich City FC.

   No side winning to lay down both games couldn’t be sorted in the allocated 90 minutes. It was to one of these semi-finals Women’s Football East headed this Sunday to the game between Thorpe United Ladies & King’s Lynn Town Ladies. 4 County Cup final appearances in a row for Thorpe United including back to back successes in recent season’s the underdogs being the lowest ranked side. That said their new side with a good blend of youth and experience are runaway leaders in Norfolk Women’s Division One. King’s Lynn Town Ladies playing in the league above were looking to reach the County Cup final for the 1st time.

  Thorpe with a depleted squad a few missing some on the field recovering from injury. Started well with captain Rebekah Lake a threat up top. King’s Lynn were to open the scoring the ball struck well from outside the area by Tiffany Forshaw on the hour to make it 1-0. A narrow lead for King’s Lynn at the break the 2nd half they started to grow in dominance creating chances but failing to find the back of the net to put the tie to bed. The game entering the final 10 minutes Thorpe with a free-kick outside the area was cleared out to Sharnie Boast on the left inside the box struck it well racing through the crowded six yard box to nestle in the back of the net. 1-1 at the final whistle extra-time to be played.

A hat-trick for King’s Lynn Town Ladies, Tiffany Forshaw

   King’s Lynn striking early to retake the lead the ball crossed into the area for Forshaw to head down from six yards to score her 2nd of the game. Good work from Jodie Hopkins on the right supported by captain Becky Russell brought a 3rd goal the ball across the face of goal missed at the near post running on for Forshaw to tap in and complete her hat-trick. King’s Lynn 3-1 with 15 more minutes of extra-time left. Thorpe were never out of it a free-kick struck well from outside the box by Laura Hedtke setting up a nervous finish but running the ball into the corner King’s Lynn held on and were ecstatic at the final whistle as they booked their place at Carrow Road.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies through to their first ever County Cup Final

No less dramatic in the other Norfolk Women’s County Cup semi-final as Acle United Women took on Wymondham Town Ladies in a repeat of last season’s final. Close rivals always a closely fought contest between the sides both in the ERWFL Premier Division. Both have lifted the County Cup, Wymondham the holders last season’s winners 3-2 over Acle looking to make it 3 finals in a row. League encounters don’t give much away Acle winning 1-0 at Wymondham back in October. Wymondham returned the favour winning 1-0 at Acle 3 weeks ago. 

  The game started off at tight affair little penalty box action, the opening goal coming as the game closed in on the half hour Wymondham awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards out, Mollie O’Callaghan the taker her shot judged to have crossed line despite Acle’s attempts to clear. 5 minutes to go in the first half and it was Acle’s turn to score from a free-kick Amber Rowland finding the top corner to make it 1-1. Wymondham were soon back in front getting down the other end won a penalty. O’Callaghan stepping up to send the ball in for her 2nd of the game. 2-1 the lead at half-time.

   Mid-way through the 2nd half and Acle levelled the scores up once again winning a penalty themselves Rowland like O’Callaghan sending the ball past the keeper to make it 2-2. Acle pressed for a winning goal Wymondham keeping them at bay the game ending all square headed int extra-time. A cagey period of extra play Laura Nicholls broke through to send the ball into the back of the net to put Wymondham ahead for the 3rd time in the game, but with 3 minutes remaining Acle equalised for a 3rd time. Broghan Scully sending the ball in from the free-kick. The game heading to penalties the shootout seeing more drama, Acle seeing one strike the post, Summer Ward scored the decisive spot kick for Wymondham to send them into their 3rd successive final. Wymondham winning on penalties 5-4.

  The Final to be played at Carrow Road, I can hardly wait! Scheduled for Sunday 28th April with a 3:30pm kick-off.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

One game in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday with 2nd placed Sprowston Ladies travelling to the coast to play Gorleston FC Ladies on Sunday. A 1-0 lead for the visitors in the 1st half Sprowston went on to have the better of the 2nd half to score a further 4 goals and win 5-0 to open up a 3 point gap over Aylsham Ladies in 3rd. Victoria Leyer hitting another brace takes her tally to 21 goals for the season from 10 appearances. Their were goals too for Amee Kennett, Georgina Belton and captain Abby Hutchin.

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

One outstanding tie left to play in the 2nd Round of the Norfolk Ladies League Plate competition saw another Sprowston side travelling to Gorleston on Sunday with Sprowston Athletic Ladies taking on Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies. The higher league side running out comfortable winners in the finish to reach the quarter finals. Sprowston Athletic wining the game 61 had 6 different goalscorers on the scoresheet with both Melissa Belsey and Rachel Bussey netting for the 5th time this season. Goals too for Olivia Leggett, Katie Fray and Laura Jenkins with Keri Boorman on target for her 1st of the campaign. An away trip to Division Two side Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies this coming Sunday in the quarter final. Rachel Adams with the goal for Gorleston Rangers.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Three matches played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Long Stratton Women taking advantage of Fakenham Town Ladies not having a game to climb above them into 2nd spot in the table with their 5 successive league win. Were on the road this Sunday taking on Freethorpe Ladies. A brace from Beth Stratton taking her to 12 for the season along with a 27th goal of the season for Samantha Walker seeing the visiting side win the game 3-0.

A series of postponements see Tavern Ladies with games in hand in Division Two and should they win those games will be in amongst the top 4 sides themselves. A scoring plenty of goals too. Were away to Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies this Sunday. 4-1 up at half-time the score repeated 2nd half to see Tavern climb up to 6th with an 8-2 victory. Katie Hart-Copsey well in front in the goal scoring charts hit 5 into the back of the net this weekend taking her tally to an incredible 35 goals from 11 appearances. Atlanta Griffith with a goal to against Bure Valley has 15 for the season with Lucy Lincoln and Meganne Smith with her 1st goal of the season also scoring.

   Hockering Ladies were once again short on numbers as they entertained Horsford Women at home this Sunday in Division Two. Horsford winning for the 3rd time this season to move further clear of the bottom pair. The winning score 6-2. Laura Hudson was on target for 3 goals her 1st for the club in just her 2nd appearance. Jade Dodds too celebrating her 1st goals for Horsford netting a brace with Tanya Kirton also on the scoresheet for her 3rd of the season. Amy Bambridge scoring both the goals for Hockering.