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The Round-Up – 16/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 16th February

 The first multi-competition edition of The Round-Up last season after Storm Dennis played havoc with the fixture lists once again this weekend. A total wipe out of matches the weekend with Storm Ciara blowing through. 12 games in all to report on from Sunday featuring sides competing in the leagues covered by Women’s Football East. 

Women’s FA Cup

 Starting with the biggest game of the week a dream tie in the Women’s FA Cup 5th Round for Ipswich Town Women, a historic run taking the Suffolk side into the last 16 of the competition, the lowest ranked side to get this far playing in the fourth tier up against the current holders and FAWSL leaders, a tough test but an occasion to be savoured Ipswich’s history making run drawing national attention in the media.

 Manchester City starting well against Ipswich the visitors fielding a young side with 7 17 year olds in their side. Defender Lucy Egan with a couple of vital blocks in the opening 18 minutes, Manchester City taking the lead in the 19th minute breaking away from an Ipswich corner Laura Coombs striking the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Ipswich goalkeeper Nikita Runnacles saving with her legs to deny, Norfolk born Lauren Hemp a goal 2 minutes later. Pauline Bremer amongst the goals for Manchester City this season firing the hosts into a 2 goal lead midway through the first half rounding the keeper to score. Jess Park shooting from the edge of the area seeing Manchester City leading 3-0 on the half-hour. That the score at half-time. 

Ipswich striker Natasha Thomas up against Manchester City & England captain Steph Houghton (photo credit @RossMediaUK )

   Ipswich with plenty of travelling support for the match spirits high everyone enjoying the occasion. Manchester City out of the blocks quickly in the 2nd period Bremer with an early chance before adding her 2nd of the game in the 49th minute. Ipswich fighting plenty of energy put into closing the ball down Manchester City kept on their toes a professional performance extending the lead in the 57th minute a ball put across the face of goal Georgia Stanway sliding in to score. Bremer netting completing her hat-trick in the 64th minute. Manchester City stepping it up as Ipswich tired Stanway with her 2nd of the game to make it 7-0 two minutes later. Into the final 15 minutes and Park is slid through on goal to net her 2nd of the match wrapping up her hat-trick 3 minutes later her distance strike finding the top corner. Stanway becoming the 3rd Manchester City player to score a hat-trick as she finished from distance from a clearance with 3 minutes to go to see the match won 10-0. A large defeat in the end for Ipswich but a massive gulf between the sides Manchester City a side to be inspired by. Ipswich’s fantastic FA Cup journey coming to an end putting the club firmly on the map plenty still to play for this season challenging for the title in FAWNL South East Division One straight back to it this Wednesday with as big a game away to Norwich City Women in the East Anglian derby.

FAWNL Cup

Another big game in the FAWNL Cup competitions for Milton Keynes Dons Women this weekend at home taking on Northern Premier Division side Stoke City Women in the semi-final this Sunday. A 2nd successive season for Milton Keynes reaching the last 4 of a national competition. League Plate semi-finalists last time out, have saved their best performances for the FAWNL Cup this season dogged in defence going through on penalties in earlier rounds, up against a Stoke City side in good form. The Stadium MK offering some protection from the elements that would certainly play apart in other matches surviving the afternoon, Stoke starting well putting the ball into the Milton Keynes area he home defence standing firm the sides goalless at the break. Abby Hunt firing Stoke City into the lead in the 57th minute the visitors going 2-0 5 minutes later courtesy of a powerfully struck 25 yard free-kick from Hollie Gibson. Milton Keynes looking for a reply seeing a goal ruled out for offside. Milton Keynes breaking with 15 minutes left a shot fired inches wide. Alison Hall smashing a shot against the crossbar for Stoke City with 3 minutes left, a 3rd goal not required 2-0 enough to see Stoke City into this season’s FAWNL Cup final where they will face either Sunderland AFC Ladies or Southampton FC Women the pair meeting in their semi-final this coming Sunday.

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

 Two games surviving Storm Dennis in Norfolk at the weekend and both big ones as the semi-finals of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup took place. Women’s Football East braving the elements to watch one of those matches Norwich City Women taking on Wroxham Women. Played at The Nest north of the city the weather rubbish very wet and windy the pitch holding out well however the game on. A fairly even start to the game both sides testing the other creating opportunities joy on the flanks. Wroxham taking the lead just past 20 minutes, captain Anna Larkins put away down the right her ball in on the angle parries down across goal by Norwich goalkeeper Hope Armstrong, top scorer Grace Birchall sliding in at the far post to score from close range. Norwich quick to respond the ball put forwards quickly through the middle their top scorer Chelsea Garrett breaking in behind the defence, goalkeeper Amy Bell starting to come can’t get there is caught in no mans land as Garrett lobs her from outside the box to make it 1-1. No sooner are Norwich level then they take the lead themselves Aimee Durrant putting a free-kick from the right into the box a shot from the left charged down the rebound falling to Garrett top of the box rifles it home for her 2nd of the match. A devastating spell from Norwich as they go on to score twice more in quick succession Durrant causing problems wide right her cross into the six yard box bringing an own goal, then putting pressure on defender and goalkeeper as they get to close to each other at the top of the area steals in to rob the ball and walk it into the empty net.

Natasha Snelling with a late double to help send Norwich through to the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final

 Norwich leading 4-1 at half-time scoring 4 goals in 6 minutes, Wroxham coming out fighting at the start of the 2nd half as they look to pull a goal back quickly Norwich solid at the back defender Lauren Cullum clearing a ball off the line. The game entering the final 10 minutes midfielder Jodie Drake lining up a strike from 35 yards out struck well to seal the win 5-1 it was the catalyst for another Wroxham collapse as they suffered a repeat of the 2nd half. Keunna Dill on in the 2nd half free on the left away down the line squaring a ball along the face of goal Natasha Snelling arriving for the tap in. 6-1 quickly became 7-1, a corner taken short Sian Douglas with a well struck shot on the angle driving the ball home to score her first goal for the club. Dill racing away again shooting over Bell seeing her shot strike the bar coming back down not gathered Snelling latching onto it to score her 2nd of the game. Norwich through the the Norfolk Women’s County Cup final, getting the opportunity at long last to play at Carrow Road. The whole game report can be found below this post.

  Norwich’s opponents in this season’s Norfolk Women County Cup final will be back to back winners of the competition Wymondham Town Ladies as they made it a fourth county cup final appearance in a row winning away to Sprowston Ladies at the weekend. Sprowston the only county league side to make it this far in the competition amongst the top sides in Division One putting on a spirited performance against a Wymondham side despite being hampered by injuries throughout the season scoring plenty of goals. Vice captain Leah Newcombe at last making her return to the field after being out since last season’s cup final. Goals from Freya Symonds, Katie Knights, striker Hannah Waters and her first for the club from defender Lauren Kett seeing Wymondham through to a fourth successive final 4-0. The County Cup Final to be played on Sunday 19th April kicking off at 11am at Carrow Road.

Essex Women’s County Cup

 County Cup semi-final action too in Essex this weekend again the only games to beat the weather and had a feeling if any would it would be these both played on good 3G pitches kicking off later in the afternoon. The competition dominated by Billericay Town Ladies and AFC Basildon Women in recent season’s Basildon first and recent Billericay have lifted the trophy locking horns in recent finals. Both playing in FAWNL South East Division One, Basildon rebuilding somewhat have found their feet in the league making up a strong top half of the table joined by Billericay. Drawn to meet in the semi-finals this time around both fancying their chances on recent form. Played at Aveley FC a 4:30pm kick-off no clear cut chances for either side in the opening 15 minutes. Basildon opening the scoring in the 21st minutes Jodie Osborne flicking the ball over the keeper to make it 1-0. The visitors getting themselves into a 2-0 before the half hour Kelly Wealthall with the tap in following great work on the ball from strike partner Holly Turner. Billericay coming back at Basildon Zoe Rushen seeing a shot saved, Therese Addison with an effort blocked on the line late in the half Basildon going into the changing rooms 2-0 up. 

Action from this weekends semi-final (photo credit Nicky Hayes)

 Another block on the goal line denying Rushen a goal early in the 2nd half Basildon going on to take a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the 2nd period Turner with a well struck shot. Basildon adding a 4th goal 5 minutes later with Poppy Binding tapping home to put the visitors into a strong position with 25 minutes to play. Billericay getting a goal back straight away Hannah Smith making it 4-1. Billericay pushing later on shots saved Addison firing in a free-kick with 3 minutes left a consolation as Basildon were celebrating at the final whistle reaching the County Cup Final again 4-2. 

 History to be made in the other Essex Women’s County Cup semi-final with Bowers & Pitsea Ladies at home to Collier Row Tigers both looking to reach the final for the first time. Bowers & Pitsea doing well in their first season in the ERWFL Premier Division not underestimating their lower league opponents Collier Row Tigers top of the Essex Women’s Premier Division unbeaten dropping just 2 points so far this season whilst scoring plenty of goals and keeping it tight at the other end conceding just 11. Weather condition poor wet and windy scrappy at the start few clear cut chances created. Goalless at half-time Collier Row Tigers proving a tough opponent Bowers & Pitsea battling to get the opening goal wouldn’t come the game going to extra-time. A further half and hour of play seeing no goals added the semi-final to be settled on penalties. Some well taken penalties it was Bowers & Pitsea who were celebrating at the finish going through to the final 6-5 in the shootout. The Essex Women’s County Cup Final to be played on Thursday 9th April a 7:45pm KO at Aveley FC.

Essex Women’s Trophy

 Another semi-final played at the weekend in Essex in the Trophy competition and better news for Billericay Town Ladies in this one played earlier in the afternoon at Aveley FC with their Reserves side beating Essex Women’s Premier Division side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies 3-0 to reach the final. Amelie Johnson scoring the opening goal of the game. Becky Gallagher striking to put Billericay 2-0 ahead Leigha Bradding-Butler netting the 3rd goal. Billericay’s Reserves will face either Hutton Ladies Reserves or Lawford Ladies in the final their semi-final falling foul of Storm Dennis will try again this coming weekend.

Suffolk Women’s Division

 There were just four league matches that survive at the weekend and just the one match in Suffolk. Bury Town Ladies keeping up their title charge as they move into 2nd spot ahead of Brettvale Ladies on goal difference with a double figure win at home against bottom side University of Suffolk Women the visitors short of a full side up against a Bury Town side full of goals players contributing throughout the side. Julie Brind top scorer netting a hat-trick at the weekend moving her onto 22 for the season. Mia Bambury into double figures too now scoring at the weekend on 10. Kirsty Pollard with a brace goals too for Sophie Hemming and Norma Locker. Katie Walker with another goal has 2 form 2 appearances with Georgia Parker scoring her first goal of the season. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

 Again in Cambridgeshire Storm Dennis wreaked havoc with the fixture lists on Sunday with just one match played in  both the Premiership and Championship. In the Premiership it was a poignant game for St Ives Town Ladies Development away to Netherton United Ladies. Sad news this weekend with the sad news that one of their founding players Charlene Martin passing away losing her battle with bowel cancer. Can only offer my condolences and thoughts to her family and friends and those at St Ives was an inspiration to so many.  

 The club coming together to play at the weekend travelling to play Netherton United Ladies. A late winner in stoppage time seeing the 3 points go to Netherton, Yasmin Green scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts earlier in the game, Tash Applegate scoring for St Ives Town. Katie Barber finding the back of the net in the 93rd minute giving Netherton the win, moves them level with St Ives Town on 16 points in what is a very congested mid-table in the Premiership a number of sides pushing for a top 4 finish there is still alot of football to be played.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship at the weekend rough conditions too for Cardea Ladies as they hosted 2nd placed Mildenhall Town Ladies at the weekend the opening half an hour seeing no goals. Charlotte Nash putting away her 10th goal of the season for Mildenhall seeing the visitors open the scoring. 5 minutes later were 2-0 up with Nadine Basson on target with a goal. A flurry of goals coming late in the first half 10 minutes left to play Courtney Coles pulling it back to 2-1 for Cardea. Nash scoring her 2nd of the game restoring Mildenhall’s 2 goal lead, Coles with her second bringing it back to 3-2 at half-time. Mildenhall ramping it up 2nd half to ensure the 3 points. Top scorer Katie Hayes scoring her 19th goal of the season on the hour, Jasmine Luckett with her 5th of the campaign 5 minutes later along with a brace in the final 15 minutes from Rachel Pearce seeing the game won 7-3 moving Mildenhall to within 4 points of leaders Cambridge Rangers Women.

Beds & Herts The Chris Renshaw Cup

A couple of matches too surviving Storm Dennis in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League. Division One side Hitchin Belles hosting Division Two leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies in the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup. The visitors in good form at the top of the table Hitchin Belles bottom of the Division One table Kempston Ton & Bedford College tight at the back conceding just 6 goals in the league keeping Hitchin out on Sunday in the cup progressing through to the semi-finals of the competition winning 4-0 with both Charlie Mullins and Chloe Urbanowicz scoring a brace. AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will now be at home to fellow Division Two side Garston Ladies Vintage Purples in the semi-finals date to be announced.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

As AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies were advancing through to the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup they were also knocked off the top of the Division Two table on goal difference by Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses as they won big at home to bottom side Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies at the weekend. Charlotte Bedford opening the scoring for Woburn & Wavendon in the first minute. Laura Taylor seeing them 2-0 up inside 5 minutes. Jess Katsinas adding to the scoreline with a goal 5 minutes later Woburn & Wavendon with a strong opening to the game were 4-0 up with 15 minutes played Kelly Randall scoring her first goal of the season. Katsinas with her 2nd of the match putting them 5-0 up. Taylor netting 2 goals in 3 minutes to complete a first half hat-trick seeing Woburn & Wavendon leading 7-0 at half-time. More goals in the 2nd half with Emily Wall getting her first of the season on the hour. Bedford and Randall on target for their 2nd goals of the game each. Lucy Boyle another to celebrate her first goal of the season in the final 10 minutes. Jessica Greaves at the death sealing a 12-0 win. Woburn & Wavendon going top of goal difference but still incredibly tight at the top of Division Two with 3 points separating the top 4.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Four games at the weekend played in Norfolk Women’s Division One, Thorpe United Ladies runaway leaders in the table this season winning 11 from 11 played to date were at home to 4th placed Tavern Ladies on Sunday looking to make it 12 from 12 and beat one of the sides who could damage their title defence. Tavern enjoying a good season so far following promotion from Division Two losing just one league game so far this season knocked Thorpe out of the League Cup last season. Thorpe though in great form and scoring plenty of goals lead in attack by captain Rebekah Lake. Won the game 4-0 to stay 9 points clear at the top with games beginning to run out.

Sprowston Ladies winning away from home at the weekend to stay 2nd ahead of Bungay Town Ladies the pair level on points 27 each. Sprowston travelling to Clipbush Park to play Fakenham Town Ladies who were fielding the bare 11. Sprowston getting themselves into a 2-0 half-time lead matched that scoreline 2nd half to win 4-0 with goals from top scorer Victoria Leyer her 30th of the season a goal in her first start for Georgina Belton with Camilla Morgan also credited with a goal.

 Bungay Town Ladies matching Sprowston’s points tally of 27 in 3rd spot in Division One have two games in hand. Were at home taking on Sprowston Athletic Ladies at the weekend. Both sides scoring twice in the first half going into the half-time interval all square. Sprowston Athletic working hard through the game coming away empty handed with Bungay finding a 3rd goal in the 2nd half to win the game 3-2. Leanne Smith on target with her 12th goal of the season for Bungay with Shannon Dade and Lauren Purling also on the scoresheet. Laura Jenkins and Sophie Rose with her first goal for the club scoring for Sprowston Athletic.

A third straight win in league and cup lifting Long Stratton Women back up to fifth in the Division One table. Were away to bottom side Freethorpe Ladies on Sunday. Captain Samantha Walker scoring a double hat-trick last weekend in the League Cup repeating the feat again this weekend netting 6 goals against Freethorpe sending her past 21 goals for the season. Beth Stratton also scoring a goal as Long Stratton ran out 7-1 winners. Laura-Jayne Stacey getting the Freethorpe goal.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Two matches played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday. Thorpe United Ladies Reserves were in action at home to Mulbarton Belles. Shanice Sutton making her return to football after a long injury layoff for Thorpe on target to score twice for the Reserves with Emily Warnes also finding the back of the net for a goal to see the game won 3-1. The 3 points lifting Thorpe back up into 2nd spot in the Division Two table. Megan Sampson scoring the goal for Mulbarton.

  Horsford Women climb up to fifth in the Division One table with victory away to 4th placed Waveney Ladies on Sunday. A 0-0 draw with the same opponents in the reverse fixture last weekend. Waveney scoring twice this weekend, Horsford though emerging 3-2 winners thanks to a goal from Amanda Vincent and a brace for Natalie Roope moving her onto 5 for the season. Horsford with 3 wins and a draw now from their last 5 league games.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

Cup action in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League this weekend with quarter final matches played in both competitions, the League Cup and The Chris Renshaw Cup. One quarter final tie in the League Cup falling foul to the weather holders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies home tie with Hartham United Ladies called off will try again next Sunday. Two Division Three sides reaching the last 4 of the League Cup both having home advantage at the weekend up against Division One opponents. 

  Herts Vipers leading the way in Division Three with a 100% scoring plenty of goals too were hosting Hitchin Town Ladies. Herts Vipers off to a fast start taking the lead inside the opening 2 minutes Nicole Jancey setting up Selin Buyukgiray make it 1-0. Herts Vipers coming close to a 2nd before making a change in the 34th minute Rachel Wall introduced to the action making an instant impact scoring with her first touch to double the lead. Jancey on the scoresheet late in the first half to put Herts Vipers 3-0 up at the break. Buyukgiray with her 2nd of the game in the 56th minute, Herts Vipers finishing strong the game heading into the final 20 minutes Jancey going on to score a 9 minute hat-trick to add to her first half goal sending her to 42 goals to the season. Kelsey Millen sneaking in her 13th goal of the season during Jancey’s onslaught. 9-0 the final score to Herts Vipers a comprehensive victory to send them into the last 4 of the competition Buyukgiray completing her hat-trick with 5 minutes to play has 15 goals now this season from just 5 appearances. The draw for the League Cup semi-finals will see Herts Vipers at home to either St Albans Ladies or AFC Dunstable Women Blues who play their rearranged semi-final this weekend. 

Kick-off between Herts Vipers & Hitchin Town Ladies at the weekend (photo credit Harts Vipers)

  Biggleswade United Ladies 2nd in the Division Three table were at home to Division One side Garston Ladies 1st in the quarter finals of the League Cup, another side with goals in them Biggleswade were up against a Garston side in good form winning their last 4 league matches up to with goals coming throughout their side. Proved to strong for Biggleswade at the weekend scoring 5 without reply to advance into the semi-finals of the competition. 5 different scorers in the match too with, Holly Jury, Harley Carr, Charley Kelsey and Daniella and Jade Roberts celebrating a goal each. Garston with face either Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies or Hartham United Ladies away in the semi-finals.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

Quarter final weekend too in The Chris Renshaw Cup with 3 of the 4 ties played this Sunday. Division One side Northwood Ladies at home to Division Three side Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves. Northwood 3rd in the Division One table in good form winning six in a row in league and cup scoring goals too 37 in their last 3 games alone were amongst the goals again this weekend to safely progress to the last 4 of the competition. Emma Steele scoring a hat-trick in the tie going to 22 goals for the campaign. Emma Marshall netting a brace with Joanne Horwood also on the score sheet with a goal both on 8 for the season helping to secure a 6-0 win for Northwood. 

Northwood will be away to fellow Division One side Houghton Athletic Ladies after they narrowly beat Division Tow title contenders Langford Ladies in the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup at the weekend. Sophie Bounds scoring for Langford, goals though from Shakeela Hussain and Louise Spendelow seeing Houghton Athletic clinch a 2-1 victory to progress into the last four.

An all Division Two clash saw familiar opponents Garston Ladies Vintage Purples at home to Sherrardswood Ladies the pair meeting in the League Cup final itself a few season ago. Chances for both sides early on Garston taking the lead with Yasmin Sabri rounding the keeper to make it 1-0. Emma Trill doubling the hosts lead before Sabri struck again to see Garston 3-0 up at half-time. Alot for Sherrardswood to do to try and get back into the game Garston were working hard to prevent them scoring. Jane Hales striking a free-kick the ball sneaking in at the near post to put Garston 4-0 in front, Trill joining Sabri on 10 goals each for the season scoring her 2nd of the afternoon on the follow-up after her initial shot was saved. Trill going on to complete her hat-trick her position as stand alone top scorer lasting a matter of minutes with Sabri too sealing her hat-trick and send Garston into the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup courtesy of a 7-0 win. Will be away to either Hitchin Belles or AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies in the semi-final the pair meeting this weekend.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

  One league game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this weekend, Royston Town Women Development hosting Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Both sides finding it tough in the league following promotion last season, just the one win and draw for Royston from 9 played going into the game, Letchworth’s without a win so far this season 2 draws to date, 3-3 at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies last weekend Letchworth battled well against Royston at the weekend to see them earn a 2nd successive point of the season the match ending in a 2-2 draw, Kate Tempest and Tayla Murray with her 6th goal of the season scoring. Royston feeling they could have gotten more from the game scoring through Lydia Webb and Emer McAuliffe.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Also one league match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two at the weekend and a significant result for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies as they win at home to move to the top of the table for the 1st time this a season edging ahead of the 3 sides promoted with them last season, still just 3 points in it though between the top 4. Were at home to Evergreen Ladies on Sunday, goals from Charlie Mullins, Rachael Mumford and Helen Spalding securing a 3-0 victory.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Four games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend and with the top two playing in the League Cup it was an opportunity for Harvesters Ladies in 3rd position to move back level on points with Biggleswade United Ladies in 2nd. Harvesters were on the road taking on bottom side Buntingford Town Ladies. Top scorers Eve Shaw netting a first half brace for the visitors taking her to 13 goals for the season now for Harvesters. Louise Avery scoring their 3rd goal early in the 2nd half, Rachel Dodd on target with a goal with 20 minutes left seeing Harvester secure a 4-1 victory to give them the 3 points. 

 Kempston Rovers Ladies move back up to 4th in the Division Three table with a 7th league win at home to Whetstone Wanderers Ladies on Sunday. Working hard for each other Whetstone proved a tough opponent for Kempston Rovers to break down. The deadlock finally broken with Vicki Boyde scoring to make it 1-0 with her first goal for the side. Lucy Harper making to 2-0 to Kempston Rovers, top scorer Ellie Newberry-Bierton with her 9th goal of the season wrapping up a 3-0 win.

A confidence boosting 6-0 home win for Flitwick Eagles Ladies at home to Buntingford last weekend, had the better of the first half this weekend away to Bedwell Rangers Ladies holding a 2-0 advantage at the break. Charlie Newton firing the visiting side into the lead in the 20th minute adding a 2nd goal late in the first half. Jessica Sullivan pulling it back to 2-1 for Bedwell Rangers right at the start of the 2nd half, Flitwick responded straight away to restore their 2 goal lead Newton on target for her hat-trick doubling her tally for the season to 6 goals. Bedwell Rangers fighting back once again to bring it back to 3-2 on the hour, Sullivan scoring again her 12th goal of the season. The game moving into the final 20 minutes, Bedwell Rangers captain Georgia Miller struck with her 8th goal of the season to level the scores at 3-3 and see the sides share the points.

Stotfold Juniors Ladies capitalising on Bedwell Rangers draw winning all 3 points at home on Sunday to climb above them into 6th spot in the Division Three table. Meeting Evergreen Eagles for the 2nd successive Sunday a 4-1 win away from home last weekend a much close scoreline this time around Evergreen Eagles scoring twice, Stotfold on target to score 3 goals to win the game. The goals scored by Holly Konopka, Hope Page and top scorer Chloe Ward with her 12th of the campaign.

 

The Round-Up – Suffolk 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

Suffolk Women’s Division

Woodbridge Town Ladies keep marching on at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division onto 42 points now winning their 14th game of the season at the weekend, 6 straight wins now. Were away from home playing Brightlingsea Regent Ladies for the second successive Sunday. A close match in the first encounter Woodbridge winning 2-1. Was close again at the weekend with Brightlingsea holding Woodbridge to a goalless first 45 minutes. With over 40 goals so far this season Jenna Liverpool in on fire in attack for Woodbridge and she was back amongst the goals in the 2nd half netting a brace to move to 45 for the season. Josie Haward also getting a goal to see Woodbridge come out on top 3-1 to return home with the 3 points. Hannah Goldsmith netting her 22nd goal of the season for Brightlingsea.

   Games in hand for the sides chasing below and their are several very competitive at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division table. Brettvale Ladies 2nd in the table 3 points behind Woodbridge with a high scoring win away to AFC Kesgrave Ladies at the weekend. Kesgrave short on numbers, Brettvale with plenty of goal scorers in their squad. Tarnya McKew scoring 5 goals in the match racing onto 20 for the season. Gemma Burnett has 4 goals now from 4 appearances as she scored her first hat-trick for the club. Claire Turnbull with her 5th goal of the season adding to the tally Brettvale winning 9-0.

  Bury Town Ladies 3rd in the Suffolk Women’s Division 3 points back form Brettvale were at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies at the weekend. Bury are another side scoring plenty of goals this season those goals spread amongst their squad, 18 different scorers so far this season. 5 goals scored at the weekend without reply to see them won the 3 points, 5 different scorers on the scoresheet too. Julie Brind top scorer for Bury moving onto 19 for the season. Mia Banbury with her 9th of the season. 9 goals too for Stacey Roper, Kirsty Pollard firing in a goal along with Katie Walker running through to score on her Bury debut.

Mixed results for Henley Athletic Ladies in recent matches in the Suffolk Women’s Division have won as may as they’ve lost so far in their debut season in women’s football. A win at the weekend keeping them firmly in the mix for push on the top half of the table were at home playing Ramsey & Mistley Ladies. Enya Moore scoring a hat-trick for Henley to take her a goal behind op scorer Amy Gilson on 11 for the season. Emma Long scoring her 7th goal of the season too along with a goal from Claire Bevan to see Henley run out 5-1 winners. Saskia Gerrald-Cooper scoring the goal for Ramsey & Mistley her first for the club in just her 3rd appearance.

Leiston St Margarets Ladies move up to 10th in the Suffolk Women’s Division winning at home to bottom side University of Suffolk Women on Sunday. Winning 3 of their last 5 matches in the process 10 points collected in that spell. Winning at the weekend 5-0 with goals from Sarah Cooper and Leanne Morphew. A couple more players celebrating their first goals of the season Jessica Coxage and Leanne Fairweather with a brace.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Beginning this weeks county league reviews in Cambridgeshire, 10 games to bring you from the Premiership and Championship played at the weekend. It was to one of these that Women’s Football East headed on Sunday a top of the table game from the Premiership league leaders Peterborough Norther Star Ladies Reserves travelling to take on 2nd placed Haverhill Rovers Ladies, both new to the league this season. Haverhill winning promotion in their debut season in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South, Peterborough’s Reserve side also into thier 2nd season making the switch from the Northamptonshire county league set-up.

An early injury blow for Haverhill captain, Joely Kirby coming off worse in a collision with the fence surrounding the pitch, left with a bloody head wound needing attention after just 4 minutes on in her place 16-year-old Jenna Wright. Linking up with Sian Cottrell in attack good work on the wing saw Wright cross to Cottrell unmarked just inside the box, turning falling into the shot sent the ball rising up over the keeper to put Haverhill into an early lead. Few chances created after that both sides working hard to keep the other out the keepers rarely tested, Peterborough getting joy out wide in attack. Haverhill leading 1-0 at half-time on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Sian Cottrell opening the scoring for Haverhill Rovers Ladies at the weekend

Peterborough with a bright start to the 2nd period looking to create press the ball the Haverhill defence with some good challenges leaving the visiting side frustrated leading by a single goal Haverhill were in need of a 2nd goal to relieve the pressure and late in the game got themselves into a 2 goal lead Kayleigh Nolan picked out with a great pass out to the right driving on into the box and unleashing a fierce shot, Peterborough goalkeeper Karla Durham getting her gloves down to save the ball parrying it out to the top of the area Wright reacting quickly getting hold of it firing a shot back in taking a wicked deflection sending it pass Durham and into the back of the net. Haverhill clinching a 2-0 win moving back to the top of the Premiership table with 3 games in hand over their opponents. Alot of football still to be played in the league though with several sides well positioned below the top 2.

ICA Sports Ladies move up into 3rd in the Premiership above Leverington Sports Ladies whose match against St Ives Town Ladies Development was called off late on Sunday. Playing a local derby away to Netherton United Ladies on Sunday a first half hat-trick from Annie Posnett taking her onto 10 goals for the season seeing ICA Sports holding a 3-0 lead at the break. Netherton rallying in the 2nd half Jenna Nairn pulling a goal back on 65 minutes. Katie Barber  with her 8th goal of the season setting up a nervous final 10 minutes firing home to make it 3-2. ICA Sports holding on for the win are 4 points behind leaders Haverhill.

March Town United Ladies move back up to 5th in the Premiership table beating a strong Histon Ladies Reserves team away from home at the weekend. Lauren Threadgold scoring a brace for Histon as they battle for points at the wrong end of the table pushing March close, also seeing a penalty saved by March goalkeeper, Tori Sharpe. A first goal of the season for Chloe Rimmer along with goals from top scorers Emma Searle and Jordan Turner their 7th and 8th goals of the season respectfully helping to secure a 3-2 win.

Ketton Ladies sixth in the Premiership table were hosting Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds at the weekend the visitors involved in several high scoring encounters this season unfortunate not to get anything out of the game after they came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline. This despite a 25th goal of the season for Marie Stubbings with Eleanor Woodley on target to score a brace. Goalkeeper Sam Issacson also saving a penalty for Fulbourn. Ketton have goals in their side too, Fran Kavanagh amongst the goals again herself this season scoring a brace at the weekend to move onto 15 for the season. A goal each for Lauren McKeever and Ellie Marson seeing the 3 points go to the host side.

A third straight league win sees Cambridge University Women sees move up to 8th in the Premiership table. Were hosting newcomers Cambridge City Ladies A at the weekend a morning kick-off on Sunday. A strong performance for Cambridge University beating their opponents 6-0 to claim the 3 points. 10 goals each for the season now for Lidiya Mykhaylechko scoring a hat-trick and Amanda Wainwright on target for a brace. Taylor Lynn-Jones also celebrating a goal.

Cambridge University Women winning 6-0 at the weekend (photo credit Cambridge University Women)

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

A first defeat of the season for Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship leaders Cambridge Rangers Women last Sunday away to Park Ladies, bounced back returning to winning ways this weekend at home to Newmarket Town Women Development. A Sunday morning kick-off Newmarket working hard with the bare 11 holding Cambridge Rangers to a goalless draw at the break. The hosts getting their noses in front in the 2nd half taking the lead from a corner kick. Newmarket going down to 10 losing a player through injury kept on pushing Cambridge Rangers the league leaders going further ahead with the player advantage scoring twice more to win the match 3-0. Their goals scored by Barbara Williams, Robyn Barlow and Hoi Yee Hg.

A home win awarded to Mildenhall Town Ladies over Hungate Rovers Ladies keeps them 2nd in the Championship table but are being rapidly closed down by Pinchbeck United Ladies the gap now just 2 points as they continue their 100% winning start to the season with a 10th straight league win away to Burwell Tigers Ladies on Sunday. Helen Barker scoring her first goal for the club at the weekend. Libby Friel netting a hat-trick moving her to 11 for the season. 11 too for the campaign too for Freya Peters who was also amongst the goals for Pinchbeck on Sunday scoring a brace. Pinchbeck winning 6-0 have games in hand on the leading pair too.

A fabulous 1-0 win against leaders Cambridge Rangers Women last weekend seeing Park Ladies make it 5 straight wins in the Championship were looking to make it 6 in a row away to Isleham United Ladies. Isleham winning a close game 2-1 in the reverse fixture before Park begun their winning streak was another close match this weekend, goals for Louisa Harwood her first of the season for Isleham and one for Kate Silver not enough to take anything from the game as Park found the back of their net for 3 goals to come away with the 3 points seeing them close the gap to a point behind 4th placed Eaton Socon Ladies who lost on Sunday.

A fantastic start to the season for Cardea Ladies winning their opening 4 league matches have since lost the next 4, on the wrong end of some high scoring matches were involved in another at the weekend their first competitive action of 2020 at home to 4th placed Eaton Socon Ladies. Captain, Laura Rudd putting Cardea into the lead inside the opening 5 minutes. A great first half from the hosts seeing them add a further 2 goals Anna Langa on 19 minutes and Naomi Hall with her first goal of the season on 36. Cardea leading 3-0 at half-time Eaton Socon raced out of the blocks at the start of the 2nd half pulling a goal back straight away and by the 52nd minute the scores were level. Pegged back to 3-3 Cardea rallied keeping Eaton Socon from adding another goal, Rudd with her 10th goal of the season scoring in the 75th minute to see Cardea come out on top in a 7 goal thriller.

Swavesey Spartans Ladies move off the bottom of the Championship table after they earned a point at the weekend away from home to Deeping United Ladies on Sunday. Just one win on the board before the match Daisy Edwards-ainge finding the back of the net to put Swavesey into the lead. Deeping United coming back to see the points shared with Hannah Chapman on target to score her 18th goal of the season.

 

 

 

The Round-Up – ERWFL 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

ERWFL Premier Division

Harlow Town Ladies back to league action this weekend travelling away to St Ives Town Ladies, the Essex side leading the ERWFL Premier Division unbeaten dropping just 2 points this season. St Ives Town promoted to the league this season finding life in the league tough but working hard week in week out to improve. A good performance at the weekend seeing them earn a point against Harlow, St Ives taking the lead in the first half Ruth Fox with a great first touch bringing a pass from halfway down taking it away from the defence running on from 30 yards out into the box the angle against her lifted a superb shot up across the keeper into the far side of the goal to make it 1-0. Harlow coming back to level late in the first period captain Kaydee King always a danger from set-pieces heading the ball on to equalise. Harlow taking the lead in the 2nd half from a free-kick put into the box by Amy Nash, King getting her head on the ball finding it’s way into the back of the net. St Ives Town giving it there all coming back to level the scores and take a share of the point Caitlin McGeown with her first goal of the season. Harlow dropping their first points since the opening day of the season remain unbeaten still.

Ruth Fox with a superb goal to put St Ives Town Ladies into the lead on Sunday (photo credit Gary Reed)

Second placed Peterborough Northern Star Ladies close the gap on leaders Harlow to 4 points winning at home to Royston Town Women on Sunday. A good first half from the host side Leah Cudone racing through to beat the offside trap beating the keeper to make it 1-0 in the 18th minute. Peterborough doubling their lead late in the first half Evie Driscoll-King scoring for the 2nd successive match the defender with 5 for the season now. Royston improving 2nd half as they fought to get back into the game Peterborough goalkeeper Sarah Hudson with a number of vital saves keeping the clean sheet in tack. Cudone firing in her 18th goal of the season towards the end of the match the seal the victory.

Luton Town Ladies hot on Peterborough’s heels in 3rd spot in the ERWFL Premier Division two points behind with a game in hand were hosting Hertfordshire side Colney Heath Ladies at the weekend. Luton with a number of chances in the first half frustrated by Colney Heath goalkeeper Amy Butler making several fine saves. The hosts taking the lead late in the first half awarded a penalty, Charlene Moreton finishing from the spot to see the visitors 1-0 up at half-time. Luton getting back onto level terms early in the 2nd half. Finding a way past Butler to take the lead went onto score a further 2 goals, strikers Rebecca Kane and Jess McKay remaining neck and neck on the goal scoring charts both on 16 for the season now McKay with a goal, Kane netting a brace. Luton winning the game 4-1 their was also a first goal of the season for Olivia Abraham.

Bedford Ladies 4th in the ERWFL Premier Division are currently in a rich vein of form themselves making it 6 straight wins in league and cup on Sunday away to 2nd bottom Haringey Borough Women. This their fifth straight league win the 3 points coming courtesy of a 4-1 victory the goals spread amongst their squad 4 different scorers at the weekend Natasha Fensome putting away her 8th goal of the season, Lauren Murray her 5th and Setor Acolatse scoring her 4th of the campaign. Bex Cray the other goalscorer with her 2nd of the season. 

ERWFL Division One North

King’s Lynn Town Ladies were aiming to close the gap to ERWFL Division One North leader Cambridge City Ladies Development to 4 points as they travelled down to Suffolk to face AFC Sudbury Ladies on Sunday. A close game between the sides back in November King’s Lynn winning 2-1 at home, this Sunday’s game proving a similar case Sudbury’s young side hard to break down at times both sides creating chances scoring a goal each in the first half the scores level King’s Lynn improving in the 2nd period scoring again with what would prove to be the winning goal the result 2-1 yet again, Emma Corbyn with her 8th goal of the season and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse on the scoresheet.

Three successive league wins sees Needham Market Women climb up into 3rd spot in the ERWFL Division One North table finding their feet in the league now following promotion last season. Were away to Newmarket Town Women on Sunday. Came out on top of a 7 goal thriller to win 4-3 in the reverse fixture between the sides in November. Another high scoring game between the sides this time around Needham Market starting well have goalscorers throughout their side, taking the lead inside the opening quarter hour Francesca Rainbird putting the ball over the top for Annie Northwood to close in on goal drive a shot home. A strong opening period from the visitors restricting Newmarket’s chances doubled the lead in the 34th minute a 30 yard free-kick from Amber Sparks parried onto the post by the keeper Lois Balfour rushing in on the follow up to make it 2-0. Balfour in to score her 10th goal for the 1st team this season making it 3-0 set up by Northwood in the 40th minute. Needham Market 3-0 up at the break. 

 

A great first half from Needham Market on Sunday seeing them leading 3-0 (photo credit Ben Pooley)

Newmarket goalkeeper Ellie Quinn-Nicholls denying Balfour her hat-trick early in the 2nd half. Newmarket capitalising on a mistake in the 65th minute lobbing the keeper from 35 yards out to make it 3-1. Northwood putting Needham Market 4-1 up with the game into the final 15 minutes, her 13th goal of the season a superb half volley. Newmarket fighting to get back into it scoring a 2nd goal following a scramble from a corner in the 85th minute, Bethany Woodfield and Chloe Slater with their goals, Needham Market defending to see them climb into 3rd spot with a 4-2 victory.

ERWFL Division One South

Leigh Ramblers Ladies continue to do well in ERWFL Division One South joining the league this season move joint top with Millwall Lionesses at the top of the table after the league leaders saw their match away to Hoddesdon called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Leigh Ramblers away to Stevenage FC Women Development on Sunday. A close game between the sides, Emily Schofield with her 11th strike of the season putting Stevenage in front in the 15th minute. Lucy Dalgarno pulling the scores level for Leigh Ramblers 5 minutes later. Goalkeeper Emily Mackler with a number of saves to deny Stevenage seeing the pair level at the break 1-1. Tea Oldroyd kept busy in the Stevenage goal too as Leigh Ramblers pushed forwards in the 2nd half Georgia Holdaway beating her in the 80th minute to score her 9th goal of the season to see Leigh Ramblers clinch the 3 points.

A new arrival can certainly make an impact upon any side and that can definitely be said for Kristina O’Connell at Wodson Park Ladies. A poor beginning to the season which saw them lose their first 6 league games Wodson Park got their first 3 point of the season in mid-December a 3-2 win away to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. O’Connell making the switch from Hoddesdon in the New Year. A narrow 2-1 defeat to high flying Leigh Ramblers in their first match of 2020. Wodson Park have now won 3 in a row in league and cup to move away from the bottom of the table. O’Connell scoring successive hat-tricks before this weekend on target for four more goals this weekend taking her to 10 already from just 4 appearances. Wodson Park at home to Lawford Ladies fielding the bare 11. Dempsey Favell also on the scoresheet for Wodson Park in a 5-1 win. Daisy Canny scoring late on in the game for Lawford has 15 for the season.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

 On the road this Sunday travelling to play 2nd bottom side Hounslow Women, FAWNL Southern Premier Division leaders, Crawley Wasps Ladies had the opportunity to further extend their lead at the top of the table with 2nd placed Watford Ladies due to play their FAWNL Plate quarter final, in the end one of several ties to fall foul to the weather. An 11th win of the season would see Crawley move 6 points clear at the top. Sian Heather opening the scoring for Crawley in the 12th minute tapping in from close range following goo work from Megan Stow out wide. The visitors denied a 2nd goal moments later. Hounslow battling hard as they fight to pull out of the bottom to with a couple of chances forcing a save from Crawley Wasps goalkeeper, Frankie Gibbs, Crawley themselves seeing the woodwork struck from a corner kick held a narrow 1-0 lead at the break.

 Crawley with a good beginning to the 2nd period doubling their lead 5 minutes after the restart Natasha Stephens squaring the ball for Charlotte Owen to make it 2-0. Kemina Webber introduced to the action in the 55th minute scoring Crawley’s 3rd goal midway through the half getting the final touch from a Rachel Palmer corner. Heather getting her 2nd of the match with 15 minutes to play went on to score a hat-trick with 10 minutes left putting away the rebound after Emma Plewa’s effort was saved. Crawley Wasps winning 5-0 to move 6 points clear at the top of the Southern Premier Division.

 Cardiff City Ladies, 3rd in the Southern Premier Division table made the journey to play Keynsham Town Ladies at the weekend the hosts recently resigning Kerry Bartlett whose goals helped the club to achieve promotion from South West Division One the season before. The visitors going in front in the 17th minute good build up leading to Carrie Jones slotting home to make it 1-0. That the advantage at half-time it was another superb team goal that lead to the visitors doubling their lead midway though the 2nd half Kylie Nolan applying the final touch. Cardiff seeing a penalty saved three minutes later to deny them a 3rd goal. A 2-0 win sees them close the gap to 2nd placed Watford to 3 points albeit having played 2 games more.

Reaching the semi-finals of the FAWNL Plate last weekend, Plymouth Argyle Ladies, returning to the good form shown earlier in the season after a poor run of results in the league, back to back cup wins were at home in the league this weekend taking on Kent side, Gillingham Ladies. Helen Bleazard firing a couple of efforts wide in the early exchanges the hosts winning a penalty in the 17th minute. Captain Katie Middleton putting it away to score her 5th goal of the season and put Plymouth into the lead. Bleazard continuing to test the keeper getting her goal on the half hour an absolute rocket struck in off the post to make it 2-0. That the lead at half-time Plymouth continued to probe for further goals 2nd half. Not all one way traffic Gillingham striking the woodwork from a free-kick Plymouth finishing strong couldn’t add to the scoreline a 2-0 win however seeing them climb back up to 4th in the Southern Premier Division table.

FAWNL Cup

 Milton Keynes Dons Ladies are enjoying another run in the FAWNL Cup competition’s this season. Reaching the semi-finals of the FAWNL Plate last season are into the quarter finals of the Cup itself this season battling their way through earlier rounds twice winning a penalty shoot out were against local rivals Chesham United in the last 8 this weekend meeting them for the 2nd time successive weekend having being them 5-3 last Sunday to reach the Berks and Bucks Women’s County Cup final yet again. Surrendering home advantage to Chesham United on the FAWNL Cup this weekend. The sides pretty evenly matched headed into the half-time interval goalless. Milton Keynes opening the scoring 11 minutes into the 2nd half adding another from a corner in quick succession, Jade Bell and Jessica Driscoll putting them 2-0 up, Chesham pushing for a reply the Milton Keynes defence standing firm keeping them out to reach the semi-final of a national cup for the 2nd successive season.

  Milton Keynes Dons will be at home to Northern Premier Division side Stoke City Women in the last 4 of the FAWNL Cup after they beat Huddersfield Town Women away from home at the weekend the tie to be played Sunday 16th February. Sunderland AFC Ladies also reaching the last 4 of the FAWNL Cup with a 4-0 win at home to Derby County Women. At home to in the semi-finals their opponents will be either Portsmouth FC Women or Southampton FC Women, yet another postponement for Portsmouth at the weekend the pair will play on Wednesday all being well.

FAWNL South East Division One

  An amazing past few days for Ipswich Town Women beating Huddersfield Town Women to reach the last 16 of the Women’s FA Cup last weekend and see them pulled out of the hat to play a dream tie away to holders Manchester City Women. Back to the league this weekend their cup heroics seeing them knocked off the top of the FAWNL South East Division One table by AFC Wimbledon Ladies. A squad full of confidence were back at home to face bottom side Kent Football United. Ipswich winning a corner early in the match the ball fired into the box cleared out to the top of the area straight to midfielder Blue Wilson inside the D sending in a lopping strike over the keeper to make it 1-0 inside 3 minutes scoring her first Ipswich goal in the process. Ipswich dominant creating a host of chances shots blocked on the line the visitors holding Ipswich at bay for half an hour before the lead was doubled Anna Grey cutting inside from the top of the box to send a shot into the far corner. Another goal disallowed for offside Zoe Cossey on hand to score from close range with five minutes of the 1st half remaining. 3-0 up at half-time it didn’t take Ipswich long to get back into their stride at the start of the 2nd half Eloise King on the hour finding the bottom corner to make it 4-0. Kent kept going the end numerous blocks as Ipswich looked to add to their tally but 4-0 it finished Ipswich returning to the top of the league.

  Cup exploits too for Billericay Town Ladies had seen them slip down the South East Division One table, in sixth at the start of the weekend is incredibly close in the top half of the table. Billericay played at The Len Salmon Stadium were hosting 2nd bottom side Cambridge City Ladies. The visitors holding Billericay to a goalless first half. Billericay getting the opening goal of the game in the 2nd period pushing players forwards a high ball into the box cleared low towards the top of the area Lucy Jones alert darting onto it to clip a rising shot into the back of the net. A similar move leading to the 2nd goal another high ball in from the right, not clear Zoe Rushen snapping onto it centrally to send a low shot wide of the keeper to make it 2-0. Billericay moving up 3 places into 3rd in the table off the back of their first league game since mid October plenty of cup matches in that time however.

Lucy Jones with the opening goal for Billericay on Sunday (photo credit Nicky Hayes)

Zoe Rushen on target to make it 2-0 to Billericay (photo credit Nicky Hayes)

 Plenty of goals too in the final game to bring you from the FAWNL this weekend. Both Stevenage FC Women and Norwich City Women keen to add points to the board to pull them away from getting sucked into the bottom two meeting at the weekend in South East Division One. Chelsea Garrett in good form in front of goal for Norwich this season firing the visitors into the lead in the 5th minute, adding a 2nd to make it 2-0 on 17. Gemma Biggadike lobbing the keeper to pull a goal back for Stevenage on the half hour following good work on the ball from Lucy Webster. Aimee Durrant restoring Norwich’s 2 goal lead in the 37th minute 3-1 up Stevenage responding well late in the half Nicole Emmings receiving the ball on half way seeing the keeper off her line trying her luck and scoring to make it 3-2. Erin Pope equalising for Stevenage in the 45th minute rounding a defender and shooting the initial shot saved in on the follow up to make it 3-3.

Norwich City Women’s striker Chelsea Garrett (photo credit Brian Coombes)

 All square at the break  Norwich straight back into the lead at the start of the 2nd half Garrett on target for her hat-trick. Both keepers called into action with fantastic saves Garrett scoring her fourth of the game in the 63rd minute putting Norwich 5-3 up with her 18th of the season. Stevenage pressing for a reply Norwich adding a 6th goal in the closing minutes Jodie Drake getting herself on the scoresheet to see Norwich return to Norfolk with 3 valuable points taking them above Stevenage into 8th.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 26/01/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 26th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

The last Round-Up of the week taking a lot back at the weekends action from the Suffolk Women’s Division an exciting contest at the top of the table, five games played this Sunday. Woodbridge Town Ladies impressive form continues 3 points clear at the top a fifth straight league win coming at home to Brightlingsea Regent Ladies at the weekend. Jenna Liverpool’s fantastic season in front of goal continues another brace at the weekend seeing her move onto 43 goals for the season. Her brace helping to secure the 3 point for Woodbridge winning the match 2-1. Paige White scoring from the penalty spot in the 75th minute for Brightlingsea the pair meeting in the reverse fixture this coming Sunday.

Woodbridge Town top of the table have played more than anyone else games in hand for the sides below, doesn’t necessarily guarantee points alot of football yet to be played, Brettvale Ladies having a strong 2nd season in the league themselves leading for a long period long unbeaten stay 2nd in the table 3 points behind Woodbridge winning at home to Leiston St Margarets on Sunday. Tarnya Mckew moving a goal clear over Abbie Fisher scoring at the weekend to move to 15 goals for the season. Brettvale’s pressure in attack leading to 2 own goals being conceded to see them win the match 3-0.

A trio of sides 3 points further back on 33 points all again with games in hand on Woodbridge at the top. Holland Ladies new to the league this season up to 33 points level with Needham Market Women Reserves and Bury Town Ladies running up a high scoreline away to bottom side University of Suffolk Women on Sunday. Holland losing just once this season way back on the opening weekend scoring plenty of goals spread out amongst the squad rattling in a double figure scoreline. Jasmine Cox top scoring in the match with 5 goals top scorer overall with 25 goals for the season now. There was a hat-trick for both Lauren Bourne and Sophie Blowers. Keeley Brickwood and Charlotte Robertson also on the scoresheet with a goal each along with Ellie Cox scoring her first Holland goal in a 14-0 win.

 Bury Town Ladies briefly leading the Suffolk Women’s Division themselves before suffering back to back defeats got back to winning ways this weekend away to Ramsey & Mistley Ladies to keep themselves in contention for the title. Have been scoring plenty of goals this season and well spread out amongst the squad. Winning the match 7-1 Bury had 7 different names on the scoresheet. Julie Brind top scorer with her 18th of the season, Kirsten Hutchings on target to record her 12th of the campaign their were goals too for Sophie Hemming, Lyndsie Duemmel, Olivia Hodges, Norma Locker and captain Lisa Pratt with her first goal of the season. Cassie Howlett the goal scorer for Ramsey & Mistley her first goal for the side.

 A high scoring win too for Brantham Athletic Ladies at home to AFC Kesgrave Ladies on the league on Sunday. Leading 4-1 at half-time went on to match the scoreline in the 2nd half to win the match 8-2. Maddie Hubbard with a brace in the first half along with goals for Lucy Dunnett and Danielle Harvey with her 14th goal of the season for Brantham. Daisy Woodward scoring a brace making her Brantham debut in the 2nd half Dunnett with her 2nd of the game with 5 minutes left and Sophie Crabtree in the 90th minute completing the scoreline. Abigail Eley with both the goals for an under strength Kesgrave.

The Round-Up – Essex 26/01/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 26th January

Essex Women’s Premier Division

A great result for Collier Row Tigers last weekend beating ERWFL side Hutton Ladies 7-4 to reach the last four of the Essex Women’s County Cup. Back to the league this weekend confidence high unbeaten dropping just two points so far this season 20 games without defeat overall top of the Premier Division were on the road taking on Rayleigh Town Ladies. Laura Bunton continues to enjoy herself in front of goal scoring another brace at the weekend to see her move to 38 goals for the season. Chloe Jackson alos bagging herself a brace moves onto 5 goals. Fran Pridie and Emma Harrison with her 11th strike of the season seeing Collier Row Tigers to a 6-1 victory keeping them 6 points clear at the top of the table Jess Bowen on the scoresheet for Rayleigh.

Silver End United Ladies 2nd in the Premier Division made it back to back away wins on Sunday claiming the 3 points against Southend United Ladies at the weekend. Silver End not at their best scoring in the first half Rosi Webb with her 11th goal of the season putting them ahead, Were pushed all the way by Southend thwarting them in defence the hosts unlucky not to take anything from the game Silver End remain 6 points behind Collier Row with a game in hand although they are fast running out in the league.

Frontiers Ladies are still there just haven’t played a competitive game since mid November that seeing them drop down the Premier Division table. Were finally back in action at home to bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies at the weekend. A single goal enough for Frontiers to win all three points and move back above Southend United Ladies into 5th position. Calley Meville-Taylor with the goal her first for Frontiers and with games in hand on the sides above could yet push for a top 3 finish.

Essex Women’s Division One

Two games played in Essex Women’s Division One on Sunday and Runwell Sports Ladies close to within a point of leaders Corringham Cosmos Women win a four straight league win at home to Aveley Ladies on Sunday, Danielle Dorrington recently joining the squad making her 2nd appearance scoring her first goals scoring twice to see Runwell Sports clinch a 2-0 result. Have played 3 games more than Corringham but have an iron grip of 2nd spot 8 points clear of 3rd placed Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development.

A tense battle in the middle of the Division One table Chigwell Ladies in 5th hosting 6th placed Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Stacy Bott on target for a brace to see Leigh Ramblers win the match 2-0 to move back above Tigers Ladies into 6th with games in hand on the sides above.

Essex Women’s Trophy

One outstanding quarter final tie to be played in the Essex Women’s Trophy postponed from last weekend Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves were hosting Hutton Ladies Reserves. Were actually scheduled to meet in the league the Trophy taking precedence. Hutton with a strong performance to book their spot in the last 4 of the competition beating Chelmsford 9-0 to set up a semi-final clash away to ERWFL Division One South side Lawford Ladies on Sunday 16th February. Billericay Town Ladies Reserves hosting Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies in the other Trophy semi-final. 

The Round-Up – Norfolk 26/01/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 26th January

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

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.