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The Round-Up – 20/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 20th May

The final edition of The Round-Up for the 2017/18 season. 19 games to bring you in one post it’s not quite over a couple to thing’s to still be decided and it is going to go all the way in both the Premier and Division One in Essex, first though we’ll begin with all the action from the final day of the FAWPL season.

FAWPL Southern Division

3 games to wrap up the season in the FAWPL Southern Division, Charlton Athletic Women the Champions of course have a very important Play-off match to come against the Northern Division Champions, Blackburn Rovers Ladies this coming Sunday at Bramall Lane.

  This Sunday Charlton were at home for their final game of the season presented with the Southern Division trophy, ended their campaign against Chichester City Ladies. Charlotte Gurr giving Charlton a 1-0 half-time lead scoring in the 13th minute. Strike partner Kit Graham doubling the lead on the hour. Natasha Stephens getting her first goal for Chichester City pulled it back to 2-1 on 77 minutes. Charlton soon restoring their 2 goal advantage Gurr netting her 2nd of the game 4 minutes later. Graham taking her tally to a whopping 46 goals for the season scoring deep in stoppage time to see Charlton end the season with a 4-1 win. Just 2 defeats in the league all season for Charlton a potent strike force in Gurr and Graham have netted 82 goals between them. An 8th placed finish for Chichester City in the finish a solid season following promotion have been comfortable in the top half of the table for much of the campaign dropping a little late on.

 Wishing Charlton all the best of luck for this weekends Play-off match.

  Pipped at the post Lewes FC Women concede 4th place in the Southern Division table having held it for much of the season as Coventry United Ladies grabbed a last gasp winner to nudge them out on goal difference. Lewes travelled to Coventry United knowing a point or better would secure 4th. Coventry having played twice in midweek in an effort to catch up their games in hand had picked up maximum points one more win would see them overhaul Lewes to 4th spot. Were trailing at the break however Lewes ahead 1-0 after Avilla Bergin had fired the visitors into the lead inside the opening 10 minutes. Jade Brook levelled thing’s up for Coventry in the 2nd half. 1-1 until the dying moments the game looked to be heading for the draw Lois Jefferies finding the back of the net to grab a late late winner for Coventry United.

  Over 1300 spectators were present for West Ham United Ladies final game of the season at home to Queens Park Rangers Ladies in Sunday. The club having had a fantastic 2018 to date 13 games unbeaten along with 2 cups won along the way. From a precarious position going into the year in the league West Ham United have ended the season comfortable in mid-table. Held 0-0 for the opening half hour it was Rosie Kmita who broke the dead lock for West Ham to put the hosts into the lead, Kelly Wealthall making it 2-0 4 minutes before half-time.

  Jasmine Auguste scored a 3rd goal for West Ham United on the hour. Ellie Zoepfl then took over the goal scoring proceedings as she bagged herself a 10 minute hat-trick to put West Ham United 6-0 up. Helen Ogle pulled a goal back for Queens Park Rangers a consolation West Ham United awarded a penalty in stoppage time substitute Rebecca Dunning stepping up to take and scoring her 1st goal for the club the final score 7-1.  

FAWPL South East Division One

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies have done it are the FAWPL South East Division One Champions! An amazing run of 11 wins to end the campaign have lost just the one league game all season and that was their 2nd game of the season back in August. Have been playing catch up all season but as the title race played out before them knew what they had to do at one point 27 points back on the leaders but a maximum points haul would see them close the gap. That of course is easier said than done, credit to everyone involved a tremendous effort with games coming thick and fast towards the end played themselves into top spot with a game to go and knew just a point away to bottom side Haringey Borough was going to be enough come this Sunday.

  A 16-1 win for Milton Keynes just a week ago, Stevenage pushed them hard at Stadium MK in midweek a 1-0 just as good however. With plenty of goal scorers in their side Milton Keynes created plenty of chances and took them to wrap up the title with a big win, Laura Mills and Kim Farrow netting a hat-trick each. Both Leah Cudone and Zoe Boote got a brace. Captain Leanna Doyle and Amy Gooderham also on target along with an own goal in a 13-0 win.

  An incredibly tough season for Haringey Borough following their double winning success of the season before. Losing a lot of players to university it was a baptism of fire in the FAWPL so many new players losing a manager during the campaign too. Full credit too though for sticking at it have battled and the spirit remained strong the club. 

Congratulations to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies on becoming Champions and promotion to the Southern Division.

AFC Wimbledon Ladies the FAWPL South East Division One leaders for so long through out the season ultimately missing out finish as Runners-Up in the league. Two defeats late on in the campaign damaging their own title challenge have nevertheless had a strong season. Ended the season were they began the reverse fixture away to Ipswich Town Ladies who themselves have secured a top three finish in FAWPL South East Division One. Ipswich Town beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1 on the opening day of the season. This Sunday the sides were goalless at the break. AFC Wimbledon taking the lead early in the 2nd period awarded a penalty on 47 minutes Caroline Bisson putting the ball into the back of the net for her 11th goal of the season. Ipswich responded quickly getting back on level terms, Zoe Cossey who has been in fine form this season netting her 21st goal of the season to make it 1-1 the sides ended with a point each.

Ipswich Town Ladies manager Ralph Pruden announcing after the game that he would be stepping down from the role after 4 years in charge a successful spell for the club, will still be involved with the club but taking a well earned rest first, has been very helpful to Women’s Football East in that period and wish him all the best for the future.

 Leyton Orient WFC were making their debut in the FAWPL this season and right up their amongst the title chasers from an early stage end up with a 4th place finish. A very good first season at this level their campaign ending with a goalless draw away to Enfield Town Ladies who end in 10th position.

Luton Town Ladies have been amongst the top  sides in the FAWPL South East Division One over recent seasons clinching two successive 4th placed finishes before a 5th place finish last season. 5th place was the goal too this Sunday as they travelled to Norfolk to play Norwich City Ladies knowing a win would guarantee the place. Women’s Football East was there to watch the action on a hot sunny afternoon at Plantation Park. A flurry of goals in the early stages of the game, Nicola Henman lobbing the keeper to put Luton a goal up Norwich went straight up the other end and scored the equaliser Chelsea Garrett running through to beat the keeper to the ball and turn the ball into the back of the net. Luton soon back in front Henman the provider this time setting up Jess McKay inside the box to make it 2-1. 

Nicola Henman on the attack for Luton Town Ladies.

Luton further extending their 1st half lead as they were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal central a brilliant strike from their captain Zara Carroll the ball smashing down off the crossbar over the line to make it 3-1. That the half-time score Norwich came out fighting 2nd half Luton soaking up the pressure ready to hit their opponents on the counter. Norwich pulling a goal back late in the match Garrett with her 2nd of the game, Luton keeping their lead to the final whistle and ending their season with a win. Norwich finish 2nd bottom and will have to wait until the upcoming league restructuring to see if they will retain their FAWPL status for next season. 

 Stevenage Ladies were the side that could have overhauled Luton to 5th spot had they got the win and Luton dropped points as it was Stevenage away to Denham United Ladies on the final day lost out to a narrow 2-1 defeat, captain Donna McGuigan getting the goal Denham ended the season on a positive note Kayleigh Currivan with a double to see them claim the 3 points. 

That’s it for the FAWPL as from next season it becomes the FA Women’s National League. 

ERWFL Division One South

 Just one outstanding fixture left to play in the ERWFL from Division One South, Hutton Ladies double cup winners this season ending with a trip to Hertford Town Ladies in buoyant mood the Essex side ending with a victory. Kate Lowen and Kelly Roberts both scoring 2 goals each with Kaitlin Sugg and Laura Allen also on target in a 6-1 win.

Congratulation too the Harlow Town Ladies who have been promoted to the ERWFL Premier Division. Finishing 2nd in Division One South, Champions Stevenage Ladies Reserves haven’t taken promotion the runners-up going up in their place.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Bungay Town Ladies are the Norfolk Women’s Division One Champions and complete a league and cup double. A nervous wait at the end however as they draw their final game of the season to open the door to 2nd placed Sprowston Ladies. 4 points behind with 2 games left to play a 2-0 win against Thorpe United Ladies meant Sprowston could overtake Bungay and become Champions themselves if they could win their final match of the season away to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves who themselves with two games left to play could move up a couple of places with maximum points.

Sprowston having the better start getting themselves into a 2-0 lead Wymondham Town came back into it Hannah Claughton pulling it back to 2-1. The game turned completely around then as Wymondham Town levelled from the penalty spot Emily Anderson scoring added another soon after to put Wymondham Town 3-2 ahead. Sprowston coming back to level it up at 3-3 late on in the game the sides taking away a point each, Sprowston drawing level on points with Bungay who become Champions virtue of a superior goal difference. 

  Congratulations to Bungay Town Ladies on completing the league and cup double.

 Congratulations to Sprowston Ladies to a very young squad challenging for the title all season missing out on a double themselves just on goals scored after winning the Plate Final.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

A double header to bring the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North season to a close, Riverside Ladies needing just a point against their two matches with Hungate Rovers Ladies to become the league champions. Jess Hill and Jade Ramm scoring a goal each in a 2-0 win for Riverside in one game. 6 points won with a 5-1 win in the other match, Samantha Woodham scoring twice with a goal each for Annie Posnett, Lianna Bell and Juliana Lee.

  Congratulations to Riverside Ladies on becoming Championship North Champions and promotion to the Premiership. A successful end to a difficult season dropping out of the EMWFL and entering a team into the Championship North.

Essex Women’s Premier Division 

Still all to play for in both leagues in Essex. In the Premier Division, Hatfield Peverel Ladies maintain the lead moving onto 40 points 5 clear of 2nd placed Lawford Ladies who have a game in hand. A double header this Sunday for Hatfield Peverel away to another title challenger Corringham Cosmos who even after this weekends double have 5 games left to play. Both sides claiming a win. Christa Osman on target with the winner in Hatfield Peverel’s 1-0 win. Michelle Sumpter grabbing to only goal of the game to win it for Corringham Cosmos who lay in 5th spot on 29 points have 4 games in hand on Hatfield Peverel who themselves have one left play away to Collier Row Tigers this Sunday. 

Lawford Ladies secured the 3 points with a huge home win against Harlow Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Captain, Daisy Canny scoring 5 goals in the game taking her onto 24 for the season, Jasmine Cox keeping just ahead of her as top scorer getting a hat-trick has 26 goals now. Sofia Serghiou on the scoresheet too with 4 goals in the game, Jade Heath and Tyler Christou also on target in a 14-0 win.

  Frontiers Ladies in 3rd place in the Premier Division have 3 games left to play as they picked up another win on the road on Sunday to leave them 6 points off the leaders. Taking on Beacon Hill Rovers, were leading 3-0 at half-time before going on to win 4-1, Sharon Ferguson netting a brace along with a goal apiece for Kay Foy and Kelly Holsworth.

Chelmsford City Ladies were playing Collier Row Tigers at home on Sunday, Georgia James scoring a hat-trick along with a goal for Mia Brisley seeing the 6th placed side beat Collier Row Tigers in 4th, 4-2. Emily Dempsey and Laura Bunton scoring for Collier Row Tigers.

I could do the maths but it’ll only give me a headache and leave you confused so for now 4 sides still remain in with a chance of claiming the title, Hatfield Peverel win on Sunday and other results go their way then they will finish top.

Essex Women’s Division One

As competitive for the league title in Essex Women’s Division One going into the final week, a 3 way tie at the top with Hullbridge Sports Ladies ahead on goal difference over Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Southend United Ladies the latter two meeting in midweek. All 3 on 49 points.

 Hullbridge Sports Ladies in action on Sunday at home to Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies in 5th. A brace from top scorer Broghan Kelly clinching the win for Hullbridge 2-1 the final score. Kelly moving onto an incredible 51 goals for the season from 22 appearances. The win putting Hullbridge back on top of the table crucially have a game in hand on both Leigh Ramblers and Southend United.

 One more game from Division One at the weekend Alresford Colne Rangers were at home against Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. Joanne Harvey, Alresford’s top scorer moving onto 24 goals for the season with a 4 goal haul. Tiffany Reeves with a brace and a goal too for Kirsty Belfall her 1st of the season in a comfortable 7-2 win.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th May

The final games in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League once again proving to be an exciting league to follow it was Finals Day this Sunday at AFC Kempston Rovers. The Women’s League Cup & The Chris Renshaw Cup. I would have liked to have been there but with 5 finals converging on one day couldn’t although I really liked the look of both games. A morning kick -off for The Chris Renshaw Cup, the final edition of this season’s Beds & Herts Round-Up begins with the League Cup Final.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

A fantastic season so far for St Albans Ladies leading Beds & Herts Women’s Division One all season and going on to win the title without losing a game. Now they were looking for the Double in the League Cup Final up against Northwood Ladies who themselves had clinched runners-up spot in Division One in their debut season. 

Kerry Twigg scoring just past the half hour to put St Albans into the lead. 1-0 the advantage going into half-time. Northwood coming back to level the scores with 20 minutes left in the game. St Albans getting their noses back in front with Eleanor Lovelock on target for what would prove to be the winning goal. St Albans Ladies completing a memorable League & Cup Double. As in with Essex League Cup winners Corringham Cosmos I asked the winning club if they would like to send over a few words and their report from the game is below.

‘ST. ALBANS LADIES FC     2      NORTHWOOD LADIES FC    1.
 After winning the league title the St Albans Ladies set out to try and complete the double when they took on Northwood Ladies in the League Cup Final at AFC Kempston with their opponents going to be a tough nut to crack as they were runners-up to them in the league.
 Early on in the match Suz Read whipped over a low cross from the right wing which went right across the box but Ellen Salter racing in on the far side saw the ball cleared away by a Northwood defender, For Northwood saw Scarlett Keightley race clear into the Saints box but keeper Lauren Croucher was quick off her line to block the shot with her legs. Kayla Johnson then saw her low drive from the right wing go just wide of the far upright whilst at the other end Emma Steele with two fine free kicks one after another saw them both whistle just wide of Lauren Croucher’s right hand post. For the St Albans Ladies Ellie Lovelock cutting in from the right saw her shoot just wide of the left hand post whilst although Northwood applied a lot of pressure on the Saints goal with Emma Steele and Scarlett Keightley both causing lots of problems the Saints managed to hold out with some good defending from Holly Rossington, Becca Roft, Robyn McFayden and Cerys Low whilst keeper Lauren Croucher show her real fine form with some safe handling around the box and so keep the scores level.
 With half time approaching saw the St Albans Ladies take a surprise lead when both Ellie Lovelock and Ellen Salter both had efforts which were blocked whereupon the ball ran loose to KERRY TWIGG who struck a brilliant low drive from 25 yards for a great finish which saw the ball whistle pass keeper Becky Guillemin and end up nestling in the bottom left corner and give the St Albans Ladies a 1-0 lead at half time.
 During the first half striker SUZ READ was taken off with a knee injury and did not take part in any more of the match and she was replaced by Katie Grehan up front.
  In the second half kicking down the slope still the Ladies did not find their real form but Sophie Lawrence tried her luck from long range and she saw her effort go just wide of the near upright. Kayla Johnson then saw her good ball into the box headed towards goal by Katie Grehan but the Northwood keeper Guillemin pulled off a good save.
Ellen Salter tried hard down the left wing but just could not get the breaks in around the box and then Becca Roft made a good run into the box and was brought down but no penalty was given.
  Finally for Northwood after a bit of pressure they scored an equaliser when Emma STEELE(no relation Tommy) won the ball and burst into the box from the right whereupon saw he bury the ball into the far left corner to make the score 1-1.
Oh dear not extra time as the previous match saw extra time and penalties as Kayla Johnston’s flight from Heathrow Airport left at 9:30pm so the Ladies decided she can’t miss her holiday and went in search of the winning goal. After forcing a succession of corner kicks following a lot of pressure the winning goal came.
 Ellen Salter swung the corner kick over from the right hand side whereupon it gradually fell to ELLIE LOVELOCK just inside the box and after taking a sidestep to her left she instantly struck a sweet low shot into the far right corner for the winning goal and to make the final score 2-1 to the Lady Saints. (Tezza was singing and dancing now). It nearly became 3-1 when after yet another Ellen Salter corner kick saw Katie Grehan overhead kick well saved by Becky Guillemin. We not forget Caroline Hughes who covered just a much ground as she was kept busy running onto the pitch with physio bag treating all the knocks. Team: Lauren Croucher, Katie Chandler, Nicola Dark, Sophie Lawrence, Jessica Cavaree, Cerys Low, Robyn McFayden, Holly Rossingdon, Kerry Twigg, Ellen Salter, Kayla Johnson, Becca Roft, Kiran Reyat, Ellie Lovelock, Suz Read, Katie Grehan(all played).
 We are the Champions, We are the Champions, We are the Champions and we also have done the League and Cup double, Well done the Saints Ladies. Congratulations on a brilliant season.
Also we must not forget the Saints Supporters who turned up who kept chanting throughout the whole of the match to cheer their team onto victory.
 I must also say a special thank you to Michelle & Chris Chandler for doing all the work behind the scenes for getting this successful team up and running. THANK YOU.’

St Albans Ladies 2017/18 Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Winners

 Congratulations to St Albans Ladies on winning this season’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup and completing the Double.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

First up though was a morning kick-off in The Chris Renshaw Cup Final, into it’s 2nd season. This season’s finalists Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies up against Division Town side Letchworth Garden City Eagles. A battling display from the lower league placed side seeing the sides finish 1-1, neither able to find a winning goal in extra-time the game headed to penalties. Heartbreak for Sherrardswood, joy for Letchworth as they emerged 5-4 winners to win the cup. Once more I’ve asked the winning club to provide some words and below is manager Warren Shimill’s report for the final. 

‘Letchworth Garden City Eagles, Division Two versus Sherrardswood Ladies from Division One, all previous meetings have gone in favour of Sherrardswood . So going into the game Letchworth were certainly the under dogs and Sherrardswood probably expected a win today. But what they didn’t expect was every Eagles player bringing their ‘A’ game to the match.   Eagles matched the opposition in the first 15 minutes and were bossing the game until Shemika Holloway for Letchworth was taken off to hospital due to a nasty fall and twist, Eagles had most of the possession with attack after attack,  one of which found Tayla Murray setting Emily Jamieson to lob the goalkeeper from 25 yards out. 0-1 Eagles.
It wasn’t until the second half that Sherrardswood found themselves in the Letchworth penalty area.  A player falling down in the area was awarded a penalty and it remained 1-1 until full time. Forcing extra time and with neither side scoring it was always going to penalty time. Both teams were dead on their legs after 120 minutes of none stop entertaining football.
So penalties began and soon reached 3-3 but with a save by Hannah Ross in the Letchworth goal it turned 3-4 in Letchworth’s favour. 4-4  with Letchworth needing to score to win, the 5th penalty was left with Natalie Moey ex Sherrardswood player and Eagles senior player and top goal scorer, cool as a cucumber Moey slotted the ball to the keepers left which meant the outcome was 4-5 to Letchworth.
Both teams gave 100% on a hot morning, it was a great final and a brilliant advert for women’s football.’

Letchworth manager Warren Shimell said
“I have been asked many times why do I run a ladies football team?”
The answer is simple “for days like today”

Letchworth Garden City Eagles, Winners of this season’s Chris Renshaw Cup (picture credit Letchworth Garden City Eagles)

 Congratulations to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on winning this season’s Chris Renshaw Cup.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th May

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

 All over in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership the final matches played this weekend. St Ives Town Ladies already crowned Champion’s finishing their season in midweek with a home win against runners-up Newmarket Town Ladies. 3-0 the final score a brace from Katie Stancombe along with a goal from Amy Seymour-Shove securing the result.

  Newmarket back in action on Sunday away to 3rd placed Netherton United Ladies the two sides playing for the last time this season. A winning end to the season for Newmarket Town Ladies, Laura Bailey netting twice along with a goal each for Abbi Griffin and Antonia Smith in a 4-1 win.

  A double header to end the season between March Town United Ladies at home to Cambridge City Ladies Development, 4th versus 5th could have swapped places if results had gone March’s way, instead it was Cambridge City who made 4th their own winning both games 2-0. Bella Simmons and Megan Tonks on target with a goal apiece in the 1st game. Tonks got both of the Cambridge City goals in the 2nd game. A 5th placed finish for March in their 1st season in the Premiership.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

 Almost over too in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North as Riverside Ladies move into top position level on points with Ketton Ladies with 2 left to play. The late entrants to the league dominating losing just the one league game won 7-1 at home to Wisbech Town Ladies in midweek to close the gap to 3 points on leaders Ketton. Wisbech Town finishing 3rd in the table playing for the final time this season. 

  A home match against 4th placed Wisbech St Mary Ladies on Sunday for Riverside. Jade Ramm scoring a hat-trick for the Peterborough based side. Samantha Woodham with a brace with Gabija Pavlova, Dionne Lawton and Lianna Bell all getting a goal in an 8-0 win. A double header at home to Hungate Rovers Ladies to come this Sunday and already with their noses in front on goal difference only a point is needed to ensure the league is won.

Spalding United Ladies were away to Pinchbeck United Ladies this Sunday in their penultimate game of the season. Scoring 4 goals without reply in the game collected all three points.

  An encouraging end to the season for Orton Rangers Ladies having struggled for much of the season end the season earning 8 points from their last 5 matches. A 2nd successive win in their final game of the season at home to Hungate Rovers Ladies. A single goal enough to win the 3 points end the season on a positive note.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

 Two big wins for Histon Ladies Reserves in their final two games of the season in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South saw them not only move into the lead at the top of the table but overhaul their title rivals Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds superior goal difference too. A midweek win at home to bottom side Burwell Tigers 11-0 moving them level on points with the leaders. Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks top scoring in the game with a hat-trick. Were at home on Sunday for the final time this season taking on Cambridge Rangers another huge win 13-0 saw Histon move 3 points clear at the top ahead on goal difference with Fulbourn in action for the final time on Tuesday against Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves.

  Before then Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves were in action on Sunday away to St Ives Town Development knowing a point or better would secure them 3rd position in the Championship South table. A close game between the sides, goals from Kate Silver Dominika Szary and Sarah O’Rourke seeing Newmarket win the game 3-2 to claim 3rd spot.

  Onto the final game of the season a win the requirement for Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds at home to Newmarket Town Reserves if they wanted to finish level with Histon at the top. Fulbourn winning the game 5-2 to finish level on points with Histon at the top of the table both losing just the one game each all season.

NB – Jumped the gun by declaring Histon Ladies Reserves league winners as according to league rules finishing level on points there must be a play-off game. Wasn’t aware of this the date for the game to be announced.

 

The Round-Up – Essex 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th May

Essex Women’s League Cup

 This Sunday saw the Final of the Essex Women’s League Cup being played at Runwell Sports FC. Corringham Cosmos winners of the League Cup last season in their debut season in women’s football once again reaching the final defending their trophy up against strong opponents in Lawford Ladies both sides still well in contention for the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Had met the weekend before Lawford scoring the blow winning the game 5-2 the first loss in the league for Corringham Cosmos’ young side this season. 

  Corringham Cosmos taking an early lead in the final held a 3-0 advantage at the break, Lawford getting 2 goals back in the 2nd half through Erin Hornby and Susan Jackson, Corringham Cosmos went on to score 3 more times themselves to win 6-2 and win the Essex Women’s League Cup for the 2nd successive season. 

 A little extra for The Round-Up this time seeings as I couldn’t be there I asked the winning side for a brief report from the game and Corringham Cosmos manager Irving Lyon was kind enough to supply a few words…

 ‘In only our second season in ladies football we again went into the final as underdogs as we had lost to Lawford only the week before in the league.
However an early goal by free scoring centre-forward Chloe Sams quickly calmed the pre-match nerves and further goals from Shellie Sumpter and Becky Gallagher meant that we went in 3-0 up at half time.
Lawford started the second half strongly, quickly reducing the deficit to 3-1 but Cosmos showed their usual resolve, determination and team spirit to increase the lead to 5-1 with further goals from Chloe Sams and Shellie Sumpter before Lawford scored a 2nd. Fittingly Chloe Sams completed the scoring and her hat-trick to ensure the Cup was staying in Corringham.
Just by way of back ground info the team is celebrating a decade together having started as U11s, with quite a few of the originals still playing and I’m the lucky fella who has coached them throughout with a lot of help from a good friend Martin Painter. The secret to the success has been the loyalty shown to the club by the girls the best example of which is girls regularly making long trips home from University to turn out for the team.’

Corringham Cosmos, 2017/18 Essex Women’s League Cup Winners (picture credit Corringham Cosmos)

 Congratulations to Corringham Cosmos on successfully defending the Essex Women’s League Cup.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Both Corringham Cosmos with games in hand and Lawford Ladies remain in contention for the title in the Essex Women’s Premier Division as are Hatfield Peverel Ladies and Frontiers Ladies. None in league action this Sunday, Collier Row Tigers move back up into 5th position in the table with 2 wins from their double header at Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies on Sunday. Laura Bunton, top scorer for Collier Row Tigers and Rebecca Killington grabbing the goals in a narrow 2-1 win in the first game Ella Jones scoring for Beacon Hill Rovers.

28 goals for the season for Bunton as she also scored in the 2nd game. Daisy Chapman, Marta Chozury, Sarah Finch and Emily Dempsey also on target with a goal each in a 5-2 result for Collier Row Tigers. Demi Cassie and Jo Smeaton getting the Beacon Hill Rovers goals.

 A double header too this Sunday between Harlow Town Ladies Reserves and Runwell Sports Ladies. A 6 point haul for Harlow Town taking them above Runwell into 8th position. Casey Lunn getting the only goal in the first game for Harlow Town, Lunn also on target with a goal in the 2nd game with Charlotte Bolton, Rhiann Patmore and Tegan Burling with a brace securing a 5-0 win for Harlow Town.

Essex Women’s Division One

Also a couple of double headers in Essex Women’s Division One as the race for the title looks set to go all the way. First up the lead changes hand at the top once again as Leigh Ramblers Ladies win away from home against Rayleigh Town Ladies. Eleasha Reeves and Anna Winfield both scoring a goal in each half for Rayleigh Town. Leigh Ramblers with a 3-1 advantage at half-time went on to win 6-2, Amber Denton and Paige White both getting a goal with Clare Gilligan and Katherine Newton both scoring 2 goals in the game. Moves Leigh Ramblers back to the top on goal difference with Southend United Ladies both have 2 games left to play.

  3rd placed Hullbridge Sports Ladies are 6 points behind the leading pair but crucially have 3 games left in hand on both. Were playing a double header this Sunday at Walden Ladies. Hullbridge’s top goal scorer, Broghan Kelly on fire in the 1st match scoring 4 of her sides goals in a 5-0 victory. Christina Fragnito also on target with a goal. 

  In the second game Kelly added a further goal to her tally moving her onto an incredible 49 goals for the season. Danni Dorrington also scoring in the game along with a brace for Megan Marney in a 4-1 win.

Also a double header between 5th placed Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies and Alresford Colne at the weekend. Ammarah Ali scoring the only goal of the game in Dagenham & Redbridge’s win in the first game. A 2-0 win for Dagenham & Redbridge in the second match Daisy Theobald scoring both of their goals. The double victory lifting Dagenham & Redbridge into 4th place in the Division One table with 2 games left to play.

 

 

The Round-Up – Suffolk 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Suffolk Women’s Division

East Bergholt United Ladies have done it completed the Double, League and Cup Winners in the Suffolk Women’s Division and going the entire season unbeaten along the way. 

Knew a point in their final league game of the season at home to Walsham Le Willows Ladies would be enough after their title rivals lost in midweek beaten at home by Leiston St Margarets who themselves playing their last game of the season have had a solid campaign securing a mid-table finish. 4th placed Walsham Le Willows no longer able to catch East Bergholt, 2nd placed Bacton United Ladies could pose a threat to the title if they didn’t get the job done at home themselves. Annie Northwood giving East Bergholt a 1-0 half-time lead a brace from Cara Savage setting up the celebrations in the 2nd half as East Bergholt won the game 3-1 to become Champions. A successful season for East Bergholt who have brought several young players up through their side and will continue to do so.

East Bergholt United Ladies, Suffolk Women’s Division Champions. (picture credit East Bergholt United Ladies)

 Congratulations to East Bergholt United Ladies on completing the League and Cup double this season.

 Congratulations too, to Bacton United Ladies who have secured runners-up spot with a huge win in their final game of the season away to Ipswich Athletic Ladies. Lois Balfour netting 5 goals in the game. Rebecca White and Francesca Rainbird with a brace each, Courtney Hutchinson on the scoresheet too in a 10-0.

The outcome of an abandoned game to be decided, but it’s all over in Suffolk for another season.

 

The Round-Up – Norfolk 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th May

Norfolk Women’s Division One

The race for the title is back on after leaders Bungay Town Ladies playing their final league game of the season at home to Gorleston FC Ladies, missed out on the win that would have made the title almost certain after they only secured a draw. Goals from Sophie Gillett and Nicole Sheldrake securing a 2-2 draw for Gorleston in their final game of the campaign currently 4th and certain to secure a mid-table finish following promotion last season. A point for Bungay a blow leaving them just 4 points clear of second placed Sprowston Ladies who had 2 games in hand.

 Bungay’s hopes of clinching a double out of their hands no on to Sprowston who themselves have an opportunity to complete a double. Two tough games to play however both away starting this Sunday against 3rd placed Thorpe United Ladies. The sides drawing 0-0 at half-time a brace from top scorer Victoria Leyer taking her onto 23 for the season securing a 2-0 win for Sprowston and moves them to within a point of Bungay. A win away to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves this coming Sunday will see them take the title.

   Also in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday North Walsham Angels Ladies were playing their penultimate game of the season away to bottom side Long Stratton Ladies who were bringing the curtain down on what has been a difficult season. Sadly without a point, despite Emily Watts getting on the scoresheet a brace from Hope Middleton along with goals each for Luci Middleton, Rachel Bussey, Mary-Anne Hoy and Abbie Storey seeing North Walsham win the game 6-1. Finish their season away to Fakenham Town Ladies this coming Sunday.

The Round-Up – FAWPL 13/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th May

FAWPL Southern Division 

Charlton Athletic Women are the FAWPL Southern Division Champion’s. Retaking the lead with games in hand still on their rivals went into Sunday’s game knowing a win would ensure them the league title with 2 games to spare. Were away to 3rd placed Crystal Palace Ladies who secure runners-up spot themselves if they could win their final game of the season. 

  Charlton got off to a fantastic start in the game getting into the lead within the opening 10 minutes, Kit Graham finding the back of the net. Charlton created further chances to extend the lead in the 1st half but didn’t take any held a narrow lead going into the break. Just 2 minutes into the 2nd half Charlton doubled their advantage Graham again then just 4 minutes later she completed her hat-trick to move her onto 199 goals for Charlton and put the visitors in control of the game. Closing in on the hour Graham scored a 4th goal for Charlton bringing up her 200th for Charlton from 207 appearance a fantastic achievement massive congratulations to Kit Graham now on 42 for the season. The goals ensuring Charlton got the win that saw them become Champion’s.

  Defeat for Crystal Palace in their final game of the season sees them finish 3rd in the table building on 5th in what was their debut season at this level last year. Blackburn Rovers Ladies have secured the FAWPL Northern Division title and will face Charlton in the FAWPL Play-off game held this year at Sheffield United FC’s Bramall Lane on Sun 27th May.

That result coupled with a win for win for C&K Basildon Ladies in their final match of the season away to Chichester City Ladies ensured they ended their remarkable season with a 2nd placed finish in the FAWPL Southern Division table. The Essex side making everyone nervous in the process however as they eventual found a winning goal with 5 minutes of the season left! Captain Zoe Rushen getting the telling touch inside the penalty box to get the crucial goal and see C&K Basildon secure runners-up spot.

  A point from their final game of the season will ensure Lewes FC Women finish in 4th place in the FAWPL Southern Division, that is of course if Coventry United Ladies can claim maximum points in their remaining games in hand. A fantastic season for Lewes real progress made on the pitch this season. Playing the final home game of the season against Cardiff City Ladies the sides looked to be heading in goalless at the break until Danielle Lane got the ball over the line  for Lewes in the final 5 minutes. 10 minutes into the 2nd half a goal from Rachel Carter made it 2-0 to Lewes. Lane adding her 2nd of the game to make it 3-0 5 minutes later. 3-0 up Lewes’ Georgia Bridges added their 4th goal in the closing stages of the game. Lewes are away to West Ham United Ladies for their final game of the season this coming Sunday. Cardiff City ending their season in 10th spot a difficult campaign but results elsewhere mean they can not be caught.

Portsmouth FC Ladies finished their season at home to Queens Park Rangers Ladies on Sunday. An opportunity for the club to play at Fratton Park in their final match and put on a show for their fans. Charley Boswell firing Portsmouth into the lead midway through the 1st half two quickfire goals from Samantha Quayle and Daisy McLachlan in the 38th & 39th minute putting Portsmouth into a strong 3-0 half-time lead.

 In the 70th minute Portsmouth were awarded a penalty Rachel Panting stepping up to take and scored to make it 4-0. Quayle adding her 2nd of the game in the final 10 minutes, Another penalty awarded to Portsmouth this time the taker Emma-Jane May her shot going in for her first Portsmouth goal. QPR grabbing a late consolation with Chontele Lawrence on target. A 6-1 win for Portsmouth to end the season a pretty good campaign overall and certainly a great platform to build on from next season. QPR will finish 2nd bottom despite having 2 games left to play. Will have to see how the league structure is changed around over the close season to see if it’s enough to stay up.

Coventry United Ladies are in the midst of a hectic schedule as they look to get in all their fixtures before the end of the season in action on Tuesday were at home again on Sunday taking on Gillingham FC Ladies. Stephanie Smith putting Coventry into an early lead. Jade Formaston and Lois Jefferies also with goals in the 1st half to see Coventry into a 3-0 half-time lead. Keeley Davies extending Coventry’s lead further in the 2nd half Marie Gauntlett wrapping up a 5-0 win in the final 5 minutes. Back at it a home again this Tuesday, Coventry taking in bottom side Swindon Town Ladies playing their final game of the season. Another league game on Thursday too at home to Queens Park Rangers as they look to get the season wrapped up by the 20th May. 2 points behind Portsmouth.

FAWPL South East Division One

New leaders in FAWPL South East Division One as Milton Keynes Dons Ladies move into top spot ahead of AFC Wimbledon Ladies on goal difference with a big win at home to bottom side Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. A busy end to the season for Milton Keynes Dons picking up the 3 points with a 2-0 win away to Actonians Ladies in midweek. 

  5-0 up against Haringey at half-time, a brace from Leah Cudone along with goals for Laura Mills, Dawn Mallett and Kim Farrow. Milton Keynes adding even more goals in the 2nd half both Louise Naylor and Heather McDonnell scoring a hat-trick each a brace too for captain Leanna Doyle. Alice Hughes, Zoe Boote and Anna Loftus also on the scoresheet in a 16-1 win. Julia Carruthers with the consolation goal for Haringey. Milton Keynes Dons with a game in hand over Wimbledon coming up this Wednesday at the Stadium MK up against Stevenage Ladies a win will see them needing just a point to win the league title in their final game of the season on Sunday away to Haringey.

Ipswich Town Ladies have already secured a 3rd placed finish in FAWPL South East Division One were away to 5th placed Luton Town Ladies on Sunday. A goalless 1st period between the sides it was Ipswich who broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Natasha Thomas on target with her 30th goal of the season to make it 1-0. Miagh Downey doubling the visitors lead with 12 minutes left on the clock. Ipswich going on to win the 3 points despite Luton pulling it back to 2-1 in the closing stages with a goal from Jess McKay.

   That result for Luton ensures a top fur finish for Leyton Orient WFC in their debut season playing at this level. They were at home on Sunday playing Stevenage Ladies. Rebecca Scola giving Stevenage the lead in the game late in the first half. Leyton Orient coming back to level the scores and go on to take the lead Sarka Stryhalova and Hannah Porter getting the goals. A chance to extend the lead further too from the penalty spot the chance missed the ball put over the bar. Stevenage getting a penalty up the other end and Amy Makewell making no mistake to level it up at 2-2 and see the points shared.

Norwich City Ladies were hosting Cambridge United WFC on Sunday both playing their penultimate game of the season. Norwich improving under new manager Grant Palmer took the lead in the game in the 20th minute Chelsea Garrett with the goal. The lead doubled on the half hour Aimee Durrant getting the ball into the back of the net. Conceding a penalty right on the stroke of half-time Cambridge reduced the deficit to 2-1 with Amy Howell sending the ball home. Cambridge getting it back to 2-2 midway through the 2nd half substitute Mollie Coupar with her first touch of the game scoring her first goal for the 1st team. Norwich having lost their 2-0 lead kept going to the end and retook the lead with just 2 minutes left on the clock Garrett with her 2nd of the match to see Norwich get the 3-2 win.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 06/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th & Monday 7th May

Suffolk Women’s County Cup

A 12:00pm on Bank Holiday Monday at Colchester United FC saw Ipswich Town Ladies taking on AFC Sudbury Ladies in this season’s Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final. 3 successive wins for Ipswich Town Ladies they were looking to make it 4 in row on a very hot Bank Holiday.

 It was ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Sudbury who took the lead Sophie Jeffery scoring direct from a corner in the 18th minute. Ipswich Town  were level just a minute later Natasha Thomas making it 1-1. Ipswich came close to taking the lead striking the cross bar twice before captain Amanda Crump did score in the 35th minute to make it 2-1 the bar struck for a 3rd time Ipswich Town holding the narrow advantage at half-time.

  10 minutes into the 2nd half Sophie Welton found the back of the net to make it 3-1 to Ipswich Town. Defender Lindsey Cooper heading home Ipswich Town’s 4th goal on the hour. Thomas with her 2nd of the game making it 5-1 five minutes later. Ipswich going on to seal the win and make it 4 in a row.

4 in a row for Ipswich Town Ladies, 2017/18 Suffolk Women’s County Cup Winners (photo credit Gary Reed)

Congratulation’s to Ipswich Town Ladies on their County Cup success.

Suffolk Women’s Division

One game played in the Suffolk Women’s Division, Brantham Athletic Ladies playing their final game of the season away to Leiston St Margarets. A chance to pull level with leaders East Bergholt United Ladies who have a game left to play, Brantham had just the 10 players available but a battling performance saw them share the points with Leiston St Margarets in a 1-1 taking Brantham 2nd. Bacton United Ladies 3rd & Walsham Le Willows in 4th can catch them with their remaining fixtures. Michelle Stanborough the scorer for Leiston St Margarets.

  Most sides have 1 game left to play Walsham Le Willows Ladies have three one of which is against East Bergholt United Ladies.

The Round-Up – Essex 06/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th May

Essex Women’s Premier Division

 Into the last month of the season in Essex and their is a new leader at the top of the Women’s Premier Division. Lawford Ladies taking advantage of Hatfield Peverel Ladies postponed fixture to move to the summit of the table and they did so by becoming the first side to beat Corringham Cosmos in the league this season. A warm up for this coming Sunday’s League Cup Final, Corringham Cosmos were the hosts scored two goals Chloe Sams getting both. Lawford’s captain Daisy Canny scoring a hat-trick however with Jasmine Cox and Tyler Christou also on target saw Lawford clinch a 5-2 victory.

  2-2 between Harlow Town Ladies Reserves and Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies last Sunday it was a repeat of the scoreline in the reverse fixture this Sunday. Charlotte Bolton scoring for Harlow, Marie Hall and Jo Smeaton getting the Beacon Hill Rovers goals.

Essex Women’s Division One

 There are still several league games left in Essex Women’s Division One and we are no closer to figuring out who might end up topping the table. A defeat of league leaders last time out Southend United Ladies returned to winning ways this Sunday.. just edging out Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies in a 7 goal thriller getting the 3 points with a 4-3 win.

 2nd placed Leigh Ramblers keep up the pressure on the leaders remain 3 points behind with a game in hand after they were victorious away to Billericay Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Abbi Brown, Amber Denton, Molly Giles, Katherine Newton & Paige White all on target with a goal in a 5-0 result.

   Isabelle Wallings takes her goals tally to 42 from 18 played after another hat-trick for Rayleigh Town Ladies on Sunday the 6th placed side at home to Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. Amy Smith and Eleasha Reeves also getting a goal each in a 5-1 win. Gaby Freedman with the goal for Chelmsford.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 06/05/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th May

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

  In last league matches played in the Beds & Herts Women’s Leagues this Sunday. One game left in Division Two. Runners-up spot already secured for Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires in their 1st season under their new name the club growing next season. At home in their final game taking on Evergreen Eagles. April Spang and Katherine Calvert getting a brace each with a goal each for Georgina Harvey and top scorer Chemise Huitson finishing up with 24 goals in a 6-0 final day win. 

Bed & Herts Women’s Division Three

  Two games to wrap up the league season in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three. Welwyn Pegasus Azures also in their debut season securing 3rd position with a home win over Bedwell Rangers on Sunday. Holly Walker scoring a hat-trick for Bedwell Rangers. Janiece Allen way out in front in the scoring charts for Welwyn Pegasus Azures moving onto 36 goals from 17 games for the season as she scored a double hat-trick Welwyn Pegasus Azures winning the game 7-3.

 Those goals were needed too as Evergreen Ladies with a strong finish to the season finish on the same points pushed into 4th on goal difference. Rebecca Freeman netting a hat-trick in their final league fixture away to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets, with Samantha Jackson also on target with a goal in a 4-1 win.

  Two Finals to complete the season at Kempson Rovers FC the League Cup Final at 3:00pm contested between St Albans Ladies & Northwood Ladies proceeded by The Chris Renshaw Cup Final at 11:00am between Sherrardswood Ladies & Letchworth Garden City Eagles.