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Cup Final Special – Holland Ladies v Woodbridge Town Ladies

Tuesday 3rd May

Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final

A trip into Suffolk this evening for the first of 4 cup finals over the next 8 days. Begin with the Final of the Suffolk Women’s League Cup, this season being contested between Holland Ladies and Woodbridge Town Ladies.

The competition back after the 2 previous seasons were affected by the Covid pandemic, bringing a close to the 2021/22 SGWFL season. Featuring 2 divisions for the 2nd successive season as the game grows within the county. The 7 strong Premier Division won by Brettvale Ladies. The 9 strong Championship below seeing AFC Kesgrave Ladies pip Henley Athletic Women to the title on goal difference. This evenings final between two of the emerging sides with the league looking to win their first piece of silverware.

Holland Ladies joining the SWGFL at the start of the 2019/20 season. The north east Essex side hitting the ground running a strong outfit signing a number of experienced players at this level and above odds on for a late charge at the title itself before the Covid pandemic began bringing it all to a close. A 2nd Covid hit season following again stifling the sides development, this is really their first full season. With a 7 strong Premier Division had led for much of the campaign with rivals Brettvale playing catch up, eventually overhauling them to win the title. Pushed down to 3rd in the finish by AFC Sudbury Women Reserves who they had originally been expecting to face this evening  but we’ll get to that in a moment. Jasmine Cox an attacker with a wealth of experience and an eye for goal their leading scoring with over 20 this season with captain Lauren Lucas and Lauren Borne both on 7 each.

   Woodbridge Town Ladies were formed the season before Holland joined the league. Like this evenings opponents looking strong from the start recording a 4th placed finish in their debut season in 2018/19 and in the 2 seasons that followed were pushing for the top of the table on both ocassions with Covid stopping them in their tracks again ruining their development and potential. Amongst the goals too. This season has been a different story ultimately ending up bottom of the table in the finish, have suffered from a lack of numbers at times this season. Tough but have the unexpected bonus of a cup final to look forwards too and know that on their day can match anyone in the league. Sadie Jamieson their top scorer with 8 goals this term.

Road to the Final

 16 sides entering the competition, the first round saw Holland Ladies drawn away to fellow Premier Division side Brantham Ladies. Showing great form in the league Holland running out comfortable winners in the finish 7-1 to progress to the quarter final. Woodbridge were drawn away to would be Championship winners, AFC Kesgrave Ladies. A tricky tie finishing 1-1 went into a penalty shootout Woodbridge eventually emerging winners 8-7 to get into the quarter finals. 

Holland at home to Championship side, Chantry Grasshoppers a brace from Jasmine Cox and a goal from Mary-Jane Walsh sending them into the semi-finals. Woodbridge at home to against another Championship side, league newcomers Waveney Ladies, goals from Tayler Cooke, Sadie Jamieson, Charlene Roach-Smith and Stacey Hadley seeing them through to the last 4. Holland ran riot in their semi-final away to fellow Premier Division side, Stowupland Falcons Women, Lauren Bourne with 4 goals and Cox with a hat-trick amongst the goals in a 10-2 victory to reach their first final. There they were thinking they were going to face AFC Sudbury Women Reserves after they beat Woodbridge 3-0 in the other semi-final but competition rules were broken and they were removed seeing Woodbridge into this evenings final.

  Brantham Leisure Centre the venue for this evenings final, home of Brantham Athletic FC including their women’s team. The large clubhouse with bar and kitchen serving hot food and drink overlooking the grass pitches. The main pitch surrounded by fencing on all sides now. A covered seated stand behind one goal and another between the dugouts. Another warm day with sod all rain around the pitch dry dust coming up off it as the ball is kicked. Cloud cover around turning chilly.

Holland Ladies

Holland Ladies starting XI – Charlotte Warren, Becky McDougall, Elise Purser, Hannah Campbell, Keeley Brickwood, Lauren Lucas (C), Lauren Bourne, Jade Meaney, Charlotte Robertson, Mary-Jane Walsh & Jasmine Cox. Subs – Yssie Tye, Lucy Brown, Phoebe Rose & Sasha Moy.

Woodbridge Town Ladies

Woodbridge Town Ladies starting XI – Georgie Bryant, Alice Ager (C), Natasha Williams, Chloe Stopher, Caitlin Howe, Lauren Jacobs, Grace Murphy, Stacey Hadley, Tayler Cooke, Emma Drake & Sadie Jamieson. Subs – Charlene Roach-Smith, Kerry Scott, Natalie Claridge & Emalene Haynes.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

It’s Woodbridge to get the League Cup Final underway kicking off the first half wearing back and white vertical striped shirts with black shorts and socks with Holland wearing orange coloured shirts and socks with black shorts.

 GOAL! No doubt the fastest goal I’ve seen score in a cup final, as Woodbridge play the ball back to their captain Alice Agar at right back is played long up the right side, won by Holland full back, Becky McDougall the cleared ball sent forwards back where it came the defender unaware her goalkeeper is coming as the ball drops towards the corner of her area, the pair collide with Jasmine Cox looking to attack moving left capitalising as she gets hold of the loose ball inside the box and opening up her body slots the ball on the angle into the empty net 1-0.

Jasmine Cox with a quickfire goal for Holland Ladies

  The perfect start for Holland a goal up inside the opening 30 seconds a huge blow for Woodbridge. The game restarting they need to regroup recover quickly the ball is hotly contested in the middle with players from both sides in to close down and block. Stacey Hadley bringing it on for Woodbridge out to Tayler Cooke on the move left side, is forced wide by Holland’s Elise Purser, managing to send low driven ball in on the angle to the near post, Holland goalkeeper, Charlotte Warren closed down by Woodbridge’s Sadie Jamieson the ball not collected knocked behind for a goalkick. 

Woodbridge’s Emma Drake

  Holland captain, Lauren Lucas heading the ball on through the middle for Lauren Bourne to take on shifts it out to Cox on the left of attack, Ager in to close her down forced infield Woodbridge regain possession, Grace Murphy with a forceful run on lifting it forwards, dealt with at the back by Holland’s Hannah Campbell. The midfield busy the ball no still for a moment Murphy forwards out to the right, Holland defend come forwards on the right side with Bourne looks to take on Ager, the full back putting in the tackle the ball going for a throw. Pressing bodies up around the Woodbridge box the ball headed on across the top of the area before a shot from the left is struck wide. 

  Murphy threading the ball on for Jamieson central has Emma Drake giving her a run across her going left to right, attempting to pick her out, Campbell with the foot in to intercept the pass. 

  GOAL! Playing the ball up to Cox right channel, 25 yards out in attack she sends it out to the wing for Charlotte Robertson. Moving forwards plays the cross inside to Mary-Jane Walsh getting clear top of the D, striking the ball with the inside of her right boot looking to send it wide of the keeper into the bottom corner, the crowd and I have to say I did too, thought it was going wide, but no perfectly placed inside the post to double the lead 2-0.

   A strong start to the game for Holland 2 goals up inside the opening 8 minutes. Woodbridge frustrated, a few niggly free-kicks given away. Lucas fouled on half way the ball floated up towards the top of the area dealt with by Hadley for Woodbridge. Coming on down the left wing a throw high for Woodbridge level with the top of the 18 yard line McDougall getting it into Bourne inside the box left corner, controls and strikes the ball on the half volley, caught by Woodbridge goalkeeper, Georgie Bryant.

Woodbridge captain, Alice Ager with Stacey Hadley

  Jamieson looking to put herself about up top for Woodbridge moving right winning a throw, put into Hadley 25 yards out left of the D, strikes a lobbed effort goalwards swerving away off target, Warren claiming the ball. Holland break through the middle Walsh on the ball, is brought down the advantage played though as Cox ahead of her takes on the ball running towards the box shooting from distance on the angle her shot held by Bryant. From a throw on the right, the ball into the Woodbridge box a shot his sliced out to the far post, Cox rising trying to get on the end of it directs it wide.

Alice Ager with the block for Woodbridge

   Cox looking to pick up the ball driven on at the Woodbridge defence Chloe Stopher forcing her wide, as Cooke comes back to defend the ball gone for a throw in. McDougal up on the left winning the ball high looking to drive on towards the Woodbridge area, Murphy across to help Williams as she faces off ends up on the floor and in disbelief as she free-kick is awarded against her. A set-piece in a dangerous area outside the box left side McDougal over the ball strikes the ball with her right foot curling in towards goal, the keeper beaten the ball smashes down off the crossbar rebounding out to the right where a hurrying shot is lifted over. 

McDougall’s effort striking the crossbar

  Holland looking a threat coming forwards Walsh in the middle on for Cox out to the right players drawn across as the cross is flighted into the box, won by Ager and cleared. Competitive in the middle, Woodbridge aren’t getting much joy trying to feed in their attackers with Campbell and fellow centre back Keeley Brickwood winning most things in the air. Bourne central with a great threaded pass to send Cox through in behind right side running at goal blasts the ball goalwards, Bryant behind it down sharply to save. 

Holland Ladies, Hannah Campbell

Holland with a corner on the right players up into the area the inswinging ball helped on across the six yard box, Lucas getting up to head the ball at the back stick, put over a touch off a Woodbridge player spotted another corner awarded from the left. Flung in low cleared at the near post coming back to corner taker, Purser has help from McDougall plays it to her to cross into the area nodded in towards goal, Bryant getting her gloves on it before it can be attacked.

  Jamieson seeing the ball into her from the right with a casual looking flick in behind that sees Drake running into the box striking a shot wide of the near post for Woodbridge. Cooke getting on down the left putting a diagonal ball in towards the top of the box, Warren out quickly to lay claim to the ball with Jamieson stealing through. Jacobs on for Jamieson right the ball played across the top of the Holland area coming to Cooke left side trying to get the ball down under control before she is closed down, snatches at it lifting her attempt over. 

Grace Murphy on the attack for Woodbridge

   Both Cooke and Murphy making an attempt to thread the forwards pass into Drake in attack both times intercepted by Campbell for Holland. Murphy tracking back to defend on Cox as Walsh looks to send her on through the middle. Woodbridge are a little stretched at the back as they commit players on risking the counter attack in their attempts to get the ball into Jamieson in attack, driving on with it left channel, Purser does well to force her out to the touch line  the ball going for a throw in. Both Caitlin Howe off a Holland free-kick and Stopher heading the ball out for defence for Woodbridge. 

 GOAL! 5 minutes left on the clock in the 1st half, Cox with her 2nd of the game, canny as the ball is rolled into her through the middle in behind Bryant coming to close her down, checks shifting the ball to her right to present her with an open goal beyond and sends it home to make it 3-0. 

 Cox’s movement up top often allowing others to get forwards from the middle or full back, is out on the left with Bourne, linking up as McDougall gets on in support the left back clips the cross into the box, Bryant in untroubled able to let the ball run wide of her far post. A corner out of nothing for Holland on the left the ball curled in towards the top of the area a glancing header knocked down by Lucas is turned wide at the far post.

Lauren Bourne with the ball for Holland

  Late in the first half Howe brings the ball out from the back for Woodbridge into the middle back to Ager to send up to the attackers, Brickwood with a timely interception to deny Jamieson the chance to run through on goal. Into stoppage time Cox attacking Howe across to defend a corner given against her on the right players up into the box, into the box McDougall free at the far post getting plenty of power into her header isn’t far wide with her effort.

Holland Ladies, Becky McDougall

Half-time Holland Ladies 3-0 Woodbridge Town Ladies

  A fantastic start to the cup final for Holland with a goal inside the opening 30 seconds adding a 2nd within 8 minutes. Have had the bulk of the attack since creating a number of chances McDougal striking the crossbar from a free-kick, then heading wide at the end. A 3rd goal coming at the right time with Woodbridge competitive throughout. Recovering well from their poor start haven’t found it easy going forwards, Campbell and Brickwood solid at the back for Holland. Keeping it to 2 goals a half-time would have given them some confidence for the 2nd half conceding a 3rd makes it difficult to get themselves back into the game.

  Changes for both at the start of the 2nd half roll on roll off substitutes not always the easiest to keep track of. Charlene Roach-Smith on in attack for Woodbridge. Sasha Moy  on for Holland replacing McDougall. Holland to get the 2nd half underway. The ball contested in the middle straight away no time on the ball, Hadley getting away on the right for Woodbridge finding no way through. Roach-Smith winning Woodbridge a corner as she pressure the defence inside the box as Cooke puts the ball on from the left. 

  Free-kicks keep being given away in the middle, Holland with the ball on up into the box Howe clearing , Woodbridge look to counter through the middle, Brickwood dropping off to give herself room as Jamieson looks to get the ball down making the tackle. Woodbridge looking to put more pressure on Holland at the start of the 2nd half Jamieson holding the ball up left side winning her team a corner. Whipped in across the six yard box Jamieson then gets up in front of goal but can’t get a telling touch. Walsh on the move with the ball at her feet over halfway for Holland on for Cox, Stopher in to close her down with a good challenge. 

Woodbridge’s Chloe Stopher

Getting a little heated between the sides as Woodbridge finding more possession inside the Holland half. Holland with a free-kick on the right inside the Woodbridge half in towards Robertson top of the D, can’t find a way through the ball cleared. Phoebe Rose coming on for Woodbridge. Purser getting the ball back to Warren as Murphy plays Jamieson on through the middle. 

  GOAL! An hour played and Holland stretch their lead off a corner won on the left, swung into the six yard box dropping down a real goal line scramble ensues as both sides go after the ball pinging back and forth it squirms free to Lucas positioned to the right of the melee and she in turn flicks the ball off her boot into the back of the goal 4-0.

Holland captain, Lauren Lucas putting her side into a 4 goal lead

 A 4th goal coming for Holland denting Woodbridge’s spirited start to the 2nd half. Holland coming right forced wide, back for Brickwood to hit an angled ball into the box wide at the near post. Another sub for Woodbridge, Kerry Scott on at the back. Drake over on the right for Woodbridge running in behind can’t get there before Warren racing out of her area can kick clear. Bourne with some powerful runs through the middle for Holland putting it on for Robertson, Ager tackling for Woodbridge. Holland press on the flanks winning throws high up the pitch from the left the ball sent into the box near side, Bourne running in, Bryant getting her gloves around the ball first. 

Lauren Bourne tackled by Woodbridge’s Caitlin Howe

  Cooke stealing onto the ball out with with a burst of pace put on for Jamieson attacking the box in behind, Warren out to the top of her area getting hold of the ball before she can get a touch. From front to back as Warren’s kick out in headed on by Lucas in the middle on for Robertson who finds Cox drifting to the right forced wider still her cross/shot lands in the side netting. A free-kick for Holland 30 yards out right of the Woodbridge goal, Moy over it directs her strike over at the near post. The game open with both sides looking to score Woodbridge getting Drake away on right sends it in for Roach-Smith running into the box, just overruns the ball allowing the keeper to claim. 

  Robertson just offside as Cox looks to turn the ball in behind on the left. Yssie Tye onto the pitch for Holland along with Emalene Haynes for Woodbridge with around 15 minutes left on the clock. Purser with a great long ball on for Cox pulling right takes it to the by-line before sending a cross into the six yard box, Bryant down to smother it. Players starting to pull up with cramp. Purser feeling something go as she stretches for the ball on the touch line needs to come of McDougall back on. 

 Brickwood with a great challenge to deny Roach-Smith as the ball is lifted in through the middle. McDougal has a decent throw on her sending it on down the right Tye with Cox working a cross into the box, Bryant snatching it down well. Lucas with a driven ball into the area from the left for Holland, Bryant knocking it up into the air appears to get fouled as she goes to catch the ball, her defence though scramble the ball clear. Get up the other end quickly Jamieson moving towards the D checking right before her shot in is saved by Warren, end to end as Holland counter the ball fed on for Cox moving left, Ager with a robust tackle clearing the ball for a corner on the right. 

  Cox drifting right moves wide with Lucas playing her on sees her shot from distance angled in held by the keeper. Walsh sending a shot over from distance as Holland look to keep the ball with the game moving into stoppage time alot of tired legs out there. The ball inside the Woodbridge half late on as Holland come on crossing from the right along the six yard box Cox beyond the far post twisting to head the ball places it wide. Walsh brought down in the middle in front of the Woodbridge D, Ager with the clearance, Cox charging down the ball runs wide behind goal.

  Full time Holland Ladies 4-0 Woodbridge Town Ladies

  A spirited 2nd half from Woodbridge, just couldn’t find the goal they needed to apply any pressure to Holland. a 4th goal coming on the hour making it comfortable at the back for Holland. Woodbridge limiting there chances 2nd half pressed the ball higher. The game opening up as players tired and changes were made. Holland celebrating winning their first piece of silverware.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto this evening’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. A few performances of note to mention first. For Woodbridge, their captain Alice Ager was strong at the back throughout with a number of vital challenges. Taylor Cooke winning the ball well out wide getting on with the ball when she could. For Holland both Lauren Lucas and Lauren Bourne were strong in midfield winning the ball, Lucas with several great passes getting into some great positions from set pieces. Bourne with a number of purposeful runs forwards to join the attack. Becky McDougal strong at the back for Holland and a threat getting forwards unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. The award though goes to Jasmine Cox. Was a menace up front all match with her running on and off the ball moving left and right scoring twice.

Congratulations to Holland Ladies in winning this seasons Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final

Suffolk Women’s League Cup Winners, Holland Ladies

  An enjoyable trip back down to Brantham, an entertaining contest, full credit to Woodbridge after the start they had to keep fighting and not let the result get away from them limiting it to 1-0 in the 2nd half. Holland capitalising on that start however never looked back to win the cup. My thanks for everyone’s help this evening and for the team details as always appreciated. Next up the County Cup Final see you all again Friday.

by Darren Gilham

Match Report – Bungay Town Ladies v Woodbridge Town Ladies

Sunday 18th April

Suffolk Women’s County Cup

  At last! After 126 days since the my last match report was written Women’s Football East is back covering the game. Going to be extremely rusty but it’s good to be getting the notepad out again. The action this afternoon coming from the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup as Bungay Town Ladies host Woodbridge Town Ladies.

  Will unfortunately be mentioning the Covid pandemic for a while yet and it has once again played havoc with the women’s football leagues, the latest lock down ending 3 weeks ago saw leagues being declared null & void with various cup competitions and mini-leagues being set-up to provide games to close out what remains of the season. Suffolk FA along with their counterparts in Norfolk and Bedfordshire keeping their county cup competitions on place. 16 sides playing today in the 2nd Round of the county cup.

Ipswich Town Women have long dominated the Suffolk Women’s County Cup and remain very much the team to beat and are only getting stronger. But as Ipswich have grown so to has women’s football in Suffolk with a host of new sides formed in recent seasons, seeing the county league gaining a 2nd division this season. Covid curtailing what would have been two exciting title battles in that time.

Bungay Town Ladies close to the border with Norfolk play there football in the NWGFL are a long established side in the top division in Norfolk with a strong group of players often challenging for honours in recent seasons. Like all clubs have suffered from a long lay off only now returning to action with the NWGFL’s replacement competition the GiveToLocalUK Challenge Cup beginning next weekend. One warm-up match in preparation for the resumption of competitive football the squad is nevertheless rearing to go.

Woodbridge Town Ladies newly formed joined the SWGFL in Suffolk along with a host of other new sides a couple of seasons ago. The two season’s since then affected by the Covid pandemic stifling Woodbridge’s potential, we placed to contest for silverware in both campaigns particularly the first as able to get there games in when others didn’t surged to the top of the table, a healthy lead the season finishing. Likewise this campaign a strong start saw Woodbridge at the top once again as the league gained a 2nd division, only to see it curtailed again. Woodbridge’s rise up the table especially in their first season spearheaded by Jenna Liverpool the attacker racking up and incredible 52 goals before the season ended. Keira Hines also amongst the goals along with Lucy Eagle joining the club from Leiston St Margarets. The SWGFL having already started a group based competition, Woodbridge have won there opening 2 matches away to Stowupland Falcons and Needham Market Reserves respectfully and have the edge on Bungay in terms of competitive action played.

 The venue for today’s game Malting’s Meadow, no spectators able to attend due to the latest government guidelines which is a real shame and disappointing too as clubs at this level have shown viewing can be done safely. Nevertheless some football to watch at last. One advantage of no football for 126 days is I’ve missed the entire winter in terms of weather. A bright spring afternoon, sunny and dry. I’m as rusty as a bag of nails having not been to a match in so long but here we go.

Bungay Town Ladies starting XI – Joanne Pipe, Kelly Collins (C), Leah Shepherd, Lyndsey Adams, Charlotte Power, Lauren Purling, Charnelle Riggall, Selina Rowland, Katie Walker, Alice Flatt & Emily Leach. subs – Erin Galer, Sofia Serghiou, Porsha Renwick & Lauren Hellier.

Woodbridge Town Ladies starting XI – Georgie Bryant, Alice Agar (C), Chloe Stopher, Grace Knock, Lauren Jacobs, Tasha Williams, Caitlin Howe, Ali Rampling, Sasha Jamieson, Stacey Hadley & Lucy Eagle.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

Woodbridge travelling to Bungay with several players unavailable, have just the bare 11, whilst Bungay can name 4 on the bench. Captains Kelly Collins and Alice Agar wander to the centre to get the match underway the hosts taking the kick-off, Bungay wearing light blue shirts, black shorts and socks, with Woodbridge wearing black and white vertical striped shirts, black shorts and socks. played back to the defence Charlotte Power plays in centre into Lauren Purling she attempts to turn drive forwards, Woodbridge’s Ali Rampling putting in the tackle winning the ball spreads play out to Sadie Jamieson making a run on the right side Collins into tackle her the ball out for a throw.

 Charnelle Riggall bringing the ball out for Bungay pushing on through the middle looks to play it wide right for Alice Flatt, Chloe Stopher cutting it out for Woodbridge has Rampling making a run out into the left channel ahead of her sends the ball forwards, Leah Shepherd at right back keeping her eye on the flighted ball, clears confidently to deny Rampling a chance to get in behind. A positive start from Woodbridge pressing the ball in the middle of the park making runs down the flanks pushing Bungay back somewhat. No time to settle on the ball inside the centre circle players on both sides closing down Riggall knocks it on for Selina Rowland looking up she tries to lift it over the top for striker Emily Leach, a little too much weight on the ball allows it to run safely through to Woodbridge goalkeeper, Georgie Bryant.

  Bungay win a throw high on the left, tossed into Leach left side of the area takes it onto the by-line before winning her side a corner kick as Agar cutting out the ball prevents the cross coming in. Sadie Jamieson is getting so joy on the ball down the right wing for Woodbridge carrying the ball on looking to get inside pick out Lucy Eagle playing central in attack. The threat of both players getting in behind keeping the Bungay defence on there toes. With Woodbridge looking to get on down the right space is opening up for Alice Flatt out on Bungay’s right, Riggall picking her out Flatt cuts inside aiming a diagonal ball into the D for Leach, Grace Knock getting her foot in to clear it for the visitors.

Bungay’s Alice Flatt holding off Woodbridge’s Grace Knock

 Rowland with a powerful run with the ball right side into the area is tackled the ball running behind for a corner. Katie Walker across to take it sends the delivery in head height at the near post, Bryant doing will amongst bodies to get her fists on the ball knocking it down, before Agar sends it clear for a 2nd corner. In at the near post again this time Bryant claims it unchallenged. Bungay are inviting Woodbridge on somewhat, Lyndsey Adams making a strong tackle to regain possession pushed into Riggall played forwards to Rowland on half way the counter attack is on as she slides a diagonal ball out to the right for Flatt to run onto, takes it on into the area before striking a low shot into the side netting.

  Stopher on the ball brings it on left side looking up aims to catch Bungay out with a high ball central on for Eagle to attack, Adams is the last defender and has to win the dropping ball, does well  knocking it down for Purling to pick up and run into the midfield congestion. The opening 15 minutes played at a good tempo, Woodbridge getting bodies forwards well.

GOAL! Woodbridge’s bright start pays off as they open the scoring in the 15th minute Rampling making some fantastic runs from the middle getting in behind as she closes the ball down well left side takes it in behind to the by-line before whipping in a dangerous ball to the near post Jamieson racing in to turn the ball into the back of the net from close range 0-1. 

Sadie Jamieson timing her run into the box perfectly to open the score for Woodbridge

Bungay get straight on the attack from the restart Flatt right side seeing her diagonal ball into the top of the area cut out once again by Tasha Williams this time out for a throw in. Eagle covering alot of ground leading the line for Woodbridge claiming the ball central puts it long for Jamieson to chase on the right on the shoulder of the last defender, goalkeeper Joanne Pipe comes out of her area to clear the ball, but Woodbridge press the advantage Jamieson on the ball once again 25 yards out on the angle her shot brushes the side netting. 

Charlotte Power clearing the ball for Bungay

Rowland with a rallying cry to encourage Bungay to commit more forwards in attack, her short pass into the feet of Leach 25 yards out left of the D, holds it up before turning an attempting to side Walker running into the box on the left in on goal, Bryant able to gather it before she can strike the ball. Rowland takes up the attack bringing the ball on left side strikes it on the angle her effort bouncing wide across the six yard box before being cleared, left side.

Lauren Purling playing the ball forwards for Bungay

 GOAL! Bungay have players up reclaim the ball inside the Woodbridge half on the right Flatt with Purling in support the latter rolling it into Rowland who has come across the area to receive the pass turns into the area strong on the ball into the six yard box holding of the defence, before slotting the ball across the keeper into the far bottom corner 1-1.

25 minutes played shaping up to be an exciting prospect both teams playing at a good tempo not letting anyone settle on the ball, Bungay getting themselves back on level terms.

 GOAL! No sooner have Bungay drew level however and Woodbridge come back to retake the lead, Jamieson on the ball right side knocking in infield to Eagle all of 35 yards out takes on the early strike getting plenty behind the ball, struck beautifully arrowing in on target straight at Pipe the goalkeeper will be hugely disappointed as she gets her gloves on the ball aiming to tip it over be instead sees it deflect up into the roof of the net and down into the back of the goal 1-2.

Lucy Eagle with a long range strike restoring Woodbridge’s lead

 GOAL! However as one beautifully struck ball goes in at one end Bungay match it straight after from the restart pressing on left side congested the pass through to Leach wide is heading for the corner before she whips a fantastic strike from the tightest of angles in towards goal looping over the keeper and under the crossbar 2-2.

Emily Leach firing in a long range strike of her own putting Bungay straight back on level terms

 GOAL! Moments later Bungay turn the game on its head having fought back to level it only to concede straight away, then levelling just as quick score a 3rd to take the lead! Play resuming with Flatt on the ball right side plays it central to Riggall, Rowland is away making a run into the right channel, Riggall picks her out before making a run towards the area herself. Rowland drives into the right side of the boss marshalled wide by Williams preventing her shooting she checks back towards the top of the area, squaring the ball into the D where Riggall meets it first time angling her low shot wide of the diving keeper to score 3-2.

The game very even now both sides looking for opportunities, Stacey Hadley rolling it out left for Rampling to take on down the line in behind her looping cross is claimed by Pipe with Jamieson racing in far post. Power plays in on into Rowland who picks out Flatt clear to attack on the right checks inside into the box setting herself for the shot, puts it straight at the keeper as Bryant stays big in her six yard box. 

  A double change for Bungay then with Walker and Flatt coming off to be replaced by Erin Galer and Lauren Hellier. The hosts more confident getting players forwards no creating chances a ball whipped into the Woodbridge area dangerous across the six yard box comes to Galer far post 8 yards out, Bryant across her line has the near post covered Galer’s shot put straight into her midriff. Bungay ending the half on the front foot a couple of knocks for Woodbridge, Williams lunging in to cut out a left sided cross as Purling comes forwards.

Ali Rampling on the attack for Woodbridge

Jamieson dribbling the ball on the right checking inside has the Bungay defence backtracking before seeing her 20 yard shrike blocked, the loose ball gathered and fired over from distance. Howe with a ball central up top for Eagle to run after bouncing on into the box Pipe is off her line sharply out to claim it before the attacker can pounce. Up the other end Rowland is finding pockets of space, lets loose from 30 yards out her shot wide of the left post. Stopher able get free on the left for Woodbridge late in the first half comes over halfway plays her pass inside of Eagle who releases it quickly long out to the right spotting Jamieson on the move, Adams back peddling able to intercept and clear first as the half-time whistle blows 

Half-time Bungay Town Ladies 3-2 Woodbridge Town Ladies

  An energetic display first half the game played at a good tempo, no one allowed to settle on the ball. A few cobwebs from Bungay early on allowed Woodbridge to come onto them as the visitors started the game well Rampling and Jamieson looking to get up the pitch to support Eagle in attack. Took a deserved lead, Bungay needed to up there game get players forwards and did so as Rowland got them back on level terms midway through the 1st half. That led to a flurry of goals well struck too. Eagle firing Woodbridge back into the lead. Lasted seconds as Leach returned the favour in kind. The hosts then surging forwards to take the lead themselves. The game poised beautifully but signs Woodbridge are tiring a few knocks picked up and with no options from the bench can they get themselves back on level terms.

   Bungay making changed at the start of the 2nd half Collins off with Sofia Serghiou coming on going into the centre of defence with Adams out to right back. Positional changes for Woodbridge too with Jamieson moving to the left in attack, Knock further up the field. The visitors to kick-off the 2nd 45. Purling quickly winning it back for Bungay play spread to Hellier out on the left takes the ball on Agar defending for Woodbridge the ball contested hotly in the middle before Galer is found on the right pressing on into the box succeeds in winning a corner kick. The ball in from the right knocked on to the far post Hellier chipping it back in across goal Bryant jumping to claim it.

Woodbridge captain, Alice Agar

Bryant making an excellent save for Woodbridge as Rowland 25 yards out rolls it forwards into the path of the turning Leach a powerful run with Williams on her shoulder, she strikes the ball well Bryant down sharply inside her six yard box to glove it away behind for a corner. A strong start to the 2nd half from Bungay as the hosts look to press their advantage both Galer and Hellier injecting pace down the flanks. Hadley plays the ball on for Eagle up top to attack for Woodbridge but finds herself isolated as Power and Serghiou crowd her off the ball.

Woodbridge goalkeeper, Georgie Bryant

Hellier after the ball down the left for Bungay as Adams sends it long in behind has Purling coming top of the area left side squares the pass into her Purling turns, the Woodbridge defence back showing no way through her effort is eventually blocked before rebounding loose to be struck over from distance. Jamieson with a chance to let fly from distance on the angle her strike gathered cleanly by Pipe. Rampling on the right able to make ground wins a throw inside the Bungay half into Howe she takes it on towards the right corner of the area before being brought down by Serghiou to see the visitors awarded a free-kick.

Bungay’s Lauren Hellier looking to get in behind

Jamieson over it plays it in towards the near post Bungay clear and look to break quickly Purling dispossessed, the cross swung in from the left towards Eagle , Serghiou slides in to deny her the shot giving away a corner. Comes to Rampling top of the area left side clipped back in Bungay head clear. Woodbridge though having soaked up some pressure from Bungay regaining some belief that they can get back into the match.

Bungay respond with more changes, Galer and Shepherd replaced by Porsha Renwick and Walker returning to the action. The tempo remains high starting to take it’s toll on Woodbridge. Jamieson sees her deflected shot on the left run through to the keeper after she gathers it following a blocked effort from Eagle inside the D. 

Lyndsey Adams bringing the ball clear for Bungay

 Leach on the attack up the other end making a run into the right channel is given the ball from Rowland takes it on into the area striking in the angle tight a riding ball, Bryant with an acrobatic leap knocks it down into the ground and is sharp to pull it into her body as Hellier central comes charging in. Howe gets the ball on Woodbridge’s right going on towards the area, Serghiou with her slides in attempting to block the cross, succeeds but Howe is able to gather lift it high towards the top of the area, Eagle there leaping to attack it has no control with her header as Power clears for Bungay. 

Caitlin Howe on the ball for Woodbridge

 Woodbridge temporarily down to 10 as Knock having picked up a Knock needed to come off for a moment. Agar with a lunge takes the ball away from Leach attacking into the area conceding a throw in the corner. Jacobs defending for Woodbridge the visitors move the ball well up there left break as Rampling plays it on for Jamieson the pair combining before Riggall gets back to break up the attack. Good combination play too from Leach and Rowland on the right for Bungay the shot on the angle dropping wide across goal. 

Woodbridge’s Stacey Hadley

The game entering the final 15 minutes just a goal remains in it both sides fancying there chances to add another now, even down to 10 Woodbridge push on Jamieson looking a threat on the left has Eagle with her she plays a high ball forwards into the top of the area with Howe running on awkward for Serghiou and Adams to deal with bouncing the sun bright in there faces won’t fall kindly for Howe and they scramble it away. Knock is back on for Woodbridge as they make a final push to draw level.

 GOAL! Then the hammer blow, had just written in my notes a goal for Bungay kills it now and the hosts go and do just that, the ball won back in the middle pushed into the feet of Leach central turns Rowland making a run to her right played into her feet takes it on, Jacobs attempts to hold her up Rowland checking back to turn inside to her left swings in a low shot that races wide into the bottom corner evading the diving Bryant 4-2.

Less than 10 minutes left to play and Bungay have a vital 2 goal cushion. Bring Flatt back on for Hellier. Rampling is brought down in the middle by Purling resulting in the first yellow card of the game. On halfway Woodbridge send almost everyone forwards to the top of the area as they look to score straight away. Put in to the box left of goal Eagle does well going after it to whip a cross through the six yard box, Knock running across it at the far post looks to volley it, fires her shot over

  Woodbridge committing players forwards risking exposure at the back from a throw on the left Riggall turns plays it down the line for Leach, presses inside into the area driving for the six yards box fires her shot in low, Bryant down smartly to make another great save sending it behind for the corner. Whipped in from the left evades everyone including the tall Leach, leaping up on the penalty spot. Bungay finishing the game strong Riggall putting herself about, a mistake at the back seeing Rowland onto the ball 30 yards out hits it well angling towards goal, Bryant up to defend her crossbar tipping it over. The corner headed wide past the far post the final action of the match as Bungay advance in this season’s County Cup.

Full time Bungay Town Ladies 4-2 Woodbridge Town Ladies

  In the end it turned out to be a valiant effort from the bare 11 of Woodbridge started the game brightly taking the lead in the 15th minute. Bungay taking a while to get going coming back to level in the 25th minute leading the a further 3 goals being scored in quick succession, the game turned completely around as Bungay took a 3-2 into the 2nd half. Pressed the advantage at the start of the 2nd period looking for an additional goal, some smart saves from Bryant in the Woodbridge goal keeping them in the game but just as the visitors got the believe back they could pull in back themselves, Bungay got that all important 2 goal cushion in the final 10 minutes to win the game. 

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

    Now onto the first Women’s Football East – Player of the Match for 2021. I have a clear winner for a change but before that several good performances to mention. For Woodbridge, Tash Williams was solid at the back. Ali Rampling with some great runs from midfield especially first half, whilst Sadie Jamieson was impressive attacking down the right. Some superb saves too from Georgie Bryant kept her side in it 2nd half. For Bungay Charnelle Riggall was strong in the middle chasing down the ball rarely letting Woodbridge settle. Overall though the award today goes to Selina Rowland from the moment she gave her rallying cry demanding more from her side going forwards she led by example making some fantastic runs linking up with Emily Leach in attack and scoring the first and last goals aswell as setting up the third.

  A joy to be back after so long, have missed it and believe it or not was nervous about starting all over again. Good to get the camera and notepad out again. An enjoyable match helps too, a competitive return you never know what’s going to happen and that’s what makes it special. My thanks to both sides for helping me with the team details. A pleasure to be back.

by Darren Gilham