Sunday 10th November
Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup
This weekend saw the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 2nd Round being played 8 ties drawn 6 played with Hitchin Town Ladies and Garston Ladies 1st team progressing awarded away wins. Some big wins along with a couple of upsets.
Division One leaders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies the current League Cup holders away to Hitchin Belles bottom of the table in the 2nd Round. Hitchin Belles up against it short on numbers Hemel Hempstead in good form at the start of the season, goals from Ella Mercer, Natasha McConville and Anna Wooldridge seeing the visitors leading 3-0 at the break, Hemel Hempstead with 2 quick goals at the start of the 2nd half to go 5 up, Mercer with her 2nd and Jessica Green. Charlene Turturici-Clarke adding a further 2 goals. Hitchin Belles scoring a late consolation goal with Amy Jack on target. Hemel Hempstead safely through to the quarter finals.
Also progressing with a comfortable win were St Albans Ladies the Division One side Hemel Hempstead’s opponents in last season’s League Cup final. At home in the 2nd Round playing Division Two side Sherrardswood Ladies.Eleanor Lovelock with a quick fire brace plus a first goal for Grainne Kellett seeing St Albans leading 3-0, Lovelock going on to complete a 1st half hat-trick in the final minute of the half. St Albans going on to score more goals in the 2nd period early goals for Lovelock then Sophie Hull putting them 6-0 up. Lovelock going on to score a 5th goal in the match before Chloe Hazell fired in her first of the season. Molly Slade and Cally Salter both on the scoresheet with a goal apiece, Georga Knight with her first goal Kellett with her 2nd of the game seeing St Albans win 12-0.
The top 5 sides in Division One all safely through to the quarter finals of the league cup, Hartham United Ladies in 4th playing away to Division Two side Evergreen Ladies in the 2nd Round on Sunday. Janiece Allen a potent threat in front of goal rattling them in for Hartham United so far this season opening the scoring on Sunday going on to complete another hat-trick her 3rd in 3 matches. Allen on target too for Hartham United’s 4th goal and just to add variety Mandy Mercer with a back heeled goal sealing a 5-0 victory.
One Division One side exited the League Cup at the 2nd Round stage are Royston Town Ladies Development after they were beaten at home by Division Three side Biggleswade United Ladies on Sunday. Leeanne Davison with her 15th goal of the season scoring in the 1st half for Biggleswade. Jade Finch with a goal for Royston. Biggleswade scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to win the game and progress in the competition. Angelica Fachechi with a goal in the 81st minute, Zoe Molloy making it 3-1 in the closing minute of the match.
Garston Ladies Vintage Purples from Division Two at home to Division Three leaders Harts Vipers in the 2nd Round of the League Cup on Sunday the hosts knowing they would be facing a tough opponent before kick-off. Herts Vipers scoring plenty of goals this season. Garston looking to keep it tight at the back early on Harts Vipers struck from distance to score in the 13th minute Kesley Millen putting them into the lead. Top scorer Nicole Jancey trying her luck from range making it 2-0 with half an hour gone. Garston pulling a goal back late in the 1st half, the keeper parrying the ball into Ainhoa Beascoechea’s feet the striker lifting it over her the ball bundled in by Caroline Tenebaum. Herts Vipers leading 2-1 at half-time. Jancey extending their lead early in the 2nd half going on to complete yet another hat-trick has 28 goals now from 8 appearances. Rebecca Edge scoring to make it 5-1 to Herts Vipers with 15 minutes left to see them knock out higher league opposition to advance into the quarter finals.
Completing the quarter final line-up are AFC Dunstable Women Blues from Division Two, hosts this Sunday to Division Three side Kempston Rovers Ladies in the 2nd Round. Kempston Rovers doing well in their league knowing they were in for a stern test Dunstable another side amongst the goals this season. Nicola Hollick scoring a brae moving into double figure for the season for Dunstable. Five more players on target for a goal each as Dunstable ran out 7-0 winners. Top scorer Bianca Vassell taking her tally so far to 16. Emily Mitchell with her 9th of the campaign with Courtney McNamara, Laura Brooker and Gemma Williams also on the scoresheet.
The dates for the quarter finals to be announced the draw looks like this:-
Herts Vipers v Hitchin Town Ladies
St Albans Ladies v AFC Dunstable Women Blues
Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v Hartham United Ladies
Biggleswade United Ladies v Garston Ladies 1st team
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
A handful of league fixtures taking place this Sunday, 2 games in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two. AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies moving 3 points clear at the top of the table over fellow promoted side Langford Ladies as they recorded a 5th straight win to keep their 100% record intact at the beginning of the season away to bottom side Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies. Zara Garrard registering her 1st goals of the season getting off the mark with a hat-trick. The visitors winning the game 7-0 with 4 more players all celebrating a goal each, Rachael Mumford, Natasha Wing, Danielle Cherry & Chloe Urbanowicz.
Langford Ladies setting the early pace in Division Two following promotion winning 4 in a row to start the season. Began with a 1-0 at home to fellow promoted side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses not in league action again until the end of October have since gone on to win back to back games. The pair meeting again in the reverse fixture this weekend with Langford the visitors. A close match between the sides a single goal once again settling it coming late in the match, Woburn & Wavendon crediting Holly Venn with the goal that sees them make it 3 straight wins to close the gap on the leading sides and end Langford’s 100% winning start in the process.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three
Two games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this weekend too. The top four involved in the League Cup, Bedwell Rangers Ladies were at home taking on 5th placed Stotfold Juniors Ladies who had won their last 3 league games to climb above them in the table. Bedwell Rangers picking up some good results this season notching up another this weekend a convincing result too as they ran out 9-1 winners to move above Stotfold into 5th place in the Division Three table themselves. Rachel Young finding the back of the net for 5 goals to take her onto 8 for the season, Jessica Sullivan not far behind as she scored 4 in the match.
Also climbing above Stotfold in the table are Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves as they beat bottom side Buntingford Town Ladies at home on Sunday in Division Three. April Spang opening the scoring on 16 minutes with her 6th goal of the season. Sophie Clarke with a brace her first goals of the season helping Hitchin Town to a 3-0 lead at half-time. Spang going on to score twice more either end of the 2nd half to complete her hat-trick.