Sunday 20th January
Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup
The weather played it’s part across the border in Bedfordshire seeing both County Cup semi-finals postponed, in Hertfordshire it was a different story with convincing wins for both sides reaching this season’s final.
Stevenage Ladies are into their 5th consecutive Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup final winning away from home against the side they faced in last season’s final Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies. A strong defensive display from the ERWFL Division One side in the 1st half restricting their FAWNL South East Division One opponents to a 1 goal lead. Stevenage stepping up a gear in the 2nd half however going to to score a further 6 goals to set up a 5th successive final appearance. Have won 3 of the previous 4 finals including the past 2 season’s.
Stevenage’s opponents in the 2018/19 Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup Final will be Watford Ladies U23s, competing in the FAWNL Reserve Southern/South East Division they were hosting Beds & Herts Women’s Division One leaders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies in their semi-final this weekend. A dominant start to the game saw Watford fire themselves into a quickfire 2 goal lead adding a 3rd before the break. Watford continuing that level of performance 2nd half to go on and win the game 8-0. A competitive final on the cards, a Watford Development side winning the competition 3 season’s ago.
The final scheduled for Sunday 17th March will update you with kick-off time and venue when confirmed.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division One
The league schedule suffering due to the overnight freezing conditions saw a limited number of games. There was a big one in Beds & Herts Division One however this Sunday with Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires hosting defending champions St Albans Ladies. Newly promoted Welwyn the early pacesetters in the league have been caught at the top as other sides get into their stride an interesting title battle looming, Hemel Hempstead Town taking over at the top involved in the County Cup this Sunday, Welwyn had a chance to reclaim the lead and did so coming out on top in a 7 goal thriller with St Albans. A tight contest between the sides a goal from Eleanor Lovelock along with a brace from Sophie Lawrence for St Albans they suffered defeat late in the game as Welwyn scored 4 against them to climb back to the top of Division One.
Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two
The fixture list in Beds & Herts Women’s Two fared a little better with 3 of the 4 scheduled games taking place and with league leaders Hitchin Town’s match against Evergreen Eagles the casualty it was a chance for the chasing sides to close the gap. 2nd placed Hitchin Belles were on the road taking on the other Evergreen side in the league Evergreen Ladies. The hosts holding the lead at half-time with Natalie Maher scoring. Hitchin Belles coming back in the 2nd half to level the scores and claim a point, Keira How getting the goal for the visiting side her 8th of the campaign.
Letchworth Garden City Eagles climb back above Royston Town Ladies Development into 3rd spot now 2 points behind Hitchin Belles with a game in hand with a good result at home to Bedford Ladies Development this Sunday. Letchworth getting themselves into a 2-0 lead at the break went on to score a further 3 2nd half to run out 5-1 winners, Kate Tempest netting a brace for Letchworth. Tayla Murray also finding the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season with Jade Anglum and Amy Phillips scoring their 1st goals.
Watton Ladies were away to bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures on Sunday the visitors taking the lead, Welwyn coming fighting back to equalise and then go 2-1 in front, Watton then fighting back themselves the scores level at 2-2 before a 3rd goal won the game for Watton 3-2. Keeleigh Berry scoring her 1st goal for Watton, with Amy Marshall and Elizabeth Dowton also scoring a goal each.