Sunday 17th November
Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
This weekend saw 6 ties taking p[lace in the 2nd Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup, Haverhill Rovers Ladies awarded a home win against Pinchbeck United Women progressing to the quarter finals whilst Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds match at home to Netherton United Ladies has been rearranged for Sunday 1st December.
Cambridge City Ladies Development current holders of the League Cup, promoted to the ERWFL unable to defend their trophy there for the taking this season. ICA Sports Ladies double cup winners two seasons ago making a strong start to the season away in the 2nd Round were playing fellow Premiership side Histon Ladies Reserves. Sophie Lanham netting a brace for Histon, ICA Sports with a number of players unavailable digging deep to clinch the win with goals from Hannah Murphy, Donna Nicholls, Carmen Herridge and a 1st ICA Sports goal for 16-year-old Zoe Davenport securing a 4-2 win to put the visitors into the quarter finals. An injury blow suffered however with ICA Sports, Megan Purnell breaking her ankle in the match, wishing her well for a full and speedy recovery.
Cambridge University Women made it all the way to the League Cup final last season were away to March Town United Ladies in the 2nd Round of this seasons competition on Sunday. A crazy start to the all Premiership tie March taking the lead with just 30 seconds played, Cambridge University coming back to level the score and surge into a 5-1 lead with less than 20 minutes gone the game settling down March battling pulled back 2 goals, Cambridge University kept creating opportunities scoring a further 3 themselves to win the tie 8-3. 2 goals for Charlotte Kenyon netting a brace her first goals for Cambridge University, also amongst the goals Lili Donlon-Mansbridge, Amanda Wainwright, Jennifer Atherton and Lidiya Mykhaylechko. Emma Searle, Jordan Turner and Louise Barbour scoring for March.
Plenty of goals elsewhere in the 2nd Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup too, Leverington Sports Ladies leading the Premiership at home playing Championship side Cardea Ladies who had made a 100% winning start to the league themselves. Shushannah Feast breaking the deadlock with the opening goal scoring her first goal for Leverington since her return from a terrible injury that had her sidelined for 18 months. 1-0 up. Soon after Savanna Plavecz rounded the keeper to make it 2-0 to the host side. Leverington captain, Faye Kowalewsky on target for a 3rd goal. Plavecz on target for a 2nd goal before a brace from top scorer Sophie Swinden saw Leverington into a 6-0 half-time lead. Anna Langa from the penalty spot pulling a goal back for Cardea but a further two goals from Swinden saw Leverington comfortably into the quarter finals with a 8-1 win.
Another high scoring match that saw 10 goals scored went all the way to a penalty shootout. Premiership side Riverside Ladies hosting Mildenhall Town Ladies 2nd in the Championship in the 2nd Round on Sunday. Both sides scoring 5 goals each couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes, Kerry Camwell with a brace for Riverside, with Jess Hill, Gabija Pavlova and Ines Sophia Lopes Monteiro with her first goal of the season. A first half brace for Megan Hobson along with a hat-trick for Kate Hayes her 3rd goal coming in the 88th minute on the scoresheet for Mildenhall. The tie settled from the spot Riverside winning the shootout 3-2 to reach the quarter finals.
Penalties too needed to settle the all Championship 2nd Round tie between Isleham United Ladies and Swavesey Spartans Ladies on Sunday. Laura Todd with her 5th goal of the season for Isleham and Emma Smart scoring her first goal of the season for Swavesey seeing it finish all square at 1 goal apiece at the final whistle. Swavesey edging the shootout 2-1 to book their spot in the League Cup quarter finals.
Lastly, St Ives Town Ladies Development were hosting Championship leaders Cambridge Rangers Women in the League Cup 2nd Round. Cambridge Rangers with a strong start to the season a 100% winning start to top the table. Daniella Lewis with her 12th goal of the season scoring for the visitors, St Ives clinching victory to reach the quarter finals with Tash Applegate scoring her 1st goal for the club and Cherish Sibanda on target for her first of the season in a 2-1 win.
The draw for the quarter finals as follows ties to be played Sun 8th December with a 1:30pm kick-off:-
Haverhill Rovers Ladies v St Ives Town Ladies Development
Leverington Sports Ladies v Cambridge University Women
ICA Sports Ladies v Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds or Netherton United Ladies
Swavesey Spartans Ladies v Riverside Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship
Sadly some readjusting to do in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship table with the first casualty of the season, has been coming I’m afraid the games and call offs adding up the Isleham United Ladies Youth withdrawing from the league. A shame to see and hope to see them back at some point wishing everyone involved with the club all the best.
Two matches taking place this Sunday, the top 4 involved in the League Cup or not playing, Eaton Socon Ladies climb up to 5th in the table joining a cluster of sides all on 12 points. Their 4th win of the season coming away from home at the weekend a close match with Hungate Rovers Ladies a single strike winning the game Hannah Hutchinson on target with her 4th goal of the season to secure the victory.
Fellow newcomers Cambourne United Women joining Eaton Socon Ladies on 12 points to go 6th in the Championship table winning at home on Sunday to match their record of 4 wins and 3 loses from 7 played. Cambourne taking on Burwell Tigers Ladies at the weekend, played on 3G to beat the weather, Emily Arnold with the goal midway through the 1st half to give the hosts a narrow lead at the break, held on to the lead making thing’s alot more comfortable in the final 10 minutes, Arnold scoring her 2nd of the match 7th overall this season to ensure the win.