Sunday 23rd September
Norfolk Women’s Division One
A great start to the season in Norfolk Women’s Division One for Thorpe United Ladies as they made it 3 wins from 3 at the beginning of the campaign. Away this Sunday were taking on last season’s Division Two Champion’s Sprowston Athletic Ladies a new name this season after being FC Sprowston Ladies last season. Were playing there 1st competitive match under the Sprowston Athletic banner. Thorpe having hit the ground running having the better of the 1st half leading 2-0, and although Sprowston Athletic got their 1st ever goal in Division One courtesy of Rachel Bussey, it wasn’t enough as Thorpe added a 3rd goal to win the game 3-1. Captain, Rebekah Lake scoring twice with Aneliese Smith also getting a goal.
Still very early days in all the county leagues across the East and league tables are only beginning to take shape. Aylsham Ladies returning to Division One started the new campaign with a 4-2 home win over newly promoted Beccles Tow Ladies were at home again this Sunday for their 2nd league fixture taking on Gorleston FC Ladies who have begun the season with a win and a loss. 2 wins from 2 for Aylsham in 2nd spot thanks to 3 goals scored by Millie Cursons, Sophie Lubbock and Leanne Symonds. 3-1 the winning margin Mary Croft scoring the goal for Gorleston.
Sprowston Ladies were in action too for only the 2nd time this season as they travelled to play Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Both without a point going into the match it was Sprowston celebrating the win come the final whistle, Abby Hitchin and Amee Kennett scoring in a 3-0 success for the visitors takes Sprowston 3rd.
Norfolk Women’s Division Two
Relegated without a point on the board and just 9 goals to their name last season Long Stratton Women are enjoying a most welcome rejuvenation in Division Two this season are top of the table after 3 played with 3 wins already on the board and the 9 goals already surpassed were at home on Sunday and were prolific in front of goal against league newcomers Horsford Women on Sunday scoring an eye watering 20 goals (but keep reading the round-ups because it was not the highest score of the weekend). Brutal scorelines for the losing side has to be said but all you can do it move on to the next one. Long Stratton have had many a black afternoon in recent months themselves goals galore this Sunday, Samantha Walker with a triple hat-trick (you won’t say that very often) Emily Watts and Beth Stratton both scoring 4 a piece, Jennifer Head with a brace and a goal for Annie Mayes.
Fakenham Town Ladies also dropping down to Division Two this season are enjoying a much needed rejuvenation themselves starting the season with 2 league wins went into their 3rd game of the season this Sunday at home against another side looking to defend a 100% winning start Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies. The visitors holding the advantage at the break Bure Valley Wildcats 2-1 to the good thanks to goals from Carrie Last and Keira Brown. Fakenham though for the 2nd successive game came back from a losing position to winning the match taking the 3 points with a 3-2 win to move 2nd win 3 wins from 3, Fanny Dankskanen, Kayleigh Robb and Amber Guyatt with the goals.
Taverham Women are new to the league this season and a big win to build on their unbeaten start on Sunday sees them move up into 3rd spot in the Division Two table. Were at home taking on fellow league newcomers Hockering Ladies who travelled short on numbers due various unforeseen reasons. 9 were to become 8 due to injury making for a tough afternoon kept going Taverham capitalising with a big win. Rebecca Sutton top-scoring for Taverham with 5 goals. Hannah Artis and Maya Lawlor getting a brace each with goals too for Laura Jones, Abbie Walker, Tiegan Robinson, Caitlyn Arnup & Charlotte Hurren in a 14-0 scoreline.
A first league win of the season on Sunday for Freethorpe Ladies in Division Two, were at home taking on league newcomers Bulldogs Ladies. Getting into a 2-0 lead at half-time Freethorpe going on to take control of the 2nd half to eventually run out 7-1 winners. Claire Garner and Caitlin Smith both getting two goals each. Kiera Squires, Andrea Colbrook and Amy Morris were all on target with a goal each Freethorpe not scoring in their opening two league matches are up to 5th in the table.