Sunday 18th November
Suffolk Women’s County Cup
The County Cup action continues with the Suffolk Women’s competition too at the 2nd Round stage, 8 ties drawn out of the hat (it might have been a bag I’m just guessing) all vying for a place in the quarter finals, Ipswich Town Ladies dominating in recent season’s have an iron grip on the trophy. Progressed with an away win to make the last 8 this time around. Haverhill Rovers Ladies and Needham Market Women also progressing courtesy of home wins that left 5 ties to be decided on the pitch in Sunday.
AFC Sudbury Ladies were Ipswich Town Ladies opponents in last season’s final. They were drawn at home to Suffolk Women’s Division side, Leiston St Margarets Ladies in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. A tough start to the season in the ERWFL Premier Division, AFC Sudbury proving the stronger side on the day gaining a positive result to reach the quarter finals of the competition. Carmen Joyce scoring a brace, their were goals to for Charlene Roach-Smith, Emma Paveley and Emma Squirrel in a 6-0 home win.
Two sides have started the Suffolk Women’s Division win a 100% winning start both entering the Suffolk Women’s County Cup at this weekends 2nd Round stage, defending champions East Bergholt United Ladies with an away trip to Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies who have graced the pitch at Portman Road itself in a recent final in the County Cup, East Bergholt are scoring plenty of goals whilst not shipping many at the other end so far this season and that form continue into the County Cup as they can away win a 4-0 win to reach the quarter finals.
Brantham Athletic Ladies too have started the season well a 100% winning start in the Suffolk Women’s Division neck and neck with East Bergholt at the top of the table, were at home in the 2nd Round of the County Cup taking on Bungay Town Ladies who themselves have endured a tough start to the season in Norfolk Women’s Division One as they begin the defence of their league title, the small shoots of recovery beginning last weekend. Brantham Athletic starting the game the better getting themselves into a strong 3-0 lead, Bungay with 2 players on debut and 3 just 16-years-old fought back to 3-2 thanks to goals from Leanne Smith and Imogen Mcgregor on her debut from the penalty spot, before Brantham Athletic settled the game scoring from a free-kick to win the game 4-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
Woodbridge Town Ladies were hosting Beccles Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup at the weekend, Beccles taking an early lead, Woodbridge responding quickly to level the scores. Both scoring again in the 1st half the tie remained all square at half-time no further goals 2nd half the tie heading into a penalty shoot-out, Woodbridge emerging 3-2 winners in the shoot-out to book their place in the last 8 in their debut season. Rosie Cook and Fran Heaney scoring for Beccles.
An all Suffolk Women’s Division clash saw Brettvale Ladies hosting Coplestonians Ladies in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. The visitors advancing with a 4-1 win to complete the quarter final line-up. Another intriguing last 8 in the competition will be waiting with interest to see what the draw brings up.