The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Sixteen
Let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2016 in your football and beyond. A new year and after a short break over the festive period The Tuesday Round-Up is back and the timing couldn’t be perfect as we start the year with Edition Sixteen, blind luck I assure you. However as great as it is good to back writing up The Tuesday Round-Up this edition is going to be the shortest one I have ever written a reduced fixture list any way with 99.9% of the County League’s not resuming till the 10th January it was just the FAWPL and ERWFL sides in action + the one county league match. 23 fixtures in all, of course you’d have hardly missed the weather has been abysmal these past few.. well months really and a lot of rain fell over the festive period grounds are already soaked wouldn’t take much to tip them over the edge and we had alot of rain on Saturday so much so that just 4 fixtures survived across the entire schedule. One match is all we need for The Tuesday Round-Up so let’s get on with it.
FAWPL Southern Division
Only one match survived the weather in the FAWPL Southern Division with Coventry United Ladies playing on a 3G surface, were 5th in the table going into the match hosting bottom side Plymouth Argyle Ladies. Recorded a huge win to lift them up to 3rd in the table and give their goal difference a massive boost too. Coventry were 3-0 up at the break a goal from Nikki Miles sandwiched between 2 for Ashleigh Neville, who went on to complete her hat-tick early in the 2nd half added a 4th on 60 minutes. Helen Dermody also got in on the scoring act scoring a 2nd half hat-tick herself. Marie Gauntlett bagged herself a goal in the 2nd half to with a brace from Amber Hughes late on to make the final score 11-0. Up to 3rd Coventry bow have 30 points 11 behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion WFC, still very much in the hunt for the title as they have 3 games in hand on the leaders.
Eastern Regional Leagues
Two matches survived the weather in the ERWFL both in the premier Division although the weather conditions for both games were terrible. With leaders Stevenage Ladies match getting called off, 2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies had the chance to retake top spot if they could secure 3 points against their opponents Acle United Ladies. With their usual home pitch unplayable they switched to a 3G surface at John Hornsby High School in Basildon early on wanting to get the game under their belts. Acle United Ladies too needed the game had played just the one competitive match since the start of November 2015. With the fixture confirmed this was where the Supporting Women’s Football Blogs featured match came from.
The weather was awful heavy rain falling a strong wind occasionally gusty blowing across the pitch, both sides looked to get on the ball keep in on the ground, Billericay Town pushing Acle United back early on. Got the break through midweek through the 2nd half striker Paris Smith being put in clear inside the box right of goal to score sending her shot across the keeper and into the back of the net. 6 minutes later and Billericay doubled their lead Paris Smith going through on goal again sending this shot over the keepers head and in. Acle United regrouped 2nd half and in a much more even 45 tried hard to pull a goal back to get themselves back into the match Joanne Hooper coming closest her strike from outside the box beating the keeper but coming back out off the inside of the post. Billericay Town won 2-0 to go back to the top of the league have played 2 games more that Stevenage Ladies but crucially have to play them twice. For all of the match action click on the link below to take you to the SWF Blog
AFC Sudbury Ladies are 3 points clear in 3rd spot in the table 7 points back from leaders Billericay Town Ladies after winning their 6th match of the season. This one on grass another wet and cold affair as they travelled over to play Great Shelford Ladies. Won the match 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick scored by Stacey Teager with the other goal scored by defender Rebecca Thrower.
Just the one County League match taking place across the entire eastern region this Sunday in Norfolk Women’s Division Two, Bungay Town Ladies Reserves hosting title chasing Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies who are still unbeaten with a 100% in the league so far this season. Another 3 points for Kirkley & Pakefield and they would regain the lead from title rivals North Walsham Angels Ladies. Won’t be surprised to hear it was another wet and muddy match. was all square at the break 2-2 before Kirkley & Pakefield went on to score another 5 goals in the match 2nd half, Bungay Town Ladies Reserves found the net once more the final score 7-3 to Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies, Selina Rowland scoring 4 times along with a brace from Nikki Wigg plus an OG. Alice Cheverton, Emily Coe and Eva Evans scoring for Bungay Town Ladies Reserves.
Told you it was going to be short, hope the next edition of The Tuesday Round-Up can bring you more action the games are beginning to stack up, need to be played, but the ground is saturated needs to dry up the rain needs to hold off for a spell early January it is a concern right across the East. Hope you all get a game in soon until next week thanks for reading.