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Cup Final Report – Cambridge United WFC v Great Shelford Ladies


Cup Final Report – Cambridge United WFC v Great Shelford Ladies

   Trip to Histon FC this Thursday evening to watch the final of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Final sponsored by S-Tech Insurance between Cambridge United WFC and Great Shelford Ladies.

  Something of a regular fixture these days as the 2 leading sides in women’s football in Cambridgeshire contest the final for the 4th consecutive season, Cambridge United WFC, (or Cambridge WFC as they were previously) winning the trophy on each occasion. A rearranged final having been originally scheduled for 2 weeks ago, heavy rain before the match left standing water on the pitch and unsafe travelling conditions led to the match being unfortunately called off.

Road to the Final
  Contrasting season’s for both sides, Cambridge United WFC had a poor start to the season failing to pick up a win and going out of the FA Women’s Cup, turned thing’s around going on an 8 match unbeaten run to climb up the FAWPL South east Division One table have finished top half with their best points haul in the league. Defending the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup entered the competition in the 2nd Round a home win was awarded against opponents Fulbourn Bluebirds. 
  Were on the road in the quarter finals away to Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side Newmarket Town Ladies, played at Newmarket Town FC, Cambridge United WFC were far too strong on the day winning the game 9-0. On the the semi-finals and a good test as they were drawn against Cambridge City Ladies young guns hoping to win the Premiership title in their 1st season at that level. Cambridge United WFC won the game 6-2 to reach the final once again.
  Playing in the league below Cambridge United WFC, in the ERWFL Premier Division it has been a tough season for Great Shelford Ladies have been near the bottom of the table all season unable to get a decent run of games in in a stop start season, as they look to bring in a few younger players to build for the future.
   Were away to Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North side March Town United Ladies in the 2nd Round won the game 4-1 to make the quarter finals and a home draw against Premiership side Bar Hill Ladies. Won the game 5-1 to advance through to the semi-finals. Faced another Premiership side away from home with title ambitions ICA Sports Ladies who had beaten higher league opponents in the quarter finals knocking out Riverside Rovers Ladies in a penalty shoot out. No upset this time around with Great Shelford Ladies winning 3-1 to set up another final with Cambridge.

  The venue Histon FC just off the A14, a good sized non-league stadium with great facilities a large main seated stand overlooking the dugouts, A bar situated at the back. Hot and col refreshments below. Covered stands all around which was just as well as the weather although dry at the start of the game was going to get very wet later, dark clouds filling the sky the wind starting to pick up as the two sides walked out onto the pitch.

Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Verity Crook, Emma Jenkins, Lucy Du Plooy, Laura Bright (C), Kayleigh-Anne Burt, Laura Baker, Hannah Goodchild, Laura Mills, Becky Taylor, Faith Hewitt & Paige Logie.
subs – Tahnee Perfect, Carrie Bennett, Isabella Simmons, Monique Christian & Nicola Geoghan.

Great Shelford Ladies starting XI – Laura Gilbey (C), Katie Sims, Katie Webb, Cindy Ponder, Claire Creek, Sophie Lanham, Alison Wright, Jordanne Sillitoe, Sophie Hopkin, Kate Saunders & Rachael Pearce

subs – Natalie Shenton, Abigail Davies, Claire Andrews, Sophie Ugur & Chloe Houston.

 (roll on roll off substitutes)
   It’s Great Shelford to kick off the 1st half of the final wearing claret shirts with sky blue sides and sleeves against Cambridge lined up opposite wearing amber and black vertical striped shirts, black shorts and amber socks. Jordanne Sillitoe is on the ball early played in down the right wing, driving forwards is stopped by Cambridge’s Lucy Du Plooy at left back. 
Winning a free kick on half-way a chance for Great Shelford to play it long into the Cambridge area, Cindy Ponder to put the ball in, goes into the box bouncing Cambridge goalkeeper Verity Crook calls for it and claims. 
  Emma Jenkins is released into space on the right as Cambridge go forwards, Faith Hewitt putting her in to attack, bringing the ball on whips in an early cross long across the Great Shelford box, were Becky Taylor who previously played for Great Shelford is racing in, can’t quite get there to turn the ball home as it runs out of play for a goal kick. On the right side again Laura Mills carries the ball down the flank squaring a cross in towards Paige Logie coming over to receive the ball inside the box, lays it back to the face of the area with Laura Baker running in meets it hitting the shot 1st time sees her effort run wide across the goal.
  Cambridge win a free kick on the left side inside the Great Shelford half the ball played high into the box is sent back out Cambridge get hold of it a strike from distance comes in, goes high and wide, a corner kick is signalled the ball taking a deflection on the way out. Mills on corner duty plays the ball into the centre of the box, Great Shelford’s Alison Wright rises to head the ball away.
 Cambridge are finding space for their wide players to attack have the Great Shelford defence back tracking, Ponder and fellow centre back Claire Creek are dealing with most thing’s flung into the so far. In the centre Wright get’s her foot on the ball and carries it forwards a surge into the Cambridge area, captain Laura Bright gets across to put in the tackle and win the ball putting it out for a corner kick. Played long from the left goes over everyone gathered inside the six yard box out for a goal kick. 
  The wind has been getting stronger and in comes the rain as it starts to fall Baker nods the ball forwards in the midfield getting free plays the ball out to Mills wide right, driving up the pitch cuts back inside trying to take the ball beyond Ponder into the area to shoot the central defender stands firm winning the ball. Taylor coming forwards into the Great Shelford half sends the ball over the top with Mills racing forwards ahead of her meets the dropping ball on the volley drives wide.
  GOAL! 25 minutes into the 1st half the chances have been building for Cambridge as the open the scoring, the ball is played forwards from midfield into the area, bouncing as it comes in Mills is looking to get onto the end of it, comes through to goalkeeper and captain Laura Gilbey, inside her six yard box under challenge manages to pluck it out of the air but drops it as she falls to the ground, the ball spilling out to the left, Baker is up with her and getting onto the end of the ball taps it home 1-0.
  The Great Shelford defence breached Cambridge keep coming a powerful run from Logie moving into space on the right, turns and plays the ball across the face of the Great Shelford box Hewitt gets her foot over the shot to turn it towards goal, runs straight through to the gloves of Gilbey. A mazy run from Mills on the ball sees her come inside her shot from outside the box charged down by Ponder. 
  Great Shelford’s attackers haven’t had much opportunity to link up 1st half getting hold of the ball inside the Cambridge half, Katie Saunders plays the ball out to Rachael Pearce on the left pushes on then looks to put the ball square into Sophie Hopkin coming through the middle can’t quite take the ball on as it just evades her allowing Cambridge the chance to clear. Double change for Cambridge, Isabella Simmons and Tahnee Perfect coming on for Hewitt and Goodchild. 
  Wright is up inside the Cambridge box for a free kick sent in from halfway pulls away right trying to bring the ball down with defender Kayleigh-Anne Burt on her, squeezes a shot away, too many bodies to get through, takes a deflection sending it behind for the corner. Comes in central Crook comes and claims unchallenged. Again Wright is brought down as she tries to carry the ball forwards through the middle of the park, 30 yards out Sophie Lanham takes this one goes for goal gets the ball past the wall, runs wide of goal.
  Taylor attacks up the left for Cambridge pushing on has Logie available inside the box coming out towards the ball, Taylor plays it into her Logie hits the shot on the turn looking to put the ball high into the back of the net, Gilbey has come to close her down gets her gloves on the ball to push it out of her area. 
  Late on in the 1st half, Hopkin gets free into space on the right a chance to take the ball on into the Cambridge box, entering the area evades Bright and shoots, coming across to cover her central defensive partner Burt makes a great block to deny the goal scoring opportunity. Change for Great Shelford late on too Lanham coming off and Sophie Ugur coming on.
Half-time Cambridge United WFC 1-0 Great Shelford Ladies
   Cambridge lead one nil at the break, Laura Baker with the goal. A slender lead, they have had plenty of attacks, getting down the wings and could have had more. Great Shelford will be happy to have kept the scoreline down have worked hard to defend found it difficult to pose a threat up the other end. Cambridge get the 2nd half underway.
  Sillitoe has been looking to take on players every time she has the ball at her feet get’s fouled by Du Plooy this time free kick awarded wide right around 25 yards out. Saunders is over the ball, plays in a great delivery towards the far post Great Shelford have two runners coming in, the ball lands favourably for the defender in between them and the ball is headed away. 
  Simmons has been lively in attack for Cambridge since coming on 1st half, seeing shots blocked from outside the area. The ball is played into her in a central position this time from the left side, going for the shot the ball takes a wicked deflection spinning away for a corner kick. Put in to the plays coming to attack the near post is met by a Cambridge head the ball turned across goal goes over the crossbar.
 Bright is booked as she fouls Wright halfway inside the Cambridge half, the ball is played high into the Cambridge area, calls for hand ball as the ball drops for Burt then runs out of play, the crowd and Great Shelford bench have a better angle to see it than the referee on the other side of the play who awards a goal kick. 
  A shot from Taylor coming into the box from the left following good play between Simmons and Logie in front of the Great Shelford area rolling the ball into Taylor’s path she shoots the ball held by Gilbey. Perfect coming forwards lays the ball into Mills out on the right sends the cross in to the area, Taylor the target, Ponder gets her head on it 1st behind for a corner.
Paige Logie
  GOAL! Mills to take the corner plays it in to the near post area the ball is headed away by Great Shelford outside the box Cambridge retrieve play the ball back out to Mills who stands the ball up into the area, near side again the ball is met by Simmons headed on into the six yard box where it is met by Logie who heads home from close range to make it 2-0.
   Great Shelford make a double change Chloe Houston and Abigail Davies coming on for Hopkin and Katie Sims who is struggling with an earlier knock. Carrie Bennett comes on for Du Plooy for Cambridge.
Laura Baker scoring
twice in the final
  GOAL! Cambridge extend their lead as they get bodies forwards have Taylor on the ball surges down the left wing, looking to get around the player in front of her and turn into the area, doing so squares the ball along the face of the box with Baker timing her run to perfection hitting the shot 1st time angles low and accurate inside the post squeezing past the diving keeper. 3-0.
 Cambridge corner on the right the ball put high into the box Gilbey jumps to catch it looses it as she is knocked to the ground, Logie gets hold of the lose ball inside the six yard box, looks to smash it goalwards, Great Shelford block the ball landing for Gilbey to pull into her body, gets the decision this time around. Mills bursts into the Great Shelford area as the ball is played long, hits the shot on the run, Gilbey gets down sharply makes the save pushing the ball out to the left, Ponder is back help out and gets the ball up the field.
  Logie comes off for Cambridge as they bring on Monique Christian. Ponder comes off for Great Shelford, Andrews going back on. Cambridge win a couple of corner kicks that sees the ball headed over the cross bar then put wide of goal. As the rain starts to fall heavily across the ground, Cambridge bring off Burt and Baker send Goodchild and Hewitt back into the action. A fantastic run by Sillitoe on the ball carrying it half the length of the pitch darting inside to run at the Cambridge area, goes to shoot the ball blocked by Goodchild. 
 More changes as the game goes into the final 10 minutes, Wright and Ugur off, Lanham and Pearce return to the pitch. Simmons and Hewitt both see shots from outside the box charged down by Creek and Webb. Jenkins getting forwards has a go from further out the ball is gathered by Gilbey. Closing minutes and a touching gesture from Cambridge late on named amongst tonight’s substitutes Nicola Geoghan is brought on replacing Taylor. Geoghan has unfortunately had to retire from the game having sustained a concussion early in the season and following doctors advice has decided to hang up her boot, highly thought of at the club she will be greatly missed on the field. 
  Hopkin back on for Great Shelford almost steals in behind the Cambridge defence but Crook has seen the threat and is out of her area early to close the ball down launch it clear. Last chance of the match falls of Geoghan up in attack the ball squared across the face of the area, she and Gilbey slide in for it Gilbey managing to claim the ball. That signals the end of the game and Cambridge celebrate retaining the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup in the pouring rain. Their 1st trophy as United.
  Were the dominant side on the night created plenty of chances although Great Shelford did well to keep the scoreline down to 1-0 at half-time had few chances to score themselves. Will be hoping for better thing’s next season although they won’t be doing it as Great Shelford Ladies. Histon FC will be their new home as they are to become Histon Ladies adopted by the men’s club helps to ensure a lasting future for the club.
Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup winners, Cambridge United WFC
 Congratulations to Cambridge United WFC  on retaining the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup once again. My thanks to Cambridgeshire FA’s Chris Abbott for his help tonight.

The Tuesday Round-Up

The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Thirty Two

From Sunday 24th April

The final Sunday in April, spring might be trying to get here but it’s having a bit of trouble getting out of bed weather is decidedly hit and miss. This was a hugely important weekend of fixtures across the East, plenty of games seeing sides play out there final games of the 2015/16 campaign The Tuesday Round-Up is going to be getting alot shorter as we round things down. More matters settled across the leagues too. Three more league champions sorted out across the pyramid. A Cup Final… well Plate to and you’ll read about it all here starting with that final so let’s go.

FAWPL Plate Final

The FAWPL runs 2 cup competition the League Cup and League Plate a preliminary round determining which competition a club will contest at the start of the season. This Sunday saw the Plate Final being played at Keys Park, home of Hednesford Town FC. The two sides to reach the final did so by not conceding a single goal on the road to the final. A side from the FAWPL’s 2nd tier reaching the final for the 1st time with South East Division One side Enfield Town Ladies celebrating their 30th anniversary this year making it to their 1st ever national final to play FAWPL Southern Division side Coventry United Ladies.

Was a physical game right from the off, Enfield Town Ladies working hard putting a lot into closing down Coventry United Ladies. Didn’t stop them taking an early lead as Jade Brook turned the ball home arriving far post after Alison Hall headed a Cristina Torkildsen ball down across the face of goal inside the opening 5 minutes. Far from capitulate Enfield Town Ladies continued to press the ball winning a free kick, Kerrie Marlborough sweeping the ball out to the far post where it was met by Elizabeth Kent putting them back on level terms. Coventry United Ladies got themselves back in front right on the stroke of half-time Libby Piggott arriving inside the six yard box turning home coming following a cross from the left.

  2-1 up at half-time the lead was 3-1 shortly after the break, the goal awarded from a corner kick is stopped on the goal line by a hand the crowd are silent fear a penalty, are surprised when a goal is awarded instead Torkildsen credited with it. Chances dried up for Enfield Town Ladies 2nd half, Coventry United Ladies kept coming on having more chances to score did eventually late on Marie Gauntlett bagging a brace the 1st a cheeky back heel inside the six yard box the 2nd an audacious lob from outside the box, 5-1 the final score Coventry United Ladies celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate Final. The whole match report from the SWF Blog can be found below this post.

Coventry United Ladies captain Natasha Lynch holding aloft the FAWPL Plate trophy

Coventry United Ladies captain Natasha Lynch holding aloft the FAWPL Plate trophy

FAWPL Southern Division

The FAWPL Southern Division title has already been decided refer to Edition 30 of The Tuesday Round-Up for more detail Brighton & Hove Albion WFC securing the title 2 Sunday’s ago playing out their league fixtures. News from Brighton & Hove Albion WFC since then shocking not only Brighton fans but the football community in general with the news the club has sacked manager James Marrs with what will undoubtedly be one of the clubs biggest games in it’s history to come the FAWPL Play-off final at the end of may. Little details are available but a complaint made through the Sussex FA was made that led to the club taking immediate action.

On to this weekends football action several sides were again playing out their final fixtures across the 3 games taking place. Charlton Athletic Women were playing their final home game of the season playing 2nd from top playing 2nd from bottom with Forest Green Rovers Ladies the visitors. Charlton were in goal scoring form straight from the off going 3-0 up inside the opening 8 minutes, Kit Graham after 2 minutes, Charley Clifford on 5 minutes and Gemma Shepherd scoring the 3rd on 8 minutes. were 5-0 to the good at half-time Shepherd and Clifford both scoring again, Clifford completed her hat-trick 2 minutes into the 2nd half. Kerry Walklett pulled a goal back for Forest Green Rovers before Stefanie Simmons found the back of the net to get herself on the score sheet on 67 minutes, Shepherd had her hat-trick 5 minutes later. Charlotte Lee scoring a goal in the last 5 minutes to seal a 9-1 win a closing in on finishing runners up getting a huge boost as 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies lost. Now 5 points clear with on game to play away to Coventry United Ladies a win would guarantee 2nd.

A blow for 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies in their quest for the runners-up spot in the FAWPL Southern Division as they suffered defeat on the South Coast at Portsmouth FC Ladies playing their final league game of the season and last in charge for manager Perry Northeast. Finished with a win after a goalless 1st half Portsmouth’s Emma Sherwood put the home side into the lead on the 68th minute. Entering the final 10 minutes Portsmouth doubled the lead with Shannon Sievwright on target. Cardiff City Ladies pulled a goal back deep into injury time, not enough as Portsmouth ended with a win. Currently in 4th place are 3 points ahead of 5th placed Coventry United Ladies who have 2 to play against 2nd placed Charlton and 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies. Coventry United Ladies could finished 3rd themselves if they pick up 2 wins in their final 2 matches.

In the other game in the FAWPL Southern Division both sides were playing their final game of the season and it was another point on the board for bottom club Plymouth Argyle Ladies hosting Queens Park Rangers Ladies. The visitors took the lead midway through the 1st half Cherrelle Albert scoring on 25 minutes. Plymouth Argyle hit back straight away Mollie Taylor getting them back on level terms within a minute of going behind. That was the score at half-time. Again Queens Park Rangers took the lead Juliette Denny firing in the goal 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Took Plymouth Argyle a bit longer to get back on level terms 20 minutes with Rebecca Atkins scoring on the 71st minute to see Plymouth Argyle take a point from their final FAWPL Southern Division match, for now.

FAWPL South East Division One

Last Sunday Crystal Palace Ladies celebrated winning the FAWPL South East Division One title and their reward for doing so was an opportunity to play at Selhurst Park. Arranged quickly with an earlier kick off time it was a fantastic opportunity for them but also opponents Cambridge United WFC visiting who were playing their final league game of the season. Formed a guard of honour for the new champions as they walked onto the pitch, Cambridge were missing a few 1st team regulars for the game went 1-0 down inside the 1st 5 minutes Abigail Igbavboa putting Crystal Palace Ladies into the lead. Cambridge goalkeeper Tafadzwa Mhunduru gave away then saved the resulting penalty. 2nd half Crystal Palace Ladies went on to win 3-0, 2 goals scored by Rochelle Shakes still unbeaten this season with 2 games left to play. Made it a league and cup double winning the Surrey FA County Cup last Thursday.

Gillingham FC Ladies have picked up just the single point in their last 3 games going into this Sunday’s match at home to Ipswich Town Ladies who are enjoying a resurgence in the latter half of the season up to 6th place. Olivia Dixon and Amanda Crump put them 2-0 up in the 1st half before Lauren Davis scored for Gillingham to make it 2-1 at half-time. Fought back 2nd half getting back on level terms 5 minutes into the 2nd half Kallie Balfour getting onto the end of a ball flighted into the box to turn the ball into the back of the net. Lydia Wills came off the bench in the 77th minute and netted the winning goal 5 minutes later seeing Gillingham take all 3 points winning 3-2.

Has been a difficult and frustrating season for Old Actonians Ladies since the start of 2016 having been playing catch up in their fixtures, still are they. Had dropped down the table to 10th have more or less needed just a single win to be safe for weeks now but haven’t won a single league point in 2016, 8 games played. A home match this Sunday against Norwich City Ladies, Old Actonians took the lead in the 1st half but were pegged back with a minute of the 1st half to play as Ebony Wiseman scored for Norwich. 2nd half and the same again Old Actonians going in front, Norwich pulling it back to 2-2 with 2 minutes normal time to play Wiseman again on target. Old Actonians had time to find the winning goal late in injury time to celebrate finally securing FAWPL football for a 2nd season, a brace from Carla Williams and a Hannah Pearson goal sealing the win. That also confirms Lowestoft Town Ladies relegation as the 2nd bottom side with just the one fixture to play can no longer catch Old Actonians.

Eastern Regional Leagues

Another side playing FAWPL football next season will be Stevenage Ladies as they got the 3 points they needed at the weekend to win the ERWFL Premier Division title. To games left to play before Sunday both against the bottom clubs they were hosting Great Wakering Rovers Ladies who had found a little bit of form right at the end of their season, scored 2 goals however Stevenage Ladies scored 3 times to seal a 3-2 win, Amy Josland and a brace from Donna McGuigan seeing them crowned champions.

Congratulations to Stevenage Ladies on winning the ERWFL Premier Division title.

2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies had just the one game to play knew even a win might not be enough to pip Stevenage Ladies to the title but needed the 3 points to keep the pressure on hope local rival Great Wakering Ladies could do them a favour as they travelled to bottom club Great Shelford Ladies looking to finish with a win. Got the 3 points, Nicola Dunston, Nicole Farmer, Lindsey Morgan, Lauren Knight and Michelle Stoneman all getting their name on the scoresheet as Billericay Town Ladies won 5-0 end the season as runner-up for the 3rd successive season.

A successful league campaign for AFC Sudbury Ladies to finishing in 3rd place in the ERWFL Premier Division in their 1st season in the top division in the ERWFL. Have been up there pretty much all season too. Were at home for their final league match taking on Brentwood Town Ladies who have been struggling for results in the latter part of the season, the visitors found the back of the next 3 times, Chelcee Grimes, Carla Rose and Stacey Turner scoring, AFC Sudbury hit back with double that tally, a goal from Sophie Jeffery plus a brace from Stacey Teager, with substitute Mia Etheridge smashing home a hat-trick to see them end the season with a 6-3 win.

4th placed Colchester Town Ladies were playing their final league match of the season at home to Acle United Ladies. After a goalless 1st half it was Colchester Town who opened the scoring 2nd half Kerry Stimson putting the ball home on 58 minutes. Acle United having beaten Bungay Town Ladies in a friendly match 1-0 in midweek were frustrating Colchester Town all game battling hard, earned a point late in the game a Amber Rowland was fouled inside the box. Joanne Hooper scoring from the penalty spot. Colchester Town can no finish no lower than 5th and have the final of the ERWFL League Cup to prepare for which although I have no confirmation of I believe to be on Sun 22nd May will let everyone know as soon as i do keep an eye on the twitter feed. 

 Elsewhere in the ERWFL it was the semi-final stage of the Division One Cup. Writtle Ladies were beaten in the final of the Essex Women’s County Cup last Thursday, are into their 2nd final of the season as they travelled to Offley & Stopsley Ladies on Sunday. goals from Courtney Clark, Abigail Fry, Amelia Murphy and Charlotte Walker seeing them win the match 4-2 to reach the final. Their opponents will be Colney Heath Ladies after they beat won their semi-final against Hoddesdon Owls Ladies, one goal enough to put them into their 2nd successive final having contested the ERWFL League Plate as it was last season. Christina Freestone the goal hero scoring to send them through. Again date and details of the final will be published on twitter as soon as I have them.


The games are running out in Norfolk Women’s Division One and despite a hit and miss fixture schedule it’s still all to play for as 3 sides remain in contention for the league title. Leaders Wymondham Town Ladies and 2nd placed Brandon Town Ladies wren’t in action (Brandon since the end of February whilst waiting for the others to catch up) 3rd placed Thorpe United Ladies being on of those are now a point behind Brandon with a game in hand after a convincing 9-2 win at home to Bungay Town Ladies. Captain Rebekah Lake hitting home 4 goals with Charlotte Groves close behind with a hat-trick, Alice Ford and Cara Anderson also on target. Nicola Hazell and Emily Leach with the goals for Bungay Town Ladies. All 3 can still win the title although Wymondham Town Ladies are in pole position one game to play win it and Brandon Town can’t catch them, Thorpe United have 2 to play tough ones to against Brandon Town and 4th placed Aylsham FC Ladies if they pick up the points and Wymondham Town win their last match it’ll be down to goal difference Wymondham Town currently have a +6 advantage.

Lynn Ladies were celebrating this week as they start a new chapter in the clubs young history formed the season before and winning promotion to Norfolk Women’s Division One they have now formed a partnership with Kings Lynn Town FC (The Linnets) and will be playing under their banner next season a huge boost for women’s football in the West of Norfolk in a county that has traditional been dominated from sides in the east and Norwich area, in a county that still has plenty of room for expansion in the women’s game. Will be playing their home fixtures from now on at Lynn Sports 3G surface. Played there this Sunday with Fakenham Town Ladies the visitors. An action packed 1st 45 minutes saw Lynn Ladies take a 4-2 lead into the break. A brace from Shelley Woods, and a goal each from Emma Woods and Brittany Barbour. Nina Batchelor and Sian Sands scoring for Fakenham Town Ladies. 2nd half a different story with just one more goal scored Jodie Hopkins with the goal.

Just the one game being played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two with the fixture list very nearly completed. Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies already promoted secured the title last Sunday and were looking to go the whole season unbeaten in the league were away to 2nd bottom side Morley Ladies. Won the game 5-1 to finish with a record of 13 wins and a draw. Have the final of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup Final to look forwards to playing Ipswich Town Ladies at Portman Road and the date of the final has been brought forwards to Monday May the 9th with a 7:00pm KO.

Gorleston FC Ladies are the champions in Norfolk Women’s Division Three, winning the title and promotion in their 1st season as a club. Winning all 12 of their league games played so far this season over hauled leaders Harleston Ladies last weekend and can no longer be caught at the top. A double header with Dereham Town Ladies they won 6-0 away last weekend were at home this time around, goals from Melissa Anderson, Molly Sims, Samantha Hunn and Leanne Duffett sealing a 4-0 win as they look forwards to playing in Norfolk Women’s Division Two next season.

  Congratulations to Gorleston FC Ladies on winning the Norfolk Women’s Division Three title.


 The Suffolk Women’s Division has been a highly competitive league all season the title race hotly contested all the way, but after this weekend’s results it is down to a 2 horse race with one side playing out their fixtures in front looking back knowing they other can catch them up.

Brantham Athletic Ladies leading the way finish their league matches with an 8-1 victory away to bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies. A brace of goals each for Lucy Dunnett, Kirsten Hutchings and Jessica Ryan along with a goal each for Jo Hazelton and Shanice Leeks seeing them finish on a high can only watch now.

That is because 2nd placed Copleston Ladies won a crucial game in their quest for the Suffolk Women’s Division title having climbed up to that position last Sunday having had games in hand on everyone all season still do were away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies this Sunday one goal saw the 3 points won coming in the 2nd half Jade Horne getting it as Copleston Ladies won 1-0. Have 2 games left to play home and away against the bottom 2 sides two wins are needed get them and they will over take Brantham Athletic Ladies and win the league title.

  Had led for a good portion of the season so East Bergholt United Ladies may well feel disappointed with a 3rd place finish falling away at the end they finish their league fixtures with a win away to Leiston St Margarets Ladies, Jessica Clark and Jessica Oxlade both scoring in 2-0 win.


ICA Sports Ladies are once again the new leaders of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. going a point clear at the top over Cambridge United WFC Reserves have a game in hand on them to. Were away to Bar Hill Ladies at the weekend edged the 3 points with a 2-1 win, Louise Barbour scoring both goals for ICA Sports Ladies. Anna Jephson on target for Bar Hill Ladies. Has all tightened up at the top of the Premiership with a handful of games left. Both ICA Sports Ladies and Cambridge United WFC Reserves have 3rd placed Cambridge City Ladies closing them down.

Games in hand on the top two in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, Cambridge City Ladies beat Cambridge University Women at home during the week 7-0 and followed that up with a 6-0 at home this Sunday against bottom side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Lauren Ambrose hitting 2 goals into the back of the net with a goal a piece for Grace Stanley, Lauren Tomlinson, Philippa Witherspoon and Carla Penny. Are now 3 points behind leaders ICA Sports Ladies with 4 games left to play 2 more than the leaders play Bar Hill Ladies during the week and could be the new leaders going into next Sunday’s fixtures.

In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, there are still plenty of games to be played leaders Bourne Ladies remain 4 points clear of 2nd placed March Town United Ladies who were awarded a home win against Downham Town Ladies this Sunday. Bourne Ladies were at home to Tydd St Marys Ladies had thumped the side bottom of the table 14-0 last Sunday were no less rampant in front of goal this time around. Tracey Duxbury-Mead scoring 8 times herself on the day. Toni McHamilton was also banging in the goals getting 5. A brace each for Stephanie Starr and Charlotte Ayers with a goal each for Rossana Baker, Jemma Smith and Catherine Dougall seeing them win 20-0 see’s them with a huge goal difference over their rivals. 3rd placed Wisbech Town Ladies were also awarded a home win at the weekend against Stamford Ladies.

  A clash between 1st and 3rd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South at the weekend with leaders Park Ladies travelling to Milton Ladies. A brace from Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks plus a goal for Sam Cousins saw Milton Ladies win the game 3-0. The 3 points seeing the gap to Park Ladies closed to 9 points MIlton have 3 games more to play than Park Ladies and with their goal differences virtually the same it’s all still up for grabs in the league. A game in hand on Park Ladies, 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies could have capitalised on Park Ladies defeat to Milton closed the 5 point gap between them as they travelled to Isleham United Ladies. Georgia Rebane and Sasha Smith scoring for St Ives they had to settle for a point as Isleham United scored twice themselves to see the game end all square at 2-2, Shona Kelly and Rebecca Webb on target. To get the fixtures played Comberton Ladies and Riverside Rovers Reserves were playing a double header this Sunday at Comberton, Riverside Rovers Reserves winning both matches one 5-0 the other 2-0.


Hullbridge Sports Ladies are the new champions of the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Formed two seasons ago it is now back to back title wins for the club. Went into their final match of the season away to Hutton Ladies Reserves knowing a point would be enough to take the title lift them above Chelmsford City Ladies and win the title. Brogan Kelly opened the scoring for Hullbridge Sports, Katie Hartigan and Christina Fragnito giving them a 3-0 lead, Hutton Ladies Rerserves pulling it back to 3-1 before Kelly scored again to make it 4-1 and see Hullbridge Sports lead the way for the 1st time this season, the only time that really matters on at the finish.

 Congratulations to Hullbridge Sports Ladies on your title win.

One other game in the Essex Women’s Premier Division saw bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies  beaten 5-1 at home by Eastern Avenue Ladies who secure a 4th place finish in the table.

The Essex Women’s Division One campaign will run a little longer with more sides competing in the league, Harlow Ladies have led the way all season played 15 league games to date have won them all earning another huge win away to 9th placed Valley Green on Sunday racking up a 21-1 win. Abbie Bensted baging herself a double hat-trick in the match, were hat-tricks to for Nene McInerney and Phillipa Stephens. Catherine Kelly and Rebecca Watson hit 2 goals each Tia Dye and Phoebe McMurray and Riley Bennett also on the scoresheet whilst Chloe Ring set the ball rolling with the opening goal. Promotion to the Essex Women’s Premier Division long since assured need just one more win to finish as Division One Champions.

 Alresford Colne Rangers climb up into 3rd place in the Division One table with a 3-2 win at home against 5th placed Wickford Town Ladies on Sunday.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

After the weekends results Hartford Town Ladies remain go 3 points clear at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One playing away at 2nd bottom Sandy Ladies, Laveena Betts opened their goals scoring on 20 minutes. Freya Rampley also scoring in the 1st half. Lisa Kline Becky Shephard, Kerry Oldham plus 2 goals for Bilge Taspinar saw them win comfortably 7-2. Chloe Reeves with both the goals for Sandy Ladies. In the other game played in Division One Letchworth Garden City Eagles beat Garston Ladies 2-1 to move above them into 5th on the table.

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, leaders Sharnbrook WFC have secured a top two finish and are almost certainly going to go up as champions have one game left to play away to Garston Ladies FC 96 and need to avoid a 14-0 defeat. That is the margin 2nd placed Houghton Athletic Ladies are behind them as they celebrate winning a 2nd successive promotion. Were away to AFC Kempston Rovers this Sunday needing the win to make certain of a 2nd placed finish. Emma Hawkes hit the ball into the back of the net for 4 goals with Ciara Craig close behind with a hat-tick, Becky Sullivan scoring too as they won the game 8-1 to wrap up the season. Sophie Keech with the goal for AFC Kempston Rovers. The table still shows Houghton Athletic Ladies in 3rd with a game left to play however it is a formality as they have been awarded the 3 points to put them on 36.

A strong finish to the season for Hitchin Town Ladies who end up in 3rd place a point behind Houghton Athletic Ladies. Were away to Garston Ladies FC 96 for their last league match of the season, Garston’s promotion push faltering at the end as Hitchin Town Ladies too all 3 points with a 6-2 win, Emma Chaffey and Rachael Jones both scoring 2 goals with Kayleigh Saunders and Helen Coster also getting goals. Lilly Clark with both the goals for Garston Ladies FC 96. A 3rd place finish may yet be enough to see Hitchin Town Ladies go up as the leagues could face adjustment over the summer.

Two games played in Beds & Herts Division Three at the weekend a clash between the top 2. With Hitchin Belles moving 3 points clear at the top over Evergreen Ladies following a 3-0 win at Evergreen. Had moved level on points during the week with a 2-7 win at Crawley Green Ladies. Emily Field, Shannon Page and Charlotte Peters with the goals. Now 3 points in front of Evergreen Ladies with a game more to play. Evergreen Ladies have 2 games left to play are 3 points ahead of 3rd placed Icknield Ladies who also have 2 left to play. Icknield Ladies winning 3 points at home on Sunday with a 4-1 win against bottom side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies.

That concludes Edition Thirty Two of The Tuesday Round-Up, several teams playing out their league fixtures will be a shorter edition next time around and a few more thing’s will be sorted out. Lots of midweek fixtures happening this week too so might even be sorted before then, however whatever is sorted with be rounded up right here so until next week thanks for reading.

FAWPL Plate Final – Enfield Town Ladies v Coventry United Ladies

 The Supporting Women’s Football Blog was at Hednesford Tow FC, Keys Park ground on Sunday to watch the FAWPL Plate Final between Enfield Town Ladies and Coventry United Ladies. The whole report as featured on the blog is listed below.

Cup Final Report – Enfield Town Ladies v Coventry United Ladies


 This Sunday’s match report the Supporting Women’s Football Blog comes from Hednesford Town FC for this season FAWPL Plate Final, with Enfield Town Ladies taking on Coventry United Ladies.

  A special occasion for both sides, Enfield Town Ladies are celebrating their 30th anniversary year and this is the 1st time in their history they have reached a National Cup Final. Coventry United Ladies previously Coventry City Ladies now in partnership with Coventry United FC are into League Plate Final for the 1st time. Both sides have made it all the way to the final of the competition without conceding a goal.

Road to the Final

  Enfield Town Ladies playing their football in FAWPL South East Division One were due to play St Nicholas LFC from FAWPL South West Division One in the 1st Round of the League Plate however that fixture never happened and they were awarded a home win. In the 2nd Round were drawn away to fellow South East Division One rivals Denham United Ladies a single goal sealing the win to put them into the quarter finals where they faced a tough away trip to higher division opponents Loughborough Foxes WFC laying the FAWPL Northern Division again it was the single goal that saw the game won coming late on scored by Regan Coleman. Semi-finals and Enfield Town Ladies were back at home but again faced strong opponents from the FAWPL Northern Division again Newcastle United WFC beat them 2-0 at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (think she was celebrating some anniversary or another this week too) to book reach their 1st ever National Final. 
  Coventry United Ladies had an away trip to Maidenhead United Ladies in the FAWPL Plate 1st Round, newly promoted to the South West Division One, won the game 5-0 to progress to the 2nd Round away again to play South East Division One leaders and now title winners, Crystal Palace Ladies who will be joining Coventry United Ladies in the FAWPL Southern Division next season. Coventry United Ladies won the match 2-0. On to the quarter finals and at home playing Northern Division One side, Liverpool Marshalls Feds, a single goal from Helen Demody the difference as they book their place in the semi-finals and an away trip to the South West to play Keynsham Town Ladies racking up a 7-0 scoreline to reach the final. Have a mean defence not only in this competition but in the FAWPL Southern Division too conceding just 15 goals in the league to date
  The venue for today’s FAWPL League Plate Final, Keys Park home of Hednesford Town FC hosting a cup final double, having seen the FAWPL Reserve Cup Final played between Bradford City WFC Reserves and Blackburn Rovers Ladies Reserves earlier in the day. A stand alone ground on the outskirts of the tow with business and retail centres nearby the ground is recently built boasting a good sized carpark before the main stand featuring numerous suites and a function room behind a large seated stand, covered stands all around the main and one end seated the others terraced. Hot and cold refreshments available on the day. The weather started off quite bright and sunny but grew decidedly chilly in the afternoon as kick-off for the final approached with some rain in the air. On to the match action.

  Enfield Town Ladies starting XI – Bethan Davies, Holly Brandon, Cally Browne, Claire Ford, Kerrie Marlborough, Nuala McKevitt, Elizabeth Kent, Chloe Bassett, Ayse Mustafa, Victoria Lewis & Regan Coleman (C).
  subs – Beth Demery, Sheryce Slater, Laura Elias, Alena Beganovic & Eliza Diaz.

  Coventry United Ladies starting XI – Susan Wood, Annabel Johnson, Nikki Miles, Natasha Lynch (C), Anna Wilcox, Jade Brook, Libby Piggott, Amber Hughes, Alison Hall, Marie Gauntlett & Cristina Torkildsen.

  subs – Callan Barber, Ellena Rollason, Gina Burton, Sami Ryder & Charlotte McElroy.

  Vocal support for both teams as the players line up before the final, No Ashleigh Neville or Helen Dermody in their squad, it’s Coventry to get the FAWPL Plate Final underway wearing red shirts, green shorts and socks, with Enfield lining up in an all yellow kit with black across the left shoulder on their shirts, names on the back a special memento for a special occasion in the clubs history. Coventry get the ball out to Alison Hall on the left side looking to take players on gets the ball in across the face of the area, Enfield clear it. Christina Torkildsen playing up front wins a corner taking it sends the ball into the area Kerrie Marlborough gets a firm header on the ball to get it away.

  GOAL! The last thing Enfield wanted to do was concede an early goal, but they do exactly that give away a free kick right side just beyond the centre circle, Cristina Torkildsen plays the ball long towards the far post area Alison Hall meets it with her head sending the ball across the face of goal dropping at the opposite post Jade Brook is the player arriving sliding it to connect with the ball and send into the back of the net 1-0.

Jade Brook opens the scoring for Coventry United Ladies in the League Plate Final

    A set back 5 minutes played, Enfield are working hard to close Coventry down on the ball, not easy as they move it quickly. Nuala McKevitt plays the ball out to the right side picking out Chloe Bassett, pushing on to get to the corner, flashes a cross back into the box, can’t pick anyone out. Free kick for Coventry inside the Enfield half in front of the centre circle captain Natasha Lynch to take sends it long with Hall giving chase, Marlborough goes with her and defends putting the ball out for a throw. 

  Lynch defends in er own box as Bassett rolls her marker on the right and pushes down the wing again squaring the ball Lynch intercepts. Enfield keep the pressure on around the box are awarded a free kick just outside the box right side corner. Marlborough puts the ball in towards the far post, Brook gets to it 1st almost sends Annabel Johnson away up the right, Ayse Mustafa back defending from the set-piece get’s to her and tackling wins the ball. 

Regan Coleman on the ball for
Enfield Town Ladies

 A powerful run on the ball from Torkildsen on the right as Coventry attack sees her fire in shot from the angle rising as it flies towards goal, Enfield goalkeeper Bethan Davies throws up her gloves and tips the ball over the bar a corner awarded. The rain that fell at the start of the game has added a little extra zip to the playing surface. The game is playing at a high tempo Enfield closing Coventry down all over the pitch, a little too closely sometimes free kicks are being given away. Marking Torkildsen, Enfield’s Claire Ford gives away a free kick outside the area to the left side. The ball fired into the crowded six yard area is cleared by McKivett.

  GOAL! Enfield get themselves back on level terms scoring to make it 1-1 midway through the half. Captain Regan Coleman leading the line is bundled over on the right side 20 yards out, players come forwards as Marlborough goes over to take, sends the ball out towards the far post area a trio of yellow shirts are their to attack the ball, Elizabeth Kent is amongst them the ball is sent into the back of the net and Kent leads the charge in celebration having scored in the Final. 

Scoring in a Final! Can’t beat it! Elizabeth Kent races out of the Coventry area with
her Enfield team mates after making it 1-1

  Amber Hughes coming in from the right side dribbles the ball past 2 Enfield players before being fouled by Kent. Ford clears the resulting free kick. Marie Gauntlett is free in space on the left as Coventry press forwards the ball is played out to her driving on whips the cross into the box, too close to Davies the keeper grabs hold of the ball. Up the other end Coventry goalkeeper Susan Wood does the same claiming an Enfield cross from Bassett as she links up well with Holly Brandon on the right.

Regan Coleman wins the ball against Jade Brook

    A corner to Enfield on the right, Nikki Miles defends against Bassett as Coleman knocks the ball down to her. Bassett battling to get a cross in puts in a dangerous ball in central on the goal line Wood is under pressure players all around her manages to get a fist on the ball tip it over her crossbar. The 2nd corner from the left is headed wide by Ford at the near post. The rain has started to fall heavily again. Torkildsen wins Coventry a free kick left side of the Enfield area taking it her delivery his initially cleared by Ford falling outside the area the ball is sent back in Davies punches it behind for a corner kick. Get’s her gloves on the ball again to punch the corner out of her area the ball runs out to Hughes 20 yards out, looks to curl a shot into the top corner, flies a yard over the crossbar. 

  An enthusiastic crowd are getting behind both sides, seeing challenges coming in and not happy with some referring decisions. Lynch does well up against Victoria Lewis as Cally Browne looks to play the ball forwards down the left side getting in front of the ball and Lewis as the ball travels into the box, allows Wood the chance to come sliding in and claim the ball. 

  GOAL! Blow for Enfield right on the stroke of half-time as Coventry get themselves back in front. Coventry stretch the play from right to left across the Enfield area, Torkildsen holding the ball up before sending a great ball out to Miles on the left, picking it up she drives to the byline before squaring the ball across the front of the Enfield goal. Again there is a player sliding in for Coventry this time it’s Piggott throwing herself at the ball inside the six yard box to turn it into the back of the net 1-2.

Half-time Enfield Town Ladies 2-1 Coventry United Ladies

  A blow for Enfield Town Ladies conceding a goal right at the end of the 1st half, have battled hard, over zealous at times, but having gotten back into the match it is unfortunate to go into the dressing room behind. Coventry have dealt with Enfield on the large part fairly well not getting caught up in the physical battle, looking to spread the play get players forwards from all parts of the pitch. Enfield get the 2nd half underway.
   The physical battle resumes and the ball is hotly contested in the middle, both Coleman and Torkildsen getting drawn back to help their midfielders win the ball. The ball comes to Lewis on the left for Enfield whips a ball into the area from the right with Coleman providing the run, can’t quite connect with the ball as it flashes across her path. Hughes plays Torkildsen in as she finds room in behind on the right taking the ball down to the byline, Mustafa makes up the ground to track back and sliding in puts the ball out for a corner.
  GOAL! 3 minutes into the 2nd half and Coventry extend their lead scoring from the corner kick put in from the right, what happens next causes a great deal of confusion amongst the watching crowd. Is a great delivery by Torkildsen whipping the ball in central close to goal bodies all around the ball is attacked turned towards goal falling back Ford appears to throw up a hand to stop the ball keep it out, silence falls the crowd caught by surprise when the referee points to the circle awarding a goal to cue some delayed cheering. Brook is credited with the final touch scoring her 2nd of the game, Coventry lead 1-3.
   A chance for Enfield to pull a goal back straight away as Coleman gets hold of the ball wide left and sends a cross into the six yard box far side Bassett is arriving gets her head on the ball inside the six yard box sends the ball over the bar. Gauntlett sends Hughes through down the right, chasing forwards whips the ball towards the area, Ford cuts the cross out Lewis back to clear the loose ball.
Nuala McKevitt heads the ball away with Coventry’s
Cristina Torkildsen looking to get around her
  Both crowd and both benches are getting wound up by some decisions being made by the officials, a robust 50/50 between McKevitt and Brook in the middle sees to 2 square up, is quickly broken up, but having missed the incident the referee has a word with his fellow officials and settles for a word with the two captains. Not long after Coventry’s Piggott comes off 2nd best in a challenge and coming off is replaced by Callan Barber. Coventry go on the attack on the left the ball played inside 20 yards out to Gauntlett is clipped as she knocks the ball on the advantage played as the ball comes to Brook just outside the D, smashes a low shot wide of goal. Play is stopped so Gauntlett can receive treatment.
Kerrie Marlborough heads the ball clear of her area for Enfield Town Ladies
  Enfield make a change bringing on Alena Beganovic for Lewis. Anna Wilcox bombs forwards from centre back for Coventry racing over halfway looks to play the ball on release Torkildsen offering the run through the middle, almost picks her out as she bursts into the area can’t bring the ball under control her touch taking it on to Davies who claims the ball. Coventry are enjoying more possession as the 2nd half goes on Enfield attacks limited, Gauntlett puts the ball into Johnson just inside the area, looks to shoot, McKevitt back defending blocks the ball is deflected towards goal high at the far post Hall fouls as she climbs on the back of a defender trying to head the ball down. Enfield make a 2nd change taking off Browne and bringing on Beth Demery as they look to go 3 at the back and try to get more bodies forwards find a goal. 
  GOAL! The goal however comes at the other end as Coventry take a 4-1 A pacey counter attack stretch Enfield as Torkildsen sends Hughes away into space down the right, taking the ball all the way to the byline cuts the cross back into the six yard box with Gauntlett closing in. The ball looks to have just evaded her, but Gauntlett adjusts well to back heels the ball turn it back across goal, Davies throws own a leg to try and stop the ball gets a touch but not enough to take it around the far post as it rolls over the line.
  Coventry bring Brook off, who was yellow carded earlier and send on Gina Burton. Marlborough comes off for Enfield too with Sheryce Slater entering the action. 
  GOAL! Having gotten one goal, Gauntlett goes and makes it a quick fire double as both sides adjust with substitutions just being made the ball is put up towards Gauntlett 25 yards out right of the area, hits the ball high into the air lobbing the keeper as the ball sails over her and drops into the back of the net 1-5.
  Good defending from Ford for Enfield going with Gauntlett into the area as she looks to make it a quick fire hat-trick, gets a toe to the ball to get it back to Davis cleared out to the middle a shot comes straight back in the ball deflected wide for a corner. Final change for Coventry as Hughes is rested and Ellena Rollason before the corner is taken. The set-piece is put in from the right side, Miles rises highest in the box heads the ball wide. Late into the game Johnson still has the energy to get forwards sends a looping cross out to the far side with Rollason there to meet it puts her header behind goal.
  The final whistle blows and Coventry United Ladies celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate Final beating Enfield Town Ladies 5-1. Were made to work for the victory but in the end their quality told two goals scored either side of the break putting them in control of the game adding 2 goals late on as Enfield tired 2nd half having put so much effort into the game. Battled hard getting a goal but as the final wore on chances up the other end dried up.
Coventry United Ladies, celebrating winning the FAWPL Plate Final
  Congratulations to Coventry United Ladies on winning the FAWPL Plate.

Essex Women’s County Cup Final

This Thursday the action on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog came from Thurrock FC for the final of the Essex Women’s County Cup, played between C&K Basildon Ladies the current holders and Writtle Ladies.

Cup Final Report – C&K Basildon Ladies v Writtle Ladies

 A trip down south into Essex tonight just off the M25 at junction 30 to Thurrock FC to watch this seasons Women’s County Cup Final between C&K Basildon Ladies & Writtle Ladies.

  C&K Basildon Ladies are the leading women’s football side right now. Newly promoted to the FAWPL Southern Division, have had a solid debut season, with one league game left to play are comfortably in mid-table. Are the current holders of the Essex Women’s County Cup beating Billericay Town Ladies 7-1 in last seasons final. Opponents Writtle Ladies are a side very much on the rise, formed 3 seasons ago have won successive league title in Essex then again this time around in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League (ERWFL) Division One East with a 100% winning league record over those 3 seasons to date have to games left with the title in the bag.

Road to the Final
  As defending cup holders C&K Basildon Ladies were given a bye until the quarter finals of the competition where they were drawn at home to Essex Premier Division title hopefuls Hullbridge Sports Ladies, a comfortable victory on the day a 10-0 win easing them into the semi-finals where they we away to ERWFL Premier Division side Colchester Town Ladies, who did well to hold Basildon to a 0-0 during the 90 minutes to send the game into extra-time. Basildon went on to find the back of the net 3 times to reach their 2nd successive Essex Women’s County Cup Final.
  Writtle Ladies entered the competition in the 2nd round were at home to Silver End United Ladies promoted with them to the ERWFL Division One East as Essex Premier Division runners-up last season. Writtle were the stronger on the day recording a 3-1 win to progress to the quarter-finals where they were to face an away trip to ERWFL Premier Division side Billericay Town Ladies came out the wrong side of a nine goal thriller losing 5-4. Billericay Town Ladies went on to win the semi-final against local rivals Brentwood Town Ladies but were later removed from the competition for fielding an ineligible players against Writtle who were reinstated to the competition to face Brentwood Town Ladies themselves at home, the ERWFL Premier Division side at the time in a poor run of form, Writtle took full advantage winning 5-0 to find themselves in the final.
  The venue for tonight’s final Thurrock FC just off the M25 at junction 30, a large non-league ground plenty of parking the ground is overlooked by the Thurrock Hotel has a large covered seated stand on one side covered seating and terraces all around a clubhouse and bar. Refreshments hot and cold on offer. A large pitch with railing all around.
Turrock FC’s main stand overlooked by the Thurrock Hotel

  C&K Basildon Ladies starting XI – Sophie Blowers, Kerry Stimson, Karen Stephanou, Claire Lacey (C), Rebecca Smith, Hannah Porter, Katherine Huggins, Zoe Rushen, Amy Nash, Lily Mellors & Karissa Rodney. 
  subs – Nicola Carty, Laura Bryant & Kayleigh Xidhas

  Writtle Ladies starting XI – Rhianna Farr, Amy Simmons, Kayleigh Franklin, Lynette Jones, Leanne Stubbings, Mia Brisley, Hannah Mold, Abigail Fry (C), Georgina Tricker, Courtney Clarke & Sophie Vale

  subs – Beth Griffiths, Amelia Murphy, Faith Candice, Caroline Brown & Charlotte Walker.

(roll on roll of substitutes) 
  Writtle to kick off the final 1st half wearing green and white horizontal shirts, green shorts and socks with Basildon lined up opposite in an all red strip with white trim. Were without experienced centre back Stacey Little who required surgery on a fractured cheek bone sustained during last Sunday’s FAWPL Southern Division match away to Lewes Ladies. Basildon get hold of the ball from the kick off and look to play it out to Amy Nash attacking down the left side running into Writtle’s Kayleigh Franklin the ball goes out for a throw.
 A counter attack from Writtle sees them break down the left side, Amy Simmons playing the ball on for Sophie Vale moving out to the left he squares the ball into Georgina Tricker, just beyond her outside the box she keeps going trying to get into the box as the ball runs on for Courtney Clarke central, rolling the ball into the area for Tricker to chase, Basildon captain Claire Lacey puts in a great defensive tackle to win the ball. 
  GOAL! Playing higher league opposition the last thing you want to do early on is concede an early goal, however Writtle do exactly that as Basildon hit them on the break the ball going left is played on to Nash who puts it forwards rapidly with striker Karissa Rodney on the move to get in behind the Writtle defence can’t catch her as surges towards the area with goalkeeper Rhianna Farr starting to come, Rodney goes for the early shot, plenty of pace on the ball as she fires it past the advancing keeper into the back of the net 1-0.
   Rodney and Nash link up again a couple of minute later, Rodney providing the pass this time putting the ball into Nash as she reaches the Writtle area left side knocks the ball on a yard to open up the space for a shot puts her strike straight at Farr, who parries the ball down before gathering at the 2nd attempt. Basildon have Writtle on the back foot, Lily Mellors takes the ball off left back Mia Brisley and races forwards getting in behind has Rodney moving into the box plays the ball on the diagonal into her, looking to hook her foot over the ball to turn the shot on target, sees her effort smashed against the bottom of the goal post before rolling back out Lynette Jones clearing for Writtle.
   Writtle are looking to get forwards themselves, Vale with Simmons to the left, Tricker to the right with Clarke a little deeper are probing trying to find away in behind Basildon’s back line full-backs Kerry Stimson and Karen Stephanou more often than not challenging and winning the ball. When Simmons does get the better of Stimson tries to pick out Vale just on the edge of the box Hannah Porter get’s back from midfield to put in the challenge to reclaim the ball. At the other end the Writtle defence is busy as Mellors steals in behind on the right looks to pick out Rodney coming through the centre, Jones does well to get a foot in front of her to take the ball away from her concede the corner. Is played short with Stimson coming forwards to receive whipping the cross into the box Rodney rises turns her headed ball down towards the far stick Writtle block/clear off the line. 
  GOAL! Basildon go 2 goals up a strike from distance by Mellors who finds the ball presented to her from a kick out of the area, 25 yards out wastes no time pulling the trigger, good connection with the ball right side of the D lifts her shot over the keeper and into the back of the net 2-0.
   Tricker attacks down the right flank for Writtle bringing the ball deep into Basildon territory sends the cross in dissecting the area heading far post, Simmons is closing down the space trying to get there to turn the ball home, Stimson is aware of her presence behind her and sends the ball on out of play for a corner kick. 
   A free kick for Basildon wide on the left inside the Writtle half the ball is played in towards the front post with Lacey up from the back the target, stooping to head the ball try and turn it on into the net, lifts her effort wide and over across the goal face. The game is relentless Writtle go forwards lose the ball, Basildon look a danger every time they counter attack Rodney and Mellors both getting in behind. Nash left rolls the ball to Zoe Rushen unmarked outside the box, gets the strike all wrong lifting it high and over for a goal kick. Rodney onto a Katherine Huggins ball in the middle finds an extra gear to race clear into the box, Farr comes and slicing towards her comes away with the ball in her possession.
  A great save and good sized slice of luck sees Farr keep Basildon from getting a 3 goal advantage. The move coming from what looks a nothing ball played long across field out to the right, chasing the ball to the by line, Mellors retrieves and send a cross in to the near post, Rodney has gambled and made up the ground, looks to help the ball on lift it across Farr who flashes a glove up to try and stop the ball parries it up turning it behind her a narrowly wide of the post, could have gone anywhere the corner is conceded. A great delivery from the set-piece the ball coming in with pace is met by Lacey drills her bullet header wide of the post.
  Writtle’s Brisley bringing the ball under control left lays it into Clarke in the middle of the park, spreading play out to Simmons on the wing she looks to play a high ball into the area for Vale and Tricker to attack, finds neither as Rebecca Smith heads clear. Writtle come again captain Abigail Fry getting forwards on right has Leanne Stubbings in support inside gives her the ball, closing down on the right side of the Basildon area sees her shot charged down. Free kick on half way from Writtle goes long looking for Simmons edge of the box can’t get her head on the ball, but Writtle get an unexpected corner as goalkeeper Blowers slices the back pass rolled into out behind goal. There are cries for handball as the ball fired in to the area is cleared by Stimson but the referee isn’t interested.
   Basildon bring the ball on Rodney with a shot from outside the box plants the ball straight at Farr. Mellors and Brisley go shoulder to shoulder into the area right of goal the Basildon attacker getting a shot away fires the ball wide across the Writtle six yard box. Half time is rapidly approaching.
  GOAL! Basildon get their 3rd goal of the match attacking down the left side an early release from Nash puts Mellors through in behind coming in from the left side this time enters the area, Farr comes towards her drops as Mellors pulls the trigger gets a glove to the ball turning it wide across her six yard box, Mellors goes after it reclaiming at the far post to turn the ball home. 3-0.
  Half-time C&K Basildon Ladies 3-0 Writtle Ladies
  Had just put in notes at 2-0 Writtle aren’t out of it were starting to create a few openings them conceded the 3rd goal on the stroke of half-time leaving them with alot to do if they have any hope of getting back into the match. Basildon have been too strong getting in behind repeatedly could have added more goals to their total 1st half and if the 2nd half continues like the 1st then you can only see them going to score more goals.
  It’s Basildon to kick off the 2nd half. Writtle press them forcing them to play the ball all the way back to their keeper, Blowers. Basildon attack the ball from Porter releasing Mellors she is forced wide by Jones out right side of the area Mellors tries to pick out Rushen inside the box, Brisley makes the interception cutting off the cross and playing the ball out of defence.
Basildon push at the start of the 2nd half, keeping hold of the ball around the Writtle box Hannah Mold makes a couple of defensive clearances as they try to lift the ball in. Rodney comes again right side bringing the ball on hits it on the run fires the shot straight at Farr who holds onto the shot.
  Huggins with a superb pass 20 yards out to put the ball on into the area left side for Nash to run onto, hits her shot goalwards again Farr is well placed gets everything behind the shot. Sustained possession from Basildon ends when Huggins goes for the strike 25 yards out Farr again claiming the ball. Rodney attacking with the ball at her feet down the right flank getting into the box stands the ball up towards the far post, Rushen rises 3 yards out headers the ball down, fantastic reactions from Farr going down to throw an arm out and tip the ball wide of goal for a corner kick.
  Writtle ride it out despite the pressure their 3 attackers are keeping disciplined staying up top waiting for the opportunity if the ball comes up to them. Fry offers Clarke an option on the right side going on with the ball squares the cross in towards Tricker coming into the area, can’t quite get the ball under her control gives Smith the chance to get on the ball and clear. Vale has a chance to strike from distance 25 yards out smashes a shot in straight at Blowers the keeper spills the shot runs back out towards the edge of her area she goes after it gets hold of it before the onrushing Simmons can pounce.
  Writtle are starting to do better, still risk getting hit on the break but are prepared to keeping players up the pitch have options whenever they win it back. Make a double change with Franklin and Vale coming off for Amelia Murphy and Caroline Brown. Murphy joining the attack get’s on the ball straight away in the middle of the park playing in on to Clarke ahead of her 20 yards out a turn and hit, must have got some swerve on the shot because Blowers starting to go one way adjusts well to get down and make the save to her left stopping the ball. 
   A corner for Writtle put in from the right side Lacey gets a good header on the ball taking it out of the area, Writtle reclaim on the right side Fry drilling a ball back in low Blowers calls and get’s her gloves firmly around the ball. Basildon launch a counter attack the ball fed into the run of Rushen left of the goal 25 yards out, Mellors and Rodney race on getting ahead of her, the Writtle defence attracted to them both no one closes Rushen down edge of the area has the time and space to hit a shot, comes at Farr at a good speed parries the ball up into the air, flicking the ball up and just onto the top of the cross bar and over. 
  Free kick for Writtle wide right outside the area, a shooting opportunity Clarke over it goes for goal hit long looking for the top corner far post but over. Double change for Basildon with Nicola Carty and Laura Bryant coming on for Stimson and Smith. Farr gathers a shot from Mellors fired in from the edge of her area. Basildon come on again Rodney travelling into space on the right whips the cross in along the face of the area through to Nash who shoots blasts the strike wide of the goal. Substitute Bryant plays the ball through the middle almost putting Mellors through Farr coming to the edge of her area just gets to the ball 1st. Rodney with the ball on the right again holds it up allowing Huggins to come call for the pass given the ball sweeps a cross in looking for the run of Nash far side of the six yard box tries to meet the ball on the volley misses giving Farr a chance to get down and save at her feet.
  A vicious strike at goal from the right from Writtle’s Clarke comes at Blowers quickly throwing up a glove pushes the ball out across goal to her left. Charlotte Walker is on for Writtle with Tricker rested after an earlier knock. Another strike from distance as Clarke goes for the top corner 25 yards out drops before it gets there coming at Blowers quickly she reacts putting the ball wide of the post for a corner. Tricker returns to the field with Simmons now rested. Writtle are doing much better now no signs they are tiring Fry playing the ball inside to Tricker 20 yards out her shot is a tame one rolling through to the keeper. Time is running out to get a goal however. 
  Murphy is played in through the middle running after the ball into the area can’t get there as Blowers comes and scoops the ball out. Another shot from Tricker on the right side of the area more height this time but put straight at Blowers. Nash attacking for Basildon as the game enters the final minute slices a shot well wide from the edge of the area running out to the right Mellors is still full of running keeping it in Rodney is available for the ball to be played back up the right side, lifts the cross into the area Rushen meeting it turns her header wide. 
  Late charge from Writtle in injury time Clarke in the drive with the ball through the middle gets plenty of power behind the shot swerve on the ball is coming straight for Blowers central in her goal, going to claim the ball almost evades her plucking it out of the air behind her keeping her clean sheet intact as the final whistle blows and Basildon celebrate winning 3-0 to retain the Essex Women’s County Cup
  A good battle played at a high tempo throughout, Basildon doing all the damage 1st half always in control with a 3-0 lead could have doubled it or more on another night had the chances. A much improved performance 2nd half from Writtle Ladies, 1st time I’ve seen them in action and clear to see why they have done so well climbing the leagues. 
C&K Basildon Ladies, Essex Women’s County Cup Winners
  Congratulations to C&K Basildon Ladies on winning the cup and my thanks to the staff at Thurrock FC and the Essex County FA for their help tonight. 

The Tuesday Round-Up

The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Thirty One

from Sun 17th April

Welcome to Edition Thirty One of The Tuesday Round-Up and a busy one it is once again with the better weather trying but not really succeeding in getting here. This weekend saw several thing’s decided across the East of England, no less than 3 more league titles were decided bringing the total to 5 as we move into the last weekend of April. Not only league titles but cup finals were contested too, in Norfolk and Bedfordshire, County Cup winners, whilst the ERWFL Division One Cup semi-final line-up was confirmed. More sides playing out their league fixtures across the region as their season draws to a close. Not quite so many games to cover but still plenty to round-up so let’s get started.

FAWPL Southern Division

In the FAWPL Southern Division the chasing pack could only watch last weekend as leaders Brighton & Hove Albion WFC beat Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1-0 away from home to win the league their games in hand no longer counting as they can’t be caught. Now it’s a case of jockeying for final position in the table. West Ham United Ladies have played their fixtures out too, but elsewhere it was a full program of fixtures across the division.

 In 2nd place Charlton Athletic Women were at home to relegated Plymouth Argyle Ladies this Sunday. Had played on Thursday night going all the way with Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, 90 minutes plus extra time before suffering the agony of a penalty shootout defeat. Rested a few players on the bench for this Sunday’s match, Charlton eventually broke Plymouth down half an hour into the 1st half, Jenny Newman scoring the goal to give them the advantage going into the dressing room. Charley Clifford doubled the advantage 10 minutes into the 2nd half. 2nd half substitute, Summer Taylor pulled it back to 2-1 for Plymouth with 20 minutes but any hopes of a comeback were dashed as Charlton hit back with 2 goals in 2 minutes, Gemma Shepherd on 72 minutes then substitute Kit Graham added their 4th on 74 minutes. Nikita Whinnett also starting on the bench coming on 2nd half scored a 5th goal inside the closing 10 minutes to secure a 5-1 win the 3 point haul meaning Charlton Athletic Women have guaranteed a top 4 finish with 2 matches left to play.

 Moving back up to 3rd spot in the table and with a game in hand on Charlton Athletic Women are Cardiff City Ladies. A home match this Sunday against Queens Park Rangers Ladies who are fielding a much changed starting XI having lost players to FAWSL 2 sides at the end of their season. Were on the back foot early on Cori Williams on target to give Cardiff City Ladies the lead in the opening 5 minutes. Kerry Bartlett made it 2-0 6 minutes later before Queens Park Rangers pulled in goal back on 25 minutes Mariko Eagles netting the goal. Cardiff City Ladies restored their 2 goal cushion going into half-time 3-1 up with Bartlett scoring her 2nd of the game with 7 minutes of the 1st half left. Took full control of the game early in the 2nd half Abbie Britton scoring inside the opening 2 minutes Bartlett completing her hat-trick 2 minutes later. Kelly Aldridge found the back of the net midway through the 2nd half to make it 6 to Cardiff City Ladies with Bartlett getting a 4th goal to her name with 10 minutes left to win 7-1. 2 points behind Charlton with a game in hand they are the two sides contesting the runners-up spot.

No cup final fatigue for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies the difference between winning and losing as they emerged victorious from Thursday’s Ryman Women’s Cup Final penalty shoot-out to lift the cup as Champions the 1st of 3 cups they hope to win at the end of the season. One last league game left away to then 3rd placed Coventry United Ladies. 6th place already confirmed in the table have won as many as they have lost this season with just the one draw. Tipped the balance in favour of the wins column at the end. Were behind at the break however Coventry United Ladies leading through a Alison Hall goal on 15 minutes. That was the scoreline going into the final 10 minutes of the game. Rosie Kmita the 2 goal hero coming off the bench to win the game, introduced on the 60th minute, she put Tottenham Hotspur Ladies back on level terms with 10 minutes left on the clock, setting up happy celebrations at the end of the game scoring with 2 minutes left to see Tottenham end their league campaign with a win.

Another side ending their league campaign with a win in the FAWPL Southern Division are Lewes Ladies, who climb to the highest they’ve been in the table all season 7th. At home playing the side immediately above them C&K Basildon Ladies. A good start from Lewes saw them take the lead on 16 minutes Danielle Lane putting the ball into the back of the net. Were pegged back 15 minutes later Zoe Rushen scoring for C&K Basildon Ladies that was the score at the break, 2nd half the visitors were down to 10 early on Charlotte Long losing control of her emotions and getting her marching orders. Lewes Ladies capitalised and retook the lead Natasha Wells with the goal that turned out to be the winner on 63 minutes. Finish with 2 successive league wins level on points now with C&K Basildon Ladies who have one game left can finish no lower than 8th.

 Portsmouth FC Ladies were at home to relegated Forest Green Rovers Ladies at the weekend. In 5th place playing their penultimate match of the season in the FAWPL Southern Division. were in full control of the match getting 3 goals inside the opening 25 minutes, Emma Sherwood with the 1st inside the opening 5 minutes Sarah Kempson and Gemma Hillier scored on 23 and 25 minutes respectfully that being the final score. News after the game that manager Perry Northeast has decided to step down from the role after 3 successful years in charge at the end of the season.

FAWPL South East Division One

   Joining the FAWPL Southern Division next season will be Crystal Palace Ladies as they clinched the title in the FAWPL South East Division One this season thanks to a win and a defeat for their closest rivals Gillingham FC Ladies. Leading the way unbeaten all season Crystal Palace Ladies travelled to 2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies on Sunday with an 8 point lead and game in hand. Crystal Palace Ladies were defending an unbeaten league record a strong 1st half performance saw them take a 3 nil lead into half-time. Leanne Bell opening the scoring inside the 1st 15 minutes a double from Gemma Bryan midway through the half putting them 3-0 up. Milton Keynes Dons Ladies had a glimmer of a fightback early in the 2nd half Heather McDonnell scoring inside 48 minutes, but that was a good as it got Crystal Palace Ladies defending their lead adding a 4th goal in injury time Rochelle Shakes getting her name on the scoresheet, the result from Gillingham coming in to see them celebrate promotion can’t be caught with 3 matches left to play. 

Gillingham FC Ladies have always been playing catch up all season getting behind in their league fixtures due to cup runs and postponements meant they had a chance to catch Crystal Palace Ladies if they were to ever lose a game, that promotion push has faulted of late and was ended on Sunday by visitors Cambridge United WFC who are looking to finish what has been a very good 2nd half to the season on a high. In 5th had held Gillingham at home to a 1-1 during the unbeaten 8 match run that had ignited their season coming off the back of a 11-0 away win against bottom side Bedford Ladies came to Chatham Town FC  full of confidence. Monique Christian was making her full debut for Cambridge’s 1st team this Sunday having had an impressive season with their Reserves was the hero winning the game for the visitors scoring from a Laura Mills corner early on the 2nd half to see the 3 points won and with one match left to play away to Champions Crystal Palace Ladies are guaranteed a top half finish.

Elsewhere in FAWPL South East Division One, Ipswich Town Ladies continue their good form in 2016 opening up a 4 point gap in 6th place with a home win against Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday. Goals from Roxanne Small, Zoe Cossey and captain Amanda Crump saw them to a 3-1 victory. Sheryce Slater with the goal for Enfield Town Ladies. The game between Norwich City Ladies and Old Actonians Ladies was postponed due to a water logged pitch at Plantation Park.

Congratulations to Crystal Palace Ladies on winning the league title.

Eastern Regional Leagues

Stevenage Ladies climb back to the top of the ERWFL Premier Division as they look to secure promotion to the FAWPL move a point clear of Billericay Town Ladies with a game extra to play. A tough away trip this Sunday away to 3rd placed AFC Sudbury Ladies who are ejoying a good debut season in the ERWFL Premier Division. A tough battle Sophie Jeffrey getting on the scoresheet for Sudbury they lost with Stevenage Ladies scoring to win 2-1, Donnna McGuigan and Nicole Perschky hitting the goals to take them above Billericay Town Ladies. One more win from their final two fixtures both at home against the bottom two sides Great Wakering Ladies and Great Shelford Ladies will see the title won.

  In the other match played in the ERWFL Premier Division it was a clash of the bottom two in the league with Great Wakering Rovers finding some late season form winning comfortably away from home at Great Shelford Ladies to move above them to climb off the foot of the table where they have been all season. a 5-0 win courtesy of goals from Georgia Holdaway, Garielle Bailey, Helen Clifford, Rhianne Cunningham and Rebecca Dalgarno means tey have now won 3 of their last 4 league matches.

  Writtle Ladies having reached the final of the Essex Women’s County Cup Final last Sunday were in cup action again this Sunday in the quarter finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup. At home to fellow ERWFL Division One East side Silver End United Ladies. Sophie Vale was the 3 gaol hero her hat-trick seeing Writtle into the semi-finals scoring once in the 1st half, twice in the 2nd, Rebecca Hollocks pulling one back for Silver End United. Writtle Ladies will now play away at Offley & Stopsley Ladies in the semi-final next weekend. Hoddesdon Owls Ladies v Colney Heath Ladies is the other semi-final.

We have another league champion, Royston Town Ladies taking the crown in ERWFL Division One West to be promoted to the Premier Division. Were just a point away going into the weekends fixtures whatever the opposition did. Got the win taking all 3 points playing away at bottom side Colney Heath Ladies. Had to come back from conceding in the opening minutes Adrienne Milton chipping the keeper to give Colney Heath Ladies the lead. Royston Town Ladies soon get themselves back on level terms the go on to take a 2-1 lead scoring as Colney Heath Ladies lose their keeper Sasha Tucker to an injury, a collision that leaves her with a fractured eye socket Women’s Football East wishes her a speedy recovery. Lucy Hancock takes over between the sticks. Royston Town Ladies add another goal just after the break and a 4th with 2 minutes left to play, Samantha Tinsley with a hat-trick plus a goal from Danielle Lewis seeing them win and celebrate becoming league champions.

Congratulations to Royston Town Ladies on winning the league title.


In Norfolk it was the Final of the Women’s County Cup played at The FDC, Thorpe United Ladies were in their 3rd successive County Cup Final had lost the last two last years to a penalty shootout against Acle United Ladies. Was an all Norfolk Women’s Division One Final this time around with Thorpe United Ladies taking on Aylsham FC Ladies in their 1st Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final appearance. 

Was the featured game on this Sunday’s match report on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and the entire report can be found scrolling down this website. An entertaining final Aylsham FC Ladies started strong pushing Thorpe United Ladies back, creating goal scoring chances but it was Thorpe who would go on to take the lead winning a free kick wide left, Sharnie Boast over the ball sends a great delivery into the box that goalkeeper Ania Vanston can only parry down into her six yard box, Thorpe have runners following up the free kick and one of those Hayley Kindred is on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net. One the stroke of half-time Thorpe go 2-0 Charlotte Groves winning the ball and playing it early towards the box for captain Rebekah Lake to turn home over the advancing keeper from the edge of the box. Aylsham FC Ladies pressed hard to get back into the final but couldn’t score as Thorpe United Ladies went on to finally get their hands on the Norfolk Women’s County Cup.

Thorpe United Ladies 2015/16 Norfolk Women's County Cup Winners

Thorpe United Ladies 2015/16 Norfolk Women’s County Cup Winners

 Congratulations to Thorpe United Ladies winning the Norfolk Women’s County Cup.

 More congratulations to hand out on Norfolk too as this is where we have our 3rd league title winner this Sunday as Kirkley & Pakefield FC  Ladies celebrate being crowned champions of Norfolk Women’s Division Two. Unbeaten this season move above North Walsham Angels Ladies who have played out their league games to take top spot unbeaten in 13 league matches with one left to play. Were away to 4th placed Red Rose Ladies on Sunday. Were in control of the game leading 4-1 at half-time before going on to score 2 more 2nd half to win 6-1, 4 goals coming from striker Selina Rowland with Jody Wells and Nikki Wigg also on target a consolation goal for Red Rose Ladies scored by Sophie Lubbock in the 1st half, have 2 matches left need to win both if they want a 3rd place finish. 

Congratulations to Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies on your title success.

 In Norfolk Women’s Division Three both Harleston Ladies and Gorleston FC Ladies are promoted to Division Two all that remains is to decide who wins the title. Gorleston FC Ladies have games in hand and have now moved to the top of the table maintaining a 100% win record away to Dereham Town Ladies. A hat-trick from Kayleigh Byrne with a goal a piece for Leanne Muffett, Molly Sims and Bethany Turner seeing the 3 points secured with a comfortable 6-0 win one more win from their final 3 fixtures will see the league title won.


Entering the home straight in the race for the title in the Suffolk Women’s Division and it has been a competitive season despite their being just 7 sides contesting league. East Bergholt United have led the way for a good part of the season with 4 sides chasing the closest Brantham Athletic Ladies moving clear at the top last weekend beating East Bergholt 2-1 at home have a 4 point lead at the top now winning 3-1 away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies whom they beat in the Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final at the start of April. Isabel Leming had given Witnesham Wasps the lead at half-time, Brantham Athletic came back in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals, 2 from Kirsten Hutchings and a goal from Rebecca Prime, have one league match left to play but a league and cup double may be out of their hands.

East Bergholt United have led the league for so long have lost momentum late on suffering a 2nd successive defeat away to Bacton United Ladies playing their final league match of the season. A hot and cold side Bacton United Ladies finish with a win securing 5th place. 2 goals from Samantha Walker plus one each for Lois Balfour and Eleanor Catchpole seeing the 3 points won despite a goal in each half for East Bergholt’s Jessica Oxlade.

Copleston Ladies have been playing catch up with their fixtures all season languishing back in 5th spot for much of the season have plenty of games in hand getting them in finally are now up to 2nd in the table moving above East Bergholt United winning 4-0 at home against bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies with 4 different goalscorers, Megan Stock, Roxanne Middle, Jade Horne and Shannon Giles to earn another 3 points haul, are now 4 points behind leaders Brantham Athletic with 3 games left to play have a massive game away to Witnesham Wasps Ladies this coming Sunday with 2 more games against the bottom sides to come win all 3 and the title will be theres. 


 The Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership title battle was totally upended by Huntingdon Town Ladies difficult and late season decision to fold meant Cambridge United WFC Reserves going back to the top of the table 5 points clear but they have just the one league game to play and can be caught by both 2nd placed ICA Sports Ladies and 3rd placed Cambridge City Ladies who still haven’t reached double figures in their league games played were frustrated yet again as they saw another league game postponed at the weekend. One game was played in the Premiership and ICA Sports Ladies close the gap on the leaders back to 2 points with 2 games in hand with a big win at home to bottom side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Tash Applegate smashing home 4 goals with Louise Barbour adding 3 goals herself to see them win 7-0.

   In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies were in ruthless form away to bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies racking up a 14-0 win, Tracey Duxbury-Mead bagging 5 of the goals, Kimberley Fairweather wasn’t far behind scoring 4 goals. Toni McHamilton scored a brace with Rosanna Baker, Helen Barker and Stephanie Starr also getting on the scoresheet. The result keeping them 4 points ahead of 2nd placed March Town United Ladies who were on the road too at the weekend playing Swineshead Institute Ladies goals from Kayleigh Churchyard and Shannon Kelly enough to edge the victory 2-1 with Eleanor Spendlow finding the back of the net for the home side. In the other fixture in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, Wisbech Town Ladies got over their Cup Final defeat to Cambridge United WFC Reserves last week in the Junior Invitation Cup to beat Downham Town Ladies 5-0 away from home to climb back up to 3rd place in the league table. 

Park Ladies old onto the lead in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South opening up a 5 point gap as 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies saw their match away to Cambridge Rangers postponed on Sunday. Park Ladies were on home turf taking on mid-table Riverside Rovers Ladies Reserves. Amy Newell scored a brace in the match win an unfortunate own goal handing Park a 3-1 victory. 3 games left to play win them all and the league title is theirs, play 3rd placed Milton Ladies who have games in hand on both the top two a match that could go a long way to deciding thing’s

Milton Ladies were away to Isleham United Ladies at the weekend, Vicky Beeton and Olivia Caffarelli netting a goal each for the home side, Milton Ladies responded with 3 goals to win the match take the points, goals from Danielle Briggs, Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks and Lauren Threadgold seeing the 3 points won have a busy run in 5 games left to play 2 of those against the leading pair need a win from both if they want a chance to win the league title.


In the Essex Women’s Premier Division a surprise late season defeat at home for leaders Chelmsford City Ladies in their final league match of the season at home to Lawford Ladies could see them lose out on the league title going down 1-3. A blow to end the season as they have been leading all the way but it gives a chance for 2nd place Hullbridge Sports Ladies to pip them to the league title should have already played out their fixtures but last weekends game at Hutton Ladies Reserves was called off, due to be played this coming Sunday a point will be enough as Hullbridge Sports Ladies have the superior goal difference however they will be going for the win.

  Elsewhere in the Essex Women’s Premiership, Runwell Hospital Ladies are up to 4th in the table late on as they beat bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies 3-2 at home, move above Eastern Avenue who were held to a 2-2 draw away to Hutton Reserves Ladies a handful of games left to play. 

  The fixture list is longer in Essex Women’s Division One with 10 teams in the league will go on into May. Leaders Harlow Ladies continue their unstoppable form 14 games played 14 won now the latest a huge 16-2 win at home to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies Reserves. Eliza Weeks opening the scoring Tia Dye making it 2-0. Sarah Walker is the Harlow Town Ladies goalkeeper just thought I’d give her a mention as she doesn’t tend to have alot to do but at 2-0 she saves a penalty to keep the lead intact. Harlow go one to score through Theresa Addison who completes a 1st half hat-trick with Nene McInerney and Phillipa Stephens also scoring making to 7 at half-time Angela Addison gets in on the goals 2nd half scoring a hat-trick herself. McInerney adding another goal to her tally before Abbie Bensted wades in with 4 goals herself Dye adding a 16th goal late on in a 16-2 demolition. 

16-2 is a big win, try 41-0 that’s how many Alresford Colne Rangers put past bottom side Waltham Forest Ladies at the weekend have been on the back of some heavy defeats all season a -174 goal difference I  fear every week they will just pack it up and go but they keep going and I admire their spirit. Alresford stay 4th have slim hopes of chasing down a promotion spot. In the other match in Essex Division One, 2nd bottom Valley Green suffered a 3-1 home defeat to 3rd bottom Southend Town Ladies.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Congratulations are to be handed out once more in this Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up to Luton Town Ladies winners of the 2015/16 Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup Final, the FAWPL side riding high in the South East Division One taking in Offley & Stopsley Ladies in their 2nd successive final at AFC Kempston Rovers FC this Sunday. A 3 league difference Luton Town Ladies got off to a great start Shannon Pratt opening the scoring inside the 1st 5 minutes Jessica McKay added a 2nd goal 10 minutes later. Joanne Rutherford scoring a brace on 23 and 31 minutes respectfully to make it 4-0 to Luton Town at half-time. Natasha Fensome scored her 1st goal of the final for Luton Town 2 minutes into the 2nd half added her 2nd on 61 minutes, Mckay making it 7-0 heading home on 75 minutes, a late consolation goal for Offley & Stopsley Ladies, Holly Flynn with their goal in the final minute, Fensome went on to score her hat-trick deep into injury tie to see Luton Town Ladies win 8-1 and lift the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup.

 Congratulations to Luton Town Ladies on winning the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup.

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Hertford Town Ladies climb to the top of the league level on points on 31 with 2nd placed Harvesters FC and 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies. Move top courtesy of a narrow 3-2 home win over Bishops Stortford Ladies on Sunday. Becky Shephard, Kerry Oldham and Laveena Betts all on target to see the 3 points won despite 2 2nd half goals from Bishops Stortford’s Ina Pearson and Hannah Mead. Top of the table with 2 games in hand on 2nd placed Harvesters FC, Sherrardswood have played out there league fixtures.

  In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two it has been close at the top all season, leaders Sharnbrook WFC have secured a top two finish to bounce back to Division One at the 1st attempt a 4-0 home win over Watton Ladies seeing them over the line Charlotte Mullins with a hat-trick plus a goal from Claire Smith in the final minute seeing them celebrate a return to the top league in Beds & Herts. A 3 way battle to see who joins them Hitching Town Ladies hold onto 2nd spot with a 3-2 win at home against bottom side Evergreen Eagles. Two goals for Nadia Childs and one from Rebecca Day seeing the points won despite Evergreen Eagles finding the back of the net with goals from Nic Horley and Yasemin Zerzavaci. 

It was a clash between 3rd and 4th in the other game in Beds & Herts Division Two with Garston Ladies FC 96 having climbed above Houghton Athletic Ladies last weekend travelling to play them this Sunday a big win for Houghton Athletic Ladies edging another 3-2 scoreline, Ciara Craig, Emma Hawkes and Becky Sullivan each on target for Houghton Athletic, Garston Ladies FC 96 scoring through Leah Crockett and Holly Jury. A huge game for Garston Ladies FC 96 & Hitchin Town Ladies at the weekend playing each other whilst Houghton Athletic have a double header against AFC Kempston Rovers Ladies. Win both games and they will join Sharnbrook WFC in Beds & Herts Division One. 

  In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, leaders Evergreen Ladies retain a 3 point lead over 2nd placed Hitchin Belles at the top winning away at Crawley Green Ladies at the weekend after a goalless 1st half Crawley Green took the lead Jessica McNamara scoring inside the opening 5 minutes of the 1st half. Evergreen came back Natalie Maher getting the levelling goal 10 minutes later adding a 2nd to give them the lead with 20 minutes left to play. The 3 points were assured 5 minutes from time with Emily Jones on target to see Evergreen Ladies win 3-1.

  A top of the table clash for Hitchin Belles in 2nd playing 3rd placed Icknield Ladies and a result that really benefits Evergreen Ladies to with Hitchin Belles beating them 3-2 at home. A brace from Emily Field plus a goal from Shannon Page giving them the 3 points despite goals from Jackie Sheridan and Lauren Duffy for Icknield Ladies who remain 3rd now with the gap to Evergreen Ladies 6 points, both having 3 matches left to play. Hitchin Belles in 2nd are 3 points behind Evergreen Ladies but have 5 matches left to play.

  Bedwell Rangers excellent form continues at the end of the season now unbeaten in 5 league matches with 4 straight wins the latest an away win at Kings Langley Ladies. a 9 minute 1st half hat-trick from Jessica Sullivan doing the damage scoring on 12, 15 & 21 minutes Sarah King making it 4-0 with 5 minutes of the 1st half left. Kings Langley pulled a goal back late in the 2nd half Kimberley Nield on target, but with 2 matches left to play Bedwell Rangers are comfortable in mid-table.  

  A bad day at the office for 2nd bottom side Hatfield Town Ladies playing their penultimate league match of the season were soundly beaten by 4th placed Bedmond Ladies. Molly Peters helping herself to not 1 hat-trick but 3 as she smashed home 9 goals. Leanne Barnes, Abbie Harrison and Sarah King completing her’s from the penalty spot all grabbed hat-trick too. Suneesha Bheekhee and Vicky Tanner also getting a goal each in a 20-1 win. Lorna Wormald with the single consolation goal for Hatfield Town Ladies.

  A busy edition of The Tuesday Round-Up 5 lot of congratulations to hand out and 5 leagues are now settled no doubt a few more thing’s will be decided by the time Edition Thirty-Two comes around next week a handful of matches in midweek as well as we head into the final weekend in April teams playing out their league campaigns The Tuesday Round-Up will be winding down too but it won’t miss a thing in the run in so until next week thanks for reading.

Match Report – Aylsham FC Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies

Sunday’s football action from the Supporting Women’s Football Blog, features the 2015/16 Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final between Aylsham FC Ladies & Thorpe United Ladies. Full match report below…

Cup Final Report – Aylsham FC Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies

  Trip the The FDC this Sunday to watch the 2015/16 Final of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup between Aylsham FC Ladies and Thorpe United Ladies.

  There will be a new name engraved on the trophy too after today’s final as the competition moves into it’s 6th year. From it’s conception in the 2010/11 season the Norfolk Women’s County Cup has been dominated by Norwich City Ladies playing their football in the FAWPL South East Division One winning 4 finals in a row up until last season when they didn’t enter the competition that allowed a chance for a new name to lift the cup last season, Acle United Ladies playing in Eastern Region Premier Division. Now it will be won by a side playing within the county football league set-up in Norfolk itself with both Aylsham FC Ladies and Thorpe United Ladies playing in Norfolk Women’s Division One.

Road to the Final
  There were 3 ties to be played in the 1st round of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup with the rest given a bye to the 2nd round, played back in October Aylsham FC Ladies were handed a difficult looking 1st round tie at home to North Walsham Angels Ladies one of the title favourites in Division Two. Turned out to be a thrilling encounter with 12 goals scored during the 90 minutes level at 6-6 going into extra-time Aylsham FC Ladies found a bit extra and went on to win 9-6 to reach the next round. 
  In the 2nd Round were at home again taking on fellow Norfolk Division One side Long Stratton Ladies, much more comfortable this time around winning 4-0 to make it into the quarter finals. 4-0 was the winning scoreline again on home soil again as they were drawn against Norfolk Division Three side Toftwood Ladies. Home again in the semi-finals taking on Norfolk Division Two side Red Rose Ladies won 3-1 to reach their 1st Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final. An attacking side are rarely involved in low scoring games grinding out 1-0 wins isn’t their forte. Goals can come from anywhere in the side, but with 30 goals to her name in all competitions this season striker Abbie Charlton is one to watch. One of two finals for Aylsham FC Ladies this season as they have also reached the final of the Norfolk Women’s League Cup
   Thorpe United Ladies were also in action in the 1st Round an away drawn against the early pace setters in Norfolk Division Three, Harleston Ladies made short work of them racking up a 13-0 victory to progress to the 2nd Round. Different story in the 2nd Round drawn at home against fellow Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies, both sides amongst the favourites for the league title, Thorpe United Ladies edged the contest by a single goal to reach the quarter finals.
  At home again in the quarter finals drawn against Division Two side Stalham Town Ladies, progressed through to the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-0 victory to set up a repeat of last season’s final as they were drawn at home against Acle United Ladies. A tough test however Thorpe United Ladies celebrated at the final whistle again winning by a single goal to reach their 3rd successive Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final. Have made 3 final appearances to date and come so close last season missing out to Acle United Ladies in a penalty shootout will be determined to get their hands on the trophy and not another runner-up medal this time around their 3rd successive final appearance.

  The venue for today’s Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final, The FDC, Norfolk FA’s Football Development Centre, boasting a number of all weather pitches and the main grass pitch on which today’s final is to be played, a clubhouse and modern facilities on the outskirts of Norwich. The pitch itself looking in great condition a seated stand along one side for spectators a bright and sunny afternoon if a little chilly, good playing conditions all round as the two sides stepped out onto the pitch.

  Aylsham FC Ladies starting XI – Ania Vanston, Vikki Bird (C), Aneliese Smith, Alicia Lacey Becky Hibberd, Debbie Kelly, Lisa Ferdani Emma Gillespie, Leanne Woodward, Michaela England & Abbie Charlton.
  subs – Becky Hills, Sophie Burr-Walpole & Kiera Squires.
  Thorpe United Ladies starting XI – Kirstie Andrews, Nicole Read, Shannon Miles, Alice Ford, Cara Anderson, Jo Davey, Hayley Kindred, Charlotte Groves, Sharnie Boast, Rebecca Russell & Rebekah Lake (C).
   subs – Chelsea Clark & Natasha Evans.
(roll on roll off substitutes)

  It’s Thorpe to get the 2015/16 Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final underway wearing pink shirts with black across the top of the sleeves, black shorts and pink socks with opponents Aylsham lined up opposite wearing orange shirts with a white and blue band across the front, blue shorts and orange socks. Right from the start Aylsham press Thorpe for the ball, Lisa Ferdani in the middle closing down the ball winning it and spreading play out to the left channel the ball is whipped across the Thorpe area, Michaela England coming in far side can’t quite get onto the ball to take it forwards, wins a throw on the right.
  Aylsham keep Thorpe penned in their own half at the start, Alicia Lacey and captain Vikki Bird dealing with anything sent long, having won the County Cup with Acle last time out Sharnie Boast now plays in the pink colours of Thorpe United, wins a 50/50 in the centre looks to release Rebekah Lake, Thorpe’s captain through the centre, Bird comes across to intercept. Aylsham try the same up the other end a good ball over the top right of the goal sees Abbie Charlton almost put though on goal into the area, Alice Ford gets across and lunging for the ball takes it away from the Aylsham attacker.

Aylsham’s Alicia Lacey challenging Thorpe’s Sharnie Boast for the ball
  Lacey is defending well early on and getting forwards on the ball for Aylsham, sending the ball long for Leanne Woodward ahead of her attacking space on the left she looks to come inside get into the area is tackled well by Thorpe’s Cara Anderson. Thorpe having ridden out the early pressure applied by Aylsham start to get hold of the ball, Boast through the middle has Charlotte Groves making a forward run ahead of her playing the  ball on Groves lays it out to Hayley Kindred attacking the right wing, sends a cross into the Aylsham box, is headed away by Bird, rolls back to Boast 20 yards out who goes for the shot, on target is straight into the gloves of goalkeeper Ania Vanston.
   Great chance for Aylsham to take the lead the ball played forwards for Charlton making the forwards run into the box right side of goal, has Anderson on her shoulder with Thorpe goalkeeper Kirstie Andrews advancing, Anderson gets out of the way as Charlton reaches the ball hits her shot into Andrews the ball spinning to her right in front of goal, won’t sit for Charlton who stretches to knock it down, on target, Anderson has gotten around her keeper and is back covering the goal line stops the ball and brings it away from goal. 

Sharnie Boast on the ball for Thorpe United Ladies
   Bringing the ball up over halfway for Thorpe midfielder Rebecca Russell sees the run Groves is making to get in behind the Aylsham defence plays the ball forwards, back spin on the ball stops Groves taking it into her stride lays it behind her to Boast who attempts the threaded ball through the Aylsham defence to play Groves in too much weight on the ball runs through to the keeper. Emma Gillespie get’s on to the ball for Aylsham in the middle a good pass up to Charlton looking to break into the area is timely intercepted by Anderson. 
  GOAL! The opening goal of the Cup Final goes to Thorpe a little over 15 minutes played. A free kick is given away wide left inside the Aylsham half, it’s Boast standing over the ball, good with a set piece plays a great ball into the area heading for goal, Vanston gets and glove up to stop the ball, but only succeeds in knocking it down into her six yard box, Thorpe have three players breaking away from the edge of the area and it’s Kindred who gets to the ball to knock it home into the back of the net to give Thorpe the lead 0-1.

Hayley Kindred opens the scoring in the
Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final
   Thorpe break from an Aylsham free kick inside their own half wide right cleared away edge of the area, Jo Davey up to Lake is clear through to chase the ball down, Vanston coming out of her area just makes it to the ball 1st to kick clear. Russell then has an opportunity to play Lake in through the middle again deeper this time, Bird wins the race and puts in a goo tackle to win the ball, comes out to Kindred wide right takes it up the wing before whipping the cross in again Bird is well placed to head clear. 
  Change for Thorpe with Nicole Read coming off at right back and Chelsea Clark, she immediately gives away a free kick to Aylsham wide right with Bird the player on the ball set to deliver sweeps it in towards the near post, Andrews comes and lays claim to the ball. Ferdani plays the ball over the top to the edge of the Thorpe area, Andrews comes towards the ball, Charlton racing in steals in on it before she can get there leaving the keeper stranded, taking the ball on to the touchline, can’t get a shot away as Davey gets back on her to win the ball.
   Another free kick wide left for Thorpe a little closer than the one for the goal, Boast over the ball sends the shot in dropping near post Vanston saves well parrying the ball down then gathering. Groves charges forwards with the ball into the Aylsham half with Lake out to the right plays the ball up to her, holding it up well gives Kindred the chance to offer a passing option, plays the ball back to her, Kindred sends a high ball up into the area keeping her eye on the ball Vanston comes and claims well with Groves closing in the two collide the keeper getting the advantage.
   A free kick for Aylsham on the right just inside the Thorpe half, Charlton is over the ball, sends in a powerful strike, Andrews coming misjudges ad ends up under the ball as it sails over her can only turn, and catches the ball as it rebounds off the base of the far post back into her gloves. Thorpe let Bird carry the ball the length of the pitch before she is crowded off the ball on the edge of their area the break is on the ball launched up into the Aylsham half with Lake always the willing runner, Vanston comes out to meet her sliding in bravely at the edge of the box saves the ball trapping it between her legs.

Thorpe United Ladies captain, Rebekah Lake

   GOAL! Having come close to getting Lake in on goal, Thorpe eventually succeed as they force an error at the back from Aylsham, Groves taking the ball off Becky Hibberd as she rushes over to close the defender down on the left side of the attack puts the early diagonal ball in behind the centre backs with Lake on the move in between them, throws a foot forwards even as Vanston comes to try and reach the ball 1st a yard inside the box Lake get’s to it 1st this time, sends the ball over Vanston and on into the back of the net 0-2.Close to half-time there is 2 minutes added time in the 1st half.

Half-time Aylsham FC Ladies 0-2 Thorpe United Ladies
  A lively 1st half, competitive as expected from both sides, Aylsham started very well causing Thorpe problems closing the ball down and sending it into Woodward and Charlton early, the defences have down well for the most part, Bird and Lacey in particular for Aylsham, Anderson and Ford with some timely tackles for Thorpe. Two errors have led to the goals Aylsham have conceded. 2-0 down they are no where near out of it, the next goal is crucial.
   Aylsham have kick off 2nd half, in front of a good sized crowd that has come to watch the final. Aylsham’s Debbie Kelly plays the ball up to Ferdani the ball is sent up high into the Thorpe area is dealt with by Shannon Miles. Aylsham have an early free kick out on the left half way inside the Thorpe half the ball is sent into the area Andrews coming for the ball spills it comes out to Woodward on the left side inside the six yard box, doesn’t make clean contact with the shot is on target near post however Miles is the play who gets across to defend the post and kick the shot clear.
  Charlton is busy if the ball isn’t coming to her she will go looking for it, chasing back robs the Thorpe midfield turn and makes a surging run towards the Thorpe defence shots from 20 yards out the ball deflected off a defender running through to Andrews. Thorpe come down the left the ball rolled on into Boast comes inside and goes for the curling shot aiming for the top corner the shot drifts out beyond the far post. Double change for Aylsham as they bring off Kelly and England, Becky Hills and Sophie Burr-Walpole are introduced to the action. 

Aylsham FC Ladies, Abbie Charlton

  Kindred attacks down the right side for Thorpe wins her side a corner kick the ball is whipped it towards Boast coming from a deep position edge of the box towards the ball meets it on the half volley, the attempted shot is deflected behind for a 2nd corner kick. This time the ball is headed across the face of goal, no one far side to turn it home as it flies out for a goal kick. Strong run on the ball from Aylsham’s Gillespie 30 yards out plays the ball forwards for Woodward racing into the Thorpe area the ball is just the wrong side of her, does well to turn and catch it with her heel try to send it on across Andrews but also off target as the ball runs wide.

   Aylsham are pushing hard winning the ball if conceding a few free kicks as they look to get a goal back. Hills has made a difference since coming on attacking on the right side, a strong player hard to shake off the ball, takes the ball on coming inside driving for the box, Anderson stands firm offering no way through. A fantastic chance comes Aylsham’s way as they hit Thorpe on the counter attack Charlton and Woodward both timing their runs to perfection spring the offside trap as the ball is put over the top, the ball landing in Woodwards path, Andrews has to commit comes towards her, Woodward lifts her shot over her from the edge of the area and is left kicking the ground in frustration as she sees her shot sail over the crossbar.
Aylsham’s Becky Hills with Thorpe’s Shannon Miles
   Boast comes away with the ball from a 50/50 challenge has Lake ready to make the run ahead of her get into the box, Lacey is on the move even before Boast plays the ball and makes the interception. Going shoulder to shoulder with Burr-Walpole on the right Lake manages to get a shot away just inside the corner of the box, lacking any pace runs through to Vanston. Another powerful run in from the right from Hills for Aylsham she drives into the Thorpe area, Ford comes across and throwing herself in front of Hills makes the block as she goes to pull the trigger the ball deflected wide for a throw. 
  Woodward comes off for Aylsham with Kiera Squires coming on as they continue to press forwards, Burr-Walpole making ground up the left plays her cross in behind her attackers giving Russell tracking back a chance to clear the ball. Thorpe bring off Clark with read returning to the action. England is back on for Aylsham. Lake steals in to rob Aylsham of the ball and drives forwards into the box right side closing down the keeper, can only lift the ball straight into the keepers gloves.

Aylsham’s Lisa Ferdani goes to challenge Thorpe’s Charlotte Groves for the ball.
   Burr-Walpole carries the ball up the left side for Aylsham lifting her cross into the area everyone has gambled near post as the ball flues over every one landing far post no one is their to attack the ball with little under 10 minutes left to play. Can’t get hold of the ball, Thorpe’s Ford and Anderson getting onto the end of any through ball, Woodward returns to the field. Russell with the ball on the left side for Thorpe plays a great delivery into the box Lake is their under challenge with Smith manages to get a shot away puts it straight into Vanston’s gloves again. 
  Into injury time, Thorpe try to play it into the corner keep Aylsham quiet, but they’re having none of it, the ball is played back to Gillespie in the centre looks to play the long ball into the box for Woodward and Charlton to attack, bounces trough to the keeper. Thorpe get the ball up the other end and win a corner kick, don’t go short playing it into the area Russell gets her head to the ball but can’t direct the shot on target.
  Referee, Mary Harmer the 1st woman to officiate a Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final, blows the final whistle and Thorpe United Ladies beat Aylsham FC Ladies 2-0 to win the Norfolk Women’s County Cup Final, finally collect the trophy in their 3rd successive final. It’s a big cup too can hold alot of champagne. An entertaining final, two fairly evenly matched sides Aylsham had their chances to score. Conceded two goals in the 1st half, Thorpe taking their chances well and defending well for the large part. Aylsham have another shot at silverware in two weeks time.
Thorpe United Ladies, Norfolk Women’s County Cup Winners
  Congratulations to Thorpe United on winning the Norfolk Women’s County Cup enjoy the celebrations. My thanks to Norfolk FA for their help today.

Match Report – Cambridge United WFC Reserves v Wisbech Town Ladies

Match Report from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup Final as covered on the SWF Blog Weds 13th April

Cup Final Report – Cambridge United WFC Reserves v Wisbech Town Ladies

 A midweek trip into Cambridgeshire to watch the final of the Women’s Junior Invitation Cup sponsored by S-Tech Insurance, with defending cup holders Cambridge United WFC Reserves taking on Wisbech Town Ladies for the trophy.

  Cambridge United WFC Reserves are currently top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Beat Milton Ladies from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South in last years final 4-0. Defend the cup once again against lower league opposition from the Championship North this time around, Wisbech Town Ladies, have dropped to 5th in the table after the weekends results despite holding the current league leaders Bourne Ladies to share the points in a 2-2 draw.

Road to the Final
 It was an away tie to start the defence of the trophy for Cambridge United WFC Reserves taking on Championship North side Wisbech St Marys Ladies a comfortable 4-0 win saw them through the quarter finals. Drawn away from home they met Milton Ladies in a repeat of last seasons final scored 4 goals again to win the game 4-2. Drawn at home to Isleham United Ladies in the semi-finals they were awarded a home win with their opponents unable to field a side to book their spot in the Women’s Junior Invitation Cup for the 2nd season running.
 The opposite for Wisbech Town Ladies they started the competition by being awarded a home win in the 1st round against Comberton Ladies. In the quarter finals faced a tough away draw against Premiership side Fulbourn Bluebirds. the game ending all square at 2-2 after extra-time the game went to a penalty shootout Wisbech Town Ladies winning 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals. Were drawn away from home to face Park Ladies from the Championship South, an interesting match up Wisbech Town Ladies proved too strong on the day taking the tie with a 3-0 victory to set up a final showdown with Cambridge United WFC Reserves.
 The venue for tonight’s final Ely City FC, the regular home venue for Cambridge United WFC’s 1st team. Tonight it hosted their Reserve side and Wisbech Town Ladies who had brought a good number of supporters with them. The pitch which has seen alot of football was a little worn in places but overall showed good grass coverage. A large pitch surrounded by a railing a clubhouse with built in seated stand on one side opposite the dugouts. A cool but dry evening, good weather conditions for a Cup Final.

  Cambridge United WFC Reserves starting XI – Tafadzwa Mhunduru, Emma Roberts, Becca Fay (C), Robyn Phillips, Liz Pamplin, Emily Ingle, Sarah Mosley, Emily Reed, Hayley Turner, Kelly Docrwa & Monique Christian.
  subs – Catherine Hanley, Gemma Clark, Sarah Carroll, Kirsten Burt & Ebony-Jade Rule.

  Wisbech Town Ladies starting XI – Abbie Venni, Danika Moss Papke, Emily Stephenson (C), Elizabeth Simpson, Faye Kowalewsky, Annie Rooks, Kyra Clarke, Polly Baird, Chelsea King, Albany Hodgson & Sophie Gutteridge.

  subs – Jasmine Luckett, Amy Hempting, Becky Bourlet & Leah Hall

(roll on roll off substitutes)

The floodlights start to come on as Wisbech wearing red shirts with black running along the sleeves, black shorts and red socks get the 1st half underway with Cambridge lined up opposite wearing amber and black vertical striped shirts, black shorts and amber socks. The ball is sent long down the right flan early on the attempted cross charged down turned out for a throw. A relatively quiet open to the match as both sides look to test the other out putting the ball into their attacking players without anyone finding any joy finding space behind.

   From a throw on the right inside Wisbech’s half, Cambridge central midfielder Liz Pamplin longs to play a pass dissecting the centre backs with Hayley Turner looking to make a run in behind right of goal chasing the ball can’t catch it be the ball runs out of play. Making progress into Cambridge territory winning a series of throws down the left the ball eventually comes to the feet of Wisbech’s Polly Baird who passes the ball down to Sophie Gutteridge moving into the left channel, looks to try and drive inside pick out Kyra Clarke pushing to get into the Cambridge area, Sophie Ingle tracks back for Cambridge and closing Gutteridge down wins the ball back on the edge of the area. Passing forwards into Sarah Mosley who plays a great ball up the right side for Turner to go after she wins Cambridge the 1st corner of the match the ball is sent in low and fast to the back of the area, met on the volley by Monique Christian the shot is sent over the crossbar.

   Both sides are playing it long from the back their attackers trying to win the ball in the air, Clarke goes up for the ball inside the Cambridge half under challenge for the ball bashes her head against her opponent and goes down. A lengthy pause as she receives treatment a nasty blow to the head unfortunately her cup final is over as the stretcher is brought on and she is taken off. No chances taken with concussion, an ambulance is called and after being seen to by the crew is taken to hospital for further checks, wish her a full and timely recovery.

  Play goes on Jemma Adams coming on to replace Clarke. Mosley takes a free kick won on the right inside the Wisbech half puts it long towards the area with Turner making the run to get onto the end of it inside the box, Wisbech central defender Elizabeth Simpson stays with Turner and keeps her from connecting with the ball as goalkeeper Abbie Venni comes to scoop the ball up into her gloves. Gutteridge is the focal point of the Wisbech attack and is busy working across the Cambridge back line probing for an opening as the midfielders try to play the ball into her feet. 

  Closing down the ball in the middle, Mosley coming to the right side sends Kelly Docrwa away down the wing, has Ingle up in support coming inside into the box the ball is played into her headers it down, Venni reacts going to her left and pushing the ball behind for a corner kick.Cambridge keep the pressure on from the corner kick as Wisbech struggle to clear it pops back to Emily Reed left outside the area fires the shot back in again Venni saves throwing herself to her right to put the ball behind for another corner kick. A firm header inside the six yard box sees Wisbech clear the ball set up a counter attack with Annie Rooks bringing the ball on forwards into Gutteridge who peels left again, isn’t getting much joy against Cambridge’s Robyn Phillips as she tackles to win the ball.

   A free kick inside the Cambridge half 30 yards out for Wisbech sees Albany Hodgson on the ball, a good delivery sent into the area, Cambridge’s Emma Roberts puts her name on the ball and headers it away. Wisbech retrieve the ball and attack down the right whip a cross into the area, Cambridge goalkeeper, Tafadzwa Mhunduru moving to that side of her area brings the ball down into her gloves. Up the other end Venni is called into action again Reed putting Christian through on the left side pulls the trigger from 20 plus yards, the shot coming in low is turned around the post as Venni throws herself to her right.

  GOAL! Cambridge take the lead from the resulting corner kick, although not many in the crowd initially release they have down so thinking the ball coming in low with plenty of pace from the corner taker Ingle has run behind the goal, but no it is in running through the players gathering at the near post and rolling over the line to nestle in the back of the net Cambridge lead 1-0. 

   Wisbech make a change bringing on Jasmine Luckett, combines with Faye Kowalewsky straight away the two working the ball into Gutteridge, tries to take the player on in front of her turn towards goal, too much to do, riding one challenge is stopped by the 2nd. 

 GOAL! Cambridge’s lead lasts just 5 minutes as Wisbech pull it back all square just past the half hour mark, winning a free kick on halfway in a central position, Hodgson is over the ball looks to play it long into the area, Mhunduru comes towards the ball a it lands just inside the area, totally misreads the bounce as the ball skips up high over her falling behind to the left Wisbech have runners following in, Gutteridge is closest to the ball gets it, controlling inside her six yard box taps the ball home to make it 1-1.

   Is a scrappy contest with neither side really able to get their foot on the ball and keep any meaningful possession, Gutteridge is working hard in front of the Cambridge defence, Rooks trying to get up to support, whilst at the other end Cambridge are getting Docrwa, Christian and Turner in behind just not finding the right ball. Amy Hempting is introduced to the action by Wisbech with Elizabeth Simpson coming off. Winning a corner on the left Cambridge try to take it quickly catch Wisbech before they can set themselves, Danika Moss Papke is alert to it and the only play from both sides already set inside the six yard box as the ball comes in headers it clear, Pamplin steals in to pass to Roberts who shoot from outside the box rolls through to Venni.

   Kowalewsky turns her marker to bring the ball on over halfway down the left for Gutteridge back to the goal, tries to turn Phillips the defender is a tall player to get around stick out a leg and comes away with the ball. Cambridge break the ball put up the right into Docrwa drives into the Wisbech box, squeezes a cross along the six yard box to the far side of goal with Christian standing unopposed, looks to scoop the ball up and around Venni the goalkeeper parries the ball down falling right Docrwa tries to get to it but under challenge from Wisbech’s captain Emily Stephenson can only slice her shot wide.

   Leah Hall joins the action for Wisbech. Luckett and Kowalewsky link up again in the middle played onto Hodgson, tries to bring the ball on is floored by a robust challenge in the middle. The ball is played up to the area again, Cambridge captain Becca Fay winning the header on the edge of the box. Cambridge make a couple of changes late in the 1st half on comes Gemma Clark and Ebony-Jade Rule for Christian and Mosley.

Half-time Cambridge United WFC Reserves 1-1 Wisbech Town Ladies
  Fair to say this hasn’t been the most exciting 1st half of a Cup Final, has been scrappy but highly competitive both sides aren’t letting the other sit on the ball, are not picking out the right balls when they win the ball back the goals given away softly. Two sides that know little about each other have spent much of the 1st half trying to suss each other out. Gutteridge has done well on her own in attack losing Clarke to concussion early on was a blow.
  Cambridge get the 2nd half underway and start brightly get a free kick in the middle as Hodgson fouls Turner. Towards the right the ball is sent long out to the far post across the Wisbech area, Clark operating wide left is coming in but can’t connect to turn the ball in as it bounces wide out of play. Clark is played in down the left wing pushing on in behind with the ball cuts back on herself and rolls the ball along the face of the area into Ingle, closely marked she tries to wriggle free to get room for a shot ends up on the ground but no one claims for a penalty as Wisbech bring it away.
  Pamplin winning the ball inside the Wisbech half sees them continue to hold onto the ball early on Clark is put away down the left again, sends a pacey cross into Rule who meeting it on the volley cuts the ball high into the air and wide of goal. Reed with a good run through the middle plays the ball wide into Ingle her cross is turned behind for a corner kick, the ball is cleared out of the box back to the right sent back in Venni gathers this time. Good tackle from Stephenson on Rule as she gets the ball running into the area from the right.
  Wisbech have ridden out a testing 10 minute spell at the start of the 2nd half from Cambridge now getting more of the ball inside their opponents half, Kowalewsky bringing it right has Hodgson available, from the wide position she sends a high ball up towards the Cambridge area a tricky ball, Roberts sees it cleared with Gutteridge lurking. A surging run up the left wing from full back Moss Papke sees Wisbech earn a corner kick. The set piece comes to nothing, Wisbech don’t let Cambridge bring it far winning the ball attempt to put Gutteridge in behind, Mhunduru comes racing out to get her gloves firmly on the ball 1st.
  Regaining momentum Wisbech have Baird on the ball wide right like Hodgson minutes before she looks to send a high ball into the box higher up the pitch this one is dropping into the six yard box Mhunduru must see Gutteridge coming in the corner of her eye but isn’t distracted sees the ball safely into her gloves even as the striker leaps across her. Cambridge bring on Sarah Carroll and Kirsten Burt.
  Cambridge spring the offside trap turning play around quickly as it is won, at the back, both Rule and Docrwa turn and as the ball goes over the Wisbech defence are through on goal. Rule has the ball reaching the edge of the area hits the shot, put it too close to Venni, who needs to get down sharply with spin on the ball saves the ball deflecting out of play for a corner across the goal. The corner comes in long towards the far stick, Moss Papke brings the ball out for Wisbech.
  Good work from Clark on the left for Cambridge as Pamplin plays the pass out to her, driving with it to the byline, takes on and beating her marker gets into the area then looks to lift her cross up towards the near post, no one has gambled and the ball is brought out by Wisbech. Docrwa Hempting is back on for Wisbech. 15 minutes left to play and the game could go either way the action end to end Christian and Ingle work the ball up the right wing Ingle putting the ball into the area Stephenson intercepts and brings it out from the back sends the pass out to the left on for Rooks has Baird ahead of her rolling her in 20 yards out she slips as she goes to shoot the ball rolling tamely along the ground through to Mhunduru. 
   GOAL! The stalemate is broken as the game moves into the final 10 minutes, Cambridge win a free kick on half way the ball is sent up towards the Wisbech area by Fay the initial delivery is dealt with by Wisbech but as they attempt to play it out the ball strikes Carroll rebounds back into Christian on the edge of the box, connecting with the ball sends it high into the night sky, is falling towards goal, back on her line Venni can’t keep it out as it drops under the cross bar and bounces over the line 2-1.
  Catherine Hanley comes on for Cambridge for Burt with 7 minutes left of normal time as they look to hold onto the lead. Get players back crowd Gutteridge off the ball as Luckett tries to send her through. Kowalewsky tries to do the same the ball played in over the top, Mhunduru is closer to it and claims before Gutteridge clatters into her. Cambridge break the ball swept out to the right by Fay into Carroll before the cross is put long out to Clark on the left opening her body for the shot shoots wide across goal from just inside the Wisbech box.
  Cambridge are looking to keep the ball when they can in the corner, Wisbech aren’t letting them settle, Moss Papke bringing the ball out onto Luckett, Hodgson ahead of her is given the ball is allowed time and space 20 yards out but gets the shot all wrong sending the ball high and out of play. Cambridge defend well in stoppage time and celebrate as the referee blows the final whistle to see them win 2-1 to retain the Junior Invitation Cup. 
 Not a classic and the result was never certain could have gone either way, Venni was named player of the match for the vital saves she made for Wisbech Town Ladies who did the Championship North proud giving Premiership leaders Cambridge a run for their money. 
Cambridge Women’s Junior Invitation Cup winners Cambridge United WFC Reserves
celebrating their trophy success

   The club will be hoping to make it a double cup success with their 1st team contesting the Senior Invitation Cup tomorrow night again defending the trophy, while the Reserves get are in another Cup Final later in the month on the 28th April taking on Cambridge City Ladies in the League Cup, beaten finalists last year will be hoping to go one better this time around.

*NB Cambridge United WFC Reserves will now face Cambridge City Ladies on the 10th May after the Senior Invitation Cup on Thursday was postponed due to bad weather

 Congratulations to Cambridge United WFC Reserves on their cup win. Best wishes to Wisbech Town Ladies injured player Kyra Clarke and thanks to Chris Abbott from the Cambridgeshire FA for his help with the squads tonight.

The Tuesday Round-Up

The Tuesday Round-Up – Edition Thirty

Sunday 10th April

Have reached the 30th Edition of The Tuesday Round-Up of what has so far been an exciting women’s football season across the East of England. A packed Sunday with the weather playing virtually no havoc with the fixture lists. Into April the business end of the season, plenty of important games coming up for sides at the top and bottom of the league tables. League cup final places decided in Beds & Herts, Essex and Cambridgeshire at the weekend. A new County Cup Final line up in Essex too. League games are getting completed with sides no starting to play out their games looking to finish on a high. None more so than in the top division covered by Women’s Football East and that’s where we start so let’s go.

FAWPL Southern Division


Brighton and Hove Albion WFC are the Champions of the FAWPL Southern Division. Went into their final league match of the season away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies having led the FAWPL Southern Division for much of the 2015/16 season. Having played more games than their title chasing rivals had opened up an 8 point lead travelling up to Brimsdown Rovers FC this Sunday to play mid-table Tottenham, knew one final win would give them the title, couldn’t be caught by any side below.

It was to this match that the featured match report on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog came from, travelling down to Brimsdown Rovers FC, saw a tense 1st half, a scrappy contest with both sides working hard to disrupt the others flow in the middle of the park led to few chances being created. Brighton & Hove Albion WFC had edged those chances and on the stroke of half time got their noses in front, Sophie Perry a constant threat on the left flank for the visitors putting a great ball into the area, striker Amy Taylor getting her toe onto the end of it before the advancing Toni-Anne Wayne in the Tottenham goal to turn the ball home, the celebrations releasing a huge amount of tension.

 The 2nd half began much the same as the 1st, Brighton defending well against Tottenham as they searched for an equalising goal. With 20 minutes to go Tottenham manager Karen Hills made a change bringing off Wendy Martin and sending on Bianca Baptiste, the powerful striker making an immediate impact hustling the Brighton back line, robbed them of the ball wide right and turned to attack, sending the ball in towards goal from the angle had the power and pace to fly over Brighton keeper, Faye Baker and nestle in the back of the net beyond to cue more excited celebrations, this time from the home side. The lead wasn’t to last for long, Brighton got themselves 2-1 up just 6 minutes later and it was from the boot of Taylor again, curling a shot around Wayne from the edge of the box. The final whistle saw everyone connected with the club rush into the centre circle to celebrate as saw Brighton & Hove Albion WFC win the league title and not only that book them their place in the FAWSL Play-off match at the end of May.

tb10 celebration

Brighton celebrating their title success at the final whistle

Women’s Football East sends it’s congratulations to all the players, staff and fans of Brighton & Hove Albion WFC. The whole match report from the Supporting Women’s Football Blog can be found on the website below.

That ended the title hopes of the only 2 sides left able to catch Brighton & Hove Albion WFC if they had of slipped up against Tottenham on Sunday, Charlton Athletic Women in 2nd and 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies. Both weren’t in league action at the weekend. Cardiff City Ladies as a result slip down to 4th in the table as Coventry United Ladies move above them in the table after a 2-1 home win against C&K Basildon Ladies. Had to come back from behind to win the match going into the dressing room 1-0 down at half time, C&K Basildon Ladies, Zoe Rushen scoring from the penalty spot inside the opening 15 minutes. Coventry were pushing hard for a goal saw several efforts saved by Molly Pavey in the C&K Basildon goal before finding the back of the net 6 minutes into the 2nd half, Amber Hughes with the goal to her name. It was an own goal scored by Claire Lacey that saw the 3 points won 12 minutes later. Are now one of 3 sides battling for the runners-up spot in the division along with Cardiff and Charlton.

Portsmouth FC Ladies too still have a chance of clinching the runners-up spot in the FAWPL Southern Division although that was delivered a blow at the weekend as they lost their 2nd successive league match having lost away to Brighton & Hove Albion WFC away last time out were on home soil taking on Lewes Ladies. A single goal scored in the 1st hlf on 38 minutes by Natasha Wells for Lewes enough to see all 3 points go home with the away side in their penultimate league match of the season.

West Ham United Ladies were playing their final league match of the season at home against Queens Park Ladies a place above them in 9th in the FAWPL Southern Division title. A difficult season off the pitch for West Ham United Ladies a player dispute with the manager seeing several experienced 1st team regulars and favourites leave has seen the side blood a number of younger players. End the season with a goalless draw which see’s them finish 10th in the table, will be interesting to watch over the close season to see how the club builds up for the new campaign.

 It’s a draw too between the bottom two sides, Plymouth Argyle Ladies and Forest Green Rovers Ladies, both relegated from the FAWPL Southern Division they finally earn another point each, in what has been a tough league season for both. Both goals coming in the 1st half, Summer Taylor put Plymouth Argyle Ladies ahead on the quarter hour mark. Forest Green Rovers Ladies levelled through Annie Martin 12 minutes later to see both sides take a point.

FAWPL South East Division One

Another good Sunday for FAWPL South East Division One leaders, Crystal Palace Ladies as they score 5 at home to maintain their 9 point lead at the top of the table and extend their unbeaten record. Had seen one of their title rivals Gillingham FC Ladies drop points in the chase as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Enfield Town Ladies in mid-week. Welcomed Norwich City Ladies to Bromley FC on Sunday. Went in 1 up at half-time, with Alma Donohoe firing home on 28 minutes. 2nd half Crystal Palace continued to apply pressure to the Norwich defence, Gemma Bryan scoring early in the half before Pamela McRoberts scored on 63 minutes, Francesca Ali put them 4-0 up with 20 minutes left. Bryan adding her 2nd and Crystal Palace’s 5th goal late on to see them reach 18 games unbeaten with 4 to play. 

  Gillingham FC Ladies having dropped points in mid-week saw their title hopes suffer another blow at home on Sunday in 3rd place they were taking on 2nd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies. Took an early lead Jade Keogh put through to score inside 3 minutes. Were pegged back by Milton Keynes Dons Ladies before half-time Charley Clarke levelling the scoreline. The visitors went on to win the game scoring midway through the 2nd half, Leah Cudone scoring what would prove to be the winning goal.

That defeat for Gillingham FC Ladies, coupled with a win for Luton Town Ladies away to Enfield Town Ladies see’s them switch places in the table. Building on last Sunday’s 2-1 home win against Cambridge United WFC. Travelling to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield Town Ladies once again proved they are a tough side to break down, Luton Town Ladies eventually did so on the stroke of half-time an own goal conceded as Natasha Fensome’s shot is deflected into the back of the net, the 3 points were held onto 2nd half as goalkeeper Hollie Staples saved a penalty kick. Up to 3rd with 2 matches left to play.

In 5th place Cambridge United WFC bounce back from last weeks defeat against Luton Town Ladies in style scoring double figures to relegate bottom side Bedford Ladies. Without a single league point since September 2015 it has been on the cards for Bedford for some time only Old Actonians Ladies failure to secure a league win in 2016 has delayed thing’s now they can no longer close the game. Hosted a Cambridge United WFC side that were in the mood for scoring goals. Paige Logie with a hat-trick with a brace each from wide players Becky Taylor and Laura Mills, Laura Bright, Laura Baker, Isabella Simmons, and Faith Hewitt all with a goal each, but the pick of the goals was from central defender Kayleigh-Anne Burt hitting a volley from outside the box into the back of the net as she scores her 1st goal for the club.

Ipswich Town Ladies return to the top half of the FAWPL South East Division One table with an away victory at Old Actonians Ladies on Sunday. Sharon Odofin scoring for Old Actonians from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough to secure any points at the 5th time of asking in 2016 as Ipswich Town Ladies won 2-1 goals coming from Aimee Harrison and Roxanne Small. Old Actonians ladies remain 3rd bottom 2 points of 2nd bottom Lowestoft Town Ladies but have plenty of games yet to play a single point would be enough to keep them safe if they could just find it, but won’t matter as their rivals at the bottom have just the one match left to play now. Lowestoft had a chance to move above Old Actonians on Sunday know their chances of avoiding relegation are nearly impossible but whilst their rivals can’t buy a point they have a chance. Were at home against Denham United Ladies on Sunday, Aimee Durrant put Lowestoft into the lead on 30 minutes saw them go into the dressing room with the lead. Denham United Ladies came back 2nd half an own goal putting them level before Lauren Cox and Helen Capewell scored to see them win 3-1 to take all 3 points.

Eastern Regional Leagues

Can never take nothing for granted in any league and it looked odds on that Stevenage Ladies with their games in hand would overhaul Billericay Town Ladies at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division to win promotion to the FAWPL. 3 games in hand 2 points behind they had the chance to take top spot on Sunday at home in a rearranged league fixture against AFC Dunstable Ladies, their local rivals however have if you’ve been following The Tuesday Round-Up have been in a rich vein of form as the season draws to a close 5 wins and a draw in 2016 to date. Were a goal down at the break Stevenage Ladies taking the lead before Dunstable came back 2nd half with 2 goals from Amber Pearson to win the game 2-1. Stevenage Ladies have 3 games left and need 2 wins from those to secure the title assuming Billericay Town Ladies win their final league game. AFC Dunstable Ladies have played out their fixtures securing a comfortable mid-table finish a strong end with 6 wins and a draw in 2016 sure they’d love the season to continue, but positive momentum to carry into the new season.

  Despite their win against Stevenage Ladies, AFC Dunstable Ladies actually drop a place in the ERWFL Premier Division table, ties on the same number of points as Colchester Town Ladies with a close goal difference a large win sees Colchester Town up into 4th spot following a 4-1 away win at bottom side Great Wakering Rovers Ladies on Sunday. 2 goals scored by Paige Wakefield plus a goal a piece for Chelsea Forde and Kira Fitz-Patrick saw them win 4-1. Also level on points with Colchester Town Ladies and AFC Dunstable Ladies are Haringey Borough Women all on 26 points now in 6th playing their penultimate fixture of the season were at home against Great Shelford Ladies. A close match in the finish saw the home side edge it 3-2 with goals from Stephanie Cooper, Roisin Cormack and Morgan Lundberg. Great Shelford Ladies were disappointed not to take at least a point from the game their goals coming from Sophie Ugar and Alison Wright. 

3rd placed AFC Sudbury Ladies were at home playing Norfolk side Acle United Ladies in the ERWFL Premier Division, have all but secured a 3rd place finish in their 1st season in the league following a 1-1 draw. Looked to be heading to all 3 points after Stacey Teager had given them the lead however they were pegged back deep into stoppage time by Acle United Ladies, Kate Pasque earning the away side a point.

In the ERWFL Division One West there are new leaders as Royston Town Ladies having been playing catch up with their fixtures all season leap above leaders Hutton Ladies and 2nd placed Offley & Stopsley Ladies who have both played out their fixtures, are now a point ahead with 2 left to play on 21. Away to Sawbridgeworth Town WFC, Royston Town Ladies, Samantha Tinsley scored twice with Hayley Graham also on target as they won 3-1 have 2 left to play and look odds on to win the league. Not quite their yet as Hoddesdon Owls Ladies back in 5th have 4 games left to play and with a possible 12 points to gain Royston Town Ladies need on more result to get over the line, the 2 are scheduled to face each other but it could be all over by then, Hoddesdon though are in a good streak of form and will be aiming for a strong end to the season.

Were in action in the quarter finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup at the weekend 3 games taking place with Writtle Ladies involved in the County Cup instead. Hoddesdon Owls Ladies were at home playing Stevenage Ladies Reserves for a place in the semi-finals. Becky Scola drove home a free kick on 25 to put Hoddesdon 1-0 up 7 minutes before half-time the lead was 2-0 Kristi Burling on target. Stevenage Ladies Reserves came back into the tie 2nd half pulled a goal back through jade Beckett with 12 minutes left before forcing the game into extra-time deep into injury time Leah Littlechild striking the ball home. Into extra-time Burling headed home from a corner to put Hoddesdon Owls Ladies back in front before Kristina O’Connell rounded the keeper late on to seal the victory and see Hoddesdon Owls into the semi-finals.

 Joining them in the semi-finals are Colney Heath Ladies travelling to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies. Molly Slade giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at half-time, Holly Sheridan doubled the advantage on 50 minutes. Brief hope of a come back for Little Thurrock Dynamos with 12 to go as Katy Judd pulled it back to 2-1, that was short lived as Colney Heath Ladies scored again 2 minutes later to go 3-1 up, Kirsty Feasey with the goal to see out the tie. Offley & Stopsley Ladies are the other side to book a place in the semi-finals of the ERWFL Division One Cup, at home to Hutton Ladies who scored twice through Hayley Critchell and Ebony Moore it wasn’t enough as Offley & Stopsley Ladies found the back of the net 3 times to progress. The semi-final line up will be completed by either Writtle Ladies or Silver End United Ladies who play next Sunday.


In Norfolk Women’s Division One, Wymondham Town Ladies had moved into top spot last weekend, on 32 points unbeaten with 12 matches played 2 points clear of 2nd placed Brandon Town Ladies. Wymondham town Ladies were away to 3rd placed Thorpe United Ladies who had 4 matches left to play, on 23 points could catch Wymondham Town Ladies still to win the title so a big game for both sides. Thorpe United Ladies brought Wymondham Town Ladies unbeaten league record to an end Charlotte Groves scoring 2 goals with captain Rebekah Lake adding a 3rd goal in a 3-0 victory to set up a potential grandstand finish. Wymondham Town Ladies are away to Fakenham Town Ladies next Sunday 3 points are a must, then it might all come down to goal difference and with a good advantage in that department will be watching Thorpe United’s last 3 fixtures nervously, always going to be a competitive title race at the top in Norfolk and has proved to be the case.

Elsewhere in Norfolk Women’s Division One, 4th placed Alysham FC Ladies beat an revitalised Fakenham Town Ladies 4-1 at home on Sunday. Two goals from Becky Hills along with a goal each for Kiera Squires and Michaela England getting them the 3 points. Fakenham Town Ladies goal scored by Rochelle Woods.

In Norfolk Women’s Division Two, leaders North Walsham Angels Ladies have already secured promotion to the top division of women’s football in Norfolk in only their 2nd season as a club. One last home fixture at home this Sunday taking on Stalham Town Ladies also playing out their league fixtures back in 6th place. North Walsham did all the damage 1st half scoring 4 goals with 4 different goal scorers, Emma Allsopp, Luci Middleton, Amy Hemp and Hope Middleton on target winning 4-0 they have lost just the one league match all season against fellow promotion chasers Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies and now prepare for the Ladies League Plate Final on the 1st of May against Red Rose Ladies.

 Joining them in Division One in Norfolk next season and just 2 season old themselves will be Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies. Are unbeaten in the division and just a point behind North Walsham Angels Ladies with 2 fixtures left to play were at home against 3rd placed Sprowston Ladies who were playing their final league game of the season. Kirkley & Pakefield had a slender 1-0 lead at half-time before coming out strongly for the 2nd half going on to score 5 more and win 6-0, a hat-trick from Selina Rowland, plus a brace from Jody Wells along with a goal by Gemma Farman seeing the points won. A point from their final 2 matches will see Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies win the title. Sprowston Ladies have a 5 point advantage in 3rd but can be caught by Red Rose Ladies in 4th with 3 games in hand.

  Bohemians Ladies were at home for their last league match of the season secured 5th place in the Division Two table with a 5-3 win against 2nd bottom Bungay Town Ladies Reserves. Had to mount a 2nd half comeback however as Bungay Town Ladies Reserves held a 3-2 lead going into half-time thanks to goals from Emily Leach and a brace from Nicola Hazell. 3 goals from Bohemians Ladies in the 2nd half saw them fight back to take all 3 points, a brace from Nicola Sheldrake along with goals from Leanne Smith, Ellie Blaxell and Rebecca White seeing them to victory.

Gorleston FC Ladies newly formed this season have secured promotion from Norfolk Women’s Three now they are looking to end the season with a 100% win record and win the title moved onto 10 wins from 10 played with a 4-0 away win against 3rd placed Red Rose United this weekend. 2 goals from Kayleigh Byrne, with a goal a piece for Samantha Hunn and Jennifer Snell.

Toftwood Ladies reclaim 4th spot in Division Three with a comfortable 5-1 away win at bottom side Cromer Town Ladies. Two goals from Katie Hart with Katie Louise Carpenter, Thea Wilson and Lydia Hooper making up the scoreline. Sprowston Ladies Reserves have been struggling at the bottom of Division Three for much of the season, climb away well at the end playing their last fixture at home this Sunday claiming 7 points from a possible 9 in their final 3 games a good 6-1 home win against Dereham Town Ladies to end their campaign. 


In the Suffolk Women’s Division it was 1st v 2nd on Sunday with both level on 30 points, Brantham Athletic Ladies leading on goal difference were hosting East Bergholt United. Brantham Athletic Ladies were coming into the game off the winning the Suffolk Women’s League Cup last Wednesday a game you can read about by clicking on the link below or scrolling down this website

Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final

On to the league game and hoping to make it a league and cup double Brantham Athletic Ladies took the 3 points to go 3 points clear at the top courtesy of a brace from League Cup Final goalscorer, Kirsten Hutchings. Jessica Oxlade scoring the goal for East Bergholt United both still have 2 matches left to play but it’s the side moving up into 3rd place in the table they will be watching.

Far from being the only side out there, Copleston Ladies just haven’t been able to get the league games played during the winter and have been playing catch up all season. Whilst Brantham Athletic Ladies were winning the Suffolk Women’s League Cup last Weds, Copleston Ladies were beating Leiston St Margarets Ladies 8-0 to move themselves up from 5th, now they are up to 3rd spot after another 3 point haul away to bottom side Ipswich Phoenix Ladies, now such an easy task this time around still won the game 3-0 thanks to a Jade Horne hat-trick. Move onto 29 points 4 off top spot with 4 left to play. Despite their being just the 7 sides contesting the league Suffolk is proving to be an exciting league, going to the wire.


The loss of Premiership side Huntingdon Town Ladies so late on in the season was a blow to Cambridgeshire Women’s football, but wasn’t an easy decision for the club to make. Were the holders of the League Cup and had reached the semi-finals of this years competition, drawn at home against the young guns of Cambridge City Ladies they were awarded the away win to progress to the final itself took on another side feeling the fixture frustration, Brandon Town Ladies in if it was ever a competitive fixture would be a tasty encounter. 

The other semi-final in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup did take place however this weekend with last season’s beaten finalists Cambridge United WFC Reserves at home to fellow Premiership side Fulbourn Bluebirds. Top of the league versus bottom of the league it was Cambridge United WFC Reserves who won comfortably to book their place in a 2nd cup final of the season Emily Ingle with a hat-trick with Monique Christian, Hayley Turner and Gemma Clark also on target in a 6-1 win. Michaela Garner with the goal for Fulbourn Bluebirds.

One match took place in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership on Sunday with Bar Hill Ladies at home taking on Cambridge University Women. 2 goals scored by Anna Jephson enough to see Bar Hill Ladies take all 3 points climb up to 5th in table and end Cambridge University Women’s fail title hopes in the process despite a late goal from Lynn-Jones Taylor seeing the match end 2-1.

In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies saw their lead at the top cut to 4 points at the weekend after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Wisbech Town Ladies. Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Stephanie Starr the players on target for Bourne Ladies, whilst Sophie Gutteridge and Jordan Turner hit the goals for Wisbech Town Ladies who drop to 5th in the table. 

Whilst the leaders were held to a draw 2nd placed March Town United Ladies were racking up the goals away to bottom side Tydd St Mary Ladies. Emma Searle scoring a hat-trick with, Kayleigh Churchyard, Emma Frost, Jessica Harvey, Charley Miller and Shannon Kelly all getting on the scoresheet in an 8-0 win and while others in the table still remain in contention with the games running out it looks to be between March and Bourne for the Championship North title. 

 Stamford Ladies in having climbed up to 3rd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North table last weekend were beaten this Sunday at home playing Wisbech St Marys Ladies who took the 3 points in a 2-1 win to lift themselves up from 6th into 4th in the table.

 In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South 2nd and 3rd placed St Ives Town Ladies and Milton Ladies were both awarded H-W and 3 points without kicking a ball as frustrated as they would have been not to do so. That meant just the one game taking place a different kind of pressure for Park Ladies to deal with as they were the side on top spot now having been chasing for a good part of the season an away trip to Isleham United Ladies a tight game Shona Kelly and Rachel Turner both scored for Isleham United. Park Ladies won the game and took the 3 points home edging it 3-2, Kirstie Smith with 2 goals, Amy Newell scoring too. Another league that could well go down to the wire.


 Will start in Essex with the Women’s County Cup. The finalists were all sorted weren’t they? Sadly not the case as Billericay Town Ladies found themselves disqualified from the competition and Writtle Ladies knocked out by them at the quarter final stage reinstated to play Brentwood Town Ladies in a retaken semi-final this Sunday. One team in form, (Writtle) the other struggling to find the results of late, Writtle took full advantage to find themselves unexpectedly into the Final to play C&K Basildon Ladies on the 21st April. Amy Simmons and Abigail Fry both scoring a pair with Georgina Tricker also on target in a 5-0 win.

In the Essex Women’s league itself it was the semi-finals of the League Cup this Sunday. Harlow Ladies leading Division One, made it into their 3rd Cup Final of the season, beating Premier Division side Eastern Avenue 2-1 away from home a goal in either half from Phillipa Stephens and Catherine Kelly enough to see them reach the final, where they will play another Premier Division side as Runwell Hospital Ladies beat Collier Row Tigers 2-1 to progress at home.

  No matches taking place in the Essex Women’s Premier Division itself this weekend. Was a 7 goal thriller between Hullbridge Sports Ladies Reserves and Wickford Town Ladies with the away side coming out in top with goals from Rachael Dipper, Kerry Newby, Freya Barnard and Danielle Dickens seeing Wickford Town Ladies win the match 4-3. In the other game to take place in Division One at the weekend Valley Green travelled to Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies Reserves and came away with a 4-2 win.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

League Cup semi-finals in the Beds & Herts Women’s League this Sunday too and with the results in it will be a repeat of last seasons final. Holders Garston Ladies were drawn away against Hertford Town Ladies. The home side scored 2 goals in the 1st half, Kerry Oldham and Laveena Betts the players finding the back of the net. Garston Ladies hit back to score 4 times Vikki Duffy and a hat-trick from Joanne Sharp seeing them into their 2nd successive League Cup Final.

Garston Ladies opponents will once again be fellow Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies however they were take all the way to penalties at home by Division Two side Watton Ladies the match ending all square at 3 goals each after extra-time, Manjinder Atwal, Laura Cousins and Abby Cardall scoring during the game. Cardall was amongst the successful penalty takers as Sherrardswood took it 4-3 to again play Garston Ladies in the League Cup Final. Date to be confirmed.

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Letchworth Garden City Eagles were hosting Bishops Stortford Ladies. Yasmin Smith and Elle Georgiou gave the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the dressing room at half-time, doubled that advantage 2nd half with Georgiou scoring her 2nd goal of the game and Hannah Mead making it 4-0 10 minutes from time. At the 14th time of asking it was finally a 1st win in the league for Sandy Ladies, 2nd bottom in the division hosting bottom side Flitwick Ladies. A convincing win too which saw Kayleigh Bennett score a hat-trick with a goal a piece for Pearl Houghton, Katie Seldon and Amber Williams as they won 6-0.

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, Garston Ladies FC 96 climb above Houghton Athletic Ladies into 3rd place in the table with a thumping 8-2 home win against AFC Kempston Rovers Ladies. Are now a point behind 2nd placed Hitchin Town Ladies and 5 off leaders Sharnbrook WFC who have both played a game more. Also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two, Royston Town Ladies Reserves picked up a good 2-1 win at home against Woburn Lionesses on Sunday. Danielle Calvert and Grace Leslie both scoring for Royston Town, Woburn Lionesses pulling one back 5 minutes from the end scored by Emily Saunders as they play out their league fixtures ending with a mid-table finish.

Another long standing unbeaten record came to an end in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three as Hitchin Belles 2nd in the table with 11 wins out of 11 to date were soundly beaten away from home by 4th placed Bedmond Ladies, Sarah Gunn and Molly Peters both scoring 3 for the home side with Emma Treanor also scoring for Bedmond Ladies n a 7-1 victory, Emily Field with Hitchin Belles goal.

Good news for Evergreen Ladies who have moved to the top of the table in recent weeks, now they are now they are 3 points clear at the top winning this weekend at Kings Langley Ladies. Emily Jones and Natalie Maher the players to find the back of the net for Evergreen Ladies in a 2-0 win.

Panshanger Ladies aren’t usually involved in too many low scoring games and this weekends Division Three encounter was no different as they hosted Crawley Green Ladies at the Moneyhole Playing Fields. Senel Chapman put the visitors ahead 20 minutes into the match, Ellie Burke on target to get Panshanger back on level terms in the half hour mark they were behind 4 minutes later as Jessica McNamara scored for Crawley Green to see them lead at half-time. Again Panshanger levelled 17 minutes into the 2nd half Chemise Huitson with the goal then with 15 minutes left to play Georgina Harvey gave the home side the lead. Leanne Stevens pulled it back to 3-3 for Crawley Green with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game saw a winning goal however 4 minutes from time with Harvey popping up with her 2nd goal of the game to see Panshanger win 4-3.

   That concludes Edition Thirty of The Tuesday Round-Up saw a few thing’s decided or more certainly set up a few more scenario’s top and bottom of the leagues 2 more unbeaten records ended too. Teams are playing out games as we reach the mid point in April not many games to go in the quest for silverware an promotion. No doubt there will be more thing’s settled next time in The Tuesday Round-Up until then thanks for reading.

Match Report – Tottenham Hotspur Ladies v Brighton & Hove Albion WFC

Football action featured 1st on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog Sunday 10th April

Match Report – Tottenham Hotspur Ladies v Brighton & Hove Albion WFC

  As most of you know when I’m not writing match reports on this blog I also look after the @WF_East twitter account and it’s website which tries to cover as much women’s football in the East of England as it can. The top league covered there is the FAWPL Southern Division, but to date I haven’t seen the side that has been leading the way for most of the season, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC. Have one more league game left away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and it is a huge game for them one of the biggest they’ve ever played the scenario is simple, win and Brighton & Hove Albion WFC will be Champions.

  Brighton & Hove Albion WFC have gotten matches played when others haven’t earlier in the season having gotten themselves into an early lead, were only off the top briefly in November when they lost 2 back to back league games. Those though were the only 2 league defeats to be suffered and recovering from that mini wobble went on to storm ahead in the table get their games in to leave themselves their destiny in their own hands knowing a win today will see them win the league even though their rivals Charlton Athletic Women (2nd) and Cardiff City Ladies (3rd) both have games in hand the maximum points tally both can achieve is 52 and 53 points respectfully, Brighton have 51 points now, 3 more from today’s game and it’s all over.

  Can’t and won’t take anything for granted a tough away trip for their final league match of the season, playing Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, who I have seen a few times this season, but not in league action. Sitting in mid-table have won half of their league matches with 20 played to date, lost 9 with just the 1 draw have reached 3 Cup Finals, knocking Brighton out of the FAWPL League Cup at the quarter final stage back in March thanks to a goal in the final minutes. Manager Karen Hills has if all players are fit a large squad to chose from however of late that has not been the case with several unavailable again through injury or international duty.

  That defeat of Brighton in the FAWPL League Cup to place at today’s venue, Brimsdown Sports Ground, home of Brimsdown Rovers FC instead of Tottenham’s usual home venue Cheshunt FC. The pitch situated behind a large clubhouse and function room. A large playing surface looked a little cut up, but good grass cover the ground itself could do with a little TLC, a small seated stand on one side opposite the dugouts. A bright sunny day, some cloud cover but no chance of rain. The crowd swelled by a good number of Brighton supporters hoping to see their side make history.  

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies starting XI – Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Shannon Moloney, Eartha Pond, Alex Keown, Maya Vio, Riana-Devi Soobadoo, Josie Green, Rosie Kmita, Wendy Martin (C) & Kelley Blanchflower.
   subs – Bianca Baptiste, Ronnell Humes, Kate O’Leary & Shakira Waithe.

   Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI – Faye Baker, Catherine Cooper, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Deanna Cooper, Jay Blackie (C), Kirsty Barton, Sophie Perry, Charley Boswell, Kate Natkiel, Charlotte Gurr & Amy Taylor.

   subs – Ellie Dorey, Lucy Somes, Lisa Fulgence, Nina Wilson & Lily Agg.

   Lucia Leon was partnering Alex Keown in defence for Tottenham in the absence of regular captain Jenna Schillaci, Wendy Martin wearing the armband for them this afternoon lined up in their white shirts and socks with navy shorts with Brighton having kick off 1st half lined up in their away kit off what Nike call ‘Volt’ shirts and socks, (lime green) and back shorts. The ball is played out to the left side early on with Sophie Perry pushing down that flank up against Shannon Moloney played at right back for Tottenham today she defends well winning the ball, puts it long into the Brighton half, goes all the way back to goalkeeper Faye Baker, who shows good distribution of the ball from the back picking out Perry with a long kick, runs into traffic the ball going out for a throw.

Brighton’s Catherine Cooper keeping close tabs on Tottenham’s Kelley Blanchflower

Obvious early on this match is going to be played at a fast pace and both sides are going to close the ball down quickly, forcing both sides into rushed passes several are going astray. Charley Boswell attacking down the right for Brighton finds herself in space high up the pitch as the ball pops free from the pinball in the centre out to her, drives with it to the touchline cuts a cross in along the six yard box, racing back Tottenham’s Alex Keown cuts it out turning the ball behind for a corner kick. A high ball swept in from the right comes central, Tottenham goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne rises unopposed to claim the ball.

   Brighton’s Vicky Ashton-Jones plays a long ball out from the back left side coming central drops for Gurr 20 plus yards out knows Wayne is off her line behind her goes for the lob sending the ball high, but it bounces harmlessly wide of goal. Brighton have started well Boswell and Perry providing good outlets for the ball right and left. Perry fires in an early cross on the diagonal from the left side racing across the six yard box, Natkiel chasing in far post can’t quite get her toe on the end of the cross to turn the ball home. 

Riana-Devi Soobadoo wins the header against Brighton’s Amy Taylor

  Tottenham are contesting the ball well enough in the midfield have found it hard to get it into the attacking trio of Martin, Rosie Kmita and Kelley Blanchflower the latter two try to link up create something as Riana-Devi Soobadoo gets hold of the ball and releases Kmita down the left wing, pushing in has Blanchflower inside her looking for the ball to be played ahead of her run into the box, Kmita sends it in, seeing the attack build Baker has already started to come and calling for it collects as her defence blocks off Blanchflower’s run.

   A free kick wide left for Brighton, Perry to whips the ball in comes in towards the near post, bounces right before Wayne who has the angle covered gathers 2nd time despite a runner coming, Natkiel I think who ends up colliding with the post, but it’s alright. Brighton captain Jay Blackie plays a great ball from inside her own half up towards Amy Taylor the striker in a central position headers the ball down to the right where Boswell is in space, drives forwards, cuts the cross back in along the six yard area, Keown tracking back cuts the ball out putting it behind for a corner kick. The corner is put in long drifts out of play beyond the far post.

  Leon is looking to bring the ball out from the back for Tottenham when she is brought down by Taylor, clear the defender is in trouble as the trainer runs on a lengthy stoppage and sadly  the stretcher has to be brought on as she can no longer continue. Shakira Waithe is the substitute, goes to left back with Eartha Pond starting in that position moving into the centre of defence along side Keown. A free kick to Tottenham goes long, Brighton’s Deanna Cooper with a firm header clears the threat. Play continues to be constricted to the middle neither side finding the cutting ball into the area to send an attacker through. 

Josie Green looking for a passing option for Tottenham

 Martin is being well marked by Brighton as she looks to get hold of the ball up top for Tottenham. Maya Vio, Josie Green and Soobadoo are battling hard in midfield not making it easy for Brighton to pick their way through. Green gets the ball up to Kmita left side again pushing on cuts a cross back in along the face of the area, Blanchflower the target, Ashton-Jones with the interception. Moloney gets a talking to from the referee as she commits a foul in front of the stand, From a deep position on the left it’s Deanna Cooper to take sends a fantastic flighted ball long towards the far post with Boswell totally free to run in and attack it with Wayne drifting across her goal, Boswell looks to nod the header back across her, the goalkeeper flashes up a hand to stop the ball then bring it under control and hold.

GOAL! Into injury time in the 1st half and the stalemate is broken, Brighton hit Tottenham on the break and for once as the ball is swung in from the left the visitors have managed to overload the area have two players spare coming in behind the defence into the area, Wayne has to come off her line try to get to the ball, reaches the closest Brighton attacker 1st, Taylor who gets her foot to the ball 1st prods it past Wayne to roll home just inside the post. An important game for Brighton and it’s clear from the enthused celebration that greets the goal it has released alot of tension 0-1.

  Half-time Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion WFC
   Brighton take the narrowest of leads into the dressing room at half-time in what has been a scrappy 1st half, neither side getting hold of the ball for long. Brighton have had more opportunity to go forwards with the ball, the final pass more often than not failing to come off. Have dealt with the threat Tottenham’s attackers posed to their defence well with Blackie staying back to receive the ball and set up play further up the field. 
  The teams are out for the 2nd 45, a lead to defend as it stands Brighton are on course to win the title. Tottenham to take the kick off. Pushing up towards the Brighton area lose the ball is played out up towards Gurr who has Perry racing down the left flank plays the pass out to her, the cross is fired in towards Taylor in the centre, she ends up fouling Pond trying to get around the defender.
Tottenham’s Shannon Moloney
   Coming out with the ball on the left Kmita sends what looks to be a nothing ball into the Brighton area, Blanchflower is up there but it is going to bounce into the waiting Baker’s gloves, at least it should have, must have woken a mole up or something because it skips up and threatens to embarrass the keeper going over her head she punches it away to her left across the six yard  box her defence getting it clear. 
  Another awkward ball for Baker to deal with as Tottenham’s Blanchflower lofts a high ball into the area from a good distance out, is turned over for a corner kick. Pond to take from the right sends in a vicious ball dissecting the six yard box coming far post, Ashton-Jones does well to head it behind for a corner, with martin a dead cert to score coming in behind her. The 2nd corner from the left side is wasted.
   Perry is a constant threat for Brighton on their left Kirsty Barton puts the ball out to her feet on the wing Perry surges on up the line squares the cross in to the six yard box with Taylor at the near post tries to turn and hit her shot the ball is blocked by the defender up against her, rolls away Taylor goes for it trying to turn it back on target, slices the ball wide of goal. 1st change for Brighton with Lily Agg coming on for Gurr, going into the midfield Natkiel is pushed up along side Taylor for now. Another chance for Taylor to double her goal tally as Agg gets hold of the ball in the centre her pass up top is deflected off a defender into the run of Taylor 20 yards out goes to shot gets it wrong sends the ball over the bar.
Sophie Perry full of running on the left for
Brighton was a threat all afternoon
   Baker is getting some testing ball put her way in the Brighton goal, this one fired in from distance by Green who gets plenty of zip on the ball, bouncing before it reaches the keeper again skips up again and Baker does well to adjust and tip the ball over the bar for the corner kick. Tottenham see the corner cleared off the line as it is fired in low and fast along the six yard box coming all the way through to Keown racing onto it connect well, blocked on the line before eventually being cleared. Pond has another chance to play the ball into the area for Tottenham as they are awarded a free kick wide on the right sends the ball in high looping towards the far post area a great save from Baker to turn the ball over and out for a corner kick. Tottenham make their 2nd change of the match sending on Bianca Baptiste for Martin. 
  GOAL! Super sub! I had just written… ‘and immediately Baptiste starts by putting herself about.’ Straight away the Tottenham striker is after the Brighton defenders hustling them on the ball pushing them into taking the ball right 20 yards out she steals the ball and from the right corner outside the area looks to go for goal, is a quality strike coming in fast sweeps over Baker and drops behind into the goal 1-1, Tottenham get themselves back on level terms with 20 minutes left to play.
   Blackie with a quality pass out to Perry on the left sets up another Brighton attack the ball squared into the area again Taylor coming towards it has Keown on her shoulder, but despite being put under challenge connects with the ball turning her shot goalwards, flies over the crossbar. 
Amy Taylor scoring both Brighton
goals to seal a 2-1 win
  GOAL! Less than 15 minutes left and Brighton regain the lead. Again Perry is heavily involved with the build up, with the ball on the left fires it in to Taylor coming near post her turn and hit is blocked the ball rebounding out to Natkiel who pulls the trigger from outside the box into the crowd is deflected back out to the left, won back by Perry her 2nd cross comes to Taylor just inside the area this time she curls her shot around Wayne and into the back of the net to cue another round of exuberant celebrations 1-2.
  Before the goal Brighton were thinking about a change and make it anyway, with Lisa Fulgence coming on for Catherine Cooper, joins Taylor up top, Natkiel going back into the centre. 7 minutes left on the clock and Brighton are defending for their lives as Tottenham look to push on the ball. The ball is pinging about, Fulgence is flagged offside as Taylor latches onto the ball and drives into the Tottenham half.
  The match moves into stoppage time, Tottenham are applying the pressure, the Brighton fans in front of me don’t know what to do with themselves. Soobadoo gets her foot in wins the ball plays it on to Blanchflower, her pass comes to Green 20 yards out right side of the area hits the shot on the half volley, comes safely through into bakers gloves as she kneels to meet it no awkward bounce this time and that’s it the final whistle blows and Brighton & Hove Albion WFC win the game 2-1 and everyone races onto the pitch for a mass celebration inside the centre circle. 54 points secured and no one can catch them now! Champions!
  It might have sounded a simple scenario win and it’s yours but that is never as easy as that. A scrappy contest, a difficult pitch and a competitive Tottenham side who weren’t going to roll over made for a good contest, Baptiste’s superb equaliser making for a nervy end, Taylor’s brace securing the 3 points Brighton needed, they are FAWPL Southern Division Champions. Not only that but will be contesting the FAWPL Play-off match with whoever’s crowned FAWPL Northern Division Champions for a place in the FAWSL on Sunday May 29th. For now thought it’s time to celebrate winning the title and with a few weeks before that match the players can celebrate and let it sink in.
Brighton & Hove Albion WFC celebrating after the final whistle blows
  Thanks to both clubs for their help with the teams today. My congratulations to the players, management, coaching staff, volunteers and fans of Brighton & Hove Albion WFC on your title win.

Cup Final Report – Brantham Athletic Ladies v Witnesham Wasps Ladies

Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final – Wedsnesday 6th April

Cup Final Report – Brantham Athletic Ladies v Witnesham Wasps Ladies

   A Wednesday night trip into Suffolk to Hadleigh United FC to watch this seasons Women’s league Cup Final between Brantham Athletic Ladies & Witnesham Wasps Ladies.

  Just the 7 sides are contesting the Suffolk Women’s Division this season, Brantham Athletic Ladies currently lead the way with Witnesham Wasps Ladies in 3rd place.

Route to the Final
   The League Cup competition started at the quarter final stage with Copleston Ladies the team receiving the Bye into the semi-finals. Brantham Athletic Ladies were drawn away to new side Leiston St Margarets Ladies, reached the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-1 win. In the semi-final were drawn on home soil to play Bacton United Ladies scored 5 times once again beating them 5-2 to earn a place in the final for the 2nd year running and will be hoping to go one better this time, losing back then to Long Melford Ladies who made it a league and cup double, sure Brantham Athletic Ladies would love to do the same this time around.
  Witnesham Wasps Ladies were also away in the quarter final stage against another new side in the Suffolk Women’s Division, Ipswich Phoenix Ladies, reached the semi-finals with ease clocking up 9 goals whilst conceding just the 1. Were drawn away to Copleston Ladies in the semi’s originally at the back end of November it was a tight encounter going all the way finishing 2-2 after extra time, however the match was called off before the penalty shoot out could commence due to it being too dark. The semi-final was rescheduled with an earlier kick off time two weeks later this time Witnesham Wasp Ladies went on to score 4 times beating Copleston Ladies 4-2 to set up a League Cup Final date with Brantham Athletic Ladies.
  The venue for tonight’s League Cup Final, Hadleigh United FC. A small non-league ground situated in a picturesque part of Suffolk. A large pitch with a small seated and covered stand on one side of the pitch opposite a large clubhouse and bar offering a covered viewing area outside on the opposite side, with hot refreshments available. A bright and clear night with no sign of the rain seen earlier in the day, rapidly cooling as the light faded and the floodlights started to come on.
  Brantham Athletic Ladies starting XI – Keri Burley, Shanice Leeks, Charlotte Partridge, Monique Peters, Merlin Watson, Jo Hazelton, Lucy Elmes, Danielle Harvey, Lucy Dunnett (C) Becky Prime & Kirsten Hutchings 
  subs – Heather Andrews, Carra Seeley, Katy Skinner, Ana Carolina & Jessica Ryan.
  Witnesham Wasps Ladies starting XI – Zoe Adams, Chloe Stopher, Lauren Jacobs, Kristy Bootyman, Caitlin Howe, Sho Allen, Beth Welton, Ali Rampling, Natasha Adams (C), Emily Steward & Emma Long.
  subs – Lauren Page, Chloe Anderson, Annabel Tricker, Izzy Leming & Lucy Johnson.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  It’s Brantham to get the 1st half of the Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final underway. Kitted out in an all blue kit with Witnesham lined up opposite wearing yellow and black vertical striped shirts, black shorts and yellow socks. They press Brantham for the ball right from the start winning it in midfield and trying to release, Beth Welton away on the right wing. Brantham regain possession and playing the ball into the Witnesham half captain Lucy Dunnett fights a bit of space moving to the right looks to play the ball up to her strikers Becky Prime and Kirsten Hutchings the ball dropping to the right side of the Witnesham area, full back Chloe Stopher defends well up against the latter as she looks to get on the ball.
  Brantham with the ball down the right attack winning a throw the ball is dropped to the bright orange boots of Dunnett, immediately she looks to play in Hutchings down the line getting onto the ball she drives into the area taking on the shot from an acute angle flashes the effort behind the Witnesham goal.
  Witnesham have begun at a fast tempo snapping at Brantham whenever they have the ball, force the error then look to attack get the ball out to either Emma Long moving into space left or Welton on the right. Emily Steward playing through the middle links up with Welton on the right the ball taken deep into the Brantham half brings the 1st corner of the match. An in swinging ball from the right towards the near post the ball is headed clear by Brantham’s Charlotte Partridge. 
  Danielle Harvey drives forwards with the ball at her feet from Brantham looking to take on the Witnesham defence is pushed out to the left side of the box, going for the early shot, the contact is poor as the ball is sliced wide of the target. Witnesham concede a couple of free kicks in the middle of the park both against Dunnett, with the no 11 to take the set pieces looks to send the ball long towards the area on both occasions and both times the Witnesham defence marshals the ball well. 
Danielle Harvey drives forwards with the ball for Brantham Athletic Ladies
   The ball pinging around in the centre circle with neither side getting hold of it pops free into the Brantham half with Long the player getting onto the end of it, driving forwards towards the edge of the area right of the D pulls the trigger sends her strike swerving in towards goal, bu straight into the gloves of Brantham goalkeeper, Keri Burley. Free kick to Witnesham wide on the right inside the Brantham half, it’s Tash Williams, Witnesham’s captain to take plays it in towards Welton right side of the area, heads the ball on across the front of the box into the crowd beyond drops amongst bodies far side a shot comes in the ball rolling wide of goal.
  Sho Allen with time and space on the ball in the middle for Witnesham is allowed to bring the ball on winds up a shot 25 yards out hitting Brantham defender Monique Peters the ball spins away to the left is latched onto Long free beyond 20 yards out hits her shot wide of goal. A scrappy start, Witnesham’s energy to close Brantham down is seeing them get more possession of the ball. Brantham with Dunnett always a threat whenever she gets on the ball put it into space behind the Witnesham defence with Hutchings giving chase left side, Stopher stays on her gets her toe on the ball to put it out for a corner kick. A good delivery coming in high Witnesham goalkeeper Zoe Adams goes up for it in the centre of her goal, brushing it with a glove, drops behind her, no one for Brantham attacking the far post the ball goes out for a corner kick on the right. This one is played out to the top of the box with Hutchings making a run to get across her marker gets her foot on the ball turns the shot goalwards, close but just the wrong side of the post.
   Break for Witnesham on the left Kirsty Bootyman releases Long out on the left wing, gets her head down carries the ball on aiming for the Brantham box releases her shot even as the defender coming in to challenge goes down to try and block the shot the ball evading her but is stopped by Burley who has come racing out off her goal line towards the danger sliding gets hold of the ball to make the save. 
  Jo Hazelton brings the ball on inside the Witnesham half pushing in from the left side into the centre, Prime comes towards her from attack to offer a passing option is given the ball as Hazelton looks to race on in behind her, Prime back to Dunnett who plays the pass over the Witnesham defence to pick out Hazelton driving into the area moving out to the left of the goal shoots back across goal from the edge of the six yard box, Adams gets down sharply to save, taking the pace off the ball then getting hold of it. A change for Witnesham with Bootyman coming off and Lauren Page coming on. 
Dunnett with a shot from 20 yards out central as the ball is fired into her, bringing it under control shifts it a yard then sends it in towards goal a bouncing ball, Adams has time to set herself see it safely into her gloves. Welton is posing a few questions for Brantham on the right, looking to get in behind the defence and cross into the area as they make a 2nd change bringing off Steward sends Izzy Leming on to up top. Partridge carries the ball on from the back for Brantham over half way played on for Dunnett who attempts to play the ball on for Hutchings to chase into the Witnesham area, Adams coming out to meet the threat gets to the ball 1st as the referee brings the 1st half to a close.
  Half-time Brantham Athletic Ladies 0-0 Witnesham Wasps Ladies
  Has been a good contest 1st half, the sides closely matched, Witnesham have put a lot of effort into pressing Brantham off the ball, trying to release Welton and Long on the flanks, both sides have created chances but for the large part defences have been on top.
  Witnesham out early from the dressing room get the 2nd half underway, Brantham have Jessica Ryan out on the pitch with Harvey off. Attacking down the Witnesham left Brantham get a throw on that side Williams fouls Hazelton as she looks to turn right of the area. Dunnett over the set piece puts the ball over the goal frame. Brantham have started the 2nd half strongly pushing Witnesham back keeping possession inside their own half. 
  GOAL! Brantham take the lead. Possession on the right brings a throw the ball is played on to Dunnett who turns into the box on the right, looks to shoot, changes her mind knocks it on further to create room and hits the ball across the goal putting it into the back of the net 1-0.
Brantham Athletic captain battling for the ball with Witnesham Wasps Sho Allen
scores the opening goal in the Suffolk Women’s League Cup Final
  Have been a few rashly timed challenges which the referee has been quick to blow up on. Both sides committing them in and around the centre circle. Williams and Hutchings have come together on a couple of occasions the latest encounter sees Williams needing treatment as they contest a 50/50 ball, comes off with Annabel Tricker being sent on. 
  Brantham win a free kick wide on the left half way inside the Witnesham half everyone goes into the area with Dunnett to deliver. Is a fantastic ball sent in towards the near post, on target dropping you can see it’s going to be a difficult one for the keeper to deal with. Adams goes for it gets some part of her glove on the ball, the crowd cheer, Dunnett looks to celebrate, I’d started to write 2-0… but no the ball was turned around the post for a corner kick a fantastic save from the keeper. 
   Welton pushing with the ball down the right wins Witnesham a corner kick, is played in towards her on the edge of the area, plays the dummy the ball rolling under her foot on to Page behind coming onto the ball inside the D, wraps her foot around the shot, too many bodies to get through, before play is pulled of for an offside decision. Another enforced change for Witnesham with Long hurt after a challenge on the right, has to come off with Steward returning to the action to support Leming up in attack as they search for an equalising goal.
  Hazelton gets the ball from Elmes in the centre of midfield taking it on Ryan is free on the right for Brantham given the ball turns inside looking to fire the ball into Prime who dinks it over the top of the Witnesham defence, One of those moments where both defence and goalkeeper hesitate, Ryan bursts in behind to get onto the ball rolling out to the right of goal inside the area, pulls her shot wide at the front post. Williams has recovered from her knock to return to the game comes on in place of Page goes up to join the attackers.
  A vital lunge to get her boot on the ball from Brantham’s Partridge as Witnesham attack down the right, play spread the ball had it found it’s target would have seen Williams free to attack the goal from the right side as it is they have a corner off Partridge’s interception. Coming in high towards the near post is flicked behind for another corner on the opposite side. This delivery drops down into the middle of the six yard box several attempts to connect with the bouncing ball, the vital touch is from a Brantham boot as the ball is launched clear. Few Witnesham players starting to feel it put alot of effort in cramping up
Emily Steward on the ball for Witnesham Wasps
 Winning the ball at the back Witnesham’s Lauren Jacobs plays it long with the break on Williams left in front of the Brantham area has Steward to her right looks to play the ball on for her into the area, Burley comes racing out and is able to claim the ball 1st. A free kick for Brantham in a go position 20/25 yards out right side of the D, always going to be a shot from Dunnett from this position, gets far too much elevation on the ball sending it high into the night sky over the goal. Double change for Brantham as the match moves into the final 5 minutes of normal time. Hazelton and Prime the players coming off with Katy Skinner and Heather Andrews coming on. Shortly afterwards Witnesham’s Stopher suffers from a particularly painful cramping in her right leg and comes off, Chloe Anderson joining the action.
   Ana Carolina also comes on late on for Brantham with Carra Seeley coming off. Witnesham have to push a few extra bodies forwards as they try and get a goal. Welton and Steward combine on the right high inside the Brantham half a give and go, the final pass to put Welton in behind won’t come off. A free kick for Witnesham 30 yards out left/central, Ali Rampling over the ball is encouraged to go for goal a good effort dropping late however coming across her goal Burley can see it wide.
  GOAL! 3 minutes of normal time left to play and Brantham double their lead to put the result beyond doubt. Witnesham are looking to carry the ball out from the back lose possession with Dunnett getting onto the ball inside the centre circle has Andrews close by no her right lifts the pass on to her she plays it over the top into the path of Hutchings making a move to get forwards left side, shoots from the edge of the area burying the ball past Adams to score 2-0. 
Kirsten Hutching with the ball doubles Brantham Athletic Ladies lead late on
   In to injury time, Witnesham need the ball but can’t get it as play is broken up by Brantham who keep it inside their opponents half to see out the final minutes and cue the celebrations as the referee blows the final whistle to see Brantham win the Suffolk Women’s League Cup.
   Was a good contest, competitive both sides working hard, Witnesham just could match the intensity they put into pressing the ball 1st half as they tired 2nd half. Brantham got the early goal in the 2nd half and looked like they would hold onto the lead the 2nd goal coming late into the game ensuring the win. Played in front of a good sized crowd too who saw an entertaining final.
Brantham Athletic Ladies, Suffolk Women’s League Cup Winners (photo credit Brantham Athletic)
  Thank to the Suffolk FA staff for their help tonight with the teams. Congratulations to Brantham Athletic Ladies on their Cup Final success, enjoy the celebrations.