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The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 08/01/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 8th January

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Sandy Ladies ended 2016 3 points clear at the top of Beds & Herts Division One a good end to the year have struggled in the league the season before. Were looking to build on last seasons form starting at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies newly promoted to the top Division this season in 7th place with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses a win would have pushed them into the midfield pack with games in hand. Ciara Craig scoring twice for Houghton Athletic in the match it wasn’t enough to take anything from the game as Sandy scored 3 times to win all 3 points to open up a 6 point gap at the top. A brace from Kirstie Gavin with Amber Williams also on target in a 3-2 win.

 Bishops Stortford Ladies move up a place from 4th to 3rd with an away victory in Sunday. Were playing Sharnbrook WFC in 6th place in the Division One table the home side scoring a goal in each half through Gemma Franklin and Haley Traette-Reynolds. Bishops Stortford scoring 4 goals to win the match, Lauren Maynard with a brace along with a goal a piece for Brogan McHale and Kathryn Stanley. Move level on 15 points with 2nd placed Sherrardswood Ladies and have two games in hand on leaders Sandy.

Beds & Herts Division Two

3 games in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two to start the year. Is one of the most competitive leagues around with just 4 points separating the top six sides after this weekends results. Leaders Flitwick Ladies were held to a goalless draw away to Royston Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday that kept the gap between the side to 4 points, Royston Town however have 3 games in hand on the leaders.

So to do Watton Ladies after they beat 2nd placed Panshanger Ladies on Sunday to climb from 6th up to 4th in the Division Two table. A goal for Samantha Elgar, Francesca Smithers netting a brace matched by a hat-trick for Chloe Jones saw Watton Ladies start 2017 with 3 points. Chemise Huitson scoring a consolation goal for Panshanger Ladies in the 2nd half.

Goals galore in the other game in Beds & Herts Division Two at the weekend with 3rd placed Garston Ladies FC 96 travelling up to Hitchin Belles. Garston had just the 10 players available but that didn’t stop them from finding the back of the net, Lauren Berryman scoring a hat-trick. Dion Lewis also scoring. Hitchin Belles had their shooting boots on to however with both Shannon Page and Charis Wakefield both scoring 2 goals each to see the match end all square at 4-4 the points shared Hitchin Belles on 13 points in 6th now along with Royston Town and Watton having games in hand can’t be dismissed from the title challenge. A point above the trio, Garston Ladies FC 96 also have a couple of games in hand on leaders Flitwick.

Beds & Herts Division Three

It is in Beds & Herts Division Three where I have to report another side lost to the league, probably not a surprise either as Hertford Town Ladies Reserves have disappeared from the table. Had managed just a handful of fixtures, newly formed at the start of the season it is always tricky getting a reserves side up and running always set up with the best intentions players available at the beginning of the season then the numbers fall. A shame but then not to be to critical I know Hertford Town Ladies are committed to the game and the 1st team is finding its feet now in the ERWFL.

 Three matches also in Division Three this Sunday to start 2017. League leaders Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues new to the league ended 2016 with a 100% winning record 6 wins from 6 started 2017 on the road playing bottom side Hatfield Town Ladies who had played just 3 league games before the New Year. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues extending their lead at the top of the table to 9 points with a crushing win. Lauren Stewart the pick of the goalscorers with 4 to her name. Amy Gibbins wasn’t far behind with a hat-trick moving her into double figures for the season. A goal each for Casey Chapman, Madison Drewett, Millie Glenn and Carrie Mancini sealing an 11-0 victory.

2nd placed Evergreen Eagles Ladies also finished 2016 in Division Three with a 100% winning record had played just the 4 games however were on the road themselves at the weekend taking on 3rd placed Potters Bar United Ladies new to the league this season, 3 points the gap between the sides a single goal scored by Janiece Allen was enough to see Potters Bar United win to end Evergreen Eagles unbeaten record and move level on points have however played 2 games more.

Ending the Beds & Herts Round-Up with an away win for 4th placed Crawley Green Ladies beginning 2017 with an away trip to Shefford Town & Campton Ladies a place below them in the table. Nina Service giving Crawley Green the lead inside the opening 10 minutes she went on to score her 2nd of the game 2 minutes from the end of the 1st half to move her onto 11 goals for the season so far. 2-0 the advantage at half-time Shefford Ladies did pull a goal back midway through the 2nd half however Crawley Green held onto their lead and get the 3 points.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 08/01/17

The Round-Up

Cambridgeshire – Sunday 8th January

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

A handful of games to start the New Year in Cambridgeshire this weekend, 5 matches played across the 3 Division’s. Two games in the Women’s Premiership with Newmarket Town Ladies level on 15 points with Cambridge United WFC Reserves at the top of the table having the opportunity to pull ahead into top spot with their title rivals not in action. Newmarket Town who have yet to play a league game at home this season were the hosts at last playing Park Ladies 2nd bottom without a win since promotion last season. Abbi Griffin gave Newmarket Town the lead in the 6th minute with Nadine Basson (pictured) making it 2-0 inside the last 10 minutes of the 2nd half. Newmarket Town went on to secure all 3 points with 12 minutes left on the clock in the 2nd half, Lauren Deller scoring the goal to see them go 3 points clear at the top of the Premiership.

  The points were shared between ICA Sports Ladies and St Ives Town Ladies as both side fought out a 3-3 draw in Peterborough on Sunday. St Ives Town Ladies captain Sasha Smith taking her goals tally for the season to 8 with a goal. Georgia Stancombe also on target with her 4th goal of the season along with an own goal conceded by ICA Sports Ladies whose 3 goals came courtesy of a hat-trick from Lorna Hart in her 1st start of the season.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

One game in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North and it was a great start to 2017 for new side Boston United Ladies as they secured their 1st 3 points of the season following on from a good league cup group win to end 2016. Were at home to Hungate Rovers Ladies on Sunday. A hat-trick from Demi Barai along with a goal each for Victoria Bradford and Ella Marie Mcororey seeing them get the 3 points with a 5-2 victory.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

 In the time it took to write one Round-Up and begin another more bad news lands with the new another side has disappeared from a league that makes it more than a leagues worth of women’s football sides in the East alone gone in 6 months is a real concern not just in the women’s game by in the grassroots game in general. St Ives Rangers Ladies are now no longer listed in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Know it was a big step up from the U16s Leagues for the side but they gave it a shot beginning the season in need of players, wish everyone well a the club and hope it’s just a temporary absence and the club returns in the future.

Noticed it of course as the loss of St Ives Rangers Ladies alters the layout of the league table to the one I put up just 24 hours ago with points won against St Ives Rangers scrubbed off. It affects the game between 2nd placed Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday away to 3rd placed Milton Ladies the most. Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves had gone above Milton at the end of 2016 a win would see them pull further clear however Milton were unbeaten in the league 2 points behind with games in hand. A goal from Amy Butterfill along with a brace from goal scoring machine Kirsty Lemmon-Sparkes saw Milton Ladies win the match 3-0 however having lost 3 points they remain in 3rd 2 points behind Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves.

Milton Ladies in 3rd are 6 points behind Championship South leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development but do have 2 games in hand. Cambridge City started the year with a home match against Riverside Rovers Reserves who enjoyed a strong end to 2016. Cambridge City were to strong on the day, Bella Simmons scoring 4 goals in the game with Carla Penny also netting a hat-trick, Erin Fox also scoring in an 8-2 win, moving onto 19 points Cambridge City like Milton are also unbeaten so far this season.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 08/01/17

The Round-Up

Norfolk – Sunday 8th January

Norfolk Women’s Division One

A full fixture list in Norfolk Women’s Division One to start the year with all 8 sides in action on Sunday. Table toppers Thorpe United Ladies had ended 2016 with a 100% record in the league winning 8 from 8. Started the year with an away trip to play 2nd placed North Walsham Angels Ladies who have had a good 1st half of the season since earning promotion in the summer. Looking to close a 6 point gap on the leaders, Thorpe United were having none of it, North Walsham scoring twice were beaten 5-2 to see Thorpe United extend their lead at the top of the table.

Kings Lynn Town Ladies have had a great 1st half of the season too in Norfolk Women’s Division One after losing their opening game of the season didn’t drop another league point in 2016, 6 straight wins putting them up to 3rd level on points with North Walsham Angels Ladies. Were at home to Brandon Town Ladies at the start of the year, the visitors taking the lead in the 1st half before Kings Lynn pulled it back to 1-1 at the break. Brandon Town getting the lead in the 2nd half only for Kings Lynn to draw level again captain Shelley Woods with both the goals for Kings Lynn the points shared 2-2 the final score enough to see Kings Lynn move into 2nd place in the table.

 A difficult start to life in Norfolk Women’s Division One for Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies promoted as Division Two Champions last season have struggled for players since, hampered by injuries too, are looking for additional players to bolster their squad. 6 games without a point to end 2016 bottom of the table started with a home match in 2017 against Aylsham FC Ladies. The visitors leaving with all 3 points edging the result 3-2 to climb a place into 4th in the league table.

 A big win away from home for Bungay Town Ladies to start 2017 as they travelled to Clipbush Park to play Fakenham Town Ladies, wracking up a double figure score line winning the game 11-0. Strikers, Lacey Andrews and Hannah Waters both scoring 4 goals each with Lauren Matthews netting a brace along with a goal for Lauren Purling.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

 2016 was a bad year for writing about clubs folding and unfortunately 2017 sees no change 2 more gone over the festive period. The 1st one is in Norfolk, Harleston Town Ladies gone from Division Two after achieving promotion just last season. Have been struggling for a while for numbers and have been conscious of this coming for a while to be honest. A shame but not all doom and gloom the club is to continue in the 7 a-side format of the game for now and hopefully they will return in the future. 

 That sees the Division Two table adjusted, leaders Gorleston FC Ladies losing 3 points are still a massive 15 point lead however with a 100% winning start to the season 8 from 8 now. There was just the one game played in Division Two on Sunday with 2nd placed Long Stratton Ladies match at home to Briston Wanderers Ladies postponed it gave an opportunity for 3rd placed Sprowston Ladies to climb above them if they got the 3 points at home to Bohemians Ladies. The sides contesting a goalless 1st half a single goal in the 2nd half was enough to secure all 3 points with the 1-0 win going to Sprowston Ladies.

Norfolk Women’s Division Three

The top 2 in Norfolk Women’s Division Three were due to meet this Sunday, with leaders East Coast Ladies due t travel to Dereham to play, 2nd placed Tavern Ladies both sides level on 15 points the game was postponed however giving a chance for 3rd placed Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves on 13 points going into the New Year to go top with 3 points if they beat Freethorpe Ladies away from home. Goals from Sally Hammerton, Emily Anderson and Natalie Wood seeing Wymondham Town win the game 3-0 to take over top spot in Division Three.

  In the other game played in Division Three on Sunday it was a good start to the New Year for Toftwood United Ladies as they scored 7 goals without reply at home to bottom side Cromer Town Ladies.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 08/01/17

The Round-Up

Suffolk Women’s Division- Sunday 8th January

Three matches in the Suffolk Women’s Division to start 2017 with league leaders, Ipswich Town Ladies new Development side beginning the year as they ended the last extending their 100% record to 7 games with a big away win against 2nd bottom side Leiston St Margarets Ladies. Sian Cottrell top scoring in the game on Sunday grabbing 4 goals. Grace Bowman also netting a hat-trick in the game. Emily Steward scored twice with a goal a piece for Jennifer Gray, Sophie Leming and Elin Davies in a 12-0 win.

A big result at home for East Bergholt United Ladies on Sunday, starting the year by hosting 2nd placed, Walsham Le Willows Ladies. Beginning the day in 4th spot 3 points behind their opponents East Bergholt United move above 3rd placed Brantham Athletic Ladies who weren’t in action to join Walsham Le Willows on 15 points courtesy of a 4-0 win. 4 different goal scorers for East Bergholt United in the match with Jessica Clarke, Georgina Longden, Jessica Oxlade and Jodie Sharp all finding the back of the net.

  In the other match being played in the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday, Copleston Ladies where at home playing Bacton United Ladies. The two sides sharing the points with a 1-1 draw. Lois Balfour scoring for Bacton United Ladies. Elysia Young with a free-kick scoring for Copleston Ladies.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 08/01/17

The Round-Up

ERWFL – Sunday 8th January

 Some sad news to begin the year with that on New Years Day Haringey Borough Women’s manager, Steve Browne had passed away after losing a long battle with cancer. A player, coach and manager for several non-league clubs took on the managers role at Haringey Borough Women in 2014 bringing young players with him to help turn the women’s team fortunes around leaving them in their highest ever position in the women’s football pyramid top of the ERWFL Premier Division, well placed to go on and contend for the title. I remember meeting him in 2015 covering a game for the SWF Blog, back then he was keen to stress how young his side was but that it was full of potential and would become a force in the game. Results speak for themselves. Many clubs, both women’s and men’s paying their respects at the weekend. Rest in Peace.

ERWFL Premier Division

Haringey Borough Women with 4 games in hand on 2nd placed Bedford Ladies both on 27 points at the top of the table were due to play on Sunday the 1st v 2nd clash at Kempston Rovers FC was unfortunately called off due to a waterlogged pitch to be played at a later date.

That postponement gave an opportunity for 3rd placed AFC Dunstable Ladies to join the leading pair on 27 points at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division if they continued their form in 2016 into the New Year. Were at home on Sunday at Creasey Park taking on Royston Town Ladies. Danielle Carty putting the Bedfordshire based side into the lead on 15 minutes made it a brace on 35 minutes. Amber Pearson scoring for AFC Dunstable in the 2nd half to see them win the game 3-1 and move level on points with the leaders having played 15 games like Bedford in 2nd. Amy Cooper with the goal for Royston Town Ladies.

  A late goal for Writtle Ladies saw the Essex side take all 3 points home from Norfolk where they were playing Acle United Ladies. Having found their feet in the ERWFL Premier Division towards the end of 2016, Writtle Ladies ended the year 4th in the table. Acle United Ladies started the season strongly themselves threatening Haringey Borough and Bedford at the start of the season as lack of regular fixtures since has seen them drop down the table but with games in hand can still get themselves into the mix for the title. Both sides had chances to take the lead, it was Writtle who got themselves the opening goal, Amy Simmons scoring on 22 minutes. Acle United scored an equalising goal within 10 minutes of going behind, club captain Rebecca Burton returning to the side after 2 months out with injury making it 1-1. That the score at half-time, the sides looked to be sharing the points until 2 minutes from time Writtle played Sophie Vale through on goal and she scored what was to be the winner.

5th placed AFC Sudbury Ladies were at home on Sunday the Suffolk side hosting bottom Histon Ladies from Cambridgeshire. The game was officiated by Emily Heaslip who also plays for Millwall Lionesses in FAWSL 2. Histon took the lead in the game Jordanne Sillitoe scoring in the opening 15 minutes. AFC Sudbury came back into the game with a strong spell in the last 15 minutes of the 1st half scoring 3 goals to hold the lead at the midway point in the game, went on to score another goal in the 2nd half to win the match 4-1 with a brace for both Mia Etheridge and Stacey Teager (pictured). 

 With the top 3 all tied on 27 points it is also a 3 way tie on points between, Writtle Ladies in 4th, AFC Sudbury Ladies in 5th and Brentwood Town Ladies in 6th all on 21 points as the Essex side also won at home on Sunday to start 2017 with 3 points were hosting fellow Essex side Colchester Town Ladies. Brentwood Town going into a 3-0 lead at half-time before going on to win the game 5-2 in the 2nd half. Leah Cowan netting a brace for Brentwood with Angela Arnold, Marie Barker and Georgia Holdaway all getting their name on the scoresheet. Colchester Town scoring twice in the 2nd half with Nancy Butler and club captain Georgia Box both on target.

ERWFL Division One

Plenty of good games to look-out for in 2017 in the ERWFL Division One several sides in contention for the league title. Games in hand for 2nd placed Cambridge City Ladies gives them the edge over their rivals. Leading the way for much of the 1st half of the season a run in the FA Women’s Cup saw other sides close the gap at the top with Offley and Stopsley WFC topping the table at the end of 2016. 

The Bedfordshire side began 2017 with a league match away to Stevenage Ladies Reserves. Their 1st team starting the year with a 1-0 home win the Reserves side followed suit a single goal enough to give Stevenage Ladies Reserves all 3 points in the match, Hannah Marshall with the winning goal.

Cambridge City Ladies hadn’t played a league match since the end of November 2016 lay 3 points behind league leaders Offley & Stopsley WFC in 3rd place, were at home on Sunday starting 2017 with a home match against Essex side Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies. Moved level on points with the league leaders courtesy of a 4-0 victory, 4 different goalscorers too with Bronte Rapley, Sarah Mosley, Philippa Witherspoon and Lauren Tomlinson all getting themselves on the scoresheet.

A loss for table toppers, Offley & Stopsley WFC also gave an opportunity for Wymondham Town Ladies laying 2nd in the ERWFL Division One table going into Sunday’s matches to go to the top of the table, a good start to the season playing at a higher level were at home to 5th placed Essex side Silver End United Ladies at the weekend. It was the visitors who took the lead midway through the 1st half. Wymondham Town getting back on level terms not long after, Amber Cantwell putting the ball into the top corner of the net from the penalty spot after Gemma Sanders was brought down in the area. All square at the break Silver End United took all 3 points with a strong 2nd half performance scoring 3 times to win the match 4-1, captain Rebecca Hollocks netting a hat-trick with Lynsey Bowman also scoring a goal.

Plenty of goals elsewhere in ERWFL Division One at the weekend. Hertford Town Ladies had found some form towards the end of 2016 to pull away from the bottom of the table were at home to Ipswich Wanderers Ladies on Sunday a place above who were struggling with results towards the end of the year, a lack of games had games in had on most in the league, started 2017 with a win coming out on top edging a 7 goal thriller. Hertford Town Ladies scoring 3 goals in the game with their captain Kerry Oldham netting a brace along with a goal for Becky Shephard, not enough to get anything from the match however as Ipswich Wanderers Ladies scored 4 goals to win the match, a brace from Kirstie Turner, with jade Horne and captain, Tarnya McKew also finding the back of the net the 3 points moving them up a place into 8th in the table.

Fair to say the 1st half of the season has been a tough one for Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies without a single point in 2016 as a new look side tries to bed itself into ERWFL Division One, 14 matches played with nothing on the board, signs there that the side was improving that elusive 1st point would come, 2017 beginning on a more positive note. An away trip to mid-table Hutton Ladies to start the year. Charlotte Grogan putting Hoddesdon into the lead midway through the 1st half, Hutton pulled the scores level, Hayley Critchell starting 2017 as she finished 2016 with a goal. 1-1 at half-time Hannah Kelly scored to put Hoddesdon into the lead again 2nd half. Again Hutton came back to level Kaitlin Sugg making it 2-2 the visitors unlucky not to take all 3 points hitting the woodwork twice, Hoddesdon Town holding on for their 1st point.

The Round-Up – FAWPL 08/01/17

The Round-Up

FAWPL – Sunday 8th January

FAWPL Southern Division

 With it being a FA Women’s Cup weekend there were a limited number of matches across the FAWPL on Sunday with just the 4 played across the Southern and South East Division One leagues.

Just the one league game in the FAWPL Southern Division with Crystal Palace Ladies looking to build on a fantastic 2016 earning promotion unbeaten from FAWPL South East Division One to end the year comfortably in the top half of the Southern Division table. Were looking to further consolidate their top half place in 5th spot at home to West Ham United Ladies. Crystal Palace got off to a great start taking an early lead Gemma Bryan on hand to put the ball into the back of the net inside 2 minutes. Rochelle Shakes doubled the home sides lead midway through the 1st half with Ciara Sherwood scoring a screamer closing in on the half hour mark. 3-0 the lead at half-time.

 Crystal Palace continued to press for more goals in the 2nd half, Bryan with her 2nd of the game with 55 minutes played. West Ham United pulled a goal back in the 65th minute through Chloe Burr. Bryan ended 2016 by scoring a hat-trick, started 2017 in similar fashion scoring her 3rd of the match with 20 minutes left on the clock, Shakes adding her 2nd goal of the game to see Crystal Palace win the game 6-1 to take all 3 points. The defeat sending West Ham United to the bottom of the Southern Division table on goal difference from Queens Park Rangers Ladies

FAWPL South East Division One

  3 matches in FAWPL South East Division One on Sunday. Actonians Ladies have enjoyed a good 1st half to the season ending 2016 in 4th place in the league, travelled up to Suffolk at the weekend to play Ipswich Town Ladies who have had a frustrating season so far in 8th place in the table. The sides contesting a goalless 1st half, a single goal was to win all 3 points in the 2nd half and the goal went to the visitors with Melissa Jung (pictured) heading the ball into the back of the net from a free-kick to see Actonians Ladies close the gap on the top 3 in the table to just a point.

 Luton Town Ladies were at home to Denham United Ladies on Sunday, had a few 1st team regulars unavailable manager Nikki Baker naming 5 teenagers in her starting line-up. Luton Town not afraid to throw their youngsters into the action they have delivered so far this season when called upon. Gemma Bryon putting Luton 1-0 inside the opening 10 minutes. Lucy Webster netted her 1st goal for the club to put Luton Town 2-0 just after the half-hour mark. 2-0 the advantage at half-time, Luton Town went on to score a 3rd in the 2nd half with Jodie Bellinger on target with the goal. The home side weren’t to have it all their own way however as Denham United pulled it back to 3-1 then scoring again in in the last 10 minutes set up a nervous finish to the match Aimee Dunn and Alissa Down with the goals. Luton Town held on to win 3-2 however the 3 points taking them back above Gillingham FC Ladies into 5th place in the South East Division One table.

A meeting of 2 of the bottom 3 in the final FAWPL South East Division One with Norwich City Ladies travelling down to Hertfordshire to play the side immediately below them in the table Stevenage Ladies the newly promoted side still looking for their 1st win at this level since winning the ERWFL Premier Division title last season. Both sides in need of the points they were locked at 0-0 at half-time. One goal was enough in the end to see the 3 points won and it was Stevenage Ladies who were celebrating at the final whistle after Kristina O’Connell goal in the 65th minute saw the club get that 1st ever FAWPL league win, the points taking them above Norwich City into 10th.

The Round-Up – FA Women’s Cup

The Round-Up

FA Women’s Cup 2nd Round Proper

 Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the 1st edition of The Round-Up for 2017. The 1st footballing weekend of the year seeing the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup taking place with 14 ties taking place, 28 sides all looking for a place in the next round when they may face a potential tie again an FAWSL 2 side as they enter the competition. £900 prize money for winning the tie also going a long way to help with club funds too.

  Of the 14 FA Women’s Cup games taking place this Sunday, 7 featured sides from the FAWPL Southern and South East Division One and those are covered in more detail below, starting with Cambridge United WFC’s match at home against Southampton Women FC, one of just two regional league sides left in the competition. An intriguing tie on paper both sides in great form with a fantastic start to the season, Cambridge United WFC leading FAWPL South East Division One. Southampton Women FC 3rd in the Southern Regional Premier Division with a 100% record going strong in 3 cup competitions too. 

As it was the game was totally dominated by Cambridge United WFC attacking right from the off, preventing Southampton from making any ground inside their half the home side creating chances took the lead in the 16th minutes, Becky Taylor (pictured) going through on goal into the box and sending the ball over goalkeeper Millie Peake into the back of the net. The lead was doubled just after the half hour mark, Cambridge sending players forwards for a corner the ball fell to centre back Mollie Kmita at the far post and she blasted the ball into the back of the net. 2-0 the lead at half-time. 

With little opportunity to trouble the Cambridge goal 1st half, Southampton pushed players up straight form kick-off 2nd half the ball lost on the left played on for Rosie Kmita her pin point pass forwards into the opposing D was met by Nicole Perschky sending the ball home to make it 3-0. A 4th goal was scored by Cambridge on 65 minutes with Taylor playing the ball into the box for Danielle Puddefoot, the midfielder opening up her body to send the ball across the goal into the far corner. The final score Cambridge advancing to the 3rd Round Proper. This game was covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and the match report can be read in full on this website or by clicking on the link below.

Cambridge United WFC 4-0 Southampton Women FC 

 There were two all FAWPL Southern Division ties in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup. A special day for Charlton Athletic Women getting to play their game at The Valley taking on Portsmouth FC Ladies, a crowd of 471 in attendance, Charlton opening the scoring with 10 minutes left in the 1st half captain Kimberley Dixson with the goal. Kit Graham making it 2-0 in the final minutes of the half. New signing Katie Bottom netted her 1st goal for the club since joining from West Ham United Ladies 4 minutes into the 2nd half before Graham went on to complete another hat-trick scoring in the 57th and 65th minute. Charlton winning 5-0 to reach the 3rd Round.

A great result for Lewes Ladies at The Dripping Pan on Sunday as they ended Cardiff City Ladies 13 match unbeaten run this season to make it into the next round of the FA Women’s Cup winning the match 2-0 both goals coming in the 1st half, Rachel Carter was played trough on goal to score on the 18th minute with Leeta Rutherford doing the with 9 minutes of the 1st half to play. Lewes also the only side to take league points off Cardiff City this season too on the opening day of the season.

FAWPL Southern Division leaders, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies are also safely through to the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup at home to FAWPL South East Division One side, Gillingham FC Ladies. The winning goals coming late in the 2nd half, 0-0 closing in on the final 15 minutes, substitute Maya Vio rounded 2 players to put the ball into the back of the net 4 minutes after coming on. The lead was doubled just 2 minutes later with Bianca Baptiste making it 2-0 added a 2nd goal to see Tottenham win the game 3-0 in the 87th minute.

Coventry United Ladies, 2nd in the FAWPL Southern Division were at home to South East Division One side Milton Keynes Dons Ladies in the 2nd Round Proper scoring 2 goals in each half winning 4-0 to advance in the FA Women’s Cup. Marie Gauntlett (pictured) scoring the opening goal in the 13th minute, Alison Hall doubled Coventry United’s lead 4 minutes later. Gauntlett made it 3-0 with a goal in the 57th minute, Amber Hughes with Coventry United’s 4th goal 5 minutes later.

A cup upset at Canvey Island FC on Sunday as C&K Basildon Ladies were knocked out of the FA Women’s Cup by lower league opposition. The Essex club were hosting FAWPL South West Division One side, Keynsham Town Ladies, making the long journey from near Bristol were delayed by traffic seeing a later kick-off time it din’t hamper Keynsham as they started brightly taking the lead on 10 minutes Keka Vega with the goal. Sara Sinclair got C&K Basildon back on level terms making it 1-1 in the 28th minute however Keynsham soon restored the lead Justine Lorton putting them into a 2-1 lead at half-time. Keynsham went on to add a 3rd goal in the 2nd half, Geovana Alves seeing them win the game 3-1 to reach the 3rd Round Proper.

In the final tie in the FA Women’s Cup to featuring a side from FAWPL South East Division One, AFC Wimbledon Ladies 2nd in the league made the long journey down to the Devon to play FAWPL South West Division One side, Plymouth Argyle Ladies. AFC Wimbledon holding a narrow 1-0 led at the break with Sami Bock opening the scoring in the last 10 minutes of the 1st half. Laura Low took her goals tally for the season into double figures scoring twice in the 2nd half to see AFC Wimbledon through to the 3rd Round with a 3-0 win. 

 The other results from the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup are listed below,

Long Eaton United Ladies 3-4 Brighouse Town Ladies

Derby County Ladies 3-2 Sheffield United Ladies (aet)

West Bromich Albion Ladies 4-0 Radcliffe Olympic Ladies

Middlesborough Ladies 1-2 Leicester City Women (aet)

Blackburn Rovers Ladies 5-0 Hull City Ladies

Liverpool Marshalls Feds Ladies 1-0 Newcastle United WFC

Nottingham Forest Ladies 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Ladies

 The draw for the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup was made on Monday with the sides from FAWSL 2 entering the FA Women’s Cup and the 12 ties are as follows;-

Blackburn Rovers Ladies v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies

Aston Villa Ladies v Cambridge United WFC

Charlton Athletic Women v Sheffield FC Ladies

Millwall Lionesses v London Bees

Leicester City Women v Liverpool Marshalls Feds Ladies

Keynsham Town Ladies v Durham Women FC

Coventry United Ladies v Oxford City Women

West Bromich Albion Ladies v Lewes Ladies

Doncaster Rovers Belles v Watford Ladies

Derby County Ladies v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies

Brighouse Town Ladies v Everton Ladies

AFC Wimbledon Ladies v Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies

 Ties scheduled to be played Sunday 5th February with £1000 going to the winning side.

Match Report – Cambridge United WFC v Southampton Women FC

The Supporting Women’s Football Blog began 2017 with a trip to Mildenhall Town FC to watch FAWPL South East Division One leaders, Cambridge United WFC take on Southampton Women FC in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup. Two in form sides going into the game looking for a place in the next round of the competition where a potential meeting with a side from FAWSL 2 awaits.

Match Report – Cambridge United WFC v Southampton Women FC

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hope 2017 will be a good one for you all. The Blog is back after a much needed break over the festive period. Rearing to go supporting women’s football for another year, got my 100 matches in last year, not aiming for quite so many this time around, but I’ll be getting about the country watching plenty of women’s football at all levels of the game.

  Begin 2017 with a match from the FA Women’s Cup 2nd Round Proper a possible tie with an FAWSL 2 side in the next round awaits. Today’s tie features two sides in top form going into the New Year, with Cambridge United WFC leading FAWPL South East Division One hosting Southampton Women FC from the Southern Regional Premier Division at Mildenhall Town FC.

   Cambridge United WFC have enjoyed an extremely good 1st half of the season, bringing in several new players that have helped to propel the club to the top of FAWPL South East Division One. With a good platform to build on for a push for promotion the club has also enjoyed a run in the FA Women’s Cup this their 4th successive tie at home in the competition. Entered in 3rd Round Qualifying beating ERWFL Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies 3-0. Another 3-0 victory at home in 4th Round Qualifying against fellow FAWPL South East Division One side, Stevenage Ladies followed to set up a home match in the 1st Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup against Queens Park Rangers Ladies 3-1 the winning margin to beat higher league opposition to reach the 2nd Round Proper.

 Southampton Women FC make the long journey up from the south coast travelling the day before one of just 2 regional league sides left in the FA Women’s Cup this season (the other being Sheffield United LFC). The club has a rich history in the competition, formed in 1970, won FA Women’s Cup 8 times between 1971 & 1982. The current side are in great form this season, 3rd in the Southern Regional Premier Division with a 100% winning record in the league, have games in hand on the leading pair. A lack of league matches due to cup success reaching both the quarter finals of the League Cup and Hampshire Women’s County Cup aswell as an extended run in the FA Women’d Cup knocking out higher league opposition along the way.
  Southampton Women FC entered the FA Women’s Cup in 2nd Round Qualifying starting with a big 12-0 away win against Bournemouth Sports LFC. A home tie against Southern Region First Division, Fleet Town Ladies followed in 3rd Round Qualifying a 5-1 win seeing them make the trip across The Solent to play Isle of Wight side Shanklin Ladies who compete in the FAWPL South West Division One. Southampton coming away with a 3-0 win to reach the 1st Round Proper where the club was drawn at home against FAWPL Southern Division side, Swindon Town Ladies. Beat the side playing 2 leagues above them 2-0 to advance to the 2nd Round Proper.

  Mildenhall Town FC the venue for today’s FA Women’s Cup tie. The sloping pitch fairing well over the festive period a good playing surface. A good sized crowd building for the game, Coton FC U12s Girls today’s match mascots enjoying a mini-game on the pitch with some of the Cambridge players not involved in today’s game. A dreary and overcast day, but at least it was dry and fairly mild. 

  Cambridge United WFC starting XI – Verity Crook, Emma Jenkins, Carrie Bennett, Mollie Kmita, Laura Bright (C), Laura Baker, Danielle Puddefoot, Laura Mills, Rosie Kmita, Becky Taylor & Nicole Perschky.
  subs – Dawn Mallett, Evie Gallop, Hollie Jardine, Ashleigh Deacon & Paige Logie.

  Southampton Women FC starting XI – Millie Peake, Kirsty Whitton, Laura Gilbank, Kelly Warren, Tash Angel (C), Gemma Simmonds, Abi Fletcher, Kate Wiseman, Cassie Thorpe, Jane Yeates & Sheree Bell-Jack.

  subs – Kirsty Bell, Philippa Holden & Sophie Solloway.

  Both sides getting a practice match in before this Sunday’s cup tie to get so match sharpness into their legs after the break in action over Christmas. It’s Cambridge attacking up the slope to kick-off the 1st half wearing amber shirts and socks with black shorts with Southampton lined up opposite wearing red shirts with white trim, black shorts and red socks.The ball is played into Becky Taylor early on for Cambridge hooks the ball on for Laura Mills to attack on the right side her cross headed back out for a throw by Southampton captain, Tash Angel.

Southampton Women FC’s, Tash Angel

  Cambridge start brightly keep possession of the ball inside the Southampton half send it up high into the top of the box, both Nicole Perschky central then Rosie Kmita to the left get their heads to the ball neither able to turn it in towards goal before Kelly Warren wins it back for Southampton at the back the clearance doesn’t go far the ball on the left played across field to Mills in space on the right wing drives down the touch line winning a corner of Laura Gilbank in the corner. Playing a high line Cambridge are defending on half-way both their full-backs Emma Jenkins on the right and Carrie Bennett on the left win their tackles again Southampton’s Jane Yeates and Cassie Thorpe as they look to get in behind on the flanks.

  Danielle Puddefoot is fouled inside the Southampton half in a central position a chance for players to go forwards from the back with Laura Baker over the set-piece plays it up towards the top of the area with Cambridge captain, Laura Bright stood left of the D heads the ball on Taylor getting onto the end of the ball pulls the trigger Millie Peake in the Southampton goal down smartly to make the save, play however is halted by he linesman’s raised flag, Taylor just offside.

   All Cambridge at the start of the game pressing all over the pitch giving Southampton no time on the ball, Perschky pressing a back pass to the keeper gets Cambridge a throw on the left the ball is put in field Taylor stretching for the ball pushes in on for Mills coming in from the right outside the box 20 yards shoots the ball held by Peake at her near post. After a frantic opening 10 minutes the game settles down a little, Cambridge keeping it tight at the back Abi Fletcher gets the ball up to Sheree Bell-Jack leading the line for Southampton closely marked by Bright isn’t allowed to turn as she brings the ball down.

Abi Fletcher looking to bring the ball forwards
for Southampton Women FC

  Bennett comes on with the ball, Rosie Kmita ahead of her on the left gets down the line playing the ball into the box her low drive too close to Peake coming across to narrow the angle the goalkeeper claiming the ball. Taylor is seeing lot of the ball for Cambridge playing in the no 10 role very nearly threads the ball through to Rosie Kmita making a central run into the area, Warren going with her winning the ball just inside the box. 

   Mills wins the 1st corner of the game for Cambridge on the right, the ball played towards to top of ht box by Rosie Kmita, Puddefoot looking to get her head on the ball clatters into her twin sister Mollie leaving her floored as the ball bounces in the six yard box Peake pushing it wide and behind for a 2nd corner. This time Mollie Kmita is behind Puddefoot at the top of the top of the box gets something on the ball sending it goalwards Southampton head it clear pushed further out Baker coming to meet the ball on the half volley drives a shot in towards goal Peake diving to her right makes the save pushing the ball  away for a corner on the left, the ball is swung in near post Southampton win the ball the clearance goes straight to Rosie Kmita who sends a shot back in towards the near post from the left the ball easily held by Peake.

Danielle Puddefoot clattered into team mate Mollie Kmita as she wins the ball from the corner

  GOAL! 16 minutes in and it has all been Cambridge in attack, they get the goal for their positive start, Taylor the scorer, busy in the opening quarter hour of the match presses the ball high up the pitch winning it as Southampton look to get forwards in the middle drives towards the box getting past another challenge into the area left side of goal sends the ball up and over Peake into the back of the net beyond 1-0.

Becky Taylor opens the scoring for Cambridge United WFC

   Taylor is almost put through on goal minutes later as she looks to get onto the bed of a forward ball from Rosie Kmita bringing it on up the left, Warren with the tackle to prevent a shot for Southampton the ball out for a throw on the left. Southampton are awarded a free kick on the right inside the Cambridge half a chance for the away side to send players forwards, Warren to take it the ball cleared at the top of the area back to her drives down the line Bennett closing hr down conceding the throw leads to a corner kick that is claimed confidently by Cambridge goalkeeper, Verity Crook in the middle of her six yard box.

   Cambridge counter the ball up to Perschky through the middle Rosie Kmita charging forwards on the left has space to run into the pass finds her puts in an early cross, Angel racing back towards her goal slides in to win the ball. Yeates looks to knock the ball past Jenkins the Cambridge full-back stretching out a leg to win the ball wins it brings it on playing a great ball up the line for Mills to chase after getting to the ball whips a cross into the middle of the Southampton six yard box, picks out Perschky free her 1st touch taking the ball past Peake, looks to have scored the ball however comes back of the post and Southampton recover to clear the danger.

  GOAL! 33 minutes into the 1st half and Cambridge double their lead win a corner on the right, play paused as Southampton’s Yeates receives treatment on the far side of the pitch. Mollie Kmita comes over to the dugouts to take on some water before running back into position inside the box for the set piece as twin sister Rosie plays the ball in towards the near post a glancing header from the leaping Taylor the ball helped onto the centre of the six yard box a Southampton defender pushes it out towards the far post Mollie Kmita unmarked sees the ball coming straight at her one thing on her mind hit it and hit it hard! Blasts the ball into the back of the net no stopping that shot 2-0.


Mollie Kmita busts the back of the net scoring
Cambridge United WFC’s 2nd goal

Cambridge have dominated play 1st half and that continues as Jenkins gets possession of the ball on the right pushes on down the wing winning a corner kick, the ball sent up towards the top of the Southampton area, the ball headed clear is picked up by Puddefoot back to goal lays it back into Baker who shoots from 25 yards out her effort sailing over the crossbar. 

  Chances up front have been few and far between for Southampton 1st half yet to register a shot in the match get some joy down the left doubling up with Thorpe sending the cross from deep long looking to pick out Yeates coming in from the right side into the six yard box, can’t bring the ball under control far post with Crook getting across to pressure the attacker.

  Peake is on had to gather the ball at her left post as Rosie Kmita sends a low drove from 20 yards in towards goal for Cambridge. Jenkins and Mills link up on the right side the ball cut inside plays the ball into the area Warren beating Perschky to the ball before Angel clears. into the closing minutes of the 1st half Baker is fouled by Southampton’s Whitton as she looks to send Mills clear on the right. The free kick in a central position is dealt with by Gilbank in side the area. Thorpe attacking left side for Southampton cuts her cross along the face of the area, Mollie Kmita intercepting before, Bell-Jack and latch onto the ball. Rosie Kmita with a shot from 25 yards out on the left as she latches onto a loose pass is held by Peake getting across her goal.

Half-time Cambridge United WFC 2-0 Southampton Women FC

  A strong 1st half from Cambridge United WFC sees them take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room at half-time. Started well and continued the tempo through the half, pressing well as a team all over the pitch creating plenty of opportunities in the final 3rd. Southampton have struggled to match the tempo set by their opponents not afforded any time on the ball have been unable to get in behind and have yet to test Crook in goal. 2-0 however means they are far from out of the game if they cane regroup and come out better 2nd half, a cliche but the next goal is key as the two sides come out for the 2nd half.
  Southampton make a change at the start of the 2nd half with Kirsty Bell, now wearing th captains armband coming on for Fletcher as they kick-off the 2nd half attacking up the slope.
  GOAL! Southampton push players forwards from kick-off closing down the Cambridge back-line the ball is lost with Bennett on the left played long with Rosie Kmita on the move down the pitch the ball coming into her sends it on towards the Southampton area with Perschky timing her run to perfection inside the D the ball landing it her feet shoots sending the ball flying over Peake and into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to Cambridge.

Nicole Perschky extends Cambridge’s lead early in the 2nd half

  Cambridge have a free-kick on the left inside the Southampton half the ball lifted up into the area is defended knocked on runs to Mills on the right goes for goal the ball racing wide across the goal. A strong start to the 2nd half from Cambridge particularly on the right, Mills sending in a cross towards the near post again too close to Peake the goalkeeper laying claim to the ball. Taylor picking up the ball from a deep position in the middle lifts it up towards the top of the box Perschky tries to help it on bringing it down on her chest, Angel marking prevents her getting in behind.

  Yeates is struggling for Southampton her legs cramping up in discomfort can’t continue and the away side make their 2nd substitution with Philippa Holden coming on to join the attack. Thorpe on the ball in the centre for Southampton plays the pass into Gemma Simmonds holds the ball up allowing others to get forwards sends it out to Holden making a run on the right, has support from Kate Wiseman the ball rolled back to her she sends the cross into the middle of the Cambridge box the ball cleared by Baker is gathered by Gilbank who shoots from distance her shot held by Crook in the Cambridge goal.

Laura Baker getting hold of the ball for Cambridge

  Southampton are getting a little more time on the ball as Cambridge let their tempo drop, Simmonds in the centre of midfield is getting more time on the ball looks the send the ball into the area for Bell-Jack, Mollie Kmita sees the ball back to her keeper, Crook sends it clear, regained by Simmonds plays it forwards with Thorpe to her left 25 yards out shoots sending her strike up over the crossbar.

  Cambridge go forwards attacking down the left of the pitch the ball played in field is gathered by Taylor driving inside towards the area changes direction shooting with the outside of her boot top of the area, the ball dipping as it falls into the six yard box, Peake adjusts her feet to dive and push the ball away to her right, Rosie Kmita coming in from the left is stretching as she attempts to turn the ball back towards goal sends it high over the bar instead. Southampton make their final change bringing on Sophie Solloway for Angel at the back as they look to change formation to 3-4-3 pushing players on with 30 minutes left to try and find a goal to get themselves back into the tie.

  Pressing the ball on the right Mills gets possession driving forwards lifts the cross in early Taylor leaping on the penalty spot can’t get a touch on the ball. Cambridge make their 1st change of the match bringing on Hollie Jardine for Bennett a straight swap at left-back. 

  GOAL! The home side extend their lead in the 65th minute, attacking down the left side into the Southampton half Rosie Kmita puts the ball inside, Taylor almost loses her footing going after the ball, does well playing the ball on ahead of her into the box for Puddefoot making a forwards run left side receiving the ball opens up her body and curls her shoot across the keeper into the far top corner of the net 4-0.

Cambridge United WFC’s
Danielle Puddefoot

  Simmonds links up with Bell for Southampton in the middle pushing on into the Cambridge half, the latter attempting the through ball into the area with Holden making the run, Crook off her line quickly is able to gather 1st. Cambridge launch a rapid counter attack the ball up into Perschky looks to play Rosie Kmita on into the area, Wiseman tracking back with her manages to get across her run and play the ball back to her keeper. Game is stretched a little even with a 4 goal lad Cambridge aren’t sitting back defending pressing the ball a couple of Southampton players struggling with cramp. 

  Mills taking the ball to the by-line right side cuts the ball in towards the near post, Warren intercepts playing it out for the corner. An inswinging ball from Rosie Kmita towards the near post Peake comes through the crowd to punch the ball away conceding a 2nd corner kick. Played deeper this time into Bright isn’t allowed to turn as she brings the ball down Southampton look to get the ball clear, Baker closes down the ball has a shot from distance the ball held by Peake.

 A double switch for Cambridge with Rosie Kmita and Puddefoot leaving the pitch, Evie Gallop and Ashleigh Deacon the players coming on. Southampton attack on the left Gilbank into Simmonds, looks to pick out Bell-Jack with her cross, Crook getting in front of her gets her gloves firmly around the ball. Taylor winning the ball right side sends it on for Mills to attack down the wing, crosses the ball into the six yard box with Deacon arriving from the left unmarked meets the ball 1st time sending it over the crossbar.

Southampton Women FC’s
Kelly Warren

  Gallop plays the ball long from inside her own half looking for Perschky who wins a throw on the left, receiving the ball from the throw-in drives in field, shoots from outside the box aiming near post the ball gathered by Peake who has the angle covered. Gallop has a shot for outside the box right of the D as Cambridge push n late into the game, her strike deflected wide for a corner kick.

  Space for Deacon to exploit on the left as the game moves into injury time takes it on before sending in a long ball towards the far post headed away by Solloway the ball drops to Mills outside the box 20 yards out drills the ball back in towards goal runs wide across the face of goal. Mollie Kmita has the energy for on last run from the back carrying the ball forwards left side for Cambridge tries to pick out Perschky waiting top of the area, Warren sliding it does enough to half the momentum of the ball, Perschky retrieves and plays the ball across the top of the box with Deacon cutting inside room for a shot slips as she pulls the trigger the ball running wide of the far post is touched by Peake as she dives across to try and stop it. The resulting corner is cleared as the referee brings the match to an end.

Full time Cambridge United WFC 4-0 Southampton Women FC

  Cambridge advance to the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup with a strong performance to win the game 4-0. Pressed the ball well all over the pitch everyone on the pitch contributing excellent team work, dominated early on and maintained that level throughout the 90 minutes. Southampton’s run in the FA Women’s Cup comes to an end, a little surprised having heard so much about the team’s performances prior to the match couldn’t find any foot hold in the match today, plenty still to aim fr this season however with 2 cup quarter-finals still to come and a strong position in the league.
  Something new for 2017 to end the report have been thinking about adding this for a while the New Year seems a good time to begin with the introduction of the Supporting Women’s Football Blog – Player of the Match.

SWF Blog – Player of the Match 

  Several contenders in the Cambridge United WFC side today, a fantastic team performance, the SWF Blog Player of the Match is Becky Taylor, scoring the opening goal, busy on and off the ball throughout the 90 minutes linking up the midfield and attack, creating chances for herself and her team mates.
  The draw for the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup with be this Monday and a slightly earlier time of 10:45am, will update this post once Cambridge United WFC’s opponents are known.
  My thanks to both sides for their help with the team details today.

*UPDATE* The draw for the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Women’s Cup was made this morning and Cambridge United WFC will face FAWSL 2 opposition with a trip to Sutton Coldfield to play Aston Villa Ladies. To be played Sunday 5th February.