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The Round-Up – Essex 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 23rd April

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Harlow Town Ladies, Essex Women’s Premier Division Champions were playing their penultimate league match of the season, their last at home against bottom side Walden Ladies looking to end the season with a 100% winning record for the second successive season turned on the goals racking up a double figure scoreline, going well into the late teens to make it 21 wins from 21 with a 17-0 result. Are away to 2nd placed Lawford in their final league game this Sunday before moving on from the county leagues taking the step up into ERWFL Division One.

Remains neck and neck between 2nd and 3rd with both Lawford Ladies and Chelmsford City Ladies picking up the 3 points this Sunday, Lawford Ladies were away to Wickford Town Ladies got the win courtesy of a 3-1 scoreline, have 5 games left to play, Chelmsford City their only challenges for the runners-up spot.

  Mia Brisley scored the only goal of the game for Chelmsford City Ladies as they won at home to Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies on Sunday played a game more than Lawford, however the two sides are due to meet before the end of the season.

4th placed Runwell Sports Ladies were involved in a 9 goal thriller away to 2nd bottom Alresford Colne Rangers this Sunday, a brace for Nikhol Chapman along with a goal each for Sophie Olley, Samantha Delves and Danielle Stace seeing them take the 3 points in a close 5-4 win.

Collier Row Tigers open up a 4 point gap in 5th place from 6th placed Eastern Avenue as the 2 sides met in the league on Sunday, a 4-0 away win for Collier Row Tigers a blow for Eastern Avenue, however they have 3 games in hand on their opponents.

Hutton Ladies Reserves gained another 3 vital points at home on Sunday as they look to pull away from the bottom 2 winning 3-1 against Chigwell Ladies, with both Alresford Colne Rangers and Walden Ladies losing.

Essex Women’s Division One 

Two games played in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday, Frontiers Ladies having already secured a top two finish in their 1st season went 3 points clear at the top winning away from home at Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves, took the lead in the 1st 5 minutes after Emma best was brought down for a penalty, Shannon Hardinges stepping up to score. Chelmsford City pulled it back level in the 22nd minute with Emily Kendle finding the back of the net, for only the 2nd goal Frontiers have conceded in the league all season.

  Frontiers went on to score twice more in the 1st half to lead 3-1 Sharon Ferguson (pictured) in the right place to score both. Pushing for more goals 2nd half having one disallowed, Frontiers found the target 3 more times in the final 10 minutes. Kelly Holsworth scoring from all of 40 yards from a free-kick. Holsworth taking a corner played the ball in towards Ferguson to head the ball in to complete her hat-trick. Anna Freeman making it 6-1 in the closing stages scoring her 1st goal for the club. 4 games left to play same as 2nd placed Corringham Cosmos who saw their game against Collier Row Athletic postponed on Sunday, meet each other twice in those remaining games.

In the other game played in Division On on Sunday, Hatfield Peveral Ladies moved back above Harlow Town Ladies Reserves into 4th spot with a 2-1 win at home to Waltham Forest Ladies.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 23rd April

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Has been the case all season long basically the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One title looks to be going all the way. Just the one game played in the division this Sunday and that was enough to alter the possible scenarios yet again. Bishops Stortford Ladies climb up into 2nd in the table the highest they have been in the table all season level on points with leaders Sherrardswood Ladies and 3rd placed Sandy Ladies all on 33 points. Given a home win against Letchworth Garden City Eagles from last weekends postponement Bishops Stortford were at home this Sunday taking on Garston Ladies, Broghan McHale opened the scoring for Bishops Stortford with Kathryn Stanley doubling the score 6 minutes before half-time Natasha Coppin and Jess Croney added 2 more goals 2nd half before Coppin grabbed her 2nd in injury time the final score 5-1 to Bishops Stortford. 

Sandy Ladies have 2 games left to play the other title contenders 1. A match against Sharnbrook WFC in midweek if Sandy get the 3 points they move onto 36 but at the moment have an inferior goal difference to both Sherrardswood and Bishops Stortford. Will be an interesting final day this Sunday with Sandy hosting Bishops Stortford a point would be enough to give Sandy the title so long as they don’t mess up the Sharnbrook game. If Bishops Stortford were to win that might not still be enough to get the title as Sherrardswood at home to Sharnbrook could still pip it on goal difference. Right now anyone one from 3, sandy and Sharnbrook are playing as this Round-Up is being written Sharnbrook ending their league season with a huge say in where the title will go.

Garston Ladies were also in action last evening taking on Houghton Athletic Ladies a 1-0 win giving Garston the 3 points.

The Chris Renshaw Trophy

 Sandy Ladies and Sharnbrook WFC will also meet each other in the final of The Chris Renshaw Trophy on Sunday May 7th after they won their semi-final matches on Sunday. Sandy were away to fellow Division One side St Albans Ladies was a tight contest St Albans creating several chances reduced to 10 through injury.  Sandy Ladies leading through a Chloe Reeves goal in the 1st half a long delay as an ambulance was required for the injured St Albans player played on but couldn’t find an equalising goal, Sandy progressing to the new competitions first ever final. Wishing St Albans injured player all the best and hope it isn’t too serious.

In the other semi-final Sharnbrook WFC were away to Division Two side Flitwick Ladies. The game going all the way to extra-time, Keirra Gabriel scoring for Flitwick, Claire Smith on target midway through the 1st half for Sharnbrook. Into extra-time and Sharnbrook scored early, Charlotte Mullins with her 9th goal of the season scoring the winning goal to see Sharnbrook into the final.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two 

Watton Ladies won on Sunday away to Evergreen Ladies to become Division Two Champions! A brace each for Samantha Edgar and Francesca Smithers taking both onto 14 and 32 goals respectfully along with goals for both Chloe Jones her 19th and a 5th goal of the season for Beth Willing seeing Watton to a 6-2 win in their final league game of the season. Natalie Maher and Lisa Nolan scoring for Evergreen Ladies.

  Congratulation to Watton Ladies on winning the league title. Could yet be a league and cup double having reached the final of the Beds & Herts League Cup on May 7th.

  Also playing in Division Two on Sunday, Royston Town Ladies Reserves were away to Garston Ladies FC 96. Lauren Berryman and Holly Jury scoring for 4th placed Garston Ladies, they were beaten by Royston Town 5-2, Annie Chambers netting a brace, with Grace Leslie, Amber Murray and Megan Evers all scoring a goal. Both sides with 1 match left to play could gain a place in the final standings.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues had already won the league with a game to spare, one game left away to 2nd placed Evergreen Eagles they were looking to end the season with one of the few 100% records left in the league. Made to 10 wins from 10 to wrap up the Division Three fixtures, Casey Chapman, Amy Gibbins and Georgia Payne scoring the goals in a 3-1 win with Christie Brewer on target for Evergreen Eagles who had already secured the runners-up spot.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Norfolk – Sunday 23rd April

Norfolk Women’s Division One

A full fixture list in Norfolk Women’s Division One this Sunday with all 8 sides in action. League leaders Thorpe United Ladies 7 points clear of King’s Lynn Town Ladies were finally playing bottom side Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies having been awarded to home wins against them following earlier postponements. At Kirkley & Pakefield’s Walmer Road ground this Sunday. Won comfortably to take the 3 points away with them, Charlotte Groves netting a brace, the other goalscorers were Laura Hedtke, Lauren Kett, Vivian Moyo, Shanice Sutton and Nicole Read.

2nd placed King’s Lynn Town Ladies went equally goal goal crazy on Sunday away to Fakenham Town Ladies going one better than Thorpe United winning 8-0, Jade Kelly scoring 5 goals in the game having previously just the one goal to her name from 10 appearances. Captain Shelley Woods netting yet another hat-trick to take her to 50 goals for the campaign.

3rd placed Bungay Town Ladies are just 2 points behind King’s Lynn Town Ladies albeit having played a game more, travelled to play North Walsham Angels Ladies this Sunday a hat-trick for youngster Laura Holden in the match for Bungay Town with a goal each for Lauren Purling and Teodora Ilie in a 5-1 win. Luci Middleton with the goal for North Walsham who have now lost their 3 consecutive league games dropping to 5th.

In 4th Brandon Town Ladies form is the opposite ending the season strongly putting together a run of 5 straight league wins the latest at home to Aylsham FC Ladies at the weekend. Abbie Charlton on target for the visitors Brandon Town secured the 3 points scoring 2 at the other end. 

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Sprowston Ladies climb back up into 2nd spot in Norfolk Women’s Division Two as they drew at home with Long Stratton Ladies off the back of a midweek home win against Stalham Town Ladies. Abby Hutchin and Rebecca Kirby both scoring for Sprowston in a 2-2 draw with Long Stratton whose goals were scored by Charlie Head and Leonie Daulby.

Norfolk Women’s Division Three

Also the one game in Norfolk Women’s Division Three with Freethorpe Ladies hosting Toftwood United Ladies for the 2nd time this season as the visitors played their final league game of the campaign. Freethorpe lost that time around 8-1. A different story this time around as they secured their 4th league win of the season leading Toftwood 2-0 at half-time Michaela Stordy and Megan Wilson with the goals, Katie Hart pulled one back for Toftwood 2nd half however Freethorpe held on for the win. Toftwood end their season with a 4th place finish.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Cambridgeshire – Sunday 23rd April

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

The Round-Up generally covers all the action from the previous Sunday however at this time of year as clubs and the county FA’s try to get all their fixtures played we can have football all over the place so this edition of the Cambridgeshire Round-Up starts Friday night with Cambridge United WFC Reserves playing Netherton United Ladies in the League Cup Final. Netherton United reaching their 1st ever final, Cambridge United WFC Reserves into their 3rd successive final looking to win it this time around and complete a cup double after winning the Junior Invitation Cup the week before.

The sides 1st and 2nd in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership looked fairly evenly matched in the early exchanges Cambridge holding a deep line inviting Netherton on left room at the back, goalkeeper Katie Cooper showing early on she was prepared to come racing out of her box if necessary. Cambridge took the lead from a corner kick Liz Pamplin header going back across goal headed home by Ebony Rule at the near post. Her strike partner Lauren Gibson made it 2-0 as she took the ball past the onrushing Cooper at the top of her area then keeping her composure picked her spot to make it 2-0. Netherton pushed early on for a reply to try and get back into the game risked getting caught at the back, and it was Cambridge who went on to extend their lead from another corner substitute Faith Hewitt heading the ball down towards the far post Rule on hand to bundle the ball home for her 2nd of the game Cambridge winning the League Cup Final 3-0.

Congratulations to Cambridge United WFC Reserves on their cup double. You can read about their League Cup success by clicking on the link below taking you to the SWF Blog

Cambridge United WFC Reserves 3-0 Netherton United Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Cambridge United WFC Reserves aren’t just settled for a cup double however they are looking to make it a treble with the league title aswell were in action again just last night. However before then the action from Sunday, just the one league game in the Premiership with Cambridge University Women at home to ICA Sports Ladies. Amanda Wainwright hit a hat-trick in the game with Maude Gibbins scoring a brace, Sophia D’Angelo also getting a goal in a 6-2 win, Carmen Herridge scoring both goals for ICA Sports Ladies. The 3 points moving Cambridge University 3rd spot above Newmarket Town Ladies both on 24 points along with 2nd placed Netherton United. St Ives Town Ladies were awarded the home win against Bar Hill Ladies.

Pressure on the Round-Up with a match on a Tuesday night, the Supporting Women’s Football Blog off to Newmarket to watch them take on leaders Cambridge United WFC Reserves. A win for Newmarket Town would put them 2 points above Cambridge United, a win for the away side however would see them go 4 points clear at the top of the table. Sun cream needed on Sunday it was positively freezing at the Rigdeons Stadium with a hailstorm prior to the match. A new challenge too for the match notes Cambridge United having picked up their new shirts had no numbers printed upon the back, goo job I’d seen them 4 days ago.

Newmarket had the opportunity to take the lead in the opening 10 minutes the referee spotting an infringement inside the box pointing to the penalty spot. Cindy Ponder firing her shot straight at Sarah Carroll the goalkeeper holding onto the ball. Midway through the 1st half Cambridge took the lead themselves Lauren Gibson heading home from a corner kick, then 5 minutes before half time turned home a superb effort from the top of the area. 2-0 the advantage at half-time Newmarket pressed for a reply only for Gibson to go on and complete her hat-trick running onto Tahnee Perfect’s ball into the area to slide it past the keeper. Late into the game Jordanne Sillitoe capitalised on a misplaced defensive header to blast the ball home 3-1 the final score that match report will be added to the website tomorrow but can be viewed on the SWF Blog itself by clicking on the link below.

Newmarket Town Ladies 1-3 Cambridge United WFC Reserves

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North leaders March Town United Ladies keep their lead at the top to 6 points after coming from 2-0 down away to P&L Motors Diamonds with 25 minutes left to win the game 3-2. Emma Searle scoring from a 25 yard free-kick pulled it back to 2-1 then Shannon Kelly lobbing the keeper brought it back to 2-2 then in the last  5 minutes, Pollyanna Harvey flicked the ball home scoring the winning goal seeing March Town United return home with all the points.

  Swineshead Institute Ladies remain March Town United’s closest rivals as they won at home taking on 2nd bottom Hungate Rovers Ladies on Sunday Ellie Spendlow scoring twice with a goal a piece for Leah Ardron, Kirsty Hewitt and Gabrielle Smith in a 5-0 victory.

  Wisbech Town Ladies are 2 points further back in 3rd place in the Championship North table as they came out on top of the Wisbech derby at home to Wisbech St Mary Ladies on Sunday. A brace from Sophie Gutteridge taking her onto 22 goals for the season sealing the 3 points. An injury for Wisbech St Mary’s player Annalise Scales who broke her leg in the game, Women’s Football East wishes her a full and speedy recovery.

Ketton Ladies moved up to 4th position in the table as they edged out Boston United Ladies at home 3-2 on Sunday. Ketton were in action at home again last night hosting P&L Motors Diamonds the visitors beating Ketton soundly 10-1 under the lights.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South Champions, Cambridge City Ladies Development were away to bottom side Orton Rangers Ladies on Sunday. The home side scoring twice in the 1st half Cambridge City matching them before going on to win 5-2 in the 2nd half, Amy Reed scoring a hat-trick, with a brace for Rachel Littlewood. The win seeing Cambridge City end their season unbeaten in the league on 40 points just the 2 points dropped aswell as runners-up in the Junior Invitation Cup a great 1st season.

Fulbourn Bluebirds in 4th position in the Championship South table close the gap to 3rd placed Milton Ladies to just a point with a good away result to Isleham United Ladies on Sunday. Sharon Pinner getting a hat-trick along with a goal each for Emma Clark and Sarah Gee in a 5-0 win.

  5th placed Riverside Reserves were away to Cambridge Rangers on Sunday in an 11am kick-off Amy Magnus claimed a brace in a 4-0 win with Clare Knibbs and Gemma Fitzjohn also finding the back of the net.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Suffolk Women’s Division – Sunday 23rd April

Thirteen’s not an unlucky number for Ipswich Town Ladies Development side as they won the Suffolk Women’s Division in their 13th match, clinching the title with a game to spare, unbeaten too in their very 1st season together. Needing one more point to be sure of becoming Champions were at home to Copleston Ladies this Sunday, 11 wins and a draw previously a brace from Emily Steward, along with a goal each for Khadija Gbaja, Grace Bowman and Destiny Minors saw them to a comfortable 6-0 victory. Could yet be a league and cup double as they take on East Bergholt United in the rearranged League Cup Final on the 4th May, also play East Bergholt at home this Sunday in their final league match looking to end the season unbeaten.

Congratulations to Ipswich Town Ladies Development on becoming Suffolk Women’s Division Champions.

  East Bergholt United moved up into 3rd place in the Suffolk Women’s Division playing their penultimate match of the season and in doing so pushed Brantham Athletic Ladies who were playing their last game of the season down into 4th spot. A brace from Jessica Oxlade for East Bergholt with goals too for Jodie Sharp, Victoria Campbell and Pippa King in a 5-0 away win. Brantham finish 4th, East Bergholt secure 3rd place in the table with the two games against Ipswich Town Ladies Development to come.

Bacton United Ladies in 5th wiped out their -11 goal difference with a thumping win away to Ipswich Phoenix Ladies who end up without a point rooted to the bottom of the table after a tough season. Lois Balfour was on target scoring 5 goals for Bacton, Francesca Rainbird netting a hat-trick too. A goal each for Rebekah Blazak, Natalie Green, Maria Walker and Jemma Mortimer. Lauren Jacobs also in the scoresheet with a brace in a 14-0 win. One more round of league games to come before the end of season League Cup Final in Suffolk.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 23/04/17

The Round-Up

ERWFL – Sunday 23rd April

ERWFL Premier Division

The ERWFL season is very nearly at an end just a handful of league fixtures to be played before the League Plate and Cup finals on the 14th May. A huge game in the ERWFL Premier Division however a final game title deciding showdown between the top 2, Acle United Ladies and Haringey Borough Women. Just a point between the sides a winner takes all match.

Haringey have reached the league Cup final where they will play Division One Champions, Cambridge City Ladies. Have had an excellent season in the top 2 the whole campaign. Acle United Ladies having gotten behind on their league fixtures were way back in 8th spot just 6 weeks ago but a remarkable run of 8 straight wins took them to the top of the table for the 1st time in midweek one more and the title was theirs.

Got off to a great start, Broghan Scully playing Megan Todd through on goal to score after a strong start. Haringey got back on level terms straight away, Brooke Hills netting from a free-kick. Haringey went on to take the lead late in the 1st half Klesha Darroux putting the ball home from the top of the area.

 Acle pushed for an equalising goal enough to see them finish top couldn’t find it however as Anele Komani full of pace and trickery up the other end was brought down in the box awarded the penalty she stepped up to score putting the ball in from the rebound after goalkeeper Jody Wells had saved. A late late goal from Roxanne Eshun sealing the result, Haringey Borough Women winning the ERWFL Premier Division title and promotion to the FAWPL.

Haringey Borough Women, ERWFL Premier Division Champions

 The Supporting Women’s Football Blog was there to cover all the action and you can read the full report by clicking on the link below.

Haringey Borough Women 4-1 Acle United Ladies

ERWFL Division One

One game played in the ERWFL Division One at the weekend, Colney Heath Ladies have secured the runners-up spot hosting 5th placed Stevenage Ladies Reserves both playing their final league game of the season. Holly Sheridan giving Colney Heath Ladies the lead before Stevenage went on to lead 4-1. Another for Sheridan saw her take her goals tally to 25 before Stevenage found the back of the net for another 3 goals to win 7-2. Rebecca Day and Leah Littlechild both hitting a hat-trick along with a goal for Emily Scofield. The final day win seeing Stevenage secure a 4th place finish.

  Leaders Cambridge City were awarded the home win against Offley & Stopsley Women have 2 left both against Hutton Ladies useful for both as they prepare for the League Cup and Plate finals respectfully.

The Round-Up – FAWPL 23/04/17

The Round-Up

FAWPL – Sunday 23rd April

FAWPL Plate Final

This weekend saw the Final for the FAWPL Plate being contested at Brackley Town FC. Lewes Ladies from the Southern Division taking on Huddersfield Town Ladies from the Northern Division. It was Lewes who opened the scoring Georgia Bridges putting the ball home in the 6th minute. Held onto to that single goal lead going into half-time. Danielle Lane doubled the lead for Lewes in the 59th minute, the Southern Division side taking full control of the final as the game closed on 80 minutes Bridges heading in her 2nd of the game was brought down for a free-kick in the 83rd minute. Rachel Palmer on the set-piece 25 yards out sending the ball in towards goal to make it 4-0. Lewes Ladies winning the 2016/17 FAWPL League Plate. Congratulations to Lewes Ladies on their victory. You can read the match report upon their website by clicking on the link below.

Huddersfield Town Ladies 0-4 Lewes Ladies

FAWPL Southern Division

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies made dreams come true as they celebrated winning the FAWPL Southern Division title in midweek at White Hart Lane, beating West Ham Ladies 4-0 on the night in front of a huge crowd of 2140. A magnificent achievement, 17 games unbeaten in the league with just the one draw 16 wins.

Were at home this Sunday facing 2nd placed Charlton Athletic Women twice in 48 hours the pair meeting in the Capital Women’s Cup Final this Tuesday evening. Charlton Athletic gave the new Champions a guard of honour as they walked out onto the pitch. Tottenham had the lead in the 22nd minute Charlton putting through their own net. Gemma Shephard pulled the scores back to 1-1 4 minutes before half-time. Kit Graham coming off the bench 2nd half put Charlton into the lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Avilla Bergin also introduced as a 2nd half substitute make it 3-1 to Charlton with less than 20 minutes to play. Anoria Georgiou pulled it back to 3-2 for Tottenham to set up a frantic final 10 minutes Charlton however held on for the win Tottenham suffering defeat in the league for the 1st time this season.

  A thumping scoreline at home for Cardiff City Ladies up against bottom side Queens Park Rangers Ladies. The Welsh side 3rd in the table had 4 different players net a brace in the match, Emily Allen, Hope Souminen, Cori Williams and Laura Williams all getting 2 each, there were goals to for Kerry Bartlett, Chloe Chivers and Chloe Lloyd and own goal too in a 12-1 victory, Cardiff putting the ball into their own net to gift their opponents a consolation goal.

Queens Park Rangers Ladies remain 3 points behind Swindon Town Ladies with a game in hand as they played host to Essex side C&K Basildon Ladies on Sunday. The visitors getting back to winning ways after 2 straight defeats, Therese Addison, captain Zoe Rushen and Angela Addison all scoring in a 3-0 win.

FAWPL South East Division One

Gillingham FC Ladies are now just one win away from clinching the FAWPL South East Division One title and return to the Southern Division after a 2 season absence. A tough home match against 5th placed Actonians Ladies. Gillingham taking control of the games scoring 3 late goals in the 1st half, Felicity Gibbons scoring twice in the 38th minute and deep into stoppage time. Charlotte Gurr adding a goal in between. 3-0 the advantage at the break Gillingham weathered a little bit of pressure from their opponents at the start of the 2nd half going on to extend their lead captain Jade Keogh scoring in the 61st minute. A couple of quickfire goals for Gurr and Gibbons getting her hat-trick coming 2 minutes later. Gibbons going on to score a 4th goal make it 7-0 for Gillingham before Actonians scored a late consolation Alessandra Barreca on target. Play their final home game of the season against Norwich City Ladies this Sunday could be celebrating becoming Champions 19 played and still unbeaten.

They weren’t the only side in FAWPL South East Division One to hit 7 goals at home on Sunday, so did 2nd placed Cambridge United WFC as they look to secure the runners-up position. Taking on Denham United Ladies a single goal separated the sides at half-time Laura Mills scoring for Cambridge in the 38th minute. Different story 2nd half as Cambridge, scored within 2 minutes of the restart, Ashleigh Deacon on hand to put the ball in the ball of the net. After that young attacker Evie Gallop took over netting a 16 minute hat-trick, Becky Taylor added a 6th goal for Cambridge in the 77th minute before Gallop scored her 4th of the game in the last 10 minutes to wrap up the 3 points with a 7-0 win.

Luton Town Ladies were coming into Sunday’s league game off the back of a midweek Cup Final win to retain the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup, beat Offley & Stopsley Women 3-0. Playing Ipswich Town Ladies, Dionne Manning put Luton in front in the 22nd minute. Ipswich levelled the scores 10 minutes later Laura Guyon with the goal. Erica Byron restoring Luton’s lead almost immediately 2-1 the advantage at the break. Jess McKay made it 3-1 to Luton in the 2nd half soon after Luton were awarded a penalty which was dispatched by Jo Rutherford. Jodie Southby scoring too in a 5-1 win.

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies move back above AFC Wimbledon Ladies into 3rd position winning away from home on Sunday taking on Norwich City Ladies, goals from captain Charley Clarke and Heather McDonnell seeing the visitors take home the 3 points with a 2-0 victory.

Match Report – Haringey Borough Women v Acle United Ladies

 A dramatic final day to the league season in the ERWFL Premier Division with the top two going head to head in a title showdown. Haringey Borough Women have been in the top two all season, starting the season strongly tussling the top position between themselves and Bedford Ladies. Bedford played out their fixtures on 40 points Haringey with games in hand could catch them. So to could Acle United Ladies who with games in hand on everyone were as far down the table as 8th just 6 weeks ago a remarkable run of 8 straight wins seeing them go a point clear of Haringey going into this weekends fixture the final league match for both as Acle travelled down to play Haringey at Coles Park… winner takes all.

Match Report – Haringey Borough Women v Acle United Ladies

  A huge game this Sunday in the ERWFL Premier Division a final day title showdown with the top 2 meeting in their last fixture a point between them as 2nd placed Haringey Borough Women host Acle United Ladies.

  For both the ERWFL (Eastern Region Women’s Football League) Premier Division title would see them promoted to the FAWPL for the 1st time. The scenario for a final day title decider has been on the cards for a few weeks and followers of my other women’s football venture Women’s Football East will have read the possibilities on the weekly Round-Up’s. As it took shape the scenario said if either side were to win all of their remaining matches then they would be crowned champions.

  Haringey Borough Women have been in the top two in the Premier Division, along side Bedford Ladies the two sides got off to a flyer, Haringey winning their 1st 4 opening league games, Bedford went 8 unbeaten winning 7 before Haringey ended that run. Since then the pair have shared the lead at the top of the table. When Bedford played out their fixtures ending top on 40 points, Haringey knew they could catch them with 2 games left back on 37 points winning against Histon Ladies last weekend took them top on goal difference.

  An established side in the ERWFL, Steve Browne took on the ladies side bringing in several new faces to rejuvenate the side, very sadly he passed away over the New Year losing his battle with cancer. The team he had left behind in very good shape vowing to go and win the league for their former manager. Only met Steve Brown once back in 2015 when I saw Haringey play for the 1st time away to Brentwood Town Ladies. Was only too happy to help me out asking about his side, he told me they were young but full of talent once they settled as a team would do well in the league. As well as a potential league title it may yet be a double having also reached the final of the League Cup where they will face Division One Champions, Cambridge City Ladies.

  A remarkable run from Norfolk side, Acle United Ladies at the end of the season as low as 8th place just 6 weeks ago! A good start to the season were right behind the leading pair of Bedford and Haringey, falling victim to a few postponements along with cup matches were getting behind in their league games falling down the Premier Division table as a result, in 8th place that was when as other games were played the potential title decider was on the cards. 

  A big day for both sides. No doubt alot of excitement mixed up with alot of nerves… and that’s just me!

  Easy on paper have to deliver on the pitch more often than not the side with games in hand on the leaders slips up, easy to have your eyes on the game at the end of the road drop points as a result before hand. Acle United didn’t however each game won seeing them climb up the table moving into 2nd at the weekend 2 points behind Haringey, a midweek 3-1 away to Histon Ladies saw them lead the Premier Division table for the 1st time this season and Acle wanted to stay there.

  The venue for today’s game Coles Park home to both Haringey Borough FC aswell as the women’s side. North London parking was at a premium outside the ground the carpark inside home to a bustling market. Doesn’t clear until 2pm. Risked parking in a permit holders area but told wardens were on patrol I returned to retrieve the car quicker than the traffic warden I spotted about to cross the road. Was allowed into the ground, the market traders only to helpful to assist me find a space. Their is a clubhouse with bar and refreshment booth situated beside the stadium itself. The changing rooms under the large mainstand offered covered seating with a good view over the pitch a good sized artificial surface recently put in. A nice sunny day a few clouds but the suncream was applied with the coat left in the boot of the car.

 Haringey Borough Women starting XI – Cherkish Young, Brooke Hills, Shaydean Gorman, Roisin Cormack (C), Robyn Reardon, Shernelle Francois, Morgan Lundberg, Anele Komani, Shanice Nourrice, Klesha Darroux & Julia Carruthers
 subs – Roxanne Eshun, Stephanie Cooper, Karen Nicholls & Karla Parker

 Acle United Ladies starting XI – Jody Wells, Anna Larkins, Luka Goodfield, Leah McGuire, Chloe Shields, Kate Pasque, Amber Rowland, Broghan Scully, Alice Ladbrooke, Meagan Todd & Rebecca Burton (C).

 subs – Jade Copeman, Bryony Knights & Lauren Bullard.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  A blow for Acle on the eve of the biggest game in the clubs history with Joanne Hooper, player coach, playing anywhere she’s needed most recently in goal damaging her MCL on crutches. Jody Wells normally a striker donning the gloves to today’s match. It’s the home side Haringey to kick-off the 1st half wearing yellow shirts and socks with blue trim and blue shorts. Acle lined up opposite wearing black and white vertical striped shirts, black shorts with black and white hooped socks. 

  Acle press Haringey on the ball right from kick-off the ball closed down and won by Broghan Scully on the right side pushes on with it before playing a diagonal ball up towards the top of the area with Megan Todd making the forward run, Haringey captain, Roisin Cormack gets across the attacker puts the ball out for a throw-in on the right. From the throw level with the top of the area Scully brings the ball inside again her target is Todd inside the box rolls the ball into her striking it first time sends the ball up over the crossbar. 

  A strong start from the visitors win a free-kick in the Haringey half as Kate Pasque is brought down as she makes a powerful run through the middle of the park. Right back Anna Larkins over the ball a couple of yards in front of the centre circle looks to send a shot in towards goal her flighted ball dipping late but doesn’t trouble Haringey goalkeeper, Cherkish Young as it flies over her crossbar.

Kate Pasque takes the ball forwards for Acle United Ladies

  Haringey have a potent attack with strikers, Klesha Darroux and Julia Carruthers scoring 19 goals each so far this season. Darroux moves out into the left channel to receive the ball bursting forwards, Larkins gets back on her sliding in to put the ball out for a throw. Taken quickly played into Carruthers she looks to get into the box knocking the ball past Leah McGuire as she goes into challenge can’t catch up with the ball before it runs out of play. 

  Bringing the ball forwards Acle have captain Rebecca Burton available on the left side in space 25 yards out receiving the ball she is caught with a late challenge as she releases the ball, the referee plays the advantage as Todd latches onto the ball drives into the box, cuts it back towards the top of the area, doesn’t quite reach Alice Ladbrooke having made a good run as Haringey’s Robyn Reardon throws out a leg to intercept the ball and knock it out of her path. Burton feeling the challenge is up back on her feet after treatment.

  Returns to the field left side just a Scully picks up the ball on halfway pushing infield passes the ball into Burton who lays it into the box for Todd making a central to left run, Young reacts smartly getting forwards to claim the ball before it can be knocked past her. Is a physical battle Haringey committing a few fouls early on giving away free-kicks. A frustrating start for the home side passes not finding their targets Acle benefiting. 

  GOAL! Acle capitalise upon their good start to the game scoring the opening goal in the 15th minute. The build up on the right side pressuring the ball winning it back played on by Scully, Todd moving into the box that side gets to the ball first sending it across the advancing Young into the back of the net 0-1.

Megan Todd opens the scoring for Acle United Ladies

  GOAL! The lead is short-lived however as Haringey find an immediate response looking to get the ball forwards from the restart Shanice Nourrice played in on the right is fouled 30 yards out by Pasque. Brooke Hills comes forwards from the back to take the free-kick sends a high ball in towards goal, coming in near post on target a difficult on for Wells goes to palm it over, slips through her gloves and despite a desperate lunge can’t keep it out 1-1.

Defender Brooke Hills scores from a free-kick to make it
1-1 an immediate response for Haringey

  The physical contest continues strong challenges coming in keeping the referee busy, so far letting things go. Acle press Ladbrooke 30 yards out latches onto a defensive clearance hits the ball on the half volley, Young quickly across to her left post can see the shot bounce wide. Nourrice on the attack with the ball on the right for Haringey, plays the diagonal pass forwards into Komani, collides with the onrushing Wells at the top of the box, the ball rolling into the net beyond, doesn’t stand however as the striker had moved too soon flagged offside a blow to the back for Wells needs treatment before she can continue.

  Ready to take the resulting free-kick for the offside Wells’ ball find Burton on the move up top 25 yards out looks to drive forwards, Hills gets back on her just as she is about to pull the trigger the ball out for a throw deep on the left. Luka Goodfield comes forwards to take gets the ball given back to her going to the byline whips a high cross into the six yard box the ball is plucked down safely by Young. 

  Hills sends the ball into the path of Nourrice breaking down the right wing turning inside moving into the fires looks to fire the ball across the face of goal, McGuire cuts the cross out conceding the corner right side. A good delivery from the set-piece Wells does well in the middle of her six yard box gloving the ball away from a throw on the opposite side. Haringey make a change Shernelle Francois giving way for Roxanne Eshun.

  Cormack is late with the challenge again bringing down Todd on the left as she is put in down the line by Burton giving away the free-kick outside the corner of the box it’s Burton to take sends it long towards the far post Todd is under the ball as she goes to jump, knocked back in by the defender beyond her however Pasque inside six yards out before the post gets her head on the ball nodding it down puts it straight into the goalkeepers gloves. Acle have a player down on the far side, it’s Scully looks in a lot of pain after a challenge can’t continue is replaced by Bryony Knights who joins Todd in attack up front.

  Darroux seeing the ball across her body 25 yard out skips in behind evading Shields tackle as she enters the box left of goal gets a shot away as the angle closes against her a good glove on the ball from Wells diving to her right to save the ball behind for the corner kick. Haringey finish the 1st half strongly, Anele Komani getting the ball out to Gorman on the right a handball spotted by the referee gives the home side a free-kick as the winger looks to play the ball inside. Hills to put the ball into the area Pasque heads clear for Acle. Keeping the ball in the final 3rd moving it right a deflection sees Carruthers in behind into the area on the right Wells comes rushing towards her blocks the strikers shot. 

 GOAL! Haringey push players forwards Carruthers on the ball right side is fouled by McGuire, the referee plays the advantage as Gorman has the ball goes on into the area the shot fired across goal goes long retrieved by Darroux on the opposite side she carries it towards the top of the area before turning back around and firing the ball back across goal into the bottom corner 2-1 to give Haringey the lead inside the final 5 minute of the 1st half. 

  Haringey end the 1st half with a free-kick just outside the box on the right, Darroux to play the ball into the six yard box Wells makes the save getting her gloves on the ball palming it down then claims it as it is headed back towards her. 

Half-time Haringey Borough Women 2-1 Acle United Ladies

  A strong start from Acle saw them take the lead, Haringey finding an immediate response to level. Has been an open game a physical contest, and although both sides have tried using the width there’s been so much energy put into closing players down it has looked small at times. A narrow advantage to Haringey scoring late in the 1st half the game remains delicately balanced.
  Acle to get the 2nd half started. Haringey have Francois back on in place of Lundberg. Burton plays the ball on for Todd drifting over to the right is fouled trying to knock the ball in behind. From the wide position Burton puts the ball long towards the far post area, it’s Reardon who gets her head on the ball to clear for Haringey.
  Francois brings the ball forwards for Haringey through the middle before playing it up towards Darroux inside the box left of goal controls the ball well turning in behind with the keeper coming to meet her tries to lob her gets the ball over her, her effort dropping wide into the side netting. Larkins winning the ball inside the Haringey half on the right drives forwards squared the ball into the box Todd central, Cormack gets across her to win the ball. 
Haringey Borough Women’s captain, Roisin Cormack
  Another opportunity for Larkins to skip in behind from a throw in on the right, puts a high ball into the box this time, Cormack is there once more to head the ball away, Haringey look to counter, Pasque breaks the attack up. A high temp start to the 2nd half both sides wanting the next goal. Haringey break forwards, Komani into Carruthers goes on through the middle, Darroux moving right into the box, Carruthers picks her out taking on the shot, Darroux’s strike whistles over the crossbar.
Anele Komani on the ball for Haringey Borough
  Komani is making so good runs with the ball in the 2nd half bringing the ball on committing players. Driving on looks to power her way into the area is brought down just outside left of the D. Steps up to take the resulting free-kick, gets her strike past the wall isn’t too far away as it flashes wide of the near post. Acle make a change Knights coming off for Lauren Bullard. Komani breaking forwards with the ball makes a run across the top of the Acle area looking for room to turn inside and take a shot, Pasque gets back on her to win the ball knocking it towards Larkins who sends it clear.
  Burton holds the ball up well shielding it 20 yards from goal turns inside finding a yard of room to strike the ball her low drive skipping off the surface is gathered cleanly by Young. Both sides are putting alot of energy into the game. Good defending from McGuire inside the box as Carruthers gets hold of the ball on the left fires her cross into the middle looking to pick out Darroux, the Acle defending getting in front of her to win the ball. Carruthers attacking with the ball right side lets fly from outside the box puts her effort into the side netting.
Haringey’s Klesha Darroux with Acle’s Anna Larkins
 Pasque wins the ball for Acle rolls it on for Rowland ahead of her tries to lift it over the top of the Haringey defence with Burton getting in behind, Young coming towards the ball can claim it first. Larkins pushing on more 2nd half as Acle look to equalise sends a ball into the area, Todd goes up for it with Cormack the defender putting the ball out for a corner on the left. 
  The game moves into the least 20 minutes Haringey still with the narrow 2-1 advantage. Coming forwards for Haringey Hills wins her side a corner kick. The inswinging ball drops over Wells falling into the six yard box beyond is cleared by the Acle defence, Carruthers latches onto it 20 yards out blasts the ball back in is blocked runs back to Francois, she shoots the ball through everyone on target, Wells has started to go to her right adjusts fantastically to get her foot on the ball to save, knocking the ball wide Larkins sends it up field.
  GOAL! Penalty! Komani with a strong run on the ball going down the left turns inside to get into the area is fouled by McGuire, brought down the referee pointing to the spot. Down after the challenge with a little cramp, it’s Komani herself who is to take the spot kick. Runs up strikes the ball straight down the middle, Wells gets everything behind the ball makes the save pushing the ball back out Komani is quickest to react hitting the ball hard past the grounded Wells to make it 3-1
Wells saves Anele Komani’s initial strike but is unable to stop the followup going in
  A hammer blow for Acle as the game moves into the last 10 minutes, make a change Scully back on replacing Burton. Todd is clattered on the right, Larkins over the free-kick from a wide position looks to float it into the box near post for runners to attack, too close to Young the goalkeeper claims without challenge. Larkins finds herself the furthest forwards as Ladbrooke gets the ball up into the box the Acle full back getting in between Reardon and the advancing Young as they look to deal with the ball, gets a touch deflecting the ball wide, Bullard is their the ball just won’t fall for her to get a shot away before being closed down by Hills.
  From a throw in from a deep position on the right, Larkins works the ball inside lifts a cross in towards the near post Todd gets up for the header places the ball wide of target. Eshun comes of for Lundberg late on for Haringey. Acle needing 2 goals in the last 8 minutes push forwards risk leaving space in behind. Todd fires a low cross in along the top of the area, Ladbrooke meets it first time her strike taking a deflection on it’s way through to the goalkeeper. Pasque has a go from 25 yards out drives her shot wide across the goal. 
 Bullard gets possession plays the ball out to Larkins on the move down the right cuts the ball back along the six yard box, Todd rushing in far post throws herself at the ball can’t connect. Komani on for Francois on the left going forwards plays the ball on for Carruthers, heading for the box, Wells comes sliding out to meet her, the striker getting the ball beyond the goalkeeper cuts it back towards the top of the box trying to pick out Darroux, Goodfield closes her down wins the tackle. 
  Acle get the ball up into Todd, driving on through the middle, Gorman gets across to challenge her as she enters the box. Eshun returns to the action in the closing stages for Francois. Komani still has pace to burn as the game moves into the final minute getting down the left plays it on for Darroux inside the box, Wells comes sliding in does enough to put the striker off as she knocks the ball forwards but can’t catch it before it runs out of play.

The game is sealed in injury time, Wells’ goal kick falling sort goes straight to Eshun 25 yards out in a central area moves the ball to her right and with the keeper out of position places it into the back of the empty net. 4-1.

  A hammer blow for Acle they send everyone forwards nevertheless, Haringey defend, Cormack bringing the ball out plays it long for Carruthers arriving at the top of the box strikes the ball her powerful shot smashing against the crossbar, the last action of the match as Haringey celebrate at the final whistle. League Champions.
Full time Haringey Borough Women 4-1 Acle United Ladies

 Haringey Borough Women celebrate winning 4-1 to win the ERWFL Premier Division title coming out on top in a physical contest, played with plenty of energy a nervous start however going 1 nil down as Acle dominated the early exchanges. Pulled the scores back straight away before taking the lead themselves late in the 1st half. 2nd half Komani made alot of difference to the home sides her runs on the ball causing Acle problems as they pushed on looking to find a levelling goal conceding a penalty the late goal a making the scoreline a little harsh. Runner-up in the finish Acle United Ladies can be proud of the season they have had a great run to end the season and a highest ever league place finish.
Haringey in the top 2 all season clinch the title and promotion to the FAWPL a fantastic achievement with a cup final to come. 
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

 Today’s SWF Blog – Player of the Match award goes to Haringey’s Anele Komani a great midfield performance, especially in the 2nd half driving forwards on the ball looking to take on players, winning the penalty and scoring to give Haringey a valuable 2 goal cushion in the latter stages of the game. 

Haringey Borough Women, 2016/17 ERWFL Premier Division Champions
 Congratulations to Haringey Borough Women on becoming ERWFL Premier Division Champions.
 My thanks to both clubs for all their help today have watched some great football in the ERWFL this season, a couple of cup finals left to come.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 16/04/17

The Round-Up

Cambridgeshire – Sunday 16th April

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

4 matches played in the leagues in Cambridgeshire this Easter Sunday. Cambridge United WFC Reserves fresh from retaining the Cambridgeshire Women’s Junior Invitation Cup Final in midweek were away to Park Ladies a 1st half hat-trick for Ebony Rule along with a goal for Liz Pamplin saw the visitors leading 4-0 at the break went on to find the back of the net for 7 more goals 2nd half, Rule with another 3 to her tally. Pamplin scored another with Lucy Gateson, Kirsty Geal and Tahnee Perfect all getting a goal each the win taking Cambridge United WFC Reserves back to the top of the table a point above Netherton United Ladies and Newmarket Town Ladies. A tough 1st season in the Premiership for Park Ladies finishing bottom losing a few players are looking to get a few new faces in over the summer and hit the ground running once the new season starts you can see their advert on the Club Advertising page if interested.

Was also another big away result in the other game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this weekend with St Ives Town Ladies travelling to Bar Hill Ladies. Amy Seymour-Shove scoring a hat-trick, there were also goals for captain Sasha Smith, Georgia Stancombe, Hannah Seymour-Shove and Jade Carpenter in a 7-0 victory that puts St Ives Town above Bar Hill into 5th position in the Premiership table.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

In the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North, leaders March Town Ladies lost their unbeaten record at home to Swineshead Institute Ladies last Sunday suffering a 4-2 defeat. This Easter Sunday they were on home turf again taking on Ketton Ladies in 6th place. March Town started well taking the lead when Adele Munday’s through ball found Livvi Hodges who took the ball around the goalkeeper to score. Ketton got the scores back to 1-1 10 minutes before the break, Claire Lawrenson formerly of Bourne Ladies striking the ball home from distance to make it 1-1. HT 1-1

(photo credit Jon Sharpe)

The 2nd half could have gone either way, both sides with changes March Town keeper Tori Sharpe saving in a one on one with Ketton’s Fran Kavanagh. It was March Town who found the winning goal with Hodges netting her 2nd of the game her 8th in 4 matches to get them back to winning ways. 6 points clear at the top of the table. Swineshead Institute 2nd after they were awarded an away win against Wisbech St Mary Ladies.

Wisbech Town Lades are up to 3rd in the Championship North table after winning away from home on Easter Sunday. Taking on P&L Motors Diamonds in 7th spot. Sophie Gutteridge was on target with 2 goals in the game. Kimberly Fairweather also scoring a goal her 2nd since joining the club from Bourne Ladies. Zoe Tyhurst getting a goal too for Wisbech Town in a 4-0 win.




The Round-Up – Essex 16/04/17

The Round-Up

Essex – Sunday 16th April

Essex Women’s Premier Division

Like the other county leagues across the East there was a limited fixture list in Essex this Easter Sunday. In the Essex Women’s Premier Division there were 2 matches played. 3rd placed Chelmsford City Ladies were away to bottom side Walden Ladies, despite conceding twice the visitors won the games 4-2 with Tyler Christou hitting a brace along with a goal a piece for Mia Brisley and Shannon Hughes. The win moving Chelmsford City level on points with 2nd placed Lawford Ladies.

7th placed Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies were at home on Sunday taking on Chigwell Ladies a place below. 2 goals for Jo Smeaton plus a goal each for Grace Leavett and Rosie Vina seeing the take all 3 points with a 4-1 win.

Tiptree & District Women’s Charity Cup

Having missed out on a place in the League Cup Final last weekend, Lawford Ladies were aiming to reach the final of the Tiptree & District Women’s Charity Cup where their opponents would be Harlow Town Ladies the cup holders. In their way were Essex Division One side Frontiers Ladies, Essex Women’s Trophy winners unbeaten in the league, the visitors scored 3 goals with Jill Bartholomew, Sharon Ferguson and Shannon Hardinges all on target, Lawford however responded with double the goals to win the game 6-3 to book their spot in the final, date and venue to be announced.