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The Round-Up – Norfolk 17/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th September

Norfolk Women’s Division One

The 2nd weekend of football in Norfolk saw a whopping 67 goals scored in 7 league games across the 2 Divisions! 29 of those scored in the 3 games that took place in Norfolk Women’s Division One. The biggest scorers of the day on Sunday were North Walsham Angels Ladies, at home taking on Long Stratton Ladies. Luci Middleton the clubs top scorer leaping ahead early on scoring a double hat-trick in the match accounting for half of North Walsham’s final score as they put their opponents to the sword, Rachel Bussey and Lauren Yarham both netting a brace their was also a goal each for Sian Wager and Robyn Johnston the final score 12-0 a result that puts North Walsham straight to the top of the table on 4 points having drawn 3-3 with Gorleston FC Ladies on the opening day.

Joining them at the top of the table on 4 points are Sprowston Ladies as they too were held to a 3-3 drawn at home to Gorleston on Sunday. Paige Barnard, Victoria Leyer and Rebecca Russell all scoring for Sprowston. Gorleston earning a 2nd successive point with Samantha Hunn netting twice along with a goal for Molly Sims.

  An 11 goal thriller between Stalham Town Ladies and Fakenham Town Ladies. Stalham in the end edging the result to take all 3 points, Sam King scoring a hat-trick for Fakenham amongst their goal scorers hitting 5 lost out the experience of Stalham’s Abbie Charlton and Joanne Hooper helping them to win the game the former on target for a hat-trick, Hooper scoring a brace the final score 6-5 Katie Clarke the other goal scorer.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

A total of 38 goals scored in Norfolk Women’s Division Two across 4 games. Beccles Town Ladies new to the league won 7-2 against fellow newcomers Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies on the opening weekend to top the league. Were at home this Sunday again taking on another new side Costessey Sports Ladies playing there 1st game. Plenty of goals scored 1st half Costessey Sports with 3 were trailing 5-3 at halftime Beccles going on to take control of the 2nd half pretty much as they did last weekend rattling in another 6 goals to win 11-3 keep them top of the table. Jordan Duke scoring 5 of their goals. Grace Storey and Chelsea Caplin both scoring a brace. Lucy Robbens also finding the back of the net.

 Two sides likely to be involved in the title challenge at the top of the table began their season’s this Sunday, Tavern Ladies and FC Sprowston Ladies. Tavern were at home taking on Freethorpe Ladies. Tavern leading 3-0 at the break went on to add 4 more 2nd half to start with a comfortable win. Jordie Head, Lucy Kean and Lucy Lincoln with 3 of their goals.

  FC Sprowston Ladies were away to the other Dereham based side in Division Two, Toftwood United Ladies, who came very close to folding during the summer, alot of effort put in to see them find enough players to begin the season no chance to get any pre-season games in and it was a big defeat to start the season as FC Sprowston settled and established hit them for 10. Laura Jenkins with a brace, Keri Boorman, Katie Fray, Rebecca Kirby and Nicole Read also amongst the goals.

  That still leaves 7 goals unaccounted for and they were scored in the final match to bring you with Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies hosting new side Gorleston Rangers Ladies. A tough season last time out Kirkley & Pakefield struggling for numbers were relegated from Division One. Started this season on a positive note a point in their opening game against Freethorpe. Were celebrating their 1st win of the season at the end of 90 minutes this Sunday beating Gorleston Rangers 6-1 to go 2nd. Sophie Martin getting 4 goals for Kirkley & Pakefield, Paige baker and Donna Parsons also getting on the scoresheet. 


The Round-Up – Suffolk 17/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th September

Suffolk Women’s Division

 Into the 2nd week of the season and 3 more sides get there season started two meeting with new side Hadleigh United Ladies hosting East Bergholt United Ladies a big win for the visitors that puts them top of the table scoring 5 goals in the 1st half adding 4 more in the 2nd to win 9-0. Annie Northwood scoring 5 of those goals for East Bergholt, the other 4 goals were scored by Georgina Longden, Jessica Quinsee, Cara Savage and Jessica Oxlade. 

   Moving straight into 3rd spot in the Suffolk Women;s Division table are another new face to join the league this season, AFC Kesgrave Ladies at home were taking in Ipswich Athletic Youth Ladies. Were 2-0 up at half-time, Kesgrave finished 5-0 winners 5 different goal scorers in the game with, Ashley Bustos, Georgia Clarke, Christy Fraser, Issi McCartney and Daisy Starsmoore all opening their accounts.

  Leiston St Margarets Ladies were defeated 6-0 on the opening day away to Brantham Athletic Ladies. This Sunday the bottom side scored 6 at home to beat Coplestonians Ladies the win lifting them up into 4th. 6-1 the final score. That leaves two sides yet to get started Bacton United Ladies and Walsham Le Willows Ladies. The former will be in action this Sunday in the League Cup, Walsham Le Willows finally get going in October.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 17/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th September

With it being an FA Women’s Cup weekend several side from the 3 divisions were still involved in the competition, that left a limited league programme with 4 games being played some big results in those however.

ERWFL Premier Division

One game in the ERWFL Premier Division, Colchester Town Ladies bottom of the table playing their 2nd league game of the season were hosting Lowestoft Town Ladies on Sunday. A great comeback from 3-1 down last time out in the league saw Lowestoft win 4-3 to pick up their 1st win of the season after a difficult summer and start to the season. Leading 2-1 at half-time Lowestoft went on to claim a 2nd successive league win to move them up to 5th in the table the final score 3-2 captain Hannah Waters claiming a 2nd successive hat-trick. Nancy Butler and Millie Wilding getting the goals either half for Colchester.

ERWFL Division One North

 3 wins from 3 games sees Histon Ladies return to the top of ERWFL Division One North winning away from home against Essex side Silver End United Ladies a narrow victory Histon claiming the 3 points courtesy of a 2-1 win goals from Sophie Hopkin and Alison Wright. Lisa Nepean scoring for Silver End who remain without a point on the board after 4 league matches.

Also on 0 points at the bottom of the ERWFL Division One North table are Ipswich Town Ladies Development a tough start to life at a higher level. Were at home on Sunday playing in an Ipswich derby against Ipswich Wanderers Ladies an experienced side at this level. Goals from Jess and Michelle Taylor-Allum along with a goal for Melissa Strickland seeing Ipswich Wanderers win 3-1 to move them into 3rd level with 2nd placed Wymondham on 7 points. Harriet Petley scoring for Ipswich Town Ladies Development.

ERWFL Division One South

In ERWFL Division One South, Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies claimed their 1st win of the season with a narrow 2-1 win away to fellow bottom side Hertford Town Ladies. Charley Handley scoring for Hoddesdon in the 26th minute. 1-0 the lead at half-time Hoddesdon had chances to go further ahead however it was Hertford who found the back of the net Donna Watts levelling the scores. Into the last 5 minutes of the game and Hoddesdon scored again Kristina O’Connell striking the ball into the back of the net to win the game.

The Round-Up – FA Women’s Cup 17/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th September

FA Women’s Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

20 sides from the East won through to 2nd Round Qualifying of the FA Women’s Cup. 11 ties featuring those sides scheduled to be played this Sunday. Acle United Ladies saw their home tie against Riverside Ladies postponed the visitors unable to raise a side. Awarded a home win Acle United progress into 3rd Round Qualifying where the side from FAWPL Division One enter the competition. Who would be joining them?

  Ten ties to bring you. Women’s Football East returned to The Ridgeon’s Stadium to watch Newmarket Town Ladies who beat Histon Ladies from ERWFL Division One North 4-2 in 1st Round Qualifying take on King’s Lynn Town Ladies from the same Division who were making their FA Women’s Cup debut this season starting with a 3-1 win away to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo Ladies. History to be make for both side never before playing in this round, fancied this game and I wasn’t disappointed, the match report can be found 2 posts down. 

  It was a fairly even contest for the opening 40 minutes or so before an error of judgement from Newmarket goalkeeper Dominika Szary handling outside her area saw her sent off Newmarket reduced to 10. King’s Lynn going on to capitalise captain Bethan Jones firing home right on the stroke of half-time. A player advantage King’s Lynn looked to be in control of the match as goals from Tiffany Forshaw and 16 year old Olivia Baker put them 3-0 up. Cue a fantastic come back from Newmarket. 

15 minutes left to play Abbi Griffin back outfield after stepping in to keep goal after the sending off with an ambitious strike from 40 yards out the ball flying over the keeper into the back of the net this was followed by a 2nd quickfire goal Jordanne Sillitoe blasting the ball in from the top of the box. Game on King’s Lynn struggle to find a response Newmarket fired up minutes left the ball fired in from the right is flicked on by Sillitoe into Brooke Wickens she sends her shot across the keeper to level it at 3-3. The tie heads into extra-time. Newmarket going on to take the lead Wickens with her 2nd a strike from outside the box. The home side see out the remaining minutes with just 9 as Sillitoe is shown a red for foolishly aiming a spit at an opponent, Newmarket hold on defending deep and celebrate a fantastic result to progress into the next round.

Newmarket’s opponents in the next round of the FA Women’s Cup will be another ERWFL Division One North side, Wymondham Town Ladies who knocked them out of the competition last season. They were at home in 2nd Round Qualifying taking on FA Women’s Cup debutants St Ives Town Ladies from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. The higher league side have gotten a fondness for the FA Women’s Cup in recent seasons and proved too strong on the day with Laura Wiseman scoring a hat-trick. Goals too for Betty Fretwell, Kayleigh Holloway, Mollie O’Callaghan and substitute Laura Nicholls for Wymondham as they ran out 7-1 winners.

Norfolk Division One side Bungay Town Ladies had progressed to 2nd Round Qualifying for the 2nd successive season. Were on the road down into Essex once again in the FA Women’s Cup to play Harlow Town Ladies reaching this round for the 1st time. Playing in ERWFL Division One South they were ran close by Bungay who gave it a good go Emily Leach scoring twice for them. Harlow Town emerging 3-2 winners however thanks to a brace from Chloe Bassett and a goal for Nicole Learner. A home tie awaits in 3rd Round Qualifying a good test taking on FAWPL opposition with Denham United Ladies the visitors.

Bishops Stortford Ladies in ERWFL Division One South this season were through to 2nd Round Qualifying for the 1st time after beating fellow league side Hertford Town Ladies in the previous round now they were away to ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Dunstable Ladies. Danielle Carty scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes to put Dunstable 2-0 up Charlene Moreton making it 3-0 before half-time. It was all Moreton 2nd half as she scored 4 more goals in the 2nd half to send Dunstable through 7-1 into the next round where they will be at home to Eastbourne Town Ladies.

A bye for Frontiers Ladies in the opening round of the FA Women’s Cup they ad a home tie against ERWFL Premier Division side AFC Sudbury Ladies in 2nd Round Qualifying the higher league placed side too strong for their opponents from the Essex Women’s Premier Division. Semma Halil scoring a hat-trick for Sudbury. Both Mia Etheridge and Megan Partridge getting a brace each along with a goal for Stacey Teager seeing them through with an 8-1 victory. An away trip to Enfield Town Ladies awaits in the next round.

  A big win away from home for ERWFL Premier Division side Bedford Ladies in 2nd Round Qualifying to set up a home tie against fellow Premier Division side Royston Town Ladies in the next round of the FA Women’s Cup. Taking on Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies. There was a hat-trick for both Natasha Fensome and Eden Kibron. Maya Sidhu and Michelle Byrne both netting 2 goals each. Jasmine Ajayi and Olivia-Rose Cunningham also both on target in a whopping 12-0 win.

It was an all ERWFL Premier Division clash in 2nd Round Qualifying between Colney Heath Ladies and Royston Town Ladies. The away side struggling for results in the league progressing in the FA Women’s Cup winning 4-0, Becky Shephard and Erin Davies both scoring twice to send Royston Town into the next round away to Bedford Ladies.

 Cambridge City Ladies progress to the next round of the FA Women’s Cup winning at home on Sunday against Kettering Town Ladies. Goals from, Stacey Fullicks, Charlotte Gillies, Emily Reed, Lauren Tomlinson and Sarah Mosley securing a 5-2 victory. At home again in 3rd Round Qualifying having been on their travels regularly in the competition last season have a decent looking tie against Ipswich Town Ladies from FAWPL South East Division One.

  A local derby and another all ERWFL Premier Division tie between Brentwood Town Ladies at home to Billericay Town Ladies as usual saw a competitive tussle between the two sides with the visitors ultimately claiming victory to progress into the next round of the FA Women’s Cup. Leah Cowan scoring two goals for Brentwood they were knocked out of the cup with Billericay winning 3-2 a brace for captain Lindsey Morgan along with a goal for Kirsty Knight seeing Billericay into the next round a tough game away t FAWPL South East Division One newcomers Leyton Orient WFC awaits.

  Lastly a tie between two sides not featured in The Round-Up very often as they don’t play in the leagues I regularly cover plying their game in the East Midlands regional leagues I do give the Peterborough based sides coverage however via social media was a Peterborough derby in 2nd Round Qualifying between EMWFL Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star Ladies at home to Division One South side Peterborough United Ladies. A hat-trick from Cassie Steward along with a goal for Emma Pollard seeing Star Ladies win the game 4-2. Will be at home in 3rd Round Qualifying hosting Acle United Ladies.

The draw for 3rd Round Qualifying featuring those sides from the region is listed below.

FA Women’s Cup 3rd Round Qualifying draw – ties to be played Sun 8th Oct

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies v Actonians Ladies

Cambridge City Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies

Maidenhead United Ladies v Luton Town Ladies

Cambridge United WFC v Norwich City Ladies

Peterborough Norther Star Ladies v Acle United Ladies

Harlow Town Ladies v Denham United Ladies

Wymondham Town Ladies v Newmarket Town Ladies

Enfield Town Ladies a AFC Sudbury Ladies

Godalming Town Ladies v Haringey Borough Women

AFC Dunstable Ladies v Eastbourne Town Ladies

Leyton Orient WFC v Billericay Town Ladies

Hassocks LFC v Stevenage Ladies

Bedford Ladies v Royston Town Ladies

AFC Wimbledon Ladies v Woodley United Ladies or Alton Ladies

The Round-Up – FAWPL 17/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 17th September

FAWPL Southern Division 

Crystal Palace Ladies leading the FAWPL Southern Division table were at home on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run against Coventry United Ladies who were looking for a positive result after suffering to successive narrow defeats in the league. Prolific striker Gemma Bryan was making her 50th appearance for Crystal Palace who despite creating chances couldn’t get the better of a resolute Coventry United defence the sides contesting a goalless draw. Crystal Palace remain unbeaten in the league on 10 points after 4 played.

New leaders at the top of the FAWPL Southern Division table as Charlton Athletic Women maintaining their own 100% winning start picked up maximum points at home to Queens Park Rangers Ladies on Sunday. Were leading 1-0 at half-time skipper Kim Dixson putting Charlton in front on 20 minutes. Charlotte Gurr go thing’s rolling for the home side as she doubled the lead just 4 minutes after the restart. Ellie Dorey scoring soon after to make it 3-0. Moving into the last 15 minutes of the game Charlton went on to score 4 more goals, Katie Flack on the scoresheet. Once again Kit Graham coming on as a 2nd half substitute collected a quickfire double with Hope Nash scoring in between her goals to see Charlton to a 7-0 win. 4 wins from 4 at the top of the table.

3 wins on the bounce for newly promoted Gillingham FC Ladies see them climb up the Southern Division table into 3rd position after a comfortable win at home to bottom club Swindon Town Ladies on Sunday. Jenny Newman opened the scoring for Gillingham after 12 minutes. Striker Kallie Balfour scoring two goals before half-time to see the home side leading 3-0 Balfour completing her hat-trick 15 minutes into the 2nd half captain Jade Keogh scoring to make the final score 5-0 in the final five minutes. Swindon’s search for league point and goal goes on.

Portsmouth had started the season well two victories in their opening matches lost 1-0 last time out at home to 10 player Charlton grabbing an injury time winner. Were away to Lewes FC Women this Sunday and it was late agony again as they lost a close and competitive match by a single goal scored by Lewes in the 85th minute Rebecca Carter grabbing the winner. A successive 1-0 win for Lewes against tough opponents sees them moving up the table. Into 5th position have announced this week the signing of goalkeeper Faye Baker formerly with Brighton along with Avilla Bergin the Northern Ireland International winger spending last season with Charlton.

Another side on the up in the FAWPL Southern Division are Chichester City Ladies, the South West Division One Champions into the top half of the table after picking up a 2nd successive league win at home to West Ham United Ladies on Sunday. The sides level at 0-0 at half-time. Cherelle Khassel giving Chichester the lead 2nd half. A brace from Charley Wilson-Blakely putting them 3-0 up then an assist for Jade Widdows to shoot and score from the top of the box to seal the 3 points winning 4-0 move up to 6th

FAWPL South East Division One

 3 wins from 3 saw Luton Town Ladies top of the league going into the weekend as they travelled down to Sutton United FC to play AFC Wimbledon Ladies who were on the move up the FAWPL South East Division One table with 2 successive wins after an opening day loss. Caroline Bisson scoring in the 14th minutes giving the home side a narrow advantage at half-time. Two quickfire goal 15 minutes into the 2nd half from Katie Stanley and Bisson with her 2nd putting Wimbledon in control of the game. Luton pulling a goal back through captain Zara Carroll. Wimbledon winning a 3rd straight league game 4-1 the final score Kelly-Jade Whelan with the late strike. Join Luton on 9 points moving in to 3rd spot.

  3 sides tied on 9 points at the top of the South East Division One table with Actonians Ladies moving back to the top over Luton with the superior goal difference gained from their opening games. Were amongst the goals again this Sunday at home to Norwich City Ladies. Actonians taking an early lead Norwich drawing level at 1-1 in the 12th minute Chelsea Garrett with the goal. After that Actonians took control Carla Williams, Alessandra Barreca and Mariko Eagles all scoring a brace in the game with Katrina Duncan also netting a goal, 7-1 up, Norwich pulled a goal back deep into stoppage time Aimee Durrant scoring a 7-2 win for Actonians.

Newly promoted Leyton Orient WFC are starting to find their feet at this level now 3 wins in succession in league and cup that sees them climb up to 4th in the South East Division One table. Have opening their season against some strong opponents too. This Sunday travelling up to Suffolk to play Ipswich Town Ladies who were undefeated with 2 wins and a draw from their opening 3 league games. Two goals midway through the 1st half from Lisa Holmbeck and Chanel Richards seeing the visitors leading 2-0 at half-time. Ipswich unable to pull a goal back in the 2nd half as they suffered their 1st defeat of the season.

Another side picking up a 2nd successive league win to start moving up the South East Division One table are Milton Keynes Dons Ladies. Away to Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday. The visitors leading by a single goal at the break. 2 more goals followed 2nd half for Milton Keynes Dons to secure a 3-1 win, Amelia Hazard with a brace along with a goal for Charly Wright seeing the 3 points secured. Donjeta Krasnici with the goal for Enfield who suffer a 3rd successive league defeat.

  Cambridge United WFC are now the only side undefeated in FAWPL South East Division One however they left it extremely late to evade their 1st defeat of the season away to Stevenage Ladies on Sunday. Cara Breckenridge with the goal to hand Stevenage Ladies the lead were holding on to the narrow advantage right up until the end of the game Cambridge winning a corner the ball sent in bundled into the back of the net by defender Emma Jenkins to see the points shared. 3 draws and win from their opening 4 games. Both making new signings this week with Ashleigh Deacon with Cambridge last season joining Stevenage. Cambridge signing Kelley Blanchflower the attacker helping Tottenham Hotspur Ladies to the FAWPL Southern Division title last season.

  Denham United Ladies got their 1st win of the season on Sunday as they travelled to bottom side Haringey Borough Women. A point from their opening game 2 losses have followed for Denham. A difficult start to life at a higher level for Haringey 3 straight defeats, a competitive contest between the sides especially 1st half Chontelle Lawrence giving Denham the lead on 14 minutes Haringey came back to level at 1-1 Jenny Banfield scoring to give Denham a 2-1 lead at half-time. Haringey getting it back to 2-2. Sophie Cheadle then found the back of the net twice for Denham to put them 4-2 up Annie Hewitt securing their 1st 3 points of the season in the last minute seeing Denham climb to 8th in the table.

Match Report – Newmarket Town Ladies v King’s Lynn Town Ladies

Sunday 17th September

Back to The Ridgeon’s Stadium in Newmarket for more action from the FA Women’s Cup, 2nd Round Qualifying this Sunday. Watching 2 sides in this round for the 1st time history will continue to be made for one or the other as Newmarket Town Ladies host King’s Lynn Town Ladies.

 Here a fortnight ago for 1st Round Qualifying Newmarket Town Ladies facing a tough test drawn at home to Histon Ladies from ERWFL Division One South a league above. Played well to win 4-2 and progress to the next round of the FA Women’s Cup for the 1st time. Face a team from the same league above them once again another tough test.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies also made history in the FA Women’s Cup entering for the 1st time were drawn away to Leicestershire side Oadby & Wigston Dymano Ladies in 1st Round Qualifying won the game 3-1 to advance to the next round. Are testing themselves at a higher level this season promoted to the ERWFL in Division One North have started well in the league too winning both their opening games. A blend of experience and youth, younger players ready to stake their claim for a place in the side.

  For both sides history has already been made in the FA Women’s Cup this season for one the journey will go on. The tie having to be settled on the day extra-time and penalties if required. Both sides have recruited players from Brandon Town Ladies who sadly folded before the season started situated between the two sides a few former teammates against one another today. Both are with out a few players today Newmarket without goalkeeper Eloise Hope, Dominika Szary normally an outfield player taking on the role between the sticks. King’s Lynn without a few big hitters, captain Shelley Woods and striker Josie Turner unavailable, Becky Russell often influential in midfield or attack sidelined through injury. 

The Ridgeon’s Stadium the venue for today’s FA Women’s Cup tie, a state of the art artificial playing surface one of the best around. The bar open a seated stand covered beside. Normally I prefer to stand on the opposite side of the pitch to watch the game but so far today it had been bright then overcast with the odd torrential downpour and with dark clouds looming 5 minutes before kick-off I made a hasty retreat to the stands… just in time too!

A retreat for cover was called for!

Newmarket Town Ladies starting XI – Dominika Szary, Yasmin Woodfield, Jess Linger, Ellie Marshall, Beth Woodfield (C), Laura Bailey, Cindy Ponder, Chloe Slater, Abbie Marshall, Abbi Griffin & Jordanne Sillitoe. Subs – Amanda Stacy, Sarah O’Rourke, Brooke Wickens, Lauren Deller & Jess Anderson.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies starting XI – Bryony Russell-Smith, Vikttorija Burkauskaite, Lisa Wilson, Shanice Burch, Albany Hodgson, Charlotte Griffith, Bethan Jones (C), Jade Kelly, Oksana Imanalijeva, Elle Bocking & Tiffany Forshaw. Subs – Louise Coggles, Michelle Stewart-Sheen, Georgia Reardon & Olivia Baker.

Heavy rain falling at the start of the game

The teams emerge from the changing rooms just as the heavens open a torrential downpour at kick-off. It’s King’s Lynn in their away colours of red shirts with white collar, sleeves and vertical piping, red shorts and socks to get the match underway 1st half. Newmarket in their home colours yellow shirts with blue shoulders, blue shorts and yellow socks. With the rain lashing down play is restricted to the middle 3rd the ball hotly contested in midfield, Newmarket winning the ball send it long to the left Abbey Marshall with the run fires the ball into the box a clean gather for King’s Lynn goalkeeper Bryony Russell-Smith at her near post. Space for Abbi Griffin to run into on the right as Chloe Slater picks her out taking the ball into the area right side flashes a cross along the six yard box Jordanne Sillitoe arriving far post can’t get anything on the ball.

Jess Linger playing at right back today comes on with the ball support from Slater ahead of her the ball on for Griffin breaking in behind right side once again going on Shanice Burch comes across to put in the tackle deny the cross. As quick as the rain came it abruptly ends. A positive start from Newmarket taking the game to King’s Lynn both sides are looking to use the width King’s Lynn break as Vikttorija Burkauskaite brings it on from right back up the line for Jade Kelly a well timed ball beating the offside trap Kelly burst down the line flashes a cross square along the top of the six yard box Tiffany Forshaw newly joined from after spending most of last season with Lowestoft Town Ladies along with being dual signed with Brandon tries to get their central throws herself forwards in a attempt gets something on the ball but not enough to deflect it into the back of the net wide. 

Newmarket Town Ladies, Jess Linger

Cindy Ponder with a well timed run from midfield receives the ball outside the box top left for Newmarket her shot charged down by Burch. The rain ha started to fall again the pitch a little slick, Abbey Marshall with a diagonal ball from the left into the box finds Sillitoe she attempts to drive in towards goal, Burch is on her shoulder, the striker loosing her footing as she shapes to strike the ball. 

Kelly charging forwards with the ball cuts a cross into the box deflected back out towards Burkauskaite arriving top of the area her 1st time strike is deflected wide for a corner on the right. A high ball into the six yard box Dominika Szary jumping through the crowd gets a glove on the ball knocking it wide to the opposite side in the area picked up by King’s Lynn’s Lithuanian International, Oksana Imanalijeva fires the ball back into the players lined up along the top of the area is knocked back towards goal Szary out to claim as a red shirt bears down on her, play is stopped by the offside flag.

 A free-kick for Newmarket wide on the right 30 yards out as Sillitoe is brought down. Linger forwards to take a good delivery into the six yard box dropping far post Albany Hodgson’s clearance goes straight to Griffin positioned central top of the six yard box an instinctive stab of the foot to turn it goalwards plants the ball straight into Russell-Smith’s gloves. Bethan Jones wearing the captain’s armband for King’s Lynn today is doing well in the middle of the park finding pockets of space to receive the ball and looking to pick out her wide players, Kelly and Imanalijeva. 

King’s Lynn Town Ladies captain Bethan Jones

  Russell-Smith comes rushing out of her area to challenge Sillitoe for the ball as the striker races clear in the left side, the deflected ball off her from the keeper runs straight to Griffin central doesn’t try to go for goal with Russell-Smith out of position instead lays it on to Laura Bailey up with her, by then King’s Lynn have the numbers back to nullify the threat. Launch a counter attack the ball through the middle on for Forshaw 20 yards out an early shot puts the ball wide of goal. Forshaw with a shot from further out moments later the ball through the middle she has half a yard on her marker 35 yards out takes on the strike her effort rising over the bar. A fast paced game fairly even so far without either keeper being tested as we close in on the half hour mark. 

The deadlock is very nearly broke by Newmarket, Griffin combining with Bailey in the middle the latter passing the ball forwards to the left picking out Abbey Marshall on the move the ball at her feet pushing into the box doesn’t rush her shot fires the ball across goal past Russell-Smith who turns the see the ball strike the base of her far post still in play King’s Lynn send the ball long. On for Kelly right side head down charges on coming inside looks to strike a shot in towards the near post coming at Szary fast she claims well at head height. King’s Lynn starting to build some momentum going forwards. Elle Bocking receiving the ball from Charlotte Griffith central turns to force her way into the area is stopped by Ellie Marshall.

Newmarket make a substitution Abbey Marshall coming off to be replaced by Brooke Wickens. Hodgson plays a great ball forwards from the back for King’s Lynn picking out Kelly getting free on the right pushing forwards cuts the ball inside towards the near post Szary well positioned to claim with Forshaw coming in right behind her. The same is repeated in the next attack as Jones picks out Kelly this time. A ball through the middle has Wickens bearing down on goal for Newmarket has Sillitoe right on her shoulder not sure if the two exchange touches of the ball but it’s Wickens who has the final strike from outside the box the ball just inches over the crossbar. 

Into the final 5 minutes of the 1st half and Newmarket are reduced to 10 as their goalkeeper is shown a straight red card. A cutting ball through the middle by King’s Lynn the Newmarket back line high up the pitch at times as they press forward as a unit. Forshaw running clear is after it does have it as Linger gets across to try and shield the ball, Szary coming out of her area goes down low to gather the ball into her gloves, a huge error on her part play stopped for the free-kick she his shown a straight red card. Griffin doesn’t hesitate she takes the goalkeepers jersey from Szary as she leaves the pitch heads for the goal as King’s Lynn set up for the free kick, Newmarket send players back to cover both posts. Kelly top of the D lays the ball to her right for Forshaw to strike sends it past Griffin, Ponder covering the far post is there to clear the ball.

Down to 10 Newmarket break up an King’s Lynn attack, Beth Woodfield playing it on through the middle Bailey to Ponder lines up a powerful drive from 30 yards out, skipping off the surface Russell-Smith going down to her right saves well pushing the ball away, Wickens racing in from the right the keeper scrambles across to smother the ball into her body at her feet. 

GOAL! The stale-mate is broken with the very last attack of the half. Imanalijeva with a powerful run on the ball down the left wing getting into the box looks to fire a cross into the middle, Marshall gets a boot onto the ball trying to cut it out deflected out of the area it’s a race between the no 8’s as Newmarket’s Bailey and King’s Lynn’s Jones race forwards after the lose ball favours Jones slightly shots from  20 yards plenty of venom on shot it flies past Griffin into the back of the net 0-1.

Half-time Newmarket Town Ladies 0-1 King’s Lynn Town Ladies

  Inclement weather throughout the 1st half has been a tense affair evenly matched for a while Newmarket hitting the post before being reduced to 10 late in the half, King’s Lynn getting their noses in front on the stroke of the half with the rain returning. Have the edge in the 2nd half now they have a goal and a player advantage. Headed for the bar wanted a cheeseburger but the kitchen wasn’t open so had to settle for a bag of crisps. A quick turn around at half-time the sides back out, Little did I know what the 2nd half had in store so much so there wasn’t time to eat a bag of crisps! Here we go!

 King’s Lynn with the kick-off 2nd half, Newmarket react positively with a strong start to the half winning possession of the ball. Having to abandon my crisps and get the notepad out in a hurry, Wickens with the ball left into the box Burkauskaite with her Russell-Smith rushing out towards the pair an infringement is spotted by referee Chris Abbott an indirect free as the ball is knocked back to Russell-Smith she handles the ball. Left of the box top corner Linger comes forwards the ball knocked into her she shoots plants the ball wide of the near post. 

A free-kick on halfway for Newmarket as Jones handles the ball. Linger sends the ball up into the top of the area defended the ball comes out to Bailey shifts it between her feet then lets fly from 25 yards out the ball straight at Russell-Smith. King’s Lynn make their 1st change, Bocking coming off up top for 16 year old Olivia Baker. Newmarket push on the ball knocked across field into Bailey 30 yards out control and turn to fire a diagonal pass back to the left for Wickens racing forwards into the area closing in on goal no way past Hodgson the defender winning the challenge. 


King’s Lynn Town Ladies, Tiffany Forshaw

GOAL!  King’s Lynn double their lead 12 minutes into the 2nd half breaking forwards the ball fire forwards from the left to the right takes a nick of defender Yasmin Woodfield that sends it on for Kelly to burst in behind on the right space to run into carries the ball on time to assess her options sends the cross along the top of the six yard box picking out Forshaw timing her run to perfection to turn the ball into the goal 0-2.

A blow for Newmarket but their heads aren’t dropping quickly attack straight from the restart winning a throw on the left the ball played into Slater outside the area a good way out shapes to shot has the keeper beaten the ball smashes against the crossbar stays in play Burch beating Sillitoe to the ball clears. The rain has stopped for now but the pitch has trapped a fair bit of moisture, players like sliding about however if they get the chance. 

  Griffin makes a great stop with her foot as King’s Lynn press forwards Forshaw out left with the ball takes it on putting the ball into the six yard box for Kelly strikes the shot goalwards Griffin with the reactive save the ball knocked out to her right goes the more orthodox goalkeeping route throwing herself at the ball to claim before Baker can get a follow up shot in. Ponder and Sillitoe exchange passes through the middle the ball long out to the left for Wickens her shot blacked deflected back into the D straight at Sillitoe her strike charged down. Newmarket make a change Ponder looks to have taken a knock comes off a tactical switch Amanda Stacy named as substitute goalkeeper on the bench coming on she takes the shirt back from Griffin who returns to her more familiar midfield position. 

A great ball forwards from Jones into Kelly on the right wing knocks it on before delivering a cross into the middle of the box Forshaw good control on her chest looks to drag the ball behind her and turn into the shot clever but both King’s Lynn centrebacks have read it and are on top of the striker even as her foot is raised back to strike the ball. 

 GOAL! King’s Lynn go on to extend their lead making it 3-0 putting them in control of the tie the ball worked with pace through the middle finds the feet of Baker outside the box in a bit of space, Stacy comes rushing out to the top of her area to close the angle Baker shows good footwork shifting the ball between her feet three times before slotting her shot past the keeper and on into the goal beyond 0-3.

Olivia Baker pictured with Newmarket’s Brooke Wickens scorer of King’s Lynn Town Ladies 3rd goal

A little under 75 minutes of the game played King’s Lynn make a double switch taking off both Kelly and Wilson. Manager Michelle Stewart-Sheen brings herself on going into left back, also coming on new signing Georgia Reardon another 16 year old like Baker formerly with Brandon Town Ladies. Newmarket make their last substitution too 3-0 down take off a defender Marshall bring on a striker Lauren Deller. Has been a competitive tussle between Sillitoe and Burch all game as Newmarket attack, King’s Lynn sitting off the ball the cross from the right by Griffin comes inside to Sillitoe right of the D flicks the ball over her shoulder and turns towards goal, Burch stays on her shoulder lunges forwards with a tackle to push the ball away from the striker. 

 GOAL! It’s a goal out of nothing for Newmarket but nevertheless and brilliant piece of skill from Griffin a throw on the right into her well over 40 yards out has King’s Lynn players around her but no challenge she sees the keeper off her line goes for goal good pace on her effort it is over Russell-Smith and into the far corner 1-3.

Newmarket Town Ladies, Abbi Griffin

 GOAL! Straight away from pulling one goal back Newmarket score another! Get the ball played forwards centrally into Sillitoe outside the box pulls the trigger a the ball scooped up and over the keeper to land in the back off the net the crowd in the stand leap to their feet as Sillitoe pumps her fists in the air 2-3 it’s game on! 10 minutes left to play.

Jordanne Sillitoe with the ball for Newmarket Town Ladies

Newmarket with renewed vigour press forwards Wickens a threat coming in from the right takes a shot on left of the D 20 yards out wraps her foot around the ball a low drive in towards goal Russell-Smith saves well getting down to the ball pushing it behind for a corner. A great delivery flies across the six yard box no one can get on the end of it however. For a comfortable 3-0 position King’s Lynn are defending a 3-2 lead the game has become stretched ed to end. Forshaw on the counter with a run left channel pulls the trigger from outside the box pulls the ball wide across goal. 

 Into the last 5 minutes a great save from Russell-Smith to deny Bailey as the Newmarket midfielder has a strike from inside the box right side as the ball is deflected into her path from a block after Deller has a blast from outside the box left side the ball fired into her the shot, heading for goal Russell-Smith tips the ball over onto the roof of the net. A corner on the right Newmarket load the six yard box a good delivery Russell-Smith climbing through them to punch the ball away towards the top of the area Griffin is there her low drive back in has too many bodies to go through deflected back to her leans back into another shot sends it over the bar.

 GOAL! Newmarket come back from 3-0 down to level the scores in 2nd half stoppage time, attacking down the right players breaking forwards through the middle Sillitoe with Slater and Wickens beyond her. The diagonal ball inside coming straight for Sillitoe outside the area a brilliant piece of skill to flick the ball on runs through to Wickens taking it into her stride into the box left of goal opens up her body to send her shot back across goal wide of the keeper to nestle into the back of the net at the far post 3-3. The crowd goes wild in celebration.

Moment’s left King’s Lynn mount on last attack Imanalijeva getting forwards with the ball on the left fires a cross into the box Forshaw diving throws herself at the ball can’t direct it on target. The 90 minutes are up the game goes into extra-time.

Full time Newmarket Town Ladies 3-3 King’s Lynn Town Ladies


   Just about enough time to get a few crisps into me before the extra period kicks off 15 minutes each way for either side to find a winning goal or the game goes to penalties. All the substitutions have been made two sides used to roll on roll off subs the FA Women’s Cup altogether different. Newmarket get the 1st half off extra-time underway. Bright sunshine now. The home side play the ball long looking for Wickens making a central run the ball claimed by Russell-Smith. 

Both sides go for it Newmarket finding extra energy after their come back. King’s Lynn looking to regain their momentum the ball is fired into Forshaw outside the area 25 yards a good turn to move the ball to her left and turn into a strike curls the ball wide of the top right corner of the goal. A little frustration on the pitch now Newmarket are chasing the ball down all over the pitch, Beth Woodfield winning the header inside the box from a King’s Lynn attack on the right. A few mis-timed challenges on the field now. 

  Imanalijeva with a powerful run left side closing on the box Beth Woodfield on her shoulder, Stacy rushing out of goal all three come together the ball deflected behind for a corner kick. Into the near post a head on the ball sends the ball across the face of goal everyone gambling near post the ball is cleared. A free-kick for Newmarket on half-way Linger playing it up into the box is knocked outside falling to Deller turns and strikes the ball runs wide a touch on the way through a corner kick, Russell-Smith again coming through bodies to punch the ball to safety.

 A vital interception by Linger at the back sticking a boot out to take the ball away from Forshaw 20 yards out the long ball almost certainly putting her through on goal. Linger sending the ball on towards the King’s Lynn area the clearance is sliced the ball running wide right for Deller her sights on goal she slips at the vital moment the chance gone. Forshaw is almost through again only to be denied by a last ditch tackle from Linger. Again Forshaw receives the ball 25 yards out Stacy seeing the threat comes racing out to the edge of her area Forshaw lobs her the ball bounces wide of goal. The 1st half of extra-time is over.

King’s Lynn get the 2nd period of extra-time underway lose possession the ball fed up top to Sillitoe moving left side into the box sends her strike wide across the face of goal. Newmarket are going for it down to 10 you wouldn’t know finding space left and right. Wickens on particular on the left getting down the line puts her cross into the side netting. Bailey into Sillitoe left side drives for the area inside pushed wide by Burch manages to squeeze the pass back in towards Slater inside the D her snap shot put wide of goal.

GOAL! The come back is complete Newmarket having looked strong since getting it back to 3-2 and then 3-3 score to take the lead in the 2nd period of extra-time. Wickens with the goal as she picks up the ball in the middle turning 25 yards out takes on Hodgson head down gaining half a yard lets fly plenty of pace on the ball, Russell-Smith getting down to her right as the ball goes across her gets her gloves to the ball but can’t stop it going into the back of the net beyond 4-3.

Brooke Wickens scorer of the winning goal in extra-time for Newmarket

The tensions are rising Newmarket running on adrenaline, King’s Lynn frustrated. King’s Lynn press forwards have 10 minutes to pull a goal back Imanalijeva sees her cross claimed by Stacy at the near post. Newmarket are reduced to 9 a moment of stupidity from Sillitoe a couple of 50/50 challenges with Burch earlier the pair dive in for the same ball on the halfway line both hurt, play goes on Sillitoe to her feet first Burch says something causing the attacker to turn and spit at her, the linesman is no more than 10 feet away and flags for the offence in front of the mainstand too. Stopping play the referee consults with his linesman and a red card is shown. 

Down to 9 Newmarket have there backs up against the wall as King’s Lynn press the attack numbers forwards the ball cut into the box for Forshaw left of goal six yards out stabs the shot wide at the near post before anyone sees she has been flagged offside. Beth Woodfield strong in her box gets her head to the ball as Reardon fires a cross in from the right. Late on Imanalijeva takes the ball on into the box from the right, Wickens with the challenge, Imanalijeva grounded protests the appeals waved away. A drawn out 2nd period of extra-time plenty of stoppages however King’s Lynn can’t find a goal to force penalties and Newmarket celebrate the win at the final whistle.

4-3 to Newmarket Town Ladies after extra-time a magnificent result to come back from 3-0 with just 10 players in the final 15 minutes of the game. To force extra-time and then score the winning goal. Reduced to 9 in the finish it could have cost them dearly, didn’t they are through to the next round when the clubs form FAWPL Division One enter the competition. Showed great character kept going scoring twice in quick succession to make it 3-2 was the turning point the energy they gained took away their player disadvantage. King’s Lynn comfortable at 3-0 couldn’t see out the game, never regained their dominance in midfield a tough defeat in the end lessons to be learned but no doubt they will and be better for it.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

It’s a really tough one today picking the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. Got to pick one however those are the rules I’ve set myself. Bethan Jones was fantastic in the middle especially 1st half. Newmarket battled hard as a team down to 10 then 9 late on everyone doing their part but I have chosen Brooke Wickens was a real threat after coming on on the left and drifting inside to pick up the ball, tracking back to defend to scoring the goal to bring it into extra-time then getting the winning goal.

 If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about the FA Women’s Cup over the years since I’ve been covering it is whatever the result is it puts a little more fire into a player and their team going forwards everyone loves the competition and there is something special about this one. Took me an hour and 15 minutes to eat a bag of crisps the football had me on the edge of my seat a thrilling match. My thanks to both clubs and Chris Abbott for their help with the teams today the draw for 3rd Round Qualifying will be made on Monday I can hardly wait.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 10/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th September

The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Women’s Football league begins with 25 sides across 3 Division’s. 9 in Division One with last season’s Champion’s Bishops Stortford Ladies moving up to the ERWFL. Northwood Ladies are a new face I know little about. Watton Ladies are promoted as Division Two Champions with Flitwick Ladies also promoted.

  8 sides in Division Two, Letchworth Garden City Eagles and Hitchin Town Ladies dropping down from Division One. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues and Evergreen Eagles promoted from Division Three. A new name in Division Two in Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires formerly Panshanger Ladies. 

  3 new faces in Division Three making up the 8 sides with a 2nd Welwyn Pegasus side the Azures joining along side Bedford Ladies new Development side and Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Evergreen Ladies and Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets dropping down from Division Two.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

St Albans Ladies hit the ground running in Beds & Herts Division One with a double figure home win on the opening day of the season. Got off to flyer against newly promoted Watton Ladies. Ellen Slater scoring in the 4th minute, Holly Rossington making it 2-0 2 minutes later Michaela Johnson then scored twice with Chloe Reeves on target for a 5th goal before half-time. More goals flowed 2nd half Johnson completing her hat-trick early on, Slater with her 2nd putting a penalty into the back of the net. Ellie Lovelock with a brace. Kiran Reyat scoring a goal too with Reeves going on to score a hat-trick the final score 12-1.

Sharnbrook WFC got their season off to a great start to away from home on Sunday against Sandy Ladies. Taking the lead in the 34th minute Hoffi Pursey scoring the goal. 1-0 the narrow lead to the visitors at break a different story 2nd half Charlie Mullins doubling the lead in the 58th minute Sharnbrook the ran riot Emily Clark netting 2 goals, with Emma Butler on target with 13 minutes left. Pursey with her 2nd goal of the game in the last 5 minutes Stephanie Hettle making it 7-0 in injury time.

  Northwood Ladies started their Division One campaign at home to last season’s League Cup Winners, Houghton Athletic Ladies. 2 goals each for, Leanne Jones and Francesca Webster seeing Northwood win the 3 points in a 4-1 victory. Sinead Borsah scoring the goal for Houghton Athletic.

   Flitwick Ladies back in Division One started the campaign with a tough game at home to Sherrardswood Ladies. Goalless at the break the sides both scoring 2nd half to take a share of the points, Sky Evans scoring for Flitwick, Sherrardswood’s goalscorer their captain Katy Jones.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires are a new name this season but containing a host of familiar names having formerly been Panshanger Ladies. Welwyn Pegasus have two sides entering the Beds & Herts Leagues this season, the Azures in the league below but by no means are they a 1st and Reserve/Development side. The Sapphires do contain a large majority of Panshanger’s 1st team squad from last season but with so many player on their books the new look and name change making perfect sense, and I like the names refreshing and new. 

  A positive start for the Sapphires beginning their season away to Royston Town Ladies Reserves. Chemise Huitson scoring a brace in the game with another goal from Ellie Burke to see them start with a 3-0 win.

  A Hitchin derby to start the season with Hitchin Town Ladies relegated last season hosting Hitchin Belles. A 2nd half brace for Amy Jack sealing a 2-0 win for Hitchin Belles to start their season flirted with the title last season, are they ready to mount a stronger challenge this season?

   The Blues and the Clarets have swapped leagues with Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues new last season winning the Division Three title with ease whilst the Clarets in Division Two were relegated. The Blues started the season away to fellow promoted side Evergreen Eagles returning to Division Two after being relegated the previous season. A tight game the sides earning a share of the points drawing 1-1. Samantha Feeney scoring for Evergreen Eagles, Bethany Young for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Bedford Ladies playing in the ERWFL Premier Division have established a new Development side this season entering Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three began the season with a convincing win away from home against Bedwell Rangers Ladies also new to the league this season. Kirsten Peters opening the scoring for Bedford in the 9th minute. Paige Abraham and Jessica Bunnage scoring in the 15th and 24th minute. Katy Peters and Becky Lenton making it 5-0 at half-time. Kirsten Peters scoring twice more in the 2nd half to complete her hat-trick with Bunnage adding her 2nd to see Bedford start with an 8-0 win.

Shefford Town & Campton Ladies started their 3rd season in Beds & Herts Division Three with a win away from home to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets and only their 2nd ever 3 point haul. A good win too with Louise Grocott scoring a brace, with goal each for Chloe Tate and Helen Coster to put them 2nd in the table. 4-1 the final score Maya Santos scoring for Woburn & Wavendon.

  Welwyn Pegasus Azures followed the Sapphires in the league above with an away win on the opening day of the season in their 1st ever competitive match taking on Potters Bar United Ladies. Goals from Janiece Allen and Samantha Coughlan in the 1st half. Allen adding a 2nd goal 7 minutes into the 2nd half and a goal form Senal Chapman in the final 15 minutes seeing the away side win 4-2. Mandy Morgan with both the goals for Potters Bar United.

In the last match to bring you in Beds & Herts Division Three, 1st half hat-trick for Sophia Pidgeon saw Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies start their season with a win at home to Evergreen Ladies. 3-1 the final score Kirsty Stephan with the goal for the visiting side.


The Round-Up – Essex 10/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th September

A late change to the league structure in Essex this season having initially seen an increase of sides going up to 30 a 3rd league was created with 10 sides in each sadly a 5 sides have since not gone on to start or in the case of Wickford Town Ladies 1st and Reserves side have folded.. for now at least that left 25 sides a adjustment has seen Essex revert back to 2 leagues 12 in the Premier Division, 13 in Division One including 7 new sides. 

Essex Women’s Premier Division

The adjustment saw both Hatfield Peveral Ladies and Harlow Town Reserves Ladies join the already promoted Corringham Cosmos and Frontiers Ladies in the Premier Division from Division One. Also restored to the Premier Division, Hutton Ladies Reserves. Harlow Town Ladies 1st team Champions last season move up to the ERWFL. A tough call to say who will win the title this time around both Frontiers and Corringham Cosmos will be strong contenders with Lawford Ladies emerging as a force last season. Chelmsford City are usually there or thereabouts too.

   Hatfield Peveral Ladies now promoted to the Premier Division couldn’t have gotten their season off to a better start beginning away to Chigwell Ladies. Yasmin Cowley opening the scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute made it 2-0 5 minutes later. Hatfield took control of the game with 10 minutes left in the 1st half Victoria King finding the back of the net. That was soon followed by two more quickfire goals for Cowley. A 5-0 lead at half-time Hatfield kept up the pressure 2nd half Megan Warner extending the lead to 6-0 with King going on to score 2 more to complete her hat-trick in between Cowley scoring her 5th of the game to see Hatfield Peveral win 9-0.

   Chelmsford City Ladies began the Premier Division season at home to Runwell Sports Ladies, Frances Murphy scoring in the 10th minute for the visitors, Chelmsford went into the break 2-1 in front. Went on to take control of the game in the 2nd half. Georgia James scoring 2 goals, Mia Brisley, Tyler Christou, Shannon Hughes and Charlotte Palmer all opening their accounts with the final score being 6-1 to the hosts.

  Frontiers Ladies formed last season finished as Division One Champions aswell as winning the Essex Women’s Trophy. Began life in the Premier Division with a local derby away to Harlow Town Ladies Reserves. Due to pitch issues the game was switched around. It didn’t affect Frontiers who were quickly in front Kelly Holsworth firing home from 35 yards. Jill Bartholomew scoring from a corner to see Frontiers into a 2-0 lead at half-time. Harlow Town Reserves pulled the score back to 2-1 in the 2nd half, Casey Lunn with the 25 yard shot. Frontiers were quick to respond Sharon Ferguson restoring their 2 goal lead. The 3 points secured late on with Freya Liiv on hand to score after Holsworth’s free-kick struck the crossbar.

Essex Women’s Division One

A huge influx of new sides joining the Essex Women’s County League with 7 new names in total. Both ERWFL Premier Division sides, Billericay Town Ladies and Brentwood Town Ladies have set-up a reserve side. Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies, Southend United Ladies, Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Rayleigh Town Ladies also come in along with the returning Hullbridge Sports after a season’s absence.

10 of the 13 sides in action on the opening Sunday and plenty of goals scored in those matches too. FC Clacton Ladies are the early table toppers hitting double figures away from home on the opening day. Entering their 2nd season were playing Benfleet Villa Ladies also beginning their 2nd season. Both Charlotte Warren and Lauren Lucas started the season by scoring a hat-trick for FC Clacton. The final score 11-0 the other 5 goals were shared out amongst, Louise Hayles, Abbie Hooper, Danielle Leonard, Sasha Moy and Daisy Hodgson.

Returning to the Essex Women’s Football league after a season’s absence Hullbridge Sports Ladies had previously enjoyed a successful if brief spell. Now back they have several off their old squad back along with some new faces joining from Wickford Town Ladies. Were away from home this Sunday beginning their season at another new side Billericay Town Ladies Reserves got off to a great start leading 4-0 by half-time went on t repeat that goals tally 2nd half to run out 8-0 winners. Broghan Kelly netting 4 of those goals. Danni Dorrington, Karley Hunt, Patricia McVeeney and Grace Francis also on target with a goal each.

Another new side racing into a 4-0 lead on the opening day was Southend United Ladies at home to Waltham Forest Ladies on the opening weekend. Ria Toovey breaking the deadlock on the 20th minute. Goals coming in regular intervals after that with Lauren Johnson scoring a brace on 25 and 40 minutes with Emily Pert scoring a goal in between. Substitutes Charlotte Anderson and Lily-Maree Halliday extended Southend’s lead in the 2nd half. Fanni Csikos getting a goal for Waltham Forest 6-1 the winning score.

Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies have been extremely busy on social media promoting their new side and finally the competitve action could begin this weekend rearing to go were hosting Brentwood Town Ladies new Reserve side. Dagenham & Redbridge enjoyed a good opening 45 minute holding a 3-0 lead at half-time closer 2nd half both sides scoring the final score 4-1 to Dagenham & Redbridge, Pauline Adeyemo scoring a brace with a goal each for Fran Pridie and Hannah Humphreys.

Another opening day game against 2 new sides to Division one was a good contest between Leigh Ramblers at home to Rayleigh Town Ladies with the home side eventually running out 4-2 winners Leigh Ramblers scoring 3 goals in the 1st half lead 3-1 Emily Diwell with 2 goals substitute Abi Brown also scoring with Paige White firing home from the penalty spot for Leigh Ramblers to win the 3 points. Holly Gash and Isabelle Wallings scoring the goals for Rayleigh Town.

Going to be an interesting league to watch this season with so many new sides now way to predict who will emerge as Champions several sides have that as their target no doubt.

Essex Women’s County Cup

Cup action in Essex too at the weekend with two ties being played in the Essex Women’s County Cup. A Preliminary Round, Beacon Hills Rovers Ladies from the Premier Division were hosting ERWFL Division One South side Little Thurrock Dynamos Ladies. A comfortable victory in the end for the higher league side despite Beacon Hill Rovers scoring 3 goals, Sophie Dowman netting a hat-trick for Little Thurrock. Captain Abbie Simmonds and Courtney Fraser both with 2 goals each. A goal for Taylor Adcock along with and own goals seeing them into the 1st Round with a 9-3 win.

  In the other Preliminary Round tie Alresford Colne Rangers were hosting Premier Division side Corringham Cosmos. 4 goals for Chloe Sams along with a brace for Rachel Fleming and a goal from Rebecca Gallagher seeing the visitors progress to the 1st Round with a 7-0 win.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 10/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th September

The women’s county league season began in Cambridgeshire this Sunday with their once again being 3 divisions the Premiership and Championships North & South. 24 sides all together with sadly a few drop-outs before the season began. 8 sides in each league. Think all 3 leagues will be competitive at the top with several sides in contention for top spot over the season.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Last season’s Premiership Champion’s Cambridge United WFC Reserves have moved up into Regional football. Bar Hill Ladies are no more hoping to set-up with a different club the move hasn’t happened this season. Joining the Premiership this season are March Town United Ladies and Cambridge City Ladies Development, Championship North & South Champions respectfully last season. 3 matches played in the Premiership on the opening Sunday. 

Netherton United Ladies finished runners-up in both the league and league cup final last season. Began this season away to Park Ladies. Captain, Megan Parrett scoring a hat-trick for Netherton with striker Yasmin Green bagging a brace on the opening day a goal too for Alice MacNichol seeing the visitors start the season with a confident win 6-0 to sit top of the pile.

  March Town United Ladies began life in the top flight in Cambridgeshire with a trip to Peterborough to play ICA Sports Ladies. Goals for Shannon Shaw and Emma Frost seeing March win the 3 points in their opening fixture to set them on their way. 

  St Ives Town Ladies were hosting Newmarket Town Ladies in their opening league fixture in the Premiership. Both were in confident mood having won their matches the previous weekend in the FA Women’s Cup 1st Round Qualifying. A competitive rivalry growing between the two sides both ambitious and wanting to win the Premiership title. Will also face each other in the Championship South this season with Newmarket having an established Reserves side, St Ives Town beginning a Development side this season. A close contest between the pair, Anna Hicks scoring for St Ives, it was Newmarket who won the 3 points on the opening day winning 2-1, goals for Cindy Ponder and new signing Brooke Wickens. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

Wisbech Town Ladies began their season in the Championship North with a huge away win as they played Orton Rangers Ladies starting their 2nd season moving from the Championship South last season. A tough start to life in the Championship North against a side that should if they can find some consistency be amongst those gunning for top spot. Certainly couldn’t have started any better running up a double figure winning score. Sophie Gutteridge starting her season with a double hat-trick. There was a hat-trick to for Chloe Riches. Faye Kowalewsky scoring a brace, with goals to for Shushannah Feast, Annie Rooks and Emma Woods the final score 14-0 to Wisbech.

A much tighter contest in the other opening day fixture in the Championship North with Ketton Ladies hosting Hungate Rovers Ladies. A 7 goal thriller between the sides Kesley McKenna scoring a brace along with a goal for Laura Punter for Hungate Rovers. It wasn’t enough to take anything from the match as Ketton scored 4 in reply to start the season with a 4-3 win.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

3 matches played in the Championship South on the opening weekend and a great start to the season for Cambridge Rangers Women in recent seasons at the wrong end of the table find themselves top after the opening day. Traditionally kicking off their home games at 11am were hosting new side Burwell Tigers. Robyn Barlow scoring a hat-trick for Cambridge Rangers along the way to an 8-1 win, 2 players netting a brace Rebecca Lewis and Cornelia Buettner with Stephanie Rowan also on the scoresheet. Vicky Murrell with the goal for Burwell Tigers.

  Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds began the season with an away game against Isleham United Ladies. Marie Stubbings getting Fulbourn’s season off to a fantastic start scoring 4 goals in the game with Katie Luddy and Yasmin Upson both scoring too in a 6-1 victory. Vicky Beeton netting for Isleham.

Newmarket Town Reserves began their season at home to the newly formed Histon Ladies Reserves. The visitors coached by Ian Freestone formerly of Milton Ladies has a few former Milton players in the Histon squad including a very familiar name to readers of The Round-Up, Kirsty Lemmon-Sparks a prolific goalscorer netting 71 goals in her previous 2 seasons. A close contest away to Newmarket, Dominika Szary and Kate Silver scoring for the home side. Samantha Cousins scoring twice for Histon along with a strike by Lemmon-Sparks to see the new side start with a win.


The Round-Up – Norfolk 10/09/17

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th September

The county season began in Norfolk this Sunday with the women’s league reverting back to 2 Division’s after a couple of seasons of having 3. 19 sides overall contesting this season with 10 in Division One a move that see’s most of the sides formerly in Division Two last season join the Division One sides along with Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves who won Division Three last season. Those in Division Three last season are all in Division Two this time around with 5 new sides entering the league most stepping up into adult football from U16s last season. 9 sides contesting Division Two.

Norfolk Women’s Division One

 Eight of the 10 sides in Division One kicking off their campaign this Sunday. League Champions, Thorpe United Ladies and Aylsham Ladies the pair not in action. An excellent season last time around for Bungay Town Ladies finishing runners-up as well as lifting the Ladies League Cup. Were at home in their opening fixture taking on Stalham Town Ladies

Lauren Purling

stepping up a Division. Bungay had already begun their season beating ERWFL Premier Division side, Colchester Town Ladies in the FA Women’s come. A brace from Nicola Hazell, along with a goal each for new signings, Becky Hills and Selina Rowland along with a goal from both Laura Holden and Lauren Purling seeing Bungay comfortably to a 6-0 to begin their league fixtures. The game along marked the end of their spell at the club for two of Bungay Town Ladies player moving on, Ella Hindley and Lauren Purling, manager Graham’s daughter who is set to join the army after 10 years playing for the club. Best of luck to both in the future.

  Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves make the leap from Division Three Champions last season their 1st as a side with the ambitious club moving up to Regional football. Far from a leap too far however the Reserve side will be a competitive force in Norfolk’s top Division as it contains a good portion of the title winning side of 2015/16 plenty of experience at this level and some familiar names were on the scoresheet on the opening day as they hosted Long Stratton Ladies at home on Sunday. Sally Hammerton finding the back of the net to score 4 half of Wymondham’s tally with Hannah Johnson scoring a brace with a goal a piece for Louise and Gemma Hamilton-Rout an 8-0 victory that puts Wymondham top of the table.

Two more sides that are likely to be competitive and aiming high in Division One are, Gorleston Ladies off the back of two successive league titles and North Walsham Ladies who had a strong start in Division One last season following promotion eventually falling away at the end to finish in 5th position. The pair meeting on the 1st day at Emerald Park in Gorleston the result a high scoring draw North Walsham scoring 3 times with Emma Faux, Robyn Johnston and Luci Middleton getting off the mark. Gorleston scoring 3 too the game drawn the clubs top goalscorer, Beth Turner beginning the season with a hat-trick.

Sprowston Ladies step up from Division Two last season the League Plate finalists one of two Sprowston sides joining the leagues this season with FC Sprowston Ladies in Division Two. Were away to Fakenham Town Ladies on the opening day. Sprowston leading 2-1 at half-time going on to find a 3rd goal 2nd half to secure an opening day win. Paige Barnard, Rebecca Russell and Calista Tink scoring their goals.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Of the 9 sides contesting Division Two this season 5 are new, FC Sprowston, Gorleston Rangers Ladies, Costessey Sports Ladies, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies and Beccles Town Ladies. They join Freethorpe Ladies, Tavern Ladies and Toftwood Ladies along with Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies relegated from Division One last season. It was Norfolk Division Two where this weekends match report for Women’s Football East came from and can be found further down the page after this weeks Round-Up’s. A look at two of the new sides both very young, Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies stepping up from youth football mostly 16 year olds hosting newly formed Beccles Town Ladies not much older on average themselves.

  The bare 11 for Bure Valley, Beccles with a couple of substitutes to rotate. A competitive and good spirited 1st half Beccles had the early chances more of the attack however they found themselves going 1-0 down with Charlie Cooper putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net for Bure Valley. Beccles didn’t take long to find a reply Lucy Robbens sending the ball in across goal from inside the box to make it 1-1. Again Bure Valley got in front Cooper with her 2nd following a run with the ball unchallenged shooting from the top of the area made it 2-1. Robbens followed cooper in netting her brace in the game winning a free-kick wide left captain Megan Vincent delivering a high ball in towards the far post Robbens peeling in behind turning the ball into the back of the net. 2-2 at half-time.

Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies (navy) v Beccles Town Ladies

A different story 2nd half Beccles taking the lead for the 1st time in the game early on Chelsea Caplin receiving the ball off a deflection inside the area firing a shot up over the keeper into the top of the net. Bure Valley were down to 10 players due to illness. The game getting stretched Beccles counter attack won a penalty Jordan Duke brought down inside the box. Robbens stepping up to score her hat-trick a 5th goal soon followed Grace Storey turning a Robbens free-kick in at the far post. Duke sent a shot past the advancing keeper to make it 6-2 before Caplin with her 2nd of the game fired in a great strike from outside the box. 7-2 the final score Beccles Town wining their 1st ever competitive game.

One other fixture played on the opening weekend in Division Two, with Freethorpe Ladies with a new coach and new signings hosting Kirkley & Pakefield FC Ladies. It was one of their new signings who gave Freethorpe a 1-0 half-time lead. Kiera Squires joining from Aylsahm Ladies out all last season after breaking her ankle sending the ball into the back of the net. Kirkley & Pakefield got themselves back on level terms to see them take a share of the points on the opening day welcome after a difficult time last season. Paige Baker with the goal.