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The Round-Up – Suffolk 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

Suffolk Women’s County Cup

 The County Cup action continues with the Suffolk Women’s competition too at the 2nd Round stage, 8 ties drawn out of the hat (it might have been a bag I’m just guessing) all vying for a place in the quarter finals, Ipswich Town Ladies dominating in recent season’s have an iron grip on the trophy. Progressed with an away win to make the last 8 this time around. Haverhill Rovers Ladies and Needham Market Women also progressing courtesy of home wins that left 5 ties to be decided on the pitch in Sunday. 

  AFC Sudbury Ladies were Ipswich Town Ladies opponents in last season’s final. They were drawn at home to Suffolk Women’s Division side, Leiston St Margarets Ladies in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. A tough start to the season in the ERWFL Premier Division, AFC Sudbury proving the stronger side on the day gaining a positive result to reach the quarter finals of the competition. Carmen Joyce scoring a brace, their were goals to for Charlene Roach-Smith, Emma Paveley and Emma Squirrel in a 6-0 home win.

   Two sides have started the Suffolk Women’s Division win a 100% winning start both entering the Suffolk Women’s County Cup at this weekends 2nd Round stage, defending champions East Bergholt United Ladies with an away trip to Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies who have graced the pitch at Portman Road itself in a recent final in the County Cup, East Bergholt are scoring plenty of goals whilst not shipping many at the other end so far this season and that form continue into the County Cup as they can away win a 4-0 win to reach the quarter finals.

   Brantham Athletic Ladies too have started the season well a 100% winning start in the Suffolk Women’s Division neck and neck with East Bergholt at the top of the table, were at home in the 2nd Round of the County Cup taking on Bungay Town Ladies who themselves have endured a tough start to the season in Norfolk Women’s Division One as they begin the defence of their league title, the small shoots of recovery beginning last weekend. Brantham Athletic starting the game the better getting themselves into a strong 3-0 lead, Bungay with 2 players on debut and 3 just 16-years-old fought back to 3-2 thanks to goals from Leanne Smith and Imogen Mcgregor on her debut from the penalty spot, before Brantham Athletic settled the game scoring from a free-kick to win the game 4-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

  Woodbridge Town Ladies were hosting Beccles Town Ladies in the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup at the weekend, Beccles taking an early lead, Woodbridge responding quickly to level the scores. Both scoring again in the 1st half the tie remained all square at half-time no further goals 2nd half the tie heading into a penalty shoot-out, Woodbridge emerging 3-2 winners in the shoot-out to book their place in the last 8 in their debut season. Rosie Cook and Fran Heaney scoring for Beccles.

   An all Suffolk Women’s Division clash saw Brettvale Ladies hosting Coplestonians Ladies in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. The visitors advancing with a 4-1 win to complete the quarter final line-up. Another intriguing last 8 in the competition will be waiting with interest to see what the draw brings up.  


The Round-Up – Essex 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

Essex Women’s County Cup

The Essex Women’s County Cup reaching the 3rd Round stage this Sunday, there was however one 2nd Round tie to be settled with Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves from the Premier Division hosting, Rayleigh Town Ladies from Division One. Rayleigh scoring plenty of goals this season getting the better of their higher league opponents to set up a home tie in the 3rd Round next Sunday with Hullbridge Sports Ladies. Top scorers and captain Isabelle Wallings adding another 2 goals to her tally. Megan Harley getting a goal takes her to 11 for the season whilst Millie Arnold struck for the first time this season as Rayleigh won the match 4-0.

Onto the 3rd Round itself a place in the quarter finals of the competition up for grabs. Premier Division leaders Leigh Ramblers Ladies were at home taking on fellow league side, Chelmsford City Ladies. The league leaders in a great run of form 7 straight wins continued that form into the County Cup, their young side emerging the winners with a 5-0 result to book their place in the quarter finals.

  Another young side doing well in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this season are Harlow Town Ladies Development unbeaten in the league were at home to Division One side, FC Clacton Ladies in the 3rd Round of the County Cup this Sunday. A strong performance from Harlow Town’s Development side playing at the Harlow Arena as they reach the last 8 of the County Cup courtesy of a 17-0 win.

   Also in the 3rd Round of the Essex Women’s County Cup it was Hutton v Hutton as the clubs were drawn to face one another in the competition the first team playing in ERWFL Division One hosts taking on the young guns of their Reserves. The Reserves making the 1st team work for the win, Vicky Kinsman is in fine form in front of goal for Hutton this season and she was on target for another two goals in the County Cup to see the 1st team through to the quarter finals. The draw for those to be make Wednesday evening. 

Essex Women’s Trophy

One of two ties played on the 1st Round of the Essex Women’s Trophy this Sunday with 6 other sides receiving a bye through to the quarter finals of the competition. Premier Division side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies at home to Division One side, Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves. A good result for the home side reaching double figures with 3 players all opening their accounts for the season, Demi Cassie finding the back of the net for 4 goals. Amber Long also netting a brace for Beacon Hill, Xanthe Davis getting on the scoresheet, Jo Smeaton with two goals one from the penalty spot, as the hosts ran out 10-0 winners to progress.

Essex Women’s Division One

One fixture played in the league itself this Sunday in Division One, Billericay Town Ladies Reserves away to Leigh Ramblers ladies Reserves. Goals from Rachel Armstrong-Morris, Emilia Dingwall and Karen Stephanou along with 1st goals of the season for Gemma Curtis an Nicola Carty securing a 5-0 win for Billericay their 8th of the season putting them back to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

It was County Cup action all the way across the country this weekend and the East was no exception with most competitions at the 2nd Round stage (Essex into the 3rd Round). Plenty of interesting ties out there some games one sides other very close and a just a few upsets. Two of those coming in the Norfolk Women’s County Cup with 7 2nd Round ties taking place on Sunday. Aylsham Ladies receiving a bye straight to the quarter finals.

   With plenty of games to choose from it was a good decision to settle on a tie early on so it was back to The FDC Flegg for Women’s Football East this Sunday to watch Acle United Women from the ERWFL Premier Division take on high league opponents, Norwich City Ladies stalwarts of the league above the FAWNL South East Division One. Was treated to a fantastic game of football, Norwich starting well, it was Acle who had the first opportunity on goal, captain Megan Todd through on goal sending the ball wide of goalkeeper Hope Armstrong as she closed her down the ball rolling wide of the post. Norwich going on to get the lead a long range shot palmed down in the box, Natasha Snelling the quickest to the ball putting Norwich 1-0 up. The game ebbed and flowed both sides enjoying spells of pressure Acle getting back on level terms Grace Birchall meeting a Todd cross at the top of the area to send the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1.

All square at the break. Norwich were temporally reduced to 10 as the County Cup sees the new sin-bin offence applied, Ellie Smith the recipient. That said it was Norwich who retook the lead in this spell, Kathryn Stanley receiving the ball of a throw-in left side turning inside to close on the area a strike a looping shot in from 20 yards out over the keeper and into the goal beyond, 2-1 up. Again Acle pulled the scores level, Birchall a constant threat up front played in from direct play in behind beating the keeper to send the ball home to make it 2-2. The game could have gone either way both sides positive till the end at the death Norwich were attacking Acle countered Birchall peeling away into space closing in on the area shooting her shot deceiving the keeper and running on into the goal to put Acle 3-2. Now time left for Norwich find a reply as Acle reaching the final last season progress into the quarter finals.

Grace Birchall completes her hat-trick and wins the game at the death for Acle United Women

Wymondham Town Ladies were the side to beat Acle United Women in last seasons final to lift the Norfolk Women’s County Cup for the first time. Awarded an away win in the 1st Round draw were drawn away to Bulldogs Ladies in the 2nd Round a daunting tie to the side currently bottom of Norfolk Women’s Division Two a huge gap between the sides it would have been an easy call to forfeit the match but full credit to the Thetford based side for giving it a go. Wymondham promoted to the ERWFL Premier Division this season have a strong attacking line-up and the goal GIFs were out in force this Sunday.. the dance moves… interesting in themselves. Both strikers Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters were celebrating first half hat-tricks. Mollie 0’Callaghan getting a brace, whilst Alice Ladbrooke, Chelsea Clarke had a goal  each to their name, Waters hitting a 4th as Wymondham reached double figures before half-time. 

  More of the same followed 2nd half, Alice Collins netting a brace. Nicholls scored her 4th of the game. Waters completing a double hat-trick. Captain Rachel Cossey claiming a goal. Rebecca Russell hit the back of the net twice her 1st goals for Wymondham. Clarke getting a 2nd,Leah Newcombe also scoring with O’Callaghan completing her hat-trick at the end as Wymondham ran out 22-0 winners.

It was also progress in the Norfolk Women’s County Cup for the 3rd ERWFL side competing in the regional leagues for Norfolk, King’s Lynn Town Ladies the Division One side at home to Dereham based side Tavern Ladies in the 2nd Round of the competition. Two leagues between the sides, King’s Lynn started well, Natalie Wright scoring twice as the home side built up a 4-0 half-time lead. Tavern pulling a goal back in the 2nd half with Katie Hart-Copsey on target, King’s Lynn adding two further goals to win the game 6-1. Wright completing her hat-trick, Tiffany Forshaw with 2 goals and one for Rochelle Woods.

A 100% winning start in the league for Fakenham Town Ladies, at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division Two, they were drawn away in the County Cup 2nd Round to fellow Division Two side, Gorleston Rangers Ladies. A recent 4-1 home win in the league for Fakenham against the same opponents a different story this weekend as Gorleston Rangers got themselves into a 2-0 lead, Fakenham fighting back pulling a goal back through Fanny Dankskanen it wasn’t enough as Gorleston Rangers won 2-1 to see Fakenham suffer defeat for the 1st time this season.

Also progressing from Norfolk Women’s Division Two, in the Norfolk Women’s County Cup are Taverham United Women. At the top tussling with Fakenham, Taverham too themselves are unbeaten this season new to woman’s football this season, were away to fellow league side Horsford Women in the 2nd Round, reach the quarter finals of the County Cup with a comfortable 9-0 win.

Thorpe United Ladies the current leaders of Norfolk Women’s Division One are two times winners of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup were at home in the 2nd Round of the competition taking on fellow league side Gorleston Ladies. Both side scoring twice in the match the scores were tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes. Into extra-time and neither could find the winning goal to send them through into a penalty shoot out Thorpe edged it 5-4 to advance into the quarter finals.

Last but not least Freethorpe Ladies from Norfolk Women’s Division Two were hosting Division One side, Sprowston Athletic Ladies in the 2nd Round of the County Cup. The higher league side finding a winning formula with 3 successive wins in league and cup extended that run to 4 with an away win on Sunday. Laura Jenkins scoring 4 goals in the game her 1st of the season in just her 2nd start. Olivia Leggett was also on target with a goal in a 5-0 win to see Sprowston Athletic Ladies into the quarter finals. An intriguing last 8 it will be interesting to see what the draw throws out.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

ERWFL Premier Division

As with the previous Round-Up the ERWFL fixture list like the the FAWNL was severely reduced due to clubs scattering to take part on their various County Cup competitions at the weekend with just the two games taking place across the 2 divisions. 

  In the Premier Division, Harlow Town Ladies were playing host to AFC Dunstable Ladies, Goals from Abbey Dell, Olivia Steele and Tayla Handscombe seeing Harlow score 3, but a battling display from AFC Dunstable saw them earn a 5th point of the season as they drew 3-3 thanks to 2 goals from Storm Sherry Burrows and a 1st goal for defender Tanya Blacksley. The point seeing both move up a place Harlow Town back into the top half of the table.

ERWFL Division One 

 All very tight in the top half of the ERWFL Division One table and with just the one fixture taking place this Sunday 2nd spot was up for grabs as Bowers & Pitsea Ladies hosted fellow Essex side Hatfield Peverel Ladies on Sunday. Sluggish in the first half, Hatfield Peverel were holding Bowers & Pitsea to a goalless draw at the half-time interval. A better start to the 2nd half for Bowers & Pitsea however as they broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, Danielle Styles scoring to fire them into the lead. The advantage doubled just 6 minutes later with Sophie Dowman scoring to make it 2-0. Into the final 15 minutes as Abbie Simmonds found the back of the net to make it 3-0 an secure the win for Bowers & Pitsea a put them 2nd in the table. Undefeated in 4 league games now including 3 wins. A couple of big games coming up, 1st up in midweek this Thursday are at home to Charlton Athletic Women in the quarter finals of the Bostik Women’s Cup. Followed on Sunday with a home game against the league leaders Stevenage Ladies Reserves. 

The Round-Up – FAWNL 18/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 18th November

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

A County Cup weekend across the country this Sunday with many sides competing in their respective competitions, their being a much reduced league fixture list as a result. Just the two matches played in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

 League leaders Chichester City Ladies travelling to 3rd placed Watford Ladies this Sunday, three successive defeats in league and cup for the hosts seeing them lose ground on the leading pair, Chichester & 2nd placed Coventry United Ladies. Watford taking an early lead in the game the ball played on into the area, Chichester no dealing with it, Danielle Scanlon getting a touch to turn the ball into the back of the net in the 15th minute. The sides going on to contest a close encounter, Watford defending their lead, the goal the difference as they returned to winning ways to close the gap to the top two.

 Also closing the gap on the leading pair are 4th placed Loughborough Foxes Women as they record their 4th successive league win (5 including the cup). Were at home taking on Cardiff City Ladies, a single goal as above the difference between the sides coming early in the game, Rebecca Knight getting in on a cross to put Loughborough ahead in the 13th minute. Cardiff came close to getting back on level terms but the hosts creating further chances themselves held onto the advantage to win the game to open up a 3 point gap between themselves and 5th placed Oxford United Women.

Match Report – Acle United Women v Norwich City Ladies

Sunday 18th November

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

  County Cup weekend across the country, Women’s Football East returning to The FDC Flegg to watch Acle United Women for the 2nd time in a fortnight as they take on higher league opponents Norwich City Ladies this afternoon. 

  A trophy both sides have held aloft the Norfolk Women’s County Cup enters the 2nd Round stage, with 2 of the favourites drawn together. Acle United Women winning the County Cup 4 seasons ago, were finalists last season losing to Wymondham Town Ladies. Competing amongst the title challengers in the ERWFL Premier Division will be confident going into today’s match against Norwich who play in the league above the FAWNL South East Division One.

  The Norfolk Women’s County Cup becoming a stand alone competition having previous been in union with Suffolk in the 2011/12 season. Norwich City Ladies dominating those early years winning it on 3 successive occasions. A spell of non competition in the County Cup before making a return last season. That return short-lived as they were beaten away from home at The Walks by King’s Lynn Town Ladies. Norwich have grown since changes to the coaching set-up and structure, are in a stronger place this time around, will expect a challenging game at Acle’s home ground.

  The FDC Flegg in Martham, an all weather surface, a small pitch supporters able to stand on one along one side. The dugouts moved to the opposite side of the pitch to allow for a better view. Hot drinks available, will be needed as winter draws ever closer. Both sides supporting Stonewall’s, Rainbow Laces campaign. Close to the coast a chilly breeze making it feel cold the sunny bright low in the sky.

Acle United Women starting XI – Amy Bell, Anna Larkins, Luka Goodfield, Kate Pasque, Chloe Shields, Broghan Scully, Amber Rowland, Lauren Bullard, Megan Todd (C), Grace Birchall & Rhianne Brister. Subs – Naomi Cooper, Ciera Flatt & Grace Parker.

Norwich City Ladies starting XI – Hope Armstrong, Tigi Robson, Alice Parker, Sasha Diston (C), Eliza McDonald, Millie Daviss, Ellie Smith, Aimee Durrant, Kathryn Stanley, Natasha Snelling & Rosie George. Subs – Summer Rogers, Victoria Pleavin & Abigail Tate.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  A few players missing for Norwich, Jodie Drake and Kate Parsons suspended, whilst striker Chelsea Garrett was out through injury, Olivia Mungham-Gray unavailable for Acle. Amy Bell keeping goal for Acle celebrating her birthday. It’s Norwich with the kick-off 1st half, wearing yellow shirts, green shorts and yellow and green socks, Acle lined up opposite wearing black and white vertical striped shirts black shorts and black and white hooped socks. 

Aimee Durrant on the ball for Norwich City Ladies

  A probing start from both sides putting the ball up into the opponents half without much penetration. Ellie Smith with the ball at her feet driving on for Norwich moving right works her way into the box her near post ball cut out by Chloe Shields for the corner, defended Acle hit Norwich on the break captain, Megan Todd carrying the ball on through the middle into the Norwich half spots Lauren Bullard running clear on the right wing plays the pass over the top into her path as she continues to make her way forwards receiving the return ball as she arrives in the box, closing in or goalkeeper, Hope Armstrong, squeezes the shot past her as she slides in at her feet, the ball running narrowly wide of the post.

Norwich’s Millie Daviss tackles Acle captain, Megan Todd

   Smith busy early on getting forwards to press the Acle defend stealing possession 20 yards out shifts the ball to the right before having a strike at goal her effort wide. Tigi Robson winning the ball at the back for Norwich on the right plays the pass forwards for Natasha Snelling 25 yards out lays it out to Aimee Durrant hugging the right tough line bursting forwards she sends a cross in long across the six yard box, Kathryn Stanley up at the far post gets her head on the ball can only direct it back across the area, Shields getting it away for Acle.

   Todd picks out Grace Birchall as she gets away in behind on the left wing sends the cross into the area, Norwich defending. A good tempo early on, Norwich pressing the ball, Durrant an outlet on the right keeping wide receiving the ball getting another cross into the area, Kate Pasque winning the header to clear for Acle this time. Broghan Scully coming on with the ball at her feet through the middle for Acle out to Birchall cutting inside from the left 20 yards out her shot low in towards the near post saved by Armstrong getting down to her right to push it behind for the corner. Armstrong claiming the ball for the set-piece.

Kate Pasque winning the ball for Acle United Women

  Norwich with the ball on the left Stanley playing it back to full-back Alice Parker, she plays a long diagonal ball out to the right hoping the send Durrant clear in on goal, a little too much on the ball. Amber Rowland getting hold of the ball in the middle for Acle a driving run forwards, Norwich converge too many bodies to get through. 

  GOAL! Norwich take the lead have the ball out on the left moving into the Acle half a shot it lined up from distance a rasping effort driven in on target, Acle goalkeeper, Amy Bell doing well to glove the ball down, Snelling alert quickest to react on the follow-up getting onto the ball to send it into the back of the net 0-1.

Natasha Snelling putting Norwich into the lead.

   Acle look for a quick response after falling behind push on into the Norwich half Birchall on the ball left side fires a fierce cross across the top of the area, Rowland making a good run just not quite able to take it in her stride, Norwich getting the ball safely back to Armstrong. The visitors hit Acle on the counter attack, Smith travelling at speed keeping the ball close to her feet as she drives on through the middle, slides a perfect ball in behind for Rosie George top of the area she opens up her body to send the ball past Bell as she comes sliding in, the ball running past her striking the post, the Acle defence scrambling it away.

Norwich City Ladies, Ellie Smith

   Acle make a substitution, Rowland coming off on comes Ciera Flatt. A 2nd change soon follows, Rhianne Brister coming off for Naomi Cooper which sees Birchall move into a central attacking position. Norwich captain, Sasha Diston with a good ball forwards aiming to play Durrant in behind on the right, Pasque coming across tackling and winning the ball for Acle. Snelling is clipped, brought down as she pushes on towards the area a free-kick 20 yards out Snelling over it herself goes for goal a clipped effort that isn’t too far over the bar. 

Acle United Women’s captain, Megan Todd

  Todd sends a pass long for Bullard on the right, the cross dealt with by Norwich out to the left side, Cooper pressuring the ball regains possession carries it inside before sending a curling effort in towards the Norwich goal, does too much swerving in towards Armstrong who takes it in her midriff. 

 GOAL! Half an hour gone and the home side level the scores good build up play central the ball played out to Todd out on the right wing breaking forwards squares the cross back in to the top of the area Birchall with the run a great touch as she slides in to send the ball wide across the diving keeper and into the bottom corner of the net 1-1.

   Norwich’s turn to put pressure on from the restart getting bodies forwards, Acle defence a little frantic as they manage to get the ball clear of the area. Abigail Tate has come on for Norwich replacing George in attack. Snelling right channel 20 yards out support from Daviss the two combining in front of the area, Daviss getting the ball past the challenge from Pasque her attempt at goal held by Bell at her near post. 

Norwich City Ladies, Tigi Robson

   Durrant with a strong run on the right wing lays a cross in with pace across the top of the Acle area, Tate bursting forwards can’t quite pick it up in her stride. Norwich with a 2nd change Summer Rogers coming on for Snelling. Scully with a piece of great defending for Acle getting across the the right to stop Durrant crossing in the corner wins her side a goal kick. Birchall with good work in the middle putting pressure on the Norwich back-line winning the ball, the shot taken early 30 yards out bounces harmlessly wide across the area.

   Rogers getting the ball played into her feet from a throw-in on the left tries her luck from distance her strike wide of the far post. Stanley and Durrant swapping wings late in the 1st half the former now on the right has support from Daviss, one cross blocked by Goodfield, Stanley gets another go from the by-line the ball held by Bell at her near post.  

Half-time Acle United Women 1-1 Norwich City Ladies

   An entertaining 1st 45 minutes of football, passing quickly a good start from Norwich albeit Acle with the early chance to take the lead, both have enjoyed spells of pressure without dominating, the game flowing well, competitive but I expected nothing less, Norwich taking the lead, Acle coming back to level, the tie remained beautifully poised and not clues yet as to which way it might go. 

Ciera Flatt on the attack for Acle United Women

  Acle to get the 2nd half underway the low sun in their faces, Norwich with a change Snelling back on the field in place of Durrant. Diston with a great tackle early in to stop Birchall getting away as she is played on by Cooper. Smith making some great runs forwards carrying the ball on moves to the right this time before sending it on into the area, Pasque with Tate looking to pull off her shoulder intercepting the ball for Acle.

Abigail Tate looking to control the ball for Norwich City Ladies

   Norwich starting  the 2nd half well, Rogers playing a ball up into the area, caught by Bell. Acle break Birchall left side her cross wild over the goal. Birchall keeps on going pushing on towards the area right of the D is brought to the floor, a free-kick awarded. A foot outside the area Birchall on the set-piece goes for power he shot put in over the goal. 

Acle’s Naomi Cooper sliding in to tackle Norwich’s Millie Daviss

 Now a first for Women’s Football East and I was beginning to wonder if I would actually see this as we are now well into the season, a sin bin offence. The sin-bin to be used for acts of descent. Smith with another surging run on the ball is brought down by Scully just over halfway, a sliding challenge but the ball taken clean both players down Smith with a reactive lash out, spotted by referee Ashley Tyne, Smith receives a yellow card. Foolishly Smith then gives the referee a clap the result 10 minutes in the sin-bin (the bench in this case) Norwich down to 10 temporally. 

  That of course gives Acle a boost knowing they have a player advantage push forwards Birchall on the left wing inside for Todd top of the area meeting it sends the effort over. Norwich regroup Daviss running on through the middle as they work the ball forwards well central threatens to run clear into the area, Anna Larkins doing fantastically to get across in front of her and play the ball at close range into Bell to kick clear. 

  Acle’s Pasque wins the ball high up the pitch on halfway a great clearance finding Bullard wide right running on behind sends a squared cross right along the top of the box 20 yards out Flatt making a run from midfield meeting it looking to beat the keeper sends the low driven shot under her dive past her but wide of the post. Birchall gets brought down in the middle again, Scully over the ball played high into the area, Armstrong calling for it catching unchallenged. 

  GOAL! Despite being down to 10 Norwich retake the lead getting forwards on the left side have a throw-in the ball dropped into Stanley she does well turning inside and closing in on the area lets fly with a shot looping up into the air, no doubt it’s lost in the low sun by Bell as it drops over her under the bar into the goal beyond, Stanley putting Norwich back into the lead 1-2.

Kathryn Stanley, puts Norwich back into the lead

   Acle make a change with Scully coming off, ex-Norwich centre back Grace Parker coming on. Sin-bin time over it’s Durrant who returns to the field on place of Smith. Norwich press the advantage a ball in from the right into the box no-one dealing with it for Acle, Stanley putting it back in towards the near post a combination of goalkeeper and defender blocking the ball as it runs away for a corner. A high ball on long past the far post Snelling with a glancing header can only place it wide. 

Norwich City Ladies captain, Sasha Diston

  Parker gets the ball cleared at the back for Acle, turns into a great ball forwards for Birchall she turns finding Bullard breaking in behind on the right down the line her cross in across the six yard box dealt with by Robson at the far post for Norwich. Smith is back on now in place of Tate. Immediately involved Daviss playing her forwards drives on with the ball top of the box has Snelling running to her right slips the ball into her path Snelling blasting the shot wide. Smith coming forwards again riding a tackle, keeps her balance sending the ball wide right to Durrant she shoots from the angle Bell down low holding onto the ball a her near post.

  GOAL! From the counter attack Acle come back to level the scores for the 2nd time in the match, Bell launching the ball forwards helped on to Birchall left of the area a mix-up between defence and keeper allowing the attacker in to round the keeper and send the ball into the back of the net. 2-2.

  Bullard getting away on the right lifting a cross into the Norwich area headed away by McDonald at the near post. Acle quick to close in on the Norwich defence on the ball. End to end now Durrant on the right for Norwich to the by-line cuts the cross back in towards the area clearing everyone at the near post, Snelling in running in unmarked behind central her first time shot takes the ball over the bar. 

  Breaking through the middle Acle go direct Todd with the break in behind into the area, Armstrong sliding in to make the blocking save as she goes to shoot, Todd alert for the rebound the ball popping up and in behind the angle closing as she moves to the left almost gone as she shoot the ball hitting the post and spinning behind for the goalkick. A double change for Norwich late on, Robson and Rogers off, George back on along with Victoria Pleavin. Brister back on for Acle replacing Goodfield.

  Time running out both sides sensing they can win this no signs anyone is preparing for extra-time, George winning Norwich a corner on the right, Acle defending try to counter, Diston breaking the attack up. Smith with a surging run forwards for Norwich, running into traffic Acle counter…

GOAL! the ball fired up field, helped on Birchall sensing a gap peeling away to the right now no one there coming back 25 yards out central has the Norwich defence beaten as she sets her sides on goal 20 yards out, Armstrong to beat, the keeper coming to close her down tries to narrow the angle, Birchall reading what she is going to do cutting the ball back across her dive and sending the ball racing low into the back of the net to fire Acle into the lead and with in complete a hat-trick 3-2. 

Grace Birchall completes her hat-trick and wins the game at the death for Acle United Women

   Little time left in the match Norwich with a free-kick inside the Acle half the ball has to be played up into the area, Durrant does get a free header but her attempt is over, the final whistle blows and Acle win at the death!

Full time Acle United Women 3-2 Norwich City Ladies

  A dramatic end to a thrilling encounter, truth be told I could just have easily been talking about a Norwich win at the death such was the nature of the game, but I’m not Acle emerge triumphant. A deserved win in the context of the tie both sides giving it their all not much between them. Both with spells of pressure the goals as much as not coming against the run of play, both attacking at times Acle were better suited to hit on the counter attack, Norwich neutralising their width 2nd half especially. Good chances created at the end of the day this result could have gone either way and as disappointed as the losing side will this was a great cup tie to watch. A credit to both sides

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto the the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match for this Sunday afternoon’s match, was an entertaining game, good performances all over the pitch. For Norwich, I thought Millie Daviss had an excellent game in the middle of the park as did Ellie Smith with some powerful runs with the ball Aimee Durrant and Kathryn Stanley out on the flanks too. For Acle, Broghan Scully put herself about in midfield well, Megan Todd looked to create without getting much reward. Standing out though is Grace Birchall some impressive runs whilst operating wide, then moving into the middle creating chances and scoring what was a fantastic and important hat-trick she is today’s Player of the Match.

  An entertaining County Cup tie this afternoon between two of the leading sides in Norfolk almost a pity it wasn’t the final itself a great advert for women’s football in the county. Hung around for a bit after the game just to check if anyone was measuring the pitch but I’m sure they weren’t :-). My thanks to both sides for their help with the team line-ups. I look forwards to the quarter final draw.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 11/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th November

Suffolk Women’s League Cup

Quarter Final weekend in the Suffolk Women’s League Cup and progress for 4 of the top 5 sides currently in the league sees a very strong semi-final line-up. Holders, East Bergholt United Ladies advancing to the last 4 courtesy of an away win awarded against Woodbridge Town Ladies. That left 3 of the 4 quarter finals to be contested on Sunday.

   Alresford Colne Rangers were at home to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies in the quarter finals of the League Cup. A comfortable win seeing them into the last 4. Tiffany Reeves scoring 4 goals in the match to see her leading the goal scoring charts as she moves onto 11 goals for the season. Jo Harvey finding the back of the net with another 2 goals has 9 now for the season. Lucy Stanbury and Vicky Hall also getting a goal a piece the final score 9-0 to Alresford, Laurel Harknett also on the scoresheet with her 1st of the season.

    Brantham Athletic Ladies 2nd in the Suffolk Women’s Division with a 100% win rate at the start of the season were away to Coplestonians Ladies in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Sophie Allen and Courtney Farris-Whatling getting a goal each for Coplestonians, Brantham getting 3 times that up the other end winning the game 6-2 to book their spot in the last 4.

  Needham Market Women were at home in the quarter finals of the League Cup hosting Leiston St Margarets Ladies. The hosts falling behind with Michelle Stanborough putting Leiston St Margarets in front. Needham Market fighting back to level the scores took their chances in the 2nd half to win the game by 5 goals to 1. 

  The draw for the semi-finals of the competition seeing the top 2 in the league going head to head the games scheduled for the New Year, Sunday 10th February are as follows:-

Needham Market Women v Alresford Colne Rangers

Brantham Athletic Ladies v East Bergholt United Ladies 

Suffolk Women’s Division

One game taking place in the Suffolk Women’s Division at the weekend with Brightlingsea Regent Ladies at home to University of Suffolk Women on Sunday afternoon. Brightlingsea holding a 1-0 lead at half-time, the difference as both sides scored again in the 2nd half the 2-1 win Brightlingsea’s 2nd of the season lifts them up to 9th in the league table. Paige Knight and Jessica Scott scoring their goals. Amy Yeldham with the goal for University of Suffolk.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 11/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th November

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

ICA Sports Ladies are the new leaders in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership the Peterborough based side active in November playing games have picked up the points to catch and overhaul previous leaders Cambridge City Ladies Development whilst they have had no league action for a month now. ICA Sports with 3 successive wins in that time to move up the table. Were away to Histon Ladies Reserves this Sunday. A brace for Carmen Herridge for ICA Sports takes her onto 7 goals for the season with Bente Hanert also on target with a goal her 3rd after celebrating her 1st two goals for ICA Sports last weekend. The visitors winning 3-1 to go 3 points clear at the top. Cambridge City Ladies Development with 3 games in hand however with a 100% success rate form those 4 matches.

  At the other end of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership it was a 10 goal thriller between Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds at home to March Town United Ladies on Sunday. The points had to be shared however as the sides contested an exciting 5-5 draw. Marie Stubbings hitting a brace for Fulbourn, so too did Yasmine Upson with her 1st two goals of the season and a first goal of the season too for Fulbourn’s Sarah Bodger. Louise Balfour doubling her tally for the season for March Town United as she struck the ball into the back of the net 4 times. Emma Searle netting to other goal her 1st of the season.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup

 One tie from the 1st Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup played this Sunday saw ERWFL Division One side, St Ives Town Ladies hosting Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership side Riverside Ladies. A comfortable win for the higher league side to progress to the quarter finals with both Fran Worrall and Hannah Seymour-Shove scoring a hat-trick a piece their was a goal each to for Jade Carpenter, Emily Smith and Stephanie Ransome in a 9-0 win for St Ives.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

They’ve done it at last a first ever league win for Burwell Tigers Ladies, 3 points on the board. Just the 2 last season in their debut year in women’s football are of the mark winning their 6th game of the season, Burwell were away taking on Isleham United Ladies on Sunday in the only game in the Championship South. Charlotte Forgarty scoring twice for the visitors, their were goals to for Elisa Heinamaa, Megan Seabrook-Mead and Ellie Garrett in a 5-1 victory. Vicky Sievewright scoring for Isleham United. Had to wait a long time for that and I’m pleased to write about a win at long last for Burwell.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup

Three matches played in the 1st Round of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup this Sunday the competition entering it’s 2nd season a knock-out format. Histon Ladies Reserves winning the trophy last season are promoted now so ineligible to compete. It was a good weekend for the top three sides in the Championship North with all progressing in the competition, Ketton Ladies were at home to Pinchbeck United Ladies. Just the one goal scored but it was enough for the Championship North leaders as Ketton advance.

  Wisbech Town Ladies also had a home draw in the 1st Round of the Division One Cup taking on Championship South side, Park Ladies. A brace from top scorer Sophie Swinden takes her into double figures for the season. Rachael Simpson and Chelsea King also on target for Wisbech Town with a goal each to see them advance with a 4-0 win.

  A comfortable home win too on Sunday in the 1st Round of the Division One Cup for Wisbech St Mary as they met Cambridge Rangers Women who like themselves lay 3rd in the Championship South. Braces for both Eilish Brown and Carlie Knight for Wisbech St Mary Josie Turner and Demi Newman were also both on target with a goal each in a 6-0 win.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 11/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th November

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

1st versus 2nd in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this Sunday with league leaders Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires travelling to 2nd placed Houghton Athletic Ladies looking to open up a 4 point lead at the top of the table. Braces for both Ellie Burke and Janiece Allen as they finished up with a comfortable win, Mary Lisle, Patience Ndlovu and Chemise Huitson all claiming a goal each too for Welwyn in a 7-2 to victory. Shakeela Hussain and Louise Spendelow scoring for Houghton Athletic who have no lost their last 3 league games after winning their 1st 3 to lead the table early on.

  Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies take advantage of Houghton Athletic’s defeat as they climb into 2nd place in the Division One table winning their 3rd successive league game this Sunday. Were away to Sherrardswood Ladies. Lizzie Richardson hitting 4 goals into the back of the net for the visitors. Top scorer Natasha McConville adding another to her tally too along with a 1st goal of the season for Charlene Turturici-Clarke in a 6-0 win for Hemel Hempstead.

  Playing just their 3rd and 2nd league games respectfully this Sunday defending champions St Albans Ladies were at home to newly promoted Garston Ladies 2nd XI. St Albans remain unbeaten with their 2nd league win of the season to lift them up to 4th in Division One. New signing Jessica McNamara scoring twice has 10 goals now from 5 appearances in the league and cup. Ellen Slater also scoring a goal has 6 now as St Albans won the game 3-1. Holly Jury scoring the goal for Garston Ladies 2nd XI.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

One outstanding tie to be played in the 2nd round of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup, Division One side Northwood Ladies, finalists last season at home to Royston Town Ladies Development from Division Two. Claire Cranfield scoring a brace for Northwood as they progressed to the quarter finals with a 3-0 win. Emma Steele celebrating the other goal.

    The draw for the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup is as follows:-

St Albans Ladies v Houghton Athletic Ladies

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies v Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires

Northwood Ladies v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Letchworth Garden City Eagles

ties scheduled to be played Sunday 2nd December.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

There was some heavy rainfall around at the weekend affecting a handful of games Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two the most affected with 3 of the 4 scheduled league matches called off. Letchworth Garden City Eagles match at home to Evergreen Eagles the sole survivor, 2nd placed Letchworth consolidating their league position with a 4-0 win top scorer Tayla Murray scoring a brace. Katie Smith also getting a goal with Lottie Cartwright scoring her 1st goal for Letchworth as they close the gap to Hitchin Town Ladies at the top to 4 points with 2 games in hand.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Leaders, Langford Ladies opened up an 8 point lead at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend a 6th straight league win coming at home on Sunday up against Stotfold Juniors Ladies. A comfortable win in the finish for Langford with Chloe Scott joining top scorer, Amber Clark on 15 goals for the season as she hit 4 into the goal. Clarke herself getting a goal, Pearl Houghton also scoring her 2nd of the season, Katie Gayner finding the back of the net for her 1st goal of the season in a 7-0 win.

   2nd placed AFC Kempston Town and Bedford College Ladies dropped points for the 1st time this season as their 100% winning start was brought to an end by local rivals Kempston Rovers Ladies on Sunday in Division Three. Celebrating their 1st ever league win last time out Kempston Rovers the visiting side earned themselves a point with goals from Chelsea Rose-Jeffery and Megan Dimmock in a 2-2 draw. Katie Hay scoring both of the goals for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies who remain 2nd on 10 points, have 3 games in hand on the leaders, Langford.

  Matching AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies record of 3 wins and a draw from 4 games played are AFC Dunstable Ladies Reserves as they move into 3rd position in the Division Three table. Opening the season a draw the newcomers have now won 3 in a row as they cruised to victory at home to Buntingford Town Ladies on Sunday. Bianca Vassell netting 5 times last time out scored a hat-trick this Sunday to move onto 11 goals for the season for Dunstable. Holly Wilks scored twice with Nicole Cameron and Ameerah Zaman-Choudary both scoring their 1st goals of the season in an 8-1 win.

   Just a point behind the 2nd & 3rd placed sides are Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses as they bounced back form their 1st defeat of the season against AFC Dunstable Ladies last weekend with a narrow home win against Biggleswade United Ladies. Leeanne Davison scoring twice for Biggleswade, goals from Laura Johnson, Amelia Glean and Lucy Bloye with her first goal of the season saw Woburn & Wavendon clinch victory with a 3-2 result.

The Round-Up – Essex 11/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 11th November

Essex Women’s Premier Division

New leaders in the Essex Women’s Premier Division after this Sunday’s results as Leigh Ramblers Ladies came out on top in the 1st clash of the season between the top two to move 3 points clear. 6 wins from 6 for Frontiers Ladies at the start of the season to see them leading the table. Leigh Ramblers had won 6 in a row themselves after losing on the opening day a have played one more than Frontiers that had seen them move level on points. At Frontiers this Sunday afternoon, the home side saw their 100% winning start come to an end. Leigh Ramblers enjoying the better of the 1st half leading 3-0. Both scoring in the 2nd half Leigh Ramblers winning the game 4-1. Amy Jacobs finding the back of the net for a hat-trick. Kate Newton also on the scoresheet with her 20th goal of the season. Adele Hughes scoring the goal for Frontiers.

  Harlow Town Ladies Development continue their unbeaten start to the season in the Premier Division away from home on Sunday coming back from a 2-1 deficit at half-time to earn a point in a 3-3 draw with Southend United Ladies. Ebony Baker and Chloe Wells scoring for the 1st time this season there was a goal too for Lily Halliday for Southend. Harlow Town’s goals coming through, Tasmin Turner, Savannah Japal and Hannah Smith with her 9th goal of the season.

   Chelmsford City Ladies in 4th place in the Premier Division got back to winning ways this Sunday with a comfortable home win against, Corringham Cosmos. Both Lisa Overall and Georgia James scoring a hat-trick each  the match have 7 and 6 goals respectfully now for the season. Mia Brisley and Gaby Freedman also getting on the scoresheet, Freedman’s first of the season in an 8-1 victory. Rachel Fleming on the hour scoring for Corringham Cosmos who drop to 8th in the Premier Division table.

  Three straight league wins now in the Premier Division for Collier Row Tigers in 5th spot, 25 goals scored in those matches too. Were away to Hullbridge Sports Ladies this Sunday, the hosts scoring 3 goals, Stacy Bott scoring 2 of them her first for the club. Collier Row Tigers proving to strong in front of goal up the other end however. Laura Bunton moving onto 8 goals for the season scoring 5 times in the game. A hat-trick too for Emma Harrison her 1st goals of the season. Sarah Finch top scorer fro Collier Row Tigers moving into double figures with a brace. Fran Pridie also on target for the first time this season the visitors winning the game 11-3.

   Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves were hosting Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies this Sunday the sides goalless at the break, Joanne Attridge scoring for the home side in the 52nd minute. Beacon Hill Rovers getting back on level terms before going on to find a winning goal and claim the 3 points the 2-1 win their 2nd of the season. Ella Jones on target with a goal, Jo Smeaton moving into double figures for the season with her 10th goal of the campaign.

Essex Women’s Division One

Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies fantastic start to the season in Essex Women’s Division One continues as they kept up their 100% winning record on Sunday winning away from home to make it 8 from 8 in the league now. Were taking on Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves. Grace Tebb-Reading scoring her 5th goal of the season their were 2nd goals of the season for Daisy Theobald, Juliet Thomas and Morgan Duffield in a 4-0 win.

Hot on Dagenham & Redbridge’s heels remain 2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies Reserves just 3 points behind with one defeat form their 8 matches played. Were on the road too themselves this Sunday a trip to Runwell Sports Ladies. Drawing 1-1 at half-time, the visitors having the better of the 2nd half to win the game 5-1. Broghan Kelly making her first appearance for Billericay’s Reserves scoring a hat-trick. Sophie Vale also on target with a goal with top scorer Lisa Robins netting her 12th goal of the season. Rachael Selfe getting on the scoresheet for Runwell Sports.

FC Clacton Ladies are up to 4th in Essex Women’s Division One with a big win away to Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Becky McDougall moving into double figures for the season for Clacton has 12 now as she scored 5 goals in the match. That tally doubled with Clacton winning the game 10-0, 5 different goalscorers with Lauren Lucas, Charlotte Warren and Amy Hartley finding the back of the net along with first goals for the season for Megan-Leigh Lawrence and Charlotte Robertson.

  Lastly in Division One, Hutton Ladies Reserves were away on Sunday playing Chigwell Ladies. The hosts leading the game at half-time thanks to a goal from Amy Smith. Hutton coming back in the 2nd half to level the scores then go on to win the game 2-1 with Cassandra Piejko and Baylie Kingsnorth scoring the goals the win lifting Hutton up into 5th position in the table.