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The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

The weather might have been rubbish at the weekend but there was plenty of football in Cambridgeshire to keep you warm on Sunday with the action taking place across 5 competitions. 

There were two games played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership on Sunday. ICA Sports Ladies taking advantage of Cambridge City Ladies being involved in the League Cup this weekend winning at home to retake the lead in the table. Faced a tough game with 3rd placed and potential title challengers themselves Cambridge University Women the visitors. Turned out to be a close one with the sides sharing a goal each in the first half, Cambridge University adding another 2nd half, the Peterborough based ICA Sports edging the victory finding the back of the net for two goals in the 2nd period to win the match 3-2. Goals from Lorna Hart, Jessica Farchica and Becky Shields the difference for ICA Sports, Hannah Sanderson and Amanda Wainwright scoring the goals for Cambridge University.

   It was a much needed win to for another Peterborough based side at home with Netherton United Ladies getting the win at home to local rivals Riverside Ladies on Sunday in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Goals for Lissy Crutchfield, Claire Gallagher, Poppy Sparrow and a first of the season for Jenna Nairn securing a 4-0 win for Netherton lifting them up a place in the table.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

The League Cup played in a group stage with the top two from the 4 mini-leagues progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition. Reaching it’s climax the 8 sides progressing have been decided (we think if I’ve read things right)

  Some already known before this Sunday 3 group games played this weekend. In Group B, Premiership side March Town United Ladies finish top with 5 wins from 5 played as they came back from a goal down at home to Championship North side Wisbech St Mary Ladies to win the game 3-1. Josie Turner putting the visitors into the lead. March pulling it level before half-time going on to score twice in the 2nd half to clinch victory. Emma Searle netting a brace with Megan Tombs making her 2nd appearance for the club celebrating her 1st goal. Also progressing to the knock out stages from Group B are Wisbech Town Ladies.

  In Group C, Cambridge City Ladies Development were already through to the knock stages as they hosted St Ives Town Ladies Development on Sunday, one of 3 sides tied on 9 points going into the game a positive result would see St Ives secure a place in the knock out stages themselves. Megan Tonks has been prolific this season for Cambridge City scored against St Ives taking her goals tally to 27 for the season. Freya Standing too in great form since joining the side into her 4th appearance hit a brace to move onto 6 scored with Yasmin Crow also getting a goal in a 4-1 win for Cambridge City. St Ives just missing out for a place in the knock out stage with Riverside Ladies clinching runners up spot.

  One game played in Group A at the weekend neither side with a chance of qualification as Championship North sides Pinchbeck United Ladies and Cardea Ladies meet in the League Cup both looking for their 1st competitive win in the group. It was Pinchbeck celebrating at the final whistle getting the positive result goals from Rebecca Navarrete and Chloe Gray enough to secure a 2-1 victory with Laura Rudd scoring for Cardea. ICA Sports the League Cup holders currently lead Group A with Ketton Ladies 3 points behind also progressing even though they have a game remaining against Pinchbeck.

  The other two sides progressing are from Group D, Haverhill Rovers Ladies topping the group with Cambridge University Women edging out Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds. 

Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup

One game played in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Division One Cup on Sunday the quarter final tie between Isleham United Ladies at home against Ketton Ladies. The visitors going strong with a 100% winning record in the Championship North proving the stronger as they won comfortably against their Championship South opponents Ketton booking their place in the last 4 of the competition winning 6-0 to join Burwell Tigers Ladies & ST Ives Town Ladies Development. Cardea Ladies are at home to Wisbech Town Ladies in the last remaining quarter final being held this coming Sunday.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship North

This Sunday Wisbech Town Ladies were in league action in the only game from the Championship North. Continued their 100% winning record to move 3 points clear of Ketton Ladies at the top of the table. Were at home (at least moved to a 3G) against Hungate Rovers Ladies. The visitors getting themselves into the lead through Kelsey McKenna, Wisbech Town came back to hold a 3-1 lead at half-time went on to comfortably win in the 2nd half 8-1 the final score. Top scorer Sophie Swinden scoring a hat-trick taking her to 21 for the season. There was a brace to for Chloe Stanborough with Chelsea King, Amy Newell & Abbe Somerville with her 1st of the season all getting a goal each.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

Haverhill Rovers Ladies were playing their first league game since the 9th December this Sunday ended January with a positive result to see them reopen a 6 point lead at the top of the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Were away to bottom side Burwell Tigers Ladies. Joeli Kirby enjoying a strong campaign in front of goal for Haverhill the top scorers adding another 5 goals on Sunday with Kayleigh Nolan also getting a goal. The final score 8-1 their were 1st Haverhill goals too for Clair Andrews and Bethany-May Harding.

  Cambridge Rangers WFC are also enjoying a great season in the Championship South a 5th win from 7 played takes them level on points with 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies Development. At home this Sunday were playing Park Ladies goals from Erika Balskute and a goal on her first start for Daniella Lewis securing a 2-0 victory for Cambridge Rangers.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

Both semi-finals in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup fell victim to the weather last weekend, held a week later it will be a repeat of last season’s final with Luton Town Ladies taking on the current holders Bedford Ladies on Sunday 17th March.

  Luton Town Ladies were playing their first game at their new home The Brache, Luton Town FC’s training facility. Were taking on AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies from Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, a good test for the lower league side the newcomers to woman’s football playing 5 leagues lower than their FAWNL South East Division One opponents. Held Luton for nearly 40 minutes before the hosts took a quick two goal lead at the end of the first half. Dionne Manning making it 1-0, Erica Byron doubling the lead a minute later. Jess McKay extending Luton’s lead 12 minutes into the 2nd half. Into the last 20 minutes an the hosts were awarded a penalty Byron adding her 2nd of the game from the spot. McKay made it 5-0 soon after. Further chances came Luton’s way the woodwork struck twice before captain Zara Carroll’s long range strike found it’s way into the back of the net. McKay completing her hat-trick in the final minute to wrap up a 7-0 win for Luton.

Luton Town Ladies, Jess McKay

  In the other semi-final in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup it was an all ERWFL Premier Division clash with holders Bedford Ladies away to AFC Dunstable Ladies on Sunday. Goals from Michelle Byrne, Amy Magnus and Eden Kibron seeing Bedford safely into the final where they will be aiming to retain the cup for a 2nd successive year against a Luton side keen to get the cup back in their trophy cabinet themselves. Venue and kick-off time to be announced.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

New leaders in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with Northwood Ladies climbing to the top of the pile in what is a competitive tussle for the title. Northwood playing in one of the two games to survive in the league on Sunday were away to Sherrardswood Ladies. A comfortable scoreline taking Northwood ahead of Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires on goal difference. Emma Steele leading the goal scoring charts netting a hat-trick against Sherrardswood to take her onto 14 for the season. Danielle Tyler scoring her 10th goal of the season along with a goal each for Leanne Jones & Samantha May in a 6-0 win.

   Houghton Athletic Ladies in 4th were taking on 6th placed Sharnbrook WFC in the league on Sunday, both in a good position to put pressure on the sides above shared the points at the weekend the game ending all square a 1 goal a piece. Ciara Craig on target for Houghton Athletic with Claire Smith celebrating the goal for Sharnbrook.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Two of the scheduled 5 matches in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two fell foul to the elements including leaders Hitchin Town Ladies game away to 4th placed Letchworth Garden City Eagles that presented an opportunity for 2nd placed Hitchin Belles to close the gap to the leaders to just 2 points if they could secure victory at home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies. Hitchin Belles getting the result they wanted a strong first half saw them leading 4-0 matched that tally 2nd half. There is a battle going on for top scorers and all the contenders waded in with goals this Sunday, Katie White edging it scored a hat-trick to take her onto 14 for the season, Amy Jack and Charlotte Peters hot on her heels both netting a brace against Wheathampstead have 12 each. Gemma Smith also getting her name on the scoresheet for her 1st goal of the season.

   Royston Town Ladies Development were away to bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures on Sunday. The 3rd placed side too with an opportunity to put pressure on the leaders. Had to settle for a point in the finish as Welwyn picked up their first competitive point of the season their previous points awarded. Scoring twice to match Royston whose goals were scored by Abby Laughlin and Nicole Cooper.

   Evergreen Ladies 5th in Division Two were on the road on Sunday taking on Bedford Ladies Development, the visitors taking the lead through Ellie Smith only for Bedford’s Joanne Makin to equalise. Rebecca Freeman sending a free-kick into the top corner to restore Evergreen’s lead with her 7th goal of the season and ultimately the winning goal for Evergreen.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Three matches in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend with away wins for the top two seeing them extend their lead at the top of the table. Leaders AFC Dunstable Ladies were taking on bottom side Bedwell Rangers Women. The visitors holding a narrow lead at half-time Bianca Vassell’s 26th goal of the season in the 19th minute the difference between the two sides. Bedwell Rangers coming right back into it in the 66th minute as Rachel Young struck to make it 1-1. Closing in on the final 15 minutes and Dunstable edged themselves back into the lead Kerry Mulvihill-Reed making it 2-1, the 3 points secured deep into injury time with Lakeisha Fazilahmed making it 3-1 in the 95th minute.

  An equally close score for 2nd placed Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses as they clinched the 3 points away to Langford Ladies on Sunday. 2nd versus 3rd Giselle Randall’s 14th goal of the season the difference between the sides Woburn & Wavendon winning 1-0.

   In the other game played in Division Three on Sunday 5th placed Biggleswade United Ladies secured the 3 points with a 2-0 win at home to Stotfold Juniors Ladies.


The Round-Up – Suffolk 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Suffolk Women’s Division

The Suffolk Women’s Division table adjusted now following the withdrawal from the league of Haverhill Rovers Ladies Reserves, points and goals scored against them now removed from the league standings, it sees some altering of position. East Bergholt United Ladies still lead the way although their 36-0 win over Haverhill gone now reduces their goal difference significantly but still stands at +64. Their 100% winning record continued this Sunday on the road were away to Brightlingsea Regents Ladies. Jessica Scott getting the opening goal for Brightlingsea. East Bergholt getting back on level terms going onto take the lead adding another to lead 3-1 at half-time. The visitors going on to find the back of the net for 4 more goals to win the game 7-1. Both Annie Northwood and Stacey Teager netting a brace. There were goals to for Jessica Clark, Cara Savage and Katie Bruce.

  Needham Market Women in 2nd remain 3 points behind East Bergholt the readjusted table seeing the pair close in the goal difference front too now, Needham Market scoring plenty have a +61 GD, if the 100% slips they are in a great position to pounce (if being the operative word) going strong in 2nd place however the new side had a tough game at the weekend up against Coplestonians Ladies new look young side. A jade Fox goal seeing the hosts hold the lead at half-time Needham Market came back to level the scores in the 2nd half and go on to clinch a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Milly Carter and Amber Sparkes.

Alresford Colne Rangers are now up to 3rd in the Suffolk Women’s Division table, had an away trip to Brettvale this Sunday. Brettvale new to the league this season bringing in additional players recently and useful experience with them. That proving the difference in a high scoring game with the sides sharing 8 goals between them. Donna Leggett scoring for the 1st time this season for Alresford there was a brace too for Tiffany Reeves taking her onto 13 for the season. 3 goals for Alresford not enough to see them take anything from the game as new signing Tarnya McKew scored a hat-trick for Brettvale, Kelly Hannington bagging herself a brace too as Brettvale claimed the 3 points with a 5-3 win.

   It’s all got very congested in the middle of the table with Leiston St Margarets winning big at the weekend climbing up the table into 5th position. Were away to the new sides at the bottom University of Suffolk Women. Thalia Cloke racing up the goal scoring charts for Leiston St Margarets scored 5 on Sunday to move onto 12 for the season. Lucy Eagles top scorer currently hitting a hat-trick to go to 16 for the campaign. Two goals for Sarah Cooper, with Grace Pemberton and Justine Young also getting a goal a piece, a first Leiston St Margarets goal for Young in a 12-1 win.

  Another side firmly in that mid-table cluster are Woodbridge Town Ladies,up into 6th position now moving above their opponent from the weekend Walsham Le Willows Ladies. Woodbridge the visitors leading 2-0 at half-time with Caitlin Howe scoring both goals. Howe going on to complete her hat-trick in the 2nd half to see Woodbridge win the game 3-0. Just two points separating the side placed 5th to 8th.

The Round-Up – Essex 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Essex Women’s League Cup

League Cup weekend in Essex with 6 ties scheduled in the 2nd Round of the competition this Sunday a place in the quarter finals up for grabs. The weather claiming one tie with Collier Row Tigers home tie with FC Clacton Ladies called off. Plenty of action elsewhere however. 

  Holders Corringham Cosmos were away to previous finalists Runwell Sports Ladies in the 2nd Round on Sunday the Premier Division side struggling for form this season. Runwell Sports form running hot & cold following their relegation to Division One. Turned out to be a close match between the two sides. Drawing 1-1 at half-time, both added another goal 2nd half drawing 2-2 extra-time failed to separate them the game heading into a penalty shootout Runwell Sports  celebrating at the end of it all winning 4-1 to progress. Danielle Dorrington and Ashleigh Harvey scoring in regular play for Runwell Sports, Rebecca Gallagher with both of Corringham Cosmos’ goals.

 A great result for Chigwell Ladies in the League Cup at the weekend as the Division One side knocked out Premier Division opposition away from home on Sunday in the 2nd Round. Chigwell were away to Brentwood Town Ladies Reserves. A brace from Victoria Parker her 12th & 13th goals of the season enough to defeat their higher league opponents 2-1 to book their place in the last 8 of the competition. 

  Harlow Town Ladies Development are having a strong season in the Essex Women’s Premier Division their young side drawn at home to fellow league side Silver End United Ladies in the 2nd Round of the League Cup. Harlow’s top scorer Hannah Smith scoring a brace in the match taking her to 18 goals from 11 appearances this season. Captain Amelia Hall getting her 1st goal of the season plus an own goal securing a 4-0 win for the home side to book their quarter final spot.

   Southend United Ladies were convincing winners on Sunday in the 2nd Round of the Essex Women’s League Cup dominating against Division One side Belhus Ladies to reach the quarter finals of the competition. Emily Pert netting a hat-trick in the game for Southend their were braces for Ria Toovey and Ellie Wood. Goals too for captain Lauren Halliday, Kate Wiseman & Lauren Johnson with Lily Aungier and Sophie on target for their first goals of the season. Southend running out 12-3 winners didn’t have it all their own way. Danni Jennings scoring twice and Hayley Freeman with the goals for Belhus.

  It was an all Division One clash in the 2nd Round of the Essex Women’s League Cup between Island Ladies & Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves on Sunday. A close contest, Chloe & Kirsty Simmonds scoring a goal a piece for Island the home side edged out at the final whistle with Leigh Ramblers scoring 3 against the reach the last 8 of the competition. 

Essex Women’s County Cup

One outstanding quarter final played this Sunday in the Essex Women’s County Cup, postponed the weekend before FAWNL South East Division One high flyers, Billericay Town Ladies were drawn at home to Rayleigh Town Ladies. A very tough test for the Division One side, who can score plenty on their day up against a side playing 4 leagues higher and as strong as they have ever been. Billericay indeed proving too strong as they blew Rayleigh away an eye watering scoreline too winning 31-0! Billericay will now been at home to Brentwood Town Ladies in the semi-finals.

Essex Women’s Premier Division

  One game from the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday, 4th versus 2nd with Chelmsford City Ladies hosting Frontiers Ladies. A competitive game the sides having to settle for a share of the points drawing 1-1. Shannon Kelly scoring for Chelmsford. Kelly Holsworth on target for Frontiers.

Essex Women’s Division One

  Goals the order of the day for Billericay Town Ladies as their Reserves side extended their lead at the top of Division One with a double figure win at home to Chelmsford City Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Nicola Carty top scoring in the game claiming a hat-trick. Lisa Robins the sides top goal scorer adding 2 more to her tally. With six more goalscorers, Kelsey Smith, Alicia Woodward, Grace Lane, Lauren Bourne, Sarah Dimambro and Rachel Armstrong-Marris all getting on the scoresheet in an 11-0 victory.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

Quarter finals weekend of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup 8 sides vying for a place in the semi-finals. Just 3 sides from Division One left in the competition and two of those were to meet this weekend the holders Bungay Town Ladies out of the League Cup following an infringement of the rules.

 The all Division One clash saw Thorpe United Ladies and Gorleston Ladies meet for the 4th time this season. Thorpe runaway leaders in the league coming out on top of all 3 previous encounter albeit to penalties in the County Cup. Thorpe with home advantage in the League Cup windy conditions a goal from captain Rebekah Lake and a brace for Millie Cursons making her debut having joined from Aylsham enough to see Thorpe into the last 4 winning 3-1 Samantha Hunn scoring the goal for Gorleston.

  Sprowston Ladies the other Division One side to have reached the quarter finals of the League Cup, going strong in the league itself, are the current League Plate holders through to the last 8 of the League Cup were drawn at home to Fakenham Town Ladies challenging for top spot in Division Two and an immediate return to Division One itself. It was a performance Fakenham will want to forget, get out of the system as they were beaten heavily by Sprowston, top scorer Victoria Leyer scoring 5 herself in the match including a long range effort from a free-kick. Hannah Roe and Abby Hutchin both scoring two each with Millie Drake scoring her 1st Sprowston goal in a 10-0 win.

5 goals for Sprowston Ladies, Vicky Leyer

A minutes silence held in honour of Michaela Yeates before the match between Taverham United Women and Freethorpe Ladies on Sunday. Has played for both teams sadly lost her battle with cancer recently.

 Freethorpe up against a young Taverham side top of Division Two unbeaten with just two points dropped so far this season those claimed by Freethorpe on the opening day of the season. Brought down to earth in the County Cup at the weekend losing for the first time this season Taverham returned to winning ways to book a place in the last 4 of the League Cup on Sunday. Leading by a single goal at half-time Taverham went on to add a further 2 goals 2nd half to win 3-0 their goals scored by Hannah Artis, Katie Dunning & Charlotte Hurren.

  Tavern Ladies are the final side to reach the last 4 of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup the Division Two at home to fellow league side Hockering Ladies in the quarter finals, they the side benefiting from Bungay Town’s expulsion. Tavern have played less games than anyone else in the league but are scoring plenty of goals & when they win they usually win big a 12-1 win against Hockering in the league early in the season Katie Hart-Copsey scored half of that tally, scored 4 more this weekend to take her onto an impressive 30 goals for the season. Also scoring 4 in the game was Atlanta Griffith who now has 14 for the season. The score 12 once again without reply Lucy Kean and Nicole Cousin both adding two goals each to the score.  

Norfolk Ladies League Plate

  The sides missing out on the quarter finals of the League Cup going on to contest the Ladies Plate competition now into it’s 3rd season. 1 game in the 1st Round to be played with all the other sides receiving a bye to the quarter finals. Division One side Wymondham Town Ladies were at home up against Division Tow side Horsford Women. Wymondham proving the stronger side on the day the higher league side progressing comfortably winning the game 9-0.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

One match played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two at the weekend with 4th placed Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies travelling to Thetford to play bottom side Bulldogs Ladies on Sunday. Bure Valley are scoring plenty of goals too and a 5-1 win at the weekend sees them consolidate 4th position in the league but it remains very tight in the middle of the table with the 4th to 8th placed sides separated by just 5 points.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

ERWFL Premier Division

Taking over the lead in the ERWFL Premier Division last weekend Cambridge City Ladies are now 3 points clear form 2nd placed Acle United Women after coming through a tough encounter at home to Colney Heath Ladies. The visitors coming back to level the scores twice before Cambridge City eventually. ran out 3-2 winners. U16s goalkeeper Sally Phelps making her debut for the Cambridge City 1st team. The hosts opening the scoring in the 1st half, Rianne Townsend-Brown putting Colney Heath back on level terms, Cambridge City coming back to take the retake the lead on the stroke of half-time. One of Colney Heath’s best performances of the season they drew level for a 2nd time in the match from the penalty spot with Lucy Hancock stepping up to make it 2-2. Cambridge City getting the lead for a 3rd time in the match and were able to hold on this time to maintain their unbeaten league for to 13 matches, Hannah Bodily, Bella Simmons and Shannon Shaw the goal scorers.

   Acle United Women were at home on Sunday taking on Norfolk rivals Wymondham Town Ladies, the two sides drawn together in the County Cup semi-finals. Always a hard fought contest, Carolyn Sarafian playing her final game for Wymondham before leaving for America, has been a pleasure watching her play for various sides during her time in England and wish her all the best for the future. The visitors taking an early lead in the game with defender Betty Fretwell heading home from a corner in the 6th minute. Goalkeeper Ashleigh O’Callaghan making some important saves to keep Acle from finding a reply including saving from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute to preserve Wymondham’s narrow lead, winning 1-0 the 3 points taking them up to 5th position in the Premier Division.

  Royston Town Ladies came back from 2-1 down at home to win the 3 points a close the gap on 2nd placed Acle United Women to just two points. Came out on top in a tough home game against Essex side Brentwood Town Ladies on Sunday. The hosts taking an early lead through Sammy Tinsley scoring her 10th goal of the season. Brentwood coming back into it to level the scores and then take the lead themselves with Georgia Holdaway and Cerys Adams scoring. Royston finding their equaliser through a Teonie Peyton goal before Hayley Elderd struck with her 10th of the season to win the game 3-2 for Royston, just the one defeat in the league have 3 games in hand on Acle.

  Harlow Town Ladies also picking up 3 points at the weekend were at home to Haringey Borough Women. The two sides meeting a fortnight ago in the reverse fixture in the League Cup, Harlow’s Poppy Binding scoring a hat-trick in their 4-0 win. Binding repeated the feat in the league as she added 3 more goals to her tally moving her onto 11 for the season. There were goals to for Harlow’s Abbey Dell, Olivia Steele, Kirsty Woodacre and a goal on her 1st start for Bethany Chambers in a 7-0 victory.

ERWFL Division One

 Bowers & Pitsea Ladies continue to lead the way in ERWFL Division One remain a point clear of St Ives Town Ladies with 8 games left to play. The Essex side away to Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies this Sunday. Bowers & Pitsea taking an early lead with Courtney Fraser hitting the ball form all of 30 yards to score in the 9th minute. Chances for Bowers & Pitsea to add to their lead in the 1st half but it remained 1-0 at half-time. Abbie Simmonds doubling Bowers & Pitsea’s lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Hannah Kelly pulling it back to 2-1 for Hoddesdon in the last 10 minutes, Bowers & Pitsea held out to win the 3 points.

  A tough afternoon in tough conditions for 2nd placed St Ives Town Ladies as they travelled to play Essex side Hatfield Peverel Ladies on Sunday. Georgia Stancombe’s penalty the difference between the sides in the finish, as Hatfield Peverel battled hard, the wind a huge factor like so many games elsewhere. St Ives Town holding their advantage despite being down to 10 with Elle Jefferson red carded in the match. St Ives remain unbeaten a point behind and a game in hand on Bowers & Pitsea. 

  Testament to this Sunday’s bitterly cold and windy conditions I witnessed them myself in my chosen fixture at the weekend and to be honest Women’s Football Caribbean has a better ring to it… only joking I love what I do, must be mad though a trip down to Hertfordshire to watch the Division One clash between Hertford Town Ladies at their new Wodson Park home against Bishops Stortford Ladies. A good point for Hertford last weekend their 1st of the season against unbeaten St Ives Town. A host of new signing a large squad available. The opposite for Bishops Stortford struggling for numbers starting with just 8 would be joined by a 9th a tough ask but the windy conditions a true leveller, getting the ball down a playing just not easy for Hertford who had the majority of the attack, Bishops Stortford working hard doing well Hertford eventually getting the lead Chloe Ring capitalising as Donna Watts committed the keeper to send the ball back in across goal. Carly Snell lashing the ball home from a corner to make it 2-0 to Hertford at half-time. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Carly Snell

The wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other Hertford playing into it 2nd half rode out a spell of pressure from Bishops Stortford early in the 2nd half Olivia Worsfold finding space and opportunities all game combining well with Dempsey Favell one of Hertford’s new additions to score their 3rd goal. The wind at their backs shots from range were worth a punt and from one of these Rebecca Bull pulled it back to 3-1 from 40 yards with assistance from Brogan McHale keeping the ball still to send the ball over the keeper. Hertford adding a 4th goal late in the game through Karen Staples to see them win their first league game of the season 4-1 to climb off the foot of the Division One table.  

  A convincing win at home on Sunday sees Newmarket Town Ladies climb up a place into 3rd in the ERWFL Division One table were taking on Histon Ladies. Have always had goalscorers in their side, that firepower added to with the addition of 16-year-old Annabel Cuthbert who has 10 goals now from 8 appearances. The youngster opening the scoring for Newmarket in the 24th minute. Antonia Smith doubling the hosts advantage in the 32nd minute. 2-0 the lead at half-time Newmarket struck early in the 2nd half to extend the lead Abbi Griffin scoring her 5th goal since returning to the club. That the score heading into the closing minutes, Cuthbert ending the game celebrating a hat-trick scoring a quickfire double at the end to see Newmarket win the game 5-0.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 27/01/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th January

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

It was a bitterly cold and windy end to the month , not the best conditions for playing football at all across the region. The weather once again affecting the fixtures although not to as large extend as last weekend this time around 10 games fell by the way side. 3 of those fixtures in the Southern Premier Division with Coventry United, Plymouth Argyle and Watford seeing their home games called off. 

  With 2nd placed Coventry United not playing that gave a chance for Chichester City Ladies to extend their lead at the top of the Southern Premier Division on Sunday as they played host to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies. Leading Coventry United by 2 points. The visitors getting off to a great start forcing a save in the opening 2 minutes were awarded a penalty for handball a minute later Charley Clarke striking from the spot to put Milton Keynes Dons into the lead. Both sides creating opportunities Chichester coming back to level the score in 1st half injury time Molly Clark scoring from a 30 yard free-kick.

  1-1 at the break it was Chichester who got off to a flyer in the 2nd going 2-1 up Lauren Cheshire getting the goal the hosts racing into a 3-1 lead with Rebecca Barron scoring from a corner kick. Milton Keynes pulling it back to 3-2 on the hour with Amy Gooderham scoring her 1st Milton Keynes Dons goal. Chichester hitting the visitors with 2 quickfire goals to secure the game with a 5-2 lead, Sara Tubby scoring both from corner in the 65th minute then adding her 2nd 2 minutes later. Chichester opening up a 5 point lead at the top of the table.

  Good results for the sides chasing the leading pair too at the weekend with both 4th placed Loughborough Foxes Women & 5th placed Cardiff City Ladies getting the 3 points to overhaul 3rd placed Watford Ladies whose game at home to Oxford United was called off on Sunday. Loughborough were away taking on bottom side C&K Basildon Ladies. The Essex side still looking for their 1st league win of the season were doing well holding Loughborough to a goalless scoreline at the break. The stalemate broken with just under an hour played Charlotte Cooper scoring for the 6th time this season to put Loughborough into the lead. Chloe Young making the 3 points more secure as she doubled the visitors lead with 10 minutes left to play. The 2-0 win lifting Loughborough up into 3rd position in the Southern Premier Division table.

  A 4th straight league win now for Cardiff City Ladies in the Southern Premier Division, won the 3 points with a emphatic win on the road against Queens Park Rangers Women on Sunday. The visitors getting into a comfortable 3-0 lead at half-time went on to double that tally in the 2nd half. Kylie Nolan opening the scoring in the 26th minute. Injuries affecting QPR forced into early changes, Nolan doubled Cardiff’s lead in the 36th minute with Jordan Guard putting the ball into the net in the final minute of the 1st half. Grace Horrell adding Cardiff’s 4th goal early in the 2nd half, Emma Jones making it 5-0 midway through the 2nd period, Nolan completing her hat-trick in the last 10 minutes. 

FAWNL South East Division One

10 wins from 10 now in South East Division One for Crawley Wasps Ladies as they continue their excellent season with a flurry of late goals claim the 3 points at home to Leyton Orient WFC on Sunday. A close contest Leyton Orient doing well the sides tied at 0-0 going into the half-time interval. The deadlock broken 10 minutes into the 2nd half with Kemina Webber firing Crawley into the lead. The advantage didn’t last long however with Leyton Orient back on level terms just 4 minutes later Lisa Holmback making it 1-1. The game heading into the final 10 minutes could this be the game Crawley drop points for the 1st time this season… a strong end to the game from the home side with two quick-fire goals from Naomi Cole and Rachel Palmer putting the 3-1 up, Jenny Drury adding a 4th goal in stoppage time to see Crawley keep on their winning run.

  Ipswich Town Women were hosting Cambridge United WFC on Sunday in South East Division One both sides involved in the jostle for position in the middle of the table. Captain Cassie Craddock firing Ipswich into the lead midway through the first half scoring from a long range free-kick. A 2nd goal for the hosts added on the stroke of half-time with Toni-Anne Wayne sending the ball home. The visitors coming back to get themselves a point from the game with a quickfire double, Becky Shephard’s ball into the area sliced into the back of the Ipswich net for an own goal. Shephard blasting the ball into the back to the net from the top of the area 5 minutes later to see Cambridge level with 12 minutes left to play. Ciera Flatt coming on late on to make her debut for Ipswich having joined from Acle United Women. 2-2 the final score.

Match Report – Hertford Town Ladies v Bishops Stortford Ladies

Sunday 27th January

ERWFL Division One

Back to the football after having weeks rest, a trip down to Hertfordshire this Sunday to watch a game I’ve had pencilled in the diary for a while from ERWFL Division One, Hertford Town Ladies v Bishops Stortford Ladies.

  The Eastern Region Women’s Football League (ERWFL) having two divisions steps 5 & 6 of the women’s football pyramid. 12 teams contesting the Premier Division, 12 teams contesting Division One, back to a single division this season having been split North & South last season. Started with 13 the league has sadly lost Ipswich Wanderers Ladies due to lack of numbers, sadly a feature that is affecting women’s football across the board right now.

   Today’s sides at the wrong end of the table Hertford currently the bottom side, Bishops Stortford 10th. Followed each other into the ERWFL winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One title, Hertford in 2015/16, Bishops Stortford the following season. Two sides that rose rapidly through the county leagues have hit the buffers somewhat since joining the ERWFL

Hertford showing signs they are starting to turn the corner, Danny Barley taking over as manager towards the end of last season. Have a new home venue Wodson Park Sports Centre. A multi-sports complex next to Ware FC. Looks a impress partner to become associated with and plans are afoot for Hertford to be renamed in time for the new season. Have a grass pitch surrounded by a running track and access to a 3G pitch too. Had suffered due to lack of numbers have addressed that balance a new crop of players coming in to bolster the squad Rhianna Patmore, Chloe Ring, Georgia Turville, Megan Sende and Dempsey Favell amongst the new arrivals. Got their 1st league point on the board last Sunday a very good result a 1-1 with unbeaten St Ives Town Ladies at home.

  Bishops Stortford are struggling for committed players right now and are continuing to fulfil fixtures despite not being able to always field a starting XI, injury adding to that too. Just the 10 last week away to Newmarket Town Ladies, a commendable performance taking the lead but eventually lost 4-1. Together from youth level and successful they rose all the way through the age levels into women’s football, there as can often happen with a youth side climbing into women’s football there are loses to university. Since then Bishops Stortford have struggled to get results 3 points on the board so far. 

  It’s a windy one and very chilly with it, the hats on for the first time this season and I’ve brought the umbrella but how I’m going to hold it down if it does start raining I don’b know gloomy and overcast. Fingers crossed the rain stays away. The main pitch deemed too wet due to the overnight rain the game to be played the 3G pitch, a good size room for spectators down one side. The Sports Park offering the usual facilities. 

Hertford Town Ladies starting XI – Ellie Morris, Zoe Garvey, Megan Sende, Rhianna Patmore, Christie Seakens (C), Lauren Barnard, Georgia Turville, Chloe Ring, Olivia Worsfold, Katie Williams & Donna Watts. Subs – Nicola Davey, Karen Staples, Carly Snell, Dempsey Favell & Clare Pavett.

Bishops Stortford Ladies starting XI – Teigan McHale, Matilda Attridge, Rebecca Bull, Chloe Haken, Samantha McComish, Brogan McHale (C), Heather Martin, Poppy Kelly & Hollie Tate.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

  As you can see from above straight away the visitors are at a huge disadvantage, arriving late not much time to prepare have just the 8 to take to the field with one on the way. Hertford with their new additions have twice the number available. The 3G pitch on a elevated position the hollowing wind is assured to play a huge part in the game a to some regards be something of a leveller. Bishops Stortford to get the game underway wearing blue and white vertical striped shirts blue shorts and socks with Hertford lined up opposite wearing sky blue shirts with a navy band across the front, navy shorts and socks.

  Bishops Stortford playing into the wind first half, Brogan McHale playing the diagonal ball out to Poppy Kelly attacking right drives at the Hertford defence, Megan Sende standing her ground putting the tackle in at left back. Bishops Stortford quick to close down Matilda Attridge into win the ball onto McHale, a great pass long to the right for Kelly crosses early, won by Rhianna Patmore at the back for Hertford. Kelly lively early on gets her head down prepared to run at players wins a throw in. Play across to the left side the pass inside to McHale given time shapes to shoot 30 yards out the ball wide of the upright. 

Bishops Stortford Ladies, Matilda Attridge with Hertford’s Zoe Garvey

 The wind at Hertford’s back isn’t necessarily helping forwards balls for the attackers running on difficult to chase down aiding the Bishops Stortford defence. Chloe Haken blocking a ball inside box for Bishops Stortford sees Hertford with a corner right side the ball crossed into toward the near post high for Donna Watts to try and bring down and turn and shoot, won’t come down Bishops Stortford see the threat away. Hertford unsure where best to exploit their opponents lack of numbers possession football very difficult with the wind press Bishops Stortford into their own half the 8 doing well enough in the opening exchanges. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Donna Watts bringing the ball down

  Balls that are played in behind would create problems on another day but the wind again makes these balls difficult to run down. Heather Martin coming back to win the ball for Bishops Stortford as Zoe Garvey brings the ball on from the back on the right for Hertford. Hertford come close to opening the scoring the ball fired in low across goal, Teigan McHale wearing the gloves today making a smart save with her leg at the near post of Chloe Ring, the ball loping up comes at Katie Williams quickly gets a touch the ball falling wide of the post. 

GOAL! The hosts open the scoring launch an effective counter attack, Lauren Barnard carrying the all on through the middle a threaded ball through to Watts moving right into the area McHale coming out to close the angle the striker shoots McHale saving with her legs going to ground, the rebound coming straight to Ring following Watts into the box from the right sends the ball back in across the empty goal and I think the ball is over the line at the far post even though Williams sliding in makes sure 1-0.

Hertford Town Ladies, Chloe Ring looking to keep the ball in play

Hertford look to press the advantage Olivia Worsfold puts a low ball in from an the right intercepted by Haken. Ring getting into the area twists and turns wins a corner the ball in from the right cleared out of the box falls to Garvey 25 yards out tries to lift it in over the goalkeeper, drops short into her arms. Worsfold sees a pass wide left into her feet left of the D turns into a shot the low ball running straight to McHale to claim low. A change for Hertford Georgia Turville off on comes Carly Snell.

Bishops Stortford Ladies, Brogan McHale

  Bishops Stortford defending for the majority in their own half have the ability to hit on the counter do just that the ball won the pass played early for Kelly bursting away on the right is clear goalkeeper Ellie Morris comes running out of her area to close her down, Kelly gets her shot away beating the keeper the ball heading for the goal beyond strikes the base of the near post. Calls for a foul as McHale is brought down outside the Hertford area, none given Hertford counter, the through ball for Ring clear right side Teigan McHale coming to close the angle Ring shoots the keeper getting her leg in the way of the ball sees it spin away across the face of the six yards box Watts getting a touch the ball spins away from goal wide. 

Samantha McComish heads the ball clear for Bishops Stortford

  Up the other end Broghan McHale is still down needs treatment, the wind is really hollowing now is bitterly cold. A few strong challenges coming in Kelly bundled off the ball. Hertford attack as Christie Seakins brings the ball forwards Worsfold looking to combine with Watts up top the wind ruining the move. Hollie Tate arrives Bishops Stortford have 9 on the field. A flowing attack from Hertford’s attacks Watts with it right 20 yards out plays it inside for Worsfold inside the D she lets it run on for Williams coming in left side hits a fierce shot in on the angle McHale making a great one handed save to palm the rising ball behind for the corner. Broghan McHale off for repairs has a bloody knee, vaseline applied she’d back on. 

 GOAL! The lead is doubled, from the set-piece the delivery good from the corner falls to Williams far post shapes to shot is blocked at pointblank range the ball spinning away to the to left hand corner of the area straight to Snell catches it well lashing the ball into the back of the net 2-0.

Hertford Town Ladies, Carly Snell

  A committed performance from Bishops Stortford’s 9 players are getting a few knocks for their efforts, Rebecca Bull the latest needing treatment. Hertford are enjoying the majority of the possession but no one is being afforded any time on the ball. Samantha McComish breaking up a Hertford attack. McHale combining with Kelly up front the latter forcing her way through in behind left the ball squared into Haken can’t turn as she is quickly closed down inside the D. Calls for a penalty as Snell appeared to be body checked inside the area but the appeals are waved away. 

Half-time Hertford Town Ladies 2-0 Bishops Stortford Ladies

  The half-time whistle blows and Hertford head into the changing rooms leading the game 2-0. Not good conditions for playing football the wind playing a huge part, have gotten the goals putting themselves into a good position to build on 2nd half know the wind will be against them 2nd half should see the through balls hold up better. Have the player advantage to which will be a factor as their opponents begin to tire. Bishops Stortford for their part have done very well a shortage of numbers everyone needed to step up to the plate and has, in their own half for much of the game came close to getting a goal themselves, pressed well and wind will be in their favour 2nd half.

Changes at half-time with Nicola Davey and Dempsey Favell on the field for Hertford at the start of the 2nd period the hosts to get us underway. A little lull in the wind but it won’t last long. Bishops Stortford win the ball come away on the left a driving run first by Kelly then picked up by McHale she is dispossessed outside the area the ball though coming to Martin, she has a shot 20 yards out the ball held by Morris in the Hertford goal. Tate is fouled going forwards McHale encouraged to have a go from 30 yards out the ball deflected wide for the corner. The visitors making an encouraging start to the 2nd half. 

Poppy Kelly on the attack for Bishops Stortford

  Hertford build on the right side a Ring pushing on in behind sends a cross in along the face of goal Williams arriving far side heads the ball wide. Favell with a great low ball through for Worsfold to go after bursting into the right channel, McHale comes early racing in intercept just gets there for the attacker, momentum keeps to keeper coming on gets a 2nd blocking tackle in as Ring is right behind Worsfold. The hosts starting to get a hold of the game push Bishops Stortford back into their own half once more. The visitors making she last gasp blocking tackles in and around their area, Bull, Attridge and Haken all called in to action. 

  GOAL! Hertford extend their lead a goal started ad finished by Worsfold the ball with her left side over halfway combines well with Favell breaking forwards the diagonal ball inside to her feet, Worsfold running on into the box receiving the return ball opens up her body to curl a low shot in McHale gets something in it but Worsfold gets a 2nd bite and makes no mistake 3-0.

Olivia Worsfold looking to win the ball for Hertford

  Kelly carries a real threat with the ball at her feet for Bishops Stortford attacks right is stopped by Seakens outside her box the ball played on for Favell a flowing attack she turns the ball on into the area for Worsfold peeling into space between the defence shots McHale going to ground making another good save with her legs. Williams comes off for Hertford on come Clare Pavett. The hosts have Bishops Stortford penned into the final 3rd, the wind holding the ball up in the air as Snell lifts in on for Worsfold left side she gets it up across the six yards box Ring racing in sees her shot charged down. Sende with the ball looks to get in past Worsfold on the left Bull sliding in wins the ball. Ring comes off for Hertford on in her place Karen Staples. 

  Favell plays the ball on for Pavett left side her cross inside to Worsfold central lets it run on for Snell she unleashes a shot 25 yards out, gathered by McHale. The light is starting to fade and the wind is getting stronger, won’t sit on the corner spot for Martin.

 GOAL! That though is the cue for someone to hold the ball still for the kick taker as Bishops Stortford are awarded a free kick all of 40 yards from goal the win at her back Bull over it has a go McHale laying beside the ball an outstretched finger holding it still, works as Bull catches it well the shot on target looping up and with the wind adding to the pace is over Morris before she can adjust 3-1.

Rebecca Bull with the goal for Bishops Stortford

Hertford continue to push players on Staples drifting out to the right sends in a cross/shot from the angle looping down at the near post a difficult on for McHale to deal with gets a glove to it turning it behind for the corner. The corner headed over by Davey. Into the last 10 minutes Bishops Stortford get some joy wide right winning a corner a great ball in across the six yard box by Martin isn’t attacked. 

Hertford Town Ladies, Nicola Davey

 Broghan McHale onto a loose kick out from the keeper sends a shot back in low left of the D, Morris setting herself has it covered. A free-kick wide on the right for Hertford the ball driven into the area with pace Favell gets a bullet header on it central, Teigan McHale with a fantastic one handed save especially as her body shape is taking her the wrong way. 

  GOAL! Space opening up late in the game the light fading fast Hertford attack right Davey on for Favell, good hold up play 20 yards out turns her marker to get inside drives a cross into Staples in space to the right of goal, she smashes a shot in towards goal defenders racing across to block it takes a nick and that carries it past the keeper and in 4-1. 

  Not long left Hertford finish strong Favell on for Snell right side shoots from the angle the ball skipping up of the surface claimed by the keeper. 

Full time Hertford Town Ladies 4-1 Bishops Stortford Ladies

  4-1 to Hertford Town Ladies they win their first league game of the season 4 points from the last two games taking them off the bottom of the table. A promising start to 2019 as they look to rebuild and become a force in the league. Exceptionally difficult conditions today the wind just meant there was no opportunity to get the ball down and play which would have tired their opponents out quicker, always hard to against a side without 11 on the field they will work all the harder simply because they know the have to. Patience usually paying off though.

  Full credit to Bishops Stortford a great effort from start to finish, 4-1 perhaps a little harsh one them, to start with 8 and keep their opponents from scoring a hat full of goals. The wind in their case suited them today the ball not going to stick to anyone. Great commitment shown and I’ve heard nothing but praise before seeing it for myself. If they can just get a few more committed to the cause they have got a fantastic core of talent to build with.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

   Onto this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. A tough day for playing football no doubt that wind just awful. Credit to Bishops Stortford for the work rate through out the side. For Hertford Carly Snell made a impact upon coming on scoring the 2nd goal, Dempsey Favell too influential in the 2nd half finding pockets of space bringing others into play.  Today’s award however goes to Olivia Worsfold, her link up play excellent and always looking for opportunities up front for herself and others, the wind in her favour 2nd half she got herself into some good attacking positions and scored too.

  Good job I love what I do, it was bitterly cold out there today that wind simply the worst cut right through you, glad to be in the warm this evening. Enjoyed it though I can never predict what I’m going to get and glad I don’t. My thanks to both sides for their help with the teams today much appreciated.

The Round-Up – Norfolk 20/10/19

Sunday 20th January

Norfolk Women’s County Cup

The weather played a big part in the fixture list in Norfolk on Sunday with 2 of the 3 scheduled Division Two fixtures called off due to frozen pitches. It was also quarter finals weekend in the Women’s County Cup, 8 sides potentially 2 matches away from a showpiece final at Carrow Road. As it was two of the quarter finals were called off.

That left two to be played, Thorpe United Ladies have featured in 4 of the previous Norfolk Women’s County Cup Finals including successive wins in the 15/16 & 16/17 finals. A strong lead this season in Norfolk Division one they were the favourites heading into their quarter final tie at home to Division Two side Gorleston Rangers Ladies on Sunday, and so it proved Thorpe comfortable winner in the finish ending with a double figure winning score 10-0 to book there place in the last 4.

Wymondham Town Ladies are the current holders of the Norfolk Women’s County Cup winning the trophy for the 1st time last season, would love to get the opportunity to play at Carrow Road and try and win it for a 2nd successive season. A late switch of venue saw there quarter final tie against Taverham United Women on on Sunday. Taverham’s young side enjoying a great debut season in women’s football unbeaten at the top if Division Two there toughest test yet against Wymondham playing 3 leagues higher in the ERWFL Premier Division.

Wymondham have plenty of goalscorers in their side and if they get an early foot hold in a game tend to go on and go big. The ERWFL doing just that with Becca Russell striking from distance to open the scoring in the 7th minute. Just 4 minutes later it was 2-0 Mollie O Callaghan turning in a cross. Jorja Patterson scoring a 3rd goal for Wymondham in the 15th minute. A comfortable platform early in the game it was quiet for the next 15 minutes then on the half hour goals came at regular intervals as Taverham struggled to contain Wymondham’s attack. O’Callaghan with her 2nd of the game making it 4-0. Striker Hannah Waters with a brace along with Russell who claimed her hat-trick in the 45th minute Wymondham leading 8-0 at half-time.

A 1st half hat-trick for Wymondham’s Becca Russell

Onto the 2nd half Taverham having a tough first half needing a positive start to the 2nd half keeping Wymondham out for the 1st 15 minutes managed to pull a goal back on the hour, not long before Wymondham got a goal however with Chelsea Clarke sending in a rebound to make it 9-1. O’Callaghan completing her hat-trick with 18 minutes left. Laura Nicholls Wymondham’s top scorer popping up with a quick fire brace in final 15 minutes to see Wymondham reach the semi-finals with a 12-1 win.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

The single league fixture taking place in Norfolk this Sunday was in Division Two with 3rd placed Long Stratton Women winning their 4th successive league game to close the gap to 2nd placed Fakenham to just 2 points. Were at home taking on Thetford Town Ladies. 23 goals for Long Stratton in those previous 3 games took it to 31 from 4 with an 8-0 win on Sunday. Emily Watts finding her form in front of goal scoring 5 at the weekend taking her onto 17 goals for the season with Charlie Head getting herself a hat-trick has 12 goals now. Long Stratton applying some pressure to the leading pair.

The Round-Up – Essex 20/10/19

Sunday 20th January

Essex Women’s County Cup

County Cup quarter final weekend in Essex the big guns entering the competition, holders C&K Basildon Ladies, along with Billericay Town Ladies going strong in FAWNL South East Division One and ERWFL Premier Division sides, Harlow Town Ladies & Brentwood Town Ladies who reached the final of the competition last season. Coming through the previous 3 Rounds to have the opportunity against them were ERWFL Division One side Hutton Ladies, Essex Premier Division sides, Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Harlow Town Ladies Development along with Division Two side Rayleigh Town Ladies.

The latter’s away trip to Billericay Town Ladies falling foul to a frozen weather. That saw 3 ties played on Sunday. Leigh Ramblers and Harlow Town Ladies Development riding high in the Essex Women’s Premier Division would prove a tough opponent in the quarter finals. Harlow Town away to Brentwood Town Ladies certainly the case. Harlow Town’s young side holding their opponents 2 leagues above to 1-1 after 90 minutes to take the tie into extra-time. Brentwood coming through to get the result scoring the winning goal in the extra-period of play to see them into the last 4 of the competition. Georgia Holdaway enjoying a good season in front of goal scoring both.

Leigh Ramblers Ladies leading the Premier Division were at home in the quarter finals of the County Cup taking on Hutton Ladies both sides doing well scoring plenty off goals between them and against each other too as on Sunday they shared 9 goals. Leigh Ramblers scoring 3 times, it was Hutton who came out on top scoring double that up the other end, the Essex Women’s Trophy holders into the last 4 of the County Cup. Hayley Piggott, Laura Allen and Hayley Critchell all getting on the scoresheet for Hutton along with runaway top scorers Vicky Kinsman who scored yet another hat-trick to take her onto 35 goals for the season now.

C&K Basildon Ladies are enduring a difficult season in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division, the County Cup a trophy they have had an iron grip on in recent season’s began their defence of the trophy at home against Harlow Town Ladies on Sunday. Got themselves a much needed confidence boosting win a comfortable score in the finish running out 3-0 winners to reach the semi-finals. Sophie Rhodes, Holly Turner and Maddie Thomas getting the goals.

Essex Women’s Trophy

Also quarter finals weekend in the Essex Women’s Trophy on Sunday with the sides losing in the early rounds of the County Cup going on to contest for another piece of silverware. Again one tie postponed leaving 3 quarter finals to be played.

ERWFL Division One leaders, Bowers & Pitsea Ladies were at home taking on Essex Premier Division side Southend United Ladies. A nasty injury to one of the Southend players seeing a lengthy delay whilst treatment was administered on the pitch that saw the 1st half stretch to 60 minutes. Bowers & Pitsea eventually getting the break through deep into that stoppage time with Georgia Fraser striking to make it 1-0. Southend were back on level terms 10 minutes into the 2nd half with Lauren Johnson sending the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Bowers & Pitsea with the quick response got back up the other end retaking the lead just 4 minutes later, a Sophie Dowman shot saved by the keeper, Eloise Ives following up to turn the back in to make it 2-1 and score what would prove to be the winning goal to send Bowers & Pitsea through to the last 4.

Bowers & Pitsea Ladies, Eloise Ives

Silver End United Ladies reached the final of the Essex Women’s Trophy last season. Were away from home in the quarter finals of this season’s competition up against Division One side Chigwell Ladies. The Premier Division side advancing through to the last 4 with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Angela Holden getting on the scoresheet for Silver End along with Danielle Bragg scoring for the 1st time this season Lindsey Cowell also credited with a goal for Silver End.. Victoria Parker scoring the goal for Chigwell.

The other Trophy quarter final saw Premier Division side Collier Row Tigers at home to Belhus Ladies from Division One this Sunday. The lower league side coming up against a side that had score 20 goals in their last 3 matches. Collier Row Tigers continuing that form into this game Laura Bunton now fully into her stride taking the lead in the goal scoring charts for Collier Row Tigers with a double hat-trick taking her onto 18 for the season Sarah Finch moves onto 16 for the season netting a hat-trick. Emma Harrison bagging a brace, with Helen Moriera getting a goal along with 1st goals of the season for Georgie Brophy and Natalie Oxby. A 14-0 win for Collie Row Tigers seeing them into the last 4.

Essex Women’s Division One

Two games played in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday and it was another blow for 2nd placed Dagenham & Redbridge Ladies in their pursuit of leaders Billericay Town Ladies Reserves as they suffered a 3rd defeat in 4 league matches away from home. A great result for FC Clacton Ladies lifting them up to 5th spot in the table. Goals from the dual signed Daisy Canny and Charlotte Warren seeing them win the game 2-0.

Runwell Sports Ladies are up to 4th place in Division One have won as many as they have lost with 7 now in both the W & L column results when they win they tend to win well and this Sunday was no exception away to Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves. A 6-0 win for Runwell Sports in the reverse league fixture, they again scored 6 past their opponents to claim the 3 points winning 6-1.