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Match Report Special – Kick Cancer Cup 2019

Thursday 26th September

Kick Cancer Cup 2019

 Delighted to be covering a match report of a different variety on Women’s Football East, a special date in the women’s footballing calendar in Cambridgeshire now entering it’s 5th year the Kick Cancer Cup.

  A charity match between Sam’s XI and an S-Tech XI League representative side, raising money for two very worthy causes, the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) and the Arthur Rank Hospice.

  Invited to write a match report last year only too happy to cover it again having been a spectator at previous games. The Kick Cancer Cup set up by the aforementioned Sam, Samantha Isaacson with support from many friends and family. Sam was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2015, both charities playing a large role in helping her with her ongoing treatment. In all that time has continued to play for her club Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds outfield or in goal. Sam has helped raise nearly £50,000 so far for charity.

  The Kick Cancer Cup contested between Sam’s XI and an Cambridgeshire S-tech XI assembled from the clubs playing with the Premiership and Championship in the county 17 clubs in total represented. The S-Tech XI having had the better of Sam’s XI in the first 3 years of the Kick Cancer Cup. Sam’s XI winning the game for the first time last year 3-2 will be determined to make it back to back wins. 

  Plenty to be organised, cake stall, raffle, food and bar all available the venue Histon FC’s Glassworld Stadium the pitch a good size nice and wide in very good condition. Rain earlier in the week stayed away most of the day leaving a pleasant night for football. Musical entertainment from Holly Jean Sings before the match, a singer/songwriter from Cambridgeshire. The Cambridge Dynamite Cheerleaders putting on a display prior to kick-off with band 15:48 providing the half-time entertainment. A good sized crowd building as the two squads prepared for the game.

Sam’s XI squad – Samantha Issacson, Dominika Szary, Emma D’Costa, Abi Molloy, Sarah Bodger, Jess Anderson, Seema Grewal, Nat Wells, Kirstie Smith, Georgia Astley Tyler, Nikki Cowan, Emma Place, Laura Mills, Kayleigh Whitehead, Jo Woods, Emma Clark, Jenna Hulme, Katie Luddy, Krissie Taylor, Olivia Clark, Naomi Weir, Stacey Fullicks, Michelle McCormack, Ebony Rule, Marie Stubbings, Stacey Kemp, Vicky Houchin, Joeli Kirby & Tash Applegate.

Sam’s XI Management Team – Vicky Neal & Kevin Knock.

Sam’s XI squad 

S-Tech XI squad – Beth Goodman & Fran Kavanagh (Ketton Ladies), Peggy Keeler & Steph Swinyard (Cambourne United), Libbie Read & Ruth Telfer (Cambridge Rangers), Louisa Harwood & Kat Silver (Isleham United Ladies), Caitlin McGeown & Cherish Sibanda (St Ives Town Ladies), Evie Jakes & Leah Harper (Newmarket Town Women), Jess Farchica & Carmen Herridge (ICA Sports Ladies), Alexi Waters & Eleanor McLeish (March Town United Ladies), Melissa Collins & Jasmine Luckett (Mildenhall Town Ladies), Fran Piltsch & Nikki Hancock (Park Ladies), Sydney Davies & Amanda Binge (Histon Ladies), Kayla Dortch & Charley Ireland (PNS Ladies), Hannah Lock & Jess (Cambridge City Ladies), Georgina Parrett & Katie Cooper (Netherton United Ladies), (Kat Clocherty & El Morgan (Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds), Amy Newell and Chloe Stanborough (Leverington Ladies), Beth Harding & Ella Terri (Haverhill Rovers Ladies).

S-Tech XI Management Team – Katie Critchley & Liz Pamplin.

The S-Tech XI representative squad 

  Large squads for both sides and substitutes happening on mass, didn’t even try to keep track of them, everyone playing their part in the event.

  The S-Tech XI to get tonight’s charity match underway kicking off 1st half wearing grey coloured shirts with black shorts and socks. Sam’s XI wearing blue shirts a white upper part, black shorts and blue socks. The ball put back into defence sent long at the start out to the right Georgina Parrett making the run, Jess Anderson deals with the ball at the back for Sam’s XI on the immediate counter attack the ball forwards Marie Stubbings racing in behind, the ball safely gathered by Katie Cooper keeping goal for the S-Tech XI.

  GOAL! An early goal capping a lively start to the game, the S-Tech XI attacking on the left wing the ball high slid forwards into the run of Hannah Lock sliding in to get to the ball before the defence sends in past goalkeeper Samantha Issacson across the face of goal and in of the opposite post to opening the scoring 0-1.


Hannah Lock being congratulated after scoring the opening goal 

  Laura Mills advancing with the ball down the right for Sam’s XI lays it forwards with Stubbings bursting through the middle, just a little too early the flag up against her. Both sides looking to get forwards quickly S-Tech clear on the right a cross/shot fired along the front of goal out past the far post. Parrett looks to put Peggy Keeler in as the full back goes past her in attack, Anderson across to win the challenge. The ball fed through the middle into Stubbings top of the D she looks to pass the Katie Luddy up with her, Beth Goodman close in defending against Luddy to set up an attack for the S-Tech XI, Parrett lively on the right early on. 

  GOAL! Sam’s XI come back to level the scores turning play around defending the ball put on over halfway with Stubbings latching onto it off like a hare baring down on the area into the box closing in on the six yard box can’t be caught opens her body to send a low shot under the keeper before she can get down to save 1-1. 10 minutes gone.

  GOAL! No sooner have they got back on level terms then Sam’s XI concede, Chloe Stanborough playing in centre midfield of the S-Tech Xi taking the ball on travelling a pace right side before cutting back and strike the ball well form 25 yards out the ball racing across the keeper into the bottom corner 1-2.

Chloe Stanborough

  Sam’s XI push on in attack Krissie Taylor up with Stubbings top of the area outnumbering Keller, the defender nevertheless cool under pressure keeping her eyes on the ball not letting either it get away from her before clearing for Parrett to bring up field. Mills always ready to take players on attacking down the right wins a throw deep. Keeler the first change of the match coming off with Caitlin McGeown joining the S-Tech defence. McGeown called into action straight away the ball in from the right evading the crowded near post area runs across goal, Taylor ready to pounce inside the six yard box McGeown nipping in in front of her to win the ball and clear.


 Issacson with a fantastic save down low at her near post to deny Parrett a goal as she slides in to push the ball goalwards inside the area. The ball put long for Sam’s XI, Stubbings controlling well bringing it on to the top of the S-Tech area, the opposition defence closing her option Stubbings lays it back to the advancing, Vicky Houchin she leans into a shot from 25 yards out the ball looping towards goal not troubling Cooper. A free-kick on halfway for the S-Tech XI, Goodman over it, decides to try her luck sending a high ball towards goal, drops behind for a goal kick. 

  Taylor combining with Stubbings as they advance for Sam’s XI through the middle, McGeown coming in field tackling to regain possession. Great running from Mills on Sam’s XI right wing getting deep squared a cross in intercepted and cleared near post by S-Tech’s Steph Swinyard. S-Tech quick to launch a counter offensive Stanborough on for Fran Kavanagh to race clear right channel into the area one on one with the keeper, Issacson stays big to make the blocking save as Kavanagh shoots.

   I’m getting little opportunity to put the pen down the action one end the the other Stubbings forever a threat ready to burst in behind, Cooper making the decision to race out of her box in an attempt to reach the ball before Stubbings can shoot, the ball put past the keeper, rolls agonisingly wide of the far post. Half and hour played sees a change en masse think Cooper’s still the only one out there a new team for both sides with 15 minutes of the half left. A free-kick on halfway right for the S-Tech XI, Beth Harding on it the ball towards the top of the area headed on into the area hooked clear by the Sam’s XI defence a counter on Stacey Kemp making the central run shoots from all of 30 yards out, Cooper back peddling towards her goal able to gather the ball.

   GOAL! Sam’s XI taking full advantage of all the new additions to the action bringing it back to 2-2. Stacey Fullicks building a career as a referee these days marking her return from a 4 week injury lay off with a playing cameo tonight on the ball for Sam’s Xi left side lifts the pass on for Tash Applegate in attack coming over to receive the ball a good touch and turn sees her escape her marker to make for the area, the keeper coming out to challenge a 50/50 challenge off her legs Applegate off balance staying on her feet after the ball deflected in behind and sends a shot from inside the six yard box to score 2-2.

  The new look Sam’s XI bright as they push on Fullicks keen to get forwards on the left, Harding sliding into the tackle forcing her wide, Fullicks keeping possession to cross can only find the side netting. Sam’s XI press the advantage winning a corner, the ball in towards the far post claimed confidently by the keeper. Another corner finding it’s way to though to Fullicks inside the area looks to dig the ball out of her feet between the Harding and Davies get the ball clear. The ball won back in midfield threaded through to Applegate left of the D 20 yards out strikes a swerving shot in on target, Cooper saves.

 A strong end to the 1st half for Sam’s XI have their opponents on the back foot, Applegate continuing to look for an opening. Joeli Kirby with a driving run into the box her ball forwards charged down. Kat Clocherty battling for the ball central for the S-Tech XI almost releases her attackers late on Sam’s XI new keeper gathering the ball.  

Half-time Sam’s XI 2-2 S-Tech XI

  Honours even at half-time all square Sam’s XI coming back to level thing’s up twice, the game wide open with another 45 minutes to play. Still drawing after that and it goes to penalties. Half-time entertainment underway, a fantastic crowd in attendance over 500 people great to see and a great atmosphere. Emma Place on for Nat Wells at the start of the 2nd period for Sam’s XI who restart the match, S-Tech quickly pressing the ball getting away on the right a throw won deep, the ball helped on into the area cleared, Sam’s XI breaking left side the ball lifted on Kemp getting a shot away to beat the advancing keeper but play brought back with an up raised flag.

  Jo Woods defending outside the area for Sam’s XI as Clocherty looks to play in Amanda Binge. Possession won back in midfield by the S-Tech XI forwards to Binge wins her side a corner. Harding offering herself for a short corner on the left the ball crossed in ventral top of the box Clocherty getting a shot away the ball running wide. Fullicks lining up a strike from distance wide left she’d the ball fall wide of the near post. Eleanor McLeish making a good run across her opponents defence left to right as the ball is played over the top controls well to unleash a shot back across goal from 25 yards out the strike rolling wide of the far post. 

  Good work between Kirby and Seema Grewal combining right side for Sam’s Xi sees Kemp away to attack centrally, challenged the ball out for a throw. The trio with more good work passing the ball between them to make ground up the pitch succeed in finding Fullicks on the clear wide left. Fullicks driving infield strong on the ball taking it into the box the angle tight her shot blocked, the ball lose at the near post Applegate latching onto it sees another block coming in deflected out of the box a distance shot falling behind the goal.

  A free-kick wide right for Sam’s XI, Applegate over it a good delivery into the area headed clear, Kirstie Smith latching onto it 20 yards out her shot rising over the crossbar. Pressure from Sam’s XI a strong start to the 2nd half. Play stopped though with a player down, Applegate unable to continue after lengthy treatment, good to see her back in action her game ending. S-Tech XI changing their goalkeeper with El Morgan coming on. Soon after play resumes Kirby with a strong dribbling run into the opposition area tackled before she can get a shot away.

  The 2nd change en masse now as the game enters the final half hour. Is an entertaining contest a large pitch both sides looking to get in behind, the crowd enjoying the occasion. Jess Farchica bringing the ball on from the back for the S-Tech XI, has ICA Sports team mate Carmen Herridge ahead of her she rolls it on for Melissa Collins the ball taken wide into the corner a great cross flashes in across the six yard box dangerous but no one can get a touch to turn it towards goal. Leah Harper taking the ball forwards central S-Tech regaining some momentum, rolled into Collins, tackled top of the box. 

  Kayla Dortch in to win the ball in midfield passes forwards for McLeish aiming to get away left, the keeper out to the corner of her area able to claim safely. The game moving into the final quarter hour. More changes for Sam’s XI, Stubbings back on the field. Herridge linking up with Kat Silver on the left a throw won taken quickly Herridge looking to carry the ball inside makes for the box Molloy in to challenge win the tackle for Sam’s XI. Harper getting in behind on the left into the area closed down lays it back to Herridge, Georgia Astley Tyler getting back on her to challenge has a free-kick given against her. 

Samantha Issacson

  Grewal doing the defensive work as Harper races away with the ball on the left. Issacson coming on for the final minutes of the game in attack. Harper lively for the S-Tech XI winning a late corner, fired in low into a crowded six yard box at the near post a shot blasted goalwards, Grewal defending the post blocking on the line, another scramble for the ball mayhem before the keeper can get down to smother the ball. Molloy clearing a Jasmine Luckett sees a shot charged down, the S-Tech side pushing for a late winner, Dortch with a strike from distance save in the keepers gloves. The final whistle blows the game going to penalties.

Full time Sam’s XI 2-2 S-Tech XI


  S-Tech to get the shootout underway the ball struck low and accurate into the bottom left corner 1-0.

  Michelle McCormack up first for Sam’s XI, opens her body to sends a pacy low drive wide of the keeper 1-1.

  S-Tech’s 2nd penalty struck high evading the diving keeper to nestle into the back of the net 2-1.

  Sam’s XI, 2nd penalty touched onto the post by the keeper diving at full stretch advantage S-Tech 2-1.

  The advantage gone straight away S-Tech’s next penalty hit central not having the height or power to beat the keeper 2-1.

 A chance for Sam’s XI to level things up Issacson to take their 3rd penalty struck well low into the bottom corner 2-2.

  McLeish up to take S-Tech’s 4th penalty hit well to the keepers right to make it 3-2.

   Luddy to take the 4th penalty for Sam’s XI confident to make it 3-3.

  Farchica strikes her penalty low to the left of the keeper, guessing right is down to save at full stretch 3-3.

  A chance to win it for Sam’s Xi the 5th penalty hit high the goalkeeper diving to push the ball away to send the shootout to sudden death 3-3.

  Beth Goodman to take S-Tech’s sixth penalty however she has to make a dash to the dug out to grab her boots, new tactics as she ties her laces before the spot, does the trick as she blasts the ball home! 4-3 (may well be the new routine should Ketton Ladies face any penalty shootouts during the season).

   Joeli Kirby up to take Sam’s XI has to score, agony as the keeper saves high to see the S-Tech XI win the 2019 Kick Cancer Cup.

  A penalty shootout win for the S-Tech XI to win back the Kick Cancer Cup, truth though everyone’s a winner out there playing the game for a great cause regardless of the result. 

The S-Tech XI representative side 2019 Kick Cancer Cup winners.

  A hugely enjoyable night, fantastic football despite all the changes everyone enjoying themselves a crowd of over 500 in attendance and I’m sure lots raised for charity. Congratulations to everyone playing, officiating and organising the event. Grateful to write a report, hopefully everyone is where I thought they were. Thanks to Stacey Fullicks and Liz Pamplin for getting those all important numbers and too Gary Reed for letting me use his pictures for the report.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Suffolk Women’s Division 

The last one of the week the latest league action from the Suffolk Women’s Division, plenty of goals scored once again two sides topping the table with 4 wins from 4 to open the season with contrasting results.

Needham Market Women have assembled a strong squad not only for their senior sides but too for their new Reserves side who have hit the ground running in the Suffolk Women’s Division scoring plenty of goals 60 now from just 4 games played. A huge scoreline racked up at the weekend at home to University of Suffolk Women playing their first game of the season. 28-0 is eye watering by anyone’s standards, Needham Market in form especially striker Lois Balfour 9 already this season, has 19 now! Scoring 10 herself at the weekend. Hat-tricks too for captain Amy Trenter, Katie Moore and Maria Smith. Braces scored by four more players Hannah Cobbold, Ashleigh Goddard, Milly Carter and player manger Freya Louis with Amber Leeks also getting her name on the scoresheet.

 An eye watering scoreline and not to rain on Needham Market’s parade one you don’t want to see but all results deserve some coverage. The Suffolk Women’s Division in a period of expansion great to see but these results will happen now and again. A plus 58 goal difference already for Needham Market already. A brutal start to the season for University of Suffolk Women have no details on their line-up or numbers, results you hope will only get better from here. 

In contrast Brettvale Ladies were playing their first game of the season this weekend despite having 9 points already on the board awarded home and away wins against opponents in their scheduled opening games. Keen to get going at last have strengthened ahead of the new season were away to Alresford Colne Rangers who had made a good start to the season themselves winning their opening 3 matches. Abbie Fisher making her Brettvale debut celebrating the occasion by scoring a hat-trick. Tarnya McKew making a huge impact coming in last season with her goal scoring ability beginning with a brace. A brace to for Claire Turnbull with Amie Chippendale also marking her Brettvale debut with a goal in an 8-1 win. 

Three wins from three at the start of the season see newly formed Burt Town Ladies up to 3rd in the Suffolk Women’s Division. The bulk of the squad made up of the former Walsham Le Willows squad they were up against Brantham Athletic Ladies at home this Sunday the pair sharing a 7 goal thriller all square at 2-2 at half-time with Bury coming out on top to edge the game 4-3 to keep their 100% record intact. Julie Brind scoring a brace for Bury Town, Mia Bambury also on target for a goal along with Zoe Klimcke, great to see her back amongst the goals after suffering a nasty knee injury last season. 

Henley Athletic Ladies forfeiting their opening two league games began their season last weekend with a 3-1 win over fellow newcomers Ramsey & Mistley Ladies. Made it back to back league wins this weekend away to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. Enya Moore making her debut for Henley Athletic scoring a hat-trick, first goals of the season too for Shorolla Allen scoring a brace. Amy Gilson on target firing in a goal along with Emma Long scoring on her Henley Athletic debut. A 7-1 win for the visitors Charlotte Fayers scoring for Chantry Grasshoppers her first of the season.

Joining Henley Athletic on 6 points in 5th spot are Woodbridge Town Ladies winning their 2nd 3 point haul of the season the previous coming from a home win ironically enough against Henley. A 2-1 loss on the opening day were away to AFC Kesgrave Ladies this Sunday in the league. Taking a 2-0 lead into half-time a 3rd goal added in the 2nd half saw the game won 3-0. Last seasons top scorer Jenna Liverpool netting a brace to open her account for the season. Rachael Haward also finding the back of the net for her first of the season for Woodbridge.

Elsewhere in the Suffolk Women’s Division there were first wins of the season for Brightlingsea Regent Ladies and Holland Ladies. The former at home to Ramsey & Mistley Ladies on Sunday. A 6-3 loss to Brantham Athletic on the opening day followed by a forfeited game Brightlingsea found the back of the net for 6 goals to win the 3 points at the weekend. A strong first half seeing Hannah Goldsmith score a hat-trick with Paige Knight also scoring to see the hosts 4-0 up. Knight scoring her 2nd early in the 2nd half would go on to score a hat-trick herself albeit one for the opposition credited with an own goal. Lucy Tilbury adding a sixth goal in the final 5 minutes for Brightlingsea as they collected their first 3 points of the season.

  A single goal winning the game for Holland Ladies enough though for them to win their first ever game in the Suffolk Women’s Division since joining in the summer. The former FC Clacton Ladies side way to Leiston St Margarets Ladies. Jasmine Cox amongst the goals wherever she had played on target to score her first of the season for Holland and win them their first 3 points.



The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

A strong start to the season in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One for Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies beginning the defence of their title winning their opening two fixtures scoring 19 goals. Were at home this Sunday taking on a potential challenger to their title Northwood ladies who had begun their season with a 2-2 draw away to newly promoted Hitchin Town Ladies last weekend. Proved to be a close game with a single goal settling the match Natasha McConville firing Hemel Hempstead into a 24th minute lead. A narrow advantage Hemel Hempstead forced to defend it with 10 players for the final 25 minutes as McConville was sent off. Despite the player disadvantage Hemel Hempstead held out to secure the result.

  Hitchin Town Ladies making a fantastic start to the season on their return to Beds & Herts Women’s Division One. 4 points from their opening two fixtures including last weekend’s 2-2 draw at away to Northwood were at home for the first time this weekend taking on Hartham United Ladies. Georgia Quinton firing in a strike on the half volley to score her first Hartham goal putting the visitors into the lead. Hitchin Town coming back to level the scores just past the half hour, Natalie Thompson getting her head onto captain Emma Chaffey’s corner to make it 1-1. All square at the break both keepers playing their part, Hitchin Town edged it in the 2nd period taking the lead on the hour with Samantha Coughlan through 1 v 1 with the keeper to make it 2-1 and take full of St Albans Ladies heroics in the Women’s FA Cup to climb into 2nd spot in the table with 7 points.

  Winning their first point of the season last weekend Garston Ladies travelled to play Royston Town Women Development this Sunday who themselves had secured their first point of the campaign following promotion drawing 1-1 with Hartham United Ladies last time out. Goals from Lydia Webb and a penalty scored by Ellie Wilkerson seeing Royston drawing 2-2 with Garston the visitors scoring a winning goal from a free-kick out wide looping over the keeper to secure their 1st 3 point haul of the season. Hayley Carr, Sian Fishen and Ruby Jager all celebrating their first goals of the season for Garston.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

In Bianca Vassell, AFC Dunstable Women Blues have a formidable attacker, 34 goals scored last season in their debut season on their way to winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three title. Has 11 already from 3 played in league and cup. A 10-2 win to start their league campaign this term were at home this weekend taking on Evergreen Ladies who were playing their first game of the season. Proved to be a harsh opening. Vassell scoring 4 goals she isn’t the only goalscorer in Dunstable’s line-up Emily Mitchell with a hat-trick to taking her to 8 for the season. Nicola Hollick with her fair share of goals last season also netting a hat-trick on Sunday one from the penalty spot. Gemma Williams and Nicole Cameron celebrating their 1st Dunstable goals with Kerry Mulvihill-Reed and Holly Wilks also scoring in a 14-0 win.

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples (Reserves) topping the table as they won at home on Sunday against Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies on Sunday. Awarded an opening day win drew away to Watton ladies last time out. First goals of the season from Jane Hales, Emma Trill and Yasmin Sabri seeing them win their 1st 3 points of the season to keep a point clear at the top of Division Two.

   Two wins from two to start the season for newly promoted Langford Ladies. Clinching a 1-0 win over fellow promoted side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses on the opening day continued with a win in the county cup last weekend. At home again this Sunday taking on Watton Ladies. Amber Clark top scorer for Langford last season scoring in her 3rd successive match there were first goals of the season too for Pearl Houghton and Leah Holmes in a 3-0 victory. Langford 3rd in the table.

  AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies are also promoted to Beds & Herts Women’s Two this season. Making their league bow this weekend were away to Sherrardswood Ladies. Chloe Urbanowicz amongst the goals early last season for Kempston she opened her account with a brace this Sunday so to two goals for Bex Cray with Charlie Mullins also finding the back of the net for a goal in a comfortable 5-0 win to start the season.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Three matches taking place in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this weekend. Harvesters Ladies topping the table making a perfect start to the league since joining this season making it 3 wins from 3. Were at home to Bedwell Rangers Ladies this Sunday who were coming into the match off the back of a confidence boosting first win of the season 8-1 away to Buntingford Town Ladies last time out. Ran Harvesters close narrowly missing out in a 3-2 defeat. Isobel Hughes putting the ball home for two goals for Harvesters with Rachel King also on target for her 4th goal of the season.

 A trio of sides all on 6 points behind Harvesters with 2 wins from 2 on the board. A 9-0 win at home to mark their Beds & Herts Women’s league debut Herts Vipers went one goal better this weekend reaching double figures at home to Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves. A goal inside the opening minute for Nicole Jancey with Rosie Langston opening her account just a minute later setting Herts Vipers on their way. Jancey going on to complete a first half hat-trick with Annalie Wood also scoring in the 1st period to see the hosts 5-0 up. A further five goals added in the 2nd half Jancey with her 4th 2 minutes after the restart. Rachel Wall and Rebecca Scott getting their first goals of the season, Jancey with a her 2nd 5 goal haul in just two matches adding Herts 9th with 10 minutes left Langston with her 2nd of the game seeing harts Vipers win 10-0.

  Two wins from two also for Kempston Rovers Ladies 6 points from their opening two league games a perfect start victory coming at home to Flitwick Eagles Ladies on Sunday. Leading 3-1 at half-time Kempston matching their opening day goals tally to win the game 5-1 in the 2nd half. Millie Scott scoring twice on her first start for the club. Megan Burnapp also on target to score her first Kempston Rovers goal. A first of the season too for Sabrina Stramaglia with Ellie Newbury-Bierton also on the scoresheet. Kempston Rovers 3rd in the table ahead of Biggleswade United Ladies who also have 6 points awarded the 3 points for an away win against Buntingford this weekend.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Five games played this Sunday in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership, first points of the season dropped by leaders ICA Sports Ladies sees the gap closed at the top to just a point. Very early days yet however with just a handful of games played in a 13 strong league a lot more football to be played.

Winning their opening 2 matches saw ICA Sports Ladies topping the Premiership table as they hosted newly promoted Ketton Ladies this Sunday. Ketton winning their debut game at this level 4-1 on the opening day back in league action having been involved in their county cup competition last weekend. A tough contest Ketton doing well to earn a point coming back to level the scores 3 times in the game which finished 3-3. Annie Posnett scoring a brace for ICA Sports her first of the season with Donna Nicholls also on target for a goal her 6th in 3 matches at the start of the season. Fran Kavanagh often amongst the goals for Ketton also netting a brace has 7 now from 3 played with Sascha Smith scoring her first of the campaign.

 Was a good opening day to the season for all 4 sides promoted from the Championship North and South last season with both Leverington Ladies and Haverhill Rovers Ladies winning their opening fixture meeting this weekend the pair looking to make it 2 wins from 2. Leverington of course the new name for Wisbech Town Ladies (Put that in because I typed Wisbech out of habit will try not to make that mistake too often as I get used to the new handle). Anyway hosting Leverington started the game well however it was Haverhill who would open the scoring against the run of play the ball fired home from a tight angle. Leverington responding straight away coming back to level the scores the ball crossed in volleyed in at the far post by Terri Ann Moeser for her first of the season. Leverington going on to take the lead, Savanna Plavecz finding the bottom corner for her first of the season. Haverhill’s turn to respond and scoring two quickfire goals held a 3-2 advantage at half-time. Needing to replace their goalkeeper in the 2nd period Leverington pushed hard for a reply striking both the crossbar and the post, Haverhill with a resilient performance to hold on to their lead, Leverington ended with 10 Polly Norman shown a red card, the hosts frustrated at the final whistle Haverhill collecting the 3 points an 2nd spot in the table their 100% in tact. Kayleigh Nolan captaining the side scoring her first two goals of the season a debut goal too for 16-year-old Georgia England.

Two wins from two now for Cambridge City Ladies new ‘A’ side as they climb up to 3rd in the Premiership table, a 3-2 away win against Netherton United Ladies last weekend they were at home to newly promoted St Ives Town Ladies Development this Sunday. A close fought game Cambridge with just the bare 11 a single goal enough to clinch the 3 points with Philippa Witherspoon scoring.

Netherton United Ladies getting off the mark at last having lost their opening two league games. On the road this weekend taking on Histon Ladies Reserves. Netherton off to a flyer scoring within the opening minute Emily Johnson played through to score. Histon reacted well getting straight back on level terms. Barely 4 minutes played and Netherton were leading again Johnson through again to score her 2nd of the game. Yasmin Green adding a 3rd goal for the visitors in the 19th minute. Johnson scoring to complete her hat-trick late in the first half had time for a 4th to see Netherton 5-1 up at half-time. Histon pulling it back to 5-2 within 10 minutes of the restart. Lissy Crutchfield bringing the ball out from the be striking from distance to beat the keeper and get her first of the season seeing Netherton leading 6-2 midway through the 2nd half. Histon kept going and got a 3rd goal. Netherton finishing strong with Green netting her 2nd of the game with 15 minutes left. Katie Cooper making it 8-3 with Johnson getting a 5th of the game in the 90th minute heading home to see Netherton win 9-3.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies Reserves moving from the Northamptonshire Women’s County league were making their bow in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership this weekend at home to another Peterborough based side Riverside Ladies. PNS Ladies Reserves getting off to a winning start. Kayla Dortch scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 victory. There were goals too for Larissa Frederick, Georgia Clarke and Brandi Davies.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies, Kayla Dortch

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

It’s a lot busier in Cambridgeshire on the women’s football front than before not that I’m complaining with a much expanded league this season a 15 strong single division Championship looking exciting early on and seeing plenty of goals scored. A great start to the season for Cambridge Rangers Women bringing last season’s momentum into the new league making it 3 wins from 3 at the beginning of the campaign, used to a Sunday morning kick-off were in action at 10:30am away to Newmarket Town Ladies new Development side. A strong first half seeing the visitors leading the game 3-0. Talia Irvine scoring in the 2nd half for Newmarket, Cambridge Rangers added a further two goals to collect the 3 points with a 5-1 result. Vanessa Martinez Ramos scoring a brace has 4 from 2 appearances for Cambridge Rangers. Daniella Lewis with a goal too also has 4 from 3 played. With Hoi Yee Ng and Claire Kyndt scoring their first goals of the season.

Also making it 3 wins from 3 at the start of the season are Pinchbeck United Ladies. Looking good at the start of the season making new additions to their squad were at home to Burwell Tigers Ladies this Sunday. Leading 2-0 at half-time the hosts went on to score a further 4 goals in the 2nd period to win 6-0. Captain Chloe Gray scoring a brace their were goals too for Freya Peters and Courtney Walker. With China Smith and Natalie Hudson on target for their first goals.

Losing to Pinchbeck 3-0 on the opening day of the season Isleham United Ladies have responded well to win their next two league games to climb into 3rd spot in the Championship table. On the road this weekend were taking on new comers Swavesey Spartans Ladies. Meadow Wooldridge and Tegan Collier with her first of the season scoring for Swavesey. Poppy Green bagging a brace for Isleham to take her onto 5 goals for the season. Laura Todd with a goal too moving onto 7 from 3 played and Karren Overson with her first Isleham goal winning the 3 points, 4-2 the final score.

Deeping United Ladies also moving onto 6 points with their 2nd league win of the season. Losing 7-5 in a dramatic game with Eaton Socon Ladies last time out were at home again facing Hungate Rovers Ladies this weekend their opponents still looking for their first points of the season ran Deeping United close, a first goal of the season for Caroline Sutherland and a brace from Hannah Chapman a fantastic goal from a corner along with a penalty seeing her move onto 8 goals from just 3 played winning the game 3-2.

A first point of the season earned for Mildenhall Town Ladies this Sunday, the newcomers away to Park Ladies this Sunday and eventful first half between the sides seeing them drawing the game 3-3. A brace for Georgia Stimson along with a goal for Darcie Tegerdine for Park. Annalise Brown scoring the first ever Mildenhall goal, also on the scoresheet with their first goals for the club were Jasmine Luckett and Eloise Gookley. The sides battling out a goalless 2nd half to share the points.

A first win of the season coming this Sunday for newcomers Cambourne United Women away to Haverhill Rovers Ladies Development. Emily Arnold opening her account for Cambourne in the 6th minute had a 2nd goal 10 minutes later. A hat-trick completed with 12 minutes left to play. Abbie Cotton making her first start for Cambourne with a goal in the final 3 minutes to see the visitors win the match 4-2. Gemma Codling scoring both goals for Haverhill who you feel can’t be too far away from their first win of the season either.


The Round-Up – Essex 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Essex Women’s Premier Division

All 8 sides in action in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday. Silver End United Ladies making a good start to the new season winning their opening two league matches to top the early table were at home this Sunday against Collier Row Tigers also showing good form scoring 9 goals in both of their league and cup matches so far. In the end a frustrating result for both sides as they had to settle for a point each the game finishing all square at 2-2. Laura Bunton and Roseanne Shafier with the goals for Collier Row Tigers that see both score in 3 successive games. Rosi Webb and Helen Alder on the scoresheet for Silver End United the pairs first goals for the club.

  Chelmsford City Ladies close the gap to Silver End United Ladies at the top of the Premier Division to a point winning away to Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies on Sunday. Ella Jones scoring for Beacon Hill Rovers to give the hosts an early lead, Chelmsford were soon back on level terms making it 1-1 inside the opening quarter hour of the game Shannon Kelly opening her account blasting in a shot from 18 yards. Molly Butcher giving the visitors the lead on the half hour finding the bottom corner with her first goal of the season. A 2-1 lead for Chelmsford at half-time the visitors ensuring the points won with a 3rd goals in the 2nd half Megan Hunter capitalising on a weak clearance to score her first of the season in the 78th minute.

The two promoted sides meeting this weekend in the Premier Division with Rayleigh Town Ladies at home to Billericay Town Ladies Development. The visitors short on numbers, Rayleigh coming back from 3-0 down in their opening game to draw 4-4 with Southend United Ladies. Plenty of goals in their side as they begin life at a higher level. It’ll be a surprise when you don’t see a football symbol by captain Isabelle Wallings name on full time and this was certainly not the case this Sunday with the attacker scoring 5 goals. Holly Gash often amongst the goals too scoring a brace, Louise Lawrence also on the scoresheet with a goal for Rayleigh in and 8-2 win. The visitors goalscorers Lisa Robins and Sophie Nyiro with her first Billericay goal.

  A 2-1 defeat to Chelmsford to start the season for Frontiers Ladies. Came though on penalties to advance in the County Cup last Sunday. This weekend travelled to Southend United Ladies looking for their first points of the season. The sides contesting a goalless draw at half-time Ellie-Marie Ashford struck early on the 2nd half with her first of the season to put Southend into the lead. Frontiers coming back to level the scores with Kelly Holsworth opening her account for the season. Jill Bartholomew firing Frontiers into the lead with what would prove to be the winning goal on her 50th appearance for the club.  

Essex Women’s Division One

Two sides making it 3 wins from 3 at the start of the season in Essex Women’s Division One, Aveley Ladies and Corringham Cosmos Ladies already opening up a 6 point lead at the top of the table. Aveley Ladies new to the league this season starting well at home this Sunday taking on Hutton Ladies Reserves who were beginning their season this weekend. The hosts winning the game 4-1 with Amara Drummond scoring her 4th goal of the season with 3 more players opening their accounts for Aveley, a goal each for Hayley Knott, Mia Williams and Holly Wright.

3 wins from 3 to start the season for Corringham Cosmos Women. Were away to newcomers Tigers Ladies this Sunday in Division One. A quick fire brace form Michelle Sumpter midway through the first half seeing Corringham Cosmos take a 2-0 lead. Ellie Wallace with a goal for Tigers Ladies their first in the league past the half hour seeing them trailing 2-1 at the interval. The 3 points made safe for Corringham Cosmos with 10 minutes left to play Molly McCarthy scoring her first goal for the club.

A 2-0 defeat to Corringham Cosmos, Leigh Ramblers Ladies Reserves were looking for their first points of the season as they hosted Bowers & Pitsea ladies new Development side at the weekend. Capitalised on a slow start by the visitors to open the scoring a ball over the top fired home. Bowers & Pitsea coming back to level the scores with Marina Jones scoring her first goal for the club. Leigh Ramblers getting the lead back before half-time going in 2-1 up opened up a 3-1 lead in the 2nd period. Constance Keeling getting it back to 3-2 to Bowers & Pitsea with 5 minutes left on the clock Leigh Ramblers holding on for their first win of the season, Stacy Bott and a brace for Elisha Reade celebrating their first goals of the season.



The Round-Up – Norfolk 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Norfolk Women’s Division One

Thorpe United ladies took full advantage of Bungay Town Ladies involvement in the Women’s FA Cup this Sunday to move 3 points clear at the top of Norfolk Women’s Division One. The pair both starting with back to back wins joint top along with Tavern Ladies going into the weekend. Thorpe defending the Division One title at home to Sprowston Athletic Ladies this Sunday. Another brace for captain Rebekah Lake sees her move onto 7 goals from 3 played. A brace to in the match for Aneliese Smith her first goals of the season for Thorpe. The hosts winning the game comfortably 5-0 with midfielder Laura Hedtke also on target for a goal.

A narrow defeat to Thorpe last Sunday Sprowston Ladies were aiming to bounce back at home to Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves this Sunday. A 2-0 advantage to the hosts at half-time Sprowston added a 3rd goal without reply in the 2nd half to move into 3rd in the Division One table ahead of Tavern Ladies. Victoria Leyer scoring a brace has 6 goals now from 3 played whilst there was a first goal of the season for Amee Kennett.

6 goals from 3 played for Sprowston Ladies. Victoria Leyer

 Fakenham Town Ladies suffered a heavy defeat at home in their opening game following their return to Norfolk Women’s Division One two weeks ago losing 10-0 against Bungay Town Ladies. Have had to wait a fortnight to have a chance to put things right. Were away to fellow promoted side Freethorpe Ladies this Sunday, two defeats to start their season in what would be a tough division this season. Fakenham making new additions to their squad over the close season came up against a dogged Freethorpe side who held Fakenham to a goalless draw at the break. Fakenham coming out on top to win their 1st points of the season 2nd half, Vicky Lubbock firing in a 30 yard screamer to open the scoring. Twin sister Sophie making it 2-0 heading in from a corner. Megan Spurrell also getting on the score sheet chipping the keeper to see the game won 3-0.

Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Three league games played in Norfolk Women’s Division Two this Sunday and new leaders in the fledgling table a host of new sides entering the league this season. Stalham Town Ladies making it 2 wins from 2 following their return to 11 a side football. A 2-1 away win against Horsford Women on the opening day. Back in action this weekend on the road to another returning name North Walsham Angels Ladies who recorded an opening 7-1 away victory last time out. A close contest between the pair settled by a single goal Stalham once again coming out on top in a narrow 2-1 win. Amber Mayhew credited with one of Stalham’s goal details a bit patchy on full time. Rhianne Hindle with her first of the season for North Walsham.

Stalham going top as Beccles Town Ladies having won their opening fixture 10-0 away to Bulldogs Ladies failed to bring anything home from their 2nd game of the season away to Hockering Ladies finally getting their season underway. A tough debut season for Hockering last year often struggling for numbers rode it out and have brought numbers in the squad looking stronger some useful additions and started well Beccles having the bare 11 available. A debut goal in women’s football for 16-year-old Cerys Nicholas along with a penalty dispatched by Olivia Baker seeing Hockering win their opening fixture 2-1. Megan Vincent scoring the goal for Beccles.

A host of sides now on 3 points still very early days in Division Two, Thorpe United Ladies new Reserves side going down 2-1 at home to Horsford Women in their league debut were away to fellow newcomers Mulbarton this Sunday, the visitors clinching the win to collect their first points of the season, Emily Warnes scoring for Thorpe in the first half. Chloe Mussen-Pipe celebrating a double in the 2nd half to see the game won 3-1. Nicole Read in the scoresheet for Mulbarton her first for the club.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

ERWFL Division One North

A reduced fixture list in the ERWFL this Sunday with most of the Premier Division sides playing in the FA Women’s Cup. Just the one fixture taking place in ERWFL Division One North featuring the top two albeit still very early stages in what has been a bit of a stop start affair with some sides no even starting yet. This Sunday Cambridge City Ladies Development who began their league campaign with a good 3-1 win away to King’s Lynn Town Ladies were hosting early leaders East Bergholt United Ladies the Suffolk side winning their opening two league matches. A even start between the pair Cambridge taking the lead from a Rachel Pearce corner in the 21st minute the ball in parried by the keeper Ellie Cullum first to react putting the ball into the back of the net. A 1-0 lead at half-time Cambridge getting a 2nd goal midway through the 2nd half. Another Pearce delivery causing problems for the East Bergholt defence off a free-kick seeing an own goal scored. East Bergholt pressing for a goal back late on Cambridge went on to score twice more to win the game 4-0 Freya Standing off another Pearce corner with Carla Penny on hand to receive a Molly White cross in front of goal turning and scoring.

ERWFL Division One South

Three matches played in the ERWFL Division One South, Stevenage FC Women Development making a strong start to the season winning their opening two fixtures were away to Wodson Park Ladies this Sunday who were getting their league season started. The visitors taking the lead inside the opening 15 minutes with Paige Pryor putting Stevenage 1 nil up. Wodson Park coming back to level before a brace from Lucy Bolitho saw Stevenage leading 3-1. Sherrie Evans sending the ball into the back of the net for Stevenage’s 4th. The visitors going on to win the game 5-1 with Chloe Gunn also getting her name on the scoresheet.

  Hutton Ladies starting their league campaign with a 4-0 win at home to newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies were back at home this weekend taking on Lawford Ladies who were getting their league season underway. A tough start to the season for Lawford as they were soundly beaten despite a goal for captain Daisy Canny. Hutton goal machine Victoria Kinsman continuing where she left off last season banging in 4 goals. Captain Abigail Fry also on target for a brace along with Chloe Eastwell making her 2nd start for the club getting her first goals. Hayley Piggott with a goal too in a 9-1 win.

Has been a tough beginning to the season for Leigh Ramblers Ladies beginning with 3 defeats in league and cup competitions. All away were at home for the first time this season on Sunday in their 2nd league game of the season looking to bounce back from last weeks 4-0 lost away to Hutton. Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies their opponents finding it tough at the start of the new season themselves. Kate Newton top scoring for Leigh Ramblers on their way to the Essex Women’s Premier Division title last season getting off the mark this season celebrating a hat-trick. Lucy Dalgarno getting her account opened too scoring a brace. Emily Diwell also getting a goal along with a first for the club for Georgia Holdaway. Leigh Ramblers picking up their first win of the season 7-2. Kristina O’Connell and Rosy Wodhams with the goals for Hoddesdon.

The Round-Up – Women’s FA Cup 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

Women’s FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying

The Women’s FA Cup saw 49 ties played this Sunday in the 1st Round of Qualifying with 7 ties featuring sides covered by Women’s Football East. Plenty of action to bring you, upsets, late winners, penalty shootouts all vying for a place in the next round where the sides from FAWNL Division One enter the competition.

  Saw Bungay Town Ladies win 15-0 away to Riverside Ladies in the previous round. The Norfolk Women’s Division One side were hoping for a home draw at least in 1st Round Qualifying having only been at home in 1 of their previous 9 FA Cup games. Alas it wasn’t to be yet again as they were drawn to face tough opposition in ERWFL Premier Division pacesetters Luton Town Ladies. Luton though weren’t taking anything for granted both sides have started the season well in form meeting in the FA Cup. The hosts scoring the opening goal in the 17th minute, Jess McKay setting up Funmi Babalola to send the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0. McKay involved in Luton’s 2nd goal too scored in the 26th minute the corner taker her delivery headed in by Zara Carroll. A 2-0 advantage for Luton at half-time the hosts added a 3rd goal early in the 2nd half Dionne manning getting a shot away to score. McKay influential in the 1st half getting on the scoresheet herself in the 2nd netting a brace on 61 and 75 minutes. Another corner late in the game securing a 6-0 win for Luton another corner taken by McKay, Elle Wade heading home.

  Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side were drawn away to Histon Ladies in the league above the ERWFL Division One North. The game played in difficult conditions at times St Albans more than matching their higher league opponents chances for both the visitors taking the lead on the stroke of half-time Jessica McNamara cutting in from the left and putting a low shot in at the near post 1-0. St Albans beginning the 2nd half well taking a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute, a free-kick won outside the box, Holly Williams sending a high looping ball up and under the bar to score. Histon looking for a reply frustrated Lauren Croucher performing well in goal for the visitors, St Albans going on to take a 3 goal lead with 7 minutes left to play Kayla Johnson the goal scorer. A 4th goal coming in injury time Sophie Hull celebrating the goal. St Albans knocking out higher league opposition to progress.

St Albans Ladies 4-0 winners against Histon Ladies (photo credit Gary Reed)

   Newmarket Town Women have done well in the Women’s FA Cup in recent seasons beating Netherton United Ladies in the previous round the ERWFL Division One North side were drawn away to Watford Ladies Development. A potentially tough tie on paper Watford producing some very talented sides over recent years. A hard fought victory for Newmarket in the end taking the lead in the 40th minute with young striker Anabel Cuthbert scoring her 5th goal of the season. Brooke Wickens making it 2-0 to the visitors soon after the restart Newmarket defending their 2-0 lead to progress in the competition.

  Had hoped to be at Trafford Park on Sunday to watch the FA Cup tie between Wroxham Women and Wymondham Town Ladies, hugely frustrated that I couldn’t make it events at work conspiring against me. A thrilling finish to the match seeing Wroxham comeback from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2! Wymondham starting the game well the majority of the attack Amy Bell forced to make saves early on for the hosts. Wymondham capitalising on their good start to take the lead on 15 minutes Rebecca Russell firing home the goal. Wymondham continued to create the better opportunities but just the 1 goal to show for it at the break. The visitors going 2-0 up within 5 minutes of the 2nd half starting striker Hannah Waters on target with the goal. Wroxham having taken their time to get going pushing on in search of a goal beginning to pressure their opponents the game entering the final 9 minutes ex-Wymondham winger Kayleigh Holloway crossed the ball in for Grace Birchall to score, two minutes later Wroxham were back on level terms Beth Bygrave latching onto a loose ball from 25 yards out to smash home to make it 2-2. Into the final 5 minutes Wroxham with their tails up pushing forwards Birchall fouled inside the box a penalty awarded, Amber Rowland with the pressure kick dispatched into the top corner to send Wroxham through to the next round.

   King’s Lynn Town Ladies made the trip down to Essex to face Harlow Town Ladies in 1st Round Qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, the ERWFL Division One North side up against the current ERWFL Premier Division leaders, Harlow in good form at the start of the season their squad strengthened and full of goals. King’s Lynn though proved tough opposition Harlow having to earn the win, Becky Shephard with a great strike from distance shooting in over the keeper to make it 1-0. Tayla Handscombe with a quality driven strike from 25 yards out putting Harlow 2-0 up. Tiffany Forshaw pulling it back to 2-1 for King’s Lynn. The hosts were awarded a penalty which saw Frances Gamble score to secure a 3-1 victory.

  Colney Heath Ladies were hosting Royston Town Women for the 2nd successive weekend this Sunday having lost 4-1 to their Hertfordshire rivals in the league then the ERWFL Premier Division sides were going head to head in the FA Cup this time. A great start for Colney Heath taking the lead in the 4th minute Adrienne Milton with the cross for Rianne Townsend-Brown to score. Royston responded well getting back on level terms the visitors going on to score twice more to lead 3-1 at half-time. Royston have begun the season strongly and hammered home their advantage to get themselves into a 5-1 lead. Milton reducing the arrears for Colney Heath but Royston worthy winners to progress 5-2. Rebecca Vass on target for 4 goals with Sammy Tinsley also getting her name on the scoresheet.

  One more match to bring you from the Women’s FA Cup another all ERWFL Premier Division affair with AFC Dunstable Women playing at home for the first time this season up against Bowers & Pitsea Ladies. A tough start to the season for Dunstable their only victory of the season so far in the FA Cup away to Houghton Athletic Ladies, Bowers & Pitsea Ladies bar one blip making a fantastic start to the season Dunstable came within a minute of winning it in normal time having taken the lead in the 50th minute through Kathryn Light. Danielle Styles played through on goal in the 89th minute scoring for Bowers & Pitsea to send the tie into extra-time. More drama to follow Styles heading in at the back post from a corner to send Bowers & Pitsea into the lead, Ella Claridge onto the end of a long ball forwards slotting the ball under the keeper to level things up for Dunstable and send the tie all the way to penalties. Bowers & Pitsea winning the shootout 3-2 to boo their place in the next round.

  The draw for 2nd Round Qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup made their are 13 ties involving sides in the East those listed below. To be played Sunday 6th October and I’ve decided already I’ll be making the trip down to Essex to watch Harlow Town Ladies v Wroxham Women.

  Stevenage FC Women v Peterborough United Ladies

Newmarket Town Women v Luton Town Ladies

Harlow Town Ladies v Wroxham Women

Norwich City Women v Cambridge United WFC

Cambridge City Ladies v St Albans Ladies

Ipswich Town Women v Royston Town Women

Kent Football United v Actonians Ladies

Dartford Women v Billericay Town Ladies

Ashford Ladies v AFC Wimbledon Ladies

Enfield Town Ladies v Islington Borough Ladies

Maidenhead United Ladies v Bowers & Pitsea Ladies

AFC Basildon Women v Phoenix Sports Ladies

Abingdon United Ladies v Leyton Orient WFC

The Round-Up – FAWNL 22/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 22nd September

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

Crawley Wasps Ladies 100%winning start to the season was ended at home to Watford Ladies last weekend. Still leading the way by 3 points after 5 matches since being promoted to the Southern Premier Division they were on their travels this Sunday to take on fellow promoted side, Keynsham Town Ladies who were still looking for their first league points after coming up as South West Division One Champions last term. Crawley having created chances in the first half frustrated to be held 0-0 at the break. The visitors getting the break through early in the 2nd half taking the lead in the 54th minute with Maria Ledezma-Viso scoring from out wide to make it 1-0. Proved to be the winner too as Crawley sought to find a 2nd kept Keynsham at bay the other end to bring home the 3 points and return to winning ways.

   A strong challenge being mounted behind to keep Crawley on their toes. Plymouth Argyle Ladies excellent run of league form continuing with a successful trip to the capital on Sunday to make it 4 wins from 4. The visitors taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes Natasha Knapman on target from a corner kick. Five minutes later and Plymouth had doubled their tally, another for Knapman too as she put in a ball headed across goal from Amber Pollock. Knapman going on to wrap up a hat-trick 10 minutes later tapping home to make it 3-0. A 4th goal coming late in the first half to see Plymouth in a strong position at half-time with Mollie Taylor scoring. Plymouth hammering home their advantage in the 2nd half Knapman not content with a hat-trick, in form in front of goal adding 2 more. 10 minutes left and Rebecca Dandridge volleyed a shot into the corner of the net to make it 7. An 8th goal coming through and own goal to see Plymouth win 8-0. 2nd in the table 3 points behind Crawley with a game in hand.

 A similar story for 3rd placed Cardiff City Ladies the Welsh side like Plymouth 3 points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Matching Plymouth to with 4 wins from 4 in the Southern Premier Division after losing on the opening day. Were made to work hand for this Sunday’s 3 points however at home taking on Milton Keynes Dons Women. An early goal for the hosts as Jasmine Turner fired Cardiff into a 5th minute lead. Found themselves up against it in the 2nd half especially a Milton Keynes came out strong pressing for an equalising goal, Cardiff defending well to keep a clean sheet to claim the 3 points.

  Watford Ladies up to 4th in the Southern Premier Division, building on last Sunday’s win away to Cardiff recording a 6-0 away win against Hounslow Women on Wednesday evening, Helen Ward returning to the side putting Watford into the lead late in the first half, Adekite Fatuga-Dada, Andrea Carid, Katie-O’Leary, Leanne Bell and Annie Meiwald with the goals 2nd half. At home to Yeovil Town Women this Sunday the visitors starting the season well losing their last two keen to get back to winning ways themselves. The visitors taking the lead in the 15th minute breaking fro a Watford corner to see Meesha Dudley-Jones score. Sarah Wiltshire with a fine strike putting Yeovil 2-0 up on the half hour. That the advantage at half-time Watford started the 2nd period well getting it back to 2-1 in the 52nd minute Ward getting on the end of a delivery from Emma Beckett to score. Ward then getting her 2nd to see Watford level the score five minutes later, heading it at the near post following good work from Ryah Vyse down the left. Both sides coming close to finding a winning goal late in the match Megan Chandler finding the top of the Yeovil crossbar in the 87th minute. Wiltshire striking a shot against the crossbar at the opposite end in stoppage time, the points shared.

Meesha Dudley-Jones with the early goal for Yeovil

Under the radar there remains one side in the Southern Premier Division with a 100% winning record. An eye needs to be kept of Oxford United Women who were playing just their 2nd league game of the season this Sunday away to Portsmouth FC Women who themselves were playing just their 3rd league match. A great start for the visitors attacking in the 7th minute Evie Gane close in to score a tap in to put Oxford into the lead. Both sides attacking Oxford get themselves into a 2-0 lead 10 minutes before half-time Kayleigh Hines with a fine 25 yard strike. Portsmouth on the attack 2nd half looking for a goal, Oxford looking to add to their lead both goalkeepers pulling off vital saves to keep it at 2-0. Late in the game Emily Allen took aim from 30 yards out her strike taking a deflection to find it’s way into the back of the net to give the visitors a 30 advantage. Time for more goals a minute of normal time left Mia Adaway firing in a goal for Portsmouth from inside the box. Oxford winning the game 4-1, with Cheryl Williams lobbing the keeper with the last kick of the game.

Gillingham Ladies getting the opportunity to play at the Priestfield Stadium this Sunday as they welcomed Chichester City Ladies young side still in search of their first point of the new season. Nothing separating the sides at half-time it was the visitors who would go on to open the scoring with captain Megan Fox sending the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Chichester coming so close to recording their 1st win of the season the hosts getting it back to 1-1 late in the match to salvage a point. A welcome point nonetheless for Chichester lifting them off the foot of the Southern Premier Division table up to 10th above Keynsham and Hounslow.

FAWNL South East Division One

A full fixture list too in FAWNL South East Division One on Sunday. Billericay Town Ladies leading the way were looking to keep 3 points ahead of the chasing pack as they travelled to St Neots to face Cambridge United WFC. A much changed line-up for the hosts Cambridge gave away a penalty early in the match the spot kick clinically dispatched by Danica Dougal placing the ball wide of the keeper. The visitors going on to hold a 2-0 lead at the break attacking on the right the ball crossed in central to Therese Addison outside the area central good ball control giving her half a yard she reversed the angle to send in a low strike into the bottom corner. Cambridge battling hard in defence preventing their opponents from adding to their tally 2nd half.

   Ipswich Town Women are 2nd in the table 3 points behind leaders Billericay with a game in hand away to Stevenage FC Women this Sunday were looking to continue their unbeaten run an opening day draw followed by 3 wins on the bounce. Bringing several of their talented U21s squad into the senior side this season teenager Sophie Peskett was lively from the start running at the Stevenage defence was upended inside the box to see the visitors awarded a penalty inside the opening 5 minutes. Captain Amanda Crump sending a powerful hit home. Crump doubling the lead from another spot kick 15 minutes later following another driving attack from Peskett running into the box from the left riding a challenge to shoot inside the six yard box the keeper saving only to bring Peskett down as she went after the loose ball.

  2-0 the advantage at half-time Ipswich creating plenty of chances in the first period began the 2nd period in similar fashion a 3rd goal coming in the 57th minute Crump’s corner headed goalwards going in off a Stevenage defender for an own goal. Peskett getting on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 with 20 minutes left Abbie Lafayette playing her in to turn and fire the ball into the bottom corner. A strong performance from Peskett running clear central five minutes later to strike in her 2nd of the match. Peskett the provider then crossing into the area for Lafayette to head the ball in with 10 minutes left. Peskett going on to complete her hat-trick running clear to put the ball into an empty net. Ipswich winning 7-0.

Matching Ipswich’s record are Leyton Orient WFC, 3rd in the South East Division One table with 3 wins and a draw 3 points behind the leaders with a game in hand. An early goal scored by Sophie Le Marchand sending them on their way to victory on Sunday away to Actonians Ladies. Le Marchand’s 5th goal in 5 matches. Otesha Charles also has 5 from 5 played on target to make it 2-0 to Leyton Orient midway through the 1st half. Further chances created Actonians keeping them out couldn’t find a reply the 2nd half goalless.

A tough start to life in the FAWNL following promotion for both Kent Football United and Cambridge City Ladies. 1 point between the pair so far that to Cambridge City who were away to AFC Wimbledon Ladies this Sunday. Not much between the sides at half-time few clear cut chances created the game goalless. Wimbledon getting their noses in front 5 minutes into the 2nd half Sophie Mann on target for her 1st goal of the season. A double switch for Cambridge in the 55th minute, one of those striker Megan Tonks joining the senior side following a successful season in front of goal with the Development side last term. Got Cambridge back on level terms with 20 minutes left scoring her 4th of the season to earn the visitors their 2nd point of the season. Wimbledon remain unbeaten.

Kent Football United without a point on the board travelled up to Norfolk this Sunday to play Norwich City Women who themselves hadn’t won since the opening day. Norwich taking an early lead in the match with Aimee Durrant on target to make it one nil to the hosts. Kent Football United coming back to level the scores with Charley Macneil scoring her first of the season. Norwich going on to dominate the first half Chelsea Garrett restoring the lead. Both she and Durrant through to score another goal each. Megan Todd getting on the scoresheet too to see Norwich comfortable at 5-1 at half-time. Macneil scoring her 2nd of the game for Kent Football United to bring it back to 5-2. Norwich having the final say with Natasha Snelling hitting home to see the game won 6-2 and lift Norwich up into 8th spot.

Norwich’s Chelsea Garrett shooting (photo credit Brian Coombes)

Both keepers called into action in the first half between Enfield Town Ladies at home to AFC Basildon Women on Sunday, Enfield’s Grace Brooks saving a penalty. The sides battling drawing 0-0 at the break. It would be Basildon who would take the lead in the 2nd period Holly Turner with the goal. Enfield fighting back to draw level with less than 10 minutes left Tia Bailey scoring her first of the season to ensure a share of the points and keep 4th placed Enfield unbeaten at the start of the season.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 15/09/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 15th September

Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup

The third county beginning their County Cup competition this Sunday in the East was Bedfordshire, four ties taking place in the first round. 

Bedford Ladies Development were hosting Division Three side Kempston Rovers Ladies in the 1st round of the competition, pushed hard by their opponents Division Two Bedford scoring twice to secure their place in the next round winning 2-0.

  It was also a 2-0 win at home for Division Two side Langford Ladies against Stotfold Juniors Ladies from Division Three in the County Cup 1st round. A first goal of the season for Tabitha Brown along with a goal for last season top scorer Amber Clark securing the win.

  Division Three side Biggleswade United Ladies took their Division Two opponents AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies all the way to a dramatic penalty shootout before being knocked out of the competition. Goals for Biggleswade’s Zoe Molloy and Kempston’s Charlie Mullins seeing it end all square at 1-1 to force the shootout, Kempston clinching it with a 6-5 result.

  AFC Dunstable Ladies Blues were strong at home as they advanced to the next round of the County Cup scoring double figures against Division Three opponents Flitwick Eagles Ladies. Bianca Vassell top scoring in the game with a hat-trick. Emily Mitchell scoring a brace, so too Lakeisha Fazilahmed with her first goals of the new season. There were also first goals of the campaign for Lauren Brooker, Kerry Mulvihill-Reed and Holly Wicks with Courtney McNamara also celebrating a goal in an 11-0 win.

Three games taking place in the 2nd Round of the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup the draw as follows ties to be played Sunday 20th October.

 Langford Ladies v EB Lions AFC Ladies

AFC Dunstable Ladies Blues v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies

Bedford Ladies Development v Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

There was a full programme of fixtures in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with all 10 sides in action. An 8-2 win at home to Hitchin Belles to start the season, defending champions Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies are looking strong at the start of the season as they travelled to play another promoted side this weekend. Letchworth Garden City Eagles playing their first competitive game of the season. A 5 goal haul for Bianca Hedgecock to open her account last weekend she was at it again this Sunday scoring 5 again. Last seasons top scorers Natasha McConville also on target with a hat-trick, with a goal each for Amy Bentall, Kayleigh Baker and Ella Mercer, final score 11-0.

Last season’s Division Two Champions, Hitchin Belles losing to Hemel Hempstead in their opening Division One fixture faced another tough opponent this weekend as they hosted St Albans Ladies. Cally Salter on target to score a first half hat-trick for St Albans her 3rd in the 44th minute, Ellen Salter adding a fourth just before the half-time whistle. Hitchin Belles restricting their opponents to just one more goal with Cally Salter scoring her 4th of the game 10 minutes from time. 2 wins from 2 for St Albans who travel to ERWFL side Histon Ladies this weekend in the Women’s FA Cup.

Tighter affairs elsewhere in Division One with the points shared in the other 3 matches. Hitchin Town Ladies newly promoted were away to last seasons runners-up, Northwood Ladies playing their first game of the season. The hosts opening the scoring midway through the 1st half. Hitchin Town coming back to level 10 minutes later Robyn Wilfort sliding in to beat the keeper send the ball over the goal line. All square at the break both sides attacking 2nd half sensing they can win the game entering the closing minutes Hitchin clearing in defence the ball played up field finding Samantha Couglan one on one with the keeper o score and send Hitchin into the lead. Northwood coming back at them in stoppage time piling players forwards a cross into the box sent home to see it finish 2-2. Holly Gilder and Emma Steele with the Northwood goals.

 2-2 the final score to between Garston Ladies and Houghton Athletic Ladies seeing both collect their first point of the season having both started with a defeat. Charley Kelsey and Danielle McMullan getting the goals for Garston, whilst Emily Wilson and Louise Spendelow were on target for Houghton Athletic.

Hartham United Ladies were playing at home for the first time this weekend hosting Royston Town Women Development. The hosts starting well creating chances, Royston’s keeper keeping it at 0-0. The visitors going on to open the scoring with Jazmin Racher chasing down the keeper to tap the ball into the empty net. A 1-0 lead for Royston at the break, Hartham strong in the 2nd half Janiece Allen finding the bottom corner to make it 1-1. More chances created Hartham were again thwarted by Royston’s keeper to see the sides finish level.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

With several of the Division Two sides involved in the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup there was just the one fixture in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this Sunday with Watton Ladies hosting Garston Ladies Vintage Purples. Stephanie Roads putting Garston into the lead. Watton beaten heavily on the opening day of the season, better this time around coming back to level the scores with Gemma Bickell on target to make it 1-1 and see the sides earn a point each.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

The Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup also affecting the fixtures in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three on Sunday with just two games played. A third seeing Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves awarded the home win over Evergreen Eagles. 

Big wins in the other two matches Bedwell Rangers Ladies having lost their opening game getting off the mark with 3 points won away to Buntingford Town Ladies. The hosts taking the lead with Chloe Camper putting Buntingford 1-0 up against the run of play. The goal spurring Bedwell into life the visitors going on to score 4 quick goals to lead the game 4-1 at half-time. Bedwell continued to press for more goals 2nd half adding another 4 to win the game 8-1 to collect their first points of the season. Rachel Young netting a hat-trick, there was also a three goal haul for Jessica Sullivan with Maisie Main and Freya Rampley also on the scoresheet with a goal each.

An 8-1 win for Bedwell Rangers Ladies on Sunday (photo credit Bedwell Rangers Ladies twitter)

Also scoring 8 goals at the weekend were Harvesters Ladies to make it 2 wins from 2 to start the season away to fellow newcomers Whetstone Wanderers Ladies. Two players celebrating a hat-trick for Harvesters with both Rachel King and Eve Shaw scoring 3 each. Rachel Dodd and Isobel Hughes also on target with a goal each the win seeing Harvesters move clear at the top albeit very early days.