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The Round-Up – Norfolk 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Norfolk Women’s Division One

A reduced fixture list across the Norfolk Women’s Football League this weekend with the 1st Round of the Ladies League Cup scheduled to take place. There was one league game played too in Division One newly promoted Taverham United Ladies hosting Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves both with 3 points on the board looking for the 2nd win on the season that could get their season going. Wymondham having not won since the opening day of the season getting their 2nd league win of the season winning 2-0. Rebecca Carver and Zara Krischer with her first goal for the club securing the 3 points.

Norfolk Ladies League Cup

Four 1st Round ties due to be played this Sunday in the 1st Round of the Ladies League Cup last season’s finalists Tavern Ladies saw their game at home to Mulbarton postponed. Three tie played Division One side Fakenham Town Ladies were at home taking on Stalham Town Ladies who were setting the early pace in Division Two. Fakenham progressing into the 2nd Round courtesy of a 2-1 victory, Sophie Lubbock and Megan Spurrell with the goals. Amber Mayhew scoring the Stalham goal. 

Sophie Lubbock & Megan Spurrell with the goals for Fakenham Town Ladies (photo credit Fakenham Town Ladies)


Long Stratton Women also through to the 2nd Round of the League Cup with a comfortable away win against Division Two side Bulldogs Ladies. Samantha Walker a potent threat in front of goal moving onto 6 goals for the season scoring 4 in the tie for Division One side Long Stratton. Leonie Green making her Long Stratton debut scoring her first goal for the club as the visitors progressed with a 5-0 win.

 Also in the 1st Round of the Norfolk Ladies League Cup it was an all Division Two tie between high flying Thorpe United Ladies Reserves at the top of the table hosting Red Rose Ladies. A high scoring encounter with Thorpe running out 8-3 winners at the final whistle. All of Thorpe goal scorers celebrating their first goals for the club 3 making their debut for the side. Rachael Wall with their 1st goal going on to score a 1st half hat-trick adding a 4th in the 2nd half. Annika Skoog scoring a brace on debut. Rosie Leigh too getting her first goal a minute into the 2nd half on her first start. Silvia Ribeiro also celebrating her first goal for the club.

The draw for the 2nd Round of the competition made 8 ties to be played Sunday 24th November listed below:- 

Horsford Women v Waveney Ladies

Taverham United Ladies v Thorpe United Ladies

Sprowston Ladies v Sprowston Athletic Ladies

Freethorpe or North Walsham Angels Ladies v Fakenham Town Ladies

Long Stratton Women v Thetford Town Ladies

Thorpe United Ladies Reserves v Wymondham Town Ladies Reserves

Beccles Town Ladies v Bungay Town Ladies

Hockering Ladies v Tavern Ladies or Mulbarton Wanderers

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

It was an weather affected fixture list across Cambridgeshire this weekend with just five matches going the distance across the Premiership and Championship and as October draws to a close there is still an awful lot of football to be played.

  One of the games called off affecting Premiership leaders Haverhill Rovers Ladies. This presented an opportunity to newly promoted Leverington Sports Ladies to go top of the table should they collect the 3 points against Cambridge University Women. A home fixture Leverington switched the fixture to the Thomas Clarkson Academy 3G pitch to keep the game on. Leverington starting the game well seeing the woodwork struck twice before Chloe Stanborough opened the scoring. Cambridge University coming straight back to level the scores went on to take the lead a speculative strike going in off the underside of the crossbar. The visitors going into the changing rooms at half-time leading 2-1.

Leverington Sports Ladies, Chloe Stanborough (photo credit Steve Hone)

Leverington frustrated towards the end of the first half started well in the 2nd period, Vicky Vata bringing the scores level making it 2-2 with a 25 yard strike. Stanborough with her 2nd of the game putting Leverington back into the lead would go on to score a hat-trick strong on the ball beating defenders to shoot and make it 4-2. A shot driven into the top corner seeing Stanborough collect a 4th goal in the match and put Leverington 5-2 up. Cambridge University awarded a last gasp penalty initially saved only to be retaken and converted. Leverington top on goal difference winning 5-3.

Having lost their opening fixture in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership to Haverhill Rovers Ladies, Cambridge City Ladies new A side are up to 3rd in the table off the back of 3 successive league wins. Away to Histon Ladies Reserves this Sunday, Cambridge’s young side winning comfortably 8-0 to move up the table just 3 points behind the leading pair.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

Four of the scheduled seven fixtures in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship falling foul of the weather this weekend left just three to be played. One of those lost affecting the top 3 match between Pinchbeck United Ladies and Cambridge Rangers Women top of the table it was a great opportunity for 2nd placed Mildenhall Town Ladies to close the gap to the top as they took on Swavesey Spartans Ladies at the weekend away from home. Looking for a 4 straight victory in the league Charlotte Nash found the back of the net to score her first goal for Mildenhall midway through the first half to put the visitors into the lead. Katie Hayes with her 5th goal of the season securing a 2-0 lead for Mildenhall at half-time. Hayes adding a 2nd goal 10 minutes onto the 2nd period to see Mildenhall close the gap to Cambridge Rangers Women to just 2 points with a 3-0 win.

New comers Eaton Socon Ladies came out on top in a 7 goal thriller at the weekend win for the 3rd time this season and move up to 5th in the Championship table to join a cluster of sides all on 9 points. At home were played Park Ladies who themselves could have gone 3rd in the table with a win. Debut goals for Sherrie martin and Georgia Payne plus another for Francesca Piltsch not enough for Park to take anything home from the match as they lost 4-3. Three players for Eaton Socon all celebrating their first goals for the club at the weekend, Mollie Childerley, Cerys Richards and Victoria Wilkinson along with a 2nd of the season for Maddison O’Connor winning the match.

They’re a rare result in women’s football but the final match to report on in Cambridgeshire this weekend saw Deeping United Ladies earn a point in a hard fought 0-0 draw away to Hungate Rovers Ladies.

The Round-Up – Suffolk 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Suffolk Women’s Division

Five games played in the Suffolk Women’s Division this Sunday joint leaders Needham Market Women Reserves and Brettvale Ladies not in action. Needham Markets trip to Bury Town Women falling foul of the weather. Brettvale actually moving 3 points clear at the top awarded a home win against Ramsey & Mistley Ladies. The fourth game so far in just 7 Brettvale have been awarded the points. Yes a perfect record but a hungry squad keen to play games having to sit another weekend out.

  With the side immediately above them not playing 4th placed Alresford Colne Ladies took full advantage winning at home to move 3 points clear of 3rd placed Bury Town and go level on points with Needham Market. Making it a 3rd straight league win too. At home to Woodbridge Town Ladies the sides meeting in the reverse fixture a month ago, Woodbridge with a good result winning 3-0. Kiera Hines getting a goal in that fixture on target for a brace this Sunday. Alresford have plenty of players within thier squad contributing goals this season found the back of the Woodbridge net for 3 goals themselves to win the match. Georgia Egner getting on the scoresheet with her 5th goal of the season. Vicky Hall with her 3rd of the season, there was a first goal of the season too for captain Donna Leggett. 

Also meeting in the league a month after their first encounter were Henley Athletic Ladies and Leiston St Margarets Ladies. The game at Leiston St Margarets finishing goalless. The return fixture seeing Henley Athletic hosting no less a tight affair this time around Henley Athletic coming back from a goal down to win the match 2-1. Grace Pemberton firing Leiston St Margarets into the lead. Shorolla Allen and Emma Long with her 5th goal of the season turning things around for Henley Athletic to see them win for the 4th time this season to close the gap on 4th placed Bury Town.

AFC Kesgrave Ladies also moving up the table this weekend into the top 6 of the Suffolk Women’s Division winning at home against bottom side University of Suffolk Women. The visitors managing to get 11 players an improvement on recent games matching AFC Kesgrave who themselves only had the bare 11 available. Ashley Bustos doubling her goals tally for the season scoring a brace for Kesgrave. Jade Cox getting a goal with three more players celebrating their first goals for the season in a 6-0 win. Alice Theobald, Lottie Aldous and Felicity Cooper making her first start of the season.

Brantham Athletic Ladies ending their early season slump have found some form to start moving back up the Suffolk Women’s Division a 3rd straight win in league and cup now. This Sunday at home taking on Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies. A bare 11 to for Brantham Athletic they nevertheless came out on top Danielle Harvey amongst the goals at the start of the season firing Brantham into a early lead would go on to add a 2nd in the 34th minute with Sophie Crabtree scoring in between to see the hosts leading 3-1 at the break. Ivika Thomson with the goal for Chantry Grasshoppers her first for the club. Crabtree with her 2nd of the match putting Brantham 4-1 up on the hour. Merlin Watson on target to make it 5-1 5 minutes later. Harvey going on to complete her hat-trick and add a 4th goal in the final ten minutes to take her to 9 goals for the season and see Brantham Athletic win 7-1.

Holland Ladies in 8th position in the Suffolk Women’s Division have now won 3 in a row in the league since suffering an opening day loss to Needham Market Women Reserves. Have played just 4 league games and have games in hand on all the sides above. Travelled to play Brightlingsea Regent Ladies this Sunday their fellow Essex side showing good recent form themselves with 3 straight league wins. Hannah Goldsmith scoring goals for Brightlingsea adding another this weekend to take her joint top scorer with Lucy Tilbury on 9 goals. Holland confident themselves in good form winning the match 4-1 to collect the 3 points. Becky McDougall scoring twice to put her on 6 for the season. Charlotte Warren also no target to get a goal along with Elise Purser scoring her first goal for the club.


The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies continue their 100% winning start to the season in the defence on the league title they won last season in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One. six wins from six now to keep them 6 points clear at the top. Were at home playing Houghton Athletic Ladies this Sunday a flurry of goals late in the first half seeing Hemel Hempstead win the game. Top scorer Bianca Hedgecock with a 3 minute brace on 37 & 40 minutes putting Hemel Hempstead 2-0 up. Amy Bentall making it 3-0 with her 3rd goal of the season on the stroke of half-time. No more goals added in the 2nd period Hemel Hempstead moving onto 18 points.

  Keeping up their own 100% winning start to the league in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One are St Albans Ladies, in 2nd spot made it four wins from 4 in the league to date taking maximum points, 2 games in hand of Hemel Hempstead and have yet to concede a goal in the league. St Albans winning on the road this Sunday taking on Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Two quick fire goals from Eleanor Lovelock in the 11th minute and Kayla Johnson just 2 minutes later putting St Albans into the lead two more quick goals following to see the visitors 4-0 to the good inside 23 minutes, Johnson with her 2nd of the game and a 1st goal of the season coming for Kerry Twigg. St Albans with a comfortable lead adding a further 2 goals inside the final 15 minutes, Nicola Dark opening her account for the season with Sophie Hull scoring St Albans 6th and final goal. St Albans at home to Hemel Hempstead this coming Sunday both aiming to keep their 100% winning start intact.

The contest behind the leading pair also hotting up with Hitchin Town Ladies in 3rd and Hartham United Ladies in 4th level on 10 points a piece winning at the weekend. Hitchin Town Ladies at home to fellow promoted side Royston Town Women Development this Sunday. The sides playing the reverse fixture from the opening day of the season, Hitchin Town making a great start to the season beating Royston 6-1. 7 points won in their opening 3 league matches lost to Garston Ladies 1st at the end of September. A win and a loss in cup competitions since Hitchin got back to winning ways in the league this weekend albeit the 3 points won by a much closer scoreline. An even contest Hitchin taking the lead on the half hour Bethany-ann Spavins seeing her shot creep over the line. Scrappy at times Hitchin put under pressure by Royston as they sought to find a reply both sides seeing a goal disallowed the single goal enough in the end of Hitching to collect the 3 points.

Hartham United Ladies taking on Hitchin Belles for the 2nd successive match won 4-0 away from home in the Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup last weekend, at home this weekend facing each other in the league. Hartham United aiming for a 3rd successive win a brace from Janiece Allen seeing Hartham United go 2-0 in the 1st half. Kiera Hines pulling it back to 2-1 for Hitchin Belles on the stroke of half-time. Emily Field with her 4th goal of the season. Hartham United extending their lead just past the hour Katherine Calvert on target for her first goal of the season would go on to add a 2nd in the final 15 minutes. In between Calvert’s brace there was another goal for Allen to complete her hat-trick her 6th goal of the season. Hartham United winning the match 5-1.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Leaders Langford Ladies not in action this Sunday there was an opportunity for 2nd placed Garston Ladies Vintage Purples to go top should they win the 3 points at home to 3rd placed AFC Dunstable Women Blues. 2 wins from 2 so far for Dunstable in good form scoring plenty of goals following promotion as Division Three champions. The visitors opening the scoring inside 10 minutes Nicola Hollick with her 7th goal of the season to make it 1-0. Garston getting back on level terms midway through the first half winning a corner, the ball half cleared by Dunstable, Samantha Roads volleying it back in form 25 yards out the keeper not holding onto the ball Ainhoa Beascoechea on the follow up sliding the ball in. All square at the break Dunstable restoring their lead 7 minutes into the 2nd half Holly Wilks scoring her 4th goal of the season to make it 2-1. Top scorer Bianca Vassell scoring for the 15th time this season on the hour to put the visitors 3-1 up. Hollick adding her 2nd of the game in the final 10 minutes to see Dunstable to a 4-1 win and close the gap to 2nd placed Garston to a point.

Matching Dunstable’s league form with 3 straight wins to start the season are fellow promoted side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies. Away to Bedford Ladies Development this Sunday in Division Two. A close game seeing 5 goals scored, Remi Bains getting two goals for Bedford taking her to 5 for the season. Wasn’t enough for the hosts to take anything from the game however as Kempston & Bedford edged them out 3-2 with 3 players all getting off the mark for the season, Danielle Cherry, Rachael Mumford and Nicole Raffermati.

Also promoted from Division Three last season were Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses just the one league game played prior to this Sunday had started with a 1-0 loss to Langford. A long spell without a game since one cup fixture played and lost on penalties were back in league action this Sunday and got off the mark with a high scoring victory away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies. Giselle Randall scoring plenty of goals for Woburn & Wavendon last season on target to finish 4 goals at the weekend. Amelia Glean scoring a brace one from the penalty spot, there was a brace too for Holly Venn opening her account, with a first Woburn & Wavendon goal too for Georgia-Rose Edwards in a comfortable 9-0 win.

A first competitive victory of the season coming for Evergreen Ladies last Sunday at home in the Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup beating fellow Division Two side Watton Ladies 2-1. The pair were meeting again this Sunday in the league Evergreen travelling to play Watton. The pair goalless at the break it was Evergreen who opening the scoring early in the 2nd period with Natalie Maher getting off the mark for the season. Rebecca Freeman doubling the scoreline in the 70th minute to help seal the first league victory of the season for Evergreen.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

A break from the league last weekend for both Herts Vipers and Harvesters Ladies allowing them to be caught by Kempston Rovers Ladies it was the latter’s turn to sit out this weekend as both Herts Vipers and Harvesters won at home convicingly to keep up their 100% winning starts. 5 wins from 5 for both. Herts Vipers were at home taking on Flitwick Eagles Ladies. Chloe Underwood making her first appearance of the season for Herts Vipers getting them off to a perfect start opening the scoring 5 minutes into her debut. Annalie Wood scoring to make it 2-0 just a minute later. A flurry of goals coming for the hosts late in the first half, top scorer Nicole Jancey with a quickfire double, Selin Buyukgiray also scoring two quick goals late in the half to see Harts Vipers leading 6-0. Piper Wright scoring her first goal of the season putting the hosts 7-0 up early in the 2nd half. Jancey completing her hat-trick on the hour adding a 4th to make it 9-0 with her 19th goal of the campaign. Kelsey Millen scoring with 6 minutes left to make it a double figure win for Herts Vipers.

Harvesters Ladies also at home at the weekend taking on Buntingford Town Ladies. Rachel King bagging herself a brace for Harvesters to take her onto 6 goals for the season. Also moving onto 6 goals for the season is Eve Shaw celebrating a goal. Molly O’Neill and Eleanor Keating also getting on the scoresheet with a goal a piece as Harvesters ran out 5-0 winners.

Lastly in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend Stotfold Juniors Ladies were at home to Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves. Stotfold coming into the game with back to back wins in the league were short on numbers despite that did well to hold Hitchin Town to a goalless scoreline at half-time. Stotfold going on to open the scoring in the 2nd period Chloe Ward scoring the goal on 53 minutes her 6th of the season. Hitchin Town coming back to score an equaliser in the final 15 minutes to earn a share of the points with Megan Franklin scoring her first goal of the season.

The Round-Up – Essex 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Essex Women’s Premier Division

A full fixture list in the Essex Women’s Premier Division this Sunday with the top 4 all picking up good results. Silver End United Ladies continuing their fantastic start to the season away to bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers Ladies this weekend. Unbeaten in 7 now at the start of the season dropping just 2 points Silver End recording their biggest win of the league campaign to date making a great start to the game Lindsey Cowell scoring inside the opening 5 minutes. A brace for Lauren Hannah along with a goal for Helen Alder seeing Silver End leading 4-1 at the break, Jo Smeaton with the goal for Beacon Hill Rovers. Alder going on to add a 2nd goal early in the 2nd period her 5th of the season. Rosi Webb with her 7th goal of the season making it 6-1 from the penalty spot midway through the half. Michelle Hodgson on target for her first goal of the season making it 7-1 with 10 minutes left the final score 8-1 to Silver End with Stephanie A’Len registering her first goal of the campaign in the final minute.

Collier Row Tigers remain hot on Silver End’s heels in 2nd spot a game in hand 3 points behind unbeaten themselves now from 6 played again dropping just 2 points so far. Away to Billericay Town Ladies Development this Sunday, Billericay finding some form recently winning 3 out of their last 4 in league and cup. Collier Row Tigers confident themselves scoring plenty of goals, particuarly Laura Bunton who races onto 21 goals for the season netting a brace at the weekend. A brace also for Roseanne Shafier who has 8 for Collier Row now. Mia Cooman celebrating a goal too for the visitors with Fran Pridie on target to score her first goal of the season in a 6-1 victory. Rebecca Gallagher with her 5th goal of the season scoring for Billericay.

A good result at home for Chelmsford City Ladies at the weekend at home taking on Frontiers Ladies. 3rd in the Premier Division, Chelmsford bouncing back well after a couple of frustrating results in the league that has seen them lose ground on the leaders. All the goals coming in the first half Chelmsford getting themselves into a 3 goal lead keeping a clean sheet up the other end to win their 4th league match of the season, Shannon Kelly, Georgia James and Mia Brisley with the goals, all on 3 for the season.

Shannon Kelly celebrating scoring for Chelmsford City Ladies (photo credit Ian Kendle)

Completing a quartet of wins for the top four sides in the Essex Premier Division are Southend United Ladies. Although they left it late to clinch victory on Sunday at home to newly promoted Rayleigh Town Ladies. Southend coming into the game on the back of 3 straight wins in league and cup. New signing Cristina Fragnito firing Southend into the lead with her first goal for the club. Rayleigh coming back to equalise before half-time Holly Gash scoring her 6th goal of the season. That the score heading into the closing minutes of the match Lauren Johnson on her first appearance for Southend scoring the winning goal in the final minute to make it 4 wins from 4 for club in October.

Essex Women’s Division One

A fantastic October too for newcomers Tigers Ladies coming into the month with their first league point under their belts, have gone on to win back to back league games to move up the Division One table. Now up to 4th as they win for a 3rd successive game ending Aveley Ladies 100% winning start in the process. A close game Aveley hosting Amara Drummond and Bethany Murray getting a goal apiece. Alexandra Collins scoring a first half brace for Tigers Ladies taking her to 5 for the season. Ellie Wallace on target to score her 8th goal of the season in the 82nd minute seeing Tigers Ladies win the match 3-2.

  One other match played in Essex Women’s Division One this Sunday, Hutton Ladies Reserves winning their first 3 points of the season at home taking on Chigwell Ladies. Scoring 3 goals without reply to move above Chigwell and Bowers & Pitsea Ladies Development into 6th place in the table.

The Round-Up – ERWFL 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

ERWFL Premier Division

The Women’s FA Cup pushing this weeks ERWFL Round-Up back a bit. Plenty of action to cover and it is an ever changing picture at the top of the Premier Division table with new leaders at the top. Peterborough Northern Star Ladies moving a point clear at the top winning a 4th straight league game away to Haringey Borough Women on Sunday. Taking advantage of previous leaders Harlow Town Ladies involvement in the Women’s FA Cup. Leah Cudone a prolific attacker wherever she’s played joining Peterborough Northern Star this season put 4 into the back of the net on Sunday against bottom side Haringey to take her tally to the season into double figures. A first goal of the season too for Georgia Coulson as Peterborough wrapped up a 5-1 win their only loss in the league so far this season coming on the opening day.

10 goals so far for Peterborough Norther Star Ladies, Leah Cudone (photo credit PNS Ladies)

Wroxham Women taking advantage too to Harlow’s involvement in the Women’s FA Cup despite the Essex side knocking them out in the previous round to move above them in the Premier Division table into 2nd. Back in action at home after two weeks were taking on Colney Heath Ladies, the Hertfordshire side showing good form recently to climb up the 2nd in the Premier Division table. Wroxham bringing that spell to an abrupt end taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes Amber Rowland played in to shoot and find the bottom corner. Grace Birchall amongst the goals for Wroxham early in the season netting her 23rd goal from just 9 appearances midway through the 2nd half, running into a long ball to beat the defence and shoot into the top corner. An own goal from Colney Heath seeing Wroxham leading 3-0 at half-time. Lauren Bullard introduced by Wroxham at the start of the 2nd half making it 4-0 in the 58th minute would go on to get a 2nd midway through the half to help secure a 5-0 win for Wroxham.

 Royston Town Women another side taking full advantage of others involvement in the Women’s FA Cup to climb up into 4th spot in the ERWFL Premier Division. Just 3 points behind the leaders level on points with 3rd placed Harlow now. Unbeaten in 4 in the league now won comfortably away from home this Sunday taking on AFC Dunstable Women. Just the bare 11 for Dunstable struggling at the bottom of the league Royston have goals in their squad this season notably from Rebecca Vass the new signing scoring 4 against Dunstable to take her to 11 for the season. Emma Slater and Ellie Wilkerson both getting a goal each with first goals of the season too for Angharad Chambers and Georgia Gannaway. An 8-0 win for Royston.

ERWFL Division One North

Four wins and a draw to start the season for newly promoted Cambridge City Ladies Development were leading the way in the ERWFL Division One North as they travelled to AFC Sudbury Ladies at the weekend. The hosts relegated from the ERWFL Premier Division losing their opening 2 league games without a point on the board a new look side this season a young squad. A great start to the match for the hosts though taking the lead in the 15th minute Rebecca Stephenson firing in a great shot from the top of the box taking a nick off a defender to loop up into the top corner. Sudbury going 2-0 up midway through the 1st half, Stephenson to target again striking from a long way out to celebrate her 2nd of the game. Minutes later Sudbury were down to 10 as goalkeeper Amelia Carter was sent of bringing down striker Bella Simmons outside the box. Sudbury lead 2-0 at half-time playing the 2nd half with 10. Battled hard in defence, Cambridge getting it back to 2-1 straight after the restart with Simmons scoring. Sudbury frustrating thier opponents wasn’t to be Cambridge’s day as they failed to find another goal Sudbury getting their first win under their belts.

A local derby elsewhere in the ERWFL Division One North with Suffolk sides East Bergholt United Ladies & Needham Market Women meeting in the league for the 1st time both promoted to the ERWFL this season following a season long battle last season at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division. Contrasting starts to the season, East Bergholt beginning with 2 straight wins before losing to Cambridge City a third win keeping them 2nd in the table a loss last time out narrowly at home to King’s Lynn. Needham Market Women have played just one league match to date a 3-3 draw against Histon Ladies. Meeting this Sunday the sides enjoying another close game in the end a single goal enough to secure the 3 points the win going to hosts East Bergholt, ex-AFC Sudbury player Megan Partridge on target for her 5th goal of the season since joining the club. East Bergholt moving to within a point of leaders Cambridge City.

A single goal too enough to win the 3 points for Histon Ladies away from home on Sunday taking on Newmarket Town Women in the ERWFL Division One North. A frustrating start to the season for Histon Ladies, just one point won in 3 league games coupled with two cup defeats. Bringing in several new players to bolster the squad over the close season have started to find some form back to back wins in league and cup were looking to make it 3 on the spin away to Newmarket who were keen to get their season going themselves making a good start themselves with a win and a draw. A hard fought win going Histon’s way in the finish the winning goal coming on the hour, Poppy Kelly latching onto Lauren Martin’s through ball to shoot past the keeper. Histon up to 3rd in the table with 7 points on the board.

ERWFL Division One South

Two game played in the ERWFL Division One South this weekend and with the top two not in league action it was a chance for 3rd placed Millwall Lionesses to close the gap as they hosted bottom side Lawford Ladies. The bare 11 for Lawford, Millwall making an unbeaten start to the season with 2 wins and a draw. Millwall getting off to a brilliant start getting themselves into a 4-0 lead inside 15 minutes! Ellie Lunn finding the bottom corner to open the scoring in the 7th minute. Molly Hawkins scoring from close range doubling the lead in the 12th minute. Hawkins with a quick fire double chipping the keeper on the volley to make it 3-0. Shannan Drewe intercepting and firing in a shot across goal bringing up the hosts 4th. Lawford rallying somewhat battling hard at the back. Millwall striking the woodwork. Lawford pulling a goal back in the 34th minute the ball lifted over the keeper. Hawkins though completing her hat-trick to see Millwall leading 5-1 at the break. 

Millwall slow out of the blocks 2nd half, Lawford pulling it back to 5-2 scoring from a corner. 10 minutes into the 2nd period and Millwall themselves were back amongst the goals Ruby Snowden firing into the top corner to make it 6-2. A 7th goal brought up on the hour with Samantha Middleton getting on the scoresheet with the finish. An 8th goal soon following Drewe rifling home for her 2nd of the match. Lawford not giving up by any stretch getting on the scoresheet for a third goal themselves bringing it back to 8-3. Drewe seeing her shot saved new signing Hannah Cheeseman chasing in on the follow up sending the ball over the line for her first goal for the club. Snowden getting her 2nd goal of the match to see Millwall reach double figures with 15 minutes left. A 10-3 win seeing Millwall move level on 10 points with 2nd placed Stevenage FC Women Development.

Elsewhere in ERWFL Division One South newly promoted Leigh Ramblers Ladies young guns were at home to Wodson Park Ladies. A win and a loss for Leigh Ramblers so far from 2 league games played. Wodson Park yet to win a point frustrated at the start of their season. Leigh Ramblers bringing in Georgia Holdaway this season, amongst the goals last season playing for Brentwood was on target again this weekend for her 3rd goal since joining the club. Emily Diwell also on target getting her third goal of the campaign to see Leigh Ramblers win the match 2-0 to move clear in 4th place in the table.

ERWFL League Cup

Postponed from a fortnight ago ERWFL Division One South leaders Hutton Ladies were away to Norfolk side King’s Lynn Town Ladies in the ERWFL Cup group stage this weekend. The Essex side with a 100% success rate so far in league and cup matches to start the season and scoring plenty of goals in the process, a strong start for Hutton, King’s Lynn making an indifferent start doing well to keep their opponents for scoring this weekend for the first time this season Hutton drawing a blank in front of goal. King’s Lynn going on to win the match 3-0. Captain Becky Russell scoring twice to move onto 5 goals for the season with attacker Oksana Imanalijeva scoring her first goal of the season.

The Round-Up – Women’s FA Cup 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Women’s FA Cup

A place in the 1st Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup this Sunday with 24 ties taking place across the country. 8 of those ties involving clubs playing in the East. Plenty of action to cover and goals scored.

It was to one of these ties Women’s Football east headed to at the weekend an all FAWNL South East Division One clash to watch Cambridge City Ladies at home playing AFC Basildon Women. The Essex side travelling in good form with 3 successive victories under their belts. A fast start to the match Basildon on the offensive however it was Cambridge who would open the scoring inside the opening 3 minutes, a fluid move from back to front carving their opponents open Charlotte Gillies receiving the ball wide right playing it central to pitch out the run of Laura Mills opening up her body top of the area to place the ball wide of the advancing keeper. Basildon responding well pushing players forwards putting the Cambridge defence under huge pressure forcing errors straight back on level terms the ball played straight to Poppy Binding 20 yards out right side smashed in make it 1-1. Basildon racing into a 3-1 lead within 10 minutes being played, Holly Turner crossing across the face of goal for Binding to tap in her 2nd at the far post then Turner herself running at goal under challenge inside the box firing in a goal. 

Holly Turner with the goal to put Basildon 3-1 up

 A frantic start to the match there was no let up in the action Basildon playing well piling players forwards the Cambridge defence busy. Chances created Cambridge doing well to get it back to 3-2 Charlotte Gillies on the right winning the ball racing with it into the Basildon box shooting at the near post the ball slipping through the keepers fingers into the back of the net. Basildon restoring their 2 goal lead before half-time, Binding with a composed finish completing her hat-trick as the ball was delivered across the face of goal. 

A first half hat-trick for Basildon’s Poppy Binding.

A fast paced all action affair the whole match report can be found on the following link:-

Cambridge starting the 2nd half well receiving a further blow as Basildon went 5-2 ahead early in the 2nd half, Kelly Wealthall heading in from close range off a corner. Another corner seeing Basildon get into a 6-2 lead, Turner up high to head the ball smashing down off the crossbar Wealthall there to turn it back in for her 2nd of the match. A third goal conceded from a set-piece as Gemma Abela lifted a well taken free-kick up over the keeper and under the bar to make it 7-2. Cambridge getting a goal back late on substitute Karly Tolentino played in by Mills to fire a shot from the left in across the keeper. Basildon safely through to the 1st Round Proper.

East Midlands Regional Premier Division side Peterborough United Ladies had knocked out higher league opposition in the previous round of the Women’s FA Cup winning away to FAWNL South East Division One side Stevenage FC Women. Their reward in 3rd Round Qualifying a home draw against another FAWNL side, Midlands Division One team, The New Saints Ladies. Peterborough starting the match well on the attack opening the scoring inside the opening 15 minutes striker Keir Perkins with the close range finish to make it 1-0. The New Saints coming back to level the scores Laura Pennington scoring from a corner. 1-1 at the break. Peterborough continuing to create chances the game entering the final 20 minutes the visitors taking the lead, Kimberly Bebbington with the coll finish to make it 2-1. Peterborough coming back to level the scores themselves the game into the final 10 minutes Donna McGuigan firing home. The New Saints getting on the attack finding the winning goal with 5 minutes left to play Bebbington on target to score her 2nd of the game to see the tie won 3-2.

Actonians Ladies were at home in 3rd Round Qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup the FAWNL South East Division One side hosting, Fulham FC Foundation Ladies. The visitors playing in the London & South East Regional Premier Division taking the lead Lauren Peck putting Fulham in front from a free-kick. Actonians coming back to level the scores with 22 minutes left, last seasons top scorer, Alessandra Barreca scoring her 4th goal of the season. Barreca scoring again with 15 minutes left to play to put Actonians into the lead completing a hat-trick inside the final 10 minutes to put her side into the draw for the 1st Round Proper.

Leyton Orient WFC  from the FAWNL South East Division One were also taking on London & South East Regional Premier Division opposition in 3rd Round Qualifying making the trip to play Queens Park Rangers. The lower league hosts making a 100% winning start to their league season taking the lead in the 6th minute, Amelia Cutler with the goal to put them 1-0 up. Leyton Orient getting back on level terms with Ellie Stenning getting the goal to make it 1-1 midway through the first half. All square at the break the winning goal coming just past the hour going the way of the visitors, Otesha Charles prolific in front of goal at the start of the season scoring her 14th goal of the campaign to see Leyton Orient advance in the Women’s FA Cup.

Lower league opposition two for FAWNL South East Division One leaders, Billericay Town Ladies a local derby too away to Harlow Town Ladies, making a strong start to the ERWFL Premier Division. Harlow in great form with goals in their side, taking the lead Becky Shephard racing in from the left in on goal shooting the ball gloves away by the keeper, Beth Chambers racing in on the follow up there first to send the ball over the line. Billericay coming back to level before half time attacking right the ball crossed in near post Zoe Rushen sliding on to score from close range. 1-1, Harlow doing well, Billericay finding the all important winning goal from a corner the delivery long to the far post, defender Laken Ducher-Clark bundling the ball over the line to score her first goal of the season and sent Billericay into the 1st Round Proper. 

At least on Regional league side were guaranteed a place in the 1st Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup with Bowers & Pitsea Ladies of the ERWFL Premier Division already making history in the competition hosting fellow league side, Luton Town Ladies. Bowers & Pitsea holding Luton to a goalless draw at the break the visitors breaking the deadlock 2nd half. Jess McKay finding the top corner from a Zara Carroll free-kick. Luton yet to concede in the competition making sure of a clean sheet at the other end going on to double their lead McKay with a superb finish scoring her 2nd of the match. Rebecca Wilson-Kane adding a 3rd goal for Luton to see them advance in the competition.

The final two 3rd Round Qualifying ties in the Women’s FA Cup all FAWNL South East Division One affairs. Another East Anglian derby, saw Ipswich Town Women in good form riding high at the top of the league hosting Norwich City Women. Another high attendance a fantastic crowd of over 650 their to watch the game. Ipswich dominant right from the off taking the lead inside 3 minutes Anna Grey firing a shot into the top corner to score her first senior goal for the club. The lead doubled inside the opening 15 minutes, Grey with the assist crossing for Natasha Thomas to score her 5th goal of the season. Thomas making it 3-0 to Ipswich 10 minutes later. Ipswich creating further chances awarded a penalty in the 38th minute, Paige Peak hitting the post able to bury the rebound to see the hosts lead 4-0 at half-time. Aimee Durrant pulling a goal back for Norwich early in the 2nd half. Ipswich comfortable soon getting back into a 4 goal lead Sophie Peskett on the follow up at the back post latching onto the spilt ball to score. Maddie Biggs wrapping up a 6-1 win for Ipswich in the final minute of the game.

Enfield Town Ladies were hosting fellow league side AFC Wimbledon Ladies on the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday a strong start to the season for both Wimbledon unbeaten in the league taking the lead midway through the first half Sophie Manzi on target for her 4th goal of the campaign. Enfield coming back to level 10 minutes later with new signing Beth Lumsden scoring her 8th goal since joining at the start of the season. All square at the break I was keeping up with things on twitter as best I could and it looked like the game was going to head into extra-time only for Wimbledon to come up with a late winner Manzi striking for her 2nd of the game to win it 2-1 for Wimbledon in the dying seconds.

The draw for the 1st Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup made live on Talksport this Monday the ties to be played Sunday 10th November listed below:-

Crewe Alexandra Women v Barnsley Women

Northwich Vixens v Liverpool Feds Women or Brighouse Town Women

Norton & Stockton Ancients v Durham Cestria or Chester Le Street

The New Saints Ladies v Chorley Women

Leicester United Women or Leek Town Ladies v Lincoln City Women

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Luton Town Ladies

Woodlands Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies

Ipswich Town Women v AFC Basildon Women

Cheltenham Town Ladies or Exeter City Women v Leyton Orient WFC

Actonians Ladies v AFC Wimbledon Ladies

Chesham United Ladies v Southampton FC Women

Southampton Women’s FC or AFC Bournemouth Ladies v Portishead Town




The Round-Up – FAWNL 27/10/19

The Round-Up 

Sunday 27th October

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

Crawley Wasps Ladies return to the top of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division scoring 2 goals late on their match on Sunday away to Milton Keynes Dons Women to win the 3 points. Late goals the theme of the week for Crawley both fore and against. A point collected in midweek as they took on Gillingham Ladies at home on Wednesday evening. Natasha Stephens seeing Crawley take the lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half lat drama saw 2 more goals come in the final moments of the game. Ellie Jeffkins getting Gillingham back on level terms in the 88th minute. Back came Crawley to retake the lead a minute later with captain Naomi Cole on target. Grace Harrison lobbing the keeper in stoppage time to see Gillingham take a point home with them.

  This Sunday Crawley Wasps headed to the Stadium MK. Milton Keynes having made a promising start to the season, falling down the table in a rut of poor results just one point won from their last 6 league matches. Have yet to win at home this season either. A first half that saw few chances the sides goalless at the break. Both coming on 2nd half coming close with shots Crawley hitting the crossbar from a corner with 87 minutes on the clock the visitors breaking the deadlock in the 89th minute. A superb strike from Hope Nash her first goal of the season firing Crawley into the lead. A free-kick won outside the box in stoppage time dispatched clinically by Rachel Palmer to secure the win for Crawley and see them back leading the table having set the early pace.

Cardiff City Ladies climb a place up to 4th in the Southern Premier Division table, getting back to winning ways  at home to Hounslow Women. Cardiff with a strong first half winning the game 6-1 to close the gap on the leaders. Grace Horrell scoring a brace, so too Nadia Lawrence scoring her first goals of the season. A first goal of the season too for Morgan Rogers. Kelly Issac also getting on the scoresheet with a goal for Cardiff. Hounslow improving 2nd half getting a goal through Sue Kumaning her first for the club. Other results going against them Hounslow slip to the foot of the table.

  That result being the clash between fellow strugglers Keynsham Town Ladies at home to Chichester City Ladies on Sunday. Keynsham bottom of the table without a point on the board after 6 played a tough start to the season following promotion as South West Division One champions last season. Chichester now faring much better having lost several players have just one point so far from 7 played. Sharna Capel Watson scoring her first goal for Chichester seeing them drawing with Keynsham 1-1 at the break. Ellie Curson getting on the scoresheet for Keynsham midway through the first half. The winning goal coming in the 70th minute, Curson striking with her 2nd of the match to see Keynsham win for the first time this season 2-1 the 3 points taking the off the bottom above both Hounslow and Chichester.

One more game played in the Southern Premier Division this Sunday although full time has it listed as postponed Oxford United Women were at home taking on Gillingham Ladies. Both with good results in midweek, 27 goals in 3 games now for Oxford including 5 without reply away to Milton Keynes on Wednesday. Gillingham with two late goals away to Crawley taking home a point. This Sunday Oxford dominating the chances in the first half were held to a 0-0 scoreline by Gillingham. The visitors taking the lead themselves 4 minutes into the 2nd half scoring from a 30 yard free-kick which looped over the keeper. Oxford pressing looking for a reply fell further behind just past the hour, Gillingham’s forward brought down inside the box, going 2-0 up from the resulting spot kick. Oxford creating more opportunities couldn’t find a goal, the woodwork struck won a penalty themselves at the death reducing the arrears Gillingham held on to win 2-1 to make it 4 points from the past 7 days.

FAWNL South East Division One

One league game played this Sunday in FAWNL South East Division One, an opportunity for Stevenage FC Women to pull away from the bottom sides as they played host to bottom side Kent Football United. Stevenage looking to build on last weekends great 3-2 cup win away to league leaders Ipswich Town Women. The hosts scoring 3 goals in the first half as Kent wasted opportunities in front of goal. 3-1 the half-time score with captain Amy Makewell on target and first goals for Lucy Webster and Chloe Gunn returning after a long injury lay off. Erin Pope scoring from a free-kick against Ipswich to win the match last time out, her first goal of the season scored for the 2nd successive game another set-piece strike to make it 2-1. Amy Makewell on the scoresheet again for her 10th goal of the season to see Stevenage in full control leading 5-1 with all the goals coming from outside the box. Kent Football United pulling a goal back to make it 5-2 are still bottom and without a point on the board after 6 played. Stevenage with their 3rd league win of the season up to 7th in the table.


10 goals for the season for Stevenage FC Women captain, Amy Makewell (photo credit Gary Reed)


One cup tie played this Sunday from the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate, and all Division One clash with South East side, Cambridge United WFC hosting South West counterparts, Maidenhead United Women. The visitors with an early goal to open the scoring Simone O’Brien scoring from a free-kick in the 6th minute. That the score heading into half-time. Maidenhead battling hard defensively to prevent Cambridge finding a reply keeping a clean sheet to win the game and advance to the next round of the competition.

Match Report – Cambridge City Ladies v AFC Basildon Women

Sunday 27th October

Women’s FA Cup

A trip to Ely City FC this Sunday to watch another match from the Women’s FA Cup the competition reaching 3rd Round Qualifying 24 ties taking place across the country with the winning sides advancing to the 1st Round Proper. Today’s game an all FAWNL South East Division One clash with Cambridge City Ladies hosting AFC Basildon Women. 

Heavy rainfall once again on the Saturday leading up to the game, hit a number of fixtures more on the other side of the country, the East fairing better, a bright start to Sunday the game on. The Dencom Stadium home of Ely City FC the new home for Cambridge City Ladies this season as they reach their highest level since reestablishing a women’s side. Playing in the FAWNL South East Division One have enjoyed a rapid rise through the women’s football pyramid moving up from the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership and through the ERWFL in just 4 seasons. Collecting numerous other silverware along the way most recently winning the Hunts FA 125 year Premier Cup beating St Ives Town Ladies in midweek. Have a total of 3 women’s sides this season with their Development side promoted the the ERWFL this season off the back of a trophy laden season and a new ‘A’ side competing in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership.

  History made last season too as Cambridge City reached the 1st Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup for the 1st time in their history. Promoted to the FAWNL this season has been a tough start to life at this level just 5 points on the board to date from 7 played entered the Women’s FA Cup in 2nd Round Qualifying a home time against giant killers St Albans Ladies the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side knocking ERWFL side Histon Ladies out in the previous round gave Cambridge City a scare going 2-0, the hosts fighting back to pull level the game all square at 3-3 after 90 minutes Cambridge getting over the line in injury time.

A new chapter of sorts in the history of Basildon, now AFC Basildon Women the Essex club like Cambridge City enjoyed a rapid rise through the woman’s football pyramid and collected a fair amount of silverware themselves as C&K Basildon Ladies, that ear coming to an end two seasons ago. Uncertain times for a while the club coming close to folding have forged a new beginning. Losing most of the 1st team the clubs Development side was more or less thrown in at the deep end to try and compete in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division a tough campaign finishing bottom the young squad learning alot about itself have grown.

  A new beginning in FAWNL South East Division One a strong social media presence, Basildon have recruited well bringing in the likes of Poppy Binding from Harlow Town Ladies and Kelly Wealthall who has experience with West Ham United Women amongst others is a very young squad still learning it’s game most still teenagers. Comfortable in mid-table results a mixed bag early on showing great form so far this month winning 3 on the bounce in league & cup in October. A 4-0 away win against Cambridge City in the league back in September.

The heavy rain the day before threatening the game, a dry start to Sunday sun getting onto the pitch the game on. The pitch with a good covering of grass, very wet sticky underfoot. A large playing surface overlooked by a high seated stand above the changing rooms. The bar beside open along wit the kitchen serving hot drinks. New new cinema and restaurant park leading into the stadium that is one of a number of sporting venues close by. A warm day in the end the sun having a bit of heat in it could actually take the coat off… won’t be saying that for much longer. The clocks going back the night before it would be setting during the game a factor in the 2nd half especially.

  Cambridge City Ladies starting XI – Dominika Szary, Ceri Flye, Amy Reed, Robyn Phillips, Becca Fay (C), Hannah Bodily, Sofia Castiglione, Charlotte Gillies, Beatrice Fitzsimons, Laura Mills & Carla Penny. Subs – Lauren Tomlinson & Karly Tolentino.

 AFC Basildon Women starting XI – Charlotte Bolland, Sophie Rhodes (C) Alex Bailess, Grace Gillard, Mollie Debell, Gemma Abela, Poppy Binding, Cerys Adams, Courtney Clarke, Kelly Wealthall & Hollie Turner. Subs – Sophie Spencer-Webb, Maddie Thomas, Amy Jacobs & Sarah Wilson. 

Cambridge without strikers Megan Tonks and Shannon Shaw, in to the side comes Carla Penny who has enjoyed a great start to the season with the Development side netting 10 goals in 7 appearances. Basildon to get the cup tie underway, wearing an all light blue kit. Cambridge wearing white shirts with black shorts and black and white hooped socks. Basildon lively from the off the ball long from the back up to Kelly Wealthall moving left tackled the ball out for a throw taken quickly the cross lifted up into the area, goalkeeper Dominika Szary catching comfortably for Cambridge. 

Basildon getting players forwards with purpose a driven pass up the left with Courtney Clarke making a good run a well timed tackle from full back Ceri Flye. The visitors press the ball high, Hollie Turner almost away Szary out to the edge of her area to clear.

  GOAL! A bright start from Basildon they are hit on the counter Cambridge working the ball forwards in an excellent move to take the lead. The ball cleared from the back into Carla Penny back inside her half on the right helps in on down the wing for Charlotte Gillies racing past her she plays it early central for Laura Mills running clear central bearing down on the area, opens up her body to put her shot past goalkeeper Charlie Bolland coming out to close her down to place the ball into the goal beyond 1-0. 3 minutes played.

Laura Mills with the opening goal for Cambridge City Ladies

Basildon are straight on the attack after the Cambridge defence pressed giving the ball away on right intercepted by Turner she flashes a ball across the face of goal, Wealthall racing in far post can’t quite get there. 

GOAL! Doesn’t take long for Basildon to get back on level terms, players swarming forwards have Cambridge pushed back inside their area, the midfielders up supporting the attacking three, the ball is cleared straight to Poppy Binding 20 yards out right side of the D a clinical finish the ball driven hard and low to nestle in the back of the net 1-1 Basildon equalising within 2 minutes.

Poppy Binding puts Basildon level straight away

   Basildon come on in attack Clarke a threat on the left side of attack looking to get in behind. The Cambridge defence making hard work of clearing the ball a rebound put straight into Turner she races free left side looks to play in Wealthall, Cambridge captain Becca Fay managing to get her foot of the ball first get it back to the keeper the clearance miscued, Basildon close down, Cambridge scramble it away. Basildon attack right side a low cross into the six yard box Fay managing to cut out Szary down to smother the ball.

 GOAL! The game turned completely around in the space of 4 minutes Basildon coming from behind to take the lead the visitors pushing forwards numbers on the left the Cambridge defence drawn out a low cross driven in on the angle, the ball turned in at close range by Binding for her 2nd of the game at the far post 1-2. 

 GOAL! All action at the start of the first half no sooner have Basildon taken the lead then they score another the ball won in the middle of the park put forwards into the box right side with Turner making the run into her path under challenge from Fay six yards out gets a shot away going to ground sending it past Szary to score. 1-3. Less than 10 minutes played.

Holly Turner with the goal to put Basildon 3-1 up

  Cambridge shell shocked look to get forwards play broken up in the middle by Cerys Adams Basildon quickly turn the attack around, Clarke, Turner and Wealthall all on the move, Wealthall central sees the ball fired into her, Fay getting back on hr tackling well before she can get a shot away. Binding linking with Adams plays a cross in for Wealthall positioned central inside the area, drags her shot wide of goal. Fluid play from Basildon passing quickly at the start of the game. 

Courtney Clarke receiving the ball for Basildon

  Mills tries a long one over the top for Penny, almost succeeds through behind the defence a good starting position from Bolland sees her out to wrap her gloves around the ball first. Gillies latches onto a ball on the right takes it on towards the area shooting on the angle looking to put it across the keeper, Bolland down well to make the save. Cambridge getting a little joy on the right with Gillies pace winning a throw the ball lifting into the area a firm header clear by Basildon defender Mollie Debell. Penny moving out to the left given the ball closes in on the area firing a cross in cut out and cleared by Grace Gillard. Cambridge recovering a little getting forwards Penny again unleashing a shot from 25 yards out safely held by Bolland.

Carla Penny looking to get away from Basildon’s Grace Gillard

  Basildon remain a threat getting players forwards at will the front three pressing the Cambridge back line. Clarke central almost plays in Wealthall, then Turner, Robyn Phillips and Flye defending on both occasions for Cambridge the rebound coming to Clarke for a 3rd time she has a go for goal herself sending her 20 yard effort over the bar. Cambridge come left Beatrice Fitzsimons on for Penny played inside for Sofia Castiglione to strike from distance, Gillard blocking for Basildon.

GOAL! Less than 20 minutes played and another goal goes in as Cambridge pull a goal back, good work on the right from Gillies to win the ball managing to stay on her feet runs on into the box the angle closing as she bears down on the near post gets a shot away, Bolland looks to have it covered gloves down to take the ball… to her horror though it slips through her fingers and behind her into the back of the net 2-3.

Cambridge City Ladies, Charlotte Gillies

  Binding wriggling free on the right with the ball in behind whips a high cross into the six yard box dropped by Szary as she rises near post, no one there on the follow up the keeper able to grab it. Clarke strong to win the ball on the left wing gets in behind coming inside into the cross looking up to cross, Phillips sliding in well to get her foot on the ball take it away from the attacker. Strength to shown by Turner as she brings the ball down off a throw in on the left top of the area turns inside before sending a cross/shot wide across the face of goal.

Cambridge’s Robyn Phillips sliding in to stop Basildon’s Courtney Clarke

Gillard at the back winning it for Basildon showing a great range of passes to put the ball up for the attacks twice getting Clarke away to take the ball on left side. A dangerous ball crossed in for Turner and Wealthall, Cambridge defence not making things easy for themselves as their clearances can only find a blue shirt. The pitch slick not easy to play on heavy with moisture. Turner getting the wrong side of Fay as Adams puts the ball on through the middle shoots from the top of the area beating the advancing Szary her effort running wide.

 GOAL! Almost half an hour played at a furious pace and Basildon restore their 2 goal lead. Binding completing her hat-trick. Turner setting her up strong again shoulder to shoulder with Phillips left side into the box as she is fed the ball from midfield closing in on the byline puts a cross in along the face of goal, Binding at the far post a yard out, shows a cool head composure as players close her down to make sure the ball crosses the line 2-4. 

  Flye defends for Cambridge as she is outnumbered on the left by Wealthall and Turner the latter managing to get a cross in as Wealthall is dispossessed her cross cleared by Fay. Cambridge build from the back a good crossfield pass picking out Gillies clear on the right chasing on towards the area Mills available for the cross on the penalty spot the ball behind her lays it back towards Hannah Bodily to shot closed down the ball squared to her right for Castiglione to hit on the half volley sends her strike over. 

Cambridge’s Sofia Castiglione

 Basildon win a corner on the left a dangerous ball put into the six yard box a glancing header takes it wide out to the opposite side a throw won on the right Basildon keep players forwards. Between them top of the area Binding and Adams send the ball on central Alex Bailess latching onto it 30 yards out smashes a shot wide of goal. Conditions slippy, Fay with a good recovering tackle central as Wealthall almost spins in behind her. Phillips with a pass back for the keeper to clear as Turner looks to out muscle her inside the box. Cambridge get the ball forwards Bodily into Penny up top seeing the ball into her body spins to put Gillies away on the right her cross unfortunate to land on the roof of the net. 

  Turner blasts a shot wide from 25 yards out. Gemma Abela attempts to play Wealthall in through the middle, Phillips with a leg out making a vital interception for Cambridge. The hosts build through the middle Mills combining with Gillies to put the ball on for Penny central, Bolland quick to the edge of her box to slide in claim the ball. Castiglione bringing the ball on for Cambridge late in the first half releases Gillies on the right shooting from the angle is straight into the keeper midriff. 

Half-time Cambridge City Ladies 2-4 AFC Basildon Women

  An all action first half comes to an end, glad too so I can have a rest my own fault I suppose for writing everything down but it also conveys the temp of the match a fast paced start 4 goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Basildon making a great start Cambridge though carving them open to take the lead. Straight back to level the Essex side racing into a 3-1 lead. The action never let up. Cambridge on he rack defensively Basildon putting them under pressure closing the ball down high up the pitch clearances rushed keeping the hosts on the back foot for long spells. Came back well to get it back to 3-2 Basildon creating opportunities restoring a 2 goal lead before half-time. A huge as to keep that pace up for the whole game. Cambridge you feel need the next goal if they are to get back into the game.

  Basildon make a change at half-time Clarke looks to have taken a knock a threat on the left for the visitors 1st half is replaced by Amy Jacobs making her first appearance for the 1st team fresh from scoring a hat-trick for the Development side in their 3-1 win over Billericay Town Ladies Reserves in the County Cup last weekend.  The sun sitting lower in the sky facing the goal Cambridge are defending 2nd half. Cambridge to get the 2nd half underway. 

 The hosts winning an early corner put into the box from the right the ball headed clear back out to the taker a second cross put in central in front of goal, Mills close on Bolland the keeper holding confidently under pressure. Debell bringing the ball on from the back for Basildon plays it to the right for Binding allowed to go on with the ball crossed in the clearance falling straight to Adams racing in central 25 yards out doesn’t catch it cleanly no power as it runs wide. 

Hannah Bodily playing the ball forwards for Cambridge

 Gillies remains a good outlet for the ball on the right as Cambridge look to get forwards another superb crossfield pass seeing her race away shoots on the diagonal, Bolland drifting across to cover her near post getting her gloves up to palm the ball down into the ground and claim on the bounce. Szary up the other end called into action down low back on her line to save as Abela gets a shot away from the top of the area right off a throw in. Good work from Turner inside the area on the left close on goal puts across goal deflected behind wide at the far post for a corner kick.

 GOAL! Basildon extend their lead early in the 2nd half 52 minutes on the clock the corner played into a crowded six yard box, Wealthall central with the stooping header driving the ball in from close range 2-5. 

Kelly Wealthall battling with Cambridge’s Laura Mills to win the ball.

  A blow for Cambridge they get on the attack looking for an immediate response Fitzsimons clever to get away on the left reaching the top of the area plays the ball long across the box with Gillies on the gallop right side looks to strike the ball on the bounce, skips up off the pitch coming into her as she puts her foot through it sending it up over the bar. Jacobs carrying the ball on left side slips Turner in to attack the area, frustrated complains she is held as Szary comes to smother the ball. Cambridge get a corner as they attack right side the ball cleared dropping towards Castiglione 25 yards out central takes on the first time strike, swerving through the air moves away wide of goal.

Beatrice Fitzsimons playing the ball for Cambridge City Ladies

  Cambridge make a double change bringing off Penny and Phillips for Karly Tolentino and Lauren Tomlinson. Basildon make a change too bringing off Debell for Maddie Thomas. Castiglione plays the ball on for Fitzsimons getting away on the left her cross in close to the byline won by Gillard coming across to defend the near post. Th game more open in the 2nd period the tempo slowing a heavy pitch sapping energy. Basildon win a corner left side Cambridge clear Gillies taking it on right side up to Tolentino she crosses early, Bolland taking it high at her near post. 

Cerys Adams on the ball for Basildon

  Abela threads a pass through the middle looking to put Turner away as she spins in behind, Fay reading in lunging to intercept the ball. Hands across foreheads everywhere to see against the setting sun a clash of heads seeing a pause in play. Both players up and okay Basildon get on the offensive Turner strong on the left shooting towards goal with the outside of her boot, Szary claiming well at her near post despite Wealthall closing her down. Basildon look a threat from set-pieces having already scored from one corner come close again as a ball from the right is played long to the far post a free header fired over. 

 GOAL! Just as I write that Basildon get a 6th goal from another corner, won on the left a fantastic ball in Basildon packing the box, Turner rising highest to head the ball from inside the six yard box her effort smashing against the bar falling straight to Wealthall to send across the line and score her 2nd of the match 2-6. 

  The game entering the final 15 minutes Basildon leading comfortably. Cambridge get forwards Gillies running down the right winning a corner. Wealthall back to defend clearing at the near post. Tomlinson defending well up the other end for Cambridge as Turner looks to peel away into the right channel, prevents her getting a shot away top of the area. The substitutes combine through the middle for Basildon Thomas bringing the ball on central on for Jacobs shoulder to shoulder with Tomlinson forced right manages to get a shot away across the keeper Szary moving to cover the angle adjusting fantastically to throw herself the other way and get a hand in the path of the ball to save.

  Cambridge get up the pitch a corner won on the right taken short up the line to Flye, lays it infield for Fay to blast towards goal 20 yards out, on target blocked at the near post by Turner. Basildon make a third change , Binding coming off on comes Sophie Spencer-Webb. The game entering the final 10 minutes. Tomlinson strong to win the ball left side gets forwards in attack sends a dangerous cross into the six yard box, Bolland coming for it able to grab before Tolentino can latch onto it.

  GOAL! Turner surging forwards with the ball a marauding run is brought down around 25 yards from goal right side, referee Stacey Fullicks awarding the free kick. Abela over it the sun at her back low in the sky. A brilliant strike sending the ball up to dip under the crossbar 2-7.

Gemma Abela scoring from a fantastic free kick to make it 7 for Basildon.

 Mills picks the ball up 30 yards from goal left of the area head down drives forwards looking for a way through the Basildon defence Bailess closing her down to win it back for the visitors. 

Basildon’s Alex Bailess

  GOAL! Mills tenacity on the ball sees Cambridge get a goal late in the game carrying on forwards from midfield left side fires it through for Tolentino peeling away on the wing in behind shoots early on the angle to put the ball past the keeper and score 3-7.

  Bodily fouled in the middle the advantage played as Tolentino gets hold of it on the left brought down outside the area Cambridge have the free kick. Castiglione over the ball fired in low Basildon clear falls straight to Flye shoots from distance central lacking pace off target Bolland able to move across her goal to claim. Cambridge press late on Tolentino right swinging in a cross close to the near post Bolland spills it, Rhodes close by heading it behind to concede a corner one last chance for Cambridge to pull a goal back Castiglione shoots over.

Full time Cambridge City Ladies 3-7 AFC Basildon Women

  Basildon advance to the first round proper of the Women’s FA Cup beating Cambridge 7-3. Overall a convincing win a strong performance particularly in attack getting forwards quickly and with intent putting the Cambridge back line under pressure forcing errors. Coming back from an early set back going a goal down, to lead 3-1 with just 10 minutes played. Cambridge on the back foot responding well to get it back to 3-2 Basildon restoring their 2 goal lead in a fast paced 1st half. The 2nd somewhat slower but on top with an early goal scored 3 from set-pieces to lead 7-2. Cambridge pulling a goal back late on can have little complaints not at it defensively today. Despite that some fantastically well worked goals clinical when given the chance. Basildon full of confidence putting in a strong performance.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  Onto this afternoon’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. For Cambridge Charlotte Gillies with a good game wide right a threat getting forwards offering runs the whole match. A good all round team performance from Basildon today, Poppy Binding scoring a hat-trick. Strong going forwards with pace and purpose the front three in particular. Courtney Clarke a threat on the left first half. Kelly Wealthall in attack edging it for me Holly Turner strong with the ball at her feet good movement on and off the ball.

Plenty of action to cover plenty to type up and that tends to be set by the tempo of the game itself. An enjoyable game to watch a fast paced first half settle down a little in the 2nd some great goals scored. My thanks to both sides for the team details always appreciated. The draw for the first round proper of the Women’s FA Cup to be make live on Talksport radio at around 6:15pm this Monday.

The Round-Up – Cambridgeshire 20/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 20th October

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

Last one of the week finishing with all the latest league and cup action from Cambridgeshire. Newly promoted Haverhill Rovers Ladies continuing their excellent form in the new look Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership top of the table made it 4 wins from 4 so far this season at home to Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds on Sunday, A brace each for Joeli Kirby and top scorer Kayleigh Nolan now on 6 for the season plus a first goal of the season for Amy Evans securing a 5-0 victory. 

  Hot on their heels climbing a place into 2nd in the premiership table are another newly promoted side, Leverington Sports Ladies. Having begun the season with a win lost their 2nd league game at home to Haverhill a narrow 3-2 defeat. Leverington bouncing back well winning 3 on the bounce in league and cup to climb the table. Back to back league wins coming away to Riverside Ladies at the weekend. Sophie Swinden top scorer for Wisbech Town as they were last season continuing her fine goal scoring form in Leverington colours scoring all the goals in the visitors 4-1 win to take her into double figures for the season from just 5 played. Kerry Camwell getting the goal for Riverside her first of the season. 

Cambridge University Women late to the party as always in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership got their league campaign underway this Sunday at home taking on bottom side Histon Ladies Reserves. Last season’s League Cup finalists hitting the ground running scoring 8 goals against their opponents to get 3 points on the board early on move them straight up to 9th in the table. The final score 8-2 with Anneka DeAth and Annalisa Player scoring for Histon. A 13 strong league just one side has played 5 games so far plenty of twists and turns to come.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship

 15 sides competing in the new look single  Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship. Cambridge Rangers Women continue to set the early pace 5 wins from 5 now to lead the table by 5 points. At home taking on Swavesey Spartans Ladies the league leaders coming out on top in a physical match to win by 4 goals to 2 to keep up their winning start. Daniella Lewis, top scoring for Cambridge Rangers netting a brace has 9 for the season now. Claire Kyndt and Lauren Lock also getting on the scoresheet with a goal a piece. Holly Buck and Stacy Askew with the goals in each half for Swavesey Spartans.

  Having started the season with a heavy 8-0 defeat at home to current leaders Cambridge Rangers Women. new side Mildenhall Town Ladies have responded fantastically, drawing their next game have now gone on to win 3 on the bounce a run that sees them climb up into 2nd spot in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship. Were at home to fellow newcomers Eaton Socon Ladies this Sunday. A goal from Georgia-Louise Dargan just past the half hour seeing Mildenhall take the lead, Katie Haynes adding a 2nd goal 4 minutes before half-time. Jasmine Luckett putting the hosts into a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd half. Haynes with her 2nd of the match sealing a 4-0 win 15 minutes from time.

Another new side showing good form are Cambourne United Women. 3 wins on the spin now in the league after suffering two heavy defeats in their opening games. Moving up the Championship table into 5th position. Were at home to Isleham United Ladies this Sunday. A 3 win in a row coming courtesy of goals in each half from Emily Arnold her 5th of the season and Helen Calder-Hall to secure a 2-0 result.

Almost a month since they were last in competitive action Burwell Tigers Ladies having started the season well with back to back wins were at home to Hungate Rovers Ladies this Sunday who themselves were without a point on the board after 3 played. A first goal of the season from Jessica Krauss securing Hungate Rovers first point of the season as they drew 1-1 with Burwell Tigers.

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup

One League Cup tie played this Sunday the postponed fixture between Championship sides Pinchbeck United Ladies and Deeping United Ladies. Pinchbeck at home have made an excellent start to the season winning 3 out of three neck and neck with Cambridge Rangers early on but postponements have seen them out of competitive action for almost a month has done nothing to dampen that form a strong first half performance seeing them leading the match 7-1. Deeping United would rally in the 2nd half scoring a 2nd goal, Pinchbeck safely through adding a further 2 goals to win 9-2. Freya Peters and Courtney Walker both scoring a hat-trick. Victoria Bradford on target for a brace her first goals for the season. with Rebecca Navarrette also getting on the scoresheet with a goal.