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Cup Final Special – Hitchin Belles Women Blues v Stotfold Women

Sunday 5th May

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

A quick turn about in Bedfordshire for today’s 2nd cup final with Colney Heath Ladies still celebrating their league and cup triumph attention turns to this afternoon’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final with Hitchin Belles Women Blues taking on Stotfold Women for the trophy.

The League Cup the senior cup competition with all the sides across the 4 divisions in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League taking part. In the finish the Premier Division Clubs dominating both competitions, the top flight in Beds & Herts always a competitive league often featuring a thrilling title contest. The League Cup final no exception.

This afternoon’s prize.

Another presentation taking place before kick-off with the winners of Division Three collecting their awards, Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses reforming a new women’s team this season storming to the title clear of the rest with a 100% record, well done to all.

Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses, Division Three Champions

Onto today’s opponents, Hitchin Belles Women a long established side with the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League have regrouped this season after losing a number of experienced players a couple of season back, ironically to today’s opposition Stotfold. Have since brought in a new crop of experienced players recruited from the old AFC Dunstable Women Reserves side. Found life tough going in the Premier Division at the start of the season picking up just one victory and 3 draws in their opening 9 matches, but have since turned thing’s around showing great form in the 2nd half of the season losing just one more match in their final 7 league outings, 4 wins in that spell pushing them up to 6th in the table. That form also getting them through to the League Cup final. Nicola Hollick the clubs top scorer with 14 goals this season. Marsha Glass on the scoresheet too for 8 goals during the campaign.

Stotfold Women formed just last season, building a team full experience playing in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League, as touched on previously taking several players from Hitchin Belles were a strong side entering the league in Division One. Finished 10 points clear at the top of the table winning all but one of their 18 league matches. Promoted to the Premier Division the Bedfordshire side didn’t make a great start with just 2 points earned in their opening 5 matches, since then has been a different story with 8 wins in their final 11 matches including a 4 game winning streak at the end of the campaign that has seen them finish in 3rd place. Have a three way tie for top scorer with 3 players, captain, Amy Jack, Charlotte Peters and Amber Olney all on 10 each.

Road to the Final

  Both sides awarded a bye in the 1st round of the League cup the football action beginning in the 2nd round. Hitchin at home to Division Three side, Bury Rangers Women, goals from Marsha Glass and Gemma Williams along with a brace for Nicola Hollick securing a 4-0 win. Stotfold drawn away to play Division One side Harpenden Town Women u23s, Charlotte Ryan opening the scoring, Millie Frazer soon doubling the lead going on to add a 2nd goal in 2nd half, Amy Jack, Charlotte Peters and Amber Olney also scoring in a 6-0 victory.

Onto the 3rd round of the League Cup, Hitchin at home taking on newly crowned Division Two champions, Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Hollick on target for both goals to secure Hitchin a 2-0 win and a spot in the last 8 of the competition. Stotfold taking on Division One opposition with a trip to Sherrardswood. Amy Jack on target to rattle home 4 goals with Millie Fraser scoring a hat-trick, Lucy McShane, Olney and Peters all on the scoresheet too, final score 10-0.

Into the quarter finals, Hitchin once more at home taking on Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses Reserves form Division One. Progressed into the last 4 courtesy of a 3-0 win, with Hollick, Hollie Quince and Holly Thomson getting the goals. Stotfold once again on their travels playing Division one side, Berkhamsted Ladies. Peters getting the goal for the away side but with the sides drawing 1-1 at the final whistle the tie was to be settled from the penalty spot. Stotfold going on to win the shootout 4-2 to progress into the semi-finals.

An all Premier Division line-up in the last 4 and all fancying their chances of reaching the final. Hitchin were away taking on Langford Ladies who had shown strong form earlier in the season. A close match a single goal settling it, Hollick with the goal to send Hitchin into the final. A tough game for Stotfold too, away to league challengers, Garston FC Ladies. Amy Jack and Kiera How scoring for Stotfold, however goals from Emma Steele and Emma Trill saw the game finish 2-2 and Stotfold having to contest another shootout. Held their nerve to win it 3-1 to book their place in the final.

A lovely sunny afternoon at Kempston Rovers FC, getting the team details sorted early giving me a vital few minutes to grab some food from the kitchen hatch and I went of the special, chilli and chips, very nice it was too before taking up position for the 2nd game of the day. A good sized crowd building in anticipation of today’s League Cup final.

Hitchin Belles Women Blues

Hitchin Belles Women Blues starting XI – Lauren Brooker, Georgia Carey, Rachel Spendelow (C), Ella Parker, Lily Ludford, Emily Peat, Holly Thomson, Natasha Ridley, Hollie Quince, Maddison Woodcock &Marsha Glass. Subs – Amy Dewar, Ella Vizard, Nicole Cameron, Chloe Davis-Garcia & Helena Saul.

Stotfold Women

 Stotfold Women starting XI – Orlagh Daly, Charlotte Ryan, Cleo Haynes, Chloe Keller, Bonnie Woodward, Amy Jack (C), Charlotte Peters, Leigh Burrows-Hall, Storm Moore, Keira How & Amber Olney. Subs – Amelia Bacon, Maizie Marsh, Isabel brown, Lucy McShane, Rebecca Lightfoot & Chloe James.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

Captain’s Amy Jack and Rachel Spendelow with this afternoon’s match officials

  It’s Stotfold to get the 2023/24 Beds & Herts League Cup final underway kicking off in the first half wearing Amber coloured shirts with black shorts and Amber socks with Hitchin wearing an all blue kit without their top scorer Hollick. The rolled back into the defence Bonnie Woodward laying it out to Chloe Keller on the left played forwards into Cleo Haynes the midfielder driving on with the ball through the middle sending a diagonal ball out to the right for Storm Moore to attack, Holly Thomson defending for Hitchin the ball cleared for a throw.

Hitchin Belles, Holly Thomson

  Lily Ludford combining with Maddison Woodcock for Hitchin taking the ball upfield on for Emily Peat bursting into the left channel, Keira How getting back on her to defend play the ball out for Stotfold. Stotfold press down the left to win an early corner. Fired in to the near post the ball squirming through everyone to strike the post bouncing back out into play before being smashed away the clearance striking Woodcock full in the face, rebounding behind, could have gone anywhere. The Hitchin player stunned on her knees the game stopped and checked out she is okay to play on. 

 An even start, Hitchin keeping a tight shape pressing Stotfold well, neither side making much headway in the final 3rd. Stotfold winning a free-kick 30 plus yards out on the right, Charlotte Ryan to play the set-piece into the box, Ella Parker under it to head clear for Hitchin. Stotfold snapping in to regain possession with players up around the box rolled into Ryan coming left sending her shot over from 20 yards.

  Progress for Hitchin on the left winning a throw inside the Stotfold half taken quickly into Natasha Ridley outside the area left corner helps it on for Marsha Glass ahead of her turns looking to roll her marker, Woodward in close attendance, doesn’t let the attacker through. Stotfold captain Amy Jack sending a threaded ball out to the left for Charlotte Peters to cross into the box, Parker intercepting the ball for Hitchin.

Stotfold captain, Amy Jack

  Ryan bringing the ball on from the back for Stotfold on the right sees her diagonal ball clipped into the area headed behind by Parker for a corner kick. The delivery played in to Amber Olney positioned central the top of the area looks to turn the ball goal wards sends it angling wide of the far post.

 Hitchin working hard to get the ball up the flanks getting on with the ball, crossing opportunities limited however as Stotfold get back to close the ball down. Glass given the ball 25 yards out checks inside from the right, driving at the Stotfold defence, jinks left then right before unleashing a shot, her attempt put straight at Stotfold’s goalkeeper, Orlagh Daly. 

Hitchin Belles, Marsha Glass with Stotfold’s Charlotte Ryan

  Signs of frustration from Stotfold, Hitchin’s formation causing them a few issues as they look to get the ball moving, Jack on for Haynes out to Moore on the right, Thomson defending the ball out of play. Hitchin making a change bringing off Peat, sending on Nicole Cameron. Peters with Leigh Burrows-Hall on the left pushing on down the line the cross looped up into the Hitchin box, Ludford under it to clear the threat. Hitchin get on the counter attack the ball played up to Glass breaking into the right channel in behind after the ball, Daly comes rushing out of her area, to try and win the race, just about gets there stopping the ball with her legs to slow Glass’ progress and her defence track back to defend the open goal beyond, Keller in position to block Glass’ shot on goal as she gets hold of the loose ball.

Stotfold’s Chloe Keller

  Hitchin encouraged press the ball, Ridley on for Cameron to take on to the edge of the box right side her cross/shot put wide as referee Jacob Hamilton calls for the 1st drinks break of the match. Stotfold unsettled needing to calm down, Hitchin working hard to frustrate their attacks. Play resuming with a Hitchin throw out on the left. Woodcock playing the ball on for Cameron up the line, dinks the ball into the box looking for Glass, Peters back to get a foot in play the ball behind for the corner kick. 

  The corner swung in towards the near post sent behind for a 2nd set-piece. Played in central this time, Haynes gets hold of it for Stotfold brings the ball away to safety. Stotfold build through the middle Jack with Haynes forward into Olney she looks to release How bursting away on the right, Thomson get a foot out to cut out the pass.

Stotfold’s Keira How

 Ludford coming off worse in a 50/50 challenge as she goes to kick the ball, looked nasty, certainly painful but is up back on her feet ready to play on. Stotfold are stirred up can’t get their game going as Hitchin continue to work hard to keep things tight at the back, Ludford getting about the pitch winning the ball well. Stotfold making another change bringing off How, send Maizie Marsh into the game. Olney taking the ball down into the left corner, working to get inside to lift a cross into the six yard box, Thomson turning it behind for a corner.

  Played in towards the near post, goalkeeper, Lauren Brooker calling for it, making a confident claim. Jack surging on with the ball for Stotfold though the middle lays in on for Olney who sweeps the ball out to Marsh wide right, her cross floated into the area, taken cleanly by Brooker. Glass snatching possession back for Hitchin high on the right pushes up to the corner of the penalty area sending an angled ball in towards goal, Daly getting hold of it before Woodcock making a run in central can pounce.  

 Amy Dewar sent on for Hitchin to replace Glass. Stotfold feeling some decisions are not going their way adding to their frustration Jack getting a warning from the referee as she challenges a decision. Hitchin catching Stotfold in possession, Glass nicking the ball threading it on for Woodcock central, looking to get on the move attack the box, Haynes getting back at her to tackle for Stotfold. Haynes coming off than for Stotfold with Amelia Bacon.

  Ludford on the ball for Hitchin bringing it on through the middle played on for Dewar she looks for the give and go with Woodcock to her left, Woodcock playing the pass forwards, can’t quite get to the ball before the Stotfold defence clear their lines top of the area. Hitchin winning a free-kick on the right, close to halfway, Stotfold unhappy with the decision… Red Card! Jack has said something the referee is unhappy with and is incredulous as she is shown a straight red card and sent off!

Amy Jack shown the red card

 Stotfold reduced to 10 players late in the first half, nevertheless get on the attack down the left Olney out to Peters a corner won. Curled into the near post, Ludford defending for Hitchin. The counter attack on the ball on for Quince up the right crosses into Dewar outside the D, Bacon stepping out to close her down deny the shot. A frustrating first half for Stotfold comes to an end as the two sides head into the changing room for the respective team talks.

Half-time Hitchin Belles Women 0-0 Stotfold Women

 Stotfold certainly frustrated in the first half, unsettled with Hitchin playing a new formation working hard to limited their opponents opportunities going forwards. Chances have been limited the tactics working with neither side making much head way in the final 3rd. Those frustrations leading to Stotfold’s captain, getting sent off. Work to do to prepare for the 2nd half, now being played with a player down. Not always the advantage Hitchin will need to find a way to make their extra player count, still very much all to play for. 

 During the half-time interval, another league presentation, this time for Letchworth Garden City Eagles who have won the Division Two title, well done to all. 

Letchworth Garden City Eagles, Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two Champions

 Stotfold emerging from the tunnel early, ready to get going again, Woodward wearing the captain’s armband now. Making a change Haynes ready to return to the action replacing Bacon. Hitchin back out ready to get the 2nd half underway have Peat back on the pitch with Quince substituted. The ball played back towards Thomson plays it up the left, Woodcock fouled as she goes to attack the ball. The free-kick lifted up into the box, cleared by Haynes.

Stotfold’s Charlotte Peters

  Peters plays the ball into Haynes the midfielder getting on the move a powerful run taking her all the way into the box left of goal, Carey getting close to her for Hitchin putting the the challenge to clear before Haynes can get support up to her. Both sides setting themselves up to keep it tight not let the other cut them open, Stotfold dropping off a little inviting Hitchin on looking for an opportunity to counter. 

Hitchin Belles, Amy Dewar

 A different feel about the game now, Woodward marshalling her side to keep their shape, Hitchin pushing up Peat with Woodcock playing the ball to the left, Thomson putting her strike straight at the keeper. Haynes making some powerful runs from the middle to get up into the Hitchin area again turns looking for options, Ludford closing her down to regain possession.

Cleo Haynes with some powerful runs for Stotfold

 Olney turning the ball into the box for Haynes up to the left, Spendelow tackling the ball cleared out of the box, Burrows-Hall latching onto the loose ball shooting from range, Carey getting in the way to block. Hitchin making a change Quince returning to the action in place of Dewar. Stotfold competing for the ball winning a free-kick out wide for a shove in the back, a high ball played into the box, Brooker getting up to pull the ball down into her gloves.

Bonnie Woodward captaining Stotfold in the 2nd half

  Woodward up the other end heading a Ludford free-kick from halfway out of her area. Haynes continues to make good runs up the pitch dragging Hitchin players with her, but lacking options when she reaches the box outnumbered Hitchin having to build from the back again. Haynes on the move into the right channel as Burrows-Hall sends the ball into her path bursting into the box, Carey closing her do timing her tackle to put the ball out for a corner kick. 

 The corner swung into the area over Ryan near post, appeals once more as Peters goes down but nothing doing a Hitchin look to counter attack, Quince carrying the ball down the left all the way to the by-line under challenge runs the ball out of play. Glass returning to the action for Hitchin. Ryan allowed to travel with the ball through the middle for Stotfold, unleashes a powerful strike from all of 40 yards out, on target, Brooker producing a fabulous safe leaning back to get her arm up and glove the ball over the crossbar. The resulting corner swung in under the crossbar again caught high by Brooker in the middle of her goal.

Lauren Brooker making a superb save for Hitchin Belles

  Ryan then called into action to defend up the other end as Glass getting hold of the ball attacks from the right, the challenge seeing the ball played behind for a corner kick. Turned into the area the ball defended Hitchin with players up quick to get it back Ludford into Cameron played out to Glass wide right her cross floated into the area claimed by Daly. Stotfold get the ball up to Moore running om up the right wing, squares her cross into the box, Parker running back to defend getting there to cut out the pass ahead of Olney.

Stotfold striker, Amber Olney

 GOAL! 20 minutes played in the 2nd half chances limited, for both sides, Moore with the ball at her feet gets on up the right wing closing in on the by-line cuts her cross back into the near post, Olney making the run, Brooker getting down to try and stop the ball, only succeeds in knocking it up into the air, Olney’s eye lighting up as the defence looks to get back on the line she connects sending it home to put 10 player Stotfold into the lead rushed over to the cross provider, Moore to celebrate 0-1.

Amber Olney hugging Storm Moore as she puts her side into the lead

 Hitchin falling behind get a corner up the other end, everyone from Stotfold in the box lined up to defend it played in near post, Cameron coming to the ball loos to flick it of her head towards goal, Daly seeing it late with a reactive save knocking the ball up into the air, Woodward sending it clear. Another drinks break needed, Stotfold pumped up having got their noses in front.

  Ludford with an angled ball into the Stotfold area from the left taken down into the keepers gloves. Stotfold defending their box, not willing to concede any space in behind. Hitchin continue to probe down the flanks crosses put in from left and right dealt with Woodward and Burrows-Hall respectfully. Haynes the player willing to break forwards for Stotfold her marauding runs eating up time if nothing else, hard to get off the ball lays it out to Moore on the right her cross whipped into the area, intercepted crucially by Quince tracking back with Olney breaking central.

Stotfold’s Storm Moore

  Stotfold determined to hold onto their lead, Hitchin struggling to find and answer to finding a way through on goal. Glass managing to break in behind the defence as Peat from the right lifts a cross into the box, Daly getting her glove on the ball to keep it off the attackers head. Glass 25 yards out seeing the ball into her feet helping it on for Woodcock breaking down the right, Burrows-Hall out to meet her clearing for a throw.

  Peters looking to get on with the ball on the left for Stotfold, Spendelow in to challenge play the ball forwards into Woodcock,, puts the pass inside for Glass, Haynes coming back to put in the tackle. Haynes picking up the ball through the middle goes on another surging run, Carey getting across to put in the tackle 25 yards out the ball loose to the right of goal, Olney running onto it blazes her shot over the bar.

Hitchin Belles captain, Rachel Spendelow

  Into the last 10 minutes, Peters on the turn corner of the area sends her shot racing past the far post. Woodcock snapping back at Stotfold to win the ball 20 yards out plays it out to Glass pulling right, falling as she goes to strike the ball, pulls her effort in towards the keeper, Daly with a comfortable save. 

Hitchin Belles, Lily Ludford


Brooker racing out to the top of her area to put in the blocking save on Peters as she snatches hold of a loose ball played across the top of her area. Hitchin continue to probe looking for a way through the Stotfold defence their opponents though working hard to limit any options make it difficult to break them down. Glass taking the ball on into the left wing checking inside to run at the box, inside Woodward steps in to tackle, Ryan clearing the ball.

Nicole Cameron battling with Storm Moore for the ball

  The clock ticking down, Stotfold looking to keep possession, Olney running the ball into the corner to eat up time, Hitchin needing it back push players on into the final third risking the counter, Peters bringing the ball up the pitch for Stotfold rolling it on for Olney in attack, Spendelow closing in to make the challenge the throw conceded on the left. Burrows-Hall getting the ball kicked hard into the back of her her by her own teammate as Peters looks to launch it, left stunned for a moment gets up gingerly before letting everyone know she’s okay to play on.

  Time almost up Olney playing it safe taking the ball into the corner. Hitchin grab possession back the ball launched forwards by Woodcock, Glass wriggling free of her marker to turn and try and attack the ball, stretching can’t get a telling touch as it runs safely through to the keeper. That’s it the final whistle blows and Stotfold celebrate as they win this season’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup.

Stotfold celebrate at the final whistle

Full time Hitchin Belles Women 0-1 Stotfold Women

  A strong 2nd half performance from 10 player Stotfold even without the sending off, they needed to improve in the 2nd period and with that set back had to make a new game plan, keep a solid shape and take there chance if they got one. Having gotten their noses in front were determined to defend working hard to limit Hitchin’s opportunities. Hitchin buoyed by their strong first half, just couldn’t find the answer 2nd half pressed well getting the ball into good positions wide but couldn’t find that clinical moment to score. A game of few chances Stotfold taking the one that mattered.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

 Onto the 2nd Women’s Football East – Player of the Match award of the day. Not so easy this time around several good performances out there. First off for Hitchin, Lily Ludford got about the pitch well to contest the ball, and get the ball moving. Georgia Carey and Ella Parker with some crucial interceptions and tackling at the back. Nicole Cameron with some good runs to support the attack. For Stotfold, Storm Moore made some good runs down the wing. Amber Olney leading the line well, scoring the winning goal. Cleo Haynes strong in the middle making some forceful runs up into the box, hard to shake off the ball and providing an outlet to give her defence a break as they worked hard to defend in the 2nd half. The award though goes to the team captain in the 2nd half Bonnie Woodward was as frustrated as anyone with her sides performance 1st half and marshalled her side well in the 2nd making sure they keep a disciplined shape and won the ball well inside her box.

Stotfold Women 2023/24 Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup winners

Amy Jack ready to break down the pitch gate joining her teams celebrations

 Congratulations to Stotfold Women on winning this season’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup.

 An enjoyable if busy day at Kempston Rovers, nice to be back after so long away. Again my thanks to the two teams for their assistance today’s line-ups. My thanks to the the leagues committee members for all their help and hospitality today. They done well to have the season all done and dusted, enjoy the rest.

by Darren Gilham

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 23/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 23rd February

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

 At last the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup semi-final line-up is complete Storm Ciara and Dennis playing their parts these past two weekends just 2 matches played in the league last time out. St Albans Ladies were taking in Division Two title challengers AFC Dunstable Women Blues in the last 8 of the competition. The game a month in the making the pair originally locking horns a 4 weeks ago that game abandoned through injury, the storms coming along putting pay to it twice since and with St Albans pitch unplayable this weekend the decision was taken to reverse the fixture to Dunstable’s Creasey Park ground.

St Albans 2nd in Division One in good form in front of goal this season winning the League Cup in the 17/18 season beaten finalists last time out taking the lead in the 20th minute Kerry Twigg sending the ball over the line to make it 1-0. Abbey Williams on target with her first goal of the season in the 35th minute giving St Albans a 2 nil advantage going into half-time. The lead made more comfortable early in the 2nd half Millie Guest scoring St Albans 3rd goal. Top scorer Eleanor Lovelock celebrating her 25th goal of the season adding a 4th goal midway through the 2nd period of play. A late double from Jessica McNamara including a goal in stoppage time seeing St Albans  through to the last 4 winning 6-0 will be away to Division Three leaders Herts Vipers in the semi-final.

A league and cup double for Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies last season they remain on course to repeat the feat this time around 4 points clear at the top of Division One were at home to fellow Division One side Hartham United Ladies in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Hemel Hempstead opening the scoring the ball played over the top flicked over the advancing keeper. Hartham getting back on level terms through Ellie Burke, a Hemel Hempstead goal kick played straight to her one touch before sending it into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Hemel Hempstead back into the lead a deflected ball seeing their attacker through on goal to score. The hosts going 3-1 ahead with a ball cut across the edge of the area sent low into the bottom corner. Hartham battling unable to find a reply as Hemel Hempstead went on to score twice more to win 5-1 to reach the semi-finals of the competition, where they will be at home to Garston Ladies 1st team.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

One game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two this weekend a match between the bottom two and it was a significant result for Hitchin Belles away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles as they were at last celebrating their first league win of the season. Has been a tough season so far for both sides following promotion from Division Two, Hitchin Belles winning the league struggling in Division One with just a point. Good pressure early in the match from Hitchin Belles, Kiera How running onto a through ball to slot the ball home giving the visiting side the lead in the 15th minute. Went on to win the game 3-0 whilst seeing a penalty saved up the other end. Emily Field scoring her 6th goal of the season along with Amy Jack on target for her 5th from the spot. The 3 points taking Hitchin Belles off the foot of the Division One table at the expense of Letchworth. 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Remains as tight as ever in the title battle at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses winning 12-0 against bottom side Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies the only league match played in the past fortnight seeing them go top on goal difference last weekend over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies both were in action this Sunday. Woburn & Wavendon were away to Bedford Ladies Development. The hosts scoring with Lucy Middleton making her 2nd appearance for the side putting away her first goal. Holly Venn scoring for Woburn & Wavendon late in the 1st half, brought up her 10th goal of the season late in the 2nd with 7 minutes left of the clock to secure a 2-1 win for Woburn & Wavendon to keep them top of the table.

The clashes between the top 4 sides will go along way to deciding who emerges with the title itself, all capable of beating the other two met this weekend with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies at home to 4th placed Langford Ladies just 3 points between the sides going into the match a close game between the pair a single goal the winning margin. Chloe Scott on target to score for Langford. Claire Smith firing home a brace sealing the victory for Kempston Town & Bedford keeping pace with Woburn & Wavendon at the top, the pair opening up a little daylight 5 points clear of 3rd placed AFC Dunstable Women Blue who have games on both.

Rhiana Rose with a devastating spell in front of goal in the first half for Sherrardswood Ladies helping to secure the 5th placed side the win in Division Two at the weekend away to Watton Ladies. Rose on target for her first of the day in the 22nd minute with a quick-fire double in the 37th and 38th minutes to complete her hat-trick went on to add a 4th goal in first half stoppage time. Watton scoring twice with Elizabeth Dowton on target to score both goals, Rose’s 4 goal haul seeing Sherrardswood return home with a 4-2 win.

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples way to bottom placed Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies at the weekend. The visitors taking the lead early in the match form a corner kick the ball half-cleared coming to midfielder Jane Hales to shoot and score 1-0 up pitch conditions tricky Garston settling getting onto the front foot Emma Trill shooting from range to double the lead. Trill going on to score a first half hat-trick, her 3rd coming from the rebound from a penalty taken by Yasmin Sabri saved by the keeper, Trill reacting quickest to score. Garston 4-0 up at the break. Sabri holding off a defender beating the keeper to make it 5-0. Trill going on to add a further 2 goals to her days tally moving her onto 16 goals for the season. Sabri with her 2nd of the game seeing Garston win the game 8-0 has 13 now for the campaign.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

4 matches too played this weekend in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three. Leaders Harts Vipers continuing their fine form at the top of the table recording a 13th straight win and maintain their 100% record stay 9 points clear at the top were away to Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday. Sarah Payne striking early in the game to fire Herts Vipers into the lead inside 2 minutes. Hitchin Town working hard to defend keeping thier opponents at bay for most of the first half after that opportunities created the 2nd goal finally coming late in the half, Tazmin Symonds Bishop playing the ball on for Kelsey Millen to score. Herts Vipers 2-0 up at the break. A fast start to the 2nd half for Herts Vipers adding a 3rd goal within a minute of the restart Eva Ramsey scoring her first goal for the club. The visitors awarded a penalty 4 minutes later, top scorer Nicole Jancey stepping up to take sending the ball home to make it 4-0. Jancey adding another just 3 minutes late to put Herts Vipers 5-nil up. Herts Vipers getting on top pushing on the game into the final 10 minutes awarded another penalty Jancey taking to score and bring up her hat-trick. Her first of the day, there was still time for the striker to add another as she went on to fire home a quick-fire double netting er 6th of the game in the 89th minute. The final score 10-0 to Herts Vipers, a 3rd penalty given in stoppage time this time scored by Rachel Wall.

  Biggleswade United Ladies are pushing hard at the top of the table too 2nd level on points with 3rd placed Harvesters Ladies the pair meeting at the weekend. Biggleswade with home advantage had won the reverse fixture against Harvesters 3-2 at the end of January. Another great result for Biggleswade this weekend as they do the double over Harvesters to move 3 points clear in 2nd. Tashai Simms scoring her 8th goal of the season with Helen Coster also celebrating a goal to help seal a 2-0 victory. 

Back to back wins in the league for Stotfold Juniors Ladies before the storm hit weekends were back in action in Division Three this Sunday hosting 4th placed Kempston Rovers Ladies. Zoe Trinder with her 6th goal of the season putting the visitors into the lead. Stotfold coming back to earn a share of the points with Hope Page netting the equaliser. The point enough to move Stotfold up a place in the Division Three table up to 5th spot.

4 points won in their previous two matches the storm hit weekends putting a halt on Flitwick Eagles Ladies momentum they were back in action this Sunday on the road to play Evergreen Eagles. Anna Bright with a quick fire double midway through the first half seeing Flitwick to a 2-1 lead at the break. The score repeated in the 2nd half with Evergreen Eagles on target for a 2nd goal. Charlie Newton with her 7th of the season with 15 minutes left for Flitwick with Sammy Beharry also scoring her 7th of the campaign in the 89th minute. 7 points from their last 3 matches seeing Flitwick pull away from the battle at the bottom of the table.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 02/02/20

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd February

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

Cup action in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League this weekend with quarter final matches played in both competitions, the League Cup and The Chris Renshaw Cup. One quarter final tie in the League Cup falling foul to the weather holders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies home tie with Hartham United Ladies called off will try again next Sunday. Two Division Three sides reaching the last 4 of the League Cup both having home advantage at the weekend up against Division One opponents. 

  Herts Vipers leading the way in Division Three with a 100% scoring plenty of goals too were hosting Hitchin Town Ladies. Herts Vipers off to a fast start taking the lead inside the opening 2 minutes Nicole Jancey setting up Selin Buyukgiray make it 1-0. Herts Vipers coming close to a 2nd before making a change in the 34th minute Rachel Wall introduced to the action making an instant impact scoring with her first touch to double the lead. Jancey on the scoresheet late in the first half to put Herts Vipers 3-0 up at the break. Buyukgiray with her 2nd of the game in the 56th minute, Herts Vipers finishing strong the game heading into the final 20 minutes Jancey going on to score a 9 minute hat-trick to add to her first half goal sending her to 42 goals to the season. Kelsey Millen sneaking in her 13th goal of the season during Jancey’s onslaught. 9-0 the final score to Herts Vipers a comprehensive victory to send them into the last 4 of the competition Buyukgiray completing her hat-trick with 5 minutes to play has 15 goals now this season from just 5 appearances. The draw for the League Cup semi-finals will see Herts Vipers at home to either St Albans Ladies or AFC Dunstable Women Blues who play their rearranged semi-final this weekend. 

Kick-off between Herts Vipers & Hitchin Town Ladies at the weekend (photo credit Harts Vipers)

  Biggleswade United Ladies 2nd in the Division Three table were at home to Division One side Garston Ladies 1st in the quarter finals of the League Cup, another side with goals in them Biggleswade were up against a Garston side in good form winning their last 4 league matches up to with goals coming throughout their side. Proved to strong for Biggleswade at the weekend scoring 5 without reply to advance into the semi-finals of the competition. 5 different scorers in the match too with, Holly Jury, Harley Carr, Charley Kelsey and Daniella and Jade Roberts celebrating a goal each. Garston with face either Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies or Hartham United Ladies away in the semi-finals.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

Quarter final weekend too in The Chris Renshaw Cup with 3 of the 4 ties played this Sunday. Division One side Northwood Ladies at home to Division Three side Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves. Northwood 3rd in the Division One table in good form winning six in a row in league and cup scoring goals too 37 in their last 3 games alone were amongst the goals again this weekend to safely progress to the last 4 of the competition. Emma Steele scoring a hat-trick in the tie going to 22 goals for the campaign. Emma Marshall netting a brace with Joanne Horwood also on the score sheet with a goal both on 8 for the season helping to secure a 6-0 win for Northwood. 

Northwood will be away to fellow Division One side Houghton Athletic Ladies after they narrowly beat Division Tow title contenders Langford Ladies in the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup at the weekend. Sophie Bounds scoring for Langford, goals though from Shakeela Hussain and Louise Spendelow seeing Houghton Athletic clinch a 2-1 victory to progress into the last four.

An all Division Two clash saw familiar opponents Garston Ladies Vintage Purples at home to Sherrardswood Ladies the pair meeting in the League Cup final itself a few season ago. Chances for both sides early on Garston taking the lead with Yasmin Sabri rounding the keeper to make it 1-0. Emma Trill doubling the hosts lead before Sabri struck again to see Garston 3-0 up at half-time. Alot for Sherrardswood to do to try and get back into the game Garston were working hard to prevent them scoring. Jane Hales striking a free-kick the ball sneaking in at the near post to put Garston 4-0 in front, Trill joining Sabri on 10 goals each for the season scoring her 2nd of the afternoon on the follow-up after her initial shot was saved. Trill going on to complete her hat-trick her position as stand alone top scorer lasting a matter of minutes with Sabri too sealing her hat-trick and send Garston into the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup courtesy of a 7-0 win. Will be away to either Hitchin Belles or AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies in the semi-final the pair meeting this weekend.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

  One league game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One this weekend, Royston Town Women Development hosting Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Both sides finding it tough in the league following promotion last season, just the one win and draw for Royston from 9 played going into the game, Letchworth’s without a win so far this season 2 draws to date, 3-3 at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies last weekend Letchworth battled well against Royston at the weekend to see them earn a 2nd successive point of the season the match ending in a 2-2 draw, Kate Tempest and Tayla Murray with her 6th goal of the season scoring. Royston feeling they could have gotten more from the game scoring through Lydia Webb and Emer McAuliffe.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Also one league match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two at the weekend and a significant result for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies as they win at home to move to the top of the table for the 1st time this a season edging ahead of the 3 sides promoted with them last season, still just 3 points in it though between the top 4. Were at home to Evergreen Ladies on Sunday, goals from Charlie Mullins, Rachael Mumford and Helen Spalding securing a 3-0 victory.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Four games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three at the weekend and with the top two playing in the League Cup it was an opportunity for Harvesters Ladies in 3rd position to move back level on points with Biggleswade United Ladies in 2nd. Harvesters were on the road taking on bottom side Buntingford Town Ladies. Top scorers Eve Shaw netting a first half brace for the visitors taking her to 13 goals for the season now for Harvesters. Louise Avery scoring their 3rd goal early in the 2nd half, Rachel Dodd on target with a goal with 20 minutes left seeing Harvester secure a 4-1 victory to give them the 3 points. 

 Kempston Rovers Ladies move back up to 4th in the Division Three table with a 7th league win at home to Whetstone Wanderers Ladies on Sunday. Working hard for each other Whetstone proved a tough opponent for Kempston Rovers to break down. The deadlock finally broken with Vicki Boyde scoring to make it 1-0 with her first goal for the side. Lucy Harper making to 2-0 to Kempston Rovers, top scorer Ellie Newberry-Bierton with her 9th goal of the season wrapping up a 3-0 win.

A confidence boosting 6-0 home win for Flitwick Eagles Ladies at home to Buntingford last weekend, had the better of the first half this weekend away to Bedwell Rangers Ladies holding a 2-0 advantage at the break. Charlie Newton firing the visiting side into the lead in the 20th minute adding a 2nd goal late in the first half. Jessica Sullivan pulling it back to 2-1 for Bedwell Rangers right at the start of the 2nd half, Flitwick responded straight away to restore their 2 goal lead Newton on target for her hat-trick doubling her tally for the season to 6 goals. Bedwell Rangers fighting back once again to bring it back to 3-2 on the hour, Sullivan scoring again her 12th goal of the season. The game moving into the final 20 minutes, Bedwell Rangers captain Georgia Miller struck with her 8th goal of the season to level the scores at 3-3 and see the sides share the points.

Stotfold Juniors Ladies capitalising on Bedwell Rangers draw winning all 3 points at home on Sunday to climb above them into 6th spot in the Division Three table. Meeting Evergreen Eagles for the 2nd successive Sunday a 4-1 win away from home last weekend a much close scoreline this time around Evergreen Eagles scoring twice, Stotfold on target to score 3 goals to win the game. The goals scored by Holly Konopka, Hope Page and top scorer Chloe Ward with her 12th of the campaign.


The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 10/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th November

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

This weekend saw the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 2nd Round being played 8 ties drawn 6 played with Hitchin Town Ladies and Garston Ladies 1st team progressing awarded away wins. Some big wins along with a couple of upsets.

Division One leaders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies the current League Cup holders away to Hitchin Belles bottom of the table in the 2nd Round. Hitchin Belles up against it short on numbers Hemel Hempstead in good form at the start of the season, goals from Ella Mercer, Natasha McConville and Anna Wooldridge seeing the visitors leading 3-0 at the break, Hemel Hempstead with 2 quick goals at the start of the 2nd half to go 5 up, Mercer with her 2nd and Jessica Green. Charlene Turturici-Clarke adding a further 2 goals. Hitchin Belles scoring a late consolation goal with Amy Jack on target. Hemel Hempstead safely through to the quarter finals.

Also progressing with a comfortable win were St Albans Ladies the Division One side Hemel Hempstead’s opponents in last season’s League Cup final. At home in the 2nd Round playing Division Two side Sherrardswood Ladies.Eleanor Lovelock with a quick fire brace plus a first goal for Grainne Kellett seeing St Albans leading 3-0, Lovelock going on to complete a 1st half hat-trick in the final minute of the half. St Albans going on to score more goals in the 2nd period early goals for Lovelock then Sophie Hull putting them 6-0 up. Lovelock going on to score a 5th goal in the match before Chloe Hazell fired in her first of the season. Molly Slade and Cally Salter both on the scoresheet with a goal apiece, Georga Knight with her first goal Kellett with her 2nd of the game seeing St Albans win 12-0.

The top 5 sides in Division One all safely through to the quarter finals of the league cup, Hartham United Ladies in 4th playing away to Division Two side Evergreen Ladies in the 2nd Round on Sunday. Janiece Allen a potent threat in front of goal rattling them in for Hartham United so far this season opening the scoring on Sunday going on to complete another hat-trick her 3rd in 3 matches. Allen on target too for Hartham United’s 4th goal and just to add variety Mandy Mercer with a back heeled goal sealing a 5-0 victory.

One Division One side exited the League Cup at the 2nd Round stage are Royston Town Ladies Development after they were beaten at home by Division Three side Biggleswade United Ladies on Sunday. Leeanne Davison with her 15th goal of the season scoring in the 1st half for Biggleswade. Jade Finch with a goal for Royston. Biggleswade scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to win the game and progress in the competition. Angelica Fachechi with a goal in the 81st minute, Zoe Molloy making it 3-1 in the closing minute of the match.

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples from Division Two at home to Division Three leaders Harts Vipers in the 2nd Round of the League Cup on Sunday the hosts knowing they would be facing a tough opponent before kick-off. Herts Vipers scoring plenty of goals this season. Garston looking to keep it tight at the back early on Harts Vipers struck from distance to score in the 13th minute Kesley Millen putting them into the lead. Top scorer Nicole Jancey trying her luck from range making it 2-0 with half an hour gone. Garston pulling a goal back late in the 1st half, the keeper parrying the ball into Ainhoa Beascoechea’s feet the striker lifting it over her the ball bundled in by Caroline Tenebaum. Herts Vipers leading 2-1 at half-time. Jancey extending their lead early in the 2nd half going on to complete yet another hat-trick has 28 goals now from 8 appearances. Rebecca Edge scoring to make it 5-1 to Herts Vipers with 15 minutes left to see them knock out higher league opposition to advance into the quarter finals.

Completing the quarter final line-up are AFC Dunstable Women Blues from Division Two, hosts this Sunday to Division Three side Kempston Rovers Ladies in the 2nd Round. Kempston Rovers doing well in their league knowing they were in for a stern test Dunstable another side amongst the goals this season. Nicola Hollick scoring a brae moving into double figure for the season for Dunstable. Five more players on target for a goal each as Dunstable ran out 7-0 winners. Top scorer Bianca Vassell taking her tally so far to 16. Emily Mitchell with her 9th of the campaign with Courtney McNamara, Laura Brooker and Gemma Williams also on the scoresheet.

The dates for the quarter finals to be announced the draw looks like this:-

Herts Vipers v Hitchin Town Ladies

St Albans Ladies v AFC Dunstable Women Blues

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v Hartham United Ladies

Biggleswade United Ladies v Garston Ladies 1st team

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

A handful of league fixtures taking place this Sunday, 2 games in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two. AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies moving 3 points clear at the top of the table over fellow promoted side Langford Ladies as they recorded a 5th straight win to keep their 100% record intact at the beginning of the season away to bottom side Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies. Zara Garrard registering her 1st goals of the season getting off the mark with a hat-trick. The visitors winning the game 7-0 with 4 more players all celebrating a goal each, Rachael Mumford, Natasha Wing, Danielle Cherry & Chloe Urbanowicz. 

Langford Ladies setting the early pace in Division Two following promotion winning 4 in a row to start the season. Began with a 1-0 at home to fellow promoted side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses not in league action again until the end of October have since gone on to win back to back games. The pair meeting again in the reverse fixture this weekend with Langford the visitors. A close match between the sides a single goal once again settling it coming late in the match, Woburn & Wavendon crediting Holly Venn with the goal that sees them make it 3 straight wins to close the gap on the leading sides and end Langford’s 100% winning start in the process.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Two games played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this weekend too. The top four involved in the League Cup, Bedwell Rangers Ladies were at home taking on 5th placed Stotfold Juniors Ladies who had won their last 3 league games to climb above them in the table. Bedwell Rangers picking up some good results this season notching up another this weekend a convincing result too as they ran out 9-1 winners to move above Stotfold into 5th place in the Division Three table themselves. Rachel Young finding the back of the net for 5 goals to take her onto 8 for the season, Jessica Sullivan not far behind as she scored 4 in the match. 

Also climbing above Stotfold in the table are Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves as they beat bottom side Buntingford Town Ladies at home on Sunday in Division Three. April Spang opening the scoring on 16 minutes with her 6th goal of the season. Sophie Clarke with a brace her first goals of the season helping Hitchin Town to a 3-0 lead at half-time. Spang going on to score twice more either end of the 2nd half to complete her hat-trick.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

A cup weekend in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League with the League Cup getting underway with 15 1st Round ties drawn. 14 scheduled to be played this Sunday with last season’s finalists St Albans Ladies involved in the Women’s FA Cup thier home game against Division Three side Stotfold Juniors Ladies delayed until this coming weekend. Three more sides progressing without kicking a ball. Current holders Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies, Division Two side Evergreen Ladies and Kempston Rovers Ladies from Division Three.

  That left 11 ties to be played and plenty of action to bring you from the weekend. A good result for Garston Ladies 1st team at home to fellow Division One side Northwood Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. Chloe Farrell on target to score her first goals for Garston netting a brace. Two goals too for Ruby Jager along with on for Sian Fisken securing the hosts a 5-2 victory. Leanne Jones and Samantha May with the goals for Northwood.

   A tough game on paper for Division One side Royston Town Women Development, were at home to Division Two side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies who had made a good start in Division Two. Proved to be a close match with the game won by just a single goal. Hannah Tofts with the crucial goal her first of the season to secure the win for Royston Town winning 1-0.

  A comfortable away win for Hitchin Town Ladies seeing them safely through to the next round of the League Cup the Division One side taking on Division Two opponents Watton Ladies. Hitchin on target scoring 6 goals without really to advance.

  Another all Division One clash saw Hartham United Ladies away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the 1st Round of the League Cup. Hartham opening the scoring with Danielle Aken putting the ball over the top for Georgia Quinton to slot home. Letchworth coming back to level a fantastic header from a corner kick. Chemise Huitson getting her Hartham goal account up and running to see the visitors leading 2-1 at half-time with her 1st of the season. Huitson going on to score two more goals in the 2nd period to complete a hat-trick despite heroics from the Letchworth defence. Janiece Allen a threat for Hartham all game sending a shot low into the bottom corner to get a goal and see the game won 5-1.

At last a first taste of victory this season for Hitchin Belles. A tough start following promotion to Division One this season losing their opening 4 league matches. The cup this weekend were away to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses newly promoted to Division Two. The bare 11 for Hitchin Belles they were pushed all the way battling with their opponents eventually coming out on top in a penalty shootout. Drawing 1-1 at half-time Millie Fraser with her first goal for Hitchin Belles late in the 1st half. The 2nd period also drawn Emily Field scoring for Hitchin Belles with 10 minutes left the game finishing 2-2. Neither side able to find a winning goal in extra-time the tie heading to penalties. Hitchin Belles coming out on top winning the shootout 4-2 to advance. 

 Promised to be an intriguing match up in the 1st Round of the League Cup between Herts Vipers leading Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three with a 100% start at home to Langford Ladies top of Division Two also making a 100% winning start. Something having to give in the cup. Selin Buyukgiray scoring inside 3 minutes to put Herts Vipers into the lead. That the narrow advantage for Herts Vipers going all the way to the final 15 minutes of the tie, top scorer Nicole Jancey scoring to double the lead. Amber Clark pulling a goal back for Langford, Herts Vipers with a great result to advance in the competition. 

Bedford Ladies Development with a comfortable result safely through to the next round of the League Cup easing past Division Three side Buntingford Town Ladies at the weekend. The Division Two hosts seeing 3 players open their goals account for the season. Remi Bains on target to score a hat-trick. A brace for Joanne Main along with a goal for Dahlia Davis-Fhalora. Alicja Olszanska also scoring her 5th of the season in a 7-0 victory.

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples with the biggest win of the weekend scoring double figures away to Division Three side Whetstone Wanderers Ladies in the 1st Round of the League Cup. The Division Two side making a strong start to the game early chances before Yasmin Sabri fired them into the lead. Spanish player Ainhoa Beascoechea scoring her first goals for the club a quick fire double to put them 3-0 up. Amy Pearson on target for her first goal of the season making it 4-0. Beascoechea going on to complete a hat-trick. Erin Jones turn to score her first of the season. 6-0 up Garston dominant. Captain Jane Hales striking in a 25 yard shot to make it 7-0. Sabri adding 2 more goals to bring up her hat-trick making it 6 goals now for the season. Hales finding the bottom corner to bring up double figures. Pearson and Jones both adding another goal each along with a brace bring her personal tally to 5 for Beascoechea in a 14-0 win.

After seeing their previous two league games abandoned through injury AFC Dunstable Blues having made a great start to the season with a 100% record following promotion to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two were at home up against Harvesters Ladies in the League Cup 1st Round. Harvesters new to the league this season making a strong start joint leaders with Herts vipers in Division Three with a 100% record themselves. Top scorer Bianca Vassell putting Dunstable into the lead inside the opening 15 minutes scoring her 12th goal of the season. Holly Wilks doubling the hosts lead midway through the first half. Kerry Mulvihill-Reed having had an assist in both goals scoring herself to make it 3-0 to Dunstable on 35 minutes. Nicola Hollick making it 4-0 late in the first half with her 5th goal of the season. 4-0 up at half-time Dunstable adding on more goal in the 2nd period with Hollick getting her 2nd of the game with 20 minutes left.

Sherrardswood Ladies from Division Two playing Hitchin Town Ladies Reserves at the weekend in the league cup. Their Division Three opponents proving hard to break down Sherrardswood eventually getting the break through with 12 minutes left on the clock Laura Cousins scoring her first goal of the season to secure victory and put Sherrardswood through to the next round of the League Cup.

Lastly in the League Cup 1st Round there was an all Division Three tie with Bedwell Rangers Ladies hosting Biggleswade United Ladies. Both in good league form at the start of the season was a close scoreline with goals from Grace Leslie and Angelica Fachechi both celebrating their first goals for the club enough to see Biggleswade advance going through 2-1. Maisie Main with the goal for Bedwell Rangers her 3rd of the season.

The draw for the 2nd Round of the League Cup already made the ties as follows date to be announced: –

Garston Ladies Vintage Purples v Herts Vipers Women

Flitwick Eagles Ladies v Hitchin Town Ladies

St Albans Ladies or Stotfold Juniors Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies

AFC Dunstable Women Blues v Kempston Rovers Ladies

Hitchin Belles v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies

Evergreen Ladies v Hartham United Ladies

Royston Town Women Development v Biggleswade United Ladies

Bedford Ladies Development v Garston Ladies 1st team

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

One league match also taking place this weekend, in Division Three. Flitwick Eagles Ladies receiving a bye in the League Cup at home to Stotfold Juniors Ladies. The pair meeting in the league a fortnight ago it was a comfortable 10-2 win for Stotfold to see them collect their 1st win of the campaign. A much closer game this time around. Stotfold holding a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time going on to win the game 3-1 in the 2nd half. Chloe Ward striking in the first half for the visitors would add her 2nd and fifth of the season overall on the hour a goal for Gemma Robertson in between for Stotfold. Brittany Holdsworth from the penalty spot scoring the goal for Flitwick. 

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 12/05/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 12th May

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

The final day of the season in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League the league itself done and dusted across the 3 divisions all that remained was Finals Day, The Chris Renshaw Cup followed by the League Cup Final itself. 

 In reverse order we shall begin with the League Cup Final. St Albans Ladies winning the competition last season to complete a league and cup double were defending the trophy against Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies who themselves were hoping to do the double having won the Division One title in their first season in the league. Object acheived as Hemel Hempstead ran out 3-1 winners to lift the trophy. Asked the club to supply a few words regarding the game and below is a brief summary of the game from club secretary Lionel Davey

 “Sunday saw the Ladies play in the the league cup final against local rivals St Albans. At a Sunny Kempston the ladies were led out by Captain Steph Cripps and escorted by 14 excited mascots from the girls U8 and U10 sides.
The ladies started well with good moving and passing Which resulted in Amy Bentall breaking through and slotting home to put the ladies one up after 10 mins. The ladies continued to dominate possession and a charged down clearance by top scorer Natasha McConville saw her coolly round the keeper to put the ladies 2 up on the half hour. This seemed to trigger St Albans Ladies in to life and they started getting more ball. A defensive slip by the ladies gave St Albans Georgia Knight some space which she took and made it 2-1 five mins before half time. The Hemel ladies were glad to hear the half time whistle when it came. Hemel 2-1 up at the break the game had the feel that the next goal would win it. The second half St Albans pressed hard throwing everything at Hemel but the whole Hemel defence stood firm and not allowing many chances. Twenty minutes in to the second half a defence splitting pass by Bianca Hedgecock saw Amy Bentall bearing down on goal, everything appeared to go in slow motion, Amy pulled the trigger and in to the corner the ball went, 3-1 to the Ladies.
While the St Albans team continued to push , we knew the game was over. It may not have been the best display by the ladies this year but they worked hard to get the job done.The Ladies had done it to go with their league triumph. A nice little double. Up the Town.
Thank you to the mascots and all the supporters who came over. Great encouraging and loud support.”

Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies 2018/19 Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup winners (picture credit Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies)

Congratulations to Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies on winning the League Cup and completing the double.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

  The first final on the day kicking off at 11am. The Chris Renshaw Cup, a guaranteed win for Garston Ladies, the question was which one? Garston Ladies 1st team taking on Garston Ladies 2nd XI (formerly FC 96). Both playing in Division One and both at the wrong end of the table as they both won through to the final of the competition.

   Nothing separating the sides at half-time 0-0 it was the 2nd XI who got themselves into an early lead in the 2nd half the advantage doubled soon after, Danielle Mcmullan choosing a cup final to score her first of the season with Leah Crocket also on target scoring her 10th of the campaign. Emma Trill pulling it back to 2-1 for Garston’s 1st team with 25 minutes to go, the 2nd XI youngsters holding onto their lead to win the competition and end their debut season playing in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One on a high having not played much at all sitting bottom for a long spell a strong end to the season seeing them stay up convincingly. Harriet Woods the Player of the Match.

Garston Ladies 2nd XI 2018/19 Chris Renshaw Cup winners (picture credit Garston Ladies 2nd XI)

 Congratulations to Garston Ladies 2nd XI on winning The Chris Renshaw Cup.

That brings an end to another thrilling season across the whole Beds & Herts Women’s League very competitive and never short on intrigue already looking forwards to next season but for now enjoy your rest.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 24/03/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th March

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup 

Another busy Sunday across the Beds and Herts Women’s league action as well as the semi-finals of both the League Cup & The Chris Renshaw Cup.

   Current League Cup holders, St Albans Ladies aiming to go all the way again in this season’s competition winning through to the last 4 were drawn at home in the semi-finals to play Division Three side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies. One of a cluster of new sides entering the league this season that have made an impact, reaching the last 4 of the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup, an exciting game between the sides chances at both ends St Albans having a goal ruled out for offside end to end at times Kempston clearing an effort off the line St Albans registering a goal late in the 1st half Eleanor Lovelock sliding the ball past the keeper to put the Division one side 1-0 up. Kempston seeing a goal ruled off for offside themselves just before half-time. St Albans tried their utmost to find a 2nd goal in the 2nd period as Kempston defended for their lives trying to pull a goal back up the other end, Lovelock’s 15th goal of the season proving to be enough as St Albans reach the League Cup Final for the 2nd successive season.

   Far from a close contest in the other semi-final with Division One side Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies hosting, Hitchin Belles leading the way in Division Two and in confident mood reaching the last 4 of the League Cup. Hemel Hempstead in a strong position to challenge for the Division One title running up a double figure scoreline. Bianca Hedgecock nearly doubling her goals tally for the season as she scored a double hat-trick. Likewise Charlotte Ross who had 3 goals to her name before this Sunday also scoring a hat-trick, with top scorer Natasha McConville also amongst the goals with a brace taking her to 21 for the season. An 11-0 win seeing Hemel Hempstead into the final.

  The Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final to be contested at Kempston Rovers FC on Sunday 12th May kick-off 2pm

Beds & Herts The Chris Renshaw Cup

Also semi-final weekend in The Chris Renshaw Cup and after this weekends results it’s guaranteed Garston Ladies name will appear on the trophy, just a matter of them playing to see which one.

   Both Garston Ladies sides playing in Division One, have struggled for league form this season with the 2nd XI and 1st team bottom of the league with just one win each. Both into the last 4 of The Chris Renshaw Cup were at home taking on lower league opposition both their opponents 2nd doing well.

  Garston Ladies 1st team were taking on Division Three side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses, the sides involved in a 7 goal thriller with Garston just edging out Woburn & Wavendon at the final whistle. Victoria Harrold, Laura Sephton and top scorer Giselle Randall with her 21st goal of the season getting on the scoresheet for the Division Three side. A brace from Yasmin Sabri, along with a goal each for Jane Hales and Lucy Zecchin seeing Garston’s 1st team through to the final courtesy of a 4-3 victory.

   Garston Ladies 2nd XI were taking on Division Two side Hitchin Town Ladies in the last 4 of the competition on Sunday, both sides starting the game positively Garston drawing first blood taking the lead in the 25th minute. Hitchin Town responding straight away to level, Louise Gash sliding in to make it 1-1 3 minutes later. Back came Garston retaking the lead right away scoring through an unfortunate own goal.  A corner late in the first half seeing Garston take a 3-1 lead Gash hitting the bar for Hitchin Town in the final minute of the 1st half. 3-1 up at half-time Garston added a 4th goal with 20 minutes left to play. Hitchin pulling a goal back in the final minute with Hayley Watson’s half volley from 35 yards out finding the back of the net. Too late Garston winning through to the final 4-2, Holly Jury with her 9th of the season, Dion Lewis and a 1st goal of the season for Garston for Megan Allaway the goalscorers.

  The Chris Renshaw Cup Final also being played on Sunday 12th May and 11am kick-off at Kempston Rovers FC.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One 

One league game played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One on Sunday with leaders Northwood Ladies extending their lead at the top of the table to 4 points with a home win against Sherrardswood Ladies. Northwood clinching the 3 points with a 2-0 victory, Emma Steele with both the goals taking her onto 21 goals for the season.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

 4th at home to 2nd in Division Two on Sunday as both Royston Town Ladies Development and Letchworth Garden City Eagles were looking to close the gap on the sides immediately above them, both Hitchin side involved in the cups. The points were shared in the finish with neither side unable to break the deadlock the game ending 0-0.

  Plenty of goals in the other game played in Division Two on Sunday, all going to the away side as 5th placed Evergreen Ladies travelled to play bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Well clear of the sides below Evergreen rattled 9 goals past their opponents to win the game 9-0. Those 9 goals shared between 2 players the clubs top scorers by some distance, with Natalie Maher scoring 5 and Rebecca Freeman on target for 4 goals both neck and neck in the race for the clubs golden boot with 12 goals each.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

Two games also this Sunday in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, with Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses in Cup action it was an opportunity for league leaders AFC Dunstable Ladies Development to go 7 points clear at the top. At home were taking on Biggleswade United Ladies. An early lead for Dunstable with Nicola Hollick firing the hosts into a 15th minute lead, that how the score remained heading into the final 10 minutes, Sophie Bounds with her first goal for Biggleswade levelling it up at 1-1. The game heading for a draw Dunstable came back to grab the winning goal with two minutes of regular time left Bianca Vassell with her 31st strike of the season putting the ball into the back of the net.

  Stotfold Juniors Ladies have found some form in recent weeks 7 points won from their last 3 league matches were away t bottom side Buntingford Town Ladies this Sunday. Kept the good run going with a 4-0 to close t within a point of 5th placed Biggleswade. Charlotte Hindmarch and Holly Konopka both scoring twice.

The Round-Up – 10/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th February

It doesn’t happen very often but this time of year the weather plays it’s part to hit the fixtures and sometimes it’s simply easiest to combine all or some of the weekends Round-Up’s into  a collective post. This Sunday there were just two fixtures played in Norfolk, Suffolk and 3 in Beds & Herts so they get to share this edition. Water logged pitches being the theme.


Norfolk Women’s Division Two

Just three games scheduled in Norfolk anyway those in Division Two that was reduced to two with the rain seeing the match between Hockering Ladies & Tavern Ladies postponed. League leaders Taverham United Women were away on Sunday there opponents Horsford Women. Taverham unbeaten winning their last 10 league games in a row are scoring plenty of goals with Rebecca Sutton and Abbie Walker slugging it out for top goal scorer. Walker getting herself another hat-trick this Sunday, Sutton waded in with 5 goals, a total of 55 goals between them now, Sutton on 29, Walker on 26 both with 14 appearances. A hat-trick too for Maya Lawlor on Sunday takes her into double figures for the season for Taverham. Charlotte Hurren and Teigan Robinson also getting a goal each as Taverham extend their lead at the top of the Division Two table with a 13-0 to 7 points over Fakenham Town Ladies who do have two matches in hand.

  In the other match played in Division Two this Sunday, Bulldogs Ladies fresh from their 1st win of the season last Sunday travelled to the East coast to player Gorleston Rangers Ladies, in 5th position. A goal in each half from Abigail Bell seeing Gorleston Rangers record a 2-0 win their 6th of the season to take them level on points with 4th placed Bure Valley Wildcats Ladies.  


Suffolk Women’s Division

4 matches scheduled for the Suffolk Women’s Division Division this Sunday including the two League Cup semi-finals, both of those games postponed will be replayed on Sun 24th February instead. Those ties featuring the top 4 in the league itself.

  Two league games did get played and it was another positive result for Woodbridge Town Ladies their 3rd straight league win to help them consolidate their 5th placed position in the Suffolk Women’s Division. A reverse of last Sunday’s fixture were away to Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies then securing a comfortable 5-0 win. A different story at Chantry Grasshoppers the sides all square at 1-1 at half-time Woodbridge scoring again in the 2nd half to win the game 2-1. Kiera Hines and Kirsten Spooner with her first Woodbridge goal the scorers for the visiting side. Charlotte Archer on target in the first half for Chantry Grasshoppers.

A high scoring game between University of Suffolk Women and Walsham Le Willows on Sunday. Walsham travelling to the bottom placed side with just the 10 players available. A mixed bag of form for Walsham this season, hasn’t stopped top scorer Laura Brame from finding the back of the net more often than not scored another hat-trick on Sunday to move onto 20 for the season. Also scoring a hat-trick for Walsham on Sunday was Emma Marie Baker her first goals for the side too n just her 2nd appearance. Lisa Pratt and Kirsty Pollard both getting a goal a piece too as Walsham ran out 8-3 winners in the game taking them back into 6th spot.

Beds & Herts

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

It was a limited league programme in the Beds & Herts Women’s Division this Sunday anyway with cup action taking president. One game taking place in Division One saw defending champions St Albans Ladies at home to title chasing Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies. Sophie Hull scoring in the 13th minute giving St Albans an early lead. The hosts working hard defensively to keep their opponents at bay were unlucky to concede right at the death, Hemel Hempstead’s top scorer Natasha McConville striking late in the game to secure a point with her 18th goal of the season. That only adds to the intrigue at the top of the league with there now being a 3 way tie at the top with Northwood Ladies, Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires all on 19 points!

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

One game also in Division Two this Sunday and that sees new leaders as Hitchin Belles replace local rivals Hitchin Town at the top for the 1st time this season. Hitchin Belles winning for the 9th time this season on the road on Sunday taking in Bedford Ladies Development. Have a potent attack with Katie White keeping the lead in the goal scoring charts netting a hat-trick on Sunday taking her onto 17 for the season. Charlotte Peters has 14 to her name claiming a brace at the weekend, Amy Jack and Keira How also amongst the goals this season both on target with their 13th and 9th goals respectfully Hitchin Belles winning 7-1.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

For the 2nd Sunday in a row the weather played havoc with The Chris Renshaw Cup competition the rescheduled cup ties once again hit by the wet conditions the day before. 5 2nd Round ties set for this Sunday in the end just the one survived that saw Division Three high flyers Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses at home to Sherrardswood Ladies struggling for form in Division One this season. A goal from Charlotte Bedford along with a penalty struck home by Victoria Harrold seeing Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses advance to the quarter finals.


The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 13/01/19

Sunday 13th January

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

The semi-final line-up for this season’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup has been decided with the last of the quarter finals taking place this Sunday. Cup holders St Albans Ladies were at home taking on Houghton Athletic Ladies. St Albans booking there spot in the last 4 with a 4-1 win. Eleanor Lovelock and a 25 yard screamer from Kerry Twigg. Sophie Hull scoring in her first start for the club with Lovelock wrapping up the goals in the 65th minute.

St Albans Ladies will now face Division Three side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies in the semi-finals with Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies taking on Division Two side Hitchin Belles in the other date to be arranged.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Speaking of Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies, they are the new leaders in Beds & Herts Division One move onto the top of the league with a home win against bottom side Garston Ladies 1st team this Sunday. Captain Steph Cripps scoring her 1st goal of the season for Hemel Hempstead, Bianca Hedgecock also finding the back of the net along with top scorer Natasha McConville who has 17 now for the season. Hemel Hempstead winning 3-1, Emma Trill with the goal for Garston.

Bad news to for Garston Ladies 2nd XI in Division One as they were beaten away from home by Northwood Ladies who themselves move up the league table into 2nd position. Emma Steele, Zamina Rahemtulla, Scarlett Keightley, Leanne Jones and Lisa-Marie Carty with her 1st goal of the season scoring for Northwood in a 5-1 win. Ruby Jager scoring for Garston.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

A full programme of fixtures in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday with all 10 sides in action. Leaders Hitchin Town Ladies were at home their opponents Bedford Ladies Development. A tough contest Bedford keeping Hitchin out to see the sides drawing 0-0 at the break, that how it remained heading into the last 20 minutes of the match when finally Hitchin broke Bedford’s resistance to open the scoring Georgina Winters scoring from a corner. Minutes later Hitchin were awarded a penalty as Louse Gash was brought down inside the box captain Emma Chaffey scoring from the spot kick. Chaffey making the scoreline more secure scored again in the 80th minute burying a 20 yard free-kick to see Hitchin run out 3-0 winners.

Local rivals Hitchin Belles are also enjoying a good season into the last 4 of the League Cup and 2nd in the Division Two table 6 points behind Hitchin Town with 2 games in hand. Were away from home this Sunday playing Evergreen Eagles. Charlotte Peters moving onto 10 goals for the season with a goal, moving ahead of her as Hitchin Belles new top scorer is Katie White who completed a hat-trick to take her onto 11 goals for the season as Hitchin Belles ran out 4-1 winners, Christie Brewer scoring for Evergreen Eagles.

Royston Town Ladies Development came back from a goal down at home to win 3-1 on Sunday in Division Two keeping them in 3rd spot 2 points behind Hitchin Belles. Watton Ladies the opposition the visitors going in front with Courtney Smart scoring her Watton goal. Royston coming back to level and go on to win with Abby Laughlin netting a brace, and Olivia Sole with the other goal to clinch the 3 points.

Letchworth Garden City Eagles in 4th position move onto 18 points with 3 games in hand on the leaders themselves clinched a narrow win at home on Sunday in Division Two over bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures, won the game by 3 goals to 2 to claim the 3 points. Anna Bright and Senal Chapman scoring the 2nd half goals for Welwyn.

Lastly in Division Two it ended in a stalemate between Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies and Evergreen Ladies the score 0-0 in Sunday.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

0-0’s are rare in women’s football so to report on two in one Round-Up is of note but that’s how it ended between 3rd placed Langford Ladies and 4th placed AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies this Sunday in Division Three. A result that benefited and placed Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses and leaders AFC Dunstable Ladies Reserves respectfully. Langford the happier of the two the point ending a run of 3 straight defeats.

One other match to bring you in Beds & Herts Division Three, Kempston Rovers Ladies were at home to Bedwell Rangers Ladies on Sunday. Chelsea Rose Jeffery moving into the top scorers position for Kempston Rovers scoring a brace with Hannah Meadwell scoring her 1st goal for the home side in a 3-1 victory. Jessica Sullivan scoring for Bedwell.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 02/12/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd December

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

Cup weekend in the Beds & Herts with the quarter finals of the League Cup and 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup taking place, plus a scattering of league matches too.

  The League Cup saw 3 of the 4 quarter final ties played this Sunday, holders St Albans Ladies home tie with Houghton Athletic Ladies no scheduled until the New Year. Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires leading Beds & Herts Division One were drawn away in the quarter finals to play Division Three high flyers, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies, the lower league side causing an upset knocking Welwyn out of the Cup with a 2-1 victory, Emily Devereux on the score sheet for Kempston, Janiece Allen with the Welwyn goal.

  Hemel Hempstead Town ladies 2nd in Division One were away to last season’s finalists, Northwood Ladies. Hemel Hempstead in a great vein of form winning 6 in all competitions prior to this weekends League Cup quarter final extended the run to 7 to reach the last 4. Charlene Turturici-Clarke and Leah Haley scoring in a 2-0 win.

   In the other League Cup quarter final it was an all Division Two tie with Hitchin Belles at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday. The pair meeting for the 2nd successive Sunday, last time out in the league Hitchin Belles winning 4-1 away from home ending Letchworth’s winning streak of 5 matches. Hitchin Belles also ending Letchworth’s involvement in the League Cup this weekend as they won comfortably to book their place in the semi-finals. Although it’s listed as 6-0, Hitchin state on twitter it was 5, and seeings as I can only account for 5 goals I’ll go with that. Emma Wells scoring twice, their was a goal each for Bonnita Woodward, Keira How and top scorer Amy Jack who moves into double figures for the season.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

One league match taking place in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One on Sunday between two sides looking for more points at the bottom of the table, Garston Ladies 2nd XI hosting Sherrardswood Ladies. A goal in each half from Laurie Marris securing a 2nd win of the season for Sherrardswood as they edged the win 2-1. Maddie Gordon on target with the goal for Garston.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

Likewise their was just the single league fixture taking place in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday with Royston Town Ladies Development in 3rd position at home to bottom side Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Kierra Gabriel scoring a hat-trick in the game moves onto 8 for the season. Abby Laughlin and Jazmin Racher also getting a goal a piece along with Ellie Pickard getting a goal in her first game for Royston. The winning margin 6-1 as Royston move to within a point of 2nd placed Letchworth.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

You guessed it! There was the one league game played also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three on Sunday a top of the table clash with league leaders Langford Ladies away to 4th placed Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses. Two successive defeats of Langford going into the game both against sides pushing for top spot in Division Three themselves, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Ladies beating them in the County Cup was followed by defeat in the league away to AFC Dunstable Ladies last Sunday. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses another side starting the season well one defeat from 5 played were leading 2-0 at half-time, Langford getting one back in the 2nd half through Chloe Scott. Woburn & Wavendon adding two more goals themselves to win the game 4-1 and climb into 3rd spot a point off Dunstable, and to within 3 points of Langford at the top, both having 3 games in hand with Kempston in 4th now 6 points off the top with 4 games in hand. Giselle Randall and Victoria Harrold both scoring two each for Woburn & Wavendon.

Beds & Herts The Chris Renshaw Cup

This season’s Chris Renshaw Cup competition began this Sunday with 3 1st Round ties taking place. AFC Dunstable Ladies Development 2nd in Division Three in great form unbeaten in the league were away to Division Two side, Bedford Ladies Development. Bianca Vassell way out in front in the goal scoring charts for Dunstable adding two more to her tally on Sunday has 18 to her name now. Courtney McNamara and Lauren Brooker both getting a goal each in a 4-0 win for Dunstable.

   Division Three newcomers Kempston Rovers Ladies were hosting Watton Ladies from Division Two in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup this Sunday. The lower league side getting themselves into a 2-0 lead with Chelsea Rose Jeffery and Sabrina Stramaglia on the score sheet. Watton rallied to come back into the game and go on to win it 3-2 to progress, Gemma Bickell, Zoe Hammick and Sian Owens getting the goals for Watton.

   An all Division Three tie The Chris Renshaw Cup saw Buntingford Town Ladies hosting Bedwell Rangers Ladies in the 1st Round both at the wrong end of the table, Jessica Sullivan scoring a hat-trick for Bedwell before sadly suffering a serious injury. Hoping for the best and certainly wish her well for a speedy recovery. The goals helping Bedwell on to victory with Maisie Main and Georgia Miller also scoring a goal a piece in a 5-2 win to see Bedwell advance.

  Evergreen Ladies with face Wheathampstead Wanderers Ladies in the 1st Round of the competition in the New Year.