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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 25/02/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 25th February

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

St Albans Ladies maintained their 5 point lead at the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One as they came out on top in a 7 goal thriller at home to Sharnbrook WFC on Sunday. Ellen Slater handing St Albans an early lead the hosts found themselves trailing by half-time as goals from Emily Clark and Charlie Mullins saw Sharnbrook into a 2-1 lead. A complete turn around in the 2nd half as Eleanor Lovelock scored the equalising goal to make it 2-2 a minute in. By the 52nd minute St Albans were leading 3-2 Kiran Reyat with the goal. Sharnbrook coming back to level it at 3-3 with 20 minutes left to play Gemma Franklin on target. The match was won in the last 10 minutes with Jessica Cavaree making it 4-3 to St Albans in the 83rd minute.

   Defeat for Sharnbrook coupled with a big win away from home sees Garston Ladies move above them into 4th place in the Division One table. Garston were away to Flitwick Ladies in Sunday. A brace for both Jane Hales and Lucy Zecchin helping Garston to a convincing result. Katie Sills, Caroline Tenebaum and Emma Trill also getting on the scoresheet an own goal seeing the final score 8-2 to Garston. Faye Moxon along with a penalty strike from Kierra Gabriel the goalscorers for Flitwick.

   Houghton Athletic Ladies won for the 3rd time this season away to bottom side Watton Ladies on Sunday to move right up behind the sides in mid-table and have games in hand on everybody too. Emily Wilson took her season’s tally to 20 with a brace against Watton. Shakeela Hussain and Rachel Spendelow also getting a goal each in a 4-0 win.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

A good weekend on the road for Garston Ladies as their 2nd XI returned to the top of Beds & Herts Division Two with a narrow away win against Hitchin Belles on Sunday. Over turning a 2-1 half-time deficit to win the match 3-2. Amy Jack and Katie White putting Hitchin Belles into the lead 1st half. A brace from Garston’s top scorers Lauren Berryman along with a goal for Maddie Gorton securing the 3 points for Garston.

   Also in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two on Sunday Evergreen Eagles were away to bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues. A convincing result seeing Evergreen Eagles win for the 3rd time this season. Christie Brewer with a hat-trick with a goal each for Paige Lacey-Akers and Samantha Takis in a 5-0 victory. 

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

One match played in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this Sunday. Evergreen Ladies at home to Bedwell Rangers Ladies. Goals from Natalie Maher and Rebecca Freeman helping Evergreen to a 2-1 win.

The Chris Renshaw Cup

Elsewhere across the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League this Sunday it was the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup. Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires reaching the last four without kicking a ball as they were awarded the home win against Shefford Town & Campton Ladies.

Hitchin Town Ladies are also through to the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup after they won at home against Division Three side Bedford Ladies Development on Sunday. The visitors taking an early lead in the game however going 1-0 up inside 3 minutes. Chances for both sides followed in a busy opening to the game Hitchin Town awarded a penalty in the 9th minute Emma Chaffey stepping up to put the Division Two side level. Into the final 6 minutes of the 1st half and Hitchin Town got their noses in front Jessica McNamara putting the ball into the back of the net. 2-1 at half-time Chaffey scored from a corner to put Hitchin Town 3-1 up 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Midway through the 2nd half Hayley Watson was on hand to put the ball home from a rebound to secure a 4-1 win for Hitchin Town.

    Also into the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup are Letchworth Garden City Eagles after they won away from home to Division Three side Welwyn Pegasus Azures on Sunday. Alyce Williams scoring a brace for Division Two Letchworth Natalie Moey and Tayla Murray were also on target for a goal each in a 4-0 win.

A trio of Division Two sides into the last four of The Chris Renshaw Cup they are joined by Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies after the overcame in form Division Three side, Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies away from home on Sunday in the quarter finals. Sherrardswood taking an early lead in the match Laurie Marris putting them 1-0 up inside the 1st minute. That was how the scored remained right up till the hour when Sherrardswood were given the opportunity to double their advantage from the penalty spot. Marris with the spot kick putting the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0 and see Sherrardswood into the semi-finals. 

The semi-final line-up for The Chris Renshaw Cup is as follows:-

Sherrardswood Ladies v Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires

Hitchin Town Ladies v Letchworth Garden City Eagles

The date for both semi-finals to be confirmed.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts – 14/01/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 14th January

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup

A weekend of cup action in Beds & Herts with the quarter finals of the League Cup taking place along with the 1st Round of the Chris Renshaw Cup being played some exciting games amongst them too.

   In the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup quarter finals defending cup holders Houghton Athletic Ladies are through to the semi-finals of this years competition with a comfortable home win over fellow Division One side Flitwick Ladies. A brace for both Shakeela Hussain and Emily Wilson in the match with a goal to for Louise Spendelow to see Houghton advance with a 5-0 win.

   Also through to the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 5-0 win are Northwood Ladies in their debut season. Were away in the quarter finals taking on Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three side, Evergreen Ladies. Scarlett Keightley putting the Division One side into an early 5th minute lead, Zamina Rehemtulia and Emma Steele making it 3-0 before half-time. Leanne Jones extending Northwood’s lead on 59 minutes. Keightley getting her 2nd of the match with 20 minutes left.

 Beds & Herts Women’s Division One leaders St Albans Ladies are into their 2nd semi-final of the season having already reached the semi’s of the Hertfordshire Women’s County Cup. At home in the quarter finals of the League Cup taking on fellow Division One side Garston Ladies. A single goal enough to send St Albans through coming late in the 1st half, Ellen Slater scoring.

    An eventful game in the final League Cup quarter final going all the way to extra-time. Division One side Sharnbrook WFC hosting Division Two leaders, Garston Ladies 2nd XI. Lauren Berryman scoring a hat-trick for Garston. Sharnbrook netting 3 up the other end to force extra-time Emma Butler scoring in the 1st half with Hoffi Pursey scoring early in the 2nd half Butler scoring again in the 84th minute. Into extra-time the match was closing in on penalties when Gemma Franklin (pictured) found the back of the net for Sharnbrook with 3 minutes left to send them through to the semi-finals.


  The draw for the semi-finals of the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup is as follows date to be arranged:- 

St Albans Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC

Houghton Athletic Ladies v Northwood Ladies

The Chris Renshaw Cup

 Into it’s 2nd season The Chris Renshaw Cup began this weekend with 8 1st Round ties featuring those sides knocked out of the League Cup in the early stages, plenty of action with three ties going into extra-time two of which feature Welwyn Pegasus.

Division One side Sherrardswood Ladies were drawn at home in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup taking on Division Three side, Bedwell Rangers Ladies. A 7 minute hat-trick from Laurie Marris in the 1st half putting Sherrardswood in control of the tie, could find no more goal 2nd half Bedwell pulling one back with 15 minutes left Jessica Sullivan scoring. 3-1 the final score.

Plenty of goals in the 1st Round tie between Watton Ladies and Welwyn Pegasus Azures 11 in total as the game went all the way to extra-time finishing 4-4 after 90 minutes. Janiece Allen scoring a 1st half hat-tick for the visitors Welwyn Pegasus Azures. Division One side Watton getting 4 goals leading late into the match Sophie Clarke netting for Welwyn in 2nd half injury time to take the tie into extra-time. Watton found another goal in the extra period of play but it was Welwyn who progress as they scored twice more to win an incredible game 6-5. Anja Fletchman Brown and Clarke with her 2nd of the game sending them through. Both Beth Wilding and Laura Agnew claiming a brace for Watton with Gemma Penny also on target.

 Hitchin Town Ladies also progress in the Chris Renshaw Cup with a 1st Round home win over fellow Division Two side Evergreen Eagles. Jessica McNamara scoring a hat-trick with Mandy Cain-Murnane also getting a goal in a 4-0 win.

4-0 was also the winning margin in the all Division Three 1st Round tie between, Potters Bar United Ladies and Shefford Town & Campton Ladies. It was the visitors Shefford who progress in the competition with goals from Chloe Tate, Louise Grocott and Sarah King along with an own goal.

Another all Division Two 1st Round tie saw Letchworth Garden City Eagles hosting Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues on Sunday. Natalie Moey scoring a hat-trick for Letchworth with Katie Smith also on target in a 4-1 victory. Chloe Martin from the penalty spot scoring for Woburn & Wavendon.

    Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies in form in Division Three were away to Division Two side Hitchin Belles in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup. Laura Bocking and Shannon Page scoring the 2 goals for Hitchin Belles they were knocked out of the competition with Wheathamstead netting 3 up the other end Sophie Pidgeon getting a goal with Libby Quinn scoring twice in a 3-2 win.

An all Division Three clash in the 1st Round of competition saw Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets hosting league leaders Bedford Ladies Development. The visitors in trouble 2-0 down at half-time, Emma Payne netting twice for Woburn & Wavendon. Bedford mounted a come back in the 2nd half to force the tie into extra-time. Captain Jessica Bunnage making it 2-1 on 67 minutes. Catalina Costas with her 1st goal for the side 8 minutes from time making it 2-2. In extra-time Bedford went on to take an early lead Bunnage with her 2nd of the game as Woburn & Wavendon looked for a goal at the other end the visitors scored again late on Cayleigh Jackson on target to make it 4-2 the final score 5-2 with Joanne Makin scoring a late minute penalty.

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires 2nd in Division Two were hosting 3rd placed Royston Town Ladies Reserves in the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Cup another high scoring tie that went all the way to extra-time on Sunday. Megan Kaba with her 1st goal for Royston and a brace from Grace Leslie seeing the visitors score 3. Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires also on target with 3 goals in the regulation 90 minutes to see the game extended by 30 minutes. A different story in extra-time as Welwyn Pegasus dominated to power their way into the next round netting 4 more goals to win 7-3. April Spang getting 4 goals in the match with Chemise Huitson, Sophie Mandel and Katherine Calvert with her 1st goal for the club also scoring.

8 sides advancing into the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Cup they are as follows date to be arranged:-

Wheathamstead Wanderers Ladies v Sherrardswood Ladies

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires v Shefford Town & Campton Ladies

Hitchin Town Ladies v Bedford Ladies Development

Welwyn Pegasus Azures v Letchworth Garden City Eagles


The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 07/05/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 7th May

It was the final day of the season in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League and with the leagues all done and dusted last Sunday the venue was AFC Kempston Rovers FC for this season’s Cup Finals. Two competitions this year the League Cup which was to be contested by Watton Ladies & Houghton Athletic Ladies along with the newly named secondary cup competition The Chris Renshaw Trophy. The 1st final to be contested by Sandy Ladies & Sharnbrook WFC. Both games were covered by the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and the match report from both finals can be read below.

Beds & Herts – The Chris Renshaw Trophy

Cup Final Report – Sandy Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC

  The end of the season in the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League this Sunday the league all done and dusted ends with a cup final double at AFC Kempston Rovers FC, the League Cup Final to come but 1st off a new competition, The Chris Renshaw Trophy. The final two Sandy Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC.

  Named in memory of Chris Renshaw a former member of the Beds & Herts Women’s Football Committee and the ERWFL beyond who gave so much to support the game before his passing this competition named in his honour, a secondary competition with the sides knocked out of the League Cup itself before the quarter final stage being entered.

  It’s a while ago now in the history of the blog but Sandy Ladies v Sharnbrook WFC was my 1st experience of women’s football in the county leagues. Not that they were the clubs I had intended seeing that Sunday, stuck in traffic and no chance of getting to my game I rolled past the sign for Sandy and determined I was going to get a match in turned left. Arrived 15 minutes before kick-off and the 2 sides couldn’t have been any more helpful to me. Nice to see them once again and give them a little more respect as they contest the 1st ever final for The Chris Renshaw Trophy.

  A change of management for both since that game, Sandy Ladies have had a very strong season in what was a highly competitve Division One this season have led the table for most of the campaign entering the final weekend were 3 points clear of both 2nd placed Sherrardswood Ladies and 3rd placed Bishops Stortford Ladies who they faced just a week ago. Heart ache in the end as Sandy Ladies were beaten 4-2 ending up in 3rd on goal difference, Bishops Stortford Ladies pipping Sherrardswood Ladies to the title by a single goal! The Chris Renshaw Trophy an opportunity for Sandy Ladies to end the season with some silverware.

   Sharnbrook WFC were relegated that season, but under new management bounced back at the 1st attempt winning the Division Two title. Had a strong start to the season upon their return to Division One getting games in where others didn’t, injuries took a toll and lack of action saw them drop down the table as others got into their stride. Eventually finishing 7th, like Sandy have a great opportunity to end the season lifting a piece of silverware.

  Road to the Final
   Sandy Ladies were handed a Bye in the 1st Round of the competition progressing to the quarter-finals where they were drawn at home to fellow Division One side Letchworth Garden City Eagles won the match 2-1 to reach the semi-finals with an away trip to St Albans Ladies also from Division One both in title contention at the time it was a close game chances for both sides a single goal winning the game Chloe Reeves scoring it for Sandy Ladies to see them into the final. 
  Sharnbrook WFC were at home in the 1st Round taking on Division Two side Garston Ladies FC 96 progressed to the quarter finals with a comfortable 7-1 win. An away trip to Division Three side Evergreen Eagles, Sharnbrook WFC booked their place in the semi-finals with a 5-2 win. Away again took on Division Two side Flitwick Ladies winning the game to reach the final of the competition.
  The venue for today’s Finals, AFC Kempston Rovers FC in Bedfordshire, south west of Bedford itself. A large clubhouse with bar and refreshments booth on one side of the ground housing the changing rooms. A seated area along with terracing beside a wide pitch fairly firm and dry as are most pitches in the region after an unusually dry April. All weather training pitches on the opposite side. A hot and sunny afternoon little cloud around the breeze warm a good start to May.

  Sandy Ladies starting XI – Amie Fage, Alicia Cobb, Meghan Roles, Pearl Houghton, Faye Prout, Kayleigh Bennett, Harriet Ford, Claire Ashwell, Katie Seldon (C), Kirstie Gavin & Chloe Reeves.
  subs – Kirsty Bates, Grace Lavelle, Lauren Bullen, Abigail Stock & Kerrie Knight.

  Sharnbrook WFC starting XI – Summer Ronayne, Sarah Fuller, Mel Harradine, Gemma Franklin, Laura Strange (C), Tracy Hutchinson, Claire Smith, Emily Clark, Charlie Mullins, Sian Cunningham & Emma Butler.

  subs – Becky Dadd Scarlett Betts, Haley Traette-Reynolds, Chantelle Harris, Jackie Dadd & Helen Spalding.

(roll on roll off substitutes)

 An injury blow for Sandy before today’s final with top scorer Amber Williams out injured on 13 for the season she is one ahead of Chloe Reeves leading the line today. It’s Sharnbrook to get the 1st half underway wearing their away colours, yellow shirts with blue shorts and socks with Sandy lined up opposite wearing red shirts with white across the chest and sleeves, red shorts and socks. An early chance for Sharnbrook the ball played out to Charlie Mullins on the left side plays the ball inside looking to thread the ball in behind as Mullins runs forwards takes a favourable slice in behind off a defender Mullins latches onto it on the edge of the area doesn’t get a firm connection the ball runs straight along the ground into goalkeeper Amie Fage’s gloves.
  Sandy press forwards on the left the ball played inside  helped on to Claire Ashwell on the left wins Sandy a throw in, Sharnbrook win the ball send it up field, Pearl Houghton collects at the back for Sandy plays it on for Ashwell on the right side she sends a long diagonal ball up into the area with striker Chloe Reeves looking to get on the end of the pass, does so but is halted in her attack by the offside flag. 

  Sian Cunningham is finding some space on the right for Sharnbrook, captain Katie Seldon picks her out taking the ball up the line her cross is easily gathered by Fage at her near post. Kirstie Gavin links up with Ashwell on the right side from a throw in moving forwards Gavin cuts the ball back for Ashwell to send forwards up towards Reeves centrally positioned back to goal outside the box looks to head the ball on and get in behind the Sharnbrook defence, marking her captain Laura Strange has backed off reading the strikers intention giving her the room she needs to reach the ball 1st and clear. 
 An early change for Sharnbrook an injury to Cunningham, she comes off, Chantelle Harris comes on. From a free-kick on halfway Sharnbrook’s Emma Butler chases the ball up the left has support from Mullins knocks the ball on as she goes past her closely marked by Sandy’s Alicia Cobb, Mullins turned back as she reached the top of the area plays the ball back into Butler taking it inside looks to pull the trigger, her shot from outside the box is charged down by Sandy’s Faye Prout. 

Emma Butler on the attack for Sharnbrook WFC
  Off a throw in on the left Butler and Mullins combine again this time Mullins playing the ball up the line for Butler squares the ball across the six yard box, Prout is there to cut the cross out. Attacking up the right for Sharnbrook, Tracy Hutchinson sees her cross claimed by Fage at her near post. Sharnbrook give away a free-kick inside their own half wide right, Kayleigh Bennett to take her ball up towards the area is deflected into Gavin’s path strikes it early looping up into the box right of goal, Sharnbrook keeper, Summer Ronayne comes for it doesn’t take her eye of the ball despite runners from Sandy closing in takes the catch cleanly.

Kirstie Gavin bringing the ball down for Sandy Ladies
  Harriet Ford coming on for Sandy plays the ball into Gavin moving left side outside the Sharnbrook box shifting the ball between her feet takes a shot the strike closed down and blocked by Sharnbrook’s Mel Harradine. Sandy retaining possession inside the Sharnbrook half as the game moves into the 20th minute. Butler latches onto a miscued goalkick from Fage, takes it on into the box, Prout on her shoulder, Fage recovers well slides in to save the ball at the strikers feet. 
  Attacking down the left Sandy fire the ball into Reeves 25 yards out back to goal brings it down superbly rolling her marker and getting a shot away, comes in quickly towards the near post, Ronayne has it covered gloves the head height ball down and gathers. Sharnbrook make a 2nd change taking of Richardson bring on Haley Traette-Reynolds. Reeves pressuring the ball up top wins Sandy a corner kick taken short up to Reeves outside the box on the right plays it in for Gavin inside the D, goes to barge her way through into the box 2 defenders all converge on her no way past.

Sharnbrook WFC’s Gemma Franklin with Sandy’s Harriet Ford
  Ford does well in the middle seeing the ball into her body turns and sends Gavin away down the left, taking the ball into the box looks to stab it past Ronayne as she starts to come the Sharnbrook keeper makes a great save with her foot. Sandy make a change Ashwell comes off, Kirsty Bates enters the game. Moving into the last 5 minutes of the 1st half a hot afternoon a wide pitch Sandy are seeing more of the ball win a corner on the left the ball an in swinger comes in centrally, Ronayne calls for it the ball pops out of her gloves she recovers smartly to claim the ball at the 2nd attempt. 
 GOAL! Sandy take the lead late in the 1st half the ball form the left rolled into Reeves 30 yards out controls well holding of her marker, Gavin furthest forwards moves to her right top of the D, Reeves turning picks her out, Gavin has room in behind, Ronayne comes rushing out to the edge of the area in an attempt to stop her shot, Gavin’s strike is almost stopped by the keeper but instead is deflected on behind into the goal beyond 1-0. 

Kirstie Gavin with the opening goal in the final
  Harris defends well from a corner kick heading the ball clear of her area for Sharnbrook. Harris getting up field wins a corner for Sharnbrook as the 1st half moves into the final minute. A good delivery Houghton heads it away from the six yard box falling for Strange back peddling at the top of the area she lift her leg attempting to wrap her foot around the ball connects her effort is charged down by the onrushing Sandy defence. Sharnbrook push forwards for one last attack in the 1st half Mullins on the ball left side sends a diagonal ball up towards the penalty spot but Gemma Franklin furthest forwards for Sharnbrook can’t get her head on the ball before Fage can claim it.
Half-time Sandy Ladies 1-0 Sharnbrook WFC

  A narrow advantage for Sandy Ladies as the 2 sides leave the field for half-time a 1st half of few chances, Sandy have had more of the ball particularly at the end of the half pushing on Reeves always on to receive the ball, well supported by Gavin up top. Neither goalkeeper overly worked Sharnbrook defending well the ball not sticking further forwards. 1 goal in it however all to play for 2nd half. Sandy to get it under way. Sharnbrook move in on the ball quickly turn play around, Butler is flagged offside as she gets in behind into the area from the left. 

  Traette-Reynolds gets hold of the ball for Sharnbrook left side outside the box, twists and turns looking for a way in, Butler makes a run inside through the middle, Traette-Reynolds tries to pick her out goalkeeper Fage coming off her goal line can get to it first. Sandy get forwards up the right Ford sending the ball up the line getting a throw in players moving up the pitch level with the top of the area the ball is played into the feet of Seldon right corner sends a shot in towards goal dipping Ronayne getting down to meet it makes the save.

Haley Traette-Reynolds getting the ball under her control. 

  Fuller defends for Sharnbrook as the ball is played up the line Gavin looking to get hold of it on the left winning the ball the defender clears up into the centre of midfield the ball helped on to Traette-Reynolds breaking down the left side a powerful to take her into the box her shot is blocked by Cobb deflected beyond her runs straight into her keepers gloves. A fast start to the 2nd half Bennett in the middle for Sandy has the ball cleared from her defence into her sends it long with Reeves looking to get in behind is away, Ronayne is on the move too gets the the ball just outside her area to kick clear before the striker reach it. 

Chloe Reeves looks to get away from Sharnbrook WFC captain Laura Strange

  Sharnbrook get the ball up the other end slotted through the middle into Butler plays an early pass out to Mullins peeling in behind on the left into the box with the ball takes on the shot, Fage across to cover her near post takes the ball into her body dropping low. Sandy make a change bringing off Seldon, Grace Lavelle coming on. Traette-Reynolds wins Sharnbrook a corner kick on the right the ball is swung in near post Sandy’s Meghan Roles gets her head on the ball to clear, Emily Clark getting hold of the ball outside the box looks to send it back in her volley flies wide. Sharnbrook make a change up top Butler comes off with Cunningham coming back on. 

Sarah Fuller with the defensive header for Sharnbrook WFC

  Sandy break getting the ball into space on the left for Lavelle to run into drives all the way into the box closing in on the six yard box looks to use the outside of her boot to square the ball into the centre for Reeves, Sharnbrook’s Harradine cuts the ball out runs back to Lavelle strikes it 1st time the rising ball striking the side netting. Good running from Traette-Reynolds down the right wing getting in behind the Sandy defence sends a cross into the middle too close to the keeper Fage catches before Mullins coming in from the left can reach it. 

Grace Lavelle brings the ball forwards for Sandy Ladies

 Bates gets on the ball for Sandy taking it forwards has Lavelle aiming to get into the area lifts the ball over the top, lands of Lavelle’s shoulder as she is tracked into the box dropping to her right loses sight of it momentarily giving the Sharnbrook defence a chance to recover it and clear. A free-kick for Sharnbrook as Traette-Reynolds is brought down on the right inside the Sandy half the ball is send long up to her inside the bo, ducking under the ball, Cunningham has made the run in behind the angle against her strikes the ball on the half volley a good effort however the ball screws away from goal.

  Changes for both sides Lauren Bullen on for Sandy replacing Gavin. Jackie Dadd on for Sharnbrook in place of Betts. Sandy are finding a little bit more energy getting forwards now Bullen with a central run is stopped by Clark. Reeves picks up the ball from the right time and space 30 yards out sends her shot over the bar. Roles comes off for Sandy, Kerrie Knight coming on as the game moves into the last 15 minutes. Traette-Reynolds is substituted for Sharnbrook, Smith going back on soon after Helen Spalding comes on to replace Strange. 

  GOAL! Sandy double their lead the ball from Ford into Bullen sees her drive on towards the area 25 yards out hits a powerful shot in towards goal, Ronayne saves it with her foot deflecting the all away to her right, retrieved on the byline by Reeves is sent back in towards the near post area inside the six yard box Bullen is their following up and turned the ball past the keeper blasting the ball into the back of the net 2-0 her 1st goal for the club too.

Lauren Bullen scores to makes it 2-0 for Sandy Ladies

  Bates comes off for Sandy Abigail Stock coming on with less than 10 minutes left. Ashwell returns to the action after Houghton takes a knock at the back. Ford and Reeves are rested too, Gavin and Seldon back on Seldon blocking a strike from outside the box by Mullins as Cunningham gets the ball into her from the right. Sharnbrook push forwards late on Mullins putting a shot wide across the face of goal a she is slide in left side into the box. 

  Sandy have dropped deep late on despite the 2-0 lead inviting Sharnbrook onto then, Prout intercepting a ball played forwards by Franklin. Pushing up are caught on the counter as trying to clear the ball it in deflected in behind Cunningham after it clear to run at goal, Fage racing out to the top of her area saves well with her legs. Despite the late pressure from Sharnbrook, Sandy hold on and celebrate winning The Chris Renshaw Trophy at the final whistle.

Full time Sandy Ladies 2-0 Sharnbrook WFC

  Hot out there a great effort from both sides Sandy claiming the win leading by a single goal at the break created the better chances not making the result safe until the latter stages of the match end their season on a high with a 3rd place finish and silverware. Sharnbrook had their opportunities but not clinical didn’t convert them.
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

A solid defensive display from Sandy Ladies in today’s final and Faye Prout is narrowly beaten to the SWF Blog – Player of the Match by fellow centreback Pearl Houghton good positioning making some important interceptions and cutting out through balls winning more than her fair share of tackles too.
  Congratulations to Sandy Ladies on winning The Chris Renshaw Trophy Final.
The Chris Renshaw Trophy Winners, Sandy Ladies
  My thanks to both clubs for helping me out with the teams today very much appreciated.

Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final

Cup Final Report – Watton Ladies v Houghton Athletic Ladies

 Onto the 2nd of today’s Beds & Herts Finals game, the Women’s League Cup with Watton Ladies or Houghton Athletic Ladies looking to win the trophy for the 1st time this afternoon.

  For Watton Ladies based at Watton at Stone in Hertfordshire this is an opportunity to win a league and cup double having already won the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two title to earn promotion back to Division One after a two season absence finishing 8 points clear of what was proving to be a competitive league. Have scored plenty of goals this season with Frankie Smithers way out in front as top scorer netting 32 goals so far.

  Joining the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League in the 2014/15 season Houghton Athletic Ladies based in Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire have been on the rise since 2 successive promotions to reach Division One finishing 6th in the table have reached their 1st ever final. Emma Hawkes and Ciara Craig are the clubs top scorers this season with 10 goals each. Most of the players have come through the youth side progressing into women’s football.

Road to the Final
Watton Ladies began their league cup campaign away to fellow Division Two side Flitwick Ladies in the 1st Round winning the tie 3-1 to advance to the 2nd Round where again they were drawn away to another Division Two side Hitchin Belles plenty of goals scored in this one Hitchin Belles scoring 4, Watton going on to win the game 7-4. Another away trip in the quarter finals and again it was Division Two opposition, Evergreen Ladies. Watton Ladies winning 3-1 to reach the semi-finals were they were on the road for the 4th successive tie this time up against Division One side Hitchin Town Ladies coming out on top in a 7 goal thriller winning the game 4-3 to reach the final of the League Cup.
  Houghton Athletic Ladies started their league cup campaign at home in the 1st Round taking on Division Three newcomers Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues a 3-0 victory seeing them safely into the 2nd Round. At home against Sharnbrook WFC who had come up with them to Division One this season a good result winning 5-0 to reach the quarter-finals. Drawn away to Division Two side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets it was a close game a narrow win for Houghton Athletic Ladies going through to the semi-finals with a 4-3 win. A tough test in the semi-finals drawn away to fellow Division One side Bishops Stortford Ladies who would go on to win the title. The game going all the way to extra-time 0-0 after 90 minutes. Shakeela Hussain scoring the goal that sent Houghton Athletic Ladies into today’s League Cup Final.
  Refuelled with a fish finger bap during the break between matches. If anything it’s gotten warmer as the afternoon moves on difficult conditions for both sides to play in hot and dusty out on the pitch. A good crowd building for the game. 

  Watton Ladies starting XI – Dionne Batchelor, Zoe Hammick, Zoe Garvey, Heidi Nash (C) Kerry-Anne Paul, Beth Willing, Lizzie Dowton, Emma Carter, Sammy Edgar, Chloe Jones & Frankie Smithers.
  subs – Codie Page, Kirsty Richardson, Mollie Rouse, Chloe Hazelwood, Heather Dean, Bethan Love & Gemma Penny. 

  Houghton Athletic Ladies starting XI – Sophie Wicks, Jodie Patterson, Georgia Casey, Emily Peat, Emily Fearn (C), Rachel Spendelow, Sinead Borsah, Shakeela Hussain, Ciara Craig, Holly Thompson & Charlotte Ross.

  subs –  Kelly Rees, Charlotte Cook, Louise Spendelow, Victoria Peck. 

(roll on roll off substitutes)

 It’s Watton to get the League Cup Final started taking kick-off wearing yellow shirts with black shorts and socks. Houghton lined up opposite wearing blue coloured shirts with white sleeves and across the top of the chest, blue shorts and socks. Houghton are straight out of the blocks pressing Watton on the ball in the centre of midfield, Rachel Spendelow getting the ball out to the right Houghton have a free-kick the ball send long up into the box runners peeling in behind goalkeeper Dionne Batchelor is well placed to catch the ball. 
  Holly Thompson taking the ball out to the right for Houghton wins her side a corner kick and inswinging delivery, Kerry-Anne Paul heads the ball away for Watton, Sammy Edgar on for Frankie Smithers up top looking to find space on the right is tackled the ball away for a throw-in. Zoe Garvey comes forwards from right back to take it for Watton has a big throw n her tries to pick out Chloe Jones positioned just inside the area on the right, jumps the ball over her Smithers trying to get there, Spendelow falling back as the ball drops to her kicks it away. 
  Launching a quick counter attack the ball put up through the middle Ciara Craig is away getting onto the ball, Batchelor comes charging out of her area to meet her blocks the ball with her hands as Craig tries to lift it beyond her, the referee blows up a decision to be made a clear goal scoring chance denied? Batchelor is well out of her area, defenders were recovering both sides, early in the game the goalkeeper is shown a yellow card an indirect free kick for Houghton. The set-piece rolled into Shakeela Hussain shoots high on target, Batchelor gets her gloves up to make the save the ball dropping down into the six yard box is cleared off the line a nervous start from Watton.
   Watton’s Beth Willing pressuring the ball high up the field on the right gets in behind Houghton’s Jodie Patterson looking to run on with the ball the defender gets back on her to tackle and put the ball out for the throw. Houghton win the ball put into the box on for Sinead Borsah passes it out to Thompson moving out to the right wing the ball is cut back in towards the corner of the area with Craig on the move Emma Carter intercepts and clears for Watton. 
  Smithers taking the ball out to the left channel as Jones heads it on for her cutting back inside crosses from the edge of the box just beyond Carter inside the area, retrieves it back to goal forced the other way, Jones tries to support they try the give and go doesn’t quite come off. A frustrating start for Watton a few arguments between players. Houghton come on through the middle, Borsah inside the box getting the ball played into her from the right by Thompson lays it back out to Hussain all of 25 yards out strikes the ball early her effort sailing over the crossbar.
Houghton Athletic Ladies, Sinead Borsah
  Edgar looks to get on the ball for Watton in the middle bringing it on looks to play it over the top for Willing ahead of her, Emily Fearn Houghton’s captain gets her head on the ball to stop the attack. Garvey carries the ball down the right for Watton fires a diagonal ball low in towards the box, Fearn cuts it out deflected in behind goalkeeper Sophie Wicks comes across diving to claim the ball stopping it going behind for the corner as Smithers closes her down. Houghton make a change bringing off Ross sending on Louise Spendelow, Rachel’s twin sister.
Watton Ladies, Frankie Smithers with Houghton’s Louise Spendelow
  Houghton maintain their great start to the game pressing forwards Craig puts the ball into Hussain left of the D outside the box sends a low shot in towards goal runs narrowly wide of the near post. Willing charges down the ball for Watton inside the Houghton half moving left down the line cuts inside looks to fire the ball across the 18 yard box with Jones coming in, Borsah tracking back wins it for Houghton launches a counter attack the ball up into Hussain making the run through the middle, Zoe Hammick gets back on the attacker tackling to win the ball. Half an hour of the 1st half played the referee calls for a drinks break is very hot out there and dusty. 

Sammy Edgar

Houghton win a throw deep on the right from the restart played inside to Rachel Spendelow she sends a high ball looping up into the box far post with Hussain closing in Batchelor keeps her eye on the ball makes a good claim. Edgar comes out with the ball from a 50/50 challenge bringing it on rolls the pass on for Smithers strikes the ball from outside the area along the ground, Wicks gets down to her left makes a good stop even as the ball bobbles up before her.

A free-kick for Watton won on the left inside the Houghton half the ball lofted up into the area, Fearn headers it clear unchallenged. 38 minutes of the 1st half played. Garvey with the throw in on the right for Watton puts it into Edgar right corner of the box, tries to lay it off for Jones who in return looks to put it in behind with Edgar spinning off her marker the ball is cut out cleared back to Garvey on the right her cross goes long towards the far post, Lizzie Dowton can’t bring it down under her control quick enough before being closed down.
    GOAL! As with the earlier final the opening goal comes late in the 1st half, Houghton having been the better side take the lead the ball cleared at the back up to Craig breaking in behind over the halfway line knocking the ball on Batchelor has come rushing out of her area whenever Houghton play the ball in behind her defence. Comes running out to close Craig down, getting her shot away early Craig lobs the advancing keeper the ball bouncing its way into the empty net beyond 0-1.

Ciara Craig gives Houghton Athletic
Ladies the lead

 A double switch for Houghton, Hussain and Thompson off, Ross comes back on along with Charlotte Cook. Smithers closing the ball down for Watton pressures Houghton into giving away a corner kick, a good delivery into the far post Jones gets up to head the up, looping into the air, Wicks catches it cleanly as it falls. Edgar latches onto a defensive clearance 30 yards out splitting the Houghton centrebacks puts the ball into Smithers moving to the right inside the area is falling as the ball runs across her gets a shot away but not in control of the ball it swerves away from the near post behind for the goal kick. 

  Into stoppage time in the 1st half Houghton have a corner kick as Dowton cuts out a cross, taken from the right, Edgar near side headers the ball over for another corner, this one cleared Watton try to break the ball is won back by Houghton, Emily Peat with Craig link up the ball sent on up into the area, Batchelor gets down to smother the ball.

Half-time Watton Ladies 0-1 Houghton Athletic Ladies

 The second final of the day sees one side leading the other by a single goal the advantage to Houghton after a strong 1st half performance pressing Watton early taking advantage of their nervous start without finding an early goal creating chances and getting players forwards. Craig getting the break through late in the half. Watton have had a few half chances but for the larger part of the 1st half have found themselves on the back foot passes going astray but with just a single goal in it are far from out of the final.
  Changes for both sides at the start of the 2nd half Gemma Penny on for Watton, Fearn off for Houghton, Houghton get the 2nd half underway getting forwards the ball into Hussain outside the area left side rolls it across for Rachel Spendelow running onto the ball 20 yards out blasts a shot in towards goal, Batchelor with a good save getting her gloves up to deflect the ball away to her right Cook running onto it blazes her strike over the bar.
 Houghton attack the ball with Craig left side takes it into the box before firing a cross in towards Rachel Spendelow can’t quite get there, Peat beyond her brings the ball down puts her foot trough the shot deflects off Dowton spinning away for a corner kick. Louise Spendelow to put into the area, Paul gets it away for Watton. Getting up field for Houghton, Louise Spendelow wins a corner the ball played in towards the near post Watton captain Heidi Nash heads the ball clear from danger. Just wide from Craig shooting from outside the box left side a Peat plays the ball into her, with the keeper rushing out to meet her gets the ball past her rolls narrowly wide of the far post. 
Watton Ladies captain Heidi Nash
  Another opportunity for Craig a minute later as she latches onto a defensive clearance 30 yards out shifts the ball onto her right foot puts her strike over the crossbar. Houghton make a change Fearn going back on with Rachel Spendelow coming off. 
 GOAL! Houghton double their lead capitalising on their good start to the 2nd half attacking down the left wing the shot/cross is fired into the six yard box Batchelor gets down to it makes the stop hasn’t got the ball however pushing it across the face of goal Craig is the nearest and buries the ball into the back of the net 0-2. 23 minutes left on the clock.

Ciara Craig with her 2nd of the game for Houghton Athletic Ladies

  Has been all Houghton 2nd have dominating the ball Watton can’t find their attackers. Edgar has been fired up all game for Watton winning the ball surges forwards through the middle, Borsah goes with her putting in a good tackle to win the ball just as Edgar thinks about shooting. Peat pulls up holding the top of her leg as she looks to run in behind on the right, the referee calls the trainer on and signals a drinks break. Play resumes a double switch for Houghton Peat and Borsah off, Cook and Rachel Spendelow return to the pitch.

  Ross brings the ball out from the back for Houghton no one comes to challenge so she carries it over half way riding the tackle when it does finally come in goes on getting closed down let’s loose a shot from 25 yards out the ball curling away from goal. A triple change for Watton, Garvey, Nash and Penny coming off, Kirsty Richardson, Chloe Hazelwood and Heather Dean on.

  A throw for Watton on the left inside the Houghton half, into Edgar falls under challenge but spinning  gets the ball into Smithers plays it on for Dowton moving centrally to the top of the area, Cook gets across her to take the ball off her toes out to the right Watton in it fire a high ball in towards the far post Wicks takes it down confidently. Wicks is hurt moments later sliding in to deny Smithers as the striker is played in from the right wing. Treatment needed by Wicks is up and okay to play on as Kelly Rees is sent out to get warmed up just in case. 

  Borsah does come back on replacing Thompson with less than 10 minutes of the game left. The substitute gets hold of the ball going forwards plays it on for Cook on the left sends a cross in high near post, Batchelor plucks it down out of the air. Borsah on the ball again passes to Craig running ahead of her moving right of goal shoots from outside the area her strike running wide of the far post. Mollie Rouse comes on for Watton Ladies replacing Jones. 

Houghton’s Sinead Borsah holding off Watton’s Edgar

  A good effort from Rachel Spendelow from outside the box right of the D 20 yards out as the ball is deflected into her path from a Borsah cross on the right leaning back into her shot the rising ball looks to be heading for the top corner veers sharply late on taking it wide of goal. Good work from Rachel Spendelow in the middle getting hold of the ball takes it out to the right Cook in space on the right Spendelow plays it on for her to go after getting hold of it fires the ball into Craig inside the area near post strikes it 1st time Dowton throwing herself at it making the block taking the ball behind for the corner kick. 

 GOAL! The corner kick is played in high, Rouse getting up for Watton can only head the ball on towards the far post, dropping into the keepers gloves Batchelor under pressure from Rachel Spendelow spills it, the Houghton midfielder reacting quickest stabs the ball past the keeper and into the goal beyond to extend Houghton’s lead in the 90th minute 0-3.

Rachel Spendelow scores Houghton’s 3rd goal late on

  A bit of injury time to be played Houghton maintain their dominance, Watton can’t get hold of the ball Cook plays the ball into Craig outside the box, Making room for a strike, Hazelwood gets across to put in the challenge. The ball played up to Watton’s Smithers by Dean the striker shoots from outside the box Wicks saving at her near post. Dean is down and has to come off Carter going back on. Another powerful run wide right from Smithers drives her shot into the side netting.

 Houghton get hold of the ball Rachel Spendelow on for Victoria Peck central has Cook cutting into the area from the right playing the ball into her feet lays it inside for Thompson 8 yards out turns and shoots placing her attempt wide of the far post. One final chance for Watton to pull a goal back a great ball from Edgar up into Smithers right inside the area fires a shot across the goal, Richardson racing in far post can’t quite reach it as it runs wide. The final whistle blows and Houghton Athletic Ladies celebrate winning their 1st final.

Full time Watton Ladies 0-3 Houghton Athletic Ladies

   In the end a dominant display from Houghton Athletic Ladies, pressing from the start maintained that energy throughout moving the ball quickly, rotating their substitutes regularly on a hit afternoon. Frustrated Watton early on and they never found their rhythm throughout the game had little opportunity to attack 2nd half Houghton adding to the goal they scored in the 1st half going on to win 3-0.  
SWF Blog – Player of the Match

The SWF Blog – Player of the Match for today’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final goes to Houghton Athletic Ladies midfielder Rachel Spendelow a superb all round performance, working hard to win the ball in the middle disrupt and frustrate Watton get others into the attack getting forwards herself and capping it all off with a goal.
Houghton Athletic Ladies celebrate winning the Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup
 Congratulations to Houghton Athletic Ladies upon winning today’s Beds & Herts Women’s League Cup Final.
  Commiserations to Watton Ladies but they still had something to celebrate as they collected their awards for winning the Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two League title. Congratulation’s to Watton on becoming league Champions.
Watton Ladies celebrating winning the Division Two title
 A great day out at AFC Kempston Rovers FC, my thanks again to both clubs with the team details and to all the BHWGFL committee members today for their assistance.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 23/04/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 23rd April

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Has been the case all season long basically the Beds & Herts Women’s Division One title looks to be going all the way. Just the one game played in the division this Sunday and that was enough to alter the possible scenarios yet again. Bishops Stortford Ladies climb up into 2nd in the table the highest they have been in the table all season level on points with leaders Sherrardswood Ladies and 3rd placed Sandy Ladies all on 33 points. Given a home win against Letchworth Garden City Eagles from last weekends postponement Bishops Stortford were at home this Sunday taking on Garston Ladies, Broghan McHale opened the scoring for Bishops Stortford with Kathryn Stanley doubling the score 6 minutes before half-time Natasha Coppin and Jess Croney added 2 more goals 2nd half before Coppin grabbed her 2nd in injury time the final score 5-1 to Bishops Stortford. 

Sandy Ladies have 2 games left to play the other title contenders 1. A match against Sharnbrook WFC in midweek if Sandy get the 3 points they move onto 36 but at the moment have an inferior goal difference to both Sherrardswood and Bishops Stortford. Will be an interesting final day this Sunday with Sandy hosting Bishops Stortford a point would be enough to give Sandy the title so long as they don’t mess up the Sharnbrook game. If Bishops Stortford were to win that might not still be enough to get the title as Sherrardswood at home to Sharnbrook could still pip it on goal difference. Right now anyone one from 3, sandy and Sharnbrook are playing as this Round-Up is being written Sharnbrook ending their league season with a huge say in where the title will go.

Garston Ladies were also in action last evening taking on Houghton Athletic Ladies a 1-0 win giving Garston the 3 points.

The Chris Renshaw Trophy

 Sandy Ladies and Sharnbrook WFC will also meet each other in the final of The Chris Renshaw Trophy on Sunday May 7th after they won their semi-final matches on Sunday. Sandy were away to fellow Division One side St Albans Ladies was a tight contest St Albans creating several chances reduced to 10 through injury.  Sandy Ladies leading through a Chloe Reeves goal in the 1st half a long delay as an ambulance was required for the injured St Albans player played on but couldn’t find an equalising goal, Sandy progressing to the new competitions first ever final. Wishing St Albans injured player all the best and hope it isn’t too serious.

In the other semi-final Sharnbrook WFC were away to Division Two side Flitwick Ladies. The game going all the way to extra-time, Keirra Gabriel scoring for Flitwick, Claire Smith on target midway through the 1st half for Sharnbrook. Into extra-time and Sharnbrook scored early, Charlotte Mullins with her 9th goal of the season scoring the winning goal to see Sharnbrook into the final.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two 

Watton Ladies won on Sunday away to Evergreen Ladies to become Division Two Champions! A brace each for Samantha Edgar and Francesca Smithers taking both onto 14 and 32 goals respectfully along with goals for both Chloe Jones her 19th and a 5th goal of the season for Beth Willing seeing Watton to a 6-2 win in their final league game of the season. Natalie Maher and Lisa Nolan scoring for Evergreen Ladies.

  Congratulation to Watton Ladies on winning the league title. Could yet be a league and cup double having reached the final of the Beds & Herts League Cup on May 7th.

  Also playing in Division Two on Sunday, Royston Town Ladies Reserves were away to Garston Ladies FC 96. Lauren Berryman and Holly Jury scoring for 4th placed Garston Ladies, they were beaten by Royston Town 5-2, Annie Chambers netting a brace, with Grace Leslie, Amber Murray and Megan Evers all scoring a goal. Both sides with 1 match left to play could gain a place in the final standings.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

 In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues had already won the league with a game to spare, one game left away to 2nd placed Evergreen Eagles they were looking to end the season with one of the few 100% records left in the league. Made to 10 wins from 10 to wrap up the Division Three fixtures, Casey Chapman, Amy Gibbins and Georgia Payne scoring the goals in a 3-1 win with Christie Brewer on target for Evergreen Eagles who had already secured the runners-up spot.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 16/04/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 16th April

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

A very limited fixture list in the leagues across the 2 counties this Easter Sunday, only 3 scheduled one of those wasn’t played that just leaves the 2 to bring you. In Beds & Herts Women’s Division One, Houghton Athletic Ladies in 7th were away to bottom side Hitchin Town Ladies. Goals from Ciara Craig and Emma Hawkes along with a brace for Holly Thomson seeing the visitors win the match 4-1 the 3 points taking them above Sharnbrook WFC into 6th spot. Tara Gooda scoring the goal for Hitchin Town.

The Chris Renshaw Trophy

Sharnbrook WFC themselves were in action in the quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Trophy away to Division Three side Evergreen Eagles. Emma Butler scoring a 1st half hat-trick before Gemma Franklin added a 4th goal before the break. Butler scoring her 4th of the match in the final 10 minutes to see Sharnbrook WFC into the semi-finals with a 5-2 win.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 09/04/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 9th April

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Been twists and turns all season long in the battle for the title in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One with 5 sides all in contention pretty much the whole campaign. New leaders as the season enters the home straight with sides having between 1 and 3 games left to play. Sherrardswood Ladies have been flirting with the top two Sandy Ladies and St Albans Ladies for a few weeks now and with both in cup action this weekend took full advantage with a big win at home to move top of the table above Sandy Ladies on goal difference.

  Sherrardswood were hosting bottom side Hitchin Town Ladies. Got off to a great start Manjinder Atwal opening the scoring in the 5th minute, goals from Laura Cousins and Laurie Marris quickly followed Sherrardswood 3-0 up after 10 minutes. Julie Briars making it 4-0 in the 12th minute, 2 more goals were struck on the half hour Francesca Novelli getting on the scoresheet, Marris adding her 2nd. Marris went on to complete her hat-trick in the 2nd half, adding a 4th goal from the penalty spot. Cousins and Novelli both scoring to complete a brace each in the final 5 minutes in a 10-1 win, Emma Chaffey scoring for Hitchin Town fielding 10 players.

Also a big win at home for 5th placed Garston Ladies at home to Houghton Athletic Ladies on Sunday, a brace each for both Jane Hales and Lucy Zecchin, with Emma Trill and Linda Watt also on target putting the ball into the back of the net in a 6-0 win. 2 games left for Garston Ladies 6 points off top spot mathematically not out of the title race yet but certainly can push for a top 3 finish.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

 The bottom 4 sides in Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two all played each other this Sunday all looking to move up the table in their final games. Garston Ladies FC 96 were in 5th were hosting bottom side Evergreen Ladies, a brace from Jade Roberts taking her to 19 goals for the season seeing Garston win the match 2-1, Natalie Maher scoring for Evergreen. The win guarantees Garston a top half finish as they move into 4th position above Hitchin Belles with 2 games yet could yet secure a top 2 finish in the table.

   2nd bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets move 4 points clear of bottom side Evergreen Ladies as they won at home on Sunday against Royston Town Ladies Reserves.  Charlotte Demmon scoring her 12 goal of the season put Woburn into the lead as early as the 3rd minute the single goal enough to secure all 3 points.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

In Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three, Crawley Green Ladies were hosting Potters Bar United Ladies, both playing their final game of the season a few sides lost to the league this season not had as much action on the field as they would have liked. Potters Bar United new to the league this season took the lead late in the 1st half. Crawley Green came back to level early in the 2nd half Samantha Joiner with the goal in the 51st minute. Into the last 10 minutes of the game and Potters Bar United went on to score what would prove to be the winning goal the 2-1 result seeing both sides end on 12 points 4th and 5th respectfully.

The Chris Renshaw Trophy

Two quarter final ties played in The Chris Renshaw Trophy this Sunday with the sides at the time top two in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One in action. Sandy Ladies were hosting fellow Division One side Letchworth Garden City Eagles, drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes the game headed into extra-time Sandy Ladies scoring again in the extra period of play to win the game 2-1 to advance into the semi-finals of the competition their goals scored by Kirstie Gavin and Amber Williams. Amy Atsma on target for Letchworth.

Sandy Ladies opponents in the semi-finals of The Chris Renshaw Trophy will be St Albans Ladies, 2nd in Beds & Herts Women’s Division One going into the game. Were away to Division Two side Hitchin Belles. Having not played in 3 weeks St Albans had been saving up a few goals, Ellie Lovelock top scoring in the match netting a hat-trick, their was also a brace each for Sophie Monahan and Suzanne Reid with Katie Grehan also getting a goal in an 8-1 win to see them into the semi-finals. Emily Field scoring the goal for Hitchin Belles. The other quarter-finals to be decided. 

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 02/04/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 2nd April

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

Sandy Ladies have been leading or near the top of Beds & Herts Women’s Division One all season moved back level on points with leaders St Albans Ladies last weekend. This Sunday they went 3 points clear at the top and put themselves in pole position to win the title. At home to bottom side Hitchin Town Ladies were held to a goalless draw by the visitors at half-time. 2nd half they found the back of their opponents net Kirstie Gavin, Amber Williams and Chloe Reeves all scoring to see Sandy win 3-0, Rachael Jones red carded for Hitchin Town. 2 games left to play win them both and Sandy Ladies can’t be caught.

One of their remaining games however is against 4th placed Bishops Stortford Ladies who lay 6 points off the lead but with 3 games left could get 36 points if they won them all. Gave their goal difference a massive boost too on Sunday with a big win away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Top scorer, Kathryn Stanley netting a hat-trick making it 19 goals for the season. Lauren Maynard, Brogan McHale, Brooke White and Rosee Golding also scoring the final score 7-0.

Another side who can yet claim 36 points is 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies closing the gap at the top jointing 2nd placed St Albans Ladies on 30 points winning away from home against Houghton Athletic Ladies this Sunday. Goals from Katy Jones and Francesca Novelli along with an opposition own goal seeing them win 3-1. Ciara Craig with her 9th goal of the season scoring for Houghton Athletic.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

The 4th side in the East celebrating league title success this weekend were Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues, new to Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three this season winning the league at the 1st attempt. A 100% winning record too with 9 wins from 9 with one game left to play can’t be caught. Were away from home on Sunday playing Crawley Green Ladies. Both sides short of players it was Woburn & Wavendon who held the advantage at half-time leading 2-0. Crawley Green puled a goal back through Nina Service her 14th of the season 2 minutes into the 2nd half. Woburn & Wavendon went on to restore their 2 goal lead 15 minutes into the 2nd half, Crawley Green again reduced the deficit Kirsty Morley netting the goal however the visitors held on to the 3-2 lead to win and claim the league title. Jade Matthews Amy Gibbins and Casey Chapman with the goals. Congratulations to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues on winning the title.

Beds & Herts The Chris Renshaw Trophy

One tie remaining from the 1st Round of The Chris Renshaw Trophy played this Sunday a new competition introduced by the Beds & Herts Women’s Football League this season, Division Three side Shefford Town & Campton Ladies hosting Flitwick Ladies from Division Two. Goals from Sky Evans and Kierra Gabriel seeing the high league side into the quarter final this coming Sunday where they will be at home to Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues.

The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 26/03/17

The Round-Up

Beds & Herts – Sunday 26th March

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

The top two weren’t in league action this Sunday, 3rd placed Sherrardswood Ladies had the chance to join joint leaders St Albans Ladies and Sandy Ladies on 30 points as they travelled to play 4th placed Garston Ladies instead as has often been the case this season the results sees the sides bunch up again as Garston Ladies edged the win to take all 3 points. 2nd half goals from Laura Cousins and Manjinder Atwal for Sherrardswood not enough as they were beaten 3-2 by Garston. Kelly Kirwan netting a brace with Bobbi Rhodes also finding the back of the net. Moves Garston onto 24 points 6 points behind the leading pair with 5 games left to play.

Also moving on to 24 points in 5th are Bishops Stortford Ladies who have 6 games left to play in the league. Were away to the side that had knocked them out of the league cup semi-final last Sunday, Houghton Athletic Ladies the home side scoring twice with Charlotte Cook and Jodie Patterson getting the goals. Brooke White scored twice for Bishops Stortford. Kathryn Stanley and Natasha Coppin also on target in a 4-2 victory. 6 points between the top 5 sides going to be a few twists and turns yet in the race for the title.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

 Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two leaders Watton Ladies are now 1 win away from becoming league champions. Were at home this Sunday playing 2nd bottom side Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Clarets, Samantha Edgar took her goals tally for the season to 12 with a brace in the match. Kerry-Anne Paul scoring her 1st of the season too with top scorer Francesca Smithers also on target for her 30th goal of the season in a 4-2 win. Alexandra Miller and Annelie Ramsey scoring for Woburn. 2 points clear at the top on 26, Watton can still be caught by 5th placed Garston Ladies FC 96 and 6th placed Royston Town Ladies Reserves who both have games in hand however victory away to Royston Town this Sunday for Watton will see them take the title.

Flitwick Ladies climbed into 2nd spot in the Division Two table ending their campaign on 24 points as they won away from home against bottom side Evergreen Ladies on Sunday. Faye Moxon, Flitwick’s top scorer this season with 9 scoring along with a goal for Henny Horsler to win 2-0. Final position is all important in the leagues as they are adjusted for the new season and may yet be promoted.

The Chris Renshaw Trophy

 A new secondary cup competition added to the Beds & Herts leagues this season kicked-off this weekend, The Chris Renshaw Trophy. 15 sides entered into the 1st Round. Sandy Ladies given a bye to the quarter finals. St Albans Ladies and Evergreen Eagles were both awarded home wins to also progress. Shefford Town & Campton Ladies will face Flitwick Ladies in the 1st Round this coming Sunday. That left four 1st Round ties played on Sunday.

  Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three side Wheathamstead Ladies were away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the 1st Round took their Division One opponents all the way to penalties before eventually being knocked out. Both sides scoring twice in the 90 to see it end 2-2 Emily Jamieson and Ellie Watson scoring for Letchworth, Jenna Wynne and Shauna Smith with Wheathamstead’s goals. Letchworth winning the penalty shootout 3-2 to progress.

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One side, Sharnbrook WFC are safely through to the quarter finals to with a comfortable home win against Division Two side Garston Ladies FC 96 this Sunday. Sian Cunningham opening the scoring in the 10th minute. Charlotte Mullins added a 2nd 4 minutes later. The rest of Sharnbrook’s goals coming 2nd half, Emma Butler ad Claire Smith both scoring a brace with Mullins also adding a 2nd goal to her name in a 7-1 win. Holly Jury scoring the goal for Garston.

 An all Division Two clash in the 1st Round between Hitchin Belles and Panshanger Ladies who have both completed their league campaign, looking to extend their season with a cup win it was home side Hitchin who opened the scoring. Panshanger drew level in 1st half injury time going on to take the lead 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Hitchin came back to level it at 2-2 before taking the lead late on grabbing another to win the game 4-2 a Panshanger pushed for a goal Chemise Huitson ending her campaign with 22 goals with the 1st half goal for Panshanger, Ellie Burke with her 10th goal of the season scoring in the 2nd half. Shannon Page scoring a brace in the game for Hitchin Belles moves onto 24 goals for the season.

In the other 1st Round tie played it was an all Division Three match up with leaders Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues away to Potters Bar United Ladies. Goals from Madison Drewett, Amy Gibbins, Carrie Mancini and Lauren Stewart seeing the visitors progress into the quarter finals with a 4-0 win.

The quarter finals of The Chris Renshaw Trophy are scheduled to be played Sunday 9th April and are as follows;-

Hitchin Belles v St Albans Ladies

Sandy Ladies v Letchworth Garden City Eagles

Shefford Town & Campton Ladies or Flitwick Ladies v Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses Blues

Evergreen Eagles v Sharnbrook WFC