The Round-Up – Beds & Herts 27/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 27th October

Beds & Herts Women’s Division One

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

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

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

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

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Two

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

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

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

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

Beds & Herts Women’s Division Three

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

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

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