The Round-Up – FAWNL 25/11/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 25th November

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

Coventry United Ladies return to the top of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division with a convincing win at home extending their unbeaten run  to 13 games. Coventry were hosting Plymouth Argyle Ladies on the final Sunday of November. Got off to the perfect start racing into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes. Shannon O’Brien giving Coventry the lead in the 5th minute, quickly followed by a goal from Natalie Haigh lobbing the keeper to make it 2-0. Amber Hughes also finding the back of the net in the 11th minute. Another goal added late in the first half with defender Rosie McDonnell heading in. McDonnell adding her 2nd just before the whistle to see Coventry leading 5-0 at the break.

   Plymouth came out fighting 2nd half pulling a goal back through Helen Bleazard but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Coventry continued to push forwards, Amy Wathan heading in a Lois Jefferies cross on the hour to make it 6-1. McDonnell going on to complete a hat-trick as the game entered the last quarter hour. Jefferies getting in on the goal action to make it 8-1 in the 80th minute. A penalty awarded in stoppage time scored by Chemise Austin to wrap up a 9-1 victory.

  Loughborough Foxes Women in 4th position on the Southern Premier Division were looking to make it 5 straight wins in the league as they travelled down to Kent on Sunday to play Gillingham FC Ladies, a goal from Chloe Young just past the half hour seeing the visitors holding a narrow lead at half-time.  Sammy Brooker getting Gillingham back on level terms 7 minutes after the restart. Loughborough responding straight away to get the ball forwards and retake the lead a minute later, Charlotte Broad from close range making it 2-1. Closing in on the final 10 minutes of the match and Gillingham equalised for the 2nd time in the match Breon Grant with a terrific strike from outside the box to make it 2-2, that the final score the points shared.

   Portsmouth FC Women were on their travels this Sunday into Wales to play Cardiff City Ladies in the league. Few chances in the opening 20 minutes it was Cardiff who were to take the lead just past the half hour, Nia Rees letting fly from distance finding the top corner. 1-0 at half-time, Portsmouth started well 2nd half, Cardiff doubling their lead against the run of play Jasmine Simpson shooting from the edge of the area to make it 2-0. Into the final 10 minutes and Portsmouth pulled it back to 2-1 Danielle Rowe scoring her first league goal for the club it wasn’t enough however as Cardiff held on to the 2-1 lead to claim the 3 points.

   Milton Keynes Dons Ladies recorded a 4th win in the Southern Premier Division to consolidate their 8th position in the league following promotion. Were in Essex at the weekend taking on C&K Basildon Ladies. Charley Clarke putting the visitors into the lead in the 32nd minute. C&K Basildon levelling the scores just before half-time Holly Turner with a wonder strike making it 1-1. Milton Keynes Dons getting back into the lead in the 2nd half Clarke with her 2nd of the game proving to be the difference as the visitors ran out 2-1 winners.   

FAWNL South East Division One

A ninth straight win following promotion to the FAWNL South East Division One sees Crawley Wasps Ladies open up an 8 point lead at the top of the table. At home on Sunday their opponents were Denham United Ladies. Crawley getting off to a good start Kemina Webber making it 1-0 in the 6th minute. Sian Heather doubling the lead in the 20th minute. A brace from Emma Plewa shortly after seeing the hosts take a healthy lead. 4-0 up at half-time a further flurry of goals with 20 minutes left saw them extend their lead, 3 goals in 3 minutes, Rachel Palmer making it 5-0, Webber then netting her 2nd of the game a goal from Megan Stow making it 7-0. Heather adding her 2nd of the game with 7 minutes left Jenny Dury scoring her first goal of the season in the final 5 minutes to wrap up a 9-0 win.

  AFC Wimbledon Ladies move up into 3rd in South East Division One winning away to previous 3rd placed side Enfield Town Ladies on Sunday. Hannah Baptiste with her first goal of the season putting Wimbledon into the lead in the 20th minute. A narrow lead at the break, Katie Stanley introduced to the action 2nd half scoring in the 56th minute to put Wimbledon 2-0 up, Jenny Nagle making things more comfortable adding a 3rd goal on the hour securing a 3-0 win for Wimbledon that sees them move to within a point of 2nd place Billericay Town Ladies.

   Also joining AFC Wimbledon on 18 points after the weekends results are Leyton Orient WFC. A trip up to Norfolk for the London club on Sunday taking on Norwich City Ladies. Goalless at the half-time interval that was how the game remained with the final 15 minutes approaching, Sophie Le Marchand finding the back of the net for the 5th time this season winning the game 1-0 for the visitors.

Leyton Orient WFC’s, Sophie Le Marchand

  A single goal late in the 2nd half also the difference in the final match to bring you from South East Division One this Sunday with Ipswich Town Women travelling to Hertfordshire to play Stevenage Ladies. A close game  a physical contest could have gone either way, Kerry Stimson captaining Ipswich fed in down the line cutting inside and shooting scoring for first goal for the club and the winning goal keeping them firmly in touch with the sides above in 6th spot.