Dunstable Ladies hosting league leaders, Billericay Town Ladies .The ERWFL proving bự be a very competitive league across all ba divisions this season, any given đội in the Premier Division capable of beating the other on the day. 10 sides contesting the league now following the sad withdrawal of both Lowestoft Town Ladies và Colchester Town Ladies both having struggled Khủng find enough committed players at this màn chơi. That has see some points adjustment during the way .AFC Dunstable are currently in 7 th place in the ERWFL Premier Division table, very tight in the middle of the table with just tam points between 7 th và bốn th placed Writtle Ladies. A win today could take AFC Dunstable Ladies as high as bốn th with the right result. Their size has yo-yoed this season lượt thích a few other sides in the middle of the table. More than capable of putting a good run together on the back of a strong league chiến dịch last season that saw them push the top sides all the way eventually finishing bốn th. Have brought in a few players size Offley và Stopsley Women who folded kết thúc the close season, Kelly Moss, Charlene Moreton & Rianne Townsend – Brown. A 2-0 chiến hạ kết thúc Sharnbrook WFC last weekend saw Dunstable reach the semi-finals of the Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup .
Billericay Town Ladies are often amongst the side competing at the top kết thúc of the table during recent times finishing runners-up for bốn out of the last 5 seasons. 6 th last chiến dịch began this season strongly setting the early pace matched by Essex rivals Writtle Ladies. Cambridge City Ladies promoted last season going on a great winning run lớn took end top spot for a little while before Christmas. Billericay have added a few mới nhất faces béo their squad, Dempsey Favell joining from Harlow Town Ladies, whilst Lauren Bourne, Nancy Butler & Georgia Box were with Colchester at the start of the season. Box hitting the ground running at Billericay the striker scoring 10 goals from tám appearance. Plenty of goals already in the side before her arrival with captain Lindsey Morgan netting 15 so sánh far và Paris Smith top scorers with 22 goals. Opened up a bốn point lead at the top after coming back from 1-0 xuống dốc at half-time against 2 nd placed Cambridge City Ladies last weekend và with Cambridge not in action this Sunday an opportunity phệ open up a 7 point gap at the top .The venue for today’s game, Creasey Park a council run sports facility trang chủ Khủng several clubs, aswell as AFC Dunstable Ladies, AFC Dunstable FC & Dunstable Town use the ground. Is a very nice ground newly built offering several training pitches including a 3G surface aswell as the main pitch. A clubhouse with bar & hot food và drinks available laid out well the changing room adjoining leading out onto the main pitch a good form size offering plenty of width a little worn in places has seen alot of action. Only been here before for night games so sánh nice bự see it it the daylight. A small seated stand, & a good sized carpark beside the ground. A few postponements in the area but the game was on frosty earlier wet before but the pitch had dried out well, chilly but the sun was doing it’s best .
AFC Dunstable Ladies starting XI – Hannah Payne, Jodie Patterson, Lauren Chimes (C), Elly Wade, Stephanie Fisher, Rachel Moffat, Danielle Carty, Charlotte South, Samaira Khan, Rianne Townsend-Brown & Charlene Moreton. Subs – Rebecca Langthorpe, Beth Stanton, Claudia Attenborough & Kelly Moss.
Billericay Town Ladies starting XI – Robyn Strauss, Rachel Armstrong, Kirsty Knight, Hayley Piggott, Sally Appleton, Lindsey Morgan (C), Nancy Butler, Lauren Bourne, Lauren Knight, Dempsey Favell & Georgia Box. Subs – Hope Strauss.
( roll on roll off substitutes )Billericay were without top scorers Paris Smith today, Hope Strauss an U18 player on the subs bench. Both sides have xanh as their trang chính strip, today Billericay were playing in their red away kit. It’s Dunstable bự get the một st half underway. Billericay press the ball straight from kick-off captain Lindsey Morgan bringing it forwards the ball played out wide right Khủng Lauren Knight getting forwards her progress halted by Dunstable captain Lauren Chimes at left back. The visitors keeping possession inside their opponents half .Lauren Bourne và Nancy Butler combine on the left side for Billericay bringing the ball on lao dốc the line the cross swept into the box knocked xuống dốc by Georgia Box at the far post into the path of Butler her low shot blocked by Stephanie Fisher at the back for Dunstable the visitors keep the ball inside the final ba rd a cross sent in long from the left Lauren Knight coming in right side sees her looping strike fly up onto the roof of the net .Billericay continue their good start Morgan busy in the middle of the park winning the ball sends the pass forwards for Box ahead of her the striker holding the ball up lays it back phệ Morgan 25 yards out she sends a shot in towards goal straight at Hannah Payne a comfortable catch for the Dunstable goalkeeper. Jodie Patterson brings the ball on for Dunstable up bự Moreton central she looks mập release Khan on the right Lauren Armstrong intercepts the ball .Dunstable’s Danielle Carty bringing the ball in finds Rianne Townsend-Brown on the left driving on with the ball wins the home page side the một st corner of the game. A good delivery in from the left Samiara Khan get’s up highest near post puts her header wide of the goal. Butler plays the ball long up the pitch for Box moving into the right channel mập chase xuống dốc, Chimes sliding in Khủng put the ball out for a throw in. Billericay work the ball across the top of the area, players drawn across Bourne his looking Khủng get in behind, Khan doing well around on the cover béo put in a vital tackle. A good race on between Box và Dunstable centre back Elly Wade as Morgan plays the through ball on for her. the defender getting bự the ball một st plays it back mập Payne mập clear .
GOAL! Billericay capitalise on their good start taking the lead 15 minutes into the game pressing forwards players racing to get into the area as Bourne carries the ball on down the left whips in a great cross along the six yard box met at the far post the shot comes in Payne makes an outstanding save to take the ball away across her goal back out to the left is knocked back out to towards the top of the area with Bourne latching onto it from 20 yards out smashes a stunning strike into the top corner no chance of stopping it 0-1. Bourne’s 1st goal for Billericay too.
Dunstable look lớn respond the ball played on through the middle by Charlotte South on for Khan coming central takes it on has Townsend-Brown making a run bự her left rolls the ball on for her into the area left of goal goes Khủng shoot, Kirsty Knight in the way making the block for Billericay the ball spinning behind for the corner. The ball played in towards the top of the Billericay box his headed end the crossbar .Morgan with a couple of efforts at goal for Billericay the một st from a wide right position held low at the near post by Payne. The second as Sally Appleton plays the ball forwards from the back Morgan running onto it trăng tròn yards from goal her strike right flashes wide across goal out at the far post. Payne with another top draw save for Dunstable this phút giây however off one of her own defenders as Hayley Piggott getting forwards right side for Billericay puts a great cross into the box met by a xanh shirt the header up heading goalwards threatening Khủng dip under the ball Payne throws herself at it tipping it wide .Butler receives the ball central from Morgan turns & plays it on for Dempsey Favell getting in behind the Dunstable defence a little too much on the ball allows Payne coming quickly off her line phệ get their một st phệ clear the ball. A competitive game Appleton needed béo come off mập clean up a bleeding nose. Carty & Favell slid in for a 50/50 ball the Dunstable player aggrieved as the decision goes against her. A long ball played on is cleared by the Dunstable defence falls straight mập Butler 30 yards out strikes the ball một st giây phút her effort swerving away from goal goes wide .Morgan taking the ball into the area for Billericay sees her shot blocked at close range by Wade another opportunity béo put it in towards goal this thời gian Fisher is in the right place phệ clear. Piggott with an ambitious effort from all of 40 yards out sees the ball fall just wide of goal. Charlene Moreton operating up front for Dunstable has been tracking back in order Khủng chiến thắng possession of the ball doing so sánh has Khan making a break on the right wing the ball played up the line, Rachel Armstrong prevents her from getting a cross into the area. Counter attacking the ball played up Khủng Morgan surging forwards into towards goal Box ahead of her right inside lays the ball back lớn her, Wade racing out charging xuống dốc her shot .Dunstable make a substitution Beth Stanton coming on Khủng replace Khan. Billericay press forwards Box picking up the ball 40 yards from goal sends it on for Favell looking béo get onto it inside the box, Chimes coming around slides in phệ chiến thắng the ball. Another change for Dunstable Khan’s stay on the bench short lived comes back on for Carty in the middle. Wade with another great defensive tackle gets across inside her box béo prevent Morgan unleashing a shot as she is played on into the area .Billericay finish the half strongly getting on xuống dốc the left the ball is fizzed inside towards Box the striker controlling well her một st touch taking the ball in towards the area escaping her marker gives chase just a little too much on the ball again gives Payne phút giây phệ get out lớn come kick the ball Khủng safety. Dunstable break in the dying moment of the một st half Khan with the ball right plays it into the centre with South getting up the pitch has Townsend-Brown phệ her left making a run into the area lets fly as she receives the ball, Billericay goalkeeper, Robyn Strauss coming lớn close the angle is able lớn hold onto the rising shot .
Half-time AFC Dunstable Ladies 0-1 Billericay Town Ladies
A good 1st half from the visitors dominant on the ball leading 1-0 thanks to Lauren Bourne’s stunning 15th minute strike. More chances to extend the lead, Payne with some crucial saves the defence working hard for Dunstable keeping the lead down to just a single goal. Dunstable with little opportunity up the other end are far from out of the game as the sides emerge from the changing rooms for the 2nd half.
Changes for both sides at half-time, Rebecca Langthorpe on for Dunstable, Khan pushed up into an striking role alongside Moreton. Hope Strauss on for Billericay, replacing Armstrong. Operating wide right, Morgan dropping deeper, Favell into midfield Lauren Knight joining Box up front. Billericay mập kick-off the 2 nd half. The half getting off béo a competitve start both sides looking mập close the ball lao dốc quickly. Townsend-Brown getting away on the left for Dunstable her cross gathered at the near post by Strauss .Lauren Knight putting the Dunstable defence under pressure as the ball is played into the corner on the right, Butler getting forwards phệ offer tư vấn Knight plays the ball bự her then back mập Knight her cross fired in towards the near post run Box threatening bự nip in ahead of Payne coming towards the ball the striker getting a touch but only béo take the ball out of play. Dunstable starting the 2 nd half much better South getting the ball forwards into Khan back lớn goal right side has Stanton on the move on the wing the diagonal pass into her taking the ball on lớn the byline wins a corner kick .Stanton getting forwards on the right again her cross fired in across the six yard box knocked out bự Moreton positioned at the top of the area her strike charged xuống dốc by Appleton. Dunstable good start has given them plenty of confidence are winning the 50/50 balls getting players into advanced positions, Billericay know they could bởi vì with a 2 nd goal Khủng quieten things xuống dốc. Hope Strauss with the ball right plays it on for Butler making a run forwards her through ball into the box looking for Bourne, Payne reaching it một st .Wade doing well at the back for Dunstable across Khủng block Morgan’s cross the ball out for a throw Billericay have players forwards Morgan with another opportunity Khủng put a cross in deeper this phút giây cut out by Fisher coming back out Khủng Morgan this giây phút her cross flies across the six yard box Bourne coming in at the far post can’t quite get onto the over of it. The game is lively the action over mập kết thúc Dunstable get forwards Khan picking the ball up has a run at the Billericay defence, Kirsty Knight putting the challenge in lớn thắng the ball take it away from the attack at the top of the box .Winning the ball at the back Wade looks up playing the ball into the middle his helped on out bự the left side into the feet of Moffat taking the ball on xuống dốc the wing fires a cross into the side netting. Moffat is replaced soon after with Carty returning bự the field for Dunstable the home page side sure they can find an equalising goal have the momentum. The ball is passed on into Khan peeling away béo the right of goal in behind driving into the box Strauss comes racing out lớn close her xuống dốc the attacker getting her shot past the keeper the ball heading towards goal the Billericay defence regrouping quickly are back on the cover Kirsty Knight clearing the ball off the line .Townsend-Brown with the ball left side sees her cross into the area cut out by Knight away for a corner, Dunstable on top with around đôi mươi minutes left béo play. Langthorpe is fouled as she brings the ball into the Billericay half. Carty end the free-kick in front of the centre circle a good ball lifted into the area dropping for South tám yards out looks phệ see the ball lao dốc across her body toàn thân turn into the shot, Kirsty Knight reading it closely marking her blocks the attempt. Billericay make a change Armstrong returning phệ the pitch in place of Favell .Carty seeing the ball lao dốc tries her luck from distance for the trang chính side, on target Strauss is well placed in the Billericay goal béo take the ball low into her body toàn thân. Knight is shoved kết thúc by Khan as the Dunstable striker looks phệ get past her after the ball, despite winning the free-kick a few verbals from Knight booked see her booked. Billericay having mập work hard bự keep their lead in tack, Dunstable continue mập press forwards. Dunstable with a free-kick inside the Billericay half Carty up into the box cleared Townsend-Brown has it left cuts the ball inside Carty forwards strikes the ball goalwards her shot looping up và dropping on target is taken high by Strauss .Is tense out there the game moving into the latter stages Dunstable on top in attack, Billericay defending well can’t get the ball into their own attackers Khủng counter the game very much in the balance. Lauren Knight picking up the ball from a throw in on the right turns inside tries béo get into the area, Langthorpe putting in the tackle bự chiến hạ the ball back for Dunstable. The trang chính side with a late corner right side, put in near post Strauss comes in amongst the crowd bự put the ball out for a 2 nd corner delivered again mập the near post a head puts in in at goal from close range, blocked saved or strikes the post I don’t know before being put behind for a tam rd corner as appeals for handball are made but nothing is given .
Khan on the attack the ball passed to Townsend-Brown who sends it out to Chimes out wide her high ball into the area is met by South breaking clear of the Billericay defence her effort turned over the crossbar wouldn’t have counted to flag up for offside. An exciting 2nd half comes to an end the final whistle seeing Billericay hold on to their 1-0 lead to claim the 3 points that takes them 7 points clear at the top of the ERWFL Premier Division table.
Full time AFC Dunstable Ladies 0-1 Billericay Town Ladies
A cliche I know but very much a game of two halves, with Billericay strong in the một st half dominating the ball & creating plenty of chances scoring from one giving them a slender lead. A 2 nd goal early in the 2 nd half would have made things more comfortable, Dunstable coming out strong in the 2 nd half regrouping & growing in confidence felt they could find an equaliser & it was Billericay who needed the strong defensive display in the kết thúc grinding out the chiến hạ ba point well earned .
Women’s Football East – Player of the Match
A game of two halves makes picking today’s Women’s Football East – Player of the Match as hard as ever several good performances out their Billericay dominating the 1st half Morgan strong in the middle along with Butler, Kirsty Knight at the back particularly 2nd half. Overall it comes down to a consistent display for the entire game and today that goes to a player from the losing side, Elly Wade for Dunstable Ladies reading the game very good positioning and marking, covering when needed is today’s Player of the Match.
Fancied a game khung the ERWFL today, the regional leagues are often overlooked but an integral part of the women’s football pyramid, plenty of good players on show producing good chất lượng entertaining và committed football if you haven’t checked out the league before I’d highly recommend it. My thanks Khủng both teams for their help with the teams today .