Darrell Allen brings us his weekly round-up of the best action from two of the tier five leagues as tables start to take shape.
Above: Joy for Dulwich Hamlet as they open their LSE Premier campaign with a 6-0 win in front of another huge home crowd. Photo: Liam Asman.
Another big day in the Eastern Region Women’s Football Premier Division saw the division’s Norfolk clubs making all the headlines on an afternoon that saw 16 goals in the division’s five matches.
Leaders Wymondham Town maintained their 100% record on their return to their home town to face Luton Town at Ketts Park, after their previous home game took place at the FDC. It was another comfortable afternoon for the hosts with goals from Laura Nicholls, Hannah Waters and Francesca Catchpole securing a 3-0 win. Chelsea Clarke claimed Town’s player of the match award in a fantastic performance where she contributed to two of the goals with assists.
Impetus partner club Wroxham secured a magnificent 3-1 victory on the road at Bedford. The strength and depth of the Yachtswomen came to the fore with three of the club’s new summer signings all scoring. Holly Walker scored opener after six 6 minutes before Bedford equalised at the mid point of the first half period. The unbeaten visitors were awarded a penalty before the break but couldn’t convert. The second half saw Wroxham’s quality shine through with new signings Amber Cantwell and Alice Parker scoring the goals to claim a very impressive away win and the 100% record continues for The Yachtswomen. A big statement from Rebecca Burton’s team with the additions that strengthened the squad in the summer being critical to the victory at Bedford. Amber Cantwell also put in a stunning performance to claim the club’s player of the match award.
Both Wroxham and Wymondham have started the season with four wins out of four. The two giants of Norfolk Football are set to meet at Trafford Park on Wednesday 6th October 2021, Kick off at 7.45pm. One not to be missed for any readers in Norfolk and beyond.
The good news kept rolling in for Norfolk Football yesterday with Kings Lynn Town hosting another fixture at The Walks and this time recording their first win as a tier five women’s club beating St. Ives Town 5-0. Tiffany Forshaw with a brace and further goals were added by Amy Magnus, Oksana Imanalijeva and Ella Gavaghan, Manager Joe Simpson was delighted with the victory and praised the girls on getting the victory that performances across the season have deserved so far. A massive three points for the Linnets on a historic day for the club.
Elsewhere, Bowers & Pitsea continued their good start to the season moving up to third with a 2-0 win over Royston Town thanks to goals from Talisa Bruton and Holly Moore.
In the day’s final game, the heroic Haringey Borough undertook their away fixture at AFC Dunstable with just ten players. Kylie Manktelow giving the visitors the lead, which they held until the 80th minute before AFC Dunstable got the equaliser. It was an incredible performance from Haringey Borough and one that shows the character and togetherness of their squad.
London & South-East Premier:
It was also a bumper day of action in the London & South East Premier Division with four games producing an amazing 21 goals.
In the day’s headline game between two teams favoured to be among the promotion chasers, Impetus sponsored players Paige Walder of Saltdean United and Ashley Cheatley of Ashford Town (Middx) went head to head. In a incredible first half that saw six goals, Ashford led 4-2 at the break thanks to goals from Ashley Cheatley, Alissa Down, Jade Johnson and Kalani Peart with Georgia Bridges scoring a first half brace for the hosts. It was a calmer second half but there was still time for Ashley Cheatley to add her second which brings her tally for the season to an hugely impressive six goals in three matches. It was a stunning game and performance from Ashford that saw them maintain their place at the top of the league.
In the day’s other games, it was a fantastic afternoon for Dulwich Hamlet beating Denham United 6-0 in front of a traditionally big Champion Hill crowd of 284. Sophie Manzi grabbed an incredible four goals with Brit Saylor and Asia Harbour Brown adding the others.
There was also a cracking game at Victory Academy that saw Aylesford beat Millwall Lionesses 3-2. The home side’s goals came from Charlotte Cresswell, Gemma Cumby and Milly Penfold with Mya Graham and substitute Ellie Hinkleyon the scoresheet for Millwall.
In the day’s final game, newly promoted New London Lionesses beat Dartford 2-1. Amy Green with the goal for Dartford but it was not enough to see a return of any points with New London Lionesses running out winners by the odd goal.
I would like to also say thank you for the positive reaction to those who have contacted me to say they enjoyed last week’s round up and thank you the clubs and players who have contacted me to provide information.
The round up will once again return next week and I will also be on the road on Sunday for my latest in “A Day Out At” series as I take in a game in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League, details will be revealed on Impetus’ social media later in the week.