Darrell Allen rounds up all the action from the women’s game in Norfolk over the past week (19/5/22).
Above: Fakenham Town lift the Norfolk Women & Girls League Cup. Photo: Darren Gilham.
The big games on Sunday in Norfolk were the Norfolk Women and Girls League Cup and Plate Finals.
A day that always celebrates the success of the Norfolk Women and Girls League this year was held at Youngs Park, the home of Aylsham Football Club, 14 miles north of Norwich city centre.
First up was the Plate Final at 10.30am with Division One high flyers Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers against champions of Division Two, Caister. Caister were missing a number of key players which made a very difficult task all the more harder.
Things didn’t get any easier for Sophie Gillett’s team when Shanice Sutton scored with her first touch inside the opening minute to give Dussindale the lead. Sutton hit a hat trick as she scored the rest of her tally either side of a Chelsea Brister strike which meant Sutton had the match ball and Dussindale had four before the interval.
The second half was similar one-way traffic although Dussindale did find an inform Laura Beevor in the Caister goal, but she couldn’t stop Brister from getting her brace and Dussindale’s fifth on 50 minutes. The final act came when Abi Nobbs scored from distance to secure a 6-0 win and the Plate win.
Caister have had a brilliant season in their first season as a club and won Division Two with a game to spare. Reaching this Plate Final was a sign of their outstanding progression in their first season. Caister play their final match of the season this Sunday away to University of East Anglia.
The lunchtime entertainment for the crowd at Youngs Park was the 12.30pm kick-off which saw Kirkley and Pakefield face Costessey Sports in the Sevens League Cup Final and Costessey Sports ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Sharnie Boast.
After the this match, it was back to 11-aside action as the top two in Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One, Fakenham Town and Mulbarton Belles went head to head at 2.30pm in the last game of a busy day of Cup finals.
Mulbarton have already been crowned champions of Division 1 having won 20 out of 20 so Fakenham Town knew the size of the task ahead although Mulbarton were without captain Rebekah Lake.
The game was goalless after 90 minutes and Mulbarton dominated chances and possession but found a very strong Fakenham defence in the way of everything they were trying to do.
Lucy Lincoln eventually found a way through for Mulbarton in extra time before Sophie Lubbock levelled in the second period of extra time for Fakenham to send the game to penalties.
All 10 penalties were scored in a fabulous exhibition of how to convert from 12 yards. However, when the sudden death phase was reached, Vicky McNorton fired over the crossbar for Mulbarton which gave Olivia Baker the chance to convert and she did to win the league cup for Fakenham Town.
Mulbarton have had a brilliant season and will be hoping to still add more silverware to their collection when they face Wymondham Town at Carrow Road on Wednesday 25th May in the Norfolk Women’s Cup Final. A game that will be covered by Impetus.
Norfolk Women & Girls League Division One
On Wednesday night, Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers beat Thetford Town 4-0 at The Nest in their penultimate game of the season. Shanice Sutton, Tallulah Bell, Chelsea Brister, and Charlie Head were on target. The win means that they need just a point from their season finale on Sunday to leapfrog Fakenham Town and finish in second place.
Norfolk Women & Girls League Division Two
On Sunday there were two games in the penultimate weekend of action. Shrublands won 2-0 away to Bulldogs thanks to goals from Lacey Andrews and Samantha Burgess to continue a solid fifth-place finish for the season.
In the day’s other game Freethorpe beat Horsford 4-2 thanks to a brace from Carys Christopher, Claire Garner, and an own goal.
The result sees Freethorpe leapfrog Horsford and finish the season in sixth place.