Norfolk Weekly Wrap

Impetus’ Darrell Allen provides his weekly round-up of all the women’s football action in Norfolk (25/10/22).

Above: University of East Anglia’s player of the match and scorer of their fourth goal, Maddison Goodenough. Photo: Lillie Nott.

Main Match of the Week

FC Viking Valkyries 0-7 University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia overcame a tricky trip to lower division opponents FC Viking Valkyries in the Norfolk Women & Girls League Cup First Round. They produced professional and clinical performance as braces from Cassandra Piejko and Katie Appleton plus further goals from Hannah Thompson, Charlotte Stelmaszyk, and Maddison Goodenough saw them progress to the next round.

This first-round tie played at Sprowston Recreation Ground saw UEA from the step seven Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One travel to step Eight FC Viking Valkyries in a game played in horrendous conditions for the majority following heavy rain across Norfolk throughout Sunday morning which continued as the game kicked off.

Above: Hannah Thompson opening the scoring for UEA against FC Viking Valkyries. Photo: Lillie Nott.

The conditions didn’t stop UEA from taking control of the game and they didn’t waste time, goals from Hannah Thompson followed by a brace from Cassandra Piejko all inside the first 20 minutes meant the visitors had a comfortable 3-0 lead.

The University side were determined not to allow Viking Valkyries a route back into the game and put the contest beyond their hosts with two further goals before the interval. Charlotte Stelmaszyk added the fourth before Katie Appleton decided she would like a piece of the action and added the fifth with a calmly placed penalty just before half time.

FC Viking Valkyries to their credit performed brilliantly following the interval under the guidance of manager Ben Binder and a large number of vocal supporters. A squad of 16 players for this game and a good league season to date is evidence of the positive vibe around the club and they created some second-half opportunities to remind their illustrious visitors there were two teams involved in this game.

UEA however defended very well and especially Maddison Goodenough who ended up winning the club’s Player of the Match award following the game. Goodenough added the fourth following a corner as she tapped in from close range.

There was time for Katie Appleton to finish off a wonderful team move for her second and UEA’s seventh of the afternoon to seal a comfortable and safe passage into the Second Round of the Norfolk Women and Girls League Cup.

Above: Katie Thompson, scorer of two goals for UEA on Sunday. Photo: Lillie Nott.

Teams: FC VIKING VALKYRIES: Hunton, Gladding, Ribiero, Yarham, Jarmy, Walthew, Howes, Hill, Nicholas, Albarn, Denes. Subs: Cooper, Howett, Ross, Topley, Ward.

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA: Williamson, Brewer, Goodenough, Powell, Thompson, Coomb, Appleton, Lawrence, Stelmaszyk, Piejko, Neate.

Scorers: Appleton (2), Piejko (2), Thompson, Goodenough, Stelmaszyk.

Referee: Craig Ellis

Attendance: 50


Women’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round

Above: Katie Knights (right) battles for possession during Norwich City’s win over Cambridge United. Photo: Norwich City Women FC.

Norwich City overcame a tricky start to defeat fellow tier four opponents Cambridge United at The Nest. Ruth Fox gave Cambridge United an early lead but goals from Rebecca Russell, Natasha Snelling, Megan Todd, and Ellie Smith saw the Canaries run out 4-1 winners.

Wroxham were beaten 3-0 at home by Enfield Town. Karesa Iton scored the first two before Olivia Syson finished the scoring with Enfield’s third from 25 yards out to seal a comfortable win.

Above: Conditions were dreadful at Trafford Park as Wroxham (stripes) faced Enfield Town. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos.

Fakenham Town were arguably involved in the tie of the day losing narrowly 4-3 at home to Hackney. A brace from Sophie Lubbock and the other from Vicky Lubbock wasn’t enough to see the Norfolk side progress.

Royston Town ran out comfortable 12-1 winners against tier seven Sprowston. Hat tricks from Natalie Richardson and Riana Badal plus a brace from Gemma Croucher and further goals from Amy Cooper, Poppy Smith, and Daniella Coello saw the hosts from two league’s above through. Sprowston did get their magic moment when Mollie O’Callaghan scored from distance.

Above: Sprowston on the attack in their FA Cup tie at Royston Town. Photo: Ellie Desborough.

Norfolk Women and Girls League Cup First Round

Beccles Town and Aylsham played out a thrilling 2-2 draw. A brace from Mia Rose for Beccles plus goals for Aylsham from Brooke Osborne and Jade Telfer saw the game go to penalties after the sides were unable to be separated after 120 minutes of football. Aylsham ended up winning 4-1 on penalties.

Blofield saw off Shrublands with a 5-0 win to progress to the next round thanks to a brace from Bailey Duffield and further goals from Lauren Monument, Darcy Peters, and an own goal.

Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One

Just one League game this week saw Caister return to winning ways beating Stalham Town 6-2 at The Allendale. A hat trick from Leah Brown, a brace from Sam Hunn, and the other from Melissa Anderson was enough to see off Stalham Town with Stalham’s goals coming from Emma Gillespie and Abigail Gower.

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