Darrell Allen provides his weekly round-up of all the women’s football action in Norfolk (28/2/23).
Above: Megan Todd (centre) is embraced after scoring the opening goal in Norwich City’s 2-1 win over Cambridge United. Photo: Norwich City Women FC.
FA Women’s National League Division One South-East
Norwich City ended February in style with a 2-1 win over Cambridge United. Megan Todd opened the scoring before Gisela Otten equalised for Cambridge United. A late winner from Freya Symonds ensured the points went to the Norfolk side.
Eastern Region League Cup Round of 16
King’s Lynn Town secured a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Billericay Development at The Walks. Alice Collins, Rachel Skinner, and Katie Ward were on target for Kevin Smith’s team.
Wroxham were beaten 4-2 at home by Royston Town after extra time. Rebecca Russell and Holly Walker scored for the Norfolk side but it was Royston who progressed thanks to two goals apiece from Gemma Croucher and Poppy Smith.
Fakenham Town put up stubborn resistance but ultimately went down heavily to Needham Market. Sophie Lubbock and Olivia Baker scored for the Norfolk side but a Lina Nagib hat-trick and goals from Lois Balfour, Eleanor Catchpole, Mia Etheridge, and Eloise Ward saw the Suffolk side progress to the next round.
Norfolk Women’s And Girls League Cup Semi-Finals
A Victoria Leyer hat-trick was the highlight as Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers beat Caister 6-1 at The Nest to reach final. Further goals from Georgina Belton, Tallulah Bell, and Karolina Kowalczyk secured a comfortable win with Leah Brown getting the Caister reply.
Three goals in eight second-half minutes saw Thetford Town come back at the University of East Anglia to reach the final. Ella Burnley had given the hosts an early lead which they held until half an hour into the second half but three quick goals from Laura Martins and a Kamilie Omeleviciute saw the Breckland side seal their place in the final.
The Norfolk Women and Girls League Cup Final will be played at Aylsham Town FC in May.
Norfolk Women And Girls Plate Quarter-Finals
Mulbarton Belles were 7-1 winners at Stalham Town thanks to goals from Molly Ryan (three), Francesca Catchpole (two), and one each from Olivia Smith and Ellie Hunter.
Mulbarton’s Development side also ran out winners beating Beccles Town 3-2. Charlotte Groves scored all the Mulbarton goals whilst Mia Rose and Lucy Robbens were Beccles’ scorers.
Thorpe St. Andrew were handed a free pass to the Semi Final as Gorleston withdrew from their tie, and the match between Freethorpe and Aylsham was postponed.
Norfolk Women’s And Girls League Division One
Samantha Walker was a hat-trick hero as Long Stratton beat Sprowston 4-2 at Manor Road. Emma Allsopp added the other for Long Stratton with Rosie Milligan and Lois Wright replying for Sprowston.
Norfolk Women and Girls League Division Two
King’s Lynn Soccer Club were 5-1 winners at Blofield United thanks to a pair of goals each from Jordan Turner and Ellie Panks plus a fifth from Trinity Tokaji. Bailey Duffield replied for Blofield.
North Walsham‘s wonderful form continued with a 3-0 win over Shrublands. A Stella Fletcher-Helps brace and a goal from Fiona-May Swanson saw North Walsham take all three points.
Norfolk Women and Girls League 7’s Cup Semi-Final
Mulbarton Belles made it a remarkable hat-trick of wins for the club’s different teams on the day with goals from Alice Ladbrooke (two) and an Eloise Peek strike seeing them record a 3-0 win at Rockland United.
Taverham also reached the final with a 3-0 win over Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers thanks to a Katie Fray hat-trick. The final will be at Aylsham in May.
Norfolk Women and Girls League 7’s Division Two
Loddon United were 3-0 winners at Yarmouth thanks to Sarah Britcher, Samantha Wood, and Alex Kotroci finding the net.
Beccles Town won 4-1 at Aylsham thanks to two goals from Lilyella Craw-Seaman and one each from Lola Middlemass and Abbie Pogmore.