Taking shape in the Challenge Cup

The groups in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League are beginning to take shape following the second weekend of action. While not all clubs have played the same amount of games, we are getting a clear idea of who’s likely to progress with plenty of football to play. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s action;

Group A

AFC Dunstable Women 1-4 Wroxham Women

Cambridge City Ladies Development 4-4 Haringey Borough Women (City win 4-3 on penalties)

AFC Dunstable were able to build upon their 5-1 thrashing of Haringey Borough and faced a defeat in their second Challenge Cup game as they lost to Wroxham. The hosts were defeated at home by four-goals to one by the Yachtswomen, giving the visitors their first win of the competition after they faced defeat to Cambridge Development in the opening game. In the other game, Cambridge City Development held Haringey Borough to a single point as they remained unbeaten in the competition. The game finished 4-all, leaving Haringey Borough without a win after two-games while the hosts claimed the bonus point in a shootout win, winning 4-3.

The results leave Cambridge City Development top of the group with four points while AFC Dunstable and Wroxham follow just behind with 3-points and Haringey Borough sit bottom after collecting just a single point from the opening two-games.


Group B

Wodson Park Ladies 0-6 Bedford Ladies

In the other game in Group B, Wodson Park faced another heavy defeat to a Premier Division side. After losing to Harlow Town by 7-goals to nil, the hosts conceded another six without reply against Bedford. The win gave Bedford maximum points from their opening two-games after their 3-2 win over King’s Lynn Town in the opening game.

Bedford sit top of the group with 6-points ahead of Harlow, who have just played a single game. East Bergholt sit 3rd, despite not featuring in the competition while King’s Lynn sit 4th after just one game. The second loss puts Wodson park bottom by a -12 goal-difference.


Group C

Royston Town Women 2-1 Stevenage Women DevelopmentĀ 

Leigh Ramblers 0-0 Bowers & Pitsea Ladies (Ramblers win 4-3 on penalties)

Royston Town avoided an upset and picked up their first win in the Challenge Cup as they beat Stevenage Women Development. The Premier Division side scored two with one response from the visitors. The Crows remained unbeaten as they build on their point against Haverhill Rovers, where they had missed out on a bonus point. Elsewhere, Bowers & Pitsea failed to win against lower-opposition as they drew a stalemate with Leigh Ramblers. The draw was the hosts first points of the campaign while Bowers couldn’t build on their win over Stevenage Development. It was Ramblers who had claimed the bonus point in the resulting shootout.

Bowers & Pitsea remained top of the group despite only picking up a point as they lead Royston Town by a +2 goal-difference. Both Haverhill Rovers and Leigh Ramblers sit on 2-points with draws and bonus point wins while the second defeat for Stevenage Women leaves them bottom of the group.


Group D

Luton Town Ladies 7-1 Colney Heath LadiesĀ 

St Ives Town Ladies 3-3 Wymondham Town Women (St Ives win 4-2 on penalties)

Luton Town made a fantastic start to the competition as they trashed Colney Heath 7-1. The Magpies had began the Challenge Cup with a defeat against Wymondham Town, losing 4-nil but faced a second defeat in their second game on the road. In the other game, spoils were shared in the game between St Ives Town and Wymondham Town. The Saints pulled it back to claim a point late on against their opponents before claiming the bonus point, winning 4-2 from the shot. Both clubs had won their opening game; St Ives beating Needham Market and Town beating Colney but neither could claim maximum points.

The draw put the Saints just ahead of Wymondham but a point after their shootout win while Luton Town moved up to third after just one game. The second defeat left Colney Heath bottom and behind Needham Market by a -8 goal-difference, with the Division One side having only playing one game.