Ladies are in semi-finals
Langford Ladies booked a semi-final place in the Beds County Cup with a 3-0 win against a battling Bedford and District Ladies side on Sunday. Played on an uneven surface, Langford took a long time to settle as their passing game was frustrated with too m
Langford Ladies booked a semi-final place in the Beds County Cup with a 3-0 win against a battling Bedford and District Ladies side on Sunday.
Played on an uneven surface, Langford took a long time to settle as their passing game was frustrated with too many moves breaking down in the attacking third.
Opportunities started to arrive when Laveena Betts and Laura Bright looked to run with the ball. However, this was met with some determined defending with limited shooting chances.
The breakthrough came on 35 minutes when Bright flicked on Nikki Day's near post corner for Faye Rees to head home. Bright nearly made it two just before the interval when she met Day's free-kick and volleyed on to the bar.
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The second half started with Langford pushing Beds and District back deep into their own half.
A move involving Emma Tune, Donna McGuigan and Rees found Betts 18 yards out, Betts shifted the ball before finding the top corner with a stunning strike.
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Chances continued to arrive with Shelly Forster having a couple of long range efforts saved, while the Langford back four of Day, Sheree Oliver, Claire Tyrell and Debbie Styles dealt with the opposition forwards, leaving Verity Crook largely unemployed.
Langford's third goal came on 85 minutes when Day's shot looked to be going out only for the keeper to fumble allowing Tune to slot home.
Langford: Verity Crook, Nikki Day, Sheree Oliver, Claire Tyrell, Debbie Styles, Emma Tune, Laveena Betts, Laura Bright, Shelley Forster, Donna McGuigan, Faye Rees.
Stevenage Boro Vixens were swept aside by Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies in the quarter-finals of the Herts County Cup.
The Eastern Region Women's League team were crushed 12-3 in a real goal-feast. Hemel's Nashina Mohammed and Steph Cripps both helped themselves to hat-tricks and striker Natalie Adams went one better by grabbing four.
Arlesey Town Ladies' second team made history by securing their first ever clean sheet and competitive victory.
They won 2-0 against Watton after new manager Bren Walkden made some positional changes.
Arlesey scored their first goal after 15 minutes when good play between Steph Woods and Axelle Courlander led to a shooting opportunity for Michelle Whitehead who also scored the second during the half after Courlander played her in.
Nikki Fitt was awarded manager's and players' man of the match.
Arlesey: Emma Chamberlain, Kim Burton, Melissa Tyler, Selena Lawrence, Claire Hodgson, Michelle Gee, Nikki Fitt, Steph Woods, Kathy Slade (Nikki Mander 60m), Michelle Whitehead, Axelle Courlander. Subs not used: Rupi Dev, Becky Bresnen.