Ladies look to beat the Toffees in the FA Cup
Langford Ladies are on the glory trail in the FA Women s Cup this Sunday. They take on big guns Everton in a fifth round tie at Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City (1pm ko). Langford returned to league action on Sunday and with only 11 fit players, travelled t
Langford Ladies are on the glory trail in the FA Women's Cup this Sunday.
They take on big guns Everton in a fifth round tie at Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City (1pm ko).
Langford returned to league action on Sunday and with only 11 fit players, travelled to Leyton Orient Women to record a creditable 2-2 draw.
Kicking with the wind at their backs, Faye Rees had a shot saved early on and scored the opening goal when she reacted quickest to a loose ball after the O's keeper parried a shot from Naomi Lyon.
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Laveena Betts put Langford two up on the half hour with a brilliant turn and shot from the angle of the 18-yard box which found the far top corner.
The lead should have been increased before the interval but, on the stroke of half time, Orient pulled one back on a rare attack.
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Straight from the restart, Lyon forced an excellent save from the home keeper, while Rees went close from the resulting clearance.
The half became more open as the ball was given away too often, leaving both sides with chances to add to the scoreline.
From one such attack, Orient crossed from the right and a solid header found the back of the net for the equaliser.
Both sides continued to create opportunities to win.
Rees had a goal disallowed for a foul and Laura Bright headed over, while Orient were denied by Verity Crook with their striker clean through on goal just before the final whistle.
Langford squad: Verity Crook, Nikki Day, Sheree Oliver, Sophie Bailey, Debbie Styles, Laura Shearwood, Laveena Betts, Laura Bright, Shelley Forster, Naomi Lyon, Faye Rees.
Arlesey Town Ladies are through to the semi-finals of the Beds women's county cup.
They beat Kings Sports 1-0 to set up a date with Bedford Town Belles from the South East Combination.
The teams met two years ago in the final of the county cup with Bedford winning 8-0.
Arlesey's quickest ever goal in just 34 seconds set them on their way.
Sarah Tayler raced the wing and delivered a perfect cross into the box for Kayleigh Saunders to finish.
Amie Fage was the busier of the two keepers after the break while Arlesey searched for a second.
Hitchin Hearts clawed their way to top spot in the Beds and Herts League with a narrow 2-1 win against Watton Ladies.
The conditions were not ideal with a heavy pitch making a passing game a difficult task.
The hosts took the lead before Laura Wilkie equalised just before half time.
It was a close run thing but a reshape of the side during the interval gave Hearts the edge.
Left-back Tracy Ross proved to be Miss Dynamite when she was moved up front to partner top scorer Becky Saunders who scored the winner.
Hearts went top as close rivals Hoddesdon Owls lost to Bedford and District Ladies 4-1.