Memorable games for our sides
The good league and cup run continued for Langford Ladies. They travelled to Wellingborough for their SE Combination League fixture on Sunday and recorded a 2-1 win over third placed side Rushden and Diamonds. Played on a well-worn pitch that showed signs
The good league and cup run continued for Langford Ladies.
They travelled to Wellingborough for their SE Combination League fixture on Sunday and recorded a 2-1 win over third placed side Rushden and Diamonds.
Played on a well-worn pitch that showed signs of recent wet weather, Langford trailed 1-0 at the break as ex-player Caroline Moran seized on a loose ball in the penalty box before firing past Verity Crook.
The second half started with Langford pushing Diamonds back.
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On 53 minutes, Naomi Lyon battled to win the ball before having her shot parried at close range by Rushden's keeper. Laura Bright pounced on the rebound to level the score.
Solid defending by Langford restricted the home side to few chances as the game looked to be heading for a draw.
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As full time approached, Sophie Bailey's long clearance found Laveena Betts whose pass picked out Faye Rees.
Despite the close attention of two defenders, Rees turned and poked home the winning goal.
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They will play National Division outfit Everton at Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, on Sunday, February 4.
Langford: Verity Crook, Nikki Day, Sheree Oliver, Sophie Bailey, Debbie Styles, Emma Tune, Laveena Betts, Laura Bright, Shelley Forster (Laura Shearwood 75), Naomi Lyon, Faye Rees.
Arlesey Town Ladies made history on Sunday.
The team had qualified for the league cup proper for the first time although they knew that they would have their work cut out.
Without a competitive game since December 10, they were up against top Premiership side, Cambridge City, in the league cup first round proper.
Every Arlesey player defended well, stuck to their task and made the game difficult for the visiting team who could only score twice without reply.
The opening half was goalless but five minutes into the new half, City scored their first goal when a player eluded several tackles to shoot low into the back of the Arlesey net.
An Arlesey break resulted in a cross from Sarah Tayler that was struck well by Kayleigh Saunders just inches wide.
The game continued in the same vein with City pressing hard but Arlesey defending resolutely.
With a quarter of an hour left to play, City struck their second from distance as the shot flew over the outstretched arms of Amie Fage in goal.
Their second team performed well in losing 4-1 to Hoddesdon Owls in the league.
Arlesey's goalscorer was Axelle Courlander, who also won the manager's player of the match, while joint players' player went to Claire Hodgson and Emma Chamberlain.
After a prolonged Christmas lay-off, Hitchin Hearts bagged all three points against a determined Beds and District Ladies side in a 3-0 win.
Hearts started well and top scorer Becky Saunders (pictured right) set them off to a flyer after a good build-up.
Her second goal came following a good through ball from Paula Hawkins.
Hearts then sat back a bit and the visitors saw much more of the ball.
The back four though held firm, Sheryl Duguid, Sam Porter, Ronnie D'Amico and Tracy Ross keeping the visitors away from Mel Sayers' goal, who handled well throughout the match.
Bedford kept pressing but could find no way through.
Sade Dunstan produced a great performance as did captain Paula Hawkins and eventually the third goal came.
Saunders, despite taking a nasty knock midway through the first half, completed her hat-trick before a couple more chances went begging to see the girls finish on a high.