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Cambridge City 2 : 0 Colney Heath
(Eastern Region Women's Premier League)
Cambridge City took full advantage of their run of five consecutive home games, taking maximum points from them which lifts them to third in the league. The latest match saw them entertain last year’s runners up from Division One, Colney Heath, who were promoted along with City.
The game quickly developed into a tight affair with few clear cut chances from either side, but it was City who managed to get themselves in front midway through the first half when top goal scorer Bella Simmons raced clear of the Colney Heath defence and calmly slotted the ball home, low and left, out of the reach of the oncoming keeper. City were not at their best and had to dig in and work hard to ensure that they took the lead into the break.
Thankfully, a much improved second half performance followed. The game was all but finished when Anna Wilson wrapped it up in the last ten minutes to settle any lingering nerves when she smashed home after good work from Lauren Tomlinson and Philippa Witherspoon.
The Lilywhites travel to second placed Writtle on Sunday, hoping to reverse their narrow opening day defeat.
|Rachel Pearce helping out in defence
St Ives Town 2 : 1 Cambridge City (AET) (League Cup)
This was a great game of cup football between two young sides who both gave 110% for ninety minutes and then again in extra time when some of their legs were beginning to go.
City started slowly and looked a bit rusty not having played for a month. They were without the experience of Louise Irvine, so had no one to hold the ball up front. Both teams were pressing and marking tight so the game became a bit scrappy at times with both sides guilty of giving the ball away too easily after winning it back.
St Ives had the better of the first half but good defending by City meant that the first period remained goalless.
The deadlock was broken in the second half by a piece of quality play from Katherine Speed who cut in from the left and held off two challenges before slotting home from eight yards.
The Lilywhites then had their best spell of the game as they pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Erin Fox and Yas Crow both had good runs at the St Ives defence but the equaliser eventually came from stalwart Kayleigh Whitehead who drove home a loose clearance from twenty yards through a crowded penalty area.
Neither team could find a winner so onto extra time.
Extra time was fairly even as both teams were looking tired but City were still going forward looking for the winner. Unfortunately, the game was decided when City lost the ball on the edge of the St Ives penalty area. St Ives broke quickly and found Katherine Speed in space on the left, she worked her way to the by line before providing Frances Chapman with a simple chance to hit the winner from close in.
City were obviously disappointed to be knocked out of the cup so early on, but it was probably a fair result on the day. Next Sunday they will have the chance to make amends when both teams meet again in the league.
Cambridge City 4 : 2 Linton Aztecs (Cup)
Cup matches are often levellers and past league encounters cannot always be relied upon for an indication of which way cup ties will go. Linton must have arrived at Girton Recreation Field mindful of the heavy defeat that they had suffered at the hands of City in the league only a few weeks ago. However, they were a different team this time round and they went in at half time worthy of an equal score line. The Lilywhites had deservedly taken the lead midway through the first half when winger Aino Turunen had worked hard on the left and having cut inside and evaded a challenge, fired home from 6 yards out. However, this was soon cancelled out when a Linton midfielder saw City keeper Sally Phelps off her line and neatly lobbed her from 25 yards. The crowd had witnessed some good football from both sides during the first half.
City started the second period determined to keep possession and they started to exert themselves even more. Their reward was provided by Freya Standing who delivered a lovely strike from the left edge of the box which flew into the top corner. City now back in the lead - but not for long! An uncharacteristic mix up in the City defence allowed a Linton forward time to run at goal and she rounded the keeper to level at 2 : 2.
Although the scores were even, it was City who looked like the team that would be most likely to score next...... and so they did. Up popped centre back Ceri Flye who, with the help of the inside of the far post, she neatly headed home from a corner. The home side were now in control and barring a major hiccup they looked like they were in the next round of the cup. This was made certain when Turunen completed her brace late on with a goal not too dissimilar to her first.
This was an exciting cup match. A bit of rain, a bit of mud, some quality goals, all the ingredients that seem to be present in cup ties.
Netherton United 0 : 10 Cambridge City
Cambridge City (A) 12 : 2 Wisbech St Mary
Sutton Rangers 0 : 24 Cambridge City (Cup)
Sawston v Cambridge City
City travelled to Sawston in the League Cup on Saturday and the girls took along their amazing passing performance from last week and even bettered themselves this week. Building from the back and assists all over the pitch meant that City progressed to the next round after a great team display.
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