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Cambridge City 2 : 1 Wymondham Town
Cambridge City had to work hard on Sunday to maintain their 100% record in the Eastern Region Women's Premier League, relying on a late winner to secure all three points against a well organised Wymondham side. In an even contest, both sides had a few chances to open the scoring in the first half but it was the visitors from Norfolk who went in front when a free kick was poorly defended in the City penalty area and the visiting striker struck home from close range. The Lilywhites were able to get back on level terms shortly after though, when Charlotte Gillies raced through on goal and in a desperate bid to make a challenge, the covering defender put the ball past her own advancing keeper.
City manager Tim Rapley, waiting patiently for the winning goal
With the score level at half time, City came out after the break much sharper and more determined. Playing a higher tempo game, they could have taken the lead but for some quality saves from the visiting keeper. The game looked to be heading for a draw before Lauren Tomlinson won the ball in her own half with a strong tackle and having ridden a couple of hefty challenges she was able to make ground down the left and put in an inch perfect cross for Laura Mills to fire home at the far post - much to the delight of the City players and supporters.
City make the long trip to Great Yarmouth in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup next Sunday (7th October) where they will face Acle.
Histon Reserves 1 : 6 Cambridge City (League Cup)
A Megan Tonks “nap hand” takes the City Development Team through to the next round of the cup.
This league cup encounter at the Bridge Road Stadium was a very open affair with both teams intent on playing attacking football. City adopted their usual high line approach.
After a fairly even start to the game, the visitors took the lead on ten minutes when Ellie Cullum hit a screamer from thirty yards which went in off the underside of the crossbar. This kick started a period of pressure from City, which lasted the next 20 minutes or so. Megan Tonks shot straight at the keeper when well placed and Jade Powell hit the post from a Lucy Hurst corner. Tonks headed just wide from another corner. Histon were still causing a problem on the break though and their No 9, Philippa Hayden-Evans, should have scored when through on goal but her lob bounced over the bar with City keeper Josie Cambridge stranded.
City went further ahead when Tonks hit a couple of “worldies” from twenty five yards; the first nestling into the top left hand corner and the second into the top right. Both goals gave the Histon keeper no chance. At the break it was Histon Reserves 0 : 3 City Development.
The visitors started the second half the sharper of the two teams and Tonks quickly completed her hat trick on fifty minutes. Cullum slipped the ball through the middle to the City striker and having held off two defenders, Tonks drove home from ten yards.
Histon came back into the game for a while and Hayden-Evans scored a well deserved goal to give the home side some hope. However, the opportunity of a come-back was short lived when City wrapped up the tie when Tonks completed a 'nap hand' by adding two further goals in the last five minutes. The first was provided by Emily Reed and her second (and City's sixth) was provided by Rachel Pearce who threaded a great ball through the Histon defence allowing Tonks to walk the ball round the keeper and roll it in to an empty net. Once again, Pearce enjoyed a very good game and was very influential in midfield with a display of non-stop running. A good team performance all round.
Cambridge City 2 : 1 St Ives Rangers (League Cup)
In a match where City delivered a performance well below par, they were still fortunate enough to scrape a win against a St Ives team which will probably feel they deserved something from the game.
Deservedly, the home side were one nil down at half time, having struggled to gel at all in the first period. Their free flowing football was only evident in a few isolated patches as they struggled against the determination of the visiting St Ives side. Time ticked by and although City created a few half chances in the second period, it looked like it may not be their day. Gradually though, City became a little more focussed and they started to play their football in the St Ives half - but still it was nothing like the fine display that they had delivered only a week earlier at Hungate.
With ten minutes remaining on the clock, City midfielder Milly Clarke found herself just outside of the box with the ball at her feet. With a great strike, she beat the keeper to put the Lilywhites level. This, understandably, raised the belief in the City camp and the girls stepped up a gear.
With literally only a couple of minutes remaining, Sasha Tristram was able to turn the ball over the line from a corner and put City in front for the first time in the match. Relief all round and a result that sees them head up the group stage after the first game.
Milly Clarke (arms raised) celebrates having just equalised for City
Glinton and Northborough 0 : 23 Cambridge City (League Cup)
City, who currently sit top of the 'A' league had the lengthy trip north to Glinton to face a team that is yet to hit form in the 'B' league, so the outcome of this first round tie was not likely to surprise. The Lilywhites certainly turned on the style and it was pleasing to see that all outfield players got their names on the score sheet. Another good win safely took the girls through to the next round where they will face Eynesbury Rovers.
Cambridge City 6 : 1 St Ives Rangers
City entertained St Ives at Netherhall on Saturday morning where six goals were scored by six different players; Keira Ball, Isobel Hayes, Madison Shanks, Evie White, Ellie Whitehead and Olivia May-White. A great performance from all the squad and the convincing result now sees the Lilywhites move up to third place in the league.
Saffron Walden 0 : 8 Cambridge City (League Cup)
A tie in the next round against Histon Hornets is the reward that now awaits the City under 11s after their convincing win against Saffron Walden at Herberts Farm on Saturday. Although the youngsters were only two nil up at half time, they had dominated proceedings in the first period and really should have scored many more before the break. However, the girls made up for it in the second half, finding the net another half dozen times. The girls had been given an objective to concentrate on their passing and finishing in the second period - which they obviously achieved! Well done.
The Wildcats programme is back!
Don’t forget that the City Wildcats programme is back up and running at Trumpington Community College (CB2 9HB) every Friday evening from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Great fun for all girls aged 5-11 years old who enjoy football. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
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