|Ladies & Girls
Eastern Region Women's Premier League
Acle United 1 : 2 Cambridge City
The Ladies warming up before their impressive win at Acle
Cambridge City made the long trip to Norfolk very worthwhile when they returned with all three points to maintain their 100% winning start to the season. It is now maximum points from eight starts. A dominant display in the first half against the league leaders was rewarded with a two nil lead at half time. The visitors created numerous chances and were very quick on the attack, causing the home defence a number of problems. A double save from their player of the match, home keeper Amy Bell, kept the scores level and the woodwork saved them twice with Laura Mills and Lauren Tomlinson going close. The deadlock was broken midway through the half when Bella Simmons’ clever header from Tomlinson’s long throw looped over the keeper to give the Lilywhites a deserved lead. Just before half-time Tomlinson was involved again, in what turned out to be the winning goal, when her strong run was emphatically finished off with a low fierce shot giving Bell no chance.
At the start of the second half, City were a little slow out of the blocks and were not as assertive as they had been. As expected, Acle came out 'fired up'. A more evenly contested half followed, with less clear cut chances and a few niggly fouls creeping in to the game. Despite going down to 10 players with 25 minutes to play following Sarah Mosley’s sending off for retaliation, the City players worked incredibly hard and more than matched the hosts, despite being a player down. To add further pressure on to City, captain Becca Fay was harshly adjudged by the referee to have handled the ball from a corner. Grace Birchall stepped up and calmly swept the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net, giving Tee Mhunduru no chance. At 2-1, City continued to give as good as they got and should have wrapped the game up when Mills was put through one-on-one with the keeper in the last five minutes but another excellent save from Bell kept Acle’s faint hopes alive.
That was the last notable chance of the game and the Lilywhites held on for an important three points in their quest for the title. Just one more game now before the Christmas & New Year break, when the Ladies play host to Royston Town at Trinity College on Sunday 16th December. Kick off is 2pm
Cambs S-Tech Women's Junior Invitation Cup
Cambridge City 4 : 1 Histon Reserves
The City squad bounced back from last week’s defeat by Cambridge University with an assured performance against a much improved and well organised Histon Reserve side. The home side looked after the ball much better than last week and were patient with their build up play, being content to move the ball backwards and sideways until they were able to find an opening.
City opened the scoring after 17 minutes with a flowing 'one touch' move. The ball was worked across the back to Jess Struthers who found Anna Kanz wide right, who in turn found Megan Tonks - who scored from eight yards with her first touch. Three minutes later, City doubled their advantage when Megan Tonks chased down a lost cause but was able to tap the ball home after a mix up between a Histon defender and her keeper. The Lilywhites were enjoying a purple patch now and almost increased their lead when Ceri Flye found Megan Tonks in space, but her shot was just wide. At the break it remained two nil to City.
The second half was only 10 minutes old when Megan Tonks completed her hat trick in typical style. Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, she made space to hit her shot into the top right hand corner of the net, with the ball going in off the underside of the bar. Twenty minutes later it looked to be all over when Hannah Lock slid home a Ceri Flye cross. However, Histon hit back immediately when Bethany Fisher drove home brilliantly from twenty five yards giving Josie Cambridge in the City goal no chance.
In summary, this was a very good, all round confident performance by City, with a first half display that probably matches the best of season so far. Difficult to single out any one particular player above any other, but midfielders Anna Goggin, Anna Kanz and Rachel Pearce were all excellent - tidying up in midfield and moving the ball quickly to wide players.
City have been drawn at home to play March Town United Women in the semi-final on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Between now and then there are lots of league points to play for though.
St Ives Rangers 0 : 8 Cambridge City
City returned home after a short trip along the A14, with three more league points, making it five wins from five starts in their title challenge.
The City scorers were: Ceri Flye x 4, Issy Bryant x 2, Freya Standing and Amie Fullwood
Godmanchester Rovers 1 : 11 Cambridge City
After a relatively slow start, City eventually got the ball working and by half time they had a comfortable four nil advantage. In the second period, they increased their tempo somewhat and were rewarded with another seven goals. The home side got themselves a deserved consolation goal. Although City had control of the game from the very start, the hosts displayed a great team spirit.
Action from City's match against Godmanchester
The City scorers were: Sasha Tristram x 4, Bella Ely x 2, Jess Wood x 2, Maddy McInnes x 2 and Tiana Walker
Cambridge City 10 : 0 Newmarket Town
In a return fixture of last week's match, City once again ran out comfortable winners.
The City scorers were: Jada Flatts x 4, Ella McDonald-Marks x 4, Olivia Briffa and Carmen Leacy,
Cambridge City 4 : 0 Histon Hornets
City welcomed Histon to Netherhall for their final league game before the Christmas break. The girls have been on an excellent run of form, keeping clean sheets in the process. Coming off the back of their Cup quarter final success at Bourne last week and with the girls rocking in their new home kit, they were keen to keep the good form going.
The under 12s proudly wearing their new 'Beeson Property' sponsored kit
Histon made it hard for City in the first half, closing the girls down quickly and reacting first to the 50/50 balls. City were able to go into the break with with a one nil lead, but it was not as convincing as the manager or the team would have liked. The second half however, was a lot better from City, moving the ball quicker and not allowing Histon time to challenge. Three more goals were added, with Kia completing her hat-trick and Phoebe scoring a well deserved goal after a top performance in midfield. Overall, a good result against a resilient Histon side. Seven clean sheets in a row now for the team, so it is not just the goal scorers who deserve credit. The defence and keeper always put in great performances.
Cambourne United v Cambridge City
The under 11s are ready and waiting
To match the weather, City put on a bright and breezy display at Cambourne on Saturday morning and came away more than satisfied. Great football by both teams. Now for a well earned rest, heading into the Christmas break.
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