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Eastern Region Women's Premier League
Cambridge City 4 : 4 Royston Town
Cambridge City Ladies had a dramatic end to 2018, with a hard fought 4 - 4 draw against near neighbours Royston. An injury time equaliser from Charlotte Gillies made sure that the Lilywhites remained unbeaten in the league this season. The final goal of the game was a fantastic free-kick in the dying seconds from 30 yards, which clipped the underside of the bar giving the visiting keeper no chance. It was no more than City deserved, having earlier got themselves into what appeared to be a comfortable 2-0 lead with a great strike from former Royston player Erin Davies and another cracker from Gillies, who shot from distance. The home side looked to be in control and were looking good for their tenth consecutive win, however, a rash decision by Tee Mhunduru in the City goal led to a free kick when she was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of the penalty area. Royston made no mistake with a well worked set piece and a fierce strike into the top left-hand corner. The hosts had some good opportunities to extend the lead but the chances came and went with no further goals in an eventful first half.
Royston came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second period and were soon on level terms, when an uncharacteristic mistake by City’s centre back Robyn Phillips, led to a cool finish by the Royston forward who calmly slotted home. City gradually got up to speed and were starting to threaten again and it was a superb piece of individual skill and composure from Shannon Shaw who held off a couple of defenders before placing the ball beyond the advancing keeper to restore City’s lead. It was a game littered with mistakes and unfortunately for Mhunduru and City, an equaliser was gifted to Royston soon after, when a cross from the right ended up with the ball creeping over the line. Royston were clearly buoyed by this and were soon on the attack and got themselves in front for the first time in the game when City failed to clear.
City striker Shannon Shaw
The game wasn’t made any easier for Cambridge when Laura Mills was given a second yellow card for an innocuous challenge with the Royston keeper but as they’ve shown before on many occasions this season, City never give up and were justly rewarded with an equaliser to keep their unbeaten run going and have everything to play for in 2019.
A visit to Haringey Borough on 6th January will kick start the Ladies New Year's fixture schedule.
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Cambridge City 5 : 1 Riverside
City started off in dominant style - until it came to the final third of the pitch where they had a problem breaking down some resolute defending by Riverside Ladies. The visitors certainly didn’t play like a team sitting at the bottom of the league. However, after persevering, the home side eventually took the lead after 28 minutes when right back Becky Langthorne (photo below) hit a tremendous drive from 25 yards into the top right hand corner of the goal. City continued to play the ball around and just before half time they went further ahead when Yas Crow slid the ball through the Riverside defence for Ceri Flye to run through unmarked and side footed the ball past the visiting keeper.
The second half was only 10 minutes old when Riverside came back into the game when they broke away dangerously and Hannah Murphy scored on the counter attack. City stuck to their game plan and continued to push forward and midway through the second half they scored twice in a five minute spell to make the game safe. First, Hannah Lock laid the ball off nicely to Anna Kanz whose hard drive came back off the post for Yas Crow to follow up and tap home. Then, from a Bronte Rapley free kick, it was Hannah Lock again who rose above the Riverside defence to glance the ball home at the far post. City's fifth and final goal came in the 90th minute when debutante Freya Standing bundled the ball home from a very good Lucy Hurst corner.
The highlight of the game was the very confident debuts of Freya Standing (who scored playing wide) and goalkeeper Sally Phelps, who kept a clean sheet, both having only recently turned sixteen.
Cambridge City 3 :1 Burwell Tigers
A couple of goals from Ceri Flye and another from Cerys Want was enough to make sure that City remained top of the league over Christmas thanks to a healthy goal difference.
Histon Hornets 0 : 6 Cambridge City
If you missed the first half, you missed all the goals! At half time, City appeared on course to maybe get into double figures, but some resolute defending in the second period meant that they had to settle for the half dozen they chalked up in the first period.
Scorers for City: Tiana Walker x 2, Sasha Tristram x 2, Milly Clarke and Katie Levitt
Sawston 2 : 7 Cambridge City
Eleven wins from eleven starts means that City continue to occupy top spot in the league. An impressive goal difference of 103 helps too!
City scorers: Rosanna Mead x 2, Ruby Want x 2, Ella McDonald-Marks, Jada Flatts and Olivia Briffa
Cambridge City 1 : 0 Cottenham United
The only goal of the game, from City's Olivia-May White, was enough to secure all three points for the Lilywhites in an impressive win over second placed Cottenham United.
Haddenham Rovers 1 : 8 Cambridge City
Not surprisingly, Emily White scooped the 'Player of the Match' award with her double hat-trick at a very cold Haddenham recreation field. Isabella Axelsson and Erin Burling added the other two goals. Maximum points from the opening nine matches and City sit top of the league.
To keep a check on results and fixtures for all our teams, including their league positions, click on 'Ladies and Girls' from the main website menu and select the team you want.
This last year has been another, amazingly successful year for the Club, arguably the best ever. We are so fortunate to have such talented and committed players, from the youngsters just starting their footballing journey in our Wildcat programme, right through to our senior Ladies teams. Equally important though, is that they all train and play with a big smile on their face. The Club is extremely grateful to all who contribute to ensuring that we provide an encouraging and enjoyable experience for the Ladies and the Girls, whether this be through the generosity of our sponsors, the managers and coaches, the people who run the tea bar, those who officiate at matches, mums and dads running the girls around, the committee members, the ground staff (especially at Trinity), our growing band of supporters.......the list is endless!
To you all, Cambridge City Ladies and Girls FC would like to wish you........
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