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Eastern Region Women's Premier League
Cambridge City 4 : 0 Acle United
On a bright Sunday afternoon, the Ladies chalked up their third win against Acle United this season, when they comfortably ran out 4 - 0 winners in this top of the table clash. Having already knocked the Norfolk side out of the FA Cup last October, followed by a feisty away league victory in December, City were keen to complete a hat trick of successes against the side sitting just below them in the league.
For the first twenty minutes or so, each side cancelled each other out, with neither keepers having much to do and very little activity in either of the penalty areas. As half time was approaching, the home side started to ask a few more questions of the visitor's defence. On forty minutes, City were awarded a free kick, approx 25 yards from the Acle goal, to the right. Seeing the keeper off her line, Sarah Mosley was able to pick out the top left hand corner of the net and give the Lilywhites a one nil advantage going into the interval.
Still on a high, it wasn't long after the second half had resumed that Carla Penny had doubled City's advantage when she turned well and was able to loop the ball high over the keeper from just inside the box.
Scorer of City's second, Carla Penny, on the ball
In fairness to the visitors, they didn't let their heads drop and they kept trying to build from the back line. However, with a City midfield keen to do business and a back four looking as resolute as ever, Acle were going to have to commit more bodies going forward if they were to get anything from the match. The Norfolk side attempted a couple of long range shots, but nothing to trouble the home keeper.
With 15 minutes left, the determination of striker Bella Simmons paid off when she was able to beat the visiting keeper and add City's third. In reality, this sealed the victory for the league leaders. Just to make sure though, Shannon Shaw turned in from close range with only minutes remaining. This victory now extends City's undefeated run in the league to 15 games. Won 14, drawn one.
Next week, the Ladies entertain Colney Heath in an Eastern Region Women's League Cup Quarter Final tie at Girton College Sports Ground, CB3 0LN. It is a 1.30pm kick off.
S-Tech Women’s League Cup Quarter Final
Cambridge City 1 : 0 Ketton
The Development side got off to their usual flying start, but for the first time this season they were unable to find the early goal as the Ketton defence proved difficult to break down and the City final pass was not quite good enough. The first half was mostly dominated by the defences of both teams who were able to deal with any chances that came along - the best of which fell to Ketton but their lively forward screwed the ball just wide of the post with only the City keeper to beat. The deadlock was finally broken just before half-time when City's Bella Simmons stroked the ball home from eight yards.
Defender Jade Powell marshalling the City defence
Most of the possession belonged to City in the early stages of the second half but Ketton always looked dangerous on the break as they played with two pacey players up front all game. At one point, the Ketton defence had to put their bodies on the line following a prolonged City attack, the ball eventually cleared off the line for a corner. Freya Standing made a couple of good runs and was put through on goal but failed to hit the target under pressure from two defenders. The Ketton keeper produced another first class save when she palmed away an Emily Reed shot that was destined for the top left hand corner. Cambridge had the opportunity to make the game safe with five minutes remaining when Yas Crowe was brought down in the box but Megan Tonks blasted the spot kick over the bar. The last few minutes were a bit nervy for City as Ketton threw everyone forward looking for an equaliser but the young Development team defended well to the end to keep a clean sheet.
This was probably the toughest game of the season so far and shows how good a team Ketton are, surprisingly playing in a league lower than City. The visitors were excellent defensively, very strong and good in the air too and backed up by a very good goalkeeper.
There is still one Quarter Final fixture outstanding, so City will have to wait a little longer to find out who they will be playing in the Semi Final.
The Player of the Match award went to Rachel Littlewood.
Cambridge City 7 : 0 Glinton
Less than 24 hours after many of the team had travelled to Norwich City for a half term fixture against the Norfolk side, they were back in action again facing Glinton and Northborough in a league encounter. It would appear that the travelling had no adverse effects on the girls, as they delivered a great performance, running out seven nil winners. The Player of the Match award was presented to Leah Penalver.
The City scorers were: Madison Shanks (2), Ellie Whitehead (2) Hollie Sartini, Marisa Smutek and Evie White.
Under 12s and Under 10s
The Under 12s and Under 10s (made up from the younger girls from the under 11s team) both took part in the Cambs FA February Futsal Festival held at Swavesey Village College on Sunday. And guess what........they both won their age groups. Well done girls, you did yourself proud. On to the Regional Finals they go. We'll keep you posted.
The under 12s
The under 10s
The young Lilywhites made the short trip to Coton on Saturday morning. They've been very busy of late. With each game they learn that little bit more. Well done girls.
Results and Fixtures
To keep a check on results and fixtures for all our teams, including their league positions, click on the 'Ladies and Girls Section' banner at the bottom of this page and select the team you want.
Keep an eye on our Twitter page for a link to photos of the visit to Norwich City made by four of our teams last Friday. It was a great experience for all the girls.
The Club are pleased to announce that we have recently launched our new Facebook page. This will compliment our Website and Twitter social media platforms. They are all designed to help keep you updated with all that is happening at the Club. Enjoy and share!
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