Kent Football United 3-1 Cambridge City Ladies
Chloe Francis brace helps Kent Football United seal first ever win in FAWNL Division One South East.
After improved performances in recent weeks that saw Kent battle hard against tier 3 Gillingham and narrowly lose twice by single-goal margins against Leyton Orient and AFC Basildon, the newly-promoted side finally got their first taste of victory in FAWNL Division One East side.
However, it was fellow newcomers Cambridge who almost opened the scoring, Beatrice Fitzsimons hitting a volley only to be denied by the woodwork, before Chloe Francis hit the back of the net at the other end. Good interplay found Francis in space, whose left-footed strike beat Dominika Szary to give Kent the lead.
Francis completed her brace with a low driven free-kick before half-time to make it 2-0 heading into the break.
Cambridge were twice more denied by the woodwork, before captain Amy Russ extended the hosts’ advantage to three from a free-kick. Russ stepped up to find the back of the net for the eighth time this season and put Kent in a commanding position.
City battled to get back into the game and were rewarded for their efforts five minutes from time as Fitzsimons struck to score a late consolation goal for the visitors, but it proved to not be enough as Kent held out to earn their first points of the season.
While the result sees Kent remain at the foot of the Division One South East table, they can take heart from recent performances, and use them as a foundation going forward. For the young Cambridge side, it was a bit of a ‘nearly’ day having hit the frame of the goal on three separate occasions.
Norwich City Women 3-3 Actonians Ladies
Actonians were unable to make it four on the bounce as Norwich battled back twice to rescue a point at Plantation Park.
Justine Buckmire scored her first goal of the season to give the visitors the lead during the first half, but Actonians were pegged back by Norwich shortly after, Chelsea Garrett scoring her 11th goal of the season to restore parity.
Actonians retook the lead when Ale Barreca found the net for the tenth time this campaign to make it 1-2 heading into the break.
Barreca grabbed a brace from the penalty spot to give Actonians a two-goal cushion, but they were unable to hold onto their lead as Eliza Mcdonald struck twice for the Canaries to make it three goals apiece.
The result sees Actonians move up one place to 7th, while Norwich’s league position remains unchanged.
The New Saints Ladies 5-1 Solihull Moors Women
A dominant second half performance sees The New Saints put five past struggling Moors to move up to fifth in FAWNL Division One Midlands.
After both teams exchanged chances early on, the hosts broke the deadlock through a cheeky Kim Bebbington finish. Good work down the right from Jess Jennings and Laura Pennington found Bebbington in the middle whose improvised finish made it 1-0 to The New Saints.
The hosts could have extended their lead before half-time but were denied by the heroics of Moors ‘keeper, Francesca Vitali.
Laura Pennington doubled The New Saints’ lead after a good passing move found Jennings through on goal; Vitali did well to deny Jennings’ effort with a smart save but was unable to prevent Pennington from stabbing the ball into an empty net.
The New Saints made it three goals without reply after Lia Lewis’ drilled cross found Bebbington on the edge of the six-yard box, the striker making no mistake to grab her second goal of the game.
Yasmin Evans added a fourth of the afternoon, guiding a volley into the back of the net from Zoe Griffiths’ corner.
Vitali made another smart save in the Moors goal, before a long ball proved to be The Green Army’s undoing when Charlotte Leedham was on hand to hit the ball into an empty net following a save from Sarah Parkes.
Kim Bebbington completed her hat-trick, to enter double figures for the campaign, with a powerful header to round off the day’s scoring and give The New Saints a comfortable 5-1 win.
The result the hosts were looking for, after being knocked out of the FA Cup recently, sees them move up to fifth in FAWNL Division One Midlands.