FAWNL Division One South East Round-up: Dons move up to third

With most FAWNL teams involved in cup action, just three games were played in the FAWNL Division One South East this weekend.

Unbeaten AFC Wimbledon hosted Norwich, AFC Basildon were back at home to entertain Cambridge United and fifth-place Enfield travelled to bottom side, Kent Football United.

AFC Basildon overturn deficit to secure 3 points

After beating Phoenix Sports in the FA Cup and knocking a strong Southampton Women’s side out of the FAWNL Cup, AFC Basildon began the month perfectly and hoped to take that momentum into the league.

They welcomed Cambridge United to Canvey Island, a side that has only managed one win in their previous ten outings; their solitary victory coming against Kent Football United. Most recently though, they faced Norwich in a league and cup, earning a point away from home before getting knocked out of the FA Cup.

Despite controlling the ball for large parts of the half, and an early Abela attempt at goal, it was visitors who took the lead through Blanchflower after 36 minutes. Kelley Blanchflower netting for the fourth time this season for United.

Cerys Adams restored parity after 65 minutes when she bundled in an effort following a corner.

The turnaround was complete shortly after, and once again it was Adams for the home side, striking brilliantly to complete her brace and give AFC Basildon the lead.

Scores remained unchanged as the ref blew his whistle to conclude the game, the Essex side earning another comeback victory to secure a hard-earned 3 points.

AFC Basildon 2-1 Cambridge United

The result doesn’t see any positional changes for either side, but strengthens The Blues’ grip on sixth-place and extends their winning streak to three games. United remain 10th.

Both teams return to cup action next weekend with Cambridge hosting Maidenhead United at the Premier Plus Stadium, while AFC Basildon have business with another Cambridgeshire side, Cambridge City, in the FA Cup.

The Dons move up to third

AFC Wimbledon’s league season has been somewhat understated, and while the focus may remain on Billericay and the Tractor Girls at the top of the division, the fact remains that The Dons are currently unbeaten – a feat only managed by 7 (of 71) FAWNL sides. They welcomed seventh-place Norwich looking to build on a cup win against Cambridge United last time out.

After a somewhat back-and-forth opening 30 minutes, Helen Ogle and Katie Stanley combined to provide for Liz O’Callaghan to give The Dons the lead.

But despite continued pressure from the hosts, it was the Canaries who struck next, equalising five minutes before the interval through Kathryn Stanley. A low driven shot past Ferguson made it 1-1 heading into the break.

There would be one final twist before half-time however when O’Callaghan lobbed Hope Armstrong to score her second of the game and restore the home side’s lead in the 43rd minute.

With just under an hour on the clock, The Dons extended their lead to two goals when Katie Stanley’s cross was met by the head of Hannah Billingham to make it 3-1.

With a few opportunities, but no further goals for either side, the game ended 3-1.

AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Norwich City

The win sees The Dons secure their fourth consecutive win to leapfrog Leyton Orient into 3rd place, while Norwich remain 7th.

Next up, both teams embark on the road to Wembley as Wimbledon travel to Enfield, while Norwich face high-flying Ipswich Town in the FA Cup.

Enfield win on the road

Currently fifth, Enfield came into the game in decent form having won 3 of their 5 most recent matches, with wins coming against Harlow Town, Actonians, and Islington Borough. They also recently managed to take Southern Premier side Yeovil Town to penalties in the FAWNL before losing 4-2 in the shootout.

Hosts Kent Football United currently find themselves pointless at the foot of the table having only won once this season, but those involved with the team have noted continued improvements in recent weeks heading into Sunday’s game.

After a goalless first half, Enfield struck twice to secure victory on the road. The first courtesy of Hannah Baptiste three minutes after the restart to open her account for the season, followed by a second from Tia Bailey in the 53rd minute to earn all 3 points for Town.

Kent Football United 0-2 Enfield Town

The result means no changes in the league table for either side; Enfield remain fifth, while Kent occupy 12th place. But the return of captain Tash Moloney and continued signs of improvement noted from their manager and Becky Mackley give Kent definite cause for optimism going forward.

“Loads of positives and improvements have been evident in recent weeks and I have every confidence in this group we will get the win next week.”

Sam MacNeil – Manager, Kent Football United.

How things stand

FAWNL Southern Premier Division Round-up: Captain Cole scores goals

Six games were due to be played at the weekend until FC Rain intervened, holding the division to a 3-3 draw.

Of those that survived the weather, current league leaders Crawley Wasps hosted Oxford United, in-form Plymouth travelled to Milton Keynes, and Yeovil welcomed Welsh side Cardiff to Dorchester.

Wasps sting U’s to remain top

In their second meeting of the season, Oxford travelled to Crawley in hopes of avenging an earlier cup defeat.

The U’s began the more positive team, with Hines narrowly missing from range, and then volleying an effort over the bar, before Faye Rabson was inches away from latching onto Charlotte Owen’s cross at the other end.

Both sides continued to create chances, and Charlotte Owen was once again involved for Crawley, this time pulling her shot wide of the target from 15 yards.

Oxford came close through a set piece when Megan Stow was inches away from turning the ball into her own net following Williams’ free-kick.

Ultimately though, it was 45 minutes of frustration as both sides failed to capitalise on good chances.

United broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half, Sims rising above everyone else to meet Williams’ corner to give Oxford the lead.

Crawley was awarded a penalty in the 58th minute when Hines was adjudged to have fouled Rabson in the box, Naomi Cole firing low past Watson from 12 yards to restore parity.

Two further goals in quick succession for the home side would turn the game on its head, the first through Rabson after 58 minutes, followed by a Darcy James header three minutes later, the Wasps’ number 5 getting the best of the U’s defence to convert from a corner.

Frankie Gibbs was sent off after she lashed out, hitting Cheryl Williams in the face.

With ten players and little time remaining, Wasps were able to remain resolute and secure 3 points.

The win strengthens Crawley’s lead at the top, while condemning title rivals Oxford to their first league defeat of the season.

Crawley Wasps 3-1 Oxford United

Attendance: 125

Argyle make it five on the bounce

For the second time in as many games over 1,000 supporters flocked to Stadium MK to support The Dons as they welcomed high-flying Plymouth.

Plymouth opened the scoring after 20 minutes, Rebecca Dandridge breaking the line before finishing calmly past Kirby to give the visitors the lead.

Southern Premier top scorer, Natasha Knapman, doubled the Pilgrims’ lead four minutes later, finishing to give Argyle their second of the day, and Knapman’s eleventh of the season.

The deficit was halved after 37 minutes when Katie Middleton inadvertently headed the ball into her own net following a corner.

Plymouth began the second half at a blistering pace and found the net within minutes, Helen Bleazard finishing excellently to retore a two-goal lead.

Jessie Jones made it four for the visitors just before the hour mark, a thunderous effort beating Emma Kirby from 25-yards to almost certainly secure the points for Argyle.

MK Dons were unfortunate not to find the net during the second half, but it was a clinical Plymouth side that would extend their lead even further, Kayley Lane finishing in the 89th minutes to make it five in a row for Plymouth.

With 5 goals on the bounce, finding the net 26 times in the process, Argyle has gone from looking like dark horses to genuine contenders.

MK Dons 1-5 Plymouth Argyle

Attendance: 1,109

Honours even in Dorchester

Yeovil began the season with great promise but were winless in four weeks heading into Sunday’s fixture against an in-form Cardiff side who had strung together 5 victories in a row.

Sarah Wiltshire was unable to convert from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute, putting her shot wide for the scores to remain level.

Five minutes later and Cardiff took the lead through Gwen Davies’ calm finish following excellent build play from Grace Horrell.

Aldridge almost levelled for the hosts, before Katie Jones made no mistake after Cardiff failed to deal with a corner, Jones smashing the ball into the net from eight yards to draw level.

The game concluded with the scores even, a result that isn’t ideal for either team as they looked to keep up with the division pace-setters.

The result means Cardiff occupy 3rd place, while Yeovil sit 5th in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

Yeovil Town 1-1 Cardiff City

Attendance: 229

How things stand

FAWNL Northern Premier Division Round-up: Black Cats remain unbeaten

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Six games were due to be played at the weekend until FC Rain intervened, holding the division to a 3-3 draw. Frustration for everyone involved, but especially Burnley who last played a league match over 3 weeks ago.

Of those that survived the weather, current league leaders Sunderland travelled to Forest, Huddersfield hosted The Rams and Stoke made the trip to Boro.

Black Cats remain unbeaten

Two in-form sides met when Sunderland travelled to the Midlands to face Andy Cook’s Nottingham Forest.

In terrible conditions at Eastwood, Forest took the lead after only eight minutes, Precious Hamilton finding the net for the eleventh time this season to give the hosts the lead.

However, the lead lasted less than ten minutes as Grace McCatty’s effort was deflected past Aguirre following a corner to restore parity.

A quarter of an hour later and the turnaround was complete when a spectacular 25-yard effort from Barker found the net to give Mei Reay’s side the lead after 30 minutes.

Further chances were exchanged, with both teams failing to find the net again until the 79th minute when in-form Bridget Galloway hit the target, curling an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner to give the Black Cats a two-goal cushion.

It proved to be too much for Forest who were unable to get back into the game.

The result means Sunderland remain top of the league with 16 points after 6 games, a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record.

While Forest currently occupy 7th place after their 3 game winning streak was brought to an end. It has been a tough run of fixtures for The Reds having played the top 3 sides in their last five matches.

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Sunderland

Attendance: 278

Stoke maintain pressure at the top

Stoke headed to the North East hoping to make it three wins in a row against a Boro side looking to bounce back after a series of defeats.

An onslaught of rain could have easily claimed another fixture, but full credit to Middlesbrough who arranged a late change of venue to enable the game to take place.

Kelsey Richardson provided the perfect start for the visitors after just four minutes, a precision strike from 25 yards nestling into the top corner to give Stoke the lead.

Chances fell to Stoke’s Tanisha Smith and Boro’s Eleanor Dale during the first half, but both ‘keepers were equal to their efforts to keep the score 0-1 at the interval.

The game recommenced, and once again the ‘keepers were more than holding their own, Abby Hunt was first denied by Laura Wareham after being put through on goal, followed by a smart save from Charlotte Clarke stop Emily Scarr’s effort from drawing Middlesbrough level.

Stoke extended their lead in the 78th minute courtesy of a Hollie Gibson free kick. Gibson demonstrating great technique to evade the wall and find the bottom corner.

Three minutes later and Richardson ended the game as a contest, scoring her second, and Stoke’s third of the game. A fine team move finished calmly past Wareham.

Emily Scarr scored a late consultation goal for the hosts, but with a minute remaining on the clock, it wasn’t enough to change the outcome.

The result sees Stoke secure their third win on the bounce to apply pressure at the top of the table, while setting up an all-important clash with league leaders Sunderland on Sunday.

Contrasting fortunes as Boro are compounded to a fourth straight defeat after a promising start to the season.

Middlesbrough 1-3 Stoke City

Attendance: 30

Terriers bounce back

Despite defeats for both teams last time out, Derby came into the game with a good away record having all three of their last games on the road, while the Terriers’ home record was just as good, with league leaders Sunderland inflicting their only loss on home soil.

Ellie Gilliatt gave Derby an early lead after her effort bested Lauren Joyce to find the roof of the net.

Huddersfield drew level just before the half hour mark through Ellie White’s clever flick inside the six yard box.

Laura Elford completed the turnaround three minutes later, lobbing Leah Kellogg from distance to give The Terriers the lead heading into the break.

Huddersfield doubled their lead in the 67th minute, captain Kate Mallin demonstrating great composure to round the ‘keeper before finishing neatly.

Substitute Moniquie Watson pulled one back for Derby, but any momentum was quickly quashed minutes later, Mallin once again the scorer for The Terriers in the 72nd minute.

Kate Mallin completed her hat trick and put the result beyond doubt with just over 5 minutes remaining, firing low into the corner to help the Yorkshire side secure all 3 points.

A pleasing win for Huddersfield, and an equally disappointing result for the Ewe Rams who have been very honest with the assessment of the game.

With no positional changes in the table, Derby remain 6th, while Huddersfield occupy 3rd place just behind Stoke and Sunderland who are due to play at the weekend.

Huddersfield Town 5-2 Derby County

Attendance: 137

How things stand

FAWNL Northern Premier Division Round-up: Top cats

With a number of teams either involved in cup ties or not scheduled to play, only three games took place in the Southern Premier on Sunday; Sunderland travelled to Huddersfield, Middlesbrough and Derby both looked to close the gap on the top 3, while Stoke looked to return to winning ways when they visited Loughborough University Stadium to face Foxes.

Sunderland come from behind to go top.

The big one.

The Black Cats travelled to Huddersfield in a game that pitted two sides, who could only be separated by goals scored at the top of the table, against one another.

Huddersfield made the perfect start. With only 3 minutes on the clock, Ellie White gave the Terriers an early lead, capitalising after Sunderland failed to clear.

However, Huddersfield was unable to build on their fantastic start, and the visitors looked more likely to score next. Galloway, who had already found the net in every game this season, tested Olivia Clark in the Huddersfield goal after 19 minutes.

Despite pressure and chances, it took until the 46th minute for Sunderland to restore parity, captain Keira Ramshaw taking advantage of a handling error to draw level.

Katie Barker and Grace McCatty both scored within three minutes to complete the comeback and give the Black Cats a two-goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining.

Bridget Galloway scored her eighth goal of a season, rounding off a fantastic second-half performance by Sunderland, and ended the game as a contest in the 80th minute.

The result sees Sunderland summit the table having taken 13 from a possible 15 points. Huddersfield fall to second place, with Burnley sitting in third with 10 points and a game in hand over both teams above them.

Huddersfield Town 1-4 Sunderland

Attendance: 86

Rams raid North East to move third.

Both sides came into the game looking to bounce back from defeats and, with a number of teams around them not in league action, exert pressure on the teams currently above them in the table.

Derby started the more positive side, forcing saves from Boro ‘keeper Sammy Leigh, before breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes, Sophie Domingo firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to give the visitors a deserved lead.

The Rams thought they had doubled their lead after 35 minutes but was adjudged to have been offside.

Tyler Dodds drew the hosts level just before the interval, an unfortunate Kellogg spilling a routine catch to allow the Boro winger to score.

An hour into the contest and hosts almost reversed their fortunes to take the lead following a quick break, Dodds’ effort forcing a fine fingertip save from Kellogg.

Derby restored their lead with less than 15 minutes remaining, a ball into the box found Rai, whose cross was met by Hannah Keryakoplis to score her sixth goal of the season.

The contest was settled late on after Emma Brown turned the ball into her own net giving Derby a two-goal advantage.

The result sees Derby bounce back from defeat to move up to fourth, while Boro fall two places to sixth after back-to-back home defeats.

Middlesbrough 1-3 Derby County

Attendance: 82

Hall secures points for Potters.

Foxes started the season an emphatic 3-7 win which saw them top the table, but with no wins and only one goal since – while results may not be indicative of performances – they are on a bad run and currently sit 10th. Their opposition, Stoke, has also experienced a blip recently after back-to-back league defeats, a disappointing setback after taking maximum points from their opening two games.

There was some nice play from both sides, but neither was able to break the deadlock in a half that saw very few genuine goal-scoring opportunities.

Within minutes of the restart the visitors took the lead, a fluid passing move culminated with a Kelsey Richardson defence-splitting through ball to Ali Hall, who showed great composure to slot it past Amy Burle.

Familiar patterns soon returned, with both sides showing intent and having their moments, but ultimately unable to carve out any clear cut chances; defenders and keepers once again coming out on top or forcing shots from distance.

Abby Hunt combined with Smith late on to create an opportunity just inside the box, possibly the best chance of the game other than the goal, but Hunt was leaning back as she struck the ball and fired over.

Shortly after, Knight almost benefited from a high press.

A hard fought win for Stoke sees them return to winning ways, while Foxes suffered a fourth consecutive league defeat.

Loughborough Foxes 0-1 Stoke City

Attendance: N/A

As things stand.

FAWNL Southern Premier Round-up: Yeovil retain top spot

Credit: Sheena Booker

Yeovil Town 3-0 Chichester City

Yeovil maintain their perfect start, while Sadie Blakely’s Chichester are left still searching for their first win of the season.

Despite a number of chances for the home side, Chichester remained resolute until substitute Erin Bloomfield broke the deadlock, poking the ball into the net to give the Glovers the lead in the second half.

In form Sarah Wiltshire would then grace the game with a superb strike, scoring her sixth of the season, and Yeovil’s second of the day to make it 2-nil.

Alridge put the result beyond doubt when she was found in space by Bloomfield, making no mistake to put the home side 3-0 up.

Yeovil’s flawless start to the season continues: played 3, won 3, scored 19, conceded 0, and most importantly, still top of the league.

Attendance: 250

Crawley Wasps 4-0 Hounslow

Hounslow stung by Wasps as Crawley’s fine form continues.

After a few early misses, Wasps made the breakthrough in the 12th minute when Hounslow failed to deal with a corner, Charlotte Owen forcing it over the line to give the home side the early advantage.

Despite mounting pressure, and a great one-on-one opportunity to extend their lead, Crawley were made to wait until the 66th minute to score their second when an attempted shot fell kindly to Webber who managed to slot it past the keeper.

Five minutes later and Cole made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, the keeper guessing the right way, but unable to keep it out.

Carter rounded off the day’s scoring in style, good work from Ledezma-Viso was met by a stunning strike to end the game as a contest in the 76th minute.

Crawley have started this campaign in the same manner as they spent the vast majority of last season: winning.

Attendance: 121

Keynsham Town 1-2 MK Dons

The Dons overturn deficit to beat newly-promoted Keynsham.

Justine Lorton gave the hosts the lead after 30 minutes.

Dons drew level just before the break, McShane’s cross was met by a thumping Anya Kinnane header to restore parity heading into half-time.

MK Dons had the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot, but were denied by a brilliant save.

Leah Littlechield and Jade Bell combined to demonstrate how to turn defence into attack with a rapid counter-attack, sealing the win for the visitors in the 75th minute.

MK Dons have now won 3 out of 3 in all competitions and currently sit third in the Southern Premier.

Attendance: 35

Gillingham 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

Pilgrims kick start season away to The Gills.

Argyle travelled to Gillingham in search of their first win of the season and started the game perfectly, Dandridge finding the bottom corner following a clinical move in the first minute to take the lead.

Both sides had a number of chances and near misses until Plymouth doubled their lead in the 52nd minute, Gills’ keeper, Cara Davies, unable to prevent Knapman, Pilgrims’ joint top scorer last season, from finding the net.

Gillingham applied pressure, but resolute defending and goalkeeping heroics from Becky Kyle ensured the visitors travelled back to Devon with 3 points.

Attendance: 62

As things stand

FAWNL Division One South West Round-up: 18.08.19

With Swindon Town made to play the role of spectators due to an uneven number of teams in the league, it was up to the other ten teams to attempt to make their mark on the new season in the FAWNL Division One South West.

It was an opening day that had just about everything, so let’s review the action as it unfolded.

Brislington Ladies vs Southampton Women’s FC

In a meeting that had just about everything, Brislington welcomed Division One South West contenders, Southampton Women’s FC, to Somerset for the season opener.

It took a matter of minutes for Southampton’s McKeever to put the ball in the back of the net, before having it ruled out due to an infringement.

They wouldn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock though, Yeates heading home after 18 minutes to give the visitors the lead.

On 30 minutes they doubled their lead through Lauren Clark.

Just before the break, Yeates made history for the wrong reasons by getting herself booked, and then subsequently sent to the sin bin. Southampton down to ten for the time being.

47 minutes into the contest and the drama continued: a penalty awarded to Southampton for handling the ball in the box. Warren made no mistake. 0-3.

Southampton, now back to eleven players with Yeates returning to the pitch, found the net for the fourth time in the 60th minute. And it was Yeates once again involved in the action, scoring her second of the game.

In a potential twist Brislington pulled two back within a matter of minutes. The first through Baber, shortly followed by Pritchard. 2-4 and the game not looking like quite the formality the visitors had hoped.

Any notion of a comeback was quickly quashed as Yeates completed her hat-trick. The visitors had 5 and now, with fewer than 10 minutes remaining, almost certainly the points.

But it wasn’t over quite yet, Yeates again the topic of conversation, picked up a second yellow card and was sent walking.

Write a checklist of events that could take place in a game and this likely had it covered. Incredible.

Full-time: 2-5

Attendance: 48

Cheltenham Town Ladies vs Poole Town Ladies

Poole Town made the considerable 250 miles round trip to Gloucester to face Cheltenham Town.

The two sides – both with very different ambitions this season – started the game evenly, but after the opening few minutes had passed, Cheltenham began to exert their quality on Steve Butcher’s side.

Cheltenham created several good opportunities, but a series of fantastic saves from Sam Chrippes, and the woodwork, kept the scores level at half-time.

Cheltenham restarted the game brightly, and the breakthrough came in the 51st minute when a corner somehow evaded everyone except Sally Butterfield at the back post, who managed to put it dangerously across the face of goal for the debutant, Mai Butler, to finish.

Cheltenham doubled their lead less than 15 minutes later. Selfless play and good awareness from Stewart saw her lay the ball off to Abby Bevan, who blasted home to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Poole tried their hardest to influence the game and create chances, but outside of a few half-chances and the occasional break, found themselves repeatedly shut down by an efficient Cheltenham side.

Cheltenham had a few more chances to extend their lead further, but Chrippes was equal to the Robins’ efforts.

Full-time: 2-0

Attendance: 92

Chesham United Ladies vs Southampton FC Women

Newly promoted Southampton FC began their season with a trip to Chesham. The Buckinghamshire side looking to build on their impressive fifth-place finish last season, while Southampton, backed by the Premier League side of the same name, hoped to continue their rise.

In what would turn out to be another goal-fest, it took the visitors 11 minutes to take the lead. A flowing move finished by Shannon Sievwright giving the Saints the lead.

Southampton would find the net again just 8 minutes later, Pusey with a fine first-time finish to make the score 0-2.

The third and fourth goals of the game would come shortly before the break, this time Chesham putting the ball into the back of the net. Becky Bloor scored Chesham’s first, before being awarded a penalty for handball. Bowers would make no mistake in drawing the hosts level.

The referee brought the half to an end with the scores level. 2-2.

The game restarted and it was Chesham who had the opportunity to reverse their fortunes and take the lead after being awarded a second penalty. Bowers failed to capitalise, hitting the woodwork.

Chesham were made to pay for their miss shortly after the hour mark when Sievwright completed her brace. Saints re-taking the lead.

Southampton would score twice more, the fourth courtesy of Shannon Albuery 14 minutes from the end, and the fifth as the game was reaching its conclusion, Lambert conceding an own goal to make it five goals, and more importantly, three points for the Saints.

Full-time: 2-5

Attendance: 40

Exeter City Women vs Larkhall Athletic Women

Exwick Sports Hub played host to the meeting between newly promoted Exeter City and Larkhall Athletic.

Larkhall experienced a solid 2018/19 campaign, and while you never know how a newly promoted team will perform, it took just 18 minutes for Exeter to adapt to their new surroundings and put any doubts to bed, when Midfielder Anthea Kaptein, gave the hosts the lead.

Neither side was able to find the net in the remaining 27 minutes of the half.

The game resumed, and it was City who started the brightest, doubling their lead after 50 minutes. Exeter forward, Sophie Gillies, finding the net.

In the 88th minute City were awarded a penalty. Watkins stepped up and made no mistake, slotting home to give Exeter a 3-goal advantage, and effectively ending the game as a contest.

Three points and a clean sheet: the perfect start for Britton and Watts’ side!

Full-time: 3-0

Attendance: 85

Maidenhead United Women vs Buckland Athletic Women

Buckland Athletic began their season by heading to the historic York Road stadium to face Maidenhead United. Maidenhead, who had shown great character and resilience towards the end of last season, hoped to begin the campaign in the same vein. For a strong Buckland side, who will look to be challenging to for the top spots again this season, it meant hoping to continue business as usual.

Buckland broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when some loose defending saw Stacey pounce opportunistically to slot into an empty net.

Play resumed, and it was Stacey once again who threatened Maidenhead’s goal, this time Parker equal to the forward’s effort.

Undeterred by Maidenhead’s formidable stopper, Stacey would finally double Buckland’s lead and grab her second of the game, five minutes before the break.

With Buckland two goals to the good, the referee brought the half to an end.

If ever there were five minutes to forget, it would be the five minutes proceeding the interval. Ellie Parker was able to deny Buckland a third goal, saving well, but Warman was present to extend their lead further.

Within minutes of the restart, Stacey completed her hat-trick, scoring her third and Buckland’s fourth, in the 49th minute.

Maidenhead’s misery was compounded when Ellie Parker received a red card for handling the ball outside the box. Bloor replaced her between the sticks.

At 50 minutes, with 10 players and 4 goal deficit the game was effectively over. To Maidenhead’s credit though, they showed great resilience in not conceding further, and were able to create a few chances of their own, Modak and Thompson both having opportunities.

A disappointing opening day for Maidenhead, but the second half was full of the same character that served them so well at the end of last season. Buckland travelled home happy, with all three points and opening day bragging rights as they sit at the top of the FAWNL Division One South West table.

Full-time: 4-0

Attendance: 61

As things stand