A milestone for the Supporting Women's Football blog to as Brentwood Town Ladies and Haringey Borough Women are the 99th and 100th women's football sides to feature in a match report on the blog for the 1st time.
Also the 1st look at a football match in the ERWFL this season. Still early days in the Premier Division with only a handful of games played. The early leaders are Billericay Town Ladies having had an unbeaten start to the season on 10 points after 4 matches played. Brentwood Town Ladies are in 4th place in the table 1 of 3 teams on 6 points after starting the season with a win and a loss, were awarded the 3 points last weekend after their opponents failed to field a team. Have the opportunity to move into 2nd spot in the table with a victory today. Is Brentwood Town Ladies 2nd season back in the ERWFL following relegation from the FAWPL South East Division One (or Combination as it was known then) at the end of the 2013/14 season. Finished 6th last season.
Haringey Borough Women are an established side in the ERWFL Premier Division have been playing in the Premier Division for the past decade with one relegation to Division One before going straight back up. Playing their football in North London have been at the wrong end of the Premier Division in recent seasons. Have played just the 1 league match this season lost 7-1 at home to leaders Billericay Town, have inbetween enjoyed two good results in the early Qualifying Rounds of the FA Women's Cup.
Brentwood Town Ladies play their home matches at The Len Forge Centre, near the airport I was told (and it is very close). Nice little ground with a good sized clubhouse that offers food as well as drink. Leading out onto the newly laid 3G pitch. Looked very nice and unlike several 3G pitches I've been to, to see women's football this one had provision for spectators beside it with two small covered stands on one side. Several dark clouds around but nevertheless it was a bright sunny afternoon as the two teams walked out onto the pitch.
Brentwood Town Ladies starting XI - Layla Prior, Emma Hooker, Amy Vernon, Nicola Allen, Nicole Manning (C), Jessica Tuffen, Charlotte Twydell, Jessica Mills Danielle Butler, Zoe Lipley-Hinton & Carla Rose.
subs - Chelcee Grimes, Ashley Debnam Piadamayo Dedza, Katie Bowman & Ria Toovey
Haringey Borough Women starting XI - Cherkish Young, Roisin Cormack (C), Brooke Hills, Shaydean Gorman, Zhane Amoaten, Klesha Darroux, Aleah Headley, Jaidene Browne, Morgan Lundberg, Anele Komani & Ellena Finneran.
subs - Shannon Carter, Karen Nicholls, Hollie Cox, Khadijat Lawal & Robyn Reardon.
(roll on roll off substitutes)
Brentwood manager Rob Budd was without a few players today particularly in defence. It's the home side to kick off the 1st half wearing light blue shirts and socks with navy shorts. With Haringey lined up opposite wearing a bright luminous yellow strip. The opening exchanges are a little cagey neither side keeping hold of the ball with a few tackles flying in early on. Both sides give away free kicks in the middle both deliver the ball to the face of the area defences win the ball both times. The referee makes a point of telling the captains to calm their teams down.
|Told you the airport was close.|
Brentwood get hold of the ball in the middle Zoe Lipley-Hinton slides the ball out to the right for Charlotte Twydell driving with the ball up the wing she cuts back inside fires a fierce cross into the area Haringey clear, only to a light blue shirt the pass is back out to right back Emma Hooker coming over the halfway line plays a high diagonal ball into the box Lipley-Hinton is up there, chests the ball down to her left back to goal, tries to get the shot away Haringey put the block in.
Haringey are a young looking side something there manager would confirm at the end with several players in their teens. Have players full of pace who want to run with the ball. The ball is rolled into the path of Anele Komani getting onto the ball she runs with the bit jinking right then left before pulling the trigger on the edge of the box fires the shot wide of goal. Komani has another chance soon after as Haringey win a free kick on half way, Brooke Hills plays it long to the edge of the area Komani knocks the ball down, is pushed out wide to the left of goal by Brentwood captain Nicole Manning the angle is tight with Brentwood goalkeeper having her near post covered, Komani gets a shot away the attempt goes over the bar.
|Haringey's Jaidene Browne looking to get hold of the ball|
Taking the ball up the left side of the pitch for Brentwood Danielle Butler makes up alot of ground before rolling it to Carla Rose making the run across to support her entering the area it's the turn of the Haringey captain Roisin Cormack to push the attacker away from goal before getting a foot in to take the ball. Fast paced game both sides looking to get it into their attacking players quickly, Haringey's Aleah Headley is given the ball her back to goal 20 yards out, good control and turn to set up the strike let's fly Prior in the Brentwood goal is well placed to take it. More good play from Haringey down the right with Komani pulling wide receiving the ball driving down the flank cuts back level with the 18 yard line before sending the cross into the middle, Jaidene Browne is their to receive the ball looks to hit it 1st time can't get the shot away as both Brentwood centre backs Manning and Jessica Tuffin converge on her.
GOAL! Haringey open the scoring and it comes from a Brentwood corner the 1st of the match swept into the six yard box from the right Haringey head clear the ball is put out to Ellena Finneran on the right side of the pitch drives forward has players racing up with her checks her run before laying it back to Komani behind her she rolls it square to Headley who takes the ball forwards is pushed to the left across the Brentwood area but keeping the ball turns back inside hits the cross along the D where it is picked up by Finneran 20 yards out takes on the shot lifts the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net 0-1.
|Ellena Finneran opens the scoring for Haringey|
Haringey have Brentwood on the back foot their attackers are alternating between coming to look for the ball and running out into the channels looking for space. Finneran with another probing run down the right crosses the ball into the path of Komani she sends it into the feet of Browne inside the box, turning she lifts her shot over the bar.
GOAL! Haringey double their lead within 5 minutes of going in front. Win themselves a corner on the right the ball is swept in drifting into the six yard box central it's Komani who leaps to meet the ball heading it into the net to make it 0-2.
Brentwood are finding it difficult to get the ball to stick up front allowing others to get up to join the attack, Rose comes deep to get hold of the ball looks to take the shot on some 30 yards out Haringey goalkeeper Cherkish Young has plenty of time to set herself and collect the ball. Double change for Brentwood as they win a corner, with Chelcee Grimes and Amy Debnam coming into the wide positions for Twydell and Butler. The corner is good delivered into the centre of the six yard box, it's Haringey's Hills who jumps to head it clear. The break is on with Browne on the ball racing down the right sweeps the cross in as she reaches the edge of the area, a vital claim by Prior as she comes out to snatch the ball before Komani racing up the pitch, can get onto the end of it.
|Brentwood Town Ladies captain Nicole Manning|
Rose is tripped as she attempts to hold up the ball with her back to goal, 22 yards out a free kick is awarded left in front of the area Lipley-Hinton is over the ball goes for the strike hits it low and hard getting it through the crowd, Young sees it all the way calls and gathers the ball up into her gloves.
Half time Brentwood Town Ladies 0-2 Haringey Borough Women
Game took a little time to settle with a few niggling challenges flying in early on but once Haringey settled on the ball they had the better of the attacking play with their attackers pace and movement getting the better of the Brentwood back line on a few occasions took 2 of those chances to lead at the break. However 2-0 has been the score at half-time in the previous 2 matches I've covered on the blog and the 2nd half result differed in each match.
Change for Brentwood at the start of the 2nd half with Piadamoyo Dedza joining Rose in attack with Twydell also back on the pitch as Haringey kick off the 2nd half, are on the attack early on Finneran driving up the right, Komani with her in support Brentwood's Amy Vernon wins the tackle but at the expense of a corner. The set play delivered from the right is put in towards the congested near post, Prior comes through the bodies to confidently claim.
The home side are having a little more joy down the wings at the start of the 2nd half with Amy Bednam making up ground on the right before delivering a ball across the six yard area the cross is in front of the attackers goes long but is retrieved by Grimes out on the left inside the six yard box turns and looks to fire it into Dedza and Rose, the ball is knocked back to the outside of the area Twydell races onto it 20 yards out hits the shot puts the ball a foot over the cross bar.
Grimes is on the ground soon after in the middle following a tackle, Brentwood ready Ria Toovey as Grimes hops off the pitch unable to continue. Toovey comes on takes up the right sided position with Bednam going out to the left. The free kick from just inside halfway is delivered long to the far post by Rose, Young calls commandingly again and rises to catch the ball before anyone can get to it.
Haringey get the ball up into Browne and Komani in front of the Brentwood area the two exchange passes with Komani playing it out to Browne on her left holding it up has both Morgan Lundberg and Finneran joining the attack on the right rolls the ball into Finneran with Lundberg in front of her is played through inside the box by Finneran pushing on goes for goal plants the ball into the side netting.
|Haringey's Khadijat Lawal hold's off the challenge of Nicole Manning|
Khadijat Lawal has come on for Haringey in place of Browne. Finneran is involved in the build up play driving forwards into the right channel before turning inside pushes ball into feet of Lawal who holds it up before laying it back to Finneran who flights her shot over the Brentwood cross bar. Robyn Reardon joins the play for the visitors.
GOAL! 20 minutes into the 2nd half and Brentwood pull a goal back. Is a strong run by Rose from the halfway line towards the Haringey box is forced wide right by Hills but still manages to fashion a cross sending the ball across the penalty spot comes to the feet of Debnam left of the goal looking to come back inside shifts it to beat the defender in front of her moving into a central position in front of goal hits the ball on the spin lifting it into the top corner 1-2.
|Amy Bednam front of picture pulls a goal back for Brentwood|
Haringey attack right from the restart I'm still writing the notes for the Brentwood goal as they take the ball forwards, Finneran is in a central position has the ball at her feet edge of the Brentwood area hits the strike lifts the shot onto the cross bar, bounces back down into the six yard box before Brentwood scramble it away. The visitors then win a free kick in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal right side of the D, Zhane Amoaten is over the ball gets it up and over the wall, Prior is sharp dives low to her right to push the ball round the post for a corner kick. The delivery from the left is put in close to goal at the far post Komani chests it up into the air, Prior comes to claim it before it drops for a shooting chance.
GOAL! Haringey restore their 2 goal cushion and it's Komani with her 2nd of the match an individual effort as the ball is put into her feet 35 yards from goal on the right looks to take on Tuffen in front of her the 2 are toe to toe as they surge into the area Tuffen is doing her best to force Komani wide, the angle is tight 2 yards from the by line Komani gets a shot away the ball flying chest height across the face of goal and in of the far post 1-3.
|Anele Komani with 2 goals for Haringey today.|
GOAL! Out of Young's gloves and launched up the pitch Haringey break the ball is played into the feet of Klesha Darroux 25 yards from goal in a central position no one comes to close her down takes on the shot gets plenty behind it on the rise as it reaches Prior she throws herself at it can only brush her glove is past her and in to give Haringey a 1-4 lead.
Darroux comes off then along with Komani in the closing stages with Karen Nicholls and Hollie Cox coming on. Brentwood attack Butler is back on the pitch down the right as the pass is played centrally into Bednam good turn on the ball sends Butler away gets her cross into the box Young is out of her line to claim the ball.
Closing stages Haringay attack down the left their captain Cormack on the drive as she looks to come inside enters the area she is brought down and the referee points to the penalty spot. Is Hills to step up take the spot kick goes for power looking to hit it to Prior's left smashes the ball against the woodwork, the ball is cleared outside the box before the shot comes back in high over the bar.
End of the match and Haringey win 1-4 their 1st 3 points of the season which lefts them up from bottom to 6th in the table. A good performance from the visitors taking a 2 goal lead after getting into their stride in the 1st half. Brentwood did pull a goal back to make it 1-2 but Haringey kept going hit back with 2 further goals to seal the win.
My thanks to both clubs for their help with the teams today always appreciated.