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U's Ladies Bid Farewell to Darel

Stalwart central defender and England International, Darel Poole has been snapped up by last seasons South East Combination winners: Watford Ladies FC. The "Hornets" saw off competition from Premier League Women's F.A. Cup Champions: Fulham.

Darel had played an important role during the U's ladies inaugural season in the South East Combination league and also made the step up from the England U17's squad to the England U19's. All this at the tender age of 16.

Talking to the Nationwide Football Website, manager of the Hornets - Darren Ward admitted: "Darel could have gone to Fulham. She was our top transfer target but before she signed for us, Fulham’s manager Marieanne Spacey took an interest. Darel wanted to make the step up from the Combination, but she would have been a reserve at Fulham and I think Marieanne agreed that playing for our first team would be a better option for Darel at this stage of her career.

"It’s a massive signing for us and Darel will certainly strengthen us for our first season in the Premier League.

"She’s only 16 but she’s very mature in footballing terms. She’s got a great attitude and I reckon she can go a long way in the game."

Colchester United Ladies F.C. wish Darel good luck for the future and hope that she achieves all of her football ambitions.

Also Moving On...

Midfielder, Becky Garner, has signed for league rivals, Barking F.C. who were relegated from the National League South last season, and will play their first game against the U's on September 17.

Midfielder, Alex Shephard, will be leaving the club to continue her studies at the Loughborough University and will play her last game for the U's in a pre-season friendly away to Langford Ladies on August 3rd.

The club wishes both players good luck on their travels.

New Signings...

The rest of last seasons first team squad have returned to pre-season training and are raring to go, with new additions Nula Schwartz, Amy Warnes, Vicky Beales, Jamie Newstead and Christine (sorry, I don't have the surname yet) joining us from last seasons U16's Centre of Excellence squad.

There are also a lot of new faces who have been training with the ladies for the month of July. We hope to announce these new signings in the next couple of weeks.

U's stay bottom

South East Combination League Stowmarket 3 Colchester United Ladies 1 Despite taking the lead for the first time this season the U's fell to their eighth defeat in a row as Stowmarket ran out 3-1 victors on Sunday. The ladies seem unable to find their form as a poor performance all round led to yet another disappointing result and further deepened the sense of under achievement by the ladies first team this season. The day could have finished so very differently if the ladies had only clung onto the belief that they can actually win a game, but despite starting this fixture so well it would all end in tears. The ladies had everything to play for in this game and kicked off with spirit and determination, maintaining a great deal of the early possession. The midfield was missing captain Nicky Bryan but with England International, Bonnie Horwood, returning to league action the squad was somewhat boosted. Slotting in front of Debbie Aylward and Sarah Jones, Bonnie made an immediate impact with her clever skills and intelligence on the ball, she caused no end of problems for the Stow defence and played several delightful through balls allowing the U's strikers to get in behind the back line and cause some early scares. The first twenty minutes of play probably saw Colchester play some of their best football of the season and the confidence in the players was apparent, they got their just reward after Horwood laid the ball off to the right of the box onto the run of Krista Hultquist who, after rounding her defender fired in a hard shot from a tight angle which flew over the keeper into the top left hand corner, giving the U's the lead for the first time this season, the team duly celebrated this new turn of events and set about immediately increasing their lead. The play continued to flow very well down both flanks with the defence of Smith, Page, Swift and Beales working hard. Ex team mate and now Stowmarket striker, Danii Hoy, did her fair share of running and caused a few panics although her early shots just could not seem to find the target. Stowmarket, came close with a well worked corner which was cleared but was looped back into the box over keeper, Louise Murphy for a last ditch clearance by Vicki Beales, she headed breathtakingly close to the U's crossbar to give Stowmarket a second corner which was eventually dealt with. The U's went into the break at half time with the lead but also acutely aware that they had to work a lot harder if they wanted any chance of snatching the three points. Injured Hultquist was subbed and replaced by Ami Warnes and the second half got off to the worst possible start after Beales was alleged to have handled in the box. Hoy, stepped up and duly converted the penalty to pull the scores level at 1-1. It was downhill from then on, the U's just could not seem to get themselves back into the game as Stowmarket literally overran and outplayed them all over the pitch. Despite, the odd chance here and there Colchester found it difficult to get over the half way line and made little or no impact in the final third and the constant pressure at the back would eventually see the U's back line start to creak. Keeper and man of the match, Louise Murphy was forced to make some outstanding saves several times but she was unable to stop Stowmarket taking the lead after a game of ping pong in the box saw the ball twice hit the cross bar before the ball was scrambled home for their 2-1 lead. The final nail in the coffin came after several Stowmarket attempts had gone wide or been saved, their victory was sealed with a fine strike and they rightly took all three points, wrapped up with a nice bow and hand delivered by a U's side who except for a couple of half chances were never really in the game for the second half. Its grit and determination time for the ladies as this result keeps them rooted to the bottom of the table going into their mid week fixture away to Barking on Wednesday. There is still time to turn the season around but the players must show true fighting spirit to drag themselves out of what is becoming a very deep hole. The reserve side held Brentwood to a 2-2 draw on Sunday, report to follow.

Barking Ladies Weekend Results

Barking Ladies 4 Brooke House 2

Barking travelled across West London hoping to build on the point gained two weeks ago against Stowmarket. Barking had to make to without regular keeper Michelle Bridgeman but Ang Robinson deputised.

Barking got off to a strong start; within two minutes Nicola Moore raced into the box but fired just over the bar 4 minutes later. Lisa Bravati put a cross into Nicole Manning but the keeper came out of goal and saved with her feet. Nicola Carty picked up a through ball on the 11th and raced forward on goal drawing the keeper out but the effort went the wrong side of the post.

Barking took the lead in the 24th when Carty's cross found Becky Garner whose hooked shot went over the keeper and into the net. Brooke House drew level in the 37th minute as a shot bounced in the net off the far post. The remainder of the first half saw both sides miss clear-cut chances.

The second half began with subs Kelly Stock and Vicki Staples for Nicola Moore and Lou Rodwell. Within 3 minutes a snap shot went in past Ang Robinson giving Barking the worst possible start to the 2nd half. Barking hit back on the 62nd minute when Nicola Carty converted Becky Garners low cross to equalize. The goal of the match came on the 78th minute when Becky Garner won a 50/50 ball that ran loose and Nicola Carty smashed the ball from all of 30 yards into the top left hand corner. Barking nearly saw Brooke House equal the score but Kirsty McGrath who came on after Claire Brooks was carried off with a calf injury, clears off the line after Ang Robinson was beaten.

Barking scored the final goal on the 86th minute when Lisa Brivati's corner picked out Nicole Manning and she powered home a header. Player/Manager Lisa Brivati said after the game. ' I am delighted with today's result we all played well today and the result reflects this.'

Team Ang Robinson Lou Rodwell Donna Devitt Harriet Sim Claire Brooks Nicola Moore Becky Garner Lisa Brivati Nicole Manning Loran Estherby Nicola Carty

Subs Kirsty McGrath Kelly Stock Vicki Staples.

Barking Ladies Reserves 10 Maldon Town 0

The unbeaten reserve team took the lead after just 5 minutes when a long ball from keeper Sarah Ball went over defence and was picked up by Leanne Prior who slipped the ball passed the keeper. Stacy Savage hit the top of the net just five minutes later. Jo McGuines made the score 3 on 15 minutes and defender Haylee Bernet scored the 4th with a lovely header from a corner shot on 20 minutes. The 5th goal on the 39th minute was an own goal from Maldon's defender whose header was trying to clear another corner but hit the net instead. Nicola Magg's made the 6th on 43 minutes with a shot that went through the keepers legs. Just before the whistle for half time a brilliant cross from Leanne Prior to Jo McGuiness.

Although Maldon came out strong in the second half giving the Barking defenders a run it took just 10 minutes for Zoe Drainer on her 1st start for Barking to make the score 8. Barking made three changes Hayley Unwin, Vanessa Doherty and Julie Mustard for Haylee Bernt Nicola Maggs and Zoe Drainer. The score was increased further on the 70 and 73rd minute with Stacy Savage making her second hat trick in two weeks.

Team: Sarah Ball, Maddie Zucker, Haylee Bernet, Jan Walsh, Abby Clark, Zoe Drainer, Brooke Herbert, Leanne Prior, Nicola Maggs, Jo McGuiness, Stacy Savage
Subs: Julie Mustard, Hayley Unwin, Vanessa Doherty.

Barking u12 0 - Luton Town Belles 5

Barking had a difficult time against a strong Luton side, and went a goal down in the first 3 minutes. Followed closely by the 2nd after 8 minutes. Although Barking defended well Luton were a much stronger side and kept the pressure on. Barking conceded further goals after 20 and 30 minutes. The second half saw Barking have another shot at goal but this was stopped by the keeper. A corner from Luton followed by a scramble saw the 5th goal. A penalty was awarded after 15 minutes but an excellent save from Hollie saw the score remain 5-0 at full time.

Team: Hayley, Hollie, Keeley, Paris, Rosie, Katie, Alex, Emma, Charlotte, Jane, Victoria

Barking Under 11A 1 - Stevenage Borough Vixens 0

Barking started off strong and on the attack from the whistle, strong midfield play led to a through ball from Abbie West for Jodie Foster to put Barking 1-0 up. Strong play in the second half with Barking breaking through a strong defence to have their shots saved.

Team: Amy, Vincent, Sian Burton, Vikki Eden, Molly Patten, Khaquila Rawlings, Megan Woolgrove, Jodie Foster, Abbie West, Demi Whitehead

Barking U10 0 - Tottenham Hotspur 5

A good start from both teams, both having shots at goal, great passing and skill by all. Despite good play Barking went 1-0 down in the first half.

The second half saw Spurs score their 2nd from a good throw in. Barking defence was weak and a 3rd soon followed. Daisy Cook took a free kick but it went wide. 2 more goals in the second half saw Barking finish without scoring. Overall a good match but room for improvement.

Team: Karla Joseph, Hayley Busby, Hannal Wild, Chole Palmer, Natasha Bessex, Sian Polley, Jemma Lord, Megan Wood, DaisyCook
The First Team will be in action this Wednesday Night (October 15th) when they play hosts to basement side Colchester United. Colchester are having a difficult season but both sides fought out a thrilling Essex FA County Cup Final last season which Barking won 3-2. The match will be at Mayesbrook Park, kick off 7.45 p.m.

Barking's scheduled League match at home to Bedford Town Belles next Sunday has been postponed as Bedford have a Four Counties Cup match which takes priority. Barking is hoping to arrange a friendly match for next weekend.

The Reserves will be looking to keep their unbeaten League run going when they travel to Rochford Town Sports next Sunday afternoon for a 2pm kick off.

The Under 12's will also be travelling next Sunday when they take on Watford Ladies in the Hertfordshire Girls League.

The Under 11A Team are away on Saturday to Queens Park Rangers in the Hertfordshire Girls League

The Under 11B Team are home to Harpenden in Mayesbrook Park on Saturday Morning with a 10.30am kick off, this a Hertfordshire Girls League fixture.

The Under 10's travel up the A1 on Saturday Morning to face Stevenage Borough Vixens in the Hertfordshire Girls League.

Barking Ladies vs. Colchester Utd

South East Combination League The U's ladies play the first of their midweek fixtures on Wednesday (15th) when they travel up to Essex rivals Barking LFC, for what should be and exciting encounter. Barking and the U's first met last season in the final of the Essex County Cup in which Colchester lost out 3-2 in a well contested match. Barking have since suffered relegation from the Premier League South and so far this season have had mixed fortunes. They lost manager Paul Glibbery after the first two league games when he decided to step down and have since been under the leadership of player/manager Lisa Brivati. Having won two and drawn two they have faired much better than the U's so far this season, most recently securing a 3-3 draw against Stowmarket and keeping a modest position of 8th in the table. The U's have also drawn Barking in the first round of the FA Cup which luckily for us is a home tie on 26th October. Colchester will make the short journey up the A12 tonight and will hope to secure their first points of the season against a strong and experienced Barking side which should bring out the best in the ladies and bring about a turn around in the league campaign so far.

Barking Make It Nine

South East Combination League Barking Ladies 1 Colchester Utd 0 The first team travelled to Barking last night for their latest mid-week fixture against their Essex rivals. A narrow 1-0 win by the home side made it nine losses out of nine games for the U's ladies as they struggle to find that magic missing ingredient. The start of the game was slightly delayed after a couple of power cuts plunged the pitch into darkness and the ladies were also missing Anna Page for the first ten minutes, as she was delayed in traffic but had already been named as a starting player, the U's were unable to change this with the referee and thus started the game with ten players. Despite this the players were full of life and ideas at least for the first 45 minutes of the game. The midfield controlled the game well and were able to break down many Barking attacks. Pushing forward, Roach, Gaskin and Hultquist made a good impact on the Barking back line and kept the home side on the back foot. There were not too many shots on goal but manager, Swift was pleased with her team's work rate and effort going into the break, with the players showing a real desire to win the game. Kicking off in the second half Barking showed a greater determination than in the first half and the U's spent a great deal of time dealing with some good passing football between their midfield and front line. The ladies displayed some great moves of their own with Gaskin coming closest after she was put through on goal following a neat one touch passing movement which started in the U's half before the keeper came out well to deal with her shot. At the other end the ladies had given away one too many corners and Barking finally made this count on about 65 minutes when a loose ball from a corner was saved by Murphy but dropped into a rabble of players, the resultant scramble saw a Barking player toe-poke the ball home from close range giving them a slim 1-0 lead. The heads of the U's players clearly dropped after this and for the travelling fans, this was the last time they saw any particular passion from the ladies who decided to settle into a "keep the score line down mode" and seemed fearful to push forward for an equaliser. With only a couple of forays into the Barking half, the ladies just could not seem to find any rhythm to their game, which was not helped by the fact that on several occasions the ball was hoofed out of the stadium only to find that Barking did not have a replacement ball, delaying the game by some time on several occasions. Their were a couple of bright spots in the half with a great first time long range shot from Ami Warnes, which although it surprised the keeper she dealt with it well. The best chance came late on, after an attack by the U's was cleared to the half way line, Swift in true 'ave it style lofted the ball back towards goal, this bounced in the area and was brought down by Hultquist who fought off her defender and from the by line picked out a perfect cross to an unmarked Roach, she rose to head the ball only to see it float just over the cross bar. With the U's throwing everyone forward for the last ten minutes in a last gasp all or nothing attempt, gaps began to appear at the back and Barking had several shots which luckily were mostly hit off target and wide. However, there would be no reprieve for the ladies in this game as the referee finally blew the whistle and the U's again walked away with nothing. As the ladies are almost mid way through their games, the situation is becoming more dire and relegation after such a short stay in this league would be an insult to the hard work the players themselves have previously put into getting to this level in the first place, the team has to take a long look at why they are not performing and a lot of soul searching is going to be needed if they are going to get themselves back on their feet and find the confidence they need to kick start this disappointing season.

Barking Ladies U16's win prestigious Canary Wharf Group plc Award

Last season the u-16's went to Denmark on a 6 day tour ending with a tournament which Barking won. The girls fund-raised and trained all year even though the u-16's league collapsed half way during the season. They were honoured for the commitment to football and fund-raising. Now playing senior football the girls were overjoyed to receive the Junior team of the year award 2003 from Canary Wharf. The girls went on Tuesday 14th October to Cabot Hall in Canary Wharf for a presentation night and were presented with the award in front of 200 other guests / nominees from many different areas of sport. Commercial manager Debbie Moore said of the girls ' We are really proud of the commitment the girls have shown in fund-raising and winning the tournament in Denmark. To be recognized by this award is brilliant. We have struck up a good relationship with the Danish and are expecting them to come to Barking next year and hope that we can send our younger teams to Denmark for many more years.

15 year old Barking Goalkeeper Sarah Ball receives merit award from Canary Wharf Group Plc

Barking's young goalkeeper Sarah Ball received a prestigious merit award at Cabot Hall Canary Wharf on Tuesday 14th October. Sarah was recommended for the award by Paul Glibbery said "Sarah at 15 has a very bright future in football. She has at 14 already played for Barking's first team and regularly represents Essex U-16's in goal. Recently she has also been called up to play for Essex's under 18's. We are extremely proud of her and have no doubt that England's call up is just around the corner". Well done Sarah.

Barking Ladies match reports

First Team


The last four years had seen Barking enjoy the luxury of joining the competition in round three, but a dismal record of defeat at the first hurdle in three of those four years meant that the relegation at the end of last season from the F.A. Premier League into the South East Combination League had brought hope that this misfortune could be turned round as they now have to enter at round one.

So the team travelled up the A12 to Wivenhoe FC to take on a Colchester Utd side that they defeated ten days ago 1-0 in the League, and starting to enjoy a little run that they were confident in extending.

Manager LISA BRIVATI had to do without LORNA ESTHERBY (Knee) and VICKI STAPLES (Holiday), and KELLY STOCK whose work commitments meant a late arrival and a position on the subs bench to start.

The opening exchanges of the match were very tight, both sides were keen to take no chances. On 8 mins Barking won a corner on the left, BRIVATI swung the ball in, Colchester cleared but the ball was returned over the outgoing Colchester defence into the path of NICOLA CARTY but the ball ran through to the United keeper. On 11 mins BRIVATI found NICOLE MANNING in space, she worked herself into a shooting opportunity but her clipped shot went straight into the arms of keeper Louise Murphy.

Within a minute Colchester created their first opening, breaking clear down the right wing a wicked drilled shot was fired into Barking keeper MICHELLE BRIDGEMAN's side netting.

On 22 Mins Barking came so close to opening their account. Again a corner from BRIVATI was met and headed goalwards by MANNING, only for Colchester to clear off the line.

The match again drifted into a tight affair but came alight minutes from the half time whistle. Barking again forced the home side to clear off the line, BECKY GARNER chased a through ball, beat keeper Murphy to it, rounded her and she shot was scrambled away off the line.

Colchester went down the other end, got a ball in behind the Barking defence and slotted under the on-coming BRIDGEMAN, with Barking watching the ball hit a post, roll down the line and just over for the home side to take a 1-0 lead on 45 minutes. The half time whistle blew as the game re-started.

Barking made two half time changes bring on STOCK & BROOKS for DEVITT and CARTY, and KELLY STOCK looked lively in the opening exchanges.

But on 53 minutes it was 2-0 as Barking were caught for pace on the right side, and Colchester took full advantage to slam past BRIDGEMAN high into the far corner.

Barking continued to huff and puff, Colchester were happy to concentrate on defending well and hit Barking on the counter, and therefore the game started to die on its feet.

Barking did create some half chances, but half chances they were and it summed up a performance that was poor in attitude and lacking and real class and creativity.

Manager BRIVATI was bitterly disappointed at the end with her players, and hopefully this will act as a small kick up the backside before next weeks League match.

TEAM : Michelle Bridgeman, Lou Rodwell, Donna Devitt, Harriet Sim, Ange Robinson, Kirsty McGrath, Becki Garner, Lisa Brivati, Nicole Manning, Brooke Herbert, Nicola Carty. SUBS : Claire Brooks, Jo McGuinness, Kelly Stock.

Reserve Team


The Reserves looked to maintain their unbeaten record, and they managed this with a comfortable 3-0 win which in truth should have been much more.

Barking missed a host of first half chances, but still managed to go in at the break 2-0 up with goals from STACY SAVAGE on 19 minutes, a lovely right foot shot from inside the area, and LIANE PRIOR on 35 mins when she raced onto a through ball, and placed past the advancing keeper.

The second half saw the visitors enjoy the majority of the play, but Barking still had plenty of chances and they had to wait until ten minutes before from full time before SAVAGE scored her second from close range when Southend faild to clear a corner.

Overall a good performance and another three points to keep the Reserves top of the table.

TEAM : Sarah Ball, Abby Clark, Maddie Zucker, Hayley Unwin, Haylee Bernet, Vanessa Doherty, Nicola Maggs, Sophie Helps, Jemma Barham, Stacy Savage, Liane Prior. SUBS : Julie Mustart, Kerri Harrison, Kerry Harrison



The Under 10's disappointing season continued when they lost this contest against Belmont. Barking did put in a much improved performance but had no answer to the extra power and strength of the Belmont front two and the centre halves.

Belmont scored on 16 mins and 23 minutes, both goals the same as Belmont accelerated away from their smaller opponents to crash the ball past Barking keeper HOLLY CLARY.

The second half continued much in the same vein as the first, Barking did get into the opposition box but were unable to score, whilst when Belmont did break forward they looked threatening and dangerous. Belmont wrapped it up with a third goal on 55 minutes to take the points.

TEAM : Holly Clary, Shaynece Rawlings, Paris Jones, Charlotte Russell, Alex Small, Kayleigh Debenham, Katie Whitehead, Jayne Bentham, Emma King, Victoria Moorton, Keeley Walker, April Patten.



The A Team met up with their arch rivals from last season, and it was deja vu as the Hertfordshire side took the spoils. Barking just did not get going and overall it was a disappointing performance and result.

TEAM : Amy Vincent, Khaquila Rawlings, Vikki Eden, Holly Leader, Sian Burton, Molly Patten, Megan Woolgrove, Jodie Foster, Abbie West, Demi Whitehead.


Whilst the A Team were having a disaster back in Mayesbrook Park, the B Team thought they were also on the verge of a bad day as holidays robbed them of two players and illness robbed them of two more shortly before kick off, meaning the team travelled with only six players for this seven-a-side game.

However GRACE SALE opened the scoring in the second minute, and when Barking keeper MILLIE DEVEREUX saved a penalty for the second week running, Barking started to believe life wasn't so bad after all. On 11 minutes ROSIE JACOB grabbed Barking's second and when GRACE SALE scored her second and Barking's third on 18 minutes it was all over.

The opening minute of the second half saw Barking awarded a penalty but GRACE SALE fired wide. After a ding-dong ten minutes GRACE SALE finally grabbed that hat trick to secure a great win for the hard working team.

TEAM : Millie Devereux, Adele Ambrose, Grace Sale, Hayley Evans, Roise Jacob, Cassie Roberts.



The Under 10 Team delighted Manager KIRSTY McGRATH with a excellent team performance. They got off to the best start with two goals in the first three minutes when DAISY COOK, following good work from MEGAN WOOD.

COOK came close to grabbing her hat trick on 15 mins with a great shot from outside the box, but the keeper saved.

The second half again started well from Barking, with MEGAN WOOD had a good shot well saved, and with five minutes remaining HAYLEY BUSBY also went close forcing the Garston keeper to make a fine save.

Overall the best performance of the season by the team and hopefully more to come.

TEAM : Megan Wood, Katie Nelson, Jemma Lord, Daisy Cook, Sian Polley, Hayley Busby, Hannah Wild, Natasha Bessex, Karla Joseph, Chloe Palmer.


The First Team are back in South East Combination League action when they travel to Denham FC to take on Denham United Ladies with a 2pm kick off.

The Reserve Team have a top of the table clash against Chelmsford City Ladies, venue and kick off to be confirmed.

The Under 12 are in Hertfordshire League action when they travel to Stevenage Borough Juniors, venue and kick off to be confirmed.

The Under 11A Team are in Hertfordshire League action when they travel to Enfield Ladies, venue and kick off to be confirmed.

The Under 11B Team are in Hertfordshire League action when they travel to Watford B, venue and kick off to be confirmed.

The Under 10 Team are in Hertfordshire League action when they are at home to Luton Town Belles FC at Mayesbrook Park with a 10.30am kick off.

Denham United v Barking

In a scrappy and disjointed first half the visitors took the lead. Poor defending allowed the ball to break free and this was clinically despatched by the opposition. The home side made numerous chances but squandered them all. The lessons and good play of the previous week seemed to have been quickly forgotten. The second half saw a transformation, the Barking half could only be likened to the M25 on a bad day, Denham parked there continually attacking the away goal, the inevitable came on the 70th minute. Walker, whose pace had been a constant threat, raced on to a clever through ball from O'Shea to round the oncoming keeper and calmly slot home the equaliser. Much more of the same with the home side looking to end their torrid run of late, until the 83rd minute, a wild clearance from Barking found the away centre forward free, Walker got close but a toe poked shot went under keeper McGloin and rolled gently into the far corner. The home side strived hard for goal but once again got nothing from a match they could and should have won.

Barking Ladies

Barking Ladies match reports: First, Reserves, u12's, u11a, u11b, u10's, Next Week
Barking Ladies 2 v Denham United 1
A trip to Denham proved fruitful for Barking as they pushed on strong in the first half. On 6 mins Nicola Moore fails to convert a cross for the right. 10 minutes later Nicole Manning sets up Becky Garner whose shot is well saved by Denham keeper. A few minutes later a fine effort from Ang Robinson sails just over from 25 yards.

Denham hit back but Michelle Bridgeman saves well. The ball stayed pretty much in Barking's half and on the 25 minute Kirsty McGrath runs onto a through ball from Lisa Brivati and scores into the bottom left. Denham has a shot on goal at 33 mins but is bravely saved by Michelle Bridgeman. The last chance in the first half by Becky Garner was tipped over the crossbar by Denham keeper.

The second half started well with both sides having shared time on the ball a close shave by Denham on 52 mins saw the shot beat Michelle Bridgeman but hit the post. Kirsty McGrath is substituted by Brooke Herbert on 68 minutes. Denham equalize on the 71st minute when Denhams Walker beats Ang Robinson and tempts Michelle Bridgeman out of goal and rolls the ball home.

Denham have more time on the ball for the next ten minutes but Barking defence play well. Barking bring on Karen Staples for Becky Garner. Ten minutes before the final whistle Nicola Moore runs from half way line, shakes off two defenders and slips the ball under keeper to score a fine predators goal. Nicola Carty has a shot at goal on the 90 minute but is too high and in injury time she lobs the ball of Denham keeper but it bobbles wide.

Team: Michelle Bridgeman, Claire Brooks, VIcki Staples, Ang Robinson, Harriet Sim, Becky Garner, Nicole Manning, Kirsty McGrath, Nicola Moore, Lisa Brivati, Nicola Carty,
Subs: Brooke Herbert, Karen Staples,
Chelmsford City Res 1 Barking Ladies Res 1
Chelmsford fail to halt Barking's unbeaten run despite using several of their first team players who were without a game this week. Barking battled well without a couple of regular players and took the lead on the 23rd minute from a scrambled corner with the ball landing at Vanessa Doherty's feet, who with a quick turn poked the ball right footed into the bottom corner.

The second half was scrappy and Barking looked to have sealed the points until Chelmsford were awarded a contraversial penalty on the 90th minute. Barking keeper Sarah Ball was unable to save and unfortunately let in only her 3rd goal of the season.

Team: Sarah Ball, Abby Clark, Maddie Zucker, Hayley Unwin, Haylee Bernet, Vanessa Doherty, Nicola Maggs, Sophie Helpts, Lianne Prior, Stacy Savage, Jemma Barham.
Subs: Julie Oli, Zoe Drainer, Kerri Harrison,
Barking u12s
No report
Barking u11a 0 Enfield u11 1
Barking again failed to pick up points in this close fought game in Southgate. The first half saw Khaquila Rawlings best chance fall to Megan Woolgrove but she couldn't convert. The second half was much the same with again Woolgrove going close, the winning goal was scored on 37mins and Enfield held on to take the points.

Team: Khaquila Rawlings, Vikki Eden, Holly Leader,Molly Patten, Megan Woolgrove, Demi Whitehead, Abbie West, Jodie Foster.
Barking u11b 4 Watford Ladies B 2
Again Barking found themselves missing a few players and travelled to Watford with the minimum seven players. Robyn Day opened the score on 4 minutes to settle the team down followed on 15 minutes with a second from Grace Sale after a period of domination from Barking.

The second half saw Watford pull a goal back in the opening minutes. But most of the action was in the last ten minutes when Adele Ambrose looked to have scored the 3rd and winning goal only to see Watford score again two minutes later. Barking sealed the points on the 24 minute with a lovely goal from Grace Sale.

Team: Aimee Evans, Grace Sale, Adele Ambrose, Robyn Day, Mille Devereux, Cassie Roberts, Rosie Jacob.
Barking U10s 0 Luton Town Belles 10
Barking were at home to current runaway league leaders Luton Town who are winning all their matches comfortably. Luton got off to a flying start with 3 goals in the first 8 minutes but only added one more before the break as Barking settled down.

The second half saw Barking put together some close efforts but Luton found their goal scoring touch as Barking tired and added six more goals.

Team: Natasha Bessex, Sian Polley, Chloe Palmer, Hayley Busby, Karla Joseph, Megan Wood, Jemma Lord, Daisy Cook, Hannah Wild,
Next Week
1st team have no game at present
Reserves are away to Harlow Fontiers on Sunday 9th KO 2pm in the Essex County Womens League Div 2
All the following are playing in the Hertfordshire Girls Football League
U12 are away to Enfield - Sunday 9th KO 2pm
U11a are away to Harvesters - Saturday 8th Time TBA
U11b are home to Hitchin - Saturday 8th Mayesbrook Park 10.30am
U10 are away to Hatfield Saturday 8th Time TBA

U's Ladies go Barking mad

Womens FA CUP Round One Colchester Utd 2 Barking Ladies 0 The ten game losing streak finally came to an end yesterday when the ladies first team registered a fantastic 2-0 victory over league rivals Barking in the first round of the FA Cup. One goal from Krista Hultquist in the 1st half and the second superb goal from Ami Warnes in the 2nd half was enough for the players and management to go on and celebrate their first victory of the season. The visitors Barking still had fresh memories of their 1-0 victory over the U's in their minds and were probably not expecting the very different side that faced them yesterday afternoon. The players and manager Jane Swift had been rejuvenated the week previously by the arrival of Community Sports Trust chief Steve Bradshaw, who has coached a number of the sides younger players at the girls centre of excellence. He has come in to assist Jane Swift since the departure of Brian Swift a few weeks ago. With new ideas and expectations now being given from the sidelines, Swift has been able to concentrate on her own game while she is playing and although it is still early days, the U's could be at the beginning of a successful partnership which will hopefully bear fruit with a few more league wins for the girls. The first inkling of a change in the air was apparent straight from the off as Colchester started the game at a furious pace. Player of match, Bonnie Horwood, replacing the absent Sarah Jones who is on holiday, made an immediate impact in the middle of the park, her close control and vision caused no end of problems for Barking as they struggled to keep her under control. Backed up by a much more solid looking defence of Smith, Swift, Page and Beales any early forays by Barking were dealt with effectively. At the other end Roach, McCulloch and Hultquist played as a three strong strike force and with midfielders Aylward and Bryan winning and holding possession so well, the service to the forwards was excellent with Colchester spreading the ball and playing in behind the Barking defence. About 20 minutes in one such attack almost paid off as a lovely looping ball was played over the from the left by Horwood, dropping in just behind the last defender, Hultquist collected and gently lobbed it over the advancing keeper, rounded her and somehow completely missed the target from two yards putting the ball over the bar for the most embarrassing miss of the season. Bryan and Roach also had some good efforts from long range but the U's had to wait until almost half time before all of their hard work was rewarded. Once again Horwood crossed a ball over from the left, McCulloch was shoulder to shoulder with her marker as the ball dropped about ten yards in front of her, Hultquist curved her run to pick up the loose ball and raced goalwards, the keeper came out early and committed herself before Hultquist struck a low hard shot from just inside the area, it cracked off the inside of the right post before finally crossing the line to give the U's a narrow lead and grateful Hultquist redemption for the earlier miss. One substitution at half time as skipper, Bryan who was unwell was replaced by striker, Ami Warnes, and Roach dropped back into midfield to assist Aylward and Horwood. Barking started a the second half a bit more brightly and won several corners, thankfully the U's terrible defensive history at corners was overcome and put into the archives as the ball was cleared very well, giving the players a boost to their confidence. Warnes, earned her super sub stripes as she caused the visitors so many problems down the left of the pitch, she had a couple of early opportunities thwarted by the hard working Barking keeper before she finally made it count with a brilliant low shot for the U's 2-0 lead and her first senior goal of the season. McCulloch, who has only just returned from injury after 18 months out made certain that the Barking centre half's had plenty to worry about, she continuously collected the ball and made runs at the back line, laying off some top quality passes to the wide players. Beales who had worked tirelessly was substituted for Shani Plumb who assisted Warnes with the campaign down the left, shortly afterwards the tiring Hultquist had floated out of the game somewhat and was replaced by Jamie Newstead who took on a more defensive role. The remainder of the game saw a deflated Barking make little impact on the U's back line and the final whistle was blown to the very vocal and massive celebrations from the crowd and players alike. Keeper Louise Murphy, was very pleased to keep her first clean sheet of the season having only had to make a few saves, she played her part well and was very vocal commanding her defence. This was a confidence boosting win for the team which could signal the turning point in the season and the players can take a lot of positives from a game in which the match play and possession from the back to the front has improved 100% with the U's finally starting to find their way to the opposition goal. Squad: Murphy, Beales, Page, Swift, Smith, Plumb, Newstead, Warnes, Aylward, Bryan, Horwood, Hultquist, McCulloch, Roach.

Other Results

FA CUP 1st ROUND Nottingham Forest 3-2 Rushden & Diamonds Leicester City 2-1 Bedford Town Bells Crystal Palace 1-0 Southwark Town United Reading 3-3 Stowmarket Sophtlogic (aet) (Reading won 4-3 on pens) Brook House 2-3 Reading Royals Brentford 5-5 Gillingham (aet) (Gillingham won 8-7 on pens) Colchester United 2-0 Barking Lewes 1-0 Norwich City London Colney 2-5 West Ham United Denham United 2-4 QPR

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