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Little Town Called Basildon
Basildon is a town in Essex with two ladies teams who battle it out every week in the Essex Woman’s League Division Two, these teams have yet to meet each other this season but by their league positions (both in the top five) it should be a cracking game.
At the moment Basildon Town Ladies have played two games more than Basildon United but have secured the points and sit in second place four points adrift of the top team at the moment.
Ladies football in Basildon is looking OK for a overlooked town in ladies football. Basildon United (formally known as Woodham Radars) have only been in Basildon for 4 seasons as Basildon Town are the oldest club in Basildon have only had a ladies team for one full season and this one being their second as their first season ended with seven points finishing second from bottom (9th out of 10 teams) but Basildon United finished well in the top five.
It would be nice to see one or both Basildon teams get into the top division and battle against the likes of local teams Billericay and the very good Concord Rangers.
Basildon Town Ladies are aiming to do this in the not so distant future as the development of this young side continues with 5 new signings at the start of the season which might sound impressive but when you see that 3 of them are 15 year old girls who have never played in a team before one 42 year old who has never played football but with 1 experienced 20 year old this all seems to much to be believed but the team have learned a lot and are truly a team with fantastic team spirit.
The youth set up is looking good as well with plenty of girls turning up for training and for the friendly matches which are being played this season playing against U15 teams and next season will be forming a U13 set up to compliment the girls who will stay at U15 with the structure moving further forwards with a second ladies team so they can strengthen the first 11 ladies side, and all this in 3 seasons of forming!
The people behind this growth have great support and outside interests that will aid the plan to take the club forwards but know it will take time and team work but the club are confident in the positive movement and the people leading them forwards.
To find out more go to ww.basildontown.co.uk
Basildon Town Ladies 5-2 White Notley
This weekend saw Basildon Town Ladies without a cup fixture but entertained division one side White Notley.
Notley whom came to Basildon Town last year for a pre-season game and gave the young side a lesson in football with a 0-5 victory on a very hot summer day again were good enough to come to Basildon for a return fixture but in much cooler conditions.
Both teams started the game slowly as the cold conditions were a factor for the first 10 minutes then the game exploded into life with Notley pushing Basildon back deep into there own half putting constant pressure on Basildon then 19 minutes into the game Notley pressure paid off as a unfortunate hand ball in the area end in well converted penalty to put white Notley ahead 0-1, Basildon then came to life and mounted a few strong attacks ending in well struck shots on target, but it was some good forward play that gave Basildon a chance to equalize and a well slotted finish while under pressure brought the score level 1-1 on the half hour.
A midfield battle took place from then on with some fantastic tackling from both team as well as team play then just before the brake a Notley through ball gave there striker a chance to chip the Basildon keeper and executed the technique perfectly 1-2 score at half time.
Second half started much like the first half finished with both midfields attacking and tackling then Basildon took advantage of a white Notley mistake and getting the ball into the area eventually forcing the ball over the line 2-2.
After that Basildon started to take more chance’s which found Notley on the back foot for the first time in the game and thus remained so for the last 30 minutes with Basildon winning the midfield battle pressed hard against the white Notley defence scoring again 3-2 and again 10 minutes later 4-2, giving the last 10 minutes some real bite as Notley at last got the ball in good attacking positions but impatiens made them rush chances and opened the whole game with end to end drama the final goal for Basildon came from a dynamic defensive run from Basildon’s own 18 yard box the Basildon centre back pushed the ball wide and run the whole length of the pitch before putting in a fantastic cross which was bundled over the line from close range 5-2 the final score.
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Basildon Town Ladies 6-0 Witham Town Ladies
Essex Women's League Division 2This game could of gone either way in the first 30 minutes, with both teams coming close to scoring. Basildon had more shots but Carly Mixter, who was in goal for this game, made some excellent saves to keep Witham in the game. Cath Pearson having a good shot saved and Karen Niall trying to brake through Basildon's strong defence. Basildon were persistent in their attack keeping Ashlea Bickerstaff and Karen Dawson busy keeping them out. It was the 34th minute goal to put Basildon ahead, with their 2nd going in 2 minutes before half time, despite Carly Mixter getting her hands to it.
Basildon were straight on the attack scoring their 3rd just 2 minutes in the 2nd half. Witham fought hard with Helen Cheesesworth and Cath Pearson having good runs at goal only to be stopped by Basildon persistently strong defence. Basildon netted their 4th from a free kick at the edge of the box. Karen Dawson and Sarah Wynne worked together to deny Basildon their 5 th 2 minutes later. Witham had a few more chances by Diane Keyes who managed to out skill the Basildon's defence. Basildon were soon on the attack to net their last 2 goals in the 65th and the 77th minute. With only minutes left Cath Pearson and Diane Keyes working together to have some more shots forcing the goalie to work hard to keep witham from scoring.
Player of the matchWitham voted Carly Mixter their player of the match.
BASILDON TOWN 6-0 Brentwood Town
On Sunday Basildon Town Ladies crept into second spot in the Essex womens league division two by beating Brentwood town 6-0 in the best display of the season so far.
Other results in the league fell kindly for Basildon thus giving them the chance to regain the second spot for the second time this season and set up a home game against the league leaders this Sunday and just sitting a point behind them could mean a win will see Basildon go top for the second time this season!
Sunday's game was not easy for Basildon town as Brentwood battled the whole game pushing Basildon back deep in there own half for long periods of play, Brentwood can feel a little aggrieved at Basildon’s second goal as the referee’s line of vision was blocked by players, not seeing a infringement on the Brentwood goal keeper and this took the wind out of their sails but not for long as there again mounted a stern attack but every time were stopped by a solid and organized Basildon, there defence was solid and industrious and with Brentwood getting more players in there half to force the issue Basildon’s counter attack was second to none.
Basildon hung on to there clean sheet (second one in two games) just about after Brentwood hit the bar in the last 10 minutes then staged a late flurry to try to take home at least one goal but it was not to be and Basildon have conceded the least amount of goals in division two.
Basildon towns excellent defending is now being backed up with some free flowing attack play which is breath taking to watch, Basildon take all the teams in this league seriously and will be well prepared for Sunday as they do for every game.
Brentwood will have to face Basildon town one more time this season as they entertain them in January in the league cup.
Basildon Town Ladies v Hawkwell Athletic Ladies
Basildon Town Ladies home game against top of the league Hawkwell failed to even get to half time when after 23 minutes the referee called the game off as conditions were not favouring a safe game with a couple of players finding it hard to keep there footing and parts of the pitch which were shaded seemed to feel like concrete.
Basildon had the upper hand for this 23 minutes but failed to take advantage of the chances they made but with only two attacks from Hawkwell they got two goals and were the more upset of the teams when the game was stopped, Basildon were also unhappy as they would have got back into the game with the amount of position they had but the decision was the right one as the safety of the players is the number one priority in any game.
In other games played in this division Rochford Town Sports unknowingly took top spot for the first time this season and go into the halfway stage of the season and into 2006 as league leaders.
Brentwood had a away win which took them to 5th and close neighbours Basildon United did what Basildon Town did at the start of the season and got a away draw 2-2 at Harlow Athletic.
Basildon Town Ladies finish the year in 3rd place and a clearer picture is to be seen of the league as all teams have played the same amount of games and we see the new year bringing a fantastic final 7 games as any of the top 5 and just outside of this can still win the league.
Basildon Town 0-1 Basildon United
The long awaited league game of Basildon United and Basildon Town was played on Sunday with the rain falling and the temperature doing the same!
Basildon United stepped out in their usual attacking formation of 3-5-2 against the solid and patient 4-4-2 of Basildon Town. United had the upper hand in the first 20 minutes with a higher percentage of the ball and this is when they scored the only goal of the game, it was not a classic build up but all credit for a one touch pass letting the forward to firstly get between two town defenders then to slot the ball past the advancing town goal keeper.
The rest of the first half was a bit of a stalemate but with town having control of the last ten minutes forcing united into errors but not capitalizing on the chances formed.
The second half became a battle which no one seemed to have an advantage in the early part of the second half but as the game went on town seemed the more lively as united players went to ground all over the pitch to win the ball just to get a touch on it for the young town side looked the fitter by far but age will give them the physical side to there game that united showed from the start.
United tried to seal the game with a second goal but they were up against the leagues best goal stoppers conceding the fewest goals in the league by quite a margin and by this time in the game town looked more solid than ever, as the game fell into the last 6 minutes united shut up shop and just kept all 11 players in there half as town tried to create the clear cut chance they deserved but the tired united team held on.
United just shaded this game but on another day this fixture could give another result so close the young town were against the vastly experienced united team that can boast many attributes to there team and on paper you would give the win straight to united but there is no walking away from the fact that town are on a mission to go further in the future and the bigger picture for town with there girls team playing friendlies this season and the plans for a U13 team, ladies 2nd team or even a U16 side if older players can not be encouraged to join this fantastic club.
United could also be league champions come the end of this season and help town by beating all around them in the league giving them enough purchase to get promoted and join united in division one of the Essex woman’s league.
All in all this was a cracking game and both sides did not give an inch and all at Basildon town wish united all the best in the remaining games of this season and look forward to the next time we meet which we all hope will be another cracking encounter and a fantastic advert for ladies football.
Basildon Town Ladies 3-1 Rochford Town Ladies
Basildon Town 3-1 Rochford TownThe consistent positive and brave attitude of this young Basildon team is a credit to the coach and manager as for the first time this season they have beaten the top team in the league and made another step forward in their development.
Basildon Town ladies have the best defensive record in league division two and any visitor to there home ground have there work cut out if they want the win, as it is clear to see that this is the toughest team to beat and you have to be on your very best to take anything away as Harlow athletic, Basildon united, Crowborough athletic and Dagenham and Redbrigde will tell you that Basildon don’t give goals away.
Rochford came to the BAE Systems ground in Basildon top of the table and full of confidence after winning recent games very convincingly and the great form gave no signs of stopping as they pinned Basildon back for most of the first half and a set piece opened the scoring for the visitors around the 25 minute mark 23 yard free kick dipped violently to go in despite the efforts of the Basildon goal keeper to push it over the bar.
After this Basildon had some space to play as Rochford tried to settle, Basildon went for them and seven minutes before the half Basildon got level with a diagonal cross which seemed to confuse the Rochford defence giving Basildon time to control the ball and set up the splitting pass to give the “one on one” and goal!, maybe against the run of play but the move on it’s own deserved a goal, 1-1 at half time.
The second half brought three changes to Basildon and a change of formation to go for it! The young team lined up to go for the win and forced Rochford to work hard and move the ball quicker than the first half, the break came for Basildon midway through the second half when again a diagonal cross cause confusion and the result was a simple tap in from three yards.
The fourth goal of the game and Basildon’s third was a well worked passing move that broke down, as it did the two Basildon forwards were court in an off side position but the resulting forward pass was short into a midfielder who run through and past the two Basildon forwards who just stood there and did not move till the player and ball had passed them and the resulting second “one on one” of the game had the same outcome 3-1 to Basildon town.
Basildon have reclaimed third place in division two of the Essex County Woman’s League and are one point off the leading team.
Basildon Town Ladies 1-4 Saffron Walden Town B
Basildon Town 1-4 Saffron Walden TownTown finished this game with nine players after using all their subs. After intense pressure from Walden in the first half, Saffron Walden didn’t look like the team of last season but they also did not look like the team which is third from bottom of our division, they look a settled unit and fight for each other as they scrap for points to keep them in division two of the Woman’s Essex League and have put some distance between them and second from bottom.
Saffron Walden broke thedead lock within twenty five minutes with a well worked move and their second was a well struck but fortunate lob. Town mounted a few good attacks but could not beat the Walden keeper who was on top form as was Walden who came to this game with some purpose and gave it their best shot and as for Basildon it just looked like one of those days and even though a couple of players had colds and the team in general looked flat we would never use this as a excuse as Walden’s performance was as massive as Basildon’s was last week and maybe were still getting over the efforts of that game.
At half time the score was 0-2 and Walden came off high in confidence but at half time Basildon felt they could still take the game to them with another striker they started the game well in the second half and an early goal looked likely then came the sucker punch as a quick break and a brave Walden forward took advantage of a rooted Basildon goal keeper and went 0-3 up, the last team to score more than three past Basildon and the only team to do that this season was Dagenham and Redbridge in the county cup at the start of the season but all was not lost as Basildon scored their first and what turned out to be their only goal of the game which brought Basildon to life, with fifteen minutes left and two more substitutes on for town they looked like the comeback was there for the taking and again town jumped into life but yet again this was short lived and another quick break resulted in a shot beating everyone and the goal keeper to make it 1-4 and with time to get another goal and Walden visibly tiring two town players had to come off due to injury and Basildon’s attack dwindled but their spirits were not broken as they re-organized they mounted attacks and in the last ten minutes even with nine players kept Walden in their half but the cutting edge was gone.
Basildon have done very well this season and we have a league cup game next Sunday at Brentwood Town and hope we can sort out some things in training this week but the main thing missing was sharpness and you can not expect any team to be on top of their game every game through a season and we put this game down to just one of those days, which we don’t have to many of and after the game all the players took it on the chin and had a drink with the Walden team and had a sandwich or two, the game was played in the best spirit and after the game which is the most important thing.
Basildon Town build for the future
Second season ends for Basildon Town Ladies
Basildon Town Ladies have completed their second season in the Essex County Women’s League Division Two finishing 5th in the league with neighbours Basildon United finishing top.
Basildon Town’s first season (2004/05) finished with them second from bottom and would have been relegated if the third division had existed then, but in 2005/06 the new third division meant a poor finish could would see them loose ground on the target and dreams of the staff at the club and the new third division would have meant another season or two in a growing league with improving teams and structure.
It was the coaches target for a top five positions but first to secure their status in the division which we achieved but at a cost, loosing two goal keepers to injury then health reasons and missing key players to work commitments giving new but young girls a chance to play but the inexperience showed but they showed they had heart and worked hard.
The club have just gone charter standard for not just the ladies team but the Under 15 team that we started and played friendly games this season and are ready to play in the girls league next season.
The girls had been playing against older players and some of the results were very hard on them but they are very resilient and the philosophy of the club of not being afraid to loose has well and truly rubbed off onto them and they are preparing very well already.
The girls will stay at Under 15 as the main part of the club is really Under 14 but we had 3 players at Under 15 and they will step up into our second ladies team which will be playing in division three of the Essex woman’s league 2006/07 giving a youthful look to the ladies reserve team which will benefit the clubs future as a stepping stone from the younger team we have at the moment.
The club has worked really hard this season and everyone here is totally committed to the ladies game and to Basildon Town Ladies & Girls.
We are looking for players and most importantly we are looking for girls from years 5, 6 and 7 to start another team to play tournaments and friendlies this coming season.
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