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South East Combination League Cup Final

On a sunny but windy day the League Cup Final set League Champions Watford against third place Bedford. Watford started the brightest and took the game to Bedford from the start. With the early control of the midfield Watford returned every Bedford clearance. Bells defence was tight however and neither of the Watford principal strikers saw much of the ball.

As the match progressed Bells started to get a foothold in midfield and were able to feed their own forwards a little. The first real chance came when Phil Copley pushed a long ball to Ali Hayes who had out sprinted the Watford defence. The ball bobbled on the uneven pitch and the shot went over.

The match became more even with the defences on top and tight marking just about blocked out both sets of forwards. On the half hour Bells lost the ball in midfield and ex Bell Steph Belcher broke the deadlock. She beat two defenders to the ball and lobbed it just out of the reach of the advancing Trish Yems.

Watford sensed a breakthrough and a few minutes Belcher rapped the crossbar. The Watford number 11 did the same but Bedford regained their composure and held out until half time.

The second half started with both defences coping with attacks with ease and chances at either end were hard to come by. With the game so even Bedford looked for a way to strike back. Two substitutes were brought on and within minutes one of them (Kate Lamacraft) scored. The ball came to her through a melee of players from a corner and she put Bells on level terms.

Bells now felt they were in with a chance, however Bells had relaxed their tight marking and the Watford forwards came into the game strongly for the first time and created a number of chances. For the first time in the match goals from either side seemed likely. The 90 minutes finished and if extra time had been played the indications are a firm winner would have resulted. It went straight to penalties however and Watford triumphed 4-3.

Attention is now turned to the County Cup Final against Langford. Who, although they play in a league higher still felt the need to check out the opposition at this match so Bedford go into this match with high hopes.

Four Counties Cup Final

Four Counties Cup Final
Dunstable 11 May 2003
Langford 2 Bedford 3

Bedford overcame National League Langford to claim the 4 Counties Cup.

Langford started strongly but only had a one goal lead at the break to show for their domination.

Langford seemed to doze at the start of the second half and Bedford hit them with three quick goals. Langford finished strongly and clawed back one of the deficit but Bedford hung on at the end to claim their victory.

This game marked the end of their Bells careers for some of the squad including goalkeeper Trish Yems who is retiring after many years of superb service. All at Bedford Bells will miss her and wish her well.

Bedford Town Bells 3-2 Stowmarket

24th August, 2003 South East Combination League Bells entertained Stowmarket at the New Eyrie after both teams had made a winning start to the new season the week before. Bedford finally laying the ghost of Gillingham with a fine 3-1 away win. On a very hot day both teams went at their task with gusto but neither could get on top. It remained very much back and forth until shortly before half time. Stowmarket were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. Their diminutive striker produced a cracking shot that left the wall and goalkeeper standing. The lead only lasted a minute as Bells hit back straight away when they penetrated the visitors strong defence and Ali Hayes hit the net. All square at half time. The restart produced much of the same until Stowmarket grabbed the lead again. The scorer of their first goal who had a turn of pace that tested the quickest Bells defenders ran in to score. Again, Bells hit straight back when Clare Thomas bundled the ball into the net. After another 5 minutes Bells took the lead for the first time when Clare Thomas hit home a penalty. This insensed the visitors especially as they claimed the referee had allowed play to continue. The anger Stowmarket felt put Bedford under constant pressure for the last 20 minutes. Bells kept only two forward so there was no relief for the Bells defence because as soon as the ball was cleared it came straight back. Given this Bells coped well with a speedy Stowmarket attack and hung onto their precious lead. At the end a well won victory in which everybody played their part. Stowmarket are a young very quick side and Bells may find later in the season that this victory was a vital one over one of the title contenders. Bells are however showing all the signs that their blend of youth and expereince is coming together and this will give them a good chance to be among those contenders as well. Next week Bedford travel to Brook House.

Bells 100% record consigned to history

Bells arrived at Brook House with high hopes of a continuation of their good start to the new season. However their 100% record was consigned to history when a poor all round performance lead to defeat. Brook House started strongly and Bells were always on the back foot. They were under pressure from the start and seemed to have no tactics to enable them to spring from defence, therefore their goal was under constant treat. This pressure paid off for the home team when they opened the scoring. It got worse before half time when a Brook House forward got the best of a goalmouth scramble to poke the ball home. 2-0 down at half time. Bells tried to turn the tide in the second half and Ali Hayes pulled one back to give a glimmer of hope. Brook House were aware of the danger however and they kept the lid on the match to claim a win that lifts them over Bells in the table. The next match is at home to another surprise early front runner Denham. By then Bells will have considered where their tactics went wrong and will hope to get back to their winning ways.

Bells hopes squashed by QPR

Sunday 07/09/2003 Bedford Town Bells 0-3 Queens Park Rangers Bells came to this game with hopes of putting last week's first defeat behind them by getting back to their winning ways against QPR. It was not to be however as they put in one of their worst performances to give an average QPR team an easy victory. Bells opened well but as with recent games there seemed no pre-planned tactics to get the ball out of defence. Therefore the defence was under constant pressure while the forwards were left isolated up front making little impression. It got worse on 20 minutes when a QPR defender fell heavily on Claire Thomas and she had to leave the field with an arm injury. QPR pressed and one of their forwards skipped past the Bells central defender. With the rest of the Bells trying to catch up her cross met an advancing forward. The one defender who had been able to keep up with play failed to play to the whistle and stopped thinking the QPR forward was well offside. Bells one down at half time. Bells tried to hit back in the second half but the chances that came to them were wasted without really troubling the QPR goal keeper. QPR kept the pressure up and the scorer of the first goal beat her defender to the cross which was taken by an advancing QPR forward after two Bells defenders allowed the ball to reach her. By now the Bells heads were down and the team fell to pieces and they looked to the referee to put an end to their misery. He did but not before QPR had added an easy third. The two teams ended the match in very different ways. QPR celebrating their first points and Bells looking for someone to blame. Next week it is a home game with Denham where it is to be hoped Bells have something more to offer than just sitting in defence and hoping the ball gets forward.

Denham brought down to Earth

After a fine start to the season Denham were brought down to Earth on Sunday with a 5-0 loss away to the impressive Bedford Town Belles. Straight from the start Denham played the ball backwards then spent the next five minutes pinned in their own half, conceding an early goal into the bargain, after just two minutes. Dreadfull marking, ineffective tackling, lack of picking up "the runners" and a general malaise from most of the players led to this more than lacklustre performance. Bedford's 11 Bingham ran the match from midfield ably assisted by No 9 Hayls both of whom probably did more running between them than the whole Denham side put together. Three down at half time and having had to use their one and only sub, Rogers leaving early on with a breathing problem, the away side then lost Forsyth with a groin strain leaving them with ten players who gamely held out and only conceded two second half goals. Denhams only shot came on the hour a rasping drive from the versatile Ginger was well held by the home keeper. This should be a wake up call to the players as the only positive to be taken from this performance is, the coaching staff can now see what needs to be done to get this Denham side up there viewing for promotion, and it has come early on in the season.

Bells stem their losses

Bells went into this match hoping not to add to their two consecutive losses. However after last week's dismal performance, something drastic had to happen. Bells manager Richard Linford responded by some positional changes and the change was, to say the least -dramatic. Last week they looked a spiritless bunch of players who had never met each other before. However this time the spark was back and the players all encouraged each other. So much so that a much improved Denham side was brushed aside by the same score as last year. Bedford from kick off looked like the team in control. This was proven by a twenty minuite goal from Gemma Clarke after a scrambled but well worked build up. Bells continued to dominate and a header on from Debbie Styles was crisply put away by Laura Dunn. Bedford hit Denham with a third before half time when Caz Moran beat the visitors defence and helpless goalkeeper. Bells three new outfield had each contributed to Bells 3-0 interval lead. The second half was pretty much the same as the first with sweeper Sian Beames and the rest of the Bells defence mopping up anything Denhan had to offer by way of attacks. With the visitors pretty much accepting defeat Ali Hayes picked up a Phil Copley pass to notch up a fourth. The scoring was complete when Laura Dunn hit the fifth. Bells were playing as a team and looking more like the team that started the season so well. They will need to keep this form going to their midweek meeting with unbeaten Rushen and Diamonds. This is followed by a home League game on Sunday against Crystal Palace.

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
NEXT WEEKEND
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.

League victory after cup defeat

BEDFORD TOWN BELLS 3 - Colchester United 1 Bedford were back in League action this week after the away defeat to Leicester City in the WFA cup last week. Bells started off the dominant team and kept hold of the ball. The pressure was given at both ends but both the defences held strong, until Captain Kelly Bingham drove the ball past the Colchester goalkeeper. Half time scored was 1-0 to Bedford. Colchester came out for the second half and looked as if they had given up but a lucky break gave them a goal and the scores were level. Both teams upped their game and had good chances, Debbie Styles slid in for a one on one with the keeper putting the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-1. Ali Hayes added to the score line late on to make it 3-1, final score. Bells are away in a re-arranged game at Barking this Sunday hoping to carry on league success.

Barking Results

Barking Ladies 1st Team 0 v Bedford Town Belles 1

Barking didn't deserve to lose this well matched game a draw should have at least been on the score sheet. Barking took control in the 1st half; the first chance came on fifteen minutes when a Lisa Brivati corner was headed on by Nicole Manning to Kelly Stock which was saved by the goalkeeper. A further two attempts at the goal were cleared away by defenders and another try kicked over by Nicole Manning. On thirty-three minutes a controversial handball gave Bedford a free kick from 35 yards. A well-taken kick saw Michelle Bridgeman unable to stop the ball hitting the top corner of the net. Barking tried to hit back on forty minutes when Nicola Carty's brilliant shot from 18 yards nearly broke the crossbar and rebounded back for a scuffle which was cleared by Bedford defenders. Three minutes later, the goalkeeper saved Lisa Brivati’s shot. Barking had a further two attempts in the run up to the half time whistle, Kirsty McGrath shot over the bar and the keeper saved Nicola Carty’s.

The second half saw Barking off to a slow start -Kirsty McGrath being substituted for Leanne Couch but Bedford didn't rise either. The ball was spending most of this half up and down the pitch. Barking tried hard on seven minutes but a corner from Lisa Brivati to Nicole Manning was headed over. On thirty minutes Barking substituted Becky Garner for Nicola Moore. Followed a few minutes later with Karen Staples coming on for Nicola Carty.

At forty minutes the most exciting moment of the second half saw Barking have a good run resulting in a shot on target from Lorna Estherby which was cleared away by Bedford, there ending Barking’s last chance to equalize.

Manager Lisa Brivati said after the match ' We came on really strong in the first half but the second could have been better, we should have at least had 1 point from this match, it was a game we didn't deserve to lose.'

Team: Michelle Bridgeman, Vicki Staples, Claire Books, Nicole Manning, Harriet Sim, Kirsty McGrath, Becky Garner, Lisa Brivati, Kelly Stock, Lorna Estherby, Nicola Carty.
Subs: Karen Staples, Nicola Moore, Leanne Couch

Barking Reserves 13 v Harlow Frontiers 1

A trip to Harlow saw the Reserves maintain their unbeaten record easily. Five minutes into the game Lianne Prior scored from the six-yard box. Five minutes later Harlow gained a goal but unfortunately it was an own goal from Maddie Zucker whose header went the wrong way. Twenty minutes into the game saw Stacy Savage make the score 2-1. At thirty minutes Jemma Barham's brilliant shot made the 3rd goal and Lianne Prior on forty minutes made the 4th. One minute before the whistle Stacy Savage scored her second for a 5-1 at half time.

Barking passed the ball better in the second half pinning in Harlow and scoring 8 more goals. Five minutes into second half saw Brooke Herbert score from outside the box followed closely by Haylee Bernet with a brilliant goal from the half way line. Stacy Savage scored shortly after for a hat trick. But not satisfied Stacy went on to score three more for a double hat trick. Jemma Barham scored the 12th and substitute Julie Mustard scored the 13th and final goal.
Team: Sarah Ball, Haylee Bernet, Maddie Zucker, Jan Walsh, Nicola Maggs, Jemma Barham, Brooke Herbert, Sophie Helps, Lianne Prior, Stacy Savage.
Subs: Hayley Unwin, Julie Oli, Julie Mustard

Juniors

Barking U12's 1 Stevenage Borough Juniors 5 (played 2nd November 2003)

Although an improved team performance from Barking, Stevenage put Barking under early pressure. Barking going 1-0 down in the first two minutes but eight minutes later Barking equalized with a goal from Rosie Sweeny. The second half started with Barking still under pressure and Stevenage getting the better of them and scoring 4 more goals.

Team: Holly Clary, Paris Jones, Keeley Walker, Rosie Sweeny, Demi Whitehead, Alex Shall, Kayleigh Debenham, Charlotte Russell, April Patten, Emma King, Sheynece Rawlings, Jayne Bentham, Hayley Piggott.

Barking U11b 16 - Hitchin Belles b 0

Barking put together an outstanding team performance as they scored nine in the 1st half and seven in the second.

Grace Sale finished with 10 goals, Adele Ambrose 3 goals, Robyn Day 2 goals and Rosie Jacob 1 goal.

All the team contributed including goalkeeper Millie Devereux who had to be alert on a couple of occasions.

Team: Millie Devereux, Robyn Day, Adele Ambrose, Jodine Persechino, Grace Sale, Cassie Roberts, Sara Secco-Weidar, Rosie Jacob, Aimee Evans.

Barking u10 1 - Hatfield Youth 1

Away to Hatfield the stronger side in the 1st half. Barking defended well but Hatfield getting a lucky break after ten minutes with a lucky goal saw Barking go 1-0 down.

The second half with the wind at Barking's advantage saw Barking in control and maintain pressure to the end. The goal came 10 minutes in the half with a brilliant shot by Hannah Wild. All the girls played well and are going from strength to strength.

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

Next week


1st Team - Saffron Walden away - Essex Cup 2nd round
Reserves - no match
U12 Garston - away
U11a Tottenham Hotspur - home - 11.30 Mayesbrook Park -Sat
U11b St Albans - away
U10 Hitchin - home - 10.30 Mayesbrook Park - Sat
All juniors play in the Hertfordshire Girls Football League

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