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Women's Football Team on Cusp of Promotion

Published: 01 March 2022

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Women's football team celebrating in red kit
Photo credit: Neil Dady

The Women’s team at Wymondham Town FC have continued to dominate the Eastern Region Women’s Football League and are now just one point away from making history by winning the league and gaining promotion to the National League.

To start off 2022, Wymondham hosted local rivals Kings Lynn Town at Ketts Park and took all three points with a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Hannah Waters (x2), Becca Russell and Kyla Love and a captain's performance from Rachel Cossey to pick up player of the match.

The team's attention turned to the Norfolk Women’s County Cup with an away trip to local side Thetford Town. With the scores 1-1 at half-time, Wymondham showed their quality in the second half, adding five goals to win the game 6-1. Second half substitute Fran Catchpole picked up player of the match with an 18 minute hattrick. This win has secured Wymondham an away trip to Dussingdale in the semi-final. Wymondham are now the highest ranked team left in the competition after Norwich City were knocked out on penalties.

Wymondham next faced a long away trip to London to face Haringey Borough. Despite going behind, Wymondham responded instantly to equalise direct from the kick-off. However, a tough contest saw Haringey Borough lead 2-1 at half time. Wymondham came out determined in the second half and turned the game around to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Cossey and Waters, with Waters' goal also being voted goal of the month for January. >

The next challenge was another away trip, this time to Colney Heath. Katie Knights picked up player of the match in a game where Wymondham were in control and could have been a couple of goals ahead had it not been for the woodwork. However, mid-way through the second half, a dangerous ball into the box from Chelsea Clarke was helped on its way into the net by a defender. An important goal that ensured Wymondham picked up all three points.

Back at home in the league, Wymondham faced Royston in a top of the table clash that would have a big impact on the season of both teams. Wymondham came out very strongly and scored in the second and sixth minutes thanks to finishes from Laura Nicholls and Clarke. Wymondham continued to press from the front and made it difficult for Royston. The Wymondham defence dealt with the Royston attacks, with Lauren Kett being awarded player of the match. The game ended 2-0 and as a result, leaving Wymondham only needing one more point to guarantee the league title.

Wymondham progressed in the League Cup the following week with a convincing 5-1 win over Cheshunt to set up a ¼ final home tie with Royston. Love picked up player of the match in a game that saw her score her fourth goal in as many games since her recent signing.

Off the pitch, Wymondham have continued to build and have added FA qualified coach, Ollie Sadd, to the coaching team. Ollie is an excellent addition and will work with the existing coaches and management at the club.

Due to the success of the team this season, manager Alex Guy was a guest on Radio Norfolk to discuss the progress of the team both on and off the pitch. As part of this interview with Nick Bowler, Alex shared the news that the club are re-establishing a development team that will support younger players making the step into adult football and provide a platform for players to develop and challenge themselves. More details of the new team will be announced soon via the clubs social media (@WymondhamLadies).

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