November was a busy one in the National League Southern, with plenty of Cup action to discuss. Here’s a round up of what happened last month in the FAWNL Southern.
It was a difficult beginning of the month for Bridgwater United. After suffering a defeat to Oxford earlier in the season, the Robins traveled to face them in the FAWNL League Cup and were handed a 2-0 loss.
Two second half goals from Oxford resulted in Bridgwater being knocked out of the competition. However, their campaign in the FA Cup started successfully.
Centre-back Amy Goddard managed to bag herself two goals and both Laura Holden and Jenna Markham got themselves on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over New Milton Town. Most recently, United secured their place in the FA Cup third round after an impressive and hard-fought second half performance, which saw them put three goals past Chichester and Selsey.
It was a disappointing month for Cardiff in terms of results. On the opening weekend of the month, they faced tier four team Southampton Women, in which Southampton managed to put five goals past them and cause Cardiff’s Cup exit.
Next up was the FA Cup against Exeter. Once again, Cardiff suffered defeat after Exeter beat them 3-1.
Chichester and Selsey
Chichester started November off in the best way possible. After a 3-1 win in the League Cup against Plymouth, they saw themselves progress into the next stage and then were able to beat Ascot in the second round of the FA Cup.
Unfortunately the weekend after, they fell short on penalties which resulted in them being knocked out of the Sussex Cup.
Next up, they hosted Bridgwater United, who had previously put four goals past them in the first game of the season. Even though the home side did well to keep it goalless at the break, it was the Somerset side who ended Chichester’s Cup run.
November was an extremely busy month for Crawley. They traveled to Rochester to face Gillingham in the League Cup, in which they won and progressed through to the next round.
Over the weekend where the first round of the FA Cup was played, Crawley hosted London Bees, who sit ninth in the FAWNL. After trailing by two goals at half time, they made a terrific comeback and advanced into the second round.
The Wasps then suffered a 3-0 defeat in Totton against Southampton. However, they turned it around in their next game against Chichester, where they progressed into the semi-finals of the Sussex Challenge Cup after winning the penalty shootout.
Due to Gillingham’s loss to Crawley in the FAWNL Cup, their month didn’t start the way they had planned.
They traveled down the country to face Abingdon in the FA Cup. This game saw them get back to winning ways after a comfortable 4-1 win.
The Kent Cup was next up for the tier three side and they traveled to Margate where they didn’t hang about. A 19-0 win meant they were into the next round.
However, heir most recent match was abandoned due to an injury to one of Actonians’ players.
It’s been a tough 2021/22 season so far for Hounslow. Having failed to pick up any points in the league, the Tridents looked to build on this in November.
It started off rocky with Portsmouth knocking them out of the FAWNL Plate after securing a 2-0 win. The last games they played within November went to penalty shootouts.
After a thrilling FA Cup fixture against Worthing FC, which was won on penalties, Hounslow were in the hat for the second round. Their game against Clapton in the second round ended goalless.
Hounslow failed to reach the next round after Clapton managed to win 3-1 on penalties. Their focus will now be on their home game against Bridgwater United in the league.
Ipswich’s unbeaten run in the National League continued over the month of November. However it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Tractor Girls.
Ipswich hosted Southampton in the FAWNL Cup. Despite putting on an entertaining match, they fell to defeat after Lucia Kendell managed to secure a win for the travelling side.
In the first round of the FA Cup, it was a comfortable win for them against MK Dons. The weekend after, all eyes were on both Southampton and Ipswich once again to see who would come out on top in their league fixture. This time out, Ipswich managed to get their revenge and took home three points, which may come as a surprise to some, keeping them firmly at the top of the league.
The first game for Keynsham in November ended up in defeat after Exeter showed their class and sealed a 3-0 win. In the FA Cup, they welcomed Plymouth to the AJN Stadium. The game ended in an eight-goal thriller, however Plymouth’s five goals compared to Keynsham’s three resulted in another loss for the home side.
Last weekend, in the final kick of the game, Keynsham caused an upset to MK Dons after a 1-0 win in the league and they moved up to eighth in the table.
Throughout the season, London Bees have continued to look to strengthen their side after making multiple signings. However, it was a tough month for them.
First up, they faced Crawley which ended up to be a frustrating game as they bagged a late winner and knocked Bees out of the FA Cup.
In the County Cup the weekend after, they hosted AFC Wimbledon. Perhaps surprisingly, Bees fell to a defeat when they couldn’t come back from Wimbledon’s three half-time goals.
MK Dons faced Cambridge City on November 7th. The game looked as though it would go to extra time, until MK Dons were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute and were then able to progress into the next round.
They then faced the tough challenge in the FA Cup of facing league leaders Ipswich — but this ended in defeat.
Goals from Lumsden and McLachlan against Bridgwater in the National League Cup meant that Oxford went through to the next round in the first weekend of the month.
Their journey in the FA Cup also started off in the way they would have wanted with a 3-0 win and an entertaining game against Fulham. The U’s were then back in league action against Plymouth where they dominated the game with another 3-0 win.
This put them up to third in the league, overtaking Bridgwater. It was a struggle in the second round of the FA Cup when they suffered a defeat to Ashford and exited the Cup.
Plymouth failed to reach the next round of the FAWNL Cup after loosing to Chichester. Despite coming back into the game on the 60th minute and making it 1-1, Chichester came out as the winning side on the final whistle.
However, Knapman’s hat-trick and two other goals from Argyle sent them through to the next round of the FA Cup.
Back in league action the week after, Plymouth traveled to Court Place Farm to take on Oxford, but the result meant Plymouth would travel home with no points from the game. They managed to come back from the loss with a win the following weekend when they beat St Austell in the FA Cup.
November saw a whole lot of goals for Portsmouth. They started the month with a 2-0 win over Hounslow, sending them through to the next round of the National League Plate.
It was then for them to begin their FA Cup campaign against Dorking. At half-time they had a comfortable six goal lead and and went on to finish the game 13-0.
Their last game of the month was a competitive one against Exeter. Shannon Albuery gave them the lead in the second minute and not long after Exeter drew themselves level. It was Evie Gane’s goal on the 37th minute that sent Pompey through.
A top of the table clash happened on the first weekend of November in the League Cup. Southampton managed to come out on top after Lucia Kendell’s goal.
On Women’s Football Weekend, Kendell once again was able to send Southampton through to the second round of the FA Cup as they beat Swindon Town.
Saints then welcomed Crawley midweek and came out as 3-0 winners before losing their 100% winning record to top of the league Ipswich.
To end the month, they traveled down to Ilminster for the FA Cup and beat them 7-0.