S22-23 Match Report: Corinthians Ladies 2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies (Sun 29 Jan) [ECWFL D1 30.1.23]

Essex County Women’s League – Division One

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Attendance: 15 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 38

Sunday 29th January 2022 – 2pm KO

Corin: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Southm. Utd: Claret Shirts, Claret Shorts, Blue Socks

Corinthians’ Claire Campbell looks to start another forward drive

Corinthians Ladies emerge with hard-fought win over Southminster

Corinthians Ladies 2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

An additional match on Sunday saw a welcome return to watching local Women’s football as Corinthians Ladies welcomed bottom side Southminster Utd Ladies to Stambridge Memorial Ground. Daniel Mann’s side started a very busy remainder of the league campaign here and named Zoe Brown as their goalkeeper, with a defence of Nickie Williams, Nicola Murphy, Sarah Murphy and Shantelle Gamble. The midfield included Ashleigh Dorrington-Harvey, skipper Danielle Dorrington-Harvey, Rachael Selfe and Claire Campbell, supporting a forward line led by Ashley Debnam & Fran Murphy. Southminster were still looking for their first points this term, and had Jade Oyler as their custodian, with a defence comprised of Leah Anstey, Carly Willis, Emma Barringer & Shannon Thomas. Their energetic midfield featured Amy Day, Charlotte Pestell, Christie Lucking and Emily Mackler. Amy Yeldham and Cerys Cook led the attack.

Both teams respectfully fulfil the moment’s silence for the late Southminster Utd boss Liam Phillips pre-match

Before we got underway, there was a moment’s silence, remembering former Southminster Utd Ladies boss Liam Phillips, who is much missed by all his family & friends. My thoughts remain with them. He would have been proud of the way Southminster began this game, as they had more possession and pushed the hosts back at times. There wasn’t that many clear-cut chances , but Amy Yeldham & Cerys Cook were both utilising their pace to test the hosts’ defence. As the first half went on, Corinthians gradually had more ball time and showed some neat passing, however the Utd defence was dealing with the battle admirably.

Around the half-hour mark, Yeldham’s good pass found the run of hard-working midfielder Emily Mackler, though the latter’s strike fizzed past Zoe Brown’s near post. Yeldham & Cook also had glimpses at goal for Southminster before the break, as they showed commendable work rate & application given their current league position.

Amy Yeldham [#14, right] races clear for Utd

Half-Time:  Corinthians 0 – 0 Southminster

The second half started with a good spell for the hosts, as they forced a half-dozen corners in as  many minutes. Substitute Marie Barker had a decent chance at goal which wasn’t far wide for the hosts, which served as a warning to Utd which they didn’t heed. Southminster forced a good save out of Brown, from Yeldham’s good effort, which the Corinthians stopper parried round the post. Corinthians took the lead on 66 minutes as a good strike by forward Ashley Debnam from the left side of the 18-yard box found the net, despite Southminster custodian Jade Oyler getting a hand on it.

It was a tough goal to concede for Southminster, and it got harder on 82 minutes, as a good ball in by Shantelle Gamble was cleared into the path of replacement Katy Judd and the ball trickled in after wrong-footing Oyler, to give the hosts a much-needed two-goal advantage. The visitors kept going well but the facet of the game that thwarted them today was being unable to take their chances. That being said, their high-energy performance made it difficult for the hosts to settle and if they maintain this performance level, I think they will gather points before season’s end.

Full-Time: Corinthians Ladies  2 – 0 Southminster Utd Ladies

In summary, this was a very hard-fought win for Corinthians, though you have to give due credit to the high work rate & decent play from the Southminster side, who did not look a side having a hard time this term. There was a little fortune that aided the home side in the manner of the goals, though to be fair, Daniel Mann’s side kept going admirably and took advantage of a good spell in the second half to claim the points.

There were several good performances from the Corinthians side today. Led by forward Ashley Debnam, who made several good runs down the flanks & made some good passes as well as carrying a good portion of her side’s attacking intent. Midfielder Claire Campbell also put in a good display in both defence & attack, showing good work rate and awareness. Centre-back Sarah Murphy also showed good resolve to lessen the impact of a hard-working Southminster midfield & forward line, as Myrphy made several important interceptions. Finally, substitute Marie Barker did add more energy to the hosts’ midfield, as well as making good runs from midfield as well, having several half-chances to make the margin of victory more comfortable for her team.

For Southminster, kudos has to go to hard-working forward Amy Yeldham, as she made a lot of good breaking runs down the channels to test the home defence, particularly in the first half. She also showed good passing & movement, linking up well with fellow forward Cerys Cook, who also had a good game. Cook did well to aid her team’s defending at times and got the better of the opposition midfield at times. Also, Carly Willis worked hard in central defence as well as bringing the ball out from the defence to good effect. Lastly, goalkeeper Jade Oyler was unfortunate in the manner of how the goals were conceded, but made several good saves & generally was a good presence in gathering crosses.


Corinthians Ladies |  Manager: Daniel Mann | Assistant: Richard Sawyer

Starting XI: 1 Zoe Brown (GK), 5 Nickie Williams, 15 Nicola Murphy, 14 Sarah Murphy, 3 Shantelle Gamble, 10 Rachael Selfe, 21 Ashleigh Dorrington-Harvey, 20 Danielle Dorrington-Harvey (Capt), 8 Claire Campbell, 27 Ashley Debnam, 23 Fran Murphy

Goal-scorers: Ashley Debnam [66′], Katy Judd [82′]

Subs On (Time): 6 Drew Allen [22′], 9 Marie Barker [22′], 7 Katy Judd [78′], 2 Ann Bush

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Southminster Utd Ladies |

Starting XI: 1 Jade Oyler (GK), 12 Leah Anstey, 9 Carly Willis, 3 Emma Barringer, 7 Shannon Thomas, 29 Amy Day, 5 Charlotte Pestell, 8 Christie Lucking, 26 Emily Mackler, 11 Cerys Cook, 14 Amy Yeldham

Subs On: 15 Megan Downes [22′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Thompson

Referee: Spencer King


Mini-Report: AFC Basildon 6 – 4 Stevenage Women (Sun 8th Dec) [Women’s 19/20 8.12.19]

FA Women’s National League – Division One South East

Venue: Park Lane

2019 – 20 Season: Match 45

Saturday 8th December 2019 – 2.00pm KO

Basildon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stevenage: White & Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



AFC Basildon hit six in brilliant battle with Stevenage at Park Lane

AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage


Mini-Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

A rare Sunday match saw me join fellow Non-League correspondent Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) in travelling to Canvey Island’s Park Lane for this FAWNL Division One South East match between AFC Basildon Ladies and Stevenage Women.

This match gathered pace quickly, certainly assisted by a very early goal as Alex Bailess struck high into the net past Stevenage goalkeeper Grace Brooks after skipper Mollie Debell’s initial effort was blocked. The home forward pair of Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall were causing the visiting defence problems with both having chances to add to the hosts’ goal-tally. Basildon did double their advantage with 26 minutes gone as Turner manufactured some space behind the Stevenage defence and slotted home, with only Brooks to bypass.

It nearly got better for the hosts nine minutes later as Wealthall glided an effort narrowly wide of the goal frame. Credit to the visitors though as they halved their deficit eight minutes before the interval as skipper Amy Makewell raced beyond the home backline before confidently firing home to make it 2 – 1. The half did not end there though as with moments remaining, Wealthall did get on the score-sheet, evading her marker before curling her effort well into the corner.

Half-Time: AFC Basildon  3 – 1 Stevenage


The second half had something to live up to though Basildon did have the majority of the possession and with it, the attacking play. Stevenage did have the odd foray forward and as we began after the interval, they had substitute Erin Pope to thank for a superb strike finding the far corner from a narrowing angle. The hosts responded immediately and after seeing one well-struck drive crash off the woodwork, they did restore a two-goal advantage as a cross by Holly Turner was spilled by Brooks and Wealthall was there in the ‘right place, right time’ to grab a tap-in on 49 minutes. It was a case of ‘deja vu’ only three minutes later as Wealthall happily grabbed a hat-trick, thanks to another close range finish.


Both sides were showing good energy levels, particularly the home side and skipper DeBell exemplified that from right-back. There was a late flurry of goals to send the crowd home happy as first, Makewell grabbed a second as as a powerful free-kick evaded the home custodian, who was somewhat distracted by Pope in her eye-line. That made it 5 – 3 though it only stayed that way for five minutes before a good header at the near-post by Jodie Osborne was too powerful for the unfortunate Brooks to save, despite getting a glove on it.

The scoring literally ended with the last kick of the match, somewhat fittingly as Ashleigh Deacon’s low strike added a fourth for the visitors who may look back on their first-half performance with some frustration. All in all though, despite the chill of a December afternoon, the quality on show from both sides was a terrific advert for the Women’s game and credit has to go to both teams. Basildon remain 6th after this win, their fifth of the season while Stevenage stay 8th. Thanks also to the club for their kind comments post-match.

Full-Time: AFC Basildon 6 – 4  Stevenage

Goal-scorers (Basildon): Alex Bailess [1’], Holly Turner [26’], Kelly Wealthall [44’, 49’ & 52’], Jodie Osborne [88’]

Goal-scorers (Stevenage): Amy Makewell [37’ & 83’], Erin Pope [46’] & Ashleigh Deacon [90’+1]

Match Mini-Report: Southend Utd 4 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Essex Women’s Lge Prem – Sun 7th Oct) [ELP 10.10.18]

Essex Women’s League – Premier Division

Sunday 7th October – 2pm KO

Venue: Len Forge Centre  (Grass Pitch)

2018-19 Season: Match 20

Southend: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Navy Blue Socks

Hullbridge: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shirts, Yellow Socks


Valiant Hullbridge test Blues at the Len Forge

Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Southend Utd welcomed Hullbridge Sports in this local derby in the Essex Women’s League Premier Division encounter. The Blues defeated the a ‘Bridge outfit that was ‘against the odds’ right from the kick-off. The visitors showed no lack of character and tenacity to restrict the hosts though they went ahead on 17 minutes thanks to a delicate chip which just escaped the fingertips of the ‘Bridge ‘keeper.

Hullbridge did create a few half-chances, skipper Danielle Dorrington heading wide from Megan Marney’s corner right on the stroke of half-time.
Half-Time: Southend Utd 1 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, the visitors started to tire understandably though the hosts’ pace down the channels also told and good goals on the hour mark and seven minutes afterward with the first of those coming being Ria Toovey’s first of the match. That gave Southend some breathing room though ‘Bridge rallied and Marney’s oppurtunistic lob on 68 minutes after a defensive mishap and Molly Johnson’s headed 79th-minute goal gave the hosts a few nervy moments as Hullbridge believed they could snatch an equaliser.

In the latter stages though, Utd struck again as Toovey blasted home on 83 minutes when one-on-one to seal the points.

Full-Time: Southend Utd  4 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

All in all, Hullbridge showed glimpses of why they won the Division One title last season and they should be proud of their efforts here. The Blues are more than useful side as well and I wouldn’t be that surprised if both sides have a decent season.