Tro­phy on a plate for North­ern Star

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

A FINE sea­son for North­ern Star Ladies now has a sil­ver lin­ing.

The city club, who reached the third round proper of the Women’s FA Cup and achieved their best East Mid­lands Premier Di­vi­sion for six years, lifted the East Mid­lands Plate at the week­end.

A 6-1 ram­page against Oadby & Wigston left the city aces cel­e­brat­ing, but the match only went ahead af­ter Star of­fi­cials helped clear stand­ing water from the pitch at Ilke­ston Town FC.

Star were vir­tu­ally home and hosed by the break af­ter Julie Ikeda’s opener, a classy Chanade Hen­der­son sec­ond and a brace from Geo Sturgess.

Mid­field ace Rachel Ad­kin took over scor­ing du­ties in the sec­ond half as a cou­ple of clin­i­cal fin­ishes from the edge of the box brought up Star’s half-dozen be­fore their op­po­nents claimed a late con­so­la­tion af­ter Star mid­field Shay Stan­ford had been sent off.

Star boss Chris Lyon said: “We lost in the final two years ago so we were de­ter­mined to go home as win­ners this time. We did that and the at­ti­tude of the play­ers was spot-on.

“We have the ba­sis of a very good team here but we know we need to con­tinue to im­prove if we are to reach our tar­get of play­ing in the Women’s Com­bi­na­tion League.”

NORTH­ERN Star goal ma­chine Julie Ikeda has been voted the best player in the East Mid­lands Premier Di­vi­sion by her op­po­nents.

Ikeda won the league play­ers’ player of the sea­son ac­co­lade which is based on the num­ber of player-of-the-match awards handed out by op­pos­ing teams.

Ikeda got the nod 10 times in Star’s 16 matches this sea­son - the most of any player in the league.

Ikeda has scored 34 times in all com­pe­ti­tions and boss Chris Lyon said: “It’s a huge achieve­ment for Julie. She didn’t just win this award for her goals - it was also down to her con­stant ha­rangu­ing of de­fend­ers as well.”

CHAM­PI­ONS River­side Un­der 15s signed off from their stun­ning Cambs Girls League ti­tle charge with their 100 per cent record still proudly in­tact.

The city stars swept aside Saw­ston 130 in their final league fix­ture with goals by Keir Perkins (4), Alessia Mundo (3), Jess Black­bird (2), Brandi Davies (2), Fiona Plumb and Rachel Jef­fries-har­ris.

RUN­NERS-UP AFC Whit­tle­sey put the fin­ish­ing touches to their pleas­ing Cambs Girls League cam­paign with a nar­row vic­tory and an avalanche of goals.

An­nie Pos­nett, Gemma Fitzjohn and Charley Ire­land (with a 25-yard screamer) earned a 3-2 suc­cess over St Ives be­fore the flood­gates opened in style when they pow­ered past Glin­ton 10-0.

Ge­or­gia Coul­son (2), Stacy Row­ley, Leah An­thony, Tay­lor Reade, Eden White, Pos­nett and Fitzjohn all fea­tured on the score­sheet along with reg­u­lar goal­keeper So­phie Pow­ell and cen­tral de­fender Sta­cie Boon.

They notched their first goals of the sea­son while play­ing as a makeshift strike­force in the sec­ond half.

AFC Whit­tle­sey: So­phie Pow­ell, Charley Ire­land, Sta­cie Boon, Gemma Fitzjohn, Stacy Row­ley, An­nie Pos­nett, Eden White, Rosie Mal­lows, Tay­lor Reade, Leah An­thony, Ge­or­gia Coul­son.

AFC Whit­tle­sey are on the look­out for new play­ers to add to their squad next sea­son at Un­der 16 level.

Girls in school years 10 or 11 in Septem­ber is el­i­gi­ble and any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact man­ager Andy Pow­ell on 01733 351397 or 07970 887785.

FAITH Horner helped her­self to half-a-dozen goals as Hamp­ton Un­der 10s stung His­ton Hor­nets Black. Char­lotte No­ble also found the net in the 7-1 Cambs Girls League suc­cess.

RIVER­SIDE are keen to launch an Un­der 12 team next sea­son.

The club are hold­ing a train­ing ses­sion for prospec­tive play­ers at their River­side Pav­il­ion base in Candy Street, Wood­ston on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day - 11.15am to 12.15pm.

Girls in school years five and six are el­i­gi­ble. Those al­ready play­ing and new­com­ers are wel­come.

Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact club chair­man Alan Donohoe on 07925 834783 or email adon53@hot­mail.co.uk CAMBS GIRLS LEAGUE Un­der 15 River­side AFC Whit­tle­sey Hun­gate St Ives R Chat­teris B Stort­ford Sawtry Comber­ton C Saw­ston Glin­ton Witch­ford Cherry Hin­ton L Un­der 10 Chat­teris Hamp­ton Blun­tisham B Mil­ton His­ton H R His­ton H B 22 22 22 19 21 16 20 12 21 10 21 8 20 8 22 6 21 6 20 4 21 3 21 1 0 0 146 1 2 91 0 5 72 2 6 61 3 8 38 2 11 42 1 11 44 4 12 38 4 11 37 3 13 19 1 17 21 1 19 7 13 21 27 33 46 66 70 57 63 65 74 81 66 58 48 38 33 26 25 22 22 15 10 4

SIX AP­PEAL: North­ern Star Ladies af­ter beat­ing Oadby 6-1 in the East Mid­lands Plate final.

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