It was FA Cup weekend for two of our local women's sides, with all eyes on Netherton United Ladies to see whether they could continue their remarkable run in the competition after reaching the first round proper for the first-time in their history.
Knowle Ladies, who play one step higher than Netherton, took the lead on 15 minutes before Yasmin Green brought the scores level six minutes later. Ellie Hannon then handed Netherton the lead on 35 minutes, but the hosts were instantly pegged back in the opening stages of the second half.
The game went into extra time and Naomi Dauncey grabbed the all-important winner to send Netherton through to the second round – now just one of two tier-seven sides left in the competition.
But it was disappointment for Peterborough United Women in their first appearance at this stage of the competition, falling to a 4-0 defeat against fellow National League Division One Midlands side Long Eaton United at Grange Park despite an evenly-matched first 45 minutes.
Funnily enough, Netherton United have been drawn away to Long Eaton United in the second round of the competition, with the tie scheduled to take place on November 28.
It was also a difficult weekend for our local sides in the FA Trophy with Peterborough Sports and Yaxley FC failing to progress to the second round.
Jimmy Dean’s men travelled to Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday and took an early lead after Dan Lawlor’s free kick was headed home by Ryan Fryatt. The hosts pulled an equaliser out of nowhere after a long-range strike on 16 minutes before Felixstowe & Walton grabbed the winner in the second half to knock out Sports.
Yaxley FC were thrashed 6-0 by Isthmian League North league leaders Canvey Island as their journey in the Trophy came to an abrupt end.
Struggling Wisbech Town held Spalding United to a 0-0 draw on Saturday in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands league while Stamford only picked up one point in a 2-2 draw against bottom-place Histon FC.
In the United Counties League, Peterborough Northern Star delivered an impressive performance against league leaders Hinckley LRFC, losing only 1-0 at the Branch Bros Stadium just a week after a heavy 6-0 defeat at Rugby Town.