Ladies lose at Cardiff

West Ham United Ladies' wait for a victory continues after they were defeated 4-1 by FA Women's Premier League high-flyers Cardiff City on Sunday.

The Hammers are without a win in nine now, and they found it tough against a Cardiff side packed with Welsh internationals.

The game started positively enough, with the Hammers pushing the home side back in the first 20 minutes. They came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, with the best chance falling to Cherrelle Albert who struck from 18 yards only for the ball to hit the far post.

The game changed when Cardiff took the lead through an unfortunate goal when keeper Toni-Anne Wayne tried to blast the ball clear only for it to strike a defender and roll back into the Hammers net.

Cardiff made it 2-0 when Sarah Wiltshire wriggled her way into the penalty box and Hayley West could only stop her illegally.

Wiltshire converted the spot kick to take Cardiff into the break with a two-goal lead.

Jade Skillen came so close to pulling a goal back when she ran onto a perfect through ball, but dinked both over the advancing goalkeeper and the crossbar..

Shortly afterwards, West Ham went further behind when they failed to cut out a ball from the right flank, leaving their keeper exposed with no chance to save.

The Hammers pulled back a consolation goal when Cherrelle Albert was tripped in the box and she calmly drove the spot kick home.

With only minutes remaining Cardiff added a flattering fourth, as they kept up the pressure on league leaders Gillingham.

West Ham United Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Vicky King, Jade Skillen, Sophie Reed (Lily Mellors 59), Hayley West, Emily Masters, Katie Bottom (Abbie Solly 65), Lindsey Morgan, Cherrelle Albert (Olivia Sammons 80), Becky Merritt, Zoe Lipley-Hinton.
Sub not used : Daniella Cross

In the various age groups, the Under-15s had a busy weekend, entertaining a team from Jordan with two small-sided games on the Saturday, before they defeated Trinity FC 8-2 in a cup tie on Sunday. Grace Hill scored four times and Isabelle Wallings three, while Imogen Bennett netted the other on a successful afternoon.

The Under-13s defeated Colchester Town 6-0 in their League Cup tie on Sunday. Kelly Wealthall and Hannah Landen both scored twice, with Poppy Binding also getting on the scoresheet. An own goal rounded off the Hammers' scoring.

The Under-11s completed a perfect day of cup football for the Hammers' girls as Uplands Rangers were beaten 13-0. Sienna Sherman-Botten notched four, Lauren Hart scored three, and Leigha Bradding-Butler, Lily Walsh and Holly Hutson all claimed braces.