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Lily pegs back Liverpool   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 23 May 2017
 
Liverpool's lead at the top of the WSL 1 table was checked as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City on Saturday night.
 
The Reds went into the game in fine goalscoring form but found it difficult to break down the home defence who stood firm against their free scoring opponents. Natasha Harding went close with a header which was well saved by Caitlin Leach but with nine minutes remaining, Liverpool made the breakthrough when Katie Zelem converted Shanice van de Sanden's low cross. City then hit back with Chloe Arthur and Claire Emslie forcing good saves from Siobhan Chamberlain before Lily Agg earned them a share of the spoils with a looping header from Emslie's cross.
 
Chelsea continue to head the chasing teams and are four points behind, with two games in hand, after powering to a 7-0 victory away to Sunderland. After Gemma Davison had missed an early penalty, Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring just after the quarter hour before Chelsea added four more in a fourteen minute spell. Karen Carney made it two and she was joined on the scoresheet by Maren Mjelde and Ramona Bachmann, before Cuthbert netted her second on the stroke of half time. Sunderland tightened up after the break and did not concede again until the final fifteen minutes, when substitute Fran Kirby bagged a late brace to complete the scoring.
 
Manchester City have the same number of points from the same number of games as Chelsea, following their 5-1 win against Yeovil Town. An own goal from Ann Marie Heatherson put them ahead with ten minutes on the clock and Jill Scott added a second shortly afterwards. Yeovil brought themselves back into the game when Lucy Quinn pulled a goal back but the two-goal advantage was restored before half time through Jane Ross. Just after the hour, Ross netted her second when following up after Steph Houghton had headed against the post and Kosovare Asllani bundled home the fifth six minutes later. Yeovil were denied a late consolation goal when Sarah Wiltshire's penalty was saved by Ellie Roebuck.
 
Arsenal had kicked off the weekend by defeating Birmingham City 4-2 at The Hive. It was the Blues who got off to a fantastic start when Rachel Williams headed them in front in the opening minute and both teams struck the woodwork before the Gunners got themselves back on terms just before half time through Heather O'Reilly. Danielle van de Donk gave Arsenal the lead for the first time after the break but it lasted for just three minutes, Williams scoring her second. It was substitute Louise Quinn who was to be the difference between the two sides as she scored twice in the final twelve minutes to crown the win for her team.
 

 
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Everton finish top of WSL 2   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 23 May 2017
 
Everton clinched the WSL 2 Spring Series title in style when they won 4-0 against London Bees.
 
Needing a point going into the game, there was a scare early on when Sophie Fogarty hit the bar for the Bees but the Toffees went on to open the scoring via a deflected shot from Mollie Green and Michelle Hinnigan headed in the second. Claudia Walker extended Everton's lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half and the leading scorer rounded off her side's day by drilling home a 20-yard shot in injury time.
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles have taken the runners-up spot after also winning 4-0 at Oxford Utd. Christie Murray finished off a good move to give the Belles the lead and Kirsty Hanson lobbed home the second on the stroke of half time. Sophie Barker made it three early in the second half, with Rebecca Rayner completing the victory late on.
 
Millwall Lionesses complete the top three following their 2-1 success away to Watford on Saturday. After a goalless first half, Billie Brooks headed Millwall in front but Watford battled back strongly and equalised through Merrick Will with fifteen minutes remaining. Olesha Charles then hit the post for Watford but it was Millwall who were to have the final say and Ashlee Hincks grabbed a last minute winner to ensure that the Lionesses ended their season with five straight wins.
 
Durham Women had started the day in second place and looked to be on course for runners-up before a stunning comeback from Aston Villa gave them a 5-1 victory. It was Villa who took the lead through a Jade Richards goal but Durham replied with a Zoe Ness hat-trick which put them in front at the break. Beth Hepple then made it 4-1 from the penalty spot, with Richards heading in her second to give Villa hope. With six minutes remaining, Lucy Shepherd pulled another one back and Maddy Cusack equalised but Villa were not finished there - substitute Alys Hinchcliffe netted an injury time winner to round off a remarkable recovery and secure a result which means that Villa finish above the Wildcats in fourth.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile ended their campaign on a winning note, beating Sheffield FC 3-1 at the Amex Stadium. Kate Natkiel scored the opening goal for the Seagulls midway through the first half and a Kenedy Owen own goal doubled their advantage on the half hour. Alessia Russo sealed the points with a late long range strike, before Carla Ward netted a late consolation from the penalty spot for Sheffield.
 

 
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We talk to...Leanna Doyle (Milton Keynes Dons)   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South East News - 20 May 2017
 
WPL Division 1 South East News - We talk to...Leanna Doyle (Milton Keynes Dons) - 20 May 2017 - Women's Football NewsMilton Keynes Dons claimed the runners-up position in South East Division One this week with two victories over their main rivals for the spot, Cambridge Utd.
 
We talked to MK defender Leanna Doyle, who was very pleased with the team's achievement this season and looking forward to what she feels is a very bright future at the club:
 
WSS: Well done on finishing as runners-up, are you happy with second place or disappointed it couldn't be better?
LD: This season has been very successful and a second place finish with the highest points tally we have ever had has been a massive achievement.
 
WSS: You had to do it the hard way by playing rivals Cambridge Utd twice in a week, how well did the team play to win both games?
LD: We played Cambridge twice this week, coming out as winner both times. The first one at Stadium MK was a fantastic occasion and one we rose to. We played the best we had all season and a sense of how good this team could go on to be was being realised. A great 4-1 win was followed by a professional 2-0 victory on the weekend - there were some tired legs from playing three times in a week but we worked hard and clinched another deserved victory.
 
WSS: Overall, has the team improved and progressed over the course of the season?
LD: Overall I believe the team is progressing week in week out and with the manager James Honeyman's football philosophy being imbedded, I feel the team will continue to develop and get stronger. There are a lot of talented young girls coming through the youth teams, which are helping to boost our current experienced team.
 
WSS: What would you say have been the highlights of your season?
LD: The biggest highlight is definitely beating Cambridge United at Stadium MK. We had a large crowd, who got behind us the whole way and helped us secure a fantastic 4-1 victory.
 
WSS: Have there been any unsung heroes in the team this season, players who have played well every week but don't receive the credit they deserve?
LD: There has been a lot of great consistent performance throughout the season including Hannah Barrett, Vicky Holland and Charley Clarke to name a few. But for me a player that is always consistent and does her job without the shining recognition is our full back Sammy Gillings. She is always reliable and has put some tremendous performances in this year. I also believe she has played every game of what has been a long season.
 
WSS: Do you feel confident that you are ready to go one better next season?
LD: As I have already mentioned, I believe the team is getting stronger every week and I have all the confidence we will go on to progress and I think we could challenge for the title next year.
 
WSS: MK Dons have improved year on year and this is the club's highest ever finishing position, how much potential to do you think there is at the club to keep this going in the future?
LD: The potential at  MK Dons is huge and I'm very excited to be part of it. I think promotion is imminent in the next couple of years and with the brilliant support we are getting from the club, I think the future is very bright for MK Dons ladies.
 
Our thanks to Leanna!
 

 
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Merseyrail Bootle on the right tracks   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier North West News - 20 May 2017
 
 
Regional Premier North West News - Merseyrail Bootle on the right tracks - 20 May 2017 - Women's Football News
 
Merseyrail Bootle clinched the North West Women's League Division One South title in style with an emphatic 7-0 win over local rivals Liverpool City Ladies Community, at Bootle FC's Delta Taxis Stadium.
 
Only a was point needed to claim the title, with FC United of Manchester three points adrift of them coming into the final game but with a better goal difference.
 
However, the league's top goalscorer Sophie Perry was intent on the trophy being on Merseyside and she fired four goals to bring her total of the season to an outstanding 50 goals. With goals also from Alicia Hardacre (2) and Sheree Thompson, the party began in earnest in what has been a remarkable rise for the Merseyside club.
 
Two promotions in three years now sees Merseyrail Bootle into Step W3 of the Women's football pyramid and this club has further ambitions to continue.
 
Manager Dave Miley was full of pride for his team's exploits this season, saying: "I'm so happy for everyone involved with the club. It's great to see all the preparation, work, plans and organisation come to fruition.
 
"We have worked so hard this season - the players have been magnificent. We had a little blip in January, mainly due to games being called off but they didn't complain and their determination is what makes them winners."
 
Next season, the ladies will compete in the Premier Division and their home games will be on a Sunday at Bootle FC.
 
Club captain Gemma Lancaster commented: "I am delighted with what we have achieved. Hard work and perseverance goes a long way. I am immensely proud of every girl that's dedicated themselves to the club this season.
 
"A special mention goes to our coaches; they pushed and motivated us to perform at a high quality and devoted a vast amount of time to help us get over the line to become champions this season."
 
Team captain Kaisha Sohl, who joined the club last summer, added: "Words can't describe what it means to me and how happy I am with what we have achieved. It hasn't been an easy season but I am delighted that all of the hard work has paid off.
 
"I am so proud of every one of the girls and coaching staff for their ongoing commitment and hard work, which is the reason we ended the season as champions. It has been an absolute pleasure playing for and with them all for my first season at Merseyrail Bootle."
 

 
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Manager's pride at Worcester title   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier West Midlands News - 20 May 2017
 
 
Regional Premier West Midlands News - Manager's pride at Worcester title - 20 May 2017 - Women's Football News
 
Worcester United manager Ryan O'Connor has spoken of his delight and pride at his side's achievement of winning the West Midlands League Division One South title.
 
After an open start to the season, the battle for the title eventually developed into a two horse race and it was Worcester who finally beat off the challenge of rivals Redditch Utd, going on to finish top of the table with an unbeaten record.
 
"We have worked hard for promotion as a football club and are naturally delighted going undefeated to win the league," Ryan O'Connor told Women's Soccer Scene.
 
"We actually put together a winning run of 18 straight wins in a row in all competitions that started last season in April with an 8-0 win over Droitwich.
 
"This run also included winning a double of the Worcestershire FA County Cup and the West Midlands Division One South League Cup, and it stretched until 18th December when we finally lost in the West Midlands Division One South Cup competition, 3-2 to Redditch.
 
"First game of this season, we beat Redditch 1-0 which proved a key win for us in the long term as Redditch ended up as runners-up. Our best performance of the season was probably against Coventry Development when we played on a real quagmire of a pitch on a rainy day and produced arguably the best display of amateur football I have ever witnessed, Michelle Davis giving a player of the match performance.
 
"We then beat title contenders Droitwich home and away with some real battling performances."
 
Worcester's success was an all round team effort with contributions all over the park. "We have conceded just nine goals in 16 league games this season, which was six less than runners-up Redditch. We have also scored 43 goals and our top scorer was Lucy Edwards with 15 league goals.
 
"We won the West Midlands Division 1 South League title undefeated and gained promotion to the West Midlands League Premier Division. This means that within one year, we won all three cups available to us."
 

 
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Hard work brings Tranmere success   Share This 
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 20 May 2017
 
 
English County and other Leagues News - Hard work brings Tranmere success - 20 May 2017 - Women's Football News
 
It has been a season of near misses and some disappointments for both the men's and women's teams at Tranmere Rovers, but the ladies' reserve team has given the club an achievement to celebrate.
 
Under the managership of Lauren Davies and Matty Edwards, and captained by Kiah Sullivan, the reserves have won the Liverpool County Women's League title by a margin of five points from nearest rivals Burscough Dynamo.
 
Tranmere got off to a good start by winning their opening three matches and were always in contention from that point, making sure of clinching the title in their final match when they beat Liverpool Marshalls Feds Development 3-1.
 
The top goalscorers in the team are Olivia Hulmston, Millie Williams, Oceia Thomas and Candice Nellist, all of whom weighed in with their fair share of goals this season.
 
"With the age of the squad and the majority of the girls coming up through our youth system to play for this reserve team, a lot of the games we have played have been close," first team manager Louise Edwards told Women's Soccer Scene. "The girls have developed well as a team, and have taken each week and game as it comes.
 
"With injuries to our first team, which has left them relegated from the FA Women's Premier League, we have had to use some of the younger players from the reserves to play for the first team which although has been a great experience for them, it has sometimes left the reserves short of players. They have always just got on with the job in hand despite some very difficult games, and have proved worthy winners of the league.
 
"Everyone at the club has shown a brilliant attitude with the overall desire of wanting to improve not only individually, but as a team as well and this has always been our main aim. We have always tried to provide an environment that is enjoyable and comfortable to learn and develop in.
 
"The reserves success has been down to the hard work and commitment from the players and staff, and they are a credit to the football club. Hopefully, the players in this team can continue to improve and push for places in our first team next season."
 

 
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Yeovil Intermediate rise to the challenge   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier South West News - 20 May 2017
 
 
Regional Premier South West News - Yeovil Intermediate rise to the challenge - 20 May 2017 - Women's Football News
 
Yeovil Town Intermediate have won the Premier Division of the South West Women's League at the first attempt, following promotion at the end of last season.
 
Yeovil started the season well by winning all of their opening three matches before losing narrowly to Bishop's Lydeard in what would be their only defeat of the season. They spent much of the campaign chasing after leaders Marine Academy Plymouth but managed to make up the ground and after drawing 2-2 with their main rivals in March, Yeovil went on to sew up the title by winning their last match against Poole Town.
 
"This season has been a great challenge for the squad," manager Wes Gullin told Women's Soccer Scene. "There are some fantastic clubs in this division that have been playing at this level for several years and it's been a privilege for me and my assistant manager Jemma Tewkesbury to lead the team to another title.
 
"When you look at the great work that is being done by Julie Bowker at Bishops Lydeard Ladies, or by Vicki Fannon at Torquay United, it's easy to see why it's such a tough division. We have always been able to have a great mix of experience and promising young talent in this squad, and it's something myself and Jemma are keen to see continue."
 
The team is captained by Hannah Eglon and assistant manager Jemma Tewkesbury set a great example on the pitch by scoring an impressive 31 goals on their way to the title.
 
"Being able to win the title at home against Poole Town Ladies was a great occasion, as they are a side that can compete with anyone in the division," added Gullin. "Four goals from Jemma Tewkesbury and a brilliant penalty from vice captain Naomi Binding gave us the points, and it was a really special moment for us to celebrate on what could be our last game played at Somerton Sports Ground.
 
"Now our attentions turn to the Pat Sowden Cup Final against Marine Academy Plymouth on 21st May, which we expect to be a really tough game. We will get ourselves prepared for that game, and then focus on preparing to enter the FA Women's Premier League next season."
 
Yeovil Town Intermediate squad: Hannah Eglon, Naomi Binding, Lucie Nurse, Lindsay Rogers, Rebecca Wakley, Charlie Lilley, Georgia Mann, Georgia Coward, Emma Brazil, Amy Anderson, Eva Smith, Laura Wensley, Terri Trowbridge, Imogen Fisher, Colette Martin, Poppy Smith, Phoebe Oreshko, Jodi Cornwall, Olivia Watts, Lucy Pitman, Jemma Tewkesbury.
 

 
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Wales to play Portugal friendlies   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 20 May 2017
 
Jayne Ludlow has announced her Wales squad for their forthcoming international friendlies against Portugal on 8th and 11th June.
 
Wales will play Portugal in a double header in preparation for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign.
 
The first meeting will be on 8th June at Stadium João Cardoso in Tondela (KO TBC) and three days later, the teams play each other again at Stadium Fontelo, Viseu (11am KO).
 
Last month, Wales were drawn in the same FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group as England, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan. 
 
Wales squad:
 
Claire SKINNERReading FC Women
Laura O'SULLIVANCardiff City Ladies
Emma GIBBONBrisbane Roar
Loren DYKESBristol City
Hannah MILLSCardiff City Ladies
Sophie INGLELiverpool
Gemma EVANSCardiff City Ladies
Hayley LADDBristol City
Amelia RITCHIEBrighton & Hove Albion
Rhiannon ROBERTSDoncaster Rovers Belles
Shaunna JENKINSCardiff City Ladies
Jessica FISHLOCKSeattle Reign
Angharad JAMESYeovil Town
Charlie ESTCOURTReading FC Women
Georgia EVANSBristol City
Bronwen THOMASBrighton & Hove Albion
Nadia LAWRENCEYeovil Town
Rachel ROWEReading FC Women
Natasha HARDINGLiverpool
Kayleigh GREENChieti Calcio
Melissa FLETCHERReading FC Women
Peyton VINCZEOklahoma 2000
Ffion MORGANCardiff City Ladies

 

 
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Wales to play Portugal friendlies   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 20 May 2017
 
Jayne Ludlow has announced her Wales squad for their forthcoming international friendlies against Portugal on 8th and 11th June.
 
Wales will play Portugal in a double header in preparation for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign.
 
The first meeting will be on 8th June at Stadium João Cardoso in Tondela (KO TBC) and three days later, the teams play each other again at Stadium Fontelo, Viseu (11am KO).
 
Last month, Wales were drawn in the same FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group as England, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan. 
 
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Football "boosts girls' self confidence"   Share This 
 Women's Football Player News - 20 May 2017
 
New research suggests that football can have a greater positive impact on the self confidence of teenage girls than other popular sports.
 
The largest study of its kind was recently conducted by UEFA and an elite group of specialists to investigate the effect football has on the psychological and emotional state of girls and young women in Europe. The research took into account the impact that football has on self-confidence, self-esteem, well-being, feelings of togetherness, motivation and life skills and compared those results to other popular sports.
 
Data was collected from six countries: Denmark, England, Germany, Spain, Poland and Turkey.
 
As well as analysing existing research literature concerning the links between football and self-confidence, self-esteem, life skills and well-being, the study gathered data on 4,128 girls and young women aged 13 and over.
 
The research suggests that although women¡¯s football is at different stages in its development across Europe, there are many similarities when it comes to its impact on self-confidence.
 
The most powerful factor being that wherever they live, whatever their stage in the game, girls who play football are more confident than girls who don¡¯t play sport. Furthermore, girls who play football are more confident than girls who play other sports.
 
¡ñ 80% of teenage girls exhibited more confident behaviour thanks to playing with a football team/club vs 74% of those who played other sports;
¡ñ 54% of young footballers agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ¡®I am less concerned what others think about me as a result of playing my sport¡¯ compared with 41% of those who played other sports;
¡ñ 58% of the 13¨C17 year-old female footballers questioned said they had overcome a lack of self-confidence as a result of playing football, compared with 51% of girls who play other sports;
¡ñ 48% said they are less self-conscious as a result of playing football, compared with 40% of those who play other sports;
 
In summary, the research provides some encouraging insights for football, a sport that is set to see enormous growth across Europe in the next few years.
 
UEFA¡¯s women¡¯s football advisor Nadine Kessler said: ¡°This study shows that girls who play football have greater self confidence than those who don¡¯t play the game. Drawing upon my own experience, I can¡¯t emphasise enough how important this is when you are growing up. I am certain that we can change perceptions and make it cool for teenage girls to play football. If we manage to achieve this, we will be on our way to achieving our goal of making football the number one sport for girls around Europe.¡±
 
Since UEFA launched its Women¡¯s Football Development Programme in 2010, the game has expanded at all levels across Europe. With many of the 55 UEFA member associations investing more energy and resources into the game, elite women¡¯s football has improved significantly. This summer the UEFA Women¡¯s EURO final tournament in the Netherlands will involve 16 teams for the first time.
 
On 1st June, UEFA will launch the ¡°Together #WePlayStrong¡± campaign, a groundbreaking initiative aiming to make football the number one participation sport for girls and women in Europe by 2022.
 

 
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FA WSL to be rebalanced   Share This 
 Women's Football FA News - 20 May 2017
 
The FA has agreed that there will be a rebalancing of the number of teams in FA WSL 1 and FA WSL 2 for the 2017-18 season.
 
Following Notts County folding their women's team, the decision has been made to continue with 10 FA WSL 1 teams for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, which begins in September, ensuring there is even numbers in both divisions.
 
FA WSL 2 clubs are now able to apply for the remaining place in FA WSL 1. The application process will require clubs to demonstrate how they will meet the additional licence criteria, financial and staffing requirements of FA WSL 1.
 
As clubs had not been aware at the start of the FA WSL Spring Series that a place in FA WSL 1 would become available, along with the importance of clubs being equipped on and off the pitch to compete in the top division, it was decided that a full application process should take place.
 
The five elements of the application will be weighted for assessment purposes as follows: finance and business management (30 per cent), players, staff and youth development (30 per cent), facilities (20 per cent), marketing and commercial (15 per cent) and 2016 and Spring Series on-pitch performance (5 per cent).
 
Clubs must submit their application by midday on Tuesday 30th May. The decision will be made in early June, before confirmation of the successful club's new league place at the FA WSL AGM on Wednesday 28th June.
 
FA WSL 2 was due to have 11 teams for the 2017-18, with the winner of the FA Women's Premier League play-off due to receive promotion into the division. Blackburn Rovers will play Tottenham Hotspur in the Championship play-off match at The Valley on Sunday 28th May.
 

 
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Liverpool open up lead   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 20 May 2017
 
Liverpool maintained their excellent start to the FA WSL 1 Spring Series with a 4-0 victory over Sunderland, which has seen them open up a lead of six points at the top of the table.
 
Melanie Reay's side had gone into the game having not conceded a goal in any of their opening three matches but ten minutes into the game, Liverpool made a breakthrough via a superb 30-yard strike from in-form midfielder Caroline Weir. Another ten minutes elapsed before Natasha Harding doubled the Reds' lead with her fourth goal of the season. Sunderland almost pulled a goal back early in the second half when Madeleine Hill hit the woodwork but just before the hour mark, Weir netted her second to put Liverpool firmly in control of the game. Casey Stoney rounded off the scoring late on when she netted her first goal for the club from close range.
 
Chelsea move back into second place in the table after a late equaliser pegged them back to a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, who preserved their own unbeaten record. The Gunners took a first half lead after Danielle Carter was brought down in the area by Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford, who then saved the resulting penalty by Jodie Taylor, with the England striker slotting home the rebound. Arsenal remained in front until midway through the second half, when they were unable to clear a free kick from Hannah Blundell and Millie Bright was on hand to head home from close range. Jordan Nobbs almost restored Arsenal's lead with an audacious 35-yard lob which came back off the bar, but as the game went into injury time, Chelsea looked to have snatched their third straight victory when Crystal Dunn set up Drew Spence to score. However, Arsenal were not finished, and made sure of their third draw in four matches when Nobbs diverted a Carter shot home.
 
Reading FC Women ended a run of three defeats by winning 1-0 against Yeovil Town at Taunton. The Royals made a fast start to the game and took the lead with seven minutes on the clock, a Jo Potter corner being headed on by Rachel Furness for Mandy van den Berg to turn home from close range. Kirsty McGee twice went close to putting them further ahead with close range headers and Yeovil goalkeeper Megan Walsh was in good form to help keep her side in the match. Yeovil came into the game more as an attacking force after the break but could not really trouble a Reading side which kept its first clean sheet of the season and condemned Yeovil to their fifth reverse on the trot.
 
Birmingham City were able to ease some of the disappointment of their SSE Women's FA Cup Final defeat by recording their first win of the Spting Series, 2-0 against Bristol City. Both teams had chances in the opening stages of the contest, including an excellent point blank save by Blues goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley to deny Chloe Arthur, before Ellen White gave Birmingham the lead when she headed in from a corner. Lauren Hemp was inches away from providing an instant response for the Vixens but at the other end, Sarah Mayling struck the post before turning provider for her team's second goal, crossing for White to tuck the ball home from close range. Chances were fewer after the break although Baggaley was to pull off another excellent save, this time from Olivia Fergusson, to maintain her side's clean sheet.
 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier Souhthern News - 20 May 2017
 
East Midlands League
Bedworth Utd are virtually assured of the runners-up position in the Premier Division after Peterborough Northern Star were beaten 6-3 by Sheffield Utd. Jennifer Pearson hit a hat-trick for the title winners and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jodie Hartley, Melissa Celi and Sophie Bell, while Cassie Steward (2) and Vicky Gallagher replied for Northern Star. In the other game, Katie Davison and Abbie Murrell netted the goals as Nettleham won 2-1 away to Kettering Town, whose consolation came from Mikaela Welford.
 
Eastern Region League
Haringey Borough rounded off a memorable season for themselves by completing the League and Cup double with a 5-1 victory over Cambridge City in the League Cup Final. In the clash between the winners of the two divisions at Letchworth, Klesha Darroux spearheaded the victory for Haringey by bagging a hat-trick and there was one apiece for Karesha Iton and Jaidene Browne, with Isabella Simmons replying.
 
The League Plate Final was an all-Division One affair and it produced something of a surprise result as Hutton defeated Colney Heath 1-0. Hayley Critchell scored the only goal of the game with twenty minutes remaining to hand Hutton their first trophy in the league and leave Colney Heath as runners-up in both league and cup.
 
London & South East League
Leyton Orient have largely dominated matters in the league throughout the season and followed their league title success by also capturing the League Cup with a 3-1 victory against Crawley Wasps in the Final at the Gallagher Stadium.
 
Hayley Barton, Jasmine Campbell and Sophie Le Marchand were all on target for the O's, with Crawley's consolation coming from Naomi Cole (see match report).
 
North East League
Tynedale ended their season on a winning note but their 6-4 success away to York City was not quite enough to earn them a top three place in the Premier Division. Jane Riddell hit a hat-trick for Tynedale with Ashley Lambert, Vicky Mudd and Megan Watson adding the others, Megan Bramham also scoring three times in reply along with Martha Ohr, meaning that Tynedale finish level on points with Castleford White Rose and Wallsend Boys Club but it is the latter who take third place on goal difference.
 
One team who will be playing all of those sides next season will be Hartlepool Utd, as they emerged as 3-1 winners from the Northern and Southern Division promotion play-off match against Sheffield Wednesday. Things had started well for Wednesday as they took the lead through Ellis Ridge but goals from Jessica Dawson, Nicky Duckling and Justine Robins ensured that Hartlepool took the remaining Premier Division place.
 
Southern Division title winners Farsley Celtic completed their campaign with a victory in a high scoring affair, 6-4 at Malet Lambert YC. Olivia Auker and Shirley Murphy each netted twice for Farsley along with Demi Godson and Chelsea Schofield, while Malet responded with a goal apiece from Natalie Gray, Olivia Jackson, Natalie Nelson and Karly Salter.
 
Southern Region League
The last remaining Regional League title was decided on Sunday as New Milton Town were crowned Division One Champions following their 2-1 victory away to third placed Barton Rovers. New Milton went into the game needing a victory in order to finish above overnight leaders Ascot Utd and a brace of goals by Olivia Jones proved to be enough to give them the points against the Chairman's Cup winners, whose solitary strike came from Phoebe Cole. In the other game, Alton Utd, who were also playing the week following the Chairman's Cup Final, did get some consolation with a 3-2 win against Woodley Utd. Chelsie Stewart and Tiffany Taylor were on target for Alton along with an own goal, Woodley replying through Rosie Page-Smith and Bonnie Messitt.
 

 

 
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 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 20 May 2017
 
Leicester City Women made certain of the runners-up position in the Midland Division by winning 4-2 against Loughborough Foxes Development. Lekeisha Gummumbs, Natalie Hurst, Simran Singh and Annie Taylor all netted a goal apiece, with Kayleigh Harris netting twice in reply. Leicester followed this up on Tuesday night with a 3-0 success away to Derby County, courtesy of a Sophie Domingo brace and Alex Madden.
 
In the solitary match to be played in the Southern Division, Queen's Park Rangers ran out 7-1 winners over West Ham Utd. Rae Roberts was on target twice for Rangers along with Hannah Hester, Ashleigh Harte, Laura Hennessy, Sophie Gardiner and Rachael Mullard.
 
In the FA WSL Development League, Southern Division title winners Chelsea completed their campaign by beating Yeovil Town 5-2. Olivia Smith netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Isabella Sibley, Lauren Pickett and Nicole Douglas. After having taken the runners-up spot during the week, Arsenal battled out a 5-5 draw with Millwall Lionesses whilst Bristol City won 4-0 away to London Bees.
 

 
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Orient seal League and Cup double   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier London and SE News - 19 May 2017
 
Leyton Orient 3 Crawley Wasps 1
Leyton Orient completed a memorable season with a London & South East League and Cup double which was achieved after a League Cup Final victory over Crawley Wasps at Maidstone United FC's Gallagher Stadium.
 
Already winners of the league, two first half goals gave the O's a strong start and despite a spirited rally by the Sussex team during the second half, a late third saw the Cup and League trophies both heading towards East London after a well contested match.
 
Orient took the lead on 11 minutes when Hayley Barton made a tricky run down the right and produced a perfect cross beyond Wasps keeper Marie Gillstroem for Jasmine Campbell to head home at the far post. Campbell then nearly doubled the lead with a powerful 20-yard shot just wide on 17 minutes. Barton then played in Ella Meadowcroft , but Gillstroem was quick off her line to save,
 
Sophie Le Marchand doubled the lead on 37 minutes, breaking clear on the left and finishing low past Gillstroem. Crawley, despite trailing, had created a number of promising positions in the opening half. The closest they came to scoring came from a right wing corner on 38 minutes, the ball ending up in Orient keeper Naomi Ogunde's hands on her line after a blocked header led to a goalmouth scramble. Crawley's Faye Rabson then shot wide after beating two defenders just before the break.
 
Gillstroem was soon back in action on the restart, tipping over an Ellie Davies cross. Leyre Bastyr then went close with a lob from distance hitting the post whilst Campbell sent a header just over the bar as O's sought a decisive third.
 
Crawley gradually played their way back into the match with Naomi Cole sending a shot just over the bar on 57 minutes. Substitutions gave Wasps an extra edge and determination as they pushed hard for a comeback.
 
It was Cole who found the net on 78 minutes, latching on to a right side cross before turning and firing high past Ogunde.
 
Wasps continued to press, winning a number of free kicks and corners, but the Orient defence stood firm. As time ran out, the champions found a third goal to settle the match. Barton took a free kick from wide on the left and her well struck effort flew beyond Gillstroem into the far corner.
 
Both teams had provided good entertainment for a sizeable crowd, a good showcase for the LSEWFL but it was Orient who were able to take possession of both trophies and prepare for FAWPL football in 2017-18.
 
Leyton Orient:
 
Naomi Ogunde, Francesca Cagetti, Connie Monteil-McCann, Danielle Griffiths, Hayley Barton, Ellie Davies, Leyre Bastyr, Jasmine Campbell, Sophie Le Marchand, Egle Trezzi, Ella Meadowcroft. Subs: Kathryn Canavan, Olympia Diamond, Belen Ripoll Douton, Pinja Piira, Vanessa Wilson.
 
Crawley Wasps:
 
Marie Gillstroem, Michelle Ward, Hannah Duncan, Naomi Cole, Danielle Boyd, Holly Turbill, Jade Elphick, Faye Rabson, Holly Walker, Nicholle Smith, Niamh Stephenson. Subs: Toni Smith, Megan Hannah, Suzanne Davies, Rebekah Dunt, Aston Worsfold.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)

 
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Liverpool land Turner signing   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 May 2017
 
Liverpool have completed the signing of England international defender Amy Turner.
 
25-year-old Turner joins the Reds to strengthen Scott Rogers' squad as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the FA WSL Spring Series.
 
Versatile defender Turner has completed the move to Merseyside having previously played for the likes of Notts County Ladies, Leeds United Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles.
 
On completing a move to Liverpool Ladies, Turner said: "This is a fantastic move for me and I'm really excited to join up with the squad. The girls have proven so far in the FA WSL Spring Series what massive potential the team has so hopefully I am able to make the squad even stronger.
 
"Liverpool Ladies are a team with big ambitions and I am confident that we can have a successful end to the FA WSL Spring Series before the full season starts in September."
 
Speaking on the acquisition of Turner, Liverpool Ladies manager Scott Rogers said: "Amy is a versatile defender who is equally comfortable at full back or as a central defender so this is another great signing for the Club . Amy is also proven in the FAWSL so I am thrilled to have signed her as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season.
 
"A number of clubs showed a big interest in Amy so I am absolutely delighted that she has chosen to commit her future to Liverpool Ladies."
 

 
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Wolves clinch the title   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 Midlands News - 17 May 2017
 
Northern Division One
Mossley Hill staged an amazing escape from relegation and also affected the runners-up position with a stunning 3-0 victory away to Hull City. The Merseyside club, who lost all of their opening nine league matches, needed nothing less than a win in order to stand any chance of climbing out of the bottom two whilst Hull required a victory to eanr themselves a second place finish, but goals from Megan Brodie, Amy Hughes and Stephanie Lockhart ensured that Mossley will definitely be playing Premier League football next season.
 
Hull's defeat means they will finish in third place, while Liverpool Marshalls Feds claimed the runners-up spot by winning 4-3 away to Leeds Ladies. Chantelle Thompson (2), Laura Bartup and Carla Lee netted the goals for the Feds, with Leeds replying through Veatriki Sarri, Arianne Parnham and Jodie Hunter.
 
Champions Guiseley Vixens completed their season with a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, who finish outside of the bottom two. Sarah Danby, Chantelle O'Hara and Olivia Thackray scored the goals which gave Guiseley their 19th win in 22 league matches and they finish top of the table by a huge fifteen point margin.
 
Chester-le-Street Town have had a good season and they end it in fourth place following their 6-2 success against Morecambe. Nichole Goundry-Havery led the scoring with a hat-trick, Amber McLoughlin added a brace and Brogan Prudhoe was also on the scoresheet.
 
Blackpool Wren Rovers face an anxious wait though as they were beaten 4-1 by Brighouse Town, whose first season in the league culminated in a sixth place finish. Chloe Dean, Emily Starkie, Nicola Swift and Charlotte Proud all scored for Brighouse while Wren Rovers' consolation came from Nikki Berko.
 
Midlands Division One
Wolverhampton Wanderers clinched the title and are back in the top flight after a 1-0 win away to Leicester City Ladies. Wolves went top of the table for the first time this season in midweek after beating Loughborough Students and a nervy performance was settled in the opening five minutes of the second half, when Emma Cross scored the only goal of the game to give Wolves the result they needed.
 
Loughborough Foxes had led the table for the entire season up until that point; they did all they could with a fine 2-1 victory at third placed Sporting Khalsa but they have fallen just two points short. Emma Pilling and Chloe Young were on target for the Foxes with Megan Wilton replying for Khalsa, who have had a very good season themselves.
 
Radcliffe Olympic follow on after rounding off their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Rotherham Utd, thanks to a solitary goal from Honor Cantrell.
 
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies meanwhile defeated Long Eaton Utd 4-2. Leah Seivwright netted two of the goals along with Katy Kirby and Maimee Morris, while Long Eaton's replies came from Cara Newton and Amy Pashley.
 
A win would probably have seen TNS Ladies finish in third place but such was the tightness of the chasing pack, their 2-2 draw with Solihull Ladies means they end up in sixth. After Lois Jeffries had given Solihull a first half lead, Emily Ridge netted a brace which looked to have given TNS the points until Carly Davies equalised with six minutes remaining.
 
Steel City Wanderers meanwhile completed their campaign on a winning note, a first half double from Millie Kenyon earning them a 2-1 victory away to Loughborough Students, whose consolation came from Morgan Murphy.
 
South East Division One
Gillingham's hopes of ending their title winning season with an unbeaten record are over after they were beaten 3-2 by AFC Wimbledon in their final match. In fact, the Gills had raced into a two-goal first half lead thanks to Fliss Gibbons and Kallie Balfour but after Katie Stanley had pulled one back before half time, Yasmin Poole and Becky Sargent scored second half goals to earn Wimbledon the points and a highly creditable third place in their first season back in the league.
 
Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile claimed second place after repeating a midweek victory over Cambridge Utd by beating the U's 2-0. Hannah Barrett and Heather McDonnell netted the goals which saw MK reach their highest ever finishing position.
 
Although they still have a match to play, Luton Town will definitely be finishing in fifth place after they battled out a goalless draw with Stevenage Ladies, who now look very likely to end up outside of the bottom two.
 
Actonians Ladies rounded off a good season for themselves by scoring eleven times without reply past Norwich City. Melissa Jung led the scoring with a six-goal haul, Alessandra Barrace and Sinthujah Sooriyakumra weighed in with a brace apiece and Katrina Duncan completed the tally.
 
Nuala McKevitt was another hat-trick scorer for Enfield Town as they ran out 5-1 winners over Lowestoft Town. Regan Coleman and Macy Diaz added the other goals, with Hannah Waters replying.
 
Ipswich Town and Denham Utd will finish level on points after their meeting resulted in a 2-2 draw. Zoe Cossey and Roxanne Small were on target for Ipswich, while Denham netted through Jennifer Banfield and Lauren Page.
 
South West Division One
Champions Chichester City rounded off their successful campaign by winning 2-0 away to Keynsham Town. Lauren Cheshire and Jess Lewry scored first half goals which mean that Chi finish the season unbeaten, having won all bar one of their twenty games.
 
Brislington can look back on a satisfactory first season in the league as can Basingstoke Town and their meeting ended in a 2-2 draw. Helen Ogle gave Basingstoke a first half lead which was cancelled out before the break by a Polly Wardle header and Zoe Gunter struck after the break for the home side, with Katie Randell replying.
 
Maidenhead Utd completed a good week for themselves, following up a midweek victory over St Nicholas by beating Exeter City 1-0, Rachel Panting scoring the only goal of the game.
 

 

 
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Angharad makes Yeovil move   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 May 2017
 
WSL1 News - Angharad makes Yeovil move - 17 May 2017 - Women's Football NewsFormer Notts County midfielder, Angharad James, has joined Yeovil Town Ladies ahead of their four remaining Spring Series fixtures.
 
The Welsh international is available to play in today's clash with Reading FC Women, where she will meet former Notts County team mates Jade Moore, Jo Potter and Kirsty Linnett.
 
The 22-year-old has represented Wales at U16's, U17's and U19's level, plus she has accumulated over 50 caps for the senior side.
 
James has a considerable amount of Women's Super League 1 experience, having competed in the league for many years, former clubs include Arsenal and Bristol Academy. The midfielder has played with a number of the Lady Glovers squad during international duty and from previous clubs.
 
On signing, James said: "After the disappointment of what happened at Notts County, I am delighted to join Yeovil Ladies and can't wait to get started.
 
"I'm looking forward to working with Jamie, who I can't thank enough and the talented group of players we have here.
 
"The ambition is to get maximum points from the next four games, putting us in a strong position leading up to the Winter season."
 
Jamie Sherwood believes that James will be a beneficial asset to his squad: "It is great to see AJ as part of the squad in the short term.
 
"She is a player I've admired for a long time and I am sure that she will soon show the YTLFC fans what I have seen in her for years.
 
"She will bring good experience of this level of football to our squad, even at her young age she has competed at this level for a few years.
 
"She brings a calming influence in possession and defensive edge out of possession.
 
"I am looking forward to working with AJ and watching her settle into the club and I hope we will see her in her new home for a lot longer than just the spring series."
 

 
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Spurs end with win whilst Rangers face wait   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 17 May 2017
 
Southern Division title winners Tottenham Hotspur completed their league campaign with a 7-0 victory over West Ham Utd.
 
Bianca Baptiste and Wendy Martin each scored twice along with Lucia Leon, Katie O'Leary and Rhianna Soobadoo.
 
Coventry Utd end up in second place, four points behind Spurs, following their 3-1 success away to Portsmouth. Callan Barber, Jade Brook and Natasha Lynch were all on target for Coventry, with the home side's consolation coming from Alexandra Iusan.
 
Cardiff City Ladies finish third for the third time in four years after they won 1-0 at Crystal Palace. Kerry Bartlett grabbed the only goal of the game to ensure that the South Wales side once again equal their highest ever final position.
 
There were plenty of goals on offer at C & K Basildon where the home side edged out Charlton Athletic by the odd goal in seven. Therese Addison netted twice for C & K along with Jay Blackie and Zoe Rushen, while Charlton replied through a Kit Graham brace and Grace Coombs.
 
The important clash at the other end of the table resulted in a 2-0 win for Queen's Park Rangers against Swindon Town. Joanna Blodgett and Juliette Denny scored either side of half time to seal the victory for Rangers at the County Ground but it was not quite enough to move them off the bottom at the expense of the home side, and their fate will be decided in the next few weeks.
 

 
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Leicester finish third   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL North News - 17 May 2017
 
Leicester City Women have finished in third place after scoring six times without reply past Newcastle Utd.
 
Rosie Axten, Shauna Cossens, Charlotte Greengrass, Natalie Johnson, Holly Morgan and Alex Madden all scored a goal apiece to ensure a highly creditable finish for their side in their first season back in the division following promotion.
 
Stoke City must settle for fourth place but will be more than satisfied with their final result of the season, holding Champions Blackburn Rovers to a 2-2 draw. After Ashleigh Hayes had given Stoke a first half lead, Blackburn hit back strongly and led at the break thanks to Faye McCoy and Ella Toone. Stoke did not give up though and became only the second team this season to pick up a point at Blackburn when Rachael Ball equalised in the dying minutes.
 
Runners-up Middlesbrough have had an excellent season and rounded it off on a winning note, 3-0 away to Fylde Ladies. Bianca Owens confirmed herself as the division's top goalscorer and reached the 20 mark for the campaign by netting a first half double, before Ellie Dobson wrapped up the win by scoring the third with twelve minutes remaining.
 
The East Midlands derby match went the way of Derby County who won 2-1 against Nottingham Forest. Lisa Giampalma opened the scoring for Derby with seven minutes on the clock and after Forest had equalised through Rebecca Kemp on the stroke of half time, Melissa Johnson settled matters in favour of the home side just after the hour mark.
 
Huddersfield Town meanwhile edged out West Bromwich Albion 2-1 and will finish outside of the bottom two. Albion went ahead through Abi Cottam on the quarter hour but two goals in a three minute spell from Katie Nutter and leading scorer Kate Mallin ensured that Town took the points.
 

 
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