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Godalming Town 3 Eastbourne Ladies 2 (aet)
Godalming Town, of the Greater London League Division One, reached the Third Round Qualifying of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a hard fought 3-2 extra time home victory over Eastbourne, of the South East Counties League Premier Division.
Twice pegged back in a very even opening 90 minutes, the Gs were able to find a third goal early in extra time and this time were able to protect the lead. An unusual feature of the contest was that all three Godalming goals came from left side corners, delivered with deadly effect by Megan Vincer.
Vincer had already threatened the Eastbourne goal twice before providing the delivery for Toni West to power home a commanding header on 15 minutes. Another corner, this time played short, led to a low cross flying just wide of Sian Crewe's goal.
Eastbourne played their way into the match as the half progressed with Charlotte Long a constant menace to the home defence. Twice in two minutes, the striker forced home keeper and skipper Kim Ketchell into good saves. Ketchell then turned a 30-yard effort from Jessica King over the bar as the visitors finished the half strongly, but just unable to find the leveller.
This situation was soon remedied within two minutes of the restart as a high ball from the left led to a scramble and Long got the final touch to send the ball inches over the line for the equaliser. Eastbourne then went very close to the lead on 49 minutes when Long hit the bar from close range after an initial shot had rebounded to her off the keeper.
Godalming's Steph Le powered a shot just over, then the hosts retook the lead on 63 minutes when Rebecca Munro seemed to get a final touch on another Vincer inswinging corner. The match. played with impressive commitment and pace throughout, was finely poised as a flurry of substitutions brought fresh legs to both teams.
Eastbourne substitute Katie Titmuss was denied by a fine save, whilst Godalming substitute Grace Merry saw a cross bounce to safety off the bar on 77 minutes. Within 60 seconds, Eastbourne were level. Long showed technique and bravery to beat keeper and defender to a through ball and slide the ball home off a post, taking a heavy knock in scoring.
Neither side could find a winner, although Rebecca Bloor twice went close for Godalming as did King for Eastbourne. However, within two minutes of the start of extra time, another substitute struck the winner. Eastbourne managed to clear a corner but only to the edge of the area where Lauren Carnell showed excellent technique to drive a hard low effort through a crowded area.
Right at the end of the first period it seemed that Long would notch her hat-trick and a third equaliser but a vital touch diverted her shot wide. Another half chance was saved by Ketchell early in the second period and Godalming saw out the remaining time very effectively to celebrate a very hard earned win.
Both teams contributed greatly to a match worthy of the best traditions of the competition, played hard but fair in a good spirit throughout the 120 minutes.
Kim Ketchell, Mairead Cheeseman, Hannah Davies, Jessica Winchester, Steph Le, Carys Potter, Megan Vincer, Rebecca Bloor, Rebecca Munro, Toni West, Laura Funnell. Subs: Megan Oliver, Charlotte Benson, Lauren Carnell, Grace Merry, Zoe Greener.
Sian Crewe, Leanne Hawkins, Victoria Ecclestone, Melissa Ferguson, Ella Newman, Jessica King, Ella Sutherland, Shantelle Omar, Charlotte Long, Charlotte Parendine, Elena South. Subs: Jade Thatcher, Katie Titmuss.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Steph Le slides in to tackle Melissa Ferguson
(middle) Jessica King is challenged by Hannah Davies
(bottom) Carys Potter tries to win the ball from Katie Titmuss
The Football Association has announced that Mark Sampson has left his position in charge of the England women's team.
The FA has issued the following statement on its website:
The Football Association can confirm that Mark Sampson's contract as England Women's head coach has been terminated with immediate effect.
Prior to taking charge of the national team in December 2013, Sampson was manager of Bristol Academy.
In 2014, safeguarding allegations were made against him about his time with Bristol Academy. The safeguarding assessment was that he did not pose a risk working in the game.
However, the full report of that investigation was only brought to the attention of the current FA leadership last week and it is our judgement that it revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by a coach.
It is on this basis that we have acted quickly to agree a termination of Sampson's contract.
In respect of investigations into specific allegations made by Eniola Aluko in 2016, The FA stands by the findings of the independent barrister Katharine Newton's investigation.
Sampson has denied all of the accusations put to him and no evidence of wrong-doing was found.
We will continue to support the independent investigation as it reviews the recent evidence presented to it and publish any new findings and recommendations.
Birmingham City Ladies Football Club has announced a three-year principal partnership deal with The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers through its brand, Maple Products from Quebec.
The agreement, which is the biggest sponsorship deal in Blues Ladies history, will see the Maple Products from Quebec logo adorned on the front of the First Team playing kit and replica shirts.
It's not their first involvement with Blues: Maple Products from Quebec sponsored the Ladies Regional Talent Club last season (RTC) and they are now stepping up their commitment not only to Blues but women's sports through this deal.
Maple Products from Quebec and Birmingham City are partnering to promote the nutritional benefits of pure Quebec maple syrup as a healthier alternative to processed sugars and other sweeteners.
The partnership aims to inspire girls and young women to take up sports activity and educate them about the importance of nutrition in sports and everyday life.
Pure Quebec maple syrup is a 100% natural, unprocessed product, packed with essential minerals and antioxidants vital for athletic performance, and simple carbohydrates that easily metabolise glucose and provide energy before, during and after exercise. It is also a vegan product.
To celebrate the partnership, the Ladies' first team have received special maple syrup products packs, which included a range of samples, recipe ideas and a bespoke maple cookbook created by the Federation's UK chef ambassador, David Colcombe.
The squad has also enjoyed an exclusive cooking session with Chef Colcombe at University College Birmingham (UCB), where they were introduced to maple products and learned how to incorporate them into their sporting diets.
Chris Brewerton, Business Development Manager at Birmingham City Football Club, said: "The partnership with Maple Products from Quebec is fantastic for the club. Through their partnership last season with the Ladies RTC the Federation have seen the wonderful potential of Ladies football and the fact that they are now branching out to be involved with the First Team shows their commitment and interest in a hugely positive part of Birmingham City Football Club.
"We are delighted to be working with Maple Products from Quebec and look forward to a very successful three-year partnership as together we build awareness about the nutritional benefits of maple syrup."
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers looks after the interests of more than 7,500 maple businesses in Quebec, Canada. Maple Products from Quebec has strong ties with sport as the official energy source of the Quebec Cycling Federation since 2015, and as a partner sponsor of two official events staged by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) each year in Canada.
Serge Beaulieu, President of the Federation, said: "Scientific studies have confirmed the wealth of maple syrup's nutritional benefits which have become very appealing to athletes across the UK and Canada. Sponsoring Birmingham City Ladies FC will provide a great opportunity to promote the message of maple in sport, and we look forward to working with the club over the next three years."
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England 6 (Parris 11, Taylor 13, Nobbs 36, Bronze 44, Duggan 57,84)
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England started their World Cup qualifying campaign with an emphatic victory over Russia at Prenton Park.
Four of the goals came from Merseyside-born players and the margin could well have been much greater but for a fine performance from Russian goalkeeper Tatyana Shcherbak which included a first half penalty save.
England went on the offensive from the start and were rewarded with eleven minutes on the clock, Fran Kirby's pass picking out Nikita Parris who steered a low shot inside the far post for the opener.
Before Russia could recover, the second goal came and Kirby was once again the provider, this time with a superb pass which released Jodie Taylor on goal and she slotted confidently past Shcherbak.
Ksenia Tsybutovich fired a free kick narrowly over at the other end but England had a great chance at the midway point when Kirby's shot was blocked by the arm of Tsybutovich and a penalty was awarded. The defender was shown a second yellow card and left the field but Kirby was unable to score from the spot, Shcherbak guessing the right way to make a save.
England did not stop pressing though against their depleted opponents and the third goal came when Kirby exchanged passes with Toni Duggan before finding Jordan Nobbs who took a touch before drilling home.
On the stroke of half time, a quickly taken corner ended with Kirby's cross being half cleared as far as Lucy Bronze who volleyed an unstoppable shot into the top corner to make it four.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with England seeking more goals and the next one came twelve minutes after the restart. Bronze played a one-two with Kirby as she burst forward into the area before cutting the ball across goal for Duggan to plant home a shot from eight yards.
England replaced their front three with Karen Carney, Ellen White and Izzy Christiansen, and went close to further extending their lead on a number of occasions but were denied by the overworked Shcherbak, who pulled off a string of saves.
However with six minutes remaining, a badly miscued clearance from Anna Kozhnikova dropped to the edge of the area where Duggan coolly sidefooted into the empty net.
Ekaterina Pantyukhina hit the bar in injury time for Russia but, in truth, they had looked a poor side all match and England could look back on a highly satisfying start to their group.
Siobhan Chamberlain, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Karen Carney 61mins), Jade Moore, Jodie Taylor (sub Ellen White 65mins), Fran Kirby (sub Izzy Christiansen 70mins), Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Laura Bassett, Carly Telford, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott.
Tatyana Shcherbak, Anna Kozhnikova, Anna Cholovyaga (sub Anna Belomyttseva 33mins), Nadezhda Smirnova, Ekaterina Sochneva (sub Ekaterina Pantyukhina 79mins), Elena Danilova, Marina Fedorova, Elvira Ziyastinova, Ksenia Tsybutovich, Kseniya Kovalenko, Elena Morozova. Subs not used: Tatiana Sheykina, Natalya Mashina, Irina Podshibyakina, Maria Galay, Alena Belyaeva.
Northern Division One
Hull City made a quick return to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over previous leaders Brighouse Town. A first half goal from Natasha Cooke gave Hull the points and brought an end to Brighouse's fifteen match unbeaten run.
Crewe Alexandra are still unbeaten in their opening three games and notched up their first victory on Sunday, a late goal by Laura Garner giving them a 1-0 success away to Mossley Hill and lifting them up to fifth place.
Barnsley meanwhile completed a good day for away teams as they edged out Leeds Utd by the odd goal in seven. Drew Greene netted twice for Barnsley along with Darcie Greene and Danielle Lowe, while Leeds replied through Rebecca Hunt, Carey Huegett and Liuli Dyson.
Midlands Division One
Solihull Moors have made an excellent start to the new season and their fourth straight win has taken them to the top for the very first time. Victoria Grieve, Lois Jefferies, Samantha White and Abbie Taylor all scored a goal apiece as Solihull ran out 4-1 winners over Leicester City Ladies, whose consolation came from Carmelina Colangelo.
Loughborough Foxes move up into second after beating Radcliffe Olympic 4-1. Charlotte Cooper bagged a brace for Loughborough with Becky Matlock and Lindsey Tugby adding the others, Rania Ramadan replying.
Steel City Wanderers made it two wins on the trot when they defeated Sporting Khalsa 2-0, courtesy of a goal in each half from Lucy Ridley.
Sheffield Utd recorded their first Premier League victory when scoring eleven times without reply past Rotherham Utd. Kim Brown led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tania Marsden weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Jodie Hartley, Sophie Bell, Nat Shaw, Evie Robinson, Alex Hickerman and Jennifer Pearson.
Birmingham & West Midlands were 1-0 winners away to Long Eaton Utd to get themselves off the mark for the season. Valene Izon settled matters with the only goal of the game, during the first half.
South East Division One
Actonians Ladies have regained the leadership with a 7-2 victory over Norwich City. Alessandra Barreca, Mariko Engels and Carla Williams each netted twice and Katrina Marshalleck was also on target, with Chelsea Garrett and Aimee Durrant replying.
Luton Town had opened the day as leaders but are back in second place after suffering a 4-1 reverse at the hands of AFC Wimbledon, who join them and Actonians on nine points. Caroline Bisson (2), Katie Stanley and Kelly-Jade Whelan were the markswomen to hand Wimbledon their third victory on the troy, while Luton's consolation came from Zara Carroll.
Leyton Orient moved into the top four by winning 2-0 away to previously unbeaten Ipswich Town. Both goals came during the first half, Lisa Holmbeck putting the O's in front and Chanel Richards adding the second just after the half hour.
Milton Keynes Dons are another team returning to form and they were 3-1 winners at Enfield Town. Amelia Hazard netted twice for the Dons, with Charly Wright adding the other.
Stevenage Ladies continued their improvement as they finished level at 1-1 with Cambridge Utd, who drew for the third time in four matches. Cara Breckenridge was on target for Stevenage, while Cambridge replied through Emma Jenkins.
Denham Utd climbed up into mid table with a 5-2 success away to Haringey Borough. Sophie Cheadle bagged a brace and there was one apiece from Jenny Banfield, Chontele Lawrence and Annie Hewitt.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle maintained their position as leaders on goal difference when they won 4-0 away to Maidenhead Utd. Katie Middleton put Argyle ahead midway through the first half and Natasha Knapman added a quickfire brace, before Zoe Cunningham added the fourth after the break.
Southampton Saints also made it four wins from four matches with a 1-0 success at Cheltenham Town. Libby O'Dell scored the only goal of the game shortly before half time, and Saints wrapped up the win by keeping their fourth successive clean sheet.
Keynsham Town remain three points behind after they defeated Poole Town 5-1. Kerry Bartlett, Michelle Munro, Justine Lorton, Katie Cook and Nadine Grogan all scored a goal apiece for Keynsham, whose goalkeeper Hannah Christer also saved a penalty, while Poole's consolation came from Samantha Gubb.
Basingstoke Town got off the mark for the season when sharing a 2-2 draw with Brislington. Polly Wardle gave Brislington a first half lead but after the break, Helen Ogle and Lizzie Laws looked to have given Basingstoke the points until Amy Jefferies grabbed a late equaliser.
St Nicholas and Larkhall Athletic each registered their first point of the campaign as they also shared four goals. The Larks raced into a two-goal first half lead, thanks to a double from Lizzie Barratt, before St Nicholas hit back after the break and two Rhian Robbins goals earned them a share of the spoils.
Scottish Champions Glasgow City have announced their return to Glasgow and to their former home of Petershill Park.
The ten in a row SWPL winners have played for the past three years at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, but took the recent decision to return to Petershill Park and will play their remaining SWPL fixtures at the north of Glasgow venue along with their UEFA Women's Champions League upcoming tie against Kazakhstan Champions BIIK-Kazygurt.
Commenting, Club Manager Laura Montgomery said: "To be honest, we never really wanted to leave Petershill, but at the time, the pitch no longer conformed to UEFA standards and we saw little benefit in playing Champions League games at one venue and our domestic games at another.
"The Excelsior is a terrific stadium, but as a Glasgow club, our preference is to be playing in our home City and Petershill now not only has a fantastic newly installed pitch surface it also has good transport links which helps fans attend matches. The smaller venue also helps build some of the best atmosphere the team has ever played in front of."
Montgomery will be hoping the club can return some memorable European nights at Petershill Park when they take on BIIK-Kazygurt in the last 32 of the Champions League on Thursday 12th October. Previous European matches at Petershill Park have sold out and the team have responded with some great performances.
Tickets are on sale now at glasgowcityfc.co.uk and are priced at £5 U16s and £10 adult.
Charlton Athletic have hit top spot in the Southern Division for the first time this season after running out 7-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers.
The Addicks led at the break through a solitary goal from Kim Dixson but in the second half, Kit Graham netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlotte Gurr, Ellie Dorey, Katie Flack and Hope Nash.
Crystal Palace remain unbeaten and are in second place, two points off the pace, after being held to a goalless draw by Coventry Utd who are back on track after two narrow defeats.
Gillingham complete the top three following their 5-0 success against Swindon Town, who are still looking for their first goal and points. Kallie Balfour kept up her good start to the season by scoring a hat-trick, and also on target for the Gills were Jenny Newman and Jade Keogh.
Lewes are steadily climbing the table and have moved into the top half with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. A tight match was settled with just two minutes remaining, when Rebecca Carter netted the only goal of the game for the Rookettes.
Chichester City are another team whose results are improving and they made it two wins in a row when beating West Ham Utd 4-0. Charley Wilson-Blakely bagged herself another two goals and Chi's other markswomen were Cherelle Khassel and Jade Widdows.
Huddersfield Town have regained the leadership of the Northern Division after winning 1-0 away to Derby County.
With Blackburn Rovers on County Cup duty, Huddersfield took the opportunity to climb back above them when Emily Heckler scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes into the second half.
Middlesbrough meanwhile made it three wins on the trot when beating West Bromwich Albion and this has taken them up to third. All of the goals came during the second half, Holly Manders opening the scoring seven minutes after the restart and 'Boro went on to seal the points thanks to Ellie Dobson, Leonie Hutchinson and Emma Foster.
A win would have taken Nottingham Forest to the top of the table but they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Leicester City Women, who now lie one place below them in fifth. Forest twice took the lead with goals from Samantha Conroy and Natasha Hudson but Leicester hit back on each occasion, earning themselves a share of the spoils courtesy of Natalie Johnson and Leigh Dugmore.
Guiseley Vixens claimed their first point of the season with a 3-3 draw against Stoke City. In a see-saw game at Nethermoor Park, Stoke took a first half lead through Ashleigh Hayes but Guiseley responded with a brace from Chantelle O'Hara which ensured they were in front at the break. Hayes then netted her second in the opening minute of the second half to level things up again and Hannah Keryakoplis scored what looked to be the winner for Stoke soon afterwards, until Alarna Fuller grabbed an equaliser for Guiseley deep into injury time.
The draw for the Third Round Qualifying of the SSE Women's FA Cup has been announced by the Football Association.
Ties are to be played on Sunday 8th October and the winning teams will receive £500 each:
Alnwick Town v Rotherham United
Farsley Celtic v Hartlepool United
Burnley v Wigan Athletic
West Didsbury & Chorlton v MSB Woolton
Brighouse Town v Wakefield
Altofts Ladies v Chorley
Chester-Le-Street Town v Barnsley
Crewe Alexandra v Hull City
South Shields v Norton & Stockton Ancients
CMB Ladies v Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Mossley Hill
Steel City Wanderers v Morecambe
Sheffield United v Leeds United
Newcastle United v Carlisle United
Redditch United v Solihull Moors
Sporting Khalsa v Lye Town
The New Saints v Shrewsbury Town
Eastwood Ladies v Coventry Sphinx
Long Eaton United v Leicester City Ladies
Bedworth United v Birmingham & West Midlands
Radcliffe Olympic v Loughborough Foxes
Loughborough Students v Brereton Town
Burton Albion v Nettleham
Milton Keynes Dons v Actonians
Cambridge City v Ipswich Town
Maidenhead United v Luton Town
Cambridge United v Norwich City
Peterborough Northern Star v Acle United
Harlow Town v Denham United
Wymondham Town v Newmarket Town
Enfield Town v AFC Sudbury
Godalming Town v Haringey Borough
Ashford Town (Middx) v London Kent Football United
AFC Dunstable v Eastbourne Town
New London Lionesses v Parkwood Rangers
Leyton Orient v Billericay Town
Hassocks v Stevenage
Bedford Ladies v Royston Town
Chesham United v Whyteleafe
AFC Wimbledon v Woodley United or Alton Ladies
Cheltenham Town v Southampton Saints
FC Chippenham v Basingstoke Town
Poole Town v Plymouth Argyle
St Nicholas v Keynsham Town
Downend Flyers v Buckland Athletic
Winchester City Flyers v Southampton Women
Forest Green Rovers v Larkhall Athletic
Brislington v Torquay United
Former Minot State University player, Chloe Melton has signed for Yeovil Town in the lead up to the green and whites opening match of the season.
The 23-year-old had a spell previously with Reading FC Women, before she moved to America.
Melton impressed manager Jamie Sherwood and fellow coaches Colin Staples and Ryan Moon during pre-season, enough to earn herself a place in the squad.
On signing, Melton said: "I am delighted to start the next chapter of my career with such a hard working and passionate team.
"It has always been my dream to play at the highest level of women's football and I am excited to have the opportunity to do so with such a great bunch of girls.
"I hope to achieve my ambitions and help drive the club to continue to develop and be successful. I am excited to grow as a player and as a team and I look forward to the challenges the upcoming season brings."
Manager Jamie Sherwood said: "Chloe has shown a great attitude since coming in. Her character and work ethic, is something which will be invaluable this coming season.
"She has a keen eye for goal and her athleticism will give us another option and an added dimension."
Yeovil have also signed Welsh international midfielder Georgia Evans following her departure from Bristol City last week. She was on the bench for Wales' 1-0 win in Kazakhstan over the weekend.
Kazakhstan 0 Wales 1 (Fishlock 54)
Wales got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start following a narrow victory over Kazakhstan in Astana.
Jessica Fishlock scored the winner ten minutes into the second half, capitalising on a poor punch from goalkeeper Oksana Zheleznyak before volleying the ball into an empty net from just outside the box.
The victory extended Wales' fine recent form in qualifying matches, with Jayne Ludlow's side having lost just once in their last seven competitive fixtures.
But the scoreline could have been greater as the visitors dominated for long periods at the Astana Arena, creating several good opportunities before securing victory.
Wales started the game on the front foot as both Kayleigh Green and Fishlock went close in the opening 20 minutes.
But they found Zheleznyak in good form, as the Kazakhstan stopper saved on two occasions, while at the other end the home side had a rare sight of goal when captain Begaim Kirgizbayeva forced a save from Laura O'Sullivan.
Wales finished the half strongly, however, as Rhiannon Roberts fired over inside the box and Green headed wide at the near post after good work from Fishlock.
Despite a goalless first period, it was the way that the visitors started the second half that eventually paved the way for victory.
With ten minutes played, a corner from the left wasn't properly cleared by the goalkeeper and as the ball fell to Fishlock just outside the box, the midfielder produced a sublime piece of skill to volley the ball back over the stranded group of players and into the net.
Again, the dominance in possession followed as Wales sought a second goal that would have ensured a far less frantic finale, as Kirgizbayeva went close to drawing the hosts level when her 25-yard effort just evaded the top corner.
But Ludlow's side held out to seal their first victory in qualifying ahead of next month's trip to Russia.
Kazakhstan: Oksana Zheleznyak, Aida Gaistenova (sub Anastassiya Vlassova 80mins), Bibigul Nurusheva, Shokhista Khojasheva, Begaim Kirgizbayeva, Yekaterina Krasyukova, Adilya Vyldanova (sub Zuleira Abisheva 60mins), Svetlana Bortnikova, Yuliya Nikolayenko (sub Yuliya Shiryayeva 65mins), Yekaterina Babshuk, Karina Zhumabaikyzy. Subs not used: Irina Sandalova, Asselkhan Turfybekova, Mariya Demidova, Valentina Penkova.
Wales: Lauren O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts (sub Charlie Estcourt 45mins), Natasha Harding, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Jessica Fishlock, Rachel Rowe, Hayley Ladd. Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Hannah Miles, Nadia Lawrence, Georgia Evans, Alice Griffiths, Elise Hughes.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
New Milton Town were pushed all the way by Frampton Rangers but managed to progress to the Second Round Qualifying with a 3-2 victory, thanks to a Tiffany Skinner brace and Olivia Jones. The Southern Region League side now take on Downend Flyers who defeated local rivals AEK Boco 9-0, Kate Michael and Alana Willson each hitting hat-tricks with Alice Baker, Rebecca Giles and Laura Tugwell completing the scoring.
Downend Flyers was formed by Sue Hiscox in September 1992 with just five girls at the very first training session. It has continued to expand over the years and they are now a charter standard club and run teams from Under-8s right through to the ladies. The success of the youth system is continuing to pay dividends as four of this season's squad have progressed from last year's Under-18 team. They are Mae Hawkins, Rebecca Giles, Ella Thresher and Chloe Morley.
The ladies' team plays in the South West Women's Football League. They won the Eastern Division title in 2011-12, along with the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, as well as the league and GFA Women's Cup double in previous seasons.
Manager is Shaun Fisher who has been at the club for many years, starting as manager and coach of an Under-10s team and continuing through each age group until stepping up to become the ladies' manager this year. Captain is Kate Michael who is also the longest serving player at the club starting her 12th season, having also spent two years at Under-10 level with the club.
New Milton Town (from):
Nicole Power, Lottie Napier, Rhianna Fallon, Victoria Wardle, Lucy Cuff, Bec Ingram, Michelle Keehan, Hollie Lemon, Holly Sandiford, Caitlin Steele, Tiff Skinner, Olivia Watts, Jess Marshallsay-Spiller, Olivia Jones, Georgia Slater, Katie Norman.
Downend Flyers (from):
Mae Hawkins, Amy Yip, Rebecca Giles, Ella Thresher, Laura Tugwell, Chloe Morley, Melanie Pickering, Katie Ransome, Jen Atherton, Lauren Harris, Sophie Harris, Kate Michael, Alana Willson, Sarah Robson, Alice Baker, Sophie Trigg.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Redcar Town emerged as 2-1 winners over Workington Reds in the last round, goals from Gabrielle Wordsworth and Kirsty Flynn helping them become one of three County League clubs to knock out Regional League opposition in the First Round Qualifying.
Redcar are away again on Sunday and this time the travel to Alnwick Town who got to this stage with a 3-2 victory against Washington Juniors, Jade Barrett, Jenny Patterson and an own goal giving them the win after they had trailed by two goals at one stage.
Alnwick Town Ladies are a newly formed club, playing their first friendly match back in March and to mark the occasion, they were donated a signed England shirt by Lucy Bronze (presented by Lucy's mother Diane). The tie against Washington was their first competitive match and they have entered the Pin Point Recruitment Women's League.
The team is managed by Peter Hately with Tommy McKie as Chairman and Georgia Thompson is team captain.
The match will be played at St James Park, home of Alnwick Town FC, with a 2pm kick off.
Alnwick Town (from):
Kitty Lindley, Shaunie McFall, Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson, Jodine Crombie, Larissa Brown, Ash Grisdale, Mel Darling, Jade Barrett, Georgia Latto, Amy Lawson, Becky Robinson, Chloe Young, Jenny Patterson, Lauren Humble, Lynn Anderson.
Redcar Town (from):
Louise Arden, Emma Bolton, Lydia Brown, Claire Campbell, Michelle Coleman, Yasmin Cook, Gemma Craddy, Emily Faye Crisp, Georgia Elliott, Beth Enderwick, Emily Fewster, Kirsty Flynn, Georgie Horn, Rachel Horsley, Paula Lowe, Lauren Potter, Heather Power, Tyler Sharp, Laura Taylor, Ellie Turner, Gabrielle Wordsworth.
Brighouse Town have made an excellent start to the season in FAWPL Northern Division One and they sit on top of the table following their 6-2 victory over Chester-le-Street Town on Sunday.
We talked to prolific Brighouse striker Jodie Redgrave, who admitted that being top is not too significant at this stage but is focused on maintaining the team's run which started in the latter half of last season:
WSS: Well done on reaching the top of the table, how does it feel to be there even at this early stage of the season?
JR: To be honest, we are under no illusions, the table doesn't really mean anything at this early stage. But for us, it does demonstrate our intentions going forward this season. It was crucial for us to gain points in the early start of the season. Last season we really struggled to get points on the board before Christmas, but then in the New Year we finished the season unbeaten in 12, with which we continue to be unbeaten in a competitive match since. We are by no means a finished article in terms of where we want to be, but we are certainly making positive steps towards achieving our goals. Team morale is high, we have signed some really positive players who have all contributed so far and we just want to keep the momentum going. Although the league table doesn't mean anything yet in terms of the season outcome, for the club we again continue to break history, as it is the first time Brighouse Town has been top of this league. We continue the momentum from last season's cup runs and for us it is really important that we continue to break history for the club and everyone who volunteers their time to be involved.
WSS: 6-2 away to Chester-le-Street, which is never an easy place to go, is an impressive victory. How good was the team's performance on the day?
JR: Going off the back of last season, Chester-le-Street, in my opinion were a really strong, physical side and like you say not the team you want to be playing after a long journey up North. They were very direct and had players with the ability to switch the ball quickly and shoot from range. They became our bogey team last season, we could never get the result we wanted against them, which is only credit to them. This time round, I think all our players were motivated to have rid of the bogey team mentality - I was certainly! The team's performance was outstanding. We travelled with 11 players which really was not ideal, however I think it enhanced team spirit even more, everybody worked for one another, our decision making was better than other games and something just clicked. Defensively, we know we need to remain switched on and stop conceding so many goals, as it is doing us an injustice. Going forward, I think we were excellent and our shooting fortunately paid off in this game.
WSS: Your three league matches have yielded a total of 23 goals so far, so presumably your matches have been good to watch as well?
JR: Yes definitely! If you want to see goals then I believe with the strike force we now have then we are the team to come and support. Like I say, we need to concede fewer, but if you like nail biting football then get yourself down to our home games at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium, St Giles Road, Brighouse.
WSS: You finished last season so well, have changes been made over the summer or has it been simply a case of maintaining that kind of form?
JR: I think in football, momentum is crucial. Building upon momentum from last season, keeping positive team spirits and morale, confidence in ourselves and each other, relaxing and being a team rather than a set of individuals has helped our form so far. Last season was an unbelievable season for all involved. We showed fantastic form in cup matches and managed to finish fifth in the league, which following our poor start to last season was very positive for us, and only something we can build on as I believe we are. Over the summer, we recruited some really good players who have only enhanced the quality of football we now play. We knew we needed players with ‘football brains', and the technical and tactical ability if we wanted to move forward as a club. So from my perspective I am really pleased with the signings we have made. We still require a couple of additions for the long term plans which hopefully we can add to later in the season.
WSS: You have been in tremendous form in front of goal but seven different players have already scored this season, how big a help is that to the team and to yourself?
JR: Well, for me, I can't thank them enough! Last season, fortunately I was in good form, but if I was to get injured or having an off game, it was a case of who is going to score now. I will say that Proudy scored 20 last season which really helped the team out, but we can't just rely on one or two players to produce the goods. We now have players in many different positions scoring and with the desire and confidence to put the ball in the back of the net. It means we don't become predictable against opposition and we now have greater dimension to our squad. That is why this season at Brighouse is so exciting!
WSS: This week you take on Hull City who are still unbeaten themselves, what sort of match are you expecting on Sunday?
JR: A very tough match. Hull are a physical team with great technical ability in their squad. They aren't a team which are going to roll over easily. I don't believe it will be a game where we score, they score and then that pattern continues throughout the match. It could be a one goal victory and we have to ensure that it is us who end up on top. Our decision making and communication will be crucial and we just have to go into the game as we have the others so far - relaxed but confident and building upon our start so far. I am confident in the squad to get something from the game. I am sure Hull will be looking to build on their performances from last season too, so it should be a challenging match, I am looking forward to it.
WSS: It's early days of course, but is there real belief that Brighouse can challenge for the title this season?
JR: As I say, we have set out our intentions early in the season. We do want to push for the title, who doesn't (???) but we will continue to focus on ourselves and not get caught up in what other teams are doing. As long as we grind the results out each week, then each week is a positive step in the right direction.
Our thanks to Jodie!
Hungary 0 Scotland 3 (Clelland 15, Emslie 27, Ross 89)
Shelley Kerr's reign as Scotland Head Coach kicked off with a victory in Hungary thanks to goals from Lana Clelland, Claire Emslie and Jane Ross.
Two first half strikes put Scotland deservedly in front and although Jane Ross added a third in the second period, the scoreline could have been much higher but for some spurned opportunities.
The win was ideal preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers beginning away from home against Belarus on Thursday 19th October.
Lee Alexander made her first appearance for the national team in between the posts with new captain Rachel Corsie partnering Joelle Murray in the heart of defence. Up front, Lana Clelland led the attack, supported by Jane Ross, Fiona Brown and Claire Emslie.
Within minutes of the game starting, Scotland asserted their dominance and were within inches of going ahead through a Rachel Corsie shot at the back post from a corner.
After 15 minutes Scotland took the lead from a corner when Emslie found Lana Clelland who took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put Scotland in front.
Hungary responded quickly though and hit the crossbar from outside the box through Wolfsburg striker Zsnanett.
Just before the half hour mark, Claire Emslie scored her first goal for Scotland through a scorching drive from the edge of the area, sparking wild celebrations from the winger.
Moments later Lana Clelland cut inside and forced a strong save from the goalkeeper. The Tavagnacco striker was a livewire in the first half and could have scored her second when a delightful Caroline Weir cross found Clelland but she hit the ball into the goalkeeper's arms.
At the break, Rachael Small made her first Scotland appearance in more than four years with Lucy Graham making her Scotland debut shortly after.
20-year-old Graham nearly capped off her first appearance in sensational style when she unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the box but saw the ball rattle the crossbar.
As the game edged to a close, Scotland continued to control proceedings and were presented with another chance after 85 minutes when a dinked cross was lashed over from close range by Caroline Weir. Lisa Evans also laid the ball on a plate for Christie Murray who saw her close range shot saved.
Scotland then did grab a deserved third when Jane Ross was sent clean through on goal and slotted into the net with a typically composed finish, scoring her 51st goal for her country.
After the match, first time goalscorer Claire Emslie told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "I was really happy to be involved with the squad first of all so to start and score my first goal for Scotland was excellent.
"Regarding my goal, it was good build up play and I was just hanging out wide anticipating the ball so when it came to me I just focused on striking it well and fortunately I did and it hit the net.
"It's been an enjoyable week away with the squad, working with Shelley Kerr. She is really focused, straight talking with a lot of big plans that all the players want to be part of."
Scotland: Lee Alexander (sub Shannon Lynn 61mins), Chloe Arthur (sub Rachael Small 45mins), Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Joelle Murray (sub Sophie Howard 45mins), Joanne Love (sub Lucy Graham 51mins), Claire Emslie, Caroline Weir, Lana Clelland (sub Lisa Evans 77mins), Jane Ross, Fiona Brown (sub Christie Murray 45mins). Subs not used: Megan Cunningham, Vaila Barsley, Frankie Brown, Leanne Crichton, Kirsty Smith.
Leading Welsh communications firm Orchard Media and Events Group has bolstered its support for women in sports through securing a new deal with the Welsh Premier Women's League (WPWL).
The company, which has a history of working to promote women in sports, has secured headline sponsorship of the WPWL for the second year running.
Women's football is becoming increasingly popular in Wales and around the world. Growing attendance figures and broadcasting deals have raised awareness at the top end of the sport, as well as participation amongst grassroots teams. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) Women's strategy has a target of 20,000 affiliated players by 2022, and 600 new Female coaches by 2024 at all levels of the game throughout Wales.
WPWL League Secretary Lucy Kelly said: "I am very pleased Orchard have become headline sponsors for our national league in Wales once again. Women's football has never been so popular. Orchard's increasing portfolio of success with major events over the last number of years means that we are uniquely positioned to keep bolstering support for the sport together."
Orchard will now be the WPWL headline sponsor for the 2017-18 season. The sponsorship was the biggest commercial deal in the history of the competition when Orchard first secured the partnership last year.
Orchard's team work across a wide range of disciplines including: public relations, media planning and buying, TV and radio production, music promotion, VR and AR, event management, exhibitions, audio visual hire and design. Orchard already works closely with the Football Association of Wales, managing match days for the World Cup qualifiers and producing the recent FAW Awards ceremony.
Orchard's film department recently produced the BBC Wales programme Wales Women: Inside the Scrum following the Welsh Women's rugby team in the build up to this year's Six Nations. This month, S4C will air Orchard's TV series which follows Wales and Lions legend Mike Phillips as he coaches the Senghenydd Sirens.
Orchard's PR Director Tim Powell said: "As proud supporters of Welsh sport, and a major player in media and events in Wales, we are only too happy to support the development of the women's game in Wales. We enjoy a great relationship with the FAW, and want to play our part in their success."
The Welsh Premier Women's League was formed in 2009 and now has 10 teams participating.
Nottingham Trent University welcomed girls from all over the county to take part in a free FA Girls' Football Festival this week, organised through the support of Nottinghamshire FA.
Girls aged between five and 16 years, from various schools across Nottingham were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music. The festivals are a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres, providing an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
Caroline Hulme, National Women's Football Project Officer at the FA said: "We are back on the road and delighted to bring the FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres to Nottinghamshire. The festivals have given thousands of girls the opportunity to try football in a fun and safe environment. It's great to see so many girls adding to this number here at today's event.
"The girls here today have had the opportunity to try all aspects of football and also had the chance to meet their role models from the female game. We hope that we have inspired these girls to seek further football opportunities following today, supporting our aim in doubling female participation by 2020."
The festival offered a range of innovative equipment, including a speed cage, target shoot, quick feet and batak boards. Accredited FA coaches led the event, with Nottinghamshire County FA staff and volunteers on hand to help.
Girls had the opportunity to speak to Laura-Jayne O'Neill and Eleanor Abercrombie who both play for Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club. Both were on hand to discuss life as a semi-professional female footballer and give advice on how to get involved in the game, finishing the festival with an inspirational question and answer session.
Festival sponsors Continental Tyres believe in the importance of grass roots football, with UK Marketing Director, Tracey Mortimer saying: "The FA Girls Football Festivals with Continental Tyres grows year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls the chance to get involved with the sport. At Continental Tyres we are extremely proud that 2017 is our seventh year partnering with The FA and undoubtedly is set to be the biggest and best so far."
East Midlands League
Holders Peterborough Northern Star were knocked out of the League Cup when they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City Women Development, who scored through Zoe Boote and Georgia Gladwin. A number of Premier Division sides drew awkward ties against lower division opposition but all came through unscathed, Mansfield Town surviving the biggest scare as they won a penalty shootout following a 5-5 draw against Grimsby Borough. Androulle Kokkinou hit a hat-trick for Mansfield whilst Lisa Cromey was on target four times for Grimsby but ended up on the losing side. Amy Whyte and Rachael Bell scored the goals as Ollerton Town won 2-0 at Sleaford Town whilst Kettering Town beat Teversal 6-1 thanks to Laura Beckett, who netted four, Lynsey Jelley and Sophie Till. Eastwood Ladies produced a strong performance in winning 8-2 away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Demi Croxall, Courteney Csomor and Hannah Swindley all scoring twice along with Anna Desnos and Paige Singleton, meanwhile goals from Annie Longmore, Lauren Turner and Codi Melia saw Oughtibridge to a 3-0 victory over Woodlands Ladies. Loughborough Students were 3-2 winners over Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Rosanna Frith-Salem netting twice along with Grace Stanley, and Nettleham triumphed 5-1 at Rise Park courtesy of a Holly Newman hat-trick, Tia Johnson and Rebecca Hornsey. Natasha Leach scored twice, including an extra time winner, as Arnold Town Development won 2-1 away to Clifton and Market Warsop edged past Oadby & Wigston Dynamo by the same scoreline, Brigitte Warrender bagging a brace. Jessica Driscoll hit a hat-trick, Jenna Lusk weighed in with a double and Keir Perkins was also on target for Peterborough Utd in their 6-1 victory over Hykeham Town and Northampton Town defeated Riverside LFC 5-1, Emma Dunmore and Leahe Stacey each netting twice along with an own goal. Samantha Clarke was another hat-trick scorer as Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 5-3 against Desford, Ceara Toal adding the other two, Jade Lang and Jamie Elday gave AFC Leicester a 2-1 victory at Cosby Utd and Heather LFC beat Thrapston Town 2-1 thanks to Sarah Rickett and Demi-Jayne Sheppard.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town are two points ahead at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-1 win away to Acle Utd, courtesy of a Paris Smith hat-trick. Bedford Ladies remain in second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Dunstable, Michelle Byrne netting their goal with Isabelle Attenborough replying. Lucy Jones (2), Abigail Fry, Sophie Vale and Amy Simmons were all on target as Writtle defeated AFC Sudbury 5-2 to move into the top three. Angela Arnold and Nina Boorman ensured that Brentwood Town won 2-1 at Royston Town and Lowestoft Town pipped Cambridge City by the odd goal in seven, Hannah Waters' hat-trick and Nicole Sheldrake securing their team's first victory of the season.
Wymondham Town are the new pacesetters in Division One North, they took over at the top after beating Silver End Utd 7-0. Nadine Basson and Alice Collins each scored twice, with one apiece from Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris, Kayleigh Holloway and Mollie O'Callaghan. Histon are one point behind in second place following their 4-1 win away to Ipswich Wanderers and King's Lynn Town also notched up their second straight victory, defeating previous leaders Cambridge Utd Res 4-2 with goals from Oksana Imanalijeva, Jade Kelly, Rebecca Russell and Shelley Woods.
Stevenage Ladies Res hold on to pole position in Division One South after scoring nine times without reply past Hertford Town. Hannah Marshall was on target four times, Daniela Martucci and Becky Day weighed in with a double apiece and Nicole Coull completed the scoring. They lead on goal difference from Harlow Town, 2-1 winners over Hoddesdon Town Owls thanks to Tayla Handscombe and Lily Bruno.
London & South East League
Carshalton Athletic have gone to the top of the table with a 4-3 victory away to Aylesford. Holly Nicholls was the heroine for Carshalton as she netted all four goals, while Rebecca Barr (2) and Helena Jefferies replied for the home side. Parkwood Rangers are one point off the pace and level with second placed Crawley Wasps, they beat Watford Development 7-1 thanks to an Emily Vaughan hat-trick, Sophie Hayes double, Corrie Goodhew and Jade Whiteman. AFC Phoenix meanwhile claimed their first win of the season, 6-1 against Fulham FC Foundation. Natalia Mann hit a hat-trick, Lucy Monkman weighed in with a brace and Elizabeth Wicks was also on target.
North East League
Two extra time goals from Emily Senior and Nicola Swift gave Ossett Albion a 2-0 victory over Premier Division side Wakefield to go through to the Second Round of the League Cup. South Shields also eliminated higher division opposition, goals from Paige Lester, Dionne Fleming and Megan Archbold earning them a 3-1 win away to Hartlepool Utd. Boldon CA Villa were 2-1 winners over Blyth Lions in the all-Northern Division clash, their markswomen were Allison Ferris and Ebony Foster. Tiffany Lyons led the scoring with a hat-trick as Castleford White Rose defeated Malet Lambert YC 9-2, Molly Ward and Aimi Beresford each netted twice and there was one apiece from Rhian Edmondson and Lacey Lewis. Farsley Celtic netted nine times without reply past Harrogate Town, courtesy of a Jordan Cheetham hat-trick, Helen Moreton (2), Keegan Lambert, Katie Platts, Elanna Prothero and Shirley Murphy.
Three Second Round ties were played on Sunday, including East Yorkshire Carnegie coming through a difficult tie away to Sheffield Wednesday with a 5-2 victory. Molly Storey was on target twice along with Millie Sharp, Shannon Tate and Tonya Wild-Storr. Durham Cestria had a much smoother passage past Guisborough Ladies, Sophie Hodgson and Shannon Reed each bagging trebles and braces came from Abbie Lambert and Molly Holder, while Megan Elliott, Nisha Mistry, Jessica Hennessy and Sophie Wood completed the scoring. Altofts Ladies meanwhile ensured that at least one Southern Division team will be in the Third Round, they defeated Swallownest Beighton 4-1.
North West League
A busy week in the North West League ended with perennial challengers Burnley Girls & Ladies as the early pacesetters in the Premier Division, taking top spot with a 6-1 victory over Blackpool. Burnley head a quartet of teams on six points, with Merseyrail Bootle beating Blackburn Community 3-0 to sit in second, just ahead of previous leaders Sir Tom Finney, who did not play, and MSB Woolton, 4-1 winners against CMB Ladies. Fleetwood Town Wrens are just behind after they shared a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers, who picked up their first point of the season.
In Division One North, Leigh RMI defeated Kendal Town 8-1 to lead the table on goal difference from Bury FC Women, who were 2-0 winners away to Bolton Wanderers Res. Penrith AFC began their campaign by beating Preston North End 9-0 and Workington Reds also opened up with a win, 4-1 against Burscough Dynamo.
Curzon Ashton have an early lead of three points in Division One South, after their 9-0 success away to Crewe Alexandra Development. FC United of Manchester commenced their season with a seventeen goal victory over City of Liverpool and Altrincham also won their opening fixture, 5-0 against Northwich Vixens. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res claimed their first win of the season, 3-1 over Warrington Wolverines.
South West League
Middlezoy Rovers sit in top position in the Premier Division after their opening match finished in a 3-0 win away to Downend Flyers. Georgia Coles, Anusia Rourke and Chloe Stringer were all on target for the Somerset side. Charlie Rowlands, Issy Newns, Ashleigh Watson and Marika Niekuwal all found the net for Forest Green Rovers in their 4-0 success at Ilminster Town and this puts them just behind Bishop's Lydeard who were beaten 2-1 by Yeovil Town Intermediate, Terri Trowbridge and Jodi Cornwall scoring for Yeovil with Holly Miller replying. Emily Plummer netted twice and Rhianna Ben-Carew the other as Keynsham Town Development won 3-2 at AEK Boco, whose replies came from Kelly Cutler and Shania Powell, and a solitary strike from Rebekah Rose earned Marine Academy Plymouth the points against Torquay Utd.
On the opening day of the season in the Eastern Division, Portishead Town took the honours with a 4-1 victory over Team Mendip, thanks to a goal each from Ruby Lowe, Hannah Thornton, Michelle Venton and Emily Lindsey. Royal Wootton Bassett meanwhile edged out St Nicholas Res 4-3, their markswomen were Laura Gammon, Hayley Huckin, Michelle Rich and Robyn Levett. Maddie Wood netted both goals as Almondsbury won 2-1 at Cheltenham Civil Service and FC Chippenham beat Frome Town 2-1, thanks to Aleksandra Guzik and Lily Withers.
Alphington kept up their good start in the Western Division by winning 3-0 away to Plympton Ladies, Sophie-Louise Simpson netting twice and Mary Murphy the other. They lead on goal difference from Plymouth Argyle Res, who beat Bude Town 2-0 with both goals from Danielle Salt. Callington Town began their season with a 7-1 success at Newquay Celtic, Jodie Shipton hitting a hat-trick along with Amy Hemingway, Grace O'Leary, Sam Veal and Jodie Smith.
Southern Region League
The new Premier Division season commenced on Sunday and it was newly promoted New Milton Town who recorded the biggest win on the day, 9-1 against Team Solent with Olivia Jones, Caitlin Steele and Olivia Watts all hitting hat-tricks. The other promoted side did not fare quite so well, coming up against Chesham Utd who ran out 6-0 winners thanks to Niamh Euman (2), Gemma Fraser (2), Steph Weston and Barbara Balint. Payton Howard netted twice along with Georgina Axton and Charlotte Warhurst as Winchester City Flyers defeated Newbury Ladies 4-0 and Milton Keynes City notched up a 5-2 victory over Shanklin, goals coming from Sabrina Kidouch (2), Jacqueline King, Danielle Metcalfe and Natalie Keefe.
In Division One North, Wargrave Ladies were narrow 3-2 victors away to Wycombe Wanderers thanks to a Jodie Penny brace and Tessa Brown, with Katie Hudson and Tara Woodward scoring for the home side. Harriette Titchener was on target for Oxford City Nomads in their 1-1 draw with Woodley Utd, who replied through Ellen Surtees.
AFC Bournemouth have got off to a good start in Division One South, beating Alton Utd 6-0. Rosie Eden led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target were Aimee-Rose Collier, Emma Davis and Chloe Tape. Warsash Wasps edged out Southampton Women Res 4-3 thanks to Megan Fox (2), Shannon Daniel-Eade and Danielle Cheyney, meanwhile a Samantha Hide double and Leah Shave guided Eastleigh to a 3-2 victory over Winchester City Flyers Res.
West Midlands League
Stockingford AA Pavilion have taken over the early pace in the Premier Division after they defeated Leamington Lions 11-0. Sharni Turnbull hit a hat-trick, Hannah Morris and Catherine Smith added two apiece and the totaly was completed by Katy Farmer, Vicky McKay, Ria Scarr and Chevette Steel whilst Emma McDonald saved a penalty at the other end. Stockingford could have scored more goals but for the brilliance of Leamington goalkeeper Zara Grudzinski. Bekkie Sloan bagged herself a four-goal haul as second placed Crusaders won 8-2 against Coundon Court, with Kloe Douglas, Rachael Dyson, Danielle Keegan and Kirsty Spencer adding the others. Kirsty Farnsworth, Shanice Walsh and Sophie Wilson netted the goals as Bedworth Utd beat Kingshurst Sporting Club 3-1 and Leafield Athletic were 3-2 victors at Wolverhampton Sporting, thanks to Amy Andrews, Michelle McCormack and Nieve Newman. Rhiannon Bale, Chloe Handy and Robyn Hyngley netted the goals for Lye Town in their 3-3 draw with Knowle, for whom Tyler Davison hit a hat-trick.
Bilbrook are the early pacesetters in Division One North following their 3-2 win over Atherstone Rangers in which Shanice Taylor scored a hat-trick. Shrewsbury Town meanwhile ran out 10-1 winners over local rivals Shrewsbury Juniors, Charlotte Budd's hat-trick being added to by Katie Doster (2), Nicola Durnall (2), Tania Prior, Sasha Woodhouse and Millie Young. Brereton Town and Wyrley Ladies finished level at 2-2, Beth Cottrell scoring twice and Brereton and Wyrley's replies coming from Carly Aldred and Laura Cumberledge.
Droitwich Spa made it two wins out of two in Division One South with a 9-1 victory over Solihull Sporting. April Polden led the scoring with a hat-trick and there were doubles from Katie Armento, Charlotte Criddle and Nicola Gregg. Newly promoted Gornal Ladies opened up their league campaign by beating Coventry Development 12-1. Rachel Letford and Sarah Lojko netted four times apiece with Kelly Shirley (2), Chloe Edwards and Sophie Richards completing the tally. Redditch Utd were 6-0 winners over Rugby Town and Solihull Utd beat Stourbridge 3-0 thanks to Hayley Wilford (2) and Catherine Harris. Faye Birch bagged a brace for Coventry Sphinx in their 2-1 win against Kidderminster Harriers, who replied through Amber Ireson-Lawrence.
The Reserve Section League Cup opened up for another season with the First Round matches on Sunday and Blackburn Rovers, last season's runners-up, safely progressed with a 3-0 win away to Guiseley Vixens thanks to Ellie Doggett, Hannah Walsh and an own goal. Siobhan Jones (2), Christina Deverdics and Stephanie Loraine were on the scoresheet for Newcastle Utd in their 4-2 victory over Bradford City and Huddersfield Town won 4-0 at Hull City, Beth Allen netting a brace along with Amy Broomhead and Kathryn Halligan. Shellby Wolstencroft scored a hat-trick in Bolton Wanderers' 7-1 success at Brighouse Town, Millie Critchley adding two with Rachel Owen and an own goal completing the scoring. Middlesbrough meanwhile defeated Sheffield Utd 7-2, led by a five-goal haul from Abbey Loughran with Harriet Dryden adding the other two. Stoke City maintained their good start by beating TNS Ladies 6-0 with goals from Emily Curteis (2), Sophie Taylor, Lucy Ridgway, Molly Bruton and Jasmin Limb, and Dery County were 6-1 winners over Sporting Khalsa, Danielle Oxley netting twice along with Amber-Leigh Denny, Georgia Lawton, Hannah Naqwi and Kira Rai. Shannon Roche, Natalya Pulver and an own goal saw West Bromwich Albion to a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and Tiana Hicks bagged a brace, while Elizabeth Mulvaney and Simran Singh were also on the scoresheet for Loughborough Foxes as they beat Long Eaton Utd 6-1. Leicester City Women went one better, winning 7-1 against Burton Albion, thanks to Kim Farrow and Mai Moncaster hat-tricks, with Gracie-Mai Williams adding the other. Daisy Evan-Watkins (2), Sophie Thomas and Evan Taylor all scored for Cardiff City Ladies in their 4-4 draw with Coventry Utd, whose markswomen were Jade Mellor, Lauren Garner, Rachel Mason and Katie Cornish. Denham Utd defeated Milton Keynes Dons on a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw, meanwhile West Ham Utd won against Lewes on spot kicks after the teams had shared eight goals. Afiya Johnson and Emma-Jane May scored the goals as Portsmouth beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 and C & K Basildon were also 2-0 winners away to Queen's Park Rangers thanks to Paige Bradley and Jodie Osborne.
Cheltenham Town 1 Maidenhead Utd 2
Maidenhead United grabbed their first FAWPL South West Division One victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town.
The match was the first FAWPL match to be staged at the home of Cheltenham Town FC and attracted the best attendance of the 35 FAWPL matches played on the day. The home side held a deserved half time lead but Maidenhead rallied strongly before taking the honours late in the day, during a frantic last 20 minutes.
Cheltenham started well but were grateful to keeper Bec Panniers for a seventh minute save to deny Tina Brett. The hosts were soon into their stride however and kept the Maidenhead defence fully occupied with clever movement from their speedy attack and dangerous crosses. particularly from the right side. From a Jenny Brown-Wealls free kick, Ria Salleh lifted a first time effort over the bar but on 24 minutes Cheltenham took the lead. Clever play from Ella Hitchcox created space for a powerful shot turned on to the bar by keeper Ellie Parker. The rebound fell to Salleh who finished low into the opposite corner from ten yards.
Maidenhead were dangerous from the set piece delivery of Hannah Summers and when Amy Saunders got clear on the left and set up a shooting chance on 32 minutes but Parker was the busier keeper, dealing confidently with crosses and through balls as Cheltenham pressed for a second right up to the break.
Summers drove another dangerous ball across the area on the restart but no one could provide the finishing touch, Playing with the strengthening breeze, the visitors started to dominate territorially without fashioning a clear cut chance until the 70th minute. Parker claimed a powerful shot from Town's Holly Rogers and the clearance sent Brett free on the right. The ball was cut back and sub Clare Rogers powered an excellent shot past Panniers from the edge of the area for the equaliser.
With the match in the balance, both keepers made fine saves in one on one encounters late in the game. It was Summers who found the opening to set up the winner for Maidenhead on 85 minutes, drilling a long free kick from her own half beyond the retreating defence for Alex Dover to slip the ball wide of the advancing Panniers.
Cheltenham poured forward in search of an equaliser, encouraged by the majority of a supportive crowd of 211. Chances were created, but the Maidenhead defence stood firm. Deep into added time. Brown-Wealls struck a free kick right into the top corner, but Parker turned the ball over the bar and Maidenhead United were able to claim the three points after a stirring contest, worthy of the setting.
Bec Panniers, Sarah Walters, Jenny Brown-Wealls, Sam Morris, Naomi Purvis, Ria Salleh, Annabel Davies, Louise Fensome, Sally Butterfield, Holly Kay, Ella Hitchcox. Subs: Louise Bull, Holly Rogers, Alana Taylor, Tzara Marriott, Ellie Briscoe.
Ellie Parker, Natalie Barnes, Hannah Summers, Melissa Callaway, Gemma Bloor, Amber Langston-Lloyd, Amy Saunders, Tina Brett, Sarah Reid, Alex Dover, Hannah Hester. Subs: Sinead Thompson, Clare Rogers, Shylla Carty-Duhaney, Lucy Casey, Simone O'Brien.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Amy Saunders is up against Annabel Davies and Sam Morris
(middle) Alana Taylor takes on Amber Langston-Lloyd
(bottom) Naomi Purvis clears away from Hannah Hester
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