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Newcastle Utd produced one of the results of the round on Sunday when they defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
We talked to Newcastle captain Brooke Cochrane, who was delighted with both the result and performance from her team and is looking forward to taking on TNS Ladies in the next round:
WSS: Congratulations on a great win on Sunday, how pleased are you with a win against a team from the division above?
BC: I'm absolutely over the moon with the result from last week. I couldn't be any prouder of the girls. We definitely deserved the result we got and there's still a big buzz around the team.
WSS: Would you say it was the best performance the team have given this season?
BC: Definitely! We all worked for each other up until the very last minute and never gave up. We played some great football and it was good to show what we can do as a team.
WSS: Last season you were beaten 5-1 in the league by Forest, was it nice, for some of the team at least, to put the record straight with this result?
BC: I think the result last weekend might have surprised a lot of teams around us, especially the ones above us. It's always a great feeling to pull one back over a team who have beaten you in the past and I think that definitely showed in our celebration!
WSS: The draw for the Third Round has given you a home tie against The New Saints, how satisfied are you with that?
BC: Very! There's nothing better than a home draw especially in a cup game where anything can happen. We've got great support behind us but it'll be even better to have them there on the sideline cheering us on.
WSS: The winners of that game could potentially play against a WSL side in the next round, does that give the team a bit of extra incentive?
BC: It's definitely driving the team forward and pushing us to see how far we can go. We love a challenge and to play a WSL team would be a great chance and test where we're at as a team.
WSS: This week you have another tough match in the Plate away to Hull City but presumably the team will approach this game with a lot of confidence?
BC: This weekend is a new game and just because we got a result last weekend doesn't mean we can be over confident or complacent. Hull are having a very good season so far and are in a position where we should and want to be in the league. We will definitely take the feeling that we were left with last week into this week's game as a massive boost but we know it won't be an easy game.
WSS: Is it fair to say that it took the team a little team to adjust to the league this season?
BC: It's taken time to adjust into the league but also to gel as a team. We've had changes to our squad this season and with all new teams, it takes time to get used to each other and understand the way we all play.
WSS: Now things are looking up for the club with some good cup wins, what do you think would be a realistic aim for Newcastle for the remainder of the season?
BC: The aim for the girls should be to get as many points as we can from every game, finish as high as possible in the table and push to the end of any cup/plate we're in.
Our thanks to Brooke!
East Midlands League
The top two were not in league action on Sunday and Oughtibridge had the opportunity to go level on points with them but were held to a 1-1 draw by Loughborough Students, an own goal during the second half giving them a share of the spoils. Peterborough Northern Star are a further point adrift in fourth, following their 2-0 success away to Arnold Town which was given to them by first half goals from Vicky Gallagher and Cassie Steward. Emma Day scored the only goal of the game as Mansfield Town won 1-0 away to Ollerton Town, meanwhile a Laura Beckett double earned Kettering Town a 2-2 draw against Eastwood Ladies, who replied through Charlotte Tattam and Hannah Swindley. Jessica Birtles and Amy Dawson were on the scoresheet as Mansfield Hosiery Mills won 2-0 against Rise Park.
The top two remain locked together in Division One North, Hykeham Town holding on to the leadership after winning 2-1 at Market Warsop with goals from Holly Maidens and Kirsty Dalsell. Woodlands Ladies stay level on points with Hykeham as a Jody Scott hat-trick and Katie Mayfield double gave them a 5-1 success away to Sleaford Town. Calverton MW made up ground on the top three by beating Arnold Town Development 3-1, Hayley Brown was on target twice along with Shantay Wright. Natalie Aird, Sue Green and Phoebe Lonsdale were the markswomen for Grimsby Borough as they edged out Draycott Victoria 3-2, and goals from Kylie Goddard and Amy Wainwright earned Teversal a point from a 2-2 draw against Clifton, who responded through Alex Drizolnic and Kirsty Allen.
In Division One South, Corby Town narrowed the gap on an inactive top two teams with a 7-1 victory over Desford. Nicole Andrejczuk, Hannah Marshall and Stacey McConville were all on target twice along with Zoe Watkins. Keir Perkins bagged a hat-trick and Jeorgia Carr weighed in with the other goal as fourth placed Peterborough Utd defeated AFC Leicester 4-1. Thrapston Town meanwhile won 4-2 against Loughborough Foxes Vixens with goals from Hannah Pendred (2), Briony Cox and Kira Loveday.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City stay one point ahead in the Premier Division after an Isabella Simmons goal earned them a 1-0 win away to Brentwood Town. Billericay Town kept themselves on Cambridge's heels by beating Acle Utd 4-2, Paris Smith netting twice along with Georgia Box and Lindsey Morgan. Writtle pipped AFC Sudbury by the odd goal in seven to go back into third place, courtesy of a goal apiece from Abigail Fry, Lucy Jones, Hannah Mold and Sophie Vale. Setor Acolatse and Eden Kibron netted the goals as Bedford Ladies won 2-0 against AFC Dunstable.
King's Lynn Town extended their lead in Division One North to seven points with a 5-1 victory over Silver End Utd. Olivia Baker was on target twice along with Tiffany Forshaw, Georgia Reardon and Shelley Woods. Wymondham Town appear to be the main threat to them now, they scored eight times without reply past second placed Ipswich Wanderers. Hannah Waters bagged a five-goal haul, Mollie O'Callaghan added a double and Laura Nicholls was also on target. Katie Segrave (2), Abigail Davies and Sophie Hopkin were on the scoresheet for Histon in their 4-4 draw with Ipswich Town Development, who replied through braces from Grace Bowman and Emily Steward.
Little Thurrock Dynamos kept up their pursuit of Division One South leaders Stevenage Ladies Res, closing the gap to six points with a 3-1 win away to Hutton. Kerri Thomas netted twice and Abbie Simmonds was also on the scoresheet. Kathryn Stanley (2), Heather Martin and Brogan McHale accounted for the goals as Bishop's Stortford won 4-2 at Hertford Town.
London & South East League
One match was played in the league on Sunday, Kent Football Utd beginning the task of chasing after the top two with a 2-1 success away to Carshalton Athletic. Laura Susarta and Rachel Moore scored their goals, with Cindy Colliver replying for the home side.
The other action took place in the group stages of the League Cup, Saskia Philp and Brittany Saylor were on target as AFC Phoenix won 2-1 against Parkwood Rangers. In the other game, Aylesford and Eastbourne Town battled out a goalless draw.
North East League
Cup duties and weather reduced the Premier Division schedule to just one match on Sunday, at Hartlepool Utd where the home side scored ten times without reply against Wakefield. Caitlin Bates hit a hat-trick as her team moved up into third place in the table, with the other goals coming from Jessica Dawson, Nicky Duckling, Lottie Portas, Justine Robinson, Lucy Hammond-Garrington, Hannah Lambert and Jade Pye.
Harrogate Railway are the new leaders of the Southern Division, going top of the table with a 5-4 success away to Swallownest Beighton. Emma Landsall hit a hat-trick and Nicola Hadley the other two, while Lauren Harrison (2), Stacy Elliott and Hayley Hirst all scored as the home side came close to their first point of the season. Emily Darwin was Sheffield Wednesday's scorer in their 4-1 defeat by Ossett Albion whose goals came from Rachel Barber, Jemma Bennett, Chloe Denton and Jenna Wraith. The result takes Ossett above Wednesday and into fourth place.
North West League
There has been a change of leadership in the Premier Division with Stockport County taking over at the top following their 8-0 success away to Accrington Girls & Ladies. They head the table on goal difference from Fleetwood Town Wrens who were 1-0 winners over local rivals Blackpool. Wigan Athletic are just two points off the pace after they beat CMB Ladies 4-0 and in the other game, Manchester Stingers beat Blackburn Community 3-1 to move into a mid-table position.
Division One North leaders Penrith AFC were not in action and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by second placed Cammell Laird who beat Workington Reds 2-1. Bury FC Women are a further point adrift following their 5-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers Res. Kendal Town won 2-0 against Leigh RMI and Carlisle Utd have lifted themselves up into mid-table after they defeated Morecambe Res 5-3.
FC United of Manchester stay nine points clear at the top of Division One South, recording their eighth victory in nine games when beating Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res 3-0. Warrington Wolverines won 3-1 away to Crewe Alexandra Development to keep themselves in second place, two points ahead of Curzon Ashton who were 8-0 winners over City of Liverpool. Stockport County Blues moved themselves away from the bottom two places by scoring eleven times without reply past Northwich Vixens.
South West League
Torquay Utd have taken over at the top of the Premier Division table after running out 9-0 winners away to AEK Boco. Stephanie Beck, Sian Chapman, Daisy Self and Emma Mingo all scored twice with an own goal completing the tally, to see Torquay claim the leadership for the first time this season. One other game went ahead in the division on Sunday, Bishop's Lydeard beating Downend Flyers 4-1 to go fourth. Jordan Bindon, Holly Miller, Ruth Shackleton and Emily Syme all netted a goal apiece for Lydeard, with Jessica Bessell replying.
In the Eastern Division, Almondsbury defeated FC Chippenham 4-1 for the second successive week to go into second place, two points off the pace. Faye Gilbert, Rhianne Oakley, Abby Rose and Zoe Hales all scored a goal each, with Emily Barrett replying. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile claimed their first league victory of the season when beating Frome Town 4-0. Lidiya Mykhalechko was on target twice and there was one apiece from Vicky Mundy and Jade Scammell.
After suffering their first defeat of the season the previous Sunday, Western Division leaders Plymouth Argyle Development hit back with an 8-1 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. The tally was boosted by a remarkable three own goals, all from different players, whilst Hayley Ranachan (2), Gabi Alphous, Danielle Salt and Faye Ivall got on the scoresheet. Plymouth continue to head the table by three points from Callington Town, who went one better by beating Activate 9-1. Lucy Bounsall bagged herself a four-goal haul, Eleri Griffiths weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Chloe Williams, Jodie Shipton and Emily Sweet. Laura Burwood scored a hat-trick and Nadine Kelly added the other as Alphington replaced Bude Town in third place after defeating them 4-2. Plympton Ladies were also 4-2 winners over Bideford, courtesy of a Sam Metters hat-trick and Chelsea Robinson.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd are five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 5-0 away to Milton Keynes City. Sarah Harrison netted twice for the Clarets along with Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez, Tasha Smith and Sarah Hazell. Ascot Utd meanwhile defeated New Milton Town 3-1 to go second, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lucie Kroutilova, Hannah Evans and Sarah Davern.
The Chairman's Cup has got underway and Oxford City have stormed into the quarter finals after scoring nine times without reply past Newbury Ladies. Mollie Dyer and Lauren May each hit hat-tricks with Natalie Richardson (2) and Lucy Durham adding the others. Winchester City Flyers ran out 4-0 winners at Alton Ladies thanks to Francesca Thornton (2), Beth Norman and Charlie Snelling.
There were goals galore at Wargrave Ladies where visitors Warsash Wasps emerged as 8-5 winners in the Jubilee Cup. Megan Fox netted five of the goals for Warsash along with Justine Hammond, Emily Osborne and Stacey Parkinson. Chloe Tape hit a hat-trick for AFC Bournemouth in their 7-2 victory away to Wokingham & Emmbrook, the others coming from Rosie Eden, Sian Tilly, Aimee-Rose Collier and Emma Davis.
West Midlands League
League leaders Leafield Athletic were held to a 2-2 draw by Stockingford AA Pavilion but now head the table by two points. Weronika Jagielska and Nieve Newman netted the goals for Leafield, with Stockingford responding via a brace from Amanda Turnbull. Bedworth Utd meanwhile replaced Crusaders in second place after beating them 4-1, courtesy of doubles from Sarah Rowles and Sophie Wilson. Kingshurst Sporting Club were 7-0 winners away to Worcester Utd whilst Lye Town netted nine times without reply past Leamington Lions, Rhiannon Bate was on target four times along with Hannah Boxley, Chloe Handy, Sarah Harvey, Rachel McGowan and Katie Priest. Knowle meanwhile won 2-1 away to Wolverhampton Sporting thanks to Anna-Marie Robinson and Lucy Taylor.
Goldenhill Wanderers have moved to within three points of Division One North leaders Sutton Coldfield Town following their 4-2 victory away to Tamworth. Wyrley Ladies scored seven times without reply away to Shrewsbury Juniors and are up into third whilst at the other end of the table, Atherstone Rangers climbed off the bottom by winning 2-1 at Brereton Town.
Tracy Haycock, Rachel Letford and Sarah Lojko scored the goals as Gornal Ladies won 3-2 against Solihull Utd to stay three points clear in Division One South from Redditch Utd, who beat Rugby Town 5-0. Faye Birch, Natalie Chadney, Xena Dhillon and Joanne Ryan were all on target as Coventry Sphinx defeated Coventry Development 4-0. Kidderminster Harriers won 5-0 against Solihull Sporting with goals from Kirsty Roberts (2), Olivia Ashfield, Alex Nicklin and Amie Savva. A Joanna Smith hat-trick led the scoring as Stourbridge won 6-2 at Droitwich Spa, Danielle Miles-Ranger contributing a brace and Amie Preston adding the other goal.
Blackburn Rovers have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the Northern Division following a 2-0 win away to third placed Huddersfield Town. Hannah Walsh gave them the lead on the quarter hour and Georgia Stevens wrapped up the win with the second goal, midway through the second half. Bradford City meanwhile entered the top four after beating Leeds Utd 3-0, Keavy Smith netting twice with Lucy Preston also on target.
In the Midland Division, Loughborough Foxes lifted themselves up to third with a 6-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Libbie-Mae Taylor and Natasha Walker each scored twice, with one apiece from Simran Singh and Paige Gunn. Sporting Khalsa netted eight times without reply past TNS Ladies, Chloe Coldicott leading the scoring with a four-goal haul while Rebecca Knight, Rehanne Mellor, Angelique Morley and Ellie Walker added the others.
Portsmouth extended their Southern Division lead to six points by winning 4-0 away to Milton Keynes Dons. Zoe Ridley bagged a brace while Emma-Jane May and Kayleigh Tonks accounted for the other goals. C & K Basildon are in second following their 6-0 success at Denham Utd with Sophie Rhodes (2), Sarah Wilson (2), Macy Diaz and Paige Wakefield all on the scoresheet. Lisa Fulgence and Paige Walder scored the goals as Lewes defeated Charlton Athletic 2-1 and AFC Wimbledon were 6-1 winners over Queen's Park Rangers thanks to Jennie Brereton (2), Hannah Baptiste, Sophie Manzi, Megan Saunders and Megan Smith.
Stoke City were 4-3 winners in the delayed Reserve Section League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion. Sophie Taylor was on target twice, including the second half winner, along with Emily Curteis and Abbie Iddenden whilst Shannon Kelly hit a hat-trick in reply.
Manchester City ensured that Doncaster Rovers Belles' tenure at the top of the FA WSL Development League Northern Division was a short one as they won their meeting 2-0 to return to the top of the table. Sheffield FC re-entered the top three following their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, Shannon Durkin and Ruth Likara netting their goals with Phoebe Warner and Hannah George replying. Simran Jhamat and an own goal gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory over Durham Women.
In the Southern Division, the top of the table clash firmly went the way of Arsenal as they defeated Bristol City 5-1 to open up a lead of three points. Anne-Marie Filbey, Jessica Ngunga, Lachante Paul, Gabriella Ravenscroft and Tamsyn Sibanda were all on target for the Gunners. Watford have moved into the top three on the back of a 3-2 success away to Brighton & Hove Albion, Linda Afuakwah netted twice with Emily Hill adding the other goal. Reading FC Women meanwhile won an extraordinary match against London Bees by a scoreline of 13-5! Brogan Moore led the scoring for Reading with a five-goal haul, Lauryn Abery added two and there was one apiece from Georgia Clifford, Melissa Fletcher, Tamsin de Bunsen and Katherine Cunningham. Bolu Fisher (2), Connie Forman, Aylsha Stojko-Down and Holly Greenwood all replied for the Bees.
Burnley Girls & Ladies are carrying the flag for the Regional League clubs in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup after they knocked out Premier League side Stoke City on a penalty shootout.
Goalkeeper Lauren Bracewell was the hero for Burnley as she produced a fine display to help her side hold Stoke to a goalless draw after extra time and going into the shootout, she saved two spot kicks whilst Becky Hayton, Justine Wallace, Georgia Payton and Lynette Craig all found the net to give the North West League side a historic victory and take them to this stage for the first time.
Burnley will be on their travels again in the Third Round, to Cardiff City Ladies who came through a difficult tie away to Milton Keynes City with a 1-0 victory, Jasmine Turner scoring the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining.
Newcastle Utd also claimed a fine win on their travels, 2-0 away to Nottingham Forest. Megan McKenzie scored both goals as the Lady Magpies eliminated higher division opponents and they will be at home in the Third Round, to TNS Ladies who were penalty shootout winners over Sporting Khalsa. Lia Lewis and Emily Ridge both scored for TNS as the match finished level at 2-2, before they triumphed 4-1 from the penalty spot.
Plymouth Argyle continued their excellent season and made the long, long trip to Gillingham a worthwhile one as they won 3-1 after extra time. Argyle took the lead after two minutes through Zoe Cunningham, with Jade Keogh equalising for the Gills just after the half hour. Neither team could find a winner in normal time but in the extra period, Natasha Knapman put Plymouth back in front again and Ezme Wells sewed up the victory with ten minutes left to play.
The draw however has been cruel to Plymouth again as this time they have to go all the way to Lancashire to take on Fylde Ladies. The Coasters booked their place in the Third Round with a 2-0 victory over Guiseley Vixens, courtesy of goals from Sophie Charlton and Lauren Davies.
Brislington were another side to claim a scalp from a higher division when they won 3-2 against Swindon Town after extra time. Swindon took a first half lead through Sophie Roberts but Brislington hit back with Polly Wardle equalising and Jodie Arkell finishing off a good move to put them in front. Swindon replied almost immediately with Alice Smith scoring from the penalty spot and the home side also had Georgia Vandries sent off for a second bookable offence in the same incident. However, the ten players rallied and were the stronger side in extra time with Kim Maggs and Wardle both hitting the bar, before Arkell settled matters with her second goal, three minutes from time.
Brislington must make a short trip in the next round, to Keynsham Town who won a well contested match 2-1 against Southampton Women. Keynsham took the lead through Kerry Bartlett and Southampton hit back midway through the second half and Sheree Bell-Jack levelled the scores. With ten minutes remaining, Bartlett set up Justine Lorton for the winning goal and Keynsham held on for a hard earned win.
New London Lionesses were the last remaining County League team in the competition and they were not disgraced in going down 3-0 to Crystal Palace. Megan Chandler, Stef Simmons and Gemma Bryan scored the goals for Palace who now host Coventry Utd, who defeated West Ham Utd 6-1 with a goal apiece from Maz Gauntlett, Keeley Davies, Alison Hall, Anna Wilcox, Helen Dermody and Laura Cooper.
Huddersfield Town produced a fine performance in sweeping to a 7-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Sarah Danby led the scoring with a hat-trick while Emily Heckler (2), Brittany Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby were also on target. Town will be at home again in the next round, to Lewes who also won 7-0 against Enfield Town. Danielle Lane was another hat-trick scorer and the Rookettes' other markswomen were Rebecca Carter, Charlotte Owen, Katie McIntyre and Victoria Carleton.
Leicester City Women faced an awkward tie away to Chorley and came through it with a 3-0 win, Leah Cudone netting a goal in each half and Natalie Johnson adding the other. Leicester will be up against Bradford City in the next round, they defeated Long Eaton Utd 5-0 thanks to goals from Ellie White (2), Hannah Campbell, Laura Elford and Abigail Housecroft.
Saffron Jordan scored a hat-trick and Kayleigh McDonald added the other goal as Blackburn Rovers won 4-1 against Loughborough Foxes to set up a home tie with Portsmouth who were narrow 2-1 winners away to AFC Wimbledon. Ingrid Asplund gave the home side an early lead, before Pompey hit back after the break with goals from Samantha Quayle and Amelia Southgate.
Four teams got through on penalties on Sunday, one of them being Derby County who got past Hull City after the sides finished level at 1-1. Nicole Ledgister netted for Derby, with Natalie Bell replying for Hull, and it was Derby who triumphed 3-2 on spot kicks. They will need to wait and see who they will play in the next round, as it would be the winners of the postponed tie between Brighouse Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ipswich Town also negotiated a penalty shootout after they finished level at 1-1 with Stevenage Ladies, goals coming from Natasha Thomas and Amy Makewell respectively (see match report). Ipswich will have another home tie in the next round against Charlton Athletic who ran out 5-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers thanks to a Charlotte Gurr hat-trick, Kim Dixson and an own goal.
Middlesbrough ended the hopes of Farsley Celtic with an 8-1 victory, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Emily Scarr. Holly Manders and Bianca Owens each weighed in with a brace and Millie Bell was also on target. 'Boro are now up against Liverpool Marshalls Feds, they won 3-1 at Nettleham with a goal apiece from Lynsey Longhurst, Roisin Havelin and Abby Pope after they had trailed at half time.
Chichester City emerged as 4-2 winners after extra time from their tie against C & K Basildon. Emma Alexandre, Cherelle Khassel, Jess Lewry and Jade Widdows scored the goals for Chichester who will play Luton Town who were also extra time victors, 3-2 against a valiant Harlow Town side. Jess McKay netted twice, including a spectacular winner, and Kim Farrow added the other to help Luton keep up their good run of form.
(Ipswich won 3-0 on penalties)>
Stevenage Ladies 1 Ipswich Town 1
(Ipswich won 3-0 on penalties)
Ipswich Town progressed to the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup via a penalty shootout win over Stevenage at Hertford Town FC.
After 120 minutes of highly competitive, exciting and even play, Stevenage were unable to convert any of their first three spot kicks whilst the Tractor Girls converted all three to seal their place in the draw.
Natasha Thomas volleyed over the first half chance for Ipswich whilst Chloe Gunn fired in a long shot for Stevenage, turned away at full stretch by keeper Sian Fagg on 13 minutes. The home team took the lead on 20 minutes with a fine turn and finish from Amy Makewell after an Ashleigh Deacon cross from the right wing. Leah Littlechild nearly added a second on 28 minutes, firing just wide from the left side of goal.
Ipswich had a good spell just before the break. Amanda Crump's corners troubled the Stevenage defence all match and Lindsey Cooper headed over from close range on 40 minutes, then Thomas fired just wide with a near post volley after good work by Zoe Cossey on the left on 44 minutes but the hosts held their advantage into half time.
Cooper, with another header, went very close to equalising on 49 minutes from a Crump corner whilst Stevenage threatened from a teasing cross which Makewell stabbed just wide at the far post. Crump had a good chance to level on the hour after a rebound off keeper Katherine Long but shot over the bar. Thomas was denied by a fine Dominique Godbeer tackle but from the corner, she rose highest to power home the equaliser on 70 minutes.
Stevenage went back on the attack and from a clearance after Nicole Emmings' corner, Paige Logie went close from the edge of the area. As play swung from end to end, Stevenage keeper Long made a crucial save from Thomas after a cross from Sophie Welton on 79 minutes.
Another well delivered Emmings corner led to a final Stevenage shot, whilst Ipswich had a cross which hit the outside of the post but extra time was a fair outcome from an even contest.
Jacqueline Ball had a great chance to give Ipswich the lead immediately on the restart but placed a first time effort wide of the post. Stevenage then dominated much of the extra period, forcing Ipswich back and forcing two fine saves from Fagg, tipping over efforts from an Emmings free kick and a Gunn shot from a short corner.
Ultimately, however, penalties were required and successful conversions by Jordan Arnoup, Thomas and sub Gemma Moore were enough to see Ipswich home after a very good match where both teams impressed with their energy, skill and commitment.
Katherine Long, Paige Logie, Tanya Blacksley, Dominique Godbeer, Leah Littlechild, Amy Makewell, Ellie Searle, Ashleigh Deacon, Nicole Emmings, Cara Breckenridge, Chloe Gunn. Subs: Danielle Maloney, Kristi Burling, Becky Scola.
Sian Fagg, Jacqueline Ball, Lindsey Cooper, Harriet Petley, Jordan Arnoup, Sophie Welton, Amanda Crump, Cassie Craddock, Zoe Cossey, Jade Henry, Natasha Thomas. Subs: Flo Cage, Nicole Pannifer, Gemma Moore, Miagh Downey, Tori Campbell.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Northern Division One
One match went ahead in the division on Sunday and it saw Bolton Wanderers come away from Leeds Utd with a 1-0 win under their belts. Saffron Newhouse scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute to give Bolton a result which takes them up to fifth place in the table.
Midlands Division One
Sheffield Utd inflicted only a second league defeat of the season on Burton Albion and moved to within two points of them in fourth place after beating them 5-1. Taria Marsden led the scoring for United with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Jennifer Pearson and Evie Robinson.
Solihull Moors stay level on points with Sheffield Utd following their 4-1 victory away to Leicester City Ladies. Natalie Courtney netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Victoria Grieve and Abbie Taylor, with the home side's consolation coming from Gemma Ball.
Steel City Wanderers pulled a further three points away from Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies after they edged them out by the odd goal in five. Lucy Ridley bagged a brace and Cheryl Mawhood the other for the Steels, with the visitors replying through Natalie Dean and Charlotte Fisher.
South East Division One
In the solitary match to be played over the weekend, Denham Utd moved out of the bottom three after sharing a 2-2 draw with Norwich City. Natasha Snelling scored both goals for the Canaries, bringing an end to their eight match losing run in the league, while Denham replied with strikes from Sophie Cheadle and Alissa Down.
South West Division One
Maidenhead Utd climbed into the top half of the table after they defeated St Nicholas 5-2. Zoe Clifford netted two of the goals for the Berkshire side along with Clare Rogers, Hannah Summers and an own goal, while the visitors replied through Sophie Sweet and also an own goal.
The FA WSL returned to action over the weekend following the recent international break and first up was the final round of group matches in the Continental Tyres Cup.
The eight quarter finalists are now known but the last one was not decided until the last match on Wednesday night.
The deciding match in Group One North between Sunderland and Liverpool was initially postponed on Saturday night and played three days later. It was the Wearsiders who were to win 1-0, courtesy of an early goal from Bridget Galloway, to clinch top spot for themselves.
The other group game turned out to be an entertaining affair in which Aston Villa won 3-2 against Durham Women. Jordan Atkinson did put the Wildcats in front midway through the first half but Tash Baptiste equalised on the half hour and Ebony Salmon gave Villa the lead after the break. Elizabeth Ejupi scored what proved to be a decisive third with three minutes remaining, despite Zoe Ness giving Durham late hope by pulling one back.
In Group Two North, holders Manchester City secured their place in the last eight on Sunday after first half goals from Nikita Parris and Claire Emslie earned them a 2-0 victory over Birmingham City.
Doncaster Rovers Belles meanwhile notched up their first points as they ran out 5-1 winners over Oxford Utd. Rebecca Rayner kept up her good goalscoring form by giving the Belles a two-goal lead inside the opening four minutes, before Hannah Short pulled one back for the home side. After the break, Christie Murray increased Doncaster's lead and Jess Sigsworth added the fourth, with Murray netting her second four minutes from time.
The final group match was played on Wednesday night with Manchester City winning 3-2 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. City led at the break through an early strike from Claire Emslie but early in the second half, the Belles were back on level terms thanks to Jess Sigsworth. City's response was immediate with Jane Ross and Georgia Stanway scoring in quick succession but the Belles had given a good account of themselves on the night and Christie Murray's late goal meant they were beaten by the narrowest of margins.
Reading FC Women went into their final match requiring a point in order to finish on top of Group One South. They made sure of doing so in style, winning 5-0 away to Millwall Lionesses. The Royals led at the break through a goal from Brooke Chaplen and Rachel Furness added a second, seven minutes after the restart. Lauren Bruton made It three on the hour mark before Furness and Chaplen went on to crown the win by completing their doubles on the day.
London Bees broke their duck by recording their first win although it was via a penalty shootout after sharing a 1-1 draw with Watford. Rinsola Babajide scored on the stroke of half time to put Watford in front but after the break, Emma Beckett levelled matters against her old club from the penalty spot. Neither side could find a winner during normal time and the game went to penalties. Both teams missed once, taking the shootout into sudden death where Nicola Hobbs saved Meghan McKeag's effort to ensure her team were 5-4 winners.
Group Two South has been the most open of the four and neither of the qualifiers had been confirmed going into the final matches. On Saturday night, Bristol City gave themselves hope with a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, whose chances were ended as a result. Danique Kerkdijk opened the scoring for the Vixens midway through the first half and Lauren Hemp made it two from the penalty spot, nine minutes into the second half. Yana Daniels curled home a 25-yard free kick late on to round off the win for City and leave them waiting to see if they had done enough to qualify.
Chelsea made sure of a quarter final place themselves the same night when scoring eight times without reply past Yeovil Town. Crystal Dunn gave them a sixth minute lead which was doubled by a Nicola Cousins own goal, before the game was marred by a head injury sustained by Eniola Aluko which thankfully did not turn out to be serious. Erin Cuthbert and Drew Spence added further goals in a lengthy first half injury time and after the break, both players each netted their second with Fran Kirby and Gemma Davison also getting on the scoresheet.
This meant that Tottenham Hotspur needed to avoid defeat in their final game in order to qualify, albeit away to Chelsea. In the end it was Chelsea who ran out 4-1 winners with Hannah Blundell putting them in front and Fran Kirby adding goals either side of half time. Lauren Pickett did pull a goal back against her former club but Drew Spence sealed the win - and Bristol City's place in the quarter finals - with the final goal.
Cyncoed Ladies twice came from behind to win 3-2 and knock reigning League Champions Swansea City out of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League Cup at the quarter final stages.
Swansea, winners of the trophy two seasons ago, took an early lead through Stacey John-Davis but Cyncoed ensured they were level at half time when Lauren Harris equalised seven minutes before the break. The Swans went back in front six minutes after the restart thanks to Sarah Adams, however Cyncoed responded quickly and were back on terms with a leveller from Rosina Hill. The game looked to be heading for extra time but with four minutes remaining, Cyncoed went ahead for the first time and captain Gwennan Davies' strike proved to be decisive and handed her side a superb victory.
Cyncoed's opponents in the semi finals will be Rhyl Ladies, who also staged a comeback themselves to win 2-1 away to Port Talbot Town after extra time. The home side went ahead midway through the first half through Jesci Hare and were on the verge of another appearance in the semi finals, when Emily Jones equalised in injury time to send the game into the extra period. Jones was to strike again late on with her second on the day to send the Lilywhites into the last four for the first time.
Cup holders Cardiff Met Ladies are through to the semi finals once again after winning 3-0 away to Caldicot Town. The home side put up a good fight but a double from Jas Simpson, along with an Erin Murray goal, maintained the Archers' winning start to the season.
Cardiff Met will away in the semi finals again, to Abergavenny Women who ran out 4-1 winners over Cardiff City FC. Kate Jeremiah gave Abergavenny an eighth minute lead which was doubled by Maxine Mudge, before Shannon Evans pulled a goal back for City just after the half hour. In the second half, Jeremiah and Mudge both completed their doubles to round off an impressive victory for their side and take them to within one stage of another appearance in the Final.
Charlton Athletic, winners in 2005, have been pitched away to Ipswich Town in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup after the draw was made on Monday afternoon.
The high flying Addicks put five goals past London rivals QPR in round two and they will take on Ipswich on Sunday 7th January 2018.
Middlesbrough, 8-1 winners over Farsley Celtic on Sunday, will host Liverpool Marshalls Feds while Portsmouth will travel to Blackburn Rovers.
Spare a thought for Plymouth Argyle who, after having to make a marathon trip to Gillingham for the last round, face an even longer journey up to Lancashire where they will play Fylde Ladies.
The draw took place at Park Hall Academy School in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, and was conducted by 16-year-old pupils Felicity Barnes and Millie Hall.
They were ably assisted by Birmingham City stars Ellen White and Hayley Ladd, who took part in a Q&A session and then joined some of the girls for a football session in the sports hall.
Each winning club will receive £1,000 from the FA prize fund and a place in round four - the stage at which FA WSL clubs enter the competition.
Tickets for this season's Final, which will take place at Wembley, are on sale now, priced at just £15 for adults while kids go FREE.
Third round draw:
Cardiff City Ladies v Burnley Girls & Ladies
Fylde Ladies v Plymouth Argyle
Keynsham Town v Brislington
Huddersfield Town v Lewes
Leicester City Women v Bradford City
Newcastle United v Sporting Khalsa
Blackburn Rovers v Portsmouth
Derby County v Brighouse Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic
Crystal Palace v Coventry United
Middlesbrough v Liverpool Marshalls Feds
Chichester City v Luton Town
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Burnley Girls & Ladies brought Alnwick Town's excellent Cup run to an end in the last round, when goals from Linny Craig (2), Sarah Greenhalgh and Leah Embley gave them a 4-0 victory and took them through to the Second Round for the first time in their history. Burnley's reward is a tough one, for they must travel south to take on FAWPL Northern Division side Stoke City, who enter the competition at this stage.
A ladies team representing Stoke City was formed in the summer of 2001...and they have been climbing the leagues ever since. The inaugural season in the West Midlands League Division One ended in success as the team finished third in the table and gained promotion via the play-offs. From there they consolidated their position in the West Midlands Premier Division and began entering into the Staffordshire County Ladies Challenge Cup.
A first final was reached in 2007, which they won, and they have now lifted the trophy ten times, including a 5-0 success over Sporting Khalsa Development in last season's Final.
Promotion to the Midland Combination was secured in 2009 as the team finished as Champions, whilst an historic treble was earned in 2013 with the Ladies scooping the League Championship, League Cup and County Cup. That title saw the Ladies promoted to the FA Women's Premier League (North) and they have more than held their own in the division, finishing fourth in the last two seasons.
Currently managed by Steve Swanwick, the team moved to their new home at Community Drive in the summer of 2016 and the Ladies continue to make positive strides both on and off the pitch, announcing a Development team for the first time in their history ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. The furthest the Club have progressed in the FA Women's Cup is to the Fourth Round in the 2014-15 season, where they were knocked out by WSL side Everton.
Manager Steve Swanwick took over the reins for a second time midway through last season, guiding the Club to the joint highest finish in their history (fourth in FA Women's Premier League Northern Division). The team is captained by Meg Bowyer, a long serving skipper who is adept at playing in central defence or midfield. Last season's top scorer, Ashleigh Hayes, is recently returning to fitness, hitting the back of the net in the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion last time out - her fifth strike of the season. The current leading scorer is Hannah Keryakoplis, who has scored eight goals in 14 matches from midfield.
Stoke City (from): Natalie Hall, Stacey Wright, Nicola Hudson, Cassie Hyde, Emily Owen, Hollie Gibson, Anna King, Beth Roberts, Meg Bowyer, Kerri Brown, Kelsey Richardson, Ella Pemberton, Ashleigh Hayes, Rachael Ball, Hannah Keryakoplis, Tash Tezgel, Millie Elson, Abbie Iddenden, Kate Asher, Roisin Kivel, Emily Curteis, Freya Tan.
Burnley Girls & Ladies (from): Taylor Gregson, Holly Hunter, Jo Holt, Samantha Fleck, Vikki Eastwood, Leah Embley, Linny Craig, Justine Wallace, Charlotte Banner, Sarah Greenhalgh, Georgia Payton, Evie Priestley, Rebecca Hayton, Karina Rydzynska, Claire Pearson, Elizabeth Hamer, Joanne Rohman, Lauren Bracewell.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Brislington produced a fine performance to win 4-1 away to Buckland Athletic and reach the Second Round for the first time. Jodie Arkell scored a goal in each half, with further strikes from Georgia Vandries and Kim Maggs to earn their side a home tie with Swindon Town, who have been exempt in the Cup until this round.
Swindon Town Ladies were formed in 1993 and joined the Southern Region Women's Football League. Playing in Division Four, they played their first competitive fixture on Sunday 5th September away to Southampton Reserves, winning 4-1. The first home league match was played on Sunday 10th October against Reading Royals. The game, played at Wootton Bassett, was "Kicked - Off" by Doreen Dart, the Mayor of Thamesdown (as it was then) with the Town winning 8-2. Swindon finished their first season as Division Four League Champions and also won the Southern Region Five-a-Side Tournament.
In the next two seasons, Swindon were Champions of Divisions Three and Two respectively. In their first season in Division One they finished in mid-table and supplied eight players to the newly formed Wiltshire County Ladies team that won the South West Counties Championship.
In the 1996-97 season, the Town were runnes-up in the Southern Region Division One and were beaten finalists in the League Cup. The 1998-99 season saw Swindon Town Ladies elected to be founder members of the South West Combination League. They finished the inaugural season in third place and won the League Cup, beating Cheltenham Town 4-0 in the Final. They went on to win the League Cup three years in succession. At the start of the 2002-03 season, the club merged with Coleview Girls and ran teams at Under 10, 12 and 14 level as well as the two senior teams.
The club was awarded the F.A. Charter Standard in 2006 and two years later, they had their best run in the FA Women's Cup to date, reaching the Fourth Round where they were beaten by Doncaster Belles at the County Ground.
Before the 2013-14 season, Swindon Town Ladies joined forces with Swindon Town Football in the Community. They finished in fourth place in the league after being league leaders up to the Christmas break. The following season, the team were denied promotion after an administrator error resulted in a three point deduction, which in turn meant they finished third, but 2015-16 saw them lift the South West Division One title and win promotion to the Southern Division, where they have remained since.
The team is managed by Leonie Wade, with Kate Gumm as coach as Sam Hallsworth as captain, but special mention must be made of secretary Roger Reeves MBE who has given years of service to the club and is one of the best known figures in women's football.
Brislington (from): Vicky Powell, Sophie Whelan, Chelsea Heal, Natalie Coles, Chloe Rogers, Mollie Jones, Zoe Gunter, Kim Maggs, Amy Jefferies, Shannon Osman, Jodie Arkell, Polly Wardle, Georgia Vandries, Annabel Fitzgerald, Courtney Adams, Abbie Kirby.
Swindon Town (from): Emily Bagguley, Amy Baker, Emily Arrell, Milly Colford, Naomi Nash, Chloe Lawrence, Sam Hallsworth, Mia Mugford, Polly New, Sophie Roberts, Alice Smith, Sophie Barrett, Natalie Goodnight, Lucy Goodnight, Annie Martin, Victoria Taylor, Helena Diaz-Butcher.
AFC Wimbledon are having a very good season in FAWPL South East Division One and their 1-0 victory over Denham Utd on Sunday - their ninth win in ten league matches - keeps them two points clear at the top of the table.
We talked to Wimbledon defender Linsey Clarke, who insisted that they may have won by a bigger margin against Denham and that the team needs to keep up their current form as they continue their title challenge:
WSS: Well done on another win, was the game on Sunday as close as the 1-0 scoreline suggests?
LC: No, the scoreline doesn't reflect the game. We had most of the possession and a lot more chances to finish but it wasn't our day.
WSS: Was it a nervous last few minutes when you were one goal ahead or did you always feel comfortable?
LC: No, it wasn't a nervous last few minutes as we as a team believe in each other.
WSS: That makes it nine wins in ten league games, was it a particularly important win after losing your previous one to Stevenage?
LC: It's always important to get a win after a defeat, as it shows what strength and mental ability we have as a team.
WSS: This week you take on Portsmouth in the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup, presumably the whole squad are looking forward to taking on higher division opposition?
LC: Yes, we are all looking forward to taking on Portsmouth who are in a division above. As we have proved, we are more than capable of competing at a higher level and our narrow defeat to Charlton in the League Cup shows this.
WSS: The league is obviously the main priority but how welcome would a cup run be, if you could manage one?
LC: At the start of the season we always aim to do as well in every competition that we can. Things are going well in the league but good results in the Cup can only be a boost for the team's confidence.
WSS: Following the Portsmouth game you are scheduled to play second placed Leyton Orient in successive weeks, would you see them as your most important games so far?
LC: Yes, we are scheduled to play Leyton Orient in the next two matches but we as a club take every game just as important as any other.
WSS: The title race in this division is shaping up to be a really close one with several teams in the running, can you see it staying that way for the rest of the season?
LC: It may be close now but we will continue to keep pushing to make sure we keep the lead. I know it sounds a cliché but all we can do is take each game as it comes, and be confident that we will continue to compete right until the end of the season.
Our thanks to Linsey!
Portsmouth 3 Lewes 2
A superb second half display saw Portsmouth come from a goal down and take all three points against Lewes at AFC Portchester.
Trailing to an Avilla Bergin penalty at the break, a double from Samantha Quayle and an opportunist strike by Molly Clark put the hosts in command before Leeta Rutherford gave Lewes late hope with a header but a fine, determined showing from Pompey was rewarded with victory.
Pompey keeper Robyn Levett denied Bergin with a strong block in the tenth minute and the home defence were put to the test by a series of left wing Katie McIntyre corners as Lewes started powerfully. Amelia Southgate made a number of crucial blocks and clearances for the home team but it was not until the 24th minute that Pompey threatened at the other end. Rachel Panting hitting the bar with a cross from a tight angle on the right.
Lewes looked the more threatening team and took the lead when Bergin earned and converted a 34th minute penalty. Natasha Stephens had a shot on the volley which drifted wide just before the break but Lewes had generally contained Pompey very effectively to lead at half time.
The second period was a totally different story. Stephens had already drawn a good save from Rookettes keeper Jacqui-Anne Goldsmid before Quayle latched on to a Shannon Albuery flicked header to level on 50 minutes. Panting then got clear on the right to force another good save before the ball was scrambled clear. A Quayle cross-shot drifted just wide as Pompey dominated and Clark gave Portsmouth the lead when she returned a loose clearance with a precise low 30-yard shot past the retreating keeper.
Lewes tried to respond but were hit again on 69 minutes when substitute Jade Simmons hit the bar from wide on the left and Quayle was on hand to tuck home the rebound. Chasing the game, Lewes piled on the pressure. Danielle Lane was played in twelve yards out but Levett turned her low shot wide at full stretch. From the resulting corner, Lauren Peck hooked the ball off the line after a near post deflection.
With sheer hard work blocking and covering for each other, Pompey looked to have weathered the storm until former player Rutherford nodded home a right side corner on 89 minutes to set up a tense finale. In fact, Pompey had already nearly added a fourth with Quayle just unable to convert a cross and then had a headed own goal by Lewes disallowed in added time for offside by a challenging forward. Pompey saw out time very impressively to claim a deserved win.
On a day when the match programme celebrated the fantastic contribution over 17 years of the retiring club legend Gemma Hillier, the current team gave a display in the finest Pompey traditions of heart and commitment to the shirt against strong opposition.
Robyn Levett, Ellie Kirby, Charley Boswell, Amelia Southgate, Samantha Quayle, Molly Clark, Natasha Stephens, Shannon Albuery, Lauren Peck, Rachel Panting, Eilidh Currie. Subs: Nadine Bazan, Jade Simmons, Katie James, Jade Widdowson.
Jacqui-Anne Goldsmid, Rebecca Thompson-Agbro, Kelly Newton, Katie McIntyre, Leeta Rutherford, Georgia Bridges, Danielle Lane, Avilla Bergin, Sarah Kempson, Claire Johnson, Natasha Wells. Subs: Faye Baker, Lisa Fulgence, Charlotte Owen, Rachel Palmer, Darcey James.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Amelia Southgate slides in to tackle Georgia Bridges
(middle) Samantha Quayle scores past Jacqui-Anne Goldsmid
(bottom) Danielle Lane (right) takes on Amelia Southgate
East Midlands League
The leadership changed hands once again in the Premier Division with Leicester City Women Development going back on top after scoring six times without reply past Eastwood Ladies. Imogen Hunt was on target twice along with Lauren Bartle, Courtney Cropper, Gabriella Reid and Alana Cunningham. Previous leaders Nettleham are back in second after battling out a goalless draw with third placed Oughtibridge. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile stepped up their challenge by beating Loughborough Students 4-1, Vicky Gallagher hitting a hat-trick and Emma Pollard adding the other. Mansfield Town were 5-1 winners over Mansfield Hosiery Mills in their local derby, courtesy of goals from Androulle Kokkinou (2), Monica Bowley, Chloe Elphick and Alex Francis. Charlotte Appleby, Megan Howard and Natalie Gibson gave Ollerton Town a 3-1 victory at Rise Park and Kettering Town defeated Arnold Town 6-2 thanks to a Laura Beckett hat-trick, Caitlin Redfern, Stacey Chaplin and Fiona Strathern.
It was a good day for Woodlands Ladies in Division One North as they moved into second place with a 5-3 victory over leaders Hykeham Town, Jody Scott bagging a hat-trick along with Kelsey Burton-Evans and Katie Mayfield. Lincoln Moorlands Railway would have gone top with a win but they lost for the first time, 1-0 to Draycott Victoria with Natalie Loughenbury scoring the only goal of the game. Jade Baker (2) and Ashleigh Eggington gave Sleaford Town a 3-0 victory over Arnold Town Development and Grimsby Borough won 5-1 against Teversal thanks to a Laura Flecknor hat-trick, Sue Green and Phoebe Lonsdale.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo stay one point ahead in Division One South as a Lucy Phillips-Poole hat-trick and Nikki Lidgett gave them a 4-2 win over Peterborough Utd and second placed Northampton Town netted seven times without reply past Cosby Utd, Leah Stacey bagged a four-goal haul and Emma Dunmore weighed in with a hat-trick. AFC Leicester kept up their good run of form by beating Heather LFC 4-2 and Katie Stone was on target for Loughborough Foxes Vixens in their 1-1 draw against Corby S & L, who replied through Michelle Byrne.
Eastern Region League
The withdrawal of Lowestoft Town has seen a re-calculation of the Premier Division table and after Sunday's matches, Cambridge City sit on top with a one point lead following their goalless draw with Colney Heath. Third placed Acle Utd are just three points off the pace after beating Bedford Ladies 3-0, Grace Birchall netting twice along with Megan Todd, but Writtle lost ground as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentwood Town who scored through Marie Barker and Zoe Hinton. AFC Dunstable meanwhile won 2-0 against AFC Sudbury thanks to Danielle Carty and Charlotte South.
King's Lynn Town are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One North after winning 2-0 away to Histon, Olivia Baker and Rebecca Russell were on target. Ipswich Wanderers keep up the chase in second, they beat Silver End Utd with goals from Jade Horne (2) and Kimberley Rex. Brooke Moreno and Laura Nicholls scored for Wymondham Town in their 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town Development and they possess a number of games in hand.
Division One South leaders Stevenage Ladies Res made it nine straight wins and nine clean sheets when recording a 7-0 victory against Hutton. Hannah Marshall and Emily Schofield each hit hat-tricks, with Daniela Martucci adding the other. Little Thurrock Dynamos maintained their own 100% record as Sophie Dowman and Natalie Strange gave them a 2-1 win against Hoddesdon Town Owls. Harlow Town also scored seven goals without reply past Hertford Town and move back into third place.
London & South East League
The top two continue to pull further away from the rest after picking up victories in the two matches played over the weekend. Crawley Wasps preserved their lead of six points by notching an 8-0 victory over Aylesford. Faye Rabson hit a hat-trick, Ariana Flieschman weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Naomi Cole, Suzy Davis and Danielle Boyd. AFC Phoenix made sure of staying on their heels by winning 3-1 away to Parkwood Rangers, Catherine Ennis was on target twice along with Zoe Bergeal, Charlie Myhill replying for the home side.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients took the opportunity to narrow the gap on league leaders Durham Cestria to six points by winning 3-0 away to York City. The home side went into the game in improved form but first half goals from Sian Williams (2) and Courtney Corrie handed Norton their fourth straight win. Hartlepool Utd meanwhile scored six times without reply past Tynedale, Jessica Dawson and Nicky Duckling each netting twice along with Jade Pye and Sarah Rowbotham.
South Shields are starting to stretch the pace in the Northern Division, goals from Paige Lester and Sophie Halliday seeing them to a 2-0 victory away to Cramlington Utd. Second placed Consett Ladies were also victorious, 2-1 at Blyth Lions thanks to Stephanie Curry and Beth Wilson. York RI meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw in their mid-table clash with Prudhoe Town, who scored through Nikita Butcher and Catherine Johnston.
Harrogate Town are the new leaders of the Southern Division after running out 6-0 winners over Altofts Ladies, who would have gone top themselves had they avoided defeat. Jade Pennock was on target twice for Town along with Caroline Hulme, Katie Rowlands, Sophie Tinson and Lindsey Whitton. Ossett Albion scored nine times without reply past Swallownest Beighton, Chloe Denton leading the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Yasmin Ayub (2), Jenna Wraith (2), Charlotte Gough and Rachel Powch.
North West League
Stockport County have got off to a good start in the Premier Division and they have moved themselves into a challenging position, going second after a fine 2-0 win away to Burnley Girls & Ladies. Stockport are two points behind leaders Tranmere Rovers whilst Wigan Athletic are a further two points adrift in fifth, following their 3-0 victory over MSB Woolton.
Penrith AFC have further strengthened their position at the top of Division One North after they defeated third placed Bury FC Women 5-3, inflicting a first defeat of the season on their opponents. In the other game, fourth placed Workington Reds were 6-1 winners away to Bolton Wanderers Res.
After having conceded their first points of the season the previous Sunday, Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester got back to winning ways when scoring six times without reply against second placed Warrington Wolverines and extending their advantage to nine points in the only match to go ahead.
South West League
Buckland Athletic gone top of the Premier Division for the first time this season, going ahead of Marine Academy Plymouth on goal difference after beating Charlestown 10-1. Kirsty Caunter, Hayley Chamberlain, Laura Gough and Carla Staddon each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Amber Coates and Corrine Potts. Three teams are actually level on points at the top of the table, with Torquay Utd joining the top two after winning 1-0 against Exeter City in the only other game to be played, Stephanie Beck scoring the only goal of the game.
In the Eastern Division, Almondsbury narrowed the gap on the top two with a 4-1 victory over FC Chippenham. Abby Rose netted twice along with Jamie Leigh Worlock and Faye Gilbert, while Kathryn Kilgour replied. Katie Wadey netted both goals as Swindon Spitfires won 2-0 away to Cheltenham Civil Service in the other match.
One match survived the weather in the Western Division, the top of the table clash between Plymouth Argyle Development and Callington Town. Both teams went into the game with 100% records to their name and it was Callington who emerged as 3-2 winners. Eleri Griffiths, Kat Marment and Chloe Williams netted the goals for Callington while Plymouth, who still have a lead of three points, replied through Alex Hugh and Rachel Javan.
Southern Region League
The clash between the top two in the Premier Division went the way of Chesham Utd, who defeated Newbury Ladies 4-0 to open up a lead of four points. Stephanie Weston was on target twice for the Clarets along with Emma Delves and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez. Winchester City Flyers are in third after scoring seven times without reply past Team Solent. Beth Norman hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Kate Beecraft, Kayleigh Moss and Charlie Snelling. Shanklin meanwhile caused a surprise by winning 1-0 against Oxford City, Gemma Woodford scoring the only goal of the game to give the Isle of Wight side their third win of the season. Rebecca Yeo hit a hat-trick along with Tiffany Skinner (2) and Paula Taylor as New Milton Town beat Milton Keynes City 6-1.
Barton Rovers stay on top of Division One Northern despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 4-1 by Wokingham & Emmbrook who scored through Alice Lilley (2), Joanne Atkins and Sophie Mabbett. In an incredibly tight division where just four points separate the top six teams, Abi Canvin and Tara Woodward scored the goals for Wycombe Wanderers as they battled out a 2-2 draw with Woodley Utd, whose replies came from Rebecca Lowes and Rosie Page-Smith.
One match was played in Division One Southern, Warsash Wasps going top of the table with a 3-2 victory over Winchester City Flyers Res. Lorna Lanham (2) and Megan Fox were the markswomen for Warsash, while Winchester found the net through Katie Johns and Molly Elloway.
The Jubilee Cup opened up on Sunday with the first group match being played, Alton Ladies winning 4-0 away to Oxford City Nomads with Megan Leebbern hitting a hat-trick and Samantha Baker adding the other.
West Midlands League
Leafield Athletic have opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division following their 3-0 victory away to Lye Town. Bedworth Utd are a further point adrift in third after they beat Coundon Court 4-0. Wolverhampton Sporting meanwhile won 3-1 at Kingshurst Sporting Club to move themselves towards mid-table.
In Division One North, Wyrley Ladies are up into third after they won 2-0 away to Atherstone Rangers. The other game to go ahead yielded plenty of goals as Brereton Town and Tamworth battled out a 5-5 draw.
Gornal Ladies remain three points clear at the top of Division One South following their 2-1 victory over Solihull Sporting. Redditch Utd netted eight times without reply past Coventry Development and are handily placed in second, still with a 100% record, and ahead on goal difference from Solihull Utd who defeated Droitwich Spa 8-2. Coventry Sphinx received a setback when they were beaten 2-1 by Stourbridge and Kidderminster Harriers were 4-1 winners away to Rugby Town.
Blackburn Rovers stay as leaders of the Northern Division after running out 8-1 winners away to Sheffield Utd. Georgia Stevens and Corie Mather each hit hat-tricks while Hannah Walsh and Ria Montgomery were also on target. Blackburn remain ahead on goal difference from Middlesbrough, who defeated Hull City 3-0 thanks to Beth McIlvenny, Jasmine Pearson and Holly Wells. Huddersfield Town are five points off the pace in third following their 2-2 draw against Bradford City, Rose Priestley and Tara Duce netting their goals with Keavy Smith bagging a brace in reply. At the other end of the table, Leeds Ladies ran out 5-0 winners away to Guiseley Vixens to notch up their first victory of the season.
Coventry Utd remain on top of the Midland Division despite going down to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Foxes, who go into the top half of the table as a result. Gracie Burrows (2), Rebecca Linsley and Maisie Eagling netted the goals as Long Eaton Utd defeated Burton Albion 4-0 and Sporting Khalsa were 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest thanks to a Chloe Coldicott brace and Angelique Morley.
Crystal Palace are up into second, three points behind Southern Division leaders Portsmouth, after beating them 2-1 with goals from Sandra Martin and Liberty Morrice-Bartlett. Lewes meanwhile made up ground as a Victoria Carleton double and Paige Walder gave them a 3-0 victory at Queen's Park Rangers in the other game.
In the Reserve Section League Cup, Bolton Wanderers progressed to the Third Round with a 6-1 victory at Newcastle Utd. C & K Basildon are also through, they defeated West Ham Utd 5-3 courtesy of Jodie Osborne (2), Katie Whitehead (2) and Tilly Deacon.
Doncaster Rovers Belles have taken over as the new leaders of the Northern Division in the FA WSL Development League after they won 3-2 away to Aston Villa with Emily Simpkins, Izzy Whittle and Eleanor Cieselski on target. A win would have taken Sunderland top but instead they were beaten 3-1 by Birmingham City for whom Heidi Logan (2) and Shania Hayles scored. Sheffield FC meanwhile defeated Durham Women 4-1 thanks to Millee Clarke, Ellie Hawcroft, Kenedy Owen and Georgia Willson.
Millwall Lionesses did not play in the Southern Division over the weekend and this has allowed Arsenal to regain the leadership from them, after scoring seven times without reply past Tottenham Hotspur. Anne-Marie Filbey led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lauren James added a double and there was one apiece from Gabriella Ravenscroft and Jessica Ngunga. Bristol City meanwhile defeated Reading FC Women 5-2 to stay level on points with the Gunners in second, Olivia Fergusson hitting a hat-trick along with Chloe Gilroy and Holly Reed. Nicole Douglas was another hat-trick scorer for Chelsea in their 5-0 victory over London Bees, Megan Mackey and Olivia Smith joining her on the scoresheet. Watford cemented their position in the top half by beating Oxford Utd 4-1, goals coming from Olivia Syson, Alana Munro, Anaisa Harney and Andie Dickens.
Northern Division One
Leaders Brighouse Town had their match postponed on Sunday and could only look on as their two nearest rivals narrowed the gap on them to two points.
Hull City stay in second place after they defeated Chester-le-Street Town 2-1. Ellie Tanser and Katie Thompson netted the goals for Hull, with the Cestrians replying through Nichole Goundry-Havery.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile also stepped up their challenge by beating Newcastle Utd 3-0. Nicole Johnston opened the scoring for them just before half time and two goals in two minutes during the second half from Abby Pope and Sasha Rowe secured the points.
Crewe Alexandra returned themselves into the top half of the table with a 3-1 victory over Barnsley. Michelle Saunders' first half goal for Crewe was cancelled out by Anna Cairns but strikes in the last fifteen minutes from Laura Garner and Emma Lambourne earned the Alex a result which takes them up to fifth.
Midlands Division One
There was a change of leadership in Midlands Division One as TNS Ladies returned to the top of the table ahead of an inactive Loughborough Foxes, following a hard earned 3-2 win away to Long Eaton Utd. Indeed, the new leaders had to show their full powers of recovery as Long Eaton went into a two-goal lead during the first half through Elle Rowson and Laura Sears, with Laura Morris reducing the arrears just before half time. Charlotte Canlett equalised in the opening minute of the second half and she went on to score the winning goal midway through the half.
Burton Albion remain handily placed in third after notching a 2-1 win away to Radcliffe Olympic. Hayleigh Sutton gave Burton a first half lead which was cancelled out after the interval by Alex Saulter, before Jordan Atkin grabbed the winner with three minutes remaining.
Steel City Wanderers emerged as 3-1 winners over Solihull Moors in their mid-table clash. Cheryl Mawhood put the Steels in front before Paris Wagstaff added a brace, with Amelia Kirk replying.
Sporting Khalsa continued their improving form with a 3-0 success at Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, moving above their opponents on goal difference in the process. Lyndsey Glover, Megan Wilton and Kyrie Ball to give Khalsa their third win in five matches.
Things are looking a lot brighter for Rotherham Utd as they made it two victories in three matches when winning 3-2 away to Leicester City Ladies. Samantha Hale, Phoebe Hallam and Catherine McDuff-Viau were the markswomen for Rotherham, whilst Carmelina Colange bagged a brace for the home side.
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon have a lead of two points at the top of the table following their 1-0 victory against Denham Utd. Katie Stanley scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes into the second half, to earn her side their ninth win in ten matches.
Leyton Orient meanwhile moved into second after winning 2-0 away to Stevenage Ladies. Both goals came during the second half, Danielle Griffiths opening the scoring just after the hour mark and Sarka Stryhalova adding the second late on.
Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town battled out a 2-2 draw which leaves both sides still well in contention and in third and fifth respectively. Charly Clarke and Amelia Hazard were on target for MK, with Ipswich replying through Sophie Welton and Jade Henry.
Luton Town claimed their third win in a row in all competitions and occupy fourth place following their 8-2 win against Norwich City. Seven different players got on the scoresheet for Luton, Nicola Henman netting twice along with Zara Carroll, Jess McKay, Lisa Nixon, Amy Summerfield, Natasha Fensome and Jo Rutherford, whilst Natasha Snelling and Millie Davies responded for Norwich.
The mid-table clash between Actonians Ladies and Cambridge Utd culminated in a goalless draw, the fifth occasion that Cambridge have shared the points in a league match so far this season.
Enfield Town are out of the bottom three following their 3-1 success away to Haringey Borough. Regan Coleman bagged a brace and Danielle Smith was also on target, with Jonea Peter netting the home side's consolation.
South West Division One
Two of the top three met each other in a vital clash on Sunday and it was Southampton Women who narrowly emerged as 1-0 winners over Keynsham Town, who stay on top of the table despite the defeat. A tight game was settled with fifteen minutes remaining, when Jane Yeates scored the only goal of the game.
Southampton Saints are now five points off the pace following a hard earned 2-0 victory away to St Nicholas. After a goalless first half, Libby O'Dell opened the scoring for the Saints just after the hour mark and Chloe Melton secured the points with the second goal late on.
Cheltenham Town meanwhile moved themselves up the table with a narrow 1-0 win against Larkhall Athletic. Substitute Holly Rogers grabbed the game's solitary goal with ten minutes remaining.
England's deaf women's Futsal squad have secured their spot at next year's European Championship.
The Lionesses will head to Finland for the finals next December, after successfully coming through the qualifying round earlier this week.
Taking place in Norway, England found their range with impressive 5-2 and 8-1 victories over Turkey and the host nation respectively.
They were held to a 3-3 draw by Poland in the crucial final game to seal second spot in the group and a shot at the title in 12 months.
A hat-trick from Zara Musker and goals from Emma Brown and debutant Lucy Durham were enough to see off Turkey in the opener before they faced a second game later that day against Norway.
England had to show their character too, as they found themselves a goal down against the hosts in the early stages in front of a fervent home crowd.
But confidence was clearly still high from their early victory as the Lionesses responded in style with a brace apiece for Emma Brown and Rebecca Kemp and a strike from Louise Hogan making it 5-1 at half time.
Second half goals from Kemp, Hogan and Musker completed the rout to set up a thrilling final game with Poland the following day to decide top spot.
Two goals for Kemp and a goal for Danielle Evans put the girls in control at 3-1 but Poland weren't finished and bounced back with two late goals to seal a draw which meant England had to settle for second spot as a result of goal difference.
It was still enough to progress though and the squad will now have over a year to prepare for the Finals, which begin on 4th December 2018 in Tampere, Finland.
England squad: Asnath Losala, Ceara Toal, Danielle Evans, Emma Brown, Jennifer Evans, Louise Hogan, Lucy Durham, Molly Ripley, Nikita Hitchen, Lhathini Pushpalingham, Rebecca Kemp, Zara Musker.
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England 5 (Lawley 15, Kirby pen 64, Parris 68,75, Christiansen 76)
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Four second half goals carried England to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan and kept up their winning start to their World Cup qualifying group at Colchester.
Nikita Parris scored twice and Melissa Lawley netted her first senior international goal on her first start as England cruised past a weak Kazakhstan side, with substitutes Fran Kirby and Izzy Christiansen also getting on the scoresheet.
Mo Marley made seven changes from the 4-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina with Keira Walsh making her senior debut and the young Manchester City responded with a very impressive display in midfield.
England carried the game to their opponents in the early stages and with fifteen minutes on the clock, the first time starters combined to put them ahead when Walsh's cross was not dealt with and Lawley slotted home from ten yards.
Jodie Taylor did get the ball in the net five minutes later after Fara Williams and Parris had combined to set her up but an offside flag ruled out any celebrations. A well struck volley by Alex Greenwood was turned over the bar by Oksana Zheleznyak who did well to push away a strike from Jill Scott after good work by Jodie Taylor.
Williams was next to try her luck with a long range strike which was parried away by the overworked Zheleznyak, Taylor getting to the rebound first but was again ruled offside.
Kazakhstan were forced into a change at the break as Zheleznyak, who had been struggling for most of the first half, was forced off to be replaced by Irina Sandalova who was quickly called into action with a good save to deny Parris.
England continued to press and almost doubled their lead in fortuitous circumstances when Bibigul Nurusheva struck her own post but the pressure eventually told and after a handball offence in the area, Fran Kirby, who had barely been on the pitch for a minute, stroked home from the penalty spot.
Kirby then turned provider four minutes later with a shrewd pass to let in Parris and the striker finished emphatically to increase England's lead.
The Kazakhstan team had tired visibly and England looked to cash in with further goals, Greenwood's through ball releasing Parris on goal and she once again produced a confident finish.
Just a minute later, Greenwood's cross into the area was nodded down by Kirby for Christiansen to score from close range. The goal signalled the final substitution by Mo Marley who introduced Jess Carter for another debutant, at right back. England could have added further goals late on but Kazakhstan were able to prevent further damage on the night, but not England from recording a third convincing win.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze (sub Jess Carter 76mins), Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams (sub Izzy Christiansen 63mins), Steph Houghton, Gemma Bonner, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor (sub Fran Kirby 63mins), Keira Walsh, Melissa Lawley. Subs not used: Carly Telford, Jo Potter, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs.
Kazakhstan: Oksana Zheleznyak (sub Irina Sandalova 45mins), Shokhista Khojasheva, Bibigul Nurusheva, Yekaterina Krasyukova, Yekaterina Babshuk, Svetlana Bortnikova, Begaim Kirgizbaeva, Adilya Vyldanova, Aida Gaistenova (sub Anastassiya Vlassova 69mins), Karina Zhumabaikyzy, Saule Karibayeva (sub Asselkhan Turlybekova 80mins). Subs not used: Mariya Demidova, Arailym Orynbassarova, Aigerim Alimkulova, Zuleira Abisheva.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 Wales 1 (Green 58)
Wales continued their fine start to World Cup qualifying with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica.
Kayleigh Green scored the all-important goal 13 minutes into the second half, but Wales had Laura O'Sullivan to thank late on as the goalkeeper saved a penalty with six minutes left to play. The victory means Wales stay top of Group 1 with three wins from four games played.
Jayne Ludlow opted to make one change from the team that beat Kazakhstan in Cardiff just four days previously as Gemma Evans replaced Loren Dykes in defence. The visitors opted to get off to a positive start on a bitterly cold afternoon in Zenica and they had two early chances as Natasha Harding volleyed over inside the first minute before the midfielder almost set up Jessica Fishlock to turn the ball home on 12 minutes.
However, Wales had to be wary of the threat posed by Bosnia-Herzegovina at the other end as Kulis saw her left foot dipping volley superbly tipped over by Laura O'Sullivan.
Wales were posing a huge threat on the counter attack as the likes of Harding, Fishlock and Kayleigh Green all linked up well, while Fishlock was twice denied by Hodzic as the goalkeeper produced a fine stop to keep the scores level shortly before the break.
The visitors made a change at the break as Loren Dykes replaced Gemma Evans, and Ludlow's side looked to continue where they left off in the first period. Angharad James - who moved into midfield after a tactical reshuffle - flashed a shot wide of goal early on, before Wales took a deserved lead.
After an initial counter attack looked to have been snuffed out by Bosnia, the ball was returned from the Wales half through the heart of the home side's defence where a mix-up led to Kayleigh Green latching onto a loose ball before surging clear and coolly slotting past Hodzic.
Ludlow's side had half chances to double their lead, notably when Fishlock's effort flew across the box and evaded everyone, while at the other end the visitors' defence was standing firm as Bosnia looked for an all-important equaliser.
It looked to have paid off with six minutes to play as Alice Griffiths was adjudged to have brought down Kulis in the box, but O'Sullivan stood tall and dived to her left to keep out Nikolic's spot kick.
The danger wasn't over yet as the hosts poured forward, with O'Sullivan again coming to the rescue in stoppage time as she denied Nikolic once more, tipping the striker's header over the crossbar. But Wales held out to claim a crucial victory and maintain their fine start to qualifying.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Almina Hodzic, Antonela Radeljic (sub Andela Seslija 86mins), Amira Spahic, Melisa Hasanbegovic, Marija Aleksic, Aida Hadzic (sub Valentina Sakotic 70mins), Milena Nikolic, Lidija Kulis, Dajana Spasojevic, Alma Kameric (sub Merjema Medic 52mins), Amela Krso. Subs not used: Arnela Sabanovic, Alisa Spahic, Amina Lihovic, Selma Kapetanovic.
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Gemma Evans (sub Loren Dykes 45mins), Rhiannon Roberts, Sophie Ingle, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Alice Griffiths, Rachel Rowe, Jessica Fishlock, Hayley Ladd, Kayleigh Green (sub Nadia Lawrence 78mins). Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Amina Vine, Helen Ward, Grace Horrell, Gwennan Davies.
Charlton Athletic have taken up the pace again at the top of the Southern Division, extending their lead to five points after scoring eleven times without reply past Swindon Town.
The Addicks' prolific forward line was again to the fore as Charlotte Gurr was on target four times and Kit Graham weighed in with a hat-trick. Charlotte Lee added a brace of goals while Hannah Churchill and Grace Coombs also got on the scoresheet.
The six matches in the division on Sunday produced a total of 43 goals and ten of them were on show at West Ham Utd where visitors C & K Basildon triumphed 7-3 to go into second place. April Bowers netted a hat-trick for C & K against her former club and she was joined on the scoresheet by Angela Addison, Therese Addison, Jay Blackie and Danica Revell while Molly Peters, Ellie Zoepfl and Rosie Kmita all replied for the Hammers.
C & K have moved above Lewes who slip back to third after going down 3-2 to Portsmouth. Avilla Bergin gave Lewes a first half lead but Pompey hit back after the break through a Samantha Quayle brace and Molly Clark. Leeta Rutherford pulled one back for the Rookettes late on but Portsmouth held on for the points (see match report).
Crystal Palace meanwhile kept themselves in contention with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City Ladies. Leesa Haydock put Palace in front with five minutes on the clock and Gemma Bryan wrapped up the win with her second, late in the second half.
Coventry Utd were the other side to hit double figures on a goal laden day in the division, winning 10-1 away to Queen's Park Rangers. Maz Gauntlett led the scoring with a hat-trick, Helen Dermody weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Stephanie Smith, Jade Brook, Alison Hall, Amber Hughes and Laura Cooper. Pauline Adeyemo netted a second half consolation for Rangers.
Chichester City maintained their place in the top half with a 4-0 success away to Gillingham. Laura Ingram, Jess Lewry, Jade Widdows and Hollie Wride were all on target for the Sussex side.
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