St Nicholas are through to the last sixteen of the Premier League Plate after running out 7-2 winners over Shanklin in their tie on Sunday.
We talked to St Nicholas full back Sophie Morgan, who was one of her team's goalscorers against Shanklin, and she is more than satisfied with the team's handling of a tough start to the season as well as looking to brighter times for their young side:
WSS: Congratulations on your cup win on Sunday, do you think the team played as well as the scoreline suggests?
SM: Thank you! Yes I do, it's been a long time coming! As a team we are very new to each other and Sunday really showed us finally putting everything we've worked on at training over the last couple of months into practice and showed what we are capable of.
WSS: Was the team determined before the game to make up for your SSE Women's FA Cup defeat to Shanklin the previous Sunday?
SM: Yes, we have travelled twice over to Shanklin now, in the league and in the FA Cup and both times we have travelled with ten players - in the FA Cup match we went down to nine after twenty minutes due to an injury. On both occasions we were unlucky not to walk away with a win. So for us, on Sunday, both teams having only ten players meant a level playing field and as a team we were more than determined to walk away with not just a win, but a good performance to go with it.
WSS: There have been a lot of squad changes during the summer and the squad itself is a lot younger this season, are you excited about the quality of players that have joined?
SM: Of course it's very exciting, the team has had quite a few changes over the summer and adding such young players in our squad is only going to benefit us in the future. The young ones coming in have been great, they have a real hunger for the game and we're lucky that our more experienced players in the team are still quite young but have had a lot of playing experience, which means we are on hand to help and support the younger players coming through. I love having a younger squad, I feel all being so close in age is probably what helps us to gel so well. John [Seymour] decided it was quality he wanted this season rather than quantity, which some could argue hasn't worked so well for us with being thin on numbers at times, but he is actively looking to add to the squad as long as it is the right players than can improve us and maintain the team's spirit that has been created. As a squad, we couldn't be happier and we definitely have the quality and desire to try to achieve something together as a team.
WSS: You have had a very hard start in the league, playing Chichester, Plymouth and Larkhall twice, but do you think the team generally did well in those games?
SM: Overall yes, Chichester - we got what we deserved especially in the first half, they turned up that day and we didn't! Even though it was a vastly improved second half, we would be silly to say we deserved anything other than a loss in that game. However in the other games I feel we have been unlucky, staying in games for long periods and due to unfortunately being low on numbers we haven't been able to play how we've wanted to, but have shown great potential and our work rate, spirit and commitment could not be questioned. The one game we have managed to have a full squad with subs was our game against Larkhall at home and I think that game showed how well we can play as a team.
WSS: How big a confidence boost to the team was that 3-0 win over Larkhall?
SM: Honestly a massive one, Larkhall can be a strong team and after losing to them away in our first game of the season, winning at home with a full squad was a massive boost for us as a team. I think it was a realisation of what potential we have as a team and just what we needed.
WSS: You have no game this week but return to action next Sunday with a short trip to Cheltenham Town, how much is the team looking forward to that one?
SM: The squad are very excited, this year there is a real buz around the team and we look forward to every game. Maybe it's because we've had such a tough start, that it has made us all closer but we will going with the intention of coming away with the three points. It's a good chance for us to put into practice what we work on in training and we are excited to get back to league games after a few cup ties. Playing regularly is key to us so it's not great to have a week's break although there is the benefit that our injured players will have an extra week to recover and will be fit and raring to go. We are already looking ahead and preparing for Cheltenham as we know it will be a tough game, as all the games are in this league, but it is a match we always look forward to as it is played like a local derby with both teams having players that know each other quite well and I know we will be giving it everything on the day to try and achieve a positive result, as I'm sure they will.
WSS: What do you think, realistically, would be a good season for St Nicholas?
SM: First of all, staying in the league - that's our first goal. Next for us, we would be happy to finish mid to higher end of the table. We are building for the future and are a very ambitious team, we are determined to play at the highest level we can so who knows what's on the cards!
Our thanks to Sophie!
Scotland's first match following their qualification for the Euro 2017 ended with a 7-0 defeat to the hands of tournament hosts Netherlands.
The visitors scored two late first-half goals to lead 3-0 at the break before scoring a further four in the second half, defeating an inexperienced Scotland team who were without a number of key players such as Rachel Corsie, Kim Little and Jenny Beattie.
Shannon Lynn started the game in goal, making her 17th cap and made some solid stops in the first 20 minutes which was fairly even but the visitors managed some snap shots and the 30-year-old was equal to them.
With 23 minutes on the clock, Lineth Beerensteyn left Lynn rooted to the spot but her looping shot sailed just beyond the upright.
Scotland's goalkeeper then had to pick the ball out the back of the net after half an hour when star striker Vivianne Miedema unleashed a ferocious drive from the edge of the area and, through a fortunate deflection, the ball rocketed into the net.
Before the break, Jane Ross had a golden chance when she slipped the ball beyond the Netherlands defender, wrong footing her, but then proceeded to put her shot over the bar.
Scotland were left to rue that miss when Beerensteyn raced through on goal beating Dieke for pace and shooting into the net.
Moments before the half-time whistle Scotland were three down when Miedema scored a second knocking home the rebound after a shot from outside the box hit the crossbar.
The second half started quietly but with 60 minutes on the clock Netherlands notched their fourth and began to really take control of the game. Renee Slegers scored after good work by van de Sanden down the wing.
Netherlands soon scored their fifth from a rebound following a Shannon Lynn save.
Lynn went off injured, replaced by Fay, whose first job was to pick the ball out the back of the net. Netherlands then made it seven when Groenen turned well in the box and slammed beyond Fay.
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Emma Mitchell, Ifeoma Dieke, Leanne Ross (sub Fiona Brown), Joanne Love (xub Leanne Crichton), Hayley Lauder (sub Erin Cuthbert), Caroline Weir, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Kirsty Smith (sub Rachel McLauchlan), Joelle Murray (sub Frankie Brown). Subs not used: Zoe Ness, Chloe Arthur, Christie Murray, Lizzie Arnot.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
East Midlands League
Mansfield Town remain seven points clear at the top following their 7-3 victory away to Notts County Development. Androulle Kokkinou and Jemma Meakin each hit hat-tricks for the league leaders and Sarah Chapman added the other goal. Second met third in an important clash and it was Peterborough Northern Star who ran out 5-0 winners over Rise Park, courtesy of a Vicky Gallagher hat-trick, Cassie Steward and Georgia Coulson. Meanwhile the two teams at the foot of the table faced each other with Arnold Town beating Ruddington Village 7-0. Holly Chalmers and Molly Parker each netted twice for Arnold, with one apiece from Magealena Bytnar, Chrystal Smiley and Janine Willows.
There has been another change at the top of Division One North, Calverton MW taking over after beating previous leaders Woodlands Ladies 3-1 with goals from Jenna Smith, Jenna Stocks and Shantay Wright. Grimsby Borough are up into second after Natalie Aird (2), Nancy Barker and Amy Kay gave them a 4-1 victory away to Winterton Rangers. Lucy Hamilton netted the only goal as Ollerton Town won 1-0 at Sleaford Town and this takes them above Lincoln Moorlands Railway who drew 1-1 with Arnold Town Development, goals coming from Chloe Winchester and Emily Nelis respectively. Teversal picked up their first point of the season when drawing 1-1 with Draycott Victoria, who scored through Natalie Loughenbury.
Natalie Hurst was on target four times and Lauren Bartle added the other for Division One South table toppers Leicester City Women Development as they defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 5-0 to stay ahead on goal difference from Northampton Town, who won 10-1 against Riverside LFC. Emma Dunmore netted four times, Francesca Partridge weighed in with a hat-trick and the total was completed by Sara Wait, Alexandra Ayckbourn and Harley Collyer. Katie Bruckman (2), Michelle Byrne and Leah Stacey were the markswomen for Corby S & L in their 4-2 victory over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies have opened up a lead of seven points after coming from two goals behind to beat Colchester Town 3-2 on Sunday. Kaiya Glynn, Eden Kibron and an own goal gave Bedford the points after Colchester had led through Kira Fitzpatrick and Georgia Box. AFC Dunstable also won 3-2 against Brentwood Town to catch up ground on the top three, Amber Pearson netting twice along with Paige Kavanagh. Writtle are in the top half after Amy Simmons (2), Courtney Clarke and Sophie Vale fired them to a 4-0 victory over Histon.
Only one match was played in Division One but it saw Wymondham Town take over as the new leaders after Kayleigh Holloway, Alice Collins and Gemma Sanders gave them a 3-1 win against Ipswich Wanderers.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps have taken over as the new leaders following their 3-1 victory away to Herne Bay. Rebekah Dunt, Roseanne Fine and Holly Turbill were all on target for Crawley, with Rebecca Smith replying for the home side. London Corinthians made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides as a Laura Susarta brace and Verity Snow saw them to a 3-2 success at Aylesford.
North East League
Barnsley ran out 8-3 winners away to Tynedale and this has seen them go three points ahead at the top of the Premier Division. Brittany Sanderson led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Holly Findlay, Danielle Lowe, Kathryn Smith, Amy Woodruff and Drew Greene, while Tynedale replied through Jennifer Alford, Lauren Ray and Siobhan Simpson. In the other game, Annece Legg was on target for Boldon Ladies in their 1-1 draw with East Yorkshire Carnegie, whose goal came from Sian Bentley.
The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Durham Cestria, who beat Hartlepool Utd 4-1 to go six points ahead of their opponents. Anna Young netted twice for Durham along with Lauren Briggs and Tricia Gould, Hartlepool replying through Amy Cowan. Rachel Best bagged a hat-trick, with Kirsty Armstrong, Chloe Roylance and Hannah Turnbull adding the others as Cramlington Utd defeated Prudhoe Town 6-1 and Blyth Town Lions won 3-1 against Guisborough Ladies thanks to Sarah Bennett (2) and Leanne Anderson. Dionne Fleming and Becki McMahon were on target for South Shields in their 2-1 victory over Lowick Utd.
Natalie Bell scored twice along with Lauren Holmes and Amy Thompson for Southern Division for Westella & Willerby in their 4-1 success against Ossett Albion, which sees them open up a lead of three points. In the other game, goals from Grace Wilkinson (2), Chloe Harrison, Natalie Riley and Emily Shaw took Altofts Ladies to a 5-1 victory away to Harrogate Railway.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers are the new leaders of the Premier Division after winning 8-1 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies to move ahead of an inactive Burnley Girls & Ladies on goal difference. City of Manchester could have gone level on points with the top two but instead crashed to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of MSB Woolton. Wigan Athletic triumphed 5-1 against Stockport County and are in fifth, just ahead of Manchester Stingers who were 3-0 victors at Blackburn Community.
In Division One North, Penrith AFC won their Cumbrian derby match 2-1 against Carlisle Utd to halve the gap on table toppers Bury Girls & Ladies to three points. Sir Tom Finney meanwhile defeated Academy Juniors 11-1 and they complete the top three, just in front of Leigh RMI who won 4-2 at Kendal Town. Workington Reds kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by beating Preston North End 3-0.
Things are looking close at the top of the Division One South table and FC United of Manchester have held onto the leadership despite being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom of the table Curzon Ashton. They head the league on goal difference from Ellesmere Port Town who also drew, sharing six goals with Stockport County Blues. Merseyrail Bootle won 6-2 at Northwich Vixens and are in third, one point off the pace but with games in hand. Altrincham and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res occupy the next two places after their meeting culminated in a 3-3 draw. Warrington Wolverines complete the top half after beating Egerton 5-0 whilst Liverpool City Ladies Community won for the second time in three matches, 3-2 against Chorltonians.
South West League
In the only match to be played throughout the league on Sunday, Ilminster Town claimed their second victory of the season in the Eastern Division, winning 3-0 away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Sammie Knight netted two of the goals for the Somerset side and Graziely Rezende Esperanca was also on target.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women have replaced Winchester City Flyers at the top of the Premier Division after beating them 3-0 on Sunday. Emma Pinner, Sheree Bell-Jack and Kirsty Bell were all on target for Southampton who head the table by two points. Team Solent meanwhile claimed their second win of the season, Eleanor Hellyer and Jaye Howlett scoring the goals in their 2-1 victory over Newbury Ladies, who replied through Amie Barnard.
In the solitary match to be played in Division One, Alice Firth scored the only goal of the game for Winchester City Flyers Res in their 1-0 success away to Alton Utd.
West Midlands League
Naomi Melbourne was on target for league leaders Kingshurst Sporting Club as they shared a 1-1 draw with Wrockwardine Wood, who scored through Jenna Boddison, and this sees them extend their lead at the top to four points.
Division One North table toppers Stockingford AA Pavilion were not in action but their two nearest rivals were, Leek Town and Brereton Town battling out a 1-1 draw. Elise Skelding was on target for Leek, with Brereton responding with a goal from Holly Meehan. Shrewsbury Juniors meanwhile netted eight times without reply against Bilbrook, Katie Doster hitting a hat-trick and Jamie Phillips a brace while Verity Farrell, Zoe Griffiths and Casey Starling also got on the scoresheet.
No matches were played in Division One South on Sunday.
With Derby County not in action, Stoke City took the opportunity to replace them as Midland Division leaders on goal difference by beating Sporting Khalsa 4-0. Jasmin Limb led the scoring with a hat-trick and Ella Pemberton was also on target. West Bromwich Albion are in fourth place following their 2-0 victory over TNS Ladies, given to them by goals from Emily Woolvin and Harley-Jean Simpson. Coventry Utd won for the first time, a crushing 9-1 success against Loughborough Foxes Development. Chloe Bickley and Sarah Rowles each netted twice along with Olivia Doherty, Kathryn Pagan, Ellie White, Nimrata Ahira and Jade Mellor.
One match was played in the Southern Division, Jessica Harper scoring two and Lacie Winsor-Claydon the other as C & K Basildon won 3-2 away to Milton Keynes Dons, whose replies came from Nicola Brooks and Charlotte Murphy.
Cardiff City Ladies became the first team through to the quarter finals of the Reserve Section League Cup after they beat Lewes 6-2. Kerry Bartlett bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Zoe Atkins, Monet Legall and Ella Powell, while Leeta Rutherford and Gabby Baldock were on target for the Rookettes.
FA WSL Development League Northern Division leaders Sunderland were beaten for the first time this season, 3-2 by Birmingham City who move into third place. Shania Hayles hit a hat-trick for the Blues, with Bridget Galloway netting both replies. Manchester City meanwhile claimed their first point when sharing a 4-4 draw with Liverpool. Everton notched their first victory of the season, 4-2 against Aston Villa who scored through Billie Haynes and Hayley Crackle.
London Bees have a two point lead at the top of the Southern Division following their 1-0 win over Millwall Lionesses, thanks to a first half goal from Holly Greenwood. Second placed Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile defeated Watford 3-0, Valentine Pursey opening the scoring before Ellie Dorey and Sara Tubby also got on the scoresheet. Nicole Douglas bagged a brace for Chelsea in their 2-0 success at Reading FC Women whilst Bristol City beat Yeovil Town 7-1.
The FA is delighted to announce that the final destination for The FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres will be Gloucestershire, on Friday 21st October.
The FA Girls' Football Festivals are a joint initiative between the FA and Continental Tyres, providing girls aged five to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for those new to the game and regular players, with an overall intention of increasing participation in girl's football.
Guy Frobisher, Marketing Director at Continental Tyres, added: "The FA Girls Football Festivals with Continental Tyres continues to grow year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls from around the country the chance to get involved with the sport. At Continental Tyres we are extremely proud that 2016 is our 6th year partnering with the FA and undoubtedly is set to be the biggest and best so far. Who knows, perhaps in a few years' time we may see a number of our festival attendees playing for their country!"
The free programme, aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football, is open to young girls from primary and secondary schools, within Gloucestershire.
Over 300 participants will enjoy an action-packed day, including taking on Conti interactive challenges, consisting of quick feet, batak boards and a speed cage. They will also get to take part in five-a-side games, a refereeing workshop and even have the chance to have their hair braided and faces painted to give the day a little more sparkle.
The young athletes will have the opportunity to meet some of the local stars of the FA Women's Super League (FAWSL). Both players will be joining in with the day's festivities, giving the girls advice and tips they have picked up along the way as well as taking part in a question and answer session.
It's not just the FAWSL stars who will be showing off their tricks as Charlotte Lade, world renowned football freestylist, will be on hand to offer the girls all of her knowledge and expertise.
The festivals aim to offer a fun and unique footballing experience to the girls while complementing the work the FA is doing with its 'We Can Play' campaign, which focuses on eradicating existing stereotypes, while maintaining and increasing participation across the girls' game.
Kelly Simmons, FA Director of Football Participation and Development, said: "Our festivals, run in partnership with Continental Tyres, have been a huge success since they launched. One of our big areas of focus is getting more girls to play football and these festivals encourage and provide the opportunity for our young players to do so."
Scotland under-17 have reached the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships elite round, after progressing from their group in second place.
They defeated Croatia 4-0 first up before beating Kazakhstan 8-0 and losing 4-0 to France.
Scotland will now be in the hat for the elite round and the draw will take place on Friday 11th November as they look to reach the championships in Czech Republic.
Head coach Pauline Hamill told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "My focus is always on the team getting better and individuals developing. Whilst the scoreline matters, it's also about playing teams from a higher level to help us learn and give us more experience.
"The players really improved over the course of the eight days they were together and to qualify after their first two matches was a good achievement.
"All of the girls have been inspired by the 'A' squad's latest achievements and are aspiring to reach that level one day."
Scotland Under-17 squad:
Jade Baillie (Celtic), Kiera Gibson (Celtic), Lindsey Blues (Celtic), Nicole Cameron (Celtic), Leah Eddie (Central Girls Academy), Michaela McAlonie (Hearts Ladies), Kimberley McAlpine (Central Girls Academy), Shaney McCabe (Central Girls Academy), Georgia Adderley (Spartans), Kaela McDonald-Nguah (Celtic), Kristie McIntosh (Glasgow City), Jemma Marriott (Glasgow City), Amy Muir (Rangers), Elena Santoyo-Brown (Boroughmuir Thistle), Abby Callaghan (Celtic), Morgan Cross (Central Girls Academy), Jamie-Lee Napier (Celtic), Megan Robb (Dundee United).
The 2017 SSE Women's FA Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE for the third year running.
Tickets for the Final, which takes place on Saturday 13th May (KO TBC), are on sale now.
For the second season, thanks to the FA's partnership with SSE, all children can attend the Final for free. Adult tickets are priced £15 and concession and group booking discounts apply.
Supporters who buy their tickets by the end of November will be entered into prize draws, including visits from FA WSL players and hospitality tickets for the Emirates FA Cup Final.
More than 33,000 supporters attended last year's Final, a record for the competition, where Arsenal overcame London rivals Chelsea thanks to a goal from Danielle Carter.
For this season, the total prize money has more than tripled - from £70,000 to £240,000. The winning club will receive £15,000, instead of £5,000 as in previous years and can receive up to £27,000 in total. The runners-up will receive £10,000.
Kelly Simmons, FA director of football participation and development, said: "It was very important to secure Wembley again for the Final so that we can continue building the momentum around the growth of the Cup and the women's game in this country.
"Last year's Final was another great occasion for the game and with attendances increasing year-on-year, it looks set to be another big moment for women's football.
"It was also the right time to look at prize money and we've worked hard to increase this at every level of the competition which will allow clubs to reinvest back into their sides and make the incentive to progress through even higher."
Colin Banks, head of sponsorship at SSE, said: "It's fantastic news that The Final will be back at Wembley Stadium again next year.
"It was important to us to help make the match free for children to attend again.
"Nearly half the crowd in May were children and this helps make a wonderful family atmosphere to such a fantastic occasion.
"We hope that attending the SSE Women's FA Cup Final will also inspire more girls to play football themselves.
"Increasing grassroots support for girls is one of the key aims of our partnership with the FA and through our SSE Girls United participation programme we hope to encourage both future players and supporters of the women's football."
One match was played in the Northern Division on Sunday and it saw West Bromwich Albion move out of the bottom two with a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest 2-0. Substitute Hazzana Parnell was the heroine for Albion as she came off the bench to score both goals within the final fourteen minutes.
The teams who occupied the bottom two positions ahead of the game met each other in the solitary match in the division. Swindon Town were to lift themselves two places up the table by scoring seven times without reply against Queen's Park Rangers. Amy Watham led the scoring for the Wiltshire side with a hat-trick, Sam Hallsworth weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Sandy Abi-Elias and Ellie Maynard.
Northern Division One
Chorley closed the gap to within a single point of leaders Guiseley Vixens by winning 3-1 against Chester-le-Street Town, who remain in mid-table. Charlotte Higginson and Vicky Coope put Chorley two ahead inside the opening ten minutes before Jennifer King wrapped up the points with the third goal during the second half.
Midlands Division One
Sporting Khalsa stretched their good run in the league to four successive victories when they defeated Long Eaton Utd 4-1. Megan Wilton and Jodie Bragan each netted twice with Amy Pashley replying, but Sporting were also indebted to goalkeeper Toni Parkes who pulled off a string of superb saves to help guide her team to victory.
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon are back on top of the table again after they shared a 1-1 draw with Gillingham. The Gills, who remain the division's only unbeaten team, did take a seventeenth minute lead through Jade Keogh but the Dons hit back just after the half hour with an equaliser from Emma Keady and the points were shared.
South West Division One
Southampton Saints' very promising start to the season continued on Sunday and they are back in the top three following their 5-3 victory over Brislington. Becki Bath spearheaded the win for the Saints by bagging a hat-trick while Catherine Browning and Leanne Lapham were also on target, Brislington replying with strikes from Zoe Gunter, Polly Wardle and Sophie Whelan.
Charlton Athletic 3 C & K Basildon 2
Charlton Athletic moved into the third round of the FAWPL Cup by beating C & K Basildon by the odd goal in five at Thamesmead Town FC.
A fine Kit Graham hat-trick was the key to the victory, with Charlton ahead early and the visitors always playing catch up, which led to thoroughly entertaining match played at a lively pace throughout.
Charlton opened well, moving the ball crisply and threatening the C & K goal. Keeper Nikita Runnacles dived low to turn away a Graham shot on nine minutes and was up quickly to hold the follow up shot. However, there was no stopping the opener on 20 minutes. Graham was fouled on the edge of the area and lifted a perfectly weighted and directed free kick over the wall beyond the leaping keeper and just under the bar.
Avilla Bergin was very lively down the left and struck the bar with a curled shot with Runnacles doing well to prevent the rebound being forced home from a yard out. It was Graham who added the Charlton second around the half hour, finishing calmly when sent clear of the last defender.
C & K were back in the tie on 35 minutes when Zoe Rushen found space and hit a super long range effort beyond Alex Baker. The Charlton keeper did well right on the break to keep Charlton ahead, moving smartly to her left to hold an Amy Nash strike from distance.
Charlton again started strongly, adding a third goal on 50 minutes. Clever play down the left from Bergin and Katie Flack won a corner which the same pair took quickly. A well weighted cross found the head of Graham, darting between two defenders to send a powerful effort into the corner from eight yards out.
Sam Pittuck nearly added a fourth with a powerful first time effort just over and it seemed that Charlton might go on to match the six goals they scored in the league meeting between the two. However, despite creating a few more shooting chances, Runnacles was able to gather them comfortably and even when Graham got another header past the keeper from a corner, Kayleigh Xidhas was on hand to clear off the line.
At the other end, substitutes Karissa Rodney and Angela Addison strengthened the C & K attacking threat considerably. Rushen struck the bar with a curled first time shot from the edge of the area, Hannah Porter headed over from a Rushen corner, but the defender was then on hand to reduce the deficit on 88 minutes when a free kick was only half cleared. Another good move set up Lily Mellors twelve yards out but she was well closed down before shooting and Charlton saw out the final minutes for a hard fought win.
Winners of the FAWPL Cup in 2014-15, Charlton will await the outcome of rest of the ties over the coming weeks and the subsequent draw for the third round.
Charlton Athletic: Alex Baker, Katy Flack, Kim Dixson, Grace Coombes, Jenny Newman, Charley Clifford, Sam Pittuck, Avilla Bergin, Rosey Sullivan, Kit Graham, Ruby Southgate. Subs: Flo Jackson, Beth Weller, Rosie Paye.
C & K Basildon: Nikita Runnacles, Paige Bradley, Laura Guyon, Stacey Little, Lily Mellors, Amy Nash, Hannah Porter, Zoe Rushen, Sara Sinclair, Kerry-Ann Stimson, Kayleigh Xidhas. Subs: Karissa Rodney, Angela Addison.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Kerry-Anne Stimson slides in to tackle Avilla Bergin
(middle) Nikita Runnacles and Kayleigh Xidhas manage to keep out Jenny Newman
(bottom) Angela Addison tries to clear from Ruby Southgate
Arsenal Ladies are delighted to confirm Kim Little will rejoin the club on a long term contract.
The 26-year-old midfielder returns from Seattle Reign in the United States, where she cemented her position as one of the finest players in the women's game.
Kim scored a total of 34 goals in 67 league appearances for Reign, winning the league's 'Most Valuable Player' award in her debut campaign and the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award for 2016. She also excelled on loan with Melbourne City last season, netting nine times in 12 appearances for the Australian side.
The Scotland international first joined the Gunners from Hibernian as a teenager in 2008 and won 11 major trophies in her first spell with Arsenal Ladies. She was the Super League's top scorer in 2012 and the first-ever PFA Women's Player of the Year in 2013.
Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez Losa is delighted to welcome Kim back to the club, telling www.arsenal.com: "Kim is one of the outstanding talents in the women's game and we are so pleased that she will be rejoining us. She has proven that she can create and score goals at the highest level time and time again, and she will be a fantastic asset to our team as we prepare to challenge for the top honours in 2017."
Kim will join up with Arsenal in January 2017 to begin preparations for the new season.
Manchester City will be up against Brondby in the UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 after the draw was made in Nyon today.
The sole remaining British team in the competition will host the first leg against the Danish side, who reached the semi finals in 2007 before losing to Arsenal. The first leg at the Academy Stadium will be on 9/10 November, with the return in Denmark a week later.
Holders Olympique Lyonnais will be up against Swiss Champions FC Zurich whilst VfL Wolfsburg, conquerors of Chelsea, must play Eskilstuna Utd who knocked out Glasgow City. Bayern Munich, who eliminated Hibernian, have been paired with Russian side WFC Rossiyanka.
Round of 16 draw:
Paris Saint Germain (France) v BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan)
FC Barcelona (Spain) v FC Twente (Holland)
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) v FC Rosengard (Sweden)
Manchester City (England) v Brondby IF (Denmark)
Brescia (Italy) v Fortuna Hjorring (Denmark)
Olympique Lyonnais (France) v FC Zurich (Switzerland)
Eskilstuna Utd (Sweden) v VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Bayern Munich (Germany) v WFC Rossiyanka (Russia)
Changes are ahead for the senior Wolves Women's team with a new management structure in place to support the development of female football right through from Under-10s to the senior team.
Steve Cullis, who has been the senior team manager for the past two seasons, is moving into a new role, supporting the development of the Regional Talent Club structure, part of the FA elite's girls football offer that Wolves Community Trust deliver.
Steve speaks passionately about his time at the helm. "My main focus when I was appointed manager was to leave the squad in a better position to where I found them," he said.
"As a group we have worked really hard on building a positive learning environment to allow the players to progress and develop.
"I wanted to bring the Under-18s closer to the senior team and given them a better opportunity of progressing.
"I feel that with the support of the players and coaching staff, as a squad they are in are now ready to take on the challenge of progressing through the leagues.
"However, I think it's now time for me to concentrate my efforts on developing the infrastructure we have at the Regional Talent Club.
"We have worked really hard at Wolves Community Trust to gain the licence of the RTC, allowing us to play in the elite player pathway.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to drive this forward and ultimately produce more players for our first team."
Over the past few weeks a new Head Coach has been introduced to the senior squad who will take over from Steve.
Tim Dudding, who has enjoyed previous successes with West Bromwich Albion and currently works with the University of Worcester Ladies First team, has been given the role as Senior Team Head Coach and took charge of his first game this weekend, with Steve supporting from the stands.
"I am delighted to have been offered the role of Head Coach at Wolves Women FC," said Tim.
"It is evident that Wolves Women is an exciting place to be, with the club as a whole moving in the right direction.
"I am honoured to be offered this post, and look to build on the hard work of those previously involved. "
To celebrate Tim's appointment, this weekend's home fixture against Sporting Khalsa Women will be a female football focus fixture, with all the Regional Talent Club players in attendance, performing half time demonstrations and the U10s squad being mascots for the day. It would be great to see lots of Wolves fans in attendance! The game is a 2pm kick off, at Hednesford Town FC, Keys Park, WS12 2DZ.
Lionesses supporters can now vote for their 2016 Vauxhall England Women's Player of the Year and England Women's Young Player of the Year.
Four players have made the cut: Chelsea forward Karen Carney, Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Manchester City duo Steph Houghton and Jill Scott.
The Young Player of the Year shortlist is comprised of Chelsea's Millie Bright, Arsenal's Danielle Carter, Liverpool's Alex Greenwood and Manchester City's Nikita Parris.
Supporters can place their vote at https://www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk/#poty. Voting is open until Monday 31st October. The winners will be announced at The FA Women's Football Awards which take place at Wembley Stadium on Friday 18th November.
The awards celebrate the best of international and domestic football, which includes player, manager and club achievements across the FA Women's Super League (WSL) and FA Women's Premier League (WPL).
Women's and girls' grassroots football will also be recognised with a We Can Play category and there will also be an Outstanding Contribution to Women's Football award.
England secured qualification to next summer's Euros with an unbeaten record, scoring 32 goals and conceding just once. They will find out their tournament opponents on Tuesday 8 November when the draw takes place in Rotterdam.
FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said: "It has been another great year for the England team, qualifying for next summer's Euros in such impressive fashion.
"There has also been excellent work taking place at grassroots level, not least with the fantastic numbers we've seen taking part in the two FA Girls' Football Weeks with more than 130,000 females getting involved.
"We're looking forward to the awards, celebrating achievements on the pitch and recognising all of the hard work that is taking place off the pitch to keep pushing the women's game on."
Charlton Athletic's quest to win back the Premier League Cup gathered further momentum as they beat C & K Basildon 3-2 to go through to the Third Round.
Kit Graham was the heroine for the Addicks as she scored a hat-trick to give her side the victory, while Hannah Porter and Zoe Rushen replied for C & K (see match report).
Derby County won a closely fought tie 2-1 away to Stoke City after extra time. Ashleigh Hayes netted for Stoke and Derby found the net through Ellie May, before Melissa Johnson settled matters in Derby's favour ten minutes into the extra period.
Goalkeeper Lucy Gardner played a pivotal role in an entertaining cup tie at Keys Park which saw Wolverhampton Wanderers progress to the Third Round after winning 4-2 on penalties against Brighouse Town, after the match had finished level at 2-2. Anna Perks and Amber Quick twice gave Wolves the lead with Brighouse battling back to equalise on each occasion through Jodie Redgrave. Gardner helped keep her team in the game with two great saves before keeping out one of the penalties during the resulting shootout, before tucking home the winning kick herself.
Loughborough Foxes powered through by running out 10-1 winners over TNS Ladies. Charlotte Cooper led the scoring with a hat-trick, Becky Matlock and Emma Pilling added two apiece and the total was completed by Shauna Chambers, Siobhan Eastham and Chloe Young.
Hull City booked their place in the last sixteen with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Katie Thompson, Rebecca Beech and Jasmine Whitwell were all on target for Hull, with 'Boro's consolation coming from Emma Foster.
Former finalists Huddersfield Town made it through to the last sixteen but only via a penalty shootout after sharing a thrilling 4-4 draw with Guiseley Vixens.
Debbie Hastings' early strike for Huddersfield was cancelled out by Alarna Fuller but Hastings netted a second leading up to half time. Emily Heckler then increased Huddersfield's lead but Guiseley produced a stirring fightback and goals from Abbie McIver and Natalie Brace took the game to extra time. Heckler scored her second five minutes into the extra period, before an own goal levelled things again and ensured the match went into a shootout where Huddersfield came out as 5-4 winners.
Mossley Hill were able to celebrate their first victory of the season, 3-2 against Loughborough Students. Megan Brodie netted a brace and Nikki James the other for Mossley, with Georgie Dassow and Holly Gibson replying.
Luton Town's long, long journey to Plymouth Argyle turned out to be a victorious one as they defeated the Devon side 4-2. 16-year-old substitute Jodie Bellinger had a great day for Luton as she scored a sixteen minute hat-trick during the second half and Nicola Henman added the other goal, while Tori Marks and Kayleigh Brown were on target for Argyle.
Bradford City ran out 6-0 winners away to Crewe Alexandra. Shauna Legge opened the scoring for Bradford midway through the first half with Charlotte Stuart, Lucy Sowerby and Laura Elford adding further goals before half time. In the second half, Hannah Campbell increased her side's lead and Elford completed the win with her second.
Leicester City Women progressed at the expense of lower division opponents, beating Rotherham Utd 6-1. Kayleigh Hillier (2), Chan Robinson, Eva Rogers, Sophie Domingo and Rebecca Carnelly all scored for Leicester, Rotherham's reply coming from Bradie Wild.
Meanwhile Leicester City Ladies were also winners, edging out Steel City Wanderers 2-1, thanks to goals from Caroline Maslen and Jessica Richards.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds made the trip to Leeds Ladies and returned with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Carla Lee gave the Feds a first minute lead which was cancelled out on the half hour by Veatriki Sarri but during the second half, strikes from Roisin Havelin, Rosie Kinvig and Lynsey Longhurst saw Liverpool Feds home.
Another Merseyside team to go through were Tranmere Rovers with a 2-0 success at Solihull Ladies. A goal in each half from Georgia Wood proved to be enough to earn Tranmere a fine win.
St Nicholas and Shanklin met for the third time this season and second week in succession, with St Nicholas avenging their defeat in the SSE Women's FA Cup by running out 7-2 winners. Jodie Arkell led the scoring with a hat-trick and Connie Short was on target twice, with Tammi Bennett and Sophie Morgan adding the others for the home side, Shanklin's replies coming from Naomi Cooper and Katy Rawlinson.
Photo - Shanklin's Tiffany Moul tries to close down Jodie Arkell of St Nicholas.
Abergavenny Women returned to league action with a 7-1 victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel, which keeps them two points clear at the top of the Welsh Premier Women's League.
Kate Jeremiah put the league leaders in front with four minutes and Lyndsey Davies went on to add a second, before Lucy Powell reduced the arrears for the newly promoted side on the stroke of half time. After the break, Davies continued her blistering form in front of goal by netting four times in total and Amy Thrupp completed the scoring with a brace.
Swansea City made sure of keeping hold of second place as they ran out 6-0 winners away to Aberystwyth Town. The Swans led at half time through a second minute goal from Stacey John and doubled their lead in the first minute of the second half with a goal from Ria Hughes. John went on to add two more to seal a hat-trick while Sophie Hancock and Emma Beynon also got on the scoresheet for Swansea.
Cardiff Met Ladies are up into third place following their 3-1 success away to Rhyl Ladies. Erin Murray opened the scoring for Met just before the break but Rhyl struck back quickly and Ceri Purvis ensured they were back on level terms by half time. Jassie Vasconcelos restored Met's lead midway through the second half and Chloe O'Connor wrapped up the win with nine minutes remaining.
Port Talbot Town registered their first win of the season when beating Cyncoed Ladies 4-0. The first half ended goalless but three minutes after the restart, Vicky Stratton gave Port Talbot the lead. Jessica Hammett made it two shortly after the halfway point and Sam Morgan added a brace in the last ten minutes.
Photo - Lucy Hughes of Aberystwyth Town battles with Swansea City's Katy Hosford (www.atfc.org.uk).
Glasgow City will meet Hibernian in the SSE Scottish Cup Final after both sides overcame SWPL 2 opposition in their respective semi finals on Sunday.
Four goals from Sarah Crilly, a hat-trick from Clare Shine and a brace from Carla Boyce ensured Glasgow City made it easily through to the SSE Scottish Cup Final after defeating Glasgow Girls 9-0 at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh.
Boyce showed what was to come from the Cup holders as she fired City ahead after only 60 seconds on the clock. Good play from Crilly released Shine and she buried the ball past Storrie in the Glasgow Girls goal to make it 2-0.
Number three arrived from Shine again as she pounced on the keeper's parry after an initial save from a Lauren McMurchie effort. Boyce scored her second and City's fourth goal on 20 minutes firing low into the bottom corner. Crilly buried the ball into the back of the net eight minutes later to make it 5-0 and Shine got her hat-trick on 39 minutes. Crilly finished off an excellent Nicola Docherty cross on the half time whistle to give City a very comfortable seven-goal lead at the break.
City continued to dominate and Crilly hit a looping effort high into the top corner for her hat-trick before getting her fourth and her team's final goal of the game with a clever lob of the keeper after a diagonal ball from Brogan Hay.
Hibernian secured their place in the Final after they beat Hearts 5-0 in the other semi final in the double header. Abi Harrison and Rachel McLauchlan both came close to opening the scoring for Hibernian, before the latter did just that ten minutes before the break. A low cross into the box found McLauchlan, who was on hand to tap into the net from just six yards out.
In the second half, Hibernian did not have to wait long to double their advantage and gain a firmer grip on the proceedings.
Cailin Michie was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded, which Lizzie Arnot coolly slotted into the net just eleven minutes after the restart.
Hibernian continued to be on top and effectively countered the pressing tactics from their opponents, which brought about a further three goals in the closing stages of the match. Sarah Ewens embarked on a great solo run, before she picked out Arnot with a pass and the winger fired the ball into the net through the legs of the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes later and Arnot had completed her hat-trick. She received the ball in the middle of the park before driving towards the box, where the number seven was able to rifle an effort beyond the 'keeper. In injury time, some gloss was added to the scoreline when Ewens smashed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out.
The SSE Scottish Cup Final will take place on Sunday 6th November, 3pm kick off at Hamilton's Superseal Stadium.
Blackburn Rovers have made an excellent start to the season in the Northern Division, their 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday giving them a lead of five points at the top of the table.
We talked to Blackburn winger Emma Rankin, who joined the club during the summer, and she feels that the team is capable of building on their good start and mounting a serious challenge for the title:
WSS: Did the win over Nottingham Forest complete something of a perfect week for you with three victories?
ER: Of course! Coming away with nine points from three games in the space of a week was a huge achievement for us. However, it is important that this perfect week is the catalyst to move forward and continue with this success.
WSS: How important was it to build on the win against Fylde during the week when you played Forest?
ER: Our game against Fylde in midweek was one of our toughest challenges so far. We were all ecstatic with the result against but we knew how important it was to win our game on Sunday against Nottingham so our hard work on Wednesday did not go to waste.
WSS: After finishing third last season, was anything different done during the summer to try and go those extra places higher this time?
ER: I am unable to compare this pre-season to last but over the summer, we followed a challenging pre-season schedule which was tailored to our needs.
WSS: Saffron Jordan and Faye McCoy have been in great goalscoring form this season but is your defensive record so far a big boost?
ER: It's brilliant to have attackers on exceptional form but as well as scoring goals, we are now becoming increasingly difficult to break down defensively.
WSS: Now the focus over the next two weeks is on the County Cup and League Cup, are those two competitions that the club is also targeting to try and win?
ER: These are certainly in our targets as a club. We will be hoping to win the county cup for the third year in a row and winning the league cup is also something myself and the girls are determined to win.
WSS: Five points clear at the top with a third of the season played, how big is the belief that the club can go all the way in the title race?
ER: We all believe this is in our capabilities and are striving to achieve the top spot. However we will not get ahead of ourselves. We are very pleased with our start to the season and will continue to build on this. It's a long season; we play our football each week and focus on the game in hand. The atmosphere is extremely positive, we are working exceptionally well as a team and each and every player battles for one another week in and week out.
WSS: The Northern Division table is traditionally a close one, which teams do you think will be your main challengers?
ER: There's been lots of talk about Fylde being our main challengers; however we have now shown we can beat them and need to make sure we do so again when they visit Bamber Bridge. We are yet to play Middlesbrough and Derby who too have had a reasonable start to the season.
Our thanks to Emma!
Photo - Andrew Rowlands
A record 130,000 girls and women have taken part in FA Girls' Football Week in 2016.
More than 80,000 people have taken part in this week's activity, almost four times the original target, while 50,000 people participated in April's FA Girls' Football Week.
The total was announced at an event in Birmingham, organised by Aston University and Walsall College, where more than 100 local students took part in football sessions.
FA head of women's football Baroness Sue Campbell and England Women assistant coach Marieanne Spacey attended the event, along with Birmingham City duo Kerys Harrop and Emily Westwood, taking part in a Q&A session with the participants.
Universities, schools, colleges, community groups, clubs and other organisations across England have put on 1,485 events throughout the current Girls' Football Week, which was created to drive female participation by encouraging academic and sports institutions and organisations to run football sessions.
Baroness Campbell said: "These figures demonstrate what a huge appetite there is for women and girls to play football when they are given the opportunity.
"We've committed to doubling female participation by 2020 and weeks like this will go a long way to us attracting more players into the game and building the momentum we will need to achieve that.
"We would like to thank all of the organisations that have put on sessions and those that have played football, and worked so hard to make this week such a success. Hopefully it will encourage women and girls to carry on playing the game throughout the year."
Spacey added: "It was great to be here today and meet so many women and girls who were enjoying playing the game.
"Playing football and weeks like this offer so much more than just the game itself, it's also the opportunity to be outside, be active and make friends. Without football organising these events, it might not be as possible."
The week has been delivered in partnership with the Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Associations of Colleges Sport, British Universities & Colleges Sport, the Premier League and the English Football League.
Mark Sampson has named his 23-player England squad who will play two international matches this month as part of their Euro 2017 preparations.
Along with England's game against France in Doncaster on Friday 21st October (8pm BST), the Lionesses will also travel to Guadalajara where they will face Spain on Tuesday 25th October (5pm BST).
Manchester City striker Toni Duggan returns to the squad after winning the league and cup double with her club, while Chelsea midfielder Millie Bright, who made her debut as a substitute in a 2-0 win away in Belgium last month, keeps her place.
The matches mark the start of England's work ahead of next summer's Euro Finals in Holland. The Lionesses will find out their opponents when the draw is made in Rotterdam on Tuesday 8th November.
Sampson said: "Both France and Spain will be challenging matches for us but these are the type of opportunities this group looks forward to and are an important part of our preparations for next summer.
"We will be working hard over the camp to prepare ourselves as best we can to win both matches while also having one eye on the Euros.
"We are looking forward to travelling to Doncaster. It's a club with a rich history in the women's game and a stadium that our players and myself are familiar with."
Tickets are still on sale for England v France, priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children), priced £15, is also available and group booking and Charter Standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets.
England's match against Spain will be played at the Estadio Municipal Pedro Escartin in Guadalajara.
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