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Rushmoor Ladies' first team has been playing in the Hampshire League for four seasons now but at the end of the 2016-17 season, although doing well enough to remain in the First Division, they took the decision to drop a league and take time to consolidate and rebuild. A number of new players joined both pre and during the season, strengthening the core of ladies they already had. The youngest addition to the team was Brogan Nevitt, who is just seventeen, but the squad has a range of ages and experience right up to captain Terri Parker who has played women's football for many years. The increasing numbers within the development squad also assisted with training and the ability to always field a strong team.
"Although I expected us to do well, I was surprised at how dominant we were this season," manager Gary Smith told Women's Soccer Scene. "In the league we ended up unbeaten, in cup competitions we lost on penalties in the Invitational Cup and our only loss in the Intermediate Cup was in the Final. Notable games were an 8-0 win against New Milton Ladies first team, 6-1 against AFC Stoneham and beating third placed Horndean 8-0 away, in our last game of the season.
"The football we are now playing is great, we've managed to overcome the long ball punt upfield and have concentrated on ball retention and simple passing to move the ball but for me, the biggest improvement is our team spirit. All of the ladies are so supportive of each other, it makes them so much stronger as a team, both on and off the pitch. Although we now run two teams, they are one squad who genuinely love to support each other during game time and at social events.
"Highlights for the first team this season will be winning Division Two resoundingly by eight points with a goal difference of 34, I guess the only tarnish on the season will be not winning the Cup Final. One of our players, Emma Mutch, picked up the Golden Boot award for most goals scored (33) and added to that she was player of the year. But for me, as team manager, we are now scoring goals from all positions which takes the pressure off of Emma and allows her to set up and distract as well as score.
"We have a solid back four in Gemma Bennett, Abbie Kinch, Emma Legg and Stacey Charman that have played together for four seasons now, with Deb Wood stepping in when required. Quick wings able to cross and score when required in Lisa Cooper and Jade Nightingale, a strong midfield, captained by Terri Parker, of Kirsty Buchanan, Jen Gilliam-Blair, Jade Bennett, Brogan Nevitt and Grace Irvine, and a proven strike force of Emma Mutch and Nat Washington.
"Although a settled squad this season undoubtedly aided in our success, we have a number of ladies in our development squad that are more than ready to step up and challenge places in the firsts next season. With ever growing numbers, our aim is to start a third ladies team with the ultimate goal being self perpetuation through the many girls teams we have at the club.
"Division One beckons, and we are fully aware it will be a tough season, but one we are more than prepared for."
Gary Smith is assisted by Steve Smith whilst Al Gardiner is Head Coach and Head of Female Football at the club.
West Ham United Ladies are delighted to announce the signing of England international Claire Rafferty from Chelsea Women.
Rafferty signs for the Hammers after spending the last 11 seasons with Chelsea; a run in which the left back helped the Blues claim the FA WSL title and FA Women's Cup on two occasions - both coming in double winning campaigns.
"I'm buzzing about joining West Ham Ladies," Rafferty told whufc.com. "As soon as I turned up at the training ground I got a really nice, gut feeling about the Club, and that's what made me think that this is the club for me. It eliminated any doubt.
"It didn't matter what anyone said; it was that feeling that was the decider."
A regular for Chelsea since joining the side from Millwall Lionesses in 2007, Rafferty began her career with the Blues on the left of midfield, before making the change to a left sided defender.
Rafferty was a significant part of Chelsea's transformation into a professional side and also brings European experience to West Ham, having played in the Champions League with the Blues, culminating in a run to the semi finals of the competition last season.
Rafferty admitted: "It's quite surreal, having been at a club for such a long time, to now be wearing a different coloured jersey. It's lovely to be here at West Ham. The side has such a nice vibe.
"It was time for a change. I wasn't playing as much as I wanted to and, with West Ham coming into the new WSL, I know the club wants to be challenging for the top places.
"With the players, the management and the set up, it felt like the right thing to do. West Ham really jumped out at me and I'm really happy to be here."
Claire Rafferty is the second Chelsea player to join up with West Ham this week, following the signing of goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer.
This season has easily been their most successful yet, by winning the Suffolk Girls and Women's League Cup and completing an undefeated league season to crown themselves as Champions as well.
What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that before the season even began, there was the real possibility of the ladies team moving to another club. Discontent between various club officials led to a testing pre-season, as the club lost its Chairman, welfare officer, secretary and a handful of youth teams too. However, once all the fallout was settled, the club was left with a more dedicated and hard working core group of people to lead the teams left than ever before.
The ladies team have always been managed by David George and Darren Hogg, both of whose daughters used to play for the team but now continue to do the role because of their dedication and loyalty to the team. They also took on the Under-16 girls team this year when their coach left only a week before their first game, and this team also went on to win their league championship this year. Both are joined by coach, Dale Vince, who has brought great professionalism and high standards to the team's training sessions and match tactics.
The team is captained by Georgina Longden, who has been in this role for the past four seasons, having been with the team from day one. There are a core of players who have played in every season so far with the club and who have been integral to their development, turning up even in the early days of struggling to get eleven players on the pitch. These include Georgina Longden, Alice Longden, Jess Quinsee, Pippa King, Holly Prior and Emily Lambert.
This season has also seen two players come through the ranks of the club and become integral first team players at the age of just 16. Charlotte McGrath and Annie Northwood have played for the past seven years for East Bergholt through the various youth teams, and continued their fantastic dedication and progress by moving into ladies football this season. Charlotte was voted Players' Player of the year by the end of the season, and Annie ended the year as by far their highest goalscorer, scoring 24 goals in the league and many more in the cup run. Other high scorers on the team included Jess Clark with 13 goals, and Millie Wilding, who only joined in October, with 11.
"The season started with a comprehensive run of eight wins in a row, including a key 3-2 win against local rivals Brantham, and a 10-0 demolishing of Leiston St Margarets," Georgina Longden told Women's Soccer Scene. "Then came a run of difficult fixtures against the other key rivals for the title, and the team drew four games in a row to bring other teams back into the race and make things harder for ourselves. This was despite already beating two of our biggest rivals in the cup run, including a tight 1-0 win at Walsham Le Willows and a 4-0 victory against Bacton in the semi final.
"But the team soon got back to winning ways in the league and won their last four games with the pressure on, most notably winning 4-1 at Leiston but being staunchly held out at 1-1 until the 80th minute onwards.
"When it came to our final two games, we knew we had it all in our hands and were more determined than ever to make sure we did not slip at the final hurdles. The League Cup Final saw us playing Kesgrave Ladies, who we had beaten twice in the league, but it they who took a shock lead after only five minutes on the night. This stirred the team into action and within a few minutes we had equalised, and then never looked back, going on to score six more in a 7-1 win, including a Cara Savage hat-trick. This completed our first ever trophy success.
"The following week we knew a win or draw would secure us the title too, but were adamant we wanted the victory to claim it in style and this we did with a 3-1 win over Walsham Le Willows, who had been our main title rivals up until the final couple of games. A big crowd from the village came to watch our final game and it was a great family atmosphere of celebration once we got the job done.
"The biggest thank yous go to Dave George, Darren Hogg and Dale Vince, who really took all the work of the entire club on this year whilst still maintaining a positive, friendly and encouraging team atmosphere throughout. The key to the team's development has always been the close knit nature of the group and the positivity that we all bring, which really can set us apart from other teams we have played."
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have appointed Lee Burch as the clubs new Head Coach, as the club begins life in its new professional surroundings.
Burch, who was named the 2017-18 FA Women's Super League Two manager of the year at the LMA Awards, will take on the role, following the departure of former manager Jamie Sherwood.
Joining Millwall Lionesses midway through the 2016 campaign, Burch guided his former team into a top three finish last season, picking up the Manager of the Year Award in the process.
With Yeovil Town Ladies FC now confirmed as a Tier 1 side for next season, Burch will look to build upon recent successes of the club, in a full time professional setting.
Commenting on his appointment, Lee Burch said: "I'm delighted to be joining Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club. After speaking to the club and seeing the vision, I was excited by the challenge and look forward to the season starting.
"The club has many of the key values I look for in myself, the players I work with and the staff and this was key to my decision.
"I cannot wait to get into the full time environment and with the new WSL1 structure, I believe it's going to be an exciting time for the club, staff, players and supporters."
Club Chairman Steve Allinson commented "On behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Ladies I am delighted to welcome Lee to our Club at this exciting new chapter in our development.
"Lee demonstrated in our interview process how much he shared the values we cherish and our long term development vision. We look forward to working with him and building together on and off the field."
Peckham Town Football Club was established in 1982. and way back in early 2000 the club had two very good Under-12 girls teams which dominated the then London FA South London Girls League. However the teams did not continue as the girls got older and the adventure into girls and ladies football ended.
Following FA Ground Grading works at the Menace Arena in 2017, the club decided the time was right to restart the ladies team and they were entered into the Greater London Women's Football League and placed in Division Three South.
Peckham opened their season with a 5-0 victory over Hampton & Richmond Ladies and as they eased through the gears, found themselves leading the table - a position they held for a while but soon the expected wobble most teams have in deepest winter would see them drop to second.
However the well supported South Londoners, who are coached by former Fulham, Arsenal and England Ladies captain Mary Phillip and train alongside Peckham Town's men's first team, would prove their quality as they went on to capture the title with a solid team performance against Baldon Sports in front of nearly 100 spectators at the Menace Arena.
Peckham are managed by Adrian Butler with Mary Phillip as Coach, the team is captained by Sarah Quinn and Louise Wells was leading scorer with 24 league games to her name, adding a further nine in cup competitions. Other people who have played an important role for the club on and off the pitch are chairmen Bryan Hall and Mike Smith, secretary Jackie Kemsley and first aider Rohan Howitt.
Peckham Town Ladies are currently looking for proven experienced players for their push for greater success in season 2018-19. Interested players should contact the club on (07944) 488900 or e-mail Peckhamcefi@aol.com.
Plymouth Argyle Ladies are delighted to announce the new management teams for both their First and Development Teams for the 2018-19 season.
Following the departure of Travis Rowland the club have appointed Trevor Rodd and Dave Leonard as joint First Team Managers with Marc Bonney continuing as Assistant Manager. Jason Haswell will also continue as the first team Goalkeeping Coach as well as being Head Goalkeeping Coach for the club.
The Development Team Management team of Rob Bonney and Simon Parnell will be joined by Vicki Fannon this season. Vicki, a former player with the club, rejoins from Torquay United Ladies and brings with her a wealth of football experience across Devon.
A club spokesman said: "Everybody at the club is extremely excited following the appointment of the two management teams for the forthcoming season. Following two successful seasons the club knows the challenges ahead of us as we move up to the new FA Women's National League and the South West Women's League.
"With both management teams working closely together with the management committee, we are confident that both teams can continue to develop and achieve our goals."
Trevor and Dave said: "We are delighted to be considered for the role and will do our best to pick up the reins from the great work Travis has done over the past 18 months."
The 2017-18 season has been a successful season for AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme with the ladies in particular enjoying a memorable season, as the squad gained promotion and a place in the League Cup Final.
The 2017-18 season has been a successful season for AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme with the ladies in particular enjoying a memorable season, as the squad gained promotion and a place in the League Cup Final.
Promotion to the Southern Region Women's League Premier Division was gained following just one defeat throughout the season. The final game of the campaign was won in impressive fashion, with a 12-1 win against Winchester City Flyers Reserves, Emma Davis scoring five of the goals, which included a five minute hat-trick.
Further achievements for the Ladies squad came in the League Cup competition, which involved teams from the three Southern Region Women's Leagues. A place in the Final was secured with an outstanding performance against Warsash Wasps, despite going a goal behind the team responded well and went on to score eight times.
The Cup Final was the final game of the season after securing promotion the week before. The game was played against the winners of the Premier Division, Chesham United, and despite a very good performance in a close game, Bournemouth were defeated 3-1.
The Ladies made history this season by playing a game on the main pitch at the Vitality Stadium against a Chelsea Development Squad. A record crowd of 877 enjoyed the game, particularly when Sian Tilly scored with a brilliant header, which was the Cherries' only goal of the game during a fantastic evening which showcased the AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme.
Steve Davies is the Ladies First Team manager and he is assisted by Dave Hook. The side is captained by Sian Tilly, with leading goalscorer Chloe Tape the vice captain, she received the Ladies' Player of the Season award at AFC Bournemouth's annual Players Awards Dinner, with the whole Ladies squad in attendance alongside their male counterparts.
The Women and Girls programme, which has been developed over the past three seasons, provides a pathway for young female players to enjoy football and reach their potential, with a number of the current team having progressed through the youth programme in to the senior squads and first team.
Durham Women FC are delighted to confirm that midfielder Beth Hepple has extended her stay with the club.
The 21-year-old, who netted 11 times for the Wildcats last season, has committed her future to New Ferens Park after an impressive campaign.
A mainstay in the Durham side since their entry into the FA WSL, Hepple is the club's longest serving player having progressed through the youth ranks of the club.
Having now racked up over 100 appearances and 30 goals for the club, the midfielder is keen to push on next season.
Speaking after agreeing a new deal, Hepple said: "It's great to be staying at the club next season. It's an exciting time and the club is growing every year.
"I enjoyed last season but believe I can always improve, so I can't wait to get back into pre-season and get ready for the new season ahead.
"I think this season is going to be even more competitive with new teams entering the league, but I believe as a team we can challenge for the title.
"I know that is the aim as a club and we have a well balanced squad mixed with youth and experience."
Manager Lee Sanders added: "It's fantastic that Beth will be competing for us again this season.
"She's grown up with the club along with a few others here and that's great to see from our perspective.
"She's had another good season and hit a few milestones along the way with her 100th appearance and recently being called into the England U23 squad.
"She's again been an almost ever present in the team and deserves to be as she's generally one of the players who gets us something in games - whether scoring or assisting she's usually involved in it.
"We will look to improve as a team again next season and I'm sure she'll be a big part of that."
Hepple becomes the fifth player to commit their future to the club, following Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Rachel Lee and Emily Roberts.
Photo by Susan Gutteridge
Redcar started the season with a combined team from the remaining Redcar players and the joining players from Stokesley Ladies. They had a good start to the season with a SSE Women's FA Cup win away at Workington Reds and a comfortable win at home in the league over Ripon City.
They were then unlucky to lose in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup away at Alnwick Town, conceding an 88th minute penalty to go out 1-0.
The next five league games were won, including a 3-2 home win over eventual runners-up South Park Rangers. The club then had a turnaround of players and Head Coach, with Lee Round appointed to the role of Head Coach, and they went from strength to strength from that point, winning nine league games whilst drawing and losing just once.
"We had a really hard run in against the three teams who, if they beat us, could win the league," assistant coach and secretary Ian Enderwick told Women's Soccer Scene. "After each win for us, they went out of title race.
"We won 1-0 away to Catterick Garrison, 4-2 against Poppleton and finally, in the league decider, South Park Rangers needed a win and we required a draw, and we won 6-2 on their pitch, which is the best grass pitch we have in the league.
"Lee had targeted the double for this season and he and the ladies achieved this target by playing some great passing football and digging in with a great team spirit when the need arised.
Each and every one of the players played their part of this momentous season for us, we picked up a few long term injuries on the way and the other squad members filled in seamlessly to earn the right to be League and Cup winners."
The team is captained by Paula Lowe, whilst Jess Round had a great season, scoring 44 league goals and a further four in the Cup, finding the net in every round including two in the Final.
"Our entertainment officer Michelle Coleman plays an important role at the club, organising our fundraiser race night and making sure we are a close knit squad," added Enderwick. "Also a thank you to Derek Hartas who runs our website.
"Our best performance of the season has got to be in the semi finals of the County Cup, where we won 2-0 against Boro Rangers from the division above us and, of course, the Cup Final win over York City who play three leagues above and had won it for the last two seasons. We led twice, to be pegged back both times, then scored a wonder goal to win it. The best league result was probably when we won 1-0 away to Catterick, a really hard fought win."
Wales 3 (Green 48,63, Harding 68)
Wales guaranteed themselves at least a top two place in their World Cup qualifying group after three second half goals gave them a comfortable victory over Russia at the Newport Stadium.
Tireless striker Kayleigh Green scored twice as Jayne Ludlow's side deservedly pushed aside a poor Russian team which barely threatened all game, to set up an encounter with England in August which will see the winners qualify for next year's tournament in France.
With Russia needing to win to stand any chance of making a play-off place, the importance of game was not lost on either side in the opening stages and there were a number of misplaced passes as the two teams settled down.
The first real opening of the game came on 18 minutes as a free kick into the area was not dealt with by the Russian defence and Helen Ward lifted her shot over from the edge of the area.
Rachel Rowe did well to dispossess Anna Belomyttseva just outside the area but elected to shoot first time at goal and, although well struck, her effort flew straight at Elvira Todua.
Another Wales attack saw Green break down the left and crossed for Ward whose effort was blocked by Alsu Abdullina, Green retrieved the ball and played it across goal for Natasha Harding who shot goalwards but Nadezhda Smirnova did well to block and clear the danger with her head.
Wales continued to have the better of possession, whilst Russia continued to make little impression at the other end, but the scoreline was goalless going into the interval.
In the opening minutes of the second half, a free kick was floated into the area and, after being half cleared, returned into the centre by Rowe and after Green and Ward both had attempts on goal, Green was on hand to fire in from close range and hand Wales the lead.
Ward nearly made it two shortly afterwards which an angled drive which was tipped away at full stretch by Todua.
In a rare Russian sortie forward, there was a brief scare for Wales as an Abdullina cross into the area was not held under pressure by Laura O'Sullivan but Loren Dykes did well to block the resulting shot from Margarita Chernomyrdina.
Moments later though, Wales were back on the attack and Green broke through from Ward's through ball to neatly lift the ball over the advancing Todua for her second goal.
There was an opportunity for a third as Jessica Fishlock intercepted a poor pass and carried the ball towards the Russian area but her own pass towards Ward was also misplaced.
Just two minutes later though, Green turned provider when she clipped a through ball into the path of Harding and although her initial shot was blocked by Todua, the rebound fell nicely for the midfielder to tuck her shot into the corner of the net.
Wales were dominating against a demoralised Russian side and looked dangerous every time when going forward, particularly through the middle with their pace against the visitors' defence.
At the other end, any Russian attacks were easily dealt with by O'Sullivan and her defence, especially Dykes who had an outstanding game in the centre.
Green drove a shot over as she looked for her hat-trick and the chance came in the dying minutes as she once again powered her way through on goal but this time she was denied by a fine save from Todua, who blocked with her legs.
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts, Natasha Harding, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green (sub Kylie Nolan 90mins), Jessica Fishlock, Rachel Rowe, Hayley Ladd, Helen Ward (sub Nadia Lawrence 85mins). Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Gemma Evans, Alice Griffiths, Elise Hughes, Hannah Miles.
Russia: Elvira Todua, Anastasiya Akimova (sub Alsu Abdullina 32mins), Anna Kozhnikova, Nadezhda Smirnova, Anna Belomyttseva, Elena Danilova, Lipa Yakupova, Elaterina Pantyukhina, Elvia Ziyastinova, Nelli Korovkina, Elena Morozova (sub Margarita Chernomyrdina 58mins). Subs not used: Yulia Grichenko, Irina Podshibyakina, Ekaterina Sochneva, Nasiba Gasanova, Nadezhda Koltakova.
Scotland 3 (Little 78, Ross 80, Evans 89)>
Poland 2 (Jaszek 6, Howard og 66)
Scotland 3 (Little 78, Ross 80, Evans 89)
Scotland defied all the odds to come back from 2-0 down to secure a famous win in Kielce against Poland.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Scotland kept their hopes of automatic qualification for the FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup alive thanks to goals from Kim Little, Jane Ross and a last minute winner from Lisa Evans. The three goals were all scored in a staggering 11-minute period.
The match was an historic occasion for Scotland captain Rachel Corsie, who made her 100th appearance for her country, having made her debut against France in 2009.
The game started poorly for Scotland and with only five minutes on the clock, they found themselves 1-0 down.
A Lee Alexander clearance was picked up by Poland on the edge of the box and Dzesika Jaszek lobbed the Glasgow City number one with her attempted cross.
Scotland's heads weren't to drop though and they proceeded to dominate the rest of the first half.
Lisa Evans looked dangerous down the right flank and combined well with Erin Cuthbert who led Scotland's line and terrorised the Polish central defenders - so much so that the Chelsea forward was subject to a number of robust defensive challenges that went unpunished from the referee.
Christie Murray operated in front of the Scotland defence and on a foray forward after half an hour she saw a long range shot go wide of the target.
At the break, Poland led 1-0 despite 40 minutes of Scottish dominance.
Scotland continued to look dangerous at the start of the second half, with Kim Little back to her best, but incredibly found themselves two goals behind.
A deep cross ball was met by Sophie Howard who was at full stretch in her attempt to put the ball behind for a corner but inadvertently found the back of the net.
Scotland were not to be defeated though and turned things around in astonishing fashion in the closing stages.
The comeback began on 78 minutes. Kim Little found the back of the net from distance when her free kick sailed through a ruck of bodies and evaded the goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, two substitutes combined when Lizzie Arnot crossed to Jane Ross, whose first touch took her past her marker, allowing her to stroke the ball into the corner of the net.
Not content to settle for the draw, Scotland continued to press and were rewarded for their positivity with a memorable winner in the 89th minute.
Lisa Evans collected the ball on the left wing, cutting inside and finding the far corner with a low, composed shot on the run to give Scotland the three points they craved and so richly deserved.
Scotland will now go into their final fixtures of the campaign at home to Switzerland and away to Albania knowing that two wins in their last two games would potentially secure qualification for their first ever World Cup.
Poland: Katarzyna Kiedrynek, Aleksandra Sikora, Dzesika Jaszek (sub Julia Matuschewski 57mins), Agata Gusciora, Ewelina Kamczyk (sub Agata Tarczynska 57mins), Jolanta Siwinska, Agnieszka Winczo, Dominika Grabowska, Katarzyna Daleszczyk (sub Sylwia Matysik 72mins), Dagmara Grad, Martyna Wiankowska. Subs not used: Anna Szymanksa, Patrycja Pozerska, Natalia Chudzik, Malgorzata Mesjasz.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Emma Mitchell, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Lisa Evans, Sophie Howard, Christie Murray (sub Jane Ross 67mins), Fiona Brown (sub Lizzie Arnot 75mins), Erin Cuthbert. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Joanne Love, Hayley Lauder, Chloe Arthur, Lana Clelland.
Indeed, following a narrow 4-3 victory over Kingfisher in their opening match, Sandwell went on to dominate the division as they won all of their first seven matches before being held to a 2-2 draw by Kewford Eagles in the next match.
From that point, Sandwell won all of their remaining league games as they finished on top of the table, six points clear of runners-up Kingfisher.
To complete a great campaign, Sandwell completed the league and cup double as they also lifted the League Cup after beating Kingfisher 4-1 in the Final. Despite the margin of victory, goalkeeper Louise Jewkes was awarded the player of the match after some outstanding saves at crucial moments in the game.
All in all, Sandwell scored an impressive 120 goals over the two competitions, including over a century in the league. Captain Vetty Dolphin led the way by finding the net 39 times, along with a further 29 assists, but it was a huge team effort from a squad with an age range from 16 to 38.
Queen's Park Rangers Ladies FC will now officially be known as Queen's Park Rangers Women FC.
The change, which was ratified by The FA on Monday (11th June), sees a return to the club's original name. QPR Ladies FC was formed in May 2001 following a successful merger of two long-running and well-established women's teams Wembley Mill Hill and QPR Women FC.
Rangers have now decided to revert to represent a modern view on language and equality, whilst being in keeping with the way the governing bodies, supporters, squad and management regard the women's game.
"There are numerous reasons why we've decided to change our name," QPR Women FC manager, Martino Chevannes, told www.qpr.co.uk. "The outdated terminology of ‘ladies' teams, the views of our players and committee, and the positive ways in which the term ‘women' is now perceived both in sport and society.
"If you look at other sports, females are referred to as women. Everything in the female game now is referred to as the women's too - The FA Women's Super League, The FA Women's Premier League and The Women's FA Cup for example. It is only right that the name of the teams that take part in these competitions reflect the description of the league name."
Kevin McGrath, chairman of QPR Women FC, added: "We are very excited about the future of QPR Women FC.
"We hope the name change reflects the very exciting movement with The FA and women's football."
Queens Park Rangers Ladies Reserves will also now be known as Queens Park Rangers Women Reserves.
Liverpool Ladies Football Club are delighted to announce Neil Redfearn has been appointed as the club's new manager.
Ex-Doncaster Rovers Belles coach Redfearn has signed a deal to take the helm as the Reds prepare for the 2018-2019 season.
On the appointment, Redfearn said: "It is a massive privilege and real honour for me to have been appointed as manager of Liverpool Ladies. It is a team with big potential which should be challenging for trophies on a regular basis.
"Liverpool Football Club is a huge club and I have every confidence that we will be competing at the top end of the Women's Super League this season. I am over the moon to have been given this opportunity and cannot wait to get started."
LFC Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore said: "We are absolutely delighted to appoint Neil as the new Liverpool Ladies manager and have every faith in his ability to bring success to the Ladies team.
"Having spoken to Neil, I was really impressed by his sheer enthusiasm, desire and ambition to achieve great things for the Club. He was the real outstanding candidate and we are all delighted to have him on board."
Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC
Plymouth Argyle Ladies were rocked to hear this week that manager Travis Rowland was to stand down as manager of the team with immediate effect.
Rowland, who lives and works in the Newton Abbot area, is unable to commit to the club and has decided to stand down for personal reasons.
Regarded as one of the finest managers at this level, the 29-year-old has spent on and off seven years at the club first as a coach and then as a manager for the last 18 months.
Rowland said: "I am gutted to leave but it is only in the last couple of weeks that I realized that there was a niggling doubt in my mind about taking the club to a higher level and I had to be honest not only to myself but to the girls and the club. If I am not fully committed then how can I expect the girls to accept that."
Rowland revealed that he had been approached by Western League club Buckland Athletic to be an assistant manager but turned it down.
Rowland added: "I want to get back to playing and it would be unfair to my partner, who is a teacher, to be playing on a Saturday and then being away with the girls on a Sunday. I have had a fantastic 18 months in charge and could not be more proud of the girls. I would love to have stayed but it would have been unfair to all if I left in mid-season."
The club issued a statement saying: "Following last week's end of season presentation evening, manager Travis Rowland has announced he is stepping down as First Team Manager.
"Last season Travis led the team to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, quarter finals of the FA Women's Premier League Cup, won the Devon FA Women's Senior County Cup and won the FA Women's Premier League SW Division 1 title."
During the 2017-18 campaign, the team finished the season undefeated in the league, winning 16 games and only drawing two. The team also beat a number of teams in a higher league during the three fantastic cup runs.
A club spokesman said: "Travis' record speaks for itself and this past season has been one of the most successful in the clubs history. He leaves the club in a fantastic position and we wish him all the best in his future."
Travis added: "I have had a brilliant 18 months leading these girls and I wouldn't change a thing. I have learnt a lot about myself and I hope I have stayed true to my values that I set out with.
"The support I've had from the committee and from Trevor (Rodd) in particular has been sensational and I cannot thank them enough. The season was tough on both players and coaching staff, but we managed to come out of it with an invincible season and the county cup.
"I would have loved to have taken my girls into the National League South next season but for personal reasons this is something that I am unable to do; and it was the hardest football decision I have had to make knowing that I'd be stepping away from a club that I've spent a lot of the last seven years with. I wish the club and my girls all the success in the world for next season; I'll be keeping my eye on the progress that they make."
The committee are currently in discussions with a new management team, which will be announced shortly.
New West Ham United Ladies head coach Matt Beard is eager to build a side that will ‘wear the badge with pride' and serve as role models for young supporters.
Beard will take charge of the Ladies for their first season in the newly restructured Women's Super League after the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss signed with the Hammers this week.
The new coach is eager to start work with his side and is keen for his players to bring both thrilling football and personalities for fans to love.
"I want to make sure that, at West Ham Ladies, we have a team that plays attractive, attacking football, and has passion on the pitch," Beard told West Ham TV. "That will be the first thing I will be looking to install in the team.
"I'm confident that we will be competitive and there will be players the fans can be excited about, and young girls will have role models to aspire to as well.
"West Ham's style of football is the style I like to play. I like my players to play with freedom, but at the same time they need to have that work ethic. One thing I can say to the fans is we will wear the badge with pride, and I will do as much as I can to make sure this team is successful and the players give their all."
Beard will be looking for his players to take ownership and responsibility for their performances, with the new head coach keen for his team to enjoy their football first and foremost.
"I'm quite an open and honest coach," Beard continued. "I feel it's important to give the players freedom to do what they can do on the pitch.
"Ultimately, once they cross that white line, there's nothing I can do. I'll have a certain period at half time and I can influence the game with substitutions, but I like my players to play with freedom, and at the same time passion and discipline.
"Ultimately, I want my players to go out and enjoy their football."
Sixteen wins in their sixteen matches secured the Premier Division title by a margin of nine points and promotion to the new look FA Women's National League, therefore regaining the status they were at just a few seasons ago.
A tricky cup run still allowed them to pick up the League Cup with a 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth in the Final, the League's top scorer Gemma Fraser grabbing a hat-trick to help seal victory.
The striker, who found the net an impressive 45 times, has limped through the season and the rest of the team have had their fair share of injuries, losing both their captain Dawne Campbell and vice captain Kirsty Gladwin during their season. Chesham have relied on the great relationship between senior squad members supporting Under-18s into first team football, enabling the squad to get them through some tricky ties in 2018.
Manager Lisa Welling - a long serving stalwart of the club as is secretary Sian Williams - has instilled a strong club playing ethos that supports younger players to step into ladies football.
"We have had a great season," says Sian Williams. "We have players leaving for university, so we are keen to hear from anyone interested in playing for our Under-18s or first team." Please visit www.culfc.co.uk for more details.
Bungay clinched the title on goal difference following a close battle with Sprowston Ladies and Thrope Utd which went all the way to the final match of the season.
"It's been a long a hard season for us due to the severe winter weather disruption and being successful in cups," Purling told Women's Soccer Scene.
"The season started with a big win for us in the SSE Women's FA Cup at Colchester Town but then disappointment with losing our first league game at Wymondham Town. However from then on, we went on an winning run which continued on until April, during with which we defeated title rivals Thorpe United and Sprowston, and only losing 3-2 in the FA Cup to a strong Harlow Town side.
"We took on a new coach, Daniel Burlingham, in January to continue our team building off the pitch which has certainly helped.
"Throughout the season we suffered with serious long term injuries, our new striker Milly Morgan to an ACL in her knee in the first game, Becky Hills had knee issues and after five months out, was finally diagnosed as a broken knee cap. Two further new signings in January quickly fell to other serious ACL injuries and those, together with other injuries made the last games of the season ever more difficult and the players need praise for the way they dug in to achieve their title.
"We thought we had blown our chances as we only drew our final game - then allowing Sprowston to overtake us - but in their final game they too could only draw against Wymondham, meaning we took the title on goal difference, which was to be seen as justice as we scored 50% more goals than any other team and conceded less."
The previous weekend had seen Bungay win the League Cup for the second successive season with a 1-0 victory over FC Sprowston in the Final, making it a double winning season overall.
"We had four players in the top six league scorers charts, Emily Leach leading with 37 goals followed by Sam Walker with 30, Selina Rowland (24) and Nicky Hazell (20)," added Purling.
"But we feel the team is built on a solid defensive line lead by captain Kelly Collins, which has been superb all season."
England 3 (Parris 22, Scott 27,36)>
Russia 1 (Danilova 31)
England 3 (Parris 22, Scott 27,36)
England went back to the top of Group One with a convincing victory at the Sapsan Arena in Moscow.
Having been deposed by Wales 24 hours earlier, Phil Neville's side produced a commanding display and were never in any trouble after taking control of the game with three first half goals.
Neville's selections for the match were not easy ones due to Steph Houghton, Izzy Christiansen, Jordan Nobbs and Demi Stokes all ruled out through injury, as well as Alex Greenwood being suspended. Rachel Daly came into the left back spot and Ellen White got the nod up front but there was some good news as Millie Bright and Jill Scott were able to return to the starting line up. Lucy Bronze wore the captain's armband in the absence of Houghton.
England started on the front foot and looked lively going forward with both full backs attacking at every opportunity.
Their efforts brought reward at the midway point of the first half as Toni Duggan crossed from the right and Nikita Parris stole inside her marker to plant a header past Yulia Grichenko from six yards for the opening goal.
Before the home side could recover, they found themselves two goals behind. This time, Parris instigated the move with an accurate crossfield pass to pick out Bronze, who centred for the oncoming Scott to score with a downward header.
England were well in control but sloppy defensive play soon allowed the Russians back into the game. A harmless looking ball from deep into the area ended with Bronze losing possession and Anna Belomyttseva crossed for an unmarked Elena Danilova to guide a header over Carly Telford.
The two-goal advantage was restored just five minutes later though, this time Keira Walsh clipping a delightful pass into the area for Scott to flick the ball past Grichenko for her second goal.
England were handed a chance to increase their lead in the opening five minutes of the second half after Fran Kirby was floored on the edge of the area by Anna Kozhnikova. The resulting free kick was touched aside for Duggan whose deflected shot was bundled away by Grichenko.
The visitors continued to dictate matters with White and Duggan both shooting wide and Grichenko needing to make saves from Scott and Kirby.
There was a special moment with six minutes remaining as Leah Williamson came on to make her England debut in place of the excellent Walsh, who had controlled the midfield area throughout the match.
The last few minutes brought a couple of scares for England, first as a loose pass from Bright put Ekaterina Sochneva through on goal where she shot straight at Telford, then Sochneva went even closer with a strike which came back off the post, but overall England had been worthy winners to put qualification matters back in their hands.
Russia: Yulia Grichenko, Anastasiya Akimova, Anna Kozhnikova, Irina Podshibyakina, Nadezhda Smimova, Anna Belomyttseva, Elena Danilova (sub Ekaterina Sochneva 81mins), Lipa Yakupova (sub Margarita Chernomyrdina 45mins), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (sub Nelli Korokvina 72mins), Elvira Ziyastinova, Elena Morozova. Subs not used: Elvira Todua, Ekaterina Bratko, Alsu Abdullina, Nadezhda Koltakova.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Keira Walsh (sub Leah Williamson 84mins), Abbie McManus, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Ellen White (sub Jodie Taylor 67mins), Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan (sub Beth Mead 61mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Hannah Blundell, Lauren Bruton, Melissa Lawley.
Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Casey Stoney as the Head Coach of the club's new professional women's team.
Casey, 36, is highly respected within the women's football community and is an accomplished former international defender and captain, having earned 130 caps for the England women's national team and winning 12 major trophies during her playing career.
Casey retired from playing earlier this year and after completing her coaching badges, she has been pivotal as an assistant coach to the Lionesses.
Announcing the appointment, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "Appointing Casey shows the desire we have to succeed and her experience and knowledge of the game, both as a coach and as a player, made her a standout candidate for the role.
"During her successful playing career, spanning over 18 years, she earned over 100 caps for England and is a proven leader as a coach and having captained many of the sides she has played for, she brings a positive and winning mentality which will be a huge benefit to the team.
"Casey will build on the success of the Girls' Regional Talent Club and shares our philosophy of creating a pathway from academy to first team. I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome her to Manchester United."
Casey Stoney added: "I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. This the biggest club in the world. The fact that we are going to have a women's team and I'm going to be able to introduce that from scratch, to build a team, build a philosophy, with the biggest club in the world, means that, for me, there is no more exciting opportunity.
"My ultimate aim is to grow this team so that every little girl growing up dreams of playing for Manchester United when she's older, because they're the most successful team in women's football."
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