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Hull City took themselves one step closer towards the Northern Division One title with a 1-0 victory away to Chester-le-Street Town on Sunday.
We talked to Hull defender Natasha Cooke, who praised her team for the result and their ability to win close matches this season, but is not getting carried away as they close in on the title:
WSS: That was another hard fought win for you on Sunday against a team in form, was the game as tough as the 1-0 scoreline suggests?
NC: Yes I would say the game was tough as Chester-le-Street has always been a tough place to go and get a result. They are a very physical team which we were fantastic at matching last week but they made it very difficult for us in the second half and as the time was ticking, I must admit I was getting very worried as we just couldn't break them down.
WSS: That is the fifth time you have won 1-0 in the league this season, is that proof of the determination and spirit of the team, that you have won so many close matches?
NC: Most definitely! I think it shows our desire to keep on fighting right until the end and not settling for a draw. This season we are showing great determination to win a game which is something we lacked last season, I believe we know how to win ugly and are confident that if we remain patient we will score. Considering the nerves and anxiety towards the game with it only being 1-0, when that final whistle blows it makes everything worthwhile and feel like you have just won a cup final which Is what every game has been this season.
WSS: The win keeps you five points ahead and you have five matches to play, is it a case of keeping your nerve over the last few matches?
NC: We just need to keep focusing on us, we are well aware Brighouse are right behind us as well as Liverpool, so we just need to keep winning until we are mathematically clear. The most important thing we can do is to just keep winning.
WSS: Last season you did well in the league and finished third, did you always feel the team was capable of going all the way this time around?
NC: During pre-season I believed we strengthened very well and brought in some great additions to the squad. I always knew that we had a great squad and were capable of getting promoted but these past few games for me have confirmed that we are capable as our performances have been true championship performances.
WSS: This week you play away to Crewe Alexandra who have done well themselves this season, what kind of match are you anticipating there?
NC: Well, last time we played them at home they scored an early goal and sat back and defended, which we struggled to break down, so I anticipate it will be pretty much of the same. We are finding now that the teams we are coming up against are sitting back and defending which make it tough for us. However, with the coaching staff and the analysis guys, they all do an extremely great job in preparing us the best they can to go and get a result.
WSS: No game is easy of course but you then take on title rivals Brighouse the following Sunday, would you say that is the most important of the games you have left?
NC: To be honest, all of the games are important and I always said that the Chester-le-Street game would be just as important. Against Brighouse we must play the game rather than the occasion. But yes of course it will be a big game, but we won't prepare any different to how we would prepare against any other team, any 11 players you put in front of us, we go out with the same commitment and effort.
WSS: If you do win the title, how big an achievement would it be for your club and would it give a huge boost to women's football in the area?
NC: It would be a massive achievement to the club considering how hard the staff and players have worked this season to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of promotion. I would like to think it would give the women's game a boost in the area as I feel it deserves it.
Our thanks to Natasha!
Chelsea stay three points ahead at the top of WSL 1 following their 1-0 win away to Everton.
Magdalena Eriksson headed in the only goal of the game on 12 minutes although they survived a scare in the dying minutes when Angharad James hit the bar.
Manchester City put their FA Cup disappointment behind them to run out 3-0 winners over Sunderland and stay hard on the heels of Chelsea. Georgia Stanway fired them in front inside the opening quarter hour but City were not able to make the game safe unti late on, when Stanway netted her second and Nadia Nadim added the third in injury time.
Arsenal meanwhile kept themselves in touch with the top two with a 3-1 victory over Reading FC Women. Kim Little curled home a shot from the edge of the area and Dominique Janssen headed in the second, before Fara Williams pulled Reading back into the game with a well struck volley, early in the second half. Danielle van de Donk made the points safe for the Gunners with the third goal and they move back into the top three.
Liverpool made it three wins in four matches with a 2-0 success away to Bristol City. The first half was evenly contested but goalless, and moments after Siobhan Chamberlain had saved brilliantly from Lauren Hemp's 20-yard strike, at the other end, a Liverpool corner was half cleared as far as Beth England who found the top corner of the net with a powerful strike. The Reds made the game safe four minutes from time when Alex Greenwood scored from the penalty spot after England had been fouled in the area.
It was a case of ‘lucky thirteen' for Yeovil Town as they picked up their first point of the season when drawing 0-0 with Birmingham City. Megan Walsh was the heroine for Yeovil as she made a string of great saves, including a late double stop from Ellen White to help her side put an end to their 12-match losing streak.
Photo - Beth England fires Liverpool ahead against Bristol City.
Doncaster Rovers Belles stay six points clear in WSL 2 after they defeated Durham Women 3-1.
Kirsty Hanson gave the Belles a fourth minute lead which was doubled by Sophie Bradley-Auckland and Hanson made it three on the stroke of half time. Zoe Ness pulled a goal back for Durham but Doncaster closed the game out to keep up their winning run.
Millwall Lionesses put their off-field worries behind them to win 2-1 against Aston Villa and keep up the chase after Doncaster. All of the drama came in the last ten minutes and it looked as though Millwall's unbeaten run was coming to an end when Ebony Salmon gave Villa the lead. However, Rianna Dean equalised two minutes later and in injury time, a dipping, long range free kick from Leighanne Robe found the net to give Millwall three precious points.
London Bees bounced back from a weekend defeat by Durham and a 2-1 success over third placed Brighton & Hove Albion leaves them in the top half of the table. Katie Wilkinson gave them the lead midway through the first half, with Brighton equalising after the break through Aileen Whelan. The game looked to be heading for a draw until Tricia Gould struck an injury time winner, sealing the Bees' third victory in four matches.
Tottenham Hotspur follow on after a 2-1 victory away to Oxford Utd. Katie O'Leary put Spurs in front on the half hour and after Hannah Short had levelled midway through the second half, Coral-Jade Haines settled matters in Tottenham's favour when she slotted home a penalty, two minutes from time.
East Midlands League
Oughtibridge hold onto the leadership of the Premier Division after beating Mansfield Town 6-0. Lauren Turner led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Abigail Towns and Becky Shaw. Nettleham stay level on points with them in second, they defeated Leicester City Women Development 3-0 thanks to Abbie Murrell (2) and Francesca Wilson. Peterborough Northern Star are three points off the pace following their 3-2 success at Eastwood Ladies, Katie Steward notching a brace and Cassie Steward the other. Loughborough Students maintained their charge up the table and are as high as fifth after scoring ten without reply past Arnold Town. Rosanna Frith-Salem was on target four times along with Abby Morton (2), Eleanor Betteridge, Kirstie Gordon, Grace Stanley and Bronwen King.
Hykeham Town are still setting the pace in Division One North, going six points clear following their 12-1 success at Teversal. Amy Blinkhorn netted six times and Millie Seaton hit a hat-trick, with Zoe Hopewell (2) and Holly Maidens completing the tally. Woodlands Ladies are in second after beating Grimsby Borough 5-3, in-form striker Jody Scott accounting for all five goals for the second match running. Calverton MW move above Lincoln Moorlands Railway into third as they defeated them 2-0 thanks to Hayley Brown and Kim Bradshaw. Lauren Alderson, Jade Baker, Lauren Page and an own goal gave Sleaford Town a 4-2 victory over Clifton whilst Natasha Leach netted both for Arnold Town Development in their 2-2 draw with Draycott Victoria, who replied through Jodie Smith and Akvile Gerbenyte.
Peterborough Utd maintain their three point lead in Division One South, Keir Perkins bagging herself a seven-goal haul in their win at Heather LFC, Jessica Driscoll adding a hat-trick while Amy Gore, Tash Applegate and Emily Smith also got on the scoresheet. Second placed Oadby & Wigston Dynamo defeated Northampton Town 2-1 thanks to Nikki Lidgett and Lucy Phillips-Poole. Alex Bartlett, Hannah Pendred and Elisha Thompson ensured that Thrapston Town beat AFC Leicester 3-0 and Jessica Waldrum was on target for Loughborough Foxes Vixens in their 1-1 draw with Corby Town, whose reply came from Hannah Marshall.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town boosted their title chances with a 4-1 victory over AFC Dunstable. Courtney Clarke, Hayley Piggott, Paris Smith and Hope Strauss all netted a goal apiece, with Danielle Carty replying. Second placed Cambridge City were held to a 3-3 draw by Royston Town. Stacey Fullicks, Charlotte Gillies and Isabella Simmons were on the scoresheet for Cambridge, whilst Becky Shephard scored twice for Royston along with Sammy Tinsley. Acle Utd are now the only remaining team who can still catch Billericay, keeping their hopes alive by picking up maximum points from a double header with Brentwood Town. Laura Holden (2), Megan Todd (2), Lauren Bullard, Rosie Filby and Rhianne Brister gave Acle a 7-2 win in the first game, with the return match finishing 4-0 thanks to another Todd double, Holden and Kirstie Kindred.
Newly crowned Division One North Champions Wymondham Town keep on winning, this time 3-1 away to Cambridge Utd Res courtesy of a Hannah Waters double and Alice Ladbrooke. King's Lynn Town are on the verge of finishing second, Olivia Baker scoring the only goal of the game against Ipswich Wanderers.
In Division One South, Harlow Town moved to within two points of the leadership after beating Little Thurrock Dynamos 1-0 with a goal from Lily Bruno. Hoddesdon Town Owls meanwhile defeated Hertford Town 2-1, Sian Owens and Kristina O'Connell were on target.
Hutton have reached the Final of the League Plate following their 5-3 extra time victory over Histon. Laura Allen, Hayley Critchell, Patrizia Leo, Katie Lowen and Lucy Critchell all scored a goal apiece for Hutton who will face Stevenage Ladies Res in the Final.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps have become the first team this season to have won a Regional League title and promotion to the Premier League after their 3-2 win over Eastbourne Town put them beyond the reach of their rivals. Naomi Cole, Rachel Palmer and Faye Rabson scored the goals for Crawley, with Eastbourne responding through Fran Cook and Georgia Tibble. The race is now on for second place and AFC Phoenix are in the driving seat following their 4-2 victory against their main rivals, London Kent Football Utd. Natalia Mann hit a hat-trick and Helen Bellfield added the other goal for Phoenix who require one more point to take the runners-up spot in their first season in the league.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd moved up to second place in the Premier Division following their 4-1 win away to Farsley Celtic. Caitlin Bates was on target twice along with Jessica Dawson and Jade Pye, the home side's consolation coming from Keegan Lambert. Castleford White Rose meanwhile won for the second time this season, 7-2 against Wakefield with Lauren Breen bagging a four-goal haul and Rebecca Sherrard weighing in with a hat-trick.
South Shields are keeping up the pace in the Northern Division after scoring eleven times without reply against Guisborough Ladies. Elizabeth Fraser, Dionne Fleming, Paige Lester and Sophie Halliday all netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Alex Fontaine, Laura Howe and an own goal. Boldon CA Villa made sure of staying two points behind in second place by winning 4-0 at Blyth Lions, goals coming from Allison Ferris (2), Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke and Jade Murray. Steph Curry netted four times, with hat-tricks from Carolanne Hughes and Nicole McEvoy, as Consett Ladies defeated York RI 10-0.
One match was played in the Southern Division, Sheffield Wednesday replacing Altofts Ladies in second place after beating them 3-2. However this did not tell the full story as a Rachel Pritchard double had given Altofts a two-goal lead at the interval, before Wednesday hit back in the second half to take the points thanks to Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck (2) and Stacey Buxton.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Tranmere Rovers were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to five points by Wigan Athletic, who moved into second place after edging out Fleetwood Town Wrens by the odd goal in nine. Merseyrail Bootle appear to be on course for fifth place after exchanging victories in a double header with CMB Ladies. The three points were enough to take CMB off the bottom of the table at the expense of Blackpool, who were beaten 2-1 by mid-table Manchester Stingers. Sir Tom Finney ran out 5-1 winners over MSB Woolton and Blackburn Community continued their climb away from danger with a 4-2 success away to Accrington Girls & Ladies.
The top of the table clash in Division One North ended in a 1-1 draw between Penrith AFC and Cammell Laird ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving Penrith still seven points clear at the top but Cammell Laird have three games in hand. Bury FC Women would have been happy with the outcome as it brings them back into the race, also Carlisle Utd who were 3-0 victors away to Preston North End. Workington Reds defeated Bolton Wanderers Res 12-1 to remain in fourth, whilst Burscough Dynamo defeated Morecambe Res 3-0.
In Division One South, leaders FC United of Manchester netted eight times without reply past City of Liverpool to preserve their seven point advantage over second placed West Didsbury & Chorlton, who beat Northwich Vixens 5-1.
Stockport County remain in the hunt for a League and Cup double and kept themselves on course by winning 2-1 away to Burnley Girls & Ladies in the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup. Their opponents in the Final will be either FC United of Manchester and CMB Ladies, who meet this week. Meanwhile in the Argyle Sports Plate, Warrington Wolverines, 3-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra Development, will be up against Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res who beat Curzon Ashton 3-2 in the other semi final.
South West League
Buckland Athletic head the Premier Division by six points after winning their top of the table clash 2-0 against Torquay Utd, thanks to a brace of goals from Amber Coates. Exeter City still have a chance of a top three finish, which they maintained with a 3-1 victory over Ilminster Town in which Jana Richards (2) and Millie Pearce scored. Annie Martin and Marika Niekuwal were on target for Forest Green Rovers in their 2-2 draw with Charlestown, who replied through Lauren Bennett and Laura Barrett, meanwhile AEK Boco and Bishop's Lydeard also shared four goals, Robyn Carpenter scoring both for Boco. Rhianna Ben-Carew and Emily Plummer were on the scoresheet as Keynsham Town Development won 2-1 away to Middlezoy Rovers.
After having beaten leaders Wootton Bassett Town seven days earlier, Portishead Town would have gone top of the Eastern Division with a win but instead they were beaten for the first time, 3-2 by Team Mendip for whom Ellison Roberts (2) and Katie Sharkey were on target. Oldland Abbotonians played their first home game for five months but it wasn't an occasion they would wish to remember, going down 4-0 to Cheltenham Town Development who scored through Lydia Amarquaye, Emma Canham, Ellie Briscoe and Eve Edmondson. Natasha Galpin netted twice along with Charlotte Davis and Tierney Tudor as improving St Nicholas Res won 4-2 away to FC Chippenham.
Callington Town have gone three points clear in the Western Division after Lucy Bounsall, Amy Hemingway and Chloe Williams gave them a 3-1 victory over Plympton Ladies. Newquay Celtic meanwhile won 1-0 away to Bude Town to climb out of the bottom two.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd are one point away from winning the league title after they won 10-0 away to Shanklin. Gemma Fraser and Kate Bowers led the scoring with a hat-trick apiece, Sarah Harrison weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Emma Delves and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez.
The title race is over though in Division One North where Woodley Utd confirmed themselves as Champions with a 6-0 victory over Wargrave Ladies. Rosie Page-Smith bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Lowes, Jodie Penny and May Hamblin. Amelia Sergent (2), Rachel Allwright, Gemma Sims and Cheryl Williams scored the goals as Barton Rovers defeated Oxford City Nomads 5-2 to go second.
The two horse race continued in Division One South where both title rivals recorded convincing victories. Chloe Tape and Anastasia Hnatiw each scored twice as AFC Bournemouth won 7-1 away to Southampton Women Res, Rosie Eden, Aimee-Rose Collier and Emma Davis also getting on target. Warsash Wasps meanwhile beat Winchester City Flyers Res 15-2 to stay level on points with Bournemouth, led by a four-goal haul from Megan Fox. Justine Hammond hit a hat-trick, Keeley Fitzgerald, Emily Osborne and Stacey Parkinson each netted braces and the tally was completed by Danielle Cheyney and Katie Finn.
Wycombe Wanderers have made it through to the Chairman's Cup Final following a surprise 2-0 victory over Premier Division side Winchester City Flyers. Charlotte Bagshaw and Kitty Jones netted the goals for Wycombe who will be up against Oxford City.
West Midlands League
Lye Town look to be on course for a top half finish in the Premier Division after they won 2-0 away to Worcester Utd. Wolverhampton Sporting claimed their fourth win in five league matches as they netted eight times without reply past Leamington Lions.
In Division One North, Sutton Coldfield Town extended their lead at the top to five points when they ran out 6-0 winners away to Tamworth.
The two teams at the foot of the table in Division One South met each other and it was Rugby Town who trumphed 3-0 at Coventry Development.
A goal five minutes from time by Emily Curteis gave Stoke City their first ever success in the Reserve Section League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth in the Final.
Stoke will now be searching to seal a League and Cup double as they are in hot pursuit of the Midland Division title, whilst Portsmouth are hoping to do the same in the Southern Division.
Huddersfield Town's hopes of finishing in the runners-up spot received a knock when they were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Utd, for whom Brooke Marsden netted a second half double.
Midland Division table toppers Leicester City Women went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Coventry Utd, for whom Katie Cornish netted a first half goal. West Bromwich Albion are one point off the pace in second after Seanna McCann-Lloyd, Kathryn Pagan and an own goal gave them a 3-1 win at Long Eaton Utd. Derby County meanwhile scored seven times without reply past TNS Ladies. Anita Gaspar, Jamey Brewster and Kira Rai all netted doubles for Derby, with Danielle Oxley adding the other.
C & K Basildon still have a chance of winning the Southern Division title and kept those hopes alive with a 4-2 success away to Crystal Palace, Katie Whitehead netting twice along with Sarah Wilson and Mollie de Bell. Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile won 2-1 at Lewes, Sarah Payne scoring both and Mia Hyland replying.
Chelsea remain on top of the FA WSL Development League Southern Division following their 4-1 win at Millwall Lionesses. Ashlee Hincks gave Millwall a first half lead but second half goals from Nicole Douglas, Kenni Thompson, Isabella Sibley and Olivia Smith gave Chelsea the points. Arsenal follow on after beating London Bees, Paige Bailey-Gayle netting six times along with hat-tricks from Tamsyn Sibanda, Lachante Paul and Miri Taylor. Lia Cataldo contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Amelia Hazard, Beth Lumsden, Jessica Ngunga and Ellie Perkins. Tottenham Hotspur were 4-2 winners over Bristol City and strikes from Millie Carter and Skye Bacon earned Brighton & Hove Albion a 2-1 success away to Oxford Utd.
Northern Division One
Hull City kept up the pace at the top of the table and remain five points clear after winning 1-0 away to Chester-le-Street Town. The home side went into the game on a recent run of victories but Katie Thompson scored the only goal of the game to stretch Hull's unbeaten run in the league to seventeen matches.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds kept up the chase in second place by beating Crewe Alexandra 2-1. After a goalless first half, Amanda Fallon gave Crewe the lead with Carla Lee equalising six minutes later, before a late own goal handed the Feds three vital points.
Brighouse Town came through a tough away trip to Bolton Wanderers with a 3-2 victory which keeps them in the title hunt. Charlotte Proud gave Brighouse a third minute lead with Saffron Newhouse levelling shortly afterwards, Aimi Beresford then putting Brighouse back in front, early in the second half. Newhouse squared things up once more with her second goal but Beresford completed her own double eighteen minutes from time with a decisive strike.
Newcastle Utd claimed their second victory in as many matches, beating Mossley Hill 5-1 to jump into a mid-table position. Megan McKenzie, Rebecca Olley, Steph Ord, Jessica Ellison and Becca Hanson all netted a goal apiece, with Mossley's consolation coming from Steph Lockhart.
Rachel Wood and Katherine Bonner both netted second half goals as Chorley climbed above Leeds Utd after beating them 2-1.
Midlands Division One
After agonisingly missing out last season, Loughborough Foxes have won the title without playing on Sunday. TNS Ladies went into their game away to Radcliffe Olympic needing a victory to keep the title race alive but they went down to a 4-1 defeat which ended their hopes. Rania Ramadan, Beth Bailey, Kayleigh Aylmer and an own goal gave Radcliffe a win which takes them into fourth place, with Kim Bebbington replying.
Burton Albion were held to a 2-2 draw by Steel City Wanderers, who staged a second half fightback for a share of the spoils. Jordan Atkin netted a first half brace which looked to have put Burton on their way to another victory but after the break, Hannah Wright and Louise Webster both scored to earn the Steels a point.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies came away from Sporting Khalsa with a 3-1 victory under their belts. Charlotte Fisher netted twice and Emily Painter added the other, while the home side's consolation came from Kiera Willdigg.
South East Division One
Leyton Orient moved back into third place with a 2-1 victory against leaders AFC Wimbledon. All of the goals came during the first half, Lisa Fulgence bagging a brace for Orient and Caroline Bisson replying.
Ipswich Town have returned into second after running out 6-1 winners away to Denham Utd. Zoe Cossey led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Amanda Crump, Gemma Moore and Natasha Thomas, Denham's consolation coming from Alissa Down.
Stevenage Ladies are continuing to have a good season and are up to fifth after Nicole Emmings scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 success away to Norwich City.
South West Division One
A dramatic late comeback from Keynsham Town saw them hold leaders Southampton Women to a 4-4 draw and put an end to the Hampshire side's 100% record. Kerry Bartlett gave Keynsham a first half lead which was cancelled out by Emma Pinner but goals after the break from Chelsie Hay, Cassie Thorp and Natasha Angel looked to have seen Southampton on their way to victory. However in the last ten minutes, a Justine Lorton double and Jade Radburn salvaged a point for Keynsham.
Plymouth Argyle also conceded their first points of the season as they also drew, 1-1 against Southampton Saints. Libby O'Dell put the Saints in front midway through the first half and they held on until Katie Middleton equalised with fifteen minutes remaining.
Poole Town are in line for a top half finish in their first season in the league following their 1-0 success away to Larkhall Athletic. Maisy Smith scored the only goal of the game for the Dorset side, eight minutes from time.
Brislington are off the bottom of the table after they defeated Maidenhead Utd 3-1. Kim Maggs netted two first half goals, either side of an equaliser from Natalie Barnes, with Sophie Whelan adding a third on the hour.
Southampton FC Women secured a trophy in the first year of their existence by lifting the Hampshire County Women's League Invitation Cup with a 2-0 win over Gosport Borough in the second match of HCWL finals day.
The club, linked to the Tier 1 Regional Talent Club supported by the men's Premier League Southampton FC, scored early and late to defeat Gosport after a high quality, well contested match.
A third minute corner led to the first of a string of fine saves by Gosport keeper Roxy Roberts. parrying a point blank header, but England under-16 international Chloe Newton was on hand to turn home the rebound.
Gemma Hillier was very unlucky not to level as her low shot hit the inside of the far post with Kayla Rendell beaten and rebounded across the goal. Hillier again went close with an effort which flew inches wide of the post when put clear on the left edge of the area on 34 minutes.
Emma Whitlock had a shot just wide for Southampton and Roberts was out quickly to deny Newton a second as the young Saints impressed with their speed and movement off the ball. Gosport defended with real purpose to keep chances to a minimum in a tight first half.
The pattern continued after the break but the contest became more stretched as Gosport pushed on in search of an equaliser.
Southampton's speed on the break started to create more chances and Roberts produced a stunning double save from Newton on 65 minutes, blocking the first shot before tipping the follow up effort wide of the post.
Gosport's Jess Timbrell forced a good save from Rendell after powering through two tackles and firing in a low shot but generally the Southampton defence was solid and with Phoebe Williams controlling midfield it always looked likely that a second goal would come.
Roberts saved at Newton's feet and Caitlin Collighan hit the bar from the rebound but finally the Gosport defence was breached from a corner on 89 minutes as Collighan drove home from a tight angle beyond the far post.
As always, the Hampshire County Women's League Finals day was well supported, organised and officiated, showcasing some of the best talent in the league.
Southampton FC Women: Kayla Rendell, Emma Whitlock, Megan Jones, Harriet Eastham, Chloe Podger, Kelly Fripp, Lauren Fraser, Phoebe Williams, Chloe Newton, Jenna Sutton, Emily May-Smith. Subs: Sara Luce, Caitlin Collighan, Sam Burt, Rachel Richards, Emma Godden.
Gosport Borough: Roxy Roberts, Keeka Way, Charlotte Roli, Jess Timbrell, Mia Gardner, Emma Pickering, Lynsey Crewe, Lysette Russell, Gemma Hillier, Megan Colley, Kayleigh Merrett. Subs: Charlotte Lindsey, Jess Codrington.
(Report by Patrick Higgins, Photo - www.jamesprickett.co.uk)
The top two teams in Division 3 were more closely matched than the final score suggests, but QK were clinical in attack, notching three times in each half whilst Hamble struggled to hit the target.
Hamble goalkeeper Nikki Symons made a fine save from Yasmin Di Carluccio in the third minute but was beaten by Abbie Mason's 40-yard free kick for the opener four minutes later. Nikki Bowers nearly equalised for Hamble on a follow up effort after a fine save by Kate Ementon but drove a shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
QK extended their lead on 34 minutes when Beth Tidd finished well after breaking clear in a battle with defender Lucy Burridge. Jade Rodgers added the third soon after and QK went to the break with a comfortable advantage.
Any hopes of a Hamble comeback were hit within a minute of the restart when Di Carluccio broke clear and shot high into the net on 46 minutes. Bowers again went close to reducing the arrears but shot wide and further chances fell to subs Kirsty McCubbin and Michaela Mulgrew as Hamble continued to play a full part in the match.
QK added two more late on through Laura Golden and Tidd with her second, a neat near post finish, to complete a comprehensive win.
The final Hamble attack saw Flora Stevens clear on goal but a superb tackle by Maddy Eardley, later awarded player of match, kept a clean sheet for the victors.
QK Southampton: Kate Ementon, Maddy Eardley, Abbie Mason, Georgina Marks, Lauren Aldridge, Laura Golden, Adele Yeandle, Jade Rodgers, Kelly Bailey, Yasmin Di Carluccio, Eloise Paine. Subs: Beth Tidd, Elisha Boothman, Casey Taylor-Holloway, Hannah Jack, Joanna Perry.
Hamble United: Nikki Symons, Charlie Roberts, Charlie Drake, Lucy Burridge, Laura Parker, Amber Hemming, Nikki Bowers, Flora Stevens, Ness Mar-Molinero, Louise Jeffcoate, Tini Dade. Subs: Stacey McGurk, Michaela Mulgrew, Kirsty McCubbin, Samantha-May Gamble.
(Report by Patrick Higgins, Photo - www.jamesprickett.co.uk)
Crystal Palace have opened up a lead of four points at the top of the Southern Division after they defeated C & K Basildon 2-0 in their top of the table clash.
Ellie Bailes gave Palace the lead three minutes before half time, with Gemma Bryan sewing up the points late on.
Charlton Athletic meanwhile kept their title challenge on course with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. Kit Graham settled matters with the only goal of the game, five minutes from time.
Lewes follow on in fourth place after winning 3-0 away to Queen's Park Rangers. Rebecca Carter gave the Rookettes the lead just after the half hour and Victoria Carleton made it two on the stroke of half time. Danielle Lane rounded off the scoring for Lewes on the hour mark.
Coventry Utd followed up a midweek draw by beating Chichester City 3-1. Alison Hall spearheaded the win for Coventry as she scored a hat-trick, with Jade Widdows grabbing Chichester's consolation.
Cardiff City Ladies got back to winning ways with a 3-2 success against Gillingham. Kelly Isaac, Ella Powell and Cori Williams were all on the scoresheet for Cardiff, the Gills replying through Millie Waud and Maddison Farrand.
Middlesbrough stay eight points clear at the top of the Northern Division despite going down to a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
Ashleigh Hayes and Faye McCoy each netted twice for Stoke along with Cassie Hyde and Hannah Keryakoplis to condem 'Boro to a second successive defeat, the leaders replying through Emily Scarr, Bianca Owens and Eleanor Dale.
Blackburn Rovers received a setback to their challenge as they were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City Women, who kept their title hopes alive. Rovers led at the break through a Lynda Shepherd goal but Leicester hit back strongly after the break and a Sophie Domingo double, including a late winner, gave them three precious points.
Blackburn bounced back from this defeat two days later though, scoring seven times without reply past Bradford City and they move back into second place. Lagan Makin was on target twice for Blackburn along with Lynda Shepherd, Natasha Flint, Jess Holbrook, Saffron Jordan and Hannah Walsh.
Four teams are level on points in the pursuit of Middlesbrough - Blackburn, Leicester and Stoke being joined by Huddersfield Town who were held to a 2-2 draw by Nottingham Forest. Katie Nutter and Brittany Sanderson twice gave Huddersfield the lead, with Forest equalising on each occasion through Hazzana Parnell and Leanne Robinson.
Fylde Ladies moved back into the top half of the table after battling out a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, who picked up their sixth point of the season as a result.
Guiseley Vixens are trying hard to break out of the bottom two and they gave those hopes a boost when they defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-2. Ellie Olds and Natalie Brace twice gave Guiseley the lead, with Jennifer Kikomeko equalising each time, before Nikki Berko scored the winner for Guiseley with fifteen minutes remaining, narrowing the gap between the two teams to four points.
It was a red letter day for West Ham Utd on Sunday as they won their first national trophy when beating Luton Town 5-0 in the Premier League Plate Final at Hednesford.
The Hammers went into the game as favourites against their South East Division One opponents, who were also playing in their first major Final, and Luton defended well until the 25th minute when they were undone by a superb Amber Stobbs strike, an unstoppable 25-yard shot which crashed in off the bar.
Before Luton could recover, they found themselves two behind as Kelly Wealthall stole in behind the defence and slid her shot past Kezia Hassall.
Luton did go close just before the break when Jess McKay's shot was saved by Cara Connatser but two minutes into the second half, they found themselves with a mountain to climb when Ellie Zoepfl coolly finished.
Zoepfl also struck the post moments later as West Ham threatened more goals but despite the excellent Hassall making a string of five saves to keep her team in the game, the Hammers struck twice more, Rosie Kmita lobbing home the fourth and Zoepfl completing the scoring late on with her second.
West Ham Utd: Cara Connatser, Chantelle Mackie, Hannah Wheeler, Chemise Austin, Jasmine Auguste, Leanne Mabey, Andria Georgiou, Amber Stobbs, Ellie Zoepfl, Kelly Wealthall, Rosie Kmita. Subs: Dayna Chong, Chloe Burr, Georgia Miller, Grace Staunton.
Luton Town: Kezia Hassall, Rachel Carter, Rachel Kosky, Lucy Webster, Erica Byron, Zara Carroll, Lisa Nixon, Nicola Henman, Dionne Manning, Jess McKay, Natasha Fensome. Subs: Amy Summerfield, Jo Rutherford, Funmi Babalola, Charlotte Motto, Angelika Kopec.
Whilst the main attention was focused on the FAW Women's Cup Final on Sunday, Cardiff Met Ladies were busy taking themselves to within one victory of winning back the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League title by scoring twelve times without reply past Caernarfon Town.
Kitty Wells netted twice inside the opening fifteen minutes and Met went on to add further goals before half time through Lucy Brown, Lauren Townsend and Steph Turner. Naomi Clipston and Tija Richardson extended their lead inside the opening ten minutes of the second half and Stacey Ayling contributed a brace, either side of Jasmine Simpson hitting a hat-trick.
Cyncoed Ladies kept themselves firmly in the running for second place as they ran out 3-1 winners away to Caldicot Town. Caldicot had won the previous meeting between the sides earlier in the season and they went ahead again on this occasion through Kelly Phelps during the first half, but after the break, Kirstie Pervin-Davies brought the Mighty Oaks level and they went on to seal the points thanks to a brace from Grace Horrell.
Port Talbot Town completed their home fixtures for the campaign in style as they defeated Rhyl Ladies 5-0. Laura May Walkley opened the scoring with two minutes on the clock and Coryn Sexton doubled the lead, before Walkley netted her second on the half hour. Rhyl goalkeeper Sam Mitchell saved a penalty from Terri Beddows just before half time but Port Talbot went on to crown their victory after the break when Courtney Thomas and Beddows added further goals.
Celtic have climbed to the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 table following their 2-0 victory away to Hamilton Academical.
Emma Craig gave Celtic the lead during the first half and Sarah Ewens wrapped up the win with the second goal late on.
Celtic were further boosted by the news that the two teams that started the day above them in the table, Hibernian and Glasgow City, battled out a 2-2 draw. Jamie Lee Napier put the home side ahead after 16 minutes when she converted a Emma Brownlie free kick past Lee Alexander. City responded soon after when Leanne Ross fired home from the spot after Leanne Crichton was fouled by Kirsty Smith in the Hibs area. The second half wasn't quite as fluent for either side and in the end it was goalkeeping errors which caused the late, late drama. Jenna Fife spilled a City corner with two minutes of normal time remaining and Donna Paterson fired into the back of the net for what most thought would be the winning goal. However, Abi Harrison had the last say when in stoppage time she crossed from out wide and her effort flew in at the back post over the head of Alexander.
Rangers leapt up into the top half of the table on the back of a 4-0 win against Stirling University. Sarah Robertson and Jade Gallon ensured that Amy McDonald's side were two goals ahead of half time and both players completed their doubles after the break to round off a convincing result for their side.
Spartans meanwhile registered their first league win of the season and are out of the bottom two after winning 2-0 away to Forfar Farmington. Alana Marshall put them ahead just before half time with a strike from 25 yards and Kaela McDonald-Nguah headed in the second midway through the second half.
Motherwell have returned to the top of SWPL 2 after coming from behind to win 6-2 at Glasgow Girls.
Lauren Evans and Rachel Halliday put Glasgow two goals ahead but Suzanne Mulvey and Hayley Cunningham levelled matters by the break and they went on to seal the points after the break with further strikes from Caitlin Russell, Kirsty McLaughlin, Cunningham and Sammy Hare.
FC Kilmarnock had started the day as leaders but are back in second place after losing 4-2 to St Johnstone, who move level on points with them. Rachel Todd, Jade McDonald, Hannah Clark and an own goal gave St Johnstone their third win, with Collette Fleming and Sara Paterson replying.
Ashley Carse and Pamela Liddell netted two goals apiece as Hearts won 4-3 against Central Girls Academy, whose responses came from Naomi Welch, Ellie Kane and Abby Callaghan.
All of the goals came during the first half as Aberdeen returned to form by beating Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 4-0. Chloe Gover was on target twice along with Kelly Forrest and Lynn Duncan.
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Swansea City Ladies had to come from behind against Cardiff City Women to win 2-1 following an entertaining Final at the Cardiff City Stadium.
It had been a tight and nervy affair in the first half of this domestic showpiece final with the best chances only being created as half time approached.
Swansea were the first to go close when Jodie Passmore's free kick was well hit but matched by the save of Cardiff goalkeeper Ceryn Chamberlain.
Shortly afterwards, Swansea were denied again but on this occasion it was Cardiff captain Siobhan Walsh who defended superbly to block an effort by Katy Hosford from close range.
The entertainment levels rose during the second half and Cardiff City put themselves in front with a lovely goal. After Shannon Evans advanced with the ball up the right, she executed a well timed pass to team mate Alana Murphy, who finished well to make it 1-0 to the Bluebirds.
Following a foul on Passmore in the Cardiff area just ten minutes later, Swansea were awarded a penalty and with it a way back into the match. Passmore picked herself up to make it 1-1 with a confident strike from the penalty spot.
Swansea sensed that the tide was turning in this fixture and their momentum saw them dangerous in attack but the what would turn out to be the winning goal came from an unlikely position out wide on Swansea's left wing. Somehow, Hosford's ball into the box beat Chamberlain at her near post to give the Swans a 2-1 lead.
Despite five minutes of added time and Cardiff sending bodies forward, Swansea held on to their slender lead. Substitute Emma Beynon almost increased their lead in the final minute with an effort which was narrowly off target but the Swans had done enough on the day to win the FAW Women's Cup.
Swansea City: Gemma Border, Lauren Hancock (sub Emma Beynon 89mins), Alicia Powe, Alison Witts, Ria Hughes, Ellie Lake, Sophie Hancocks, Kelly Newcombe, Katy Hosford, Jodie Passmore, Stacey John-Davis (sub Sarah Adams 78mins). Subs not used: Kate Brisland, Emily Richards, Katie Davies.
Cardiff City FC: Ceryn Chamberlain, Mollie Jones (sub Lucy McDonough 70mins), Montana May, Hannah Daley, Siobhan Walsh, Lucy Thomas (sub Alicia Davies 80mins), Kelly Bourne, Kanisha-Mae Underdown (sub Amy Wathen 78mins), Shannon Evans, Lisa Owen, Alana Murphy. Subs not used: Alice Broadley, Claire Skinner.
(Photo by Will Cheshire)
Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in the SSE Women's FA Cup Final for the second time in three years after coming through tough semi finals on Sunday.
On a historic day when both semi finals were televised live on the BBC for the first time, a late winner gave Arsenal a 2-1 success away to Everton and a record sixteenth appearance in the Final, whilst Chelsea eliminated holders Manchester City 2-0 and will be there for the fourth time in seven seasons.
Arsenal went into their tie at the Marine Travel Arena as favourites but the opening quarter of the game was largely even until the Gunners went ahead on 25 minutes. Heather O'Reilly latched onto Dominique Janssen's pass down the right and cut the ball across goal for Danielle Carter to slot home from six yards. Jordan Nobbs and O'Reilly were narrowly off target with efforts as Arsenal finished the first half on top.
Everton came more into the game as an attacking force after the break and were handed a great chance midway through the second half, when Olivia Chance was adjudged to have been fouled in the area, and Chloe Kelly duly levelled the scores from the penalty spot against her former side. Vivianne Miedema almost restored Arsenal's lead with a shot on the turn but the game seemed to be heading for extra time until the Gunners struck a late blow. An injury time corner by Nobbs was met with a towering header from Louise Quinn past Kirstie Levell and Arsenal were on their way to Wembley once again.
Chelsea and Manchester City each still had three trophies to play for going into their semi final and were meeting at this stage of the competition for the third time. Just as they did in the teams' recent league meeting, Chelsea made the faster start and were rewarded in the fifth minute when Fran Kirby raced onto Magda Eriksson's long pass and outpaced the City defence before sliding her shot past Ellie Roebuck for the opener.
Maren Mjelde had an effort cleared off the line and Kirby dragged a shot wide as the better of chances continued to go Chelsea's way, whilst City were largely restricted to long range efforts at the other end, including a 30-yard strike from Jill Scott which was narrowly over.
City began to pile on the pressure during the second half and came close to getting back on level terms but Georgia Stanway was denied by a good save from Hedvig Lindahl. However the more they pressed for an equaliser, the more susceptible they became to a counter attack and they were undone once again by Kirby, who seized on a defensive error to once again break clear of the back four, and once again she guided her shot past Roebuck for her second goal on the day.
The second strike knocked the heart out of the City players and Katie Chapman went close to a third as her header was saved, but Chelsea had been worthy winners on the day and are just one stage away from lifting the trophy for the second time.
Crystal Palace have been in excellent form in recent weeks and this has taken them to the top of the Southern Division, preserving their lead with a 5-2 victory over Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday.
We talked to Palace defender Pam McRoberts who admitted that the result against Cardiff was more important than the performance on the day, but looked forward to this coming Sunday when they take on second placed C & K Basildon in a vital top of the table clash:
WSS: Well done on a good win on Sunday, how satisfied were you with the way the team played?
PM: To be honest, it wasn't the best team performance. There were some great goals scored, but we were all disappointed to concede the goals we did. At this stage of the season, three points is the most important thing.
WSS: The win was your fifth in a row in all competitions, do you feel overall that the team is playing as well as it has been all season?
PM: It's been a bit frustrating as the weather has played a massive part in our fixtures being postponed and it feels like we haven't had a straight run of games.
WSS: Gemma Bryan was on target once again and is closing in on 30 league goals for the season, how reassuring is it to the rest of the team to have a goalscorer like her there?
PM: I've played with Gemma at two other previous clubs. She's always scored goals where she has gone and as a defender, it's nice to know she's up front!
WSS: It's not just about Gemma though, your defence has only conceded ten in nineteen games in the league. As a member of that defence, how proud are of you that record?
PM: I am very proud about this stat, hence why we as a team were so disappointed with the goals we conceded on Sunday.
WSS: This week you have a crucial top of the table clash against C & K Basildon, given in mind they narrowly beat you back in January, are the players itching to try and put the record straight on Sunday?
PM: Yes indeed, we felt like we didn't deserve to lose the game and it was a battle of a match. We know it won't be easy this Sunday, but all the girls are definitely looking forward to playing against them.
WSS: Realistically, do you think you need to win all of your last three games to stand any chance of winning the title?
PM: Yes, we've played the most games in our league so far. We need three wins and hope for others to drop points. There's been some games we have been disappointed with and dropped points, so we definitely want to finish the season with three wins, knowing we gave it our all.
Our thanks to Pam!
Everton's Chloe Kelly is determined not to let her former Arsenal past cloud her focus ahead of this weekend's SSE Women's FA Cup semi final clash with the Gunners.
Striker Kelly penned senior terms with the North Londoners weeks before they downed favourites Chelsea 1-0 to lift the trophy for the record 14th time in 2016.
The 20-year-old is now banging in the goals line at Everton, having joined permanently in January following a successful loan stint on Merseyside, as they take on Arsenal at the Marine Travel Arena, home of Marine FC, on Sunday.
Kelly is preferring to remain pragmatic about the fixture and insisted she is treating it as any other game. However, the forward, who has scored eight goals in 17 appearances this season, admitted there will be an extra dose of spice in the game with a few familiar faces looking back at her from the opposition half.
"It will be exciting for me, playing against Arsenal having being there previously," said Kelly. "But it's another game really and I just want to show what I can do no matter who we're playing against.
"They're a great team, there's no getting away from that, but we need to find a way how to stop them.
"We're one step away from Wembley - it's very exciting for the team and we just want to show what we can do.
"Being in the final with Arsenal a few years back, and actually winning at Wembley, that was a great feeling and hopefully I can get back there with Everton.
"It's everyone's dream to play at Wembley and it would be great to get there."
The desire to defeat Joe Muntemurro's side and reach the home of football for the final pulsates throughout Everton's close-knit squad.
None more delighted to play at the home of football would be skipper Danielle Turner, who has faith in Kelly and the rest of her troops to go toe-to-toe with one of England's form sides.
Prior to last week's draw with Chelsea, Arsenal won seven games on the spin, including shocking Manchester City to lift the Continental Tyres Cup in March.
But Turner has backed the Toffees, who have won four of the last six in all competitions themselves, to make it difficult on home soil and get the result they need to have a shot at the trophy at the final on May 5th.
"We want to explode out and get at Arsenal and stop them as much as we can," said the 26-year-old defender. "Throughout the season, we've been renowned as a team which is hard to play against - we're definitely a team that gets in people's faces but we can also play as well.
"We have different qualities, we know Arsenal are a very rugged side, but so are we. We're looking forward to it.
"Arsenal have beaten us twice this season [1-0 and 2-0] but they were both close games and we competed well in both of those games. Hopefully we can go one step further on Sunday and beat them.
"For me it will be a massive honour to lead this team out at Wembley - the opportunity to do that would be incredible."
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by Jimmy Booker, Sportsbeat
Chichester City Ladies are delighted to announce the appointment of Beckie Bailey as the club's new Vice Chair.
The move comes as part of the continuing growth and restructures at Chichester to work along the changes being seen in women's football.
Bailey is a regular face on match days for the club and helps in a variety of roles already but will now work alongside Chairwoman Caroline Henry-Evans. The two will sit at the top of club collectively working together to push new initiatives around the club.
Henry-Evans was delighted by the move saying: "Beckie will bring great enthusiasm and support to her role as Vice Chair.
"She supports the ladies every weekend, home or away already and has two girls who play for Chichester City Girls."
There have already been positive steps forward for Chichester this season following the arrival of Alan Crozier to work on the club's operational side. Recently Rob Kerr became the face of the club's business side to work with the club's sponsors and commercial partners.
Now Bailey joins the backroom staff to push the club forwards with the aim of making days like the SSE Women's FA Cup Fifth Round against Liverpool a regular occurrence which drew around 1,300 spectators to Oaklands Park.
Henry-Evans added: "Beckie wants to help the club move forward in a positive way and is always trying to come up with ideas to makes things easier behind the scenes.
"Working alongside her will be fun and I look forward to the challenge of bouncing ideas around with someone who only wants the best for the club like I do."
Bailey assumes her role with immediate effect with the club looking to finish strongly in the Women's Premier League Southern Division but also looking ahead to the 2018-19 season.
East Midlands League
Oughtibridge have moved to the top of the Premier Division following their 5-0 victory over Arnold Town. Jenny Selman led the scoring a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Laura Watton and Kathryn Mudge. Nettleham lie second after an own goal gave them a 1-0 win away to Kettering Town, they are ahead on goal difference from Peterborough Northern Star who also won 1-0 against Ollerton Town, courtesy of a solitary strike from Cassie Steward. Despite a goal from Lauren Bartle, Leicester City Women Development were held to a 1-1 draw by Mansfield Hosiery Mills who scored through Amy Dawson. Jessica Parker and Lisa Jones were on target for Rise Park as they shared a 2-2 draw with Eastwood Ladies, for whom Paige Singleton netted both.
In Division One North, Jody Scott scored all five goals as Woodlands Ladies moved above Calverton MW into third place after beating them 5-3. Kelly Clayton-Cuthbert also had a good day, bagging a four-goal haul for Market Warsop as they won 6-1 at Clifton, Natasha Childerley and Gemma Hodgkinson adding the others. Draycott Victoria also triumphed 6-1 against Teversal, Natalie Loughenbury and Sarah Upton each netting twice along with Lucy Ferris and Rebecca Turgoose.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo have narrowed the gap on Division One South leaders Peterborough Utd to three points after Samantha Hargrave, Lucy Phillips-Poole, Chloe Quinn and Hannah Webster gave them a 4-2 victory over Thrapston Town. Reanne Mullen (2), Harley Collyer, Emma Dunmore, Hayley Matthews, Georgina Powell and Leah Stacey were the scorers as third placed Northampton Town beat Corby S & L 7-0 but Corby Town lost ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Heather LFC, whose goals came via a Rebecca Dobney brace and an own goal, meanwhile Desford won 3-1 at Loughborough Foxes Vixens.
Eastern Region League
League leaders Billericay Town's hopes of a League and Cup double were dashed as they were beaten 3-2 by Acle Utd in the semi finals of the League Cup. Lauren Bullard, Megan Todd and Grace Birchall screod the goals for Acle, with Lindsey Morgan and Hayley Piggott replying. Acle's opponents in the Final will be AFC Dunstable, 3-2 extra time winners away to Brentwood Town. Samaira Khan scored the extra time winner to add to earlier strikes from Bianca Vassell and Beth Stanton, whilst Paida Dedza netted both for Brentwood.
Stevenage Ladies Res are still in the running for two trophies though, the Division One South leaders reaching the League Plate Final with a 3-0 victory over Hoddesdon Town Owls. Hannah Marshall, Emily Schofield and Naomi Sleator scored the goals for Stevenage who will play either Hutton or Histon.
Cambridge City closed the gap on Billericay to five points in the Premier Division after Laura Mills and Isabella Simmons were on target in their 2-0 success away to AFC Sudbury. Bedford Ladies follow on in third, Carissa Kaczorowski scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win over Colney Heath.
Wymondham Town clinched the Division One North title in style, with a 7-0 victory over second placed King's Lynn Town. Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters each scored twice, with Kayleigh Holloway, Mollie O'Callaghan and Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris adding the others. Histon kept themselves in the hunt for runners-up by beating Ipswich Wanderers 6-0 thanks to Sophie Lanham (2), Abigail Davies, Alison Wright, Briannah Baker and Sophie Hopkin.
Harlow Town strengthened their position in second in Division One South as doubles from Lily Bruno and Tayla Handscombe fired them to a 4-1 victory at Hertford Town. Little Thurrock Dynamos lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bishop's Stortford. Heather Martin and Samantha McCornish netted the goals for Stortford, with Ebony Moore and Sophie Dowman replying.
London & South East League
London Kent Football Utd narrowed the gap on the top two by winning 2-1 against Eastbourne Town. Emily Hart scored both goals for London Kent, with Catherine Hyland replying. Jade Whiteman (2), Jamie Leigh Dixon and Emily Vaughan were on target for fourth placed Parkwood Rangers in their 4-3 victory away to Aylesford, who netted through Fiona Constable, Beth Hulme and Kelly Philpott.
North East League
The top two were not in action on Sunday and Hartlepool Utd have made up ground on them with a 7-1 success away to Castleford White Rose. Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson each hit hat-tricks, with Jade Pye also on the scoresheet. Tynedale meanwhile defeated Wakefield 7-2 with strikes from Christine Murray (2), Siobhan Simpson (2), Jennifer Alford, Megan Watson and Lauren Ray. Farsley Celtic won 6-3 against Wallsend Boys Club, Keegan Lambert was on target four times along with Emma Lee and Danielle Sidebottom.
In the Northern Division, Boro Rangers moved to within two points of leaders South Shields following their 2-0 win away to Prudhoe Town in which Becky Stephenson and Delise Clifford scored. Chloe Roylance netted twice along with Kirsty Armstrong and Amber Wilson for Cramlington Utd in their 4-0 victory over Guisborough Ladies.
Doncaster Belles (Women's) and Ossett Albion battled out a 2-2 draw in the Southern Division. Abbie France and Ellie Todd scored the goals for Doncaster, with Ossett replying through Jordane Allison and Amy Perch.
North West League
Stockport County moved up to within a single point of Premier Division leaders Tranmere Rovers after picking up a 4-0 win and 1-1 draw from a double header with MSB Woolton. Burnley Girls & Ladies are starting to look strong and made up ground in fourth place, thanks to a 5-1 success away to Sir Tom Finney. Fleetwood Town Wrens shared a 1-1 draw with Manchester Stingers and this keeps them just ahead of Merseyrail Bootle who claimed maximum points from their double header against Blackpool. Accrington Girls & Ladies and CMB Ladies exchanged 1-0 victories in their meetings and this has moved both teams away from the bottom places as a result.
Penrith AFC are stretching the pace again in Division One North, their 3-1 victory away to Preston North End means they head the table by seven points again. Workington Reds notched up six points from their double header with Leigh RMI and this has taken them into fourth.
It's as you were at the top of Division One South with FC United of Manchester beating Crewe Alexandra Development 9-2 to stay four points ahead of West Didsbury & Chorlton, who edged out Curzon Ashton by the odd goal in nine. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res defeated Altrincham 2-1 to keep themselves in third, just ahead of Warrington Wolverines who scored nine times without reply past City of Liverpool. Northwich Vixens moved to within three points of Stockport County Blues after beating them 2-1.
South West League
Buckland Athletic stay five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after a Kirsty Caunter brace and Amber Coates gave them a 3-0 victory over Keynsham Town Development. Torquay Utd bounced back from a County Cup Final defeat less than 48 hours earlier to win 4-1 at Forest Green Rovers. Rebecca Wakley netted twice along with Sian Chapman and Kasey Dickson, with Hannah Hale replying. Torquay remain one point ahead of Marine Academy Plymouth who were 3-0 victors away to Bishop's Lydeard thanks to Sam Drewery, Anthea Kaptein and Sam Kotlinska. Tori Marks was on target for Charlestown in their 1-1 draw with Ilminster Town, who replied through Megan Purchase, and goals from Sarah Carling, Chloe Poole and Chloe Stringer handed Middlezoy Rovers a 3-1 win against AEK Boco, whose consolation came from Kelly Cutler.
Portishead Town opened up the Eastern Division title race and inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Wootton Bassett Town. Jessica Smailes, Michelle Venton and Hannah Thornton all scored to give Portishead a 3-1 win, Cara Costello replying. Swindon Town Development also received a setback to their challenge when they were beaten 1-0 by Team Mendip. Almondsbury kept their hopes alive by winning 2-1 at Cheltenham Town Development and Swindon Spitfires defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-1 with goals from Katie Wadey (2), Chloe Neate and Katrina Reynolds. Caitlin Brooks and Aleksandra Guzik each hit hat-tricks and Lily Withers added the other for FC Chippenham as they beat Cheltenham Civil Service 7-1 and St Nicholas Res won for the first time, 2-1 at Frome Town with Ffion Cartwright scoring both.
Southern Region League
Oxford City are through to the Chairman's Cup Final following a 9-0 semi final victory over Wargrave Ladies. Lauren May and Steph Mobbs both scored hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Lucy Durham, Rachel Mariam and Edie Garrett.
Woodley Utd have opened up a lead of three points at the top of Division One Northern following their 1-0 success away to Barton Rovers, Charley Evans scoring the only goal of the game (see match report).
Winchester City Flyers Res meanwhile claimed their first victory and points of the season in Division One Southern when they won 2-1 against Southampton Women Res, courtesy of a brace of goals from Katie Johns.
West Midlands League
League leaders Bedworth Utd are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup after running out 5-0 winners over Crusaders. Also through are Coundon Court, who won their quarter final 2-1 away to Knowle.
With Bedworth on Cup duty, Leafield Athletic took the chance to narrow the gap on them to a single point after winning 5-3 away to third placed Stockingford AA Pavilion. Wolverhampton Sporting are up into mid-table following their 3-1 success at Lye Town.
Leek Town kept their promotion hopes alive in Division One North after inflicting a first defeat of the season on Goldenhill Wanderers, beating them 4-3 and climbing above them into second place. Brereton Town also registered a victory by the odd goal in seven against Florence, increasing the gap between the two teams to five points.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One South as Gornal Ladies won 4-3 against Solihull Utd to stay one point ahead of second placed Redditch Utd, who ended Kidderminster Harriers' fine run of form by beating them 4-2. Coventry Sphinx ensured they stayed well in touch with the top two with a 4-0 success away to Droitwich Spa. Stourbridge completed their campaign on a winning note, defeating Coventry Development 3-0.
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