Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a hard earned 1-0 win away to Gillingham.
Spurs Ladies now have a plum home tie against WSL side Aston Villa and we talked to goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne, who admitted that Gillingham had made it tough for her side on the day but was now looking forward to the next round:
WSS: Well done on reaching the Fourth Round, how well did you think the team played on Sunday?
TW: The game on Sunday was a very difficult game and considering the weather, I feel we adapted well to the conditions. Gillingham didn't allow us to play our usual free flowing game, they did very well to frustrate us. We didn't play our best game, however, we still created many chances and defended probably the best I have seen us in a long time from front to back.
WSS: Was it a nervous last few minutes as you were only one goal ahead, or did you always feel comfortable?
TW: I think against a team like Gillingham you are never comfortable at 1-0, having said that the way we defended, I personally felt confident that we could finish the game positively. Obviously, it was nerve racking because progressing in this competition means so much to the team and staff.
WSS: How much are you looking forward to taking on a WSL side on your own ground in the next round?
TW: Once the higher league teams come into the draw, you always want one because you want to test yourself against teams in a higher league, so naturally, we are happy with the draw. We know it will be a tough game, however on our day I believe we are a match for any team. It obviously makes it extra special having the game at home as we have such great supporters that I think the atmosphere will be very good.
WSS: On the whole, the FAWPL clubs have acquitted themselves well against the WSL sides, can you draw inspiration from this?
TW: The FAWPL is a fantastically competitive league and there are many teams in this league that could hold their own in the FA WSL 2. We will take confidence from the result this weekend because it just highlights just how good the FAWPL is.
WSS: This week you host Plymouth Argyle in the league, is it a case of keeping the momentum going in this game?
TW: Momentum is key for us, we have started the year really well however, we don't intend to become complacent if anything we will work even harder to make sure we can finish as high as we possibly can in the league. No game is this league is a guaranteed three points, we know that if we do not go out on Sunday and give everything we will come unstuck.
WSS: Your cup form has been excellent, in one final already and still in three others, how do you think the season has gone overall so far?
TW: I think that we started our season well and then had a few hard weeks at the beginning of the year, however, overall I believe that so far, we would be happy with where we are. We would want to be higher in the league but that's because we demand more of ourselves as a squad. One goal is still to win some silverware this year and at the moment we are still on course for this, which was our goal at the beginning of the season.
WSS: Do you see signs of progress at the club and maybe ready for a possible title challenge next season?
TW: Each year Spurs Ladies progress positively and this year has been no different, The support from everyone from Cheshunt FC to the men's team has been fantastic and our job is to repay that faith. We have amazing support from our coaches/physio etc which allows us to forget about everything else and just work hard on our game. With the squad and support we have promotion will always be what we strive for.
Our thanks to Toni!
Cardiff City FC midfielder Mali Summers hailed her side's performance in beating Cardiff Met Ladies in the quarter finals of the FAW Women's Cup on Sunday.
A first half goal saw City go through at the expense of the WPWL leaders and Mali told Women's Soccer Scene: "It was definitely a well earned result. Our girls left every ounce of energy they had on the pitch and our efforts paid off! In fairness to Cardiff Met they had a number of injuries on the day, but we also had a couple of players missing too.
"For the majority of the game we were pretty evenly matched, but with Cardiff Met having the larger part of the possession. As we all know, the Met are a strong outfit, very fit and well organised. We scored towards the end of the first half, which put us in a great position going into the half time break.
"In the second half, a Cardiff Met defender handballed on the line to prevent us from going two up. Unfortunately their keeper pulled off a great save from Dan Green's penalty, so it led to a bit of a nailbiting end to the game. But in the end, our perseverance and team work saw us through to a hard fought 1-0 win.
"It was a complete team effort with every single player working hard in their individual battles against their opposite numbers. Having said that, I think a few special mentions are appropriate - Shannon Evans for taking the goal well under pressure and fighting up front on her own for every ball, Kylie Nolan for making such an impact this season after coming back from a serious ACL injury and finally a special mention to Ellisia Cartwright as, this was her first 90 minutes for the senior team, she really mixed it up in the midfield and distributed the ball well."
Mali also insists that the result will be a huge boost to the team's confidence after a couple of recent defeats in the league and the semi finals of the League Cup. "This result has hopefully set the standard we need to aim for in every game for the rest of the season," she said. "Since the Christmas break, we've had mixed results and the ball didn't seem to fall in our favour.
"We are a young side so this result against a top team will give us a real boost. With a little more consistency I'm pretty sure we can push to finish in a high league position and challenge for the Welsh Cup...and maybe even win it this year!
"With Cardiff Met now knocked out of the Cup, I think the competition is wide open for anyone to win. There are some strong teams still left in the competition including last year's winners Swansea City. Teams from North Wales have been very competitive these recent years, so don't be surprised if one of them makes it to the final.
"From a personal point of view I think our team can learn a lot from losing in the Final last year, we are a year older and wiser. We can build from this win to be ready for the upcoming semi final. Are we contenders for the Welsh Cup this year? I really hope so, only this year I'd like a winner's medal please!"
Middlesbrough have gone five points clear at the top of Northern Division One following their 3-2 win over Morecambe on Sunday.
The result stretched their unbeaten run to five games and 'Boro defender Simone Laverick told Women's Soccer Scene that they had to dig deep for the three points. "It wasn't a great technical performance but we showed grit and determination to come back from behind to win," she said.
"Despite not playing the pretty football we pride ourselves with, we turned it into a battle, which fortunately we won. I think this shows the depth of our team and desire to work hard for each other."
It was the second time that the two teams had met in successive weeks, with 'Boro winning the previous meeting 4-1, but Simone insists that it made no difference to the game. "I wouldn't say it was tougher, or should have been tougher," she said. "I don't believe Morecambe went into the game knowing our strengths and stopped them, likewise us them as they had different players. I think more that we just didn't turn up on the day which gave them more opportunity to get into the game, making it more of a contest.
"I think maybe beating them the week before, comfortably, meant some players may have become complacent and that could have cost us. It was individual brilliance by Sarah Manning and our work ethic that won us the game this week."
The result ensured that Middlesbrough opened up a small gap over nearest rivals Liverpool Marshalls Feds, whilst Hull City and Chorley can still have a big say by winning their games in hand.
"At this point in the season, anything can happen," said Simone. "Obviously we are hoping it goes right down to the wire, in this league anyone can take points off any other team. Our focus is just to relax, enjoy playing and put the pressure on Liverpool Feds to keep winning."
Middlesbrough take a break from league action this week but their next two games will be particularly important ones against Chorley and Liverpool Feds. "Every game is crucial for us, we know if we are to be title contenders we need to maximising all available points," admitted Simone. "We can't afford any more slip ups.
"Chorley are a great team with a brilliant home record but technically we have the ability to beat anyone in our league and when we play well, we look comfortable against most teams. We just need to relax and play our game. Feds have beaten us twice already this season so we have a point to prove to them, it will be a battle.
"Although winning is important, we have came along way in the last two years from not being able to even field a team, to being second in the table. This is massive steps in the right direction. If promotion is right for us it will happen, if not we will continue to develop together and build for next year.
"The club and managers continue to remind us that they don't want short term success and want to build something sustainable for the future of the football club and girls football in the area."
Sunderland AFC Ladies have completed the signings of midfielder Krystle Johnston and defender Rachel Pitman.
Johnston has penned a one-year deal with the club following her departure from Manchester City at the end of the 2015 WSL campaign. Having spent a year short of a decade with the Blues, the 31 year-old winger is now set for a new challenge with the Lady Black Cats.
"It was a really easy decision to make and I'm delighted to have signed for the Club" said Johnston. "Carlton didn't really need to persuade me to be honest; I have played against Sunderland for quite a few years so I know what it's all about here.
"There is a real sense of togetherness and I think that is what makes them so hard to play against."
Also joining Carlton Fairweather's side is 22-year-old full back Rachel Pitman, who has recently returned from DePaul University in Chicago. The former England Youth international has penned a two-year deal with the club which will see her remain on Wearside until 2017.
"It was an easy decision to make because of the set-up overall, there is not much better out there." said Pitman. "Sunderland are a club who are striving to be at the top and I am delighted to be a part of that ambition."
Sunderland Ladies head coach Carlton Fairweather was delighted to welcome the new additions as preparations continue for the 2016 FA WSL 1 season: "It is great to bring on board another two fantastic players as we look to build on the success of last season. Krystle and Rachel have a wealth of experience which will stand us in good stead for the forthcoming campaign."
Willie Kirk has added Goalkeeper Caitlin Leach to his squad ahead of the start of the 2016 season.
19-year-old Caitlin joins the Vixens following the expiration of her contract at Aston Villa Ladies FC, where she had progressed through the Centre of Excellence and Development Team and into the First Team squad.
The youngster has an impressive international career to date. Leach was named in UEFA's squad of the tournament following her outstanding performances in the UEFA Under-19 Championships, and she was selected in Mo Marley's England squad in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Manager Willie Kirk is delighted with his new signing, commenting: "Caitlin is a fantastic addition to the squad. She has really enhanced her reputation over the past 12 months, with the potential to go all the way to the top.
"Her performances for England in last year's U19s Euros were top drawer and being named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament was a fantastic accolade to receive.
"She will give great competition for the no1 spot, meaning our goalkeepers will all push each other really hard, which is only a good thing for their individual and collective development.
"We have had to recruit players on the premise that Mary Earps and Angharad James won't be at the club next year and my last two signings reflect this.
"Both of their futures are still uncertain, although I am expecting them to move on and remain with WSL1 clubs."
Martino Chevannes insists that Queen's Park Rangers have nothing to lose when they travel to play Bristol City in their delayed SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round tie on Sunday.
Rangers will go into the match as underdogs against their WSL opponents but with three straight wins in their previous three matches, in all competitions.
"We're really looking forward to Sunday," said the Rangers manager. "It's all the players have been talking about in training.
"We go there under no pressure; we're the underdogs and they're the Super League team. But we're not going there for a day out, just to make up the numbers. We're going there to win and we firmly believe we can go there and compete.
"It's a great chance for the players to test themselves against FA WSL opposition and see where they are in respect to that. We are in good form at present and we're looking to continue that."
The match will be Bristol City's first under their new name and they are set to field a much changed side from that which was relegated from WSL 1 last season, a fact not lost on Chevannes.
"It's a big day for the opposition too," he added. "It's their first game as the newly-named Bristol City and they're in transition at the minute. They've had a lot of players leave, and the new manager's brought in a lot of new players.
"They've got the advantage of being full time and training full time. But we're going there to give it our best shot."
Nottingham Forest LFC have made some enhancements to their senior squad and are strengthening off the field too.
In addition to Rebecca Kemp from Leicester City Women and Kirsty Richardson - a former Sheffield FC player, Forest now welcome back Lyndsey Cunningham, signed from WSL side Doncaster Rovers Belles to enhance their senior squad.
Lyndsey started her footballing career with Forest Under-10s and progressed through the junior age groups until she played for the first team some 11 years later. A club favourite due to her commitment, ability and also her great personality, it was with a sense of pride that Lyndsey progressed to play in the WSL with Doncaster Belles.
Whilst at Forest, Lyndsey earnt her England experience and was selected for the Under-17s and Under-20s. She has flourished by playing at the WSL level but has now chosen a different opportunity that helps with her own personal commitments. Cunningham was quick to respond to Forest's approach via Doncaster Belles to take discussions further. After attending training sessions and meetings with Forest's Head Coach (Steve Stennett) and Chairperson (P.J Andrews) Lyndsey put pen to paper and has been a great impact to the squad already.
Steve Stennett has been pivotal in the recruitment of Cunningham and says: "I cannot speak highly enough of Lyndsey, a player I have admired for many years since watching her play for NFLFC, her selection at International level and playing in the WSL with Doncaster Belles - so to be able to sign her for NFLFC is a real highlight for me as Head Coach of the first team.
"Lyndsey is a terrific addition to the team and brings with her a wealth of footballing knowledge and experience which will undoubtedly rub off on our young talented players as well as her re-acquainting with some of our senior players that she knows well. I now look forward to getting her out on the grass doing what she does best. Welcome home Lyndsey - No pressure!"
Cunningham is really pleased to be back and said: "I had a fantastic time at Doncaster Belles and I really wish them well in in the top tier. Coming back to Forest, I spoke with Steve Stennett and the Chairperson at the training sessions and everyone was welcoming. The training has been really good and enjoyable and the squad are great - it's just great to be back where it all began."
Club Chairperson, PJ Andrews adds: "Everyone at NFLFC is working really hard on and off the pitch to ensure we can deliver our best results to the season end. This is for all 11 teams. For the first team, Steve Stennett has continued from his excellent work at the end of last season to pull together and work with a great senior squad with the help of his coaching staff. We recently adjusted our organisation to relinquish Steve's role as Technical Director of Football so he can now fully focus on the coaching and management of the first team and the past two weeks has particularly benefited with signings in players and also in coaching staff alongside his renowned quality delivery of coaching.
"Whilst we are still looking to enhance capable resource with further coaching staff for the club across some age groups. Our target for the first team was to retain FAWPL status and the players have responded well to the challenge far. Without doubt the second half of the season looks to be tough on paper with games against sides in the top half of the table, but Steve and the players are all up for it and we only ask for their best efforts.
"We know Lyndsey well from her time as a junior player upwards and she will be a great asset to the squad, we welcome her and all the new players as well as continuing to appreciate the existing squad members."
Forest are scheduled to play their first competitive games since 10th January due to weather postponements. They face Preston North End in the SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round tie at Basford United's ground, Greenwich Avenue, NG6 0LD on Sunday.
Belles midfielder Kasia Lipka is enjoying the rigours of pre-season training as the team continue to prepare for their return to FA WSL1 in 2016.
The longest serving member of the squad signed her first professional deal with the Belles in the off season and feels the team is benefitting from going full time.
She said: "We're enjoying being full time. We feel like we've hit the ground running; we've already noticed a difference."
Glen Harris has brought in a number of new faces to bolster the squad, including Icelandic international Katrin Omarsdottir and Becky Easton and Lipka believes the competition for places can only be positive.
"Everyone hit it off straight away. We had a team bonding day and everyone just got on from the off. We're now starting to gel on the pitch as well," she added.
"The competition all over the pitch is great which gives us a lot of options. We have so many different types of players and it's a long season so to have a strong squad is really important."
Defender Aoife Mannion has agreed to a new contract with Birmingham City, which will come into effect in March ahead of the 2016 FA Women's Super League season.
Blues manager, David Parker said: "Aoife is yet another local youngster that has progressed greatly in the last few seasons.
"She continues to go from strength to strength and having Aoife at the heart of the team will prove invaluable as we continue to grow.
"Aoife is no doubt a future leader with great composure and confidence and she has a massive future ahead of her."
In a closely fought contest, Oxford City battled to an 2-1 away win against Basingstoke Town in the Southern Region League Cup quarter finals.
The home side went in ahead at half time thanks to a goal from Katie Randell but midway through the second half, Lindsay Pinker levelled up the score with a strike from the edge of the penalty area. Melissa Farrow then came off the bench to strike the winning goal for City and set up an intense final fifteen minutes in which they held on for victory.
Oxford will now face Milton Keynes City in the semi finals, with the other tie being contested between Marlow and Southampton Women.
Photo - Oxford City celebrate the winning goal scored by Melissa Farrow (left) (Paul Chamberlain).
East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd have extended their lead to six points after a brace of goals from Cara Newton gave them a 2-0 win away to Grimsby Borough, whilst second placed Bedworth Utd were held to a goalless draw by Kettering Town. Holly Newman netted twice and Courtney Limb the other as Nettleham defeated Rise Park 3-0 and Arnold Town were also 3-0 winners over Ellistown thanks to second half strikes from Natasha Leach, Chloe Jordan and Molly Parker.
Mansfield Town followed up a midweek victory over Ruddington Village by beating Alfreton Town 7-1, a result which takes them four points clear at the top of Division One North. Amy Jones and Tiffany Musgrove each scored twice along with Holly Cox, Laura Markwell and Jessica Pearce. Ruddington bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Sandiacre Town, goals coming from Jenna Yates (2) and Faye Brown.
In Division One South, AFC Leicester stretched their advantage to five points as a Charlotte Cooper hat-trick fired them to a 3-0 win against Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Nicola Dunston scored the only goal of the game as Billericay Town won at Colchester Town to go three points clear in the Premier Division. Luka Goodfield was on target for Acle Ladies as they shared a 1-1 draw with Haringey Borough, who replied through Morgan Lundberg.
AFC Sudbury are in the semi finals of the League Cup after they won 2-1 away to Great Shelford, Sophie Jeffery and Stacey Teager netting their goals.
In the Division One Cup, a goal apiece from Abigail Fry, Georgina Tricker, Sophie Vale, Amy Simmons and Charlotte Walker steered Writtle to a 5-0 victory over Stevenage Ladies Res. Little Thurrock Dynamos were 5-2 winners against Bury Town and a Rebecca Hollocks goal earned Silver End a 1-1 draw with Hoddesdon Owls.
London & South East League
London Corinthians are now leading the chasing teams after runaway leaders AFC Wimbledon and trimmed the gap to fifteen points by defeating Aylesford 10-1. Emily Hart led the scoring with a hat-trick and the others came from Holly Ryde (2), Hannah Titchener (2), Danielle Harrison, Katherine Long and Isabelle Michalalski. Leyton Orient had started the day in second place but were beaten 2-1 by Fulham FC Foundation whose goals came from a Helen Ogle brace. Laura Curtis was another hat-trick scorer for Carshalton Athletic in their 5-3 victory over Crawley Wasps, Ella Bale and Lisa Cafferky were also on target.
North East League
York City moved into second place, eight points behind leaders Brighouse Town, after they edged out Boldon Ladies by the odd goal in seven. Ellie Harding hit a hat-trick for York and Bryony Welsh the other, while Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke bagged a treble for Boldon but finished on the losing side. Tynedale were 2-0 winners over Scunthorpe & Bottesford whilst Castleford White Rose and Wakefield shared a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Courtney Wallace and Mikaela Meah respectively.
In the Northern Division, third placed Durham Cestria were held to a 2-2 draw by Prudhoe Town. All of the goals came in the first half, Kelly Loughhead and Catherine Johnston netting for Prudhoe, with Durham responding through Leanne Bates and Jessica Ellison. Emily Fewster was on target for Redcar Town as they shared a 1-1 scoreline with BYPC, whose goal came from Amber McLoughlin.
Second placed Oughtibridge are just three points off the lead following their 7-3 victory over Courts City in the Southern Division. Laura Cain and Codi Melia were both on target twice, with Holly Towns, Lauren Turner and Annie Longmore also getting on the scoresheet. The other match between Malet Lambert YC and third placed Westella & Willerby ended goalless.
North West League
Premier Division title challengers Bolton Wanderers went through to the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup when they defeated FC United of Manchester 3-0. Blackburn Community meanwhile edged past City of Manchester on a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 4-4 draw. Division One North leaders Preston North End Development ran out 4-1 winners at Penrith AFC and Stockport County Blues defeated Middleton Athletic 3-1. Manchester Stingers' First Round tie with CMB Ladies finally went ahead at the fifth attempt and it went all the way to penalties, where the Stingers emerged victorious after the teams had shared eight goals. Another much delayed game was played, MSB Woolton returning from Carlisle Utd with a 5-2 victory under their belts.
Blackpool progressed in the Argyle Sports Plate, thanks to a 5-2 victory away to Liverpool City Ladies Community. Haslingden edged past Workington Reds by the odd goal in seven whilst Ellesmere Port Town won 2-1 at Leigh RMI.
South West League
Yeovil Town Intermediate completed the semi final line up in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup when they won 9-1 away to Oldland Abbotonians. Imogen Fisher led the scoring for Yeovil while Olivia Watts and Amber Guy-Kemp weighed in with doubles, along with one apiece from Emma Brazell and Hannah Eglon. Danni Shiner scored Oldland's consolation.
Torquay Utd preserved their unbeaten record in the Premier Division when they came from behind to draw 1-1 with in-form Downend Flyers. Kate Michael fired third placed Downend ahead from a free kick but midway through the second half, Beth Marshall scored a well taken equaliser to earn the Gulls a share of the spoils.
Callington Town moved into third place in the Western Division, thanks to a 4-2 victory at Newquay Celtic. Alice Gibson and Jodie Shipton netted two goals apiece, with Newquay replying through Janine Butterly and Hannah Rodger.
West Midlands League
In the only match to be played in the league on Sunday, Burton Albion bounced back from defeat the week before to run out 5-0 winners over Stone Dominoes and open up a five point lead at the top of Division One North.
Blackburn Rovers are still stretching the pace in the Northern Division, thanks to a 3-2 win away to Huddersfield Town. However they needed their full powers of recovery as Demi Wisher and an own goal had put Huddersfield two ahead at half time but after the break, Abby Bennett netted twice and Georgia Lambe the other to give Blackburn three valuable points. They still lead by six from Newcastle Utd who won at Middlesbrough with Siobhan Jones scoring the only goal of the game. Bradford City kept up their challenge by scoring nine times without reply against Hull City. Ellie Olds led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Danielle Whitham, Hannah Campbell, Charlotte Stuart, Laura Midgley, Shauna Legge and Joely Ruse.
In the South Division, Brighton & Hove Albion have stormed eight points clear with a 4-0 victory away to Crystal Palace. Kim Stenning netted twice for the Seagulls along with Megan Fox and Jade Widdows. Charlton Athletic closed in on second by scoring six without reply away to Chichester City. Darcy Wells hit a hat-trick with the Addicks' other goals coming from Audrey Wuichet, Charlotte Lee and an own goal. Elizabeth O'Callaghan and Sophie Phelps were the markswomen for fourth placed Portsmouth as they won 2-1 against West Ham Utd, who replied through Pauline Adeyemo.
Durham Women caused a surprise in the FA WSL Development League Cup quarter finals when they won 1-0 against Chelsea. Holly Wells grabbed the only goal of the game to take the Wildcats into the last four where they have been joined by fellow North East side Sunderland. The Lady Black Cats went through by virtue of winning a penalty shootout against Bristol Academy, after the teams had battled out a goalless draw.
Mo Marley has named her England Under-19 squad to compete in the La Manga Tournament in March.
The Young Lionesses will take on Holland (Thursday 3rd March), USA (Saturday 5th March) and Denmark (Monday 7th March) in the annual friendly competition. They opened their year with a 1-1 draw against Norway at St. George's Park in January - and fifteen of that squad have been recalled for La Manga.
After the trip to southern Spain, Marley will take her team to Sweden for three European Championship qualifiers. They will face Austria on Tuesday 5th April, Belgium on Thursday 7th April and the host nation on Sunday 10th April.
The top placed team in the group will then head to Slovakia for the finals in July.
England Under-19 squad for La Manga:
Pauline Hamill has announced her Scotland Under-17 squad for this month's training camp.
The squad, who are just back from a double header away to Iceland, will use the camp as preparation for the upcoming UEFA European Championship elite round qualifiers.
Scotland Under-17 training camp squad:
Cardiff City FC are the first team through to the semi finals of the FAW Women's Cup following a 1-0 victory over Cardiff Met Ladies on Sunday.
In the only game to go ahead, Shannon Evans scored the only goal of the game to hand City a fine result against the former winners of the trophy. City might in fact have won by a bigger margin but for a missed second half penalty.
The other three quarter final ties all fell victim to the weather and are set to be played this week.
Northern Division One
Middlesbrough have gone five points clear at the top of the table after they defeated Morecambe 3-2. The two teams met for the second week in succession and this game was a lot closer. Sarah Manning was on target twice for 'Boro, including a late winner, with Rebekah Bass adding the other while Emma Kay and Hannah Williamson replied.
Hull City remain in third place but lost a little ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stockport County. Emily Smith and Tonya Storr gave Hull a two-goal lead at the break but in the second half, Jo Blodgett and Chloe Mapp hit back to give Stockport a valuable point.
Midlands Division One
Radcliffe Olympic were dealt a blow to their hopes of denting Leicester City Women's huge lead when they were beaten 3-0 by Loughborough Students. Eva Rogers ensured that Loughborough were ahead at half time and after the break, Ria Melvin added a second and an own goal completed a win which takes the students back into the top half of the table.
Leicester City Ladies played their first league game for over a month but stretched their winning run to four matches with a 3-0 success against Leafield Athletic. All of the goals came in the final quarter of the game, Aleksandra Janicka netting twice and Carmelina Colangelo joining her on the scoresheet.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace staged a second half fightback to beat Luton Town 4-3 and open up a lead of three points at the top of the table. Third placed Luton were two goals up at half time but a double after the break by Gemma Bryan, plus other strikes from Pam McRoberts and Leanne Bell, saw Palace to their eleventh victory in twelve matches. Erica Byron, Natasha Fensome and Nicola Henman were all on target for Luton.
Norwich City kept themselves in the top half of the table with a 5-1 victory over Bedford Ladies. Megan Bartlett was on target twice for the Canaries along with Ebony Wiseman, Ellen Swift and an own goal, while Rebecca Vass netted Bedford's consolation.
Ipswich Town notched up their third league win in a row, all away from home, when they defeated Lowestoft Town 4-0. Natasha Thomas bagged two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amanda Crump and Aimee Harrison.
Two lucky school children did the draw for the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup for the first time in the competition's history.
Trinity Campbell, 10, and Anastasia Rosario, 11, from St Joseph's RC Junior School in Wembley, drew the balls that would decide the ties that will take place on Sunday 28 February.
The draw was staged at the school as tickets for the Final, which takes place at neighbouring Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14th May, went on sale.
Thanks to the FA's partnership with SSE, all children will be able to attend this year's Final for free. Adult tickets are priced £15 and group bookings and charter standard discounts are also available.
England and Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs and Kelly Smith, who have lifted the famous trophy eight times between them, also visited the school and presented them with tickets for the Final. The pupils and their classmates also took part in a football session, which were overseen by the Lionesses.
At least one FA Women's Premier League side will progress to the Fifth Round after Brighton & Hove Albion, conquerors of Oxford Utd, were paired with Blackburn Rovers. There are no all-WSL ties confirmed as yet although Bristol City would meet Yeovil Town if they in their delayed Third Round matches.
SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round draw:
Bristol City or Queen's Park Rangers v Yeovil Town or Bradford City
Sheffield FC v Sporting Club Albion
Loughborough Foxes or Lewes v Millwall Lionesses
Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers
Everton v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End
Durham Women v Charlton Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
West Ham Utd 0 Blackburn Rovers 7
Blackburn Rovers cruised into the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with seven unanswered goals against hosts West Ham United at AFC Hornchurch.
In a dynamic display from the FAWPL Northern Division team, Lynda Shepherd's hat-trick was the headline performance but, in truth, there were several top quality individual displays for the visitors.
Nothing in the first ten minutes had given any indication of the eventual outcome, both sides moving the ball neatly. Ainsley Strickland had the first attempt on goal, well saved by Lauren Picton on 12 minutes.
A Jess Holbrook corner headed unchallenged against the bar by Saffron Jordan was a warning sign but the opener was from a free kick. A lofted ball to the far edge of the area was met on the run by Sophie Jones whose 20-yard header looped over Picton on 18 minutes.
The second on 23 minutes came from a poorly cleared corner guided home by Jordan from close range. The third came from another teasing Holbrook corner met by Shepherd close in for another headed goal on 27 minutes.
West Ham were stung into response, sub Shirvae Edwards adding to their attacking options. Danielle Hill was quick off her line to save from a through ball, then Romina Pinna had a good run and powerful shot wide of goal on 37 minutes.
The fourth Rovers goal, seconds before the break, was a real stunner. Another corner from the left appeared to be well cleared by skipper Katie Bottom but the dropping ball was volleyed home from 20 yards by Jordan.
Hill was down well to turn an Edwards 20-yarder past the post as West Ham resumed positively but Shepherd took the winds from their sails with a powerfully struck first time effort from 25 yards which flew in via the angle of post and bar on 55 minutes.
From then on, Blackburn created several very good chances to inflict further damage, Jordan in particular twice firing over Picton's bar from close in. Shepherd duly completed her hat-trick when again outjumping the defenders to meet a lofted free kick to the far post on 82 minutes.
West Ham's misery was complete when lively substitute Ali Johnson broke free on the left and lofted a chipped effort over Picton for the seventh with five minutes to go.
West Ham kept trying for a consolation but had been well beaten by the greater power and experience in the opposition ranks and by some spectacular finishing in a most impressive performance by Blackburn.
West Ham Utd: Lauren Picton, Gemma Abela, Erica Campesi, Danni Ritson, Romina Pinna, Hannah Wheeler, Cindy Ferreira, Katie Bottom, Olivia Sammons, Whitney Locke, Rosie Missen. Subs: Sasha Kelly, Kelsey Smith, Chelsea Hinz, Paige Bradley, Shirvae Edwards.
Blackburn Rovers: Danielle Hill, Alex Taylor, Cara Bickett, Rosie Kinvig, Sophie Jones, Saffron Jordan, Ainsley Strickland, Amie Fleming, Jess Holbrook, Ellie Cook, Lynda Shepherd. Subs: Katie Maher, Sophie Flynn, Ali Johnson, Natasha Fenton, Leah Foster.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Alex Taylor battles for the ball with Whitney Locke
(middle) Erika Campesi fires in a shot between Alex Taylor and Danielle Hill
(bottom) Saffron Jordan takes on Katie Bottom
Brighton & Hove Albion recorded one of the most extraordinary results seen in the SSE Women's Cup when they handed out a 10-0 defeat to WSL 2 side Oxford Utd.
Kate Natkiel and Charlotte Gurr led the scoring with a hat-trick apiece for the Seagulls, who are WSL hopefuls themselves. Amy Taylor weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Sophie Perry and Lisa Fulgence.
Durham Women made the long trip to the capital a worthwhile one, by scoring nine times without reply away to London Bees. In one of two all-WSL clashes in the Third Round, Beth Hepple hit a hat-trick for the Wildcats, Jordan Atkinson and Natalie Gutteridge added two apiece and the total was completed by Chloe Macek and Jess White.
Sheffield FC's first ever competitive match as a WSL club ended in a 5-1 victory over a valiant Leicester City Women side. Half time came with the scoreline goalless but the prolific Jodie Michalska hit a hat-trick inside the opening six minutes to put the match firmly in Sheffield's favour. Ellie Gilliatt then bagged a brace before Leicester scored a consolation goal late on through Lauren Handley.
Aston Villa meanwhile came through a tough tie against Portsmouth with a 1-0 victory. Katie Wilkinsom settled a tight game by volleying home the only goal, midway through the second half.
Millwall Lionesses progressed to the Fourth Round by winning 3-1 away to Watford after extra time. Naomi Cole gave Millwall a lead which was cancelled out midway through the second half by Anneka Nuttall. The game went into the extra period where two goals from debutant Lucy Loomes settled matters in Millwall's favour.
Gillingham's fine Cup run has come to an end but only just, going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. The Gills gave a good account of themselves but Bianca Baptiste scored the only goal of the game from a first half free kick while Avilla Bergin had an effort ruled out for offside.
Another closely fought match saw Sporting Club Albion progress at the expense of Coventry Utd, also by a 1-0 scoreline. A strike from Natalie Poole separated the sides in heavy conditions.
Former winners Everton powered into the next round by scoring seven times without reply past Stoke City. Emily Hollinshead netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Simone Magill, Michelle Hinnigan, Claudia Walker, Kelly Jones and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
Charlton Athletic matched the highest score on the day as they bagged a ten-goal haul against Newcastle Utd. Gemma Shepherd was on target five times for the Addicks, Kit Graham contributed a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Stef Simmons and an own goal.
Blackburn Rovers had a much happier trip to London, returning home with a 7-0 victory under their belts. Lynda Shepherd scored a hat-trick for the Lancashire side, Saffron Jordan netted twice and also on target were Sophie Jones and Ali Johnson (see match report).
Four ties are yet to be played as the dreadful weather in the South West and East Midlands took its toll on the other games, which are set to be played next Sunday.
Only one match in the top two divisions in the FA Women's Premier League managed to beat the weather on Sunday but it was enjoyed by Derby County.
Derby travelled to Huddersfield Town and returned with a 6-2 victory under their belts, a result which sees them make up ground on the top four places in the Northern Division.
Natalie Reay led the scoring with a brace and there was one apiece from Melissa Johnson, Aimee Perry, Amy Pashley and Ellie Towers. Emily Heckler and Bianca Ross replied for the home side, who were level at 2-2 at the break.
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