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Cardiff Met make their move   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 21 Feb 2017
 
Cardiff Met Ladies came from behind to beat Cardiff City FC 4-1 and lift themselves into second place in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League.
 
City took the lead ten minutes before half time through Kanisha Underdown but Met were back on level terms within a minute of the restart thanks to Erin Murray. Midway through the second half, Murray scored her second to put Met ahead for the first time, before Jassie Vasconcelos added a third and Lauren Townsend rounded off the scoring late on.
 
Met now trail leaders Swansea City, who did not play, by six points and have a game in hand but they have moved above their local rivals and Abergavenny Women, who were beaten 4-1 by Cyncoed Ladies. Kate Jeremiah opened the scoring for Abergavenny just before half time but after the break, Grace Horrell netted twice along with Alice Griffiths and Clare Daley to seal the win for Cyncoed who are looking good for at least a top five finish.
 
Llandudno Ladies achieved their best result of the season to date when they won 6-1 away to Aberystwyth Town. Stacey Tradewell gave Llandudno a first minute lead with Rosie Hughes and Sofie Owen adding further goals during the first half. Tradewell and Owen each netted their second and although Tanya Wilde reduced the arrears for the home side, Hughes also completed her double late on to round off the scoring.
 
Rhyl Ladies and Briton Ferry Llansawel battled out a 1-1 draw which means that the four point gap between the two teams remains. Rhyl led during the first half with a goal from Laura Williams, with Briton Ferry hitting back to earn themselves a draw courtesy of a Lucy Powell penalty.
 

 
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Cardiff return to summit   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 20 Feb 2017
 
Cardiff City Ladies returned to the top of the Southern Division after scoring eight times without reply against Swindon Town.
 
With Tottenham Hotspur and Coventry Utd on SSE Women's FA Cup duty, and Charlton Athletic not playing, a win was likely to take Cardiff back to the summit and Swindon may have caught the backlash from their first defeat of the season, seven days earlier. Cori Williams led the scoring with a hat-trick, Chloe Chivers and Kerry Bartlett netted two apiece and Abbie Britton was also on the scoresheet.
 
Lewes meanwhile continued their improving form by winning 2-0 away to Queen's Park Rangers and this result has taken them into sixth place. Both goals came during the second half, Danielle Lane giving the Rookettes the lead seven minutes after the restart, and Kellie Larkin wrapping up the win with the second.
 

 
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Blackburn close in on title   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL North News - 20 Feb 2017
 
Blackburn Rovers are just seven points away from the Northern Division title after following up a midweek victory over Fylde Ladies with a 3-0 success against Newcastle Utd.
 
After a goalless first half, Saffron Jordan netted twice and Kelsey Pearson added the other to preserve Blackburn's nine point lead at the top of the table and matters very firmly in their hands.
 
Middlesbrough are not giving up the chase in second place although they are starting to run out of matches. Bianca Owens and an own goal gave 'Boro the points and a 2-1 victory over Bradford City, whose reply came from Laura Elford.
 
The spoils were shared as Huddersfield Town battled out a 2-2 draw with Fylde Ladies. Chloe Adams gave Fylde a first half lead which was cancelled out before the break by Kate Mallin, then Emily Heckler put Town ahead after the break. Huddersfield looked on course for all three points until Jenna Carroll equalised for the Coasters, deep into injury time.
 

 
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Arsenal reward for Spurs   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 20 Feb 2017
 
Tottenham Hotspur have been rewarded for their SSE Women's FA Cup victory over WSL side Brighton & Hove Albion with a short trip to Arsenal in the Fifth Round.
 
The other remaining Premier League team, West Bromwich Albion, have been handed a similar fate as they have been paired with Birmingham City and a third local derby amongst the eight ties sees Liverpool take on Everton.
 
There are two all-WSL 1 ties in the draw with Notts County at home to newly promoted Yeovil Town, whilst Manchester City have been given a home tie against Reading FC Women.
 
Ties are to be played on Sunday 19th March (2pm) and prize money of £3,000 is on offer to the winners.
 
Fifth Round draw:
 
Notts County v Yeovil Town
Liverpool v Everton
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion
Bristol City v Millwall Lionesses
Manchester City v Reading FC Women
Chelsea v Doncaster Rovers Belles
 

 
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Brighton rocked by sharp Spurs   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 20 Feb 2017
 
Tottenham Hotspur are one of two remaining Premier League clubs in the SSE Women's FA Cup after they beat FA WSL newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0.
 
Bianca Baptiste scored the only goal of the game to earn Spurs a prestigious victory over the Seagulls and take them into the Fifth Round, where they stand a good chance of meeting a FA WSL 1 side.
 
West Bromwich Albion are the other FAWPL team to reach the last sixteen following a 2-1 win against fellow Northern Division side Leicester City Women. Both of Albion's goals came in the opening quarter of the match, Leigh Dugmore and Abi Cottam putting them two ahead with Hayley James netting a second half consolation for Leicester.
 
The tie between Durham Women and Everton was as tight as expected and it was the Toffees who progressed on a penalty shootout after coming back to force a 2-2 draw. The Wildcats led 2-0 at the break after Beth Hepple and Becky Salicki netted in quick succession, before Everton hit back in the second half and levelled through Michelle Hinnigan and Simone Magill. Extra time could not separate the sides and Magill scored what turned out to be the winning penalty when Durham captain Sara Wilson missed the target.
 
The Yorkshire derby went the way of Doncaster Rovers Belles who were narrow 1-0 winners over Sheffield FC. The only goal of the game came in controversial circumstances during the first half when Sheffield were penalised for handball in the area and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk slotting home the resulting penalty.
 
Aston Villa safely negotiated a tough tie away to Coventry Utd with a hard fought 1-0 victory. Coventry went into the game having beaten a WSL side in the previous round but Katy Moran settled matters when she volleyed in the solitary goal on the quarter hour, although Villa needed to stand firm against Coventry pressure in order to secure the result.
 
Millwall Lionesses were another team to see off spirited opponents when they defeated Nottingham Forest 3-1. Ashlee Hincks scored twice and Ashley Cheatley added the other, with Katie Lowder replying (see match report).
 

 
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Walker runs off with award   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 20 Feb 2017
 
FA Women's Cup News - Walker runs off with award - 20 Feb 2017 - Women's Football NewsOne game into Everton Ladies' season and Claudia Walker already has a hat-trick to her name and some new silverware on her mantlepiece.
 
But after being crowned the SSE Women's FA Cup player of the third round, the attacker admits she has her sights set on even more silverware come the end of the campaign.
 
Walker netted a hat-trick in a comprehensive 8-1 win for Everton on 5th February against Brighouse Town to earn herself the player gong. Walker insists the prestige of the SSE Women's FA Cup is unparalleled as she bids to get Everton's hands back on the title after they last topped the pile in 2010.
 
"I'm very happy with the award," Walker said. "It's a lovely way to kick off the season; it was our first competitive game and a really good start.
 
"Everyone wants to win the FA Cup. It's the competition that everyone strives for at some point throughout their career. You want your name on that cup.
 
"You want that medal - it's such a big competition for us, and hopefully we can get as far as we can.
 
"Everton have done well before, and that's a great motivator for us to look back on those players and staff that have won it and think we can do it too.
 
"The SSE Women's FA Cup is also such a big opportunity for us in terms of increasing the awareness of the women's game."
 
Walker is enjoying her new role as a central striker in a front three, having been moved in off the wing, and her improved form last season has earned a call-up to the England Under-23 side. The former Stoke City youngster is in her third year at Everton, having made the short trip across Merseyside after two years at Liverpool - the team she supports. But there is no lingering loyalty to the Reds, and the striker said she is delighted to be thriving in the blue of Everton, and is hoping for more success for herself and her team-mates as the season progresses.
 
"I love it here," she added. "It's a great club and it doesn't put me off that I support Liverpool, so long as Everton aren't playing Liverpool, I'll support them!
 
"Last season, I probably improved loads more than I expected. I was playing centre forward rather than being out on the wing, I adapted to that and I think it improved my play.
 
"I was selected for the England under-23s, which was great. If I can continue my form then getting back in the international set-up will be one of my aims this year."
 
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For the second consecutive year, kids go free to the final, tickets can be purchased here: https://ticketing.thefa.com/
 
by Jimmy Booker, Sportsbeat
 

 
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Durham Women v Everton   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 19 Feb 2017
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
Durham Women produced a strong performance to see off Keynsham Town in the Third Round and a Zoe Ness hat-trick spearheaded a 7-0 victory against the FAWPL South West Division One side. The draw has set up an intriguing tie against one of their main rivals for promotion last season, Everton, who also came through an away tie against a team two levels lower, winning 8-1 against Brighouse Town.
 
Everton Ladies started life as Hoylake WFC in 1983. They merged with Dolphins YC to become Leasowe and then added Pacific to their title in a sponsorship deal. In 1987-88 they came to prominence by winning the North West League and reaching the 1988 Women's FA Cup final, losing 3-1 to Doncaster Belles. Despite the loss, they were back the following year and this time they beat Friends of Fulham 3-2. By 1991-92 they had won the regional league five years in a row and when the regular national competition was expanded the season after, they were admitted to Division One North and promptly finished top to join the FA Women's Premier League.
 
In 1995, they officially became known as Everton Ladies Football Club and continued to make their mark. In 1997 they reached the final of the Premier League Cup, only to lose 2-1 to Millwall Lionesses. The following year, Everton were crowned National Premier League Champions.
 
In 1999 they reached the League Cup Final again, but were on the wrong end of a 3-1 result to Arsenal. In 2005, Everton reached the FA Women's Cup Final but were defeated 1-0 by Charlton Athletic. Two years later, they ended the Premier League campaign in second place, which bagged them a European debut in 2007-08 because Arsenal, who won the league, had already won the UEFA Women's Cup. Everton reached the second group stage during the debut in Europe.
 
Moving forward to 2009 and once again the big battle at the top was between Arsenal and Everton. On the last day of the season, Everton needed only a draw against Arsenal in the last match of the season to win the FA Women's Premier League, but they lost 1-0 to finish runners-up on goal difference. A year later, Everton got a bit of revenge on the Gunners when beating them 3-2 to win the FA Women's Cup - with Natasha Dowie scoring the winner.
 
In 2011 the Club advanced to the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League; where they had their best run so far but were halted by German side FCR Duisburg. That same year they became one of the eight women's football clubs who founded FA WSL1 in March, finishing in third place in each of the first two seasons. However in 2014, after 26 years of top flight football, they were relegated into the WSL 2. That same year they reached another FA Women's Cup Final, going down 2-0 to Arsenal. Last season they missed out on promotion by a single place, finishing in third.
 
Andy Spence is in his second spell as manager, assisted by Martin Ho and Jordan Parker is coach while Michelle Hinnigan will once again captain the side.
 
Durham Women (from):
 
Helen Alderson, Annabel Johnson, Grace McCatty, Sarah Wilson, Sarah McFadden, Beth Hepple, Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson, Nicola Gibson, Megan Borthwick, Becky Salicki, Sarah Eadon, Ellie Christon, Emily Roberts, Mercy Darkoah, Tyler Dodds, Jen Jennings, Rachel Lee.
 
Everton (from):
 
Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Danielle Turner, Megan Finnigan, Gabrielle George, Georgia Brougham, Emily Hollinshead, Michelle Hinnigan, Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones, Faye Bryson, Olivia Chance, Amber Stobbs, Lauren Davies, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.

 
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Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 19 Feb 2017
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
Bianca Baptiste scored twice, including an injury time winner, as Tottenham Hotspur edged out Blackburn Rovers in a well contested tie to take their place in the Fourth Round. Spurs are the current leaders of the Southern Division and their next opponents will be reigning Champions Brighton & Hove Albion, now members of WSL2.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion Women's Football Club are founder members of the Football Association (FA) Women's Premier League. They remained in the league from that point since, moving between National and Southern Divisions, before becoming one of the major contenders in recent seasons.
 
After finishing as runners-up to Portsmouth in the previous campaign, Brighton enjoyed the best season in their history in 2015-16 when they carried off the Southern Division title. This qualified them for the league's Championship Play-off match and despite having not played a match for several weeks beforehand, they won a thrilling match against Sporting Club Albion at Wycombe and this earned them a place in the FA WSL for this year.
 
The club played its first ever WSL match last week against London Bees as part of the Spring Series and the match finished in a 1-1 draw. They reached this stage of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a 4-1 victory away to AFC Wimbledon in the last round.
 
George Parris is the club's Interim Manager, assisted by Amy Merricks. George will also continue his current role as the Regional Talent Club Technical Director, overseeing the development pathway of the women's and girls' programme. The club has been busy strengthening its squad since clinching promotion and the likes of Emma Byrne, Alessia Russo, Jenna Legg and Laura Rafferty have been brought in.
 
The senior teams benefit from training at Albion's state-of-the-art training complex, the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, alongside the men's first team and academy sides. Underpinning the Women's senior set up is the club's Centre of Excellence, which is one of only 31 FA accredited programmes in the country, and the only FA Licensed Centre within Sussex.
 
The Centre of Excellence provides training opportunities for elite female players aged 6-17-years-old, and has teams at under-9s, under-11s, under-13s, under-15s and under-17s level that compete in the London and South East Centre of Excellence fixture programme. The club has also created a new academy for 16-19-year-olds in partnership with Worthing College to help bridge the gap between centre of excellence and senior football. This has helped to create an infrastructure that is ready for the Women's Super League.
 
The academy plays a prominent role in the women's and girls' set up at the club, bridging the gap between the Regional Talent Club and the senior set up.
 
Tottenham Hotspur (from):
 
Toni-Anne Wayne, Bianca Baptiste, Kelley Blanchflower, Josie Green, Renee Hector, Lucia Leon, Megan Lynch, Shannon Maloney, Wendy Martin, Sophie McLean, Katie O'Leary, Eartha Pond, Leah Rawle, Rhianna Soobadoo, Jenna Schillachi, Maya Vio, Nikita Whinnett.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion (from):
 
Emma Byrne, Jenna Legg, Sophie Perry, Laura Rafferty, Charley Boswell, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Alessia Russo, Kirsty Barton, Amy Taylor, Kate Natkiel, Lucy Somes, Bronwen Thomas, Faye Baker, Ellie Dorey, Amelia Ritchie, Charlotte Young, Lisa Fulgence, Hollie Olding.

 
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We talk to...Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire (Chichester City)   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South West News - 18 Feb 2017
 
WPL Division 1 South West News - We talk to...Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire (Chichester City) - 18 Feb 2017 - Women's Football NewsChichester City have enjoyed a good week with victories over Southampton Saints and Maidenhead Utd to put themselves into a commanding position in the FAWPL South West Division One table.
 
We talked to Chichester full backs Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire, who were delighted with the performance against Southampton in particular but warned against complacency as they look to secure the title:
 
WSS: It's been a really good few days for Chichester with two victories, did you see the games as particularly important in putting pressure on your rivals?
Lucie: Southampton was a really big game for us considering they are the only team we've dropped points from this season. We needed to prove to the rest of the league, we're continually working hard together and our goal is to win the league and that means dropping no points at this stage in the season. Again Sunday against Maidenhead we needed to prove that we were again working hard showing our efforts in our fitness and grind to win, which again was showed from all the girls.
Lauren: Yeah, I think the last two games have been a really important to put the pressure on Plymouth. But the hard work is going to continue as we know we cannot take our foot off the gas.
 
WSS: To win 8-0 against a previously unbeaten side, who are the only team to take points off you, was a very impressive result, would you say that it was one of your best performances of the season?
Lauren: Obviously playing Southampton is a special game just due to it being a derby. But to beat them by that scoreline is a great feeling. We played well but there are still areas that we can sharpen up on. It didn't help not having a game for 3-4 weeks.
Lucie: It was definitely one of our best recent performances but all of our games will matter from this point. It's the same effort we put into every game so it was just a surprise for us to win by that many goals. We have the quality but we still have to remain focused and not get complacent.
 
WSS: How big a boost to the team have the arrival of players such as Molly Clark and Charley Wilson-Blakely been?
Lucie: They have brought the experience of the higher leagues into our team and showed us the level of professionalism we need in the team for potentially next season. And it helps that they are both getting on the scoresheet!
Lauren: They are two great players that bring a great professional attitude. They are well known in the game and are respected by the whole team. Another player that has had a huge impact for us is Cherelle Kassal. Molly has an incredible passing range as well as being able to find the back of the net. Charley is an 'engine ' and a leader - aside from her work rate, she is a scoring machine. And Cherelle, well she has to be fastest female footballer I have ever seen!
 
WSS: This week you travel to Exeter City who are battling to get out of the bottom two, how important is it that the team avoids any complacency for this game?
Lauren: Exeter are going to want to stay up in this league, I went to watch them play Southampton recently and they are a club that's getting better as the season is going on. We will travel and remain as professional as we always do and play like we have in our recent games.
Lucie: We treat every game the same. We've been in this situation before and maybe not got the results that we should have or wanted in past seasons so we learn from our mistakes and we will show Exeter that we won't take our foot off the gas.
 
WSS: You still have to play Plymouth and Keynsham before the end of the season, do you see these as the two most important matches now?
Lucie: We can't afford to drop any points from now on. They will be tough games but at the end of the day it will come down to who wants it more and we have that motivation in our team.
Lauren: Obviously they are massive games for us but looking at the fixtures, they have a few tough games too. Keynsham and Southampton have the ability to take points off people as we have seen. 
 
WSS: You've been really close to the title in recent seasons, what would it mean if you were to go all the way and win it this time?
Lucie: Personally I've been through a lot with this club, and we have missed out on getting promotion for the last two seasons. But you can't fault how far we have progressed as a team and club. We've got a decent team of girls this season who are all there for the same reason, all working hard and all enjoying themselves. It would mean the world to all the girls and the manager. And if we do this it will be a massive accomplishment for everyone. You only dream of winning the league and what a feeling it would be so hopefully we can make this happen.
Lauren: I have been at the club for nearly four years now and we have been close twice. This year is very different, we are a lot more organised and professional. The organisation and support for the club to the players is amazing, we have fans that travel everywhere with us as well as the fans we get through the gate at Oaklands Park. This year we have worked hard and deserve to go up.
 
WSS: If you can achieve promotion, are you confident that Chichester can build on this and be a force at the higher level?
Lucie: We have proved that Chichester is a welcoming club by the amount of players who have come in this season and last season and we've all gelled well together. This proves that if we did gain promotion, I think a lot will look at Chichester as a nice club to be. We've got the quality, ability and work ethic to be playing in the league above so I don't see why we can't also make a big statement on that league as well! There's no army...like the green army.
Lauren: 100%, with player retention and gaining other players through achievement, I think we have to ability to continue to climb the ladder.
 
Our thanks to Lucie and Lauren!
 

 
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It's a good challenge - Cat   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2017
 
FA Women's Cup News - It's a good challenge - Cat - 17 Feb 2017 - Women's Football NewsNottingham Forest midfielder Cat Beaver insists that her team are capable of springing a surprise on Sunday when they travel to play Millwall Lionesses in the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
 
Forest earned their place in the draw with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Derby County in the last round and Cat admits that they are looking forward to their meeting with the WSL 2 side.
 
"I'm really pleased to have drawn a WSL team," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "I'm excited for us to play a club in the league we have aspirations to compete in. It will be a good challenge for us and everyone is buzzing for the fixture. 
 
"The last few weeks have been very positive for the club, having had some good results and performances, and the team spirit is high.
 
"We've been working hard in training on shape and it's shown with the performances on the pitch. We'll have to battle hard against a strong and physical team, but should have all the attributes required to match them and more!"
 

 
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Albion aim to repeat Cup run   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2017
 
West Bromwich Albion manager Craig Nicholls says that his team are relishing the chance to take on Leicester City Women in the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday.
 
Albion, who reached the quarter finals last season, will host the tie against their Northern Division rivals and Nicholls told Women's Soccer Scene: "The team is really looking forward to the game and are certainly making my choices for a squad very difficult with the high quality we are seeing at training. The players from last year had a superb run in the FA Cup and I think that hunger has been passed on to the players who have joined us this season. 
 
"We know Leicester will be really organised and up for the battle but we all need to remember how we felt when losing to them in the league earlier on in the season to a last minute goal. It certainly wasn't a nice feeling and that memory has to stick with us. We have to fight and stick together." 
 
Striker Hazzanna Parnell added: "It's an FA Cup game and the atmosphere around the camp is on fire, the girls are buzzing for it. We know how important Sunday's game is and the opportunity it brings.
 
"Having done so well last season in the competition and having a taster has only made us hungry to reach even further this time round. That experience is still a burning fire within us and nothing will be handed out easily, Sunday's game won't be played without a fight. We grow in every training session and every match day, as long as we play as a team I am confident that we'll be looking out for our name in the next round...may the best team win."
 
"I'm buzzing for the game, all the girls are," said fellow striker Leigh Dugmore. "We've trained hard for it and hopefully we will be in the hat for the next round come Monday morning."
 

 
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Future looking bright in Bolton   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier North West News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Bolton Wanderers are enjoying a great season so far in the Premier Division of the North West League and with six games left to play, are still unbeaten and lead the title by five points.
 
Bolton Wanderers Ladies FC, although associated with its parent club it is very much a grassroots team playing on park pitches since first established in 1986. Success for the club in most years has been retaining its status in the North West Women's Regional League Premier Division. The club was taken under the umbrella of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) in 2010. This was to allow the club to cement its place at the heart of the Bolton community. With the merger came some changes which includes the support of the parent club in the form of playing kits and facilities. The club's partnership enabled them to call the Eddie Davies Academy home for its fixtures.
 
The prime objective of the club as with most at this level is to provide opportunities for players wanting to play in organised and competitive football without the final league standing being the ultimate challenge. However the competitive nature of players is that they want to win matches so the club looked at a plan to expand the amount of teams so as they could provide football across a broader spectrum of ability and individual competitiveness. At the same time the trusts work in the community included the introduction of junior training evenings with further led to the creation of teams.
 
The partnership with BWCT has grown over the past four years due to the inclusion of its women and girls football program. Premier League Girls is a national project that is currently funded by the Premier League and Football Association to engage more women and girls in football no matter of their ability. The project allows some of the senior players to support in terms of coaching and player appearances during sessions.
 
At the start of season 2015-16, the club invited the players of a successful local under 18s team to trial and effectively amalgamate with the previous year's senior players. These trials allowed the club to create a development team to support the first team which had not happened in recent years. The majority of the new players were locally based players. Without any expectancy whatsoever the first team had an incredible season, losing only two league games and finishing second to an unbeaten Crewe team.
 
The club's progression over the past three seasons has become a major factor that has led to the upturn in performances, other factors that could be accountable are; increase in players challenging for places, training partnership with little lever sports center allowing the team to train twice per week.
 
The 2016-17 season saw BWFC Ladies start with three Open Age Teams as the youth teams started to progress through. Player recruitment consisted mainly of ex-players looking to return to the club, excited by the upturn in fortunes and the facilities and training on offer. As it stands, the First Team are unbeaten in the league and top of the North West Premier Division. This has been no easy position to achieve as all the games have been very competitive and some results have been extremely close indeed. This has wetted the club's appetite in search of its first promotion and to gain FA Women's Premier League status. Hopefully this can be achieved in the short term but in any case, that is the future plan of the club, no matter what occurs this year.
 
The club's second team has also seen an upturn in fortunes and sit third in the Lancashire County League. The third team has acquitted themselves well in their first season at open age level in the Greater Manchester County League. The Under 17s have already secured the league title, being unbeaten in the South Manchester Girls League. What has been of great delight has been the emergence of the youngest members of the whole club appearing for the first and second teams. The most recent success of that nature was 16-year-old Missi Chappell scoring two goals in her first start at first team level against Altrincham in a recent cup match.
 
The club's profile has been lifted due to the match reports appearing in the local press as well as via social media. The squads were invited to appear at half time and be introduced to the crowd at half time in the recent BWFC v Gillingham game at the Macron. They were also invited to be a part of the panel with their male counterparts at the Kick it Out event for schools.
 
BWFC Ladies want to be the premier club of choice for girls in the town and the club's name does carry great influence, however it does provide for all abilities. Alongside that we do appreciate the efforts of a number of clubs in the area in providing girls and Ladies football including Chew Moor Brook (CMB) who also compete in the North West Premier Division, Academy Juniors (Division One North), Bolton Lads & Girls Club (Greater Manchester Division One) at open age as well as all junior clubs affiliated to the Bolton and Bury District Junior Football League, including Bolton's partner club Oxford Grove.
 
The women's and girls' game is very healthy in the Bolton area and surrounding towns and districts and the growth is extremely exciting for everyone.
 

 
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Double defeat for Wales girls   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Wales Under-17 were beaten in both matches as they played a double header of friendlies against Hungary at Penydarren Park in Merthyr.
 
In the first meeting on Tuesday, Hungary opened the scoring through Fanni Vachter minutes after a promising Wales free kick from Anna Morphet. Hungary extended their advantage with a string of goals from Dóra Dorner providing a 3-0 lead within the first quarter.
 
Wales were quick to respond with opportunities from Emily Jones, Bronwen Thomas and Elise Hughes but were unable to convert their efforts onto the scoresheet. 
 
Hungary opened the second half with another goal before Wales' Cassia Pike fought back with a consolation goal. Denied chances from Emily Jones and Anna Morphet proved a little too late as Wales succumbed to a 4-1 loss. 
 
The second of the two international friendly matches was played on Thursday, with the game ending in a 2-1 defeat for Wales.
 
Wales made an encouraging start to the first half with attacking opportunities from Anna Morphet, Bronwen Thomas and Ella Powell before Morphet fired a direct shot from the corner to put Wales ahead.
 
After another period of Welsh pressure, Morphet stepped up to take a free kick but Erin Riden headed the ball wide of the post before the referee blew for half time. 
 
In the second half, Wales started strong with two efforts at goal from Cassia Pike and Ffion Morgan before Hungary upped the pace.
 
Hungarian chances came from Wales mistakes leading to a goal from Luca Papp to bring the score level, before Vanessza Nagy added a second. Wales fought back in the final minutes in an effort to equalise as Morgan took the ball upfield before crossing it into Pike but the ball was intercepted. 
 

 
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Scotland Under-19 squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 17 Feb 2017
 
The Scotland Under-19 squad has been announced for the Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga Resort, Cartagena, Spain.
 
Scotland will play Italy on Friday 3rd March, kick off 11am (UK time), France on Sunday 5th March, kick off 3pm (UK time) and end with a match against Germany on Tuesday 7th March, kick off 11am (UK time).
 
Scotland Under-19 squad:
 
Erin CLACHERSGlasgow City
Rebecca FLAHERTYLiverpool
Ellis DALGLIESHCeltic
Lauren DORAN-BARRRangers LFC
Jordan McLINTOCKRangers LFC
Cailin MICHIEHibernian
Donna PATERSONAberdeen
Courtney WHYTECeltic
Claire ADAMSRangers LFC
Chantelle BROWNRangers LFC
Chelsea CORNETHibernian
Amy GALLACHERHibernian
Brogan HAYGlasgow City
Samantha KERRGlasgow City
Ellis NOTLEYHibernian
Carla BOYCEGlasgow City
Kirsty HANSONDoncaster Rovers Belles
Shannon McGREGORAberdeen

 

 
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Louise Quinn joins Notts County   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Notts County Ladies FC are delighted to announce the signing of Republic of Ireland international Louise Quinn, subject to international clearance.
 
The six foot tall centre back joins Notts having spent four seasons in the Swedish league with Eskilstuna United, where Louise captained the team.
 
The 26-year-old impressed whilst with the Swedish club, as they won promotion to the Elitettan before finishing runners-up in their second season in the division, qualifying for the UEFA Women's Champions League. Louise's strong character and consistent performances lead to her being named captain of Eskilstuna in her fourth season with the club.
 
Internationally, Louise has already amassed 51 caps for the Republic of Ireland, using her commanding aerial presence to net eight goals in this time. The defender will be looking to add to these stats at the 2017 Cyprus Cup as Louise is named in new manager Colin Bell's first squad.
 
On joining the Lady Pies, Louise said: "I'm really excited to have signed for Notts, it's a great club with lots of history. I'm just really looking forward to the season ahead, to get on the pitch and challenge myself as a player, and hopefully help contribute to the team as much as I can."
 
Manager Rick Passmoor added: "Louise brings with her a wealth of experience, including Champions League football, which will be of a great benefit to the squad. She also adds a different element to the team with the height Louise brings to our defence, which will not only help with the defending, but will also make us even more threatening in the opposition's box."
 

 
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Chelsea make Cooper swoop   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has bolstered her squad with the signing of defender Deanna Cooper. The 23-year-old joins from London Bees after a successful trial and will join the squad in Portugal for this week's warm weather training.
 
Having begun her career with Gillingham, Cooper previously helped Brighton and Hove Albion achieve promotion to FA WSL 2, and she is also a talented cricketer having represented England at Academy level.
 
Cooper told the club's website: "It is a dream of mine to join a pro club so to be here is an amazing feeling. I have worked my way through the football ranks and am delighted to have done enough to earn a contract with Chelsea.
 
"I got invited for a two-day trial here and was ecstatic with that, but after two days they asked me to say a bit longer so Emma could have more of a look at me and after that they offered me a contract!
 
"I must admit I had a little cry as I had given everything to earn it and was delighted that my efforts were being rewarded.
 
"Emma has told me she likes my attitude and while I have some things to work on she said if I keep working hard, as I did in the trial, there is no reason I can't challenge for a place in the team."
 

 
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Scotland announce squad for Cyprus   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Anna Signeul has named her squad for the 2017 Cyprus Cup as Scotland ramp up their preparations for UEFA Euro 2017.
 
The Scots have played in the tournament in nine out of the last 10 years, finishing fourth on two occasions in 2011 and 2014.
 
Scotland will play against New Zealand, Korea Republic and Austria in Group B, with their final placing determining who they play on the final day.
 
The group of players is similar to the one that was selected for two matches against Denmark in Cyprus last month where Scotland drew on both occasions.
 
Joelle Murray was forced to pull out of those two matches but the Hibernian captain is named this time around. Gemma Fay picked up an injury in the first Denmark game and is not included in the squad while she fights back to full fitness.
 
24-year-old uncapped goalkeeper Lee Alexander is included, fresh from returning to Glasgow City from Swedish side Mallbackens. She is the only uncapped player amongst the 21 named in the squad.
 
Jane Ross notched in the first game against Denmark, taking her goal tally to 47 from 98 caps and it is possible for her to pass both the 100 cap and 50 goal marks during the course of the tournament. Arsenal left back Emma Mitchell is also approaching the half-century landmark.
 
Scotland open up their matches against New Zealand on Wednesday 1st March, before taking on Korea Republic two days later and their final group game sees them play Austria on 6th March. The final, placing match will be played on Wednesday 8th March, their opponents will be decided once all the group matches have been played.
 
Scotland squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Shannon LYNNVittsjo GIK190
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City00
Jennifer BEATTIEManchester City10422
Frankie BROWNBristol City790
Rachel CORSIESeattle Reign8716
Ifeoma DIEKEVittsjo GIK1140
Emma MITCHELLArsenal497
Joelle MURRAYHibernian381
Leanne CRICHTONNotts County443
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea41
Lisa EVANSBayern Munich5312
Hayley LAUDERGlasgow City809
Kim LITTLEArsenal11945
Joanne LOVEGlasgow City17313
Christie MURRAYDoncaster Rovers Belles423
Leanne ROSSGlasgow City1269
Caroline WEIRLiverpool315
Lizzie ARNOTHibernian80
Fiona BROWNEskilstuna Utd110
Lana CLELLANDUPC Tavagnacco121
Jane ROSSManchester City9847

 

 
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Rachael replaces Ghana-bound Helen   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Durham Women FC are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Rachael Laws for the FA WSL Spring Series.
 
The former Sunderland stopper joins the Wildcats as Helen Alderson prepares to undertake charity work in Africa for a three-month period.
 
Laws, 26, moves to New Ferens Park having made 18 appearances for the Lady Black Cats in FA WSL 1 last season. The goalkeeper has spent her entire career at Sunderland, bar a loan spell at Liverpool Ladies which saw her pick up an FA WSL winners medal in 2013.
 
Her fine form in recent years has seen her gain England honours, with the stopper included in several training camps and a tour to China.
 
She now joins the Wildcats for the FA WSL Spring Series as they look to build on a 1-0 win over Millwall Lionesses in their opening game.
 
Speaking after joining the club, Laws said: "I'm really excited to be here. I've had a few conversations with Lee (Sanders, manager) and it's a club going in the right direction and I'm really excited to be a part of that.
 
"I can't wait to start with a new club, Obviously it is a bit strange for over ten years but it's a challenge I'm looking forward to getting started with.
 
"Durham are a club going in the right direction and I'm looking forward to helping them keep going in that direction. I'm hoping to be involved as quickly as possible but I know I have to work hard for that."
 
Manager Lee Sanders added: "We're really happy to have signed Rachael for the Spring Series. She's a great goalkeeper with excellent experience and knows a lot of the team already as she's a local girl so it'll be an easy transition for her.
 
"When we found out Helen Alderson was going away for three months we had to act fairly quickly because it's not long before she leaves.
 
"Megan Borthwick has been fantastic when she played down at Millwall last season and in friendlies, but we need two senior goalkeepers as its the sensible thing to do.
 
"This means we again have the option of two great goalkeepers for the Spring Series - one up and coming and one more experienced."
 
Helen Alderson will be swapping her gloves for Ghana later this year as she embarks on a volunteering project in Africa. The keeper will depart in March to undertake human rights work in Ghana, meaning she will miss part of the FA WSL Spring Series. She will, however, return in June ready for pre-season ahead of the 2017-18 FA WSL season.
 
Alderson will spend her three months in Ghana working as a Team Leader on a volunteering project based around human rights and education. She will remain a part of the first team squad until her departure in March.
 

 
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Man City sign USA star Carli   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 Feb 2017
 
WSL1 News - Man City sign USA star Carli - 17 Feb 2017 - Women's Football NewsManchester City have hit headlines across the country with the signing of double FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd.
 
The USA international, who scored a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Final against Japan and the winning goal against the same opponents in the 2012 Olympic Games Gold Medal match at Wembley Stadium, will be available for City's FA WSL Spring Series, SSE Women's FA Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League campaigns.
 
Lloyd told the club's website: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining Manchester City, a club which is leading the development of women's football both on and off the pitch.
 
"Having played in the US throughout my career, the chance to fulfil a long held ambition to test myself in a new footballing environment, as well as playing in the Champions League, is something I am relishing.
 
"With the challenge of the Spring Series and the Women's FA Cup ahead of us too, I really can't wait to pull on my City shirt in front of our fans and make them proud."
 
Manchester City are the reigning FA WSL 1 Champions and Continental Tyres Cup holders. They face last season's runners-up Chelsea in their opening Spring Series match on Sunday 23rd April.
 
City boss Nick Cushing added: "We are a successful team but a young team too, having only entered the Women's Super League three years ago, so adding players to our squad with substantial experience is crucial to our development.
 
"Carli has had an incredible career and is recognised as one of the best in the world.
 
"There is much we can learn from her that will help us to improve as a team. We are all looking forward to working with her over the coming months."
 
Lloyd was named as World Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Her last appearance in England prior to the signing was back in February 2015, when she helped the United States to a 1-0 victory over England at the MK Stadium (pictured).
 
She becomes the third member of the USA's World Cup winning squad to join an English club during the winter, following the arrivals of Heather O'Reilly and Crystal Dunn at Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
 
34-year-old Carli Lloyd began her senior career in the W-League with Central Jersey Splash in 1999 and also played for New Brunswick Power and South Jersey Banshees before being a member of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights team at university. She joined Chicago Red Stars when the WPS was formed and after spells with Sky Blue and Atlanta Beat, she played for Western New York Flash in 2013 at the commencement of the NWSL. She moved on to Houston Dash two years later, where she has remained until her signing with Manchester City.
 
In all, she has won 232 international caps for the United States and scored a total of 96 goals.
 

 
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Leaders Chorley stunned by Mossley   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 North News - 17 Feb 2017
 
Northern Division One
 
Mossley Hill produced a superb result to beat leaders Chorley 2-1 and lift themselves out of the bottom two places for the first time this season. Amy Fisher and Megan Dykes scored the goals for Mossley, with Sam Cadwallader replying for Chorley who stay four points clear at the top.
 
Hull City have gone level on points with second placed Guiseley Vixens following their 2-2 draw against Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Katie Thompson and Ellie Harding were on target for Hull, with the Feds responding through Charlotte Gill and Amy Seagraves.
 
Leeds Ladies bounced back to form with a 5-1 victory over Blackpool Wren Rovers. Arianne Parnham, Veatriki Sarri, Harriet Jakeman, Simona Petkova and Matina Petrova all scored for Leeds, while Wren Rovers' consolation strike came from Robyn Hodkin.
 
Crewe Alexandra were another team in the bottom four to pick up an important victory when they defeated Morecambe 3-0. Laura Garner, Beth Grice and Georgina Stebbings were the markswomen for Crewe, all three goals coming in the second half.
 
Midlands Division One
 
The weather badly hit the fixture programme in Midlands Division One with only one of the scheduled six matches going ahead on Sunday.
 
Loughborough Students ended their losing run of fourteen matches when they held Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies to a 2-2 draw. Rosanna Frith-Salem and Rebecca Stopforth scored the goals for the students, with Justine Buckmire netting twice in reply.
 
South East Division One
 
The top three all saw their matches postponed over the weekend and Gillingham were the team to capitalise on this, moving up to fourth with a 10-1 victory over Luton Town. Fliss Gibbons led the scoring with a five-goal haul and Charlotte Gurr weighed in with a hat-trick, while April Bowers and Catherine Cooper also got on the scoresheet for the Gills. Jo Rutherford netted Luton's consolation goal.
 
Enfield Town leapfrogged Denham Utd into mid-table after beating them 2-0. Lisa Kline and Stavroulla Panayiotou netted the goals to give Enfield victory over their Middlesex rivals.
 
Lowestoft Town are off the bottom of the table following their 1-0 success away to Stevenage Ladies. Hannah Waters grabbed the only goal of the game for Lowestoft who have gone level on points with their opponents.
 
South West Division One
 
Chichester City rounded off a good work for their club by following up a midweek victory over Southampton Saints with a 3-0 win against Maidenhead Utd, which keeps them ten points clear. Molly Clark and Charley Wilson-Blakely followed up their midweek hat-tricks by getting on the scoresheet again, with Jess Lewry adding the other goal.
 
Plymouth Argyle now look to be the only team which can challenge Chichester and they kept their hopes alive with a 4-0 success away to Larkhall Athletic. Argyle never looked back after Natasha Knapman gave them a second minute lead, Tori Marks netting either side of half time and Ebony Dover curling home an excellent free kick for the fourth.
 
Southampton Saints bounced back well from their midweek disappointment and won 3-2 against Cheltenham Town to hold on to third place. Becki Bath netted twice and Nicole Matthews added the other to give Saints the edge in a thrilling match, Cheltenham replying through Ella Hitchcox and Suze Berry.
 
Keynsham Town ran out 6-2 winners away to Basingstoke Town. Katie Cook and Cristina Vega Leandro each netted twice along with Justine Lorton-Radburn and Jade Lorton-Radburn, Helen Ogle bagging a brace in reply.
 
Brislington notched up their second victory in successive weeks when scoring six times without reply past Exeter City. Kim Maggs and Georgia Vandries were each on target twice, with Sophie Whelan and Emily Plummer adding the others.
 
St Nicholas moved themselves closer towards mid-table when beating Shanklin 3-1. Chloe Brown, Adele Hooper and Sophie Sweet netted a goal apiece, with Katy Rawlinson replying.
 

 
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