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Liverpool Feds produced arguably the result of the day in the FA Women's National League Cup Determining Round when they defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0, with a goal from Ellie Fletcher.
Feds midfielder and stalwart Chantelle Thompson praised her team's determination in the victory against higher division opponents and, in the longer term, insisted that the team is ready to make a serious challenge in Division One North this season:
WSS: Well done on a fantastic win on Sunday, how hard did you have to work for it?
CT: It was a great result against a team who has started really well in the league above. We really worked hard as a team and made it difficult for them to break us down which we was pleased about but that's not to say we didn't have possession and caused them problems because we did. People tend to describe Feds as a really good footballing side etc but I think this year we have added a real gritty side to us.
WSS: Was it nervy during the later stages or were you always confident of holding on to the lead?
CT: I think in the last 15/20 minutes they really did come on to us and applied pressure, but we held it together and stuck to the plan, I can't really remember any clear cut chances.
WSS: This is also your fourth clean sheet in your opening five games, how proud are the team of their defensive record so far?
CT: I'm so proud of the team's defensive record so far, to concede one goal in five games is pretty impressive. It starts from the front all the way to the back and when you have a goalkeeper like Darbo in goal, it gives the whole team confidence.
WSS: This week you play Norton & Stockton Ancients who have a fine scoring record so far but a win could well take you top, is that a big incentive even at this early stage?
CT: We just take each game as it comes and we don't really look at the table, being top after 4/5 games is great but it doesn't really mean anything there is a long way to go in this season. We just concentrate on the next opposition each weekend and come May we will see where we are at.
WSS: Have there been many changes at the club since play ended last season?
CT: We kept the majority of the squad from last season and we have bought in two excellent signings in Ellie Fletcher and Ellie Stewart who, although are only young, they have bags of experience and have slotted straight into the side. I've been at the Feds for a long time and the team this season probably feels like the most together its ever been, everyone wants to fight for each other and that shows on the pitch.
WSS: Liverpool Feds have regularly been at top half team at least in recent years, do you feel the team is ready to make a title challenge this time around?
CT: We've been close so many times over the last five years or so and just always not quite got over that line but I'd like to think this season we are ready to push for that promotion spot, we have to be focused every game and not get carried away with ourselves but anything is possible with this side.
WSS: Just how big an achievement would it be for a club like yours if you were to go up to a higher level in the future?
CT: I don't think people realise how hard as a club we have to work to be where we are, a lot of teams in our league are affiliated to a men's side, you know they get their ground, training facilities, kit sorted or pay players to play - we have none of that, we don't get financial support. We also have to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Everton in our city too so it's tough so for Liverpool Feds to be playing in the league above which I think we can do, it would be a huge achievement.
WSS: Who do you see as being the main contenders in the division this season?
CT: We haven't played everyone so its hard and unfair to say but I think Newcastle have had a great start, so I think they will be up there along with Leeds. This league is very competitive though and I can see all teams dropping points etc at some point.
Our thanks to Chantelle!
Photo - Franz Wheldon
Nottingham Forest Women are incredibly excited to announce that they will be hosting Derby County Women at The City Ground on Sunday 3rd October [2pm] and would love for your Club to attend!
Forest are rallying the troops with the aim of smashing the current league record attendance of 2,318. This will be the first time the team has played a league game at the City Ground.
Please encourage all players, staff and families to support the occasion as Forest look to inspire the next generation of girls!
This is a great social opportunity for young teams to watch players who were once in their shoes and to create memories as a team off of the field. Tickets are priced favourably to ensure that families can have a great afternoon out for as little as £5 for adults and £1 for under 18s.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting eticketing.co.uk/nottinghamforest.
England will welcome three of the world's top sides next February for the first staging of a new annual invitational women's tournament.
The Lionesses will be joined by Germany and Spain, both also ranked in FIFA's top ten, in the 2022 edition - with the fourth competing nation to be announced soon.
Fans will be treated to three double header matches played across seven days in a round-robin format. More details for the inaugural competition, including venues and ticket information, will be released in the coming weeks.
The annual tournament will significantly boost England's international calendar and ensure Sarina Wiegman's squad regularly face world class opposition, starting with the build-up to next summer's UEFA Women's EURO on home soil and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.
World Cup qualifying begins on Friday night at home to North Macedonia in Southampton. Further information can be found at thefa.com/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the stadium on arrival.
Baroness Sue Campbell, director of women's football at The FA, said: "This exciting new addition to the international calendar promises to further accelerate the rapid growth we are already seeing in women's football.
"Giving England fans the opportunity to see their team take on some of the best opposition in the world on an annual basis will create substantial interest, leading to a broader fan base and strengthening grassroots participation. It will also provide the England team with the best preparation heading into the major tournaments over the next four years.
"Pitch International is a world leader in organising events, has a superb track-record in women's football, and is perfectly placed to lead the delivery of this new tournament."
Pitch International, a London-based sports marketing agency, created the tournament concept and has an agreement with The FA through to 2025 to manage all aspects of the tournament.
Cat Watson, director of women's sport at Pitch International, said: "We have seen first hand the increased appetite for top quality women's football through our distribution of the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
"We're excited to be building on our commitment to women's football, by investing in and delivering a new tournament featuring the best teams and players from around the world, that will be broadcast to a global audience."
The FA is pleased to announce that fixtures for the Group Stage of this season's FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup have been confirmed, with the Final on the weekend of 5-6 March to be screened live on the BBC.
In what will be the eleventh season of the competition, the final will be screened on free to air television having previously been shown on BT Sport. Broadcast details will be released in due course.
The Group Stages will commence on 13-14 October and run through to the 15 December, with 22 of the 24 clubs from the Barclays FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship entering in the First Round. Holders Chelsea and Arsenal receive a bye to the quarter finals as a result of their participation in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The winner of each group will join Chelsea and Arsenal in the last eight, along with the best runner-up from across the five groups.
Having been associated with the competition for ten years, Continental Tyres have renewed their commitment for a further year and will continue to be lead sponsor as we enter the 2021-22 campaign. More details for the Final on the weekend of the 5-6 March will be released in due course.
Chelsea are the current holders of the competition, having beaten Bristol City in last year's Final at Vicarage Road.
Woking Ladies 2 Abbey Rangers 1
Two early goals were just enough to see Woking through to the Second Qualifying Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup at the expense of local rivals Abbey Rangers after an exciting match in the best traditions of the competition.
Both teams compete in the Southern Region League Division One with Woking having been promoted from the Thames Valley Counties League and the contest was very even throughout. Abbey pulled a goal back before the break and had several chances to draw level but the hosts prevailed.
Jo Harfield-Brown may well have scored the first goal in the 2021-22 competition with a composed finish after breaking clear of the Abbey defence in the first attack of the game. Woking looked dangerous with every move in the opening stages and doubled their lead with a very similar finish, this time from Kaitlin Howard on 15 minutes.
Abbey keeper Carla Hobbs was very busy, moving quickly off her line to sweep up through passes and gradually her team played their way into the match, creating their first real chances just after the half hour, Isobel Saunders and Gemma Martin having shots just over the bar.
Hobbs made a fine save from Howard who had again got clear on 41 minutes and Abbey reduced the deficit right on half time when Saunders chased down and blocked an attempted clearance which rebounded into the net.
Encouraged by this, Abbey started the second half well. Woking keeper Teri Harfield-Brown made a fine save to deny Saunders on 55 minutes and Melissa Anders went close with a header from the resulting corner.
Both teams pushed hard for the crucial fourth goal of the match, Woking forcing several corners and brought the best out of Hobbs with powerful shots from distance. At the other end, Abbey worked a number of fine openings with good passing moves to release wide players. The clearest chance fell to Martin on 85 minutes but her effort from ten yards flew wide of the Woking net.
The hosts saw out time very effectively to seal their progress after a well contested match at the Kingfield home of Woking FC. Both teams lived up to the setting and the enthusiastic support given throughout.
Woking Ladies: Teri Harfield-Brown, Kate Davies, Jade Barclay, Megan Vincer, Ellie Butterwick, Trudy Bryan-Kerr, Sian Hardaker, Kaitlin Howard, Gemma Luke, Jo Harfield-Brown, Hester Benham. Subs: Louise Withers, Sophie Burgess, Ella Smith, Mia Dempsey, Shelley Hankins.
Abbey Rangers: Carla Hobbs, Farrah-Lilly Yewings, Georgina Mudd, Shannon Byrne, Melissa Anders, Steph Sale, Rebecca Burtenshaw, Bethany Easterman, Lauren Timbrell, Isobel Saunders, Gemma Martin. Subs: Bethany Anders, Heather Heade.
(REPORT BY PATRICK HIGGINS)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Isobel Saunders is challenged by Hester Benham;
(middle) Bethany Easterman battles with Kaitlin Howard;
(bottom) Sian Hardaker up against Abbey duo Bethany Easterman and Heather Heade;
Arsenal will play the reigning European Champions whilst Chelsea will be up against very familiar opposition as part of their fixtures in the group stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League, the draw for which was made this week.
Last season's beaten finalists Chelsea will once again play VfL Wolfsburg in what feels like an annual draw against each other, and Emma Hayes' side also take on Juventus and Servette, who knocked out Glasgow City last week.
Meanwhile Arsenal will be up against Barcelona, who won the trophy for the first time last May, Hoffenheim and Danish side HB Koge.
The first round of matches will commence on 5th October with Arsenal travelling to Barcelona, whilst Chelsea will host Wolfsburg the following night.
Dronfield Town came from behind to finish 2-1 home winners over Barnsley Ladies in the first qualifying round of this season's Vitality Women's FA Cup.
Dronfield won their first tie in the competition last season, while for Barnsley, this was their debut tie.
Played in front of a healthy crowd of over 200, the game's first chance fell to Barnsley's Ruby Jex-Oldfield who, despite scoring goals for fun last season, was totally wayward after just two minutes. Amy Lassu's shot from 15 yards was just over on 19 minutes, while the closest Dronfield came in the first half was when Megan Clement produced a superb save to her top left to turn aside a fierce 22 yard from Carly Gill.
Barnsley, a separate outfit from Barnsley Women in the FA Women's National League, included several experienced players (at least five who had featured for the "Women" over the years), were defensively very strong.
Barnsley started the second half briskly, Dronfield keeper Shelby Newbould coming out to block Jex-Oldfield, while Charlotte Bailey came to the hosts' rescue with a goal-line clearance to deny Lynn Goodman. Ruby Burns was just over with Dronfield's first strike after the interval. Dronfield had a let off in a goalmouth scramble which included a fierce drive hitting the bar and bouncing down, but deemed not to have crossed the line.
It was still goalless as the tie entered the last quarter, but goals were not far away. Jex-Oldfield was unmarked at the far post to slot home from a low ball in from the right on 69 minutes. Dronfield levelled eight minutes later as Annabel Davies, on the right of the area, curling a shot into the far corner. With both teams going for a late winner to avoid the necessity of a penalty shootout (no extra time), the closing stages provided much to keep the crowd entertained. Barnsley won a free kick 25 yards out, but Lassu was unable to get sufficient power to beat Newbould who gathered comfortably. The winner came on 86 minutes, Davies being put clear, getting into the area and then coolly slotting past the advancing Clement. Jex-Oldfield was then close to a late equaliser to prolong the drama, but her shot from 25 yards dipped over.
It was third time lucky for Dronfield who had been beaten by Barnsley in both April and May this year when the pair were in the Sheffield & Hallam Women and Girls League. For, with the regular season curtailed, they were paired together in the initial group stages of League Cup whose format was re-vamped to give the member teams the opportunity to play several games after lockdown restrictions were eased to allow non-elite football to be resumed. Dronfield were 2-0 up in the first encounter of April's group games which determined those clubs who progressed to the main competition and which to the Shield. However, hosts Barnsley hit back to clinch a 3-2 victory with the winner coming very late in the game. Both, as expected, finished in the top two places in the group and so advanced to the group stages of the League Cup where it was a case of deja vu. Barnsley won 4-2 at home to Dronfield, but, again, as the two heavyweights in their group, both qualified for the knockout stages where they were in separate halves of the draw. Both duly won their quarter-final ties, but a penalty shoot out defeat at home to Wakefield Trinity Development in the semis ended Dronfield's interest. Barnsley lifted the Cup with a 3-1 win in the final to make it a successful weekend, Jex-Oldfield having also appeared for their Under-18s who beat Sheffield FC 4-2 in that age group of the Girls' finals.
Dronfield's reward is a home tie against Grimsby Town (who had a bye) and they will be hoping for a repeat of their step 7 over step 6 victory, Barnsley having been promoted to the North East Regional League via upward in the summer.
Dronfield Town: Shelby Newbould, Eleanor Rose, Carly Gill, Charlotte Bailey, Lois Ratcliffe, Laurie Marris, Jasmine Toland, Becky Hill, Ruby Burns, Annabel Davies, Lauren Bailey. Subs: Roxy Paulucci, Krissy Humble, Tilly Ironside, Jess Wilkes, Sophie Darlow, Lauren Hemingway
Barnsley Ladies: Megan Clement, Kirsty Thompson, Rebecca Wilson, Macy Lunn, Ruby Jex-Oldfield, Carla Whitehead, Amy Lyons, Amy Lassu, Jess Horsley, Brooke Betts, Lynn Goodman. Subs: Anabelle Medley, Lucy Wainwright.
Photo - Carly Gill gets in a shot despite Rebecca Wilson's attempt to block.
(Report and photo by Julian Barker)
The Vitality Women's FA Cup got underway for another season on Sunday, with the First Round Qualifying opening up and 77 ties taking place.
Hartlepool Pools Youth are through to the next stage following their 5-2 victory away to Birtley Town, which earns them a home tie with Darlington Women, 4-2 winners over CLS Amazons. Penrith AFC Ladies meanwhile defeated Gateshead Leam Rangers 7-2 and now go to Gateshead Rutherford Ladies. West Allotment Celtic now play Washington Association after a nine-goal blast against Carlisle Utd and Gateshead FC Ladies went three better, beating Guisborough Town 12-0 to set up a meeting with Spennymoor Town.
Bishop Auckland emerged as winners from a penalty shootout after their tie with Stanwix Ladies finished level at 2-2, they will now be up against Blyth Town. Workington Reds returned from Durham Utd with a 4-1 victory under their belts, their reward is a tough one as they go to Hartlepool Utd. Boro Rangers will host Redcar Town after they won 8-3 at Thornaby FC Ladies, Jade Danks leading the scoring with a four-goal haul with Lou Brown, Larissa Burkinshaw and Jade Featherstone also on target. Ripon City edged past Hepworth Utd 3-2 thanks to a Louise Wilson double and Chloe Bethell, they will now be away to Harrogate Town. Grimsby Borough scored seven times without reply away to Appleby Frodingham and now play Chesterfield.
Altofts Ladies scored ten times away to South Cave, Emily Scott and Nicola Smith both hitting hat-tricks along with Nadine Bates, Hollie Betts, Amy Tilford and Louise Whitt, setting up a tie with Farsley Celtic. Harworth Colliery defeated Cleethorpes Town 3-0 and will up against Wakefield Trinity. Amy Ward, Eleanor Robinson, Jamie-Leigh Neale-Wright and Eleanor Worsley all scored for Hull Utd in their 4-1 victory away to Yorkshire Amateur, to book themselves a trip to Oughtibridge WM.
Annabel Davies scored both goals as Dronfield Town defeated Barnsley FC Ladies 2-1 and they will now host Grimsby Town (see match report). Farsley Celtic Juniors will go to Ossett Utd following their 4-1 success away to Silsden.
Hindley Juniors Ladies were 3-2 winners away to Ashton Utd and will next host Mossley Hill, whilst Didsbury Ladies beat Nantwich Town 2-1 to secure a trip to AFC Darwen. Macclesfield Town were 6-4 victors in a high scoring affair with Pilkington Ladies, they now to go Morecambe, and Northwich Vixens will play Cheadle Town Stingers following their 2-1 success at Penwortham Town. Blackburn Community SC defeated Warrington Wolves 4-2 to set up a tie with Sale Utd, Ashton Town Lionesses will travel to Altrincham after they won 3-1 against West Kirby.
BRNESC were 3-2 victors away to Sandbach Utd and will next face Runcorn Linnets, who beat Preston North End Women 4-1. Haslingden Ladies edged out Alder FC Women by the odd goal in seven and will host Crewe Alexandra, whilst Salford City Lionesses' reward for winning 5-4 against Curzon Ashton is a meeting with Chester FC Women. Wythenshawe Amateurs ran out 4-0 winners over Egerton and will face a trip to Merseyrail Ladies.
Nottingham Trent University scored ten times without reply away to Hinckley Ladies and will be at home to Bugbrooke St Michaels whose match with Rugby Town was considerably closer, Bugbrooke winning on penalties following a 4-4 draw. Kettering Town will play Notts County Women after their 3-0 success away to Sherwood FC Women. Leicester Road have set up a local derby tie with Leicester City Ladies in the next round, thanks to a 3-1 win at Coalville Town Ravenettes.
Anstey Nomads scored six times without reply past Ketton to set themselves up with a trip to Woodlands Ladies and Thrapston Town defeated Rugby Borough 2-0, they will be up against Corby S & L. Arnold Eagles won 6-1 against Nuneaton Borough and are now away to Loughborough Students.
Walsall Wood were 6-1 winners over Sedgley & Gornal Utd and will be at home to AFC Telford Utd who triumphed 3-1 at Droitwich Spa. Kingfisher beat Port Vale 3-1 and now take on Lichfield City. Sandwell Ladies got past Redditch Borough with a 2-1 victory to set up a home tie with Solihull Sporting. Shifnal Town swept through with a 10-1 victory over Wyrley Ladies and this means they will travel to Worcester City. Doveridge face a tough trip to Tamworth after beating Cookley Sports 3-1 and after their match ended 1-1, Knowle's reward for beating Darlaston Town on penalties is an away tie with Coundon Court.
Katie Webb hit a hat-trick as Newmarket Town went through with a 3-1 victory over AFC Sudbury. Newmarket will be away to St Ives Town whilst Haverhill Rovers were 3-0 winners at March Town Utd, they must host Wymondham Town. Garston won 2-0 away to Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses thanks to Ruby Jager and Jade Roberts and they now play Southend Utd Community who triumphed 5-1 at Rayleigh Town. Chelmsford City scored ten times against Houghton Athletic and will go to Watford Development, whilst Herts Vipers Women are up against AFC Dunstable after defeating Hemel Hempstead Town 9-0.
Fern Colepio scored the only goal of the game as Sutton Utd won 1-0 against Meridian Girls to set up a trip to Margate FC Ladies. Tunbridge Wells Foresters' 3-1 success at Cray Valley (PM) has landed them an away tie with Dartford.
Glebe Ladies were another team to progress on penalties following a goalless draw with Bexhill Utd, meaning they will take on Millwall Lionesses in the next round. Hastings Utd must go to Islington Borough after they scored nine times without reply against Regents Park Rangers. Sian Heather was on target four times, Faye Williams contributed a hat-trick and Claire Johnson added the other two. Bromley Ladies raced to a 9-1 victory away to Phoenix Sports and are away to Maidstone Utd.
AFC Acorns edged past Leatherhead on a penalty shootout after Eleanor Killick-Bird and Sami Phillips had scored for them in their 2-2 draw. They will be at home to Badshot Lea who defeated Burgess Hill Town 4-0, Rebecca Munro bagged a hat-trick and Eleanor Blake also got on the scoresheet. Caversham Utd won 3-1 against Warminster Town with a goal apiece from Rosie Page-Smith, Freya Jenkins and Holly Swan, earning them a trip to Eversley & California.
Jo Hartfield-Brown and Kaitlin Howard scored for Woking Ladies in their 2-1 win against Abbey Rangers, whose reply came from Isobel Saunders (see match report). Woking will be away to Walton Casuals. Steyning Town Community scored nine without reply past Eastbourne Town to set up a tie with Roffey. Seaford Town's reward for their 8-1 success at Woodingdean Ladies is a trip to Lancing.
Mia Inglis netted two of the goals for AFC Stoneham in their 6-0 victory against Bursledon. Stoneham will be away to Merley Cobham Sports whilst Chichester City came through a penalty shootout in their victory over Montpelier Villa, Katie Bundy and Gabriella Hobday having scored Chi's goals as the teams finished level at 2-2. Chichester will host AFC Littlehampton.
Eastbourne Utd won 4-0 away to Hassocks, to set up a journey to Fulham FC Women in the next round. Shanklin meanwhile emerged as 5-4 extra time winners from a thrilling tie with QK Southampton, meaning that the Isle of Wight side must now play Bournemouth Sports.
Pucklechurch Sports caused a surprise when they beat Bristol Rovers on penalties after the game had finished in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea Pearce gave a determined Pucklechurch side the lead, which held onto until seven minutes from time when Georgia Vandries scored to take the game to the shootout. Pucklechurch will now travel to Sherborne Town in the next round.
Kate Ambrey scored twice and Kelsey Harris the other as Gloucester City also produced a fine result in winning 3-2 against higher league opponents in Weston-super-Mare. Ellie Burrows and Phoebe Payton replied for Weston. Gloucester will now have a plum home tie against Ilminster Town. Almondsbury and Olveston Utd will have to replay their tie again this week after Sunday's match was abandoned in injury time, with Olveston leading 3-2 at that stage.
AEK Boco had a fine run in the cup last season and they have started well again this time, winning 4-2 away to Chipping Sodbury Town thanks to a Lucy Atkinson hat-trick and Jessica Titcomb. Boco will now be away to Paulton Rovers who progressed on penalties following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Downend Flyers. Adella Clarke, Eleri Webber and Martha Slocombe all scored for Paulton, who trailed 2-0 at one stage.
Amy Salter netted four times and Louise Ilsley hit a hat-trick as Feniton eased past Signal Box Oak Villa. Brittany Harris (2), Abi Breban, Stef Churchill-Matthews and Caragh O'Brien weighed in with the other goals. Feniton are away to Bideford whilst Liskeard Athletic, emphatic winners over Callington Town, go to RNAS Culdrose.
Eastern Region League
Wroxham have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the Premier Division after they won 4-1 away to St Ives Town. Grace Birchall hit a hat-trick and Lauren Bullard the other to give Wroxham a fifth straight win, while Tia Everdell replied for the home side. Talisa Bruton, Sophie Dowman and Georgia Fraser all scored as third placed Bowers & Pitsea shared a 3-3 draw with Bedford Ladies, for whom Natasha Fensome scored a hat-trick. Emma Slater (2), Isabella Simmons and Charlotte South accounted for the goals as Royston Town won 4-1 against Colney Heath, whose consolation came from Grainne Kellett, and King's Lynn Town edged out AFC Dunstable by the odd goal in five thanks to Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse, Lily Porter and an own goal.
Leigh Ramblers have gone level on points with Division One South leaders Herts Vipers Women after a goal from Kate Newton gave them a 1-0 win away to Barking. Megan Kelly and Rosy Woodhams scored for Wodson Park as they got off the mark with a 2-2 draw against Hutton, who shared the points for the third time via a double from Hayley Critchell. East Bergholt Utd meanwhile won for the first time, beating Billericay Town Development 6-1 thanks to Elena Nitsche (2), Kira Wealls (2), Jessica Quinsee and Jessica Oxlade.
London & South East League
Ashford Town (Middlesex) continue to stretch the early pace in the Premier Division after winning 4-2 against New London Lionesses. Ashley Cheatley netted twice along with Alissa Down and Chloe Farrell to give Ashford a fourth straight win, with Samantha Lanza Gabian and Jess Wadey replying. They head the table by three points from Dartford, who ran out 4-1 victors away to Denham Utd. Dulwich Hamlet made it two wins out of two when beating Saltdean Utd 3-0 courtesy of Sophie Manzi, Lucy Monkman and Asia Brown, whilst a Lydia Wills double and Alice Grandpierre earned Aylesford a 3-1 success at Whyteleafe, whose consolation came from Ellie Pace. Hannah Hewlett and Katie Young scored the goals as Woking Ladies triumphed 2-1 over Fulham FC Women, for whom Magalie Mendes replied.
Dulwich Hamlet Res stay two points ahead at the top of Division One North, thanks to a 2-0 win away to Sport London e Benfica in which Helen Bellfield and Chanel Richards scored. Second placed Dorking Wanderers scored six times without reply past Watford Development, Sarah Chapman netting a hat-trick along with Charlotte Crook, Tanya Dady and Charlotte Keenan. Francesca Cagetti and Lizzie Tucker were on target for Hackney as they shared a 2-2 draw with unbeaten Brentford, whose replies came from Kara McMahon and Sophie Troth. Walton Casuals claimed their first win of the season, 6-2 away to Clapham Utd. Ellie Stalley bagged a hat-trick for Walton, with Brooke Garcia (2) and Lauren Nicholson adding the others, whilst Letitia Campous-Lennon scored both goals for Clapham.
There was a change in leadership in Division One South, which resulted from the only match that was played. Ashford Ladies went to the top of the table after a double from Rebecca Janes gave them a 2-1 victory away to Newhaven, who replied through Paige Ripley.
North East League
One match was played in the league on Sunday, in the Premier Division at Wakefield Trinity where the home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Sunderland West End. Neve Renwick and Danielle Biglin netted the goals for Wakefield as they picked up their first point of the season whilst for West End, Allison Ferris and Kristen Whitfield both scored to bring a result which sees them go to the top of the fledgling table.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers' promising start to the new season continued as they ran out 7-1 winners away to Morecambe. This means they lead the early table on goal difference from two other teams; Cheadle Town Stingers who won 2-1 at Wigan Athletic and Merseyrail Ladies, 3-2 victors over West Didsbury & Chorlton. Fleetwood Town Wrens defeated Mossley Hill 4-0 and are two points off the pace whilst AFC Darwen claimed their first victory, 2-1 against Crewe Alexandra.
Blackpool have made it two wins out of two in Division One North and are the early pacesetters after beating Accrington Stanley CT 6-0. Emily Cardwell netted two of the goals and the others came from Aimee Shaw, April Oldfield, Molly Kelly and Minnie Rogers. Chorley Women Development meanwhile registered their first victory of the season, 5-0 against Morecambe Res.
One match took place in Division One South, at Chester FC Women where the home team scored ten times without reply against Altrincham. The win for Chester, their first of the season, leaves them in first place due to a superior goal difference.
South West League
AFC St Austell kept up their good start in the Premier Division, Charlotte Whitmore leading the scoring with a hat-trick as they beat Forest Green Rovers 6-1. Lucy Solloway added two for the Cornish side and Isobel Berks was also on target, with Charlie Rowlands replying. They jointly head the table with an identical record with Sherborne Town who inflicted a second successive defeat on Marine Academy Plymouth, this time a four-goal haul from Gemma Mountain and an Olivia Watts double earning them a 6-0 win. Torquay Utd and Ilminster Town occupy the next two positions after their meeting finished in a 2-2 draw. Ellie Bishop and Helen Kukor scored the goals for Torquay, whilst Colette Martin and Jodi Cornwall netted for Ilminster who are in third. Wootton Bassett Town started their season by winning 5-1 against Middlezoy Rovers. Libby Davies hit a hat-trick along with Lisa Coe and Hannah Gulliver, with Middlezoy's consolation coming from Chloe Snook.
In the solitary match played in the Northern Division, Bristol Ladies Union notched up their second straight win and head the table after beating Weston Mendip 5-2. Beth Poore bagged a brace for Union with Hannah Price, Madison Price and Ruby Saunders contributing the others, whilst the home side replied through Laura McCarthy and Charlotte Suktem.
Helston Athletic recorded their first win of the season in the Western Division and this was enough to see them sit on top of the early table on goal difference. Eve-Charlotte Moore and Abigail Locke were on the scoresheet as Helston defeated Plymouth Argyle U23 2-0. Helena Ruffles netted twice along with Hannah Drummond and Charlotte Jeffery as Liverton Utd won 4-2 away to Saltash Utd, whose goals came from Nicola Champion and Yasmin Franklin.
Southern Region League
Moneyfields continued their strong start to the new season with a 7-0 victory against Oxford City. Emma Pinner netted four of the goals and the others came from Sheree Bell-Jack, Roxanne Lee-Stewart and Kim Whitcombe for the Moneys who lead on goal difference from Abingdon Utd, 3-0 winners over Abingdon Town in their local derby thanks to Nell Boxall, Beth Hawtin and Tiana Russell-Cartwright. Georgia Luckhurst-McCord and Georgia Bowers accounted for the goals as Ascot Utd defeated Woodley Utd 2-0 and Eastleigh were 2-0 victors at Wycombe Wanderers, courtesy of a double from Sarah Bradshaw.
New Milton Town are the early leaders in Division One following their 4-0 win over Milton Utd, given to them by a Pearl Mortimer hat-trick and Regan Warner. Bournemouth Sports sit second after winning 3-0 at Eversley & California, goals coming from Lauren Brewer, Becky Miles and Sian Tilly. AFC Bournemouth Development opened up their campaign with a 3-1 success at Southampton Women Res, Faith Small, Catherine Todd and Samantha Humphries all scored a goal apiece.
West Midlands League
Tamworth continue to lead the early table in the Premier Division after they edged out Crusaders by the odd goal in seven. Ellen Martin, Rebecca Milner, Olivia Woolston and Aimee Taylor all scored, with Rachael Dyson (2) and Paige Leonard replying. Sutton Coldfield Town sit in second after winning 4-0 at Kidderminster Harriers, thanks to a Niamh Deasy brace, Jamie-Leigh Fowler and Sophie Levick. Caitlyn Walton (2) and Sian Johnson gave Lye Town a 3-2 win over Redditch Utd, for whom Nieve Newman netted both, and Stourbridge complete a quartet on six points after an Alex Nicklin goal gave them the points at Lichfield City. Ashleigh Simms grabbed the only goal of the game for Coventry Sphinx in their 1-0 victory over City of Stoke and Worcester City won 2-0 at Coundon Court with strikes from Lauren D'oyen-Fitchett and Elspeth Hill.
One match was played in Division One South, Isabelle Haigh scoring a hat-trick for Solihull Sporting as they defeated Westfields Women 8-0. Naomi Melbourne added two and the total was completed by Angel Scandrett, Lauren Smith and Kerry Woodall.
Liverpool Feds led the surprises in the Determining Round of the FAWNL League Cup, as they won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest.
Ellie Fletcher scored the only goal of the game, just after the half hour mark, to send the Feds through to the Cup whilst their Northern Premier Division opponents will compete in the Plate.
AFC Bournemouth were the other team to win against higher division opponents, with a 1-0 success away to Hounslow Women. Helen Corbin gave the Cherries victory with her goal in the eighth minute.
An injury time, extra time winner saw Middlesbrough come through a thrilling a tie against West Bromwich Albion with a 3-2 victory. Armani Maxwell, Rebecca Olley and Eve Marshall were the scorers for 'Boro, whilst Albion's replies came from Leanne Robinson and Jannelle Straker.
Chichester & Selsey produced a fine result, winning 2-0 away to South Coast rivals Portsmouth. Megan Fox fired Chichester in front midway through the first half and a late own goal sealed the result for the Sussex side.
Loughborough Lightning were given a tough game by Doncaster Rovers Belles before emerging as 2-1 winners. Nicola Russell scored a goal in each half to give Loughborough the victory, despite Nadia Khan replying for the Belles.
Southern Premier Division leaders Southampton FC Women were pushed all the way by Cheltenham Town but progressed to the Cup with a 3-2 win. Lucia Kendall, Georgie Freeland and Sophia Pharoah scored the goals for the Saints, whilst Cheltenham responded with strikes from Abby Bevan and Mai Butler.
Sheffield FC meanwhile came through their Yorkshire derby tie with Bradford City with a 1-0 victory. Molly Waite settled matters with the only goal of the game, scored on the hour.
Oxford Utd faced an awkward trip to AFC Wimbledon but managed to negotiate it with a 2-1 win. All of the goals came late on, Riva Casley giving Oxford the lead and Carly Johns sealing the win for the U's in injury time, despite Ashlee Hincks pulling one back for the Dons.
Bridgwater Utd were another team pushed hard by lower division opponents but made it safely through to the Cup, when Sydney Hinchcliffe and Amy Goddard scored the goals to give the Somerset side a 2-1 victory over Maidenhead Utd.
Plymouth Argyle emerged as 2-0 winners from their Devon derby tie away to Exeter City. Gabi Alphous gave Argyle the lead on the quarter hour and they wrapped up the win midway through the second half with a goal from Jemma Rose.
Cardiff City Ladies also managed to negotiate an awkward tie at home to Actonians Ladies, Robyn Pinder and Ellie Sargent scoring the goals to give them a 2-0 win against their in-form opponents.
Zoe Barratt scored the only goal of the game as Ipswich Town managed to keep up their winning start to the season with a 1-0 success against London Bees.
Burnley FC Women enjoyed a successful trip to Hull City, running out 7-2 winners. Evie Priestley was on target twice for the Clarets along with Dominique Cooper, Lucia Molinari, Millie Ravening, Courtney Willis and a Nicola Worthington penalty. Liberty Bott and Emily Smith were both on target for Hull.
Huddersfield Town played host to Division One Midlands table toppers Boldmere St Michaels but avoided a potential banana skin by beating them 7-2. Brooke Marsden and Brittany Sanderson each scored twice for Town along with Ria Montgomery, Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby, whilst the Mikes' replies came from Macy Fox and Annie Highway.
Wolverhampton Wanderers kept up their winning form with a 3-1 success against Leeds Utd. Anna Price netted a double and Leonie Joyce added the other, whilst Laura Bartup had the consolation of being the first player to score a goal in competitive play against Wolves this season.
Milton Keynes Dons produced a strong display in winning 7-1 against Keynsham Town. Cherrelle Albert and Jade Bell each scored twice for the Dons along with Laura Bright, Vicky Neal and Rhianne Rush, with Kerry Bartlett replying.
Ellie Gilliatt hit a hat-trick as Derby County powered through with a 7-0 victory over Lincoln City. Bolu Fisher weighed in with a brace for the Ewe Rams and they were joined on the scoresheet by Amy Sims and Precious Hamilton.
Three second half goals carried Brighouse Town to a 4-1 win against Holwell Sports. Annabelle Cass was on target twice along with substitutes Cara Fields and Ellie White, whilst Holwell's consolation came from Chantelle Robinson.
AFC Fylde Women have been in fantastic form since the start of the season, which they continued by scoring nine times without reply past FC United of Manchester. Mel Bartley hit a hat-trick for the Coasters and there were doubles from Sasha Rowe and Jodie Redgrave, whilst Faye McCoy and Olivia Fuller added the others.
Rebecca Knight was another hat-trick scorer, for Stoke City as they defeated Solihull Moors 7-0. Callan Barber added two whilst the tally was completed by Roisin Kivel and an own goal.
Jordan Atkinson was the extra time heroine for Durham Cestria, scoring twice as they won 3-1 against Stockport County. Jessica Mett was Durham's other scorer during normal time.
Katie Barker and Georgia Gibson shared the goals between them, bagging a hat-trick apiece for Newcastle Utd as they ran out 6-0 winners against Leek Town.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile netted eleven times past London Seaward, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Imogen Lancaster. Charlotte Owen and Emma Plewa added two apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Naomi Cole, Florence Jackson, Tash Stephens and Iesha Swaby.
Chorley's trip to the north east turned out to be a successful one, winning 6-2 away to Alnwick Town. Elli Cleary and Ellie Mills each scored twice along with Carra Jones and Katie Matthews, whilst the home side's replies came from Sophie Williams and Jade Barrett.
Norton & Stockton Ancients powered to a 10-2 victory against Wem Town, spearheaded by a five-goal haul from Bianca Owens. Lily Patrick weighed in with a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Sophie Tierney and Jordan Moore.
Barnsley meanwhile put their league results behind them to beat Sporting Khalsa 2-0 and progress into the Cup. Sheldon Ashton gave Barnsley a first half lead, with Nat Shaw adding the second on the stroke of half time.
Nichole Havery found the net twice, both times from the penalty spot, and Beth Gardener also got on the scoresheet as Chester-le-Street Town went through with a 3-0 victory over Leafield Athletic.
Burton Albion's trip to Bedworth Utd saw them make it into the Cup with a 5-2 success. Emily Gillott was on target twice for the Brewers along with Bethany Naqwi, Hanaiya Azhar and Emmalee Hornsby, whilst Bedworth responded through Kirsty Farnsworth and Charlotte Taylor.
Tiana Hicks bagged a brace, with Molly Boultbee and Lucie Johnstone accounting for the other goals, as Long Eaton Utd ran out 4-1 winners over Peterborough Utd, whose consolation came from Kier Perkins.
Klesha Darroux led the scoring for Enfield Town, hitting a hat-trick as they beat Queen's Park Rangers 4-1. Katie O'Leary netted Enfield's other goal, with Rangers replying through Emilia Parsons.
Cambridge City hit the biggest score of the round on the day in their victory against Buckland Athletic. Shannon Shaw scored an astonishing ten times and Zynia Delglyn contributed a further four, whilst Amie Fullwood, Charlotte Gillies and Lauren Tomlinson added one apiece.
Joining City in the League Cup will be neighbours Cambridge Utd, who defeated Portishead Town 4-0. Ruth Fox netted two of the goals for the U's, along with further strikes from Abigail Davies and Emma Jenkins.
Kent Football Utd meanwhile claimed a fine 2-1 win away to Division One South West high fliers Chesham Utd. Amy Payani and Keira Madden were the markswomen for Kent, who defended stoutly against the Clarets whose consolation came via a Kate Bowers penalty.
Billericay Town were 5-0 winners away to Harlow Town, Freya Fuller netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Mia Lockett, Ellie Jeffkins and Lucy Jones.
Hashtag Utd also eased into the League Cup by scoring seven times without reply past Stevenage Women. Malika Apindia Gille hit a hat-trick for the Tags and there was one apiece from Amy-Leigh Abrehart, Courtney Clarke, Kelly Wealthall and Sasha Adamson.
Three first half goals took Southampton Women to a 3-1 victory over Larkhall Athletic and into the Cup. Aimee Lawrence gave them a third minute lead and they added further goals before the break through Sian Wylie and Emma-Jane May. Sky Hull pulled one back for the Larks in the second half but it turned out to be a consolation.
Swindon Town meanwhile won 1-0 away to Poole Town, an own goal on the stroke of half time separating the teams on the day.
Cardiff City Women maintained their good start to the new season by notching up their second straight win, beating Aberystwyth Town 4-0.
Phoebie Poole gave Cardiff the lead from the penalty spot on the half hour and she added a second ahead of half time. Amy Williams made it three after the break and Danielle Broadhurst rounded off the scoring, three minutes from time.
Swansea City are the other team in the Premier Division on maximum points after they won 2-0 away to Pontypridd Town. The first half was goalless but just after the hour mark, the Swans took the lead through Katy Hosford and with sixteen minutes remaining, Chloe Chivers wrapped up the win with the second goal.
Cardiff Met Women bounced back from their opening day defeat and it was Port Talbot Town who caught the backlash as they were beaten 6-0. Erin Murray gave Met a two-goal lead at half time by scoring twice and seven minutes after the restart, Emily Allen added a third. Allen then completed her own double and Met went on to round off the scoring in the later stages with further strikes from Elianna Chavez and Amy Long.
Barry Town Utd's first home match ended in a convincing 7-2 victory against The New Saints. In a high scoring affair, Barry raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening twenty minutes thanks to Megan Bowen and Lauren Harris, with Georgia Griffiths pulling a goal back for TNS ahead of half time. Chelsea Cochrane restored the two-goal advantage, five minutes after the break and after Mackenzie Olden made it four, Faye Marshall gave TNS renewed hope as she reduced the arrears once again. Three goals in the last five minutes and injury time crowned the result for Barry, Manor Pearce adding the fifth before Olden completed her hat-trick with two further strikes.
The North Division and South Division teams were involved in the group stages of the Genero Adran Trophy. The clubs were drawn into four groups with the top two in each group going through to join the Premier Division clubs in the knockout stages.
Connah's Quay Nomads built on their powerful start in the league seven days earlier by winning 6-0 against Denbigh Town. Shannon Hobbs netted an early double for the Nomads and she was joined on the scoresheet by Niamh Grimshaw, Kylie Jones, Tamara Hamer and Noelani Bouckey. CPDG Pwllheli meanwhile gained revenge for their league defeat to Wrexham seven days earlier by winning their cup meeting 3-1.
Abergavenny Women were another team to take their early league form into the cup, beating Swansea University 6-1 with goals from Maxine Mudge (2), Lyndsey Davies, Kate Jeremiah, Ceri Hudson and Lauren Boyd. Anna Doble was on target four times as Briton Ferry Llansawel won 7-1 against Caldicot Town, Lucy Powell weighed in with a double and Chelsea Deacon added the other.
Middlesbrough won 5-0 at Bradford City and are the only team with maximum points from their opening two matches in the Northern Division. Kerri Heslop, Emily Marsh, Abby Robson, Hannah Robson and Phoenix Sykes all scored a goal apiece for 'Boro. Second placed Huddersfield Town shared a 2-2 draw with Chorley, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Falone Sumaili were on target for Town. Jasmine Elliott-Wood (2), Lucy Jamieson and Zoe Norton accounted for the goals as Durham Women began their season by beating Stockport County 4-2, likewise Hull City won 2-1 at Barnsley thanks to a brace from Jennifer Randall. Leeds Utd meanwhile edged out Brighouse Town by the odd goal in eleven, Mia Moorhouse and Katie Astle each netting twice along with Abbie Langstaff and Emily Sykes.
Wolverhampton Wanderers head the Midland Division table after an eleven goal blast against Leicester City. Lauren Riley was on target four times and Shelbie Cartwright contributed a further three, with Chloe Shirley, Harriett Wellings, Beth Grady and Daisy Wickett completing the scoring. Nottingham Forest claimed a second straight win when beating Solihull Moors 3-0 thanks to Jessica Abdy, Cameron Farthing and Devonn Cousins. Sophie Taylor hit a hat-trick as Stoke City became the third team on six points following their 10-1 success away to Bedworth Utd. Ava Suckley and Kerri Brown each bagged braces and there was one each from Polly Barrow, Jodie Foxhall and Alicia Hatton. Lincoln City meanwhile defeated Long Eaton Utd 8-1, Stacey Buxton finding the net six times along with Lauren Cassin and Madison Green. Emily Brett (2), Frances Miller (2), Asante Khamula and an own goal ensured that Loughborough Lightning won 6-0 against Sporting Khalsa and West Bromwich Albion were 3-1 winners at Doncaster Rovers Belles with Amelia Davies, Hannah Gallimore and Olivia Stubbs all on the scoresheet.
In the South East Division, Watford scored seven times without past Stevenage Women, Ronnell Humes and Adenya Henry each netting twice along with Martha Eason, Summer Roberts and Assia Fatri. Leoni Miceli bagged a four-goal haul and Sophie Bolton added the other as Milton Keynes Dons won 5-0 at Norwich City and Cambridge Utd edged out West Ham Utd by the odd goal in seven, courtesy of a Tabitah Brignell hat-trick and Niamh Day.
Enfield Town stay as early leaders of the South Central Division after a Leah Littlechild double and Sian Bah gave them a 3-2 win away to AFC Wimbledon. They remain top on goal difference from Charlton Athletic who also won 3-2 against Crawley Wasps thanks to Mary Bashford, Lily-Mae Hillier and Tiffany Balfour. Crystal Palace meanwhile picked up their first victory, beating London Bees 5-0.
Sky Bedwell scored the only goal of the game as Southampton FC Women won 1-0 away to Chichester & Selsey to go to the top of the South West Division. London City Lionesses defeated Oxford Utd 2-1 courtesy of a goal apiece from Sandeep Tak and Francesca Tilbury. Amber Coates netted both goals as Keynsham Town drew for the second time, 2-2 against Portsmouth.
Staffline has become an official partner of the Northern Ireland senior international women's team.
It is an extension of its partnership deal with the Irish Football Association which already sees Northern Ireland's largest recruitment company support the association's mission to promote, foster and deliver football for all in various ways.
Tina McKenzie, Chief Executive of Staffline Ireland, said: "Staffline is proud to partner with the Northern Ireland senior international women's team, who have proven time and time again to be exceptional ambassadors for young football fans. The squad are testament to the ability of sport to transcend all barriers, proving nothing is impossible.
"At Staffline we focus on placing talented people into work while supporting individuals to reach their professional ambitions. We work to inspire, motivate and lead, which clearly aligns to the values of the Northern Ireland team.
"Given the recent excellent performances by the team I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength while entertaining the fans and aspiring future players. Staffline will be supporting them all the way."
Staffline already sponsors the Family Stand as well as the big screen at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
The company provides employment services to the association. It supports the Irish FA's Let Them Play youth strategy by managing the recruitment and employment of more than 80 coaches and casual staff to provide summer football camps and small-sided games centres across Northern Ireland throughout the year.
Northern Ireland senior women's team manager Kenny Shiels praised the deal, saying: "I'm delighted that Staffline will be supporting our journey in growing women's and girls' football in Northern Ireland and we look forward to them backing our team."
Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan added: "It is great to have this backing from Staffline. Women's and girls' football is on a real high in Northern Ireland so we're excited about having them on board."
Irish FA Head of Sales and Marketing Stephen Bogle said: "We're delighted that Staffline have chosen to expand their partnership to the Northern Ireland senior women's team.
"Interest from current and prospective partners is on the up and we look forward to working with the team at Staffline in the run-up to next year's UEFA Women's Euro finals and the years ahead."
Brighton & Hove Albion are on top of the Barclays FA WSL for the first time in their history after storming to a 5-0 victory away to Birmingham City on Sunday.
Hope Powell's side will lead the table for the next two weeks and never looked back after Victoria Williams gave them a second minute lead, which was doubled on half time via an Inessa Kaagman penalty. After the break, Danielle Carter and Emma Koivisto scored in quick succession, before Kayleigh Green rounded off a perfect day for her side with the final goal.
Arsenal built on their opening day victory over champions Chelsea by running out 4-0 winners at Reading FC Women. Jennifer Beattie gave the Gunners a lead which was doubled by Beth Mead on the half hour and Vivianne Miedema made it three just two minutes later. Miedema then kept up her outstanding form with a second after the break to complete a good week for her club.
Manchester Utd meanwhile made it two wins out of two with a 3-1 success away to Leicester City. Ella Toone opened the scoring for Marc Skinner's side ahead of the break and Maria Thorisdottir made it two from a corner, early in the second half. Abbie McManus gave Leicester hope on the hour when she pulled one back against her former club, but United wrapped up the win midway through the second half when Martha Thomas scored her first goal for the club since her summer move.
Tottenham Hotspur complete a quartet of clubs on maximum points with the most eyecatching result of the day, winning 2-1 away to Manchester City. Lauren Hemp gave City a sixth minute lead but they were unable to capitalise on their great start and on the hour, Spurs fought back and levelled the scores via a well taken finish from Rachel Williams. With four minutes left, Tottenham grabbed a winner albeit tinged with controversy, the ball appearing to strike Rosella Ayane's arm before deflecting off Steph Houghton and in via the post and the unfortunate Karima Benameur Taieb.
Aston Villa are the other unbeaten team following their 1-1 draw with West Ham Utd. Adriana Leon put the Hammers ahead in the eighth minute but Villa were to come up with a reply in injury time, a rare headed goal from Remi Allen earning them a share of the spoils.
Chelsea meanwhie shook off their first match to win the first time, 4-0 against Everton. Fran Kirby gave them the lead midway through the first half and Sam Kerr made it two just after the interval. Kerr then scored her second to extinguish any hopes of an Everton recovery and Beth England rounded off the scoring with eleven minutes remaining.
Sunderland held on to the leadership of the FA Women's Championship following their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
With the scoreline goalless at half time, Millie Farrow gave Palace the lead midway through the second half but the Wearsiders hit back for a share of the spoils five minutes later. Sunderland are now the last remaining unbeaten team in the division after just three matches.
Four teams line up a single point behind Sunderland, headed by Sheffield Utd who were 3-0 winners away to Coventry Utd. Lucy Watson scored for the second successive game to put the Blades in front, before Courtney Sweetman-Kirk netted twice to complete the scoring ahead of half time.
London City Lionesses had started the day in second place but found themselves being beaten for the first time, 1-0 by Lewes. The only goal of the game came with just four minutes on the clock, Ini Umotong scoring her second goal in as many matches for the Rookettes.
Blackburn Rovers notched up their second straight home victory when they defeated Watford 3-1, a result which takes them up to third place in the fledgling table. Rovers took a two-goal first lead through Jade Richards and Natasha Fenton and they sealed the points when Annabel Blanchard netted a third after the break, before Watford grabbed a late consolation through Adekite Fatuga-Dada.
Durham Women were another team to get back to winning ways when they inflicted a first defeat on Charlton Athletic, beating them 2-0. Kathryn Hill fired the Wildcats into a fifth minute lead and Beth Hepple netted the second from the penalty spot, early in the second half.
Liverpool and Bristol City remain level on points and currently occupy mid-table positions after a keenly contested meeting finished in a goalless draw at Prenton Park.
Hamilton Academical FC is thrilled to announce the integration of the Hamilton Academical Women's side into the football club.
The move will cement and improve the infrastructure around the Accies women's side as they compete in Scotland's top flight this season.
The integration will also see significant investment in resources which will work to the benefit of the club.
The club is also in the stages of planning joint commercial ventures and opportunities which will be hugely beneficial to Hamilton Academical Football Club in its entirety.
Chief Executive Colin McGowan told the club's official website: "We are thoroughly delighted to see the full integration of both our fantastic men's and women's football teams moving forward.
"We have watched with great pride the fantastic and staggering growth of the women's game in Scotland for quite some time. We are extremely proud to have our women's side competing in Scotland's top flight this year.
Secretary for the Women's side Robert Watson said: "I am really excited by the developments of the last few weeks. We have been growing our partnership together for several years and this integration is the next step in that fantastic relationship.
"I would like to thank George Cairns and Colin McGowan for their incredible support and determination to continuing to support our work over the last several years.
"This integration allows us to build strong foundations and infrastructure but also enables us to do our part for the football club. This is a fantastic club with a fantastic reputation across Britain and we are delighted to be a part of that."
(Article and photo courtesy of hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk)
Pauline MacDonald has named her Scotland Women's Under-17 squad for the Qualification Round of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship.
A 20-strong squad will travel to face Slovenia, Czech Republic and hosts the Netherlands, as they bid to progress to the Elite Round stage of European qualifying.
Scotland take on the Netherlands in their opening game on Wednesday 29th September (7pm) and after taking on the Czech Republic three days later (1pm), they finish up against Slovenia on Tuesday 5th October (7pm).
Scotland Under-17 squad:
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It has been a very promising start to the new season for Actonians and their 8-1 win against Harlow Town on Sunday leaves them in third place in the FAWNL Division One South East table.
Actonians captain Ashleigh Ward told us of her delight with the team's performance against Harlow and stated that their aim for the season is to build on their early form and push for place towards the top of the table:
WSS: Congratulations on the win on Sunday, how strong a performance was it from the team on the day?
AW: Thank you, nice to get some goals on the board! Sunday's performance was a great team effort, getting the goalscorers on the ball and letting them work their magic. Harlow Town were a physical team that battled throughout the whole 90 minutes as well as the heat, to say the least we were very happy with the result.
WSS: All of your previous wins so far this season have been 1-0, so presumably this result brought a lot less tension on the day?
AW: Winning games one-nil is always a little stressful, however what is pleasing is that we are showing we know how to close out nail biting games. Scoring eight goals definitely relieves some of that tension.
WSS: Would you say it was a result that the team have been threatening to produce so far this season?
AW: Oh 100%, this is the result that we have been threatening all season, getting the right people on the ball and taking shots at goal helps massively with the confidence going forward.
WSS: That result makes it four wins out five, and one point off the pace, are the team doing better than you expected or were you always confident of a good start?
AW: I think in the last couple of seasons we have started really strongly but unfortunately it has been interrupted because of Covid, so hopefully this season we can continue our strong start and keep ourselves towards the top of the table. We have added some fresh new talent into the team, which is exciting to see.
WSS: This week you take a break from the league and travel to play Cardiff City from the division above in the League Cup, are they a team that you know very much about?
AW: I am sure our coaches have done their homework on them and will prepare us as best as they can this week. I am confident that if we go out and play our style of football, we will be able to produce a solid performance.
WSS: How much would a good cup run mean for the club this season, if you can manage one?
AW: A good cup run helps out the club massively, not only does it give our players more exposure against potentially better opposition but helps to promote our club and the excellent work that they are doing to increase the numbers of girls/females playing football.
WSS: Uultimately, what would you say are the team's ambitions for the season?
AW: To WIN! But also to continue to push teams and clubs that see us as the underdogs and continually put out performances that we are proud of, both individually and as a club.
WSS: Billericay Town and Hashtag United are setting a hot pace at the top of the table with yourselves just behind, do you see these two as the main contenders or can you see someone else joining them?
AW: There have been some interesting results in the league already. It is early in the season to rule anyone out, a few wins can push you right up the table but we are definitely aiming to finish the season towards the top of the table.
Our thanks to Ashleigh!
Photo - Wu's Photography (@wusphoto)
Northern Ireland senior women's team manager Kenny Shiels has strengthened his panel for two FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifiers later this month by welcoming back senior players who have been missing from recent squads.
Talismanic Liverpool attacking midfielder Rachel Furness returns to the fold after recovering from the broken leg she sustained in the first leg of the Women's Euro 2022 play-off against Ukraine back in April.
Also returning is Demi Vance of Rangers, the experienced full back/midfielder who has recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she picked up in a Euro qualifier against Belarus last November.
They are joined in the 23-strong panel by Glentoran Women attacking midfielder Caragh Milligan, who has overcome a long term injury, and Cliftonville Ladies striker Caitlin McGuinness, who last featured in a squad back in December.
Cliftonville Ladies defender Kelsie Burrows, Glentoran Women striker Danielle Maxwell and young Crusaders Strikers goalkeeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford have returned to the fold as well.
Missing from Shiels' panel this time due to injury is young Cliftonville Ladies defender Toni-Leigh Finnegan.
Other players missing out - all were in the squad chosen to face Scotland in early summer - include Glentoran trio Joely Andrews, Sam Kelly and Casey Howe along with Cliftonville defender Fi Morgan and Lisburn Rangers defender Ella Haughey.
Still recovering from long term injuries are Rangers Women midfielder Megan Bell and Linfield Ladies pair Ashley Hutton and Abbie Magee, while Everton striker Simone Magill is injured, too.
Northern Ireland begin their quest for a place at the Women's World Cup in 2023 - it is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand - with a qualifier against Luxembourg at Inver Park in Larne next Friday (17th September) and four days later (Tuesday 21st September) they will face Latvia at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Both games kick off at 7.45pm.
It will be Luxembourg's first ever fixture in a full qualifying stage for a major tournament, while Latvia will be looking to get off to a good start following a poor showing in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifiers.
After the two games this month, Kenny Shiels will prepare his side for a trip to Wembley where they are due to face top seeds England on 23rd October and then it's back home for a qualifier against Austria, the second seeds in the group, on 26th October.
Northern Ireland squad:
Arsenal have gone through to the group stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League but Manchester City and Glasgow City will not be joining them after exiting the competition at the Second Round stage.
The Gunners were already 3-0 up from the first leg against Slavia Prague last week and completed the job with a return 4-0 win in the Czech Republic to ensure that they, along with Chelsea who were one of four exemptions, are in the last sixteen of the revamped tournament.
The game turned out to be a historic night for Dutch maestro Vivianne Miedema, who opened the scoring after a goalless first half and went on to score a 12 minute hat-trick, her third goal taking her to 100 in all competitions for Arsenal in a remarkable 110 games. Kim Little rounded off a good night for her team when she scored their final goal, to complete a 7-0 aggregate victory.
However it was disappointment for the other two British teams who were competing at this stage as they were on the receiving end of home defeats after having drawn the away leg.
Manchester City tumbled out after a 1-0 home defeat to Real Madrid, after having conceded a late equaliser in the first leg. The Cityzens were unable to make the most of their chances on the night and succumbed when Claudia Zornoza Sanchez scored for Real, just before half time. City could not get back on level terms and it is Real Madrid who take their place in the group stages at the first attempt.
The result means that Manchester City have gone out of the competition to a Spanish team for the fourth season in a row.
Glasgow City played host to Servette having also drawn 1-1 over in Switzerland through a superb volley from Clare Shine. Things were looking good for the SWPL champions when Priscilla Chinchilla broke through to give them the lead after fourteen minutes but a nightmare seven minute spell either side of half time saw them concede twice. First, Jade Boho Sayo rifled home following an indirect free kick in the area and then Sandy Maendly nodded home after Lee Alexander had brilliantly saved Boho Sayo's initial shot. City pressed hard afterwards but Servette stood firm and the task was too much for Grant Scott's side who could not find another breakthrough and narrowly missed out.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea will learn who their group opponents will be when the draw for that stage is made at UEFA Headquarters on Monday.
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