Ellie Curson, who was named as Jamie Sherwood's Managers Player of the Year for her display in the 2015 FA Women's Super League season, has committed to a contract offer, for the 2016 promotion chasing season.
As a stand out player for Yeovil Town Ladies FC, the midfielder, who has had involvement at international level for Wales, has signed a one year deal, to keep her with the green and whites.
Scoring two goals and making twenty one appearances in the last campaign, Sherwood was keen to secure Curson for the future.
Sherwood said: "I am thrilled to have secured Ellie Curson for the 2016 season. She is a player I have coached and known since the age of 10 and it's so pleasing to see the player she has become."
"Her presence at Yeovil Town Ladies in 2015 has really grown and her maturity from having a full season playing, excites me for the 2016 season."
Curson commented: "I was absolutely over the moon receiving the managers player of the year award. Last season was the most enjoyable season that I have ever experienced.
"Working with Jamie, Michelle and all other staff, along with becoming a regular starting player within the team, has given me the confidence to play to my potential.
"I can't wait for the 2016 season to start. As a team and as individuals we have high expectations and will do everything we can to achieve these."
Cardiff City FC cemented themselves in third position in the Welsh Premier Women's League on Sunday, thanks to a 4-1 victory over PILCS.
The result takes them to within a single point of second placed Swansea City whilst trailing league leaders Cardiff Met Ladies by six points.
We talked to City captain Siobhan Walsh, who praised her young team for their performances so far this season whilst looking to build on their fourth place finish last time around:
WSS: PILCS are always one of the stronger teams in the league, would you say that is your best result of the season so far?
SW: Yes, it was important that we won, especially having lost to them twice last season. We knew they would be tough opposition and as a team we had a point to prove.
WSS: Was it a particularly important win after having lost to Swansea City in the last league game?
SW: Yes, as this win puts us in a greater position to compete and hopefully move further up the league.
WSS: That takes you to within a point of second place, are you satisfied with the way the season has gone so far?
SW: For the most part the season has gone well, however it was certainly disappointing to lose against Swansea especially after taking the lead. We are a young team and have a lot to learn in terms of our game management.
WSS: Do you feel overall that you are a stronger team this time around?
SW: We have a number of new young players that have integrated quite well. However, we have lost some experienced players and we need to continue to work hard for each other and hopefully the results will come.
WSS: This week you travel to Aberystwyth Town, who are much improved this season. Do you see this as a very important game now?
SW: With the top of the league always being so tight, every game is important as we need to take every possible point we can.
WSS: You still have a lot of interest in both Cup competitions and have a local derby in each quarter final (against Cardiff Met Ladies and Cyncoed Ladies), do you think both games will be a big occasion and good matches?
SW: I think any cup game is always a big occasion no matter who the competition although being local derbies does give both games an extra edge. We, as a team, definitely want to progress as far as possible in both cups and we will want to give the best performance we can.
WSS: What is the main aim for the team this season, to win silverware or to progress from last year?
SW: The aim is to progress year on year and whilst it would be fantastic to win the league, realistically we are aiming for one or both of the cups, whilst finishing as high as possible in the league.
Our thanks to Siobhan!
Germany 0 England 0
att: 6,705; at MSV Duisburg FC
England earned a notable 0-0 draw with eight-time European champions Germany in their friendly international in Duisburg.
It was only their third draw against their much-lauded opponents in 22 matches - the last two coming in 2007.
Silvia Neid's side might have shaded possession and had a few more shots at goal, but the Lionesses competed well and were by no means outplayed by a team ranked second in the world - and it will provide England with a timely boost ahead of Sunday's Euro 2017 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Bristol.
There were five changes from the match against Australia last time out. Fara Williams and Jordan Nobbs made their first appearances since the World Cup and there were also starting berths for Alex Greenwood, Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor.
The game took a while to settle and this, in part, was down to England's high pressing game. Germany had two openings in the early stages, but Simone Laudehr was flagged for offside and then Greenwood hooked clear before Lina Magull could reach a low cross.
Babett Peter headed Lena Goe‚ling's inswinging free-kick just over the top of Karen Bardsley's goal and then Anja Mittag tried her luck from range but hooked her shot wide of the post.
The visitors grew into the game and enjoyed more possession than they did early on, but were initially unable to test Germany's debutant goalkeeper Laura Benkarth.
Their first shot came in from range from Nobbs, but it was straight at Benkarth. That was moments after Bardsley excelled herself to deny Felicitas Rauch at her near post, when the left-back was clean through.
England's best chance of the match fell to Demi Stokes, who impressed against Australia last month. Steph Houghton's clearance inadvertently played Taylor in behind the Germany backline. Taylor squared for Nobbs, who moved the ball on to Stokes, but her low, angled shot was very well saved by Benkarth.
The final chance of the first half fell to Leonie Maier as her powerful drive was tipped over the top by Bardsley.
Things were a bit disjointed after the break. Neid made four substitutions at half-time and England continued to disrupt their hosts' rhythm with their frantic pressing.
Indeed, the first two chances of the second half didn't come until 65th minute as Peter prodded a half volley wide and then substitute Melanie Leupolz hit the ball straight at Bardsley.
Germany's best chance of the match came with just under 15 minutes remaining. Substitute Dzsenifer Marozsan, on for Mittag, peeled away inside the box to meet Goe‚ling's corner. Much to England's relief, she could only head into Bardsley's arms from just six yards out.
Toni Duggan came off the bench for her first appearance since the summer, and her pressure on Benkarth led to a mistake by the rookie keeper - but Scott was unable to punish her further, miscueing an attempt at a long range chip.
The Manchester City midfielder had one more attempt in the final minute, lifting Duggan's lay off just over the bar.
England will now return home for the second match in their Euro 2017 qualifying group against Bosnia & Herzegovina at Ashton Gate.
Germany: Laura Benkarth, Leonie Maier, Annike Krahn, Simone Laudehr (sub Tabea Kemme 45mins), Melanie Behringer (sub Lena Leupolz 45mins), Felicitas Rauch, Anja Mittag (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 67mins), Babett Peter, Anna Blasse (sub Sara Dabritz 45mins), Lina Magull (sub Mandy Islacker 45mins), Lena Goe‚ling. Subs not used: 21 Lisa Wei‚, 2 Jennifer Cramer, 17 Kristin Demann, 24 Sara Doorsoun.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams (sub Isobel Christiansen 68mins), Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Fran Kirby (sub Jess Clarke 75mins), Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor (sub Toni Duggan 75mins), Jill Scott, Demi Stokes. Subs not used: Amy Turner, Carly Telford, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Laura Bassett, Gemma Davison, Rachael Laws, Eniola Aluko, Ellen White.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
Wales 4 (Harding 48, Ward 60,62,83) Kazakhstan 0
A hat-trick from Helen Ward after an opening goal from Natasha Harding moved Wales up two places in Group 8 as Jayne Ludlow's side cruised to a 4-0 victory over Kazakhstan.
Wales arrived at the Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest in confident mood after an improved performance against Norway in their previous game, despite the eventual scoreline. In addition, Wales claimed a 1-0 victory over Turkey in their last competitive fixture at Haverfordwest, a Women's World Cup qualifier back in 2014.
Jayne Ludlow made a string of changes with the return of captain Sophie Ingle the most notable inclusion to a side still looking for their first goal in the qualifying campaign. An enthusiastic start from both sides resulted in a frantic opening few exchanges, but the match quickly settled down, and Wales began to play with a fluid possession and briefly thought they had taken the lead on nine minutes. However, the assistant referee adjudged that the ball had crossed the by-line before Helen Bleazard crossed into the penalty area for Nia Jones to head home.
Wales continued to create the better chances, with Ingle calling Kazakhstan goalkeeper Oksana Zheleznyak into action with a long range effort. The best chance of the half fell to Jones on 14 minutes, but the makeshift striker failed to find the target after being put through by Melissa Fletcher with only Zheleznyak to beat.
Kazakhstan began to enjoy longer periods of possession as the half continued, with Saule Karibayeva's effort headed off the line by Harding after 33 minutes proving to be their best chance of the opening 45 minutes.
A series of niggling fouls disrupted the flow of the game, and after Yekaterina Pyatkina had fired another effort over the bar for the visitors, Jessica Fishlock also failed to find the net from distance at the other end. Wales had another huge chance before the break, but Angharad James could only head a well placed ball from Jones past the advancing goalkeeper and over the bar from close range much to the disappointment of the vast majority of the large crowd.
It proved to be a perfect start to the second half for Wales as Harding headed the home side in front from a corner just three minutes after the restart. Jayne Ludlow's side were visibly lifted by their first goal in the campaign, and Fishlock was next to test the visiting goalkeeper, but her long range effort was comfortably saved. However, it was substitute Helen Ward that make the headlines, and when she replaced Jones at half time few could have predicted that she would make quite so much of an impact on the match.
Ward scored the first of her three goals on the hour mark when she combined with Fishlock on the edge of the area before striking a powerful finish past Zheleznyak. Two minutes later she extended the lead with another well-placed finish as Wales began to cause no end of problems for the Kazakhstan defence. In fact, Ward could, and probably should, have completed her hat-trick on 64 minutes, but she was denied from close range by the much busier of the two goalkeepers.
The striker eventually bagged herself the match ball on 83 minutes when Fishlock and Rachel Rowe combined before feeding the ball to Ward to round off a memorable victory for Jayne Ludlow's side that moves Wales off the bottom of Group 8. The side returns to action on Tuesday in Israel and will be greatly encouraged by both the result and their performance on the day.
Wales: Alice Evans, Nia Jones (sub Helen Ward 45mins), Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts, Angharad James, Melissa Fletcher, Natasha Harding, Jessica Fishlock, Rachel Rowe (sub Charlie Estcourt 85mins), Helen Bleazard, Amelia Ritchie (sub Kayleigh Green 89mins). Subs not used: Jo Price, Chloe Chivers, Alys Hinchcliffe, Nadia Lawrence.
Kazakhstan: Oksana Zheleznyak, Madina Zhanatayeva, Begalm Kirgizbaeva, Yekaterina Krasyukova, Mariya Yalova, Saule Karibayeva (sub Svetlana Bortnikova 63mins), Yekaterina Babshuk, Yulia Myasnikova,Algerim Aitymova, Yekaterina Pyatkina (sub Ksenia Khairulina 86mins), Adilya Vyldanova (sub Kamila Kulmagambetova 68mins). Subs not used: Alexandra Grebenyuk, Agata Sattarova, Mariya Demidova, Svetlana Bortnikova, Karina Zhumabaikyzy.
(Report by www.faw.org.uk)
Carly Bryant praised the spirit of her Larkhall Athletic team mates after they staged a late fightback to beat St Nicholas 3-2 and go six points clear at the top of South West Division One.
Larkhall had looked to be on their way towards their first league defeat of the season as they trailed their local rivals with minutes remaining but experienced defender Bryant, who played top flight football with Bristol City, scored twice late on to complete her hat-trick.
"The determination of the players not to give up was incredible," Carly told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "We went 1-0 up, then we let them back in to go 2-1 down and to be honest, we weren't playing that well and they were in for the game.
"But we just kept going and kept going, missed a couple of chances and then we got the penalty and fortunately I scored. We kept going again and scored in the last minute - our attitude is brilliant, we just don't stop."
In their third season at this level, Larkhall have made their best start to a season with eight straight victories and Carly is convinced they are in the title battle for the long run. "We are unbeaten and want to keep that for as long as we can," she said. "We want to compete for the title.
"Our squad is brilliant, we've got good players on the bench and some not even playing today - everything is going really well for us at the moment."
On a personal note, Carly could reflect on the first hat-trick of her long career. "I'm allowed to take penalties, but it's not very often I'm allowed up there," she laughed. "I'm very happy with that and to come out afterwards and say that we won is brilliant."
Larkhall have no match this week but have a difficult run of fixtures coming up, a fact that Carly acknowledges: "We are away Southampton in our next game, so that will be tough, and we still have to play the harder games - well, we think the harder games but [St Nicholas] gave us a great game today, so we have to just keep going.
"Last year we were turning up to games with ten or eleven players and this time we've got sixteen. The whole squad is participating, everyone wants to play and everyone wants to win."
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England Women's centurions will be celebrated on Sunday ahead of the Euro 2017 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Bristol.
UEFA will recognise the nine Lionesses who have earned more than 100 caps for their country. The nine are led by Fara Williams (147 caps), England's most capped player of all time, along with Rachel Yankey (129), Alex Scott (129), Casey Stoney (123), Gill Coultard (119), Kelly Smith (117), Karen Carney (110), Rachel Unitt (102) and Jill Scott (100).
Jill Scott (pictured) is the latest player to join the prestigious group after receiving her 100th cap in a 1-0 win over Australia last month at the CFA International Women's Football Tournament in Yongchuan, China.
Head coach Mark Sampson said: "It's a very special thing to play for your country but to join the '100 Club' is a fantastic achievement for any player.
"It's great to see that UEFA and The FA are recognising the nine players and on behalf of the staff and players, we'd like to say congratulations and well done to all of them."
The nine players will receive a special cap before kick-off to mark their landmark.
Steph Houghton says England Women cannot wait for their World Cup homecoming. The Lionesses take on Bosnia & Herzegovina in a Euro 2017 qualifier at the new look Ashton Gate on Sunday - their first home match since winning bronze at Canada 2015. Since that historic third place finish Mark Sampson's side have won 8-0 in Estonia and played two matches in China.
They have yet to soak up the adulation of a home crowd since the summer, but with activities planned at Ashton Gate to greet the nation's new heroes, Houghton revealed the level of excitement in the squad ahead of Sunday's match.
She said: "I think it will be an unbelievable occasion. It has been a long time coming and I'd like to think that even though it's been a few months since the World Cup, we will still get a great reception as if it was just a week after Canada.
"We need to get a result first and foremost. We want three qualifying points, but we want to put on a good performance at the same time.
"It will be a really special day with a lot of fans coming to cheer us on and I'm sure that will help make the difference."
As Houghton alluded to, the Bosnia match is an opportunity for the players to thank the England fans for their support both during and after the World Cup.
"If you speak to any of the girls, they will tell you that we are still getting people coming up to us and congratulating us," the 27-year-old continued.
"That's a really nice feeling and it's nice to hear that people are proud of us and that we've inspired them. It's great being appreciated by people that you don't even know.
"That just shows how well we have done to inspire a nation - and not just young girls, but boys as well.
"Hopefully we can entertain them and reward them for what I know will be a great reception. We are all really looking forward to it."
Yeovil Town Ladies FC's educational partner Bridgwater College has received a welcomed boost to its personnel, following the appointment of Welsh International and Yeovil Town Ladies first team player Nicola Cousins, who has joined the coaching team.
Cousins, who is a UEFA B license coach, will work alongside Head Coach Trevor Jenkins, to deliver a comprehensive programme, designed for talented female footballers across the region.
Cousins, who is also a head coach at the newly formed Team BC and Yeovil Town Ladies FC female development centre, will bring a wealth of experience, with knowledge of exactly what it takes to become an elite level female footballer, due to her current credentials as a player.
Bridgwater College has won yet another AoC Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum, for inspiring its students through sport. This is the College's 14th Beacon Award, the largest amount any college has won throughout the whole of the country and with Cousins now recruited, it will only improve further.
Cousins had this to say about her appointment: "To work in this environment is exciting. Yeovil Town Ladies in partnership with Bridgwater College are determined to offer one of the best playing and training opportunities for female college players and these talented players can experience in excess of 13 hours per week of contact time.
"I feel my experience of playing both Women's Super League football, as well as International football, will enable me to help guide those talented players and I feel I can help support their future."
Jason Gunningham, Assistant Principal for Land Based, Business and Sport at Bridgwater College said "We are absolutely delighted to have Nicola working alongside Trevor Jenkins within the Team BC Women's Football squad.
"Our education and Football Performance programme with Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club is an exciting and unique opportunity for female students who wish to receive an outstanding education and be part of a football scholar programme with the club.
"Having Nicola join the coaching staff will enable the football scholars to have another fantastic role model and gain first hand experience of working alongside a current elite international and WSL player and no other female footballers in Somerset will have this opportunity unless they study here.
"Our partnership is going from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming our new set of football scholars in September 2016."
Doncaster-born Jess Sigsworth has returned to the club after a season away and is relishing the chance to represent the Belles in WSL1 next season.
On re-signing, Sigsworth said: "I'm really excited to be back at the club. Being from Doncaster it's a special club to me and I love the club.
"I know I will now have to prove myself again and work my way back into the team and hopefully play well and get results in WSL1."
Having represented England regularly at age group levels, the attacker returns to her home-town club as Glen Harris looks to bolster his squad as the Belles prepare to take on WSL1 in 2016.
Chair Lady, Faye Lygo added: "I have always found Jess an exciting player to watch and I am thrilled she will be with us next season. She is a lovely person and our fans love her."
The Belles have also confirmed that midfielder Sophie Barker has signed a new contract with the club.
Liverpool have confirmed that Martha Harris, Ashley Hodson and Katie Zelem, have signed new contracts with the club.
England Under-23 defender Harris joined the club from Notts County Ladies, formerly Lincoln City Ladies, in 2013 and helped the team retain their Women's Super League title in her first season with the Reds.
Striker Hodson has progressed through the ranks at Liverpool Ladies and featured regularly for Matt Beard's side last season having impressed with Liverpool Ladies Development Squad.
Manchester-born midfielder Zelem joined the Reds in 2013 from Manchester United and is a regular for Mo Marley's England Under-19's.
Liverpool manager Scott Rogers spoke of his delight at securing the future of three youngsters, commenting: "All three players are players with a great deal of potential. Last season was a difficult season for us, but one of the benefits was allowing players like Martha, Ashley and Katie to gain some valuable first team experience.
"I am confident that all three players will improve their game because of the experience gained last season and will be crucial players for both club and country in the coming years."
New Zealand international Rosie White has also signed a new contract with the club. Reds striker White joined the club during the mid-season break in 2015 having previously played for Western Springs and Three Kings United in New Zealand before moving to United States to play for University of California.
On signing her contract extension, White said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Liverpool Ladies so far and I am delighted to have agreed a new deal to extend my time with the Club.
"The Women's Super League is one of the most competitive leagues in the World and I cannot wait for the new season to begin."
Reds manager Scott Rogers spoke of his delight extend White's deal, commenting: "We are delighted that Rosie has agreed a new deal with the Club. She really impressed after joining in the mid-season break and will definitely be a key player for us next season."
East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd replaced Mansfield Town at the top of the Premier Division after beating them 2-1. Precious Hamilton and Cara Newton were on target for the new leaders, with Marie Wayne replying. Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Arnold Town are off the bottom after winning for the first time, 7-1 against Grimsby Borough. Molly Parker hit a hat-trick with Jenny Lorimer (2), Emily Nelis and Natasha Leach adding the others.
One match was played in Division One North, between two teams with promotion aspirations. It was Gedling Town who emerged as 4-1 winners over Winterton Rangers, Hayley Brown scoring twice along with Louisa Payne and Jenna Stocks.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South with AFC Leicester taking over at the top following their 3-0 victory over Rothwell Corinthians. Georgia Harris, Jamie Elday and Charlotte Cooper netted their goals. Naomi Morton, Morgan Murphy, Sarah Palmer and Rebecca Neill were all on the scoresheet as Loughborough Students (2006) recorded their first win, 4-1 against Heather St Johns.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Stevenage Ladies extended their advantage to five points with a 3-0 win away to Haringey Borough. Hannah Marshall, Alex North and Nicole Perschsky were all on target as Stevenage made it eight wins from eight games. Colchester Town meanwhile moved above Brentwood Town in the table after beating them 2-0, thanks to Alex Brewis-Shephard and an own goal. AFC Dunstable continue to improve and are out of the bottom two after Amber Pearson (2) and Charlotte South gave them a 3-1 victory over Great Shelford.
The top two remain neck and neck in Division One East, Writtle keeping themselves in top spot on goal difference following their 3-1 success against Long Melford, earned by goals from Abigail Fry, Amy Simmons and Sophie Vale. Silver End also kept up their 100% record as they also won 3-1, at the expense of West Billericay. Lindsey Cowell, Rebecca Hollocks and Lynsey Bowman were the markswomen to keep their side hard on Writtle's heels. Ipswich Wanderers moved into third after Tarnya McKew, Leanne Parker and Kristie Turner gave them a 3-2 victory over Bury Town.
In Division One West, leaders Hutton were held to a 1-1 draw by Colney Heath, who registered their first point of the season. Royston Town meanwhile lifted themselves into the top three on the back of a 3-0 win against Stevenage Ladies Res.
London & South East League
AFC Wimbledon are now seven points clear following their 5-0 victory over Aylesford. Libby Suchley netted two of the goals while Rebecca Sargent, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins and Emma Keady were also on target. Second placed Carshalton Athletic meanwhile crashed to a 4-0 defeat at home to Camden Town, for whom Eleftheria Taladianou hit a hat-trick and Frankie Stone added the other goal. Jasmine Campbell bagged a hat-trick along with Sophie Le Marchand and Heather Staff for Leyton Orient as they defeated Bexhill Utd 5-0 to remain in third, just ahead of London Corinthians who won 4-0 against Crawley Wasps with goals from Danielle Harrison (2), Emily Hart and Holly Ryde. Helen Ogle, Jade Pilley and Verity Snow were all on the scoresheet for Fulham FC Foundation in their 3-0 victory over Eastbourne Town.
North East League
Barnsley continue to set the pace in the Premier Division after scoring seven without reply against Wakefield. Darcie Greene and Brittany Sanderson each netted twice for the leaders along with Charley Evans, Rebecca Hale and Kathryn Smith.
In the Southern Division, Sheffield Wednesday replaced Oughtibridge in second place by winning their clash 4-3, thanks to a goal apiece from Annalise Carroll, Emily Higgins, Ellis Ridge and Mercy Darkoah. Courts City are a further point adrift following their 3-1 victory over Doncaster Belles (Women's), goals coming from Demi Thomas (2) and Emily Butler. Handsworth lost ground whilst Malet Lambert YC climbed out of the bottom two by beating them 3-2, Katie Rowland, Karly Salter and Ellie Shepherd were all on target.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra are ten points ahead after recording their ninth straight win, 5-0 against Birkenhead. Burnley Girls & Ladies remain unbeaten in second place but lost a little ground when sharing a 5-5 draw with City of Manchester. Blackpool meanwhile moved away from the bottom two following an important 6-2 victory over Curzon Ashton.
In Division One North, Kendal Town went level on points with leaders PNE Development after winning 2-0 against Cumbrian rivals Penrith AFC. Bury Girls & Ladies recorded their second victory of the season, 3-0 over Workington Reds.
Ellesmere Port Town have opened up a lead of four points at the top of Division One South following their 3-2 win against Winsford. In the other game, Warrington Wolverines replaced FC United of Manchester in third after beating them 1-0.
South West League
The only action in the league over the weekend took place in the Eastern Division, where Team Mendip maintained third position with a 3-2 win over Cheltenham Civil Service, given to them by a hat-trick from Ellie Roberts. Rebecca Yeo was another hat-trick scorer, for Poole Town as they defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 7-2. Jessica Fowell, Faye Hawkins, Katie Paul and Sacha Paynter weighed in with the other goals for the Dorset side.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town replaced Newbury Ladies in second place and narrowed the gap on leaders Milton Keynes City to three points after defeating them 5-0. Lauren Butler, Charlie Fry, Josette Pearmine, Katie Randell and Zoe Saunders all scored a goal apiece for Basingstoke. Woodley Utd are off the bottom of the table following their 2-1 win against Bracknell Town, Jessica Grimmett and Bonnie Messitt netting their goals.
In Division One, third placed Winchester City Flyers were held to a 2-2 draw by Wycombe Wanderers, despite scoring through Hannah Chaffey and Amelia Cutler. Southampton Women claimed their third straight win, 3-0 at Fleet Town thanks to Kirsty Bell, Laura Gilbank and Darcey Read. Danielle Burgess, Charlotte Hull and Shayne Prasad scored the goals as Andover New Street notched up their first league victory of the season, 3-2 against Ascot Utd.
West Midlands League
Kingshurst Sporting Club won 5-1 against third placed Wrockwardine Wood to narrow the gap on league leaders Crusaders to a single point.
Burton Albion head the Division One North table by two points following their 3-0 success away to Stone Dominoes. Shrewsbury Town meanwhile scored five times without reply past Atherstone Ladies to make up some ground on the teams above them.
The top of the table clash in Division One South went the way of Worcester Utd, who won 3-2 against previously unbeaten Coundon Court and this opens up a three point lead at the top for them. The two teams immediately below them also came face to face and it was Coventry Development who enjoyed a 5-1 victory against Solihull Ladies Res. Kenilworth Town are in the top half of the table following their 3-2 win away to Marston Green.
Bradford City are through to the semi finals of the Reserve Section League Cup once again, after a fine 1-0 win away to Charlton Athletic, the only goal of the game coming from Charlotte Stuart in the opening minute. Blackburn Rovers also progressed by scoring seven without reply past Huddersfield Town. Thea Mallett led the scoring with a hat-trick, Abby Bennett added a brace and the tally was completed by Alish Johnson and an own goal. Meanwhile Crystal Palace booked their place in the last four by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2, thanks to a Gemma Bryan brace and Nicha Pyelt (see match report).
In the Midland Division, Coventry Utd moved to within one point of the leadership after they defeated Sporting Khalsa 6-1. A draw would have seen Stoke City return to the top but instead they were beaten for the first time, 2-0 by Leicester City Women for whom Rhyiannea Anderson and Alicia Schwerzerlbach were on target.
Brighton & Hove Albion stepped up their challenge in the South Division with a 2-0 victory over Southampton Saints, given to them by a double from Lisa Fulgence. Chichester City won for the first time, 3-2 away to West Ham Utd with goals from Ella Potter (2) and Hannah Chalk.
Sunderland continue to stretch the pace in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division after they defeated Sheffield FC 6-1. Rachel Furness and Tyler Dodds scored two goals apiece, with Charlotte Potts and Madelaine Hill also on target. Ellie Brazil and Cheryl Edwards netted the goals as Birmingham City won 2-1 at Doncaster Rovers Belles to stay second, just ahead of Manchester City who beat Everton 3-2. Liverpool hit seven past Durham Women, Mollie Green bagging a hat-trick along with braces from Kirsty Hanson and Majumi Pacheco, whilst goals from Amy West and Mollie Rouse gave Aston Villa a 2-1 success against Notts County.
Aylsha Stojko-Down, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Rianna Dean all scored for Arsenal in their 3-1 victory over Watford which keeps them top of the Southern Division on goal difference from Reading FC Women, who won 2-1 at Oxford Utd thanks to Zoe Cunningham and Stacey Wiggins. Chelsea are three points adrift in third, they ran out 10-1 winners at Bristol Academy. Millie Farrow and Atlanta Primus both hit hat-tricks, Lauren Pickett added two and there was one apiece from Zoe Cross and Laura Rafferty. Yeovil Town shared a 3-3 draw with Millwall Lionesses, who replied through Elle-Louise Butcher, Merrick Will and Anna Williams.
Doncaster Rovers Belles are excited to announce that having signed a new contract, midfielder Emily Simpkins has become the first ever full time player in the club's illustrious history.
Having signed midway through the 2015 season from Birmingham, Simpkins had an instant impact, scoring twice in a Continental Tyres Cup victory over Durham and quickly became an integral part of the side which won promotion.
Upon signing her new deal, Simpkins said: "I am extremely proud to have signed a new deal at the Belles. As soon as I heard Doncaster were interested in signing me full time I was delighted to take the opportunity and would like to thank the management for this.
"I have experienced WSL1 and I'm fully aware of how demanding it is going to be for us next season and I'm ready for that challenge which the club have so rightly deserved.
"It's an exciting time for everyone at the club, which has great ambition along with a fantastic force of people driving it forward and I'm proud and grateful to be a part of that."
Sheila Edmunds, the club's founder member and current General Manager is delighted with the news, saying: "I'm proud of where the club has come from and now we're at the point where we are offering full time deals to players. It's yet another step in the right direction for the club."
The Belles are also delighted to announce that Head Coach Glen Harris has agreed to stay with the club for the upcoming 2016 WSL1 campaign.
Harris guided the Belles to promotion in his first attempt during the 2015 season, finishing second and securing a return to the top flight after a two-season absence.
On agreeing to stay, Harris said: "I am delighted to have agreed my future with The Belles for next season in our return to WSL 1.
"The development of the women's game during our two-year absence from the top flight has been significant, but everyone at the club are delighted to be back up there and look forward to the challenges ahead.
"I am confident that we can compete at this level and can't wait for the season to begin."
Liverpool goalkeeper Libby Stout is to leave the club and join Boston Breakers in the National Women's Soccer League.
The American goalkeeper joined the club in 2014 from German side BV Cloppenburg and helped the team retain their FA WSL title that season. Now she has decided to join ex-manager Matt Beard with the Breakers.
Meanwhile Liverpool Ladies Football Club have confirmed that Becky Easton, Katrin Omarsdottir, Ingrid Ryland and Line Smorsgard will also be leaving the Club following the expiration of their contracts.
Fans favourite Easton previously played for Liverpool Ladies between 1994-1997 before rejoining the Reds in 2012, following spells with Everton Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles. Easton was named as Liverpool Ladies Supporters' Player of the Year for the 2014 season following an outstanding campaign at the heart of the Reds' backline.
Icelandic international Omarsdottir joined Liverpool Ladies at the start of the 2013 season from Swedish outfit Kristianstads DFF and played a key role in helping the Reds win their first ever WSL title as she scored the crucial second goal in the 2-0 victory over Bristol Academy.
Full back Ryland moved to Merseyside from Norwegian Toppserien side Arna-Bjornar whilst striker Smorsgard joined the Reds from Klepp IL in January 2015 scoring the winning goal in last season's FAWSL clash with Manchester City Women.
Everyone at Liverpool Ladies would like to thank Becky, Katrin, Ingrid and Line for their fantastic contribution over the last few seasons and wishes them the best of luck for the future.
Tranmere Rovers became the final team to make it through to the First Round Proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup after they defeated Steel City Wanderers 3-0.
The tie had originally been postponed on two occasions but when play finally got underway, Tranmere stormed to victory courtesy of a Charlotte Cloy double and Emily Thomas, to book themselves a First Round tie against Whitley Bay.
The completed draw for the First Round is as follows:
Tranmere Rovers v Whitley Bay
Morecambe v Chester-le-Street
Mossley Hill v Liverpool Marshalls Feds
Peterborough Northern Star v Radcliffe Olympic
Long Eaton Utd v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester City Women v Stone Dominoes
Milton Keynes Dons v Crystal Palace
London Corinthians v Gillingham
Bedford Ladies v Luton Town
Fulham FC Foundation v Enfield Town
Chichester City v Keynsham Town
Old Actonians v Swindon Town
Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds have moved to the top of the table, thanks to a 3-1 victory against Blackpool Wren Rovers. All three of the Feds' goals came in the last sixteen minutes, with strikes from Roisin Havelin, Elizabeth Randall and Emily Douglas earning them points, while Rovers' consolation came from Rachel Warren.
Middlesbrough had started the day on top of the table but their run of four straight wins was brought to a halt against Mossley Hill, who recorded a fine 2-1 victory. Megan Brodie gave Mossley a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Bianca Owens, but Carla Lee went on to secure the points with the winning goal, ten minutes from time.
Stockport County bounced back from a heavy defeat seven days earlier to claim a valuable point from a 5-5 draw against Morecambe. Jeneyah Webb (2), Jo Blodgett, Chaneece Reeves and Chloe Mapp scored the goals for Stockport while Morecambe replied through braces from Laura Ivinson and Emma Kay, with Becky Whittingham adding the other.
Midlands Division One
Carly Davies netted both goals, including the winner five minutes from time, as Solihull Ladies went level on points with second placed Radcliffe Olympic by winning 2-1 against Peterborough Northern Star, who replied through Cassie Steward.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies ran out 4-1 winners away to Sporting Khalsa. Maimee Morris was on target twice along with Emily Painter and Kim Dunger, while the home side's consolation came from Paignton Robathan.
Loughborough Students made it four wins out of five and this run of form has taken them from the bottom of the table to the top half, for the first time. They leapfrogged Rotherham Utd by beating them 2-0, thanks to goals from Eva Rogers and Nicola Russell.
South East Division One
Luton Town remain in second place but were unable to narrow the five point gap on leaders Crystal Palace after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Milton Keynes Dons. Natasha Fensome was on target for Luton but goals from Leah Cudone and Samantha Gillings ensured that the Dons remain in the title race, albeit nine points off the pace.
Milton Keynes Dons are now level on points with Gillingham, who were held to a 1-1 draw by form team Cambridge Utd. Sarah Wiltshire scored for the U's for the second game in a row, with Paige Baker-Carroll replying for the Gills.
Denham Utd moved into mid-table on the back of a 4-0 success at Bedford Ladies. Natalie Murray netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Clarice Gould and Holleigh Marsh.
South West Division One
Larkhall Athletic left it late but managed to win a thrilling local derby 3-2 against St Nicholas and stretch their 100% record to eight matches. Carly Bryant gave the Larks a first half lead which was levelled by Amy Jefferies and St Nicholas looked to be on their way to a hard earned win when Connie Short gave them the lead. However Bryant scored from the penalty spot to equalise late on and in injury time, the veteran defender headed in a Michelle Munro free kick to record her first ever hat-trick and send her team six points clear at the top of the table.
Keynsham Town kept themselves in the race with a vital 1-0 success against a determined Maidenhead Utd side. Justine Lorton-Radburn scored the only goal of the game inside the last quarter of an hour to give her side three precious points.
At the other end of the table, Shanklin celebrated their first points of the season when beating Cheltenham Town 3-2. Danielle Merryfield, Katy Rawlinson and Daisy Cassidy were all on target for the Isle of Wight side, with Cheltenham replying through Rhona Donaldson and Adele Brown.
Photo - Carly Bryant heads in Larkhall Athletic's injury time winner against St Nicholas.
Crystal Palace Res 3 Tottenham Hotspur Res 2
Crystal Palace Reserves took their place in the last four of the FAWPL Reserve League Cup after a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur Reserves at Coney Hall FC.
A closely contested match seemed to be comfortably in Palace's command at the break with two Gemma Bryan goals but a very spirited Spurs comeback made for a nervous last quarter of an hour for the home team.
Spurs' Ronnell Humes went close in a bright opening for the visitors but Palace soon took command. Bryan had a shot wide, Spurs keeper Barbara Holman saved well from a dangerous cross but the opening goal was a beauty on 15 minutes. The ball was played out from Palace keeper Chanell Yardley through several team mates to Bryan, who drove a low shot wide of Holman from 20 yards.
Yardley did well to beat away a shot from Dionne Manning and then hold a Shona Chiatate-Samuriwo effort as the visitors sought an immediate equaliser. In fact, thing got worse for Spurs when Jade Davenport got clear on the right and, though her cross was well defended by Natasha Smits under pressure from Nicha Dyett, the ball fell kindly for Bryan to steer the ball home from the edge of the area on 28 minutes.
Chiatate-Samuriwo went close again with a lobbed shot just over Yardley's bar late in the half but Spurs were still two goals in arrears at the break. Starting brightly again, the North Londoners pressed forward without ever finding an opening and were always vulnerable to the pace of Bryan, Dyett and Mary Robinson on the break.
A bad tackle left Spurs' Smits with a nasty ankle injury and unable to continue but the visitors found a lifeline when a left wing cross was well finished by Chiatate-Samuriwo on 62 minutes.
Palace were still dangerous, winning a number of corners and they went close through a Leesa Haydock effort but it was Dyett who extended the lead on 77 minutes despite Spurs' claims that she was offside as she received a through ball.
Spurs quickly reduced the arrears when Humes curled an effort from wide left beyond Yardley to set up an exciting final few minutes. With considerable added time owing to Smits' injury, Spurs pressed hard for an equaliser for most of the remainder of the match.
Moving the ball fluently to create dangerous attacks, Spurs were denied by very sound defending and good handling by Yardley. Ellie Butterwick was close with a lofted cross on 88 minutes, Yardley saved well from sub Katherine Lyons and Palace saw out time with good concentration and hard work for the valuable win.
With Spurs having a 100 per cent record and leading the Southern Division of the FAWPL Reserve League, this was a fine result for Palace who join Bradford City, Blackburn Rovers and the winners of the delayed tie between Cardiff City Ladies and Nottingham Forest in the draw for the FAWPL Reserve League Cup semi finals to be contested early in the New Year.
Crystal Palace Res: Chanell Yardley, Alexia Spokes, Katy Morris, Sarah Jones, Kelsey Zalimeni, Jade Davenport, Leanne Bell, Leesa Haydock, Mary Robinson, Nicha Dyett, Gemma Bryan. Subs: Stephanie Mann, Sophie Bridson, Georgie O'Halloran, Sharna Longville.
Tottenham Hotspur Res: Barbara Holman, Mollie Kmita, Ellie Butterwick, Natasha Smits, Leanne Mabey, Shona Chiatate-Samuriwo, Ronell Humes, Amy Cooper, Riana Soobadoo, Dionne Manning, Emily Masters. Subs: Rene Williams, Katherine Lyons, Davina Smith.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Leanne Bell closes down Amy Cooper
(middle) Mary Robinson bursts between Mollie Kmita and Emily Masters
(bottom) Gemma Bryan up against Spurs duo Leanne Mabey and Ellie Butterwick
Welsh Internationals Loren Dykes and Angharad James took a break from training to do the draw for the FAW Women's Cup quarter finals.
With the tie between Port Talbot Town and Cyncoed Ladies having been postponed until Sunday 29th November, nine teams went into the draw.
Holders Swansea City await the winners of the delayed tie whilst the standout game will be the derby between Cardiff Met Ladies and Cardiff City FC. Denbigh Town will meet Gap Northop Hall, guaranteeing that one club from outside the WPWL will be in the semi finals.
Ties to be played on Sunday 7th February:
Cardiff Met Ladies v Cardiff City FC
Denbigh Town v Gap Northop Hall
Cwmbran Celtic v MBi Llandudno
Port Talbot Town or Cyncoed Ladies v Swansea City
The two teams immediately below leaders Nottingham Forest met each other on Sunday and it was Stoke City who emerged as 5-1 victors, narrowing the gap on top spot to a single point.
Laura Garside maintained her excellent form in front of goal by bagging a hat-trick, taking her league tally for the season to 13 in the process, and Abby Hunt added the other two. Katie Lowder netted a first half consolation for Derby, who stay in third place.
Preston North End are in excellent form right now and have entered the top five after scoring six times without reply past Huddersfield Town. Lagan Makin led the scoring for Preston with a hat-trick, Gemma Watson marked her return to the club with a goal and they were joined on the scoresheet by Natasha Flint and Charlotte Farrell.
Brighton & Hove Albion are back on top of the Southern Division after beating West Ham Utd 1-0.
Deanna Cooper scored the only goal of the game with sixteen minutes remaining to break the Hammers' resistance and see her side go back above Cardiff City Ladies, who did not play.
Charlton Athletic are just three points off the pace in third place following their hard fought 2-1 win over Queen's Park Rangers at The Valley. Kit Graham and Charley Clifford scored the goals either side of half time for the Addicks, with Rangers replying through a late free kick from Danielle Puddefoot.
Coventry Utd kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by winning 4-0 way to Lewes, lifting themselves into fourth in the process. Ashleigh Neville gave them the lead and Natasha Lynch added the second, before Helen Dermody and Lynch, with her second on the day, wrapped up the points after half time.
Portsmouth meanwhile produced one of their best results of the season in defeating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0. Lucy Quinn and Ini Umotong both netted braces whilst at the other end, Pompey keeper Courtney Trodd saved a penalty.
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