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Glasgow City name new Head Coach   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 16 Oct 2021
 
Scottish WPL News - Glasgow City name new Head Coach - 16 Oct 2021 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Eileen Gleeson as Head Coach.
 
The UEFA Pro Licence Holder has signed a two-year agreement with the Scottish Champions and will commence in her new post on 8th November, taking over from Interim Head Coach Grant Scott.
 
Gleeson, who is currently Assistant Manager with the Republic of Ireland Women's A squad, will step down from her international role after Ireland's upcoming 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying double header against Sweden and Finland later this month.
 
The impact Gleeson has had to have on an ever improving Ireland national team is complimented by her domestic achievements, where she managed Peamount United to six trophies, including leading the team to the treble in 2010, before winning the inaugural Women's National League the following season. She also made her mark in Europe, becoming the first coach to manage an Irish side to the knockout stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League, when she guided Peamount to the last 32 of the UWCL, where they were eventually defeated by French giants, Paris Saint Germain in season 2011-12.
 
Gleeson also managed at UCD Waves, earning runners up spots in both the 2014-15 league and 2014 FAI Women's Cup. She left to focus on her PHD studies in 2017.
 
Commenting on the appointment of the new Head Coach, Glasgow City Chief Executive Laura Montgomery said: "I am delighted to be able to announce Eileen as our incoming new Head Coach. I made no secret some months ago, that this was not a position we would be advertising. We have had a clear plan for some time regarding succession at our Football Club and were prepared to play the long game to ensure we got the candidate we were after.
 
"I first met Eileen over five years ago and have known since then that I would want her to be Head Coach of our Football Club one day. Her football knowledge, player management skills and attention to detail is in my opinion unrivalled, and you only have to look at the PhD she is about complete, based on decision making in elite football, to know that she is not only an intelligent woman, but one who's own thirst for knowledge and to improve is impressive.
 
"Whilst we are soon to welcome Eileen to the club, I need to say a massive thank you to Grant Scott, who has been nothing short of fantastic for us. He is an excellent coach and incredibly well thought of at this club. Like Eileen, Grant was again my only choice to ask to be Interim Head Coach for us, to help us through this transition period and one that I am so delighted he accepted. He remains an incredibly important part of this club and I would certainly like to think that this won't be the last few weeks we work together."
 
Eileen Gleeson commented on taking up the role of Head Coach: "I am honoured to be taking the role of Glasgow City Head coach. For many years I have admired the progressive, ambitious, and inclusive values promoted by Glasgow City and their ongoing commitment to providing opportunities and pathways for girls and women to participate at all levels of the game.
 
"Glasgow City are a trail blazing club who continue to push boundaries, and drive standards in Scottish Women's Football and beyond as demonstrated by their unrivalled success both on and off the pitch. I am delighted to be part of such a club where winning ways are driven by a culture of high standards and a refusal to stand still.
 
"I want to add to Glasgow City's success and will be very ambitious about this. While winning will always be important it is more important that we reflect the club's values both on and off the pitch. I am very excited to get started in the role and to continue to build on the excellent work of all involved to date. "
 
Photo courtesy of Tommy Hughes/GCFC
 

 
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Euros draw set for Greater Manchester   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 16 Oct 2021
 
The final tournament draw for UEFA Women's EURO 2022 in England takes place on Thursday 28th October in Greater Manchester at 4.30pm.
 
The draw will be broadcast live worldwide on UEFA.com, UEFA.tv and on the BBC for viewers in the United Kingdom.
 
Fans tuning in will see a star-studded show, co-hosted by former England international Alex Scott and BBC presenter Gabby Logan. The groups will be drawn and announced by five-time UEFA Womens' Champions League winner Camille Abily from France, three-time UEFA Women's EURO winner Anja Mittag of Germany, the Swedish women's national team all-time top scorer Lotta Schelin, all-time England women's national team top scorer Kelly Smith, and some current English Premier League players.
 
For the draw, hosts England will be placed as the top seed in Group A, with the remaining 15 national teams split into four pots according to their national team coefficient ranking. They will be drawn into four groups of four, with the top two in each section progressing to the knockout phase.
 
Pot 1: Netherlands (title holders), Germany, France
Pot 2: Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy
Pot 3: Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria
Pot 4: Iceland, Russia, Finland, Northern Ireland
 
The match schedule will be confirmed shortly after the draw. From 7pm, fans can enter a public ballot and apply for tickets for all matches. The ballot application window will be open until 7pm CET on 16th November 2021.
 
The tournament, which aims to be the biggest European women's sports event in history, takes place from 6 to 31 July 2022 in ten stadiums, across nine venues in England. They include Brighton and Hove, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford and Wigan and Leigh.
 

 
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England name Under-19 squad   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 16 Oct 2021
 
England return to action next week for Round One of qualifying for the 2022 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Czech Republic.
 
Gemma Davies will take the squad on the short journey to the Republic of Ireland for a mini-tournament played in Limerick involving the hosts, Northern Ireland and
Switzerland.
 
Davies said: "It will be a privilege to lead an England squad for the first time and I am really looking forward to the group showing what they are capable of over the three matches.
 
"Sarina Wiegman has shown with the seniors that she will give young players a chance. Our U19s should see this as an opportunity to develop as England players
on and off the pitch and first and foremost enjoy the experience of representing their country. We want to qualify for the next round, not only with the finals in mind but also to ensure we can get more quality matches."
 
The Young Lionesses will start against the Irish next Wednesday [20 October, kick off 7pm] before taking on Northern Ireland three days later [23 October, kick off 2pm] on the same day that the senior sides will meet at Wembley Stadium in EURO qualifying.
 
The group will finish the following Tuesday [26 October, kick off 1pm] when they face Switzerland with the top three teams progressing to the second round next year.
Ultimately, from the 52 countries that entered overall, seven teams will qualify for the eight-nation finals in the Czech Republic to be played between 27 June and 9 July.
 
It all caps a busy month for England teams with the WU17s under Lydia Bedford reaching their own EURO second round earlier this month, while the seniors will take on Northern Ireland at home and Latvia away on 23 and 26 October respectively. On 25 October, the WU23s led by Mo Marley will travel for an international in Belgium.
 
England under-19 squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Khiara KEATINGAFC Fylde Women *
Eleanor HEEPSBlackburn Rovers *
Teyah GOLDIEArsenal
Olivia McLOUGHLINAston Villa
Jorja FOXChelsea
Caitlin SMITHClemson University
Lucy PARRYLiverpool
Ruby MACEManchester City
Tara BOURNESheffield United *
Laura BROWNAston Villa
Maisie SYMONDSBrighton & Hove Albion
Mia ROSSCharlton Athletic
Charlotte WARDLAWLiverpool *
Grace CLINTONEverton
Lucia KENDALLSouthampton FC Women
Alex HENNESSYArsenal
Freya GREGORYAston Villa
Missy GOODWINAston Villa
Aggie BEEVER-JONESBristol City *
Lucy WATSONSheffield United

 
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England to play at Doncaster   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 16 Oct 2021
 
England will welcome Latvia to Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 30th November (7.00pm) as they reach the halfway mark in their FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign.
 
The Lionesses will begin the November international window against Austria at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 27th November before travelling to Doncaster for their final fixture of the calendar year.
 
Head coach Sarina Wiegman said: "We are excited to visit the Keepmoat Stadium at the end of the year. Visiting another great venue in the north of England is hopefully welcome news for our many supporters in the region.
 
"Doncaster Rovers Belles are one of the most famous names in women's football in this country and have a great history that I am learning all about. The same is true of Sunderland and it's astonishing just how many of our current England players started their careers in Yorkshire and the North East.
 
"Hopefully our visits to Sunderland and Doncaster will not only attract a lot of supporters but will also inspire the next generation of England hopefuls from both regions.
 
"We can't wait to visit in November, but of course before then we have two important fixtures to look forward to, starting next Saturday at Wembley Stadium against Northern Ireland. All in all, it's going to be a very exciting way to round off 2021!"
 

 
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Chelsea and Arsenal notch first wins   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 16 Oct 2021
 
It was a much better night for the FA WSL teams in the UEFA Women's Champions League as both recorded important victories in their group matches.
 
Chelsea were first in action on Wednesday night with a trip to Juventus, and a well taken goal from Erin Cuthbert put them ahead on the half hour. Juve hit back six minutes later through a volley from Barbara Bonansea. For the second game running, Pernille Harder came up with a crucial goal for Chelsea, this time it was the winner midway through the second half.
 
VfL Wolfsburg currently sit in top spot in Group A after they won 5-0 against Servette FCCF, including two goals from Tabea Wassmuth.
 
Arsenal meanwhile bounced back from their opening day defeat to beat Hoffenheim 4-0 and put themselves in a stronger position in Group C. Kim Little gave them the led from the penalty spot and Tobin Heath made it two on the stroke of half time. Vivianne Miedema scored her first goal of the group campaign after the break and Leah Williamson rounded off the scoring four minutes from time.
 
The result means that Arsenal have an identical record to Hoffenheim and both trail FC Barcelona by three points as they won 2-0 away to HB Koge thanks to second half goals from Fridolina Rolfo and Jennifer Hermoso.
 
Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid look to be well on their way in Group B after both recorded a second victory, whilst Olympique Lyonnais head Group D by two points from Bayern Munich.
 

 
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City stun Reading with late winner   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 16 Oct 2021
 
FA WSL news - City stun Reading with late winner - 16 Oct 2021 - Women's Football NewsLast season's beaten Continental Tyres Cup finalists Bristol City started this season's group matches with a 1-0 win away to Reading FC Women from the division above, thanks to a late winner from Abi Harrison.
 
The other Group D match saw Crystal Palace triumph on penalties against Lewes following a 1-1 draw, Molly Sharpe and Ini Umotong scoring respectively, ironically both from the penalty spot.
 
Liverpool also won against higher division opponents, beating Aston Villa on spot kicks after Leanne Kiernan earned them a 1-1 draw, Shania Hayles having put Villa ahead. Sunderland meanwhile won against Sheffield Utd on penalties after finishing 1-1, goals from Keira Ramshaw and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
 
Caroline Weir, Khadija Shaw, Lauren Hemp, Jess Park and Ellen White all scored to give Manchester City a 5-1 victory over Everton, whose consolation came from Grace Clinton. They head Group B whilst Manchester Utd won the other game on penalties against Durham Women. Ivana Fuso and Ella Toone scored for United in the 2-2 draw, Dee Bradley and Beth Hepple replying.
 
In Group C, Coventry Utd are the early leaders after Charlie Estcourt, Katie Wilkinson and Olivia Fergusson all scored in their 3-0 win over Watford, whilst Tottenham Hotspur were narrow 1-0 victors against Charlton Athletic, thanks to a second half goal from Jiali Tang.
 
Things were tight in Group E, Megan Connolly scoring the only goal as Brighton & Hove Albion won 1-0 at Birmingham City and a Lucy Parker strike saw West Ham Utd beat a determined London City Lionesses side 1-0.
 
Photo - Sheffield Utd striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk takes on Louise Griffiths of Sunderland (Julian Barker).
 

 
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Two changes in Northern Ireland squad   Share This 
 Women's Football World Cup News - 16 Oct 2021
 
Northern Ireland senior women's team manager Kenny Shiels has made a couple of changes to his squad for this month's FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifiers against England and Austria.
 
Everton striker Simone Magill returns to the fold after being absent for the impressive victories against Luxembourg and Latvia in September due to injury and midfielder Joely Andrews is also back after impressing during Glentoran Women's title run in. She was not included in the panel last month. Missing out this time are Cliftonville Ladies forward Caitlin McGuinness and Glentoran Women striker Danielle Maxwell.
 
Young Cliftonville Ladies defender Toni-Leigh Finnegan is not available due to injury, while still recovering from long term injuries are Rangers Women midfielder Megan Bell and Linfield Ladies pair Ashley Hutton and Abbie Magee.
 
England and Austria, the first and second seeds in European Qualifying Group D respectively, will be an altogether different proposition than last month's opponents.
 
The Northern Ireland senior women's team are set to play at Wembley Stadium for the first time on Saturday 23rd October. The game against England kicks off in London at 5.15pm. Then it's back home for a qualifier against Austria on Tuesday 26th October (7pm).
 
Shiels has gone with his usual blend of youth and experience in his 23-strong panel for this month's tough assignments. His squad features seven Glentoran Women players who are fresh from securing the NIFL Danske Bank Women's Premiership title and the Toalsbet.com County Antrim Women's Challenge Cup.
 
Northern Ireland squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Jackie BURNSGlentoran210
Becky FLAHERTYHuddersfield Town70
Maddy HARVEY-CLIFFORDCrusaders Strikers00
Julie NELSONCrusaders Strikers1188
Rebecca McKENNALewes150
Rebecca HOLLOWAYBirmingham City40
Laura RAFFERTYSouthampton FC Women280
Kelsie BURROWSCliftonville30
Demi VANCERangers551
Marissa CALLAGHANCliftonville668
Louise McDANIELCliftonville51
Nadene CALDWELLGlentoran642
Chloe McCARRONGlentoran181
Caragh HAMILTONGlentoran162
Joely ANDREWSGlentoran20
Rachel FURNESSLiverpool7933
Sarah McFADDENDurham Women796
Ciara WATLINGSouthampton FC Women240
Kerry BEATTIEGlentoran20
Lauren WADEGlentoran334
Simone MAGILLEverton6215
Kirsty McGUINNESSCliftonville498
Emily WILSONCrusaders Strikers61

 

 
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Semi final broadcast details confirmed   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 16 Oct 2021
 
The Football Association is pleased to confirm the broadcast details for the semi finals of the 2020-21 Vitality Women's FA Cup, with both fixtures to be shown live on the BBC.
 
Holders Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion all booked their place in the last four of the competition at the end of September, with the semi final fixtures due to take place on Sunday 31st October.
 
Manchester City will host Chelsea at the Academy Stadium in the first game of the day, kicking off at 12.45pm on BBC One. The two clubs have won the last four competitions between them, with City winning three of them.
 
Later in the day, Arsenal will host Brighton & Hove Albion at Meadow Park, with kick off confirmed for 4.45pm on BBC Two. Arsenal have won the competition a record 14 times, while Brighton are in search of their first triumph in the competition.
 
Both matches will also be available to stream live on BBC iPlayer.
 
The two winners will compete in the Final at Wembley Stadium, Connected by EE, on Sunday 5th December, with the match kicking off at 2pm, live on BBC One.
 

 
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Former players name Wales squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 16 Oct 2021
 
Former Wales internationals have announced Gemma Grainger's squad to face Slovenia and Estonia in the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign as part of celebrations for the side's 200th match.
 
Wales played their first official match in September 1993 against Iceland at Afan Lido and will be playing their 200th match on Friday 22nd October against Slovenia in Lendava.
 
Former internationals from across the last 28 years and the unaffiliated team from earlier years announced the squad in a video released on the FAW's social media platforms.
 
Grainger has a full strength squad available to build on the victories over Kazakhstan and Estonia last month. Hannah Cain will be involved in her first camp after missing out last month with an injury, whilst the likes of Jessica Fishlock and Sophie Ingle come into the international window following a rich vein of form at their clubs.
 
Following the match against Slovenia in Lendava, Wales will return to home soil to face Estonia in the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 26th October (KO 7.15pm).
 
Tickets for the Estonia match start at only £2 (group bookings) and £4 (individual bookings) for kids, available at faw.cymru/tickets.
 
Wales opened up their group matches with a 6-0 victory over Kazakhstan at Parc y Scarlets last month and followed it by winning 1-0 in Estonia, putting them level with favourites France at the top of Group I.
 
Wales squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Laura O'SULLIVANCardiff City Ladies450
Olivia CLARKCoventry Utd00
Poppy SOPERPlymouth Argyle10
Hayley LADDManchester Utd653
Gemma EVANSReading FC Women331
Rhiannon ROBERTSLiverpool381
Esther MORGANTottenham Hotspur30
Rachel ROWEReading FC Women423
Lily WOODHAMReading FC Women41
Sophie INGLEChelsea1082
Anna FILBEYCharlton Athletic30
Angharad JAMESNorth Carolina Courage882
Josie GREENTottenham Hotspur200
Charlie ESTCOURTCoventry Utd303
Jessica FISHLOCKOL Reign12531
Carrie JONESManchester Utd40
Chloe WILLIAMSManchester Utd00
Ffion MORGANBristol City110
Megan WYNNECharlton Athletic151
Natasha HARDINGReading FC Women9121
Hannah CAINLeicester City00
Ceri HOLLANDLiverpool41
Kayleigh GREENBrighton & Hove Albion5413
Helen WARDWatford9543
Elise HUGHESCharlton Athletic130
Georgia WALTERSLiverpool40

 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier London and SE News - 16 Oct 2021
 
East Midlands League
Northampton Town remain three points clear in the Premier Division after they won 4-0 against Chesterfield. Leah Cudone scored two late goals to add to earlier strikes from Eden Brown and Rachel St John-Mosse. Mansfield Town stay on their heels in second place, they scored five without reply against Leicester City Ladies thanks to an Ellie Marshall hat-trick, Nikki Wigman and Ashleigh Evans. Abigail Murrell was on target five times and Lauren Churcher weighed in with a further four as Lincoln Utd beat Loughborough Students 12-3 to go third. Amy Nelson and Zoe Hopewell also got on the scoresheet, along with an own goal. Oughtibridge WM edged out Rotherham Utd by the odd goal in nine, Millie Kenyon bagging a four-goal haul and Abigail Towns the others, and Notts County were 7-2 winners over Woodlands Ladies.
 
Arnold Eagles still lead the way on goal difference in Division One North, Natasha Leach scoring twice as they defeated Grimsby Borough 2-1. Arnold lead from Grimsby Town who were 10-1 victors at Appleby Frodingham. Amber Sharp was on target four times along with Ellie Wilson (2), Emily Blyth, Danielle Brighton, Rebecca Taylor and Holly Smith. Nottingham Trent University are two points behind the top two, they won 5-4 at Sleaford Town courtesy of a Quinn Garner hat-trick, Lucia Hilton and Alice Rogers. Chloe Mitchell, Shannon Brooks and Elizabeth Harris were on the scoresheet as St Josephs Rockware of Worksop beat Cleethorpes Town 3-1 whilst Sherwood FC Women and Notts County Development finished level at 1-1.
 
Lucy Copeland scored twice along with Isabella Mauro, Laura Monk, Holly Otter and Iesha Rollins as Derby County Academy won 6-1 at Ilkeston Town to stay top on goal difference from Anstey Nomads, who beat Leicester Road 5-2 with Carmelina Colangelo scoring all five goals. Amelia Boddington bagged a brace as Thrapston Town won 2-0 away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens and Nottingham Forest Development scored eight times past Peterborough Utd Res, Jessica Abdy hitting a hat-trick along with Jemima Footitt (2), Yazmin Cooke, Maja Kocik and Chardonnay Truin. Coalville Town Ravenettes won for the first time, 5-2 against Kettering Town courtesy of a Clair Dolman hat-trick, Zaiga Lacite and Aleksandra Wawrzycka.
 
Eastern Region League
Wymondham Town defeated AFC Dunstable 7-0 to go two points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Francesca Catchpole led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Katie Knights, Aimee Stretch, Hannah Waters and Natasha Youngs. Royston Town replace Wroxham in second place after beating them 2-0. Zara Carroll and Natasha Fensome both scored twice for Royston Town in their 4-3 victory at Haringey Borough and they are just four points off the pace. Mia Pinkham and Lily Hall were on target for Colney Heath in their 2-2 draw with King's Lynn Town, who scored through Alexa Hunter and Zara O'Neill, whilst goals from Leyah Maddix (2) and Eleanor Wade earned Luton Town a 3-1 success away to Bowers & Pitsea.
 
Needham Market have taken over at the top of Division One North after they defeated previous leaders Biggleswade Utd 4-2. Lois Balfour and Lina Nagib each scored twice for Needham, with Samaira Khan and Tayla Murray replying. Haverhill Rovers and Newmarket Town battled out a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Stacey Roper and Katie Webb respectively.
 
Leigh Ramblers are the new leaders of Division One South after Rebecca Dalgarno, Kate Newton and Rhianne Cunningham gave them a 3-1 victory at Hutton. Cheshunt had started the day on top but were beaten 3-0 by Barking, for whom Laura Bunton netted twice and Baileigh Cordice the other. This allowed Herts Vipers Women to move into second place as they defeated Billericay Town Development 3-1 with goals from Kelsey Millen (2) and Georgina Royall.
 
London & South East League
League leaders Ashford Town (Middlesex) did not play on Sunday and saw their advantage trimmed to five points, with New London Lionesses now in second place following their 3-1 victory away to Aylesford. Samantha Lanza Gabian netted twice and Jess Wadey added the other, with Amanda Beeput replying. Dartford follow on after they drew 1-1 with Fulham FC Women, Emily Vaughan netting for the Darts and Ellie Olds responding. Chloe Burr scored a hat-trick to give Millwall Lionesses a 3-2 victory over Whyteleafe and Denham Utd won 4-3 against Worthing FC Women, Millie Congerton, Annie Hewitt and Keira O'Leary all finding the net along with an own goal.
 
Kamilla Hjelmsbo and Dorian Senmani Sani each scored twice, with Hermione Cruttwell, Chanel Richards and Michaella Williams also getting on the scoresheet, as Division One North leaders Dulwich Hamlet Res won 8-0 against Clapham Utd. They stay two points in front of Dorking Wanderers who scored six times past Victoire Ladies, including a goal apiece from Charlotte Blunt, Sarah Chapman, Hannah Thomas, Bianca Underhill and Bernice Mitchener. Sutton Utd and Brentford battled out a goalless draw whilst Hackney were 4-2 winners away to Watford Development thanks to an Amy Nicholson hat-trick and Kate Meehan. Sport London e Benfica moved into mid-table as they defeated Walton Casuals 4-1, Gaynor Kelman netting twice along with Renata Ferreira and Hilary Rees.
 
Things remain close in Division One South where Hastings Utd held on to their one point lead by beating Maidstone Utd 5-0. Megan Critchfield, Claire Johnson, Rebecca Relf, Minnie Sheppard and Lucy Fletcher all scored for Hastings. Gemma Shepherd and an own goal gave second placed Herne Bay won 2-0 against Parkwood Rangers, whilst AFC Acorns also stayed one point off the pace with a 4-2 victory over Welling Utd thanks to Chloe Higham (2), Sarah Killick-Bird and Eleanor Killick-Bird. Ashford Ladies kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by winning 5-0 at Bexhill Utd, Rebecca Wyatt hitting a hat-trick along with Karis Howard and Jade Steadman.
 
North East League
York City have taken over at the top of the Premier Division after winning 5-1 away to South Shields. Sophie Tinson netted a brace and there was one apiece from Milly Ash, Rebecca Fevers and Holly Findlay. They lead by a point from Redcar Town, who defeated Harrogate Town 3-2 thanks to a Jess Round double and Kenzie Parkes, whilst Ossett Utd complete the top three after Jordane Allison (2), Jordan Cheetham (2) and Eleanor Betteridge gave them a 5-0 victory over Hartlepool Utd. Amy Broomhead and Demi West scored for Sheffield Wednesday as they picked up their first point, drawing 2-2 with Farsley Celtic whose markswomen were Shirley Murphy and Rachael White.
 
In the Northern Division, Chester-le-Street Utd moved themselves to within one point of the leadership when they beat Spennymoor Town 4-1, Rebecca Hansen, Zoe Barber, Sarah Hutchieson and Emma Hewett scoring their goals. Gemma Marshall hit a hat-trick as Bishop Auckland ran out 9-1 winners over Guisborough Town. Brogan McHugh and Emma Sangster added two goals apiece, with Vikki Ryder and Ellie Geary completing the tally. Washington Association won for the first time, beating Norton & Stockton Ancients Res courtesy of an Amber Metcalfe hat-trick, Sommer Bainbridge, Jessica Cook, Courtney Mole and Abigail Phipps.
 
York RI have steamed further forward at the top of the Southern Division, opening up a lead of eight points after winning 4-0 away to Millmoor Juniors. Second placed Altofts Ladies lost ground when they were beaten 4-1 by Hull Utd, for whom Millie Sharp bagged a hat-trick and Jade Newlove the other. Barnsley meanwhile claimed their first victory, 3-1 against Hepworth Utd with Sadie Hooper scoring a hat-trick. Farsley Celtic Juniors got off the mark with a 3-3 draw against Bradford Park Avenue, whose scorers were Kirsty Russell (2) and Beth Vickers.
 
North West League
Tranmere Rovers stay as the early leaders of the Premier Division although they were unable to preserve their 100% record, being held to a 4-4 draw by third placed Cheadle Town Stingers. Tranmere's lead has been trimmed to a single point by Merseyrail Ladies who defeated Fleetwood Town Wrens 2-0. Salford City Lionesses bounced back from defeat in their previous game to win 3-1 against AFC Darwen and West Didsbury & Chorlton ran out 5-0 winners over Wigan Athletic.
 
Blackburn Community SC have returned to the top of Division One North after beating previous leaders Blackpool 2-0. Penwortham Town are a third team level on points at the top as they also won 2-0 against Morecambe Res. Penrith AFC scored nine times without reply against Sir Tom Finney and are three points off the pace, moving above Chorley Women Development who were beaten 5-2 by Workington Reds. Hayley Bracken scored a hat-trick for Workington, with one apiece from Sophie Birkett and Hannah Green. Preston North End won for the first time when they edged out Accrington Stanley by the odd goal in seven.
 
A 1-0 victory over Hindley Juniors keeps Warrington Wolves Foundation two points ahead in Division One South from Chester FC Women, who were 3-2 winners away to West Kirby. Mersey Valley meanwhile lifted themselves into the top half as they defeated Altrincham 5-1. Alder FC Women and Runcorn Linnets battled out a 1-1 draw and Didsbury Ladies got off the mark with a 3-2 victory over Curzon Ashton.
 
South West League
Just two points cover the top four teams in the Premier Division, still headed by AFC St Austell after they shared a 3-3 draw with third placed Ilminster Town. Both teams had a hat-trick scorer; Jodi Cornwall for Ilminster and Lucy Solloway for St Austell. Sherborne Town have moved into second place with a 2-0 victory away to Middlezoy Rovers, given to them by Becky Narramore and Kayleigh Nardiello. Torquay Utd meanwhile won 3-2 away to Marine Academy Plymouth and are two points off the pace. Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson and Laura Lewis all scored for Torquay, with Sam Drewery and Beth Crocker replying. Wootton Bassett Town stay in touch with the leading sides after winning 9-1 against Bishop's Lydeard, Libby Davies scoring four times along with Lisa Coe, Madeline Elliott, Laura Jefferies and Ellie Onions. Forest Green Rovers scored twelve times without reply against Bideford, Charlie Rowlands hitting a hat-trick along with doubles from Kayleigh Hateley, Sian Towler, Ashleigh Watson and Hattie Jones, Ella Hitchcox completing the tally.
 
Bristol Rovers have taken over as the leaders of the Northern Division on goal difference after they won 7-1 away to Cheltenham Town Development. Libby Bell and Rosanna Rocha each bagged braces, with the others coming from Zoe Fielden-Stewart, Annys Turner and Jacqueline Maddock whilst Leah Rhodes netted a consolation for the home side. Frampton Rangers slip back to second despite winning a well contested match 1-0 against Almondsbury, Lucie Hulin scoring the only goal shortly before half time. Downend Flyers staged a second half fightback to earn themselves a 4-4 draw with Bristol Ladies Union, thanks to a Faith Flynn double, Victoria Corrigan and Mollie Bourne penalty. Hannah Price was on target twice for Union along with Jess Frazer and Ruby Saunders. Mollie Robbins and Amy Street were the markswomen for Oldland Abbotonians in their 2-2 draw with Weston-super-Mare, who replied through Natasha Crew and Sherise Binns.
 
Eastern Division leaders Warminster Town did not play on Sunday and have been joined on six points by two teams; Keynsham Town Res who defeated AEK Boco 2-0 with goals from Charlotte Morrison and Katie Williams, and Swindon Town Development, 1-0 winners at Paulton Rovers, Ella Rooke scoring the only goal during the second half. Chipping Sodbury Town meanwhile continued their promising start by winning 4-0 away to Frome Town, courtesy of a brace by Sophie Kelly, plus others from Laura Curnock and Brodie Olive.
 
In the Western Division, Plymouth Argyle U23 narrowed the gap on leaders Liskeard Athletic to two points as they won 4-0 against Feniton. Wensday Wise scored a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rosie Shipp and Panagiota Papaioannou. Liverton Utd and Helston Athletic finished level at 3-3, Hannah Drummond hitting a hat-trick for Liverton whilst Helston replied with an Eve-Charlotte Moore brace and Beth Prouse.
 
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division following their 8-1 victory away to Winchester City Flyers. Nell Boxall, Lauren May and Molly Lygo all scored twice for United, with Sahara Osborne-Ricketts and Lindsay Pinker adding the others. Previous leaders Moneyfields were held to a 2-2 draw by Ascot Utd, Roxanne Lee-Stewart and Meghan McKeag were on target for the Moneys whilst Sarah Leonard bagged a brace for Ascot, who stay in fourth. Chloe Ball netted for third placed Abingdon Town as they drew 1-1 with Eastleigh who replied through Catherine Browning, whilst Madelyn Sawyer and own goal saw Woodley Utd to their first win of the season, 2-1 against Wycombe Wanderers.
 
In Division One, Bournemouth Sports defeated Woking Ladies 5-0 to move to within a single point of leaders AFC Bournemouth Development. Hollie Shaw gave Sports an early lead and they went on to add further goals through Becky Miles, Rebecca Knapton, Lauren Brewer and Sian Tilly. New Milton Town scored six times without reply away to Abbey Rangers, Pearl Mortimer bagging a five-goal haul and Dominique Carrington adding the other. Mia Gardner, Payton Howard, Molly Jones and Maya Butler saw Chichester City to a 4-2 victory over Milton Utd and Southampton Women Res won for the first time, 6-2 against Eversley & California, Siena Millen hitting a hat-trick with Caitlin Bevan, Kathryn Heath and Aimee Lawrence also on the scoresheet.
 
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Stourbridge went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Sutton Coldfield Town who go level on points with them, Sophie Levick scoring a hat-trick with Sutton. Three teams have the same number of points with Lichfield City in second place following their 4-1 victory over Coundon Court, Lyndsey Ross-Baker netting twice along with Courtney Dilger and Natasha Lawrence. Alice Lilley (2), Danielle Keegan, Kirsty Spencer and Donna Tompkins accounted for the goals as Crusaders defeated Worcester City 5-1 to go fourth, whilst Kidderminster Harriers continue to pick up pace with a 9-1 victory over Coventry Sphinx. Dani Selmes led the scoring with a hat-trick, Sarah Lojko and Channelle Mason each added braces, while Mia Badland and Molly Maguire also got on target. Redditch Utd meanwhile chalked up their first win, 2-1 against Tamworth thanks to Jade Guppy and Elizabeth Harborne.
 
In Division One North, AFC Telford Utd were held to a goalless draw by Sandwell Ladies but they hold on to top spot on goal difference from Shifnal Town who defeated Darlaston Town 5-0 thanks to a Rebecca-Lee Bown hat-trick, Demmie Bown and Nicola Mason. Shrewsbury Town are a point behind in third place after scoring ten without reply against Wyrley Ladies, Madison Jones hitting a hat-trick with Lily McShane (2), Zoe Child, Olivia Minshall, Shannon McShane, Mia-Leigh Pugh and Paris Schofield joining her on the scoresheet. Macy Isherwood and Amelia Whitehouse each scored twice, with Kelly Leese adding the other, as Port Vale won 5-1 against Coventry City.
 
Kitty Jones and Bonnie Mountford scored the goals as Division One South table toppers Leamington Lions beat Cookley Sports 2-1 to maintain their lead of two points from Solihull Sporting, 5-1 winners at Sedgley & Gornal Utd thanks to Naomi Melbourne (2), Victoria Cook, Isabelle Haigh and Maddison Scandrett, and Knowle who defeated Droitwich Spa 4-0 with goals from Camile Abbotts, Jessica Barlow, Rachel Keen and Annie Stanway. Elloise Russell, Chloe Schulze and Kellie Smith were the markswomen for Kingfisher as they leapfrogged Rugby Borough in the table by beating them 3-0.
 

 

 
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Evans and Weir return for double header   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 13 Oct 2021
 
After missing the opening World Cup qualifying matches in September, Caroline Weir and Lisa Evans have recovered from their injuries and been named in the Scotland squad ahead of two matches against Hungary and Sweden.
 
Fresh from scoring at Hampden Park, against the Faroe Islands, Jenna Clark has received the nod once again, along with Amy Muir who has been recalled into the squad.
 
In midfield, Chloe Arthur will be looking to add to her two goals at Hampden Park in the last outing. Martha Thomas misses out for the two games through injury.
 
First up for Pedro Martinez Losa's side is Hungary, who Scotland defeated 2-0 last month in Budapest, at Hampden Park on Friday 22nd October (7.35pm). Scotland will then take on Olympic finalists and the second best team in the world, Sweden, in Paisley.
 
Scotland will play their second match of the qualification campaign at Hampden Park, against Hungary as Pedro's side look to build on the 7-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
 
The match against Sweden will see Scotland make their return to Paisley, at a ground that holds fond memories for the SWNT, due to COP26 activity at Hampden Park. The SMiSA Stadium will therefore host on Tuesday 26th October, kick off 7.05pm.
 
Scotland squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City320
Eartha CUMINGSCharlton Athletic00
Jenna FIFERangers60
Rachel McLAUCHLANRangers120
Nicola DOCHERTYRangers270
Amy MUIRHibernian10
Rachel CORSIEKansas City12517
Jenna CLARKGlasgow City11
Jennifer BEATTIEArsenal13323
Sophie HOWARDLeicester City211
Leah EDDIEHibernian00
Lucy GRAHAMEverton120
Chloe ARTHURAston Villa242
Lisa ROBERTSONBirmingham City *40
Lisa EVANSWest Ham Utd *8617
Kirsty HANSONManchester Utd91
Rachael BOYLEHibernian390
Christy GRIMSHAWAC Milan41
Caroline WEIRManchester City7913
Lana CLELLANDUS Sassuolo CF294
Jane ROSSRangers13862
Zoe NESSRangers101
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea4518
Claire EMSLIEEverton369
Lauren DAVIDSONGlasgow City10

 

 
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England Under-23 to play Belgium   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 13 Oct 2021
 
England are to play an Under-23 match against Belgium as Sarina Wiegman looks to increase opportunities for promising players in the senior pathway.
 
The Under-23s will travel to the Stade Leburton in Tubize for the international fixture on 25th October (kick off 1.30pm), with experienced coach Mo Marley returning to guide the squad on an interim basis.
 
The training camp prior to departure will be at St George's Park under the guidance of Marley who will mentor Emma Coates and England's most capped player Fara Williams, alongside goalkeeper coach Tom Pressman to complete the coaching team.
 
Kay Cossington, Head of Women's Technical, said: "Sarina and her staff want to bridge the gap between the age groups and the seniors, and after 18 months of
limited international football in the women's game we can start to make up for lost opportunities.
 
"Emma and Fara will benefit greatly from working with Mo on this camp, as part of our commitment to helping our young coaches to get as much varied experience as
possible. I am sure the players will relish the chance to be involved in international football and show what they can do."
 
Meanwhile, the Under-17s returned this week after making it through the first round of qualifying in the 2022 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship in Poland.
 
The squad will now enter the next round in the New Year as one of 28 teams hoping to secure one of seven spots in the eight-team finals to be held in Bosnia-
Herzegovina next May.
 
England Under-23 squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Fran BENTLEYBristol City *
Emily RAMSEYBirmingham City *
Fran STENSONBrighton & Hove Albion **
Asmita ALETottenham Hotspur
Megan FINNIGANEverton
Gabrielle GEORGEEverton
Taylor HINDSLiverpool
Maya LE TISSIERBrighton & Hove Albion
Mayumi PACHECOAston Villa
Anna PATTENArsenal
Poppy PATTINSONEverton
Kiera SKEELSCharlton Athletic
Missy Bo KEARNSLiverpool
Ruby GRANTUniv of North Carolina
Melisa FILISWest Ham Utd
Jessica PARKManchester City
Molly PIKELeicester City
Angela ADDISONTottenham Hotspur
Ellie BRAZILBrighton & Hove Albion
Emma HARRIESReading FC Women
Jessica NAZTottenham Hotspur
Katie ROBINSONBrighton & Hove Albion
Ebony SALMONRacing Louisville

 
* on loan from Manchester Utd
** on loan from Arsenal
 

 
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FAWNL Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 13 Oct 2021
 
The draw for the First Round of the FA Women's National League Cup has been made.
 
Ties are to be played on Sunday 7th November.
 
FIRST ROUND DRAW:
 
Billericay Town v Enfield Town
Cambridge Utd v Loughborough Lightning
Chichester & Selsey v Plymouth Argyle
Derby County v Burton Albion
Durham Cestria v AFC Fylde Women
Gillingham v Crawley Wasps
Hashtag Utd v AFC Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
Ipswich Town v Southampton FC Women
Liverpool Feds v Chorley
Milton Keynes Dons v Cambridge City
Newcastle Utd v Brighouse Town
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Chester-le-Street Town
Oxford Utd v Bridgwater Utd
Southampton Women v Cardiff City Ladies
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Hull City
 

 
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FAWNL Plate draw   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 13 Oct 2021
 
The draw for the First Round of the FA Women's National League Plate has been made.
 
Ties are to be played on Sunday 7th November.
 
FIRST ROUND DRAW:
 
Actonians Ladies v Cheltenham Town
AFC Wimbledon v Chesham Utd
Bedworth Utd v Buckland Athletic
Bradford City v Boldmere St Michaels
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Nottingham Forest
Exeter City v Keynsham Town
Holwell Sports v Larkhall Athletic
Leafield Athletic v Leek Town
Leeds Utd v Stockport County
Poole Town v London Seaward
Portishead Town v Harlow Town
Portsmouth v Hounslow Women
Sporting Khalsa v Lincoln City
Stevenage Women v Queen's Park Rangers
Wem Town v West Bromwich Albion
Bye - Alnwick Town
 

 
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England name squad for October qualifiers   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 13 Oct 2021
 
England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named a 24-player squad for their October World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Latvia.
 
Following England's 8-0 victory over North Macedonia and 10-0 triumph away to Luxembourg, England continue to target qualification for the 2023 World Cup in
Australia and New Zealand.
 
England face Group D opponents Northern Ireland in their first ever competitive fixture at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd October [kick off: 5.15pm BST], before
travelling to Riga to face Latvia at the Daugava Stadium on 26 October [kick-off: 6:30pm BST].
 
Wiegman's second squad since joining England sees the return of Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and Manchester United forward Alessia Russo, whilst
Manchester City's Keira Walsh also makes a welcome return to international duty following injury. England are without senior internationals Lucy Bronze, Steph
Houghton and Ellie Roebuck as they continue their return to fitness.
 
Youngsters Jessica Carter, Niamh Charles, Lauren Hemp, Sandy McIver, Ella Toone and Lotte Wubben-Moy have all retained their place in Wiegman's youthful squad.
 
Ballon d'Or nominee Ellen White, who was shortlisted for the prestigious award alongside her England team mate Fran Kirby, is close to breaking the England Women's goalscoring record, requiring four goals to surpass Kelly Smith's record of 46.
 
Head coach Sarina Wiegman said: "After a wonderful start to our World Cup qualifying campaign last month, we are incredibly excited to play our first competitive
fixture at Wembley Stadium.
 
"The incredible atmosphere our supporters generated at St Mary's Stadium for our match against North Macedonia gave our players and staff a tremendous lift, so the prospect of playing in front of thousands of fans at our national stadium later this month will be a special moment.
 
"Northern Ireland have made strong progress in recent years, qualifying earlier this year for the 2022 home UEFA Women's EURO. On top of that, their recent 4-0
victory over Latvia shows the strength of their team and their determination to qualify for the World Cup.
 
"I can't wait to get back together with our squad this weekend. Every player showed great ability and the collective positivity and ambition within the group was fantastic to see. We do still have one or two injuries to key players to contend with, but the depth in our squad is very strong.
 
"We hope to give our supporters more reasons to celebrate this month as we continue our progress towards qualification."
 
The Lionesses meet up at England's St George's Park base this Sunday before making the journey to London ahead of their historic competitive fixture at Wembley
Stadium.
 
Fans can purchase tickets for England v Northern Ireland by visiting TheFA.com/tickets. Tickets are priced from £20 for adults and £2.50 for children. Concessions and group discounts are also available.
 
England squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Mary EARPSManchester Utd100
Hannah HAMPTONAston Villa00
Sandy MacIVEREverton10
Millie BRIGHTChelsea412
Jess CARTERChelsea10
Niamh CHARLESChelsea20
Rachel DALYHouston Dash405
Alex GREENWOODManchester City505
Demi STOKESManchester City611
Lotte WUBBEN-MOYArsenal40
Jill SCOTTManchester City15324
Lucy STANIFORTHManchester Utd162
Georgia STANWAYManchester City232
Keira WALSHManchester City290
Leah WILLIAMSONArsenal221
Katie ZELEMManchester Utd00
Beth ENGLANDChelsea125
Lauren HEMPManchester City100
Fran KIRBYChelsea4613
Beth MEADArsenal289
Nikita PARRISArsenal5415
Alessia RUSSOManchester Utd10
Ella TOONEManchester Utd42
Ellen WHITEManchester City9743

 

 
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National League round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football WNL South News - 13 Oct 2021
 
National League Cup
Fylde Women kept up their good start to the season by winning 5-2 away to Sheffield FC, to secure their place in the last 32 of the League Cup. Mel Bartley, Jodie Mortimer, Jess Holbrook, Sasha Rowe and Hannah Forster all scored a goal apiece for the Coasters, with Lauren Evison and Yasmin Mason replying.
 
Derby County are another team in good form and they progressed with a 5-0 victory over Barnsley. Emily Joyce and Megan Tinsley each netted twice for the Ewe Rams, with Ellie Gilliatt adding the other goal.
 
The all-Northern Premier Division tie went the way of Brighouse Town who ran out 5-2 winners against Stoke City. Amy Woodruff led the scoring for Brighouse with a hat-trick and Leah Embley weighed in with a double, whilst Stoke's replies came from Callan Barber and Beth Roberts.
 
Oxford Utd swept through with a 5-0 victory against Swindon Town. Sophie Baker led the scoring for the U's by bagging a hat-trick, with Beth Lumsden adding the other two goals.
 
Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile edged out Long Eaton Utd by the odd goal in seven. Bianca Owens scored the winner for Norton deep into injury time, her second goal on the day, to add to further strikes from Lily Patrick and Sacha Millward whilst Long Eaton replied through Laura Dexter, Alexia Spokes and Cala Thornton.
 
AFC Bournemouth were the other team to reach the First Round, thanks to a 5-0 win against Kent Football Utd. Katie James netted a brace for the Cherries, whose other markswomen were Becki Bath, Rebecca Barron and Alexis Bussell.
 
National League Plate
Stockport County continued their improving form by winning 3-0 away to FC United of Manchester. Emily Bradshaw scored two first half goals and Jess Battle added a third after the break, to repeat the scoreline when the teams met in the league two weeks earlier.
 
Leafield Athletic went through to the next round as a Daisy-Mai Clements hat-trick took them to a 3-1 victory over Solihull Moors, whose reply came via a Lois Jefferies penalty.
 
Sporting Khalsa built on their recent improving league form by beating Peterborough Utd 5-2. Hannah Pendred hit a double for the Posh Ladies but Louisa Anderson, Sarah Hazell, Rebecca Gill-Parsons, Chloe Handy and Molly Wright accounted for the goals as Khalsa booked their place in the First Round.
 
Queen's Park Rangers made the trip to Maidenhead Utd and returned with a 6-1 victory under their belts. Melanie Hall netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Joanna Blodgett, Laura Hennessey, Brogan Moore and an own goal, with Kirsty Matthews responding.
 
AFC Wimbledon are also through to the First Round, courtesy of a 4-0 success away to Norwich City. Megan Stow bagged a double for the Dons, with one apiece from Ashlee Hincks and Katie Stanley.
 
Northern Premier Division
Wolverhampton Wanderers have taken a four point lead at the top of the Northern Premier Division following their 3-2 victory against Hull City on Sunday. Helen Dermody, Leonie Joyce and Lauren Riley scored the goals to strengthen their side's position as leaders but a spirited Hull side pushed them close, with replies from Liberty Bott and Emily Smith.
 
Huddersfield Town meanwhile moved up to third, thanks to a 3-1 win away to West Bromwich Albion, bringing a halt to the home side's recent improved form. Laura Elford was on target twice for Town along with Serena Fletcher, whilst Albion's consolation came from Shannon Stamps.
 
Middlesbrough claimed an important 2-1 victory at Loughborough Lightning, which takes them out of the bottom two places. Armani Maxwell and Rebecca Olley scored the goals for 'Boro, whilst Loughborough's reply came via an own goal.
 
Southern Premier Division
With Southampton FC Women not having a game on Sunday, Ipswich Town took the opportunity to regain the leadership with a 3-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons. Zoe Barratt was on target twice for Ipswich, with Lucy O'Brien adding the other.
 
Bridgwater Utd's first match under the interim management of Jamie Harris ended in a fine 2-0 win away to Portsmouth. Poppy Wilson gave Bridgwater the lead on the stroke of half time, with Meesha Dudley-Jones adding the other goal midway through the second half.
 
Crawley Wasps moved back up the table following their 5-0 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Ciara Boyland netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Naomi Cole, Imogen Lancaster and Emma Plewa.
 
London Bees are in mid-table after halting the recent fine form of Gillingham by beating them 4-0. The Bees led at half time through a goal from Hannah Porter who added a second just before the hour mark, Jo Wilson then made it three and Courtnay Ward-Chambers rounded off the scoring late on.
 
Keynsham Town meanwhile picked up three crucial points from a 1-0 success away to Hounslow Women. Kerry Bartlett gave her side an important result when she scored a late winning goal.
 
Division One North
Only one match was played in the division on Sunday but it did not lack for goals, as leaders Leeds Utd shared a 5-5 draw with Durham Cestria. Leeds raced into a three-goal lead in the first half thanks to Rebecca Hunt, Abbie Brown and Olivia Smart and after Jordan Atkinson had pulled one back for Durham, Laura Bartup restored the three-goal advantage before half time. Atkinson scored again after the break but after Bartup had netted her second for Leeds, the Wildcats staged a fight back to peg them back. Ellen Turnbull netted twice, either side of a hat-trick goal from Atkinson, to give Durham what had seemed an unlikely point at one stage.
 
Division One Midlands
Lincoln City increased their lead at the top to five points after they defeated Holwell Sports 3-1. Leah Hardy netted two second half goals for the Lady Imps and Jeorgia Carr was also on target, with Katie Lowder replying.
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by beating Leek Town 5-0, a result which takes them into third place. Jessica Andrew netted two of the goals for the Belles and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlotte Dinsdale, Nadia Khan and Jasmine Saxton.
 
Bedworth Utd meanwhile celebrated their first league victory of the season, running out 4-1 winners away to Burton Albion. Sophie Wilson spearheaded the win for Bedworth by scoring a hat-trick and Kirsty Farnsworth was also on target, with Danielle Oxley scoring the Lady Brewers' consolation.
 
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd scored eight times without reply past Harlow Town to stay three points clear at the top of the table. Amy-Leigh Abrehart bagged a hat-trick and there were doubles from Emma Samways and Kelly Wealthall, whilst Cerys Adams completed the tally.
 
Billericay Town made sure of staying on the Tags' heels in second place, courtesy of a 3-2 win against Enfield Town. Ellie Jeffkins netted twice for Billericay and Zoe Rushen added the other, with Enfield's replies coming from Mollie Kmita and Che Thomas.
 
Third placed Actonians Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table London Seaward. Sharon Odofin gave Actonians the lead just after the half hour mark, with Niamh Carty earning Seaward a share of the spoils when she equalised on the stroke of half time.
 
Cambridge Utd meanwhile got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success away to Stevenage Women, thanks to a goal apiece from Laura Baker and Laura Mitchell.
 
Division One South West
Southampton Women took advantage of Cheltenham Town not having a match by replacing them at the top of the table with a 7-0 victory over Portishead Town. Sian Wylie led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Rachel Okoro weighed in with a brace and Brittany Jeal added the other to give Southampton the win they required in order to move above Cheltenham on goal difference.
 
A win would have Chesham Utd to within one point of the top two but a fightback from Larkhall Athletic denied them the opportunity, the match eventually finished 4-4. Amina Hanif scored twice and Gemma Fraser the other as Chesham raced into a three-goal lead in the first half but the Larks hit back before the break with a double from Rhian Robbins. Sky Hull then equalised via a free kick after the restart and Eleanor-Marie Briscoe then put Larkhall ahead for the first time but now it was Chesham's turn to respond, Kate Bowers levelling once more from the penalty spot. Both teams went close at the end of a thrilling match but the points were eventually shared.
 

 

 
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Met maintain pace   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 13 Oct 2021
 
Cardiff Met Women have held on to top spot in the Genero Adran League Premier Division after they won 4-0 away to Barry Town Utd.
 
Met got off to a great start with two goals scored inside the opening eighteen minutes, thanks to Emily Allen and Taylor O'Leary, and after Laura May Walkley had made it three early in the second half, Emily Richards rounded off the scoring with eight minutes left.
 
Met therefore hang on to the leadership on goal difference from Cardiff City Women, who were 2-1 winners against Pontypridd Town. Megan Saunders gave City a third minute lead, which was cancelled out just after the quarter hour by Niamh Tinman. Saunders then netted her second goal midway through the second half and it was enough to earn City a fifth win in six matches.
 
Port Talbot Town meanwhile continued their improving win with a second win on the trot, 2-0 against The New Saints. Both goals came in the last few minutes of the game, Coryn Sexton putting Port Talbot in front and Freya Davies wrapping up the win in injury time.
 
The other match was postponed due to Swansea City being involved in the FAW Women's Cup and they booked their place in the last sixteen with a convincing victory over Coed Duon, which was led by a six-goal haul from Chloe Chivers. Swansea will be away to Cardiff Wanderers in the last sixteen.
 

 
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Rangers stretching the pace   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 13 Oct 2021
 
After a seven-goal blast in midweek to take them top of SWPL 1, Rangers went one better on Sunday when they ran out 8-0 winners over Aberdeen.
 
Kayla McCoy netted a first half brace and went on to complete her hat-trick after the break, and she was joinde on the scoresheet by Lizzie Arnot, who bagged a brace, Kirsten Reilly, Chelsea Cornet and Jane Ross.
 
Rangers have a two point lead over the two teams below them, headed by Glasgow City who notched up a 2-0 victory away to Hearts. Aoife Colvill opened the scoring for City after ten minues and Hayley Lauder added the second goal ahead of the interval.
 
Celtic kept themselves nicely in touch as they scored six times without reply at Hamilton Academical. Six different players got on the scoresheet for the Hoops, Jacynta Galabadaarachchi opening the scoring after four minutes and Kathleen McGovern made it two, before Charlie Wellings and Cheyenne Shorts added further goals on the stroke of half time. After the break, Caitlin Hayes and Olivia Chance rounded off the scoring for Celtic who are still two points off the pace.
 
Partick Thistle are off the bottom and into mid-table with a fine 3-2 win against fourth placed Hibernian. Siobhan Hunter put Hibs in front but after the break, Thistle hit back strongly with three goals in a thirteen minute spell, Amy Bulloch equalising from the penalty spot before Rebecca McGowan and Bulloch put them in control of the game. Colette Cavanagh did pull a goal back for Hibs but Partick held on for one of their biggest ever victories.
 
The two teams immediately below Partick in the table are Spartans and Motherwell who meeting finished in a goalless draw. For Spartans, the point and clean sheet were both welcome after two big defeats and Motherwell were able to build on their first victory seven days earlier.
 
With Glasgow Women not having a game, Dundee Utd took the chance to open up a lead of three points at the top of SWPL 2 after they won 2-1 away to Boroughmuir Thistle. Elvie McLean did give Boroughmuir the lead from the penalty spot, midway through the first half, but Jade McLaren brought United back on level terms before the break and with twelve minutes to go, Chloe Clemison scored to give her side a fourth win in five matches.
 
Kilmarnock have climbed above Boroughmuir and into third place, thanks to a 4-2 victory away to St Johnstone. Lisa Swanson and Kirsty O'Brien put Killie two goals ahead inside the opening quarter hour and after Ellie Cowie pulled one back after the interval, Georgia Crooks restored the two-goal advantage five minutes later. Morgan Steedman gave St Johnstone renewed hope as she reduced the arrears again by the hour but after the game was in the balance for a while, O'Brien scored her second goal late on to seal a hard earned win for Kilmarnock.
 
Stirling University claimed their first victory of the season and completed a trio of away wins in the division when they beat Queen's Park 2-0. Rebecca Roberston gave Stirling the lead shortly after half time and Iris Ramage made the game safe with seventeen minutes remaining when she scored the second.
 

 
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 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 13 Oct 2021
 
The Reserve Section League Cup got underway last Sunday with the Determining Round ties being played. Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough eased through by winning 4-1 against Bradford City, Kerri Heslop netting twice alongside Rebecca Morris and Hannah Robson. Huddersfield Town meanwhile defeated Stockport County 5-1, courtesy of Tara Duce (2), Falone Sumaili, Cassidy Clift and Sian Gibrill-Keating. Liverpool Feds got the better of Loughborough Lightning in a high scoring affair, winning 7-5 after extra time, whilst Jasmine Elliott-Wood and Chloe Ryan each hit hat-tricks for Durham Cestria in their 9-1 victory over Barnsley. Cassie Donald, Rebecca Henderson and Rebecca Bell accounted for the Wildcats' other goals. Aleesha Collins, Chloe Drury, Jessica Hodge, Taylor Howarth, Beth MacDonald and Grace Foy accounted for the goals as Chorley defeated Leeds Utd 6-1. Wolverhampton Wanderers scored six without reply away to Doncaster Rovers Belles, Chantelle Teare netting twice along with Harriett Wellings, Beth Grady, Thea Clearkin and Isobel Redding, meanwhile Seanna McCann-Lloyd bagged a hat-trick with Lauren Wilshaw (2), Mya Lewis-Powell (2), Ava Suckley, Sarah Jones and Polly Barrow adding the others for Stoke City in their 10-2 victory over Solihull Moors. Alivia Chambers scored the only goal as Lincoln City beat Sporting Khalsa 1-0 and Cambridge Utd were 5-1 winners over Leicester City, Tabitha Brignell netting a hat-trick and Grace Camfield the other two. Cambridge City though were beaten 2-1 by Enfield Town, whose goals came from Holly Holt and Claire Huggins. South East Division leaders Watford were beaten on penalties by Milton Keynes Dons after the teams had battled out a 1-1 draw. Crystal Palace raced to an 8-2 victory away to Hashtag Utd, Alexandre-Sarah Bokotshi and Ella-Mai Coutts each netting twice along with Syke Bacon, Morgan Searle, Rosa Tims and Alex Hayman. Aulona Xhema, Libby Skinner, Cloe O'Brien and an own goal saw West Ham Utd to a 4-1 victory at Norwich City and AFC Wimbledon defeated Stevenage Women with goals from Lucy Collins (2), Khyri McKenzie, Elisaveta Lyutakova and Szofia Siber. Lily-Mae Hillier, Honor Norton, Taylor Bell, Kayleigh Cartwright and Isabelle Tomlin accounted for the goals as Charlton Athletic won 5-0 against Billericay Town, whilst Erin Hartigan was on target four times for Oxford Utd against London Seaward. Nicole Leys, Holly Sellwood and Merrick Will each netted twice, with Katie Sherwood and Anais Harris-Beechers rounding off the scoring. Kaylee Buckingham also bagged a four-goal haul for Southampton FC Women in their victory over Keynsham Town, Sky Bedwell and Katie Rood each netting twice and Emilie Castagna was also on the scoresheet. Ellie-Mae Bell scored twice for Bridgwater Utd in their 3-0 win away to Portsmouth and Lewes beat Chichester & Selsey 6-0.
 

 
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 Women's Football FA Women's Championship News - 11 Oct 2021
 
A 2-0 victory over local rivals Sunderland keeps Durham Women two points clear at the top of the FA Women's Championship.
 
A well contested local derby remained goalless until just before the hour mark, when Beth Hepple fired in a trademark free kick to open the scoring. Mollie Lambert then lobbed home the second to put the seal on a fifth win in six matches for the Wildcats.
 
The result actually returned Durham to the top of the table because on Saturday, Liverpool had gone there for the first time this season after winning 2-0 away to Sheffield Utd. Top spot was on offer for the winners of the match and it was the Reds who took the points with two first half goals, Charlotte Wardlaw giving them a fifth minute lead and Leanne Kiernan scoring the second just ahead of the interval.
 
London City Lionesses meanwhile came from behind to win 2-1 against Watford to move into the top three. Helen Ward gave Watford the lead midway through the second half but her side's hopes of a first victory were dashed as the Lionesses fought back to take the points with two goals in a six minute spell, Brooke Nunn bringing the scores level and Annie Rossiter then scored the winner after being set up by Mollie Rouse.
 
Charlton Athletic made it four wins in five games when they defeated Bristol City 2-1. Emma Follis put the Addicks in front early on but City fought back and levelled the scores through Abi Harrison just before half time. Charlton were to have the final say as the game went into injury time, Follis heading home her second goal on the day from a Megan Wynne cross to maintain her side's good start to the season.
 
Crystal Palace picked up their first away win of the season when they edged Coventry Utd by the odd goal in five. Olivia Fergusson gave Coventry an early lead which they held until first half injury time, when Sophie McLean brought the scores level. Molly-Mae Sharpe then put Palace in front, with Rio Hardy equalising a minute later, and it was Palace who were to settle a thrilling match when Siobhan Wilson scored the rebound after Millie Farrow's shot was saved.
 
Lewes moved out of the bottom three on the back of a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers. Ellie Hack scored the only goal after two minutes and although both sides had chances throughout the game, it was the Rookettes who were to claim their second win of the season.
 

 
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