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West Ham United v Huddersfield Town   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2019
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
West Ham Utd survived a first half scare to beat Blackburn Rovers and book their place in the last sixteen. Adriana Leon netted a goal in each half and Brianna Visalli added the other to take the Hammers through to a tie against Huddersfield Town, the last remaining National League club in the competition and who came from three goals behind to beat Charlton Athletic on a penalty shootout in the Fourth Round.
 
The club was formed in June 1988 as Huddersfield Ladies FC and joined the North-East Regional League Division 2 where, in their first season, they won the league Cup and were promoted to Division one as champions. Over the next few seasons there were signs that an exciting team was beginning to emerge and season 1992-3 saw them 3rd in the league and runners-up in the League Cup. At the end of 1992-3 season, Huddersfield Ladies merged with Huddersfield Town Juniors, becoming Huddersfield Town Ladies FC.
 
Season 1993-94 saw the 1st team carry all before them, losing only once all season and winning the League championship, the league cup, the Yorkshire cup. The following season saw the 1st team retain the league championship, winning all 16 league matches and scoring 101 goals in the process. Eventually Town were relegated twice over successive seasons to the Yorkshire and Humberside Premier League. However, in the same period a lot of time and effort was invested in producing a new crop of talented young players from within our own junior ranks.
 
During the 2006-07 season the first team finished in second place in the first season of the North East Regional Women's Premier Division. In the 2010-11 season the club won the NERWPL, league and cup double and gained promotion to the Northern Women's Combination league under the management of Mickey Booth.
 
After 14 years in charge, Mickey decided to step down as first team manager at the end of the 2012-13 season. Three excellent coaches were appointed with Glen Preston as manager, and Ashley Vickers and Fraser Green as his assistants for the 2013-14 season. Their first season in charge couldn't have gone much better, winning the Northern Women's Combination league championship by a margin of eight points and gaining promotion to the FAWPL Northern Division.
 
In their four seasons since promotion to the FAWPL Premier Division, Huddersfield Town Ladies have finished 5th, 8th, 9th and 6th respectively and Ash Vickers now manages the team with Lee Harrison and Michael Emery acting as his assistants.
 
The team is captained by Kate Mallin who started as a junior at 11 and is now 29 years old. 19-year-old Brittany Sanderson is leading scorer this season with 21 goals in all competitions. Goalkeeper Laura Carter deserves a special mention as she is one of the longest serving players and was in heroic form on Sunday, making a number of telling saves during the game as well as the crucial penalty save in the shootout.
 
The club is fully self funded and nobody within the club is paid, all players and behind the scenes staff work in a voluntary capacity.
 
West Ham Utd (from): Becky Spencer, Ria Percival, Erin Simon, Brooke Hendrix, Gilly Flaherty, Tessel Middag, Alisha Lehmann, Leanne Kiernan, Jane Ross, Julia Simic, Claire Rafferty, Kate Longhurst, Anna Moorhouse, Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli, Rosie Kmita, Esmee de Graaf, Lucienne Reichardt, Adriana Leon, So-hyun Cho.
 
Huddersfield Town (from): Laura Carter, Millie Turner, Shauna Legge, Kate Mallin, Vicky Abbott, Katie Nutter, Charley Evans, Sarah Danby, Laura Elford, Brittany Sanderson, Ella Harris, Charlotte Oates, Cara Bickett, Arianne Parnham, Sarah Dobby, Lucy Sowerby, Leoni Price, Anna Pedersen, Olivia Taylor, Isobel Boothroyd, Macy Ellis, Ainsley Strickland, Emily Cahill.

 

 
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Aston Villa v Sheffield United   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2019
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
Alethea Paul and Veatriki Sarri scored the goals as Sheffield Utd won 2-0 away to Loughborough Foxes to reach the last sixteen for the first time in their history. The Blades now travel to take on fellow FA Women's Championship side Aston Villa, who came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 thanks to Kerri Welsh and Sophie Haywood.
 
Aston Villa Ladies Football Club was formed in 1973 as Solihull FC. When Aston Villa asked for help in forming a ladies team in 1989, Solihull responded.
 
The club agreed to change their name in 1996 to become the officially recognised ladies team of Aston Villa. In 1998, Villa won promotion to the Northern Division of the FA Women's Premier League. The club earned a spot in Women's Super League Two, as it was formerly known, in 2011 before winning their only major honour in the FA Women's League Cup two years later.
 
At just 27-years-old, Gemma Davies is one of the youngest Head Coaches in women's football. With a UEFA A Licence to her name, she has set about implementing her own ideas since taking over in June.
 
The squad includes the likes of Jodie Hutton, a powerful winger with a wicked left foot, she has made herself a first team regular at the age of just 17. The homegrown talent showed flashes of her influence in pre-season, netting five times in six games. The club's longest serving player, Jade Richards was appointed captain during the summer after the retirement of Chloe Jones. Dominant in the air, Richards leads by example from centre back. Elisha N'dow has been a mainstay of the Aston Villa team for the past few years, cementing herself as a key component on the backline. Quick and tough in the tackle, expect to see N'dow starting attacks from the back.
 
Aston Villa (from): Sian Rogers, Hayley Crackle, Asmita Ale, Ria Elsmore, Elisha N'Dow, Jade Richards, Alice Hassall, Aoife Hurley, Alison Hall, Kerri Welsh, Amy West, Jodie Hutton, Hollie Gibson, Tanisha Smith, Sophie Haywood, Aja Aguirre, Natasha Baptiste, Phoebe Warner, Nadine Hanssen, Ashlee Brown.
 
Sheffield Utd (from): Nikki Davies, Sophie Barker, Sam Tierney, Jade Pennock, Dan Cox, Nik Kemp, Ellie Gilliatt, Sophie Jones, Bex Rayner, Alethea Paul, Chloe Dixon, Hollie Barker, Jodie Hartley, Izzy Ford, Tania Marsden, Veatriki Sarri, Maddy Cusack, Jodie Michalska, Lisa Ryan, Lauren Joyce, Ellie Fletcher, Ebony Salmon.

 

 
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We talk to...Ashlea Hargreaves (Birmingham & West Midlands)   Share This 
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 Midlands News - 17 Feb 2019
 
WNL Division 1 Midlands News - We talk to...Ashlea Hargreaves (Birmingham & West Midlands) - 17 Feb 2019 - Women's Football NewsBirmingham & West Midlands gave their challenge for a top two place in FAWNL Division One Midlands a huge boost with a 3-1 win away to second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
 
We talked BWM vice captain Ashlea Hargreaves, who praised the management team for the performance in winning against Wolves but admitted that they are taking nothing for granted as they aim to finish as high as they can:
 
WSS: Congratulations on an impressive win on Sunday, is that one of your best performances of the season so far?
AH: Absolutely. I feel as though it has highlighted how far we've come as a team this season. I believe the majority of that is down to the management staff and how they've implemented this season's programme. Obviously this has required dedication and adherence from the girls in which everyone has been fully on board.
 
WSS: Wolves hadn't conceded a goal at home in the league, let alone lost a game. Does that put into perspective just what a good result this was?
AH: That's interesting and a fact I wasn't aware of! I can see why as they're a strong defensive side. Marcus changed the formation at half time which created some really good chances and our patient build up play eventually paid off.
 
WSS: Did you feel that the game was won when you scored the third goal?
AH: I'm not going to lie - I did breathe a heavy sigh of relief! Wolves were starting to threaten and we had to ride a decent amount of pressure, especially with the addition of Jade Cross into the picture. We're lucky in the fact we have talented players, like Evie Gallop, who possess that ability to dribble past 4/5 players and finish as she did.
 
WSS: That makes it six wins in seven matches, is the run mainly down to confidence or has there been another big factor behind the team's good form?
AH: I think we've got a really good positive mentality within the group at the moment. This is a big transition season for us with the addition of the university girls and we've got some great characters in the club. We've got to give massive credit to the infrastructure that the likes of Helen Carver (general manager) has installed over the years to enforce high standards in all aspects of the club which promotes that winning mentality.
 
WSS: After a week's break, you return to action next week with a trip to The New Saints, what kind of game are you expecting there?
AH: I don't think we can take any game for granted in this league. Since their addition to the league, TNS have always proved to be a good opposition. It will be a good test of character and hopefully we can build on our recent run of form.
 
WSS: The Wolves win has done your chances of finishing runners-up a power of good, do you think that you would need to win virtually all of your remaining games if you wanted to finish in second place?
AH: I think its sensible to take each game as it comes as different opposite pose a different threat. It will no doubt be an exciting finish to what's been a brilliant season for us. But it's important to take each game as it comes and focus on the task in hand each particular week.
 
WSS: Realistically, do you think that West Bromwich Albion are now well on their way to the title or do you still think they can be caught?
AH: They've been a consistently strong side throughout the season. It's our job to stay focused on our performances in order for us to finish in the best possible league position.
 
Our thanks to Ashlea!
 
Photo by Mark Birchill Photography
 

 
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Scotland Under-16 squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 17 Feb 2019
 
Scotland Women's Under-16s Head Coach Paul Brownlie has named his side for an UEFA International Development Tournament to be held in Portugal in February.
 
Taking place in the Algarve, Scotland will take on the Netherlands and Germany in addition to their hosts, the three fixtures taking place over a five-day timespan.
 
Scotland Under-16 squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Gail GILMOURDeveronvale Girls
Rachael JOHNSTONELewis & Harris WFC
Lynsey BAILLIECeltic
Abbie CUSACKCeltic
Addie HANDLEYBoroughmuir Thistle
Freya McDONALDRangers
Niamh MURPHYManchester United
Jenna PENMANDundee United
Rosie SLATERRangers
Summer CHRISTIEGlasgow City
Olivia KINGCeltic
Maria McANENYCeltic
Kate NICOLSONCeltic
Eva THOMSONWestdyke CC
Eilidh ADAMSHibernian
Reanna BATESRangers
Hannah JORDANRangers
Hannah ROBINSONRangers
Ellie-Jai REIDHibernian
Tegan BOWIECeltic

 

 
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Scotland name Algarve Cup squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 17 Feb 2019
 
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr has named a squad of 23 players for her side's upcoming fixtures at the Algarve Cup, as the SWNT prepares to make its first appearance at the tournament since 2002.
 
Included in the playing group is Arsenal midfielder Kim Little, who returns to the international setup for the first time since suffering a broken leg in October.
 
New Bristol City signing Abi Harrison is included in a Scotland squad for the first time since January 2018, whilst Rachel Corsie returns to captain Kerr's squad having missed January's friendly matches in La Manga due to club commitments.
 
Elsewhere, there is a settled feel to the squad as preparations continue for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with familiar faces such as Lee Alexander, Caroline Weir and Erin Cuthbert - Player of the Month for January in the FA Super League - all set to play their part in Portugal.
 
Including Scotland, seven of the 12 nations invited to compete at the Algarve Cup will be present in France this summer, providing Kerr's side with an invaluable opportunity to test themselves against world-leading opposition ahead of their debut on the biggest stage.
 
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "Kim's been in really good form. She played a few games in a relatively short space of time last month and looked really sharp. I thought she was outstanding in the Continental Cup semi-final last week too. She's raring to go. A player of her talent is definitely missed, not just on the pitch but around the squad too.
 
"We missed Rachel as a leader in La Manga. She's a fantastic communicator and a vital link between the players and support staff. We definitely missed her experience and leadership qualities.
 
"Having the experience of our captain and vice-captain back, along with characters like Emma [Mitchell] and Lee [Alexander], adds real value to our team dynamic.
 
"Abi was unfortunate not be involved in La Manga. She's gone down south and impressed for Bristol City - I was at her game last weekend and thought she did very well. There's no doubt she'll excel in that professional environment. She's not had an opportunity with us for over a year, but she's gone away and worked hard. She's fully deserving of her opportunity and I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do."
 
Scotland Algarve Cup squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City130
Jenna FIFEHibernian20
Shannon LYNNVittsjo GIK300
Chloe ARTHURBirmingham City170
Jennifer BEATTIEManchester City11922
Frankie BROWNBristol City950
Rachel CORSIEUtah Royals10316
Nicola DOCHERTYGlasgow City120
Emma MITCHELLArsenal597
Joelle MURRAYHibernian461
Kirsty SMITHManchester Utd320
Lizzie ARNOTManchester Utd200
Leanne CRICHTONGlasgow City613
Hayley LAUDERGlasgow City959
Kim LITTLEArsenal12549
Joanne LOVEGlasgow City18813
Christie MURRAYLiverpool584
Caroline WEIRManchester City576
Fiona BROWNFC Rosengard342
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea267
Claire EMSLIEManchester City173
Abi HARRISONBristol City10
Jane ROSSWest Ham Utd12357

 

 
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Relentless Reading cane Keynsham   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2019
 
FA Women's Cup News - Relentless Reading cane Keynsham - 17 Feb 2019 - Women's Football NewsReading FC Women 13 Keynsham Town 0
Reading set up a Fifth Round SSE Women's FA Cup with Birmingham City by putting thirteen unanswered goals past a depleted Keynsham Town at Woking FC.
 
After a scoreless opening twenty minutes during which the FAWNL Division One South West team had the best chance to break the deadlock, Reading forged ahead to lead by four at the break. A spell of five early second half goals in twelve minutes added to Keynsham's problems and, despite some excellent saves from Charlotte Haynes, the WSL team piled on the agony through subs Gemma Davison and Rakel Honnudottir.
 
Rachel Cullen had shot just wide for the visitors before Keynsham's prolific scorer Kerry Bartlett broke clear of the Reading back line only to see her shot blocked by the legs of Reading keeper Grace Moloney on 15 minutes. Reading took the lead with the first and most debatable of the three spot kicks they were awarded on the day, Fara Williams converting on 21 minutes.
 
A corner routine allowed Williams to score her second before another spot kick completed the treble for the England international. Perhaps the best goal of the day was the fourth, Jo Potter sending a fifty yard pass to pick out Lauren Bruton for an instant lobbed finish over Haynes on 38 minutes.
 
Haynes had already denied Bruton with a brilliant double save but Moloney had to be equally alert as lovely play from Christina Vega set up Bartlett for a shot which the Irish international tipped wide. Further good play by Justine Lorton gave Corinne Yorston a half chance which went high and wide as the visitors finished the half well.
 
Reading returned with real venom on the restart. Brooke Chaplen fired in from a narrow angle on 48 minutes then added the sixth soon after from a Charlie Estcourt pass. Williams set up Bruton for her second on 53 minutes. Williams then added another penalty and soon followed up by notching her fifth after an Estcourt shot came back off the post straight to her.
 
Estcourt got the goal her efforts deserved from another Williams cross on 68 minutes. Reading had brought on Jade Moore, Davison and Honnudottir and the Icelandic international notched a quick brace, latching on to rebounds from fine saves from the unlucky Haynes.
 
Davison eventually got clear of the back line on 84 minutes, slotting home the final goal to complete a very professional performance by the hosts.
 
Keynsham never stopped trying to play constructive passing football, never wasted time or resorted to foul play but their opponents, in need of a morale boost after some disappointing results, simply had too much quality, pace and skill all over the pitch.
 
Reading FC Women:
 
Grace Moloney, Becky Jane, Maz Pacheco, Fara Williams, Molly Bartrip, Kirsty Pearce, Lauren Bruton, Jade Bailey, Charlie Estcourt, Brooke Chaplen, Jo Potter. Subs: Rachel Furness, Gemma Davison, Natasha Harding, Rakel Honnudottir, Jade Moore, Lily Woodham, Rachael Laws.
 
Keynsham Town:
 
Charlotte Haynes, Hannah Davies, Kirsten Rendall, Rachel Cullen, Katie Jones, Corinne Yorston, Cristina Vega Leandro, Kelly Aldridge, Kerry Bartlett, Justine Lorton, Laura Williams. Sub: Nadine Grogan.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Kerry Bartlett gets in a shot for Keynsham
(middle) Gemma Davison shoots past Katie Jones
(bottom) Becky Jane is challenged by Laura Williams

 
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Jessica sets sights on Man City   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 17 Feb 2019
 
Tottenham Hotspur forward Jessica Naz knows how special it feels to be at Wembley on the day of the SSE Women's FA Cup final.
 
She was there as part of the Arsenal team, though not in the squad, as Chelsea beat them at the climax of the competition last season. After crossing the North London divide this summer, she has hopes of reaching the pinnacle of the competition again with her new side.
 
But it's going to be tough with the draw pitting them against Manchester City on Sunday, who are top of the FA Women's Super League, but Naz believes the nature of the competition means anything could happen.
 
"The FA Cup is one of the most magical cups," she said. "Anything can happen, we have seen different teams in different leagues beating the top teams.
 
"I think we have to go out there with the same mindset we do with other games and implement our game plan to stay strong.
 
"I was grateful to be part of it last year with Arsenal. It was a good experience to see the crowds and atmosphere being at Wembley.
 
"It was a great feeling and I would love for that to happen at Spurs. Everyone wants to be playing at Wembley with the best team against the best team."
 
Naz, 18, scored against Crystal Palace as Spurs cruised through to Round Five with a 3-0 away triumph. Now they face one of the Europe's best sides, but they have strong form of their own - which sees them sitting top of the FA Women's Championship.
 
Manchester United, new to the division this year, are arguably the favourites to finish top, but Naz believes promotion is a real possibility for her club.
 
"With the run we have got we are trying to get promotion," she said. "We will keep fighting because we want to be playing against the top teams in the top league. We will keep going, try to win all our games and go from there.
 
"It's going to be close. We focus on one game, try to win and then move on to the next one."
 
Naz geared up for round five by appearing at an SSE FA Cup roadshow event held for the SSE Wildcats at a Winchmore Hill Youth FC training session alongside her teammate Lucia Leon.
They were joined by football freestyle champion Liv Cooke for a training session and video filming - taking part in ‘dizzy penalties' and completing quiz questions.
 
Naz was impressed by the skills on show and the number of young girls now taking part in the sport across the country.
 
"They have got some excitement despite it being a cold day they were running around and enjoying themselves," she said.
 
"The sport has grown a lot. Back in the day when I was playing I would be the only girl at my primary school who was playing football.
 
"Now I see so many girls who want to take on the sport and play it. It's good to see so many girls love the sport and want to play."
 
As the energy behind women's football, SSE's ambition is to support girls of all ages in England, helping them join in football from grassroots to the elite level. For more information on SSE's sponsorships and activities visit sse.co.uk.
 
by Connor McLaughlin, Sportsbeat
 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier North East News - 17 Feb 2019
 
East Midlands League
League leaders Leicester City Women Development were held to a 3-3 draw by Eastwood Community. Jade Benford scored twice and Lucie Mugridge the other for City, who led 3-1 at one stage but now head the table by six points after being pegged back. Peterborough Utd have been handed a glimmer of hope following this result, boosting their own chances by winning 5-0 away to Leicester City Ladies, a result which takes them into third. Jessica Driscoll led the scoring for the Posh Ladies with a hat-trick, whilst Donna McGuigan and Kier Perkins were also on target.
 
Boston Utd strengthened their position at the top of Division One North with a crushing 13-1 victory over Retford Utd. Eleanor Spendelow led the scoring for Boston - who are now seven points clear - with a four-goal haul, Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Toni McHamilton each weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Lauren Carter, Demi Barai and Ella Tuplin. Lincoln Moorlands Railway continue to head the chasing teams, they won 2-0 away to Calverton MW thanks to Alice Hayes and Lauren Churcher. Lydia Clark and Laura Flecknor were on the scoresheet as Grimsby Borough defeated Ilkeston Town 2-0 to replace them in fourth place.
 
One match was played in Division One South, Notts County boosting their chances of a top three finish as they won 7-1 away to Corby Town. Bella Reed hit a hat-trick, Lashea Francis added a brace and there was one apiece from Courtney Walters and Jessica Knott as County extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.
 
Eastern Region League
Harlow Town are in the top half of the Premier Division following their 4-2 win away to fourth placed Wymondham Town. Poppy Binding netted twice for Harlow along with Tayla Handscombe and Ellie Wallace, whilst the home side replied through Chelsea Clarke and Hannah Waters.
 
In Division One, St Ives Town have opened up a lead of four points at the top of the table after they won 4-0 at King's Lynn Town. Tierney Coulson was on target twice for St Ives along with Hannah Seymour-Shove and an own goal.
 
Colney Heath are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after they defeated Lawford 3-0. Rianne Townsend-Brown netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlene Moreton.
 
London & South East League
League leaders AFC Phoenix were not in action on Sunday but they held on to the leadership after results around them went their way. A win would have seen Kent Football Utd take over at the top but instead they remain in second after being held to a 2-2 draw by Aylesford. Megan Burrows and Elizabeth Waldie netted the goals as Kent came from behind to earn themselves an important point, whilst Aylesford scored through Fiona Constable and Alison Draper. Whyteleafe meanwhile would have gone level on points with Phoenix with a victory at London Kent Football Utd but they remain third after being beaten 4-2. Emily Hart (2), Isabelle Michalski and Laura Susarta were on the scoresheet for London Kent, whilst the replies for 'Leafe came from K'shaela Burch-Waldron and Levi Chambers-Cook. Molly Hill hit a second half hat-trick as Eastbourne Town defeated Queen's Park Rangers Development 3-0 and Parkwood Rangers were 1-0 winners away to Fulham FC Foundation, Zoe Evans scoring the only goal of the game.
 
North East League
Runaway Premier Division leaders Durham Cestria did not play on Sunday, with South Shields trimming their advantage to eleven points by winning 3-0 away to Farsley Celtic, Dannika Purdham scoring a second half hat-trick. Hartlepool Utd meanwhile beat York City 7-1, Justine Robinson and Lucy Hammond-Garrington each scoring twice along with Caitlin Bates, Jade Pye and Robyn Ingram. Harrogate Town are also a single point off second place following their 6-1 victory over Rotherham Utd thanks to goals from Grace Foyer (2), Beth Clayton, Rachel McDonald, Sophie Simpson and Grace Adams. Wallsend Boys Club netted seven times without reply past Tynedale, Emma Hewett and Jessica Hooper each bagging braces with Samantha Deverdics, Rebecca Hansen and Jessica Havelock also on the scoresheet.
 
Northern Division leaders Redcar Town saw their thirteen match winning run brought to an end as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Consett Ladies. Beth Wilson and Carolanne Hughes scored the goals for Consett, whilst Jenny Dixon and Jessica Round were on target for Redcar. Sunderland West End moved to within seven points of leaders Redcar by beating St Cuthbert's Ladies 4-0, courtesy of goals from Kristen Whitfield (2), Allison Ferris and Kay Mills. Mel Darling and Stephanie Stafford each netted four times, along with Jade Barrett and Shaunie McFall, for Alnwick Town as they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 10-0 and Prudhoe Town won for the first time, 5-0 against Cramlington Utd thanks to Lauren Carnell (2), Katy Hemmingway (2) and Samantha Garcia.
 
North West League
FC United of Manchester continued their defence of the Argyle Sports Cup with a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Community, a result which takes them into the quarter finals. League leaders Tranmere Rovers also progressed with a 3-0 success away to fellow Premier Division side Mossley Hill, whilst Stockport County were 2-1 winners over Bury FC Women. Merseyrail Ladies meanwhile came through a tricky tie against Altrincham with a 3-1 victory. West Didsbury & Chorlton won 4-0 against Curzon Ashton in a clash between two of the top three in Division One South, whilst Chester FC Women scored five times without reply past Northwich Vixens. The much delayed Second Round tie was finally played with Cammell Laird winning 3-0 away to Didsbury Ladies.
 
Two of the scheduled First Round ties in the Argyle Sports Plate managed to beat the weather, including Division One North leaders Blackpool winning 3-2 against Penwortham Town. Wigan Athletic are the other team through to the last eight after beating Liverpool Feds Res 2-0.
 
In what was mainly a Cup week, one league match was played in Division One North, Carlisle Utd winning 4-2 away to Burscough Dynamo to narrow the gap on leaders Blackpool to seven points.
 
South West League
Leaders Keynsham Town Development returned to action with a 5-0 victory over Downend Flyers. Rhianna Ben-Carew was on target twice along with Emily Plummer, Libby Sims and Kiera Minall to take Keynsham three points clear at the top of the table. Callington Town ran out 7-0 winners against Middlezoy Rovers to go up to second, their highest position of the season to date. Adele Brown, Eleri Griffiths and Chloe Williams each bagged braces for the Cornish side, with Lisa Pearce also getting on the scoresheet.
 
Wootton Bassett Town have extended their lead in the Eastern Division to eight points after they defeated AEK Boco 5-0. Emily Arrell netted two of the goals and also on target were Holly Baker, Laura Jefferies and Hollie Timbrell. Third placed Cheltenham Town Development meanwhile won 1-0 against Swindon Town Development, Courtney Lusmore scoring the only goal of the game.
 
One match was played in the Western Division on Sunday, Desni Darch was on target as Weston-super-Mare battled out a 1-1 draw with Pen Mill, who replied through Charlie Lewis.
 
Southern Region League
The two teams sporting 100% records in the Premier Division met each other for the first time on Sunday and it was Southampton FC Ladies who ran out 5-0 winners over Oxford City. Shannon Sievwright netted twice along with Phoebe Williams, Chloe Newton and Ellie Chaffe. The table is still led though by AFC Bournemouth CST following their 8-0 victory against Woodley Utd. Maisy Smith and Chloe Tape each bagged braces and there was one apiece from Meg Vella, Emma Davis and Rebecca Miles plus an own goal. Warsash Wasps meanwhile defeated New Milton Town 8-1 to take themselves off the bottom of the table. Danielle Cheyney and Megan Fox both scored hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Elizabeth Reid and Sophie Spoor.
 
In Division One, Moneyfields have gone level on points with leaders Wycombe Wanderers following their 6-0 victory away to Alton Ladies. Katie Shorter netted twice and there was one apiece from Sophie Kingsley-Smith, Grace Laidlaw, Melissa Lawrence and Sheree Bell-Jack. Basingstoke Town are off the bottom after Emma Lawrence, Katie Randell and an own goal gave them a 3-2 success at Wargrave Ladies.
 
West Midlands League
Worcester Utd have increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two places after winning 3-2 against Knowle in the only match to be played in the Premier Division.
 
The other league action was in Division One South, where Rugby Town also edged out Droitwich Spa by the odd goal in five and are out of the bottom two as a result.
 
Leek Town have booked their place in the last eight of the Division One North Cup, after running out 4-1 victors against Sandwell Ladies.
 
Kidderminster Harriers are through to the semi finals in the Division One South as they scored eight times without reply past Coventry City Women.
 

 

 
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Archers hit the mark   Share This 
 Women's Football WFA News - 15 Feb 2019
 
Cardiff Met Women are through to the semi finals of the FAW Women's Cup after they won 5-1 away to Cyncoed Ladies on Sunday.
 
Madison Schupbach was on target twice for the Archers along with Chloe Tiley, Ellie Walker-Smith and Alice Griffiths.
 
Also through are Abergavenny Women with a 2-1 success away to Llandudno Ladies. Kate Jeremiah gave Abergavenny a first half lead which was cancelled out moments later by the home side, before Laura Davies netted the winning goal after the break.
 
Cardiff City Women are the third team through to the last four after they defeated Rhyl Ladies 6-1. Catherine Walsh netted two of the goals along with Zoe Atkins, Alana Murphy, Lucy McDonough and Emily Griffiths, whilst Rhyl's consolation came from Rebecca Bannister.
 
The other quarter final tie between Briton Ferry Llansawel and Caernarfon Town was postponed because of the weather, and the teams will try to play their tie this week.
 
In the draw for the semi finals, Abergavenny Women have been paired with Cardiff City Women whilst Cardiff Met Women await the winners of the delayed tie between Briton Ferry Llansawel and Caernarfon Town.
 

 
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 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 15 Feb 2019
 
Blackburn Rovers have opened up a lead of five points in Northern Division One, following their 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Hannah Walsh netted twice along with Ria Montgomery and Eve Clarkson, whilst 'Boro's consolation came from Lauren Farrow. Huddersfield Town meanwhile won 5-0 against Hull City thanks to a goal apiece from Raegen Cartledge, Sarah Dobby, Tara Duce, Macy Ellis and Cassidy Clift.
 
Brighouse Town have moved level on points with Northern Division Two leaders Chorley after they won 4-0 away to Guiseley Vixens, whose own challenge took a setback. Murron Alldread, Stacey Buxton, Megan Manton and Ellie Richardson were all on target for Brighouse. Burnley FC Women meanwhile won for the first time, 5-1 against Leeds Utd, Kathryn Halligan netting twice along with Charlotte Banner, Natalie Bell and Leonah Ellis.
 
Stoke City have returned to the top of the Midland Division following their 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest. Jodie Foxhall and Roisin Kivel scored the goals for Stoke, with Anna Desnos replying. Grace Browne was on target for Burton Albion as they drew 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra, who scored through Amelia Whitehouse.
 
Charlton Athletic moved three points clear in the South/South East Division after second half goals from Shamoy Campbell, Chloe Brunton-Wilde, Jessica Carpanini and Maisie Joyce gave them a 4-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses. Gillingham meanwhile won 2-0 away to Cambridge Utd thanks to Esmee Sword and Aileen Williams.
 
Charmaine True scored a hat-trick and Jade Keogh added the other as Crystal Palace went two points ahead at the top of the South/South West Division by winning 4-1 at Queen's Park Rangers. Despite goals from Sophie Manzi and Megan Smith, second placed AFC Wimbledon were held to a 2-2 draw by Lewes who scored through Georgia Bowen and Mia Hyland. Kayleigh Tonks bagged a hat-trick as Southampton Women defeated Denham Utd 5-1, Jennifer King and Karleen Hellard adding their other goals.
 

 
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 Women's Football FA WSL news - 15 Feb 2019
 
SSE Women's FA Cup duties made sure that only two of the scheduled five matches in the FA WSL went ahead on Sunday, but both games produced important results regarding both ends of the table.
 
League leaders Manchester City took on reigning Champions Chelsea in a crucial match for both clubs. With Arsenal not in action, a win would take City four points clear whilst a Chelsea victory would leave them just three points off the pace. Although Chelsea did start off the brighter of the two sides, a defensive error led to City opening the scoring, Tessa Wullaert dispossessing a defender before going through on goal to plant her shot past Hedvig Lindahl. Chelsea then found themselves two goals behind just after the 25 minutes mark, this time Georgia Stanway received the ball on the edge of the area and drilled home a low, accurate shot which went in off a post.
 
Chelsea needed an early reply as the second half began and although a fine save from Lindahl prevented Wullaert from scoring a second, they got the goal they craved when Ji So-Yun swept in a shot from just inside the area. Nikita Parris twice went through on goal but for once, the in-form striker was not her normal lethal self and shot wide on both occasions. Chelsea managed to hang on and keep themselves in the game and in the dying minutes, a free kick 20 yards from goal by Ji took a deflection off the wall and looped past Karen Bardsley to give her side a share of the spoils, and a goal which would have been celebrated just as much by Arsenal.
 
In the other game, Bristol City played host to Brighton & Hove Albion and were looking for a win to make up ground on the top four, whilst the Seagulls were seeking to move further away from the bottom places. It was Hope Powell's side who looked the brighter during the first half and they nearly took the lead when Ini Umotong's shot came back off the bar. After the break, both teams went close to breaking the deadlock, Carla Humphrey bringing out a good save from Sophie Harris and at the other end, in the final minute of injury time, a snap shot by Megan Connolly was denied by a great reflex save from Sophie Baggaley. The goalless draw means that City stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches whilst improving Brighton have put daylight between themselves and the bottom two.
 

 
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Spurs keep up pace   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Championship News - 15 Feb 2019
 
The FA Women's Championship was badly affected by delayed FA Cup ties over the weekend but for leaders Tottenham Hotspur, it was a golden opportunity to extend their advantage at the top of the table to seven points.
 
The task was far from an easy one, as the Bees went into the game looking for a fourth successive win and consolidate themselves in fifth place. The Bees started the game well but it was Tottenham who took the lead on fourteen minutes, leading scorer Rianna Dean slotting home from the penalty spot following a handball in the area. Eight minutes later, Spurs were two ahead after the unfortunate Annabel Johnson turned a Sarah Wiltshire cross into her own net. Two minutes into the second half, Sarah Wiltshire finished off a good move to crown a fine 3-0 win for her side and keep their title push well on course.
 
The other match to be played on Sunday was at Leicester City, where visitors Crystal Palace picked up a 3-2 victory which takes them out of the bottom two. Palace started the game brightly but neither side could make a breakthrough in what turned out to be a goalless first half. Just before the hour mark, Palace took the lead through a far post finish from Nikita Whinnett and Gemma Bryan added a second six minutes later. Leicester replied quickly and pulled a goal back through Hayley James and Sophie Domingo then brought them back on level terms, but Palace, and Bryan, were to the have the final say, the striker driving in a low shot from the edge of the area for her second on the day and Palace's third league win of the season.
 
On Wednesday night, Manchester Utd travelled to Leicester City to play one of their games in hand and ran out 7-0 winners to move themselves back up into second place, five points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
 
United got off to a flying start and two goals in a minute from Ella Toone put them firmly in control of matters. The score remained at two at half time, mainly thanks to Leicester goalkeeper Demi Lambourne who saved a Katie Zelem penalty just ahead of the break. Within three minutes of the restart though, Kirsty Hanson had netted the third and Alex Greenwood fired in a 30-yard free kick. Toone went on to complete her hat-trick from the penalty spot and an unlucky own goal from Natalie Johnson further extended United's lead, before Toone rounded off a great night for herself by scoring her fourth goal with three minutes remaining.
 

 
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Huddersfield fightback shocks Charlton   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 15 Feb 2019
 
Huddersfield Town produced arguably the result of the round when beating Charlton Athletic on a penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw.
 
However this did not tell the full story as Huddersfield produced a stunning comeback from three goals down to become the only FA Women's National League side to make it through to the last sixteen.
 
Charlton, who reached the quarter finals last season, looked set to be on their way through when Kit Graham netted twice and Charlotte Gurr the other to put them in control of the tie but three goals in a five minute spell from Brittany Sanderson, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin brought Town back on level terms and into a penalty shootout, where Laura Carter saved Elizabeta Ejupi's kick to complete a sensational comeback. Huddersfield's reward will be a tie against FA WSL opposition in the form of West Ham Utd.
 
One Championship team to survive a scare was Aston Villa who came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1. Hannah Keryakoplis gave Stoke an early lead, which they held at the interval, before second half goals from Kerri Welsh and Sophie Haywood saw Villa get through.
 
Villa are now at home to Sheffield Utd who also safely negotiated a tough away tie, winning 2-0 at Loughborough Foxes. Alethea Paul and Veatriki Sarri scored the goals to takes the Blades into the last sixteen for the first time in their history.
 
There was late drama at Millwall Lionesses where the home side progressed with a 1-0 victory over Lewes. Grace Neville grabbed the only goal of the game in injury time to earn Millwall their first victory of the season and a Fifth Round date away to Liverpool, who ran out 6-0 winners over Milton Keynes Dons. The scoreline did not reflect the efforts of the Dons, who gave a good account of themselves on the day, but goals from Laura Coombs and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk put the Reds two ahead at half time and after the break, Leandra Little headed in the third before Jemma Purfield netted twice on her debut and Ashley Hodson rounded off the scoring on her return from a long term injury.
 
Durham Women eliminated any threat of a shock against Cardiff City Ladies by beating them 5-1. Abby Holmes gave the Wildcats the lead, with Cardiff hitting back to equalise through Kylie Nolan, but Beth Hepple put Durham back in front and they went on to seal the win through Sarah Robson and a late brace from Zoe Ness. Durham will be away to Bristol City in the last sixteen.
 
Reading FC Women also produced a strong performance to sweep aside Keynsham Town, scoring thirteen time without reply. Fara Williams netted five times in all, including three from the penalty spot, Lauren Bruton weighed in with a hat-trick and Brooke Chaplen added a further two, with the total being completed by Charlie Estcourt, Rakel Honnudottir and Gemma Davison (see match report).
 
Reading will be at home again in the Fifth Round, to Birmingham City who won 3-1 away to Yeovil Town in the day's only all-WSL game, courtesy of three first half goals. Aoife Mannion gave the Blues the lead from the penalty spot and Emma Follis made it two barely a minute later and Charlie Wellings made it three, before Erin Bloomfield netted a consolation goal for Yeovil.
 

 
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 Women's Football WNL Division 1 Midlands News - 15 Feb 2019
 
West Bromwich Albion kept their hopes of a league and cup 'double' firmly alive with a 1-0 victory at Barnsley, which takes them into the semi finals.
 
Hannah George scored the only goal of the game for the Division One Midlands table toppers.
 
Liverpool Feds are just one game away from playing in a major Final as they defeated higher division Middlesbrough 2-0. Both goals came in a five minute spell during the first half, Jodie Mortimer putting the Feds in front on the half hour and Carla Lee adding the second shortly afterwards.
 
Gillingham are also through to the semi finals after winning 4-0 away to Stevenage Ladies. Grace Seely was on target twice for the Gills along with Breon Grant and Millie Waud.
 
Northern Premier Division
A narrow 2-1 victory over Sunderland means that Blackburn Rovers have gone nine points clear at the top of the Northern Premier Division. Natasha Flint scored both goals for Blackburn during the first half, with Keira Ramshaw replying.
 
Fylde Ladies are getting matters back on track and are only two points off third place following their 3-1 success away to Guiseley Vixens. Sasha Rowe gave the Coasters a tenth minute lead which was doubled just before the break by Olivia Fuller and Georgia Stevens wrapped up the win with the third goal, before Maria Ledezma-Viso grabbed a consolation for Guiseley.
 
Derby County follow on after running out 7-2 winners over Hull City. Monique Watson, Amy Sims and Andi Bell all scored for Derby inside the opening ten minutes and Bell netted a second ahead of half time. Cara Newton netted a second half double and Stephanie Smith completed the scoring for Derby late on, with Hull replying through Harley Skinner and Ellie Tanser.
 
Nottingham Forest moved further away from the bottom places with a 2-0 victory away to Bradford City. Ashleigh Edwards settled matters in Forest's favour by scoring both goals during the second half.
 
Southern Premier Division
League leaders Chichester City suffered a setback to their title challenge when they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Oxford Utd. A win would have taken Chichester eight points clear but it was Oxford who took the points, thanks to a goal midway through the second half from Georgia Timms.
 
Watford moved back into third place after winning a nine-goal thriller, 5-4 against Portsmouth. After Katie James looked to have salvaged a point for Pompey during injury time, Watford hit back a minute later and Helen Ward scored the winner, which also completed her hat-trick on the day. Leanne Bell was also on target for Watford, along with an own goal, whilst Shannon Albuery, Rachel Panting and Becki Bath added the other goals for Portsmouth.
 
Division One North
Chester-le-Street Town are the team now in second place, twelve points behind runaway leaders Burnley FC Women, after they won 3-1 away to Leeds Utd. Holly Findlay got Leeds off to a great start when she put them ahead after ten minutes but the game was turned on its head early in the second half when Kacie Elson equalised. The Cestrians took the lead for the first time through Nichole Havery, just after the hour mark, and Elson completed a fine win for her side when she netted her second.
 
Brighouse Town are in third, level on points with Chester-le-Street Town, following their 3-0 success at Norton & Stockton Ancients. Charlotte Proud spearheaded the win for Brighouse by hitting a hat-trick.
 
Bolton Wanderers' hopes of catching up ground on the top sides received a setback but opponents Crewe Alexandra would have been delighted with their first point of the season, the goalless draw ending an unwanted run of thirteen straight defeats.
 
Division One Midlands
Even though they were in League Plate action on Sunday, leaders West Bromwich Albion actually saw their position at the top strengthened as second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten 3-1 by Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Emily Painter gave BWM a second minute lead which was cancelled out shortly afterwards by Charlotte Wilkie but Painter put her back in front after half time and Evangeline Gallop sealed a fine win for her side nine minutes from time, which took them above Wolves and into second.
 
Long Eaton Utd got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Solihull Moors, which puts them up to fifth. Jade Arber was on target twice for Long Eaton along with Viktoria Adam and Laura Sears, with Abbie Taylor replying.
 
Burton Albion moved back into a mid-table position on the back of a 4-1 win against Steel City Wanderers. In a flying start to the game, Burton were three ahead with just eleven minutes on the clock, Jordan Atkin hitting a brace and Louisa Anderson adding the third. Mia Ransom pulled a goal back for the Steels, before Hannah Baker rounded off the scoring for Burton late on.
 
Division One South East
Second placed Billericay Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Enfield Town, which leaves them four points behind leaders Crawley Wasps. Eliza Diaz and Leyla Yahioglu were on target for Enfield, whilst Billericay netted through Jay Blackie and Lindsey Morgan.
 
Denham Utd gave their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two a boost by winning 2-0 away to Leyton Orient. After a goalless first half, goals after the break through Meila Rose D'Santos and Emma Kern scored the goals to hand Denham their second league win of the season.
 
Division One South West
Southampton Women overcame a bad start to win 4-2 against Brislington and open up a lead of six points at the top of the table. Brislington were two goals up inside the opening seven minutes thanks to Paige Sawyer and Polly Wardle but Roxanne Lee-Stewart got Southampton back into the game six minutes before half time and an own goal levelled matters at the interval. In the second half, Emma Pinner and Natalie Bavister both scored to give their side a much needed victory.
 
Buckland Athletic gave their chances of a top three place a huge boost with a 5-0 victory away to Poole Town. Sarah Stacey netted twice and Laura Gough the other to put Buckland three ahead at the break and in the second half, Alex Sheppard put them further ahead before Gough rounded off the scoring with her second goal.
 

 

 
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Celtic hit four on opening day   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 15 Feb 2019
 
Celtic got off to a promising start on the opening day of the new season as they won 4-0 against Forfar Farmington to record the biggest win in SWPL 1.
 
The Celts took the lead through Sarah Ewens with three minutes on the clock and Josephine Giard added a second shortly afterwards. Natalie Ross then scored either side of half time for a double to round off a good day for her team.
 
Newly promoted Motherwell also made it a winning start when beating Stirling University 1-0, Kerry Montgomery scoring the only goal of the game.
 
Hibernian were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Spartans, who battled to keep their opponents at bay and get their campaign off to a great start.
 
The other scheduled match in SWPL 1 between Rangers and Glasgow City was called off as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Kat Lindner.
 

 
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 Women's Football Scottish WPL2 News - 15 Feb 2019
 
SWPL 2 is already shaping up to be a closely contested season, with only one of the three matches played producing a winning side.
 
The only team to pick up three points on Sunday were Hearts, who came from behind to beat Hamilton Academical 2-1. After Gillian Sloey had slotted home from eight yards out to put the Accies in front during the first half, after the break, Hearts were back on level terms through a spectacular strike by Rachel Walkingshaw from fully 40 yards. Danni Pagliarulo completed the turnaround when she scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.
 
Dundee Utd's first ever match in the Scottish Women's Premier League saw them pick up a point from a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone. United took the lead during the first half through a lob from Laurie Denney, with Ellie Cowie hitting back to earn St Johnstone a share of the spoils when she equalised midway through the second half.
 
The other newly promoted team, Partick Thistle, also got off the mark after an evenly contested meeting with Glasgow Girls ended in a goalless draw.
 
One other match had been set to take place on Sunday but the game between Hutchison Vale and FC Kilmarnock was postponed.
 

 
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Loughborough Foxes v Sheffield United   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 3 Feb 2019
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
Loughborough Foxes were the winners of one of the ties of the round, beating Billericay Town 4-3. Becky McGrother scored twice with Rebecca Knight and Eva Rogers adding the others as Loughborough edged a seven-goal thriller to reach the Fourth Round for the first time. Their opponents will be Sheffield United of the FA Women's Championship, who have been exempt until this stage.
 
Sheffield United Women were initially established back in the 1990's by Blades legend Tony Currie, as part of the ‘United in the Community' project. This extension of the club afforded local girls the opportunity to participate in the ever-growing sport of women's football.
 
Sheffield United has been nationally recognised as a first-class academy for nurturing footballing talent. Despite not having a professional women's first team prior to April 2018, the club's academy has had an established girls' academy for over 16 years with graduates such as Millie Bright, Ellie Roebuck, Beth England and Jess Sigsworth.
 
United are one of only 34 clubs in England to have a licence from the Football Association allowing the club to run a Regional Talent Club (RTC), nurturing elite girls football across four age groups (U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s).
 
Additionally, in addition to elite programme, the club is active in promoting grassroots football programmes. The Sheffield United Community Foundation runs girls' and women's teams from ages 7-8 right up to a competitive senior team.
 
United have openly displayed a commitment to women's football and will continue to do so, with the backing of co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah. In early 2018 following a national restructuring of the game, the club submitted a bid to secure a place in the FA Women's Championship, which completed the pathway from academy to professional women's football leagues, something the club hadn't secured before.
 
Following the successful bid, the club was granted FA Women's Championship status which saw newly appointed and experienced manager Carla Ward formulate a new team. As well as harnessing existing club talent, Carla also brought in players with experience of the level the club now found itself at.
 
Since starting the FA Women's Championship campaign in September 2018, Sheffield United Women have played at the historic Bramall Lane but have now established themselves at the new Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which, once completed, will be the country's first dedicated stadium for women's football.
 
Loughborough Foxes (from): Amy Burle, Laura Parsons, Shauna Chambers, Laura Steele, Ria Acton, Kate McLoughlin, Harriet Simes, Jodie Bartle, Becky Matlock, Pip Cassidy, Millie Chandarana, Tiana Hicks, Chloe Young, Siobhan Eastham, Becky McGrother, Eva Rogers, Charlotte Cooper, Charlotte Broad, Laura Dexter.
 
Sheffield Utd (from): Nikki Davies, Sophie Barker, Sam Tierney, Jade Pennock, Dan Cox, Nik Kemp, Ellie Gilliatt, Sophie Jones, Bex Rayner, Alethea Paul, Chloe Dixon, Hollie Barker, Jodie Hartley, Izzy Ford, Tania Marsden, Veatriki Sarri, Maddy Cusack, Jodie Michalska, Lisa Ryan, Lauren Joyce, Ellie Fletcher, Ebony Salmon.

 

 
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West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 3 Feb 2019
 
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
 
Blackburn Rovers continued their Cup run but needed to come from behind to win 2-1 away to Oxford United. Gemma Donnelly's side trailed at the break but two second half goals from Natasha Flint took Blackburn through to the last 32 and a plum tie against FA WSL side West Ham United, who are entering the competition at this stage.
 
West Ham United women's team has come on leaps and bounds since the side was brought ‘in-house' by the Premier League side just over two years ago. A first full season saw the Irons play in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, claim the Goodmove.co.uk Women's Cup and the Premier League Plate, while also losing just one match in their fifteen competitive fixtures in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.
 
An application to enter the newly reformed FA Women's Super League was accepted over the summer, putting the Hammers in the fully professional top flight of the game. WSL-winning manager Matt Beard was appointed head coach, and the team set to work signing experienced players like Gilly Flaherty, Claire Rafferty, Jane Ross and Tessel Middag in preparation for a first campaign in the WSL.
 
Gilly Flaherty captains the side and vice captain is Jane Ross, who is also the team's leading scorer this second with eight goals to her name. The side currently sits seventh in the league, with five wins so far this season.
 
West Ham Utd (from): Becky Spencer, Ria Percival, Erin Simon, Brooke Hendrix, Gilly Flaherty, Tessel Middag, Alisha Lehmann, Leanne Kiernan, Jane Ross, Julia Simic, Claire Rafferty, Kate Longhurst, Anna Moorhouse, Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli, Rosie Kmita, Esmee de Graaf, Lucienne Reichardt, Adriana Leon, So-hyun Cho.
 
Blackburn Rovers (from): Danielle Gibbons, Alex Brooks, Lynda Shepherd, Jess Holbrook, Alex Taylor, Saffron Jordan, Natasha Fenton, Kayleigh McDonald, Lagan Makin, Kelsey Pearson, Chelsey Jukes, Bethany Donoghue, Natasha Flint, Hannah Walsh, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies, Charlotte Stuart, Eve Kennerley.

 

 
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We talk to...Sammy Fleck (Burnley FC Women)   Share This 
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 North News - 1 Feb 2019
 
WNL Division 1 North News - We talk to...Sammy Fleck (Burnley FC Women) - 1 Feb 2019 - Women's Football NewsBurnley FC Women are having a fantastic season in FAWNL Division One North, recording their eleventh successive league win when beating Liverpool Feds 2-0 on Sunday to go ten points clear at the top of the table.
 
We talked to Burnley defender Sammy Fleck, who described the win over Liverpool Feds as a ‘very important' one but is taking nothing for granted as they continue to impress in their first season following promotion after winning the North West Women's League title last season:
 
WSS: Well done on an excellent result on Sunday against a team which has been in good form recently, how important a result could this one turn out to be for you?
SF: Very important. We knew Feds were going to be a massive test for us last Sunday. They have been in great form the last few months so going into the game, we knew we had to put in a performance to get the result we wanted. Liverpool Feds are an established team in this league and I'm sure they are going to take points off a lot of teams over the course of the season.
 
WSS: How big a relief was Danielle Cooper's match clinching goal in injury time, were you coming under much pressure before the second goal?
SF: I remember looking over at our captain Jo Holt when Dani scored and we both had a look of relief before we celebrated. We knew we weren't playing at our best, and there were a few moments in the game where we put ourselves under pressure from our own errors. So, the second goal was always nice to increase the lead and give us a bit of a cushion. However, our aim is always to keep a clean sheet and we did that again on Sunday which is something, as a team, we take pride from.
 
WSS: Sunday made it eleven wins in a row in the league, as well as seven straight clean sheets, has the defence and goalkeeper been the rock on which the team has been built this season?
SF: Although being in the back four, I'd love to take some credit - and yes, I guess sometimes it does come down to individual defensive one on ones and our keeper, Lauren, has pulled off some quality saves. But the defensive structure that we have, and the work rate from every player is something that is instilled into us week after week by our manager and coaches. It is something that every player believes in and as a team we pride ourselves on, and from the striker through to the goalkeeper we know our defensive roles and that we have to be effective in all areas of the pitch to get a result and clean sheet in each game.
 
WSS: This, of course, is your first season in the National League. What were your aims at the start of the season, could you ever have envisaged how well you have done?
SF: Definitely not, we knew coming up to the National League was going to be a massive test for us as a team - and others in the league probably thought we were favourites for relegation. We have always had a sense of self belief within the team and we always go into every game believing in ourselves and believing that we can get a good result. But if you asked any of us at the start of the season where we thought we would be at this stage - I don't think anyone would have said top of the league!
 
WSS: This Sunday, you make the trip to Leeds United who have won all of their home games so far and held you to a draw early in the season, what kind of game are you expecting there?
SF: Yes, we played Leeds in our second game of the season - after a 3-0 defeat in the first game to Chester-le-Street. We know they are a very good side, and we are under no illusions that Sunday's game is probably going to be our toughest test so far this season. However, we have come a long way as a team since the beginning of the season, and we have a pretty solid away record too. We take each game week by week and will treat how we go into this one no differently to the others. We continue to work hard this week in training, and if we put in the right performance across all areas of the pitch, I'm sure we can get the result we are going there for.
 
WSS: Out of all the teams below you in the table, which you do feel are the most likely to chase you hardest until the end of the season?
SF: The table isn't really reflective with games in hand, of the positions everyone is in. Therefore it's hard to say. There are a lot of teams grouped together, and this is a tough league where the scores can go either way in any game as we have seen in recent weeks. This weekend is our main focus now and we are concentrating on getting a result there.
 
WSS: If you can keep going all the way and win the title, how big an achievement do you think it would be at the first attempt? And how far do you think the club can potentially go in the future?
SF: It would be amazing if we could do that! And also very unexpected. We aren't getting ahead of ourselves though and we are trying to take each week one game at a time. We know every team that we play in this league is a tough test and we need to perform and keep on the right side of the results in every game from now until the end of the season to achieve anything. The club has come so far over the last couple of years, and you can see the work that our manager and the rest of the backroom staff are putting in behind the scenes to further develop the club and make the women's section grow. The better we do as a team on the pitch, hopefully the more interest we will get and it can only be positive and push the club further in the right direction. It's exciting to think where Burnley FC Women can get to in the future, but there is a long way to go yet!
 
Our thanks to Sammy!
 
(Photo - Burnley FC)
 

 
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A good experience for us - Hannah   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 1 Feb 2019
 
FA Women's Cup News - A good experience for us - Hannah - 1 Feb 2019 - Women's Football NewsKeynsham Town full back Hannah Davies believes that her team can use Sunday's SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Reading FC Women as the starting point for what is set to be a busy second half of the season.
 
Keynsham have beaten higher division sides like C & K Basildon and Fylde Ladies in their cup run so far, however this time they have the tough task of facing Kelly Chambers' FA WSL side at Woking but Hannah told Women's Soccer Scene it is an occasion they are looking forward to. "Everyone at the club is buzzing and it is the reason why all of the players in the team at Keynsham play football, to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country who have a lot of internationals," she said. "This is definitely one of the more challenging games we will play this season but also hopefully it will be one of the most rewarding."
 
On hearing the draw, and finding out the task ahead, the initial reaction of the Keynsham players is summed up by Hannah. "Excited!" she smiles. "It's what everyone at the club has worked so hard for, on and off the pitch, and it is no more than club deserves.
 
"We were hoping for one of the "big guns" when we made it through to the Fourth Round and we certainly got what we hoped for!"
 
As well as the Reading tie on Sunday, Keynsham are heavily involved in four competitions in total including a challenge on the FAWNL Division One South West title. They have gone into nearly every match they have played this season as favourites, so it will be a different feeling when the boot is on the other foot this week.
 
"We are massive underdogs because Reading have internationals at all levels throughout their squad and a lot of quality," Hannah admits. "It is also on their pitch, so they will be big favourites and people will not expect us to win, but their recent results have not been the best and maybe it might be the best time to play them."
 
The Keynsham squad contains a lot of top flight experience, none moreso than former England internationals Justine Lorton and Corinne Yorston whilst players such as Ellie Curson, Keka and Kerry Bartlett have also played at the highest level in their career.
 
"The game will be a good experience for the younger players in our squad, if we are going to make the step up to the next level, this is what we would have to face," says Hannah. "The whole team has come on leaps and bounds this season and we will only benefit from a game like this. With role models like Justine, Corinne and Ellie, the team will only go in one direction regardless of the result on Sunday."
 
"We have a lot of belief in what we can still achieve this season. There is still a lot to play for and we are confident. The business end of the season is where the trophies and the medals are handed out and we want to be right in the thick of things. But for the time being, we will continue to treat every game like a cup final, which is a good way to look at it.
 
"We have to make sure we are on it every minute, in every game and that starts at Reading in the FA Cup on Sunday."
 
The match will be played at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, the home of Woking FC with a 2pm kick off. Entry to the match is free.
 

 
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