After finishing as runners-up in each of the last two seasons, TNS Ladies are celebrating promotion to the Premier League after they won the Premier Division title in the West Midlands League.
TNS were confirmed as Champions to round off an excellent campaign for the club and manager Joe Thompson, who is assisted by Will Wynn. "We are currently unbeaten this season, apart from a 3-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup," he said. "We have enjoyed a fantastic season on the pitch.
"We started slowly, winning two and drawing two in our first four games but after that, we didn't drop any points in the league until mid-March - a run which put us in pole position to win the league, which we did on 17th April when winning 6-0 at Wednesfield.
"Our best performance of the season was probably away at Knowle in the League Cup quarter final. The pitch was a typical mid-season mid-winter pitch, awful conditions, but the football we played that day was a joy to watch. The game finished 2-0, but we controlled the game from start to finish. The title clinching win also obviously sticks out, the football we managed to play on the pitch was a real credit to us, and to run out 6-0 winners in a game of that magnitude is a huge credit to the squad.
"Emily Ridge is our leading goalscorer this season and is currently on 47 goals in all competitions. It would be amazing that if in our last two games, she could get over that 50-goal mark, what an achievement that would be. Club captain is Amy Tomei, who once again has been a great leader on the pitch, and someone who can be relied on to put in top class performances week in week out.
"Other notable things is that we currently have three of the club's Under-18s as first team regulars. Goalkeeper Ceri Evans, who has enjoyed a superb season in the first team, only conceding 11 league goals so far this season. Maddie Jones, who can play wide and up front, has also been top class this season scoring ten goals in all competitions at 17 years old and in her first season at this level. Michelle Pasco, who played for us last season as well, is a second year Under-18, but is a very intelligent central midfielder who can also play at the back, and is again looking forward to a long and successful time playing football.
"The club is thriving at the minute with seven teams ranging from Under-10s to ladies football. A lot of hard work has gone into player recruitment at all ages and ability levels, which I believe makes TNS a very attractive opportunity for any girls/ladies looking to get into football."
East Midlands League
In the only Premier Division game to be played, Kettering Town lifted themselves out of the bottom three with a 5-2 victory away to Grimsby Borough. Laura Beckett netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Lauren Leone, Sienna McNeil and Mikaela Welford.
Ollerton Town face a waiting game to see if they will finish as runners-up in Division One North after completing their fixtures by defeating Cleethorpes Town 5-2 with goals from Stacey Curzon (2), Molly Ecott, Clare Hayes and Natalie Gibson. They can still be caught or overhauled by Ruddington Village and Gedling Town, who scored eight times without reply past Alfreton Town to go third. Hayley Brown was on target six times for Gedling along with Saqqara Nugent and Louisa Payne. Winterton Rangers went two better with a 10-0 victory over Teversal, Lindsey Hughes bagging a four-goal haul along with Alex McNeive (2), Sophie Hibbert, Kirsty Shaw, Kathryn Standerline and Emily Wright.
Moulton Ladies have been confirmed as Champions of Division One South after Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, the last remaining team which could catch them, were beaten 2-1 by Raunds Town for whom Laura Forde and Eloise Willmott scored. Riverside LFC meanwhile completed their season by winning 3-1 at Rothwell Corinthians thanks to a Kier Perkins brace and Alexa Hunter.
Eastern Region League
Newly crowned Champions Stevenage Ladies rounded off their successful campaign with a 6-0 victory over Great Shelford. Nicole Perschsky and Donna McGuigan each scored twice along with Amy Josland and Josie North to ensure they won the league by a margin of four points. At the other end of the table, Great Wakering will finish outside of the bottom two after Helen Clifford, Rhianne Cunningham, Georgia Holdaway and Paige White gave them a 4-0 win against Acle Ladies.
Division One East title winners Writtle will not be able to finish their season with an unbeaten record as they went down to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of runners-up Silver End. Rebecca Hollocks hit a hat-trick for Silver End and Rebekah Henderson added the other with Abigail Fry, Sophie Vale and Charlotte Walker replying.
In Division One West, Hoddesdon Owls ran out 7-3 winners away to Stevenage Ladies Res. Becky Scola hit a hat-trick and Kristina O'Connell added a brace, along with Charlotte Grogan and an own goal. In contrast, the other match in the division between Colney Heath and Sawbridgeworth Town ended in a goalless draw.
London & South East League
The final match of the league season was played on Sunday and it ended with honours even as Herne Bay and Eastbourne Town battled out a 1-1 draw. Both goals came in the first half, Daniella Farmer netting for Herne Bay and Eastbourne replying through Natasha Pearson.
North East League
Leaders Brighouse Town did not play on Sunday and Barnsley are still pushing them all the way. The second placed side ran out 12-2 winners over Wetherby Athletic and are nine points off the pace but with two games in hand. Darcie Greene was on target four times and Drew Greene hit a hat-trick, with Holly Findlay (2), Danielle Lowe, Kathryn Smith and Rebecca Hale also getting on the scoresheet. York City hold on to third place following their 3-3 draw with Tynedale. Megan Branham, Rebecca Dawson and Sara Renfrew scored their goals with Vicky Mudd, Christine Murray and Megan Watson replying. Sheffield Utd Community have replaced Boldon Ladies in fifth after edging them out by the odd goal in seven. Sophie Bell and Shannon Smith both scored twice for the Blades with Alex Ross (2) and Marina Georgakopoulou on target for the home side.
One match took place in the Northern Division, York City Res finishing off their fixtures by winning 5-2 at Birtley Town. Ellie Randall netted twice with Charlie Shaw, Jessie Shipley and Rachel Harding adding the others for York who will end up in fifth place.
Farsley Celtic kept the Southern Division title race alive for a few more days after beating Doncaster Belles (Women's) 1-0. A defeat would have handed Oughtibridge the title but a second half goal from Lucy Raine ensured that Farsley will take it to their final matches. Ossett Albion leapfrogged Rovers Foundation Ladies in the table by defeating them 4-2, courtesy of a Rachel Barber brace, Kimberly Nallon and Anna Taylor.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra are all but confirmed as Champions but require one more point to be absolutely sure after being held to a 2-2 draw by Blackburn Community. Bolton Wanderers effectively require one more point to finish second with Manchester Stingers in third. Wigan Athletic have had a decent season and it will end in the top half of the table following their 6-2 success away to Blackpool. Birkenhead meanwhile netted eight times without reply against Northwich Vixens, a result which means they will finish outside of the bottom two.
In Division One North, PNE Development have set the target for the chasing clubs after winning their final match 3-1 at Carlisle Utd. They are in fact guaranteed at least second place with CMB Ladies needing to win both of their remaining games in order to catch them, but their challenge took a huge blow on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 by Stockport County Blues. Penrith AFC are still in the hunt for runners-up, doing their cause no harm with a 7-1 victory over Leigh RMI. After having been bottom of the table for a long time, Workington Reds leapt out of the bottom two by beating Bury Girls & Ladies 3-2.
The resignation of Mersey Girls has triggered a re-calculation of the Division One South table but MSB Woolton are still on the verge of the title. They need to win one of their remaining two games to render themselves uncatchable and indeed only Warrington Wolverines can still overhaul them, keeping their hopes alive by winning 5-1 at Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res.
South West League
Brislington clinched the league title on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Downend Flyers. Georgia Vandries scored the only goal of the game to hand Brislington the result they required to finish three points ahead of runners-up Marine Academy Plymouth. Bishop's Lydeard made sure of third place by beating Frome Town 4-0 thanks to a Holly Miller hat-trick and Kitty Wells. Downend Flyers meanwhile bounced back from their midweek defeat to win 1-0 against Torquay Utd on Sunday with an Amber Coates goal.
Eastern Division title winners Yeovil Town Intermediate ran out 6-0 winners over Oldland Abbotonians. Harriet King led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Emma Brazell, Imogen Fisher and Olivia Watts. Sian Towler netted twice and Robyn Lee added the other as Forest Green Rovers Res defeated Ilminster Town 3-1.
Charlestown were unable to finish their successful season with an unbeaten record as they were beaten 1-0 in their final game by Callington Town. Kat Marment scored the only goal of the game to ensure Callington finish as runners-up, two points behind their opponents. Alphington have taken third place after Laura Burwood gave them a 1-0 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers.
Southern Region League
Marlow can still finish as runners-up in the Premier Division after they won 2-1 away to Milton Keynes City. Abi Canvin netted both goals for Marlow who need to win their final two games by large margins in order to climb above Oxford City.
Southampton Women have won the Division One title following their 4-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers. Sheree Bell-Jack, Jane Yeates, Darcey Read and Karleen Hellard scored the goals to ensure that Southampton overtook Chesham Utd, who have to settle for second place.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies rounded off their title winning season on a winning note, scoring seven times without reply against Kingshurst Sporting Club. Crusaders have made sure of finishing as runners-up, thanks to a 7-1 success at Leamington Lions, whilst Wrockwardine Wood went fifth in the table by beating Wednesfield Town 2-1.
It was a good day for Burton Albion in Division One North as they now have matters in their hands in the title race. The Brewers Ladies ran out 8-1 winners over Bilbrook whilst their two main rivals, Stone Dominoes and Stockingford AA Pavilion, battled out a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Atherstone Ladies climbed off the bottom at the expense of Florence after beating them 7-3.
One match was played in Division One South but it saw Coundon Court take over at the top of the table, courtesy of a 4-1 victory away to Malvern Town.
In the one match to be played in the Northern Division on Sunday, Stockport County climbed out of the bottom two places at the expense of Leeds Ladies after beating them 5-3.
Brighton & Hove Albion picked up the win they needed in order to clinch the South Division title. Annie Rolf was on target twice along with Lisa Fulgence, Natalie Taylor, Bronwen Thomas and Hayley Bridge as the Seagulls defeated Queens Park Rangers for the result which saw them overhaul Tottenham Hotspur, who must settle for second place.
Newly crowned FA WSL Development League Northern Division Champions Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City, who scored through Constance Scofield. Second placed Manchester City meanwhile defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-0 to remain just ahead of Sheffield FC, who won 3-1 at Notts County with goals from Katie Anderson, Francesca Sullivan and Nicole Kemp. Lucy Shepherd netted for Aston Villa in their 1-1 draw with Everton whilst Liverpool won 4-2 against Durham Women thanks to Mollie Green, Megan Taylor, Alex Greenwood and an own goal.
Southern Division leaders Arsenal were not in action and require four points from four games to secure the title. Reading FC Women have moved level on points with them after winning 5-0 at Bristol Academy, Shanade Hopcroft netting twice along with Hannah Knapton, Rebekah Haines and Daisy McLachlan. Chelsea were also 5-0 winners over Millwall Lionesses, courtesy of a goal apiece from Zoe Cross, Lauren Pickett, Miriael Taylor, Laura Rafferty and Isabella Sibley. Oxford Utd meanwhile picked up a point from a goalless draw with Watford.
Welsh Premier Women's League runners-up Swansea City moved themselves closer on points to title winners Cardiff Met Ladies with a 2-0 victory away to Cyncoed Ladies.
Jodie Passmore scored a goal in each half for the Swans who have made sure of finishing second for the second season in a row.
On a high scoring day in the league, Cardiff City FC held on to third place by winning 9-3 at Rhyl & Prestatyn. Shannon Evans led the scoring for the FAW Women's Cup winners with a five-goal haul, Kanisha Underdown added a double and there was one apiece from Siobhan Walsh and Danielle Green. Rachel Nattrass, Phoebe Davies and Cassandra Thomas all replied for the home side.
PILCS follow on after they defeated MBi Llandudno 7-1. Alana Murphy, Amy Thrupp and Lyndsey Davies all netted twice along with own goal, while Llandudno's consolation came from Rosie Hughes.
Cwmbran Celtic still have their sights set on a top three finish following their 5-1 success away to Newcastle Emlyn. Fiona Anthony bagged a brace for Cwmbran along with Shauna Jenkins, Chloe Chivers and Lois Regan before Jessica Hammett replied for Newcastle Emlyn.
Port Talbot Town concluded their season on a winning note, beating Aberystwyth Town 3-0. Sian Scannell gave them a tenth minute lead and they went on to add further goals through Vicky Stratton and Nicole Rawlingson.
Photo - Aberystwyth Town's Hannah Pusey is closed down by Lucy Stacey of Port Talbot Town (www.atfc.org.uk).
England Under-17s opened their UEFA Under-17 Championship Finals campaign with a 3-2 win over Norway.
John Griffiths' side, who eased into Belarus 2016 by winning five of their six qualifiers, took the lead just after the quarter hour mark through Liverpool midfielder Niamh Charles with her sixth goal in seven Euro matches.
Chelsea forward Alessia Russo doubled the lead on 36 minutes. Remarkably, it was her 10th goal in this year's Euro campaign.
Lena Tyriberget's side came roaring back to level courtesy of a second half brace from Sophie Haug. But the Young Lionesses found another gear and Arsenal's Anna Filbey won the game with eleven minutes remaining.
Next up is host nation Belarus, who lost 5-1 to Serbia in their opening match, on Saturday afternoon. The top two teams in each group will make it through to the semi finals, while the top three teams at the tournament will qualify for the FIFA Women's U17s World Cup which will be held in Jordan in September.
England: Ellie Roebuck, Lois Joel, Anna Patten, Lotte Wubben-Moy (sub Grace Smith 22mins), Taylor Hinds, Hollie Olding, Laura Hooper, Niamh Charles, Anna Filbey, Alessia Russo, Ellie Brazil. Subs not used: Katie Startup, Flo Allen, Kelsey Pearson, Ella Toone.
Norway: Linn-Mari Nilsen, Vilde Gullhaug Birkeli, Camilla Huesby, Malin Brenn, Marte Bjelde Hjelmehaug (sub Ingrid Olsen 41mins), Emilia Ruud, Frida Maanum, Sophie Haug, Andrea Norheim, Elise Isolde Stenevik (sub Camilla Linberg 77mins), Emilie Nautnes. Subs not used: Frida Bergmann Thomas, Silje Bjorneboe, Emilie Raaum Closs, Noor Hoelsbrekken Eckhoff, Joanna Aalstad Baekkelund.
The Football Association of Wales is delighted to announce the appointment of the Wales Women's National Assistant Manager, Rehanne Skinner.
Rehanne started her career in football playing from a young age for the likes of Middlesbrough and later Leicester City. In her early twenties, injury combined with the desire to drive the team at LCFC to greater heights meant playing took a backseat. Rehanne's interest in coaching started early and after a short stint in the USA she took her first full time position at Leicester City as their Female Development Officer after having worked there throughout University. Rehanne worked her way through the coaching ranks at Leicester City for eleven years becoming the FA Girls Centre of Excellence Technical Director, Girls U19 Academy Director, Community Manager and Women's 1st Team Manager.
The structure for elite girls development at Leicester City was a driving force in the midlands under Rehanne's management with a great number of girls attaining international experience during her tenure. Youth development was a key focus for Rehanne in sustaining a competitive club at the top end. She also managed the Women's team to four successive promotions to the FA Women's Premier League.
In 2009, Rehanne passed her A licence which coincided with being selected by Hope Powell earlier that year to become one of the England International staff working with the U15 England Women's team, a position she held for four years until moving abroad. As part of her role within the FA she also lead the Elite Performance Centre in the Midlands which provided continuity for player development into the U15 international team.
In June 2010, Rehanne was headhunted for Arsenal as Assistant Manager, where she worked for three seasons alongside manager Laura Harvey. During her time at Arsenal, Rehanne coached Jayne Ludlow, one of the significantly experienced players, in what was a highly successful period for Arsenal. They achieved two FA WSL titles, two FA Continental Cups, one FA Women's Cup and reached two UEFA Champions League semi finals.
Rehanne commented on their Arsenal success: "...the team was very experienced and it was a great challenge for me. We worked hard to be successful on and off the field, players were dedicated, serious athletes that still wanted to learn and the desire to win was phenomenal. Between them there was over 500 international caps. It was significant. Obviously Jayne (Ludlow) was one of that group."
Rehanne moved from Arsenal to coach in Florida for a different challenge as Elite Lead Development Coach for ages 13-19 before being head hunted by Wales Manager Jayne Ludlow to become Assistant Manager, U19s Head Coach and U17 Assistant Manager.
Wales Women's National Manager, Jayne Ludlow told www.faw.org.uk: "Rehanne has years of experience and an abundance of knowledge when it comes to international age groups and top level women's club football. She was the ideal person to help develop the women's and girls programme in Wales, taking it to the next level on all fronts.
"Rehanne has developed women's and girls teams structures in the UK and abroad and is a very knowledgeable and an extremely qualified coach who will endeavour to bring the best out of all our players within our elite female player pathway.
"She will be working alongside me within our weekly national player development programmes and our youth academy set up along with covering all the responsibilities of an assistant coach within our international teams environment and leading the U19 team.
"I'm extremely happy to welcome Rehanne on board with our ambitious project of developing all our elite female players in Wales."
Rehanne said: "It's an opportunity to really build something, something worth while and get something in place that makes the country really competitive. To work with elite players on an international stage is something that I always really enjoyed. My career path has always put me down the elite player route and it was exciting to come back and get straight to it with the Women's team away to Kazakhstan. I'm looking forward to the road ahead.
"I've had a lot of experience with the players over the years, in particular when I was at Arsenal, most of them were the opposition! There wasn't many of the players that I hadn't previously seen which helped as I knew what they were about on the field, but off the field I knew little so developing those relationships was important especially given that we had the game so quickly after I arrived.
"Developing the youth structure here is vital so players have an obvious pathway, experienced support network and the right environment to become an international footballer. I have built a competitive youth structure before and have experience that I hope will help Jayne and the FAW achieve their vision. The Women's team is different, the players are experienced and as a country there are aspirations and desires to progress in the Euros. As a group we need to get the finer details right tactically, and spend the time building team performances that we can be pleased with, that will be my focus."
Northern Division One
Chorley require one win from their final two matches to secure a top three finish after they won 5-1 away to Blackpool Wren Rovers. Vicky Coope led the scoring for Chorley with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Wood and Sam Cadwallader, with Rachel Warren replying for the home side.
Tranmere Rovers have inched a little closer towards safety with a 2-2 draw against Chester-le-Street. Nichole Gound-Harvey and Brogan Prudhoe netted the goals for the Cestrians while Tranmere replied through Denise Campbell and an own goal.
Midlands Division One
Champions Leicester City Women completed a perfect season with a 100% record, thanks to a 2-1 victory away to second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. In an unforgettable week for their club, Holly Morgan gave Leicester a lead which was cancelled out by Laura McQuilkin, before Helen Busby netted a late winner to ensure City finished with maximum points from their 22 matches. Wolves require one point from their remaining two matches in order to ensure themselves the runners-up spot.
It was not a good day though for local rivals Leicester City Ladies as they crashed to a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Students. Eva Rogers led the scoring for Loughborough with a four-goal haul, Amelia Cruwys weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Holly Gibson, Nikki Payne, Teighlor Pengelley and Lucy Harris. Kim Walton grabbed a consolation for Leicester.
Sporting Khalsa's late bid to avoid relegation gathered further pace with a 3-2 win away to Peterborough Northern Star. Megan Wilton, Jodie Bragan and Rebecca Knight netted the goals to earn Sporting a fourth straight victory but they still need to win their last match to stand any chance of climbing out of the bottom two.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace are one match away from completing the season with an unbeaten record following their 4-2 success away to Lowestoft Town. Gemma Bryan hit a hat-trick for the title winners and Leanne Bell was also on target.
Milton Keynes Dons hold on to second place after scoring six times without reply against Old Actonians. Leah Cudone and Heather McDonnell each netted twice for the Dons alongside Andie Dickens and Sam Gillings.
Gillingham need two wins from their final three games in order to pip them to the runners-up spot and they kept themselves on course with a 3-0 victory away to Denham Utd. Katie Hardaker gave the Gills a first half lead and they went on to add further goals after the break through Kallie Balfour and Jade Keogh.
Ipswich Town are on course for a top half finish following their 2-0 win away to Luton Town in which Zoe Cossey and Jade Henry were on the scoresheet.
South West Division One
Swindon Town have reached the Southern Division for the first time in their history after picking up the result they needed to clinch the title. A point would have been enough but Swindon ran out 8-0 winners over Shanklin. Abby Picton hit a second half hat-trick, Beth Westlake and Meg Vella each contributed a brace and Sarah Uzzell was also on target (see match report).
The destiny of the runners-up position was also decided when Chichester City defeated Keynsham Town 2-0. Jenna Fowlie and Tammy Waine scored the goals to ensure that Chi will finish in second place, with Keynsham likely to end up in third.
Reading FC Women 1 (Ward pen 74) Sunderland 1 (Mead 9)
Reading FC Women and Sunderland are still in search of their first FA WSL win of the season after battling out a 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers FC's Adams Park.
It was penalties from Beth Mead and Helen Ward which led to the final stalemate in these clubs' third meeting of the season. Sunderland will probably be the happier despite losing their lead established in the ninth minute, as Megan Beer's dismissal for handball saving Shelly Cox's goalbound volley on 74 minutes left them a player short for the last portion of a tight contest.
Reading started the better but were penalised when Mead went down in the area. Mary Earps pulled off a fine save to tip the penalty on to the post but the rebound fell perfectly for Mead to tuck home. Helen Ward shot wide from Reading's first real chance on 17 minutes, then Becky Jane went close from 20 yards.
Sunderland nearly doubled their lead on 24 minutes when Victoria Williams beat the defence to a low free kick but the effort flew just wide. Amber Stobbs had a very good first half on the Reading right and one run and cross was nearly converted by Emma Follis. Stobbs then volleyed wide when a Molly Bartrip corner reached her beyond the far post on 34 minutes as Reading had created the better chances in an entertaining half.
Reading's Rachel Rowe had the first shot of the second half, driving a 20-yard effort narrowly wide on 53 minutes. The hosts forced several corners but it was a Stobbs cross which nearly led to an equaliser as Ward controlled well but was tackled in the act of shooting six yards out by Sunderland skipper Steph Bannon on 63 minutes.
Reading were seemingly starting to run out of ideas as Sunderland defended comfortably and Rachael Laws had little to do. Another corner from the right changed the game. Cox met the ball on the run only for her shot to be stopped by Beer's hand on the line. The young Sunderland defender was sent off and Ward converted the spot kick emphatically high to Laws' right.
Apart from the occasional flurry from Mead and Stephanie Roche, Sunderland had offered little in attack before the equaliser and clearly with a numerical disadvantage, they were mainly concerned with preserving their away point. This was achieved with good defensive covering by the reshaped back line and one brave save by Laws at the feet of Ward which required lengthy treatment for the keeper. Five added minutes saw no further alarms and both teams added a point to their season's tally.
Reading FC Women: Mary Earps, Rebecca Jane, Kirsty McGee, Molly Bartrip, Shelly Cox (sub Melissa Fletcher 87mins), Kayleigh Hines, Rachel Rowe, Amber Stobbs, Lauren Bruton (sub Laura May Walkley 65mins), Emma Follis, Helen Ward. Subs not used: Grace Moloney, Harriet Scott, Charlie Estcourt, Nia Jones, Zoe Cunningham.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Abby Holmes, Stephanie Bannon, Victoria Williams (sub Charlotte Potts 50mins), Megan Beer, Lucy Staniforth, Rachel Furness (sub Abbey Joice 66mins), Keira Ramshaw, Brooke Chaplen, Stephanie Roche, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Kelly McDougall, Emma Kelly, Madeleine Hill.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Beth Mead takes on Molly Bartrip
(middle) Helen Ward is challenged by Rachel Furness
(bottom) Abbey Joice under pressure from Shelly Cox
Notts County 3 (White 13,59, Clarke 34)
Liverpool 2 (Zelem pen 85,87)
Notts County recorded their first league win of the season when two Ellen White goals helped see them to the points but they needed to withstand a late fightback from Liverpool at Meadow Lane.
Liverpool made a bright start and were unlucky not to score in the opening minutes when a Laura Coombs cross fell to Rosie White who sent a volley just over the bar. Dutch winger Shanice Van De Sanden then came close with an effort inches wide after good build-up play involving Maz Pacheco and Katie Zelem.
However, the home side took the lead after just 12 minutes when Rachel Yankey squared the ball to White who made no mistake from close range. It soon became 2-0 when Jess Clarke found space to curl home a delightful shot beyond the reach of Siobhan Chamberlain.
Scott Rogers' charges received a lifeline on 55 minutes when Van De Sanden was upended and the Reds were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately Caroline Weir couldn't keep her nerve as she sent the spot kick over the bar.
It would prove to be a pivotal moment and things got worse for the Ladies just before the hour mark when White notched her second goal of the game to make it 3-0.
To their credit, Liverpool refused to give up and showed terrific character. Zelem pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after substitute Emma Lundh was brought down, and the midfielder netted again to set up a frantic last nine minutes, with a great finish from a Kate Longhurst pass.
Zelem then had a late chance with a header well saved as she came desperately close to claiming a hat-trick.
Notts County: Carly Telford, Dani Buet, Sophie Bradley-Auckland (sub Maja Krantz 45mins), Fern Whelan, Amy Turner, Jess Clarke, Laura Bassett, Angharad James, Leanne Crichton, Ellen White, Rachel Yankey (sub Aivi Luik 74mins). Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Aileen Whelan, Alice Hassall, Laura-Jayne O'Neill.
Liverpool: Siobhan Chamberlain, Natasha Harding, Gemma Bonner, Mandy van den Berg, Mayumi Pacheco (sub Alex Greenwood 64mins), Laura Coombs, Sophie Ingle, Katie Zelem, Shanice van de Sanden, Caroline Weir (sub Kate Longhurst 74mins), Rosie White (sub Emma Lundh 64mins). Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ashley Hodson, Satara Murray.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Manchester City 6 (Bronze 7, Scott 10, Ross 40, Beattie 44, Asllani 45, Duggan 73)
Doncaster Rovers Belles 0
It was six of the best for Manchester City as the Blues sailed six points clear at the top of the WSL 1 table with a six-goal victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Just seven minutes had passed before the hosts broke the deadlock. Toni Duggan floated an excellent crossfield ball to Nikita Parris, who then fed Lucy Bronze. Though the angle looked tight, the right-back drilled into the bottom corner for the opening goal.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Jill Scott collected an attempted clearance from Demi Stokes' cross and smashed home.
Nicola Hobbs was called into action on numerous occasions, producing fine stops to deny Jane Ross, Parris, Scott and skipper Steph Houghton. Parris also saw a header cleared off the line before the home side extended their lead five minutes before the break.
Once again, the in-form forward was involved and was unlucky to watch her effort hit the bar but Ross was on hand to bag the rebound. The celebrations had barely died down when Jennifer Beattie made it 4-0, rising to plant a bullet header into the back of the net.
There was even time for City to net a fifth before half time, when Parris squared for Kosovare Asllani to covert her first competitive goal for the Blues.
The onslaught continued into the second half and within seconds of the restart, Bronze had an attempt scrambled off the line and Parris had struck the crossbar again.
Duggan added the sixth of the afternoon when Parris was released down the flank and crossed for her to convert at the back post.
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Abbie McManus, Kosovare Asllani (sub Daphne Corboz 56mins), Jill Scott, Jennifer Beattie, Nikita Parris, Jane Ross, Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Amelia Kemp, Zoe Tynan, Ceri Holland.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Emily Simpkins (sub Sam Tierney 75mins), Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Sophie Barker, Becky Easton, Kasia Lipka, Katrin Omarsdottir, Jess Sigsworth, Natasha Dowie, Carla Humphrey (sub Rachel Newborough 67mins). Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Yasmin Mosby, Alex Gummer.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Swindon Town 8 Shanklin 0
Swindon Town claimed the FAWPL South West Division One title in style with an 8-0 home win over Shanklin at Shrivenham FC thus earning a place in the top tier of the winter pyramid for the first time.
Seven second half goals ended the resistance of the Isle of Wight visitors and led to joyous scenes of celebration at the final whistle with players. staff and supporters of a club which has gone close to promotion many times over recent seasons.
An early Beth Westlake goal on seven minutes after a Meg Vella effort from Michelle Rich's corner was blocked gave Swindon a good start and set the tone for a dominant performance.
The best early Swindon chances fell to skipper Rich who fired high and wide when well placed. Sam Quinn was inches away from converting a Rich free kick on 24 minutes. Westlake was in fine form, setting up Serena Smith to draw a brave save by Shanklin keeper Georgia Dye, who took a nasty knock in the process on 37 minutes. Dye continued after lengthy treatment to deny Meg Attenborough with another fine save to keep the deficit to one.
Numerous chances had came and gone for the hosts and with Shanklin threatening occasionally to level, primarily through the dangerous Gemma Woodford, there was plenty still to do at the break. However, within two minutes of the restart, Westlake added a second after good work on the left by Vella and then went very close to a hat-trick from another teasing Rich corner.
Vella notched the next two goals, the first a sweet strike from a Westlake pass on 53 minutes, then a good finish after beating the last defender on the hour. With Swindon in total control, the rest of the scoring was down to the substitutes. Westlake set up Sarah Uzzell for the fifth on 68 minutes, then Abby Picton came to the party with a hat-trick.
Chyna Collings provided a super pass for Picton's first on 69 minutes, a defensive slip give her a second and then, when Rich's late effort was blocked, it was Picton on the spot to turn the ball home. In between, Dye had made further good stops to deny Westlake her individual treble whilst Collings crashed a shot against the underside of the bar and at the other end, Woodford was very unlucky when a 40-yard free kick beat Swindon keeper Vicky Wright but bounced high and away to safety off the bar.
Shanklin, safe themselves after a vital win last week. tried to compete and play good, neat football but were blown away by a champagne display from the newly crowned Champions and plenty of bubbly was in evidence after the final whistle to celebrate an excellent season.
Swindon Town: Vicky Wright, Serena Smith, Alison Witts, Chenise Austin, Sam Quinn, Chyna Collings, Michelle Rich, Beth Westlake, Meg Vella, Ellie Maynard, Meg Attenborough. Subs: Robyn Levett, Alice Smith, Abby Picton, Sarah Uzzell, Natalie Haigh.
Shanklin: Georgia Dye, Deanna Childs, Sammie Mumford, Beki Ryder, Shannon Kilcullen, Naomi Cooper, Tiff Moul, Gemma Woodford, Katy Rawlinson, Marika Bebere, Danielle Merryfield. Subs: Faye Spink, Dani Morris.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Chyna Collings slides in to tackle Naomi Cooper
(middle) Beth Westlake takes on Shankin captain Danielle Merryfield
(bottom) Celebration time for Swindon Town
Sporting Club Albion picked up three of the ten points they require to win the Northern Division title and ended the remaining hopes of Blackburn Rovers by beating them 4-0.
All of Albion's goals came in the first half, Abi Cottam netting twice and there was one apiece from Eleanor Clarke and Kelly Darby.
Nottingham Forest still have a chance of a top three place after they defeated Stoke City 3-0. Elizabeta Ejupi gave Forest the lead after three minutes and they went on to add further strikes in the second half through Annabel McKechnie and Georgia Gladwin.
The battle to avoid relegation will go to the final match for each of the three teams involved and Nuneaton Town remain outside of the bottom two after picking up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Bradford City. Hannah Campbell was on target for Bradford, with Nuneaton replying through Nicola Foskett.
Loughborough Foxes meanwhile kept their survival hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle Utd. After Lindsey McCubbin had given Newcastle a tenth minute lead, the Foxes hit back to take the points with goals from Shauna Chambers and Lisa Giampalma.
Charlton Athletic secured the runners-up spot in the Southern Division with a 3-2 win away to Coventry Utd in their final game.
Coventry led at half time through a goal from Natasha Lynch but after the break, Kim Dixson and Kit Graham both scored to put the Addicks in front. Amber Hughes restored parity again midway through the second half but in the dying minutes, Ellie Baxter gave Charlton a victory which means they will finish just two points behind Champions Brighton & Hove Albion.
Cardiff City Ladies will take a top three place for the second time in three seasons following their 4-2 victory over C & K Basildon. Kerry Bartlett, Gemma Evans, Chloe Lloyd and Hope Suominen were all on the scoresheet for the South Wales side.
Glasgow City have opened up a lead of six points at the top of SWPL 1 after winning the top of the table clash 2-0 against Hibernian.
City took the lead during the first half when Fiona Brown broke down the left and her low cross was diverted into her own net by the unfortunate Emma Brownlie under pressure from Julie Fleeting. Brown was also the provider for the second goal as her cross was headed in by Sarah Crilly.
The defeat for Hibs meant that Rangers moved into second place by beating Forfar Farmington 3-1. Megan Foley, Clare Gemmell and Katey Turner scored the goals for Rangers, with Forfar's consolation coming from Nicola Davidson.
Celtic meanwhile scored six times without reply past Spartans to replace them in fourth place. Suzanne Mulvey led the scoring with a hat-trick, Christie Murray weighed in with a brace and Kerry Montgomery was also on target.
Aberdeen claimed their first league win of the season, 3-1 away to Stirling University. Faye McDonald gave the Dons a first half lead which was cancelled out by Nicole Pullar but after the break, Nikki Smith and Chloe Fitzpatrick both scored to seal the points for their side.
The SWPL 2 table is now looking extremely tight with only three points covering the top six teams. These are still led by Hearts despite them going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by third placed Glasgow Girls who scored through Leigh Ferrol and Lauren Coleman.
A draw would have taken Hamilton Academical back to the top but they were also on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Hutchison Vale. Judith Shepherd and Bryony Ross scored the goals for Hutchie.
Jeanfield Swifts claimed their second victory in a row, a 3-0 success away to Inverness City which leaves them three points off the pace. Jade McDonald netted a goal in each half for Jeanfield and Danni McGinley was also on target.
Buchan Ladies are also in the running after they edged out Queen's Park by the odd goal in seven.
Arsenal 0 Birmingham City 0
Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by a resilient Birmingham City side at Meadow Park.
Despite a lack of clear chances, it was a high-octane start with Vicky Losada and Natalia on the receiving end of some tough challenges. Freda Ayisi was inches away from opening the scoring for the Blues in the 21st minute, but her effort from outside the box floated wide.
The Gunners had to wait half an hour before registering a shot, although Danielle Carter's strike from 25 yards out didn't trouble Sophie Baggaley.
A quiet first half came to life just before the break when Sari van Veenendaal had to tip Ayisi's volley onto the bar.
The Gunners started on the offensive after the break, as Leah Williamson and substitute Fara Williams tried their luck from outside the box.
Substitute Asisat Oshoala had an instant impact following her introduction in the 68th minute, ghosting into the box before firing wide of the post.
Dominique Janssen crashed a powerful free kick against the bar from 25 yards out in additional time, but Arsenal had to settle for a point in front of the 1,218 fans celebrating Girls' Football Week.
Arsenal: Sari van Veenendaal, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Josephine Henning, Leah Williamson (sub Marta Corredera 74mins), Dominique Janssen, Vicky Losada, Katie McCabe, Natalia Pablos Sanchon (sub Asisat Oshoala 69mins), Danielle Carter, Danielle Van de Donk (sub Fara Williams 60mins). Subs not used: Emma Byrne, Emma Mitchell, Jemma Rose, Chloe Kelly.
Birmingham City: Sophie Baggaley, Jessica Carter, Emily Westwood, Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop, Remi Allen (sub Jade Moore 71mins), Jo Potter, Abby Stringer, Melissa Lawley, Chloe Peplow, Freda Ayisi. Subs not used: Jade Moore, Charlie Wellings, Ash Brown, Sian Johnson, Keeley Davies.
(Report by www.arsenal.com)
Watford 0 Bristol City 2 (Ayane 7, Fergusson 30)
Bristol City went back to the top of WSL 2 after recording their third victory inside a week at Berkhamsted.
The Vixens got off to the perfect start, taking the lead after just seven minutes. Rosella Ayane contacted nicely with a volley and found the bottom corner of the net to put the away side 1-0 ahead. It was almost a quick response from Watford, Charlotte Kerr spun away from her marker but couldn't keep her shot down.
Midway through the half it was nearly 2-0. Millie Farrow played in Olivia Fergusson but she shot narrowly wide of the left hand post. A couple of minutes after that, Sophie Cheadle was at her best to keep it a one goal game. Chloe Arthur played a ball over the top to Farrow but the Watford goalkeeper's starting position and alertness ensured she got there first.
The second goal did come on the half hour mark. Jodie Brett's corner fell kindly to Fergusson who fired home from ten yards out.
Injuries would be a key theme to the game and Cheadle on her return to the side had to be withdrawn. The keeper appeared to injure her arm or shoulder as Ayane stretched to get to a Grace McCatty ball across goal.
The theme returned early in the second half as Stacie Donnelly was on the end of a studs up tackle to her right shin and had to be taken off. Sahara Osborne-Ricketts played a lovely ball through to Kerr as Watford looked to get back into the match, however Hayley Ladd showed a decent turn of pace to recover.
The last fifteen minutes have been when the Golden Girls have shone this season and it nearly happened again. Kim Farrow's shot from distance was spilled by Caitlin Leach but the City goalkeeper was quick to recover to deny Kerr on the rebound. In the closing stages, Leach again showed some good hands to make sure Katie Stanley's pass didn't reach Chontele Lawrence.
Paige Sawyer picked up a nasty looking injury in stoppage time and the referee decided to end the game as she received treatment.
Watford: Sophie Cheadle (sub Lucy Gillett 41mins), Victoria Wotton, Jordan Littleboy, Anneka Nuttall, Stacie Donnelly (sub Chontele Lawrence 59mins), Phoebe Read, Charlotte Kerr, Kim Farrow, Katie Stanley, Chloe Gunn, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts. Subs not used: Amber Tullett, Mollie Burgess, Nicole Pepper, Natalie Richardson.
Bristol City: Caitlin Leach, Grace McCatty, Chloe Arthur, Hayley Ladd, Millie Farrow (sub Loren Dykes 60mins), Olivia Fergusson, Rosella Ayane, Jodie Brett, Tatiana Pinto, Ellie Wilson (sub Megan Alexander 60mins), Georgia Evans (sub Paige Sawyer 68mins). Sub not used: Hannah Reid.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Everton 5 (K.Jones 43, D.Turner 48,53, Hinnigan 56, Magill 90) London Bees 1 (Howells 86)
Everton kept up their good start of the season with a convincing win which takes them into second place in the WSL 2 table.
Everton took the lead just before half time through Kelly Jones to break the deadlock, after Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah had seen her effort on goal curl just wide of the post earlier on.
A close range header from Danielle Turner doubled Everton's advantage after the break, before she buried a neat left footed strike past Sophie Harris.
Michelle Hinnigan scored her first league goal of the season on the hour mark, before the Bees pulled back a late consolation goal through Paula Howells.
But it was too little too late for the visitors as Simone Magill sealed the win with just minutes left on the clock.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Georgia Brougham (sub Ellie Stewart 72mins), Millie Turner, Megan Finnigan, Gabrielle George, Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan (sub Lauren Davies 67mins), Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah (sub Claudia Walker 64mins), Simone Magill, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Emily Hollinshead.
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Sydney Hinchcliffe, Aoife Hurley, Emma Beckett, Sophie Fogarty, Ashleigh Goddard, Rebecca Anderson, Paula Howells, Evdokia Popadinov, Nikki Watts, Jo Wilson. Subs not used: Imogen Riches, Emma Slater, Merrick Will, Danielle Scanlon.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Aston Villa 2 (Wilkinson 67, Rouse 82) Durham Women 0
Durham Women's winning start to the season was brought to a halt as two second half goals earned Aston Villa the points at Sutton Coldfield.
Villa were on top in the first half but Durham goalkeeper Helen Alderson twice denied top scorer Katie Wilkinson in the space of a minute while at the other end, Jess Myers produced a superb low reaction save to foil Sarah Eadon and Nicki Gears blazed wide unmarked at the far post.
However Alderson was finally beaten on 67 minutes, powerless to prevent Wilkinson nodding home Beth Merrick's pinpoint cross. Mollie Rouse sealed Villa's win eight minutes from time, turning in Merrick's low pass for her first goal of the season.
Aston Villa: Jess Myers, Hayley Crackle, Elisha N'Dow, Jade Richards, Hannah George, Katy Moran, Maddy Cusack, Bethan Merrick, Kerri Welsh (sub Mollie Rouse 59mins), Amy West (sub Sarah Mayling 59mins), Katie Wilkinson. Subs not used: Chloe Beattie, Leanne Bryant, Chloe Harper, Tash Baptiste, Destiney Toussaint.
Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Becky Salicki, Chloe Macek (sub Lauren Jordinson 80mins), Sarah McFadden, Jordan Atkinson, Beth Hepple, Natalie Gutteridge, Nicki Gears, Sarah Eadon (sub Mercy Darkoah 57mins). Sub not used: Nicole Gibson.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Oxford Utd 1 (Umotong 61) Sheffield FC 0
Oxford United picked up their first win of the season and are off the bottom of the WSL 2 table after a second half goal by leading scorer Ini Umotong gave them the points.
Sheffield will feel unlucky to have lost the game though having had the majority of the possession and goalscoring opportunities, especially in the first half.
Sherry McCue came closest to scoring for Sheffield when her half volley from the edge of the penalty area hit the post after industrious work from Ellie Gilliatt.
The game was far more even in the second half, although there were fewer clear cut chances. The deciding moment came on 61 minutes when a long punt by Oxford goalkeeper Hannah Cox found Laura Nichol on the right wing. She drew the defender and slotted the ball across the box to Umotong, who calmly stroked the ball past Juliana Draycott in the Sheffield goal.
Oxford Utd: Hannah Cox, Katja Hakala, Riva Casley, Madison Lee, Jess Frampton, Laura Nichol, Lauren Haynes (sub Charlie Deeley 89mins), Katherine Nutman (sub Sophie Baker 55mins), Holly Pickett (sub Lauren Allison 55mins), Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Ini Umotong. Subs not used: Chloe Bruce, Demi Lambourne, Steph Weston.
Sheffield FC: Juliana Draycott, Emily Owen, Danielle Cox, Billie Murphy, Lynn Goodman (sub Emma Lipman 80mins), Rhema Lord-Mears (sub Chloe Dixon 72mins), Sherry McCue, Hannah Dale, Ellie Gilliatt, Jodie Michalska, Carla Ward (sub Emma Johnson 66mins). Sub not used: Hope Knight.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Millwall Lionesses 0 Yeovil Town 4 (Bleazard 44, Heatherson 71,81, Wiltshire 87)
Yeovil Town moved to the top of WSL 2 on goals scored after a late flurry took them to a convincing victory over Millwall Lionesses.
Sarah Wiltshire looked a danger from the start and forced the game's first save from Sarah Quantrill with a testing effort from the edge of the box. Lilli Maple then came to Millwall's rescue on 24 minutes when she cleared off the line from an Ellie Curson shot.
The deadlock was broken before the half time interval when Wiltshire's long ball forward was latched onto by Helen Bleazard who rounded the goalkeeper to finish.
Yeovil doubled their lead in emphatic fashion on 71 minutes when Ann Marie Heatherson sent a thunderbolt from outside the box into the top right corner. The striker hit the bar moments later but made no mistake from two yards out when Natasha Knapman headed back towards goal for Heatherson to tap in from close range.
Yeovil were not finished and Wiltshire got in on the act with a perfectly placed half volley from the edge of the area to complete a fine afternoon for the Somerset club.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Emily Heaslip, Leighanne Robe, Felicity Gibbons, Lucy Loomes (sub Ella Rutherford 67mins), Megan Wynne, Grace Fisk, Lilli Maple (sub Rinsola Babajide 72mins), Danielle Carlton (sub Ciara Sherwood 90mins), Leanne Cowan, Naomi Cole. Subs not used: Frankie Strugnell, Billie Brooks, Amber Gaylor, Chloe Burr.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Ellie Curson, Kayleigh Green (sub Natasha Knapman 71mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Steph Williams (sub Emily Donovan 71mins), Ann-Marie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook (sub Ellis Hillman 76mins), Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short. Sub not used: Leah Burridge.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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