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England will travel to Murcia to play Sweden and Norway in international matches in January.
Mark Sampson's side will face Norway, 11th in the FIFA World Rankings, in La Manga on Sunday 22nd January and sixth placed Sweden at the Pinatar Arena on Tuesday 24th January.
The matches are part of the Lionesses' preparations for next summer's Euros, which will be played in the Netherlands.
England defeated Norway 2-1 in the last sixteen of the 2015 World Cup, with goals from Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze, before going on to finish third at the tournament.
England last faced Sweden in Hartlepool in August 2014 when a brace from Karen Carney and a goal apiece from debutant Fran Kirby and Lianne Sanderson secured a comprehensive 4-0 win.
Sampson said: "These matches will be a vital part of our preparation for the Euros on and off the pitch.
"Sweden and Norway are excellent sides who will both be considered contenders for European Championship. They will provide tough tests for us and we'll need to be playing at our best in these games.
"We've been working to secure matches against a variety of European opposition ahead of the tournament, so we can be as ready for anything we might come up against next summer as possible."
The Lionesses will open their Euro 2017 campaign against Scotland in Utrecht (19th July), before facing Spain in Breda (23rd July) and Portugal in Tilburg (27th July).
Welsh Premier Women's League Cup holders Swansea City are through to the semi finals once again following a 3-0 victory away to Llandudno Ladies on Sunday.
The first half ended goalless but the Swans netted three times in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half to take control of the game. Jodie Passmore opened the scoring five minutes after the restart, before Stacey John and Sophie Hancocks rounded off the win with further goals.
League leaders Abergavenny Women booked their place in the last four by winning 5-2 away to Briton Ferry Llansawel, who were making their debut in the competition. Abergavenny raced into a three goal lead through Gabi Hughes, Kate Jeremiah and an own goal before Mollie Jones reduced the arrears ahead of half time. Alana Murphy restored the advantage during the second half and although Claudia Meyrick pulled one back for Briton Ferry, Lyndsey Davies rounded off the scoring for the visitors late on.
Cardiff Met Ladies advanced from their local derby against Cardiff City FC with a 4-1 victory. All of the goals came during the second half, Jassie Vasconcelos netting twice for Met along with Chloe O'Connor and Carys Hill, while City's consolation came from Alicia Davies.
Port Talbot Town are in the semi finals for the second time in three years after they defeated Aberystwyth Town 6-2 after extra time. Jesci Hare gave Port Talbot the lead, before Aber hit back and an Amy Jenkins double looked to have given them victory until Terri Beddows netted an injury time equaliser. This goal greatly boosted Port Talbot and they never looked back after Vicki Stratton netted two early goals during the extra period, going on to add further strikes through Danni Franklin and Jess Hammett.
Northern Division One
With leaders Guiseley Vixens on FA Cup duty, Chorley took the opportunity to narrow their lead to three points with a 1-0 success away to Leeds Ladies, Rachel Wood scoring the only goal of the game.
Blackpool Wren Rovers have moved into the top five on the back of a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra. The first half ended goalless, before two Nikki Berko goals sealed the points for Wren Rovers.
Morecambe meanwhile ran out 5-1 winners over Chester-le-Street Town. Megan Doherty and Emma Kay each netted braces and Becky Whittingham was also on target, with Rachel Mellor replying.
After nine straight defeats, Mossley Hill got themselves off the mark when beating Tranmere Rovers 5-2 in their local derby. Amy Hughes netted twice along with Caroline Charlton, Kirstie Pickin and Erin Slade while Tranmere found the net through Amie Neale and an own goal.
Midlands Division One
Sporting Khalsa hold on to second place but are still five points adrift of leaders Loughborough Foxes after battling out a 2-2 draw with Steel City Wanderers. Mercy Darkoah and Cheryl Mawhood were on target for the Steels, with Khalsa replying through Stephanie Speck and Megan Wilton.
TNS Ladies cemented their position in the top half of the table after Chloe Wilkinson, Lia Lewis and an own goal gave them a 3-1 victory over Loughborough Students, whose reply came from Rebecca Stopforth.
The mid-table clash between Long Eaton Utd and Rotherham Utd ended with honours even as the sides shared six goals. Nat Shaw hit a hat-trick for Rotherham but her team had to settle for a point due to Long Eaton scoring through Lucie Johnstone, Precious Hamilton and Cara Newton.
South East Division One
Actonians Ladies lost a little ground on the leaders when they were beaten 4-2 by Denham Utd. Lauren Cox (2), Helen Capewell and Jennifer Banfield were all on target for Denham, with Alessandra Barreca and Carla Williams replying.
Stevenage Ladies drew for the second week in succession but it was not quite enough to take them off the bottom of the table, they are now level on points with two other teams after their meeting with Enfield Town finished goalless.
South West Division One
In the solitary match to be played, St Nicholas claimed their second victory of the season, a 5-2 success against Cheltenham Town which moves them up the table. Jodie Arkell, on as a second half substitute, scored a hat-trick to spearhead the win and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Sweet and Megan Bloomer. Jen Brown-Wealls and Annie Martin were on target in reply.
Sheffield Utd, the only Regional League team through so far to the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup, will travel to Derby County after the draw was announced today.
Middlesbrough take on Leicester City Women in one of the top ties of the round, whilst Charlton Athletic host Portsmouth and Lewes play Cardiff City Ladies in two all-Southern Division games. Southampton Women, whose tie with Swindon Town was postponed, will be away to Cambridge Utd if they get through and spare a thought for AFC Wimbledon who, after travelling to Norwich City in the previous round, face another very long trip to Plymouth Argyle.
Ties are to be played on Sunday 8th January and the winners will receive £900.
Second Round draw:
Long Eaton Utd v Brighouse Town
Derby County v Sheffield Utd
West Bromwich Albion v Radcliffe Olympic
Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Middlesbrough v Leicester City Women
Blackburn Rovers v Hull City
Liverpool Marshall Feds v Newcastle Utd
Coventry Utd v Milton Keynes Dons
C & K Basildon v Keynsham Town
Lewes v Cardiff City Ladies
Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham
Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon
Cambridge Utd v Southampton Women or Swindon Town
Charlton Athletic v Portsmouth
Cambridge Utd were 3-1 winners over Queen's Park Rangers to claim the scalp of a Southern Division side in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round.
Becky Taylor gave Cambridge the lead just after the half hour, with Jessica Treharne levelling shortly before half time. The game looked to be heading towards extra time but in the dying minutes, Laura Mills and Taylor both scored to give the U's victory.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds were the other team to eliminate higher division opponents on the day in Stoke City, beating them on a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw. Ashleigh Hayes gave Stoke a first half lead with Carla Lee equalising after the break and, after extra time could not decide a winner, it was the Feds who triumphed 4-2 from the penalty spot.
Despite playing three levels below their opponents, Hartlepool Utd pushed Middlesbrough all the way before the Northern Division leaders eventually emerged as 1-0 winners. Millie Bell settled matters when she scored in the opening minute of the second half to finally break the brave resistance of the North East League Northern Division side.
It was not an easy passage for the Southern Division table toppers either as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Leyton Orient 1-0. Wendy Martin netted the only goal of the game for Spurs who were given a hard game by their London & South East League opponents.
Tynedale's excellent Cup run has finally come to an end, going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle Utd. The first half ended goalless but three minutes after the restart, Jess Clark headed Newcastle in front. Nicole Dack added a second with fifteen minutes remaining and Sophie Williams crowned the win for the Magpies with a fine solo goal.
Hemel Hempstead Town have also bowed out but were also not disgraced in going down 3-1 to Milton Keynes Dons. Heather McDonnell scored twice and Hannah Barrett the other for the Dons.
Keynsham Town ended the Cup adventure of Regents Park Rangers with a 6-1 victory over the Greater London League side. Yasmin Pratt and Katie Cook bagged a hat-trick apiece as Keynsham safely negotiated an awkward hurdle into the Second Round.
The only Regional League team definitely through to the Second Round are Sheffield Utd, who defeated Leicester City Women Development 2-0 at Bramall Lane. Kim Brown gave the Blades the lead and Lucy Derbyshire was credited with the second goal to secure the result.
Selhurst Park was the venue for the South London derby tie between Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic, and the match lived up to its expectations. Palace took the lead late in the first half through Pam McRoberts but it was not to be their day, the Addicks battling back in the second half and equalising through Rosey Sullivan, before Charley Clifford settled the game in Charlton's favour with two minutes remaining.
Brighouse Town survived a second half fightback to emerge as 3-2 winners against Peterborough Northern Star. Brighouse looked to be on their way towards a comfortable victory when a Jodie Redgrave brace and Kayleigh Bamforth put them three ahead at the interval before Northern Star battled back and reduced the arrears through Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse and Georgia Coulson, although the East Midlands League side could not produce a third and Brighouse held on.
C & K Basildon ended the hopes of another Regional League team when beating Acle Utd 2-0. Paige Wakefield opened up the scoring for C & K and Zoe Rushen wrapped up the win with the second.
Two teams currently in the top four of the Northern Division met each other and it was a tightly contested game, which was only settled two minutes from time when the only goal of the game was scored by Faye McCoy to give Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win away to Bradford City.
Another close match between two Northern Division sides also resulted in a 1-0 scoreline, this time for visitors Derby County. Natalie Reay scored what proved to be the winner just after the half hour to see them progress at the expense of Huddersfield Town.
West Bromwich Albion are beginning to find their best form now and they marched through with an impressive 4-1 victory over Fylde Ladies. Leigh Dugmore and Abi Cottam put Albion two ahead inside the opening ten minutes and in the second half, Trina Greaves added the third and Cottam rounded off the scoring with her second goal.
Nottingham Forest faced a tough tie, travelling to Northern Division One leaders Guiseley Vixens who have been in good form recently but a goal six minutes into the second half from Charlotte Broad saw Forest take their place in the Second Round.
Leicester City Women also came through a potentially difficult tie away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies with a 3-0 victory. Kim Farrow, Moriah McIntosh and Sophie Domingo scored the goals to take the Northern Division side safely through.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were 4-0 victors from their local derby tie against Solihull Ladies. Jade Cross scored a goal in each half and also on target for Wolves were Jennifer Anslow and Vicky Brackenbury.
Cardiff City Ladies proved to be too strong for a battling Larkhall Athletic side, City running out 6-0 winners. Chloe Chivers led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Cori Williams, Gemma Evans and Chloe Lloyd.
Misty Russell was another hat-trick scorer as Hull City won 6-1 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Elisha Robinson, Katie Thompson and Sophie Stamp weighed in with the other goals, with the home side replying through Sam McGovern.
Radcliffe Olympic were a third team to find the net six times as they went through at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.
Lewes meanwhile ended the hopes of Brislington with a 5-0 victory at the Dripping Pan. The Rookettes led at half time through a goal from Georgia Bridges and in the second half, Danielle Lane netted twice to put Lewes in firm control and they went on to wrap up the scoring with strikes from Kim Stenning and Hayley Bridge.
Portsmouth produced a strong performance to win 4-1 away to Luton Town. Sarah Kempson netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Natasha Stephens and Rebecca Bell, while Nicola Henman grabbed a consolation for the home side.
Coventry Utd eased through with a 3-0 success at West Ham Utd. All of Coventry's goals came during the first half, Alison Hall giving them the lead before adding further goals through Maz Gauntlett and Jade Brook.
AFC Wimbledon ensured that their long journey to Norwich City turned out to be a fruitful one as they returned with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Chelsea Garrett was on target for the home side but strikes from Georgia Heasman, Laura Low, Emma Keedy and Jess Trimnell saw the Dons through.
Gillingham were another team to enjoy a long trip as they won 7-1 away to Southampton Saints. Fliss Gibbons bagged a four-goal haul for the Gills, Charlotte Gurr added a brace and Jay Blackie was also on target, with Becki Bath replying.
Photo - Cardiff City Ladies striker Kerry Bartlett is up against Larkhall Athletic duo Amanda Blakeley and Carly Bryant.
Sporting Khalsa are having a fine season in FAWPL Midlands Division One and their 8-0 victory over Leicester City Ladies on Sunday has lifted them into second place in the table, the highest position in the club's history.
We talked to Khalsa defender Megan Wilton who admitted that the run of victories at the end of last season, which saw them narrowly avoid relegation, gave the team impetus going into this campaign and insisted that they are still in with a chance of challenging for promotion:
WSS: That was your biggest win of the season so far on Sunday, would you say it was your best performance as well?
MW: I think we've constantly seen our performance progress over the last few weeks regardless of the opposition in front of us. As a team we're improving game by game and I believe we've still got more to give too.
WSS: The result has taken you into second place and above your local rivals Wolves on goal difference, are you exceeding your expectations so far?
MW: We set ourselves a target at the start of the season that we haven't reached yet, so we're working hard to reach that to start with. I think if we look at last season, people would say we are exceeding expectations, but we've always known what we are capable of and how well we can play as a team.
WSS: After last season's ?great escape' from relegation, how determined was the club to avoid that scenario this time around?
MW: No one wants to be in a position where your safety is in another team's hands so we definitely don't want to be in that situation again this season. I also don't think my emotions can take it all over again! As an entire squad we've worked extra hard in pre-season with both teams to start the season off well, which we all have done.
WSS: Did the run at the end of last season give the players extra confidence as this season began?
MW: Most definitely. Everyone at Khalsa, including staff and all players, came back to pre-season with a positive mindset and the togetherness we had at the back end of the season has continued into this one. We were determined to keep that going throughout the season.
WSS: This week you travel to play Steel City Wanderers and a win might see you narrow the gap on Loughborough Foxes, how big an incentive is that for the team?
MW: Of course it's a big incentive, but we're keeping focused on our personal targets as a team. We know what we want to achieve as a starting point and then we can focus on the wider picture.
WSS: As things stand in the league right now, Loughborough Foxes and Wolves look like being the main title contenders, can you see it being that way?
MW: Everyone is beatable in this league, teams are picking up and losing points against unlikely opposition. So anything is possible, as proved last season. I don't see us being out of it at all yet, we still have to play both of those teams again and can catch them on points.
WSS: You now have more points than you achieved the whole of last season, what now do you feel would mean a really good season for Sporting Khalsa?
MW: We have a fantastic family of footballers here at Khalsa with both teams have already reached the number of points secured last season. We obviously want to develop as a squad, both teams to continue in their cup runs and finish as high in the table as possible. It would be the best season if both teams were to make the county cup final obviously!!
Our thanks to Megan!
(Photo - Josh Swetnam)
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Regents Park Rangers recorded one of the results of the round when they won 4-2 against Chesham Utd, who play two levels higher than the Greater London League side. Natalia Mann was on target twice for Rangers and there was one apiece from Fiona Carter and Natasha Daly. Rangers were well rewarded in the First Round draw with a plum home tie against Premier League opposition in the shape of Keynsham Town, who came through a tough tie away to Chichester City with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Justine Lorton-Radburn and Cristina Vega Leandro.
Formed in 1993 as a five-a-side girls team, playing with borrowed tee shirts, the club was highly successful and made the transition into eleven-a-side football and eventually climbed the league pyramid system from the bottom, achieving Premier League status in 2006, playing in the Southern Division for nine excellent seasons which were the club's glory years, punching well above its weight for a small Somerset town of just 15,000 people, including a record five successive Somerset County Cup wins until relegated in 2014-15. Since then, Keynsham are now in their second campaign in South West Division One, having finished third in the table in 2015-16 and now also sitting in third place in the current table. The aim is for promotion, but they at least hope to equal, or better last season's standing.
First team manager, Barrie Newton, is now in his 23rd year in that position and is fortunate to be supported by assistant Matt Osborne, who also oversees the Development squad and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the club since joining over a year ago. The club is also fortunate in having the experienced Justine Lorton-Radburn as player coach, both on and off the field and midfielder Rachel Cullen is club captain. They are part of the largest FA Community Standard club in the County.
Injuries have hit the playing staff this season with a succession of ACL injuries that have affected the availability of top players, but hopefully, there will be some respite soon.
As a club, Keynsham have excellent facilities with a FIFA approved 3G pitch that was installed at the AJN Stadium in 2011-12 and there are plans for a major clubhouse and dressing room renovation in the coming closed season. The club has a separately registered sister club, Keynsham Town Development, which plays in the South West Regional League Premier Division.
"Keynsham Town also has a thriving youth set up with a particularly talented U16 squad that have won all their games so for this season in the Bristol Girls League, where they currently top the table," says Barrie Newton. "We look forward to most of them entering senior football next season.
"Overall, despite being one division below where we would wish to be playing, the club is in better shape than at any time over the past few years and looks forward to continuing improvement in the coming years."
Regents Park Rangers (from):
Layla Dervish, Tamara Ashaye, Alessandra Bellini, Fiona Carter, Catriona Christie, Olivia Coy, Claire Cunningham, Natasha Daly, Chloe Gobe, Lucy Goodwin, Ceryl Guard, Aleksandra Janowska, Alexandra Joannides, Katie Klosinski, Maxesha MacFarlane, Natilia Mann, Sarah Pearce, Nicola Rose, Allison Rowe, Julie Syer.
Keynsham Town (from):
Colette Bell, Andreea Alexandru, Jessie Osborne, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Nadine Grogan, Katie Cook, Justine Lorton-Radburn, Geovana Alves, Yasmin Pratt, Rachel Cullen, Stacey Pearson, Cristina Vega Leandro (Keka), Hannah Davies, Danielle Beazer, Hannah Christer, Hari Sabic, Hannah Sims, Angnieszka Ziolek.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Norton & Stockton Ancients ended the Cup run of Penrith AFC in the Fourth Round Qualifying by beating them 4-0. Goals from Nyci Thorns (2), Chelsea Beetch and Vicki Hutchison saw Norton go through to the First Round where they will play against Hull City, who defeated Leeds Ladies 6-0. Becky Beech hit a hat-trick, Katie Thompson weighed in with a brace and Ellie Harding was also on target.
Hull City LFC was formed in 2001 and played in the Yorkshire & Humberside League before being promoted to the North East Women's League in 2005-06. Just two years later they were Champions of that league and were promoted to Northern Combination, but only stayed for two seasons and were back playing in the NEWPL. In 2011-12, the club merged with Beverley Town Ladies under manager Rachel Gay and gained promotion to the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division One after finishing Champions in the 2014-15 season. The club has grown significantly over the last four years, hence the need for the creation of a reserve team, who play in the FA Womens Premier League Reserves Division.
The club has come a long way from just focusing on one team, with now having a Reserves squad, a Player Development Centre run by Head Coach Danny Johnson and the club are on demand in the community with all players attending different events in their spare time, whether it is visiting schools, handing medals out at presentation nights, visiting charity events etc and having mascots at every home fixture. Many young girls wear the club colours and are adding these to their Christmas lists, which just shows how far the club has grown and is continuing to do so.
Manager Rachel Gay has been at the club since taking over in 2011, gaining promotion to the Premier League and the club has grown significantly and is continuing to grow. Gay said: "We have a fantastic team of volunteers at the club that are all pulling in the same direction. Working with the team is like a football family down at the club, it is very hard work having to balance your day to day job, but rewarding at the same time. I have a great bunch of extremely talented players that I know can push on for promotion this year."
Rachel is assisted by Head Coach Danny Johnson and coach Tom Shields, whilst Stacey Hubbard manages the Reserves with Sarah Spence as Assistant and Dave Pendleton as Head Coach. Also part of the dedicated team behind the scenes are Scott Gay (Director of Media), Leon Sewell (Goalkeeper Coach), Alan Sylvester (Matchday Physio) and Paul Bradford (Team Physio).
Special mention goes to Karen Cooke, the Club Secretary who does a lot behind the scenes that no-one really gets to see, but without her hard work and dedication the club would not flow as smoothly as it does.
Influential England U19 international midfielder Sophie Stamp is at the club and has had an impact on the youngsters, as they really look up to Sophie as a role model and are learning from her experience, together with Emma Bentley (ex-Leeds captain), ex-Sheffield Utd defender Natasha Cooke and ex-Leeds and Doncaster Belles striker Sarah Owen who bring so much experience to the side on and off the field. The longest serving player at the club Rebecca Beech, who has been at the club for fifteen years and has been top goalscorer every season since she joined, a fantastic achievement. In the 2015-16 season Beech went to play for WSL2 side Durham Women, but the travel proved too much in the end with her balancing a family and work life.
The University of Hull are the club's main sponsor from where they train and play from with their fantastic sports facilities, they are incredibly supportive and are extremely interested in women's football, and are in constant contact.
Norton & Stockton Ancients (from):
Rachel Chisnall, Aimee Stabler, Heather Johnson, Kate McGuire, Alix Peoples, Vicki Hutchinson, Sian Williams, Becca Davison, Anna Mawston, Sam McGovern, Lizzie Rodger, Kate McSorley, Chelsea Beetch, Natalie Robson, Emily Wilson, Nyci Thorns.
Hull City (from):
Amy Halloran, Emma Bentley, Ellice Jackman, Natasha Cooke, Katie Thompson, Rachael Cooke, Jo Symington, Sophie Stamp, Rebecca Beech, Ellie Harding, Sarah Walters, Emily Smith, Sarah Owen, Emma Westmorland, Elisha Robinson, Jazz Whitwell, Misty Russell, Amy Wilson, Cassie Milestone, Cauren Webb, Evie Hepworth.
Leyton Orient Women's Football Club was established in the summer of 2015 when Leyton Orient FC and KIKK United agreed to rebrand KIKK, who had been founded in 2005 by two Swedes, Karin Revelj and Andrea Berg and in their decade in existence had won five promotions to move up to the top tier of the regional leagues, the London & South East Regional Women's Football League Premier Division. Leyton Orient had previously had a women's team and a successful girls' centre of excellence (with Arsenal and England striker Danielle Carter a notable graduate) until this was disbanded at the start of the decade. Several Orient players, including current first team members Jasmine Campbell and Lydia Cooper, came through that girls' academy.
Orient's promising first season in 2015-16 saw the side finish third and capture the Mayor's Cup. The O's have been on an impressive run of form in 2016 though as since March of this year, the team had won every game it had played until a 2-0 reverse against Spurs in the Capital Senior Women's Cup quarter finals a fortnight ago. That series included a remarkable sequence in which Orient won their first ten games of the 2016-17 season, all without conceding a goal.
The O's are currently top of the London & South East League Premier Division with eight wins out of eight so far and Sophie Le Marchand is the team's leading scorer with 28 goals already. With only the champions going up, Orient will be determined to try to maintain their consistency and take the title and with it promotion to the FA WPL South East Division One.
The team have played three SSE Women's FA Cup qualifying games to reach the First Round proper, defeating Writtle 3-0, Ascot United 16-0 and Cambridge City 3-1 and will be looking to achieve an upset against the unbeaten Southern Division leaders that will take them into the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Orient captain Danielle Griffiths told Women's Soccer Scene: "We have shown two weeks ago in the Capital Cup that we can match Tottenham for large portions of the game and given that our aim this season is promotion to the Premier League this is exactly where we need to be. Building upon our last performance, the key in the FA Cup game will be ensuring that we match them for the entire game and impose our playing style on Tottenham as well as frustrating their style.
"The girls played exceptionally in the Capital Cup and it will be another tough ask this week to get the win. Although we go in to the game as underdogs, we will be confident from the performances we have put in so far this season."
Winger Sophie Le Marchand, the team's top scorer with 28 goals so far this season, added: "The beauty of the FA Cup is that anything can happen. It is a one off match where the league you play in, the resources you have and previous results go out the window. We're here to compete, win our one on one battles and cause an upset. It's always dangerous to underestimate a team that has nothing to lose."
"I'm really looking forward to the game," says midfielder Lydia Cooper. "We want to compete at this level of football and are looking forward to the test. We'll give it everything we've got to try and win the match and cause an upset...after all, it is the FA Cup and anything can happen!"
Defender Olympia Diamond said: "We are ready for this next test. As a team we step up to meet each challenge head on and this game will be no different. The FA Cup game is an excellent chance to see how far we can push ourselves."
Hartlepool United have a great opportunity to test their credentials when they play away to Middlesbrough in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round.
The club was promoted from the Durham County Women's League after a fantastic season which saw them unbeaten in the league and not dropping a point, retaining the league cup, whilst reaching the Fourth Round Qualifying in the SSE Women's FA Cup and County Cup semi finals.
"Setting the goals for this season was hard but we are a team that believe we can play at a higher level so promotion is the main objective," manager Andy Stuart told Women's Soccer Scene. "The Women's FA Cup is a great distraction from the league, a chance for the team to travel and bond which we saw last year, it is also a fantastic opportunity for players to dream and have the excitement of playing in this competition, to see how far we can go, playing teams from different regions and higher levels. It also provides much needed financial rewards if you can win a couple of games.
"Prior to the First Round proper draw, I looked at the teams left in and hoped for a favourable one as I felt we could progress further with a good draw. However, we have up against a team that nobody wanted to draw but now it's happened, we have been focused and working hard because it is a chance to see how we far we have come in the 15 months since the team was formed as Hartlepool United Ladies FC and against top opposition.
"We have a squad of 25 players with the average age being 21, we have a good blend of youth and experience with several 16/17 years of age players all starting regularly for the first team."
"The FA Cup always produces magic somehow," added midfielder Jussy Robinson. "Last year we had a great cup run, reaching the Fourth Round Qualifying when we weren't expected to, being underdogs in all four rounds. We set a target this year to get to the First Round proper, which we achieved. The girls and I are over the moon with how things are going at the club, been formed 15 months and we're getting stronger each week.
"For us to be up against our local rivals Middlesbrough Ladies who currently are sitting at the top of the Women's Premier League, who also are three leagues above us, is just something else. I'm over the moon with the draw, who wouldn't be? We're up against one of the best teams in the north east, it's a massive test for us and playing against a team with their ability will show us what level we are at or what we need to be at to succeed.
"We've played Middlesbrough a couple of times so we know some of their players but we've both added new additions since then. We're going into this game with nothing to lose, in fact we are expected to get beat but we're not going into this game beaten. We are confident we will step up the mark this Sunday and produce a performance which will hopefully rattle Middlesbrough and hopefully produce an upset which we have done before!"
Winger Jess Dawson said: "Going into Sunday, we know is a massive opportunity for us girls. We are really excited about this game, we know it's not going to be easy as Middlesbrough are a really good side, but we're going to go into Sunday with the best preparation and attitude like we do every game and give this FA Cup match the best we possibly can.
"There are a few nerves in the team but I take them as good nerves - if anything I think it's normal to be nervous. I feel Middlesbrough aren't going to take this match lightly as they want to win, we know they have a strong squad with strength and power, but so do we. We are a good side with lots of potential and we're all hard workers. We won't go down without a fight, Sunday is a massive opportunity and we want to take it. Sunday can't come quick enough!"
"Sunday's FA Cup game against Middlesbrough Ladies is going to be one of our biggest tests that we have faced so far," says striker and team captain, Caitlin Bates. "It will be a great opportunity for us as a team to play against Middlesbrough who are sitting top of the league which is three levels higher than ours.
"We have taken this FA Cup one step further this year, reaching the first round proper and being classed as the underdogs against a strong Middlesbrough squad who are set to be favourites to win. I am really excited for this week's game knowing that anything can happen within the FA Cup and to know that we are eight games away from Wembley is just unbelievable!
"We are all training very hard and staying focused as we get closer to Sunday's big game. Myself and the girls all know how hard this game will be but we will put up a huge fight to try and progress into the Second Round and like everyone says, anything can happen with the magic of the FA Cup. The vibes throughout the team are staying positive and the potential and ability amongst our squad is huge! We just keep getting better and better. I am feeling confident about Sunday's game and I can't wait to get on that pitch and prove how good a squad Hartlepool Ladies are!"
Hemel Hempstead manager Mark Gurney is looking forward to the opportunity of taking on Premier League side Milton Keynes Dons in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round on Sunday.
The Greater London League side have enjoyed an excellent Cup run so far which will bring their biggest challenge this weekend. "This is a fantastic achievement for the team, who have worked so hard this season in the FA Cup, and achieved some remarkable results along the way," Gurney told Women's Soccer Scene. "In the Second Round Qualifying, they beat higher ranked Bedford Ladies FC 2.1 at home, in a hard fought victory that was full of passion and fight, right to the final whistle. Next, Hemel again faced higher ranked opposition, this time in the form of Herne Bay. Once more they faced a tough and determined opposition, but they stood firm with the ladies playing superbly to take the win.
"In the Fourth Round Qualifying, we were once more drawn at home against higher ranked opposition, with AFC Dunstable making the short trip down the M1. Hemel were able to win 2-0, fighting extremely well for each other, and never letting Dunstable settle after the first fifteen minutes.
"The ladies thoroughly deserve making it into the First Round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup, and will enjoy the experience of playing an experienced and talented MK Dons team. They go into the match knowing that they have already knocked out three higher ranked teams, and will have nothing to fear if they play to their potential.
"The ladies are really looking forward to the match, which will undoubtedly be the highlight of the season so far. As their manager, I am very proud of the players and how they continue to play attractive football, more often than not trying to play their way through the opposition in the right way. If they approach this match with the same attitude as their previous three FA Cup matches, Sunday should prove to be a match to remember."
Sheffield Wednesday face a massive game this Sunday when they make the trip to Nottingham to face Premier League team Radcliffe Olympic in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round.
Wednesday's route began in the Second Round Qualifying with a great performance and 4-0 win against West Riding County league Brighouse Athletic with scorers Jade Rabjohn (2) Kathryn Mudge, Stacey Buxton and Michelle Wakelin. Next up was a much tougher prospect against Steel City Wanderers. A great 4-1 win which was surprisingly comfortable against an in-form FA Premier league team, Kathryn Mudge, Emma Otley, Anna Cairns and Ellis Ridge scored the goals.
The toughest tie of the campaign was in the Fourth Round Qualifying where the squad travelled 130 miles north to Newcastle to face Wallsend Boys Club Ladies whose club is famous for the players who started their careers there including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick. Wallsend were the better team in the 1st half and went 1-0 up in 21 minutes, before Wednesday equalised just before half time with a rather fortuitous goal from Channy Rymer, who also scored the winner with a beauty of a goal that deserved to win such an important game. Wednesday were the better team in the second half but had to throw themselves in front of everything and hung on for the last ten minutes to see the game out 2-1.
"For those not up to date with SWLFC recent history, this is the furthest our current first team have got in the FA Cup," manager Dave Higgins told Women's Soccer Scene. "In years gone by, the old first team did reach the quarter finals but that was before behind the scenes disputes (some six years ago) saw the old first team split from the junior section and rename themselves Sheff Wed Women. They then had to fold due to financial problems and SWFC wanting only one ladies section. That meant our then successful U18's had to step up and take on the first team mantle, starting at the lowest tier in women's football in the Sheffield & Hallamshire League.
"Whatever the outcome of the game on Sunday, its sure to be a cracker with both teams liking to play the game the right way and although our lot are going into the game as underdogs, I'm sure they will give a good account of themselves."
East Midlands League
Late goals from Sophie Hurst and Vicky Gallagher took Peterborough Northern Star through to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory against local rivals Peterborough Utd. Sheffield Utd, currently the highest placed team left in the competition, netted nine times without reply against Loughborough Foxes Vixens with Sophie Bell (2), Annalise Carol (2), Jennifer Pearson (2), Kim Brown (2) and Jodie Hartley on the scoresheet. Notts County Development edged past Riverside LFC with a 2-1 win thanks to Reegan Sellars and Courtney Walters, meanwhile Abbie Murrell netted twice along with Tia Johnson, Holly Newman and Katy Thornley for Nettleham in their 5-2 success away to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Kirsty Farnsworth netted four times and Milly Miller the other as Bedworth Utd won 5-0 at Sleaford Town. Corby S & L defeated Woodlands Ladies by the odd goal in seven, Leanne Noonan scoring twice along with Joanne Ross and Leah Stacey, and Northampton Town were 4-2 winners away to Leicester City Women Development.
Jemma Meakin led the scoring with a hat-trick as league leaders Mansfield Town progressed in the League Plate by winning 8-0 against Ruddington Village. Androulle Kokkinou added a brace and there was one apiece from Monica Bowley, Chloe Elphick and Nikki Flood. Grimsby Borough defeated Premier Division Kettering Town 3-1 thanks to Amy Kay (2) and Natalie Aird. Hannah Hughes and Emily Nelis were on target for Arnold Town Development in their 2-1 victory over Teversal and Ollerton Town were 3-1 winners away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, goals coming from Holly Jennings, Rachael Bell and Stacey Curzon.
Eastern Region League
Haringey Borough head the Premier Division table by three points following their 10-1 victory over Colchester Town. Jessica Appeagyei and Julia Carruthers both hit hat-tricks and the tally was completed by Roisin Cormack, Klesha Darroux, Anele Komani and Jaidene Browne. Bedford Ladies were beaten 2-1 by Acle Utd who scored through Joanne Hooper and Kate Pasque, whilst third placed AFC Dunstable shared a goalless draw with AFC Sudbury. Leah Cowan (2) and Sophie Lovell were on target as Brentwood Town won 3-2 away to Histon and Royston Town defeated Billericay Town by the same scoreline, Samantha Tinsley netting twice along with Paris Coldicott-Stevens.
Cambridge City got back on track in Division One, the table toppers recovering from their first defeat seven days earlier to win 2-1 away to Hoddesdon Town Owls with goals from Emma Littlewood and Lauren Tomlinson. Rachael Lewis bagged a brace for Offley & Stopsley in their 2-1 success at Hutton and this takes them into second place, ahead of Silver End who drew 2-2 with Little Thurrock Dynamos. Sophie Dowman and Danielle Styles were on target for Little Thurrock, with Silver End replying through Lynsey Bowman and Rebecca Hollocks. Colney Heath and Hertford Town finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Sophie Joseph and Becky Shephard respectively, and Stevenage Ladies Res defeated Wymondham Town 4-0 thanks to Rosy Woodhams, Leah Littlechild, Jessica Nash and Sarah Payne.
London & South East League
Leyton Orient made it eight wins on the trot when beating Eastbourne Town 4-0 and this preserves their lead of two points at the top of the table. Ella Meadowcroft was on target twice for the O's along with Connie Montiel-McCann and an own goal. Crawley Wasps are back in second place after scoring ten times without reply past Aylesford, spearheaded by a Suzanne Davies hat-trick. Dannielle Bourne and Rebekah Dunt added two goals apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Roseanne Fine, Holly Turbill and Lauren Callaghan. Fulham FC Foundation are off the bottom of the table after winning for the first time this season, 5-0 against Herne Bay courtesy of Tori Adlam, Megan Lovelock, Kendal Styles, Rachel Woodland and an own goal.
North East League
Tynedale warmed up for this week's plum SSE Women's FA Cup tie against Newcastle Utd with a 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford in the only match played in the Premier Division. Megan Watson scored the only goal of the game to lift her side above their opponents and into fourth place in the table.
Hartlepool Utd narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Durham Cestria to three points by winning 3-2 away to South Shields. Amy Cowan, Justine Robinson and Sarah Rowbotham netted the goals for Hartlepool, with Amy McDowell and Natalie May replying. York City Res have gone third after Ellie Randall and an own goal gave them a 2-1 victory over Cramlington Utd. Leanne Anderson bagged herself a four-goal haul to help Blyth Town Lions stay in the hunt with a 6-0 success away to Lowick Utd. Kati Donnelly and Megan Tighe added the others for Blyth whilst the match between Redcar Town and Prudhoe Town ended goalless, earning each side a valuable point.
In the Southern Division, Westella & Willerby scored nine times without reply past Cleethorpes Town to move to within a single point of leaders Farsley Celtic. Natalie Bell went nap with a five-goal haul and Amy Ward weighed in with the other four. Ossett Albion and Malet Lambert YC meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Chloe Denton and Carla Green respectively.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers strengthened their position as Premier Division leaders despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Stockport County. Second placed Burnley Girls & Ladies went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 5-2 by MSB Woolton, meaning that Bolton now have a lead of four points. Wigan Athletic stepped up their challenge in third by winning 3-1 away to Blackpool. On a day of draws in the top division, Manchester Stingers and CMB Ladies finished level at 1-1 whilst Birkenhead picked up a welcome point as they also drew 1-1 with Accrington Girls & Ladies.
The top clash in Division One North went the way of Penrith AFC, who won 2-1 away to Sir Tom Finney to take over as the new leaders and open up a lead of three points, while the home side stay third behind Bury Girls & Ladies who did not play. Kendal Town meanwhile made it 18 goals in two matches when beating Preston North End 6-0 as they head towards mid-table.
The top two are beginning to pull away from the rest in Division One South; Merseyrail Bootle winning 5-0 away to Egerton to maintain their two point advantage over FC United of Manchester, who scored thirteen times without reply against Liverpool City Ladies Community. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res follow on in third after their 7-0 victory at Ellesmere Port Town. Warrington Wolverines lost ground by going down to a 2-1 defeat to improving Curzon Ashton, who are now off the bottom after winning for the second match in succession.
South West League
Due to the majority of clubs being involved in County Cup ties, there was only one match played throughout the league on Sunday and this was in the quarter finals of the Pat Sowden Cup.
Holders Bishop's Lydeard are out of the competition this time around after going down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Poole Town. Emma Acott scored both goals to take the Dorset side through to the semi finals.
Southern Region League
Oxford City moved into second place in the Premier Division, climbing above Marlow after beating them 3-2. Nicole Miles, Mollie Avery and Molly Lygo-Jackson scored the goals for Oxford, with Abi Canvin netting twice in reply. In the other game, Newbury Ladies claimed their first league victory of the season when defeating Bracknell Town 3-2. On target for Newbury were Nicole Beesley, Caroline Harkness and Ellernore Reed, while Bracknell responded through Tina Leahy and Sarah Davern.
In Division One, Oxford City Nomads were unable to take an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Barton Rovers when they were beaten 4-3 by Fleet Town. Hayley Jordan (2), Kristina Wright and Joanne Harfield netted the goals for Fleet with Danielle Anderson (2) and Heather Young replying. Alton Utd inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Woodley Utd, beating them 4-0 with strikes from Tiffany Taylor, Afiya Johnson, Megan Lebbern and Eshe Johnson. Amy Woollard hit a hat-trick, Tracey Ellis added a brace and there was one apiece from Vivian Moore, Georgia Bowers, Hannah Evans and Lucie Kroutliova as Ascot Utd ran out 9-2 winners over Winchester City Flyers Res.
West Midlands League
Leafield Athletic continue to edge their way up the Premier Division and are in a mid-table position after they shared a 2-2 draw with third placed Lye Town.
In Division One North, Tamworth maintained their good run of form and have moved up to second following their 4-1 victory away to Brereton Town. Elsewhere, Stone Dominoes ran out 5-1 winners at Florence and currently lie fourth.
Middlesbrough are in the last four of the Reserve Section League Cup following their 6-2 success away to Brighouse Town. Harriet Dryden and Lauren Farrow each netted twice along with Jasmine Pearson and Daisy Turnbull, with the home side replying through Cara Mahoney and Faith Forde. Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile beat Derby County to complete the semi final line up. Khyla Brangman, Ronnell Humes and Amy Makewell scored the goals for Spurs, Derby responding with a brace from Hannah Jones.
Fylde Ladies sit on top of the Northern Division table with a lead of three points after they won 2-0 away to Hull City, Jess Battle netting both goals. Blackburn Rovers meanwhile defeated Newcastle Utd 3-0 to replace them in second place.
Midland Division leaders Stoke City were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion. Mai Butler gave Albion a second half lead, with Jasmin Limb equalising for Stoke who now lead on goal difference from Leicester City Women, 2-1 winners over Coventry Utd thanks to Rebecca-Jane Knight and Simran Singh. Eight different players got on the scoresheet as Cardiff City Ladies defeated Sporting Khalsa 10-1, Kerry Bartlett and Michelle Venton netting twice along with Chelsea Deacon, Caitlin Morris, Emily Poole, Ella Powell, Jasmine Turner and Zoe Atkins.
In the Southern Division, second placed Charlton Athletic batted out a goalless draw with Portsmouth, who are now one position behind them, but the Addicks still trail leaders Tottenham Hotspur by eight points. Rae Roberts hit a hat-trick as Queen's Park Rangers went fifth by beating Lewes 3-1 and Milton Keynes Dons were 3-0 winners away to West Ham Utd.
Liverpool have a lead of four points at the top of the FA WSL Development League Northern Division after they won 2-1 against Birmingham City. Sheffield FC went level on points with second placed Sunderland with a 3-0 victory away to Notts County, thanks to a goal apiece from Katie Anderson, Sarah Jackson and Ella Hartley. Manchester City follow on in fourth after their 4-2 victory at Aston Villa.
Chelsea have gone second in the Southern Division, above London Bees after scoring ten times without reply in their meeting. Alessia Russo led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Nicole Douglas and Isabella Sibley added two apiece with Lauren Pickett and Anne Meiwald also on target. Arsenal have begun the task of catching up their games in hand and started off with a victory, 4-0 against Oxford Utd thanks to goals from Rianna Dean (2), Laura Hooper and Shannon Cooke.
Northern Division One
Guiseley Vixens extended their lead at the top of the table to six points after they won 4-1 away to Tranmere Rovers. Sarah Danby led the scoring for Guiseley with a hat-trick and Natalie Brace was also on target, with the home side's consolation coming from Georgia Wood.
The honours were shared at Chester-le-Street Town where the home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra. All of the goals came during the first half, Nichole Goundry-Havery and Laura Hockaday were on target for the Cestrians while Crewe, who are now out of the bottom two, replied through Bethany Grice and Amanda Fallon.
Brighouse Town were 2-1 winners at Mossley Hill, who suffered the frustrations of another odd goal defeat. Charlotte Proud and Jodie Redgrave netted Brighouse's goals, while Kirstie Pickin pulled one back for Mossley.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes head the table by six points following their 7-1 victory against Rotherham Utd. Emma Pilling led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Lindsey Tugby weighed in with a double and Chloe Young was also on target, with Nat Shaw replying.
Sporting Khalsa meanwhile netted eight times without reply past Leicester City Ladies and this was enough to see them edge Wolverhampton Wanderers out of second place. Mandy Kidd and Stephanie Speck each scored twice and there was one apiece from Jodie Lewis, Julie Stirrup, Chloe May Coldicott and Lauren Walker.
Radcliffe Olympic ensured they remained just behind the leading sides after they won 5-3 away to Steel City Wanderers. Ashleigh Evans and Rania Ramadan both bagged braces for Radcliffe and they were joined on the scoresheet by Brogan Jones, while the Steels netted through Cheryl Mawhood, Millie Kenyon and Lucy Smith.
Long Eaton Utd lifted themselves up into the top half of the table with a 4-1 success at Loughborough Students. Cara Newton scored twice for Long Eaton whose other goals came from Alena Moulton and Amy Pashley.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies recorded a third victory over TNS Ladies during the month of November and their fourth win in a row in all competitions. Louise Price gave them the lead midway through the first half and Leah Seivwright secured the points and a 2-0 result with twenty minutes remaining.
South East Division One
Leaders Cambridge Utd were jolted by a 4-1 defeat by Gillingham who are making up ground on the teams above them. Emma Tune, April Bowers, Emily Symond and Amy Taylor were all on target for the Gills, with Nicole Perschky replying.
AFC Wimbledon won 3-2 away to Enfield Town to narrow the gap on Cambridge to two points. Enfield were 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to Anna Loftus and an own goal but the Dons, who had earlier scored through Jess Trimnell, hit back in the second half and strikes from Laura Curtis and Georgia Heasman turned matters around in their favour.
The next two teams in the table met each other and both Actonians Ladies and Milton Keynes Dons remain in the top four after finishing level at 1-1. Both goals were scored in the first half, Carla Williams was on target for Actonians and the Dons replied through Rebecca Vass.
Stevenage Ladies claimed only their second point of the season when drawing 1-1 with Luton Town. Donna McGuigan scored for Stevenage, whilst Luton's goal came from Zara Carroll.
Ipswich Town leapfrogged Denham Utd in mid-table after beating them 2-1 in their meeting. Denham had led at the break through Lauren Cox, before second half strikes from Lindsey Cooper and Laura Guyon earned Ipswich the points (see match report).
South West Division One
The only match in the division resulted in a change of leadership with Chichester City going back on top with a 4-0 victory away to Brislington. Laura Ingram opened the scoring for Chi in the second minute and Charley Wilson-Blakely went on to score a hat-trick to seal a strong performance from the Sussex side, who were denied on a number of occasions by Brislington goalkeeper Tallulah Wheeler.
Holland 0 England 1 (Taylor 75)
Jodie Taylor's sixth international goal proved decisive as England finished the action for 2016 by extending their unbeaten run to ten matches.
Head coach Mark Sampson, back on the touchline in Tilburg following paternity leave, picked nine of the team that started last month?s 2-1 victory over Spain ? with Manchester City duo Isobel Christiansen and Toni Duggan added to the line up.
Shanice van de Sanden of Liverpool was in menacing mood on the right flank, ensuring wing back Demi Stokes was kept busy inside her own half during the early exchanges.
It was Van de Sanden who created the game?s first chance, crossing low for Lieke Martens whose tame effort was comfortably gathered by Karen Bardsley at her near post.
Karen Carney had England?s first effort at goal as the Dutch defenders failed to apply any pressure, but the Chelsea star?s effort was easily dealt with by keeper Loes Geurts.
Lineth Beerensteyn was next to test Bardsley, her low cross inside the six yard box was pushed behind by the Manchester City stopper for a corner, which England cleared.
Lucy Bronze was perfectly positioned to block substitute Ellen Jansen?s strike following fine work on the right from Van de Sanden once more, and the loose ball fell for Sherida Spitse 25 yards from goal. Her first time effort was punched away by Bardsley.
With England coming under increasing pressure, Jansen found space in the box to meet Merel van Dongen?s cross from the left, but her header trickled through to Bardsley.
The Lionesses were on the back foot for much of the opening period, but began the second half pressing high up the field inside Koning Willem II Stadion, which will host England?s Euro 2017 group match with Portugal next summer.
Carney and Christiansen were linking up to great effect on the right side and looking England?s greatest threat, though were unable to create a clear-cut chance for lone striker Duggan.
But with Netherlands? attacking threat now stifled, Sampson introduced Taylor on the hour to offer more support for Duggan, with the visiting boss intent on forcing the issue.
A free kick from Jordan Nobbs on the right came through to Duggan on the opposite side and her first-time effort was deflected behind for a corner. Then, on 66 minutes, Duggan superbly took down Stokes? long pass forwards, jinked her way past defender Stefanie van der Gragt and worked the ball on to her right foot, but Geurts blocked her shot.
Looking increasingly threatening, England took the lead with fifteen minutes remaining when Taylor broke clear of the home defence to latch on to Nobbs? pass and chipped keeper Geurts from 20 yards.
Pushing for a way back into the game Spitse blasted over the crossbar from 25 yards, as did Van der Gragt and in the dying seconds, substitute Sisca Folkertsma could only shoot straight at Bardsley as England secured a seventh clean sheet from their last eight games.
Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren, Stefanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Merel van Dongen, Shanice van de Sanden, Sherida Spitse, Lieke Martens (sub Jill Roord 67mins), Tessel Middag, Renee Slegers (sub Ellen Jansen 10mins), Lineth Beerensteyn (sub Sisca Folkertsma 73mins). Subs not used: Sari van Veenendaal, Angela Christ, Kika van Es, Kelly Zeeman, Dominique Janssen, Jeslynn Kuijpers, Siri Worm, Anouk Hoogendijk.
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jade Moore, Steph Houghton, Jo Potter, Jill Scott (sub Jodie Taylor 58mins), Jordan Nobbs, Toni Duggan (sub Gilly Flaherty 76mins), Karen Carney (sub Fara Williams 81mins), Isobel Christiansen (sub Alex Scott 90mins). Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Mary Earps, Laura Bassett, Gemma Bonner), Gemma Davison, Rachel Daly, Nikita Parris, Danielle Carter.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
Denham Utd 1 Ipswich Town 2
Ipswich Town grabbed a last gasp away win over Denham United in their FAWPL Division One South East encounter at the Den to move above their opponents and into mid-table.
Having equalised late in the game, Town then found the net with virtually the final touch to take the three points. An evenly contested game seemed to be headed for a draw when Lindsay Cooper headed home powerfully at the near post from a corner and there was just time for the restart before the final whistle.
Ipswich started well with Natasha Thomas drawing the first save from Elizabeth Rose. Denham's Alissa Down created the danger for the home side, a well placed free kick causing a scramble in the area as Town keeper Leanne Smith was injured trying to claim the ball. Lauren Cox then headed a Down corner over the bar from close range on 28 minutes.
Ipswich went very close on the half hour, Thomas crossing for Georgie Morton to hit a volley well blocked by Rose, with Down clearing the follow up shot off the line. Within a minute Denham had opened the scoring, Cox finishing well with a low shot having been played in behind the Ipswich back line.
Denham nearly doubled their lead on 39 minutes, Cox turning provider with a right wing cross half cleared and Annie Hewitt driving in a low shot well held by Smith.
After the break, Thomas broke clear to fire in a cross which no Town colleague could reach, then Denham's Down was foiled by a fine Smith save when through on goal. A deep Denham corner found Jo Torr and her powerful shot cannoned off the post to safety on 62 minutes. The best move of the match on 71 minutes saw Denham string together five passes down the right side before a cross reached sub Jenny Banfield fifteen yards out. A first time effort flew over the bar and Ipswich were still just one goal down.
The visitors came on strong as the match entered the final fifteen minutes. Good blocking denied Thomas and Sophie Welton fired the rebound high and wide from a tight angle but the equaliser came on 82 minutes when Laura Guyon was played clear on the left and curled a lovely finish beyond Rose.
The teams seemed to have cancelled each other out as the match moved deep into added time. Ipswich forced a corner on the right and Cooper timed her run perfectly to meet the delivery at the near post and head the ball high into the Denham net.
Defeat from the final move of the match was harsh on Denham, especially as they had gone close to establishing a decisive lead on more than one occasion. However Ipswich had looked dangerous before equalising and had kept going well despite trailing for much of a good contest.
Elizabeth Rose, Joanne Torr, Kim Pendred, Alissa Down, Emma Spencer, Zemeka Clarke, Eva Ramsey, Aimee Durn, Lauren Cox, Annie Hewitt, Helen Capewell. Subs: Chloe Jarman, Jenny Banfield, Kirsten Da Vilva.
Leanne Smith, Sophie Welton, Lindsay Cooper, Aimee Harrison, Eva Hubbard, Laura Guyon, Sian Fagg, Roxanne Small, Natasha Thomas, Hollie Clement, Georgie Morton. Subs: Beth Welton, Tayler Cooke.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Aimee Durn tries to hold of Sian Fagg
(middle) Zemeka Clarke in pursuit of Sophie Welton
(bottom) Joanne Torr under pressure from Natasha Thomas
Cardiff Met Ladies shook off the effects of their first defeat of the season to beat Welsh Premier Women's League leaders Abergavenny Women 2-0.
The home side went into the game having won each of their opening six league matches but it was Met who opened the scoring six minutes before half time through Chloe O'Connor and Jassie Vasconcelos completed the win midway through the second half. Met remain in fourth place and trail Abergavenny by five points, with a game in hand.
Cyncoed Ladies were aiming to build on their excellent result the previous week but had to settle for a point as they shared a 2-2 draw with Llandudno Ladies. Rosie Hughes twice gave Llandudno the lead during the course of the match but Cyncoed hit back on each occasion, Alice Griffiths earning them a share of the spoils with a brace of her own.
Aberystwyth Town are up into mid-table after running out 3-0 winners over Rhyl Ladies. All of the goals came in the second half, Kelly Thomas putting them in front within two minutes of the restart, before Amy Jenkins netted twice to seal the points for Aber.
Port Talbot Town also recorded their second victory of the season, 2-0 away to Briton Ferry Llansawel. Terri Beddows broke the deadlock with the opening goal, nine minutes into the second half, and Sam Morgan made the game safe with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Tottenham Hotspur are back on top of the Southern Division following their 4-0 victory away to Swindon Town.
The first half was goalless but quickfire goals in succession from Bianca Baptiste and Renee Hector put Spurs two ahead and they went on to crown the win with further strikes from Nikita Whinnett and Kelley Blanchflower.
Spurs have a lead of two points over Charlton Athletic who regained second place by beating Portsmouth 4-2. Charley Clifford's early goal for the Addicks was cancelled out by Samantha Quayle and the scores remained level at half time. Kit Graham put Charlton back in front midway through the second half and they went on to add further goals through Charlotte Lee and Clifford again, before Sarah Kempson reduced the arrears for Pompey in injury time.
Queen's Park Rangers played host to West Ham Utd in a vital match at the foot of the table and it resulted in a 1-1 draw. Both goals came early in the game, Julie Melfald putting the Hammers in front before Rangers hit back through Jenny Critchley for their second point of the season.
Middlesbrough bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to win 3-2 away to Derby County and regain the leadership of the Northern Division on goal difference.
Boro took a first half lead through Bianca Owens and Nicole Dale levelled three minutes later, ensuring the scoreline was level at the break. Emily Scarr and Ellie Dobson then put Middlesbrough two goals ahead and although Ellie May pulled one back for Derby, 'Boro held on for the result they required to go back on top, just ahead of Blackburn Rovers.
Leicester City Women are up into third place, their highest position of the season to date, after storming to a 6-1 victory away to Huddersfield Town. Kim Farrow bagged a hat-trick for Leicester with Shauna Cossens, Sophie Domingo and Lauren Impey adding the others, while Town's consolation came from Kate Mallin.
Bradford City maintained their position in the top half of the table following their 3-1 success at Stoke City. All of Bradford's goals came during the first half, Hannah Campbell netting twice along with Abigail Lee before Ashleigh Hayes replied for Stoke late on.
The teams occupying the bottom two positions met each other in an important clash and it was Nottingham Forest who were celebrating afterwards as they defeated Newcastle Utd 5-1. Annabel McKechnie and Katie Lowder put them two ahead inside the opening fifteen minutes and goals early in the second half from Charlotte Broad and Catherine Beaver doubled Forest's advantage. Sophie Williams gave Newcastle some hope as she pulled a goal back but Georgia Gladwin went on to wrap up the win with the fifth goal.
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