Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
Sherrardswood are out of the bottom three in Division One after a goal each from Jade Ryan, Jennifer Mansfield, Emma Blackaller, Manjinder Atwal and Abby Cardall gave them a 5-3 victory over Sharnbrook.
In Division Two, Hertford Town are now eight points clear at the top following their 2-0 win against Woburn Lionesses in which Hannah Smith and Becky Shephard scored. Second met third and the honours were shared as Toddington Rovers and Letchworth Garden City battled out a 2-2 draw, Averil Glynn and Ella Swan scoring for Toddington with Tayla Murray netting twice in reply.
Cassandra Chase (2), Daisy Culaj, Emily Pimlott and Ciara Mackintosh were on target as Garston 96 beat Panshanger 5-0 to head Division Three by five points from Houghton Athletic, 5-1 winners away to Welwyn Garden City. Emma Hawkes netted four times for Houghton with Ciara Craig adding the other. Molly Peters bagged herself an eight-goal haul for Bedmond Ladies in their 12-5 victory against Broadhall. Abbie Harrison added a double and there was one apiece from Hannah Franklin and Stacey McGinness.
Coundon Court knocked out higher division opposition to reach the semi finals of the Open Cup, winning 4-0 away to Rugby Town. Tamworth Minor defeated fellow Premier Division side Tipton Town 3-1 and Stockingford AA Pavilion also progressed to the last four via a 3-0 victory over Black Country Belles.
League leaders Atherstone Rangers went down to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Sandwell Ladies who are now just two points behind them in second place. Halas Hawks meanwhile moved away from the bottom two by beating Solihull Moors 3-2.
One match was played in Division One and it saw FC Elite climb off the bottom of the table at the expense of Walsall Development Swifts by beating them 2-0.
Wednesfield scored ten times without reply past Warwick Ladies to maintain their six point lead in Division Two from Coleshill Town, who beat Urban Kickz 14-2. Tame Bridge edged out Leamington Hibernian by the odd goal in seven to move themselves up into third place and Starlands St Annes were 3-0 winners over Alvechurch.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Riverside Rovers are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after Claire Knibbs, Stacey Schreiber, Hannah Stubbs and Elizabeth Steele gave them a 4-2 extra time victory over Netherton Utd. Cambridge Women Res also needed the extra period in their 4-3 win against Downham Town, goals coming from Liz Pamplin (2), Gemma Clark and Sarah Mosley. Huntingdon Town were 4-2 winners over Fulbourn Bluebirds thanks to a Sophie Marheineke brace, Claire Knox and an own goal, while Bourne Ladies complete the semi final line up after Claire Lawrenson's hat-trick, Lisa Richardson and an own goal saw them to a 5-2 success against Newmarket Town.
In the Championship North, Stamford moved themselves out of the bottom three as they won 3-0 away to Outwell Swifts, courtesy of a hat-trick from Tracey Duxbury-Mead.
Leaders Warrington Wolverines are out of the Challenge Cup as they were beaten 5-4 on a penalty shootout by Altrincham, after the sides had shared a 1-1 draw.
One match was played in the league, Egerton FC winning 4-3 against Chester City.
Illogan Ladies Res kept the title race alive with an emphatic 14-0 victory over St Breward, which sees them move to within three points of leaders St Agnes. Jo Barker led the way with five goals, Anna Wherry and Rachel Bennett each netted a brace and there was one each from Charlotte Collier, Tegan Smith and Claire Todd. St Teath meanwhile won 2-1 against Mabe Ladies thanks to Bryony Martin and Nikki Stevenson.
The only match in the league took place in the quarter finals of the League Plate where Hilton Harriers and Woodlands will have to battle it out all over again as they require a replay following their 1-1 draw. Jessica Simnett was on target for Hilton, with Widbrook replying through Emily Foss.
Westward Developments Devon League
Match of the Day in the Premier Division featured the top two teams, Exeter & Tedburn Rangers at home to unbeaten Activate. The visitors hadn't played a league match since 7th December, due to the festive break and weather postponements, while the home side had managed to play just once since Christmas. Tedburn triumphed 4-2 with goals from Abi Breban (2), Suzannah Osbourne and an own goal, to give them an eight point lead at the top, although Activate have two games in hand. Jodie Martin and Chelsea Semmens replied for the visitors. Waiting for either side to slip up are Feniton, who are the only other side to take a point off Activate. They had a comfortable 7-1 win over Bideford in which Jana Richards scored twice, Nat and Stef Matthews got one each, with Nadine Johns, Eloise Cresswell and an own goal making it seven. Annabelle Halstead replied for Bideford. The battle at the bottom, between University of Exeter and Ilfracombe Town, resulted in a 3-0 win for the students thanks to Njkita Free (2) and Alicia Gibbs. It was their first win of the season, but they are still propping up the table.
In Division One, Plainmoor Ladies travelled to play Newton St Cyres, hoping for a win or at least a draw, to cement their runners-up spot. A single goal from Caragh O'Brien dashed their hopes as the home team won 1-0 to draw level with Plainmoor, but they stay third due to an inferior goal difference. Brixham Villa consolidated their mid-table position with a 1-0 away win against University of Plymouth. Kelsey Taylor scored the only goal of the game after Leanne Hunt had chased down a long free kick from Charlotte Singleton and crossed the ball for Kelsey to control and fire home from ten yards.
Dorchester Town held onto the leadership by winning 4-3 away to AFC Bournemouth. Bex Narramore (2), Michelle Green and Jodie Lees scored the goals to keep Dorchester three points in front of Portland Utd, who ran out 11-0 winners over Poole Town Res. Amy Wild was on target five times, Channelle Whyton weighed in with a hat-trick and Natalie Batchelor (2) and Helen Pearson completed the scoring. Bere Regis meanwhile defeated Blandford Utd 6-0 thanks to Sarah McQueen (2), Sophie Webber (2), Nikayla Humphries and Corrin Parker.
Consett Ladies moved themselves to within four points of leaders Durham Women after scoring twelve times without reply against Gateshead Rutherford Ravens.
In the Development Division, St Cuthbert's Ladies are the new table toppers on goal difference following their 18-goal victory over Swalwell. Darlington Spraire Lasses were narrow 3-2 winners over Washington Ladies and this keeps them in fifth, just ahead of Seaton Carew Development who defeated Farringdon Detached Ladies 6-0.
East Riding League
AFC Tickton moved through to the Second Round of the League Cup after they ran out 4-1 winners away to fellow Division One side Kingston Harriers.
Division Two title winners South Cave are showing no signs of letting up and recorded their eleventh straight victory, 4-2 over C-Force Utd thanks to a Shannon Meyers hat-trick and Sophie Nutbrown. Pinefleet Wolfreton remain in the running for second place after they won 3-0 at Hornsea Sporting.
The League Cup local derby tie in Metropolitan Essex saw Division One leaders Eastern Avenue progress into the quarter finals following a single goal victory against their Premier Division neighbours, Collier Row Tigers. Two of the other ties saw results go to form with Walthamstow Eagles beating Runwell Hospital 4-1 while Beacon Hill Rovers travelled to Little Thurrock Dynamos Res and won 12-0. The other game was an all-Division One affair with Wickford Town making the short journey down the A127 to go through courtesy of a 2-1 win at Leigh Athletic.
The top two sides in the Premier Division met and with their opponents' pitch waterlogged, the fixture was switched to Silver End Utd's ground but it was Writtle who leapfrogged into pole position following a 3-2 victory.
Cirencester Town defeated Oldland Abbotonians 2-1 to eight points clear at the top, although second placed Forest of Dean have three games in hand. Almondsbury UWE have gone level on points with Forest of Dean following their 3-2 success away to AEK Boco. Goals from Amber Eggerton and Jodi Warner made it three wins in a row for Wootton Bassett Town, 2-0 against Bristol & West. Cheltenham Spa CS meanwhile claimed their first league win of the season when they beat Dursley Town 2-1, goals coming from Chelcie Babbage and Laura Mahon.
Courtney Smith, Lucy Atkinson and Vicky Foxwell netted the goals as AEK Boco Development cemented their place at the top of Division Two with a 3-0 victory away to previously unbeaten Bristol Ladies Union Development. St Nicholas Res are keeping up the chase in second place, beating Quedgeley Wanderers 5-0 with goals from Becky Rexworthy (2), Poppy Coles (2) and Sarah Price. Mitcheldean pipped Wotton Rovers by the odd goal in nine thanks to Jade Powell (2), Clare Ward, Heather Haines and Kate Ambrey whilst Abbeymead Rovers stormed to a 10-1 victory over Lockleaze Community. Stacey Leaver netted four times for Abbeymead, Leila John weighed in with a hat-trick and the total was completed by Paige Ible (2) and Ashleigh Scantlebury. Bishop's Cleeve won in the league for the second time this season with a 7-0 success against Cotswold Rangers.
Greater London League
AFC Wimbledon Development have gone four points clear in Division One after goals from Kate Martin and Georgia Heasman steered them towards a 2-1 win at Hackney. Third placed Petts Wood defeated Enfield Town Res 4-1 thanks to Natalie Graves (2), Frankie Mardon and Jade White. Annie Hewitt and Stevie Wickes each hit braces with Lauren Cunningham and Danielle Forde adding the others for Wealdstone in their 6-2 victory over Hampstead. Sarah Ambrose and Gemma Jones were on target for Comets in their 2-2 draw with Bromley LFC, who replied through Kelly Newbound and Lucia Carini whilst the match between Luton Town Hatters and Clapham Utd finished level at 1-1 with Nkiru Akpom on the mark for Luton.
Despite an Alexandra Milne hat-trick and Camilla Cullen goal, Division Two North leaders Tower Hamlets were held to a 4-4 draw by Headstone Manor and head the table by seven points. Sherise Binns also bagged a hat-trick in reply and Rowena Quire added the other. Denham Utd Res defeated Clapham Kicks 7-1 thanks to Charlie Leigh Dixon (2), Alana Lazarus (2), Priscilla Martins, Kelly Poynton and Joanne Torr whilst Farley Morgan netted the only goal of the game for Islington Borough in their victory over Brook House.
In Division Two South, Hampton & Richmond Borough doubled their lead to six points with a 3-1 win at Balham Panthers, courtesy of goals from Louise Clarke, Sharna Longville and Melika Banton. Clapham Utd Res went down to a 3-1 reverse at Colne Valley Res for whom Louise Staples, Maisie Thurgood and Sam Williams were on target. Georgina Pollard netted four times, Grace Merry hit a hat-trick and Rachel Bush completed the scoring as Godalming Town beat AFC Phoenix Res 8-0 and Denham Utd Development won 3-2 against London Phoenix thanks to a Lauren Cox brace and Leone Hughes.
The top of the table clash in Division Three North went the way of Tower Hamlets Res who replaced Kikk Talang as leaders when beating them 2-1 with goals from Tanya Birt and Zoe Qureshi. Alexandra Park also stepped up their challenge as Chelsea Orridge-Golding, Beth Turrell and Annika Walsh gave them a 3-2 win away to Hackney Res. Anabel Saucedo was on target for Regents Park in their 1-1 draw with Old Actonians Res, who replied through Melanie Johnson.
Victoire Ladies moved themselves closer towards the Division Three South title when scoring ten times without reply against Bedhead. Sherelle Walters was on target four times for Victoire along with Danielle Leacock (2), Nicolle D'Aranjo, Jeanie Keable, Danielle De Souza and Louise Feeney. Club Langley's hopes of the runners-up spot took a knock as they were beaten 2-1 by South London, who scored through Amber Wilson and Nicola Riley.
Greater Manchester League
Beechfield Utd made a swift return to the leadership of Division One after they defeated Reddish North End 5-3. Chorltonians meanwhile kept up their good recent form by scoring nine without reply away to Oldham Athletic, to keep themselves just behind the leading two.
In the solitary match to be played in Division Two, leaders All Ladies Academy were held to a 2-2 draw by Little Lever SC, who move up to third as a result.
Winchester City Flyers have gone second in Division One and trail leaders Team Solent by a single point, with two games in hand, after goals from Molly Elloway (2), Georgie Parks, Lauren Sessions and Charlotte Warhurst fired them to a 5-1 victory away to Widbrook Utd.
Alton Utd maintained their three point lead in Division Two by beating Gosport Borough Res 5-0. Rebecca Bell, Hannah Cook, Arienne Harding, Esne Johnson and Lauren Wright were all on target for Alton. Emma Field and Frances Lanham were amongst the scorers as second placed Warsash Wasps won 4-0 against Bursledon. Winchester City Flyers Res meanwhile defeated Kingsclere 5-0 with goals from Lucy Passfield (2), Amelia Cutler, Lydia Hickson and Rebekah Tonks.
In Division Three, Bournemouth Sports are now six points off the top after winning 2-1 against Widbrook Utd Res thanks to Keely Smith and Kerri Towers. However Tadley Calleva were likely to be the happiest team as they registered their first win and points, Katie Redgell (2), Hannah Sibley and Abbey Walsh seeing them to a 4-1 success against Sholing.
Preston North End Res stretched their lead in Division One to seven points with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe A, courtesy of Abigail Wignall, Emily Marsh and an own goal.
Heather St Johns have gone even further ahead at the top, going sixteen points clear with a 6-1 victory over Melton Mowbray. Loughborough Foxes Res are now second after winning 4-2 away to Oadby & Wigston. Birstall netted five times without reply past Coalville Town to keep themselves in the top half, just ahead of Asfordby Amateurs who defeated Cropston Rangers 3-1. Syston Town are out of the bottom two following their goalless draw with Desford.
Lincoln Griffins Blues stepped up the pace at the top with a 5-2 victory over Wyberton, which takes them four points clear. Jess Machin was on target four times along with Camilla Morgan. Becky Mason meanwhile led the scoring with a hat-trick for Louth OB in their 7-0 success against HBW Utd. Lois Haigh added a brace and there was one apiece from Becky Grice and Laura Smith.
Tranmere Rovers Res notched up a crushing 11-0 win against South Liverpool which sees them catch up ground on the top three, none of whom were in action. Liverpool Marshalls Feds and Maghull remain level on points after their meeting ended level at 1-1.
Midwest Counties League
Hereford LC won 1-0 against Bartestree to preserve their lead of five points from AFC Bridgnorth, who were 9-3 victors away to Droitwich Spa Belles. Evesham Utd remain close at hand in third place after beating Wyre Forest Phoenix Res 4-1. Cookley Sports were also 1-0 winners over Ludlow Ladies whilst Welland Ladies defeated AFC Worcester Olympic 5-1.
Aylsham Town further extended their Division One lead to eight points as they won 5-1 away to Long Stratton. Gina Atherton was on target four times along with Abbie Charlton. Mulbarton Belles lost ground by going down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Thorpe Utd who scored through Kimberly Broom, Charlotte Groves and Kirstie Kindred. Fakenham Town were 5-2 winners over Wymondham Town and Stalham Town triumphed 4-1 at Sprowston.
Tiffany Forshaw and Hazel Shepherd scored the goals as Division Two leaders Brandon Town went three points clear by winning 2-1 away to Kirkley & Pakefield. Red Rose stormed to a 6-2 success against Harleston in which Lauren Herns hit a hat-trick along with Laura Hill, Megan Skinner and Paige Wharton. Bohemians won 2-1 at Bungay Town Res thanks to Ellie Blaxell and Joanne Ogogo whilst Sprowston Res had the better of high scoring affair, 6-4 against North Walsham Angels. Freethorpe won for the first time, 3-0 against Toftwood Ladies.
North Riding League
Guisborough Ladies closed the gap on leaders York City Res to a single point with a 6-0 victory over Brooklyn Ladies. Ruth Wilson bagged a hat-trick with Kim Skiba (2) and Kellie Holdsworth also on target. Samantha Burrows scored twice and Ellie-Rose Gordon the other as Fishburn Park defeated Catterick Garrison 3-0 whilst Brompton won for the first time, 2-1 against Huntington thanks to a Helen Fisher brace.
Roade Ladies now head the table by eleven points after a four-goal strike from Hannah Glasspool, Katy Sanders (2), Tyler Felton, Amy Milligan and Eloise Yeomans gave them a 9-1 victory over Rothwell Corinthians Res. Hannah Pendred also netted four times as Thrapston Town went second by beating Moulton A 8-0. Daniella Ashworth, Chloe Jeffs, Amelia Boddington and Lucy Tibbs all added a goal apiece. Billing Utd stormed to a 10-2 win at Stewart & Lloyds Res, Tash Applegate and Kelly Rickwood each scoring four along with Natasha Folwell and Shannen Geddes. Roxanne Peach (2) and Stacey Lawes were the markswomen for Woodford Utd in their 3-2 victory against Thorplands Ladies.
Ollerton Town still head the table in the League Plate by five points from Sherwood Youth after their meeting ended in a 1-1 draw. Eva Hook gave Sherwood the lead with Charlotte McClaren earning Ollerton a share of the spoils. Clifton picked up their first win, 9-0 against Fernwood Foxes. Laurie Newton netted four times, Hanna Whiting adding a brace with one apiece from Emma Clarke, Emma Jacobs and Emma Cordwell. Olivia Lyons (2), Jessica Nightingale and Katie Sharman scored the goals as Bingham Town won 4-3 against Notts County Development.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
Oughtibridge boosted their position as Division One leaders, winning 4-0 at Staveley MW thanks to goals from Holly Towns, Lauren Turner, Codi Melia and Laura Cain. Victory lifted them ten points clear of second place Handsworth who have three games in hand. Sheffield Wednesday Res were 4-1 winners over Edlington Royals. Lucy Ridley, with a hat-trick, and Michelle Wakelin were on target for Wednesday with Danielle Ebb replying for Edlington.
Anston kept their title hopes alive in Division Two, albeit that they have little margin for error, with a 2-1 win over second placed Sheffield Rangers for who defeat ended their own aspirations of finishing top. Dawn Cripps and Lisa Styles scored for Anston whose keeper Hannah Wolstenholme saved a late penalty. Sheffield Wednesday Development will be champions if they beat Anston this Sunday but any other outcome and it will be a case of waiting for Anston to fulfil a lengthy backlog of fixtures.
Unbeaten Division Three leaders Beighton Magpies remain clear title favourites as they maintained their 100% home record, beating bottom team Greasbrough Youth 8-0 thanks to goals from Ellen Smith (2), Kerry Armstrong, Rachel Hale, Sam Hale, Charlotte Hawkins, Hayley Hirst and Becky Smith. Lucy Strutt (2), Jane Watkinson, Shanie Griffith and an own goal gave AFC Unity a 5-2 home win over Hemsworth which keeps them ahead of third placed Rotherham Utd Development whose 1-0 victory over Brampton Rovers, Hannah Crossley on the mark, was the lowest scoring game in the division this season.
Merriott Ladies remain at the foot of the Division Two table after going down to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wellington. Zoe Baverstock hit a hat-trick for Wellington with Veeraya Tantisunthorn also on the scoresheet.
Berrow went through to the semi finals of the Chairman's Cup as goals from Katarina Chinnock and Chelsea Organ earned them a 2-0 victory against Evercreech.
South East League
Herne Bay improved their chances of a potential double as they moved into the League Cup semi finals by beating Long Lane 3-0. Victoria Holness gave them an early lead before Carly Farrow added two further goals. Dartford Royals progressed as Ellen Thomas and Kerry Whitehorn earned them a 2-1 win away to Seahaven Harriers and Wivelsfield Green defeated Burgess Hill Town 2-1 thanks to an Emma Chrimes double. Worthing Minors complete the line up in the last four after beating Anchorians 3-0 with goals from Danielle Lane, Alissandra Pidduck and Phoebe Thorpe.
Danielle Berry, Karis Howard, Kirsty Woolard and Kayleigh Harris were all on target as Ashford LFC won 4-0 against Burgess Hill Town Res to book their place in the semi finals of the Chairman's Cup. The other team through so far are Bexhill Utd Res who beat Aylesford Res 4-0 with goals from Jasmin Gray (2), Megan Alsop and an own goal.
The only league action was in the Kent County Division with Swale Ladies going third with an 8-1 success at Sheerness East. London Corinthians Res meanwhile returned from Barming with a 4-2 win under their belts.
League leaders Shrewsbury Town went through to the quarter finals of the League Cup by beating Wyrley Ladies Res 9-0. Brereton Town were 6-1 winners away to Newcastle Town and Whitchurch defeated Leek Ladies 3-1.
Stone Dominoes closed the gap on Shrewsbury to three points as they beat Bradwell Belles 6-1. Burton Albion Development follow on after scoring eight without reply against Stafford Development and Kidsgrove Athletic went four better when winning 12-0 against Stoke Town.
Brantham Athletic have gone five points clear at the top after beating Ipswich Valley Rangers 3-0. Long Melford meanwhile moved up into second place with a 7-2 victory away to Bacton Utd with Jodie Sharp, Sherral Williamson and Megan Partridge each netting twice and Penny Everett adding the other. Copleston were 2-0 winners over East Bergholt Utd whilst Witnesham Wasps netted nine without reply past Ransomes Sports. Emily Stewart was on target four times for Witnesham whose other goals came from Caitlin Howe (2), Jade Dillon, Alice Rampling and Reanne Stankiewicz.
No change at the top of the table on Sunday where Crystal Palace Development Res won 3-0 against British Airways to remain eight points ahead of Fulham FC Foundation Res who scored seven times without reply against Guildford Saints.
Hurstpierpoint caught up some ground on the leading sides as they won 4-1 away to Jarvis Brook, Chloe Ansell and Stacey Jackson each bagging braces. Worthing Town meanwhile registered their first points and moved off the bottom by beating Henfield 7-0, Kimberley Donno hitting a hat-trick with further goals coming from Sian Elliott (2), Beckie Langridge-Rowe and Amy Priest.
Thames Valley Counties League
Kidlington swept into the semi finals of the League Cup with an 8-1 victory away to Chinnor, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Anna Jimenez. Bethany Hawtin, April England, Chloe Morrison and Sophie Tatford joined her on the scoresheet. Charlotte Bagshaw netted twice and Lauren Head the other as Wycombe Wanderers won 3-2 at Headington Ladies. Carterton Town were 2-1 victors at Barton Utd thanks to Melissa Cuthbert and Amelia Quinn-Downing, and Barton Rovers are the other team through after beating Benson Lionesses 4-1 with goals from Phoebe Cole (2), Georgia McGill and Amelia Sergent.
Woodley Utd Res are now four points clear at the top of Division One following their 6-1 win against City Belles. Morgan Merryweather netted four times and there was one apiece from Mollie Haines and Rosie Page-Smith.
In Division Two North, Hazlemere Sports caught up ground on the top two when running out 4-0 winners over Taplow Utd.
Wargrave Ladies have taken over as the new leaders of Division Two South after a Hannah Sheehan brace, Alice Cartwright, Jodie Penny and Wendy Waterman guided them to a 5-0 success against Bracknell Town Res. There were plenty of goals on offer in the other game as Ascot Utd Res and Thatcham Town battled out a 5-5 draw.
West Riding League
Tingley Athletic were unable to take an opportunity to become the new leaders of Division One when they were held to a 2-2 draw by mid-table Silsden, for whom Laura Ackroyd netted both goals.
There were better fortunes for Tingley Athletic Res in Division Three as they stretched their advantage at the top to four points with an 8-1 victory over Brighouse Town Development. In the other game, Castleford White Rose Res edged out Skipton Town by the odd goal in five, a result which lifts them up to fourth.
AFC Gledhow emerged as 10-0 winners from the delayed League Shield First Round tie against Amaranth. Molly Thompson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tanya Fozzard and Olivia Tyrell weighed in with braces and the total was rounded off by Rebecca Brookes, Rachel Eastwood and Kelsey Wood. Wetherby Athletic Res are also through after beating Crossley 8-3.
Highworth Town boosted their title challenge with an 11-1 victory over Market Lavington, a result which leaves them in third place, one point behind leaders FC Chippenham. Mariana Claus, Hannah Dalgleish, Sadie Harrison and Kerry Walklett all netting twice along with Alexandra Baker, Pamelia Harris and Hannah Lucker. Victoria Parry was on target for Swindon Spitfires Development in their 1-1 draw with Marlborough Town, who replied though a goal from Kirsty Miles.
In the First Round of the League Cup, Frome Town Res advanced to the quarter finals after beating Trowbridge Wanderers on penalties following a 3-3 draw. Eleanor Mason bagged a brace for Frome with Ann-Marie Hervey adding the other.
Doncaster Rovers Belles are delighted to announce that attacker Jody Handley has rejoined the club from Everton.
Handley has enjoyed an illustrious career which began at Wolves in 1993. She played for Liverpool between 1993 and 2000 before a short spell at Everton Ladies.
The winger originally joined the Belles for the 2001-02 season and enjoyed a debut to remember as she grabbed a brace. Handley was part of the side who reached the FA Cup Final in 2002 and, despite Handley scoring, the Belles were beaten 2-1 by professional side Fulham.
Following her departure from the Belles in 2004 Handley rejoined Everton Ladies where she captained the side to their 2010 FA Cup win alongside current Belles goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs. After their relegation to FA WSL 2, Handley left Everton Ladies and Glen Harris acted quickly to snap up her services.
With 38 England caps to her name, including a call-up to the 2007 World Cup squad, Handley will add experience and ability to Glen Harris' squad ahead of their promotion push.
There has been further good news for the Belles this week with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Kasia Lipka both renewing their contracts with the club for the coming season.
Manchester City Women's Georgia Brougham has signed her first professional contract with the Club.
The youngster, who made her senior debut in a 3-0 victory at Everton Ladies back in September, has committed her immediate future to Nick Cushing's side by penning a two-year deal.
Having started her career at youth level with the Blues and working her way through the ranks, Brougham progressed quickly, earning a promotion to the first-team towards the end of the last campaign. Her maiden display earned praise from her team mates and manager - and since then, Brougham has never looked back, cementing her place in the first team and impressing her manager enough to earn a full contract.
The defender could not hide her delight following the news and hopes to continue where she left off last season. "I'm so happy," she smiled. "It felt so good when I found out. I felt like it was a really good achievement for me and the answer was 100% 'yes'!
"The players and staff are happy for me and have told me to keep working hard. I intend to do that."
Once she had made her senior bow towards the end of the 2014 season, Brougham fought hard to keep her place in the starting line-up and featured in every game since. That run, of course, included two crucial Continental Cup clashes - the semi-final and final - in which the youngster played a key role in helping her side to a first piece of silverware.
The defender, who exclusively told CityTV in a fun Q&A she keeps her medal on her window sill, admitted she never dreamed of becoming a cup champion so early in her career but hopes to lift more trophies with the Blues.
"When you have the feel of it, it makes you want to keep working hard and pushing on," she asserted. "I never expected to achieve what I have done already at such a young age but I believe: if you work hard, you get your reward."
Cushing, who has recruited five new players over the winter, expressed his delight at capturing the starlet's signature and told mcfc.co.uk: "Georgia is a very talented young defender who can play anywhere across the back four.
"She is improving everyday, training full-time alongside senior professionals who have played many games at club and international level.
"We are proud that she is one of our own and has been developed at our club from the age of nine."
Gareth Evans has confirmed his squad for the upcoming Scotland Women's Under-19s training camp, which takes place on 6th-7th February.
Scotland face Germany, Belgium and Ukraine in their Elite Round qualifying group, with only the group winners qualifying for this summer's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championships in Israel.
Scotland Women's Under-19 training camp squad:
The Irish Football Association is excited to announce that Northern Ireland has been selected to host the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championships.
Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16-day tournament.
An Irish FA Tournament Bid Group submitted a comprehensive bid dossier to UEFA in October 2014 following a period of extensive consultation with facility providers, DCAL and DETI and Northern Ireland was selected as the hosts at a recent UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland.
The Irish Football Association believes that hosting a major youth finals tournament such as the Women's Under-19 Championship will showcase 'Northern Ireland at its Best' - including our football, our facilities, our culture, our history, our fans, our tradition of hosting major tournaments and our unconditional love of the game.
Irish FA President Jim Shaw commented on the announcement: "We are delighted to have been selected as hosts of this prestigious tournament and look forward to working with UEFA to deliver a world class sporting event."
Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson added: "As part of our Corporate Strategy 'We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland' and our 'IFA Girls' and Women's Football Plan' we have made an explicit commitment to developing women's football and we see this tournament as catalyst for growth in the game at a local level. I would like to congratulate the Bid Group and all those involved in securing Northern Ireland as tournament hosts."
Tournament dates and match venues will be announced in due course.
Notts County are delighted to announce the signing of Danielle Buet.
The midfielder joins the Lady Pies after leaving last season's runners-up Chelsea Ladies.
Danielle started her senior career at Arsenal Ladies leaving the Gunners to join Chelsea in 2007. In her seven years at the London club, the 26-year-old has played a prominent part in the blues' midfield, including their best ever season last time out where they narrowly missed out on the FA WSL title by goal difference.
Buet has also been recognised at international level as part of the England team who reached the quarter finals at the 2008 Under-20 World Cup. Dani went on to make five appearances for the England Under-23 team before making her England senior debut at the Cyprus Cup in 2009, before being included in Hope Powell's squad for the European Championships in 2009. The midfielder has made eight appearances for the national team, last appearing in late 2011.
On joining, Dani said she is looking forward to the season ahead: "It is an exciting time, it's a new challenge for me and it could be a very exciting year ahead with the team that we have here at Notts.
"I'm an ambitious player, I want to win silverware and I want to do it here at Notts County. I'm a good team player both on and off the pitch and I hope my experience can help the younger players in this team.
"As I said, I'm here to win things. The players that have been brought in are all great additions to the squad and there's no reason why we can't get to a cup final and win a trophy. We want to be in the Champion's League and that is our ambition if not to go on and to win the league."
Manager Rick Passmoor has welcomed Buet's experience and ambition. "In such a short season, having new players that have knowledge of the league and the game in this country is a real boost to anyone," he said. "Dani brings a lot of knowledge and experience of the game with her and it can't be underestimated how important that is. We're all on the same page here at Notts County, we share the same ambitions and Dani is reading off the same page as us."
Northern Division One
Guiseley AFC Vixens moved to within a single point of leaders Liverpool Marshalls Feds after running out 9-1 winners over Sheffield Utd Community. Tanya Rich led the scoring with a four-goal haul and the tally was completed by Emily Maguire, Michelle Walsh and Kerrie Zserdicky plus two own goals while United grabbed a consolation through Sophie Bell.
Mossley Hill came back to form with a 4-1 victory at Middlesbrough which takes them into third place. Sophie Perry led the scoring for Mossley with a hat-trick and Shelley James was also on the scoresheet.
Chester-le-Street and Stockport County battled out a 3-3 draw which keeps the Cestrians in mid-table and Stockport just above the bottom two places. Lisa Garbutt, Nichole Harvey and Rae Taylor were all on target for Chester-le-Street with Stockport replying through a Georgia France brace and Jeneyah Webb.
Tranmere Rovers meanwhile drew for the fifth time in the league this season as their match with Chorley ended goalless.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women are now only three points off the pace after they defeated FC Reedswood 2-1. Rosie Axten's goal on the half hour was cancelled out by Eloise Gerhold before the break but Axten struck again early in the second half to settle matters in Leicester's favour.
Nicola Russell bagged a hat-trick as Loughborough Students moved themselves up the table with a 6-0 victory over Curzon Ashton. Siobhan Eastham, Eva Rogers and Hayley James added the other goals for the students who are now in mid-table.
South East Division One
Bedford Ladies claimed their third successive win in all competitions and now lie in sixth in the table following their fine 1-0 victory away to fourth placed Cambridge Women. Chloe Scott netted the only goal of the game for fast improving Bedford.
Ipswich Town meanwhile picked up a precious point from a 1-1 draw against Enfield Town. Sheryce Slater netted the goal for Enfield while Ipswich replied with a strike from Rox Small.
South West Division One
With Swindon Town not in action on Sunday, their three nearest rivals all took the opportunity to put a dent in their lead. Second placed Southampton Saints ran out 5-0 winners over St Nicholas and now trail the Wiltshire side by seven points. Sheriden Palk, Leah Shave, Catherine Browning and Rebecca Bath were all on target for the Saints with an own goal completing the tally.
Forest Green Rovers are two points further adrift after they halted the recent improving run of Chichester City. An own goal gave Rovers a twentieth minute lead with Ellie Olds adding a second in first half injury time. Sophie Okey added the third to complete a 3-1 victory, Chichester's consolation strike coming from Jenna Fowlie.
Despite picking up a good win, Forest Green actually drop out of the top three because Exeter City defeated Shanklin 5-0 to move above them on goal difference. All of Exeter's goals came in the first half, Kirsty Caunter netting twice along with Tash Knapman, Chloe Williams and Lola Sanchez.
With only six days until the Lady Glovers play their FA Womens Cup Third Round match against Lewes and just under two months until the start of the FA Women's Super League season, the Yeovil Town squad has been strengthened even more with the welcoming of three further signings.
Wales Under-19 international Alys Hinchcliffe, ex Cardiff City player Stephanie Williams and former England Colleges player and ex-Cardiff and Bristol Academy player Ellie Isaac have all signed WSL forms for the coming season.
Alys Hinchcliffe said: "Joining Yeovil is an exciting opportunity for me. The club and the team are extremely professional and I cant wait to begin working with them towards the high goals that we have in our sights. Its a very exciting time to be a part of this football club."
With pre-season in full swing, manager Jamie Sherwood commented with: "I am pleased to have secured the signing of Steph Williams, a very composed holding midfielder who is comfortable playing 5 and 10 yard passes or playing that big switch pass. Also we have added further competition in defence with the signing of Ellie Isaac who has WSL experience with Bristol Academy but also spent a season with myself at Cardiff City LFC in the English Premier League before the North South divide. We have recently added Welsh U19 player Alys Hinchliffe who is a very athletic and dynamic player who adds great versatility as she can play in any position on the right.
"These signings add good competition for places and all come in with the desire to be playing week in week out, which can only breed the competitive edge and will make us even more competitive than we were last season!"
Midfielder Stephanie Williams, who joins from Cardiff, said: "I am overjoyed and excited to join Yeovil for the fast approaching season. I cant thank the players and staff enough for being so welcoming to me after coming in as a new face."
Assistant Manager Michelle Yeowell, who has also been on hand with preparations for the Lady Glovers first game this Sunday has been thrilled with the squads effort and commented on the three new additions saying: "All three players have been training hard this week with the squad and all bring additional strengths and quality into an already talented squad. They are all very eager to get started with the season and work hard to make this season successful."
Ellie Isaac was equally eager for the season to start and can't wait to get going: "I'm really excited for the opportunity with Yeovil. The girls are a great bunch with a lot of talent and I love the ambition of the club, especially being named WSL2 club of the year. We've been working hard in training and I can't wait for the season to start."
The Scottish Women's Premier League's fixtures for the 2015 season were announced this week, with champions Glasgow City facing a visit to Hutchison Vale on the opening weekend.
Inverness City face a home game against Stirling University, who have amalgamated with Falkirk Ladies for the upcoming campaign.
Hearts' first match in Scotland's top flight is in the north east, where they will take on Aberdeen. Spartans host Forfar Farmington, while Celtic and Hamilton Academical play Hibernian and Rangers respectively.
Brighton & Hove Albion kept up the pace at the top of the Southern Division with a 3-0 victory against West Ham Utd.
Fliss Gibbons gave the Seagulls a first half lead and they went on to seal the points with strikes after the break from Lucy Somes and Gibbons again.
Cardiff City Ladies remain two points behind in second place following their 2-0 success over Lewes. Laura Williams put the South Wales side in front on the half hour and with eight minutes remaining, Naomi Clipston wrapped up the win with the second goal.
Portsmouth are handily placed in third and are just a further point adrift after beating Gillingham 3-0. Ini Umotong maintained her good form in front of goal by giving them a fifth minute lead and Sarah Kempson went on to add a goal in each half to maintain Pompey's title challenge.
Tottenham Hotspur moved back into the top five on the back of a 3-1 win away to Plymouth Argyle. Wendy Martin, Jenna Schillaci and Andrea Marocci were all on target for Spurs while Argyle's consolation came from Mollie Taylor.
Preston North End made it five away victories on the trot when winning 4-2 at Derby County in the Northern Division.
Nicola Emery opened the scoring for the in-form Lancashire side in the ninth minute and Yasmine Swarbrick added a second on the half hour. Laura Walker made it three early in the second half and after Rhian O'Callaghan had pulled a goal back, Chelsea Flanagan quickly restored the three-goal advantage. Emily Jeffery grabbed an injury time consolation for Derby but Preston's good run has now taken them up to fifth place in the table.
Newcastle Utd and Wolverhampton Wanderers met in an important clash at the other end of the table and the Magpies are likely to be the more satisfied of the two sides following their 1-1 draw. Stacy Crooks fired Newcastle ahead just before half time but Wolves came back strongly after the break and earned themselves a share of the spoils with five minutes remaining when Dani Selmes slotted home from the penalty spot.
The new season of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) in association with BT Sport will get underway in March. .
FA WSL 1 opening round matches take place from Wednesday 25 March, while FA WSL 2 kicks off the week before on Wednesday 18 March.
Defending champions Liverpool will take on FA WSL 1 newcomers Sunderland in one of the standout ties of the opening week. Elsewhere, Birmingham City host FA WSL Continental Cup holders Manchester City and league runners-up Chelsea travel to Notts County.
In FA WSL 2, where two clubs will be competing for promotion into FA WSL 1, relegated Everton will look to get their campaign off to a winning start when they travel to Aston Villa.
The league will take a mid-season break for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. England play France (9 June), Mexico (13 June) and Colombia (17 June) in Group F. This year's FA WSL Continental Cup will start in the second half of the season, after the World Cup and fixtures will be announced in the coming weeks.
Liverpool captain Gemma Bonner, said: "I believe this season will again prove to be the most competitive WSL season ever as the competition continues to improve year after year.
"It would be a fantastic achievement if we were to lift the trophy for a third successive season and we have total confidence in our ability as a team to do this, although we are under no illusions as to how difficult a task that will be.
"The first game of the season against Sunderland will no doubt be a really tough opening game for us. They are a team with some really exciting young players coming through the ranks with the likes of Beth Mead and Keira Ramshaw and they will definitely provide us with a tough test as we begin our title defence."
Arsenal and England forward Lianne Sanderson, who will be playing in the FA WSL for the first time, said: "The FA WSL has intrigued me because of how competitive it is. You can't beat going into games not knowing what the outcome is going to be and I think that is where the league has changed for the better.
"I don't want to say we are going to win the league at Arsenal, of course we want to as all other teams do, but all we can do is prepare as a team on and off the pitch, in the right way. We are doing things properly so that when it comes to the games, we are fully prepared for the task ahead."
AFC Wimbledon 2 Old Actonians 2
AFC Wimbledon were held at home by Old Actonians, who battled back from a two-goal deficit to claim a point at Old Tenisonians Sports Club.
The match, between two contenders for promotion from the London & South East Counties Regional League, was an enthralling contest full of commitment and passion where the Dons dominated the first half and the visitors lifted their game greatly after the break drawing level with 15 minutes to play. Even so, it took two superb saves from Naomi Swift to deny Wimbledon a crucial third goal and ensure that the West Londoners returned home with a share of the spoils.
AFC Wimbledon, fresh from an excellent Surrey FA Cup win over FAWPL side Crystal Palace, started with good pace and found a couple of dangerous situations before Actonians' Natasha Cree fired over their first effort from 20 yards on eight minutes. Caz Bisson, who was excellent throughout for the hosts, was narrowly wide with a curled effort from distance and then Sian Wylie went close from a cross from the left. Wimbledon took the lead midway through the half when a low left wing cross was guided home at the near post by Bisson.
Wimbledon continued to dominate as Actonians could not find any forward momentum. Bisson was just wide of the far post after a fine run and curled shot. A foul on the same player led to the second goal. Libby Suchley drove in a perfect 25-yard shot from wide on the left which flew inside Swift's near post on 33 minutes.
Another Suchley effort, this time from a corner, hit the near post and flew behind as AFC Wimbledon maintained their control right to the break.
Actonians returned with much more resolve and started to win control of the midfield battle from early in the half. Cree created danger on the right wing and provided a lovely cross for Hanna Olofsson to fire in a shot which Dons keeper Lianne Tylee did well to turn away. The same player then found space to fire a shot just over from 20 yards as Actonians pressed forward, inspired by the work and clever touches of Carla Williams. Sharon Odofin went close on 54 minutes when set up in front of goal by Williams and Cree.
The introduction of Chelsea Berlin into midfield just before the hour proved the catalyst for the visitors' comeback, Williams reacting quickest to a through ball to finish past Tyree to halve the arrears.
A Berlin free kick from 30 yards was safely held by Tyree before Wimbledon started to find the attacking purpose which had marked their first half domination. Probably the critical moment of the contest came on 67 minutes. Bisson once again escaped her markers and played in an inviting low ball towards the advancing Jess Trimnell eight yards out in front of goal. Swift produced an outstanding save to race out and deflect Trimnell's first time shot wide of goal. Both players needed lengthy treatment from the resulting collision.
Actonians levelled soon after the injury break. Williams did well on the right and found Berlin centrally, 40 yards out. Her first time effort on goal was perfectly placed and dropped in under the bar in the top right corner for an outrageous equaliser.
Wimbledon were stung into action by this setback and pressed forward for most of the remainder of the match. Within a minute, Bisson had set up Wylie for a stinging drive ten yards out but Swift produced an excellent reaction save to turn the ball over the bar. Wimbledon forced numerous corners and had three free kicks in dangerous areas but Actonians showed great resolve to deal with everything thrown at them. At the other end, Cree and Williams both found dangerous positions but were unable to hit the target as the match became stretched through eight minutes of added time. A final half chance for the hosts saw Rebecca Sargeant shooting wide from the edge of the area and the points were shared.
In the end, the result was probably a fair one. Wimbledon will surely feel that they should have taken the match given their two goal lead, but Actonians played with heart and spirit right through the team after being second best in the first half. What is certain is that both teams provided a quality spectacle and will surely be challenging leaders Fulham FC Foundation, who won away at Eastbourne Town to stretch their advantage in a most competitive league.
AFC Wimbledon: Lianne Tylee, Linsey Clarke, Sian Wylie, Jess Trimnell, Caz Bisson, Libby Suchley, Ellen Martin, Sian Houghton-North, Emma Keady, Alysha Clements, Lauren Carnell. Subs: Bianca Walker, Rebecca Sargeant, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Fleur Robinson, Clare Hedley-Smith.
Old Actonians: Naomi Swift, Sinead Friel, Catherine Murphy, Leah Taylor, Lafe Uche, Hanna Olofsson, Nathalie Randall, Rosie Stone, Sharon Odofin, Carla Williams, Natasha Cree. Subs: Chelsea Berlin, Linda Fox, Nikki Wright, Shadia Edwards-Dashti, Sinthujah Sooriyakumar.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Ellen Martin is held off by Sharon Odofin
(middle) Natasha Cree on the attack, pursued by Linsey Clarke
(bottom) Alysha Clements closes down Carla Williams
Swansea City booked their place in the Welsh Premier Women's League Cup Final with a 2-0 victory over Cup holders Cardiff Met Ladies.
Cardiff Met had gone into the game sporting an unbeaten record in all competitions this season but found themselves behind after 36 minutes when Emma Beynon gave Swansea the lead. Beynon went on to score a second goal, five minutes from time, to seal victory for the Swans.
Swansea City will face PILCS in the Final at the end of March, at a venue which is to be confirmed.
One match was played in the league, Wrexham running out 5-1 winners over Rhyl & Prestatyn to lift themselves into fifth place in the table. Alex Waldron gave them a seventh minute lead which was doubled by Laura Mitchell, before Waldron scored her second just before the half hour. After the break, Becky Pritchard and Bethan Davies both found the net to wrap up the win for Wrexham, with the visitors grabbing a late consolaton goal through Joy Jamieson.
Pauline Hamill has announced her squad for next month's Scotland Women's Under-17 training camp, which takes place from 7th - 9th February.
Scotland face France, Poland and Austria in March in their UEFA Elite Round qualifiers, with the side hoping to reach the European Championship finals in Iceland in June.
Scotland Women's Under-17 squad for training camp:
PILCS are through to the Final of the Welsh Premier Women's League Cup after winning a thrilling semi final 4-3 against Port Talbot Town in awful weather conditions at the GenQuip Stadium.
The Gwent-based side looked to be on their way towards a comfortable victory as they led by three goals at the break but a rousing second half fightback by the home side almost saw them claw back the deficit.
The match was played in a gusting wind and driving rain which made conditions awkward for both teams. PILCS started strongly with the wind on their backs and Katrina French opened the scoring in the 12th minute after she had timed her run from deep to perfection to beat Port Talbot's back four.
Seven minutes later, Bethan Ellis in the home goal had been beaten for a second time - as Kate Jeremiah's free kick slipped through the keeper's fingers with a little help from the swirling wind.
With PILCS looking dangerous every time they went forward, Lyndsey Davies made it three from close range in the 26th minute, finishing at the second attempt after Ellis had blocked her initial effort to further wound the combative home side.
PILCS continued to threaten with the speedy Davies a constant threat but Port Talbot held firm for the remainder of the half to keep the margin at three goals going into the break.
The introduction of Lucy Edwards as a half time substitute gave Port Talbot fresh impetus up front and the striker brought her side back into the game just before the hour mark, capitalising on a misjudgement by PILCS keeper Bethan White to force the ball home from close range.
Five minutes later, Edwards turned provider with a pinpoint corner and a header by Courteney Thomas found the net courtesy of the underside of the PILCS crossbar and a game that seemed dead and buried in the first half was once again full of life.
PILCS were to regain their composure though and came up with an excellent reply. Ceri Hudson had impressed a lot in midfield and she was heavily involved in a fine team move which culminated with Jeremiah's low cross being finished off clinically by the impressive Davies for her second goal.
The goal clearly settled the PILCS players and Davies almost completed her hat-trick moments later but she lifted her shot just over. A similar good passing move nearly led to another goal but Jeremiah was denied by an offside flag.
Port Talbot were to rally once again though and brought themselves back into the game in spectacular fashion with eight minutes left. PILCS initially dealt well with an Edwards corner and looked to have averted the danger but Hayley Williams unleashed an unstoppable shot from fully 35 yards which sailed into the top corner of the net.
With Nicole Rawlingson and Rachael Ball displaying a good range of passing and Sian Scannell working hard, the home side pressed hard for an equaliser and won a number of late corners but PILCS stood firm under the pressure and closed the game out to reach their first major cup final.
Both teams deserve great credit for producing such an exciting game in unhelpful weather conditions and PILCS, for whom Hudson and Hope Suominen showed up well, were worthy winners over the ninety minutes. However Port Talbot can take great heart from their second half display and they can chase a top half place in the league.
Liverpool Ladies have signed recently named African Women's Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala.
The FA Women's Super League Champions secured the signature of the highly rated 20-year-old Nigerian international from Nigerian Women's Championship title winners, Rivers Angels.
Asisat is an explosive forward who was voted as the most valuable player at the Under-20 World Cup in Canada in 2014 finishing as the top goalscorer as the Falconets finished runners up to Germany.
Asisat also helped Rivers Angels to their first league title victory since 2010 as they beat Pelican Stars to the title as well as helping Rivers Angels to retain the Nigerian Women's Cup.
Matt Beard's side are currently preparing for the upcoming WSL and Champions League campaigns having retained the title on the final day in 2014.
Speaking of her move to Liverpool, Asisat said: "Since I began my football career I have always dreamt of being a professional footballer so to be able to join the reigning Women's Super League champions is absolutely fantastic.
"Liverpool Ladies are a massive Club who have some fantastic players who I believe can help to develop my game to the next level. It was also a big incentive to be able to play in the Uefa Women's Champions League which is a huge competition and one I'm confident we can do well in."
Liverpool manager Matt Beard added: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have signed Asisat as she is one of the world's top young footballers. Asisat proved in the U20 World Cup what a top class talent she is and this signing is a big coup for us.
"The Women's Super League continues to improve year after year so it is vital that we strengthen our squad following last season's successful title defence. This signing is definitely one that the supporters can be extremely excited about."
Katie Wilkinson is back at Aston Villa and is ready for the new season.
The striker starred for the claret and blues after coming through the Centre of Excellence before making a 2013 switch to city neighbours Birmingham City in order to sample Super League and Champions League football. In June 2014, she returned to B6 and was a revelation in the WSL 2, scoring six goals in 13 appeances - a focal part of the team's fourth place finish.
The striker has now opted to sign on once more and is made up to be back at her hometown club.
Wilkinson said: "It feels great to know I'm back at Aston Villa, a club I've played for, supported and loved since a very young age.
"Going away for a season and then coming back on loan really made me certain on where I wanted to be, and now I'm glad to have come back home!
"On a personal level, I just want to really enjoy myself, play to the best ability that I can, and try and help Aston Villa step up to WSL 1."
Head coach Joe Hunt says the re-singing of Katie has given everyone a lift in the camp: "We are thrilled that Katie has returned home to Aston Villa Football Club.
"This is where she belongs. Her time away from the club didn't go as well as she'd planned but coming back to where she learnt her trade is a massive boost to everyone at the club.
"We were able to get Katie on loan last season and she was incredible for us. She scored and assisted goals but more importantly combined very well with her team mates to make us a better side. She is Villa through and through, she wants to do well individually but wants to push us on as a club.
"Over the winter break, she has gone away on her own, got herself fit and is really focused on playing well for us this season. Katie needs to play regular football, when she did, we all saw how good she was for the second half of last season.
"She played well for us which led to a call up into the England U23 camp. She belongs at that level, she is a class act.
"The rest of the team are thrilled we've got her back, they enjoy having her in the team and she's lively around the training ground."
Bristol Academy welcome FFC Frankfurt to Ashton Gate on the 21st March 2015, for the home leg of their Champions League quarter final draw.
Following discussions regarding the original date drawn, the fixtures have now been reversed and the club is pleased to announce the confirmed dates for their UEFA Champions League quarter final games against 1. FFC Frankfurt are as follows:
1st Leg - Bristol Academy vs Frankfurt - 21.3.15, 14:00 KO (GMT) - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol.
2nd Leg - Frankfurt vs Bristol Academy - 29.3.15, 12:00 KO (CET) - Stadion am Brentanobad, Frankfurt.
Club Chairman, Simon Arnold said: "Clearly our fixture against Barcelona [in the previous round] caught the imagination of everybody in the city. We are looking forward to Bristol backing the Vixens and generating a huge home support for this game."
The Vixens are expecting a strong crowd for the home leg at Ashton Gate; tickets for which will be going on sale next week.
South Cave became the first women's team to win a league title in the winter season when they were confirmed as Division Two Champions in the East Riding County Women's League on Sunday.
They have won all ten of their league games so far this season and Head Coach Tony Grunnill told Women's Soccer Scene about his squad and the reasons for their success:
"First and foremost, as the head coach, I have to say that they are probably the nicest bunch of players you could ever wish to meet and for the most part are a real pleasure to work with (apart from when they are moaning about the weather and having to train when it is cold and/or wet). Those sentiments I know are echoed equally by my assistant coach Paul Roworth.
"The team itself is a very nice blend of youth and experience with seasoned campaigners like Emma Nutbrow, the club captain, and Sophie Nutbrown, dovetailing perfectly with our exciting younger players like Laura Stride and Katherine Imrie, who are both enjoying their first full season in ladies football and look comfortable and assured.
"The spine of the team have quite literally been exactly that, with regular outstanding performances from 'tough as teak' pair Amy Wilson and Elley McGlynn and vice captain Emma Osborne keeps the team on the front in most matches with her non-stop talking and infectious enthusiasm for the game. She also chips in every now and then with a spectacular long range effort, although she won't like me telling you that most of her shots are either still orbiting the moon or will probably be found at harvest time in an adjoining farmer's field!
"Out on the flanks and identical twins Lauren Green and Rachel Green consistently deliver for the team week in, week out with their breathless energy and pace and when they are not making their way into the opposition penalty area, they are often found doubling back in our own box to provide extra defensive cover when needed.
"Up front we have the magic feet of Shannon Meyers, whose silky skills are reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo in full flow, so much so that you can almost forgive her for her sometimes wayward timekeeping when she produces a moment of genius out on the pitch! Finally we have the silent assassin and the team's top scorer Angela Pritchard.
"Angela is another youngster enjoying her first season in ladies football. She is always smiling and despite saying very little in training and during matches, she is loved by everybody and knows exactly where the goal is and how to finish.
"And during the course of the season so far, we have lost our two other prolific scorers - Luci Preston (through a nasty ankle injury sustained in mid-October) and Olivia Key (through illness, which later transpired to be a 25cm/9Żlb cyst attached to her ovaries that had to be removed in early November).
"What makes the season all the more remarkable is the fact that we don't have a regular goalkeeper, with players taking it in turns each week to spend a quarter of the match in between the posts. However, as the team continues to progress, we hope that this is a situation that we can address in the not too distant future.
"With quality additions like Courtney McConville, who is not 16 until next week, waiting patiently in the wings to make her competitive debut later this month (but knocking them all about in training), the future for South Cave Ladies looks extremely bright."
As for important and significant results during the season, Tony points out that two victories stand out amongst all the others. "Our 6-0 win away to Pinefleet Wolfreton on 12th October was the first time we really knew we had something special going on as we controlled the game against, what was at the time, our toughest challenge to date and we scored some quality goals in the consummate away performance.
"Also the 5-1 win away to Hull University on 7th December, despite being severely understrength and with several players feeling under the weather on a bitterly cold day, another consummate away performance saw us soak up the early pressure our hosts had to offer and then dictate the pace of the rest of the game before ultimately coasting away to a win. Hull University's solitary consolation goal came with the very last kick of the game."
Even though the ultimate target of the title has already been reached, there is still much for South Cave to play for in the remainder of the season. "Promotion out of the ERCFA Women's Division Two was our main objective this season and that has been achieved with matches to spare," says Tony. "The team are also hoping to do well in the upcoming Chairman's League and are equally as hopeful of a decent run in the League Cup.
"Next season we will be looking to progress as far as we can and can hopefully mount a serious challenge on the Division One title as well as a having a decent run in the County and League Cups."
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