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Scotland squad to face Wales  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
Anna Signeul has named a 25-player squad for Scotland's friendly match against Wales in Dumfries on Sunday 3rd August, as preparations continue for the crucial FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 double header against Faroe Islands and Sweden in September. 
The national coach has selected an expanded squad for the match against Wales, including five uncapped players.
Kathryn Hill (Rangers) and Kerry Montgomery (Spartans) have been called up to the women's A squad for the first time. Goalkeeper Rachel Harrison (Spartans) has been included after attending a training camp in January. She is joined by Rangers' Khym Ramsay, who returns for the first time since her inclusion in the squad for a friendly match against Iceland in August 2012. Hibernian defender Kirsty Smith, who also attended the January training camp, is also included.
Scotland are currently level on points with Sweden, who have a game in hand, at the top of FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Group Four. The group winners qualify directly for the Finals in Canada next year, with the four best runners-up from the European qualifying groups going into the play-offs.
Scotland face the Faroe Islands at Fir Park, Motherwell, on Saturday 13th September, and travel to Gothenburg for the final group match against Sweden four days later. 
Scotland squad: 
 Gemma FAY   Celtic   174   0 
 Shannon LYNN   Vittsjo GIK   11   0 
 Rachel HARRISON   Spartans   0   0 
 Khym RAMSAY   Rangers   0   0 
 Emma BLACK   Glasgow City   42   1 
 Jennifer BEATTIE   Montpellier HSC   83   20 
 Frankie BROWN   Bristol Academy   60   0 
 Rachel CORSIE   Notts County   64   9 
 Ifeoma DIEKE   Vittsjo GIK   95   0 
 Nicola DOCHERTY   Glasgow City   9   0 
 Hayley LAUDER   Vittsjo GIK   59   8 
 Eilish McSORLEY   Glasgow City   14   0 
 Kirsty SMITH   Hibernian   0   0 
 Leanne CRICHTON   Glasgow City   21   2 
 Kathryn HILL   Rangers   0   0 
 Joanne LOVE   Glasgow City   149   7 
 Emma MITCHELL   Arsenal   32   5 
 Kerry MONTGOMERY   Spartans   0   0 
 Heather RICHARDS   Celtic   1   0 
 Leanne ROSS   Glasgow City   108   8 
 Megan SNEDDON   Rangers   126   4 
 Lisa EVANS   FFC Turbine Potsdam   36   10 
 Suzanne MULVEY   Rangers   12   1 
 Christie MURRAY   Arsenal   29   2 
 Jane ROSS   Vittsjo GIK   71   30 


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World Cup themed Festival a success  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
On Saturday 19th July, a Girls' World Cup themed Festival took place at Southfields Community College in Wandsworth; this was run in partnership between the AFA, London FA, Middlesex FA and Surrey FA. 
The festival was organised with the intention to support and develop girls' football in the Under-9 and Under-10 age groups and for the girls' to experience a fun day of football. Running alongside the festival in the morning was also an FA Tesco Skills session for 5-8 year old girls, where girls could just drop in and take part in a session delivered by one of the FA Skills Coaches.
There were over 50 girls taking part in the morning part of the festival which was for the Under-9 age group in a 4v4 format and there was some fantastic football on display. When the teams arrived they were given a flag from a World Cup country which they would adopt for the festival, they were also given some face paints so that they could decorate themselves with their respective countries flag and help get them into the World Cup spirit. The flags were kindly donated by The Hurlingham Pub & Kitchen in Fulham.
Jon Burr, Surrey FA said: "In some of the hottest weather we have seen this year, it was great to see so many girls take part in both the Under-9 and Under-10's age groups. The players were from many different clubs and schools from around Surrey, London and Middlesex. The World Cup theme really went down well with face paints and flags being given to all the teams taking part. Despite the heat the effort and commitment from both age groups was tremendous with many new players getting a taste of some competitive games for the first time."
In the afternoon for the Under-10 age group, the matches were 5v5 with a GK on slightly bigger pitches. Teams were split into two groups dependant on their experience and this made for more even matches. There were over 60 girls taking part in this age group and again with the weather getting even hotter the conditions were even tougher but the girls all did fantastically.
Emma Barnes, London FA said: "Today was a wonderful example of partnership working and local counties coming together to provide a fun festival for girls to play in. Using the World Cup as a theme created a fantastic atmosphere and the festival was played in a friendly yet competitive spirit which allowed the girls to showcase their skills."


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Jim Pearcy  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
Everybody at Women's Soccer Scene was saddened to hear the news that Jim Pearcy, Devon County FA Life Member, passed away suddenly. 
Jim was a highly regarded member of the Devon FA Council and was involved in all aspects of County FA work, he did though, have a real love of County Representative Football and attended well over 450 games during his time on Council.
He loved nothing better than keeping everybody up to date with results, fixture arrangements and thoroughly enjoyed his time as Press Officer for the South West Counties Championship.
Jim was a regular contributor to our magazine with reports for all matches in the Championship as well as the Devon County Cup Finals, as well as the squads selected ahead of each match.
Jim will be sorely missed and we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Rose and his family.


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England name final squad to face Sweden  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
Mark Sampson has announced his final 23-player England squad for next month's international against Sweden. 
England will host the Scandinavians at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park stadium on Sunday 3 August (2.00pm ko).
If Fara Williams plays, she will become England's most capped player of all time on 130 caps, ahead of Rachel Yankey. She equalled Yankey's record in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in June.
Meanwhile, Washington Spirit's Jodie Taylor gets her first full call up to the senior squad. The squad includes five players who hail from the North East - captain Steph Houghton, Hartlepool's Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes and Jill Scott. Kelly Smith and Casey Stoney have been rested for this match and Sophie Bradley is out through injury.
The match takes place ahead of England's key World Cup qualifier against Wales on 21st August at Cardiff City Stadium. The Lionesses need just a point to qualify for the finals which take place in Canada next summer.
Sampson said: "It will be great to get the group together again for a really exciting challenge against a good Swedish team.
"Fara is a special player as well as a fantastic ambassador for the game. To overtake the record will be an incredible achievement for her and I'm sure one that she will build on.
"I spoke with Kelly and Casey, we decided to leave them out of this squad to allow them some extra recovery time. I am very hopeful they will be back fresh and fully fit for the Wales match.
"We are also looking forward to inviting Jodie into the group who has been playing very well and deserves her opportunity."
Tickets for the match are on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking discounts apply. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01429 272 584 (option 2), via TheFA.com's ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office. 
England squad: 
 Karen BARDSLEY   Manchester City   37   0 
 Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN   Arsenal   31   0 
 Rachel BROWN-FINNIS   Everton   82   0 
 Gemma BONNER   Liverpool   4   1 
 Lucy BRONZE   Liverpool   13   1 
 Alex GREENWOOD   Everton   3   0 
 Steph HOUGHTON   Manchester City   48   7 
 Alex SCOTT   Arsenal   114   12 
 Demi STOKES   Univ of South Florida   7   1 
 Laura BASSETT   Chelsea   40   1 
 Jade MOORE   Birmingham City   12   1 
 Jill SCOTT   Manchester City   82   13 
 Fara WILLIAMS   Liverpool   129   37 
 Jordan NOBBS   Arsenal   13   3 
 Karen CARNEY   Birmingham City   96   18 
 Dunia SUSI   Notts County   21   0 
 Eniola ALUKO   Chelsea   83   26 
 Jess CLARKE   Notts County   46   10 
 Natasha DOWIE   Liverpool   13   5 
 Toni DUGGAN   Manchester City   20   12 
 Francesca KIRBY   Reading FC Women   0   0 
 Lianne SANDERSON   Boston Breakers   37   11 
 Jodie TAYLOR   Washington Spirit   0   0 


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South West League constitution  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
The constitution of clubs in the South West League for the 2014-15 season is as follows: 
 Bridgwater Town   Bishop's Lydeard   AFC Plympton 
 Brislington   Bitton   Alphington 
 Bristol Ladies Union   Cheltenham Civil Service   Bude Town 
 Downend Flyers   Cleeve West Town   Callington Town 
 Frome Town   Forest Green Rovers Res   Charlestown 
 Gloucester City   Ilminster Town   Dobwalls 
 Stoke Lane Athletic   Keynsham Town Res   Illogan LFC 
 Swindon Spitfires   Ludgershall Sports   Launceston 
 Torquay Utd   Poole Town   Marine Academy Plymouth 
 Truro City   Taunton Town   Newquay Celtic 


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Sophie Bradley out for season  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
Notts County Captain Sophie Bradley has been ruled out for the season after suffering an ACL injury in the 4-0 Continental Cup victory at Yeovil Town. 
The defender fell awkwardly off the ball in the early stages of the cup encounter, and the extent of the injury was confirmed earlier this week after a scan.
This is Notts County's third ACL injury of the current season, the club suffering the losses of Ellen White in pre-season and full back Anna Green in the first game of the season.
The recovery time for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury can vary, but it will certainly rule Bradley out for the remainder of the season, with the defender undergoing an operation once the scan result had been confirmed.


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Takeley require new players  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
Takeley Women's Football Club gained promotion to the Essex County League Premier Division by finishing as runners-up in Division One last season, but there has been a mass exodus of players. 
Some nine in total, from a squad of just 17, have left the club very short for the coming season.
Several enquiries have been made from prospective new players but more players are required if the club is to compete at the new level.
Training is currently on a Sunday from 11.00am till 1.00pm at Takeley Sports Field but we will soon be transferring to a 3g Astro pitch in Harlow on a Wednesday night from 7.45pm till 9.00pm.
If any players are interested in coming along please contact Dave Dawson on (07926) 147687 or (01279) 424342 or e-mail david.dawson8@ntlworld.com. Details of training venues can be found on the club website at www.takeley-wfc.co.uk/location.


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Glasgow City Champions League ticket launch  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
Scottish Champions Glasgow City today launched ticket sales for their upcoming UEFA Women's Champions League group games on their ticket site www.gcfctickets.co.uk. 
All Glasgow City games will be played at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, with tickets priced only £5 adult and £2 kids. First up for City are Slovakian Champions Nove Zamky on Saturday 9th August (7.45pm), then they face Northern Irish Champions Glentoran on Monday 11th August (7.45pm).
The final group match will be against Ukranian's best, Zhilstroy-1 with kick off 4pm at Airdrie. As group hosts and organisers, Glasgow City are offering free entry into all other non-City group matches. For full information visit www.gcfctickets.co.uk or www.glasgowcityladiesfc.co.uk.


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Better for the experience - Brent  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
Brent Hills has backed his England Under-19 side to come back stronger next year following their group stage exit at the European Championship finals. 
England lost all three matches, to Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Spain, but 17 of the 18 squad members are young enough to play in this tournament in 12 months' time and Hills believes the players will learn from their three defeats.
He told TheFA.com: "They gave it a real good go in all three games and they will be better for the experience next year. They just didn't have enough this time around.
"They have got a big eight months ahead of them now. If they work hard and learn from this week then they have got every chance of qualifying next year.
"There are a few players in the Under-20 World Cup squad that can play for this age group next year, too. And if they do qualify they now know what to expect.
"I'd just put it down to inexperience. Every one of the six goals we conceded we could have stopped easily.
"We had 56 per cent possession against Sweden and 64 per cent possession against Ireland. We always try to dominate possession and play through the thirds and we did well in that sense."
Second half goals from Sonia Fraile and Nahikari García gave Spain a 2-0 win on Monday night but Hills was happy with the way his side played, particularly in the first half.
He added: "I think Spain could win this tournament and in the first half we were hands down the better team all over the pitch. We passed the ball well and really cut through them, we just weren't ready to take advantage of our good play.
"They shaded the second half and they took two chances but I'd like to see the possession stats because I think we had more of the ball.
"We forced Spain to make mistakes and they looked nervous, we just couldn't capitalise."
England are one of the top three seeds for next year's Euros, alongside France and Germany, due to their excellent recent record in the competition - they won the tournament in 2009 and were runners-up in 2007, 2010 and 2013. They receive a bye into the elite qualifying round which takes place in the spring of 2015.


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Scotland bow out to hosts  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
Scotland 0 Norway 5 (Clausen 10, Naalsund 14, Synne Hansen 34, Markussen 72, Jensen 89)
Scotland's hopes of reaching the semi finals of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships were dashed by a blistering performance from host nation Norway. 
First half goals from Marit Clausen, Lisa Naalsund and Synnes Hansen blew Gareth Evans' away under the scorching heat in Sarpsborg. Scotland pushed forward in the second half to try and get the goals they needed to qualify, but second half strikes from Marie Markussen and Synne Jansen extinguished Scotland's European dream.
The result means that Norway join Holland in the semi finals from Group A, with the Dutch topping the group after defeating Belgium 2-0 in the night's other fixture.
Gareth Evans made one change from Friday's 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in Jessheim. Georgie Rafferty, who came on for the second half against the Dutch, started alongside Rachel O'Neill at centre half. Scotland were hoping to match better than they had on Friday but, unfortunately, the opening 20 minutes felt like déjà vu as the team found themselves two goals down.
A contentious corner for Norway after ten minutes was not properly cleared by the Scotland defence. The ball reached Synne Hansen at the back post and the Roa player's cross met the head of Marit Clausen who scored from close range to give the Norwegians an early lead.
Five minutes later, Norway doubled their lead. A goalmouth scramble in the Scotland penalty box was not dealt with properly, and in amongst all the bodies Lisa Naaslund found a fraction of space to poke the ball past Megan Cunningham.
Under the baking hot sun, Scotland tried to play their expansive attacking football. On the left wing Lizzie Arnot was consistently giving Norway's right back Cecilie Kvamme troubles, whilst the hold up play of Zoe Ness up front created chances for Caroline Weir and Chloe Arthur.
What was already a difficult challenge for Gareth Evans' side became even tougher ten minutes before the interval when Synne Hansen found space in the box to treble the advantage for Norway.
Early in the second half, Scotland nearly found a way back into the game. A run down the left wing by Weir ended with a low cross into the Norwegian box. A slip from centre half Clausen created an opportunity for Ness to turn and hammer the ball off the underside of the woodwork from 12 yards out.
Had that effort gone in, it was quite possible that Scotland could have gone on to recover in a similar fashion to as they did against the Netherlands on Friday. Like against the Dutch, Scotland found themselves 3-0 down at half time, but without an early goal in the second half on an extremely warm evening in Sarpsborg, the side struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities against a well drilled Norwegian back line.
The inclusion of Carolina Richardson for midfielder Chloe Arthur was a sign of intent by Evans in the closing stages to trigger a comeback for Scotland. Any hopes of second half comeback were dashed with 18 minutes to go by Norwegian substitute Marie Markussen, who darted in on Cunningham's goal from the right wing and, despite the Hamilton Accies keeper saving the first attempt, the Norwegian winger slotted in the rebound to the joy of most of the 823 spectators.
In the closing stages, Norway made it five. Synne Jensen found herself in room from 25 yards out, and her audacious effort rocketed off the post to finish off a superb evening for the host nation.
Despite the defeat, Scotland bow out of this year's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships with their heads held high. They recorded their best ever place at a major finals by finishing third in Group A, as well as achieving the first ever victory by a Scotland women's team at a major finals. 
Scotland: Megan Cunningham, Chloe Arthur (sub Carolina Richardson 71mins), Fiona Brown, Lucy Graham, Rachael O'Neill, Lizzie Arnot, Claire Williamson, Caroline Weir, Zoe Ness, Georgie Rafferty, Abbi Grant (sub Abigail Harrison 62mins). Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Hannah Stewart, Katey Turner, Rachel Halliday, Emily McKerlie.

Norway: Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Cecilie Kvamme, Marit Clausen, Ane Walsoe, Andrine Tomter, Lisa Naalsund, Vilde Boe Risa, Synne Hansen (sub Karina Saevik 66mins), Sigrid Hansen (sub Inger Katrine Bjerke 45mins), Synne Jensen, Camilla Ose (sub Marie Markussen 70mins). Subs not used: Aurora Mikalsen, Tuva Hansen, Sara Johansen.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)


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Third loss for England  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
England 0 Spain 2 (Fraile 58, Garcia 79)
England's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Finals campaign was brought to a premature end after a 2-0 loss to Spain. 
After defeats by Sweden and Republic of Ireland, Brent Hills's side had to win their final Group B game by two clear goals and hope Ireland beat Sweden to have any chance of making the semi finals. While the Irish kept up their side of the bargain, the Young Lions were unable to find a way past a Spanish team which contained a number of players from their Under-17 side that finished runners-up at last year's Euros.
Spain's Maria Diaz hit the woodwork in the first half as the two sides went in goalless at the break. But her side went ahead just before the hour mark when Sonia Fraile fired Celia Jiménez's cut back through a crowded box and into the back of the net.
Nahikari García sealed the win, and Spain's progress to the last four, with eleven minutes to go.
However, despite the disappointment of exiting the Euros at the group stage, this experience could prove vital as all but one member of this England squad can represent the Under-19s again next season. 
England: Sophie Baggaley, Ashleigh Mills, Molly Bartrip, Elisha N'Dow (sub Rebecca Lloyd 83mins), Rosella Ayane, Jenna Dear, Coral Haines (sub Maddy Cusack 63mins), Carla Humphrey (sub Jemma Purfield 79mins), Claudia Walker, Sarah Mayling, Millie Turner. Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Jodie Brett, Vyan Sampson, Fran Steele.

Spain: Sara Serrat, Celia Jiminez, Marta Turmo, Garazi Murua, Nuria Garrote (sub Nuria Mendoza 45mins), Sonia Fraile, Maria Diaz (sub Leire Banos 59mins), Maria Caldentey (sub Paola Soldevila 81mins), Maitane Lopez, Nahikari Garcia, Alba Redondo. Subs not used: Paula Canals, Sheila Guijarro, Ainoa Campo, Andrea Sanchez.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)


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Jordan relishing "huge highlight"  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
Jordan Nobbs looks set to follow her dad Keith and play at Victoria Park in Hartlepool as she joins an England squad in a pre-World Cup friendly against Sweden.

The game taking place on Sunday 3rd August is a warm up to England's last World Cup group game against Wales ahead of the World Cup in 2015 and Jordan admits it will be a good test against the team ranked fifth in the world.

"It will be massive to play such a top team at local ground will be huge for us," she says. "It's definitely a huge highlight for me as a player and I'm sure that all the northern girls will have their families there as well.

"Sweden are one of the best teams in the world and with us not playing up here in a long time then it will be great for the everyone to watch. It will be massive for us.

"Wales are probably one of the best teams in our group and it will definitely be a tough test and we can't afford to take our foot off the pedal. We want to finish top of the group and win all of our games. We will be going out for the win."

Jordan spent time at Norton and Stockton Ancients and had this to say about the Premier Northern Division side: "I spent two seasons at the team and every club I've been at has played a major part in getting to where I am. I remember playing against Lucy Bronze, who is also in the squad, and Lucy Staniforth who played for Blyth at the time.

"The amount of Northern players that have reached the high level shows how much is going on around the north east. Our game can only encourage more young girls to start to be a part of that."

Sunderland's Beth Mead recently got called up to England Under-20 World Cup squad and Jordan had this advice for her.

"I haven't spoken to her though I've played in two World Cups and it is difficult, you've just got to embrace every moment that's there and not let it get you too nervous. Just play football and forget about the occasion but she's been a really good player and I hope she does really well. Hopefully [I'll] meet her in the league next season too!"

England take on Sweden on Sunday 3rd August, kick off at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. They can be purchased via TheFA.com ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office. 
(by Andy Lamb)


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Forest secure new home  
 Women's Football News 21 Jul 2014
Nottingham Forest Ladies have secured a home venue for their teams to play at Basford Utd Ground at Greenwich Avenue, NG6 0LD. 
Nottingham Forest Ladies have been looking for a club base for several years but this has proved a difficult task with teams being previously split and playing at various venues. The closed season gifted opportunity to progress discussions with various grounds around Nottingham to host all Nottingham Forest Ladies' ten teams.
Operations Manager, Steve Gray from Forest Ladies was pivotal in the earlier discussions and approach and comments: "It is a challenge to find such a good facility in Nottingham that could host all our teams as well as being a force in Nottingham as a Men's and junior club. Basford Utd has had significant investment and have put much effort into ground development over the course of the last few years. It made absolute sense to speak with their Chairperson to instigate discussion and develop a partnership going forward."
Basford Utd Chairperson, Chris Munroe, is equally pleased with enabling the joint venture and responds: "We have some excellent space here at Greenwich Avenue and to offer our facility to help the continued development of a long standing club in Women's' and Girls football in Nottingham is something we are looking forward to support.
"As well as offering the excellent facilities associated with our first team, we are offering the main pitch to the Ladies first team for Sunday afternoon football, or with floodlit facility if needed. The rest of the teams will occupy the other excellent surface areas and we will be working closely to co-ordinate both our fixtures and that of Forest Ladies to ensure we are contributing to Male and Female football at local and high level ends of the football scale."
Forest Ladies Chairperson, PJ Andrews concludes: "We have appreciated playing at previous venues and acknowledge all those that have supported the club, especially Hucknall Rolls Royce last season. But to be able to have a fully resourced home for all our teams helps us realise our vision of club unity. The Basford Utd Committee have been superb and welcoming and we have been able to sign a commitment that will benefit both parties. We played at Basford back in 2005 and much has been developed since that time and it's interesting to return to familiar but new territory.
"The Ground Grading standards we have to adhere to in playing at the highest level in the Winter League for our first team have been easily met with Basford as they have developed the ground in line with their own ambitions. Chris Munroe has a strong vision for Basford to continue that development and if we can be part of that then it could benefit significantly to maintain and develop both women's' and girls football in Nottingham along with progressing Basford Utd ambitions."
Basford Utd are hosting a Nottingham Legends v Leicester City Legends on Sunday, 27 July at 2pm and Forest Ladies are looking to fully support and attend on the day.
Photo: Basford Utd Chairperson Chris Munroe and Nottingham Forest Ladies Club Secretary Fay Glover at the Basford Utd ground.


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Academy awarded points  
 Women's Football News 21 Jul 2014
Bristol Academy have been awarded three points and Notts County have been fined following the recent non-fulfilment of their WSL 1 fixture. 
The FA have issued the following statement on the matter: 
"Notts County Ladies FC have been fined by the Football Association for an unfulfilled fixture.

"It is alleged the club failed to find a stadium venue for their FA WSL 1 home match against Bristol Academy WFC on Sunday 29 June 2014.

"The FA WSL Management Committee, in accordance with League Rule 11P, has therefore awarded the match and three points to Bristol Academy WFC and has also fined Notts County LFC £500.

"Notts County LFC have 14 days to appeal the decision upon the notification of the decision."


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Super sub Jackie wins the day  
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
Chelsea 2 (Chapman 62, Groenen 90) Manchester City 1 (Flint 27)
A 90th minute goal from Jackie Groenen gave Chelsea a vital home win, their second in four days, and halted Manchester City's fine recent run. 
In a thrilling match of high drama and quality, Chelsea overcame a half time deficit against a very impressive Sky Blues outfit and raised their level of performance to fashion a number of good chances but it seemed that City would claim the point they probably deserved until Groenen burst clear of the defence and rounded Karen Bardsley to slot in the decisive goal.
Manchester City were far quicker out of the blocks with Krystle Johnston twice finding time and space away on the left to fire in shots at Marie Hourihan's goal. The Chelsea keeper made an excellent save from a close range Toni Duggan shot after a corner fizzed low across the area, getting a strong right hand to a low volley and turning the ball away from goal on fifteen minutes.
Chelsea finally tested Bardsley a minute later through a powerful Ji So-Yun drive and Katie Chapman went close from the resulting corner. The match adopted an end to end flavour as both teams sought the breakthrough. The impressive Johnston fired just over whilst Eniola Aluko, played in by Chapman, was denied by Bardsley.
Natasha Flint broke the deadlock in fine style on 27 minutes, picking up a loose ball in the Chelsea half and beating two challenges before measuring a perfect lofted shot over Marie Hourihan.
Bardsley made another good save to push away a Yuki Ogimi shot but there was a long delay after a clash of heads left Steph Houghton badly cut above the eye and groggy. Chelsea Nightingale replaced the England skipper to see the visitors through to the break in front.
Aluko was very lively throughout and her run to the line gave Ogimi a difficult chance beyond the far post as Chelsea started the second half on the front foot. Her next run saw strong penalty claims ignored after seeming to be brought down by Betsy Hassett. Issy Christiansen battled well to fashion a chance from a hesitant moment in the Chelsea rearguard but Hourihan was down well to save.
The equaliser came just after the hour. So-Yun played the ball wide to Ana Borges who found Rachel Williams. A tempting left foot cross was met by Chapman rising well to glance a header wide of Bardsley.
Jill Scott flashed a header narrowly wide after good work on the right by Johnston but the majority of chances now fell to the hosts. Aluko was withdrawn in favour of Groenen after one final run to the line and dangerous low cross. Williams then got clear but saw her effort blocked by the advancing Bardsley, Groenen being unable to keep her follow up shot on target after 78 minutes.
Both sides went for the winner as Duggan and sub Emma Kete tried hard to break down the Blues defence and Scott pushed on menacingly at times. Ogimi was caught offside several times for Chelsea but Groenen managed to break clear after winning a tussle in midfield and bore down centrally on the advancing Bardsley. A quick shift of the ball to her right took her beyond the sprawling keeper and allowed a simple finish earned by her coolness under pressure.
Having opened her Chelsea account last Sunday with two goals under very different circumstances in the rout of London Bees, this was potentially a vital moment in the WSL 1 season, keeping Blues in touch with unbeaten leaders Birmingham City. 
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Hannah Blundell (sub Anne Meiwald 79mins), Drew Spence, Katie Chapman, Laura Bassett, Emma Wilhelmsson, Yuki Ogimi, Rachel Williams, Eniola Aluko (sub Jackie Groenen 75mins), Ji So-Yun (sub Laura Coombs 90mins), Ana Borges. Subs not used: Cristiane Endler, Danielle Buet, Claire Rafferty, Atlanta Primus.

Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Abbie McManus, Emma Lipman, Betsy Hassett, Kathleen Radtke, Steph Houghton (sub Chelsea Nightingale 44mins), Krystle Johnston, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Natasha Flint (sub Emma Kete 57mins), Issy Christiansen. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Nicki Harding, Danielle Young, Keira Walsh.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)


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Vital victory for leaders  
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
Notts County 0 Birmingham City 1 (Potter 48)
Notts County lost at home for the first time this season, as league leaders Birmingham City came away from Meadow Lane with all three points after a 1-0 victory. 
Jo Potter netted the only goal of the game to help Birmingham City see off Notts County and maintain their lead at the top of the FA Women's Super League 1 table. Potter scored direct from a corner on 48 minutes to seal City's third league win on the spin and effectively end Notts County's own title hopes already.
The hosts, looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat at Man City, started well and went close on nine minutes when the lively Jess Clarke fired a curling effort inches wide.
Birmingham defender Aoife Mannion almost poked into her own net on 19 minutes as she attempted to stop Clarke latching on to Sophie Walton's teasing ball over the top.
But the best chance of the half fell to City's Hannah Keryakoplis in first half stoppage time when she headed Karen Carney's cross tamely at Carly Telford from just four yards.
The league leaders came out with an increased tempo and more ambition after the break and took the lead on 48 minutes when Potter's corner proved too hot to handle for Telford.
County pushed for an equaliser but failed to create any further goalscoring chances as Birmingham's rock-solid defence stood firm.
Notts County: Carly Telford, Amy Turner, Danielle Brogan, Katie Hoyle (sub Rachel Unitt 73mins), Sophie Walton, Rachel Corsie, Jess Clarke, Katie Holtham, Dunia Susi (sub Aileen Whelan 84mins), Emily Roberts (sub Caitlin Friend 77mins), Desiree Scott. Subs not used: Jules Draycott, Sophie Haywood, Laura-Jane O'Neill.

Birmingham City: Rebecca Spencer, Chelsea Weston, Jess Carter, Jade Moore, Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop, Hannah Keryakoplis (sub Kirsty Linnett 45mins), Remi Allen, Melissa Lawley, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Emily Simpkins, Charlie Wellings, Hannah George, Emily Westwood, Cristina Torkildsen, Sian Rogers.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Alex edges it for Arsenal  
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
Everton 1 (Parris 45) Arsenal 2 (Carter 43, Scott 86)
Everton fell to a 2-1 defeat against their Arsenal counterparts in a lively encounter at the Select Security Stadium. 
Strikes from Danielle Carter and skipper Alex Scott cancelled out Nikita Parris' eighth goal of the season in what was an unfortunate afternoon for Andy Spence's side, with injuries to both Fern Whelan and Rachel Brown-Finnis forcing early departures. Everton captain Michelle Hinnigan was to suffer heartbreak from 12 yards, as her spot kick was well saved by Gunners' custodian Emma Byrne.
The game began brightly with both sides making a mockery of their league positions, with flowing football creating end-to-end action. On ten minutes, the Blues were to endure their first bit of bad look when Whelan went over heavily on her ankle and was unable to play any further part, leaving Gabby George to come on in her place.
Parris continued to threaten the visitors' backline and was the victim of some heavy treatment from Emma Mitchell and Niamh Fahey, who both went into the referee's notebook.
But it was her opposite number Carter who was to strike first blood on 42 minutes with the easiest of finishes. The forward was the first to react when Brown-Finnis saved well from Leah Williamson's initial effort, leaving Carter to poke home from close range.
The Toffees weren't behind for long as Parris, who had just entered the referee's notebook herself, dispossessed Fahey on the edge of the area and delivered a composed finish to restore parity on the stroke of half time.
The second half started in the same vain as the first and Everton were forced into their second change when Brown-Finnis fell heavily following a 50-50 challenge with Williamson. The Blues' keeper thankfully left the field on her feet having been replaced by Megan Walsh.
Luck seemed to swing back into Blues' favour on the hour mark when Yukari Kinga was judged to have handled inside the area, leaving referee Aaron Jackson in no doubt to award the spot kick. Hinnigan assumed responsibility only to see her effort well stopped by the flawless Byrne in the Arsenal goal.
Play remained tight between the two sides until the 84th minute. Substitute Kelly Smith's initial 20-yard effort was parried by Walsh into the path of Scott who sealed her side's victory with a close range finish.
Spence's side threw everything into finding an equaliser but all efforts proved to be in vain as the visitors hung on for all three points. 
Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis (sub Megan Walsh 52mins), Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan (sub Gabrielle George 10mins), Lindsay Johnson, Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones (sub Lauren Davies 89mins). Subs not used: Paige Williams, Amy Kane, Lucy Whipp.

Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Leah Williamson, Yukari Kinga, Casey Stoney, Niamh Fahey, Emma Mitchell (sub Kelly Smith 75mins), Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter (sub Turid Knaak 86mins), Jade Bailey, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Shinobu Ohno, Christie Murray, Freda Ayisi, Taome Oliver.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Impressive Liverpool go second  
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
Bristol Academy 1 (Harding 74) Liverpool 3 (Davison 22, Omarsdottir 42, Bonner 57)
Liverpool produced an excellent performance to run out convincing 3-1 winners at Stoke Gifford and lift themselves into second place in the WSL 1 table. 
It was the first time the two teams had met since last season's title decider and it turned out to be a night to forget for the home side as they struggled to cope with the Liverpool forward line and lost Laura Del Rio to injury and Jemma Rose to a red card.
The match had been in some doubt due to thundery rain in the area but the weather cleared during the afternoon and the pitch was in good condition by kick off time.
Things did start well for Academy as they produced the first chance early on, after Gemma Bonner had headed away a Natasha Harding cross, Corinne Yorston pounced on the loose ball and her rasping shot brought out a good save from Libby Stout in the Liverpool goal.
The game went into something of a lull at this point, the biggest cheer coming when a magpie - possibly expecting Notts County to be playing - perched on the crossbar behind Mary Earps' goal and remained on the pitch for some time.
However the game exploded into life as Kate Longhurst made a good run down the right and her far post cross was met by Natasha Dowie, whose header was blocked by Rose but Liverpool's appeals for a goal were muted as the ball was deemed to have already gone out of play.
Three minutes later though, Liverpool could celebrate their opening goal. Fara Williams' corner was headed away to the edge of the area, as far as Gemma Davison whose perfectly executed volley found the corner of the net to keep up her fine scoring record against Bristol Academy.
It could well be been two just minutes later, this time a good passing move culminated with Nina Pedersen releasing Lucy Bronze on the right, where the England international's near post cross was steered just wide by Katrin Omarsdottir.
The strong running Longhurst and the pacey Davison were causing Academy all kinds of problems and a clever flick from Longhurst instigated another opportunity, Martha Harris' cross being headed away by Yorston under pressure from Davison and Williams tried her luck with a curling shot which was held by Earps.
As half time approached, Liverpool took a firm grip on the game with a second goal. Gemma Bonner's pass was laid off by Dowie for Amanda Da Costa whose low skidding shot came back off the post and Omarsdottir was perfectly placed to tuck home the rebound.
Liverpool sought a third ahead of the break and, after winning a free kick 25 yards from goal, Williams' strike brought out a superb save from Earps and Loren Dykes just did enough to prevent Longhurst and Dowie from bundling home the loose ball. The resulting corner was taken short and Williams whipped in a cross for Longhurst to glance a header just wide.
The second half started with Academy needing to get themselves back in the game but things got worse as the visitors went further ahead. It was another set piece which led to the goal, Williams' corner was touched on at the near post and Bonner forced the ball home from close range.
Academy tried to rally and two Angharad James corners led to chances, first Nikki Watts headed just wide and then Alex Windell, making her return from injury, had a header charged down by Bronze.
However things went from bad to worse for the home side as Omarsdottir's pass released Davison on goal. The winger was hauled down by Rose who had already been booked and she was shown a second yellow card for the foul.
Academy did produce a sublime moment to get themselves a toehold in the game, James' powerful header forward was chased down by Harding who cut inside Bonner before curling a delightful shot past Stout and into the far top corner.
Liverpool continued to press with Williams and Da Costa dominating matters in the centre and substitute Katie Zelem was twice just off target with long range efforts. Dowie then went close as injury time approached as she latched onto a pass from Harris but her shot was touched over the bar by Earps.
Watts was denied by a good block from Becky Easton at the other end as Liverpool finished the game worthy winners and an extension of this form will see them right amongst the title contenders at the end of the season. 
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston (sub Frankie Brown 86mins), Loren Dykes, Jemma Rose, Sophie Ingle, Natalia Pablos Sanchon (sub Alex Windell 57mins), Angharad James, Laura Del Rio (sub Jaz Matthews 35mins), Nikki Watts, Natasha Harding. Subs not used: Cristina Vega Leandro, Rhian Cleverly.

Liverpool: Libby Stout, Lucy Bronze, Martha Harris, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Nina Pedersen, Kate Longhurst (sub Ashley Hodson 78mins), Katrin Omarsdottir (sub Katie Zelem 73mins), Natasha Dowie, Gemma Davison (sub Becky Easton 82mins), Amanda Da Costa. Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ellie Stewart, Corina Schroder, Hannah Dale.


(top) Loren Dykes manages to prevent Kate Longhurst and Natasha Dowie from scoring
(middle) Angharad James gets in a challenge on Amanda Da Costa
(bottom) Natasha Harding up against Lucy Bronze and Nina Pedersen


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Enfield require manager  
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
Enfield Town Ladies FC, a FA Charter Standard Community Club, are looking for a qualified and aspiring coach (18+) to manage their first team. 
This position is voluntary and does not attract any direct payment, but the Club may financially support further development in the form of other courses or continuous professional development.
The team will play in the South East Division of the FA Women's Premier League (equivalent step 3) for season 2014-15.
If you are interested please call or text Claire Gooch on (07939) 087744 or e-mail goochieuk@yahoo.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting.


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Scotland fightback not quite enough  
 Women's Football News 19 Jul 2014
Holland 3 (Miedema 9,24, O'Neill og 19) Scotland 2 (Janssen og 65, Richardson 70)
A defiant second half performance from Scotland was not enough to rescue a point against the Netherlands in the UEFA Under-19 Championships. 
A first half finishing masterclass from Bayern Munich's Vivienne Miedema and an unfortunate own goal stunned Gareth Evans' side in Norway as the Dutch raced into a three-goal lead after just 25 minutes. An own goal in Scotland's favour and a calm finish from substitute Carolina Richardson in the second half had given the Scots hope of a miraculous fightback, but an equalising third goal proved to be elusive.
Scotland now go into Monday's final Group A match against host nation Norway knowing they must win to reach the semi finals of the competition.
Gareth Evans named the same starting eleven that defeated Belgium on Tuesday. Much like the match in Strømmen, the Scottish defence found themselves under pressure from a high press. Within the first 60 seconds, Megan Cunningham was forced into a fine save from a Dominique Janssen free kick.
Ten minutes later, Scotland fell behind for the first time at the Finals. The Scottish defence failed to clear from a set piece, and unfortunately for Evans' side the ball landed at the feet of Vivienne Miedema. The Bayern Munich star, who missed Tuesday's draw with Norway, latched on to the ball and dispatched the ball clinically past Cunningham to give the Dutch the lead.
Scotland tried to regain their composure after the early set-back, but two goals in quick succession midway through the first half left Scotland with a mammoth task going into the interval. A spot of misfortune struck the Scottish defence after 20 minutes when a Megan Cunningham save crashed off Rachel O'Neill. Despite Fiona Brown's best attempt to prevent the ball going in, she could not stop the own goal.
Five minutes later, the Dutch trebled their lead. Some clever play on the right wing by Heerenveen's Simone Kets led to the ball finding Miedema. A delightful pirouette gave the striker room in a crowded penalty area, which she duly took advantage of to finish past Cunningham.
For the second half Scotland made two changes, with Georgie Rafferty replacing Emily McKerlie in the centre of defence and Caroline Richardson coming on for Zoe Ness.
The change in personnel brought about a change in fortune for the Scots, twenty minutes into the second half. A menacing run from Lizzie Arnot on the left wing led to a dangerous cross from the Hibernian player which was deflected into the Dutch goal by Janssen to cut the deficit by two.

The slice of fortune was equilibrium of sorts, cancelling out Brown's own goal from the first half. Yet the goal also re-energised Scottish hope. The Dutch side, calm and controlled in the first half, showed signs of frustration.
Scotland capitalised on this five minutes later thanks to substitute Richardson. A scuffed effort by Lucy Graham on the edge of the penalty box landed at the Celtic striker's feet and she slotted the ball into the bottom corner, leaving Jennifer Vreugdenhill with no chance.
For the final twenty minutes Scotland pushed as hard as they could to get an incredible equaliser. Unfortunately, no clear chances were made in the latter stages, with Holland holding out for all three points.
Scotland now face Norway on Monday knowing that they must defeat the hosts in Sarpsborg. After two rounds of fixtures, Holland and Norway both have four points, Scotland have three and Belgium are bottom of Group A without a point to their name. 
Holland: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Simone Kets (sub Lineth Beerensteyn 59mins), Dominique Janssen, Danique Kerkdijk (sub Lucie Akkerman 79mins), Danielle Kuikstra, Kim Mourmans, Jeslynn Kuijpers, Inessa Kaagman, Vivianne Miedema (sub Laura Strik 45mins), Jill Roord, Lauren Delleman. Subs not used: Nienke Olthof, Cornelia Peels, Sharon Bruinenberg, Sippie Folkertsma.

Scotland: Megan Cunningham, Chloe Arthur, Fiona Brown, Lucy Graham, Rachel O'Neill, Lizzie Arnot, Claire Williamson, Caroline Weir, Zoe Ness (sub Carolina Richardson 45mins), Emily McKerlie (sub Georgie Rafferty 45mins), Abbi Grant (sub Katey Turner 87mins). Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Hannah Stewart, Rachel Halliday, Abigail Harrison.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)


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