BCLFC legend Karen Carney is being inducted into Birmingham City Football Club's Hall of Fame ahead of the Huddersfield Town home game on Saturday 14th March, proudly sponsored by long-term principle partner Hollywood Monster.
Karen will become the first woman to receive the accolade from the club and you can be there to recognise the milestone.
In an afternoon of hospitality, as Blues take on the Terriers in the Sky Bet Championship, Karen will be presented with a commemorative award in the International Suite prior to the game, before regaling supporters with tales of her glittering career to date.
She will then lead her beloved Blues out before kick off and be introduced to the St Andrew's faithful on the pitch at half time.
The Solihull-born winger and lifelong Blues fan made her 100th appearance for the England national team last season, and became only the fourth woman in history to clock up that achievement. Domestically, she has been a great servant to the Blues Ladies team during two stints between 2001 and 2015.
Other members of the ladies team will be in attendance to help promote the start of the new FA Women's Super League season which gets underway on Sunday 29th March.
A tasty meal of traditional English fayre will be served in the International Suite with an interview with the man-of-the-match after the game as the men's and ladies teams come together to celebrate the achievements of a Birmingham City legend.
England will face China in April in their last home match before this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup.
The game will be played at Manchester City's new Academy Stadium on Thursday 9th April (7.30pm KO). It will be the first international match played at the new stadium.
Tickets are on sale now, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £10 and group booking discounts apply.
The match will be a final send-off for the Lionesses before they travel to Canada for the World Cup. England will face France (9 June) and Mexico (13 June) in Moncton, then Colombia (17 June) in Montreal in Group F.
England last played China in 2007 in the China Cup, losing 2-0 in Guandong.
England head coach Mark Sampson said: "The confirmation of the China match is a big positive for us. Not only will we face a strong opponent, but one from a continent with which we have limited experience against.
"The match will be a real challenge for the team. It also means after the China match we will have played 10 of the top 14 FIFA-ranked nations over the last 18 months, which gives the team a true sense of the quality of opponent they will face at the World Cup.
"The match is also last opportunity for the team to play in front of our supporters before the World Cup. We will be determined to put on a big performance and enjoy a positive send off.
"We're particularly looking forward to playing at the new Academy Stadium. It's fantastic to see a club build a facility for women's football and we're pleased to support that by bringing a senior Women's international there."
England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton said: "We're really excited to be playing our final fixture before the World Cup in the north west.
"We know how much it helps to build support for the team when we travel round the country for matches and it's great that fans in the local area will have the opportunity to come and see the England Women in action.
"I know first hand what a fantastic stadium and facility it is so I have no doubt it will be a great night and I'm sure our supporters will be out in force ahead of the World Cup."
Danny Wilson, Manchester City's director of stadium sales and operations, said: "As a club that is passionate about developing women's football we're delighted to be hosting the England v China women's match.
"The huge growth in popularity for the women's game is a testament to the players and the fans who make it so special.
"It's fitting our new 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, which also serves as the home for our very own Manchester City Women's Football Club will play host to what's set to be a great game. We look forward to welcoming fans from across the country and the local community to City Football Academy this April."
Tickets are available via www.MCFC.co.uk/Tickets or in person at the Manchester City box office at the Etihad stadium.
After a number of near misses, AFC Preston are celebrating this time around after capturing the East Riding County League title last week.
The club had finished as runners-up in three of the last five seasons but made sure of ending up as Champions in a season which was not without incident.
AFC Preston were managed and coached by Iain Goldie until the beginning of December when unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the club for health reasons. Iain had led the team to 6 wins out of 8 games and they were locked in a battle for top spot with Hunmanby at the time.
After his departure from the club, Aimee Lindley, the team captain, stepped into the breach to become player coach with Sue Lindley becoming team manager for the remaining League and Cup fixtures for the season, bringing home a further five league wins out of five to take the league title with one game still to play.
Paige Conlan took the top scorer position with 14 goals in 12 appearances, closely followed by Aimee Lindley on ten goals.
A really important result came at Humnanby just before Christmas when Preston avenged a home loss of 4-1 with a 4-2 away win. Really rewarding games when the team gelled completely with swift passing and dynamic attacking runs were the 4-0 home win over North Ferriby and both cup games against Hessle Rangers (3-1) and the home league fixture against the same opponents (2-1) which was a closely fought tense game. This weekend's cup win in blustery cold weather against Humnanby has taken the team to the semi finals of the League Cup, meaning that the 'double' still remains a possibility.
Sue Lindley told Women's Soccer Scene: "The squad has trained hard and the players have committed totally to playing strong, competitive attacking football. They have developed a strong cohesion as a team and all support each other brilliantly.
"Every one of the registered players has contributed to some fine team performances over the season. Picking any one player would detract from what we stand for at Preston - inclusion and development!"
The North East League Premier Division title race is shaping up to be one of the closest in the country with a number of teams still closely involved.
Hull City are one of those in contention and they stepped up their challenge with a 5-1 win over fellow title hopefuls Barnsley, a result which takes them into second place.
We talked to Hull defender Stacey Hubbard who was full of praise for her team's performance against Barnsley and spoke of her team's determination to win the title after heartbreakingly just missing out at the end of last season:
Would you say that your win over Barnsley was one of your most important results this season?
I think with us only having five games remaining, every game is important to us, but Barnsley of course was a confidence boost for us to go into our next game. Barnsley are a good outfit and hard to break down, so to score five past them sends out a message that we are really up for it.
Was it a particularly welcome score following the draw against Brighouse?
The Brighouse result was frustrating for us as we had the majority of possession and a goal disallowed, we just could not put the game to bed and then with five minutes remaining they got the equaliser, it was pretty hard to take. We worked hard in training on attacking in numbers and quick plays and Hessle and Barnsley got the brunt of it in the next two games.
Do you think that the team's performance against Barnsley on the day was worthy of the scoreline?
I thought we were the worthy winners against Barnsley as we had most of the possession and chances. I thought we played extremely well as a team with the horrendous weather conditions we had to play in, it was tough, but we have a great work ethic and pushed through it.
This Sunday, you have a local derby match against Hessle Town and a win would take you top, is this a big incentive going into the game?
Whoever we would have had next would have been a big incentive to get the win as being top is our ultimate goal. In our last game against Hessle we put 13 past them, so we have to go into this game with a clean slate as anything can happen in a derby match.
How big a loss was Rebecca Beech when she left for Durham, and do you feel you have replaced her?
Beechy is a big loss for the club, as she is a prolific goalscorer, but we all wish her all the success in the Women's Super League and will be cheering her on if we get chance to watch her play. We have a couple of great strikers and it's great to see we have goals coming from other players and not just the forward two We also have a few young players coming through who have huge potential; the future is looking bright for the club.
You are in the running for three trophies right now, are you confident of a successful ending to the season?
If we keep putting in the hard work at training and sticking to our game plan and playing the way we are, I can see no reason why we cannot do the treble. However, our main priority is gaining promotion, if we could win a couple of finals along the way then that would be an extra added bonus.
Last season ultimately ended in disappointment as you just missed out on the league, but is the team using that experience to drive them on this time around?
We have definitely learnt from our disappointing season last year and we don't want to feel that way again and that plays a big part for us mentally. We are taking each game as it comes and treating every opposition the same. We have a great club, with all involved being committed and passionate, which comes across to the players. The team spirit and togetherness is at an all-time high, and we are willing to go that extra step for one another, which at times this season has played a big part in us scoring a late goal to take all three points. We are really enjoying our football and its showing, so hopefully this year we can get over the finish line. We have already shown in the FA Cup this year that we can certainly compete with the teams in the higher division, as we beat Chester-le-Street and Mossley Hill in the earlier rounds, so we would love the opportunity and challenge to play against these sort of teams week in week out and will be doing everything we can to try and make that happen.
Birmingham City Ladies are putting the finishing touches to their squad for the forthcoming FA Women's Super League season, which starts next month.
The club can announce that 21 players have committed to the club and extended their contracts, including England stars Karen Carney, Jo Potter, Jade Moore (pictured) and leading goalscorer Kirsty Linnett. Added to the group are new signings Alex Windell from Bristol Academy and Freda Ayisi from Arsenal.
Blues Ladies have cancelled Hannah Keryakoplis' contract by mutual consent for personal reasons, while Hannah George has been loaned to Aston Villa.
Charlie Wellings, Danae Kaldaridou and Chloe Peplow have come into the squad from the Centre of Excellence.
Birmingham begin their league campaign against Manchester City on Sunday 29th March at Solihull Moors FC (2pm).
Birmingham City squad: 2 Chelsea Weston, 3 Meaghan Sargeant, 4 Jess Carter, 5 Aoife Mannion, 6 Kerys Harrop, 7 Freda Ayisi, 8 Remi Allen, 9 Kirsty Linnett, 10 Karen Carney, 11 Jo Potter, 12 Emily Simpkins, 13 Jade Moore, 14 Melissa Lawley, 15 Charlie Wellings, 16 Abbey Leigh Stringer, 17 Danae Kaldaridou, 18 Sophie Baggaley, 18 Emily Westwood, 20 Alex Windell, 21 Cristina Torkildsen, 22 Rebecca Spencer, 23 Coral Haines, 24 Chloe Peplow.
England Under-23s kicked-off their first game in La Manga on Thursday afternoon, running out 3-1 winners against Sweden.
Mo Marley's side made an electric start to the game and took the lead inside the first minute through Danielle Carter. Nikita Parris then made it 2-0 midway through the second half before substitute Kirsty Linnett added England's third goal after 77 minutes to put the Lionesses in control.
Goalkeeper Mary Earps was denied a clean sheet in the later stages though, as Sweden grabbed a consolation goal with five minutes remaining.
England's next game will be against the USA on Monday.
England Under-23s: Mary Earps, Becky Jane, Martha Harris (sub Paige Williams 85mins), Jemma Rose, Satara Murray, Sherry McCue (sub Aoife Mannion 88mins), Nikita Parris, Danielle Carter (sub Beth Mead 80mins), Emma Follis (sub Jess Sigsworth 85mins), Ashleigh Hodson (sub Kasia Lipka 70mins), Jade Bailey (sub Kirsty Linnett 70mins). Sub not used: Megan Walsh.
East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star narrowed the gap on leaders Eastwood Community to three points with a 6-0 victory away to Grimsby Borough. Nettleham are a further point adrift in third place following their 4-0 win against Sandiacre Town and Long Eaton Utd also beat Rise Park 4-0, courtesy of a Joanne Campbell hat-trick and Carly Hayes.
Winterton Rangers still head Division One North by eleven points after winning 2-0 at Sleaford Town. Faye Brown scored twice along with Tara Butler and an own goal for second placed Ruddington Village in their 4-1 victory at West Bridgford. Underwood Villa and Mansfield Hosiery Mills occupy the next two positions after sharing a 2-2 draw, Amy Jones and Laura Markwell netting for Mansfield. Kelly Gunston, Katie Green and Charlotte Maxted were all on the scoresheet as Alfreton Town won 3-1 away to Teversal.
Burton Park Wanderers have gone top of Division One South with a 6-1 victory over Rothwell Corinthians. Katie Steward and Mikaela Welford each netted twice with Erica Rose and Cassie Steward adding the others. Bedworth Utd remain in touch, two points behind, as Kirsty Farnsworth (2), Lydia Hackney and Jodi Hunter ensured they defeated Loughborough Students (2006) 4-2. Rebecca Boath scored both goals for Corby S & L in their 2-2 draw with Raunds Town, who replied through Hayleigh King and Tash Applegate.
Cleethorpes Town produced a fine result in the League Plate, winning 4-2 against Kettering Town to book their place in the semi finals. Gemma Charlton and Emily Mumby spearheaded the win with two goals apiece.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Colchester Town suffered a huge setback to their chances as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Leverstock Green, who scored through Joanne Williams. Great Shelford meanwhile kept themselves in fourth place when sharing a 1-1 draw with Barking.
The Division One North title race was opened up even further as table toppers Bury Town were beaten 1-0 by Bar Hill, who have gone second with this result.
In the League Plate, Royston Town were 2-1 winners over AFC Sudbury and Little Thurrock Dynamos defeated Norwich City Res 7-3. Taylor Parrish was on target four times for Little Thurrock along with Taylor Adcock, who netted a brace, and Abbie Simmonds. Helen Clifford and Rebecca Dalgarno each scored twice for Southendian Ladies in their 4-2 victory against Sawbridgeworth Town.
London & South East League
Old Actonians are the new leaders of the Premier Division after goals from Natasha Cree and Nathalie Randall earned them a 2-0 victory over Bexhill Utd. Kikk Utd were 2-0 winners against Aylesford, thanks to a brace from Heather Staff, and Maidstone Utd made it three 2-0 victories on the day in the division, beating Crawley Wasps with Amanda Beeput and Abigail Spragg as their markswomen.
Camden Town are closing in on the title in Division One (London) following their 3-0 victory over Regents Park Rangers. Rosie Neilson, Eleftheria Taladianou and Kirsten Thomson all scored for Camden who require two more victories with four games left. Colne Valley are still keeping up the chase in second, they won a high scoring affair 8-4 against Battersea & Wandsworth thanks to Francesca Prangley (2), Lucy Cook, Jade King, Louise Staples, Debbie Watson, Sophie Modak and Melissa Read.
North East League
York City are back on top of the league after Megan Bramham, Alicia Smith, Jasmine Whitwell and Ellie Randall all found the net to give them a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Hull City meanwhile defeated previous leaders Barnsley 5-1 to also move above them into second place. Jo Symington scored twice for Hull along with Ellice Jackman, Zoe Mitchell and Sarah Owen. Brighouse Town are a further three points adrift, with games in hand, following their 3-0 success at Wakefield in which Shauna Messenger, Julie Richardson and Rachael White were all on target. Whitley Bay meanwhile defeated Tynedale 5-0 courtesy of a Steph Ord hat-trick, Hattie Preston and Nicole Doyle.
The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Boldon, who defeated Blyth Town Lions 3-2 to move five points ahead in the title race. Alex Ross was on target twice for Boldon along with Allison Leach, with Erin Middleton and Sydney Robertson replying. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens still have a chance of a top three place after Jennifer Brennan, Laura Foad, Kody Green and Lynsey Wilkinson gave them a 4-1 victory at Easingwold Town. Birtley St Josephs won 4-1 against Redcar Town with a goal each from Tammy Foster, Caitlin Hindmarsh, Elisha Jones and Sinead Ord whilst Ashleigh Leighton and Jamie-Leigh Scott earned Kader FC a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough Lionesses. Kelly Loughhead (2) and Lauren Cannell ensured that Prudhoe Town beat Birtley Town 3-0.
Southern Division leaders Westella & Willerby crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Farsley AFC, who have moved into second place as a result. Katherine Paul-Bird netted twice for Farsley along with Demi Godson and Ellie Swinhoe. Ellie Tanser was on target for Malet Lambert YC as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Belles (Women's), who replied through Lauren Earle. Demi Thomas hit a hat-trick and Olivia Burton the other for Courts City in their 4-1 victory over Ossett Albion and Sheffield Wednesday defeated Dearne & District 11-1. Annalise Carroll led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Emily Higgins added a brace and the tally was completed by Jodie Ealand, Danielle Harrison, Emma Otley and Ellis Ridge.
North West League
In the only match to be played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Burnley Girls & Ladies took the opportunity to catch up more ground on the top four by winning 1-0 away to Bolton Wanderers. A first half own goal meant that Burnley are now eleven points behind leaders Crewe Alexandra but they have games in hand on all of the teams above them.
Middleton Athletic climbed into third place in Division One North with a 5-1 victory over Kendal Town, to keep their chance of challenging for the title alive.
Stockport County Res held on to the leadership of Division One South by winning 2-1 away to Woolton. Manchester Stingers are still breathing down their necks in second, they defeated Macclesfield Town 9-1 and are one point behind, with five matches in hand.
The last remaining Second Round tie in the Argyle Sports Kit Cup was played and it saw Carlisle Utd beat AFC Urmston Meadowside 1-0 to book their place in the quarter finals, where they will meet Preston North End.
South West League
The awful weather which hit the region on Sunday decimated the fixture schedule with a number of late postponements, so much so that only one game in the entire league went ahead.
That match was in the Premier Division where Torquay Utd revived their title challenge with a 5-2 victory away to second placed Swindon Spitfires. Laura Gough and Natalie Warman each netted twice for the Gulls along with Gabrielle Trays, while Hayley Huckin and Morgan Whitaker replied for the home side.
Southern Region League
The weather also badly hit this league with several games being abandoned before they could finish. The one game that did finish in the Premier Division saw Basingstoke Town replace Oxford City in third place by beating them 2-0, thanks to Lindsey Beverley and an own goal.
Banbury Utd claimed their fifth league win in succession, a 3-2 success against Fleet Town, and this has taken them to top spot in Division One. Josie Clark netted a late winner to add to two earlier strikes from Zoe Boote and this was enough to take them above Milton Keynes City. Chesham Utd meanwhile leapt back into fourth after Paula Lambert (2) and Lisa Welling gave them a 3-2 win at Ascot Utd (see match report).
West Midlands League
The two Premier Division title challengers are still refusing to yield as the battle continued to hot up on Sunday. B & WM Police won 4-2 away to Allscott to maintain their advantage over TNS Ladies, who beat Kingshurst Sporting 8-1 to maintain the seven point gap between the teams. At the other end of the table, it was a great day for Coventrians as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 2-0 against Wrockwardine Wood.
In Division One North, leaders Walsall ran out 3-0 winners over Coseley Town to double their advantage over Burton Albion whose match with Lichfield Diamonds was abandoned. Wyrley Ladies won 2-1 against Florence but the most eye catching scoreline came at Bilbrook where the home side shared an astonishing 7-7 draw with Shrewsbury Juniors.
Only one game managed to go ahead in Division One South but this one also produced plenty of goals, Wyre Forest Phoenix moving themselves closer towards mid-table by beating fifth placed Marston Green 9-3.
Sheffield FC have reached the Reserve Section League Cup Final with a 4-1 extra time victory over Stoke City in their semi final on Sunday. Chloe Dixon gave Sheffield the lead early in the second half with an own goal levelling the scores shortly afterwards, but Dixon went on to net twice more and complete a hat-trick during the extra period with Magan Hill adding the fourth goal. The other semi final between West Ham Utd and holders Bradford City was postponed.
Newcastle Utd have gone six points clear at the top of the Northern Division after scoring nine without reply past Huddersfield Town. Siobhan Jones was on target four times, Myriam Neaimeh adding a brace with Lauren Driver, Amy Perch and Jade Anderson completing the scoring.
Midland Division leaders Nottingham Forest were also in action and extended their own advantage to seven points, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Loughborough Students in which Natasha Meade, Rachael Murray and Audrey Moore all scored.
One match managed to beat the weather in the Southern Division, Gillingham recording their third win of the season when beating Portsmouth 7-1. Ashlee Hincks led the scoring with a four-goal haul and the Gills' other markswomen were Ellie Manning, Lauren Phillips and Lauren Williams.
Arsenal have reached the FA WSL Development League Cup semi finals despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Watford. Rianna Dean gave the Gunners a first half lead with Kayleigh Humphries equalising for Watford late on but Arsenal are confirmed as winners of Group One. Chelsea will finish second after they won 4-3 at London Bees thanks to goals from Millie Farrow, Ellie Mason, Ocean Rolandsen and Jenna Legg. Paige Anderson-James and Chloe Burr were the scorers for Millwall Lionesses as they defeated Reading FC Women 2-1.
Sunderland pipped Liverpool as Group Two winners after beating them 2-1, Madelaine Hill and Tyler Dodds scoring their goals. Liverpool, who suffered their first defeat of the season in all competitions, are still in the driving seat to reach the last four unless Yeovil Town can produce a huge victory in their final group game. Doncaster Rovers Belles moved into third place in the group with a 4-0 victory over Durham Women, Molly Johnson netting twice along with Danielle Lowe and Molly Storey.
Birmingham City secured top spot in Group Three after goals from Cheryl Edwards and Coral-Jade Haines gave them a 2-1 win away to Aston Villa.
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
Leighton Utd Vixens have taken what could be a decisive advantage in the league title race after a Shanice Sanderson brace and Karis Richardson gave them a 3-1 victory over second placed Garston. Their biggest challengers might yet turn out to be Flitwick Ladies who are now third after beating Watton 5-0. Nicola Henman bagged a hat-trick for Flitwick with Katerina Hamplova and Zoe Molloy adding the others.
Hertford Town got back to winning ways in Division Two, scoring ten without reply past Biggleswade Ladies who may have caught the backlash from their defeat seven days earlier. Kerry Oldham and Hannah Smith each scored hat-tricks and the total was completed by Becky Shephard (2), Hayley Graham and Charlie Archer. Inka Pearson and Brooke White gave Bishop's Stortford Town a 2-1 win over Crawley Green and Evergreen Eagles edged out Hitchin Town by the odd goal in five thanks to Sophie Clark, Emily Jokiel and Samantha Takis.
Division Three leaders Garston '96 were convincing winners over Broadhall courtesy of hat-tricks from Daisy Culaj and Yasmine Walford, while Ciara Mackintosh (2), Cassandra Chase, Dani Freeman, Juliette Westbrook, Emily Pimlott, Kirsty Gravestock and Megan Jones also got on the scoresheet. Emma Hawkes bagged a treble with Ciara Craig, Louise Spendelow and Charlotte Cook adding the others for Houghton Athletic in their 6-1 victory over Panshanger Ladies. Welwyn Garden City avenged their defeat to Kings Langley seven days earlier by winning the return 4-3 and climbing back off the bottom in the process, Chemise Huitson scoring a hat-trick and Lauren Cook the other.
Stockingford AA Pavilion made up more ground on the top teams with a 3-2 success away to Continental Star, a result which leaves them four points off the pace but with three games in hand.
In Division One, Stourbridge's winning run was brought to a halt as their 100% record ended with them being held to a 3-3 draw by Wednesbury Wildcats.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Claire Knibbs hit a hat-trick, with Alexia Hunter and Stacey Schreiber also finding the net as Riverside Rovers defeated Huntingdon Town 5-0 to stay top on goal difference from Netherton Utd, 3-1 winners at Cambridge University thanks to Rachel Anderson, Georgia Clarke and Megan Strickland. In the other game, Cambridge Women Res defeated Isleham Utd 6-2.
Deeping Diamonds' winning run continued in the Championship North, holding on to top spot after scoring nine without reply past Outwell Swifts. Ellie Caston and Ellie Gavaghan each scored hat-tricks along with Katie Kirby, Sasha Haw and an own goal. Bourne Ladies remain one point behind in second place after Claire Lawrenson (2), Rachel Garratt and Jemma Smith gave them a 4-0 victory over Stamford.
Sawtry Ladies opened up the title race in the Championship South by winning 2-1 away to table toppers Newmarket Town, Jorgie Hall and Sasha Smith scoring their goals. Milton Ladies meanwhile defeated March Town Utd 3-1, thanks to a Daniella Briggs hat-trick.
One match survived the weather on Sunday, Chester City moving themselves out of the bottom three, thanks to a 6-1 victory against Vauxhall Ladies.
The solitary match in Division One ended with honours even as Glossop North End and Mackworth St Francis fought out a goalless draw. A win would have taken Mackworth top but instead they move into third place.
Westward Developments Devon League
There was only one match that escaped the weather in the league on Sunday. Activate made one of their longest journeys of the season to play Budleigh Salterton in the Premier Division. Four goals for Wensdy Wise and another from Sam Wilkes gave the visitors an emphatic 5-1 win in their pursuit of table toppers Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Leah Rawlings scored the consolation goal for Budleigh.
League leaders Durham Women did not play on Sunday and this allowed Consett Ladies to narrow the gap on them to four points with a 6-1 victory away to Billingham Town. Third placed Seaton Carew went down to a 2-1 defeat to Willington who are now one point behind them, as are Consett Belles who were 1-0 winners over Bishop Auckland Girls. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens beat Coxhoe Utd 5-0 and are out of the bottom three.
Development Division table toppers St Cuthbert's Ladies conceded their first points of the season when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Bishop Auckland Ladies. South Shields meanwhile defeated Darlington Spraire Ladies 6-2 to move to within four points of the leadership, with Boldon Development a further two points behind after beating Farringdon Detached 2-0. Seaton Carew Development returned from Washington with a 7-3 victory under their belts and St Cuthbert's Amazons won 3-2 against Swalwell Ladies.
East Riding League
Newly crowned Champions AFC Preston are through to the League Cup semi finals after they defeated Hunmanby 4-1 with goals from Paige Conlan, Aimee Lindley, Megan Toohie and Ellie Worsley. Also through are Hull City Development, 2-1 winners away to C-Force Utd.
Division Two title winners South Cave completed their successful league campaign with a 3-1 victory over runners-up Hull University. On target for South Cave were Rachel Green, Emma Osborne and Angela Pritchard.
The only outstanding Second Round tie in the League Cup saw Silver End Utd book an away trip in the quarter finals to Hutton Res with a 4-1 away win at Walden. The winners of this tie will meet Writtle, who safely negotiated their home quarter final match with Beacon Hill Rovers, winning 3-0. Eastern Avenue travelled to Wickford Town in an all-Division One tie and safely made it through after a 6-0 victory. They will now host Premier Division Chelmsford City in the semis after they won 4-0 against Walthamstow Eagles.
One fixture survived in Division One with Hullbridge Sports moving up into fourth place following their 7-0 victory against Southend Town.
The weather also took its toll in this league and indeed only one game managed to be played on Sunday.
This game was in Division Two where third placed Wotton Rovers caught up ground on the top two by winning 17-0 against Cotswold Rangers. Charlotte Walker led the scoring with a seven-goal haul and Rosanna Blacker weighed in with a further five, while there was one apiece from Amy Lewis, Claire Tyson, Kirsty Campbell, Louise Baker and Lois Iddles.
Greater London League
Northwood kept the title race alive for at least another week after they defeated Enfield Town Res 5-0, Holly Gilder and Emma Steele scoring twice along with Lisa Carty. Petts Wood are looking on course for third following their 7-2 win at Clapham Utd. Dannielle Glancy led the scoring with a hat-trick, Charlotte Lee added a brace and there was one apiece from Frankie Mardon and Lauren Thatcher. Kirsty Higginson (2), Nikki May (2), Tanya Holley, Kelly Newbound, Alexandra Rusk and Victoria Wells were all on the scoresheet as Bromley LFC defeated Wealdstone 8-1.
Denham Utd Res moved to within four points of Division Two North leaders Tower Hamlets with a 4-0 victory over Headstone Manor, Alissa Down netting twice along with Charlie Leigh Dixon and Priscilla Martins. Clapham Kicks also won 4-0 against Enfield Town 3rds thanks to Alison Speechly (2), Alexa Coates and an own goal.
Hampton & Richmond Borough extended their Division Two South lead to six points with a 3-2 win at second placed Chobham Burymead, Katie Foster scoring twice along with Bianca Underhill. Godalming Town follow on after Rachel Bush (2) and Grace Merry gave them a 3-1 victory over Balham Panthers. AFC Phoenix Res defeated Carshalton Athletic Res 8-1 with goals from Marta Perez (2), Frances Duffy (2), Lydia Tobin (2), Anna Badham and Viktorija Bertasiene.
Louise Askew netted the only goal as Division Three North leaders Tower Hamlets Res won 1-0 at East London to go eight points ahead of Kikk Talang, who were beaten 3-0 by Hackney Res. Debbie Cagnin, Jessica Mulvey and Kate Meehan were Hackney's markswomen. Yvonne Biggins and Melanie Johnson scored the goals for Old Actonians Res as they drew 2-2 with Alexandra Park, who replied through a brace from Tracey Caldwell.
Victoire Ladies are twelve points clear at the top of Division Three South after goals from Jeanie Keable and Louise Feeney gave them a 2-0 win at Putney Vale. South London beat Bedhead 3-1 with goals from Ashleigh Mell, Emma Searle and Lynlea Ward.
Greater Manchester League
Only one game managed to survive the weather and it took place in Division Two, Manchester Rovers climbing into third place in Division Two with a 1-0 victory away to Little Lever SC.
Gemma Bennett scored a crucial goal for Rushmoor Community as they held league leaders Winchester City Flyers to a 1-1 draw, Louisa Castle was on target for Winchester.
The top of the table clash in Division Two went the way of Warsash Wasps, who defeated Alton Utd 3-2 to open up a gap of six points. Danielle Cheyney, Kiera Gray and Belinda Martin were on target for Warsash with Rebecca Bell netting twice in reply.
Bournemouth Sports secured the runners-up position in Division Three as they finished off their campaign with a 4-2 victory over Tadley Calleva. Keely Smith netted two of the goals with Kerry Weeks and Lucia White joining her on the scoresheet.
Haslingden kept themselves in the running for the title with an 8-2 victory away to Penwortham Girls, a result which takes them to within two points of their second placed opponents.
In Division Two, Burnley Girls & Ladies are in second place after they ran out 7-0 winners over Lancaster City.
Midwest Counties League
In the only match to survive the weather on Sunday, Ludlow Ladies moved themselves closer to mid-table when they defeated AFC Worcester Olympic 3-0.
Aylsham Town now head Division One by nine points after an Abbie Charlton brace and Lisa Ferdani earned them a 3-2 win away to Wymondham Town. Emily Leach, Stacey Newrick and Laura Summerfield accounted for the goals as Bungay Town defeated Sprowston 3-1 whilst Fakenham Town won 4-2 against Mulbarton Belles.
Brandon Town restored their three point lead in Division Two by scoring eight without reply past Red Rose. Tiffany Forshaw bagged a hat-trick, Laura Brame and Brooke Wickens weighed in with doubles and Georgina O'Malley was also on target. Kirkley & Pakefield drew 1-1 with North Walsham Angels, who scored through Imogen Carver, whilst Laura Hudson led the scoring with a hat-trick as Morley Ladies won 9-1 against Toftwood Ladies. Lucy Kean (2), Emma Anderson, Hannah Lucas, Laura Patrick and Emma Skinner added the other goals. Harleston are out of the bottom two after a Lacey Andrews brace earned them a 2-1 victory over Bungay Town Res.
North Riding League
York City Res stay two points clear after scoring eight without reply against Brooklyn Ladies. Rachel Harding and Laura Porritt each hit doubles along with Margot Widdup and Amy Humphrys. Poppleton remain on their heels as they beat Fishburn Park 8-1, Sophie Bradley netting four times along with Hannah Bush (2), Emily Calpin and Danielle Rankine. Aimee Atha also bagged a four-goal haul and Charlotte Selstrom added the other two for Guisborough Ladies in their 6-0 victory over Huntington whilst York RI netted five times at Brompton. Catterick Garrison won 5-2 against Stokesley, Anna McKernon and Jessica Paling each netting twice with Frances Nichol adding the other.
Newcastle East End still stretch the pace at the top of the table and their 3-1 victory over Cramlington Utd means they now lead the way by three points from Whitley Bay Development, who are up into second place after beating Crown Newlaithes 4-0.
Sherwood Youth are back in second place in the table following their 5-1 victory against Bingham Town. Eva Hook led the scoring with a hat-trick for Sherwood, while the other two were netted by Sholarna French.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
The title race could be decided in a fortnight when leaders Oughtibridge play their one remaining game at home to challengers Handsworth who have to win that one as well as their other five remaining games to pip Oughtibridge, who won 4-0 at Staveley MW on Sunday thanks to another hat-trick from Codi Melia with Lauren Turner also scoring. Mae Spencer (2), Fran Godbehere and Chloe Tattershall netted for Handsworth who finished 4-2 winners over Chesterfield, the away goals coming from Lucy Darbyshire and Alex Hickerman.
In Division Two, Anston stayed in title contention with a 3-0 victory over Socrates. Tasha Carlton scored for Mexborough Athletic in their 4-1 home defeat by Sheffield Rangers.
Unbeaten Division Three leaders Beighton Magpies' fixture at home to bottom team Greasborough Youth,who have yet to get a point ended in a predictable home win. The margin of 33-0 owed much to the different experience levels of the two teams, the adverse weather, the condition of the pitch and a numerical advantage caused by Greasborough being a player short from the start and playing the second half with just seven, some of whom were carrying knocks, but to their credit persevered. Beighton's scorers were Hayley Hirst, who netted seven, Ellen Smith with six and Ashton Crouch (4). Kerry Armstrong and Lucy Birks each scored hat-tricks and the total was completed by Rachel Bates (2), Rachel Hale (2), Emily Rumsby (2), Charlotte Hawkins (2), Megan Fletcher and Rebecca Roberts. Lucy Strutt hit a hat-trick and Sophie Mills scored the other two for AFC Unity who rounded off their home fixtures with a 5-2 win over Hemsworth.
Only two games managed to start on Sunday, but neither of them were able to finish as the weather brought abandonment in each case. This included Division Two leaders Taunton Town Development and second placed Combe St Nicholas playing away to Evercreech and Wellington respectively, but waterlogged pitches brought both matches to a halt with the scorelines level at the time.
South East League
Dartford Royals took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to beat Parkwood Rangers 3-1 and open up a lead of seven points. Susie Benham, Victoria Bull and Kelly Philpott all scored to hand Dartford their sixth successive league win.
One match was also played in Division One East, Charlton Athletic Development going back into third place after Katie Cowcher and Ellie Richards gave them a 2-1 victory away to Castle Colts.
Abbey Rangers chipped further away at Worthing Minors' lead at the top of Division One West, trimming it to ten points by beating Worthing Town 4-2. Hannah Johnson and Rachel Johnson each netted twice for Abbey.
In the solitary match to be played in the Kent County Division, Kara Richardson scored twice along with Harrietta Alvarado and Beth Cooper as Margate Ladies ran out 4-1 winners over Anchorians 3rds.
Prince of Wales have reached the Chairman's Cup Final after they defeated Crockenhill 5-4 on a penalty shootout, after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw in their semi final.
Leaders Shrewsbury Town made a swift return to winning ways with a 6-1 victory away to Wyrley Ladies. Tania Prior and Natalie Turner each netted twice for the Shrews along with Daisy Bradshaw and Kim Winton. Stone Dominoes remain three points behind after scoring seven without reply against Leek Ladies. Stoke Town meanwhile boosted their chances of a mid-table finish as they defeated Whitchurch 2-0.
Brantham Athletic were held to a draw for the second successive week, this time by East Bergholt Utd. Victoria Campbell scored for East Bergholt and the result means that Brantham now lead by four points from Long Melford, who have two games in hand. Jade Horne grabbed the only goal of the game as Copleston Ladies went third by beating Bacton Utd 1-0.
Thames Valley Counties League
Carterton Town are the new Division One leaders after running out 6-0 winners over City Belles. Georgia Rose hit a hat-trick and Kerry O'Connor added a brace, with Amelia Quinn-Downing completing the scoring. Wycombe Wanderers are just two points adrift in third place following their 4-0 victory away to Aylesbury Utd in which Charlotte Bagshaw scored twice along with Jacqueline Coomber and Erin Jenkins.
In Division Two North, Launton went level on points with leaders Chinnor with a 4-1 victory away to Benson Lionesses, courtesy of a goal apiece from Abigail Johnson, Rosie Kent, Amy Montgomery and Samantha Cleaver. Taplow Utd won for the second time this season, beating Summertown Stars 5-3. Maria Ferrer hit a hat-trick for Taplow with Helen Ritchie adding a double.
The two teams at the foot of the table in Division Two South met each other and the points were shared as Bracknell Town Res and Flackwell Heath finished level at 2-2.
West Riding League
Ossett Town kept up their good form of recent weeks and they are up to third place in the Premier Division after winning 5-1 away to Keighley Oaks.
Oulton Ladies scored six times without reply against Republica Inter, a result which means they are in the top half of the Division One table.
Amaranth recorded only their second win of the season in Division Three, beating Crossley 5-1. Skipton Town were also 4-0 victors over Battyeford SC Belles Res.
League leaders Harrogate Railway are through to the semi finals of the League Cup following their 3-0 victory away to Battyeford SC Belles. Tingley Athletic eased through to the last four by beating Brighouse Town Development 7-2 and Tingley Athletic Res join them in the semi finals, they won 9-2 against Ilkley Town.
Bradford City A booked their place in the League Shield semi finals, thanks to a fine 3-1 victory away to AFC Gledhow. Brighouse Athletic of the Premier Division are also through after beating Hepworth Utd 3-0. Altofts Ladies were 3-0 winners over Tyersal whilst Wetherby Athletic Res defeated Hemsworth MW 2-1 after extra time.
Current Yeovil Town Ladies FC first team player and Welsh international Helen Bleazard has been appointed as the club's first ever youth and community officer.
The new role is designed to help bring all aspects of the club's youth teams, women's teams and community projects all together, enabling greater participation levels and consistency across the club, as well as aiding in an even greater feeling of club unity in the Lady Glovers family.
First team player Bleazard will be the key and main liaison between the youth and other women's senior teams and will report to the Ladies board of directors on their behalf.
Now the club has more than found their feet as a Women's Super League club, the board felt it was important to create a new role, in order to keep in excellent contact with the much thriving youth and community and to help development it even more, setting high standards across the different ranges.
As well as a first team squad, the club also operates a development team who play in the WSL Development league. The other women's senior team is that of the successful intermediate squad, who play in the Somerset County Women's League. There are then three grass roots youth teams, who play in the local girls leagues at age groups under fourteen, fifteen and sixteen.
With some exciting plans soon to be released around youth and girls football in the next month, the plan is to also increase the number of grass roots youth teams and to grow the club even more.
Chairman Steve Allinson said: "With the high demands of being a Womens Super League Club, it was important for the club to not lose its focus and commitment to growing the other areas of the club, so this new appointment is a very important one.
"Helen has really impressed myself and my fellow Board members with her ideas and commitment to the role. She will be working with Mark Porter who, with our main sponsor Jones Builders, has championed the development of our youth teams.
"We hope that the appointment of Helen will ensure we demonstrate to all our teams the importance we place on working as one club throughout our whole structure."
Helen, who was once a Yeovil Town Ladies youth team player in her younger days, had this to say on her appointment: "I'm very excited to accept this new role within the club and can't wait to get started. Having played in the youth teams at Yeovil when I was younger I can't wait to put our plans into place for the upcoming seasons and create a stronger youth ethos within the club. Hopefully in years to come there will be current youth team players representing the club in the senior teams."
Charlton Athletic are pleased to announce that their FA Women's Cup Fourth Round match against Crystal Palace will be played at The Valley on Sunday 8th March at 2pm.
The local rivals will fight it out for a place in the Fifth Round of the competition, where a tie against FA Women's Super League sides such as holders Arsenal could await.
It will be the first time the Women Addicks have played a competitive match at the stadium since they hosted Fulham in the FA Women's Premier League National Division on 16th November 2003.
Current club captain and lifelong Charlton supporter Kim Dixson was a 15-year-old ball girl at that match and is relishing the chance to play at The Valley. She said: "I'm really looking forward to it. If we do it right and get loads of people down there, it's a London derby so hopefully the Charlton fans will be rooting for us to win.
"It will be good to get as many people as we can there, give them a great show and do the badge proud.
"It will be a competitive game. They are not going to roll over and die, especially playing at The Valley, they are going to want to show that they can compete as well.
"FA Women's Super League 2 side Reading [subsequently disqualified from the competition] found it hard to break them down and only won 3-0 so it will be a difficult game, I've got no worries about that."
Entry to the match is £5 for adults and £2 for concessions including Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.
Frome Town Ladies FC are fast gaining a reputation for giving talented teenagers a fantastic opportunity to develop their careers as they are promoting a string of youngsters into their first team who play in the South West League Premier Division.
Manager Tim Davis, who left former club Weymouth to take over at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium this season, had a similar philosophy at Weymouth and it is paying dividends at Frome, with the youngsters repaying the faith with a string of great performances.
Among the talented teens currently starring and gaining rave reviews are 18-year-old Molly Hyde (pictured) who is the new club captain, right back Nieve Edwards, 18-year-old central midfielder Annie Redding, 17-year-old right back Charley Ratcliffe and 16-year-old strikers Georgia Williams and Tiegan Marsh and central midfielder Keira-Leigh Underhill.
There are several more on the horizon waiting to come into contention, as well as several talented 15-year-olds that Davis has with him in Weymouth.
Davis commented: "I have always taken great pleasure in giving the younger players the chance to develop and I look to recruit players who not only have good technical ability but they have to also possess great athletic ability and have great attitudes.
"Hopefully everybody at the club is as delighted as I am with what they have seen from the kids and this will be blueprint for the future for as long as I am at Frome Town Ladies."
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Preparations for April's Euro qualifiers will hot up when the England Under-19 squad travel to Spain next month for the annual La Manga Tournament.
The Young Lions will take on Italy (5th March), Sweden (7th March) and Denmark (9th March) as head coach Mo Marley readies her charges for three UEFA matches in Northern Ireland the following month.
England have been drawn in Group Four alongside Norway, Switzerland and the host nation - and all three will be vying for a place in the finals, which will be staged in Israel in July.
Fourteen of Marley's 20-strong squad for La Manga played in the 4-0 defeat by Norway at St George's Park in January. Caitlin Leach, Gabby George, Ellie Stewart, Katie Zelem, Leah Williamson and Natasha Flint were all part of the England squad at last summer's FIFA Women's U20s World Cup in Canada.
England Under-19 squad for La Manga:
Two of Chichester City's Under-14 side ended up as opponents when representing different counties last week.
Tilly Gray took trials in September to play for Sussex FA Player Development Centre, as did LouLou Robson for Hampshire FA Centre of Excellence. Both girls were successful and have been training at their counties since October.
They played their first fixture against each other on Friday 20th February at Hassocks Sports Centre. Chichester manager Elaine Gray watched the girls play and commented afterwards: "It was a very nailbiting game. I was so proud to see both my players make the scoresheet and as the final score was 4-4, it was a very even game."
Emma Alexandre, coach for Chichester girls and also captain of Chichester City Ladies, added: "It was such a honour to see two Chi youth players not only represent their county, but to excel and both score."
Lou Lou Robson said: "It felt good to be playing again and (I) enjoyed every moment." Tilly Gray said: "It was a challenge playing against LouLou, as I am used to her playing behind me in centre midfield for Chichester City girls. It was a fantastic experience and I hope to excel even more for my dream to come true."
Sheffield FC continued their defence of the Premier League Cup by running out 5-0 winners over C & K Basildon to secure their place in the semi finals.
All five of Sheffield's goals came in the first half, Abbie McIver giving them the lead and Suzanne Davies adding a second, before McIver found the net again on the half hour. Lisa Giampalma further extended their lead and McIver completed her hat-trick just before half time.
Sheffield will be away to Portsmouth in the semi finals.
The other scheduled quarter final tie between Cardiff City Ladies and Coventry City fell victim to a waterlogged pitch and will be played at a later date. The other delayed quarter final in which Brighton & Hove Albion will host Charlton Athletic is set for this Sunday.
Radcliffe Olympic have performed heroics in the FA Women's Cup this season but their interest in the Premier League Plate is over after they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town in their quarter final tie.
Radcliffe did take a first half lead through Danni Saulter and the chance of claiming another higher level scalp was in prospect but after the break, Huddersfield hit back strongly. Two goals in a four minute spell from Emily Heckler and Samantha Conroy turned matters around in Huddersfield's favour and they held on to book their place in the last four.
Huddersfield will be at home in the semi finals to Shanklin, who maintained their excellent run in the competition with a fine 1-0 win away to South East Division One leaders Milton Keynes Dons. Chloe Parkes scored the only goal of the game for the Isle of Wight side to take them to within one game of a national final.
Northern Division One
Leaders Liverpool Marshalls Feds were dealt a blow as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough. Bianca Owens netted a goal in each half to earn 'Boro a result which takes them out of the bottom two.
Chorley are now only four points off the pace once again following their 1-0 success away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Ruth Harrison scored the only goal of the game for the Lancashire side during the second half.
Stockport County continued their climb up into mid-table with an 8-3 victory over Sheffield Utd Community. Steph Ashton-Smith, Georgia France and Katherine Jones all netted twice for County and the scoring was rounded off by Beth Langford and an own goal.
Morecambe also picked up a vital win, 3-2 against Mossley Hill. Stacey McMahon headed Mossley into a first half lead which was cancelled out by Becky Whittingham, before Sophie Fish and Laura Callis added further goals for Morecambe before the break. Paige Lindsay reduced the arrears with fifteen minutes remaining but Morecambe held out to secure three important points.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes lead the table by four points after battling out a goalless draw in their local derby with in-form Loughborough Students on Sunday.
Leicester City WFC meanwhile took the chance to trim the Foxes' lead by winning 6-2 away to Rotherham Utd. Sheryl Gayle's ninth minute strike for Leicester was quickly cancelled out by Amy Pollock, with Lauren Bartle and Rosie Axten adding further goals for City before half time. Gayle scored a second after the break before Rebecca Kemp increased their advantage and despite Hollie Barker pulling one back for Rotherham, Kemp finished off an impressive result for her side with her second goal.
Solihull Ladies are back in the top half of the table following their 2-1 success at Curzon Ashton. First half goals from Hayley Wilford and Tanya Dickinson sewed up the points for Solihull, with Curzon grabbing a late consolation through Emma Lambourne.
South West Division One
One match managed to survive the severe weather on Sunday but it provided plenty of entertainment as Southampton Saints went top of the table via a 6-4 victory at Cheltenham Town.
Southampton, who were playing their final league game of the season, had also been hampered by a bus breakdown on the day but ended on a winning note as Jemma Tewkesbury bagged a hat-trick along with Becki Bath, Jess Lewry and an own goal. Cheltenham hit back with goals from Rhona Donaldson, Emily Skipp, Lauren Wyatt and Catherine Reilly but it was the visitors who returned home with the points.
Photo - Cheltenham Town striker Catherine Reilly gets past Southampton Saints goalkeeper Hannah Haughton and defender Leah Shave to score their fourth goal.
Sunderland AFC Ladies have completed the signing of Scotland international striker Suzanne Mulvey ahead of their debut season in FA WSL 1.
Mulvey, 30, has a long and distinguished career in Scotland gaining Champions League experience with Glasgow City. She joins from Rangers Ladies Football Club, bolstering Carlton Fairweather's side ahead of their debut season in England's top flight.
Capped 38 times by her country, Mulvey started her career with Hibernian Ladies and has also enjoyed spells with Celtic and IBV Iceland.
Speaking after sealing her move to the Lady Black Cats she said: "This is a great opportunity for me to join a top club with great ambition and an incredible set-up which I feel are a perfect fit for me.
"This is a young side who I feel can go a long way together and I'm excited to get the chance to work with Carlton who is one of the hardest-working coaches I've had the chance to play under."
She is the second player to join the club ahead of the new season after Victoria Williams completed her move from Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Photo - Glasgow City FC
Ascot Utd 2 Chesham Utd 3
Chesham United moved up to fourth place in the Southern Region League Division One with a battling away win over hosts Ascot United.
Trailing at the break, a quickfire trio of strikes saw Chesham in charge, only for a late rally to nearly haul Ascot back level. Both teams defied increasingly bad weather to provide an exciting match full of twists and turns on a Racecourse pitch which provided an excellent surface in conditions which led to numerous postponements and abandoned matches elsewhere in the region.
Ascot started the match very positively and created lots of chances in the opening twenty minutes. The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute when Hannah Evans picked up a poor clearance and fed Lucy Holzman-Clarke who lofted a cross shot over Chesham keeper Lucia Masella. Holzman-Clarke nearly returned the favour after a fine run, but Evans' shot was blocked for a corner. Evans went close again when a goalbound effort was deflected inches wide and the home team looked dangerous with every attack.
Chesham began to gain a foothold in the contest about midway through the half and it took an outstanding save from Sophie Bulpitt to deny Naomi Littler the equaliser. The winger cut inside and lofted a curling shot towards the far corner and Bulpitt timed her leap perfectly to tip the dropping ball against the bar and away to safety. Chesham continued to have good possession but were well contained up to the break by solid defending from the Ascot back line, confining the visitors to long range efforts well handled by the keeper.
The second period started in the same manner with Laura Barton going very close from distance for Chesham. Littler then beat two defenders only to be denied by a brave Bulpitt save in a one on one.
Eventually it was two right side corners well delivered by Barton which turned the match around the hour mark. The first found Lisa Welling for a perfect close range headed finish, the second was forced home by Paula Lambert via a looping header which dropped against the post and just over the line.
When Lambert added the third with a precise finish when played in by Pia Davis, the visitors had scored three in seven minutes. Davis nearly added a fourth herself but was denied by Bulpitt who also did well when Dawne Campbell burst through the defence, racing from her line to close down the Chesham skipper, who shot wide on 75 minutes.
Ascot showed good spirit to mount a strong comeback in the final fifteen minutes. Sub Jodie Webb started the ball rolling with a strong run only blocked at the last. Another run to the line brought a low cross which was turned home by Holzman-Clarke via a post despite an attempt to clear off the line on 80 minutes.
An unfortunate incident led to the visiting keeper and the home scorer being sent off two minutes later and Ascot pressed hard for the equaliser. Webb went very close with a header from a free kick but despite their best efforts, time ran out on Ascot's attempts to level.
In a very evenly contested league, Chesham moved to six points behind new leaders Banbury United. Ascot remain in ninth place but with enough games left to radically improve their final position, including the reverse fixture in two weeks time.
Ascot United: Sophie Bulpitt, Alex Todd, Courtney Gibbons, Lauren Broadhurst, Stephanie Fettes, Lauren Futcher, Olivia Howell, Claire Hudson, Alice Hyde, Hannah Evans, Lucy Holzman-Clarke. Subs: Laura Rowley, Jodie Webb, Niomi Collins, Jess Winchester.
Chesham United: Lucia Masella, Emma Brockwell, Dawne Campbell, Di Killey, Anna Imrie, Naomi Littler, Sian Hardaker, Paula Lambert, Laura Barton, Pia Davis, Lisa Welling. Subs: Sian Williams, Cath Andrews.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lucy Holzmann-Drake is sandwiched between Naomi Littler and Emma Brockwell
(middle) Pia Davis gets in a shot past Steph Fettes
(bottom) Dawne Campbell battles with Lauren Broadhurst
Everton have completed the signing of Claudia Walker from neighbours Liverpool.
The 18-year-old, whose previous clubs also include Stoke City, was a regular in the Reds' title-winning team of 2014, but now has a solely Blue focus ahead of the upcoming campaign, and feels the chance to link up with Toffees' boss Andy Spence can only aid her progression as a player.
"I am really looking forward to working with him (Spence)," said the England Under-19 international. "He is a great manager and can only help my progress and development as a player.
"Joining Everton Ladies is a fantastic chance for me; there will be more opportunities in this league to get even more game time."
Settling into the other side of the Park has been another breeze for the attacking midfielder, not least due to the friendly atmosphere and another chance to link up with an old international colleague.
"I have only been here a very short time and I already feel at home," continued Walker. "The girls are really friendly and I can't wait to get the season started.
"I have played with Paige (Williams) at international level and it will now be great to link up with her at a club set up. She is a fantastic player and is again someone who can help me develop as a player.
"I can't wait to get the season started!"
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