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We talk to...Sue Wood (Coventry City)  
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
Coventry City took over as the new leaders of the Northern Division on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. 
 
We talked to Coventry goalkeeper Sue Wood, who praised her team's efforts so far this season and set her sights on challenging for a potential second Championship in successive campaigns: 
 
Well done on reaching the top of the league, how pleased were you with the way the team played against Wolves?
It was really good to see the team dominate that game against Wolves. We moved the ball well, created lots of chances and were solid defensively. Their keeper did a great job at keeping the score down and we just needed that bit more quality in finishing our chances to improve the scoreline.

After you lost your first game of the season to Sheffield FC, did it make the team more determined to show what they can do?
It is disappointing to lose any game because we set such high standards at this club. When we play to our full capability we are a handle for any team to contain and difficult to break down. I expect it to be a very close match in the return fixture, but until then we have to make sure we keep performing and getting positive results as there are some strong teams in the league.

How have you found the step across to the Northern Division so far?
I've enjoyed playing in the Northern Division. It's more physical than the Southern Division and the other teams are more direct with their play. Credit has to go to the team and coaches for adapting well. We have played many of the teams before so it's not completely new for us.

Do you feel you have a point to prove, going into the league as Southern Division Champions?
As far as I am concerned, Coventry will always have a point to prove. Yes we were Champions last year, but the whole ethos of the club is to continue to develop both on and off the field. As a club we want to challenge for trophies and achieve Super League status when we get the opportunity.

How have the new signings settled in at the club?
They have fitted in with the girls well. Most of the new players already knew players at the club, which helps, and they were quickly welcomed into the team. There is really good competition for places and the opportunity to rotate the squad. It's exciting to think of the number of options we have.

This week you take on one of your nearest rivals in Blackburn Rovers who have also started very well, what sort of test are you expecting against them?
Blackburn are an established club and I expect them to be another strong and confident team. We will have to be organised and match them physically across the pitch, then let our football do the talking.

How confident are you that the team can sustain another title challenge this season?
Everyone is confident that we will be challenging for the title again this season. If we keep working hard and raising our performances it will make for an exciting end to the season.

The club is a very ambitious one, do the players all feel that the future is very exciting for Coventry City?
Coventry is always pushing to improve. We have such a hard working group of people supporting the club in the background. They don't get enough credit for the work they do. Plus our coaching and medical team is second to none and that is why people want to play for this club. Women's football is growing and it is important that Coventry remains a part of that growth, both financially and on the pitch.


 
 

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Lizzie ready for World Cup step up  
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
Lizzie Arnot played in a major tournament with the Scotland Under-19s this summer, an experience she is hoping will be invaluable should she feature against Holland on Saturday. 
 
Arnot was an integral member of Gareth Evans' side who reached the group stages of the European Championships in Norway in July, and it was a tournament that the 18-year old took plenty of positives from.
 
"This summer was a brilliant experience for all of us. We had three really tough matches against Belgium, Norway and Netherlands, but we held our own" she told the Scottish FA website.
 
"International football is always competitive, but playing at a finals brought with it a different sort of intensity. "Playing against top quality teams, including the host nation, put pressure on us, but it is the sort of pressure that you learn to cope with. It showed us what is expected if we want to develop as players."
 
The Hibernian winger played alongside Caroline Weir in that tournament, and the Arsenal striker has since gone on to establish a place in the A-squad, scoring her first goal in the 9-0 rout of the Faroe Islands last month. Arnot believes that the progress made by Weir is an example to her and other young players.
 
She said: "Having someone like Caroline in the squad can only be a good thing for me. I know her really well having played throughout the different age groups with Scotland with her.
 
"She has set an example for younger players like myself, and has shown what can be achieved with hard work and the right attitude. That Anna Signeul likes to gradually take younger players into the squad is also really encouraging, too.
 
"It is good to know that if I keep working hard, I can hopefully get more call-ups in the future."
 
Leading the line for the Dutch on Saturday will be Vivianne Miedema, who won the Golden Boot at the UEFA Under-19 Championships in the summer. Two of those goals came against Scotland in a 3-2 victory for the Dutch in Jessheim, in a match in which both Arnot and Weir featured. Despite the qualities of the striker, Arnot has faith in the Scotland defence to cope with the danger.
 
"We faced Miedema during the summer, and she was pretty impressive. She is a composed footballer, and her experience at international level means that she does not get fazed by the big matches.
 
"She's a clinical goalscorer, and certainly one to look out for, but we have a strong defence who I'm sure will have enough experience to be able to cope with the threat she brings."
 
Arnot is the latest player to come through the National Performance Centre for Women's Football at Heriot-Watt University under the watchful eye of Willie Kirk. It's a campus-like centre that combines Arnot's elite-player training and her studies at Telford College, and it is proving to be a perfect environment.
 
She said: "The training we have at Heriot-Watt is really good. We train a lot, but it is high quality sessions and the standard of players involved means that we all benefit from playing football with each other. "It is hard work, but it is also really good fun. We're naturally competitive, but we're all friends on and off the pitch, which is really beneficial to our development as players."
 
The Hibernian winger has been called up to the A-squad following strong performances for both club and country, and she sees potential for the Leith club to improve further next season. "It was an interesting season for us at Hibernian" she said. "We achieved some good results, and we're assembling a squad for next season that can push on from the progress we've made."
 
With the capital derby not until Sunday, Arnot is hoping that the football fans of Edinburgh will come out in force for Scotland's crucial FIFA Women's World Cup play-off.
 
"Hopefully the fans who follow us throughout the season will make the journey to Tynecastle on Saturday. A big crowd will generate a great atmosphere, and they can be the 12th player to help us reach the play-off final." 
 
Scotland's World Cup play-off first leg against Holland kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday at Tynecastle Stadium. Tickets are available on the gate, priced £5 adults and £2 concessions. A Youth Group Offer, available in advance, covers 5 adults and 20 kids tickets for £30.

 
 

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Sisters are doing it for themselves!  
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
Gillingham Ladies are delighted to announce next weekend's FA Women's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur will be sponsored by Evolution For Women. 
 
As part of Gillingham FC's commitment to developing opportunities for young girls and women across the game, today's news sees the club make another monumental step in the right direction.
 
Gillingham Ladies Head of Media and Marketing, Charlotte Richardson explained: "Part of our club's rapid growth and development over the past 18 months has been rooted in a firm commitment to use football as a powerful platform to empower individuals and groups to reach their potential. We are constructing different methods of service delivery so whether you're a young player, a member of our first team, a student at our Girls Academy or a member of the wider community, Gillingham FC will be able to inspire and facilitate opportunities to enjoy the game. We believe Gillingham Ladies have an important part to play in bringing the women's game forward in Kent and leading the way for others too.
 
"I'm delighted Evolution For Women will be sponsoring our game against Spurs. The opportunity to showcase our team at Priestfield is something very special and we're lucky to have such support and leadership from the men's club to enable us to do so. To be able to combine forces with Evolution For Women is an equally special opportunity. Since moving to Priestfield Stadium, we've enjoyed some outstanding attendances beyond anything else in our league, our ambition is for this to continue and with support from partners like Evolution For Women, our work will continue to excel and ensure Gillingham Football Club is leading the way within the local community to offer equal opportunities in football."
 
Evolution For Women specialise in providing financial advice to females, however this does extend to their partners. They are whole of market, female financial planners who pride themselves in providing clients with a quality service.
 
Evolution For Women are able to sit down with clients and discuss their financial requirements. They give full advice and recommendation, either over the phone, in the comfort of someone's own home or in their offices. Evolution For Women have access to products not available on the internet, by getting advice you know you are getting the best product. All information is completely confidential and Evolution For Women pride themselves on providing clients an empathetic ear to talk to.
 
Rebecca Robertson, Director of Evolution For Women expressed her delight at being able to collaborate with Gillingham Ladies: "I'm delighted Evolution For Women will be combining forces with Gillingham Ladies. Having been introduced to the club it was clear that we share a similar vision and mission in separate industries. I look forward to seeing the two combine next Sunday and what the future has to hold for further collaborations."
 
Gillingham host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 2nd November at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, kick off 2pm. Admission - Adults £3, Under-16s free.

 
 

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Rhyl & Prestatyn enjoying the experience!  
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
Having secured their place convincingly in the Welsh Premier Women's League through the Play-Offs, Rhyl & Prestatyn Ladies are thoroughly enjoying playing their part in the National League. 
 
Although they won their first ever WPWL match in Aberystwyth on the opening day of the season, they have subsequently failed to secure another victory in their other four matches to date.
 
However Manager Tom Jamieson is encouraged by his team's development and the general standard of play of their opponents.
 
"Since gaining Promotion to the WPWL this season, I have been impressed with the overall standard of football that all teams are playing in the Premier League," he said. "We knew as a Club this year would both be a challenge and transitional period for us but we are adapting well.
 
"I have been very pleased that our ladies have competed in every game so far and have been very unlucky to lose a couple of games by the odd goal - but that's football!"
 
Rhyl & Prestatyn Ladies welcome Cardiff City FC to the Corbett Sports Stadium this Sunday and Tom is confident that his girls' performances will start translating into more points sooner rather than later.
 
"Our team spirit is very strong and we are relishing the challenge of the WPWL. What pleases me is the fact that that the girls are putting in two extra training sessions a week on their Levels of Fitness with our Local Gym Sponsor Palzfitness,I am sure this will help us get stronger as the season continues."
 
As mentioned, Rhyl & Prestatyn now play their home matches at the impressive Corbett Sport Stadium and Tom believes that this is integral to the development of the team and women's football in the area: "I must say a big thank you to Mike Jones and the Team at Rhyl FC who have been superb with us at our new home ground. All visiting teams recognise the excellent facilities.
 
"With a couple of more signings planned for the team and investment in our Youth Structure Player Pathway, I think the future looks bright for the Rhyl & Prestatyn Ladies."

 
 

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Regional Leagues round-up...    
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
East Midlands League
Eastwood Community won 2-1 at Sandiacre Town to preserve their three point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Becca Carnelley and Chantelle Robinson scored the goals to keep their side ahead of Peterborough Northern Star who defeated Arnold Town 5-1.
 
Winterton Rangers extended their Division One North lead to six points by beating Ruddington Village 4-3. Sophie Birkett, Lindsey Hughes, Kirsty Shaw and Stephanie Warner were on the scoresheet for Winterton with Faye Brown hitting a hat-trick in reply. Gemma Charlton was on target seven times for Cleethorpes Town in their victory over Teversal. Gemma Hopking added a further five and there was one apiece from Sophie Burns and Sophie Madsen. West Bridgford meanwhile defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 2-1 thanks to Sophie Newlove and Asha Jani.
 
Burton Park Wanderers replaced Oadby & Wigston at the top of Division One South after beating them 3-0, courtesy of a Katie Steward brace and Brodie Betts. Karen Britchford and Tash Applegate were Raunds Town's markswomen in their 2-1 victory over Rothwell Corinthians. 
 
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town held on to the Premier Division leadership despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Haringey Borough. Paris Smith netted Billericay's goal with Peter Jonea replying. Second placed Colchester Town also drew, 4-4 against Leverstock Green. Nicola Hollick (2), Natalie Burrows and Joanne Williams scored for Leverstock, with Colchester responding through a Georgia Box brace, Kira Fitzpatrick and Stacey Roper. Great Shelford were 4-2 winners at Barking whilst AFC Dunstable won for the first time, 3-1 against Acle Ladies thanks to a double from Tamara Bayne, with Julia Robathan joining her on the scoresheet.
 
In Division One North, goals from Molly Hall and Charlotte Pettman gave Ipswich Wanderers a narrow 2-1 victory over second placed Bar Hill.
 
One match was also played in Division One South, a win would have taken Stevenage Ladies Res top of the table but instead they were beaten 6-3 by Offley & Stopsley, for whom Emma Collins bagged a hat-trick along with a Holly Flynn brace and Rianne Townsend-Brown. Tayla Huckle scored a hat-trick in reply for Stevenage but still finished on the losing side. 
 
London & South East League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of AFC Wimbledon, who opened up an advantage of three points after beating previous leaders Fulham FC Foundation 2-1. Victoria Petrova netted both goals for the Dons, with Gemma Fraser replying. Old Actonians are now in second place following their 3-0 success away to Eastbourne Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Natasha Cree, Sharon Odofin and Carla Williams. Victoria Taylor grabbed the only goal of the game as Kikk Utd won 1-0 against Bexhill Utd.
 
In Division One (London), Queen's Park Rangers Development lifted themselves up to third in the table after defeating Battersea & Wandsworth 4-1. Kianni O'Garro was on target twice for Rangers along with Georgia Allen and Alice Cato. 
 
North East League
Hull City are in the top three following an 11-1 victory over Tynedale. Sarah Owen led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Rebecca Beech and Charlotte McNamara weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Sophie Etherington, Katie Thompson and Ellice Jackman. Whitley Bay stay level on points with Hull after beating Hessle Town 7-1 thanks to a Jess Hooper hat-trick, Ella Stevenson, Lisa Coleman, Steph Ord and Brooke Cochrane. Scunthorpe & Bottesford and Peterlee RA battled out a 1-1 draw with Sue Hunsley on target for Scunthorpe and Peterlee replying through Kerry Denham.
 
Boldon returned to the top of the Northern Division after Allison Leach, Beth Miller, Jade Murray, Jocelyn Raine and Ferya Wilson gave them a 5-2 victory over Easingwold Town. They lead on goal difference from Blyth Town Lions who defeated previous leaders Gateshead Rutherford Ravens 2-0 with goals from Sarah Burn and Hannah Smith. Birtley St Josephs edged out Prudhoe Town by the odd goal in seven, Karli Nicholson netting twice along with Kristen Whitfield and Kirsty Poulter. whilst a five-goal haul from Michelle Stewart spearheaded Lowick Utd's nine-goal victory over Birtley Town. Melanie Darling, Stephanie Hay, Kirstie Tang and Georgia Thompson were the other markswomen.
 
There was also a change of leadership in the Southern Division where Westella & Willerby returned to the summit after beating Ossett Albion 3-0, Natasha Linford scoring twice along with an own goal. Courts City and Malet Lambert YC fought out a 1-1 draw, Kayleigh James and Emily Smith were on target respectively. Danielle Harrison was on target for Sheffield Wednesday as they also drew 1-1 against Rovers Foundation Ladies, who replied through Jenna McGee. 
 
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers inflicted a first defeat of the season on Crewe Alexandra, beating them 4-2 to move to within six points of Premier Division leaders Blackburn Community. City of Manchester complete the top three following their 2-1 victory over Birkenhead. Northwich Vixens and Wigan Athletic each picked up an important point as their meeting finished level at 3-3.
 
Things are getting congested at the head of the Division One North table which is now lead by CMB Ladies following their 5-2 success away to Kendal Town. In second place, on goal difference, are Penrith AFC after they defeated Middleton Athletic 3-2. Carlisle Utd won 4-3 against Leigh RMI to lift themselves into the top half whilst Workington Reds drew for the third match in a row, sharing six goals with Stockport County Blues.
 
Division One South table toppers Ellesmere Port Town battled out a 1-1 draw with Stockport County Res, a result which sees them double their lead to two points. In the other game, Macclesfield Town and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res also finished level at 1-1. 
 
South West League
Premier Division leaders Gloucester City returned to winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Bristol Ladies Union which stretches their advantage at the top to five points. Jodie Hennessey led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Laura Meheran and Yazmin Summers, with Cheryl Baber and Natalia Debek replying. Torquay Utd have gone second after beating Downend Flyers 4-2, Laura Gough hitting a hat-trick along with Hayley Chamberlain whilst Kate Michael and Faye Slade were on target for Downend. Danni Salt and Sasha Sparkes scored the goals as Truro City defeated Swindon Spitfires 2-1.
 
In the Eastern Division, Cheltenham Civil Service were unable to narrow the gap on leaders Bishop's Lydeard as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Ilminster Town. Forest Green Rovers Res meanwhile were 2-1 winners over Cleeve West Town.
 
Stacey Derrick, Harriet Howell and Jaye Howlett scored the goals as Marine Academy Plymouth went six points clear in the Western Division by beating AFC Plympton 3-1. Charlestown crushed Newquay Celtic 8-1 to go second, just ahead of Callington Town who defeated Dobwalls 4-1 with goals from Sarah Winn (2), Gemma Farley and Imogen Cooper. Illogan Ladies pipped Bude Town by the odd goal in nine and Alphington ran out 4-1 winners over Launceston thanks to a Laura Burwood hat-trick and Jodie Millett. 
 
Southern Region League
Maidenhead Utd made a rapid return to the top of the Premier Division after winning 4-1 away to Oxford City with Tina Brett, Lucy Smith, Natasha Thompson and Georgina Hill accounting for their goals. Michele Niven, Anthea Kaptein and Natalie Bavister were all on the scoresheet for Fleetlands as they went third by beating Parley Sports 3-2.
 
Chesham Utd went level on points with Division One leaders Milton Keynes City with a 1-0 win away to New Forest, Naomi Littler grabbing the only goal of the game. Fleet Town meanwhile defeated Southampton Women 2-0 thanks to a Joanne Harfield brace.
 
Andover New Street booked their place in the quarter finals of the League Cup by winning 6-0 against former winners Aldershot Town. Laura Gilbank was on target twice along with Tammi Haynes, Lydia Moulding, Samantha Vokes and Nikki Barnes. Also through are Milton Keynes City, 4-0 victors over Marlow with Julianne Gadsby, Laura Geyton, Mia Skaarup and an own goal seeing them home. 
 
West Midlands League
The top two did not play in the Premier Division and this gave TNS Ladies an opportunity to catch up ground, which they duly did by scoring twelve times without reply against Pelsall Villa. Allscott meanwhile defeated Wrockwardine Wood 2-1 to keep themselves entrenched in the top four places.
 
Walsall have gone level on points with Division One North leaders Burton Albion after they beat Kingshurst Sporting Res 2-0. Wyrley Ladies meanwhile leapt up into third place with a 4-1 victory over Lichfield Diamonds.
 
Rubery Ladies continue to stretch the pace at the top of Division One South after they defeated Wyre Forest Phoenix 3-2. Droitwich Spa also won 3-2 against Worcester Utd to remain two points behind in second place. At the other end of the table, Redditch Utd are off the bottom after sharing a 2-2 draw with Solihull Ladies Res.

 
 

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Reserve Section Leagues round-up...  
 Women's Football News 24 Oct 2014
 
Bradford City stretched their Northern Division lead to five points with a 3-0 success away to Guiseley AFC Vixens. Abi Brown, Chantelle O'Hara and Venessa Holroyd scored the goals for Bradford who were further boosted by the news that their two nearest rivals, Newcastle Utd and Sheffield FC, had battled out a goalless draw.
 
Ellie Towers and Megan Ralph were on target as Midland Division leaders Coventry City beat Derby County 2-1 to stay top on goal difference from Nottingham Forest who also won 2-1 against Cardiff City Ladies, thanks to a Jess Thompson brace. Wolverhampton Wanderers were 2-0 winners at Stoke City, Samantha Berry and Jessica Edwards scoring, whilst Loughborough Students defeated Leicester City Women 2-0.
 
West Ham Utd went top of the Southern Division after Steph Burder, Michelle Sumpter and Sasha Kelly gave them a 3-2 win away to Bedford Ladies. Brighton & Hove Albion scored nine without reply past Lewes and are up to second. Vanessa Nicholson (2), Fern Colepio and Zemeka Clarke were on target as Queen's Park Rangers beat Chichester City 4-0. The match between Portsmouth and C & K Basildon finished goalless whilst Crystal Palace won 2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur thanks to Aiyanna Glaze and Delaenam Olympio.
 
Millwall Lionesses head Group One in the FA WSL Development League Cup following a 5-0 win at Watford in which Paige Anderson-Jones netted four times along with Shauni Griffiths. Arsenal meanwhile beat Chelsea 5-1 with a goal apiece from Carla Humphrey, Evie Clarke, Ayisha Stojko-Down, Caroline Weir and Vyan Sampson. Stacey Wiggins (2) and Zoe Cunningham scored the goals as Reading FC Women beat London Bees 3-2.
 
Liverpool are top of Group Two after a Beth Donoghue brace, Jess Davenport, Olivia Fuller and Mollie Green gave them a 5-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Sunderland defeated Everton 4-0 with strikes from Madelaine Hill (2), Laura Hockaday and Tyler Dodds. Issy Hayes and Cara Fields were on target as Manchester City beat Durham Women 2-1.
 
In Group Three, Birmingham City won 2-1 against Yeovil Town with goals from Coral-Jade Haines and Hannah George and they lead by three points. Estelle Randall and Jodie Arkell gave Bristol Academy a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa and Oxford Utd defeated Notts County 3-1 with Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Gemma Simmonds and Ellen Oliver on target.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
AFC Wimbledon require friendly  
 Women's Football News 23 Oct 2014
 
Due to FA Women's Cup fixtures and the other teams in their league all playing, AFC Wimbledon are looking for a friendly on Sunday 2nd November.

The Dons can host the game and have a pitch booked for 2pm kick off, and looking for opponents of reasonable opposition.

For more information please contact Chris Lyons at chris-lyons@hotmail.com or on (07903) 606291.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Rachael calling it a day  
 Women's Football News 21 Oct 2014
 
Yeovil Town first team captain Rachael Edwards is to announce her retirement after Sunday's final FA Women's Super League 2 game of the 2014 season at Durham. 
 
The 34-year-old, who has been a regular in the first team squad all season as a centre back, will play her final game in the green and white hoops up north, when her side play against Durham Women at New Ferens Park.
 
Edwards, who has been at the club for 8 years making close to 200 appearances, has been an integral part of the squad having also captained the side in the Womens Premier League over recent years before the club began life in the FA WSL.
 
Rachael, who has made this tough decision said: "I've been at the club for a very long time and I've loved every minute of my time here. The coaches, players and people who do everything behind the scenes are fantastic and I will miss each of them dearly.
 
"It's been a difficult decision to make, however it's just the right time for me and for my family, it's time to spend more time with them and for the next chapter in my life. To finish my playing career being part of this squad and playing in the WSL 2 has been incredible and I will always remember it.
 
"To say I have played in a team which is part of the top 18 women's football teams in the country is amazing and an opportunity for me to finish on a high. The journey the club have been on since I started with them has been unbelieveable and they are only going to get better and really achieve things in the future.
 
"I'm looking forward to being in the crowd and cheering them all on next season, I believe with the staff and players they have in place they can really go places. It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling about playing my final game next weekend, however I know I'll be around my friends, playing the game I love and I'll savour every minute.
 
"There are a lot of people I want to say a huge thanks to and over the next week I'll get the opportunity to do that, but just to say a huge thanks to everyone involved with the club and to the management team and my team mates, I'll miss you all very much and I can't wait to be your no.1 supporter next season."
 
Club Chairman David Mills commented on Edwards' announcement by saying: "Rachael has been an outstanding player, Captain, Welfare Officer and role model for the Club. A few years ago Rachael almost retired but had a last minute change of mind. This proved to be a great decision as ever since, she has just got better and better as a player and I think this season has been her best ever. Great players should sign off at the top of their game and Rachael Edwards is a YTLFC 'Hall of Fame' level player."
 
Manager Jamie Sherwood added: "To lose a player of Rachael's stature within the club, with be very difficult to replace. Her influence on and off the pitch has been crucial. Her leadership and enthusiasm for the game is second to none. The club has grown dramatically and Rachael has been integral to that growth and whoever wears her number five shirt in the future will have a lot to live up to."

 
 

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Coventry open up lead  
 Women's Football News 21 Oct 2014
 
Coventry City have gone to the top of the Northern Division table after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0. 
 
The Sky Blues started strongly and were denied by a series of fine saves from Wolves goalkeeper Natalie Hall until Katie Lowder gave them the lead just after the half hour mark. Maz Gauntlett added the second early in the second half to see her side open up a lead of three points over their two nearest rivals, neither of whom were in action.
 
Huddersfield Town move back into fourth place as they shared a 3-3 draw with Newcastle Utd. The West Yorkshire side had raced into a 3-1 lead at half time thanks to Victoria Abbott, Katie Lockwood and Debbie Hastings but a Stacy Crooks double and Jess Foster ensured that the Magpies fought back in the second half to earn themselves a point.
 
Sporting Club Albion meanwhile cemented themselves in mid-table with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City, goals coming from Leanne Robinson and Stephanie Smith.

 
 

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Cardiff regain leadership  
 Women's Football News 21 Oct 2014
 
Cardiff City Ladies returned to the top of the Southern Division following a 6-2 victory over Gillingham. 
 
Kelly Aldridge, Naomi Clipston and Cori Williams each scored twice as the South Wales side moved back above Portsmouth on goal difference, with the Gills replying through Natalie Crinean and Nikita Whinnett.
 
Charlton Athletic remain in close attendance and are now just one point off the pace in third, after they won 2-1 away to Lewes. The first half ended goalless before Charley Clifford gave Charlton the lead and although Ashleigh Goddard equalised with ten minutes remaining, Sam Pittuck scored an injury time winner for the Addicks.

 
 

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Swindon replace Forest Green at top  
 Women's Football News 21 Oct 2014
 
South West Division One
Swindon Town lifted themselves to the top of the table by winning 3-1 away to previous leaders Forest Green Rovers. The home side took the lead on the stroke of half time through a 25-yard free kick from Charlotte King but after the break, Swindon levelled the scores with Megan Attenborough drilling home following a corner. Meg Valla then put them in front with a fine individual goal and shortly after rattling the bar with a 30-yard strike, Chyna Collings bundled in the third injury time - a goal which sees Swindon replace Forest Green as leaders by virtue of having scored one more goal.
 
Southampton Saints are just one point off the pace in third after they defeated Exeter City 4-2. Krystal Whyte bagged a brace for the Saints as they picked up their fourth win in five matches, with Leah Shave and Carla Mitchell adding the others. Tash Knapman and Vicky Barter replied for Exeter. 
 
Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds have edged another point ahead after their short trip to Tranmere Rovers ended in a 1-1 draw. Tranmere took a second minute lead via an own goal from Amy Seagraves but the Feds battled back to earn themselves a share of the spoils through Chantelle Thompson.
 
Mossley Hill caught up ground on the top two by beating Stockport County 5-1. Carla Lee was on target twice for the Merseysiders, once from the penalty spot, along with Shelley James, Stacey McMahon and Kaisha Sohl, Stockport's consolation coming from Hanifa Douglas. 
 
Midlands Division One
Radcliffe Olympic moved themselves to within four points of the leadership with a 1-0 victory over Steel City Wanderers, Rania Ramadan scoring the only goal of the game.
 
Loughborough Students meanwhile leapfrogged FC Reedswood into a mid-table position by defeating them 3-2. Nicola Russell, Nikki Payne and Sophie Rock were all on target for the university side. 
 
South East Division One
Crystal Palace brought an end to C & K Basildon's winning start of the season by beating them 3-2 in a thrilling game. Nicha Dyett, Mary Onianwa and Roschelle Shakes netted the goals for Palace with C & K replying through Kathleen Clifton and Hannah Porter (see match report).
 
The result means that third placed Palace are two points behind leaders C & K and inbetween them are Milton Keynes Dons who won 1-0 against Cambridge Women, courtesy of a solitary strike from Heather McDonnell.
 
Luton Town completed a good week for themselves as they picked up their second victory in four days, 2-1 away to Enfield Town. Remi Bains and Rebecca Wilson-Kane both scored to take Luton up into fifth place, just ahead of Enfield whose consolation came from Sheryce Slater. 
 
Photo - Forest Green Rovers midfielder Amy Baker closes down Swindon Town full back Lisa Coe.

 
 

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Sheffield to play Blackburn  
 Women's Football News 21 Oct 2014
 
The draws for the Second Round of the Premier League Cup and Premier League Plate have been announced. 
 
The standout tie in the League Cup sees holders Sheffield FC paired with Blackburn Rovers whilst Cardiff City Ladies make the trip to Ipswich Town. After having played in the North East away to Norton & Stockton Ancients in the previous round, Charlton Athletic now find themselves travelling in the opposite direction to play Plymouth Argyle. 
 
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND (30th November):
Plymouth Argyle v Charlton Athletic
Newcastle Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion
Sheffield FC v Blackburn Rovers
Keynsham Town v Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town v Cardiff City Ladies
C & K Basildon v Sporting Club Albion
Portsmouth v Mossley Hill
Lewes v Coventry City 
 
PREMIER LEAGUE PLATE SECOND ROUND
Milton Keynes Dons v Enfield Town
Huddersfield Town v Chester-le-Street
Sheffield Utd Community v Exeter City
Southampton Saints v Swindon Town
Chichester City or Leicester City Ladies v Radcliffe Olympic
Shanklin v Loughborough Students
Copsewood (Coventry) v Preston North End
West Ham Utd v Leafield Athletic

 
 

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Resolute Dev edge top two clash  
 Women's Football News 19 Oct 2014
 
Petts Wood 0 AFC Wimbledon Development 1
The leading two clubs in the Greater London Womens League Division One table clashed at Petts Wood's Sparrows Den home but it was AFC Wimbledon Development who maintained their 100% record with a late goal to extend their lead over the hosts. 
 
In truth, the result was harsh on Petts Wood who had exerted continual pressure on the Dons goal through most of the match only to be defeated at the last by conceding a soft goal on a breakaway. Credit must go to a very solid Dons defence in a match of good quality in front of an enthusiastic crowd approaching three figures.
 
Terri Warren was a constant threat for Petts Wood in the first half, going close on three occasions with shots narrowly wide. The best move of the half saw Jade White release Frankie Mardon for a shot well saved by Ashleigh McGuigan. The Dons keeper was later injured and replaced by Jennie Ford who also played very well. Apart from a free kick pushed over by Natalie Graves and some fine runs from Megan Smith on the right wing, Wimbledon had created very few chances by half time.
 
Playing with the breeze in the second period Wood pressed on, inspired by Charlotte Lee in midfield and with Stacie Taylor strong in defence, the momentum was mainly towards the Wimbledon goal. However, the Dons defence was very well organised with sound tackling and covering.
 
Just when a draw seemed inevitable, Allana Ashmeil was sent clear on the right and her shot went through keeper Graves' hands for the winner on 88 minutes.
 
Petts Wood mounted a furious assault to try to save a point but the nearest they came was a 20-yard effort by Lee which clipped the outside of the post in the final seconds.
 
AFC Wimbledon Development have a big FA Women's Cup clash with FAWPL side Crystal Palace in two weeks time to savour, as well as a healthy position at the top of Division One table. Petts Wood gave a fine display and will surely maintain their position near the top if they continue to play in this manner. 
 
Petts Wood: Natalie Graves, Sophie Pourou, Sarah Miller, Rachel Dulley, Ellie Paris, Jade White, Lauren Thatcher, Stacie Taylor, Charlotte Lee, Frankie Mardon, Terri Warren. Subs: Rebekah Collins, Ellie Bovill.

AFC Wimbledon Development: Ashleigh McGuigan, Sian Bruty, Amber Parker, Jodie Weller, Georgia Ridgeway, Megan Smith, Sophie Gorman, Kate Martin, Ellie Richards, Georgia Heasman, Allana Ashmeil. Subs: Aramide Okekunle, Emily Bernard, Sara Killick-Bird, Jennie Ford, Bernice Tully.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:

(top) Sara Killick-Bird battles for the ball with Rachel Dulley
(middle) Ellie Paris challenges Jennie Ford
(bottom) Megan Smith clears away from Ellie Paris

 
 

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Basildon bombed out by Palace  
 Women's Football News 19 Oct 2014
 
Crystal Palace 3 C & K Basildon 2
Crystal Palace ended C & K Basildon's 100% record in the FAWPL South East Division One by claiming a 3-2 victory in a morning kick off at Bromley FC. 
 
Palace were pegged back after taking an early lead but goals either side of the break gave them a margin which the visitors were unable to claw back, despite reducing the score with fifteen minutes left. A good quality, fiercely contested match opened up the league table and confirmed Palace's fine start since promotion from the London & South East Regional League and their move to the impressive facilities of the Fortress Stadium.
 
C & K showed plenty of early signs of why they are having another good season in League and Cup. Karissa Rodney outpaced two defenders before firing a shot across goal then Carly Eagles clipped the Palace post with a low effort. But the hosts were equally dangerous up front and took the lead on nine minutes with a well worked goal. Jade Davenport broke clear on the right and cut the ball back for Roschelle Shakes to sweep an instant low shot wide of Cherie Rowlands and into the bottom right corner of the net.
 
C & K drew level after a good Sam Saint save at her near post led to a corner. Defensive hesitancy allowed Hannah Porter time and space to finish from close range on 12 minutes and the visitors nearly added a second soon after but Sara Sinclair's effort was cleared off the line. Mary Onianwa set up a very good Palace chance after breaking free on the right but Shakes' header struck the upright.
 
Attacks continued to dominate as an entertaining half unfolded. Zoe Rushen struck the upright with a 20-yard C & K free kick whilst Rowlands made a fine save to her right as Shakes got clear on goal for Palace. Saint made another good save to deny Amy Nash but, just as it seemed the half would all square, Palace took the lead when a seemingly harmless long free kick led to a misunderstanding and a C & K player nodded the ball past her own keeper.
 
Palace grew in confidence and resolve after the break and gained a firmer grip on the talented and dangerous Basildon attack. Eagles forced a good save from Saint on 54 minutes but the better chances fell to Palace. Shakes brought out the best in Rowlands with a smart turn and snap shot from distance but there was nothing she could do when Onianwa released Shakes on 66 minutes for a fine finish.
 
With their unbeaten record in all matches under severe threat, C &K tried to rally but were often frustrated by a resolute Palace defence. The speedy home attackers always offered a willing outlet for any forward pass and Palace looked comfortable till Rodney produced a piece of left wing magic on 75 minutes. Beating two challenges, the winger produced a dangerous cross which was only half cleared for Kat Clifton to slide home.
 
It was Rodney again who provided the best chance for a late equaliser. Again a teasing cross evaded the Palace defence but Nash fired a first time effort over the bar on 86 minutes and the home team saw out time very effectively for a fine win in an encounter of high intensity and good team play on both sides.
 
C & K still lead the table but only by a single point from Milton Keynes Dons with Palace a further point behind after each club has played seven games and after the recalculation caused by the withdrawal of Ebbsfleet United. 
 
Crystal Palace: Sam Saint, Charlotte Cavanagh, Grace Beegan, Katy Morris, Megan Carroll, Sarah Jones, Mary Onianwa, Stephanie Mann, Roschelle Shakes, Jade Davenport, Rinzola Babajide. Subs: Mercedes Bromfield, Becky Strutt, Alex Elson.

C & K Basildon: Cherie Rowlands, Merrick Will, Hannah Porter, Megan Lawler, Steph Stephanou, Carly Eagles, Zoe Rushen, Amy Nash, Kat Clifton, Sara Sinclair, Karissa Rodney. Subs: Lucy Wyatt, Nicola Carty, Chelsea Hinz, Roseanne Shafier.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:

(top) Kathleen Clifton slides in to tackle Grace Beegan
(middle) Charlotte Kavanagh is taken on by Karissa Rodney
(bottom) Carly Eagles and Rinsola Babajide


 
 

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Glasgow City and Spartans in Final  
 Women's Football News 19 Oct 2014
 
Glasgow City reached the Scottish Cup Final after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hibernian at Ravenscraig with goals from Suzanne Lappin (2), Morgan Marlborough and Susan Fairlie. 
 
Two goals in each half from the Cup holders kept City on course for an incredible third treble in a row and their 11th successive domestic trophy, as they showed no signs of tiredness following their extra time dramatic Champions League win midweek.
 
City took the lead after ten minutes when all time club top goalscorer Suzanne Lappin netted from the edge of the box. The Hibees had to look lively to not concede again soon after but good defending blocked successive goalbound shots from Susan Fairlie and then Morgan Marlborough.
 
The City support and players had a loud shout for handball when a HIbs arm blocked a Fairlie on target shot, but referee Hayley Irvine was not interested and waved play on. The Cup holders' pressure for the second goal eventually paid off when full back Emma Black cut inside and fired a well hit shot, which came back off the post. Marlborough reacted quickest and fired the rebound into the back of the net.
 
If City dominated the first half, they controlled the second half with even greater poise. Excellent play from Nicky Docherty brought out a fine save from Hibs keeper Hannah Reid and HIbs survived again when a Marlborough shot came back off the post.
 
It seemed only a matter of time before the third goal and it duly arrived on 67 minutes when Lappin headed home her second of the game. City then made it 4-0 when Susan Fairlie finished well into the bottom corner in injury time.
 
City will face Spartans in the final after the Edinburgh side came back from a goal down to defeat Aberdeen 4-1.

Dons captain Rachael Small put her side in the lead only for Lana Clelland to hit a great free kick moments before the break to get her side back on level terms at half time.
 
Spartans took the lead after Sarah Ewens pounced on a spill from Aberdeen keeper Rebecca Flaherty, and Claire Crosbie made it 3-1 with nine minutes remaining when she headed home from a Spartans corner. Dons striker Rebecca Dempster hit the post as she tried to bring her side back in the match, but in the final moments Ewens again finished from close range to make it a comfortable 4-1 victory for Spartans in the end.
 
The final between Glasgow City and Spartans will take place on Sunday 16th November at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, 2pm. 
 
(Report by Laura Montgomery)

 
 

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Sue's double takes race to final day  
 Women's Football News 19 Oct 2014
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles 2 (Smith 37,52) Yeovil Town 0
Sue Smith struck twice to take the FA Women's Super League 2 title race into the final weekend as Doncaster Rovers Belles marked their last home game of the campaign with victory against Yeovil Town. 
 
The former England winger scored in each half, the second courtesy of a stunning long range strike, to ensure the Belles go into the final weekend two points behind leaders Sunderland.
 
Doncaster had been restricted to long range efforts early on, until Kasia Lipka found space in the area on 25 minutes and brought a good save from Rachel Simkin.
 
The Belles were in front of 37 minutes, Lipka driving at the defence to find Jess Sigsworth and - though Simkin saved well from the initial chance - Smith converted the rebound.
 
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk came within inches of doubling the advantage on the stroke of half time, her well-crafted turn and shot bounced awkwardly for Simkin but hit the post.
 
Smith did get the second on 52 minutes though, and in sumptuous style too, cutting inside to curl a 25-yard, dipping effort into the top corner.
 
Yeovil rallied, Sarah Wiltshire hitting the post on 69 minutes from a tight angle after rounding Nicola Hobbs, but the Belles stood firm to keep their title hopes alive.
 
Both teams will be in London for the final match of the season, Sunderland will need a win away to Millwall Lionesses to be confirmed as Champions, any other result will mean that Doncaster would overhaul them by beating London Bees. 
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Jess Sigsworth (sub Ashleigh Mills 45mins), Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright (sub Reanne Thomas 61mins), Beth England (sub Hope Knight 61mins). Sub not used: Sophie Stamp.

Yeovil Town: Rachel Simkin, Katie Cook, Stacey Pearson (sub Ebony Dover 82mins), Paige Stewart (sub Shauna Cossens 67mins), Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Jade Radburn-Lorton, Laura Bray (sub Amy Wathan 75mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Ellie Curson. Sub not used: Charlotte Haynes.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)

 
 

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England to hold training camp  
 Women's Football News 17 Oct 2014
 
England head coach Mark Sampson has named a 26-player squad for a 10-day training camp. 
 
The players will meet at St George's Park next week as preparations begin for next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup, which takes place in Canada.
 
Sampson will also be looking ahead to England's historic match against Germany at Wembley on Sunday 23rd November. It will be the first time that England Women will play at the new Wembley Stadium and they face a tough test against the European Champions.
 
Mark Sampson said: "Every opportunity that we can work together as a group is crucially important to us in the lead up to the World Cup.
 
"The challenge now is to raise the bar every time we are together, starting with this camp in October and we have to make every day count. There is no match so our focus will be on developing every aspect of our game and ask the players to push themselves to another level.
 
"We have a strong, talented group and competition for places is fierce so every player knows this is an important camp.
 
"We also have a strong test against a very good German side at Wembley next month, so this time will be useful in starting our preparations for that match."
 
Tickets for England v Germany at Wembley Stadium are on sale now from www.thefa.com/tickets or by calling (0844) 826 2010. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £1 for children and group booking discounts are also available. 
 
England training camp squad: 
 
Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit).

 
 

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We talk to...Laura Turner (Radcliffe Olympic)  
 Women's Football News 17 Oct 2014
 
Radcliffe Olympic produced the shock of the round in the Premier League Plate on Sunday when they defeated Stoke City 4-1. 
 
Beth Bailey scored twice along with Rania Ramadan and Dani Saulter as the Midlands Division One side knocked out their high flying Northern Division opponents to progress into the last sixteen. This also completed a good few days for Radcliffe who had beaten Loughborough Students 3-1 in the league prior to this match.
 
We talked to Radcliffe Olympic captain Laura Turner who was understandably delighted with her team's display and result but still feels that there is more to come in the future: 
 
Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday, how good was it to be a team of the quality of Stoke City?
It was a great reflection of our hard work so far this season. The squad and the management team showed commitment and professionalism and it was highly enjoyable to play in.

What did you think was the best aspect of the team's performance?
Without doubt the focus of the players for the duration of the game and the implementation of things we have been working on in previous games and in training.

Was the performance as well as the team has ever played?
It was a great performance but we certainly have the ability to improve and play even better football.

Who would you ideally like to draw in the next round?
That's a tough question, any team that fancies their chances!

You also had a good win against Loughborough Students in midweek, can the team build on these results and catch up with the leading teams?
We are only just getting started!

The division is shaping up to be a very tight one this season, can you see it staying that way?
This division can be unpredictable, particularly as the season progresses, but initial indications are that there will be quite a few teams challenging for the top spot this time. There is a lot of talent in the league and it makes for some exciting women's football.

This Sunday you play Steel City Wanderers and a win could put you up into fourth place. Do you see this as a very important game for the club?
Every game is very important and this Sunday is no different.


 
 

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Wales Under-16 training camp squad  
 Women's Football News 17 Oct 2014
 
The following squad of players have been selected for a Wales Under-16 Girls National Development Squad training camp at Alicante, Spain from Saturday 18th October - Friday 31st October 2014: 
 
Chloe Chivers (Coed Duon), Gwennan Davies (Bristol Academy), Rebecca Elliott (Prestatyn Girls), Evie Gane (Reading FC), Alice Griffiths (Cardiff City Ladies), Shannon Hobbs (Prestatyn Girls), Bethan Jewitt (Bristol Academy), Mollie Jones (Bristol Academy), Ellie Lake (Troedyrhiw B&G), Ina Martin (Dafen Welfare), Candice Nellist (Prestatyn Girls), Cassia Pike (Liverpool CoE), Ella Powell (Cardiff City Ladies), Amber Roberts (Bristol Academy), Aimee Watson (Bristol Academy), Jessica Williams (Bristol Academy), Lily Woodham (Bristol Academy).

 
 

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Regional Leagues round-up...    
 Women's Football News 17 Oct 2014
 
East Midlands League
Rise Park moved to within three points of the leadership as they won 3-2 away to Arnold Town, thanks to a Rhyiannea Anderson. Robyn Henton and Jasmin Bear scored twice along with Anna Horton and Courtney Walters for Notts County Development who won for the first time, 6-2 against Sandiacre Town. Clodagh Summers netted two and Natalie Aird the other for Grimsby Borough in their 3-3 draw with Gedling Town, for whom Demi-Leigh Crofts hit a hat-trick.
 
Winterton Rangers continue to power away at the top of Division One North with a large victory over Alfreton Town. Hayley Shaw was on target seven times, Kirsty Shaw and Stephanie Warner each adding a brace and Lindsey Hughes completed the tally. Laura Jones (2), Amy Kilgannon, Maisie Kirwan and Abigail Young were on the scoresheet as Sleaford Town won 5-1 at Lincoln Moorlands Railway to go second. Underwood Villa meanwhile beat West Bridgford 3-2 thanks to Beth Hunt, Paige Rogers and Siobhan McCormick.
 
One match was played in Division One South, Samantha Hargrave netting the only goal as Oadby & Wigston Dynamo won 1-0 at Rothwell Corinthians to take over the leadership. 
 
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town edged into top spot in the Premier Division after drawing 3-3 with Leverstock Green. Frances Murphy, Steph Polleykett and an own goal accounted for Billericay's goals while Leverstock netted through a Giselle Randall brace and Nicola Hollick. Stevenage Ladies continued their movement up the table by winning 4-3 at Acle Ladies Donna McGuigan scoring twice along with Hannah Marshall and Alex North. Haringey Borough lifted themselves off the bottom by beating AFC Dunstable 3-2 with goals from Holly Hinshelwood, Stedrika Perkins and Marianne Sheena.
 
Bury Town have gone six points clear at the top of Division One North as they scored ten times past Ipswich Wanderers. Catherine Upton, Laura Brown, Hayley Turner and Gemma Carter all bagged doubles with Norma Locker and Lyndsie Duemmel also on target. AFC Sudbury won for the first time, Charlotte Churcham scoring the only goal against Norwich City Res.
 
Hoddesdon Owls are the new leaders of Division One South after beating Hutton 3-2. Kristi Burling, Laura Newby and Leah Dunnage scored the goals to take Hoddesdon top on goal difference from Stevenage Ladies Res who won 2-1 against previous leaders Southendian Ladies, thanks to Jade Eaton and Sherrie Evans. Abbie Simmonds netted the only goal as Little Thurrock Dynamos registered their first victory, 1-0 away to Sawbridgeworth Town. 
 
London & South East League
A 4-0 victory away to Bexhill Utd has taken AFC Wimbledon level on points with leaders Fulham FC Foundation. Samantha Williams netted twice for the Dons along with Caroline Bisson and Libby Suchley. Katie Harding (2) and Natalie Bright scored the goals for Hassocks who picked up their first point from a 3-3 draw with Aylesford, whose replies came from a Samantha Kilroy-Downs brace and Bethany Hulme.
 
Camden Town have gone five points ahead in Division One (London) after Abbie Brandon, Mary Guest and Frankie Stone gave them a 3-2 victory over AFC Phoenix. Watford Development are now second after beating Hemel Hempstead 5-0, Kayleigh Humphries netting twice along with Emma Bebbington, Terri Harvey and Sofie Georgiou. Colne Valley follow on in third, they won 3-2 away to Crystal Palace Development thanks to Debbie Watson (2) and Natalie Spencer. Meanwhile the game between Regents Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Development was abandoned with Regents Park leading 1-0 at the time. 
 
North East League
Barnsley are in third place in the Premier Division following their 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Jenna Bramley netted their goal with Scunthorpe replying through Annie Ward. Wakefield joined the leading pack of clubs by beating Castleford White Rose 4-1.
 
Lynsey Wilkinson netted twice along with Jennifer Brennan and an own goal as Northern Division leaders Gateshead Rutherford Ravens defeated Redcar Athletic 4-0. Second placed Blyth Town Lions were narrow 4-3 victors at Easingwold Town, goals coming from Sarah Burn (2), Natasha Goodall and Hannah Smith, and Lowick Utd complete the top three after Jenny Patterson, Michelle Stewart, Kirstie Tang and Melanie Darling earned them a 4-0 success away to Redcar Town. Samantha Garcia's hat-trick spearheaded an 8-1 win for Prudhoe Town over Middlesbrough Lionesses, Jenna Green adding a brace along with Hope Lowdon, Lauren Cannell and Eleanor Oakenfold. Karli Nicholson was another hat-trick scorer for Birtley St Josephs in their 5-2 victory over Kader FC, Elisha Jones and Kristen Whitfield adding the others.
 
Westella & Willerby moved to within two points of the leadership in the Southern Division, winning 4-1 against Doncaster Belles (Women's) with doubles from Amy Ward and Amy Thompson. Ossett Albion and Rovers Foundation Ladies shared a 1-1 draw, Nicola Swift and Jenna McGee scoring respectively, whilst Ellie Tanser bagged a hat-trick along with Emily Smith and Lauren Watson for Malet Lambert YC as they won 5-0 at Dearne & District. 
 
North West League
Blackburn Community are now further ahead after scoring seven without reply against Northwich Vixens, extending their lead to nine points in the process. City of Manchester are up into the top half following their 10-1 success against Preston North End, just ahead of Blackpool who leapfrogged Bolton Wanderers by beating them 3-1. Birkenhead meanwhile picked up their first point from a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic.
 
In Division One North, Workington Reds continue to improve and they shared a goalless draw with CMB Ladies, denying their opponents the chance to go level on points with leaders Middleton Athletic. Bury Girls & Ladies stormed to an 8-1 victory over Leigh RMI and Carlisle Utd defeated Kendal Town 3-1.
 
Manchester Stingers are a single point off the pace in Division One South after they won 3-0 away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Winsford are also in the top three as they edged out Stockport County Res by the odd goal in nine. 
 
South West League
Gloucester City's excellent start to the season was brought to a crashing halt as they were beaten 3-0 by Frome Town, for whom Kasey Evans netted twice and Devon Rich the other. Brislington meanwhile avenged their F.A.Women's Cup defeat to Downend Flyers by winning their league meeting 4-0, Ann Marie Heatherson hitting a brace with Emily Plummer and Georgia Vandries joining her on the scoresheet.
 
Bishop's Lydeard continue to look strong in the Eastern Division and extended their lead to six points with a 4-1 victory over Ilminster Town. Holly Miller led the scoring with a hat-trick and Dawna Dennett was also on target. Keynsham Town Res meanwhile picked up their first win, 2-1 against Cleeve West Town with Hari Sabic netting both goals.
 
Western Division leaders Marine Academy Plymouth ran out 7-0 winners over Newquay Celtic, Eden May and Georgie Talbot each scoring twice along with Kate Bowden, Jade Bryan and Nicola Symons. They lead by five points from AFC Plympton who drew 3-3 with Launceston, Sam Metters, Chelsea Robinson and Maisie Williams netting their goals in reply to a Chloe Williams hat-trick. Charlestown replaced Callington Town in third by beating them 4-3 with goals from Tori Marks (2), Amber Hadrill and Rhiannon Player. Lennon Lewis scored twice and Laura Hampton the other for Illogan Ladies in their 3-2 victory over Alphington whilst Bude Town won for the first time, 2-0 at Dobwalls thanks to Sarah Badham and Courtney Ward. 
 
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd are the new leaders of the Premier Division after a late goal from Nicola Froud earned them a 1-0 win away to Basingstoke Town. Mansfield Road also won 1-0 against Bracknell Town, Amy Pipe's goal taking them up to third. Aldershot Town meanwhile claimed their first league victory of the season, 2-1 against University of Portsmouth courtesy of a brace from Lauren Steers.
 
Milton Keynes City made a swift return to the top of Division One as they ran out 4-1 winners away to Tower Hill. Rachael Waller was on target twice along with Georgina Burns and Roksana Karbownik. Previous leaders Chesham Utd were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Andover New Street who replace them in second place after scoring through Tammi Haynes and Charlotte Hull. Alixandra Todd, Olivia Hazell, Stephanie Fettes and an own goal ensured that Ascot Utd defeated New Forest 4-1 and Stony Stratford Town went one better against Southampton Women, Siobhaun Layne netting four times and Vicky Holland the other in their 5-1 victory. Sarah Rhind and Abi Smith were on target as Banbury Utd shared a 2-2 draw with Marlow, who replied through a brace from Abi Canvin. 
 
West Midlands League
B & WM Police maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-0 victory away to Wednesfield Town. Leamington Lions meanwhile defeated Wednesfield Town 3-0 and head the chasing pack in second place. Knowle climbed into the top half on the back of a 1-0 success at Kingshurst Sporting Club and Coventrians registered their first point when battling out a 2-2 draw with Pelsall Villa.
 
In Division One North, Folly Lane won 2-0 at Cottage Farm Rangers to move to within three points of the leadership as did Lichfield Diamonds with a 3-2 victory over Florence. Kingshurst Sporting Res meanwhile won for the first time, 5-1 against Coseley Town.
 
Rubery Ladies have taken over at the top of Division One south following their 3-1 victory against Worcester Utd. Previous leaders Droitwich Spa went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Marston Green who are up into third place. Lye Town follow on after they beat Wyre Forest Phoenix 3-0.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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