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Women's Soccer Scene
City edge ahead at top  
 Women's Football News 25 Sep 2016
 
Bristol City 1 (Fergusson 18) Durham Women 0
Bristol City have gone three points clear at the top of WSL 2 after a first half goal from Olivia Fergusson gave them a crucial victory against promotion rivals Durham Women. 
 
The home side were narrowly deserving of their win but it was once again a well fought and absorbing encounter between two teams with their sights set on a WSL 1 place for next season.
 
City were quicker out of the blocks at the start and carried the game towards the visitors but could only produce one worthwhile effort on goal, a Claire Emslie shot from the edge of the area which flashed wide.
 
That changed in the eighteenth minute when Fergusson worked an opening and although her shot was not the most powerful, it was accurate and beat the diving Helen Alderson before finding its way inside the far post to put her side ahead.
 
Jodie Brett tried her luck from distance with a shot that dipped just over and Fergusson had another effort charged down as the Vixens sought a second goal but Durham rallied and stood strong under the increasing pressure.
 
As half time approached, Brett's cross picked out Hayley Ladd whose well struck volley brought out a good save from Alderson. Chloe Arthur volleyed over at full stretch from a corner as City took their one-goal lead into the interval.
 
Durham came into the game more in the second half but were finding it difficult to get behind the City defence and indeed it was the home side who went close to increasing their lead when, after the Wildcats were unable to fully clear a corner, Charlie Estcourt scuffed a shot towards goal which was cleared from the line by Beth Hepple.
 
Ladd headed wide from another corner and Lauren Hemp forced another fine save from Alderson from point blank range as she tried to sweep home a Claire Emslie cross, but these were rare opportunities as both defences remained tight.
 
Durham pushed their players further forward in search of an equaliser but City defended superbly with Grace McCatty in particularly good form in the centre. The home side were becoming increasingly reliant on the counter attack and the pace of Hemp and Emslie but any efforts on goal they produced were mainly from long range, going closest when Emily Syme, on as a substitute, had a shot blocked by Sarah McFadden with her first touch.
 
In injury time, Durham won a corner from which even Alderson went forward but Hepple's kick was caught under pressure by Hannah Reid, bringing a cheer from the home crowd as loud as that when they scored. City held on for a hard earned win which, for the time being, puts them in the driving seat in the promotion race. 
 
Bristol City: Hannah Reid, Ellie Wilson, Megan Alexander, Jodie Brett (sub Emily Syme 82 mins), Grace McCatty, Georgia Evans, Chloe Arthur, Hayley Ladd, Charlie Estcourt, Olivia Fergusson (sub Lauren Hemp 64mins), Claire Emslie (sub Paige Sawyer 89mins). Subs not used: Estelle Randall, Katie Jones, Poppy Wilson, Lily Woodham.

Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Jen Jennings (sub Sarah Eadon 87mins), Becky Salicki, Sarah Wilson, Rachel Lee (sub Tyler Dodds 80mins), Beth Hepple, Sarah McFadden, Emily Roberts, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson. Subs not used: Megan Borthwick, Nicola Gibson, Chloe Macek.

Attendance: 870

Photos:

(top) Olivia Fergusson scores the decisive goal
(middle) Ellie Wilson has her eyes fixed on the ball whilst Jordan Atkinson threatens
(bottom) Hannah Reid claims an injury time corner under pressure


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Reading leap towards safety  
 Women's Football News 25 Sep 2016
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Simpkins 46) Reading FC Women 4 (Follis 9,61, Jones 37, Rowe 84)
Reading FC Women leapt out of the bottom two places and took a huge stride towards survival in WSL 1 after recording their first victory of the season against a Doncaster Rovers Belles side which remains at the bottom. 
 
Emma Follis starred with a double, setting Reading on their way as early as the ninth minute before her superb solo effort in the second half restored a two-goal advantage.
 
That came after Nia Jones netted following a well worked free-kick, with Emily Simpkins getting the Belles back into the game just after the break with a powerful strike.
 
After Follis was forced off with injury, her replacement, Rachel Rowe sealed the win with five minutes remaining, a result which took the visitors outside of the relegation zone.
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Barker, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Mayumi Pacheco, Samantha Tierney (sub Carla Humphrey 69mins), Emily Simpkins, Kasia Lipka, Katrin Omarsdottir (sub Bethany O'Donnell 85mins), Christie Murray (sub Rebecca Rayner 79mins), Marta Bakowska-Mathews. Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Lauren Cresswell, Rachel Newborough.

Reading FC Women: Mary Earps, Rebecca Jane, Nia Jones (sub Amber Stobbs 83mins), Kayleigh Hines, Harriet Scott, Emma Follis (sub Rachel Rowe 74mins), Remi Allen, Kirsty McGee, Molly Bartrip (sub Helen Ward 77mins), Lauren Bruton, Melissa Fletcher. Subs not used: Jade Boho-Sayo, Chloe Sansom.

Attendance: 753

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
We talk to...Anna Collin (Chester-le-Street Town)  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
 
Chester-le-Street Town have got off to a good start this season and their win against Crewe Alexandra leaves them with six points from their opening three games. 
 
We talked to Chester-le-Street midfielder Anna Collin, who is very satisfied with the way the club has started, whilst setting her sights on a challenge for a possible top three place: 
 
WSS: How satisfied were you with the result against Crewe Alexandra?
AC: It wasn't the best team performance from us on Sunday but we were really pleased to get our second league win of the season.

WSS: Chester-le-Street to Crewe is an extremely long journey, but did the win make it feel a lot shorter when coming home?
AC: It was an extremely long day for us on Sunday but the three points made the journey worthwhile. Plus the team quiz makes those long journeys fly over!

WSS: That makes two wins in the opening three games, are you pleased with the way the season has started?
AC: We've had a good solid start to the season so hopefully we can build on that and continue picking up points. We had a good preseason too so we're feeling confident.

WSS: The team ended last season with a good run of form, were you confident of keeping it going at the start of this season?
AC: We were really disappointed with our poor start last season but we knew we had the potential to finish strongly. We've strengthened our squad and worked hard in pre-season and fortunately we've been able to keep the momentum going.

WSS: You didn't have a game this week but return to action next week with another long trip to Blackpool Wren Rovers who you beat 4-1 on the opening day, what sort of game are you anticipating there?
AC: I didn't actually play in the first game of the season against them but the girls said that we played some good football. However, it's always different away from home and it's another long journey for us. Blackpool have picked up a few points since we beat them so it should be a good game.

WSS: Where do you think the team can finish realistically this season?
AC: I'm hoping we can finish in the top three. We have a lot more depth in our squad this year so if we're missing players due to work commitments, we can still field a strong side.

WSS: The North East is a strong area for women's football in this country. Are you confident that in the future, Chester-le-Street can move up alongside the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough at the very least?
AC: Over the last few seasons, we've proven that we can hold our own against the likes of Middlesbrough and Newcastle but it's more difficult to attract players as fewer people know about us. We're working hard to get our name out there using social media etc so hopefully we can keep attracting new players to our club.
 
 
Our thanks to Anna!

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
England to play Euro hosts in friendly  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
 
England will travel to Netherlands in November to take on the Euro 2017 hosts in a friendly international. 
 
The match is the second to be announced in a series of games that will form Mark Sampson's side's preparations for next summer's tournament.
 
The Lionesses will face Netherlands on Tuesday 29th November (6pm GMT KO) at Koning Willem ll Stadion in Tilburg - one of the stadiums that will be used at Euro 2017.
 
England last faced Holland at the 2015 Cyprus Cup, with the match ending 1-1. Sampson's charges went on to win the tournament, beating Canada 1-0 in the final.
 
England will host France at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster next month, a match that will mark the start of their Euro preparations.
 
Tickets for the France game, which will take place on Friday 21st October (8pm KO), are on sale now, priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. A family ticket priced £15 (two adults and two children) is also available and group booking and charter standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets.
 
Sampson said: "We are very pleased that Netherlands have agreed to host this game. With the Euros being played in Netherlands this will be an important experience for the group both on and off the field. It will be a good opportunity to replicate what it will be like at the tournament from the hotel, travel, stadium and the opposition, and we'll really be able to learn from this experience.
 
"Netherlands are an excellent team. They have some exceptional individual talent and have been outstanding in their recent matches so we are looking forward to a good, competitive game."

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Scotland succumb to sickness bug  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
 
Scotland were forced to take the unusual step to call off their UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying group match against Serbia on Wednesday because sickness had spread throughout the squad. 
 
The Scottish FA have issued the following statement on their website: 
 
The Scottish FA can confirm that the Women's Under-19s squad were forced to postpone their UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round match against Serbia in Albania this week due to an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis that affected nine players from the squad and eight members of the backroom staff.

This was flagged to UEFA via the match delegate on the day of the match and contact was subsequently made with the Albanian FA to verify the developing illness. A visit was made by a local doctor near the match venue in Durres and upon submitting his findings, the game was postponed.

We apologised for the unforeseen circumstance to our hosts in Albania and also to our opponents, Serbia. Given the exceptional situation, we emphasised our wish that the match be rescheduled and we have reiterated that stance to UEFA and their Match Operations department.

We await clarification on the outcome and are grateful to the families of the players for their support in ensuring the squad returned home timeously to convalesce.

Gareth Evans, the Women's Under-19 national coach, revealed the extent of the bug that swept through the squad after winning their opening two matches against the hosts, Albania, and Cyprus.

"Firstly, the health and wellbeing of the girls is the most important thing and while they are disappointed not to have been able to play the game after two victories, I was more concerned with making sure they got treated and made it home safely," he said.

"I contacted every one of the girls' families personally to update them and allay any fears. Some of the players' families travelled to watch the games and even though they weren't staying in the same complex, they took ill as well.

"Our goalkeeping coach [Kevin Stewart] travelled back to Aberdeen via Heathrow, took ill at the concourse in London and had to be treated on the spot.

"I have never experienced anything like it but the main thing is that we are back recuperating and awaiting UEFA's verdict. We remain hopeful they will look sympathetically at the exceptional circumstances."


 
 

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Regional Leagues round-up...  
 Women's Football News 21 Sep 2016
 
East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have moved to the top of the Premier Division after scoring ten times without reply against local rivals Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Androulle Kokkinou was on target four times while Jemma Meakin and Laura Watton weighed in with braces, Chloe Elphick and Elizabeth Harris adding the others. Notts County Development meanwhile collected their first points of the season when a brace from Katie Robinson gave them a 2-1 victory away to Ruddington Village.
 
Sleaford Town have a lead of three points in Division One North following their 2-1 success away to Draycott Victoria. Sleaford trailed at the break before turning the match in their favour with strikes from Amy Kilgannon and Jade Welch. Natalie Aird, Sue Green, Nancy Barker and Jessica Walton were all on the scoresheet as Grimsby Borough defeated Arnold Town Development 4-1. 
 
Eastern Region League
The only action in the league on Sunday took place in Division One, with two games being played. Offley & Stopsley are up into second place following their 7-1 win away to Hoddesdon Town Owls. Rianne Townsend-Brown netted two of the goals and the others came from Katerina Hamplova, Rachael Lewis, Giselle Randall, Jennifer Matthews and Camille Stephens. In the other game, strikes from Hayley Critchell and Rianne Dimmock gave Hutton a 2-1 success at Silver End, a result which lifts them into the top half. 
 
London & South East League
Just the one match was played in the league over the weekend, at Watford Development where the home side ran out 7-1 winners over Eastbourne Town to move themselves into second place. Chloe Farrell bagged a brace along with Emma Bebbington and Sacha Brinkley, Francesca Cook replying. 
 
North East League
Barnsley joined the leading teams in the Premier Division when they defeated Castleford White Rose 4-2. Brittany Sanderson scored twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Hale and Holly Findlay. York City meanwhile notched their first league victory of the season, 9-1 against East Yorkshire Carnegie. Lucy Lendhill was on target four times and Ellie Regan weighed in with a brace while Sophie Simpson, Zoe Doherty and Ruth Brazier added a goal apiece.
 
Durham Cestria have moved into pole position in the Northern Division after scoring eight times without reply past Guisborough Ladies. Anna Young netted four and the tally was completed by Chloe Allan, Holly Jackman, Sophie Tierney and Lauren Briggs.
 
Doncaster Belles (Women's) have returned to the top of the Southern Division, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Altofts Ladies in which Sophie Brown, Lauren Earle, Chantelle Willis and Holly Winder were all on target. Cleethorpes Town meanwhile defeated AFC Preston 5-2 to register their first points, courtesy of goals from Gemma Hopkin (2), Alyssa Fussey, Lottie Soar and Gemma Charlton. 
 
North West League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, MSB Woolton Ladies and Manchester Stingers meeting for the second week in succession and it was the Stingers who completed a 'double' when winning 4-3, a result which takes them into the top five.
 
Bury Girls & Ladies maintained their excellent start in Division One North, notching up their fourth straight win when beating Academy Juniors 5-0. Bury currently head the table by three points from Leigh RMI, who have gone into second place following their 1-0 win against Preston North End.
 
Four teams are now level on points at the top of Division One South following Sunday's matches. Joining Merseyrail Bootle and FC United of Manchester are Liverpool Feds Res, who ran out 10-1 winners over Liverpool City Ladies Community, and Altrincham who defeated Egerton FC 4-1. Ellesmere Port Town are three points off the pace after scoring six times without reply against Northwich Vixens. 
 
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard have opened up a lead of three points as they won 8-0 away to Frome Town in the only Premier Division match played. Holly Miller and Kitty Wells each netted doubles along with Jemma Bowker, Beth Channon, Sarah Pearce and Ruth Shackleton.
 
The top two in the Eastern Division met each other and the honours were shared as Oldland Abbotonians and Forest Green Rovers battled out a 2-2 draw. Oldland twice went in front through Jess Cole and Courtney Thomas, with Forest Green, who remain top on goal difference, hitting back on each occasion thanks to Charlie Rowlands and a Sian Towler penalty. FC Chippenham meanwhile won for the first time, 4-1 away to Team Mendip with goals from Kathryn Kilgour (2), Ann-Marie Hervey and Ellie Burgess.
 
Callington Town are the new leaders of the Western Division after running out 8-0 winners over Activate. Stacey Derrick and Gemma Farley each bagged hat-tricks and there was one apiece from Emily Sweet and Kate Nicholls. Sam Metters was another hat-trick scorer along with Lucy Rothero for Plympton Ladies as they beat Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 4-1 to go second. Alphington meanwhile won 2-1 at lllogan Ladies thanks to Sophie Simpson and Molly Dineen, with Abbie Carveth replying. 
 
Southern Region League
Winchester City Flyers kept up their strong looking start to the new season by beating Bracknell Town 7-1, moving themselves into second place in the Premier Division table on goal difference. Amelia Cutler netted twice along with one each from Georgina Axton, Lisbeth Mottashed, Bethany Norman, Francesca Thornton and Charlie Snelling.
 
In Division One Northern, Oxford City Nomads have taken up first place in the fledgling table following their 5-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in which Amy Pipe (2), Kiera Isaac, Heather Young and Abbie Smith were all on the scoresheet.
 
Barton Rovers are the early leaders of Division One Southern, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Alton Utd, a first half goal from Chloe Tucker settling matters in their favour. Winchester City Flyers Res meanwhile opened up their campaign by also winning 1-0 at Andover New Street. 
 
West Midlands League
Kingshurst Sporting Club have maintained their good start in the Premier Division and are in second place after beating Leafield Athletic 4-2. Laverne Robb was on target twice for Kingshurst along with Naomi Melbourne and Remi Tymon.
 
Lisa Ann Stringer scored a hat-trick and Rebecca Clarke added the other to give Atherstone Ladies a 4-2 victory over Florence which takes them into third place in Division One North. Tamworth and Brereton Town occupy the next two places after sharing a 2-2 draw, Catherine Harris and Stacey Whitehouse netting for Tamworth with Nicole Jakeways and Stacey Roberts-Wright replying.
 
In Division One South, Redditch Utd claimed their first win of the season and this has moved them up into third place. Katie Edwards, Molly Gilmartin and Natalie Monaghan scored the goals as Redditch won 3-1 against Solihull Utd. Marston Green meanwhile defeated Kenilworth Town 3-2 thanks to an Abbie Taylor brace and Sarah Anderson.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Reserve Section Leagues round-up...  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
Fylde Ladies have a lead of three points in the Northern Division following their 7-1 win against Brighouse Town. Jess Battle was on target twice along with Emily Hockenhull, Emily Marsh, Charlotte Newsham, Gemma Yeldrem and Shaunna Jein. Second placed Middlesbrough were beaten 4-1 by Hull City who won for the first time as did Newcastle Utd, 2-0 against Huddersfield Town.
 
In the Midland Division, Rebecca-Jane Knight hit a hat-trick along with Moriah McIntosh and Annie Taylor for Leicester City Women as they won 5-1 at TNS Ladies to stay top on goal difference from Derby County, who beat Loughborough Foxes 4-0 thanks to a Hannah Jones double, Amber-Leigh Denny and Ellie May. Stoke City replace Sporting Khalsa in third place after defeating them 3-1 with goals from Harriett Wellings, Sophie Taylor and Courtney Jones. Kerry Bartlett (2), Ellie Burrows and Nia Rees were on target as Cardiff City Ladies won for the first time, 4-2 against West Bromwich Albion. Erin Thompson bagged a hat-trick and Georgia Gladwin the other as Nottingham Forest shared a 4-4 draw with Coventry Utd, who replied through Amber Downs (2), Kathryn Pagan and Chloe Bickley.
 
Lewes continue to lead the way in the Southern Division after Georgia Bowen and an own goal earned them a 2-0 success at West Ham Utd. Second placed Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 at Charlton Athletic, Ronnell Humes netting twice and Belle Shannon the other. Crystal Palace also won 3-2 against Milton Keynes Dons thanks to Katie Phillips, Ellie Stenning and Sadiye Yilmaz whilst doubles from Rebecca Bell and Natasha Stephens, plus a Kayleigh Tonks goal, gave Portsmouth a 5-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. C & K Basildon were 4-2 victors at Denham Utd thanks to Angela Addison (2), Broghan Kelly and Sophie Rhodes.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Hemel lead Cup surprises  
 Women's Football News 20 Sep 2016
 
Hemel Hempstead caused perhaps the biggest surprise in the SSE Women's FA Cup Second Round Qualifying when beating Eastern Region League leaders Bedford Ladies 2-1. 
 
Leah Haley and Natasha McConville scored the goals to give Hemel victory against a team two divisions higher in the pyramid. Hemel will be at home again in the next round - the stage when the lower division clubs in the Premier League enter the competition - to Herne Bay who emerged as winners from a penalty shootout after sharing a 1-1 draw with Parkwood Rangers, Sarah Holmes having scored their goal in open play.
 
Queen's Park Rangers Development were another County League team to knock out Regional League opposition when they defeated Wargrave Ladies 5-0. Melanie Hall hit a hat-trick with Paige Laider and Erin Pope adding the others to continue a great day for the Greater London League. Rangers must travel to Fulham FC Foundation who won 3-2 away to Long Lane, Alice Curr, Tamara Sidwell and Rachel Woodland were on the scoresheet.
 
Boldmere St Michaels made sure their journey to Rubery Ladies was a memorable one as they beat their higher league opponents 3-2 after extra time, thanks to a Tiara Hemans hat-trick. The Birmingham County Women's League side's reward is a home tie against Premier League Long Eaton Utd, who reached the Fourth Round last season.
 
Sarah Lojko netted both goals as Stourbridge Utd became another Birmingham League team to eliminate Regional League opposition when they defeated Stockingford AA Pavilion 2-1. The Glassgirls will now be up against Gornal Ladies from the same league, who duplicated the feat when they beat Crusaders on penalties following a 2-2 draw. Kirsty Dixon and Keisha Sasa scored the goals for Gornal but their heroine was goalkeeper Rachael Graham who saved a penalty during extra time and went on to score the winner herself in the shootout.
 
Market Warsop defeated AFC Leicester 5-1 and they will be up against Nettleham, who registered the biggest win of the round against Teversal.
 
Lynsey Wilkinson spearheaded Wallsend Boys Club's 5-2 win against Boldon CA Villa, Claire Bridgett and Jennifer Brennan adding the others. Their reward is a home tie against Wigan Athletic who notched up a fine 7-0 success away to Burnley Girls & Ladies.
 
Norton & Stockton Ancients netted seven times without reply against Carlisle Utd. Anna Mawston led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Sian Williams added two and Ellie Hamilton was also on target. Norton have been paired with FC United of Manchester who were 2-1 winners over Bolton Wanderers. Farsley Celtic ran out 7-0 winners over Wakefield and will host Merseyrail Bootle, who beat City of Manchester 4-1.
 
Penrith AFC were taken all the way by Bishop Auckland before going through with a 1-0 win. Sarah Smith scored the winning goal in the final minute of extra time to finally break the Durham Women's League side's resistance. A Leanne Anderson hat-trick meanwhile gave Boldon Ladies a 3-1 victory over Blyth Town Lions and Boldon will travel to Penrith in the next round.
 
Lincoln Moorlands Railway came through a penalty shootout against Dronfield Town after the teams had shared a 4-4 draw. they will now be at home to Warrington Wolverines who came away from Chorltonians with a 2-0 victory.
 
Justine Robinson was on target four times as Hartlepool Utd beat Prudhoe Town. Jessica Dawson bagged a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Sarah Bartlett and Casey Crossman. A close game was expected between Ossett Albion and Malet Lambert YC and that is how it turned out, Claudia Clearly scoring the only goal as Ossett won 1-0 and they will now make the long trip to Hartlepool.
 
Sheffield Wednesday progressed from a tricky tie against Brighouse Athletic with a 4-0 victory. Jade Rabjohn netted twice and there was one apiece from Kathryn Mudge and Michelle Wakelin. This lands Wednesday with a plum tie in the next round against local rivals Steel City Wanderers. Sheffield Utd Community meanwhile ran out 8-1 winners over Bradford Park Avenue to earn themselves a trip to Chester-le-Street Town.
 
South Shields and Cramlington Utd produced a tightly contested tie which finished 1-1 at the end of extra time, with South Shields going through via a penalty shootout and they now go to Hull City. Workington Reds edged out Birtley Town 2-1 and will play more North East League opposition in the form of Tynedale.
 
Accrington Girls & Ladies have a plum home tie against Tranmere Rovers following their 11-2 victory over Curzon Ashton. Stockport County will relish another crack at Premier League opposition after their 4-0 success away to CMB Ladies was rewarded with a home draw against Brighouse Town.
 
Wyrley Ladies emerged as 4-2 winners from an all-West Midlands League tie against Shrewsbury Town and they will host Radcliffe Olympic in the next round. Leamington Lions also roared through but only via a penalty shootout after sharing a 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Sporting. Leamington will be at home again to Burton Albion, 3-1 winners over Lye Town.
 
Coundon Court earned themselves a tie with a Premier League side after scoring nine times without reply past Bilbrook; they travel to Sporting Khalsa whilst Arnold Town, who beat Rise Park on a penalty shootout following a goalless draw, must play Coventry Development, 3-0 winners at Coleshill Town.
 
Bedworth Utd eased through against Stone Dominoes with a 7-0 victory and this means they will play Leicester City Women Development who defeated Winterton Rangers 3-0. Shrewsbury Juniors won 5-1 at Bradwell Belles and have been rewarded with a home tie against TNS Ladies.
 
Oadby & Wigston were 2-0 winners over Roade Ladies and can now look forward to taking on Solihull Ladies in the next round. Leek Town meanwhile triumphed 2-1 away to Knowle and they are also up against a Premier League side in Loughborough Students.
 
Riverside LFC scored nine times without reply against Woodford Utd and this earns them a trip in the next round to Norwich City. Histon were 5-2 winners over Moulton Ladies, Sophie Hopkin netted twice along with Abigail Davies, Katie Saunders and Sophie Ugur for Histon whose next opponents are Peterborough Northern Star.
 
Northampton Town stormed to a 14-0 success away to Park Ladies and they now take on Cambridge City who, in contrast, defeated Peterborough Utd 1-0. Gemma Sanders and Laura Wiseman each scored twice along with Alice Collins, Bethany Fretwell and Kayleigh Holloway as Wymondham Town won 7-2 away to Newmarket Town. Wymondham, who had a great Cup run last season, now go to Cambridge Utd.
 
AFC Sudbury came away from Colchester Town with a 3-0 win under their belts, Sasha Diston, Charlene Roach and Stacey Teager netting their goals. Sudbury will now be at home to Luton Town of the Premier League. Kettering Town meanwhile defeated Thrapston Town 4-0 to earn themselves a tie against Brandon Town of the Norfolk Women's League.
 
Bungay Town won an all-County League tie 3-1 against Bishop's Stortford Town and the Norfolk League side have a home tie with Acle Utd who defeated Netherton Utd 2-0, Anna Larkins and Kate Pasque were on target. AFC Dunstable ended the hopes of Sandy Ladies by beating them 8-0. Amber Pearson, Samaira Khan and Paige Kavanagh each scored twice along with Danielle Carty and Lori Wilson-Phillips. Dunstable now play Meridian of the South East Counties League, the Kent side having won 2-0 against Eastbourne Ladies.
 
Ciara Craig and Emma Hawkes scored the goals as Houghton Athletic beat Sherrardswood 2-1. The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League now face Brentwood Town who needed extra time before emerging as 2-1 winners over Little Thurrock Dynamos, thanks to goals from Ashley Debnam and Sophie Lovell.
 
Haringey Borough netted twelve times without reply past Chelmsford City to set themselves up with an intriguing tie against Chichester City. Anais Reynolds hit a hat-trick while Julia Carruthers, Klesha Darroux and Anele Komani added two apiece, with Naomi Graham, Roxanne Eshun and Shanice Nourrice completing the scoring. Crawley Wasps stormed to an 8-1 victory at Abbey Rangers. Danielle Boyd was on target four times, Roseanne Fine contributed a hat-trick and Holly Walker was also on target. They play Oxford City who were 4-2 extra time winners from a well contested tie with Marlow. April England netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Rosie McCabe and Laura Allsop.
 
Newbury Ladies ended the chances of Chinnor by beating them 6-2. Amy McNab (2), Rebecca Walker (2), Kendall Gilmour and Ellemore Reed scored the goals. Newbury will face Hertford Town who were 3-0 winners over Garston. Leyton Orient kept up their great early season form with a 3-0 victory at Writtle. Hayley Barton, Lydia Cooper and Sophie Le Marchand all scored for the O's whose next opponents are Ascot Utd, they produced a fine result in beating Milton Keynes City 3-2, thanks to goals from Georgia Bowers, Lauren Broadhurst and Thea Taylor-Hindle.
 
Billericay Town came through an awkward tie away to Harlow Town with a 3-2 victory and this has earned them a meeting with Basingstoke Town. Cowfold meanwhile eased to a 5-1 success at Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield, this gives them a home tie with Aylesford. Zara Chapman (2) and Rebecca Barr were on the scoresheet for Aylesford as they won 3-1 away to Carshalton Athletic.
 
Chesham Utd safely negotiated a trip to Brentford with an 8-0 victory, which included a Katie Squire hat-trick. Dawne Campbell netted twice and the scoring was completed by Gemma Fraser, Natasha Smith and Chantelle O'Grady. The Clarets now take on London Corinthians who defeated Victoire Ladies 6-0. Katherine Long hit a hat-trick, Laura Susarta added two and Danielle Brown was also on target. Bexhill Utd returned from Margate with a 9-1 win and they will host AFC Wimbledon.
 
Paris Coldicott-Stevens, Grace Leslie and Samantha Tinsley ensured that Royston Town won 3-1 away to Colney Heath. Royston are now at home to Regents Park Rangers who came away from Burgess Hill Town with a 4-0 win, courtesy of a goal apiece from Nkiru Akpom, Tamara Ashaye, Lucy Goodwin and Alexandra Joannides.
 
Jane Yeates and Sheree Bell-Jack each scored hat-tricks as Southampton Women eased through with a 12-0 victory away to Bournemouth Sports. Laura Gilbank and Emma Pinner each added braces and there was one apiece from Shereen Cordy and Gemma Simmonds. Southampton are up against Fleet Town who were impressive 6-0 winners over Team Solent. Hayley Jordan and Kristina Wright each scored twice along with Joanne Harfield and Bwenti Magongo.
 
Poole Town came away from Warsash Wasps with a 2-1 victory under their belts, given to them by Samantha Gubb and Sacha Paynter. The Dorset side now host AEK Boco who were given a good game by Wootton Bassett Town before getting through with a 3-1 win after extra time, courtesy of a Courtney Smith brace and Jayde Cook.
 
llminster Town knocked out Middlezoy Rovers on penalties after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw. Shannon Crouch netted twice for Ilminster including their extra time strike which earns them a home tie with Plymouth Argyle. Downend Flyers ultimately proved too strong for Pen Mill, running out 7-1 winners. Amber Coates was on target four times along with Hayley Bullock, Kate Michael and Lucy Sharp. Downend's reward is a trip in the next round to Southampton Saints.
 
Substitute Katie Norman was the heroine for New Milton Town as she scored the only goal of the game to beat AFC Bournemouth 1-0 and they are now up against Exeter City (see match report). 
 
Photo - Four-goal Downend Flyers striker Amber Coates take on Pen Mill goalkeeper Zoe Pilton.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
England secure top spot  
 Women's Football News 20 Sep 2016
 
Belgium 0 England 2 (Parris 65, Carney 85)
England won 2-0 in Belgium to finish top of their Euro 2017 qualifying group. 
 
The Lionesses needed just a point to keep Ives Serneels's side at bay in second - but they went one better as second-half goals by Nikita Parris and Karen Carney gave them a deserved victory.
 
England had already qualified for next summer's finals, which will be staged in Netherlands, but this result ensured a sixth consecutive qualifying campaign in which they have avoided defeat. They last lost a competitive qualifier in November 2002.
 
Head coach Mark Sampson made two changes from the team that defeated Estonia 5-0 last Thursday with Karen Bardsley replacing Siobhan Chamberlain in goal and Gilly Flaherty coming in for Gemma Davison, a change which pushed Lucy Bronze into a right midfield berth.
 
A quick free kick by Carney led to the game's first chance in the sixth minute, as Bronze's cross found Manchester City club mate Jill Scott but her sidefooter never troubled Justien Odeurs. Bronze, enjoying her more advanced role, then flashed a shot just beyond the upright from a Carney corner as the visitors took control of the early proceedings. The 24-year-old had to be vigilant at the other end, too, though, to hook away Tine de Caigny's dangerous, bouncing through ball into the England box.
 
The remainder of the first half was a fairly even encounter but with neither side able to fashion any clear cut chances. The second half, however, began at breakneck speed.
 
Scott earned England a late point when these two sides met in Rotherham in April and she should have given her side the lead shortly after the interval when found by Jo Potter, but the midfielder could only poke wide on the stretch. Carney called Odeurs into action seconds later with a close range effort which was fairly comfortable for the keeper, whilst at the other end, Bardsley was forced to tip a Elke van Gorp header over the bar.
 
The deadlock was broken on 65 minutes - with Carney and Scott involved once more. When Carney's corner was half cleared, Scott picked up the loose ball and gave her team mate another opportunity to get a good cross into the box. A clever lollipop bamboozled Aline Zeler and gave Carney a yard of space to dink the ball into the box where Parris headed home her third international goal with aplomb.
 
Belgium substitute Davina Philtjens, on for van Gorp, came close to levelling matters with an angled drive from 20 yards which zipped wide of Bardsley's left hand upright.
 
Carney put the game to bed a minute later. She was played through the middle by Jade Moore, a half time replacement for Danielle Carter, neatly skipped past Heleen Jaques's sliding tackle and calmly passed a shot beyond Odeurs' dive for a goal her performance warranted.
 
Carney's final act of an impressive night was to make way for debutant Millie Bright in the final minute. Rachel Daly, on for Parris, could have put a gloss on the scoreline in added time but her low shot was well held by Odeurs. 
 
Belgium: Justien Odeurs, Heleen Jaques, Lorca van de Putte, Tine de Caigny, Elke van Gorp (sub Davina Philtjens 76mins), Tessa Wullaert, Aline Zeler, Janice Cayman, Lien Mermans (sub Lenie Onzia 70mins), Julie Biesmans (sub Ellen van Wynendaele 76mins), Laura Deloose. Subs not used: Diede Lemey, Tine Schrijvers, Sara Yuceil, Imke Courtois.

England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jo Potter, Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Nikita Parris (sub Rachel Daly 77mins), Karen Carney (sub Millie Bright 90mins), Danielle Carter (sub Jade Moore 45mins). Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Isobel Christiansen, Gemma Davison.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)
 
 
FINAL TABLE: 
 
 GROUP SEVEN  P   W   D   L   F   A   Pts 
 ENGLAND   8   7   1   0   32   1   22 
 BELGIUM   8   5   2   1   27   5   17 
 SERBIA   8   3   1   4   10   21   10 
 BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA   8   3   0   5   8   17   9 
 ESTONIA   8   0   0   8   0   33   0 


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Wales finish with stalemate  
 Women's Football News 20 Sep 2016
 
Wales 0 Austria 0
Wales ended their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign when they battled out a goalless draw with Austria at Rodney Parade. 
 
There was joy unconfined for the Austrians on the final whistle as they wildly celebrated qualifying for the Finals for the first time after a close game between two very evenly matched teams who largely cancelled themselves out for most of the match.
 
The pattern of the match was established right from the start as the two teams fought hard for possession but found it hard to break down two well organised defences. The best opportunity in the opening fifteen minutes came following a good move, when Carina Wenninger drove a shot just wide of the far post.
 
Wales were awarded a free kick when Manuela Zinsberger was penalised for handball outside of her area but Jessica Fishlock's resulting shot was well saved low down by the Austrian keeper. The home side were to come closest just before the half hour as Kayleigh Green did well to burst into the area and shrug off the attentions of Viktoria Schnaderbeck and finding Natasha Harding who swept her shot inches wide under pressure from Katharina Schiechtl.
 
The game opened up more in the second half with Helen Ward and Harding both firing efforts off target for Wales. Austria responded with a Sarah Puntigam free kick into the area which was headed away by Sophie Ingle, as far as Verena Aschauer who fired wide.
 
Schiechtl also shot wide from distance and, as Austria enjoyed their best spell of the game, Laura O'Sullivan did well to turn Aschauer's shot around the post at full stretch.
 
Wales rode the difficult spell out won another free kick within shooting distance but this time Fishlock's effort lacked power and Zinsberger was able to gather comfortably. Fishlock was to produce a much better effort a minute later when she seized on a loose pass from Schnaderbeck and unleashed a shot from distance which swung narrowly wide of the post.
 
As the game wore on, Austria became more guarded and determined to keep hold of the point they required, preferring to keep possession rather than press for a goal. Wales did have to survive a goalmouth scramble from a corner though, Nadine Prohaska having a shot charged down before Angharad James was finally able to hack the ball away.
 
This had been a rare moment of worry for Wales in a game where the back four, well led by captain Ingle, defended solidly and were scarcely troubled despite the lively efforts of Laura Feiersinger and the impressive Puntigam.
 
Rachel Rowe, on as a substitute, forced a save from Zinsberger and James drove a shot wide but a draw was a fair result on the night and Austria successfully ran down the clock before their celebrations could begin. Wales can reflect on a campaign that improved as it went along and their task is to build on this momentum for the World Cup qualifiers which begin in a year's time. 
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Rhiannon Roberts, Gemma Evans, Angharad James, Hayley Ladd, Sophie Ingle, Natasha Harding, Nadia Lawrence (sub Rachel Rowe 78mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Charlie Estcourt 69mins), Jessica Fishlock, Helen Ward. Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Melissa Fletcher, Bronwen Thomas, Kylie Davies, Shaunna Jenkins.

Austria: Manuela Zinsberger, Sophie Maierhofer, Katharina Schiechtl, Carina Wenninger, Sarah Zadrazil, Nina Burger, Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Nicole Billa (sub Nadine Prohaska 73mins), Sarah Puntigam, Laura Feiersinger (sub Stefanie Enzinger 90mins), Verena Aschauer (sub Jasmin Eder 85mins). Subs not used: Jasmin Pal, Katharina Naschenweng, Virginia Kirchberger, Barbara Dunst.

Photos:

(top) Kayleigh Green bursts away from Viktoria Schnaderbeck
(middle) Gemma Evans is pursued by Sarah Zadrazil
(bottom) Nadine Prohaska has a shot charged down following a scramble
 
 
FINAL TABLE: 
 
 GROUP EIGHT   P   W   D   L   F   A   Pts 
 NORWAY   8   7   1   0   29   2   22 
 AUSTRIA   8   5   2   1   18   4   17 
 WALES   8   3   2   3   13   11   11 
 KAZAKHSTAN   8   1   1   6   2   30   4 
 ISRAEL   8   0   2   6   2   17   2 


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Scotland sign off with victory  
 Women's Football News 20 Sep 2016
 
Iceland 1 (Fridriksdottir 39) Scotland 2 (J.Ross 29,56)
att: 6,468

Scotland beat Iceland in the final group match of the qualification campaign, after a Jane Ross double secured the win.
 
Having already booked their spot at the Euros in 2017, Scotland still had a point to prove against a team who defeated them 4-0 in their last encounter earlier this year and have been dominant in all of their games. tonight was to be different though with Scotland defending ferociously and neutralising their aerial threat in the box.
 
Scotland started well and restricted Iceland to very little opportunities but after 29 minutes the visitors, clad in pink, took the lead. A beautifully floated cross into the box from Emma Mitchell found Jane Ross who diverted her header beyond Gunnarsdóttir. It was the first goal Iceland have conceded in this campaign.
 
Scotland looked comfortable and were controlling the game but after 39 minutes they let their lead slip. A cross into the box was hit goalwards by Fanndis Fridriksdóttir and although Emma Mitchell tried to clear the ball it had already crossed the line.
 
At the start of the second half Caroline Weir let rip from 25 yards and rattled the upright. Scotland then took a deserved lead for the second time in the match when Lisa Evans was brought down in the box and Jane Ross fired the ball to the left, scoring her second of the game.
 
Anna Signeul's team then had to deal with a late onslaught of Icelandic attacks but held on to secure a famous win that buoyed the group, ahead of their trip to the Euros next summer. 
 
Iceland: Gudbjorg Gunnarsdóttir, Glodis Viggósdóttir, Sara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir, Margaret Lara Vidarsdóttir, Dagny Brynjarsdóttir, Hallbera Gísladóttir, Elin Jensen (sub Holmfridur Magnusdottir 60mins), Elisa Vidarsdóttir (sub Dora Maria Larusdottir 88mins), Anna Bjork Kristjansdóttir, Bergling Bjorg Thorvaldsdóttir (sub Gunnhildur Jonsdottir 60mins), Fanndis Fridriksdóttir. Subs not used: Sandra Sigurtdardottir, Sif Atladottir, Malfridur Erna Sigurdardottir, Rakel Honnudottir.

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Kirsty Smith, Joelle Murray, Jennifer Beattie, Emma Mitchell, Leanne Ross (sub Leanne Crichton 72mins), Caroline Weir, Joanne Love, Hayley Lauder, Jane Ross, Lisa Evans. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Emma Brownlie, Christie Murray, Lizzie Arnot, Lana Clelland, Fiona Brown.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
 
 
FINAL TABLE: 
 
 GROUP ONE   P   W   D   L   F   A   Pts 
 ICELAND   8   7   0   1   34   2   21 
 SCOTLAND   8   7   0   1   30   7   21 
 SLOVENIA   8   3   0   5   21   19   9 
 BELARUS   8   3   0   5   10   20   9 
 FYR MACEDONIA   8   0   0   8   4   51   0 


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Winning run takes Cambridge top  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
Northern Division One
Second met third on Sunday with Guiseley Vixens and Leeds Ladies sharing a 1-1 draw, meaning that Chorley have a two point lead at the top of the table. Leeds had taken the lead through a first half goal from Arianne Parnham, before Guiseley hit back to earn themselves a share of the spoils when Sarah Danby equalised on the hour.
 
Morecambe bounced back from defeat in their previous game to win 6-1 against Mossley Hill and climb back into fourth. Layla Garrett bagged a hat-trick and Morecambe's other markswomen were Sophie Fish, Beth Fisher and Amy Cambrey, with Erin Slade replying.
 
Brighouse Town recorded their first ever Premier League victory when they scored six times without reply away to Tranmere Rovers. Jodie Redgrave netted twice and there was one apiece from Emma Dobson, Tegan McGill, Lauren Doyle and Charlotte Proud.
 
After four defeats in their opening four games, Crewe Alexandra got off the mark when they battled out a 3-3 draw against Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Charlotte Gill gave the Feds a first half lead, which was cancelled out just before the break by Kerry Green. Amanda Fallon and Meg Booth then put Crewe 3-1 ahead during the second half, with the Feds hitting back to salvage a point thanks to Amy Seagraves and Carla Lee. 
 
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes are starting to pull away at the top, going six points clear after beating Steel City Wanderers 6-1 in the top of the table clash. Charlotte Cooper led the scoring for the Foxes with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Shauna Chambers and Rowena Davies, with Cheryl Mawhood replying.
 
TNS Ladies are now up into second place following a superb 3-0 victory away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. All of the goals came during the second half, Emily Ridge netting either side of a Charlotte Canlett goal.
 
Cara Newton found the net an astonishing nine times as Long Eaton Utd won 13-1 against Loughborough Students. Precious Hamilton added a brace - both inside the opening three minutes - with Michelle Kilmartin and Suzanne Hart also on target, the students' consolation coming via a first half own goal.
 
Sporting Khalsa lifted themselves into the top half with a 4-0 win at Rotherham Utd, which came courtesy of a goal apiece from Jodie Bragan, Lyndsey Glover, Jodie Lewis and Toran Kelly.
 
Leicester City Ladies recorded their first league victory of the season when beating Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies 2-0. The two goals came either side of half time, Carmelina Colangelo giving Leicester the lead and Gemma Ball securing the points with the second.
 
Three second half goals took Solihull Ladies to a 3-0 victory over Radcliffe Olympic and their first points of the season. Georgia Jones put Solihull ahead on the hour and Ashlea Hargreaves quickly added a second, before Carly Davies rounded off the scoring eight minutes from time. 
 
South East Division One
Leaders Cambridge Utd won for the fourth match in a row and have a lead of three points after they defeated Luton Town 3-1. Luton had started the day in second place but it was Cambridge who claimed the victory with goals from Dawn Mallett, Nicole Perschky and Becky Taylor, Rachel Kosky replying.
 
AFC Wimbledon kept up their promising start by making it three wins out of three. Jess Trimnell, Kelly-Jade Whelan and Caroline Bisson scored the goals as the Dons beat Norwich City 3-0 and this takes them up to second.
 
Ipswich Town complete the top three following their 2-1 win against Stevenage Ladies. Hollie Clement and Sian Fagg were on target to earn Ipswich the points, with Stevenage's consolation coming from Becky Scola.
 
Carla WIlliams netted the only goal of the game as Actonians Ladies won 1-0 against Denham Utd, which means they are back in the top half of the table.
 
Lowestoft Town meanwhile recorded their first points of the season with a 3-0 success over Enfield Town, a result which takes them off the bottom. Gemma Moore put Lowestoft ahead during the first half and a second half brace from Molly Hall crowned the win. 
 
South West Division One
Chichester City continue to stretch the early pace and their 7-1 victory over previously unbeaten Brislington keeps them two points ahead. Cherelle Khassal led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Jess Lewry weighed in with a brace and Kally Ambler was also on target, with Kim Maggs replying.
 
Second placed Southampton Saints kept up the chase, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Exeter City. Carla Perkins scored the only goal of the game to help preserve the Saints' unbeaten start.
 
Plymouth Argyle notched up their second straight win, 5-2 away to Cheltenham Town. Natasha Knapman hit a hat-trick with one apiece from Danielle Salt and Katie Middleton, while Louise Fensome and Ria Salleh replied for the home side.
 
A goal in each half saw Keynsham Town to a 2-1 victory against Maidenhead Utd. Justine Lorton-Radburn and Cristina Vega Leandro were on target to give Keynsham the points, before a late own goal gave the visitors a consolation.
 
Shanklin and St Nicholas battled out a 1-1 draw which gave each side their first point of the season. The Isle of Wight side had led through a first half goal from Gemma Woodford, before St Nicholas hit back after the break to earn themselves a share of the spoils through an equaliser from Rianne Lewis.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Three out of three for Abergavenny  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
Welsh Premier Women's League leaders Abergavenny Town made it three wins out of three after they triumphed 2-1 away to Cardiff City FC. 
 
It was the home side who took the lead just before half time through a goal from Chelsea Cochrane but after the break, Alana Murphy levelled the scores for Abergavenny who went on to take the points when leading scorer Lyndsey Davies found the net with fifteen minutes remaining.
 
Swansea City are gathering pace and are up into second following their 8-0 victory over newly promoted Briton Ferry Llansawel. Stacey John led the scoring for the Swans with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Lowri Ridings, Emma Beynon, Katy Hosford, Alicia Powe and Courtney Thomas.
 
Aberystwyth Town complete the top three after they defeated Port Talbot Town 2-0. The first half ended goalless but within a minute of the restart, Aber were ahead thanks to Amy Jenkins. Kelly Thomas went on to seal the points and a first victory of the season for Aberystwyth, when she scored their second goal.
 
Champions Cardiff Met Ladies belatedly started their season by travelling to Llandudno Ladies, who started the day in second place. Erin Murray and Emily Allen ensured that Met led by two goals at the break, before Chloe O'Connor rounded off the win with two second half strikes.
 
Cyncoed Ladies made the long trip north to take on Rhyl Ladies, who were playing their opening match, and returned with their first victory of the season. Alice Griffiths put Cyncoed ahead early on, with Rhyl equalising before the break through Laura Williams. Two late goals secured the points for Cyncoed, Griffiths netting her second before Fern Burrage completed a 3-1 win.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Six shooting Spurs stay on top  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
Tottenham Hotspur maintained their lead of two points at the top of the FAWPL Southern Division after returning from Lewes with a 6-1 victory under their belts. 
 
Bianca Baptiste hit a hat-trick for Spurs with one each from Kelley Blanchflower, Nikita Whinnett and Wendy Martin, while the Rookettes' consolation came from Rebecca Carter.
 
Charlton Athletic remain close at hand in second place, thanks to a 3-0 success away to Swindon Town. Jenny Newman and Avilla Bergin put the Addicks two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes, before Newman netted her second to wrap up the win with fifteen minutes remaining.
 
Crystal Palace are up into third, their highest ever position, after running out 4-0 winners at West Ham Utd. Gemma Bryan kept up her good goalscoring form by netting twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Goss and Roschelle Shakes.
 
Natasha Lynch bagged a hat-trick as Coventry Utd stormed to an 8-1 victory over Portsmouth. Stephanie Smith, Maz Gauntlett, Amber Hughes, Ashleigh Neville and an own goal completed the scoring for a result which takes Coventry into the top four, with a goal from Rebekah Tonks being the only bright spot of the afternoon for Pompey.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Blackburn assume leadership  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
Blackburn Rovers ran out 4-0 winners over Bradford City to take over the leadership of the FAWPL Northern Division. 
 
Faye McCoy headed Rovers into a first half lead which was trebled before the break by further goals from Lynda Shepherd and Ella Toone. Natasha Fenton rounded off a great day for Gemma Donnelly's side as she added the final goal deep into injury time.
 
Middlesbrough had started the day on top of the table but they are back in second place after going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest. Andi Bell scored the only goal of the game with seventeen minutes remaining to hand Forest their second win in three matches.
 
Leicester City Women have completed a quartet of clubs on nine points, thanks to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Lauren Impey gave Leicester a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Kelly Darby, but a late goal from Kayleigh Hillier ensured that Leicester have now won three games in a row.
 
Newcastle Utd got off the mark for the season in some style, beating Huddersfield Town 6-2. Sophie Williams led the scoring with a hat-trick, Shannon Eterington weighed in with a brace and Mollie Lambert was also on target, with Kate Mallin and Isabel Thomas replying.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
SSE Women's FA Cup draw  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
The draw for the SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round Qualifying has been made by the Football Association. 
 
Ties will be played on Sunday 9th October (2pm) and the prize money for the winning side is £500. 
 
Third Round Qualifying draw: 
 
Wallsend Boys Club v Wigan Athletic
Norton & Stockton Ancients v FC United Of Manchester
Leeds Ladies v South Park Rangers
Farsley Celtic v Merseyrail Bootle
Penrith AFC v Boldon CA
Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Warrington Wolverines
Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe
Steel City Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Mossley Hill v Liverpool Marshall Feds
Guiseley AFC Vixens v Rotherham United
Chester-le-Street Town v Sheffield United Community
Hartlepool United v Ossett Albion
Accrington Girls & Ladies v Tranmere Rovers
Stockport County v Brighouse Town
Blackpool Wren Rovers v Chorley
Hull City v South Shields
Workington Reds v RACA Tynedale
Wyrley Ladies v Radcliffe Olympic
Leamington Lions v Burton Albion
Sporting Khalsa v Coundon Court
Arnold Town v Coventry Development
Bedworth United v Leicester City Women Development
Leicester City Ladies v Birmingham & West Midlands
Loughborough Foxes v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Shrewsbury Juniors v The New Saints
Boldmere St Michaels v Long Eaton United
Stourbridge v Gornal Ladies
Oadby & Wigston v Solihull Ladies
Market Warsop v Nettleham
Loughborough Students v Leek Town
Norwich City v Riverside LFC
Lowestoft Town v Enfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Actonians Ladies
Histon v Peterborough Northern Star
Northampton Town v Cambridge City
Denham United v Ipswich Town
Cambridge United v Wymondham Town
AFC Sudbury v Luton Town
Kettering Town v Brandon Town
Bishop's Stortford v Acle United
Hemel Hempstead Town v Herne Bay
AFC Dunstable v Meridian
Houghton Athletic v Brentwood Town
Haringey Borough v Chichester City
Crawley Wasps v Oxford City
Newbury Ladies v Hertford Town
Leyton Orient v Ascot United
Billericay Town v Basingstoke Town
Fulham Foundation v Queen's Park Rangers Development
Worthing Town v Stevenage Ladies
Cowfold v Aylesford
Chesham United v London Corinthians
Bexhill United v AFC Wimbledon
Royston Town v Regents Park Rangers
Gillingham v Maidenhead United
Southampton Women v Fleet Town
Shanklin v St Nicholas
Buckland Athletic v Keynsham Town
Torquay United v Brislington
Poole Town v AEK Boco
Ilminster Town v Plymouth Argyle
Southampton Saints v Downend Flyers
Larkhall Athletic v Cheltenham Town
New Milton Town v Exeter City

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
New Milton Cup debut joy  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
New Milton Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 0
New Milton Town marked their SSE Women's FA Cup debut with a 1-0 Second Qualifying round home win over AFC Bournemouth at Fawcett's Field. 
 
In an even and well contested match there were plenty of attempts on goal, but it was a good finish by substitute Katie Norman on 65 minutes which ultimately proved decisive as the Southern Region League Division One team progressed against their Hampshire County League Division One opponents.
 
Both teams went close to scoring in their opening attacks. Olivia Jones was denied by Bournemouth keeper Kate Guthrie in the second minute whilst at the other end, Chloe Tape had a shot saved after a good run on goal. New Milton keeper Erin Leonard dived to her right to hold a Caitlin Steele effort then saw another fly high over her bar on 16 minutes. Guthrie was again in action to hold another Jones attempt as the action shifted rapidly from one end to the other.
 
Bournemouth's Steele again broke clear on 28 minutes but Leonard was out quickly to block the shot at the edge of her area. New Milton grew stronger in the latter stages of the first period with Bournemouth conceding several corners. Charlie Pitkin fired in a 30-yard effort which flew inches over then Anna Slater controlled a long Leonard clearance before getting a shot away. The half ended as it had begun with New Milton attacker Nicole Power forcing another good save from Guthrie.
 
The home team continued to have the better of the chances on the restart. Billie Reading shot across goal and Guthrie did well to hold another Jones shot on 54 minutes. The two players then combined well with a Reading cross producing a Jones volley which flew wide of goal just after the hour mark.
 
Substitute Norman had also threatened the Bournemouth goal when played through on two or three occasions before the winning goal. Played in again on the right by a long pass, she rounded the advancing Guthrie before finishing well past a covering defender on 65 minutes.
 
Bournemouth responded well to this setback and had their most dominant spell, forcing the home team to defend very deep. They were twice inches away from an equaliser with a cross bouncing to safety off the bar then sub Kerry Shiers heading wide on the far post from a free kick on 75 minutes. Tape had a 30-yard effort which flew inches over Leonard's bar but the equaliser would not come as New Milton saw out the final minutes very effectively.
 
Both teams had plenty of support in a good contest which will be repeated next month in a Hampshire County Cup fixture with Bournemouth the hosts. It is New Milton, who as AFC Boscombe last season had won the Hampshire County League, who took the derby honours and will go into the Third Qualifying round draw. 
 
New Milton Town: Erin Leonard, Rebecca Ingram, Lucy Cuff, Billie Reading, Charlie Pitkin, Victoria Wardle, Lucy Slater, Olivia Jones, Nicole Power, Ai Shindo, Ellis Mayall. Subs: Katie Norman, Kady Thorne, Caroline Gray.

AFC Bournemouth: Katie Guthrie, Emma Davis, Jess Marshallsay, Nicole Greenwood, Zoe Ramshaw, Sammie Humphries, Hollie Lemon, Caitlin Steele, Chloe Tape, Rosie Eden, Sian Tilly. Subs: Chloe Longworth, Kerry Shiers.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:

(top) Emma Davis hurdles a challenge from Ellis Mayall
(middle) Lucy Slater (right) takes on Hollie Lemon
(bottom) Katie Guthrie gathers under pressure from Olivia Jones

 
 

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England to play France  
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2016
 
England will take on France in October in an international friendly which will mark the start of their EURO 2017 preparations. 
 
The Lionesses will play France, third in the FIFA world rankings, at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on Friday 21st October (8pm KO).
 
Tickets for the game will go on sale at midday on Tuesday 20 September priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for concessions. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £15 and group booking and Charter Standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets.
 
The sides last faced each other in March in a closely fought 0-0 draw at the SheBelieves Cup.
 
England sealed qualification for next summer's tournament, which will take place in Netherlands, with a 7-0 win over Serbia in June. They will finish their qualification campaign against Belgium in Leuven on Tuesday (6pm BST KO) where a draw will see them top Group Seven. The match will be live on the BBC Red Button and website.
 
England head coach Mark Sampson said: "We want to focus on playing European opposition between now and next summer's Euros. There are some excellent nations who will be at the tournament and the more experience we can have playing them the better prepared we'll be.
 
"We're pleased that France have agreed to come over and play us. We haven't beaten them for a long time so we're looking to change that.
 
"They're the third best team in the world so it is a great test for us and if we're going to do well at the Euros, we'll have to beat teams like France on the way.
 
"Although it's a friendly, we'll be approaching this game in a very competitive way as part of our tournament preparations.
 
"We're looking forward to playing at Doncaster. The club has such a big women's football history and the Keepmoat is a great stadium so it will hopefully make for a great game."
 
Gavin Baldwin, chief executive of Club Doncaster, said: "We are delighted to welcome Mark Sampson and the England Women's team to the Keepmoat Stadium as they take on France in what should be a fantastic game.
 
"Our area has a long association with the women's game, with the Belles side one of the most iconic names since their formation in 1969. I am delighted that we can build on that by hosting this game and hope we get a good crowd to support the Lionesses."
 
The draw for EURO 2017 will take place on Tuesday 8th November in Rotterdam.

 
 

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We talk to...Nicki O'Connell (Larkhall Athletic)  
 Women's Football News 17 Sep 2016
 
Larkhall Athletic have got off to a good start in South West Division One, with two wins in their opening three matches. 
 
On Wednesday night they beat local rivals St Nicholas 3-1 to move themselves into fourth place in the table.
 
We talked to Larks goalkeeper Nicki O'Connell who praised the team's performance in beating St Nicholas as well as setting her sights higher than last season's fourth placed finish: 
 
WSS: How important was it to bounce back on Wednesday from the defeat to Chichester City?
NOC: I think it was very important that we bounced back the way we did. After the performance we put in against Chichester and didn't get anything from the game it was disappointing, but I think it was vital that we did get a victory and put in a performance like we did. We were unfortunate on Sunday with how the game went but getting those three points on Wednesday night put smiles back on the girls' faces and us back to winning ways.

WSS: St Nicholas defended very well for a long time, was it starting to look as though the goal wouldn't come?
NOC: They did and with only eleven players they did fight throughout. It felt like it was going to be one of those games where it just wouldn't come off for us. I think it is fair to say that we had the majority of the possession in both halves but just couldn't find the final ball to get our forward players in on goal. Once we did get that breakthrough though, the girls gained confidence and it was just what we needed.

WSS: Did you think it would take a special strike to break the deadlock, which Kate German produced?
NOC: After how the game was going it was definitely getting that way. As I mentioned, our final ball wasn't quite clinical enough and the keeper was very quick off of her line to stop the quick breaks. Michelle Munro had a similar shot saved in the first half and it didn't seem like it was going to be our day. But fortunately, Kate did produce a quality goal which gave us the breakthrough. It almost made us relax a bit once we had the lead and I think as soon as we had one goal we knew we would be able to get more.

WSS: You have no game on Sunday but you return next week with a trip to Cheltenham Town, what sort of game are you expecting there?
NOC: As with every game, we will go there wanting to win. We do know however that it will be a tough fixture and Cheltenham are never easy to go to. They have a good squad and it will be another challenging game for us.

WSS: After being amongst the leaders for almost all of last season, how determined is the team to improve on that this time around?
NOC: I think everyone will say that we want to improve on last season. We were leaders of the league for the majority of the season and ended in fourth, I think it was a few 1-0 losses towards the end that was our downfall. We believe we have the talent amongst us to compete again. We have added players in almost every position over the pitch to cover for injuries and when people can't play. Ultimately we want to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season and aim to improve on our final league position.

WSS: You have also had a change of manager during the summer, how smooth has the transition been?
NOC: It's been a pretty smooth transition in which Paul [Blenkinsopp] has come in and placed his own stamp on the team. He has told each and every one of us what he expects and how it will work. We have a large squad and I think from our results and performances so far, it has shown what we can do and that it is working. Paul has a number of years' experience in the women's game and knows how it works; we have also added Ben Merry to assist with coaching and with the both of them we are hoping for a successful campaign.

WSS: How big an achievement would it be for a club like Larkhall if you could win promotion this season?
NOC: It would be a massive achievement for all those involved at the club. We work extremely hard with what we have and are always trying to improve. We will see how the season goes and go to each game with the desire and passion to win and we can only see what happens.
 
 
Our thanks to Nicki!

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Joy as Scotland qualify for Finals  
 Women's Football News 17 Sep 2016
 
The Scotland women's squad have made history, qualifying for the finals of a major tournament for the first time. 
 
Anna Signeul's side made it to the finals of UEFA Women's EURO 2017 before playing their final qualifier, thanks to Portugal's win over Finland. That Group 2 result ensured the Fins could not finish on a higher points total than Scotland.
 
With the teams in Group 3 already unable to catch Scotland, they needed just one more result to go in their favour to confirm that they would avoid the play-offs (contested by the two second placed teams with the lowest points).
 
Just one more point in their final match against Iceland next Tuesday would have been enough to seal qualification regardless of other results, but Scotland now travel to Reykjavik knowing that they are through to the finals alongside the home side.
 
Under Signeul's guidance, Scotland have previously reached the play-offs for three tournaments - UEFA EURO 2009 and 2013, and FIFA Women's World Cup 2015, and have now taken that crucial final step.
 
Anna Signeul told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "This is an incredible moment for the players and staff, but also for the women's game in Scotland. It's a bit surreal that when the moment came we were not on the pitch, but we won't complain about that."
 
"This group of players, and many others that we have worked with over the years, have worked so hard to achieve this. We have experienced some fantastic highs in previous campaigns, and the pain of missing out at the final hurdle, and it's all been worth it to take this final step.
 
"For now, we are 100% focused on preparations for our match in Iceland next week. We will have some time to appreciate the achievement after that, but not long, as we have a finals to prepare for!"
 
Scottish FA chief executive, Stewart Regan, said: "On behalf of everyone at the Scottish FA, I'm delighted to congratulate Anna, the players, and the staff, on this wonderful achievement.
 
"So much hard work and dedication has gone in to achieving this goal. After coming so close in the past, I'm sure everyone connected with the squad will savour this moment, which I have no doubt will prove to be pivotal in the development of women's football in Scotland."

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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