Notts County 1 (Clarke 40) Chelsea 0
Notts County made a big step towards safety as they beat league leaders Chelsea Ladies 1-0 at Meadow Lane.
Chelsea came out of the blocks firing, Carly Telford doing well to tip a dipping shot over her bar with just seconds on the clock. Shortly afterwards Eniola Aluko got in behind the Notts defence after Rachel Corsie could only get a toe to the ball, the England striker's touch was too heavy though and Carly Telford claimed at her feet.
County started to come more into the game as it passed the 10 minute mark. Jess Clarke won a free kick on the left side of the away side's box. Rachel Unitt swung it in dangerously with her left foot, Marie Hourihan could only punch as far as Danielle Brogan 16 yards out, but the defender slipped on the greasy surface before she could make contact.
Fiona O'Sullivan, making her home debut, did well to break through two challenges on the edge of the box, her first shot was blocked but the second came back to the striker who could only curl her shot straight at Hourihan.
Jackie Groenen found herself in space on the left for the visitors on 20 minutes, but the midfielder chose to pass when well placed and Notts cleared.
The game continued to be end to end, with neither team able to carve out a golden chance to open the scoring. Jess Clarke twisted and turned on the right of the box after an O'Sullivan lay off, curling the ball just wide with her left foot.
There was a sign of things to come on 34 minutes, Walton swung in a free kick which Dunia susi flicked on, Clarke just unable to finish at the far post.
With five minutes until half time Clarke did find the finish. Another free kick, this time swung in from Katie Hoyle, was met eight yards out by Clarke who fired her header downwards and past Hourihan to give County the lead.
League leaders Chelsea almost replied immediately, Aluko found a lot of space on the left hand side, taking the ball deep into the box before crashing a shot past Telford and against the post, the ball flying across the goalmouth before Notts could clear.
The hosts came out for the second half the strongest, winning an early corner which Hourihan collected at the second attempt. O'Sullivan almost found herself clear two minutes later but good work from Hourihan again thwarted the Lady Pies.
England stopper Carly Telford was called into action from her international colleague Aluko, but in determined form Telford did well to save.
With almost ten minutes of the second half gone, Notts almost doubled their lead. Danielle Brogan rose highest from a corner, Blundell doing well to clear it off the line before deflecting Aileen Whelan's rebound wide.
Both sides continued to push and O'Sullivan almost got in behind Gilly Flaherty but the defender did well to recover and clear. As time wore on Jess Clarke was causing problems for the visitor's defence, twice intercepting forward passes and driving towards goal, the second time drawing a foul from Katie Chapman, Corsie firing the free kick.
It was Scotland international Corsie that County had to thank for keeping their lead. Rachel Williams nipped in ahead of Telford on the side line 30 yards out, the striker taking it towards goal before shooting low at an empty net, Corsie coming out of nowhere to slide in and block the effort.
Korean international Ji So-Yun tried her luck as the game entered the last 10 minutes, a superb bit of skill form the striker was followed by a fizzing shot which flew just over.
The Lady Pies continued to throw their bodies on the line in the last five minutes, blocking everything that came towards goal and seeing out the 90 minutes to claim a deserved victory over league leaders Chelsea.
Notts County: Carly Telford, Sophie Walton, Amy Turner, Katie Hoyle, Danielle Brogan, Rachel Corsie, Jess Clarke, Aileen Whelan (sub Emily Roberts 66mins), Fiona O'Sullivan, Rachel Unitt (sub Dunia Susi 26mins), Desiree Scott.
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Hannah Blundell, Claire Rafferty, Katie Chapman, Gilly Flaherty, Laura Bassett, Yuki Ogimi, Laura Coombs (sub Rachel Williams 60mins), Eniola Aluko, Ji So-Yun, Jackie Groenen (sub Danielle Buet 74mins).
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Bristol Academy 3 (Matthews 2, Watts pen 35, Natalia 78)
Arsenal 4 (Smith 49,52,pen 66, Scott 55)
Kelly Smith scored a brilliant second half hat-trick as Arsenal came from two goals behind to win a thrilling WSL 1 match at Stoke Gifford.
Bristol Academy had deservedly led by two goals at the break before three goals in a six minute spell turned the match on its head and Arsenal now look fully on course for a top half finish.
The home side could not have got off to a better start after winning a corner inside the opening two minutes. Angharad James' kick could not be cleared and Jaz Matthews was on hand to drill the ball home from eight yards.
Academy continued to carry the game towards Arsenal and a Loren Dykes cross flashed across the face of goal with no-one on hand to force the ball home. Danielle Carter did have a shot saved by Mary Earps at the other end but the Gunners were looking completely out of sorts at this stage.
Natalia was presented with an opportunity to double Academy's lead when she latched onto James' through ball but the Spanish striker was denied by Emma Byrne, who made a good block with her legs.
With Sophie Ingle dictating matters in midfield, well supported by James, Academy continued to have the better of things and they were to double their lead ten minutes before half time. Dykes played the ball into the area where Natalia was brought down by Alex Scott for a penalty. Nikki Watts stepped up to beat Byrne from the spot and send her side two goals ahead.
Corinne Yorston drilled a shot just wide from Watts' pass but perhaps the most significant moment of the match came just seconds later as Casey Stoney, who had been struggling with a back injury, limped off to be replaced by Kelly Smith.
Academy took their two-goal lead into the break but the transformation began from the restart as Arsenal came out with much more purpose. Within four minutes, they were back in the game as a Rachel Yankey corner was headed away as far as the edge of the area where Smith returned the ball with interest, crashing a sweetly struck left foot shot off the inside of the far post and into the back of the net.
Watts was just off target with a chip at the other end but Arsenal had the bit between their teeth now and stunned the home side with two more magnificent goals in quick succession. First, following a good run and pass by Jordan Nobbs, Yankey's cross into the area was nodded down by Danielle Carter for Smith to turn the ball past Earps from six yards.
Three minutes later and the comeback was complete. Although Academy had initially won a corner, Leah Williamson's clearing header released Nobbs who showed great pace down the right before sliding an inch perfect pass into the path of Alex Scott, who had run the entire length of the pitch, and the full back planted a left foot shot past Earps to put the Gunners in front for the first time.
The skills and brilliance of Smith was wowing a normally partisan home crowd and another terrific move almost brought another goal. Nobbs spread the ball out wide to Yankey, who released an overlapping Emma Mitchell to cross but this time Smith could not force the ball in.
Academy tried to respond with Ingle drilling wide after Jemma Rose and Frankie Brown had combined to set up a chance but moments later, Carter dispossessed Matthews on the edge of the area and the other end and was poleaxed in the area by Rose's challenge. The stage was set for Smith to complete her hat-trick from the spot and she duly sent Earps the wrong way.
The England star now had a hat-trick, having only been on the pitch for 25 minutes of play.
Once more though, Academy did not give up and dragged themselves back into the game. Grace McCatty's flick picked out Natalia in the area where she buried her shot past Byrne to give her side renewed hope.
Arsenal closed ranks from that point though and Academy could not force another opportunity to salvage a point from a pulsating encounter. The night had started with Women's Soccer Scene's Ken Brown being remembered with a minute's applause and it was perhaps appropriate that Smith - surely England's greatest ever player - stole the show with a vintage display.
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston, Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Sophie Ingle, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Angharad James, Frankie Brown (sub Laura Del Rio 70mins), Nikki Watts, Loren Dykes. Subs not used: Cristina Vega Leandro, Alex Windell, Alice Evans, Georgia Evans, Gabriella Bird.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Jade Bailey (sub Yukari Kinga 85mins), Casey Stoney (sub Kelly Smith 41mins), Niamh Fahey, Freda Ayisi (sub Caroline Weir 75mins), Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Leah Williamson, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Shinobu Ohno, Siobhan Chamberlain, Vyan Sampson, Carla Humphrey.
(top) Nikki Watts takes on Niamh Fahey
(middle) Mary Earps makes a save at the feet of Leah Williamson
(bottom) Kelly Smith in a battle with Corinne Yorston and Jemma Rose
Doncaster Rovers Belles 4 (Sweetman-Kirk 10, England 54,56, Thomas 90) Millwall Lionesses 1 (Albert 36)
A second brace in two games for Beth England helped the Belles to a 4-1 victory over Millwall Lionesses at the Keepmoat Stadium.
After a slow start the deadlock was broken on ten minutes when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk slotted into the far corner from six yards out. The striker latched onto a delightful through ball from Kasia Lipka to give the home side the advantage.
Millie Bright meant business in midfield and seemed determined to grab a goal as she saw one shot fly over the bar and a second well held by Sarah Quantrill as the Belles dominated the opening exchanges. Despite pushing for a second, Sweetman-Kirk couldn't find a finishing touch to a corner and Quantrill was out to claim the ball before Bright latched onto a through ball.
Out of nowhere, Millwall were back in it on 35 minutes when Lillie Fenlon-Billson's ball from the right found Cherrelle Albert in the box and the striker stroked the ball past Nicola Hobbs to level the scores.
Sue Smith failed to bundle home Hope Knight's cross shortly after as the Belles pushed for a second goal. Smith was then denied by a great save from Quantrill after a goalmouth scramble.
In fact it was almost the visitors that went in front just before the break after a mistake from Rhiannon Roberts in the Belles backline. The defender's loose pass fell to Albert who tried her luck from 35 yards but Hobbs tipped it behind for a corner as it ended 1-1 at half time.
Gordon Staniforth made a half time change with Jess Sigsworth replacing Knight and from the off she was straight into the action. Firstly, England fired a drive against the bar before Sigsworth teed up Sweetman-Kirk to force Quantrill into a fine save. The former Notts County striker was in the mood for goals as she again forced Quantrill to tip over her bar in a pulsating opening to the second half from the home side.
Sigsworth was the set free down the left by Smith but again Quantrill saved well, however her heroics weren't to keep the Belles out for much longer. England put the home side back in front after reacting quickest to the rebound after Sweetman-Kirk's shot came back off the legs of Quantrill.
The visiting keeper could do nothing to stop the Belles making it three within seconds of the restart after superb play from Sigsworth found England who smashed the ball under Quantrill at her near post.
As the visitors looked to tire, Bright struck the bar, Victoria Williams turned Lyndsey Cunningham's cross the wrong side of the post and Sigsworth drove wide looking for a fourth. It should have been four with five minutes to go but somehow Sigsworth headed wide when she looked certain to nod England's free kick past Quantrill before the keeper again denied Sweetman-Kirk.
Reanne Thomas did make it four eventually with the last touch in the game when the substitute headed home Cunningham's cross to round off the convincing win.
Another solid second half performance gave the Belles another three points and their tenth league victory of the season.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka (sub Sophie Stamp 72mins), Hope Knight (sub Jess Sigsworth 45mins), Sue Smith (sub Reanne Thomas 80mins), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright, Beth England.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Grace Fisk, Frankie Strugnell, Lilli Maple, Kylie Davies, Chantelle Mackie, Stevie Lamb (sub Francesca Ali 80mins), Lily Agg, Ciara Sherwood (sub Leanne Cowan 60mins), Cherrelle Albert (sub Kim Stenning 70mins), Lillie Fenlon-Billson.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Former Wales international Katie Sherwood will kick a ball for the last time this weekend after deciding to retire at the age of 28.
Sherwood, currently playing in the FA WSL 2 for Yeovil Town Ladies, will make her final appearance for the Lady Glovers against league leaders Sunderland Ladies on Sunday, before unlacing her boots to focus on her career as a primary school teacher, and being a mum to her two young children - Alfie and Isabella.
The combative midfielder, whose career began at Cardiff City Ladies before a stint in America, also had spells with Bristol Academy and Chelsea Ladies that saw her reach two FA Women's Cup Finals. She moved to Yeovil before the start of the 2014 season, but stressed that life had just become too hectic to continue on with her playing career.
Katie told Women's Football Pod: "Life is so busy at the moment, working full time and looking after two children, they are my biggest priority and I want to be at home with them.
"My job is very demanding with long hours, and to fit in training and travel to Yeovil, it was a lot to take on."
While the 28-year-old admits there was a temptation to perhaps return to her hometown club, she confessed that the travel and commitments of playing on a Sunday would still present the same problems she is faced with now.
"I think taking the travelling out would be easier, but there are still away games to consider, and training still finishes late in the week, so I still wouldn't be able to put the children to bed - that doesn't sit right with me."
Sherwood, who won 50 caps for her country between 2001 and 2012, was recently presented with a gold cap by the Football Association of Wales to recognise her achievement. She admitted pulling on the red shirt is the thing she'll miss most.
"Playing for your country is the biggest accolade you can receive, and playing 50 times with not only team mates, but people you consider good friends, they were great times, and I have great memories of playing for Wales."
Knowing "in her head" that the day was about to come, Sherwood says she probably won't miss the game as much as people think, but she did reveal she could be tempted into coaching in the future.
"I'd love to be involved in coaching down the line because it's something I have always wanted to do, but again it is time, and I don't know if I have the time on top of what I am doing now.
"I wish I was a few years younger so I could be part of this exciting time for women's football, but I'm not, I've had my time and I am now going to enjoy being a fan."
If you want to see Katie's last appearance for Yeovil Town, the fixture against Sunderland kicks off at 12pm at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne on Sunday 21st September.
England have risen to seventh in the FIFA Women's world rankings after their successful World Cup qualifying campaign.
Scotland hold firm in 21st position whilst Wales have leapt up five positions to a record high of 32nd place, however Northern Ireland have fallen back to 64th place.
Mark Sampson's side completed a perfect campaign on Wednesday with a 10-0 win over Montenegro and moved up a place in the rankings, released on Friday, leapfrogging Canada. They topped their qualifying group with ten victories from ten matches - scoring 52 goals along the way - to secure a place at next summer's World Cup Finals tournament in Canada.
United States hold on to their slender lead at the top of the rankings from Germany, with Japan narrowly ahead of France in third.
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Millwall Lionesses and their colleagues at Millwall FC broke new ground on Thursday evening by staging the first competitive match between teams from the Girls' Centre of Excellence and the Boys' Academy.
The game is the brainchild of Girls' Centre of Excellence Manager Dan Mlinar who explained to us his thinking behind the match: "We are one club at Millwall, so I think this is a great way to bring the club closer together.
"Even though we are the Millwall Lionesses and they are Millwall Football Club we have been quite separate for a number of years. Paul Palmer, who runs the foundation phase at Millwall, is very responsive to girl's football and has been very helpful in making this happen.
"The other factor is that the standard of girls' football at the younger ages is getting higher and higher. In my opinion, the best girls coming into the centre of excellence have played in boys' teams up to the ages of eight, nine, ten and even eleven. To challenge our girls, and push them along, they need to play against the best opposition and I think, playing against boys' academies, will do just that."
The match is a first for Millwall and Dan told us why he's so keen to pilot the scheme, adding: "I think, in previous years, people might have worried that the game would be looked at as boys v girls, which is not the case here, it's just good footballers against good football players.
"There are more girl footballers now than there have ever been and the quality of those players is constantly improving. Now is the right time to be trying something like this, whereas in previous years it might not have been so competitive.
"We are going to be playing our Under-11's and they will take on a mixture of the boy's Under-8 pre-academy team and some Under-9 trialists. There is a slight age difference but hopefully that will pitch it at a good level, to make it a really competitive game."
Dan is confident that the different playing styles between the two teams can significantly benefit the girls development, he continued, "I'm hoping that the girls will have a slightly tougher physical battle, in terms of the work rate and energy from the boys, and the tempo that they play at.
"Our philosophy is to dominate the one-on-ones. We want the girls to be able to play quickly and do things at a higher tempo. Then, when we go back to playing against girls, we'll have that extra bit of impetus and it will hopefully move us on."
If the game proves a success, Dan plans to repeat the fixture on a regular basis and also revealed that the FA is monitoring the match closely. Dan said: "We are looking to do this every six to eight weeks so we'll sit down afterwards, discuss the game and go from there.
"Steve Perkins at the FA was planning to come down for the match. They want to see video footage and they want lots of feedback, so I will be giving them a little case study of how it went. Hopefully they can take it out and more clubs can do the same thing."
The Hertfordshire FA is delighted to announce that Ben Wells is the new manager of the county women's team, and is looking to recruit players for the forthcoming season.
Ben will take charge of the team as they compete against other representative teams from the eastern region in the Fred Welham Cup. His first match in charge will be a home tie against Suffolk on 29th October.
He said: "This is an exciting new challenge for me. I'm delighted to be representing the county and being part of this new chapter of women's football in Hertfordshire.
"We want to make the team as inclusive as possible and give opportunities to talented female players from across the county."
A highly qualified coach who is currently working towards his UEFA B coaching licence, Ben is a member of the FA Skills team in Hertfordshire, which delivers football to children aged 5-11. He has been coaching since the age of 16 and spent three and a half years working for Watford FC before joining the FA in 2011.
To play for the county team, players must have been born in Hertfordshire, or play for a club which is affiliated to the Hertfordshire FA.
Any women interested in being part of the team are invited to register for a trial, which will take place on Monday 13th October, starting at 7pm at the County Ground, Letchworth. Successful trialists will be invited to a second session on Monday, October 20, starting at 6.30pm. To register for the trials, contact Eddie Dowber, Representative Teams secretary, on (01462) 672703, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week Cumberland FA hosted a Female Player Conference, which saw over 40 players, managers, coaches, parents and league officials in attendance.
The conference was set up to act as a platform for female players to have their say, discuss the future and take a look at some proposed plans moving forward. Over the past 12 months there has been a small decline in the number of teams playing in the County itself. This led us to investigate and research into why either women are dropping out of the game or are playing elsewhere.
Our research has been focused around the players themselves; we asked them what they liked to play, why they play, when is the best time/place to play. The main discussions on the evening were geared around how our new proposals will get more women actively playing the game; we touched on removing competitive league tables, making football fun and enjoyable, adding social opportunities to the programme and generally making the Women's Football Offer fit for purpose.
The majority of players agreed on the idea of informal football; offering mid-week 5 a side; small sided 7v7 / 9v9 games; yet still hosting 11v11 games as and when during the programme (e.g. Women's Senior County Cup). Discussions moved onto winter provision, and the idea of indoor leagues and Futsal; to summer provision and hosting a Women's 11v11 summer competition.
Jess Lawson, Football Development Officer said: "Last week we took a huge step forward for the women's game in Cumberland. For the first time ever we were able to create an environment that made players feel welcome, ask questions, gain feedback and insight and get them to express their feelings. We look forward to continuing our work with the female players of Cumberland in supporting brand new activity as part of the Women's Football Offer 2014-15."
Our next steps include supporting some midweek activity with our female groups in the County, and establishing club football opportunities. We aim to host a Women's 5-a-side evening in October 2014 with the aim to get as many County League players both new and old along to play.
If you would like further information on our Women's Football Offer or if you would like to get involved, then please contact Jess on (01900) 872310, or e-mail Jessica.Lawson@CumberlandFA.com.
East Midlands League
Ellistown continued their excellent start to the season with a 5-2 victory away to Long Eaton Utd which has taken them three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Emma Moore and Jess Waldrum each scored twice and Terry Want was also on target. Rhyiannea Anderson netted the only goal of the game for Rise Park as they beat Sandiacre Town 1-0 to move into second, ahead of Peterborough Northern Star who were 2-1 winners at Notts County Development thanks to Vicky Gallagher and Sophie Hurst. Nettleham got off the mark with a 5-3 success away to Eastwood Community, Kirsty Salzell netting twice along with Stacey Aisthorpe, Katie Davison and Zuzana Pramukova as did Grimsby Borough, 2-1 winners over Arnold Town courtesy of Lisa Cromey and Suzanne Green.
Division One North leaders Winterton Rangers did not play on Sunday but remain top of the table, one point ahead of Sleaford Town who drew 2-2 with Alfreton Town. Joanne Wilson and Amy Kilgannon were on target for Sleaford, with Jade Curtis netting twice in reply. Emma Fitzgerald, Kelly Clayton, Jenna Yates, Faye Brown and Holly Brindley ensured that Ruddington Village won 5-0 at Teversal whilst Cleethorpes Town opened up with a 7-1 victory over Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Gemma Charlton netted four times for Cleethorpes along with Kirsty Smith (2) and Sophie Burns. Mansfield Hosiery Mills also picked up their first win, 4-1 against West Bridgford with strikes from Holly Cox (2), Emma Butler and Laura Markwell.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo and Bedworth Utd occupy the top two positions in Division One South after sharing a 4-4 draw. Samantha Hargrave netted twice along with Geraldine Campbell and Natalie Miles, whilst Bedworth replied through a Kirsty Farnsworth brace, Emily Mann and Shanice Walsh. Briony Cox and Zoe Watkins were on target as Kettering Town won 2-0 at Rothwell Corinthians, whilst Corby S & L beat AFC Trinity 2-1 with goals from Leanne Lowden and Nicole Tinto.
Eastern Region League
Colchester Town are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they won 4-0 at Stevenage Ladies. Cassandra Craddock, Annie Hickey and Lauren Richardson were on target along with an own goal. Third placed Barking were held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Dunstable, Kelsey Watson netting both their goals with Kerry Stratton and Chelsea Forde replying. Lowestoft Town continued their good start by winning 4-3 at Great Shelford, Megan Cletheroe scoring twice along with Natasha Thomas and Hannah Waters. Rachel Armstrong and Nicole Manning netted the goals as Brentwood Town defeated Leverstock Green 2-1 whilst Acle triumphed 5-3 over Haringey Borough thanks to a Leonie Daulby hat-trick, Sharnie Boast and Laura Hedtke.
Norwich City Res notched up their first win in Division One North, 5-2 against Ipswich Wanderers including doubles from Samantha Hunn and Melissa Mulloy.
Southendian Ladies hold on to the leadership of Division One South after winning 3-0 away to Sawbridgeworth Town, Elizabeth Newcomb bagging a brace and Georgia Holdaway the other. West Billericay defeated Little Thurrock Dynamos 3-1 with goals from Michelle Stoneman, Kerri Thomas and Grace Clark. Kristi Burling (2) and Kristina O'Connell ensured that Hoddesdon Owls won 3-0 at Offley & Stopsley whilst Stevenage Ladies Res beat Colney Heath 4-2, Kierra Gabriel netting twice along with Bernice Corney and Jade Eaton.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation remain at the summit in the Premier Division following their 1-1 draw with Old Actonians. Carla Williams netted for Old Actonians while Megan Lovelock was on target for the leaders. Carshalton Athletic moved to within one point of top spot after winning 5-3 at London Corinthians, Laura Curtis and Alison Hall scoring twice along with Kayley Smith. Caroline Bisson hit a hat-trick and Bianca Walker the other as third placed AFC Wimbledon defeated Crawley Wasps 4-1. Shannon Redhouse was another hat-trick scorer, with Lucy Harrington also on the scoresheet for Maidstone Utd as they edged out Kikk Utd by the odd goal in seven. Laura Bolton and Fay Denyer gave Bexhill Utd a 2-0 victory at Hassocks and Catherine Hyland scored the only goal as Eastbourne Town won against Aylesford.
Camden Town continue to lead the way in Division One (London) after beating Crystal Palace Development 3-2 with goals from Carmel Clinton (2) and Eleftheria Taladianou. Brentford stayed second by winning 5-1 at Colne Valley with a goal apiece from Lucy Easton, Claire Richardson, Ashley Cheatley, Lisa Grant and Vicky James. Courtney Ward-Chambers (2), Zoe Cohen, Aimee Durn and Kayleigh Humphries ensured that Watford Development won 5-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur Development to go third, ahead of AFC Phoenix who went down 3-1 to Queen's Park Rangers Development. Battersea & Wandsworth came away from Hemel Hempstead with a 3-1 victory under their belts, given to them by a Sarah Sinkins brace and Alice Draycott.
North East League
Premier Division leaders York City went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Barnsley whose goals came from Rebecca Fevers and Rebecca Hale. Brighouse Town reduced their lead to one point after they also won 2-0 against Tynedale, Sonya Sweeney netting both. Steph Ord also bagged a brace for third placed Whitley Bay in their 2-0 success at Castleford White Rose. Hull City ran out 6-1 winners at Peterlee RA, Rebecca Beech netting a hat-trick along with Claire Goforth, Sophie Etherington and Zoe Mitchell, whilst Danielle Biglin grabbed the only goal of the game for Wakefield as they beat Scunthorpe & Bottesford.
The top two in the Northern Division both recorded victories, Boldon winning 2-1 at Redcar Town thanks to Alexandra Ross and Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke, whilst Gateshead Rutherford Ravens kept pace by beating Birtley St Josephs 4-1 thanks to a Kirsty Williams brace, Lynsey Wilkinson and Rachel Wilson. Hannah Smith had a good day for Blyth Town Lions, bagging all four goals in their 4-0 success away to Redcar Athletic, and Easingwold Town defeated Middlesbrough Lionesses 3-1 with one apiece from Bobby Barwick, Emma Cockerill and Hayley Maxwell. Michelle Stewart scored four times, with Amy Hately and Jenny Patterson the other markswomen for Lowick Utd in their 6-2 victory over Prudhoe Town.
Farsley AFC are the new leaders in the Southern Division, they won 1-0 away to Rovers Foundation Ladies to move ahead of Wetherby Athletic who drew 3-3 with Malet Lambert YC. Carla Green, Emily Smith and Ellie Tanner scored for Malet with Emma Guilder (2) and Rachel Carmichael replying. Westella & Willerby netted nine without reply past Ossett Albion, Natasha Linford hitting a hat-trick and Jade Thompson a brace with Amy Thompson, Lauren Holmes, Alice Clark and Amy Ward adding the others. Emma Otley and Danielle Harrison gave Sheffield Wednesday a 2-1 victory over Dearne & District whilst Doncaster Belles (Women's) and Courts City shared six goals. Demi Thomas scored a hat-trick for Courts while the Belles responded through Lauren Earle, Carla Whitehead and an own goal.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers made it three wins on the trot when beating Preston North End 5-0 and this keeps them on top of the Premier Division on goal difference from Blackburn Community who went one better on the day, scoring six times past Wigan Athletic. Crewe Alexandra are just behind in third following their 1-1 draw with Burnley Girls & Ladies. Blackpool won 5-1 at Birkenhead to go on to six points as did Bolton Wanderers with a 3-2 victory over Northwich Vixens.
Accrington Girls & Ladies defeated Carlisle Utd 4-0 to stay two points ahead in Division One North from Middleton Athletic, 9-2 winners over Leigh RMI, and Penrith AFC who beat Kendal Town 2-0. CMB Ladies edged out Stockport County Blues by the odd goal in seven whilst Bury Girls & Ladies netted eight without reply against Workington Reds.
In Division One South, Ellesmere Port Town won 4-0 at AFC Liverpool to take over top spot from Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res, who were beaten 3-2 by Woolton. Mersey Girls ran out 8-1 winners over Mossley Hill Res whilst Manchester Stingers opened up their campaign with a 1-0 success against Stockport County Res.
South West League
Swindon Spitfires kept up their good start to the new season with a 2-0 win away to Bristol Ladies Union. Emma Skinner scored both goals, one in each half and both from free kicks. Gloucester City made sure of keeping pace with them by beating Frome Town 3-2. Carly Amos, Jodie Hennessy and Georgina Stevens all scored for Gloucester with Steph Isaacson and Devon Rich replying. Brislington and Torquay Utd battled out a 3-3 draw, Kim Maggs netting twice and Ann Marie Heatherson the other for Bris while the Gulls responded through a Laura Gough brace and Hayley Chamberlain. Downend Flyers meanwhile won 3-2 at Bridgwater Town thanks to Faye Slade (2) and Hayley Bullock, with Anusia Rourke on target twice for the home side.
Taunton Town's 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers Res keeps them on top of the Eastern Division, Ella Hewton scoring their goal with Karis Townsend replying. Ilminster Town opened up their season by beating Keynsham Town Res 2-0 and Bishop's Lydeard defeated Cheltenham Civil Service 4-0 with strikes from Holly Miller (2), Sophie Buck and Rosie Williams.
Marine Academy Plymouth have taken over as the new leaders of the Western Division after Sam Drewery's brace, Jade Bryan and Nicola Symons gave them a 4-2 win away to Charlestown. Previous table toppers AFC Plympton were beaten 3-2 by Callington Town, who also move above them into second place. Kat Marment netted twice for Callington as well as Gemma Farley. Katy Barker, Nicole Dawe and Bianca Lincoln all ensured that Illogan Ladies defeated Newquay Celtic 3-1 and Alphington triumphed 4-0 at Bude Town thanks to Kirsty Brown (2), Samantha Gray and Jodie Millett. Dobwalls and Launceston battled out a 3-3 draw, Sam Blake netting twice and Faye Hankinson the other for Dobwalls and Launceston replying through Chloe Williams (2) and Claire Charnock.
Southern Region League
Maidenhead Utd kept themselves three points clear in the Premier Division with a 7-0 victory over Newbury Ladies, Olivia Buzaglo hitting a hat-trick along with a Lucy Smith brace, Tina Brett and Zoe Clifford. Rachel Anderson bagged a hat-trick with Lauren Little and an own goal completing the tally as Parley Sports edged out Basingstoke Town 5-4 and they are in second, just ahead of Fleetlands who defeated University of Portsmouth 6-0 thanks to Chloe Ranger's four-goal haul, Sabrina Morriss and Anthea Kaptein. Woodley Utd also made it two wins from two by beating Mansfield Road 7-1, Rachel Panting netting four times plus Ranai Bird, Laura Woodley and an own goal. Oxford City claimed their first win, 2-0 at Bracknell Town with goals from Danielle Anderson and Kiera Isaac.
Andover New Street are the new Division One pacesetters after Charlotte Hull's hat-trick, Nikki Barnes, Siobhan Haynes, Tammi Haynes, Claire Selway and Claire Ham gave them an 8-0 victory against New Forest. Rachael Waller was another hat-trick scorer as Milton Keynes City beat Banbury Utd 8-3, with Julianne Gadsby, Laura Geyton, Michelle Morrall, Kirsty Walker and Georgina Burns also on the scoresheet. They lie in second, ahead of Chesham Utd who won 3-1 at Fleet Town thanks to Dawne Campbell's hat-trick. Leanne Burns and Siobhaun Layne ensured that Stony Stratford Town defeated Ascot Utd 2-1 whilst Tower Hill and Southampton Women finished level at 1-1 with goals from Leanne Walker and Jen Turvey respectively.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police defeated Kingshurst Sporting 3-0 to keep themselves on top of the Premier Division on goal difference from Allscott, who won 5-0 against Knowle. Leamington Lions ran out 6-1 winners away to Wrockwardine Wood and have climbed into third. Pelsall Villa won a goal packed game 8-4 against Wednesfield Town whilst Crusaders won 3-0 at Coventrians.
Bilbrook possess the last remaining 100% record in Division One North, they lead by two points after beating Wyrley Ladies 2-1. Burton Albion scored twelve times against Audley Ladies and move into second ahead of Walsall, 6-1 winners at Coseley Town, and Florence who edged out Lichfield Diamonds 3-2. Shrewsbury Juniors beat Cottage Farm Rangers 7-0 and Folly Lane also won for the first time, 6-1 against Kingshurst Sporting Res.
Three teams lead the way in Division One South, headed by Malvern Town who defeated Studley 6-0. Worcester Utd narrowly won 5-4 against Lye Town and Droitwich Spa complete the trio following their 3-1 victory over Wyre Forest Phoenix. Rubery Ladies ran up a total of fourteen against Redditch Utd whilst Marston Green and Solihull Ladies Res drew 2-2 and the game between Kenilworth Town and Coventry Development ended goalless.
Reserve Section League Cup holders Bradford City began their defence of the trophy by winning 17-1 against Leicester City Ladies. However the beaten finalists last year, Cardiff City Ladies, are out this time around after going down to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of West Ham Utd. There was also a close game at Nottingham Forest where visitors Derby County emerged as 4-2 victors after extra time. Newcastle Utd were impressive 3-0 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Guiseley AFC Vixens defeated FC Reedswood 4-0.
Leicester City Women scored seven times without reply at Loughborough Students whilst Gillingham were 4-1 winners over Bedford Ladies and Charlton Athletic beat Chichester City 6-0, Olivia Cole hitting a hat-trick for the Addicks with Kylie Manktelow (2) and Kelly Stubbington joining her on the scoresheet. Lewes raced to a 4-0 success at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 against C & K Basildon.
Sheffield FC are the early pacesetters in the Northern Division after scoring nine without reply against Huddersfield Town. Ellie Hall and Nikki Hogg each scored a hat-trick with Sheldon Ashton, Olivia Foxton and Sydney Shugafi also on target.
In the Midland Division, Coventry City and Stoke City battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw. Megan Ralph and Alison Forbes put Coventry two ahead, before Stoke stormed back to lead through Emily Curteis, Sophie Taylor and Jordann Sloan. With nine minutes remaining, Kia Morrall equalised to give the Sky Blues a share of the spoils.
Sweden 2 (Sjogran 7, Schelin 76) Scotland 0
Scotland will compete in their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup play-off after a flattering 2-0 victory for the home side in Gothenburg.
Sweden captain Caroline Seger cleared off the line twice during a period of sustained second half pressure from Scotland, before Lotta Schelin added to Therese Sjögran's early effort to end the visitors' hopes of automatic qualification.
Anna Signeul's side had guaranteed a minimum of a play-off place with a 9-0 win over Faroe Islands at Fir Park on Saturday, as they came to the end of a campaign in which the only points dropped were against the world number five side, Sweden. After back-to-back Euro play-offs, this will be Scotland's first appearance at this stage to determine World Cup qualification.
Scotland knew that a win of 3-1 or better at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium tonight would see them pip Sweden to top spot in Group Four, and qualification for the finals in Canada next summer. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the women's national stadium in the build up to kick off, with a good smattering of Saltires amongst the crowd of just over 9,000.
Scotland started brightly, but found themselves behind within seven minutes. Sweden's talismanic striker Lotta Schelin sent in a long ball, which was met by Therese Sjögran, who sent a looping header over Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal.
Scotland had a chance to equalise immediately afterwards. Joanne Love broke in to the box and twisted and turned to create space. Her ball found Jane Ross, who went in to the match as joint top scorer across the European qualification groups, but Hedvig Lindahl gathered her effort.
Caroline Weir and Ross both had efforts, but Weir's header went wide under pressure from Hanna Folkesson, and Ross' header from a Kim Little free kick was straight at Lindahl
Schelin had a great chance to double Sweden's lead when she raced clear of the Scotland defence. Fay came out and did enough to force her out wide, and her shot hit off the post from a tight angle.
As the half drew to a close, Fay pulled off a superb save to deny Schelin. The Scotland defence failed to clear a cross in from the left, and as the ball fell to the lethal striker, Fay got down to block her effort from point blank range.
Sweden had an immediate chance to double their lead after the break. Weir fouled Asllani on right wing and the free kick was blocked. The ball fell to Seger on the edge of the box, but she sent it high and wide.
Scotland looked determined to restore parity and put Sweden under increasing pressure. Lauder beat two players on the left wing and her cross in to the box was nodded down by Weir to the feet of Ross, but she couldn't get a shot away. The ball eventually fell to Leanne Crichton, whose effort from outside the box was saved by Lindahl.
Scotland had Sweden penned back in to their own half, and Little almost grabbed the equaliser when she unleashed a shot inside the box, but she lost her footing and the shot was deflected over.
Little then won the ball in midfield and raced towards goal. Her attempted cross was blocked by Seger and out for a corner. Jennifer Beattie connected with Lauder's corner but her header was cleared off the line by Seger. The ball fell to Weir, whose shot was also cleared off the line by the Sweden captain.
Crichton had a great chance when she rose above the Swedish defence to get a head on a Love cross, but Lindahl got down low to save. Little was causing Sweden problems, and had them scrambling to regroup when she outpaced Berglund to race clear on goal, but her shot was cleared.
Seger presented Scotland with a great opportunity when she upended Little on the edge of the box. Lauder took the free kick after a Little dummy, and her bending effort was just kept out by Lindahl.
Scotland were left to rue those missed chances when Schelin put the result out of sight. She got on to the end of a Folkesson ball to slot a low shot past Fay, and equal Hanna Ljungberg's all time Swedish record of 72 international goals.
Holland, Italy and Ukraine are the three other teams in the the play-off draw next Tuesday, 23rd September. The draw is seeded, so Scotland will face either Holland or Italy in the two-legged play-off semi-finals on 25/26 and 29/30 October. The winners of those two ties will then meet on 22/23 and 26/27 November to decide the final European qualifier.
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Emma Berglund, Hanna Folkesson, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjogran (sub Olivia Schough 88mins), Lina Nilsson, Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani (sub Emma Lundh 81mins), Sofia Jakobsson (sub Lisa Dahlkvist 68mins), Elin Rubensson. Subs not used: Carola Soberg, Linda Sembrant, Sara Thunebro, Malin Diaz.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Hayley Lauder, Ifeoma Dieke, Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie, Caroline Weir (sub Emma Mitchell 73mins), Kim Little, Joanne Love (sub Megan Sneddon 84mins), Leanne Crichton, Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Eilish McSorley, Nicola Docherty, Rachel Harrison, Heather Richards.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
Montenegro 0 England 10 (Aluko 8,31,63, Carney 22,51, Bronze 37, Duggan 56,90, Greenwood 90, Potter 90)
England made it a perfect ten wins from ten in World Cup qualifying after a comfortable 10-0 dismissal of group minnows Montenegro.
Mark Sampson's side had already qualified for Canada 2015, sealed with a 4-0 win in Wales last month, but completed their campaign in emphatic fashion with Eniola Aluko scoring a hat-trick in their biggest victory since 2005.
Sampson and Co. can now look forward to the World Cup draw in Ottawa on 6 December - but before then is a tantalising friendly against double world champions Germany at Wembley on Sunday 23rd November.
As expected against a team they had defeated 9-0 in April, England were on the front foot right from the off. Jordan Nobbs should have converted Karen Carney's cut back after just two minutes and the flag had already gone up when Toni Duggan poked home the rebound.
Last time England faced Montenegro, Duggan broke the deadlock within the first 60 seconds. We had to wait slightly longer for the game's opening goal in Petrovac, but it eventually came in the eighth minute as Aluko prodded home Lianne Sanderson's through ball.
Fara Williams curled a 20-yard shot narrowly wide of the upright and Sanderson forced Iva Milacic into a decent save at her near post as the visitors set about extending their lead. Carney, on her 99th international appearance, doubled the lead on 22 minutes, pirouetting on Sanderson's pass before smashing a shot high into the net from the edge of the box.
Sanderson was involved in the third goal, too, as Aluko headed home the loose ball after her strike partner's thumping shot bounced back off the crossbar.
Duggan then hit the foot of the post before Lucy Bronze made it 4-0, tapping home Alex Greenwood's deep, right sided cross at the back post to give her side a thoroughly deserved half time lead.
There was no let up at the start of the second half as Carney bagged her brace from close range following Aluko's driving run down the right and cut back from the goal line.
Manchester City striker Duggan netted a hat-trick in April and she got herself on the scoresheet against Montenegro again, sweeping into the far corner with her left foot after Aluko's shot had deflected into her path.
Aluko then went from provider to goalscorer, completing her hat-trick in style. The Chelsea striker dribbled past four players and into the box before clipping the ball beyond Milacic and into the far corner of the net for her 13th goal of the campaign.
Substitute Natasha Dowie, on for Sanderson, came close to making it 8-0 but she headed Gemma Bonner's cross just wide of the far post.
Carney had an even better opportunity to make it a nice round 50 goals in qualifying when Irena Bjelica was sent off for handling the ball on the line - but the Birmingham City captain blazed the subsequent penalty over the bar.
Everton's Alex Greenwood, making her first competitive start, fired home her maiden England goal in the final minute to bring up the half century. Substitute Jo Potter then made it 9-0 in added time before Duggan picked up the ball straight from the re-start, drove forward and smashed home number ten.
It was England's biggest win of these qualifiers and the perfect end to a perfect campaign.
Montenegro: Iva Milacic, Sanja Nedic, Andreja Vidic, Jovana Mrkic, Marija Goranovic, Irena Bjelica, Ivana Krivokapic (sub Radosava Kocanovic 88mins), Jasna Djokovic (sub Jovana Zlaticanin 85mins), Sladjana Bulatovic, Marija Vukcevic, Armisa Kuc. Subs not used: Marija Zizic, Ana Trutic, Miljana Rondovic, Ivana Varagic, Sandra Zizic.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Laura Bassett (sub Jo Potter 57mins), Jordan Nobbs (sub Jill Scott 45mins), Karen Carney, Lianne Sanderson (sub Natasha Dowie 64mins), Toni Duggan, Eniola Aluko. Subs not used: Steph Houghton, Rachael Laws, Alex Scott, Jodie Taylor.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
Ukraine 1 (Romanenko 61) Wales 0
Wales lost 1-0 in Lviv in a hard fought battle that saw two evenly matched sides give their all for a possible play-off place.
In the end, just a single goal settled the game and it was heartbreak for the gallant Welsh team and staff who had brought the squad to the brink of possible World Cup qualification.
The match was a do-or-die effort for both teams. Locked on 19 points each, a play-off place would only be a possibility for the winners - and even then it would need help from other teams in the other qualifying groups.
Ukraine had been in hot form, beating Turkey last week, 8-0, in their catch up match in the group. Wales had come into the match after a 4-0 defeat to England in Cardiff in August and if ever the Wales team needed to play at their absolute best, today was the day.
The opening minutes saw both sides looking to settle. Loren Dykes was penalised for a foul after three minutes on Olha Ovdiychuk which came to nothing. Wales had the first chance after nine minutes when Helen Bleazard tried a shot that was saved by the Ukranian keeper, Kateryna Samson. Wales then conceded two free kicks in quick succession, which failed to cause any problems for the visitors.
The game settled in to a midfield stalemate as both sides looked to avoid making a costly error. Another free kick went to the home side on 18 minutes after Angharad James was penalised for a foul on Pekur. A first corner of the game arrived on 21 minutes to Ukraine. It fell to Olha Boychenko, whose shot was gathered by Nicky Davies in the Wales goal. A few minutes later, it was Helen Bleazard who tried her luck with a shot, but it went wide, without troubling the keeper.
Things were still very level with little to choose between the two sides. Loren Dykes had a shot blocked on 36 minutes, only for a minute later Ukraine's Lyudmyla Pekur to have a similar effort blocked by Wales.
With minutes of the first half counting down, Wales won a corner. Sarah Wiltshire took it, but Ukraine managed to clear the danger. That was the final action of a tense, close first half. Now it was down to the coaches to work some half time magic.
The second half opened with a shot from Jess Fishlock that went wide of the mark but once again, it underlined the threat that Wales were causing the home side. Ukraine made their first change on 55 minutes with Oksana Yakovishyn coming on for Boychenko. Two minutes later, Vira Dyatel had a shot that went wide for Ukraine.
This was followed up by Nicky Davies making a good save from Olha Basanska on the hour mark that went for a corner. From the corner, disaster struck for Wales as Tetyana Romanenko scored to put the Ukraine in front on 61 minutes. A cruel blow for Wales, now it was a question of could the Wales team dig deep to find a response?
A corner was won by Wales on 67 minutes and it was taken by Sarah Wiltshire, but Ukraine cleared once more. Jarmo Matikainen made the first change for Wales with Nadia Lawrence replacing Natasha Harding who had been well shackled by the Ukrainian defence. Could the young striker who plays in Iceland find a way through?
Wales defender Carys Hawkins was adjudged to have fouled Yakovishyn on 73 minutes. Pekur took the kick, but nothing came from it. On 75 minutes both sides made substitutions, Michelle Green replacing Loren Dykes and Yulia Kornievets replacing Dyatel.
Two minutes later Pekur went close for Ukraine, before Wales made their third change, sending on Josie Green in place of Helen Bleazard. Time was now not on Wales' side and Ukraine looked happy to try and hold on to the 1-0 scoreline. If this was to be the end of the journey for Jarmo's Welsh team, they could all hold their heads up high after a battling performance.
A corner came to Wales in the 89th minute, taken by Sarah Wiltshire, but once more the Ukrainian defence was equal to the threat. As the game entered additional time, there was no denying that in what had been a very even game, Ukraine had taken the chance that had fall to them and it was that that had made the only difference between the sides.
The final whistle went and it was a case of 'so near, yet so far', but what a great display by Wales over the tournament.
Wales' agony was complete by the news that a win would have been enough - Finland's defeat to France means that Ukraine have gone through to the play-offs along with Italy, Holland and Scotland.
Ukraine: Kateryna Samson, Olha Basanska, Olha Ovdiychuk, Valentyna Kotyk, Darya Kravets, Lyudmyla Pekur, Iya Andrushchak, Olha Boychenko (sub Oksana Yakovishyn 55mins), Vira Dyatel (sub Yulia Kornievets 74mins), Alla Lyshafay, Tetyana Romanenko (sub Ganna Voronina 90mins). Subs not used: Iryna Sanina, Olena Khodyreva, Maryna Masalska.
Wales: Nicola Davies, Nicola Cousins, Carys Hawkins, Kylie Davies, Sophie Ingle, Angharad James, Loren Dykes (sub Michelle Green 75mins), Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding (sub Nadia Lawrence 70mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Helen Bleazard (sub Josie Green 80mins). Subs not used: Sophie Dando, Sam Quayle, Amy Wathan, Megan Wynne.
(Report by www.faw.org.uk)
Sheffield FC continue their defence of the Premier League Cup with a tough tie at home to Southern Division high fliers Tottenham Hotspur.
Last season's beaten finalists Cardiff City Ladies travel to Guiseley AFC Vixens whilst former winners Charlton Athletic face a long trip north to play Norton & Stockton Ancients.
League Cup and League Plate draw (ties to be played on Sunday 12th October):
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND
Mossley Hill v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queen's Park Rangers v C & K Basildon
Sporting Club Albion v Bradford City
Newcastle Utd v Morecambe
Sheffield FC v Tottenham Hotspur
Mansfield Town v Ipswich Town
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Charlton Athletic
Guiseley AFC Vixens v Cardiff City Ladies
Derby County v Brighton & Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City WFC
Plymouth Argyle v Luton Town
Gillingham v Coventry City
Portsmouth v Larkhall Athletic
Lewes v FC Reedswood
Keynsham Town v Steel City Wanderers
Forest Green Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
LEAGUE PLATE FIRST ROUND
Chester-le-Street v Curzon Ashton
Chichester City v Leicester City LFC
Copsewood (Coventry) v Gosport Borough
Crystal Palace v Swindon Town
Enfield Town v Cheltenham Town
Exeter City v St Nicholas
Leeds Ladies v Southampton Saints or Chorley
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Huddersfield Town
Loughborough Foxes v Milton Keynes Dons
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Radcliffe Olympic v Stoke City
Rotherham Utd v Loughborough Students
Sheffield Utd Community v Bedford Ladies
Solihull Ladies v Leafield Athletic
West Ham Utd v Ebbsfleet Utd
Bye - Shanklin
This year's FA WSL Continental Cup Final will take place at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park stadium.
Arsenal and Manchester City will compete for the trophy on Thursday 16th October (kick off 7.45pm).
Tickets are on sale now, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A £10 family ticket (two adults and two children) and group bookings are also available.
Arsenal secured their place in the Final with a 2-0 semi final win over Notts County, after extra-time, with a goal from Caroline Weir and a penalty from Kelly Smith. It will be Arsenal's fourth consecutive Final, having won the competition for the last three seasons.
Gunners defender Alex Scott said: "We're really excited to be in the Conti Cup Final once again. I'm looking forward to playing against Man City at Wycombe and it should be a really entertaining game.
"It'll be great if we can retain the trophy. It has been a bit of a strange season with a lot of changes at the club. But we've played well this season and to end it on a high and complete the cup double would be the icing the cake."
Manchester City overcame Chelsea 1-0 in a tense last-four tie. Toni Duggan, whose goal secured her side's place in the Final, said: "It's an amazing achievement to reach our first Cup Final in our first year in the WSL.
"Hopefully it'll be an great occasion in Wycombe, and our fans can continue the fantastic support they've given us this season. Personally I have got great memories of winning cups and it will be great to create some more with Man City."
Wycombe Wanderers chairman Andrew Howard added: "We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event at Adams Park and look forward to welcoming the FA and the players, staff and supporters of both Arsenal and Manchester City.
"For Wycombe Wanderers, this represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our proud stadium, and we're sure the people of High Wycombe will share our enthusiasm and come down in support of a national cup final."
Tickets are on sale from www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/tickets or by calling (01494) 441 118.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on Tuesday morning of Ken Brown.
Ken - our father - has been a huge part of Women's Soccer Scene since the formation of our magazine in September 2000 and is well known throughout the women's game at all levels, both nationally and locally to us in Bristol.
Ken was a huge supporter of the women's game and, over the years, travelled many thousands of miles across the country to watch and follow matches. He became a very popular figure amongst the top players, especially for the England and Wales teams, as well as with both FAs and most of the managers at the highest level.
Sadly, arthritis curtailed the distance he could travel in recent months as well as a brave battle with cancer, which he lost at the age of 80.
Women's Soccer Scene editor Neil Brown said: "Dad loved watching women's football and always looked forward to the next game, whichever level it was at. He had his opinions, and was never afraid to share them, but always because he cared deeply about the women's game.
"He was always the person who would go and talk to people whilst I was busy conducting interviews and reporting on games. He would chat to players and officials and was well loved by all in the game as well as the others from the media including our good friends Jen O'Neill, Jacqui Oatley, Tony Leighton and so on. His contribution to our publication cannot be underestimated, we could not have done it without him.
"In recent times, when he wasn't able to come with us, people kept asking me how he was and always passed on their best wishes, which he really appreciated.
"It is a desperately sad time for all of us and he leaves an immeasurable hole to be filled but we will carry on, just as he wanted. But at the same time, I cannot help feeling proud to be the son of such a popular and well liked man."
Huddersfield Town lead the Northern Division table by three points following a thrilling 5-4 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Emily Heckler gave Town an early lead which was cancelled out by Natasha Meade and although Debbie Hastings put them back in front, Megan Howard equalised on the stroke of half time. Alarna Fuller and Samantha Conroy netted for Town inside the opening eight minutes of the second half with Meade replying, before Hastings scored a decisive fifth goal, despite Amy White pulling one back in injury time.
Sheffield FC bounced back from their defeat seven days previously and it was Wolverhampton Wanderers who caught the backlash. Suzanne Davies led the scoring with a hat-trick as the reigning Champions won 8-1, Abbie McIver adding a brace with Carla Ward, Amy Beanland and Ellie Gilliatt completing the tally, while Wolves' consolation came from Victoria Palin.
Stoke City had started the day as leaders but suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Coventry City. All of the Sky Blues' goals came in the first half, Katie Lowder, Ashleigh Neville and Callan Barber all finding the net before Hannah Bailey replied for Stoke late on.
Blackburn Rovers meanwhile made it three wins on the trot and inflicted a first defeat of the season on Derby County. Katie Anderton grabbed the only goal of the game to take Blackburn into fifth place, one ahead of Derby.
Bradford City and Preston North End both finished in the top three last season but neither have quite got into their stride this time around. The sides met for the second time in this campaign and drew for the second time, their meeting finishing goalless.
Newcastle Utd picked up their first victory of the season, winning 3-2 away to Sporting Club Albion. Stacy Crooks was the hero for Newcastle as she bagged a hat-trick, with Stephanie Smith and Kirsty Allen replying for Albion.
With Tottenham Hotspur on Premier League Cup duty, Brighton & Hove Albion replaced them at the top of the table with a 5-0 victory away to Plymouth Argyle.
Lucy Somes scored a hat-trick for the Seagulls along with Amy Green and Charlotte Owen.
Portsmouth kept up their improving form by scoring six without reply against Keynsham Town. Charley Wilson netted twice for Pompey and she was joined on the scoresheet by Gemma Hillier, Molly Clark, Lucy Quinn and Shannon Sievwright.
Copsewood (Coventry) celebrated their first ever victory in the Premier League when beating West Ham Utd 1-0. Nicola Foskett scored the only goal of the game for Copsewood, midway through the first half.
Northern Division One
Chorley continued to stretch the pace at the top after winning 3-0 away to Morecambe. All of the goals came in the first half, Scarlett Smith giving them the lead before Sam Cadwallader and Vicky Coope went on to seal the points.
Mossley Hill moved back into second on the back of a 2-0 victory over Chester-le-Street. Holly Parkinson put them in front with only two minutes on the clock and Kaisha Sohl added the second goal.
Danni Evans netted a brace and Eve McNally the other as Liverpool Marshalls Feds notched up their third victory in a row, 3-1 against Middlesbrough who replied through Jenni Duffy.
Leeds Ladies are fourth following their 2-1 success at Sheffield Utd Community. Hannah Campbell and Shelby Morris were on target for Leeds with United's consolation coming from Danielle Green.
Midlands Division One
Leaders Loughborough Foxes stay one point ahead after beating Curzon Ashton 4-1. Ann Renken netted a brace along with Ann Marie Reddish and Jodie White, Curzon responding through Chloe Stockley.
Grace Birchall and Amy Pollock each scored twice, with Nat Shaw adding the other as second placed Rotherham Utd ran out 5-1 winners over Leicester City Ladies, for whom Amie Chivers was on target.
Leicester City Women moved into the top three with a 1-0 victory over Steel City Wanderers, Elizabeth Johnson grabbing the only goal of the game.
Solihull Ladies follow on after sharing a 5-5 draw with Mansfield Town. Jodie Lewis (2), Hayley Wilford, Danielle Kingston and Tanya Dickinson were the markswomen for Solihull while Jemma Douglas hit a hat-trick and Suzy Gelson a double in reply.
FC Reedswood and Loughborough Students finished level at 1-1, Kelly Highman scoring for Reedswood and on target for the students was Alice Thackray.
South East Division One
C & K Basildon were another team to run up a large score against a beleaguered Ebbsfleet Utd and this has taken them top on goal difference. Zoe Rushen led the scoring with a seven-goal haul and Sara Sinclair weighed in with a further six, Amy Nash hitting a hat-trick while Karissa Rodney (2) and Lucy Wyatt completed the total.
Crystal Palace are back in second despite a 4-1 victory over Enfield Town but the top two have moved five points ahead of their nearest rivals. Jenny Kikomeko bagged a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Roschelle Shakes and Rinsola Babajide.
Milton Keynes Dons head the chasing teams after scoring six without reply away to Bedford Ladies. Heather McDonnell netted a hat-trick for the Dons, Chloe Smith added a brace and Leah Cudone was also on target.
Ipswich Town picked up their first three points in spectacular fashion, winning 6-0 in their local derby against Norwich City. Jasmine Cox led the the scoring with a hat-trick and the others came from Amanda Crump (2) and Danielle Bitten.
South West Division One
Forest Green Rovers made a quick return to the leadership with a 3-0 victory over Larkhall Athletic. The game was goalless at half time but second half strikes from Naomi Marshall, Ellie Olds and Sam Hallsworth earned Rovers the points.
Swindon Town lost their 100% record but are close behind in second after drawing 3-3 with Southampton Saints. Krystal Whyte scored twice and Sheridan Palk the other for the Saints, with Swindon replying through Meg Attenborough, Beth Thompson and Sarah Uzzell.
Exeter City stay in the top three following their 3-0 success against St Nicholas, courtesy of goals from Helen Kukor, Lola Sanchez and Tash Knapman.
Chichester City got back to winning ways, scoring three without reply away to Gosport Borough. Kally Ambler gave them a first half and they went on to add second half strikes through Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire.
The spoils were shared as Shanklin and Cheltenham Town battled out a 2-2 draw. Rowan Treague and Susan Cullen were on target for the Isle of Wight side, with Cheltenham replying through a brace from Rhona Donaldson.
Premier League Cup
The three Preliminary Round ties in the League Cup on Sunday all saw Southern Division teams safely negotiate tricky ties against lower division opponents.
Charlton Athletic progressed courtesy of a 3-0 victory away to Denham Utd. Amy Howlett settled matters for the Addicks by scoring a hat-trick inside the opening 22 minutes of the game.
Queen's Park Rangers meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners at Cambridge Women. Elly Maggs opened the scoring for Rangers early on, before Stacey Sowden netted a goal in each half and Sophie Cheadle added the fourth in injury time.
Katie O'Leary scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur made it through with a 1-0 success against Tranmere Rovers.
In the League Plate, strikes from Charlotte Hughes and Donna Hawkins earned Leafield Athletic a 2-0 victory over Stockport County.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Tranmere Rovers 0
Tottenham Hotspur maintained their excellent start to the season by winning their FA WPL League Cup Preliminary Round tie with Tranmere Rovers.
An early strike by Katie O'Leary proved to be the winner and despite dominating a brave and spirited Rovers throughout, Spurs simply could not find the second goal and Tranmere were in the tie right to the final whistle, despite rarely threatening the home goal.
Tranmere, from Northern Division One, were soon under pressure from a fluent Spurs attacking unit who had put five goals past Charlton Athletic the week before. The right side of their attack was especially dangerous, leading to early corners delivered by skipper Jenna Schillaci. O'Leary volleyed one corner towards goal, but keeper Bethany Greathead pushed the ball away at full stretch.
Sophie McClean was very involved in supporting the build ups down the right and from a ball played across the Tranmere area, O'Leary arrived unnoticed on the far post to tuck the ball past Greathead on 12 minutes.
Avilla Bergin was a constant threat to the Rovers defence, sending over several dangerous crosses which just eluded the Spurs attack or driving into the box to earn corners or try a shot on goal. Wendy Martin was close with a couple of headers as the pressure was maintained but Rovers defended strongly, Keira Onanga and Lindsey Smith doing an excellent job in central defence and Greathead showing good judgement, speed off her line and sound handling under pressure.
Rovers had a good chance to equalise when Toni-Anne Wayne caught a ball from defender Fran Gamble which was given as a back pass. A free kick seven yards from goal, in a central position, was the result, but the wall blocked Smith's initial effort and Faye Jones lifted the rebound over on the half hour.
Apart from this scare, Spurs continued to press forward, Martin and Shannon Maloney being very effective at directing the play in midfield and Schillaci, Bergin and Andra Maroci using the full width of the pitch to launch attacks. However the break arrived with Tranmere still just one goal down and very much in contention.
O'Leary nearly added a second on 48 minutes but her shot on the turn from six yards was blocked at point blank range by keeper Greathead. Bergin twice worked her way to the line but one cross was volleyed just wide at the near post and from the other, Lucia Leon set up Martin who shot over. Bergin was denied when shooting from 20 yards by a spectacular catch at full stretch.
Tranmere's back four and midfield chased and harried every forward move as Spurs continued to seek the killer goal. Schillaci became increasingly the focal point of Tottenham attacks, finding space and time to drive at the defence from the left but almost every cross was met by a Rovers head or foot.
At the other end, Wayne was largely untroubled, often sweeping up forward passes on the edge of her area. Only once was the Spurs keeper forced into claiming a bouncing ball under pressure on the edge of her area as Tranmere were unable to sustain any serious control in their attacking third.
Spurs still created some good situations as the game entered its final ten minutes. Martin set up McClean for a shot just wide and the same player then shot over from a Schillaci cross. The home team remained in control right to the final whistle but had been frustrated by a resolute and well organised visiting team.
Tottenham Hotspur will now enter the draw for the First Round of the League Cup and will seek to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Premier League Southern Division. Despite the narrow margin of victory, they looked a fluent attacking team with plenty of flair. Tranmere Rovers were hard working opponents who will seek to build on their unbeaten start in the Premier League Northern Division One.
Tottenham Hotspur: Toni Anne Wayne, Leah Rawle, Fran Gamble, Sophie McClean, Shannon Maloney, Wendy Martin, Katie O'Leary, Lucia Leon, Avilla Bergin, Andra Maroci. Subs: Natalie Grafton, Maya Vio, Leanne Mabey.
Tranmere Rovers: Bethany Greathead, Hannah Ouldred, Amie Neale, Keira Onanga, Lindsey Smith, Beth Woolley, Becky Smith, Steph Holmes, Lynn Carter, Katie Horne, Faye Jones. Subs: Lauren Davies, Elisha Price, Phoebe Bryan.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Jenna Schillaci holds off Katie Horne
(middle) Lucia Leon battles for the ball with Becky Smith
(bottom) Shannon Maloney is tackled by Lynn Carter
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