Bilbrook are enjoying a good run in the FA Women's Cup this season and are relishing their forthcoming Third Round Qualifying tie against Mansfield Town of Midlands Division One on Sunday.
The West Midlands League Division One North club have got past Stone Dominoes and Kenilworth Town in previous rounds and manager John Fones admitted to Women's Soccer Scene that he and his players are aiming to make their mark against the Premier League side.
"We are looking forward to pitting ourselves against higher league opposition," he said. "We have put together a mixture of talented youngsters and some good experienced players and the mix is definitely paying off. We should have a nearly fully fit squad for the game and we will be giving it our best shot."
Bilbrook player Natalie Morris added: "I am excited to be a part of Bilbrook ladies during this time. We are all buzzing ahead of Sunday's trip to Mansfield. The FA Cup is a great showcase for lower league teams to prove their worth in the women's game! We look forward to the challenge."
The match, which is taking place at the One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC, kicks off at 12pm at Mansfield have confirmed that there will be no charges for entry at the game.
Ellistown are having a fine season in the East Midlands League and have set their sights on the F.A.Women's Cup this week and the challenge of taking on Radcliffe Olympic.
The Leicestershire club currently have a 100% record in the Premier Division but Sunday's game gives them an opportunity to play against Premier League opponents following victories in the previous rounds against Teversal and Wyrley Ladies.
"After a great start to the season, we are relishing the chance to test ourselves against opposition from a higher division team in Radcliffe Olympic," Ellistown captain Kathryn Hollier told Women's Soccer Scene.
"They are a strong team but after our dramatic win [against Wyrley Ladies] in the previous round and five wins out of five in the league, our confidence is high and we will do all we can to ensure Ellistown WFC are in the draw for the next round."
General Manager, Mick Garton added: "With two new dedicated football coaches brought over from AFC Trinity LFC in Karl and Callum along with several new players signed for the current season in top scorer, Emma Moore, midfield dynamo Sam Clarke and others added to an already strong nucleus of players, then I am not really surprised at our great start to the season and our progress in the FA Women's Cup.
"We are in the best form ever and I am really looking forward to taking on this top club from the Premier League!"
Emma Moore is currently the team's leading goalscorer and she said: "I am buzzing to be playing in the Third Round of the FA Women's Cup on Sunday and I am raring to go!"
Radcliffe Olympic will be hosting the tie on Sunday, which kicks off at 1pm.
East Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Eastwood Community were beaten 3-1 by Nettleham, Amy Compton, Tiffany Lunn and an own goal accounting for their goals. Ellistown meanwhile stepped up their challenge as a brace from Emma Moore gave them a 2-0 win away to Arnold Town. Rhyiannea Anderson bagged a hat-trick for Rise Park who stepped up their challenge by beating Gedling Town 3-0. Notts County Development defeated Long Eaton Utd 3-1 thanks to Anna Horton, Courtney Walters and Androulla Kokkinou and Sandiacre Town were also 3-1 winners away to Grimsby Borough, Kerry Keeling netting twice along with Georgina Eley.
Winterton Rangers made it six wins from six in Division One North by scoring seven times past West Bridgford. Lauren Crelling led the scoring with a hat-trick, the others coming from Kirsty Shaw (2), Claire Chappill and Kathryn Standerline. They stay six points in front of Sleaford Town who won 4-1 away to Teversal, Amy Kilgannon scoring twice along with Joanne Wilson and Kimberly Scurr. Paige Rogers and Rebecca Widdowson were on target as Underwood Villa maintained their 100% record by beating Lincoln Moorlands Railway 2-1. Amy Jones, Kate Pawlitta and Kelly Staples netted the goals for Mansfield Hosiery Mills in their 3-3 draw with Alfreton Town, who replied through Lyndsey Barnett, Abbey-Jay Roberts and Brigitte Warrender. Ruddington Village stormed to a 5-1 victory at Cleethorpes Town courtesy of braces from Faye Brown and Emma Fitzgerald, with Jenna Yates adding the other.
Burton Park Wanderers have gone five points clear at the top of Division One South after they defeated Rothwell Corinthians 4-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Louise Burgess, Jo Brandon, Kara Hindwood and Laura Beckett. Loughborough Students (2006) meanwhile belatedly started their campaign by sharing a goalless draw with Raunds Town, who moved into second place as a result.
Eastern Region League
Colchester Town head the Premier Division table by three points after a Stacey Roper double and Annie Hickey earned them a 3-0 win away to Haringey Borough. Previous leaders Billericay Town were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Stevenage Ladies for whom Nicole Perschsky netted both goals. Lowestoft Town are ominously placed in third following another large win, 7-1 against AFC Dunstable in which Hannah Waters scored four times along with Natasha Thomas (2) and Paige Shorten. Stacey Turner grabbed the only goal of the game as Brentwood Town beat Great Shelford 1-0 whilst Acle Ladies and Barking drew 2-2, Francesca Lambert and Aishatu Haiby on target for Acle.
One match was played in Division One South, Royston Town battling out a 2-2 draw with Sawbridgeworth Town. Joanne Rutherford scored both goals for Royston, who are still unbeaten, while Sawbow's goals came via a double from Jackie Stott.
Division One North leaders Bury Town advanced through in the League Cup by defeating Hoddesdon Owls 4-2, Norma Locker scoring twice along with Hayley Turner and Gemma Carter. Georgia Holdaway hit a hat-trick and Helen Clifford the other for Southendian Ladies in their 4-1 victory over Colney Heath and Offley & Stopsley triumphed 3-2 at Stevanage Ladies Res thanks to Rachel Lewis, Charlene Moreton and Sheree Oliver. Sophie Jeffery and Laura Yarnington gave AFC Sudbury a 2-1 success at Little Thurrock Dynamos whilst Harriet Gregory and Jessica Wenn were on target for Norwich City Res in their 2-2 draw with Ipswich Wanderers, who responded through Tarnya McKew and Imaani Watson. Hutton and West Billericay also shared four goals, Lucy Hudson and Danni Jennings netting for Hutton with Michelle Stoneman and Emma Mackie on the scoresheet for West Billericay.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation are back on top of the league after scoring nine times past Aylesford. Gemma Fraser led the scoring with a hat-trick, Verity Snow weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Charlotte Benson, Lizzie Laws, Joanna Loayza and Helen Ogle. AFC Wimbledon had started the day as leaders but were beaten 4-0 by Carshalton Athletic whose goals came from Georgie O'Halloran (2), Janaya Spiteri and Alison Hall. Kikk Utd moved into contention by beating London Corinthians 2-1, Sophie Muller and Elisabeth Redmond scoring, whilst unbeaten Old Actonians drew 1-1 with Crawley Wasps, Natasha Cree netting their goal with Bethany Kemp replying. Maidstone Utd are in sixth place but only three points off the top following their 2-1 win away to Bexhill Utd, earned by a Nicola Morris brace. Eastbourne Town meanwhile moved away from the bottom two by defeating Hassocks 3-0 with goals from Georgie Davis, Francesca O'Callaghan and Beth Richardson.
Camden Town are starting to open up a lead at the top of Division One (London) and are now six points clear after beating Battersea & Wandsworth 7-0. Kirsten Thompson hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Eleftheria Taladianou, Sara Mussell, Nicolle Houston and Alicia Bravo. Queen's Park Rangers Development's steady climb up the table continued with a 7-1 victory over Brentford, doubles from Kianni O'Garro and Asanteni Charles plus Chloe Sampson, Georgia Allen and Erin Pope goals took their side into second place, ahead of Watford Development who drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur Development. Sofie Georgiou was on target for Watford with Tanvie Hans replying. Maria Freitas Mendonca and Jessica Hand netted the goals as AFC Phoenix won 2-1 away to Hemel Hempstead.
North East League
Things remain tight at the top of the Premier Division with Brighouse Town holding onto the leadership after beating York City 3-2, Chloe Roberts netting twice along with Rachael White. Holly Findlay scored the only goal of the game for Barnsley as they won 1-0 at Scunthorpe & Bottesford to stay second on goal difference, with Hull City one point behind following their 6-0 victory over Wakefield. Rebecca Beech and Sarah Owen each bagging braces with one apiece from Megan Render and Jo Symington. Hessle Town were 3-1 winners away to Peterlee RA and a Christine Murray goal gave Tynedale victory over Castleford White Rose.
Northern Division leaders Boldon opened up a three point advantage by winning 3-1 at Birtley St Josephs with goals from Allison Leach (2) and Kay Mills. Easingwold Town were 3-1 victors over Middlesbrough Lionesses thanks to Bobby Barwick, Emma Cockerill and Sophie Riley, whilst Redcar Town defeated Kader FC 4-0.
Amy Ward scored twice, with Chamaine Pinder and Rebekah Jones adding the others, as Westella & Willerby defeated Malet Lambert YC 4-1 to stay one point ahead in the Southern Division from Farsley AFC who won 2-0 against Dearne & District with goals from Helen Gresty and Bridie Fox. Third placed Courts City scored five without reply at Ossett Albion courtesy of Demi Thomas (2), Olivia Burton, Emily Butler and Katie Tanton, while strikes by Grace Adams, Debra Slater and Rianne Woodham gave Wetherby Athletic a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Rovers Foundation Ladies prevailed in their derby against Doncaster Belles (Women's), Gemma Harte netting the game's sole goal.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers were unable to close the gap on leaders Blackburn Community as they lost their 100% record to a 5-4 defeat at home to Burnley Girls & Ladies, who are now just two points behind the second placed side. Inbetween are Crewe Alexandra who bounced back from defeat the previous week to win 5-2 at Birkenhead. Blackpool continue to occupy the mid-table position after they were also involved in a high scoring game, sharing a 4-4 draw with improving Wigan Athletic. It was a good day for Preston North End as they registered their first win of the campaign, 3-1 against Northwich Vixens to lift themselves off the bottom.
Penrith AFC scored six times without reply past Bury Girls & Ladies and have gone top of Division One North as a result. CMB Ladies are back in second place despite running out 4-0 winners away to Leigh RMI. Middleton Athletic meanwhile defeated Carlisle Utd 4-2 and are just one point adrift of the top two but Accrington Girls & Ladies lost a little ground as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Stockport County Blues. Kendal Town put a halt to the improving form of Workington Reds by beating them 4-1.
Division One South leaders Ellesmere Port Town were jolted by a 3-0 defeat at home to Mersey Girls, who recorded their first league victory following a succession of draws. Ellesmere Port hang on to top spot with their advantage reduced to a single point by Manchester Stingers who battled out a goalless draw with Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. To complete a bad day for the top three, Winsford suffered a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Woolton. Stockport County Res won for the first time, 3-0 away to AFC Liverpool, and AFC Urmston Meadowside defeated Macclesfield Town 3-1.
South West League
Gloucester City now head the Premier Division by seven clear points following their 3-1 success away to Downend Flyers. Lucy Browning, Jodie Hennessey and Laura Meheran were all on target for City with Kylie Allen grabbing Downend's consolation. Swindon Spitfires defeated Frome Town 1-0, Hayley Huckin scoring the only goal to take her side back into second place. Truro City narrowly won 3-2 at Brislington, Sasha Sparkes netting twice and Roxanne Cook the other for Truro while Emily Plummer and Georgia Vandries replied for the home side.
Ilminster Town moved into second place in the Eastern Division, replacing Cheltenham Civil Service by beating them 2-0, completing a double over the Gloucestershire side in successive weeks in the process.
Marine Academy Plymouth maintained their six point advantage at the top of the Western Division with a 3-1 defeat of Alphington, Sam Drewery scoring a hat-trick. Charlestown hold on to second place after Amber Hadrill, Tori Marks and Jemma Peathyjohns gave them a 3-1 win at Dobwalls. Third placed AFC Plympton raced to a 10-1 victory over Newquay Celtic in which Sam Metters netted four times, Chelsea Robinson added a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Stacey Jeffery, Ellie Simpson and Lauren Boyle. Gemma Farley (2), Jodie Shipton and Paige Keenan ensured that Callington Town won 4-2 away to Illogan Ladies whilst Launceston beat Bude Town 2-0 with goals from Ellie Isaac and Chloe Williams.
Southern Region League
League leaders Maidenhead Utd are out of the League Cup after they were beaten 4-3 by Mansfield Road, for whom Kim Cowan, Rachel Mariam, Samantha Moore and Amy Pipe were on target. Fleetlands meanwhile came through a tricky tie away to Stony Stratford Town, Michele Niven and Anthea Kaptein giving them a 2-1 win. Tower Hill are also in the quarter finals after winning 4-3 at Fleet Town, Samantha Bevan-Talbot netting twice along with Emma Proctor and an own goal.
Bracknell Town are in third place in the Premier Division following their 5-2 victory away to Newbury Ladies, earned by a goal apiece from Joanne Atkins, Tina Leahy, Caroline Paterson, Samantha Tan and Holly Anderson. Parley Sports edged out Aldershot Town 5-4 thanks to a Laura Baker hat-trick, Kerry Shiers and Charlie Lanahan, whilst Oxford City netted nine without reply away to University of Portsmouth. Danielle Anderson was on target four times along with Jane Younger (2), Heather Young, Kiera Isaac and Leah McLennon.
Division One leaders Milton Keynes City were held to a 1-1 draw by Banbury Utd, Julianne Gadsby scoring their goal with Catherine Howse replying. Andover New Street defeated Southampton Women 2-0 to join the leading pack, Laura Gilbank and Claire Ham were on the scoresheet. Holly Cole and Aimee Burridge were on target for New Forest in their 2-2 draw with Marlow, who replied through Hannah Banyards and Abi Canvin.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders B & WM Police surrendered their first points of the season when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Wednesfield Town, who produced a fine display to end their opponents' seven match winning run. The Police have still extended their lead to nine points as second placed Leamington Lions were beaten 2-1 by Kingshurst Sporting Club. Knowle moved up to fifth with a 2-1 win away to Wrockwardine Wood whilst Crusaders netted five times without reply at Pelsall Villa.
In Division One North, Burton Albion defeated Florence 2-0 to remain top of the table on goal difference from Walsall, who were 8-1 winners over Lichfield Diamonds. Shrewsbury Juniors replaced Wyrley Ladies in third place after beating them 6-4. Bilbrook made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides with a 3-2 victory against Folly Lane. Kinghurst Sporting Res won 5-1 at Audley Ladies to lift themselves up into mid-table as did Coseley Town with an 8-2 success against Cottage Farm Rangers.
Leaders Rubery Ladies did not play in Division One South and second placed Droitwich Spa were unable to take an opportunity to replace them as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Redditch Utd. Solihull Ladies Res meanwhile won 2-0 at Worcester Utd and are up into third, ahead of Marston Green who were beaten 3-2 by Kenilworth Town. Lye Town and Malvern Town also shared four goals in their meeting whilst Wyre Forest Phoenix ran out 7-0 winners over Studley.
Bradford City head the Northern Division table by eight clear points after running out 4-1 winners away to Sheffield FC. Zoe Roberts was on target twice for Bradford along with Abi Brown and Aqsa Mushtaq. Newcastle Utd stay second following a huge victory over Mansfield Town. Guiseley AFC Vixens picked up their second win of the season, 1-0 against Leeds Ladies.
Nottingham Forest are the new leaders of the Midland Division after winning the top of the table clash 2-1 against Coventry City. Tara Guyler netted twice for Forest after Kia Morrall had given Coventry the lead. Jade Cross hit a hat-trick as third placed Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Leicester City Women 7-0. Jess Edwards added a brace along with Samantha Berry and Jordon Pendleton. Stoke City battled out a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City Ladies, who scored through Heather Strating, whilst Olivia Stowell-Smith gave Loughborough Students a 1-0 win over FC Reedswood.
Jade Smith and Abbie Solly scored the goals as Southern Division table toppers West Ham Utd defeated Queen's Park Rangers 2-0. Brighton & Hove Albion scored eight without reply past C & K Basildon and stay in second place, just ahead of Charlton Athletic who beat Gillingham 1-0, Dominique Harris netting the only goal. Portsmouth won 5-1 against Bedford Ladies with a goal apiece from Eilidh Currie, Megan Gratton, Emma-Jane May, Elizabeth O'Callaghan and Deanna Taylor. Leanne Mabey and Emily Tibbs were on target as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chichester City 2-1 whilst Crystal Palace were 3-1 winners at Lewes thanks to Isabel Kulinski, Sophie Kemp and Delaenam Olympio.
Birmingham City moved up to second place in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division by beating Durham Women 4-1, Cheryl Edwards scoring twice along with Anna Wilcox and Danae Kalderidou. Manchester City drop down to third after going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Everton. Aston Villa drew 2-2 with Notts County whilst Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sunderland also shared four goals, Holly Housley and Rachel Stuart netting for the Belles with Laura Hockaday and an own goal replying.
Reading FC Women maintained their lead of two points in the Southern Division as Olivia Jones (2) and Stacey Wiggins gave them a 3-2 win at Millwall Lionesses. Arsenal meanwhile beat Bristol Academy 2-0 with goals from Vyan Sampson and Carla Humphrey. Amber Tullett and Kayleigh Humphries scoed the goals as Watford picked up their first point from a 2-2 draw with Oxford Utd, who replied through Nicole Barrett and Sarah Harrison.
Doncaster Rovers Belles Head Coach, Gordon Staniforth is to step down from the role with immediate effect.
He made the surprise decision this week after the Belles narrowly missed out on promotion to WSL 1 next season.
The club has issued the following statement:
"It is with regret that we announce that Gordon Staniforth, our Head Coach, has tendered his resignation, which the club has reluctantly accepted.
Under Gordon's leadership the Belles have had a fantastic season and against all odds almost won the title, taking it to the final game of the season. We wish to thank Gordon for all his hard work, inspiration and leadership on the field and wish him every success in the next stage of his career. Julie Chipchase, Director of Football, former player and manager of the Doncaster Belles will be leading the search for the new Head Coach."
Meanwhile the club has also announced the appointment of Sheila Edmunds, founder and President of the Doncaster Belles, to the role of General Manager of the club with effect from 1st November. This is a 'behind the scenes appointment and does not affect the Head Coach role.
Holland 2 (Martens 51, Melis 77) Scotland 0
Holland won 4-1 on aggregate
Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes came to an end in Rotterdam as two second half goals completed an aggregate win for Holland and took them through to a play-off final against Italy.
However the result meant more play-offs agony for Anna Signeul's side who faced an uphill task going into the game but were unable to overturn the deficit from the first leg at Tynecastle.
There was an early scare for Scotland as Gemma Fay needed to be smartly off her line to deal with a short back pass from Ifeoma Dieke and slid in to prevent Lieke Martens from getting to the ball. The experienced defender came to her side's rescue minutes later though as Manon Melis slipped a fine ball into the path of Danielle Van de Donk who touched the ball past Fay but Dieke was well placed to clear.
Scotland were looking bright going forward during the early stages without really troubling the Dutch defence too much and the opportunities were going Holland's way. A long ball over the top caught the Scotland back four out and Vivianne Miedema held off the attentions of Frankie Brown before unleashing a shot which was touched wide by Fay.
The best opportunity so far for Scotland came on the half hour when Jennifer Beattie's header forward was chased down by Joanne Love but the midfielder was off balance as she tried to shoot and her effort flew straight at Loes Geurts. Jane Ross was then released on goal by Love's clever flick but Geurts came out to block her shot.
A bright end to the first half was followed by a disappointing start to the second, which saw the Dutch take the lead. Van de Donk made a good break down the left before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area where Martens took a touch before driving in a shot and although Fay managed to get a hand to the ball, she couldn't prevent it from finding the corner of the net.
Scotland were now forced to push forward and Holland were content to sit back and hit on the break with their pace up front. The next big opportunity fell Scotland's way when, following initial good work on the right by Lisa Evans, her low cross found its way to the edge of the area where Emma Mitchell was brought down by Melis. Kim Little stepped up to take the resulting free kick and elected for a low shot which was held by Geurts.
Little again went close moments later when Rachel Corsie's pass released her in the area where her angled shot was saved at the near post by Geurts. The resulting corner flew right across the face of the Dutch goal with no Scottish player on hand to turn the ball home.
A Dutch breakaway almost led to a second goal but Miedema miscued her shot wide from Martens' low cross. Fay was again called into action with a fine one handed save from a curling shot by Melis which looked destined for the far corner.
Martens was proving to be hard to handle for the Scottish defence and she was inches away from a fortuitous second when a cross from the left struck the face of the bar. Back came Scotland and Corsie had a great chance but her shot lacked power and Geurts saved comfortably. Holland immediately launched the ball forward, inadvertently headed on by Eilish McSorley and Brown miscontrolled, Melis stealing in to take the ball past Dieke and coolly steering her shot beyond Fay for the second goal.
Scotland did not give up and kept trying to pull a goal back, Little still looking as dangerous as ever. First, the midfielder shot straight at Geurts from Mitchell's cut back and then she latched onto a superbly weighted through ball from Beattie but again she was denied by a good stop from the Dutch keeper.
Corsie lifted a shot over the bar as the game went into injury time but it was not to be for Scotland whose devastated players were left to reflect on another near miss at the final whistle.
Holland: Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren, Stephanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Siri Worm, Anouk Dekker, Manon Melis, Sherida Spitse (sub Tessel Middag 84mins), Vivianne Miedema (sub Kirsten van de Ven 89mins), Danielle van de Donk, Lieke Martens. Subs not used: Dyanne Bito, Anouk Hoogendijk, Sari van Veenendaal, Eshly Bakker, Claudia van den Heiligenberg.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Emma Mitchell, Ifeoma Dieke, Jennifer Beattie, Joanne Love (sub Eilish McSorley 66mins), Caroline Weir (sub Kirsty Smith 79mins), Kim Little, Jane Ross, Rachel Corsie, Lisa Evans. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Lizzie Arnot, Megan Sneddon, Leanne Crichton, Christie Murray.
The nominations for this year's FA Women's Football Awards have been announced ahead of next month's event.
Birmingham City captain Karen Carney, Notts County winger Jess Clarke and Chelsea's South Korean international Ji-So Yun have been nominated for FA WSL 1 Players' Player of the Year, which will be awarded on Friday 14th November in a ceremony at Madame Tussauds.
Doncaster Rovers Belles midfielder Millie Bright, Reading FC Women forward Fran Kirby and Sunderland striker Beth Mead are shortlisted for the FA WSL 2 award.
Liverpool, who won the FA WSL 1 title in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season, have manager Matt Beard nominated for Manager of the Year, alongside Birmingham City's Dave Parker and former Reading boss Jayne Ludlow, who has recently taken charge of the Welsh national team.
Fans can vote on Facebook for their FA WSL Goal of the Season with Dunia Susi, Natasha Dowie, Natasha Flint, Jordan Nobbs, Leah Williamson and Toni Duggan all in contention.
The awards are an annual event celebrating the best of domestic women's football in England, across the two FA WSL divisions and the FA Women's Premier League.
Other awards categories on the night include Club of the Year, which was won by Bristol Academy last season, the 'Love Football Play Football' participation award and Outstanding Contribution to Women's Football.
The best of the Premier League, for season 2013-14, will also be recognised, with James Marrs (formerly Gillingham, now Brighton & Hove Albion), Helen Mitchell (Sheffield FC) and Craig Nicholls (Coventry City) all shortlisted for Manager of the Year and players awards and Club of the Year also being contested.
Burnley Girls & Ladies have the chance to renew old acquaintances this week when they play Morecambe in the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Women's Cup.
A win over Mersey Girls in the last round earned Burnley a tie against the team which won the North West League title last season, earning themselves promotion to the Premier League in the process.
Burnley manager Phil Leedham commented: "Our draw against Morecambe presents the team with a significant challenge. We have not gained any points from our league encounters over the last few seasons and Morecambe have progressed upwards in the pyramid. However we have improved and have a great set of players who have ambition and are competing against the best in our league.
"This is a chance to benchmark ourselves against opposition from a higher league and that we hope to ensure Morecambe know they have a game on their hands and with a bit of cup magic, who knows."
Team captain Jo Holt has FA Women's Cup experience with previous club Curzon Ashton when they made it all the way to the quarter finals against Fulham. She says: "I know what a feel good factor the FA Cup can bring to a club. The girls are really looking forward to the game and pitting their wits against a team in the combination."
Star striker Becky Hayton added: "Morecambe are a tough and very hard team to beat but we are up for the challenge."
Sunderland captain Steph Bannon reflected on their successful FA WSL 2 winning campaign with enormous pride.
"I don't think I can put words to exactly how we feel to be honest," she told Women's Soccer Scene following their title clinching 4-0 win over Millwall Lionesses. "We've worked so hard - it's been a long season for us from when we started training until now and it's just a dream come true for many of our players."
Three goals in an eight minute spell during the second half put the result beyond doubt and Steph admitted that nerves were starting to creep in. "It's always nerve wracking when you are 1-0 ahead but the second was a great header and we just pushed on [from there]," she said. "When you're four goals ahead, everybody seems to want the ball but it was a great team performance from us today, we did a professional job.
"Millwall weren't going to make it easy for us and they didn't - they had a few chances themselves but thankfully we managed to score and we knew exactly what we needed to do.
"Knowing the three forwards that we had on the pitch and the quality that we've got in the squad, you knew that at some point one of those chances was going to come off. We had a few chances and maybe it should have been two or three earlier than it was, but we got there in the end which was the main thing."
Looking back on the season, Steph pointed out two games which turned out to be of extra significance. "Every game has been important for us but I can look back at the Reading game when Kelly McDougall scored an equaliser in the last minute. That was a great point for us and we have to look at the away game with Watford when we were two down at half time and managed to win 4-2.
"These are results that have helped us get where we are now and every point is achieved for a reason and that has allowed us to do what we did today."
For Steph herself, reaching the top flight was extra special following a serious knee injury three years ago. "You do get a few injuries but you come back fitter and stronger and that's what I have done," she smiled. "I've won three Premier League titles and now a Super League title and hopefully I can continue to push on with this club. It's a great football club - we've got the backing of the board and the men's club have been great to us so who knows where we can end up next year."
Over the years, Sunderland have produced a number of England players through their ranks, who have all gone on to play for other clubs, and promotion gives them the chance to play against them as equals. "You never know, those players might come back one day!" laughs Steph. "We've have the likes of Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze come through our system, great players who have gone on to do better things. "We can now compete with those players in the same league and that is a great achievement from us."
Having recently located to the best facility outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, Leicester City Ladies FC are now looking to rebuild their structure.
The first team compete in the Premier League Midlands Division One, finishing in the top four in each of the last four seasons.
The club is looking to appoint coaches to their structure to support a group of talented players. Successful candidates must have minimum Level 2 qualification (preferably Level 3 or working towards). All applications will be considered however, if people show a desire for LCLFC.
Training take place on Tuesday and Thursday with excellent match day facilities, therefore coaches must be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. More opportunities are opening up at the club to take advantage of and enhance your CV.
Please e-mail email@example.com if you are interested.
LFLFC are always looking to add to their squad so any interested players, please email the club at the above address or visit www.lclfc.co.uk.
Things remain tight at the top of the Southern Division after the top five all recorded victories on Sunday.
The table is still led on goal difference by Cardiff City Ladies who were 2-0 winners away to Lewes, thanks to a brace of goals from Shannelle Edwards.
Portsmouth made sure of keeping pace with Cardiff as they triumphed 3-0 at Plymouth Argyle. Charley Wilson and Gemma Hillier ensured that Pompey led by two goals at the interval and substitute Ini Umatong wrapped up the win with the third goal late on.
Charlton Athletic remain close at hand in third place, one point behind the top two after beating Gillingham 3-0. Katie Flack gave the Addicks a lead which was doubled in first half injury time by Kit Graham and Charley Clifford joined them on the scoresheet with fifteen minutes remaining.
A 5-2 victory away to Tottenham Hotspur means that Brighton & Hove Albion remain three points off the pace. The first half actually ended goalless and Tottenham took the lead early in the second half through Wendy Martin, but Charley Boswell and Charlotte Owen turned matters around in Brighton's favour. Sophie Perry and a Natalie Grafton own goal put the Seagulls further ahead and although Martin reduced the arrears with her second goal, Jay Blackie rounded off the scoring for Brighton in injury time.
West Ham Utd made sure of hanging onto the tails of the leaders by winning 3-0 at Copsewood (Coventry). All of the Hammers' goals came in the first half, Lily Mellors opening the scoring before Vicky Kinsman and Sarah McCrea added further goals.
Five of the six matches in the division resulted in away wins, the highest going the way of Queen's Park Rangers who defeated Keynsham Town 8-1. Natalie Adams gave Rangers a first half lead which was cancelled out by a volley from Hannah Sims, but a succession of injuries reduced Keynsham to just nine players and a ruthless second half display from Rangers saw them find the net seven times. Gemma Rudman restored their lead and Adams netted her second on the hour, with Kasha Petit, Jennifer Critchley, Sarah Staples, Sophie Fogarty and Rudman all adding further goals.
Coventry City preserved their lead of three points at the top of the Northern Division with a 5-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Maz Gauntlett and Helen Dermody each scored twice and Samantha Quayle the other to end third placed Blackburn's unbeaten run of seven matches (see match report).
Sheffield FC stayed hard on Coventry's heels by beating Newcastle Utd 4-1. Jodie Michalska returned to scoring form in spectacular fashion as she bagged a hat-trick with Suzanne Davies adding the other goal, while the Magpies' consolation came from Stacy Crooks.
Bradford City's steady climb up the table is showing no signs of slowing down and they are up into fourth place after winning 2-0 at Stoke City. Molly-Mae Sharp netted both goals for Bradford inside the opening 26 minutes to give them their third league win in a row.
There were plenty of goals on offer at Huddersfield Town as the home side staged a second half fightback to earn a 4-4 draw with Derby County. The visitors had led 4-1 at one stage thanks to a Natalie Reay double, Laura Cooper and Melissa Johnson but Huddersfield, whose first half goal had come from Emily Heckler, hit back strongly and salvaged a point after scoring three times in an eight minute spell through Kate Mallin, Natalie Brace and Camille Clarke.
At the other end of the table, there were significant results for the teams who currently occupy the bottom two positions. Wolverhampton Wanderers picked up their first point of the season following nine straight defeats as they battled to a goalless draw in their local derby against Sporting Club Albion.
Nottingham Forest meanwhile won for the first time, beating Preston North End 2-1. Andi Bell's early strike for Forest was cancelled out by an equaliser from Laura Walker, before Natasha Meade grabbed the winning goal midway through the second half.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes have regained the leadership with a 3-2 win against Loughborough Students. Jodie White, Adele Sale and Vicky Brackenbury netted the goals as the Foxes went top of the table by a single point.
Previous leaders Rotherham Utd went down to a 4-2 defeat away to Leicester City Women, who are now in second place. Lauren Bartle, Chanelle Edkins, Fiona Worts and Rosie Axten were all on the scoresheet for City, with Rotherham's replies coming from Nat Shaw and Amy Pollock.
Radcliffe Olympic kept up their good form of form with a 6-0 victory over Mansfield Town which lifts them up to fourth. Danni Saulter spearheaded the win by bagging a hat-trick and Radcliffe's other markswomen were Alex Saulter, Brogan Jones and Nat Robinson.
Leafield Athletic narrowly got the better of a seven-goal thriller against local rivals Solihull Ladies. Charlotte Hughes (2), Sade Alaka and Donna Hawkins accounted for Leafield's goals while Hayley Wilford scored twice and Jodie Lewis the other for Solihull.
Nat Poole and Kyrie Ball netted the goals for FC Reedswood as they moved back into the top half with a 2-1 victory over Steel City Wanderers, for whom Cheryl Mahwood grabbed a consolation.
Leicester City Ladies meanwhile defeated Curzon Ashton 2-1, Kayleigh Hillier and Rebekah Preston were on the scoresheet with Louise McGilligan replying.
Northern Division One
A 3-2 victory away to Sheffield Utd Community sees Liverpool Marshalls Feds three points clear at the top. Danielle Evans (2) and Chantelle Thompson were on target for the Feds with Sophie Bell and Samantha Barnett replying.
Mossley Hill moved into second place after scoring eight times without reply against Norton & Stockton Ancients. Sophie Perry netted a brace and there was one apiece from Shelley James, Carla Lee, Kayleigh McDonald, Stacey McMahon, Carmen Troiano and Amy Fisher.
Becky Kendell scored both goals as Guiseley AFC Vixens inflicted a 2-1 defeat on third placed Chorley, whose consolation came from Hannah Mitchell.
Leeds Ladies remain just six points off the pace in fourth following their 3-1 success away to Morecambe. Bianca Ross was on target twice for Leeds along with Hannah Campbell.
Chester-le-Street notched up a 4-1 victory at Stockport County which keeps them in the top half of the table. Rae Taylor netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Nichole Havery and Laura Darmody, with Jeneyah Webb replying for the home side.
Tranmere Rovers and Middlesbrough meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, Kate Horne was on target for Tranmere with 'Boro replying through Jasmine Pearson.
South East Division One
C & K Basildon got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Denham Utd which sees them retain the leadership. Sara Sinclair netted both goals to keep her side one point in front.
Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile scored twelve times without reply against Norwich City to keep themselves on the heels of the leaders. Leah Cudone led the spree for the Dons with a five-goal haul, Heather McDonnell and Chloe Smith each weighed with hat-tricks and the total was completed by Hannah Barrett.
Crystal Palace also kept up the pressure in third place by beating Ipswich Town 4-1. Roschelle Shakes was on target twice for Palace with along with Stephanie Mann and Mary Onianwa, Ipswich's consolation coming from Ellie Rossiter.
Bedford Ladies drew their second league match in succession as a brace from Natasha Fensome earned them a 2-2 scoreline against mid-table Enfield Town, for whom Vicky Lewis and Lorraine Mason were on the scoresheet.
South West Division One
With Swindon Town not in action, Forest Green Rovers made a swift return to pole position by running out 4-0 winners over St Nicholas. Charlotte King gave Rovers a first lead and they added further strikes after the break through Jodie Sheppard, Kirsty Richardson and Amy Baker.
Southampton Saints' good run of form continued and they marched into second place on the back of a 2-0 success away to previously unbeaten Shanklin, Both goals came during the first half, Catherine Browning putting the Saints in front and Krystal Whyte adding the second just after the half hour mark.
Exeter City cemented themselves in fourth by bagging a twelve-goal haul away to Gosport Borough. Helen Kukor had a great day in front of goal, netting six times in total, and Tash Knapman contributed a hat-trick with Vicky Barter, Chloe Williams and an own goal rounding off the scoring.
Cheltenham Town and Larkhall Athletic meanwhile each picked up an important point as the sides battled out a goalless draw.
Coventry City 5 Blackburn Rovers 0
Coventry City gave a sparkling display to see off Blackburn Rovers by five goals nil at the Ricoh Arena and remain at the top of the FAWPL Northern Division, three points ahead of current champions Sheffield FC who have a game in hand.
Taking full advantage of defensive errors by the visitors, the Sky Blues were three goals to the good at the break and had made sure of the win by adding two more with twenty minutes left. Rovers had plenty of the ball but were unable to convert their pressure into clear cut chances unlike their hosts.
The tone was set by Maz Gauntlett with two excellent finishes early on which left Blackburn with an uphill struggle. Both came from Rovers defenders being caught in possession, the first when Sami Quayle won the ball on the right and cut an inviting ball back for Gauntlett to finish with a crisp first time effort across Jo Hutcheson. The second was pure Gauntlett, chasing down and robbing a defender then firing a perfect 30-yard lob over the stranded keeper on 16 minutes.
Blackburn responded with their first attempt on Sue Wood's goal, but Amie Fleming's effort was high and wide. A much more testing moment on 28 minutes when Katie Anderton played in Danielle Sheen but Wood was down well to hold at her near post.
Blackburn continued to press and a scramble in front of goal led to a blocked Nicola Twohig effort from a corner but immediately Coventry broke upfield and Amber Hughes crossed perfectly for Gauntlett who missed the ball, only for Quayle bring a good save from Hutcheson at the far post.
The crucial third goal came on 39 minutes and again the hosts outpaced the Rovers defence down the right and another good cross saw Amber Hughes square the ball for Helen Dermody to finish.
Coventry's day simply got better after the break when a through ball was missed by a Rovers defender, leaving Quayle with a free run on goal from the halfway line. The finish was low and true to the keepers right on 53 minutes. Hughes nearly added another on the hour but her cross shot was inches wide. It was Dermody who notched the fifth. Played in cleverly by Callan Barber, she bravely chipped the ball home as she collided with the onrushing Hutcheson on 75 minutes having to leave the field as a result.
To their credit, Blackburn kept pressing forward and created some chances for a consolation. A weak clearance by Wood almost let in Anderton, then a mix up in defence allowed Kaz Boyle to score only for the offside flag to sum up a miserable day for the Lancashire team. These moments aside the Coventry back four of Ashleigh Neville, Destiney Toussaint, Nikki Miles and Annabel Johnson had an excellent day, being strong in the tackle and constructive in their use of the ball.
Blackburn, still third in the table, have had an excellent start to the season and this was hopefully just an off day. However, the Southern Division champions of 2013-14, five months to the day since they claimed the title at Portsmouth, are now making a strong bid to add the Northern version to their honours.
Coventry City: Sue Wood, Ashleigh Neville, Annabel Johnson, Destiney Toussaint, Nikki Miles, Jade Formaston, Callan Barber, Sami Quayle, Maz Gauntlett, Helen Dermody, Amber Hughes. Sub: Katie Lowder.
Blackburn Rovers: Jo Hutcheson, Millie Shaw, Sophia Riccio, Lynda Shepherd, Jess Holbrook, Nikki Twohig, Sophie Flynn, Amie Fleming, Katie Anderton, Danielle Sheen, Kaz Boyle. Sub: Vicky Westerman.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Millwall Lionesses 0 Sunderland 4 (McDougall 17, Furness 63, Ramshaw 65, Joice 68)
Three goals in a five minute second half spell fired Sunderland to the inaugural FA WSL 2 title and promotion to the top flight next year.
The Wearsiders needed a victory in order to guarantee themselves the Championship and after a nervous first half, an emphatic display after the break ensured that the trophy would be heading towards the north east.
The kick off was delayed by fifteen minutes because of heavy traffic and this may not have helped a tense looking Sunderland side as they tried to settle down at The Den. They did get the ball in the net on nine minutes when Keira Ramshaw headed in a Sophie Williams cross but the goal was disallowed for a foul.
Sunderland did not have to wait long before the breakthrough came though, Rachel Furness and Williams combining to set up a chance for Kelly McDougall who curled a delightful shot beyond the dive of Sarah Quantrill and into the top corner of the net.
Opportunities were scarce at either end during the first half with Millwall struggling to break down a solid Sunderland defence and the visitors also finding it hard to get through again. Williams fired an effort wide and Beth Mead sidefooted a shot past the far post as Sunderland took their one goal lead into the interval.
After the break, Sunderland pressed hard for a second goal and were inches away from doubling their lead when Furness headed just wide from a Vicki Greenwell corner. Mead then made a good run down the right which took her to the goal line and she cut the ball back for McDougall but Naomi Cole did well to get across and charge down her shot.
Abbey Joice sidefooted wide after exchanging passes with Mead who got in herself a minute later from McDougall's through ball but an alert Quantrill was quick off her line to made a smart blocking save at her feet. Abby Holmes was next to make an attempt after more good set up play from Mead but her shot flew straight at Quantrill.
Furness, who had dominated matters in an impressive midfield display, then went even closer as she rattled the bar with a powerful 30-yard strike but just as Sunderland frustrations started to grow, they finally found the second goal they craved so badly.
Frankie Strugnell had gone close with a long range strike at the other end but after a Greenwell corner had come back off the post, the ball was returned to the full back who whipped in a pinpoint cross into the centre where three Sunderland players were waiting and it was Furness who headed firmly home.
Sunderland celebrations had hardly finished before they further increased their lead. A long ball forward was headed on by Mead for Ramshaw to unleash a sumptuous volley which sailed past a helpless Quantrill and into the top corner of the net.
All of a sudden, Sunderland were running riot and three minutes later Mead was the provider again as she played in Joice who buried her shot past Quantrill to make it four.
Furness was close to a second goal as she rose highest to meet a Greenwell corner but Quantrill denied her with an excellent fingertip save.
The game, and the title race, was now over as a contest and Sunderland were able to enjoy the last twenty minutes after the tension of the first half. They could have added to their lead, Williams miscuing a shot wide following a good run and cross by Joice and substitute Rebekah Bass firing narrowly wide after cutting in from the left, before the final whistle was greeted with jubilant scenes.
The Sunderland players re-emerged from the tunnel to a guard of honour from the Millwall Lionesses players - who deserve a lot of praise for their sporting attitude after the game - and captain Steph Bannon received the new trophy from Thura KT Win to mark their fourth Championship in as many years.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Chantelle Mackie, Frankie Strugnell, Lilli Maple, Naomi Cole, Kylie Davies, Francesca Ali, Lily Agg, Lillie Fenlon-Billson, Ciara Sherwood, Leanne Cowan. Subs not used: Frankie Gibbs, Cherrelle Albert, Kim Stenning.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Abby Holmes, Vicki Greenwell, Rachel Furness (sub Natalie Gutteridge 74mins), Steph Bannon, Hayley Sharp, Keira Ramshaw (sub Emma Kelly 89mins), Kelly McDougall, Beth Mead, Abbey Joice, Sophie Williams (sub Rebekah Bass 86mins). Subs not used: Helen Alderson, Gemma Wilson, Megan Beer.
(top) Lillie Fenlon-Billson takes on Steph Bannon and Keira Ramshaw
(middle) Abbey Joice fires home the fourth goal
(bottom) Sunderland - FA WSL 2 Champions
London Bees 0 Doncaster Rovers Belles 9
Doncaster Rovers Belles tried their best but ultimately matters were out of their hands as they had to settle for the runners-up spot in FA WSL 2.
The Belles had to win at The Hive whilst relying on Sunderland slipping up against Millwall Lionesses in order to win the title but despite an emphatic victory, the Wearsiders picked up the result they needed to secure the silverware.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Millie Bright scored two goals apiece and Beth England, Jess Sigsworth, Sue Smith, Rhiannon Roberts also got on the scoresheet, while London Bees' Anneka Nuttall turned into her own net.
Full report to follow...
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Anneka Nuttall (sub Andria Georgiou 63mins), Samantha Carson, Aoife Hurley, Billie Brooks, Lois Colley, Amber Gaylor, Megan Goss (sub Lucy Loomes 69mins), Sydney Hinchcliffe, Rebecca Anderson, Paula Howells. Subs not used: Emma Davies, Katherine Huggins, Shanade Hopcroft, Hannah Samuels, Selin Buyukgiray.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham (sub Reanne Thomas 65mins), Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka (sub Hope Knight 65mins), Jess Sigsworth, Sue Smith (sub Ashleigh Mills 65mins), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright, Beth England. Sub not used: Lauren Cresswell.
Reading FC Women 3 (Bragg 25,42, Cox 52) Watford 0
A first half brace from Bianca Bragg ensured Reading wrapped up the WSL 2 season in winning style with a 3-0 victory against Watford at Farnborough.
Bragg's two stunning strikes meant she ended her first Reading campaign with 7 goals from 11 games. Shelly Cox also got on the scoresheet with an exquisite left footed volley in the second half which gave the Royals a convincing win.
The game got off to a slow start with a couple of half chances for Reading coming from Lauren Bruton and Mel Fletcher but both efforts from long-range failed to hit the target. In a game that Watford offered little, the Hornets had their best chance of the game in the 15th minute as Kate Natkiel forced a brilliant save from Grace Moloney in the Reading goal.
After 20 minutes, Reading started to create more opportunities. Great attacking movement from Fletcher and Bragg created a chance for Cheryl Williams who hit a dipping shot from 30 yards and Lauren Davey needed to be alert to tip over for a corner.
In the 25th minute Bianca Bragg got the opening goal as she hit a spectacular strike from 20 yards into the top right hand corner to cap off a superb attack by Reading and give the hosts a deserved 1-0 lead.
Reading continued to dominate possession after the opening goal. Williams saw her drilled effort from the edge of the area go agonisingly wide whilst Becky Jane had a long range shot well saved by Davey.
Just before the half time break, Bianca Bragg got her second of the afternoon to double Reading's lead. A cross from the right found Bragg with plenty of time in the box and she fired home from six yards which gave Reading a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time.
Kelly Chambers made a couple of changes at half time with Laura May Walkley and Georgie Giddings replacing Megan Ryan and England's newest star, Lauren Bruton.
Within ten minutes of the restart Shelly Cox scored her second goal of the season and wrapped up the three points for Reading. Cox, who had switched to the left wing in the second-half, latched onto a beautiful cross from the right and fired a left footed volley into the back of the net.
Reading controlled the rest of the game and Grace Moloney only had two touches of the ball in the second half, a solid performance from the Reading back four denied Watford of any real threat.
The Royals were unlucky not to extend their three goal advantage. Shelly Cox looked a threat in her new left wing role and had a shot saved well by Davey. Lois Roche impressed after coming on, she battled her way through many challenges only to shoot straight at the keeper. Roche also managed a cheeky rabona, Lamela-esque!
As the clock ticked into stoppage time, Cox fired in a great cross to Bonnie Horwood who should have made it four but her effort from six yards flew over the bar to deny her a goal against her former side.
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Shelly Cox, Kirsty McGee, Megan Ryan (sub Georgie Giddings 45mins), Molly Bartrip, Bianca Bragg (sub Lois Roche 63mins), Bonnie Horwood, Lauren Bruton (sub Laura May Walkley 45mins); Melissa Fletcher, Cheryl Williams. Subs not used: Leigh Nicol, Eloise Wilson.
Watford: Lauren Davey, Ellie Butterwick, Hollie Wride, Chloe Gunn, Renee Hector, Leighanne Robe, Megan Wynne, Stacie Donnelly, Jo Wilson, Kate Natkiel, Kim Farrow (sub Sasha Adamson 74). Subs not used: Vanna Lee, Shayla Burgess.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Durham Women 1 (Christon 27) Yeovil Town 1 (Wiltshire 38)
Ellie Christon scored her first goal for Durham as the Wildcats ended their season with a draw at home to Yeovil Town.
Christon's first half strike was cancelled out by Sarah Wiltshire's equaliser as the home side rose one position to finish in sixth place in FAWSL 2.
It took 25 minutes for the first clear cut chance, with Durham's Jemma Purfield hitting a half volley wide from Caroline Dixon's long ball but the home side took the lead two minutes later. Zoe Ness' cross from the left found Christon inside the area and she took one touch before knocking the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
But, slightly against the run of play, Yeovil equalised seven minutes before the break. Wiltshire took advantage of a weak defensive header and lofted the ball over Durham keeper Danielle Hill and into the net, despite Dixon's best efforts.
Yeovil should have taken the lead on 69 minutes when Amy Wathan volleyed over from six yards out after Ellie Curson's shot had rebounded off the post.
Dixon could then have won the match for Durham but she headed Emily Scott's right wing cross wide from close range in the final minute as both sides had to settle for a point.
Durham Women: Danielle Hill, Jennifer Jennings (sub Beth Jennings 72mins), Jennifer King, Victoria Linsley (sub Emily Scott 88mins), Sarah Wilson, Caroline Dixon, Beth Hepple, Ellie Christon, Zoe Ness, Jemma Purfield, Jordan Atkinson. Subs not used: Carrie Ross, Anne Moorhouse.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Katie Cook, Stacey Pearson, Paige Stewart, Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Amy Wathan (sub Shauna Cossens 82mins). Subs not used: Ebony Dover, Laura Bray.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Oxford Utd 0 Aston Villa 2 (Cusack 70, Baker 88)
Oxford United's maiden WSL 2 season ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa at Northcourt Road.
United made one change from the side which were narrowly beaten by eventual champions Sunderland last time out, with winger Laura Low dropping to the bench in place of Gemma Simmonds, who started the game up front with Lauren Allison and Katie Stanley out wide. It was a combination of those two wide players who almost gave the home side an early lead in the opening minute as Allison raced down the left wing before pulling the ball back across goal, but Stanley was unable to get the necessary touch to divert it goalwards.
The visitors soon hit back, with Katie Wilkinson curling a wind-assisted shot narrowly wide of Demi Lambourne's right post. United's Kayleigh Hines then had a glorious opportunity from a free kick right on the edge of the area after Helen King had been tripped, but her low drive was deflected away by the wall.
It was the visitors who enjoyed the greater amount of pressure towards the end of the half, with Lambourne being called upon to smother one promising attack following a scramble in the United penalty area.
After the break, Ella Franklin-Fraiture could have put United ahead, shooting narrowly wide from distance. But Villa's Emma Follis went even closer with one ambitious effort which sailed over the head of Lambourne before hanging in the air due to the gusty conditions and coming down onto the top of the bar.
The visitors finally broke the deadlock with 70 minutes played, Katie Wilkinson opening up the United defence with an excellent through ball for Maddy Cusack to poke home.
The anticipated fightback from the U's never really materialised as they had to play for a considerable period of time with just ten players, with Lauren Allison receiving lengthy treatment on the sidelines on what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Maisie Baker killed off any hopes of an equaliser two minutes from the end as the United defence were caught out at a free kick. A dangerous ball was floated across the face of goal before being headed into the path of the lurking Baker, who had plenty of time and space in front of goal to pick her spot. She duly converted, burying the ball in the bottom corner to seal United's fate.
Oxford United: Demi Lambourne, Laura Nichol, Jemma Connor-Iommi (sub Amy Chivers 45mins), Kayleigh Hines, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Kayleigh Nutman, Katie Stanley, Lauren Allison, Gemma Simmonds (sub Holly Pickett 71mins), Helen King, Ella Franklin-Fraiture (sub Laura Low 71mins). Subs not used: Jody Marshall, Rosanna Lane.
Aston Villa: Caitlin Leach, Hayley Crackle, Chloe Jones, Sherry McCue, Jade Richards, Maisie Baker, Emma Follis, Maddy Cusack, Katie Wilkinson, Sarah Mayling, Olivia Fergusson. Subs not used: Elisha N'Dow, Dani Petrovic, Carly Davies, Natalie Courtney, Lauren Walker.
(report by www.fawsl.com)
Cardiff Met Ladies further strengthened their position at the top of the Welsh Premier Women's League with a 5-0 victory over PILCS.
The two teams had started the day with 100% records but Cardiff Met never looked back after Emily Brown scored twice in a seven minute spell leading up to half time. Emily Allen then added a brace of goals early in the second half and Brown completed her hat-trick with fifteen minutes remaining for a result which takes her side eight points clear.
Newly promoted Cwmbran Celtic are up into second place following a fine 2-0 win against Port Talbot Town. Lauren Boyd gave Cwmbran the lead during first half injury time, with Rhiannon Taylor adding the second in the 72nd minute.
Swansea City now complete the top three after they defeated Newcastle Emlyn 3-2, courtesy of a late fightback. The Swans led at half time through a goal from Jodie Passmore but Newcastle Emlyn hit back after the break and a Nadia Lawrence double turned things around in their favour. The visitors looked to be on course for victory but Rachel Rowe equalised with five minutes left and Stacey John popped up to score a late winner against her old club.
Cardiff City FC also staged a late show to win 2-1 away to Rhyl & Prestatyn. The home side took a tenth minute lead through Rachael Nattrass and stayed in front until ten minutes from time, when Ellie Wenger levelled the scores. Jess Dyer then grabbed a last minute winner to help steer City up the table.
Wrexham beat Aberystwyth Town for the second week in succession but this was a much closer affair than the FAW Women's Cup tie seven days earlier. Andrea Bailey's first half strike for Wrexham was cancelled out four minutes before half time by Stephanie Land and Aber remained on terms until the final eighteen minutes, when Phoebe Davies restored Wrexham's lead and an own goal by Sian Evans sealed a 3-1 victory.
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