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The team raced to win the North West Women's League Division One South, which was secured at Broadhurst Park, and a remarkable campaign was rounded off as they maintained their grip on the two cups they also competed in. The Argyle Sports Cup was retained with a 3-2 victory over Premier Division title challengers Stockport County in the Final and this completed an illustrious treble as they also kept hold of the Manchester FA Women's Cup.
The league title win also sees the Reds promoted to the Premier Division of the North West Women's Regional League for the 2018-19 season, a campaign in which the women's team will make the iconic Broadhurst Park stadium their permanent home.
United are managed by Luke Podmore with Kirsty Chambers as captain, whilst Jess Battle had a fantastic season in front of goal with an impressive tally of 47 to her name. At the other end of the pitch, the team kept a total of 17 clean sheets from the 28 matches they played.
United have racked up some impressive figures this season, scoring 175 goals across their 28 games in all competitions, whilst conceding just 13 times at the other end.
The ambitious club, who were shortlisted for the Manchester FA Female Team of the Year award for last season, are setting their sights on making a positive impact in the top division in the new campaign.
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The FA Women's National League is delighted to support The Grenfell Foundation and the Harrow Club in this season's Charity Trophy on Sunday 12th August at The Hive, home to Barnet FC.
The event will see an FA WNL Select Team take on a host of ex-England AllStars managed by former Arsenal Ladies legend Vic Akers (pictured) including Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey, Marieanne Spacey, Jodie Handley, Rachel Unitt and recently appointed Manchester United Women's manager, Casey Stoney.
FA WNL Chairman Carol West said: "The Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to affect those that lost friends, family and loved ones as well as those still living in its shadow in the local community. We are honoured and humbled to be able to have the opportunity to support such deserving charities and hope we get
a big crowd to raise as much money as possible."
Former Arsenal and England star Kelly Smith added: "The Grenfell tragedy was horrific and touched so many people, so when I was asked to get involved in this game, I jumped at the chance. It will be great to catch up with former team mates and friends, and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for this great cause."
The Grenfell Foundation is a charitable organisation set up this year at the request of bereaved and survivors from the Grenfell Tower fire. It will provide support and assistance to the generations affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy for years to come, with an emphasis on community, well being and education. Thanks to donations, the Foundation will soon be opening up a grant system to support community-led projects that work in these areas.
Kick off is 2pm, and gates open at 12.30pm. Tickets are £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions (OAP's & U6s) and U3 go free. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 25th July and can be bought by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/y7extewj
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Haslingden Ladies have made a successful transition into women's football and this has resulted in them carrying off the League One title in the Lancashire County Women's League at the first attempt.
The Haslingden Ladies team evolved from last season's Under-16 league winners. "Having won the North Valley League, and after chatting with the girls, we decided to enter the team into an open age league," Stephen Felinski told Women's Soccer Scene. "The Lancashire league seemed like the best suited to develop the girls as we'd try to gain valuable experience playing against older competition.
"Our aim at the beginning of the season was to try and hold our own and aim for a mid-table position. So we are over the moon at having won the league without losing a league game."
Haslingden Ladies are managed and coached by Steven Ashworth and Dave Mallabourn, and this will be their fifth season together managing the girls. The team is captained by Holly Mallabourn, and this has been an immense season for her. Holly only turned 16 on the 30th August last year and only made the Open age league qualification by two days.
"The highlight of our season has to be our final game against Penrith Development squad," added Felinski. "Penrith needed a win to move into second spot in the league, so had come with a mission. Haslingden were trying to secure a win to go unbeaten all season.
"Penrith showed their class by giving Haslingden a guard of honour as they came into the pitch and a crowd of 60 people watching the game weren't disappointed as both side gave everything to try and get a win. Haslingden did win 2-0, with a superb second from 25 yards out by Sophie Evans, her 18th of the season and all from outside the box.
"The goals have come from everywhere this season, which makes Haslingden a hard team to tie down. Left wing, right wing, headers, volleys and free kicks. But a special mention has to go to Lucy Webb who plays in a deep holding role and allows the team to move freely around her, picking out passes with ease, scoring important goals, never losing a header and defending everything that comes her way."
Liverpool have bolstered their squad ahead of the new season with the signings of Niamh Fahey, Christie Murray, Sophie Bradley-Auckland and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
Defensive midfielder Fahey joins the Reds from French Division 1 Feminine side Bordeaux having previously played for Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women.
30-year-old Fahey helped Arsenal Women to a domestic treble in 2009 before playing a key role as Chelsea Women won a domestic double in 2015.
On completing the move, Fahey said: "I am absolutely delighted to be returning to the WSL and playing for a club as big as Liverpool Ladies. I am a huge Liverpool FC fan so I cannot wait to pull on the red shirt for the first time.
"I really enjoyed my time in France with Bordeaux but felt as though the time had come to return to the WSL and experience a new challenge. Having spoken to Neil (Redfearn) and listened to the clubs ambitions, I am really confident that we will have a successful season."
Liverpool Ladies manager Neil Redfearn said: "This is a really important signing for the club as Niamh is a top class footballer. She has won a number of trophies during her spells with Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women so her experience will be vital for us this season.
"A number of other clubs tried to sign Niamh so we are delighted that she has decided that Liverpool Ladies would be the right club and I am really looking forward to working alongside Niamh."
Twenty-eight year old Murray (pictured) has previously played for Celtic FC and Glasgow City, Arsenal Women, Bristol City Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The striker also has over 50 caps for Scotland and joins Neil Redfearn's new look Reds as they look to strengthen their attacking options.
On signing for Liverpool Ladies, Murray said: "I am absolutely delighted to have signed for Liverpool Ladies and I'm really looking forward to being back in WSL1. Having spoken to a number of players that have been at Liverpool before, I know what a huge club it is and I cannot wait to make my debut.
"There is going to be a new set of players at Liverpool Ladies for the new season but I know that if the players can gel quickly we will have a really successful season."
Liverpool Ladies manager Redfearn said: "This is another really important signing for the club and I am looking forward to working alongside Christie (Murray). She is a real goal threat as well as being technically excellent so will add some creativity to the team.
"Christie also has the experience of playing in WSL1 before with Arsenal Women and Bristol City Women so I am confident that Christie will hit the ground running and become a real asset."
Having progressed through the youth system at Nottingham Forest Ladies, Bradley-Auckland then joined Leeds United Ladies in 2006 for a four year spell.
Following her spell in Yorkshire, Bradley-Auckland then joined Lincoln Ladies and Notts County Ladies before joining the Belles in 2017 helping them to WSL2 title last season.
On completing the switch to Liverpool Ladies, Bradley-Auckland said: "This is a great move for me and I'm really excited for the new season. Liverpool is a fantastic football club with real ambitions to be challenging for trophies again so this was an easy decision to make.
"The opportunity to work alongside Neil (Redfearn) again was also a real pull as I feel as though he helped to develop my game to the next level last season. Although this is a transition period for the club, having spoken to Neil there is some exciting plans for the future and I cannot wait to get the season started."
Liverpool Ladies manager Redfearn said: "Securing the services of Sophie is another great acquisition for the club. She was immense for Doncaster Rovers Belles last season and also has the experience of having played WSL1 football before as well as representing England at senior level.
"Sophie is a very composed defender who is extremely confident on the ball and I'm sure she that will become a real fans favourite with the Liverpool Ladies supporters."
FA WSL2 top scorer for Doncaster Rovers Belles during the 2017 Spring Series, Sweetman Kirk joins the Reds to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.
Ex-England U23 international Sweetman-Kirk signed for Everton Ladies from Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2017 having previously played for Notts County Ladies, Coventry City Ladies and Leicester City Women.
On moving across Merseyside, Sweetman-Kirk said: "I am absolutely delighted to join Liverpool Ladies and cannot wait to get started. Having spoken to a number of my ex-team mates at Doncaster Rovers Belles, they only had positive things to say about working with Neil (Redfearn) so I am really excited to get the opportunity myself.
"Neil (Redfearn) has made it clear that he wants to have a side that gets the ball down and plays good football so I am confident that this will suit my style of play perfectly. It is a fantastic move for me and I am confident that I can score many goals during my time at the Club.
Speaking on the acquisition of striker Sweetman-Kirk, Liverpool Ladies manager Neil Redfearn said: "This is a brilliant signing for the club as Courtney is a proven goalscorer who will offer us a real goal threat for the new season. Courtney finished as Everton Ladies' top scorer last season as well as finishing FA WSL2 top scorer the year before which highlights what a quality striker she is.
"I know that a number of other clubs were interested in signing Courtney so we are delighted that she has put faith in our ambitions for the future and chosen to sign for Liverpool Ladies."
The announcement completes a busy week for Liverpool who have also captured the signatures of Anke Preuss, Leandra Little and Rhiannon Roberts.
Manchester United are delighted to announce their squad for the upcoming season in the FA Women's Championship.
The team will be led by former England international Casey Stoney in the club's maiden campaign in the Championship, assisted by former Bristol City boss Willie Kirk.
The squad will include three players capped by England, goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, captain Alex Greenwood and Amy Turner, whilst Kirsty Smith and Lizzie Arnot are both Scotland internationals.
Manchester United squad: Siobhan Chamberlain, Emily Ramsey, Fran Bentley, Martha Harris, Alex Greenwood, Amy Turner, Naomi Hartley, Lucy Roberts, Kirsty Smith, Aimee Palmer, Mollie Green, Katie Zelem, Charlie Devlin, Lauren James, Lizzie Arnot, Millie Turner, Ella Toone, Jess Sigsworth, Leah Galton, Kirsty Hanson, Ebony Salmon.
The Football Association has today confirmed that Crystal Palace Ladies have been awarded a position in the FA Women's Championship for the 2018-19 season.
In addition, Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC has requested to withdraw from the FA Women's Championship and will join Sheffield FC Ladies in Tier 3, The FA Women's National League, for the 2018-19 season. A Special General Meeting of the FA Women's National League will finalise the transition of both clubs in the coming weeks.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Director of Women's Football for The FA said: "We are delighted to welcome Crystal Palace Ladies into The FA Women's Championship. They very narrowly missed out in the open application phase earlier in the year and will be an exciting addition to the league.
"We're very sad to lose both Sheffield FC Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC from the second tier but we understand and respect their decisions. We are pleased to confirm that we have secured positions for them both in Tier 3 and we wish them successful seasons in The FA Women's National League.
"We will shortly be able to finalise the 2018-19 fixtures across all divisions and look forward to a very exciting season in women's football."
Liverpool Ladies have completed the signing of Belgian international winger Yana Daniels from Bristol City Women.
Twenty-six year-old Daniels joins the Reds to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the 2018-2019 FA Women's Super League.
Daniels, who can also play as a striker, came through the youth setup at Oud-Heverlee Leuven before spells with Lierse, FC Twente and Anderlecht.
On moving to Liverpool Ladies, Daniels said: "This is a great move for me and I am really looking forward to working alongside Neil (Redfearn) and the players. The squad here as big potential and I am really confident that we will have a successful season this year.
"Once I heard of the interest from Liverpool Ladies, there was only one Club that I wanted to sign for and I cannot wait to get started."
Speaking on the signing of Belgian winger Daniels, Liverpool Ladies manager Neil Redfearn said: "This is another great signing for the Club. Yana will give us more options in the final third and I am really confident that she will become a real fans favourite.
"Yana is a hard working winger whose versatility to also play up front gives us far more attacking options as we look to add more goals to the team."
Image via Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC
Bristol City Women FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Tanya Oxtoby as the club's new manager.
The 36-year-old makes the step up from her role as assistant coach at Women's Super League opponents, Birmingham City Women.
Kevin Hamblin, chairman of Bristol City Women said: "We are thrilled to have secured Tanya as the new manager of the Vixens.
"As someone that has successfully made the transition from player to coach/manager, the board was unanimous in believing she has all the right qualities to take the team forward."
Oxtoby, who hails from Australia, has a wealth of previous experience including assistant coach for both the Perth Glory Women and Australian Women's National Youth Under 20s, the Young Matilda's.
During her time coaching Perth Glory, she helped guide them to their only Premiers Plate, winning the Australian W-league, as well as their first ever grand final appearance.
She has also previously undertaken the role of director of development at Notts County Ladies as well as combining her playing career at the Doncaster Belles with managing the Nottingham Forest Ladies back in 2012.
Oxtoby said: "It's been a whirlwind couple of days, but I'm really excited and grateful for the opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting pre-season underway.
"The player pathway here at City is massively important and speaks to me as a coach and manager. From my perspective, it is something that really appealed to me and brought me here.
"Every WSL team now needs to be planning two or three years in advance, there are some exciting times with new teams coming up from WSL2, it's great for women's sport and more specifically women's football."
Birmingham City Ladies will now be known as Birmingham City Women.
The new name reflects Blues' position as a leading club in the sport and is representative of a modern view on language and equality.
The forthcoming Women's Super League season marks the 50th anniversary of women's football at Blues and work will continue to improve all aspects of the team both on and off the pitch.
The change will see the removal of all reference to ‘Ladies' and as a result wherever possible the women's team will simply be known as ‘Birmingham City'. This is an important and progressive step for Birmingham City Football Club and one that is a clear symbol of togetherness and unity.
For formal purposes, Birmingham City Women will be the official name, but will only be used to avoid any confusion with the men's team.
To coincide with the announcement of Birmingham City Women, the Club are delighted to announce a women's charity partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid for the 2018-19 season.
Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid supports women and children affected by all forms of violence. Blues will be supporting the local Birmingham-based charity through a range of fundraising and awareness activities over the course of the forthcoming season.
Xuandong Ren, Birmingham City FC Chief Executive and Director, said: "This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of our women's team.
"As a Club we are incredibly proud of the team and their achievements to date. We are fully committed to be a beacon for women's sport both locally and nationally.
"The charity partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid is a groundbreaking moment for the charity and ourselves. Their work in the communities of Birmingham and Solihull is fantastic and as a Club we want to support and raise awareness across the city."
Marc Skinner, Birmingham City Women Manager, said: "The name change is a massive step forward for the Club and women's football.
"The players and myself are in full support of Birmingham City's commitment to the women's game and to inspire the next generation of footballers."
"Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid are excited and proud to be entering this partnership with Birmingham City Football Club, particularly at the moment that they change the name of the women's team," said Maureen Connolly, Chief Executive, Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid.
"This is an enormous opportunity to raise the profile and aspirations of women whilst growing awareness of the harm caused by domestic violence and abuse against women and children in Birmingham and Solihull."
Arsenal have boosted their squad ahead of the new season with the signings of Lia Walti and Tabea Kemme, both from Turbine Potsdam.
25-year-old midfielder Walti joined Turbine Potsdam in 2013, and went on to captain the side.
She previously played in Switzerland for YB Frauen, where she won the Nationalliga A and played in the UEFA Champions League.
Lia has made 54 appearances for the Swiss national team.
A versatile player, Kemme first joined Turbine Potsdam at the age of 14.
Throughout her time with the German side Tabea developed her style of play, playing as a forward for the early part of her career, and she has since become one of the most versatile players in the world.
In her 140 appearances for Turbine Potsdam, she has won the UEFA Women's Champions League and the Frauen-Bundesliga.
The 26-year-old Germany international has represented her country since youth level. She now has 41 caps for the senior team. Tabea also impressed in the Germany side that won gold an the 2016 Olympic Games.
Off the pitch, Tabea is a qualified police officer.
Gunners boss Joe Montemurro told www.arsenal.com: "Lia is a fantastic midfielder. She will give us another experienced option in that position. Her work rate is impressive, and her professionalism will shine through.
"Tabea brings a wealth of experience to the squad. She knows first hand what it takes to be successful in Europe and the Women's Champions League, and we will benefit from her knowledge."
Liverpool Ladies have completed the signing of Bristol City Women defender Jasmine Matthews.
Twenty-five year-old Matthews came through the youth system with the Vixens and was named the club's Players' Player of the Season for 2017-2018.
Ex England U23 international Matthews is also able to play in midfield and gives Neil Redfearn more options as he strengthens the squad ahead of the new season.
On making the move, Matthews said: "I have spent my whole career at Bristol City Women so this was a big decision for me to make but once I heard about the interest from Liverpool Ladies it was a no brainer. It is a fantastic club with real ambitions to challenge for trophies so I am really excited for the future.
"I would also like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Bristol City from the youth setup to the first team for helping me to develop into the player that I am today."
Speaking on the acquisition of Matthews, Reds manager Neil Redfearn said: "I am delighted to have signed Jasmine as she is a real leader who I believe will play a key part for us next season. Jasmine's versatility was another bonus for us as she is equally as comfortable playing in midfield as she is in defence.
"Jasmine had many other offers to join other clubs so I am really pleased that she has chosen to sign for Liverpool Ladies."
Image via Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC.
Rushmoor Ladies' first team has been playing in the Hampshire League for four seasons now but at the end of the 2016-17 season, although doing well enough to remain in the First Division, they took the decision to drop a league and take time to consolidate and rebuild. A number of new players joined both pre and during the season, strengthening the core of ladies they already had. The youngest addition to the team was Brogan Nevitt, who is just seventeen, but the squad has a range of ages and experience right up to captain Terri Parker who has played women's football for many years. The increasing numbers within the development squad also assisted with training and the ability to always field a strong team.
"Although I expected us to do well, I was surprised at how dominant we were this season," manager Gary Smith told Women's Soccer Scene. "In the league we ended up unbeaten, in cup competitions we lost on penalties in the Invitational Cup and our only loss in the Intermediate Cup was in the Final. Notable games were an 8-0 win against New Milton Ladies first team, 6-1 against AFC Stoneham and beating third placed Horndean 8-0 away, in our last game of the season.
"The football we are now playing is great, we've managed to overcome the long ball punt upfield and have concentrated on ball retention and simple passing to move the ball but for me, the biggest improvement is our team spirit. All of the ladies are so supportive of each other, it makes them so much stronger as a team, both on and off the pitch. Although we now run two teams, they are one squad who genuinely love to support each other during game time and at social events.
"Highlights for the first team this season will be winning Division Two resoundingly by eight points with a goal difference of 34, I guess the only tarnish on the season will be not winning the Cup Final. One of our players, Emma Mutch, picked up the Golden Boot award for most goals scored (33) and added to that she was player of the year. But for me, as team manager, we are now scoring goals from all positions which takes the pressure off of Emma and allows her to set up and distract as well as score.
"We have a solid back four in Gemma Bennett, Abbie Kinch, Emma Legg and Stacey Charman that have played together for four seasons now, with Deb Wood stepping in when required. Quick wings able to cross and score when required in Lisa Cooper and Jade Nightingale, a strong midfield, captained by Terri Parker, of Kirsty Buchanan, Jen Gilliam-Blair, Jade Bennett, Brogan Nevitt and Grace Irvine, and a proven strike force of Emma Mutch and Nat Washington.
"Although a settled squad this season undoubtedly aided in our success, we have a number of ladies in our development squad that are more than ready to step up and challenge places in the firsts next season. With ever growing numbers, our aim is to start a third ladies team with the ultimate goal being self perpetuation through the many girls teams we have at the club.
"Division One beckons, and we are fully aware it will be a tough season, but one we are more than prepared for."
Gary Smith is assisted by Steve Smith whilst Al Gardiner is Head Coach and Head of Female Football at the club.
West Ham United Ladies are delighted to announce the signing of England international Claire Rafferty from Chelsea Women.
Rafferty signs for the Hammers after spending the last 11 seasons with Chelsea; a run in which the left back helped the Blues claim the FA WSL title and FA Women's Cup on two occasions - both coming in double winning campaigns.
"I'm buzzing about joining West Ham Ladies," Rafferty told whufc.com. "As soon as I turned up at the training ground I got a really nice, gut feeling about the Club, and that's what made me think that this is the club for me. It eliminated any doubt.
"It didn't matter what anyone said; it was that feeling that was the decider."
A regular for Chelsea since joining the side from Millwall Lionesses in 2007, Rafferty began her career with the Blues on the left of midfield, before making the change to a left sided defender.
Rafferty was a significant part of Chelsea's transformation into a professional side and also brings European experience to West Ham, having played in the Champions League with the Blues, culminating in a run to the semi finals of the competition last season.
Rafferty admitted: "It's quite surreal, having been at a club for such a long time, to now be wearing a different coloured jersey. It's lovely to be here at West Ham. The side has such a nice vibe.
"It was time for a change. I wasn't playing as much as I wanted to and, with West Ham coming into the new WSL, I know the club wants to be challenging for the top places.
"With the players, the management and the set up, it felt like the right thing to do. West Ham really jumped out at me and I'm really happy to be here."
Claire Rafferty is the second Chelsea player to join up with West Ham this week, following the signing of goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer.
This season has easily been their most successful yet, by winning the Suffolk Girls and Women's League Cup and completing an undefeated league season to crown themselves as Champions as well.
What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that before the season even began, there was the real possibility of the ladies team moving to another club. Discontent between various club officials led to a testing pre-season, as the club lost its Chairman, welfare officer, secretary and a handful of youth teams too. However, once all the fallout was settled, the club was left with a more dedicated and hard working core group of people to lead the teams left than ever before.
The ladies team have always been managed by David George and Darren Hogg, both of whose daughters used to play for the team but now continue to do the role because of their dedication and loyalty to the team. They also took on the Under-16 girls team this year when their coach left only a week before their first game, and this team also went on to win their league championship this year. Both are joined by coach, Dale Vince, who has brought great professionalism and high standards to the team's training sessions and match tactics.
The team is captained by Georgina Longden, who has been in this role for the past four seasons, having been with the team from day one. There are a core of players who have played in every season so far with the club and who have been integral to their development, turning up even in the early days of struggling to get eleven players on the pitch. These include Georgina Longden, Alice Longden, Jess Quinsee, Pippa King, Holly Prior and Emily Lambert.
This season has also seen two players come through the ranks of the club and become integral first team players at the age of just 16. Charlotte McGrath and Annie Northwood have played for the past seven years for East Bergholt through the various youth teams, and continued their fantastic dedication and progress by moving into ladies football this season. Charlotte was voted Players' Player of the year by the end of the season, and Annie ended the year as by far their highest goalscorer, scoring 24 goals in the league and many more in the cup run. Other high scorers on the team included Jess Clark with 13 goals, and Millie Wilding, who only joined in October, with 11.
"The season started with a comprehensive run of eight wins in a row, including a key 3-2 win against local rivals Brantham, and a 10-0 demolishing of Leiston St Margarets," Georgina Longden told Women's Soccer Scene. "Then came a run of difficult fixtures against the other key rivals for the title, and the team drew four games in a row to bring other teams back into the race and make things harder for ourselves. This was despite already beating two of our biggest rivals in the cup run, including a tight 1-0 win at Walsham Le Willows and a 4-0 victory against Bacton in the semi final.
"But the team soon got back to winning ways in the league and won their last four games with the pressure on, most notably winning 4-1 at Leiston but being staunchly held out at 1-1 until the 80th minute onwards.
"When it came to our final two games, we knew we had it all in our hands and were more determined than ever to make sure we did not slip at the final hurdles. The League Cup Final saw us playing Kesgrave Ladies, who we had beaten twice in the league, but it they who took a shock lead after only five minutes on the night. This stirred the team into action and within a few minutes we had equalised, and then never looked back, going on to score six more in a 7-1 win, including a Cara Savage hat-trick. This completed our first ever trophy success.
"The following week we knew a win or draw would secure us the title too, but were adamant we wanted the victory to claim it in style and this we did with a 3-1 win over Walsham Le Willows, who had been our main title rivals up until the final couple of games. A big crowd from the village came to watch our final game and it was a great family atmosphere of celebration once we got the job done.
"The biggest thank yous go to Dave George, Darren Hogg and Dale Vince, who really took all the work of the entire club on this year whilst still maintaining a positive, friendly and encouraging team atmosphere throughout. The key to the team's development has always been the close knit nature of the group and the positivity that we all bring, which really can set us apart from other teams we have played."
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have appointed Lee Burch as the clubs new Head Coach, as the club begins life in its new professional surroundings.
Burch, who was named the 2017-18 FA Women's Super League Two manager of the year at the LMA Awards, will take on the role, following the departure of former manager Jamie Sherwood.
Joining Millwall Lionesses midway through the 2016 campaign, Burch guided his former team into a top three finish last season, picking up the Manager of the Year Award in the process.
With Yeovil Town Ladies FC now confirmed as a Tier 1 side for next season, Burch will look to build upon recent successes of the club, in a full time professional setting.
Commenting on his appointment, Lee Burch said: "I'm delighted to be joining Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club. After speaking to the club and seeing the vision, I was excited by the challenge and look forward to the season starting.
"The club has many of the key values I look for in myself, the players I work with and the staff and this was key to my decision.
"I cannot wait to get into the full time environment and with the new WSL1 structure, I believe it's going to be an exciting time for the club, staff, players and supporters."
Club Chairman Steve Allinson commented "On behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Ladies I am delighted to welcome Lee to our Club at this exciting new chapter in our development.
"Lee demonstrated in our interview process how much he shared the values we cherish and our long term development vision. We look forward to working with him and building together on and off the field."
Peckham Town Football Club was established in 1982. and way back in early 2000 the club had two very good Under-12 girls teams which dominated the then London FA South London Girls League. However the teams did not continue as the girls got older and the adventure into girls and ladies football ended.
Following FA Ground Grading works at the Menace Arena in 2017, the club decided the time was right to restart the ladies team and they were entered into the Greater London Women's Football League and placed in Division Three South.
Peckham opened their season with a 5-0 victory over Hampton & Richmond Ladies and as they eased through the gears, found themselves leading the table - a position they held for a while but soon the expected wobble most teams have in deepest winter would see them drop to second.
However the well supported South Londoners, who are coached by former Fulham, Arsenal and England Ladies captain Mary Phillip and train alongside Peckham Town's men's first team, would prove their quality as they went on to capture the title with a solid team performance against Baldon Sports in front of nearly 100 spectators at the Menace Arena.
Peckham are managed by Adrian Butler with Mary Phillip as Coach, the team is captained by Sarah Quinn and Louise Wells was leading scorer with 24 league games to her name, adding a further nine in cup competitions. Other people who have played an important role for the club on and off the pitch are chairmen Bryan Hall and Mike Smith, secretary Jackie Kemsley and first aider Rohan Howitt.
Peckham Town Ladies are currently looking for proven experienced players for their push for greater success in season 2018-19. Interested players should contact the club on (07944) 488900 or e-mail Peckhamcefi@aol.com.
Plymouth Argyle Ladies are delighted to announce the new management teams for both their First and Development Teams for the 2018-19 season.
Following the departure of Travis Rowland the club have appointed Trevor Rodd and Dave Leonard as joint First Team Managers with Marc Bonney continuing as Assistant Manager. Jason Haswell will also continue as the first team Goalkeeping Coach as well as being Head Goalkeeping Coach for the club.
The Development Team Management team of Rob Bonney and Simon Parnell will be joined by Vicki Fannon this season. Vicki, a former player with the club, rejoins from Torquay United Ladies and brings with her a wealth of football experience across Devon.
A club spokesman said: "Everybody at the club is extremely excited following the appointment of the two management teams for the forthcoming season. Following two successful seasons the club knows the challenges ahead of us as we move up to the new FA Women's National League and the South West Women's League.
"With both management teams working closely together with the management committee, we are confident that both teams can continue to develop and achieve our goals."
Trevor and Dave said: "We are delighted to be considered for the role and will do our best to pick up the reins from the great work Travis has done over the past 18 months."
The 2017-18 season has been a successful season for AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme with the ladies in particular enjoying a memorable season, as the squad gained promotion and a place in the League Cup Final.
The 2017-18 season has been a successful season for AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme with the ladies in particular enjoying a memorable season, as the squad gained promotion and a place in the League Cup Final.
Promotion to the Southern Region Women's League Premier Division was gained following just one defeat throughout the season. The final game of the campaign was won in impressive fashion, with a 12-1 win against Winchester City Flyers Reserves, Emma Davis scoring five of the goals, which included a five minute hat-trick.
Further achievements for the Ladies squad came in the League Cup competition, which involved teams from the three Southern Region Women's Leagues. A place in the Final was secured with an outstanding performance against Warsash Wasps, despite going a goal behind the team responded well and went on to score eight times.
The Cup Final was the final game of the season after securing promotion the week before. The game was played against the winners of the Premier Division, Chesham United, and despite a very good performance in a close game, Bournemouth were defeated 3-1.
The Ladies made history this season by playing a game on the main pitch at the Vitality Stadium against a Chelsea Development Squad. A record crowd of 877 enjoyed the game, particularly when Sian Tilly scored with a brilliant header, which was the Cherries' only goal of the game during a fantastic evening which showcased the AFC Bournemouth Girls & Women's programme.
Steve Davies is the Ladies First Team manager and he is assisted by Dave Hook. The side is captained by Sian Tilly, with leading goalscorer Chloe Tape the vice captain, she received the Ladies' Player of the Season award at AFC Bournemouth's annual Players Awards Dinner, with the whole Ladies squad in attendance alongside their male counterparts.
The Women and Girls programme, which has been developed over the past three seasons, provides a pathway for young female players to enjoy football and reach their potential, with a number of the current team having progressed through the youth programme in to the senior squads and first team.
Durham Women FC are delighted to confirm that midfielder Beth Hepple has extended her stay with the club.
The 21-year-old, who netted 11 times for the Wildcats last season, has committed her future to New Ferens Park after an impressive campaign.
A mainstay in the Durham side since their entry into the FA WSL, Hepple is the club's longest serving player having progressed through the youth ranks of the club.
Having now racked up over 100 appearances and 30 goals for the club, the midfielder is keen to push on next season.
Speaking after agreeing a new deal, Hepple said: "It's great to be staying at the club next season. It's an exciting time and the club is growing every year.
"I enjoyed last season but believe I can always improve, so I can't wait to get back into pre-season and get ready for the new season ahead.
"I think this season is going to be even more competitive with new teams entering the league, but I believe as a team we can challenge for the title.
"I know that is the aim as a club and we have a well balanced squad mixed with youth and experience."
Manager Lee Sanders added: "It's fantastic that Beth will be competing for us again this season.
"She's grown up with the club along with a few others here and that's great to see from our perspective.
"She's had another good season and hit a few milestones along the way with her 100th appearance and recently being called into the England U23 squad.
"She's again been an almost ever present in the team and deserves to be as she's generally one of the players who gets us something in games - whether scoring or assisting she's usually involved in it.
"We will look to improve as a team again next season and I'm sure she'll be a big part of that."
Hepple becomes the fifth player to commit their future to the club, following Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Rachel Lee and Emily Roberts.
Photo by Susan Gutteridge
Redcar started the season with a combined team from the remaining Redcar players and the joining players from Stokesley Ladies. They had a good start to the season with a SSE Women's FA Cup win away at Workington Reds and a comfortable win at home in the league over Ripon City.
They were then unlucky to lose in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup away at Alnwick Town, conceding an 88th minute penalty to go out 1-0.
The next five league games were won, including a 3-2 home win over eventual runners-up South Park Rangers. The club then had a turnaround of players and Head Coach, with Lee Round appointed to the role of Head Coach, and they went from strength to strength from that point, winning nine league games whilst drawing and losing just once.
"We had a really hard run in against the three teams who, if they beat us, could win the league," assistant coach and secretary Ian Enderwick told Women's Soccer Scene. "After each win for us, they went out of title race.
"We won 1-0 away to Catterick Garrison, 4-2 against Poppleton and finally, in the league decider, South Park Rangers needed a win and we required a draw, and we won 6-2 on their pitch, which is the best grass pitch we have in the league.
"Lee had targeted the double for this season and he and the ladies achieved this target by playing some great passing football and digging in with a great team spirit when the need arised.
Each and every one of the players played their part of this momentous season for us, we picked up a few long term injuries on the way and the other squad members filled in seamlessly to earn the right to be League and Cup winners."
The team is captained by Paula Lowe, whilst Jess Round had a great season, scoring 44 league goals and a further four in the Cup, finding the net in every round including two in the Final.
"Our entertainment officer Michelle Coleman plays an important role at the club, organising our fundraiser race night and making sure we are a close knit squad," added Enderwick. "Also a thank you to Derek Hartas who runs our website.
"Our best performance of the season has got to be in the semi finals of the County Cup, where we won 2-0 against Boro Rangers from the division above us and, of course, the Cup Final win over York City who play three leagues above and had won it for the last two seasons. We led twice, to be pegged back both times, then scored a wonder goal to win it. The best league result was probably when we won 1-0 away to Catterick, a really hard fought win."
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