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For the second major Finals in a row, England and Scotland will meet after they were drawn in the same group for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Finals in France.
Japan, runners-up last time around, and Argentina complete the line up in a tough looking group for both nations as England will look to improve on finishing in third place in 2015, whilst Scotland take part in the Finals for the very first time.
As in the Euro 2017 Finals in the Netherlands, the Auld Enemy will come face to face in their opening match in Nice on Sunday 9th June, with their next matches coming five days later as England play Argentina in Le Havre and Scotland take on Japan in Rennes. The final group matches take place on Wednesday 19th June, England facing Japan in a repeat of the semi finals four years earlier, again in Nice, whilst Scotland will play Argentina at the same time at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
The tournament kicks off on 7th June, with the Final being played exactly one month later on Sunday 7th July in Nyon.
England Head Coach Phil Neville told TheFA.com: "It's a fine looking group we've got. We've got three teams that will compete against each other in a fabulous way.
"I think the Scotland game will get the most interest - and rightly so - because of the rivalry, which I think is something we all should enjoy and embrace. It shows how far the women's game has come."
Scotland Head Coach Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co,uk: "The one thing we can't afford to do is get caught up in the England game. We can't allow that to distract ourselves because we need to make sure we prepare for all three games.
"I don't think it favours anyone because when you're involved all you want to do is concentrate and prepare as best you can. But it is what it is and unfortunately it probably will be a circus.
"I think there were other groups in there I would have favoured. But I think we should be aiming to get out the group even though we know it's going to be tough.
"England have come out and said they want to win the World Cup so getting Scotland in their first game, they wouldn't have liked that either. As the higher ranked team, they're going to be under pressure.
"As a coach I'll be looking forward to the Japan game. Over the years Japan have been a formidable force and technically and tactically are a phenomenal side.
"We will have to be at our best in all three games if we're going to have a chance of getting out of the group. I'm not going to predict anything but we will set a target and stick to it. We will have to be at our best in all three games."
Alex Scott, who appeared for England at three World Cups, conducted the draw alongside former France international Louis Saha. USA legend Carli Lloyd and Didier Deschamps, who led France to men's World Cup glory in the summer, were also in attendance.
Fylde Ladies produced one of the results of the round in the SSE Women's FA Cup when they won 3-1 away to Sunderland.
We talked to Fylde captain Danielle Young, who praised her team mates for the win against Sunderland and looked ahead to taking on Keynsham Town in the Third Round:
WSS: That was a tremendous result for you on Sunday at Sunderland, just how pleased were you with the way the team played?
DY: We were fantastic, we showed on Sunday that we have not only now got quality but we have found that desire to work for each other. We really have that team ethic and there was no way we were losing that game.
WSS: Was it any advantage at all for you, going into the game, that you had already beaten Sunderland this season on the opening day?
DY: Anything can happen on the opening day, it's always the case, so for us, no I don't think it had any influence. We knew Sunderland had made some strong signings since so they were going to be a different team and a much more experienced one.
WSS: The Sunderland result comes on the back of five wins out of six in the league, do you think the team is hitting its best form now?
DY: Yes, it's the best we've been this season but we still have a long way to go. We've come on a lot in all aspects recently but still we have a lot to improve on the pitch. It's a great run of form yes, and we're very proud of it, but we need to not take our foot off the gas and we must continue to improve and dominate.
WSS: The draw has handed you a long trip south to play Keynsham Town, who are flying in their division this season. Do you know much about Keynsham, and how tough a game are you expecting there?
DY: I played them many years back and they were a strong physical side then, having checked them out and spoken with some contacts I have down south, I know they're still a strong side irrelevant of the league they are in. They also proved that in the second round, beating a higher opposition, so we prepare for this game as much as we do for all our games. We really want to do well in the FA Cup and get as far as possible so we're determined to not let standards drop.
WSS: Will there be an even bigger incentive going into the Keynsham match, knowing that a win gives you a great chance of drawing a WSL side in the next round?
DY: Yes certainly! That's our aim, we want to test ourselves.
WSS: You are also on your travels this week to play Guiseley Vixens, presumably you will approach that much full of confidence?
DY: Yes, it's a chance for us to add to our unbeaten run in the league. We go there wanting to take all three points and nothing less.
WSS: As things stand, Blackburn are looking red hot favourites to win the league but do you feel that Fylde are very much involved in the title race?
DY: We're very much in the mix for the top three but Blackburn have been incredible this season and I don't see anyone getting near them as it stands. For us, we're just looking to pick up as many points as possible and finish as high as possible.
WSS: With the likes of Sunderland coming into the league, is the feeling that the Northern Division is a stronger one this season?
DY: Sunderland have strengthened the league, yes, but the league has been strong for a while. I don't think it's got the credit it has deserved in the past.
Our thanks to Danielle!
Photo - Paul Melling Photography
England and Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs underwent surgery on Monday to repair a damaged ACL.
After a successful operation Jordan now begins her recovery process, but sadly her injury rules her out of the Women's World Cup next summer.
England Head Coach Phil Neville said: "We are all wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and will be supporting her every step of the way throughout her rehabilitation process.
"She is an invaluable member of the Lionesses squad and played a huge part in helping us secure our place at next summer's Women's World Cup finals in France.
"Naturally we are disappointed that a player of Jordan's ability and importance will not be able to take part in the World Cup, but the priority is that she returns to full fitness and can look forward to many exciting years ahead playing for both her club and country."
She has joined illustrious company by landing the SSE Women's FA Cup player of the round - and Crawley Wasps striker Emma Plewa admits it's the pinnacle of her club career to-date.
The 28-year-old forward dazzled as Crawley breezed through the FA Cup First Round with a 6-0 win over QPR Development in November, hitting a hat-trick in the process as Wasps reached round two for only the second time in their history.
The former Wales international, who balances her time between scoring goals for Crawley and working as a personal trainer in Wallington, was blown away by receiving the award.
Plewa, who is currently on the sidelines after suffering a foot injury following her FA Cup heroics - admits winning the gong will always hold special memories.
"It's quite an honour, it feels very special to win the player of the round award," said the former Chelsea player. "It's a great feeling to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup. I couldn't have done it without my team mates that's for sure. I am proud and will always hold this award as a special moment in my career.
"We've been working hard all season, the girls always put in blinding performances and the work ethic is always there, so we always know pre-game what the focus is and what we need to do to get the result.
"I think on the day it's just down to all the girls turning up and giving 100 per cent and knowing and believing in what we are doing."
Thanks to the endeavour of the Brecon-born winger, Wasps secured a spot in the Second Round against FA Women's National League South side Chichester City to set up a thrilling Sussex derby.
Crawley will face Coventry United in the Third Round if they are successful in their rearranged tie with Chichester following a postponement - but Paul Walker's side will have to do it without their star striker Plewa after the Brecon High School alumnus devastatingly fractured her foot.
"I think playing a team in the league above will be a brilliant challenge for the girls and I am confident that they will do well, and I am more than confident that we can do well," she said. "It's always good to make some history and it will be great for the development of the club to reach the third round.
"It shows how much the backing of the managers and the time that they have given, for us to get to that point."
Plewa broke onto the scene at Bristol Academy and a move to Chelsea followed in 2010, before she had to make the tough decision of pursuing her career or football. Thanks to the support of her Crawley teammates, Plewa believes she's rediscovered the feelgood factor once again.
"I had to take time away to focus on my own career, and now I am quite happy to come back and enjoy playing football again like I was a kid. That was the whole idea.
"This team keeps going from strength to strength, so I feel like it won't be a hobby before long."
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by Max Chesterton, Sportsbeat
The penultimate round of matches in the group stages took place during midweek and three of the quarter finalists are confirmed, with as many other places all but decided.
Cup holders Arsenal are one of those definitely through to the last eight, sealing their place with a 5-0 victory over Charlton Athletic. Vivianne Miedema put the Gunners in front after six minutes and Katie McCabe made it two on the half hour. An own goal from Amelia Ritchie broke Charlton's resistance after the break and Arsenal went on to crown the win in the last fifteen minutes as Miedema and McCabe both completed their doubles. Only a huge turnaround in goal difference in the final match will prevent West Ham Utd from being the other team to qualify from Group Two South, they were not in action in midweek but Lewes finished their matches by winning 2-0 away to Millwall Lionesses. The game was goalless until midway through the second half, when Rebecca Carter put the Rookettes in front by scoring the rebound after Vicky Carleton's initial shot had struck the woodwork. Samantha Quayle netted the second goal ten minutes later with a low drive.
Manchester City booked their quarter final place by scoring six times without reply past Sheffield Utd. Janine Beckie netted twice in the first half, either side of a Jess Park goal, and Beckie completed her hat-trick after the break. Georgia Stanway made it five from the penalty spot and Beckie rounded off the scoring with her fourth. Birmingham City put themselves on the brink of going through as they also won 6-0 against Leicester City. Shania Hayles, Lucy Staniforth, Chloe Arthur and Charlie Wellings gave the Blues a four-goal lead at the break, with Hayles and Aoife Mannion completing the win in the second half. Bristol City did keep their slim hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over Aston Villa. Lucy Graham netted twice and Juliette Kemppi slotted home goals either side of half time. Natasha Baptiste pulled one back on the hour, before 16-year-old Katie Robinson scored her first senior goal for the Vixens. Nadine Hanssen netted a second for Villa late on.
Group Two North remain the only wide open group and this was not helped when the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Manchester Utd meanwhile did their qualification hopes no harm by beating Durham Women 1-0. Mollie Green scored the only goal of the game after just 33 seconds, taking United up to second place and meaning a win in their final match should take them into the last eight.
Chelsea confirmed themselves as Group One South winners with a 7-0 victory over Yeovil Town. Adelina Engman gave them a second minute lead and were four up at the break, thanks to Drew Spence, Beth England and an own goal. Both Spence and England completed their doubles after the break, whilst Erin Cuthbert curled home a free kick. The other qualifier remains less clear although Brighton & Hove Albion are in the driving seat following their 5-1 win against Crystal Palace. Kate Natkiel netted a goal in each half along with Sophie Perry, Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons with Chloe Burr replying late on. London Bees meanwhile kept their chances alive after coming from two behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2. Rianna Dean and Sarah Wiltshire put Spurs two ahead but goals eigher side of the interval from Anne-Laure Davy brought the Bees back on level terms. They then took the lead on the hour through Katie Wilkinson and Connie Forman sealed the win with the fourth, six minutes from time.
Wales Women's Head Coach Jayne Ludlow was awarded Coach of the Year at the annual Wales Sports Awards this week.
This award is testament to Jayne's achievements over the past year, leading the senior women's side to the brink of history and narrowly missing out on a place at the FIFA Womens World Cup Finals.
A hugely impressive qualifying campaign with significant wins against Kazakhstan, Russia and Bosnia & Herzegovina put Wales one game away from potentially reaching the finals. During the eight match campaign, the team's stellar defence also kept a clean sheet in seven matches.
The award ceremony took place at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, with Geraint Thomas awarded the main prize of BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year, being the first Welshman ever to win the Tour de France.
With preparations already underway for the UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifiers, the FAW are pleased to announce a series of matches for the side in the first half of 2019.
Wales will start the year with an away game against Italy and will be looking to avenge the 3-0 defeat against the Azzurri in last year's Cyprus Cup. Manager Jayne Ludlow has decided the side will not take part in this year's Cyprus Cup, instead opting for a warm weather training camp in Malaga involving a match against the Republic of Ireland.
"We've gone for a warm weather camp in February as I think it'll help our development better than a mini-tournament," she told faw.cymru.
"The opposition we're facing over the next few months are tough but beatable. it's a great chance to try different tactical options before going into the next campaign."
Ludlow's side will then return to Wales for their first home game since breaking the home attendance record against England in August at Rodney Parade, Newport. Wales will take on the Czech Republic in a double header in April, an opposition which Wales last met in a goalless draw at the 2017 Cyprus Cup.
Venue(s) for the home matches along with ticket information will be announced in due course.
England will take on Brazil, Japan and World Cup holders, and hosts, USA in the annual SheBelieves Cup early next year.
Phil Neville's squad will be competing in the round robin tournament for the fourth successive year.
The Lionesses open up against Brazil in Philadelphia on Wednesday 27th February 2019, followed by a meeting with USA in Nashville three days later and then Japan in Tampa on Tuesday 5th March 2019.
England finished second in last season's SheBelieves Cup after easing to a 4-1 win over France, Neville's first match as head coach, and drawing 2-2 with Germany before slipping to a 1-0 defeat by USA.
All four nations are among the top eight in the FIFA rankings and will all be in the hat for Saturday's World Cup draw.
Shelley Kerr's side are making history in 2019 by becoming the first Scotland women's team to reach a FIFA World Cup.
To prepare for the tournament, they will travel to La Manga, Spain in January for a training camp where they will also play two matches.
First up will be Norway on Thursday 17th January, 5pm kick-off (UK time) before they play Iceland on 21st January, 3pm kick-off (UK time).
A month later, spanning the end of February and the start of March, Scotland will also participate in the prestigious Algarve Cup for the first time since 2002.
The Portuguese competition is renowned in the international women's game for being a highly competitive tournament featuring some of the strongest teams in the world. Previous winners of the tournament include the USA, Germany and Canada.
The line up of confirmed nations set to compete in the 2019 Algarve Cup and fixtures will be confirmed in due course.
AFC Wimbledon 2 Portsmouth 0
AFC Wimbledon, of FAWNL Division One South East moved into the Third Round of the SSE Women's Cup with a 2-0 home win over higher division opponents Portsmouth.
An excellent all round display led to a deserved reversal of the result between the clubs at the same stage last season, with goals from Caz Bisson and Georgia Heasman, one in each half. Pompey applied strong pressure at times in the second half but were frustrated by strong Dons defending.
The hosts, playing with the strong breeze, dominated the opening exchanges, Hannah Billingham going close from distance and further efforts twice testing visiting keeper Jaime Rowlands.
It was skipper Bisson who opened the scoring just after the midway point of the half. After her hat-trick of free kicks against New London Lionesses in the last round, there was anticipation as she shaped up to take another after a foul on Heasman wide on the left. Sure enough, the delivery was once more inch perfect, curling beyond Rowlands and dropping in at the far post.
Heasman was close to adding a second from a Billingham free kick and only alert anticipation by Rowlands and a fine saving tackle from Eilidh Currie prevented Bisson from adding to the Dons lead before the break.
Portsmouth returned with renewed determination after the break and finally started to test the Dons rearguard with Alex Collighan prominent down the left and Esther Anu running through the middle.
After withstanding pressure, the Dons broke out with devastating effect on 57 minutes. Jenny Nagle released Bisson on the right and the skipper's low cross was controlled and finished crisply by Heasman from ten yards.
Pompey sub Daisy McLachlan provided further threat up front, nearly connecting with a corner within seconds of arrival and then forcing a fine save from Chanell Yardley with a close range header from an inviting Katie James cross on 73 minutes.
Yardley then did well to gather a dangerous low cross from Anu at full stretch but apart from those two moments, the Dons defence stayed solid right to the end with the visitors reduced to long range speculative efforts .
AFC Wimbledon saw out time comfortably to obtain a well earned win and thus progress to the Third Round draw, much to the delight of players, coaching staff and their loyal supporters.
Chanell Yardley, Sian Wylie, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Sarah Wentworth, Hannah Billingham, Kelly Highman, Hannah Baptiste, Rosie Russell, Jenny Nagle, Caroline Bisson, Georgia Heasman. Subs: Katie Stanley, Megan Kowalski, Justine Buckmire, Linsey Clarke, Madison Parsonson.
Jaime Rowlands, Eilidh Currie, Rebekah Tonks, Amelia Southgate, Ellie Kirby, Jade Bradley, Danielle Rowe, Hannah Geer, Emma-Jane May, Alex Collighan, Katie James. Subs: Jazz Younger, Carla Perkins, Esther Anu, Daisy McLachlan.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Aberdeen Football Club can confirm it has launched a Senior Women's team for the first time in its history.
The new Aberdeen FC Women will compete in the SWFL 1 North League in its inaugural season in 2019. To ensure there is a development pathway for young, talented women in the region, the club has also formalised its relationship with local girls' club Aberdeen FC Ladies who will continue to operate teams from U7s to U19 National Performance League.
The club will now work to be the leading developers of women's football in the North East of Scotland, supporting them through their journey, with the aim of progressing the players and team to the Scottish Women's Premier League.
Aberdeen FC Women will be coached by club appointed staff delivering the AFC philosophy, developing their talent, and supporting women in the North East who have a passion to play top-level football.
The players, formerly of Aberdeen FC Ladies, were invited to Pittodrie this week to sign their official registration forms with the club and begin the process of integration at Pittodrie.
Work will continue behind the scenes at the club to develop coaching and support mechanisms as the women prepare to kick-off their season in March 2019.
Director of Football Operations, Steven Gunn added: "Aberdeen Football Club has had an affiliation with AFC Ladies for the last few years, largely through the provision of playing kit for the senior Ladies team. However, we are delighted to confirm the new Aberdeen FC Women's team will be integrated into the high-performance environment at Pittodrie.
"The rate of change in women's sports is one of the most exciting trends in the sports industry right now and we're excited about the challenge of launching our first ever official Women's team."
Aberdeen Football Club are currently looking for a part time coach to work with our newly formed Senior Women's Squad and are inviting applications from enthusiastic and committed individuals who want to work within Women's Football.
Aberdeen Football Club aims to provide talented female players in the North East with an elite level education and development programme which will allow them to reach their full potential in the game.
The role is part time for which coaches are paid monthly as well as all of the following:
1. The opportunity to be part of a highly regarded coaching system
2. Mentoring support and guidance from the senior coaching staff
3. A comprehensive professional support programme including membership of the AFC Coach Development group
4. Two AFC first team season tickets
The commitment is two training sessions per week plus SWF matches on a Sunday as required. Applicants must hold the relevant coaching qualification of C Licence or above and be willing to undertake a B Licence course within the next 12 months.
To apply for the position please send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com before Friday 21st December 2018.
For more information please contact Gavin Levey, Head of Academy Coaching, on (01224) 650463.
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development returned to league action with a 6-1 victory over Rise Park, a result which takes them five points ahead at the top of the Premier Division. Chantelle Robinson was on target twice along with Lauren Bartle, Natalie Hurst, Courtney Cropper and Katie Cropper, with Vicky Belshaw replying. The next two teams in the table met each other and the honours were shared, Abbie Benstead was on target for Loughborough Students as they drew 1-1 with second placed Oughtibridge WMSC, who scored through Millie Kenyon. Woodlands Ladies meanwhile entered the top five after getting the better of Mansfield Town by the odd goal in seven, Jody Scott bagging all four goals.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Boston Utd, who defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4-0 to replace them as leaders. Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Demi Barai put Boston two ahead at half time, before Toni McHamilton and Duxbury-Mead sealed the win with further goals after the break. Retford Utd picked up their first point of the season when battling out a 2-2 draw with Ilkeston Town, whose goals came from Hannah Bloomfield and Jade Eaglefield.
There was only one result in Division One South, Notts County and Corby Town finishing level at 2-2. Nya Chambers and Bella Reed were on target for County, with Corby's goals coming from Gabriela Maia and Kimberley Sadler.
Eastern Region League
Acle Utd have taken up the pace in the Premier Division and have gone six points clear after winning 1-0 away to Haringey Borough. A solitary goal from Grace Parker proved to be just enough to earn Acle their fourth win in five matches. Royston Town are in second place, on goal difference, following their 3-0 victory over Colney Heath. Hayley Eldred, Joanne Rutherford and Charlotte South were all on the scoresheet for Royston. Bedford Ladies returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success against AFC Sudbury in which Michelle Byrne, Carissa Kaczorowski, Maya Sidhu and Paige Abraham were all on target.
Hutton won 3-0 away to Hoddesdon Town Owls and this has taken them into second place on goal difference. Vicky Kinsman netted twice for Hutton, with Laura Allen also on target. A win would have taken Bowers & Pitsea to the summit but they were held to a goalless draw by St Ives Town, who remain two points behind them and still sport the division's last remaining unbeaten record. Newmarket Town meanwhile netted ten times without reply past Hatfield Peveral, Annabel Cuthbert hitting a hat-trick along with Jess Linger (2), Lauren Deller (2), Sarah O'Rourke, Abbi Griffin and Katie Webb. Tess Ryan was another hat-trick scorer, while Daisy Canny (2) and Tyler Christou also got on target as Lawford ran out 6-2 winners away to Bishop's Stortford.
London & South East League
The League Cup took centre stage over the weekend and London Kent Football Utd will have to wait and see if they will be the winners of Group A after they were beaten 2-0 by Kent Football Utd. Elizabeth Waldie and Amy Russ scored the goals for Kent, who are three points behind their opponents as are Aylesford, who were 2-0 winners at Parkwood Rangers thanks to Kelly Philpott and Fiona Constable.
Group B leaders AFC Phoenix were also beaten, going down 3-0 to Queen's Park Rangers Development whose scorers were Paige Laider, Katie Miller and Chloe Sampson. Fulham FC Foundation meanwhile notched up their first win when Carina Ewens, Chelcee Grimes and an own goal gave them a 3-0 success away to Whyteleafe.
North East League
League leaders Durham Cestria went through to the quarter finals of the League Cup with an 11-0 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients Res. Michelle Brogden, Lauren Robson and Erin Nelson netted two goals apiece, with Jen Jennings, Hannah Greenwood, Beth Wilson, Molly Holder and Sophie Hodgson added the others. Elizabeth Hare, Nicola Smith and Emma Richardson netted the goals as Altofts Ladies defeated Premier Division side Castleford White Rose 3-0 and Consett Ladies also eliminated a top division opponent, winning a penalty shootout against Tynedale after the teams had shared a 3-3 draw. Caitlin Bates scored the only goal of the game as Hartlepool Utd won 1-0 against Wallsend Boys Club and York City beat Wakefield 6-0, Ainsley Strickland netting twice along with Helen Dalby, Sara Renfrew, Jasmine Whitwell and Katie Ryan. Boro Rangers caused a surprise when beating Northern Division leaders Redcar Town 2-1, Larissa Burkinshaw and Abbie Phillips scoring their goals with Sophie Appleyard replying. There was better news for Southern Division table toppers Ossett Utd, they made it safely into the last eight as a Debbie Hastings hat-trick earned them a 3-1 victory away to Barnsley Development.
One match was played in the Premier Division, South Shields lifting themselves up to second place after winning 5-0 against Rotherham Utd. The visitors had won for the first time last week but were brought down to earth with goals from Dannika Purdham (2), Becki McMahon, Natalie May and an own goal.
Sunderland West End made the same move in the Northern Division, going second following their 5-3 victory over Cramlington Utd. Allison Ferris and Kristen Whitfield each scored twice, with Nicole O'Hara also on target.
North West League
The top two in the Premier Division table did not play on Sunday and Mossley Hill were not able to move inbetween them as they were beaten 5-0 by FC United of Manchester, who are now just a further point behind in fourth. Fleetwood Town Wrens are in the top six following their 2-1 victory over Accrington Girls & Ladies. Sir Tom Finney remain at the bottom but narrowed the gap above them as they won for the first time, 3-2 away to Penrith AFC.
In Division One North, Blackburn Community closed the gap on leaders Blackpool to four points by winning 2-1 at Burscough Dynamo. In the other game, Carlisle Utd defeated Morecambe Res 4-0 and this result has taken them into third.
West Didsbury & Chorlton head a trio of clubs at the top of Division One South, taking themselves to the summit with a 7-2 victory over Didsbury Ladies. Altrincham are in second after scoring six times without reply past City of Liverpool and Liverpool Feds Res complete the trio following their 4-2 win against previous leaders Warrington Wolverines.
South West League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division between Keynsham Town Development and Bishop's Lydeard fell victim to the weather, as did two of the other scheduled games. Callington Town made up ground on the leading sides by scoring six times without reply past Torquay Utd. Gemma Farley and Jodie Smith netted two goals apiece, with Eleri Griffiths and Sam Veal also on target. Portishead Town stay level on points with Callington after winning 1-0 away to Downend Flyers.
One match managed to beat the weather in the Eastern Division, Cheltenham Town Development moving themselves to within one point of the leadership by beating AEK Boco 5-1. The visitors had started the day one point ahead in the table but Emma Levett, Emily Skipp, Jade Wiltshire, Katie Christopher and an own goal saw Cheltenham to victory, with Olivia Allen replying.
Plymouth Argyle Development stay seven points clear at the top of the Western Division after their clash with Plympton Ladies ended in a 3-3 draw. Gabi Alphous netted twice for Argyle and Kelly Vinnicombe added the other, whilst Sam Metters bagged a hat-trick for Plympton. Bideford have pushed inbetween the two sides to go second after defeating Feniton 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Alice Beresford, Beth Ellis and Hannah Neve.
Southern Region League
The weather almost completely wiped out the Premier Division schedule over the weekend with only one match managing to go ahead. A win would have taken Woodley Utd to the top of the table but instead, it is AFC Bournemouth who go level on points with leaders Southampton FC Ladies and above Oxford City on goal difference after winning 6-4. Rosie Eden was on target twice for the Cherries along with Jade Hockey, Hannah Bennett, Aimee-Rose Collier and Katie Kingshott, whilst Woodley replied through a Rosie Page-Smith brace, Madelyn Sawyer and Ellen Surtees.
Southampton Women Res are three points behind the leaders in Division One following their 5-1 success away to Alton Ladies. Tia Hooper and Kia Anteney were each on target twice along with Charlotte Webb. Tina Leahy led the scoring with a hat-trick, Joanne Atkins weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Alice Lilley and Caroline Shephard as Wokingham & Emmbrook ran out 7-1 winners over Shanklin.
West Midlands League
Coundon Court have gone level on points with Premier Division leaders Sutton Coldfield Town after they won 3-1 away to Coventry Sphinx. Stockingford AA Pavilion meanwhile defeated Knowle 5-1, Lucy Brown hitting a hat-trick along with Kirsty Lonsdale and Jessica Sevellec.
In Division One North, Madison Jones netted two of the goals as third placed AFC Telford Utd won 7-0 at Florence. Jaime Leigh Duggan, Kayleigh Harrison, Kim Holden-James, Ashley Kigour and Jemma Smith accounted for their other goals. Telford stay ahead on goal difference from Shifnal Town who scored five times without reply past Shrewsbury Town, Rebecca Bown bagging a brace, with Natasha Dunning, Nicola Mason and Danielle Smith also on the scoresheet.
Sarh Lojko scored the only goal of the game as Division One South leaders Sedgley & Gornal Utd won 1-0 against Stourbridge. They remain six points clear at the top from Solihull Utd, who beat Kidderminster Harriers 4-2 in the clash between the two sides with 100% records. Catherine Harris (2), Scarlet Fielding and Hayley Wilford were on target for United, with Alex Nicklin netting twice in reply. Kingfisher made up ground on the top four by defeating Solihull Sporting 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Aneka Ahmed, Katherine Christopher, Katie Edwards and Elloise Russell. Droitwich Spa continued their climb up the table with a 3-1 victory over Coventry City Women in which Leah Baker, Chanel Gittus and Beth Roberts all scored.
Sheffield Utd have replaced Huddersfield Town in second place in Northern Division One after beating them 5-3 in their meeting. Georgia Willson netted twice and there was one apiece from Courtney Csomor, Brooke Marsden and Natalie Shaw, whilst the home side replied through a Macy Ellis hat-trick. Middlesbrough meanwhile scored five times without reply past Bradford City.
Guiseley Vixens have taken over at the top of Northern Division Two with a 5-0 victory away to Burnley FC Women. Maria Ledezma-Viso was on target twice along with Iona Bennett, Caitlin Gough and Elisha Hardcastle for the new leaders. Jemma White netted a double and Liuli Dyson added the other as Leeds Utd won 3-1 at Barnsley to go third.
Stoke City have a lead of two points in the Midland Division following their 3-0 win over Loughborough Foxes, thanks to a goal apiece from Roisin Kivel, Leanne Robinson and Jodie Foxhall. Leicester City Women ran out 6-0 winners away to Coventry Utd and this has taken them second, Shannon Henson and Grace Lowe netting twice along with Imogen Hunt and Chloe Gillett. Derby County lost some ground as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion, Kirsty Allen scoring their goal and Seanna McCann-Lloyd replying. Sporting Khalsa and Nottingham Forest meanwhile shared ten goals; Brittany Civil, Stacey Parkes, Jade Salisman, Xena Dhillon and Kiera Willdigg were all on target for Khalsa whilst Forest responded through Rebekah Stuart (2), Georgia Gladwin (2) and an own goal.
Charlton Athletic made it seven wins on the trot when beating Watford 2-1, Ellie Jeffkins and Melanie Parreno Espinsoa netting their goals. The Addicks stay six points clear at the top of the South/South East Division from Tottenham Hotspur, who defeated Millwall Lionesses 7-1. Ronnell Humes bagged four goals for Spurs along with Rea Laudat (2) and Elisha Soula. Millie Daviss, Eliza McDonald, Kirstie Smith and Rosie George were the markswomen for Norwich City as they won for the first time, 4-2 against Cambridge Utd.
In the solitary match to be played in the South/South West Division, Queen's Park Rangers moved off the bottom by notching up their first victory, 7-2 over Denham Utd. Nancy Baker led the scoring with a hat-trick, Natalie Skiverton weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Rhia Benjamin and Naffie Sillah.
Three teams knocked out higher division opponents to reach the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday.
Leeds Utd were 4-3 winners after extra time in their local derby tie with Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Hunt scored twice and Hannah Campbell the other for Leeds, with the Belles hitting back through Zoe Belding, Izzy Whittle and Emily Burgin before Katie Thompson settled matters by scoring the winning goal with eight minutes of extra time remaining. Leeds now make the relatively short trip to Huddersfield Town who were 7-1 winners over Bradford City, Kate Mallin hitting a hat-trick along with Sarah Dobby, Laura Elford, Lucy Sowerby and Arianne Parnham. Zoe Roberts netted a consolation for Bradford.
Caroline Bisson and Georgia Heasman netted the goals as AFC Wimbledon recorded a notable 2-0 victory over Portsmouth (see match report). The Dons will be on their travels in the Third Round, to Hull City scored five times without reply at Long Eaton Utd, Rachael Ackroyd and Hope Knight bagged two goals apiece, with Misty Russell also on target.
Keynsham Town kept up their winning run with an 8-3 success against C & K Basildon. Kerry Bartlett netted four times along with Laura Williams, Justine Lorton, Cristina Vega Leandro and Ellis Hillman. Keynsham have received another home draw for the Third Round, to Fylde Ladies who themselves notched up a fine 3-1 win away to Sunderland. Danielle Young opened the scoring via a free kick and they added further goals through Sophie Charlton and Emily Hollinshead.
Nicole Ledgister and Stephanie Smith were on target as Derby County won 2-0 at Guiseley Vixens. This has set up one of the ties of the Third Round against Stoke City, themselves 2-0 winners away to Chester-le-Street Town, late goals from Natasha Tezgel and Faye McCoy taking them through a difficult tie.
Billericay Town got the better of Luton Town with a 3-1 victory after extra time. Jay Blackie, Karen Stefanou and Broghan Kelly scored the goals to take them through in a thrilling tie, with Aurora Ryan replying. Billericay, through to this stage for the first time, have landed a plum tie at home to Loughborough Foxes, who also won 3-1 after extra time against Gillingham. The teams produced a tight match for the second week running but two strikes in the extra period from Rebecca Knight saw the Foxes progress, Charlotte Broad having earlier scored and Alice Bussey replying.
Ashleigh Edwards was the heroine for Nottingham Forest with a hat-trick in their 3-2 success away to Sheffield FC. Forest's reward is a home tie with Milton Keynes Dons, who ended the Cup run of Southampton FC Ladies by beating them 4-0. Leah Cudone bagged a hat-trick for MK, with Leah Littlechild also on target.
Oxford Utd saw off the challenge of Cambridge Utd with a 4-0 victory, courtesy of a goal apiece from Ellie Noble, Lauren Haynes, Flo Fyfe and Evie Gane. The U's have landed another home tie with the task of taking on Blackburn Rovers, also 4-0 winners away to Wolverhampton Wanderers thanks to Beth Donoghue, Alex Taylor, Jess Holbrook and an own goal.
Three ties in the Third Round are as yet unresolved due to postponements. Middlesbrough survived a brave effort from Stockport County with a 1-0 victory, Eleanor Dale scoring the only goal twenty minutes from time. ‘Boro will be up against either Watford or Buckland Athletic.
Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion will try again this week, for the right to travel to Cardiff City Ladies, who ran out 4-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers. Gwennan Davies, Nia Rees, Cori Williams and Grace Horrell were all on target for the South Wales side.
Coventry Utd and Plymouth Argyle produced a much closer affair than seven days previously in the league, but again it was Coventry who prevailed with a 2-1 victory. Chenise Austin and Amy Wathan scored their goals, with Helen Bleazard replying, to set up a mouthwatering tie in the next round against either Crawley Wasps or Chichester City.
The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League programme gave way to the quarter finals of the League Cup on Sunday.
There will be a different name on the trophy this season after holders Cyncoed Ladies were knocked out, beaten 5-0 by Cardiff Met Women. Madison Schlupbach opened the scoring after five minutes, before three goals in a seven minute spell just after the half hour mark from Rebecca Mathias, Tija Richardson and Schlupbach put the reigning Champions firmly in control. After the break, Naomi Clipston rounded off the scoring as the Archers avenged their defeat to the Mighty Oaks in last season's Final.
Former winners Abergavenny Women hosted Cardiff City Women for the second week running and once again, it was the Bluebirds who went home victorious. This time, Danielle Broadhurst gave City the lead during the first half but after the hour, Laura Davies brought the scores level as she equalised for Aber and the match went into extra time. Eight minutes into the extra period, Broadhurst scored her second goal and this proved to be decisive, taking City into the semi finals with a 2-1 victory.
There was a dramatic finish at Port Talbot Town where visitors Swansea City swept into the last four with a narrow 2-1 success. The two teams had met in the league the previous Sunday and this match turned out to be a much closer affair, Swansea taking an early lead through Sarah Adams and Laura May Walkley equalising for Port Talbot just after the half hour. The game remained in the balance and looked to be heading towards extra time but, eight minutes into injury time, Swansea were awarded a penalty and Jodie Passmore held her nerve to slot home the winning goal from the spot. However, a hard earned victory for the Swans was marred as they lost key striker Stacey John-Davis with a broken collarbone.
Three of the four quarter final ties were, by coincidence, repeats of league fixtures seven days earlier and only one team managed to overturn a defeat from the previous meeting. That team was Rhyl Ladies, who have reached the semi finals for the second year in succession after winning 3-2 away to Llandudno Ladies in their North Wales derby clash. Zoe Stopford gave Rhyl a first half lead which was cancelled out by Mari Gibbard, but two goals in a four minute spell during the second half from Rachel Nattrass prove to be decisive in favour of the Lilywhites. Kelsey Davies pulled one back for Llandudno with fourteen minutes remaining but Rhyl held on to book their place in the last four.
The draw for the semi finals has been made and has produced a derby in the capital, with Cardiff City Women taking on Cardiff Met Women whilst Swansea City will host Rhyl Ladies. Both ties will be played on Sunday 27th January.
Stevenage Ladies are the first team through to the quarter finals after winning 2-1 away to Ipswich Town after extra time.
After a goalless first half, Natasha Thomas fired Ipswich in front on the hour and they had a goal disallowed for offside late on, before an injury time equaliser from Ashleigh Deacon sent the game into extra time. The two teams had met seven days earlier with Ipswich triumphing by the only goal but on this occasion it was Stevenage who were victorious, Ellie Searle netting the decisive goal during the extra period.
Leaders Burnley FC Women did not play on Sunday but results went their way, with their lead being trimmed to five points by second placed Brighouse Town after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Morecambe.
Jess Tait gave Morecambe a first half lead, with Brighouse hitting back for a share of the spoils after the break through substitute Lauren Doyle.
Barnsley meanwhile saw their seven-match winning run brought to a halt as they battled out a goalless draw with Newcastle Utd. A win would have taken Barnsley into second place but instead they remain fourth, with Newcastle moving up to one position below them.
Norton & Stockton Ancients increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two by beating Crewe Alexandra 3-1. An own goal gave Norton a first half lead which was cancelled out just before the break by Beth Coppin, but a second half double from Maddy Atkinson secured the points for her side.
Bedworth Utd have moved into second place in the table following their 3-3 draw with mid-table Sporting Khalsa.
Jessica Keeling and Natalie Morris put Khalsa two ahead during the first half, before Amanda Whalley reduced the arrears ahead of half time. Angelique Morley restored the two-goal advantage, ten minutes into the second half, but a late fightback from Bedworth saw them earn themselves an important point, with Shanice Walsh and Kirsty Farnsworth both scoring.
The other game also finished with honours even as Burton Albion and The New Saints shared four goals. In a match which saw three red cards, TNS went two goals ahead during the first half thanks to Emily Ridge and a Laura Morris penalty, but two goals in a seven minute spell after the interval from Jordan Atkin and Paris O'Connor got Burton back on level terms.
One match was played in the division on Sunday, Actonians Ladies running out 5-1 winners over Denham Utd, who remain in the bottom two.
The majority of the damage was inflicted during the first half, Alessandra Barreca netting twice before Sara Lopez Ezzahiri and Enya Collins joined her on the scoresheet, with Sharon Odofin scoring the final goal after the break.
Chesham Utd climbed up into fourth place on the back of a 5-0 victory away to Swindon Town.
Gemma Fraser was on target twice for the Clarets and she was joined on the scoresheet by Emma Bebbington, Gemma Darvill and Emma Delves.
Poole Town are out of the bottom two following their 3-0 win against Maidenhead Utd. Kristina Birmes and Samantha Gubb both scored in quick succession to put the Dolphins two ahead at the interval, before Hollie Agombar sealed the points with the final goal late on.
The draw for the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup has been announced by the Football Association.
Ties are to be played on Sunday 6th January, with each winning club receiving £1,000 from the FA prize fund.
Ten ties will be played in this round with the winners joining the 22 clubs from the FA WSL and FA Women's Championship in the Fourth Round.
Third Round draw:
Cardiff City Ladies v Bolton Wanderers or West Bromwich Albion
Derby County v Stoke City
Huddersfield Town v Leeds United
Middlesbrough v Watford or Buckland Athletic
Billericay Town v Loughborough Foxes
Hull City v AFC Wimbledon
Coventry United v Crawley Wasps or Chichester City
Nottingham Forest v Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers
Keynsham Town v Fylde Ladies
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