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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Kidderminster Harriers' outstanding Cup run has taken them into the First Round for the first time, this time Solihull Moors being their latest victims as Kirsty Roberts and Amber Lawrence gave them a 2-1 victory. Kidderminster's reward is a home tie against more National League opposition in Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were 2-0 winners over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies thanks to Jade Cross and Chloe Shirley. This will be an especially meaningful tie for several of the Harriers players and manager James Astle, all of whom were formerly with Wolves, whilst chairman Malcolm Cowell was formerly a physio at the National League club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's FC has risen from modest beginnings to become one of the Midlands' best known clubs. Initially known as Heathfield Rovers, they were formed in 1975, then became Wolverhampton & Wednesbury Tube before taking on the name of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1993. That season saw them promoted to the top flight of women's football where they spent two seasons before relegation. In 1999 Wolves Women were incorporated under the Companies Act with several influential local business people joining the board, including BBC presenter Jenny Wilkes (Chair) and former England Women's Cricket Captain Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
The club developed a strong youth development programme, with several players going on to represent England, including Rachel Unitt, Jody Handley and Emily Westwood. Aston Villa's European Cup-winning Captain Dennis Mortimer was appointed Manager in 2000 and successfully managed the team for three seasons, narrowly missing out on promotion back to the top flight.
In a landmark move for the club, the 2008-09 season saw the women's section join the youth teams in being taken on board by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, as part of Wolves Community Trust. Wolves Girls' and Women's Football now forms an important part of this famous club. The last few seasons have seen the club promoted and relegated twice, with managers James Astle and Tim Dudding both leading successful promotion campaigns.
At junior level, the club was awarded a new FA Girls' Regional Talent Club license in 2016, supporting the identification and development of players with elite potential as part of the England Talent Pathway. The RTC has seen some talented young players moving through the ranks and making their mark at senior level under the guidance of Technical Director Steve Cullis, proud of his family link to the legendary Wolves Manager Stan Cullis.
Current First Team Manager Dan MacNamara took over at the start of 2018 after a poor start to the season and led the team in a relegation battle, just missing out on goal difference after a hard fought campaign. After the restructure of the women's football pyramid this summer, the team now find themselves in the new FA Women's National League Midlands Division One. With the addition of a new Development Squad, along with the core of last season's team and some impressive new additions, they are determined to keep up the team spirit and momentum this season.
The team is captained by Anna Price (nee Perks), who is also their longest serving player having made over 250 appearances for the club. Jade Cross is leading scorer so far with 12 goals to her name, Lowri Walker having contributed a further ten, but they will be without Chloe Williams this weekend as she has received her first call up to the senior Wales squad.
The match takes place at Aggborough Stadium with a 2pm kick off and a very well contested cup tie is in prospect!
Kidderminster Harriers (from):
Anna Lock, Amber Lawrence, Lauren Wyatt, Jess Davis, Sophie Richards, Amber Quick, Amie Savva, Amy Plimmer, Beth Dutton, Kady Donohue, Pippa Price, Alex Nicklin, Kirsty Roberts, Hannah Tromans, Chanelle Mason, Ella Voyce, Chloe Whyley, Molly Maguire, Amey Berrow, Dominique Luke.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (from):
Katie Clarke, Courtney Jones, Natalie Widdal, Anna Price, Emma Cross, Mai Butler, Andrea Whetton, Tammi George, Jade Cross, Chloe Williams, Jen Anslow, Ruby Meeson, Beth Cleverly, Charlotte Criddle, Chloe Shirley, Billie Haynes, Jess Jennings, Anna Morphet, Macy Willis, Lowri Walker, Billie-Jo Edge, Maddie Elbro, Charlotte Wilkie.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Luton Town came through a tough tie in the last round with a 5-2 victory against Oxford City. Erica Byron hit a hat-trick for a young Luton side, with Aurora Ryan and Nicola Henman adding the others. Luton will be at home once again in the First Round, this time to London & South East League high fliers Kent Football Utd, who reached this stage by beating Ashford Town (Middx) 4-3 with an Elizabeth Waldie hat-trick and Rachel Stevens.
Kent Elite Football Club (K.E.F.C) was formed in 2010 and incorporated the Kent Elite Football Academy, Kent Elite Goalkeeper School & Kent Elite Soccer Schools to its organisation. The club was setup with the aim of improving the knowledge, technicality and application of its players by providing a high class of FA to UEFA Academy standard coaching. The name was subsequently changed to Kent Football United.
Kent Football United Ladies compete in the London & South East Legue this season after a successful four years as a youth team in the Kent Girls & Ladies Football League. Coached by a UEFA qualified coach the team plays all home games on our main pitch at the Glentworth Club, Lowfield Street, Dartford, DA1 1JB and train floodlit on a Wednesday evening 7pm till 9pm also at the ground.
Last season was magnificent one for the club as they carried off the South East Counties Women's League title by a margin of seven points and won the Kent County Cup for the first time, beating London Kent Football Utd on a penalty shootout in the Final following a 2-2 draw. This season, they have started off well at the higher level and sit in second place in the table, as well as reaching the First Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
The team is managed by Sam MacNeil and Natasha Moloney is captain. Striker Amy Russ is having a great campaign with 18 goals to her name already, she is currently the league's leading scorer ahead of strike partner Rachel Stevens who has scored 12 times, whilst Elizabeth Waldie has contributed a further nine.
The tie will be played at Stockwood Park with a 1pm kick off.
Luton Town (from):
Kezia Hassall, Angelika Kopec, Rachel Carter, Amy Summerfield, Rachel Kosky, Rebecca Ferris, Erica Byron, Grace Stewart, Millie Guest, Zara Carroll, Nicola Henman, Jess McKay, Olivia Abraham, Aurora Ryan, Dionne Manning, Funmi Babalola, Natasha Fensome, Naomi Stirling.
Kent Football Utd (from):
Jordan Dawes, Shannon Burden, Megan Burrows, Charleen Cairns, Lucy Cockerill, Chloe Francis, Natasha Moloney, Zara Roots, Amy Russ, Rachel Stevens, Elizabeth Waldie, Ami Burnham, Rebecca Burnham, Charley MacNeil, Bethany Smith, Rikki Turner.
It has been a busy week for Bedworth United, but ultimately a successful one with three victories, including a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Wolverhampton Wanderers, to catch up ground on the top two in the FAWNL Division One Midlands table.
We talked to Bedworth captain Jodie McGuckin, who paid tribute to her side for getting through three tough matches in a week and is confident that they can build on their good start in their first ever season in the league:
WSS: Well done on what has been a really good week for your club, how tough a few days has it been for the team?
JM: Thanks very much! It has been a really tough few days, both physically and mentally. It's been really difficult to not let tired bodies and tired minds get in the way of playing our kind of football. It has also been devastating picking up two serious injuries in the squad in the last seven days.
WSS: Was beating Wolves on Sunday the best you have played so far this season?
JM: I don't think that was our best game of the season technically but overall, of course. We played extremely well! We played with a lot of heart, determination and passion.
WSS: The winning goal against Wolves came late on, how good a feeling was it when Kirsty Farnsworth scored?
JM: The best feeling in the world! Especially after the penalty miss and them (Wolves) going close a few times.
WSS: Do you think that the wins over Burton Albion and Solihull Moors earlier in the week gave the team a huge boost of confidence going into the Wolves match?
JM: We played some really good football against Burton. However, the Solihull Moors game was a tough away midweek fixture. I don't think we played very well and going into Sunday, we knew we needed to step up our game.
WSS: This week you have no game and it is the County Cup the week after. When you are back in league action it is a trip to leaders West Bromwich Albion, how much are the players looking forward to that match?
JM: A week off is just what we need after three tough games back to back. Our players are excited to play West Brom and again, we know we will need to be at our very best to take points off the leaders.
WSS: The result against Wolves means you have gone level on points with them, and just three points off the pace. Are you doing better than you expected or were you always confident of being amongst the top teams?
JM: Going into this league, we knew it was going to be a huge test. However I was always quietly confident with our current squad and adding some key players, that we were going to be "in the mix".
WSS: Based on what you have seen so far, do you feel that Bedworth can stay as serious contenders in the title race for the remainder of the season?
JM: I think as long as we stay focused and take each game at a time, we are definitely in with a good chance of being contenders throughout.
Our thanks to Jodie!
Chelsea have been handed a tough draw in the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League - and an even tougher tie awaits if they get through.
Emma Hayes' side have been paired with Paris Saint Germain, beaten finalists two years ago, with Chelsea hosting the first leg in March (date and kick off time to be confirmed).
If they get through that tie, Chelsea must take on the winners of the mouthwatering quarter final between Olympique Lyonnais and VfL Wolfsburg, which is a repeat of last season's Final.
Quarter final draw:
Slavia Prague v Bayern Munich
FC Barcelona v LSK Kvinner
Olympique Lyonnais v VfL Wolfsburg
Chelsea v Paris Saint Germain
to be played on 20/21 March and 27/28 March
Semi final draw:
Lyon or Wolfsburg v Chelsea or Paris Saint Germain
Slavia Prague or Bayern Munich v Barcelona or LSK
to be played on 20/21 April and 27/28 April
England 3 (Ubogagu 26, Stanway 72, Daly 81)>
England 3 (Ubogagu 26, Stanway 72, Daly 81)
Chioma Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway both scored on their debuts to help England defeat Austria 3-0 in Vienna in their friendly international.
This was the Lionesses' third match since they completed their World Cup qualifying campaign in September and the comfortable victory against their fellow Euro 2017 semi finalists extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.
With captain Steph Houghton rested just one game shy of her 100th appearance, Toni Duggan was handed the captain's armband for the first time, while there was a recall for England legend Karen Carney.
Head coach Phil Neville handed debuts to four players; Ubogagu, Stanway, Ellie Roebuck and Chloe Kelly, who was a late addition to the squad.
The first debutant to make an impact was Ubogagu, who marked her special day by opening the scoring on 26 minutes. Carney, making her first England appearance since March last year, tried to find Duggan inside the box. Wenninger attempted to clear but trod on the ball, allowing Duggan to find Ubogagu, who calmly slotted home from six yards out.
Duggan herself had two decent chances in the first half. One flew just beyond the angle while the other was well saved by Austria keeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Stanway, who scored six goals at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in the summer, came close with a low, drilled effort which zipped narrowly wide of the near post before hitting a well controlled volley into Zinsberger's arms.
It was a case of third time lucky for the young Manchester City hot shot when she finished an England counter attack by smashing Nikita Parris' pass into the roof of the net from 12 yards.
Parris, who came on for Melissa Lawley, hit the post with a header as the visitors threatened to run away with it.
There was still time for Neville to introduce two more debutants as Roebuck replaced Mary Earps in goal while Kelly took Duggan's place. The Everton forward came close to getting her own debut goal only to be denied by Zinsberger and then by Nina Burger straight after. Stanway smashed the rebound goalwards and Daly diverted the ball on target with a cheeky flick which hit a defender on the line before trickling into the back of the net.
England are back in action on Sunday when they entertain Sweden at a sold out New York Stadium in Rotherham.
England: Mary Earps (sub Ellie Roebuck 79mins), Hannah Blundell, Gabby George, Lucy Staniforth, Abbie McManus, Leah Williamson, Melissa Lawley (sub Nikita Parris 65mins), Karen Carney, Toni Duggan (sub Chloe Kelly 79mins), Georgia Stanway, Chioma Ubogagu (sub Rachel Daly 59mins). Subs not used: Carly Telford, Jordan Nobbs, Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott, Isobel Christiansen, Beth Mead.
Moneyfields 5 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Moneyfields triumphed in the battle of the 100% records in the Southern Region League Division One with a stunning second half display to beat Wycombe Wanderers by five goals.
Nothing in an evenly contested first period gave any indication that the home side would run away with the match but a four-goal burst in the opening 20 minutes on the restart gave Moneys the points.
Wycombe started the better with Christina O'Connor finding time and space to run at the home defence. Good defending by Sophie Kingsley-Smith twice denied the Chairgirls from corners.
At the other end, Becki Bath went close when played in on the left by Ali Goater and Wycombe keeper Katie Hudson saved well at her near post from a Kingsley-Smith 30-yard free kick in the 38th minute, but the opening half was largely a stalemate with defences on top.
Some half time re-organisation paid immediate dividends for the hosts. Hudson saved well from Kim Stenning within seconds of the restart after a Bath run and cross but, in the next attack, Stenning turned away from her marker to fire in a cross shot which was deflected into the net for the opener on 46 minutes.
The second goal was bundled home at the far post by Bath after her initial header had hit the bar from a perfect lofted right side cross from Kim Whitcombe on 52 minutes. Bath added another just two minutes later when another right side cross beat the Wycombe defence and left her with another close range header on the far post.
Moneyfields were playing with relaxed confidence by now and the fourth goal came on 64 minutes. Once again, precise crossing from the right side, by Stenning this time, gave Katie Shorter the opportunity to fire low into the far corner.
Wycombe responded well in the last quarter and were very unlucky not to score as they started to find space in the Moneyfields half. Chante Inniss was first denied in a one-on-one by Moneys keeper Sally-Anne Thompson and then by the bar as she shot from fifteen yards on 77 minutes.
Inbetween these two Wycombe efforts, Stenning added a fifth for the home side with a fine chipped finish past the advancing keeper and there was also nearly a sixth late on as Bath was inches away from completing a hat-trick when she shot under pressure from a defender.
Moneyfields, in their first season at this level, took sole possession of the Division One leadership with a very good all round display, especially in a clinical attacking 20 minutes after the break, against good opponents in a fine advert for the Southern Region League.
Sally-Anne Thompson, Becky Davies, Sophie Kingsley-Smith, Katie Shorter, Kira Vallely, Alison Goater, Kerri Why, Kim Stenning, Becki Bath, Kim Whitcombe, Katie George. Subs: Grace Laidlaw, Olivia Pinhorne, Melissa Lawrence.
Katie Hudson, Nicole Jacobs, Jade O'Neill, Finlay Lennard, Bonnie Messit, Emma Newberry, Natalie Barette, Christina O'Connor, Emma Dean, Chante Inniss, Alix Todd. Subs: Rachel Southby, Olivia Hall.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Kim Whitcombe is challenged by Katie Hudson
(middle) Katie Shorter holds off the attentions of Alix Todd
(bottom) Kim Whitcombe battles with Olivia Hall
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development continue to stretch the early pace in the Premier Division, remaining three points clear after beating Ollerton Town 6-2. Courtney Cropper led the scoring for the leaders with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Kenney, Lucie Mugridge and Chantelle Robinson. Oughtibridge continue to head the chasing teams, they won 3-0 at Rise Park courtesy of a Lauren Turner double and Kathryn Mudge. Kier Perkins scored twice along with Jessica Driscoll and Kathryn Lusk as Peterborough Utd defeated Kettering Town 4-0 to stay third, just ahead of Loughborough Students who were 3-0 winners away to Mansfield Town with strikes from Grace Stanley (2) and Charlotte Blackburn. Eastwood Community looked to be on their way towards their first win of the season when Tilly Wills and Emma Bradshaw put them two up at half time against Leicester City Ladies, but a second half fightback from the visitors saw them salvage a 2-2 draw thanks to Sofia Aragosa and Amie Cattell.
Division One North leaders Lincoln Moorlands Railway crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to Grimsby Borough who scored through Christina O'Callaghan (2) and Natalie Aird. Boston Utd are now a single point behind in second place after an eight-goal victory over Sleaford Town. Tracey Duxbury-Mead led the scoring with a hat-trick, Toni McHamilton added a double and there was one apiece from Demi Barai, Eleanor Spendelow and Ella Tuplin. Calverton MW kept themselves nicely in touch by beating Retford Utd 4-0, Hayley Brown leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Kim Bradshaw was also on target. Ilkeston Town came away from Hykeham Town with a 3-2 victory under their belts, Georgina Williams, Emily Edmonds and Jade Eaglefield netted their goals.
Northampton Town have gone three points clear at the top in Division One South after second half goals from Emma Billenness and Emma Dunmore gave them a 2-0 victory over Thrapston Town. Oadby & Wigston lost a little ground as they were beaten 5-4 by Loughborough Foxes Vixens, who move to within three points of them. Natasha Walker, Ceara Toal, Molly Webb, Katie Stone and an own goal gave Loughborough the points, with Oadby responding through Danielle Gilbert, Emily Miles, Lauren Staples and Lucy Phillips-Poole. Bella Reed netted for Notts County as they shared a 1-1 draw with Lutterworth Athletic, who picked up their first point of the season thanks to a first half goal from Olivia Bowles.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City now head the Premier Division table by three points after winning 5-2 away to Harlow Town on Sunday, Laura Mills, Shannon Shaw, Isabella Simmons, Lauren Tomlinson and Erin Davies all scoring a goal apiece. Brentwood Town return to second place following a seven-goal victory over Haringey Borough. Marie Barker and Leah Cowan netted two apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Butler, Georgia Holdaway and Sophie Lovell. Royston Town lost their 100% record as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Wymondham Town. Jo Rutherford (2), Hayley Elderd and Georgia Gannaway all scored for Royston, with Wymondham's replies coming from a Hannah Waters double, Kayleigh Holloway and Laura Nicholls. Megan Todd was on target four times along with Ciera Flatt and Kate Pasque as Acle Utd won 6-3 against Bedford Ladies and Peterborough Northern Star were 3-1 victors at Colney Heath, their markswomen were Chanade Henderson, Cassie Steward and Katie Steward. AFC Dunstable won for the first time, 4-0 over AFC Sudbury with strikes from Storm Burrows (2), Victoria Allen and Kerry Stratton.
In Division One, St Ives Town moved into second place with a 4-0 victory against Hatfield Peveral in which Tierney Coulson, Harriet Ford, Georgia Stancombe and Katie Stancombe all found the net. Hutton replaced Lawford in fourth place after beating them 3-1 with goals from Victoria Kinsman (2) and Rosi Webb. Histon moved away from the bottom three places by defeating Hertford Town 4-0, their second win of the season.
London & South East League
Whyteleafe preserved their four point lead at the top of the table by winning 3-1 away to Aylesford. Hayley Halford netted twice and Rachel Innes the other for 'Leafe, with the home side's consolation coming from Beth Hulme. Kent Football Utd stay in second place after goals from Amy Russ (2), Rachel Stevens and Elizabeth Waldie gave them a 4-3 victory over Fulham FC Foundation. Georgia Tibble bagged a hat-trick and Natasha Pearson was also on target as Eastbourne Town ran out 4-0 winners over London Kent Football Utd and Queen's Park Rangers Development completed a good day for the top four by beating AFC Phoenix 3-1, courtesy of second half goals from Emily Foss, Melanie Hall and Chloe Sampson.
North East League
Durham Cestria further extended their Premier Division lead to seven points but were pushed all the way in a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool Utd in their top of the table clash. Goals in four second half minutes from Caroline Dixon and Lauren Robson gave the Wildcats the points, with Hartlepool having found the net through Jenni Duffy-Smith. Tynedale are up into second place after Natasha Wilson and Victoria Jayne gave them a 2-0 win against Harrogate Town. York City meanwhile returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Castleford White Rose, courtesy of goals from Chantel Padgham and Ainsley Strickland.
Allison Ferris netted twice, with Kristen Whitfield and Jade Murray adding the others, as Sunderland West End won 4-2 against Boro Rangers to head the Northern Division table by three points. Redcar Town are up into second, they beat St Cuthbert's Ladies 7-0 with Jess Round on target four times, while Joanna Cunliffe, Suzanne Fox and Emily Fewstar also finding the net. Consett Ladies stay level on points with Redcar and went one better by scoring eight times past Prudhoe Town, including a hat-trick from Nicole McEvoy. Carolanne Hughes and Amy Wharton both contributed doubles and Beth Wilson completed the scoring. Washington Association are back in fourth following their 2-2 draw with Alnwick Town, Erin Liddle and Stephanie Stafford netting twice respectively. The other game was a high scoring affair in which Norton & Stockton Ancients Res edged out Cramlington Utd by the odd goal in eleven. Cramlington led 4-1 at the break and found the net five times in all, including a Georgia Lyall hat-trick, but are still looking for their first points of the season after Norton hit back with trebles from Louise Atkinson and Ellie Hamilton.
Ossett Utd made it eight wins out of eight and they are seven points clear at the top of the Southern Division following their 6-1 success away to Altofts Ladies. Debbie Hastings netted four of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jordane Allison and Jenna Wraith. York RI join Wakefield on nine points after beating them 2-1 with both goals from Tamryn Dunlop.
North West League
Stockport County have hit top spot following their 2-1 win away to Fleetwood Town Wrens on Sunday. They head the table by two points from Wigan Athletic, who were also 2-1 victors over Accrington Girls & Ladies to move into second place. Tranmere Rovers slip back to fourth after they were beaten 8-2 by FC United of Manchester, who got back to winning ways with an impressive result and have games in hand on the teams above them. Merseyrail Ladies won for the first time, 6-2 against Penrith AFC, and Sir Tom Finney got themselves off the mark with their first point, holding fifth placed Manchester Stingers to a 2-2 draw.
Blackpool won 3-0 against Penwortham Town to maintain their lead of four points at the top of Division One North, from Blackburn Community who netted eight times past Preston North End. Bury FC Women also claimed an 8-0 victory over Leigh RMI which takes them into third place, narrowly ahead of Cammell Laird 1907 who were 11-1 winners against Crosby Ladies. Morecambe Res complete the top half after they triumphed 4-2 away to Burscough Dynamo.
In Division One South, Warrington Wolverines were emphatic 13-goal winners over City of Liverpool and this moves them up to second, two points behind table toppers Altrincham. Curzon Ashton are in third following their 1-0 victory against Stockport County Blues, meanwhile West Didsbury & Chorlton defeated Chester FC Women 4-1 to notch up their fourth straight win and they are six points off the pace, but with four games in hand.
South West League
Exeter City continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Ilminster Town in which Georgie Barbour-Gresham and Sophie Gillies each scored twice. Bishop's Lydeard bounced back from defeat the previous Sunday to beat Portishead Town 5-0 and they stay two points behind. Abigail Parr led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Nicola Brown and Amber Guy-Kemp. Hannah Thompson scored twice, with Emily Plummer, Libby Sims and Rhianna Ben-Carew also on the scoresheet, for Keynsham Town Development in their 5-2 win away to Downend Flyers, who replied through Ella Thresher and Sophie Walker. Anusia Rourke and Chloe Snook netted the goals for Middlezoy Rovers in their 2-2 draw with Callington Town, who replied through a Kat Marment double, and Forest Green Rovers picked up their second victory of the season, 3-0 at Torquay Utd thanks to Danielle Whitmore, Laura Howell and Holly Kay.
The leadership changed hands once again in the Eastern Division, this time Cheltenham Town Development returning to the top with a 4-0 win away to Laverstock & Ford, Asta Krabbe netting twice along with Lydia Amarquaye and Jade Wiltshire. Frampton Rangers ran out 5-0 winners over Oldland Abbotonians to go second, Maddy Brown hitting a hat-trick with Abi Todd and Chloe Timbrell adding the others. AEK Boco had started the day as leaders but were beaten 4-2 by Wootton Bassett Town. Hayley Huckin (2), Emily Arrell and Lauren Kayll scored the goals for Bassett, with Boco's replies coming from Charlotte Brankin and Eloise Nicholas. Swindon Spitfires are three further points adrift after Lani Dickinson, Jasmine Hindon and Sophie Mitchell gave them a 3-0 victory at FC Chippenham. Almondsbury continue to gather pace and notched up their third straight win, beating Trowbridge Town 3-0 with goals from Jess Bessell (2) and Georgina Adams.
Plymouth Argyle Development maintained their lead of three points in the Western Division with a 3-1 victory over Feniton, courtesy of a goal each from Shania Fenlon, Maya Ridge and Kiara-Jade Robins. Lucie Cooper, Sam Metters and Danielle Moody netted the goals as second placed Plympton Ladies also won 3-1 against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Laura Burwood and Mary Murphy each hit hat-tricks, with Jodie Millett adding the other, as Alphington recorded a crushing 7-2 win over Weston-super-Mare to stay third, ahead of Bideford who defeated Weston Mendip 3-0. Bude Town meanwhile moved out of the bottom three by beating St Agnes 3-1 with strikes from Sarah Badham (2) and Katherine Bryant.
Southern Region League
Southampton FC Ladies are setting the pace in the Premier Division, leading the way by three points as Ella Pusey's brace gave them a 2-0 victory over Winchester City Flyers. AFC Bournemouth CST head the chasing teams by scoring eight times without reply past Newbury Ladies, Rosie Eden netting twice along with Maisy Smith, Katie Kingshott, Emma Davis, Terri Harvey, Aimee Burridge and Chloe Tape. Oxford City also made it three wins from three when they beat Woodley Utd 3-1. Nicole Brown, Jennifer Thraves and Darcey Young accounted for the goals as Ascot Utd won 3-2 at Warsash Wasps and New Milton Town also claimed their first victory, 3-1 over Barton Rovers with Fern Holleyoak, Holly Sandiford and Tiffany Skinner on target.
The clash between the two teams with 100% records in Division One was won by Moneyfields, who beat Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 with goals from Kim Stenning (2), Becki Bath (2) and Katie Shorter (see match report). Abingdon Utd have slotted inbetween the two sides in second following their victory against Shanklin thanks to hat-tricks by Sadie Timbs and Amy Pipe, as well as Abbie Smith (2), Heather Young (2), Beth Hawtin (2) and Katie Totton. Basingstoke Town also netted thirteen times past Sandhurst Town, Lindsey Beverley scoring four times along with Simone Williams, Katie Randell, Lianne Hill, Tamara Kelly, Emily Woodhouse, Michelle Beverley, Zoe Maylin, Annaliese Watson and Emma Tayler. Wokingham & Emmbrook meanwhile defeated Alton Ladies 5-2 thanks to a Caroline Paterson hat-trick, Caroline Shephard and Alice Lilley.
West Midlands League
League leaders Coundon Court suffered only their second defeat of the season, 1-0 at the hands of Sutton Coldfield Town. Their lead has been trimmed to a single point by Leafield Athletic, who have leapt up into second place on the back of a 5-0 victory away to Knowle, whilst Coventry Sphinx, who would have gone top with a win, were held to a 2-2 draw by Stockingford AA Pavilion. Crusaders ran out 3-0 winners over Redditch Utd and are now only four points off the pace whilst Goldenhill Wanderers won for the second time, 7-1 against Lye Town.
Leek Town are still nine points clear at the top of Division One North following their 2-0 win against Shifnal Town. The two teams immediately below Leek met each other and it was Stoke City Development who triumphed 3-2, to move themselves into second ahead of AFC Telford Utd. Sandwell Ladies follow on in fourth place after scoring seven times without reply past Port Vale.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd have gone further ahead in Division One South, extending their lead to nine points with a 7-0 victory over Leamington Lions. Kidderminster Harriers meanwhile made it five wins from five when beating Kingfisher 5-0. Coventry City Women are off the bottom of the table after registering their first win of the season, 4-0 against Solihull Sporting, whilst Droitwich Spa drew for the second week in a row, their match with Rugby Town finishing goalless.
Sheffield Utd hold on to the leadership of Northern Division One despite going down to a 1-0 defeat to Hull City. Huddersfield Town won 3-2 against Durham Women to go level on points with the Blades, courtesy of goals from Emily Cahill, Tara Duce and Macy Ellis. Megan Hornby was on target four times and Ria Montgomery hit a hat-trick as third placed Blackburn Rovers won 11-0 at Bradford City. Katie King (2), Charlotte Redman and Sarah Agger contributed their other goals. Beth Gardener and Anna Soulsby netted the goals for Newcastle Utd in their 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, who replied through Eve Gatens and Harriet Dryden.
Brighouse Town have gone level with Northern Division Two leaders Chorley after Stacey Buxton (2) and Chelsea Morton scored in their 3-1 victory at Burnley FC Women. A point would have taken Guiseley Vixens top but they are now third following their 1-0 defeat to Leeds Utd, whose goal came from Megan Maxted.
Nuala Miszkiel and Roisin Kivel were on the scoresheet for Stoke City as they won 2-0 at Coventry Utd to go two points clear in the Midland Division. Derby County are back up to second, Danielle Oxley hitting five goals and Naomi Lawrence adding four in their crushing win against Sporting Khalsa, just ahead of Leicester City Women who were 4-0 victors over Long Eaton Utd thanks to Favour Omenazu (2), Jade Benford and Shannon Henson. West Bromwich Albion netted six times without reply past Crewe Alexandra, Jessica Davies and Seanna McCann-LLoyd each netting twice along with Ellie Vernon and Charlie Whitehouse, and Nottingham Forest defeated Burton Albion 4-2 with strikes from Hazzana Parnell (2), Georgia Gladwin and Elle Rowson.
Tottenham Hotspur are the new leaders of the South/South East Division on goal difference following their 3-1 victory against Gillingham in which Therese Addison (2) and Rea Laudat were on target. Eden Bailey bagged a four-goal haul, Aisatu Jabbi Jaiteh hit a hat-trick and Holly Foley added the other for Millwall Lionesses in their 8-1 success away to Norwich City and Watford were 2-0 winners over Cambridge Utd with goals from Andie Dickens and Echo Barrett.
Crystal Palace are the pacesetters in the South/South West Division after beating Denham Utd 9-1, Charmaine True's hat-trick being supported by Isha Kamara (2), Jade Davenport, Amy Sinden, Lily Steven and Sandra Martin. AFC Wimbledon move above Chichester City into second following their 2-1 win in their meeting, Amy Lake and Hannah Baptiste scoring the Dons' goals. Mia Cook was on target for Southampton Women in their 1-1 draw with Queen's Park Rangers, who replied through Natalie Skiverton.
Andy Spence has left his role as Head Coach of Everton Ladies.
He has been with the club for over ten years, initially as a coach and assistant manager to Mo Marley before taking over as Head Coach in 2013. He led them to the FA Women's Cup Final the following year, where they were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal, but the loss of several key players proved to be too big an obstacle and they were relegated from WSL 1 the same year.
After initially stepping down from the role for a year, he returned to help guide the club back to top flight status but his last match in charge was their 1-0 defeat to Yeovil Town on Sunday.
A permanent appointment will be made as soon as possible and, in the interim, goalkeeping coach Jennifer Herst will take temporary charge.
Blackburn Rovers have gone three points clear at the top of the Northern Premier Division after scoring seven times without reply past Nottingham Forest.
Lagan Makin and Ellie Stewart gave Rovers a two-goal lead going into half time and after the break, they scored three times in the opening five minutes through Makin, Saffron Jordan and Jess Holbrook. Natasha Fenton got on the scoresheet with twenty minutes remaining and Jordan rounded off the scoring with her second goal late on.
Stoke City put an end to a four match run of defeats in the league with a 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough. An own goal put Stoke ahead in first half injury time, with 'Boro hitting back early in the second half to equalise through Emily Scarr. Hannah Keryakoplis restored Stoke's lead on the hour and they went on to seal the points with further goals from Amy Hughes and Cassie Hyde.
Guiseley Vixens made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 success away to Sheffield FC. The home side took a first half lead through Ellie White, with Alarna Fuller levelling the scores four minutes before half time. Substitute Ellie Casper grabbed a late winner for Guiseley who are now in seventh place.
Hull City were 3-1 winners at Bradford City, who went down to a ninth straight defeat. Rachael Ackroyd, Hope Knight and Amy Kay were all on target for Hull, with Bradford's consolation coming from Jessica Dunlop.
Chichester City are back on top of the Southern Premier Division after they defeated Gillingham 2-0.
Molly Clark and Cherelle Khassal scored the goals to hand Chichester their eighth win in nine matches and took them two points ahead of previous leaders Coventry Utd, who have a game in hand.
Plymouth Argyle remain in fourth place after they were beaten 4-0 by Loughborough Foxes, whose spectacular return to form continues. All of the goals came during the second half, Rebecca McGrother hitting a hat-trick and Chloe Young adding the other as Loughborough took their tally to ten in two matches.
Cardiff City Ladies and Oxford Utd continue to occupy the mid-table positions after their meeting ended in a 1-1 draw. Kylie Nolan was on target for Cardiff, with Oxford replying through Georgia Timms.
With Burnley FC Women not having a game, Brighouse Town went back to the top of Division One North with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle Utd.
Charlotte Proud netted twice and Lauren Doyle the other for Brighouse, with Newcastle's reply coming from Jayden Maxwell.
Chester-le-Street Town replaced Chorley in third place after beating them 3-2. Chorley led at half time through a goal from Katy Morris and after Nichole Havery had levelled matters in the opening minute of the second half, Megan Searson put the Lancashire side back in front. Havery netted her second to bring the scores back to parity again and with ten minutes remaining, Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke scored a decisive third for the Cestrians.
Liverpool Feds meanwhile made it two wins on the trot, scoring five times without reply past Bolton Wanderers. Amy Seagraves, Jennifer Rogers and Demi Devereaux all scored to put the Feds three ahead inside the opening six minutes and they win on to seal the victory with further strikes late on from Carla Lee and Rogers, who completed her double.
Leeds Utd are another team to move back into the top half, courtesy of a 4-1 win away to Morecambe. Hannah Campbell netted a second half brace to add to earlier strikes from Danielle Whitham and Emily Cassidy, whilst Morecambe's consolation was scored by Jess Tait.
Norton & Stockton Ancients moved back out of the bottom three by beating Crewe Alexandra 3-1. Bianca Owens netted twice and Victoria Burton the other for Norton whilst Crewe, who suffered the agony of another narrow defeat, replied through Amanda Fallon.
West Bromwich Albion have gone three points clear at the top of table after winning 2-1 at Nettleham. Reia Henry and Harriet James netted the goals for Albion, with Daisy Marsh replying.
Previous leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Bedworth Utd who are now level on points with them. Alice Belcher gave Bedworth a first half lead which was cancelled out by Jade Cross, but a late winning goal from Kirsty Farnsworth secured a second win in four days for Bedworth and puts them firmly amongst the title challengers.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies follow on in fourth after running out 7-1 winners over Steel City Wanderers. Stephanie Weston netted a first half brace along with Ashlea Hargreaves to put their sides three up at the break and in the second half, Charlotte Fisher scored twice, with further strikes from Nadia Bacciochi and Natalie Gibson. The Steels' consolation goal came from Lucy Blackburn.
The New Saints are out of the bottom three places after they edged out Long Eaton Utd 4-3. Laura Morris, Kim Bebbington, Louisa Anderson and Sarah Jackson were on target for TNS, with Long Eaton's replies coming from Jade Arber (2) and Ashleigh Evans.
Sporting Khalsa and Burton Albion remain level on points after battling out a 2-2 draw. Chloe Handy and Lauren Walker netted the goals for Khalsa, whilst Burton's strikes came from Amelia Robb and Hayleigh Sutton.
The top of the table clash went the way of Crawley Wasps, who beat Billericay Town 2-0 to open up a lead of five points over the Essex side.
Both of Crawley's goals came during the second half, Emma Plewa giving them the lead and Naomi Cole sealing the win with the second, nine minutes from time.
Enfield Town narrowed the gap in third place after they also won 2-0 away to Actonians Ladies. Katherine Long opened the scoring for Enfield just before the hour mark, with Sasha Kelly adding the second goal ten minutes later.
AFC Wimbledon kept up their improved run of form with a third straight victory, beating Norwich City 4-2. Jenny Nagle and Caroline Bisson put the Dons two ahead inside nine minutes and Nagle then netted her second, with Kathryn Stanley replying. Katie Stanley restored the three-goal advantage for Wimbledon early in the second half and although Reeanna Cook did reduce the arrears for Norwich, they were unable to prevent the Dons' run from gathering more momentum.
Leyton Orient and Ipswich Town remain in the top half of the table after their meeting culminated in a 2-2 draw. Egle Trezzi and Hayley Barton both scored in the last ten minutes to earn the O's a share of the spoils, Ipswich having found the net through Zoe Cossey and Paige Wakefield.
Ashleigh Deacon and Amy Makewell accounted for the goals as Stevenage Ladies won 2-1 away to Denham Utd, whose consolation came from Kayleigh Currivan.
Cambridge Utd have climbed out of the bottom two following a 1-0 victory against Luton Town. Becky Shephard scored the only of the game to bring an end to Cambridge's four match run without a win in the league.
Keynsham Town are back on top of the table following their 5-2 victory away to Maidenhead Utd.
After Kerry Bartlett had put Keynsham in front early on, the home side hit back and led at the break through Kirsty Matthews and Lucy Casey. A surprise result was looking a real possibility until Laura Williams, Corinne Yorston and Keka all scored in a four minute spell to put Keynsham back in control and Keka completed the win with her second goal, seven minutes from time.
A win would have seen Cheltenham Town regain the leadership but they went down to their first defeat of the season, 1-0 at home to fourth placed Chesham Utd. A second half goal from Natasha Smith gave the Clarets their second win in a row and moves them to within four points of Cheltenham.
Buckland Athletic continue to work their way up the table and after a heavy defeat in their opening match, the Devon side's 2-0 success away to Southampton Saints was their third in four matches. Both goals came in a two minute spell during the second half, Sarah Stacey giving Buckland the lead and Laura Gough quickly adding the second.
The comeback of the day was achieved by Brislington in their 5-3 victory at Poole Town. The Dorset side had led 3-1 with seventeen minutes remaining thanks to a Faye Rolfe-Hawkins double and Hollie Agombar but Brislington, who had earlier scored through Polly Wardle, hit back via two Abbie Kirby goals, as well as Alice Kempski and Clarice White, for their third win of the season.
Swindon Town and Larkhall Athletic meanwhile shared the points after battling out a goalless draw. The draw was Larkhall's second in successive matches and the second for Swindon in three games.
Cardiff Met Women have edged further clear at the top of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League, doubling their advantage to six points by winning 5-0 against Llandudno Ladies.
Naomi Clipston put them in front with three minutes on the clock, and the lead became three by half time after Robyn Pinder and Clipston netted within a minute of each other. After the break, Pinder and Clipston repeated their feat of scoring in quick succession to round off the scoring.
Swansea City stay in second place but lost a little ground on leaders Met after being held to a 2-2 draw by Cyncoed Ladies. Things were looking good for the Swans when Stacey John-Davis and Emma Beynon put them two ahead during the first half but after Caitlin Bevan had pulled one back just before half time, Sophie Norman completed the fightback for the Mighty Oaks when she equalised midway through the second half.
Port Talbot Town's unbeaten start to the season was brought to an end as they were beaten 4-0 by Abergavenny Women, who replace them in third place. Lyndsey Davies scored twice for Aber inside the opening twenty minutes and after Laura Davies had made it three after half time, Lyndsey Davies completed her hat-trick to crown a fine result for her side.
Rhyl Ladies are out of the bottom three following their 2-1 success away to Briton Ferry Llansawel. The first half ended goalless but two goals in a three minute spell after the break, from Laura Williams and Ashleigh Mills, put the Lilywhites in control of the game. Lucy Powell did pull one back for the home side in injury time but Rhyl closed the game out for their second win of the season.
Hibernian 8 Motherwell 0
Hibernian have won the SSE Scottish Women's Cup for the third year in a row, as well as competing a hat-trick of cup ‘doubles', after an overwhelming victory over Motherwell in the Final at the Firhill Stadium.
Hibs went into the game on the back of their disappointment of narrowly missing out on the league title seven days earlier, but in determined mood to hang on to the Cup. This was evident as they took the lead just two minutes into the game, Abi Harrison receiving the ball on the edge of the area from Kirsten Reilly before skipping past a challenge and curling her shot past Autumn Farrell and into the corner of the net.
Before Motherwell could recover from the early setback, they found themselves two behind. Rachel McLauchlan burst into the area and crossed for Jamie-Lee Napier to force the ball home at the far post.
The SWPL 2 title winners were finding it hard to contain Harrison and the striker was on hand to score her second from close range after Chelsea Cornet had won the ball from a corner.
Hibs were dealt a blow when Harrison was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury but her replacement, Lauren Davidson made a quick impact as she chased a long ball forward and got away from Maxine Welsh before coolly tucking her shot past the advancing Farrell to make it four.
Farrell made a good save from Cornet but the fifth goal soon came as Welsh, who had moments earlier made a goal line clearance from Napier, unfortunately diverted a McLauchlan cross past her own keeper.
A rampant Hibs side then made it six just before half time, Cailin Michie running towards goal and drawing the attention of three Motherwell defenders before beating Farrell with a low accurate shot inside the near post.
There was no let up from Hibernian as the second half began and they further increased their lead with six minutes. A deep cross by the excellent McLauchlan was headed in at the far post by Napier.
McLauchlan was again heavily involved just after the hour mark, a jinking run taking her past three defenders before her shot was blocked by the legs of Farrell, with Napier following up to tap into the empty net. That goal sealed a hat-trick for Napier, a real ‘poacher's effort with the combined distances of her three goals likely to have reached the edge of the six yard box.
To their credit, Motherwell dug in and made sure they did not concede any more goals. Farrell twice saved well from Davidson, McLauchlan lifted a glorious chance over the bar and Ellis Notley hit the bar with a header in injury time. Hibs could finally begin their celebrations though as they kept their iron grip on the competition and lifted the new look trophy. It had been a sobering occasion for Motherwell but it must not be forgotten that they have had a tremendous season which ended with a league title and promotion, as well as a first ever Cup Final appearance.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Emma Brownlie (sub Clare Williamson 79mins), Cailin Michie, Siobhan Hunter (sub Ellis Notley 59mins), Joelle Murray, Lisa Robertson, Rachel McLauchlan, Chelsea Cornet (sub Amy Gallacher 59mins), Abi Harrison (sub Lauren Davidson 31mins), Jamie-Lee Napier (sub Ria Tweedie 70mins), Kirsten Reilly.
Motherwell: Autumn Farrell, Ashley Nicolson, Maxine Welsh (sub Caitlin Russell 45mins), Lesley Condie, Katey Turner (sub Lauryn Reside 70mins), Emma Black, Kirsty McLaughlin, Megan Burns, Sammy Hare (sub Kaitlyn Canavan 78mins), Suzanne Mulvey, Hayley Cunningham.
Arsenal made it seven wins on the trot but were made to work hard for their 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.
A tightly contested first half ended goalless but the Gunners began to assume control after the break and Jordan Nobbs broke through to give them the lead just before the hour mark. Barely a minute later, Birmingham produced the perfect response when Emma Follis drove home a low shot for the equaliser. Arsenal went back in front as Danielle van de Donk scored from the penalty spot and this time, Nobbs sealed the points with her second goal in injury time.
Manchester City look set to be the main challengers to the Gunners and they kept themselves three points behind in second place, thanks to a 3-0 win away to Liverpool on a history making day. City went ahead early on in the second half through an own goal from Niamh Fahey and Nikita Parris added the second from Jill Scott's through ball. After Steph Houghton had twice struck the woodwork, Parris rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot and became the FA WSL's all time leading goalscorer in the process, surpassing Eniola Aluko's previous record of 36 goals.
Chelsea are beginning to pick up some momentum and their 2-0 win against West Ham Utd leaves them just outside the top three. The derby match was a close affair with Ramona Bachmann being the difference between the two sides, the Chelsea striker giving her side the lead just after the hour mark and she curled home a delightful shot for her second goal, five minutes from time.
Reading FC Women are another side starting to find their best form and are in the top half of the table after beating Bristol City 3-0. Fara Williams broke the deadlock on the half hour with a shot from distance and the midfielder netted her second early after half time, finishing off from a Natasha Harding cross. Brooke Chaplen completed a good day for her side with the final goal, midway through the second half.
The happiest team on the day though would undoubtedly have been Yeovil Town, who ended their two-year wait for a league victory by defeating Everton 1-0. The only goal came when a long range strike from Hannah Short found the net but Yeovil needed to withstand second half pressure from the Toffees, which included a brilliant double save from Megan Walsh, before they could celebrate their long awaited win.
Manchester Utd inflicted a first defeat of the season on Championship leaders Tottenham Hotspur and narrowed the gap on them to two points in the process.
Lauren James gave United a tenth minute lead and leading scorer Jess Sigsworth weighed in with a brace ahead of half time. Charlie Devlin completed a good day for her side when she scored their fourth goal, before Angela Addison netted a late consolation for Spurs - the first league goal United have conceded this season.
Charlton Athletic are also only two points off the pace following their 2-0 victory over London Bees. In-form midfielder Elizabeta Ejupi gave Charlton the lead with only three minutes on the clock and Gemma Bryan added the Addicks' other goal, just ahead of half time.
Durham Women still sport the Championship's other unbeaten record and produced some of their best form this season when beating Lewes 5-0. The Wildcats produced an astonishing five-goal blitz in sixteen first half minutes, Becky Salicki heading them in front and Zoe Ness adding a second a second shortly afterwards. Abi Cottam then took centre stage, the striker netting an eleven minute hat-trick to crown a fine result for her team.
Sheffield Utd meanwhile made it two victories on the trot and moved to within one point of Leicester City after winning their meeting 1-0. The Blades had the better of matters throughout the match with both Ellie Gilliatt and Beth Merrick striking the woodwork, but they managed to grab a winning goal with seven minutes remaining, thanks to a deflected effort from Rebecca Rayner.
Aston Villa are out of the bottom two after notching up their first win of the season, 2-0 against Millwall Lionesses. Kerri Welsh gave Villa the lead by heading in from a Sophie Haywood cross during the first half and a cross-cum-shot by Amy West, five minutes after half time, sealed the points.
Wales manager Jayne Ludlow has named nine uncapped players for the squad to face Portugal in a double header on the 10th and 13th of November.
Olivia Clarke, Emma Gibbon, Cori Williams, Kelly Isaac, Emma Jones, Grace Horrell, Ella Powell, Chloe Williams and Tamsyn Sibanda are all in with a chance of making their senior debuts as part of a squad of 26, as Wales play their first matches since their final FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against England back in August. Cardiff City Ladies are heavily represented with no less than eight members of the squad.
Ludlow will be resting experienced players Jessica Fishlock and Loren Dykes to allow other players within a camp environment and competitive game fixtures, while Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Megan Wynne is back in the squad after winning her last Wales cap against Scotland in 2013. Meanwhile, Reading FC Women defender Rachel Rowe will be missing out as she recovers from injury.
In an innovative scheme, the squad was announced by children from all over Wales which were inspired as the side narrowly missed out on a place in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
During that campaign, Wales went seven games without conceding a goal as well as picking up some famous results, beating Russia 3-0 at home and a goalless draw against England away at Southampton.
Both matches will now be fully capped friendly matches after the original announcement of a B international and an A international. The first match in the double header will be played on Saturday 10th November at the Municipal Stadium, Rio Maior (6pm kick off). The teams then meet again three days later on Tuesday 13th November at the Municipal Stadium in Cova De Piedade (3pm).
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