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Forfar Farmington clinched the SWPL2 title on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over second placed Motherwell in front of a crowd in excess of 200 at Station Park.
We talked to Farmington striker Robyn Smith who was delighted with her team's success whilst also insisting that the team were determined to finish off the season on a winning note and prove themselves in SWPL1 when the time comes:
WSS: Congratulations to you and to Forfar Farmington on winning the league title on Sunday, how does it feel to have done it with three games to spare?
RS: Thank you! Winning the league was our main aim and It's great to now have the luxury to go out and play the remaining games with no pressure as champions elect. Although we want to finish on a high and take all nine points.
WSS: You did it in style by beating your nearest rivals 5-1 in front of a big crowd, what was the performance and the occasion like?
RS: We got off to a great start, stuck to the game plan and exploited Motherwell in the first half. The second was more controlled and we did what we needed to make sure we were champions come the final whistle.
WSS: After having gone down from SWPL1 at the end of last season, was it always the team's aim to go back up at the first attempt?
RS: Absolutely, we knew we could too. Farmington is a club with SWPL1 history and deserves to be up there and now we can represent the region again at that level.
WSS: You also had a great run in the SSE Scottish Women's Cup this season, reaching the semi finals, was that a welcome ‘distraction' from your title challenge?
RS: As we were on good winning runs and performances, we didn't really see it as a distraction. The Scottish Cup means a lot so we just wanted to keep the runs going.
WSS: There's no game this week but you return to action the following Sunday with a trip to EUHV, presumably you will want to win the last three games to round a successful season off?
RS: We have a great record this season home and away - it's something we want to keep up!
WSS: Have there been any unsung heroes in the title win, people who do a lot of work on or off the pitch but don't get the recognition they deserve?
RS: All the staff. From the football staff, to Lee who does all the media and our chaplain Susan. There's a lot done beyond their job descriptions but Farmington is a club built on the family feel and everyone gets stuck in for each other.
WSS: Will there be an extra determination from the team next season to establish yourselves at SWPL 1 level?
RS: I would say so. We didn't prove ourselves last time. The squad has changed, developed and relish the challenge to go again and the work to be ready starts now.
Our thanks to Robyn!
Photo by David Young, courtesy of Forfar Farmington LFC
Scotland 2 (Ross 27, Kozyupa og 62)>
Belarus 1 (Kharlanova 13)
Scotland 2 (Ross 27, Kozyupa og 62)
Shelley Kerr recorded a win in her first competitive match in charge as Scotland began their road to what would be their first World Cup in France 2019.
Scotland had large spells of possession but were unable to score the number of goals their play deserved. They were delivered a setback early on after conceding the first goal but a Jane Ross equaliser was followed up by an own goal in the second half which gave Scotland the three points.
They now go into Tuesday's game against Albania at the Paisley 2012 Stadium hopeful of a large crowd with free entry for all supporters.
Scotland started strongly with Jane Ross going close from a rebound following a Caroline Weir free kick. Manchester City striker Ross had another opportunity early on but overran the ball and it was collected by the goalkeeper. At the other end, Lee Alexander had to have sharp reactions to block a shot inside the box after nine minutes.
With 24 minutes gone, Belarus took a shock 1-0 lead when Anastasia Kharlanova looped the ball over the head of Lee Alexander who was unable to bat the ball away.
Just three minutes later Jane Ross equalised for Scotland. She first of all earned a corner with a rasping drive before knocking home the corner following a goalmouth scramble.
The half then petered out with Scotland still pressing for a winner and Jenny Beattie was presented with the ball in the box but couldn't direct her effort on target.
Scotland began the second half in the ascendancy once again but Belarus were proving a hard nut to crack. Claire Emslie was presented with a golden opportunity at the back post but her shot failed to hit the back of the net. Jenny Beattie then saw a header well saved after she found herself clear at the back post.
Belarus' goal was subject to a barrage of attacks and Scotland finally received the breakthrough when Anna Kozyupa knocked the ball into her own net following a determined Jane Ross run and cross which caused problems inside the box.
After the match Hayley Lauder told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "Slowly but surely we reached the performance levels we wanted to. We were expansive going forward and really took the game to Belarus.
"We have a lot of experience in the team that allowed us to stay calm when we went behind.
"There was no panic at all. We just had to keep at it and thankfully got our reward.
"I'm loving working under Shelley again having experienced it with under-19s. Her knowledge has brought a lot to the group.
"I can't wait to play in front of our home fans on Tuesday. With free entry, hopefully we can get a good crowd along to make some noise. It's a match we're looking forward to."
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Kirsty Smith, Joanne Love, Caroline Weir (sub Leanne Crichton 77mins), Claire Emslie, Christie Murray (sub Erin Cuthbert 76mins), Lisa Evans (sub Fiona Brown 83mins), Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Chloe Arthur, Joelle Murray, Lana Clelland.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
The two remaining matches in the Third Round Qualifying of the SSE Women's FA Cup were played on the weekend, meaning that the full draw for the First Round Proper is now known.
Bolton Wanderers made an awkward trip to CMB Ladies of the North West Women's League and returned with a 5-2 victory under their belts.
Michelle Kirkman-Ryan was on target twice along with Emma Pilling, Saffron Newhouse and Gabby Yates to take the Premier League Northern Division One side through. Bolton will be away again in the next round as they must travel to play Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who are in the same division.
The other game was an all-North West League Premier Division affair and it saw Burnley Girls & Ladies run out 4-1 winners over Wigan Athletic to reach the First Round for the first time in their history.
Sarah Greenhalgh gave Burnley an early lead and after Wigan quickly equalised, Greenhalgh then turned provider for Leah Embley to give her side an advantage that they took into half time. After the break, a well taken goal from Justine Wallace put the Lady Clarets two ahead and Greenhalgh crowned the win when she headed in her second goal and Burnley's fourth, to put the game beyond Wigan's reach. Burnley will therefore go to the North East for their First Round tie away to Alnwick Town of the Pinpoint Recruitment Northumberland League, who claimed the scalp of Premier League side Rotherham Utd in the last round.
East Midlands League
League leaders Leicester City Women Development were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to three points by Nettleham, who went up to second after beating Kettering Town 7-0. Abbie Murrell led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Katy Thornley, Nicola Symons, Sophie Crosby and Rebecca Hornsey. Eastwood Ladies complete the top three as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Arnold Town. Jodie Ellis and Jenny Lorimer both put Arnold ahead with Reegan Sellars and Chantelle Robinson equalising on each occasion, before Demi Croxall grabbed a winner for Eastwood. Mansfield Town continue to improve and are in mid-table following their 2-0 success away to Rise Park.
There was a change of leadership in Division One North with Hykeham Town taking over at the top after beating Teversal 4-0. Amy Blinkhorn gave Hykeham a first half lead with Kirsty Dalsell adding a double after the break, Alex Nicholson also getting on target. Sleaford Town also won 4-0 against Grimsby Borough and this takes them second, Amy Kilgannon, Jade Baker and Laura Jones all finding the net along with an own goal. Calverton MW had gone top during midweek but are back in third after going down 3-2 to Lincoln Moorlands Railway whose markswomen were Lauren Churcher, Sarah Flynn amd Alice Hayes. Shelly Marriott-Smith and Liana Ventrella-Reyes scored the goals as Market Warsop won for the first time, 2-1 against Draycott Victoria, and Arnold Town Development also recorded their first victory, 2-1 away to Clifton with strikes from Kereng Mrwata and Katie Garfoot.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo have ascended to the top of Division One South with an 8-1 victory over Desford. Danielle Gilbert hit a hat-trick, Emily Miles and Lucy Phillips-Poole netted two apiece and Emma Aspinall was also on the scoresheet. In the other game, Thrapston Town won 7-4 at Riverside LFC to leap into mid-table, Hannah Pendred was on target four times along with Alex Bartlett, Emma Robinson and an own goal. Annie Posnett scored all four for Riverside but ended up on the losing side.
Eastern Region League
Writtle kept hold of the leadership of the Premier Division by running out 9-1 winners over Colchester Town. Courtney Clarke bagged herself a four-goal haul and others came from Abigail Fry, Lynsey Bowman, Ellie Bowdidge and Amy Simmons along with an own goal. Billericay Town remain hard on their heels in second, they won 4-1 at Brentwood Town with goals from Paris Smith (2), Courtney Lumley and Lindsey Morgan. Rebecca Fay and Charlotte Gillies were on the scoresheet for Cambridge City as they beat Bedford Ladies 2-1, a result which takes them up to fourth, just ahead of AFC Dunstable who were 2-0 victors at Colney Heath thanks to Danielle Carty and Charlene Moreton.
Tiffany Forshaw netted twice and Rebecca Russell the other as King's Lynn Town defeated Ipswich Town Development to stay one point ahead in Division One North from Ipswich Wanderers who ran out 5-0 winners over Silver End Utd. Tanya McKew bagged a brace along with Lina Nagib, Jess Taylor-Allum and an own goal. Histon are a further point adrift in third after Sophie Hopkin, Charlotte Westrope and Katie Segrave secured a 3-1 success away to Cambridge Utd Res.
No matches were played in Division One South on Sunday.
London & South East League
No change at the top of the table where AFC Phoenix continue to lead the way on goal difference following their 7-1 victory away to Eastbourne Ladies. Saskia Philp had a great day in front of goal, scoring four times in all, Christy Haragan contributed a double and Elizabeth Wicks added the other, with Victoria Phillips replying. Crawley Wasps made sure of keeping pace with the leaders, they won 4-0 against London Kent Football Utd thanks to a goal apiece from Lauren Callaghan, Naomi Cole, Toni Smith and Holly Walker. Parkwood Rangers and Carshalton Athletic meanwhile occupy the next two places after sharing a 1-1 draw, Charlie Myhill and Casey Brady netting their goals respectively. Aylesford got off the mark with their first points of the season when edging out Fulham FC Foundation by the odd goal in seven. Beth Hulme (2), Zara Chapman and Helena Jefferies scored the goals for Aylesford, with Fulham responding through Jacinta Coleman, Tia-Rae Scott-Coleman and Kirsty Mulcahey.
North East League
Durham Cestria returned to the top of the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory away to Hartlepool Utd. Jen Jennings netted twice, with Nicola Worthington also on target. Wallsend Boys Club stay level on points with Durham in second place as they recorded their third straight win, 3-1 at Tynedale thanks to Michaela McHugh, Lauren Crellin and Samantha Deverdics.
Jessica Thomas and an own goal gave Boro Rangers a 2-1 success away to Consett Ladies which sees them stretch their lead in Division One North to three points. Boldon CA Villa moved up into second with a 7-1 victory over Gainsborough Ladies. Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Allison Ferris, Leanne Mason, Beth Miller and Kayleigh Rogers. South Shields notched up a 6-0 win against Blyth Lions which included a four-goal haul from Dionne Fleming, with Rosie Burns and Elizabeth Fraser also getting on the scoresheet.
No matches were played in the Southern Division over the weekend.
North West League
FA Cup and County Cup duties ensured that only three matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday but it turned out to be a good day for Fleetwood Town Wrens as they defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 2-1 to move into second place, two points behind leaders Merseyrail Bootle. Tranmere Rovers therefore slip back a position to fourth but extended their unbeaten run and became the first team to take points off Stockport County when holding them to a 2-2 draw. Manchester Stingers are in mid-table following their 2-1 win against Sir Tom Finney.
In Division One North, Penrith AFC scored six times without reply against previously unbeaten Workington Reds and this has taken them four points clear at the top of the table, from Cammell Laird who were 4-1 victors away to Preston North End to go second. Leigh RMI lost a little ground in fourth place when they were beaten 4-2 by Bolton Wanderers Res, who move into a mid-table position.
FC United of Manchester defeated Stockport County Blues 4-0 and this has seen them go top of Division One South, one point ahead of Curzon Ashton who returned from Warrington Wolverines with a 6-2 victory under their belts. Altrincham scored nine times without reply past City of Liverpool to record their second league win of the season, as did Northwich Vixens with a 2-1 success against fourth placed Crewe Alexandra Development.
South West League
Middlezoy Rovers once again returned to the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Forest Green Rovers 4-2. Georgia Coles, Anusia Rourke, Alexei Turner and Rosie Williams all scored for Middlezoy, with Forest Green replying through Charlie Rowlands and Hollie Timbrell. Third placed Bishop's Lydeard needed to stage a second half comeback to earn themselves a 2-2 draw against Keynsham Town Development. Taylor Gainey and Mia Saunders both scored to put Keynsham two ahead at half time, before Lydeard came storming back after the break with strikes from Emily Syme and Jodie Dingle. Torquay Utd have got off to a good start with their second win in three matches, 4-0 against Ilminster Town thanks to Rhi Bailey, Vicki Fannon, Daisy Self and Jana Richards. Yeovil Town Intermediate meanwhile won 2-1 away to AEK Boco, whose consolation came from Ellie Keedwell.
Almondsbury made a swift return as leaders of the Eastern Division with a 3-0 win away to Team Mendip. Faye Gilbert scored twice and Rhianne Oakley the other to take their side back to the top of the table. Swindon Town Development remain in fifth after being held to a 2-2 draw by Oldland Abbotonians, who scored through Vicky Mundy and Lidiya Mykhalechko, with Helena Diaz-Butcher and Sophie Roberts replying. Ellie Burgess, Kathryn Kilgour and Aleksandra Guzik were all on the scoresheet as FC Chippenham defeated Cheltenham Town Development 3-0 and Swindon Spitfires also notched up their second win, 4-1 against St Nicholas Res thanks to a Katie Wadey brace, Skye Peters and Laura Stallard with Charlotte Davis netting the home side's consolation.
With Alphington not playing, Plymouth Argyle Res replaced them at the top of the Western Division after Gabi Alphous and Faye Ivall saw them to a 2-1 victory over Plympton Ladies. Callington Town made it four straight wins when beating Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 7-2, Amy Hemingway hitting a hat-trick along with Gemma Farley, Grace O'Leary, Sam Veal and Jodie Smith. Bideford Town meanwhile registered their first point when sharing a 3-3 draw with Bude Town, Beth Ellis, Emily Hookway and Rohana Little netting their goals with Sarah Badham, Charlotte Mulligan-Lang and Leanne Stanbury replying.
Southern Region League
County Cup duties meant that there were no matches played in the league on Sunday but there was action in the First Round of the League Cup.
Chesham Utd came through a tough tie away to Winchester City Flyers with a 4-0 victory away to Winchester City Flyers. Niamh Euman (2), Emma Delves and Kirsty Gladwin scored the goals to the Clarets into the next round. Joining them will be New Milton Town who defeated Team Solent 3-1, Katie Norman, Paula Taylor and Tiffany Skinner all netted a goal apiece with Georgie Lowe replying.
West Midlands League
Leafield Athletic have taken over as Premier Division leaders on goal difference following their 7-1 win away to Leamington Lions. Amy Andrews (2), Weronika Jagielska (2), Shona Baldwin, Georgia Godfrey and Abby Jackson were all on target for Leafield, with Chloe Whinmill replying. Crusaders are now second despite also winning, edging out Wolverhampton Sporting 4-3 thanks to Danielle Keegan, Bekkie Sloan, Kirsty Spencer and an own goal. Lauri Alexander, Nikita Large and Rebecca Walley all scored for the home side. Stockingford AA Pavilion had gone 610 days without a league defeat but that record was broken by Lye Town, who beat them 2-0 with Erin Hicken and Claire Williamson scoring their goals. Shanice Walsh netted a hat-trick and Jodie Hunter the other as Bedworth Utd won 4-0 at Knowle to stay in touch with the leading sides and Coundon Court were 4-1 winners over Kingshurst Sporting Club, Ria Fackrell and Natasha Miles each netting twice.
Sutton Coldfield Town are still setting a good pace in Division One North and stay two points clear after beating Shrewsbury Juniors 5-0. Ruth Graham led the scoring with a hat-trick, while Tiara Hemans and Sarah Lampitt added the others. Wyrley Ladies stay on their shoulders in second place, they ran out 7-2 winners over Atherstone Rangers thanks to a Rachel Cumberledge hat-trick, Ellesse Birkett, Laura Cumberledge, Leah Fanning and Georgia Key. Shrewsbury Town netted eight times without reply past Florence, Millie Young hitting a hat-trick with Nicola Durnall (2), Katie Doster, Jessica Hicks and Jennifer Wolf also on the scoresheet, and Tamworth notched up their first win of the season, 3-1 against Brereton Town.
No matches were played in Division One South on Sunday.
Blackburn Rovers have gone three points clear at the top of the Northern Division following their 4-0 success away to Bolton Wanderers. Doubles from Georgia Stevens and Leanne Prescott took Blackburn to their fifth straight win but Middlesbrough lost a little ground as they were beaten 4-1 by Guiseley Vixens, for whom Fiona Worts hit a hat-trick and Nikki Berko added the other. Kayleigh Bamforth, Melissa Griffiths and Emily Starkie scored the goals as Brighouse Town won for the first time, 3-1 against Hull City.
Stoke City regained the leadership of the Midland Division with a 4-0 victory at Sporting Khalsa in which Freya Tan, Jamilla Palmer, Abbie Iddenden and Rebecca Arnold all scored. Coventry Utd are back in second after drawing 2-2 with Loughborough Foxes, Ellie White and Jasmine Ancell netting their goals with Nicola Russell and Lucy Coppin replying. Cardiff City Ladies completed a trio of teams level on points at the top by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1, Monet Legall and Cori Williams were on target. Ellie Aston, Sianna Bennett, Shannon Henson, Charlotte Steggles and Morgan Bird were the markswomen for Leicester City Women in their 5-1 success against TNS Ladies and they are just one point off the pace. Derby County scored seven times without reply past Long Eaton Utd thanks to Danielle Oxley (2), Kira Rai (2), Amber-Leigh Denny, Georgia Lawton and Molly Matthews, meanwhile a solitary goal from Zoe Meyrick gave Nottingham Forest the points against Burton Albion.
Portsmouth opened up a lead of five points in the Southern Division by winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace with goals from Sharna Capel-Watson and Demi Edwards. West Ham Utd defeated Milton Keynes Dons 6-1, Stephaney Bent and Julie Melfald each scoring twice along with Whitney Locke and Belle Shannon.
In the Northern Division of the FA WSL Development League, Sunderland staged a second half fightback to earn themselves a 2-2 draw against Sheffield FC and preserve their unbeaten start to the season. Sheffield raced into a two-goal lead at the break thanks to a brace from Melissa Johnson but Bridget Galloway and Katie Barker hit back to give the Lady Black Cats a share of the spoils. Birmingham City meanwhile recorded their first victory, 2-1 against Everton with goals from Rosie Weaver and Laura Davies.
Milllwall Lionesses are the new table toppers in the Southern Division following their 2-2 draw with Watford. Millwall twice took the lead through Onyi Echegini and Freya Bailes, with Watford hitting back on each occasion with equalisers from Cherrelle Albert and Danielle Puddefoot. Reading FC Women ran out 7-2 winners over Chelsea to join the pack who are one point behind Millwall, Rachel Furness, Lauren Bruton and Sophie O'Rourke each netting twice with an own goal completing the scoring. Chloe Gilroy (2), Olivia Fergusson (2) and Holly Chandler meanwhile gave Bristol City a 5-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and they are also on six points. Yeovil Town claimed their first win, 3-2 against Oxford Utd courtesy of a Chloe Melton brace and Megan Robinson.
Basingstoke Town 4 Poole Town 5
Basingstoke Town and Poole Town served up a FAWPL South West Division One classic at the Winklebury Football Complex with the Dorset visitors edging the three points by the odd goal in nine after an excellent match high in commitment, top quality goals and drama.
Poole took an early grip on proceedings with three early strikes and were always ahead but Basingstoke, without a league win so far, showed great character to be in contention right to the final whistle.
Poole took the lead when Jemma Tewkesbury was fouled in the area and converted the spot kick on six minutes. The same player hit the bar with a snap shot two minutes later but Poole doubled their advantage with a fine finish by Faye Rolfe-Hawkins who chased down a loose ball and drove a fierce shot home from a tight angle on 14 minutes.
Basingstoke came back with two Lizzie Laws corners. the first nearly converted by Helen Ogle. the second headed wide by Vanessa Watson. However, Tewkesbury extended the lead after rounding keeper Erin Davis-Donne and netting from a tight angle on 23 minutes.
The home team reduced the deficit almost immediately from the spot after Jade Bradley sent Watson clear and Poole keeper Sam Chrippes brought her down. Sarah Wentworth converted confidently to give Basingstoke a lifeline. Poole soon restored a three-goal lead on 28 minutes after another fine move down the right set up Rolfe-Hawkins' second goal.
The drama continued a minute later as Basingstoke were awarded another penalty and Wentworth converted again to make it 4-2 inside the first half hour. Bradley was inches away from another Basingstoke goal with a super 25-yard effort which clipped the bar, then Laws had an inswinging corner cleared off the line on 39 minutes. Poole's Sam Gubb had a shot saved by Davis-Donne but there was no addition to the score by the break.
Poole went very close on 47 minutes when Tewkesbury sidefooted wide but Watson was even closer for Basingstoke, hitting the post a minute later as the tempo continued on the restart. Bradley then put the hosts within one goal on 52 minutes with another fine lofted shot from distance.
Poole were always threatening in attack, with Gubb shooting wide when through on goal and Tewkesbury twice went close to a hat-trick. Eventually it was Gubb who got Poole's fifth on 78 minutes with a precise low finish in the bottom corner to seemingly settle the outcome.
The drama was not complete as Ogle set up an exciting finish with yet another well executed strike from distance on 88 minutes. Basingstoke pushed hard for an equaliser but eventually ran out of time as Poole claimed their third win of their debut season at FAWPL level.
Every player and both coaching teams deserve huge credit for a fine contest at the end of a very busy week for both clubs, a great advert for the FAWPL South West Division One.
Erin Davis-Donne, Charlotte Hull, Sarah Wentworth, Zoe Maylin, Lucy Reeder, Jessica Winchester, Jade Bradley, Michelle Kimber, Helen Ogle, Lizzie Laws, Vanessa Watson. Subs: Elizabeth Swadling, Lindsey Beverley, Megan Lovelock, Kelly Rutledge, Lianne Hill.
Sam Chrippes, Katelyn Wyatt, Becca Witherington, Jess Fowell, Charlotte Eastman, Katie Paul, Jemma Tewkesbury, Sam Gubb, Faye Rolfe-Hawkins, Rebecca Miles, Hannah Chalk. Subs: Emma Acott, Sacha Paynter, Siena White.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Jemma Tewkesbury hits the bar with a shot with Jessica Winchester closing in
(middle) Faye Rolfe-Hawkins scores past the challenge of Lucy Reeder
(bottom) Vanessa Watson clears away from Faye Rolfe-Hawkins
Huddersfield Town ended the winning run of Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough with a stunning 3-0 victory, which takes them back into fourth place in the table.
Katie Nutter netted a brace to put her side two goals ahead at the interval and an own goal sealed the points for Huddersfield with seven minutes remaining.
Fylde Ladies meanwhile preserved their unbeaten record by winning 1-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Natasha Flint settled matters for the Coasters with the only goal of the game, six minutes before half time.
One match was played in the Southern Division on Sunday, Coventry Utd moving into the top half of the table with a 2-1 win away to West Ham Utd. The Hammers went into the game on the back of a fine midweek success against leaders Charlton Athletic but it was Coventry who took a 20th minute lead through Alison Hall. West Ham hit back to equalise before the break, Andreya Ezekiel-Meade scoring, but Coventry - and Hall - were to have the final say and she netted her second goal to give her side the points.
Manchester City and Chelsea will be up against Scandinavian opposition when they play the Round of 16 in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Manchester City will travel to Norway for the first leg of their tie as they have been paired with LSK Kvinner. Based in Lillestrom, LSK have been the dominant force in their country in recent season and have just clinched their fifth league title in six seasons. They have not fared quite so well in Europe during this time though, they have matched their best run in the competition this season.
Chelsea will be up against FC Rosengard of Sweden, with the first leg being played at Kingsmeadow. Rosengard have won the title on ten occasions in Sweden and have reached the last eight in the Champions League in five of the last six seasons, but have yet to progress beyond that stage.
Rosengard are captained by Caroline Seger and have several well known players in their squad including Lotta Schelin, Anja Mittag, Lina Nilsson and Sanne Troelsgaard amongst others, as well as England's Anita Asante, who will be coming up against her former club.
There is other British interest in the competition with Lucy Bronze at Olympique Lyonnais, who are away in the first leg to BIIK Kazygurt, who knocked out Glasgow City on away goals in the last round. Toni Duggan and Barcelona are up against Lithuanian side Gintra Universitetas, Ellie Brazil of Fiorentina will face VfL Wolfsburg and former Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay (Stjarnan) must play Slavia Prague.
The first legs will be played on 8/9 November, with the return matches taking place a week later.
Round of 16 draw:
Sparta Prague (CZE) v Linköping FC (SWE)
Gintra Universitetas (LTU) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Chelsea (ENG) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
LSK Kvinner (NOR) v Manchester City (ENG)
Brescia (ITA) v Montpellier (FRA)
BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Fiorentina (ITA) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
Stjarnan (ISL) v Slavia Prague (CZE)
Forfar Farmington clinched the SWPL 2 title in style with a 5-1 victory over second placed Motherwell at Station Park.
Farmington went into the game knowing that a win would be enough to put them beyond the reach of their rivals and they were two up inside ten minutes, Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron both finding the net with close range finishes. McGinley then netted her second following a good move and a minute later, Julia Scott broke through to score the fourth. The final goal came in injury time, McGinley completing her hat-trick with a well taken goal in injury time, before Motherwell grabbed themselves a consolation through Pamela Liddell.
Motherwell remain in second as Glasgow Girls went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale. After a goalless first half, Glasgow went ahead early in the second half but Anna Hume and Nichola Sturrock hit back to give EUHV the three points.
Jeanfield Swifts can still challenge for the runners-up spot and they kept those hopes alive by running out 5-0 winners over East Fife, who are certain to finish in the bottom two following this result. Amy Henderson had a great day for Jeanfield as she scored a hat-trick of headers and she was joined on the scoresheet by Niamh Irvine and Jade McDonald.
Hearts meanwhile secured their place in the division by scoring seven times without reply past Buchan Ladies, who are destined to go down. Michelle Stewart and Danni Pagliarulo each netted twice and there was one apiece from Georgia Hunter, Louise Kerr and Helen Aitchison.
Despite a gruelling evening on Thursday in the UEFA Women's Champions League, Glasgow City showed few signs of a hangover and maintained their lead at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 with a 4-0 win over Celtic at Petershill Park.
Abbi Grant was brought down in the box in the opening few minutes and Leanne Ross stepped up to convert the spot kick. It was a big moment for the City captain after she heartbreakingly missed a penalty on Thursday night which would have seen City progress in the Champions League. It was 2-0 after 24 minutes when Noelle Murray converted past Megan Cunningham in the Celtic net after good one-two touch football between Katie McCabe and Joanne Love, to set the striker up. After the break, Grant finished off another fine City move to make it 3-0 and Leanne Crichton smashed home on 65 minutes to round off the scoring for the reigning Champions.
Hibernian kept the gap behind the leaders to two points by winning 7-2 away to Aberdeen. In manager Chris Roberts' last match in charge, four second half goals carried Hibs to another important win. Abigail Harrison netted twice and there was one apiece from Lucy Graham, Joelle Murray, Cailin Michie, Amy Gallacher and Rachel McLauchlan.
Stirling University remain in fourth place following their 1-0 success away to Hamilton Academical, who stay four points ahead of Aberdeen. Nicole Pullar settled matters for Stirling with the only goal of the game, just after the hour mark.
Comeback of the day went to Rangers who came from behind to win 3-2 at Spartans and move to within two points of their opponents. Spartans took a fifth minute lead through Simone McMahon and Ronaigh Douglas added a second early in the second half, but after Chelsie Watson had pulled one back, Brogan Hay marked her debut for Rangers by netting the equaliser and Clare Gemmell completed the turnaround when she scored the winning goal.
Cardiff Met Ladies have a lead of three points at the top of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League after they won 4-1 away to local rivals Cardiff City FC.
The teams went into the game as two of the five teams who were level on points at the top but Ellie Walker-Smith put the Archers in front with eleven minutes on the clock, before Monique Fischer and Naomi Clipston added further goals ahead of half time. Shannon Evans raised hopes for City when she pulled a goal back after the break but Jasmine Simpson made the points safe for Met with five minutes remaining.
A win would have kept Port Talbot Town level on points with Cardiff Met and moved them up to second but instead they went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Llandudno Ladies, who recorded their second victory of the season. Kelsey Davies gave Llandudno the lead midway through the first half and after the interval, two strikes from Louisha Doran wrapped up the result for her side.
There are still five teams level on points, queued behind Met, as these have been joined by Abergavenny Women who defeated Caldicot Town 4-0. Lyndsey Davies bagged a first half brace, with a goal from Amy Thrupp sandwiched inbetween, to ensure that Aber led by three goals at half time before Maxine Mudge rounded off the scoring on the hour.
Caernarfon Town and Rhyl Ladies met each other in a North Wales derby match and it was Rhyl who returned home with the points and a 2-0 victory. The two goals came ten minutes either side of half time, Ashley Mills opening the scoring for the Lilywhites and Emily Jones secured the points when she netted the second.
After finishing as runners-up in the Northern Division last season, Middlesbrough have started very well this time around and their sixth straight league victory, against Stoke City on Sunday, took them four points clear at the top of the table.
We talked to Middlesbrough goalkeeper Laura Wareham who told us that the atmosphere in the squad is "extremely positive" but that they are not getting carried away with how things have been going:
WSS: That was a good win on Sunday against Stoke, would you say it was one of the team's best displays so far?
LW: Yes, it was really good to take all three points and even better, a clean sheet against a very strong, physical side like Stoke. However, the team had been working on our game plan all week and I think everyone knew their own role and responsibility and we gave everything to achieve our overall outcome!
WSS: Six league wins in a row now, seven in all, what, if anything, was changed after the defeat in the opening game?
LW: We had a few players away on international duty that game and some on holiday, so it probably wasn't the most ideal start for us. A lot of factors had an impact on that game and I feel as a team it was a learning curve for us all. We have collectively worked really hard in training with the coaches and the atmosphere in the camp is very good!
WSS: Do you feel that the team is hitting its best form now?
LW: Yes, 7 wins out of 8 shows that we have taken a lot from the first game. With the team being so young, I think we are all learning each game. We are all trying to implement our ILPs within our own game and I feel it is highlighted in the overall team performance. Again, the atmosphere in the camp is extremely positive and we are on a roll!
WSS: This week you play Huddersfield who you narrowly beat 1-0 a couple of weeks ago, are you anticipating another close game this time?
LW: Obviously we are going into Sunday knowing that Huddersfield will be a difficult game. However, we have worked really hard on our game plan to hopefully ensure we take all three points on Sunday.
WSS: You did really well last season, finishing runners-up in your first season after promotion, is there a feeling amongst the team that you can go one better this time around?
LW: It would be unbelievable for us to improve on our season last year. We are working really hard collectively to implement different styles of play to enable us to pick up more points and improve on factors that we learnt from last year. We take each game as it comes and gaining three points each Sunday is our main priority.
WSS: Who do you see as being the main rivals in the title race this season?
LW: That would be difficult to answer as I think there are numerous teams who could push for the title! However I would say Blackburn after their success last season!
WSS: Middlesbrough have made big steps in recent seasons to become one of the top teams in the Premier League, what do you think is the main reason behind this?
LW: The manager has worked very hard and made numerous changes within the club to make it a more professional environment for us to play in. We have new coaching staff and have made numerous signings to strengthen the depth of our squad. We have a solid link with Teesside RTC and primarily the success of Middlesbrough is probably down to the hard work from the staff. The club is now recognized and it's fantastic to know that we have a very good reputation.
Our thanks to Laura!
Charlton Athletic's eight match winning run in the Southern Division was brought to a halt when they were beaten 3-1 by West Ham Utd.
Paige Anderson-James gave the Hammers the lead just after the half hour and Molly Peters added a second just before the interval. Kit Graham renewed hopes for Charlton when she pulled one back early in the second half but Peters went on to seal a fine victory for her side when she netted her second on the hour.
Charlton remain seven points clear though as second placed Lewes were also beaten, 3-0 by Crystal Palace. Leading scorer Gemma Bryan got back to goalscoring form by netting a goal in each half and Ellie Bailes joined her on the scoresheet to crown a result which takes them to within one point of the Rookettes. C & K Basildon stay level on points with Palace following their 3-0 victory over Gillingham, given to them by a goal apiece from Angela Addison, April Bowers and Hayley West. Chichester City meanwhile leapfrogged Portsmouth into fifth after beating them 3-2 in their South Coast derby meeting. Jess Lewry and Cherelle Khassal put Chi two ahead, with Samantha Quayle pulling one back for Pompey. Jenna Fowlie restored the two-goal advantage after the break and this proved to be decisive, despite Shannon Albuery scoring for Portsmouth in injury time.
Only one match was played in the Northern Division in midweek but it saw Leicester City Women move into second place in the table on the back of a 4-0 victory over Derby County. Sophie Domingo was on target twice and there was one apiece from Leigh Dugmore and Kim Farrow.
Hull City remain one point clear at the top of Northern Division One after a goal from Jo Symington gave them a 1-0 win away to Leeds Utd. They stay ahead of Brighouse Town who defeated Barnsley 3-1 with strikes from Becky Kendell, Hannah Poulter and Jodie Redgrave with Demi Pringle replying. Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile got back to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 local derby success against Mossley Hill, Roisin Havelin (2) and Carla Lee were on target. Morecambe continue to impress in fourth place, they beat Chorley 3-1 thanks to Emma Kay, Yasmine Swarbrick and Louise Gibbins whilst the visitors' consolation came from Vicky Coope. Meanwhile, the North East derby match produced a six-goal thriller with Newcastle Utd and Chester-le-Street Town drawing 3-3. Jess Foster netted twice and Siobhan Jones the other for Newcastle, with Cestrians replying through Katie Ellison, Rachel Mellor and Brogan Prudhoe.
All teams were in action in Midlands Division One and it was a good few days for Loughborough Foxes, who extended their lead to six points when beating Leicester City Ladies 7-0. Chloe Young led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Laura Dexter, Laura Steele, Becky Matlock and Francesca Wilson. Solihull Moors' 2-2 draw with Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies leaves them in second place, Chloe Bickley and Victoria Grieve netting their goals with Annie Collins and Kwahjay-Tabia Mapp replying. The Sheffield derby match between Steel City Wanderers and Sheffield Utd also ended with honours even, Cheryl Mawhood were on target for the Steels with Jennifer Pearson and Sophie Bell securing a 2-2 draw for the Blades, which takes them up to third. Despite a brace from Emily Ridge putting them two ahead early on, TNS Ladies surrendered their 100% record when going down to a surprise 5-2 defeat at the hands of Sporting Khalsa, who picked up their first points of the season. Burton Albion meanwhile returned to winning ways when Jemma Grimadell netted the only goal of the game against Long Eaton Utd. Radcliffe Olympic continue to improve and they complete the top half of the table following their 3-1 success at Rotherham Utd, Rania Ramadan, Beth Bailey and an own goal giving them the points with Libby Hallam replying.
AFC Wimbledon are back on top of South East Division One after Kelly-Jade Whelan and Becky Sargent scored in their 2-1 win away to Actonians Ladies, who replied through Alessandra Barreca. Ipswich Town meanwhile defeated Norwich City 8-1 and are third, Zoe Cossey hitting a hat-trick along with Lindsey Cooper, Amanda Crump, Miagh Downey, Roxanne Small and Sophie Welton, Sasha Diston netting Norwich's consolation. The Tractor Girls are just two points off the pace, as are Milton Keynes Dons following their 2-0 success at Cambridge Utd in which Alice Hughes and Laura Mills were on target. In the other game, Enfield Town and Stevenage Ladies battled out a 1-1 draw, Danielle Smith giving Enfield a first half lead and Chloe Gunn equalising after the break.
For the first time this season, Plymouth Argyle are not top of South West Division One, being replaced by Keynsham Town who took over as leaders with a 4-0 local derby victory over Brislington on Thursday night. Kerry Bartlett and Katie Cook gave them a two-goal lead after the break and in the second half, Bartlett netted twice more to complete her hat-trick. Southampton Women remain the third team still with a 100% record and they have moved up to third after an Emma Pinner brace and Jane Yeates took them to a 3-1 win against Poole Town, who had taken an early lead through an own goal. Olivia Buzaglo was on target four times and Hannah Summers added the other as Maidenhead Utd ran out 5-2 winners at Basingstoke Town, who replied through a Helen Ogle double, and Cheltenham Town defeated St Nicholas 3-0 with goals from Louise Fensome (2) and Jennifer Brown-Wealls.
Arsenal got their Continental Tyres Cup campaign off to a winning start when they scored seven times without reply past London Bees.
The Gunners have a fantastic record in the competition, winning it four times and only failing to reach the Final on one occasion, and they served notice of another strong campaign as Emma Mitchell and Beth Mead each scored twice, the latter with two penalties, while Lisa Evans, Jodie Taylor and Louise Quinn also got on the scoresheet.
The other match in Group C saw Watford win 1-0 against WSL 2 leaders Millwall Lionesses. The Hornets turned league form on its head to record their first win of the season, settling matters on 72 minutes through a close range volley by Adekite Fatuga-Dada from Anneka Nuttall's free kick.
A change in the format this year means that matches which finish level after 90 minutes will go a penalty shootout, with two points rather than three going to the winners and one to the beaten side. Therefore it was Durham Women and Sunderland who made history in this respect as they fought out a goalless draw in normal time, with the Lady Black Cats taking the honours 3-2 on penalties.
Liverpool sit on top of Group A following their 6-0 victory over Sheffield FC. Caroline Weir netted twice inside the opening half hour to give the Reds a two-goal advantage and an Ellie Gilliatt own goal extended their lead after the break. Sophie Ingle, Ali Johnson and Beth England also got on the scoresheet to crown the victory for Liverpool.
Last time's runners-up Birmingham City have started off well this time around, defeating Oxford Utd 4-0. The U's started the game well but were undone just before half time by Freda Ayisi and Lucy Quinn scored a second early in the second half. Oxford's task was made even harder when Hannah Short was red carded for bringing down Rachel Williams when through on goal and Birmingham went on to add further goals late on through Hayley Ladd and Charlie Wellings.
Everton meanwhile came back from Doncaster Rovers Belles with a 3-0 win under their belts. Chloe Kelly gave them the lead after six minutes and an own goal by Leandra Little midway through the first half put them in control. Martha Munsterman rounded off the victory for the Toffees when she netted the third goal late on.
There were success for WSL 2 in the first round of the games and both came in Group D, Brighton & Hove Albion winning their first ever game in the competition, 4-2 against Yeovil Town. Fliss Gibbons put the Seagulls in front just before the half hour and strikes in quick succession from Ini Umotong and Kate Natkiel put them three ahead at the interval. Natkiel completed a great day for her side when she scored her second with twenty minutes remaining and although Paige Sawyer and Kayleigh Green grabbed injury time goals for the Lady Glovers, it was too little too late for them.
The other Continental Tyres Cup debutants, Tottenham Hotspur, also made an instant impact with victory over a WSL 1 side, beating Bristol City 2-0. Tottenham went into the game with two successive league wins under their belts and they took the lead shortly before the break through Lauren Pickett. Bianca Baptiste wrapped up the win when she scored the second goal, midway through the second half.
Jayne Ludlow has named her latest Wales Women's squad for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier against Russia.
Wales take on Russia in St Petersburg on October 24 as they look to build on last month's 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan. Ludlow has again chosen a youthful squad, with youngsters Amina Vine coming into the senior squad after featuring for the intermediate teams. Meanwhile, Peyton Vincze - who was named FAW Women's Young Player of the Year recently - wins a senior call up.
Wales are currently second in Group 1, with England leading the way after their 6-0 victory over Russia in September.
"It's going to be a tough challenge, but one that the squad are very much looking forward to," said Ludlow. "It's a test against a second ranked nation in the group and a test to see how far we have come in the last few years.
"We have a young group travelling with us - Amina Vine has been brought in from the Under-17s and Alice Griffiths is another of those - but amongst them we have plenty of experience with players who have been internationals for many years now.
"Hopefully that will help give us the experience we need to enjoy the challenge ahead."
Wales squad: Claire Skinner, Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Gemma Evans, Hayley Ladd, Rhiannon Roberts, Rachel Rowe, Amina Vine, Alice Griffiths, Sophie Ingle, Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James, Charlie Estcourt, Kylie Nolan, Nadia Lawrence, Kayleigh Green, Chloe Chivers, Natasha Harding, Peyton Vincze, Grace Thomas.
Chelsea have made it through to the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League after surviving a late onslaught by Bayern Munich and although they were beaten 2-1 on the night, Fran Kirby's strike on the hour was enough to take them through on away goals.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Chelsea were put under early pressure by the home side and they passed up a great chance to take the lead when Mandy Islacker fired over with the goal gaping after Hedvig Lindahl had parried the initial shot.
Chelsea came more into the game as the half wore on but with really creating any threatening chances, until Magdalena Eriksson unleashed a rasping 30-yard shot which brought out an excellent save from Manuela Zinsberger.
The scoreline was goalless at the interval and remained in the balance until the hour mark. Ramona Bachmann threaded an inch perfect through ball into the path of Fran Kirby who raced through on goal and drew Zinsberger before clipping the ball over the keeper to give her side a precious away goal.
This left Bayern requiring three goals but they were not yet finished, grabbing themselves a lifeline after the Chelsea defender were unable to clear a corner and Fridolina Rolfo forced the ball home from close range. Seven minutes later, another Bayern corner led to them going in front on the night, this time Lucie Vonkova bundled in the rebound after Lindahl had saved her initial shot.
All of a sudden, Chelsea found themselves hanging on as Bayern pressed hard for what would be a decisive third. Domenika Skorvankova had a shot deflected inches wide, Millie Bright survived a penalty appeal when the ball appeared to strike her arm and Simone Laudehr did get the ball in the net but play had been stopped for an earlier foul. Karen Carney had a great chance at the other end as she broke through on goal but shot tamely at Zinsberger. Otherwise, Chelsea, ran down the clock and kept the ball in the Bayern half for most of injury time to finally secure an away goals victory.
Manchester City meanwhile eased into the Round of 16 with a 6-0 aggregate victory over SKN St Polten, secured by a 3-0 win at the Academy Stadium.
Despite their commanding three-goal advantage from the first leg, Nick Cushing named a strong side at the Academy Stadium, eager to head into the international break with a 100% record from their opening five games.
In red hot form and brimming with confidence, the Blues almost broke the deadlock within the first minute, as Steph Houghton sought her fourth goal in as many games but sliced over the bar. Jane Ross then spurned the chance to open the scoring from the spot. Having been upended by goalkeeper Jasmin Boisits, she stepped up to take the penalty but saw her low effort saved.
Nikita Parris then almost broke the deadlock, delightfully nutmegging her defender before curling just wide.
As the hosts shifted a gear in an attempt to turn the screw, they found Boisits in fine form. The goalkeeper denied Scott, Izzy Christiansen and Jen Beattie in quick succession before Parris made it 1-0 on the night, collecting Abbie McManus' cross and poking into the roof of the net.
Georgia Stanway almost doubled the lead with a long range effort which whistled just wide, before Jill Scott netted the second with a glorious finish, winning a header in the final third, receiving Izzy Christiansen's lay off and curling over the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
Substitute Melissa Lawley sealed the victory, controlling in the area before smashing in off the post, to send the Blues through in style.
Glasgow City faced the daunting task of overcoming a three-goal deficit at home to BIIK-Kazygurt and suffered a disastrous start when Chinwendu Ihezuo gave the Kazakhstan side the lead on the night.
City got the breakthrough they needed two minutes before half time when Abbie Grant levelled the scores on the night and the young striker then out them in front early in the second half.
Noelle Murray made it three and Grant completed her hat-trick to level things up on aggregate, but they still needed one more. They were awarded a penalty with seven minutes remaining but Leanne Ross struck the woodwork and despite several other attempts on goal, they could not force another and BIIK made it through on away goals.
England Women interim head coach Mo Marley has named a 24-player squad ahead of next week's international against France.
The Lionesses will play Les Bleues at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes on Friday 20th October (8pm). Marley has named a largely unchanged squad to that which beat Russia 6-0 at Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park last month, in England's opening 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier.
Karen Bardsley and Ellen White miss out through injury while Laura Bassett will not join up with the squad as she will be in Australia with her club Canberra United.
Marley said: "The squad put in an excellent performance against Russia last month and we want to keep that momentum going against France.
"We know France are an excellent side and it will be a tough challenge for us. It's a good opportunity for me to see the players in action against top opposition, especially considering our two important home World Cup qualifiers next month.
"I am really looking forward to working with this group of staff and players over the next three games."
The two teams last faced each other in this summer's UEFA Women's Euros, with England winning 1-0 thanks to a Jodie Taylor goal - the Lionesses' first win over France in 43 years. England have since risen above France in the FIFA rankings, achieving an all time high of third, while France are fourth.
Marley will also lead England through their final two matches of 2017 as they continue their World Cup qualifying campaign later this autumn.
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development have raced into a six point lead in the Premier Division after following up a midweek victory with a 3-0 win over Ollerton Town, Gabriella Reid hitting a hat-trick. Oughtibridge sit in second place, they also won 3-0 at Arnold Town thanks to Francesca Godbehere, Laura Cain and Annie Longmore. Androulle Kokkinou netted twice along with Serena Mason and Lauren Whiteman as Mansfield Town defeated Rise Park 4-0 and Kettering Town won for the first time, 2-0 against Mansfield Hosiery Mills with Samantha Christie and Mikaela Welford on target.
Things are looking tight at the top of Division One North with just two points separating the top five teams. Woodlands Ladies, who did not play, remain as leaders but they have been joined by Sleaford Town who were 3-2 victors at Teversal, goals coming from Lauren Alderson, Megan Collings and Joanne Wilson. A win would have taken Calverton MW top; instead they drew 1-1 with Market Warsop, Hayley Brown netting their goal with Shelly Marriott-Smith replying. Amy Blinkhorn and Zoe Hopewell scored for Hykeham Town as they finished level at 2-2 with Lincoln Moorlands Railway, whose replies came from Lauren Churcher and Sarah Flynn. Grimsby Borough ran out 8-1 winners over Clifton, Sue Green hitting a hat-trick with Scarlet Woods (2), Abigail Bendall, Lisa Cromey and Laura Flecknor adding the others.
Northampton Town are still setting the early pace in Division One South, Emma Dunmore was on target in their victory over Desford. Leah Stacey contributed a further four and they were joined on the scoresheet by Kellie Billenness and Emma Bulenness. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo defeated AFC Leicester to stay second, Danielle Gilbert, Nikki Lidgett and Emily Miles all scored along with an own goal. Nicole Andrejczuk spearheaded Corby Town's 8-2 win over Cosby Utd with a four-goal haul, Laura Dodwell, Stacey McConville, Zoe Pittaway and Zoe Watkins rounding off the scoring. Peterborough Utd remain as the division's other unbeaten team after Jenna Lusk, Bronwyn Mullheron and Jeorgia Carr gave them a 3-2 win away to Thrapston Town.
Eastern Region League
Only one match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday but it resulted in a change of leadership. With Billericay Town involved in FA Cup action, Writtle took the opportunity to replace them at the top with a 4-2 victory away to Colney Heath. Leanne Stubbings netted twice along with Courtney Clarke and Abigail Fry whilst the home side, who stay in fourth place, replied via a Lucy Hancock double.
A full programme was played in Division One North though, and there are also new leaders here, King's Lynn Town ascending to the top after Georgia Reardon and Shelley Woods gave them a 2-1 success away to Cambridge Utd Res, whose consolation came from Ellen Green. Previous table toppers Ipswich Wanderers are back in second place after sharing a 1-1 draw with third placed Histon, Michelle Taylor-Allum netting their goal with Alison Wright replying. Ipswich Town Development meanwhile made it two wins on the trot when beating Silver End Utd 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Emily Steward, Catherine Upton and Elysia Young.
Stevenage Ladies Res march on at the top of Division One South, extending their lead to nine points with a 3-0 victory over Hertford Town. Holly Darling, Hannah Marshall and Becky Day scored the goals to hand Stevenage their fifth straight win and they are yet to concede a goal. Hutton meanwhile belatedly began their league campaign and started off on a winning note, Katie Lowen netting the only goal of the game to give them the points away to Bishop's Stortford.
London & South East League
The top two took full advantage of the others' FA Cup exploits to record victories which keep them level on points and move away from their nearest rivals. The league is still headed by AFC Phoenix who made it five wins on the trot in all competitions with a 4-1 success away to Aylesford. Kasey Kelm, Lucy Monkman, Gabriella Romeo and Michaella Williams all scored a goal apiece for the leaders, with Aylesford's consolation coming from Zara Chapman. Crawley Wasps made sure of keeping pace with Phoenix as they ran out 9-2 winners over Fulham FC Foundation. Kemina Webber led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Faye Rabson weighed in with a hat-trick, and there was one each from Naomi Cole and Ariana Flieschman.
North East League
Wallsend Boys Club join the teams level on points at the top of the Premier Division following their 6-1 victory away to Castleford White Rose. Samantha Deverdics was on target four times and Brittany Davison contributed a brace to earn Wallsend their second straight win, while Castleford's consolation goal was scored by Rebecca Sherrard.
Boro Rangers continue to set a hot pace in the Northern Division, keeping hold of the leadership with a twelve goal victory over Guisborough Ladies. Larissa Burkinshaw netted a five-goal haul, Sophie Mitton and Becky Stephenson each added a brace and the tally was completed by Suzanne Fox, Tanya Shires and Jade Featherstone. York Railway Institute stay a point behind in second place, they defeated Consett Ladies 4-2 thanks to Tehillah Ndhlovu (2), Jodie Langstaff and an own goal. Boldon CA Villa edged out Prudhoe Town by the odd goal in seven, Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke hitting a hat-trick and Kayleigh Rogers was also on target. Catherine Johnston meanwhile scored a hat-trick for Prudhoe but ended up on the losing side. Cramlington Utd and Blyth Lions both registered their first point when sharing a 2-2 draw, Amber Wilson and Georgia Lyall were the markswomen for Cramlington, while Blyth replied through Becky Pears and Chloe Biggs.
Four teams are level on points at the top of the Southern Division, now headed by Harrogate Town following their 7-0 win against Doncaster Belles (Women's). Seven different players - Grace Adams, Hannah Bowe, Rebecca Davies, Amy Hesselden, Jade Pennock, Sophie Tinson and Rachael White - were all on the scoresheet for Town. Harrogate Railway also joined the quartet on six points after Louise Donnelly and Nicola Hadley gave them a 2-0 victory over Swallownest Beighton. The other game on Sunday produced a bizarre scoreline as Ossett Albion and Sheffield Wednesday battled out a 6-6 draw. Nicola Swift (2), Joanna Atkinson, Anna Taylor, Chloe Denton and Rachel Powch accounted for Ossett's goals, while Wednesday responded with braces by Stacey Buxton and Brooke Marsden, as well as strikes from Emily Higgins and Wendy Elwood.
North West League
Merseyrail Bootle continue to impress in their first season in the Premier Division following promotion, and they have opened up a lead of three points following their fourth successive victory, 4-0 away to Blackburn Community. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile kept up their improving form and took their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw against Accrington Girls & Ladies. The point takes Tranmere into the top three for the first time, whilst Accrington recorded their first point.
There was a change of leadership in Division One North as Penrith AFC defeated Bolton Wanderers Res 2-0 to climb above an inactive Bury FC Women. Cammell Laird ran out 5-1 winners over Kendal Town and this takes them up to third, ahead of Leigh RMI who were beaten 4-1 by Morecambe Res. Workington Reds are in mid-table but are still unbeaten following their 2-2 draw against Preston North End.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res remain on top of Division One South after they drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra Development and their lead has been trimmed to a single point by FC United of Manchester, who continued their good start with a thirteen goal victory over Northwich Vixens. Curzon Ashton are back in the top three following their 7-2 win against Altrincham. City of Liverpool are still seeking their first points of the season after they were beaten 7-1 by Stockport County Blues.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth have taken over at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-1 victory away to reigning Champions Yeovil Town Intermediate. Rebekah Rose was on target twice for Marine, with Sam Drewery adding the other. Previous leaders Middlezoy Rovers crashed to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Charlestown, who are now third. Amber Hadrill netted a brace for the Cornish side, whose other goals came from Anna Minter, Chloe Harris, Tori Marks and Lauren Bennett. Exeter City meanwhile got their league campaign underway by winning 6-1 at Ilminster Town. Kate Finch hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Millie Pearce, Danielle Skinner and Emily Toogood, with Amy Burge replying. AEK Boco got off the mark with a 4-2 win over local rivals Downend Flyers, avenging their recent FA Cup defeat. Ellie Keedwell (2), Kelly Cutler and Eloise Nicholas scored the goals for Boco, while Kate Michael and Alana Willson were on the mark for Downend.
Portishead Town are back on top of the Eastern Division after their 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Town Development. Shannon Holloway (2) and Michelle Venton were on target for Portishead, with Catherine Reilly and Alana Taylor replying. Almondsbury had started the day on top but were beaten for the first time, 4-2 by Royal Wootton Bassett Town who move above them into second. Laura Gammon scored a hat-trick and Emma Sykes the other for Bassett, with Almondsbury netting through Abby Rose and Faye Gilbert. Swindon Town Development were 3-0 winners over Team Mendip and after four straight defeats, Cheltenham Civil Service recorded their first points when a Beth Tovey hat-trick and Gemma Riley brace gave them a 5-1 victory over Oldland Abbotonians, whose consolation came from Beth Dale.
Laura Burwood scored the only goal of the game as Alphington won 1-0 away to Exeter & Tedburn Rangers to hold onto top spot in the Western Division, one point ahead of Plymouth Argyle Res who defeated Newquay Celtic 5-0 with strikes from Gabi Alphous, Alex Hugh, Faye Ivall, Kelly Vinnicombe and Charlotte Whitmore. Callington Town preserved their own 100% record by beating Bideford Town 6-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Adele Brown, Amy Hemingway, Grace O'Leary, Jodie Shipton, Siobhan Ellyatt and Dani Harper.
Southern Region League
Ascot Utd have climbed to the top of the Premier Division on the back of a 4-0 victory away to Shanklin. Mia McCreesh netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amy Woollard and Sarah Davern. Oxford City made it two wins out of two when beating previous leaders Newbury Ladies 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lauren May, Rachael Mariam, April England and Harriette Titchener.
Division One North is already shaping up to be a closely fought league and this showed on Sunday when the points were shared in both matches. Barton Rovers and Wargrave Ladies occupy the top two places after finishing level at 1-1, Gemma Sims netting for Barton and Wargrave replying through Wendy Hooper. Tara Woodward gave Wycombe Wanderers the lead against Wokingham & Emmbrook, who battled back to earn themselves a 1-1 draw thanks to an equaliser from Joanne Atkins.
AFC Bournemouth still head the Division One South table on goal difference after scoring nine times without reply past Fleet Town. Chloe Tape was on target four times, Terri Harvey added a brace and there was one apiece from Bethany Perdrisat, Aimee Burridge and Jade Hockey. Southampton Women Res are still keeping pace, they edged past Eastleigh 4-3 with goals from Karleen Hellard (2), Tia Bramble and Cassie Thorp. Warsash Wasps are another team to have got off to a good start, they beat Alton Ladies 3-1 thanks to Frances Latham, Justine Hammond and an own goal.
West Midlands League
The top three in the Premier Division are all now level on points, headed by Stockingford AA Pavilion who were 5-0 winners over Worcester Utd. Jessica Sévellec scored a second half hat-trick while skipper Maz Hayward and Sharni Turnbull were also on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, the top of the table clash between Crusaders and Leafield Athletic lived up to its billing as the sides battled out a 4-4 draw and they now occupy second and third. Kingshurst Sporting Club defeated Knowle 6-0 and they have climbed up to fifth, just ahead of Coundon Court who were 5-1 winners over Leamington Lions.
Sutton Coldfield Town triumphed 5-1 away to Atherstone Rangers and this keeps them two points clear at the top of Division One North, ahead of Wyrley Ladies who beat Florence 2-1. Leek Town meanwhile defeated Tamworth 3-1 to maintain their 100% start, as did Goldenhill Wanderers with a 4-3 victory over Bilbrook.
It's as you were in Division One South with leaders Solihull Utd winning 4-3 at Rugby Town to stay three points ahead of Gornal Ladies, 3-1 victors at Kidderminster Harriers, and Droitwich Spa, who notched up a twelve goal victory over Coventry Development. Stourbridge recorded their second victory of the season, 4-1 against Solihull Sporting.
Winchester City Flyers 0 Southampton Women 7
Southampton Women booked a place in the First Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a dominant performance to beat Winchester City Flyers by seven goals to nil at Winchester City FC.
Bringing a 100 per cent FAWPL South West Division One record into this match, Southampton simply had too many attacking options for their Southern Region Premier Division hosts. Despite the harsh scoreline, Flyers were also able to create several chances of their own and also played a good brand of passing football to entertain the sizeable crowd.
Winchester made a bright start and had the first attempt on goal through Bryony Morrell but Jane Yeates opened the scoring on the quarter hour, finishing at the second attempt after Lauren Higgs had saved her initial effort. Higgs saved well from a Kirsty Bell 25-yard free kick on 24 minutes. turning the shot wide at full stretch.
Flyers' best move of the match nearly brought an equaliser on 34 minutes. A series of passes cut open the Southampton defence and put Morrell through on goal but Millie Peake got down well low to her left to save. Higgs was quick off her line to deny Sheree Bell-Jack on 38 minutes but was beaten when the same player delivered a perfect corner soon after for Natasha Angel to head into the top corner.
Lauren Pearce prevented a Southampton third by clearing after Higgs had saved from Laura Vokes but the visitors were starting to dominate. On the restart, the Winchester keeper made three more fine stops. twice from Bell-Jack and then from sub Liv Channon. Sadly, the keeper dislocated a finger in making the last save and had to leave the field, replaced by skipper Charlotte Warhurst who vacated her central defensive post and soon made a good save to deny Bell-Jack.
Another Southampton sub, Chelsie Hay scored the third on 62 minutes, just after Beth Norman had gone close for Flyers. Bell added the fourth with a trademark long range effort on 71 minutes. Manu Naprta scored two minutes later from a narrow angle after rounding the keeper as the visitors turned on the style. Nat Bavister. who was outstanding all game down the left side, forced a headed own goal for the sixth with a dangerous cross.
Norman was denied a deserved consolation by another smart save by Peake late on and Southampton had a final flourish when Naprta set up Bell-Jack to score the goal her efforts deserved with the last kick of the game.
Southampton Women looked an excellent unit with skill and strength all over the pitch. Their perfect record will be put to the test soon when they play Portsmouth in the FAWPL League Cup and they will travel to Larkhall Athletic in the next round.
Winchester City Flyers:
Lauren Higgs, Sarah Butterworth, Charlotte Warhurst, Lauren Pearce, Lisdeth Mottashed, Bryony Morrell, Louisa Castle, Francesca Thornton, Payton Howard, Hannah Chaffey, Beth Norman. Subs: Grace Hackett, Jennifer Arundell, Kate Beecraft.
Millie Peake, Natasha Angel, Amie Barnett, Kellie Warren, Nat Bavister, Kirsty Bell, Manu Naprta, Philippa Holden, Sheree Bell-Jack, Laura Vokes, Jane Yeates. Subs: Chelsie Hay, Liv Channon, Kirsty Whitton.
Northern Division leaders Huddersfield Town ran out 10-1 winners away to Sheffield Utd. Beth Allen led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Amy Broomhead added two and the tally was completed by Tara Duce, Kathryn Halligan, Robyn Hartley and Ella McCamon. Blackburn Rovers keep pace with them after scoring eight times without reply past Leeds Utd, Ellie Doggett and Leanne Prescott each hitting hat-tricks along with Eve Clarkson and Isabel Pacitto. Middlesbrough complete a trio level on points at the top after beating Newcastle Utd 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Ashleigh Coyle, Ellie Gutcher, Holly Wells and Abbey Loughran. Ruby Howard hit a hat-trick, with Ellie Mills, Shelby Wolstencroft and Eleanor Hunt adding the others, as Bolton Wanderers beat Brighouse Town 6-3 and Guiseley Vixens won 3-1 at Bradford City with goals from Demi Wisher, Harriet Jakeman and Sophie Hawkins.
Coventry Utd were beaten for the first time this season but remain on top of the Midland Division after their 3-1 defeat to second placed Stoke City. Abbie Iddenden (2) and Emma Henderson scored for Stoke, with Katie Cornish replying. Jasmine Turner netted twice along with Daisy Evan-Watkins and Monet Legall as Cardiff City Ladies won 4-0 against TNS Ladies; they are two points off the points as are Loughborough Foxes after a Laura Dexter brace and Libbie-Mae Taylor gave them a 3-1 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Leicester City Women meanwhile missed an opportunity to go level on points with leaders Coventry when they lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion for whom Rebecca Gompertz and Seanna McCann-Lloyd scored. Derby County ran out 10-1 winenrs away to Burton Albion, Danielle Oxley netting five times along with Kira Rai (2), Emily Gillott (2) and Anita Gaspar, whilst Anna Re and Danielle Hicks were on target for Nottingham Forest in their 2-2 draw with Sporting Khalsa, who replied through Laura Quigley and Brittany Civil for their first point.
In the Southern Division, Sasha Kelly and Katie Whitehead each scored twice, with Sophie Rhodes adding the other as C & K Basildon defeated West Ham Utd 5-1 to narrow the gap on leaders Portsmouth to two points. Crystal Palace follow on after winning 8-1 at Queen's Park Rangers, Sandra Martin bagging a hat-trick with Meadow Barton (2), Karisha Iton (2) and Mary Robinson also on target. Lisa Fulgence, Georgia Bowen and Lauren Amerena were the markswomen for Lewes in their 3-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons and Charlton Athletic beat Denham Utd 5-1 thanks to an Emily Ashcroft double, Ellie Jeffkins, Lauren Parsons and Georgia Pearch.
Manchester City are the new leaders of the FA WSL Development League Northern Division after they won 1-0 against Everton; they head the table from Doncaster Rovers Belles who picked up their first victory, 1-0 away to Durham Women.
League Cup holders Bristol City are out of the competition first time around this season, they went down 1-0 to Chelsea for whom Kenni Thompson scored. Arsenal meanwhile scored seven times without reply past Yeovil Town, Gabriella Ravenscroft hitting a hat-trick along with doubles from Anne-Marie Filbey and Lachante Paul. Brogan Moore (2), Lauryn Abery, Katherine Cunningham, Sophie O'Rourke and Melanie Parreno Espinosa netted the goals as Reading FC Women defeated Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 and a goal five minutes from time by Emily Hollinshead saw Sheffield FC progress with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.
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