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Northern Division One
Guiseley Vixens have returned to the top of the table on goal difference following their 2-0 victory over Chorley. Sarah Danby and Olivia Thackray netted the goals during the first half to take their team back above Hull City, who have played three games more than Guiseley.
Chester-le-Street Town's season continues to go from strength to strength and they have entered the top three after winning 2-1 away to Mossley Hill. Nichole Goundry-Havery and Laura Hockaday were on target for the Cestrians who move above Chorley into third, while the home side replied through Amy Hughes.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile defeated Leeds Ladies to climb back up to fifth. Chantelle Thompson opened the scoring just after the half hour and Carina Mendes added a second before half time. Amy Seagraves and Abby Pope wrapped up the win for the Feds with further goals during the second half.
Midlands Division One
League leaders Loughborough Foxes returned to action with a difficult trip to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies but maintained their lead of four points with a 4-0 victory. Rebecca-Jane Knight, Eva Rogers, Charlotte Cooper and Emma Pilling were all on target for the Foxes.
Sporting Khalsa stay in second place after they also won 4-0 against Loughborough Students. Jodie Lewis was on target twice for Khalsa along with Megan Wilton and Lauren Walker.
TNS Ladies moved up to fifth on the back of a 5-0 success away to Leicester City Ladies. Lia Lewis gave them the lead after twelve minutes and Madison Jones added a second leading up to half time. After the break, Kim Bebbington further extended their advantage and they went on to crown the win when Emily Ridge and Charlotte Canlett also got on the scoresheet.
Solihull Ladies are back out of the bottom two following a crucial 3-2 win at Rotherham Utd. Victoria Grieve opened the scoring for Solihull midway through the first half, with Amy Pollock equalising five minutes later. Natalie Courtney restored the lead after the break and Jessica Howard sealed the points with the third, despite Nicole Cooper pulling one back for the home side late on.
South East Division One
Gillingham are pulling away at the top of the table, going five points clear after scoring seven times without reply away to Enfield Town. Fliss Gibbons, Charlotte Gurr and Kallie Balfour netted two goals apiece for the Gills, with Rosie Kmita adding the other goal.
AFC Wimbledon's hopes took a huge blow as they were beaten 2-0 by Actonians Ladies, who are back in fifth place after scoring through Alessandra Barreca and Hannah Olofsson.
Actonians move above Luton Town who were leading Norwich City 1-0 with a goal from Zara Carroll when the match was abandoned after Norwich captain Kate Parsons suffered a knee injury. We wish her well.
Denham Utd ran out 5-0 winners over Lowestoft Town, who remain in the bottom two. Jennifer Banfield led the scoring for the Middlesex side with a hat-trick, while Natalie Murray and Aimee Durn joined her on the scoresheet.
Ipswich Town edged out Stevenage Ladies by the odd goal in five. Hollie Clement netted twice for Ipswich along with Aimee Harrison, while Stevenage replied through Rosy Woodhams and Bolu Fisher.
South West Division One
Chichester City now head the table by thirteen clear points after they defeated Exeter City 5-0. Molly Clark netted a goal in each half and also on target were Lucie Challen, Kally Ambler and Charley Wilson-Blakeley.
Plymouth Argyle returned into second place as they scored six times without reply past Maidenhead Utd. Natasha Knapman hit a hat-trick for Argyle, whose other goals came from Mollie Taylor, Danielle Barr and Becky Atkins.
Basingstoke Town picked up an important point from a 1-1 draw against Larkhall Athletic. Jasmine Meichle was on target for Basingstoke, with the Larks scoring through Lizzie Barratt.
Cheltenham Town got back to winning ways with a 4-0 success away to Shanklin. Ella Hitchcox bagged a brace for Cheltenham, with Ria Salleh and Jane Wiltshire also getting on the scoresheet.
Hibernian are the early pacesetters in SWPL 1 and are the only team to have won both of their opening matches after scoring six times without reply past Aberdeen.
Lizzie Arnot had a great day in front of goal as she bagged a hat-trick and also on target for Hibs were Rachael Small, Katey Turner and Amy Gallacher.
Celtic and Glasgow City meanwhile played out a 1-1 draw which leaves both teams on four points, having won their respective opening games. Celtic took a first half lead through Natalie Ross, with City hitting back after the break and earning themselves a share of the spoils when Leanne Ross' corner was headed in her own net by the unfortunate Kerry Montgomery.
Spartans sport the division's other unbeaten record after they won 1-0 away to Hamilton Academical. The only goal of the game came with twelve minutes remaining when Simone McMahon found the net following a corner.
Stirling University bounced back from an opening day defeat to win 5-3 against Rangers and register their first points of the season. Nicole Pullar was on target twice for Stirling along with Jade Gallon, Katy Morris and Rebecca Galbraith, while Rangers replied with a Hannah Robertson double and Claire Adams.
Three teams are level on points at the top of the fledgling SWPL 2 table, headed by Forfar Farmington who won 2-1 away to Jeanfield Swifts. After a goalless first half, Laura Parsley gave Forfar the lead and after Danni McGinley had levelled matters for the home side, Forfar scored the winner with four minutes remaining through Cheryl Kilcoyne.
Hearts are in second place after winning 1-0 at East Fife. The only goal of the game came from Stacey Hutchison during the first half.
Glasgow Girls are the other team on six points as they also won against newly promoted opponents. Lauren Coleman and Kirsty McDonald scored the goals as Glasgow won 2-1 against Motherwell.
Buchan Ladies came from a goal down to beat Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 2-1 and record their first points of the new season. EUHV took the lead with a goal from Fiona Boslem before Buchan hit back to snatch victory with late strikes from Sophie Anderson and Jo Murphy.
Swansea City staged a late fightback in order to claim a vital 4-3 win over Cardiff City FC and preserve their six point lead at the top of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League.
Cardiff got off to a great start and led by two goals inside the opening twenty minutes, Shannon Evans giving them an early lead before going on to add her second. Katy Hosford then brought the Swans back into the game by pulling one back on the stroke of half time. Hannah Daley restored the two-goal advantage early in the second half and although Jodie Passmore replied quickly, Cardiff looked to be holding out for a result which would keep their own title hopes alive. However with two minutes remaining, Hosford brought the scores level with her second goal of the game and deep into injury time, Katie Davies completed the comeback by grabbing a late winner which may prove to be a vital strike when results are assessed at the end of the season.
Cardiff Met Ladies made sure of maintaining the gap in second place by running out 4-0 winners over Briton Ferry Llansawel. Jassie Vasconcelos opened the scoring midway through the first half and Chloe O'Connor added a second five minutes before half time. Lowri Savage scored a decisive third with eleven minutes remaining and O'Connor crowned the win with her second goal late on.
Abergavenny Women are not giving up the fight in third place and they kept their hopes alive by beating Port Talbot Town 2-0. Both goals came in the last fifteen minutes, the prolific Lyndsey Davies breaking Port Talbot's resistance by giving them the lead and Lauren Boyd adding the second shortly afterwards.
The North Wales derby match between Rhyl Ladies and Llandudno Ladies ended with honours even as the sides shared a 1-1 draw. Llandudno took a first half lead through Rosie Hughes and they remained in front until second half injury time, when Amy Webster struck to earn Rhyl a valuable point.
Liverpool goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is on a mission this season, desperate to add a second SSE Women's FA Cup winners' medal to her collection - but the shot-stopper knows work needs to be done before her side can realise their dreams.
The Reds were drawn against fellow FA Women's Super League 1 side Notts County in the sixth round after their 2-1 win against rivals Everton last weekend, knowing that victory would put them just one game away from another final.
Liverpool have never won the famous trophy, finishing runners-up in 1995 and 1996, but Chamberlain knows what it tastes like having being a part of the Arsenal squad which beat Everton in 2014.
The England keeper, 33, was at the draw for the sixth round of the SSE Women's FA Cup at Holly Lodge Girls' College in Liverpool, where two pupils, Isabelle Randles, 12 and Mona Dimitrova, 16, drew the numbered balls out of the iconic velvet bag.
She also took part in a question and answers session, alongside club mate Gemma Bonner, with students, and admits there is nothing quite like the SSE Women's FA Cup final as they prepare for their last eight clash.
"The SSE Women's FA Cup Final is always a magical day when you get there, it is the experience of the whole build up and the added spice at Wembley," she said.
"Every kid has dreamt of walking up those stairs at Wembley and lifting the cup, and that will inspire every single player in the last eight.
"We said before the draw, if we could get a home tie then we would be happy with that.
"Notts County is always going to be a tough game. They have a lot of internationals in their side and they had a great result to get through so we know it is going to be close.
"We know it is going to be a battle so we need to prepare well and hopefully get a good result on Sunday, but we came through against Everton which was massive.
"There was added pressure in that one because if you lose you will never live it down. They pushed us all the way but now we are looking on."
The sixth round ties will be played on Sunday March 26th and each winning club will receive £6,000 from The FA prize fund.
Holly Lodge Girls' College was chosen to host the draw thanks to its partnership with Teach First, a charity supported by SSE that aims to address educational inequalities in English and Welsh schools.
There were four cracking ties picked out, with holders Arsenal, fresh from a 10-0 victory against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round, drawn to play Birmingham City - who have a new manager in Marc Skinner.
Elsewhere, former champions Chelsea will face Sunderland, while Chamberlain's former side Bristol City host FA WSL 1 champions Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Gemma Bonner knows her side's poor run against bogey side Notts County must end if they have are to have any chance of lifting the SSE Women's FA Cup this season.
"We have played Notts a lot of times and they seem to be a bit of a bogey team for us over the last couple of years," she said.
"We are expecting a tough game, Notts County are a very physical, well-drilled side. We have to make sure we recover from yesterday's game and perform well at the weekend.
"We are delighted to get a home draw, we expected no easy tie with all the sides being in FA Women's Super League 1 but we have to match their physicality and we need to do everything right in order to come away with the right result."
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For the second consecutive year, kids go free to the final. Adult tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here: https://ticketing.thefa.com/
by Charlie Bennett, Sportsbeat
Jayne Ludlow has announced her squad for the forthcoming Vauxhall International Friendlies against Northern Ireland on the 5th and 7th April at the Centre of Excellence, Ystrad Mynach.
Wales will play Northern Ireland in a double header at Ystrad Mynach in preparation for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying campaign.
If selected in the starting line up, Jessica Fishlock will receive her 100th cap for Wales, the first Wales Women's international to have done so.
The squad includes call ups for Ffion Morgan who is currently in Bosnia and Herzegovina competing in the UEFA Women's U17 Championship Elite Round and WPWL Cyncoed Ladies midfielder, Gwennan Davies.
Claire Skinner, Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Sophie Ingle, Gemma Evans, Hayley Ladd, Amelia Ritchie, Shaunna Jenkins, Rhiannon Roberts, Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James, Melissa Fletcher, Charlie Estcourt, Emma Beynon, Georgia Evans, Hannah Miles, Ffion Morgan, Gwennan Davies, Natasha Harding, Kayleigh Green, Emily Hollinshead, Nadia Lawrence, Rachel Rowe.
Crystal Palace look to be on course for a fifth placed finish in the Southern Division after battling out a 2-2 draw with C & K Basildon.
Palace twice took the lead during the game with goals from leading scorer Gemma Bryan, with C & K hitting back on each occasion through Angela Addison who netted a double of her own.
Lewes meanwhile kept up their good run of form with a 1-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers, who remain at the foot of the table. Kelly Newton scored the only goal of the game with just over ten minutes remaining.
Blackburn Rovers require one more point to be confirmed as Champions after Leicester City Women were held to a 2-2 draw by Huddersfield Town.
Leicester needed nothing less than a victory to keep their hopes alive and started the game well with Shauna Cossens putting them ahead with nine minutes on the clock. Katie Nutter levelled matters just after the half hour but an own goal restored Leicester's lead as half time approached. With fifteen minutes remaining, Kate Mallin struck to extend Huddersfield's unbeaten league run to four games and register their third successive 2-2 draw.
Derby County replaced Fylde Ladies in third place, one position above Leicester, after beating the Lancashire side 5-0. Lisa Giampalma and Melissa Johnson gave Derby a two-goal lead going into the break and in the second half, Nicole Dale also got on the scoresheet before Giampalma netted her second and an own goal completed the scoring to give Derby their third straight win and keep their outside chance of the runners-up spot alive.
Nottingham Forest moved out of the bottom two by winning 2-1 against Bradford City. Andi Bell's first half goal for Forest was cancelled out by Hannah Campbell and the game appeared to heading towards a draw until Charlotte Broad grabbed the winner, deep into injury time.
SSE Women's Cup holders Arsenal have been handed a trip to Birmingham City in the Sixth Round draw.
Reigning Champions Manchester City must go west to take on Bristol City whilst Chelsea have a home tie against Sunderland. Liverpool take on Notts County in the other tie.
Matches are to be played on Sunday 26th March and the winners will receive £4,000.
Sixth Round draw:
Birmingham City v Arsenal
Chelsea v Sunderland
Bristol City v Manchester City
Liverpool v Notts County
Chelsea 7 Doncaster Rovers Belles 0
Chelsea made a stunning return to competitive action with a 7-0 SSE F A Women's Cup Fifth Round victory over WSL 2 opponents Doncaster Rovers Belles at Staines Town F.C.
New recruits Crystal Dunn and Ramona Bachmann marked their debuts with first half goals and Maren Mjelde went very close to joining them on several occasions, whilst another new recruit, Erin Cuthbert also impressed in a second half cameo as the exciting potential and depth of the new look squad became obvious. Were it not for several fine saves by Belles keeper Nicky Davies and second half chances missed the score would have been more painful for the Belles.
USA international Dunn made the initial breakthrough after Davies had blocked Mjelde's powerful header from Karen Carney's corner on 12 minutes. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk had Belles' first effort on 19 minutes but her shot was held by Hedvig Lindahl. A goal line clearance from Leandra Little denied Bachmann before Ji So-Yun added the second on 33 minutes. The same player added the third four minutes later whilst Davies denied Dunn from a long range shot, then Mjelde with an excellent tip over from another close range header.
An own goal provided a rampant home team with the fourth from a Bachmann cross before the Swiss international opened her account right on the break from a Carney cross to complete a four goals in 12 minutes blitz.
The second half followed a similar pattern in terms of chances created but Belles showed their spirit by resisting bravely to keep the score within reasonable bounds. Dunn was denied by a last ditch tackle, Mjelde crashed a 20-yard effort against the bar, Davies made a stunning save to frustrate Bachmann in a one-on-one whilst Sophie Barker was on hand to clear off the line in another goalmouth scramble.
It was Chelsea's British contingent who added the last two goals, Katie Chapman powering in a header from another Carney cross on 70 minutes, then sub Drew Spence shooting home when set up by debuting Cuthbert two minutes later.
Belles battled hard as they had done all afternoon and Sweetman-Kirk had a great chance to notch a consolation late on but her header from a left wing cross was straight at Lindahl.
Chelsea will hope to go one better than last year's Wembley defeat to Arsenal whilst Belles were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of sparkling debuts from high class international talent as well as the more familiar stars in the opposition ranks.
Hedvig Lindahl, Hannah Blundell, Millie Bright, Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun, Claire Rafferty, Katie Chapman, Maren Mjelde, Crystal Dunn, Ramona Bachmann, Jade Bailey. Subs: Fran Kitching, Beth England, Deanna Cooper, Erin Cuthbert, Drew Spence.
Doncaster Rovers Belles:
Nicky Davies, Maz Pacheco, Sam Tierney, Leandra Little, Rachel Newborough, Sophie Barker, Kasia Lipka, Emily Simpkins, Kirsty Hanson, Christie Murray, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. Subs: Marta Bakowska-Mathews, Rebecca Rayner, Yasmin Mosby.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
It was a weekend of home comforts in the SSE Women's FA Cup Fifth Round as all eight teams drawn at home progressed through to the quarter finals.
The closest of the eight ties was undoutbtedly the Merseyside derby as Liverpool edged past Everton with a 2-1 victory after extra time. The Reds took the lead with just eight minutes on the clock when Natasha Harding turned home a cross from Caroline Weir but Everton battled back after the break and Simone Magill levelled the scores midway through the second half. This took the game into the extra period and the tie was settled with twelve minutes remaining, Ali Johnson crossing for Shanice van de Sanden to head home the winning goal for Liverpool.
West Bromwich Albion were one of the two Premier League clubs remaining in the competition and they gave a good account of themselves when losing 2-0 to Birmingham City. Indeed, they nearly went in front when a powerful strike from Abi Cottam was tipped onto the post by Ann-Katrin Berger but Birmingham responded quickly with Paige Williams rattling the bar at the other end. Just before half time, Jess Carter opened the scoring with a glancing header and another header led to the Blues' second goal on the hour, Ellen White marking her debut by nodding home a Williams cross.
Holders Arsenal began their defence of the trophy by scoring ten times without reply past Tottenham Hotspur. Danielle van de Donk hit a hat-trick for the Gunners, Danielle Carter weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Dominique Janssen, Kim Little, Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead and Katie McCabe.
Chelsea also had a smooth passage as they defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 7-0. After Crystal Dunn had given them an early lead, Ji So-Yun netted a quickfire brace before a Leandra Little own goal and Ramona Bachmann put Chelsea further ahead before the break. Katie Chapman and Drew Spence added more goals in the second half to complete an emphatic start for the former winners (see match report).
Manchester City meanwhile made it safely through with a 1-0 victory over Reading FC Women in one of the two all-WSL 1 ties. The reigning Champions found it difficult to break through a resolute Reading side and Mary Earps made a number of good saves but with seven minutes remaining, Lucy Bronze drilled home the only goal of the game to seal victory for her side.
The other clash between two WSL 1 sides also turned out to be close as Notts County, beaten finalists two years ago, won 3-2 against Yeovil Town. County took the lead midway through the first half when Jade Moore bundled the ball home following a corner and this advantage was doubled after the break when Kirsty Linnett curled home her first goal for the club. Lucy Quinn reduced the arrears for Yeovil from the penalty spot but moments later, the two-goal deficit was restored when a clearing header from Hannah Short struck the unfortunate Bow Jackson and looped back into her own net. Kelly Snook then fired home from the edge of the area to give the Lady Glovers late hope but they could not force an equaliser and County move into the last eight.
Sunderland also survived a close call in their tie against Aston Villa, getting past the WSL 2 side with a 3-2 win. Victoria Williams put the Wearsiders into a first half lead but minutes later, Villa were level thanks to a Natasha Baptiste header. Sunderland were to go back in front ten minutes before half time through a Hayley Sharp header, however once again Villa responded well and grabbed another equaliser through a well taken goal from Lucy Shepherd. The tie was settled at the midway point in the half when Sunderland were awarded a penalty for handball and Lucy Staniforth stepped up to score what proved to be the winner.
Bristol City eased into the last eight with a 5-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses. Millie Turner marked her debut for the club by giving them an early lead and Lauren Hemp added a second with a low drive. Turner then scored her second with a powerful header from Olivia Fergusson's cross. In the second half, young striker Hemp completed her double via a cross-cum-shot which swirled past Sarah Quantrill in the wind and Jodie Brett rounded off the scoring late on, following up to score after Claire Emslie's free kick had been parried.
Photo - Bristol City striker Lauren Hemp gets in a shot past Megan Wynne of Millwall Lionesses.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Tottenham Hotspur produced the result of the Fourth Round when a Bianca Baptiste goal gave them a 1-0 victory against WSL 2 side Brighton & Hove Albion. Now one of two Premier League sides remaining in the competition, Spurs have been rewarded with a tie against the club they perhaps wanted most of all, Cup holders Arsenal.
Arsenal Ladies FC were formed in 1987 by Vic Akers, who enjoyed a 22-year stint as manager of the club prior to moving upstairs to a general manager role in 2009. Vic now assumes the role of Honorary President of Arsenal Ladies. Under Akers, the Gunners collected a stunning 33 major trophies - including a domestic and European quadruple in 2007. His total haul included a UEFA Women's Cup, three domestic trebles, 12 Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and 10 League Cups. It was a remarkable set of achievements that cemented Arsenal Ladies as the foremost women's football club in this country.
At present the Ladies have won 42 trophies in their 30-year history. None of this could have happened without the outstanding backing and support of Arsenal Football Club itself.
In 2014, former player and development manager Clare Wheatley was offered the General Manager's role after 18 years at the club. Clare oversees a staff of nine, who all work solely to develop and co-ordinate the club's female side.
Arsenal's most decorated year was 2006-07 season when they secured the historic quadruple to mark their 20th anniversary. The Gunners - with probably the best women's team this country has ever seen - became the first British team to win the UEFA Women's Cup, beating Swedish side Umea 1-0 over a two-legged final.
The 2011 season was a groundbreaking one for the Gunners, and for the women's game in general. It was the inaugural year of the Women's Super League (WSL), which Arsenal won after fighting out a close battle with Birmingham City and perennial rivals Everton. There was further success in 2012 when the Ladies won the WSL yet again and the Continental Cup for the third time in three years in 2013. They then added the FA Cup twice consecutively in 2013 and 2014. The Gunners then won the Continental Cup in 2015 in Pedro Martinez Losa's first full season, which also marked a decade of success. As well as the first team, Arsenal Ladies also comprises a reserve side and teams at under-17, under-15, under-13, under-11 and under-9 levels.
Last year, Arsenal won the SSE Women's FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Final at Wembley Stadium, thanks to a stunning goal from Danielle Carter.
Pedro Martinez Losa is assisted by recently retired Gunners and England legend Kelly Smith, whose role as club captain has been taken over by Alex Scott. The club has made a number of high profile signings including Kim Little, Heather O'Reilly and Beth Mead to add to established stars such as Fara Williams, Jordan Nobbs and Jodie Taylor, as well as a number of home grown players who have forced their way into the squad.
Sari Van Veenendaal, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Fara Williams, Leah Williamson, Chloe Kelly, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Kim Little, Carla Humphrey, Vyan Sampson, Anna Moorhouse, Jodie Taylor, Katie McCabe, Heather O'Reilly, Jemma Rose, Dominique Janssen, Danielle Van De Donk, Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Charlie Devlin.
Tottenham Hotspur (from):
Toni-Anne Wayne, Bianca Baptiste, Kelley Blanchflower, Josie Green, Renee Hector, Lucia Leon, Megan Lynch, Shannon Maloney, Wendy Martin, Sophie McLean, Katie O'Leary, Eartha Pond, Leah Rawle, Rhianna Soobadoo, Jenna Schillachi, Maya Vio, Nikita Whinnett.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
The tightest contested Fourth Round match went the way of Everton, who defeated Durham Women on penalties following a 2-2 draw. The result was even more notable for the fact that, because of injuries, defender Danielle Turner was forced to play in goal for most of the match and came from two goals behind to force their way into the last sixteen. Everton now look forward to a local derby Fifth Round tie against Liverpool, who enter the competition at this stage.
In 1989, Newton Ladies were formed and won the Lancashire International Tournament as well as reaching the Division One & Two Final. The year after they were again defeated finalists but won the Red Star Tournament in Southampton.
They entered the first National League in 1991 under the name of Knowsley Women's Football Club, finishing 4th and winning the Lancashire International Tournament again. Strengthened by England internationals they reached the League Cup Final in 1993 but lost to Arsenal. They also lost the 1994 Women's FA Cup Final, 1-0 to Doncaster Belles, before finishing third in the league.
In 1995 they become Liverpool FC Ladies and again reached the Women's FA Cup Final, narrowly losing out to Arsenal in a five goal thriller. They finished runners-up in the league, before again losing the Women's FA Cup Final the following season, this time to Croydon on penalties.
After discussions at Anfield in the summer of 1999, a scheme including Liverpool Fed Juniors was developed to help with youth development. In 2001 Liverpool Ladies were relegated from the Women's Premier League but in 2002, the Northern Division side secured their first shirt sponsorship deal with Manchester based BEP Screen Print.
In 2004 they won the Northern Division and earned promotion, but did not stay long as they were relegated again at the end of the season, having won only two games. Liverpool again won back promotion in the 2006-07 season as they ran out Northern Division Champions. The Reds survived their first season back in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, finishing third bottom only to get relegated into the Northern Division for 2009-10. The following year, Liverpool won the Northern Division, losing just one game all season as well as winning the FA Fair Play Award after playing for the whole season without having a single player booked or sent off.
Liverpool Ladies are a founder member of the FA Women's Super League which began in April 2011. Two years later, they became fully integrated into Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool Ladies won the league title for the first time in the club's history in 2013 when they were crowned WSL champions following a 2-0 victory over Bristol Academy in the last game of the season.
Following a dramatic final day of the 2014 WSL season, the Reds managed to retain their title after beating Bristol Academy 3-0 with both Chelsea and Birmingham City failing to win as Matt Beard's side jumped from third to first place.
Now under the managership of Scott Rogers, and assisted by Phil Backhouse, Liverpool are aiming to once again be amongst the leading sides in WSL 1 after finishing in fifth place last season. Gemma Bonner will once again captain the team while Paul Metheringham is General Manager and Vicky Jepson is in charge of the Development squad.
Siobhan Chamberlain, Martha Harris, Casey Stoney, Gemma Bonner, Sophie Ingle, Kate Longhurst, Caroline Weir, Shanice Van De Sanden, Danielle Gibbons, Niamh Charles, Ali Johnson, Amy Rodgers, Katie Zelem, Mollie Green, Alex Greenwood, Becky Flaherty, Paige Cole, Meg Taylor, Ashley Hodson, Natasha Harding, Satara Murray.
Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Danielle Turner, Megan Finnigan, Gabrielle George, Georgia Brougham, Emily Hollinshead, Michelle Hinnigan, Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones, Faye Bryson, Olivia Chance, Amber Stobbs, Lauren Davies, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
AFC Wimbledon are having a fine first season back in the Premier League and have been amongst the leading sides in South East Division One since the start, keeping their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons on Sunday.
We talked to Wimbledon midfielder and winning goalscorer Rebecca Sargent, who was delighted with the result but is not setting her sights any further than this Sunday's match against Actonians:
WSS: How important a win was the one on Sunday in the context of your season?
RS: They were top before the game, and to put it simply, we wanted the points. We also wanted the bragging rights from beating them twice this year, and we've done that. Sunday's result keeps us on track for where we want to finish the season.
WSS: Games between AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons are of great significance in the men's game, is it the same when the women play each other?
RS: The game has a bit more spice because of the history between the two clubs. But as with any game that has a bit of extra meaning, you have to play the game and not the occasion, and I think we did that extremely well.
WSS: Did you always feel confident during the later stages of the game that you would hold on and win?
RS: Yes, I thought once we got in front, we settled down and controlled the game. They had to open up and come at us, so we had to sure of the right times to try for a second. We didn't get another goal but we did control the possession well, and we finished the game out very intelligently.
WSS: This week you make the short trip to play Actonians, what sort of game are you expecting?
RS: Another tricky one. They've been in this league a season more than us, so they have the added advantage of being used to the tempo of higher leagues. They've consolidated their league position well since going up, and have the home advantage. If we get anything on Sunday it'll be because we've earned it.
WSS: Do you think that you still have a chance of winning the league?
RS: This is our first season in this league, and our target was to finish in the top five. We're well on course for that, but if we can improve on that we will. All we can do is approach one game at a time, pick up as many points as we can, and let the league table sort itself out at the end of the season.
WSS: Whatever happens, have things gone better than you expected on your return to the Premier League?
RS: In context of where we want to finish, I think things have gone as expected. We added to the squad this year, and we're all constantly pushing each other for places. I think that helps us improve as a team, and improve on our season's target.
WSS: How confident are you that the club can maintain its recent progress over the next few seasons?
RS: Everyone behind the scenes, the coaching staff and the club, look after us very well. I think when you're getting that level of backing, you want to give something back. I'm fitter and stronger than I was last year, and I know have to be at my best to support my team mates each week. We're all constantly giving Chris (our Manager) a very good problem of who he selects each week. So when you add that to the support we get, we're all doing what we can to progress this club. We all have our eyes on the Southern Premier League, and whether we get there in two or three seasons, we're all confident we will get there.
Our thanks to Rebecca!
With two games left to play, Urmston still sport an unbeaten record and their young squad are also through to the semi finals of the Challenge Cup and have a chance to progress in the Division One League Cup.
The team is managed and coached by Jeff Lawson, assisted by Steve Hanley-Watts and Liam Morrisey is Coach. Harriet Lawson wears the captain's armband, with Tyla Hanley-Watts as vice captain, whilst Kira Saycell is leading goalscorer with 19 goals to her name and ebecca Foster has been awarded the most MOTM's this season.
"Our most important result was against Didsbury, we needed a point to win the league with a few games still to play," manager Jeff Lawson told Women's Soccer Scene. "We were 2-0 down at half time, playing against a competitive Didsbury team.
"We spoke at length at half time about playing to our strengths which is our passing and moving forward, playing the triangles and releasing out wide players which have lots of speed. We took control of the game and our left winger was too quick and was brought down for a penalty, from which Rebecca Foster scored. Shannon Maloney then scored a great 20 yard volley over the goalkeeper's head into the far corner of the net.
"We should have gone on to win the game but we were more than pleased with the great comeback and the fact we had secured the league with a great second half performance."
The team's success has been even sweeter for the fact that, although youthful in senior football terms, they have been together for a long time. "We still have four of our original girls that went through our 3 Lions initiative, back when they were eight years old," added Lawson. "These four are Harriet Lawson, Tyla Hanley-Watts, Chloe Wood and Lucy McCabe.
"Thirteen of the girls are between 17 and 18 and have been with Meds for many years. We have seven older girls, some of which came back to the club after an older team folded. The mixture of the younger girls and the slightly older ones has really worked well.
"If I had to mention a couple of players that make a difference, I'd say Vicky Grayson for her superb defending at left back. She makes it look so easy and is comfortable using both feet. Also, Rebecca Foster and Rachel Killeen for their midfield drive and enthusiasm. They both drive the team forward and set the team going. Kira Saycell is just a fantastic and natural goalscorer. She plays off the shoulders of the centre halves and creates the one-on-ones and 95% of the time she scores.
"Personally, it's been a great season for me as after 12 years of coaching, I've finally got both my daughters playing in the same team for the first time. Harriet Lawson plays centre half and is 18 and captain. Kate Lawson plays where she is needed but prefers to play wide right.
"All the teams we've played have been really nice to us and have been a credit to ladies football."
Portsmouth lifted the Hampshire FA Women's Challenge Cup for the ninth time in a row with a 6-3 victory over Southampton Women at a foggy Havant and Waterlooville FC.
Samantha Quayle was the match winner with four goals as FAWPL Southern Division side Pompey finally saw off the spirited challenge of their Southern Regional League opponents who had gone ahead, then twice equalised in an even first 70 minutes.
Sheree Bell-Jack had a good chance before Jane Yeates gave Southampton a 16th minute lead with a diving header from Meg Vella's cross.
An unfortunate defensive error led to Quayle's 20th minute equaliser, then skipper Gemma Hillier gave Pompey the lead with a fine 20-yard strike three minutes later.
Bell-Jack's persistence forced an own goal right on the break to send the teams in level at the break. Yeates had a good chance on 51 minutes to restore Southampton's lead but her lobbed effort just cleared the bar. Instead it was Quayle who gave Pompey the lead after a period of sustained pressure, finishing crisply past Millie Peake in the 68th minute. Southampton were level inside a minute, however, Vella capitalising on further indecision in the Pompey defence.
A fine save by Peake denied Quayle before Nadine Bazan created Pompey's fourth goal with an excellent run into the area and drilled low cross which was deflected high into the net on 78 minutes. Quayle duly completed her hat-trick on 84 minutes, taking the ball round the keeper before slipping in the fifth as the favourites took late control.
A sixth for Pompey and fourth for Quayle in added time, again outpacing the Southampton defence before a crisp finish, gave the final scoreline a somewhat harsh look for a very hardworking Southampton team, who had matched their opponents for three quarters of the game before being undone by the pace and fluency in attack of the Cup holders after a very enjoyable and exciting contest.
Portsmouth: Courtney Trodd, Ellie Kirby, Nadine Bazan, Shannon Sievwright, Eilidh Currie, Rebekah Tonks, Natasha Stephens, Samantha Quayle, Gemma Hillier, Katie James, Vicky Carleton. Subs: Mel Burns, Lauren Peck, Rebecca Bell, Ellie Bloomfield, Emily Paines.
Southampton Women: Millie Peake, Sophie Solloway, Kirsty Whitton, Kellie Warren, Kate Wiseman, Cassie Thorp, Kirsty Bell, Laura Gilbank, Meg Vella, Sheree Bell-Jack, Jane Yeates. Subs: Gemma Simmonds, Serena Kolowski, Rachel Cash, Philippa Holden.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Millwall Lionesses are preparing for their trip to newly promoted WSL 1 side Bristol City in the SSE Women's FA Cup Fifth Round.
The Lionesses will be entering the game off the back of a 0-0 draw in the Spring Series against newly promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion where the Lionesses had 21 shots on goal but failed to find the back of the net. In their previous FA Cup game, the Lionesses ran out 3-1 winners against FA Women's Premier League Northern Division side Nottingham Forest.
Lionesses midfielder Leigh Nicol is in no doubt about the task that is facing her side on Sunday. "The FA Cup is always a tight one, I don't think you can ever really call it," she said. "Bristol are in the league above so we respect that. But last year we had two tight games against them. They were the best team we played last year without a doubt, they played some excellent football and we'll respect them as a squad and they've got some excellent individuals."
Although the Lionesses are yet to find a win in the league, they have performed well and it should be a matter of time before they get back to winning ways again and that win could potentially come on Sunday. Nicol said: "I hope so, the performances have been literally faultless apart from in the final third. We feel really hard done by as it is, we just hope that luck does turn and things start to go our way in the final third and start turning them stats into goals. But, yes there's no reason it can't be Sunday if we take our chances.
"I think that it's going to be vital that none of us lose concentration at any point, or give away silly fouls on the edge of the box because we know they're dangerous there and have some very good free kick takers."
Lionesses defender Leanne Cowan also spoke of how the team may be underrated but still have a chance in the game. "I think we've got more of a chance than people actually think we do," she insisted, "because the two games that we played against them last year, they beat us 2-1 away and at home but in both games, we played some really good football.
"I actually think if we go out there and play some of the football we've been playing in training, if we work together as a team and we work hard for the whole game, I think we'll really give them a good test. They were one of the better teams in the league last year, but every time we played them we didn't back down and I think in the end it made us play better football when we play teams like that because we knew we had to work harder and move the ball better. So yes, I think we have a good chance."
Melanie Reay has been appointed as Head Coach of the Sunderland Ladies team.
Reay has a wealth of experience of the women's game, both as a player and in a coaching capacity and has been associated with Sunderland for the last two decades.
Speaking about her appointment, Reay said: "It is a great honour for me to manage this special club, which has been close to my heart for almost 20 years as a player, coach and now manager.
"We have some great young players coming through and hopefully they can make their mark on the team which already has a host of good, experienced players. We will be looking to consolidate and improve together."
Former head coach Carlton Fairweather left his position with Sunderland AFC Ladies by mutual agreement and the club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Carlton, wishing him well for the future.
Melanie Reay's first match in charge of Sunderland will be this coming Sunday when they take on Aston Villa in the Fifth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup at the Hetton Centre.
Their first league match in the FA WSL 1 Spring Series will be on Sunday 23rd April, when they play away to Birmingham City.
Stoke City claimed their ninth Staffordshire FA Ladies Challenge Cup crown in a row with a 5-0 victory over Sporting Khalsa Development in the Final at Brocton.
Having beaten Sporting Khalsa's first team in the quarter finals, Stoke knew they would be coming into the game confident of success.
The first half began with the Potters dominant in possession but Khalsa were tight in defence and were closing down their opponents at every opportunity, restricting them to long range efforts throughout the first period but unable to hit the target.
With Khalsa being urged on by their supporters, they were holding firm until Jamilla Palmer headed the holders in front from a corner and their uphill task just became a little more difficult.
To be fair to a very young side, their heads did not drop and although they were thankful to Phoebe Carter tipping a close range shot onto the bar shortly after the opening goal, there were very few clear chances for Stoke before the break and they went in just 1-0 down after 45 minutes.
The second half was to start badly for Khalsa though with Millie Elson doubling the advantage just a couple of minutes after the restart and, as the game began to open up, Stoke added a third and fourth with Kelsey Richardson on 68 minutes and Harriet Wellings on 70 minutes putting the result beyond doubt.
A late fifth from Cassie Hyde was harsh on a Sporting Khalsa side who had played with spirit and determination throughout the 90 minutes and gave a great account of themselves against the best women's team in Staffordshire - the future is certainly bright for the side from Willenhall.
With Stoke claiming their ninth title on the trot, the question will be who can end their dominance of this competition?
Thanks to all supporters who came along to support their respective teams and thanks also to Brocton Football Club for the use of their facilities.
Frontiers Ladies Manager Ronnie Yates was unable to put his happiness into words after watching his newly-formed side win the Essex Women's Trophy with a comprehensive triumph against Chelmsford City Res at Saffron Walden Town FC.
Forward Kay Foy started the ball rolling for Frontiers with her finish inside the first minute of the match, and she would go on to grab a hat-trick as the Church Langley-based outfit lifted the trophy at the end of their inaugural season. Kelly Holsworth netted twice, with Hayley King, Emma Best and Jill Bartholomew also making the score sheet in an 8-0 win.
"It feels really good," claimed Yates, who could not have anticipated the start that his side would make. "Considering we've only been going since June, it's really good. I can't describe the feeling; we played some excellent football today, and the girls did exactly what we wanted. We couldn't've asked for any more."
Less than 60 seconds had passed when Frontiers took the lead. King delivered a cross from the right wing and, when City custodian Clare Pearson couldn't grasp the ball, Foy was on hand to tap gleefully into the net. Only a minute later, they doubled their advantage, with Foy this time turning provider.
Her left wing centre was rifled into the roof of the net by King, who had skilfully got across the front of her defender to angle home. "We played Chelmsford a couple of weeks ago, so a lot of things were fresh in our minds," Yates explained. "We stuck to the plan and we wanted to press high early. The girls did exactly what we asked, they pressed them and we got the reward for it."
Pearson made a good save at the feet of leading goalscorer Sharon Ferguson in the third minute, and the Clarets began to settle. The young City side failed to test Rebecca Tyson in the Frontiers goal, but they worked hard to limit any further opportunities for their unbeaten opponents.
Ferguson could have scored in the 20th minute, though her header from a floated Holsworth free kick was directed across the face of goal and, mid-way through the first half, King was equally profligate as she shanked wide from a Bartholomew knock down.
Frontiers added their third goal in the 26th minute. This time Holsworth was responsible for the assist as her raking through ball was met by Foy, who'd sprinted past Dawn Barnard to chip the ball over Pearson. Within four minutes, Holsworth had added a fourth. Her cross from the right touchline deceived Pearson and found its way into the top right hand corner.
Ten minutes before half time, Foy completed her treble. Best's chipped pass down the middle of the pitch was inviting for Foy to race onto, and she nodded beyond Pearson before hooking the ball over her shoulder and into the net whilst under pressure from a defender.
A spirited Chelmsford team came out fighting in the second period, and they carved out an opening straight after the restart when Daisy Dobbs embarked on a lengthy solo run and picked out Emily Kendle, who curled over the bar from six yards out.
However, Frontiers were soon on the front foot again, and replacement goalkeeper Beth Morrell made a good block with her legs to thwart Foy from converting Best's pass. Shortly after the hour mark, Morrell pushed out a Holsworth cross from underneath her bar and, seconds later, Foy was denied by the woodwork when she slid the ball against the base of the right hand post.
On 64 minutes, a Holsworth set piece resulted in the sixth goal. Her left wing corner was delivered into the penalty area and Bartholomew's effort was cleared off the goal line. However, the ball ricocheted around in the penalty area and Best slammed a shot into the roof of the net to increase the lead.
Frontiers would only have to wait another four minutes before making it 7-0 as a Holsworth cross from the left hand side looped over everyone and settled inside the right hand post and, in the 71st minute, they added an eighth through Bartholomew, who side-footed into the goal from ten yards out following good work by Shannon Hardinges.
Yates' outfit could have added further gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages, but Morrell made a fine near-post stop to keep out Foy's shot from a Freya Liiv pass, and Emma Parker was unfortunate to see a long range strike bounce out after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
Chelmsford City Res: Clare Pearson, Brogan Lambert, Holly Gurnett, Hayley Freeman, Dawn Barnard MBE, Emily Kendle, Nicola Medici, Daisy Dobbs, Kyla-Marie Everett, Fern Elder, Megan Bliss. Substitutes (repeated): Beth Morrell, Abi Challis, Lauren Howland, Lisa Nepean, Sarah Jolly.
Frontiers: Rebecca Tyson, Claire Davidson, Adele Hughes, Jackie Day, Ann Anstey, Kelly Holsworth, Hayley King, Jill Bartholomew, Emma Best, Sharon Ferguson, Kay Foy. Substitutes (repeated): Shannon Hardinges, Emma Parker, Freya Liiv.
East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have gone nine points clear at the top of the Premier Division, following their 3-2 victory against Nettleham, Emma Day, Chloe Elphick and Androulle Kokkinou netting their goals. Jodi Hunter (2), Jodie McGuckin, Kirsty Farnsworth and Sophie Wilson were on target as Bedworth Utd defeated Mansfield Hosiery Mills to stay third, just ahead of Rise Park who beat Kettering Town 5-2 thanks to a Jessica Waplington hat-trick, Vicky Belshaw and Lisa Jones.
Calverton MW kept their Division One North title hopes alive for another week by winning 4-0 away to Grimsby Borough. Hayley Brown scored all four goals to take Calverton up into second place, nine points behind leaders Ollerton Town and with three games in hand. A win would have taken Sleaford Town second but instead they were beaten 2-1 by Lincoln Moorlands Railway who scored through Alice Hayes and Lauren Churcher. Draycott Victoria notched their second win of the season, 3-1 against Teversal with goals from Kerry Keeling (2) and Natalie Loughenbury.
Leicester City Women Development are the new leaders of Division One South following their 10-1 win away to Riverside LFC. Zoe Boote and Courtney Cropper each hit hat-tricks along with Brianna Brown (2), Lauren Bartle and Baylee Parry. Samantha Hargrave (2) and Emily Miles gave Oadby & Wigston Dynamo a 3-1 victory over AFC Leicester and Loughborough Foxes Vixens drew 1-1 with Heather LFC, who scored through Daisy Johnson.
Eastern Region League
Natasha Fensome, Jodie Molloy and Maya Sidhu were all on target for league leaders Bedford Ladies as they won 3-2 away to AFC Sudbury. Bedford head the table by three points with second placed Haringey Borough battling out a 5-5 draw with Writtle. Jaidene Browne netted twice for Haringey along with Klesha Darroux, Roxanne Eshun and Shanice Nourrice while Writtle replied through Abigail Fry (2), Charlotte Bryant, Courtney Clarke and Amy Simmons. Charlotte South, Danielle Carty and Beth Stanton gave AFC Dunstable a 3-1 win over Billericay Town which takes them level on points with Haringey. Acle Utd continue to make up ground and beat Brentwood Town 4-3 thanks to Megan Todd (2), Lauren Bullard and Rebecca Burton.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of Cambridge City who defeated Colney Heath 4-1 to open up a lead of three points. Isabella Simmons was on target twice along with Rebecca Fay and Charlotte Gillies. Wymondham Town lost ground in third place after they were beaten 2-1 by Hutton, for whom Laura Allen and Hannah Page scored. Kelly Randall, Rachael Lewis and Rianne Townsend-Brown gave Offley & Stopsley a 3-0 victory over Ipswich Wanderers and Little Thurrock Dynamos beat Silver End 3-1 with goals from Eloise Ives, Elysia King and Natalie Strange.
London & South East League
Leyton Orient are only two points off the top following their 5-0 victory away to Fulham FC Foundation. Sophie Le Marchand and Naomi Stirling netted two goals apiece, with Ellie Davies also on target. London Corinthians are a further two points adrift in third after Emily Hart (2), Harriet Richards and Laura Susarta saw them to a 4-1 win at Camden Town. Watford Development meanwhile kept their remaining title hopes alive by beating Aylesford 2-1, courtesy of goals from Anaisa Harney and Danielle Maloney.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients doubled their advantage at the top of the Premier Division to six points with a 6-1 victory away to York City. Anna Mawston and Nyci Thorns each netted twice along with Jessica White and Sian Williams. Third placed Castleford White Rose suffered a 7-1 reverse away Tynedale, for whom Christine Murray bagged a hat-trick along with Ashley Lambert, Siobhan Simpson, Megan Watson and Siobhan Owens. Wallsend Boys Club defeated Scunthorpe & Bottesford 4-0 thanks to Elizabeth Campbell, Jade Clark, Laura Foad and Hannah Gosnold, whilst Wakefield edged out Boldon Ladies by the odd goal in nine. Grace McConnell and Danielle Middleton each netted twice for Wakefield along with Emma Catterall.
In the Northern Division, South Shields kept themselves in the running for a top three place by winning 3-0 away to Prudhoe Town, courtesy of a goal each from Paige Lester, Helen Dryden and Dionne Fleming.
Farsley Celtic are closing in on the Southern Division title, moving themselves closer with a 5-0 victory over AFC Preston. Katie Platts led the scoring with a hat-trick and Olivia Auker weighed in with the other two. Westella & Willerby are up into second place after they also won 5-0 against Malet Lambert YC, Amy Thompson netting twice along with Natalie Bell, Lauren Holmes and Rebekah Walker. Chloe Harrison was on target for Altofts Ladies whose mid-table clash ended 1-1 against Ossett Albion, who replied through Chloe Denton.
North West League
This season's Argyle Sports Cup Final will be contested between two teams from outside the Premier Division. Bury Girls & Ladies were 6-3 winners over Manchester Stingers in their semi final and they will be up against FC United of Manchester, who beat Wigan Athletic 2-1.
In contrast, the Argyle Sports Plate semi finals went with status with victories for the two Premier Division clubs. Bolton Wanderers won 4-2 away to Liverpool City Ladies Community and MSB Woolton netted six times without reply past Leigh RMI.
Stockport County further cemented themselves in fifth place in the Premier Division after they defeated City of Manchester 2-0. Accrington Girls & Ladies edged out Birkenhead 3-2 and CMB Ladies picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Community.
The vital clash at the top of the Division One North ended with honours even and Penrith AFC likely to be the happier of the two sides. The 1-1 draw with Sir Tom Finney means that Penrith would secure the title by winning their remaining two games. Carlisle Utd should finish in mid-table following their 7-1 success against Kendal Town and Preston North End are out of the bottom two places after beating Academy Juniors 4-0.
There was a surprise in Division One South where leaders Merseyrail Bootle were beaten for the first time this season, going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chorltonians who moved out of the bottom two as a result. The result has also rekindled the hopes of Warrington Wolverines who are three points behind the top two after scoring five times without reply past Egerton. Altrincham were 3-1 winners away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res and Curzon Ashton defeated Northwich Vixens 2-0.
South West League
Bristol Soccerworld Cup holders Alphington are back in the Final again after they won 3-1 against Cheltenham Town Development in their semi final. Kirsty Brown, Mary Murphy and Sophie Simpson were all on the scoresheet for the Devon side.
Poole Town still have a chance of a top three place in the Premier Division and they narrowed the gap on third placed Bishop's Lydeard by beating them 3-2. Emma Acott, Sam Gubb and Rebecca Miles were all on target for Poole, with Kitty Wells netting twice in reply.
No matches were played in the Eastern and Western Divisions on Sunday.
Southern Region League
Oxford City extended their lead to ten points with an 8-1 victory away to Team Solent. Danielle Anderson led the scoring with a hat-trick, April England and Rebecca Howard each weighed in with a brace and Rachel Mariam was also on target. Southampton Women meanwhile defeated Marlow 11-1 and have moved level with second placed Chesham Utd. Meg Vella was on target four times, Laura Gilbank added two and the tally was completed by Kirsty Bell, Sheree Bell-Jack, Kirsty Whitton, Manuela Naprta and an own goal. Elsewhere, Newbury Ladies battled out a 1-1 draw with Winchester City Flyers who scored through Francesca Thornton.
Division One leaders Ascot Utd were held to a 3-3 draw by Alton Utd. Amy Woollard (2) and Lucy Holzman-Clarke were on target for Ascot, with Alton replying through Chelsie Stewart, Megan Lebbern and Madeline Shuff. New Milton Town narrowed the gap on them to four points by winning 4-2 at Oxford City Nomads, courtesy of a goal apiece from Olivia Jones, Charlie Pitkin, Nicole Power and Lucy Slater. Rosie Page-Smith, May Hamblin and Mollie Haines were on target as Woodley Utd won 3-2 against Wycombe Wanderers.
West Midlands League
Crusaders are through to the Final of the Premier Division Cup after they won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Sporting, Bekkie Sloan and Danielle Keegan scoring their goals.
Stockingford AA Pavilion moved a step towards the League and Cup double when they defeated Bilbrook 5-0 in the Division One North Cup semi finals. Sharni Turnbull was on target twice along with Amanda Turnbull, Amy Cooper and Catherine Smith. Standing in their way will be Leek Town who scored ten times without reply against Tamworth. Izzy Wretham led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Kelly Porter added a double and there was one apiece from Katie Maya, Emily Boon and Elise Skelding.
Solihull Utd booked their place in the Final of the Division One South Cup, where they will meet Redditch Utd, after they won 5-4 away to Rubery Ladies.
In the Premier Division, Lye Town closed in on the top three by winning 2-1 away to Leamington Lions. Knowle meanwhile defeated Coundon Court 3-1, a result which takes them off the bottom of the table.
One match was played in Division One North and it saw Wyrley Ladies leap four places up the table into fourth, thanks to a 2-0 victory against Brereton Town.
Worcester Utd are the new leaders of Division One South, following their 1-0 win over Droitwich Spa. Kenilworth Town meanwhile moved themselves closer to mid-table after they beat Coventry Development 2-1.
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