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Chorley have got off to an excellent start in FAWNL Northern Division One and top the table after winning their opening four matches, including two in the past week.
We talked to Chorley defender Saskia Bowes, who put the team's early success down to hard work and insisted that they are capable of challenging for the title this season:
WSS: Well done on a good week, how does it feel to be on top of the league, even at this early stage?
SB: It's obviously been a great start to the season and it shows just how hard we worked over pre-season. The squad are a tight bunch and that's coming across in the performances. I am delighted but we need to keep this run of results going!
WSS: Two good wins against Morecambe and Crewe, were you pleased with the way the team played in those matches?
SB: Yes. Both sides were resolute but played contrasting styles so we needed to adapt our style in order to get through their well drilled defences. The Crewe game was also pleasing as we came back from a goal down which shows the character of the current players. I'd like to thank our supporters for creating a wonderful atmosphere in the midweek fixture, there's no place like Victory Park under the floodlights!
WSS: Looking back, how significant a result has the game against Norton & Stockton on the opening day turned out to be, when you came from behind to win 5-4?
SB: Norton were a brilliant team and they will do well this season. Having been promoted, they were an unknown quantity but three points in this league against anyone is always the best result. It also gave the team confidence. Getting off to a good start is key and gave the team momentum.
WSS: Overall, you did alright last season but appeared to lack consistency, were there many changes made over the summer?
SB: We have strengthened in key areas, yes. Darbo, Vella, Kemp and Wild have all had a huge impact on the side and really adapted well to the style of play. All players have bought into our philosophy which is to play entertaining football and the squad as a whole have such a high morale. We had a lot of changes last season but this season we are settled at Victory Park, we are training twice a week and we have a great group of girls.
WSS: This week you take a break in the league to play Farsley Celtic in the FA Cup, is the club targeting a good run in the cups this season?
SB: The FA Cup is always a brilliant atmosphere. It's such a historical and special occasion that it means a lot to the team to get as far as we can. We go into every game believing we can win, whether that be the league or cup. We love a good cup run and last season we had a lot of joy in cup competitions including making the final of the County Cup. So this year, we hope to continue this.
WSS: How confident are you that you can keep this early form going and can Chorley be serious challengers this season?
SB: There's no reason why we can't. Successful teams have a blend of good team spirit, technical ability and character... we have these in abundance. The league is never easy though and anyone can beat anyone so we just have to take each game as it comes and get as many points on the board as we can.
WSS: Who else do you expect to see near the top of what looks to be a really strong division this year?
SB: It's always been a highly competitive league which is a credit to the women's game. There are no shocks in the league because anything can happen. So far, Newcastle United have looked a good outfit and Liverpool Feds as well as Brighouse are always up there. You can't write anyone off though.
Our thanks to Saskia!
Arsenal who kept up their explosive form in front of goal with a 7-0 victory over Yeovil Town, which sees the continue to occupy top spot in the early FA WSL table.
Jordan Nobbs got the ball rolling as she gave Arsenal the lead with five minutes on the clock and Beth Mead doubled their advantage going into half time. Katie McCabe and Vivianne Miedema then scored in quick succession and after Nobbs had netted her second, Dominique Bloodworth and Kim Little rounded off the scoring with strikes in the last ten minutes.
Birmingham City are the other team to have won both of their opening two matches and they join Arsenal on six points after winning 1-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion. In a game of few chances, the decisive moment came on the stroke of half time when Emma Follis made a driving run into the penalty area where she was brought down by Laura Rafferty for a penalty. Aoife Mannion stepped up to score from the spot and Birmingham saw the second half out for a second successive victory and clean sheet.
Reigning Champions Chelsea meanwhile were involved in another goalless draw, this time against Bristol City. Chelsea did most of the attacking in the match but found City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley in excellent form and her defence, superbly marshalled by Frankie Brown in the centre, produced a great rearguard effort to keep Chelsea's normally free scoring attack at bay. Chelsea came closest when Ramona Bachmann's shot was touched onto the bar by Baggaley but the Vixens' resistance was not to be broken and they held out for a hard earned point.
Manchester City are the team in third place, on alphabetical order, following their 4-0 victory over Everton on Thursday night. Nick Cushing's side took the lead just after the quarter hour through a superb strike from Georgia Stanway and they remained in front at the break, although Everton went close to scoring on more than one occasion. After the break, City turned up the heat and former Toffees striker Nikita Parris haunted her old club by scoring twice, before Claire Emslie added the fourth goal late on.
There were no goals in the other game as West Ham Utd's first WSL appearance saw them share the spoils with Reading FC Women. Alisha Lehmann hit the post early on for the Hammers whilst at the other end, Becky Spencer made a number of good saves. Rebecca Jane almost snatched it for Reading late on when her looping header struck the bar but both teams had to settle for a point apiece, which means that Reading have an identical record to that of Manchester City's.
Photo - Bristol City captain Loren Dykes shields the ball from Chelsea striker Erin Cuthbert.
Manchester United head a trio of clubs at the top of the FA Women's Championship following their 3-0 victory over Sheffield Utd on Thursday night.
The Blades did make a bright start to the game but it was the home side who took the lead in the twelfth minute when Katie Zelem scored from the penalty spot. Kirsty Hanson fired in a powerful strike from outside the area to double the lead just before half time and Hanson turned provider for the third, setting up Lizzie Arnot to score midway through the second half.
Lewes had been in top spot - albeit on alphabetical order - after they followed up their winning start by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at the Dripping Pan. Ciara Watling had given Palace the lead midway through the first half but two goals within five minutes of the start of the second half turned the match on its head. Both goals came from corners, Avilla Bergin and Shannon Moloney scoring from close range to hand the Rookettes their second straight win.
Tottenham Hotspur have made an impressive start to the new season in both league and cup so far and their 3-0 victory away to Leicester City leaves them with an identical record to that of Lewes. All of Spurs' goals came during the first half, Sarah Wiltshire giving them the lead in the fourteenth minute and Rianna Dean making it two shortly afterwards. Wiltshire then maintained her own good recent scoring form when she scored her second, six minutes before the interval, to crown a good night for her team.
Charlton Athletic's first ever match in the league ended on a winning note as they defeated Aston Villa 2-0. Gemma Bryan opened the scoring with twelve minutes on the clock, converting after good work out wide by Kit Graham and the two combined again for the second goal, this time Graham seized on a backpass before setting up Bryan to score her second on the night.
London Bees got themselves off the mark with a 2-1 victory over Millwall Lionesses. The Bees made a flying start to the game, taking the league in the opening minute when Emma Beckett scored from a corner. Millwall fought back and got on level terms four minutes before the break through a finish from Lia Cataldo. The game looked to be heading towards a draw in the second half until an inspired moment, three minutes from time, saw Lauren Pickett cut in from the right before crashing an unstoppable shot from 20 yards for the winning goal.
Sergeant Yvette Kemp, an Army ambassador for women's football, has inspired Afghan women to play the beautiful game.
Sergeant Kemp, 33, from Gloucestershire, in conjunction with Chelsea FC Women, the British Embassy in Kabul and the Afghan Football Association, has organised a training event with aspiring Afghan female football players.
"I don't see why these girls shouldn't have the same opportunities to play football that I enjoyed', said Sergeant Kemp. "No matter what country it's in, I want women's football to have the highest profile possible."
Chelsea FC Women have generously provided over £4,000 of women's and youth football kit and equipment, for events such as this to promote women's football in Kabul.
"It doesn't matter what language you speak, everyone understands football," added Sergeant Kemp, "Hopefully seeing us conduct these sorts of events shows that the British Army is here in Kabul to make a positive impact - and we can really see how happy it makes these girls."
Having played football since the age of seven, Sergeant Kemp represented Gloucester City Ladies FC from 1999 to 2015, and then Swindon Town Ladies FC from 2016 to 2017.
In 2008, she joined the Army as a Vehicle Mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, before transferring to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. She has played football as part of the Army women's team since 2009.
Sergeant Kemp is deployed to Kabul as a physical training instructor at the Afghan National Army Officers' Academy. Her main role is to mentor Afghan female physical training instructor Bridmals (Sergeants), and she takes the lead on training female Officer Cadets at the academy on physical training sessions.
"I really enjoy my role here - I start every session with a presentation on what physical training is, why we do it, what I expect from them and what they can expect from me," she added.
"The Afghan Officer Cadets work really hard - they want to get fit and they want to compete with their male counterparts."
Since UK combat operations ended in 2014, the UK has contributed to the NATO led, 41 nation, Resolute Support Mission, which seeks to improve the capacity of Afghan national defence and security institutions through training, advising and assisting them.
After narrowly missing out on a place in France for next year's Women's World Cup, Wales manager Jayne Ludlow is going full steam ahead with preparation for the 2021 UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, starting with a four-day training camp for 26 players.
Ludlow has recalled the majority of the squad that faced England last month, including Sophie Ingle, Angharad James and Natasha Harding, while players based abroad are being rested after an intense 2018. Some of the squad's younger contingent will miss the camp after being picked for the U19s side travelling to Armenia for the UEFA 2019 Qualifying Round while USA-based Jessica Fishlock and Peyton Vincze are being rested.
Midfielder Charlie Estcourt returns to the squad after missing the last three matches through injury and there will also be some new faces joining up with the squad between 2-6 October. Ludlow has called up the uncapped trio of Josie Green, Anna Filbey and Megan Wynne from Tottenham Hotspur while Emma Jones will be joining up with the squad from Linkopings FC in Sweden.
Following the training camp, the squad will play a number of friendly matches as they prepare for the next qualifying campaign. Matches will take place over the next eight months and will be announced in due course.
Wales training camp squad:
The next generation of Europe's star female footballers will be coming to Scotland this October, as the Scotland Women's Under-19s step up their preparations for next year's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship with a tournament in their own backyard.
Spain, European champions at under-19 level in 2018, will join France and Denmark in travelling to Scotland for the event, which kicks off on Wednesday, 3rd October.
The tournament will act as invaluable preparation for Scotland's Under-19s as they look towards next year's UEFA European Championships - a tournament for which they qualify automatically as the host nation.
The full fixture list is as follows:
France v Denmark - Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1pm, McDiarmid Park, Perth.
Scotland v Spain - Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 7pm, St Mirren Park, Paisley.
France v Scotland - Saturday, 6 October 2018, 1pm, St Mirren Park, Paisley.
Spain v Denmark - Saturday. 6 October 2018, 1pm, East End Park, Dunfermline.
Spain v France - Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 1pm, McDiarmid Park, Perth.
Denmark v Scotland - Tuesday, 9 October, 1pm, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.
Actonians Ladies 5 Norwich City 2
Actonians completed their third FAWNL South East Division One win in eight days with a convincing 5-2 victory over Norwich City at Rectory Park.
After a competitive first half where the West Londoners led by the odd goal in five, the hosts dominated the second period, adding two more and going close on several more occasions to complete an excellent week after wins over Luton Town and Denham United.
Norwich, themselves on a high after a midweek win in the East Anglian derby, started with confidence but fell behind after ten minutes when Jennifer Laidlaw finished low past Hope Armstrong in the Canaries' goal.
The visitors were soon level with a finely struck Natasha Snelling free kick from wide on the left. Actonians were making good progress on either wing and after fine build up play it was Mariko Engels on the left who set up Alessandra Barreca to power home the second midway through the half.
Norwich went close to equalising after a great run by Snelling released Rosie George clear on goal but her shot was wide of the post. Carla Williams was inches away from converting Simone Wan's cross before Barreca added a third for Actonians on 36 minutes with a fine solo run and shot into the bottom left corner.
The visitors again clawed back the deficit with arguably the goal of the game. Kate Parsons, who was excellent throughout, controlled a clearance, took the ball forwards and drove a 30-yard ball into the top right corner of Paige Horsnell's goal on 39 minutes.
Norwich had done well to remain in the match by the break but Actonians stepped up their intensity on the restart, snapping into challenges and always looking to turn the visiting defence with early through balls, whilst also pressing high up the pitch when Norwich played out from the back.
Eventually the home dominance paid off with their crucial fourth goal, made by the persistence of Laidlaw on 65 minutes and driven home powerfully from 15 yards by Barreca for a fine hat-trick.
With Norwich unable to threaten the Actonians goal as they had before the break, it was almost inevitable that the home team would add to their tally. Armstrong made a couple of good saves to deny them and other chances went begging but on 76 minutes, substitute Sara Lopez Ezzahiri profited from a defensive mix up to add the fifth.
Parsons had a header over the bar from a Norwich corner in the final minute but Actonians had run out deserving winners to carry on their progress up the league table into third place behind leading duo Billericay Town and Crawley Wasps.
Paige Horsnall, Simone Wan, Catherine Murphy, Lafe Uche, Micaela Lopes, Jennifer Laidlaw, Alessandra Barreca, Mariko Engels, Chelsea Orridge-Golding, Carla Williams, Hannah Summers. Subs: Naomi Graham, Sara Lopez Ezzahiri, Zoe Maylin.
Hope Armstrong, Alex Parker, Summer Ward, Tigi Robson, Kate Parsons, Kirstie Smith, Natasha Youngs, Jodie Drake, Rosie George, Natasha Snelling, Kyla Love. Subs: Eliza McDonald, Summer Rodgers, Leanna Cook.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Mariko Engels challenges Tigi Robson
(middle) Lafe Uche tries to hold off Jodie Drake
(bottom) Michaela Lopes slides in to tackle Rosie George
Phil Neville's has made a ‘magnificent' start to life as head coach of England Women, according to Lionesses legend Rachel Yankey.
Neville's side comfortably secured their spot at next year's World Cup in France with a clinical 3-0 victory over Wales and he has impressed in his first managerial post.
Despite initial reservations on the appointment of the ex-Man United man, Yankey only has positive reflections on his first nine months in the role - particularly off the pitch.
"Obviously there was lots of scepticism, but I think Phil has been magnificent," said 129-time international Yankey, speaking at SSE's Play on the Pitch event at Wembley Stadium.
"He's said all the right things and brings something different to women's football.
"We need people to look at the women's game as normal and he's seen at it as the opportunity to manage an elite side, not a women's side. That's fantastic.
"He can bring his knowledge from the managers he's played under and the players he's played with, which can be brilliant for the players.
"On the pitch, he's still trying to create his style of play and what he wants to do, so there's more to come."
The FA WSL, the top tier of women's football game in this country, underwent a restructuring over the summer and is now made up of 11 fully professional clubs.
Yankey says the advent of professionalism, allied to success for Neville's side in France next summer, could combine for a unique groundswell of momentum in the women's game.
"The WSL going professional is a big step and we need to make sure we make that sustainable," she said. "The big one is if the Lionesses win the World Cup, that would be fantastic.
"It would all inspire more girls to go out there and kick a ball around."
Yankey was head coach for the day for a group of young girls from the SSE Wildcats Scheme, hailing from Pirton in Hertfordshire, through a session at Wembley.
The group of 25 youngsters, aged five to 11, were chosen from 900 projects across the country to run out on the hallowed turf and enjoy a stadium tour.
Yankey said: "Women and young girls now have the opportunity to experience Wembley and one day, who knows, I might be watching them run out playing for England.
"It's a chance for them to go away inspired, work on their game and improve in the future."
As the energy behind women's football, SSE's ambition is to support girls of all ages in England, helping them join in football from grassroots to the elite level. For more information on SSE's sponsorships and activities visit sse.co.uk.
by Tom Harle, Sportsbeat
Melissa Filis bagged a hat-trick as England got their UEFA Women's U17 Championship qualifying campaign off to a flying start with a 6-0 demolition of Moldova.
The Arsenal youngster opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 38 minutes before a second half blitz blew the host nation away.
Manchester United's Fran Stables and Bristol City's Katie Robinson, on for Stables, added to the scoreline before Filis completed her treble with two goals deep into a lengthy period of added time, either side of Ruby Grant's strike.
Gemma Grainger's side had an incredible 45 attempts at goal with Moldova failing to register a single one.
Next up for the Young Lionesses is Azerbaijan on Saturday followed by Iceland next Tuesday. Their meeting ended in a 1-0 win for Iceland.
The top two sides in every group, plus the four third placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section will join Germany and holders Spain (who were given byes) in the elite round draw in November, with those matches scheduled for spring 2019.
The seven elite round group winners will join hosts Bulgaria in the finals next May.
England: Emily Orman, Maisy Barker, Maya Le Tissier, Gracie Pearse (sub Ellie Hack 80mins), Mia Cruickshank, Melissa Filis, Ruby Grant, Charlotte Fleming, Keri Matthews (sub Ellen Jones 80mins), Emma Harries (sub Isobel Goodwin 72mins), Fran Stables (sub Katie Robinson 67mins). Subs not used: Emma Bradley, Ella Morris, Blue Wilson, Sophie Quirk, Rebecca May.
Wales coach Lauren Smith has announced a strong Under-19s squad including three senior internationals that will travel to Armenia to take part in the UEFA 2019 Women's U19s Qualifying Round Tournament.
Smith will be managing the side that will take on Iceland, Belgium and hosts Armenia in early October. The Welsh squad includes Amina Vine, Ffion Morgan and Elise Hughes who have all played for the senior team in the last twelve months, gaining an invaluable experience as Jayne Ludlow's side narrowly missed out on a place in next year's FIFA Women's World Cup.
Most of the squad were also part of the U19s side that reached last year's UEFA Elite Round and will be hoping to build on that success. The top two teams in the Qualifying Group will progress through to the 2019 Elite Round which will take part in April or June next year and will be joined by the two highest third place teams out of all twelve qualifying groups.
Wales Under-19 squad:
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development have extended their Premier Division lead to five points after running out 7-0 winners over Woodlands Ladies. Sian Johnson and Chantelle Robinson each scored twice, with one apiece from Angel Craig-Tapper, Natalie Hurst and Lucie Mugridge. Peterborough Utd are now the team in second place as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Rise Park, beating them 3-1 thanks to a Donna McGuigan brace and Laura Dodwell. Mansfield Town meanwhile won for the first time, 3-1 at Leicester City Ladies with goals from Beth Wilcockson (2) and Zoe Meynick.
The Division One North table is still in its very early stages and occupying top spot are Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Alice Hayes scored a late goal to earn them a 1-1 draw with Ilkeston Town, who had earlier taken the lead through Millie Huckle. Amie Barnes-Ford hit a hat-trick as Hykeham Town ran out 7-2 winners away to Retford Utd. Millie Seaton added a couple and they were joined on the scoresheet by Kirsty Dalzell and Chloe Witt. Grimsby Borough opened up their campaign by beating Sleaford Town 2-0 with goals from Lydia Clark and Christina O'Callaghan.
Northampton Town are the early pacesetters in Division One South, following their 6-2 victory over Notts County. Emma Dunmore led the scoring with a four-goal haul and also on target were Kellie Billenness and Alex Bartlett. Oadby & Wigston joined Northampton on six points with a 2-0 win away to Lutterworth Athletic, given to them by Samantha Hargrave and Sophie Tew. Zoe Watkins bagged a hat-trick as Corby Town defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 3-1 and Desford edged out Thrapston Town by the odd goal in seven, Abbi Morrall-Faulkner netting all four for them.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they won 3-2 against Bedford Ladies. Sofia Castiglione, Laura Mills and Isabella Simmons scored the goals to maintain their side's 100% record. Acle Utd had started the day on top but were beaten for the first time, 3-1 by Royston Town for whom Charlotte South (2) and Sammy Tinsley were on target. Harlow Town complete the top three after Abbey Dell, Kaydee King, Kirsty Woodacre and Tayla Handscombe gave them a 4-1 victory over Colney Heath. Wymondham Town got back to winning ways, beating AFC Sudbury 2-1 thanks to Mollie O'Callaghan and Alice Ladbrooke, whilst a Georgia Holdaway brace and Danielle Butler saw Brentwood Town to a 3-0 win against AFC Dunstable. Peterborough Northern Star notched up their first win, scoring five times without reply past Haringey Borough. Cassie Steward netted twice with the others coming from Paige Jones, Emma Polland and Katie Steward.
Division One leaders Stevenage Ladies Res saw their advantage cut to three points as they went down to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Newmarket Town. Laura Bailey, Sarah O'Rourke, Antonia Smith, Brooke Wickens and Beth Woodfield all scored to give Newmarket a fine result. Victoria Kinsman hit a hat-trick and Rosi Webb the other as Hutton won 4-0 at Hertford Town to go back into second place, above Hoddesdon Town Owls who drew 1-1 with Hatfield Peveral. Christa Osman was on target for Hatfield, with Hoddesdon replying through Kristina O'Connell. St Ives Town are now the division's only remaining unbeaten team, Tierney Coulson and Hannah Seymour-Shove netted their goals as they drew 2-2 with Histon, for whom Kaya Haq and Sophie Lanham were on target. Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse was another hat-trick scorer, for King's Lynn Town as they won 5-3 at Ipswich Wanderers, Tiffany Forshaw and Oksana Imanalijeva joining her on the scoresheet.
London & South East League
Whyteleafe are still setting the early pace in the league and preserved their one point advantage by winning 2-0 at Parkwood Rangers, Mercedes Bromfield and Hayley Halford scoring their goals. Eastbourne Town meanwhile beat Aylesford 2-1 and this has taken them into second place. Catherine Hyland netted a second half winner to add to Fran Cook's earlier strike, with Laura Brown replying. Raquel Arevalo and Saskia Philp each netted twice, with one apiece from Kasey Kelm, Natalia Mann and Rebecca May, as third placed AFC Phoenix enjoyed a comfortable 7-1 victory over Fulham FC Foundation. Kent Football Utd meanwhile claimed their second straight win, 5-1 against Queen's Park Rangers Development thanks to a Rachel Stevens hat-trick, Amy Russ and Elizabeth Waldie.
North East League
Harrogate Town continued their promising start in the Premier Division following promotion, notching their second straight win when beating Wallsend Boys Club 5-2. Sophie Tinson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Grace Adams and Rebecca Hale adding the others. Natasha Wilson and Victoria Jayne netted the goals as Tynedale opened up their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Rotherham Utd and Farsley Celtic claimed their first win, 2-1 at Castleford White Rose thanks to Dee Swales and Kerri Zserdicky-Shirt.
Sunderland West End are setting the early pace in the Northern Division, making it six points out of six with a 5-1 victory at St Cuthbert's Ladies. Alex Ross and Kristen Whitfield netted two goals apiece, with Kay Mills also on target. Redcar Town's first game in the league saw them score ten times without reply past Cramlington Utd, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Jess Round. Jenny Dixon added two, with Suzanne Fox, Emily Fewster, Ellie Turner and Beth Enderwick completing the scoring. Abigail Phipps (2), Erin Liddle, Brittany James and Beth White accounted for the goals as Washington Association also started well, winning 5-1 at Norton & Stockton Ancients Res.
Ellie Brightmore bagged a hat-trick with Caitlan Ross-Robinson (2) and Emily Pierrepont also on target as Southern Division leaders Barnsley Development defeated Doncaster Belles (Women's) 6-0. Ossett Utd remain one point behind in second following their 7-2 win at Wakefield. Debbie Hastings hit a hat-trick, Jenna Wraith weighed in with brace while Lauren Swailes and Emily Starkie also found the net. Rachel Pritchard and Emma Richardson were the markswomen for Altofts Ladies in their 2-1 victory over Harrogate Railway and York RI also won for the first time, 2-0 against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to Ellie Smith and Abbie Bonner.
Durham Cestria progressed in the League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Alnwick Town. Ellie Smith, Hannah Greenwood and Chloe Ryan all scored for the Wildcats, with Jade Barrett replying. Sarah Rowbotham meanwhile netted the only goal of the game for Hartlepool Utd in their 1-0 win against fellow Premier Division side South Shields.
North West League
Stockport County travelled to the North West and returned with a 3-2 victory under their belts, and this has seen them take over as the new leaders of the Premier Division. Mossley Hill shared a 3-3 draw with Tranmere Rovers and sit in second place, just ahead of Wigan Athletic, who won 4-1 against Merseyrail Ladies, and previous table toppers Fleetwood Town Wrens who went down to a 7-0 defeat at the hands of FC United of Manchester. Accrington Girls & Ladies meanwhile notched up their first points of the season when they won 2-1 away to Manchester Stingers.
Blackpool maintained their good start to the new campaign with a 6-0 victory at Burscough Dynamo, which has seen them open up a lead of three points in Division One North. Carlisle Utd defeated Penwortham Town 7-1 to head a quartet of teams behind Blackpool, also including Cammell Laird 1907 who won 4-0 against Preston North End. Leigh RMI had started the day on top but were beaten for the first time, 4-1 by Workington Reds, and Blackburn Community claimed their second straight victory when beating Bury FC Women 2-1. Crosby Ladies shared a 2-2 draw with Morecambe Res, the latter picking up their first point of the new campaign.
Three teams are level on points at the top of Division One South, Altrincham holding on to the leadership despite not having a game. Warrington Wolverines won 3-1 at Northwich Vixens to go level with Altrincham and Curzon Ashton. Chester FC Women scored eight times without reply past City of Liverpool to claim their first win in the league as did Didsbury, with a 3-1 success against Wythenshawe Amateurs.
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard recorded their third straight win and stay three points ahead at the top. Holly Miller led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Kayleigh Riley contributed a hat-trick, and there was one each from Jemma Bowker, Nicola Brown, Hollie Golding and Abigail Parr as Lydeard stormed to an 11-1 victory over Downend Flyers. They are being followed by two teams with identical record, Exeter City moving into second on alphabetical order after a Georgie Barbour-Gresham hat-trick, Sophie Gillies (2) and Sian Chapman gave them a 6-1 win against Portishead Town, who replied through Ruby Lowe. Keynsham Town Development also notched a second straight win, Rhianna Ben-Carew was on target four times and Libby Sims the other in their 5-2 success at Torquay Utd. Marine Academy Plymouth have the division's other 100% record, Freya Jackson scoring the only goal of the game in their win at Callington Town. Middlezoy Rovers were also 1-0 victors against Forest Green Rovers, courtesy of a second half strike from Anusia Rourke.
Cheltenham Town Development lead the way in the Eastern Division after coming from behind to win 3-1 away to Almondsbury. The home side led 1-0 at the break but second half goals from Catherine Reilly, Emily Skipp and Lauren Cable gave Cheltenham a result which sees them match their first team's feat of topping the table. AEK Boco moved back into second by winning 2-0 at FC Chippenham thanks to an Ellie Keedwell double. Swindon Town Development opened up their matches by winning 7-1 against Oldland Abbotonians. Helena Diaz-Butcher scored a hat-trick and Emily Arrell a double, with Annabel Fitzgerald and an own goal completing their tally.
Shannon Workman scored a hat-trick as Plympton Ladies went three points clear at the top of the Western Division with an 8-2 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Amarnie Crabtree and Sam Metters each netted twice, with Shelley Locock also on target. Weston-super-Mare won 2-0 at Feniton to go second, courtesy of an Ellison Roberts double. Gabi Alphous (2), Nicola Champion, Lucy Solloway and Kelly Vinnicombe ensured that third placed Plymouth Argyle Development beat St Agnes 5-3. Pen Mill came from two behind at half time to draw 2-2 with Weston Mendip, Megan Gratton bagging a brace to cancel out first half goals from Natasha Crew and Ellie Oritt. Bideford belatedly opened up their season with a 4-0 success away to Bude Town, Beth Ellis was on target twice along with Rohana Little and Caroline Parsons.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth made it two wins out of two and sit in pole position in the Premier Division following their 4-0 win over Warsash Wasps. Meg Vella netted twice for the Cherries along with Chloe Tape and Hannah Bennett. Beth Norman scored all four goals for Winchester City Flyers as they won 4-2 against Ascot Utd and they are in second, with Woodley Utd completing a trio of clubs on six points after Rosie Page-Smith and Faye Ward gave them a 2-1 victory over Barton Rovers. Southampton FC Ladies kicked off their league campaign by scoring eleven times past Newbury Ladies. Georgie Freeland and Chloe Newton netted four apiece with Ellie Chaffe (2) and Caitlin Collighan completed the scoring, and Oxford City opened up by beating New Milton Town 8-0, Lauren May helped herself to six goals, whilst Tiana Russell-Cartwright and Lindsay Pinker added the others.
Southampton Women Development hold on to top spot in Division One despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-1 by Wargrave Ladies, for whom Millie Bilcliff hit a hat-trick. Becki Bath (2) and Katie Shorter scored the goals as Moneyfields went second by winning 3-2 at Abingdon Utd, who replied through Kiera Isaac and Molly Lygo-Jackson. Wycombe Wanderers are also on six points following their 6-0 victory over Basingstoke Town, Christina O'Connor scoring a hat-trick along with Tara Woodward (2) and Charlotte Bagshaw. Shanklin and Eastleigh finished goalless and Alton Ladies defeated Sandhurst Town 3-1 thanks to Holly Montgomery, Rona Antoni and an own goal.
West Midlands League
A Jade Guppy goal gave Redditch Utd a 1-0 win away to Worcester Utd and this sees them go top of the Premier Division on goals scored. Coventry Sphinx are in second following their 3-1 victory over Crusaders, Cassie Boneham, Xena Dhillon and Lucinda Stevenson scoring, just ahead of Stockingford AA Pavilion who also won 3-1 against Lye Town thanks to Gemma Horne, Ria Scarr and Jessica Sevellec. Leafield Athletic beat Sutton Coldfield Town 2-1 to complete a quartet level on points, Maisie Farr and Sofi Liparis were on target. Stacey Barley (2) and Annie Thomas netted the goals for Goldenhill Wanderers as they shared a 3-3 draw with Coundon Court, who replied through Molly Bates, Daisy Bloor and Claudia Latchford.
AFC Telford Utd remain on top of Division One North following their 5-3 win away to Port Vale. Katie Doster was on target twice for the Bucks along with Nicola Durnall, Kim Holden-James and Darel Poole. Shifnal Town ran out 5-1 winners over Shrewsbury Town courtesy of Natalie Carless (2), Rebecca Bown, Skyler McLeod and Natalie Williams, and Leek Town also notched up a 5-1 victory against Wyrley Ladies to go to six points. Sandwell Ladies began their campaign by winning 3-1 against Florence with Yvette Dolphin, Chloe Gwilliam and Donna Hawkins accounting for their goals.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd have a lead of three points in Division One South after they defeated Solihull Sporting 8-1. Sarah Lojko led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lauri Alexander and Sarah Letford each netted twice and Laurie Smith was on target. Scarlet Fielding, Melissa Pugh and Hayley Wilford scored the goals as Solihull Utd won 3-0 at Stourbridge and they lie in second, narrowly ahead of Rugby Town who beat Leamington Lions 7-0. Megan Board, Chloe Debaes and Kathryn Watkins all scored twice along with Abbie Hartfield. Kidderminster Harriers opened up with a ten-goal victory over Coventry City, Amber Lawrence was on target four times and Alex Nicklin hit a hat-trick, with Molly Maguire, Kirsty Roberts and Amie Savva completing the scoring. Kingfisher notched up their first win, 4-2 against Droitwich Spa thanks to Eloise Russell (2), Katherine Christopher and Amy Higgins.
Faye McCoy scored a hat-trick as Northern Premier Division leaders Stoke City stayed one point ahead after beating Bradford City 7-3.
Nicola Hudson, Ashleigh Hayes, Emily Owen and Hannah Keryakoplis added the other goals whilst Shirley Murphy, Demi Wisher and Zoe Roberts responded for Bradford.
Blackburn Rovers scored seven times without reply away to Sheffield FC and are one point off the pace, with a game in hand. Saffron Jordan, Ellie Stewart and Lagan Makin put Blackburn three ahead inside the opening six minutes and Natasha Flint added a brace, before Stewart and Makin completed their own doubles.
Sunderland made it four wins on the trot with a 5-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Keira Ramshaw, Jordan Atkinson, Georgia Gibson and Emily Hutchinson ensured that the Wearsiders were four ahead at half time, with an own goal rounding off the scoring in the second half.
Middlesbrough are level on points with Huddersfield Town after beating them 3-2. Holly Manders gave 'Boro a first half lead which was cancelled out by Brittany Sanderson and Emily Scarr put them back in front, early in the second half. Manders scored what turned out to be a decisive second goal, despite Sarah Danby pulling one back for Town during injury time.
Guiseley Vixens moved into the top half of the table on the back of a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest. Olivia Auker put Guiseley ahead midway through the first half and Eleanor Hall made the game safe with the second, twelve minutes from time.
Hull City meanwhile recorded their first victory in the division, 5-2 over Fylde Ladies. Emily Smith was on target twice for Hull along with Natasha Cooke, Misty Russell and Jo Symington, whilst Fylde's goals came from Nikki Berko and Jenna Carroll.
Coventry Utd have replaced Chichester City at the top of the Southern Premier Division after beating them 2-1 in their meeting on Sunday.
Jade Brook netted both goals to take her team to the summit with a fourth straight victory whilst Chichester, who are now third, replied through Cherelle Khassal.
Watford are up into second on the back of a 4-2 win away to Portsmouth. Daisy McLachlan gave Pompey a first half lead which was cancelled out by Katie O'Leary, Portsmouth then went in front for a second time when Hannah Geer scored midway through the second half but a late Anaisa Harney double, plus a Helen Ward goal, turned the match in Watford's favour.
Cardiff City Ladies are placed just behind the leading sides following their 3-1 victory over Loughborough Foxes. Kate Lowder had given Loughborough a first half lead but after the break, Cardiff took the points thanks to Grace Horrell, Kelly Isaac and an own goal.
Plymouth Argyle were involved in another high scoring affair, this time winning 5-3 against C & K Basildon. Helen Bleazard netted twice for Argyle along with Kayley Lane, Amber Pollock and Katie Middleton, whilst C & K's replies came from Patricia Gimenez (2) and Raquel Murray.
Oxford Utd produced a fine display as they won 5-0 away to Gillingham. Ellie Noble gave the U's a first half lead with Sophie Baker adding a second on the stroke of half time and after the break, Oxford netted further goals through Flo Fyfe, Lauren Haynes and Madeleine Robertson.
Queen's Park Rangers picked up their first point of the season when sharing a 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons. Kerry Newman's first half goal looked to have set the Dons on their way to their second win of the season but in injury time, Roschelle Shakes scored an equaliser to get Rangers off the mark.
Chorley are setting the pace at the top after following up a win in midweek by beating Crewe Alexandra 3-1.
Chloe Wild netted twice and Scarlett Smith the other as Chorley made it four wins on the trot and opened up a lead of two points, whilst Crewe's consolation came from Michelle Saunders.
Burnley FC Women have also had a good week and their 2-1 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients has taken them into second place. Lean Embley and Evie Priestley were both on target as Burnley netted both of their goals inside the opening thirteen minutes, while Shannon Reed replied for Norton.
Chester-le-Street Town got back to form with a fine 2-0 success at Brighouse Town, which lifts them up to third. Nichole Havery scored both goals for the Cestrians during the second half.
Steph Ord led the scoring with a hat-trick as Newcastle Utd leapt into the top four on the back of a 5-1 win against Morecambe. Abbey Joice and Rebecca Olley added the others, with Rachel Warren on target for the Lancashire side.
Bolton Wanderers follow on after they defeated Leeds Utd 4-0. Kelly Halligan (2), Rosie Havelin and Katy Morris accounted for the goals as Bolton inflicted a first defeat of the season on their opponents.
Barnsley broke their duck in a thrilling game, pipping Liverpool Feds by the odd goal in nine. Melissa Woodhouse amd Amy Woodruff each netted twice for Barnsley along with Kathryn Smith, whilst Laura Bartrup (2), Caroline Charlton and Amy Seagraves replied for the Feds.
After taking over the leadership in midweek, West Bromwich Albion kept themselves three points ahead with a huge victory away to Steel City Wanderers.
Harriet James led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Laura Davies and Reia Henry each netted hat-tricks, whilst Abby Bevan (2), Natalie Murray (2), Hannah George, Lauren Price and Gabriella Reid also got on the scoresheet.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are three points behind in second, with a game in hand, following their 4-1 win at Burton Albion. Anna Morphet's early goal for Wolves was cancelled out by Jamie Leigh Fowler but Mai Butler restored their lead by half time and they went on to seal the points with second half strikes from Lowri Walker and Jade Cross.
The two newly promoted teams met each other and it was Bedworth Utd who recorded a fourth straight win when edging out Nettleham by the odd goal in five. Jessica Lundie netted twice and Kirsty Farnsworth the other for Bedworth, whilst the home side replied through Tia Johnson and Abigail Ringrose.
Donna Arrowsmith and Beth Woolley accounted for the goals as Sporting Khalsa notched up their second win in three matches, a 2-0 success away to Solihull Moors.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies continue to improve and are just below mid-table after beating The New Saints 4-1. Charlotte Fisher, Emily Painter, Giorgia Bracelli and Amy Eastwood were all on target, with Laura Pennington replying.
Crawley Wasps stayed on top of the table on goal difference after their 7-2 victory away to Stevenage Ladies.
Megan Stow was on target twice for Crawley along with Sian Heather, Kemina Webber, Faye Rabson, Suzy Davis and Naomi Cole.
Billericay Town ensured they kept pace with the leaders with a narrow 2-1 win against Luton Town. Lucy Jones and Sam Pittuck netted the goals for Billericay, with Dionne Manning replying.
Actonians Ladies have had a fantastic week, making it three wins in a row and this has seen them leap up the table into third place, albeit currently six points behind the top two. Alessandra Barreca hit a hat-trick along with Jennifer Laidlaw and Sara Lopez Ezzahiri as Actonians ran out 5-2 winners over Norwich City, who responded through Natasha Snelling and Kate Parsons (see match report).
Enfield Town won a tight game 3-2 against Cambridge Utd and this has taken them back into the top half . Claire Ford scored the winning goal to add to earlier strikes from Isabella Agus and Molly Peters, with Amber Cantwell on target twice for the U's.
An increasing tight table below the top two sees just three points covering a total of eight teams, including Denham Utd and Leyton Orient whose meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Rachel Keightley gave Denham the lead during the second half, before the O's grabbed a late equaliser through Rebecca Hirst.
The points were also shared at AFC Wimbledon where the home side battled out a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town. Both goals came during a four minute spell during the first half when Caroline Bisson gave Wimbledon the lead, with an own goal levelling matters shortly afterwards.
Cheltenham Town held onto the leadership of South West Division One after winning 2-1 against Southampton Saints.
After Catherine Browning had given the Saints an early lead, Louise Fensome and Ella Hitchcox replied to give Cheltenham their fourth victory in five matches.
Keynsham Town kept up their free scoring start as they defeated Chesham Utd 7-1. Kerry Bartlett maintained her record of hitting at least a hat-trick in every league game so far, Corinne Yorston added a brace and also on target were Laura Williams and Ellie Curson. Chesham's reply came via a superb 25-yard strike from Kate Bowers.
Southampton Women also made it four wins out of four when scoring five times without reply past Swindon Town. Rachel Anderson and Laura Vokes each scored twice, with Kayleigh Tonks added the other.
Larkhall Athletic are back in the top half of the table following their 3-0 success away to Maidenhead Utd. Adele Hooper netted two of the goals and an own goal completed the Larks' tally.
Buckland Athletic registered their first ever win in the National League after coming from behind to beat Brislington 2-1. Paige Sawyer gave Brislington the lead during the first half, before Alex Sheppard and Courtney Butt scored to give the Bucks the points.
Photo - Chesham Utd captain Dawne Campbell holds off Keynsham Town striker Justine Lorton.
The opening two ties in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League Cup were played on Sunday and holders Cyncoed Ladies, who had been drawn in the First Round, made it safely through to the quarter finals with a 2-0 victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel.
Both goals came during the final fifteen minutes, Heledd Roberts breaking the deadlock with her first goal for the Mighty Oaks and Kirstie Pervin-Davies wrapped up the win with the second shortly afterwards.
Llandudno Ladies meanwhile booked their place in the last eight as they won for the first time this season, 7-2 away to Caernarfon Town. Fflur Williams led the scoring for Llandudno with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Kelsey Davies, Mari Gibbard, Anna Jones and Sophie Owen while both of the Cofis' goals came from Ffion Owen.
Spartans produced the result of the round to reach the semi finals of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup when they defeated Celtic 3-1.
Zoe Johnstone gave Spartans a first half lead, which they took into the interval, but further strikes from Kaela McDonald and Johnstone again, meant that they were three goals ahead by the midpoint of the second half. Josi Giard did reduce the arrears for Celtic but it is the Edinburgh side who progress and keep their chances alive of lifting the trophy for the first time.
Holders Hibernian swept into the last four by running out 11-0 winners away to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale. No less than eight different Hibs players got on the scoresheet, Lauren Davidson and Rachel McLauchlan each scoring twice along with Abi Harrison, Siobhan Hunter, Lisa Robertson, Cailin Michie, Lia Tweedie, Jamie Lee Napier and an own goal to keep Hibernian on course for a potential hat-trick of successes and stretch their winning run in the competition to thirteen matches.
Glasgow City stormed to the semi finals as they also recorded an 11-0 victory over Renfrew at New Western Park. It was always going be a tough task for the SWFL Division One side, who sit two levels below City in the Scottish Women's League set up and it got even tougher when Hayley Lauder fired City ahead in the first half. Lidija Kuliš then headed home twice, before Lauder also netted her second on 37 minutes and Kirsty Howat made it five before the break. In the second half, further goals came from Howat, Jordan McLintock, Lara Ivanuša, Hannah Stewart (2) and Jo Love to finish off the comfortable victory for Scott Booth's side.
SWPL 2 Champions Motherwell are the last remaining team from outside the top flight, taking their place in the last four for the first time following a hard fought 1-0 success away to St Johnstone. Megan Burns headed in the only goal of the game with ten minutes on the clock and both sides subsequently went close to scoring afterwards but both goalkeepers were in fine form. The Women of Steel needed to see out a spirited late effort from St Johnstone as they sought an equaliser as their excellent season continued to go from strength to strength,
Scotland's top two teams have been drawn to face each other in the SSE Scottish Women's Cup semi final, which took place at BBC Pacific Quay on Tuesday.
Hibernian and Glasgow City have faced each other in the last three finals but this time only one will make it to Firhill Stadium on Sunday 4th November. The other tie sees SWPL 1 side, Spartans, who were finalists in 2014, take on runaway SWPL 2 champions, Motherwell.
Both semi finals will take place on Sunday 14th October at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling. Hibernian and Glasgow City will kick off at 12pm and Spartans v Motherwell at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the game and will be priced for both games at £5 for adults, £2 for concessions, and U16's go free. The same pricing applies for the Cup Final on Sunday 4th November.
Photo - Lidija Kulis scores for Glasgow City against Renfrew (Tommy Hughes).
Tottenham Hotspur produced the result of the day in the latest round of FA Continental Tyres Cup group matches with a 4-0 victory over Yeovil Town.
After Sarah Wiltshire had given Spurs an early lead against her former club, Coral Haines went on to add two more after the break and completed her hat-trick on the hour mark to give her side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages a huge boost.
Tottenham are now up into second place behind leaders Chelsea, who also won 4-0 against Crystal Palace. Beth England was on target twice along with Adelina Engman and Drew Spence as Chelsea made it three straight wins.
Brighton & Hove Albon rekindled their qualification hopes as they beat London Bees 3-1. There was an early scare for the Seagulls when Paula Howells kept up her good form by giving Bees the lead but Ini Umotong quickly levelled matters and Ellie Brazil put them ahead for the first time, before Aileen Whelan sealed the win late on.
Chris Kirkland's first game in caretaker charge of Liverpool was a dramatic one, a win on penalties against Durham Women. Emily Roberts scored twice and Abi Cottam the other as Durham led 3-1 but in a thrilling match, the Reds, who had earlier scored through Sophie Bradley-Auckland, hit back with strikes from Rinsola Babajide and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to take the game into the shootout where Liverpool triumphed 5-4, captain Bradley-Auckland scoring the winner.
Everton meanwhile blew Group Two North wide open with a 3-2 win over Reading FC Women. Inessa Kaagman scored the winner to add to Claudia Walker's brace, whilst the Rpyals replied through an own goal and Brooke Chaplen.
Manchester City took a step closer towards the last eight after three second half goals gave them a 3-0 victory at Bristol City. Claire Emslie gave them the lead against her former club and Nadia Nadim added the second via a penalty, before Caroline Weir unleashed a wonderful 30-yard strike to complete the scoring.
Birmingham City are in second place after Lucy Staniforth and Shania Hayles gave them a 2-0 win away to Sheffield Utd.
Aston Villa meanwhile bounced back from an unfortunate result seven days earlier to record their first cup win, 1-0 against Leicester City thanks to a goal from Kerri Walsh.
Holders Arsenal continued their strong start to the season by scoring nine without reply past Lewes. Vivianne Miedema hit a hat-trick for the second successive week, Kim Little also bagged a treble and there was one apiece from Danielle van de Donk, Lisa Evans and Katie McCabe.
West Ham Utd climbed up into second place in the group after beating Millwall Lionesses 4-0. Esmee de Graaf was on target twice for the Hammers, whose other goals came from Brianna Visalli and Rosie Kmita.
Photo - Durham Women striker Zoe Ness takes on the Liverpool defence. (Susan Gutteridge)
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