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We talk to...Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City)   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Scottish WPL News - We talk to...Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City) - 18 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City have made it eleven league titles on the trot in Scotland after beating their major rivals Hibernian 3-0 on Sunday to pick up the result they required to win the league.
 
We talked to City defender Nicola Docherty who revealed her delight at being crowned Champions once again, as well as setting her sights on finishing the season on a winning note on Sunday:
 
WSS: Many congratulations to Glasgow City from all of us at Women's Soccer Scene, first of all, how does it feel to have won the title once again?
ND: It feels great. People always say "aren't you guys fed up of winning the league all the time?" Truthfully, absolutely not! We are all absolutely buzzing especially to win the league against our league rivals!
 
WSS: You beat your main rivals Hibernian in all three league games this season, including the title clincher on Sunday, is it extra pleasing that the team rose so well to the biggest matches?
ND: As I said previously, it was extra special to win the league against our biggest rivals on the day we lifted the league trophy. It could have went either way but mentally we believed the trophy would be ours again. We know Hibs can be dangerous so we knew we needed to raise it even more in the games against them!
 
WSS: The Hibernian matches apart, were there any other very significant results during the season?
ND: At Glasgow City, every league game matters to us, losing isn't something we accept at this club, we treat every league game the same - "Must Win Three Points".
 
WSS: After the agonising near miss in Europe, how pleasing was it the way the team bounced back for the league games after that?
ND: After that game it hit us all pretty hard. We fought so much to come back, but once the game was over we all remained positive, we are such a close group of players. That game made us want to be successful in the league and winning it even more as we believe it's what we deserved.
 
WSS: You haven't conceded a goal in the league since May and have kept thirteen successive clean sheets, that must be a record that the whole team is proud of?
ND: Of course we are proud of that, to go through that many games without conceding is a reward on its own. We work hard on things in training, defending being one of them and that seems to have paid off with not conceding. I am extra happy, especially being part of a defensive back four.
 
WSS: Leanne Ross has been there for all eleven title wins, how big an inspiration is she to the rest of the players?
ND: I don't think any other player will do that in our league again, it is a tremendous achievement for Leanne. 'Learo' can be known as the grumpy one in the team but at the end of the day she only demands standards at the club so I will let her off haha... nah, seriously, it's a pleasure to play alongside someone who has that winning mentality we all strive for.
 
WSS: You finish up the league season against Aberdeen this Sunday, presumably you will approach this game in the same way as all the others?
ND: We have already mentioned we want to end the league with a win and nothing less. Just because we have won the league doesn't change a thing for us, we will treat this game like every other one. Three points and nothing less.
 
WSS: What is it about Glasgow City that keeps the club winning trophies and stay driven for even more success?
ND: Truthfully, I think it's our winning mentality that we all have. When I first came to the club I had won nothing. Even drawing with Glasgow City or conceding isn't good enough. We demand high standards on and off the pitch. We all push each other on the training pitch, preparing for our game on a Sunday and ultimately we all have the same goal to win trophies as a team. Everybody likes winning so who wouldn't strive for more success.
 
Our thanks to Nicola!
 
Photo by Tommy Hughes
 

 
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Fara and Ashlee land monthly awards   Share This 
 Women's Football Player News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Player News - Fara and Ashlee land monthly awards - 18 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsFara Williams has been selected as the FA WSL 1 Player of the Month for October.
 
Williams had a dream start to her Reading career, recording two goals in her first four league games helping keep The Royals in the FA WSL 1 top three at the end of October.
 
The accolade for Williams' comes after a string of impressive performances including an early goal of the season contender as she rifled home a 25-yard volley in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool.
 
Williams fought off tough competition from a shortlist including Chelsea defender, Magdalena Eriksson, and Manchester City's Jane Ross. Chelsea kept four clean sheets in the FA WSL 1 in September and October with new signing Eriksson playing a pivotal role in the team's defence. Ross found the net twice in the side's first two games of the season, dominated in midfield for Manchester City.
 
Presented with the FA WSL 1 Player of the Month award, Reading's Fara Williams said: "I feel I've performed well, as the whole team have. We've hit a really good vein of form and things are really starting to click as a squad and that's credit to Kelly, Phil and all the girls for working so hard in training, but yes for me I'm really happy to have helped the team pick up points in the last two months."
 
Millwall Lionesses captain Ashlee Hincks has won her first accolade of the season, winning Women's Super League 2 Player of the Month.
 
Hincks spoke of her delight after winning the player of the month award and said: "I'm really really happy, it's a huge honour to receive it. Massive credit has to go out to the whole team for where we are in the league and what position we're in, so credit goes to everyone."
 
In October, Hincks scored three goals in the league. Her first goal came away at Doncaster Rovers Belles, when she scored a last-minute equaliser to earn the Lionesses a massive point that day. She then continued her goalscoring form at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, when she scored the fourth goal in a seven-goal thriller. Her final goal of the month was from the penalty spot against London Bees which kept Millwall's unbeaten record intact.
 
Hincks spoke about her happiness with her overall performances over the month, telling the club's website: "I think if I look back at my performances over most games, I've scored goals which have been vital points in games now, whether they be the winner or the equaliser, so they've been huge moments in games. I'm more pleased with my all-round performance as well as the goals as they also have a massive help in games.
 
"Our relationship between staff and players is really tight. I think as a group we are a real collective, we're not just a one-man band as such. I think we've all pulled together and we're all pulling in the same direction which is why things are going the way they are on the pitch and we're finally getting the plaudits we deserve for a long time I think."
 

 
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Young stars get professional edge   Share This 
 Women's Football Player News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Player News - Young stars get professional edge - 18 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsTwo of the UK's top young international footballers have joined the Academy of Sport at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre to tap into its coaches' professional expertise.
 
Advanced Level students Sadie Mitchell and Naomi Hartley, who are both 16, are perfecting the skills that they hope will take them to the highest level in the professional game alongside former Burnley FC players and experienced coaches Andy Payton and Gerry Harrison, as well as Fitness Evolution's award-winning fitness professionals.
 
Naomi, a centre back who captains England's Under-17s Women's Team and is a member of Liverpool FC's Women's Team, said: "My goal is to become a professional footballer and reach the top of my game: the Academy of Sport is certainly helping me towards that. It is great to have former professional players coaching me, studying all aspects of my game and using their own experience to help me reach a new level is awesome.
 
"I'm focused on my future career in football and I know all the expertise and experience of the Academy of Sport staff is right behind me."
 
Sadie, a winger who is a Scotland International and Manchester City Women's team reserve, said: "The Sports Academy at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is really helping me to grow as a player and I'm learning so much.
 
"It's not only training with such amazing coaches and developing as a player, it's the gym sessions that are specially designed to increase my strength and stamina and it's the classes on nutrition, anatomy and physiology that are really giving me the edge, too."
 
As part of their studies, Naomi and Sadie are also receiving outstanding tuition in the classroom on subjects including fitness testing and training; sports coaching; anatomy and physiology; injury in sport; psychology in sports performance; sports development; leadership development; nutrition for sports performance; planning and leading sports activities and business for sport.
 
Both Naomi, a former Blessed Trinity RC College student, from Burnley, and Sadie, from Colne, a former Fisher-More RC College student, developed their love of football as six-year-olds at Burnley Football Club sessions. They have both progressed through the ranks of the Clarets' junior girls' teams and played for Blackburn Rovers girls' teams, too, before their exceptional talent was recognised by Manchester United scouts.
 
Naomi has represented England at international level for three years and played in Germany, Italy, America and Norway, as well as playing against Sadie in an international match against Scotland, hosted in Latvia.
 
Naomi said: "I am so proud to represent to my country. It's a great honour and a real chance to test myself against some of the best players in the world. Thanks to the Academy of Sport, I'm in the strongest possible position to retain my place and progress to the next level."
 
Ashley Alderson, of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Academy of Sport, added: "Both Sadie and Naomi have great professional careers ahead of them and we're proud to be part of their journey here at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Academy of Sport. Our coaching staff, our facilities and training methods are all geared towards producing the very best athletes who will compete at the highest level top of their games. Naomi and Sadie are shining examples of what can be achieved - with commitment and drive - at the Academy of Sport."
 
Have you got the talent and skills to make it to the top in your chosen sport? Find out more about how the Sports Academy at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre could support your journey to the top. Call 01282 733 250 or email a.alderson@burnley.ac.uk.
 

 
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English duo through to last eight   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Chelsea and Manchester City completed the job in the second legs of their Round of 16 ties in the UEFA Women's Champions League and ensured that there will be two English clubs in the quarter finals for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
 
Chelsea were first in action on Wednesday night, taking a 3-0 lead from the first leg into their return meeting with FC Rosengard of Sweden, seeking an away goal which would put the outcome of the tie virtually beyond doub.t
 
That goal almost came in the opening minutes as Ji So-Yun curled a shot narrowly wide and the South Korean also forced a good save with a free kick from the edge of the area.
 
Maren Mjelde and Gilly Flaherty passed up good opportunities to score as the first half ended goalless but, ten minutes into the second half, Ji slotted home following a good run and cross from Crystal Dunn to give Chelsea the lead on the night that they craved.
 
The goal knocked the heart out of Rosengard and Chelsea almost added further goals through Ramona Bachmann, Mjelde and Fran Kirby but a 1-0 win was sufficient to sew up a comfortable four-goal aggregate victory.
 
Manchester City meanwhile led 5-0 from the first leg against LSK Kvinner of Norway, rendering the return match at the Academy Stadium as a mere formality.
 
Jill Scott had the opportunity to take Nick Cushing's side into the lead but LSK ‘keeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand got there first to prevent the midfielder from scoring. In the following moments the Blues had a number of opportunities to increase their aggregate lead, with skipper Steph Houghton's header being captured by Fiskerstrand - who hugged the ball on the line to prevent a goal.
 
Despite City's dominating presence the first goal of the evening went to the visitors. Marte Berget gave LSK Kvinner the advantage at the Academy Stadium in the 17th minute after Emilie Haavi's cross was converted and fired narrowly past Ellie Roebuck's outstretched hand.
 
Cushing's side tried their upmost to equalise, and it seemed likely to happen in the 24th minute when Demi Stokes expertly sashayed around the LSK defence and was able to pin point Nikita Parris' head perfectly, but the forward's header slipped inches wide of the ‘keeper's left post.
 
Less than a minute after returning to the pitch from half time, Izzy Christiansen fired home Parris' through ball beautifully to make it 1-1 between the sides.
 
Later on in the second half, City doubled their goal tally after substitution Melissa Lawley drove forward to feed the ball to Parris, who drove the ball forward with force and determination to give her side a 2-1 win on the night.
 

 
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Dawn breaks Tangerines' hearts   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 18 Nov 2017
 
FA Women's Cup News - Dawn breaks Tangerines' hearts - 18 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsAshford Town (Middx) 0 Milton Keynes Dons 6
Milton Keynes Dons, of the FAWPL South East Division One, negotiated a potentially tricky SSE Women's FA Cup First Round hurdle away to Ashford Town (Middx) in some style with a 6-0 win.
 
Dawn Mallett notched the first four with clinical finishing to settle the tie inside the first hour but the prolific Greater London league Division One hosts, at times making light of the three tier gap between the clubs, had created good chances of the their own and worried the MK defence on several occasions.
 
The Tangerines' Ashley Cheatley, with 32 goals from 8 matches this season, showed her threat on three minutes, forcing a fine save from Savannah Smith at her feet. MK took the lead on eight minutes when Mallett tapped in after 'keeper Lauren Restel dropped a cross. Cheatley nearly equalised on 16 minutes, beating two defenders before driving a shot inches wide. Lavana Neufville played Cheatley in on goal two minutes later but Smith, quick off her line, made another crucial save with her feet.
 
Mallett was equally dangerous at the other end, twice going close before doubling the lead on 29 minutes when free on the left edge of the area. Abbie Roberts created another Milton Keynes chance with a fine run and cross on 35 minutes but Heather McDonnell fired over.
 
Cheatley turned provider with another clever run and pass for Neufville to fire a shot against the bar just before the break as Ashford continued to threaten on the counter. Holly Isaacs hit the post for Ashford on the restart but was ruled offside and Dons then took over. Mallett extended the lead on 53 minutes for the hat-trick and added a fourth with a near post header from a corner on the hour.
 
Despite the best efforts of the home side, MK Dons continued to play with skill and confidence now the outcome was settled. Alice Hughes added a fifth after another right side corner on 75 minutes and sub Amelia Hazard took advantage of a defensive slip to drive home the sixth with five minutes remaining.
 
Despite the severity of the final outcome, Ashford, in the First Round for the first time after three high scoring victories, impressed with the fluency of their attacking play to encourage the healthy crowd but Milton Keynes Dons were very solid after a nervy start and showed their quality to claim a decisive win and a home tie against Cardiff City Ladies in the Second Round.
 
Ashford Town (Middx):
 
Lauren Restel, Beth Sheehan, Vicky James, Nicole Jacobs, Lavanna Neufville, Holly Isaacs, Laura Huse, Hannah Pearson, Charmaine Benham, Ashley Cheatley, Charlotte Baker. Subs: Claire Samuels, Maddie Bone, Lauren Richardson, Jess Boyd, Rebecca Fisher.
 
Milton Keynes Dons:
 
Savannah Smith, Leanna Doyle, Charly Clarke, Mollie Burgess, Vicky Holland, Alice Hughes, Dawn Mallett, Heather McDonnell, Louise Naylor, Abbie Roberts, Laura Mills. Subs: Sam Gillings, Amelia Hazard, Anna Loftus, Sasha Newsome, Charly Wright.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Ashley Cheatley is challenged by Vicky Holland
(middle) Lavanna Neufville battles for the ball with Heather McDonnell
(bottom) Mollie Burgess slides in to tackle Ashley Cheatley

 
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Wales name squad for double header   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Jayne Ludlow has named her latest Wales squad for their upcoming double header of FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
Wales take on Kazakhstan at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday 24th November, before taking on Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica four days later.
 
Ludlow's side will be looking to build on a solid start in Group 1, with four points from their opening two games. After opening up with a 1-0 win in Kazakhstan, a battling goalless draw in Russia ensured that Wales will go into the double header as the group leaders.
 
All time top scorer Helen Ward is again named in the squad after travelling to St Petersburg last month for the goalless draw with Russia, but midfielder Charlie Estcourt misses out through injury.
 
Wales Women's squad to face Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina:
 
Claire Skinner, Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Gemma Evans, Hayley Ladd, Rhiannon Roberts, Amina Vine, Alice Griffiths, Shaunna Jenkins, Sophie Ingle, Rachel Rowe, Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James, Chloe Lloyd, Kylie Nolan, Gwennan Davies, Nadia Lawrence, Kayleigh Green, Chloe Chivers, Natasha Harding, Helen Ward, Grace Horrell.
 

 
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Keira and Leah receive England call   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 18 Nov 2017
 
England Women's interim head coach Mo Marley has named a 26-player squad for this month's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying double header.
 
Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson have been handed their first senior call-ups. The midfield duo have both featured for Marley in the England Women's Under-19s set-up and have progressed through the age groups. They were part of the U23s squad that won the Nordic Tournament in May.
 
Meanwhile, Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley returns from injury but Reading FC Women midfielder Jade Moore misses out following ankle surgery.
 
England will face Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Friday 24th November (7.05pm). They then travel to Colchester where they will play Kazakhstan at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday 28th November (7.05pm). Tickets, priced £1 for children and £10 for adults, are still available for both matches via TheFA.com/Tickets.
 
England started their qualifying campaign with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Russia in September.
 
Mo Marley said: "These matches are hugely important to the World Cup qualifying campaign and we will be looking to get two good results, and finish 2017 in strong fashion.
 
"I know Keira and Leah well from the Under-19s set up and they are both talented young players with lots of potential and playing well for their clubs, and I am pleased to welcome them into the senior squad.
 
"We are looking forward to ending the year with two home games. We are expecting good crowds at both matches and will be going out to put on two excellent performances for our supporters."
 
England squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Karen BARDSLEYManchester City670
Siobhan CHAMBERLAINLiverpool480
Mary EARPSReading FC Women10
Carly TELFORDChelsea80
Gemma BONNERLiverpool91
Millie BRIGHTChelsea151
Lucy BRONZEOlympique Lyonnais506
Jess CARTERBirmingham City00
Alex GREENWOODLiverpool242
Steph HOUGHTONManchester City929
Demi STOKESManchester City441
Casey STONEYLiverpool1306
Izzy CHRISTIANSENManchester City184
Jordan NOBBSArsenal496
Jo POTTERReading FC Women343
Jill SCOTTManchester City12618
Keira WALSHManchester City00
Fara WILLIAMSReading FC Women16640
Leah WILLIAMSONArsenal00
Karen CARNEYChelsea13431
Danielle CARTERArsenal36
Toni DUGGANBarcelona5318
Fran KIRBYChelsea247
Melissa LAWLEYManchester City10
Nikita PARRISManchester City165
Jodie TAYLORArsenal3115

 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier Souhthern News - 18 Nov 2017
 
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development and Peterborough Northern Star battled out a 3-3 draw which has returned Leicester to the top of the Premier Division. Natalie Hurst, Eve Miles and Gabriella Reid were all on target for Leicester, with Northern Star replying through Vicky Gallagher, Chanade Henderson and Cassie Steward. Oughtibridge are now the only remaining team with a 100% record, they won 4-1 against Kettering Town thanks to a Kathryn Mudge hat-trick and Codi Melia. Jodie Ellis netted twice and Chrystal Smiley the other as Arnold Town won 3-2 away to Mansfield Town.
 
Zoe Hopewell and Millie Seaton each netted twice along with Amy Blinkhorn and Amie Barnes-Ford as Division One North leaders Hykeham Town ran out 6-1 winners over Clifton. Lincoln Moorlands Railway stay two points behind in second place, they won 5-2 at Teversal thanks to a Lauren Churcher hat-trick, Dawn Harmer and Naomi Johnson. Woodlands Ladies stayed in touch with the top two by beating Arnold Town Development 5-1, Jody Scott leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Katie Mayfield adding the other two. Hayley Brown bagged all four goals as Calverton MW won 4-2 against Draycott Victoria and Grimsby Borough beat Market Warsop 2-1 with strikes from Scarlet Woods and Natalie Aird.
 
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo remain one point clear in Division One South after scoring six times without reply past Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Chloe Quinn and Sophie Tew netted two goals apiece, with Lauren Staples and Anaiya Shah also on target. Second placed Northampton Town also won 6-0 against Corby S & L, Emma Dunmore hitting a hat-trick along with Leah Stacey (2) and Naomi Dauncey. Two of the division's unbeaten teams met each other and it was Peterborough Utd who were narrow 1-0 winners over Corby Town, D'Lacy Phillips scoring the only goal of the game during the first half. Tia Webb netted a brace and Jamie Elday the other for AFC Leicester in their 3-2 victory against Thrapston Town and Desford won 5-1 at Cosby Utd.
 
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town continue to lead the Premier Division by two points after being held to a 3-3 draw for the second week running, this week by AFC Sudbury. Georgia Box netted twice and Courtney Lumley the other for Billericay, with Semma Halil, Megan Partridge and Stacey Teager all scoring for Sudbury. Cambridge City meanwhile replace Writtle in second place after beating them 2-0, Charlotte Gillies and Lauren Tomlinson netting their goals.
 
In Division One North, King's Lynn Town opened up a lead of seven points following their 3-1 victory over Histon, Oksana Imanalijeva, Rebecca Russell and Shelley Woods scoring their goals. Cambridge Utd Res meanwhile won 2-1 away to Silver End Utd thanks to Ellen Green and Ebony Rule.
 
One match was played in Division One South on Sunday, and it saw Little Thurrock Dynamos narrow the gap on leaders Stevenage Ladies Res to nine points by winning 1-0 away to Hutton.
 
London & South East League
In the only league match played on Sunday, Carshalton Athletic moved back into third place after winning 4-1 away to Eastbourne Town. Laura Curtis netted twice along with Cindy Colliver and Holly Nicholls, with Caitlin French replying for the home side.
 
Danielle Boyd (2) and Jenny Drury were on the scoresheet as Crawley Wasps won 3-1 away to Fulham FC Foundation in the League Cup. London Kent Football Utd edged out AFC Phoenix 3-2 with Alicia Gibbs, Megan Mansfield and Adele Keech netting their goals, Natalia Mann and Saskia Philp replying. Corrie Goodhew was on target twice and Hayley Thomas added the other as Parkwood Rangers defeated Aylesford 3-0.
 
North East League
Durham Cestria strengthened their position at the top of the Premier Division with a 6-0 victory over third placed Wallsend Boys Club, to extend their lead to six points. Molly Holder led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Sophie Hodgson, Jenny Bitzer and Megan Elliott. York City meanwhile climbed off the bottom of the table as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 5-2 against Castleford White Rose thanks to an Alice Turner brace, Megan Bramham, Kayleigh Davis and Eleanor Regan.
 
The Northern Division table has tightened up considerably with just two points now covering the top five teams. These are still headed by Boro Rangers who battled out a 3-3 draw with South Shields in their top of the table clash. Larissa Burkinshaw (2) and Suzanne Fox netted the goals for Boro, with Shields replying through a hat-trick from Dionne Fleming. Boldon CA Villa have climbed into second place following their 4-0 victory away to York RI, who would have gone top if they won, courtesy of a four-goal blast from Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke. Stephanie Curry hit a hat-trick as Consett Ladies moved themselves into contention by beating Prudhoe Town 5-1, Nicole McEvoy adding the other two. Blyth Lions netted eight times without reply away to Guisborough Ladies, Leanne Anderson and Lauren Robson each scoring hat-tricks with Sarah Burn and Jade Anderson joining them on the scoresheet.
 
Harrogate Railway are the new leaders of the Southern Division after they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 6-2. Nicola Hadley bagged a hat-trick with Lorna Cooper (2) and Jodi Hodgson adding the others to inflict a first defeat of the season on Wednesday. Altofts Ladies are back in second on goal difference following their 3-2 success away to Doncaster Belles (Women's), where Rachel Pritchard, Natalie Riley and Rachel Henderson accounted for their goals. Harrogate Town stay one point behind the top two after Jade Pennock (2), Grace Adams, Sophie Tinson and Rachael White gave them a 5-0 victory over Ossett Albion.
 
North West League
Merseyrail Bootle have made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division, winning 4-1 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies to take over from Tranmere Rovers, who were beaten 5-3 by Wigan Athletic. Fleetwood Town Wrens follow on in third after beating Blackburn Community 7-2, staying just ahead of MSB Woolton who edged out Sir Tom Finney by the odd goal in seven. Stockport County are the division's other unbeaten team, they won 6-1 at Manchester Stingers and are now in the top five.
 
Penrith AFC are still keeping up the pace in Division One North, restoring their lead of eight points with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle Utd. Bury FC Women are a further point adrift in third after scoring six without reply at Leigh RMI and at the other end of the table, Preston North End won for the first time, 5-1 against Kendal Town and are out of the bottom two.
 
Only one match managed to survive the weather in Division One South and it did not produce any goals, Warrington Wolverines and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res remaining in fourth and third place respectively after their meeting finished goalless.
 
The last remaining Argyle Sports Cup tie was finally played following two postponements and it is Northwich Vixens who take their place in the next round after an extra time 3-2 victory over Burscough Dynamo.
 
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth kept up the pace at the top of the Premier Division by winning 3-1 against Keynsham Town Development. Sam Drewery netted twice along with Rebekah Rose, with Emily Plummer replying. Torquay Utd remain three points behind in second place after their 3-2 victory over Bishop's Lydeard. Sian Chapman (2) and Stephanie Beck were on the scoresheet for Torquay, while Holly Miller and Emily Syme netted for Lydeard. Yeovil Town Intermediate and Ilminster Town finished level at 1-1, Lucy Pitman was on target for Ilminster.
 
Wootton Bassett Town made it eight wins out of eight when scoring ten without reply against Frome Town. Hayley Huckin bagged herself a five-goal haul, with one apiece from Michelle Rich, Beth Westlake, Jessica Dent, Holly Baker and Lauren Usher. Portishead Town stay second, five points behind but with a game in hand, following their 3-1 success away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Ruby Lowe was on target twice for Portishead, with Shannon Holloway adding the other. Swindon Town Development moved into the top three for the first time this season, they edged out Cheltenham Town Development 5-4 thanks to strikes from Kathryn Bach (2), Milly Colford (2) and Mia Mugford. Swindon Spitfires continued their steady climb up the table by defeating St Nicholas Res 2-0, Claire Moreton and Charley Reynolds netting their goals.
 
Plymouth Argyle Res now head the Western Division table by six points after they beat Bideford 3-2 with goals from Gabi Alphous and Tamsin Medd-Gill, Lucy Clements and Sarah Short replying. Sarah Badham and Charlotte Mulligan-Lang were on the scoresheet as Bude Town won 2-0 away to Newquay Celtic.
 
Southern Region League
Oxford City are in second place in the Premier Division following their 5-1 victory over Milton Keynes City. Mollie Dyer netted two of the goals with Rachael Mariam, Molly Lygo and Edie Stilwell-Garrett adding the others. Gemma Burnett and Amy McNab were on target as Newbury Ladies won 2-1 against Ascot Utd to go up to third. Winchester City Flyers ran out 7-0 winners away to Shanklin, courtesy of doubles from Georgia Axton, Hannah Chaffey and Beth Norman with Francesca Thornton completing the scoring, and New Milton Town defeated Team Solent with a goal apiece from Olivia Jones, Charlie Pitkin, Paula Taylor, Olivia Watts and Rebecca Yeo.
 
Barton Rovers now head the Division One Northern by four points despite being held to a goalless draw by third placed Wycombe Wanderers. Just a single point covers the next five teams, including Woodley Utd who beat Wokingham & Emmbrook 7-2 thanks to a May Hamblin hat-trick, Madelyn Sawyer (2), Rosie Page-Smith and Katharine Lowther. Lucy Durham (2), Stacey Butler and Kelly McLeod accounted for the goals as Oxford City Nomads narrowly won 4-3 away to Benson Lionesses.
 
In Division One Southern, Warsash Wasps went level on points with leaders AFC Bournemouth after beating Eastleigh 2-0, Nicolle Keen netting both goals. Alton Ladies ran out 5-2 winners away to Fleet Town, Megan Leebbern was on target twice along with Rebecca Bell, Nicola Moore and Charlotte Crooks.
 
West Midlands League
The top two remain level on points but have swapped around with Leafield Athletic going on top on goal difference. They won 5-0 against Leamington Lions whilst Crusaders beat Wolverhampton Sporting 3-2 and Stockingford AA Pavilion are third following their 4-0 success at Kingshurst Sporting Club. Coundon Court won 4-2 against Worcester Utd and Lye Town notched up a 3-0 victory away to Knowle.
 
Sutton Coldfield Town made it eight wins out of eight in Division One North, scoring eight times without reply past Brereton Town and this means they have a six point advantage over the division's two other 100% teams. Leek Town replaced Wyrley Ladies in second place after beating them 2-0, with Goldenhill Wanderers third after they edged out Shrewsbury Juniors by the odd goal in seven. Florence picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw with Bilbrook and this takes them off the bottom at the expense of Atherstone Rangers, who were beaten 6-1 by Tamworth.
 
In Division One South, Gornal Ladies are back on top of the table after they defeated Rugby Town 4-1 but third placed Solihull Utd lost a little ground as they lost 2-1 against Coventry Sphinx, who are now level on points with them. The other game ended with the honours shared, Solihull Sporting and Droitwich Spa battling out a 1-1 draw.
 

 

 
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Reserve Section Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City battled out a 3-3 draw in the Northern Division to leave both teams in a mid-table position. Erin Griffiths, Murron Alldread and Jessica Eddison scored the goals for Bolton, with Bradford responding through a Lucy Preston brace and Amy Wood. Hull City and Guiseley Vixens also shared six goals, Hull netting through Alice Stewart, Jasmine McNaught and Eleanor Robinson, whilst Debbie Hastings, Poppy Saffery and Emily Scott were on target for Guiseley.
 
With Coventry Utd in cup action, Leicester City Women took the opportunity to replace them as Midland Division leaders with a 7-0 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Gracie-Mai Williams netted twice and there was one apiece from Gabriella Foulkes, Olivia Perrin, Sinead Samarczuk, Jess Seaton and Charlotte Steggles. Cardiff City Ladies stay third after being held to a goalless draw by Sporting Khalsa and Derby County netted six times without reply past Nottingham Forest, Molly Matthews bagging a brace along with Anita Gaspar, Kira Rai, Hannah Naqwi and Jamey Brewster.
 
In the Southern Division, C & K Basildon climbed into second place when Jodie Osborne (2), Danielle Sillitoe, Paige Wakefield, Katie Whitehead and Sophie Rhodes gave them a 6-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. Georgia Bowen netted a brace and Mia Hyland the other as Lewes won 3-2 against West Ham Utd and AFC Wimbledon defeated Denham Utd 2-1 thanks to a Rosie Russell double.
 
The top two teams in the Northern Division meant in the Second Round of the Reserve Section League Cup and for the second time in three weeks, Huddersfield Town triumphed over Blackburn Rovers albeit this time on penalties. As both games in their division, the match finished 3-3 with Kathryn Halligan (2) and Amy Broomhead netting for Huddersfield and Blackburn replying through Georgia Stevens, Sarah Agger and Alice Thompson before Town won 3-1 from the spot. Coventry Utd also booked their place in the next round by winning 4-0 at Loughborough Foxes, Lois Jefferies hitting a hat-trick and Amber Downs adding the other. Crystal Palace meanwhile edged out Charlton Athletic 3-2, courtesy of a Karisha Iton brace and Meadow Barton.
 
Southern Division leaders Millwall Lionesses are through to the quarter finals of the FA WSL Development League Cup after Lucy Fitzgerald (2) and Samantha Booker gave them a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. Sheffield FC produced a great result in beating Everton 3-0, their markswomen were Chloe Dixon, Ella Hartley and Megan Tinsley, meanwhile Anna Linden and Georgia Popple scored the goals as Birmingham City won 2-1 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Liverpool's long trip to Sunderland resulted in a 3-1 victory, thanks to Annabel Blanchard, Lucy Roberts and an own goal, whilst Manchester City netted nine times without reply past Durham Women. Chelsea did go one better when beating Oxford Utd 10-0, Nicole Douglas and Beth Burgess each hitting hat-tricks with Maddison Phillips, Olivia Smith, Isabella Sibley and Katherine Turner also on the scoresheet. Tasmin de Bunsen meanwhile made a stunning return from injury, coming off the bench to score four times during Reading FC Women's 7-0 victory over Watford. Kate Wiseman, Brogan Moore and Katie Axerman accounted for the other goals.
 

 
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Barnsley stun Morecambe   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 North News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Northern Division One
Barnsley caused a surprise when they became the first team to beat Morecambe in a league match this season. A win would almost certainly have taken Morecambe into the top three, but goals from Drew Greene, Abby Parkin and Demi Pringle handed Barnsley a 3-1 victory, with Emma Kay replying.
 
Mossley Hill meanwhile broke their league duck for the season when they defeated Leeds Utd 2-1. After Rebecca Hunt had given Leeds a second minute lead, two goals from Amy Hughes in a four minute spell during the second half saw Mossley get off the mark and narrow the gap on their opponents to three points.
 
Midlands Division One
Burton Albion made up ground on the leading sides and entered the top three when they won 3-1 away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Jordan Atkin netted twice and Yasmin Harris the other for Burton, while the home side's consolation came from Katy Kirby.
 
Radcliffe Olympic made it six wins in seven matches when beating Leicester City Ladies 5-1. Rania Ramadan, Beth Bailey, Alice Kempski, Ellie Readman and Georgia Gladwin all scored a goal apiece for Radcliffe, who are now fifth, with Bayleigh Newby replying.
 
Rotherham Utd recorded their first victory following eight straight defeats, a notable 3-1 success against top half side Solihull Moors. Phoebe Hallam, Kirsty Richardson and Sarah Saxon were all on target for Rotherham, Solihull's solitary strike was scored by Claire Lester.
 
South East Division One
FA Cup ties and postponements meant that only one match went ahead in the division on Sunday, Denham Utd and Actonians Ladies battling out a goalless draw. It is the fifth drawn match involving Denham this season whilst in contrast, Actonians had shared the spoils for the first time.
 
No matches were played in South West Division One on Sunday.
 

 

 
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Lionesses sink Clarets to earn Palace date   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 18 Nov 2017
 
New London Lionesses are the last remaining County League team in the SSE Women's FA Cup after a 2-1 extra time victory over Chesham Utd took them through to the Second Round.
 
Morgan Lockowitz and Chantel Padgham scored the goals for the Lionesses, with Natalie Adams replying, and the Greater London League Division One side have been well rewarded with a home draw against Crystal Palace, who enter the competition at this stage for the first time along with the other Northern and Southern Division teams.
 
Farsley Celtic won a pulsating tie 6-4 after extra time against West Didsbury & Chorlton and their reward is a trip to Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough. Farsley took the lead on four occasions during normal time with the visitors fighting back on each occasion, but goals from Shirley Murphy (2), Ellie Casper (2), Chelsea Schofield and Elisha Hardcastle saw Farsley through.
 
Enfield Town earned themselves a trip to Lewes after they narrowly won 3-2 against Wymondham Town. However this did not tell the whole story as the Eastern Region League side raced into a two-goal lead during the first half thanks to Laura Nicholls and Nadine Basson but after the break, Enfield staged a fightback with Nuala McKevitt and Lisa Kline squaring matters up before Stavroulla Panayiotou grabbed the winner with five minutes remaining.
 
Stevenage Ladies also came from behind to win 4-1 against Acle Utd. Lauren Bullard gave Acle a first half lead but goals from Nicole Emmings, Leah Littlechild, Donna McGuigan and Amy Makewell saw Stevenage home. They now host Ipswich Town who defeated Leyton Orient 4-2 after extra time. Zoe Cossey, Cassandra Craddock, Sophie Welton and Gemma Moore were all on target for Stevenage, with the O's replying through Kayleigh Xidhas and an own goal.
 
Lauren Walker bagged a four-goal haul and an own goal completed a 5-1 victory for Sporting Khalsa over Eastwood Ladies. They will be at home to TNS Ladies, who won 2-0 away to Bedworth Utd with Emily Ridge scoring both goals.
 
Hull City ran out 4-1 winners over Steel City Wanderers to book themselves a Second Round trip to Derby County. Hope Knight led the scoring with a hat-trick and Natalie Bell was also on target.
 
Nettleham continued their run in the Cup with a 3-0 victory over Loughborough Students and this has landed them a plum Second Round tie at home to Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who won 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers with an extra time winner from Carina Mendes.
 
Newcastle Utd produced a good result in beating Sheffield Utd 3-0. Megan McKenzie, Stephanie Lyons and an own goal ensured that Newcastle progressed and they will travel to Nottingham Forest in the next round.
 
Long Eaton Utd have a good record in the cup in recent seasons and they have embarked on another run, Jade Arber giving them a 1-0 win away to Cambridge Utd and they must got to Bradford City.
 
Midlands Division One leaders Loughborough Foxes came through a difficult tie away to Redditch Utd with a 4-2 victory and they have been rewarded with a trip to Blackburn Rovers in one of the most intriguing matches in the Second Round. Chloe Young hit a hat-trick for the Foxes and Shauna Chambers added the other goal.
 
Alnwick Town have lit up the early stages of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a thrilling run to the First Round at the first attempt but the Pin Point Recruitment League have bowed out at that stage after going down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley Girls & Ladies. In front of a sizable home crowd, Linny Craig netted twice, with Sarah Greenhalgh and Leah Embley adding the others to take Burnley into the Second Round for the first time, where they will play Stoke City.
 
Brighouse Town booked themselves a home tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers by winning 6-1 against Chester-le-Street Town. Aimi Beresford bagged a hat-trick for Brighouse, Jodie Redgrave weighed in with a brace and Danielle Brown was also on target.
 
Chorley came through a difficult trip to the North East with a 4-0 victory away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Rachel Wood, Vicky Coope, Madeline Cullin and Scarlett Smith scored the goals to help keep up Chorley's recent improving form and the Lancashire side have a plum home tie in the next round against Leicester City Women.
 
Katie Cook, Kerry Bartlett and Justine Lorton were the markswomen for Keynsham Town as they came from behind to win 3-1 at Southampton Saints, who had taken the lead through Alisha Buckingham, and they will now face opponents from the same region in the shape of Southampton Women, who were 3-2 victors at Larkhall Athletic. Sheree Bell-Jack netted twice and Jane Yeates the other for Southampton to settle a well contested encounter, despite Larkhall replying with goals from Kate German and Ann-Marie Hervey.
 
Dawn Mallett was on target four times, with Alice Hughes and Amelia Hazard adding the others, as Milton Keynes Dons ended Ashford Town (Middx)'s cup run with a 6-0 victory. The Dons will be at home in the next round to Cardiff City Ladies (see match report).
 
Brislington faced a tough trip to Buckland Athletic but a fine performance saw them come away with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Jodie Arkell netted a goal in each half, with further strikes from Georgia Vandries and Kim Maggs to earn Brislington a home tie with Swindon Town.
 
AFC Wimbledon ran out 5-0 winners over Godalming Town to set themselves up with a Second Round tie at home to Portsmouth. Abbie Measures, Becky Sargent and Kelly-Jade Whelan put Wimbledon three goals ahead at the interval, before Georgia Heasman sealed the victory with a second half brace.
 
Jess McKay scored twice along with Nicola Henman and Dionne Manning as Luton Town safely negotiated the short trip to AFC Dunstable with a 4-0 victory. Luton will be at home to another Eastern Region League club in the next round in the form of Harlow Town, who beat Royston Town 2-1 with second half goals from Lily Bruno and Tayla Handscombe.
 

 
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Addicks have edge over Rookettes   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 18 Nov 2017
 
The top of the table clash in the Southern Division went the way of leaders Charlton Athletic, who won 2-1 away to Lewes to go five points clear.
 
The Rookettes took the lead on the half hour through Kelly Newton but goals in a five minute spell, midway through the second half, from Charlotte Lee and Charley Clifford, gave Charlton a vital victory.
 
C & K Basildon meanwhile ran out 5-0 winners over Cardiff City Ladies and this has taken them up into second place, just ahead of Lewes. Angela Addison kept up her good form by scoring twice as did Jay Blackie, with Danica Revell adding the other goal.
 
Crystal Palace made up ground on the top three by recording a 4-1 victory over Chichester City. Gemma Bryan and Nikita Whinnett ensured that Palace were two goals ahead at the break and Bryan went on to complete yet another hat-trick in the second half, with Cherelle Khassel netting Chi's consolation.
 
Coventry Utd got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success against West Ham Utd. Ellie Zoepfl put the Hammers in front after eighteen minutes but Helen Dermody equalised on the stroke of half time and Maz Gauntlett settled matters in Coventry's favour midway through the second half.
 
Portsmouth returned from Gillingham with a 4-0 victory under their belts and this result moves them back into the top half of the table. All of Pompey's goals came during the first half, Natasha Stephens opening the scoring before Molly Clark, Samantha Quayle and Shannon Albuery also got on the scoresheet.
 
* On Tuesday night, Cardiff City Ladies leapt out of the bottom three by winning 6-0 away to Swindon Town. Cori Williams led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Cardiff's other markswomen were Zoe Atkins and Jasmine Turner.
 

 
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Middlesbrough keep up the pace   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL North News - 18 Nov 2017
 
Middlesbrough preserved their lead of six points at the top of the Northern Division with a 3-2 victory against Bradford City.
 
In-form striker Emily Scarr netted two more goals to take her league tally into double figures and Jessica Havelock was also on target, while Bradford replied with strikes from Zoe Roberts and Hannah Smith.
 
Leicester City Women continue to head the chasing teams following a stunning 7-2 win away to Fylde Ladies. The home side went into the game with an unbeaten record and took an early lead with a Charlotte Farrell goal, with Olivia Mitcham equalising midway through the first half. Hayley James put Leicester in front in the first minute after half time and they never looked back from that point, James going on to hit a hat-trick and Mitcham added a second, with Rosie Axten also bagging a brace before Lauren Davies grabbed a late consolation for Fylde.
 
Huddersfield Town cemented their position in the top three by winning 5-3 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who once more found themselves on the losing end in a high scoring game. Emily Heckler netted twice in the opening thirteen minutes for Town, with Jade Cross reducing the arrears for the home side. Kate Mallin scored a third for Huddersfield, before goals either half time from Anna Price and Jen Anslow brought Wolves back on level terms. Goals in a five minute spell from Brittany Sanderson and Danielle Whitham turned the game back Huddersfield's way and they closed it out to seal their third win in four matches.
 
Stoke City bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat West Bromwich Albion and they climb up into fourth place. Ashleigh Hayes and Kate Asher were on target for Stoke during the first half, with Leanne Mitchell replying for Albion after the break.
 
Derby County staged a second half fightback to emerge as 3-2 victors from the East Midlands derby match against Nottingham Forest. Samantha Conroy gave Forest a first half lead and Natasha Hudson put them two ahead just after half time, before Amy Sims, Molly Johnson and Leanne De Silva all struck to give Derby their third win of the season.
 
* On Wednesday night, Middlesbrough further extended their lead at the top to nine points with a 5-1 victory away to Guiseley Vixens. Holly Manders (2), Ellie Dobson, Emily Scarr and Millie Bell scored the goals for 'Boro, with Fiona Worts replying.
 

 
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SSE Women's FA Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 14 Nov 2017
 
The draw for the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup has been announced by the Football Association.
 
Ties are to be played on Sunday 3rd December, with kick off times set to be 1pm:
 
MiddlesbroughvFarsley Celtic
Sporting KhalsavTNS Ladies
Derby CountyvHull City
Huddersfield TownvWest Bromwich Albion
NettlehamvLiverpool Marshalls Feds
Nottingham ForestvNewcastle United
Bradford CityvLong Eaton United
Blackburn RoversvLoughborough Foxes
Fylde LadiesvGuiseley Vixens
Stoke CityvBurnley Girls & Ladies
Brighouse TownvWolverhampton Wanderers
ChorleyvLeicester City Women
Keynsham TownvSouthampton Women
Milton Keynes DonsvCardiff City Ladies
LewesvEnfield Town
Charlton AthleticvQueen's Park Rangers
GillinghamvPlymouth Argyle or Basingstoke Town
BrislingtonvSwindon Town
AFC WimbledonvPortsmouth
New London LionessesvCrystal Palace
Luton TownvHarlow Town
Coventry UnitedvWest Ham United
Chichester CityvC & K Basildon
Stevenage LadiesvIpswich Town

 

 
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UEFA report tracks women's football progress   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 14 Nov 2017
 
A new UEFA report, 'Women's football across the national associations 2017', shows how the female game has evolved over the past five years, and offers a snapshot of the sport in each of UEFA's 55 member associations.
 
Women's football continues to grow in popularity, with more and more women and girl players across Europe. The game also received an extra boost in 2017 - the biggest UEFA Women's EURO in history took place in the Netherlands, featuring 16 teams and breaking attendance and audience records across the board.
 
The report draws on data provided by all national associations via an annual women's football survey, and is supplemented with UEFA Grassroots Charter data collected in June 2017.
 
The figures in the report bear witness to the growth in women's football throughout Europe:
 
* Registered female players: Went from 1.270m in 2016 to 1.365m in 2017, an increase of 7.5% in one year
* Countries with more than 100,000 players: England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden
* Professional and semi-professional players: More than doubled in four years, from 1,680 (2013) to 3,572 (2017)
* Qualified coaches: Increase to 19,474 (2017) from 17,553 (2016) 
* Qualified match officials: From 7,505 (2013) to 12,785 (2017) - a 70% four-year increase
* Girls football: A growth in women's youth teams from 21,285 (2013) to 35,183 (2017)
 
Nadine Kessler, head of women's football at UEFA, who also enjoyed a distinguished career as a player, is confident about the current state of women's football, but is also aware that there is still more work to do.
 
"Congratulations and sincere thanks to everybody who contributed to this success and is eager to foster the development of women's football in a collaborative manner," she said.
 
"This report is excellent proof of how we are moving forward step by step, and this data is justifying all efforts that are being put in place in order to spread the greatness of women's football across our national associations and the world.
 
"The impact of the development work can today be observed by the increased level and interest in UEFA's women's competitions. However, there is still a lot to do, so we should be ambitious in terms of setting our goals and never forget that we, all football stakeholders, can only achieve these objectives by working together."
 
The momentum behind women's football, along with ever-growing interest among fans, would not have been possible without the investment and dedication of the national associations, which have been organising a vast array of development projects, from grassroots to elite level.
 
Thanks to investments such as these, there are lasting, positive results in terms of participation, professionalisation and performance at all levels of the game.
 

 
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Champions are new leaders   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 14 Nov 2017
 
Manchester City have opened up a lead of two points at the top of FA WSL 1 after they defeated Bristol City 4-0.
 
Izzy Christiansen gave them the lead from the penalty spot with eight minutes on the clock and Claire Emslie scored against her former club to double their advantage before the break. Abbie McManus curled home a delightful goal to make it three and Jennifer Beattie completed the scoring late on.
 
Reading FC Women meanwhile became the first team to take points off Chelsea this season as they held them to a 2-2 draw at Adams Park. The Royals took the lead ten minutes before half time when Remi Allen scored from close range - the first league goal that Chelsea have conceded this season. Karen Carney levelled matters after the break via a free kick from the edge of the area, with Fara Williams rattling the post with another kick at the other end, and Chelsea looked to have turned the game around when Eniola Aluko put them in front with a good finish. However, Reading were not finished and in injury time at the end of an exciting encounter, Jo Potter's free kick was headed into her own net by the unfortunate Magdalena Eriksson to ensure the scores finished level.
 
Arsenal are up to third after three second half strikes saw them to a 3-0 victory over Sunderland. The Black Cats defended stoutly to stay on terms until just before the hour mark, when Louise Quinn headed them in front from a free kick. Vivianne Miedema curled home the second ten minutes later and Jordan Nobbs sealed the win against her old club with a free kick from the edge of the area.
 
Liverpool moved into the top four after they won 1-0 against Birmingham City on Saturday night. Niamh Charles neatly lobbed home the only goal of the game during the first half to settle a closely fought game and hand her team their second successive league win.
 
The two teams at the foot of the table met each other in a very important clash and it was Everton who triumphed 2-0 against Yeovil Town to get themselves off the mark for the season. The first goal was always going to be a vital one and it went the way of the Toffees, with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk opening the scoring on seventeen minutes. Everton wrapped up the points on the hour when Chloe Kelly netted the second from the penalty spot, following a foul on Sweetman-Kirk.
 

 
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Belles race to top spot   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 14 Nov 2017
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles have taken over at the top of WSL 2 after running out 4-1 winners away to Tottenham Hotspur.
 
An own goal by Ryah Vyse gave Doncaster the lead during the first half with Jess Sigsworth adding the second on 33 minutes. Monique Watson made it three midway through the second half and Christie Murray, who had earlier had two goals ruled out for offside, eventually got on the scoresheet before Wendy Martin netted an injury time consolation for Spurs.
 
Three teams are just a single point behind the Belles, headed by Durham Women who were knocked off the top of the table after being held to a goalless draw by London Bees. Both teams had chances during the game but the Bees will be delighted with their display, which saw them get off the mark for the season.
 
Millwall Lionesses put an unfortunate week behind them and got their challenge back on track with a 1-0 win against previously unbeaten Oxford Utd. A three point deduction (subject to appeal) meant that Millwall conceded top spot but a long range strike in the ninth minute by Ella Rutherford gave them their fourth win in five matches and moved them back into third place.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion are the third team who are just one point off the pace after they also won 1-0 against Sheffield FC. A tight game was settled with seventeen minutes remaining, when Kirsty Barton converted a cross from Sophie Perry for the only goal of the game.
 
Aston Villa celebrated their first win and points of the season when they defeated Watford 4-0. Beth Merrick opened the scoring for Villa with two minutes on the clock, with Ebony Salmon adding the second midway through the first half. Chloe Jones extended their lead with a close range header early after the restart and Merrick completed the win when firing home from a free kick.
 

 
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Eleventh heaven for Glasgow City   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 14 Nov 2017
 
Scottish WPL News - Eleventh heaven for Glasgow City - 14 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City are crowned Scottish Building Society Scottish Women's Premier League Champions for the eleventh successive season after defeating Hibernian 3-0 in Edinburgh.
 
City went into the game needing a win in order to secure the title and have not conceded a league goal since May. They came out all guns blazing and raced into a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Lauren McMurchie, Hayley Lauder and Abbi Grant.
 
Hibs looked stunned and needed to win to take the title to the last game, but all hope was lost when McMurchie fired past Jenna Fife after sixteen minutes. Two goals within a minute of each other less than ten minutes later from Lauder and Grant turned it into a comfortable afternoon for the Champions, whilst Hibs have to settle for the runners-up position once again.
 
The title showdown between Glasgow City and Hibernian meant that the third Old Firm meeting of the season was overshadowed but it turned out to be a happy day for Celtic as they defeated Rangers 5-1 to make sure of finishing in third place. Natalie Ross gave Celtic the lead from the penalty spot just before the half hour, with Rangers equalising a minute later through Lauren Davidson, but the Hoops were back in front on the stroke of half time thanks to Sarah Ewens. Ross and Ewens each netted a second goal after the break with Kirsty Howat rounding off the scoring.
 
Stirling University are still in with a great chance of a top half finish but Aberdeen are condemned to relegation after they were beaten 4-2 in their meeting. The Dons had given themselves an outside chance of beating the drop with victory seven days earlier and, after falling behind twice to Rachel Donaldson and Jade Gallon, hit back on each occasion through Jo Fraser and Hannah Stewart, but Gallon once again put Stirling in front with fifteen minutes remaining and this time, Eva Rule went on to score a fourth and end Aberdeen's hopes of staying up.
 
This result meant that Hamilton Academical had successfully managed to stay up in their first season after promotion. On Sunday they were beaten 3-0 at home by Spartans, who scored all of their goals in the first half through Laura Gavin, Simone McMahon and Elena Santoyo-Brown.
 
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Eleventh heaven for Glasgow City   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 14 Nov 2017
 
Scottish WPL News - Eleventh heaven for Glasgow City - 14 Nov 2017 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City have been crowned Scottish Building Society Scottish Women's Premier League Champions for the eleventh successive season after defeating Hibernian 3-0 in Edinburgh.
 
City went into the game needing a win in order to secure the title and have not conceded a league goal since May. They came out all guns blazing and raced into a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Lauren McMurchie, Hayley Lauder and Abbi Grant.
 
Hibs looked stunned and needed to win to take the title to the last game, but all hope was lost when McMurchie fired past Jenna Fife after sixteen minutes. Two goals within a minute of each other less than ten minutes later from Lauder and Grant turned it into a comfortable afternoon for the Champions, whilst Hibs have to settle for the runners-up position once again.
 
The title showdown between Glasgow City and Hibernian meant that the third Old Firm meeting of the season was overshadowed but it turned out to be a happy day for Celtic as they defeated Rangers 5-1 to make sure of finishing in third place. Natalie Ross gave Celtic the lead from the penalty spot just before the half hour, with Rangers equalising a minute later through Lauren Davidson, but the Hoops were back in front on the stroke of half time thanks to Sarah Ewens. Ross and Ewens each netted a second goal after the break with Kirsty Howat rounding off the scoring.
 
Stirling University are still in with a great chance of a top half finish but Aberdeen are condemned to relegation after they were beaten 4-2 in their meeting. The Dons had given themselves an outside chance of beating the drop with victory seven days earlier and, after falling behind twice to Rachel Donaldson and Jade Gallon, hit back on each occasion through Jo Fraser and Hannah Stewart, but Gallon once again put Stirling in front with fifteen minutes remaining and this time, Eva Rule went on to score a fourth and end Aberdeen's hopes of staying up.
 
This result meant that Hamilton Academical had successfully managed to stay up in their first season after promotion. On Sunday they were beaten 3-0 at home by Spartans, who scored all of their goals in the first half through Laura Gavin, Simone McMahon and Elena Santoyo-Brown.
 

 
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Forfar finish on winning note   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL2 News - 14 Nov 2017
 
The last round of matches were played in SWPL 2 and Forfar Farmington ended their successful campaign on a winning note, beating Jeanfield Swifts 4-0.
 
Danni McGinley gave them a first half lead and after the break, Kayleigh Noble extended their advantage before McGinley netted her second and Beth Shillitto rounded off the scoring. The victorious Forfar side were presented with the league trophy following the game.
 
Second place was on offer as Glasgow Girls met Motherwell and it was Glasgow who went one better than last season's third place finish as they triumphed 3-0. Gillian Sloey opened the scoring on the half hour and they went on to crown the win after the break with further goals from Kirsty MacDonald and Lauren Evans.
 
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale secured themselves a top half finish with a 2-1 victory over Hearts, a goal in each half from Beth McLeod and Anna Hume giving them a result which meant they ended up a single point behind Motherwell in fourth.
 
The two teams set to be relegated met each other in the final match and it was East Fife who won 4-2 against Buchan Ladies. Buchan did go into a two-goal lead during the first half but after the interval, East Fife hit back to take the points thanks to a Teri Skivington hat-trick and Liz Corke.
 

 
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