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After winning the Greater London Women's League Division Two North title last season, they were promoted into Division One and despite being in a strong league which includes the likes of Crystal Palace Development, Islington Borough and Dulwich Hamlet reserves amongst others, Walton have won the league with three matches still to play, and with an unbeaten record before losing to Islington in their first match after being crowned as Champions.
Walton Casuals Ladies FC are part of the main club, whose men's team play in Premier Division South of the Bet Victor Southern League, with former West Ham and Blackburn defender Tony Gale as their Chairman. They are managed by Chris Barker, who is delighted with the team's success and stated that this has always been his focus and priority, to push through the ladies' football tier.
"We are above our targets that we set and have a very young and talented squad," he told Women's Soccer Scene. "We have one of the best facilities in the country, which is a huge asset to have. Being a first team we qualify and play in the famous Women's FA Cup which is another great experience for all players.
"Without doubt we are one of the youngest senior first teams in the country. Emily Bernard, our brilliant captain, is a great leader for all the girls and one of our 16-year-olds, Molly Jones, opened her senior goalscoring account with a fantastic FA Cup debut winner, when we beat Banbury United 2-1.
"Because of our success, we are now forming younger teams of all ages called Walton Casuals Girls FC and we have teams already to start the 2020 season."
For the first half of the season, it was a two horse race at the top of Division One between Walton Casuals and Crystal Palace Development. Walton won 5-2 when the teams met in October and the return meeting in January finished level at 1-1 but matters were firmly in Walton's hands from that point and they made sure of the title with three matches to spare, with a 6-2 victory over Regents Park Rangers. Another important result during the course of the season was a 5-0 win against Islington Borough in November.
Molly Jones has built on her successful debut to be leading scorer with 14 to her name, whilst Rebecca E Price and Megan Saunders have each scored 12 times.
The International Olympic Committee has today announced the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until the summer of 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
The FA's director of women's football, Sue Campbell, said: "The health of everyone - players, staff and supporters - is our foremost concern and our international sporting calendar must respect and respond to that priority above all else. We are therefore fully supportive of the IOC's decision to postpone the Olympic Games.
"With the Home Nations coming together as Team GB Women's Football, we have been planning for - and very much looking forward to - the Olympics this summer. However for the time being our shared focus must be on staying safe, looking after our friends and loved ones, and following the advice of Government and our incredibly committed and brave frontline health professionals.
"Of course our minds are also focused on the UEFA Women's EURO and we are in constant dialogue with UEFA in respect of that tournament. We know all our partner organisations have the health and wellbeing of athletes and support staff at the heart of their decision making and we await further information from UEFA in due course.
"Rest assured we can look forward to celebrating our sport in happier and safer times to come."
Enfield opened up the campaign with a 6-0 victory over Denham Utd Res and have never looked back from that point. An important win came in the third game, 2-1 against Headstone Manor, and they soon pulled away from their rivals at the top of the table.
The return meeting with Denham last Sunday proved to be the decisive one as they put themselves beyond the reach of all of their rivals, clinching the title when a goal from Olivia Martin gave them a 1-0 victory.
Enfield Town Reserves are managed by Kerrie Marlborough, with Roger Brown as her assistant. Laura Elias is captain whilst Leyla Yahioglu is leading goalscorer, having found the net on 13 occasions.
"This title win has been a building process over the last couple of seasons," Kerrie told Women's Soccer Scene. "The previous manager Katrina Moore, myself and Roger Brown, were trying to build a team that we hoped over the next few season could go on to win the league.
"Last season, we were strong contenders for a while, but we weren't quite strong enough. So this season I wanted to take what we had done last season and build on it, and work on the things that I felt let us down last season, and for me I feel this season we have become a stronger team.
"I used to be a defender, so my main focus was working with the back line, and was something I felt we could change and build stronger and these girls have done that. So far this season in the league, we have only conceded five goals, which is a huge credit to them.
"This team has grown over these last couple of years, and I'm so proud of how far they have come. I was lucky enough to play for the first team, and I wanted to give these girls the same experience and treatment as much as I can, to bring the reserves closer to the first team.
"I'm so happy the reserves were able to win the league this season, and I'm excited to see what they can do next season."
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign German midfielder Melanie Leupolz from Bayern Munich.
The 25-year-old has agreed pre-contract terms on a three-year deal which commits her to the club until the summer of 2023. She will join up with Emma Hayes' squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
Leupolz arrives from the Frauen-Bundesliga with a wealth of experience and has proven pedigree at the highest level. In her six years at Bayern Munich she has won two league titles and captained the side for two seasons.
The midfielder has also had success on the international stage. She has been a part of the senior German national team since 2013 and has already competed at four major tournaments, winning gold medals at the 2013 UEFA Women's European Championship and at the Olympic Games in 2016.
Upon agreeing the pre-contract terms, Leupolz told the Chelsea FC website: "It's a really big move, it's my first move to another country and I'm really looking forward to it.
"I believe in what Chelsea are doing as a club and I am excited to be a part of that. They want to win titles, and so do I.
"I also like the style of football they play. I have seen a lot of their matches and I think it's the right club for me."
Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes added: "Melanie has the right qualities that we look for in players at Chelsea. She's got international experience, been the captain of Bayern Munich and her best years are yet to come.
"It's a real statement of intent that she chose Chelsea and it shows just how far we've come as a football club.
‘Melanie is versatile, she's got wonderful qualities in the midfield areas and she will provide much needed depth - I'm looking forward to welcoming her to the club."
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies are having a fine season in Division One Midlands of the FA Women's National League and their 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday keeps them in second place in the table and on course for a top three finish for the second season in succession.
We talked to Birmingham & West Midlands midfielder Sam White, who described the result against the Belles as "extremely pleasing" and is aiming for the team to keep progressing in what has been a strong division:
WSS: Well done on a fine win on Sunday, how pleasing was the team's performance on the day?
SW: Extremely pleasing, I thought every player put in an excellent shift including the girls that came off the bench.
WSS: Doncaster Rovers Belles have been in good form in recent weeks, so was it as tough a game as you expected?
SW: Yes, a very tough game, they have picked up some good results since their new manager came in. To come away with the win was satisfying.
WSS: The result has consolidated yourselves in second position, how pleased are you with the way the season has gone up until now?
SW: We have predominantly been consistent throughout the season, I think we have performed well collectively so far.
WSS: What were your ambitions at the start of the campaign, did you always think you could challenge after finishing third last season?
SW: My ambitions were to push and challenge myself as much as I can, to help bring my experience of the league to the team, hopefully I have positively contributed. The club as a whole has vastly improved - they have come a long way in such a short time. The goal was always to improve on last season's finish, so far we are on target but the season is not over yet, so we have to stay focused.
WSS: The division itself looks to be a strong one this season with a number of teams doing well, has it seemed that way to you?
SW: Yes, there are a number of teams doing really well. No game in this league is easy - it shows how strong the division is becoming.
WSS: At the moment, we don't know when the season is likely to resume, but when it does, do you feel that anyone has a realistic chance of catching Wolves?
SW: Wolves are proving to be a formidable team - although the league is out of our hands, we must concentrate on ourselves, keep focused and ensure we finish the season as strong as we can.
WSS: Whatever happens though, the team has built on last season's performance, does that augur well for next season?
SW: Absolutely! With the great support we have from all the coaches along with the club, it all builds well towards next season to keep moving forward.
Our thanks to Sam!
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Harrogate Town have announced the appointment of Mr Bob Wilkinson as their new Women's First Team Manager.
Bob is an FA Coach Mentor and Affiliate Tutor for both the North and West Riding County areas. He is also an FA Licensed Coach and has held UEFA B/Level 3 qualifications since 2008, being involved with football as a player, coach and licenced referee for many years in both the North East and Yorkshire.
He currently coaches the U16's at York City RTC which is the England Female Talent pathway. He is the FA Coach Mentor Lead for the Wildcats programme in the West Riding County Area which has over 160 centres promoting the National Strategy to double female participation in football and has experience at grassroots as Chairman/Manager and coach at Brayton Belles Ladies FC.
He is passionate about long term player development of all age groups and abilities, both outfield and goalkeeper, always with the intention to develop players from grassroots through to elite.
His other previous roles as manager/coach of teams in the FA Women's National League (Northern One) and the North East Regional Women's League has certainly given him a good grounding to work with the Harrogate Town Women's Team to strive and push for their continued development and future promotion.
"The Harrogate Town vision, structure and Club philosophy excites me and I am really looking forward to passing on my knowledge, experience and coaching skills for the seasons ahead, to be part of this holistic team, to develop and to pursue a positive and successful future for all concerned," Wilkinson said on his appointment.
Bob will take the reins at the end of the current season, with Martin Powell continuing in his role of Caretaker Manager until that point.
"At this time we also like to thank Martin for his sterling work successfully managing the team in recent weeks, he remains a key part of the club," said Women's and Girls Development Officer, Les Johnson.
"We look forward to a bright future under the stewardship of Bob and trust you will join us in wishing him the best of luck in the role."
Southampton Women Res 1 Wycombe Wanderers 3
Wycombe Wanderers set up a Southern Region League Chairman's Cup Final encounter with Abingdon Town after beating Southampton Women's Reserves by three goals to one at Winklebury.
A good team performance saw the Premier Division club home against a spirited Southampton side from Division One.
Wycombe made the best possible start, going ahead in the third minute when a chipped ball through the middle found Tara Woodward running through to finish powerfully past home keeper Lauren Sayler.
The hosts were soon into their stride however and equalised on 15 minutes. Kayleigh Tonks got clear on the right and fired in a low shot which Hannah Cox did well to save but the ball ran loose for Fay Roberts to turn home.
Wycombe continued to look dangerous with early passes through to willing front runners whilst Southampton were more intricate in their build up play in a good contest.
Southampton's Sarah Bradshaw went close with a 25-yard free kick just over on 24 minutes but it was the visitors who regained the lead with a well worked goal just before the half hour. Rachel Southby got free on the left and sent in a precise low cross for Sam Jackson to finish with a powerful first time effort from ten yards.
Leading at the break, Wycombe were close to a third when Woodward again got free to run in on goal but the advancing Sayler did enough to make the visiting attacker shoot wide. The Southampton keeper then made a fine full length save to deny skipper Charlotte Bagshaw but the crucial third Wycombe goal was not long delayed.
On 63 minutes, Southby had a shot well saved by Sayler but the ball ran loose for sub Christina O'Connor to score from a tight angle.
Southampton pushed forward, putting considerable pressure on the Chairgirls defence but Cox was well protected by her back four throughout and was rarely called into action.
Wycombe were always quick on the counter and Woodward drew another fine save from Sayler with a downward far post header.
As the match went into added time, Southampton went close to reducing the arrears with a fine 25-yarder from sub Siena Millen but the ball rebounded to safety of Cox's bar.
Wycombe saw out time to claim a deserved victory and a Chairman's Cup clash with already promoted Division One leaders Abingdon Town who had clinched their spot with victory over Abbey Rangers a fortnight ago. Let us all hope that this intriguing encounter will eventually take place in the current difficult and worrying situation.
Southampton Women Res: Lauren Sayler, Manisha Kaur, Emily Gook, Rosie Crowshaw, Rebecca Cork, Mireia Perex Sanchez, Tia Hooper, Abi Whistler, Kayleigh Tonks, Fay Roberts, Sarah Bradshaw. Subs: Rebecca Harris, Jennifer King, Siena Millen, Paris Payne.
Wycombe Wanderers: Hannah Cox, Charlotte Bagshaw, Emma Dean, Katie Hudson, Sam Jackson, Amy Leach, Bobbie Lynch, Emma Newberry, Lindsay Pinker, Rachel Southby, Tara Woodward. Subs: Christina O'Connor, Sarah Harrison.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lindsay Pinker slides in to tackle Paris Payne
(middle) Jennifer King evades a challenge from Katie Hudson
(bottom) Rosie Crowshaw holds off Tara Woodward
East Midlands League
Rotherham Utd replaced Mansfield Town in second place in the table after winning their meeting 5-1. Lucy Ridley netted two of the goals, with Libby Hallam, Bradie Wild and Jemma White adding the others for Rotherham who now trail league leaders Peterborough Utd by thirteen points but have three games in hand. Oughtibridge WMSC meanwhile kept their top two hopes alive by beating Rise Park 3-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Laura Cain. Elizabeth White went one better for Loughborough Students as she scored four times in their 8-3 victory against Leicester City Ladies. Meadow Barton, Fatima Husein, Rebecca Snelling and Ellie Clarke weighed in with the other goals, with Beth Roberts (2) and Sofia Aragosa on target for Leicester.
Worksop Town picked up a 2-0 victory over Notts County Development which lifts them up into fourth place in Division One North. Lucy Edwards and Leah Hardy scored the goals that take Worksop into their highest position of the season to date. Grimsby Borough had previously occupied that position but were beaten 3-1 by Sleaford Town, for whom Beth Wilson netted twice and Ashleigh Eggington the other.
The only match in Division One South produced something of a surprise result, as Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 5-4 against second placed Ilkeston Town. Jessica Waldrum scored a hat-trick for Loughborough along with Frederika Masele Ntumba and Katie Stone, whilst Ilkeston's replies came from a Hayley Brown double, Georgina Shaw and Georgina Williams.
Thrapston Town went through to the last four of the League Plate after running out 6-1 winners over Cleethorpes Town, whose consolation goal came from Gemma Capes.
North East League
Accrington Sports & Football Club moved themselves to within one point of Division One North leaders Penrith AFC after they won 5-0 away to Morecambe Res. Blackpool meanwhile kept their hopes alive with a 6-1 success at Penwortham Town.
One match survived the weather in Division One South and it saw Chester FC Women hold on to third place by drawing 3-3 with Warrington Wolverines, who stay one place and two points behind them.
Liverpool Feds Res booked their place in the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup with a surprise 3-1 victory over Division One North title challengers Blackburn Community, after extra time.
South West League
Only one game throughout the league went ahead on the weekend, in the Premier Division where Marine Academy Plymouth took themselves out of the bottom two with a 6-1 victory over Middlezoy Rovers. Hana Bennett and Olivia Ramsey each netted twice along with Sam Drewery and Rachael Poole, whilst Middlezoy's consolation came from Georgia Coles.
Southern Region League
Wycombe Wanderers are through to the Final of the Chairman's Cup after winning 3-1 against Southampton Women Res. Tara Woodward, Sam Jackson and Christina O'Connor scored the goals for Wycombe, with Fay Roberts replying (see match report).
AFC Bournemouth CST have regained top spot in the Premier Division following an eleven goal blast against Warsash Wasps. Rebecca Miles was on target four times. Katie Kingshott and Helen Corbin each contributed doubles and the tally was completed by Rosie Eden, Alexis Bussell and an own goal. Despite a 5-0 victory over Newbury Ladies, Moneyfields are back in second place on goal difference. Sheree Bell-Jack hit a second half hat-trick for the Moneys, whose other goals came from Kerri Why and Kim Whitcombe.
Abingdon Town are just one win away from the Division One title, moving themselves to the bring with a 4-1 victory against third placed Abbey Rangers. Zoe Barnes, Isi Meade, Elisha Cox and Charlotte Comley all scored a goal apiece for Town, with Abbey's consolation coming from Rebecca Burtenshaw.
West Midlands League
Redditch Utd keep up the pace in the Premier Division, preserving their six point lead with a 5-1 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic. Shona Baldwin (2), Abbie Bailey, Jessica Lippiatt and Leah Williams were the markswomen for Redditch, with Natasha Lawrence replying. Free scoring Leek Town stay on Redditch's heels after a fourteen goal success against Worcester City. Chantelle Gallagher led the scoring with an eight-goal haul, Rehanne Mellor contributed a further four and there was one apiece from Katie Gibbons and Lucy Goodfellow. Niamh Deasy and Sarah Lampitt were on target for third placed Sutton Coldfield Town as they won 2-1 to keep up their challenge, Jade Bennett netting the home side's consolation. Joanne Ryan (2) and Christabel Matewe were the scorers for Coventry Sphinx in their 3-3 draw with Stockingford AA Pavilion, who responded with a goal apiece from Kaileigh Pahnke, Kirsty Lonsdale and Catherine Smith.
In Division One North, Shifnal Town stepped up their promotion challenge as they won 2-0 against Port Vale, Rebecca-Lee Bown scoring both goals to bring a halt to their opponents' recent mini revival.
Rugby Town meanwhile notched up their biggest victory of the season so far in Division One South against Sedgley & Gornal Utd. Andie Coupland spearheaded the win by scoring five times whilst Kelly Worthington and Loren Bliss added four and three respectively, with Paige Gunn also on the scoresheet.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland head the table by eleven points after they defeated Stoke City 4-2. Bridget Galloway continued her superb form in front of goal by hitting a hat-trick, taking her league tally for the season to 20, and Keira Ramshaw was also on target, with Stoke's replies coming from Alison Hall and Nicola Hudson.
Nottingham Forest have moved above Stoke and into third place, following their 1-0 success away to Fylde Women. Precious Hamilton was again on the mark with the only goal of the game, early in the second half,
West Bromwich Albion meanwhile won 4-2 against Huddersfield Town, to move themselves to within a single point of their sixth placed opponents. Leigh Dugmore, Natalie Murray, Natasha Tezgel and Shannon Stamps all netted a goal apiece for Albion whilst Town, who had led at the interval, scored through Lucy Sowerby and Vicky Abbott.
Division One North
Leeds Utd have gone level on points with leaders Barnsley following their 2-0 victory over Durham Cestria. The scoreline was goalless at half time but Holly Findlay opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half and Bridie Hannon added the second shortly afterwards.
Chester-le-Street Town moved further into mid-table on the back of a 2-0 success against Bolton Wanderers. Megan Elliott gave the Cestrians an eleventh minute lead and Laura Hockaday joined her on the scoresheet ahead of the interval.
Chorley picked up an important 3-1 win against Norton & Stockton Ancients which takes them out of the bottom two. All of the Magpies' goals came during the first half, Abigail Fenton netting a brace and Emily Stocks adding the other goal.
Division One Midlands
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies strengthened their position in second place when they won 2-0 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. BWM took the lead early in the second half thanks to Rhiannon Travers and Tanya Dickinson wrapped up the points in injury time.
The New Saints meanwhile defeated Sporting Khalsa 4-2 to keep themselves firmly in the running for at least a top two position. Katie Doster, Zoe Griffiths, Jess Jennings and Laura Pennington were all on the scoresheet for TNS.
Division One South West
Buckland Athletic made the long trip to Chesham Utd but returned home empty handed as the Clarets ran out 5-2 winners. Eden Kibrom bagged a hat-trick for fifth placed Chesham whose other goals came from Laura Sandy and Gemma Fraser, whilst Buckland replied through a brace from Sarah Stacey.
Chorley have gone back to the top of North Division One after winning 5-0 away to Bradford City in the only match played. Ellie Richardson netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Murron Alldread, Emily Norcross and Caitlin Knowles.
Derby County are starting to stretch the pace in Midland Division One, maintaining their lead of three points with a 6-2 victory at Loughborough Foxes. Kira Rai had a great day in front of goal by scoring five times and Amber-Leigh Denny was also on target, with Nicola Russell and Emily Gunn replying. Nottingham Forest defeated Coventry Utd 4-1 to keep up the chase in second, courtesy of doubles from Summa Betts and Charlotte Steggles.
One match was played in Midland Division Two, at Bedworth Utd where visitors Lincoln City notched up a 5-1 victory. Toni McHamilton bagged a four-goal haul and Katie Thornley added the other, with the home side's consolation coming from Abbie Taylor.
Burnley FC Women picked up their first league win since November when they beat Loughborough Foxes 2-0 on Sunday, in only their third match in that period.
We talked to Burnley midfielder Nic Worthington, who was delighted to get back to winning ways again and admitted that they are still searching for a top two place:
WSS: Well done on your win on Sunday, was there a touch of relief as well that you have been able to pick up another league victory?
NW: Absolutely, we know as a group we haven't been performing to our best after the Christmas break so getting three points on Sunday was massive and hopefully we can now push on for the remainder of our season.
WSS: How difficult has it been to get started again after so long without a game before playing Stoke last week?
NW: The four to five weeks off wasn't ideal. We obviously keep training but it's not the same intensity as a match day. We started strong but in the second half we dropped off the intensity and Stoke had the edge.
WSS: You took the lead with twenty minutes left, did you always feel confident from that point until that second goal came?
NW: I believe we were the strongest team, however 1-0 is never a secure scoreline in football. Our keeper Emily Gibbins played with the team for the first time this season and had to pull off some excellent saves. I did feel very confident, especially in the second half, we proved to be dominant in and out of possession and limited Loughborough's chances.
WSS: Prior to the Stoke match, you had played just one league match in three months, how frustrating has that been?
NW: It has been very, very difficult to gain any sort of momentum after the Christmas period. We want to play every weekend to maintain our intensity and keep building on our performance level. However, with games being cancelled we can't do this. We have to make sure that in training we are working 110% to maintain our fitness and sharpness.
WSS: This week you have another home match against Hull City. the first of two successive Sunday meetings with them. What kind of game are you expecting against them?
NW: Hull are battling hard at the bottom end of the table so it won't be an easy game. We played them in the FA Cup earlier in the season and they proved a tough test. They will be wanting to get a result on the day and will prove a strong opposition for us once again.
WSS: Sunderland appear to be pulling away from the chasing teams now, but are you confident that you can still finish in second place?
NW: Yes, Sunderland are stretching their lead every week now and proving a formidable team. We still have plenty of games in hand and I think second is the target now but any top half position will be a remarkable achievement for our first season in the National League North. We still have Sunderland to play twice, once at home and away. I will be looking forward to that.
WSS: This is the first time the team have played at this level following promotion last season, have you exceeded your expectations before the season began?
NW: I think the goal was to stay in the league this season and not drop straight back down. So we have certainly cemented our place now. The fact we are aiming for second place speaks volumes of our achievements so far. Nothing can be taken for granted, we still have some very strong teams left to play and the next couple of months will decide our season.
WSS: The club has made rapid strides in a short space of time, do you feel it is ready to make another step up in the future?
NW: I'm very proud to play for Burnley women and the club has some amazing achievements so far. Matt Bee and the team have worked hard to get us into this position. With the players we have and the dedicated coaches there Is no reason why we can't move up and be in the Championship in the next couple of seasons. I'm very excited for the future at Burnley.
Our thanks to Nic!
The top women's football leagues in Britain have postponed all matches until early April due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
All matches in the Barclays FA WSL and FA Women's Championship have been cancelled until 3rd April, whilst matches at all levels in Scotland and Wales are postponed for the next few weeks.
Games in the FA Women's National League are currently still on but the situation is being monitored, as are matches at the levels below.
UEFA have announced that due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and the related travelling restrictions imposed by governments, all Elite round mini-tournaments of the U17 and WU17, U19 and WU19 European championships, due to take place between 14 March and 14 April 2020 have been postponed.
Scotland were due to host the men's under-17s Elite Round tournament this month while the England and Scotland were set to take part in both the women's under-17s and women's under-19s, whilst Wales were in the women's under-17s.
UEFA have stated that this is a general precautionary measure, taken to avoid the possibility of players - many of whom would be minors - being stranded away from their families in the event of host governments declaring lockdowns or quarantines.
Further information about the rescheduling of these competitions will be provided in due course, after a thorough assessment of options.
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Spain 1 (Putellas 83)
England's final game of their disappointing SheBelieves Cup campaign ended in defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Spain.
England were undone by a set piece goal as they were beaten 1-0 by Spain in their third and final game, which resulted in a second defeat in their defence of the trophy. The most disappointing aspect of the game was England's failure to hit the target with a single shot during the course of the match.
It was a tale of two halves in Texas and Phil Neville's side had numerous chances to get their noses in front before the break. But the Spaniards grew into the game during the second half and eventually got the breakthrough with seven minutes left as Alexia Putellas rifled a header home from a corner.
Nikita Parris provided England's first real piece of quality in the game with a jinking run down the right wing and then into the box but couldn't pick out a team mate.
Ellen White, who scored twice last time the two teams faced each other, was then played in by skipper for the night Jill Scott but blasted her effort over the bar.
Neville's side were creating all of the chances early on and very nearly got the ball over the line when Jordan Nobbs whipped a wicked ball into the penalty area but neither White or Parris could apply the finishing touch.
Spain started the second half much brighter and caught England in possession on the hour mark as Carly Telford was forced into a brave save from left back Ainhoa Moraza as she outpaced the England defence, blocking the shot with her face.
Chloe Kelly made her third appearance off the bench at the competition and almost made an immediate impact as she found some space in the box but dragged her shot wide.
Neville then handed a first international appearance to Alessia Russo but it was all happening at the other end and Telford was called upon again to keep her side out of trouble.
Moments later, the killer blow arrived as a corner found the head of the unmarked Putellas, who rifled a bullet header into the back of the net to give Spain a deserved lead.
The final chance of the game fell to Parris to stab home a late equaliser but the former Manchester City forward couldn't direct her effort on goal.
England: Carly Telford, Rachel Daly, Millie Bright (sub Steph Houghton 45mins), Abbie McManus, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs (sub Georgia Stanway 62mins), Nikita Parris, Toni Duggan (sub Alessia Russo 76mins), Ellen White (sub Chloe Kelly 70mins). Subs not used: Ellie Roebuck, Sandy MacIver, Keira Walsh, Demi Stokes, Lucy Staniforth, Grace Fisk.
Watford booked their place in the Final when they won 2-0 away to Middlesbrough on Sunday. The first half was goalless but Anne Meiwald broke the deadlock in Watford's favour with seventeen minutes remaining and Megan Chandler sealed the win in injury time to earn her side a meeting with holders West Bromwich Albion.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland have gone further clear at the top, extending their lead to eight points with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield FC. Keira Ramshaw gave them a first half lead and they went on to wrap up the win after the break with further goals from Bridget Galloway and Faye Mullen.
Second placed Derby County lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fylde Women. Danielle Young put the Coasters ahead shortly before half time, with the Ewe Rams hitting back to earn themselves a share of the spoils when Callan Barber equalised.
The points were also shared between Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest in another game which finished level at 1-1. Town got off to a great start and took the lead in the opening minute through Lucy Sowerby, with Precious Hamilton salvaging a draw for Forest midway through the second half.
Burnley FC Women returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Loughborough Foxes. Both goals came during the second half, Olivia Greenhalgh opening the scoring at the midway point and an own goal late on securing the points.
West Bromwich Albion meanwhile built on their League Plate semi final win seven days previously by beating Hull City 4-2. Keeley Davies, Harriet James, Leigh Dugmore and Evangeline Gallop all scored a goal apiece for Albion, with Hull replying through Emily Smith and Harley Skinner.
On Wednesday night, Stoke City moved themselves up into third place with a 4-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion. Faye McCoy led the scoring for Stoke with a hat-trick and Amy Hughes added the other goal.
Southern Premier Division
Oxford Utd lifted themselves up to third when they defeated Portsmouth 2-1. Kayleigh Hines gave Oxford the lead midway through the first half, with Pompey equalising ten minutes later through Hayley Bridge. Daisy McLachlan settled matters when she grabbed the winner against her former club, fifteen minutes from time.
Plymouth Argyle kept themselves level on points with Oxford as they won 2-1 against Hounslow Women. Lydia Huntley and Ebony Dover put Argyle two goals ahead at the interval and although Sue Kumaning reduced the arrears early in the second half, the London side could not bring themselves level for what would have been a precious point.
Division One North
League leaders Barnsley were held to a 2-2 draw by Durham Cestria. Sophie Bell netted twice for Barnsley, whilst Jennifer Knowles and Erin Nelson replied as Durham became only the second team to take points off the leaders this season.
The two teams immediately below Barnsley met each other and it was Brighouse Town who kept their title hopes alive by beating Leeds Utd 1-0. Charlotte Proud scored the only goal of the game for Brighouse who remain unbeaten but are ten points off the pace.
Liverpool Feds consolidated themselves in fourth place with a 3-0 victory against Bradford City. Caroline Charlton gave the Feds a fourteenth minute lead and they went on to seal the win with second half strikes from Jodie Mortimer and Jennifer Rogers.
Newcastle Utd maintained their recent improved form as they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-0. Rhiannon Gray was on target twice for Newcastle along with Imogen Longcake and Anna Soulsby.
Norton & Stockton Ancients increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two places when they won 2-1 against Stockport County. Taylor Hebb netted for Norton along with an own goal, whilst County's reply came from Jess Battle.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers now head the table by a huge margin of twelve points after they won 1-0 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Sophie Bramford scored the only goal of the game for Wolves on the stroke of half time.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies are back in second place following their 2-1 victory against Sporting Khalsa. All of the goals came in the second half, Steph Weston putting BWM ahead on the hour and after Khalsa had equalised through Laura McQuilkin, Jessica Lundie grabbed the winning goal deep into injury time.
Bedworth Utd had started the day in second but crashed to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of fast improving Leicester Utd. Chantelle Robinson was on target twice for Leicester along with Lauren Heria, Megan Kenney and Courtney Cropper whilst Jade Formaston and Sophie Wilson both scored for Bedworth.
The New Saints bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat Long Eaton Utd 1-0 and consolidate themselves in fourth. Lia Lewis grabbed the game's only goal for TNS during the second half.
Lincoln City scored six times without reply past Solihull Moors and are back up into fifth place. Amy Blinkhorn hit a hat-trick for the Lady Imps, Amy Hunt weighed in with a brace and Abigail Murrell also got on the scoresheet.
Leafield Athletic are out of the bottom three following their 5-2 victory against Burton Albion. Daisy-Mai Clements and Grace Harris each scored twice and Alice Rogers added the other, whilst Burton's replies came from Hanaiya Azhar and Ella Doocey.
Division One South East
A 4-2 victory away to Enfield Town has taken AFC Wimbledon to within a single point of leaders Ipswich Town. Enfield had beaten Ipswich seven days earlier and they scored through Nuala McKevitt and Beth Lumsden but goals from Sarah Wentworth, Elizabeth Berkeley, Rosie Russell and Helen Ogle gave Wimbledon a victory to greatly boost their title challenge.
AFC Basildon also kept up the challenge in third place with a 2-0 win against Leyton Orient. Holly Turner gave Basildon the lead and an own goal wrapped up the points.
Billericay Town stay in contention after scoring five times without reply past Actonians Ladies. Zoe Rushen and Hannah Porter both bagged doubles, with Therese Addison adding the other goal.
Cambridge Utd maintained their recent good form with a 2-1 victory over Stevenage Women, which takes them further away from danger. Kelley Blanchflower and Faith Hewitt scored the goals for the U's, whilst Stevenage's consolation came from Amy Josland.
Cambridge City meanwhile gave their survival chances a shot in the arm as they beat Norwich City 3-1. Charlotte Gillies netted twice and Karly Tolentino the other as City picked up only their second league win of the season, Chelsea Garrett was on target for Norwich.
Division One South West
Southampton Women are just two points off the pace after they won 2-1 against third placed Exeter City. Laura Vokes gave Southampton an early lead which was cancelled out by Daniella Tyson, before Kellie Warren netted a second half winner (see match report).
Cheltenham Town have gone level on points with Exeter following their 3-1 success away to Maidenhead Utd. Ella Hitchcox scored a goal in each half and Annie Martin added the other, whilst the home side's consolation came from Kate La Cumbre.
Chesham Utd moved up to fifth on the back of a 4-1 victory over Swindon Town. Gemma Fraser and Eden Kibrom put the Clarets two goals up and although Lauren Kayll quickly reduced the arrears, Aaliyah Charles restored the two-goal advantage before half time and Fraser rounded off the scoring with her second, five minutes from time.
Buckland Athletic and Brislington battled out a 3-3 draw in which the visitors came from two goals behind to salvage a point. Sarah Stacey and Abigail Meyer put Buckland two up at half time and after Zoe Gunter reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, Alex Hugh netted a third for the Devon side. Georgia Vandries pulled another goal back on the hour and Kim Maggs completed the comeback when she scored the equaliser via another penalty.
Northern Ireland 1 (Furness 5)>
Scotland 2 (Cuthbert 35, Grant 38)
Northern Ireland 1 (Furness 5)
Scotland ended their Pinatar Cup campaign with maximum points after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland.
Shelley Kerr's side had already won the tournament prior to kick off and were presented with the trophy after a match where first half goals from Erin Cuthbert and Abbi Grant sealed the win.
Scotland controlled the opening exchanges but found themselves behind after Rachel Furness headed home from a looping delivery. The Liverpool player made no mistake from close range from Demi Vance's cross.
Martha Thomas could have equalised minutes later when she was played through on goal by Erin Cuthbert but snatched at her shot and sent it wide.
Northern Ireland almost made it two midway through the first half when goalscorer Furness again rose well in the box, but Rachel Corsie was on hand to clear her effort off the line. That moment proved crucial for Scotland who would equalise soon after.
Picking up the ball in a pocket of space, Cuthbert unleashed a fierce drive from outside the area which totally wrongfooted Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jackie Burns as it flew into the net.
just three minutes later, Scotland were in front courtesy of Abbi Grant. The forward capitalised on a mistake in the Irish rearguard, receiving the ball from Lizzie Arnot before finishing into the bottom corner from 12 yards out. That was her second goal in as many games for her country.
Sporting their newly released away kit, Scotland maintained the intensity of their first half performance into the second and went close to scoring again shortly after the restart when Sophie Howard saw her effort cleared off the line.
Erin Cuthbert then took aim from a similar range that saw her score Scotland's first goal of the evening, but this time Burns was well placed to stop the goalbound effort. Cuthbert saw another long range effort fly narrowly over the crossbar again moments later.
Jane Ross went closest to adding a third late on, but the impressive Burns was on hand to palm her right footed shot from the edge of the area over the bar.
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Rachel Corsie, Nicola Docherty (sub Emma Mitchell 17mins), Rachael Boyle, Sophie Howard, Christie Murray (sub Leanne Crichton 65mins), Abbi Grant (sub Hayley Lauder 76mins), Martha Thomas (sub Amy Muir 84mins), Lucy Graham (sub Caroline Weir 65mins), Erin Cuthbert, Lizzie Arnot (sub Jane Ross 84mins). Subs not used: Lee Alexander, Jenna Fife, Samantha Kerr, Hannah Godfrey.
Southampton Women 2 Exeter City 1
Southampton Women's consolidated second spot in the FAWNL Division One South West table with a narrow, hard fought 2-1 home win over closest rivals Exeter City at Winklebury.
With both clubs looking to narrow the gap to leaders Southampton FC, the result was in doubt to the final kick with home keeper Rose Kite preserving the three points with a superb last minute save.
Things had started well for the hosts with Laura Vokes giving them an early lead with a free kick well struck from wide right on 13 minutes. Erin Bloomfield was proving to be a real handful for the Grecians' defence and went very close to adding a second, but keeper Kyanna Orchard did well to deflect her shot wide on 18 minutes.
Exeter had looked lively themselves and equalised with a superbly worked goal on 23 minutes. Ella-Mae Miller played a lovely pass down the right touchline to free Connie Pengelly for a precise low cross which was fired in past Kite on the run by Daniella Tyson.
Exeter's Megan Robinson had a low effort well held by Kite but the home team grew stronger as the half finished without really creating any clear cut chances to leave a well contested match level at the break.
The real drama was saved for the second period. Orchard saved well from Bloomfield on 47 minutes but four minutes later was penalised with a yellow card for handling Philippa Holden's goalbound shot outside the box after again denying Bloomfield with an initial save with her feet.
The resulting free kick was cleared but soon after Southampton retook the lead on 57 minutes from another Vokes set piece, Kellie Warren showed great awareness to nip in between defender and keeper and flick the dropping ball home.
Any thought of a comfortable home win were soon put aside as Exeter poured forward in search of the equaliser. Moreover, a series of injuries to Southampton players forced constant reshuffles to formation and personnel with Bloomfield and the injured Warren swapping places for a while then finally substitute keeper Emily Paines filling in as an outfield player for the final ten minutes.
Through all this, Southampton skipper Lauren Cheshire led by example as the back line fended off almost constant Exeter pressure. The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down, then Georgie Barbour-Gresham fired a 25-yard effort inches wide after a defensive mix up on 76 minutes.
Southampton still looked dangerous on the break with Jane Yeates denied by Orchard and then by the post after a brilliant team move started by Cheshire in her own penalty area and involving five different players down the left.
It was left to Kite to deny Exeter a leveller deep into added time, diving away to her right to turn aside a low shot bound for the bottom corner and seal a home victory against a highly impressive Exeter City team, full of running and neat combination play.
On International Women's Day, this match was a great example of so much that is good about the game, full of passion, bravery and skill from every player.
Southampton Women: Rose Kite, Lauren Cheshire, Lucy Mear, Hannah Samuels, Gracie White, Kellie Warren, Lauren Clark, Laura Vokes, Phillipa Holden, E-J May, Erin Bloomfield. Subs: Mireia Perez Sanchez, Jane Yeates, Emily Paines.
Exeter City: Kyanna Orchard, Ella-Mae Miller, Emily Toogood, Manfy Sharpe, Abbie Britton, Georgie Barbour-Gresham, Anthea Kaptein, Megan Robinson, Eden May, Connie Pengelly, Daniella Tyson. Subs: Sophie Gilles, Mia Preston.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Mireia Perez Sanchez and Daniella Tyson
(middle) Anthea Kaptein battles with Erin Bloomfield
(bottom) Sophie Gillies in a 50-50 challenge with Erin Bloomfield
Motherwell confirmed their place in the quarter finals as winners of Group B in the Premier League Cup after they defeated Partick Thistle 6-1 in the final match.
Top spot was on offer for the winning side, whilst a draw would have meant that Forfar Farmington would be guaranteed to finish in first place.
Jordan McLintock led the scoring with a hat-trick, along with a double from Kaela McDonald-Nguah and an own goal whilst the Jags' consolation came from Suzanne Mulvey.
Hamilton Academical are also looking good for a place in the last eight following their 2-0 victory against Dundee Utd. Lauren Evans proved to be the difference between the sides after coming on as a substitute by scoring both goals in the last twenty minutes. The result means that the Accies are in line to go through as one of the best runners-up.
East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd now have a lead of fourteen points in the Premier Division following their 3-2 success away to Rise Park. Donna McGuigan, Hannah Pendred and Molly Orr-Love were the scorers for the Posh Ladies, with Jessica Parker and Shalarna French replying. Second placed Mansfield Town were beaten 3-2 by Northampton Town for whom Aimee Smith, Sara Wait and Francesca Partridge were on target, and Rotherham Utd also lost ground as they went down 4-2 to Loughborough Students whose markswomen were Elizabeth White (2), Rosanna Frith-Salem and Fatima Husein. Kathryn Mudge and Becky Shaw netted the goals for Oughtibridge WMSC in their 2-1 victory over Woodlands Ladies, whilst Kettering Town won for the first time, 3-2 against Leicester City Ladies thanks to Jo Brandon, Jessica Perrin and Brodie Betts.
Hykeham Town have powered nine points clear at the top of Division One North following a seven-goal blast against Notts County Development. Lauren Churcher hit a hat-trick for Hykeham along with Lauren Carter (2), Millie Seaton and Tracey Duxbury-Mead. Arnold Town are up into third after Georgie Boyce (2), Kelly Clayton, Stacey Pearce and Stacey Bridge gave them a 5-2 victory over Sleaford Town. The win takes them above Grimsby Borough who were beaten 5-1 by Worksop Town, for whom Leah Hardy bagged a hat-trick along with Sky Hughes and an own goal. Remarkably, this was Worksop's first home match in the league this season. Arnold Eagles scored six times without reply past Cleethorpes Town, Demi-Leigh Crofts and Natasha Leach each hitting doubles with Courtney Walters and Mollie Rowden also on target.
Beaumont Park held on to the leadership of Division One South after a brace from Carmelina Colangelo earned them a 2-1 victory over Derby County Community. Oadby & Wigston stay a point behind in second place following a 6-1 win against Thrapston Town, which included an Emma Aspinall double, Freya Gardner and Samantha Hargrave. Tyla-Asha Peters and Georgina Williams were the scorers for Ilkeston Town as they won 2-0 away to Corby Town.
Eastern Region League
Harlow Town returned to action with a victory, albeit a narrow one as they edged out Bedford Ladies by the odd goal in nine. Georgia Box bagged a hat-trick along with Tayla Handscombe and Amy Nash, whilst Natasha Fensome netted three but ended up on the losing side, Jasmine Ajayi adding the other. They stay six points ahead of Luton Town who defeated Wroxham 3-0. Mia Etheridge netted twice and Laura Nicholls the other as Wymondham Town won 3-1 at AFC Dunstable and Royston Town beat Bowers & Pitsea 4-0 thanks to Rebecca Vass (2), Becki Ingram and Charlotte South.
Cambridge City Development have restored their lead of four points in Division One North after Carla Penny (2) and Isabella Simmons gave them a 3-2 win away to East Bergholt Utd. Poppy Kelly scored twice along with Amie Flack, Alison Wright and an own goal as Histon won 5-2 against Needham Market and AFC Sudbury stormed to a 9-1 victory over Gorleston, Rebecca Stephenson hitting a hat-trick whilst Charlene Roach-Smith (2), Evie Creaton, Phoebe Gulver, Georgia Thorpe and Daisy Woodward also got on the scoresheet.
Millwall Lionesses kept hold of top spot in Division One South on goal difference following a fourteen goal blast against Hoddesdon Town Owls. Molly Hawkins and Millie Connell netted five and four times respectively and Shannan Drewe scored a hat-trick, with Sian Fitzpatrick, Kaitlyn Lewis, Daniella Correa Colorado and Matilde Strocchi rounding off the scoring. Leigh Ramblers stayed level on points with Millwall as Rebecca Dalgarno, Georgia Holdaway, Kate Newton and Paige White gave them a 4-1 win away to Stevenage Women Development. Hutton meanwhile stepped up their title challenge by beating Lawford 5-0 thanks to Vicky Kinsman (2), Abigail Fry, Lauren Knight and Clare Edmondson.
Peterborough Northern Star have reached the semi finals of the League Cup after beating Colney Heath 4-2. Leah Cudone led the scoring with a hat-trick and Cassie Steward was also on target, with Samaira Khan and Christina Freestone replying.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers stay on course for a potential league and cup 'double', reaching the League Cup Final with a 6-1 victory over Whyteleafe. Amelia Cutler and Tiffany Skinner each scored twice, with Kasha Petit and Chloe Sampson adding the others for Rangers who now face Dartford.
In the league, the three matches played all ended with honours even! The most entertaining of which was at Ashford Town (Middlesex) where the home team finished level at 5-5 with Fulham. Ashley Cheatley hit a hat-trick for Ashford along with Charmaine Benham and Lavana Neufville whilst Katie Foster scored three times in reply, Rachel Woodland also finding the net with an own goal completing their tally. Beth Hulme was on target as Aylesford picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Dartford, who scored through Shauni Griffiths, whilst the meeting between Eastbourne Town and Denham Utd ended goalless.
North East League
Farsley Celtic recovered from their first defeat of the season seven days earlier to beat York City 5-1 and move level on points with Farsley Celtic. Ellie Casper netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jordan Cheetham, Rachael White and Shirley Murphy. Courtney Dack, Jessica Havelock and Emma Hewett were all on target as Wallsend Boys Club won 3-0 at South Shields, and Ossett Utd edged out Redcar Town 2-1, Alayna Millard and Emily Starkie scoring their goals and Jess Riund replying.
The two horse race intensified in the Northern Division as both teams maintained their 100% records. Kay Mills and Alex Ross were the markswomen for Sunderland West End as they won 2-1 at Blyth Town to keep themselves twelve points ahead of Alnwick Town who beat Chester-le-Street Town Development 1-0 with a strike from Caitlin Black.
In the Southern Division, Sheffield Wednesday's late sprint has taken them to the brink of the league title, they now require one more win after beating Harrogate Railway 5-0. Sophie Eyre and Jessica Morrison each netted twice for Wednesday, with Phoebe Davis adding the other. Emily Heckler (2) and Chloe Harrison were the scorers as Wakefield Trinity defeated Hepworth Utd 3-2. Tamryn Dunlop, Jodie Langstaff and Victoria Stonehouse all netted for York RI in their 3-3 draw with Altofts Ladies, who scored through Olivia Ratcliffe, Natalie Riley and Nicola Smith.
North West League
Curzon Ashton caused a surprise in the Argyle Sports League Cup as they ran out 3-0 winners over Premier Division side Merseyrail Ladies. Crewe Alexandra also progressed after scoring five times without reply past Carlisle Utd. Blackpool won 5-2 against Warrington Wolverines and Salford City Lionesses notched up a 7-0 success away to Penwortham Town.
FC United of Manchester defeated Mossley Hill 6-2 to keep themselves one point ahead of Tranmere Rovers, 3-0 victors at Morecambe, at the top of the Premier Division. Fleetwood Town Wrens meanwhile leapfrogged Manchester Stingers into fourth place after winning their meeting 4-2. The bottom two teams in the table met each other and a 6-0 victory for West Didsbury & Chorlton has put them ten points ahead of Sir Tom Finney.
Northwich Vixens are back in the top half of the Southern Division after scoring nine times without reply against Liverpool Feds Res. West Kirby stay level on points with Northwich in mid-table as they also won, beating Wythenshawe Amateurs 3-0.
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division despite going down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Callington Town. Chloe Williams and Gabi Alphous were the scorers for Callington, with Holly Miller replying. Portishead Town returned to league action with a 4-1 victory over Middlezoy Rovers, which leaves them three points off the pace. Ruby Lowe was on target twice along with Emily Lindsey and Nathalie Zajaczkowski, whilst Middlezoy's consolation came from Freya Gudge. Torquay Utd meanwhile registered their first league victory of the season at the fifteenth attempt. Nikki May netted twice as they won 2-1 away to Keynsham Town Development, whose reply came from Rhianna Ben-Carew.
Almondsbury are back on top of the Northern Division after scoring seven times without reply past Weston-super-Mare. Sophie Cooper scored a hat-trick and Maddie Wood contributed a brace, with one apiece from Jess Bessell and Emma Summerill. Previous leaders Cheltenham Town Development went down to a 2-1 defeat to in-form Weston Mendip, whose goals came from Natasha Crew and Jennie Habbits.
Eastern Division leaders Sherborne Town suffered their first defeat of the season, 2-1 against Swindon Town Development whose goals were scored by Natalie Goodright and Victoria Taylor. Swindon Spitfires have gone level on points with Sherborne, Sophie Mitchell and Claire Moreton were their markswomen as they won 2-1 over Pen Mill, whose consolation came from Alisha Barker.
Bristol Ladies Union swept into the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup with an astonishing 12-1 victory against Plymouth Argyle Development. Henna Butcher and Stella Gandee-Morgan both scored hat-tricks and there were two goals apiece from triplet sisters Hannah, Madison and Sophie Price. Union will play Weston Mendip in the last four.
Southern Region League
The top two in the Premier Division did not score on Sunday and Abingdon Utd missed an opportunity to take over the leadership as they were beaten 1-0 by Oxford City. Samantha Jackson netted twice and Chante Inniss added the other as Wycombe Wanderers won 3-1 against Winchester City Flyers and Warsash Wasps lifted themselves off the bottom as they edged out Woodley Utd by the odd goal in nine, Beth Norman hitting a hat-trick along with Danielle Cheyney and Emily Marsland. Rosie Page-Smith scored three times and Mollie Haines the other for Woodley.
Elisha Cox scored twice and Megan Crawford added the other as Abingdon Town defeated Southampton Women Res 3-0 to main their Division One lead of seven points from Eastleigh who also won 3-0 against Wycombe Wanderers Development thanks to Emma Simpson, Leah Shave and Samantha Hide. Abbey Rangers meanwhile triumphed 4-2 away to New Milton Town, Laura Hobbs was on target twice along with Beth Easterman and Isobel Saunders.
West Midlands League
Redditch Utd edged out Crusaders by the odd goal in seven to stay six points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Jessica Lippiatt netted twice for Redditch along with Annie Highway and Cheyanne Jarvis. Leek Town had a much more convincing victory against Knowle to keep up the chase in second place, spearheaded by a six-goal haul from Chantelle Gallagher. Katie Gibbons weighed in with a further four and the tally was completed by Michaela Lockett (2), Olivia Mountford (2), Alana Copeland and Lacey-May Smith. Laura Smith scored a hat-trick for Solihull Ladies Utd as they beat Coventry Sphinx 3-2 to go third, whilst Tara Harrison and Natasha Lawrence gave Kidsgrove Athletic a 2-1 success away to Lye Town. Kaileigh Pahnke was on target for Stockingford AA Pavilion in their 1-1 draw with Coundon Court, who replied through Claudia Latchford.
Sandwell Ladies are the new leaders of Division One North after Rachel Green (2), Siobhan Hodgetts, Katie Adams and Rachael Neal gave them a 5-2 victory over Solihull Sporting. Emma Henderson and Rebecca Keyte scored the goals of Stoke City Development as they drew 2-2 with Shifnal Town, for whom Rebecca-Lee Bown netted twice, and a late goal from Meg Baldwin gave Port Vale a 1-0 win away to Sutton Coldfield Town Royals.
The top two were not in action in Division One South but Cookley Sports were able to make up ground in third as they won 2-1 at Coventry City, whilst Katherine Christopher netted both goals as Kingfisher beat Rugby Town 2-1.
Kidderminster Harriers are through to the Division One South Cup Final after a goal each from Bailey-Raine Hodge, Alex Nicklin, Katie Priest and Kirsty Roberts gave them a 4-1 victory over Droitwich Spa, whose consolation came from Chloe Barrett.
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