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Lewes have had a good seven days, recording successive 1-0 victories over Portsmouth and Crystal Palace to lift themselves into the top three in the Southern Division.
We talked to Lewes midfielder Danielle Lane, scorer of the winning goal against Crystal Palace, scorer of the winning goal against Crystal Palace, and she was understandably delighted with the team's recent progress following an opening day defeat, as well as setting her sights high for the team this season:
WSS: It's been a good week for Lewes, how pleased has everyone been with the wins over Portsmouth and Crystal Palace?
DL: It's been a very good week! The team is in a really happy place with winning three hard games in a row. It just shows that our hard training is paying off on the pitch. We hope to continue our run against a tough Chichester team on Sunday.
WSS: Both wins were achieved by late goals, do you think they were just reward for your performances?
DL: I think the late goals show our strength through our physical fitness and also our mental fitness to keep going and not switch off. To get a the late goals were a massive reward and in my eyes, fully deserved.
WSS: After the disappointment of the opening game against Charlton, what has the team learned since then?
DL: We haven't dwelled too much on the result. We learnt that we need to stay focused and not let that one result overshadow our season.
WSS: The club made a number of new signings during the summer, do you feel that the side is gelling together well now?
DL: Yeah, we have quite a few new faces in the team this year. It always take a little bit of time to gel but I think we have all started to understand each other's strengths and that is now showing out on the pitch.
WSS: This week you face another local derby against Chichester City who are in good form, what sort of test are you expecting there?
DL: Chichester have had some good results lately so we know they are going to be a tough challenge. It could be considered a local derby so I think it will be a very physical game and another tight encounter.
WSS: The news about equal pay with the men and Equality FC brought the club a lot of publicity during the summer, presumably that was great news for the team and is bringing its rewards?
DL: It's always great for your club to get on the map. It's good to know that the women's team is respected as much as the men and have the same facilities and treatment.
WSS: What realistically would represent a good season for Lewes in your opinion?
DL: The aim is always to place higher than last season so if we do that, then yes it would be good, but with the way things are going we want to push the top teams and be in contention for the league. We won silverware last year in the Plate so we want to progress further in the League Cup this year and improve on our FA Cup run too.
Our thanks to Danielle!
Photo: James Boyes @Gingeraction
Middlesbrough have gone to the top of the Northern Division after beating Guiseley Vixens 3-1. Holly Manders, Emily Scarr and Leonie Hutchinson scored with Chantelle O'Hara replying. 'Boro lead by two points from Huddersfield Town who drew 2-2 with Bradford City, who went into a two-goal lead through Charlotte Stuart and Ellie White before Sarah Danby and Britanny Sanderson earned Huddersfield a point. Andi Bell was on target for Derby County in their 1-1 draw with Leicester City Women, who netted a late equaliser through Sophie Domingo. Stoke City are up into the top half following their 3-1 victory over previously unbeaten Nottingham Forest. Cassie Hyde, Kate Asher and Louise Roberts were all on target while Forest's consolation came from Kelly Darby. West Bromwich Albion won for the first time, 4-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nicole Dale, Gina Burton, Brodie Vincze and Leanne Mitchell all scored for Albion, with Leanne Robinson and Jade Cross replying.
Charlton Athletic extended their lead in the Southern Division to five points by winning 6-0 away to West Ham Utd. Charley Clifford bagged a brace and there was one apiece from Nicole Pepper, Kit Graham, Georgia Griffin and Emma Sherwood. C & K Basildon complete the top three following their 3-1 success at Gillingham, given to them by Jay Blackie, Danica Revell and April Bowers. Lewes maintained their good form by beating Crystal Palace 1-0, Danielle Lane scoring with ten minutes remaining to inflict a first defeat on their opponents. The South Coast meeting between Portsmouth and Chichester City finished level at 2-2, Chichester going two goals ahead through Charley Wilson-Blakely and Cherelle Khassal before Shannon Albuery and Molly Clark hit back for Pompey. Cardiff City Ladies are off the mark, they ran out 4-1 winners over Swindon Town.
Hull City remain one point ahead in Northern Division One following their 5-1 victory over Leeds Utd. Rebecca Beech, Sophie Stamp, Ellie Tanser, Katie Thompson and Jo Symington all netted a goal apiece, with Leeds' consolation coming from Matina Petrova. Carla Lee (2), Rosie Kinvig and Nicole Johnston were all on target as Liverpool Marshalls Feds defeated Mossley Hill 4-0 to remain in second, just ahead of Brighouse Town who were 3-0 winners away to Barnsley. Emma Dobson bagged a brace for Brighouse, with Aimi Beresford adding the other. Morecambe meanwhile maintained their promising start by winning at Chorley, Emma Kay scoring the only goal of the game, Chester-le-Street Town notched up their first win, 3-2 against Newcastle Utd thanks to Nichole Goundry-Havery, Maddy Atkinson and an own goal. Beth Gardener and Siobhan Jones were on the scoresheet for Newcastle.
It's five out of five for Solihull Moors at the top of Midlands Division One, they won 5-0 away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies with Lois Jefferies (2), Ashlea Hargreaves, Samantha White and Phillippa Harmison on target. Loughborough Foxes stay two points behind after an Eva Rogers double, Chloe Young and Harriet Simes gave them a 4-0 success at Leicester City Ladies. Kim Bebbington netted both goals as TNS Ladies won 2-0 against Sporting Khalsa to keep up their 100% record, as did Burton Albion by beating Long Eaton Utd 2-1 courtesy of a Jordan Atkin brace. Sheffield Utd replaced local rivals Steel City Wanderers in fifth after beating them 5-1, Nat Shaw hitting a hat-trick along with Tania Marsden and Millie Kenyon, whilst the Steels' consolation came from Sarah Middleton. Linnea Kremer and Ellie Readman each netted twice, Alice Kempski adding the other to seal Radcliffe Olympic's first league victory of the season, 5-1 against Rotherham Utd who replied through Amy Booth.
There was a change of leadership in South East Division One with AFC Wimbledon beating previous table toppers Actonians Ladies 3-0. Becky Sargent, Kelly-Jade Whelan and Katie Stanley scored the goals to take the Dons to the summit for the first time this season. Ipswich Town had led for a day following their 5-0 success at Norwich City and are now in second, on goal difference from Milton Keynes Dons who won 1-0 against Cambridge Utd with a strike from Alice Hughes. Stevenage Ladies' improving run of form continued as they beat Enfield Town 3-0, goals from Amy Makewell (2) and Donna McGuigan taking their side up into mid-table.
Keynsham Town have moved into second place in South West Division One with a hard fought 2-1 victory away to Brislington. Kerry Bartlett netted a goal in each half with Jodie Arkell replying for the home side. Southampton Women notched up their second straight win, scoring five times without reply away to Poole Town. Jane Yeates and Emma Pinner each scored twice and Sheree Bell-Jack scored the other goal. Maidenhead Utd meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw with Basingstoke Town, who netted through Charlotte Hull and Helen Ogle.
East Midlands League
Following Sunday's matches in the Premier Division, nine of the twelve teams are on three points after two more got themselves off the mark with victories. A goal midway through the second half from Jodie Ellis gave Arnold Town the points against Ollerton Town, who would have moved into top position with a draw, and Mansfield Hosiery Mills were 2-0 winners in their local derby against Mansfield Town, thanks to a double strike in the last ten minutes from Beth Wilcockson.
Calverton MW are the leaders of Division One North following their 3-0 success away to Arnold Town Development. Demi-Leigh Crofts netted a goal in each half and Hayley Brown was also on target. Woodlands Ladies went second, ahead of Sleaford Town, after beating them 4-2, Emily Foss hit a hat-trick and Chloe Scott added the other. Teversal kicked off their season with a 6-2 victory over Clifton, Amy Wainwright leading the scoring with a four-goal haul along with Lauren Toon and Kate Pawlitta. Natalie Aird and Scarlet Woods gave Grimsby Borough a 2-1 win away to Draycott Victoria and Hykeham Town defeated Market Warsop 3-0 thanks to Kirsty Dalsell (2) and Amy Blinkhorn.
Emma Dunmore was on target four times as Northampton Town preserved their lead of three points in Division One South by beating Heather LFC 9-0. Georgia Tear added a double and there was one apiece from Georgina Powell, Leah Stacey and Naomi Dauncey. Corby Town won 7-1 at Desford to go second, Nicole Coull scoring a hat-trick along with Nicole Andrejczuk (2), Laura Dodwell and Stacey McConville. Ella Needham and Analice Wilkes each bagged braces as Cosby Utd defeated Corby S & L 4-2, meanwhile Nikki Lidgett and Sophie Tew were the markswomen for Oadby & Wigston Dynamo in their 2-0 success at AFC Leicester. Hannah Pendred was another hat-trick scorer for Thrapston Town as they beat Loughborough Foxes Vixens 6-2, she was joined on the scoresheet by Natalie Halliday and Briony Cox along with an own goal.
Eastern Region League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Lowestoft Town winning 3-2 away to Colchester Town. A hat-trick from Hannah Waters earned Lowestoft the points, with Colchester replying through Nancy Butler and Millie Wilding.
In Division One North, Histon took over at the top of the table after a 2-1 victory at Silver End Utd, thanks to goals from Sophie Hopkin and Alison Wright. Jess Taylor-Allum, Melissa Stickland and Michelle Taylor-Allum were all on the scoresheet as Ipswich Wanderers defeated Ipswich Town Development 3-1 in the other game.
Hoddesdon Town Owls meanwhile got themselves off the mark in Division One South, courtesy of a 2-1 success at Hertford Town. Charley Handley and Kristina O'Connell netted Hoddesdon's goals, with Donna Watts replying.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps have taken over the pace after recording their third straight victory, 7-2 against Fulham FC Foundation. Lauren Callaghan was on target twice for Crawley along with Naomi Cole, Suzy Davis, Rosanne Fine, Holly Walker and Faye Rabson, with Michaela Gooden and Adrianna Lipowska netting Fulham's goals. AFC Phoenix meanwhile defeated Watford Development 12-1, Christy Haragan bagging a four-goal haul and Saskia Philp weighing in with a hat-trick, and there was one each from Natalia Mann, Lucy Monkman, Brittany Saylor, Michaella Williams and Kasey Kelm.
North East League
The first match of the season was played in the Premier Division on Sunday following weeks of League and F.A.Cup action, and it resulted in an emphatic win for Durham Cestria over Castleford White Rose. Molly Holder led the scoring with a four-goal haul whilst Sophie Hodgson hit a hat-trick, Nicola Gibson weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Jen Jennings, Nicola Worthington and Lauren Jordinson.
Newly promoted Consett Ladies opened up their Northern Division campaign with a 4-2 victory over Blyth Lions. Nicole McEvoy, Stephanie Curry, Beth Wilson and Olivia Bruce were all on target for Consett, Rebecca Henry scoring both of Blyth's goals. Kay Mills was on the scoresheet for Boldon CA Villa in their 1-1 draw with Boro Rangers, who replied through Kim Robinson.
Caroline Hulme scored a hat-trick as Harrogate Town defeated Ossett Albion in the Southern Division. Hannah Stephenson (2), Grace Adams and Matilda Salter added the other goals, while Nicola Swift and Chloe Denton responded for the home side. Demi Thomas and Amy Thompson each netted twice for Malet Lambert YC as they won 4-3 away to Swallownest Beighton.
North West League
No matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday but in Division One North, there was action with leaders Leigh RMI being held to a 2-2 draw by Preston North End, who registered their first point of the season. In the other game, Cammell Laird were 3-2 winners at Burscough Dynamo and are up into third place.
In Division One South, Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res defeated Stockport County Blues to go level on points with leaders Curzon Ashton, who did not play. Warrington Wolverines beat Northwich Vixens 5-1 to register their first points of the season as did Crewe Alexandra Development with a 2-1 success away to City of Liverpool.
South West League
Middlezoy Rovers have got off to a good start in the Premier Division and they head the table by three points following a 2-1 victory over reigning Champions Yeovil Town Intermediate. Anusia Rourke netted both goals against her former club, whose consolation came from Hattie King. Charlestown meanwhile opened up their season by beating AEK Boco 2-1, Amber Hadrill and Monica Lewis scoring their goals with Sasha Ferris replying.
Portishead Town continue to set the early pace in the Eastern Division after an impressive first half display saw them to a 5-0 victory at Oldland Abbotonians. All the goals came before half time, Hannah Thornton netting twice along with Imogen Fisher, Emily Lindsey and Michelle Venton. Royal Wootton Bassett Town stormed to a 9-3 win over Swindon Spitfires in which Robyn Levett and Beth Westlake both hit hat-tricks along with Hayley Huckin (2) and Laura Jefferies. Almondsbury complete a trio of clubs on six points after they defeated Frome Town 3-0, Faye Gilbert, Rhianne Oakley and Lydia Staley scoring their goals. Natasha Hale scored twice and Ellie Oritt the other for Team Mendip as they beat St Nicholas Res 3-1 and Swindon Town Development were 6-1 winners over Cheltenham Civil Service.
Alphington have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the Western Division after a 3-0 win away to Bideford Town. Kirsty Brown, Laura Burwood and Sophie-Louise Simpson scored the goals for Alphington. Katherine Bryant (2), Sarah Badham, Leanne Stanbury and Clare Badham were on target as Bude Town defeated Activate 5-2 and Exeter & Tedburn Rangers were 2-1 victors over Plympton Ladies thanks to Sam Burnham and Becky Folds.
Southern Region League
One match was played in the Premier Division over the weekend, Milton Keynes City battling out a 2-2 draw with Newbury Ladies, a result which moves City into pole position. Newbury twice took the lead through Amie Barnard and Ellie Reed, with MK hitting back on each occasion with equalisers from Laura Geyton and Natalie Keefe.
Barton Rovers are the early pacesetters in Division One North, they defeated Wokingham & Emmbrook 3-2 thanks to Rachel Allwright (2) and Jade Scott. Rosie Page-Smith and Mollie Haines were on the scoresheet as Woodley Utd won 2-0 against Wargrave Ladies.
Southampton Women Res bounced back from an opening defeat to score thirteen times past Fleet Town in Division One South. Tia Bramble was on target six times along with Cassie Thorp, Chelsie Hay, Kirsty Bell, Marie Clarke, Paris Payne and Olivia Channon plus an own goal.
West Midlands League
Early Premier Division leaders Stockingford AA Pavilion were held to a 2-2 draw by Knowle, for whom Tyler Davison scored both goals. Hannah Morris and Catherine Smith were on target for Stockingford who head the table by a single point. Candice Francis hit a hat-trick along with Lauri Alexander, Stephanie Crichton, Fay Large, Rachel Green and Demi Walker for Wolverhampton Sporting in their 8-1 victory over Leamington Lions and Kingshurst Sporting Club beat Coundon Court 5-3, thanks to a Perrie Craythorne hat-trick, Laverne Robb and Laura Whitehouse.
In Division One North, Wyrley Ladies are in top spot after Laura Cumberledge, Rachel Cumberledge and Emily Quimby gave them a 3-0 win away to Tamworth. Sutton Coldfield Town opened up with a 5-1 win over Florence, Tiara Hemans (2), Cheyanne Jarvis (2) and Elizabeth Smart scoring, and Cara Wall bagged a hat-trick for Shrewsbury Juniors as they beat Atherstone Rangers 6-1, Verity Farrell (2) and Jamie Phillips adding the others.
Droitwich Spa continued their fine start in Division One South, making it three straight wins when defeating Rugby Town 3-1 with goals from Katie Armento, April Polden and Nicola Gregg. They lead by three points from Solihull Utd, for whom a Hayley Wilford brace and Saddiqa Shah earned a 3-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers. Solihull Sporting meanwhile beat Coventry Development 6-1, Michelle Anderson and Kerry Woodall each scoring twice along with Katie Schofield and Molly Shaw.
Huddersfield Town are still leading the way in the fledgling Northern Division table after scoring ten times without reply past Brighouse Town. Ella Harris led the scoring with a six-goal haul, Amy Broomhead weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Jodie Hunter and Beth Allen. Blackburn Rovers keep pace with them after Ellie Doggett (2), Alex Taylor (2), Kayleigh McDonald (2), Georgia Stevens, Hannah Walsh, Megan Taylor and Leanne Prescott gave them a 10-1 victory over Hull City. Newcastle Utd are a third team on six points; they beat Sheffield Utd 7-0, Siobhan Jones hitting a hat-trick along with Abbie Gilchrist (2), Christina Deverdics and Imogen Longcake. Ellie Gutcher scored twice and Harriet Dryden the other for Middlesbrough as they notched up a second win, 3-1 against Bradford City, and Bolton Wanderers defeated Leeds Utd 2-1 thanks to a Naomi Greene double.
Stoke City kept up their good start in the Midland Division by beating West Bromwich Albion 6-0, Abbie Iddenden and Beth Roberts each netting twice along with Sophie Taylor and Freya Tan. Loughborough Foxes also defeated Burton Albion by the same scoreline, courtesy of doubles from Laura Dexter, Tiana Hicks and Libbie-Mae Taylor. Coventry Utd completed a trio of teams level on points at the top after Amber Downs (2), Lauren Garner, Jade Mellor and Ellie White gave them a 5-1 victory over Sporting Khalsa. Long Eaton Utd belatedly started their season in style with a 9-3 success away to TNS Ladies, Viki Adam leading the way with a six-goal haul and the others came from Alyss-Anya Hill (2) and Gracie Burrows. Kim Farrow (2), Moriah McIntosh and Morgan Bird saw Leicester City Women to a 4-0 win against Derby County and Cardiff City Ladies won for the first time, 5-3 at Nottingham Forest thanks to Kate Bennett, Daisy Evan-Watkins, Monet Legall, Laura Williams and Zoe Atkins.
Portsmouth are setting the early pace in the Southern Division following their 3-1 victory over Lewes, their markswomen were Eshe Johnson, Jade Simmons and Charmaine True. West Ham Utd netted eleven times without reply past Queen's Park Rangers in their opening game, Julie Meifald netting four times and Whitney Locke contributing a hat-trick along with Belle Shannon (2), Portia Walker and an own goal. Lily Mellors' hat-trick, Eliza Diaz and Karissa Rodney saw C & K Basildon to a 5-1 win at Milton Keynes Dons and Charlton Athletic defeated Crystal Palace 4-1with goals from Maisie Joyce (2), Elizabeth O'Callaghan and Emma Sherwood.
Newmarket Town knocked out Eastern Region League side King's Lynn Town, 4-3 after extra time.
The Cambridgeshire League side will be up against a team from the same league next, Wymondham Town who beat St Ives Town 7-1 courtesy of a Laura Wiseman hat-trick, Beth Fretwell, Kayleigh Holloway, Mollie O'Callaghan and Laura Nicholls.
Godalming Town are another County League side through, goals from Toni West, Rebecca Munro and Lauren Carnell giving them a 3-2 victory over Eastbourne Ladies and they are now at home to Haringey Borough. Ashford Town (Middx) ran out 12-1 winners against Benson Lionesses, Ashley Cheatley netting seven times along with Lavana Neufville (2), Charmaine Benham, Laura Huse and Hannah Pearson, they have been paired with London Kent Football Utd, for whom Emily Hart (2) and Laura Susarta scored in their 3-2 success at Meridian.
Alnwick Town are through to the Third Round Qualifying as they kept up their run by beating Redcar Town 1-0. A second half penalty from Georgia Thompson gave Alnwick the win and they now face Premier League opposition in the form of Rotherham Utd. Carlisle Utd made the trip east to Cramlington Utd and ran out 7-1 winners, sealing themselves a plum tie against Newcastle Utd.
Farsley Celtic got the better of Worksop Town with a 5-3 victory and this has landed them with a home tie against Hartlepool Utd, who scored nine times without reply past St Cuthbert's Ladies. Caitlin Bates and Nicky Duckling each hit hat-tricks with Jenni Duffy-Smith (2) and Sarah Bartlett also on target. Burnley Girls & Ladies meanwhile were narrow 4-3 winners over Merseyrail Bootle and they face a tie against Wigan Athletic, who edged out FC United of Manchester by the only goal of the game.
West Didsbury & Chorlton squeezed through on penalties against Blackpool after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw and they will be at home in the next round against MSB Woolton, who had a smoother passage in beating Manchester Stingers 6-0. Francisca Boafa, Emma Catterall, Julia Hogan and Sophie Parrish scored the goals as Wakefield won 4-3 against Harworth Colliery and they now travel to Brighouse Town.
Altofts Ladies won a tightly contested tie against Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 after extra time and they have been rewarded with a tie at home to Chorley. Hollie Betts, Chloe Harrison, Rachel Pritchard and Laura Pylypiuk all scored for Altofts, with Stacey Buxton, Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck and Emma Otley replying. South Shields won 6-1 at Bishop Auckland, Paige Lester and Sophie Halliday each scoring twice along with Elizabeth Fraser and Nina Garthwaite to set up a meeting with Norton & Stockton Ancients, 3-2 extra time winners over Penrith AFC thanks to Victoria Hutchinson, Jessica White and Sian Williams. CMB Ladies meanwhile defeated Tranmere Rovers 2-1 and they find themselves up against last season's North West League Champions Bolton Wanderers.
Redditch Utd won 5-1 against Goldenhill Wanderers and they will be home again in the next round to Premier League side Solihull Moors. Lye Town meanwhile came away from Leafield Athletic with a 2-1 victory under their belts and they must travel to Sporting Khalsa.
Shrewsbury Town earned themselves a tie against TNS Ladies, thanks to a 5-2 win over Leek Town, meanwhile Eastwood Town defeated Rise Park 4-0 and will face Coventry Sphinx, 8-2 victors away to Worcester Utd. Bedworth Utd needed extra time before securing a 2-0 win against Gornal Ladies and their reward is a home tie with Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies.
Nettleham were another team to emerge victorious after extra time, 3-2 against Leicester City WFC Development, this has earned them a trip to Burton Albion. Loughborough Students defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 6-3 and they are now at home to Brereton Town, who beat Crusaders 2-1.
Cambridge City won 5-2 against Kettering Town with a goal apiece from Stacey Fullicks, Charlotte Gillies, Emily Reed, Lauren Tomlinson and Sarah Mosley and their reward is another home tie against Ipswich Town. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile emerged as 4-2 winners from their derby tie against Peterborough Utd and they now face Acle Utd. Harlow Town will take on Denham Utd following their 3-2 win against Bungay Town in which Chloe Bassett (2) and Nicole Learner scored.
Semma Halil hit a hat-trick with Mia Etheridge (2), Megan Partridge (2) and Stacey Teager also on the scoresheet as AFC Sudbury won 8-1 at Frontiers to book themselves a tie with Enfield Town. AFC Dunstable ran out 7-1 winners over Bishop's Stortford, Charlene Moreton bagging herself a five-goal haul along with a Danielle Carty brace and they now play Eastbourne Town, 5-2 victors against Aylesford thanks to a Chloe Farrell hat-trick, Catherine Hyland and Stefania Paci.
Morgan Lockowitz and Samantha Osbourne scored the goals as New London Lionesses beat Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-0 and their next opponents will be Parkwood Rangers who won 3-1 at Herne Bay with strikes from Jade Whiteman (2) and Emily Vaughan.
Billericay Town won 3-2 at Brentwood Town and now go to Leyton Orient, Lindsey Morgan (2) and Kirsty Knight were on target. Bedford Ladies scored twelve times without reply against Hemel Hempstead, they now take on Royston Town who beat Colney Heath 4-0 courtesy of doubles from Erin Davies and Becky Shephard. Hassocks meanwhile defeated Margate 5-1 and will be up against Stevenage Ladies.
Chesham Utd won 2-0 at Ascot Utd and face Whyteleafe, 6-0 victors over Burgess Hill Town, Danielle Johnson netting twice along with Katie Kingshott, Giorgia Dunne, Olivia Woolacott and Rachel Innes. Hannah Chaffey hit a hat-trick for Winchester City Flyers in their 5-1 victory over Warsash Wasps, Georgina Axton and Louisa Castle adding the others to seal a tie with Southampton Women.
New Milton Town staged a remarkable comeback from 4-1 down with twenty minutes remaining to beat Downend Flyers 5-4. Katie Norman led the recovery with a hat-trick and the others came from Nicole Power and Olivia Watts, earning their side a meeting with Buckland Athletic.
Sian Chapman scored the only goal of the game as Torquay Utd won against AFC Bournemouth and this has booked them a trip to Brislington. Forest Green Rovers beat Pen Mill 4-1, Kayla Garland netting twice along with Issy Newns and Ashleigh Watson, they now face Larkhall Athletic. FC Chippenham will host Basingstoke Town after Lily Withers and Caitlin Brooks gave them a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth Sports.
Godalming Town 3 Eastbourne Ladies 2 (aet)
Godalming Town, of the Greater London League Division One, reached the Third Round Qualifying of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a hard fought 3-2 extra time home victory over Eastbourne, of the South East Counties League Premier Division.
Twice pegged back in a very even opening 90 minutes, the Gs were able to find a third goal early in extra time and this time were able to protect the lead. An unusual feature of the contest was that all three Godalming goals came from left side corners, delivered with deadly effect by Megan Vincer.
Vincer had already threatened the Eastbourne goal twice before providing the delivery for Toni West to power home a commanding header on 15 minutes. Another corner, this time played short, led to a low cross flying just wide of Sian Crewe's goal.
Eastbourne played their way into the match as the half progressed with Charlotte Long a constant menace to the home defence. Twice in two minutes, the striker forced home keeper and skipper Kim Ketchell into good saves. Ketchell then turned a 30-yard effort from Jessica King over the bar as the visitors finished the half strongly, but just unable to find the leveller.
This situation was soon remedied within two minutes of the restart as a high ball from the left led to a scramble and Long got the final touch to send the ball inches over the line for the equaliser. Eastbourne then went very close to the lead on 49 minutes when Long hit the bar from close range after an initial shot had rebounded to her off the keeper.
Godalming's Steph Le powered a shot just over, then the hosts retook the lead on 63 minutes when Rebecca Munro seemed to get a final touch on another Vincer inswinging corner. The match. played with impressive commitment and pace throughout, was finely poised as a flurry of substitutions brought fresh legs to both teams.
Eastbourne substitute Katie Titmuss was denied by a fine save, whilst Godalming substitute Grace Merry saw a cross bounce to safety off the bar on 77 minutes. Within 60 seconds, Eastbourne were level. Long showed technique and bravery to beat keeper and defender to a through ball and slide the ball home off a post, taking a heavy knock in scoring.
Neither side could find a winner, although Rebecca Bloor twice went close for Godalming as did King for Eastbourne. However, within two minutes of the start of extra time, another substitute struck the winner. Eastbourne managed to clear a corner but only to the edge of the area where Lauren Carnell showed excellent technique to drive a hard low effort through a crowded area.
Right at the end of the first period it seemed that Long would notch her hat-trick and a third equaliser but a vital touch diverted her shot wide. Another half chance was saved by Ketchell early in the second period and Godalming saw out the remaining time very effectively to celebrate a very hard earned win.
Both teams contributed greatly to a match worthy of the best traditions of the competition, played hard but fair in a good spirit throughout the 120 minutes.
Kim Ketchell, Mairead Cheeseman, Hannah Davies, Jessica Winchester, Steph Le, Carys Potter, Megan Vincer, Rebecca Bloor, Rebecca Munro, Toni West, Laura Funnell. Subs: Megan Oliver, Charlotte Benson, Lauren Carnell, Grace Merry, Zoe Greener.
Sian Crewe, Leanne Hawkins, Victoria Ecclestone, Melissa Ferguson, Ella Newman, Jessica King, Ella Sutherland, Shantelle Omar, Charlotte Long, Charlotte Parendine, Elena South. Subs: Jade Thatcher, Katie Titmuss.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Steph Le slides in to tackle Melissa Ferguson
(middle) Jessica King is challenged by Hannah Davies
(bottom) Carys Potter tries to win the ball from Katie Titmuss
The Football Association has announced that Mark Sampson has left his position in charge of the England women's team.
The FA has issued the following statement on its website:
The Football Association can confirm that Mark Sampson's contract as England Women's head coach has been terminated with immediate effect.
Prior to taking charge of the national team in December 2013, Sampson was manager of Bristol Academy.
In 2014, safeguarding allegations were made against him about his time with Bristol Academy. The safeguarding assessment was that he did not pose a risk working in the game.
However, the full report of that investigation was only brought to the attention of the current FA leadership last week and it is our judgement that it revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by a coach.
It is on this basis that we have acted quickly to agree a termination of Sampson's contract.
In respect of investigations into specific allegations made by Eniola Aluko in 2016, The FA stands by the findings of the independent barrister Katharine Newton's investigation.
Sampson has denied all of the accusations put to him and no evidence of wrong-doing was found.
We will continue to support the independent investigation as it reviews the recent evidence presented to it and publish any new findings and recommendations.
Birmingham City Ladies Football Club has announced a three-year principal partnership deal with The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers through its brand, Maple Products from Quebec.
The agreement, which is the biggest sponsorship deal in Blues Ladies history, will see the Maple Products from Quebec logo adorned on the front of the First Team playing kit and replica shirts.
It's not their first involvement with Blues: Maple Products from Quebec sponsored the Ladies Regional Talent Club last season (RTC) and they are now stepping up their commitment not only to Blues but women's sports through this deal.
Maple Products from Quebec and Birmingham City are partnering to promote the nutritional benefits of pure Quebec maple syrup as a healthier alternative to processed sugars and other sweeteners.
The partnership aims to inspire girls and young women to take up sports activity and educate them about the importance of nutrition in sports and everyday life.
Pure Quebec maple syrup is a 100% natural, unprocessed product, packed with essential minerals and antioxidants vital for athletic performance, and simple carbohydrates that easily metabolise glucose and provide energy before, during and after exercise. It is also a vegan product.
To celebrate the partnership, the Ladies' first team have received special maple syrup products packs, which included a range of samples, recipe ideas and a bespoke maple cookbook created by the Federation's UK chef ambassador, David Colcombe.
The squad has also enjoyed an exclusive cooking session with Chef Colcombe at University College Birmingham (UCB), where they were introduced to maple products and learned how to incorporate them into their sporting diets.
Chris Brewerton, Business Development Manager at Birmingham City Football Club, said: "The partnership with Maple Products from Quebec is fantastic for the club. Through their partnership last season with the Ladies RTC the Federation have seen the wonderful potential of Ladies football and the fact that they are now branching out to be involved with the First Team shows their commitment and interest in a hugely positive part of Birmingham City Football Club.
"We are delighted to be working with Maple Products from Quebec and look forward to a very successful three-year partnership as together we build awareness about the nutritional benefits of maple syrup."
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers looks after the interests of more than 7,500 maple businesses in Quebec, Canada. Maple Products from Quebec has strong ties with sport as the official energy source of the Quebec Cycling Federation since 2015, and as a partner sponsor of two official events staged by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) each year in Canada.
Serge Beaulieu, President of the Federation, said: "Scientific studies have confirmed the wealth of maple syrup's nutritional benefits which have become very appealing to athletes across the UK and Canada. Sponsoring Birmingham City Ladies FC will provide a great opportunity to promote the message of maple in sport, and we look forward to working with the club over the next three years."
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England 6 (Parris 11, Taylor 13, Nobbs 36, Bronze 44, Duggan 57,84)
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England started their World Cup qualifying campaign with an emphatic victory over Russia at Prenton Park.
Four of the goals came from Merseyside-born players and the margin could well have been much greater but for a fine performance from Russian goalkeeper Tatyana Shcherbak which included a first half penalty save.
England went on the offensive from the start and were rewarded with eleven minutes on the clock, Fran Kirby's pass picking out Nikita Parris who steered a low shot inside the far post for the opener.
Before Russia could recover, the second goal came and Kirby was once again the provider, this time with a superb pass which released Jodie Taylor on goal and she slotted confidently past Shcherbak.
Ksenia Tsybutovich fired a free kick narrowly over at the other end but England had a great chance at the midway point when Kirby's shot was blocked by the arm of Tsybutovich and a penalty was awarded. The defender was shown a second yellow card and left the field but Kirby was unable to score from the spot, Shcherbak guessing the right way to make a save.
England did not stop pressing though against their depleted opponents and the third goal came when Kirby exchanged passes with Toni Duggan before finding Jordan Nobbs who took a touch before drilling home.
On the stroke of half time, a quickly taken corner ended with Kirby's cross being half cleared as far as Lucy Bronze who volleyed an unstoppable shot into the top corner to make it four.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with England seeking more goals and the next one came twelve minutes after the restart. Bronze played a one-two with Kirby as she burst forward into the area before cutting the ball across goal for Duggan to plant home a shot from eight yards.
England replaced their front three with Karen Carney, Ellen White and Izzy Christiansen, and went close to further extending their lead on a number of occasions but were denied by the overworked Shcherbak, who pulled off a string of saves.
However with six minutes remaining, a badly miscued clearance from Anna Kozhnikova dropped to the edge of the area where Duggan coolly sidefooted into the empty net.
Ekaterina Pantyukhina hit the bar in injury time for Russia but, in truth, they had looked a poor side all match and England could look back on a highly satisfying start to their group.
Siobhan Chamberlain, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Karen Carney 61mins), Jade Moore, Jodie Taylor (sub Ellen White 65mins), Fran Kirby (sub Izzy Christiansen 70mins), Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Laura Bassett, Carly Telford, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott.
Tatyana Shcherbak, Anna Kozhnikova, Anna Cholovyaga (sub Anna Belomyttseva 33mins), Nadezhda Smirnova, Ekaterina Sochneva (sub Ekaterina Pantyukhina 79mins), Elena Danilova, Marina Fedorova, Elvira Ziyastinova, Ksenia Tsybutovich, Kseniya Kovalenko, Elena Morozova. Subs not used: Tatiana Sheykina, Natalya Mashina, Irina Podshibyakina, Maria Galay, Alena Belyaeva.
Northern Division One
Hull City made a quick return to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over previous leaders Brighouse Town. A first half goal from Natasha Cooke gave Hull the points and brought an end to Brighouse's fifteen match unbeaten run.
Crewe Alexandra are still unbeaten in their opening three games and notched up their first victory on Sunday, a late goal by Laura Garner giving them a 1-0 success away to Mossley Hill and lifting them up to fifth place.
Barnsley meanwhile completed a good day for away teams as they edged out Leeds Utd by the odd goal in seven. Drew Greene netted twice for Barnsley along with Darcie Greene and Danielle Lowe, while Leeds replied through Rebecca Hunt, Carey Huegett and Liuli Dyson.
Midlands Division One
Solihull Moors have made an excellent start to the new season and their fourth straight win has taken them to the top for the very first time. Victoria Grieve, Lois Jefferies, Samantha White and Abbie Taylor all scored a goal apiece as Solihull ran out 4-1 winners over Leicester City Ladies, whose consolation came from Carmelina Colangelo.
Loughborough Foxes move up into second after beating Radcliffe Olympic 4-1. Charlotte Cooper bagged a brace for Loughborough with Becky Matlock and Lindsey Tugby adding the others, Rania Ramadan replying.
Steel City Wanderers made it two wins on the trot when they defeated Sporting Khalsa 2-0, courtesy of a goal in each half from Lucy Ridley.
Sheffield Utd recorded their first Premier League victory when scoring eleven times without reply past Rotherham Utd. Kim Brown led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tania Marsden weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Jodie Hartley, Sophie Bell, Nat Shaw, Evie Robinson, Alex Hickerman and Jennifer Pearson.
Birmingham & West Midlands were 1-0 winners away to Long Eaton Utd to get themselves off the mark for the season. Valene Izon settled matters with the only goal of the game, during the first half.
South East Division One
Actonians Ladies have regained the leadership with a 7-2 victory over Norwich City. Alessandra Barreca, Mariko Engels and Carla Williams each netted twice and Katrina Marshalleck was also on target, with Chelsea Garrett and Aimee Durrant replying.
Luton Town had opened the day as leaders but are back in second place after suffering a 4-1 reverse at the hands of AFC Wimbledon, who join them and Actonians on nine points. Caroline Bisson (2), Katie Stanley and Kelly-Jade Whelan were the markswomen to hand Wimbledon their third victory on the troy, while Luton's consolation came from Zara Carroll.
Leyton Orient moved into the top four by winning 2-0 away to previously unbeaten Ipswich Town. Both goals came during the first half, Lisa Holmbeck putting the O's in front and Chanel Richards adding the second just after the half hour.
Milton Keynes Dons are another team returning to form and they were 3-1 winners at Enfield Town. Amelia Hazard netted twice for the Dons, with Charly Wright adding the other.
Stevenage Ladies continued their improvement as they finished level at 1-1 with Cambridge Utd, who drew for the third time in four matches. Cara Breckenridge was on target for Stevenage, while Cambridge replied through Emma Jenkins.
Denham Utd climbed up into mid table with a 5-2 success away to Haringey Borough. Sophie Cheadle bagged a brace and there was one apiece from Jenny Banfield, Chontele Lawrence and Annie Hewitt.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle maintained their position as leaders on goal difference when they won 4-0 away to Maidenhead Utd. Katie Middleton put Argyle ahead midway through the first half and Natasha Knapman added a quickfire brace, before Zoe Cunningham added the fourth after the break.
Southampton Saints also made it four wins from four matches with a 1-0 success at Cheltenham Town. Libby O'Dell scored the only goal of the game shortly before half time, and Saints wrapped up the win by keeping their fourth successive clean sheet.
Keynsham Town remain three points behind after they defeated Poole Town 5-1. Kerry Bartlett, Michelle Munro, Justine Lorton, Katie Cook and Nadine Grogan all scored a goal apiece for Keynsham, whose goalkeeper Hannah Christer also saved a penalty, while Poole's consolation came from Samantha Gubb.
Basingstoke Town got off the mark for the season when sharing a 2-2 draw with Brislington. Polly Wardle gave Brislington a first half lead but after the break, Helen Ogle and Lizzie Laws looked to have given Basingstoke the points until Amy Jefferies grabbed a late equaliser.
St Nicholas and Larkhall Athletic each registered their first point of the campaign as they also shared four goals. The Larks raced into a two-goal first half lead, thanks to a double from Lizzie Barratt, before St Nicholas hit back after the break and two Rhian Robbins goals earned them a share of the spoils.
Scottish Champions Glasgow City have announced their return to Glasgow and to their former home of Petershill Park.
The ten in a row SWPL winners have played for the past three years at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, but took the recent decision to return to Petershill Park and will play their remaining SWPL fixtures at the north of Glasgow venue along with their UEFA Women's Champions League upcoming tie against Kazakhstan Champions BIIK-Kazygurt.
Commenting, Club Manager Laura Montgomery said: "To be honest, we never really wanted to leave Petershill, but at the time, the pitch no longer conformed to UEFA standards and we saw little benefit in playing Champions League games at one venue and our domestic games at another.
"The Excelsior is a terrific stadium, but as a Glasgow club, our preference is to be playing in our home City and Petershill now not only has a fantastic newly installed pitch surface it also has good transport links which helps fans attend matches. The smaller venue also helps build some of the best atmosphere the team has ever played in front of."
Montgomery will be hoping the club can return some memorable European nights at Petershill Park when they take on BIIK-Kazygurt in the last 32 of the Champions League on Thursday 12th October. Previous European matches at Petershill Park have sold out and the team have responded with some great performances.
Tickets are on sale now at glasgowcityfc.co.uk and are priced at £5 U16s and £10 adult.
Charlton Athletic have hit top spot in the Southern Division for the first time this season after running out 7-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers.
The Addicks led at the break through a solitary goal from Kim Dixson but in the second half, Kit Graham netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlotte Gurr, Ellie Dorey, Katie Flack and Hope Nash.
Crystal Palace remain unbeaten and are in second place, two points off the pace, after being held to a goalless draw by Coventry Utd who are back on track after two narrow defeats.
Gillingham complete the top three following their 5-0 success against Swindon Town, who are still looking for their first goal and points. Kallie Balfour kept up her good start to the season by scoring a hat-trick, and also on target for the Gills were Jenny Newman and Jade Keogh.
Lewes are steadily climbing the table and have moved into the top half with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. A tight match was settled with just two minutes remaining, when Rebecca Carter netted the only goal of the game for the Rookettes.
Chichester City are another team whose results are improving and they made it two wins in a row when beating West Ham Utd 4-0. Charley Wilson-Blakely bagged herself another two goals and Chi's other markswomen were Cherelle Khassel and Jade Widdows.
Huddersfield Town have regained the leadership of the Northern Division after winning 1-0 away to Derby County.
With Blackburn Rovers on County Cup duty, Huddersfield took the opportunity to climb back above them when Emily Heckler scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes into the second half.
Middlesbrough meanwhile made it three wins on the trot when beating West Bromwich Albion and this has taken them up to third. All of the goals came during the second half, Holly Manders opening the scoring seven minutes after the restart and 'Boro went on to seal the points thanks to Ellie Dobson, Leonie Hutchinson and Emma Foster.
A win would have taken Nottingham Forest to the top of the table but they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Leicester City Women, who now lie one place below them in fifth. Forest twice took the lead with goals from Samantha Conroy and Natasha Hudson but Leicester hit back on each occasion, earning themselves a share of the spoils courtesy of Natalie Johnson and Leigh Dugmore.
Guiseley Vixens claimed their first point of the season with a 3-3 draw against Stoke City. In a see-saw game at Nethermoor Park, Stoke took a first half lead through Ashleigh Hayes but Guiseley responded with a brace from Chantelle O'Hara which ensured they were in front at the break. Hayes then netted her second in the opening minute of the second half to level things up again and Hannah Keryakoplis scored what looked to be the winner for Stoke soon afterwards, until Alarna Fuller grabbed an equaliser for Guiseley deep into injury time.
The draw for the Third Round Qualifying of the SSE Women's FA Cup has been announced by the Football Association.
Ties are to be played on Sunday 8th October and the winning teams will receive £500 each:
Alnwick Town v Rotherham United
Farsley Celtic v Hartlepool United
Burnley v Wigan Athletic
West Didsbury & Chorlton v MSB Woolton
Brighouse Town v Wakefield
Altofts Ladies v Chorley
Chester-Le-Street Town v Barnsley
Crewe Alexandra v Hull City
South Shields v Norton & Stockton Ancients
CMB Ladies v Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Mossley Hill
Steel City Wanderers v Morecambe
Sheffield United v Leeds United
Newcastle United v Carlisle United
Redditch United v Solihull Moors
Sporting Khalsa v Lye Town
The New Saints v Shrewsbury Town
Eastwood Ladies v Coventry Sphinx
Long Eaton United v Leicester City Ladies
Bedworth United v Birmingham & West Midlands
Radcliffe Olympic v Loughborough Foxes
Loughborough Students v Brereton Town
Burton Albion v Nettleham
Milton Keynes Dons v Actonians
Cambridge City v Ipswich Town
Maidenhead United v Luton Town
Cambridge United v Norwich City
Peterborough Northern Star v Acle United
Harlow Town v Denham United
Wymondham Town v Newmarket Town
Enfield Town v AFC Sudbury
Godalming Town v Haringey Borough
Ashford Town (Middx) v London Kent Football United
AFC Dunstable v Eastbourne Town
New London Lionesses v Parkwood Rangers
Leyton Orient v Billericay Town
Hassocks v Stevenage
Bedford Ladies v Royston Town
Chesham United v Whyteleafe
AFC Wimbledon v Woodley United or Alton Ladies
Cheltenham Town v Southampton Saints
FC Chippenham v Basingstoke Town
Poole Town v Plymouth Argyle
St Nicholas v Keynsham Town
Downend Flyers v Buckland Athletic
Winchester City Flyers v Southampton Women
Forest Green Rovers v Larkhall Athletic
Brislington v Torquay United
Former Minot State University player, Chloe Melton has signed for Yeovil Town in the lead up to the green and whites opening match of the season.
The 23-year-old had a spell previously with Reading FC Women, before she moved to America.
Melton impressed manager Jamie Sherwood and fellow coaches Colin Staples and Ryan Moon during pre-season, enough to earn herself a place in the squad.
On signing, Melton said: "I am delighted to start the next chapter of my career with such a hard working and passionate team.
"It has always been my dream to play at the highest level of women's football and I am excited to have the opportunity to do so with such a great bunch of girls.
"I hope to achieve my ambitions and help drive the club to continue to develop and be successful. I am excited to grow as a player and as a team and I look forward to the challenges the upcoming season brings."
Manager Jamie Sherwood said: "Chloe has shown a great attitude since coming in. Her character and work ethic, is something which will be invaluable this coming season.
"She has a keen eye for goal and her athleticism will give us another option and an added dimension."
Yeovil have also signed Welsh international midfielder Georgia Evans following her departure from Bristol City last week. She was on the bench for Wales' 1-0 win in Kazakhstan over the weekend.
Kazakhstan 0 Wales 1 (Fishlock 54)
Wales got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start following a narrow victory over Kazakhstan in Astana.
Jessica Fishlock scored the winner ten minutes into the second half, capitalising on a poor punch from goalkeeper Oksana Zheleznyak before volleying the ball into an empty net from just outside the box.
The victory extended Wales' fine recent form in qualifying matches, with Jayne Ludlow's side having lost just once in their last seven competitive fixtures.
But the scoreline could have been greater as the visitors dominated for long periods at the Astana Arena, creating several good opportunities before securing victory.
Wales started the game on the front foot as both Kayleigh Green and Fishlock went close in the opening 20 minutes.
But they found Zheleznyak in good form, as the Kazakhstan stopper saved on two occasions, while at the other end the home side had a rare sight of goal when captain Begaim Kirgizbayeva forced a save from Laura O'Sullivan.
Wales finished the half strongly, however, as Rhiannon Roberts fired over inside the box and Green headed wide at the near post after good work from Fishlock.
Despite a goalless first period, it was the way that the visitors started the second half that eventually paved the way for victory.
With ten minutes played, a corner from the left wasn't properly cleared by the goalkeeper and as the ball fell to Fishlock just outside the box, the midfielder produced a sublime piece of skill to volley the ball back over the stranded group of players and into the net.
Again, the dominance in possession followed as Wales sought a second goal that would have ensured a far less frantic finale, as Kirgizbayeva went close to drawing the hosts level when her 25-yard effort just evaded the top corner.
But Ludlow's side held out to seal their first victory in qualifying ahead of next month's trip to Russia.
Kazakhstan: Oksana Zheleznyak, Aida Gaistenova (sub Anastassiya Vlassova 80mins), Bibigul Nurusheva, Shokhista Khojasheva, Begaim Kirgizbayeva, Yekaterina Krasyukova, Adilya Vyldanova (sub Zuleira Abisheva 60mins), Svetlana Bortnikova, Yuliya Nikolayenko (sub Yuliya Shiryayeva 65mins), Yekaterina Babshuk, Karina Zhumabaikyzy. Subs not used: Irina Sandalova, Asselkhan Turfybekova, Mariya Demidova, Valentina Penkova.
Wales: Lauren O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts (sub Charlie Estcourt 45mins), Natasha Harding, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Jessica Fishlock, Rachel Rowe, Hayley Ladd. Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Hannah Miles, Nadia Lawrence, Georgia Evans, Alice Griffiths, Elise Hughes.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
New Milton Town were pushed all the way by Frampton Rangers but managed to progress to the Second Round Qualifying with a 3-2 victory, thanks to a Tiffany Skinner brace and Olivia Jones. The Southern Region League side now take on Downend Flyers who defeated local rivals AEK Boco 9-0, Kate Michael and Alana Willson each hitting hat-tricks with Alice Baker, Rebecca Giles and Laura Tugwell completing the scoring.
Downend Flyers was formed by Sue Hiscox in September 1992 with just five girls at the very first training session. It has continued to expand over the years and they are now a charter standard club and run teams from Under-8s right through to the ladies. The success of the youth system is continuing to pay dividends as four of this season's squad have progressed from last year's Under-18 team. They are Mae Hawkins, Rebecca Giles, Ella Thresher and Chloe Morley.
The ladies' team plays in the South West Women's Football League. They won the Eastern Division title in 2011-12, along with the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, as well as the league and GFA Women's Cup double in previous seasons.
Manager is Shaun Fisher who has been at the club for many years, starting as manager and coach of an Under-10s team and continuing through each age group until stepping up to become the ladies' manager this year. Captain is Kate Michael who is also the longest serving player at the club starting her 12th season, having also spent two years at Under-10 level with the club.
New Milton Town (from):
Nicole Power, Lottie Napier, Rhianna Fallon, Victoria Wardle, Lucy Cuff, Bec Ingram, Michelle Keehan, Hollie Lemon, Holly Sandiford, Caitlin Steele, Tiff Skinner, Olivia Watts, Jess Marshallsay-Spiller, Olivia Jones, Georgia Slater, Katie Norman.
Downend Flyers (from):
Mae Hawkins, Amy Yip, Rebecca Giles, Ella Thresher, Laura Tugwell, Chloe Morley, Melanie Pickering, Katie Ransome, Jen Atherton, Lauren Harris, Sophie Harris, Kate Michael, Alana Willson, Sarah Robson, Alice Baker, Sophie Trigg.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Redcar Town emerged as 2-1 winners over Workington Reds in the last round, goals from Gabrielle Wordsworth and Kirsty Flynn helping them become one of three County League clubs to knock out Regional League opposition in the First Round Qualifying.
Redcar are away again on Sunday and this time the travel to Alnwick Town who got to this stage with a 3-2 victory against Washington Juniors, Jade Barrett, Jenny Patterson and an own goal giving them the win after they had trailed by two goals at one stage.
Alnwick Town Ladies are a newly formed club, playing their first friendly match back in March and to mark the occasion, they were donated a signed England shirt by Lucy Bronze (presented by Lucy's mother Diane). The tie against Washington was their first competitive match and they have entered the Pin Point Recruitment Women's League.
The team is managed by Peter Hately with Tommy McKie as Chairman and Georgia Thompson is team captain.
The match will be played at St James Park, home of Alnwick Town FC, with a 2pm kick off.
Alnwick Town (from):
Kitty Lindley, Shaunie McFall, Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson, Jodine Crombie, Larissa Brown, Ash Grisdale, Mel Darling, Jade Barrett, Georgia Latto, Amy Lawson, Becky Robinson, Chloe Young, Jenny Patterson, Lauren Humble, Lynn Anderson.
Redcar Town (from):
Louise Arden, Emma Bolton, Lydia Brown, Claire Campbell, Michelle Coleman, Yasmin Cook, Gemma Craddy, Emily Faye Crisp, Georgia Elliott, Beth Enderwick, Emily Fewster, Kirsty Flynn, Georgie Horn, Rachel Horsley, Paula Lowe, Lauren Potter, Heather Power, Tyler Sharp, Laura Taylor, Ellie Turner, Gabrielle Wordsworth.
Brighouse Town have made an excellent start to the season in FAWPL Northern Division One and they sit on top of the table following their 6-2 victory over Chester-le-Street Town on Sunday.
We talked to prolific Brighouse striker Jodie Redgrave, who admitted that being top is not too significant at this stage but is focused on maintaining the team's run which started in the latter half of last season:
WSS: Well done on reaching the top of the table, how does it feel to be there even at this early stage of the season?
JR: To be honest, we are under no illusions, the table doesn't really mean anything at this early stage. But for us, it does demonstrate our intentions going forward this season. It was crucial for us to gain points in the early start of the season. Last season we really struggled to get points on the board before Christmas, but then in the New Year we finished the season unbeaten in 12, with which we continue to be unbeaten in a competitive match since. We are by no means a finished article in terms of where we want to be, but we are certainly making positive steps towards achieving our goals. Team morale is high, we have signed some really positive players who have all contributed so far and we just want to keep the momentum going. Although the league table doesn't mean anything yet in terms of the season outcome, for the club we again continue to break history, as it is the first time Brighouse Town has been top of this league. We continue the momentum from last season's cup runs and for us it is really important that we continue to break history for the club and everyone who volunteers their time to be involved.
WSS: 6-2 away to Chester-le-Street, which is never an easy place to go, is an impressive victory. How good was the team's performance on the day?
JR: Going off the back of last season, Chester-le-Street, in my opinion were a really strong, physical side and like you say not the team you want to be playing after a long journey up North. They were very direct and had players with the ability to switch the ball quickly and shoot from range. They became our bogey team last season, we could never get the result we wanted against them, which is only credit to them. This time round, I think all our players were motivated to have rid of the bogey team mentality - I was certainly! The team's performance was outstanding. We travelled with 11 players which really was not ideal, however I think it enhanced team spirit even more, everybody worked for one another, our decision making was better than other games and something just clicked. Defensively, we know we need to remain switched on and stop conceding so many goals, as it is doing us an injustice. Going forward, I think we were excellent and our shooting fortunately paid off in this game.
WSS: Your three league matches have yielded a total of 23 goals so far, so presumably your matches have been good to watch as well?
JR: Yes definitely! If you want to see goals then I believe with the strike force we now have then we are the team to come and support. Like I say, we need to concede fewer, but if you like nail biting football then get yourself down to our home games at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium, St Giles Road, Brighouse.
WSS: You finished last season so well, have changes been made over the summer or has it been simply a case of maintaining that kind of form?
JR: I think in football, momentum is crucial. Building upon momentum from last season, keeping positive team spirits and morale, confidence in ourselves and each other, relaxing and being a team rather than a set of individuals has helped our form so far. Last season was an unbelievable season for all involved. We showed fantastic form in cup matches and managed to finish fifth in the league, which following our poor start to last season was very positive for us, and only something we can build on as I believe we are. Over the summer, we recruited some really good players who have only enhanced the quality of football we now play. We knew we needed players with ‘football brains', and the technical and tactical ability if we wanted to move forward as a club. So from my perspective I am really pleased with the signings we have made. We still require a couple of additions for the long term plans which hopefully we can add to later in the season.
WSS: You have been in tremendous form in front of goal but seven different players have already scored this season, how big a help is that to the team and to yourself?
JR: Well, for me, I can't thank them enough! Last season, fortunately I was in good form, but if I was to get injured or having an off game, it was a case of who is going to score now. I will say that Proudy scored 20 last season which really helped the team out, but we can't just rely on one or two players to produce the goods. We now have players in many different positions scoring and with the desire and confidence to put the ball in the back of the net. It means we don't become predictable against opposition and we now have greater dimension to our squad. That is why this season at Brighouse is so exciting!
WSS: This week you take on Hull City who are still unbeaten themselves, what sort of match are you expecting on Sunday?
JR: A very tough match. Hull are a physical team with great technical ability in their squad. They aren't a team which are going to roll over easily. I don't believe it will be a game where we score, they score and then that pattern continues throughout the match. It could be a one goal victory and we have to ensure that it is us who end up on top. Our decision making and communication will be crucial and we just have to go into the game as we have the others so far - relaxed but confident and building upon our start so far. I am confident in the squad to get something from the game. I am sure Hull will be looking to build on their performances from last season too, so it should be a challenging match, I am looking forward to it.
WSS: It's early days of course, but is there real belief that Brighouse can challenge for the title this season?
JR: As I say, we have set out our intentions early in the season. We do want to push for the title, who doesn't (???) but we will continue to focus on ourselves and not get caught up in what other teams are doing. As long as we grind the results out each week, then each week is a positive step in the right direction.
Our thanks to Jodie!
Hungary 0 Scotland 3 (Clelland 15, Emslie 27, Ross 89)
Shelley Kerr's reign as Scotland Head Coach kicked off with a victory in Hungary thanks to goals from Lana Clelland, Claire Emslie and Jane Ross.
Two first half strikes put Scotland deservedly in front and although Jane Ross added a third in the second period, the scoreline could have been much higher but for some spurned opportunities.
The win was ideal preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers beginning away from home against Belarus on Thursday 19th October.
Lee Alexander made her first appearance for the national team in between the posts with new captain Rachel Corsie partnering Joelle Murray in the heart of defence. Up front, Lana Clelland led the attack, supported by Jane Ross, Fiona Brown and Claire Emslie.
Within minutes of the game starting, Scotland asserted their dominance and were within inches of going ahead through a Rachel Corsie shot at the back post from a corner.
After 15 minutes Scotland took the lead from a corner when Emslie found Lana Clelland who took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put Scotland in front.
Hungary responded quickly though and hit the crossbar from outside the box through Wolfsburg striker Zsnanett.
Just before the half hour mark, Claire Emslie scored her first goal for Scotland through a scorching drive from the edge of the area, sparking wild celebrations from the winger.
Moments later Lana Clelland cut inside and forced a strong save from the goalkeeper. The Tavagnacco striker was a livewire in the first half and could have scored her second when a delightful Caroline Weir cross found Clelland but she hit the ball into the goalkeeper's arms.
At the break, Rachael Small made her first Scotland appearance in more than four years with Lucy Graham making her Scotland debut shortly after.
20-year-old Graham nearly capped off her first appearance in sensational style when she unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the box but saw the ball rattle the crossbar.
As the game edged to a close, Scotland continued to control proceedings and were presented with another chance after 85 minutes when a dinked cross was lashed over from close range by Caroline Weir. Lisa Evans also laid the ball on a plate for Christie Murray who saw her close range shot saved.
Scotland then did grab a deserved third when Jane Ross was sent clean through on goal and slotted into the net with a typically composed finish, scoring her 51st goal for her country.
After the match, first time goalscorer Claire Emslie told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "I was really happy to be involved with the squad first of all so to start and score my first goal for Scotland was excellent.
"Regarding my goal, it was good build up play and I was just hanging out wide anticipating the ball so when it came to me I just focused on striking it well and fortunately I did and it hit the net.
"It's been an enjoyable week away with the squad, working with Shelley Kerr. She is really focused, straight talking with a lot of big plans that all the players want to be part of."
Scotland: Lee Alexander (sub Shannon Lynn 61mins), Chloe Arthur (sub Rachael Small 45mins), Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Joelle Murray (sub Sophie Howard 45mins), Joanne Love (sub Lucy Graham 51mins), Claire Emslie, Caroline Weir, Lana Clelland (sub Lisa Evans 77mins), Jane Ross, Fiona Brown (sub Christie Murray 45mins). Subs not used: Megan Cunningham, Vaila Barsley, Frankie Brown, Leanne Crichton, Kirsty Smith.
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