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The FA WSL title race was opened up further on the weekend after Chelsea won 2-1 away to Arsenal to keep their hopes of retaining it alive and put a dent in the Gunners' challenge.
Chelsea started the game quickly and were rewarded midway through the first half when Erin Cuthbert headed in a cross from Hannah Blundell. Beth England had a goal disallowed for offside after the break but just after the hour mark, Cuthbert struck again with her second goal with a well executed volley. Arsenal rallied late on with Vivianne Miedema pulling a goal back and the Dutch striker almost rescued a point for her side when her shot was well saved by Hedvig Lindahl. Chelsea held on for a vital win which means they are now just three points off the pace, with seven matches to play.
Defeat for Arsenal gave Manchester City the chance to replace them at the top of the table, and they duly did so with a 3-1 victory at West Ham Utd. They took the lead when Caroline Weir ran through to score and Lauren Hemp made it two with a 25-yard strike. Jane Ross gave the Hammers hope when she scored against her old club after half time but City wrapped up the win when Nikita Parris netted their third, four minutes from time.
Birmingham City's hopes of keeping pace with the top three were dealt a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Bristol City. Gemma Evans headed in the only goal of the game from a free kick on sixteen minutes, to give the Vixens a fifth win of the season and sixth place in the table.
Liverpool moved themselves closer to the mid-table positions when a late goal gave them a 2-1 success away to Yeovil Town. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk gave Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot following a foul on Yana Daniels but Yeovil battled back to get themselves back on level terms early in the second half, Emily Donovan latching on to Ann Marie Heatherson's through ball to score. Both teams pushed forward for a winner but as the game went into injury time, Sweetman-Kirk had the final say with an overhead kick to break Yeovil hearts and record their first win since October.
Brighton & Hove Albion were the only home team in the division to register a point on Sunday as they fought out a goalless draw with Everton. Aileen Whelan hit the bar early on with a 25-yard strike for the Seagulls and Angharad James went close at the other end but neither team could break the stalemate and had to settled for a point apiece.
Tottenham Hotspur have taken over at the top of the FA Women's Championship but the day was overshadowed by a serious injury which forced the abandonment of one game.
Charlton Athletic were entertaining leaders Manchester Utd but Addicks defender Charlotte Kerr was badly injured in a collision whilst United took the lead. The decision was taken to abandon the match after treatment was administered for an hour and the player was taken to hospital where, thankfully, her injury was diagnosed as not too serious.
It was Tottenham therefore who took over as leaders with a 3-0 victory over Lewes. Jessica Naz put Spurs in front just after the half hour and after Rianna Dean had made it two, early in the second half, Jenna Schillaci rounded off a good result for her side with the final goal on the hour mark.
Durham Women needed to battle back in the second half to earn themselves a 2-2 draw against improving Aston Villa. Lisa Robertson gave the Wildcats a first half lead which was cancelled out right away by Jodie Hutton, and then Villa went ahead on the stroke of half time thanks to Kerri Welsh. Durham pressed for an equaliser after the break and Villa's resistance was broken with fifteen minutes remaining when Becky Salicki scored from close range following a Beth Hepple corner.
Leicester City kept themselves in the top half of the table by beating Millwall Lionesses 3-2. Melissa Johnson opened the scoring with two minutes on the clock but shortly after Johnson's penalty had been saved by Charlotte Sansom, Millwall levelled the scores through Evie Clarke. Leicester were awarded another penalty soon afterwards, this time converted by Libby Smith, and Ella Franklin-Fraiture put them further ahead early in the second half. Millwall grabbed themselves a lifeline when Clarke scored her second - from the third penalty of the match - but they could not conjure up an equaliser and Leicester took the points from an entertaining affair.
London Bees got themselves back to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Crystal Palace. All of the goals came in the first half, Katie Wilkinson putting the Bees ahead in the sixth minute and after Andrea Georgiou had brought Palace back on level terms, Lauren Pickett settled a well contested game with a delightful lob on 24 minutes.
The draw for the FA Women's Continental League Cup semi finals has been made.
The draw was conducted during half time of the EFL fixture between Sheffield United and Queen's Park Rangers at Bramall Lane, the venue for the final of the competition on Saturday 23rd February.
The draw in full:
Arsenal v Manchester United
Chelsea v Manchester City
Ties will be played on Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th February.
Early bird tickets for the final that kicks off at 12.15pm on 23rd February are now on sale priced at £7.50 for an adult and £1 concession.
Stoke City made it through to the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a hard fought 2-1 win away to Derby County, courtesy of a late winning goal from Hannah Keryakoplis.
We talked to Stoke captain Meg Bowyer, who was full of praise for the effort put in by her team mates in achieving the win at Derby, whilst looking forward to their tie in the last 32 and the chance of taking on Championship side Aston Villa:
WSS: Well done on a fine win at Derby on Sunday, how hard did the team have to work for that result?
MB: It's always a close encounter when we face Derby, they're classed as our local rivals so we knew going into the game that we would have to work hard to grind a result out. Once we conceded we had to re-group quickly, we had to put the tiredness to the back of our minds and believe we had the quality to go on and win the game with a never say die attitude and we did. We live by the philosophy of "maximum effort is the minimum requirement" so no matter the level of team we come up against, we put in maximum effort.
WSS: The goal from Hannah Keryakoplis came at a perfect time for you, presumably it was a case of keeping your concentration from then?
MB: Yes, it was a great goal and it came at the perfect time for us! We knew Hannah coming on would give us fresh legs and quality, we're lucky to have the strength in depth to be able to make substitutions of Hannah's quality. She scored around the 90th minute, so we had about three minutes to see the game out - which felt like ten minutes! We've focused a lot on game management these last 18 months so that had to come into play, we had to keep shape, keep concentration and make sure the ball was in areas that couldn't hurt us.
WSS: That result makes it eight wins in a row in all competitions, surely confidence must be sky high right now?
MB: Yes it's a very good time for the club, the atmosphere at the training ground is very good and everyone is striving for the same thing! We're still in every competition and we're climbing the league table but we focus on staying grounded and taking each game as it comes. Hard work, grit and determination has got us to where we are now, so we aim to continue this and keep the good run going for as long as we can!
WSS: After two long journeys in the previous rounds, the draw has handed you a home tie with a Championship side in Aston Villa, how much will the team be looking forward to that one?
MB: We were joking around in the changing rooms after the win against Derby, saying I bet we get an away tie somewhere at the other end of the country! We're very happy that we have a home tie, and we are relishing the opportunity of playing against a Championship team local to ourselves. We already have some familiarity with Villa as our First Team Coach Chloe Jones was a long servant playing for them, along with our centre back Emily Owen, we also welcome back Hollie Gibson who was our left back last year as she left to join Villa in the summer so all those factors taken into account should make it an even more an interesting game! We have no pressure on ourselves, we continue to make our home ground a hard place for an away team to visit so it will definitely be one to watch!
WSS: In the meantime it is back to the league this week and an away game against Doncaster Rovers Belles, what kind of game are you expecting there?
MB: Any game in our league is a tough game, we have played Donny Belles previously this season and come away with a 5-0 win but we won't be focusing on that result. Donny Belles have had a change in form as of late and we will be conscious of this. We will go there and put in a performance that is hopefully worthy of bringing the three points home and keep our good run going.
WSS: What, realistically, are the aims for Stoke for the rest of the season?
MB: I think the main focus is to finish as high up in the league as we can, the highest we have finished in this league so far is fourth so we would be looking for a top three finish. Something we set our sights on at the beginning of the season is to have a good cup run, we want to win silverware, and we want to be in contention for every cup possible. With this we have to be realistic, we would aim to retain the County Cup, get as far as we can in the FA Cup and also we would ideally like to get to the final of the league cup as this is something we have never won. So it's a lot to aim for but I feel we have the capabilities of making this happen if we put the work in on the training ground.
WSS: Blackburn Rovers have matters in their hands in the title race right now, can you see anybody challenging them?
MB: Blackburn are a very good team and deserve to be top of the league, that being said, I don't think anyone in this league is unbeatable. There are quite a few teams in the league that are up there with regards to pushing Blackburn, Sunderland have come into this league strong and Huddersfield have also had a strong campaign so far. We are aware of Blackburn's form so far and keep an eye on results, however we focus on each game in hand rather than any opposition, we focus on winning each game we can and closing the gap between us and whoever may be top of the league.
Our thanks to Meg!
Home advantage turned out to be very important in the quarter finals of the FA Continental Tyres Cup, with all of the group winners advancing to the last four.
However holders Arsenal needed a dramatic late comeback in order to book their place in the semi finals, after looking to be on their way out against Birmingham City.
The Blues were handed a great opportunity to open the scoring in the eighteenth minute but Sari van Veenendaal saved Aoife Mannion's penalty to keep her side on level terms.
Birmingham did however take the lead on the hour mark, when Lucy Quinn scored from close range. The Blues remained in front until the last six minutes, when Danielle van de Donk headed in the equaliser from a Vivianne Miedema cross and as the game went into injury time, provider turned goalscorer as Miedema grabbed the winner to take Arsenal into the last four.
One team from the Championship made it through the group stages and Manchester Utd's run in the competition continued as they defeated West Ham Utd 2-0. An own goal, following a good run and cross by Lauren James, gave Casey Stoney's side the lead in the seventeenth minute and eight minutes into the second half, Jess Sigsworth scored a second to seal the win and take her side into the semi finals at the first attempt.
It was a night of happy returns for two Chelsea players as they swept through with a 4-0 victory over Reading FC Women. Fran Kirby was making her first appearance for two months and she wated no time in getting back on the scoresheet, finishing off a good move to put her side ahead after three minutes. As half time approached, Anita Asante, who is back in the side after a long injury lay-off, scored her first goal for the club with an angled drive. Brooke Chaplen headed wide from a good opportunity as Reading tried to find a way back into the game in the second half but Kirby killed off any hopes of a comeback when she scored her second goal against her former club, and she turned provider for the final goal late on when her cross was converted by Ali Riley.
Manchester City are seeking a third success in the competition and on Thursday night, they moved a step closer when they won 7-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Nikita Parris put them ahead after six minutes but Brighton's reply was a swift one, Danielle Buet scoring from the penalty spot following a foul on Ini Umotong. City were back in front at the mid-point of the first half thanks to Lauren Hemp, a lead which they took into half time. Caroline Weir drilled in a third from the edge of the area, early in the second half, before City powered in four more goals in the last five minutes. First, Hemp netted her second goal with a good run and finish, then Claire Emslie curled in a fifth. Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie added further goals in injury time to round off the victory.
The FA has announced that the draw for the semi finals will take place on Saturday 12th January, at half time during the EFL match between Sheffield United and Queen's Park Rangers at Bramall Lane, the venue for the final of the competition on 23rd February.
Head coach Rehanne Skinner has named her England Women's U19 squad for the upcoming Algarve Tournament.
The 20-player squad are heading out to Portugal to take on Norway [Wednesday 16th January] and Netherlands [Sunday 20th January].
FIFA U20 World Cup bronze medallists Emily Ramsey and Esme Morgan are included along with several regular starting players in the FA Women's Super League. Jess Park, Hannah Griffin and Lauren James gained valuable experience during England's UEFA Women's U17 Championship campaign and have also received call ups.
The matches will act as vital preparation for the UEFA Women's U19 Championship elite qualifying round on home soil in April.
The Young Lionesses have been drawn in Group 6 alongside Italy, Sweden, Turkey with the top placed team in the round robin tournament qualifying for the Euro finals which will be staged in Scotland in July. The elite round matches will take place between 3-9 April.
Skinner said: "We're all looking forward to meeting up for our first camp of the new year.
"The camp and matches come at a great time and will offer us an important learning opportunity as we prepare and progress towards the elite qualifying round in April.
"We expect two tough and different tests against teams that regularly perform in UEFA Finals at this age group and are excited by both challenges."
England Under-19 squad:
Mo Marley has named her England Under-21s squad for this month's training camp.
The 22-strong squad, introduced for the current season as part of The FA's approach to youth development and providing a pathway for talented youngsters, will be based at St. George's Park between 14 and 17 January.
There are returns for goalkeeper Sian Rogers and forward Lauren Hemp, who was ruled out of the November camp due to injury.
Marley said: "We're all excited to meet up for our first camp of 2019. The players always enjoy training at the national football centre.
"The four-day camp gives us an opportunity to work as a group once again."
England Under-21 training camp squad:
Scotland will take on Canada and Iceland in the group stages of the 2019 Algarve Cup, as preparations for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in France continue.
Shelley Kerr will lead her side to what will be only their second-ever outing at the tournament, with Kerr herself having been involved on their previous appearance back in 2002.
With teams requiring an invitation in order to compete, involvement at the tournament represents a significant coup for the SWNT as they line up alongside 11 of the top sides in the women's game. Indeed, six of the competing nations will, like Scotland, be present in France this summer, highlighting the depth and quality of the competition.
Each team will play three matches at the tournament; following their two group stage matches, Scotland will then play a seeding match dependant on their group stage ranking, with the two group winners with the best records competing for the trophy.
Last year's title was shared between the Netherlands and Sweden after the final was cancelled due to heavy rainfall in the Algarve - to date, the only occasion on which this has occurred.
Fixture times and venues will be confirmed in due course, with the competition set to get underway on Wednesday 27th February.
2019 Algarve Cup Groups:
Group A: Canada, Iceland, Scotland
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Poland
Group C: Norway, Denmark, China
Group D: Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal
The England Women's squad for the upcoming eight-day training camp in Qatar has been named.
The Lionesses will meet up in Manchester next Monday before travelling to Aspire Academy in Doha on Tuesday. There they will continue their preparation for the four-team SheBelieves Cup in the United States next month and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France this summer.
Head coach Phil Neville has named a 28-player squad with returns for Manchester City's Demi Stokes following a lengthy injury lay-off, Reading's Jade Moore as well as 135-cap Karen Carney.
Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, Seattle Reign's Jodie Taylor and Birmingham City striker Ellen White are also back after injury.
Neville said: "We're all really looking forward to meeting up for our first camp of 2019. "After a well-earned break in December, most of the players are back in club action and will be ready to push on.
"The SheBelieves Cup is a demanding tournament with quality opposition.
"This training camp in Qatar is crucial for our preparation and an ideal opportunity for us to work as a group as we begin an important year."
Billericay Town 3 Loughborough Foxes 4
Loughborough Foxes progressed to the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a hard fought win away to Billericay Town.
The FA National League Southern Division side trailed briefly early on before scoring four times with some exciting attacking play. Ultimately. though. Foxes had to hang on after a spirited revival from the Division One South East hosts late in the tie reduced their advantage to one.
Billericay got off to the best possible start when Sam Pittuck drove home a bouncing ball from 20 yards beyond Amy Burle for a stunning opener on six minutes. However Foxes were in front before ten minutes had been played. Firstly, Rebecca Knight turned in a Shauna Chambers free kick for the leveller, then a minute later Becky McGrother was the quickest to react to a low cross from Knight after good play by Eva Rogers down the right.
Pittuck nearly levelled on 12 minutes with a lobbed effort inches wide as both teams attacked with great intent. Zoe Rushen had a shot well held by Burle whilst at the other end McGrother and Chloe Young both went close to adding to the lead.
The hosts were denied an equaliser by a superb save by Burle on 33 minutes after Karissa Rodney was put though by a defensive slip. The Foxes keeper got a strong hand to Rodney's 15-yard effort to turn the ball against the bar and recovered to grab the rebound.
The value of this save was shown within two minutes as the visitors extended their lead when Young released Rogers down the right and her cross was controlled by Knight and fired past Alex Baker in the home goal by McGrother.
Billericay finished the half well with three corners and continued to dominate on the restart. Pittuck was denied her second goal by Burle turning away a header and then had another headed effort which drifted just wide.
Two of Foxes' best players on the day combined for a fourth goal which seemingly would seal the win. Young measured another weighted through pass for Rogers cutting in off the wing and the finish was low and precise past Baker on 68 minutes.
For a time it seemed that the outcome was settled but Billericay always had a threat in attack and as the last ten minutes started it was Rushen who pounced to reduce the deficit from a right wing cross. When the same player added a neat third on 85 minutes the sizeable crowd started to believe in a miraculous comeback.
Loughborough were now under pressure every time the ball was sent forward early for the eager attackers to chase. Several times the ball bounced dangerously in the area but no clear cut opportunity fell for the hosts.
Fittingly the final effort of a fine contest was by Pittuck powering in another shot from distance but Burle held the ball at full stretch and the whistle blew to seal Foxes' progress.
It was easy to see why both clubs are having fine seasons in the league, full of attacking intent and invention matched with hard work but on the day it was the visitors who progressed to the draw for Round Four.
Alex Baker, Danica Dougal, Megan Jiggins, Jay Blackie, Lucy Jones, Esme Lancaster, Karen Stephanou, Sam Pittuck, Zoe Rushen, Lindsey Morgan, Karissa Rodney. Subs: Nicole Farmer, Nancy Butler, Courtney Lumley, Broghan Kelly, Nikita Runnacles, Kelsey Smith, Sophie Vale.
Amy Burle, Pip Cassidy, Ria Acton, Kate McLoughlin, Becky Matlock, Shauna Chambers, Chloe Young, Rebecca Knight, Eva Rogers, Becky McGrother, Charlotte Cooper. Subs: Laura Dexter, Charlotte Broad, Simran Singh, Laura Parsons.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Shelley Kerr has made a number of changes to the Scotland Women's squad for two matches in La Manga later this month.
For the tests against Norway and Iceland, goalkeeper Rachel Harrison has returned to the fray for the first time in two years.Nicola Docherty retains her place in the squad along with Joelle Murray.
Lucy Graham has impressed at Bristol City following her move from Hibernian last year and will be looking to build on her one Scotland cap, gained in 2017 against Hungary in a 3-0 win.
Lee Alexander, Sophie Howard, Kim Little and Emma Mitchell all miss out through injury and Rachel Corsie is also unavailable for selection as she finishes her season with Canberra United.
Scotland last played Norway In La Manga last year, losing out 3-0. In their previous match against Iceland, they won 2-1 to celebrate qualifying for Euro 2017.
Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "This is the start of an exciting year for the squad and these are two great games to set us up for 2019.
"Norway are a brilliant side and we saw how good a side they were last year so we're excited to face them once again.
"Iceland are also high quality opposition and they will provide a different challenge to Norway.
"The squad has a few changes in it due to injuries and I'll be looking forward to seeing how the new players in the squad shape up.
"Competition is fierce in the squad and the more we can add to that competition the better."
Scotland play Norway first on Thursday 17th January (5pm GMT) and the friendly with Iceland is on Tuesday 21st January (3pm GMT).
East Midlands League
Ollerton Town are in third place in the Premier Division after battling out a goalless draw with mid-table Rise Park. A win would actually have moved Ollerton into the top two but instead they are a single point behind Oughtibridge WMSC, with Woodlands Ladies a further point behind after their 2-1 win away to Kettering Town in which Jody Scott netted both goals. Zoe Meynick hit a hat-trick and Nikki Flood added the other goal as Mansfield Town defeated Leicester City Ladies 4-1 to move out of the bottom three.
Boston Utd maintained their lead of five points at the top of Division One North by running out 5-0 winners away to Retford Utd. Toni McHamilton led the scoring with a hat-trick and Tracey Duxbury-Mead added the other two. Lincoln Moorlands Railway consolidated themselves in second place with a 4-0 victory over Calverton MW, thanks to a goal apiece from Alice Hayes, Lauren Churcher, Lucy Wingad and Sarah Flynn. Jade Eaglefield and Emily Edmonds were on target for Ilkeston Town as they beat Grimsby Borough to go third and Jade Welch netted a double for Sleaford Town in their 2-2 draw with Arnold Town, who replied through Jodie Ellis and Maria Wayne.
The top of the table clash in Division One South ended with honours even as Northampton Town and Oadby & Wigston battled out a 2-2 draw. Leah Stacey netted both goals for Northampton, who maintain their lead of six points, whilst Oadby replied through Emma Aspinall and Sophie Tew. Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season, 5-2 against Thrapston Town thanks to an Olivia Bowles hat-trick and Helen Lewis double.
Eastern Region League
Acle Utd stay three points ahead in the Premier Division following their 10-0 victory against AFC Dunstable. Grace Birchall led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there were doubles from Lauren Bullard, Naomi Cooper and Kate Pasque. Cambridge City are still hard on their heels in second place after they defeated Haringey Borough 11-1. Isabella Simmons and Carla Penny each hit hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Erin Davies, Rebecca Fay, Charlotte Gillies, Anna Goggin and Lauren Tomlinson. Katie Steward netted the only goal of the game for Peterborough Northern Star in their 1-0 win away to Harlow Town and Royston Town meanwhile kept up their own challenge by beating AFC Sudbury 4-0 with a goal apiece from Danielle Carty, Joanne Rutherford, Charlotte South and Georgia Gannaway, whilst the game between Colney Heath and Wymondham Town finished goalless.
Bowers & Pitsea continue to stretch the pace in Division One as Georgia Fraser (2), Eloise Ives and Danielle Styles gave them a 4-2 victory over King's Lynn Town. They stay two points ahead of St Ives Town who won 2-0 against Hoddesdon Town Owls thanks to Tierney Coulson and Emily Smith. Stevenage Ladies Res completed a good day for the top three by beating Hertford Town 3-0, Emily Schofield netting twice along with Faith Greene. Despite a goal from Vicky Kinsman, Hutton were held to a 1-1 draw by Hatfield Peveral whose reply came from Jasmine Cox, meanwhile an Annabel Cuthbert hat-trick and Brooke Wickens earned Newmarket Town a 4-2 win away to Lawford. Poppy Kelly and Brooke White were the scorers for Bishop's Stortford as they shared a 2-2 draw with Histon, who netted through Charlotte Westrope and Alison Wright.
London & South East League
AFC Phoenix made sure of keeping up their good form ahead of the holiday break with a 2-1 victory away to London Kent Football Utd, and this result has taken them up into second place. Kasey Kelm scored both goals for Phoenix, who are two points off the pace, whilst Emily Hart replied for the home side. Fulham FC Foundation have climbed out of the bottom after a Carina Ewens hat-trick, Hannah Cheeseman, Jacinta Coleman and Alice Curr gave them a 6-1 win against Aylesford.
In the League Cup, league leaders Kent Football Utd put themselves on the verge of going through to the semi finals after beating Parkwood Rangers 6-1. Amy Russ contributed four of the goals, with Rachel Stevens adding the other two. Queen's Park Rangers Development meanwhile made sure of finishing on top of Group B after battling out a 2-2 draw with Whyteleafe. Anna Maria Dzyadyk and Chloe Sampson scored the goals for Rangers, whilst 'Leafe replied through Levi Chambers-Cook and Stephanie Mann.
North East League
Durham Cestria continue their seemingly relentless march towards the Premier Division title; this time scoring ten times past Rotherham Utd. Lauren Robson spearheaded the spree with a six-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Erin Nelson, Ellie Smith, Melissa Storey and Sophie Hodgson. Jenni Duffy-Smith scored the only goal of the game as second placed Hartlepool Utd won 1-0 against Farsley Celtic, this keeps them one point ahead of Tynedale who were 8-2 winners over Castleford White Rose. Victoria Jayne netted a hat-trick, Jane Riddell added two and the tally was completed by Rachel Maddison, Natasha Wilson and Megan Watson. South Shields were another team to win 1-0, Natalie Beswick grabbing their goal against Wallsend Boys Club, and Harrogate Town defeated York City 3-0 thanks to Kirsty MacGregor (2) and Sophie Tinson.
Redcar Town extended their Northern Division lead to five points with a 6-1 victory over Sunderland West End. Jenny Dixon and Kenzie Parkes each netted twice for Redcar along with Ebony Housam and Jess Round. Second placed Consett Ladies lost a little ground as they shared four goals with Washington Association, who stay unbeaten but drew for the fifth time. Washington twice took the lead through Abigail Phipps and Alexis Prest, with Beth Wilson and Amy Wharton equalising for Consett on each occasion. Catherine Johnston (2), Kirsty Armstrong and Emily Henderson netted the goals as Alnwick Town won 4-0 at Prudhoe Town and Boro Rangers ran out 5-1 winners away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res, Jade Featherstone bagging a brace whilst Abbie Phillips, Evie Thompson and Sophie Mitton accounted for the others.
The race is on for second place behind newly crowned Southern Division Champions Ossett Utd and the two main contenders both recorded victories on Sunday. Ellie Brightmore (2) and Emily Pierrepont were on the scoresheet as Barnsley Development beat Wakefield 3-0 and this keeps them narrowly ahead, on goal difference, of Altofts Ladies who edged out York RI 3-2 thanks to a Rachel Pritchard hat-trick.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers are still six points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 7-1 victory over Sir Tom Finney. Stockport County won 9-0 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies to stay in second, with five games in hand on the leaders. Wigan Athletic meanwhile defeated Penrith AFC 5-1 and have moved up into third place. In the other game, Fleetwood Town Wrens won 3-1 against Manchester Stingers to remain above them in the table.
Blackpool have stretched their advantage in Division One North to eight points after scoring six times without reply past Crosby Ladies. Carlisle Utd have replaced Blackburn Community in second place after winning their meeting 1-0, with Bury FC Women a further point behind in fourth following their 2-0 victory away to Burscough Dynamo. Cammell Laird 1907 were 3-0 winners at Preston North End to complete the top five. Workington Reds defeated Morecambe Res 3-2 to replace them in the top half of the table, also moving above Penwortham Town who were beaten 4-3 by Leigh RMI.
West Didsbury & Chorlton returned to the top of Division One South, heading a trio of teams on goal difference after beating Stockport County Blues 4-0. Previous leaders Liverpool Feds Res are back in third following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Altrincham, who are the third team level on points at the top. Warrington Wolverines won 4-0 away to Wythenshawe Amateurs and are in fourth, one point behind the leading three. Curzon Ashton follow on after they won against City of Liverpool, scoring fifteen times in the process, one more than Chester FC Women in their victory over Didsbury Ladies.
South West League
Georgie Barbour-Gresham, Sophie Gillies and Carmen Morison scored the goals as Exeter City won 3-1 at Callington Town to move to within four points of Premier Division leaders Keynsham Town Development, who did not play. Bishop's Lydeard follow on in third after scoring ten times past Forest Green Rovers. Abigail Parr led the scoring with a six-goal haul, Holly Miller weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Jordan Bindon and Amber Guy-Kemp. Jaydee Seaman netted four times whilst Sam Drewery, Anthea Kaptein and Maisie Williams all hit hat-tricks for Marine Academy Plymouth in their victory over Downend Flyers. Ellie Bishop netted twice and Freya Jackson rounded off the scoring. Hannah Fletcher was on target for Portishead Town as they drew 1-1 with Ilminster Town, who scored through Abigail Carslake.
In the Eastern Division, Frampton Rangers are two points off the pace after winning 2-0 away to Almondsbury, Saffron Degg and Abi Todd scoring their goals. Cheltenham Town Development stayed in touch with the top two by beating FC Chippenham 6-1, Rose Knuckey hitting a hat-trick along with Emma Levett, Emily Skipp and Diana Toth. Ellie Keedwell netted twice and Rea Manning added the other for AEK Boco in their 3-2 victory over Laverstock & Ford and Swindon Spitfires also won 3-2 at Trowbridge Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lani Dickinson, Sophie Mitchell and Katie Wadey.
Plymouth Argyle Development extended their lead in the Western Division to seven points with victory over Weston-super-Mare. Nicola Chapman was on target four times along with Gabi Alphous (2), Alex Hugh (2), Rachael Javan, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Kiara-Jade Robins, Sally Salter, Hannah Brock, Shania Fenlon and Maya Ridge. Plympton Ladies crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Weston Mendip, for whom Sherise Binns and Jess Chappell hit doubles. Alphington ran out 8-1 winners over Pen Mill with Laura Burwood, Helen Kukor and Sophie-Louise Simpson all netting twice whilst Nadine Kelly and Catherine Wright added the others. Debbie Duncan and Alexia Riley were on target for St Agnes in their 2-1 win at Feniton and Bude Town defeated Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 7-2, Sarah Badham scoring four times along with Charlotte Lang, Courtney Ward and an own goal.
Southern Region League
Things remain close between the top three in the Premier Division with Southampton FC Ladies holding on to top spot on goal difference after beating Warsash Wasps 5-0 with a goal apiece from Georgie Freeland, Caitlin Collighan, Emily Wernham, Ellie Chaffe and Shelly Provan. Oxford City stay second on goal difference as they edged out Winchester City Flyers by the odd goal in nine. Hannah Bennett and Jade Hockey were on target as AFC Bournemouth defeated Barton Rovers 2-0 to stay three points off the pace. Newbury Ladies and Ascot Utd battled out a goalless draw and Woodley Utd won 3-2 against New Milton Town thanks to May Hamblin, Rosie Page-Smith and Molly Lambourne.
Paige Seeley and Kim Stenning each scored twice, with one apiece from Katie Shorter, Melissa Lawrence, Sophie Kingsley-Smith and Kim Whitcombe, as Moneyfields won 8-0 against Shanklin to stay on top of Division One on goal difference from Wycombe Wanderers who went one better by scoring nine times without reply past Wokingham & Emmbrook. Tara Woodward and Christina O'Connor each bagged hat-tricks for Wycombe with Natalie Barette, Chante Inniss and Chloe Ball completing the scoring. Abingdon Utd kept up their challenge by winning 4-1 at Alton Ladies, courtesy of a goal apiece from Heather Young, Abbie Smith, Kiera Isaac and Jane Younger. Charlotte Webb and Kia Anteney netted the goals as Southampton Women Development won 2-0 away to Eastleigh and Basingstoke Town won for the second time, 4-2 against Wargrave Ladies with strikes from Lindsey Beverley (2), Charlotte Hull and Tamara Kelly.
West Midlands League
Ruth Graham was on target four times along with Hayley Chatwin and Louise Price as Sutton Coldfield Town won 6-0 against Lye Town to keep their lead of three points from Coundon Court who defeated Knowle 2-1 with goals from Daisy Bloor and Alisha Higginson. Crusaders were 5-0 winners away to Worcester Utd whilst Catherine Smith and Mollie Walden netted the goals for Stockingford AA Pavilion in their 2-2 draw with Redditch Utd, who replied through Shona Baldwin and Jade Guppy. Goldenhill Wanderers moved to within one point of Coventry Sphinx after beating them 2-1.
Leek Town ran out 9-1 winners over Florence to preserve their lead of six points in Division One North. Chantelle Gallagher bagged herself a five-goal haul along with Beth Cotterell, Katie Gibbons, Rehanne Mellor and Lacey Smith. Jodie Foxhall (2), Maria Birkett and Jordan Sloan netted the goals as Stoke City Development defeated AFC Telford Utd 4-1 and this took them into second, ahead of Shifnal Town who were beaten 2-0 by Sandwell Ladies. Wyrley Ladies were 2-0 winners away to Shrewsbury Town.
In Division One South, Kidderminster Harriers made up ground on the top two with a 4-2 victory away to Kingfisher, Alex Nicklin was on target twice along with Anne Johnson and Kirsty Roberts. Stourbridge follow on in fourth after beating Leamington Lions 5-2 and a Natalina Carmelina Merulla double gave Coventry City Women a 2-1 success at Solihull Sporting.
Three clubs playing in Tier 4 are still going strong in the SSE Women's FA Cup and all three went through to the last 32 with victories over opponents from the level above.
AFC Wimbledon progressed with an impressive 3-0 victory away to Hull City. The first half was goalless but Katie Stanley broke the deadlock in the Dons' favour just after the hour mark. Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins added a second shortly afterwards and Georgia Heasman completed the scoring in injury time, to set up a plum home tie with WSL side Bristol City.
Keynsham Town meanwhile won 2-1 against Fylde Ladies in a full blooded encounter at the AJN Stadium. Kerry Bartlett gave Keynsham a first half lead which was cancelled out just before the break by Sophie Charlton. Cristina Vega Leandro scored with ten minutes remaining to seal victory for Keynsham, who now go to Reading FC Women in the Fourth Round.
Crawley Wasps kept their run of wins going with another notable win, this time notching a 2-1 success away to Coventry Utd. After Amber Hughes had given Coventry a first half lead, Ariana Flieschman equalised a minute later and, with the game set to go to extra time, Darcey James grabbed a winner for Crawley in injury time. The goal has proved to be a valuable one in more ways than one for the Division One South East table toppers, as the draw has rewarded them with a home tie against Arsenal.
Stoke City were another team to benefit from a late goal as they won 2-1 at Derby County. Natasha Tezgel's first half strike for Stoke was cancelled out by Nicole Ledgister but with a minute remaining, Hannah Keryakoplis settled matters in Stoke's favour and they have landed a home tie with Aston Villa.
A thrilling tie at Billericay Town saw Loughborough Foxes go home with a 4-3 victory under their belts. Becky McGrother netted twice for the Foxes along with Rebecca Knight and Eva Rogers, whilst Zoe Rushen (2) and Sam Pittuck replied for Billericay (see match report).
Huddersfield Town ended Leeds Utd's hopes with a 4-1 victory which books them a Fourth Round trip to Charlton Athletic. A brace from Brittany Sanderson put Town two ahead inside the opening seventeen minutes and although Katie Thompson pulled one back for Leeds on the half hour, Sarah Danby and Laura Elford wrapped up the win with goals in a three minute spell during the second half.
Watford made the long trip to the north east to play Middlesbrough but the journey home was a happy one after a stunning 7-2 victory. Helen Ward led the scoring for the Golden Girls with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Scanlon, Katie O'Leary and Sam Hallsworth whilst Emily Scarr and Eleanor Dale replied for ‘Boro. Watford's reward is a very tough one as they are away to Manchester City.
Kim Farrow scored the only goal of the game as Milton Keynes Dons won 1-0 away to Nottingham Forest. MK are another National League side which will find themselves up against WSL opposition, as they have been drawn away to Liverpool.
Blackburn Rovers will be up against West Ham Utd after coming from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Oxford Utd. Evie Gane put Oxford ahead on the stroke of half time but after the break, two Natasha Flint goals, including a late winner, took Blackburn through.
Cardiff City Ladies are one step away from reaching the Fifth Round for a second successive season after they defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0. Both Cardiff goals came early on, Cori Williams opening the scoring with three minutes on the clock and Kylie Nolan adding the second on the quarter hour. Cardiff face a long trip in the next round as they have been drawn away to Durham Women.
The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League returned to action on Sunday following its break for the holidays, with two games involving teams chasing after leaders Cardiff Met Women.
Abergavenny Ladies narrowed the gap on the Archers to four points with a 3-1 victory away to Rhyl Ladies. Lauren Davies gave Aber the lead midway through the first half, with the Lilywhites levelling the scores on the half hour through Alaw Davies-Smith. Lyndsey Davies ensured that Abergavenny went back in front, ten minutes into the second half, and Kate Jeremiah sealed the points with the third goal.
Cardiff City Women meanwhile moved themselves up to fourth place by winning 6-3 against Llandudno Ladies. An early strike for City from Danielle Broadhurst was quickly cancelled out by Aimee Todd but after Danielle Green had put Cardiff back in front only for Mari Gibbard to equalise, three goals in an eight minute spell from Siobhan Walsh, Green and Alana Murphy ensured that City were 5-2 up at the interval. Green crowned the win for her side by scpring her hat-trick goal with nine minutes remaining, before Gibbard netted an injury time consolation for Llandudno.
Chichester City are back on top of the Southern Premier Division against after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-1.
After Becky Dandridge had given Argyle the lead, Chichester hit back with two goals from Helen Ogle, which lifts them back above Coventry Utd who were in FA Cup action.
In the other game, Portsmouth ended a run of three straight league defeats with a 1-0 success against Queen's Park Rangers. Rachel Panting scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes into the second half.
Northern Premier Division
In the only match to be played in the division on Sunday, Guiseley Vixens and Sheffield FC battled out a 1-1 draw. After a goalless first half, Ellie Casper was on target for Guiseley, with Sheffield replying through Lisa Giampalma.
West Bromwich Albion are through to the quarter finals following their 2-1 win away to Sporting Khalsa. Paige Kavanagh gave Khalsa the lead midway through the first half, with Lauren Price equalising moments later, and Natalie Murray grabbed the winner for Albion during the second half.
Division One North
On their return to action, Burnley FC Women extended their lead at the top of the table to six points by winning 1-0 away to Chorley. Substitute Evie Priestley was Burnley's heroine as she scored the only goal of the game.
Barnsley continued their charge up the table and a sixth win in seven matches has lifted them up into second place. Drew Greene and Danielle Whitham were on target as they defeated Chester-le-Street Town 2-0, taking them above the Cestrians and Brighouse Town.
Liverpool Feds are starting to show their best form again and their 3-2 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients has lifted them into fifth. Norton did lead 2-1 at the break, courtesy of a brace from Bianca Owens, but Emily Douglas scored her second goal to bring the Feds back on level terms and a deflected shot from Jodie Mortimer gave them all three points.
Division One Midlands
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies climbed into third place after winning 2-1 away to Solihull Moors. Shannie Jennings and Maimee Morris scored their goals, whilst Jade Hewitt netted a consolation for Solihull, who suffered the frustration of a narrow defeat once again.
In the other game, Long Eaton Utd scored eight times without reply past Steel City Wanderers. Jade Arber spearheaded the victory with a four-goal haul, Ashleigh Evans weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Hannah Barber and Amy Pashley.
Division One South East
The top three were not in action on Sunday but Leyton Orient were unable to take a chance to join them when they were beaten 3-2 by Stevenage Ladies. Nicole Emmings netted twice and Ashleigh Deacon the other for Stevenage, whilst the O's replied through Chanel Richards and Hayley Barton.
A win would also have lifted Actonians Ladies up to third but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cambridge Utd. Carla Williams scored Actonians' goal, whilst Mollie Coupar was on target for Cambridge.
The honours were also even in the other game, Denham Utd claiming an important point from a goalless draw against Enfield Town.
Division One South West
Chesham Utd have moved into the top three for the first time this season following their 4-3 victory against Buckland Athletic. In a thrilling match between the two newly promoted teams, Gemma Fraser hit a second half hat-trick including the late winner, and Emma Delves added the other whilst Buckland replied through Sarah Stacey, Laura Gough and an own goal.
Larkhall Athletic meanwhile put a gap of six points between themselves and Southampton Saints after winning their meeting 3-2. Kate German, Mel Sartain and Lizzie Barratt were on the scoresheet for the Larks, whilst the Saints produced late replies from Alisha Buckingham and Krystal Whyte.
One match was played in Northern Division One, Newcastle Utd winning 4-2 away to north east rivals Middlesbrough. Beth Gardener (2), Rachel Bell and Emily Tait netted the goals for Newcastle, with Eleanor Regan and Beth McIlvenny replying.
There was a change of leadership in the Midland Division, with Stoke City taking over at the top following their win against Sporting Khalsa. Nuala Miszkiel led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Roisin Kivel and Faye Singleton each weighed in with a hat-trick whilst Kerri Brown, Lexie Harrison and Harriett Wellings all contributed doubles. West Bromwich Albion and Derby County remain in third and fourth respectively after battling out a 3-3 draw, Pilar Isanta Parcerisa netting twice and Ella Ritchie the other for Derby. Rima Houssaini was on target twice for Crewe Alexandra in their 6-1 victory over Long Eaton Utd, the others coming from Abigail Whittingham, Chloe Etherington, Amy McDermott and Maddie Dodd.
In the South/South East Division, Tottenham Hotspur scored eight times without reply past Norwich City to go level on points with leaders Charlton Athletic. Ronnell Humes bagged herself a five-goal haul and Bolu Fisher was also on the scoresheet. Gillingham replaced Watford in fourth place after winning their meeting 4-1.
Just the one match took place in the South/South West Division and it saw Chichester City defeat AFC Wimbledon 3-1 to move above them into second. Lucy Cook, Amber Howden and Francesca Webster accounted for the goals by Chichester, who trail leaders Crystal Palace by two points.
On the resumption of the league following the holiday break, Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the table following their 4-2 win away to West Ham Utd.
The Hammers started the game well and took the lead early on through Jane Ross but Arsenal turned the game around thanks to headers from Leah Williamson and Janni Arnth. Ross then brought West Ham back on level terms on the stroke of half time with a neat finish. After the break, Arsenal went back in front when Danielle van de Donk slid in at the far post, and van de Donk sealed the points with her fifth goal in two matches against the Hammers.
The Gunners were further boosted by the news that second placed Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City. The visitors went in front during the first half when Nikita Parris slotted home from an Abbie McManus cross but after the break, the Vixens levelled the scores when Lucy Graham equalised from the penalty spot after she had been fouled in the area. Man City could not have come closer to a winner when, in a dramatic late goalmouth scramble, both Parris and Claire Emslie hit the bar but the home side held on for a hard earned point.
Chelsea meanwhile made it six league wins on the trot when beating Everton 3-0. Beth England gave them an early lead after exchanging passes with Erin Cuthbert and they also hit the woodwork twice during the first half. Drew Spence made it two on the hour, from close range following a corner and Hannah Blundell rounded off the scoring shortly afterwards.
Birmingham City ensured they stayed level on points with Chelsea, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Reading FC Women. The first half was goalless but midway through the second, the Blues were in front when an Emma Follis cross was headed in by Kerys Harrop. Reading looked to have salvaged a point late on as Remi Allen scored from close range against her former club, however as the game went into injury time, Meaghan Sargent headed home a free kick from Lucy Staniforth to tip the game back in Birmingham's favour.
Brighton & Hove Albion notched up their second league win of the season, a 2-0 success away to Liverpool. A good first half performance by the Seagulls was rewarded just after the half hour when Laura Rafferty gave them the lead, tucking home the rebound after Ini Umotong's initial shot had come back off the bar. Umotong herself wrapped up the win early in the second half when she pounced on a loose pass and ran through to score.
FA Women's Championship leaders Manchester Utd hit the ground running as they resumed their season, scoring nine times without reply past London Bees.
Charlie Devlin gave United the lead with two minutes on the clock, with Ella Toone adding the second just before the half hour. Lizzie Arnot and Mollie Green then scored twice in quick succession to double their advantage going into the interval. Devlin and Toone each completed their doubles during the second half and Lauren James also netted twice, with Katie Zelem rounding off the scoring from the penalty spot, ten minutes from time.
Tottenham Hotspur moved back into second place following their 2-1 success away to Sheffield Utd. Rianna Dean gave Spurs a fifth minute lead which was cancelled out a minute later by an own goal from Jenna Schillaci, with Sarah Wiltshire netting the decisive goal six minutes into the second half.
Charlton Athletic and Durham Women remain in the running after their meeting ended in a 2-2 draw. The Addicks took the lead midway through the first half thanks to Ellie Bailes, but Durham hit back strongly with two goals just before half time from Zoe Ness. The Wildcats held onto their lead until five minutes from time, when Charlotte Gurr salvaged a vital point for her side with a late equaliser.
Leicester City now head the chasing teams after they ended a four-match losing run with a 4-0 victory over Lewes. The Rookettes were playing under the managership of Fran Alonso for the first time and a fifteen minute spell either side of the interval proved to be decisive as Leicester scored three times. Melissa Johnson gave them the lead five minutes before half time and after the break, Fiona Worts added a quickfire brace. Lucy Johnson crowned the victory for her side by netting the final goal late on.
On Saturday night, the two teams at the foot of the table met each other in a derby match with Crystal Palace beating Millwall Lionesses 3-1 to claim their second win of the season. Chloe Burr gave Palace a sixth minute lead, which they took into half time, but the goalscorer was then forced to play in goal during the second half after Shanell Salgado had been injured. Hannah MacKenzie put Palace two ahead seven minutes after the restart but Millwall's reply was a swift one, Gabby Ravenscroft pulling a goal back barely a minute later. Palace were to seal the points ten minutes later though as Gemma Bryan marked her return to the club by heading in the third goal.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Billericay Town went through to the Third Round for the first time in their history following a 3-1 victory over Luton Town after extra time. Jay Blackie, Karen Stefanou and Broghan Kelly scored the goals to see Billericay home in a thrilling tie. Billericay will be at home again to Loughborough Foxes, also 3-1 extra time winners against Gillingham thanks to two strikes during the extra period from Rebecca Knight, with Charlotte Broad also on target.
Loughborough Foxes is one of the leading female-only football clubs in Leicestershire. The club was formed by Gail and Paul Fox who wanted to give girls, in the Loughborough area, an opportunity to play football. The club was originally named Shepshed Foxes in memory of Gail and Paul's daughter Rachel who sadly passed away in 1999. 2019 will be a significant year for the club and a great opportunity for them to celebrate their 20th birthday while also remembering the reasons for its formation. The club became Loughborough Foxes in 2002 and now has 5 junior and 3 senior teams. Each year the club looks to create another team to help its development pathway where players can progress within the club from junior level through the age groups to the senior teams.
The senior team was formed in 2005 and has progressed on an upward spiral since. Promotion was achieved in each of the senior team's first three seasons. After this came a period of consolidation, before Director of Football Steve Wilkinson took over first team duties and progressed the team further before stepping aside in 2015 after winning the FAWPL Midland Division and securing promotion to the Northern Division. Steve then stepped aside to allow former Derby County Ladies manager Jenny Sugarman to take over and in that time, the club has a stronger infrastructure with nutritionists, S&C coaches and a good technical and tactical depth among its football staff. They have also recruited a younger, fitter playing squad that saw it win the Midlands Division last season and sit comfortably in fourth place in the Southern Premier Division as we hit the halfway stage in only their second ever season at tier 3 in the Women's Pyramid.
Foxes always love an FA Cup tie, but this Third Round clash will be a particularly special one; the fixture against Billericay will be Jenny Sugarman's last game in charge at the club. Jenny has been manager of Loughborough Foxes since July 2015, a three and a half year spell which has included a County Cup trophy and promotion to the National League Southern Premier Division. Jenny will be missed greatly by the players and staff, her work and commitment has been invaluable - but they know she won't be able to keep away completely! The club hopes the tie displays her efforts and gives the send off she deserves.
Billericay Town (from):
Nikita Runnacles, Danica Dougal, Esme Lancaster, Megan Jiggins, Courtney Lumley, Lucy Jones, Lindsey Morgan, Zoe Rushen, Jay Blackie, Karissa Rodney, Georgia Box, Amy Nash, Paris Smith, Nancy Butler, Nicole Farmer, Karen Stephanou, Alexandra Baker, Broghan Kelly, Hayley Piggott, Sam Pittuck, Kelsey Smith.
Loughborough Foxes (from):
Amy Burle, Laura Parsons, Shauna Chambers, Laura Steele, Ria Acton, Kate McLoughlin, Harriet Simes, Jodie Bartle, Becky Matlock, Pip Cassidy, Millie Chandarana, Tiana Hicks, Chloe Young, Siobhan Eastham, Becky McGrother, Eva Rogers, Charlotte Cooper, Charlotte Broad, Laura Dexter.
SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Blackburn Rovers began their FA Cup campaign in the last round by winning 4-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Beth Donoghue, Alex Taylor, Jess Holbrook and an own goal ensured that Blackburn went through to the Third Round where they will travel again to play Oxford Utd, who also won 4-0 against Cambridge Utd with goals from Ellie Noble, Lauren Haynes, Flo Fyfe and Evie Gane.
Oxford United Women were founded in the early 1990s and, despite only a loose affiliation to the club, they achieved some notable successes. In 2008, there was a full integration of the women's programme into the football club, which coincided with the introduction of the girls' Centre of Excellence programme. This formed Oxford United's first female development pathway with a clear progression from grass roots through to the women's first team.
Since 2008, the women's development programme has achieved a number of honours,they have had players from the club's Centre of Excellence and first team represent England and Wales through all age groups from Under-15s to Seniors.
Since the integration into the club, the first team had continuous success with back-to-back promotions and successive league titles. The 2012-13 season was probably the most successful for the club, the first team won the South West Combination title and the Oxfordshire Women's Cup for the third consecutive year, and club history was also made as they reached the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup where they played Everton, eventually losing to a superior team. The fans turned up for the big occasion with record crowd numbers at the Kassam Stadium, with 945 attending the Everton game and over 700 through the gates for the previous round against Newcastle United. The continued success of the club was rewarded at the end of the season as they were granted a place in the newly formed FA WSL 2, where they remained until the end of last season when they returned to the FA Women's National League, where they now play in the Southern Premier Division.
Liam Gilbert took over the managerial reins at the start of the season, assisted by coach Matt Parry, and the team is captained by Lauren Haynes. Flo Fyfe and Georgia Timms are currently the joint leading scorers with six goals apiece in all competitions.
Oxford Utd (from):
Lucy Thomas, Hannah Cox, Amber Roberts, Steph Bent, Steph Mobbs, Bobby Lynch, Lauren Haynes, Lena Stroem, Lois Colley, Imogen Lancaster, Ellie Noble, Flo Fyfe, Sophie Baker, Kerry Walklett, Catherine Beaver, Emily Allen, Georgia Timms, Laura Hennessy, Lauren Allison, Evie Gane, Maddie Robertson, Holly Pickett.
Blackburn Rovers (from):
Danielle Gibbons, Alex Brooks, Lynda Shepherd, Jess Holbrook, Alex Taylor, Saffron Jordan, Natasha Fenton, Kayleigh McDonald, Lagan Makin, Kelsey Pearson, Chelsey Jukes, Bethany Donoghue, Natasha Flint, Hannah Walsh, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies, Charlotte Stuart, Eve Kennerley.
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