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Southern Premier Division leaders Coventry Utd booked their place in the Second Round of the FAWNL League Cup with a 3-2 victory over Watford on Sunday.
We talked to Coventry midfielder Jade Brook, who settled the match in her team's favour with a stunning 25-yard strike. She admitted that it was the best goal she has scored and, looking at the broader picture, is confident that this season could turn out to be a very special one for her club:
WSS: Your match against Watford was one of the ties of the round and lived up to its billing, what kind of match was it to play in?
JB: It was a great game, cup games are always exciting to be involved in! Drawing Watford was a tough test too, so a great win for us.
WSS: Did it get tough in the last few minutes or were you always confident of seeing the match through?
JB: It was tough. Watford weren't going to make it easy for us, but we managed the game and got the win we deserved.
WSS: We have to mention your winning goal of course, which has been viewed a lot of times on social media! What do you recall of the goal, and have you ever scored a better one?
JB: Social media has gone a bit crazy over it, I didn't expect it at all. It's definitely my best goal I've scored and one I'll remember. I remember doing a little one-two with Lois (Jefferies) and driving a little, caught the keeper off her line a little and thought ‘why not?' The strike was nice, I knew I'd connected well and it happened to literally end up in the top corner.
WSS: You have been in great goalscoring form since the season began, has there been any particular reason for that?
JB: I've scored a few and this is what I wanted to add to my game, more goals. I think as a team, we've just clicked and creating more opportunities. I'm playing more centrally too which I think suits me. But honestly, the whole team have been great and that's a huge factor!
WSS: This week you are up against Watford again, this time in the league but at your home venue. Are you expecting a similar kind of game to last Sunday?
JB: It will again be a tough one. Watford are a great side, the league is our priority and it's a must win game. We need to work hard this week in training and go into the game with confidence in ourselves.
WSS: Your team have started really well and the top of the table is looking really close right now. Do you think it is likely to stay that way throughout the season?
JB: That's the aim, we're going to do our absolute best to keep there but it's a very tough league and we have no room to slip up.
WSS: Coventry have been up amongst the leading teams over the last few seasons, do you feel the team is now ready for a serious challenge for the title?
JB: 100%. I've got such a great feeling about this season, the buzz about the girls is sky high and we're all on the same page! The new coaching staff Jay has brought in ,Jo and Mozza, have just upped the intensity and standards which is exactly what was needed.
WSS: A place in the Championship is the reward if you can land the league title this season, how much is the club geared up and ready if you are able to make the step up in the future?
JB: I think we're ready for this step. It would mean the world to me for this to happen and the rest of the girls, we're going do our absolute best to make this happen. We've had a great start,we've just got to keep the momentum going.
Our thanks to Jade!
(Photo - Jeff Bennett)
Chelsea will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 tie against Fiorentina after Karen Carney's early penalty gave them victory in the first meeting between the sides at Kingsmeadow.
Chelsea went into the game seeking an early goal and they were given a great chance to take the lead in the ninth minute when Erin Cuthbert broke down the right and her cross struck the hand of Stephanie Breitner as she attempted to block. Carney stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past the diving Stephanie Ohrstrom and Chelsea were in front.
Ohrstrom was called into action again with a crucial save which denied Fran Kirby after her shot on the turn following a Ramona Bachmann cross. Cuthbert was foiled by a great challenge from Laura Agard as she looked poised to score and Ohrstrom saved again from a Millie Bright header.
Chelsea piled on the pressure during the second half but were kept out time and time again by the excellent Ohrstrom who pulled off a series of fine saves. She came off her line quickly to block from Bachmann following a good Chelsea move and then pulled off three saves in quick succession to twice deny Kirby and Carney. Try as they might, Chelsea just could not come up with a second goal on the night but will be satisfied with their lead going into the return leg and, most importantly, a clean sheet.
The second leg in Florence will take place on Wednesday 31st October at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
However, Glasgow City's hopes of reaching the quarter finals for the second time appear to be over after they were beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of their tie.
At the Mini Estadi, in the shadow of the Nou Camp, City started the game brightly but found themselves behind after 12 minutes when Kheira Hamraoui curled in a delightful shot from the edge of the area. Patricia Guijarro crashed a shot against the bar but two goals in a four minute spell just before half time, from Aitana Bonmati and Guijarro, put Barcelona in control of the tie.
After the break, Barcelona sought more goals and the pressure told at the midpoint of the second half when Alexander, who had pulled off a string of good saves, fumbled a shot from Andressa Alves at her near post, the ball squirting over the line for the fourth. Maria Leon then drilled home the final goal via a low 20-yard shot with nine minutes remaining to round off a good night for a strong Barcelona side which has one foot in the last eight.
Glasgow City will get another crack against their Spanish opponents in the second leg, which will be played at Petershill Park on Thursday 1st November.
Elsewhere, Izzy Christiansen was on the scoresheet as holders Olympique Lyonnais all but booked a place in the quarter finals with a 4-0 away win over Ajax Amsterdam, whilst VfL Wolfsburg defeated Atletico Madrid 4-0. Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich are in the driving seat following away wins in their respective ties but perhaps the most impressive result of the eight ties was achieved by Sparta Prague, who will take a 3-2 lead into the second leg of their tie, at home to FC Rosengard.
Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro has signed a new long term contract with the club.
Since Joe took over as manager in November last year, the Gunners have won the Continental Tyres Cup, reached the final of the SSE Women's FA Cup and won 21 out of 27 matches under his guidance, losing just three.
Arsenal are currently on a six-game winning streak since the start of the 2018-19 campaign and top the FA Women's Super League, scoring an impressive 33 goals in just six games across all competitions this season.
Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi told www.arsenal.com: "Joe has an outstanding track record as a manager and has made a huge impact since joining us last November. We're delighted that Joe has signed a new long term contract with us and look forward to working with him to take the team to future success."
Montemurro added: "I feel honoured to have signed a new long term contract with Arsenal. We've been working hard this year to reinvigorate the historic and special qualities of this team, and to implement an attractive style of football. We're pleased that recent early season results have so far reflected the hard work.
"I'm working with some of the greatest female footballers in the world and with a top class support staff. We have incredible support from the wider Arsenal Football Club and I'm really excited to continue my role. I feel at home here - we are one big family."
Oxford Utd 1 Crawley Wasps 3 (aet)
Crawley Wasps continued their stellar start to life as an FAWNL club with a 3-1 away win after extra time over Oxford United in the second round of the League Cup.
In a thrilling tie, Wasps looked to be heading out of the competition, trailing to Sophie Baker's headed opener despite creating a host of chances before a superb Naomi Cole free kick levelled matters late on. Extra time strikes from Emma Plewa and Sian Heather settled the tie for the highly impressive newcomers to the league, playing against higher ranked opponents.
Crawley started in fine style, stretching the U's defence with telling through passes and intelligent movement. Oxford had a good spell of pressure themselves in a frantic opening fifteen minutes. Charlotte Young having to snuff out the danger with a strong headed clearance and Baker then having a shot held by Frankie Gibbs.
At the other end, Wasps created a series of openings as the half developed with Plewa, Heather and Faye Rabson all finding shooting positions but firing wide. Young headed wide from a Cole corner and home keeper Hannah Cox made the first of a series of good saves on 36 minutes, turning away a stinging low shot from Rachel Palmer.
The second half started in the same way, Cox denying Rabson from close range before Baker stunned the visitors on 53 minutes heading home after a Lauren Haynes free kick was knocked back into the goalmouth.
The hosts nearly added a crucial second on 62 minutes when a Lauren Allison cross found Flo Fyfe, but Wasps defender Young cleared off the line with Gibbs beaten.
Wasps turned up the pressure as the match reached the last twenty minutes. Cole played in Heather whose shot rebounded off the far post. Plewa then rattled the same upright a few minutes later.
It seemed that it would be the hosts' day when Cox somehow reacted to turn a Young downward header wide on 85 minutes but Cole changed everything with a perfect 35-yard free kick wide on the right which flew beyond Cox into the top corner.
In a thrilling finish, United hit the bar from a corner, then Cox made a superb double save for Oxford right on the final whistle to ensure extra time,
Wasps took command almost straight away on the restart when Plewa was given time to hit a shot which was deflected away from the keeper then Rabson worked an opening on the right and Cox's block fell for Heather to turn home the third Wasps goal on 98 minutes.
Oxford never gave up despite the stunning triple blow but ran into a very tenacious defence where the defenders, especially Young and the excellent Niamh Stephenson protected their goal with great determination.
Wasps saw out the match comfortably to record a fine win against an Oxford side which had not played at all badly but were up against highly skilled and strongly motivated opponents on the day.
Hannah Cox, Steph Bent, Lauren Haynes, Emily Allen, Cat Beaver, Flo Fyfe, Sophie Baker, Kerry Walklett, Lauren Allison, Lena Stroem, Bobby Lynch. Subs: Lucy Thomas, Georgia Timms, Steph Mobbs, Laura Hennessy, Maddy Robertson.
Frankie Gibbs, Niamh Stevenson, Rachel Palmer, Charlotte Young, Darcey James, Naomi Cole, Jenny Drury, Faye Rabson, Emma Plewa, Megan Stow, Sian Heather. Subs: Lauren Graves, Charlie Carter, Ariana Flieschman, Suzanne Davis.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Bobby Lynch slides in to tackle Sian Heather
(middle) Flo Fyfe battles for the ball with Jenny Drury
(bottom) Charlotte Young jumps for a header with Lauren Allison
The draw for the Second Round of the FAW Women's Cup has been made and the standout tie sees Cardiff Met Women go up against Swansea City.
The full draw is as follows (ties to be played on Sunday 18 November):
Airbus UK Broughton v Rhyl Ladies
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Splott Albion
Cardiff City Women v Penrhyncoch or Port Talbot Town
Cardiff Met Women v Swansea City
Cyncoed Ladies v Barry Town Utd
Llandudno Ladies v Aberystwyth Town
Llanfair Utd v Kinmel Bay or Caernarfon Town
Willows Ladies or Abergavenny Women v Dafen Welfare or Cascade YC
Yeovil Town Ladies are delighted to announce the Managing Director of main sponsors Fusion Fostering is to take over as Chairman of the club with immediate effect.
Gary Dawkins will take over from Steve Allinson who has been chairman since 2014.
Fusion Fostering is a small independent agency which helps support children and foster families and their connection with Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club has already gone from strength to strength since the start of the Women's Super League Season.
Mr Dawkins believes this was a natural move for him and said he is excited for the future of the club. He said: "I am honoured to have been appointed Chairman of this great football club. I cannot thank Steve and the board enough for their support in making this transition a smooth one.
"The club has been on an immense journey over the past few years and that is thanks to Steve and his undeniable commitment to Yeovil Town Ladies. I will be looking to carry this on as we look to progress as a full time professional club.
"The staff and board are working tirelessly behind the scenes and I know Lee and the players are looking forward to the next few matches which will no doubt define our season."
Mr Allinson has decided to step down due to personal reasons but has placed on record his thanks to staff, players and board members and said he is leaving the club in 'excellent hands'.
He added: "I have had the most incredible four years and have seen us promoted to WSL1, as well as move to full time professional football.
"This is more than I could ever have imagined we could have achieved and it is with a heavy heart I hand over the reins to Gary. However, I know that now is the right time for both myself and the Club to make this change, and I am absolutely certain that Gary will bring great leadership as a new chapter for the Club starts to be written.
"I would like to thank the board, staff, players, management and fans for their support over the past few years and wish them all the success in the world as they seek to defy the odds again.
"The club is leading the way for women's football in the south west and I am confident that they will succeed in the Women's Super League this season. I will continue to be the Lady Glovers' biggest fan from the sidelines."
East Midlands League
Chantelle Robinson netted twice along with Katie Cropper, Courtney Cropper and an own goal as Leicester City Women Development defeated Eastwood Community 5-1 to maintain their lead of three points over second placed Oughtibridge, who narrowly won 4-3 against Loughborough Students thanks to Becky Shaw (2), Kathryn Mudge and Millie Kenyon. Peterborough Utd remain just behind in third following their 7-1 victory over Woodlands Ladies, Donna McGuigan hitting a hat-trick with Kier Perkins (2), Laura Dodwell and Hannah Pendred also getting on the scoresheet. Kayleigh Downes netted both goals as Mansfield Town beat Rise Park 2-1 and Leicester City Ladies doubled their points tally for the season when sharing a goalless draw with Kettering Town.
With Boston Utd not having a game, Sleaford Town took the opportunity to replace them as leaders of Division One North by beating Retford Utd 2-1, Natalie Clarke and Joanne Wilson scoring their goals. Lincoln Moorlands Railway moved back into the top two after winning 4-3 away to Arnold Town, Jade Baker netting twice along with Lauren Churcher and Sammy Boothright. Amie Barnes-Ford (2) and Courtney Limb were the scorers as Hykeham Town won 3-1 at Calverton MW to go into the top half.
One match was played in Division One South, Northampton Town opening up a three point advantage at the top of the table with a 5-1 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Emma Dunmore led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Leah Stacey was also on target.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Brentwood Town went down to only their second defeat of the season, beaten 5-3 by Bedford Ladies. Eden Kibron netted two of the goals for Bedford, with Michelle Byrne, Caralina Costas and Sophie Mulvihill adding the others, whilst Brentwood replied through Georgia Holdaway (2) and Leah Cowan. Peterborough Northern Star moved up to second, two points off the pace, after Katie Steward (2), Emma Pollard and Cassie Steward gave them a 4-0 victory over Harlow Town. Royston Town maintained their 100% record by defeating AFC Sudbury 5-0 and this has taken them third. Teonie Peyton was on target twice along with Danielle Carty, Georgia Gannaway and Charlotte South. Wymondham Town meanwhile netted seven times without reply past Colney Heath, Laura Nicholls bagging herself a four-goal haul whilst Mollie O'Callaghan weighed in with a brace and Hannah Waters rounded off the scoring.
Stevenage Ladies Res have moved even further ahead in Division One following their 6-1 success away to King's Lynn Town. Erin Pope netted a hat-trick, with Emily Schofield, Holly Darling and Hannah Marshall adding the others for Stevenage who are seven points clear of second placed St Ives Town, 4-1 winners over Ipswich Wanderers thanks to Tierney Coulson, Georgia Stancombe, Katie Stancombe and Connie Liddiard. Brooke Wickens, Laura Bailey and Lauren Deller were on the scoresheet as Newmarket Town defeated Bowers & Pitsea 3-1 to go third, just ahead of Lawford who won 4-0 against Hertford Town with Daisy Canny, Tyler Christou, Erin Hornby and Sofia Serghiou accounting for their goals. Hutton and Hatfield Peveral finished goalless whilst Hoddesdon Town Owls beat Bishop's Stortford 3-0 courtesy of Natasha Crick, Rosy Woodhams and Grace Leslie.
London & South East League
In the solitary match played in the league on Sunday, league leaders Whyteleafe went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Kent Football Utd. Amy Russ scored both goals to help take United up into second, one point behind 'Leafe.
The rest of the action was in the League Cup, where Group A leaders London Kent Football Utd won 5-0 against Parkwood Rangers. Emily Hart netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Georgie Davis, Alicia Gibbs and Danielle Harrison. Aylesford won their opening game 6-0 over Eastbourne Town, Rebecca Barr hitting a hat-trick along with Laura Brown, Alison Draper and Helena Jefferies. In Group B, Queen's Park Rangers Development were 2-1 victors away to Fulham FC Foundation, Paige Laider and Melanie Hall scoring the all-important goals.
North East League
Durham Cestria have gone to the top of the Premier Division following a crushing victory over Rotherham Utd. Hannah Greenwood and Sophie Hodgson both scored hat-tricks whilst Jess Holder and Lauren Robson netting two apiece and the tally being completed by Melissa Storey, Michelle Brogden, Molly Holder, Ellie Smith, Chloe Ryan, Megan Elliott and Jen Jennings. Previous leaders Harrogate Town were beaten 2-1 by York City, for whom Chantel Padgham and Ainsley Strickland scored to seal their first win of the season. Tynedale are just one point off the pace following a 3-0 success away to Castleford White Rose, courtesy of a Megan Watson hat-trick, and strikes from Lottie Portas, Emily Stuart and Hannah Lambert earned Hartlepool Utd a 3-1 victory at Farsley Celtic.
Northern Division Sunderland West End went down to their first defeat of the season, 2-1 at the hands of Redcar Town who scored through Suzanne Fox and Kenzie Parkes. Redcar are moving their way up the table, as are Alnwick Town who ran out 9-1 winners over Prudhoe Town. Jade Barrett, Emily Henderson and Stephanie Stafford were all on target twice along with Georgia Latto, Becky Robinson and Chloe Young. Second half goals from Katie Ellwood, Chianna Rebair, Lynsey Wilkinson and Lauren Henderson earned St Cuthbert's Ladies a 4-0 victory over Cramlington Utd and Boro Rangers won for the first time, 3-0 against Norton & Stockton Ancients Res thanks to Larissa Burkinshaw (2) and Alex Hodgson.
In the Southern Division, an Emily Pierrepont double and Niamh Ryalls gave Barnsley Development a 3-1 win at Wakefield which takes them to within a point of leaders Ossett Utd. Altofts Ladies following after pipping York RI by the odd goal in seven, Nicola Smith was on target twice along with Nadine Bates and Rachael Murrell. Jess Morrison, with a hat-trick, Emma Otley and Jodie Stancil were all on the mark in the second half as Sheffield Wednesday finished 5-0 winners over Doncaster Belles (Women's) in a clash between two teams who started the game still seeking their first points of the season.
North West League
Things are starting to look tight at the top of the Premier Division following Sunday's results. Mossley Hill remain as leaders and have edged a point after they fought out a 2-2 draw with third placed Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic went down to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Stockport County, who are just two points off the pace themselves. Merseyrail Ladies meanwhile shared the points for the third time this season, finishing level at 1-1 with mid-table Manchester Stingers.
In the only match to be played in Division One North, Blackburn Community hit double figures for the second successive week, scoring ten times without reply past Leigh RMI to move themselves into second place, three points behind leaders Blackpool.
There was a surprise in Division One South as table toppers Altrincham suffered their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Stockport County Blues who have gone into mid-table as a result. Warrington Wolverines are only three points off the pace following their 2-1 victory over Wythenshawe Amateurs. Northwich Vixens are out of the bottom three places after they won 3-1 against Chester FC Women.
South West League
League leaders Bishop's Lydeard saw their winning start to the season brought to a halt by Keynsham Town Development, who are now three points behind them in second place. Lucie Waddon was on target for Lydeard, with Keynsham replying through Rhianna Ben-Carew. Exeter City follow on in third after a twelve goal blast against Downend Flyers. Sophie Gillies led the scoring with a hat-trick whilst Carmen Morison, Kathryn Mundy and Lannece Hole each hit doubles and there was one apiece from Ella-Mae Miller, Emily Toogood and Zoe Watkins. Georgia Coles was another hat-trick scorer, for Middlezoy Rovers as they ran out 7-1 winners over Torquay Utd. Anusia Rourke (2), Chloe Snook and Rosie Williams were also on target, with Katie Mace replying.
Two matches managed to survive the weather in the Eastern Division, including a 1-1 draw between Swindon Spitfires and AEK Boco which leaves the teams in second and third respectively, level on points with leaders Frampton Rangers. Lani Dickinson was on target for the Spitfires, with Sasha Ferris replying. Wootton Bassett Town meanwhile won 2-1 against Swindon Town Development, Hannah Gulliver and Grace Bridger netting their goals, whilst Swindon's consolation came from Kathryn Bach.
Western Division leaders Plympton Ladies did not play and they have been caught by Plymouth Argyle Development, who moved level on points with them after beating Bideford 4-1. Faye Ivall was on target twice along with Gabi Alphous and Alex Hugh. Alphington are back in third as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Weston Mendip who scored through Sherise Binns, Amy Clark and Natasha Crew. Mary Murphy (2) and Samantha Gray were on the scoresheet for the Alphas. Game of the day was undoubtedly at St Agnes where the home side finished level at 6-6 with Weston-super-Mare. Debbie Duncan hit a hat-trick for the Cornish outfit, whose other goals came from LB Medcalf (2) and Zoe Arundell-Lethbridge, whilst Ellison Roberts scored a hat-trick in reply for Weston along with a Lucy Mager brace and Desni Darch. Feniton hit six without reply past Exeter & Tedburn Rangers courtesy of Brittany Harris (2), Sally Ames, Stefanie Churchill-Matthews, Rebecca McMullin and Nia Owen, and Pen Mill won for the firs time, 4-0 against Bude Town thanks to Alisha Barker, Lorna Jennings, Letisha Templer and Jodie Allen.
Southern Region League
Oxford City are up into third place in the Premier Division table after recording their second successive win, 4-3 against Ascot Utd whose goals came from Jennifer Thraves, Stephanie Fettes and Sarah Davern.
There was a change of leadership in Division One where Moneyfields took over at the top of the table with a 5-0 victory over Basingstoke Town. Kim Stenning led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Alison Goater. Nicola Moore netted twice, with Georgia Soutar and Kylie Neville adding the others, as Alton Ladies defeated Wargrave Ladies 4-2 to go fourth. It was a good day for Shanklin as they recorded their first victory, 6-0 over Sandhurst Town. Ellena Crutcher found the net four times, with Natalia Deacon and Jess Taylor accounting for the other goals.
Newbury Ladies progressed in the League Cup with a 3-2 success away to Division One side Wokingham & Emmbrook. Ellernore Reed was on target twice for Newbury along with Tracey Beales.
West Midlands League
Coundon Court are continuing to stretch the early pace, preserving their lead of three points by winning 5-1 against Redditch Utd. Coventry Sphinx defeated Lye Town 4-0 to stay hard on their heels in second place. Sutton Coldfield Town moved themselves into the top three on the back of a 3-0 success away to Worcester Utd and Leafield Athletic were 3-1 victors over Crusaders.
Leek Town extended their Division One North lead to six points by beating Port Vale 5-0 whilst second placed AFC Telford Utd went down to a 4-3 defeat at home to Shifnal Town. Stoke City Development have gone level on points with Telford following their 6-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.
Division One South leaders Sedgley & Gornal Utd sustained their first league defeat of the season, 5-2 to Kidderminster Harriers. Solihull Utd won 6-2 away to Rugby Town and they are now three points off the pace, with Stourbridge in third after scoring twelve times past Solihull Sporting. Kingfisher are in the top half following their 5-2 victory over Droitwich Spa, whilst Coventry City Women and Leamington Lions each got themselves off the mark after they battled out a 2-2 draw between themselves.
Bolton Wanderers were one of two clubs to eliminate higher division opponents from the FAWNL League Cup when they won 2-1 away to Derby County.
Bolton took a two-goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes, Safron Newhouse scoring both, and although Cara Newton pulled one back with twelve minutes left, Bolton held out for a hard earned win.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile defeated Oxford Utd 3-1 after extra time. Emma Plewa and Sian Heather netted the goals during the extra period for Crawley to add to Naomi Cole's injury time equaliser, after Sophie Baker had earlier given Oxford the lead (see match report).
Last season's beaten Finalists Blackburn Rovers went through to the last sixteen but were pushed all the way when defeating Fylde Ladies 3-2. Olivia Wild gave the Coasters a first half lead but after the interval, two goals in a six minute spell from Saffron Jordan and Natasha Fenton ensured that Blackburn were in front. Fylde hit back to level the scores through Jenna Carroll with twenty minutes remaining but the game was finally settled in Blackburn's favour when Jess Holbrook netted the winning goal.
The top two teams in the Southern Premier Division met each other and the tie fully lived up to its billing, with Coventry Utd winning 3-2 against Watford. In the end, it was a brilliant 25-yard strike into the top corner by in-form midfielder Jade Brook which settled the match in Coventry's favour, having earlier found the net through Maz Gauntlett and Lois Jefferies, with Watford's replies coming from Helen Ward and Katie O'Leary.
There was late drama as Huddersfield Town progressed at the expense of Burnley FC Women. Kate Mallin netted the only goal of the game deep into injury time, taking Huddersfield through with a 1-0 victory.
Hull City were another team to be given a hard match by a team from a lower division, being taken to extra time in their 2-1 win against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Hull led through a first half goal from Rebecca Beech but just before the final whistle, Evangeline Gallop equalised from the penalty spot. Jo Symington restored Hull's lead in the first half of extra time and this proved to be enough to take them into the Second Round.
Sunderland made a difficult trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers but returned with an impressive 4-1 win under their belts. Emily Hutchinson gave them a fifth minute lead, with Anna Young adding a second, before two second half own goals went on to sew up the victory, Charlotte Criddle grabbing a late consolation for the home side.
Nottingham Forest safely negotiated a tough tie against Chorley with a 2-0 victory. Viktoria Adam opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute and Hazzana Parnell wrapped up the win with the second goal late on.
Chichester City were another team to survive an awkward trip to a high riding side from a division below. Molly Clark and Hollie Wride netted the goals as Chi recorded a 2-0 win away to Billericay Town.
Stoke City got back to winning ways when they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-0. Nicola Hudson put them in front and Hannah Keryakoplis added a second just ahead of half time. Keryakoplis went on to round off the victory when she completed her double with a late strike.
Cardiff City Ladies added another win to their fine record in the competition in recent seasons, beating Cheltenham Town 5-3. Kelly Isaac and Cori Williams each netted twice along with Grace Horrell, whilst Cheltenham replied through an Ella Hitchcox brace and Annie Martin.
Loughborough Foxes were 3-1 winners away to Queen's Park Rangers in the other all-Southern Premier Division tie. Rangers led at half time through Jo Wilson's goal but after the break, Laura Steele brought the scores level before goals in the last five minutes from Eva Rogers and Rebecca McGrother saw the Foxes go through.
Brighouse Town have been paired with Leeds Utd in both major Cup competitions and on this occasion, it was Leeds who triumphed with a 2-1 victory. Sophie Stamp gave Leeds an advantage which was cancelled out by Jennifer Pearson, before Hannah Campbell netted the winning goal midway through the second half.
The third tie to go to extra time was at Larkhall Athletic, where visitors AFC Wimbledon were 3-2 victors. Jess Trimnell scored the winning goal with four minutes left on the clock to add to earlier strikes either side of half time from Katie Stanley and Caroline Bisson, with Katy-May O'Hara-Nash and Mel Sartain on target for the Larks.
Morecambe claimed the scalp of Sheffield FC and booked their place in the last sixteen of the FAWNL League Plate after beating them 4-3 after extra time.
Yasmine Swarbrick gave Morecambe a first half lead which was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Jade Butcher. Ellie White put Sheffield ahead seven minutes into the second half, Swarbrick levelling again, and after Megan Tinsley had restored Sheffield's lead four minutes later, Natalie Broad equalised once again to take the match into the extra period. With eight minutes left to play, Swarbrick completed her hat-trick and gave Morecambe victory over their Northern Premier Division opponents.
Ipswich Town meanwhile eliminated C & K Basildon with a 4-2 victory. Toni-Anne Wayne, now playing as a striker, netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Zoe Cossey and Natasha Thomas.
Doncaster Rovers Belles and Barnsley produced an entertaining tie which also went to extra time before Barnsley emerged as 3-2 winners. The Belles looked to be on their way to victory through a brace from Izzy Whittle but Barnsley, who had earlier scored through Amy Woodruff, took the game into the extra period when Sophie Bell equalised in injury time. The game remained in the balance until seven minutes from the end, Mollie Crump grabbing the winning goal for Barnsley.
Gillingham saw off a spirited second half effort from Luton Town, eventually going through with a 5-4 victory. Sharna Giordani, Breon Grant, Alice Bussey, Emma Sherwood and Ellie Manning all scored for the Gills, who led by four goals at one stage, whilst Luton's replies came from a Jess McKay double, Rachel Carter and Aurora Ryan whilst Olivia Abrahams almost forced extra time when she struck the woodwork late on.
Chester-le-Street Town made sure that the long trip to Long Eaton Utd turned out to be a successful one, but went all the way to extra time in their 1-0 victory. A tightly contested tie was settled five minutes into the extra period when Nichole Havery netted the only goal of the game.
West Bromwich Albion meanwhile swept through by beating Nettleham 5-0. Keeley Davies was on target twice for Albion along with Abby Bevan, Nicole Dale and Natalie Murray.
Liverpool Feds booked their place in the last sixteen with a 2-0 win against Crewe Alexandra. Both goals came during the last eighteen minutes, Jennifer Rogers breaking the deadlock for the Feds and Demi Devereaux adding the second goal shortly afterwards.
There were plenty of goals on offer at Steel City Wanderers where visitors Sporting Khalsa progressed with a 6-4 victory. Chloe Handy, Stephanie Kydd, Paige Kavanagh, Laura Quigley, Beth Woolley and Lauren Walker all scored a goal apiece for Khalsa whilst Lucy Ridley hit a hat-trick for the Steels but ended up on the losing side, Libby Hallam adding their other goal.
Bedworth Utd emerged as 2-1 winners from a closely contested tie away to Swindon Town. Kirsty Farnsworth and Shanice Walsh were on target for Bedworth, with the home side replying through Milly Colford.
There was another late winning goal, this time in favour of Chesham Utd as they won 2-1 at Actonians Ladies. Emma Delves put the Clarets in front in the seventeenth minute with Carla Williams equalising at the midpoint of the second half. The game looked to be heading towards extra time until Gemma Fraser netted the winner for Chesham in the third minute of injury time.
One tie did go all the way to penalties, at Maidenhead Utd where the home side knocked out Denham Utd after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw. Aine McKeever had given Maidenhead the lead, with Rachel Keightley grabbing a late leveller for Denham, and after extra time could not provide a winner it was Maidenhead who won 4-2 from the spot.
The last remaining First Round tie was played on Sunday and it saw Keynsham Town make a smooth progression by beating Southampton Saints 7-1. Kerry Bartlett hit a first half hat-trick, with Alisha Buckingham replying, and Bartlett went on to add a fourth after the break with Justine Lorton, Michelle Munro and Ellie Curson all joining her on the scoresheet. Keynsham will now be at home to Portsmouth and the tie will be played this coming Sunday.
Sheffield Utd have increased their lead in Northern Division One to three points after winning their top of the table clash, 5-2 against Blackburn Rovers. Jodie Michalska netted twice along with Jodie Hartley, Beth Merrick and Nat Shaw. Huddersfield Town are now in second place after Tara Duce and Robyn Hartley gave them a 2-0 victory over Newcastle Utd. Middlesbrough meanwhile won 2-0 away to Durham Women, courtesy of a double from Eve Marshall.
Chorley edged out Brighouse Town by the odd goal in seven and continue to lead the early pace in Northern Division Two. Abbie Mackay, Kadie Morrison, Emily Norcross and Natasha Webster all scored a goal apiece to earn Chorley their third straight victory. Guiseley Vixens remain second following their 3-0 victory over Barnsley, Maria Ledezma-Viso netting twice along with Monika Stube. Jessica Hilton (2), Madison Hadley and Nicole Sutcliffe accounted for the goals as Fylde Ladies won for the first time, 4-2 against Burnley FC Women.
Midland Division leaders Loughborough Foxes drew 2-2 with Derby County and their advantage has been trimmed to a single point. Joanna Butler-Williams and Cecilia Webb were on target for Loughborough, with Derby replying through an Ella Ritchie brace. Stoke City leapt up into second by beating Crewe Alexandra 4-1, Jodie Foxhall and Nuala Miszkiel each scoring twice. Grace Harris and Charlie Whitehouse were on target for West Bromwich Albion in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City, whose goals came from Imogen Hunt and Grace Smith.
Charlton Athletic made it five wins out of five in the South/South East Division, preserving their lead of six points when Olivia Hembrough and Shamoy Campbell gave them a 2-0 success away to Millwall Lionesses. Tottenham Hotspur replaced Milton Keynes Dons in second place after beating them 6-0, Therese Addison netting twice along with Andreya Ezakiel-Meade, Brionne Fowle, Ronnell Humes and Rea Laudat. Mollie Coupar bagged a hat-trick for Cambridge Utd in their 4-0 victory over Gillingham, Holly Northfield adding the other goal.
Jade Davenport, Charmaine True and Isha Kamara were the markswomen for Crystal Palace in their 3-2 win at Lewes and they stay top of the South/South West Division, one point ahead of AFC Wimbledon who defeated Queen's Park Rangers 4-0 thanks to doubles from Hannah Baptiste and Sophie Manzi. Chichester City stay unbeaten in third, they beat Southampton Women 2-0 with Loulou Robson and Lucy Cook on target, and Denham Utd were 5-1 winners over Poole Town, their scorers were Sophie Cheadle (2), Keelie Horwood (2) and Siana Hagger.
Any early season doubts about Arsenal's title credentials will surely have been blown away on Sunday as they recorded a stunning 5-0 victory over reigning Champions Chelsea.
The Gunners took the lead midway through the second half when Kim Little slotted home from the penalty spot following a foul on Emma Mitchell, with Vivianne Miedema adding a second before half time. After the break, a cross-cum-shot by Jordan Nobbs increased Arsenal's lead and Miedema quickly made it four. Nobbs finished off a good move to complete a great day and performance by Arsenal, however the win was marred by the news that star midfielder Little sustained a fractured leg following a heavy tackle on her during the second half and she is set to be out for ten weeks.
Arsenal keep themselves on top of the table on goal difference from Birmingham City, who made it four victories out of five with a 1-0 win away to previously unbeaten Bristol City. The Blues could have taken the lead in the first half but Aoife Mannion's penalty was well saved by Sophie Baggaley. The game produced few chances in difficult conditions at Stoke Gifford but with fifteen minutes remaining, Mannion gained revenge with a 30-yard strike which swerved and dipped past Baggaley for the only goal of the game, to maintain her side's excellent start to the season.
Manchester City are starting to find their form and led the table for a couple of hours after a 7-1 victory over West Ham Utd. Caroline Weir opened the scoring with two minutes on the clock and in-form striker Nikita Parris added a quickfire double. The remainder of the goals came in the final eighteen minutes with Steph Houghton scoring in the middle of a Georgia Stanway brace and although Esmee de Graaf grabbed a consolation for the Hammers with eight minutes left, City had not finished and Tessa Wullaert rounded off the scoring four minutes later.
Liverpool are up into mid-table as they defeated Yeovil Town 2-1, their second victory in a row. Kirsty Linnett gave the Reds a first half lead which was cancelled out on the half hour by Ann Marie Heatherson but, as it looked like Yeovil were about to pick up their first point of the season, Jess Clarke scored the winner three minutes from time.
Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion went into their meeting have not scored a league goal between them so far, so perhaps there was some inevitability that they battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw. Danielle Buet got Brighton off the mark in the third minute with the opening goal but Everton were to hit back strongly, Inessa Kaagman equalising just before the half hour and Gabby George giving the lead on the stroke of half time. Chloe Kelly made it 3-1 with twenty minutes remaining but the Seagulls were far from beaten and two goals in a five minute spell from Ellie Brazil saw them register their first point of the season following four narrow defeats.
Manchester Utd stay one point ahead at the top of the table after winning 3-0 against Charlton Athletic.
Katie Zelem fired United ahead with sixteen minutes on the clock and leading scorer Jess Sigsworth added a second just before the hour. Lizzie Arnot wrapped up the win, and Charlton's first league defeat of the season, when she scored the third with fifteen minutes remaining.
The two teams immediately below United in the table met each other and it was Tottenham Hotspur who kept up their 100% record with a 3-1 victory away to Lewes. Sarah Kempson did give the Rookettes a great start as she put them ahead early on but their lead lasted just two minutes, Bianca Baptiste levelling the scores for Spurs and then Rianna Dean netted a first half double to round off a fine result for Karen Hills' side.
Leicester City maintained their improving form and it has taken them into third place after a 2-1 success at Millwall Lionesses. It was Millwall who took the lead midway through the first half when Beth Lumsden drove home a free kick but Leicester hit back strongly after the break, Rosie Axten equalising from the penalty spot on the hour mark, following a foul on Freda Ayisi. Axten then scored a free kick herself to seal a second straight win and lift her team into the top three.
Crystal Palace registered their first win of the season and are up into mid-table as they triumphed 1-0 against London Bees. The only goal of the game came midway through the first half, via a well taken effort from Ashlee Hincks. On the hour, Palace had a chance to double their lead but Hincks' penalty was saved by Sarah Quantrill. Late pressure from Bees almost brought an equaliser when Annabel Johnson struck the bar but Palace held on for their first ever victory at this level.
Aston Villa meanwhile got themselves off the mark by battling out a goalless draw with Durham Women but it was not quite enough to take them off the bottom of the table. Kerri Welsh went closest for Villa during the first half and after the break, Durham stepped up the pace and nearly went in front when Nicki Gears' effort came back off the bar. Villa stood firm to bring a halt to their losing run of three matches, whilst the Wildcats were left a little frustrated after drawing for the third time in four matches.
Hibernian are one match away from maintaining their stranglehold on the SSE Scottish Women's Cup after they defeated Glasgow City 2-1 in the semi finals on Sunday.
In the first of the semi final double header at the Forthbank Stadium, it was Hibernian who started strongly and they took the lead on fourteen minutes, Kirstin Reilly converting a cross from Rachel McLauchlan. Glasgow City responded well to the setback and came close to getting themselves back on level terms when Kirsty Howat had a shot saved by Jenna Fife. After the break, Lidija Kulis hit the post as City continued to press but Hibernian remained firm at the back whilst also looking dangerous on the break. This proved to be the case when a Hibs counter attack ended with them winning a corner, where Emma Brownlie's kick carried to the far post for Joelle Murray to drive a shot past Lee Alexander and increase her side's lead. City did not give up and were given a lifeline through a Siobhan Hunter own goal with three minutes remaining but they could not force another breakthrough. For the first time since 2010, Glasgow City will not be in the Scottish Cup Final whilst Hibernian have their sights firmly set on a third successive triumph in the competition.
Hibs' opponents in the Final will be Motherwell, who won 3-1 against Spartans in the other semi final.
The newly crowned SWPL 2 Champions have become the first team from the second tier to reach the Final since the league's re-organisation but they came under pressure during the early stages as Spartans twice came close to taking the lead. It was Motherwell who struck first though, Megan Burns' deflected header finding the net following a corner. Spartans continued to attack though and it brought reward when Tegan Reynolds brought them back on level terms, following good work on the right by Rachel Walkingshaw. Motherwell went back in front ten minutes into the second half from another corner, Kerry Montgomery forcing the rebound home after her original header had been blocked. Kaela McDonald-Nguah almost levelled matters once again when she hit the bar with a header but Motherwell sealed the game late on, Caitlin Russell heading in at the far post from a cross by Katey Turner.
The Final will take place at Firhill Stadium, home of Partick Thistle FC, on Sunday 4th November with a 4.10pm kick off.
Doncaster Rovers Belles picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, a 4-1 success away to Guiseley Vixens.
We talked to Belles defender Olivia Cook, who was delighted with her team's first points of the season and admitted their determination to prove themselves at this level and give the club a brighter future:
WSS: Well done on your first win of the season on Sunday. As well as joy, was there some relief as well afterwards?
OC: Yeah of course it's difficult for a young squad like us to start the season with the tough games we've had and it's nice for our hard work to finally pay off. This gives us something to kick on from now for the season.
WSS: And to win 4-1 against a team which had draw with Middlesbrough in midweek, just how well did the team play on the day?
OC: Guiseley are a very strong and experienced side and they showed how threatening they can be on Sunday. But, for us, it was a much stronger, improved performance, we were more confident, organised and most importantly resilient which is something we've maybe missed in our other performances.
WSS: Did you feel though that a result like this was coming?
OC: We're constantly adapting and progressing as a team and have been minimising our mistakes. We were close against Derby, Forest and Hull and have looked more threatening recently so we had hoped that this would soon translate into points for us.
WSS: The club's problems over the summer were well known, how difficult was it for the team to settle down and get used to each other over the opening games?
OC: It was a difficult summer to say the least for Belles, but everyone here knew the significance of the club and its reputation for developing young players, so we all shared that mentality of wanting to prove why we're here. There's a great atmosphere and vibe amongst players and staff and our togetherness is key to our performance.
WSS: This week you take on Barnsley in the Plate, how confident are the team that they can build on last Sunday's result?
OC: Obviously, each game presents a different challenge and we go into each one expecting a battle. Barnsley are strong and we're never going to expect results, we want to earn them. Now, we want to carry forward the momentum from Sunday and bring that same energy to the cup game.
WSS: The team is obviously improving week by week, do you feel now that you can close the gap on the teams above you?
OC: We're eager to prove that we deserve our place in the league and Sunday has shown ourselves and others what we're capable of. As a team, we're always going to challenge ourselves and want to chase down that team in front so we'll continue working hard to achieve that and compete with the other teams.
WSS: Taking into account all that has gone on over the last few months, if the team were to stay up this season, would that be one of the club's best ever achievements?
OC: Donny Belles have achieved some incredible things as a club, so to be a part of any achievement here is special. For our team it would be an amazing achievement to not only stay up, but to seriously compete in this league. The club has backed us to stay in this league from the start and have never doubted that we would fight and contend and that's what we hope to do.
WSS: Just how important is it for women's football in this country for the famous Doncaster Belles to get over this phase and keep going in the future?
OC: Belles is an historic club and one that has paved the way for many female footballers from its establishment to the present. I think the fact it didn't give up in the face of recent challenges is testament to the hard work of the all the staff at the club and the support of the fans and footballing community. So, it's important to keep this club as a significant part of the women's game. Some have seen this season as a step back, but we see it as a new opportunity. We get to be a part of the experience in driving this club forward and creating something exciting for the future.
Our thanks to Olivia!
(Photo - Julian Barker)
Swindon Town Ladies are delighted to announce that this Sunday's FA Women's National League Plate fixture with Bedworth United Ladies will be dedicated to ‘Cancer Research.'
The charity is close to many of the players and staff hearts with personal stories from family members & friends and the dedicated day will hopefully raise further awareness and raise some money for the charity.
On match day the following will take place:
* Supporters will be able to ‘pay what you want' for entry with all donations going to Cancer Research
* The players will warm up in pink shirts & wear pinks socks and laces for the fixture
* Young supporters of the club will be donning pink for the day and walking out with the team prior to the fixture.
* There will be a special feature in the programme with the STLFC players and staff telling you who they are representing on the day.
* Raffle to win a signed Swindon Town Ladies home shirt & season tickets
The game takes place at Fairford Town Football Club, Cinder Lane, Fairford, GL7 4AX with a 2pm kick off. If you cannot make the fixture on Sunday and would like to donate please head to:
Despite being unable to qualify for the Elite Round of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, following defeats against Belgium and Iceland, Wales ended their qualification group in style against hosts Armenia.
Wales ran out 6-0 winners in a dominant display at the FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan.
After Grace Horrell had earlier missed a penalty by striking the crossbar, she made up for it by finding the back of the net during the 29th minute.
A second penalty was awarded to Wales moments before half time and on this occasion, Elise Hughes took responsibility and sent Amine Harutyunyan the wrong way in the Armenian goal to make it 2-0.
Any chance of an Armenia comeback was thwarted early in the second half when Wales scored two further goals in quick succession as Emily Jones and Ella Powell got the better of Harutyunyan.
Cassia Pike made it 5-0 in the 67th minute before Wales' control of the game was capped off with a sixth goal deep into added time as Jennifer Hughes netted on her debut.
Wales: Aimee Watson, Ffion Morgan (sub Chelsea Deacon 80mins), Lily Woodham (sub Cassia Pike 59mins), Lucia Carpanini, Tamsyn Sibanda, Ella Powell, Grace Horrell, Elise Hughes, Emily Jones (sub Jennifer Hughes 80mins), Shannon Dukes, Nia Rees (sub Chloe Williams 66mins). Subs not used: Olivia Clark, Rhianne Oakley.
Newhaven 0 AFC Bournemouth CST 8
AFC Bournemouth CST of the Southern Region League Premier Division ended Newhaven's SSE Women's FA Cup adventure at the Third Qualifying Round stage with an excellent display, notching four goals in each half to claim a place in the First Round proper.
Whilst the result was disappointing for the hosts, a large and supportive Fort Road crowd showed their appreciation for both teams at the end, acknowledging in particular Newhaven's progress through three rounds to this stage.
The Cherries were in command throughout, producing slick passing movements and exploiting their speedy and skilled attackers to create a host of chances . The home team stuck to their task very well despite the heavy score, never giving up in the face of pressure and had their best spells of attack in the final quarter of the game, going close to a late consolation.
Bournemouth's Maisy Smith scored the first two goals on ten and thirteen minutes, the second set up after a run and cross from Rosie Eden, who had an outstanding match. Very good goalkeeping by Annie Hills denied Katie Kingshott and Georgia Ungoed made a fine block to deny Eden in front of goal. Sian Tilly then went close with a spectacular overhead volley from a corner as Bournemouth dominated the opening twenty minutes.
The hard working Dockers attacker Chloe Winchester got free on the right to test Bournemouth keeper Kate Guthrie on 26 minutes as the match evened up. However, the chances continued to come for the visitors, Hills saving twice from Terri Harvey and denying Smith a first half hat-trick.
Two further goals just before the break doubled the advantage. Eden added the third and Hills was unlucky when, after a fine save on the edge of the area , Harvey lobbed home the rebound from distance for an impressive fourth.
Little changed after the break with Eden denied again by Hills and Charlotte Eastman going close with a header from a corner . The Newhaven keeper was again unlucky after making a diving save from Smith, Harvey was on hand to net the rebound on the hour.
The sixth soon followed and it was the pick of the Bournemouth goals. The home team had forced a corner and maintained the pressure until the visitors passed their way out of defence, releasing wing back Emma Davis for a perfect cross volleyed home on the far post by Eden for her second. The seventh, on 68 minutes, came from Hannah Bennett and sub Jade Hockey fired home the eighth on 72 minutes.
Newhaven refused to buckle despite the setbacks and rallied impressively in the closing stages, penning the visitors back and moving the ball impressively in the Bournemouth half. Sub Paige Fowler did really well to reach the goal line and dig out an inviting cross for Ungoed who headed just wide in added time.
The tie was a well organised and supported event with a joint programme for the men's and women's team matches over the weekend and numerous junior Dockers in their distinctive red kit supporting the senior side. The South East Counties League hosts had met their match but exited this years SSE Women's FA Cup with pride.
Annie Hills, Steph Harrison, Jade Harker, Ellie Coade, Natalie Ring, Jas Godden, Katie Franks, Georgia Ungoed, Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley, Lauren Smith. Subs: Paige Bashford-Robertson, Paige Fowler, Jess Watkins, Chelsea Cook, Summer Small, Ellie O'Brien, Lucy Collinson.
AFC Bournemouth CST:
Kate Guthrie, Emma Davis, Aimee Burridge, Sian Tilly, Charlotte Eastman, Abi Fletcher, Rosie Eden, Katie Kingshott, Terri Harvey, Hannah Bennett, Maisy Smith. Subs: Katie Scadding, Emily Phillips, Jade Hockey, Anastasia Hnatiw.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lauren Smith is tackled by Emily Phillips
(middle) Rosie Eden scores past Annie Hills
(bottom) Anastasia Hnatiw slides in to challenge Lauren Smith
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England 1 (Kirby 21)
Australia 1 (Polkinghorne 84)
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England were left frustrated as the second of their double header of friendlies saw them pegged back late on by Australia, as a combination of wasteful finishing and extremely poor officiating meant they drew a game they ought to have won.
As with the Brazil match three days earlier, England started the match strongly against an understrength Australian side, which was missing several key players including star striker Sam Kerr.
Beth Mead, who was making only her second start, was in lively form early on and after a bad clearance from MacKenzie Arnold went straight to her, she returned the ball goalwards from fully 40 yards out but was narrowly off target. Mead was inches wide with two further efforts before England's enterprising start brought reward on 21 minutes.
Again, Arnold miscued her clearance and this time, Mead seized on the loose ball and held off a challenge before setting up Fran Kirby to score with a neat finish from six yards.
England continued to call the shots with Mead flicking over the bar from Lucy Bronze's cross but they could not force in a second goal whilst in control of the game.
They were almost made to pay by a ‘route one' move from Australia, Arnold's long clearance being flicked on by Lisa De Vanna for the speedy Princess Ibinsi-Isei whose low shot brought out a fine diving save from Mary Earps. This came moments after Mead had claimed a shot of hers had crossed the line at the other end, Arnold having grabbed at the ball in a desperate attempt to keep it out.
As half time approached, England thought they had a second goal when Mead threaded a through ball for Kirby, who unselfishly rolled the ball aside for Lucy Staniforth to slot into the empty net, but celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. Replays showed it to be a shocking decision with Staniforth clearly behind Kirby as she received the pass.
England frustrations were compounded barely a minute later as Mead broke into the area and was flattened by Caitlin Foord's challenge, however a penalty was somehow not awarded.
The second half was a lot more even as Australia came into the game more as a threatening force and Earps needed to be alert as Ibinsi-Isei threatened once again.
England were finding it more difficult now to create clear cut chances, with a number of promising moves breaking down with the final pass. They did however go close once again, Kirby having a shot cleared off the line by Claire Polkinghorne.
Controversy was never far away though and they were denied what looked to be a second clear penalty when Nikita Parris raced into the area and was brought down by Foord. The officials appeared to be the only people in the ground who did not think it was a penalty.
Australia had begun to look more dangerous as the half wore on and it took a fine save from Earps to keep out a drive from Ellie Carpenter, palming it over the bar. From the resulting corner though, Polkinghorne ran in unchallenged and planted a firm downward header past Earps for the equaliser.
England could well have been back in front straight away as Racherl Daly latched on to an underhit back pass and squared the ball across for Fara Williams but Polkinghorne, who had a fine match, did well to intercept and deny England's most capped player a tap in.
England: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus (sub Leah Williamson 86mins), Lucy Staniforth (sub Rachel Daly 63mins), Keira Walsh, Beth Mead (sub Nikita Parris 63mins), Fran Kirby (sub Fara Williams 76mins), Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Izzy Christiansen, Hannah Blundell, Gabrielle George, Siobhan Chamberlain.
Australia: Mackenzie Arnold, Claire Polkinghorne, Chloe Logarzo (sub Alexandra Chidiac 82mins), Stephanie Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna (sub Mary Fowler 66mins), Tameka Butt, Amy Sayer (sub Emily Gielnik 55mins), Ellie Carpenter, Princess Ibinsi-Isei (sub Larissa Crummer 66mins). Subs not used: Jada Mathyssen-Whymen, Aivi Luik.
Kidderminster Harriers claimed a National League scalp in the SSE Women's FA Cup when they defeated Solihull Moors 2-1.
Samantha White put Solihull ahead shortly before half time but after the break, Kirsty Roberts scored a spectacular equaliser for Harriers and Amber Lawrence netted the winning goal for the West Midlands League side who have reached the First Round at the first attempt. Kidderminster have been rewarded with a plum home tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, an even more meaningful tie as their squad contains several ex-Wolves players and are managed by former Wolves boss James Astle.
Wolves Women meanwhile came through a tough away tie against in-form Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies with a 2-0 victory. Jade Cross opened the scoring two minutes into the second half and Chloe Shirley wrapped up the win for Wolves late on.
Southampton FC Ladies were the other Regional League club to knock out a National League side, winning 4-1 against Larkhall Athletic. Ellie Chaffe netted two of the goals along with Georgie Freeland and Rachel Woods, Kate German grabbing a consolation for the Larks.
Southampton will be away in the First Round, travelling to Dorset to take on Poole Town who were 2-1 winners away to Eastleigh. Hollie Agombar netted the winning for the Dolphins, deep into injury time, to end the resistance of their Southern Region League opponents after earlier finding the net through Sam Gubb.
Brighouse Town emerged as 3-1 winners over Burnley FC Women in one of the ties of the round. Burnley got off to a good start with Danielle Cooper giving them the lead after fifteen minutes but Brighouse were back on level terms by half time, Charlotte Proud scoring from the penalty spot. Lauren Doyle then put Brighouse ahead for the first time on the hour and Lindsey Tugby sealed the win with the third goal.
Brighouse now travel to Leeds Utd who ended the Cup run of Boro Rangers by beating them 8-0. Leeds got off to a great start with Hannah Campbell, Rebecca Hunt and Oda Sperre Tennfjord putting them three up inside the opening fifteen minutes, with Katie Thompson, Beth Davies and Campbell adding further goals ahead of half time. Sophie Stamp got on the scoresheet midway through the second half and substitute Shelbey Morris rounded off the scoring late on.
Chorley were another team to come from behind as they won 2-1 against Crewe Alexandra. All of the goals came in the first half, Rachel Lever opened the scoring for Crewe in the eleventh minute, with Katy Morris equalising midway through the half and Megan Searson netting what proved to be the winner, five minutes before half time.
Chorley will be at home again in the First Round, to Stockport County who were 6-0 winners away to Chesterfield. The home side had stolen the headlines the previous week with a magnificent victory over Burton Albion but Stockport were in no mood for a repeat, taking an early lead through Nicola Connor. Chloe Mapp was on target twice and Stockport's other goals came from Hanna Wilson, Hanifa Douglas and Emma Massey.
FC United of Manchester have reached the First Round for the first time in their history after scoring thirteen times without reply past Bridlington Rovers. Jess Battle had a great day in front of goal, netting seven times, Aimee O'Keeffe and Rebecca Foster each contributed doubles and the tally was completed by Kirsty Chambers and Corie Mather.
The North East derby tie went the way of Chester-le-Street Town, a 2-0 victory away to Newcastle Utd taking the Cestrians through to the next round where they now travel to FC United of Manchester. Laura Hockaday gave them the lead five minutes into the second half and Nichole Havery made the game safe with the second goal late on.
Nyci Thorns was on target twice and Bianca Owens added the other goal as Norton & Stockton Ancients progressed with a 3-1 win against Redcar Town, whose good run was brought to an end.
Norton's next opponents will be Bolton Wanderers, who were 4-0 winners away to West Didsbury & Chorlton. Kelly Halligan netted two of the goals for Bolton, with one apiece from Safron Newhouse and Rachel Hindle.
West Bromwich Albion came through a difficult tie at Leafield Athletic with a hard earned 2-1 victory. Natalie Murray gave Albion a lead which was cancelled out ahead of the break by Berry, before Laura Davies netted the winning goal during the second half.
Albion will be at home in the First Round to another Regional League side, Leicester City Women Development who needed to come from behind to beat Oadby & Wigston Dynamo 2-1. Oadby, from the division below, took a first half lead through Lucy Phillips-Poole but goals either side of half time from Sian Johnson turned the match around in Leicester's favour.
Nettleham ended the run of Histon with a 9-0 victory. Lucy Farrow and Ella Thompson-Moulding each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Katie Thornley, Abigail Ringrose, Holly Newman and Holly Wilson as well as an own goal.
The draw has handed Nettleham another home tie, against fellow National League side Long Eaton Utd who were 6-1 winners away to Sporting Khalsa. Amy Pashley led the scoring for Long Eaton with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Ashleigh Evans and Kim Harford.
Acle Utd and Cambridge City are both riding high in the Eastern Region League Premier Division and it was unsurprising that their meeting turned out to be a close one. A solitary strike from Laura Mills proved to be enough to give Cambridge City a narrow 1-0 win.
This sets up a fascinating local derby tie in the First Round against Cambridge Utd, who were the winners of the only penalty shootout in the round after sharing a 2-2 draw with Stevenage Ladies. Kelley Blanchflower and Mollie Coupar had given the U's a two-goal lead, with Stevenage hitting back to level the scores thanks to Amy Makewell and Ellie Searle, before Cambridge emerged as 4-2 winners on penalties.
New London Lionesses are the sole remaining County League side in the competition after they edged through with a 2-1 extra time victory over Islington Borough in an all-Greater London League clash. Maia Calleja Calvo and Kendal Drake scored the goals for the Lionesses, with Islington's reply coming from Carrie-Anne Layton.
Next up for the Lionesses will be AFC Wimbledon, who progressed at the expense of another Greater London League club when beating Godalming Town 4-0. The visitors came into the game in fine form but the Dons were too strong on the day, Laura Quinn-Low netting a first half brace with Sophie Manzi and Caroline Bisson adding the other goals.
Crawley Wasps kept up their winning start to the season with a 3-0 success away to Chesham Utd. The game remained in the balance until the final quarter of the game, when Emma Plewa gave Crawley the lead. Plewa then netted her second late on and Megan Stow added a third for the Wasps in injury time.
Next up for Crawley is a home tie against Queen's Park Rangers Girls of the London & South East League. Rangers had a fine win themselves, 2-1 away their table toppers Whyteleafe, courtesy of a first half double from Anna Maria Dzyadyk.
Luton Town came through a difficult meeting with Oxford City with a 5-2 victory. Erica Byron hit a hat-trick for a young Luton side who maintained their recent upsurge in form, with Aurora Ryan and Nicola Henman adding the others.
Nikki Baker's side face another awkward tie at home in the First Round as they will face Kent Football Utd who got past Ashford Town (Middx) by the odd goal in seven. Elizabeth Waldie's hat-trick eventually proved to be the major factor in Kent's victory, with Rachel Stevens contributing their other goal.
Norwich City produced one of the best results of the season so far when defeating Enfield Town 4-0. All of the Canaries' goals came during the first half, Chelsea Garrett leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Laura Thacker adding the other goal.
Norwich will be at home again in the next round. to Billericay Town who came through their tie at Wymondham Town with a 4-3 victory. Zoe Rushen and Jay Blackie put Billericay two goals ahead but they were reduced to ten players as Laura Nicholls reduced the arrears from the penalty spot and Carolyn Sarafian brought the scores level on the stroke of half time. Hannah Waters then gave Wymondham the lead for the first time but Billericay rallied well and after captain Lindsey Morgan had headed in an equaliser, Rushen settled a pulsating match in Billericay's favour when she scored a late winner.
Marine Academy Plymouth had produced one of the results of the round last time when beating Southampton Women but their Cup run has come to an end after going down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Buckland Athletic. Natalie Warman gave Buckland the lead just before half time and Sarah Stacey sealed the win for the National League with the second goal, ten minutes from time.
Buckland have been handed another home draw in the FIrst Round to Cheltenham Town. A first half goal from Sarah Walters earned Cheltenham a 1-0 win against Exeter City and maintained their unbeaten record so far this season.
Free scoring Keynsham Town chalked up another convincing victory, this time netting six times without reply past Southampton Saints. Kerry Bartlett and Justine Lorton each netted doubles and they were joined on the scoresheet by Ellie Curson and Laura Williams.
Keynsham will now be up against AFC Bournemouth, who went two better when winning 8-0 away to Newhaven. Maisy Smith, Rosie Eden and Terri Harvey all scored twice for the Cherries, with one apiece from Hannah Bennett and Jade Hockey (see match report).
East Midlands League
Oughtibridge won 5-1 at Mansfield Town to move to within three points of Premier Division leaders Leicester City Women Development. Codi Melia led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Millie Kenyon and Laura Watton. They move above Peterborough Utd who were held to a 2-2 draw by Ollerton Town. Kier Perkins and Jessica Driscoll netted the goals for the Posh Ladies, with Charlotte Appleby and Shoniqua Barnes replying. Loughborough Students defeated Leicester City Ladies 4-2 thanks to Grace Stanley, Frankie Murray, Olivia Bramley and Morgan Murphy and they are up to fourth. Woodlands Ladies won for the first time, 8-0 against Eastwood Community. Jody Scott was on target six times and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amy Tipper and Lauren Wiggins.
Lauren Carter, Tracey Duxbury-Mead, Eleanor Spendlow and Toni McHamilton accounted for the goals as Division One North leaders Boston Utd won 4-1 at Hykeham Town. They head the table on goal diffference from Sleaford Town who beat Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4-3, Jessica Machin (2), Alex Saulter and Jade Welchh were on target. Ilkeston Town defeated Arnold Town 3-1 with goals from Millie Huckle, Jade Eaglefield and Georgina Williams, whilst Calverton MW belatedly opened up their season by winning 2-1 against Grimsby Borough, courtesy of a Hayley Brown double.
In Division One South, Helen Kelly netted twice and Ceara Toal the other for Loughborough Foxes Vixens in their 3-2 victory over Lutterworth Athletic, which takes them level on points with the top two. Notts County meanwhile won for the first time, 3-1 at Corby Town.
Eastern Region League
Brentwood Town kept up their run of good form and it has taken them three points ahead in the Premier Division. With nearest rivals Cambridge City and Acle Utd playing each other in the SSE Women's FA Cup, Brentwood took full advantage as Lauren Knight and Sophie Lovell gave them a 2-1 win over Colney Heath, who reply came from Nicola Hollick. Peterborough Northern Star have joined the leading clubs, they defeated AFC Sudbury 6-1 courtesy of Emma Pollard (2), Cassie Steward (2), Chanade Henderson and Bronwyn Mulheron. Bedford Ladies also won 6-1 against AFC Dunstable, Carissa Kaczorowski and Eden Kibron each netting twice with Jasmine Ajayi and Lily Eaton adding the others. Royston Town made it three wins out of three when scoring nine times past Haringey Borough. Rebecca Scott and Sammy Tinsley both hit doubles and the scoreline was completed by singles from Danielle Carty, Francesca Smithers, Charlotte South, Hayley Eldred and Georgia Gannaway.
Stevenage Ladies Res continue to set a very fast pace in Division One and they are now six points ahead following their 4-1 success away to Hertford Town. Daniela Martucci hit a hat-trick for Stevenage and Emily Schofield was also on target. King's Lynn Town are in second after edging out Hutton by the odd goal in nine, Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse netting twice along with Oksana Imanalijeva, Emma Corbyn and Rochelle Woods. St Ives Town follow on after sharing a goalless draw with Hoddesdon Town Owls, whilst Newmarket Town and Lawford also finished level at 2-2. Molly Agnew and Laura Bailey netted Newmarket's goals, whilst Jasmine Cox bagged a brace for Lawford. Ipswich Wanderers meanwhile ran out 6-0 winners over Hatfield Peveral, Madeleine Fairbrother spearheading her team's first victory of the season with a hat-trick, Kristie Turner added two and Lina Nagib was also on target.
London & South East League
AFC Phoenix were frustrated in their efforts to catch up with the top two when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Fulham FC Foundation. Raquel Arevalo netted twice and Natalia Mann the other for Phoenix, whilst Fulham hit back through an Abigail Igbavboa brace and Michaela Gooden. Aylesford meanwhile moved above Fulham and out of the bottom two after they won for the first time this season, 1-0 against Parkwood Rangers thanks to a goal from Beth Hulme.
London Kent Football Utd opened up their League Cup campaign by beating Eastbourne Town 4-1 in their group match. Elizabeth Adams was on target twice along with Emily Hart and Danielle Harrison, Eastbourne's consolation coming from Georgia Tibble.
North East League
League leaders Harrogate Town got back to winning ways with a 4-1 success against Farsley Celtic which puts them three points clear in the Premier Division. Sophie Tinson led the scoring with a hat-trick and Elisha James was also on target. Durham Cestria have swept into second place after beating Hartlepool Utd 7-1, Lauren Robson bagging a hat-trick along with Chloe Ryan (2), Jess Clark and Jen Jennings. Tynedale complete the top three following their 3-3 draw with Wallsend Boys Club. Victoria Jayne (2) and Megan Watson netted for Tynedale, with Wallsend replying through a Samantha Deverdics brace and Jessica Hooper. South Shields made up ground by defeating York RI 5-1 thanks to doubles from Paige Lester and Dannika Purdham, Laura Howe adding the other, and Castleford White Rose moved off the bottom with a 4-1 victory away to Rotherham Utd. Lacey Lewis, Lauren Breen and Rachel Sherrard all scored for Castleford along with an own goal.
Sunderland West End made it five wins out of five in the Northern Division, they now head the table by five points following their 13-1 win against Prudhoe Town. Kay Mills, Alex Ross and Kristen Whitfield all hit hat-tricks whilst Allison Ferris and Nicole O'Hara each bagged doubles. Second placed Washington Association ran out 4-1 winners at Cramlington Utd thanks to Beth White, Rhianna Yeoman, Elle McCoy and Kimberley Watt. Consett Ladies made it three wins out of four when beating St Cuthbert's Ladies 3-1 with a goal apiece from Beth Wilson, Nicole McEvoy and Chloe Murphy. Catherine Johnston (2), Kirsty Armstrong, Jade Barrett and Stephanie Stafford netted the goals as Alnwick Town won 5-0 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res.
The top of the table clash in the Southern Division went the way of Ossett Utd, who won 1-0 against Barnsley Development with a goal from Chelsea Schofield, to open up a lead of four points over their opponents. A win would have taken Wakefield second but they were beaten 5-1 by Altofts Ladies, for whom Sophie Allen netted twice along with Nadine Bates, Hollie Betts and Nicola Smith. Emma Lansdall was on target four times as Harrogate Railway defeated York RI 7-2, Nicola Hadley (2) and Louise Donnelly joining her on the scoresheet.
North West League
Wigan Athletic won 5-3 against Sir Tom Finney and this has taken them level on points with Premier Division leaders Mossley Hill. Tranmere Rovers ran out 4-0 winners away to Manchester Stingers and this leaves them two points off the pace, as are Fleetwood Town Wrens following their 1-1 draw with Merseyrail Ladies. Accrington Girls & Ladies are out of the bottom three after they collected their second league win of the season, 1-0 against Penrith AFC.
Blackpool have opened up a lead of four points in Division One North as they ran out 3-0 winners over second placed Carlisle Utd. Blackburn Community meanwhile beat Crosby Ladies 11-2 and lie third, just ahead of Cammell Laird 1907 who netted eight times without reply past Burscough Dynamo. Penwortham Town defeated Morecambe Res 9-2 and Preston North End won 3-1 against Leigh RMI.
Division One South leaders Altrincham claimed their fifth win in a row, 4-2 against Northwich Vixens, to stay three points in front of second placed Curzon Ashton, who edged out Warrington Wolverines by the odd goal in seven. Liverpool Feds Res leapfrogged Chester FC Women into fourth place after beating them 2-0 and after four opening defeats, Wythenshawe Amateurs got themselves off the mark with a 3-3 draw against Stockport County Blues.
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard re-opened their Premier Division lead of three points, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Ilminster Town. Abigaill Parr and Kayleigh Riley were on target for Lydeard, with Shannon Crouch replying. Keynsham Town Development went level on points with second placed Marine Academy Plymouth after Leilah King and Libby Sims gave them a 2-0 win away to Portishead Town. Callington Town made it two league wins on the trot when beating Forest Green Rovers 5-0, Lucy Jones netting twice along with Adele Brown, Amy Hemingway and Jodie Smith. Danni Wyatt bagged herself a four-goal haul as Torquay Utd defeated Downend Flyers 7-1, she was joined on the scoresheet by Eleanor Hellyer, Charlotte Dymond and Amber Evans.
Four teams are level on points at the top of the Eastern Division, still headed by Cheltenham Civil Service despite them going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Frampton Rangers for whom Maddy Brown was on target. Swindon Spitfires occupy second place after Lani Dickinson netted both goals in their 2-1 win away to Wootton Bassett Town. Mia Blazey (2), Emily Martin and Katie Minty accounted for the goals as Trowbridge Town defeated Swindon Town Development 4-2 and AEK Boco, who would have returned to the top by avoiding defeat, are back in fourth after losing 2-0 to local rivals Oldland Abbotonians. Beth Dale and Jess Morgan were on target as Oldland won for the first time this season. Almondsbury continued their improving form by beating Laverstock & Ford 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Samantha Kodola, Jess Bessell, Jamie Leigh Worlock and Zoe Youren.
Plympton Ladies have extended their Western Division lead to three points after Sam Metters (2), Shannon Workman (2) and Chelsea Robinson were their markswomen in a 5-1 victory over Weston-super-Mare. Plympton's two nearest rivals, Alphington and Plymouth Argyle Development, met each other and fought out a 1-1 draw. Sophie-Louise Simpson netted for Alphington, with Argyle replying through Alex Hugh. Bideford sport the division's other unbeaten record, which they preserved with a 5-0 win against Pen Mill with a goal apiece from Beth Ellis, Rohana Little, Hannah Neve, Caroline Parsons and Emma Stoneman. Sherise Binns, Amy Clark and Natasha Crew accounted for the goals as Weston Mendip won 3-2 against St Agnes, who replied through a Debbie Duncan double, and Feniton won 4-1 at Bude Town thanks to a Beth Harris hat-trick and Stefanie Churchill-Matthews.
Southern Region League
With their nearest rivals in SSE Women's FA Cup action on Sunday, Woodley Utd took the opportunity to open up a lead of three points in the Premier Division with a 3-0 success away to Newbury Ladies. Jodie Penny, Sarah Thompson and Madelyn Sawyer all scored a goal apiece for the new leaders. Ascot Utd and Barton Rovers meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, Lauren Broadhurst salvaging a point for Ascot with an injury time equaliser after Cheryl Williams had given Barton a first half lead.
Tara Ashley-Woodward led the scoring with a hat-trick, Christina O'Connor and Bonnie Messit adding the others, as Division One leaders Wycombe Wanderers ran out 5-1 winners away to Wokingham & Emmbrook. Second placed Moneyfields recorded an emphatic victory against Wargrave Ladies which included a Kim Stenning hat-trick, doubles from Ciara Boylan, Kim Whitcombe, Grace Laidlaw and Kira Vallely, with Becki Bath, Paige Seeley and Rebecca Davis. Southampton Women Development got back to winning ways with a 7-1 success against Basingstoke Town, Philippa Holden netting twice along with Mia Cook, Roxanne Lee-Stewart, Lily Shergill, Georgia Selby and Phoebe Eccles. Nicola Moore meanwhile hit a hat-trick for Alton Ladies in their 3-1 victory over Shanklin, whose consolation came from Lucy Scholes.
West Midlands League
Cerys Miller hit a hat-trick and Hannah Roxburgh added the other two as Coundon Court went top of the league with a 5-1 win away to Lye Town. Previous leaders Coventry Sphinx were beaten 1-0 by Redditch Utd who have gone level on points with them. Danielle Keegan was another hat-trick scorer for Crusaders as they beat Knowle 7-2, Chelsea Brookes and Bekkie Sloan weighing in with doubles. Stockingford AA Pavilion were beaten for the first time, 4-1 by Sutton Coldfield Town, and Worcester Utd were 2-0 winners over Goldenhill Wanderers to register their first points.
In Division One North, it was a good day for Leek Town as they ran out 4-1 winners over Shifnal Town and opened up a three point lead over second placed AFC Telford Utd who were beaten for the first time, 6-3 by Sandwell Ladies. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other with Port Vale and Florence battling out a goalless draw.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd continue to dominate the early stages in Division One South and maintained their six point lead by winning 3-0 at Leamington Lions, Tracy Haycock netting twice along with Lauri Alexander. Solihull Utd recorded a crushing twelve goal victory in their local derby with Solihull Sporting to remain second. Rugby Town and Stourbridge sit in the next two places after their meeting finished in a 2-2 draw, whilst goals from Katie Edwards (2) and Katherine Christopher earned Kingfisher a 3-1 victory over Coventry City Women.
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