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Actonians Ladies produced one of the results of the Second Round in the Women's FA Cup when they defeated Southern Premier Division title challengers Crawley Wasps 3-1.
We talked to Actonians midfielder Meila D'Santos, scorer of the third goal on the day, and she paid tribute to the hard work put in ahead of the game which helped them on their way to victory, and looked forward to the prospect of taking on Billericay Town in the next round:
WSS: Congratulations on a great result, how does it feel to have knocked a team as good as Crawley Wasps out of the FA Cup?
MD: Thank you and it feels great! We really put in a lot of hard work to prepare for the game, especially from all the drills and practicing set pieces in training. We knew it would be the toughest game yet for us so to come away with a win is an amazing feeling.
WSS: Did you find yourself coming under pressure as the game wore on, and what was it like when you scored the third goal late on?
MD: Not particularly under pressure, I would say Crawley had some good chances and did play well however I think we controlled the game throughout the full 90 minutes, which is what led us on to get the third goal. The third goal was important as it really settled the team down.
WSS: Given where Crawley Wasps are in the league, is this as good a result as the club has ever achieved?
MD: As a player who has only joined Actonians at the start of the season, I wouldn't know if it's the best ever but I would definitely say this is the best we've played so far this season. Crawley are a really good side, so with such a big win I'm hoping that as a team we can carry on the team spirit and positivity into future games.
WSS: Do you think it helped that you had played them in the League Cup a few weeks earlier?
MD: Yes, 100%. We played Crawley very defensively the first time round which made it hard for us to attack. This time round I think we had taken some confidence from the last game into pressing higher and to try and score a couple goals.
WSS: Alessandra Barreca has now scored six goals in the last three rounds of the Cup, how big a boost to the team is it to have a top striker like her?
MD: Ale is a massive part of the team and is an unreal player! She brings so much quality and skill, of which you can see through the amount of goals she's scored. Due to her scoring so many goals, she's given other players the confidence to shoot and try score a few too.
WSS: You have landed an away tie with Billericay Town in the Third Round, from the same division. What are your feelings on that draw?
MD: Billericay are also a very good footballing side, but if we play as well as we did against Crawley then I think we have a very good chance of going through to the next round.
WSS: In the meantime, it's back to the league this week and a home game with Cambridge City. Presumably you see this one as an important match to try and move closer to the teams in the top half?
MD: Yes definitely. We need to play with as much determination and motivation in our league games as we do in the cup.
WSS: Your Cup form has been excellent but you are in mid-table in the league, has that been a little frustrating?
MD: Definitely! We know how well we can play and so to not get the same results in the league as the cup it's the most annoying feeling! But like I said, if we carry on with the same quality as we did Sunday, we've got a good chance of doing well in the league too.
WSS: Division One South East looks to be a strong one and Cup results are reflecting this. The title race is shaping up to be very close, who would you say are the favourites right now?
MD: Obviously with looking at the league, Ipswich and Billericay are the two favourites at the moment however anything can happen and this could change over time!
Our thanks to Meila!
Photo - Chris Benn
Chichester City Ladies FC have officially played their first game at their new home ground at Selsey FC.
Chairwoman Caz Evans said: "It has been a very hard and stressful few months of continuous meetings, emails, phone calls with everyone involved with this move but we know it's the best move for our Club.
The players (both youth and senior) are our main concern, we want every girl who joins our club to be included, accepted, valued, listened to, but most of all have a place they can call home when playing the game they love.
Our time at Oaklands has come to an end we have tried and failed to keep the Club going there and we were left with three options that we put to it committee, which the majority voted and that was time to leave Oaklands Park."
With a couple of successful seasons under their belt and an expansion of youth teams due to high interest, Chi City were unable to keep up the finances that it costs to have eight teams train and play at different venues across West Sussex and Hampshire each week.
To make sure all teams were able to play high quality football and had access to facilities, Selsey FC made the club an offer they couldn't refuse.
The whole club is accommodated with enough pitches for all youth teams to play in the same place each weekend and a high quality first team pitch for the senior teams to enjoy. There is also the opportunity for the club to make profit on match days from various outlets to invest back into the women's game.
The club will still remain Chichester City Ladies and Girls FC, keep the same places in each league and play in green and white. The first weekend at Selsey FC was a roaring success despite the first team being knocked out the Women's FA Cup Second Round to Ipswich Town. The committee are looking forward to creating a one-club feel in their new home.
If advertisers still have a board at Oaklands Park and wish to have it moved to Bunn Leisure Stadium, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee would like to thank all the fans, sponsors and local residents for their continued support of the ladies and girls.
Chichester City 0 Ipswich Town 6
Ipswich Town gave a fine performance to beat Chichester City 6-0 and claim a place in the Third Round of the Women's FA Cup.
The FAWNL Division One South-East leaders took a four-goal lead into the break against the FAWNL Southern Division's bottom placed club and, despite a spirited display from the young Chi team, added two further strikes in the second half.
Keen to impress in their new home at Selsey FC, Chichester started well and had the first effort at goal when Gemma Simmonds crossed for Megan Fox to fire over the bar. However, Ipswich were soon ahead when a right side corner was powerfully headed home by Lindsey Cooper. The host team's Sharna Capel-Watson made a good run down the right and fired a shot into the side netting of Nikita Runnacles' goal as Chi responded to the early setback.
A huge scramble in the Chichester penalty area on 28 minutes led to the Ipswich second. Chi appeared to have cleared the danger on at least two occasions but eventually Abbie Lafayette was adjudged to have been pushed and Paige Peake lashed in the resulting spot kick.
Home keeper Issy Foster kept her team in touch with a superb save from a Natasha Thomas point blank header whilst at the other end, Lucy Cook was denied by Runnacles on 37 minutes.
Thomas was not to be denied, however, netting the third with an excellent lobbed finish from distance after Chi lost the ball in their own half.
A superb run across the area by Anna Grey set up Amanda Crump to finish high into the net for the Tractor Girls' fourth just before the break to cap a clinical first half display.
The home side again started well with sub Priscilla Martins having a shot from a Fox corner held by Runnacles. Sophie Peskett had a fine match for the visitors in attack and she added the fifth with a good run and low finish beyond Foster on 54 minutes.
Chichester battled hard to prevent further damage, Foster making another good save from Crump whilst centre backs Sophie Phelps and LouLou Robson showed determination against the speedy and inventive Ipswich attacks.
In added time, the visitors scored a sixth when Thomas burst clear, rounded Foster and netting from a tight angle but the tie had been decided long before then. It was a disappointing debut for Chichester in front of a good crowd at their impressive new base but Ipswich had given a fine display to claim a Third Round place.
Chichester City: Isobelle Foster, Jess Burke, Sophie Phelps, Meky Lake, Lou Lou Robson, Gemma White, Gemma Simmonds, Sharna Capel-Watson, Francesca Webster, Megan Fox, Lucy Cook. Subs: Jamie Rowlands, Priscilla Martins, Rebecca Bell, Kim Stenning.
Ipswich Town: Nikita Runnacles, Eva Hubbard, Blue Wilson, Natasha Thomas, Amanda Crump, Lindsey Cooper, Abbie Lafayette, Anna Grey, Paige Peake, Sophie Peskett, Molly Sutherland. Subs: Nicole Pannifer, Lucy Egan, Eloise King, Ellie Rossiter, Paige Wakefield, Olivia Bilson, Amy-Leigh Abrehart.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Anna Grey nips between Gemma Simmonds and Francesca Webster
(middle) Francesca Webster gets past a challenge from Blue Wilson
(bottom) Paige Wakefield taking possession under pressure from Sharna Capel-Watson
Arsenal stormed to the top of the Barclays FA WSL with a league record 11-1 victory over Bristol City.
With Chelsea's match at Everton being postponed because of a frozen pitch, the Gunners had the chance to move above them and took full advantage with a powerful display, spearheaded by an astonishing performance from Vivianne Miedema. The Dutch star scored six times - also a league record - to propel herself to the top of the scoring charts and provided a further four assists, including two for Lisa Evans. Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs and Emma Mitchell added the other goals for Arsenal, before the Vixens scored a late consolation goal through Yana Daniels.
Manchester City had been in prime position to go top but remain in second on goal difference following their 1-0 win against Liverpool. Gemma Bonner scored the only goal of the game against her former club, midway through the first half, as City kept themselves firmly in contention. For the Reds, though, it was a seventh defeat in eight matches although they have only conceded ten goals so far this season.
West Ham Utd this time were on the right end of a fightback in their 3-2 victory against Manchester Utd. In a blistering start to the game, Kirsty Hanson's early goal for the Red Devils was cancelled out by Laura Vetterlein with only three minutes on the clock, but Lauren James looked to have set Casey Stoney's side on the way to victory when she restored their lead with ten minutes remaining. However, this time it was the Hammers who staged a comeback and two goals from Katharina Baunach turned matters around to hand them their third win of the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion met Reading FC Women met each other on Friday night and the Seagulls picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw, although they were very close to doing even better. Reading took a first half lead when Fara Williams scored direct from a corner but Hope Powell's improving side hit back to lead at the break thanks to Aileen Whelan and Ini Umotong. Brighton needed to withstand Reading pressure in the second half but looked to have pulled through until the last minute of injury time, when Remi Allen drilled home the equaliser following a goalmouth scramble.
Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur met each other on Wednesday night and battled out a 1-1 draw. The Blues took the lead midway through the first half when Abbi Grant headed in from Lucy Staniforth's chipped pass but they had to settle for a share of the spoils as Kit Graham grabbed a second half equaliser for Spurs with a header from a free kick.
The weather greatly intervened in the Second Round of the Women's FA Cup on Sunday but it was a good day for FAWNL Division One clubs, with no less than six teams knocking out opponents from a higher level.
These teams were spearheaded by Actonians Ladies, who sprung a surprise by beating Crawley Wasps 3-1. The Southern Premier Division high fliers got as far as the Fourth Round last year, eventually going down to Arsenal, but this time it was Actonians who got off to a good start when Alessandra Barreca gave them a first half lead. Naomi Cole equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time but Barreca netted her second within two minutes of the restart and Meila D'Santos sealed the win with the third goal, eight minutes from time.
Actonians will be away in the next round to Billericay Town who had a good win themselves, 2-1 against Gillingham. Therese Addison and Lindsey Morgan scored the goals for Billericay, with the Gills' reply coming from Alice Bussey.
For the second week running, Southampton FC eliminated Yeovil Town from a Cup competition and whilst last week's clash in the League Cup went to extra time, this week's went even further as the Saints triumphed 5-4 from the penalty spot after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw. Southampton took the lead just after the hour through Alisha Ware but Yeovil hit back to take the game into the extra period when Ann Marie Heatherson fired home a late equaliser. Extra time could not decide a winner and it was Southampton who eventually edged through.
Southampton will now be away to Cardiff City Ladies who enjoyed a much smoother progress, scoring six times without reply away to Hounslow Women. After an own goal had given Cardiff a first half lead, captain Cori Williams was in blistering form after the break as she scored four times in a fifteen minute spell, before substitute Josie Longhurst rounded off the scoring with ten minutes to play.
Southampton Women emulated their local rivals by also eliminating a higher division side on penalties, beating Milton Keynes Dons following a 1-1 draw. The game was goalless after ninety minutes, with Dominika Netschova opening the scoring for MK during extra time and Lauren Cheshire grabbing a late, late equaliser to send the game into the shootout where Southampton emerged as 3-2 winners. Southampton have been rewarded with a home tie in the draw, against the winners of the postponed tie between West Bromwich Albion and Lincoln City.
Barnsley meanwhile took their impressive league form into their tie with Sheffield FC and booked their place in the Third Round with a 4-0 victory. Laura Bartup gave Barnsley a first half lead which was increased by Kathryn Smith, before Bartup crowned the win with two further goals in the last ten minutes to complete her hat-trick on the day. Barnsley must now travel to Chorley or Brighouse Town, one of two ties which will guarantee a Division One team in the last 32.
Ipswich Town were the sixth team to take a higher division scalp when running out 6-0 winners away to Chichester City. The Tractor Girls are having a fine season in Division One South East and maintained this form in the Cup thanks to a Natasha Thomas brace, Lindsey Cooper, Paige Peake, Amanda Crump and Sophie Peskett. Ipswich will now be at home to either Portsmouth or Leyton Orient (see match report).
The East Midlands derby tie went the way of Nottingham Forest who edged past Derby County with a 3-2 win from a well contested tie. Olivia Cook and Lyndsey Harkin put Forest two ahead inside the opening sixteen minutes but Derby fought back and netted a goal in each half, through Amy Sims and Sophie Domingo, to get themselves back on level terms. The game seemed to be heading towards extra time but with four minutes remaining, leading scorer Precious Hamilton put Forest back in front once again and they held out to set themselves up with a Third Round trip to either Burnley FC Women or Hull City.
A thrilling tie at Oxford Utd saw a dramatic late twist as Plymouth Argyle won 4-3 after extra time. Argyle had taken an early two-goal lead thanks to Helen Bleazard and Natasha Knapman but Oxford fought back strongly after the break and levelled the scores through goals in a seven minute spell from Georgia Timms and Gemma Sims. The comeback looked to be completed when Sims put Oxford ahead for the first time, nine minutes after the start of the extra period, but there was a late sting in the tail for the home side as Bleazard equalised with her second goal and substitute Kayley Lane grabbed a winner for Plymouth in the dying minutes.
Plymouth's win has set up a mouthwatering Third Round tie away to Watford, who overcame Keynsham Town's resistance with a 3-0 victory. The first half was goalless but just after the hour mark, Watford broke the deadlock in slightly fortuitous fashion when a Katie O'Leary cross was diverted into her own net by the unfortunate Nadine Grogan. Andrea Carid put her side firmly in control when she added a second shortly afterwards and Alysha Stojko-Down produced an excellent 25-yard strike for the third in injury time.
The weather had mostly affected the scheduled ties in the north of the country but one northern team to make it through were Fylde Women, who came through a tricky tie away to Wolverhampton Wanderers with a 1-0 victory. The Coasters progressed via a goal scored with just three minutes on the clock, Emily Hollinshead netting what turned out to be the winner. Fylde will now have a home tie against opposition from the north east, the winners of the tie between Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
East Midlands League
Rotherham Utd closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Peterborough Utd to four points with an 8-3 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Lucy Ridley and Nat Shaw both hit hat-tricks, with one apiece from Amy Pollock and Bradie Wild whilst Leicester, who had been in good form going into the game, replied with goals from Gemma Ball, Charlotte Moffat and Kerry Stapleton. Loughborough Students meanwhile leapt off the bottom of the table on the back of a 5-0 success away to Rise Park. Meadow Barton was on target twice along with Fatima Husein, Nadia Sabania and Maddie Fox.
Chesterfield got back to winning ways in Division One North, lifting themselves up into third place by beating Lincoln Moorlands Railway 3-0. Paige Singleton and Ami Buzzeo gave the Spireites a two-goal lead at half time, with Isobel Lonsdale adding the third after the break. Worksop Town meanwhile made up ground when Kirsty Hadley, Leah Hardy, Hannah McWilliams and Jasmine Saxton gave them a 4-2 victory away to Arnold Town, whose responses came from Maria Wayne and Megan Harlow.
Division One South leaders Beaumont Park suffered their second defeat of the season, beaten 3-1 by Ilkeston Town. Hayley Brown, Georgina Shaw and Tyla-Asha Peters netted the goals for Ilkeston, with Beaumont's consolation coming from Kayleigh Needham. Bella Reed was on target six times as Notts County ran out 11-1 winners at Thrapston Town to narrow the gap on the leaders to three points. Lashea Francis contributed a hat-trick, Nya Chambers and an own goal completing the tally. Lutterworth Athletic follow on after an Emily Sowler hat-trick, Helen Lewis and Louise Ward steered them to a 5-2 victory away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens.
Woodlands Ladies booked their place in the last sixteen of the League Cup with a 3-1 victory in their delayed tie against Notts County Development, courtesy of a hat-trick from Jody Scott.
Eastern Region League
Harlow Town continue to look strogn at the top of the Premier Division, extending their lead to eight points by winning 3-0 away to AFC Dunstable with goals from Chloe Bassett, Abbey Dell and Becky Shephard. Royston Town move up into second place despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Colney Heath. Rebecca Vass netted twice and Jo Rutherford the other for Royston, whilst Colney responded with a Samaira Khan hat-trick. Peterborough Northern Star kept themselves firmly in contention by beating Bedford Ladies 5-2, Leah Cudone netting twice along with Evie Driscoll-King, Faith Homer and Emma Pollard. Taylor Adcock, Yasmin Cowley, Donna Fletcher, Megan Harley and an own goal saw Bowers & Pitsea to a 5-1 victory at Haringey Borough, whose consolation came from Gracie Robinson.
In Division One North, second placed East Bergholt Utd lost ground as they were beaten 4-2 by AFC Sudbury. Evie Creaton, Charlene Roach-Smith, Rebecca Stephenson and Amy Thompson were all on target for Sudbury, with East Bergholt's replies coming from Georgia Lockerbie and Megan Partridge. King's Lynn Town meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners at Newmarket Town with strikes from Emma Corbyn (2), Rebecca Russell and Nikita Morris.
Things remain close at the top of Division One South, still led by Hutton who defeated Wodson Park 5-1 thanks to a Vicky Kinsman hat-trick and Kate Lowen double. The two teams immediately below Hutton met each other and it was Millwall Lionesses who were 1-0 winners over Stevenage Women Development. Daisy Canny had a tremendous day in front of goal, scoring no less than seven times as Lawford won a high scoring affair 9-5 against Hoddesdon Town Owls, Nancy Butler adding the other two goals for her side.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers have gone back to the top of the league after repeating their 4-2 victory over Whyteleafe from seven days earlier. Chloe Sampson netted twice for Rangers and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amelia Cutler and Carla Perez, whilst 'Leafe scored through Jessica Lewry and Megan Smith.
The rest of the action on the weekend took place in the League Cup and Group A could hardly be closer after Sunday's matches, with all five teams having lost one match each. Eastbourne Town remain on top of the table despite having been beaten 6-1 by Aylesford, who move into second as a result. Alex Witham and Beth Hulme each netted twice along with Rebecca Barr and Fiona Constable. Dartford meanwhile got themselves off the mark by winning 3-2 at Saltdean Utd. Caitlin Hirst, Megan Mansfield and Elizabeth Adams were all on target for Dartford, with Saltdean replying through Emily Towner and Olivia Walker. In Group B, the battle is on to join Queen's Park Rangers in qualifying for the semi finals and these are led by Ashford Town (Middx) after they won 5-0 away to Fulham. Ashley Cheatley led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Hannah Pearson and Laura Huse. Denham Utd stay level on points with Ashford, albeit having played one game more, as Lauren Cox netted the only goal of the game in their 1-0 victory against Dulwich Hamlet.
North East League
The league was once again greatly affected by the weather with only two matches going ahead throughout the three divisions on Sunday.
The leadership was on offer in the Premier Division though with Harrogate Town needing to avoid defeat in their home match with Hartlepool Utd in order to move above Wallsend Boys Club. However, they remain one point behind in second place, with Hartlepool moving into third by winning 4-3. Savanna Robson was on target twice for 'Pools, along with Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson, whilst Harrogate replied through a Lindsey Whitton brace and Holly Smith.
In the Southern Division, Hepworth Utd won for only the second time this season when scoring six times without reply past Bradford Park Avenue. Jolene Forrest netted two of the goals, with the others coming from Laura Brown, Renata Feherova, Kim Antonio and Sophie Walsh.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers got back to winning ways on Sunday and restored their six point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-2 victory over Fleetwood Town Wrens, bringing a halt to Fleetwood's recent surge in form. Crewe Alexandra ran out 6-1 winners over Mossley Hill and this has taken them up into third place, whilst Wigan Athletic are out of the bottom two after beating Morecambe 3-2.
One match went ahead in Division One North but it was a significant one near the top of the table, with leaders Penrith AFC opening up a lead of four points on second placed Accrington Sports & Football Club after winning their meeting 2-1.
Salford City Lionesses are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One South and are seven points ahead once again after they defeated Liverpool Feds Res 8-1. Chester FC Ladies meanwhile won 5-3 away to Wythenshawe Amateurs and this has taken them back into the top three.
South West League
Oldland Abbotonians suffered their first defeat of the season in any competition when Weston Mendip beat them 5-2 to reach the quarter finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup. Amy Clark netted twice for Mendip along with Natasha Crew, Stephanie Goddard and 16-year-old Jennie Habbits, who marked her debut with a goal. Olivia Goozee and Vicky Mundy were on target for Oldland. Former winners Alphington are out this time around, beaten 2-0 by Plymouth Argyle Development whose goals both came from Nicola Champion. Bristol Ladies Union won a thrilling tie 4-3 against Almondsbury, courtesy of doubles from Hannah Price and Sophie Price, whilst Sophie Mitchell, Emma Summerill and Sophie Cooper replied for 'Bury. Forest Green Rovers meanwhile continued their improvement in form as they reached the last eight by beating Laverstock & Ford on a penalty shootout, after the teams had shared a goalless draw. Plympton Ladies enjoyed a much smoother passage, scoring ten times without reply past Bude Town. Sam Metters led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Shannon Workman weighed in with a hat-trick, along with singles from Emily Hollister, Shelley Locock and Bethany-Ann Mitchell.
Wootton Bassett Town have hit top spot in the Premier Division for the first time this season, following their 3-2 victory against Middlezoy Rovers. Hayley Huckin scored twice for Bassett, to add to Lauren Kayll's earlier strike, whilst Demi Reading netted a brace in reply. Long term leaders Callington Town are back in second place after they beaten 3-2 by Bishop's Lydeard. Amber Guy-Kemp (2) and Hannah Delbridge were the scorers for Lydeard, whilst Callington's goals came from Gabi Alphous and Keri-Ann Moxom. Charlotte Pettinger netted the only goal of the game for Ilminster Town in their win at Bideford whilst Keynsham Town Development returned to winning ways with a 3-0 success away to Torquay Utd, courtesy of an Emily Plummer hat-trick. Portishead Town remain just behind the leading sides, with a number of games in hand, after goals from Shannon Holloway, Emily Lindsey and Ruby Lowe earned them a 3-0 victory over Marine Academy Plymouth.
Frampton Rangers won 2-1 against Chipping Sodbury Town to hold on to top spot in the Northern Division. Kirsten Prior and Lucie Hulin netted the goals for Frampton, with Helen Tuckwell replying. Cheltenham Town Development moved into second by scoring seven times without reply past AEK Boco. Holly Fenton and Naomi Marshall each scored twice, with one apiece from Hannah Galpin, Anna Symanowski and Jessica Wadey.
In the Western Division, Feniton moved themselves level on points with leaders Plymouth Argyle Development as they ran out 9-1 winners over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Kate Finch netted a brace and their other markswomen were Abi Breban, Brittany Harris, Natalie Matthews, Nia Owen, Gemma Aspinall, Amy Salter and Dani Skinner.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST preserved their lead of three points in the Premier Division by beating Winchester City Flyers 2-0, courtesy of a late brace of goals from Emma Davis. Mia Adaway hit a hat-trick as second placed Moneyfields won 8-1 against Ascot Utd, Katie Shorter adding a brace with the others from Katie George, Kim Whitcombe and Paige Seeley. The Moneys stay three points off the pace, as do Oxford City following their 7-2 success over Woodley Utd. Tiana Russell-Cartwright led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Anderson, Edie Stilwell-Garrett and Kerry Walklett. Abingdon Utd kept themselves in touch by scoring seven times without reply past Newbury Ladies, Beth Hawtin hitting a hat-trick along with Kiera Isaac (2), Heather Young and Lauren May. .
In Division One, Laura Hobbs and Rachel Johnson each netted twice, with Charlotte Stoate adding the other, as Abbey Rangers won 5-1 at Tilehurst Panthers to open up a one point advantage over Abingdon Town who scored eight times without reply past New Milton Town. Charlotte Comley and Elisha Cox each bagged doubles along with Sara Comley, Sam Mayo, Taya McCalmon and Megan Crawford. Eastleigh had started the day on top but were beaten for the first time, 3-2 by Bournemouth Sports whose goals were scored by Hollie Bentley, Justine Mosley and Lorna Priestley. Francesca Day and Lily Chowdhry were on target for Wycombe Wanderers Development as they drew 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth CST Development, who replied through a brace from Helen Corbin, and goals from Fay Roberts (2), Olivia Norton and Mia Inglis saw Southampton Women Res to a narrow 4-3 win over Alton Ladies.
West Midlands League
Redditch Utd have stretched their lead to seven points with a twelve goal blast against Knowle which included a hat-trick from Katie Ross-Baker. Shona Baldwin, Annie Highway and Lyndsey Ross-Baker each netted twice and the total was completed by Abby Jackson, Jessica Lippiatt and Leah Williams. Sutton Coldfield Town won 4-1 at Coventry Sphinx and are up to second, goals coming from Jodie Lewis, Alison Forbes, Harriet Roberts and Abbie Hyland. they are two points ahead of Solihull Ladies Utd who were 5-0 victors away to Worcester City thanks to Hayley Wilford (2), Saddiqa Shah, Scarlett Fielding and Anna Robinson.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Shrewsbury Town, who won 2-1 against leaders AFC Telford Utd to close the gap on them to a single point. Yvette Dolphin (2), Rachel Green and Siobhan Hodgetts were on the scoresheet as Sandwell Ladies won 4-1 at Sutton Coldfield Town Royals to keep themselves well in contention whilst Solihull Sporting crashed 4-0 to Shifnal Town, Jenna Boddison netting twice along with Danni Smith and Jessica Wood.
One game went ahead in Division One South and it saw Stourbridge further extend their lead to twelve points by beating Droitwich Spa 4-0 with Amber Lawrence (2), Mollie Summers and Jess Bate all on target.
Chesham Utd are through to the Second Round, where they will be up against Billericay Town, after they ran out 4-0 winners over Exeter City. A fantastic start to the game saw Chesham score all of their goals in the opening 28 minutes, Rebecca Bloor netting an early brace before Gemma Fraser added the other two in quick succession.
Stevenage Women booked their place in the quarter finals as they narrowly defeated Maidenhead Utd 3-2. Tamsyn Sibanda was on target twice for Stevenage, with Katie Knell adding their other goal, whilst Maidenhead responded with a double from Stephanie Nelson.
Leicester Utd and Leafield Athletic were finally able to play their much delayed First Round tie and it was Leafield who advanced with a 2-1 victory. Georgia Harris and Alice Rogers were on target for Leafield; Lily Cocking replied for Leicester but they could not prevent Leafield from going through and they will be away to West Bromwich Albion in the next round.
Division One North
Liverpool Feds have moved back into the top four, on the back of a 1-0 win away to Bradford City. Jennifer Rogers settled matters in the Feds' favour with the only goal of the game, three minutes before half time.
Stockport County meanwhile defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-1 to climb two places up the table and towards a mid-table position. Chloe Mapp netted a first half brace for County, with Sophie John and Imogen Porteous-Williams adding further goals after the break to propel their side to their best result of the season so far, whilst Bolton's consolation came from Shauna Jein.
Division One Midlands
The New Saints kept up their recent run of good form and are in third place in the table following their 7-1 victory over Burton Albion. Katie Doster led the scoring for TNS with a hat-trick, Jess Jennings contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Kim Bebbington and Laura Pennington, whilst Burton - who were playing a league match for the first time since 29th September - grabbed a consolation goal through Nina Warrington.
Bedworth Utd did not win any of their first five league matches but have won all of their five games since, including a 2-1 success against Long Eaton Utd on Sunday. Long Eaton went into the game in the top three in the league but despite a strike from Amy Pashley, Tiarna Gilkes and Jodi Hunter both scored to maintain Bedworth's fine run.
Division One South West
Brislington and Swindon Town were both in action for the first time in several weeks when they met each other at Ironmould Lane and it was Brislington who celebrated their first league victory of the season as they ran out 4-1 winners. Kim Maggs gave Brislington the lead on the quarter hour and after Suze Berry equalised for Swindon, Adele Brown replied quickly to put the home side ahead at the break. Maggs then scored her second five minutes after the restart and Rebecca Pritchard put the seal on the win for her side with the final goal, twenty minutes from time.
The final match in Group D of the Reserve Section League Cup was played and did not produce any goals as Derby County and Stoke City battled out a goalless draw. The result means that Derby are definitely through to the knockout stages and Stoke must avoid defeat in their final group game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to join them.
The rest of the Cup action took place in the First Round of the Reserve Plate and the game of the day was surely at Lincoln City where the home side shared a 6-6 draw with Loughborough Foxes. Toni McHamilton hit a hat-trick for Lincoln along with Jessica Rosseay, Jodie Steadman and Sophie Crosby, whilst Loughborough replied through a Nicola Russell hat-trick, Emily Gunn, Anna Renken and Sarah Brown before going on to advance with a 5-4 win in the resulting penalty shootout. Barnsley went through with a 4-2 victory over Middlesbrough, Madison Foye netting a brace along with Ellie Brightmore and Emily Pierrepont, whilst 'Boro's replies came from Lauren Farrow and Eve Gatens. Leeds Utd U23 also recorded a fine win, beating Chorley 5-2 with goals from Emily Sykes (2), Katie Astle, Megan Smith and Stacey Buxton. Hull City came away from Burnley FC Women with a 2-1 victory under their belts, Jennifer Randall and Holly Johnson-Collier netting their goals with Leanne Prescott replying. Leicester City defeated Bedworth Utd 4-1 thanks to an Olivia Atkinson double, Jessica Camwell and Gabriella Foulkes, whilst goals from Lauren Walker (2), Paige Kavanagh, Angelique Morley and Chloe Handy led Sporting Khalsa to a 5-0 win against Crewe Alexandra. Cardiff City Ladies meanwhile defeated The New Saints 1-0, Daisy Watkins scoring the only goal of the game. Chichester City edged past Billericay Town on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 2-2 draw. Freya Fuller and Sophie Nyiro were on target for Billericay, with Agnes Laczkovszki replying for Chichester who went on to triumph 5-4 from the spot. Georgina Lowe, Harriet Eastham and an own goal ensured that Southampton FC won 3-2 away to AFC Wimbledon whilst Crawley Wasps scored seven times without reply past Cambridge Utd, Lauren Callaghan hitting a hat-trick along with Rosanne Fine, Kemina Webber, Tia Perry and Danielle Boyd.
Blackburn Rovers have moved into the top three in North Division One with a 3-2 victory over Durham Women, whose goals came from Amy Richardson and Ellie Smith.
The Midland Division One table continues to have a somewhat bizarre look about it after Coventry Utd and Nottingham Forest fought out a 1-1 draw. Rhea Bailey was on target for Coventry, who would have gone top with a win but sit in second instead, whilst Annabel McKechnie replied for Forest. This means that the entire table is now covered by just two points and, although they are unbeaten after their opening two games, Forest are actually in bottom place.
Crystal Palace are the new leaders of the South Division following their 9-1 victory over Gillingham. Elisabeth Heyndrickx, Ronnell Homes and Mia Lockett all scored twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Burr, Kelsey Mugford and Lucy Robinson. Lewes meanwhile ran out 5-0 winners away to Charlton Athletic U21, Chloe Winchester bagging a hat-trick and Meghann Wingsutton added the other two goals.
In the South East Division, leaders Watford U23 and got back to winning ways when they beat AFC Basildon 3-2. Anaisa Harney, Rubie Smith and Charli O'Connor were all on the scoresheet for Watford, with Eloise Ives and Francesca Anunwa replying. London City Lionesses made sure of staying a single point behind in second place with an 8-2 victory over Norwich City, Kallie Balfour leading the scoring with a four-goal haul whilst Chenille Smith (2), Eden Bailey and Kelsey Smith accounted for the others.
The 2019 SWF Annual Awards were held on Saturday and marked a historic year for women's football in Scotland.
Highly rated Hibernian winger Jamie-Lee Napier was the winner of the SWPL 1 Player of the Year award, with Hamilton Academical's Amy Anderson winning the equivalent award for SWPL 2.
In the year that Scotland participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup Finals for the first time, Erin Cuthbert was the recipient of the International Player of the Year award whilst Glasgow City's achievement of reaching the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League for only the second time, as well as winning a domestic league and cup ‘double' was marked with them being named as SWPL Club of the Year and Scott Booth landing the Coach of the Year award.
The full list of winners from a successful night of celebration for the women's game in Scotland is as follows:
Holders Cardiff Met Women are one of three teams who are through to the semi finals of the League Cup, booking their passage from their group with a 3-0 victory over Port Talbot Town on Sunday.
In a flying start to the match, the Archers scored all three goals inside the opening eighteen minutes, Madison Schupbach giving them a lead which was quickly doubled by Robyn Pinder, before Schupbach netted her second.
The other team from the group due to join them is yet to be decided, with either Port Talbot or Cyncoed Ladies set to go through. Cyncoed were held to a 2-2 draw by Aberystwyth Town and their fate was set to be decided on Thursday night as they took on Cardiff Met. Aberystwyth took the lead just before half time through Kelly Thomas but the Mighty Oaks fought back to turn things around early in the second half with goals from Athina Varnava and Alison Witts. An own goal by Caitlin Williams brought the scores level again and both sides had to settle for a point apiece.
Carditf City FC are in the last four after they defeated Abergavenny Women 5-1, joining Swansea City as quaifiers from their group. Kate Jeremiah gave Cardiff a fourteenth minute lead against her former club but an Amelia Forkings own goal brought Abergavenny level on the stroke of half time. Danielle Broadhurst put City back in front after the break and a quickfire double by Catherine Walsh gave them a firm grip on the game before Jeremiah rounded off the scoring with the final goal.
Aston Villa march on at the top of the Championship table after winning 2-1 away to London Bees.
Villa started the game well and took the lead when Amy West scored at the far post from a corner. The Bees hit back to level the scores through a well taken effort from Lauren Pickett a minute before half time but Emma Follis curled home a free kick from 25 yards to seal an eighth win in nine games for leaders Villa.
The two teams who started the day immediately below Aston Villa in the table met each other and it was Sheffield Utd who won 2-1 at London City Lionesses to keep the gap at three points. Katie Wilkinson put the Blades in front with eight minutes on the clock, before the Lionesses equalised early in the second half, Vyan Sampson scoring from close range following a corner. But the game was settled fifteen minutes through an excellent solo goal by Olivia Fergusson.
Durham Women got back to winning ways with a 3-2 success away to Coventry Utd. Molly Sharpe slotted home to give the Wildcats the lead in the first half and Kathryn Hill doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time, heading in from a corner. Coventry came back into the game after the break and were rewarded when Beth Merrick reduced the arrears with a neat lob. In a dramatic finish to the game, Megan Bell scored what proved to be the winning strike for Durham in injury time, despite Becky Anderson pulling a goal back at the other end a minute later.
Defeat for Coventry means they drop back into the bottom two, due to Leicester City winning 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers. Both sides traded chances during the first half but six minutes before the interval, Leicester went in front albeit in fortuitous fashion, a Hayley James header hitting the bar before rebounding off an unfortunate Alex Taylor and back into her own net. The Foxes wrapped up the win with seventeen minutes remaining, Annabel Blanchard's pass releasing Lachante Paul, who ran through on goal before beating Rovers goalkeeper Fran Stenson with a low shot.
Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic shared a 1-1 draw in their South London derby match but the point was not quite enough to take the Addicks off the bottom of the table. A well taken goal by Charley Clifford gave Charlton the lead three minutes before half time, but they were denied what would have been their first league win of the season on the hour, when Cherelle Khassal headed in a cross by Annabel Johnson.
The draw for the Third Round of the Women's FA Cup has been made.
Only three of the nine ties are known because of a number of postponements in Second Round ties yesterday, but the pick of the round is likely to be the clash between Watford and Plymouth Argyle, two of the title challengers in the Southern Premier Division this season. Actonians Ladies, who caused an upset by knocking out Crawley Wasps, will be away to Billericay Town who themselves had a good win against Gillingham.
That tie, along with Barnsley being drawn away to either Chorley or Brighouse Town, ensures that at least two teams from Tier 4 will go through to the Fourth Round.
The ties are set to be played on Sunday 5th January and prize money is £1,250 for the winners, as well as the honour of joining the Barclays FA WSL and Championship teams who enter the competition at the next stage.
Third Round draw:
Fylde Women v Sunderland or Middlesbrough
Burnley FC Women or Hull City v Nottingham Forest
Chester-le-Street Town or Loughborough Foxes v Stoke City or Huddersfield Town
Chorley or Brighouse Town v Barnsley
Ipswich Town v Portsmouth or Leyton Orient
Watford v Plymouth Argyle
Cardiff City v Southampton FC Women
Southampton Women's FC v West Bromwich Albion or Lincoln City
Billericay Town v Actonians Ladies
The Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Southampton FC were pushed all the way by Chesham United, with only an eleventh minute goal by Ella Pusey separating the sides as Martina Heath's team reached the Second Round for the first time. They will be away to Yeovil Town who have been exempt in the tournament until now.
Yeovil Town was founded in 1990 as Yetminster Womens with the first ever game being against Weymouth Vikings on 16 September 1990, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Previous team names were: 1990 - 1993 Yetminster Ladies FC, 1993 - 1999 Sherborne Ladies FC.
Yeovil Town Women first competed in FA Women's Super League 2 in 2014 and finished in fifth place and joint third place in the following 2015 season. The club's most recent success and biggest achievement is being crowned Women's Super League 2 Champions (2016) and gaining promotion to WSL 1.
Yeovil Town Women acquired full time professional status ahead of the 2018-19 WSL season and won their first competitive fixture in the top flight, as a professional side against Everton Ladies at home on 4th November 2018, with Hannah Short's goal winning the game 1-0. Sadly they were controversially relegated two levels at the end of the season and are currently competing in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.
Jamie Sherwood, who led the club to the WSL 2 title in 2016, recently returned to the role and Ewan Greenhill is Head of Performance, whilst Sarah Wiltshire is the team's leading goalscorer.
Yeovil Town (from): Beth Howard, Harriet Lambe, Thierry-Jo Gauvin, Rebecca Halford, Katie Jones, Sarah Wiltshire, Charlie Taylor, Ann Marie Heatherson, Laura Williams, Kelly Aldridge, Rosie Kirby, Elena Pearce, Dan Carlton, Charlotte Buxton, Meesha Dudley-Jones, Erin Bloomfield, Megan Wood.
Southampton FC (from): Kayla Rendell, Sara Luce, Ella Morris, Shelly Provan, Kirsty Whitton, Kelly Fripp, Georgie Freeland, Phoebe Williams, Ella Pusey, Shannon Sievwright, Ellie Chaffe, Sophia Pharoah, Tiffany Taylor, Caitlin Morris, Alisha Ware, Chloe Newton, Rachel Panting, Sam Burt, Rachel Woods, Charley Evans, Chloe Gilroy, Shannon Albuery.
The Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Chester-le-Street Town were 3-1 winners in their north east local derby tie with Durham Cestria in the First Round. Nichole Havery scored twice and Laura Hockaday added the other for the Cestrians and they have been drawn at home to Loughborough Foxes, who enter the competition at the Second Round stage.
Loughborough Foxes Women have been in existence since 2005. In those 14 seasons they have progressed from the Leicestershire County Women's League to their current position in Tier 3 of women's football. The club has three women's teams and these form part of one of the biggest Women's and girls only team in the East Midlands, that also includes five junior teams which underpin the future development of all areas of the club.
The club's foundations are based about building "strength from sadness" as the Foxes actually started as a junior team in 1999 after the death of Rachel Fox, a then player. Twenty years on and the club also experienced sadness when former, player, coach and committee member Molly Webb also passed away after falling ill through Sepsis.
Foxes' rise to Tier 3 has been overseen by Director of Football, Steve Wilkinson, and former head coach Jen Sugarman whilst current head coach, Issy Martin is coming up to her first anniversary in charge of the team after taking over in January. The team is captained by Shauna Chambers and Becky McGrother is the leading scorer, whilst goalkeeper Amy Burle has been with the club for thirteen years now, since joining at Under-13 level.
Chester-le-Street Town (from): Stephanie Jones, Katie Ellison, Tiegan Hutchinson, Anna Collin, Lynsey Longhurst, Brogan Prudhoe, Jessica Ellison, Lucy Jackman, Nichole Havery, Rachel Mellor, Laura Hockaday, Abigail Thompson, Kim Wild, Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke, Kacie Elson, Sarah Burn, Shannon Etherington, Jessica White, Hannah McStay-Fenn, Katrena Morrison.
Loughborough Foxes (from): Amy Burle, Shauna Chambers, Laura Steele, Tiana Hicks, Hattie Simes, Kate McLoughlin, Siobhan Eastham, Eva Rogers, Liv Bramley, Becky McGrother, Becky Knight, Ce Webb, Charlotte Cooper, Grace Stanley, Ri Meehan, Nat Taylor, Chloe Young, Anna Renken.
Huddersfield Town are starting to find their best form again in the Northern Premier Division and their 6-0 victory over Middlesbrough keeps them in touch with the title contenders, currently sitting in fifth place, as well as taking their goalscoring run to twenty in the last four matches.
We talked to Huddersfield defender Charley Evans, who described the Middlesbrough result as a ‘fantastic team performance' and also looked ahead to this Sunday's Women's FA Cup tie against Stoke City, with memories of last season's run to the Fifth Round still in mind:
WSS: That was a good win for you on Sunday against a team which had been in good form, was that one of your best performances of the season so far?
CE: Yes definitely, it was a fantastic team performance from everyone involved.
WSS: It also means that you have now scored 13 goals in your last two games and with six different goalscorers against Middlesbrough, the team must be full of confidence when going forward right now?
CE: The team back each other so much and just shows the ability within the team to get so many different players on the scoreboard.
WSS: Do you feel that the team is starting to hit its best form again after an awkward patch last month?
CE: Yes, everyone is definitely more positive going forward as we can only reflect on previous games and learn from them.
WSS: Did you see the Middlesbrough match as a particularly important one, with a chance to make up ground as only Burnley, of the top five, were also playing?
CE: Every game is an important one for us, every game is a chance to get points on the board. I think it was more of an important one based on not having played the past few weeks.
WSS: This week you take a break from the league to play Stoke City in the Women's FA Cup in what is arguably the tie of the round, how much are you looking forward to this game?
CE: We know what Stoke are capable of and no doubt it'll be a physical game. But we're looking forward to hopefully following last season's FA cup run.
WSS: After you did so well in the FA Cup last season, is the team hungry for another good run and hoping to play the likes of West Ham again?
CE: Yes! it was a brilliant experience for us and a fantastic run which we wish to repeat this time around.
WSS: So how do you feel the season has gone so far overall?
CE: I think we've had some disappointing results but again we learn from them and hopefully build on the last two games.
WSS: Sunderland have opened up a lead in the league at the moment, but do you see the title race being a close one in your division this season?
CE: Anything can happen, I'd like to think we'll be up there with Sunderland come the end of the season. But we need to take each week as it comes - then, who knows!
Our thanks to Charley!
Actonians Ladies have enjoyed a good FA Cup run so far and are ready to test themselves on Sunday when they face Southern Premier Division high fliers Crawley Wasps, hoping to reach the Third Round for the first time in their history.
"We are delighted to be back in the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup, having not managed to get past the qualifying stages in the last few years," says secretary Linda Fox.
"We have had good cup runs in the past and have reached the Second Round twice, but lost out to higher ranked opponents on both occasions. Should we manage to beat Crawley on Sunday, it would be history making for us so we will give it our all and see how far it takes us on the day.
"We really hope to put in another strong performance and make it a good game to watch for the supporters. We tend to raise our game against stronger teams so hopefully this will be case on Sunday as well."
Manager Danny Harrigan said: "This will be the second time we have faced Crawley Wasps this season, a close League Cup fixture earlier in the season gave us an insight into the quality they possess and why they are flying high in the Southern Division.
"We came with a game plan that day to frustrate them and we came away from that fixture, despite the result, happy with the level of performance. We know just how tough the task is ahead of us, however we are a group that thrive on being the underdogs and we have prepared well for this game. We hope to build on our previous performance and see what the magic of the FA Cup can bring us on Sunday."
"We are really looking forward to playing Crawley in the Cup," added Actonians captain Catherine Murphy. "We know they are a top team but we only narrowly lost to them in the league cup (1-0) which has given the girls confidence that we can give them a good game and hopefully cause an FA Cup upset!"
Lincoln City manager Richard Cooper admits that his team are relishing the opportunity to take on West Bromwich Albion in the Second Round of the Women's FA Cup this Sunday.
The FAWNL Division One Midlands side, formerly known as Nettleham, are doing well in what is only their second season in the league and will go into the match on the back of an excellent run of form which has seen them win all of their last eight matches.
"We have played West Bromwich Albion a number of times over the past 18 months and they have always been tight and closely fought physical encounters," he explained to Women's Soccer Scene.
"They have always held the upper hand over us but as we have continually improved and progressed over this period of time it promises to be another great game.
"We go into the game full of confidence on the back of a run of eight straight wins and we will give every ounce of effort to get a result and make history for our club by being in the hat for the Third Round draw for the first time ever."
Lincoln captain Chloe Brock-Taylor added: "This FA Cup tie is a really good opportunity for us to progress. Not only are West Bromwich Albion from the league above, we have a bit of history with them, which is what will make it such an exciting game.
"As of yet, we haven't managed to come out on top against them, however, during our League Plate encounter earlier in the season we had a very close game, where we competed well against them. Since then we have massively improved as a squad, so I think all of us can say we are up for it and ready for a good battle!"
Ascot Utd 6 Warsash Wasps 0
Ascot United gained their second Southern Region League Premier Division win of the season at the Racecourse Ground with an impressive six-goal haul against Warsash Wasps.
Clinical finishing by the Yellawomen was matched by a very good defensive effort to keep out a lively and spirited Wasps attack and secure a clean sheet.
Ascot took the lead in the 10th minute with a super first time hit from 20 yards by Lauren Townsend after a backheel set up from Emma Hutton. Another fine shot from distance doubled the advantage, this time from skipper Hannah Evans on 14 minutes. Inbetween, home keeper Lisa Phillips had made the first of several good saves, turning away Danielle Cheyney's shot for a corner.
Both sides looked dangerous going forward in an open encounter, Annie Ackroyd powering down the right numerous times to play in dangerous crosses for Ascot whilst Wasps frequently built up good passing moves to try to release the lively Hannah Chaffey in attack.
Wasps keeper Rebecca Gardiner was quick off her line to save bravely at the feet of Hutton to keep Wasps in the match at the break.
She was again in action soon after the restart, turning away a powerful Evans shot at her near post on 47 minutes. However a fine one-two between Evans and Townsend allowed the latter to add the third on 56 minutes.
Ascot substitute Steph Fettes fired a difficult chance over the bar but Warsash were also creating opportunities, Phillips saving well from Chaffey twice and Cheyney in one-on-one battles after good Wasps build up play had beaten the Ascot defence.
Three goals in the final fifteen minutes made the final margin of victory rather harsh on Warsash but there were more excellent build ups from the hosts to savour. A lovely through ball from Laura Spark set up Fettes for the fourth, then scorer turned provider, Fettes crossing for another sub Freya Johnson to chip a superb first time effort over the diving Gardiner at the near post.
Johnson notched her second with a low finish on 90 minutes as Ascot ended the match in style and in control, but for the most part Warsash had competed well in an enjoyable contest.
Ascot United: Lisa Phillips, Annie Ackroyd, Lucie Kroutilova, Laura Spark, Lauren Broadhurst, Lauren Townsend, Kelly Rideout, Jennifer Thraves, Hannah Evans, Emma Hutton, Katie Vince. Subs: Sarah Davern, Stephanie Fettes, Freya Johnson, Nicole Brown, Charlotte Crook.
Warsash Wasps: Rebecca Gardiner, Emily Osborne, Shannon Daniel-Eade, Rachel Wilson, Niamh Williams, Emily Marsland, Frances Lanham, Levern Oloro, Danielle Cheyney, Hannah Chaffey, Kirsty Boyce. Subs: Lorna Lanham.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Rachel Wilson is challenged by Sarah Davern
(middle) Annie Ackroyd tries to win the ball from Hannah Chaffey
(bottom) Lauren Townsend battles for possession with Shannon Eade
East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd have gone flying clear at the top of the Premier Division, opening up a lead of four points with a 9-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Kier Perkins hit a hat-trick for the Posh Ladies along with a Donna McGuigan brace, Megan Parrett, Leah Crawford, Laura Dodwell and Stacey McConville whilst the students' consolation came from Chloe Jones. Mansfield Town won 3-2 against Kettering Town and are up into third, Chloe Foster hitting a hat-trick whilst Kettering replied through Jo Brandon and Michelle Smith. Sofia Aragosa and Charlotte Moffat scored the goal as Leicester City Ladies defeated Rise Park to move into mid-table.
Division One North table toppers Hykeham Town have also extended their lead, going eight points clear with an eleven goal blast against Grimsby Borough. Zuzana Pramukova bagged a hat-trick whilst Holly Newman, Katie Davison and Lauren Churcher all hit doubles, with Demi Barai and Millie Seaton completing the tally.
One match was played in Division One South, Lutterworth Athletic battling out a 3-3 draw with Derby County Community who scored through Lauren Haslam, Shannon Purdy and Phoebe Roe.
Notts County have booked their place in the last sixteen with a 4-0 victory away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens. They will be at home to Grimsby Borough in the next round.
* On Wednesday night, Premier Division leaders Peterborough Utd extended their advantage to seven points as they ran out 10-1 winners over Kettering Town. Kier Perkins netted another hat-trick alongside Donna McGuigan (2), Stacey McConville (2), Laura Beckett (2) and Laura Dodwell.
Eastern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Harlow Town, who defeated Wroxham 5-2 to open up a lead of six points over their opponents. Chloe Bassett and Olivia Steele each netted twice for Harlow, whose other goal came from Becky Shephard, whilst Wroxham's replies came from Rhianne Brister and Kirstie Kindred. Rebecca Vass was on target five times, with Samantha Edgar and Emma Slater adding the others, for Royston Town in their 7-2 victory over St Ives Town, which takes them level on points with Wroxham. A win would have lifted Colney Heath into the top two but they were beaten 2-1 by Bowers & Pitsea, for whom Yasmin Cowley netted both goals. Luton Town meanwhile edged out Bedford Ladies by the odd goal in seven, Rebecca Wilson-Kane hitting a hat-trick and Erica Byron also on the scoresheet. Priya Bhatti, Stephanie Fisher and Natasha Fensome all scored for Bedford. Wymondham Town meanwhile beat Haringey Borough 7-1 with braces from Mollie O'Callaghan, Hannah Waters and Laura Nicholls, Katie Knights completing the scoring.
The top two in Division One North did not play and Histon have taken the chance to catch up ground in third, they won 4-0 at Gorleston thanks to a Poppy Kelly hat-trick and Alison Wright. Needham Market went level on points with Newmarket Town after beating them 4-3, courtesy of two goals apiece from Annie Northwood and Francesca Rainbird. Rebecca Russell and Tegan Wheeler scored the goals for King's Lynn Town in their 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury.
In the solitary match to be played in Division One South, Leigh Ramblers ran out 10-2 winners over Hoddesdon Town Owls and are only two points off the pace. Emily Diwell was on target four times for Leigh along with Chloe Gilligan (2), Rebecca Dalgarno (2), Connie Mashford and Paige White.
London & South East League
Dulwich Hamlet held on to their two point lead at the top of the table when they won 4-3 away to Fulham. Ella Bonner, Ana De Pellegrin, Roisin Stone and Elizabeth Wicks all scored a goal apiece for Dulwich, while the home side replied through Gemma Taylor, Rachel Woodland and an own goal. Queen's Park Rangers stay on their heels in second and have three games in hand after recording a sixth straight victory, 4-2 against Whyteleafe. Chloe Sampson, Laura Hennessy, Melanie Hall and Amelia Cutler scored Rangers' goals, with Jessica Lewry and Megan Smith on target for 'Leafe. Alicia Gibbs, Emily Read, Rachel Stevens, Elizabeth Adams and an own goal saw Dartford to a 5-2 success against Aylesford.
North East League
County Cup duties and the weather reduced the league programme to just a single match over the weekend. This game was in the Premier Division, at Ossett Utd where the home side defeated York City 4-0 to leap up into third place in the table. Emma Lee, Danielle Sidebottom, Emily Ward and Lauren Swailes all scored a goal apiece for Ossett.
North West League
FC United of Manchester notched up a 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers as the teams met for the second week running in the Premier Division and this means that FCUM have narrowed the gap on the Birkenhead side to three points, having played four games less. Third placed Manchester Stingers meanwhile recorded their fourth draw as their meeting with Mossley Hill finished goalless. Crewe Alexandra follow on after sharing four goals with West Didsbury & Chorlton. Fleetwood Town Wrens scored seven times without reply past Wigan Athletic, a third straight win which lifts them into mid-table.
A 3-0 victory away to Carlisle Utd has taken Penrith AFC back to the top of Division One North, ahead of Accrington Sports & Football Club who did not play. Blackburn Community defeated Preston North End 4-0 and are handily placed in third. Blackburn stay level on points with Blackpool, 2-0 winners against Penwortham Town, and Workington Reds who triumphed 3-1 at Accrington Stanley. After picking up their first victory when the sides met seven days earlier, Morecambe Res collected another point when their return meeting with Leigh RMI finished level at 1-1.
In Division One South, Curzon Ashton defeated Warrington Wolverines 2-1 to close the gap on leaders Salford City Lionesses to four points. In the other game, Northwich Vixens won for the first time in the league this season when they scored nine times without reply past Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
One match was played in the Premier Division over the weekend, Portishead Town winning 4-0 away to Keynsham Town Development. Emily Lindsay was on target twice, with Nicole Flourentzou and Ruby Lowe adding the others for Portishead who stay as the division's last remaining unbeaten team.
In the Eastern Division, Swindon Town Development were beaten for the first time this season, 3-2 by Sherborne Town who kept up their own unbeaten record. Olivia Watts netted twice and Jemma Tewkesbury the other for Sherborne, with Zoe Ridley hitting a brace in reply for Town. Forest Green Rovers meanwhile swept to their first victory of the season, Holly Thomas bagging a hat-trick and Beth Edwards adding the other as they won 4-1 away to Laverstock & Ford, whose consolation came from Evie Bell.
One solitary game went ahead in the Western Division but as it involved Plymouth Argyle Development, it was no surprise that there were plenty of goals. Danni Wyatt was on target five times as Argyle ran out 12-0 winners against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Nicola Champion and Beth Cowd each contributed doubles and there was one apiece from Nelinha Barros, Hannah Brock and Kiara-Jade Robins.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST have returned to the top of the Premier Division with an 8-0 victory over Newbury Ladies, who started the day in the top three. Rosie Eden and Rebecca Miles each netted twice along with Erin Thickett, Katie Kingshott, Maisy Smith and an own goal. Oxford City have entered the top three after they defeated Winchester City Flyers 6-3. Ascot Utd scored six times without reply past Woodley Utd, Lauren Townsend and Freya Johnson each netting twice along with Hannah Evans and Stephanie Fettes (see match report).
Abingdon Town moved themselves to within a single point of the top two, thanks to a 6-1 victory against AFC Bournemouth CST Development. Charlotte Comley hit a hat-trick for Abingdon, with one apiece from Sara Comley, Elisha Cox and Cecile Deer. Chloe Ball scored twice and Francesca Day added the other as Wycombe Wanderers Development won 3-0 at New Milton Town.
The top two in Division One came face to face in the League Cup and could not be separated on the day as Eastleigh and Abbey Rangers battled out a 2-2 draw. Catherine Browning and Natasha Konczak scored the goals for Eastleigh, with both of Abbey's goals coming from Beth Easterman, before Eastleigh eventually triumphed from the penalty spot.
Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile completed a good day for their club by running out 11-1 winners over Tilehurst Panthers in the Chairman's Cup.
West Midlands League
League leaders Redditch Utd were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by Leek Town, who ran out 6-1 winners over Worcester City. Olivia Mountford was on target twice for Leek, with one apiece from Katie Gibbons, Paris O'Connor, Rhian Morris and Emma Smith. Sutton Coldfield Town have moved into the top three following their 3-1 victory against Coundon Court, their markswomen were Georgia Whitehouse, Hayley Chatin and Niamh Deasy. Hayley Wilford bagged a four-goal haul for Solihull Ladies Utd as they defeated Lye Town 8-0. Bizarrely, all of the goals came in the first half, with one each from Melissa Pugh, Scarlett Fielding, Donna Millward and Saddiqa Shan completing the tally. Charlotte Sandford scored for Knowle as they picked up their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Coventry Sphinx.
AFC Telford Utd were emphatic 9-2 winners in the Division One North top of the table clash against Wyrley Ladies. Danniella Garrett netted five times with Charlotte Budd contributing a brace and one apiece from Ashley Kilgour and Jorgie Pendrous. Stoke City Development netted seven times without reply past Sutton Coldfield Town Royals and Shifnal Town defeated Shrewsbury Town with strikes from Maria Bell, Savannah Howes and Jessica Wood.
Stourbridge returned to action with another victory in Division One South, beating Coventry City 5-1 to stretch their lead at the top to nine points. Sedgley & Gornal Utd also won 5-1 against Leamington Lions but their first victory of the season was not quite enough to lift them off the bottom. Arshi Zahoor hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amalia Estradas and Abi Young.
Hibernian 3 (Gallacher 31, Napier 49, Ross og 60)
att: 3,123; at Tynecastle Park>
Glasgow City 4 (McSorley 36, Crichton 39, Shine 71,90)
Hibernian 3 (Gallacher 31, Napier 49, Ross og 60)
att: 3,123; at Tynecastle Park
Glasgow City ended Hibernian's recent domination of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup in dramatic fashion as a last minute winner gave them victory in a pulsating Final at Tynecastle Park.
The two clubs have duopolised the competition in the last sixteen years but this was surely the most memorable meeting between the two clubs during that time. Republic of Ireland international Clare Shine was the heroine for Glasgow City with two late goals, including a stunning individual effort for the winner, but several players in each side made huge contributions in front of an attendance of 3,123 - a record for a Scottish Women's Cup Final.
The game took a little while to warm up with not too much goalmouth action in the opening twenty minutes, but began to come to life as Kirsty Howat fired a shot inches over from distance. Sam Kerr and Shine both had efforts comfortably saved by Jenna Fife, and Shine also fired wide as City enjoyed a good spell.
It was Hibernian though, who opened the scoring just after the half hour as Jamie-Lee Napier made a driving run at the City defence before finding Colette Cavanagh out wide, where her low cross was slotted home from close range by Amy Gallacher.
City's response was a quick one, Hibernian being unable to clear from a corner and a miscued clearance by Shannon McGregor found its way to Eilish McSorley who fired the ball past Fife for the equaliser.
Just three minutes later, City were on the attack again and Hayley Lauder's cross was diverted past Fife by Leanne Crichton to put City ahead for the first time.
The match was turned on its head once again as the second half got underway; first, McGregor broke down the right for Hibernian and crossed for the impressive Napier to plant her shot past Lee Alexander to level the scores once again.
Hibs continued to press and a teasing cross from Napier picked out Cavanagh whose header brought out a fine point blank save from Alexander. Their good spell was to bring its reward though and an attempted clearance by Alexander, under pressure from Amy Muir, was intercepted by Gallacher and in her efforts to block, Leanne Ross could only divert Gallacher's resulting shot past her own goalkeeper.
Once again, CIty hit back strongly after going behind with Crichton drilling a shot just past the post and Lauder being denied by an excellent block from Hibs captain Joelle Murray. The pressure was to tell though and with twenty minutes remaining, parity was restored once again when a Lauder corner picked out Shine at the far post, where the striker powered a firm header into the net.
Extra time was looming but the match was to have a sting in the tail. As injury time began, Shine chased a long ball forward and sped towards goal, getting past two defenders before cutting inside and sending a left foot shot inside the far top corner, giving Fife no chance.
There was little time for Hibs to reply as City could celebrate clinching the double and narrowly getting the better of a memorable Final.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Nicola Docherty, Leanne Ross, Eilish McSorley (sub Jenna Clark 66mins), Joanne Love, Leanne Crichton, Kirsty Howat (sub Megan Foley 78mins), Sam Kerr, Hayley Lauder, Clare Shine. Subs not used: Hayley Sinclair, Nicola Reid, Carly Girasoli, Jordan McLintock, Erin Clachers.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Amy Muir, Siobhan Hunter, Joelle Murray, Cailin Michie, Rachael Boyle, Amy Gallacher (sub Lauren Davidson 89mins), Chelsea Cornet, Shannon McGregor, Colette Cavanagh (sub Shannon Leishman 73mins), Jamie-Lee Napier. Subs not used: Lia Tweedie, Jennifer Currie, Ellis Notley, Siobhan Higgins, Eilidh Adams.
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