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The draw for the quarter finals of the 2020-21 FA Continental Tyres League Cup has been made.
The draw took place during BT Sport's Saturday afternoon show ‘BT Sport Score,' with former Everton and England goalkeeper, Rachel Brown-Finnis, and presenter, Jules Breach, overseeing proceedings.
The ties are due to be played on Wednesday 13th January and Thursday 14th January 2021.
The full draw:
Bristol City v Aston Villa
West Ham United v Durham Women
Manchester City v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
The tenth final of the competition is due to be played on Sunday 14th March with the venue to be confirmed early in the New Year. Should fans be permitted to attend, ticket details will be released in due course.
Brighouse Town produced one of the best results of the First Round in the Vitality Women's FA Cup when they won 3-0 away to FAWNL Division One North leaders Chester-le-Street Town.
Brighouse defender Emma Dobson told us she felt it was a deserved win and was looking forward to facing Newcastle Utd in the next round, as well as hoping to kick start their league campaign when it gets going again:
WSS: Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday, just how well did the team play to achieve that result?
ED: Thank you! I believe we definitely deserved the win. We played very well. The link up play in the middle and in the final third was exceptional. Our first half performance got us the goals but the second half was disciplined and we saw the game out in awful weather conditions.
WSS: Chester-le-Street have had a very good season so far and top the league table, but did you always feel confident of winning going into the game?
ED: We know Chester-le-Street are a strong squad. We've played against them many times now and it's always been a good game. Our preparation at training was great, we knew if we took what we had done in the week into the game, we had a very good chance of getting the win.
WSS: Could you have envisaged the start you made to the game though?
ED: Given the weather conditions and the long journey, the start we had was very impressive. Chester-le-Street came out with a high press and put us under a bit of pressure but we adapted well, recognised we needed to make a few small changes and it went from there. Watching the attacking players pull it all together was fantastic. Getting the early goals definitely put us at ease and we controlled the game from then on in.
WSS: Were there any scares for you in the second half or were you always comfortable at three goals up?
ED: Chester-le-Street changed their formation at half time, which did put a bit of pressure on us but we all managed the game well. I thought Ellie Dobson had a great game this week. She protected myself and Shauna really well, I felt really comfortable and had confidence that everything in front of us was going to be dealt with. We would have been very disappointed if we were to throw away three goals.
WSS: The draw for the Second Round has paired you with another north east side but this time at home, what are your thoughts on facing Newcastle?
ED: Again, Newcastle are a strong team, like ourselves they have a lot of strength and depth. We won't underestimate them but we love an FA Cup run at Brighouse, so we will prepare well and go out there for the win.
WSS: How big a priority is an FA Cup run in your season overall?
ED: The FA Cup is important for every club at our level. We are not afraid to say it helps fund the season, so a good run is essential. Other than the prize money, the competition is great for us, we have previously had some very impressive runs bringing in fans and giving the players and coaches a chance to test themselves against teams from the top divisions.
WSS: Your next scheduled league game in the new year is against Chester-le-Street again and then a run of home games, do you see this as a chance to kick on in the title race?
ED: Come the New Year we hope we will be able to crack on without any more disruptions, Covid and weather wise. We will work hard during the Christmas break and be ready to kick on straight away. Every game is important but we don't look too far into the future in terms of the title race.
WSS: You have come close to promotion so many times in recent seasons, what would it mean to the club if you can go up this time around?
ED: Promotion would mean so much to the club. For the fans, players and coaches that have stuck with it especially. We are good enough to play in the division above and the players are keen to show what they can do in there.
Our thanks to Emma!
Photo by Ray Spencer
The Scottish FA has been awarded funding from sportscotland to provide 110,000 free sanitary products across 300 girls' and women's teams in Scotland.
Across the UK one in 10 females currently live with period poverty, and it is estimated within Scotland that one in four girls and women do not have access to or cannot afford sanitary products.
Thanks to the partnerships created between the Scottish FA, sportscotland, Scottish Women's Football (SWF), Scottish Football Partnership Trust and Hey Girls, 300 girls' and women's teams across Scotland will be provided with free sanitary products to change the landscape of period dignity within Scotland.
In total the Scottish FA will provide 110,000 sanitary products throughout the girls' and women's game. Packs have already been issued across Scotland with the remaining packs scheduled to be issued in early 2021.
Through supporting clubs to offer free period products to participants and visitors, the fund aims to support the Scottish Government's aims to widen the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings. The £12,000 grant provided to the Scottish FA is part of a £50,000 fund awarded to sportscotland by the Scottish Government.
The investment will allow females to have access to free period products when they are participating in sport, helping with inclusion and making sure no one is forced to miss out.
The Scottish FA is committed to ensure Scottish Football is representative and reflective of Scotland's demographic. In 2019 the Scottish FA was recognised in this commitment by achieving the prestigious Advanced Level within the Equality Framework of Sport, becoming one of only a few National Governing Bodies across the UK to receive the award and the first Football Association to be promoted to the Advanced Award. This has been enhanced with the launch of the Scottish FA's Equality Framework, Football Unites, which sets a vision for Scottish football to be reflective and representative of the demographic of Scotland.
Jacqueline Lynn, sportscotland's Head of School and Community Sport told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "Sport has a positive impact on people and communities and at sportscotland we want to ensure sport is accessible to all. These grants will help sports clubs across Scotland ensure all members feel included, comfortable and dignified when they take part."
David McArdle, Scottish FA's Diversity and Inclusion Manager said: "This initiative is the next stage on the Scottish FA's journey to ensure there are no barriers to participation. This follows on from Hampden Park becoming the world's first international football stadium to provide free sanitary products to their staff, visitors and spectators. We hope clubs find benefit within the products that will be distributed and we look forward to clubs continuing to provide their members with free sanitary products in order to create meaningful change across the Scottish landscape."
Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international Niamh Farrelly.
The defender joins from Irish double winning champion side Peamount United and becomes the club's second signing of the winter transfer window after the arrival of full back Cailin Michie from Pitea in Sweden.
Commenting on City's latest recruit, Head Coach Scott Booth said: "We are all excited about bringing Niamh to the club. She is a fantastic player who is versatile, athletic and totally focused. She is capped for her country and still young enough to continue her development at Glasgow City."
Farrelly added: "I am delighted to sign my first professional contract at Glasgow City, a very successful team over the years. I can't wait to learn from Scott and all the girls and help the team as much as I can."
Farrelly will wear number 17 and has signed until the end of season 2023. Her registration will be complete when the transfer window opens on 2nd January.
Chelsea and Manchester City will take their places in the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League after completing the second legs of their respective ties with victories, but Glasgow City have bowed out of the competition at the Round of 32 stage.
Manchester City were first in action on Wednesday afternoon as they faced FC Goteborg at the Academy Stadium, having won the first leg 2-1 in Sweden seven days earlier. Gareth Taylor's side were quick out of the blocks and Ellen White almost gave them an early lead but on 36 minutes, they got the goal they craved to put them well in charge of the tie - and it was a goal worth waiting for. Lauren Hemp broke down the wing and cut inside before unleashing a powerful strike which sailed over Goteborg goalkeeper Jennifer Falk and into the back of the net.
Sam Mewis hit the post in search of a second and, after the break, Alex Greenwood almost doubled the lead with a strike from fully 40 yards which brought out a good save from Falk. Ellie Roebuck then pulled off a fine stop of her own at the other end to deny Vilde Boe Rise but City were then to go ahead, Georgia Stanway slotting home the rebound after White's shot had been saved. Two minutes later, Stanway again scored from the rebound from a White shot to seal a 3-0 win on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea's return meeting with SL Benfica would be little more than a formality after the Blues had run out 5-0 winners in the first leg. It took 28 minutes for Emma Hayes' side to open the scoring, Beth England giving them the lead on the night. Chelsea continued to dominate matters and pressed for a second but their finishing let them down on occasions and they had to wait until midway through the second half, Guro Reiten's through ball picking out the run of Sam Kerr who finished clinically. There was a special moment for Drew Spence as she came on as a substitute with fifteen minutes remaining, marking her 200th appearance for the club. Chelsea were to round off a 3-0 win as the game went into injury time as another substitute, Fran Kirby, sent in a low cross which England converted at the second attempt, for her second goal.
Glasgow City faced the toughest test as they sought to overturn a 2-1 deficit from their first leg with Sparta Prague. Things got worse for them with just seven minutes on the clock as Lucie Martinkova found space on the edge of the area to steer her shot beyond the dive of Lee Alexander and into the corner of the net, putting the Czech Republic side two goals ahead on aggregate. Jenna Clark nearly levelled the scores on the night with a strike which brought out a good save by Hana Sloupova and just before half time, Tyler Toland found the net from 25 yards but the effort was ruled out for a foul in the build up.
City tried hard to get back in the tie after the break with Maddie Fulton going close but at the other end, it took a goal line clearance from Clark to prevent Martinkova from scoring her second. City were awarded a penalty for handball late on but captain Leanne Ross' kick brought out a good save from Sloupova. Sparta held out for a 1-0 win on the night and 3-1 victory on aggregate.
The draw for the Round of 16 will take place in February.
Everton defeated Manchester Utd 1-0 in the final group match of the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup, but it was not quite enough to take them through to the quarter finals.
Willie Kirk's side had been hoping to take one of the two runners-up spots as Manchester City had already been confirmed as group winners, whilst United were unable to progress.
The only goal of the game came with fifteen minutes remaining, Hayley Raso bursting down the left and crossing for Lucy Graham to score.
Durham Women and Crystal Palace therefore take the two best runners-up positions and will be in the draw for the quarter finals, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Billericay Town 4 Maidenhead Utd 0
A stunning four-goal haul by half time substitute Therese Addison took FAWNL Division One South East side Billericay Town into the Second Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup at the expense of FAWNL Division One South West opponents Maidenhead United at the New Lodge.
Held scoreless at the break by a strong defensive display by the visitors, the introduction of Addison led to two superb long range strikes early on followed by two more close range finishes towards the end to add the gloss on a fine all round team performance.
The opening exchanges were even and neither keeper was troubled till the 11th minute, when Maidenhead's Nina Merritt did well to punch clear an inswinging corner from under her bar. The hosts started to dominate with Teni Charles very lively down the right and Zoe Rushen dominating midfield and twice testing Merritt from distance.
Ellie Jeffkins came closest to breaking the deadlock on 24 minutes with a powerful 20-yard effort against the bar. Gemma Bloor and Kajal Malhotra made crucial blocks and interceptions to deny the Billericay attacks and with Merritt brave and decisive under pressure, the Magpies reached the break with a solid clean sheet despite some sustained Billericay probing.
The ability of Addison to strike with power and accuracy from distance changed the contest. There seemed little danger when two clearances reached her 30 yards out to the left of goal on 48 and 57 minutes. With time to measure left foot shots, both superbly struck efforts flew high beyond Merritt into the top right corner to give hosts a comfortable lead.
Maidenhead had the occasional attacking flurry and competed well throughout but were never able to break down a well disciplined and strong Billericay defence. Merritt saved well from Addison after a run into the area and low shot but was beaten on 74 minutes when the same player ran clear and slid home a calm left foot finish for a fine hat-trick.
Addison added a fourth on 84 minutes from close range after a Merritt save fell kindly for her to complete a game changing contribution. However, it was the strong all round effort by all the home players which had broken down worthy opponents to set up a Second Round appearance for the home club and delight the majority of the sizeable crowd.
Billericay have been drawn at home to Ipswich Town in the Second Round.
Billericay Town: Amy Mullett, Edita Dobreva, Ellie Jeffkins, Lucy Jones, Esme Lancaster, Courtney Lumley, Jay Blackie, Georgie Morton, Zoe Rushen, Megan Harley, Teni Charles. Subs: Therese Addison, Robyn Moody, Lilly Price, Paige Clemenson, Lottie Ivison.
Maidenhead Utd: Nina Merritt, Sarah Thompson, Megan Halfacree, Amy Saunders, Kajal Malhotra, Gemma Bloor, Nicole Barrett, Vicky Carvill, Natalie Barnes, Jade Chhokar, Simone O'Brien. Subs: Shylla Carty-Duhaney, Katherine Mace, Chrissy Nazif, Katie Thorne, Mia Reid, Amy Johnston.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Megan Halfacree gets in a challenge on Teni Charles
(middle) Gemma Bloor is tackled by Zoe Rushen
(bottom) Teni Charles takes on Megan Halfacree
Brighouse Town produced one of the results of the day in the Vitality Women's FA Cup First Round, winning 3-0 away to FAWNL Division One North leaders Chester-le-Street Town.
Abigail Lee was on target twice for Brighouse, with Rebecca Gompertz adding the other goal.
Brighouse will be at home in the next round to Newcastle Utd who defeated Barnsley 3-1. Katie Barker, Georgia Gibson and Anna Soulsby were the markswomen for Newcastle, with Darcie Kendall-Greene replying.
Liverpool Feds came through a difficult tie away to FC United of Manchester with a 2-1 victory. Chloe Fisher netted both goals for the Feds inside the opening 24 minutes, before they needed to withstand a spirited late effort from FC United, in which Kirsty Chambers scored an injury time goal. The Feds' reward is a tough one, at home to Northern Premier Division leaders Huddersfield Town.
Wolverhampton Wanderers also needed to see off lower division opposition when beating Stourbridge 3-0. League position wise, the Glassgirls were the lowest ranked team left in the competition but gave a good account of themselves on the day against high flying opponents. Anna Price broke the deadlock for Wolves eight minutes before half time and they went on to seal the win with goals after the break from Jade Cross and Kelly Darby. Wolves will be at home in the Second Round, a fascinating tie against Nottingham Forest.
Two teams having good seasons in the FAWNL Midland Division came face to face and it was Lincoln City who triumphed 3-1 over Solihull Moors. Toni McHamilton gave Lincoln an eighth minute lead which was cancelled out midway through the first half by Lois Jefferies, with Amy Blinkhorn putting the home side back in front just before half time. McHamilton wrapped up the win for Lincoln when she scored her second, from the penalty spot, ten minutes into the second half. Lincoln will now be away to West Bromwich Albion.
Leyton Orient marked their first match at their new Hornchurch home with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Actonians Ladies. This did not tell the full story though as the O's netted twice in injury time through Egle Trezzi and Scarlett Smith, after Actonians had gone in front with a goal from Meila D'Santos. Leyton Orient have drawn an away tie in the Second Round at Hounslow Women.
Billericay Town produced a good performance in beating Maidenhead Utd 4-0. Super sub Therese Addison made a fantastic impression for the Essex side as she scored all four goals (see match report).
Billericay have been rewarded with a home tie in the next round against Ipswich Town, who ended the Cup run of Harlow Town by beating them 9-2. Georgia Allen led the scoring for the Tractor Girls with a hat-trick, Eloise King and Natasha Thomas each weighed in with a brace, whilst Abbie Lafayette and Sophie Peskett added a goal apiece.
Southampton FC Women travelled along the South Coast to play AFC Bournemouth CST and came through a difficult tie with a 5-0 victory, which means that all of the Regional League sides are now out of the competition. Lucia Kendall and Ella Pusey each netted twice for the Saints along with Rachel Panting. Southampton will now be at home to Plymouth Argyle.
One of the ties went all the way to a penalty shootout, at Exeter City where visitors Cheltenham Town went through following a 1-1 draw. Billie Haynes gave Cheltenham the lead, with Exeter grabbing a late equaliser through Abbie Britton and after extra time could not produce an outcome, it was Cheltenham who won 4-3 from the spot to earn themselves a trip to Portsmouth.
The other tie between Wem Town and Boldmere St Michaels fell victim to a waterlogged pitch and the teams will try again this week, with the winning team travelling to Stoke City.
The last remaining Third Round Qualifying tie was played after being delayed by the weather and it was Kent Football Utd who progressed by winning 2-1 against AFC Wimbledon. Megan Burrows and Amy Payani were on target for Kent, who now face Enfield Town with a trip to Chichester & Selsey on offer for the winners.
Eastern Region League
With Wymondham Town not having a game, Peterborough Northern Star took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the Premier Division with a 7-2 victory over AFC Dunstable. Katie Steward led the scoring for the new leaders with a five-goal haul and Evie Driscoll-King added the other two, with Louise McCay and Rachael Mumford replying. St Ives Town are two points behind the top two after a Ruth Fox double and Rebecca Baldry earned them a 3-0 win away to Bedford Ladies. Luton Town are in mid-table, albeit with a number of games in hand, as they defeated Bowers & Pitsea 2-1 whilst Haringey Borough put a dent in Wroxham's challenge by beating them 2-1, Beatriz Kretteis netting both goals and Grace Birchall scoring the visitors' consolation.
Cambridge City Development hold on to the leadership of Division One North despite not having a game, due to their two nearest rivals, Needham Market and King's Lynn Town, battling out a 2-2 draw. Top spot was on offer to the winning team but King's Lynn have now gone level on points with Cambridge, two points ahead of Needham who scored through Abbie Wilkinson and Jodie Sharp. Newmarket Town meanwhile picked up their second win of the season, 2-0 against Haverhill Rovers thanks to Annabel Cuthbert and Chloe Slater.
Division One South leaders Hutton went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-2 by East Bergholt Utd. Elena Nitsche scored twice and Isla Romer-Lee the other for East Bergholt, who move up to third as a result, whilst Vicky Kinsman netted a double in reply. Hutton's defeat means that second placed AFC Sudbury have narrowed the gap on them to a single point by defeating Leigh Ramblers 4-2, courtesy of a Rebecca Stephenson hat-trick and Amy Thompson.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers are continuing to climb the Premier Division table as they made it three wins in a row when beating Fulham FC Women 1-0. Hayley Peacock scored the only goal of the game to give Rangers a result which takes them up to fifth, three points off the pace. Whyteleafe meanwhile recorded their first win of the season, Mercedes Broomfield giving them a 1-0 win over Aylesford which lifts them off the bottom.
The only match to be played in Division One North saw Sutton Utd and Clapham Utd battle out a 1-1 draw, which means that the two teams stay in third and second respectively. Olivia Watson was on target for Sutton, with Clapham replying through Serena Guardino.
In Division One South, Lewes Foundation Squad closed the gap on leaders Herne Bay to a single point as they ran out 5-0 winners over Parkwood Rangers, Lottie Sharp hitting a hat-trick for the Rookettes and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Cranford and Katie Young. Hannah Hewlett, Caroline Hodgson, Sophie Humphrey, Tammy Waine and Emily Linscer accounted for the goals as Worthing Ladies defeated Newhaven 5-0.
North East League
Things remain tight at the top of the Premier Division but it is Hartlepool Utd who hold on to the leadership on goal difference following their 7-4 victory over Wallsend Boys Club. The two teams had started the day level on points but a Caitlin Bates hat-trick, Robyn Foster (2), Jenni Duffy-Smith and Justine Robinson saw Pools home. Rebecca Hansen hit a hat-trick in reply for Wallsend, whose other goal came from Lucy Watson. York City stay level with Hartlepool as they won 4-1 at Farsley Celtic, Rebecca Fevers netting twice along with Emily Cattle and Felicity Jones. Alnwick Town are a point behind in third, Jenny Patterson and Michelle Stewart each hit doubles as they won 4-0 at Harrogate Town. Jess Round (2), Jenny Dixon and Tyler Sharp were the scorers as Redcar Town defeated Sheffield Wednesday 4-2, Jessica Birtles and Chantelle Rymer replying.
Boro Rangers narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Lumley Ladies to two points when they shared a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland. A win would have taken Boro top but after taking the lead through Rachel Jackson, they were denied when Vikki Ryder equalised with five minutes remaining. Chester-le-Street Town Development have moved into the top three after beating Washington Association 4-2. Sophie Farrugia scored twice for the Cestrians along with Katie Ellwood and Layla Huskisson.
Southern Division table toppers Altofts Ladies went down to their second defeat of the season, beaten 4-0 by Farsley Celtic Juniors who move up to third. Kimberly Clydesdale, Jasmin Cooper, Sarah Kerford and Katie Platts were all on target for Farsley. York RI meanwhile picked up a 6-3 victory away to Harrogate Town Development which takes them into a mid-table position. Tehlilah Ndhlovu led the scoring with a four-goal haul, while the others came from Tamryn Dunlop and Laura Kelly.
North West League
No matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday but there was action in Diviion One North, AFC Darwen extending their lead to nine points when they ran out 5-0 winners over third placed Morecambe Res.
Chester FC Women preserved their two point advantage at the top of Division One South with a 5-0 victory against Wythenshawe Amateurs. Salford City Lionesses remain hard on their heels in second place, they defeated Didsbury Ladies 5-1. Northwich Vixens stay third although they drew for the third time in four matches, sharing six goals with Curzon Ashton. Runcorn Linnets and Warrington Wolves are both still searching for their first league victory after their meeting finished level at 1-1.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd kept up their 100% start to the league season and stay three points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 2-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers. Both goals came late in the game, scored by Charlotte Deeley and Tiana Russell-Cartwright. Ascot Utd moved up into second by beating Oxford City 1-0, Georgia Bowers scoring the only goal of the game. Moneyfields follow on after a much more emphatic victory, scoring twelve times against Newbury Ladies. Kim Stenning and Kim Whitcombe both hit hat-tricks, Katie George contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Natalie Bavister, Emma Eldridge, Francesca Webster and Hollie Agombar.
In Division One, a win would have seen Eastleigh take over the leadership but they remain in second place after drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth Sports, a result which means that both teams are still unbeaten. Hollie Shaw gave Bournemouth an early lead, which was cancelled out midway through the second half by Catherine Browning. AFC Bournemouth CST Development have climbed into the top half with a 3-1 win away to Abbey Rangers, courtesy of a goal apiece from Rosie Nicklen, Grace Morgan and Lucy Coalter.
West Midlands League
Chantelle Gallagher scored a hat-trick, along with Rehanne Mellor and an own goal, as Leek Town went top of the Premier Division by winning 5-1 away to Worcester City. Solihull Ladies Utd had started the day as leaders but are back in second place after going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crusaders, who netted through Jessica Tsapparelli. Jamie-Leigh Fowler and Niamh Deasy were on target as Sutton Coldfield Town went third by beating Coventry Sphinx 2-0.
In Division One North, Stoke City Development made it five wins out of five and are one point off the pace after their 7-2 success away to Coventry City. Sarah Hassanin led the scoring with a hat-trick, Ava Suckley added a brace and the tally was completed by Lily Jackson and Katie Naylor.
Northern Premier Division
Huddersfield Town made a powerful return to action with an 8-1 victory over Stoke City, which means they stay on top of the Northern Premier Division with a lead of three points. Town found the net six times during the first half, Laura Elford and Sarah Danby each scoring twice along with Brittany Sanderson and Kate Mallin. After the break, Elford and Danby each completed a hat-trick, whilst Stoke's first half consolation came from Abby Hunt.
Fylde Women kept themselves three points behind leaders Huddersfield as they also won 8-1 against Sheffield FC. Faye McCoy led the scoring for the Coasters with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jenna Carroll, Olivia Fuller, Jess Holbrook and Emily Hollinshead, with Nicole Kemp replying.
Three matches were played in the division on Sunday and, remarkably, all three yielded nine goals in total. The third game was a much closer affair as Sunderland continued their climb up the table, taking themselves in fourth place by beating Derby County 5-4. Louise Griffiths' opening minute strike for Sunderland was quickly cancelled out by Hannah Keryakoplis, before Emily Scarr, Keira Ramshaw and Eve Blakey added further goals for the Wearsiders ahead of half time. Derby fought back after the break and reduced the arrears through Emily Joyce and Precious Hamilton but Ramshaw's second goal was just enough to give Sunderland the points, despite Jade Formaston giving the Ewe Rams hope late on.
Southern Premier Division
Watford are continuing to set the pace on resumption of play, holding on to top spot with a 4-0 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Helen Ward netted a double to put her side two goals ahead at half time, with Anne Meiwald and Emma Beckett adding further goals during the second half.
Oxford Utd stay one point behind in second place after beating Keynsham Town 3-1. The U's took the lead on the half hour with a strike from Carly Johns but Keynsham battled back after the break and equalised through Kerry Bartlett. Emily Allen put Oxford back in front with eight minutes remaining and Daisy McLachlan wrapped up the win with the third goal.
Portsmouth replaced Milton Keynes Dons in third place after winning their meeting 4-1. The division's leading scorer, Becki Bath led the scoring for Pompey by hitting a hat-trick, taking her league tally for the season to 11, and after Jade Bell had pulled a goal back for MK, Tamsin De Bunsen completed the scoring for Pompey six minutes from time.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile kept themselves in touch with the leading sides with a 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. Imogen Lancaster put Crawley ahead with two minutes on the clock and Charlotte Owen doubled their lead ahead of half time. Naomi Cole made it three midway through the second half and Nikita Whinnett added the final goal.
Cardiff City Ladies played their first home league match of the season and it ended in a 6-0 victory over Hounslow Women. Cori Williams netted two of the goals for Cardiff and she was joined on the scoresheet by Nia Rees, Morgan Rogers, Hollie Smith and Jasmine Turner.
Division One North
Leeds Utd moved into the top four places, thanks to a 4-3 victory away to Stockport County. A win would have Stockport into third place and they led 3-2 at the interval thanks to Sophie Charlton, Keeley Goodwin and Olivia Wild but Leeds, who had replied through Olivia Smart and Aaliyah Nolan, turned the match around in the second half and after Molly Havard had brought the scores level, Rebecca Hunt netted the winner for Leeds just before the hour.
In the other game to be played, Durham Cestria lifted themselves into the top half of the table by scoring seven times without reply past Bolton Ladies. Ellen Turnbull ensured that Durham led at half time and after the break, Diedre Bradley, Lauren Robson, Dannika Purdham, Jordan Atkinson, Gracie Mackie and Amy Hargrave all added a goal apiece.
Division One Midlands
Second placed Doncaster Rovers Belles edged closer towards leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, trailing them by four points after drawing 3-3 with Sporting Khalsa. Lauren Walker scored a hat-trick for Khalsa, whilst the Belles responded with a Nadia Khan double and Kirsty Smith.
Long Eaton Utd defeated Leafield Athletic 7-1 and although they stay in sixth, they are now level on points with third placed Boldmere St Michaels. Tara Kirk and Jessica Munn each bagged doubles for Long Eaton along with Jordan Atkin, Amy Wells and Nicola Emery.
Bedworth Utd meanwhile registered their second win of the season, 4-2 against Burton Albion. Lydia Hackney netted twice for Bedworth, with Kirsty Farnsworth and Jodi Hunter adding the others, whilst Burton replied through Millie Drinkhall and Ella Ritchie.
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd have gone level on points with leaders Ipswich Town after scoring six times without reply past Cambridge City. Madelyn Thomas bagged a brace for Hashtag and she was joined on the scoresheet by Poppy Binding, Evie Clarke, Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall.
Enfield Town were 3-0 winners away to Cambridge Utd and are just one point off the pace in third place. Courtney Cook, Lisa Fulgence and Amy Makewell all netted a goal apiece for Enfield, to hand them their third league win of the season.
Norwich City have got off to a good start this season and recorded their third victory in four matches, 3-0 against Stevenage Women. Kathryn Stanley scored two of the goals for the Canaries, with Natasha Snelling also on target.
Division One South West
One match went ahead in the division on Sunday, Buckland Athletic running out 3-1 winners over Poole Town. Sacha Paynter did give Poole a seventh minute lead but Zoe Cunningham hit back to equalise midway through the first half. After the break, Carmen Morison put the Bucks ahead for the first time and Sarah Stacey scored with two minutes remaining to seal a result which takes Buckland up into fourth place.
Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough had lost their previous match before the break but resumed with a 6-0 victory over Stockport County. Armani Maxwell and Hannah Robson each scored twice for 'Boro, with Taylor Hebb and Abby Robson adding the others. Durham Women also notched up a six-goal win against Bradford City and move into second place as a result. Shona Hastings was on target twice for the Wildcats along with Kenzy Collingbourne, Mia Lawrence-Kay, Anna Vince and an own goal. Leeds Utd and Brighouse Town battled out a goalless draw whilst Sheffield FC were 3-2 victors away to Barnsley, thanks to a goal apiece from Molly Waite, Georgia Willson and Gabriella Foulkes.
It was a similar story in the Midland Division where leaders Sheffield Utd were also coming off the back of a defeat in their previous match and they maintained their lead of three points by winning 5-2 away to Nottingham Forest. Millie Herbert-Clarke (2), Molly Graham, Erin Green and Louise Biggins all scored for the Blades, with Laura Dexter hitting a brace in reply. Lucy Copeland bagged a hat-trick and Lucy Wood added the other two as Leicester City won 5-0 against Crewe Alexandra to remain in second on goal difference from Stoke City who beat Loughborough Foxes 4-3 with goals from Seanna McCann-Lloyd (2), Jodie Foxhall and Hannah Johnson. Elizabeth Thomas was on target twice for Lincoln City in their 4-0 victory over Solihull Moors, Ella Tuplin and Erin Bellaby contributing the other two goals.
In the South Division, Charlton Athletic saw their lead trimmed to two points after being held to a 1-1 draw by Lewes, who netted through Rebecca Simmons. Keynsham Town climbed up into second place on the back of a 2-1 win against Crawley Wasps. Zoe Ridley scored both goals for Keynsham, with Priscilla Martins replying. Erin Hartigan (2), Stephaney Bent and Brogan Moore were the markswomen for Oxford Utd as they made it three wins out of four, 4-2 against Crystal Palace for whom Alexandra Hayman netted twice.
South East Division leaders London Bees were held to a 2-2 draw by Milton Keynes Dons and head the table by a single point from two teams; Watford who scored six times without reply against Norwich City and Leyton Orient who defeated Cambridge Utd 2-0 thanks to Lucie Wynn and Chenay Hussey. London City Lionesses edged out Billericay Town by the odd goal in seven, Sharne Harris netting twice along with K'shaela Burch-Waldron and Phoebe Murton whilst Billericay's replies came from Amelie Johnson, Ellie Nicholls and Bo Payne, whilst West Ham Utd ran out 6-2 winners against Hashtag Utd.
Two of the scheduled four Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League matches went ahead on Sunday, with the other two falling victim to waterlogged pitches.
Cardiff Met Women have all but certainly confirmed a place in the top two for themselves in Group One after they defeated Briton Ferry Llansawel 2-0. Ellie Preece put the Archers in front ten minutes before half time and she went on to seal the win with her second goal in injury time.
In Group Two, Port Talbot Town kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 5-1 victory against Cyncoed Ladies. Bethan Lloyd netted a first half brace to put Port Talbot two ahead at the break, with Lauren Amor nettin a third five minutes into the second half. Courtney Thomas put them further ahead and after Caitlin Bevan pulled one back for Cyncoed, Jessica Denscombe rounded off the scoring for Port Talbot with six minutes remaining.
Rangers have taken over at the top of the SBS Scottish Women's Premier League on goal difference following a stunning 5-0 victory over previous leaders Glasgow City.
City had gone into the game with a 100% record but it was Rangers who swept into a three-goal lead by half time thanks to Megan Bell, Kirsty Howat and Zoe Ness. Lizzie Arnot put them further ahead early in the second half, before Carly Girasoli rounded off the scoring against her former club.
Celtic meanwhile also won 5-0 against Motherwell to move themselves to within two points of the top two. Lisa Robertson opened the scoring three minutes before half time and after the break, Sarah Ewens doubled their lead. Rachel Donaldson and Chloe Craig added further goals before Ewens netted her second, nine minutes from time.
Hibernian put their four match losing streak behind them by running out 3-0 winners over Forfar Farmington. All of the goals came in the first half, Leah Eddie giving Hibs the lead on the quarter hour and they went on to add further goals through Siobhan Hunter and Carla Boyce.
A late, late goal gave Spartans the points in a 2-1 success away to Hearts. Spartans led at half time through a goal from Caley Gibb, with Hearts hitting back after the game with an equaliser from Lia Tweedie. That goal looked to put her side on the way towards picking up a valuable point but deep into injury time, Alana Marshall scored to hand Spartans their third win of the season. There was some small consolation for Hearts who, despite the defeat, are off the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Aberdeen preserved their seven point lead at the top of SWPL 2 with a 5-0 victory away to Kilmarnock.
Carrie Doig gave the Dons a fourth minute lead, which they took into the break, before they sealed the win after the break with further goals from Jessica Broadrick, Francesca Ogilvie, Bayley Hutchison and Lauren Gordon.
Dundee Utd continue to head the chasing teams following their 2-1 win over Boroughmuir Thistle. Steffi Simson put United in front early on, with Brogan Anderson levelling the scores just before half time. Robyn Smith settled matters with the winning goal, ten minutes from time.
Hamilton Academical meanwhile won 4-2 at Stirling University to keep themselves in contention in third place. The Accies twice took the lead in the first half through Josephine Giard and Dionne Brown, with Shana MacPhail and Robin Gallacher equalising on each occasion. Giard restored Hamilton's lead late on from the penalty spot, before Chloe Muir made the game safe with the fourth goal.
Partick Thistle returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success away to Glasgow Women. All of Thistle's goals came during the first half, Cheryl Hogg netting twice along with Clare Docherty and Taylor McGlashan, with Shivohn Honeyman grabbing a consolation for Glasgow after the break.
St Johnstone completed a good week for themselves with a second successive 3-0 victory, this time against Queen's Park. Rachel Todd opened the scoring midway through the first half and she completed her double after the break, with Hannah Clark adding the final goal.
Manchester Utd came through another test as a late winner earned them a 2-1 success at Reading FC Women and extended their lead to three points at the top of the Barclays FA WSL.
Casey Stoney's side took the lead just after the half hour when Leah Galton scored after a driving run down the left but Reading were back on terms early in the second half, Mary Earps saving from Jessica Fishlock before the rebound back back into the net off Millie Turner. United were not to be denied though and with seven minutes remaining, Hayley Ladd headed in a corner from close range for the winning goal.
Chelsea now occupy second place following their 1-0 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls acquitted themselves well on the day but the decisive moment cane on 21 minutes, when Sam Kerr headed in the game's only goal from a Pernille Harder cross.
There was late drama at Manchester City where the home side scored a last gasp goal to beat Arsenal 2-1 and put a dent in the Gunners' title ambitions. Arsenal got off to a great start when Vivianne Miedema drilled home from the edge of the area after three minutes but on the half hour, City drew level as Sam Mewis headed in from a Chloe Kelly corner. The game remained in the balance until going into injury time, when Caroline Weir secured victory for City as she planted a left foot shot in the corner from just outside the box.
Tottenham Hotspur claimed a second successive victory under new manager Rehanne Skinner, beating Aston Villa 3-1. Alex Morgan gave them the lead from the penalty spot and after Nadine Hanssen had levelled the scores eleven minutes later, an own goal by Caroline Siems put Spurs back in front by half time. Rosella Ayane clinched the points for Tottenham with the third goal, just after the hour.
A bad few days for Bristol City ended with them losing 4-0 at home for the second game running, this time at the hands of West Ham Utd. An unfortunate own goal from Jemma Purfield put the Hammers ahead early on, before two goals in six second half minutes by Emily van Egmond and Rachel Daly put them in control. Martha Thomas rounded off a good day for the Hammers with the fourth, four minutes from time.
Photo - Martha Thomas scores West Ham Utd's fourth goal against Bristol City (Will Cheshire).
A goal in each half earned Leicester City a 2-0 victory away to Charlton Athletic, which keeps them one point ahead at the top of the FA Women's Championship.
Leading scorer Natasha Flint fired the Foxes in front shortly before half time and Remi Allen sealed a fourth straight victory when she headed in the second, twelve minutes from time.
Durham Women stay on Leicester's heels after beating Coventry Utd 4-3, but the scoreline does not tell the full story of the game. Although Beth Hepple scored early on for the Wildcats, Beth Merrick then hit a first half hat-trick to put Coventry in a commanding position at the break. However in the second half, Emily Roberts pulled a goal back and Sarah Robson levelled the scores, before Roberts scored her second with fifteen minutes remaining to give Durham what had looked to be an unlikely victory.
Liverpool are up into third place as they also won on the road, 1-0 at London City Lionesses. The only goal of the game came just after the half hour mark, Meikayla Moore scoring from close range following an Amy Rodgers corner.
Sheffield Utd were another team to stage a comeback from a two-goal deficit, this time to earn themselves a point in a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers, who stretched their unbeaten run to five matches. Maria Edwards opened the scoring for Blackburn with just 30 seconds on the clock and Saffron Jordan quickly added a second. Katie Wilkinson pulled one back for United from the penalty spot and after Jade Richards had netted a third for Rovers, Wilkinson scored a second penalty just before half time. Blackburn held on to their lead until eight minutes from time, when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk earned the Blades a share of the spoils.
Crystal Palace produced one of their best results of the season to date in winning 2-0 away to Lewes. The first half ended goalless but it was Palace who took the lead just after the hour through a neat chip from Bianca Baptiste. With ten minutes remaining, Baptiste netted a second to seal a result which takes her side into mid-table.
The draw for the Second Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup has been announced by the Football Association.
Ties are due to be played on Sunday 3rd January 2021. Two First Round ties are still to be completed.
This is the stage of the competition where the FAWNL Northern Premier and Southern Division Premier clubs enter for the first time.
Second Round draw:
Sunderland v Sheffield FC
Liverpool Feds v Huddersfield Town
Brighouse Town v Newcastle Utd
Middlesbrough v Hull City
Burnley FC Women v Fylde Women
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Lincoln City
Loughborough Foxes v Derby County
Stoke City v Wem Town Ladies or Boldmere St Michaels
Crawley Wasps v Gillingham
Billericay Town v Ipswich Town
Hounslow Women v Leyton Orient
Watford v Milton Keynes Dons
Chichester & Selsey v Kent Football Utd or Enfield Town
Portsmouth v Cheltenham Town
Southampton FC Women v Plymouth Argyle
Keynsham Town v Yeovil Utd
Cardiff City Ladies v Oxford Utd
It has not been the easiest of campaigns so far for Liverpool Feds, mainly a stop-start season to date, but on Sunday they returned to action with a 3-0 victory away to Fleetwood Town Wrens in the Third Round Qualifying of the Vitality Women's FA Cup.
Feds captain Chantelle Thompson told us she was pleased overall with the way her team played on the day, having not been in action for a long time, and she is expecting another tough tie against FC United of Manchester in the First Round this week:
WSS: Were you pleased overall with the result and performance on Sunday, given you had an awkward cup tie after six weeks without a game?
CT: The aim was to progress through to the next round and we achieved that. Performance wise we knew it wasn't going to be perfect, It was always going to be difficult, we had one training session on Thursday and for some of our girls, their last game was on 30th September. So overall it was pleasing to progress and keep another clean sheet.
WSS: You got off to a great start with two goals in the opening half hour, was it the plan to take the game to Fleetwood from the start?
CT: We always try to start on the front foot and control possession. We wanted to try and get a goal early and kill any hope of an upset for Fleetwood, looking back we probably should have scored more with the chances we had but most important thing was to progress.
WSS: Regardless of the result, what was it like just to be back out on a pitch playing again?
CT: It felt great to be back with the girls on the pitch, the Covid situation in Liverpool has been pretty bad and its been frustrating not being able to showcase how good this squad is due to the lack of games.
WSS: You've come through two away ties against opponents from the level below so far and now you face another one in the First Round this week, what are your thoughts ahead of the game with FC United of Manchester?
CT: I've got no doubt in my mind that it will be a very tough game, they are a well structured club who will be looking to progress into the next round as are we. It's always tough facing teams from the level below - there's no pressure on them and they want to prove a point.
WSS: Liverpool Feds have had some good runs in the FA Cup in recent seasons, would another good run be important to the club this time?
CT: With no County Cup or FAWNL Cup/Plate we want to go as far as we possibly can, the further we get, the more games we get to play and it's good to bring in money for the club.
WSS: Have there been many changes at the club over the summer, and do you feel that you have a stronger squad this season?
CT: I thought we did great business in the summer, not only did we keep everyone on from the season before, but we also added players who have really brought something to the team. Rachael Darbyshire, Chloe Fisher and Erin Slade have all fitted in really well and we also have the likes of Em Douglas, Demi Devereaux and Carla Lee coming back to full fitness in the New Year after long term injuries. I really believe this is the strongest squad I have been a part of at the Feds.
WSS: It has undoubtedly been a frustrating start to the season for you, but do you think that you can get up amongst the leading sides when you start playing regularly?
CT: 100%. I don't think you can look at the table and gauge who is going to end up where this early on. We've played two league games so far whereas some teams have played five or six, so hopefully we can get a good run of games in and start progressing up the table.
WSS: Before the break, the division was shaping up to be a close one, can you see it staying that way when it resumes?
CT: Yes, I think the league is always a close one, everyone has the ability to beat anyone on their day. I think you will have the usual teams up there at the top along with some surprises. We just concentrate on each game as it comes and hopefully towards the end of the season we are up there.
Our thanks to Chantelle!
Photo - Franz Wheldon
Leyton Orient WFC, of the FA Women's National League, announced today that the majority of future home fixtures this season will now be played at the Hornchurch Stadium, home of Hornchurch FC.
The ground has a capacity of 3,500 including 800 covered seats and a pitch side glass-walled restaurant/bar so spectators will now be able to attend the Os' women's team games, and enjoy refreshments at the stadium, while adhering to the essential Covid-19 safety regulations.
Orient's first game at their new home on the border of London and Essex will be the Vitality Women's FA Cup first round match this coming Sunday, against Actonians.
Orient skipper Allison McCann expressed her delight at the move: "We are thrilled to be playing our first home game at the Hornchurch stadium this weekend, hopefully with many Os' fans in attendance! It's been a long and difficult year and we're so grateful to be playing football again."
Midfielder Lauren Heria saw Tuesday's impressive 4-1 win for Hornchurch FC against Wingate and Finchley in the FA Trophy: "It was great to watch the Hornchurch FC win ahead of our FA Cup fixture at the stadium this weekend. The ground, staff, and spectators are all fantastic.
"I am looking forward to making the stadium our home and bringing women's football to the community."
Hornchurch chairman Colin McBride expressed his enthusiasm for the development of a partnership: "We look forward to Leyton Orient Women playing their first game at the stadium on Sunday. We hope this is the first of many fixtures and the start of a great relationship between the two clubs."
He also noted his own Orient links, including with LOFC Director of Football, Martin Ling: "From a personal note, Orient was the first club I trained with as a youngster. Martin Ling played for me when I was a manager of Purfleet and has taken pre-season training for us at Hornchurch."
Orient manager Chris Brayford said: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to play our home games at Hornchurch FC, so I'd like to thank Colin McBride for his help in facilitating this. It will be great to have fans in the stadium again and for the players to hear that backing.
"We are hoping also that it might perhaps be a more convenient location for more Orient fans to get to so hopefully it will be another step forward for the team."
Sunday's match against Actonians will be Orient's first home fixture since September. Winger Hayley Barton emphasised the team's keenness to be back playing in front of the Orient fans as they try to reach the second round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup for the second successive season.
"The team are excited to play at Hornchurch FC and would like to thank the club for welcoming us!" she said. "The stadium and pitch look fantastic, which we hope will suit our style of play. We know a lot of fans are missing watching live football so I hope they will come along this weekend in force and help us continue our run in the FA Cup."
Hornchurch Stadium (Bridge Avenue, Upminster, RM14 2LX) is a short walk from Upminster Bridge Station on the District Line or a ten minute walk from Upminster station which also has c2c rail services from London and Essex.
Kick off on Sunday is scheduled for 2pm and admission for this FA Cup tie is priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions with both cash and card accepted.
Refreshments are available in the clubhouse bar with some very competitively priced food options to accompany drinks. COVID-19 protocols will be in place at the ground in the form of NHS Track and Trace, a temperature test upon arrival and social distancing measures. Please wear a face mask in the bar and in seated stands.
Photo - Lauren Heria at Leyton Orient's new home at Hornchurch.
AFC Bournemouth CST take on Southampton FC Women in the First Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup this Sunday and the Southern Region League side are approaching the match in front of a sell out crowd with quiet confidence.
"I'm really looking forward to Sunday as I think it will be a good challenge for us as a squad and I know that if we perform on the day, there's no reason why we shouldn't win this," Cherries defender Kayleigh Wort told Women's Soccer Scene. "It's also great to be at home as it's a ground we are comfortable in.
"If we won on Sunday it would mean so much. We would prove how strong we are as a squad and show everyone that when we work together, we can beat teams in higher leagues. It would also be amazing to make history for the club as they've supported us so much and it would be giving something back.
"The FA Cup means a lot to me as it's a chance to show outsiders where the club could be and should be in terms of level. It's a chance to be challenged and play against teams we wouldn't usually. It's also a time to leave nothing out on the pitch and as Steve [Cuss] says, ‘have no regrets.'"
Bournemouth manager Steve Cuss added: "The FA Cup journey so far has provided many highs, and created some good memories and to still be in the competition four months after starting it is a fantastic achievement by the players. Sunday's game is a real challenge, Southampton are proven to be a very good side but it's a game that we can look forward to going into with confidence with our pre-lockdown results.
"In terms of making history for the football club, we've equalled the furthest we have ever got to in the competition and that is testament to the players who have all worked extremely hard and performed well. We know the game is sold out and we want the players to enjoy it and I'm sure it will be a good advert for the women's game."
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