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Wolverhampton Wanderers provided the result of the day in the First Round of the FAWNL League Cup when they defeated Fylde Women, from the division above, 3-2 after extra time.
We talked to Wolves midfielder Shannie Jennings, who was pleased with her team's performance against strong opponents and insisted that their close knit squad is capable of building on their good start in the league:
WSS: Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday, just how tough a cup tie was it against a team from the league above?
SJ: Fylde were a very good opposition and they gave us a good game for the 120 minutes. It shows we can compete against teams from the league above; everyone played a role in that win, not only players but also the management team.
WSS: So what was the feeling like when you scored the winner late into extra time, was it joy or perhaps even relief?
SJ: I wouldn't say there was relief, it was more joy! It was a great feeling across the whole team including staff - we all celebrated together. It meant a lot to all involved in the club.
WSS: With the chance to play a team from the Northern Premier Division, did the team go into the game with a point to prove, if only to themselves?
SJ: No matter what team we play each week the girls go out with a point to prove, regardless of opposition. They go out proud to play for Wolves and give their all.
WSS: At the time of asking, the draw for the next round is yet to be made, but do you have any preferences as to who you might get?
SJ: I wouldn't say we have a preference who we get in the next round, we can only play what's put in front of us. It's always nice to try and get as deep as possible into any competition we're in.
WSS: How far do you think you are capable of going into the cup? Crawley Wasps reached the Final last season so can you use them as inspiration?
SJ: There is no reason why as a group of players, we cannot progress in the cup. We take each game as it comes and the togetherness we have as a group will always help us each round.
WSS: This week it's back to league and a short journey to Solihull Moors where a win would take you five points clear. Looking at the respective league positions, is it a case of guarding against complacency?
SJ: I think we learnt that lesson very early on this season at TNS. We are told each week by Macca (our manager) that every game is a cup final, and each game we go into everyone involved treats it as a cup final - there is no complacency in the team.
WSS: The team has started the season very well, presumably confidence is high that you can win the league after going so close last season?
SJ: We have started off the season very well. We have a squad full of talented players who can go on and win the league, however, I feel like the togetherness will be the biggest aspect to us pushing on to win the league, and that is from the top with management and staff all the way down to the players.
WSS: Wolves have always been a club with a lot of potential to go higher, do you feel the club is ready to really go places in the future?
SJ: Wolves is a great club and the ongoing support from the men's side of the club has allowed the women's game to progress in the right direction. Our aim is to continue to work on and off the pitch to be in the best position we can to progress higher. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes which is enabling us to perform on the pitch each week.
Our thanks to Shannie!
Photo by Simon Faulkner
Scotland produced a display of total dominance against Montenegro to seal their place in the Elite round of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 championship.
The young Scots were unplayable at points during the victory and could have scored more if not for the efforts of Montenegro goalkeeper Svetlana Milicic. The score line at risk of misrepresenting the goalkeeper who made several impressive saves to keep the score down.
Pauline MacDonald's side had put four goals past Northern Ireland in the first half on Monday and started this match with a similar intensity, their first chance falling to Rebecca McAllister. Impressive build up play on the left presented a chance for McAllister who was picked out at the edge of the area but couldn't keep her effort down. Chances followed soon after for Rosie McQuillan who fired a free kick over the bar before forcing a save from ‘keeper Milicic.
The opener would come from McQuillan who had been heavily involved in the early stages. Eva Thomson showed excellent vision to find her teammate and McQuillan cut in from the right to fire a shot into the roof of the net from just outside the penalty area.
Scotland looked relentless and their pressure only increased after the first goal. Kate Nicolson dictated play well from the base of the midfield and both full backs sat high to link up with the wide duo of Monica Forsyth and Bayley Hutchinson. Both wingers looked especially dangerous every time they picked up the ball.
McQuillan turned provider for Scotland's second, setting up Hutchinson to fire home at the back post. A chance made by the two forward players' finesse and control in the close compounds of a packed penalty box. Moments before Montenegro ‘keeper Milicic had made two impressive stops from close range in quick succession but could do nothing to prevent Hutchinson making it 2-0.
The exact same combination created Scotland's third which was scored ten minutes before the break. McQuillan again cut onto her favoured left foot and saw her deflected shot cleared off the line, only as far as Hutchinson who notched her second of the game. Angling a perfectly hit shot into the top corner from close range.
The second half began in a similar vein. Eve Thomson should have converted after she had a free effort at goal from 18 yards but hit the ball just over. Then, the imposing Nicolson went close, thumping a free kick from a similar range against the crossbar.
Just moments later the Young Scots would get another to make it 4-0. The ball broke from a corner to the right-hand side of the box and McQuillan curled a beautiful looping effort over the head of Milicic. Scotland's number nine getting a deserved second for her efforts.
Lucy Sinclair and Kirsty O'Brien both came on as Macdonald switched up her team in the second half and looked lively. Sinclair benefited from O'Brien's pacey run down the left immediately after they entered the field and was unfortunate to see a strong goal bound shot saved.
The final stages of the match were played out in the Montenegro half, but Scotland could not add to their goal tally. Neve Guthrie came closest to making it five but her effort from 12 yards went narrowly wide. Forsyth also came close on a number of occasions, the Montenegro defence struggled throughout to deal with her direct runs.
The result means the Young Scots are guaranteed progression to the next round ahead of their final qualifier against Italy on Sunday, the winner of that tie will advance as group winners to the Elite round.
Scotland: Alicia Yates (sub Rachael Johnstone 60mins), Freya MacDonald, (sub Addie Handley 68mins), Tegan Bowie, Robyn McCafferty, Kate Nicolson, Monica Forsyth, Rebecca McAllister (sub Neve Guthrie 74mins), Rosie McQuillan (sub Lucy Sinclair 60mins), Bayley Hutchison, Paige McAllister, Eva Thomson (sub Kirsty O'Brien 60mins). Subs not used: Jessica Broadrick, Jenna Penman, Ellie-Jai Reid, Eilidh Adams.
The three British teams experienced contrasting fortunes in the opening legs of their UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 ties this week.
Glasgow City were the first of the three in action as they travelled to Denmark to take on Brondby IF and they could hardly have got off to a better start, Samantha Kerr firing in a shot which was deflected in after just 40 seconds of play
Brondby tried to hit back from the early setback but were making little impression against the City defence and the SWPL Champions also looked dangerous on the break, Kirsty Howat curling a shot from the edge of the area just wide.
Clare Shine went close with a header at the start of the second half but there was a scare for City at the other end when Eilish McSorley headed against her own bar as she tried to make a clearance. However just as Brondby were having their best spell of the game, City won a free kick at the other end which was floated into the area by Leanne Ross and home keeper Katrine Abel punched the ball into her own net under little pressure, to double City's lead.
Nanna Christiansen crashed a shot against the bar but this was the only major scare for Scott Booth's side as they ran down the clock to secure a magnificent 2-0 victory and leave themselves in the driving seat for the return leg at Petershill Park on 31st October.
Next up were Arsenal who were also away in the first leg of their tie against SK Slavia Prague and they took control of the game right away, taking the game to the home side. The Gunners put themselves into a commanding position when Vivianne Miedema scored twice in a three minute spell midway through the first half and after Beth Mead had missed a glorious chance to make it three, Miedema did complete a first half hat-trick.
It took just seven minutes after the break for the brilliant Miedema to score a fourth goal and Kim Little made Arsenal's position even stronger when she further increased their lead from the penalty spot on the hour. Slavia did not give up and pulled two goals back in the last twenty minutes through Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson but the Gunners take a 5-2 advantage into the second leg and are within touching distance of keeping up their proud record of reaching the last eight in the competition.
Manchester City played host to Atletico Madrid at the Academy Stadium and they made a great start as Keira Walsh slid a great pass inro the path of Janine Beckie who planted her shot past former Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the opening goal in the fourteenth minute. The two teams had met at this stage twelve months ago with Atletico triumphing on that occasion and the Spanish side were looking strong again with City keeper Ellie Roebuck making a couple of great saves to keep her side in front. Both teams traded chances as the second half wore on but with nine minutes remaining, Charlyn Corral levelled the scores and grabbed a vital away goal for her side. Therefore, the 1-1 draw means that although Atletico take a slight edge into the return meeting, City are still well in this tie but will need to score if they are to have any chance of progressing.
In the other first leg ties, Olympique Lyonnais are all but through to the quarter finals as they ran out 4-0 winners away to Fortuna Hjorring. which included two goals from Ada Hegerberg to equal Anja Mittag's competition record of 51. VfL Wolfsburg and FC Barcelona were the only home teams to record victories, scoring six and five times without reply against FC Twente and FC Minsk respectively, and there were comfortable wins for Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain.
The second legs of the quarter finals will be played in two weeks time with Manchester City in action on the Wednesday, whilst Glasgow City and Arsenal resume their ties the following night.
Rangers cemented their position in the top half of SWPL 1 with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Motherwell on Wednesday night.
Both teams went into the game having been beaten in a Scottish Cup semi final a few days earlier and it was Holly Napier, Carla Boyce, Daina Bourma and Clare Gemmell who all scored a goal apiece to earn Rangers their third successive league win whilst the Women of Steel, who would have narrowed the gap on their opponents to a single point with a victory, replied through an Abby Callaghan brace and Rachel Connor.
FC Kilmarnock moved to within one point of third placed Partick Thistle after beating them 2-0.
A win would have taken Thistle level on points with second placed Hamilton Academical but any remaining hopes of a possible promotion challenge were all but ended as goals from Clare Docherty and Amy Burrows sealed the points for Killie.
Southampton Women 2 AFC Basildon 3
AFC Basildon progressed into the Second Round of the FA Women's National League Cup with a fine 3-2 away victory against Southampton Women.
An absorbing contest was settled by a winner in additional time after the visitors had twice trailed to a Laura Vokes brace. Both goalkeepers were kept busy throughout but it was Charlotte Bolland's penalty save late on which proved crucial for Basildon.
Holly Turner, who had an outstanding match for Basildon, had the first effort on goal but Vokes drew the first save, Bolland flying to her left to turn away a powerful strike, then saving from Kellie Warren from the resulting corner. Rose Kite in the home goal was soon also busy, twice advancing off her line to deny Turner. The hosts then went ahead when Emily Wernham played a perfect pass for Vokes to beat the onrushing keeper on 27 minutes.
Southampton twice went close to extending their
lead when Jane Yeates set up Vokes and then Aine McKeever but Bolland was equal to both shots. Basildon equalised on 40 minutes when Turner hit a superb 25-yard effort with her right foot beyond Kite's dive.
Wernham nearly restored the advantage on 49 minutes but Bolland denied her at the last with a brave block. Within two minutes, Kite had made a similar save from Turner at the other end. Lauren Cheshire set up another Southampton chance with a run and cross but the ball eluded everyone at the far post. Lauren Clarke then had an effort hooked off the line as the home side pressed.
Substitutes on both sides brought fresh impetus. Hannah Samuels set up Southampton's second on 71 minutes, driving down the right then crossing for Vokes' powerful first time finish.
Basildon were level on 78 minutes when Kelly Wealthall got free on the left. Kite did well to tip her stinging shot against the bar but sub Sophie Spencer-Webb was on hand to turn the rebound home. It seemed that Southampton would regain the lead on 82 minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Bolland got a strong hand to Yeates' spot kick to turn it wide.
Basildon finished strongly, forcing corners in quick succession. From another dangerous delivery by Courtney Clarke the ball ran loose for Spencer-Webb to notch her second at the far post.
In keeping with a thrilling encounter, Southampton were desperately close to levelling with the last kick of the match, Cheshire flying in and just missing a driven cross at full stretch. AFC Basildon had given a great team effort, pressing the opposition all over the pitch and often winning the ball in good positions for an impressive win against strong opponents.
Southampton Women: Rose Kite, Aine McKeever, Tia Hooper, Natalie Bavister, Kellie Warrren, Natasha Angel, Lauren Cheshire, Emily Wernham, Jane Yeates, Lauren Clark, Laura Vokes. Subs: Hannah Samuels, Gracie White, Kayleigh Tonks.
AFC Basildon: Charlotte Bolland, Gemma Abela, Alex Bailess, Poppy Binding, Mollie Debell, Grace Gillard, Jessica Horn, Sophie Rhodes, Kelly Wealthall, Holly Turner, Cerys Adams. Subs: Sophie Spencer-Webb, Sarah Wilson, Courtney Clarke.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Jessica Horn is challenged by Natasha Angel
(middle) Laura Vokes clears away from Kelly Wealthall
(bottom) Jessica Horn takes on Kellie Warren
East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd have ascended to the summit in the Premier Division after scoring twelve times past Loughborough Students in the only match to be played. Hannah Pendred spearheaded the win with a hat-trick while Kier Perkins, Laura Dodwell, Donna McGuigan and Stacey McConville each contributed doubles, with Hollie Lewis completing the tally.
Hykeham Town kept hold of the leadership of Division One North following their 6-3 victory away to Arnold Eagles. Demi Barai was on target twice for Hykeham along with Natasha Percival, Zuzana Pramukova, Amie Barnes-Ford and Stephanie Powell with Demi-Leigh Crofts, Natasha Leach and Jennifer Lorimer replying. Second placed Notts County Development were held to a 2-2 draw by Sleaford Town, who scored through Deborah Scorcher and Beth Scarll, Melissa East and Sophie Howe netting for County. Thea Duncan, Stacey Pearce and an own goal earned Arnold Town a 3-3 draw with Grimsby Borough, whose replies came from Lydia Clark (2) and Laura Saxby.
Only the one game went ahead in Division One South but it allowed Beaumont Park to extend their lead at the top to six points by defeating Lutterworth Athletic 4-0. Danielle Tannahill led the scoring with a hat-trick and Kayleigh Needham was also on the scoresheet.
Eastern Region League
Colney Heath returned from Bowers & Pitsea with a 5-0 victory under their belts and this has taken them level on points with leaders Harlow Town. Samaira Khan was on target twice along with Sheree Oliver, Eustacia Randles and Lucy Hancock. Wymondham Town leapt into mid-table on the back of a 4-1 win against Bedford Ladies, thanks to Hannah Waters (2), Mollie O'Callaghan and Freya Symonds. St Ives Town meanwhile made it seven points from nine matches as they won 3-1 at Haringey Borough, with goals from Tierney Coulson, Hannah Seymour-Shove and Georgia Stancombe.
The teams in Divisions One North and South continued the latest round of group matches in the League Cup and Newmarket Town are blazing a trail at the top of Group A after they defeated Stevenage Women Development 4-0. Annabel Cuthbert netted a brace, with one apiece from Lauren Deller and Katie Webb. In Group B, Millwall Lionesses and Cambridge City Development continue to occupy the top two positions as their meeting finished in a 4-4 draw. Isabella Simmons was on target twice for Cambridge along with Ellie Cullum and Rachel Pearce. Wodson Park meanwhile picked up their first win in Group C, 4-0 away to Hoddesdon Town Owls and goals from Poppy Kelly (2) and Siobhan White earned Histon a 3-2 victory at Leigh Ramblers, who replied through Rebecca Dalgarno and Georgia Holdaway.
London & South East League
Dulwich Hamlet have taken over at the top of the table for the first time this season after they defeated Saltdean Utd 5-0. Raquel Arran, Sarah Milner, Brittany Saylor, Roisin Stone and Lucy Monkman all netted a goal apiece for Dulwich.
Fulham are up into the top three following their 3-1 victory against Denham Utd. Alice Curr scored twice and Gemma Taylor added the other, with Denham's consolation coming from Rachel Keightley.
Whyteleafe leapfrogged above Dartford in the table after winning their meeting 3-2. Jess Lewry (2) and Suzanne Davies were the markswomen for 'Leafe, with Danielle Harrison and Sarah White replying.
North East League
League leaders Wallsend Boys Club saw their winning start to the season brought to a halt, but they have edged further clear in the Premier Division after drawing 1-1 with York City. Ellen Turnbull scored the goal which has taken Wallsend seven points ahead despite being pegged back by an Aoife Brannigan goal, which means that York double their tally for the campaign. Harrogate Town meanwhile notched up arguably the result of the day anywhere, when they won 8-0 against previously unbeaten South Shields. Harrogate had not won before Sunday's game but a five-goal haul from Lindsey Whitton helped put that statistic right, with Beth Davies, Grace Adams and Emily Crispin also getting on the scoresheet.
Boro Rangers hold on to top spot in the Northern Division despite going down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lumley Ladies, whose goals came from Ellie Medd and Jade Fenton. Boro's lead has been trimmed to a single point by Sunderland West End, who won 8-3 against Prudhoe Town. Allison Ferris hit a hat-trick, Jade Murray weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Kay Mills, Nicole O'Hara and Alex Ross. Samantha Garcia scored a hat-trick for Prudhoe but ended up on the losing side. Blyth Town were 3-1 winners against Consett Ladies and Washington Association registered their first victory, 3-0 over Chester-le-Street Town Development thanks to first half goals from Brittany James, Beth White and Courtney Clark.
Bridlington Rovers are back on top of the Southern Division following their 4-3 success away to Hepworth Utd. Amy Ward was on target twice along with Josie Groves and Jade Newlove, with Rebecca Kirk, Merita Prebrezova and Sophie Walsh responding. Nicola Smith netted twice and Rachael Murrell added the other as Altofts Ladies won 3-1 at Wakefield Trinity to go up into third place.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers made a quick return to winning ways and their 6-1 victory over Sir Tom Finney takes them three points clear at the head of the Premier Division. A win would have taken Morecambe up a place into second but they remain where they are after their meeting with West Didsbury & Chorlton finished level at 1-1. Crewe Alexandra made it two wins out of two when they beat Merseyrail Ladies 3-1 and Wigan Athletic claimed their first league victory, 7-1 against Fleetwood Town Wrens who remain at the foot of the table.
Penrith AFC are continuing to stretch the early pace in Division One North, maintaining their one point lead with a 3-1 victory away to Workington Reds. Accrington Sports & Football Club stay on their heels in second as they scored seven times without reply past Morecambe Res. Blackburn Community are in fourth place but with games in hand, keeping up their 100% record by running out 8-1 winners over Carlisle Utd.
It was a good day for the top three in Division One South as they pulled away from the teams immediately below them, still headed by Curzon Ashton who picked up a fifth straight win when scoring nine without reply past Liverpool Feds Res. Warrington Wolverines remain one point off the pace following their 2-0 success away to West Kirby, and Salford City Lionesses recorded a crushing 14-1 victory against Wythenshawe Amateurs to stay a further point adrift in third.
South West League
The league schedule was greatly affected by the weather over the weekend but there was plenty of action in the Premier Division, including leaders Callington Town going down to their second defeat in successive weeks. Lucy Bidgood scored the only goal of the game during the first half to give Keynsham Town Development a 1-0 win which takes them up to third, but they needed to defend stoutly under Callington pressure during the second half in order to secure a hard earned win. Bideford recorded their first win in the top division, four first half goals from Katelyn McKane (2), Beth Ellis and Sarah Short taking them to a 4-1 victory over Middlezoy Rovers whose reply came from Chloe Snook, whilst Portishead Town belatedly opened up their league campaign by beating Torquay Utd 9-1. Shannon Holloway led the scoring with a hat-trick whilst Emily Lindsey and Alanna Torrington each netted braces, with Hannah Fletcher, Taylor Gainey and Hannah Thornton completing the tally.
Only one game managed to beat the weather on Sunday in the Northern Division, at Weston-super-Mare where visitors Cheltenham Town Development ran out ten-goal winners. Leonie Gough bagged herself a hat-trick whilst Holly Fenton and Naomi Marshall each contributed braces, with Caitlin Marron, Jessica Wadey and Hannah Galpin completed the scoring for a result which takes them fourth in the table.
It was the same story in the Eastern Division where just the solitary match went ahead, Laverstock & Ford drawing for the third time in five matches when sharing eight goals with Sherborne Town. Rachel Adkin, Caitlin Lower, Amy Sanger and Abbie Vernon netted the goals for Laverstock whilst Jemma Tewkesbury hit a hat-trick in reply, with Hattie King adding the other.
Western Division leaders Feniton did not play and Alphington took the chance to go level on points with them by beating St Agnes 5-1, Helen Kukor netting four times and Catherine Wright adding the other. Plymouth Argyle Development meanwhile netted thirteen times past Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, including a hat-trick from Maisie Williams. Nicola Champion and Lucy Solloway each netted twice and the total was completed by Stephanie Beck, Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Nelinha Barros, Beth Cowd and an own goal.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST are back on top of the Premier Division again, after they won 1-0 away to Wycombe Wanderers. Hannah Bennett scored the only goal of the game with four minutes on the clock, to put them two points in front of previous leaders Newbury Ladies. Moneyfields complete the top three as they made it three wins out of three when scoring five times without reply away to Ascot Utd. Katie Shorter netted twice for the Moneys, along with Paige Seeley, Kim Whitcombe and Krystal Whyte.
One game was played in Division One, at Abbey Rangers where the home side ran out 4-0 winners over Bournemouth Sports to narrow the gap on leaders Eastleigh to a single point, courtesy of a four-goal haul from Rachel Johnson.
West Midlands League
Leaders Redditch Utd continued their good start to the season with a 5-2 victory over Sutton Coldfield Town and have a lead of two points from Kidsgrove Athletic, who defeated Worcester City 4-2 thanks to a Natasha Lawrence hat-trick and Britney Tatton. Chantelle Gallagher was another hat-trick scorer and Katie Gibbons added the other goal as Leek Town claimed their third successive victory, 4-0 against Coventry Sphinx.
In Division One North, AFC Telford Utd were unable to move level on points with leaders Sandwell Ladies when they were held to a goalless draw by Shrewsbury Town. Shifnal Town remain as one of two unbeaten teams in the division after scoring seven times without reply away to Kewford Eagles, Jenna Boddison grabbing a hat-trick along with Jessica Wood (2), Rebecca-Lee Bown and Nicola Mason.
Only the one game managed to beat the weather in Division One South, at Cookley Sports where the home side moved into second place with a 3-1 victory against Kingfisher. Maddison Rushton was on target twice for Cookley, with Lucy Stephens adding the other goal.
The Second Round Qualifying is nearly complete after Sunday's matches and on this weekend, all of the FA Women's National League teams playing lower league opposition safely made it through.
St Albans Ladies were closest to causing an upset as they took Cambridge City to extra time before going down 4-3 to the Division One South East side. Beatrice Fitzsimons and Megan Tonks scored the goals for City, who will now be at home to AFC Basildon, whilst Kayla Johnson, Eleanor Lovelock and Holly Rossington all replied for St Albans, who had been the last remaining County League side in the competition.
Norton & Stockton Ancients came through a difficult tie away to Redcar Town with a 3-1 victory. Bianca Owens netted a brace for Norton and Shannon Reed was also on target, with Redcar's consolation coming from Jess Round. Norton will be at home in the next round to Durham Cestria.
Masa Butler scored twice and Sophie John added the other as Stockport County won 3-1 away to Mossley Hill. The result earns Stockport a home tie with Brighouse Town, who were 5-1 victors at FC United of Manchester. Arianne Parnham and Charlotte Proud each bagged braces for Brighouse, with Annabelle Cass also on the scoresheet.
The tie between Farsley Celtic and Liverpool Feds had been abandoned seven days earlier after torrential rain had made the pitch unplayable, but the teams were able to complete the tie at the second attempt and it was the Feds who ran out 4-1 winners. Natalie Clark, Abby Pope, Carla Lee and Demi Devereaux were all on target for the Feds who are still to learn who their next opponents will be, as the tie between Northwich Vixens and Altrincham again fell victim to the weather, one of three still to be decided.
Norwich City meanwhile edged past Cambridge Utd with a 3-2 victory in their all-National League clash. Millie Daviss, Keunna Dill and Aimee Durrant scored the goals for Norwich, with the U's replying through a brace from Kayleigh-Anne Burt.
This win helped to set up an East Anglian derby tie in the next round between Norwich and Ipswich Town, who had a smoother passage through when beating Royston Town 7-0. Maddie Biggs, Eloise King and Amanda Crump all scored twice for in-form Ipswich, with Lindsey Cooper adding the other goal.
Southampton FC will be at home to Poole Town after scoring eight times without reply past Buckland Athletic. Rachel Panting led the scoring with a hat-trick, Georgie Freeland weighed in with a double and also on target were Sophia Pharoah, Shannon Albuery and Chloe Newton.
Wolverhampton Wanderers produced the result of the day in the First Round as they defeated Northern Premier Division side Fylde Women 3-2 after extra time. The match was level at 1-1 at the end of extra time, Laura Merrin scoring for the Coasters and Jamilla Palmer replying, and although Jodie Redgrave was on target for Fylde in the extra period, Andrea Barnett and Anna Morphet both scored to give the Division One Midlands leaders a notable victory.
Sunderland came through a very tricky tie away to Division One North leaders Barnsley with a 1-0 victory. Keira Ramshaw scored the only goal of the game during the first half to take the former winners into the last sixteen.
Stoke City were another team to safely negotiate a difficult hurdle, winning 2-1 away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. The home side appeared to be on their way towards a surprise victory when Jessica Lundie gave them the lead with eighteen minutes remaining, but two goals in seven minutes from Alison Hall and Hollie Gibson turned matters around in Stoke's favour.
Enfield Town took Yeovil Town all the way to penalties before the Somerset side came out 4-2 winners from the spot. Yeovil twice took the lead through Meesha Dudley-Jones and Sarah Wiltshire, with Beth Lumsden and Rachel Kosky equalising on each occasion as the teams finished 2-2 after extra time.
Cardiff City Ladies and Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile battled out a goalless draw at Ystrad Mynach. Cardiff have a fine record in the Cup in recent seasons but it was the Dons who were to progress this time as they triumphed 3-1 in the resulting penalty shootout.
Huddersfield Town eased into the next round with a 7-2 victory over Sheffield FC. Leah Embley and Lucy Sowerby each netted twice for Town along with Katie Nutter, Sarah Danby and Ellie White, whilst Sheffield's replies came from Emma Johnson and Keeley-Shaye Goodwin.
AFC Basildon are in the last sixteen after they won 3-2 away to Southampton Women. Laura Vokes netted both goals for the home side but Holly Turner, along with a brace from substitute Sophie Spencer-Webb, saw Basildon go through.
Newcastle Utd caused an upset in the First Round when they won 2-1 against Loughborough Foxes after extra time. Jessica Foster and Steph Ord scored the goals as Newcastle put their league form behind them to progress at the expense of their higher division opponents, for whom Chloe Young was on target.
Chichester City were pushed all the way by lower division Swindon Town before they eventually emerged as 4-2 extra time winners. Sophie Phelps, Gemma Simmonds, Natasha Wild and Gemma Staple all scored a goal apiece for Chichester, whilst Swindon scored through Suze Berry and Meghan Larkin.
Precious Hamilton has been in magnificent form in front of goal since the season began and she was on target twice more as Nottingham Forest won 6-2 away to Chester-le-Street Town. Ellie Casper also bagged a brace with Isobel Dalton and Lyndsey Harkin, whilst Nichole Havery netted both goals in reply for the Cestrians.
Middlesbrough meanwhile ran out 5-1 winners over Hull City in their all-Northern Premier Division clash. Eleanor Dale led the scoring for 'Boro with a hat-trick along with Tyler Dodds and Jasmine McQuade, Helen Lynskey grabbing Hull's consolation.
Watford kept up their good run of form as they defeated Kent Football Utd 6-1. Anaisa Harney led the scoring with a hat-trick, Petra Kos weighed in with a brace and Andrea Carid was also on target, with Rebecca Mackley replying.
Bolton Wanderers, who reached the semi finals of the League Cup last season, are through to the last sixteen of the Plate this time after they also won 6-1 against Doncaster Rovers Belles. Erin Slade netted twice for Bolton with Rebecca Foster, Rosie Havelin, Jess Battle and Emma Lysons adding the others, Chloe Bethell scoring a consolation for the Belles.
Division One Midlands
The only league match to be played on Sunday was at Bedworth Utd where the home side defeated Solihull Moors 8-1, to lift themselves into a mid-table position. Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth each bagged doubles for Bedworth while Evelina Buividaviciute, Milly Miller, Sophie Wilson and Jodi Hunter contributed the other goals. Eboni Fowkes replied for Solihull who have only won one of their opening seven matches.
Division One South West
On Wednesday night, Southampton FC opened up a lead of three points at the top of the table with a 4-0 victory away to Poole Town. Rachel Panting, Shannon Albuery and Ella Morris ensured that the Saints were three ahead at half time, with Chloe Newton adding the final goal late on.
The Reserve League Cup continued with the latest round of group matches and Brighouse Town made it three wins out of three in Group A when they beat Leeds Utd U23 5-1. Murron Alldread, Danielle Brown, Hannah Campbell, Josephine Hewson and Ellie Richardson all scored a goal apiece for Brighouse. Lauren Farrow hit a hat-trick as Middlesbrough scored six times without reply past Bradford City, Megan Shaw (2) and Alicia Mutrie joining her on the scoresheet. Durham Women won 7-2 against Hull City, Amy Hargrave was on target four times along with Rebecca Henderson (2) and Mia Lawrence-Kay.
Group B leaders Blackburn Rovers were held to a 2-2 draw by Chorley. Kadie Morrison and Olivia Black netted Chorley's goals whilst Carra Jones and Kira Boswell were on target for Blackburn who stay on top on goal difference from Liverpool Feds, who also drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra. Kenzie Guido and Courtney Jevons scored the goals for the Feds in reply to Grace Duckworth and Shanice Finbow. Burnley FC Women were the only winners on the day in the group, beating Stockport County 2-1 thanks to Grace Turner and Leanne Prescott.
Macy Ellis and Olivia Taylor each scored twice as Huddersfield Town defeated Sheffield FC 7-1 to stay on top of Group C. Cassidy Clift, Tara Duce and Emma Samways added the other goals for Town to remain ahead on goal difference from Nottingham Forest, who won 4-2 at Lincoln City with strikes from Georgia Gladwin, Isabel Sullivan, Charlotte Steggles and Annabel McKechnie. Leicester City were 6-3 victors away to Barnsley thanks to Tara Kirk (2), Grace Lowe, Annie Taylor, Gracie-Mai Williams and Beau Studholme.
One match was played in Group E, Sporting Khalsa getting themselves off the mark when Katie Nardone, Molly Thompson and Melody Lewis gave them a 3-0 victory over Bedworth Utd.
In Group F, Crystal Palace Development replaced Charlton Athletic U21 as leaders after winning their meeting 6-0. Aaliyeah Weise-Forbes led the scoring with a hat-trick and they were joined on the scoresheet by Mia Lockett, Beau Parker and Emily Treacy.
AFC Basildon remain on top of Group G after they defeated AFC Wimbledon 4-2, Amy Jacobs (2), Georgia Hyland and Eloise Ives. In the other game, Billericay Town ran out 4-1 winners over Chichester City thanks to a Rosie Richards brace, Ellie Nicholls and Hannah Smith.
Glasgow City and Hibernian will meet in this year's SSE Scottish Women's Cup Final after both teams recorded 4-1 victories in their respective semi finals on Sunday.
City were first in action as they met Rangers at the Forthbank Stadium and they needed to do it the hard way as Rangers took the lead just after the half hour mark, Carla Boyce heading in from a corner. City got themselves back on level terms shortly before half time, also from a corner which was headed home by Eilish McSorley.
Both teams exchanged chances early in the second half but it was City who were to go ahead for the first time, again from a corner and through a deflected effort from Samantha Kerr. Jenna Clark then hit the post but with twenty minutes remaining, City took firm control of the tie as Rachel McLauchlan made it three. McLauchlan rounded off the win late on when she netted her second goal.
Hibernian and Motherwell met in the second semi final of the double header in a repeat of last season's Final. Colette Cavanagh hit the bar for Hibs earl on but they were soon to go in front, Amy Muir heading in from a corner. Cavanagh then found the net following a strong run and Siobhan Hunter headed in the third goal just ahead of half time.
Any hopes of a Motherwell fightback were killed off early in the second half when Hibs were awarded a penalty and after Rachael Boyle's initial kick was saved by Anna Vincenti, the midfielder followed up to score from the rebound. Motherwell did not give up and grabbed a consolation for themselves when Abby Callaghan converted a cross from Lori Gardner.
The Final will take place at Tynecastle Park on Sunday 24th November.
The biggest match of the season so far in the Barclays FA WSL went the way of Chelsea as a late goal gave them a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
The equivalent meeting between the two teams last season ended in a five-goal win for the Gunners and they started off well this time around, Danielle van de Donk giving them the lead after nine minutes. After the break, Beth England brought Chelsea back on level terms just before the hour and five minutes before time, Maria Thorisdottir scored to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Champions and lift Chelsea above them in the table, into second place.
The day before, Manchester City had taken over the leadership when they defeated Birmingham City 3-0. The two teams had gone into the game with contrasting 100% records and this was not to change, a rare goal from Keira Walsh handing Man City a first half lead. Tessa Wullaert made it two, early in the second half, and Geum-Min Lee rounded off the scoring ten minutes from time with her first goal for the club.
Manchester Utd have moved up into fourth place, their highest position of the season to date, following their 3-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur. Kirsty Hanson put United ahead early on and an own goal by Ashleigh Neville put them in control, seven minutes into the second half. Jane Ross rounded off United's best result of the season so far when she scored the third goal in injury time.
No less than five teams are level on six points in the table right now, including West Ham Utd who also had a good day on the road, winning 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion. The Hammers led at the interval through a goal from Martha Thomas, before two goals in quick succession midway through the half put them in a commanding position. Kenza Dali made it two from the penalty spot and three minutes later, Alisha Lehmann further increased West Ham's lead before Megan Connolly grabbed a consolation for the Seagulls in injury time.
Reading FC Women also joined the mid-table congestion after they edged out Everton by the odd goal in five. Twice, the Royals took the lead during the first half with Willie Kirk's side hitting back on both occasions; Jade Moore netted a first half brace with Chloe Kelly and a Lucy Graham penalty quickly levelling the scores. The match was settled with twenty minutes remaining, when Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland netted the winning goal for Reading.
Liverpool and Bristol City went into their meeting with neither side having found the net in the league prior to the game. This was remedied as the teams battled out a 1-1 draw, Ebony Salmon giving City a sixteenth minute lead via a cross-cum-shot and Liverpool hitting back to pick up their first point of the season when Melissa Lawley equalised from the penalty spot with eighteen minutes left to play.
It was a good weekend all round for Aston Villa as they took over at the top of the FA Women's Championship when they ran out 4-0 winners over Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Saturday.
Melissa Johnson has been in outstanding form for Villa so far this season and she gave them the lead midway through the first half. Emma Follis doubled their advantage after the break and Johnson was to have the final say as she netted twice more to complete her hat-trick and seal a fifth straight victory for her side, taking her tally of league goals to ten in those five matches.
Villa were further boosted by the news that Durham Women, who had gone into the weekend as leaders, went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers. A penalty shortly before half time from Ellie Stewart proved to be enough to give Blackburn their first ever Championship victory but they needed to defend boldly under severe Durham pressure during the second half to hold on for a result which takes them off the bottom of the table.
Durham are now back in third because in-form Sheffield Utd powered to a 5-1 win at Crystal Palace which takes them up into the top two for the first time. Jade Pennock gave the Blades a first half lead which was cancelled out five minutes later by Magda Mosengo, but Pennock quickly restored United's advantage with her second shortly afterwards. Olivia Fergusson and Veatriki Sarri put them further ahead during the second half, but Pennock rounded off the victory when she completed her hat-trick.
Three teams are level on twelve points as they chase after leaders Aston Villa, this includes London City Lionesses who came away from Coventry Utd with a 2-1 victory under their belts. Coventry got off to a great start when Helen Dermody gave them the lead after just four minutes but the Lionesses were back on level terms by the break thanks to Ylenia Priest. The game looked to be heading towards a draw but two minutes from time, Kallie Balfour, who had only just come on as a substitute, made a great impact by grabbing the winning goal and maintaining her side's 100% record in away matches this season.
Leicester City celebrated their first league win of the season in style, with a 3-0 success away to Lewes. A victory would have seen the Rookettes stay just four points off the pace but after a goalless first half, it was Leicester who took the lead five minutes after the restart through Hayley James. Lachante Paul made it two just after the hour mark and Libby Smith wrapped up the win for Leicester late on.
Southampton Women went through to the Third Round Qualifying of the Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Marine Academy Plymouth, avenging their surprise defeat to the same opponents at the same stage last season.
We talked to Southampton defender Kellie Warren, who was understandably delighted with the win and the way the team has started the season overall, and is looking forward to a derby tie in the next round:
WSS: Well done on the win on Sunday, how difficult a task was it against a team from the level below?
KW: Thank you, we made it difficult for ourselves. We created so many chances but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Fair play to MAP though, they continued to push us right till the final whistle. Keeping a clean sheet was also massive for us.
WSS: After going out to the same opposition in the cup last season, how pleasing was it to put the record straight this time?
KW: Obviously it's very pleasing, we struggled last year to finish our chances too but this year we were defensively stronger. So we are very pleased with the result this year.
WSS: The draw for the Third Round Qualifying has paired you with AFC Bournemouth, that should be a good occasion and a South Coast derby?
KW: That will be a great game! They are a strong team, with a decent set up and are doing well in their league, so we are looking forward to that and hopefully get a decent crowd with a good atmosphere around the ground.
WSS: Would you welcome a good run in the FA Cup, is that a big priority for you this season?
KW: Yes of course we would! Experience for the players and the youngsters coming through and also brings some money into the club. It would definitely be exciting to play against one of big WSL teams too, so we will do our best.
WSS: This week it's the League Cup and you play AFC Basildon, what kind of game are you expecting against them?
KW: Any league cup game will be tough opposition, so we are prepared to face a strong AFC Basildon this weekend but are very much looking forward to it.
WSS: You made a number of new signings during the summer to strengthen the squad, how have they settled in since joining?
KW: The new girls have settled in well. Some of the players we've signed, we have played against for a few years, so it's actually nice to have them on the same team to strengthen our squad
WSS: You have been so close to promotion over the last two seasons, are you confident that you can go one better this time around?
KW: Well, that's the plan! We are confident in ourselves that we can go on and win the league this season with the group of girls we have.
WSS: The early signs are showing that the title race could be a close one between at least three teams, can you see it staying that way?
KW: It does seem that it will be a lot closer this season that the previous two. We don't expect that to change but most importantly we focus on us, the games we've got ahead and getting the three points on the board each league game, to keep us in the title run.
Our thanks to Kellie!
Photo by John Bilcliff
Brislington striker Amber Coates was forced to miss their Women's FA Cup tie with Cheltenham Town on Sunday - through an injury caused by a poached egg.
Whilst poaching the egg at her house, it slipped and landed on her foot, the boiling egg white and hot water causing her to suffer a nasty burn which is likely to keep her out for a few matches.
Poor Amber has been shown little mercy by her Brislington team mates, the unusual circumstances of the injury causing great mirth and amusement amongst them, but she has taken it in good heart.
Amber shot to national prominence back in January 2013 when she scored a hat-trick in the opening four minutes of an FA Women's Cup tie for Bitton against AEK Boco, which is thought by many to be a record for the competition. Since then she has acquired a reputation as something of a goal poacher with her subsequent clubs, Downend Flyers and Buckland Athletic, before joining Brislington at the start of the season.
* We apologise to Amber if she wanted to keep this quiet but we have been egged on by a number of people at her club to publish the story...
Burnley FC Women went level on points with Northern Premier Division leaders Sunderland after Sarah Greenhalgh, Kerry Hope and Elizabeth Hamer gave them a 3-2 win at Huddersfield Town. A Precious Hamilton double and Rebecca Rayner ensured that Nottingham Forest won 3-0 at Loughborough Foxes to go fifth. Hannah Baines and Natalie Murray scored for West Bromwich Albion as they drew 2-2 with Derby County and Sheffield FC won for the first time, 2-1 at Hull City thanks to Keeley-Shaye Goodwin and Charlotte Griffin.
Watford are two points behind leaders Crawley Wasps following their 3-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons in the Southern Premier Division. Yeovil Town are a further two points adrift after a 5-0 victory at Keynsham Town. Oxford Utd scored eleven times without reply past Hounslow Women and Portsmouth were 4-1 winners at Chichester City.
In Division One North, Barnsley won 2-1 at Leeds Utd to stay one point ahead of Brighouse Town who beat Bradford City 4-0. Durham Cestria's 5-1 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients takes them third, ahead of Liverpool Feds who won 4-2 against Bolton Wanderers. Chester-le-Street Town were 3-2 victors at Newcastle Utd, whilst Chorley and Stockport County finished level at 1-1.
Division One Midlands leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Sporting Khalsa 6-0 and stay two points in front of Long Eaton Utd, 2-0 winners over Leicester Utd. Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies stayed in touch by defeating Solihull Moors 3-0. Lincoln City were 7-2 winners at Doncaster Rovers Belles and improving Bedworth Utd beat Leafield Athletic 2-0.
Billericay Town returned to the top of Division One South East, their 6-2 victory against Stevenage Women taking them ahead of Ipswich Town, 3-1 winners over Cambridge City, on goal difference. Leyton Orient meanwhile went down to their first defeat, 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon. Enfield Town beat Actonians Ladies 4-2 whilst Norwich City and Cambridge Utd shared a 2-2 draw.
(Moneyfields won 4-2 on penalties)>
Moneyfields 2 Larkhall Athletic 2
(Moneyfields won 4-2 on penalties)
Moneyfields, of the Southern Region League Premier Division, earned a historic first Women's FA Cup Third Qualifying Round place after overcoming FAWNL opponents Larkhall Athletic in a penalty shootout after a gripping 120 minutes at Dover Road.
The hosts went toe to toe with their visitors, hitting the woodwork three times in a goalless first 90 minutes. Four goals in the opening period of extra time saw both teams in front for a brief moment before a superb series of spot kicks saw the Moneys home.
Larkhall had the first clear chance after five minutes when an Emily Harrington lob dropped just wide of Sally-Anne Thompson's goal. Nikki O'Connell, the Larks' keeper, made the first of several fine first half interventions to deny Kim Whitcombe on 20 minutes, then produced a fine double save firstly from Whitcombe before beating away Sheree Bell-Jack's follow up drive.after good work on the right by Krystal Whyte.
Whyte provided another pinpoint cross for Whitcombe to rattle the bar with a header before 0'Connell tipped away a dangerous free kick at her far post as Moneyfields dominated around the half hour. Larkhall came back into the game towards the break forcing Thompson to be quick off her line to read a couple of dangerous situations.
Bell-Jack nearly gave the hosts the advantage, striking the base of the post with a cross-shot after beating the last defender on 49 minutes. Katie Shorter powered a header against the bar from a Whitcombe corner on the hour as it seemed that luck had deserted the home team.
Again, Larkhall came on strongly later in the half, moving the ball neatly in midfield to play in the dangerous Kate German, Maddie Brown and Harrington but the Moneyfields defence stood firm.
It was Moneyfields sub Paige Seeley who created the breakthrough on 93 minutes with a delightful crossfield pass to release Whyte who finished expertly. Larkhall responded immediately with Harrington setting up Lizzie Barratt who was fouled in the area and Kate German converted the resulting spot kick emphatically. The visitors soon took the lead with a delightful finish by Brown, stealing in to tuck home past the advancing Thompson on 98 minutes.
Amazingly, Moneys were level on 102 minutes with a penalty of their own, converted confidently by Whitcombe. The final fifteen minutes saw the intensity finally drop a little after an epic battle as penalties loomed. Four perfectly converted penalties by Carla Perkins, skipper Sophie Kingsley-Cabell, Whitcombe and decisively Emma Eldridge were enough to clinch the tie.
Moneyfields made a real event of the afternoon with entertainment pre-match and at half time from an excellent marching band display, an informative programme and players entrance decorated in club coloured balloons. Larkhall Athletic played a full part in an excellent match but is the home fans who celebrated progress to Monday's draw, where they were paired with Portishead Town.
Moneyfields: Sally-Ann Thompson, Emma Eldridge, Sophie Kingsley-Cabell, Melissa Lawrence, Kaylee Schumann-Edwards, Katie Shorter, Krystal Whyte, Carla Perkins, Sheree Bell-Jack, Nicole Matthews, Kim Whitcombe. Subs: Sian Bradbeer, Paige Seeley, Olivia Pinhorne, Beth Roche.
Larkhall Athletic: Nicki O'Connell, Lois Colley, Amy Scrivens, Jessie Osborne, Amanda Blakeley, Anne-Marie Hervey, Lizzie Barratt, Krystle German, Kate German, Maddie Brown, Emily Harrington. Subs: Mollie Jones, Rhian Robbins, Jodie Sheppard.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Emma Eldridge tries to keep Maddie Brown at bay
(bottom) Lois Colley slides in to challenge Kim Whitcombe
On Tuesday night, Hibernian trimmed Glasgow City's lead at the top of the Scottish Women's Premier League to eight points as they scored thirteen times against Forfar Farmington.
Hibs got off to a very fast start and were two ahead inside the opening six minutes, thanks to Siobhan Higgins and Rachael Boyle. Higgins quickly added a second and Jamie-Lee Napier made it for ahead of half time. After the break, Hibs began to run riot with Colette Cavanagh and Boyle further extending their lead, with Amy Gallacher adding the next goal on the hour.
Chelsea Cornet and Lia Tweedie joined them on the scoresheet, before Napier netted three times in five minutes, taking her tally to four on the night. Tweedie went on to complete her double and an emphatic victory with the final goal, nine minutes from time.
England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all gone through to the Elite qualifying round in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships, but Wales have missed out on the next stage.
England finished their group with a perfect record of three wins from three games on Tuesday, after hitting Serbia for six. The Young Lionesses had already turned over Belarus and Cyprus by 3-0 and 8-0 respectively in their opening two games last week.
Emma Coates' team duly completed their job in style in Orsha, as a Jessica Park hat-trick and goals from Holly Manders, Ebony Salmon and Annabelle Blanchard gave the Serbs no chance.
It took less than 20 minutes for England to open their account, as Park was the provider for Manders to get things underway with what was the only goal of the first half. England certainly found their shooting boots after the break though, as Park notched her first of the afternoon following a corner from Manders.
Salmon then added her name to scoresheet to make it 3-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining and the game finished with a flourish as three goals in six minutes followed in the later stages via Park's second, a goal for substitute Blanchard and then the completion of a hat-trick for Park in the 87th minute.
Scotland also finished top of their Qualifying group to progress to the Elite qualifying round. After securing their passage to the Elite Round on Saturday, Pauline Hamill's side finished the group strongly with a 1-0 victory over Poland yesterday. The result bookended an impressive campaign in which the young Scots scored five and didn't concede, finishing the group undefeated.
Scotland now join 27 other teams who progress to the Elite Qualifying Round, seven places are up for grabs at next summer's finals in Georgia. That victory was followed by a stalemate with Croatia. Scotland dominated throughout and were unfortunate to not find a break through. Regardless, the result ensured they would at the very least finish with enough points to qualify from their group.
Tuesday's 1-0 victory over group hosts Poland meant Scotland leapfrogged their opponents to qualify from top spot. Jennifer Smith's strike after nine minutes was enough to secure all three points. The home side pressed for an equaliser but Scotland were assured defensively and saw out the win in the second half. Keeping their third clean sheet in a row.
The tournament is a signifier of how Pauline Hamill's team have grown since hosting this summer's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. Fifteen of Hamill's squad for the summer remained eligible for another year including key players from this summer such as Lauren Davidson, Jenna Clark and Sophie Allison. The squad's added experience will be a huge boost as the they attempt to qualify for the finals in Georgia next summer.
Despite being beaten 7-0 in their final game by Norway, Northern Ireland had already secured their place in the next phase with victories over Wales and Moldova in their opening two matches. Wales meanwhile salvaged some pride in their last game as they defeated Moldova 3-0 but it was not enough for them to finish as one of the best third placed teams. The game was goalless at half time but two goals in a three minute spell during the second half from Morgan Rogers put Wales in control of matters and they rounded off the win when Alice Griffiths scored the third in injury time.
The draw for the Elite qualifying round will take place on 21st November.
Peterborough Utd were one of four Regional League teams to knock out National League opponents in the Second Round Qualifying when they won 2-1 away to Stevenage Women.
Donna McGuigan and Megan Parrett scored the goals as the Posh Women claimed a big victory for themselves and their reward is a home tie against The New Saints, for home Katie Doster hit a hat-trick in their 6-1 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Lucy Brown, Laura Pennington and Charlotte Turner added the others for TNS, with Long Eaton's consolation coming from Kelly Kennaugh.
Bowers & Pitsea caused a surprise as they won 2-1 away to Maidenhead Utd, courtesy of Sophie Dowman and an own goal. They will be at home in the next round to Luton Town, guaranteeing that at least one Eastern Region League side will be in the First Round proper. Zara Carroll hit a hat-trick and Funmi Babalola added the other goal as Luton ran out 4-0 winners away to Newmarket Town.
Moneyfields also claimed a higher level scalp with a penalty shootout victory over Larkhall Athletic, after the teams had shared a 2-2 draw. All four goals were scored in extra time, Krystal Whyte and Kim Whitcombe on target for the Moneys and the Larks responding through Kate German and Maddie Brown before Moneyfields triumphed from the spot (see match report). The Moneys now travel to play Portishead Town who are the last remaining South West League side left in the competition after they won a well contested tie 1-0 against Wootton Bassett Town. The Wiltshire side had much of the play but a well drilled Portishead back four defended very well and Shannon Holloway rifled home the only goal of the game early in the second half.
The third Division One South West team to fall were Swindon Town, who were beaten 3-2 by AFC Bournemouth CST. Erin Thickett (2) and Rosie Eden took the Cherries through and they can look forward to the prospect of a South Coast derby tie with Southampton Women who gained revenge for defeat to Marine Academy Plymouth at this stage a year ago by winning their return meeting 2-0 thanks to Aine McKeever and Jane Yeates.
Leeds Utd put an end to South Shields' hopes with a 4-1 victory. Abbie Brown netted twice along with Rebecca Hunt and Shannon Durkin for Leeds who now face a Yorkshire derby against Barnsley, who defeated Bradford City 5-1 with goals from Amy Woodruff (2), Kathryn Smith, Melissa Woodhouse and Sophie Bell.
Nichole Havery scored a hat-trick and Kacie Elson added the other goal as Chester-le-Street Town won 4-2 against Doncaster Rovers Belles, for whom Emily Burgin and Chloe Bethell were on target. The Cestrians have landed a north east derby tie in the next round with Newcastle Utd, who were 2-1 winners at Bolton Wanderers thanks to Rhiannon Gray and Jayden Maxwell.
Hartlepool Utd pipped Blackburn Community by the odd goal in seven. Justine Robinson netted twice, with one apiece from Caitlin Bates and Jenni Duffy-Smith, to take 'Pools through and they have been rewarded with a home tie against National League Chorley who were 2-0 winners away to Harrogate Town, Sophie Rotheram scoring both goals during the first half.
Durham Cestria ended the cup run of Ossett Utd by beating them 5-1. Durham captain Jen Knowles had a great day in goal, scoring four times in all, and Chloe Ryan added the other goal. They will have to wait and see who their next opponents will be as the tie between Redcar Town and Norton & Stockton Ancients was postponed.
Lauren Walker was on target four times as Sporting Khalsa came away from Leafield Athletic with a 5-2 win under their belts. Chloe Handy added Khalsa's other goal, with Daisy-Mai Clements netting twice in reply. Khalsa will be up against opposition from the same division in the next round, at home to Lincoln City who scored seven times without reply past Solihull Moors. Abigail Murrell had a great day in front of goal, scoring five times in total, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amy Blinkhorn and Amy Hunt.
Bedworth Utd came through a difficult tie away to Chesterfield with a 3-1 victory, thanks to a Kirsty Farnsworth brace and Amanda Whalley. Bedworth will be at home in the next round to either Woodlands Ladies or Rise Park.
Leek Town strode through by scoring six times without reply against Leicester City Ladies, Chantelle Gallagher bagging a hat-trick with Amelia Robb (2) and Katie Gibbons accounting for the other goals. Leek will be away to the winners of the tie between Burton Albion and Leicester Utd.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies were also 6-0 winners away to Mansfield Town, courtesy of a Jessica Lundie hat-trick, Steph Weston double and Holly Rogers. They have been rewarded with a home tie against Crewe Alexandra, 5-0 victors at Coventry Sphinx with Amanda Fallon and Beth Grice bagging a brace each, and Jess Dawson rounding off the scoring.
Wolverhampton Wanderers notched ten goals against local rivals Shifnal Town, including a hat-trick from the prolific Jade Cross. Amy Dicken netted twice and there was one apiece from Philippa Wilson, Natalie Widdal, Jess Jennings, Lyndsey Glover and Alice Keitley. Wolves will make a short trip in the next round to more West Midlands League opposition in the form of Sutton Coldfield Town, who came from two behind to beat Solihull Ladies Utd 3-2 thanks to a Niamh Deasy hat-trick.
The top two teams in the Eastern Region League Premier Division clashed in a match which fully lived up to its billing, with Harlow Town edging out Wroxham 4-3 after extra time. Becky Shephard, Chloe Bassett, Frances Gamble and Kaydee King scored the goals for Harlow, with Grace Birchall (2) and Emily Leach replying. Harlow have been rewarded with a plum home tie against Billericay Town who were impressive eight-goal winners at Dartford. Karissa Rodney and Zoe Rushen each netted twice for the Essex side with Jay Blackie, Courtney Lumley, Ellie Nicholls and Hannah Smith adding the others.
AFC Basildon booked themselves a trip to either Cambridge City or St Albans Ladies with an 8-2 victory against Phoenix Sports. Kelly Wealthall led the scoring with a hat-trick, Cerys Adams added a couple and there was one apiece from Grace Gillard, Holly Turner and Sarah Wilson.
Carla Williams, Meila D'Santos and Late Uche were on the scoresheet as Actonians Ladies won 3-1 at Kent Football Utd, whose consolation came from Amy Russ. Actonians are now at home to Fulham who got the better of Saltdean Utd on a penalty shootout, after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw.
Queen's Park Rangers ended the hopes of South East Counties League side Oakwood Ladies by beating them 9-1. Chloe Sampson bagged a four-goal haul and Kasha Petit hit a hat-trick to spearhead the victory, whilst Anna Maria Dzyadyk and Amelia Cutler added the other goals. This sets up an intriguing tie in the next round with Leyton Orient, who made good work of a difficult trip to Abingdon Utd by running out 4-1 winners. Otesha Charles netted a goal in each half, with Egle Trezzi and Sophie Le Marchand also getting on target.
Enfield Town eased through with a 4-0 victory over Islington Borough, Katherine Long grabbing two goals, along with Claire Ford and Danielle Smith. Enfield will be at home again in the next round to AFC Wimbledon who scored seven times without reply at Ashford Ladies. Charlotte Flood (2), Elizabeth O'Callaghan, Hannah Billingham, Sophie Manzi, Georgia Heasman and Katie Stanley accounted for the Dons' goals.
Tara Woodward, Charlotte Bagshaw and Samantha Jackson were the markswomen for Wycombe Wanderers as they continued their Cup run with a 3-1 win against Woking Ladies. Wycombe face a tough assignment in the next round, being drawn away to Chesham Utd who defeated Abingdon Town 4-0 with goals from Gemma Fraser (2), Becky Bloor and Jacqui Hanson.
Poole Town came through a tricky tie away to Winchester City Flyers with a 3-2 victory, Faye Hawkins bagging a brace for the Dolphins and Danielle Maidment also got on the scoresheet. Poole will be away in the next round to either Southampton FC Women or Buckland Athletic.
A late flurry of goals helped Cheltenham Town to a 5-0 win against Brislington. Charlotte Criddle scored the only goal of the first half but after the break, Georgia Brown, Mai Butler, Annie Martin and Kerry Bartlett were also on target to help Cheltenham through to a tie in the next round against Exeter City, who were 7-1 victors over Sherborne Town. Abbie Britton and Sophie Gillies netted two goals apiece along with Megan Robinson, Manfy Sharpe and Emily Toogood.
Torrential rain and a waterlogged pitch meant that the tie between Farsley Celtic and Liverpool Feds was forced to be abandoned at half time, with the Feds leading 1-0. The teams will try again this week and the winners will be away to either Northwich Vixens or Altrincham, whose tie was postponed.
The last remaining First Round Qualifying tie was completed and it is FC United of Manchester who progress with a 4-1 victory away to fellow North West League side Morecambe. Kirsty Chambers netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Robyn Hartley and Kate O'Gara.
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