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The draw for the Second Round of the Women's FA Cup has been made.
Ties are to be played on Sunday 1st December. This is the stage of the competition where the Northern Premier and Southern Premier Division teams in the FA Women's National League enter for the first time.
Draw in full:
Chorley v Brighouse Town
Derby County v Nottingham Forest
Barnsley v Sheffield FC
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fylde Ladies
Chester-le-Street Town v Loughborough Foxes
Burnley FC Women v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Lincoln City
Hounslow Women v Cardiff City Ladies
Keynsham Town v Watford
Yeovil Town v Southampton FC
Portsmouth v Cheltenham Town or Leyton Orient
Southampton Women v Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford Utd v Plymouth Argyle
Chichester City v Ipswich Town
Woodlands Ladies or Billericay Town v Gillingham
Actonians Ladies v Crawley Wasps
Germany 2 (Popp 8, Buhl 90)
att: 77,768; at Wembley Stadium>
England 1 (White 44)
Germany 2 (Popp 8, Buhl 90)
att: 77,768; at Wembley Stadium
Klara Buhl scored a late winner as Germany spoiled England's party with a victory in their friendly international at Wembley Stadium.
The result was no more than Germany deserved as they were the slicker side throughout the match and although much will be made of the record attendance for an England home match, they have now gone down to their fifth defeat in seven matches.
Germany were quick out of the blocks and almost went ahead in the third minute, Lena Oberdorf receiving possession and firing a powerful left foot strike which Mary Earps did well to divert onto the bar. However five minutes later, following a good build up on the right, Kathrin Hendrich drilled a cross into the area, where an unmarked Alexandra Popp planted a firm header into the corner of the net.
The visitors continued to control matters although Hendrich was fortunate to only be shown a yellow card for a dangerous lunge on Beth Mead. The Arsenal striker was heavily involved again as England were handed a great chance to level the scores as she was brought down in the area by Merle Frohms and a penalty was awarded. Nikita Parris stepped up but her woes from the spot continued as Frohms atoned for her error, diverting her shot over the bar with a boot.
England were having their best spell of the game as half time approached and got themselves back on level terms a minute before the break, albeit with a huge slice of fortune. Keira Walsh clipped a neat cross over the German defence for Ellen White to slot past Frohms from close range. Subsequent replays showed that the striker was in an offside position as the ball was delivered into the area.
As so often happens in friendlies, a series of substitutions in the second half made the game a more scrappy affair. Dzsenifer Marozsan was continuing to dictate most of Germany's play though and she went close with a 20-yard strike which sailed just over the bar.
Germany then thought they had restored their lead as they got the ball in the net, but Lina Magull was denied by an offside flag as she tucked the rebound after Earps had saved Buhl's initial shot.
England were finding it very difficult to break down a strong German defence and were making little impression despite much endeavour.
Germany stepped up the pressure late on with Melanie Leupolz, Buhl and Lena Lattwein all having efforts blocked but just as it looked as though England had weathered the storm, the breakthrough came as injury time arrived.
It was no surprise that Marozsan was involved as she slid a pass into the path of Buhl, who teased Steph Houghton before making her way into the area and guiding a low left foot shot beyond the dive of Earps and inside the far post to put her side back in front.
Jodie Taylor had a shot saved at the other end but there was too little time for England to respond and the final whistle signalled the continuation of their disappointing run of results.
England: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Leah Williamson, Nikita Parris (sub Lauren Hemp 73mins), Jill Scott, Ellen White (sub Jodie Taylor 73mins), Jordan Nobbs (sub Georgia Stanway 77mins), Beth Mead (sub Rachel Daly 73mins). Subs not used: Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Demi Stokes, Abbie McManus, Lucy Staniforth, Beth England, Ellie Roebuck, Gemma Bonner.
Germany: Merle Frohms, Kathrin Hendrich, Sara Doorsoun, Lena Oberdorf (sub Marina Hegering 45mins), Sophia Kleinherne, Lina Magull (sub Lena Lattwein 84mins), Sara Dabritz (sub Melanie Leupolz 70mins), Klara Buhl, Sandra Starke (sub Trudi Knaak 65mins), Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp (sub Pauline Bremer 65mins). Subs not used: Leonie Maier, Lea Schuller, Laura Benkarth, Linda Dallmann, Felicitas Rauch, Lisa Schmitz, Anna Gasper.
It is the first time that the Somerset side have reached this stage of the competition and they are the only club in the area to have done so this season (Bristol City and Keynsham Town have both been exempt so far).
Portishead goalkeeper Chloe Fensome was the team's heroine as they beat Moneyfields on a penalty shootout in the Third Round Qualifying, to reach this stage. She made a fantastic save in the last minute of extra time before going on to stop one penalty and score emphatically from the spot herself.
Chloe told Women's Soccer Scene: "This is massive for us and massive for Portishead itself. We've worked so hard the last few seasons to get into a position where we're being noticed and getting the results we deserve, and that hard work is starting to paying off.
"We knew Moneyfields were a good strong team, but if we played our football and kept a positive mind we could do it. This means so much to all of us, and the focus is now on the next round and proving we deserve our place against Southampton. We know they'll be strong, but we're ready for them."
Winger Shannon Holloway scored the winning goal in the previous round against Wootton Bassett Town and she said: "I'm really looking forward to the game this weekend against Southampton. It's been an amazing journey so far not only for the team but for the club as well.
"It's great to have so much support behind us to really push the girls and hopefully we can raise our game to show what we can do against a tough side and put in a performance to be proud of."
"It's been a great journey with friends and we're hoping to progress," added defender Nathalie Zajaczkowski. "It won't be easy but for the majority of the squad, it's the biggest platform we'll ever have played on. The excitement that this has created amongst the club as a whole and all our family and friends is incredible!"
"Portishead are very proud to have reached the first round of the Women's FA Cup, as the last remaining team in Bristol and Somerset," says Ruby Lowe. "Our squad has gone from strength to strength in the past few seasons, including earning multiple promotions, and this FA Cup achievement represents the the effort, commitment and the strength and depth of our squad. We're looking forward to playing Southampton on Sunday, hopefully our FA Cup journey can continue."
Captain Taylor Gainey said: "Great moments are born from great opportunities, that's what happened against Moneyfields and I'm hoping what will happen on Sunday against Southampton.
"We have to be fearless, whatever happens I'm proud of how far we've come. I'm excited to play on a huge game knowing we are making history at the club."
The Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Southampton FC eased through with an 11-0 victory over Poole Town in which Rachel Panting and Shannon Sievwright each scored hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Sophia Pharoah, Shannon Albuery, Alisha Ware, Phoebe Williams and Charley Evans. The Saints are now away to Chesham United, who reached this stage by beating Wycombe Wanderers 3-0, Gemma Fraser netting twice and Tash Smith adding the other.
Chesham United Ladies were formed in 1995 with Sian Williams and Lisa Welling taking over in 1996. The squad's relaxed, drama free atmosphere attracted players and they climbed through the Women's pyramid to promotion in to the FA Women's Premier League in 2012. The FA Women's Super League and some well overdue retirements took its toll on their squad numbers and the club decided to take a step back to the Southern Region League. A strong girls section below them, they work hard at bringing youngsters through to the first team. The current squad regrouped three seasons ago as predominantly over-30's and Under-18's, a mix that complimented each other and this season have gained promotion back to the Southern Region Premier League with another very enjoyable season.
The club has enjoyed many successes over the years, with a flourishing girls section, half the squad have played junior football for them, they pride ourselves on fair play and a strong playing philosophy. Chesham were promoted as Southern Premier League winners in thte 2017-18 season unbeaten, and completed the double by beating AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup Final. Last season was the first in the FA Women's National League and i was a good one, finishing mid-table and getting to the County Cup Final only to lose narrowly to MK Dons.
The squad is boasting some new players and a new Head Coach in Sam Arhin, assisting manager Lisa Welling look to propel into their second season in the league looking to better last years mid table finish and also to gain some silverware. Mark Overall is Goalkeeping Coach and long serving Dawne Campbell is captain, whilst Gemma Fraser is one of the most prolific goalscorers at her level.
Chesham Utd (from): Lucia Delves, Emma Bebbington, Stacey Blackburn, Rebecca Bloor, Kate Bowers, Paula Lambert, Dawne Campbell, Aalyiah Charles, Gemma Fraser, Kirsty Gladwin, Jaqueline Hanson, Olivia Harris, Eden Kibrom, Natasha Smith, Emma Delves. .
Southampton FC (from): Kayla Rendell, Sara Luce, Ella Morris, Shelly Provan, Kirsty Whitton, Kelly Fripp, Georgie Freeland, Phoebe Williams, Ella Pusey, Shannon Sievwright, Ellie Chaffe, Sophia Pharoah, Tiffany Taylor, Caitlin Morris, Alisha Ware, Chloe Newton, Rachel Panting, Sam Burt, Rachel Woods, Charley Evans, Chloe Gilroy, Shannon Albuery.
The Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Durham Cestria booked their place in the First Round when beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 6-2 on Sunday, Chloe Ryan scoring twice along with Jordan Atkinson, Molly Holder, Jennifer Knowles and Dannika Purdham. This earns Durham a local derby tie at home to Chester-le-Street Town, who defeated Newcastle Utd 3-1 with Kacie Elson, Nichole Havery and Laura Hockaday on target.
Originally formed as Birtley Phoenix and joining Chester-le-Street Town in 2009, the team quickly made its way up the women's football pyramid and won the Northern Division of the North East Women's League in 2011-12 with a 100% record, winning all sixteen games. The following season, they finished as Premier Division Champions, earning themselves promotion to the Northern Combination. The restructuring of the leagues in 2015 placed them in Northern Division One of the FA Women's Premier League, where they have remained since, achieving their highest ever position last season when they finished in third place. The club has also won the Durham County Cup on three occasions.
The team is managed by Barry McCrea with Paul Borthwick as Coach and Anna Collin as captain. Nichole Havery is the team's leading scorer this season with five goals to her name.
Durham Cestria (from): Rosie Todd, Jen Knowles, Georgia Richardson, Megan Elliott, Hannah Greenwood, Melissa Storey, Dannika Purdham, Erin Third, Erin Nelson, Molly Holder, Lauren Robson, Grace Ayre, Jess Holder, Chloe Ryan, Lily Crosthwaite, Jordan Atkinson, Sophie Hodgson, Brooke Mackain.
Chester-le-Street Town (from): Stephanie Jones, Katie Ellison, Tiegan Hutchinson, Anna Collin, Lynsey Longhurst, Brogan Prudhoe, Jessica Ellison, Lucy Jackman, Nichole Havery, Rachel Mellor, Laura Hockaday, Abigail Thompson, Kim Wild, Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke, Kacie Elson, Sarah Burn, Shannon Etherington, Jessica White, Hannah McStay-Fenn, Katrena Morrison.
Albania 0 Scotland 5 (Emslie 15, Ross 22, Cuthbert 58, Godfrey 64, Murray 77)
It was a five star performance from Scotland in Albania as Shelley Kerr's side wrapped up 2019 with a 5-0 win in their UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier.
Having won their first qualification game 8-0 against Cyprus in front of more than 6,000 fans at Easter Road, Scotland aimed to bring a historic year to an end in style.
Shelley Kerr handed a start to Kirsty Hanson and Hannah Godfrey as the duo made their debuts. Hanson was immediately involved too, but it was a familiar face who opened the scoring. Claire Emslie made no mistake from inside the six-yard box when the ball landed kindly for the Melbourne City forward, slamming the ball beyond the Albanian keeper in the 15th minute after Hanson's cross deflected in to her path.
Jane Ross may not get many easier goals than the one she bagged in the 22nd minute, but the striker will certainly not complain as she records her 60th international goal in her 130th appearance.
Ross was close to scoring her 61st goal just 15 minutes later, but her header flashed narrowly wide of the post.
Shelley Kerr's side started the second half as they finished the first, taking the game to the Albanian's.
Before long it was three thanks to great play from Lisa Evans. The Arsenal star cut in from the right, beat her marker and cut the ball back in from the by line for Erin Cuthbert to slide home, courtesy of a clever dummy from Caroline Weir.
Already a memorable occasion for debutant Godfrey, it became a dream debut when she scored Scotland's fourth. A terrific ball over the Alabanian defence found Godfrey, beating the offside trap, and tapping in from close range.
It became five for the evening as Christie Murray scored her fifth goal for Scotland, completing a stunning display away from home. Lisa Evans was again at the heart of it, cutting in from the right to tee up the unmarked Murray, who made no mistake to round off the night, and the calendar year, in style.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Lisa Evans (sub Chloe Arthur 80mins), Emma Mitchell, Rachel Corsie, Leanne Crichton, Hannah Godfrey, Claire Emslie (sub Abbi Grant 75mins), Erin Cuthbert, Caroline Weir, Jane Ross (sub Christie Murray 67mins), Kirsty Hanson. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Jenna Fife, Rachel McLauchlan, Rachael Boyle, Abigail Harrison, Lucy Graham, Lizzie Arnot.
Brighouse Town have been one of the major title contenders in FAWNL Division One North over the past few seasons and the signs are that they will there or thereabouts again after their 3-2 victory over Chester-le-Street Town on Sunday took them to within one point of leaders Barnsley.
We talked to Brighouse midfielder Kayleigh Bamforth, who praised the team's never say die attitude after coming from behind to win against Chester-le-Street and is expecting a hard fought promotion battle in their division this season:
WSS: How tough a game was it on Sunday, having to come from behind to get the win?
KB: We started the game well but went behind against the run of play, I think we felt confident that we could still win the game. Even when we went behind again to make it 2-1 we had belief that we would come back and that proved true, we needed that half time break to regroup and focus on how we can score at one end and stop a good Chester-le-Street side hitting us on the break at the other end. I think we managed this really well in the second half, took the game to our opponents and saw the game out.
WSS: Does it say a lot about the team's character that you managed to turn the game around in your favour?
KB: I think we have a bit of a ‘never give up and go till the end' attitude which we've proven In quite a few games this season. We've not been overly lucky when it comes to injuries and availability so we have had to fight for every point, being able to come from behind to win just adds that little bit more belief that we can overcome adversity and turn difficult situations into positive outcomes.
WSS: Did Sunday's game have extra importance for you in that it was a chance to close the gap on leaders Barnsley?
KB: We aren't really thinking about other teams, we just want to keep winning and putting points on the board, the league table at this stage of the season isn't a concern as there will be lots of twists and turns along the way. As mentioned before, injuries, form and availability will play a big part in results so we're just concentrating on us and taking it one game at a time.
WSS: This week it's the FA Cup and a trip to Liverpool Feds. You beat them 2-1 earlier in the season in the league, are you anticipating another close game this time?
KB: Liverpool Feds are a fantastic side and like to move teams around with their passing brand of football. We managed to win the game last time out but again had to wait until the last few minutes to gain all three points, we remained patient and created a couple of opportunities, it always helps when you have a player like Aimi Beresford because she is a nightmare to play against and can score spectacular goals from what seems like an impossible position! Hopefully we can gain another positive result and get our name in the hat for the next round.
WSS: You've already come through two tough away ties so far, particularly at Stockport, do you think those games will stand you in good stead for this week?
KB: We went in to the Stockport game without three key players, our captain Annabelle Cass, Aimi Beresford and our goalscorer Charlotte Proud, so we knew it was going to a difficult one. We didn't play at our best if I'm really honest but despite that we went in at the break 1-0 up and probably could have scored a few more. Fair play to Stockport, they came out in the second half and deservedly went in front, they were the better side for long spells and took their chances. Thankfully Charlie Blythe managed to score in the last minute and we managed to win on penalties.
WSS: The League Cup draw this week has paired you with Derby County, how much is the team looking forward to that game when it comes?
KB: We've played Derby a couple of times before in the past and managed to win on both occasions. I don't think it will be quite as straight forward this time, they have invested heavily in their playing squad and recruited really well, it hasn't quite clicked for them yet but they have a lot of quality and will be expecting to win the game so we will have to be at our best to try and stop that from happening. That game is in the back of our minds as we have the FA and County Cup games before then but we'll certainly be ready for the challenges ahead.
WSS: In the league at the moment, yourselves and Barnsley have opened up a gap on the teams below you but can you see anyone emerging from the pack to make a challenge?
KB: I think as mentioned before, we will have a few twists and turns along the way. Durham have done a bit of a Burnley, coming up from the division below and doing really well, Leeds have recruited well, Liverpool Feds are always a threat too so I don't think you can take anything for granted, I know we may have had a decent start but we also feel like we could have done even better in the games that we've drawn.
WSS: You have been so close to promotion in the last few seasons, how much would it mean to the club if you can go all the way this time?
KB: Obviously we've missed out in the last few seasons and with Barnsley in good form, it's looking like being very close this time round. Promotion would be an unbelievable achievement for us as a club and something we strive to achieve, it's a shame in women's football we only have one side promoted because the standard of teams in our league are worthy of moving up - this has been proven in previous seasons with teams from our division beating sides from the league above in the cups and Burnley currently flying high once again this season. That being said, we don't take anything for granted and hopefully we can fight till the end and have a bit more of that determination and character we've shown already to get the job done.
Our thanks to Kayleigh!
Nearly twenty years after the club's name disappeared, whilst holders of the FA Women's Cup, Croydon are back in the women's game and are competing in this season's Capital Women's Junior Cup.
"We have started this season as Under-18s and are so far having a good season," Chairman Jason Casey told Women's Soccer Scene, "although we haven't played teams we know, we are winning by high scores.
"We are in the next round of the Capital Cup against Edgware Town Ladies on 17th November, which we will play at the Arena. We recently played there for the first time in 20 years and our local newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser did a half page team photo and half page write up.
The original Croydon was founded in 1994, having previously been known as Bromley Borough. They went on to become one of the top teams in the country and indeed, won the FA Women's Premier League on three occasions - 1995-96, 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The also won the FA Women's Cup in 1996 and 2000 and had as many as six players in the England squad. Two of their most famous ex-players are Hope Powell and Debbie Bampton.
In 2000, the club was taken over by Charlton Athletic and although that club stayed at the top of the women's game during the following decade, playing nowadays in the FA Women's Championship, the Croydon name vanished until fate started off a relaunch this year.
Following a break in at Croydon FC back in February, at the club's AGM two months later it was suggested they started a women's team after memorabilia salvaged reminded the club of its history.
"In May, Crystal Palace Under-16s were told there would be no Under-18s for them next season, and needed to get trials elsewhere," explained Casey. "Myself and Paul Fleming (u16s secretary) decide to relaunch Croydon FC. Coaches lenin and Phil joined and started trials and friendlies. Following another break-in in July, five girl players and their parents repainted and cleaned up the Club, creating a 'womens' wall display.
"The team played Mole Valley in an SCWGL match at Beckenham's Club Langley in September and a month later, following sponsorships and a grant from FFD (FSA), Croydon Women played Molesey Juniors at the Arena in front of 70 supporters and raised money selling cakes and refreshments.
"We have Ken Jarvie as our honorary president and he has promised to come to a match soon. The original Croydon's main local journalist, Don Madgewick, sadly passed away in 2004 but his son, also Don, wrote our match report for the return to the Arena match. Hope is aware and others will be contacted for the 17th November. A local group (SNTB) are hosting a quiz night to raise funds for the Croydon Women's team on 14th November."
The club is also looking for more players to strengthen the squad, anyone interested should contact email@example.com.
Arsenal and Glasgow City will play the first legs of their UEFA Women's Champions League quarter finals ties at home.
The Gunners will take on Paris Saint-Germain will Glasgow City have been paired with VfL Wolfsburg.
The semi final draw was also made and, if they get through, Arsenal would play either Bayern Munich or Lyon whilst Glasgow City would be up against the winners of the all-Spanish tie between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Quarter final draw:
Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v FC Bayern München (GER)
Glasgow City FC (SCO) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
Arsenal Women FC (ENG) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
First legs to be played on 24/25 March, with the return matches a week later.
Crewe Alexandra will play their first home game of the season this Sunday when they play Barnsley in the Women's FA Cup.
Crewe have already beaten Wythenshawe Amateurs, Oadby & Wigston, Coventry Sphinx and Birmingham & West Midlands on the way to the First Round proper, where they will face the Division One North leaders.
Head coach Matt Fisher told Women's Soccer Scene: "The players are really excited to be able to play in such a historic competition and against highly competitive opposition.
"We know the magnitude of the task ahead but we feel like this will be a great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the division above us. We have made huge efforts to ensure the day is a celebration of how far we have come over the past year and we are really looking forward to grassroots girls from Crewe FC being at the game to support the players."
Loren Cooper added: "We have been training really hard since pre season and are looking forward to a huge game. It'll be a good test of how far we have come since last season when we played Barnsley and weren't really competitive for a few reasons.
"Both teams have improved and all the players are really looking forward to it. I've been at the club since I was 13 and this is the best vibe we have had around the club for some time, we really believe we can go on and do something special this season."
Luton Town travel to play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the First Round of the Women's FA Cup this coming Sunday, and vice captain Zara Carroll is determined that the team are not going there just to make up the numbers.
"I am looking forward to the First Round proper of the FA Cup and building on our outstanding record so far," Zara told Women's Soccer Scene.
"The beauty of the FA Cup is sometimes the underdogs cause an upset - and that's exactly what we will be hoping to do.
"I dont know what the outcome of this game will be, but I know the team will give it their all."
Luton manager Nikki Baker added: "We are confident as we have only lost once all season and most of our players have just come out of the same level that Wolves are in from last season.
"We know it will be difficult, but we are preparing well and ready."
Wolves Women boss Dan McNamara has been named Manager of the Month by the National League after a perfect October for his Division One Midlands team.
Five wins from five League and Cup games saw Wolves move five points clear at the top of the table while progressing in both the FA and League Cups.
McNamara said: "It's been a fantastic month as a group for us, an amalgamation of the hard work put in by the players and staff on and off the pitch.
"Everything came together at an important stage of the season, and full credit to the players who went out and executed our game plans just as we wanted."
The nap hand of wins was made up of two in the League, two in the FA Cup and, perhaps the most outstanding result, a League Cup win at Fylde - who play a tier higher than Wolves in the top flight of the National League.
"We went to Fylde as massive underdogs," said McNamara. "They're a strong, experienced team, but it was an opportunity for us to show we're serious about achieving our ambitions and that we're ready to mix it with the best.
"The girls were brilliant. We had to come from behind then won the game at the death in extra time - that showed staying power as well as footballing qualities."
November's scheduled first game, a top of the table clash with Long Eaton on Sunday, was frustratingly postponed due to a weather affected pitch.
But McNamara made the most of the situation by travelling south to watch next Sunday's FA Cup first round opponents Luton Town in action.
The Hatters drew 1-1 with Colney Heath and McNamara said: "It gave me a chance to see what Luton will bring to the game at Castlecroft.
"They've had a great run through the qualifying rounds of the Cup, so we're expecting a tough match - but we'll be ready for it.
"Winning the League is our top priority, but making progress in the Cups keeps the momentum going and that's the aim after the great month we've just had."
Southampton Women 3 AFC Bournemouth CST 1
Southampton Women's FC set up a Women's FA Cup First Round tie against Portishead Town after a 3-1 home win over Southern Region League Premier Division leaders AFC Bournemouth CST.
In a game of two contrasting halves, Southampton dominated the first whilst a resurgent Bournemouth gave their higher division hosts plenty to think about after the break but were only able to reduce the arrears late on despite plenty of pressure.
The FAWNL Division One South West hosts started with good energy, moving the ball fluently and pressing the Cherries back. Jane Yeates had the first effort on target, a header drawing a good save from visiting keeper Steph Small. Laura Vokes threatened with her set piece delivery and these two combined for a superb opening goal midway through the half. Vokes hit a deep cross from the left and Yeates displayed outstanding technique to guide an acrobatic volley back across goal for the opener.
Erin Bloomfield was a constant threat for Southampton, several driving runs with the ball causing havoc in the Bournemouth defence. It was Bloomfield's powerful low cross from the right which brought Southampton's second, the ball deflected in by a retreating defender on 34 minutes.
Vokes set up the third goal on 40 minutes with another fine cross. Bloomfield had an initial effort well saved by Small but Aine McKeever was on hand to turn home the loose ball to cap a dominant first half from the home team, with Bournemouth unable to release the shackles and threaten Rose Kite in the Southampton goal.
However, right from the restart, the visitors were far more assertive, snapping into tackles, moving the ball forward quickly to stretch the home defence and showing good intent. Substitute Erin Thickett gave Bournemouth added strength up front and Emma Davis made some powerful runs down the left to threaten the home defence.
The home attack threatened occasionally but were well controlled by determined defending.
Goalkeeper Small had only one difficult save late on, denying sub EJ May with a good block on 83 minutes.
Bournemouth got the goal which their second half display deserved and it was a beauty. A delightful touch on halfway by sub Helen Corbin released Thickett with a clear run on goal and led to a composed lofted finish beyond Kite from the edge of the area on 88 minutes.
The visitors pressed hard for a second, forcing Kite to twice punch clear from corners but after a final chance for for Davis, volleying over from close range, the final whistle saw Southampton progress to the next round, a win built on fine attacking play in the opening period and solid defending to keep the Cherries at bay in the second.
Southampton Women: Rose Kite, Lauren Cheshire, Tia Hooper, Hannah Samuels, Gracie White, Kellie Warren, Aine McKeever, Laura Vokes, Jane Yeates, Phillippa Holden, Erin Bloomfield. Subs: Kayleigh Tonks, EJ May, Emily Wernham.
AFC Bournemouth CST: Steph Small, Abby Jones, Emma Davis, Katie Kingshott, Katelyn Wort, Maisy Smith, Ruth Topping, Hannah Bennett, Rebecca Miles, Rosie Eden, Meg Vella. Subs: Katie Scadding, Erin Thickett, Aimee Burridge, Larissa White, Ria Hall, Helen Corbin.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Jane Yeates holds off Abby Jones
(middle) Tia Hooper battles with Maisy Smith
(bottom) Hannah Samuels shields the ball from Rebecca Miles
Lucy Staniforth says every time she kicks a ball she is playing for her brother who died of a drug overdose eighteen years ago.
Thomas Staniforth was a promising footballer on the books at Sheffield Wednesday but died in 2001 aged just 20 after taking ecstasy on a night out in York.
England international Staniforth, who was nine at the time of his death, says the memory of her brother is always with her and spurring her on to make the most of her career.
The Birmingham City midfielder, who wears the No 37 on the back of her shirt - the number Thomas wore for Wednesday - says she wants to make him proud.
She said: "It is such a shame he can't be here to see the success I have managed and all the potential I have to go on and succeed in the future but I know he would be immensely proud.
"I would have loved for him to have watched me because he was mad about football and a fantastic player himself.
"I was only nine when he died so I never had the opportunity to play with him and learn from him but I am still grateful for everything he did for me because he helped me grow my love for the game from such a young age."
Staniforth never played a competitive first team game for Wednesday but he was on the bench six times - including games against Manchester United and Arsenal - before his death. Football runs through the blood on the Staniforth family with both Thomas and Lucy following in the footsteps of their father Gordon who enjoyed a career in the 1970s and 80s with Hull City before later spells at York and Carlisle.
26-year-old Lucy is determined that her brother is never forgotten and through her career for her clubs has worn the same number her brother had at Wednesday.
She added: "If I can do something meaningful then that is great and the family really like it and so do all of Thomas' mates.
"They all love to see it and cheer ‘Stani 37' when they do, so I wear it more for the family than for myself really.
"My cousin is only a kid but he is already wearing the number, so it is turning into a bit of family tradition.
"If I ever have children, I hope they might continue to wear the number too."
Her brother's death is not the only hardship Staniforth has had to overcome - there was a time when it looked like she may never play football again. She suffered two separate anterior cruciate ligament injuries in 2013 and 2014, the same injury that robbed Jordan Nobbs of the chance of playing in the World Cup, forcing her to miss almost two years of football.
Her recovery and belated breakthrough into Phil Neville's squad is down to hard work and determination and Staniforth was further rewarded with a place in the Lionesses' World Cup squad.
She played just 12 minutes in the 3-0 last sixteen win over Cameroon but now she is determined to ensure she plays a more pivotal role at the Tokyo Olympics and a home European Championships in 2021, ensuring the Staniforth name goes up in lights once more.
"Obviously I want to play every single game but at the same time I know that in different games we need different strengths," she added.
"It is hard and it makes me look within myself and ask how much I'm willing to sacrifice to be the best in my position in the country."
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Leek Town became the fifth Regional League club to make it through to the First Round Proper and the third to claim a National League scalp when they won 1-0 away to Leicester Utd.
Chantelle Gallagher scored the only goal of the game, three minutes from time, to book the West Midlands League side a plum home tie against Lincoln City this coming weekend.
The five Third Round Qualifying ties which had been postponed the previous Sunday were all played this week, bringing the round to a close, with one of the most exciting matches being at Cheltenham Town where the home side edged out Exeter City by the odd goal in seven. Annie Martin bagged a hat-trick and Abby Bevan the other goal as Cheltenham triumphed 4-3, whilst Abbie Britton also hit a hat-trick for Exeter but ended up on the losing side. Cheltenham will be at home again this coming Sunday to Leyton Orient in one of the most intriguing ties of the First Round.
Durham Cestria booked themselves a local derby tie with Chester-le-Street Town after running out 6-2 winners over Norton & Stockton Ancients. Chloe Ryan netted two of the goals for the Wildcats, whose other markswomen were Jordan Atkinson, Molly Holder, Jennifer Knowles and Dannika Purdham.
Southampton Women meanwhile saw off the challenge of AFC Bournemouth with a 3-1 victory. Jane Yeates, Aine McKeever and own goal saw Southampton through to a First Round meeting with Portishead Town, with Erin Thickett netting a late consolation for the Cherries (see match report).
Liverpool Feds ended the Cup run of Northwich Vixens as they powered to a 7-2 win. Northwich had gone into the game as the lowest ranked team left in the competition but the Feds proved to be too strong on the day. Chantelle Thompson scored a late hat-trick to add to a brace from Abby Pope, with Amelia Panayi and Carla Lee also on the scoresheet. Liverpool Feds will now be at home to Brighouse Town in the next round.
The Lionesses' summer success at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup has helped a growth in participation across all levels of the women's game.
Latest figures from The Football Association [The FA] reveal more than 2.63 million women aged 16 and over in England now play football. Since the tournament in France there are over 850,000 more committed participants, with the retention of 23.1% existing adult female participants playing 11-a-side or small-sided football competitively from September onwards.
Participation figures have risen across a variety of adult age groups with almost 350,000 new participants [compared with the same point last year]. The growth has been facilitated by Charter Standard Clubs and community organisations.
Girls under the age of 16 are also enjoying more opportunities than ever to play the game. There are now 1,200 Wildcats centres established, providing more than 30,000 girls with the opportunity to play in the community. The newly established FA Girls' Football School
Partnerships supported by Barclays are reaching over 6,500 schools across England. In addition, this week saw the launch of The FA's Shooting Stars initiative alongside Disney, The Youth Sport Trust and The National Literacy trust, which will encourage 1,200 primary schools to inspire girls to get active and learn the fundamentals of football during break-time and after school. For more information on The FA's schools programme visit girlsfootballinschools.org.
The growth coincides with the final year of The FA's The Gameplan for Growth strategy, which promised to double participation by 2020. With targets on course to be achieved, future priorities will be outlined in the next phase of the strategy, which will be announced this summer with a focus on giving girls equal access to football in schools and clubs.
Following the Lionesses' semi final appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup [watched by a peak domestic television audience of 11.7 million], there have been record league crowds and Saturday's highly-anticipated fixture with Germany at Wembley Stadium has been sold out since the middle of October.
Louise Gear, The FA's Head of Women's Development, said: "The growth we've experienced is proof of the ‘see it, play it' mantra which is at the heart of our ethos to inspire participation across all age groups. In the Lionesses we're fortunate to have a wonderful group of role models performing at the highest level of the game, who inspire females of all ages to have the confidence to get out and give football a try; be it for fitness, competition or fun.
"What we've seen this summer is growth across the majority of adult age groups and many on the pathway from kicking a ball in the garden to playing competitive 11-a-side and small-sided football. The growth of the women's recreational movement driven by volunteers alongside our Charter Standard Clubs network has successfully catered for this interest, but our focus will also turn to adults who have a desire to just play for fun.
"At a junior level programmes such as Wildcats and Shooting Stars point to an exciting future but we'll continue to assess all areas of our participation pathway.
"Our learnings from the summer will shape our future strategy and with Tokyo in 2020 and a home UEFA Women's EURO 2021, we'll look to take advantage of these opportunities and others for sustainable growth."
East Midlands League
Ollerton Town won the all-Premier Divisiom tie in the League Cup, 4-0 against Kettering Town. Shoniqua Barnes was on target twice along with Rachael Bell and Megan Howard. Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile scored eight times without reply past Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Rebecca Moloney and Emily Sowter both netted braces and they were joined on the scoresheet by Helen Lewis, Sammy Tetlow, Kyleigh Brant and Kayleigh Budd. Samantha Hargrave bagged a hat-trick for Oadby & Wigston as they defeated Cleethorpes Town 7-0, Freya Gardner added two and the tally was completed by Emma Aspinall and Lucy Phillips-Poole.
Rotherham Utd are continuing to set the pace in the Premier Division after they defeated Woodlands Ladies 5-2. Nat Shaw led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Claire Bratton-Kerr and Bradie Wild. Rotherham remain two points ahead of Peterborough Utd who won 4-2 against Northampton Town with a goal each from Laura Beckett, Kier Perkins, Megan Parrett and Donna McGuigan. Leicester City Ladies meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season, 1-0 away to Oughtibridge WMSC with Kerry Stapleton scoring the only goal of the game.
One match was played in Division One North, Chesterfield running out 4-0 winners over Grimsby Borough to move themselves into fourth place.
In Division One South, Derby County Community picked up their first points of the season when they defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 4-2. Millie Standen (2), Phoebe Roe and Juliet Hilton were on the scoresheet for Derby, with Emily Gunn and Katie Stone replying.
Eastern Region League
Wroxham have moved to the top of the Premier Division after they ran out 4-1 winners away to Bowers & Pitsea. Grace Birchall led the scoring with a hat-trick and Naomi Cooper was also on target. Harlow Town meanwhile leapt into second place after beating St Ives Town 9-1. Becky Shephard hit a hat-trick, Kaydee King weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Chloe Bassett, Bethany Chambers, Tayla Handscombe and Hannah Porter. Samaira Khan was on target for Colney Heath as they shared a 1-1 draw with Luton Town, who scored through Funmi Babalola. Mollie O'Callaghan scored a hat-trick along with Freya Symonds and Hannah Waters as Wymondham Town won 5-1 against AFC Dunstable whilst Bedford Ladies defeated Haringey Borough 9-1 courtesy of an Amy Magnus hat-trick, Setor Acolatse (2), Lauren Murray (2), Priya Bhatti and Maya Sidhu.
The League Cup continued on Sunday and Newmarket Town are the winners of Group A after they edged out East Bergholt Utd by the odd goal in seven, Annabel Cuthbert hitting a hat-trick and Chloe Slater adding the other. Millwall Lionesses have taken top spot in Group B, Shannan Drewe spearheading the scoring against Lawford with a five-goal haul. Thalia Boardman and Ruby Snowden each bagged hat-tricks, with doubles from Emily Stanley and Hannah Cheeseman, while Millie Connell, Ellis Lunn and Elissa Stonebrook completed the tally. Cambridge City Development meanwhile defeated AFC Sudbury 7-0 with Carla Penny on target four times along with Ellie Cullum (2) and Freya Standing. King's Lynn Town finish on top of Group D after Tiffany Forshaw and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse gave them a 2-0 win at Leigh Ramblers, whilst Hutton took second place as a Vicky Kinsman hat-trick, Claire Edmonson and an own goal saw them to a 5-1 success away to Histon.
London & South East League
It was an unfortunate day in the league on Sunday as two matches were forced to be abandoned because of serious injury. This included leaders Dulwich Hamlet's home game against Eastbourne Town which was cancelled after Sarah Milner and Saskia Philp had given Dulwich a 2-0 lead.
It was the same story in the League Cup, where a serious injury also meant that the Group A match between Whyteleafe and Saltdean Utd could not go on, with the scoreline level at 1-1 at the time. Meanwhile in Group B, Queen's Park Rangers made it three wins out of three when a Chloe Sampson double gave them a 2-1 victory over Fulham, who replied through Gemma Taylor. Rachel Keightley scored a late equaliser for Denham Utd in their 1-1 draw with Ashford Town (Middx), who had earlier taken the lead with a goal from Jo Wilson.
North East League
Harrogate Town made it three wins on the trot with a 3-1 success away to York City in the only match played in the Premier Division. Laura Midgley scored for York but a Lindsey Whitton double and Holly Smith ensured that Harrogate narrowed the gap on leaders Wallsend Boys Club to four points.
In the Northern Division, the only game to go ahead saw Sunderland West End win their top of the table clash 5-0 against Boro Rangers, which extended their lead to eight points. Alex Ross netting two of the goals along with Kay Mills, Jade Murray and Nicole O'Hara.
North West League
League leaders Tranmere Rovers were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by FC United of Manchester, who won 3-0 away to Mossley Hill. Morecambe meanwhile defeated Fleetwood Town Wrens 2-1 to go third, narrowly ahead of Manchester Stingers who were held to a 1-1 draw by Merseyrail Ladies, for whom the point was their first of the season. Crewe Alexandra came away from Sir Tom Finney with a 4-2 win under their belts, to maintain their own unbeaten record.
Accrington Sports & Football Club have taken over at the top of Division One North after scoring eight times without reply past Preston North End. Previous leaders Penrith AFC went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Community who made it four wins out of four. Workington Reds have climbed up to third after running out 4-1 winners over Morecambe Res, whilst Leigh RMI defeated Carlisle Utd by the same scoreline.
Salford City Lionesses' 6-2 victory against Chester FC Ladies has seen them open up a lead of four points at the top of Division One South. Didsbury Ladies have a number of games in hand but have kept themselves in touch with the leading teams after beating Liverpool Feds Res 6-1.
South West League
Wootton Bassett Town are continuing to close the gap on Premier Division leaders Callington Town and are just three points behind following their 2-1 victory over Bideford. Lauren Kayll and Hayley Huckin scored the goals for Bassett, with Katelyn McKane replying. Ilminster Town were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by local rivals Middlezoy Rovers who scored through Ellie Orritt and Megan Hill, after Charlotte Pettinger had given Ilminster a first half lead. Bishop's Lydeard have climbed into the top three after scoring ten times without reply past Torquay Utd. Amber Guy-Kemp led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Holly Miller weighed in with a hat-trick and the total was completed by Caitlin Berry and Hannah Delbridge.
The Northern Division saw a quite remarkable scoring feat on Sunday, in Bristol Ladies Union's 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town Development. Triplets Hannah, Madison and Sophie Price all scored a goal apiece to give Union a result which avenged their defeat to Cheltenham last month and kept them nicely placed just behind the leading sides in the division. Those include second placed Oldland Abbotonians who moved to within a single point of leaders Frampton Rangers after Beth Dale (2), Anneka Hawkins-Hoare, Karen Jones and an own goal earned them a 5-1 win away to Weston-super-Mare.
Swindon Town Development have made it three wins out of three in the Eastern Division, this time beating Laverstock & Ford 6-2. Abby Picton netted twice and there was one apiece from Sophie Barrett, Natalie Goodright, Ria Salleh and Wendy Lacey. .
One match was played in the Western Division but it resulted in a change of leadership, Alphington taking over at the top after battling out a 1-1 draw with Bude Town. Sarah Badham netted Bude's goal, whilst Helen Kukor was on target for the Alphas.
Sherborne Town are through to the Second Round of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup after winning 2-1 away to Frome Town. Jemma Tewkeskbury netted both goals for Sherborne, with Frome's consolation coming from Laura Didymus.
Southern Region League
Last season's beaten League Cup finalists Moneyfields are through to the Second Round of this season's competition after they won 5-1 away to Southampton Women Res. Krystal Whyte, Sophie Kingsley-Cabell, Paige Seeley, Brittany Jeal and Kim Whitcombe were all on target for the Moneys. Abingdon Utd edged past Wycombe Wanderers on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw, Sam Jackson giving Wycombe the lead and Amy Pipe equalising early in the second half. Charlie Snelling (2), Libby O'Dell (2), Charlotte Warhurst and Francesca Thornton accounted for the goals as Winchester City Flyers defeated Warsash Wasps 5-1 whilst Oxford City netted eleven times without reply past Tilehurst Panthers. Edie Stilwell-Garrett bagged a hat-trick along with doubles from Danielle Anderson and Georgia Hayes, and singles by Rachael Mariam, Nicole Miles, Tina Higgs and an own goal.
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Ascot Utd getting themselves off the mark for the season by beating Woodley Utd 6-4. Emma Hutton netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Broadhurst, Jennifer Thraves, Hannah Evans and Katie Vince.
In Division One, Abingdon Town made up ground on the top two with a 2-0 victory away to Bournemouth Sports. Zoe Barnes gave Abingdon the lead on the half hour, with Charlotte Comley adding the second before the end.
West Midlands League
Whilst second placed Leek Town were on FA Cup duty, Redditch Utd took the chance to double their lead at the top of the Premier Division to six points with a 5-3 victory over Coventry Sphinx. Nieve Newman netted a brace and there was one apiece from Jade Guppy, Lyndsey Ross-Baker and Ellie Gerhold. Stockingford AA Pavilion lost a little ground as they were beaten 1-0 by Sutton Coldfield Town, whose season is starting to gather momentum, thanks to a late winner from Niamh Deasy. Crusaders replace Kidsgrove Athletic in fourth after winning their meeting 3-2 whilst a Hayley Wilford hat-trick and Anna Robinson saw Solihull Ladies Utd narrowly beat Coundon Court 4-3. Lauren D'oyen-Fitchett, Jessica Jenkins, Millie Meadows, Becky Evans and Emily Young were all on target as Worcester City ran out 5-0 winners over Knowle.
In Division One North, AFC Telford Utd narrowed the gap on leaders Wyrley Ladies to two points when Jaime Duggan and Jemma Smith gave them a 2-1 victory over Stoke City Development. Shrewsbury Town follow on after they won 4-1 away to Port Vale.
Cookley Sports kept up the chase on Division One South table toppers Stourbridge by beating Rugby Town 5-0, to close the gap on the teams to three points. Rea Marsh bagged a brace with Tiani Forsyth, Caitlyn Walton and Grace Rudd adding the others. Grace Tebbutt netted both goals as Coventry City defeated Leamington Lions 2-1 whilst Rosie Jones (2) and Abigail Wilson were the markswomen for Droitwich Spa in their 3-1 victory over Kingfisher.
AFC Wimbledon went through to the last sixteen of the League Plate but were made to work hard as they won 2-1 away to a valiant Brislington side. The match was switched to Keynsham Town's AJN Stadium and Wimbledon went ahead five minutes before half time through Georgia Heasman. Brislington fought back after the break and Paige Sawyer brought them level just before the hour mark, but their resistance was broken with twelve minutes remaining as Katie Stanley scored the winning goal with a powerful 20-yard strike.
Oxford Utd had a much smoother passage as they ran out 8-1 winners over Norwich City. Cheryl Williams netted a hat-trick for the U's and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Baker, Carly Johns, Brogan Moore, Georgia Timms and Imogen Lancaster, whilst Millie Daviss hit a consolation for the Canaries.
Leeds Utd also went through a they defeated Bradford City 4-1. Abbie Brown gave Leeds a first half advantage which was cancelled out by an own goal, but after the break, Rebecca Hunt bagged a brace and Emily Cassidy added the other to take Leeds into the last sixteen.
Northern Premier Division
Only one match managed to go ahead in the division on Sunday but it gave Sunderland an opportunity to stretch their lead at the top to six points, which they duly accepted with a 2-0 win away to third placed Stoke City. Substitute Neve Herron was the heroine for the Wearsiders as she scored both goals, to hand her team their seventh victory in eight matches.
Southern Premier Division
The leadership changed hands again on Sunday with Watford returning to the top of the table after winning 3-2 away to Chichester City. The new leaders were pushed all the way by the home side but a strike eighteen minutes from time from Katie O'Leary - her second of the match - broke their resistance and saw her side go back above Crawley Wasps on goal difference. Helen Ward added the other goal for the Golden Girls, whilst Chi replied through Megan Fox and Gemma Simmonds.
The other game in the division was the clash between Hounslow Women and Keynsham Town, a vital meeting near the foot of the table. Hounslow took a first half lead through Sue Kumaning as they looked to secure their first win of the season, but Keynsham hit back strongly after the break and earned themselves a share of the spoils when Barbara Carvalho equalised on the hour with her first goal for the club.
Division One North
With leaders Barnsley not in action, Brighouse Town narrowed the gap on them to a single point with a 3-2 victory over Chester-le-Street Town. Emma Dobson, Charlotte Proud and Chrysa Tsakin scored the goals as Brighouse came from behind to take the points after the Cestrians had led through Brogan Prudhoe and Hannah McStay-Fenn.
Newcastle Utd lifted themselves out of the bottom two by winning 2-0 away to Bolton Wanderers. Abbie Gilchrist and Beth Gardener got themselves on the scoresheet to give Newcastle their second league win of the season.
Division One Midlands
One game was played in the division on Sunday, Lincoln City continuing their good run of form as they won 4-0 at Sporting Khalsa, repeating their FA Cup victory against the same opponents seven days earlier. Tia Johnson and Abigail Murrell put Lincoln two ahead inside the opening ten minutes and Heather Pettit added a third just ahead of half time. Murrell completed her double midway through the second half, to round off a fifth straight league win for her side and sixth in all competitions, lifting them into third place in the table in the process.
Division One South East
Ipswich Town have gone back to the top of the table following their 2-1 victory away to Enfield Town. The home side had only previously lost once in the league and went in front nine minutes before half time thanks to Tia Bailey, but substitute Maddie Biggs brought Ipswich level after the break and Natasha Thomas grabbed the winning goal, deep into injury time.
Actonians Ladies maintained their improving form by beating Kent Football Utd 3-1. Shannon Burden did give Kent a first half lead but Alessandra Barreca equalised on the stroke of half time and after the break, Barreca netted her second and Carla Williams added the other to seal the points for Actonians.
On Wednesday night, Kent Football Utd and AFC Basildon fought out a thriller and it was Basildon who emerged as 4-3 winners. Kent had looked on course to get themselves off the mark and led 3-2 deep into the second half but their hearts were broken as Kelly Wealthall netted the winning goal in injury time, her second on the night. Holly Turner and Madelyn Thomas added their others, with Lydia Wills (2) and Emma Squirrell replying.
Division One South West
Whilst their nearest rivals were all tied up in Cup action, Southampton FC took the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points by beating Larkhall Athletic 7-1. Ella Pusey and Sophia Pharoah each hit hat-tricks for the Saints and Alisha Ware was also on target, with Rhian Robbins netting the Larks' consolation.
The group stages of the League Cup are coming towards a conclusion and Brighouse Town are the winners of Group A, after they won 4-3 away to Hull City. Josephine Hewson hit a hat-trick for Brighouse, with an own goal completing their tally, whilst Hull replied through a Jennifer Randall brace and Emily Smith. Gabrielle McConnell netted both goals as Durham Women won 2-1 at Middlesbrough to claim second place and Leeds Utd ran out 6-1 winners over Bradford City, courtesy of a goal apiece from Megan Smith, Molly Lunn, Lucia Hilton, Emma Lee, Caitlin Gough and Charlotte Lammiman.
Liverpool Feds require a point in their final match this week to be sure of claiming top spot in Group B, moving themselves closer with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. Kenzie Guido and Paige Williams scored the goals for the Feds, with Carra Jones responding for Rovers who need to win their last game to stand any chance of overtaking them. Chorley moved into second place on the back of a 4-1 victory against Stockport County, Jodie Pilling was on target twice along with Kadie Morrison and Emily Stocks. Burnley FC Women finished on a winning note, Hannah Scott bagging a hat-trick as they defeated Crewe Alexandra 3-1.
Huddersfield Town are all but certain of taking top spot in Group C after they defeated Leicester City 2-0 thanks to Emily Brett and an own goal. Only Nottingham Forest can catch them now; they won 5-0 away to Sheffield FC with a goal apiece from Annabel McKechnie, Charlotte Steggles, Aimee Hickingbotham, Claire Goater and Erica Thacker. Lincoln City meanwhile edged out Barnsley by the odd goal in seven, Erin Ballaby netting twice along with Toni McHamilton and Taylor Dean.
The top of the table clash in Group E ended with honours even as Milton Keynes Dons and Coventry Utd battled out a 2-2 draw. Amy Gooderham netted both goals for the Dons who will finish as group winners if they win their final game. West Bromwich Albion kept their hopes alive by scoring ten times without reply past Bedworth Utd, leaving them one point behind the top two. Emma Congrave was on target twice along with Alima Abdallah, Lauren McLoughlin, Millie Rogers, Millie Webb, Shannon Stamps, Anna Wilcox and Charlie Whitehouse. Jessica Bate scored a hat-trick and Molly Thompson added the other as Sporting Khalsa defeated Cardiff City Ladies 4-1.
Crystal Palace have taken top spot in Group F following their eleven goal blast against Cambridge Utd. Ellie Johnson bagged a hat-trick whilst Mia Lockett, Lily Price and Tia Searle each hit doubles, with Beau Parker and Lucy Robinson completing the tally.
In Group G, Paris Smith netted both goals for Billericay Town in their 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon, whose reply came from Abbie Morris.
The final match was played in Group H and it saw Watford U23 finish on top of the table by a margin of six points after they won 5-1 away to London City Lionesses. Chiara Meola was on target twice along with Anaisa Harney, Alketa Rragami and Danielle Maloney.
The League Cup returned to action on Sunday and league leaders Swansea City were narrow 2-1 winners away to Abergavenny Women.
After a goalless first half, Katy Hosford gave Swansea the lead six minutes after the restart and after Abergavenny had levelled the scores late on through Ceri Hudson, substitute Chloe Chivers settled matters in the Swans' favour in injury time.
In Group Two, Port Talbot Town boosted their chances of qualifying with a 3-0 victory at Briton Ferry Llansawel. Bethan McGowan opened the scoring on the half hour and midway through the second half, Port Talbot doubled their lead through Lauren Amor and Courteney Thomas rounded off the win with the third goal. The other group match between Cyncoed Ladies and Cardiff Met Women was postponed.
One match was played in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League on Sunday, at Llandudno Ladies where the home side shared a 1-1 draw with Aberystwyth Town. Emily Thomas gave Aber an eighteenth minute, with Llandudno hitting back to equalise through Fflur Williams. Although they remain at the foot of the table, Aberystwyth are now off the mark whilst the point takes Llandudno up to fifth place.
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