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Swansea City have powered three points clear at the top of the Genero Adran League Premier Division after beating previous leaders Cardiff City Women 4-0.
Chloe Chivers opened the scoring for the Swans after eight minutes and Katy Hosford made it two early in the second half. Substitute Rhianne Oakley then scored twice in a four minute spell to round off an impressive result for the reigning Champions.
Cardiff Met Women have moved up into second place following their 2-0 victory over The New Saints. Both goals came in the period leading up towards half time, Grace Corne putting the Archers in front and Emily Allen adding the second in first half injury time.
Aberystwyth Town have joined Pontypridd Town on six points after winning their meeting 1-0. A tight game was decided in the eighteenth minute when Amy Jenkins scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Port Talbot Town meanwhile picked up their first win and points of the season when they edged out Barry Town Utd by the odd goal in five. Vicky Beddows gave Port Talbot a ninth minute lead but Barry hit back strongly, goals from Anna Houghton and Lauren Harris ensuring they led at half time. Jessie Taylor levelled matters once more, six minutes after the restart, and the fightback was completed when Courteney Thomas scored Port Talbot's winner.
Bethel Ladies are in the early pole position in the North Division following an 8-3 victory against Wrexham, Ffion Williams scoring five times with Mari Gibbard (2) and Gwenno Bolton adding the others. Bethel lead the way on goal difference from Llandudno who were 5-2 winners away to Connah's Quay Nomads. Ella Jones netted two of the goals along with Maddie Williams, Kelsey Davies and Jasmin Dutton. CPDG Pwllheli meanwhile won for the first time, 2-1 against Airbus UK Broughton.
Abergavenny Women stay on top of the South Division, winning 2-0 at Cascade Youth Club thanks to a double from Lyndsey Davies. Cardiff Bluebelles join Aber on six points, Annie Cruse scoring twice as they notched up a 3-1 victory away to Merthyr Town. Caldicot Town defeated Talycopa LAFC 2-1 to register their first points of the season, as did Briton Ferry Llansawel with a 1-0 success against Swansea University, Georgia Howells netting the only goal of the game.
The top five teams in SWPL 1 are covered by just a single point after Sunday's matches and Glasgow City are back on top of the table on goal difference after winning 3-1 at Hamilton Academical.
The Accies did take a thirteenth minute lead through Kirstie McIntosh but City hit back strongly to take the points, Jenna Clark and Clare Shine ensuring they led at the break and Aoife Colvill wrapped matters up with the third goal, early in the second half.
Hibernian had started the day as leaders but went down to their first defeat, beaten 2-1 by Celtic who are now second. All of the goals came in the final third of the game, Sarah Harkes giving Celtic a lead which was cancelled out by Colette Cavanagh, but Charlie Wellings hit an injury time winner for Celtic, to hand them a second win in three games.
A win would have seen Aberdeen take over as leaders but instead they are in third, level on points with the top two, after their meeting with Spartans ended goalless. The point means that Spartans stay in a mid-table position but are only three points off the pace.
Rangers are now the only team left with a 100% record in the league and are in fourth following their 3-0 victory away to Hearts, one point adrift of the top three but with a game in hand. Lizzie Arnot gave Rangers the lead during the first half and after Nicola Docherty had made it two midway through the second half, Brianna Westrup rounded off the scoring with five minutes remaining.
The four matches in the top flight on Sunday produced a total of ten goals but they were a lot scarcer in SWPL 2, where the three games yielded only three goals.
Dundee Utd hold on to the leadership and stay three points ahead after battling out a goalless draw with Glasgow Women. A win would have taken Glasgow level on points with United but the result means they stay in third place, three points behind their opponents.
Things were just as tight for second placed Boroughmuir Thistle as their meeting with Stirling University also finished 0-0. Boroughmuir therefore stay three points adrift of leaders Dundee Utd but the result was a significant one for Stirling, who picked up their first point of the season and moved off the bottom of the table.
The only match in the division that did see some goals was at St Johnstone, where the home side won 2-1 against Queen's Park. Both teams went into the game seeking their first points of the season, having lost their opening two games, and it was goals from Laura Wight and Morgan Steedman which settled the match in St Johnstone's favour, after Demi Potts had equalised for the Spiders early in the second half.
Sheffield Utd have gone to the top of the FA Women's Championship following their 3-0 win against Watford.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk opened the scoring for the Blades after six minutes and Lucy Watson made it two shortly afterwards. Watson then kept up her fine start to the season after the break with her second goal on the day, to seal a third successive win for her side.
United lead the table on goal difference from Durham Women, who also notched up a third win in four games with a 2-0 success away to Bristol City. Elizabeta Ejupi put the Wildcats in front shortly before half time and Beth Hepple wrapped up the win from the penalty spot late on.
Sunderland remain the division's last unbeaten team after battling back to earn a 1-1 draw with Lewes. After Rhian Cleverly had given the Rookettes an early lead, a late own goal from Rebecca McKenna earned Sunderland a share of the spoils.
Honours were also even as London City Lionesses and Coventry Utd finished level at 2-2, meaning that Coventry picked up their first point of the season. Things could have been even better for Coventry as Rio Hardy gave them a first half lead and a Rianna Jarrett own goal made it two after the break, but they were denied a first win by a fightback from the Lionesses, Jarrett atoning by pulling a goal back for her side and Harley Bennett equalising midway through the second half.
Liverpool meanwhile won 2-1 against Crystal Palace and are up to fifth, two points off the pace. Taylor Hinds gave the Reds a great start with a second minute opener and after Siobhan Wilson had equalised for Palace via a cross-cum-shot, Ashley Hodson scored what proved to be the winner for Liverpool, although they needed to withstand late pressure from Palace to make sure of the victory.
Charlton Athletic have gone level on points with Blackburn Rovers after winning their meeting 2-0. Ella Rutherford put the Addicks in front leading up to half time and substitute Emma Follis sealed the points for her side when she scored the second goal, five minutes from time.
Arsenal's impressive start to the new season gathered further momentum with a 5-0 victory over Manchester City.
Vivianne Miedema gave them an early lead and Kim Little fired home the second, midway through the half. Katie McCabe made it three with a powerful finish on the hour and after Little had increased their lead from the penalty spot, Leah Williamson rounded off a great night for her side with the final goal in injury time.
Tottenham Hotspur had spent a couple of hours on top of the table, for the first time in their history, following a 1-0 win against Reading FC Women. Both sides had opportunities during the game but with five minutes remaining, Jessica Naz scored the only goal of the game to hand Spurs a third successive win and condemn Reading to another narrow loss.
Aston Villa continue to impress in the early stages and complete the top three after winning 1-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls had started the day on top of the table but a tight game was settled just after half time when Emily Gielnik scored the only goal of the game, the first time that Brighton have conceded this season.
Chelsea follow on in fourth as they ran out 6-1 winners away to Manchester Utd. Fran Kirby gave the Blues a flying start with a second minute goal and after Pernille Harder scored a fine solo effort, Sam Kerr made it three before half time. Alessia Russo pulled one back for United against her former club but Kerr netted her second three minutes later and Chelsea went on to crown the win late on with further strikes from Drew Spence and Jessie Fleming.
West Ham Utd notched up their win in some style, beating Leicester City 4-0. Tameka Yallop marked her debut for the Hammers by giving them the lead and Claudia Walker made it two ahead of half time, before an own goal from the unfortunate Ashleigh Plumptre made it three before the break. Yallop went on to round off a great first match for her new club as she scored her second goal, nine minutes from time.
Everton have had a tough start to the season but put it behind them to notch up their first victory, 3-1 against Birmingham City on Saturday morning. Leonie Maier put the Toffees ahead early on, with Birmingham fighting back to equalise through Jade Pennock just after the half hour. Hanna Bennison came on as a second half substitute and fired Everton back in front with seventeen minutes remaining and Rikke Sevecke sealed the points for Willie Kirk's side in injury time.
Leek Town are adjusting to life in the FA Women's National League Division One Midlands after promotion at the end of last season and things appear to be going well, their 4-1 win against Peterborough Utd on Sunday taking them to fifth place in the table.
Leek defender and assistant manager Cassie Hyde told us that she feels that the team have given a good account of themselves so far and are also enjoying life playing at a higher level:
WSS: That was a really good win for you on Sunday, was that one of your best results so far?
CH: Sunday was one of our more convincing results, I would say. We managed to keep it tight at the back and create many chances. I think it could and should have been more.
WSS: What was the most pleasing aspect of the teams performance on Sunday?
CH: I'd say having a mix of goalscorers, it's always good to have players all over the pitch scoring and not relying on just one player.
WSS: The win takes you up into fifth place, do you feel that the team has settled into the league now?
CH: I think we've given a good account of ourselves. A think our results have shown that there are no easy games in this league but that we are up for the challenge. We've had some disappointing results but some where we have maybe surprised a few of the teams that are well established at this level.
WSS: Just how difficult though was it to make a step up in level, especially when the team hadn't been able to play any competitive football for several months?
CH: I don't think we're afraid to say it's been an eye opener for us all. The step up is huge, not just on the pitch but off it also, there's a lot that goes into it but as players we've realised the step up means us as a group and individuals stepping up our own performances and working on things that in the past we maybe didn't need to focus on. The impact Covid had on our pre-season made it difficult to prepare maybe as we originally would have liked, but that's not an excuse, we have enjoyed every minute already.
WSS: This week you play away against another Staffordshire team in Burton Albion, what sort of game are you expecting against them?
CH: We expect another tough game, Burton have made some good signings and have had some impressive results. We're looking forward to it.
WSS: Overall, how have you been finding it in the National League this season? Did you bring in many new players to the squad the summer?
CH: We're loving every minute, it's been a learning curve already! The step up shows that mistakes are punished that we may have got away with in the past. The tempo is a lot quicker but ultimately that we are in a league that we feel we belong in. Every game is competitive, meaning you have to be at it week in week out. We kept a solid core amount of players from last season that had got us to where we are now, as a group we have a lot of belief in one another. We managed to bring in one or two new faces that have strengthened us and have fitted in well.
WSS: What do you think realistically would mean a good season for Leek Town?
CH: Realistically, as a newly promoted team, staying in this league would mean a good season surely? But as a group, we set ourselves big expectations and want to finish as high up the league as possible.
WSS: Who are you expecting to be amongst the title challengers in your division as the season goes on?
CH: Going off how things have started, I think I have to respect the start Boldmere are having. They are an established team at this level and have what appears to be a good set up. But to be honest, what I know is that the teams at this level are all good enough to be title challengers. It's an exciting league to be a part of and one we are proud to be a part of.
Our thanks to Cassie!
Photo by Martin Kessel
British football brand Mitre has launched a new bespoke design Delta Max football exclusively for the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
A key part of Mitre's partnership with The Football Association (The FA) the Delta Max football is built for maximum control, accuracy, and power. Engineered with revolutionary Hyperseam technology where the seams are bonded and stitched, ensuring almost zero water uptake, helping the ball last in any weather.
The debossed, textured surface also helps to manipulate airflow around the ball for pin-point accuracy and superior speed. It meets all requirements for the professional game, with FIFA Pro accreditation, allowing players to play at their best.
In addition to the Delta Max, Mitre has launched a Replica version of the Delta Max WSL. Perfect for training, it's designed with durability in mind and superb air retention, so it keeps its shape over the course of the season. Available in various sizes depending on age.
Now available to buy on www.mitre.com RRP: £115.00 (Delta Max) and RRP: £12.25 (Delta Replica).
Angela Platt has been appointed as the Irish FA's first ever Director of Women's Football.
Platt, an experienced sports administrator over a 20-year period spanning local government, sporting governing bodies and the voluntary sector, will leave her post as general manager at the Northern Cricket Union, where she has worked for four and a half years, to take up her new role at the Irish FA on 11th October.
"The Irish FA is an organisation I have admired for many years from working within the sports sector," said Platt. "I am passionate about football and developing the sporting capabilities of women and girls so it is something that captured my imagination instantly.
"The opportunity to help build on the brilliant work that has been undertaken by so many different people, over so many years, in shaping women's football in Northern Ireland is something I'm really looking forward to."
Platt previously worked for seven years at the Ulster Hockey Union. She has been chairperson of the Female Sports Forum for the past 10 years in a voluntary capacity and is a member of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum.
A former elite athlete, Platt played for the Ireland senior international hockey team as goalkeeper from 2000 to 2006, amassing 75 caps in the process, after playing hockey, football, athletics and badminton at youth international level.
She was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in 2020 for her contribution to sports development in Northern Ireland.
Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: "I am delighted to welcome Angela to the Irish FA. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience and is a perfect fit for this new role.
"Angela will lead on all activities related to the development and management of women's football in Northern Ireland and we look forward to her joining at such an exciting time for the women's and girls' game."
Angela's family is steeped in football. Her father David played for Larne and Glenavon, while her brother David represented Northern Ireland at youth international level. He played for Derry City and then Coleraine, who he then went on to manage.
Two of her uncles also played at senior level: Jim Platt, who played most notably for Middlesbrough and Northern Ireland, and John Platt in the Irish League for Cliftonville.
Northern Ireland's Women's Under-17 team are off to Serbia this week to compete in the first stage of qualifiers for the 2022 UEFA WU17 European Championships.
They will be facing Spain and Iceland as well as the host nation at Serbia's National Sports Centre in Belgrade.
A new format has been introduced for WU17 Euro qualifiers which replaces the old qualifying and elite rounds. The competition still features one-venue mini tournaments but now includes two leagues (A and B) with promotion and relegation leading to the 2022 finals.
Alfie Wylie's WU17s have been drawn in Group A7 in the first step towards next year's WU17 Euros in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They will be up against top seeds Spain in their first game - on Friday (24 September) at 6pm UK time - followed by an encounter with the Serbs on Monday (noon). Their final group match is against Iceland next Thursday (1pm).
Wylie pointed out: "I'm really excited about this tournament and this group of players. We have been placed in a group with some of Europe's top teams, which shows the level we're currently at.
"All our players are products of our Performance Pathway and come from every corner of the country and representing all of our communities, which makes me really proud."
Under the new format, last placed teams in each League A group mini tournament will be relegated in Round 1, while the winners of each mini tournament in League B and best runner-up will be promoted. In Round 2 - to be played next spring - the seven group winners in League A will qualify for the final tournament.
After Round 2 the winners of mini tournaments in League B will be promoted and the last placed teams in League A will be relegated for Round 1 of the next edition of the tournament.
Northern Ireland Women's Under-17 squad:
Guildford City 0 Milford & Witley 4
Milford & Witley scored two in each half to claim a victory over Guildford City in their Surrey County Women's League match at Horsley FC.
The brand new Guildford City team, playing only their second match with a very young squad, gave a good account of themselves but were beaten by a strong Milford display.
The revived Surrey County League has a single division and comprises teams who had previously played in other leagues, in Milford's case the South East Counties League, as well as newly created clubs like Guildford City.
City had the first chance in the opening minute with a Nadine Clarke free kick saved by Milford keeper Holly Nunn. Becca Singleton was a constant threat for the visitors but it was Adie Blanchard who opened the scoring after a clearance was blocked.
Guildford keeper Morgan Palmer, who had a fine first half, denied Singleton with a brave block then turned another goalbound effort away. However she could do nothing about the second goal when a right wing cross fell nicely for Lucy Cook to finish after her first effort was blocked on 25 minutes.
Guildford had plenty of promising moves of their own in an exciting half. Millie Hackney down the right in particular, created some good openings with crosses and Nunn was forced into saves on several occasions. However it was Milford who nearly added a third with a Blanchard header from a free kick which struck the bar and fell into Palmer's grasp.
The third Milford goal came soon after the restart, Scarlett Campbell turning home another well delivered cross on 51 minutes. Palmer's afternoon came to an unfortunate end as a result of injury caused by an extremely brave double save at an attacker's feet midway through the half.
Skipper Singleton got the goal her efforts deserved from the penalty spot on 81 minutes. City kept on attacking to get the goal they certainly deserved but the final touch always eluded them and Milford also defended their clean sheet very well.
Both teams had contributed fully to a good contest but Milford and Witley's greater experience and firepower decided the outcome.
Guildford City: Morgan Palmer, Elsa Pegram, Lucy Kavanagh, Candice Price, Esme Parsons, Millie Hackney, Clara Faulkner, Maya James, Cara Henderson, Gemma Lambert, Nadine Clarke. Subs: Lola Meyer, Georgia Hackney, Lucy Williams, Izzy Gleiwitz, Katie Banks.
Milford & Witley: Holly Nunn, Adie Blanchard, Beth Gorniak, Sarah Rogers, Fran Strange, Cara Gittins, Rose Schofield, Louise Skerry, Becca Singleton, Lucy Cook, Lauren Barrow. Subs: Scarlett Campbell, Erin Daffin, Katya Whittam, Carys Potter.
(REPORT BY PATRICK HIGGINS)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Fran Strange in a challenge with Millie Hackney;
(middle) Adie Blanchard takes on Maya James;
(bottom) Becca Singleton heads clear from Nadine Clarke;
On Tuesday, 26th October, Scotland will take on Olympic finalists Sweden at the SMiSA Stadium in Paisley, kick off 7.05pm.
The match will follow Scotland's third FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier, against Hungary at Hampden Park, on Friday, 22nd October.
Due to 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) activity in Glasgow, Hampden Park is unavailable to host the match. Scotland will instead return to a stadium which holds fond memories for SWNT, after defeating Switzerland 2-1 in Paisley on the road to qualifying for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
Pedro Martinez Losa said: "I am looking forward to this fixture to give opportunity to a lot of players and provide people with vital international experience against top level opposition.
"My first three matches as head coach are qualifiers but this one will be equally important in terms of a development opportunity for the players.
"Sweden will be a really competitive, complicated side to play against. They showed that recently with their performances at the Olympics, managed by a top head coach who has brought a lot of competitiveness to the team.
"They are a group of really talented players who are playing at some of the top clubs around the world. It's a tough challenge but one we're looking forward to. It'll act as perfect preparation for the game against Spain in November."
Ticket information for this match will follow in due course.
Faroe Islands 1 (Biskopstø 48)>
Scotland 7 (Cuthbert 19, Arthur 20,28, Grimshaw 38, Thomas 60, Clark 80, Emslie 82)
Faroe Islands 1 (Biskopstø 48)
Scotland ran riot as they marked their Hampden homecoming with a convincing 7-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
Scotland were on the front foot during the opening five minutes. Claire Emslie delivered some dangerous crosses, testing the nerve of the Faroese defence early on. Lisa Robertson found herself with Scotland's first real shooting opportunity, but her long distance effort was sent over the crossbar.
The home side continued to press for an early opener with Jane Ross getting on the end of a cross from Nicola Docherty but was forced wide by the Faroe defence. Moments later, the striker went close again with a looping header dropping just over the bar.
Claire Emslie was dominant down the left flank in what was a controlled opening quarter for the Scots. Her low cross on the 13th minute mark almost found its way through to Grimshaw at the back post, but the Faroe defence stood strong.
Scotland's pressure finally paid off after 19 minutes. Erin Cuthbert took the ball nicely on the half turn before finding herself in space 25 yards out. Her left footed strike from range beat the Faroese keeper all ends up - sailing high into the net.
It was the quick one-two for Pedro Martinez Losa's side, with Chloe Arthur giving the Scots a 2-0 lead less than a minute later. Jane Ross whipped in a delightful cross which Arthur met to nod home from inside the penalty area to score her first international goal.
Scotland were soon out of sight as Chloe Arthur helped herself to her second of the evening. Rachel Corsie's cross from deep once again found Arthur, who nodded home at the back post to give the Scots a well deserved 3-0 lead.
38 minutes on the clock and Scotland added their fourth goal of the evening. Another teasing cross to the back post, this time from Nicola Docherty found Grimshaw, who did well to turn the ball home from a tight angle.
The away side began the second half well, putting pressure on the Scotland back line and winning an early corner. The cross was delivered short to the front post where Biskopstø nodded home from close range to convert the Faroese first effort on target after 48 minutes.
Kirsty Hanson looked to get involved after coming off the bench. Just before the hour mark, the Manchester United forward found herself with space to drive at the Faroe defence, her tidy footwork opened up a shooting opportunity, but she sent the shot just past the bar.
It was only moments later that Scotland added their fifth of the evening. A high ball was neatly brought down by Arthur on the edge of the area before teeing up Martha Thomas who swivelled and drilled the ball low past Joensen.
There was a special moment after 67 minutes as Jenna Clark replaced Jennifer Beattie to mark her Scotland debut. Clark's night would soon get even better when she found herself on the end of Cuthbert's teasing delivery into the box. The young defender cooly brought the ball under control before finishing low under the onrushing Joensen to give the Scots a 6-1 lead after 80 minutes.
Just two minutes later, congestion on the edge of the Faroese penalty area let to a free kick for a suspected handball. Cuthbert, who had gone close earlier from a set piece, left the ball to Claire Emslie who made no mistake in curling the ball into the far corner to give the Scots their seventh goal of the evening.
A comfortable 7-1 victory at their new home means Scotland take maximum points from September's qualifiers. One major concern for Martinez Losa comes in the shape of Erin Cuthbert - who was stretchered off on 90 minutes following a nasty collision. The Hampden Roar was in full voice as she left the field whilst being announced as the player of the match.
Scotland are back home at Hampden Park next month for another FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier as they take on Hungary on October 22nd. Tickets for the match are available here.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Nicola Docherty (sub Kirsty Hanson 45mins), Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie (sub Jenna Clark 67mins), Lisa Robertson (sub Lana Clelland 45mins), Christy Grimshaw (sub Rachael Boyle 78mins), Jane Ross (sub Martha Thomas 45mins), Chloe Arthur, Claire Emslie, Erin Cuthbert. Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Eartha Cumings, Sophie Howard, Brianna Westrup, Lauren Davidson, Lizzie Arnot.
Faroe Islands: Oluva Joensen, Rakul Maria Johannesen, Sarita Mittfoss, Birita Ryan, Maria Lakjuni, Olga Kristina Hansen (sub Tora Mohr 72mins), Julia Mortensen, Heidi Sevdal (sub Torunn Højgaard Joensen 89mins), Jensa Tórolvsdóttir, Asla Johannesen, Maria Biskopstø (sub Durita Hummeland 65mins). Subs not used: Monika Biskopstø, Sanna Svarvadal Jacobsen, Sunnva Fagradal Johansen, Katrina Hansen, Valborg Østerø.
Northern Ireland 4 (McDaniel 48, K.McgUinness 64, Callaghan 78, Furness pen 82)
The Northern Ireland senior women's team marked their return to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park with a scintillating victory.
They had not played at the stadium for nine years - but they looked at home when registering a 4-0 win for the second game running.
Goals from Louise McDaniel, Kirsty McGuinness, Marissa Callaghan and a Rachel Furness penalty were enough to secure the fine victory against Latvia in a FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifier played in front of more than 4,000 fans in Belfast.
Northern Ireland created several chances during the 90-plus minutes, just as they did in the 4-0 win over Luxembourg in their opening European Qualifying Group D fixture on Friday, and they could have scored more than four.
Shiels made four changes to the team that started against Luxembourg in Larne. Demi Vance, Laura Rafferty, McDaniel and Kerry Beattie came in for Rebecca McKenna, Julie Nelson, Rebecca Holloway and Emily Wilson.
Kirsty McGuinness, who was given the captain's armband for the night as she won her 50th cap for Northern Ireland, was immediately on the front foot, running at the Latvian defence.
In the early stages Sarah McFadden headed over the top, while Lauren Wade's shot from distance flew above the bar, too. Latvia attacker Olga Sevcova, who was looking dangerous down the left, broke clear on 17 minutes and Northern Ireland keeper Jackie Burns produced a fine stop from her low drive.
Wade, who was producing some great runs down the right, fired in a series of crosses which were blocked by the visitors' defence. A lofted McGuinness delivery from a free kick was fumbled by the Latvia keeper but her defence cleared the danger. McDaniel scooped a shot over the top before Wade fired another shot above the bar. On 35 minutes, McFadden met a McGuinness cross and her looping header hit the top of the bar.
The Latvians, who had not managed either a win or a draw in their previous eight games across 2020 and 2021, were put under constant pressure as half time approached. Chloe McCarron, who was making things tick, fired a shot over and Furness let fly from distance, however her effort drifted well wide of the target.
On the stroke of half time, Furness played a superb crossfield ball in behind the Latvian defence to the onrushing Wade, however she screwed her shot wide of the far post.
The temporary skipper fed regular captain Callaghan just after the restart but her shot slid wide of the upright. Minutes later Northern Ireland took the lead. Callaghan had a shot blocked but the rebound fell to McDaniel and she drilled the ball into the top corner. It was her first goal at senior international level.
McGuinness, sent clear by Furness, fired a shot straight at the keeper, while Wade headed another Furness delivery on to the top of the net. Then Wade's low shot was pushed around the post by Latvia keeper Enija-Anna Vaivode before Callaghan's speculative effort sailed over the bar.
On 65 minutes, McGuinness grabbed Northern Ireland's second with a lovely finish. She was played in by Callaghan and drew the keeper before firing a shot low into the far corner. It was a great way to mark her 50-cap milestone.
A neat cross from substitute Rebecca McKenna was headed over by Furness, who shot straight at the keeper minutes later. Substitute Caragh Milligan set off on a couple of lung-busting runs but her tantalising crosses into the area were cleared.
Northern Ireland made it three on 78 minutes when Vance's superb cross from the left was chested home by Callaghan from close range.
The girls in green and white made it 4-0 four minutes later from the spot. The penalty, awarded when Latvia midfielder Karline Miksone handled a Callaghan drive, was hammered into the net by Furness.
Callaghan forced a fine save out of the Latvian keeper in added time but by that stage the three points had been well and truly secured.
Northern Ireland: Jacqueline Burns, Demi Vance, Sarah McFadden, Laura Rafferty (sub Kelsie Burrows 83mins), Louise McDaniel, Chloe McCarron, Marissa Callaghan, Lauren Wade (sub Caragh Milligan 71mins), Rachel Furness (sub Ciara Watling 84mins), Kirsty McGuinness (sub Danielle Maxwell 84mins), Kerry Beattie (sub Rebecca McKenna 61mins). Subs not used: Becky Flaherty, Maddison Harvey-Clifford, Julie Nelson, Rebecca Holloway, Caitlin McGuinness, Nadene Caldwell, Emily Wilson.
Latvia: Enija-Anna Vaivode, Ligita Tumane (sub Kristine Girzda 90mins), Arta Luize Lubina (sub Sofija Garanca 90mins), Viktorija Zaicikova, Signija Senberga (sub Anna Valaka 63mins), Anastasija Rocane, Renate Fedotova (sub Tatjana Baliceva 52mins), Sandra Voltane (sub Nikola Brahmane 90mins), Olga Sevcova, Karlina Miksone, Sofija Gergeleziu. Subs not used: Alina Skiemenova, Laura Sinutkina, Kristine Evelina Lodzina, Selga Vitmore, Laura Sondore, Evelina Freidenfelde, Juta Buklovska.
England 10 (White 12,17, Parris 27, Greenwood 37,47, Berscheid og 61, Bright 78,90, Daly 90, England 90)>
England 10 (White 12,17, Parris 27, Greenwood 37,47, Berscheid og 61, Bright 78,90, Daly 90, England 90)
England recorded a second huge victory in five days to leave themselves comfortably at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.
The match was little more than a one-sided 'attack v defence' affair with goalkeeper Mary Earps a virtual spectator all match and the only matter in question was how many goals England would score on the night.
England were on the front foot from the start and Demi Stokes was almost played in by a pass from Nikita Parris and it was not too long before they opened the scoring, Lauren Hemp crossing for Ellen White to guide the ball past Lucie Schlimé at full stretch.
Five minutes later, Leah Williamson and Fran Kirby combined to set up White to tuck home her second goal on the night and 43rd for England, leaving her three behind record scorer Kelly Smith and maybe thoughts at that stage were turning to her catching her in this match.
Luxembourg were working hard to try and keep England out of the area but after failing to clear a Kirby corner, Nikita Parris was on hand to fire in the third goal. Another corner led to England making it four, Alex Greenwood drilling home on the half volley.
The pattern of the game continued after the break and it took two minutes for England to add to their tally. Greenwood, who was playing her 50th cap, marked the occasion with a second goal, a deflected effort from outside the area.
Sarina Wiegman made a triple substitution on the hour and a minute later, they went further ahead, Jessica Berscheid finding her own net when trying to clear. It was the third time over the two matches that England had benefitted from an own goal.
England continued to push forward in search of more goals and the pressure on Luxembourg told once again, Millie Bright guiding a Beth Mead free kick into the net to register her first goal for her country, at the 41st attempt.
England were to find the net three more times in injury time, taking their total to five over the two matches in the stoppage period. Bright netted a second goal after being set up by Mead, then came an emotional moment when Rachel Daly got on the scoresheet, after having recently lost her father. There was still time for Beth England to join the goal spree and take the tally to double figures.
Luxembourg: Lucie Schlimé, Kimberley dos Santos da Graca, Jessica Berscheid, Emma Kremer, Marta Estevez Garcia (sub Jill De Bruyn 62mins), Marisa Soares Marques (sub Aldina Dervisevic 90mins), Laura Miller, Julie Marques Abreu (sub Kelly Mendes 89mins), Gabriela De Lemos Crespo (sub Martine Schon 78mins), Edina Kocan (sub Noemie Raths 45mins), Isabel Albert. Subs not used: Jessica Becker, Anouchka Besch, Lena Krier, Noemie Tiberi, Catherine Have, Kate Thill, Natascha Kremer.
England: Mary Earps, Rachel Daly, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson, Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood (sub Lotte Wubben-Moy 59mins), Nikita Parris, Fran Kirby (sub Georgia Stanway 71mins), Ellen White (sub Beth England 59mins), Ella Toone (sub Jill Scott 81mins), Lauren Hemp (sub Beth Mead 59mins). Subs not used: Niamh Charles, Sandy MacIver, Katie Zelem, Lucy Staniforth, Carly Telford, Ebony Salmon, Jess Carter.
Wales 1 (Harding 5)>
Wales 1 (Harding 5)
It's back-to-back victories for Wales as they followed up on their home win over Kazakhstan with three points in Pärnu as Gemma Grainger's team defeated Estonia 1-0 with a dominant display.
The six points earned in their opening FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying matches sees Wales at the top of Group I along with favourites France.
At the Pärnu Rannastaadion, Wales picked up where they left off against Kazakhstan in Llanelli on Friday night as the team immediately went on the attack against Estonia. The Estonian defence creaked under the early pressure as the visitors finally made one of their chances count.
Jessica Fishlock played a superb through ball that split the Estonian defence to roll perfectly into Natasha Harding's path, whose confident finish gave her side a fifth minute lead.
Kayleigh Green thought she'd put Wales further ahead but after getting the ball in the net she turned around to see the raised flag of the assistant referee and her goal was ruled out for offside.
Grainger's team kept their attacking positivity throughout the first half and into the second, but following that early goal, the Estonian defence - well drilled by former Wales boss Jarmo Matikainen - became solid and remained resolute against the constant pressure.
Estonia offered no attacking threat during the match at all, perhaps recognising how ruthless Wales could be should they dare attempt to give them space by playing higher up the pitch.
Wales will feel frustrated that they didn't score more goals after controlling the match, but the positives Grainger will take from this game will be the chances her team created, the three points and the clean sheet.
Following the victory, Grainger said: "We set out at the start of this camp to get two wins and that's what we've done. We created lots of chances and that's what we wanted to do but we will take a look at what we can improve.
"When you play opposition like we have today, they set up very well and when you look at Estonia you've got to give them a lot of credit. They set up to block and frustrate us and when playing teams like that, being patient is really important. I'm pleased that we are creating chances. When you're creating chances, the next bit will come also."
Having scored the winner, Harding added: "It was difficult, and we knew it was going to be. We had to win and for me I don't care how we do it, we have to get in that mindset and it's six points."
Wales go to Slovenia next in the group on 22nd October, followed by the return match against Estonia in Cardiff on 26th October.
Estonia: Karina Kork, Mari Liis Lillemae, Jessika Uleksin, Siret Raamet, Inna Zlidnis, Liisa Merisalu (sub Grete Daut 90mins), Kethy Ounpuu, Kelly Rosen (sub Emma Treiberg 90mins), Vlada Kubassova, Kristina Bannikova, Lisette Tammik. Subs: Getriin Strigin, Ragne Gromov, Helen Saar, Eva-Maria Niit, Ave-Lii Laas, Paula Maria Mengel, Lisete Tammeveski, Anett Joandi, Sandra Liir.
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Rhiannon Roberts, Hayley Ladd, Gemma Evans, Rachel Rowe, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Jessica Fishlock, Sophie Ingle, Ceri Holland (sub Carrie Jones 64mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Helen Ward 90mins). Subs: Olivia Clark, Poppy Soper, Lily Woodham, Josie Green, Elise Hughes, Charlie Estcourt, Esther Morgan, Megan Wynne, Anna Filbey, Ffion Morgan.
The last First Round Qualifying tie in the Vitality Women's FA Cup was played on Sunday and it was Shrewsbury Town who went through with a 4-1 victory against Walsall Ladies.
The teams were actually meeting each other for the third week in a row, with their league match being followed by the original tie seven days later but, due to the officials having mistakenly played extra time instead of going straight to penalties when the score was 3-3 at the end of ninety minutes, the Football Association ordered that the match must be replayed.
Shrewsbury had been the eventual ‘winners' of the original abandoned match but they took the lead this time around through Maddie Jones, midway through the first half. The Saddlers battled and Georgia Cox finished well to ensure that the scoreline was level at the break.
The Shrews started the second half strongly and quickly went back in front via a Shannon McShane penalty, and Vikki Owens made it three went a long range lobbed effort. Maddie Jones rounded off the scoring with a solo goal, her second on the day.
Shrewsbury will be away to fellow West Midlands League club Westfields Women in the Second Round Qualifying, to be played on Sunday 3rd October.
East Midlands League
Northampton Town's great start is showing no signs of slowing down and they made it three wins out of three on Sunday when scoring seven times without reply away to Rise Park. Alex Dicks netted two of the goals along with Leah Cudone, Emma Billenness, Abbie Brown, Alex Bartlett and Charlie Cooper. Chesterfield are in second place after beating Lincoln Utd 2-1, Beth Smyth and Georgina Williams scoring for the Spireites and Chloe Brock-Taylor replying. Katie Rider (2) and Elizabeth White were amongst the goals for Loughborough Students as they won 5-2 away to Woodlands Ladies, a result which takes them into the top three. Emily Fowler, Kathryn Mudge and an own goal ensured that Oughtibridge WM won for the first time, 3-0 against Notts County.
The early leaders in Division One North are still Arnold Eagles, who won 4-2 at St Josephs Rockware of Worksop thanks to a Natasha Leach hat-trick and Amy Gauvrit. Grimsby Town are the other team on six points, they beat Sherwood FC Women 2-0 with goals from Ava Houlston and Beth Wharton. Alice Hayes bagged a brace for Sleaford Town as they won 2-1 against Grimsby Borough and Sophie Howe netted for Notts County Development in their 1-1 draw with Nottingham Trent University, who replied through Julia Kings.
Derby County Academy have gone to the top of Division One South following their 3-1 victory away to previous leaders Anstey Nomads. Iesha Rollins scored twice for Derby along with Madeline Watkinson. Oadby & Wigston defeated Leicester Road 6-1 and are now second, Freya Gardner hitting a hat-trick with Emma Aspinall, Nikki Lidgett and Lucy Phillips-Poole adding the others. Peterborough Utd Res were beaten 5-1 by Kettering Town, for whom Brodie Betts (2), Samantha Redfern-Christie (2) and Amy Findlay were on target. Thrapston Town are the fifth team on six points; they won 4-2 at Ilkeston Town and Jessica Abdy scored the only goal of the game ffor Nottingham Forest Development in their 1-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens.
Eastern Region League
Wymondham Town were unable to take an opportunity to go level on points with leaders Wroxham when they were beaten 2-1 by Royston Town. Emma Slater netted both goals for Royston, who move up to third, whilst Wymondham's consolation came from Hannah Waters. AFC Dunstable and Bowers & Pitsea each recorded their third draw of the season when their meeting finished goalless, meanwhile Zara Carroll, Natasha Fensome, Gemma Franklin and Marilyn Munangatire scored the goals as Bedford Ladies won for the first time, 4-1 against King's Lynn Town. Colney Heath also recorded their first victory, 4-0 away to St Ives Town thanks to Tia Steadman, Nicola Puddick, Terri Harvey and Holly Williams. Luton Town are off the bottom after winning 5-2 at Haringey Borough, Jess McKay netting twice along with Olivia Abraham, Fiona Constable and Elizabeth Sanders.
In Division One North, Newmarket Town moved into third place after defeating Cambridge City Development 5-2 in the only match to be played. Katie Hayes and Lidiya Mykhaylechko each scored twice along with Jess Linger, with Katie Levitt and Carla Penny replying.
One game also took place in Division One South and it saw leaders Herts Vipers Women share a 2-2 draw with Cheshunt, who have gone into second place. Frances Gamble and Karesha Iton scored the goals for Cheshunt, whilst the Vipers responded through Rachel Wall and an own goal.
London & South East League
Ashford Town (Middlesex) have gone six points clear in the Premier Division after winning their top of the table clash 3-2 against Dartford. Ashley Cheatley hit a hat-trick for leaders Ashford, whilst Nicha Dyett and Georgie Davies were on target for the Darts. New London Lionesses follow on in third, Kiz Fergus (2), Jess Wadey and Nicole Wolner scoring their goals as they won 4-0 at Millwall Lionesses. Worthing FC Women join Aylesford on six points after triumphing 6-1 in their meeting, courtesy of a goal apiece from Shawna Harvey, Hannah Hewlett, Sophie Humphrey, Keavy Price, Katie Young and Lucy Apps. Lilly Lambird scored for Fulham FC Women as they drew 1-1 with Saltdean Utd, who replied through Georgia Bridges, whilst Denham Utd won for the first time, 2-1 against Whyteleafe thanks to Ella Greenwood and Lauren Cox.
The top two in Division One North did not play and third placed Sutton Utd caught up ground on them by beating Hackney 5-0. Olivia Watson, Mika Keen, Darcy Wells, Cassie Brown and Sophie Hendy were all on target for Sutton. Rebekah Edwards netted twice for Brentford in their 6-1 victory away to Victoire Ladies, along with others from Axelle Courlander, Sophie Troth, Ellen Wardlaw and Shannon Read. Sport London e Benfica meanwhile celebrated their first win of the season, 4-1 against Clapham Utd.
Hastings Utd opened up a lead of three points in Division One South with a 2-0 victory away to Parkwood Rangers, given to them by a brace from Claire Johnson. Second placed Ashford Ladies were beaten 3-2 by AFC Acorns, who join them on nine points. Chloe Higham, Sami Phillips and Lauren Tyler were on target for Acorns, with Jade Steadman netting twice in reply. Sophie Gifford scored a hat-trick for Herne Bay in their win against Bexhill Utd. Gemma Shepherd and Harriett Chapman each netted braces and they were joined on the scoresheet by Jemma Barton, Kate Foster, Elena Brock, Rosie Hague and Lillian Tucker. Samantha Rowland bagged a hat-trick along with Grace Laverick and Ellie Rivers as Welling Utd won 5-2 away to Meridian Ladies.
North East League
Alex Ross (2) and Allison Ferris accounted for the goals as Premier Division leaders Sunderland West End won 3-2 against South Shields. Redcar Town are a point behind following their 6-2 success away to Wallsend Boys Club, Jess Round having a remarkable day in front of goals as she netted all six. York City and Ossett Utd finished level at 1-1, Nichola Brown and Grace Pearson scoring respectively, whilst goals from Emily Heckler (2), Megan Brackenbury (2), Neve Renwick and Jodie Clarkson gave Wakefield Trinity a 6-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Farsley Celtic meanwhile defeated Hartlepool Utd 4-2, Shirley Murphy netting twice along with Rachael White and Helen Moreton.
Spennymoor Town head the Northern Division table on goals scored, after they ran out 8-1 winners over Guisborough Town. Autumn Colledge hit a hat-trick for Spennymoor along with Kira Whittle (2), Hannah Knox, Arynn Cannon and an own goal. Steph Ord netted twice and Rebecca Henry the other as second placed Blyth Town won 3-0 at West Allotment Celtic. Wallsend BC Res opened up their campaign by beating Washington Association 5-2 courtesy of Chloe Roylance (2), Michaela Sewell, Hannah Gosnold and Sarah McKillen. Ashleigh Rea scored the only goal as Prudhoe Town won 1-0 against Norton & Stockton Ancients Res and Bishop Auckland beat Boro Rangers 2-1 with a double from Rebecca Lowes.
York RI made it two wins out of two in the Southern Division when Sarah Cross, Tamryn Dunlop, Katie Hamilton, Chloe Jackson, Jodie Langstaff and Denva Coupland all scored in their 6-3 victory over Farsley Celtic Juniors. They lead the table on goal difference from Wakefield Trinity U23 who were 8-2 winners at Hepworth Utd. Julia Woods, Nicola Moffatt, Danielle Shepherd and Oriane Nacho all scored twice for Wakefield. Emily Scott and Nicola Smith each netted four times for Altofts Ladies against Bradford Park Avenue, along with Emma Dobson (2), Lauren Swailes and Nadine Bates.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers hold on to the leadership in the Premier Division after winning 5-2 at Wigan Athletic, heading the table on goal difference from Merseyrail Ladies who defeated Mossley Hill 3-0. Crewe Alexandra also won 3-0 against Morecambe to record their first victory.
Penrith AFC have gone top of Division One North, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Carlisle Utd. Blackburn Community SC are in second place following their six-goal triumph against Workington Reds. Four teams are level on points at the top of the table, this now also includes Chorley Women Development who won 3-2 away to Penwortham Town.
Warrington Wolves are the leaders of Division One South after their 6-2 victory at Mersey Valley. Chester FC Women and Northwich Vixens occupy the next two positions after they battled out a 4-4 draw. Runcorn Linnets meanwhile registered their first win of the season, beating Altrincham 6-3.
South West League
Charlotte Whitmore scored a hat-trick as Premier Division leaders AFC St Austell won 3-0 against Bishop's Lydeard. The Cornish side head the table on goal difference from Sherborne Town who defeated Forest Green Rovers 2-1 thanks to Chloe Collins and Gemma Mountain, with Ella Hitchcox replying. Jodi Cornwall, Abigail Meyer, Charlotte Pettinger and Sarah Stuckey all scored for Ilminster Town who were 4-0 victors at Wootton Bassett Town and are two points off the pace along with Torquay Utd, who kept up their good start by beating Bideford 5-1, courtesy of a Helen Kukor hat-trick, Beth Everson and Daisy Self. Sam Metters was another hat-trick scorer for Marine Academy Plymouth in their 8-2 victory over Middlezoy Rovers. Amber Hadrill added a brace and others came from Sam Drewery and Holly Wade, along with an own goal.
Frampton Rangers are the new leaders of the Northern Division following their 3-0 victory away to Oldland Abbotonians. Anna Symanowski gave them a first half lead and they added further goals through Lucie Hulin and Ruby Michael. Bristol Rovers are level on points with Frampton after they completed a quickfire double over Almondsbury, beating them 3-1. Georgia Vandries (2) and Anna Hubble were on target for Rovers, with Zoe Hales replying. Cheltenham Town Development opened their season by winning 5-0 against Weston-super-Mare whilst Charlotte Suktem scored a hat-trick for Weston Mendip in their 3-3 draw against Downend Flyers, whose goals came from Faith Flynn (2) and Beth Pitman.
A 3-1 win over Feniton has taken Liskeard Athletic to the top of the Western Division. Amy Hemingway, Ezme Wells and Gemma Farley were the markswomen for Liskeard, with Brittany Harris replying. Plymouth Argyle U23 ran up a huge total against Ottery St Mary, Wensday Wise scoring six times and there were five-goal hauls from Zoe Cunningham, Panagiota Papaioannou and Rosie Shipp. Helston Athletic and Saltash Utd battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Katie Barker, Eve-Charlotte Moore and Charlotte Sparkes-Bond all scoring for Helston, whilst Saltash netted through Jade Bryan, Yasmin Franklin and Dee Newman.
Southern Region League
Moneyfields are continuing to set the early pace in the Premier Division, notching up a third straight win when scoring six without reply against Winchester City Flyers. Emma Pinner netted two of the goals with Emma Eldridge, Ellie Kirby, Kayleigh Tonks and Sophie Kingsley-Cabell adding the others for the Moneys who head the table on goal difference from Abingdon Utd, who were 3-0 winners over Wycombe Wanderers thanks to Molly Lygo-Jackson, Lindsay Pinker and Tiana Russell-Cartwright. Ascot Utd are third after beating Oxford City 5-2, Sarah Leonard was on target four times and Katie Vince rounded off the scoring. Abingdon Town chalked up their first win, 3-1 at Woodley Utd courtesy of Chloe Ball, Cara Kerby and an own goal.
AFC Stoneham head a trio of teams on six points in Division One following their 5-1 victory over Eversley & California in which Alisha Buckingham hit a hat-trick and Kayden Wood contributed a double. Alexis Bussell was another hat-trick scorer for second placed AFC Bournemouth Development as they defeated New Milton Town 4-2, with Hannah Francis adding the other, and Woking Ladies won 2-1 at Milton Utd with strikes from Jo Harfield-Brown and Tia Williams. Gabriella Hobday and Payton Howard were in target for Chichester City as they drew 2-2 with Bournemouth Sports, whose replies came from Lauren Brewer and Becky Miles.
West Midlands League
Stourbridge are the new leaders of the Premier Division and are the last remaining unbeaten team following their 10-1 victory over Lye Town. Tamworth had started the day on top of the table but were beaten for the first time, 7-3 by Kidderminster Harriers for whom Becky Hall and Dani Selmes both hit hat-tricks and Charlie Whitehouse added the other. Laura Smith bagged a brace as Lichfield City won 2-0 away to Sutton Coldfield Town and a solitary strike from Jessica Sevellec gave Coundon Court the points against Coventry Sphinx. Crusaders stormed to a 10-2 victory at City of Stoke, Lauren Mellor and Hannah Vincent netting twice along with Anzelika Gurevica, Paige Leonard, Donna Tompkins, Katie Cornish and Olivia Letten-Crowe. Worcester City and Redditch Utd meanwhile shared a 1-1 draw, a game in which Redditch's Shannon McFadden scored for both teams.
AFC Telford Utd are two points in front in Division One North after notching up a second straight win, 3-1 at Port Vale. Jaime Duggan netted twice for the Bucks, whose other goal came from Jessica Sayers. Shifnal Town are in second place after they shared eight goals with Darlaston Town, who scored through Beth Arrowsmith (2), Stacey Arrowsmith and Dionne McKee. Wyrley Ladies edged out Walsall Wood by the odd goal in nine and are up into the top three. Rachel Cumberledge netted twice for Wyrley along with Holly Meehan, Georgia Key and Charli Philpott, with the visitors replying through Tayler Davies (2), Jess Edwards and Leanne Johnson. Caitlin Hopwood grabbed a late equaliser for Sandwell Ladies as they drew for the second straight game, 1-1 with Coventry City who had taken the lead just before via Matilda Astolfi.
Solihull Sporting hold on to top spot in Division One South despite not playing on Sunday but they have been joined by three other teams, including Leamington Lions who defeated Droitwich Spa 6-0. Ava Barnes, Charlotte Hartwell, Sasha Pendleton, Laura Condon and Sarah Costa all scored for Leamington along with an own goal. Alice Belcher scored a hat-trick and Demi-Lee Rolph the other as Knowle won 4-0 against Cookley Sports and Sedgley & Gornal Utd were 1-0 victors at Kingfisher courtesy of a goal from Arshi Zahoor. Rugby Borough emerged as 2-1 winners from their local derby with Rugby Town, Michelle Oldfield netting both their goals and Hannah Morris replying.
Southern Premier Division
Ipswich Town took advantage of Southampton FC Women not having a game and replaced them at the top of the table, thanks to an 11-2 win over a youthful Keynsham Town side. Eloise King netted four of the goals for the Tractor Girls, Anna Grey and Sophie Peskett added two apiece and also on target were Maddie Biggs, Maria Boswell and Abbie Lafayette.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile entered the top three after running out 5-1 winners away to London Bees. Charlotte Owen, Naomi Cole, Nicola Gibson and Emma Plewa all scored for Crawley along with an own goal whilst the Bees, who were beaten at home for the first time this season, replied through a long range strike from Florence Gamby.
Gillingham meanwhile picked up their best win of the season so far, 4-1 against Chichester & Selsey. Amy Russ was on target twice for the Gills along with Phoebe Leitch and Otesha Charles, whilst Chi's consolation came from Laura da Silva.
Division One North
One match was played in the division on Sunday but it resulted in a change of leadership. Emily Douglas led the scoring with a hat-trick as Liverpool Feds continued their excellent start to the season with a 3-0 victory away to Norton & Stockton Ancients, which sees them replace Leeds Utd at the top on goal difference.
Division One Midlands
Leek Town have moved into fifth place in the table after they defeated Peterborough Utd 4-1. The two teams had been separated by a single point going into the game but a double from Katie Maya, plus goals by Katie Gibbons and Michaela Lockett, saw Leek to their third victory of the season, whilst Kier Perkins grabbed a late consolation goal for the Posh Ladies.
Division One South East
Leaders Billericay Town were narrow 1-0 winners over Cambridge City and this has given them a lead of three points at the top of the table, from Hashtag Utd who were not in action. A tight encounter was settled with eight minutes remaining, when Zoe Rushen scored the only goal of the game.
Third placed Actonians Ladies received a setback as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City. Millie Daviss and Freya Symonds scored the goals to earn Norwich their first league victory of the season, after Maria Ledezma-Viso had given Actonians an early lead.
It was also a good day for Stevenage Women who also won for the first time, after having started the game at the foot of the table. Louise Godden was on target as Stevenage triumphed 1-0 away to Enfield Town, which gets them off the mark for the season and two places up the table.
Division One South West
In the solitary match to be played in the division, Chesham Utd took the opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the table by winning 1-0 away to Poole Town. Gemma Fraser scored the game's only goal for the Clarets, midway through the first half.
Middlesbrough made it three wins in a row and head the Northern Division by three points after beating Chorley 5-0. Alicia Mutrie netted twice along with Armani Maxwell, Kirsty McQuilling and Daisy Stokoe. Stockport County moved up into second place by scoring nine times wihtout reply against Barnsley. Elle Turner and Megan Bradley each netted twice whilst Georgia Johnson and Lily Weston also got on the scoresheet. Tara Duce and Macy Ellis scored for Huddersfield Town as they drew for the second match in a row, 2-2 against Leeds Utd who replied through Josephine Hewson and an own goal. Arianne Parnham, Imogen Porteous-Williams and Molly Havard accounted for the goals as Brighouse Town beat Durham Cestria 3-1 and Liverpool Feds were 3-0 winners at Hull City.
Ellie Butler, Lauren Riley and Natalie Widdal all scored as Midland Division leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3-1 away to West Bromwich Albion in their local derby match. Wolves now have a two point lead as their two nearest rivals battled out a 2-2 when meeting each other. Sophie Taylor hit a brace for Stoke City whilst Devonn Cousins and Summa Betts scored for Nottingham Forest who hold on to second place on goal difference. Lincoln City follow on after netting seven times without reply past Bedworth Utd, Toni McHamilton bagging four of them with Stacey Buxton (2) and Melissa East adding the others. Indiana Totty (2), Frederika Ntumba (2), Emily Brett and an own goal ensured that Loughborough Lightning won 6-0 at Long Eaton Utd, whilst Leicester City edged out Sporting Khalsa by the odd goal in seven. Solihull Moors defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 7-1 courtesy of a Charlotte Leedham hat-trick, Caitlin Hirst double, Zoe Creaney and Eboni Fowkes.
In the South East Division, Watford have a lead of three points after winning 2-1 against Milton Keynes Dons in the only game of the day. Martha Eason and Summer Roberts scored the goals for Watford, with Leoni Miceli replying.
The draw for Round One of the FAW Women's Cup has been been made with clubs from the Genero Adran Premier entering at this stage.
Matches are to be played on Sunday 3rd October.
Wrexham v The New Saints
CPD Pwllheli v Llandudno Ladies
Airbus UK Broughton v Connah's Quay Nomads
NFA FC v CPD Y Rhyl 1879
Llanelli Town v Cardiff Met Women
Cardiff Bluebelles v Pontypridd Town
Cardiff Wanderers v Afan Lido
Port Talbot Town v Aberystwyth Town
Cwmbran Celtic v Cascade YC
Abergavenny Women v Ammanford
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Pontardawe Town
Cardiff City Women v Caldicot Town
Merthyr Town v Barry Town United
Swansea University v Penclawdd Women
Coed Duon v Swansea City
Bye - Bethel Ladies
The FA Women's National League has announced the draws for the Preliminary Rounds of the League Cup and League Plate.
A number of teams have received byes in both competitions but the following ties will be played on Sunday 10th October:
LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
AFC Bournemouth v Kent Football Utd
Brighouse Town v Stoke City
Derby County v Barnsley
Long Eaton Utd v Norton & Stockton Ancients
Oxford Utd v Swindon Town
Sheffield FC v AFC Fylde
LEAGUE PLATE PRELIMINARY ROUND
FC United of Manchester v Stockport County
Leafield Athletic v Solihull Moors
Maidenhead Utd v Queen's Park Rangers
Norwich City v AFC Wimbledon
Sporting Khalsa v Peterborough Utd
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