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Ten from ten for Abingdon   Share This 
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 17 Jan 2018
 
English County and other Leagues News - Ten from ten for Abingdon - 17 Jan 2018 - Women's Football NewsAbingdon Utd 6 Woodstock Ladies 0
Abingdon United maintained their 100% record after ten games in the Thames Valley League Division One with a 6-0 home victory over second placed Woodstock.
 
The hosts scored five times late in the last half hour to see off a spirited and competitive Woodstock, displaying some clinical finishing to boost an already impressive goal difference and round off a fine team performance.
 
After an even opening ten minutes Abingdon started to test the Woodstock defence with quick passing moves ending with shots from Heather Young and Amy Pipe well held by Amy Bourton. A fine tackle by Emma Martin then denied Kiera Isaac as she shot in front of goal. Woodstock had plenty of good possession but were kept away from Sophie Kirby's goal by strong and well organised defence.
 
The opening goal came on the half hour when a through ball found Pipe clear of the defence and she finished calmly. Young nearly added a second soon after but was just wide from 20 yards. A superb five-player passing move saw Young clear to the right of goal on 43 minutes but her powerful drive was well handled by Bourton and Abingdon went to the break with just a single goal lead.
 
Woodstock threatened more after the break and Kirby had to be quick off her line to foil Abi Haynes. The keeper then saved a powerful Charley Hamilton shot as the visitors went in search of an equaliser. However it was Abingdon who scored a crucial second through Isaac with a close range finish on 63 minutes.
 
Young added a third with a low shot from 10 yards on 69 minutes and the home side then brought on fresh players to add to their attacking options. Woodstock went close on 75 minutes with an Amberley Vircavs header from a corner well held by Kirby but it was not long before Pipe notched her second and Abingdon's fourth with a well placed shot.
 
Substitute Molly Lygo nearly added another with a right wing cross shot but it was another substitute, Charmaine White who fired in the fifth on 85 minutes as the hosts finished with real fluency. The final goal was the best of the match, Pipe marking her hat-trick with a lovely lofted first time finish as she turned on to a pass ten yards from goal.
 
With a strong and experienced squad, many of whom have played at Regional League level, it was easy to see why Abingdon United are having such an outstanding League season with fifty goals scored and just three conceded in their ten wins. Woodstock battled hard throughout but could not contain the pace and trickery of the Abingdon attack in the last third of the match.
 
Abingdon Utd:
 
Sophie Kirby, Gina Ianiello-Phillips, Marisa Chamberlain, Amy Chivers, Beth Dunbabin, Steph Carrick, Heather Young, Nell Boxall, Kiera Isaac, Abbie Smith, Amy Pipe. Subs: Kelly Talbot, Tina Higgs, Jane Younger, Molly Lygo, Charmaine White.
 
Woodstock Ladies:
 
Amy Bourton, Amber Berry, Bryony Bennett, Hayley Bennett, Emma Martin, Amberley Vircavs, Sarah Coles, Abi Haynes, Charley Hamilton, Georgina Tayman, Steph Kubat. Subs: Becky Bowerman, Lauren Hemming, Lauren Major, Tina Stevenson.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Amber Berry slides in to challenge Kiera Isaac
(middle) Sophie Kirby makes a save at the feet of Abi Haynes
(bottom) Kiera Isaac battles for the ball with Amberley Vircavs

 
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Met extend lead as Swans are held   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 17 Jan 2018
 
Cardiff Met Ladies picked up their eight win in eight games and extended their lead at the top of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League to five points with a 6-0 victory over Rhyl Ladies.
 
Lauren Townsend fired Met into an early lead from a free kick, which turned out to be the only goal of the first half. However a minute after the restart, Steph Turner doubled their advantage before Katy Wells and Jasmine Simpson each contributed doubles to round off the scoring for their side.
 
Swansea City meanwhile were left frustrated as a second half fightback from Port Talbot Town saw them hold the reigning Champions to a 2-2 draw. The Swans looked to be on their way towards another victory when Kelly Newcombe and Jodie Passmore put them two goals ahead at the break but Port Talbot had other ideas, Vicky Stratton pulling one back just after the hour and Jesci Hare ensured they picked up a share of the spoils with five minutes remaining.
 
Abergavenny Women netted five times without reply past Caernarfon Town and this result has taken them back into the top three. Aber led at half time through a sixth minute goal from Maxine Mudge but a double after the break from Lyndsey Davies, either side of an Eliza Atkins goal, and a further strike from Megan Jones completed the victory.
 
Cyncoed Ladies' good run of form continues and they made it five wins in a row in all competitions with a 3-0 triumph away to Cardiff City FC. Julia Moulton was the heroine for Cyncoed as she gave them the lead just before the half hour and she added a second half brace to seal her hat-trick and a double over their opponents.
 
Llandudno Ladies avenged their defeat to Caldicot Town just before Christmas by winning their return meeting 3-0. Stacey Tradewell gave Llandudno the lead midway through the first half and Sofie Owen added a second early after half time, before Tradewell completed her double and made it three, seven minutes from time.
 
Since the weekend, the WPWL has announced that it has deducted nine points from Caldicot Town for fielding an ineligible player. Town were found to have fielded the player three times earlier in the season, and in accordance with league rules have been deducted three points for each game.
 

 
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Kit bags late winner for Charlton   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 17 Jan 2018
 
Last season's beaten finalists Charlton Athletic came through a tough tie away to C & K Basildon with a 2-1 success after extra time.
 
Angela Addison gave C & K a first half lead with Charlotte Gurr equalising after the break and during the extra period, Kit Graham scored what proved to be the winner with nine minutes remaining.
 
Blackburn Rovers booked their place in the quarter finals once again after a 2-1 win away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds. After Kaylea Cunliffe had given Blackburn a fifth minute lead, Carla Lee levelled the scores just after the quarter hour and the game remained in the balance until seventeen minutes from time, when Alex Taylor netted the winning goal for Rovers.
 
Nottingham Forest swept into the next round on the back of a 5-0 victory over Guiseley Vixens. Nicola Emery ensured that Forest had a one-goal lead going into the interval and she netted her second three minutes after the restart, with Charlotte Griffin quickly adding a third. Summer Holmes further increased Forest's lead and Griffin rounded off the scoring when she completed her double.
 
Lewes moved a step closer towards a potential second major Cup success in two seasons with a 5-1 victory against Portsmouth. An own goal opened the scoring for the Rookettes with Katie McIntyre and Sarah Kempson also getting on the scoresheet before half time. Rachel Panting gave Pompey hope when she pulled one back after the break but Victoria Carleton restored the three-goal advantage just two minutes later and Georgia Bridges netted the final goal late on.
 

 
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Fylde on spot to oust Leeds   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 17 Jan 2018
 
Fylde Ladies were taken all the way by Leeds Utd before securing their place in the quarter finals of the Premier League Plate.
 
The Coasters were held to a goalless draw by their Northern Division One opponents but managed to triumph 4-3 in the resulting penalty shootout.
 
West Ham Utd had a smoother passage against lower division opposition as they scored six times without reply away to Brislington. Rosie Kmita led the scoring for the Hammers with a hat-trick and they added further second half goals through Molly Peters, Amber Stobbs and Kelly Weathall.
 
Kerry Bartlett netted five first half goals to help Keynsham Town towards a 10-1 victory at Swindon Town. Justine Lorton and Cristina Vega Leandro each added doubles and Clarice White was also on target as Keynsham reached the last eight for the third successive season, while Emily Arrell hit a consolation for Swindon.
 
Luton Town booked their place in the quarter finals after they defeated Southampton Saints 3-1. Jess McKay netted twice for Luton along with Natasha Fensome, with the Saints replying through Krystal Whyte.
 

 
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Huddersfield peg back Leicester   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL North News - 17 Jan 2018
 
League leaders Middlesbrough are likely to be the happiest team with the result of a 1-1 draw between their two nearest rivals in the table, Huddersfield Town and Leicester City Women.
 
Paige Crossman gave second placed Leicester a first half lead with Huddersfield hitting back to earn themselves a share of the spoils via a goal on the half hour from Brittany Sanderson.
 
Stoke City meanwhile consolidated their place in the top four by running out 6-2 winners away to Bradford City. Hannah Keryakoplis had a great day in front of goal for Stoke, netting twice inside the opening twelve minutes and going on to score four times in all. Ashleigh Hayes and Emily Owen were Stoke's other markswomen whilst Bradford replied with first half strikes from Abigail Lee and Hannah Smith.
 

 
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Palace close in on Charlton   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 17 Jan 2018
 
Crystal Palace narrowed the gap on leaders Charlton Athletic to two points with a 2-0 win against Gillingham.
 
After a goalless first half, Ellie Stenning opened the scoring for Palace eight minutes after the restart and Gemma Bryan sewed up the points with the second goal.
 
Cardiff City Ladies and Queen's Park Rangers each picked up an important point as they shared a 1-1 draw. Dominika Netschova gave improving Rangers the lead just before half time, with Zoe Atkins grabbing an equaliser for Cardiff after the break.
 

 
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Man City and Arsenal to contest Final   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 16 Jan 2018
 
Manchester City and Arsenal - the only two teams to have won the trophy - will contest the Continental Tyres Cup Final after both sides produced away victories in their respective semi finals.
 
City, the current holders, made the trip to Chelsea in a clash between the top two in the WSL 1 table and it was Chelsea who nearly went ahead when Fran Kirby's shot was cleared off the line by Steph Houghton. Moments later, City went on the attack themselves and Nadia Nadim gave the lead with a close range finish from Jill Scott's cross.
 
Nikita Parris almost added a second on the stroke of half time but in the second half, Karen Bardsley kept her team in front with a great save from Hannah Blundell and Millie Bright was unable to convert a late chance as City held on to win 1-0.
 
Arsenal meanwhile were playing away to Reading FC Women who were playing at this stage for the first time and had won the previous meeting between the clubs in the group stages. The Gunners opened the scoring through Beth Mead with five minutes on the clock but Reading hit back instantly, Brooke Chaplen levelling the scores just two minutes later. Both teams had chances but were finding the two goalkeepers in fine firm until midway through the second half, when Lauren Bruton fired home from the edge of the area to put Reading ahead for the first time. This time it was Arsenal who responded quickly with Vivianne Miedema equalising once again and with eight minutes remaining, Jordan Nobbs struck to earn the Gunners a 3-2 victory and set up a repeat of the 2014 Final.
 

 
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Blues end scoreless run   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 16 Jan 2018
 
Birmingham City brought their winless run to an end on Sunday when they won 2-0 against Bristol City in their re-arranged WSL 1 fixture at Solihull.
 
The Blues had not scored in any of their previous three league matches but seven minutes into the second half, they broke their duck when Aoife Mannion slotted home from the penalty spot after Caitlin Leach was adjudged to have brought down Sarah Mayling.
 
Before the Vixens were able to recover, they found themselves two behind as a cross by Marisa Ewers was forced home at the far post by Charlie Wellings.
 
The result means that Birmingham are now level on points with Bristol City but move above them on goal difference.
 

 
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Millwall close gap to one point   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 16 Jan 2018
 
Millwall Lionesses narrowed the gap on WSL 2 leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles to a single point and maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-1.
 
Millwall made a flying start to the game and were ahead with just three minutes on the clock when Amber Gaylor rose highest to head in a free kick by Billie Brooks.
 
Tottenham did come close to equalising shortly before half time when a Renee Hector header was cleared off the line but nine minutes into the second half, they were back on level terms when Sarah Wiltshire volleyed home from a pass by Coral-Jade Haines.
 
The goal seemed to spark Millwall back into life though and shortly after Ashlee Hincks had struck the post with a free kick, Charlotte Devlin curled home a shot to restore their lead.
 
Devlin then netted her second to put her side in a strong position with six minutes remaining and Megan Wynne rounded off a good day for the Lionesses when she slotted home the fourth goal in injury time.
 

 
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We talk to...Charlotte Clarke (Leicester City Women)   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL North News - 12 Jan 2018
 
WPL North News - We talk to...Charlotte Clarke (Leicester City Women) - 12 Jan 2018 - Women's Football NewsLeicester City Women came from behind to win 2-1 against Bradford City on Sunday to reach the last 32 of the SSE Women's FA Cup and will travel to Plymouth Argyle in the next round.
 
We talked to Leicester goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke, who praised her team for the win over Bradford and looked forward to the forthcoming trip to Plymouth, as well as setting her sights on their title challenge in the Northern Division for the remainder of the season:
 
WSS: Well done on reaching the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, how well did the team play to come from behind and win?
CC: I think that we did well to come from a goal behind and go on to win the game, we played better in the second half after having talked amongst each other and inspire ourselves to play for each other.
 
WSS: A great winning goal in injury time from Leigh Dugmore too, she couldn't have timed the goal any better?
CC: A goal was coming but it was just a matter of when. It was perfect timing to get the goal after working so hard in the second half, but at the end of the day it came as no surprise that Leigh scored because it's something she works on in training all of the time, and time and time again, her hard work pays off with help from the team of course.
 
WSS: The draw for the Fourth Round has handed you a long trip to Plymouth Argyle who had a good win themselves against Fylde, what sort of game do you expect there?
CC: With a long trip ahead of us, we need to work just as hard as we have been doing in the past few games and not become complacent and make sure that everyone is on top of their game. I think it will be a game that will be full of action, because after defeating Fylde they will be on a high and will give it their all.
 
WSS: Overall, you're second in the league and still in two cups, are things going as well as you hoped at the start of the season?
CC: I believe that the season has been a success so far; the response since the Stoke defeat has defined our character and galvanised us as a team. Obviously, it's a tremendous feeling still being in two cups and if we keep working hard, then we've got a high possibility of winning at least one cup. However, we can't become complacent, we must continue to develop as a team to get the most out of the second half of the season to achieve our goal of winning the league.
 
WSS: This week you travel to Huddersfield, who you narrowly beat earlier in the week, do you anticipate another close game?
CC: I believe that it will be a close game, obviously as their goal is also to win the league and go on to play in the Super League like ours. They are only one place underneath us and they won't back out of anything. I think we will need to keep our composure and play like we have been doing and the hard work will pay off.
 
WSS: Every game is important of course but at the end of the month, you take on leaders Middlesbrough, do you see that as a key match in any title challenge?
CC: Of course it's a key match in any title challenge, however I believe every game should be treated the same and there shouldn't be any emphasis put on any particular game as we should go out to win every game, whether that be a team at the top or the bottom.
 
WSS: Are you confident that you can stay in the title chase until the end of the season?
CC: I think that if we want it enough and keep working hard, we will be a part of the title race up until the final game of the season and hopefully go on to win the league.
 
WSS: Although Middlesbrough have a six point lead at the moment, a number of teams can get up amongst them with a good run of form, can you see the title race being a close one this year?
CC: At this point in the season I think anything can happen, with them only being six points in front, I think that they shouldn't sit back thinking that they can run away with the title because this year the league is so unpredictable, so yes, I do believe that the title race will be a close one this year.
 
Our thanks to Charlotte!
 

 
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Holders eyeing more trophies   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 12 Jan 2018
 
FA Women's Cup News - Holders eyeing more trophies - 12 Jan 2018 - Women's Football NewsManchester City are the holders of every trophy in the domestic game - and the players are chomping at the bit to keep hold of their silverware.
 
That's according to Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh, who are part of a City side with a stunning 100 per cent record in all competitions this season. Six wins from six in the FA WSL 1 is joined by four wins from four - over two legs - in the women's Champions League, as well as a last four spot in the Continental Tyres Cup after an unblemished group stage record preceded a quarter final triumph over Bristol City.
 
Arguably their toughest domestic test to date this season comes on Sunday in their Continental Tyres Cup semi final clash against Chelsea, who are also unbeaten in the league and boast a glittering array of talent within their ranks. But midfielder Walsh says City's unwavering focus on retaining all three domestic trophies reflects a solid confidence in each other, head coach Nick Cushing and the backroom staff after such a tremendous period of success.
 
"We're definitely looking to win all three domestic trophies again and bring them back to Manchester, there's no better feeling than being double champions, retaining championships after putting in all the hard work," said Rochdale-born Walsh, who was called up to the senior England squad for the first time in November.
 
"Nick is an exceptional coach and gets us all playing a particular way and if we can keep doing that hopefully we can bring more trophies back to Manchester.
 
"The drive for more trophies doesn't stop. Nick says to never let enthusiasm get in the way of intelligence and I think that's something that really sticks out on the pitch for us, in that we play with hunger but we try not to lose our heads."
 
City have bolstered their ranks for the second half of the season by adding Sweden midfielder Julia Spetsmark and Denmark striker Nadia Nadim, who starred in her country's run to the final at last summer's European Championships in the Netherlands.
 
Striker Stanway, who appeared with Walsh at Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton, Manchester, to help with the official SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round draw on Monday, echoed her team mate's confidence that the City juggernaut can keep rolling and add even more silverware to their bulging cabinet.
 
"We've had so much success as a team and it makes you hungry for more," said the 19-year-old, who was nominated for the 2017 PFA Women's Young Player of the Year Award. "We know what's it like to win trophies and who says we can't do it again?
 
"I'm not sure there's a secret to our form this season - we just really like winning!
 
"Chelsea are a terrific side and they've made a lot of new signings. But we've got a very good team, we bond very well and we know what we want from each other and we'll do as much as we can to get it."
 
Monday's draw, which also involved Walsh and Stanway answering questions from students and join in a girls' football training session, saw Cushing's in-form City drawn to play FA WSL 2 outfit Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 4th February, City's first step in defending the trophy they lifted at Wembley in May in front of more than 35,000 fans.
 
Walsh added: "Brighton are a good team and want to play football in a similar way to what we do - it's going to be a tough game and it is a long way to go but we need to make sure we get the win and put ourselves in the next round."
 
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday 5th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For more information about tickets and what SSE do for women's football, visit www.sponsorship.sse.com.
 
By Jimmy Booker, Sportsbeat
(Photo - Pierre Melion-Sportsbeat)

 

 
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Fran and Nicola land awards   Share This 
 Women's Football Player News - 12 Jan 2018
 
Fran Kirby has been selected as the FA WSL 1 Player of the Month for December.
 
Kirby has been a key player in Chelsea's two-pronged attack on the league title and Continental Tyres Cup and she continued her fine form in December.
 
The 24-year-old found the net six times last month, including goals against Yeovil Town and Tottenham Hotspur and a match-winning hat-trick against Liverpool which set up a Continental Tyres Cup semi final against Manchester City this Sunday (2pm kick off at Kingsmeadow).
 
The Lionesses star fought off tough competition from a shortlist including Reading FC Women's Brooke Chaplen and in-form Manchester City forward Claire Emslie.
 
Kirby said: "Overall, I was really happy with how I performed and also as a team we got some really good results so it was a really positive month and hopefully I can continue that form throughout the year."
 
Meanwhile, London Bees goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs has scooped the Player of the Month award in WSL 2.
 
Hobbs saved the crucial penalty as her side recorded a shootout win over Watford in the Continental Tyres Cup before impressing in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Oxford Utd in the league.
 
Hobbs fought off some tough competition in a shortlist including Doncaster Rovers Belles winger Jess Sigsworth and Aston Villa's Ebony Salmon. Sigsworth impressed in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup with goals against Oxford United and Manchester City and rounded off December with a goal against Sheffield FC to keep Doncaster top of the FA WSL 2 table. Teenager Ebony Salmon impressed against Durham Women in an FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup victory finding the net shortly after the hour mark having previously hit the woodwork.
 
She said: "I feel like I performed well last month. Saving the penalty against Watford to get our first win was a real highlight for me."
 
The FA WSL Player of the Month award celebrates the best players in FA WSL 1, FA WSL 2 and The FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. Each month, three players are shortlisted based on their performances before a media panel selects a winner for each division.
 

 
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England training camp squad   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 12 Jan 2018
 
The England Women's squad has been named for a 10-day training camp which gets under way at the weekend.
 
The Lionesses will meet at St. George's Park on Sunday before travelling to La Manga in Spain.
 
Mo Marley remains as interim head coach as the process to appoint a new permanent head coach continues.
 
She has named a 30-player squad with returns for Chelsea duo Gilly Flaherty and Drew Spence, along with Houston Dash's Rachel Daly. Birmingham City striker Ellen White is back following injury.
 
Casey Stoney will join the technical staff for this camp, as a player-to-coach apprentice. Stoney, who is working towards her UEFA A Licence, will take up the role as part of a wider programme that is being developed, which will enable elite players to get more experience coaching with England teams across all age groups.
 
Marley said: "The camp will give us extra time to do some concentrated work on specific areas we have prioritised.
 
"After a well earned break and time off in December, players will be ready to push on and prepare for the SheBelieves Cup, a tournament with outstanding teams where we will need to be at our best, and everyone will want to be a part of this.
 
"La Manga is crucial for our preparation and an ideal opportunity for players to compete for selection."
 
FA director of women's football Sue Campbell added: "We are making good progress in the search for the new permanent head coach but it's crucial that we take our time to make the right appointment before the World Cup qualifiers begin again in April."
 
Mo Marley has been in charge of the England team for the last three matches, a narrow friendly defeat against World Cup hosts France being followed up by convincing victories over Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan which leave them in second place in their qualifying group, with a game in hand over leaders Wales.
 
England's next home game is their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against Wales at Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium on Friday 6th April (7pm).
 
Tickets are on sale now, with an early bird offer for adult tickets purchased up to 31st January (standard price £10). Children and concessions tickets are just £1 and group booking and Charter Standard discounts apply.
 
Tickets can be purchased at TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 02381 780 780.
 
England training camp squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Karen BARDSLEYManchester City
Siobhan CHAMBERLAINLiverpool
Mary EARPSReading FC Women
Carly TELFORDChelsea
Gemma BONNERLiverpool
Millie BRIGHTChelsea
Lucy BRONZEOlympique Lyonnais
Jess CARTERBirmingham City
Rachel DALYHouston Dash
Gilly FLAHERTYChelsea
Gabby GEORGEEverton
Alex GREENWOODLiverpool
Steph HOUGHTONManchester City
Demi STOKESManchester City
Isobel CHRISTIANSENManchester City
Jordan NOBBSArsenal
Jo POTTERReading FC Women
Jill SCOTTManchester City
Drew SPENCEChelsea
Keira WALSHManchester City
Fara WILLIAMSReading FC Women
Leah WILLIAMSONArsenal
Karen CARNEYChelsea
Danielle CARTERArsenal
Toni DUGGANBarcelona
Fran KIRBYChelsea
Melissa LAWLEYManchester City
Nikita PARRISManchester City
Jodie TAYLORMelbourne City
Ellen WHITEBirmingham City

 

 
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Rachael back in Scotland fold   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 12 Jan 2018
 
Scotland Head Coach Shelley Kerr has named her first squad of the year for a training camp including matches against Norway and Russia in Spain, making two changes from her last squad.
 
Rachael Small has been reintroduced having missed out on Scotland's last two qualifiers. She was part of Hibernian's SSE Scottish Women's Cup winning squad last year and replaces Lucy Graham. Abigail Harrison is also in line for her first cap having being included after Lana Clelland had to withdraw from the original squad.
 
The matches will act as preparation for Scotland as they aim to reach their first ever World Cup, having won their opening two fixtures.
 
Their next competitive match is on Thursday, 5th April against Switzerland away from home before they play Poland in Scotland five days later.
 
Scotland have recently moved into the top 10 of the European rankings for the first time, rising from 11th to eighth place.
 
Scotland Women's National Team head coach Shelley Kerr said: "2018 is massive year for Scottish women's football as we aim to reach our first World Cup and we need to prepare well for our qualification matches.
 
"Being away with the squad allows us some more time to be together as a squad and test ourselves against a good standard of opposition.
 
"We're happy with how the squad has been shaping up recently and have kept consistency within the group for our first camp of the year."
 
Scotland squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City
Jenna FIFEHibernian
Shannon LYNNVittsjo GIK
Chloe ARTHURBristol City
Jennifer BEATTIEManchester City
Frankie BROWNBristol City
Rachel CORSIESeattle Reign
Sophie HOWARDTSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Emma MITCHELLArsenal
Joelle MURRAYHibernian
Kirsty SMITHHibernian
Leanne CRICHTONGlasgow City
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea
Hayley LAUDERGlasgow City
Joanne LOVEGlasgow City
Rachael SMALLHibernian
Caroline WEIRLiverpool
Fiona BROWNFC Rosengård
Claire EMSLIEManchester City
Lisa EVANSArsenal
Abigail HARRISONHibernian
Christie MURRAYDoncaster Rovers Belles
Jane ROSSManchester City

 

 
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Late joy for Chichester   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 12 Jan 2018
 
FA Women's Cup News - Late joy for Chichester - 12 Jan 2018 - Women's Football NewsChichester City 2 Luton Town 0
Chichester City took their place in the last 32 of the SSE Women's FA Cup for the first time with a hard fought 2-0 home win over Luton Town.
 
Both goals came in last ten minutes of an evenly contested tie where the FAWPL South East Division One visitors gave the higher ranked hosts plenty of problems before falling to well taken efforts from Alex Collighan and Cherelle Khassal.
 
Luton created the first real chances of the match when Nicola Henman had a first effort saved by Sadie Wilson-Blakely, then follow up shots blocked by Laura Ingram and Emma Alexandre on the line. Stephanie Gale headed over from a corner as Luton continued to threaten early on. Chichester's first dangerous moment came from Collighan reaching a free kick on 19 minutes but Erica Byron was alert to clear the danger.
 
Luton keeper Kezia Hassall made an important double save on 24 minutes as Chichester started to press, blocking efforts from Jade Widdows and Jenna Fowlie. From the resulting corner by Lauren Cheshire, Alexandre had a header cleared off the line by Henman.
 
Hassall was again in action to deny Widdows and then Khassal at close range as the hosts built up the pressure just after the half hour. A Chloe Tucker corner nearly curled in at the far post and only another clearance off the line prevented Chichester from taking the lead on 37 minutes.
 
Luton had done well to be level at the break and were very unlucky not to take the lead on 54 minutes. Jess McKay found space in the area to hit a low shot from ten yards which hit the inside of both posts before being cleared for a corner.
Fowlie's run and cross set up Collighan for a header over the bar, then Chichester went close in a goalmouth scramble after a corner before Hassall was able to drop on the loose ball on 66 minutes.
 
Dionne Manning's run and cross on 75 minutes saw Luton's Kim Farrow shoot inches wide at the near post as the tie remained in the balance. Wilson-Blakely had to be alert to grab a Manning header under pressure on 82 minutes but it was the hosts who made the crucial breakthrough on 84 minutes.
 
Collighan was played through on the right edge of the area and just beat the advancing keeper to chip home a delightful finish from a tight angle.
 
The scorer then turner provider, playing in Khassal to lob in another super finish from 25 yards and seal Chichester's progress into Round Four.
 
Luton had played very well, matching Chichester's dangerous attack with solid defence and often carrying a threat in attack, but were ultimately undone by two fine instinctive finishes after a good contest.
 
Chichester City:
 
Sadie Wilson-Blakely, Lauren Cheshire, Laura Ingram, Emma Alexandre, Tiffany Taylor, Jenna Fowlie, Cherelle Khassal, Alex Collighan, Chloe Tucker, Rebecca Barron, Jade Widdows. Subs: Poppy Shine, Ellie Bloomfield, Sophie Phelps, Chloe Dowdell, Alice Walford.
 
Luton Town:
 
Kezia Hassajj, Rachel Kosky, Zara Carroll, Lucy Webster, Erica Byron, Nicola Henman, Stephanie Gale, Jess McKay, Dionne Manning, Lisa Nixon, Kim Farrow. Subs: Joanne Rutherford, Rachel Carter, Jodie Southby, Funmi Babalola.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Cherelle Khassal plays the ball past Rachel Kosky
(middle) Chloe Tucker and Nicola Henman in a 50-50 challenge
(bottom) Jade Widdows makes a challenge on Erica Byron

 
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Oughtibridge cut down Blades   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 12 Jan 2018
 
 
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There were two upsets in the delayed Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup third round ties on Sunday.
 
East Midlands League Premier Division side Oughtibridge (pictured) maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a 2-1 home win over Sheffield United. Oughtibridge's goals came from the regular sources of Codi Melia and Lauren Turner. Nat Shaw netted for United.
 
The aforementioned pair played at the same level of the pyramid last season and given Oughtibridge's fine form this season, the outcome was not as big a shock as the tie at Harworth Colliery where the hosts, who play in Sheffield & Hallamshire County League Division One, ran out 4-1 winners over Steel City Wanderers. Lucy Farrow (2), Rachel Mullen and Jasmine Saxton were on target for Harworth. Cheryl Mawhood scored for Steels for whom Lucy Smith's 400th appearance did not have the outcome one might have anticipated.
 
Barnsley reserves, for whom Monique Barnes and Lauryn Wilcock scored, were edged out 3-2 at Wakefield, while Rovers Foundation proved far too strong for Sheffield Wednesday Development 18-2 in the two other ties completed.
 

 
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Chichester appoint Business Manager   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 12 Jan 2018
 
Chichester City Ladies FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Crozier as the new Business Manager.
 
Crozier joins the club amidst the changes within the women's game following the FA's announcement in 2017 of the restructured women's football pyramid.
 
The former Portsmouth FC Ladies Medical Lead brings a plethora of experience including many years service in the British Armed Forces and working within football and motorsport with roles that include; Logistics Coordinator, Events Manager and PR Manager.
 
In his new role, Crozier has plans to build on the stable foundations already at the club and create a clear development strategy that aligns with the ambitions and visions of Chichester City to reach the top levels of women's football. Work has already begun to implement the ideas and plans that Crozier has put forward.
 
On the appointment of Crozier, club Chairwoman Caroline Henry-Evans said: "We are very pleased that Alan has decided to join our club.
 
"He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will only help drive us forward from behind the scenes.
 
"We felt we needed to appoint a business manager as our club is growing so fast that we need to be ready for the next level.
 
"After meeting with Alan and his proposals for moving us forward it was an easy decision to bring him on board and welcome him to the Green Army family.
 
"He has already met the players and will be meeting the rest of our committee next week where we will be able to show his plans for the future.
 
"We have great faith in his ideas and feel he will provide us with the stable background we need to progress."
 
Everyone at Chichester City Ladies & Girls FC would like to extend a warm welcome to Alan Crozier to the Green Army family.
 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier Eastern News - 12 Jan 2018
 
East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development beat Mansfield Town 5-0 to go three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Mariah McIntosh was on target twice along with Alana Cunningham, Natalie Hurst and Mai Muncaster. Eastwood Ladies meanwhile moved up to fifth after a Katie Robinson double and Paige Singleton gave them a 3-1 victory over Arnold Town. Ollerton Town meanwhile defeated Loughborough Students 2-1 thanks to Megan Howard and Sophie Davies.
 
Hykeham Town preserved their three point advantage in Division One North with a 7-4 win against Grimsby Borough. Amy Blinkhorn led the scoring with a hat-trick and there were braces from Millie Seaton and Kirsty Dalsell. Second placed Woodlands Ladies were 8-2 victors away to Clifton, Jody Scott was on target five times along with Katie Mayfield, Chloe Scott and Katherine Woodward. Dawn Harmer, Alice Hayes and Tara Capon scored the goals as Lincoln Moorlands Railway won 3-1 at Market Warsop to go third and a solitary strike from Rebecca Turgoose earned Draycott Victoria a 1-0 success over Sleaford Town.
 
One match went ahead in Division One South, Peterborough Utd making up ground on the top two by beating Thrapston Town 7-1. Amy Challis bagged a hat-trick along with further goals from Keir Perkins, Jessica Driscoll, Jeorgia Carr and Kathryn Lusk.
 
Eastern Region League
Angela Arnold netted twice along with Georgia Holdaway and Nicole Manning, as Brentwood Town edged out AFC Sudbury by the odd goal in seven in the Premier Division. Royston Town meanwhile claimed their second league win of the season, 2-0 against Bedford Ladies thanks to Samantha Edgar and Sammy Tinsley.
 
Silver End Utd are still four points adrift at the foot of Division One North following their 2-1 defeat away to Cambridge Utd Res. Lucy Gateson and Beth Morrell netted the goals for the U's, with Rebecca Donnelly replying.
 
Stevenage Ladies Res picked up where they left off in Division One South, making it ten wins out of ten and still yet to concede a goal following their 6-0 success away to Hertford Town. Sherrie Evans, Amy Josland, Daniela Martucci, Stacey McConville, Naomi Sleator and Jenny Hepton were all on the scoresheet for the leaders. Harlow Town meanwhile defeated Hutton 3-0 with goals from Lily Bruno, Frances Gamble and Rosi Webb.
 
Billericay Town marched to a ten-goal victory away to Ipswich Town Development in the League Cup Third Round. Paris Smith was on target five times, Georgia Box and Lindsey Morgan each contributed a brace and an own goal completed the tally. Wymondham Town meanwhile defeated Writtle 4-2, courtesy of goals from Laura Nicholls (2), Hannah Waters and Nadine Basson.
 
Histon went through to the Second Round of the League Plate after they defeated Ipswich Wanderers 4-0, Sophie Lanham netting twice along with Abigail Davies and Katie Segrave.
 
London & South East League
The top two were not in action on Sunday and London Kent Football Utd are leading the teams chasing after them, following their 3-1 victory over Fulham FC Foundation in which Danielle Harrison, Verity Snow and Elizabeth Adams all scored. Laura Curtis and Breeze Carmichael each netted four times and Tori Adlam was also on target as Carshalton Athletic won 9-4 against Ayles ford and Parkwood Rangers netted nine times without reply past Watford Development. Corrie Goodhew, Sophie Hayes and Emily Vaughan all scored twice for Parkwood and the tally was completed by Jamie Hawkey, Jade Whiteman and Katie Jeffries.
 
North East League
Durham Cestria are continuing to step up the pace at the top of the Premier Division and have increased their lead to nine points following their 4-1 victory over Hartlepool Utd. Jenny Bitzer (2), Daisy Drake and Sophie Hodgson scored the goals for Durham, with Caitlin Bates replying.
 
In the Southern Division, Harrogate Town increased their lead at the top to five points by recording a thirteen goal victory against Malet Lambert YC. Grace Adams, Sophie Tinson and Rachael White each hit hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Lucy Faraday, Caroline Hulme, Lindsey Whitton and Emma Varley.
 
North West League
Stockport County are still four points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Blackburn Community 6-1. Tranmere Rovers continue to head the chasing teams with a 3-2 success away to Manchester Stingers. At the other end of the table, Accrington Girls & Ladies climbed off the bottom after they won 3-2 against fourth placed Wigan Athletic.
 
In Division One North, Penrith AFC scored six times without reply against Morecambe Res to maintain their lead of six points over second placed Cammell Laird, who ran out 8-0 winners over Carlisle Utd. Third placed Bury FC Women lost ground on the top two when they went down to a surprise 5-4 defeat at the hands of Burscough Dynamo, who recorded their first win of the season. Bolton Wanderers Res are in the top half of the table following their 3-2 success against Preston North End.
 
Curzon Ashton lie seven points behind Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester after battling out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. West Didsbury & Chorlton can still launch a challenge if they win their games in hand and they kept themselves in touch by beating Northwich Vixens 4-3.
 
South West League
Wootton Bassett Town are back on top of the Eastern Division following their 2-1 success away to Swindon Spitfires. Amber Egerton and Beth Westlake were on target for Bassett, with Katie Wadey replying. Swindon Town Development meanwhile entered the top three with a 4-1 victory over Cheltenham Civil Service, courtesy of goals from Kathryn Bach (2), Meghan Larkin and Georgia Botfield. Ellison Roberts led the scoring with a hat-trick as Team Mendip ran out 5-0 winners at St Nicholas Res, Sarah Adams and Natasha Hale adding the other goals.
 
There was also a change of leadership in the Western Division where Callington Town took over at the top on goal difference with a 2-1 win at Bude Town, Eleri Griffiths scoring both goals. Bideford meanwhile defeated Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 2-1, Beth Ellis and Natalie Matthews netting their goals with Samantha Burnham replying.
 
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd notched up their eighth straight victory and extended their Premier Division lead to five points when they won 7-1 away to Ascot Utd. Gemma Fraser netted twice along with Kate Bowers, Dawne Campbell, Emma Delves, Sarah Hazell and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez. New Milton Town replaced Newbury Ladies in second place after beating them 3-0 with goals from Tiffany Skinner, Rachel Anderson and Olivia Watts.
 
Rachel Allwright and Katherine Cresswell each netted twice as Division One North leaders Barton Rovers won 4-3 away to Oxford City Nomads to stretch their lead to four points. Woodley Utd are up into second place after Rebecca Lowes and Rosie Page-Smith gave them a 2-0 success at Wokingham & Emmbrook.
 
One match was played in Division One South, Alton Ladies defeating Winchester City Flyers Res 6-3. Nicola Moore was on target four times along with Sharna Capel-Watson and Katrina Gregory-Barns, while Katie Johns hit a hat-trick for Winchester but ended up on the losing side.
 
In the Jubilee Cup, Terri Harvey and Chloe Tape were on the scoresheet as AFC Bournemouth won 2-1 away to Wycombe Wanderers, whose reply came from Tara Woodward.
 
West Midlands League
The resignation of Shrewsbury Juniors has meant a re-calculated Division One North table and just a single point covers the top four places. These are topped by Wyrley Ladies, who have ascended to the summit after running out 11-2 winners over Bilbrook. Leek Town are one of three teams who are a single point off the pace, and still sporting a 100% record, following their 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury Town.
 
In Division One South, Kidderminster Harriers moved up into third place after scoring nine times without reply past Coventry Development. Stourbridge and Rugby Town meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw.
 

 

 
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Reserve Section Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 12 Jan 2018
 
Guiseley Vixens continued their climb up the Northern Division table and have moved into fourth place following their 7-1 win away to Bolton Wanderers. Demi Wisher and Nikki Berko netted two goals apiece and there was one apiece from Charlotte Blythe, Lucy Ogden and Maria Ledezma-Viso, with Bolton's reply coming from Shellby Wolstencroft.
 
Leicester City have gone five points clear at the top of the Midland Division, Shauna Cossens hitting a hat-trick as they ran out 7-1 winners over Nottingham Forest. Gracie-Mai Williams weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Gabriella Foulkes and Shannon Henson, with Bella Reed responding. Second placed Coventry Utd lost ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Derby County for whom Anita Gaspar (2) and Danielle Oxley scored. Third placed Loughborough Foxes netted ten times without reply past Burton Albion, Rebecca Knight bagging a four-goal haul along with Shauna Chambers (2), Lucy Coppin, Holly Gibson, Nicola Russell and Paige Gunn.
 
In the Southern Division, Charlton Athletic moved back into second place and narrowed the gap on leaders Portsmouth to five points after winning 6-0 against Denham Utd. Emma Sherwood and Beth Weller each netted doubles for the Addicks, with one apiece from Ella Bailey and Amy Nash. Charlton are above Crystal Palace on goal difference after they shared a 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons, Karisha Iton scoring for Palace and MK replying through Zara Dodd.
 

 
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Hull are new leaders   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 North News - 12 Jan 2018
 
Northern Division One
Hull City took the opportunity to return to the top of the table as they won 5-0 away to Barnsley. Rachael Ackroyd was on target twice for Hull along with Eden Pedersen, Hope Knight and Jo Symington.
 
Morecambe meanwhile consolidated themselves in fourth place with a 6-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers. The home side had been beaten in each of their previous three matches but returned to form in style, Charlotte Higginson bagging a brace with one apiece from Beth Fisher, Emily Hutton, Hannah Paling and Yasmine Swarbrick, while Emma Pilling and Ruby Howard replied for Bolton.
 
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes are back on top following their 2-0 success against third placed Burton Albion. Second half goals from Chloe Young and Laura Dexter earned the Foxes a result which takes them back above TNS Ladies, who were on SSE Women's FA Cup duty.
 
Radcliffe Olympic lifted themselves up into fifth place after a strike midway through the second half from Catherine Jackson gave them a 1-0 victory over Long Eaton Utd.
 
The two teams at the foot of the table came face to face and the honours were shared as Rotherham Utd and Leicester City Ladies finished level at 1-1. Sarah Saxon was on target for Rotherham, whilst a goal from Ellise Newby handed Leicester their first point of the season.
 
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon maintained their lead of five points at the top with a 2-0 victory over Cambridge Utd. Katie Stanley gave Wimbledon the lead with two minutes on the clock and Jenny Banfield wrapped up the points with the second goal, five minutes from time.
 
Leyton Orient made sure of keeping up the chase in second place by beating Denham Utd 2-1. All of the goals came during the first half with Sophie Le Marchand and Rebecca Hirst on target for the O's and Denham replying through Sophie Cheadle.
 
The mid-table clash between Enfield Town and Actonians Ladies culminated in a 1-1 draw. Actonians led at the interval thanks to Catherine Murphy but a second half own goal ensured that Enfield picked up a point.
 
South West Division One
Southampton Women have taken over the leadership for the first time after winning their local derby 1-0 against Southampton Saints. Emma Pinner scored the only goal of the game as her side made it nine wins from nine games and opened up a lead of three points.
 
St Nicholas notched up their second win in a row when beating Basingstoke Town 2-1. Rhian Robbins gave them a first half lead, with Michelle Kimber equalising shortly afterwards, but late St Nicholas pressure brought its reward when Adele Hooper scored the winning goal deep into injury time.
 

 

 
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