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AFC Wimbledon keep up perfect start  
 Women's Football News 28 Sep 2016
Northern Division One
Hull City leapt into the top three on the back of a 5-1 victory away to Mossley Hill. Emma Bentley and Katie Thompson each netted twice for the Tigresses along with Jo Symington.
Nikki Berko had a great day for Blackpool Wren Rovers as she bagged a hat-trick in their 4-2 win against Chester-le-Street Town. Robyn Hodkin joined her on the scoresheet with the other goal. 
Midlands Division One
Wolverhampton Wanderers got back to winning ways and their 5-0 success over Leicester City Ladies means they move into second place, six points behind leaders Loughborough Foxes. Jade Cross netted the only goal of the first half and Vicky Brackenbury added a second on the hour. Jade Cross then made it three by completing her double, before Andrea Whetton and Amber Quick rounded off the scoring.
Rotherham Utd came away from Loughborough Students with a 4-3 victory, the home side coming close to earning their first point of the season. Hollie Barker and Bianca Ross were both on target for Rotherham before Nat Shaw added a second half double. 
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon have a lead of three points at the top of the table but only after a narrow 4-3 success away to Lowestoft Town. Becky Sargent was on target twice for the Dons along with Sami Bock and Sian Wylie, while Lowestoft replied through a Gemma Moore brace and Hannah Waters.
Heather McDonnell bagged a brace with Charly Clarke and Sophie Watson the other markswomen for Milton Keynes Dons as they defeated Actonians Ladies 4-1, Katrina Marshalleck responding. The result lifts the Dons into the top half of the table. 
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle defeated St Nicholas 4-1 to move themselves to within one point of leaders Chichester City, who did not play. Natasha Knapman scored a first half hat-trick and Ezme Wells added the other goal, with Rianne Lewis replying for St Nicholas whose goalkeeper Abigail Evans had an excellent match.
Keynsham Town are in fifth place after running riot against Exeter City, scoring thirteen times without reply. Cristina Vega Leandro bagged a six-goal haul and Justine Lorton-Radburn contributed a further five, Katarzyna Rusek and Geovana Alves completing the tally with the other goals.
Larkhall Athletic meanwhile made it three wins from four games when beating Cheltenham Town 3-1. Emily Harrington, Kate German and Toni Blenkinsopp all scored for the Larks while Cheltenham's consolation came from Ella Hitchcox.


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Glasgow City keep up the pace  
 Women's Football News 27 Sep 2016
SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City continued their winning ways with a 1-0 victory away to Spartans. 
The only goal of the game came from a first half strike from the edge of the box from Haley Rosen as City banished any memories of their only defeat of the season to the Edinburgh side earlier in the campaign.
Hibernian remain five points behind in second place after they defeated Stirling University 5-0. The match was played at Easter Road in preparation for Hibs' forthcoming UEFA Women's Champions League against Bayern Munich and they led by two goals at half time thanks to Lucy Graham and Kirsty Smith. After the break, Rachel McLauchlan put Hibs into a strong position before Lisa Robertson and Sarah Ewens added further goals.
Celtic look to be set for a third place finish following their 3-1 Old Firm derby win against Rangers. It was Rangers who took the lead just before the interval through Katey Turner but in the second half, Kelly Clark levelled the scores and Celtic went on to take the points thanks to a brace of goals from Suzanne Mulvey.
Aberdeen took a huge stride towards survival when they won 1-0 against Forfar Farmington, who are now ten points adrift with only four games to play. Hannah Stewart scored the only goal of the game to almost make sure that the Dons will be playing top flight football next season.
Glasgow Girls maintained their lead of three points at the top of SWPL 2 after running out 4-1 winners over Buchan Ladies. Samantha McManus was on target twice along with Lisa Evans and Lauren Coleman, while Danica Ritchie netted Buchan's consolation.
Hamilton Academical stay second on goal difference following their 4-0 success away to Queen's Park. Lori Gardner, with a brace, Laura Gallen and MT McGuiness were the Accies' markswomen.
Hearts also made sure they remain well in the promotion race, thanks to a 1-0 victory at Jeanfield Swifts. The only goal of the game came via a Rachel Walkingshaw penalty, meaning that Hearts are still three points off the pace.
Hutchison Vale are looking likely to finish in fourth place after they scored five times without reply against Inverness City, who remain entrenched in the bottom two. The first half was goalless but after the break, Beth McLeod and Anna Hume each netted twice along with Michelle Russell to see Hutchie home.


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Gills power into Round Two  
 Women's Football News 27 Sep 2016
Gillingham 8 Norwich City 2
Gillingham gave an outstanding display of attacking power to claim a place in the second round of the FAWPL Cup with an 8-2 win over Norwich City at Corinthian FC. 
Four goals in each half reflected the dominance of the hosts over the Canaries, who had defeated higher league opposition in the Determining Round of the competition but were unable to cope with the variety of attacking options which Gills possessed. Seven different names on the scoresheet for the hosts gives an idea of just how fluent the Gills' attack was.
Norwich keeper Fiona Coombes had already made two good saves from Fliss Gibbons before Amy Taylor beat the offside flag to slot in the opener on 17 minutes. Emma Tune scored a top corner beauty from distance before April Bowers added the third, set up by Keogh's cross and Amy Taylor's pass. Coombes made another fine block at her near post to deny Taylor and the visitors reduced the arrears on 42 minutes when Kyla Love played in Chelsea Garrett for a neat first finish on the run.
Any hopes of a Canary come back were short lived as Gibbons cleverly played in Emily Symond for a good curling finish right on the break. Playing down the slope, the Gills camped in the Norwich half for the opening fifteen minutes of the second half but could not convert their chances. Norwich then created chances of their own just after the hour. Brooke Osborne had a shot from distance tipped onto the bar by Courtney Shanly and the Gills keeper then distinguished herself with two saves from Garrett close range efforts.
Within a minute, at the other end, Gibbons was foiled by an excellent save from Coombes, keeping out a low shot at the expense of a corner. The reprieve was short lived as Gibbons' delivery was nodded home by Keogh on the far post. The roles were reversed a few minutes later as Gibbons glanced home a Keogh corner for the sixth on 70 minutes.
Young substitute keeper Ellie Bird replaced Coombes and was soon in action. Tune won a free kick with superb battling against three opponents and sent a delivery towards the far corner. Bird did well to tip the ball away and was unfortunate to see the ball turned home by Gills sub Bethany Nugent in the scramble on 83 minutes.
The defiant Canaries struck another fine consolation from Garrett off the underside of the bar within a minute but possibly the best goal of the ten was Keogh's second effort on 90 minutes, a 30-yard effort in the top right corner of Bird's goal, a fitting end to a fine display.
Gillingham had attacking threats throughout the match but equally impressive was the hard work put into winning the ball back when attacks broke down. Norwich had good spells when they matched their opponents and some good individual performances but were forced into deep defence for much of the contest by fluent and impressive teamwork from the hosts. 
Gillingham: Courtney Shanly, Vanisha Patel, Emma Tune, Charlotte Thurston, Rachel Ahern, Fliss Gibbons, Jade Keogh, Amy Taylor, Emily Symond, Grace Seeley, April Bowers. Subs: Harriett Chapman, Katie Hardaker, Bethany Nugent, Lydia Wills, Ellie Manning.

Norwich City: Fiona Coombes, Brooke Osborne, Erin Wilson, Ebony Wiseman, Kate Parsons, Bryony Radley, Ellen Swift, Natasha Snelling, Chelsea Garrett, Jodie Drake, Kyla Love. Subs: Emma Faux, Ellie Bird.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Chelsea Garrett scores for Norwich City past Rachel Ahern
(middle) April Bowers challenges Ebony Wiseman
(bottom) Emma Tune takes on Kyla Love


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FAWPL League Cup draws  
 Women's Football News 27 Sep 2016
Tottenham Hotspur will continue their defence of the Premier League Cup with a home tie against last season's Plate runners-up Enfield Town. 
Beaten finalists last time around, Cardiff City Ladies, are at home to Larkhall Athletic whilst Northern Division leaders Fylde Ladies travel to play reigning Champions West Bromwich Albion.
The full draws for both competitions are as follows: 
to be played on Sunday 23rd October
Chester-le-Street Town v Blackpool Wren Rovers
West Bromwich Albion v Fylde Ladies
Hull City v Middlesbrough
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighouse Town
Stoke City v Derby County
Newcastle Utd v Blackburn Rovers
Leeds Ladies v Liverpool Marshalls Feds
Gillingham v Milton Keynes Dons
Tottenham Hotspur v Enfield Town
Coventry Utd v Denham Utd
Basingstoke Town v Chichester City
Cardiff City Ladies v Larkhall Athletic
Portsmouth v Cambridge Utd
Charlton Athletic v C & K Basildon
AFC Wimbledon v Crystal Palace
Loughborough Foxes v TNS Ladies 
to be played on Sunday 16th October
Mossley Hill v Loughborough Students
Guiseley Vixens v Huddersfield Town
Crewe Alexandra v Bradford City
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies v Radcliffe Olympic
Solihull Ladies v Tranmere Rovers
Leicester City Women v Rotherham Utd
Southampton Saints v Keynsham Town
St Nicholas v Shanklin
Actonians Ladies v Ipswich Town
Plymouth Argyle v Luton Town
Cheltenham Town v West Ham Utd
Lowestoft Town v Queen's Park Rangers
Lewes v Maidenhead Utd
Exeter City v Stevenage Ladies
Morecambe v Chorley
Leicester City Ladies v Steel City Wanderers


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Abergavenny go further ahead   
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Abergavenny Town have extended their lead at the top of the Welsh Premier Women's League to five points after beating Rhyl Ladies 5-1, notching up their fourth straight win in the process. 
Lyndsey Davies, Alana Murphy and Ceri Hudson put Abergavenny three goals ahead inside the opening twenty minutes with Rhyl pulling one back on the stroke of half time through Paige Williams. Kate Jeremiah then scored a brace to seal three more points for her side and continue their fast start.
The clash of the day between last season's top two ended with the honours being shared as Cardiff Met Ladies and Swansea City battled out a 2-2 draw. The first half was goalless but early in the second half, Erin Murray gave Met the lead. Jodie Passmore levelled the scores from the penalty spot ten minutes later but the reigning Champions were to go ahead again through a strike from Jassie Vasconcelos. Swansea were to hit back once again though and Sophie Hancocks scored seven minutes from time to earn her side a point. The result means that the Swans stay in second whilst Met are three points behind them, with two games in hand.
Cardiff City FC bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to run out 3-0 winners away to Port Talbot Town and they are now in third place. Shannon Evans gave the Bluebirds the lead on the half hour and after the break, Danielle Broadhurst put them two ahead and Evans wrapped up the win late on with her second goal.
Briton Ferry Llansawel claimed their first ever point in the league when holding Aberystwyth Town to a 1-1 draw. Briton Ferry went in front midway through the second half when Ela Roberts scored and they stayed ahead until six minutes from the end, when Natalie Rees struck to earn Aber a point.


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Fylde assume leadership  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
With Blackburn Rovers on League Cup duty, Fylde Ladies took the chance to beat Newcastle Utd 5-1 and assume the leadership of the Northern Division. 
Danielle Young was on target twice along with Natasha Flint, Eve Kennerley and Mollie Green while Jessica Round netted a consolation for the home side.
Bradford City also won 5-1 against Stoke City, a result which takes them above their opponents in the table. Charlotte Stuart and Lucy Sowerby each scored twice with Jessica Graham adding the other.
West Bromwich Albion meanwhile won for the first time, a notable 2-0 success away to previously unbeaten Derby County thanks to goals from Paige Stewart and Hazzana Parnell.


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Impressive win takes Coventry second  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Coventry Utd are up into second place in the FAWPL Southern Division following an impressive 5-1 victory away to Charlton Athletic, who went down to their first defeat of the season. 
Maz Gauntlett led the scoring for Coventry with a hat-trick and Alison Hall added the other two, with the Addicks' consolation coming from Kit Graham.
Cardiff City Ladies lifted themselves into the top half by beating C & K Basildon 2-1. First half goals from Chloe Chivers and Kerry Bartlett earned the South Wales side the points, while C & K replied through Zoe Rushen.


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Forest hopes cut down by Blackburn  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Blackburn Rovers defeated former winners Nottingham Forest 3-1 to book their place in the Second Round of the Premier League Cup. 
Saffron Jordan netted twice for Rovers along with Lynda Shepherd, Katie Lowder replying.
Long Eaton Utd and Liverpool Marshalls Feds battled out a 1-1 draw after extra time, the match being decided on a penalty shoot which the Feds won 4-3. Precious Hamilton was on target for Long Eaton, while the Feds responded through Roisin Havelin.
There was also a dramatic finish at Denham Utd where the home side won 3-2 against Brislington. Denham took an early two-goal lead which was cancelled out by a brace from Polly Wardle, before Aimee Durn settled matters in Denham's favour with a last minute winner.
Gillingham swept into the next round by running out 8-2 winners over Norwich City. Jade Keogh netted a brace along with Amy Taylor, Emma Tune, April Bowers, Emily Symonds, Fliss Gibbons and Beth Nugent (see match report).
The Premier League Plate First Round tie between West Ham Utd and Swindon Town went all the way to penalties after the sides battled out a 2-2 draw. Charlotte Gurr and Chloe Burr scored for the Hammers, Georgia Walters netting twice in reply, but it was goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan who turned out to be West Ham's heroine as she saved three spot kicks, leaving Sasha Kelly to slot home the winner.
Emily Heckler hit a hat-trick, with Kate Mallin (2) and Isabel Thomas adding the others, as Huddersfield Town ran out 6-2 winners away to Sporting Khalsa in the other tie.


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Manchester City seal league title  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Manchester City 2 (Scott 34, Duggan pen 50) Chelsea 0
A 2-0 win over Chelsea clinched a first FA Women's Super League title for Manchester City, in front of a record crowd of 4,096 at the Academy Stadium. 
Goals from Jill Scott and Toni Duggan either side of half time secured the victory over the reigning champions, extending Nick Cushing's side's unbeaten league run to fifteen matches.
Another performance of defensive solidarity and attacking prowess won the day for the hosts, who worked hard to gain a comfortable lead and then toyed with their rivals in the second half, asserting their worth as champions. With quality, flair, hard work, determination and grit in abundance, City have added new strings to their bow this season - and they were all on display within the 90 minutes here.
Looking to do the double over Emma Hayes' side, manager Cushing opted to name an unchanged team from the one that clinched victory at Arsenal a fortnight ago. With Chelsea arguably needing a win more than City, the visitors started brightly, looking to attack from the off without creating any real attempts.
The first chance of the game arrived on ten minutes at the other end, as Duggan cut inside and crossed for the league's top scorer Jane Ross, whose header lacked the pace to trouble Rebecca Spencer.
Karen Bardsley was then called into action as Katie Chapman drilled goalward but it was comfortable for the England shot stopper. Karen Carney then fired over.
With so much at stake, the passion and desire to acquire the upper hand became evident quickly, with crunching tackles and high pressing ensuring the opening half an hour was a stop-start affair.
The breakthrough arrived on 34 minutes, sparking jubilant scenes both on the pitch and in the stands. The Blues had threatened with a series of corners and the third bore fruit, as Scott rose to head into the bottom corner.
After the break, City gained control. Nikita Parris almost doubled the lead, bearing down on goal only to poke just wide before the Blues netted their second from the spot.
When Ross played Lucy Bronze through, the right back proved too quick for Gilly Flaherty, who slid in and felled the City star. Referee Sarah Garratt pointed to the spot and Duggan stepped up to slot away the penalty to hand Cushing's side a comfortable advantage.
Parris then curled into the side netting as City refused to settle for a two-goal lead and Scott was unfortunate to see her first time effort bend over the bar. Scott then fired off-target once again, as did the tenacious Izzy Christiansen, whilst Bardsley remained unbeatable at the other end, maintaining her side's impressive record of having conceded just three times all season.
Substitute Kosovare Asllani had the chance to make it 3-0 with six minutes of normal time remaining, only to clip wide, and Christiansen almost caught Spencer out with an attempt to the near post.
That proved to be the last goalmouth action of the game and the celebrations began in earnest as players, fans and staff enjoyed a special afternoon for the club and the reward for an exceptional season. 
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Jennifer Beattie, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh (sub Daphne Corboz 90mins), Jill Scott, Izzy Christiansen, Nikita Parris (sub Kosovare Asllani 72mins), Jane Ross, Toni Duggan (sub Tessel Middag 84mins). Sub not used: Marie Hourihan.

Chelsea: Rebecca Spencer, Hannah Blundell (sub Ana Marques Borges 57mins), Niamh Fahey, Gilly Flaherty, Millie Bright, Jade Bailey, Katie Chapman, Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun (sub Drew Spence 80mins), Eni Aluko (sub Beth England 70mins), Gemma Davison. Subs not used: Hedvig Lindahl, Fran Kirby, Claire Rafferty.

Attendance: 4,096

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Yeovil edge vital clash  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Yeovil Town 1 (Aldridge 22) Everton 0
Yeovil Town have made a swift return to the top of WSL 2 after narrowly getting the better of Everton in their promotion clash at Huish Park. 
The game was a tense one and often scrappy but was settled by a superb strike from Kelly Aldridge - her first for the club - midway through the first half.
With just two points separating the teams in second and third going into the match, both teams started off cautiously but Everton did create a great chance as early as the fifth minute. Chloe Kelly found space on the edge of the area and slid a good pass into the path of Rosella Ayane but Charlotte Haynes was smartly off her line to make an important block and Helen Bleazard was able to clear the loose ball.
Michelle Hinnigan brought out a save from Haynes from a free kick but these were rare opportunities in the opening period at either end. Yeovil had had plenty of possession without really troubling the visiting defence until taking the lead in spectacular fashion.
Aldridge received the ball from Ellie Curson on the right and cut in before unleashing a powerful shot from the edge of the area. Kirstie Levell got a hand to the ball but the shot was too strong and she could only divert it into the roof of the net.
Yeovil were almost two up on the half hour when Ann Marie Heatherson's pass played in Kayleigh Green but this time Levell came to the rescue with a save, the ball then cannoning off an Everton defender and bouncing inches past the post.
Everton responded with a long range strike from Kelly which dipped just over and, after being found by Hinnigan's pass, Emily Hollinshead fired an angled shot narrowly over as Yeovil took their advantage into the break.
Yeovil produced the first effort of the second half when Lucy Quinn's corner was headed just over the bar by Hannah Short but this was a rare opportunity in a half which was dominated by the two defences.
Everton began to dominate territory and possession with Yeovil content to drop deeper and sit on their lead. As a result, the visitors found it harder to pierce the home side's back four although Kelly almost found a way through before being halted by a fine challenge from Short.
A Hinnigan corner was met at the far post by Ellie Stewart whose effort was headed away from in front of goal by Green. A rare, clear chance was to come for the visitors minutes later when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area but Hinnigan lifted her shot well over.
Yeovil were relying on counter attacks and one break saw Quinn run through on goal before she was denied on the edge of the area by a superbly timed tackle from the excellent Gabby George.
Quinn also drilled a shot over from distance but it was Yeovil's defence, in which Short and Danielle Carlton were outstanding in the centre, which was mainly in action as they successfully repelled a number of Everton attacks as the game wore on.
Hard as they tried, Everton could not fashion a clear cut chance and Yeovil ran down the clock to clinch three precious points, to return themselves to the top of the table.
The weekend results mean that it is advantage Yeovil and Bristol City for the moment although Everton and Durham Women, who meet in two weeks' time, are far from out of the running as yet. 
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Helen Bleazard, Kelly Snook (sub Ellis Hillman 64mins), Ellie Curson, Nicola Cousins, Kayleigh Green (sub Nadia Lawrence 68mins), Kelly Aldridge, Danielle Carlton, Ann Marie Heatherson (sub Emily Donovan 77mins), Hannah Short, Lucy Quinn. Subs not used: Lauren Townsend, Steph Williams, Leah Burridge, Kirsten Rendall.

Everton: Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones (sub Krystle Johnston 80mins), Danielle Turner, Megan Finnigan, Gabby George, Georgia Brougham (sub Ellie Stewart 45mins), Rosella Ayane, Michelle Hinnigan, Chloe Kelly, Emily Hollingshead (sub Jenna Dear 55mins), Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Millie Turner, Lauren Davies.

Attendance: 617


(top) Emily Hollingshead takes on Kelly Snook
(middle) Gabby George slides in to tackle Kayleigh Green
(bottom) Lucy Quinn is challenged by Ellie Stewart


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Blues keep top three hopes alive  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Birmingham City 2 (Schroder 50, Harrop 70) Liverpool 1 (Zelem pen 63)
Birmingham City moved back above Liverpool into fourth place and will head off to next week's Continental Tyres Cup Final on a winning note. 
The game burst into life with three goals inside twenty hectic second half minutes as Corina Schroder shone on her first Blues appearance by slotting her side into a 50th minute lead against her former club from twelve yards out after sustained pressure on the Liverpool goal.
However a rash challenge by Chloe Peplow on Rosie White just inside the Blues area gave Katie Zelem the chance to level the scores with her sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot.
The visitors kept on pushing as Laura Coombs saw her corner turned onto the Birmingham bar by goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley in the first half whilst Kirsty Linnett headed wide from point blank range at the other end.
It was Birmingham who were to take the points though when Kerys Harrop scored with a glancing header from Jess Carter's long throw into the area. 
Birmingham City: Sophie Baggaley, Abbey Leigh Stringer, Jess Carter, Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop, Melissa Lawley, Chloe Peplow (sub Alex Windell 72mins), Coral Haines, Corina Schroder (sub Meaghan Sargeant 68mins), Kirsty Linnett, Freda Ayisi (sub Charlie Wellings 82mins). Subs not used: Isobelle Linden, Sian Johnson.

Liverpool: Siobhan Chamberlain, Satara Murray, Gemma Bonner, Katie Zelem, Sophie Ingle, Martha Harris, Laura Coombs, Rosie White (sub Kate Longhurst 71mins), Caroline Weir, Shanice Van De Sanden, Emma Lundh (sub Natasha Harding 58mins). Subs not used: Ashley Hodson, Jess Carberry.

Attendance: 1,306

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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First half goals earn Millwall points  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Millwall Lionesses 2 (Gaylor 22, Giddings 28) Watford 1 (Mason 47)
Millwall Lionesses are out of the bottom two after they picked up their third win of the season and completed the 'double' over Watford. 
The Lionesses had the better of the early chances, Rinsola Babajide clattering a 25-yard shot off the bar before Lucy Gillett stopped Georgie Giddings' half volley at full stretch.
However Millwall scored from the resulting corner on 22 minutes after Giddings' smart dummy allowed Amber Gaylor to rifle a shot into the top corner.
The lead doubled on 28 minutes when Gillett could only palm a corner into Giddings' path, who smashed home from two yards.
Watford fought back two minutes after the restart and reduced the arrears, Ellie Mason's stunning volley leaving Sarah Quantrill stranded.
Babajide hit the woodwork again on 64 minutes, spotting Gillett off her line and hitting the post from 30 yards out. Substitute Lucy Loomes was denied by good defending from Anneka Nuttall late on as the home side closed out the game to defeat the Hornets for the second time this season.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Leanne Cowan, Leighanne Robe, Jordon Butler, Georgie Giddings (sub Billie Brooks 68mins), Bonnie Horwood, Leigh Nicol, Amber Gaylor, Megan Wynne, Rinsola Babajide, Ashlee Hincks (sub Lucy Loomes 71mins). Subs not used: Emily Heaslip, Sindi Kato.

Watford: Lucy Gillett, Nicole Pepper, Lauren Jordinson, Anneka Nuttall, Amber Tullett, Ellie Mason, Stacie Donnelly (sub Otesha Charles 45mins), Adekite Fatuga-Dada, Pheobe Read, Charlotte Kerr, Anne-Laure Davy (sub Katie Stanley 67mins). Subs not used: Mollie Burgess, Weronika Baranowska.

Attendance: 250

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Villa back to winning ways  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Oxford Utd 0 Aston Villa 1 (Welsh 19)
Aston Villa moved themselves back up the table as a first half goal from Kerri Welsh earned them the three points at Abingdon. 
Ella Franklin-Fraiture had a golden opportunity to claim the lead for Oxford when Lauren Allison's shot was parried into her path by Grace Moloney, but the midfielder skied the ball over the bar.
Welsh scored the only goal of the game to condemn an unfortunate United to their third straight defeat, prodding home from close range after Tash Baptiste headed across goal from a long ball from the right.
Shortly after the restart, the dangerous Ini Umotong broke free on the counter attack from a pass through the middle, but Moloney dived bravely at the striker's feet to smother the ball.
Allison came within inches of equalising five minutes from time when an astonishing run on the left took her all the way to the six yard area, but her shot came agonisingly off the post and back into Moloney's grateful arms. 
Oxford Utd: Demi Lambourne, Rosie Lane (sub Sophie Baker 45mins), Charlie Deeley, Jess Frampton, Katja Hakala, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Kat Nutman, Holly Pickett (sub Steph Weston 74mins), Lauren Allison, Ellie Noble, Ini Umotong. Subs not used: Hannah Cox, Lauren Haynes, Mollie Dyer.

Aston Villa: Grace Moloney, Hannah George, Elisha N'Dow, Jade Richards, Chloe Jones, Maddy Cusack, Amy West, Beth Merrick, Tash Baptiste (sub Alys Hinchcliffe 81mins), Kerri Welsh (sub Mollie Rouse 60mins), Sarah Mayling. Subs not used: Chloe Beattie, Nicola Potts, Jess Myers, Lucy Shepherd, Ashlee Brown.

Attendance: 551

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Bees looking at top half finish  
 Women's Football News 26 Sep 2016
Sheffield FC 0 London Bees 1 (Wilson 19)
London Bees are well on course to finish in the top half of the WSL 2 table after a goal from in-form striker Jo Wilson gave them victory at Sheffield. 
Wilson raced onto a long ball which split the home defence, confidently slotting the ball beyond Juliana Draycott for the game's only goal after 19 minutes.
It marked a drastic improvement from the side's last league clash with Sheffield when they lost 5-0 at the Hive, although chances were at a premium for the visitors.
Ellie Gilliatt fired wide for Sheffield, while she also had the ball in the back of the net late on, only for the offside flag to halt her celebrations.
Despite their early lead, the Bees held on for a fine win whilst Sheffield suffered defeat in the league for the first time since May. 
Sheffield FC: Juliana Draycott, Sherry McCue, Danielle Cox, Ellie Gilliatt, Hannah Dale (sub Billie Murphy 56mins), Jodie Michalska, Carla Ward, Rhema Lord-Mears, Emma Lipman, Chloe Dixon (sub Kirsty Hanson 68mins), Emma Johnson. Subs not used: Claire Wallhead, Sarah Jackson, Katie Anderson, Kenedy Owen.

London Bees: Sophie Harris, Manuela Nparta, Deanna Cooper, Merrick Will, Sophie Fogarty, Emma Beckett, Rebecca Anderson, Paula Howells (sub Danielle Scanlon 90mins), Nikki Watts, Jo Wilson, Evie Clarke. Subs not used: Bethan Davies, Hana Lalani, Ellie Perkins, Antonia Georgiou.

Attendance: 372

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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City edge ahead at top  
 Women's Football News 25 Sep 2016
Bristol City 1 (Fergusson 18) Durham Women 0
Bristol City have gone three points clear at the top of WSL 2 after a first half goal from Olivia Fergusson gave them a crucial victory against promotion rivals Durham Women. 
The home side were narrowly deserving of their win but it was once again a well fought and absorbing encounter between two teams with their sights set on a WSL 1 place for next season.
City were quicker out of the blocks at the start and carried the game towards the visitors but could only produce one worthwhile effort on goal, a Claire Emslie shot from the edge of the area which flashed wide.
That changed in the eighteenth minute when Fergusson worked an opening and although her shot was not the most powerful, it was accurate and beat the diving Helen Alderson before finding its way inside the far post to put her side ahead.
Jodie Brett tried her luck from distance with a shot that dipped just over and Fergusson had another effort charged down as the Vixens sought a second goal but Durham rallied and stood strong under the increasing pressure.
As half time approached, Brett's cross picked out Hayley Ladd whose well struck volley brought out a good save from Alderson. Chloe Arthur volleyed over at full stretch from a corner as City took their one-goal lead into the interval.
Durham came into the game more in the second half but were finding it difficult to get behind the City defence and indeed it was the home side who went close to increasing their lead when, after the Wildcats were unable to fully clear a corner, Charlie Estcourt scuffed a shot towards goal which was cleared from the line by Beth Hepple.
Ladd headed wide from another corner and Lauren Hemp forced another fine save from Alderson from point blank range as she tried to sweep home a Claire Emslie cross, but these were rare opportunities as both defences remained tight.
Durham pushed their players further forward in search of an equaliser but City defended superbly with Grace McCatty in particularly good form in the centre. The home side were becoming increasingly reliant on the counter attack and the pace of Hemp and Emslie but any efforts on goal they produced were mainly from long range, going closest when Emily Syme, on as a substitute, had a shot blocked by Sarah McFadden with her first touch.
In injury time, Durham won a corner from which even Alderson went forward but Hepple's kick was caught under pressure by Hannah Reid, bringing a cheer from the home crowd as loud as that when they scored. City held on for a hard earned win which, for the time being, puts them in the driving seat in the promotion race. 
Bristol City: Hannah Reid, Ellie Wilson, Megan Alexander, Jodie Brett (sub Emily Syme 82 mins), Grace McCatty, Georgia Evans, Chloe Arthur, Hayley Ladd, Charlie Estcourt, Olivia Fergusson (sub Lauren Hemp 64mins), Claire Emslie (sub Paige Sawyer 89mins). Subs not used: Estelle Randall, Katie Jones, Poppy Wilson, Lily Woodham.

Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Jen Jennings (sub Sarah Eadon 87mins), Becky Salicki, Sarah Wilson, Rachel Lee (sub Tyler Dodds 80mins), Beth Hepple, Sarah McFadden, Emily Roberts, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson. Subs not used: Megan Borthwick, Nicola Gibson, Chloe Macek.

Attendance: 870


(top) Olivia Fergusson scores the decisive goal
(middle) Ellie Wilson has her eyes fixed on the ball whilst Jordan Atkinson threatens
(bottom) Hannah Reid claims an injury time corner under pressure


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Reading leap towards safety  
 Women's Football News 25 Sep 2016
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Simpkins 46) Reading FC Women 4 (Follis 9,61, Jones 37, Rowe 84)
Reading FC Women leapt out of the bottom two places and took a huge stride towards survival in WSL 1 after recording their first victory of the season against a Doncaster Rovers Belles side which remains at the bottom. 
Emma Follis starred with a double, setting Reading on their way as early as the ninth minute before her superb solo effort in the second half restored a two-goal advantage.
That came after Nia Jones netted following a well worked free-kick, with Emily Simpkins getting the Belles back into the game just after the break with a powerful strike.
After Follis was forced off with injury, her replacement, Rachel Rowe sealed the win with five minutes remaining, a result which took the visitors outside of the relegation zone.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Barker, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Mayumi Pacheco, Samantha Tierney (sub Carla Humphrey 69mins), Emily Simpkins, Kasia Lipka, Katrin Omarsdottir (sub Bethany O'Donnell 85mins), Christie Murray (sub Rebecca Rayner 79mins), Marta Bakowska-Mathews. Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Lauren Cresswell, Rachel Newborough.

Reading FC Women: Mary Earps, Rebecca Jane, Nia Jones (sub Amber Stobbs 83mins), Kayleigh Hines, Harriet Scott, Emma Follis (sub Rachel Rowe 74mins), Remi Allen, Kirsty McGee, Molly Bartrip (sub Helen Ward 77mins), Lauren Bruton, Melissa Fletcher. Subs not used: Jade Boho-Sayo, Chloe Sansom.

Attendance: 753

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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We talk to...Anna Collin (Chester-le-Street Town)  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
Chester-le-Street Town have got off to a good start this season and their win against Crewe Alexandra leaves them with six points from their opening three games. 
We talked to Chester-le-Street midfielder Anna Collin, who is very satisfied with the way the club has started, whilst setting her sights on a challenge for a possible top three place: 
WSS: How satisfied were you with the result against Crewe Alexandra?
AC: It wasn't the best team performance from us on Sunday but we were really pleased to get our second league win of the season.

WSS: Chester-le-Street to Crewe is an extremely long journey, but did the win make it feel a lot shorter when coming home?
AC: It was an extremely long day for us on Sunday but the three points made the journey worthwhile. Plus the team quiz makes those long journeys fly over!

WSS: That makes two wins in the opening three games, are you pleased with the way the season has started?
AC: We've had a good solid start to the season so hopefully we can build on that and continue picking up points. We had a good preseason too so we're feeling confident.

WSS: The team ended last season with a good run of form, were you confident of keeping it going at the start of this season?
AC: We were really disappointed with our poor start last season but we knew we had the potential to finish strongly. We've strengthened our squad and worked hard in pre-season and fortunately we've been able to keep the momentum going.

WSS: You didn't have a game this week but return to action next week with another long trip to Blackpool Wren Rovers who you beat 4-1 on the opening day, what sort of game are you anticipating there?
AC: I didn't actually play in the first game of the season against them but the girls said that we played some good football. However, it's always different away from home and it's another long journey for us. Blackpool have picked up a few points since we beat them so it should be a good game.

WSS: Where do you think the team can finish realistically this season?
AC: I'm hoping we can finish in the top three. We have a lot more depth in our squad this year so if we're missing players due to work commitments, we can still field a strong side.

WSS: The North East is a strong area for women's football in this country. Are you confident that in the future, Chester-le-Street can move up alongside the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough at the very least?
AC: Over the last few seasons, we've proven that we can hold our own against the likes of Middlesbrough and Newcastle but it's more difficult to attract players as fewer people know about us. We're working hard to get our name out there using social media etc so hopefully we can keep attracting new players to our club.
Our thanks to Anna!


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England to play Euro hosts in friendly  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
England will travel to Netherlands in November to take on the Euro 2017 hosts in a friendly international. 
The match is the second to be announced in a series of games that will form Mark Sampson's side's preparations for next summer's tournament.
The Lionesses will face Netherlands on Tuesday 29th November (6pm GMT KO) at Koning Willem ll Stadion in Tilburg - one of the stadiums that will be used at Euro 2017.
England last faced Holland at the 2015 Cyprus Cup, with the match ending 1-1. Sampson's charges went on to win the tournament, beating Canada 1-0 in the final.
England will host France at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster next month, a match that will mark the start of their Euro preparations.
Tickets for the France game, which will take place on Friday 21st October (8pm KO), are on sale now, priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. A family ticket priced £15 (two adults and two children) is also available and group booking and charter standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets.
Sampson said: "We are very pleased that Netherlands have agreed to host this game. With the Euros being played in Netherlands this will be an important experience for the group both on and off the field. It will be a good opportunity to replicate what it will be like at the tournament from the hotel, travel, stadium and the opposition, and we'll really be able to learn from this experience.
"Netherlands are an excellent team. They have some exceptional individual talent and have been outstanding in their recent matches so we are looking forward to a good, competitive game."


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Scotland succumb to sickness bug  
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2016
Scotland were forced to take the unusual step to call off their UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying group match against Serbia on Wednesday because sickness had spread throughout the squad. 
The Scottish FA have issued the following statement on their website: 
The Scottish FA can confirm that the Women's Under-19s squad were forced to postpone their UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round match against Serbia in Albania this week due to an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis that affected nine players from the squad and eight members of the backroom staff.

This was flagged to UEFA via the match delegate on the day of the match and contact was subsequently made with the Albanian FA to verify the developing illness. A visit was made by a local doctor near the match venue in Durres and upon submitting his findings, the game was postponed.

We apologised for the unforeseen circumstance to our hosts in Albania and also to our opponents, Serbia. Given the exceptional situation, we emphasised our wish that the match be rescheduled and we have reiterated that stance to UEFA and their Match Operations department.

We await clarification on the outcome and are grateful to the families of the players for their support in ensuring the squad returned home timeously to convalesce.

Gareth Evans, the Women's Under-19 national coach, revealed the extent of the bug that swept through the squad after winning their opening two matches against the hosts, Albania, and Cyprus.

"Firstly, the health and wellbeing of the girls is the most important thing and while they are disappointed not to have been able to play the game after two victories, I was more concerned with making sure they got treated and made it home safely," he said.

"I contacted every one of the girls' families personally to update them and allay any fears. Some of the players' families travelled to watch the games and even though they weren't staying in the same complex, they took ill as well.

"Our goalkeeping coach [Kevin Stewart] travelled back to Aberdeen via Heathrow, took ill at the concourse in London and had to be treated on the spot.

"I have never experienced anything like it but the main thing is that we are back recuperating and awaiting UEFA's verdict. We remain hopeful they will look sympathetically at the exceptional circumstances."


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Regional Leagues round-up...  
 Women's Football News 21 Sep 2016
East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have moved to the top of the Premier Division after scoring ten times without reply against local rivals Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Androulle Kokkinou was on target four times while Jemma Meakin and Laura Watton weighed in with braces, Chloe Elphick and Elizabeth Harris adding the others. Notts County Development meanwhile collected their first points of the season when a brace from Katie Robinson gave them a 2-1 victory away to Ruddington Village.
Sleaford Town have a lead of three points in Division One North following their 2-1 success away to Draycott Victoria. Sleaford trailed at the break before turning the match in their favour with strikes from Amy Kilgannon and Jade Welch. Natalie Aird, Sue Green, Nancy Barker and Jessica Walton were all on the scoresheet as Grimsby Borough defeated Arnold Town Development 4-1. 
Eastern Region League
The only action in the league on Sunday took place in Division One, with two games being played. Offley & Stopsley are up into second place following their 7-1 win away to Hoddesdon Town Owls. Rianne Townsend-Brown netted two of the goals and the others came from Katerina Hamplova, Rachael Lewis, Giselle Randall, Jennifer Matthews and Camille Stephens. In the other game, strikes from Hayley Critchell and Rianne Dimmock gave Hutton a 2-1 success at Silver End, a result which lifts them into the top half. 
London & South East League
Just the one match was played in the league over the weekend, at Watford Development where the home side ran out 7-1 winners over Eastbourne Town to move themselves into second place. Chloe Farrell bagged a brace along with Emma Bebbington and Sacha Brinkley, Francesca Cook replying. 
North East League
Barnsley joined the leading teams in the Premier Division when they defeated Castleford White Rose 4-2. Brittany Sanderson scored twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Hale and Holly Findlay. York City meanwhile notched their first league victory of the season, 9-1 against East Yorkshire Carnegie. Lucy Lendhill was on target four times and Ellie Regan weighed in with a brace while Sophie Simpson, Zoe Doherty and Ruth Brazier added a goal apiece.
Durham Cestria have moved into pole position in the Northern Division after scoring eight times without reply past Guisborough Ladies. Anna Young netted four and the tally was completed by Chloe Allan, Holly Jackman, Sophie Tierney and Lauren Briggs.
Doncaster Belles (Women's) have returned to the top of the Southern Division, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Altofts Ladies in which Sophie Brown, Lauren Earle, Chantelle Willis and Holly Winder were all on target. Cleethorpes Town meanwhile defeated AFC Preston 5-2 to register their first points, courtesy of goals from Gemma Hopkin (2), Alyssa Fussey, Lottie Soar and Gemma Charlton. 
North West League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, MSB Woolton Ladies and Manchester Stingers meeting for the second week in succession and it was the Stingers who completed a 'double' when winning 4-3, a result which takes them into the top five.
Bury Girls & Ladies maintained their excellent start in Division One North, notching up their fourth straight win when beating Academy Juniors 5-0. Bury currently head the table by three points from Leigh RMI, who have gone into second place following their 1-0 win against Preston North End.
Four teams are now level on points at the top of Division One South following Sunday's matches. Joining Merseyrail Bootle and FC United of Manchester are Liverpool Feds Res, who ran out 10-1 winners over Liverpool City Ladies Community, and Altrincham who defeated Egerton FC 4-1. Ellesmere Port Town are three points off the pace after scoring six times without reply against Northwich Vixens. 
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard have opened up a lead of three points as they won 8-0 away to Frome Town in the only Premier Division match played. Holly Miller and Kitty Wells each netted doubles along with Jemma Bowker, Beth Channon, Sarah Pearce and Ruth Shackleton.
The top two in the Eastern Division met each other and the honours were shared as Oldland Abbotonians and Forest Green Rovers battled out a 2-2 draw. Oldland twice went in front through Jess Cole and Courtney Thomas, with Forest Green, who remain top on goal difference, hitting back on each occasion thanks to Charlie Rowlands and a Sian Towler penalty. FC Chippenham meanwhile won for the first time, 4-1 away to Team Mendip with goals from Kathryn Kilgour (2), Ann-Marie Hervey and Ellie Burgess.
Callington Town are the new leaders of the Western Division after running out 8-0 winners over Activate. Stacey Derrick and Gemma Farley each bagged hat-tricks and there was one apiece from Emily Sweet and Kate Nicholls. Sam Metters was another hat-trick scorer along with Lucy Rothero for Plympton Ladies as they beat Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 4-1 to go second. Alphington meanwhile won 2-1 at lllogan Ladies thanks to Sophie Simpson and Molly Dineen, with Abbie Carveth replying. 
Southern Region League
Winchester City Flyers kept up their strong looking start to the new season by beating Bracknell Town 7-1, moving themselves into second place in the Premier Division table on goal difference. Amelia Cutler netted twice along with one each from Georgina Axton, Lisbeth Mottashed, Bethany Norman, Francesca Thornton and Charlie Snelling.
In Division One Northern, Oxford City Nomads have taken up first place in the fledgling table following their 5-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in which Amy Pipe (2), Kiera Isaac, Heather Young and Abbie Smith were all on the scoresheet.
Barton Rovers are the early leaders of Division One Southern, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Alton Utd, a first half goal from Chloe Tucker settling matters in their favour. Winchester City Flyers Res meanwhile opened up their campaign by also winning 1-0 at Andover New Street. 
West Midlands League
Kingshurst Sporting Club have maintained their good start in the Premier Division and are in second place after beating Leafield Athletic 4-2. Laverne Robb was on target twice for Kingshurst along with Naomi Melbourne and Remi Tymon.
Lisa Ann Stringer scored a hat-trick and Rebecca Clarke added the other to give Atherstone Ladies a 4-2 victory over Florence which takes them into third place in Division One North. Tamworth and Brereton Town occupy the next two places after sharing a 2-2 draw, Catherine Harris and Stacey Whitehouse netting for Tamworth with Nicole Jakeways and Stacey Roberts-Wright replying.
In Division One South, Redditch Utd claimed their first win of the season and this has moved them up into third place. Katie Edwards, Molly Gilmartin and Natalie Monaghan scored the goals as Redditch won 3-1 against Solihull Utd. Marston Green meanwhile defeated Kenilworth Town 3-2 thanks to an Abbie Taylor brace and Sarah Anderson.


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