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Bend it like Bath City Ladies: In search of the beautiful game

Talk to the uninitiated long enough about women's football and you'll hear complaints about the quality or style of play versus the man's game .But those in the know recognise it's a different game, with some saying it's more technical - plus there's less cheating than in its male equivalent. Pete Sellwood, executive director of the Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation, said: "For us it had already been initiated through the work of our women coaches, particularly Jordan Guard, and we have ten local secondary schools where we work with excellent teachers in coaching girls.

Magpies go to the top of the league

Sunday September 21st South West League Premier Division Bath City 1-4 Penzance The first away trip of the campaign for Penzance saw them collect all three points at Bath City to go top of the league, with Shaz Lewis scoring a brace. Katie Barker's goal gave the Magpies a half-time lead, which Holly Sandow doubled from near the corner flag. Lewis then bagged her two goals before Bath scored a late consolation. Penzance have unfortunately been forced to withdraw their reserves from the Cornwall League, due to a lack of players. But efforts to put out a second eleven for friendly fixtures later in the season will be made.

Penzance pursuit of runners-up spot

Penzance picked up another three points in their pursuit of the runners-up spot, defeating Bath City 3-1. Leesa Grainger had a shot cleared off the line early on and then set up Tracey Burley for a diving header. Bath hit the crossbar and it took two great tackles by Lyndsey Williams and Becky Lawrence in quick succession to keep the visitors out. Holly Sandow fired the Magpies ahead on 23 minutes with a powerful strike from 20 yards and soon came close to a second. But after Dawn Bateman cleared off the line, Helen Perkins struck a tremendous 32nd minute equaliser from wide on the right. Only two minutes later, Burley charged down the keeper's attempted clearance to restore the advantage. Burley and substitute Katie Barker both blasted shots just wide of the post before Burley shot home on the turn after 66 minutes, Shaz Lewis and Danni Barr having played a big part in creating the chance. Penzance are now away to Cheltenham Town this Sunday, where they will hope to have Julie Lawrence back after recovering from an ear operation. PENZANCE: Teague, Williams, B.Lawrence, Dickson, Bateman, Lewis, Burley, Grainger, Hosking, Murray-Evans, Sandow. Subs : Barr (for Murray-Evans, 45), Barker (for Hosking, 56), Parker (for Grainger, 76). Next Match: Sunday March 7th (2pm) SOUTH WEST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Cheltenham Town v Penzance

Magpies in Cheltenham Tournament

Penzance received a late invitation to the Cheltenham Town tournament and ended up winning the event. The Magpies topped their group, beating Bath City 3-0 and Downend Flyers 2-0, as well as goalless draws with Swindon Spitfires and Cheltenham Town. They needed penalties to remove the Spitfires second team at the semi-final stage before meeting the Swindon side's first team in the final. Holly Sandow scored for Penzance but extra-time was necessary, due to the only goal the Magpies conceded in the whole event.

Danni Barr netted what proved to be the winner just 30 seconds into extra-time, for a 2-1 success.

Penzance Reserves are in action on Sunday, with a friendly away to St.Columb Minor, kick-off 2.30pm at the Recreation Ground.

Most of the places at the Penzance 6-a-side tournament over the weekend of May 22nd-23rd are now taken but some late bookings may be available, especially in the Under-14 Girls event. Call Dawn on 01209 719844 to enter.

Teams already confirmed include: Aldershot Town, Alphington, Camden Town, Kerrier Terriers, Marjons, Newquay, Newton Abbot, Plymouth University, St.Columb Minor, Sawbridgeworth Town, Storm and Tamworth.

Clash of the champions

The two champions of Division One, northern and southern sections, will clash in the first match of the season, the FA Women's Cup First Qualifying Round. Only the FA Cup could produce a tie like this which will, no doubt, produce a very interesting match. Furthermore, the winners of this tie visit Exeter City who were relegated from the Combination League last season.

Penzance face another long trek in this competition, a trip to former league members, Ross Town. Bath City on the other hand were luckier, drawing Cornish team Launceston at home.

Newcomers from the South West Combination take on Swindon Spitfires at home whilst Alphington Ladies entertain the unknown ISCA Vikings and Ashdown Rovers do so for Southampton from the Southern League.

FA Cup trail begins

Four Cornish sides begin the FA Women's Cup trail this Sunday (September 5th), with 1st Qualifying Round games, worth £100 to the winners. Only Madron of the four are at home, with Reading Girls their visitors, who won the Berks & Bucks League last season. Two local sides head for Bath, where there's an all-South West Premier clash between Team Bath and Newquay, with Launceston facing Bath City, two divisions their senior. Penzance face the long trip to Herefordshire to take on Ross Town of the West Midlands Division 1 South. All matches kick-off at 2pm.

Cornwall results and fixtures

August 29th

Cornwall League IT Associates Cup (Preliminary Round)

Stoke Climsland 11-0 Falmouth Town
Stoke Climsland did enough in their 1st Leg IT Associates Cup tie to make the return a formality, beating Falmouth Town 11-0. But credit to the visitors, who made the long trip with only nine players.

Sarah Blowey and Kate Bourne both grabbed four goals, with one each for Natalie Ryder, Rosy Fierek and Kerry Edwards .
Wadebridge Town P-P St.Breward
(Wadebridge could not field a team) .

Sandy Lodge Division 1 Cup 1st Round 1st Leg

Launceston 1-0 Marazion
Launceston will take a narrow lead to the second leg of the Division 1 Cup tie at Marazion, after winning the home game 1-0.
Liskeard Athletic 3-1 St. Blazey
Liskeard Athletic won the first leg of their Division 1 Cup tie with St. Blazey but were disappointed to concede a late Lauren Dowrick goal, which will make for a tighter return match.

Liskeard's Player of the Match, Helen King-Scott, scored early in each half, with Charlotte Hobbs netting on the half-hour in the 3-1 win. The visitors Player of the Match was goalkeeper Tracey Johns.
Hayle 1-4 Mullion
Mullion claimed a 4-1 first-leg lead from the Division 1 Cup game at Hayle, all goals coming in the second-half. Becky Hall got the first and Elise Griffiths the second on her debut.

Hayle pulled a goal back with a good finish by Amy Brooks from a left wing cross. Becky Hall added the third and then it was her cross that brought about an own goal.
Bude Town P-P Penryn
Penryn's Cornwall Trophies Cup Preliminary Round tie with Penzance Reserves is likely to be rearranged for this Thursday (September 2nd), kick-off 7.30pm at Penlee Park. The game has been switched to Penzance, as Penryn were unable to stage a game under lights.


Newquay 1-2 Scunthorpe United
Newquay lost a close friendly with Northern Combination side, Scunthorpe United. The visitors goalkeeper had a great game, keeping Newquay out as the hosts dominated the first-half. But Scunthorpe struck twice after the break, the keeper flapping at the first, the second coming from a free kick.

Dawna Dennett pulled a goal back for Newquay but they lost 2-1, with the visitors just about doing enough to deserve the win .


Thurs Sept 2nd Cornwall Trophies Cup Preliminary Round
Penryn v Penzance Reserves (switched to Penzance FC, 7.30pm).
Sept 5th (2pm) FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Ross Town v Penzance

Madron v Reading Girls

Bath City v Launceston

Bath v Newquay.
Cornwall League Division 1
Liskeard Athletic v St.Blazey

Marazion v Mullion

Penryn v Hayle.

Division 2 East
Stoke Climsland v St.Breward

Roche v Camelford

Wadebridge Town v St.Columb

Division 2 West
Holmans v Kerrier Terriers

St.Ives v St.Agnes

Storm v Goonhavern

Wendron v Falmouth Town.

Weds Sept 8th Charity Match
Hayle v Holmans (6.30pm KO).

South West Women's Football League - update

Results for Sunday 5 September 2004 and fixtures updated.

FA Women's Cup - 1st Qualifying Round

Alphington Ladies 0 - 3 Isca Vikings Ashdown Rovers 11 - 2 Southampton Bath City 7 - 1 Launceston Ross Town 4 - 3 Penzance Team Bath 1 - 2 Newquay AFC Yeovil Town 9 - 2 Swindon Spitfires

Premier Division

Buckfastleigh Rangers 0 - 6 Gloucester City Dorchester Town 1 - 2 Frome Town Exeter City 2 - 2 Cheltenham Town

Forthcoming fixtures

Sunday 12 September - Premier Division
Bath City v Penzance Cheltenham Town v Dorchester Town Frome Town v Exeter City Team Bath v Newquay Yeovil Town v Buckfastleigh Rangers
Wednesday 15 September - Premier Division
Bath City v Team Bath Buckfastleigh Rangers v Exeter City Cheltenham Town v Gloucester City Amended date Yeovil Town v Dorchester Town

Thursday 16 September - Premier Division

Penzance v Newquay

Westward Developments Devon Women's League

Some consistencies are more preferable than others, as proved by the relative fortunes of the participants in the battle of the Argyles.

Hosts Okehampton conceded five goals for the third time in three games, with visitors Plymouth making it three wins in three starts in the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Premier Division.

Sam Blake grabbed a hat-trick and Rachel Finch two goals for the Plymouth side, but at least Okehampton’s Michelle Vaughan achieved a season’s first by putting a goal past the Plymouth defence.

Georgeham moved up to second after defeating Exmouth Town, for whom debut girl Michaela Widlake scored twice. Keely Druce, Erin Starnes and Chloe Payne were all on target for Georgeham.

Isca Vikings’ 5-0 victory at Totnes Town pushed them up to third and gave them a boost for next weekend’s FA Cup second qualifying round home tie against Bath City. K-Lee Beer fired home two, backed up by single strikes from Abby Yukon, Vicky Barter and Jodie Mills.

Exeter Rangers opened their account with a close-run 4-3 victory at home to Torquay Ladies. Sarah Forrester (2), Ruth Willans and Sammy Griffiths scored for Rangers, with Torquay replying through Helena Ruffles (2) and Vicky Elliott.

Division One leaders Bideford met Barnstaple Town, with Barnstaple Town running out 1-0 winners and taking over at the top of the table.

Ilfracombe Town blasted out of the blocks with an opening 8-1 victory over Tavistock Town. Donna Adams (4), Jess Pearce (3) and Shelley Greaves did the damage for Ilfracombe, with Kirsty Jones replying for Tavistock. The win left Ilfracombe in third.

Feniton stayed in fourth after their 7-2 defeat of Galmpton United, with Natasha Lovell rifling home a hat-trick, and Rose Akers claiming four. New signing Leanne Hunt grabbed both of Galmpton’s goals in a game which saw Feniton start with ten players and Galmpton end the game with nine. In a generally good-humoured game one incident produced a yellow card for a Feniton player and a red for a Galmpton player, followed later by the dismissal of the Galmpton keeper for an apparent foul on a Feniton forward.


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