Liverpool 1 Everton 2
Chelsea 0 Birmingham 1
Arsenal 1 Bristol 1
Doncaster 2 Lincoln 1
Arsenal drops 2 points and sees Everton and Birmingham close the gap to 6 points in the title race.
Although it was a well earned and hard won point at Arsenal, Bristol drops 2 points in the champions League place race against Birmingham and Everton.
Chelsea like Lincoln can say goodbye to Champions League except for a series of draws/defeat from Everton Birmingham and Bristol together.
Doncaster overtakes Liverpool with that win against Lincoln. Both wins for the Belles this season came against their local rivals.
Arsenal needs 7 points to clinch the title and will play Lincoln, Liverpool and Doncaster at home before finishing the season at Birmingham.
Next are the Conti cup semi-finals with Lincoln at home to Birmingham on Sunday the 2nd of September and Bristol at home to Arsenal on Monday the 3rd of September.
So far so good 100% game played as planned no postponement, all teams are level. It is a lot easier compared to last year so far. 4 home wins and a draw this week-end. Charlton and Man City sharing 8 goals between each other. Leeds beat Coventry 1-0 with a late goal from Huegett. Newly promoted team Portsmouth record their first win over Villa 3-0. Sunderland hammers Barnet 7-0 and Watford maintain their 100% record by beating Cardiff 2-1 with a fantastic 35 free kick from Hills.
We have two early leaders with 6 points in two games : Favorite Sunderland with already a +10 goal difference and Watford who managed a miracle last season to stay up and are carrying on their end of season form.
At the bottom we have the opposite with 2 sides with no points in 2 games Barnet and a -10 goal difference and Aston Villa with -4.
Promoted side Man City is 3rd and unbeaten with 4 points. Coventry, Portsmouth, Cardiff and Leeds have all 3 pts .
Charlton is 8th with a point.
As a reminder we don’t know what will happen in term of relegation / promotion as the FA has not announced yet the new FA WSL Division 2 format and the knock-on effects on the FA WPL.
There are 3 games played this week-end and those are postponed games from Day 2 and Day 3.
Doncaster v Arsenal at 6pm on Saturday
Liverpool v Lincoln at 2pm on Sunday
Birmingham v Bristol at 730 pm on Monday
Everton and Chelsea are not playing and will stay with their respective 15 pts in 9 games and 14 pts in 10 games.
Arsenal has 20 points in 8 games and will try to open a 8 points lead on Everton with 5 games to go. While Doncaster will try to get the 3 points and maybe overtake Liverpool if things go their way.
Birmingham and Bristol are tied on 14 points and games played 8 with Blues ahead thanks to a better goal difference. The eventual winner of this game would overtake Everton in the race for 2nd place that qualifies for the champions league 2013-14. If there is a draw both side will equal Everton’s tally but will overtake the Toffees on goal difference.
Liverpool and Lincoln have nothing to play for in the League but Matt Beard has indicated that all the girls are playing for their place next season although I understand some girls won’t be staying for sure.
The transfer window is now closed.
Out : Hayley Ladd ( Kokkola F10)
In : Emily Simpkins ( Coventry city)
Out : Alex Culvin (Liverpool)
In : Emma Hayes (manager ) , Adriana Martin ( WNY Flash)
Out : Victoria Williams (Doncaster)
In : Victoria Williams ( Chelsea), Emma Thomson (Boston Breakers), Sara Saxon( Rotherham United), Emily Heckler ( Huddersfield Town), Chelsea Burke
Out : Julie Ann Russell (Peamount), Shelby Hills ( Watford), Lillie Billson (Liverpool)
In : Matt Beard (manager) Lillie Bilson ( Doncaster) Elizabeth Ince ( Blackburn Rovers) Helen Griffiths Sophia Riccio Alex Culvin ( Bristol)
Out : Ruesha Littlejohn ( Glasgow City) , Lynda Shepherd ( Manchester City), Nicola Twohig
Out : Rachel Daly ( St John University USA)
Although there has not been much publicity surrounding the Women’s Premier League, the competition has restarted last Sunday in the National, Southern and Northern division.
In the national division as usual there are 10 sides in the League and the double holders are Sunderland. Man City and Porsmouth are the two promoted side. The link to the table is below.
It is very important to note that the WSL Division 2 will start in 2014. It means that 10 teams will be selected to form the second level of the Women Super League. Although the FA has not disclosed fully the information yet.
The Northen division has only 9 teams because Rochdale pulled out.
The Southern Division has 10 teams
The WPL teams also compete in the FA Women’s Cup and the FA Premier League Cup.
Doncaster 0-1 Chelsea – (Coombs)
Bristol 1-0 Liverpool – (Del Rio)
Birmingham 3-1 Lincoln – (Taylor, Weston, Carney) (Horwood)
Everton 2-2 Arsenal – (Williams, Bronze) (Little, Nobbs)
The table looks like this
1. Arsenal 20 pts 8 games +12
2. Everton 15 pts 9 games +2
3. Birmingham 14 pts 8 games +7
4. Bristol 14 points 8 games +3
5. Chelsea 14 points 10 games -3
6. Lincoln 9 points 9 games -1
7. Liverpool 5 points 9 games -10
8. Doncaster 3 points 7 games -10
Arsenal gains a precious point at Everton and keeps the gap to 5 points and 6 over teams who played the same number of games.
There are 4 teams fighting for the 2nd Champions League qualifying place at the moment although Everton and Chelsea have played an extra 1 and 2 games.
Lincoln have more or less abandoned the champions league chances with that defeat at Birmingham.
Liverpool and Doncaster will be fighting for the wooden spoon again this year.
The champions league contenders maximum possible points Arsenal 38 pts Everton 30 pts Birmingham 32 pts Bristol 32 pts Chelsea 26 pts.
Coming next are postponed games from earlier in the season
Doncaster v Arsenal Saturday 25th 6 pm
Liverpool v Lincoln Sunday 26th 2 pm
Birmingham v Bristol Monday 27th 730 pm Live on ESPN
After the success of the Olympic tournament with 70k+ turning up at Wembley for GB v Brazil and 80 203 for the final Japan v USA. The FA WSL is back and hopefully we will see a positive effect on the attendances from now on.
Yesterday Everton won away at Doncaster closing the gap to 5 points with league leaders Arsenal having now played an extra game. On Sunday, Everton will host…Arsenal and could close the gap to 2 points. With Arsenal playing their final game at Birmingham in a month and a half, well anything could be possible then.
The other games to be played on Day 10 are Bristol v Liverpool with Bristol needing a win to carry on competing for the 2nd place that opens the door to the champions league. Doncaster v Chelsea with the belles trying to grab a few points to get away from the bottm place and Chelsea hopefully parading their new signing Adriana. Birmingham v Lincoln a game with a potential to be explisve with reference to last season ill tempered tie. Both side also need the points to stay in the champions league place race.
The conti-cup semi-final will take place in early September with Bristol at home to Arsenal and Lincoln v Birmingham.