Chelsea v Vllaznia, UWCL

Cuthbert inspires Chelsea to Madrid victory

“There is a maturity to the team that’s coming through in each performance,” stated Emma Hayes after Chelsea secured their third victory of the 2022/23 Champions League campaign.

While it wasn’t a scintillating performance as the Blues saw their way through a potentially tricky Real Madrid encounter, it was one that was controlled and well managed. As Hayes pointed out, Chelsea’s experience showed as she labelled her group “the best team” she’s had. “When these teams are so evenly matched, I’m starting to see the benefit of our experience,” she said. “Look at my group and the leaders in my group. I thought two years ago, we had a decent amount of experience, but this team is another level.”

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Arsenal celebrate against Lyon in the Champions League

Arsenal in dreamland after waltzing past Lyon

If a lifetime of consuming football teaches you anything, it is to always expect the unexpected. But even with full awareness of that, some events just take you by surprise. Sitting in the Groupama Stadium watching Arsenal lead the European Champions 5-1 with 20 minutes to play was one such moment. Jonas Eidevall described it as “a special night” after his side inflicted Lyon’s heaviest defeat since April 2006.

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Hounslow v Crawley Wasp, FAWNL Southern Premier

FAWNL Match Day Round Up | 18 September

The FAWNL entered its second month on Sunday afternoon across the divisions. Wolves continued their unbeaten run at the top of the Northern Premier, while Oxford United were held for the first time this campaign in the Southern Premier. Elsewhere in Division 1, Middlesbrough edged past York [North]; Stourbridge made it four wins from four [Midlands]; Hashtag United continued their flying form in front of goal [South East]; and league leaders AFC Bournemouth were beaten by Swindon Town [South West].

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Leah Williamson, Arsenal

Building on Success | Leah Williamson ahead of Arsenal’s new Barclays WSL campaign

It seems surreal that a little over a month ago, Leah Williamson was leading out the Lionesses to lift the Euro 2022 trophy at Wembley. A magical end to a script that England fans are not used to reading. In that moment, women’s football in this country changed, propelling it and the members of the England team into the hearts and minds of the nation.

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Ipswich Town v Crawley Wasps, FAWNL Southern Premier

FAWNL Match Day Round Up | 4 September

The FAWNL entered its second month on Sunday afternoon with almost a full array of fixtures. Wolves and Oxford both maintained the perfect week in the Northern and Southern Premier Divisions respectively. Meanwhile in Division 1, Hull battled from behind to beat Newcastle [North]; Lincoln City cruised to their first win of the season [Midlands]; Ashford Town (Middlesex) won their first ever FAWNL game [South East]; and Exeter City scored a last minute winner to break Southampton hearts [South West].

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