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WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:16:28 AM »



The first winter season of England's FA WSL 2, kicking off in September and finishing in May 2018.

The main change in the league – Everton have been elected to WSL 1 to replace Notts County.

On the 'evidence' of the spring league table, Doncaster, Millwall, Villa and Durham are all hard to separate, while Oxford languished without a win and have apparently siphoned funds away from their RTC to help the WSL team :o Relegation to the WPL awaits the bottom club in 2017/18.

The FA might not promote the top WSL 2 team to WSL 1, instead choosing clubs based on licence applications, so things are far from clear at the moment.




Update - The first weekend of fixtures have been announced:


Sunday 24 September 2017
12:00   Durham Women FC   v   Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC   -   New Ferens Park      
14:00   Aston Villa Ladies FC   v   Brighton & Hove Albion   -   Tamworth FC      
14:00   London Bees   v   Doncaster Rovers Belles   -   The Hive      
14:00   Millwall Lionesses   v   Watford Ladies FC   -   St Paul's Sports Ground      
14:00   Oxford United Women   v   Sheffield FC Ladies   -   Oxford City FC      

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 - Women's Super League 2
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 06:21:25 AM »

New signings by Durham, Abi Cottam formerly of West Brom, and Kathryn Hill from Scotland, who returns from U.S. university football:

- http://durham.fawsl.com/news/signing_abi_cottam_joins_the_wildcats.html

 - http://durham.fawsl.com/news/signing_hill_becomes_second_addition.html
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 08:47:35 AM »

On the subject of Durham, Zoe Ness has extended her stay at the club and looks ahead to the new season here.

Oxford have confirmed friendlies including against WSL1 opposition... hopefully not just shooting practice :s  And Dan Carlton has signed for Oxford after a varied recent career for the midfielder - she's been at Millwall, Yeovil, and the new WSL2 entrants, Tottenham.

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/10/oxford-united-face-four-wsl-1-teams/
- http://www.oxfordunitedwfc.co.uk/news/us_sign_dan_carlton.html
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 08:00:05 AM »

Brighton have appointed Hope Powell as their new manager:

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/19/hope-powell-becomes-brighton-womens-boss/

(it's been four years, guys, let it go..)

This comes after Watford's news last week - Keith Boanas and Alberto Kurti will continue as head coach and assistant.
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 08:10:05 AM »

Nigeria's Ini Umotong has moved from Oxford to Brighton and Hove Albion:

- https://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/170726/Brighton_Women_land_Umotong
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 12:26:14 PM »
Nicola Hobbs and Doncaster Rovers Belles recently parted company by mutual consent. Nicola did not play for Belles in Spring Series and with Jules Draycott subsequently joining Belles from Sheffield, it would not be a major surprise if Nicola found her way to Sheffield (as was hinted at on the grapevine some months back)

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2017, 03:41:50 AM »

More transfers. Sign here please!

- Charlie Devlin to Millwall from Arsenal, having already been on loan
- Ellis Dalgleish to Durham from Celtic – the left-back/winger impressed the club in a friendly, and she's in the Scotland U19 squad for the Euros next week
- GK Fran Kitching (loan) to Watford from Chelsea
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 11:14:45 AM »

Brighton have appointed Hope Powell as their new manager:

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/19/hope-powell-becomes-brighton-womens-boss/

(it's been four years, guys, let it go..)

This comes after Watford's news last week - Keith Boanas and Alberto Kurti will continue as head coach and assistant.
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Never rated Powell and her sand-paper personality. She might very well have found her level but we shall see what happens.

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 06:26:35 PM »
Hope Powell did much to get the FA to invest in women's football, especially the Under-17, 18, 19, 21, 23 etc teams as previously it was full international set up only.

Must admit I found her post-match press conferences very predictable - change the name of the opposition and hey presto, easy to write up

Mark Sampson may have his critics in some circles and also have certain themes which he mentions nearly every time, but it is very much chalk and cheese when you compare their interviews

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2017, 07:16:55 AM »
After Durham's 7-0 friendly win over Guiseley (reported on by Connor), Durham are hosting another friendly this week.

Sunday 13 August: Durham v Middlesbrough, 2pm at Maiden Castle

- http://durham.fawsl.com/news/details_friendly_v_middlesborough_women.html


In other friendlies, Watford travel to West Ham (tonight/Wednesday) and will play Coventry United (Sunday 13 Aug).

Also on Sun 13 Aug, Brighton will play at Lewes, and Sheffield FC host Blackburn.



Oxford United Women have announced they'll play at Oxford City's ground, Court Place Farm in Marston, in the new season and for the next three years.

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/08/oxford-united-women-play-oxford-city-fc/ (Archive.org page)


Court Place Farm, new home of Oxford United WFC
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2017, 08:50:04 AM »

Opening weekend fixtures have been added to the OP - WSL 2 starts on 24 September, as does the top division.

A new signing for London Bees - forward Rosie Kmita, ex-Brighton player:

- http://www.londonbeeswsl.com/news/transfer_rosie_kmita_signs_for_the_bees.html (Archive.org page)

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2017, 03:35:32 AM »
Another new player at the Bees, goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs:

- http://www.londonbeeswsl.com/news/signing_nicola_hobbs_joins_london_bees.html (Archive page)
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Hobbs was a key part of the Doncaster Rovers Belles 2015 WSL 2 promotion winning squad.

Her career has taken her right across the country, playing for Norwich, Lincoln, Blackburn, Doncaster and Everton

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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2017, 07:37:28 AM »

Wales international forward Helen Ward is going back to Watford, her original club, but won't be playing for a while as she's 8½ months pregnant.

Ward has signed a one-year contract with Keith Boanas's team, after leaving Yeovil.

How long would it normally take a player to return after having a baby? She certainly sounds happy to continue playing for longer than a year.

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/21/wales-veteran-ward-joins-watford-ladies/ (Archive page)

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41004201


Ward representing Wales in 2015
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Re: WSL 2, 2017/2018 – Women's Super League 2
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 02:43:09 PM »
depends on how fit the player is and also medical advice - also the level of player is important - I would suggest 2018 would be a sensible return date for WSL 2 games; could be earlier if everything goes well and she plays 20-30 minutes in games, but situation is not unlike returning from long term injury