Downend Flyers and Bristol Ladies Union gear up for top-of-table clash
KEYNSHAM Town suffered their first defeat of the season in the SW Women's Combination as Emily Mousley's double and a Chloe Bassett goal delivered a 3-2 win for Plymouth Argyle at the Crown Field.
Keynsham remain top, but only on goals difference after Oxford United put five past Keynsham Development to close the gap.
The top two sides in the SW Women's League's Premier Division meet this weekend when Downend Flyers, who lead on goal difference, host second-placed Bristol Ladies Union at DRG Stapleton's ground.
Both clubs warmed up for the clash with resounding wins in the first qualifying round of the FA Women's Cup.
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Downend booked themselves a home tie against Bitton on October 14 by thumping AEK Boco 9-1 with Rachel Stowell scoring four and Kate Michael netting twice.
Laura Baker, Carley Corcoran and Alana Willson were also on the scoresheet.
Bitton won 5-2 in a scrappy game at Yeovil club Pen Mill with Megan Bloomer netting a hat-trick.
BLU will travel to St Nicholas after their 7-2 win at Quedgeley – but the victory came at a cost with skipper Thandi McNair likely to miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.
Natalia Debek (2), Cheryl Baber, Frankie Stone, Lucy Sharp and Sarah White helped BLU ease through, while St Nick's 3-2 win over Launceston came courtesy of Amy Jefferies' double and a Becky Rexworthy goal.
Stoke Lane's 4-3 victory at Bridgwater Town booked them a trip to Forest of Dean, while Brislington will host Ilminster after their 6-0 romp at Cheltenham Civil Service.
Oldland Abbotonians collected their second win of the campaign in Eastern Division One after goals from Becky Fox and Jess Cole secured a 2-1 victory over Cirencester Town. Oldland's assistant boss Steve Lavis said: "In the second half we played some of our best football so far this season. We have players coming back now and we will get better."
In the Gloucestershire County Women's League, Bristol & West are still waiting to break their duck in Division I after going down 3-0 at home to Gloucester City Reserves.
But AEK Boco Reserves extended their 100 per cent record in the only game played in Division Two, Georgina Barlow and Samantha Kodola on target in the 2-0 win over Mitcheldean.
BristolAcademy are in talks with Laura Del Rio in a bid to bring their leading scorer back to the Stoke Gifford Stadium next season.
The 30-year-old former Spanish international has netted seven goals in 17 first-team appearances since joining the Vixens from American club Philadelphia Independence in March.
Her experience and all-round play – as well as her eye for goal – have helped to make her one of Bristol's most important players this term.
And as the Academy prepare for their final game of the FA Women's Super League season at Everton on Sunday, boss Mark Sampson confirmed that he is confident Del Rio will return next spring.
"Laura will be out of contract and we are going through the process of speaking to her now," said Sampson.
"She wants to stay at the football club because she enjoys it here and she has played really well. We would certainly like to keep her – and her fellow players and our supporters want to see her playing at Stoke Gifford again next year. I don't see any reason why that shouldn't happen."