Macey Nicholls

Women's Loan Watch: Nicholls nets first Hashtag United goal

West Ham United women's team loanees were all in action over the weekend...

Macey Nicholls earned her first start for Hashtag United and found the back of the net in their 3-1 victory over Rugby Borough on Sunday at Nationwide Windows Arena. 

The 16-year-old midfielder was making her fourth appearance for the Tags, and she took her goal in impressive fashion.

On 55 minutes with the Essex-based outfit 2-1 up, Nicholls danced around three defenders inside the penalty area before slotting the ball home. 

The win moves Hashtag to the top of the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division with five wins from their first five matches.

They will face London Bees at Parkside in their next league match on Sunday 24 September. 

Katelin Talbert

Elsewhere, Katelin Talbert was also on the winning side this weekend as Djurgårdens IF beat high-flying Häcken in the Damallsvenskan at Grimsta IP Stadium on Saturday. 

American forward Hayley Dowd opened the scoring three minutes after entering the action from the bench - latching onto a poor back-pass and slotting home at the second attempt after her first effort was saved by Häcken goalkeeper Jennifer Falk. 

Talbert has been ever-present for Järnkaminerna since heading to Sweden, and will be hoping to be between the posts again when they welcome bottom side Kalmar to Stockholm. 

Halle Houssein played 80 minutes for Reading in their disappointing 4-1 defeat to Southampton in the Barclays Women's Championship at Madejski Stadium on Sunday. 

The 18-year-old was making her second start for the Royals having helped them to a draw against London City Lionesses last weekend. 

Halle Houssein
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The Saints inflicted a first league defeat of the season on the Royals, with Molly Pike opening the scoring with a composed finish on ten minutes, before Katie Wilkinson doubled the lead from the spot before the break. 

Atlanta Primus and Jemma Purfield added further goals in the second half, before, late on, Charlie Estcourt scored a consolation goal to bring an end to a difficult afternoon. 

Reading will travel to Durham next, on Sunday 1 October, looking to pick up their first victory of the new season. 

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Izzy Atkinson