Brighton One Win From Southern Crown

Sunday April 3rd
FA PREMIER LEAGUE
NORTHERN DIVISION

Guiseley AFC Vixens 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United 2-7 Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Loughborough Foxes
Nuneaton Town 0-2 Stoke City
SOUTHERN DIVISION
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Portsmouth (Att: 306)
Charlton Athletic 2-1 Lewes (Att: 189)
Queens Park Rangers 0-5 Coventry United
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Cardiff City LFC
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Leafield Athletic P-P Loughborough Students
Leicester City WFC 4-0 Sporting Khalsa
Radcliffe Olympic 3-3 Leicester City LFC
Steel City Wanderers 1-0 Peterborough Northern Star
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Birmingham & West Midlands
Solihull 1-0 Rotherham United
NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Leeds 1-3 Liverpool Marshalls Feds (Att: 95)
Middlesbrough 5-1 Chorley (Att: 133)
Morecambe 3-1 Chester-le-Street Town
Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-5 Blackpool Wren Rovers
Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Hull City
SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Crystal Palace 3-2 Denham United (Att: 146)
Lowestoft Town 0-6 Gillingham
Luton Town 2-1 Cambridge United
Norwich City 0-1 Enfield Town
Old Actonians P-P Bedford
SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Cheltenham Town 0-4 Chichester City
Keynsham Town 2-0 Swindon Town
St.Nicholas 2-5 Exeter City

Stoke are now only 5 points behind Northern leader Preston with 4 games in hand after a 2-0 win at Nuneaton, who remain in the relegation zone. Blackburn are 3 points further back following a single-goal success at Guiseley, Ella Toone scored with 12 minutes left, Lynda Shepherd having earlier missed a penalty for Rovers. Nottingham Forest also got the only goal as lowly Loughborough lost out to the title hopefuls, Elizabeth Ejupi scoring in the second half. Huddersfield moved closer to safety after stinging hosts Newcastle 7-2.

Brighton beat south coast rivals Portsmouth 3-1 to not only end Pompey’s title hopes but go within one last win of clinching the championship and a place in the promotiom play-off for the WSL. Amy Taylor got two in the opening 20 minutes, Molly Clark quickly pulled one back from distance but Charlotte Gurr restored the two-goal cushion. Charlton’s 2-1 victory over Lewes kept them second but they needed a 95th-minute Grace Coombs goal after Paige Walder was sent off for the visitors, the Addicks’ Kit Graham having earlier cancelled out Sian Heather’s early goal om half-time. Cardiff remained third with a good 1-0 result at fellow League Cup finalists Spurs, Alys Hinchcliffe scoring moments before the nterval. Coventry are up to fourth following a 5-0 result at QPR, where Jade Brook and Maz Gauntlett scored in the first half, Amber Hughes, Gauntlett and Crissy Torkildsen after the break.

Pictured – Action from Wolves v Birmingham & West Midlands. (Photo: clivejonespr.com)

Leicester City Women made it 20 straight wins to go an incredible 26 points clear as Midlands champions, Helen Busby getting a hat-trick. Second-placed Radcliffe were held 3-3 by Leicester City Ladies and Solihull gained ground on them after edging Rotherham 1-0. Birmingham & West Midlands won with the best of 5 goals at Wolves, Jade Cross twice getting goals back for the Wanderers but Gemma Mooney netting a couple after Justine Buckmire’s opener for the away side. Steel City went seventh by beating Northern Star with a 77th-minute strike, as the Peterborough side were kept in the bottom two.

Middlesbrough are still on course for the Northern Division 1 title after hitting Chorley 5-1 to finish the Lancashire side’s hopes. Liverpool Marshalls Feds are still in contention having come from behind to win 3-1 at Leeds. Morecambe’s 3-1 result over Chester-le-Street moved them into the top half. Tranmere aided their survival hopes by holding Hull but Norton are down after a 5-2 home reverse by Blackpool Wren Rovers, for whom Abby Pullen got three.

Crystal Palace are 9 points clear at the top of the South East after a narrow 3-2 win over Denham. Gillingham kept up their challenge by hitting hosts Lowestoft for six, Paige Baker-Carroll and Megan Maslak both scoring in the first 6 minutes. Luton are 5 points clear of fifth-placed Cambridge with a 2-1 victory, despite having a layer dismissed. United’s Laura Bright equalised Nicola Henman’s opener but Tash Fensome’s goal proved decisive. Enfield got the only goal at Norwich to go within a point of the Canaries in sixth. Bedford were apparently unable to fulfil their fixture at Old Actonians and seem destined for the drop.

In the South West, Swindon finally lost their unbeaten record in a 2-0 defeat at Keynsham, who are now only a point behind them – Justine Lorton-Radburn and Leanne Lapham scored for the Somerset outfit. A 4-0 win at Cheltenham sent Chichester second on goal-difference, Amy Found, Lauren Cheshire, Shannon Albuery and Chloe Dowdell all on the scoresheet. Exeter completed their fixtures with a 5-2 success at St Nicholas to go back into the top half of the division, Helen Kukor got a treble, Vicky Barter a brace.
 


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