Regional League Round-Up

Billericay on the ball at Writtle. (Photo: Mikey Cartwright)

Billericay Town, Consett, Goldenhill Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle all went to the top of their respective divisions after results on Sunday 14th January.

EASTERN – Box bags four as Billericay go top

PREMIER – Billericay Town took back the leadership with a 7-1 win at third-placed Writtle, where Georgia Box got four goals. Cambridge City lost top spot when held by AFC Sudbury, with Megan Partridge scoring for the team in ninth for a 1-1 draw. Brentwood Town beat Bedford to go up three places to fourth, with the only goal scored by Paida Dedza 4 minutes from time.

1 NORTH – Histon went fourth with a 4-1 victory at Silver End United, with braces by Katie Seagrave and Siobhan White.

1 SOUTH – Stevenage Reserves are now a dozen points clear at the top, hitting Hoddesdon Town Owls for six at home. Daniela Martucci netted twice in the eleventh straight win, which has brought 64 goals without one conceded.

LEAGUE CUP 3RD ROUND – Royston Town went through 5-0 past Colney Heath, featuring a hat-trick by Francesca Smithers.

EAST MIDLANDS – Oughtibridge beat league leaders Leicester

PREMIER – Oughtibridge are two points behind leaders Leicester City WD with as many games in hand after defeating them 2-1. Nettleham’s 3-0 win over Loughborough Students put them level on points with the top side, Katy Thornley with a second-half brace. Peterborough Northern Star had a 4-1 victory over Mansfield Town in which Cassie Steward and Emma Pollard got two each, the latter with one from the spot. Arnold Town went down 3-0 at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills for whom Bethany Wilcockson bagged a brace, Kettering Town defeated Rise Park by the same score and Laura Beckett netted twice, while Ollerton Town’s 5-0 result against Eastwood included two from Rachael Bell.

Emma Pollard (out of shot) opens the scoring for PNS against Mansfield Town (Photo: Tim Symonds)

1 NORTH – Hykeham Town doubled their lead after a 4-1 win at third-placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Amy Blinkhorn netting a treble. Market Warsop were hit 6-0 at home by Calverton, Sleaford Town sunk Teversal 5-1 and Arnold Town Development won 3-1 at Draycott Victoria, with a couple from Emilly Yeboah-Obeng. Clifton All Whites collected their first victory with a fine 5-1 result over mid-table Grimsby Borough, Emma Clarke registering twice.

1 SOUTH – Peterborough United joined second in the table Northampton Town on 22 points when running out 7-2 winners at Loughborough Foxes Vixens, Jessica Driscoll on target three times. Corby Town and AFC Leicester shared six goals, two of those were by the hosts’ Laura Dodwell. Desford defeated Corby S&L 2-0, while Thrapston Town posted a 5-2 scoreline at home to Heather.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Two off as Phoenix pip Parkwood

PREMIER – Crawley Wasps won 5-2 at Carshalton Athletic to keep a six-point lead at the top, with Kemina Webber getting two of their goals on the day. Second-placed AFC Phoenix got the better of Parkwood 2-1, with a red card for each; Saskia Philp for the hosts and Corrie Goodhew for Rangers. Third in the table London Kent Football United ran out 5-0 winners at Eastbourne Town, as did Aylesford at Watford Development, Bethany Hulme and sub Rebecca Parkin both netting twice.

GREATER LONDON JOHN GREENACRE MEMORIAL TROPHY 2ND ROUND – One top flight team suffered a cup shock as Hampstead were beaten 3-2 at home by Division 2 North side Islington Borough, for whom Folu Abimbola, Carrie Anne Layton and Omelia Mbola all scored. Leyton Orient Development nearly pulled off a similar surprise at Hackney but were edged out on penalties. Whyteleafe are unbeaten in the league but went down 4-1 at Spurs Development, whose Lydia Maher came on to score twice. Hemel Hempstead Town hit Baldon Sports for six with a couple from Natasha McConville, Rachel Brown got both goals as Regents Park Rangers eliminated Wandsworth Borough. QPR Development’s 3-0 victory at Hampton & Richmond Borough included a Chloe Sampson double, while Victoire recorded a similar scoreline against Colne Valley.

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES PREMIER – Kent Football United won the top of the table clash 4-1 at Worthing to move three points clear. Hassocks held Chichester City DS to a goalless draw and four goals were shared in the match between Eastbourne LFC and Crawley Wasps Reserves, with home sub Katie Titmuss among the goals. Meridian are fourth after a 4-1 result at Herne Bay, aided by an Amy Russ brace.

KFU score at Worthing FC. (Photo: @kentfootunited)

NORTH EAST – Consett are top of the North

PREMIER – Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Tynedale are third after a 7-2 thrashing of Castleford White Rose, in which Christine Murray claimed a hat-trick. To their credit, the visitors did pull a couple of goals back in the second half, having had Rebecca Sherrard sent off after 25 minutes. Wakefield secured only their second point with a 3-3 tie against Wallsend BC.

1 NORTH – Consett took over from South Shields in pole position with their 5-0 defeat of Cramlington United, Stephanie Curry leading the way with three goals.

1 SOUTH – Harrogate Railway won a seven-goal thriller at Sheffield Wednesday to close the gap on neighbours and leaders Harrogate Town to two points. Emma Lansdall featured for Railway with three of their four goals.

NORTH WEST LEAGUE – Penrith lead North by nine

PREMIER – Stockport County kept up their strong leadership by beating Blackpool 5-0 with five different scorers and second-placed Tranmere Rovers won 5-2 at MSB Woolton. Merseyrail Bootle made third spot on goal-diffference when hitting Accrington Sports for six. Burnley gained ground on fifth-placed Wigan Athletic when defeating them 2-0 away. Manchester Stingers’ Nic Armstrong sealed a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over CMB and Blackburn CSC lost out 2-1 to Sir Tom Finney.

1 NORTH – Penrith are nine points clear of an also unbeaten Cammell Laird following an 11-1 beating of Bolton Wanderers U-21 Reserves, led by Nat Broad’s seven goals. Preston North End denied Workington Reds all three points in a 2-2 tie, Carlisle United jumped up to fifth with a narrow 2-1 win over basement side Burscough Dynamo and Morecambe Reserves won by the same score at Leigh RMI.

1 SOUTH – FC United still hold a seven-point advantage over Curzon Ashton after a 3-0 victory at West Didsbury & Chorlton, which was watched by a crowd of over 150. Their nearest rivals thumped Northwich Vixens 10-2, with Amy Smith incredibly getting all Curzon’s five first-half goals, later completing her double hat-trick from the spot. Warrington Wolverines won 2-1 at Altrincham, Liverpool Feds Reserves won a derby match at City of Liverpool 10-0 (three each for Danielle Riley and Jade Moore), while Stockport County Blues beat Crewe Alexandra Development 4-0.

SOUTHERN – Wasps sting New Milton

LEAGUE CUP 2ND ROUND – Division 1 South outfit Warsash Wasps had an excellent 5-3 success against second in the Premier New Milton Town, Nicolle Keen with a brace for the underdogs. Woodley United are another side from outside the top flight to go through having beaten Barton Rovers 6-1, half their goals coming from May Hamblin. Chesham United hammered Ascot United 11-0 and Gemma Fraser came off the bench to get four of them.

CHAIRMANS CUP QUARTER-FINALS – Wargrave won 4-1 on penalties at Southampton WFC Reserves, after a late leveller in extra-time from substitute Isobel Devine-McGovern. Winchester City Flyers came through safely 5-2 past Wokingham & Emmbrook, with doubles by Charlie Snelling and Francesca Thornton. Oxford City accounted for Eastleigh 4-1 and Wycombe Wanderers won 9-2 at Fleet Town.

SOUTH WEST – Plymouth handed top spot

PREMIER – Due to postonements and Torquay United’s 3-0 defeat of Downend Flyers, the leaders doubled their advantage to six points over Buckland Athletic, who have three games in hand. Bishops Lydeard and Ilminster Town moved up to third and fourth respectively as a result of their 1-1 draw. Keynsham Town DS collected their second win of the campaign with the only goal against Charlestown, which saw them leapfrog the Cornish side into eighth position.

1 EASTERN – The first three all banked maximum points; Wootton Bassett Town with a walkover against Cheltenham Civil Service, Portishead 2-1 at FC Chippenham with a Taylor Gainey brace and Swindon Town DS 3-0 at fourth-placed Almondsbury, where Gipsy Viveash accounted for two of their three second-half goals. Team Mendip moved three points ahead of Swindon Spitfires when defeating them 5-1, featuring a four-goal haul for Ellison Roberts. Frome Town are off the bottom with their first win, 3-1 over Cheltenham Town DS, Kate Minty with two of their goals. St Nicholas Reserves slipped into last place with a home loss to Oldland Abbotonians, whose Fran Dalton got the game’s sole goal.

1 WESTERN – Although no games went ahead, Plymouth Argyle Reserves were awarded the match with Activate, which meant they replaced Callington Town at the top of the division.

WEST MIDLANDS – Crusaders laid low by Lye

Lye Town beat third-placed Crusaders 3-0.

PREMIER – Bedworth United took the opportunity to stretch their lead to four points by netting eight against Worcester United. Third-placed Crusaders crashed 3-0 at Lye Town. Kingshurst Sporting Club are fifth following a 4-2 victory at Wolverhampton Sporting.

1 NORTH – There is just four points between the top four and new leaders, after Goldenhill Wanderers beat Brereton Town 3-0. Wyrley and Leek Town’s 1-1 tie sees them second and third respectively, while Shrewsbury Town sank lowly Florence 7-1 after a first-half Charlotte Budd hat-trick.

1 SOUTH – Kidderminster Harriers are two points off the leading pair, having won 4-1 at Droitwich Spa. Stourbridge had the same outcome at Solihull Sporting, despite going behind early on.