Leicester City WFC progress to FAWPL Cup semis on pens

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Coventry United and Leicester City WFC won through to the League Cup semi-finals, Luton Town reached the Plate last four, while Hull City went top of Northern Division 1.

Sunday 25th February 
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Bradford City 0-3 Blackburn Rovers (Att: 84)
Middlesbrough 3-1 Derby County
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-4 Stoke City (Att: 50)
West Bromwich Albion 0-5 Fylde (Att: 64)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Cardiff City LFC 0-2 Portsmouth (Att: 80)
Lewes P-P Gillingham
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Crystal Palace (Att: 46)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Burton Albion 4-0 Leicester City Ladies (Att: 45)
Long Eaton United 3-0 Steel City Wanderers (Att: 42)
Radcliffe Olympic 2-1 Sporting Khalsa (Att: 25)
Rotherham United 0-4 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 40)
The New Saints 2-2 Birmingham & West Midlands (Att: 29)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Crewe Alexandra 6-2 Chester le Street Town (Att: 27)
Hull City 4-1 Newcastle United (Att: 50)
Liverpool Marshalls Feds 0-0 Brighouse Town (Att: 70)
Mossley Hill Athletic 5-1 Morecambe

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Actonians 1-2 Stevenage (Att: 20)
Enfield Town 2-3 Norwich City (Att: 43)
Haringey Borough 1-9 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 30)
Ipswich Town 3-1 Cambridge United (Att: 55)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Brislington 0-3 Southampton Saints (Att: 42)
Cheltenham Town 0-2 Poole Town (Att: 53)
Keynsham Town 2-0 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 50)
St Nicholas 3-1 Maidenhead United (Att: 30)

LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Plymouth Argyle 0-3 Coventry United (Att: 55)
Nottingham Forest 1-1 (aet) Leicester City WFC (Leicester won 5-4 on pens) (Att: 145)

LEAGUE PLATE QUARTER-FINAL
Luton Town 3-2 Milton Keynes Dons (Att: 71)

RESERVES CUP SEMI-FINAL
C & K Basildon Res 1-5 Stoke City Res (Att: 71)

Boro bounce back

Middlesbrough suggest the ball has crossed the Derby County goal line. (Photo: @MWomenFC)

Middlesbrough have a six-point lead over Huddersfield Town at the top of the Northern Division, after defeating Derby County 3-1. Responding to last week’s shock thrashing, Boro scored two early goals through Millie Bell and Emily Scarr, Andi Bell pulled one back but Scarr secured the win in added time.

Stoke City moved level on points with second-placed Huddersfield Town when winning 4-1 at Wolves, courtesy of goals from Kate Asher and Cassie Hyde put chances away for the Potters before Courtney Jones buried a free kick in response. Hannah Keryakoplis restoredd the two-goal cushion in first-half stoppage-time, with Faye McCoy firing in the fourth midway through the second period.

Blackburn Rovers made it seven wins from nine with a 3-0 result at Bradford City. Natasha Flint curled in a 20th-minute opener, Lynda Shepherd finishing off the second after an Ellie Cook header. When Saffron Jordan’s shot was saved, Flint followed up to net her second.

Blackburn Rovers close down Bradford City. (Photo:: Paul Rogers)

Fylde climbed two places to seventh when sending West Brom to a 5-0 home loss. There was only Lauren Davies’ goal in it at the break, Leah Foster, Hollie Kelsh and Sophie Charlton among the scorers after the interval.

Eagles close in on Southern summit

Crystal Palace are just two points short of Southern leaders C & K Basildon, having taken the points 2-1 at QPR. Ciara Sherwood’s set-piece for Palace went straight in and although Rangers restored parity with a strike from outside the box just after the hour mark, Ellie Bailes swiftly had the Eagles back ahead.

Portsmouth progressed up the table to fifth with a 2-0 victory at Cardiff City Ladies. Daisy McLachlan tapped in from an Ellie Kirby cross early in the second half and with 6 minutes left. ilidh Currie fired home from Rachel Panting’s cutback. Samantha Quayle then had a goal ruled out from Pompey, while Cardiff hit the post.

Foxes forge ahead

Midlands Division 1 leaders Loughborough Foxes doubled their advantage to six points over Sheffield United by winning 4-0 at Rotherham United. Rebecca Knight scored off a square pass from Eva Rogers but the visitors had to wait until the last 20 minutes to score again. Jodie Bartle flicked home Laura Steele’s corner, Charlotte Cooper got the third and after a goalmouth scramble, Steele bundled the ball over the line.

Third in the table TNS were held 2-2 by Birmingham & West Midlands, for whom Jodie Bragan struck from 25 yards on her full debut and Charlie Fisher scored with a half-volley.

All the goals came in the first half as Radcliffe Olympic edged Sporting Khalsa 2-1. Rania Ramadan and Alex Saulter got the hosts’ goals, Steph Speck found the net for Khalsa, who could not quite find an equaliser.

Burton Albion beat basement team Leicester City Ladies 4-0, Hayleigh Sutton and Jordan Atkin both on target in the opening 24 minutes. After Sutton doubled her tally, Charlotte Cresswell added a late fourth.

Long Eaton moved up to ninth with a 3-0 success over Steel City Wanderers, in which Viki Adams found the net twice and Cara Newton once.

Hull City hit top spot again

Tigresses jump for joy. (Photo: @FanaticHull)

Hull City are back on top of Northern Division 1 with a 4-1 result against Newcastle United.

Liverpool Feds lost the leadership when held to a feisty goalless draw by Brighouse Town, with the hosts twice denied by the crossbar.

Although holding a narrow 2-1 lead at half-time, Crewe Alexandra went on to hit Chester le Street Town for six, with the bottom-but-one side replying twice. Laura Garner and Amanda Fallon both scored two each, Michelle Saunders and Abbie Chapman adding singles.

Mossley Hill gained only their second win in some style, 5-1 at home to fourth-placed Morecambe, Nicola James and Amy Hughes got two each, Rachel Davison the other for the hosts.

Dons dominant

AFC Wimbledon opened up a fourteen-point lead in South East Division 1 with a 9-1 thrashing of Haringey Borough. Katie Stanley got a double, Jess Trimnell and Georgia Heasman one each, before a late goal rush brought one apiece for Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Caroline Bisson and substitutes Laura Quinn-Low and Rebecca Sargent.

Ipswich Town’s 3-1 score against Cambridge United lifted them to third. Natasha Thomas bagged a brace and Miagh Downey their other, Amber Cantwell on target for the U’s.

Stevenage leapfrogged Actionans and went seventh with a 2-1 win in West London. Paige Logie’s goal was cancelled out by Alessandra Barreca by the break but Donna McGuigan grabbed a second-half decider.

Enfield Town’s Claire Ford tackles Brydie Siryi of Norwich City. (Photo: James Prickett)

Norwich City improved their survival hopes, winning by the odd goal in five at Enfield Town. Katherine Long took only second to score for Enfield, with Sheryce Slater getting their other goal, while Aimee Durrant bagged a brace for the Canaries and Australian signing Brydie Siryj netted the winner on her City debut.

Keynsham gain ground

Keynsham Town’s 2-0 defeat of Larkhall Athletic put them within six points of South West Division 1 top side Southampton WFC. Keynsham left it late with two goals in the last ten minutes from Sandy Abi-Elias and Justine Lorton.

Brislington were beaten 3-0 at home by fourth-placed Southampton Saints.

Poole Town are fifth following the 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town, where Charlotte Eastham got both goals.

St Nicholas won 3-1 against mid-table Maidenhead United to move within a point of the Magpies.

Coventry & Leicester into Cup semis

Two-goal Nikki Miles (Photo: @CovUnitedLFC)

Coventry United won 3-0 at Plymouth Argyle to book a League Cup semi-final trip to Blackburn Rovers next Sunday. Nikki Miles scored in either half, with Amber Hughes netting in-between.

The East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City WFC went all the way to sudden-death penalties, as the Foxes progressed 5-4 in the shoot-out to host Lewes in the last four. Ellie May’s goal for City on 34 minutes was cancelled out by Natasha Hudson 20 minutes later.

Luton through to last four of Plate

Luton Town edged out MK Dons 3-2 to set up a home game with Fylde. Vicky Holland and Heather McDonnell had the Dons 2-1 up at the interval, Zara Carroll with the Hatters’ goal when following up from hitting the bar. Natasha Fensome equalised and Nicola Henman dramatically got a last-minute winner.

Hull City host West Ham United in the other half of the draw on 4th March.

Potters to face Pompey in Reserves final

Stoke City will meet Portsmouth in the Reserves Cup final after winning through 5-1 at C & K Basildon. Abbie Iddenden, Lucy Ridgway and Kerri Brown registered before the hosts replied, only for Emily Curteis and Roisin Kivel to also get on the scoresheet for the Potters.