Late fightback sees Fylde make final

Luton’s Rachel Kosky and Rachel Carter challenge Alys Hinchcliffe of Fylde. (Photo: James Prickett)

Charlton Athletic are back on top in the Southern, Hull City once again Northern Division 1 leaders, while Leicester City WFC reached the Cup Final and Fylde needed a late fightback to make the Plate Final.

Sunday 11th March
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Bradford City P-P Guiseley Vixens
Middlesbrough 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers P-P Derby County

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Charlton Athletic 5-1 Cardiff City LFC (Att: 94)
Crystal Palace P-P C & K Basildon
Portsmouth P-P Queens Park Rangers
Swindon Town 0-4 Gillingham
West Ham United 2-0 Chichester City (Att: 198)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Birmingham & West Midlands 6-0 Leicester City LFC (Att: 20)
Loughborough Foxes 5-1 The New Saints
Solihull Moors 9-0 Rotherham United (Att: 20)
Sporting Khalsa 0-2 Long Eaton United (Att: 10)
Steel City Wanderers 0-3 Burton Albion (Att: 60)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Chester le Street Town (Att: 40)
Brighouse Town P-P Newcastle United
Chorley 1-1 Liverpool Marshalls Feds (Att: 70)
Hull City 7-0 Morecambe (Att: 60)
Mossley Hill Athletic 3-0 Barnsley (Att: 25)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Denham United 4-1 Enfield Town (Att: 58)
Ipswich Town 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons (Att: 77)
Leyton Orient 0-1 Cambridge United (Att: 56)
Norwich City 1-2 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 20)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Maidenhead United 1-0 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 15)
Plymouth Argyle 13-0 St Nicholas (Att: 35)
Poole Town P-P Keynsham Town
Southampton Saints 3-1 Brislington (Att: 28)
Southampton WFC 2-0 Cheltenham Town (Att: 35)

LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINALS
Blackburn Rovers P-P Coventry United
Leicester City WFC 4-2 Lewes

LEAGUE PLATE SEMI-FINAL
Luton Town 1-2 Fylde (Att: 61)

Havelock hits brace for Boro

Middlesbrough came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 and extend their lead in the Northern Division. Kelly Highman put the visitors in front but Jess Havelock equalised and Eleanor Dale gave Boro the lead just before the break. Emily Scarr made it 3-1 and then Havelock netted her second.

Nottingham Forest pressure Middlesbrough. (Photo: @MWomenFC)

Gurr hat-trick helps Charlton into first

Charlton Athletic went from third to first in the Southern with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City Ladies. Kit Graham and Charlotte Gurr had the Addicks two up before  Cori Williams replied from the penalty spot. Gurr immediately buried a free-kick and Graham also scored her second for a 4-1 interval lead, before Gurr completed her hat-trick after the break.

West Ham moved within two points of Chichester City in seventh when defeating them 2-0 with a double from Amber Stobbs. The Hammers; skipper struck from distance and after City had a goal ruled out, Stobbs got her second via the post in stoppage-time.

Gillingham scored twice in a three-minute spell midway through the first half at Swindon Town and added a third by the interval. A penalty took the score to 4-0 with 6 minutes left, as the Gills moved up to ninth place.

Debut double in Foxes’ five

Loughborough Foxes took another step towards the Midlands title when sending third-placed TNS to a 5-1 defeat. Eva Rogers scored after just 2 minutes for the hosts but the Saints levelled and it was all square at half-time. Laura Steele put a free-kick into the back of the net and Becky McGrother marked her debut with a goal. In added time, Rogers and McGrother both scored again.

Long Eaton had a good 2-0 win at Sporting Khalsa, Viki Adams and Kat Clarke scoring and Cara Newton setting up both goals.

Burton Albion went one better at Steel City, where Sophia Bonser scored on her first appearance and Jordan Atkin added a second-half double, with Wanderers having Claire Bratton sent off just after the hour mark.

Birmingham & West Midlands hit Leicester City Ladies for six, Charlotte Fisher with a hat-trick and one each from Shannie Jennings, Katy Kirby and Emily Painter.

Solihull Moors ran in nine goals against next to bottom Rotherham United.

Seven-Up Hull back on top 

Hull City regained the Northern Division 1 leadership in style by sinking Morecambe 7-0, Hope Knight and Katie Thompson with three each, Rebecca Beech netting the other.

Liverpool Feds had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Chorley, where the hosts led for much of the game. Sasha Rowe levelled from the spot with time running out for the title-chasers.

Bolton Wanderers scraped a 2-1 win over Chester le Street Town, who had cancelled out a Ruby Howard goal, only for Betty Worth to bury the rebound off an injury-time penalty.

Mossley Hill are only bottom on goal-difference a following a 3-0 success over Barnsley. Amy Hughes was twice on target and Caroline Charlton scored from the spot.

Ten-player Cambridge win at Orient   

Cambridge United claimed an impressive 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient, after surviving 35 minutes a player down. Lauren Gibson crossed for Faith Hewitt to score, with the U’s losing Lauren Cartwright for two quick cautions.

AFC Wimbledon had a narrow 2-1 result at Norwich City but are now a massive sixteen points clear in South East Division 1. Two goals in 10 minutes leading up to half-time from a Georgia Heasman free-kick and Caroline Bisson effort had the away side in control, with the Canaries’ Chelsea Garrett later hitting back with a fine strike.

MK Dons improved their chances of a top-two finish with the only goal at second-placed Ipswich Town, where Charley Clarke drilled the ball into the top corner from 25-yards with only 3 minutes remaining.

Denham United defeated Enfield Town 4-1, Alissa Down scoring twice, Sophie Cheadle and Kayleigh Currivan with one apiece. Regan Coleman replied to make it 2-1 but Enfield had Nuala McKevitt dismissed on 58 minutes.

Max points again for perfect pair

Seven-goal Natasha Knapman. (Photo: palfc.org.uk)

It’s now eleven straight wins for South West leaders Southampton WFC, who beat Cheltenham Town with a Manu Naprta penalty and Kellie Warren completing the scoring at 2-0.

Plymouth Argyle progressed into third spot on goal-difference when netting thirteen times against St Nicholas. Tash Knapman was dominant with a seven-goal haul, Zoe Cunningham and Becky Atkins got two each, Danni Barr one, plus an own-goal.

Southampton Saints beat Brislington 3-1, with Cathering Browning and Krystal Whyte setting them on their way to second place with first-half efforts, Alisha Buckingham later adding their third.

Maidenhead United moved three points ahead of Larkhall Athletic after getting the game’s only goal against their visitors from Somerset.

Domingo at the double for final-bound Foxes

Leicester City WFC fought back from an early Amy Taylor goal for Lewes to win 4-2 and reach the cup final. Leigh Dugmore and Holly Morgan turned the game in the Foxes favour by the 16th minute and Sophie Domingo bagged a six-minute brace at the start of the second half, before Sarah Kempson hit a late second for the Rookettes.

Fylde fightback flattens Hatters

Fylde broke Luton Town hearts with two goals in the last dozen minutes in the Plate semi-final. The underdogs had led through a Nicola Henman header on 27 minutes but Liv Wild and Alys Hinchliffe scored to send Fylde into the final against West Ham at Hednesford Town FC on Sunday 15th April.