#FAWPL: Leicester City WFC & Ipswich Town both go second

Southampton WFC’s Philippa Holden battles with Maidenhead’s Amber Langston-Hughes and Gemma Bloor. (Photo: jamesprickett.co.uk)

Leicester City WFC and Ipswich Town went second in their respective divisions, while lowly Mossley Hill held Northern Division 1 leaders Hull City and Chester le Street also boosted their survival hopes.

Sunday 1st April 
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Derby County P-P Blackburn Rovers
Fylde 2-1 Bradford City (Att: 55)
Leicester City WFC 6-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 97)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Coventry United P-P Crystal Palace
Portsmouth 5-0 Swindon Town (Att: 54)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Morecambe 2-3 Chester le Street Town (Att: 25)
Mossley Hill Athletic 1-1 Hull City (Att: 20)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Ipswich Town 5-2 Enfield Town (Att: 40)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Poole Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle (Att: 52)
Southampton WFC 3-0 Maidenhead United (Att:40)

Northern title-chasers, Blackburn Rovers have 14 fixtures to play by 20th May, after yet another postponement.

Leicester City WFC went second on goal-difference after hitting Wolves for six. Leigh Dugmore took just moments to score, with Rosie Axten bagging a first-half brace – the second a penalty via the crossbar – and Nicole Nymoen netted in-between. Dugmore doubled her tally after the restart and Ellie May rounded off the scoring.

Fylde are a point beneath the top half of the table after holding on to beat Bradford City. Alys Hinchcliffe’s goal had Fylde in front at half-time and although the Bantams equalised with 15 minutes left, Jenna Carroll restored the lead from the penalty spot.

Coventry United are another side with a backlog of games, worsened by the scheduled visit of Crystal Palace also falling to the weather.

Portsmouth condemned Swindon Town to a bottom-two finish with a 5-0 victory over their visitors. Daisy McLachlan’s backheel set up Shannon Albuery, who struck again from a corner. Sammy Quayle made it 3-0 when following up McLachlan shot against the post. Pompey scored twice in the last 3 minutes, Albuery completing her hat-trick after Charley Boswell’s effort was parried and Katie James netting the fifth.

Basement side Mossley Hill held up Hull City’s Northern Division 1 title ambitions with a very creditable 1-1 draw against the leaders, Olivia Ellinson getting their goal.

Chester le Street Town pulled off a fine 3-2 win at Morecambe, as the eleventh-placed side moved to within a point of three other teams.

Ipswich Town climbed to second in South East Division 1 with a 5-2 win over Enfield Town. Natasha Thomas forced a save and Sophie Welton turned in the rebound for Ipswich and although Enfield turned the match in their favour, Amanda Crump made it 2-2 from the spot. Four minutes into the second-half and Lindsey Cooper headed home from Crump’s corner and Crump then converted her second penalty, with Gemma Moore drilling in a late fifth goal.

Southampton WFC recorded a thirteenth straight win with a 3-0 defeat of Maidenhead United. Emma Pinner found the net from distance and it was her corners that brought about the other goals. Kirsty Whitton headed in the first of those and Jane Yeates the second.

Plymouth Argyle also maintained their perfect record with a tenth victory but had to battle hard for a 3-2 result at Poole Town. Zoe Cunningham twice put the Pilgrims ahead but Jemma Tewkesbury and Faye Rolfe-Hawkins replied. However, Tash Knapman’s second-half effort was good enough to take the points back to Devon.