Alvechurch and Nottingham Trent University go top, Gloucester City stun leaders

Alvechurch v Hereford Pegasus, West Midlands League Division 1 South.
Alvechurch lead West Midlands League Division 1 South, after becoming the first side to win at Hereford Pegasus this season. (Barcud-Coch Photography)

Alvechurch and Nottingham Trent University went top of Regional League tables, while Gloucester City won 5-0 away to South West Division 1 North leaders.

EASTERN – Barking and Wormley into Plate semi-finals

Premier – Wroxham went fourth with a narrow victory over St Albans City, thanks to a Chelsea Clarke goal. Needham Market’s Mia Etheridge-Golding bagged a brace in a 5-3 thriller with Stevenage, which put them just a point behind their mid-table visitors.

1 North – Histon beat fourth-placed Newmarket Town 2-1 to move level on points with them, Stevenage Development defeated Thetford Town by the same score to jump three places to seventh.

1 South – Southend United were 2-0 winners over Lawford, as they cut Watford Ladies Development’s lead to seven points, with a goal apiece from Ellie Nicholls and Emily Pert.

League Plate Quarter-Finals – Barking reached the semi-finals with a 2-1 result at Wodson Park, Cheshunt have over 100 fans at their tie with Wormley Rovers but bowed out by a similar scoreline.

EAST MIDLANDS – Nottingham Trent University takeover Central leadership

Premier – Basford United leapfrogged Rotherham United into third spot with a 2-0 win over the Millers, Chesterfield Ladies’ Millie Standen got the only goal as they won at Mansfield Town to take fifth position from them.

1 Central – Nottingham Trent University ran out 7-2 winners over West Bridgford, to knock Arnold Eagles off the top of the table.

1 North – Oughtibridge WM drew 1-1 away to leaders Gainsborough Trinity with a Laura Cain effort, second-placed SJR Worksop saw off Lincoln United Development 4-1. Third-in-the-table Dronfield Town won away at Skegness Town, where Sophie Hoyes and substitute Carlie Green scored in the last half-hour.

1 South – Newport Pagnell Town rose to fourth with a narrow 2-1 result over a winless Cardea, the mid-table meeting between Stamford and New Bradwell St Peter ended 1-1.

League Plate Quarter-Final – Kettering Town are through to the last four after a 4-1 result against Leicester City LFC, in which Mikaela Welford hit a hat-trick.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Benfica edge North Division top-two clash

Premier – Dartford’s 2-0 victory at Sutton United kept them four points clear at the top, nearest rivals Fulham edged Dorking Wanderers 1-0 in front of 214 fans. Ebbsfleet United won 2-1 at Ashford United, as did Saltdean United away to Millwall Lionesses with goals by Molly Hill and Khyri McKenzie. Aylesford stayed out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at home to Enfield Town, who still have four games in hand on them.

1 North – Sport London E Benfica edged the top-of-the-table clash with Dulwich Hamlet Reserves 1-0, to move five points ahead of them. Clapton got all three goals of the game at Denham United, Actonians Reserves scored three times in a five-minute spell for a 3-1 win at Ashmount Leigh. Chloe Logie scored half of Brentford’s 14 goals against Camden & Islington United, watched by a crowd of 119,

1 South – Second-placed Bromley sank Herne Bay 7-0, Dartford Reserves defeated Steyning Town 4-1 and Montpelier Villa moved up to fourth following a 5-1 beating of Hassocks.

NORTH EAST – Consett’s Curry too hot for Wallsend

Premier – Bradford City returned from South Shields 2-1 victors thanks to a Mia Jacobs brace, to take fourth place from their hosts.

1 North – Consett closed in on second-placed Wallsend BC Reserves, overcoming them 5-3 as Stephanie Curry featured with a four-goal haul. Ponteland United’s Freya Martin netted the one goal at Washington, Gateshead were held 3-3 at home by Bishop Auckland, Chester le Street United gained ground on Hartlepool Pools Youth when downing them 4-0.

1 South – Millmoor opened up a seven-point lead with as many goals against Harworth Colliery, of which Abby Watkinson scored three. Chesterfield FC Women could have jumped two places to second but went down 1-0 at home to Handsworth. Lower Hopton netted nine times at Ripon City, Sheffield United Foundation got out of the bottom two with a 1-0 win over Farsley Celtic JFC Ladies.

League Cup 3rd Round – Wakefield AFC progressed 4-2 on penalties, following a 4-4 deadlock at the end of extra-time away to York City Development. Wallsend BC’s Eleanor Regan grabbed the decider in a 3-2 win at Hartlepool United, Ossett United won 3-1 at York Railway Institute, Barnsley FC hit hosts Hull United for six, Spennymoor Town eliminated Alnwick Town with two of the three goals from Autumn Colledge double. Sunderland U-23s had a walkover against Redcar Town, as did Sunderland West End in their tie with Thornaby.

NORTH WEST – Mancunian Unity take the points in top-two meeting

Premier – Darwen went fourth with seven unanswered goals at Blackpool, the mid-table match between Crewe Alexandra and Curzon Ashton was a 1-1 tie.

1 North – Mancunian Unity extended their lead to 11 points with a 4-1 success at Penrith, who consequently slip to third. Radcliffe’s Sophie Coates scored four minutes after coming off the bench in a 1-1 mid-table draw with visitors Haslingden.

1 South – Wythenshawe already led the table on goal-difference from Chester, before putting 15 past fourth-placed hosts Warrington.

Alliance Design & Print League Plate 1st Rd – Hayley Wilford scored twice in the first half as Blackburn CSC beat Bury 2-1, Workington Reds went through 4-0 against Fleetwood Town Wrens.

SOUTHERN – Ascot double advantage

Premier – Ascot United’s two second-half goals brought them a 4-2 win at Wycombe Wanderers, which put them six points clear. Oxford City are third after defeating Winchester City Flyers 5-1, basement side Badshot Lea held on to take the points 3-2 at Eastleigh after going in three up at the break.

1 North – Abingdon United Development earned a point from a 2-2 home draw against leaders Long Crendon, for whom substitute Michelle Bailey struck twice.

1 South – There was a 4-0 victory for top team Havant & Waterlooville at Fleet Town, AFC Portchester kept up the pressure with an 8-1 result over Rushmoor whose Kimberley Marshall was sent off after only 10 minutes. AFC Stoneham won 3-0 at Bournemouth Sports Reserves, Woking are fourth having beaten Abbey Rangers 7-2 aided by Charlotte Keenan’s treble.

Chairman’s Cup – Both ties went to penalties, as Eversley & California edged Milton United 4-3 following a 2-2 deadlock, Penn & Tylers Green going through 5-3 after a goalless game at Kidlington.

SOUTH WEST – Gloucester City stun Weston

Premier – Pucklechurch Sports got all five goals of the game at Frampton Rangers to go fifth, their hosts finishing their fixtures bottom of the nine-team table on goal-difference.

1 East – Second-placed Royal Wootton Bassett Town were held 1-1 at home by Bath City, Weymouth went fifth with a 5-0 win at Frome Town.

1 North – Gloucester City stunned leaders Weston Super Mare whom they hit 5-0 away from home, Bristol Rovers Development defeated Bitton 2-0 to move off the bottom, now occupied by Mangotsfield United who went down 3-1 at home to Paulton Rovers.

WEST MIDLANDS – Harriers halt leaders

Premier – Unbeaten leaders Worcester City were held 2-2 at home by Kidderminster Harriers, watched by a crowd of 300. Burton Albion gained ground with a 3-1 defeat of Solihull Sporting, likewise Lye Town who saw off Coundon Court 2-0. Shrewsbury Town put five past Lichfield City, Shifnal Town beat off Crusaders 3-1, while Knowle leapt three places to eight when defeating Coventry Sphinx 3-0 – helped by a Marsha Malik brace – as their visitors dropped into the bottom two.

1 North – Walsall FC Women won 4-2 at fourth-placed Leek Town Reserves to go level on points with leaders AFC Telford United, albeit having played six games more.

1 South – Alvechurch took top spot from Long Itchington, as Alisha Sheridan and sub Charlotte Leedham scored in their 2-0 success away to Hereford Pegasus. Sedgley & Gornal United drew 1-1 with Worcester City Development but still have four points to make up from as many games in hand, to have a chance of escaping the drop.

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