Bradford City Women wallop leaders

Bradford City celebrate a goal against Middlesbrough (Photo: Paul Rogers)

FAWPL Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough crashed 9-2 at Bradford City, while Blackburn Rovers needed a late goal at Brighouse Town to reach the League Cup semi-finals.

Sunday 18th February

Bradford City 9-2 Middlesbrough (Att: 73)
Derby County 1-0 Fylde (Att: 75)
Stoke City 3-2 Huddersfield Town (Att: 105)

Swindon Town P-P West Ham United

Burton Albion 6-0 Rotherham United (Att: 55)
Loughborough Foxes 9-0 Steel City Wanderers (Att: 39)
Sheffield United 4-1 Long Eaton United (Att: 106)

Barnsley 2-2 Mossley Hill Athletic
Hull City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers (Att: 50)
Liverpool Marshalls Feds 1-0 Chorley (Att: 50)

AFC Wimbledon 8-2 Norwich City (Att: 100)
Actonians 4-2 Enfield Town
Stevenage 10-0 Haringey Borough (Att: 60)

Poole Town P-P Plymouth Argyle

Brighouse Town 1-2 Blackburn Rovers (Att: 107)

Bantams batter Boro

Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough were crushed 9-2 at Bradford City, where Laura Elford claimed a double hat-trick to send the Bantams seventh. Arianne Parnham lobbed home from distance, while Ellie White and Hannah Campbell got City’s other goals.

Stoke City are third after edging second-placed Huddersfield Town 3-2. Faye McCoy and Kate Asher had the Potters two up at half-time, Lucy Sowerby pulled one back but Hannah Keryakoplis restored the two-goal cushion. Asher was then sent off and the Terriers made it a tense finale with Kate Mallin’s goal 4 minutes from the end.

Derby County defeated Fylde by the only goal of the game. Lauren Crosswell forced the ball home from a second-half corner to claim all three points.

Nine-goal Foxes stay in first

Loughborough Foxes retained a three-point advantage in Midlands Division 1 after sinking Steel City Wanderers 9-0. Charlotte Cooper hit a hat-trick, Rebecca Knight and Olivia Bramley bagged a brace each, Laura Dexter and Tiana Hicks their other scorers.

Sheffield United kept up the pressure when beating Long Eaton United 4-1, Nat Shaw and Froggart setting them on their way with two goals in as many minutes. United got one back, only for Shaw to double her tally and new signing Georgia Stevens to net the Blades’ fourth from 20 yards out.

Burton Albion hit Rotherham United for six, with Jordan Atkin claiming half that total. Jemma Grimadell got a couple and Lily Cocking her first senior goal for the Brewers, who scored four in the final 19 minutes.

Tigresses right on Feds’ heels

Liverpool Marshalls Feds just held the Northern Division 1 leadership with a narrow win over Chorley. They had to ait until 5 minutes from time, when Carla Lee won a spot-kick which Sasha Rowe put away.

Hull City are only behind Feds through scoring fewer goals following a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Mossley Hill took their fourth point of the season with a 2-2 tie at Barnsley, who moved up to eighth. Kirstie Pickin and Amy Hughes scored for the basement side but there was a last minute equaliser from the Tykes’ Darcie Greene.

Dons open up eleven-point lead

AFC Wimbledon now have an eleven point lead in South East Division 1, after a big 8-2 win over Norwich City. Georgia Heasman and Katie Stanley got two each, Hannah Billingham, Laura Quinn-Low, Rebecca Sargent and Caroline Bisson one apiece, while the Canaries goals came from Aimee Durrant and Jodie Drake.

Actonians moved within a point of seventh-placed Enfield Town after defeating them 4-2. Carla Williams and Alessandra Barreca both got two, with Nuala McKevitt and Lisa Kline replying.

Stevenage thrashed Haringey Borough 10-0 to rise to ninth, Nicole Emmings, Paige Logie and Amy Makewell all scoring three, Ellie Searle with the other.

Ria puts Rovers into semis

There was late drama in the League Cup quarter-final at Brighouse Town, where Ria Montgomery scored an 88th-minute winner for Blackburn Rovers. Natalie Fenton’s floated ball went in at the far post to give the top flight side a half-time lead. Danielle Hill saved a Brighouse penalty but Lauren Doyle followed up to equalise with 10 minutes to go, but Rovers scored from a late corner.

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