Burnley closed in on FA Women’s National League Northern Premier leaders Nottingham Forest, Watford substitute Helen Ward scored four times.
Wednesday 15 March
Northern Premier Division
AFC Fylde P-P Liverpool Feds
Burnley 5-1 Brighouse Town (Att: 82)
Burnley beat Brighouse to go second in the table, three points behind Nottingham Forest with one game still in hand. Millie Ravening netted either side of Lucy Sowerby’s equaliser, Evie Priestley, Leah Embley and Dom Cooper adding one each, the latter from 35 yards.
Southern Premier Division
Watford 6-0 Crawley Wasps (Att: 106)
Fourth-placed Watford are four points off the top after hitting basement side Crawley Wasps for six. Annie Rossiter’s goal was the difference at half-time but then Helen Ward entered the field and scored four times including a penalty, fellow sub Dré Georgiou also on target.
Division One Midlands
Long Eaton United P-P Sporting Khalsa
Stourbridge 7-0 Wem Town (Att: 126)
Stourbridge opened up a seven-point lead over Doncaster Rovers Belles in the promotion race, with as many goals against relegation-threatened Wem Town. There was a spot-kick in Lois Jefferies’ treble, Alex Nicklin bagged a brace, with Lexie Harrison and Lyndsey Glover also weighing in.
Division One North
Leeds United 2-0 York City (Att: 122)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-1 Middlesbrough (Att: 220)
Leeds and Norton moved up to sixth and seventh respectively, United defeating York with goals by Abbie Brown and Jess Rousseau, Ancients leapfrogging visitors Middlesbrough in a local derby, sub Katie Ormerod scoring three minutes after coming on following earlier efforts from Bianca Owens and Erin Boyle
Division One South East
Ashford Town 1-0 Queens Park Rangers (Att: 75)
Ashford Town edged QPR to climb to fourth spot, Aimee Durn with the breakthrough 20 minutes from time.
Division One South West
Larkhall Athletic P-P Cardiff City LFC
Southampton Women 1-2 AFC Bournemouth (Att: 120)
AFC Bournemouth’s victory at fifth-placed Southampton Women put them third in the table. Molly Clark and Pearl Mortimer had the Cherries two up, Shannon Sievwright halving the deficit with 15 minutes left.