Dartford, Helston, Sport London e Benfica and Telford go top

Dartford FC Women
Dartford lead the London & South East League. (Liam Asman/SPP)

AFC Telford United, Dartford, Helston Athletic and Sport London e Benfica all went top of their respective Regional League divisions.

EASTERN – Cheshunt only second side to deny Watford Ladies victory

Premier – Haringey Borough stayed second with a 5-3 result at Needham Market, goal-difference ahead of Royston Town who ran out 7-2 winners against St Albans City. Wroxham beat Barking with an Albany Hodgson goal, to leapfrog them into fourth spot.

1 South – Cheshunt were only the second side to deny leaders Watford Ladies Development victory, drawing 1-1 with a Georgina Gosnell penalty. Second-placed Southend United also drew 1-1 at Stanway Pegasus, Hutton’s Daisy Canny hit a hat-trick as they went third with a 4-1 win at Grays Athletic. Billericay Town Devs defeated Wormley Rovers 2-1 with a goal from substitute Cloe O’Brien, Wodson Park put four past Hertford Town to overtake them.

EAST MIDLANDS – Cup semi-finalists confirmed

Premier – Second-placed Ilkeston Town were held 1-1 at home by Grimsby Town, Anstey Nomads won the basement battle 4-2 at Long Eaton United.

1 Central – Loughborough Foxes Vixens’ Renae Huggan-Broughton got the only goal at West Bridgford, listing her team up into fourth position.

1 North – Top side Gainsborough Trinity won at Retford with an Izzy Anderson effort, closest challenger SJR Worksop beat Skegness Town 3-1, while Oughtibridge WM are up to third after putting five past Grimsby Borough, helped by a Laura Cain hat-trick.

1 South – Kirsty Walker scored a first-half double for Newport Pagnell Town, on the way to a 3-0 result at Cardea.

League Cup Q-Fs – New Bradwell St Peter edged out Thrapston Town 2-1 with a decider by Megan Smart, Basford United beat Arnold Eagles 3-1, Lincoln United sank Dronfield Town 7-0 and Mansfield Town eliminated Stamford 3-0.

League Plate Q-Fs – Chesterfield Ladies’ Imogen Fowler got two of their goals in a 3-1 win at Asfordby Amateurs, Rotherham United went through 2-0 at Nottingham Trent University, Northampton Town Devs got the only goal of the tie at Sherwood.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Welling United draw despite two red cards

Premier – Dartford’s narrow 2-1 win over Aylesford was enough to see them wrestle the leadership back from Fulham, Millwall Lionesses had to settle for a 1-1 home draw with Sutton United for whom Jasmine Backhurst netted ten minutes from time.

1 North – Sport London e Benfica went top with an 8-0 result against Richmond Park, as Brentford beat former leaders Dulwich Hamlet Reserves 3-1 with the aid of a Chloe Logie double, watched by a crowd of 153. Clapton were 2-0 winners at Actonians Reserves to go third, Denham United leapfrogged Whyteleafe into fourth with a 3-2 away win over them , while Hackney and Ashmount Leigh ended one apiece.

1 South – Newhaven beat Montpelier Villa 3-0 to further extend their big lead, Dartford Reserves held 0-0 at home by nine-player Welling United who had Charlotte Long dismissed before the break and Hannah Baker red-carded with 14 minutes remaining. Bromley beat Steyning Town 10-0 with Phoebe Murton striking three times, Herne Bay edged Bexhill United 3-2 with Sophie Gifford getting their crucial third in the first half, bottom side Hassocks did likewise to see off Bognor Regis Town with Mia Pordage’s winner.

NORTH EAST – Eleven wins on the spin for Sunderland U-23s

Premier – Bradford City won 3-1 despite an early goal from visitors Spennymoor Town, whom they overtake to go fourth, Wakefield AFC’s 2-1 victory over Alnwick Town also saw them overhaul their visitors in going seventh.

1 North – Sunderland U-23s recorded an eleventh straight win as Milly Cairns contributed a 17-minute treble to the 8-1 scoreline at Hartlepool Pools Youth. Wallsend BC Reserves went second with a 5-1 win at Bishop Auckland, Gateshead were held 0-0 at home to Washington. while Ponteland United’s 3-1 score against Thornaby which put them fourth featured a Sophie Curle hat-trick.

1 South – Millmoor hit Sheffield United Foundation 6-1 to stay top, York City Devs kept up the pressure with a Ruby Watt treble in a 4-1 result at Farsley Celtic JFC Ladies, well-placed York Railway Institute more so after a 3-2 victory at Handsworth. Harworth Colliery edged out of the bottom two with a 2-1 defeat of Ripon City, Georgia Walker-Ellis coming off the bench to grab the winner.

NORTH WEST – Bolton Wanderers win shoot-out

Alliance Design & Print League Cup 1st Rd – Just the one tie went to penalties as Bolton Wanderers beat Bury 4-2 following a 1-1 deadlock, but Curzon Ashton needed extra time to come through 3-2 at Salford City. Mancunian Unity progressed by the same score at Blackburn CSC and there were 1-0 wins for Darwen at Accrington Stanley and Tranmere Rovers away to Penrith. Poulton Vics won 5-2 in front of 125 at Workington Reds, Wythenshawe netted nine against Radcliffe with sub Grace Bradley claiming a late hat-trick. Results elsewhere were; Blackpool 3-1 Penwortham Town, Cheadle Town Stingers 4-1 Morecambe, Chester 1-2 Preston North End, Crewe Alexandra 4-1 Fleetwood Town Wrens, FC St. Helens 3-0 Ellesmere Port Town, Haslingden 3-1 Hindley,  Litherland REMYCA 5-2 Fleetwood Town Wrens Reserves, West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-1 Runcorn Linnets.

West Didsbury & Chorlton v Runcorn Linnets, Alliance Design & Print Cup
West Didsbury & Chorlton pressure Runcorn Linnets in the Alliance Design & Print Cup. (Photo: Neil Thornton)

SOUTHERN – Portchester progress on penalties

1 North – Long Crendon opened up a six-point lead at the top with a 4-0 defeat of Chesham United Devs, Beaconsfield Town are within a point of Ascot United Reserves after sinking them 7-2.

League Cup Q-Fs – AFC Portchester went through 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 tie at AFC Stoneham, Ascot United knocked out Woodley United 2-1 with sub Amelia Kimble grabbing an 83rd-minute winner, Bournemouth Sports edged Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 with an Emma Davis goal in the last quarter of the match.

Chairman’s Cup 1st Rd – Fleet Town sent Abbey Rangers to a 5-2 defeat, Woking walloped Caversham United 13-0 with Trudy Bryan-Kerr scoring four and  Sheena Nichol three.

SOUTH WEST – Sherborne put pressure on Bristol Rovers

Premier – Sherborne Town’s 2-1 win at Pucklechurch Sports left them just three points short of leaders Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers ran out 7-1 winners over Liskeard Athletic.

1 East – Poole Town’s Emma King scored all the goals in a 3-0 beating of third-placed Stockwood Wanderers, second-in-the-table Royal Wootton Bassett Town were held 1-1 at home by Weymouth, Nicola Castle netted the decider as Shaftesbury beat Frome Town 2-1.

1 North – The only game played was goalless but Bristol Rovers Development edged closer to getting off the bottom and Paulton Rovers that bit nearer safety.

1 West – Helston Athletic’s 3-1 beating of Bideford put them top of the table, two points clear of Ilminster Town but from two games more.

WEST MIDLANDS – Telford topple leaders 

Premier – Worcester City hit Crusaders for six and moved ten points ahead of the rest, as Shrewsbury Town defeated second-placed Lye Town 3-2 to lift themselves to fourth. Shifnal Town are fifth following their 3-1 win over Coundon Court in which Rebecca-Lee Bown got a couple, Lichfield City’s Courtney Dilger got a hat-trick in a 5-3 win which took them above hosts Solihull Sporting.

1 North – AFC Telford United knocked Walsall FC off the top, winning 2-1 away to the Saddlers with the decider from Sasha Woodhouse. Leek Town Reserves’ Emma Henderson found the net three times in a 4-0 victory at Darlaston Town that put them up to fourth.

1 South – Hereford Pegasus are level on points with third-placed Alvechurch after a4-2 win at Worcester City Devs, where Roxana Dinescu netted a double for the visitors. Sedgley & Gornal United had Ellie Lewis sent off in the 1-0 home loss to Rugby Town, Nicole Evans with the goal that lifted her side to fifth. Leamington Lions sub Bonnie Mountford scored for a 2-1 win at Redditch United, while Droitwich Spa defeated Bewdley Town 3-0.

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