Dulwich Hamlet and Worcester City promoted to FA WNL

Worcester City, West Midlands League champions

Dulwich Hamlet and Worcester City took the last two promotion places to the FA WNL after clinching Regional League Premier Division titles.

EASTERN – Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers promoted

Premier – Jess McKay hit a hat-trick as runners-up Luton Town finished with a 6-1 defeat of relegated AFC Dunstable, whose Hayley Smith was sent off.

1 North – Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers clinched the title by one point from Harpenden Town, after a 2-2 draw at third-placed Mulbarton Wanderers.

League Cup Final – Real Bedford added the cup to their Premier Division title, beating Wroxham 4-2 at Newmarket Town FC.

League Plate Final – Wormley Rovers were 3-0 winners over Stevenage Development.

EAST MIDLANDS – Arnold Eagles secure second place

Premier – Runners-up Chesterfield ran out 5-1 winners at next-to-bottom Grimsby Town.

1 Central – Asfordby Amateurs needed to beat Arnold Eagles to take second spot but the 1-1 draw left the visitors with the runners-up position.

Finals Day – Arnold Eagles host a double-header on 26 May, as Kettering Town and Rotherham United contest the League Plate at 11am, followed at 3pm by the League Cup between Basford United and Lincoln United.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Trophies for Brentford and Dulwich

Premier – Dulwich Hamlet were confirmed as champions by three points after a 5-1 win in front of 167 at Saltdean United, where only a double-figure defeat might have handed the crown to Dartford.

League Trophy Final – Brentford beat Whyteleafe 4-2 at Dorking Wanderers FC, where Chloe Logie bagged a crucial brace.

Brentford v Whyteleafe, London & South East League Trophy final
Whyteleafe’s Alex White and Chloe Logie of Brentford. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

NORTH EAST – Sunderland U-23s complete three-day double

Premier – Barnsley FC finished top by six points following Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Wakefield which was watched by over 500 fans, while Sunderland West End won by the same score at Redcar Town. Sunday saw Hartlepool United edge Alnwick Town 1-0 to leave themselves needing a point next Sunday at home to Sunderland West End to avoid the drop, at the expense of Harrogate Town. Bradford City scored four second-half goals for a 6-2 result at Hull United, whose Lauren Holmes got a second yellow card near the end. Wakefield scored all three goals of the game at Redcar Town and are home again next week to Wallsend BC.

1 North – Sunderland U-23s secured top spot ahead of Ponteland United, with a 2-0 victory away to Wallsend BC Reserves on Thursday. Ponteland bounced back with a 6-0 win at Consett on Sunday with three from Liz Kunz, while Thornaby saw off Gateshead 4-2 to secure third place. Sunderland U-23s visit Washington on Wednesday and host Chester le Street United on Sunday.

1 South – York Railway Institute pipped Ossett United to the title by a point, drawing 2-2 at Altofts on Tuesday, before a 4-0 victory at Chesterfield FC on Sunday, when Lower Hopton sent Sheffield United Foundation to a 6-0 defeat.

League Cup Final – Sunderland U-23s followed up their midweek success with a 2-1 win against league champions Barnsley FC at Norton Sports Complex. Niyah Dunbar and a 25-yard strike from Naimh Boothroyd had the Black Cats two up, Amy Dawson gave the Tykes late hope with a goal back.

Sunderland U-23s v Barnsley FC, North East League Cup final.
Sunderland U-23s after their League Cup final win. (Photo: @SAFCWomen)

SOUTH WEST – Ilminster up, MAP lift cup

1 West – Ilminster Town are champions after Saltash United failed to take the three points they needed for the title at Helston Athletic. A 3-0 victory for the hosts saw them finish level on points with the Ashes.

Premier League Cup Final – Marine Academy Plymouth beat league champions Bristol Rovers 2-0 in front of around 130 fans at Tiverton Town FC on Saturday.

WEST MIDLANDS – Worcester and Alvechurch both take titles before trip to rivals

Premier – Worcester City sealed top spot with a game to go, defeating Shifnal Town 3-0 to move out of reach of Lye Town. Any nerves were settled by a first-minute goal from Jessica Fassnidge, who went on to score a second. Crusaders edged a seven-goal basement battle with Lichfield City despite a treble from the visitors’  Tilly Astell. Three substitutes scored for the home side; Malika Higgins, Kia Hopkins-Shaw and Suraya Hutchinson. Coventry Sphinx drew 1-1 with Knowle in midweek and went down 4-1 at home to Coundon Court on Sunday. Wednesday sees Shifnal Town entertain Knowle, with four games on Sunday; Sphinx v Kidderminster Harriers, Crusaders v Solihull Sporting, Lye v Worcester, Shrewsbury Town v Coundon.

1 North – AFC Telford United put 13 past Darlaston Town with Abby White leading the way with a four-goal haul, but Port Vale are in pole position following a 2-o win at Tamworth. Coventry City ran out 5-0 winners at Walsall Wood on Wednesday, Wood then responding by winning 3-1 at Newcastle Town on Sunday, while Lichfield City Reserves scored six at Coventrians. Fixtures for Sunday 26 May are; Telford v Tamworth, Coventrians v Darlaston, Newcastle v  Leek Reserves, Walsall Wood v Port Vale. Coventrians then play Port Vale on Wednesday 29 May.

1 South – Alvechurch are champions after a 3-1 win in the top-of-the-table clash with Redditch Borough, Alisha Sheridan bagging a brace. Bewdley Town beat Long Itchington 3-2, Hereford Pegasus shared six goals with Leamington Lions. Remaining matches: Tues – Pegasus v Worcester Devs, Weds – Leamington v Bewdley, Sun – Bewdley v Leamington, Redditch Borough v Alvechurch.

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