FA Women’s National League: Match Day One Round-up

Derby County 1-2 Wolves
Last season’s Northern Premier runners-up Wolves began with a win at Deby County. (Photo: @WolvesWomen)

The FA Women’s National League 2023/24 season is underway and amongst the drama Ipswich Town netted a 102nd-minute winner at Cardiff City LFC.

Derby County 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town 4-2 AFC Fylde (Att: 102)
Liverpool Feds 2-3 Burnley (Att: 105)
Newcastle United P-P Halifax
Nottingham Forest 7-0 Stourbridge (Att: 636)
West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Stoke City

Reigning Northern Premier champions Nottingham Forest put seven past promoted Stourbridge with well over 600 fans in attendance, Wolves’ two first-half goals at Derby County proved sufficient, Burnley got the better of Liverpool Feds 3-2 away.


Cardiff City LFC 1-2 Ipswich Town (Att: 250)
Milton Keynes Dons 2-2 Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle 0-6 Billericay Town (Att: 47)
Portsmouth 5-0 Cheltenham Town (Att: 482)
Rugby Borough 3-0 London Bees
Chatham Town 1-3 Hashtag United (Att: 478)

Cardiff City Ladies had Kylie Nolan stretchered off in a 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich Town. Megan Wearing got the winner 12 minutes into the 18 added at the end of the second 45.

MK Dons were two down to Oxford United to fought back to draw with an injury-time leveller. Portsmouth had Isobel Collins sent off on 68 minutes but Sophie Quirk completed a hat-trick to help send Cheltenham Town to a 5-0 defeat.


Lincoln City 6-2 Notts County
Northampton Town 2-1 Peterborough United (Att: 322)
Sheffield FC 1-1 Loughborough Lightning
Solihull Moors P-P Boldmere St Michaels
Sporting Khalsa 3-1 Leafield Athletic (Att: 70)
Sutton Coldfield Town 3-1 Leek Town

Northampton Town v Peterborough United - FA Womens National League
Alex Dicks of Northampton Town takes the ball past Neive Corry of Peterborough United. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Sutton Coldfield Town made a winning debut against Leek Town, Notts County went down 6-2 at Lincoln City. Lauren Purchase’s 17th-minute goal had Loughborough Lightning ahead at Sheffield FC, until Eden Hinchliffe rescued a point 11 minutes from time.

Sheffield FC 1-1 Loughborough Lightning
Sheffield’s Moriah McIntosh (16) evades the challenges of Loughborough’s Jessica Collyer (10) & Hannah Snape. (Photo: Julian Barker)


Barnsley 4-0 Chorley
Chester le Street Town 0-3 Durham Cestria (Att: 158)
FC United of Manchester 1-7 Doncaster Rovers Belles
Leeds United 2-1 Stockport County (Att: 411)
Middlesbrough 0-0 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 696)
York City 3-4 Hull City (Att: 105)

Doncaster Rovers Belles sank returning FC United 7-1, Hull City won the seven-goal thriller at York City, Middlesbrough drew 0-0 watched by nearly 700.


AFC Sudbury 1-2 Norwich City (Att: 203)
Cambridge City P-P Cambridge United
Haywards Heath Town 1-3 Ashford Town
London Seaward 3-1 Actonians (Att: 62)
Worthing P-P AFC Wimbledon

Haywards Heath Town v Ashford Town
Ashford Town’s Nicole Leys and Haywards Heath’s Iliana Harris-Walters. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

AFC Sudbury suffered heartbreak on their FAWNL debut, Norwich City taking the points in added time, Ashford Town came from behind to win at Haywards Heath Town.


Bridgwater United 1-5 Exeter City
Keynsham Town 3-4 Maidenhead United (Att: 70)
Portishead Town 4-2 Torquay United (Att: 170)
Selsey 0-13 AFC Bournemouth (Att: 60)
Southampton Women P-P Moneyfields
Swindon Town 4-2 Abingdon United (Att: 158)

AFC Bournemouth ran riot with 13 goals at Selsey where Gemma McGuinness claimed a treble, Maidenhead United won by the odd goal in seven at Keynsham Town. There were 4-2 debut defeats on the road for Torquay United and Abingdon United at Portishead Town and Swindon Town respectively. Annys Turner bagged a barce for Portishead, likewise Annabelle Colston for Swindon who had substitute Holly Randall sent off.

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