#FAWNL: Big wins for Yeovil Town Women and Loughborough Foxes

Watford score at Portsmouth.,
Watford take the lead through Helen Ward at Porsmouth, (Photo: Andrew Waller Images)

There were big opening day victories For Yeovil Town and Loughborough Foxes, while Burnley and Crawley Wasps both won on their Premier Division debuts.

FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE – Opening day results 

NORTHERN PREMIER

Burnley 3-2 Derby County (Att: 188)
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Fylde (Att: 107)
Hull City 3-7 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 120)
Middlesbrough 5-2 Nottingham Forest
Stoke City 3-0 Sheffield FC (Att: 225)
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Sunderland (Att: 76)

SOUTHERN PREMIER

Cardiff City LFC 0-1 Gillingham (Att: 100)
Chichester City 0-3 Milton Keynes Dons (Att: 90)
Crawley Wasps 2-0 Plymouth Argyle (Att: 91)
Hounslow 0-9 Yeovil Town (Att: 50)
Oxford United P-P Keynsham Town
Portsmouth 0-2 Watford (Att: 207)

DIVISION 1 MIDLANDS

Bedworth United 2-2 Sporting Khalsa (Att: 50)
Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-3 Leafield Athletic (Att: 198)
Leicester United 2-0 Burton Albion (Att: 75)
Long Eaton United 3-1 Solihull Moors (Att: 80)
The New Saints 1-5 Birmingham & West Midlands (Att: 40)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Lincoln City (Att: 112)

Leafield Athletic won 3-0 at Doncaster Rovers Belles
Lauren Breen (Doncaster Rovers Belles, red) and Leafield’s Sofi Liperis. (Photo: Julian Barker)

DIVISION 1 NORTH

Barnsley 2-0 Newcastle United (Att: 100)
Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Norton & Stockton Ancients
Bradford City 3-2 Durham Cestria (Att: 44)
Brighouse Town 3-0 Chorley (Att: 50)
Leeds United 1-0 Liverpool Feds (Att: 120)
Stockport County 0-2 Chester le Street Town (Att: 40)

DIVISION 1 SOUTH EAST

AFC Basildon 2-4 Norwich City
Billericay Town 5-2 Kent Football United
Cambridge United 1-2 Enfield Town (Att: 81)
Ipswich Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 150)
Leyton Orient 5-1 Cambridge City
Stevenage 1-2 Actonians

DIVISION 1 SOUTH WEST

Brislington 2-5 Southampton WFC (Att: 48)
Cheltenham Town 2-0 Poole Town (Att: 92)
Chesham United 2-5 Southampton FC (Att: 40)
Exeter City 3-0 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 85)
Maidenhead United 0-4 Buckland Athletic (Att: 61)

Northern Premier – Seven-goal Foxes in first

Loughborough Foxes won the goal-fest at Hull City 7-3 to be the first leaders of the table, Becky McGrother to the fore with a four-goal haul.

Katie Barker’s second half goal along with Bridget Galloway’s first half finish gave last season’s runners-up Sunderland a winning start at promoted West Brom.

Burnley’s debut at this level came with an impressive 3-2 defeat of Derby County in which Levi Rathburn bagged a brace for the Clarets.

There was also a perfect start for Stoke, with Alison Hall, Tanisha Smith and Roisin Kivel scoring a 3-0 win over Sheffield FC.

Another three-goal margin of victory was achieved by Middlesbrough over Nottingham Forest, Eleanor Dale with two of their tally.

Georgia Payton scored a stoppage-time goal to earn Fylde a 2-2 tie at Huddersfield.

Middlesbrough in action against Nottingham Forest.
Middlesbrough put five past Nottingham Forest. (Photo: Colin Lock)

Southern Premier – Glovers hit nine at Hounslow

Regrouping after a two-tier drop, Yeovil took it out on Hounslow in a 9-0 thrashing and Sarah Wiltshire marked her return to the club by notching a treble.

Cardiff now know being a welsh side will not stop them qualifying for the Championship but Gillingham dampened their dream with a 1-0 away win. Grace Harrison got the goal while keeper Cara Davies kept City at bay.

Crawley’s new challenge began well with a 2-0 defeat over Plymouth, Sam Pittuck and Tash Stephens on target.

Watford had a good win at Portsmouth thanks to Helen Ward’s first-half double.

MK Dons went one better at Chichester where Dominika Netschova scored twice, Emma Kirby saved a penalty and Shauna Munnelly was sent off.

Chichester City v MK Dons
Chichester City on the attack against MK Dons. (Photo: Sheena Booker)

Division 1 Midlands – Leafield beat Belles

Doncaster had almost 200 in for the visit of Leafield but a Daisy Clements double helped the away side to a 3-0 win. Lois Jefferies got a couple as Wolves won 3-1 against Lincoln, Leicester United made a winning debut 2-0 over Burton, Birmingham & West Midlands struck five at TNS wit two each for Holly Rogers and Jade Grove, Long Eaton saw off Solihull 3-1 and four goals were shared between Bedworth and Sporting Khalsa.

Division 1 North – Brighouse early leaders

Brighouse got all three goals in the game with Chorley, Laura Bartup with one of them and also an assist on her debut. Barnsley began well with a 3-0 result over Newcastle. Promoted pair Durham Cestria and Stockport lost out to Bradford and Chester-le-Street respectively, Bolton got the only goal against Norton, as did Leeds at home to Liverpool Feds.

Division 1 South East – O’s on top

AFC Basildon in action with Norwich City in the FAWNL
Afc Basildon v Norwich City. (Photo: Little James Photography)

Defeats for both debutants in the division as Cambridge City went down 5-1 at Orient and Kent Football United lost out 5-2 to Billericay. Norwich netted a 4-2 victory at Basildon, there were 2-1 successes on the road for Enfield at Cambridge United and Actonians at Stevenage, while Ipswich were held 1-1 by Wimbledon.

Division 1 South West – Southampton double

Southampton Women were one of two sides from their city to win 5-2 away, their result came despite ending the game at Brislington with nine players, with Jane Yeates getting a hat-trick, a spell in the sin bin and a red card. Southampton FC’s first FAWNL match was a 5-2 scoreline at Chesham where Shannon Sievwright twice fond the net for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team. Elsewhere Sarah Stacey got three of Buckland’s four goals at Maidenhead and Exeter City returned in style with three unanswered goals against Larkhall.