FAWNL: Billericay Town end Oxford United Women’s winning start

Billericay Town's Beau Parker after equalising at Oxford United
Billericay Town’s Beau Parker (right) after equalising at Oxford United. (Photo: @BTFCPress)

Billericay Town became the first side to take points off Oxford United in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier this season.

Northern Premier Division

Boldmere St Michaels 2-3 Burnley (Att: 75)
Derby County 0-2 AFC Fylde
Huddersfield Town 3-1 West Bromwich Albion (Att: 25)
Liverpool Feds 0-1 Stoke City (Att: 95)
Loughborough Lightning 0-3 Brighouse Town (Att: 60)
Nottingham Forest 2-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 418)

Brighouse beat Loughborough
Brighouse Town won 3-0 away to Loughborough Lightning. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Wolves won at third-placed Nottingham Forest – aided by a Amber Hughes brace – to stay goal-difference ahead of Burnley at the top, the Clarets taking the points 3-2 at Boldmere thanks to Leah Embley last-gasp winner.

Southern Premier Division

Ipswich Town 1-0 Bridgwater United (Att: 303)
Oxford United 1-1 Billericay Town
Portsmouth 0-1 London Bees (Att: 328)
Watford 6-0 Cheltenham Town
Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Crawley Wasps (Att: 91)

Billericay Town were the first to deny leaders Oxford United a victory in a 1-1 tie, Beau Parker with a second-half equaliser. Second-placed Portsmouth did not take advantage as they went down 1-0 to London Bees, who are now level on points with Pompey after Danielle Puddefoot’s free-kick was turned home by RyahVyse. Plymouth beat Crawley thanks to Zoe Cunningham’s first-half double, which included a penalty.

Division 1 Midlands

Lincoln City 2-2 Sporting Khalsa 
Long Eaton United 0-9 Doncaster Rovers Belles 
Northampton Town 0-1 Sheffield FC
Solihull Moors 2-2 Leek Town 
Stourbridge 4-0 Peterborough United (Att: 233)
Wem Town 2-4 Leafield Athletic (Att: 93)

Stourbridge put four past Peterborough as the newcomers went top and the Posh slipped to fourth. While Solihull were held at home by Leek, Leafield went level on points with them after victory at Wem.

Division 1 North

Bradford City 0-4 Durham Cestria
Hull City 0-2 Stockport County 
Merseyrail 2-2 Barnsley (Att: 42)
Middlesbrough 3-2 York City 
Newcastle United 1-1 Chorley (Att: 2,300)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-1 Leeds United (Att: 120)

Newcastle United held by Chorley
Newcastle United held by Chorley. (Photo: Colin Lock)

Merseyrail’s first ever point at this level came against leaders Barnsley, second-placed Newcastle were frustrated at home by Chorley despite another bumper crowd, while Norton leapfrogged Leeds when defeating them 3-1.

Division 1 South East

AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Actonians (Att: 651)
Hashtag United 5-0 Cambridge United (Att: 48)
London Seaward 3-0 Cambridge City (Att: 67)
Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Norwich City (Att: 915)
Wymondham Town A-A Hounslow (Att: 30)

The top four all won, Hashtag holding the leadership from Norwich, who took the points against QPR at Loftus Road. Another big crowd was at Plough Lane to witness a Wimbledon win.

Division 1 South West

AFC St Austell 2-5 Southampton Women (Att: 85)
Cardiff City LFC 5-0 Exeter City 
Keynsham Town 3-1 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 70)
Swindon Town 3-2 AFC Bournemouth (Att: 176)
Portishead 2-3 Moneyfields (Att: 66)

The top two both lost as Swindon Town’s Annabelle Colston hit a hat-trick to edge Bournemouth and Cardiff put five past Exeter.

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