#FAWNL: Blackburn Rovers Ladies Northern Premier Division champions

Blackburn Rovers lift the FAWNL Northern Premier Division cup. (Photo: John Shirras / BRLFC)

Blackburn Rovers topped the FAWNL Northern Premier table for the third season running, while Billericay Town spoiled what would have been Crawley Wasps’ promotion party.

FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE results 31 March

NORTHERN PREMIER

Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Derby County (Att: 436)
Bradford City 0-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 61)
Fylde 0-1 Guiseley Vixens
Middlesbrough 3-1 Nottingham Forest (Att: 54)
Sheffield FC 4-2 Hull City
Stoke City 4-4 Sunderland (Att: 108)

SOUTHERN PREMIER

Cardiff City LFC 2-0 Gillingham (Att: 85)
Coventry United 2-3 Chichester City
Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Watford
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Oxford United (Att: 41)
Portsmouth 2-0 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 73)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

Bedworth United 5-1 Solihull Moors (Att: 35)
Burton Albion 0-4 Sporting Khalsa (Att: 51)
Long Eaton United 3-4 The New Saints (Att: 32)
West Bromwich Albion 7-1 Nettleham (Att: 48)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 11-0 Steel City Wanderers (Att: 60)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1

Burnley 3-1 Barnsley (Att: 88)
Chester le Street Town 1-0 Chorley (Att: 30)
Leeds United 1-0 Morecambe (Att: 980)
Newcastle United 1-2 Brighouse Town (Att: 96)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (Att: 90)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1

Crawley Wasps 0-1 Billericay Town
Enfield Town 1-2 Actonians (Att: 23)
Luton Town 2-4 Cambridge United
Norwich City 1-1 AFC Wimbledon
Stevenage 0-1 Denham United (Att: 25)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1

Brislington 1-1 Poole Town (Att: 41)
Buckland Athletic 2-0 Swindon Town (Att: 30)
Keynsham Town 11-0 Maidenhead United (Att: 60)
Southampton Saints 0-2 Cheltenham Town (Att: 27)

Rovers take title with win over Rams

Blackburn are Northern Premier champions after beating Derby with goals from Saffron Jordan, Sophie Charlton and Jess Holbrook.

Stoke City shared eight goals with second-placed Sunderland, whose Keira Ramshaw hit a hat-trick before Faye McCoy got her second for the Potters with a last-minute free kick.

There were 1-0 wins for Guiseley at Fylde (Ellie Casper scoring) and Doncaster at Bradford.

Plenty of goals too as Sheffield FC saw off Hull 4-2 with the aid of a Holly Housley double, while Middlesbrough defeated Nottingham Forest 3-1 as Emily Scarr scored twice.

Chichester first to beat Coventry

Adekite Fatuga-Dada got Watford’s second goal at Stadium MK. (Photo: Andrew Waller Images)

Coventry’s first Southern Premier defeat came 3-2 at home to Chichester City as Molly Clark got a couple and Kim Stenning netted a volley.

Cardiff beat Gillingham 2-0 with Emma Jones bagging both to move within three points of the leaders, whom they still have to play twice.

Plymouth pipped fourth-placed Oxford 1-0, with United having nbeen reduced to ten players.

Watford went fifth with a 2-1 result at MK Dons, where all the goals came in the final six minutes or so, with Helen Ward and Adekite Fatuga-Dada on target for the Hornets.

Portsmouth’s Rachel Panting put away both goals in the first half of the game with Loughborough.

Baggies’ sweet sixteen

West Brom made it sixteen straight wins in Midlands Division 1 with a 7-1 scoreline against Nettleham, Laura Davies getting three goals, Wolves’ Tammi George hit a sixteen-minute hat-trick as Steel City were sunk 11-0. TNS’s Katie Doster bagged a brace in a 4-3 victory at Long Eaton, Sporting Khalsa put four past hosts Burton and Bedworth beat Solihull 5-1 including a Jodie McGuckin double.

Clarets getting closer

Newcastle United v Brighouse Town. (Photo: Colin Lock)

Burnley beat Barnsley 3-1 to take another step toward the Northern Division 1 championship, Chester le Street in second edged Chorley with Kacie Elson’s 78th-minute effort. There were nearly 1,000 fans at Elland Road to see Leeds beat Morecambe by Emma Lee’s 5th-minute goal to go fourth, while Charlotte Blythe’s free kick gave Brighouse victory at Newcastle and Norton defeated Bolton with the help of Bianca Owens’ brace.

Billericay draw Wasps’ sting 

Billericay inflicted Crawley’s first loss of the campaign as Danica Dougal converted a penalty at Crawley Town FC. Norwich held Wimbledon when substitute Ellen Swift scored on 89 minutes, Denham got the only goal at Stevenage through Lauren Cox, Actonians came from behind to win 2-1 at Enfield and a treble by Cambridge’s Mollie Coupar led to a 4-2 result at Luton.

Actonians celebrate their win at Enfield Town. (Photo: Craig Brown)

Keynham on the cusp

Keynsham only require one point from three games to be South West Division 1 champions after thrashing Maidenhead 11-0, Christina Leandro netting four and Kerry Bartlett three. Ella Hitchcox and Annie Martin got one apiece for Cheltenham at Southampton Saints. Carla Staddon and Natalie Warman netted in Buckland’s 2-0 defeat of Swindon that put them fourth, while Poole picked up a rare point at Brislington.

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