#FAWNL : Coventry United take over Southern Premier top spot

Stoke City won a goal-fest against Bradford City. (Photo: @scfc_ladies)

Coventry United replaced Chichester City as FAWNL Southern Premier Division leaders when defeating them 2-1 away, while Stoke City stayed top of the North with a 7-3 goal-fest against Bradford City.

Sunday 16th September 

FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE

NORTHERN PREMIER

Guiseley Vixens 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough 3-2 Huddersfield Town
Sheffield FC 0-7 Blackburn Rovers
Stoke City 7-3 Bradford City (Att: 102)
Sunderland 7-0 Doncaster Rovers Belles
Hull City 5-2 Fylde (Att: 40)

SOUTHERN PREMIER

Cardiff City LFC 3-1 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 100)
Chichester City 1-2 Coventry United (Att: 130)
Gillingham 0-5 Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle 5-3 C&K Basildon (Att: 44)
Portsmouth 2-4 Watford (Att: 118)
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons (Att: 78)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

Birmingham & West Midlands 4-1 The New Saints (Att: 31)
Burton Albion 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 80)
Nettleham 2-3 Bedworth United (Att: 50)
Solihull Moors 0-2 Sporting Khalsa (Att: 30)
Steel City Wanderers 1-18 West Bromwich Albion (Att: 43)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1

Bolton Wanderers 4-0 Leeds United (Att: 80)
Brighouse Town 0-2 Chester le Street Town (Att: 30)
Burnley 2-1 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 60)
Chorley 3-1 Crewe Alexandra (Att: 90)
Liverpool Feds 4-5 Barnsley (Att: 40)
Newcastle United 5-1 Morecambe (Att: 100)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Ipswich Town (Att: 100)
Actonians 5-2 Norwich City
Billericay Town 2-1 Luton Town
Denham United 1-1 Leyton Orient
Enfield Town 3-2 Cambridge United (Att: 73)
Stevenage 2-7 Crawley Wasps (Att: 25)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1

Buckland Athletic 2-1 Brislington (Att: 47)
Cheltenham Town 2-1 Southampton Saints (Att: 71)
Keynsham Town 7-1 Chesham United
Maidenhead United 0-3 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 18)
Southampton WFC 5-0 Swindon Town (Att: 18)

NORTHERN PREMIER – Seven-up Potters retain pole position

Stoke stayed top with a 7-3 result over Bradford despite the next to bottom Bantams being 2-2 at one point, Faye McCoy scored three times for the Potters and the visitors’ boss was red carded. Second-placed Blackburn made it four wins from four with seven goals of their own at Sheffield FC, Saffron Jordan, Ellie Stewart and Lagan Makin netting in the first 6 minutes. Sunderland went third with a 5-0 defeat of Doncaster against whom Keira Ramshaw, Jordan Atkinson, Georgia Gibson and Emily Hutchinson all got on the scoresheet by the interval. Hull secured a first win in the Premier by sending Fylde to a 5-2 reverse., Emily Smith twice on target for the Tigresses. Middlesbrough moved level on points with Huddersfield when edging them with the best of five goals, which was perhaps Holly Manders’ 30-yard effort. Guiseley leapfrogged Nottingham Forest into seventh spot as Olivia Auker and Eleanor Hall got a goal apiece against their East Midlands visitors.

SOUTHERN PREMIER – Coventry succeed in Chichester challenge

Pompey’s keeper dives to try to deny Watford. (Photo: Andrew Waller Images)

Coventry became the first to take points off Chichester when defeating them 2-1 on their own patch and replacing them at the top of the table. Jade Formaston scored either side of Cherelle Khassal’s equaliser. Watford twice came from behind before going on to post a 4-2 victory at Portsmouth. Daisy McLachlan and Hannah Geer had goals cancelled out by Katie O’Leary and the first of a Anaisa Harney double before Helen Ward rounded off the scoring.  Cardiff went above Loughborough into fourth having fought back to defeat the Foxes 3-1, Kelly Isaac getting a late third after which the visitors missed a penalty. Plymouth went fifth with a 5-3 result over Basildon, including a Helen Bleazard double. Oxford climbed over Gillingham into eighth by beating them 5-0 on their own patch with one apiece from Ellie Noble, Sophie Baker, Flo Fyfe, Lauren Haynes and Maddie Robertson. Basement side QPR are off the mark following a 1-1 tie with MK Dons, Roschelle Shakes’ cross forcing a stoppage-time own-goal after Kelly Newman headed in for the away side.

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1 – Baggies crush Steel

West Brom made if a fifth win in a row by crushing hosts Steel City 18-1, Harriet James got four, Reia Henry and Laura Davies three each. Wolves are still having come away from Burton 4-1 winners, a goal each for Anna Morphet, Mai Butler, Lowri Walker and Jade Cross. Bedworth netted a fourth win at fellow newcomers 3-2, Jessica Lundie bagging a five-minute brace from the hour mark. Birmingham & West Midlands’ Giorgia Bracelli scored within seconds of coming off the bench as TNS were beaten 4-1. Sporting Khalsa got both the goals at Solihull.

NORTHERN DIVISION 1 – Tykes edge Feds 5-4 

Chorley won their top versus bottom match 3-1 over Crewe despite Alex scoring first. Second-placed Burnley beat Norton 2-1 with goals in the opening 13 minutes from Leah Embley and Evie Priestley. Chester le Street are up to third with a fine 2-0 result at Brighouse. Newcastle won 5-1 in their meeting with Morecambe aided by a Steph Ord hat-trick. Bolton were the first to beat Leeds, Kelly Halligan with half of the four unanswered goals. There were nine goals as Barnsley got going with a 5-4 thriller at Liverpool Feds, Kathryn Smith sealing it with an 89th minute penalty for the Tykes.

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1 – Five out of five for leading pair

Luton Town tackle Billericay Town. (Photo: Mikey Cartwright)

There is still currently no stopping the newbies, with Crawley 7-2 winners at Stevenage. although Billericay only just saw off lowly Luton 2-1 with the Hatters hitting the woodwork three times. Third-placed Actonians beat Norwich 5-2 with three for Alessandra Barreca. Enfield edged out Cambridge in the best of five goals, substitute Claire Ford with the decider. AFC Wimbledon remained goal-difference being Ipswich after the pair drew 1-1, Caroline Bisson’s effort for the Dons quickly cancelled out by an own-goal. Denham also finished one apiece with Orient, Rachel Keightley headed them in front but Rebecca Hirst levelled in the dying minutes for the O’s.

Actonians’ Simone Wan and Natasha Youngs of Norwich City. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1 – Robins recover to seal win over Saints

Cheltenham quickly responded to Catherine Browning’s early goal for Southampton Saints through Louise Fensome and then Ella Hitchcox’s decider saw them stay top. Second in the table Keynsham sunk Chesham 7-1, Kerry Bartlett leading the way with a hat-trick. Southampton WFC are still goal-difference behind after they put five past Swindon, two each from Rachel Anderson and Laura Gilbank. Buckland first ever win at this level came despite the sending off of Laura Gough, as goals by Courtney Butt and Alex Sheppard beat Brislington, while Larkhall won 3-0 at  Maidenhead with Adele Hooper scoring twice.

Cheltenham Town go for goal against Southampton Saints. (Photo: Will Cheshire)