#FAWNL: Forest and Saints new leaders

Wolves and Fylde drew 0-0
Wolves and Fylde drew their top of the table clash 0-0. (Photo: James Broster)

Nottingham Forest and Southampton FC new leaders in FA Women’s National League Northern and Southern  Premier Division respectively.

Sunday 29 August 

Northern Premier

Derby County 2-1 Burnley (Att: 121)
Hull City 0-6 Nottingham Forest (Att: 114)
Loughborough Lightning 1-5 Huddersfield Town (Att: 92)
Middlesbrough 4-1 West Bromwich Albion (Att: 176)
Sheffield FC 1-0 Stoke City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Fylde (Att: 201)

Southern Premier

Bridgwater United 3-1 Crawley Wasps (Att: 221)
Ipswich Town 1-0 Cardiff City LFC (Att: 301)
Keynsham Town 1-5 Plymouth Argyle
London Bees v Chichester & Selsey (Att: 141)
Milton Keynes Dons P-P Hounslow (Covid cases in Hounslow camp)
Portsmouth 1-1 Oxford United (Att: 259)
Southampton FC 9-0 Gillingham

Division 1 Midlands

Boldmere St Michaels 1-0 Holwell Sports (Att: 45)
Burton Albion 2-2 Peterborough United
Leafield Athletic 4-1 Wem Town (Att: 44)
Lincoln City 2-1 Solihull Moors (Att: 90)
Long Eaton United 1-0 Bedworth United
Sporting Khalsa 1-3 Leek Town (Att: 25)

Division 1 North

Alnwick Town 0-1 Leeds United (Att: 44)
Barnsley 2-3 FC United Of Manchester (Att: 50)
Bradford City 2-1 Chester le Street Town (Att: 75)
Liverpool Feds 3-0 Chorley (Att: 85)
Stockport County 0-3 Newcastle United

Division 1 South East

Cambridge City 1-4 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 77)
Harlow Town 0-6 Cambridge United
Hashtag United 4-0 Kent Football United
Norwich City 1-4 Enfield Town (Att: 104)
Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Billericay Town
Stevenage 0-1 Actonians (Att: 30)

Division 1 South West

Exeter City 1-2 Cheltenham Town (Att: 127)
Larkhall Athletic 0-6 AFC Bournemouth
Poole Town 1-4 Buckland Athletic (Att: 37)
Portishead 3-3 Chesham United (Att: 64)
Swindon Town 0-1 Southampton Women (Att: 53)

Huddersfield Town celebrate
Huddersfield Town celebrate during their win at Loughborough. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Jade Arber scored two of Nottingham Forest’s six second-half goals at Hull which made them new leaders of the Northern Premier, after a goalless draw ended both Fylde and Wolves 100% record. Derby defeated Burnley 2-1 with Emily Joyce and Ellie Gilliat on target, Huddersfield got three goals after the break to seal the win at Loughborough. Middlesbrough jumped up to eighth with a 4-1 win over West Brom in which Lauren Robson got Boro’s first two goals, Sheffield FC also got off the mark with the only goal of the game against Stoke.

Southampton FC netted nine times past Gillingham to go top of the Southern Premier on goal-difference, from Ipswich Town, who also made it four straight wins with a single-goal success over Cardiff. Bridgwater’s 3-1 win over Crawley put them third above Portsmouth and Oxford, who ended all square at 1-1. Gabi Alphous struck twice in Plymouth’s fine 5-1 result at Keynsham, while
London Bees’ Lauren Heria levelled to cancel out Megan Fox’s opener for Chichester & Selsey.

Oxford United drew with Portsmouth
Oxford United’s Sarah King and Evie Gane of Portsmouth during their 1-1 draw. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Division 1 Midlands is still lead by Boldmere after they edged Holwell from Long Eaton and Lincoln, whom also posted narrow victories. Burton and Peterborough shared four goals, Leafield were 4-1 winners over Wem and Leek landed the points at Sporting Khalsa.

FC United win at Barnsley
FC United’s Ella Hartley scores the winner at Barnsley. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Newcastle and Liverpool Feds went first and second respectively in Division 1 North after 3-0 wins, the latter over morning leaders Chorley. Leeds got the only goal at Alnwick, Bradford put the first points in the bank when hosting Chester le Street, FC United came away from Barnsley 3-2 winners with an Ella Hartley double, having trailed 2-0.

Billericay stay goal-difference ahead of Hashtag United in Division 1 South East, Actonians won with a single goal at Stevenage.  AFC Wimbledon won 4-1 at Cambridge City, a result matched by Enfield at Norwich, while Cambridge United sunk Harlow 6-0.

AFC Bournemouth’s Becki Bath hit a hat-trick as Larkhall were hit for six and the Cherries went top of Division 1 South West, while Portishead drew 3-3 with Chesham. Elsewhere, Buckland, Cheltenham and Southampton Women all won away from home.

Coming up next …

Thurs 2 Sept – Div 1 Midlands: Leeds United v Barnsley (Tadcaster Albion FC, 7.45pm)

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