#FAWNL: Fylde back in first place

Fylde platers celebrate
Fylde celebrations. (Photo: Nigel Broster)

Fylde sit first in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier, Wolves second after beating morning leaders Nottingham Forest.

Sunday 5 September 

Northern Premier

Brighouse Town 4-1 Middlesbrough
Burnley 4-0 Huddersfield Town
Fylde 3-0 Hull City (Att: 150)
Loughborough Lightning 1-5 Stoke City (Att: 108)
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Sheffield FC (Att: 125)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Att: 392)

Fylde went top with a 3-0 defeat of Hull City, goal-difference ahead of Wolves who defeated morning leaders Nottingham Forest 1-0 with a looping Anna Morphet strike. Amy Woodruff hit a second-half hat-trick as Brighouse beat Middlesbrough 4-1. Leigh Dugmore headed West Brom’s winner against Sheffield FC, Burnley and Stoke both enjoyed four-goal winning margins.

Stoke City won 5-1 at Loughborogh Lightning
Stoke City won 5-1 at Loughborough Lightning. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Southern Premier

Cardiff City LFC 4-1 London Bees (Att: 75)
Chichester & Selsey 0-4 Ipswich Town (Att: 120)
Crawley Wasps 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons
Gillingham 0-0 Bridgwater United (Att: 50)
Hounslow 0-9 Southampton FC (Att: 104)
Portsmouth 6-1 Keynsham Town (Att: 173)
Plymouth Argyle 0-5 Oxford United (Att: 91)

Southampton FC and Ipswich Town made it five straight wins to stay first and second respectively, Ciara Watling netting a treble for the Saints at Hounslow. Beth Lumsden scored three of Oxford United’s five at Plymouth, Portsmouth put six past Keynsham. MK Dons’ Mollie Coupar was taken to hospital with a head injury during the defeat at Crawley Wasps, where Nicola Gibson got the only goal. Bridgwater had to settle for a goalless draw at Gillingham, with Sydney Hinchcliffe hitting the post late on.

Division 1 Midlands

Bedworth United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 60)
Holwell Sports 1-1 Leafield Athletic (Att: 34)
Leek Town 1-2 Boldmere St Michaels
Lincoln City 2-1 Burton Albion (Att: 120)
Peterborough United 2-2 Long Eaton United (Att: 125)
Solihull Moors 4-4 Sporting Khalsa

Peterborough United drew with Long Eaton United
Peterborough United v Long Eaton United. (Gary Reed Photography)

Boldmere remained top after victory at Leek, Lincoln replaced Long Eaton in second following a 2-1 beating of Burton. Solihull Moors came from 2-0 down to lead 4-2 before Sporting Khalsa got two second-half goals to draw 4-4.

Division 1 North

Barnsley 1-1 Bradford City (Att: 110)
Chester le Street Town 2-2 Stockport County (Att: 55)
FC United of Manchester 6-2 Alnwick Town (Att: 122)
Leeds United 1-0 Liverpool Feds (Att: 160)
Newcastle United 1-1 Chorley (Att: 126)

Leeds United are new leaders thanks to their late goal from Abbie Brown against Liverpool Feds, replacing Newcastle United who drew with Chorley. The visitors led through Rachel Hindle but keeper Emma Bradley was sent off and Rachel Lee equalised from the penalty spot. FC United skipper Kirsty Chambers claimed five of her side’s six goals against Alnwick.

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

Division 1 South East

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Norwich City (Att: 125)
Actonians 8-1 Harlow Town (Att: 55)
Billericay Town 7-1 Stevenage
Cambridge United 5-2 Kent Football United (Att: 85)
Hashtag United 4-0 Enfield Town
London Seaward 1-4 Cambridge City (Att: 36)

It’s still an Essex one-two at the top, with Billericay Town and Hashtag United both enjoying clear wins. Third-placed Actonians were also in the goals, scoring eight times against newcomers Harlow with three from Ale Barreca. There was a hat-trick also for Cambridge United’s Emma Jenkins.

Division 1 South West

Buckland Athletic 2-8 Portishead
Cheltenham Town 3-0 Larkhall Athletic
Chesham United 2-1 Swindon Town (Att: 40)
Maidenhead United 4-0 Poole Town
Southampton Women 2-2 Exeter City (Att: 60)

Chesham are in pole position following a narrow win over Swindon, Cheltenham Town level on points with them having netted three times against Larkhall.

Midweek Fixture

Thursday 9 September – Southern Premier: Cardiff City LFC v Bridgwater United (CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence, 7.45pm)

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