FAWNL: Ipswich Town Women win as title rivals drop points

Doncaster Rovers Belles won at the Eco-Power Stadium
Jess Andrew (8) heads home for Doncaster Rovers Belles against Burton Albion at the Eco-Power Stadium. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Ipswich Town strengthened their position at the top of the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

Northern Premier Division

Brighouse Town 0-1 Fylde (Att: 102)
Derby County 3-0 Huddersfield Town (Att: 203)
Middlesbrough 2-1 Sheffield FC (Att: 245)
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Stoke City (Att: 102)
West Bromwich Albion 4-2 Hull City (Att: 65)
Loughborough Lightning 0-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 115)

Wolves bounced back from a first defeat, winning 3-0 at Loughborough while Derby kept up the pace with a similar result over Huddersfield. Fylde and Nottingham Forest also banked three more points, Shannon Stamps bagged a brace as West Brom beat Hull 4-2, Middlesbrough beat Sheffield FC to get out of the relegation zone at the expense of Loughborough.

Southern Premier Division

Cardiff City LFC 0-3 Ipswich Town (Att: 75)
Hounslow 1-7 Crawley Wasps (Att: 30)
Keynsham Town 0-8 Gillingham
London Bees 0-4 Portsmouth (Att: 39)
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Oxford United (Att: 81)
Southampton FC 1-1 Bridgwater United (Att: 274)
Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Chichester & Selsey (Att: 84)

Cardiff warming up at Ocean Park Arena.
Cardiff warming up at Ocean Park Arena. (@CardiffCityLFC)

Results went the way of leaders Ipswich, as while they were winning in Wales aided by an Anna Grey double, relegation-threatened MK Dons pulled of a victory over Oxford and Southampton were held at home by Bridgwater. Iesha Swaby scored four of Crawley’s seven goals, Mel Espinosa hit a hat-trick for Gillingham, Shannon Albuery also with a treble for Portsmouth. Plymouth came from behind to defeat Chichester & Selsey, who had substitute Jane Yeates sent off.

Division 1 Midlands

Peterborough United were held by Leek Town.
Peterborough United were held by Leek Town. (Gary Reed Photography)

Doncaster Rovers Belles 5-0 Burton Albion (Att: 485)
Boldmere St Michaels 5-0 Leafield Athletic (Att: 40)
Wem Town 2-3 Lincoln City (Att: 41)
Peterborough United 1-1 Leek Town (Att: 54)
Solihull Moors 3-0 Bedworth United (Att: 38)

Belles beat Burton at the Eco-Power Stadium on Saturday night, Lauren Breen and Nadia Khan each with a goal and an assist. But Boldmere’s win on Sunday but them three points clear again.

Division 1 North

Barnsley 3-3 Chorley (Att: 75)
Durham Cestria 1-2 Leeds United (Att: 50)
Liverpool Feds 4-0 Alnwick Town (Att: 30)
Newcastle United 4-0 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 135)
Stockport County 2-3 Bradford City

Liverpool Feds stayed top by two points from Newcastle United, both winning 4-0 over Alnwick and Norton respectively.

Newcastle United were 4-0 winners over Norton
Newcastle United were 4-0 winners over Norton. (Photo: Colin Lock)

Division 1 South East

AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Enfield Town (Att: 160)
Billericay Town 3-1 Actonians
Cambridge City 1-0 Kent Football United (Att: 34)
Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Harlow Town (Att: 69)
Stevenage 2-1 Norwich City (Att: 30)

Billericay beat Actonians to close the gap on leaders Hashtag United, AFC Wimbledon edged Enfield to go third, Stevenage won to give their hopes of avoiding the drop a big boost.

Division 1 South West

Cheltenham Town 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
Chesham United 4-1 Larkhall Athletic
Maidenhead United 0-3 Exeter City (Att: 83)
Portishead P-P Southampton Women

Cheltenham beat Bournemouth to knock them off the top, Charlotte Criddle and Tamzin Hayward on target before a late reply. Exeter rose two places to fourth with a win at Maidenhead.

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