#FAWNL: Leeds United Women fightback to beat Barnsley

Leeds United celebrate their late winner at Barnsley
Leeds United celebrate their late winner at Barnsley. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Leeds United recovered from going 2-0 down at Barnsley to win the FA Women’s National League Division 1 North clash 3-2.

Division 1 Midlands

Boldmere St Michaels 3-0 Solihull Moors (Att: 90)
Burton Albion 0-3 Long Eaton United
Bedworth United 0-10 Leafield Athletic

Boldmere moved within six points of leaders Doncaster and still having two games in hand, after Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Solihull Moors. Hayleigh Sutton opened the scoring from a 34th-minute penalty, Jessica Lundie doubled the lead five minutes later, Evie Billingsley firing the third into the top corner in the latter stages.

Long Eaton were again two points behind Boldmere following a 3-0 Wednesday win at Burton Albion, Cala Thornton scoring twice and Alexa-Leigh Passingham netting her first for the club.

Leafield hit double-figures at lowly Bedworth to jump out of the drop zone and leave their hosts nine points from safety with 13 defeats from 14 games.

Division 1 North 

Durham Cestria
A second-half goal spree gave Durham Cestria the points. (Photo: John Shirras)

Durham Cestria 6-2 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 120)
Barnsley 2-3 Leeds United (Att: 210)
Stockport County 1-2 Chorley

Third-placed Leeds had to comeback from two down to a Barnsley side who sit just above the relegation zone, to take the points 3-2. Ruby Jex-Oldfield struck from 20 yards and Emily Pierrepont doubled the Tykes’ lead but both Sarah Dobby and Katie Ramsden scored on their Leeds debuts, before Bridie Hannon got the decider with a late free kick.

Durham Cestria hit Norton 6-2 to leapfrog them into fourth spot. It had been level at the break but four goals in a 10-minute spell saw the home side seal the match, in which Jordan Atkinson hit a hat-trick.

Chorley won the mid-table meeting at Stockport, despite a late exchange of goals. Charlotte Evans had the visitors ahead just before half-time, County levelled through Maria Figueiredo with three minutes left, only for Lisa Topping’s free kick to lead to a scrambled 89th-minute winner.

Fixture for Thursday 3 February

Division 1 Midlands – Lincoln City v Doncaster Rovers Belles (Moorlands Sports Ground, 7.45pm)

Lincoln City have made two new signings ahead of a clash of two title rivals, with Sophia Bull joining following a spell at Nottingham Forest and Lauren Nicholson making the move up from Walton Casuals.

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