#FAWNL: Opening day round-up

Middlesbrough v Hull City
Middlesbrough were held at home by Hull City. (Photo: Colin Lock)

The FA Women’s National League’s new season got underway as Sunderland suffered a rare defeat at home to Burnley.

FA WNL – results for 20 September

NORTHERN PREMIER

Derby County 3-3 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 214)
Huddersfield Town 3-3 Fylde
Middlesbrough 1-1 Hull City
Stoke City 1-0 Sheffield FC
Sunderland 1-2 Burnley
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Nottingham Forest (Att: 109)

SOUTHERN PREMIER

Cardiff City LFC P-P Chichester & Selsey
Gillingham 0-1 Oxford United
Hounslow 0-5 Crawley Wasps (Att: 72)
Keynsham Town 5-1 Plymouth Argyle (Att: 50)
Milton Keynes Dons 1-4 Watford
Yeovil United 2-2 Portsmouth

DIVISION 1 MIDLANDS

Bedworth United 1-2 Holwell Sports (Att: 50)
Boldmere St Michaels 2-2 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 55)
Leafield Athletic 0-6 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 127)
Lincoln City 1-1 Long Eaton United (Att: 40)
Solihull Moors 9-0 Burton Albion
Sporting Khalsa 2-1 Wem Town

Bradford City v Chester le Street Town
Chester le Street Town challenged by Bradford City. (Photo: Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com)

DIVISION 1 NORTH

Bolton P-P Stockport County
Bradford City 0-1 Chester le Street Town
Brighouse Town 1-0 Liverpool Feds (Att: 287)
Chorley 1-0 Barnsley (Att: 30)
Durham Cestria P-P Newcastle United
Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-1 Leeds United (Att: 100)

DIVISION 1 SOUTH EAST

AFC Wimbledon 3-2 Enfield Town (Att: 150)
Actonians 5-0 Stevenage (Att: 73)
Cambridge City 0-4 Billericay Town (Att: 58)
Cambridge United 4-1 Norwich City
Ipswich Town 1-0 Hashtag United (Att: 221)
Leyton Orient 1-1 Kent Football United

DIVISION 1 SOUTH WEST

Brislington P-P Cheltenham Town
Buckland Athletic 2-0 Southampton Women’s (Att: 92)
Chesham United 4-2 Swindon Town
Larkhall Athletic 2-2 Maidenhead United (Att: 50)
Poole Town 1-5 Southampton FC (Att: 79)

Boldmere and Doncaster Rovers Belles draw
Boldmere and Doncaster Rovers Belles draw. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Burnley beat Black Cats

Sunderland, who were top of the Northern Premier table when football was halted in March, suffered a 2-1 defeat to Burnley at the start of the new campaign. New signing Katie Thomas, as well as Sarah Agger was on target for the Clarets.

Loughborough Foxes led 3-2 at half-time away at Derby but Callan Barber’s 52nd-minute penalty earned a point for the rams.

Six goals were also shared between Huddersfield Town and Fylde, with the home side again completing the scoring 7 minutes into the second half. Beth Donoghue had pounced to put Fylde in front straight after the restart but Lucy Sowerby struck from distance for the Terriers.

Two further ties came at West Brom versus Nottingham Forest and when Middlesbrough met Hull City. Leigh Dugmore’s late penalty earned Albion a point against Forest, Boro’s Libby Dixon cancelled out Ellie Tanser’s opener for the Tigers.

Stoke City got the only goal of the game to sink Sheffield FC, Abby Hunt breaking the deadlock just before the hour mark.

Five-goal Crawley

There were five different scorers as Crawley Wasps put eased past hosts Hounslow in the Southern Premier, five players also got on the scoresheet for Keynsham in the 5-1 defeat of Plymouth.

Watford ran out 4-1 winners at MK Dons, aided by Sarah Wiltshire’s first-half hat-trick, Gillingham went down 1-0 at home to Oxford United, Carly Johns with a 56th-minute finish.

Yeovil United ended all square at 2-2 with Portsmouth, Annie Heatherson twice giving the Glovers the advantage, Pompey equalising through Katire James and again later with a Jade Widdows spot-kick.

Long Eaton draw despite two red cards

Nine-player Long Eaton drew
Photo: @LEULFC

Lincoln City and Long Eaton ended level at 1-1, despite the latter having a player sent off in either half. Ellie Gilliatt’s 75th-minute effort for the Red Imps was soon replied to with Mullie’s Fugler’s free-kick.

Solihull Moors are initial leaders on the Midlands table after thrashing Burton Albion 9-0, trebles by Leah Seivwright and Lois Jefferies.

Wolves netted six goals at Leafield where Lowri Walker was twice on target but it was only good enough for second position.

There were 2-1 victories for Holwell Sports at Bedworth thanks and Sporting Khalsa over Wem Town.

Boldmere had to settle for a 2-2 tie at home to Doncaster, after the belles batted back from two down and Jess Andrew equalised in the ninth minute of stoppage-time.

Chorley make fine start

Chorley beat Barnsley
Chorley began by beating Barnsley. (Photo: John Shirras)

Barnsley led the table when last season was ended but lost their opener at Chorley, whose Kerry Nickson netted a decisive header.

There were also single-goal successes for Chester le Street Town at Bradford City with a Sarah Burn effort and Brighouse beat Liverpool Feds in front of nearly 300.

Another close match saw Norton come from behind to just get the better of Leeds United 2-1, Bianca Owens with both their goals.

Dramatic winner by Dons debutant

AFC Wimbledon dramatically edged Enfield 3-2 in the South East Division, Jessica Lewry grabbing a goal on her debut 6 minutes into added time.

Actonians scored five against Stevenage to be early leaders, mixed results for the Cambridge clubs saw City sunk 4-0 at home by Billericay, United 4-1 victors against Norwich.

Ipswich Town took the points in a close game with Hashtag United, Lucy Egan with a stunning volley and Lindsey Cooper clocked up her 200th appearance.

Orient and Kent Football United drew 1-1, Michelle Young levelling for Leyton after Charlie Goad’s goal for the visitors.

Chesham with after late fightback

Chesham won 4-2 over Swindon Town having trailed 2-1 with 15 minutes to go. Karima Elouath equalised, Emma Delves getting them in front before a fourth goal made sure of all three points.

Southampton FC came away from Poole with a 5-1 scoreline to lead the South West table – Georgie Freeland and Ella Pusey with two apiece – while rivals Southampton Women’s lost 2-0 at Buckland as substitute Hana Bennett sealed the win late on.

Larkhall and Maidenhead was a 2-2 tie after each side lost a player through injury. Athletic had no subs left but managed a late goal to rescue a point.

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