#FAWNL: Sunderland Ladies bring abrupt end to Rovers’ perfect run

Photo: John Shirras / BRLFC

After fifteen wins in a row Blackburn Rovers went down to a 3-0 Northern Premier defeat at second-placed Sunderland, while Plymouth Argyle had an 800+ crowd for the visit of Portsmouth to Home Park.

FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE results for 17 March

NORTHERN PREMIER

Guiseley Vixens 1-4 Derby County
Hull City 3-1 Bradford City (Att: 72)
Stoke City P-P Fylde
Sunderland 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

SOUTHERN PREMIER

C & K Basildon 0-8 Chichester City
Cardiff City LFC 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons (Att: 175)
Coventry United 9-0 Gillingham
Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Portsmouth (Att: 846)
Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 60)
Watford 2-4 Oxford United (Att: 70)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

Long Eaton United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 40)
Solihull Moors P-P The New Saints
West Bromwich Albion P-P Steel City Wanderers

NORTHERN DIVISION 1

Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Chester le Street Town (Att: 43)
Morecambe P-P Burnley
Newcastle United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (Att: 37)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1

Cambridge United 5-1 Actonians (Att: 50)
Crawley Wasps 8-0 Norwich City
Enfield Town P-P Leyton Orient

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1

Buckland Athletic 8-4 Chesham United (Att: 51)
Keynsham Town 4-0 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 75)
Maidenhead United 3-0 Southampton Saints (Att: 10)

Northern Premier – Blackburn’s 100% record ended by Black Cats

Sunderland became the first team to take points off Blackburn this season, with first half goals from Maria Farrugia, Niamh McLaughlin and Keira Ramshaw sending Rovers to a 3-0 defeat.

Derby County’s 4-1 win at Guiseley pushed them two places to third. Cara Newton and Hannah James struck before Kirsty Hunt replied for the Vixens but Amy Simms then bagged a brace for the Rams.

Hull City climbed to ninth with a 3-1 result over Bradford City, who were unable to avoid a twentieth defeat on the spin despite going ahead through Falone Sumaili. Rebecca Beech levelled and then set up Amy Kay for the second, with Misty Russell completing the scoring.

Southern Premier – Dockyard Derby drawn

Photo: @ArgyleLadiesFC

Leaders Coventry United netted nine past Gillingham with braces for Lois Jefferies, Amber Hughes, Amy Wathan and Maz Gauntlett, one from Beth Merrick.

Chichester City managed just one goal less at C&K Basildon where Molly Clark featured with four, sub Sara Gubby got a brace, Jess Lewry and Kim Stenning one apiece.

Cardiff City LFC kept the pressure on Chichester by coming from behind to edge MK Dons 2-1. Following a disallowed City goal, Chloe Lloyd and Grace Horrell scored in the last quarter of the game and the Dons had a player sent off in added time.

Oxford United are fourth having won 4-2 at Watford with two from Lauren Haynes, a single for Emily Allen and an own-goal, while Kat Huggins and Danielle Scanlon replied for the Hornets.

The Dockyard Derby saw a 2-2 tie between Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth, Pompey twice leading through Katie James and Jade Widdows, the Pilgrims responding with goals by Kayley Lane and Natasha Knapman.

Queens Park Rangers held Loughborough Foxes 2-2 to register a fourth point of the campaign. Hicks and Rogers had the Foxes two up, QPR hitting back with efforts by Courtnay Ward-Chambers and Jo Wilson.

Midlands Division 1 – Wolves cut lead

Wolves are within 6 points of leaders West Brom from a game more after Jade Cross got the game’s only goal at Long Eaton.

Northern Division 1 – Cestrians return to second

Chester le Street Town’s 2-0 victory at Crewe Alexandra came with goals by Nichole Lavery and Laura Hockaday which lifted them back into second spot.

Newcastle United are level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool Feds following a 2-1 beating of Bolton. Wanderers opened the scoring but Jayden Maxwell and Abbey Joice turned the game around.

South East Division 1 – Wasps widen gap

Crawley Wasps went ten points clear with eight goals against Norwich City, three of which were netted by Megan Stow.

Cambridge United closed in on Actonians in fifth having hit them 5-1 as Mollie Coupar and Becky Shephard got a couple each.

South West Division 1 – Keynsham go clear

Keynsham Town threaten the Larkhall Athletic goal. (Photo Mark Davies)

Keynsham Town opened up a three-point lead at the top when sending Larkhall Athletic to a 4-0 defeat, Kerry Bartlett contributing another double

Buckland Athletic’s 8-4 goal-fest game with Chesham United included a hat-trick for Sarah-Louise Stacey and a double from substitute Jana Richards for the Devon side.

Maidenhead clinched a first win of the season with a 3-0 result over Southampton Saints.

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