#FAWNL : Sunderland & Watford Ladies move into top spots

Hornets hit second-half half-dozen. (Photo: Andrew Waller Images)

Sunderland are new FAWNL Northern Premier leaders after a 3-1 result at Sheffield FC, while Watford’s strong second-half showing against Gillingham put them top in the Southern.

FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE results for 23 September


Bradford City 0-8 Huddersfield Town
Derby County 4-2 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 142)
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Hull City (Att: 82)
Sheffield FC 1-3 Sunderland


C&K Basildon P-P Queens Park Rangers
Chichester City P-P Cardiff City LFC
Coventry United P-P Plymouth Argyle
Milton Keynes Dons 1-3 Portsmouth
Oxford United 4-2 Loughborough Foxes (Att: 76)
Watford 6-2 Gillingham (Att: 93)


Guiseley Vixens P-P Blackburn Rovers

Ramshaw brace aids Black Cats success

Two-goal Keira Ranshaw. (Photo: safcladies.com)

Sunderland went top of the Northern Premier Division with a 3-1 victory at Sheffield FC. Keira Ramshaw was twice on target, Katie Barker also on the scoresheet, with Milly Wortley having equalised for the hosts.

Hull jumped up to seventh spot when scoring the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest, Hope Knight breaking the deadlock with only 6 minutes to go.

Basement side Doncaster were defeated 4-2 at Derby, for whom Jodie Redgrave scored twice, Cara Newton and Stephanie Smith one apiece.

Huddersfield hammered hosts Bradford City 8-0, with Katie Nutter and Brittany Sanderson both bagging braces.

Hornets hit Gills with six-goal second half

Watford hit Gillingham 6-2 to go top of the Southern Premier Division, despite having gone in 1-0 down at the interval to an Ellie Manning penalty. A Kat Huggins free kick was added to by Katie O’Leary, Laura Baker and Katie Akerman. Maddison Farrand then converted the second spot-kick for the Gills but Helen Ward and Leanne Bell were the Hornets fifth and sixth scorers respectively.

Portsmouth went fifth when pulling off a 3-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK. The home side took the lead just before half time with a Wright free kick but Rachel Panting’s cross-shot wiped that out 2 minutes after the restart. Daisy McLachlan had Pompey in front with a volley and Katie James completed the scoring on 76 minutes.

Oxford rose to sixth position having defeated Loughborough 4-2, whom they led 2-1 at half time with a Flo Fyfe double. The Foxes later levelled but goals by Cat Beaver and Emily Allen sealed the points.

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