Crawley Wasps, Lincoln City and Chester le Street Town all went top of their respective FA Women’s National League divisions after Tuesday’s games.
FAWNL results – Tuesday 29 September
Gillingham 1-2 Crawley Wasps (Att: 85)
DIVISION 1 MIDLANDS
Lincoln City 5-0 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 40)
Solihull Moors 3-1 Leafield Athletic
DIVISION 1 NORTHERN
Barnsley 0-3 Brighouse Town
Chester le Street Town 3-2 Newcastle United (Att: 60)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 1-2 Durham Cestria (Att: 100)
DIVISION 1 SOUTH EAST
Cambridge City 3-3 Cambridge United (Att: 170)
Stevenage 0-3 Enfield Town (Att: 107)
DIVISION 1 SOUTH WEST
Maidenhead United 2-3 Chesham United
Southern Prem – Cole nets Crawley winner
Crawley Wasps went top of the Southern Premier Division, ahead of Watford on goal-difference, with a second win in three games. Sarah Wignall’s early goal was soon cancelled out by Gillingham’s Dayna Chong but Naomi Cole restored the advantage by half-time, and that’s how it stayed despite pressure from the Gills.
Div 1 Midlands – Five Star Imps
Lincoln City are new leaders in Division 1 Midlands after sending Doncaster to a 5-0 defeat. Leah Hardy’s opener had been all that separated the sides until an own-goal close to the interval. Amy Kay and Ashleigh Housley-Scott extended the lead to 4-0 by the hour mark and Hardy later completed her brace.
Solihull Moors are a point behind in third after coming from behind to beat Leafield 3-1 with three second-half goals. Grace Harris put Athletic ahead. Lois Jeffries levelled from the spot, Zoe Creaney made it 2-1 on 74 minutes and Jefferies wrapped up the points with her second late on.
Div 1 North – Chester le Street survive Newcastle fightback
Chester le Street Town saw off Newcastle United 3-2 to end up top of Division 1 North. Charlotte Proud and Sarah Burn struck in the first dozen minutes for the home side, Nichole Havery getting their third, before United’s Anna Soulsby volleyed home from a free kick on 44 minutes. Bethany Guy reduced the deficit further when heading home Georgia Gibson’s set-piece on 83 minutes, the same combination then denied an equaliser by the post.
Durham Cestria claimed their first points with a 2-1 victory at Norton. A Georgia Owens own-goal was added to by Lily Crosthwaite in the 64th minute effort but Norton lifted their hopes soon after, Lily Patrick’s long-distance strike against the bar put away on the rebound by Bianca Owens.
Brighouse Town sit second having scored all three goals of the game at Barnsley. Danielle Whitham, Amy Woodruff and substitute Ellie Dobson all found the net for the visitors.
Div 1 South East – Enfield’s Cook grabs hat-trick
Enfield Town are level on points in third with the Division 1 South East’s top four, having sent Stevenage to a third loss in a row thanks to a Courtney Cook hat-trick.
The Cambridge derby served up six goals for the 170 crowd, as City equalised three times to hold United to a 3-3 draw. Goals by United’s Gisela Otten, Laura Mitchell and Amy Howlett were responded to by Sofia Castiglione, Charlotte Gillies and Rebecca Fay.
Div 1 South West – Chesham complete comeback at the death
Chesham United’s 3-2 result at Maidenhead United sees them just goal-difference behind Division 1 South West leaders Southampton FC. However, they twice had to come from behind and then score in stoppage-time to take the points.