Wolverhampton Wanderers are five points clear in The FA Women’s National League Division 1 Midlands after beating title rivals Birmingham & West Mids.
FA WNL results – 5 January
Derby County 2-1 Stoke City (Att: 159)
Chichester City 0-0 Hounslow (Att: 65)
Gillingham P-P Keynsham Town
DIVISION 1 MIDLANDS
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Birmingham & West Midlands (Att: 175)
Lincoln City 6-2 Leafield Athletic (Att: 142)
DIVISION 1 NORTH
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Chester le Street Town
Liverpool Feds 1-0 Chorley (Att: 50)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 1-1 Newcastle United
DIVISION 1 SOUTH WEST
Chesham United 3-1 Poole Town
Maidenhead United 1-5 Brislington
Swindon Town 1-3 Exeter City (Att: 82)
Stoke City missed the chance to go second in the Northern Premier when defeated 2-1 at sixth-placed Derby County, who are now just two points behind them. First-half goals from Ellie Gilliatt and Sophie Domingo proved sufficient for the Rams.
Southern Premier basement pair, Chichester City and Hounslow, are both still without a win after playing out a goalless draw.
Wolves went five points clear in Division 1 Midlands when seeing off second-placed Birmingham & West Mids with goals by Jade Cross and Anna Morphet. Lincoln City leaped three places to third when hitting Leafield Athletic 6-2, Abbie Murell notching a hat-trick.
Liverpool Feds, fourth in Division 1 North, edged Chorley 1-0 with a very early goal as Abby Pope’s free-kick was turned in by Nicola James. Chester le Street stay a goal better off than Bolton in mid-table after drawing 2-2, Wanderers equalising in the last minute despite earlier losing goalkeeper Jen Myler to a serious injury. Bianca Owens was on target for Norton as they held Newcastle United 1-1, Beth Gardener scorng earlier for the Magpies.
Exeter City are up to third in Division 1 South West with a 3-1 result at Swindon Town, Georgie Barbour-Gresham, Hope Suominen and Meg Robinson on target in a second-half comeback. Chesham United are fourth following their 3-1 defeat of Poole Town, achieved despite having goalkeeper Lucia Delves sent off inside half an hour. Brislington won 5-1 at Maidenhead United with the help of a Chelsea heal double to leapfrog their hosts into eighth spot.