#FAWPL : Coventry United fighting for fourth-place finish

Two-goal Maz Gauntlett. (Photo: Coventry United LFC)

Blackburn Rovers beat Guiseley Vixens to leave them in danger of the drop, Coventry United won to retain hopes of finishing fourth, while Luton Town and Cambridge United shared six goals.

FAWPL Northern Division champions Blackburn Rovers lead by 10 points after their 3-1 win on Thursday at Guiseley Vixens, who remain goal-difference off the bottom.

Kaylea Cunliffe and Kayleigh McDonald both headed against the post before Natasha Flint fired Rovers in front from distance on 29 minutes.

Blackburn’s Amelia Size made two important saves before Saffron Jordan doubled the lead with a lobbed effort.

Jordan got her second goal 9 minutes into the second half and substitute Ellie Olds replied with a 73rd-minute consolation for the Vixens.

Guiseley go into the final games on Sunday level on points with West Brom and Wolves but with a goal-difference seven better than both of them.

Coventry United came from behind to beat QPR 4-1 and move within 3 points of fourth-placed Lewes in the Southern Division.

Next-to-bottom Rangers struck first but Maz Gauntlett levelled and from a Helen Dermody corner, Nikki Miles headed the hosts into an interval lead.

Miles then lobbed home Coventry’s third goal and Gauntlett’s 25-yard free kick found it’s way into the back of the net.

Cambridge United completed their South East Division 1 fixtures in eighth position with a 3-3 tie at Luton Town, who twice fought back to take a point.

A crowd of 121 at the Hatters’ training ground saw the visitors take a 2-0 lead, Kelley Blanchflower on target 2 minutes before half-time and again 2 minutes after the restart.

Lucy Webster halved the deficit from distance and then found the net a second time to make it 2-2.

Cambridge restored their advantage through Vicky Neal but Jodie Whitford-Stark came off the bench to fire Luton back on level terms.

United were desperately close to taking all three points but Neal was denied by the bar at the death.

Newcastle United leapfrogged Chorley into the top half of Northern Division 1 when defeating them 4-2 on Friday.

Two Steph Ord strikes saw Newcastle 2-1 up at half-time, her first forcing an own-goal and her second restoring the hosts’ lead.

Although the visitors levelled again, Jess Foster made it 3-2 and Ord got her second to seal the points with 10 minutes left.

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