Two points separate top four in FAWNL Southern Premier

Boldmere St Michaels 3-0 Loughborough Lightning
Loughborough and Boldmere players go flying. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Oxford United, Portsmouth and Watford all won to tighten up the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier title race.

Northern Premier Division

Boldmere St Michaels 3-0 Loughborough Lightning (Att: 62)
Brighouse Town 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town 0-1 AFC Fylde (Att: 68)
Stoke City 2-7 Burnley (Att: 69)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Liverpool Feds (Att: 426)

Both Burnley and Wolves won one of their games in hand on leaders Nottingham Forest, the Clarets netting seven at mid-table Stoke, Wanderers with a more modest result over Liverpool Feds. Fylde got the only goal at Huddersfield to move up two places to seventh, Boldmere beat Loughborough in the basement battle to improve their survival hopes.

Southern Premier Division

Cheltenham Town 0-3 Portsmouth (Att: 69)
Crawley Wasps 1-3 Oxford United
Watford 5-1 Bridgwater United (Att: 1,127)
Gillingham 2-1 London Bees
Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Plymouth Argyle

Watford announced the dual-registration signings of Arsenal duo Araya Dennis and Ruby Doe ahead of a victory at Vicarage Road, in which Helen Ward netted four times to overtake Ipswich Town on goal-difference. But Oxford United retook top spot and Portsmouth also scored three on the road to stay right in the hunt. MK Dons and Gillingham advanced to fifth and sixth position respectively, Crawley Wasps are down after their defeat.

Division 1 Midlands

Lincoln City 2-1 Northampton Town (Att: 70)
Peterborough United 3-0 Solihull Moors (Att: 340)
Sporting Khalsa 1-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 70)
Stourbridge 3-1 Sheffield FC (Att: 172)
Wem Town 0-1 Leek Town (Att: 34)

Stourbridge won to leave themselves requiring only one point from three games to take the title, held up by Doncaster’s late leveller at Sporting Khalsa. Peterborough United moved up to fourth, Lincoln City secured their status and Leek Town are one point from safety after pushing Wem Town deeper into trouble.

Division 1 North

Bradford City 0-1 York City (Att: 150)
Hull City 2-2 Newcastle United
Middlesbrough 2-2 Leeds United (Att: 295)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 1-0 Stockport County (Att: 85)

Hull City 2-2 Newcastle United 
Newcastle United were denied victory late on at Hull City. (Photo: Colin Lock)

Hull City held second-placed Newcastle United who are now six points short of Durham Cestria, but with two games in hand. Norton edged Stockport to go sixth points, Middlesbrough took an important point against Leeds, while York City won a relegation ‘six-pointer’ at Bradford City to get out of the drop zone at their expense, sending Merseyrail down in the process.

Division 1 South East

Ashford Town (Middx) 0-3 Hashtag United (Att: 60)
Chesham United 1-2 Queens Park Rangers (Att: 50)
Actonians 2-2 London Seaward (Att: 30)

Hashtag United now hold a four-point lead following an away win, Actonians went fifth although they let slip the lead against London Seaward.

Division 1 South West

Moneyfields P-P AFC St Austell
Southampton Women 2-1 Maidenhead United (Att: 60)
Swindon Town 0-4 Exeter City (Att: 104)

Exeter City’s latest victory put them nine point clear at the top, although Cardiff City Ladies have the games in hand with which to catch them.

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