There were a few attendances in the hundreds in the FA Women’s National League but Exeter City topped the big turnouts with over 1,500 at St James Park.
NORTHERN PREMIER DIVISION
Huddersfield Town P-P Derby County
Newcastle United P-P Burnley
Nottingham Forest P-P Liverpool Feds
Stourbridge 2-2 Stoke City (Att: 156)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 AFC Fylde (Att: 343)
West Bromwich Albion P-P Halifax
In control 💪🐺 pic.twitter.com/bX1deA8Ay2
— Wolves Women FC (@WolvesWomen) September 24, 2023
Wolves went second in the table after putting five goals past Fylde by half time, Destiney Toussaint with three of them. Stourbridge drew the Midlands clash with Stoke, Zoe Clarke grabbing a 95th-minute leveller.
Most of the division’s fixtures were postponed due to the tragic passing of Maddy Cusack earlier this week.
SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION
Hashtag United 3-0 London Bees (Att: 82)
Ipswich Town 8-0 Cheltenham Town (Att: 541)
Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Billericay Town
Portsmouth 4-0 Oxford United (Att: 645)
Rugby Borough 6-2 Plymouth Argyle
The top four all won, leaving Hashtag United as leaders after beating London Bees. Ipswich thrashed Cheltenham 8-0, Natasha Thomas accounting for half that tally. Portsmouth had a big turn out for the win over Oxford, Danielle Lane scoring their first two goals. Rugby ran in four sec0nd-half goals in seeing off Plymouth, Katy Morris and Lily Greenslade getting braces. Billericay draw at MK Dons to stay a point ahead of them in the top half.
DIVISION 1 MIDLANDS
Boldmere St Michaels 4-1 Leek Town (Att: 47)
Leafield Athletic 0-6 Loughborough Lightning
Notts County 0-4 Solihull Moors (Att: 94)
Peterborough United 4-0 Sheffield FC (Att: 554)
Sporting Khalsa 6-2 Northampton Town (Att: 100)
Sutton Coldfield Town 3-1 Lincoln City (Att: 49)
Six-goal Loughborough Lightning remain in pole position, but Peterborough United and Solihull Moors kept up the pace with clear wins also, the latter victorious at Notts County who had Emma Scoffham sent off early in the second half.
DIVISION 1 NORTH
Barnsley WFC 0-0 Middlesbrough (Att: 190)
Chester le Street Town 2-2 York City (Att: 70)
Chorley 1-1 Leeds United (Att: 95)
Durham Cestria 3-0 FC United of Manchester (Att: 101)
Norton & Stockton Ancients 1-3 Doncaster Rovers Belles (Att: 130)
Stockport County 1-1 Hull City (Att: 94)
All the top five drew, leaders Barnsley held by Middlesbrough but still above Hull City and Leeds United on goal-difference, who drew at Stockport and Chorley respectively. Doncaster’s 3-1 result at Norton took them into the top half, Durham Cestria just behind them after defeating FC United.
DIVISION 1 SOUTH EAST
Actonians 1-5 Norwich City
Cambridge City 1-2 Queens Park Rangers
Cambridge United 3-8 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 433)
Haywards Heath Town 4-1 Chesham United (Att: 45)
London Seaward 1-1 Ashford Town (Att: 61)
Worthing 5-0 AFC Sudbury
Obligatory team photo 🤩
Another huge performance today 💛💚 pic.twitter.com/m5QNSSHoQs
— Norwich City Women FC (@NorwichCityWFC) September 24, 2023
Norwich City took over at the top with a 5-1 win at Actonians, replacing Ashford Town who had to settle for a point at London Seaward. Five-goal Worthing went third, AFC Wimbledon won a goalfest at the Abbey Stadium and a Grace Stanley double secured QPR victory at Cambridge City.
DIVISION 1 SOUTH WEST
Bridgwater United 2-0 Maidenhead United
Exeter City 5-3 Moneyfields (Att: 1,550)
Keynsham Town 10-0 Selsey (Att: 50)
Portishead Town 2-3 Swindon Town (Att: 50)
Southampton Women 1-1 Abingdon United (Att: 81)
Torquay United 0-5 AFC Bournemouth
AFC Bournemouth scored five times for a fifth win in five at Torquay, Exeter City’s fourth victory in a row came in front of over 1,500 at St James Park, Keynsham hit double-figures against struggling Selsey.
A brilliant advert for the league, two excellent teams going head to head
— Exeter City Women FC (@ExeterCityWFC) September 24, 2023