Chichester City rewarded a big crowd with a tense 3-2 win over Portsmouth, Keynsham Town went top in the South West and a floodlight fire saw the game at St Nicholas cut short.
Thursday 12th October
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE
Chichester City 3-2 Portsmouth (Att: 290)
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Loughborough Foxes 7-0 Leicester City LFC (Att: 65)
Rotherham United 1-3 Radcliffe Olympic (Att: 65)
SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Keynsham Town 4-0 Brislington (Att: 100)
St Nicholas 0-3 Cheltenham Town (Att: 40)
Pompey penalty miss sees City win
Chichester City edged Portsmouth with the best of five goals to leapfrog them into fifth spot in the Southern Division, watched by a bumper crowd of nearly 300.
Jess Lewry got City’s first through a crowded goalmouth after a corner was cleared off the line by Jade Widdowson and Cherelle Khassal doubled the lead with a free header on 29 minutes as the ball rebounded off the post.
Although Samantha Quayle soon replied for Pompey, City restored their two-goal cushion on 51 minutes as a Jenna Fowlie header from a Hollie Wride free-kick went in off the crossbar.
The visitors had hope of a comeback when Gemma Hillier won a penalty 8 minutes from the end but Shannon Sievwright fired wide.
Portsmouth did get a second goal back but it was stoppage time before Shannon Albuery rose to head home an Eilidh Currie corner.
Foxes forge further ahead
Loughborough Foxes extended their lead at the top of Midlands Division 1 to six points with seven goals past Leicester City LFC.
Chloe Young bagged a first-half brace and Laura Dexter also scored before the break for a 3-0 interval advantage.
Laura Steel netted the fourth, with Young then completing her hat-trick, Becky Matlock and substitute Francesca Wilson also getting on the scoresheet.
Beaten but off the bottom
Mid-table Radcliffe Olympic won 3-1 at Rotherham United, who actually moved off the bottom despite the defeat.
Rania Ramadan got one of Olympic’s two goals in the first half, with Beth Bailey volleying in the third before the Millers got a consolation.
Keynsham go top
A seventh straight win and a three-figure crowd saw Keynsham Town replace Plymouth Argyle as South West Division 1 leaders.
Kerry Bartlett featured with three of the goals at Brislington, while Katie Cooke getting the other.
Robins run in three before fire
Cheltenham Town are up to seventh following a 3-0 win at basement side St Nicholas, presuming the result stands, as the game was abandoned 3 minutes from time due to a floodlight fire at Yate Town FC.
Jen Brown-Wealls converted a penalty and Louise Fensome had the visitors two up by the interval.
Fensome added a spectacular second-half effort to confirm a victory in chairman Andy Liddle’s first match as caretaker manager.
Action photos: @pompeyfcladies