Record crowds for two FA Women’s National League teams

MK Dons set up seven pre-season games
Milton Keynes Dons broke their record attendance. (Kevin Hodgson/Sports Press Photo)

Despite many weather-related postponements in the FA Women’s National League, two teams attracted record attendances.

Northern Premier Division

AFC Fylde 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Boldmere St Michaels 1-10 Nottingham Forest (Att: 80)
Brighouse Town P-P West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town P-P Derby County
Stoke City P-P Burnley

Nottingham Forest’s double-figure victory moved them six points clear at the top, Wolves went second after Beth Merrick’s early brace set up a win at Fylde.

Southern Premier Division

Billericay Town 4-1 Bridgwater United (Att: 72)
Ipswich Town 3-0 London Bees (Att: 385)
Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Crawley Wasps (Att: 1,186)
Portsmouth 1-0 Plymouth Argyle (Att: 368)
Gillingham 0-2 Watford (Att: 412)

Ipswich Town beat London Bees to knock Oxford United off the summit, Portsmouth pipped Plymouth Argyle 1-0 with Jazz Younger’s goal to sit second, Watford kept up their title challenge when winning at Gillingham, while over 1,100 watched MK Dons win.

Division 1 Midlands

Leafield Athletic P-P Long Eaton United
Lincoln City 2-2 Stourbridge
Northampton Town P-P Doncaster Rovers Belles
Peterborough United 6-0 Wem Town (Att: 308)
Leek Town P-P Sheffield FC

Lincoln City held leaders Stourbridge to a draw to go eighth, Peterborough United hit Wem Town for six to rise to fifth.

Division 1 North

Barnsley 2-2 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 176)
Bradford City P-P York City
Durham Cestria P-P Stockport County
Hull City P-P Leeds United

Norton also climbed to eighth after a good 2-2 tie, at third-placed Barnsley, in the one game in the division to survive the weather.

Division 1 South East

Ashford Town 0-0 Norwich City (Att: 36)
Cambridge United 2-3 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 35)
London Seaward P-P Actonians
Queens Park Rangers P-P Hashtag United

AFC Wimbledon’s 3-2 result at Cambridge United saw them take top spot from Hashtag United, Ashford Town are fifth having held fourth-placed Norwich City 0-0.

Ashford Town Middx v Norwich City FAWNL
Norwich City’s Ella Gambell and Ellen Clarabut of Ashford Town. (Photo:

Division 1 South West

Exeter City 6-0 Portishead Town (Att: 2,936)
Keynsham Town 2-3 Moneyfields (Att: 40)
Maidenhead United 4-0 AFC St Austell (Att: 70)
Southampton Women 0-0 Cardiff City LFC (Att: 95)
Swindon Town 2-1 Selsey (Att: 45)

Exeter City’s 6-0 defeat of Portishead put them as many points ahead of the rest, with title rivals Cardiff City LFC restricted to a draw at Southampton Women. Moneyfields moved into third, Swindon Town substitute Emison Evans hit an 88th-minute winner over Selsey.

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