Regional League Round-Up

Newmarket Town were 4-2 winners at Lawford thanks to a three-goal substitute. (Photo: @ntladies_fc)

West Didsbury & Chorlton were the only new Regional League divisional leaders after games on Sunday 6th January but there was also a rather controversial clash in the North West League, which produced eight goals and four red cards before being abandoned.

EASTERN – Hat-trick for Newmarket super sub

PREMIER – There were double-figure wins for the top two, as Acle United thrashed AFC Dunstable 10-0 with substitute Grace Birchall scoring four and hat-tricks for Carla Penny and Isabella Simmons in Cambridge City’s 11-1 win at Haringey Borough. Peterborough Northern Star kept up their title challenge with a Katie Steward goal the winner at Harlow Town, while Royston Town defeated AFC Sudbury 4-0 and Colney Heath finished goalless with Wymondham Town.

ONE – The top three all won, Bowers & Pitsea beating King’s Lynn Town 4-2 as Georgia Fraser bagged a brace, St Ives Town got both goals in the game with Hoddesdon Town Owls and Stevenage Reserves’ 3-0 defeat of Hertford Town included an Emily Schofield double. Newmarket Town’s Annabel Cuthbert came off the bench to notch a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory at Lawford, Bishops Stortford shared four goals with Histon and Hatfield Peverel drew 1-1 at home to Hutton.

EAST MIDLANDS – Oadby end Cobblers perfect start

Northampton Town’s perfect run ended by Oadby & Wigston. (Photo: @PaulUk13)

PREMIER – Woodlands went fifth as Jody Scott got both their goals in a 2-1 result at Kettering Town. Mansfield Town beat Leicester City Ladies 4-1, Ollerton Town and Rise Park played out a goalless draw.

1 NORTH – Leaders Boston United put away five goals at Retford United as Toni McHamilton scored three times.  Lincoln Moorlands-Railway beat Calverton Miners Welfare 4-0, Ilkeston Town went third when edging Grimsby Borough 2-1 with Emily Edmonds’ late winner. Jade Welch scored twice in the opening 20 minutes for Sleaford Town but visitors Arnold Town hit back for a point.

1 SOUTH – The top of the table clash saw Northampton Town drop their first points when held 2-2 at home by Oadby & Wigston. Olivia Bowles’ treble helped Lutterworth Athletic to a 5-2 success at Thrapston Town.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Actonians Reserves cause cup shock

PREMIER – AFC Phoenix are up two places to second after a 2-1 result at London Kent Football United, Fulham leapfrogged Aylesford whom they hit 6-1. Kent Football United made it three straight Group A Cup victories by beating Parkwood Rangers 6-1, QPR Girls Development finished top of Group B despite being held 2-2 by Whyteleafe.

GREATER LONDON PREMIER – Unbeaten leaders Ashford Town (Middlesex) just got the better of Spurs Development 3-2, New London Lionesses went second after crushing Colne Valley 12-2. Godalming Town got all five goals at Regents Park Rangers , Hackney all four against Victoire. Division 1 side Actonians Reserves pulled off a fine 4-0 win over Watford Development with Chelsea Berlin twice on target in the John Greenace Memorial Trophy 2nd Round tie.

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES PREMIER – Rosanne Fine’s second-half goal saw Crawley Wasps Reserves edge Newhaven 1-0, Ellie Smith did likewise as Saltdean United took the points at Worthing to go third. Lewes Foundation beat Phoenix Sports 2-0 and Meridian got off the mark in a 4-4 tie with Eastbourne Ladies, for whom Shantelle Omar scored three times.

NORTH EAST – Durham’s perfect dozen

PREMIER – It’s now a dozen straight wins for Durham Cestria as they registered 10 times at Rotherham United, second-placed Hartlepool United pipped Farsley Celtic 1-0. Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Tynedale ran out 8-2 winners over Castleford White Rose with three from Victoria Jayne, Harrogate Town sent York City to a 3-0 defeat as sub Kirsty MacGregor grabbed a brace and South Shields edged Wallsend BC 1-0.

1 NORTH – Redcar Town’s 6-1 score over Sunderland West End was their tenth win on the spin, second-placed Consett drew 2-2 at home to unbeaten Washington thanks to Amy Wharton’s 75th-minute leveller. Jade Featherstone scored twice as Boro Rangers ran out 5-1 winners at Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves, lowly  Prudhoe Town went down 4-0 to Alnwick Town.

1 SOUTH – Barnsley Development still lead the race for the runners-up spot after a 3-0 win against Wakefield, Altofts goal-difference behind having beaten York RI by the odd goal in five.

NORTH WEST – FC United walk off after fourth red card

PREMIER – An extraordinary encounter saw FC United of Manchester concede a three-goal lead in a 4-4 draw at Merseyrail, with the game abandoned deep into added time when the visitors received a fourth red card and their manager apparently withdrew his team from the field. Top side Tranmere Rovers sunk Sir Tom Finney 7-1 but Stockport County maintained their pursuit with a 9-0 score at Accrington – their eighth straight win. Wigan Athletic’s 5-1 beating of Penrith put them fifth, Fleetwood Town Wrens defeated Manchester Stingers 3-1.

1 NORTH – Blackpool hit Crosby for six to go eight points clear, Carlisle United leapfrogged Blackburn CSC into second when clinching a 1-0 win away to them. Bury scored both goals at Burscough Dynamo, Leigh RMI won a seven-goal thriller against Penwortham Town, Workington Reds edged Morecambe Reserves 3-2 and Cammell Laird won 3-0 at Preston North End.

1 SOUTH – West Didsbury & Chorlton went top with a 4-0 beating of Stockport County Blues, leaving only a single point between the top four. Altrincham overtook Liverpool Feds Reserves on goal-difference with a 2-0 victory over them, Warrington Wolverines were 4-0 winners at Wythenshawe Amateurs. There were two hefty scores as Curzon Ashton stormed to a 15-2 win at City of Liverpool and Chester eased to a 14-1 defeat of Didsbury.

SOUTHERN – Seven up for Saints and Oxford

PREMIER – It was a seventh win in a row for both Southampton FC and Oxford City, Saints 5-0 at Warsash Wasps, City by the odd goal in nine at Winchester City Flyers. AFC Bournemouth beat Barton Rovers 2-0, Woodley United had a 3-2 victory over New Milton Town with the winner from substitute Molly Lambourne, while Newbury and Ascot United were goalless.

ONE – Big wins for the top two, Moneyfields put eight past Shanklin for a ninth straight win, Wycombe Wanderers nine against Wokingham & Emmbrook featured trebles by Tara Ashley Woodward and Christina O’Connor.  Abingdon United won 4-1 at Alton, basement side Basingstoke Town struck three times in the last 15 minutes to overcome Wargrave 4-2, Lindsey Beverley getting two of them, while Southampton WFC Development came away from Eastleigh 2-0 victors.

SOUTH WEST – Bishops’ six-hitting Parr

PREMIER – Second-placed Exeter City took the points 3-1 at Callington Town, two huge away wins saw Marine Academy Plymouth net sixteen at Downend Flyers and Bishops Lydeard ten at Forest Green Rovers of which six were from Abigail Parr. Elsewhere, Portishead drew 1-1 with Ilminster Town.

1 EASTERN – Wootton Bassett Town had a walkover and Frampton Rangers stayed within two points of them with as many goals at Almondsbury. Rose Knuckey got three in Cheltenham Town Development’s 6-1 defeat of FC Chippenham, Swindon Spitfires came through 3-2 at Trowbridge Town, as did AEK Boco against Laverstock & Ford with an Ellie Keedwell double.

1 WESTERN – Leaders Plymouth Argyle Reserves had ten different scorers in a 16-0 pasting of Weston Super Mare, Nicola Champion netting four times. Weston Mendip downed third-placed Plympton with braces by Sherise Binns and Jess Chappell. St Agnes had a good 2-1 result at Feniton, Alphington overcame Pen Mill 8-2 and Bude Town’s 7-2 score against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers featured four for Sarah Badham.

WEST MIDLANDS – Eleven straight wins for Leek

PREMIER – Sutton Coldfield Town put six past Lye Town to hold top spot from Coundon Court, who had a narrow 2-1 win over lowly Knowle. Goldenhill Wanderers got the points 2-1 at Coventry Sphinx, Stockingford AA Pavilion and Redditch United shared four goals, Crusaders ran out 5-0 winners at Worcester United.

1 NORTH – Leek Town’s perfect form has run to eleven games after a 9-1 score over Florence. Stoke City Development beat AFC Telford United 4-1, Sandwell sunk third-placed Shifnal Town 2-0, Wyrley pulled of a 2-0 result at Shrewsbury Town.

1 SOUTH – Kidderminster Harriers won 4-2 at Kingfisher, Stourbridge went one better at Leamington, while Coventry City climbed above Solihull Sporting when beating them 2-1 away.

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