Top of the table clashes in the East Midlands and West Midlands brought victories for Peterborough United and Sutton Coldfield Town respectively, while Norton & Stockton Ancients won through to the North East League Cup semi-finals.
EASTERN – Colney Heath give leaders a fright
PREMIER – Colney Heath, bottom of the table and without a win, led leaders Billericay Town 2-0 before being pegged back to 2-2. The result still boosts the title hopes of both Cambridge City and Acle United.
1 NORTH – Histon went third with a 4-0 defeat of Silver End United, three goals in the last 16 minutes confirming their victory.
1 SOUTH – Harlow Town hopes of finishing top were further hurt as Hutton held them 2-2. Chloe Bassett and Lily Bruno scored for the hosts, Caitlin Sugg and Amy Crumpler for the visitors.
EAST MIDLANDS – Crucial wins for Peterborough sides
PREMIER – Peterborough Northern Star’s 2-1 defeat of Oughtibridge War Memorial put them level on points with their visitors and a point behind leaders Leicester City WFC DS. Loughborough Students beat Eastwood 4-1 away to leapfrog them into seventh.
1 NORTH – Draycott Victoria are up to eighth after defeating Teversal 5-0, with both subsitutes – Akvile Gerbenyte and Kerry Keeling – getting on the score-sheet.
1 SOUTH – Jessica Driscoll was at the double as Peterborough United won the top of the table clash with Oadby & Wigston Dynamo 3-2 and now have a six-point lead but from two games more. Corby Town climbed two places to fourth with a similar scoreline over Loughborough Foxes Vixens, Nicole Andrejczuk with two of their goals.
LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Bexhill beat Bay
There were no games in the top flight or Greater London Premier, with only one match in the South East Counties Premier. Bexhill United won this 2-1 at Herne Bay with goals by Lucy Knight and Laura Bolton, rising to sixth in the table.
NORTH EAST – Norton edge into semi-finals
LEAGUE CUP – Nyci Thorns netted twice as Premier title favourites Norton & Stockton Ancients edged Northern Division leaders South Shields 3-2 to reach the semi-finals. Norton will now host either Farsley Celtic or one of Castleford White Rose and Ossett Albion. Altofts went through with a walkover against East Yorkshire Carnegie and next play the winners of Durham Cestria versus York City.
NORTH WEST – Tranmere drop points against Blackburn
PREMIER – Top team Tranmere Rovers beat Blackburn CSC 5-0 but the second match of the double-header finished goalless. Burnley ran out 5-0 winners over Sir Tom Finney, ahead of their massive midweek match with the league leaders. Fleetwood Town Wrens went fifth with 4-0 and 3-0 victories over CMB. Merseyrail Bootle’s meeting with MSB Woolton ended 2-2 and Blackpool stayed a point above Accrington Sports after drawing 1-1 with them.
1 NORTH – Cammell Laird beat Burscough Dynamo 2-0, Carlisle United went one better against Leigh RMI as Bea Barber bagged a brace and Workington Reds reached fifth when overtaking Morecambe Reserves with a 5-0 result, in which Chloe Henderson was twice on target.
1 SOUTH – FC United maintained a four-point lead after a 6-1 success at Warington Wolverines, where Kirsty Chambers and Jess Battle got two each. Second-placed West Didsbury & Chorlton also hit hosts City of Liverpool for six. Curzon Ashton’s 2-0 win at Stockport County Blues pushed them into fourth and Altrincham are sixth after their 4-1 result over Crewe Alexandra DS, all their goals coming before the break.
SOUTHERN – No games played.
SOUTH WEST – Middlezoy strengthen mid-table position
PREMIER – Middlezoy Rovers sank Downend Flyers 7-1, Georgia Coles and Rosie Williams with two apiece. Charlestown went level on points with Forest Green Rovers following a walkover.
1 EASTERN – Cheltenham Town DS gained a second win of the season, 4-1 away to St Nicholas Reserves.
WEST MIDLANDS – Nine in a row for Goldenhill
1 NORTH – Sutton Coldfield Town were 2-1 winners in the battle of the top two with Leek Town but described it as ‘Possibly the hardest game we have ever had.’ Goldenhill Wanderers moved into second with a ninth win from nine, 7-1 over Florence.
1 SOUTH – Solihull United rose two places to fourth with the only goal of the game against Stourbridge, who had begun the day above them in the table.