In the opening Regional League games of 2019-20, Luton Town had a dramatic late win, while Colney Heath and QPR Girls Development became first league leaders.
EASTERN – Manning hits hat-trick for Hatters
PREMIER – Luton Town were relegated from FAWNL last season but responded by pipping Peterborough Northern Star 3-2 away with a Dionne Manning hat-trick.
Bowers & Pitsea beat St Ives Town by the same score in a meeting of the two teams promoted from Division 1.
Substitute Emily Leach scored the decider as Wroxham came from behind to win 2-1 away at Bedford.
Wymondham Town were held 1-1 by Harlow Town, MiIa Etheridge scoring for the former, Bethany Chambers for the latter.
Royston Town ran in nine goals against Haringey Borough of which Joanne Rutherford got three, while Colney Heath crushed AFC Dunstable 15-1 with the aid of trebles from Samara Khan and Rianne Townsend-Brown.
LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Big crowd for Dulwich debut
PREMIER – Tight games to start with as QPR Girls Development’s 2-0 result over Eastbourne Town was the largest margin of victory and came with a Chloe Sampson brace.
Dulwich Hamlet (formerly AFC Phoenix) just got the better of Aylesford by two goals to one, Liz Wicks and Olivia Bennet their scorers in front of a crowd of 236.
— Gavin Powers (@gavinnivag) August 18, 2019
Saltdean United struck through Naomi Robinson and Casey Sands but visitors Dartford took a point from a 2-2 tie.
Fulham also had t settle for a draw despite Lauren Peck’s early goal, with Amy Reader replying for Whyteleafe.
NORTH EAST LEAGUE CUP – South Shields shine
South Shields sent fellow Premier side Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Tynedale crashing out of the cup 11-1.
Sheffield Wednesday’s Jessica Morrison got both goals in a much more modest 2-0 win over newcomers Hepworth United and Lumley went one better against Consett with all goals coming after the break and two of those by Jennifer Ashton.
Chester le Street Town Development put out Prudhoe Town 4-2 with the help of Lauren Henderson’s two goals in the first 21 minutes.
Ellen Turnbull and Emma Hewett both scored twice as Wallsend BC beat Blyth Town 6-1, Sunderland West End’s Alexandra Ross and Kristen Whitfield also netted two apiece as Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves went down 6-2.
York Railway Institute won a goal-fest against Bridlington Rovers 7-4 as Jodie Langstaff contributed three times.
Sun 1 Sept – North West Divisions 1 North and South
Weds 4 Sept – North West Premier
Sun 8 Sept – East Midlands, Greater London, South East Counties, Southern, South West, West Midlands.