Regional Leagues: Fulham Women new leaders, Lye Town top again

Newmarket Town_ 4-2 Thetford Town, eastern women's league
Newmarket Town score during a victory over Thetford Town. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

Fulham are new leaders in the London & South East League, Lye Town again wrestled back the West Midlands leadership from Worcester City.

EASTERN – Bowers breeze through cup test

Premier – Barking climbed three places to fifth with a 6-1 defeat of Kings Lynn Town, who have just one point from 13 games.

1 North – Katie Hayes scored a couple as Newmarket Town won 4-2 against Thetford Town, who had Zoe Klimcke sent off. Wootton Blue Cross hit hosts Stevenage Development for six to leap from eighth to fourth place.

1 South – Billericay Town Development defeated Hertford Town 2-1 with substitute Sophie Hart on target, as they moved level on points with their visitors, Hutton beat Wodson Park by the same score.

League Cup 3rd Rd – Mulbarton Wanderers went through 5-2 at Lawford, Bowers & Pitsea 6-2 at promotion hopefuls Harpenden Town whom they led 5-1 at the break. Stevenage won 2-1 at Haringey Borough and Watford Ladies Development defeated Needham Market 2-0.

EAST MIDLANDS – Lincoln net ten on midweek away game

League Cup 3rd Rd – Ellie Gilliatt got four of Lincoln United’s ten at Ilkeston Town in midweek, Sunday’s ties to survive the weather saw Basford United progress 6-1 at Loughborough Foxes Vixens and Thrapston Town eliminate SJR Worksop 5-0 helped by an Amelia Boddington treble.

League Plate 2nd Rd – Northampton Town Devs defeated Long Eaton United 2-1 with an Abbie Reboul double, Nottingham Trent University were 5-1 winners at Grimsby Borough, Rotherham United came away from Notts County Devs with a 3-0 victory and Asfordby Amateurs sank Cardea 6-0 as Sarah Brown clinched a hat-trick.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Fulham go first

Premier – Fulham’s 3-2 win at Ebbsfleet United meant they knocked Dartford off the top of the table but having played three games more. Over 200 fans saw Dulwich Hamlet sank Crawley AFC 6-0, Saltdean United’s Caitlin Sullivan got a couple in a 4-2 success at Ashford United.

1 North – Sport London E Benfica replaced Dulwich Hamlet Reserves in pole position on goal-difference, after a 3-2 win at Denham United. Whyteleafe won 4-2 at third-placed Actonians Reserves, Hackney got all the three goals in the first 25 minutes at Ashmount Leigh, while Clapton’s 7-1 score against Richmond Park featured a Maria Mendonca hat-trick.

1 South – Newhaven beat Bromley 3-1 aided by a couple from Lucy Collinson to stay 11 points clear at the top of Dartford Reserves, who won 2-1 at Montpelier Villa. Herne Bay stepped up to third place with a 2-1 victory over Hastings United.

NORTH EAST – West End extend lead

Premier – Sunderland West End went four points ahead of the rest with a 3-1 result over Hull United, Spennymoor Town are third after seeing off Redcar Town by the same score, Barnsley FC fourth following a 4-1 win at Bradford City. Wakefield AFC won 6-0 against Hartlepool United, Alnwick Town 7-1 over Harrogate Town.

1 North – Wallsend BC Reserves’ 5-1 victory at Hartlepool Pools Youth put them level on points with leaders Sunderland U-23, albeit from two games more. Ponteland United rose to third with a 5-1 defeat of Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves, Gateshead beat Consett 5-2 to leapfrog them into fourth spot on goal-difference.

1 South – Handsworth edged into seventh place with a fine 4-0 result over leaders York City Devs, Chesterfield FC went above Ossett United into fourth when beating them 3-1 away with Lexie Butterworth bagging a brace.

NORTH WEST – Tranmere right on Cheadle’s heels

Premier – Tranmere Rovers put five past West Didsbury & Chorlton but it was not quite enough to edge Cheadle Town off the top on goal-difference, Stingers now having two games in hand. Crewe Alexandra took the points 2-1 at Salford City.

1 North – Mancunian Unity opened up a three-point advantage with as many goals against 3-0 Accrington Stanley who slipped to third on goals scored,  Fleetwood Town Wrens are level on points with Workington Reds after a 2-1 away win over them.

1 South – Olivia Ellinson scored twice as Mossley Hill Athletic held second-placed Warrington Wolves to a 2-2 draw and moved into the top half, Runcorn Linnets are now second having put five past Litherland REMYCA, with a hat trick from Mollie Bennett and Lile Ashley taking her tally to three in three games  since her return from 14 months out injured.

Runcorn Linnets v Litherland REMYCA
Runcorn Linnets shoot under pressure from Litherland REMYCA. (Photo: Neil Thornton)

SOUTHERN – Long Crendon edge into promotion place

Premier – Oxford City leapfrogged Woodley United into third place, after defeating them 3-0 with Ellie White at the double.

1 North – Long Crendon took the leadership from Kidlington on goal-difference, winning 8-0 at Caversham United with six of their goals coming after the break.

1 South – Bournemouth Sports Reserves missed a chance to go level on points with leaders Abbey Rangers, when held to a goalless draw at Woking.

Woking v Bournemouth Sports Reserves (SRWFL Div One)
Bournemouth Sports Reserves’ Chloe Ashton and Kaitlin Howard of Woking. (Photo:

League Cup 1st Rd – AFC Stoneham eliminated Chesham United Devs 5-2, Wycombe Wanderers won 6-0 at Milton United with three apiece for Molly Carter and Katie Riddington.

SOUTH WEST – One point separates top four

Premier – Forest Green Rovers substitute Eleanor-Marie Briscoe scored in a 1-1 draw with Marine Academy Plymouth, as both sides failed to take the opportunity to go top. The result leaves just one point between the top four, with Bristol Rovers and Sherborne Town in first and second respectively.

1 East – Ridgeway’s first points came at their eleventh attempt, as Kelly Gardner got the only goal at Frome Town. Purton picked up three points with a 3-2 result at Weymouth.

1 North – Weston super Mare went seven points ahead at the top with a 3-1 win over Paulton Rovers, SGS Olveston United defeated Downend Flyers with an Ella Graham decider, Bristol Rovers Devs match with St Vallier was abandoned.

1 West – Helston Athletic jumped three places to second when overcoming Bideford 10-2, Eve Moore and Beth Prouse both recording trebles.

WEST MIDLANDS – Lye swop places with Worcester in title race

Premier – Lye Town regained the leadership from Worcester City with a 3-0 win over Shifnal Town, Burton Albion rose to third despite being held 1-1 at home by Lichfield City.

1 North –  Third-placed Walsall FC drew 1-1 at home to top-of-the-table Newcastle Town.

1 South – Long Itchington’s 6-2 success at Worcester City Development stretched their lead to four points, Sedgley & Gornal United secured their first points 3-2 against Bewdley Town with an Ashlea Follows brace, Rugby Town drew 2-2 with Droitwich Spa.

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