Regional Leagues Round-Up: 600+ watch Northampton Town Women

Ashford Town's four-goal Lavana Neufville
Ashford Town’s four-goal Lavana Neufville in action against Worthing. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Northampton Town attracted over 600 fans for their East Midlands Women’s Regional Leagues match at Sixfields Stadium.

EASTERN – Cheshunt and Wootton new first division leaders

Premier – Defeats for teams sitting second and third, with Wymondham Town beaten 4-0 at Kings Lynn Town, Royston Town going down 3-1 at Luton Town. Haringey Borough sank St Ives Town 7-1, Bedford banked a 2-1 win at Colney Heath.

1 North – Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses took down leaders Needham Market 2-0, Biggleswade United taking the chance to go top by beating Whittlesey Athletic 6-3 as Samaira Khan weighed in with a hat-trick.

1 South – Cheshunt went top with a 5-1 win at Billericay Town DS, Leigh Ramblers second after a 4-0 victory against Wodson Park, while Herts Vipers lost the leadership with a 3-1 home reverse by Hutton. Elsewhere, Barking were 4-1 winners at AFC Sudbury.

EAST MIDLANDS – Over 600 see Northampton net nine

Leicester Road v Peterborough United Res
Leicester Road v Peterborough United Res. (Photo: Andy Powell)

Premier –  Northampton Town marked their appearance at Sixfields Stadium by thrashing Rotherham United 9-2, aided by Charlie Cooper’s treble. Mansfield Town put a dozen past Woodlands, Lincoln United went one better against Leicester City Ladies, Chesterfield won 4-2 at Loughborough Students and Notts County edged Rise Park 3-2.

1 North – Arnold Eagles’ Natasha Leach Demi-Leigh Crofts scored three apiece for a 7-1 result at Cleethorpes Town, Grimsby Town also recorded a third straight in, 2-0 over Sleaford Town. Grimsby Borough’s 11 goals against Appleby Frodingham included three each for Natalie Aird and substitute Laura Flecknor, Nottingham Trent University sank Sherwood 3-0, while Notts County DS drew 2-2 with SJR Worksop.

1 South – Oadby & Wigston’s 7-1 victory at Loughborough Foxes was their third in a row, Leicester Road also put seven past Peterborough United Reserves who got two back, Anstey Nomads got the only goal of the game as Ilkeston Town lost out to a Jamie Elday effort, while Kettering Town beat Thrapston Town 2-1.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Ashford Town make it six of the best

Ashford Town's four-goal Ashley Cheatley
Amy Critchfield of Worthing and Ashford’s four-goal Ashley Cheatley. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Premier –  Ashford Town (Middlesex) made it six wins on the trot with eight goals against Worthing, who had Amy Critchfield sent off. Dartford were 4-2 winners at Dulwich Hamlet, Fulham put five past Whyteleafe with three by Ellie Olds, New London Lionesses defeated Denham United 6-1 and Millwall Lionesses got off the mark with a 3-1 success at Saltdean United.

1 North – Dulwich Hamlet Reserves defeated Sutton United 2-1 to take their perfect start to a fifth game, Charlotte Keenan scored all Dorking Wanderers’ goals in the 4-2 win at Sport London E Benfica, Brentford beat Watford DS 3-1, Hackney got all five goals at Victoire, Walton Casuals netted nine against Clapham United with three for Allana Francis-Ashmeil.

1 South – Ashford Ladies were the first to deny Hastings United victory in a 1-1 tie, AFC Acorns cut the leaders’ advantage after a 5-1 result over Newhaven. Herne Bay’s Gemma Shepherd hit a hat-rick in the 7-0 result at Meridian, as did Welling United’s Samantha Rowland in a similar scoreline at home to Maidstone United, while Parkwood Rangers picked up a first point in a 2-2 tie with Bexhill United.

NORTH EAST – Big away day for Premier sides

Premier – There were no points for home teams as Farsley Celtic Women won 3-2 at Ossett United with Dee Wales on target twice, likewise Wakefield Trinity at South Shields where Emily Heckler got two for the visitors, Harrogate Town’s Bethany Jennings got the only goal at Hartlepool United, similarly York City ‘s Sophie Tinson at Redcar Town, while Sheffield Wednesday went down 2-0 to Wallsend BC.

1 North – Blyth Town’s Steph Ord scored twice to rescue their unbeaten record in a 3-3 draw at Boro Rangers, Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves’ 5-3 scoreline with Spennymoor Town saw their Sacha Millward score four.  Chester le Street United won 2-1 over Washington with Emma Hewett getting the decider, West Allotment Celtic ran away with it second half at Prudhoe Town 7-2 and Wallsend BC Reserves beat Bishop Auckland 3-0.

1 South – Hull United led their opener at Wakefield Trinity U-23s 1-0 at the break but ended up 6-2 winners. Altofts took the points 4-1 at Farsley Celtic Juniors and Bradford Park Avenue beat Barnsley FC Ladies 4-2.

NORTH WEST – Darwen defeat leaders

Premier – Tranmere Rovers fourth win in a row came 3-1 over Salford City Lionesses but Merseyrail dropped their first points when losing out 3-2 at AFC Darwen. Crewe Alexandra were 4-1 winners at West Didsbury & Chorlton, Cheadle Town Stingers came away from Fleetwood Town Wrens 2-1 victors and Mossley Hill Athletic are up and running with a single-goal success against Wigan Athletic.

1 North – Blackburn CSC and Blackpool each have maximum points from three games after winning 7-1 at Morecambe Reserves and 5-0 at Workington Reds respectively, Aimee Shaw getting a first-half hat-trick for the Seasiders. Chorley DS were 4-1 winners at Sir Tom Finney despite being behind at the break, Penwortham Town pipped hosts Preston North End 1-0, Accrington Stanley netted five against Carlisle United and Haslingden edged Penrith 3-2.

1 South – Warrington Wolves won a third game on the trot 5-0 over West Kirby, Hindley hit hosts Altrincham 5-3 as Holly Howcroft netted twice, Chester won 3-0 at Alder. Northwich Vixens got the sole goal at Didsbury, Wythenshawe Amateurs tied 2-2 with Runcorn Linnets, while the other match was abandoned after Mersey Valley’s Abbie Greenwood suffered a serious leg injury against Curzon Ashton.

SOUTHERN – Distressing collapse causes abandonment

Premier – Fourth straight wins for Moneyfields (5-0 v Woodley United with a Sheree Bell-Jack treble) and Abingdon United (3-0 at Eastleigh), Abingdon Town won 3-1 at Winchester City Flyers and Wycombe Wanderers first point came when sharing eight goals with Oxford City.

Division 1 – AFC Stoneham extended their winning start to three games 3-0 at New Milton Town, as did AFC Bournemouth DS but only just in a seven-goal thriller at Woking. Bournemouth Sports banged in ten against Milton United and there was an abandonment when Southampton Women Reserves’ Eleanor Reid collapsed on the pitch halfway through the game with Chichester City and only later regained consciousness in hospital.

SOUTH WEST – Eight-goal St Austell win again

Premier –  AFC St Austell are faultless after four games following an 8-2 result over Middlezoy Rovers, with Charlotte Whitmore contributing three goals. Royal Wootton Bassett Town won 2-1 at Marine Academy Plymouth, Ilminster Town beat Sherborne Town 4-1 and Forest Green Rovers first point was gained in a 2-2 draw at home to Torquay United.

1 East – Warminster Town won 3-0 over Keynsham Town Reserves, Paulton Rovers’ Alex Gwyther scored four of their ten at Swindon Supermarine, AEK Boco and Frome Town finished all square at 1-1.

1 North – Frampton Rangers but five past Weston Mendip for their third straight victory, Bristol Rovers matched that with a 7-2 score at Bristol Ladies Union. Downend Flyers defeated Weston Super Mare 6-3, Cheltenham Town DS were held 1-1 by  Almondsbury.

1 West – Liskeard Athletic are on nine points from three games after sending hosts Saltash United to a 6-1 defeat, aided by a Chloe Williams treble, Plymouth Argyle U-23s won 3-2 at Liverton United.

WEST MIDLANDS – Telford’s Duggan scores five of seven goals

Westfields v Kingfishers
Westfields were beaten 4-1 by Kingfisher. (Photo: Helen Warwick)

Premier – Stourbridge scored nine at Redditch United for a fourth successive victory, Sutton Coldfield Town won 3-0 at Lye Town with all goals in the second half, Worcester City won 3-1 at Coventry Sphinx, Lichfield City beat Tamworth 4-1 as Courtney Dilger netted three times, Crusaders versus Coundon Court ended 2-2.

1 North – AFC Telford United sunk Coventry City 7-0 as Jaime Duggan scored five in the Bucks’ third straight win. Darlaston Town defeated Wyrley by a similar score, Shrewsbury Town’s 4-1 win over Sandwell featured a Madison Jones hat-trick, Shifnal Town were 7-2 winners at Walsall but Walsall Wood beat Port Vale 5-2 with a Tayler Davies treble after having gone behind in the first minute.

1 South – Leamington Lions won for the third time in three games 5-1 at Rugby Town, Sedgley & Gornal United came back from two down at the break to draw 2-2 with visitors Rugby Borough. Cookley Sports defeated Droitwich Spa 2-1 as Elland Draper got her second with six minutes left, Solihull Sporting drew 1-1 with Knowle, Kingfisher won 4-1 at Westfields thanks to Chloe Barker-Duthie four-goal second-half haul.

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