Regional Leagues Round-up: AFC Dunstable promoted

AFC Dunstable, ERWFL Division One North winners
AFC Dunstable celebrate a goal during their title-clinching victory at Newmarket Town. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

AFC Dunstable promoted to Eastern Premier, Wallsend BC Reserves won a North East title-decider, North West trophies for Cheadle Town Stingers and FC United.

EASTERN – Dunstable promoted to Premier

Premier – Laura Mills hit a hat-trick as Royston Town defeated Colney Heath 3-1 on Wednesday, Stevenage won 2-0 at Bedford on Thursday but their title hopes were ended with AFC Sudbury’s 6-2 success away to Haringey Borough on Sunday, Jessica Allen hitting a hat-trick. Needham Market are out of the running after being held 2-2 at basement side Bedford, Luton Town kept their eye on top spot as 6-1 victors at Wroxham, Colney Heath drew 1-1 with Bowers & Pitsea. Wednesday sees Royston entertain Needham Market and Kings Lynn Town welcome Wroxham to Swaffham Town FC.

1 North – AFC Dunstable took the title with a 4-2 win at Newmarket Town and go to Wootton Blue Cross on Thursday who ran out 8-2 winners at St Ives Town. Fakenham Town routed Yaxley Phoenix 16-2 away with four-goal hauls for Chloe Gravett and Shelley Woods, trebles from Sophie Lubbock and Vicky Lubbock.

EAST MIDLANDS – Exciting finish for Nomads

Premier – Anstey Nomads edged Chesterfield 4-3 and will take fourth position from Mansfield Town if they win
away to runners-up Lincoln United on Thursday.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Ashford United go top

Premier – Ebbsfleet United defeated Dartford 4-2 in front of 272, title rivals Worthing sent down New London Lionesses with an 11-1 scoreline. Fulham finished with a 6-2 beating of Sutton United watched by 406, AFC Acorns also had a three-figure crowd for their 3-1 win over Enfield Town, Saltdean United’s Molly Hill netted twice in a 3-1 win at Millwall Lionesses.

1 North – Brentford’s Regan Graver got the only goal at Richmond Park to keep her team top, Dorking Wanderers upping the pressure with a 3-1 win in front of 209 at Clapton, added to the 7-0 midweek sinking of Richmond Park that featured a Katie Butts hat-trick. Wanderers next visit Leatherhead on Tuesday. Sport London E Benfica took the points 2-1 at Dulwich Hamlet Reserves, likewise Watford Development at Whyteleafe.

1 South – Ashford United went second with a 2-1 victory at fourth-placed Herne Bay on Wednesday and knocked Hastings United off the top when defeating them 4-1 on Sunday. Bromley’s Charlotte Lee got four of their five goals at Eastbourne United, Welling United netted a dozen at Maidstone United, Cray Valley drew 1-1 with Bexhill United.

NORTH EAST – Wallsend BC Reserves win title-decider 

Premier – Runners-up Alnwick Town sank Blyth Town 7-1 on Wednesday, on Sunday Sunderland West End held champions Chester le Street Town 2-2 and Redcar Town’s Mary Corbyn hit a 21-minute hat-trick in their 5-0 result at 0 Harrogate Town.

1 North – Wallsend BC Reserves’ Hannah Gosnold, bagged a brace in the 5-3 title-deciding win over Spennymoor Town, Hartlepool United took third place with a 4-1 victory at Bishop Auckland. Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves’ Maddie Myers got all their goals for a 5-1 result at Washington, West Allotment Celtic and Guisborough Town shared eight goals, Gateshead had a walkover against Thornaby. Thursday sees Wallsend host  Bishop Auckland and West Allotment welcome Gateshead.

1 South – Barnsley FC Ladies beat York RI 6-2, Millmoor defeated Handsworth 5-2, Ossett United edged Harworth Colliery 3-2, Farsley Celtic JFC’s Sarah Lawn netted three in a 6-1 result at Ripon City, Altofts had a walkover at Sheffield Wednesday. On Thursday, Altofts play Sheffield United Foundation, York RI entertain Ossett.

NORTH WEST – Cheadle lift Cup, FC United pick up Plate

Cheadle Town Stingers lift theArgyle Sports Kit Cup
Photo: @CheadleStingers

1 North – Chorley Development are down after a 5-2 home defeat to runners-up Preston North End, Penrith and Bolton Wanderers drew 3-3, while Carlisle United v Accrington Stanley was abandoned due to injury.

Argyle Sports Kit Cup – Cheadle Town Stingers were 2-0 winners over Curzon Ashton in the final at Vauxhall Motors FC.

Argyle Sports Kit Plate – FC United of Manchester defeated Darwen 5-4 on penalties following a deadlock at 3-3.

SOUTH WEST – Bristol Rovers into Cup Final

Premier – Royal Wootton Bassett Town’s Bethany Chapman got the only goal at Ilminster Town, Liskeard Athletic were 2-0 winners over Warminster Town.

Premier League Cup – Bristol Rovers won 4-0 at Poole Town and will now meet Bishops Lydeard in the final on 21 May.

WEST MIDLANDS – Worcester win through to final 

Premier Cup -  03/05/23  Kidderminster Harriers v Worcester City
Premier Cup – Kidderminster Harriers v Worcester City at Aggborough. (Photo:

Premier – A crowd of 324 saw substitute Zoe Griffiths give Shrewsbury Town a 2-1 win at Worcester City. Solihull Sporting overcame Crusaders 5-3, Kidderminster Harriers won 3-0 away to Coundon Court.

1 North –  AFC Telford United put 10 past Darlaston Town with four from Jaime Duggan, three by Lexie Bennett. Port Vale took the points 5-2 at Lichfield City Reserves, Tamworth 2-0 at Walsall FC.

1 South – Long Itchington edged Bewdley Town 4-3, Kingfisher defeated Rugby Town with a solitary goal.

Premier Cup – Worcester City won on penalties after a 2-2 deadlock with Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday. They will face Shrewsbury Town in the final at Evesham United FC on 21 May.

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