Regional Leagues Round-Up: Ashford United and Dorking promoted

Luton Town with the Eastern League Cup. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

Ashford United and Dorking Wanderers were promoted to the London & South East League Premier Division, which Worthing can win in midweek.

EASTERN – Luton lift League Cup

Premier – Bedford ended eleventh and last after a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Luton Town on Wednesday. Needham Market defeated Colney Heath 2-0 on Sunday with an Amber Cantwell double to go second. Luton play Stevenage at Barton Rovers FC on Thursday, then Colney Heath at the same venue on Sunday 28 May.

1 North – Wootton Blue Cross pulled off a shock 3-0 win over champions AFC Dunstable.

League Cup – Luton Town lifted the Cup with a 2-1 victory over Stevenage. Jess McKay fired the Hatters ahead,  Stevenage’s Amy Makewell put a spot-kick over the bar. Shanice Lewis doubled the advantage, with Grace Brooks replying from the spot in the final dozen minutes.

League Plate – Hutton beat Newmarket Town 4-1 in the final, Hayley Critchell and Vicky Kinsman with early goals.  Kinsman doubled her tally from the spot, Lidiya Mykhaylechko pulled one back before the break but Chloe Woolaway got Hutton’s fourth.

Hutton won ERWFL Plate Final
Hutton won the Eastern League Plate Final. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Ashford and Dorking promoted 

Premier – Worthing saw off Saltdean United 3-1 on Wednesday with Samantha Quayle getting a couple, then won 5-0 at Millwall Lionesses on Sunday. Victory against AFC Acorns on Wednesday 24 May will give them the title ahead of Ebbsfleet United who won 4-3 at Saltdean. Dartford and Aylesford had similar results over Enfield Town and Sutton United respectively. Fixtures are concluded when Aylesford host Enfield at 3.30pm on 28 May.

1 North – Dorking Wanderers were champions after their 3-0 result at Dulwich Hamlet Reserves, 200 fans saw Watford Development finish fifth with a 3-2 defeat of Brentford, who had to settle for the runners-up spot.

1 South – Hastings United hit Bexhill United 6-2 on Wednesday watched by 135 fans, they had 291 in for Sunday’s 3-2 win over Herne Bay but were beaten to the title by Ashford United, who were 3-1 winners at Eastbourne United.
Ashford play the return game at Homelands Stadium, 3pm on 28 May.

NORTH EAST – Positive finish for Celtic

1 North – West Allotment Celtic ended in the bottom two but signed off with a four-goal defeat of Washington, with doubles from Hannah Dodds and Gabrielle McConnel.

SOUTH WEST – Bristol Rovers clinch Premier Cup

Premier League Cup – Bristol Rovers beat Bishops Lydeard 4-0 in the final, Abi Todd’s first-half goal added to by a Zoe Fielden-Stewart double and Zoe Curnock penalty.

Divisional Cup – Feniton won the Cup with a 3-1 victory over Paulton Rovers.

WEST MIDLANDS – Shrewsbury win on penalties

Shrewsbury Town lift Premier Cup.
Shrewsbury Town lift Premier Cup.

Premier – Lye Town won 6-1 at Redditch United to take fifth place and relegate their hosts, Coundon Court drew 2-2 at Crusaders with Sophie Shale’s second goal after half-time. Final games on 28 May sees Coundon Court v Burton Albion, Crusaders v Redditch, Kidderminster Harriers v Worcester City.

1 North – Walsall Wood were 7-2 winners over Walsall FC on Wednesday, who responded with a 6-0 result at Wyrley. AFC Telford United’s Jessica Sayers got the only goal at Lichfield City Reserves to take the runners-up spot. Port Vale took the points 2-1 at Coventry City, champions Shifnal Town sank Darlaston Town 11-0. City of Stoke are home to Wyrley, Port Vale play Coventry City on Sunday 28 May.

1 South – Sedgley & Gornal United got both goals at Kingfisher, Long Itchington had a walkover at Leamington Lions. Worcester City Development play Sedgley & Gornal United on Wednesday 24 May at County Sports Ground, where they finish up against Knowle on Sunday.

Premier Cup – Shrewsbury Town edged Worcester City 4-2 on penalties in the final, despite missing an 83rd-minute spot-kick. Libby Veitch earlier gave Shrewsbury the lead, Olivia Mitcham responding immediately for Worcester. Phoebe Carter then made the decisive save in the shoot-out.

Division 1 Cup - Coventry Sphinx
Division 1 Cup winners, Coventry Sphinx.

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