Regional Leagues Round-up: Torquay United promoted to FA WNL

Ascot United v Eastleigh_League Cup final SRWFL
Ascot United lift the Southern League Cup. (Photo:

Torquay United are promoted to the FA WNL, Barnsley FC Ladies, Blackpool, Shifnal Town and Wallsend BC Reserves all won Regional Division 1 titles.

EASTERN – AFC Dunstable almost up 

Premier – Stevenage kept up their hopes of catching leaders AFC Sudbury with a 2-1 win at Wroxham, likewise Needham Market with a Molly Hall goal at Colney Heath. Basement team Bedford won 2-1 at Kings Lynn Town.

1 North – AFC Dunstable defeated Wootton Blue Cross 2-0 to sit on the verge of the title, St Ives Town sank Yaxley Phoenix 6-1 with Annie Posnett netting four times as they maintained their slim chance. Fakenham Town hit Newmarket Town 6-2, while Haverhill Rovers sadly withdrew from the league.

1 South – East Bergholt United defeated AFC Sudbury Reserves 2-0, as the sides finished sixth and seventh respectively.

EAST MIDLANDS – Ten-player Chesterfield win away 

Premier – Chesterfield cemented third spot with a third 3-0 midweek victory at Oughtibridge WM, despite the dismissal of Millie Jebb Geer.

1 North – Champions Grimsby Town ended with a 2-0 win at Lincoln United Development.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Welling United defeated leaders 

Premier – Leaders Ebbsfleet United got three goals and three points at Enfield Town, Aylesford picked up a precious point at Sutton United with a double from substitute Chloe Francis. Dulwich Hamlet were 3-0 victors at Saltdean United, Fulham followed up Wednesday’s 3-1 result at AFC Acorns with both goals of the game at New London Lionesses, who are now relegated.

Ebbsfleet United got three goals and three points at Enfield Town
Enfield Town v Ebbsfleet United. (Photo: @MikeyTheTowner)

1 North – Top team Brentford defeated Hamlet Reserves 4-0 led by a Chloe Logie hat-trick in front of 153 fans, Sport London E Benfica won 3-1 at second-placed Denham United, title-hopefuls Dorking Wanderers got all four goals at Richmond Park. The double-header between Hackney and Watford Development had a 3-0 win for the former, and a single-goal victory for the latter, while lowly Leatherhead held Whyteleafe 2-2.

1 South – Welling United defeated leaders Hastings United 3-2 with an attendance of 216. Montpelier Villa edged Herne Bay with a similar score – two from Lou Tindall and one by substitute Borghild Nerheim – also Newhaven with sub Jamie Quinn’s decider against Eastbourne United. Bromley’s Charlotte Lee got half their tally of eight against Maidstone United, who are effectively relegated.

NORTH EAST – Barnsley and Wallsend BC Reserves top tables 

Premier – Champions Chester le Street Town won 5-3 at Redcar Town, Alnwick Town beat South Shields 3-0 to take the runners-up spot.

1 North – Wallsend BC Reserves finished top with a 7-2 result at Bishop Auckland where Rachel Hepple got a hat-trick, after the 5-0 midweek win at Washington with three from Chloe Adam. Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves netted nine at Thornaby, whom Chester le Street United had a walkover against on Thursday.

1 South – Barnsley FC Ladies secured the title 5-2 at Ossett United, who also lost 5-6 to Farsley Celtic Juniors in midweek despite Evie Parkin’s treble. Altofts’ Emily Scott got a couple in a 4-2 win at Millmoor, whose Hannah Wright was sent off. They also win 1-0 over Harworth Colliery in midweek, Nadine Bates with the goal. Bradford (Park Avenue) drew 2-2 at Sheffield United Foundation but finish in the drop zone.

NORTH WEST – Blackpool promoted after derby victory

Premier – Cheadle Town Stingers defeated Darwen 2-0 after a 1-1 midweek draw at Fleetwood Town Wrens, whose 4-0 score over Mossley Hill Athletic relegated their visitors. Elsewhere, Crewe Alexandra won 2-0 against West Didsbury & Chorlton.

1 North – Tuesday’s local derby between title rivals saw Blackpool pip Preston 1-0 with a Molly Kelly effort to become champions. Penrith sank Sir Tom Finney 11-1, Jessica Nelson and Sarah Smith with three each, while also in midweek Bolton defeated Penwortham 3-0.

Kelly also got two, along with Chloe Howarth, as Blackpool edged a seven-goal thriller at Penwortham Town on Sunday. Preston beat Carlisle United 3-0, Morecambe saw off Penrith 3-2, while Workington Reds’ subs Helen Wagstaff and Hannah Geen scored to beat Bolton Wanderers in front of a crowd of 175.

1 South – Hindley put four past Chester on Tuesday, then came from two down to defeat them 3-2 at the weekend, while BRNESC drew 3-3 with Warrington Wolves.

SOUTHERN – Ascot lift the League Cup,Woking win on penalties 

League Cup – Ascot United’s Nicole Brown made an 85th-minute breakthrough against Eastleigh in the final, Hannah Bennett making sure of the cup with a second deep into added time.

Chairman’s Cup – Woking not only took league champions Abingdon United to penalties with a 90th-minute Rebecca Tiney equaliser, but then won the shoot-out 4-2.

Woking won the Southern League Chairman's Cup. 
Woking won the Southern League Chairman’s Cup. (Photo:

SOUTH WEST – Torquay take top spot

Premier – Torquay United took the title by a point from Bristol Rovers with a single-goal success over Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Sherborne Town were 3-2 away winners at Liskeard Athletic, while it ended goalless between Warminster Town and Poole Town.

1 North – Oldland Abbotonians and St Vallier drew 1-1 in midweek, both going level on points with the leaders after St Vallier repeated that scoreline against Downend Flyers. Frampton Rangers will be champions if they do not lose the last game.

Divisional Cup Q-F – Frampton Rangers are out of the cup though, Feniton leaving as 3-2 victors, while Paulton Rovers had a walkover against Frome Town.

WEST MIDLANDS – Shifnal Town clinched promotion

Premier – Worcester City ran out 7-3 winners over Redditch United on Wednesday, then got the only goal in front of 156 fans at champions Sutton Coldfield Town on Sunday. Solihull Sporting defeated Lichfield City 4-2 with Lauren Smith getting three goals, just the one though as Lye Town edge Crusaders and also Shrewsbury Town got the better of Coundon Court.

1 North – Shifnal Town’s narrow defeat of Tamworth clinched them the promotion, ahead of Walsall Wood (whose  Leanne Johnson and Tayler Davies shared the goals in a 4-2 win at Lichfield City Reserves) and AFC Telford United (2-1 winners at City of Stoke). Elsewhere, Coventry City won 2-1 at Darlaston Town, Port Vale put seven past Walsall Ladies.

1 South – Coventry Sphinx completed a perfect campaign with a walkover against Long Itchington, Knowle won 4-1 at Leamington Lions and Rugby Town drew 1-1 with Kingfisher.

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