Saints and Forest win FA Women’s National League finals

Nottingham Forest celebrate their FAWNL Plate winner
Nottingham Forest celebrate their winner. (Photo: Julian Barker)

The FA Women’s National League Cup was won by Southampton FC, while Nottingham Forest narrowly beat AFC Wimbledon in the Plate.

League Cup Final

Southampton FC 3-0 Huddersfield Town

The Saints made it a league and cup double in a week, Alisha Ware giving them the lead just before the break. Lucia Kendall doubled the lead from the edge of the area and struck her second from outside the box.

League Plate Final

AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Nottingham Forest

The Division 1 Dons gave Forest a game, as Rachel Brown’s opener was cancelled out when Kelly Highman scored via Ashlee Hincks’ free kick. But the Northern Premier side won it with a set-piece of their own, Rebecca Anderson finding the back of the net.

Northern Premier Division

Brighouse Town 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 237)
Loughborough Lightning 4-1 Fylde
Sheffield FC 1-1 Middlesbrough
Stoke City 3-0 Hull City (Att: 198)
West Bromwich Albion 0-8 Burnley (Att: 55)

Derby County finished runners-up after Fylde’s defeat at Loughborough, Lightning staying up along with Stoke but Middlesbrough are down. Burnley went up two places to fourth after walloping hosts West Brom, where Millie Ravening hit a hat-trick.

Loughborough Lightning secured their Northern Premier
Loughborough Lightning players celebrate a goal as they secured their Northern Premier status. (Photo: Andy Smith)

Southern Premier Division

Gillingham 2-1 Cardiff City LFC (Att: 39)
Ipswich Town 0-1 Oxford United (Att: 375)
Plymouth Argyle 5-0 Hounslow (Att: 110)

Oxford could end up beating Ipswich to the runners-up spot after defeating them 1-0 away. Gabi Alphous’s first-half brace helped Plymouth to victory and lifted them out of the drop zone. Cardiff dropped into the bottom four with one game left, following their defeat to Gillingham.

Division 1 Midlands

Bedworth United 1-1 Wem Town (Att: 28)
Burton Albion 0-8 Lincoln City
Leafield Athletic 1-0 Boldmere St Michaels (Att: 126)
Leek Town 0-1 Sporting Khalsa (Att: 30)

Leafield impressively beat champions Boldmere to stay in the division, an outcome which condemned both Burton and Wem. Lincoln’s big win put them within a point of second placed Doncaster with a game to go each.

Division 1 North

Bradford City 3-3 Norton & Stockton Ancients (Att: 275)
Chester le Street Town 1-5 Barnsley (Att: 39)
Durham Cestria 5-2 Chorley (Att: 60)
Liverpool Feds 0-0 Leeds United (Att: 115)

Liverpool Feds need a point from their final game at home to relegation-threatened FC United to clinch the title, following the goalless draw with Leeds. Neither Bradford nor Norton are safe from the drop after their draw but Barnsley got out of the bottom three with victory at Chester le Street.

Division 1 South East

Cambridge United 1-4 Cambridge City (Att: 150)

Cambridge City pulled off a derby win with the help of a Bella Simmons brace, to escape the drop at the expense of Enfield Town.

Division 1 South West

Exeter City 4-2 Chesham United (Att: 150)
Southampton Women 6-1 Larkhall Athletic (Att: 60)

Southampton Women’s margin of victory means they need to beat Exeter next Sunday by a least four goals, in order to pip Bournemouth to second place. City themselves will finish third should they take the points.

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