Title chases continue in the Women’s Regional Leagues

Nottingham Forest Devs became the first to defeat Derby County Academy.
Nottingham Forest Development became the first to defeat Derby County Academy. (Photo: Andy Powell)

In the Women’s Regional Leagues, Dulwich Hamlet Reserves are new leaders, while Blyth Town and Swindon Town DS won top of the table clashes.

EASTERN – Royston lead race for runners-up

Premier – Three 2-0 results saw Royston Town remain on course for the runners-up spot with victory over Luton Town, Wroxham stay in contention with a Grace Birchall brace at AFC Dunstable and Bedford slip up at home to Haringey Borough.

1 South – Herts Vipers held the leadership as Natalie Powell scored two of their three goals at East Bergholt United, Cheshunt won 2-1 at Leigh Ramblers to go clear in second and Barking are up two to third following a 2-0 result at Wodson Park.

EAST MIDLANDS – Forest end Rams perfect record

Premier – The leading pair both netted eight goals; Chesterfield’s Gina Camfield hitting a hat-trick against Rotherham United, Northampton Town’s Leah Cudone doing likewise at Loughborough Students. The basement battle brought Leicester City ladies a first point of the season, from a 3-3 home draw against Rise Park.

1 North – Nottingham Trent University and Grimsby Town played out a goalless draw in the meeting of second and third, Grimsby Borough sent Sleaford Town to a 3-0 defeat.

1 South – Derby County Academy dropped points for the first time in as 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest DS, Anstey Nomads gained ground with a 4-0 win over Peterborough United Reserves, likewise Oadby & Wigston who went one better at Coalville Town. Ilkeston Town’s Georgina Shaw netted all four of their goals against Loughborough Foxes Vixens, who replied once.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Hackney into Cup semi-finals

Premier – Millwall Lionesses were 1-0 winners over Saltdean United, who remain bottom with two games to go.

1 North – Dulwich Hamlet Reserves went top with a 6-1 victory at Walton Casuals, where they had six different scorers.

1 South –  AFC Acorns hit Maidstone United for six with three from Samantha Rowland as they extended their lead to eight points, Hastings United won 2-1 at Herne Bay to go second. Bexhill United won by a single goal at Meridian, as did Welling United at Newhaven.

League Cup – Hackney’s Sarah Garlick got the only goal to knockout Aylesford and set up a semi-final tie at New London Lionesses.

NORTH EAST – Blyth beat Boro in clash of top two

Premier – Second-placed Harrogate Town were held 1-1 at Farsley Celtic FC, Ossett United in third failed to gain any ground when sharing eight goals at Sunderland West End.

1 North – Blyth Town beat Boro Rangers 5-1 in the top of the table clash to go five points clear, Bishop Auckland are fourth following a 3-1 win over Wallsend BC Reserves as Emma Wright netted a treble. Spennymoor Town drew 1-1 with West Allotment Celtic, Guisborough Town’s Toni Dooley found the net for a first win in the meeting of the bottom two at Prudhoe Town.

1 South – Altofts ran out 8-2 winners at Bradford Park Avenue, where Lauren Henshaw and Megan Wilson scored two each.

NORTH WEST – Salford step up bid for second

Salford City Lionesses are pushing Tranmere Rovers for second
Salford City Lionesses are pushing Tranmere Rovers for second place. (Photo: @TFRCWomen / Tony Coombes)

Premier – Salford City Lionesses all but ended Crewe Alexandra’s hopes of the runners-up spot while boosting their own with a 3-2 win over the Alex, Fleetwood Town Wrens can also still catch Tranmere Rovers after condemning Wigan Athletic to last place with a 6-2 result.

1 North – Blackburn CSC extended their unbeaten run to 18 games when hitting hosts Chorley DS for six, Blackpool won their derby match at third-placed Preston North End 4-2. Haslingden won 4-0 at Penwortham Town, Accrington Stanley were held at home 2-2 by Sir Tom Finney, Morecambe beat Carlisle United 4-0 to get off the foot of the table at their expense.

1 South – Curzon Ashton stayed on course for the title with a 3-0 result over Hindley, second-placed Chester had a narrow 2-1 win against Wythenshawe Amateurs. Warrington Wolves posted a good 5-2 scoreline at Northwich Vixens, while other results were; Alder 3-0 Mersey Valley, Altrincham 1-3 Runcorn Linnets, West Kirby 0-0 Didsbury.

SOUTHERN – League Cup finalists confirmed

League Cup – Premier Division champions stayed on course for the double but only with a single-goal success over Bournemouth Sports of Division 1. Abingdon United also reached the final after a 2-1 victory at Eastleigh.

Chairman’s Cup – Abingdon Town won through to the semi-finals 7-1 at Division 1 side AFC Stoneham, while Chichester City had a walkover against Woodley United.

SOUTH WEST – Subs strike winners for trio

Premier – Ilminster Town lead by three points following a 2-1 win at Bishops Lydeard where substitute Samantha Burnham scored, as Torquay United’s title hopes hang by a thread after a second-half equaliser from AFC St Austell’s Charlotte Whitmore. Forest Green Rovers ran out 7-0 winners at Marine Academy Plymouth.

1 East – Swindon Town DS edged the top-two clash 3-2 with Warminster Town, Amelia Dudding’s double added to by substitute Maddie Sheppard. Chipping Sodbury Town sub Sophie Kelly scored twice to cancel out Imogen Stocker’s double in a 2-2 tie with Paulton Rovers whom they leapfrogged in the table, Frome Town also went above AEK Boco after sending them to a 3-0 defeat.

1 North – Oldland Abbotonians beat Bristol Ladies Union 2-1 with Molly McKay coming off the bench to strike twice, while Downend Flyers went down 4-1 at home to Cheltenham Town DS.

1 West – Second-placed Feniton were held to a goalless draw by visitors Liskeard Athletic, who have several games in hand on others.

WEST MIDLANDS – Shrews cruising toward title

There was a first win for City of Stoke
There was a first win for City of Stoke in their return match with Kidderminster Harriers, (Photo: clivejonespr.com)

Premier – Lichfield City beat Crusaders 4-0 to stay top by three points from Sutton Coldfield Town, who put five past Tamworth. Stourbridge are still chasing down the leading pair after netting eight goals at Coundon Court, with hat-tricks from Millie Rogers and sub Cheryl Edwards. Lye Town were held 0-0 by Coventry Sphinx, City of Stoke claimed a first win 2-1 over Kidderminster Harriers as Kiera Willdigg got the winner.

1 North – Shrewsbury Town are looking good for the title after 11 goals against Walsall Ladies, of which Libby Veitch scored four. Walsall Wood went second with Natasha Baptiste netting three of their eight goals past Coventry City, Shifnal Town came from behind with a Rebecca-Lee Bown brace to win 3-1 at Sandwell and go above them into third spot.

1 South – Solihull Sporting remain in pole position having beaten Rugby Borough 9-2 aided by a Naomi Melbourne treble, Knowle’s Demi-Lee Rolph bagged a brace to win 4-2 at third-placed Sedgley & Gornal United and stay in striking distance, while elsewhere there was a 3-0 result for Rugby Town away to Leamington Lions.

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