Watford Ladies Development win Eastern League Division 1 South

Eastern League Division 1 South champions 2023-4, Watford Ladies Development
Watford Ladies Development celebrate their success. (Photo: Watford Ladies FC)

Watford Ladies Development promoted to Eastern League Premier Division, whose leaders Real Bedford lose at home to Haringey Borough.

EASTERN – Watford Ladies Development promoted

Premier – Haringey Borough abruptly ended Real Bedford’s 15-game winning run by beating them 4-1 at home. Luton Town went third when putting 11 goals past Kings Lynn Town, Needham Market won at mid-table Wroxham to move up to places to seventh.

1 North – Harpenden Town hit Histon 7-3 to knock Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers off the top on goals scored, the title rivals having three games left each. Newmarket Town edged Fakenham Town 3-2 aided by a Katie Walker double to go third, Mulbarton Wanderers moved level on points with Wootton Blue Cross after beating them 2-1 away.

Newmarket Town v Fakenham Town, Eastern Regional Women's League
Newmarket Town on the attack against Fakenham Town. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

1 South – Watford Ladies Development are champions following a 1-0 victory at Lawford where Emie Ramsell scored, Southend United are left to hold onto the runners-up spot and beat Stanway Pegasus 2-0.

League Plate Semi-Finals – Wormley Rovers won by the odd goal in five at Barking and will meet Stevenage Development in the final, following a 2-0 victory at Biggleswade United.

EAST MIDLANDS – Nottingham Trent University three points from Central title

Premier – Chesterfield Ladies substitute Romy Sheppard netted in a 2-1 midweek win over Dunton & Broughton United, which they followed up with a 3-0 defeat of Anstey Nomads. However, Lincoln United remain title favourites and won 5-1 at Grimsby Town for their 14th straight victory. Ilkeston Town beat Basford United 2-1 to go third, Mansfield Town sub Grace Shipman hit a hat-trick in their 8-0 result at Long Eaton United, while Rotherham United drew 1-1 with Dunton.

1 Central – Nottingham Trent University beat Loughborough Foxes Vixens 4-0 and their superior goal-difference probably means they will be champions should they win their final match. Arnold Eagles kept up their pursuit by defeating Notts County Development 3-1 as Amy Gauvrit bagged a brace, Asfordby Amateurs’ Sarah Brown scored three of their six goals at Sandiacre Town, while Beaumont Park beat Sherwood 2-1.

1 North – Gainsborough Trinity’s Megan Gower notched a hat-trick as they finished their fixtures with a 3-1 win at Grimsby Borough, although three teams can still catch the leaders. SJR Worksop edged 1-0 Dronfield Town to go second, Oughtibridge WM saw off Skegness Town 5-1, while elsewhere Retford were 2-1 winners against Sleaford Town.

1 South – Thrapston Town’s lead at the top was cut as they lost 1-0 at home to one of their title rivals Stamford AFC, Kettering Town narrowing the gap as sub Sophie Mullett scored twice in a 3-1 win at Nuneaton Borough. New Bradwell St Peter beat Cardea 3-1 helped by Cara Brooker’s brace, Newport Pagnell Town beat Leicester City Ladies 2-0.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Nearly 2,500 watch Fulham win at Craven Cottage

Premier – Dulwich Hamlet took top spot from Dartford with a 2-1 win over third-placed Fulham in midweek, watched by a crowd of 642 before 572 saw their 2-1 defeat of Dorking Wanderers. Fulham rewarded a turn out of 2,441 at Craven Cottage, with a 4-0 defeat of Dartford. Ebbsfleet United edged a nine-goal thriller at Enfield Town, four of Saltdean United’s goals at Sutton United were scored by substitutes. Aylesford and Ashford United shared four goals, Crawley AFC are down after a 4-1 home reverse against Millwall Lionesses.

Enfield Town v Ebbsfleet United, London & South East Regional League
Enfield Town v Ebbsfleet United, (Photo: @MikeyTheTowner)

1 North – Whyteleafe won 7-1 on Wednesday at Ashmount Leigh with three from Molly Turner, then held leaders Sport London E Benfica 1-1 on Sunday. Brentford are playing catch-up and took the points 3-1 at Hackney, 150 fans saw Clapton CFC defeat Denham United 2-0, Dulwich Hamlet Reserves narrowly beat Richmond Park 2-1 and Ashmount Leigh bounced back by overcoming Camden & Islington United 9-2.

1 South – Two wins in four days for Bognor Regis Town saw them escape relegation, at the expense of Steyning Town, who lost 4-0 to leaders Newhaven. Bognor came from 3-1 down at half-time to win 4-3 at Montpelier Villa in midweek, before beating Hassocks 4-1. Bexhill United scored the only goal of the game against Hastings United, Eastbourne United beat Herne Bay 3-0 to close in on their fifth-placed visitors.

NORTH EAST – Sunderland U-23s extend winning run to 14 games

Premier – Spennymoor Town were 6-2 winners over Wakefield AFC as Abigail Cottam netted a treble and they moved three points clear at the top, although remaining under much pressure from Barnsley FC Women and Wallsend BC.

1 North – Sunderland U-23s sent Gateshead to a 4-0 defeat to register a 14th win in a row, Ponteland United won by a similar score at Thornaby. Washington’s Jessica Cook got both their goals as they beat Bishop Auckland 2-1 to get off the bottom, replaced there by Hartlepool Pools Youth who went down 2-1 to a Grace Bailey winner at Consett.

1 South – Ossett United are within three points of leaders Millmoor with two games in hand, after a 5-1 victory over Handsworth. Lower Hopton put four past Chesterfield FC Women, Altofts got all three goals of the game at Sheffield United Foundation, while Harworth Colliery sadly withdrawn from the league.

NORTH WEST – Poulton win title-chasers’ ‘six-pointer’

Premier – Curzon Ashton won 6-0 at Bury to climb two places to fourth, champions Cheadle Town Stingers got eight against Salford City as Rachael Dunlop scored five times, Blackburn CSC beat Blackpool 5-1 away. West Didsbury & Chorlton welcome Fleetwood Town Wrens to the Step Places Stadium for a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday 10 April.

1 North – Holly Davenport’s double helped Radcliffe edge Accrington Stanley 4-3 in midweek, to sit within three points of their visitors. Carlisle United and Penwortham Town drew the basement battle 1-1 on Sunday. Fixtures for Weds 10 April (6.30pm): Haslingden v Penwortham (Valley Leadership), Morecambe v Radcliffe (Galgate Recreation Field).

1 South – Wythenshawe hit Ellesmere Port Town for six to stay top by five points from Poulton Vics, who won a crucial clash at FC St. Helens 5-2. Chester remain in the chase as they sank Runcorn Linnets 7-0, Hindley ran out 6-0 winners at Altrincham. Wednesday sees Mossley Hill Athletic host Hindley and Northwich Vixens face Chester (both 6.30pm), Wythenshawe welcome FC St. Helens for a 7.30pm start.

SOUTHERN – Bournemouth Sports spring into first place

Premier – Bournemouth Sports lead the table on goal-difference – and with a game in hand – following their 4-1 victory at Warminster Town, while Woodley United downed morning leaders Ascot United with a goal from Sajunae Turner scored just six minutes after coming off the bench.

1 North – Penn & Tylers Green are fourth following Henna Hussain’s double in their 2-1 success at Abingdon United Development, Milton United hit Caversham United for six to rise to fifth.

1 South – AFC Stoneham won 5-0 at Fleet Town, to go first ahead of Havant & Waterlooville but with their fixtures now finished. AFC Portchester won at Abbey Rangers with the only goal coming from Eilidh Currie, to remain best-placed for the title but must go to Havant on the last day.

Abbey Rangers v AFC Portchester, Southern Regional League
Izzy Saunders (Abbey Rangers) and Ella Wilson (AFC Portchester). (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

SOUTH WEST – Marine Academy Plymouth make final on sudden-death penalties

Premier League Cup Semi-Final – Marine Academy Plymouth won 8-7 on penalties following a 1-1 deadlock at AFC St Austell. They will face either Forest Green Rovers or Bristol Rovers in the final, who meet next Sunday (14 April).

Divisional Cup Quarter-Finals – Ilminster Town progressed 4-3 at Royal Wootton Bassett Town, Saltash United eliminated Shaftesbury 3-2 aided by a Nicola Champion brace, AEK Boco went through 6-1 at Weston Super Mare.

1 East – Bath City won 3-2 at Frome Town, Purton’s Emma Skinner got both goals of the game at Ridgeway.

1 North – Basement side Mangotsfield United’s sub Beth Dale struck twice in a 3-3 tie with Gloucester City, Bitton defeated Downend Flyers 5-1 and St Vallier saw off Paulton Rovers 2-0.

1 West – Helston Athletic won 2-1 at Sticker to retake top spot from Ilminster Town, Bideford and Feniton drew 4-4.

WEST MIDLANDS – Port Vale profit from Telford draw

Premier – Lye Town beat Burton Albion 3-0 in their pursuit of leaders Worcester City, whom they trail by nine points but with a game in hand. Coventry Sphinx defeated Lichfield City by the same score to get out of the drop zone at their expense. Solihull Sporting’s Taylor-Mae Knight scored their crucial third goal for a 3-2 win at Coundon Court, a Demi-Lee Rolph double gave Knowle the win 2-1 at Kidderminster Harriers.

1 North –  AFC Telford United’s title hopes were harmed by a 1-1 draw with third-placed Walsall FC Women, as Port Vale won 2-0 at Leek Town Reserves to cut the lead to just one point with two games in hand. Lichfield City Reserves are as good as safe following a 3-1 victory over Coventrians.

1 South – Unbeaten leaders Alvechurch were 5-1 winners over third-placed Long Itchington, Leamington Lions also scored five against Sedgley & Gornal United.

Division 1 Cup 2nd Round – Bewdley Town went through 2-0 at Darlaston Town, Worcester City Development got the only goal of the tie at Tamworth.

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