Women’s Regional League Round-Up: Box is Harlow hero against Bedford

Georgia Box gets Harlow Town's winner
Georgia Box scores Harlow Town’s winner against Bedford. (Photo: Jon Clempner)

Almondsbury, Beaumont Park, Dulwich Hamlet and Sandwell were the four changes in Women’s Regional League divisional leadership after results on 8 March.

EASTERN – Harlow edge nine-goal thriller

PREMIER – Top of the table Harlow Town needed Georgia Box’s hat-trick goal to beat Bedford 5-4, Luton Town kept up the chase with a 3 -0 result over Wroxham, Royston Town went one better against Bowers & Pitsea, Wymondham Town were 3-1 winners at AFC Dunstable.

1 NORTH – Cambridge City Development lead by four points following a narrow 3-2 win at East Bergholt United, Histon hit third-placed Needham Market 5-2 and AFC Sudbury’s 9-1 scoreline with Gorleston included three from Rebecca Stephenson.

1 SOUTH – Millwall Lionesses overran Hoddesdon Town Owls 14-1, Leigh Ramblers won 4-1 at Stevenage Development and Hutton netted five at Lawford.

LEAGUE CUP – Peterborough Northern Star’s Leah Cudone hit a hat-trick before being sent off in the 4-2 elimination of Colney Heath at the quarter-final stage.

EAST MIDLANDS – Late penalty extends Peterborough lead

Rise Park v Peterborough United
Peterborough United on the attack during their narrow win at Rise Park. (Photo: Andy Powell)

PREMIER – Peterborough United opened up a 14-point lead after just pipping basement side Rise Park 3-2 with a last-minute Donna McGuigan penalty, while Mansfield Town were losing by a similar score at Northampton Town whose Francesca Partridge got their late decider and Rotherham United went down 4-2 to Loughborough Students. Kettering Town got off the mark 3-2 at Leicester City Ladies and Oughtibridge won 2-1 over Woodlands.

1 NORTH – Hykeham Town sank Notts County Development 7-0 to extend their lead, there was a home double for Arnold sides with the Eagles hitting Cleethorpes Town for six and Town sending Sleaford to a 5-2 defeat as substitute Georgie Boyce bagged a brace, while a Leah Hardy treble helped Worksop Town win 5-1 against Grimsby Borough.

1 SOUTH – Beaumont Park are back in first place following a 2-1 defeat of Derby County Community, Oadby & Wigston went second with a 6-1 defeat of Thrapston Town, while Ilkeston Town took the points 20 at Corby Town.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Rangers reach Cup final

PREMIER – Dulwich Hamlet regained the leadership when winning 2-0 at Saltdean United, Ashford Town (Middlesex) had a remarkable 5-5 tie with Fulham for whom Katie Foster’s hat-trick goal came in the penultimate minute. Bottom of the table Aylesford held third-placed Dartford 1-1, Eastbourne Town versus Denham United ended goalless.

LEAGUE CUP – Queens Park Rangers netted five extra-time goals in beating Whyteleafe 6-1, Tiffany Skinner coming off the bench to strike twice. QPR now face Dartford in the final on 3 May at Maidstone United FC.

GREATER LONDON PREMIER – The leading pair both won 3-0 away, New London Lionesses at Spurs 3rds and Sutton United at Victoire. Clapham United beat Godalming Town 5-1 and Watford Development drew 1-1 with their counterparts from Leyton Orient.

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES PREMIER – Worthing’s 13th straight win was unlucky for hosts Eastbourne United who lost 4-0, Lewes Foundation went second with a similar result against Herne Bay. There was four goals also for Phoenix Sports at Hassocks and Crawley Wasps DS had a good 3-0 victory over Ashford LFC.

NORTH EAST LEAGUE – Farsley go level with leaders

Alnwick Town v Chester le Street Development
Alnwick Town beat Chester le Street Development for a ninth straight win. (Photo: Sportpix999)

PREMIER – Farsley Celtic are just goal-difference behind top of the table Harrogate Town and with a game in hand after a 5-1 defeat of York City. Wallsend BC were 3-0 winners at South Shields and Ossett United replaced Redcar Town in sixth when edging them 2-1.

1 NORTH – The top two still boast 100% records after Sunderland West End came through 2-1 at Blyth Town and Alnwick Town got the only goal against Chester le Street Town Ladies Development.

1 SOUTH – Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-0 win at Harrogate Railway put them six points clear, Wakefield Trinity went second as Emily Heckler scored twice in the 3-2 victory over Hepworth United, York RI and Altofts finished 3-3 with the latter scoring all their goals in a ten-minute first-half spell, the former then fighting back after the break.

NORTH WEST – Curzon cause Cup upset

PREMIER – FC United of Manchester hit Mossley Hill 6-2 to stay top, second-placed Tranmere Rovers winning 3-0 at Morecambe. Fleetwood Town Wrens took fourth place from Manchester Stingers in defeating them 4-2, West Didsbury & Chorlton put six past Sir Tom Finney in the basement battle.

1 SOUTH – Northwich Vixens netted nine past Liverpool Feds Reserves and West Kirby won 3-0 over Wythenshawe Amateurs.

ARGYLE SPORTS KIT CUP – Crewe Alexandra came through the 1st Round 5-0 against Carlisle United, Division 1 side Curzon Ashton knocked out Premier opponents Merseyrail 3-0 to make the quarter-finals, as did Blackpool (5 – 2 winners versus Warrington Wolverines) and Salford City Lionesses, who sunk hosts Penwortham Town 7-0.

SOUTHERN – Wasps work hard for rare win

PREMIER – Oxford City got the only goal to beat third-placed Abingdon United, Warsash Wasps won for only the second time as a Bethany Norman treble helped them pip Woodley United 5-4 and Wycombe Wanderers won 3 – 1 against Winchester City Flyers.

ONE – All the top three won, Abingdon Town 3-0 over Southampton Women’s Reserves with an Elisha Cox double, Eastleigh by the same score against Wycombe Wanderers Development and Abbey Rangers 4-2 at New Milton Town where Laura Hobbs scored twice.

SOUTH WEST – Torquay end long wait

Torquay's two-goal Nikki May
Two-goal Nikki May. (Photo: @TorquayWomenFC)

PREMIER – Substitute Gabi Alphous scored as Callington Town beat leaders Bishops Lydeard 2-1 to move within two points of them with three games in hand. Torquay United’s Nikki May netted twice as they claimed a first win at the 15th attempt, 2-1 at Keynsham Town Development, while Portishead beat Middlezoy 4-1.

1 EASTERN – There is just one point between the first three sides after Swindon Town Development ended leaders Sherborne Town’s unbeaten record with a 2-1 success and Swindon Spitfires are just goal-difference off the top following a similar result against Pen Mill.

1 NORTHERN – Almondsbury substitute Sophie Cooper scored three of their seven goals at Weston Super Mare as they moved into first place, Cheltenham Town Development having gone down 2-1 at home to Weston Mendip.

BRISTOL SOCCERWORLD CUP – Bristol Ladies Union stormed into the quarter-finals with an extraordinary 12-1 thrashing of hosts Plymouth Argyle Reserves, Henna Butcher and Stella Gandee-Morgan both notching hat-tricks.

WEST MIDLANDS – Sandwell go top 

Sandwell Wets Mids Div 1 leaders
Photo: @sandwellladies

PREMIER – Redditch United’s Jessica Lippiatt got a crucial double for the leaders in a 4-3 defeat of Crusaders, Solihull Ladies United just got the better of Coventry Sphinx 3-2 thanks to a Laura Smith hat-trick. Natasha Lawrence netted the decider as Kidsgrove Athletic came away from Lye Town 2-1 winners despite the late dismissal of Zainab Pervaiz, Leek Town blew away Knowle 16-0 as Chantelle Gallagher scored twice in the first two minutes on the way to a double hat-trick, while Claudia Latchford’s leveller saw Stockingford A A Pavilion held 1-1 at home by Coundon Court.

1 NORTH – Rachel Green’s second-half brace sealed a 5-2 victory for Sandwell over Solihull Sporting which sent them top. Stoke City Development drew 2-2 with Shifnal Town and Port Vale’s Meg Baldwin broke the deadlock late on for a win at Sutton Coldfield Town Royals.

1 SOUTH – Kingfisher’s 2-1 result over Rugby Town came due to Katherine Christopher’s brace in the last 6 minutes, Cookley Sports won by the same score against Coventry City.

LEAGUE CUP  – Kidderminster Harriers made the final for the second season running with a 4-1 defeat of Droitwich Spa.

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