Women’s Regional Leagues: Ashford Town (Middx) and Lichfield City go top

Kettering Town v Peterborough United Res
Kettering Town were 3-0 winners over Peterborough United Reserves. (Photo: Andy Powell)

Ashford Town (Middx) and Lichfield City went top of their respective Women’s Regional Leagues.

EASTERN – Vipers miss out

1 South – In the only game played due to County Cup commitments, Herts Vipers missed a chance to go level with leaders Leigh Ramblers when going down 3-1 at Hutton.

EAST MIDLANDS – Stags close in on Cobblers

Premier – Mansfield Town moved within a point of leaders Northampton Town from a game more, after a 2-1 win at Rise Park. Chesterfield climbed two places to third after sending Leicester City Ladies to a 7-1 defeat

1 North – Arnold Eagles came from behind to beat SJR Worksop 3-1, with Natasha Leach twice on target for the leaders. Second-placed Grimsby Town beat Sherwood 5-2 and third in the table Nottingham Trent University put five past Notts County DS.

1 South – Derby County Academy defeated Anstey Nomads 4-2 in the top of the table clash, Marli Rhodes-Andrews’ brace helping the Rams stride nine points clear. Nottingham Forest DS won 5-2 at Loughborough Foxes Vixens, Oadby & Wigston got all three goals of the game at Leicester Road, likewise Kettering Town at home to Peterborough United Reserves to leapfrog them in the table, while Thrapston Town are held 0-0 by visitors Ilkeston Town.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Fulham first to deny new leaders victory

Premier – Ashford Town (Middx) went top on goal-difference from Dartford but dropped points in the process for only the second time, as Alissa Downs cancelling out Ellie Olds’ opener for Fulham, who are now in third place. Worthing are one of three other teams on 22 points, as well as Fulham, following a 5-0 win over Whyteleafe. Dulwich Hamlet defeated New London Lionesses 3-1 in front of a crowd of 344, Denham United are off the bottom at the expense of Saltdean United whom they edged 4-3 with the help of a Lauren Cox double.

1 South – Ashford Ladies’ 9-2 result at Maidstone United sees them two points behind leaders AFC Acorns, Herne Bay are a point further back after winning by the same scoreline against Meridian, with Gemma Shepherd scoring four and Elena Brock three. Newhaven won 4-1 at Parkwood Rangers 1-4 Newhaven Ladies

NORTH EAST – Wallsend Reserves hold table-toppers Blyth

Premier – Wallsend BC went up two places to fifth by beating Farsley Celtic FC 3-2, Jessica Ellison, Eleanor Regan and substitute Mia Darling with their goals.

1 North – Wallsend BC Reserves held unbeaten leaders Blyth Town to a 2-2 draw, Washington beat third-placed West Allotment Celtic 3-1 as Abbey Howarth came off the bench to bag a brace.

NORTH WEST – Penrith peg back Blackpool

Tranmere Rovers won at AFC Darwen
AFC Darwen attempt to halt Tranmere Rovers attack. (Photo: @TRFCWomen / Tony Coombes)

Premier – Tranmere Rovers’ 3-1 victory at AFC Darwen has them within two points of leaders Merseyrail, albeit from an extra match. Fleetwood Town Wrens just got the better of Crewe Alexandra 3-2 to step above them into third, Mossley Hill Athletic won the basement battle at Wigan Athletic 3-2.

1 North – Penrith held leaders Blackpool to a 2-2 draw away from home, Blackburn CSC’s 1-0 win at Penwortham Town put them level on points with the Seasiders. Haslingden drew 1-1 with third-placed Workington Reds, Sir Tom Finney’ Rhiannon Davies hit a hat-trick in a 5-1 result at Carlisle United, Accrington Stanley won 1-0 at Chorley DS,    Morecambe and Preston North End finished all square at one apiece.

1 South – Wythenshawe Amateurs had a good 3-1 win over fifth-placed Hindley.

SOUTHERN – United win Abingdon derby

Premier – Moneyfields still lead by two points after a 10-0 win at Oxford City, second-placed Abingdon United defeated Abingdon Town 4-0 as substitute Charlotte Deeley struck twice. Ascot United’s Alixandra Todd scored a swift double in the latter stages for a 3-1 result at Winchester City Flyers, Eastleigh’s 5-1 scoreline against Wycombe Wanderers featured a treble from Gabrielle Ewing.

Division 1 – AFC Bournemouth DS went nine points clear thanks to a Hannah Hughes goal at New Milton Town, Bournemouth Sports sit second with three games in hand following victory at AFC Stoneham with efforts from Becky Miles and sub Sian Tilley. Eversley & California had a good 1-0 win over Chichester City with Rebekah Pantony on target, while Southampton Women’s Reserves ran out 4-1 winners at Milton United.

SOUTH WEST – Rovers run out of gas at Oldland

Oldland Abbotonians beat leaders Bristol Rovers
Oldland Abbotonians beat divisional leaders Bristol Rovers. (Photo: oldlandfootball.com)

Premier – Torquay United are second after a 6-1 success at Middlezoy Rovers, Forest Green Rovers gained ground on Royal Wootton Bassett Town when defeating them 3-1, Bishops Lydeard beat hosts Bideford 5-0.

1 East – Amelia Dudding was at the double for Swindon Town DS in their 4-0 win at Chipping Sodbury Town.

1 North – All three games were settled by a single goal, as Oldland Abbotonians’ Amy Street sent Bristol Rovers to a first defeat, Almondsbury went second with an Amy Jefferies effort at Weston Super Mare, Bristol Ladies Union third as Hannah Price found the net at Frampton Rangers.

1 West – Liskeard Athletic held leaders Plymouth Argyle U-23s to a 1-1 draw, allowing Feniton to go level with the Pilgrims from a 3-1 win at Saltash United where Brittany Harris bagged a brace. Elsewhere, Helston Athletic won 4-1 at Liverton United.

WEST MIDLANDS – Lichfield gain leadership

Lichfield City came close to defeating West midlands league leaders
Lichfield City went top of the West Midlands League. (Photo: @whartonimages)

Premier – Lichfield City replaced Sutton Coldfield Town at the top on goal-difference after scoring ten times against Coventry Sphinx, with three from Courtney Dilger. Lye Town are fourth following a 2-1 result over Coundon Court,  Redditch United beat City of Stoke 4-1.

1 North – Shifnal Town moved clear at the top with a Rebecca-Lee Bown hat-trick at Coventry City, whose Letitia Markham was sent off in the 3-1 result. Darlaston Town defeated hosts AFC Telford United with goals by Kelly Shirley and Emily Smith, as Shrewsbury Town rose to second with a 4-1 win at Wyrley, a result repeated by Port Vale at Sandwell.

1 South – Rugby Borough’s Megan Board came off the bench to net twice in a 4-1 win at Droitwich Spa.

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