Women’s Regional Leagues: Bristol Rovers seal second successive title

Chesterfield net late leveller against Northampton Town
Mixed reactions after Georgina Williams (9) levels in stoppage time for Chesterfield v Northampton Town. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Bristol Rovers made it back-to-back promotions when winning the South West Women’s Regional League Division 1 North title.

EASTERN – Herts Vipers and Needham Market cause cup upsets

1 South – East Bergholt United beat fifth-placed Barking 5-1 despite being 13 points behind them at kick off.

League Cup 3rd Rd– Herts Vipers struck two very late goals in beating Bowers & Pitsea 4-2, Wroxham’s Grace Birchall got the only goal at Kings Lynn Town, Needham Market’s Lois Balfour bagged a brace for a 2-1 victory at Luton Town, Royston Town knocked out Newmarket Town 2-0 and Wymondham Town won 5-1 over Cheshunt to make the quarter-finals.

Royston Town knocked Newmarket Town of of the League Cup
Royston Town knocked Newmarket Town of of the League Cup. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

League Plate 1st Rd – Leigh Ramblers needed penalties to go through at Biggleswade United after a goalless game, Whittlesey Athletic won 2-0 at Wodson Park and Hutton beat Billericay Town DS 3-1.

EAST MIDLANDS – Spireites peg back Cobblers

Premier –  Chesterfield levelled late on to become the first side to take points off leaders Northampton Town, whose Alexandra Dicks had earlier netted a double. Mansfield Town ran out 13-0 winners at Leicester City Ladies.

1 North – Sleaford Town played out a goalless draw at home to Notts County DS.

1 South – Derby County Academy made it 13 wins in a row with a 3-0 result over Ilkeston Town, Nottingham Forest DS edged hosts Peterborough United Reserves 3-2, Thrapston Town defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 3-1.

League Cup – Lincoln United made the semi-finals when winning 5-1 at Oughtibridge.

League Plate – Grimsby Borough beat Cleethorpes Town 3-0 in the quarter-final tie.

Nottingham Forest Devs won 3-2 at peterborough United rseerves
Nottingham Forest Development won 3-2 at Peterborough United Reserves. (Photo: Andy Powell)

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Dorking and Brentford pull level with Sutton

Premier – Ashford Town (Middx) sank Saltdean United 3-0 with the help of a Kalani Peart double to remain top, second-placed Dartford were 4-1 winners at Whyteleafe, Fulham and Worthing finished goalless in the meeting of third and fourth. Millwall Lionesses went level on points with New London Lionesses whom they beat 5-0 away, Dulwich Hamlet defeated Aylesford 3-2 in front of over 200 fans.

Duwlich hamlet's starting XI versus Aylesford
Dulwich Hamlet’s starting eleven against Aylesford.(Liam Asman/Sports Press Photo)

1 North – Dorking and Brentford both went level on points with leaders Sutton United, after the Wanderers won 2-1 against Hackney and the Bees got both goals at Clapham United.

1 South – Samantha Rowland scored three of AFC Acorns’ five goals at Maidstone United, Ashford Ladies climbed to second with a 3-0 victory at Parkwood Rangers, Bexhill United drew 2-2 with Welling United.

League Trophy – Walton Casuals came back from one down at the break to go through 2-1 at Dulwich Hamlet Reserves and book a home quarter-final with Herne Bay.

NORTH EAST – Hartlepool win despite red card

Premier – York City’s lead is now 11 points after a 2-0 win at Wallsend BC, while Sunderland West End held Harrogate Town 1-1. Ossett United’s Rowan Treagus scored four in a 6-1 success at Sheffield Wednesday, Hartlepool United were 3-0 winners at South Shields aided by a Jessica Dawson double and despite a red card for Alisha Smith, while Wakefield Trinity and Farsley Celtic FC finished two apiece.

1 North – Boro Rangers are just four goals short of leaders Blyth Town, following a 4-1 victory at Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves. Spennymoor Town jumped up to third when edging Bishop Auckland 2-1 with a Hannah Knox’s 88th-minute decider. Holly Doogan scored twice after teammate Neve Jackson was sent off in Chester le Street United’s 2-2 draw with West Allotment Celtic, Wallsend BC Reserves won 4-2 at Guisborough Town with braces by Catherine Shields and Samantha Deverdics.

1 South – Hull United’s walkover against Bradford Park Avenue put them seven points clear, Farsley Celtic Ladies were 5-3 winners at Barnsley FC Ladies.

NORTH WEST – Tranmere gain ground on Merseyrail

Tranmere Rovers beat AFC Darwen to cut the gap on leaders Merseyrail.
Tranmere Rovers beat AFC Darwen to cut the gap on leaders Merseyrail. (Photo: @TRFCWomen / Tony Coombes)

Premier – Fleetwood Town Wrens held leaders Merseyrail 0-0, allowing Tranmere Rovers to cut the gap to two points from as many games more with a 5-1 defeat of AFC Darwen.

1 North – Accrington Stanley won 2-1 at third-placed Workington Reds, Preston North End beat Chorley DS 5-2, Haslingden put four past Carlisle United, Penrith were held 2-2 at home by Morecambe, Penwortham Town drew 1-1 against Sir Tom Finney.

1 South –  Warrington Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 home draw with Didsbury, similarly Hindley at West Kirby, while Wythenshawe Amateurs edged Alder 2-1.

SOUTHERN – Moneyfields win top-two clash

Premier – Moneyfields retured to the top with a 2-1 victory at morning leaders Abingdon United, Eastleigh’s Lucy Nightingale netted a late winner after Kau’Inohea Taylor had been dismissed in the 1-0 defeat of Abingdon Town, Ascot United took the points 2-1 at Wycombe Wanderers with a Nicole Brown winner.

Division 1 – Southampton Women’s Reserves won 2-0 at AFC Stoneham, Abbey Rangers recorded a 4-1 result over Milton United, while Bournemouth Sports versus Eversley & California was abandoned at half-time.

SOUTH WEST – Bristol Rovers seal promotion

Premier –  Torquay United’s 5-0 result over Royal Wootton Bassett Town sent them top on goal-difference, ahead of Sherborne Town.

1 North – Laura Curnock was on target three times as Bristol Rovers beat Weston Mendip 4-0 to become champions.

1 South – Plymouth Argyle U-23s won 4-1 over Feniton to go three points clear of them at the top of the table but from two games more.

WEST MIDLANDS – Lichfield and Solihull go clear at the top

Kidderminster Harriers v Lye Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Lye Town. (Photo: www.clivejonespr.com)

Premier – Lichfield City moved three points clear of Sutton Coldfield Town at the top from a game more, after winning 3-0 at Worcester City. Lye Town won 3-1 at Kidderminster Harriers and Redditch United substitute Nakiya Lewis-Edwards and Nieve Newman scored late goals to win a 4-3 thriller at Crusaders.

1 North – Port Vale won 5-0 at AFC Telford United to leapfrog them into third, Sandwell also went above hosts Walsall Wood to fifth when defeating them 3-2, Siobhan Hodgetts with the 87th-minute winner following a Claire Humphries double.

1 South –  Cookley Sports pulled off a 1-0 win over second-placed Knowle, Solihull Sporting went three points clear after an 11-1 scoreline over Leamington Lions, in which Isabelle Haigh got five goals and Naomi Melbourne four.

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