Women’s Regional Leagues: First fixtures of 2020 bring three new leaders

Sheffield Wednesday went top of their table
Sheffield Wednesday warming up or their game at a picturesque Hepworth. (@ShefWedLadies)

Abingdon Town, Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday all marked the first fixtures of 2020 by going top of their respective Women’s Regional League divisions.

EASTERN – Harlow Town win top-of-the-table clash

PREMIER – Harlow Town won the top-two clash against Peterborough Northern Star 5-2 to move nine points clear, Luton Town leapfrogged Wroxham into third with the only goal scored by Rebecca Wilson-Kane on 83 minutes. Wymondham Town substitute Laura Nicholls bagged a brace in a 5-2 result over Colney Heath, AFC Dunstable and Haringey Borough remain winless after drawing 1-1, elsewhere it ended Bedford 4-0 St Ives Town, Bowers & Pitsea 4-2 Royston Town.

1 NORTH – Cambridge City Development beat AFC Sudbury 4-1 to stay top, Kings Lynn Town kept up the pace with a 2-1 victory at Gorleston, Histon hit Newmarket Town 4-0 to go third and Needham Market sunk East Bergholt United 6-1.

1 SOUTH – Millwall Lionesses lead by three points after a 4-2 win at Lawford, Leigh Ramblers are up to second following a 2-1 success at Wodson Park where both Abbi Brown and Rhiana Castle came off the bench to score for the visitors.

EAST MIDLANDS – Five in a row for new leaders Notts County

PREMIER – Ollerton Town put five past Rise Park and Woodlands got off the mark in style, 8-2 at Leicester City Ladies.

1 NORTH – Grimsby Borough jumped three places to fourth with a 5-1 defeat of second-placed Notts County Development who were reduced to only eight starters by injury and illness. Arnold Town were 4-1 winners over Lincoln Moorlands-Railway and Cleethorpes Town’s first points were taken 2-1 against Sleaford Town as Emma Smith and Grace Tominey scored.

1 SOUTH – Notts County replaced Beaumont Park at the top with a fifth straight win and all five goals at Lutterworth Athletic, three coming in the last 10 minutes. Derby County Community defeated Corby Town 6-1.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Ashford Town and Dartford reach semis

LEAGUE CUP – Dartford secured a semi-final berth with a 2-1 win over Aylesford and the other Group A game saw Whyteleafe off the mark with all four goals in the match with Saltdean United. Ashford Town (Middlesex) shared six goals with Dulwich Hamlet, which was enough to see them progress from Group B alongside QPR. Fulham took the points 3-1 at Denham United.

GREATER LONDON – New London Lionesses now have a five-point lead after they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3rds 3-0 and Leyton Orient Development went down 2-1 at Sutton United. Hackney were 4-1 winners at Godalming Town and Clapham United came through by the odd goal in five at Victoire.

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES PREMIER – Worthing’s 2-0 result over Hassocks was their ninth win on the trot, second-placed Lewes Foundation won 2-1 at Newhaven with the help o a goal from substitute Lucia Frith and Parkwood Rangers pocketed the points 3-1 at Phoenix Sports where Rachel Mugami struck twice.

NORTH EAST – Owls overtake Bridlington

Eight-goal Alnwick Town
Alnwick Town were 8-0 winners over Norton Reserves. (Photo: @Sportpix999)

PREMIER – Hartlepool United made it four wins from five and went third with two first-half Caitlin Bates efforts at Redcar Town.

1 NORTH – Sunderland West End extended their lead to 10 points with an eighth straight win, Alexandra Ross netting five of their eight at Prudhoe Town. Third drew 1-1 with second as Jennifer Ashton’s goal for Lumley was cancelled out by Boro Rangers’ Alys Beadle. Alnwick Town were another to net eight times in maintaining faultless form, Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves on the receiving end, while Blyth Town hit hosts Consett for six in rising to fourth.

1 SOUTH – Sheffield Wednesday are new leaders after a 3-1 result at Hepworth United, as Bridlington Rovers were held 1-1 by Altofts. York Railway Institute are third after a narrow 2-1 win at lowly Bradford Park Avenue and Wakefield Trinity won 4-1 at Harrogate Railway.

NORTH WEST – FC United increase pressure on Tranmere

PREMIER – FC United of Manchester are within two points of leaders Tranmere Rovers with three games in hand after edging Wigan Athletic by the only goal. Merseyrail beat West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-0 and Mossley Hill Athletic went one better against Sir Tom Finney.

1 NORTH – Accrington CFC stormed to a 10-1 win at Carlisle United and remain two points clear of Penrith, who themselves put four past Penwortham Town. Blackburn CSC ran out 13-1 winners at Accrington Stanley, Workington Reds’ 4-1 result at Leigh RMI lifted them to fourth, while Preston North End had to settle foe a 3-3 draw at home to Morecambe Reserves.

1 SOUTH – Top-of-the-table Salford City Lionesses walloped third-placed Warrington Wolverines 10-3, Curzon Ashton kept up their title challenge by winning 6-1 over Wythenshawe Amateurs. Liverpool Feds Reserves, who have only two games to go, pulled off a 4-2 victory at Chester, Altrincham won 2-0 at Didsbury to leapfrog them on goal-difference and Northwich Vixens netted a second victory of the campaign, 3-1 against West Kirby.

SOUTHERN – Bournemouth run ended bluntly by Moneyfields 

Moneyfiels lead their league
Photo: @MoneysFCLadies

PREMIER – AFC Bournemouth’s perfect form was ended by Moneyfields as they continued their own, Kimberley Whitcombe at the double in an impressive 3-0 away win over the leaders. Abingdon United are two points short of the Cherries having netted nine at Newbury, Oxford City beat Ascot United 3-0 and Woodley United came away from Winchester City Flyers with a 4-1 result.

ONE – Abingdon Town took over at the top with a 4-1 defeat of third-placed Eastleigh, as Abbey Rangers went down 2-1 at home to Southampton Women’s Reserves. Bournemouth Sports beat Alton 8-1 with Sarah Plummer claiming a first-half treble, New Milton Town held AFC Bournemouth Development 2-2 and Tilehurst Panthers came from behind at the break to beat Wycombe Wanderers Development 4-3, two apiece for Lauryn Abery and sub Danna Cane.

SOUTH WEST – Ilminster Town down leaders

PREMIER – Ilminster Town are second after defeating top team Wootton Bassett Town 3-1, Portishead pushed themselves into third with an 8-1 scoreline over Torquay United. Marine Academy Plymouth held Bishops Lydeard 3-3 and Middlezoy beat Bideford 2-0.

1 NORTHERN – Frampton Rangers 4-1 win against AEK Boco saw them stay in pole position, while challengers Cheltenham Town Development and Almondsbury were racking up the goals; 13 at Weston Super Mare and 10 at Downend Flyers respectively. Oldland Abbotonians are still unbeaten thanks to Bryony Higgs’ equaliser in the 1-1 tie at Weston Mendip, Bristol Ladies Union beat hosts Chipping Sodbury Town 6-1.

1 EASTERN – Swindon Spitfires and Frome Town remain first and second respectively after drawing 2-2, Pen Mill held third-placed Swindon Town Development 1-1 and Swindon Supermarine won 5-3 over Forest Green Rovers.

1 WESTERN – St Agnes beat Bude Town to go level on points with leaders Plymouth Argyle Reserves, Plympton rose to third with a 15-0 scoreline over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, six for Sam Metters and five from Chelsea Robinson.

BRISTOL SOCCERWORLD CUP 2ND RD – Sherborne Town reached the quarter-finals with all six goals of the game at Trowbridge Town.

WEST MIDLANDS – Eleventh straight win for Stourbridge 

PREMIER – Redditch United hit Lye Town for six to go nine points ahead of the rest but Leek Town went second, a 5-2 success at Solihull Ladies United being their sixth win on the spin. Stockingford A A Pavilion’s Kaileigh Pahnke netted three of their four against Knowle, Coundon Court pipped Crusaders 3-2 and Coventry Sphinx are goal-difference ahead of Worcester City after beating them 8-1 away.

1 NORTH – AFC Telford United opened up a four-point lead when scoring as many goals against Port Vale.

1 SOUTH – Stourbridge took their winning spree to 11 with a 6-0 defeat of Kingfisher, Kidderminster Harriers’ Danielle Selmes got five of their eight goals at Leamington Lions. Cookley Sports defeated Droitwich Spa 4-1 and Rugby Town’s 9-0 result against Sedgley & Gornal United included an Andie Coupland 18-minute hat-trick.

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