Women’s Regional Leagues: Merseyrail clinch promotion to FAWNL

Merseyrail celebrate winning the North West League
Merseyrail celebrate winning the North West League. (Photo @Mersey_LFC)

Merseyrail won the North West League, Brentford got a four-figure crowd and Sutton Coldfield Town raised £600 for the Ukraine appeal.

EASTERN – Dunstable win battle of bottom two

Premier – AFC Dunstable cut the gap on St Ives Town when winning the basement battle 5-2, Bowers & Pitsea pushed champions Wymondham Town but went down 5-3, after also losing 2-1 at home to Colney Heath in midweek.

1 North – Newmarket Town finished their fixtures in second with a 5-3 result at Cambridge City DS.

1 South – Leigh Ramblers won by the same scoreline at Wodson Park to rise two places to third, one point behind leaders Herts Vipers.

Cambridge City DS v Newmarket Town
Cambridge City DS versus Newmarket Town. (Photo: Sean Doyle)

EAST MIDLANDS – Lincoln United knock league leaders out of cup

1 North – Arnold Eagles now lead by five points having won 3-1 at third-placed Nottingham Trent University.

1 South – Georgina Shaw scored all four goals for basement side Ilkeston Town but they lost the goalfest at Oadby & Wigston, who netted seven times. Elsewhere, Thrapston Town were 2-0 winners over Coalville Town.

League Cup S-Fs – Lincoln United’s Lucy Farrow got the only goal in stoppage-time for a victory at unbeaten league leaders Northampton Town. Division 1 side Derby County Academy defeated Premier opponents in Notts County 4-1.

League Plate S-Fs – Mansfield Town made the final with a 5-2 win against Anstey Nomads, Rotherham United came through 2-1 at Grimsby Borough.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Millwall make semis, 1,000 watch Bees

Premier –  Dartford defeated Dulwich Hamlet 3-1, Worthing went third with a 3-0 victory at New London Lionesses, Saltdean United boosted their hopes of staying up be beating Aylesford 5-0.

1 North –  Brentford beat Sport London E Benfica 7-2, watched by a crowd of 1,010 to go top of the table. Hackney’s Amy Nicholson got an early goal to beat Dorking Wanderers 1-0, as the visitors slipped to third.

1 South –  AFC Acorns opened up a five-point lead as Sami Phillips got a hat-trick in an 11-1 result that sent Parkwood Rangers into the relegation zone, Maidstone United moving out after a narrow win against Meridian.

League Cup Q-F – Millwall Lionesses edged through 1-0 away to Fulham and now travel to Dartford in the semi-finals on 3 April.

NORTH EAST – Six goals, two red cards and a shoot-out at Bishop Auckland

League Cup 1st Rd – Three ties went to penalties, Ossett United with a 3-1 shoot-out success over Harrogate Town after a goalless game, Norton & Stockton Ancients Reserves edged Spennymoor Town following a 2-2 full-time score, while Bishop Auckland profited from the spot after sharing six goals with Boro Rangers, whose sub Isabelle Doyle was sent off along with the hosts’ Katie Raine in extra time. Hartlepool United’s Alisha Smith got the sole goal at Sunderland West End, York RI were 3-2 victors over Farsley Celtic Juniors. Wallsend BC Reserves beat Guisborough Town 5-1 with three for Chloe Roylance, Hull United’s Millie Sharp scored in the first minute of a 5-0 result at Bradford Park Avenue, Farsley Celtic FC put nine past Sheffield Wednesday aided by trebles from Dee Swales and Rachael White. Elsewhere it ended; York City 7-1 Millmoor, Blyth Town 4-1 Washington, Barnsley FC Ladies  8-0 Wakefield Trinity U-23s.

NORTH WEST – Merseyrail seal place in FAWNL

alford City Lionesses held Tranmere Rovers
Salford City Lionesses held Tranmere Rovers. (Photo: @TRFCWomen / Tony Coombes)

Premier – Merseyrail won the title with a combination of their 3-0 result at Mossley Hill – where Chelcee Grimes got two goals plus an assist – and Cheadle Town Stingers holding Crewe Alexandra 0-0.  Salford City  Lionesses drew 2-2 with second-placed Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town Wrens won 1-0 at West Didsbury & Chorlton.

1 North – Wins for the top three as Blackburn CSC scored seven at Carlisle United, Blackpool banged in five against Workington Reds and Preston North End put four past Sir Tom Finney, while elsewhere Accrington Stanley edged Penwortham Town 2-1.

1 South – Victories here also for the leading trio; Curzon Ashton 3- 0 against Alder, Chester 2-1 over Didsbury and Warrington Wolves 2-0 at Altrincham. Hindley took the points 3-2 at Runcorn Linnets, Wythenshawe Amateurs played out a goalless draw with West Kirby.

SOUTHERN – Moneyfields almost there

Premier – Moneyfields are on the verge of becoming champions after a 2-0 defeat of Abingdon Town, ahead of their last game next Sunday at basement side Woodley United, against whom Abingdon United won 4-1 to keep alive their own title hopes. Eastleigh beat Ascot United 3-1 to close in on their third-placed visitors.

Division 1 – Champions AFC Bournemouth DS completed their fixtures with a 3-0 win at AFC Stoneham, Bournemouth Sports won 3-1 at New Milton Town, Abbey Rangers overcame a red card for Carla Hobbs to defeat Chichester City 2-0, while bottom of the table Milton United pulled off a 7-2 victory at Woking.

SOUTH WEST – Ilminster and St Austell both still unbeaten

Premier – Ilminster Town lead the table after thrashing Bideford 18-0, Sherborne Town are level on points with second-placed Torquay United after defeating them with a goal from Jemma Tewkesbury. AFC St Austell came away from Royal Wootton Bassett Town 3-2 winners, Bishops Lydeard drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers.

1 East – Swindon Town DS won 3-1 at Keynsham Town Reserves but Warminster Town got all three goals at Chipping Sodbury Town to keep the leaders in their sights. Frome Town picked up a first win of the season 3-2 over Paulton Rovers, substitute Ann-Marie Harvey with the decider.

1 North –  Cheltenham Town DS substitute Holly Finch scored for a 1-1 home draw against Bristol Ladies Union, Downend Flyers defeated hosts Oldland Abbotonians 2-0 and Weston Mendip’s Amy Clark scored half their goals in a 6-3 result over Weston Super Mare.

1 West –  Plymouth Argyle U-23s were 6-0 winners over Helston Athletic, Emily Mousley weighing in with a hat-trick.

WEST MIDLANDS – Sutton Coldfield win on pens and raise £600 for Ukraine

1 North – Shrewsbury Town’s match with Darlaston Town was abandoned due to violent conduct, with the Shrews holding a double-figure lead. AFC Telford United rounded off their fixtures with a 6-2 victory at Coventry City and four goals from Jaime Duggan. Port Vale drew 1-1 with Shifnal Town and Walsall Wood versus Walsall Ladies was ended 0-0 despite their being 11 goals in last week’s meeting.

1 South – Solihull Sporting’s 4-1 win at Kingfisher put them top on goal-difference, Danielle Statham came off the bench to score twice as Rugby Borough won a 4-3 thriller with Leamington Lions, Sedgley & Gornal United won 4-0 at Westfields.

League Cup Q-Fs – Stourbridge came back from a half-time deficit to go through 2-1 at Lye Town, Sutton Coldfield Town were 3-0 shoot-out winners over Lichfield City after being deadlocked at 1-1, with all the gate money donated to the DEC Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Kidderminster Harriers netted ten at Tamworth with three from Dani Selmes.

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