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 Women's Football WNL Division 1 North News - 24 Sep 2020
WNL Division 1 North News - National League round-up... - 24 Sep 2020 - Women's Football NewsNorthern Premier Division
Burnley FC Women recorded the result of the day as they won 2-1 away to Sunderland on the opening day of the season. The Clarets made the long trip north east to meet the side which would almost certainly have been crowned Champions last season and took the lead through Katie Thomas, just after the half hour. Emily Scarr brought Sunderland back on terms with eighteen minutes remaining but Burnley were to have the final say and Sarah Agger grabbed a late winner, for an excellent victory for her side.
Of the six matches played on Sunday, only two of them produced a winner, the other being Stoke City who beat Sheffield FC 1-0. Abby Hunt scored the only goal of the game for the Potters, just before the hour mark.
Derby County and Loughborough Foxes meanwhile battled out a 3-3 draw. Megan Tinsley put Derby in front with just four minutes on the clock but the Foxes invariably start the campaign in good form, and a Lauren Nicholls double turned the scoreline in their favour. Hannah Keryakoplis restored parity just before the interval but Chloe Young ended an exciting half by giving Loughborough the lead once again on the stroke of half time. Callan Barber equalised for Derby early in the second half and there were no more goals from that point, leaving both teams to take a share of the spoils.
The honours were also even in the meeting between Huddersfield Town and Fylde Women as they also shared six goals. Kate Mallin, Brittany Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby were all on target for Huddersfield, whilst a Faye McCoy brace and Beth Donoghue ensured that the Coasters went home with a point.
West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest also finished level at 2-2 after another closely fought game. Keeley Davies and Leigh Dugmore were the scorers for Albion, whilst Forest replied through Laura-Jayne O'Neill and Georgia Hewitt.
The fourth match to finish in a draw in the division was at Middlesbrough, where the home side and Hull City ended 1-1. The first half was goalless but five minutes after the restart, Hull took the lead thanks to Ellie Tanser. 'Boro levelled matters midway through the second half with a goal from Olivia Dixon.
Southern Premier Division
Crawley Wasps were the leaders of the Southern Premier Division when the season was abandoned back in March and they have fitted snugly back into top spot on the opening day this time around after running out 5-0 winners over Hounslow Women.
Naomi Cole gave Crawley an early lead with Darcey James and Magda Mosengo adding further goals ahead of half time, before Megan Stow and Emma Plewa crowned the win by also getting on the scoresheet after the break.
Keynsham Town also made a strong start as they won 5-1 against Plymouth Argyle. Ellie Curson and Ella Hitchcox put them two ahead inside the opening eleven minutes before Argyle, who have had a difficult summer, reduced the arrears through Megan Williams. Corinne Yorston restored the two-goal advantage just before the break and despite an enterprising effort from the visitors, Keynsham went on to seal the win with two late goals from Justine Lorton and Alys Hinchcliffe.
Milton Keynes Dons welcomed Watford to Stadium MK but it was the visitors who returned home with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Sarah Wiltshire marked her return to the club by slamming a first half hat-trick and Ryah Vyse joined her on the scoresheet on the half hour. MK pulled one back after the break through one of their own new signings, Cherelle Albert, but Watford served notice that they are likely to be strong challengers again this season.
Oxford Utd made the long journey to Kent to face Gillingham and emerged as narrow 1-0 winners. The only goal of the game came eleven minutes into the second half, Carly Johns settling matters in the U's favour.
The other match in the division ended with honours even as Yeovil Utd and Portsmouth fought out a 2-2 draw. Ann Marie Heatherson gave Yeovil an early lead, which they took into half time, and after Katie James equalised after the break, Heatherson netted her second. Pompey were to battle back again and Jade Widdows slotted home a penalty with fifteen minutes remaining, to earn her side a share of the spoils.
Division One North
The four matches which were played on Sunday were all close ones, and each one was settled by the odd goal on the day. Norton & Stockton Ancients are the team which sits at the head of the table, thanks to a 2-1 victory against Leeds Utd. Bianca Owens secured the points for Norton by netting both goals, whilst Leeds scored through Laura Bartup.
Brighouse Town have been amongst the challengers over the past few seasons and they have got off to a good start, Amy Woodruff scoring the only goal of the game as they defeated Liverpool Feds 1-0.
Chester-le-Street Town meanwhile ensured their trip back from Bradford City was a happy one, with a 1-0 success under their belts. Sarah Burn gave the Cestrians the points when she scored the winning goal, ten minutes before half time.
Chorley produced the result of the day in the division as they became the third team to record a 1-0 win, against Barnsley - who were the leaders when play was halted last season - thanks to a strike early in the second half from Kerry Nickson.
Division One Midlands
Solihull Moors recorded the biggest score of the day when they netted nine times without reply past Burton Albion. Leah Seivwright and Lois Jefferies each hit hat-tricks for Solihull and they were joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Bickley, Zoe Creaney and Kathryn Pagan.
Wolverhampton Wanderers had looked to be well on their day towards winning the division last March and they have started very well this time around, running out 6-0 winners away to Leafield Athletic. Lowri Walker netted a goal in each half for Wolves, whose other scorers were Tammi George, Anna Renken, Anna Morphet and Jamilla Palmer.
Holwell Sports got off to a winning start with a 2-1 success at Bedworth Utd. Katie Lowder scored both goals for Holwell, whilst Bedworth's consolation came from Sophie Wilson.
Sporting Khalsa were also 2-1 victors against Wem Town. Lauren Walker and Rachael Howard were on target for Khalsa, with Laura Morris replying.
The spoils were shared at Boldmere St Michaels where they home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers Belles, who fought back from two goals down with twenty minutes remaining. Laura Cooper and Jess Lundie had put Boldmere in control of the game before the Belles' late comeback to salvage a point with goals from Jasmine Saxton and Jess Andrew.
Lincoln City and Long Eaton Utd also picked up a point apiece as they finished level at 1-1. Both goals came in the last fifteen minutes, Ellie Gilliatt giving Lincoln the lead and Millie Fugler equalising shortly afterwards.
Division One South East
Actonians Ladies are the opening day leaders in Division One South East following their 5-0 victory against Stevenage Women. Meila D'Santos was on target twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sharon Odofin, Alessandra Barreca and Abigail Igbavboa.
Billericay Town served early notice that they are likely to be among the front runners again as they won 4-0 away to Cambridge City. Therese Addison, Asanteni Charles, Freya Fuller and Zoe Rushen all scored a goal apiece for the Essex side.
Cambridge Utd complete the top three positions, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Norwich City. Faith Hewitt, Emma Jenkins, Samaira Khan and Victoria Lawless were all on target for the U's, with Natasha Snelling replying.
A late, late winner ensured that AFC Wimbledon edged out Enfield Town by the odd goal in five. Katie Stanley had netted twice for the Dons, with Mollie Kmita and Sheryce Slate responding, before Jess Lewry grabbed the decisive goal deep into injury time.
Ipswich Town, who had been top the table when the season was annulled in March, started off with a hard earned 1-0 win against Hashtag Utd, Lucy Egan scoring the only goal of the game.
One of the six matches ended in a draw, the meeting between Leyton Orient and Kent Football Utd finishing level at 1-1. Charlie Goad was on target for Kent, with the O's replying through Michelle Young.
Division One South West
Southampton FC, leaders back in March, are back at the top after the opening day and their 5-1 success away to Poole Town. Ella Pusey and Georgie Freeland each netted twice for the Saints, whose other goal came from Shannon Sievwright whilst the Dolphins' consolation came from Tiara Cheney.
Chesham Utd meanwhile got off to a good start with a 4-2 win against Swindon Town. The Wiltshire side twice took the lead through Megan Attenborough and Ellie Olds but a Gemma Fraser double, Karima Elouath and Emma Delves ensured that the Clarets took the points.
Buckland Athletic have strengthened their squad during the summer and this showed as they opened up with a notable 2-0 victory over Southampton Women. Natalie Warman gave the Bucks the lead just before the half hour and Hana Bennett sealed the win with the second goal late on.
The points were shared as Larkhall Athletic and Maidenhead Utd battled out a 2-2 draw at Plain Ham. Maidenhead twice went in front during the match with goals from Simone O'Brien and Natalie Barnes, with the Larks hitting back on each occasion through Amanda Blakeley and Adele Hooper.

Photo - Bradford City win possession against Chester-le-Street Town (Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com).

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