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 Women's Football WNL North News - 18 Aug 2021
 
Northern Premier Division
Burnley FC Women and Fylde Women both notched up 4-0 victories on the opening day of the season to get their respective campaigns off to a flying start. Evie Priestley netted twice along with Courtney Willis and a Nicola Worthington penalty as Burnley won away to Sheffield FC and Fylde defeated West Bromwich Albion thanks to a Jodie Redgrave brace, Jenna Carroll and Beth Donoghue.
 
Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened up with an impressive 2-0 win against Middlesbrough. Jamilla Palmer put Wolves ahead just after the half hour and Anna Morphet sealed the result from the penalty spot in injury time.
 
The other promoted side, Brighouse Town, were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Derby County. Brighouse had led 2-1 at the interval thanks to Drew Greene and Danielle Whitham, before the Ewe Rams hit back in the second half, Jade Formaston equalising with her second goal and Precious Hamilton grabbing a late winner.
 
There was also late drama at Loughborough Lightning where the home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Hull City. Liberty Bott put Hull ahead just before half time, with Chloe Young equalising midway through the second half. Emily Smith then restored Hull's lead with five minutes remaining but once again, Loughborough fought back via an injury time leveller from Ella Powell.
 
Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town meanwhile produced a game as closely fought as expected, the resulting goalless draw getting both teams off the mark for the season.
 
Southern Premier Division
Ipswich Town have made a quick impact in their first match following promotion, scoring six times without reply past Hounslow Women. Natasha Thomas was on target twice for the Tractor Girls along with Maddie Biggs, Bonnie Horwood, Paige Peake and Lucy O'Brien.
 
Portsmouth sit in second place in the opening day table after they defeated Plymouth Argyle 5-1. The turning point of the game came early in the second half as Argyle were reduced to ten players with the scoreline goalless. Shannon Albuery gave Pompey the lead, with Becky Dandridge equalising a minute later, but Portsmouth went on to take control of the game as Cherelle Khassal scoring four times in the last twenty minutes.
 
Bridgwater Utd have also started well with a 4-0 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Tia Asker gave Bridgwater a first half lead which was doubled by an own goal, before Leah Burridge made it three on the stroke of half time. Sydney Hinchcliffe rounded off the scoring for the Somerset side with the final goal in injury time.
 
Crawley Wasps have been amongst the leading sides in recent campaigns and opened up by beating Cardiff City Ladies 3-0. Naomi Cole gave Crawley a first half lead and Nikita Whinnett added a second after the break, before Cole completed her double late on (see match report).
 
Newly promoted Southampton FC Women made a winning start, 3-1 against Milton Keynes Dons. Lucia Kendall bagged a first half brace to put the Saints two ahead at half time and Ella Pusey made it three after the break, with the Dons netting a consolation through Mollie Coupar.
 
London Bees meanwhile played their first ever game in the National League and it ended in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Keynsham Town. Both goals came during the first half, Kerry Walklett giving Keynsham the lead and Kerry Bartlett adding the second just ahead of the interval.
 
A goal in each half earned Oxford Utd a 2-0 success against Gillingham. The U's took the lead through Sarah King ten minutes before half time and Riva Casley sealed the points with the second goal, seven minutes from time.
 
Division One North
Newcastle Utd made a stunning start to the new season as they recorded a 6-0 victory away to league newcomers FC United of Manchester. Georgia Gibson netted twice for the Magpies and she was joined on the scoresheet by Katie Barker, Kacie Elson, Georgina Spraggon and Rebecca Ferguson.
 
Liverpool Feds have also got off to a good start, winning 2-0 against Durham Cestria. Both goals came in a four minute spell during the second half, scored by Ellie Fletcher and Caroline Charlton.
 
Chorley meanwhile returned from Bradford City with a 2-1 success under their belts. Ellie Mills and Katie Matthews ensured the Lancashire side were two goals ahead at half time, with Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck grabbing a late consolation for the home side.
 
Norton & Stockton Ancients were also 2-1 winners away from home, at Barnsley. Lily Patrick bagged a brace to earn Norton the points, despite an injury time reply from Maddison Foye.
 
Leeds Utd were the other victors on the day and they were to benefit from a late strike, Kirstie Hunt scoring the only goal of the game in their success against Stockport County.
 
Newly promoted Alnwick Town are off the mark after sharing a 3-3 draw with Chester-le-Street Town. Sophie Williams scored twice and Lucy Jackman the other for Alnwick, whilst the Cestrians hit back for a point thanks to Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke, Anna Collin and Annece Legg.
 
Division One Midlands
Solihull Moors gave a baptism of fire to newly promoted Leek Town as they defeated them 8-0 in their opening match. Lois Jefferies and Kathryn Pagan each scored twice along with Jessica Lundie, Annie Ackroyd, Maisie McDonnell and Jenna Roberts.
 
Annie Highway led the scoring with a four-goal haul as Boldmere St Michaels also made a fast start with an 8-1 victory at Bedworth Utd. Stephanie Weston (2), Evie Billingsley and Macy Fox added the other goals for the Mikes, with Kirsty Farnsworth netting Bedworth's consolation.
 
Lauren Da'Casto, Millie Fugler, Lucy Johnstone and Cala Thornton were all on the scoresheet as Long Eaton Utd meanwhile opened up by beating Leafield Athletic 4-0.
 
Two second half goals saw Lincoln City to a 2-1 success away to Sporting Khalsa. Jessica Rousseau and Leah Hardy were on target for the Lady Imps, whilst the home side replied through Chloe Handy.
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles also made sure of a winning start, 1-0 against Burton Albion, courtesy of a solitary strike from Hannah McWilliams.
 
Division One South East
Billericay Town recorded the biggest win in the division on the opening day, scoring eight times without reply past Norwich City. Shannan Drewe and Logan O'Shea were on target twice for the Essex side along with Georgie Morton, Zoe Rushen, Leonnie Bezant and Freya Fuller.
 
Queen's Park Rangers marked their return to the National League by running out 6-0 winners over Stevenage Women. Demi Edwards (2), Alice Curr, Sue Kumaning, Danielle Maloney and Brogan Moore were the markswomen for Rangers as they became the only newly promoted side at Division One level to win on Sunday.
 
Hashtag Utd meanwhile came away from Cambridge City with a 3-1 victory. Gemma Abela netted twice and Sasha Adamson the other for Hashtag, with Grace Stanley replying.
 
AFC Wimbledon got off to a winning start when beating Kent Football Utd 2-1. Katie Stanley and Rebecca Sargent put the Dons two goals ahead at half time, before Emma Squirrell pulled one back for the visitors after the break.
 
Roschelle Shakes scored the only goal of the game as Actonians Ladies opened up with three points and a narrow 1-0 win against Cambridge Utd.
 
Enfield Town hit back after the break to earn themselves a 1-1 draw against newly named London Seaward. Abbey Dell gave Seaward the lead in the twelfth minute, before Alana Munro netted a second half equaliser for Enfield.
 
Division One South West
Stephanie Beck scored twice along with Connie Pengelly, Sarah Stacey, Mollie Taylor and Charley Prouse as Exeter City ran out 6-1 winners against Poole Town.
 
Portishead Town's first ever game in the league finished in a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Maidenhead Utd. Nicole Barrett put Maidenhead in front in the first half but Portishead hit back to level on the hour mark through Laura Barrett. Chrissy Nazif restored Maidenhead's lead and they went on to seal the points with a late strike from Tina Brett.
 
Southampton Women will be aiming to go one better than the last three seasons in the division and they have started well with a 3-1 success away to Cheltenham Town. Sian Wylie netted a first half double and Emily Wernham added a third after the break, before the home side grabbed a late consolation through Lacy-Jai Liggett.
 
Larkhall Athletic were the third side to record a 3-1 away victory on the day, theirs coming at Buckland Athletic. Rose Kent scored twice for the new look Larks side and Rhian Robbins netted the other, with Sam Kotlinska replying for the Bucks.
 
The other newly promoted side, AFC Bournemouth, gained their first point as they shared a 1-1 draw with Swindon Town. The Cherries went in front in the first half through Katie James and they held on until two minutes from time, when Sophie Mitchell earned Swindon a share of the spoils.
 

 

 
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