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 Women's Football WNL South News - 25 Aug 2021
Northern Premier Division
Fylde Women continued their impressive start to the new season and chalked up their second straight win, 3-2 away to Stoke City. Faye McCoy was the Coasters' heroine as she hit a hat-trick, including a late winner, to secure the points whilst Stoke, who were playing their first match of the season, replied with a double from Roisin Kivel.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are the other team with maximum points from their opening two games and they kept up their perfect start since promotion by beating Derby County 1-0, courtesy of a solitary goal from Amber Hughes.
Loughborough Lightning meanwhile notched up their first victory, 3-0 against Sheffield FC. Rosetta Taylor put them ahead on the stroke of half time, and Loughborough went on to crown the win during the second half with further goals from Chloe Young and Frances Miller.
Freya Thomas, Jade Arber, Mai Moncaster and Rosie Axten all got on the scoresheet as Nottingham Forest claimed an impressive 4-1 victory away to Burnley FC Women, whose consolation came from Dominique Cooper.
Huddersfield Town returned home from Middlesbrough with a 3-1 win under their belts, becoming a third team to move onto four points. All of the goals came during the first half with Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Katie Stanley all on target for Town and 'Boro replying through Jessica Foster.
Brighouse Town got off the mark in style, running out 5-1 winners away to Hull City. Amy Woodruff netted twice for Brighouse along with Rebecca Gompertz, Leah Embley and Ellie Dobson, Hull's goal coming from Ellie Tanser.
Southern Premier Division
Ipswich Town head a trio of clubs with six points from their first two matches after they won 1-0 against Crawley Wasps. A well contested game was settled when Blue Wilson scored the only goal during the first half.
Portsmouth have got off to a good start and their 1-0 success away to Cardiff City Ladies leaves them in second place in the fledgling table. Once again the game's solitary goal came in the first half, Jazmin Younger settling matters in Pompey's favour.
The third team on maximum points are Southampton FC Women, who sport a similar record to their South Coast rivals following their 3-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle. Leeta Rutherford bagged a brace ahead of half time, before Ciara Watling added the third late on in the second half.
The division's other unbeaten record belongs to Bridgwater Utd, who shared a 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons. Mollie Coupar was on target for the Dons, with Bridgwater scoring through Chloe Gilroy.
London Bees notched up their first victory and gained revenge for their defeat by Keynsham Town seven days earlier by winning the return meeting 5-1. Nicole Jancey netted twice for the Bees along with Hannah Coote, Lauren Heria and an own goal, whilst Keynsham's consolation came from Kerry Walklett.
Six teams are currently on three points and this includes Gillingham, who got off the mark by beating Hounslow Women 2-0.
Chichester & Selsey were the other team to claim their first win, 1-0 against Oxford Utd. Sophie Phelps scored the only goal of the game for the Sussex side, just before the hour mark.
Division One North
Bianca Owens led the scoring with a five-goal blast as Norton & Stockton Ancients became the early pacemakers by beating Alnwick Town 8-1. Lily Patrick, Shannon Reed and Victoria Burton were the other markswomen for Norton, whilst newly promoted Alnwick's consolation came from Lucy McConnell.
Liverpool Feds maintained their own good start with a 2-0 victory away to Stockport County. Rosie Kinvig put the Feds in front on the half hour, with Abby Pope adding the second goal just after half time.
Chorley are the third team to have won both of their opening games, thanks to a 2-1 success against Leeds Utd. Sarah Danby gave Leeds a tenth minute lead from the penalty spot, before Chorley equalised via a penalty of their own before the break, Rachel Hindle slotting home, and Emma Hickson headed in a second half winner for the Lancashire side.
Chester-le-Street Town are just behind the top three following their first win of the season, 4-2 against FC United of Manchester. Nichole Havery netted twice for the Cestrians along with Rachel Mellor and Charlotte Proud, with Kate O'Gara bagging a brace in reply.
Durham Cestria also notched up their first victory, 2-1 away to Bradford City. An own goal gave Durham a fifth minute lead and Amy Hargrave added a second after the break, before Keegan Lambert pulled one back for the home side.
Division One Midlands
Solihull Moors head the early table on goal difference after they won 3-1 away to Holwell Sports. The home side were playing their first league match of the season and scored through Courtney Cropper but goals from Lois Jefferies (2) and Kathryn Pagan saw Solihull to their second straight win.
Long Eaton Utd have also started well and ran out 6-1 winners over Wem Town, who were also starting for the first time. Moriah McIntosh and Matilda Hallas-Potts each scored twice, with Laura Dexter and Jordan Atkin adding the others, whilst Wem's reply came from Zoe Griffiths.
Doncaster Rovers Belles meanwhile notched up their second 1-0 victory in a row, this time against Sporting Khalsa. Sophie Scargill settled matters in the Belles' favour when she scored the only goal of the game.
Boldmere St Michaels ran up one of the biggest wins on the opening day but this time had to settle for a share of the spoils, as they battled out a goalless draw with Burton Albion who registered their first point.
Peterborough Utd opened up their season with a 5-1 success away to Bedworth Utd. Jessica Driscoll gave the newly promoted Posh Ladies a first minute lead, which they took into the interval, with Kirsty Farnsworth levelling after the break. Ellen Marson then restored Peterborough's advantage before Kier Perkins hit a hat-trick in the final ten minutes.
After having been beaten 8-0 on their league debut the previous week, Leek Town showed great recovery powers to bounce back and record a fine 1-0 win at Lincoln City. Cassie Hyde scored the only goal of the game for Leek with three minutes remaining.
Division One South East
Billericay Town won 2-1 against AFC Wimbledon to keep hold of the early leadership of the division. Shannan Drewe and Mia Lockett were on target for 'Ricay, whilst the Dons' reply came from Emily Oliver.
Queen's Park Rangers kept up their good start at a higher level, beating Kent Football Utd 3-1. Erin Pope hit a hat-trick to spearhead the win for Rangers, whilst Amy Payani netted a consolation for Kent.
Hashtag Utd join the top two on six points, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Actonians Ladies. Kelly Wealthall netted twice for Hashtag, with Emma Samways adding the other, and Actonians responding through Alessandra Barreca.
London Seaward built on an opening day point to register their first win, 3-0 against Norwich City. Niamh Carty and Kate Bradley ensured that Seaward were two ahead at the break, before Katherine Long rounded off the scoring midway through the second half.
Harlow Town's debut in the league ended in a narrow defeat, beaten 3-2 by Cambridge City. Hannah Bodily, Grace Stanley and Philippa Witherspoon were City's markswomen, whilst Hannah Porter and Billie Brooks were on target for Harlow.
Ruth Fox and Amy Howlett were on the scoresheet for Cambridge Utd as they also notched up their first victory, 2-1 against Enfield Town whose consolation goal came from Leah Littlechild.
Division One South West
This is already showing signs of being a closely fought division with a single point covering the top six teams and no-one having yet won their opening two matches.
Exeter City keep hold of the early leadership after battling out a 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries, who have drawn both of their games so far, took a first half lead through Kelly-Marie Fripp but Exeter battled back after the break and Connie Pengelly earned them a share of the spoils.
Maidenhead Utd and Southampton Women occupy the next two positions, also on four points, as their meeting finished in a goalless draw (see match report).
Chesham Utd meanwhile began their season with an 8-3 victory against Buckland Athletic. Gemma Fraser started her own campaign off in ominous fashion by scoring four times and Kate Bowers weighed in with a hat-trick, while Kirsty Gladwin was also on target for the Clarets. Chloe Williams, Hana Bennett and Carmen Morison all scored in reply for Buckland.
After a defeat in their opening game, Cheltenham Town hit back strongly by winning 4-0 away to Poole Town. Amy Wathan gave the Robins a first half lead and they went on to add further goals after the break through Billie Haynes, Abby Bevan and Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham.
Portishead Town gained their first ever point in the league when battling out a 1-1 draw with Swindon Town. Shannon Holloway put Portishead in front midway through the first half but after the break, Swindon pressed hard for an equaliser and despite firm Portishead resistance, they were rewarded when captain Rianne Lewis earned them a share of the spoils six minutes from time.


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