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 Women's Football WNL Division 1 Midlands News - 1 Sep 2021
 
Northern Premier Division
The teams occupying the top two positions in the table met each other and was as close as anticipated, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fylde Women sharing a goalless draw. Both teams had gone into the game having won their opening three matches, therefore Fylde stay just ahead on goal difference from Wolves, who are still to concede a goal in the league this season.
 
Nottingham Forest meanwhile took full advantage and swept to a 6-0 victory over Hull City, the margin of victory being enough to see Forest take over as the new leaders. All six goals actually came during the second half, Freya Thomas giving Forest the lead just after the restart, with Jade Arber and Charlotte Greengrass adding goals in quick succession. Rachel Brown and Rosie Axten also got on the scoresheet before Arber completed her double late on.
 
Derby County were 2-1 winners over Burnley FC Women and have moved to within a single point of the leading trio. Emily Joyce fired the Ewe Rams in front five minutes into the second half and Ellie Gilliatt scored what proved to be the winner, despite Courtney Willis pulling a goal back for the Clarets.
 
Huddersfield Town remain the division's other unbeaten team, they won 5-1 away to Loughborough Lightning and are two points off the pace. Laura Elford was on target twice for Town along with Lucy Sowerby, Brittany Sanderson and Kate Mallin, whilst the home side's consolation came from Abbie Benstead.
 
Middlesbrough got off the mark for the new season with a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Lauren Robson netted a brace for 'Boro, with Rebecca Olley and Faye Dale adding the others, Mariam Mahmood replying for Albion.
 
Sheffield FC also won for the first time, beating Stoke City 1-0, Molly Waite scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.
 
Southern Premier Division
The top two continue to power away and have made it four wins out of four, whilst already showing signs of pulling away from the rest of the teams.
 
There was a change of leadership though on Sunday with Southampton FC Women taking over the mantle as leaders following a nine-goal blast against Gillingham. Ella Pusey spearheaded the win for the Saints by scoring a hat-trick, Georgie Freeland and Ella Morris each bagged doubles and the tally was completed by Sophia Pharoah and Ciara Watling.
 
Ipswich Town also kept up their perfect record and are still yet to concede a goal, but were pushed all the way by Cardiff City Ladies, with goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan in outstanding form, before substitute Maddie Biggs scored the only goal of the game for the Tractor Girls with nineteen minutes remaining.
 
Bridgwater Utd are heading the chasing teams and possess a game in hand, lifting themselves into third by winning 3-1 against Crawley Wasps. Ellie Strippel, Chloe Gilroy and Alice Griffiths all scored a goal apiece for the unbeaten Somerset side, whilst Crawley's consolation came from Rachel Palmer.
 
Portsmouth and Oxford Utd occupy the next two places, with the U's just ahead on goal difference after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Carly Johns gave Oxford an early lead which was cancelled out before half time by Shannon Albuery (see match report).
 
The spoils were also shared at London Bees where the home side shared a 1-1 draw with Chichester & Selsey. Megan Fox gave Chi the lead four minutes ahead of half time, with Lauren Heria hitting an equaliser for the Bees midway through the second half.
 
Plymouth Argyle meanwhile notched up their first league win of the season with a 5-1 success away to Keynsham Town. Gabi Alphous was on target twice for Argyle along with Natasha Knapman, Zoe Cunningham and Emily Eaton, with Henna Butcher replying for Keynsham.
 
Division One North
A 3-0 win away to Stockport County has taken Newcastle Utd to the top of the table and kept up their 100% record. Georgina Spraggon gave the Magpies a seventeenth minute lead and Rosie Missen headed in the second on the half hour. Anna Soulsby rounded off the scoring after the break as Newcastle maintained their impressive start.
 
Liverpool Feds are keeping pace with Newcastle, making it three wins and three clean sheets on the trot when beating previous table toppers Chorley 3-0. Rosie Kinvig put the Feds in a strong position by netting twice inside the first ten minutes and Paige Cole added the final goal during the second half.
 
Leeds Utd notched up their second win in three matches with a 1-0 win away to newly promoted Alnwick Town. Olivia Smart scored the only goal of the game, early in the second half, to give Leeds a win which takes them up into the top half.
 
The other newcomers in the division, FC United of Manchester, sit one place below Leeds having won for the second game in a row, 3-2 away to Barnsley. This did not tell the whole story though as FC United came from two goals behind early on, Ella Hartley scoring twice, either side of a Kirsty Chambers goal after Emily Pierrepont and Natalie Watson had given Barnsley a great start.
 
Bradford City meanwhile got themselves off the mark with a 2-1 success against Chester-le-Street Town. Charlotte Stuart and Sophie Hawkins were on target for Bradford, with the Cestrians replying through Annece Legg.
 
Division One Midlands
Boldmere St Michaels held on to the early leadership with a 1-0 victory over Holwell Sports. Cheyanne Jarvis scored the game's only goal, ten minutes into second half, to hand the Mikes a third win in four matches.
 
Second placed Long Eaton Utd got back to winning ways, also winning 1-0 against Bedworth Utd and this keeps them one point behind leaders Boldmere, thanks to a goal from Cala Thornton.
 
Lincoln City are also one point off the pace following their 2-1 success against Solihull Moors, which means they replace their opponents in third. Sophie Crosby and Lauryn Wilcock accounted for the Lady Imps' goals, whilst Charlotte Leedham was on target in reply for Solihull.
 
Leafield Athletic won for the second game in a row and this has taken them into the top half of the table. Katie Johnson netted a double, with Holly Briggs and Daisy-Mai Clements also on target to give Leafield a 4-1 victory over Wem Town, whose consolation came from Emily Ridge.
 
Leek Town are in a mid-table position after they won 3-1 away to Sporting Khalsa, who are still looking to get off the mark. All of Leek's goals came in the opening twenty minutes, Paris O'Connor scoring twice and Cassie Hyde adding the other, before Khalsa rallied after the break and pulled a goal back through Angie Morley.
 
Burton Albion and Peterborough Utd stay next to each other in the table as their meeting culminated in a 2-2 draw. Amber-Leigh Denny and Milly Wortley were the markswomen for Burton, with the Posh Ladies responding through Jessica Driscoll and an own goal.
 
Division One South East
After their meeting in midweek ended in a draw, Billericay Town and Hashtag Utd got back to winning ways on Sunday and are level on points on top of the table.
 
Billericay lead the way on goal difference after they won 3-1 away to Queen's Park Rangers. Zoe Rushen, Danica Dougal and Mia Lockett were all on target for Billericay, whilst Rangers' consolation came from Melanie Hall.
 
Hashtag meanwhile defeated Kent Football Utd 4-0 to join them on ten points. Malika Apindia Gille, Sasha Adamson and Kelly Wealthall all scored for the Tags along with an own goal.
 
Actonians Ladies continued their good start to the season with a 1-0 victory away to Stevenage Women. Maria Ledezma-Viso scored the only goal of the game just after the half hour mark, to take Actonians up into third place.
 
Cambridge Utd made it two wins out of three games when scoring six times without reply past Harlow Town. Emma Jenkins and Gisela Otten each netted doubles, and they were joined on the scoresheet by Samaira Khan and Laura Mitchell.
 
AFC Wimbledon moved themselves level on points with Cambridge City after winning their meeting 4-1. Grace Stanley did give City the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half but after the break, Hannah Billingham equalised for the Dons and Ashlee Hincks put them ahead for the first time, before Chloe Sampson and Emily Donovan sealed the result with further late goals.
 
Enfield Town claimed their first league victory of the season, also winning 4-1 against Norwich City. Katie O'Leary led the scoring for Town with a hat-trick and Mollie Kmita was also on target.
 
Division One South West
AFC Bournemouth are the new leaders of the division after their 6-0 victory away to Larkhall Athletic. Becki Bath bagged a hat-trick for the Cherries and there was one apiece from Katie James, Chloe Newton and Molly Clark.
 
Chesham Utd had started the day on top of the table but are back in second place after they drew 3-3 with Portishead Town. Laura Barrett, Rosie Hill and Emily Lindsey were all on target for Portishead whilst Chesham replied through a Gemma Fraser double - including a late equaliser - and Kirsty Gladwin.
 
Cheltenham Town moved into the top three by winning 2-1 at Exeter City. Amy Wathan and Samantha Hallsworth were Cheltenham's scorers, Exeter netting a consolation through Zoe Watkins.
 
After going down to their first defeat in midweek, Southampton Women got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success away to Swindon Town. The Wiltshire side had drawn 1-1 in each of their three opening games but this time it was Southampton who came up with the only goal, scored by Sian Wylie early in the second half.
 
Buckland Athletic recorded their first victory of the season, 4-1 over Poole Town. Chloe Williams was on target twice for the Bucks along with Freya Jackson and Sam Kotlinska to get their team off the mark.
 

 

 
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