National League round-up…
Premier League Cup
Huddersfield Town are through to the quarter finals after winning 3-1 away to Loughborough Lightning. Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin scored the goals for Town as they repeated their victory in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup seven days earlier, while the home side’s consolation came from Katrena Matheson-Morrison.
Northern Premier Division
Derby County have opened up a lead of six points at the top after first half goals from Sophie Domingo and Emily Joyce gave them a 2-0 success at Middlesbrough.
A win could have taken Nottingham Forest into second place but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley FC Women. Rachel Brown was on target for Forest, with Burnley replying through Courtney Willis.
Southern Premier Division
Oxford Utd opened up the title race with a 3-1 victory over leaders Ipswich Town. Beth Lumsden, Daisy McLachlan and Sophie Baker netted the goals for Oxford, who move up to second place as a result, five points behind previously unbeaten Ipswich who grabbed a consolation through Sarah Brasero-Carriera.
Bridgwater Utd’s chances received a setback as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chichester & Selsey. Jane Yeates scored the only goal of the game for Chichester, to boost their hopes of climbing out of the bottom four.
Also enhancing their hopes were Milton Keynes Dons who won for the first time, 3-1 against Plymouth Argyle whose consolation goal was scored by Imogen Crawford.
Portsmouth meanwhile defeated London Bees 2-0 in their mid-table clash. Jaime Gotch gave Pompey the lead after nine minutes and Ava Rowbotham wrapped up the win with the second goal after the break.
Division One North
Liverpool Feds power on at the top of the table and stay eight points clear following their 3-1 victory over Barnsley. Paige Cole, Abby Pope and Jennifer Rogers all scored to give the Feds a tenth win in eleven matches.
Newcastle Utd head the chasing teams after they beat Stockport County 4-1. Katie Barker was on target twice along with Bethany Guy and Erin Nelson, with Abi Cheshworth replying.
Division One Midlands
Long Eaton Utd replaced Lincoln City in second place on goal difference after winning their meeting 4-1. Tiana Hicks netted a double with Laura Dexter and Audrey Huskisson-Moore adding the others, whilst Jessica Rousseau replied for Lincoln.
Kathryn Pagan scored twice and Antonia Smith was also on target for Wem Town as they won 3-1 away to Peterborough Utd, whose consolation came from Jessica Driscoll.
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd have edged two points clear at the top of the table after they won 3-1 at Queen’s Park Rangers. Amy-Leigh Abrehart was the Tags’ heroine as she hit a hat-trick, with Melanie Hall replying.
Billericay Town meanwhile travelled to third placed Actonians Ladies and finished level at 3-3. Maria Ledezma-Viso, Jasmine Young and Melia D’Santos all scored a goal apiece for Actonians, whilst Billericay’s markswomen were Lucy Jones, Sam Pittuck and Zoe Rushen.
Division One South West
Cheltenham Town have a lead of five points following their 1-0 success away to Chesham Utd. Tamzin Hayward settled matters when she scored the only goal for Cheltenham, sixteen minutes from time.
Reserve Section round-up…
Chorley have gone level on points with Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough following their 4-2 win at Bradford City. Tanisha Newton was on target twice for Chorley along with Grace Foy and Aleesha Collins. Liverpool Feds meanwhile defeated Durham Cestria 3-1 to move up to fifth place.
Lauren Riley led the scoring with a hat-trick as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Lincoln City to go five points ahead in the Midland Division. Daisy Wickett, Hannah Sparkes, Harriett Wellings, Isobel Redding and Millie Webb weighed in with the other goals. Tara Kirk (2) and Lydia Tilbury-Henry netted the goals for Leicester City as they beat second placed Nottingham Forest 3-1 to stay fourth, just ahead of West Bromwich Albion who edged out Solihull Moors 4-3 courtesy of a Natasha Bailey brace, Chloe Hood and Olivia Stubbs.
South East Division leaders Hashtag Utd went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 5-2 by West Ham Utd for whom Rebecca Chitolie netted a hat-trick along with Libby Skinner and an own goal. Jessica Wood netted the only goal of the game for Cambridge City in their 1-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons.
One match was played in the South Central Division, London Bees lifting themselves into second place after scoring six times without reply against Billericay Town.
The South West Division also saw only the one game take place, Bridgwater Utd recording a third straight victory when beating Keynsham Town 3-0. Niamh Nicholls and Shannon Greenway were both on target for Bridgwater along with an own goal.