After recent losses to Loughborough Foxes in the cup and Huddersfield Town in the league, Middlesbrough got back on track on Sunday with a 5-1 win away to Nottingham Forest. Despite this mini-blip in form, Middlesbrough have been flying high this season, scoring 27 goals in the 11 games so far and currently sitting at the top of the pack.
After a fairly even start, it was the visitors who opened the scoring through Emily Scarr. Forest responded almost immediately when Samantha Conroy‘s unmarked header hit the back of the net. But three minutes later, Middlesbrough re-took the lead as Emma Foster sent a shot home from a corner. They extended their advantage even further in first half injury time when Scarr was brought down in the box. Bianca Owens duly converted bringing her tally up to 89 goals in 72 games for the club. Shortly after the break, Middlesbrough got another when Scarr rounded the keeper to score her second. The striker completed her hat-trick in the 88th minute, making it 11 goals in as many appearances this season.
Blackburn Rovers travelled to Stoke City with an unbeaten record this season. The hosts, however, had been on a strong run of form themselves. These teams had played each other in the cup a fortnight earlier with Rovers coming through on penalties after they battled out a 2-2 draw. An equally tight game ensued on Sunday. The visitors took the lead in the 16th minute when Kaylea Cunliffe struck. Their lead lasted only six minutes, however, with Emily Owen levelling for Stoke. There were no further goals in the second half as the teams shared the points.
There was a surprise defeat for high-flying Charlton Athletic as hosts, C&K Basildon, earned their sixth win of the season with a 2-1 victory. Angela Addison opened the scoring in the ninth minute before the home side doubled their lead later in the half. A defensive mistake saw April-Rose Bowers faced with an open goal and she duly converted. Charlton responded immediately after the break when the in-form Charlotte Gurr scored her 13th goal in as many appearances. The visitors, however, couldn’t find another as Basildon took the three points.
Another team on a strong run of form are Lewes FC. They have lost only one game in the last eight and looked to continue their streak at home to Swindon Town. They came away 7-0 winners with seven different players getting on the scoresheet. Rebecca Carter opened the scoring halfway through the first half before Charlotte Owen and Avilla Bergin made it 3-0 at the break. Rachel Palmer added another in the 58th minute before substitutes Darcey James and Sarah Kempson made it six. Danielle Lane rounded off the scoring deep into injury time.
Coventry United came into Sunday’s game against Portsmouth unbeaten since the 10th of September. They came away with another three points, earning at 2-0 victory at Westleigh Park. Jade Brook gave the visitors the lead just after the break with a well-struck effort into the top corner. Substitute Amber Hughes then made sure off the victory in the 71st minute. The win capped off a fantastic October for Coventry in which they’ve scored 19 goals and conceded only two.
FAWPL Northern Division 1
Liverpool Feds earned another victory on Sunday as they travelled to Leeds United. Their 2-0 victory pushed them up to second in the table as they look to keep the pressure on Hull City. The breakthrough came just after the break when Sasha Rowe tapped home. With 10 minutes to play, a header from substitute Roisin Havelin doubled their lead and sealed the three points.
Chorley jumped up the table with a comfortable 5-1 win over Barnsley. They took the lead in the first minute through Rachel Wood before Lisa Topping doubled their lead four minutes later. Scarlett Smith then scored a brace for the home side before Victoria Coope rounded off the victory in the 83rd minute. Demi Pringle scored the consolation goal for the visitors.
FAWPL Midlands Division 1
Birmingham & West Midlands earned their third win on the bounce with a 3-1 victory away to Leicester City LFC. Charlotte Fisher notched a second half hat-trick for the visitors. Leicester’s goal was scored by Erica Kirby.
It had been a tough week for Long Eaton United losing their manager before Sunday’s game. Nevertheless, they came through with an important 2-0 win over struggling Rotherham United. Jade Arber opened the scoring with 22 minutes played through a header at the back post. They then doubled their lead in the second half through Viki Adam.
A 4-0 victory over Solihull Moors saw The New Saints leapfrog their opponents to sit second in the table. Sophie Davies scored a brace in the first half to give them a comfortable lead at the break. Two goals from Kimberley Bebbington in the second period consolidated the victory.
Loughborough Foxes travelled to Sporting Khalsa on Sunday unbeaten so far this season. They continued that run of form with a 4-1 victory to maintain their lead at the top of the table. Charlotte Cooper gave the visitors a narrow first half lead. Sporting Khalsa will have thought they’d earned themselves a point when Rebecca Gill-Parsons levelled in the 76th minute. However, a flurry of goals saw Loughborough re-take and then extend their lead. Jodie Bartle scored with eight minutes to play when she sent home a corner before Eva Rogers notched a brace in the dying stages of the game.
FAWPL South East Division 1
AFC Wimbledon have been enjoying a dream season so far, sitting at the top of the table. They are unbeaten since the first game of the campaign and continued their run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Enfield Town. It was Katie Stanley who eventually broke the deadlock to score the winner in the 86th minute.
Another team enjoying a strong run of form are MK Dons who sit second in the league. They came through with another three points on Sunday after a tight battle with Luton Town. Laura Mills gave the Dons the lead in the 11th minute before doubling the scoring after latching onto a long ball forward. Luton pulled a goal back after the break when Joanne Rutherford converted from the penalty spot. The visitors put MK Dons under sustained pressure in the second half but could not find an equaliser.
Cambridge United have been having a bit of inconsistent campaign so far but looked to bounce back from their recent loss to AFC Wimbledon at home to Norwich City. It was the visitors who took an early lead through Chelsea Garrett. Cambridge, however, showed their mettle and responded quickly. Amy Howlett scored two minutes later, sending a shot home from inside the area. In the 40th minute, Lauren Cartwright made it 2-1 with what was ultimately the winning goal.
Stevenage returned to league action with a victory over their mid-table rivals Actonians. After a goal-less first period, Actonians took the lead through an Alessandra Barreca penalty. But Stevenage fought back and two quick-fire goals gave them the three points. Leah Littlechild levelled before Kristi Burling hit a 30-yard strike into top corner to win the game.
Denham United earned their second win of the season as they hosted league strugglers, Haringey Borough. The game ended 5-0 with a brace from Jenny Banfield and goals from Emma Bebbington, Annie Hewitt and Celine O’Halloran.
FAWPL South West Division 1
Keynsham Town are one of three teams in the league with an unbeaten record this season. They extended their lead at the top with a 10-0 victory over win-less Basingstoke Town. It was a productive afternoon for striker Kerry Bartlett who scored six of their goals. Justin Lorton scored a brace will the other two came from Christina Vega and Katie Cook.
Southampton WFC are also unbeaten so far and came away from Brislington with a 5-1 victory. It was the hosts who took the lead inside four minutes when Amy Jefferies scored from the edge of the box. The equaliser came just before the break when Laura Vokes struck. The visitors immediately took the lead as the second half began through an Emma Pinner strike. They then extended the gap when Natalie Bavister scored from 30 yards out. Substitute Cassie Thorp made it 4-1 after a great team move before Sheree Bell-Jack headed home the fifth.
Larkhall Athletic moved up to sixth in the table with a narrow 1-0 victory over Maidenhead United. Charlotte Morrison scored the only goal of the game.
In the final game, Southampton Saints and Poole Town played out a goal-less draw.