FAWPL Focus: Week Five

With FAWPL Cup and Plate action, there was a reduced number of fixtures this Sunday across the divisions. Here is our round up:

FAWPL Northern

FAWPL NorthernAfter a tough start to the season, West Bromwich Albion have kicked on over the last week, stringing a couple of wins together and making a move up the table. On Sunday, they came from behind to overcome in-form Huddersfield Town. The game was won after a flurry of activity towards the end of the first half. Huddersfield took the lead through Sarah Danby five minutes before the break but West Brom hit back immediately to go in ahead. Leanne Mitchell rounded the keeper to level the score before Antonia Smith converted a free kick. There were no further goals in the second half but West Brom’s Brodie Vicenze was sent off in the final minute.

Fylde began and finished the night in mid-table with a couple of games in hand over those above and below them. They hosted a Derby County side that was looking to bounce back after a narrow mid-week defeat to Huddersfield. A tight contest remained in deadlock until the final five minutes when Derby took the lead through Cara Newton. However, Lagan Makin salvaged a point for the hosts shortly before the final whistle.

There was another tight battle between the league’s bottom two sides as Guiseley Vixens hosted Wolves. The visitors took the lead through Leanne Robinson with just three minutes on the clock after a defensive mix-up. Guiseley fought back and eventually levelled in the 69th minute through substitute, Nikki Berko. She sent her side into the lead shortly after but as the game edged towards the final whistle, Wolves earned their qualiser. Laura McQuilken scored through a free kick in the 80th minute.

FAWPL Southern

FAWPL SouthernCharlton Athletic earned their sixth win on the trot against C&K Basildon to become the only team left unbeaten in the Southern Division. Kit Graham opened the scoring halfway through the first half when she turned home an effort on the rebound. Charlotte Gurr than double the hosts’ lead just before the break. Basildon had a chance to get back in it early in the second half after Gurr gave away a penalty. However, Zoe Rushen was denied by Katie Startup. With 30 minutes to play, Katie Flack got Charlton’s third before Emma Sherwood rounded off the scoring. The visitors did get a consolation when Angela Addison headed home before Charlton themselves saw a penalty saved with Nikita Runnacles denying Ruby Southgate.

Lewes came from a goal down to jump to second in the table after a win away to Chichester City. The hosts took the lead with 20 minutes played through a Chloe Tucker free kick. Lewes recovered and Katie McIntyre levelled the scoreline just before the break. The winner came early in the second half through Rebecca Carter.

Three late goals saw Portsmouth FC end their losing run with a 2-1 win over West Ham. Shannon Sievwright looked to have scored the winner when she turned home a corner in the 83rd minute. However, Pompey’s recent habit of scoring late came back to haunt them again when Chenise Austin levelled from the spot with two minutes left to play. However, late drama ended as Portsmouth themselves were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute. Rachel Panting converted the penalty kick.

FAWPL Northern Division 1

FAWPL Northern Division 1The game of the day in the Northern Division 1 came as Leeds United travelled north to Newcastle United. It was a close encounter in which both sides traded blows throughout.  The hosts took an early lead through Steph Ord but Leeds quickly hit back through Marty Petrova. Arianne Parnham then gave the visitors the lead with a fine strike but it was Newcastle’s turn to respond. With 30 minutes played, Emma Hewitt equalised for the hosts. Leeds re-took the lead just after half-time through Charlotte Adams but Newcastle levelled once again as Ord scored her brace. After all the back and forth, the winner finally came in the 79th minute as Parnham found the back of the net for a second time.

Bolton Wanderers earned their second win of the season with a 3-1 win over Barnsley. Bolton went into half-time with a two-goal lead when first Ruby Howard and then Safron Newhouse scored. Emily Hockenhull made sure of the victory in the 77th minute while Danielle Lowe got the consolation for Barnsley.

In the other game of the day, Chester Le Street Town beat Mossley Hill Athletic 2-0.

FAWPL Midlands Division 1

FAWPL Midlands Division 1Loughborough Foxes went top of the table with a win away to Birmingham & West Midlands. The Foxes took the lead in the sixth minute through Lindsey Tugby. Birmingham had a penalty saved at the start of the second half before Chloe Young converted from the spot to double Loughborough’s llead.  Siobhan Eastman scored from close range two minutes later to make it 3-0. With just under half an hour to play, Charlotte Cooper scored another before Simran Singh made it 5-0 in the final minutes.

Radcliffe Olympic travelled to Grange Park where they overcame Long Eaton United 3-0. Linnea Kremer scored in either half before Ellie Readman rounded off the scoring with 15 minutes to play.

Sheffield United continued their good run of form with a 3-1 win away to Sporting Khalsa. Taria Marsden gave the visitors an early lead before doubling the score in the 18th minute. Natalie Shaw scored a minute later to seal the win.

FAWPL South East Division 1

FAWPL South East Division 1Cambridge United played out a 2-2 draw with Denham United on Sunday.  It was a tight first half that was goalless. Denham took the lead through Sophie Cheadle just after the break. Cambridge turned it around with two quick goals, levelling first with a header from Lauren Gibson before Laura Bright scrambled a corner over the line. Substitute Annie Hewitt levelled for Denham in the 84th minute.  

Enfield Town ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over third placed Ipswich Town. Alena Beganovic gave the home side the lead with almost 10 minutes played. Lisa Kline and Regan Coleman scored within two minutes of each other on the half hour mark. Ipswich made a second half comeback as Natasha Thomas and then Jacqueline Ball found the back of the net but they couldn’t find an equaliser.

Leyton Orient went second with a 4-0 win away to Luton Town. Sarka Stryhalova scored twice in the first half before Sophie Le Marchand extended their lead with a volley into the bottom corner. Substitute Chanel Richards added a fourth halfway through the second half.

FAWPL South West Division 1

FAWPL South West Division 1Plymouth Argyle earned their fifth win on the trot to remain top of the table. They travelled to Cheltenham Town where they came away 5-0 winners. Natasha Knapman can not stop scoring at the moment and the Plymouth striker came away with another four goals, notching two in either half. Substitute Ezme Wells got the other goal.

In the other game of the day, Keynsham Town kept up the pace with Plymouth, earning a 2-1 win over Maidenhead United. Emily Plummer gave the visitors the lead in the first half before Kerry Barlett sealed the win in the second.