NWWRFL Division One South
All eyes were turned to Brookburn Road in the NWWRFL Division One South on Sunday as West Didsbury & Chorlton hosted FC United of Manchester at the Recreation Ground. Having dropped just five points between them all season the home side remained FC United’s biggest remaining obstacle in their quest to be crowned champions.
A huge crowd of 152 saw a full blooded first half end goalless with the home side having had the best of the chances. However five minutes into the second half FC United found the breakthrough they needed with their first attempt on target as Jess Battle gave the visitors the lead. Further goals from Yvette Loukes and Nicole Hatcliffe secured the three points for FC United to register their first win of 2018.
Not to be outdone, Curzon Ashton recorded arguably the result of the day as they demolished Northwich Vixens 10-2 at home. The Nash ran into a half time 5-1 lead with Amy Smith bagging all five as she registered her hat-trick inside the first 20 minutes. Northwich pulled a goal back in the second half to make it 6-2 before a Keeley Goodwin supplied Leoni Harland for the sixth with Aliza Angus making it 7-2 with a curled effort from 25 yards. Smith added her sixth from the penalty spot for eight as Mya Holmes made it nine with a contender for goal of the day. Shannon Hayes made it TEN for Curzon with another terrific strike. Victory leaves Curzon in a commanding position of the runners up spot.
Elsewhere in Division One South Warrington are third thanks to goals from Rachel Dickenson and Wendy Booth as they defeated Altrincham 2-1.
NWWRFL Premier Division
In the Premier Division there was a resounding wins for Manchester Stingers as they defeated bottom club CMB 8-0 away. The pick of the goals were courtesy of a Nic Armstrong hat-trick and an Alyson Hastie brace. The win lifts Stingers up to seventh 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Curzon, FC United, Stingers and West are all in Manchester Women’s Cup action next weekend as they competition reaches the quarter final stage.
West, who will host this year’s final having host last season’s, will host GMWFL Champions Urmston Meadowside whilst FC United will travel to Beechfield United. Curzon Ashton welcome GMWFL newcomers Barhill whilst Manchester Stingers will welcome Cadishead Rhinos to Kings Road as they look to make the semi-finals for the fourth straight season.
WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi Final
With so much local football this weekend it was easy to miss the area’s leading side Manchester City had headed down south to play in the Semi Finals of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup away to Chelsea. More than 2,500 witnessed City take an early lead through Nadia Nadim They will meet Arsenal on March 11th with the final to be confirmed this week. The gunners saw off Reading 3-2.
Bolton Lads & Girls kept the GMWFL Division One title a three horse race as they thrashed bottom club Bury Ladies 7-0 away. Amongst the goals were Emily Ashworth (2), Jess Leigh (2), and Alice Hay. Urmston Meadowside prepared for their Mancehster Women’s Cup QF in the best possible way with a 5-1 win at home to Crompton.
In Division Two, Barrhill and Rochdale kept up the pressure on league leaders Sale Ladies with a pair of emphatic wins. Barrhill won in style as they defeated Flixton 8-0 with Leonie Bell and AK Crockett amongst the goalscorers. Rochdale also kept up the pace with a 7-2 win over Swinton.
In Division Two, Sale United continued their impressive form as they beat bottom club Macclesfield Town to make it five wins from their last seven games. Goals came from Hollie Doyle and Lizzy Bolton. The win has lifted them to second behind currently unbeaten Altrincham Development.
In Division Three, Manchester Rovers kept themselves in the hunt for promotion as they won 4-2 away to Manor Juniors. Rovers are in second place, three points ahead of Sandbach United.