NWWRFL Premier Division – Merseyrail and Manchester Stingers meet again
Two sides who will be glad they won’t have to face one another for a while are Merseyrail and Manchester Stingers who met for the third time this season. Tasha Preistley had put Stingers ahead before Shelly James levelled for the home side. The visitors were then reduced to 10 players with 30 minutes remaining but despite the player disadvantage Stingers held on to secure a 1-1 draw and a vital point away from home.
What had initially looked like a routine victory for Stockport County at Stockport Sports Village burst into life in the final 10 minutes with the home side eventually emerging 4-2 winners. County led 1-0 at half time through Chloe Mapp before Claire O’Reilly had looked to put the game beyond a young Wigan side on 67 minutes. However Wigan pulled level in the game’s final minutes before O’Reilly made it 3-2 with three minutes remaining and Nicola Connor made the game safe in stoppage time. Victory maintained County’s 100% start to the season as they moved into 3rd. Having finished second last season as well as adding talented players such as Shelby Wolstencroft from Bolton Wanderers, Abi Hayes from Curzon Ashton, Chaneece Reeves and Hanifa Douglas from West Didsbury & Chorlton will be hoping to go one better and lift the Premier Division title.
The divisions other game saw third take on first Tranmere Rovers and Mossley Hill Athletic played out a 2-2. The league leaders earned a point thanks to goals from Ellie Doyle and Rachel Ainscow
Penrith v FC United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
NWWRFL Division One South – Stockport County Blues upset league leaders
The shock result of the day came at the SSV where Stockport County Blues upset league leaders Altrincham winning 3-0 to end the Robins 100% start to the season.
It was a thrilling end-to-end encounter from start to finish as Altrincham, still without Laura Dodds through injury, should have had a penalty inside the opening minute but the referee was unconvinced, possibly due to the overnight rain making the lines almost invisible. The Blues took the lead on 20 minutes when Emma Armstrong headed home for County at the far post from a corner.
Both sides continued to create chances at either end in a contest that showcased the quality of the respective goalkeepers Fran Singleton and Paula Alarcon Conde. The second goal came just before the break as the best move of the game slipped in Helen Molloy and she slotted home. In the second half Altrincham continued to apply pressure as they chased the game as Singleton became the busier of the two keepers including two superb one-on-one saves. However, it was the Blues who the decisive third goal, a fine finish from Sarah Stones to hand the home side a vital three points.
Altrincham remain three points clear at the top of the table as Didsbury versus Curzon Ashton was a late postponement after Didsbury Sports Ground called off all games on their grounds at the weekend. Liverpool Feds Reserves game against City of Liverpool had been postponed earlier in the week with ‘the Purps’ still struggling to field a team.
Northwich Vixens registered their second win in three matches to lift them above Didsbury into 8th place. They led at home to Chester 1-0 at half time thanks to a goal from Jennifer Jacques. The Vixens extended their lead through a Jacques second with Sorcha Bramhall adding their third. The Divisions’ surprised package Chester responded through Emma Grey who completed their sixth consecutive league away game. The 5th place team will face Stockport County Blues on 21st October in their first home game of the season.
The weekends other game saw a grandstand finish as Warrington Wolverines survived a scare to overcome Wythenshawe Amateurs 2-1 at home. Nicola Chatterley had given the Wolverines the lead late into the second half but they were pegged back by a plucky Wythenshawe side. However, up popped Cathy Dutton with a 30 yard screamer to secure Warrington all three points.
GMWFL Division One – Salford City earn derby victory
If Salford City are going to continue their seemingly relentless march to the GMWFL title then we’re going to need to create some new superlatives as they made it four wins from four with an 8-0 win over Barr Hill.
Beth Tattersall gave the Lionesses the lead after two minutes before former FC United player Felicity Winters made it 2-0 just after the quarter hour mark. Laura Tobin and Rach Smith effectively ended the contest with a goal apiece before half time. The second half belonged to Feiruz Abdullahi who netted a 24 minute hat-trick before Ellen Thornton added the eight three minutes before half time with a volley from an Annabel Ainscough cross.
The result moves Salford City three points clear of Barr Hill and Rochdale with the league table making impressive reading for the Lionesses having scored 35 times from four league games with Jess Duke enjoying yet another clean sheet with Leigh McFadyen still the only player to have breach the Salford City defence this season.
Elsewhere Sale Lades versus Rochdale was abandoned when a Rochdale player suffered a serious head injury losing consciousness. Rochdale Manager Mark Pilling contacted stealingfiveyards.com and wished to extend his thanks to Sale Ladies for their quick reactions and support in providing his player care.
Umrston Meadowside v Langho was postponed having also fallen foul of the weather.
GMWFL Division Two – Emphatic win for Swinton
There’s only one place to start in Division Two this weekend as league leaders Swinton FC demolished Flixton winning 18-4 at home to move themselves four points clear at the top of the table. The goals came from Anna Broadie (7), Jo Pickering (3), Letitia Lengden (2) as well as Cory Hallam, Jessica Coyne, Lorna Harkins, Fran Singer, Chloe Ives and Chloe Sheerin.
Swinton took full advantage of a slip up from West Didsbury & Chorlton Development who surrendered a half time three goal lead away to Hesyside. West Devs had originally led through goals from Abi Littler, Stephanie Ambo and Lyndsey Turner before the Angels mounted their epic second half comeback. West Didsbury drop to third having been overtaken by Heyside who are the division’s only remaining unbeaten side.
Coming into form at the right time are Tameside United who made it back-to-back wins thanks to a 4-1 win over Boltonian Ladies through goals from Becky Coe, Paige Connelly, Chiara Young and Lucy Birkhead. The win lifts Tameside United to fourth two points behind West Didsbury & Chorlton and three ahead of AFC Oldham.
Women’s Super League – City record emphatic win whilst Arsenal shock Chelsea
Any questions as to could West Ham United take advantage of a post international break Manchester City were answered in rapid and emphatic fashion on Sunday lunch time as the 2016 WSL Champions ran out 7-1 winners at the Academy Stadium.
The game was just two minutes old when Caroline Weir lobbed Becky Spencer to ease any Academy Stadium nerves who’d seen their team go 2-0 in each of their last three games. The second came on 7 minutes as Nikita Parris’ header from a Weir cross evaded Spencer in the West Ham goal to make it 2-0.
The two goal scorers combined to make the third as Weir put Parris through and she showed great composure to round the Hammers keeper and slot into an empty net. The 1245 in attendance had been treated to a first half of outstanding attacking play from the two internationals.
Perhaps with something to prove City didn’t take their foot off the pedal as substitute Georgia Stanway earned a brace either side of a Steph Houghton goal. Esmee De Graff denied Ellie Roebuck with a goal to try and keep the score-line respective on 82 minutes but the day was rounded off by Tessa Wullaert who fired home from long range to make it 7-1.
The result would have greater significance later in the day as Arsenal ran riot at Chelsea winning 5-0 in front of the BT Sport cameras to leave them four points clear of Manchester City and six clear with a game in hand over Chelsea. Kim Little opened the scoring for Arsenal before a Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs brace each earned them a famous victory.
Birmingham City won 1-0 away to Bristol City to remain second, Liverpool earned a hard fought 2-1 win at home to Yeovil, with Kirsty Linnett scoring her first goal since joining the club, and Everton drew 3-3 with Brighton & Hove Albion in a thriller.
Women’s Championship – United roll on
Photo Credit: Manchester United FCManchester United remain unbeaten in the Champsionship as they defeated Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Leigh Sports Village thanks to goals from Katie Zelem, Jess Sigsworth and Lizzie Arnot. It was United’s fifth win in seven league and cup games with their only defeat to date a 1-0 reverse to WSL side Liverpool.