Stockport County made it nine wins from nine with a hard fought 4-2 win away to league leaders Tranmere Rovers. Despite the Hatters 100% record in the league to date it was Tranmere who opened the games goalscoring before Abi Hayes, playing as emergency striker, brought the teams level with her fifth goal in three games. Hanna Wilson’s cross found Chloe Mapp who made it 2-1 with a top corner finish and hand Stockport a half time lead. Stockport made it 3-1 in the early stages of the second half as Nicola Connors turned home a set piece before Chaneece Reeves made it 4-1 combining well with debutant Melissa Von Bargen and Wilson to put the game beyond Tranmere who added a second in the latter stages. The win moves Stockport within three points of Tranmere, the two sides still have to meet again, but County have five games in hand.
There was a seven-goal thriller on the Fylde coast as Fleetwood Town Wrens came from 3-0 down to beat bottom club Sir Tom Finney 4-3 at Pool Foot Farm. The comeback was sealed with gaols from Gemma Newson (2), Rachael Lee and Leah Hinchcliffe. Fleetwood Town move up to fourth whilst Sir Tom Finney remain bottom.
In the relegation six pointer between Penrith and Accrington Ladies & Girls; the game was abandoned due to injury on 57 minutes with the home side leading 2-1. Lily Gauton had added both goals for the home side before the game was brought to a premature end. Only goal difference had separated the two teams headed into the game with both sides still placed 9th and 10th respectively.
Division One North
A Megan Doherty brace and a goal from Sophie Fish secured a 3-0 win for Morecambe Reserves over struggling Preston North End In Division One North’s only game. Preston remain 11th whilst Morecambe move up to 6th.
Division One South
Just two games survived the weather in Division One South but they more than made up for it with 22 goals scored between Liverpool and Failsworth.
With West Didsbury & Chorlton’s game away to Wythenshawe Amateurs postponed Liverpool Feds Reserves took full advantage with a 9-0 win away to City of Liverpool. Hat-tricks from Laura Bartup and Kenzie Guido led the goalscoring with a Paige Williams adding a brace alongside a goal from Faye Cummins.
Curzon Ashton maintained their 100% start to 2019 with an impressive 12-1 win at home to Didsbury. Amy Smith opened the goalscoring for Curzon as she finished off Paris Welsh’s pass before Mya Holmes doubled the lead with a solo goal. The Nash headed into half time five goals to the good as Amy Smith helped herself to three more to take her tally to the day to four. In the second half more good work from Mya Holmes provided Holly Espie with the opportunity to make it 6-0 before Smith added her sixth to make it seven. Holmes made it 8-0 before collecting her hat-trick with a flying header from debutant Monique Pollard’s cross to make it 9-0. Smith made it 10-0 before turning provider to Aliza Angus to make it 11-0. Didsbury pulled a goal back but Paris Welsh rounded off the goalscoring to make it 12-1 following a 40 yard run before she rounded the keeper to notch her second of the game. Curzon move up to fourth place joining a top five separated by just four points.
Cheshire Ladies Cup
The meeting between two of Division One South’s high flyers didn’t fail to disappoint as Warrington Wolverines edged past Altrincham on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Sam Hassall gave the Wolverines an early lead for the home side before Laura Dodds brought the two sides level just before half time from a well worked short corner. Gail Simpson gave Altrincham the lead moments later to ensure the visitors went into the break 2-1 to the good. Hassall brought the two teams’ level in the second half and with no further goals the two teams were summoned to take spot kicks. In the shoot-out it was Emma Wells who was the Wolverines hero as she saved efforts from Laura Dodds and Lauren Kelly to see Warrington into the second round.
Michaela Thompson, Rebecca FJ and Jennifer Jaque goals ensured Northwich Vixens prevented any kind of cup upset as they defeated Upton 3-1 away to book their place in the next round. A Hannah Perry brace was enough for Cammell Laird 1907 to overcome Chester as the Division One North side avenged the defeat suffered by fellow North side Blackpool the week before. West Kirtby defeated AFC Stockport 7-0.
The Quarter Final will take place on February 17th with the quarter final already having been drawn. Stockport County will host Warrington Wolverines, Tranmere Rovers will welcome Women’s National League side Crewe Alexandra, Cheshire League side Chester City will take on Northwich Vixens and Cammell Laird 1907 will face West Kirby.
Mossley Hill Athletic were beaten 5-0 by Women’s National League Liverpool Feds whilst Merseyrail earned a walkover against Crosby to set up the final of the Liverpool Women’s Senior Cup.
FC United of Manchester will join Manchester Stingers in the semi-final of the Manchester County Cup as they thrashed Sale Ladies 12-0. The goals came via Kirsty Chambers (2), Rebecca Foster, Shaunna Jein (2), Sarah Chadwick (2), Jess Battle (2), Olivia Greenhalgh, Corie Mather and Emily Marsh. Salford City face Barr Hill and Sale United take on West Didsbury & Chorlton in the other two semi-finals.