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FC United were the big winners in the league as they thrashed Accrington 13-0 despite being forced to substitute leading scorer Jess Battle inside 20 minutes. In response Kirsty Chambers netted a 19-minute four goal haul in the first half before going on to collect eight for the afternoon. Rebecca Foster earned herself a hat-trick, with two coming from the penalty spot along with goals from Kate O’Gara and Yvette Loukes. Loukes scoring on her second debut since returning to the club from GMWFL Premier Division side Urmston Meadowside. The moves FC United into 3rd, six points behind Stockport County with a game in hand and, thanks to the 13-0 win, a superior goal difference.
Mossley Hill Athletic are up to fourth thanks to a hat-trick from Erin Louise Slade along with a goal from Rachel Davison which saw them defeat Fleetwood Town Wrens 4-1 at Pool Foot Farm. A goal from Sophie Perry was enough to earn Merseyrail a draw away to Sir Tom Finney. The result lifts Sir Tom Finney up two plays into 9th and have been replaced at the bottom by Accrington on goal difference.
Division One South
Liverpool Feds Reserves strengthened their hold on the divisions top spot with an emphatic 14-0 win over point-less City of Liverpool.
Hot on their tails are West Didsbury & Chorlton and Curzon Ashton who both recorded victories at home. West were 5-0 winners against Chester thanks to a Rachael Dunlop brace along with goals from Chloe Spencer, Amy Vyas and Vicky Lomas. The win was West’s 11th consecutive victory and their 5th consecutive clean sheet.
Curzon Ashton got back to winning ways after their Argyle Sports Cup exit with a 4-1 win over Altrincham. Monique Pollard was the creator for the opening goal, beating two players before playing in Mya Holmes to score. Holmes then turned provider as she played in Captain Amy Smith to fire home to make it 2-0.
Altrincham pulled a goal back as Jade Hesketh played in Laura Dodds to pull a goal back for the visitors. Leoni Harland restored the two-goal cushion for Curzon beating three players before firing home to give Curzon a 3-1 half time lead. Harland added her second in the second half when she turned home a Smith corner. The win lifts Curzon to third, just four points off leaders Feds having opened-up a five-point gap to fourth place Altrincham (who have three games in hand).
Division One North
The Division One North promotion race was blown wide open on Sunday as Bury defeated leaders Blackpool 2-1 at their Carrington training ground. Caitlin Clancy opened the scoring for the Shakers before adding a second to double the lead. Blackpool pulled a goal back late on but the home side hung on to secure three vital points. The win for Bury ends Blackpool’s undefeated run in the league which stood at 13 games and moves them nine points behind the Tangerines with three games in hand. Blackburn Community v Penwortham Town was postponed.
Argyle Sports Plate
The result of the day belonged to Manchester Stingers as they ran out 7-1 winners away to Morecambe Reserves. Sophie Lally opened the scoring for Stingers after just two minutes before Natasha Priestley made it 2-0 after 20. Priestley added a third before half time to extend the visitors lead. The second half belonged to Faye Woodhead who bagged a brace followed by a goal from winger Vicky Dillon with Chloe Grundy rounding off the scoring. However, the day was overshadowed by an injury to club secretary Charlotte Walsh and we wish her a speedy recovery. Stingers will travel to Division One North leaders Blackpool in the next round.
Emma Blenkinsop and Chelsea Norris both scored twice before Ciara Bland added a fifth as Carlisle United defeated Didsbury 5-0 at Didsbury Sports Ground. They will play Stockport County Blues who ran out 7-2 winners at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs.
Leigh RMI ran out 3-2 winners away to Preston North End and will travel to the winners of Workington or Accrington.
Cheshire Ladies Cup
Jasmin Limb made her first start for Stockport County and was rewarded with a brace as Stockport County were wining 4-0 at home to Warrington Wolverines until the game was abandoned due to a serious injury to Stockport player Melissa Von Bargen on 75 minutes. Masa Butler and Abi Hayes will also have goals chalked off from the record books but that will be inconsequential as we wish Von Bargen a swift recovery.
Northwich Vixens ran out 4-0 winners away to Cheshire League side Chester City thanks to goals from Michaela Thompson (2), Sorcha Bramhall and Emma Bibby-Cheshire. Rebecca Tabb scored the only goal for Cammell Laird as they squeaked out a 1-0 win at home to West Kirby. Tranmere Rovers played out a thriller with Women’s National League side Crewe Alexandra as the game finished 3-3 before Rovers ran out 2-1 winners on penalties.
Northwich Vixens will host Tranmere Rovers in the semi-finals whilst Stockport County (seemingly having been awarded the game on CheshireFA.com) will host Cammell Laird at the SSV. The ties will be played on Sunday 17th March.