With the top three in the Premier Division all away from home it was a big weekend for the title chasers and the upset of the weekend came from Pool Foot Farm as Fleetwood Town Wrens defeated Tranmere Rovers 3-1. The Fleetwood goals came courtesy of a Harriet Levis brace and another goal from Gemma Newson.
We have new leaders in the Premier Division as Stockport County took full advantage of Tranmere’s slip-up but it took a last minute goal to navigate past a stubborn Merseyrail side. County were the recipient of two penalties as Jenayah Webb and Hanifa Douglas found the net. Sophie Perry and Rachel Atherton responded for Merseyrail but County went top of the league thanks to a 90th minute winner from Jodie Hancock.
A Kirsty Chambers goal was enough for FC United to see off the resistance of Mossley Hill Athletic to keep the pressure on the divisions leaders. FC United remain third but are now only six points behind Tranmere Rovers with six games in hand. Mossley Hill remain 5th but are joined level on points by Fleetwood Town Wrens.
Wigan Athletic are up to fourth place thanks to a 4-0 win away to Manchester Stingers who remain 8th.
Division One North
The big game between the divisions top two finished all square as Carlisle United and Blackpool were forced to share the points following a 2-2 draw at Creighton Rugby Club. Kerri Mallinson and Chelsea Norris were on target for Carlisle but the result see’s them drop to third thanks to results elsewhere.
Bury took full advantage as they defeated Penwortham Town 2-1 at Carrington thanks to a Jordan Bailey brace. The win moves the Shakers into second and just seven points behind leaders Blackpool with three games in hand. Blackpool and Bury meet next weekend in what should be another thrilling encounter.
Blackburn Community closed the gap to the top three with a 6-1 away to Leigh RMI.
Division One South
Liverpool Feds Reserves have extended their lead at the top of the table to four points despite being held away to Chester. Feds took a first half lead but were pegged back thanks to Rachel Lever Chester levelled in the second to earn a 1-1 draw. The draw for the Lions was the perfect response following their 5-0 defeat to West Didsbury & Chorlton last weekend and keeps them in touching distance with the top four. West’s game was postponed on Sunday as for the fifth time this season City of Liverpool failed to raise a team.
Altrincham took a first half lead through Megan Rowley but were pegged back by a Michaela Thompson penalty. It was Thompson who earned Northwich Vixens three points and a 2-1 win with a second half winner to hand Vixens their sixth win of the season.
Despite Didsbury taking an early lead Curzon ran out 7-1 winners in the long await re-arranged fixture between the two sides. Having fallen behind early Curzon enjoyed a 3-1 first half lead thanks to a Leoni Harland brace and a goal from Monique Pollard. Nicole Thorp made it 4-1 before Harland completed her hat-trick. Mya Holmes made it six before providing the seventh for Aliza Angus to lift Curzon Ashton up to second in the league. The Nash are just two points behind Feds with three games remaining for both sides.
Stockport County Blues are up to fourth thanks to a 2-0 win over Wythenshawe Amateurs.
Argyle Sports Cup
Penrith will travel to FC United in the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup having twice come from behind to draw 3-3 with Cammell Laird. Extra-time followed with Penrith eventually emerging as winners following a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory. A Lily Gauton brace and an own goal were enough for Penrtih whilst Cammell Laird’s goals came from Nadine, Kelly and an own goal.
Sir Tom Finney will travel to Stockport County after a 3-2 win at home to Warrington Wolverines.
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