NWWRFL Week 3 – Round Up

It was a diminished league fixture list last weekend with many sides in County League action (or some presumed to be in county league action).

NWWRFL Premier Division

Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra bounced back from their defeat to AFC Darwen with a routine 3-0 win at home to Morecambe.

Amanda Fallon got the Alex in front on 13 minutes as she got on the end of a Laura Garner pass before finishing the move by chipping the Shrimps goalkeeper.

Their lead doubled on 52 minutes when Bethany Grice drilled one into the top corner from a difficult angle before she made the game secure in the final minutes by adding her second.

The goals meant Crewe registered their first league win of the season.

Merseyrail 3-0 Mossley Hill

Merseyrail won this Merseyside derby to maintain their 100% start to the season and earn local bragging rights.  

The games opening goal after a raking cross field pass from Georgia Wood found Charlotte Tyers at the far post and the Rail winger fired an unstoppable effort in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was 2-0 before half time as Ellise Newby was quickest to a flick on header from Sophie Perry inside the penalty area and touching home with her outstretched boot.  Alicia Hardacore made it 3-0 in the second half as she reacted quickest after the Mossley Hill keeper had been forced into a good save from close range from Perry.

Wigan Athletic 2-5 Tranmere Rovers

Its Tranmere who end round three top of the table thanks to their second 5-2 win of the season.  Tranmere’s first goal was scored by Elizabeth Roberts after it was made by Laura Pennington. Their second came before half time through a Rachel Rigby header from a Heather Ryan corner.

A penalty after half time made it 2-1 but Tranmere responded with a penalty of their own from Jade Collins to make it 3-1. Wigan pulled another one back to make it 3-2 but the points were secured by a Heather Ryan brace.

Prem Teams in County Cup Action

Cheadle Town Stingers have set up a meeting with the winners of West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves or Manchester Laces after they overcame a resilient Sale Ladies.  Rachel Kemp scored the opener from a narrow angle to give the Stingers a 1-0 half time lead.

Sale’s resistance broke in the second half as Michelle Townsend doubled the visiotrs lead before goals from Elizabeth Potier and Beth Sullivan secured a 4-0 win and safe passage to the next round.

Salford were award a walkover in their Manchester Cup tie away to Curzon Ashton Reserves.  They will host Athletico Middleton.

AFC Darwen received a home walkover against Bolton Lads & Girls in the Lancashire County Cup.

Division One North

Penrith are the league leaders on goal difference thanks to a 4-0 win at home to Carlisle United with goals coming from Sarah-Jayne Smith, Heather Fawkes, Ruth Hopton and Abbie Forster.

Hot on their heals are Blackburn Community who maintained their 100% start to the season with a 6-0 win over Workington Reds.  The goals came courtesy of a Sophie Williams hat-trick along with goals from Hayley Wilford, Rebecca McGrath and Gabrielle Crowther.

Chorley Development registered a 3-2 win away to Penwortham Town

Division One South

Warrington Wolves stormed to the top of the league with a 6-2 win away to Mersey Valley.  Nicola Chattersley kicked off the scoring as the Wolves registered four first half goals as Chattersley eventually registered a brace.  Emilly Walton, Sam Hassall, Kerry Baker and Cathy Dutton were amongst the scorers for the visitors. Emma Massey and Jasmin Limb were on target for the home side.

Runcorn Linnets registered their first win of the season with a thrilling 6-3 win at home to Altrincham.  Runcorn raced into a 3-1 22 minute lead thanks to goals from Marcy Sacharewicz, Molly Hewitt and Chelsea Gillies with Laura Kelly pulling one back for the Robins.  Natalie Richardson made it 3-2 on 28 minutes before Jess Bazley gave Runcorn a half time 4-2 lead.  

Bazley added a second with Lile Ashley rounding off the scoring to give Runcorn three valuable points despite Beth Hayes scoring on her return to the club.

Chester and Northwich Vixens played out a thriller at the Ellesmere Sports Village as Vixens rallied 2-0 down to take a 4-2 lead before having to settle for a point.

Molly Wood gave Chester the lead on 6 minutes before Anna Jones doubled the lead six minutes later. However Northwich rallied with two quick goals on 17 and 22 minutes before taking the lead on 36 minutes to give them a 3-2 lead.  That lead was extended just before the hour mark as Mollie Bennett and Jess Hartopp shared the goals between them.

Chester rallied as Ellie Bradley pulled one back with 20 minutes remaining before Emma Gray equalised in stoppage time to make it 4-4.