NWWRFL WEEKEND ROUND UP – 17th OCTOBER

NWWRFL Premier Division

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Tranmere Rovers unbeaten start to the season came to an emphatic end as they were handsomely beaten at home to Merseyrail. There was significant interest in the game, in addition to being a local derby with both sides challenging for the league title and multiple players as well as the manger making the pre-season switch to Admiral Park.

It was Charlotte Cloy who gave Tranmere an early lead from the penalty spot before Sophie Petty doubled their lead with the first of her two goals.  Vicky Yee made it 3-0 before Petty rounded off the scoring to take Merseyrail two points clear at the top of the league.

Hot on their heels are Crewe Alexandra who moved into third with a fine 5-1 win at home to Mossley Hill Athletic.

Gemma Brough game the Alex and incredible start with a 40 yard effort after just six minutes to give the home side the lead at Cumberland Arena.  Beth Grice doubled that lead on 21 minutes as she converted a Shanice Finbow cross. It was 3-0 before half time as Finbow turned scorer when she converted goalkeeper Hannah Holloway’s long ball.

Crewe started the second in similar when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Grice.  Lauren Cooper saw her initial penalty saved but stayed composed to convert the rebound. Grice then completed the scoring for the home side just after the hour mark.  To Mossley Hill’s credit, they refused to give in and added a goal of their own with 3 minutes remaining.

PosPremier DivisionGPts
1Merseyrail615
2Tranmere Rovers613
3Crewe Alexandra510
4Cheadle Town Stingers410
5Salford City Lionesses36
6AFC Darwen46
7Fleetwood Town Wrens44
8West Didsbury & Chorlton43
9Mossley Hill Athletic53
10Wigan Athletic40
11Morecambe30

NWWRFL Division One South

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Warrington Wolves are top of Division One South with the divisions only remaining 100% record thanks to a 4-1 win at home to bottom club Altrincham.  It was by no means a given as the Robins resisted until half time before a brace each from Sam Hassall and Nic Chattersley earned them three points at the Tetley Walkers.  Laura Kelly notched for the visitors.

Chester survived a scare at in-form Mersey Valley as they came from a goal down to win and keep pressure on the Wolves.  For Mersey Valley there are few certainties, death, taxes and Jasmin Limb scoring.  The striker adding yet another goal to add to her impressive tally for the season.

Evie Roberts levelled for the seals on 35 minutes with her first competitive goal for the club and Ellie Bradley securing three points for the visitors with an individual goal before half time.

Northwich Vixens retained their unbeaten league start with a 3-0 win at home to Alder.  Goals from Mollie Bennett (2) and Jess Hartopp ensured the Vixens have collected 10 points from their first 4 games.

Curzon Ashton are back to winning ways with a 4-2 win against Hindley.  The Nash fell behind early but levelled soon after thanks to the returning Amy Smith to make it 1-1 at half time.  In the second half Smith made it two after converting a Lauren Beckford through ball.  Erin Longsden made it 3-1 after she converted Simi Drummond’s cross before her corner was turned home from Jess Cooke to make it 4-1.  Hindley pulled one back from a corner to narrow the Curzon lead.

West Kirby completed an impressive win at home to Runcorn Linnets running out 5-2 winners.  The goals came thanks to Hayley Crawford, Gillian Herring, Lyndsey Rodger (2) and Charlotte Locke. Jess Bazley was on target for the injury hit Linnets.

PosDivision One SouthGPts
1Warrington Wolves515
2Chester613
3Northwich Vixens410
4Mersey Valley56
5Hindley Juniors36
6Curzon Ashton36
7Runcorn Linnets55
8Alder54
9West Kirby33
10Didsbury33
11Wythenshawe Amateurs11
12Altrincham60

Division One North

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Workington Reds routed Carlisle United at home as they moved up to fifth.  Jessica Reynold top scored with a hat-trick with braces for Hayley Bracken and Caitlin Davis.  Hannah Green added the other.

Sir Tom Finney recorded their first win of the season as they defeated bottom club Morecambe Reserves 3-0 at the UCLAN Arena. 

PosDivision One NorthGPts
1Blackburn Community412
2Blackpool512
3Penwortham Town512
4Penrith49
5Workington Reds59
6Chorley Development69
7Haslingden26
8Preston North End33
9Accrington Stanley43
10Sir Tom Finney43
11Carlisle United50
12Morecambe Reserves50