FAWNL Division One North Round-up: Rampant Reds remain top

Rampant Reds remain unbeaten, while Bradford are left without a win since the opening day of the season.

Barnsley began the more positive side, making good use of the pitch and putting the home side under large amounts of pressure before making the breakthrough in the 27th minute, Sophie Bell connecting with a corner to find the net through a crowded area.

Despite several more chances Barnsley were unable to extend their lead before the break.

The Reds’ second and third goals of the game came in quick succession, the first courtesy of another corner converted by Sophie Bell in the 54th minute, followed by a Darcie Greene goal three minutes later to open her account for the season.

0-3 up and Barnsley weren’t finished yet, this time provider would turn goal scorer, Melissa Woodhouse turning in the rebound after her initial effort struck the post to make it 0-4 with 20 minutes remaining.

With the points already secured the visitors would add a fifth deep into injury time as Hornsey beat the offside trap and calmly finished to round off an impressive afternoon’s work for the league leaders.

Bradford 0-5 Barnsley

Attendance: 30

Division One North newcomers climb to 3rd in the table.

Following an opening day defeat at the hands of Bradford, Cestria rebounded quickly, recording a series of good results heading into Sunday’s game against bottom of the table side, Stockport County.

Erin Nelson opened the scoring after a weaving solo run left her one-on-one with Williams, Nelson finishing emphatically into the bottom corner to give Durham the lead after 41 minutes.

Durham doubled their lead within a minute through Dannika Purdham, netting her third of the season.

Cestria was made to wait for their third goal of the afternoon, a break after 85 minutes finished neatly by substitute Lily Crosthwaite from the edge of the box put Durham 0-3 ahead and effectively ended the game as a contest.

Substitute Chloe Ryan then added a fourth within minutes of being on the pitch, before Lauren Robson rifled home another from distance to make it 0-5 to the visitors.

Stockport County 0-5 Durham Cestria

Attendance: 20

Leeds bounce back after tough run to earn 3 points.

Leeds took the lead in the fourth minute through a fine Rebecca Hunt strike from 25 yards.

After a closely contested back-and-forth opening half-hour, Holly Findlay doubled the hosts lead, connecting with a Shannon Durkin cross after 32 minutes.

Leeds almost increased their advantage further but were denied by an incredible save from Rachel Darbyshire.

The second half began much more evenly.

Donaghue pulled one back for Chorley after receiving a through ball, rounding Wattam, and slotting it in off the post.

There were a number of chances for both sides, but neither side was able to capitalise.

Leeds’ victory was their first since the opening day of the season, while Chorley continue their run of narrow defeats.

Leeds United 2-1 Chorley

Attendance: 80

Feds victorious as Armies clash at Druid Park.

Carla Lee was inches away from breaking the deadlock after her long-range effort cannoned off the bar and into the grateful arms of Newcastle ‘keeper, Grace Donnelly.

Efforts from Newcastle’s Longcake and Feds’ Mortimer were denied by smart saves.

Amelia Panayi scored the Fed Army’s first of the game and her first for the club after 35 minutes, a cross from Pope, helped on by Lee and finished by Panayi gave the visitors the lead.

Four minutes after the restart and Liverpool Feds extended their lead after Lee latched onto a Clark through ball before finishing into the bottom corner.

The referee pointed to the spot in the 63rd minute after Griffiths was adjudged to have been fouled, but Lee was denied by the woodwork.

Two minutes later and Feds would have their third of the game after good work from Griffiths saw her cut the ball back to Mortimer to calmly finish.

Substitute Paige Cole put the result beyond doubt in the 77th minute following a good run and smartly taken goal.

The result means it’s back-to-back wins for Feds, while Newcastle suffer contrasting fortunes with back-to-back losses.

Newcastle United 0-4 Liverpool Feds

Attendance: 124

Honours even in Yorkshire.

After an evenly contested opening 20 minutes the first chance fell to Owens, Katie Kefford equal to the effort in the Brighouse goal.

Emma Dobson conceded an unfortunate own goal to give Norton the lead, turning the ball into her own net after failing to deal with Nyci Thorns’ cross.

Brighouse pegged the visitors back ten minutes later, in-form Laura Bartup scoring 6th goal of the season to draw level just before half-time.

Bianca Owens scored 5 minutes after the restart to restore Norton’s lead.

Minutes later, and Owens came close again, Kefford and Dobson combining to keep the score 1-2.

Brighouse restored parity once again, Chloe Wild finding the net with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Kefford would be hero once more before the referee blew his whistle to bring an end to the game.

Brighouse Town 2-2 Norton & Stockton Ancients

Attendance: 48

How things stand.

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