Cardiff City Ladies 1-2 Portsmouth Women
An Eilidh Currie wonder striker proved to be the difference as Pompey battled back from a goal down to secure all three points on the road.
A weather-enforced lack of match action over recent weeks meant that it was the first match in nearly a month for Cardiff, while Pompey had only played once – a 3-1 loss to Crawley Wasps – since they knocked Leyton Orient out of the FAWNL Cup five weeks ago.
Pompey created the best chances to take the lead during the early stages, however it was the hosts who broke the deadlock after half an hour. An onrushing Hannah Haughton did well to keep out the initial attempt on goal but was unable to prevent Jasmine Turner turning the ball in from close range to give Cardiff the lead.
Pompey responded well and were back on level terms within minutes. Charmaine True won the ball back before passing to Tamsin de Bunsen, who took a single touch then unleashed an effort from range that proved to be too much for Laura O’Sullivan in the City goal.
A last-ditch tackle and a disallowed goal prevented either side from taking the lead in the early stages of the second half.
The returning Eilidh Currie proved to be the difference after 75 minutes when the defender struck a wonder goal that every striker in the world would be proud of, to give the visitors the lead and help secure all three points for Jay Sadler’s side.
The result marks an impressive win for Pompey and one that sees them move up one place to seventh as well as close the gap on the top five to just four points with a game in hand.
Burnley Women 3-0 Sheffield FC Women
Matt Bee’s Burnley return to winning ways in the league to move up to second in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.
It took just six minutes for the hosts to take the lead when Sarah Agger’s cross was punched away, only to fall to Leanne Prescott who volleyed into the Sheffield net.
Undeterred by conceding an early goal, Sheffield put in a shift during the first half, but with neither side able to find the net despite further chances, the scores were unchanged at the break.
The Clarets had to be patient and were made to work hard for their second of the afternoon but eventually extended their lead in the 69th minute when Sarah Greenhalgh latched onto Agger’s pass and lobbed an onrushing Parsons to score her 10th goal of the campaign.
In the latter stages of the game, Sheffield’s lack of recent match practise began to show as Burnley started to control the game.
The Clarets extended their lead to three in the 79th minutes when Parsons was unable to hold onto Mel Brown’s free-kick, the spilled effort falling to Greenhalgh who passed to Priestley to make it 3-0.
The result sees Burnley respond well to the their first loss in the league against Forest recently, moving back up to second place, while it was proved to be too much for Sheffield who hadn’t played a match in five weeks.
Middlesbrough Women 0-6 Huddersfield Town Women
Three goals either side of half-time from six different scorers saw Huddersfield comfortably beat Boro to remain within three points of 2nd place in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.
Laura Elford opened the scoring in the 17th minute, finishing from close range, to give the visitors the lead.
A quickfire double from Terriers’ top scorer Lucy Sowerby and Kate Mallin extended their lead further. Mallin was once again the provider as Sowerby found the net for the 12th time this season in the 29th minute, and provider-turned-goalscorer three minutes later when Mallin beat Laura Wareham from the edge of the box to make it 0-3.
A further two goals in quick succession made it five for the visitors. Beth Stanfield’s effort found the top corner in the 64th minute before Leah Embley was on hand to capitalise on a goalmouth scramble five minutes later.
Debutant Emma Samways rounded off the day’s scoring eleven minutes from time following good work from Elford to make it 0-6 to the Terriers.
Six goals from six different scorers, but more importantly, three points that see Huddersfield remain within three points of 2nd place.
Fylde Women A-A WBA Women
The match was abandoned following a serious injury to Jade Arber.
Thankfully, Jade has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.