Round-up: FAWNL [15/12/19]


Just five games took place across the FA WNL this weekend as Actonians ended AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten run in Division One South East and Loughborough secured their first three points since September.

Northern Premier Division

Loughborough Foxes 6-1 Middlesbrough

Southern Premier Division

Oxford United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Division One North

Leeds United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Division One South East

Actonians 1-0 AFC Wimbledon
Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient

Loughborough Foxes hit Middlesbrough for six

Foxes secured their first win since September to move six points clear of the foot of the table.

Anna Renken opened the scoring after ten minutes with Charlotte Cooper doubling the hosts’ advantage eight minutes later.

Foxes’ top scorer, Anna Renken, struck twice more to complete her first-half hat-trick before Shauna Chambers compounded Boro’s misery by adding a fifth before the break.

Katie Wilson pulled one back for the visitors in the 45th minute, but at 5-1 going into half-time, it proved to be little more than a consolation for Middlesbrough.

Rebecca Knight put the result beyond doubt after 63 minutes with the game’s final goal, rounding off an emphatic win for Loughborough.

Yellows turn Plymouth green

Oxford United came from behind for the second week running to beat Argyle and move up two places to fourth.

Southern Premier’s top scorer, Natasha Knapman, latched on to a free kick to put the visitors ahead after 41 minutes of an evenly contested match.

The U’s hit back almost instantly after Georgia Timms worked space in the box and prodded the ball into the net to restore parity just moments before the interval.

The game looked to be heading for a stalemate until Oxford were awarded a free on the edge of the box. Up stepped Kayleigh Hines who smashed it into the top corner to complete the turnaround.

Leeds maintain pressure at the top

The Whites made it four league wins in a row to close the gap at the top of Division One North to three points.

After a goalless first half of a hard fought contest, the deadlock was finally broken just before the hour mark after Olivia Smart’s effort was deflected into Bolton’s goal.

Both sides missed opportunities before Holly Findlay put the game beyond the visitors’ reach three minutes from the end.

The result sees Leeds build on recent performances to extend their winning streak to four league games and maintain pressure on Barnsley at the top of table.

Actonians end AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten run

Danny Harrigan’s Actonians made it four wins from four during December as AFC Wimbledon tasted league defeat for the first time.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock during a tightly contested opening 45 minutes.

The game’s only goal eventually came after the 56th minute as Jessica Byrne’s first league goal of the season proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The result sees Actonians strengthen their position in the league, remaining seventh, while moving within three points of Sunday’s opponents, Billericay Town, who are currently in third place.

Cambridge United overcome Orient

Cambridge picked up their second league win of the season to move five points clear of the foot of the table.

After nearly breaking the deadlock in the 44th minute, Orient suffered a setback moments later as Kelley Blanchflower latched on to a Howlett’s pass to give the hosts the lead.

Blanchflower doubled Cambridge’s lead just after the hour mark when a loose ball found its way to Blanchflower, who neatly finished to extend the hosts’ advantage.

Emma Jenkins put the game beyond Orient’s reach as she struck an indirect free kick through a crowd of bodies after Ria Collins was punished for a back pass.

A huge performance from United and a very important three points to close out 2019 that sees them move up to ninth in Division One South East.

Photo: EdwardPayne22

Results in full

Northern Premier Division

Burnley P-P Hull City
Fylde P-P Nottingham Forest
Loughborough Foxes 6-1 Middlesbrough

Southern Premier Division

Hounslow P-P Gillingham
Oxford United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Division One North

Leeds United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Division One South East

Actonians 1-0 AFC Wimbledon
Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient
Ipswich Town P-P AFC Basildon

Division One South West

Poole Town P-P Brislington
Southampton FC P-P Maidenhead United
Southampton Women’s FC P-P Larkhall Athletic



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