We take a look at the numbers that make up the weekend’s FA Women’s National League action.
From the obvious to the more obscure – we pick out some of the numbers that caught our eye in the Women’s National League on Sunday.
44 – Perfect month for Moors
Tom Blaymires’ Solihull Moors rounded off a perfect month by securing a fourth win in as many games, Zoe Creaney with her fourth goal of the season helping Moors on their way to a 0-1 win at Bedworth United.
Moors’ perfect month saw the Midlands outfit pick up 12 points during March – 44.4% of their season’s total – to move up from ninth place to sixth.
1 – Quickfire K’s
It took Laura Williams a matter of seconds to score the fastest goal of the weekend, finding the net in the first minute of the contest to get Keynsham off to the perfect start against Portsmouth.
Unfortunately for the K’s, Williams’ 10th goal of the season was later cancelled out as Pompey battled back to win 3-2.
87 – GOAAAAAL!
The net bulged a total of 87 times across 29 games – with an average of 3 goals scored per game.
This represents a modest number of goals compared to past games, with a season’s average of 3.49 goals scored per match in Tier 3 and 3.82 in Tier 4.
6 – Chorley and Alnwick entertain
The highest-scoring contest of the weekend came in Division One North as Chorley came from behind to rescue a point against Alnwick Town at Blainscough Park.
Chorley took the lead through Worth before Town scored three times without reply after the break. Unfortunately for winless Alnwick, they were unable to see the game out with goals from Emma Hickson and a late equaliser from Laura Walker restoring parity moments before the final whistle.
100 – Hundred-percenters
Five FAWNL sides picked up wins to ensure they earned maximum points in March:
Newcastle United – 5 wins from 5
Solihull Moors – 4 wins from 4
Ipswich Town – 3 wins from 3
Billericay Town – 3 wins from 3
Liverpool Feds – 2 wins from 2
QPR could also join the list when they face strugglers Enfield Town on Wednesday evening.
15 – Rockin’ Robins
The Robins extended their unbeaten run in Division One south West to fifteen matches with a 2-2 draw against Southampton Women’s – dating back 31 weeks to 22 August 2021.
The run represents a club record for Tom Davies’ table toppers in the FAWNL and equals that of Wolves as the longest unbeaten streak of any Women’s National League side this season.
7 – McGrogan shines
Emily Mcgrogan picked up her seventh Opposition Player of the Match award for Swindon Town against Poole Town – the most of any Division One South West player.
Sunday’s clean sheet was Mcgrogan’s second in as games as Town made it back-to-back 3-0 victories.
17 – What home advantage?
Home advantage was cast aside and seemed to be little more than a myth as 17 sides recorded victory on the road.
Home wins: 6 (20.7%)
Away wins: 17 (58.6%)
Draws: 6 (20.7%)
270 – Solid Saints
Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side kept a thirteenth clean sheet of the season in the FAWNL en route to a 0-2 victory against Gillingham.
Saints currently boast the best defensive record of any Women’s National League side, conceding on average one goal every 270 minutes (6 goals in 18 games) this season. Solid Saints.
3 – Three teams face drop
Poole Town and Hounslow joined Bedworth United as the second and third sides to have suffered relegation in the Women’s National League following disappointing seasons.
Hounslow will remain a FAWNL side in the fourth tier, while Bedworth United and Poole Town slip into the fifth tier.