FAWNL Northern Premier Division Round-up: Reds end Burnley’s unbeaten run

Burnley Women 0-1 Nottingham Forest Women

The Reds made it five wins in a row to end Burnley’s unbeaten league run.

Despite several chances at both ends, the game was goalless at the interval.

The breakthrough eventually came in the 73rd minute when Precious Hamilton latched onto Rayner’s pass in the box and slotted home her 19th goal of the season to give Andy Cook’s side the advantage.

With roughly 20 minutes on the clock, the scores remained unchanged at the final whistle, leaving Burnley’s boss Matt Bee to rue his side’s lack of urgency to get back into the game.

The result sees Forest move up to third while Burnley drop to fourth. However, Burnley can move as high as second if they take maximum points from their games in hand.

Attendance: 127

Hull City Ladies 3-6 Middlesbrough Women

Eleanor Dale and Tyler Dodds both scored braces to help Boro seal a 3-6 victory in a thrilling contest at Dransfield Stadium.

On a day of Remembrance, the ground fell silent as everyone paid tribute to our fallen brave and Donna Nickolay, the former Hull City player, who sadly passed away recently.

Tyler Doods opened the scoring after just six minutes as she received the ball on the right-hand side of the box and fired home at the near post to give the visitors the lead.

It was short-lived however as the Tigresses roared back less than two minutes later to restore parity through Katie Thompson. A quick break from Hull found its way to Thompson, who cut inside and struck the ball past Wareham to make it a goal apiece.

Eleanor Dale reestablished Boro’s advantage in the 19th minute as the striker punished City for giving her too much time and space in the area.

With half an hour on the clock, Emma Brown’s headed effort hit the bar and bounced over the line to give Boro a two-goal cushion.

The Tigresses pulled one back six minutes later as Helen Lynskey struck brilliantly to round off an excellent team move and make it five goals from five different scorers at the break.

Three goals in the opening 18 minutes of the second half for the visitors ended the game as a contest.

Emily Scarr scored Boro’s fourth of the game in the 53rd minute with a driven effort past Cooke into the bottom corner.

Minutes later and Tyler Dodds took advantage of being given too much time and space in the box to score her second of the game. Finishing calmly to extend Boro’s lead further.

Eleanor Dale bagged her brace, and ninth goal of the season, in the 64th minute to effectively end the game as a contest. Dale finished neatly after a pass put the striker through one-on-one with Megan Cooke in the City goal.

Emily Smith scored the game’s final goal in the 66th minute to reduce the deficit to three, but a mad 15 minutes proved to be a defining period, with the game ending 3-6.

The result sees Boro complete back-to-back cup and league victories over Hull to move up to sixth in the table while the Tigresses are left rooted to the foot of the table.

Attendance: 279

Stoke City Women 3-0 Fylde Women

Chloe Jones’ side bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to see off Fylde and move up to second place in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.

Roisin Kivel gave the Potterettes the perfect start after converting Hyde’s low cross to give the hosts an early advantage.

McCoy almost doubled Stoke’s lead minutes later, before finding the back of the net after 27 minutes. A first-time pass from Hunt found Faye McCoy on the edge of the box, who controlled the ball and smashed it past a helpless Jess Carberry to make it 2-0.

The game was put to bed in the 89th minute when Abby Hunt picked up the ball on the right-hand side, cut inside managing to evade several players and dispatched the ball past Carberry from outside the box.

The result was just exactly the response Stoke needed and sees the Potterettes move up to second while Fylde remain ninth.

Attendance: 104

Sunderland Ladies 3-1 Loughborough Foxes

The Black Cats marked their homecoming with a comfortable victory to extend their winning streak to eight in a row.

Sunderland didn’t have to wait long to make the breakthrough as 16-year-old Neve Herron received the ball, cut in and dispatched an effort that curled into the top corner to repay Mel Reay’s faith and give the Black Cats an early lead.

The hosts continued to threaten but had to wait until the 36th minute to get their second of the game. Charlotte Potts combined with Jess Brown, whose first-time cross was brought down and expertly finished by in-form Galloway to give Sunderland a two-goal cushion.

Three minutes after the restart and Bridget Galloway was on hand to extend the lasses’ advantage to three when she beat everyone else to meet Keira Ramshaw’s cross at the near post to find the back of the net with her head.

With the game drawing to a close, Rogers forced a save from Claudia Moan before grabbing a late consolation goal for the visitors in the 88th minute, showing composure to round Moan and find the back of the lasses’ net.

It was a near-perfect homecoming for Reay’s side who sit seven points clear at the top of the table while Loughborough are currently 7th.

Attendance: 278

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FAWNL Northern Premier Division Round-up: Black Cats remain unbeaten

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Six games were due to be played at the weekend until FC Rain intervened, holding the division to a 3-3 draw. Frustration for everyone involved, but especially Burnley who last played a league match over 3 weeks ago.

Of those that survived the weather, current league leaders Sunderland travelled to Forest, Huddersfield hosted The Rams and Stoke made the trip to Boro.

Black Cats remain unbeaten

Two in-form sides met when Sunderland travelled to the Midlands to face Andy Cook’s Nottingham Forest.

In terrible conditions at Eastwood, Forest took the lead after only eight minutes, Precious Hamilton finding the net for the eleventh time this season to give the hosts the lead.

However, the lead lasted less than ten minutes as Grace McCatty’s effort was deflected past Aguirre following a corner to restore parity.

A quarter of an hour later and the turnaround was complete when a spectacular 25-yard effort from Barker found the net to give Mei Reay’s side the lead after 30 minutes.

Further chances were exchanged, with both teams failing to find the net again until the 79th minute when in-form Bridget Galloway hit the target, curling an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner to give the Black Cats a two-goal cushion.

It proved to be too much for Forest who were unable to get back into the game.

The result means Sunderland remain top of the league with 16 points after 6 games, a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record.

While Forest currently occupy 7th place after their 3 game winning streak was brought to an end. It has been a tough run of fixtures for The Reds having played the top 3 sides in their last five matches.

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Sunderland

Attendance: 278


Stoke maintain pressure at the top

Stoke headed to the North East hoping to make it three wins in a row against a Boro side looking to bounce back after a series of defeats.

An onslaught of rain could have easily claimed another fixture, but full credit to Middlesbrough who arranged a late change of venue to enable the game to take place.

Kelsey Richardson provided the perfect start for the visitors after just four minutes, a precision strike from 25 yards nestling into the top corner to give Stoke the lead.

Chances fell to Stoke’s Tanisha Smith and Boro’s Eleanor Dale during the first half, but both ‘keepers were equal to their efforts to keep the score 0-1 at the interval.

The game recommenced, and once again the ‘keepers were more than holding their own, Abby Hunt was first denied by Laura Wareham after being put through on goal, followed by a smart save from Charlotte Clarke stop Emily Scarr’s effort from drawing Middlesbrough level.

Stoke extended their lead in the 78th minute courtesy of a Hollie Gibson free kick. Gibson demonstrating great technique to evade the wall and find the bottom corner.

Three minutes later and Richardson ended the game as a contest, scoring her second, and Stoke’s third of the game. A fine team move finished calmly past Wareham.

Emily Scarr scored a late consultation goal for the hosts, but with a minute remaining on the clock, it wasn’t enough to change the outcome.

The result sees Stoke secure their third win on the bounce to apply pressure at the top of the table, while setting up an all-important clash with league leaders Sunderland on Sunday.

Contrasting fortunes as Boro are compounded to a fourth straight defeat after a promising start to the season.

Middlesbrough 1-3 Stoke City

Attendance: 30

Terriers bounce back

Despite defeats for both teams last time out, Derby came into the game with a good away record having all three of their last games on the road, while the Terriers’ home record was just as good, with league leaders Sunderland inflicting their only loss on home soil.

Ellie Gilliatt gave Derby an early lead after her effort bested Lauren Joyce to find the roof of the net.

Huddersfield drew level just before the half hour mark through Ellie White’s clever flick inside the six yard box.

Laura Elford completed the turnaround three minutes later, lobbing Leah Kellogg from distance to give The Terriers the lead heading into the break.

Huddersfield doubled their lead in the 67th minute, captain Kate Mallin demonstrating great composure to round the ‘keeper before finishing neatly.

Substitute Moniquie Watson pulled one back for Derby, but any momentum was quickly quashed minutes later, Mallin once again the scorer for The Terriers in the 72nd minute.

Kate Mallin completed her hat trick and put the result beyond doubt with just over 5 minutes remaining, firing low into the corner to help the Yorkshire side secure all 3 points.

A pleasing win for Huddersfield, and an equally disappointing result for the Ewe Rams who have been very honest with the assessment of the game.

With no positional changes in the table, Derby remain 6th, while Huddersfield occupy 3rd place just behind Stoke and Sunderland who are due to play at the weekend.

Huddersfield Town 5-2 Derby County

Attendance: 137

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