Natasha Flint scores winner as Fylde maintain fast start

Sunday 11 Sep 2016
Fylde go top of the Northern Division

Fylde FC may have been down to 10 women for 75 minutes but they still overcame Bradford City 3-2 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new season in the Northern Division.

Lagan Makin’s red card for an off-the-ball incident threatened to derail their afternoon, but Chloe Adams quickly settled any concerns with the opening goal ten minutes later.

Hannah Campbell equalised for Bradford before half-time, but Charlotte Farrell quickly regained the lead for Fylde after the break.

Women's Premier League

Northern & Southern Divisions 

Sunday 11 September

By Charlie Bennett

Lucy Sowerby smashed in an excellent equaliser, but Natasha Flint scored the winner six minutes from time to wrap up victory.

Derby County joined them at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town and the pair are the only two sides with a 100 per cent winning record.

Lauren Nicholls gave the Ewe Rams an early lead with a looping finish but Huddersfield pushed forward and forced Zoey Millington into a pair of impressive saves.

Nicholls hit the bar after the break, but Emily Heckler equalised for the visitors from the spot.

However, Derby quickly recovered as Nikki Ledge and Ellie May added late second-half goals to confirm the win.

Elsewhere in the Northern Division, Stoke City edged out Newcastle United 2-1, Leicester City won 3-0 at Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers strolled to a comfortable 5-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

In the Southern Division, Ally Witts’ late winner saw Swindon finally got off the mark with a thrilling 4-3 win over Portsmouth.

Abby Picton gave the home side an early lead but Portsmouth hit back five minutes later through Charlotte Benson.

Chyna Collings put Swindon back ahead following a slick passing move, before heading her second after the break.

But Gemma Hillier and Samantha Quall struck twice in four minutes to bring Portsmouth level before Witts won it in the 97th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur moved joint top of the Southern Division table with a 1-0 win away at Crystal Palace.

Wendy Martin almost gave Spurs a second-minute lead when she was inches away from converting Bianca Baptiste’s cross.

But just six minutes later Baptise scored herself with a superb goal as she carried the ball forward from the halfway line, beating several defenders in the process, before slotting it into the bottom corner.

Palace pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the second half but could not quite find the killer final ball, as they fell to their first defeat of the league season.

Elsewhere, Cardiff City breezed past Lewes 6-0, while C&K Basildon beat QPR 4-0 thanks to Sara Sinclair’s hat-trick and Coventry United beat West Ham United 1-0.

By FA Staff