There were five games across the FA Women’s Premier League this weekend and a whole host of goals to celebrate around the country.
Stoke City enjoyed a big win over the Northern Division leaders and Guiseley Vixens battled to a narrow victory near the bottom of the table – here’s our wrap of all the weekend’s action.
- Sunday 15 April 2018
- By Alex Marrow
Emily Scarr pulled a goal back for the visitors, but a second from Hayes and a Cassie Hyde strike put the Staffordshire club firmly in control.
A Bianca Owens penalty and Eleanor Dale gave the visitors some hope, but Hannah Keryakoplis finished the scoring and moved Stoke up into fourth.
Leicester City edged past Blackburn Rovers in a third versus fourth clash thanks to two goals from Sophie Domingo.
Rovers had led through a Lynda Shepherd penalty, but a sweet strike from Domingo followed by an 89th-minute winner gave Leicester the points.
The other side in the top five teams playing was Huddersfield Town, who were twice pegged back at Nottingham Forest and could only draw 2-2.
Katie Nutter put the visitors ahead, but Hazzana Parnell slotted home a penalty and Leanne Robinson equalised again after Huddersfield had edged in front.
Fylde had goalkeeper Alex Brooks to thank after she made several good saves to deny bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers a win.
Leah Foster and Sophie Charlton had gone close for Fylde, while Brooks did well to keep out Jade Cross when the Wolves attacker was through one-on-one.
The other game of the day saw Guiseley Vixens come away with a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion, closing the gap between the sides to just four points.
Ellie Olds smashed into the corner on 33 minutes, but Jennifer Kikomeko hit back for the away side shortly before half-time.
Natalie Brace restored the Vixens’ advantage before a Kikomeko penalty brought West Brom level once more, leaving Nikki Berkowitz to pop up 15 minutes from time and slot home for the winner.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Despite several close matches in the Northern Division, the game of the week has to be Stoke City’s 6-3 victory over Middlesbrough.
Both sides have averaged more than two goals a game this season and with both sets of players finding the net on a regular basis, it really was an entertaining game to watch and it sets up an exciting finish to the league season.
MANAGER OF THE WEEK
Guiseley Vixens had only managed one win in 14 attempts going into today’s crunch game against West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Glen Preston masterminded a 3-2 victory, their first win at home, as the Vixens showed real fight after being pegged back twice by West Brom.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Sophie Domingo’s first goal for Leicester City was a real belter, as she helped her team to an impressive 2-1 win away at Blackburn Rovers.
Leigh Dugmore drew the defence slightly away from the goal and pulled it back to Domingo, who took one touch to set herself, before firing into the top left corner from 18 yards.