Round-up of today’s Premier League action
The gulf between the ambitious Premier League sides still craving a Super League future and the rest was illustrated emphatically in today’s crazy scores in the league’s Southern division.
No fewer than 43 goals were scored in the six fixtures, with all bar two of the games settled by margins of four or more, as the imbalance of the division was laid bare like never before.
Table-toppers Charlton Athletic beat rock-bottom Swindon Town 11-0.
C&K Basildon, their nearest rivals, hammered the, err, Hammers 7-3, while Coventry United thrashed the team with the division’s second-leakiest defence, Queens Park Rangers, 10-1 – both victories away from home.
Today’s FAWPL Southern results
Charlton Athletic 11-0 Swindon Town
Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City
Gillingham 0-4 Chichester City
Portsmouth 3-2 Lewes
Queens Park Rangers 1-10 Coventry United
West Ham United 3-7 C&K Basildon
Charlton extended their lead to five points after hitting double figures against bottom club Swindon for the second time this season.
Charlotte Gurr scored four and Kit Graham three to make it 25 league goals between them – almost as many as Swindon, QPR and Gillingham combined – while Charlotte Lee scored two and Hannah Churchill and Grace Coombs one apiece as the league leaders matched the score by which they beat the same team in the Premier League Cup in September.
It could have been even more devastating – Charlton hit the post twice, had one cleared off the line and had two goals ruled out for offside.
Bowers treble demolishes former club
C&K Basildon go second after winning a dramatic game against rivals West Ham 7-3.
The Essex side, possibly not the first name you’d think of as Super League candidates, have swept up the table on a five-game winning run – including victory over Charlton – while their opponents, who, with the backing of the men’s club, have announced they will apply for one of the WSL 1 licences available for next season, are unlikely to get there via their performances – they are currently ninth, five points ahead of second-bottom QPR, who have four games in hand.
Former Hammer April Bowers hit a hat-trick, while two other ex-West Ham players, Danica Revell and Jay Blackie also scored in the rout, Therese and Angela Addison getting the others, while West Ham responded with second-half goals from Molly Peters, Ellie Zoepfl and Rosie Kmita.
Coventry hit 10
Maz Gauntlett hit a second-half hat-trick as Coventry United continued their own surge up the Premier League, beating QPR 10-1 for their sixth league victory in their last seven games.
Six other Coventry players got on the scoresheet – Helen Dermody (2), Stephanie Smith, Jade Brook, Alison Hall, Amber Hughes and Laura Cooper.
Pauline Adeyemo grabbed Rangers’ solitary response – only their seventh goal of the season.
Pompey come from behind to further dent Lewes title hopes
Lewes slipped from the heady heights of second as rivals’ games in hand suddenly look extra-valuable.
John Donoghue’s much-strengthened – but injury-hit – side, who took more points from their first 13 games this season than they did from the whole of last season, suffered their second defeat in three games as Portsmouth came from behind to win 3-2 and exact revenge for their narrow defeat at the Dripping Pan earlier this season.
Charlotte Owen gave the visitors a half-time lead with a penalty, but goals by Sammy Quayle (2) and Molly Clark in a 15-minute spell after the break turned the game around and took Portsmouth to within seven points of their opponents with two games in hand.
Former Portsmouth player Leeta Rutherford grabbed a late second for Lewes, but it proved no more than a consolation.
Bryan goal run continues
Crystal Palace kept in touch with the leaders with a 2-0 win at home to Cardiff City. Gemma Bryan bagged her 20th goal in 11 league games after Leesa Haydock had given them an early lead to keep Palace in fourth, with games in hand of all those above them.
Chichester win leaves struggling Gillingham in bottom three
The battle of the two teams promoted to the Southern division last season was won convincingly by the South West Division One champions, Chichester City, who romped to a 4-0 win over Gillingham – the South East Division One winners.
Hollie Wride gave the visitors a first-half lead, and three late goals in 15 minutes, from Jade Widdows, Laura Ingram and Jess Lewry not only put a gloss on the result but lifted Chichester above local rivals Portsmouth on goal difference.
The Premier League Southern table
|West Ham United||12||3||0||9||18||34||9|
|Queens Park Rangers||8||1||1||6||7||36||4|