FOR­EST TOP AF­TER EJUPI STRIKE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

IT was all change as Not­ting­ham For­est knocked Derby County off top spot in WPL North and Cardiff City took Brighton’s place at the sum­mit in the South.

For­est came from be­hind to beat Black­burn Rovers 2-1 and now hold a one-point ad­van­tage over sec­ond placed Derby.

Saf­fron Jor­dan’s neat fin­ish af­ter 35 min­utes gave Rovers the ad­van­tage at the break.

But Annabel Mckech­nie’s clever lob eluded the Rovers keeper eight min­utes af­ter the re-start and El­iz­a­beta Ejupi was on hand to tap in the win­ner four min­utes from time.

Former lead­ers Derby suf­fered a 3-0 de­feat at home to Stoke. It was the Pot­ters’ first vic­tory since Septem­ber.

They took the lead af­ter 35 min­utes when Faye McCoy’s cross was met by a towering header from Ash­leigh Hayes.

Ten min­utes from time, Laura Garside added a sec­ond, be­fore McCoy played a per­fect through ball to Abby Hunt, who fin­ished well for a con­vinc­ing win.

Pre­ston se­cured a sec­ond suc­ces­sive away win as they edged out Lough­bor­ough Foxes 2-1. Char­lotte Farrell’s dou­ble was enough to se­cure vic­tory, de­spite Vicky Brack­en­bury head­ing a late con­so­la­tion.

Sport­ing Club Al­bion edged a five-goal thriller at strug­gling Nuneaton, while New­cas­tle se­cured a 3-1 vic­tory against Brad­ford.

Jes­sica Have­lock scored a penalty three min­utes from the break. With 20 min­utes re­main­ing, the Ban­tams were level when Hannah Camp­bell’s cross was met by Sarah Danby, but af­ter 84 min­utes Jes­sica Fos­ter struck su­perbly from 20 yards to give the Mag­pies the lead again. El­lie Dob­son wrapped up the points soon af­ter, halt­ing Brad­ford’s six match win­ning streak.

Guise­ley recorded their first win of the sea­son at Hud­der­s­field 2-0, thanks to a Shel­ley James fin­ish and an own goal.

In the South­ern Divi­sion, new lead­ers Cardiff City in­flicted a sec­ond 2-1 de­feat in a row on Brighton, who slipped to third.

The Welsh side took the lead af­ter 28 min­utes when Kelly Isaac bun­dled home a free-kick. The Seag­ulls fought back and two min­utes af­ter the break were re­warded when Charley Boswell’s good work on the right set So­phie Perry on her way and she ri­fled home off the post.

A penalty was to de­cide the match and Kerry Bartlett made no mis­take af­ter 67 min­utes.

Charl­ton won their fourth game on the bounce, 2-1 against Portsmouth. Gemma Shep­herd scored her 16th goal of the sea­son from the spot af­ter half an hour, be­fore Portsmouth equalised through Ini Umo­tong. Charl­ton hit the win­ner with 15 min­utes to go when Shep­herd played in Kit Gra­ham and she fin­ished coolly.

QPR recorded a sec­ond win on the bounce as they despatched For­est Green 4-1 with sub­sti­tute Elly Maggs scor­ing twice in four min­utes.

Im­prov­ing Lewes tri­umphed 3-2 over C& K Basil­don, while Coven­try United and Tot­ten­ham played out a 0-0 draw.

West Ham’s visit to Ply­mouth was post­poned.

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