A 3-2 home win over Steel City Wanderers coupled with postponements elsewhere enabled Rotherham United to climb from third to top in the FA Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One.
Megan Wylde’s early debut goal for Rotherham separated the teams until midway in the second half when Kat Clarke doubled the lead with a long range dipper.
Maria Burns pulled one back only for Nat Shaw to make it 3-1 a minute later.
Zoe Beresford gave Steels hope of a point, but though they suffered an all too familiar one goal margin defeat, their performance offered much encouragement to ensure they keep themselves out of the two relegation places.
They are third from bottom on goal difference.
North East League Premier Division leaders Barnsley registered a sixth clean sheet (from 10 games this season) as they drew at Peterlee to remain unbeaten on their travels.
Danielle Harrison netted for Sheffield Wednesday who maintained their record of scoring in every game in the Southern Division, but it was not enough to prevent a 3-1 defeat at Rovers Foundation. Bottom club Dearne & District lost 8-0 at to leaders Westella & Willerby, while Doncaster Belles (Women) lost 6-0 at Wetherby.
Handsworth ended Oughtibridge’s eight-game 100% start to open up the Sheffield & Hallam County League Division One title race. Jade Richards, KD Roberts and Chloe Tattershall were on target for Handsworth in a 3-1 win which lifted them into second above Staveley. Lauren Turner replied for Oughtibridge.
None of the top three have dropped a point at home.
Sheffield United Community reserves gained their first point with Kelsey Hallam 2, Hannah Crossley and Paige Wainwright (with a late equaliser) the scorers in a 4-4 home draw against Chesterfield.
Sheffield Wednesday Development regained the leadership in Division Two after winning 9-3 at home to Mexborough.
Emma Fleetwood 2, Sophie Trotter 2, Lauren Jeavons, Megan Nelson, Joely Sykes, Bethany Wragg and Hannah Wright netted for Wednesday. Tasha Carlton 2 and Lauren Camm for Mexborough whose last three games have yielded 30 goals.
Socrates recorded their first win with Fran Sanderson 2, Rosie Aspinall and Paula Higgins on target in a 4-0 success at Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
Rotherham United Development benefitted from overnight leaders Beighton’s postponement to move two points clear at the top of Division Three after beating AFC Unity 3-0 thanks to goals from Chelsea Fletcher, Michaela Atkinson and Lily-Ann Revill.
Newcomers Greasbrough, admitted to the League after the season commenced, were beaten 3-0 at New Bohemians in their debut.