Bristol Ladies Union continue their title challenge with an easy victory
STRIKER Toni Hemmings marked her debut for Bristol Ladies Union with a hat-trick as the Coombe Dingle club boosted their title challenge in the Premier Division of the SW Women's League with a 6-0 win at Plymstock United.
All of the goals came in the first half with former Bristol City and Larkhall Athletic player Hemmings making an immediate impression for her new club.
Frankie Stone helped to set up four of the goals as well as getting on the scoresheet herself, while Cheryl Baber and Sarah White were also on target.
The result kept BLU level on points with Larkhall, who beat Frome Town 5-0, and lead on goal difference and also have a game in hand.
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Head coach Rich Sears said that despite the convincing win, BLU's players felt disappointed they could not add further goals after the break.
"We could have had 12, but the result was superb and made up for the blip the week before," he said.
Third-placed Downend Flyers are three points adrift after goals from Alana Willson and Kate Michael secured a 2-0 victory over Weymouth, but Stoke Lane Athletic are still rooted to bottom spot and without a point after going down 4-2 at home to Cheltenham Town.
Amy Jefferies' goal for St Nicholas was only enough to secure a point from a 1-1 draw against Forest Green Rovers Reserves, so Eastern Division One leaders Swindon Supermarine opened up a two-point gap thanks to their 4-3 victory at Forest of Dean.
Keynsham Town's 7-0 away romp at bottom-of-the-table Gloucester City saw them move to within a point of SW Women's Combination leaders Oxford United – and they still have a game in hand.
Bitton maintained their push for honours in Division One of the Gloucestershire County Women's League with a 3-2 win over Gloucester City Reserves – although they squandered chances to have sealed a much more comfortable victory.
Becky Jones gave the Bristol club an early lead with a well-struck volley then added another with a rare headed goal.
Kylie Allen netted a third in the second half before Gloucester staged a late comeback, but to no avail.
Bitton, who lie third, host second-placed AEK Boco – 3-2 winners over Wootton Bassett – this weekend and have two games in hand on the sides above them.
Cheltenham Civil Service remain top after a 5-2 triumph over bottom-of-the-table Bristol & West, Beth Clatworthy and Helen Marsh netting for the home side.
There were big away wins for a couple of Bristol clubs in Division Two, with AEK Boco Reserves triumphing 8-0 at Cirencester, while Almondsbury UWE ran out 7-0 victors at Southmead CS.