FA Women’s Premier League Preview

County Cup duties have limited the fixture list but there could still be a change of leadership in three divisions, while Brighouse Town chase back-to-back cup wins over Derby County.

Sunday 21st January (2pm)
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest (Bamber Bridge FC)
Fylde v Bradford City (AFC Fylde)
Middlesbrough P-P Wolverhampton Wanderers

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Chichester City v Swindon Town (Front Lawn Primary Academy 3G. 3pm)
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace (Uxbridge FC)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Burton Albion v The New Saints (Stafford Rangers FC)
Steel City Wanderers v Leicester City LFC (Thorncliffe)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Crewe Alexandra v Chorley (Cumberland Arena)
Hull City v Morecambe (Hull University Sports Ground)
Leeds United v Newcastle United (Garforth Town AFC)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Actonians v Milton Keynes Dons (North Greenford Utd FC)
Denham United v Enfield Town (The Den)
Leyton Orient v Ipswich Town (Mile End Stadium)
Norwich City v AFC Wimbledon (Norwich United FC)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Maidenhead United v Larkhall Athletic (Maidenhead Utd FC)
Poole Town v Keynsham Town (St Andrew’s FC)

LEAGUE CUP 2ND ROUND
Brighouse Town v Derby County (Brighouse Town FC)
Cambridge United v Coventry United (Mildenhall Town FC)

Blackburn can catch the Northern leaders Middlesbrough with their five games in hand and they are home to Nottingham Forest, who would leapfrog Rovers should they take the three points.

Fylde are just four points better off than tenth-placed Bradford City despite only suffering a single defeat. The Lancashire side do have several games to make up but have struggled recently in cup ties against lower division opponents.

Crystal Palace will rise above rivals Charlton Athletic to the Southern summit, should they win at QPR, who are battling to escape the drop zone.

Swindon Town are rock bottom after thirteen straight defeats and visit mid-table Chichester City, at a changed venue in Havant.

TNS will takeover at the top of Midlands Division 1 with a victory but they go to a Burton Albion side needing the win themselves to cut the gap on the top two.

Seventh-placed Steel City Wanderers play Leicester City Ladies, who have just a single point on the board so far.

Hull City versus Morecambe is the big match in Northern Division 1, with the Tigresses at risk of being caught, as an away win would bring the Shrimpers level on points with them.

Crewe Alexandra challenge Chorley, while next to bottom Leeds United need the win against Newcastle United.

South East table-toppers AFC Wimbledon go to bottom but one Norwich City and second-placed Leyton Orient have an important home game with Ipswich Town, who are fourth.

MK Dons are only a point short of the O’s after beating them last week and next travel to Actonians.

Denham United have home advantage over Enfield Town, whom they trail by one point.

Keynsham Town will halve Southampton WFC’s lead in the South West if they take maximum points at Poole Town.

Maidenhead United sit in fifth spot and meet Larkhall Athletic, over whom they have a four-point lead.

Ahead of the League Cup quarter-final draw on Monday 22nd January, the two outstanding second round ties will be played.

Brighouse Town tackle Derby County again having surprised the top flight team with a 3-1 away win in the SSE WFA Cup last Sunday.

Cambridge United – sixth in South East Division 1 – have a testing home tie with Coventry United, who are among the Southern title-hopefuls.