FA Women’s Premier League Preview

Having hammered leaders Middlesbrough last week, Bradford City now face title-chasers Blackburn Rovers, while the League Cup semis include an East Midlands derby for Nottingham Forest and Leicester City WFC.

Sunday 25th February (2pm)
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Bradford City v Blackburn Rovers (Eccleshill United FC)
Middlesbrough v Derby County (Teesdale Park)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Stoke City (Hednesford Town FC)
West Bromwich Albion v Fylde (Boldmere St Michael’s FC, 2.30)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Cardiff City LFC v Portsmouth (CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence)
Lewes v Gillingham (Lewes FC)
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace (Uxbridge FC)

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Burton Albion v Leicester City Ladies (Stafford Rangers FC)
Long Eaton United v Steel City Wanderers (Long Eaton Utd FC)
Radcliffe Olympic v Sporting Khalsa (The Recreation Ground)
Rotherham United v Loughborough Foxes (Roundwood Sports Club)
The New Saints v Birmingham & West Midlands (TNS FC)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Crewe Alexandra v Chester le Street Town (Cumberland Arena)
Hull City v Newcastle United (Hull University Sports Ground)
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Brighouse Town (IM Marsh Campus)
Mossley Hill Athletic v Morecambe (Mossley Hill Athletic Club)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Actonians v Stevenage (North Greenford United FC)
Enfield Town v Norwich City (Enfield Town FC)
Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon (Haringey Borough FC)
Ipswich Town v Cambridge United (Felixstowe & Walton FC)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Brislington v Southampton Saints (Brislington FC)
Cheltenham Town v Poole Town (Cheltenham Saracens FC)
Keynsham Town v Larkhall Athletic (Keynsham Town FC)
St Nicholas v Maidenhead United (Yate Town FC)

LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Plymouth Argyle v Coventry United (Elburton Villa FC)
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City WFC (Basford United FC, 3pm)

LEAGUE PLATE QUARTER-FINAL
Luton Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Stockwood Park Athletics Stadium)

RESERVES CUP SEMI-FINAL
C & K Basildon Res v Stoke City Res (Canvey Island FC)

Bradford City did title-chasing Blackburn a big favour by beating leaders Middlesbrough last week and now they take on Rovers themselves. Boro will look to swiftly bounce back from that shock thrashing when hosting Derby County.

Wolves are six points from safety as they tackle a Stoke City side, for whom a win would see them level on points with second-placed Huddersfield Town.

West Brom welcome Fylde who may be just three points above them in ninth but do have five games in hand.

Crystal Palace will be right on the heels of the Southern Division’s leading pair, if they repeat last Sunday’s Capital Senior Cup semi-final victory at QPR.

Fourth-placed Lewes go up against Gillingham who are just three points better off than next to bottom Rangers, while Cardiff City Ladies sit one point above the Gills as they prepare to play mid-table Portsmouth.

Midlands Division 1 leaders Loughborough Foxes are at next to bottom Rotherham United, third-placed TNS home to Birmingham & West Midlands. Radcliffe Olympic entertain Sporting Khalsa, Burton Albion are a point short of the former and hosting a winless Leicester City Ladies, while Long Eaton are two points above the relegation zone and home to Steel City Wanderers.

Top of the bill in Northern Division 1 is definitely leaders Liverpool Feds against Brighouse Town, with the Yorkshire side five points behind the top team but with three games in hand. Hull City are second on goals scored and home against Newcastle United, Crewe Alexandra challenge eleventh in the table Chester le Street and basement side Mossley Hill meet Morecambe, who could go third with a win.

AFC Wimbledon have a great opportunity to stretch their already big lead in South East Division 1, as their main challengers are in cup action and the Dons visit Haringey Borough, who are suffering with a -103 goal difference. Ipswich Town will go third if they avoid defeat against Cambridge United, Actonians are just a point ahead of visitors Stevenage and Enfield Town entertain a Norwich City team that are eight points from safety.

Keynsham Town and Larkhall Athletic last week progressed to the Somerset Senior Cup final but they first meet in South West Division 1, where the home club sit in second spot. Brislington face fourth-placed Southampton Saints,
Cheltenham Town play Poole Town and St Nicholas meet Maidenhead United.

There are still two outstanding League Cup quarter-final ties, with Plymouth Argyle playing Coventry United for a semi-final trip to Blackburn Rovers and an East Midlands derby as Nottingham Forest clash with Leicester City WFC, the winners of which host Lewes in the last four.

The last Plate quarter-final match is a Bedfordshire derby between Luton Town and MK Dons, with the reward for the victors being a home draw against Fylde. Hull City host West Ham in the other half of the draw on 4th March.