County Leagues at Christmas: East Riding to Liverpool

Colne FC Ladies v Chorley Reserves,
Colne FC Ladies lead the Lancashire League Premier Division. (Photo: John Shirras)

The second of our three festive runs through title-contenders in the many Women’s County Leagues takes us from East Riding to Liverpool.

East Riding

AFC Preston lead Division 1 but by just a single point from unbeaten North Ferriby United, who also have a game in hand. Pinefleet Wolfreton are third, four points off the leaders with a match to make up. Hessle Rangers look on course to win Division 2, with only three points dropped from the 30 available to date. Costello can catch them with games in hand, Leven also remain in contention.

Hessle Rangers Ladies Football Team
Photo: Hessle Rangers Ladies Football Team


Chelmsford City hold a three point lead in the Premier Division but second-placed Frontiers have a game in hand and third-placed Stanway Rovers have played two games fewer. Corinthians and Tigers are the bottom two, the latter having got through two more games. Southminster United are Division 1 leaders by a point from FC Clacton and three ahead of Chigwell, with a game in hand on each. Stanway Rovers Reserves are in last place, with one point so far. Sudbury Sports sit top in the Second but under pressure from Colchester United who have won all seven fixtures. Harwich & Parkeston are four points adrift at the bottom of the 11-team table. Stanway Pegasus Reserves are on maximum points from seven games in Division 3, goal-difference ahead of Grays Athletic Development, while third-placed Leigh United also have a 100% record. Changing Lives occupy last place but have played fewer games than both Southend City and Woodham Radars.


Cirencester Town have seven wins from seven that sees them lead Division 1 ahead of Whitchurch, against whom Cheltenham Civil Service are better positioned. Longwell Green are last, not only with nine straight defeats but also a one-point deduction. Gloucester City Development’s position at the top of Division 2 is under serious threat from both Longlevens and Bristol Ladies Union, while Stoke Lane Athletic prop up the rest after also being docked a point. Bitton Development look unstoppable with ten wins from ten in Division 3, 80 goals for and a solitary one let in. City of Gloucester are doing their best to keep pace, while Ashton Keynes are bottom of the league on minus two points.

Greater London

Tooting Bec are top of the Premier but both Richmond & Kew and Comets can overtake them from their game in hand. Leyton Orient are actually best-placed of the top four, Regents Park Rangers and Headstone Manor have games to make up with which they can escape the drop zone. Brentford B team have dropped just two Division 1 North points in 33 to hold a three-point advantage over Impact, while Luton Town Reserves are playing catch-up. Tower Hamlets and Hilltop are currently the teams under threat of relegation. Unbeaten pair South London and AFC Wimbledon Development are separated by just one point in Division 1 South, the latter holding a game in hand. CB Hounslow United and particularly Balham have a battle on to escape the drop. Regents Park are perched at the top of Division 2 North, three points ahead of Islington Borough Reserves and six in front of East Finchley, who have a game in hand. Enfield Town 3rds are last but from three games fewer than Hendon, whom they are just one point behind. AFC Croydon Athletic have taken all but two points from 30 to lead Division 2 South & Central. South London Reserves are in the second promotion position, Hammersmith Reserves bottom on one point.

Greater Manchester

Hyde United hold the Premier top spot on goal-difference from Salford United and from two games fewer. Atherton Laburnum Rovers are two points behind the leaders, Rochdale have been side-tracked by cup commitments but both their league matches were won. Manchester Laces Yellow Squad have won all seven games in Division 1 and have played fewer games than both their main rivals; AFC Bolton and Crompton. Stalybridge Celtic are having a difficult time in last position, conceding 137 goals in nine outings. Lymm Rovers lead Division 2 with nine victories in ten,  both AFC Oldham Development and Swinton can make an impact with their games in hand. Mersey Valley next to bottom but with several games to catch up, Withington still look for their first point.


Bursledon are out in front in Division 1 but fourth-placed United Services Portsmouth have the games in hand to overtake them. Hamble Club have won five from five in Division 2, with Mudeford Phoenix their main rivals. City Ladies (Portsmouth) are goal-difference ahead of AFC Portchester Development in Division 3 but Wight Eagles could leapfrog both. AFC Totton are on course for the Division 4 title, Aldershot BGFC’s leadership of Division 5 will be challenged by Winchester City and Clanfield in particular. Eling have won all their six matches in Division 6.

United Services Portsmouth FC Women
Hampshire League title-chasers. (Photo: United Services Portsmouth)

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Peel’s five wins from five puts them in pole position, chased by Corinthians and Douglas Royal in the six-team league.


Currently just the three sides in the Combination, with Rozel Rovers having won both games so far against Jersey Wanderers and St Peter.


Colne hold a one-point advantage at the summit of the Premier but Wigan Athletic have maximum points from their seven games played. While Whitehaven lead the Championship table, Horwich St. Mary’s, Euxton, Haslingden Reserves and Wigan Athletic Development can all catch them with games in hand. Chipping and Rosegrove are first and second with unbeaten records in Division 1 North/West, Lostock St Gerards lead Division 1 South/West with seven wins in a row and averaging over nine goals a game.


River City have won all nine games in Division 1 to sit eight points clear of Brookside Athletic, who have a game in hand. Gresley Rovers are unbeaten Division 2 leaders, the chasing pack consisting of East Goscote United, Leicester City LFC Development and Marlborough Rovers.

Gresley Rovers Ladies FC
Leicestershire League Division 2 leaders. (Photo: Gresley Rovers Ladies FC)


Cleethorpes Town are top of the North Division on goal-difference from Market Rasen Town, who have played one match more. Brigg Town are two points short of the leading pair in third. The South Division sees Ruston Sports in first place but Wyberton Wildcats only trail by three points with as many games to make up.

Wyberton Wildcats
Photo: @WyboWildcats


Wirral Phoenix’s eight straight victories seemingly have them heading for the Division 1 title, three points ahead of MSB Woolton they also have three games more to play. Unbeaten in a dozen fixtures, Maghull have already secured promotion, while Liverpool Feds Development are in line to follow them up. Formby have dropped just two points from nine games to lead Division 3 on goal-difference from Rainford Athletic, who have played a game more.

Wirral Phoenix FC
Celebrations for the Liverpool Division 1 leaders. (Photo: Wirral Phoenix FC)

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