County Women’s Leagues Round-Up: Beds & Herts to Durham

Cheshire League leaders, Runcorn Linnets
Runcorn Linnets were 9-2 winners over third-placed Rylands. (Photo: Neil Thornton)

In the first of three round-ups, we look at the County Women’s Leagues to see how things stood before records were sadly expunged due to the coronavirus.

Beds & Herts – Hemel Hempstead Town led Division 1 by three points from high-scoring St Albans, with Northwood a further point behind. Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses were top in Division 2 but AFC Kempston & Bedford College and AFC Dunstable Blues had games in hand, while Herts Vipers looked certain to become Division 3 champions after 16 straight wins.

Birmingham – Pole position in the Premier was with SJB Ladies following ten wins in a row, Redditch Borough were best placed to challenge them. Coleshill Town had a five-point lead over Darlaston Town in Division 2 but the latter had played two games fewer.

SJB hit Coventrians for six. (Photo: SJBFC)

Cambridgeshire – The Premiership was led by Haverhill Rovers with fourth-placed ICA Sports having looked the main danger to their title bid. Pinchbeck United had four games with which to cancel out Cambridge Rangers’ six-point lead in the Championship.

Channel Islands – St Lawrence were set to be winners of this inaugural competition, their seven wins from seven having included a stack of goals, featuring Rosie Corbett’s 33 in 15 appearances.

Cheshire – Runcorn Linnets netted even more goals – 72 in nine wins – and looked unstoppable in the Premier. The Championship Division 1 table saw Sandbach United five points clear of Macclesfield Town, while in Championship 2 Malpas led but Altrincham Hale and Crosfield were both serious threats to them.

Cornwall Lwague leaders, AFC St Austell
Photo: AFC St Austell

Cornwall –  AFC St Austell had a 100% record from seven games in Division 1, leading Illogan RBL by just two points but with a game in hand. Foxhole Stars’ second division leadership was due to be ended by Saltash Borough, who had not dropped a point and were only one behind with four games in hand.

Derbyshire – Division 1 leaders were Draycott Victoria by five points from Chesterfield Reserves, while SK Vipers had won all 11 games to lead Division 2.

Photo: SK Vipers

Devon – There was a big backlog of fixtures and although Buckland Athletic Reserves were top in the Premier, Ottery St Mary had a perfect record. Seaton Town sat top in Division 1 but University of Plymouth could overtake them despite having point docked.

Dorset – Dorchester Town enjoyed a big lead in Division 1 but Redlands Rebels could have caught them with five matches to make up. are the main contenders, the latter with just two points dropped. Bridport were unbeaten in winning the four-team Recreational Division and now intend to also enter a side into Division 1 next season.

Photo: Bridport Ladies FC

Durham – Bishop Auckland were a point and a game better off than Darlington Spraire in Division 1, with Rutherford close behind in third. Durham United had won 11 of 12 games in the Development Division but Spennymoor Town remained unbeaten in second.

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