FA Women’s Premier League Preview

Top of the bill is perhaps third against second in the Southern as C & K Basildon clash with Crystal Palace, while there’s still two League Cup 2nd Round ties to be played at Brighouse Town and Cambridge United.

Sunday 28th January (2pm)

Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest (Bamber Bridge FC)
Fylde v Bradford City (AFC Fylde)
Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Thornaby FC)
Stoke City v Guiseley Vixens (Norton Utd FC)

C & K Basildon v Crystal Palace (Canvey Island FC)
Cardiff City v West Ham United (CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence)
Chichester City v Gillingham (Chichester City FC)
Lewes v Queens Park Rangers (Lewes FC)
Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic (Fairford Town FC)

Burton Albion v Radcliffe Olympic (Burton Albion FC)
Leicester City LFC v Sporting Khalsa (Linwood Playing Fields)
Sheffield United v Birmingham & West Midlands (Steelphalt Sheffield United Academy)

Chorley v Leeds United (Chorley FC)
Crewe Alexandra v Hull City (Cumberland Arena)
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Barnsley (Edge Hill University)
Newcastle United v Morecambe (Newcastle University)

AFC Wimbledon v Enfield Town (Sutton Utd FC)
Actonians v Milton Keynes Dons (North Greenford Utd FC)
Haringey Borough v Norwich City (Haringey Borough FC)
Leyton Orient v Ipswich Town (Mile End Stadium)

Brislington v St Nicholas (Brislington FC)
Cheltenham Town P-P Basingstoke Town (Basingstoke unable to field a side)
Larkhall Athletic v Poole Town (Larkhall Athletic FC)
Plymouth Argyle v Maidenhead United (Elburton Villa FC)

Brighouse Town v Derby County (Brighouse Town FC)
Cambridge United v Coventry United (Mildenhall Town FC)

Middlesbrough and Wolves try again after last week’s postponement, with Northern leaders Boro five points clear and Wanderers the same margin from safety. Fourth-placed Stoke have winless Guiseley, Blackburn are just below the Potters but with many games in hand as they take on Nottingham Forest and Fylde face Bradford City who they lead by four points despite having played four games less.

Southern table-toppers Charlton are at Swindon who are still to get off the mark, while there’s a big match of third and second as C & K Basildon clash with Crystal Palace. Fourth-placed Lewes play a QPR side bidding to get out of the relegation zone, mid-table Chichester go against Gillingham and Cardiff welcome West Ham with only one point separating them.

Hull have the chance to extend their Northern Division 1 advantage when at Crewe, Morcambe and Liverpool Feds could leapfrog second-placed Brighouse by winning at Newcastle and home to Barnsley respectively. Three points for Chorley would put them in the top half as they go head to head with Leeds (at the changed venue of Victory Park) who are battling to escape the bottom two.

With the leading pair in the Midlands not in league action, Sheffield United could gain ground when entertaining Birmingham & West Midlands, likewise Burton Albion but they play Radcliffe Olympic (at the Pirelli Stadium) who are just a couple of points behind them. Leicester Ladies try again for their first victory, with Sporting Khalsa visiting.

AFC Wimbledon are five points clear in the South East ahead of their game with Enfield, Orient in second have a tricky match with fourth-placed Ipswich and MK Dons who sit inbetween the two are at Actonians. Elsewhere, there’s a basement battle with Haringey hosting Norwich, the Canaries having four points, Borough without one.

Plymouth – who have won all their games – will go second in the South West by avoiding defeat at home to fifth-placed Maidenhead. Larkhall play Poole whom they trail by a single point, Brislington have home advantage against St Nicholas but Cheltenham’s match with Basingstoke is off after the Hampshire side could not raise a team for the journey.

In the League Cup, Brighouse try to defeat Derby for a second match running and set up a big quarter-final tie with Blackburn, while Cambridge and Coventry clash with a trip to Plymouth awaiting the victors.

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