How they finished in 2022/23: Women’s County Leagues (3/3)

Hereford Pegasus stepping up to the West Midlands League.
Hereford Pegasus heading for the West Midlands League. (Barcud-Coch Photography)

The third of our three runs through the title-winners in the 2022/23 Women’s County Leagues takes us from Midwest Counties to Wiltshire.

Midwest Counties – Redditch Borough topped the table by two points from Hereford Pegasus, with both now stepping up to the West Midlands League.

North Riding – Redcar Town Reserves were unbeaten in taking the title ahead of Poppleton.

Norfolk – Mulbarton Wanderers were undefeated as Division 1 champions and go up to the Eastern League together with runners-up Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers. Aylsham won Division 2 with a two-point margin over Kings Lynn Soccer School.

Northamptonshire – Buckingham United beat Bugbrooke St.Michael to the Premier Division title, AFC Rushden & Diamonds won all their games to take Division One ahead of Kettering.

Northumberland – Newcastle East End finished two points clear of Alnwick Town Development in the Premiership, while their unbeaten Reserves were a single point ahead of Wallsend BC Development in Division 1.

Nottinghamshire – Retford won Division 1 and are promoted to the East Midlands League along with Mansfield Town Development, who finished second above Arnold Eagles Flyers on goal-difference. Unbeaten Newark Town topped the Division 2 table, with Lowdham their nearest rivals.

Sheffield & Hallamshire – AFC Bentley were undefeated in taking the Division 1 title, runners-up Chesterfield go up to the North East League. Penistone Church pipped Mosborough to the Division 2 top spot by two points, Staveley Miners Welfare boasted a perfect Division 3 record with AFC Norton Woodseats behind them.

Somerset – Joining the South West League are Division 1 champions Pen Mill and runners-up Bath City. Pen Mill ran away with the title by as much as 17 points, Bath were one point ahead of Wells City. Division 2 North’s top two were Burnham United followed by Highridge United, first in Division 2 South were Wellington Wildcats and Sydenham Rangers second.

South East Counties – Dartford Development beat Sittingbourne to the Premier Division pole position. Ashmount Leigh only dropped one point in winning the Surrey Premier Division ahead of Croydon, Surrey Division One was won by Beecholme Belles from Old Tiffinians, with Richmond Park Development a close third. Woodcoombe won Kent Division 1 East ahead of Sellindge, 1 Bromleians edged Castle Colts in Kent Division 1 West by a single point.
Deal Town won Kent Division 2 East from Baypoint with unbeaten form, Kings Hill Tunbridge Wells Foresters Second XI to the Kent Division 2 West honours.

SE Counties League Surrey Div One Champions, Beecholme Belles
SE Counties League Surrey Division One Champions, Beecholme Belles. (Photo:

Staffordshire – Newcastle Town took the Premier Division without defeat, they and second-placed Leek Town Reserves progressing to the West Midlands League. Whitchurch Alport’s much superior goal-difference saw them top Division 1 ahead of Allscott Heath.

Suffolk – The Premier Division trophy was lifted by Stowupland Falcons as Brettvale had to settle for second. Championship winners were Ipswich Vale Exiles, Alresford Colne Rangers runners-up.

Sussex – Premier Division leading pair Hassocks and Bognor Regis Town will both be playing in the London & South East League next term. Eastbourne Town topped Division 1 from Horsham Sparrows, AFC Uckfield Town saw off Mile Oak in the Division 2 title race.

Tilehurst Panthers with TVCWFL League Cup
Tilehurst Panthers with the Thames Valley Counties League Cup. (Photo:

Thames Valley Counties – Just two points separated Division 1’s top three, as Southern League bound Ascot United Reserves ended above Tilehurst Panthers and New Bradwell St Peter. Fourth-placed Wargrave also advance to the sixth tier. Undefeated Ruislip Rangers were Division 2 champions, although runners-up Wycombe Wanderers Reserves and third-placed Beaconsfield Town step up to the Southern League. Newport Pagnell Town edged Chesham United Development to the Division 3 North title by one point, Division 3 West was won by the undefeated
Wallingford & Crowmarsh with Tower Hill goal-difference ahead of Headington in third. Eversley & California Reserves won Division 3 South with one more point than Larkspur Rovers, Ruislip Rangers 2nd XI won the
Development Division despite the effort of Kidlington Development.

West Riding – Lower Hopton are headed to the North East League as unbeaten Premier Division winners ahead of Yorkshire Amateur. Skipton Town and Sherburn White Rose occupied the First Division’s top two slots, Leeds Hyde Park and West Yorkshire did likewise in the Second Division. Farsley Celtic were 12 points ahead of Burley Trojans in topping the Third Division, Knaresborough Town blew away their Fourth Division opponents with a 100% record and a huge +155 goal-difference, Bradford City U-21s were also promoted.

Wiltshire – Purton are going up to the Southern League after 20 straight victories, during which only three goals were conceded. Durrington were runners-up.

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