Peterborough United Ladies lead those who aim to ‘finish the job’ next season

One of those to miss out on a chance at promotion to the FA WNL, Peterborough United
Peterborough United had been one of the best-placed teams for promotion to the FA WNL. (Photo: Andy Powell)

We acknowledge the main title contenders who were unable to see their promotion bids to the FA Women’s National League through to a conclusion due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Peterborough United led the East Midlands League by 13 points having only dropped two, second-placed Rotherham United had three games in hand.

Manager Kathryn Lusk told “We are obviously extremely disappointed with the decision. It will take a while to accept, but this is a very special and talented squad and I have no doubt they will bounce back next season and finish the job.

Harlow Town were unbeaten and had only dropped four points in 15 games to lead the Eastern League by six points from Luton Town, who had one game in hand. Third-placed Peterborough Northern Star had been the other challengers.

In the London & South East League, Dulwich Hamlet had just a two-point lead over QPR, who had played two games fewer.

Rangers manager Steve Quashie told “I am bitterly disappointed, especially with the hard work everyone has put in this season…We were in a good position to be promoted to tier four.”

But he added: “We have to remember the reason behind all this. It is an epidemic that we need to take time and digest.”

Two points separated the North East League’s top three, Harrogate Town in first, Farsley Celtic second with one game in hand and Hartlepool United third with two matches to make up.

FC United of Manchester were the North West League Premier Division’s only unbeaten side and although their lead was by a single point, closest rivals Tranmere Rovers had got through two more games, leaving Crewe Alexandra best placed to challenge.

FC United boss Kamran Hussain tweeted:

Moneyfields had won all their ten games in the Southern League but it was AFC Bournemouth top of the table on goal-difference but from an extra game.

Bishops Lydeard might have sat top in the South West League but their position was under great threat from as many as four title-rivals in Callington Town, Wootton Bassett Town, Portishead and Ilminster Town.

Redditch United’s 13 wins from 14 saw them in the West Midlands League pole position and although Leek Town trailed by six points, they had two games in hand to pull level.

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