Women’s County League Round-Up: Midwest to Wiltshire

Midwest Counties leaders, Hereford Lads Club Ladies
Hereford Lads Club Ladies celebrate a goal away to Hereford FC Women. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Our third and final look at the 2019-20 County Women’s Leagues starts in the Midwest and finishes in Wiltshire.

Midwest Counties – Five points from their last three games would have likely been enough for an unbeaten Hereford Lads Club Ladies to move out of reach of both Hereford FC and Wyre Forest Phoenix and secure top spot.

North Riding – Guisborough and Harrogate Town Development were both without defeat going into their final few fixtures, the former three points clear, the latter with a game in hand and better goal-difference. They had been due to go meet on 23 March.

Norfolk – Thorpe United had won 13 of 14 fixtures in Division 1 but Bungay Town had games in hand with which to make good the gap between them. Beccles Town had a similar record in Division 2 but only a two-point advantage over Stalham Town.

Northamptonshire – Few teams were even halfway through their games but Deanshanger Athletic had a 100% record in Division 1  and Roade had missed out on just a couple of points. Only goal-difference separated Division 2 leaders Halse United from second-placed Kingsthorpe Jets and it was set to be a battle to be champions, as AFC Rushden & Diamonds could have gone level from games in hand.

Northumberland – Wallsend BC Reserves were nine points clear with two games left but second-placed West Allotment Celtic were in a position to overtake them with five games in hand.

Nottinghamshire – Mansfield Hosiery Mills were without a loss in a dozen games but not quite midway through their fixtures, leading Sherwood by three points and from one match fewer.

Sheffield & Hallamshire – Millmoor were first in Division 1 by two points but having played two games more than title-rivals AFC Doncaster. In Division 2, Sheffield Wednesday Development’s 13 victories from 14 outings saw them 15 points in front of Millmoor Reserves, who had four games to make up.

Somerset – A three-horse race had Keynsham Town Reserves out in front but from a game more than both Bishops Lydeard Reserves and Purnell Sports, who were three and four points behind respectively. Although Bishops Lydeard Development sat top of Division 2, Stockwood Wanderers and Purnell Sports Reserves could both have gone above them.

South East Counties – Division 1 East leaders were Maidstone United with eleven straight wins, Margate were the best bet to catch them but had suffered one defeat. A dozen wins on the spin meant Mole Valley were likely Division 1 West winners, with Oakwood in second seemingly having too much to do. Aylesford Seconds were four points ahead of both Dartford Reserves and Sheppey Angels in Kent Division 1, Maidstone United Development were on course to take Kent 2 East ahead of Mersham Sports Club, while Kent 2 West leaders Junior Reds could be caught by both Sevenoaks Town and Guru Nanak.

Staffordshire – With 116 goals for and only six conceded, Tamworth had only dropped two points in 14 games but fourth-placed Sutton Rangers Lionesses were similarly tough to beat and had games in hand with which to pull level with the leaders.

Holland Ladies FC
Holland were one of several Suffolk League title-hopefuls

Suffolk – Top-of-the table Woodbridge Town had completed 21 of their 26 league fixtures but the chasing pack of Bury Town, Holland, Brettvale and Needham Market Reserves all had the opportunity to overtake them.

Sussex – Roffey were six points ahead of Montpelier Villa with three games to go each but Barnham Trojans in fifth had enough games in hand to match the leaders total.

Thames Valley Counties – Woking were well clear of Carterton in Division 1 but Banbury United were in a position to catch the  leaders, Milton United were a point short of Holyport in Division 2 with two games in hand. Badshot Lea’s 13 wins from 13 saw them set to win 3 East, Banbury United Development faced a real threat to their 3 North leadership from Long Crendon in particular, Newbury Development’s 3 South top spot looked unsustainable with Taplow United and Mortimer both ready to easily bypass them, while Summertown Stars won the Development Division well ahead of Wraysbury Village

Badshot Lea
Badshot Lea had won all 13 games

West Riding – No details were available for their three divisions, with results and tables already removed from their web pages.

Wiltshire – Melksham Town led with ten wins from eleven and ten points more than FC Chippenham Youth, from just the one match extra.

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