Women’s County Leagues resume

Durham League’s new leaders, Spennymoor Town. (Photo: @MoorsLadies)

A number of Women’s County Leagues took the first opportunity to resume fixtures on Easter Sunday with some lockdown restrictions loosened.

Among those was the Durham Women’s League and their restarted campaign included a top of the table clash, as Spennymoor Town won 1-0 with a Coral Colledge goal away at Hartlepool Youth, to replace them in pole position. Gateshead made it seven wins from seven in the Development Division with as many goals at Newton Aycliffe, where Jade Anderson netted a 20-minute hat-trick.

Ketton won 2-1 at second-placed Whittlesey Athletic in the S-Tech Cambridgeshire Premier, Georgia Stimson got the only goal as Park Ladies defeated Pinchbeck United Sports in the Championship South.

The Suffolk League introduced a Covid Cup, with group stage wins for AFC Kesgrave, Kesgrave Kestrels and Woodbridge Town.

Tilehurst Panthers Development took over at the top of the Thames Valley Counties Division 1 after a 4-1 victory against Badshot Lea, Carterton relinquishing the leadership following a goalless draw at third-placed Woking. Division 2 featured a 5-5 derby draw between Oxford City U-23s and Procision Oxford, Damini Bhagat with a hat-trick for the former, Emma Smith matching that for the latter. Witney Vikings replaced Kidlington as 3 West leaders on goal-difference, putting ten past mid-table Barton United.

St Lawrence’s Tara Marie got the only goal at JTC Jersey Wanderers as they reached the Jersey FA Women’s Cup Final, despite playing most of the game with ten players and finishing with just nine. The now meet Rozel Rovers is Thursday’s final.

More County Leagues get back underway in the next week or two, as do some of the Regional Leagues who have arranged cup competitions.

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