Women’s County Leagues: The title contenders (1/3)

Sticker beat Bude Town in Cornwall League Cup
Sticker (yellow shirts) during a Cornwall League Cup win over Bude Town. (Photo: @markarenh)

The first of our runs through the title-contenders in the lower levels of the women’s football pyramid takes us from Beds & Herts to Durham.

Beds & HertsHemel on a high

An unbeaten Hemel Hempstead Town top the Premier table from Colney Heath Reserves and AFC Dunstable Blues, Garston Reserves are also without defeat in Division 1 a point ahead of Hartham United. Evergreen Eagles lead Division 2 by ten points having played more than most, St Margaretsbury have won all eight games to date in the third.

Birmingham Long Itchington lead

Long Itchington were Budweiser Cup Final runners-up
Long Itchington’s squad who were beaten finalists in the Budweiser Cup at the Etihad. (Photo: @oscarforest1)

Long Itchington have a nine-point advantage in the Premier after as many wins, second-placed Stourbridge Development have dropped three points. Bourneville sit six points clear in Division 1 but Alvechurch are also unbeaten.

CambridgeshireSix of the best from Netherton 

Netherton United are top of Division 1 with six wins on the spin, Cambridge University are also title contenders having only dropped two points. Eaton Socon are goal-difference ahead of Cambridge Rangers in the Division 2 title race, Peterborough United Foundation have maximum points from eight games in Division 3, Burwell Tigers have won all but one drawn match.

CheshireUpton pressuring Ellesmere

Upton pushing for Cheshire league title
Photo: @uptonladiesfc

Ellesmere Port Town’s three-point lead in the Premier can be wiped out by Upton’s game in hand, Macclesfield lead from Stockport County Development in Championship East, Chester top the West thanks to a better goal-difference than Willaston who have a game in hand.

CornwallSticker lead students

Sticker are top of Division 1 by two points but unbeaten FXSU (Falmouth/Exeter University Students Union) trail by two points from one game fewer. Foxhole Stars and RNAS Couldrose are well clear of the rest in Division 2, the former top by three points from a game more.

DerbyshireDraws keep Pride Park behind Draycott

Pride Park draw friendly
Pride Park players during a pre-season friendly draw. (Photo: @whartonimages)

Draycott Victoria are in pole position in Division 1 and although Pride Park have not lost, they have been held back by drawing half their fixtures. Stanton Ilkeston sit first in the Second but Heanor Town are well-placed and boasting perfect form.

DevonAdvantage Axminster and Activate

Axminster Town lead the Eastern Division from Exeter City Reserves and West Exe Park Rangers but Budleigh Salterton are best-placed in fourth to challenge for the title. Activate have a big goal-difference that sees them ahead of Torquay United Reserves in the Western Division, with both sides still in faultless form.

DorsetHolt hold leadership

Holt United are showing sevens wins from seven in Division 1, second-placed Weymouth are three points behind. Longfleet Lionesses lead the Recreational Division by seven points.

DurhamPools in pole position

Pools Youth during a Durham County Cup victory.
Photo: Pools Youth FC Girls & Ladies

Hartlepool Pools Youth have won ten of eleven Division 1 games to sit top from Gateshead Leam Rangers, although both Gateshead and Darlington are better positioned than the second-placed side. Sunderland Wear United’s nine wins from ten has them top of Division 2, two points in front of East Durham.

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