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

Dorset Leaue title-chasing Redlands Rebels
Photo: @RedlandsFC

With fixtures on hold until the new year, here is the first of our runs through the title-contenders in the lower levels of the women’s football pyramid.

Beds & Herts – Hemel Hempstead Town top Divison 1 by six points but St Albans have two games in hand. Langford lead Division 2 on goal-difference from AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, with AFC Dunstable Blues and Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses both within striking distance. Harvesters hold the Division 3 leadership but Herts Vipers have won all their games and are marginally ahead of Biggleswade United.

Birmingham – Pole position in the Premier is with SJB Ladies, Rubery Ravens are second but Redditch Borough in fourth are equally well placed. Darlaston Town are to the fore in the first, ahead of the chasing pack of Coleshill Town, Coventry Sphinx Reserves and Alvechurch.

Cambridgeshire – The majority of the Premiership are in with a shout of the title, Leverington Sports currently lead from Peterborough Northern Star Reserves but Haverhill Rovers can comfortably overtake both with their games in hand. Cambridge Rangers have won all their 10 matches to date in the 14-team Championship and have a good lead over both Mildenhall Town and Eaton Socon but Pinchbeck United also have a perfect record.

Cambridgeshire League title favourites, Haverhill Rovers
Haverhill Rovers feature in a very tight Cambridgeshire top flight. (Photo: @rovers_ladies)

Channel Islands – JTC Jersey Wanderers and St Lawrence are well clear of the rest in this new competition, each on maximum points from five and four matches respectively.

Cheshire – Runcorn Linnets have scored 42 goals in five games to lead the Premier from both Upton and Rylands. The Championship 1 table sees Brookvale United leading from Macclesfield Town but it’s Sandbach United who are unbeaten. Altrincham Hale are goal-difference ahead of Malpas in Championship 2.

Cornwall –  Illogan RBL’s Divison 1 leadership is under threat from AFC St Austell’s 100% record, while Foxhole Stars and St Agnes Reserves are the second division’s top two but Saltash Borough are the one side yet to drop a point.

Derbyshire – There’s a single point between Division 1 leaders Chesterfield Reserves and both Wirksworth Colts and Draycott Victoria, while Pride Park are playing catch-up. Ilkeston Town Development and SK Vipers are well clear of the rest in Division 2, the latter with all games won.

SK Vipers boast 100% record
Photo: SK Vipers

Devon – Still early days in the Premier as Buckland Athletic Reserves lead but Ottery St Mary and Lakeside Athletic are each on top form. Plainmoor hold first place in Division 1, where University of Plymouth are yet to be denied victory.

Dorset – Unbeaten pair Dorchester Town and Redlands Rebels are the main contenders, the latter with just two points dropped. There’s also a Recreational Division with Bridport first and Beaminster better placed in second.

Durham –  Bishop Auckland’s six straight successes see them top of the first above Darlington Spraire and Gateshead Rutherford. Coxhoe United’s seven wins places them top of the Development Division, two points better off than Spennymoor Town.

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