Women’s County Leagues: The title contenders (2/3)

Bromley are among the Greater London League title-chasers.
Bromley are among the Greater London League title-chasers. (Photo: Paul Donegan)

The second of our runs through the County Women’s Leagues title contenders at the midway point of the season takes us from East Riding to Liverpool.

East Riding – The league is currently a two-horse race led by Pinefleet Wolfreton, who have maximum points from 11 games. Their lead is only three points though, as AFC Preston have won ten and lost the other.

Essex – Three Premier Division teams are yet to drop a point, although Lawford have played three more than Chelmsford City and Frontiers have only got through three matches. The top three in Division 1 are all still unbeaten, Corringham Cosmos leading from Grays Athletic but it’s Hutton Reserves with the one 100% record. Boasting perfect form after ten games, Stanway Pegasus have a big thirteen-point lead over Great Bradfords, who themselves have only missed out on four points.

Grays Athletic are unbeaten in Division 1.
Grays Athletic are unbeaten in Division 1. (Photo: @MikeyTheTowner)

Gloucestershire – Olveston United may be sitting first in Division 1 but Pucklechurch Sports are in prime form and can overtake them with their games in hand. Tuffley Rovers sit top of Division 2 but can be caught by three title rivals in Cirencester Town, Dursley Town and Bristol Rovers Development, while Bradley Stoke’s big goal-difference sees them in front of Whitchurch & Bristol in Division 3.

Greater London – Islington Borough are first in the Premier but under threat particularly from unbeaten pair Clapton CFC and Bromley. 1 North leaders are Actonians Reserves by two points from Queens Park Rangers Reserves, South East Parakeets are goal-difference ahead of UCL Academicals and one point in front of Richmond & Kew in 1 South but from a game more than both. Croydon lead 2 South by five points from Sutton United U-21s, Impact FC are having just that in 2 North East but under pressure from Forest Crusaders, while it’s tighter at the top in 2 North West where Hammersmith are five goals better off than Actonians Development and CB Hounslow United just a point behind the leading pair.

Greater Manchester – Bury AFC top the Premier but only by one point from Athletico Middleton, who have lost one game in ten while the leaders drew. Mancunian Unity look on course for the Division 1 title, holding a six-point advantage on their closest rivals from a game fewer. Atherton Laburnum Rovers U-18s are three points better off than AFC Bolton Greys at the top of Division 2 but also have a massive +60 goal-difference. Bury AFC Reserves are five points ahead of Manchester Laces Blue Squad in Division 3 but have played one game more.

Greater Manchester League title-chasing Athletico Middleton
Photo: @LadiesMiddleton

Hampshire – Rushmoor’s Division 1 leadership looks set to be challenged by Bournemouth Sports Reserves, Widbrook United and Shanklin, all of whom having games in hand. AFC Portchester are in Division 2’s pole position and Liphook United are similarly unbeaten, Basingstoke Town are well placed to take the Division 3 top spot from AFC Stoneham Reserves. First in the Fourth are Gosport Borough with faultless form, Millbrook are pursued in the Fifth by Gosport Borough Reserves and Aldershot BGFC Ladies.

Isle of Man – Corinthians are only goal-difference ahead of Peel and from a game more and third-placed Douglas Royal just three points behind.

Jersey – Rozel Rovers lead the table on goal-difference from St Lawrence, who have a game in hand and a 100% record.

Lancashire – Langho have a one-point lead over Fleetwood Town Wrens Reserves and Bolton Wanderers in the Premier but unbeaten Burnley Belvedere are well-placed to contest the title. In the Championship it’s Clitheroe Wolves leading from Bury FC Foundation, with Barrowford Celtic able to catch both. Haslingden Development lead Division 1 on goal-difference from Ladybridge.

Leicestershire – Asfordby Amateurs’ ten wins from ten have them in control of Division 1, where they sit six points ahead of Desford. Marlborough Rovers’ Division 2 leadership comes from more games than all others, from among whom East Goscote United appears the main rivals.

Lincolnshire – League leaders Ruston Sports have one more point from one more game than Lincoln United Development, with Gainsborough Trinity just a further three points back with as many games in hand.

Tranmere Rovers DS during a 2-2 tie at Pilkington
Tranmere Rovers DS during a 2-2 tie at Pilkington. (Photo: Tony Coombes/TRFC)

Liverpool – BRNESC (British Rail North End Sports & Social Club) and second-placed Tranmere Rovers Development are narrowly separated on goal-difference and Wirral Phoenix a point short of both, the Division 1 leaders’ position strengthened by two games in hand. FC St. Helens are a point and a game better off than closest rivals Warrington Wolves Foundation, while Ashton Town Lionesses have played fewer fixtures than both but sit just four points off the top.

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