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

Liverpool League leaders, Alder Ladies
Liverpool League leaders. (Photo: @AlderLadiesFC)

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 – AFC Preston lead by four points from Cottingham Rangers but Pinefleet Wolfreton and North Ferriby are in better positions than the second-placed side.

Essex – The Premier top spot looks to be a two-horse race between Collier Row Tigers and Silver End United, the former three points ahead and unbeaten. Corringham Cosmos are well on course for the Division 1 title, sitting seven points in front of Runwell Sports and from a game fewer.

Greater Manchester League leaders Rochdale
Photo: @LadiesRochdale

Greater Manchester – Rochdale might be nine points ahead of the rest but Bolton Wanderers Reserves, West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves and Sale each have five games in hand. Division 2 leaders Boltonians have won all seven matches and average almost as many goals per game, putting them six points above AFC Oldham who have a game in hand.

Gloucestershire – Bristol Rovers boast nine Division 1 wins in a row, giving them a nine-point advantage over Cheltenham U-21s in second. Cotswold Rangers and Bristol Rovers Development are contesting the Division 2 top spot, the former three points ahead but from an extra game. High-scoring Tytherington Rocks’ seven wins keeps them clear of Tuffley Rovers in the third.

Greater London – With 11 wins on the trot, Walton Casuals could be strolling to the Division 1 title and have a nine-point lead over Crystal Palace Development. Enfield Town Reserves’ perfect form sees them ahead of Headstone Manor and Denham United Reserves in Division 2 North, Bromley comfortably lead the South table from South London due to their ten wins from ten games. Division 2 North has Enfield Town 3rds edging Ridgeway Rovers on goal-difference, QPR Development show faultless form in leading 2 West from Sport London E Benfica, while in 2 South it’s tight between South London Reserves and Peckham Town but Tooting Bec have games in hand om both.

Walton Casuals have won all 11 games
Walton Casuals walk out against Hampton & Ricmond Borough. (Photo: @WCFC_Ladies)

Hampshire – Rushmoor sides sit at the summit of both Division 1 and 2, Widbrook United have games in hand with which to apply pressure in the first, whereas in the second AFC Stoneham are only three goals behind the Reserves. Bournemouth Sports Reserves seem to have one hand on the Division 3 silverware with 50 goals scored and only one conceded, second-placed Hamble Club having played more matches.

Isle of Man – A three-way race is led by Douglas Royal – who have netted 42 goals in three home games – by two points from a likewise unbeaten Peel, Corinthians are a further point back in third.

Lancashire – There’s a backlog of fixtures in all divisions but Nelson lead the Premiership from Haslingden, Stanwix have made a flying start in the Championship to sit ahead of Blackburn CSC Reserves, while Bolton County have won their first three games in League One.

Stanwix start well in Lancashire League
Photo: @StanwixFC

Leicestershire – AFC Leicester’s goal-difference of +77 contrasts wildly with that of zero for second-placed Desford, while Coalville Town Ravenettes and Asfordby Amateurs are perhaps the leader’s real challengers.

Lincolnshire – Grimsby Town have taken maximum points from four games to be clear of HBW United but it’s Lincoln Moorlands-Railway Development who have the games in hand.

Liverpool – Alder’s ten wins from 11 games see them eight points in front of MSB Woolton Development but there’s a large group with games in hand, of which Pilkington and BRNESC are marginally better-placed.

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

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