In-depth: Getting to know the Lady Hawk’s opponents

The last time Harlow Town Ladies stepped out onto a football pitch, it wasn’t the result they had hoped for. A young and technical Ipswich Town side who progressed in the FA Women’s Cup with an empathic 9-2 victory at the Harlow Arena. Before that, the Hawks had progressed through two-rounds of the FA Cup [beating St Ives Town and Royston Town], come back from behind twice to draw 3-3 with Wroxham away from home and ending their bower’s blue with a 3-0 victory over Bowers & Pitsea on the road.

With the season curtailed and the Ladies’ promotion push halted, Harlow have a chance to go for silverware as they take part in the Champions League style competition organised by the Eastern Region Women’s Football League. After navigating a group-stage, the Hawks could progress to the knockout stage to face any of the other 15-sides entered into the Invitational cup. Take an in-depth look at the sides that Harlow will come up against below.

Wodson Park Ladies (ERWFL Division One South)

In the Division below, Wodson Park Ladies compete in the Division One South, finding themselves 5th when the season was halted after playing 4-games. Their record of two wins and two draws put them in a good-position in their 7-team league, putting them 4-points behind the leaders, having played a game less. Their wins during the season came against AFC Sudbury and East Bergholt United while their loses came against Leigh Ramblers Ladies and Hutton Women.

East Bergholt United (ERWFL Division One South)

East Bergholt United also play their football in Division One South, finishing 3rd in the league after playing the most games – a total of 7. Bergholt sat on 8-points, having won 2, drew 2 and lost 3 being within two-points of the leaders but knowing that teams around them had games in-hand. That wouldn’t leave them in the best position after playing level games as they could have dropped as far as 7th in the division. Wins for United came in their last two games as they beat Millwall Lionesses and Hutton Women while they drew with those two sides and lost to Wodson Park, AFC Sudbury and  Stevenage Women Development.

King’s Lynn Town Ladies (ERWFL Division One North)

King’s Lynn Town may be one of the dark horses in the competition, sitting joint top of the Division One North alongside Cambridge City Ladies & Girls Development. Although Town sat on 10-points alongside Cambridge Development, they had played two games less; winning 3 and drawing 1 of their opening four games. Wins for the Linnets came against Needham Market, Histon Ladies and Cambridge City Development while they were held on the road by Needham Market in the reverse fixture.

Bedford Ladies (ERWFL Premier Division)

The only recognised side in our group is Bedford. Bedford also represent the Premier Division and found themselves 11th after 7-games. Their record meant they were towards the bottom end of the table, having won 1, drew 1 and lost 5, putting them level on points with Bowers & Pitsea and Royston Town. A win for the blues came against Bowers while they drew with St Ives Town but lost to Wymondham Town, Haringey Borough Women, AFC Dunstable, Colney Heath and St Ives Town in the reverse fixture.

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