Eastern Region Women’s Football sides will return to competitive action for the first time this year as the ERWFL Challenge Cup gets underway. We take a look at each first group game fixture as well as seeing which sides won’t return to action until next week.
AFC Dunstable Women vs Haringey Borough Women – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
An all-Premier Division clash will see AFC Dunstable welcome Haringey Borough to Creasey Park on Sunday. Both sides had a much improved 2020/21 campaign compared to the previous season as they sat 9th and 8th respectively. The hosts were 9th after 9-games with a record of won 2 and lost 7 while the visitors were 8th after 7-games, having won 2, drew 1 and lost 4. Both sides were last in competitive action back in December as AFC Dunstable were thrashed 7-2 by Peterborough Northern Star and Haringey Borough picked up a huge win against Wroxham, which saw them rise above their opponents before the season was curtailed.
Haverhill Rovers Ladies vs Royston Town Women – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
Division One side Haverhill Rovers will face a tough test as they welcome Royston Town to the New Croft. The hosts were 5th in the Division One North after 4-games, as they won 1 and lost 3, putting them 3-points above Histon while Royston Town sat towards the bottom end of the Premier Division, finding themselves 10th with 4-points with a record of won 1, drew 1 and lost 2, putting them level with Bedford and Bowers at the bottom. Haverhill Rovers faced Newmarket Town mid-December, losing the game 2-0 while the Crows last played at the start of December but were on the wrong end of a 8-goal thriller as they lost 5-3 to Wroxham.
King’s Lynn Town Ladies vs Bedford Ladies – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
King’s Lynn Town will face a Premier Division side as they welcome Bedford to the Alive Leisure LynnSport. King’s Lynn were fighting for Promotion to the Premier Division from the Division One North, challenging Cambridge City Development but finding them second by -3 goals. Their record of won 3 and drew 1, gave them 2-games in-hand and remained the only unbeaten side in Division One. They face a Bedford side were fighting against relegation as they found themselves 11th and ahead of Bowers & Pitsea by +11 goals. Their record of won 1, drew 1 and lost 5, put them level on points with Royston Town and Bowers.
St Ives Town Ladies vs Needham Market Women – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
St Ives Town face a Division One side in Needham Market as they welcome them to Westwood Road. The Saints were fighting towards the top-end of the Premier Division after 8-games, with a record of won 5, Drew 1 and lost 2, putting them 2-points off Peterborough and Wymondham. They face a Needham Market side who were also fighting for promotion and also found themselves 2-points off Cambridge Development and King’s Lynn. After 5-games, they had won 2, drew 2 and lost 1. St Ives had won their final game of the shortened-season as they eased past Bedford will a 3-0 win on the road while Newmarket Town also won, beating Haverhill Rovers 2-0 at home.
Wroxham Women vs Cambridge City Ladies Development – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
Wroxham will face a tough test as they welcome Division One title-challengers Cambridge City Development to Trafford Park. The Yachtswomen were sixth in the Premier Division last season after 6-games, with a record of won won 3, drew 1 and lost 2. Cambridge City Devs were sat at the top of Division One North by a matter of +3 goals, leading King’s Lynn after eight-games. After 6-games, Cambridge had won 3, drew 1 and lost 2. Wroxham were defeated back in December as they lost to Haringey Borough at Coles Park while Cambridge played at the start of December and thrashed Newmarket Town by 9-goals to one at home.
Wymondham Town Women vs Colney Heath Ladies – Sunday 11th April, 2pm
Another all-Premier Division tie will be Wymondham Town welcome Colney Heath to Kett’s Park. The hosts were fighting at the top of the Premier Division, finding themselves 2nd and level on points with the leaders Peterborough Northern Star. After 8-games, they had won 6 and lost 2 but were behind Star on a -4 goal-difference. Colney Heath weren’t far behind Wymondham, sitting 4th and 6-points behind their opponents. After playing just 6-games, Colney had won 4 and lost two. The last game for both sides was between them on the 6th December as Colney Heath nicked a 2-1 win over Wymondham at home.
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies vs Stevenage Women Development – Sunday 11th April, 3pm
Bowers & Pitsea will begin their cup campaign at home as they welcome Stevenage Women Development to the Len Salmon Stadium. The hosts were bottom of the league when the season was curtailed as they won 1, drew 1 and lost 7 of their 9-games but were behind Bedford by -11 goals. Stevenage were also bottom of their division, sitting behind Leigh Ramblers Reserves by -3 goals after 5-games, with a record of won 1, drew 1 and lost 3. Struggling Bowers faced their 7th lost of the season in their last game as they lost 2-1 to Luton Town Ladies at home while Stevenage Women Development picked up a point with Leigh Ramblers on 6th December.
Harlow Town Ladies vs Wodson Park Ladies – Sunday 11th April, 3pm
Harlow Town Ladies will welcome Wodson Park Ladies to the Harlow Arena on Sunday. The Hawks were 5th last season after playing just 5-games, with a record of won 3, drew 1 and lost 1. They go up against Division One South side Wodson Park who were also 5th last season but having played four-games. Of those four-games, they had won 2 and lost 2, putting them ahead of Stevenage Women Development with a +3 goal-difference.
BYE Week: East Bergholt United, Leigh Ramblers Ladies, Luton Town Ladies
Three sides are without a game on Sunday as they serve their BYE Week. East Bergholt, Leigh Ramblers and Luton Town will have to wait until the following week before they are in cup-action but they will have eyes on the results nonetheless.