Plenty to play for in the Challenge Cup

With the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Challenge Cup underway, teams from across the Premier Division and Division One’s (North and South) will prepare for their second group game as they look to get points on the board. There is a reduced schedule this week but here is a preview of the games that are taking place;

AFC Dunstable Women vs Wroxham Women – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

AFC Dunstable will look to continue their perfect start to the challenge cup as they welcome Wroxham to Creasy Park. The hosts made a winning start to the competition as they beat Haringey Borough at home by five-goals to one, putting them top of Group A. Wroxham didn’t have the best of starts to their campaign as they lost to Division One North side Cambridge City Development 3-1 at Trafford Park. The loss left the Yachtswomen 3rd and just ahead of Borough on goal-difference. Dunstable could make it two-wins from two with a victory on Sunday and keep them top of the group while Wroxham could join the other two-sides on three points with a win themselves.

Cambridge City Ladies Development vs Haringey Borough – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

Cambridge City Development make a return home as they welcome North-Londoners Haringey Borough to Clare College Sports Ground. The hosts caused a huge upset in the opening round of fixtures, beating Premier Division side Wroxham by 3-goals to one on the road. The victory put them second behind Dunstable by a matter of two-goals. Haringey Borough faced defeat in their opening games as they were thrashed on the road, losing 5-1 to Dunstable. The loss put Haringey Borough bottom of the group but still with plenty to play for. A win for Cambridge Development could see them top the group after two-games while a win for Haringey Borough could lift them off the bottom.

Wodson Park Ladies vs Bedford Ladies – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

The lone game in Group B will see Wodson Park welcome Bedford to the Wodson Park Sports Centre. Wodson Park were well beaten in their opening game as they were beaten 7-0 by Harlow Town, putting them bottom of the group after 1-game. Bedford were victors on the opening weekend against lower opposition as they narrowly beat King’s Lynn Town 3-2 away from home. While the victory was enough for 3-points, Bedford sit 2nd in the group by a -6 goal-difference. Wodson Park could join both Harlow and Bedford on 3-points with a win while Bedford could go top with a win of their own.

Leigh Ramblers Ladies vs Bowers & Pitsea Ladies – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

Leigh Ramblers return to competitive action for the first time since the easing of restrictions as they welcome Premier Division side Bowers to Belfairs Park. Leigh Ramblers were towards the bottom end of Division One South, sitting level on points with Stevenage Women Development and just ahead by a +3 goal-difference. After 4-games, they had won 1, drew 1 and lost 2. Bowers come into the game off the back of a 3-0 win as they beat Stevenage Women Development 3-0 at the Len Salmon Stadium. The win put the visitors top of the group by a point. A win for Leigh Ramblers could see them join Bowers and Haverhill on 3-points while a win for Bowers could take them 3-points clear at the top.

Royston Town Women vs Stevenage Women Development – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

Both Royston Town and Stevenage Women Development will look to bounce back from their results last weekend as the Division One side visit Garden Walk. Royston were held to a 4-4 draw against lower-opposition and were denied a bonus point as they lost on spot-kicks to Haverhill Rovers. The point put them 3rd and a point behind their opponents who gained the extra-point. Stevenage Development faced a defeat against higher opposition as they lost 3-0 to Bowers & Pitsea. The defeat left the Development side bottom of Group C by a -3 goal-difference. A win for the Crows could take them top by 2-points while a win for Stevenage would bring them level with their opponents.

Luton Town Ladies vs Colney Heath Ladies – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

The first all-Premier Division tie in Group D will see Luton Town Ladies welcome Colney Heath to the Brache. Luton didn’t play last weekend as they had their BYE week but they had played the least amount of games in the Premier Division last season. After just 3-games, they had won 2 and drawn 1, putting them 11-points off the top but with 5-games in-hand. Colney Heath were defeated in their last game as they lost 4-0 to Wymondham Town at Kett’s Park. The defeat for the Magpies put them bottom of Group D. A win in their opening game for the Hatters could take them second while a win for Colney Heath could also take them up to second, lifting them clear of the bottom.

St Ives Town Ladies vs Wymondham Town Women – Sunday 18th April, 2pm

The other all-Premier Division game will see St Ives Town and Wymondham Town battle it out at Westwood Road. St Ives Town sit just behind their opponents after the opening weekend as they won 2-0, beating Division One side Needham Market while Wymondham find themselves top of the group after easing past Colney Heath with a 4-0 victory. Both sides will be looking to continued their winning run with either the Saints or Wymondham finding themselves 3-points clear at the top of Group D.

BYE Week: East Bergholt United, Harlow Town Ladies, Haverhill Rovers Ladies, Needham Market Women 

East Bergholt will have another non-playing weekend as they face another BYE week while Haverhill Rovers and Needham Market will also not be playing as they take their turn to sit out. Harlow Town were due to play King’s Lynn Town but due to the hosts participation in the Norfolk Women’s Cup, the game has been postponed until a later date.