Preview: Harlow Town Ladies vs Royston Town Ladies

Harlow Ladies will play their second league game of the season as they look to add to their win over Peterborough Northern Star in the opening game. The Hawks will welcome Royston Town to the Harlow Town Arena on Sunday.

Harlow currently sit in 5th-place after 1 game having come back from 2-0 down to beat Peterborough Northern Star 3-2 on the opening day. Goals from Jessica Price and Cassie Steward had giving the hosts a 2-0 lead before Ash Deacon pulled one back on the stroke of half-time. A brace from Fran Gamble in the second-half completed the turnaround. Harlow have also won two games in the FA Women’s Cup. They beat Runwell Sports in the Extra Preliminary Round with braces from Georgia Box and Olivia Steele and goals from Chloe Bassett and Daisy Jenkins before they narrowly beat Colney Heath 4-3 after goals from Chloe Bassett, Vikki Wotton, Olivia Steele and Georgia Box.

Harlow Town sat top-of-the-league and were unbeaten in their last league campaign after 15 games before the season was abruptly ended. The Hawks won 13 on their 15 games with two draws, having scored 87 and conceded 23. They were also 6-points clear of second-placed Luton Town, although Luton had a game in hand.

Royston Town sit in 7th-place after 1 game after they drew 1-1 with Luton Town. Gemma Croucher got the goal for the Crows but it wasn’t enough as Dawn Mallett scored for the visitors. Royston also progressed in the FA Cup as they beat Peterborough United Women 4-2 on penalties after a 4-4 draw. Yasmin Pratt had given Town the lead before two goals for Peterborough put them 2-1 ahead. Sammy Edgar brought the Crows back on level terms before another two goals had put United 4-2 up. Goals from Gemma Croucher and Emma Slater brought the game back to 4-4 before it went to penalties.

Royston Town were in 7th-place after 14 games last season. They had won 7, drew 2 and lost 5 whilst scoring 47 and conceding 25. They sat 4-points behind 4th-placed Bedford Ladies with games in hand on Colney Heath and Bedford.

Harlow and Royston didn’t get the chance to play their league games as the season was cut short. During the 2018/19, Harlow came out on top with two wins over Royston Town. Harlow defeated the Crows 2-0 at home with goals from Olivia Steele and Beth Chambers before they won 3-2 away to Royston with a goal from Chloe Bassett and a brace from Poppy Binding.

It will be a tough game with Harlow looking to remain unbeaten whilst Royston will be looking for their first win of the season.