Preview: Peterborough Northern Star LFC vs Harlow Town LFC

The quest for promotion for Harlow will start again with a tough trip to Peterborough Northern Star on Sunday. Following last Sunday’s FA Cup win over Runwell Sports, attentions will now turn the 2020/21 league campaign.

It was a good pre-season for Harlow who remained unbeaten. They began with a trip to Leigh-On-Sea to face Leigh Ramblers beating the side 2-0 before they welcomed Hackney Lionesses and Oakland Wolves to the Arena, winning 12-0 and 5-2 respectively. A change of plan at short-notice also saw National League Portsmouth Women visit Harlow with the honours shared with a 1-1 draw. Harlow have also played their first competitive game of the season, beating Runwell Sports 6-0 in the FA Women’s Cup. Braces for Olivia Steele and Georgia Box as well as goals from Chloe Bassett and Daisy Jenkins gave for a comfortable passage to the next round.

The Lady Hawks were unbeaten last season after 15 games, sitting top-of-the-table with 41 points after 13 wins and 2 draws. A draw at Wymondham Town on the opening day saw Harlow pick-up their first point before the club embarked on an 11-game winning run. That run was brought to an end as they drew 2-2 away to St Ives Town before beating Haringey Borough and Bedford Ladies before the season was abruptly ended. Harlow didn’t get the chance to play both fixtures against Colney Heath and Royston Town and the second-game against tomorrow’s opponents and Luton Town.

Peterborough Northern Star had only played 13 games last season, sitting 10-points behind Harlow in 3rd place. They had won 10, drew 1 and lost 2 before the season was cut short. They had faced defeat on the opening day against Luton Town Ladies before going on a 9-game unbeaten run which included one drew against Colney Heath. The unbeaten run was brought to an end by Dean Perrett’s side before wins against AFC Dunstable and Royston Town were their final games of the 2019/20 season. They didn’t get the chance to play 9 games as both their games with Wroxham as well as Royston Town, Colney Heath, Luton Town, Haringey Borough, Wymondham Town and Harlow were postponed.

Goals from Fran Gamble, Amy Nash, Hannah Porter, Georgia Box and Abbey Dell had given Harlow Town at 5-2 win over Northern Star when the sides met back in January despite two goals from Leah Cudone and Stephanie Gale for the visitors.

It will be a tough game with both sides wanting to start the season with a win. Both sides are expected to be fighting towards the top-end of the table with Harlow Town remaining unbeaten from last season.