The Eastern Region Women’s Football League Challenge Cup is well underway as the groups begin to take shape. Both Haringey Borough and Wroxham will play their last group game, hoping to put themselves in a position to get through to the knockout stages while have plenty of action to be played in order to decide the fate of each side. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s action from across all the groups;
Haringey Borough Women vs Wroxham Women – Sunday 25th April, 2.30pm
Haringey Borough face a tough test in the only Group A game as they welcome Wroxham to Coles Park. Haringey Borough have struggled during the Challenge Cup as they picked up a single point in their opening two-games. Borough were well beaten in their opening game as they were beaten by AFC Dunstable, losing 5-1 before drawing 4-all with Cambridge City Development and missing out on the bonus point with a 4-3 loss from the shootout. Wroxham have had slight better luck in the competition as they had won 1 and lost 1. Wroxham faced a defeat at home in their opening game, losing to Division One side Cambridge Development before they got their win of the competition as they beat AFC Dunstable 4-1 at home. A win for Borough could take them off the bottom while a win for Wroxham could take them top of the group.
Wodson Park Ladies vs King’s Lynn Town Ladies – Sunday 25th April, 2pm
An all-Division One tie will see Wodson Park welcome King’s Lynn Town to Hertfordshire as both sides look for their first points of the Cup. Wodson Park sit bottom after two-games with two-loses against Premier Division sides. They were comfortably beaten by Harlow Town and Bedford, losing 7-0 and 6-0 respectively. King’s Lynn have only played one game but it ended in defeat as they narrowly lost 3-2 at home to Bedford, putting them just ahead of Wodson in the table. A win for either side could see them move into third and away from the bottom.
Harlow Town Ladies vs East Bergholt United – Sunday 25th April, 3pm
Harlow Town welcome East Bergholt to the Harlow Arena on Sunday as both sides look for a win. The Hawks won their opening game against lower-opposition as they beat Wodson Park, scoring 7 with no reply. East Bergholt haven’t played in the competition yet and are set to make their debut on Sunday but face a tough test. A win for Harlow could see them go top-of-the-group while a win for East Bergholt could see them go Second and ahead of Harlow.
Bowers & Pitsea Ladies vs Royston Town Women – Sunday 25th April, 12pm
Both Bowers & Pitsea and Royston Town will hope to continue their unbeaten run as they face each other at the Len Salmon Stadium. Bowers sit top of the group on goal-difference as they picked up a win and a draw in their opening games. It was an opening day victory for Bowers as they beat Stevenage Development, winning 3-0, before they drew 0-0 with Leigh Ramblers and missed out on the bonus point with a 4-3 loss from the spot. Royston Town also picked up four-points in their opening two-games. It was a draw for the Crows in the opening game as they drew 4-4 with Division One Haverhill Rovers, and missing out on the bonus point, before they picked up their first win of the competition with a 2-1 win over Stevenage Development. A win for either side would see them sit top of Group C with one game to play.
Leigh Ramblers Ladies vs Haverhill Rovers Ladies – Sunday 25th April, 2pm
Leigh Ramblers will welcome Haverhill Rovers to Belfairs Parks in an all-Division One tie. Leigh Ramblers picked up two-points after 1-games as they drew with Premier Division side Bowers & Pitsea, drawing 0-0 and picking up a bonus point after a 4-3 penalty shootout win. Haverhill Rovers also picked up two-points after their one and only game as they drew with Royston Town. The match at home ended 4-4 with Rovers claiming the bonus point against the Crows with 10-9 win from the spot. A win for either side could take them second in the group with plenty of points to play for.
Colney Heath Ladies vs Needham Market Women – Sunday 25th April, 2pm
Colney Heath will hope to pick up their first points of the Challenge Cup as they welcome Needham Market to the Colney Heath Recreation Ground. The hosts sit bottom of Group D after they lost their opening two-games. They were beaten by 4-goals to nil by Wymondham in their opening game before being thrashed 7-1 by Luton Town Last weekend. The Division One side also remain without points, having lost their only game of the competition so far. Needham were beaten two-nil on the opening weekend as they were beaten 2-0 by Premier Division side St Ives Town. A win for either side could take them level on points with Luton or Wymondham towards the top-end of the table with more games to play.
Wymondham Town Women vs Luton Town Ladies – Sunday 25th April, 2pm
The biggest fixture in Group D will see Wymondham Town welcome fellow-Premier Division side Luton Town to Kett’s Park. The hosts sit 2nd after 2-games, having won 1 and drew 1. Wymondham eased past Colney Heath in their opening game, winning 4-0 before drawing 3-3 against St Ives but missing out on the bonus point as they lost 4-2 on penalties. Luton Town propelled themselves to a huge win in their opening game as they thrashed Colney Heath by 7-goals to one. A win for Wymondham could take them ahead of St Ives Town while a win for Luton could also send them top-of-the-table.