North West Women’s Regional Football League Builds Towards Nail Biting Run In

By Robert Haile

The run in for the North West Women’s Regional Football Leagues continues to shape up to a nail biting finale at both ends of the tables as sides look to build momentum or halt slides in form.

The lead of the Premier Division has changed hands again after the top two met on March 12.

Leaders Curzon Ashton lost 0-1 to FC United who replace them at the top and third placed Salford City’s 2-4 win over Mossley Hills moved them into second on goal difference and two points clear of Curzon.

Fourth placed Cheadle won 3-0 at home to West Didsbury, Blackburn lost 1-2 to Fleetwood and Darwen went down 1-4 to Crewe.

The battle at the top continues as FC United travel to Cheadle, Salford City host Fleetwood and Curzon Ashton head to West Didsbury on Sunday March 19.

At the bottom Blackburn will hope to increase the gap between them and Darwen when the two meet.

All matches kickoff at 2pm (14:00).

Premier Division Results

Curzon Ashton FC Women 0-1 FC United of Manchester Women

Mossley Hill Athletic First Ladies 2-4 Salford City FC Lionesses Women

Blackburn Community Sports Club Women 1-2 Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies

Cheadle Town Stingers 3-0 West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC Women

Darwen FC First Women 1-4 Crewe Alexander FC Women

Premier Division League Table

  1. FC United of Manchester Women – 35
  2. Salford City FC Lionesses Women – 35
  3. Curzon Ashton FC Women – 33
  4. Cheadle Town Stingers – 27
  5. Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies – 25
  6. Crewe Alexander FC Women – 22
  7. Tranmere Rovers Women – 22
  8. West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC Women – 15
  9. Blackburn Community Sports Club Women – 14
  10. Darwen FC First Women – 7
  11. Mossley Hill Athletic First Ladies – 3

In Division One North Carlisle United beat local rivals Penrith 1-0 to move three points behind them on March 12.

Chorley and Accrington could not be split in a 3-3 draw as Preston North End ran out 7-0 over bottom of the table Sir Tom Finney and Penwortham moved a point behind Workington Reds after a 4-1 win.

Top faces third on March 19 as Haslingden head to Accrington, Blackpool head to Chorley and Penwortham take on Bolton Wanderers.

Sir Tom Finney face familiar opposition as they host Preston North End in the return fixture.

All fixtures are a 2pm (14:00) kickoff.

The Cumbrian sides are in County Cup action with a place in the final at stake.

Division One North Results

Carlisle United Ladies 1-0 Penrith AFC Ladies

Chorley Women FC Development 3-3 Accrington Stanley Women FC

Penwortham Town Ladies 4-1 Workington Reds Ladies

Preston North End Women FC 7-0 Sir Tom Finney FC Women

Division One North League Table

  1. Haslingden Ladies and Girls – 41
  2. Blackpool FC Girls and Ladies – 34
  3. Accrington Stanley Women FC – 30
  4. Penrith AFC Ladies – 26
  5. Carlisle United Ladies – 23
  6. Morecambe Women – 23
  7. Preston North End Women FC – 21
  8. Bolton Wanderers Girls FC Women – 16
  9. Workington Reds Ladies – 16
  10. Penwortham Town Ladies – 15
  11. Chorley Women FC Development – 15
  12. Sir Tom Finney FC Women – 8

In Division One South Runcorn’s game with Poulton Vics fell foul of the weather on March 12.

Bury are now three points clear at the top after a 7-4 win at home to Hindley Juniors and Chester closed in on Poulton with a 1-4 win at Alder.

BRNESC’s 4-1 win over Wythenshawe and Warrington Wolves 4-0 win against Northwich Vixens keeps the sides tied on 19 points.

The top two are in action on March 19 as Bury travel to BRNESC and Runcorn host Altrincham.

Chester will look to close in on Poulton when they head to Hindley and Wythenshawe take on Northwich.

All matches are a 2pm (14:00) kickoff.

Division One South Results

Alder FC Women 1-4 Chester FC Women

BRNESC Ladies 4-1 Wythenshawe Amateurs Women

Bury AFC Women 7-4 Hindley Juniors Women

Warrington Wolves Foundation Womens FC 4-0 Northwich Vixens First Women

Division One South League Table

  1. Bury AFC Women – 43
  2. Runcorn Linnets FC Ladies – 40
  3. Poulton Vics FC Ladies – 38
  4. Chester FC Women – 25
  5. Northwich Vixens First Women – 20
  6. Warrington Wolves Foundation Womens FC – 19
  7. BRNESC Ladies – 19
  8. Altrincham FC Women – 16
  9. Alder FC Women – 10
  10. Wythenshawe Amateurs Women – 9
  11. Hindley Juniors Women – 5