NWWRFL Premier Division – Manchester Stingers look to go top whilst FC United look to extend unbeaten run
Merseyrail return to Manchester for the second Sunday running when they travel to Broadhurst Park. The Admiral Park side have collected just one point from their opening three games and will face an FC United side who boast not only a 100% record but are yet to concede a goal.
FC United were boosted by the announcement this week of signing Kate O’Gara from Blackburn Rovers. O’Gara had previously played in America for Louisiana Christian University where she played in defence or midfield.
Manchester Stingers will look to build on their second league win of the season when they host Fleetwood Town Wrens at Kings Road. Three points for Stingers could see them go top should Mossley Hill Athletic slip at home to Accrington Girls and Ladies.
Remaining Premier Division Fixtures: Penrith v Wigan Athletic, Sir Tom Finney v Tranmere Rovers
NWWRFL Division One South – Altrincham looking to extend lead at top of the league as Wythenshawe and Northwich look to kick start their season
It’s finally a full fixture list in Division One South on Sunday with no less than five games taking place.
The big game of the weekend is (now) taking place at the IM Marsh Centre as Liverpool Feds Reserves host league leaders Altrincham. Feds head into the game in 4th just three points behind the Robins and bounced back from a 5-2 defeat away to Warrington three weeks ago with a 3-0 win over Wythenshawe Amateurs thanks to goals with Emily Douglas and Maddie Donovan amongst the scorers.
Altrincham will again be looking to Laura Dodds who took her tally beyond eight goals in three outings as they look to put daylight between themselves and chasing Warrington Wolverines who have the weekend off.
Chester will be looking to build on their epic comeback last week away to Curzon when they take on fellow promoted side Didsbury at the Didsbury Sports Ground. 5-2 down at half time they came back to beat the Nash 6-5 to lift themselves to third. They face a Didsbury side who will have felt unlucky not to have earned themselves at least a point against Altrincham last week having lead 2-1 at half time.
Curzon Ashton will look to put last weekend’s result behind them as they look to take advantage of any Altrincham slip up when they play City of Liverpool at the Failsworth Sports Centre. They face a City of Liverpool side who’ve not collected a point since a 2-2 draw away to Altrincham (as Liverpool City) on 26th April 2017.
Having played in two different cup competitions already, West Didsbury & Chorlton have a rare league game as they face Stockport County Blues at the Stockport Sports Village. Three points will be vital for West as they look to keep within touching distance of the leaders knowing that this is their last league game for a month as they focus on the FA Cup and Manchester Women’s Challenge Cup in the next three weeks. The pressure is on West who could find themselves as many as 18 points behind leaders Altrincham by the time they come to play another league fixture should they fail to win on Sunday.
Wythenshawe Amateurs head to Northwich Vixens in the divisions other game with both sides looking to kick start their season having both lost their opening three games.
WSL – Manchester City look to avoid Champions League hangover
Following their shock first round Champions League exit on Wednesday night Manchester City face a tough trip to Birmingham City in Sunday’s early televised game. It won’t be an easy afternoon for City who were soundly beaten on their travels there last season with Birmingham having enjoyed a 100% start to the season and sit four points ahead of 3rd place City in second.
In the Championship many will be hoping Durham are the team that finally poses a challenge for a Manchester United who’ve scored 20 goals in 2 league games this season. Durham have four points from their opening two games, a 3-3 draw at home to Charlton Athletic last Sunday was preceded by a 2-0 win away to big spending Sheffield United. Durham’s hopes will be boosted by a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in the FA Continental Cup recently.
GMWFL – Challenge Cup kicks off
After a year’s absence the GMWFL League Challenge Cup returns this weekend with its first round of games. The only all Division One tie see’s Sale host Urmston Meadowside whilst there are four First Division v Second Division ties. The draw in full:
Rochdale v Langho
Sale v Urmston Meadowside
Salford City Lionesses v West Didsbury & Chorlton Development
AFC Oldham v Bolton Lads & Girls
Boltonian Ladies v Flixton
Heyside v Barr Hill