WEEKEND PREVIEW | FA Cup returns whilst NWWRFL Division One South title raise heats up

SSE Women’s FA Cup – A big day for our local sides

The Road to Wembley begins again as the SSE Women’s Cup reaches the 3rd qualifying round stage and two of our local teams are in action.

Looking to undo FC United’s 28 match unbeaten run Bridlington Rovers have enjoyed a terrific maiden effort in the competition. They were the beneficiaries of a walkover to Leeds Medics & Dentists in the preliminary qualifying round before winning 3-1 away to Rotherham United in the following round. Their impressive run continued with a 4-1 win over NWWRFL Premier Division side Accrington Girls & Ladies. Bridlington have enjoyed a 100% record to their East Riding County Premier Division season winning all three of their games including a 7-0 win over AFC Preston.

The other tie see’s West Didsbury & Chorlton host Women’s National League side Bolton Wanderers at the Recreation Ground.  The Wanderers earned themselves a third qualifying round birth with a routine 3-0 win at home to Hartlepool United in the previous round. Both sides will be looking to match their first round birth with a win on Sunday; last season Bolton secured it with a 5-2 win away to CMB whilst West defeated MSB Woolton at home 6-3.

In the league Bolton have witnessed a mixed start winning three and losing 2 of their first five games. Their wins have come over Newcastle United, Barnsley and Leeds United whilst they’re coming off a midweek 2-1 defeat to Brighouse Town

West have won five out of five so far this season and will be looking to take their first ever WNL scalp on Sunday.


NWWRFL Premier Division – Unbeaten Tranmere Rovers travel to Kings Road.


Manchester Stingers will look to put last weekends set back behind them as they host unbeaten Tranmere Rovers at Kings Road.  Despite a game in which they dominated last weekend against Fleetwood Town they dropped to their second loss of the season.  Tranmere Rovers head into the game as the divisions entertainers having enjoyed a 4-4 draw against Merseyrail on the opening day before a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Mossley Hill. Their first win came last weekend as they won 4-2 away to Sir Tom Finney.

Other Fixtures:

Wigan Athletic v Sir Tom Finney

Fleetwood Town Wrens v Merseyrail

Accrington Girls & Ladies v Penrith


NWWRFL Division One South – Curzon and Warrington look to take initiative in meeting at Failsworth Sports Centre

The game of the weekend in Division One South pits Curzon Ashton at home to Warrington Wolverines.  Curzon are second after recovering from their shock defeat to Chester as they registered an emphatic 16-1 win over City of Liverpool (Paris Welsh scored FIVE!) They host a Warrington Wolverines team who’ve won three out of three this season thanks to wins over Liverpool Feds Reserves (4-2), Northwich Vixens (3-1) and Stockport County Blues (4-1).  Both teams will be looking for three points and to take any advantage of any slip up by league leaders Altrincham.

The Robins host Northwich Vixens as they look to make it five wins in a row this season.  They host a Northwich Vixens side who recorded their first win of the season last Sunday when they beat Wythenshawe Amateurs 5-3 thanks to a Michaela Thompson hat-trick and a Jennifer Jacques brace.

Altrincham this week boosted their ranks signing attacking player Nikki Carlin after a brief spell with FC United having spent most of her time playing for Cliftonville in Northern Ireland. It’s a timely arrival following last weekends injury suffered by leading goalscorer Laura Dodds.

Despite being two places above their opponents, Chester face a tough challenge away to Liverpool Feds Reserves but will be boosted by their point away to Didsbury last weekend which extended their unbeaten run to three games.  Feds slumped to their second defeat of the season last Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Altrincham having lost at Warrington Wolverines two weeks prior.

Wythenshawe Amateurs are still looking for their first points of the season and they host Stockport County Blues at Hollyhedge Park. The Blues will be looking to put their 5-1 defeat at home to West last Sunday behind them.


GMWFL Division One

Langho will be looking to build on their 6-2 challenge cup win against Rochdale as they will look for their first league win of the season when they welcome Bolton Lads & Girls.

Sale Ladies will be boosted by a 3-2 win against Urmston Meadowside when they head to Partington Sports Village as they take on the goliath Salford City who boast a 100% record and 29 goals from their first three games.

Rochdale will be looking to close the gap to league leaders Barr Hill, without a game this weekend, when they travel to Urmston Meadowside.  Meds have three points from their opening three games.


GMWFL Division Two

AFC Oldham look to complete a league double when they welcome league leaders Swinton to Hathershaw College.  The two sides met two weeks ago when Oldham recorded their first win in the GMWFL.

Boltonians look to record their first league win following an 8-0 win over Flixton in the League Challenge Cup last weekend. They are facing a West Didsbury & Chorlton Development side who suffered their first loss when they were beaten 9-1 in the Challenge Cup to Salford City.

Flixton host Tameside United in the divisions final game with both sides still looking for their first league win.


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