GMWFL Division One – First v Second as Salford City host Rochdale
It’s hard to look beyond Salford City once again as this week they host second place Rochdale at Partington Sports Village. Salford extended their 100% winning record last week with a 15-0 Manchester Women’s Challenge Cup win over Cheshire League side Manchester Rovers. Three points today on Sunday will put the GMWFL Division One Title firmly in their grasp.
Rochdale Manager Mark Pilling told stealingfiveyards.com after last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Bolton Lads & Girls; “It’s a challenge. We are relishing the chance to battle Salford City.” He pointed out that his side have history ending unbeaten runs adding; “Barr Hill were undefeated in eight games last season until we went over to them and we will be looking for the same effort.” With first team players returning from injury Rochdale will be hoping to become the first team to take points off Salford City this season despite having conceded a solitary goal to date.
If Salford City’s dominance in Division One is a formality then second place is very much up for grabs. Currently occupied by last season’s Division Two runners-up Rochdale it’s very much being coveted by last season’s Division Two winners Barr Hill. Without a game last week due to their postponement in the cup away to Urmston Meadowside they will travel to also promoted Sale Ladies who sit bottom after three games yet to collect a win. However Sale’s confidence is boosted by a second win in the County Cup thanks to a 5-3 win over Swinton last weekend.
Bolton Lads & Girls host Urmston Meadowside on the 3G both looking to kick start their seasons after both teams have collected just seven points between them from nine games.
GMWFL Division Two – Heyside Angels look to drop halo on Swinton’s lionneses
Yeah we know about the title…4th v 1st with a six point differentially doesn’t look like a promising place to start in Division Two but thanks to the clubs late admission to the league they’ve two games in hand over the league leaders.
Both sides will be looking to shake off defeat last week as Swinton exited the County Cup whilst Heyside surrendered a seven goal thriller 4-3 at home to Tameside United.
That win moved Tameside up into second three points behind Swinton as they travel to AFC Oldham this weekend who sit in fourth place following their 7-1 defeat at the hands of Boltonian Ladies last weekend.
The final fixture is somewhat of a derby as West Didsbury & Chorlton Development make the short distance to Fallowfield’s Armitage centre where they take on Flixton. Flixton sit bottom of the table with 0 points and a -22 goal difference but with as many as three games in hand over the other teams. After West’s quick start they’ve suffered a couple of set-backs with a 4-3 defeat at Heyside followed by a postponement at AFC Oldham due to an outbreak of illness in the squad.