NWWRFL Premier Division
Last season’s runners-up and current league leaders host the pick of the games as they welcome NWWRFL Division One South Champions West Didsbury & Chorlton to Broadhurst Park.
Goals from Olivia Hooper, Kirsty Chambers and Jess Battle (2) were enough to ensure a winnings start to the league season on Wednesday evening as they overcame a tough trip to Manchester Stingers. The result ensured a 100% start to the season as they eased past Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend.
West Didsbury & Chorlton are still waiting to kick a ball in the league as their game away to Bury was postponed on Monday following Bury’s inability to field a team. That marks the third time in four league games that West’s opponents have failed to field a team; an unenviable stat. They will be looking to make up for lost time after a shock defeat at home to Didsbury in the FA Cup.
The two sides met in last season’s Manchester Women’s Challenge Cup semi-final serving up a thriller in which West battled from 3-1 to 3-3 before FC United secured victory with a last minute winner and eventually lifted the cup for a third straight year.
Mossley Hill and Merseyrail are clearly in a hurry to get their meetings over and done with as they meet for the second time this week. An Ellie Doyle goal ensured a victory for Mossley Hill in tough conditions but Merseyrail will be hoping for a better result as they host their first league game at Admiral Park.
Tranmere Rovers will be looking to extend their 100% start to the season when they travel to Fleetwood Town Wrens this weekend. Rovers ran out 3-0 winners at home to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night whilst Fleetwood were beaten 4-1 at home to Morecambe.
The two former WNL sides will be looking to kick on this weekend as Crewe Alexandra travel to Goshen Sports Centre where they hope to face a Bury side who’ve recovered their numbers in time for the game. Crewe were 8-0 victors away to Wythenshawe Amateurs last weekend but sat out mid-week by design rather than weather. Morecambe can make it two wins from two if they can overcome Wigan Athletic at home whilst Manchester Stingers host Sir Tom Finney with both looking for their first points of the season.
NWWRFL Division One North
The league that produced the most thrilling promotion race last season enters its third round of games this weekend. The two Accrington teams meet for the first team (and most likely second to last time) with Stanley hosting Sports at Accrington Academy. Sports, who’ve affiliated themselves to men’s side AFC Darwen, will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 mid-week defeat to Blackburn Community. Stanley have made a positive start to the new season with a 3-3 draw the reward for their efforts from their season opener against Leigh RMI.
Preston North End have enjoyed a positive start to the new season with a 3-0 win away to Penwortham Town the perfect bounce back from their opening 3-1 opening day defeat to Leigh RMI. The Lancashire side welcome Blackpool who defeated Morecambe Reserves 2-1 last Sunday.
League leaders Leigh RMI host Penrith who will be hoping to return immediately to the Premier Division. Blackburn Community host Workington Reds and Carlisle United host Penwortham Town in a division that already seems more competitive than last season.
NWWRFL Division One South
Last season’s runners-up Liverpool Feds Reserves have not lost time in reaching the summit of the league table thanks to a 6-0 mid-week win over Burscough who’ve transferred to the Southern section of Division One. They will welcome a Salford City side who’ve yet to taste a league defeat in their short history but dropped points for just the second time ever last weekend as they drew 3-3 away to Warrington Wolverines (soon to be Wolves).
Already hot on their tail are Curzon Ashton who defeated Altrincham away in midweek thanks to goals from Chloe Davies and Nicole Thorpe. They host last season’s Cheshire League Champions West Kirby who enjoyed a winning start over Chester on Wednesday (2-1). With the two sides having already met in pre-season this has all the earmarks of a promotion six pointer.
Didsbury, having recorded arguably the shock of the round in the FA Cup last weekend with a 4-2 win against West Didsbury & Chorlton, might fancy themselves as dark horses this season and host Warrington Wolverines. Didsbury’s new look team comes as a direct result from a merger with Stockport County Blues; and with the addition of coach Linzi Hall look impressive heading into the new season.
Altrincham travel to Burscough hoping to collect their first points of the season whilst Chester host Wythenshawe Amateurs rounding off Division One South.