Harpole Playing Fields, the home of the East Midlands Women’s Regional League Premier Division leaders, Northampton Town Women, is looking set to be an early-season deal-breaker, on Sunday 28 November as they, and fellow unbeaten side, Andi Bell’s Mansfield Town Ladies, clash.
The winner of that meeting, in a little over five weeks, will afford an early, title-charge advantage after both won again at the weekend to maintain their respective, winning starts to the season.
Northampton defeated fourth-placed Chesterfield Women 4-0, whilst Mansfield, they hit the twenty-goal mark, in just four league outings, when seeing off visitors to the One Call Stadium, Leicester City Ladies.
Ellie Marshall would score twice for the Stags who, with four-wins-from-four, still boast a game in hand, with just the three points separating them; additional goals arrived via Ashleigh Evans, and Nikki Wigman, taking their overall tally this season to thirty-three in five outings (twenty-three in their four league games).
Adam Dunleavey’s Notts County Women are holding a mid-table position with two wins and two losses early doors, their latest success being a 7-2 home win over basement club, Woodlands Seniors Ladies, a game highlighted by a five-goal haul from Bella Reed, whilst Nya Chambers and Mollie Crump also netted.
Arnold Eagles moved top of Division One North, on goal difference, from Grimsby Town Ladies, after the Nottinghamshire side saw off visitors Grimsby Borough Ladies, in fourth, 2-1, Natasha Leach with both goals as they took their goal difference to +20 after just four games.
Newly-promoted Nottingham Trent University are just two behind, after they edged a nine-goal thriller away to mid-table Sleaford Town Ladies; Quinn Garner scored three for the victors, she being joined on the scoresheet by Lucia Hilton, and Alice Rogers, whilst the visitors hit back via Lauren Alderson, Kelsey Benton, Alice Hayes, and substitute Tanya Dowling-Smith.
St Joseph’s Rockware of Worksop (5th) and Notts County Women Development (6th) are nestled together in mid-table, the former collecting their first win of the season at the weekend, defeating visiting Cleethorpes Town Ladies 3-1, goals coming from Chloe Mitchell, Shannon Brooks and Elizabeth Harris.
SJR were made to fight for the points, leading by Mitchell’s goal at the interval, the visitors levelled with twenty to go, via Grace Tominey, the points not being assured until inside the final ten, Harris notching the third with a couple of minutes remaining.
Notts County Women Development meanwhile were held to a 1-1 draw away to second-bottom, Sherwood Women, they picking up just their second point of the season.
The remaining Nottinghamshire-based side is in Division One South, Nottingham Forest Development, who won their second game of three so far this season, emphatically seeing off visitors Peterborough United Ladies Reserves, 8-0.
Jessica Abdy helped herself to three goals, and Jemima Footitt two in the rout, further goals coming from Yazmin Cooke, Maja Kocik, and Chardonnay Truin, victory moving them within six of the joint-leaders, Derby County Women Academy, and Anstey Nomads Women, with game(s) in hand.
Upcoming, for Nottinghamshire-based clubs, this coming Sunday (17 October) sees the First Round of the Nottinghamshire FA Women’s Senior Cup as Nottingham Trent University 2nds host Mansfield Hosiery Mills; Arnold Eagles Flyers progress to the Second Round courtesy of a home walkover against Bingham Town.
In addition, the Second Round of the Senior Cup has also been drawn; scheduled for 21 November, the following games have been released:
Arnold Town Women vs, Teversal Ladies; Retford Women vs. Notts County Women; Mansfield Town Ladies vs. WBC Women; Arnold Eagles vs. Nottingham Trent 2nds/Mansfield Hosiery Mills; Keyworth United Ladies vs. Nottingham Forest Women; Sherwood Women vs. Arnold Eagles Flyers; Rise Park Ladies vs. Gedling Southbank Ladies (Nottingham Trent Uni 1sts, bye).
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NCFC_Women Mansfield Manager Andi Bell leading her side to another weekend win.