Last season’s fourth place side in the Premier Division of the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football league, Andi Bell’s Mansfield Town, as well as Adam Dunleavy’s Notts County Women, are joined this coming season by the rebranded Basford United Ladies (formerly Rise Park), managed by Tim Wilmott, and the newly-promoted, (formerly) Division One North, champions, Neil Matthews’ Arnold Eagles Ladies.
Mansfield, who won the League Plate last time out (3-1 vs. Rotherham United Women), will, without question, be gunning for the title this around, as will that of Chesterfield and Lincoln United, last seasons’ second and third placed sides, among others.
As Division One South doesn’t contain any Notts sides, St Joseph’s Rockware of Worksop (fifth place in last seasons’ Division One North) are the only Nottinghamshire side that will be playing in Division One North, in what is a seven-team division, whilst five further, Notts clubs, help make up the Central.
Two new sides from the county will join that of Thomas Hodges’ Notts County Women Development, Daniel Corlett’s Nottingham Trent University Women and Jason Brooks’ Sherwood Women in Division One Central; all three having been in the North last time around, finishing sixth, third and seventh respectively.
Joining the EMWRFL, from Nottinghamshire, when the new season kicks off, is that of Mansfield Hosiery Mills Women, managed by Robert McLean, champions of the Notts Girls and Ladies League Seniors Division One, and one of the joint runners-up, Adam Brown’s West Bridgford Colts (WBC) Women, who finished seven points adrift of the champions.
The full, EMWRFL constitution for the 2022-23 season, is as follows –
PREMIER DIVISION (9) – Arnold Eagles Women; Anstey Nomads Women; Basford United Ladies; Chesterfield Women; Lincoln United Women; Mansfield Town Ladies; Notts County Women; Oughtibridge War Memorial Women; Rotherham United Women
DIVISION ONE NORTH (7) – Gainsborough Trinity; Grimsby Borough Ladies; Grimsby Town Women; Lincoln United Women Development; St Joseph of Rockware Worksop Women; Ruston Sports Women; Sleaford Town Ladies
DIVISION ONE CENTRAL (8) – Asfordby Amateurs Ladies; Dronfield Town Ladies; Ilkeston Town Ladies; Mansfield Hosiery Mills Women; Notts County Women Development; Nottingham Trent University Women; Sherwood Women; West Bridgford Colts Women
DIVISION ONE SOUTH (9) – Coalville Town Ravenettes Ladies; Dunton & Broughton United Ladies; Kettering Town Women; Leicester City Ladies; Loughborough Foxes Vixens Women; Northampton Town Development; Peterborough United Ladies Development; Roade Ladies; Thrapston Town Ladies
The opening day fixtures, and with it those all-important derby dates, have been announced for the upcoming campaign, as has the draw for the opening rounds of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, for the First, and Second, Qualifying rounds.
Regarding all of those, then the dates for your diaries, from September onwards, is as follows…
OPENING DAY FIXTURES (regarding Notts women’s clubs)
Sunday 4 September 2022
Arnold Eagles Women vs. Anstey Nomads Women; Basford United Ladies vs. Rotherham United Women; Lincoln United Women vs. Notts County Women
DIVSION ONE NORTH
SJR Worksop Women vs. Lincoln United Women Development
DIVISION ONE CENTRAL
Notts County Women Development vs. Mansfield Hosiery Mills Women; Sherwood Women vs. Ilkeston Town Ladies; West Bridgford Colts Women vs. Nottingham Trent University Women
DERBY DAYS (Premier Division Only)
- 18 September Notts County Women vs. Mansfield Town Ladies
- 25 September Basford United Ladies vs. Arnold Eagles Ladies
- 13 November Arnold Eagles Women vs. Mansfield Town Ladies
- 27 November Mansfield Town Ladies vs. Basford United Ladies; Notts County Women vs. Arnold Eagles
- 14 December Basford United Ladies vs. Notts County Women
- 15 January Arnold Eagles vs. Basford United Ladies
- 5 February Mansfield Town vs. Arnold Eagles
- 26 February Arnold Eagles vs. Notts County Women; Basford United Ladies vs. Mansfield Town Ladies
- 5 March Notts County Women vs. Basford United Ladies
- 26 March Mansfield Town Ladies vs. Notts County Women
As for the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, then the following matches (dates) have been drawn in regards Notts clubs….
Sunday 11 September (1QR)
SJR Worksop Women vs. Farsley Celtic Women
Sunday 2 October (2QR)
Thrapston Town Ladies vs. Arnold Eagles Women; Nottingham Trent University Women vs. Allexton & New Parks Women/Long Buckby; Mansfield Town Ladies vs. Bugbrooke St. Michaels Ladies/ Rugby Borough Women; SJR Worksop Women/Farsley Celtic Women vs. Bradford Park Avenue; Sherwood Women vs. Rugby Town Women; Notts County Women vs. Basford United Ladies
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @MTFCLadies Mansfield Town Ladies winning the EMWRFL Plate last season.