All being well the recent storms will have cleared the country by the time the season gets back under way. With no results to catch up on, this week's blog is quite a brief edition, with only previews of the action scheduled for Sunday 7th January.
Bournemouth Sports v Eastleigh in the Community
The only unbeaten team in the division, Sports get a chance to close the gap on the leaders as they play one of their two games in hand. Eastleigh won at Winchester in their last league outing and could move as high as third if they could take all three points here. The reverse fixture, played in late October, finished 2-0 to Bournemouth, with two Hollie Shaw goals being the difference.
Chapel Gate, Nr Hurn Airport, East Parley, Hampshire BH23 6BL.
Oxford City v Wycombe Wanderers
Four points separate Oxford, in third, from Wycombe in sixth. However, The Chairgirls have four games in hand on their weekend hosts. City's recent good run came to an end just before the break when they were beaten 6-2 at home by a ruthless Ascot United side. Wanderers lost 3-1 at Bournemouth in their last league match but then hammered Milton United 6-0 on their own patch in the League Cup. The reverse encounter ended 2-2 with Emily Harris scoring a late equaliser for The Hoops.
Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 0NQ
Winchester City Flyers v Badshot Lea
The current bottom two go head-to-head. Flyers have a three point advantage on their visitors, but The Baggies have two games in hand, making this a crucial six-pointer. Badshot's only win of the season came in their opening game against, you've guessed it, Winchester City. That September day saw goals from Marianne O'Byrne and Lucy Cook see off the Flyers.
Winklebury Football Complex, Winklebury Way, Basingstoke, Hants RG23 8BF
Woodley United v Warminster Town
Two defeats in their last three games has seen Woodley drop to fourth in the table currently two points above their Sunday visitors from Wiltshire, who currently sit seventh. Town have won their last three in all competitions, including a superb 2-0 defeat of leaders Ascot United at the end of November. The sides met at Weymouth Street back in October with Woodley coming away with a resounding 5-0 victory courtesy of two each from May Hamblin and Sarah Lawrence, supplemented by a Michelle Quinn strike.
UofR Bulmershe Pavilion, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, Berks RG5 3HE
Woking v Ascot United
The Cards are unbeaten in all competitions since a 2-0 defeat at home to Portchester back in September, a total of eight games. However, a League Cup clash with Premier League leaders Ascot will be a tough examination of this record. The Yellawomen signed off 2023 with a superb display at Oxford City, winning 6-2, a game that BotP had the pleasure of watching (Top Of The Christmas Tree)
Woking College, Rydens Way, Woking GU22 9DL
Division One North
Ascot United Reserves v Milton United
3 points separate Ascot in sixth from Milton in eighth. Last time out Milton recorded a very good 2-0 victory over a Penn team that had been flying in recent weeks. Penn's good run had included a 3-1 victory at Ascot United Reserves, which turned out to be the Yellawomen's last game of 2023. This will be the first encounter between these teams this season.
Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7LJ
Eversley & California v Caversham United
The bottom two go head to head. Neither have managed a win this season. However, Eversley have been awarded the points from their opening defeat at Kidlington in the first game of the season, putting them in the odd situation of having three points despite losing all seven league games. The lowest scorers against the leakiest fence. Goals galore or stalemate?
ESA, Fox Lane, Eversley RG27 0NS
Kidlington v Long Crendon
The battle at the top of the Division One North table is set to hot up as games continue in the New Year. Long Crendon currently sit on top but only on goal difference from Wycombe and three points ahead of Penn, who have a game in hand. Despite having 3 points deducted, Kidlington are only six points adrift of the leaders themselves. Kidlington also won 2-1 at Chearsley Rec earlier in the season, both goals coming from Abi Haynes with Brooke Burns getting Crendon's goal.
Exeter Park, Crown Road, Kidlington OX5 1AB
Penn & Tylers Green v Abingdon United Development
Just three points off top spot and with a game in hand, Penn are arguably in a great position to launch a title charge. However, they'll want to get back into winning ways quickly after going down 2-0 to Milton United in their last game. This will be the first meeting of the sides this season. United, in their first season at this level, have acquitted themselves well so far, taking 16 points from their 11 games.
French School Meadow, Elm Road, Penn HP10 8LG
Wycombe Wanderers u23 v Beaconsfield Town
The young Chairgirls are on a roll. Their three consecutive league victories before Christmas, propelled them into second spot, just behind Long Crendon on goal difference. They'll be looking to dispel the memories of their early season 5-2 defeat at Beaconsfield and will be well aware of Rams top scorer Grainne McNally, who hit a hat-trick that day. Since that day Wycombe have only lost once, whereas Beaconsfield have only won once, albeit an 8-0 thrashing of Caversham.
18i78 Stadium, Wymers Wood Road, Burnham SL1 8JG
Division One South
Fleet Town v AFC Stoneham
With the records of both Eversley Reserves and Selsey Development, Fleet find themselves propping up the table with zero points from five games. Stoneham are placed second, two points adrift of leaders Portchester. This is the first meeting of the teams this seaosn. On paper it loks to be a tough assignment for the bottom side. However, they can take small comfort in the afct that Stoneham are not quite as dominant on the road as they are at home. All of the points they have dropped have come away from Stoneham Lane.
Crookham Road, Fleet GU51 5FA
Havant & Waterlooville v Bournemouth Sports Reserves
Only single point separates these two teams, currently third and fourth respectively. Both are trying to stay on the coat tails of Portchester and Stoneham, hoping for a slip-up. They met at Chapel Gate on the opening day of the season. Two from Megan Gratton and Rosie WIllis goal gave The Hawks a 3-0 half-time lead, which they held throughout the second half. Sports will be looking to get back amongst the goals after drawing a blank in their last three in all competitions.
Westleigh Park, Havant PO9 5TH
Rushmoor v AFC Portchester
Portchester will probably have been sad to see 2023 end but, on the other hand, will be full of confidence for the rest of the season. Sitting top of the pile with a 100% record has that effect. Rushmoor won their last game, beating Abbey Rangers 4-3 and have yet to face Portchester this season. One thing is for sure, wherever Rushmoor play, there are goals. A total of 54 have been scor3ed or conceded in their 8 league games so far. With the league's top scorers coming to town, the odds are on more entertainment this Sunday.
Southwood Pavilion, Grasmere Road, Farnborough GU14 0LE