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Title Race Wide Open In Both Women's BUCS Football Premier Divisions

Seth Nobes November 14, 2022

The top teams in the Women’s BUCS Football Premier North and South all won to make sure they kept the pace with each other in the race for the title.

Bristol earned a dominant 6-0 victory at home to the University of South Wales to maintain their three point lead at the top of the BUCS Football Premier South.

In the BUCS Football Premier North, Loughborough continued their perfect start to the season with their fifth consecutive win, but Nottingham’s away win at Northumbria meant the two sides remain joint top with 15 points.

Bristol still setting the pace

Bristol headed into their home fixture at Coombe Dingle knowing a loss would see them lose ground and offer an opportunity for second-placed Cardiff Met to draw level on points.

However, Bristol’s form ahead of the game was certainly reason to be confident. They had won five games on the bounce, and were yet to drop a point in the Premier South.

The squad was full of confidence; as well as their unbeaten record, their previous game had seen the team earn victory over their arch-rivals in dramatic fashion. The side had travelled to Bath and came away with a close 3-2 victory.

Their opponents, the University of South Wales (USW) , had a better start to the season than Bath. Sitting in third, a win would see them close the gap on the top two, to just three points. However, Bristol exemplified their dominance in the league.

The number six was prominent. Six goals saw the side earn their sixth consecutive victory.

Cardiff Met did not let Bristol escape their sights, however, with a trip to bottom-placed Portsmouth earning the side a fifth victory in six games. Thus far, Bristol are the only team to get the better of the side from the Welsh capital.

Down the bottom, Portsmouth are running out of time to get their season going, with six defeats on the bounce leaving the side pointless. Bath are only three points better off, with each side bettering the record of the team below by three points. Essex sit fourth with six points, and USW third with nine.

Loughborough and Nottingham battling at the top

In the Premier North, it is two sides from the Midlands who are currently competing for the top spot. At the moment, there is nothing to differentiate the two sides.

Loughborough and Nottingham have both picked up 15 points so far this season. Even goal difference cannot separate the two sides, with the teams both boasting impressive records of +11.

Nottingham have been the more fruitful in front of goal of the two teams, finding the back of the net on 17 occasions. In comparison, Loughborough have scored twelve, but are tighter at the back. Their ‘keeper has been beaten just once in five games.

The big difference between the two teams is the fact that Nottingham have taken the field once more than their title rivals.

This means that Loughborough have won all five of their games in the BUCS Football Premier North this season. They also are the only team to inflict defeat on Nottingham so far this season. There will be pressure on their game in hand, but so far this season, it is advantage Loughborough.

In their last games, both teams gave nothing away once again. Loughborough stretched their perfect record in some style, dispatching Leeds Beckett 5-0. Nottingham made the trip to Northumbria, a 3-1 win meaning three points made the journey back with them.

It is Durham who are closest to the top two, with Nottingham and Loughborough’s dominance exemplified by the gap of six points to third.

Leeds Beckett are in desperate need of some form, currently without a point having scored just once. Heading north both with regards to the table and location, Northumbria and Stirling occupy fourth and fifth, with six and three points respectively.

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Seth Nobes is a writer at Freshered, focusing on university sport. He is currently studying for an MA and NCTJ in Sports Journalism at St Mary's University, Twickenham after graduating with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Birmingham. Seth has written on a wide variety of sports, ranging from football and cricket, to sailing and judo, for publications such as Vavel, Deep Extra Cover, the Sports Gazette, and Redbrick. He is also a long suffering Watford fan.