Regional League Focus: women's Regional League Midlands
Northampton have moved closer to the top of the women’s Regional League Midlands as 2018 draws to a close.
With their victory over Shropshire this weekend, Northampton lie second in the table just five goals on goal difference behind leaders Nottingham.
In the previous meeting between these two sides, in November, Northampton had triumphed by ten goals. In this match Shropshire were able to cut that deficit to three.
Northampton took a one-goal lead into half-time, and were 25-22 winners at the final whistle. Kamila Kotlowska netted seven times for Northampton and Ilona Loewnau top-scored for Shropshire with eight.
Shropshire are fourth in the table, with one win from four matches. But they are surely a team on the rise after their improvement over the two matches against Northampton. They are also the only team to defeat Nottingham so far this season.
Nottingham maintain their place on top of the league and have the same win/loss ratio as Northampton. Coventry Sharks, in third, are the only unbeaten team so far, with three wins from three. Sharks were relegated from the Premier Handball League last season, and were the 2018 National Cup runners-up, so their impressive performances in the Regional League Midlands are not a surprise.
Northampton's one defeat this season has been at the hands of Sharks.
Shropshire and Warwick University are both one win from four matches, and University of Birmingham and University of Loughborough II take up the final two places in the table. Both are winless so far this season.
The league re-commences after Christmas with Shropshire versus Warwick University, and Nottingham against Coventry Sharks.