The WFA is delighted to share details of the first in a series of Sports Psychology workshops by Erin Prior Sports Psychology at this weekend's Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership.

Open to all players, parents and coaches, the first workshop will be an 'Introduction to Sports Psychology' and will be delivered twice on Saturday, February 15th at Nottingham Trent University's Teaching and Learning Centre.

Future dates and workshops will be announced soon.

 

MDUK Premiership Week 3

Looking to better last year’s fifth-place finish, Villa Rockets PFC secured four fantastic wins from their four fixtures in week two to mark one of their most impressive weekends in the National League. Goals from Daniel Kay and Jonathan Morley secured them their opening win and three points against a stubborn Sale United side. In their second game, Brighton’s absence ensured Villa a default win. On Sunday morning, goals from Amir Ali, Daniel Kay, Jonathan Morley and Lizzie Tullet (x2) saw Villa shock many with a fantastic win over league contenders Aspire PFC. In their last game of the weekend, they managed to edge out a close win over an inform Sevenoaks side to move joint on points with fourth-placed Aspire. Fresh from a fantastic 7-0 cup win over Championship side, Cheltenham SW All-Stars, Villa Rockets will be looking to build on their already impressive start in the league with some strong week three results. The side will be aiming for six-points from Saturday’s games with Manchester United and Nottingham PFC before a tougher set of fixtures on Sunday against WBA Throstles and St George’s Knights. The whole side has really impressed this season; new signing Lizzie Tullet has made a seamless transition into the side following her recent transfer from WBA Throstles. Bubba, as always, has been relentless in that central role, with Daniel Kay and Jonathan Morley both increasing their proficiency in front of goal. 

Week Two proved a stumbling block in Aspire PFC's pursuit of an eighth National League title. A routine win over Nottingham Forest and a default win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday’s fixtures ensured they were very much insight of fierce league rivals, Northern Thunder and West Bromwich Albion. Aspire were unfortunate to lose team captain, Jon Bolding shortly after their matchup with Nottingham PFC and forced to play the remaining weekend fixtures without their star-man, Aspire struggled to focus in games against Villa Rockets (5-0 defeat) and WBA Throstles (2-1 defeat). With JB back to full fitness, Aspire PFC impressed in a superb cup performance against AFC Bournemouth and are ready to take this title race down to the wire. The side will be hoping for a recital of their cup success, with their first game falling against their former cup foes, AFC Bournemouth Warriors. Following this, the side will be hoping to pick up some momentum in fixtures against Manchester United, Sale United and St George’s Knights before, arguably, the biggest game of their season, against West Bromwich Albion. With six goals to her name in the league, Rosie Hodgson will be looking to add to her tally, with a lot of expectation also placed on the shoulders of Jordan Williams & summer signing, Tom Kelly.

West Bromwich Albion returned to the summit of the MDUK Premiership table with some dominant week two results. Having finished week one in Northern Thunder’s shadow, WBA looked to have the bit between their teeth in November as they comfortably & confidently dispatched all teams they faced. A single goal from last season’s Premiership Player of the Year, Marcus Harrison, ensured a positive start and respective three points against an inform WBA Throstles side. In their second, the title favourites produced an attacking masterclass against St George’s Knights, with goals from Luke Kelly, Matt Gilbert, Brad Bates and Marcus Harrison (x2) ensuring a brilliant 5-0 win. The formidable West Midlands outfit didn't ease up against the bottom of the league side, AFC Bournemouth Warriors, with goals from Brad Bates, Matt Francis, Matt Gilbert, Marcus Harrison (x2) and Baris Inel (x2) cementing a one-sided victory. In their last, West Bromwich Albion PFC put out a real statement of intent, as they eased past fellow title challengers Northern Thunder 5-1. The side has incredible strength-in-depth and a lot of credit is owed to Matt Gilbert, Luke Kelly and Baris Inel; three fantastic players, sometimes overshadowed by their international compatriots. Looking very much odds on to secure a third consecutive National League title, they will be looking to put some distance between themselves and second place this weekend in games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Sale United & Sevenoaks PFC, before a clash of the titans with Aspire PFC.

Nottingham PFC are another team playing fantastic football this season; Currently equal on points with high flyers Villa Rockets & Aspire PFC, Nottingham will be absolutely delighted with their current placement among some of the league’s elite. Despite narrow defeats to both Aspire and Sevenoaks PFC back in November, there were massive positives to take from both games. A single strike from Joe Kerrison aided an impressive 1-0 win over WBA Throstles; a phenomenal result considering the form of the West Midlands side. In week two the side also registered a default win over Brighton & Hove Albion to take their points tally to 16 from nine games. Following a dominant 8-1 cup win over Greenbank PFC, Nottingham will be hoping to climb the table even further in week three of the MDUK Premiership. A tough Saturday includes fixtures against Villa Rockets and St George’s Knights. On Sunday the side will have the quiet ambition of securing maximum points in fixtures against the bottom two sides, Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth Warriors. 

On the face of it, the MDUK Premiership table doesn't look too favourable to AFC Bournemouth Warriors. Rooted to the bottom of the table with nine defeats from nine, Bournemouth will be desperately hoping for a turn in fortune in this weekends fixtures. Considering they were a player short for the majority of week two's games, the score lines don’t do them nor their respective performances enough justice. Despite heavy defeats to Northern Thunder (8-0), WBA Throstles (4-0) and West Bromwich Albion (7-0), the side played fantastically. Massive credit to trio Regan Kemp, Ryan Skinner and Matthew Adams who never lost belief despite the odds being stacked heavily against them. The South coast side was bitterly unlucky in games against Manchester United and Sale United; games they lost by the smallest of margins. The Warriors will be gunning for their first win of the 19/20 Premiership season in week three. A tough opening game against Aspire PFC is followed by several credible opportunities to register points on board; they play Sevenoaks PFC, Manchester United, Nottingham and Brighton & Hove Albion.

WBA Throstles continue to be one of the standout teams across National, Regional and Cup competitions this season. Considering the high level they aspire to compete at, week two of the MDUK Premiership was almost a disappointment for the West-Midlands-based outfit. They would have wanted more from an opening goalless draw against St George’s Knights. In their second the side was bitterly unlucky to fall to a narrow defeat to closely matched rivals, West Bromwich Albion. In their last game on Saturday’s, Throstles put on a show against AFC Bournemouth Warriors, whereby goals from Dave Lewis, Richard George, Lewis Harris and an unfortunate own goal saw them emerge as 4-0 victors. On Sunday morning Throstles went head to head with league and cup contenders, Aspire PFC; In the absence of their team captain, Jon Bolding, goals from Bradley Addison and Lewis Harris helped Throstles secure a monumental 2-1 win. WBA Throstles will be disappointed with a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Nottingham PFC in their last fixture of the weekend. Sitting third in the table, Throstles will have every belief and intention of securing maximum points from week three’s fixtures; they play Sale United and Northern Thunder on Saturday, with games against Villa Rockets and Manchester United on Sunday.

Having secured as many wins in their first two weekends of the 19/20 MDUK Premiership as they had the whole of last season, Sevenoaks PFC look well on course of registering the most successful season in their National League history. In their first game of week two, a single strike from inform wide-man, Harry Bestwick, helped the side secure a fantastic win against a strong Nottingham side. In their second, another single goal margin, this time Kyle Alexanders's, separated them from league strugglers Manchester United. Head Coach Adam McEvoy will be delighted with their third consecutive 1-0 win over St George's Knights in their third game. The side slipped to the only defeat of week two in their last game against bogey team, Villa Rockets, 2-1 it finished. The whole side is showing a real togetherness this season, from central players Kai Shah & Kyle Alexander to their rotation of fantastic wide players in Abi Bolt, Harry Bestwick and Myles Miller. An incredibly tough weekend of games awaits Sevenoaks in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership. An opening game against AFC Bournemouth Warriors is closely followed by a tough game vs Northern Thunder. On Sunday the side will be hoping for three points against Sale United before a tough final fixture with league leaders, West Bromwich Albion.

Having seen West Bromwich Albion extend the gap at the top to six points, Northern Thunder will be hoping for nothing less than maximum points from week three to keep their title hopes alive. In November, Thunder exhibited some phenomenal football on Saturday, brushing aside AFC Bournemouth Warriors (8-0) and Manchester United (7-1) with absolute ease. Jack Maxwell looked a good bet to earn consecutive Premiership Top Goal Scorer awards as he slotted home hattricks in both ties. Sunday didn’t quite go to plan for the Newcastle-based outfit; A shock 2-0 defeat to St George's Knights surprised many, and with dipped confidence, Thunder didn’t seem to get going in their last game against West Bromwich Albion, losing 5-1. With quality throughout their side, Thunder will be calling on Ed Common, Sam Smith, Matty Harrison & Jack Maxwell to put past results behind them and fully focus on all ahead. This weekend Northern Thunder open with a tough game against an inform WBA Throstles side before games against Sevenoaks, Brighton & Hove Albion and Sale United.

Having performed well above expectation last season, St George’s Knights will be slightly disappointed with their current placement in the MDUK Premiership. In week two's opening game, the odds were always stacked heavily against them in an opening 5-0 defeat to title favourites, West Bromwich Albion. St George’s Knights will feel they could have achieved more in frustrating games against Sale United (1-1) and Sevenoaks (1-0 defeat). Channelling that frustration into their performance against Northern Thunder, with a packed Lee Westwood Sports Centre in attendance, St George’s shocked many with a superb 2-0 win. A goal from Daniel Ball just before halftime put Thunder on the back foot, and with the opposition chasing the game till the very end, a break-away goal from Lucas Christer secured, arguably, the finest three points in their National League history. Looking to get back to the table’s higher placements, St George’s Knights will be hoping for six points from fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham PFC on Saturday with tougher fixtures against Aspire PFC and Villa Rockets to contend with on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion will want to put distance between themselves and the three danger positions below them with a positive week three in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership. Having not fielded a team in week two, their five fixtures were unfortunately logged as ‘Walkover’s’. Considering the difficult circumstances surrounding the club, Brighton have shown unbelievable resilience to attend both the South East Regional League and this upcoming National League weekend. The hopeful return of star man, Gregg Baxter will be sure to boost the side's confidence in what will be an extremely challenging weekend. The Seagulls open their 2020 account against league leaders, West Bromwich Albion before another testing game against St George’s Knights. On Sunday, another difficult game against Northern Thunder is followed by a ‘must-win’ six-point game against League strugglers, AFC Bournemouth Warriors.

Having lost their opening four fixtures of the 19/20 Premiership season, Sale United had to summon a response in November’s fixtures. Starting off with a default win over an absent Brighton was timed well for the Greater Manchester side who still had four games to contend with across week two. The side bounced pack positively after a 2-0 defeat to Villa Rockets, with a single Liam Fitzpatrick goal securing the side a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against a strong St George’s Knights side. Sale seemed to channel their frustration from a close 2-2 draw with Manchester United PFC into their final fixture of the weekend, whereby goals from Joshua Slack and Liam Fitzpatrick helped them seal a 2-1 over AFC Bournemouth Warriors. Sale United have probably the toughest weekend of fixtures approaching in February; three games on Saturday include West Bromwich Albion, WBA Throstles and Aspire PFC, with Sunday just as challenging as they are matched with Sevenoaks PFC and Northern Thunder.

Having dominated the 2018/19 Championship, Manchester United PFC have been given a stark reminder to the overall quality the Premiership possesses. The side struggled in week one of the MDUK Premiership (losing their four fixtures), United showed real maturity in week two. Opening their weekend against their former Championship rivals, AFC Bournemouth Warriors, goals from Jordan Duke, Shannon Smith and Lewis Marshall helped them edge their first win of the 19/20 Premiership campaign in a close 3-2 win. In their second, four first-half goals from Northern Thunder knocked the win from their sails, with the tie ending 7-1. Manchester United will feel they could have achieved more in a close 1-0 defeat to an inform Sevenoaks side. The side came from behind twice to earn a superb point in a 2-2 draw with sister club, Sale United, before ensuring three default points against an absent Brighton. Week three could be the making or breaking of their season as five difficult fixtures could serve in either extending or narrowing the gap to league safety. Games against Villa Rockets, Aspire and WBA Throstles will be extremely challenging, so the emphasis is automatically placed upon the winnable ties with AFC Bournemouth Warriors and Nottingham PFC.

 

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY UK PREMIERSHIP TABLE

POS

TEAM

P

W

D

L

PTS

1

West Bromwich Albion

9

8

1

0

 25

2

Northern Thunder

9

6

1

2

 19

3

WBA Throstles

9

6

1

2

 19

4

Aspire PFC

8

5

1

2

 16

5

Villa Rockets

9 5 1 3 16
6 Nottingham PFC

9

5

1

3

 16

7

Sevenoaks PFC

9

5

1

 3

 16

8

St George's Knights

9

 2

 4

 3

 10

9

Sale United PFC

9

 2

 2

 5

 8

10

Manchester United PFC

9

 2

 1

 6

 7

11

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC

10

 1

 0

 9

 3

12

AFC Bournemouth Warriors

9

 0

 0

 9

 0

 

GOALSCORER STANDINGS

POS

NAME

TEAM

GOALS

1

Matthew Francis

West Bromwich Albion

9

2

Marcus Harrison

West Bromwich Albion

9

3

Sam Smith

Northern Thunder

8

4

Harry Boddy

Northern Thunder

7

5

Jack Maxwell

Northern Thunder

7

6

Rosie Hodgson

Aspire PFC

6

 

When & Where to find us?

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 November 

Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS

To view fixtures, results and player profiles of the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership visit FA Full Time