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London & South East Regional Women's Title Fight: Can Dulwich Hamlet Lift The Trophy?

With only three games remaining this season, the title fight is heating up in tier five's London & South East league between Dulwich Hamlet, Dartford and Fulham. With promotion to the regionalised Women's National League at stake, the final few games will be crucial to each of the top three teams.



In each of the top five tiers of women's football, the leagues are regionalised, only the winners of each league earn promotion; there are no play-off places up for grabs.


This makes the title fight crucial, as only those who lift the trophy will earn promotion.


In recent league matches, the top three teams faced each other, with Fulham having faced both Dartford and Dulwich Hamlet in their last two games.


The current table sees Dulwich Hamlet sit at the top, three points ahead of second place Dartford, both having played 19 games. Fulham sit third, having played 20 games.



Dulwich Hamlet


With only three games remaining, Dulwich are three points ahead of Dartford atop the league table, meaning they have their fate in their own hands. Should Dulwich win all three of their final league games this season, it will not matter what Dartford and Fulham's results are; the Hamlet would win the league and with it promotion.


Dulwich Hamlet's remaining three fixtures are against Enfield Town, Crawley AFC and Saltdean United.


Enfield Town are in a relegation scrap, so should be a reasonably easy opponent for Dulwich to beat. The Hamlet emerged victorious against Enfield earlier in the season, winning 4-1, and will hope to have the same success in their next fixture to fuel their title hopes.


Crawley AFC sit plum last, only having obtained one point from their eighteen league games this season. If Dulwich Hamlet fail to take home the maximum three points from this fixture, they arguably don't deserve to win the title anyway. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Dulwich won 6-0, and should be able to repeat this success.


Saltdean United put up a fight against Dulwich earlier in the season, with The Hamlet barely scraping a 1-0 win, with star girl Lilly Price eventually finding the back of the net in the 90th minute. Dulwich will be hoping to take home the three points once again as they face Saltdean in their final game of the season, which could see them lift the league trophy.



Dartford


Dartford sit three points behind league leaders Dulwich on level games, one point ahead of third-place Fulham who have played a game more.


The Darts' final three league games are against Ebbsfleet United, Dorking Wanderers and Crawley AFC.


Ebbsfleet United held Dartford to a 1-1 draw earlier in the season. Dartford will be hoping to have a more successful outcome to their fixture this time around.


Dartford travelled to Dorking Wanderers for the first game of the season, with The Darts emerging victorious with a 6-1 win. They will be wanting to repeat this victory, taking all three points once again to keep up their title hopes.


Crawley AFC are the side that have been beaten by every team in the league this season, with Dartford having already beaten them 2-0 in October. This fixture is a must-win for Dartford, and should be an easy three points.


Dartford will realistically need Dulwich Hamlet to drop points in at least two of their final three games in order to keep their title hopes alive, as The Darts sit three points behind the league leaders.



Fulham


Fulham are still mathematically in the title race, but have only two games remaining, sitting four points off of league leaders Dulwich Hamlet.


Fulham's last two games are away to Enfield Town and Millwall Lionesses and the Cottagers do have goal difference on their side.


Enfield Town are in the relegation battle, currently 11th, but have five games in hand to Aylesford who sit above them in the safe zone. Fulham should be able to easily take home the three points from this fixture, having already beaten Enfield 8-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.


Millwall Lionesses are currently 7th in the league, and put up a tough fight when they travelled to Fulham previously in the season, with Fulham only scraping a 3-2 win. Fulham should be able to take home all three points as they travel to Millwall, but it is unlikely to be an easy game.


Fulham currently have a better goal difference than both Dulwich and Dartford, so should they finish the season on level points, they could still have the advantage.


However, should Fulham win their final two games, they will still have to rely on Dulwich dropping points at least twice if they are to earn promotion to the fourth tier.



Dulwich Hamlet are looking likely to lift the London & South East Regional league trophy this season, with three fairly straightforward looking fixtures remaining and a three point cushion to second-place Dartford.


Whilst the Hamlet don't have a goal difference as impressive as Fulham's, their's is significantly better than Dartford's.


With one of the biggest and loudest fanbases in the entirety of women's non-league football, Dulwich Hamlet will have a huge backing to lift the trophy.


Dulwich Hamlet's final two games of the season are both away games, meaning The Hamlet will be lifting the league trophy away from home should they succeed in winning the league this season. It would be quite the homecoming if their next league game at Champion Hill was in the fourth tier.


This season has been a highly competitive one, providing brilliant entertainment to the fans, and is still proving to be competitive right until the end.


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