Dorking Wanderers vs Clapton CFC preview: Women’s first team visit title favourites

There are only two league games left for the Clapton CFC women’s first team this season – and both against title favourites Dorking Wanderers.

Dorking started the season in ruthless fashion but have stumbled a little in recent weeks as their fixture congestion has caught up, giving Brentford a chance to pip them.

Although Clapton CFC are top at the moment, because we’ve played more games we’d need to take points off Dorking AND rely on Brentford dropping points themselves to have a chance of staying there.

Only the top team goes up, which looks like it’s either Dorking or Brentford, but to be still in with an outside chance at this stage is a fantastic achievement for CCFC in our first season in the sixth tier.

The teams will meet again on May 7 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground, which will be our final game of the season.

We’ve met once before, of course, in the Capital Women’s Cup final at their Meadowbank Stadium home, which we narrowly lost 1-0 despite the then division gap between the two teams.

Formed in 2020, the Dorking Wanderers FC Ladies team have had lots of success already, including a promotion and that Capital Women’s Cup win.

Last season they were subject of a BBC3 documentary Dorking ‘Til I Die, in which CCFC also makes an appearance in episode six. And their chairman is Calum Best, son of George.

Match information

Dorking Wanderers vs Clapton CFC is on Sunday, April 16 at 3.30pm at Meadowbank Football Ground, Mill Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DX

Admission is £5 adults, under 18 and pensioners £3. There will be a programme.

Dorking has three train stations in close proximity. Dorking Station is 12 minutes walk. Dorking Deepdene 10 minutes. Dorking West 8 minutes.

Car parking is in the nearby St. Martins Walk pay & display car park. Charges for the car park are set at a flat rate of £1 per hour during the day and free from 6pm onwards. Postcode for the car park RH4 1DU.

Please note – Dorking Wanderers advise that their landlords the Surrey FA do not allow musical instruments, including drums, into the stadium. Pyro is obviously not allowed too, and with a 3G pitch would be particularly problematic. Flags, banners, singing, dancing, noise etc all allowed,