Richmond Park vs Clapton CFC preview: Long away day for women’s first team

Richmond Park vs Clapton Community FC takes place on Sunday, March 17 2024 with a 2pm kick off at Tolworth Court Sports Ground, Old Kingston Road, Tolworth, KT4 7QH

The Clapton CFC women’s first team play their sixth away league game in a row as they head to Kingston University to play Richmond Park. It’s another long away trip that comes hot on the heels of Whyteleafe, Uxbridge (Denham United) and Dorking (Ashmount Leigh).

In fact the team are still yet to play at home in the league in 2024. Nevertheless it’s been a good run of results that’s moved us up into third place going into the final few months of the season.

The opposition 

Richmond Park FC is a community football club for Kingston, Ham and Richmond. The women’s first team formed for the 21/22 season and won the new Surrey FA Women’s League with a 100% record. Last season they finished in tenth place in their first at this level. This season they’ve moved to Tolworth.

Previous meetings

Earlier in the season we came from 1-0 down and 1-1 at half-time to win 7-1 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground, with goals from Maria Mendonca x 3, Teju Callisto x 2 and Emily Link x 2. Last season’s games were played on the same day, back to back, at Richmond Park’s then home at Hampton & Richmond Borough. The first of the games – shortened to 60 minutes – ended 0-0 then we won the second 2-1 thanks to Maria Mendonca x 2.

Form guide

Richmond Park started the season badly but have improved markedly through the season. In fact they’ve won two of their four games since our meeting in December, against AFC Whyteleafe and Camden & Islington United.

CCFC meanwhile have won six games out of the last seven to quietly move up into third place. Although Sport London e Benfica and Brentford remain the favourites for promotion, our own good form has given us an outside chance too.

Players to watch

Goals have been shared around, with Sigourney Dawson (who scored the early goal against us earlier this season) and Alina Kerl have seven goals each, with Jesina Bansoodeb on six.




The venue has its own car park which is free.

It’s seven minutes’ walk from Tolworth station, which is about 30 minutes from Waterloo, so it’s easier to reach than you might think.