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East Midlands League
The Preliminary Round of the League Cup took place on Sunday and there were no major surprises with none of the Premier Division teams going out to lower division opponents. The only all-Premier tie went to extra time before Long Eaton Utd emerged as 5-2 winners over Peterborough Northern Star. It was not a good day for the other two table toppers though as Rolls Royce Leisure were beaten 3-1 by Arnold Town and Raunds Town went out 3-2 at home to Lincoln Development. Nettleham produced a good result in defeating AFC Trinity 5-1 and Radcliffe Olympic Res charged to a 4-0 success at Grimsby Town.
The closest game of the day saw Ilkeston Town and Steel City Wanderers go all the way to penalties where Ilkeston progressed. Daventry Town and Market Warsop went through with comfortable wins over Appleby Froddingham and West Bridgford respectively whilst Rise Park were pushed hard by Oadby & Wigston Dynamo during their 3-0 victory. Barrowby were the day's other winners, 5-3 against Mansfield Town Res.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon held on to the leadership of the Premier Division despite going down to a 4-1 defeat at Arlesey Town, who are now second on goal difference. Kirsty Cooper, Becky Charter, Sarah Tayler and Katerina Hamplova all netted for Arlesey. Peterborough complete a trio level on points at the top after an own goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Braintree Town. Stevenage Borough leapt above Billericay Town into fourth place by beating them 4-0, Hayley Kemp scoring twice along with Dominique Godbeer and Vicky Neal. Barking won 2-1 away to Thorpe Utd thanks to Harriett Sim and Liane Prior and Hethersett Athletic won for the first time, goals from Emma Mulley and Megan Todd giving them a 2-0 success over Woodbridge Town.
The remaining clubs all competed in the First Round of the League Cup and it was not a good day for Division One North leaders Great Shelford as they crashed 4-0 at home to Hutton. Chelmsford City meanwhile came through a tough tie at Sawbridgeworth Town, winning 4-0. The tie of the round was arguably at Ipswich Wanderers where visitors Haverhill Rovers came away with a 6-4 victory which included a four-goal haul from Stacey Roper. One match went to penalties, Colchester Town beating Leverstock Green after the sides had shared a 4-4 draw. The two teams at the foot of each table met each other and it was Hoddesdon Owls who were 1-0 winners over Huntingdon Town, Kristina O'Connell netting the only goal. Haringey Borough eased to a 4-1 win at Baldock Town, East Thurrock Utd beat Hannakins 3-0 and Norwich City Res defeated AFC Sudbury 6-3. The remaining ties were all settled by the odd goal, Taverham edging out Fakenham Town by the odd goal in five and Royston Town won 2-1 against Bungay Town.
London & South East League
Westfield held on to the leadership of the Premier Division with a 2-0 victory over Panthers (see match report). They head the table on goal difference from Hemel Hempstead, 6-1 winners at East Preston, with Eastbourne Town one point off the pace after they defeated Maidstone Town 5-1. Chichester City scored six without reply against Wandgas to go fourth, just ahead of Crawley Wasps who won 1-0 at Denham Utd. AFC Wimbledon claimed their first victory of the season, 3-2 against Boreham Wood.
Brentford swept to the top of Division One (London) with a 3-2 victory over Knaphill Wanderers. The other team to sport a 100% record are Tottenham Hotspur Res who won 1-0 at Garston. Kikk FC beat Carshalton Athletic 4-3 to go third, just in front of MSA Ladies who were 1-0 victors over Kent Magpies. Fulham Compton OB bounced back from their opening day defeat to run out 10-2 winners against Hampstead.
North East League
Whitley Bay defeated Castleford White Rose 3-1 to take over top spot in the Premier Division on goal difference from Hull City, who drew 1-1 with York City. Hessle Town are in third after beating Guiseley 6-1 - 31 goals have now been scored in their three games - whilst Jess Moran bagged a hat-trick and Jess Burton the other as Barnsley ran out 4-0 winners over Scunthorpe Utd. Sheffield Utd Community meanwhile registered their first win in some style, 9-2 against St Francis 2000. Zoe Beresford and Abbie Creed each netted twice along with Jen Pearson, Tania Marsden, Deryn Ahmed, Codie Melia and Ami Buzzeo.
Birtley Phoenix kept up their winning start and have gone three points clear in the Northern Division on the back of their 6-1 success over Whitley Bay Res. Local rivals Birtley Town also won, 2-1 against Lumley, whilst Durham City and California Ladies finished level at 2-2.
The top two in the Southern Division met each other on Sunday with Rothwell Town replacing Malet Lambert as leaders by beating them 5-2. Keepmoat Stadium moved into third with a 4-0 victory over AFC Preston and Lepton Highlanders join them on six points after defeating Kirklees 8-3. Goole Town and Wetherby Athletic battled out a 1-1 draw and Ossett Albion triumphed 3-1 away to Bradford City A.
North West League
Chorley ran out 6-2 winners at Preston North End to go five points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Tranmere Rovers' 3-1 victory over Bury Girls & Ladies has taken them fourth, just ahead of Northwich Vixens who beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0. Wigan Athletic picked up their first point when sharing eight goals with Denton Town.
In Division One North, Carlisle made sure of going level on points with the top two, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Southport Birkdale. Springfields (Preston) edged out Warrington Town 1-0 to claim their first win of the season.
Macclesfield Town kept up their excellent start to the new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Winsford, which keeps them two points ahead of Manchester University who won 8-2 at Glossop North End. Birkenhead scored six without reply against AFC Urmston Meadowside and are in third. Brazil lifted themselves into mid-table by beating AFC Liverpool 5-2.
South West League
Exeter City are still stretching the pace in the Premier Division and made it six wins from six by beating Marine Academy (Plymouth) 5-2. Lola Sanchez scored twice along with Naomi Wilkins, Carla Staddon and Kirsty Caunter. Larkhall Athletic stay level on points with them following their 4-0 victory over Weymouth, goals coming from Sophie Hamer, Charlene Rooney, Cheryl Baber and Katie Ransome. Salisbury City got back to winning ways as a solitary goal from Natalie Van Greunen gave them a hard fought 1-0 success at Stoke Lane Athletic. Bristol Ladies Union are in fourth after goals from Frankie Stone, Sarah White and goalkeeper Danielle Beckerle - from the penalty spot - gave them a 3-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians and Frome Town won for the first time, 3-1 away to Cheltenham Town thanks to '---- ----', Natasha Perry and Alex Gwyther.
Forest Green Rovers Res are now four points clear at the top of Eastern Division One after winning
3-2 at Bridgwater Town, Ella Hitchcox netting twice and Annie Martin the other. Bridgwater's defeat allowed Cirencester Town to move into second place via a 1-1 draw at Swindon Supermarine, who scored through Claire Moreton. Lianne Bedwell was the hero for Cam Bulldogs as she netted a hat-trick in their 3-3 draw with Cleeve West Town, which gave them their first point of the season. Cleeve replied through Karen Manson, Sally-Anne Langton and Alice Cook who netted a late equaliser. Rachael Illingworth and Sally Graham netted the goals to give Nailsea Utd a 2-1 win over Bishop's Lydeard and Swindon Spitfires also registered their first point with a goalless draw at Poole Town.
Bude Town replaced Falmouth Town at the top of Western Division One by defeating them 4-0, Leona Marsh netting twice along with Sarah Badham and Tegan Nichols. Launceston moved up into second when drawing 4-4 with Stoke Gabriel, thanks to a Gemma Sanders hat-trick and Faye Hankinson. Roche and Charlestown finished goalless, Morley Rangers beat Dobwalls 2-0 and Callington Town scored six without reply away to Taunton Town including strikes from Kate Bourn, Annelise Noakes, Katy-Rose Sheffield and Sasha Cameron.
Southern Region League
Boscombe Albion created the shock of the day in the First Round of the League Cup, beating Premier Division Aldershot Town 3-2. Banbury Utd also defeated top flight opponents, running out 4-0 winners over Reading Town. Woodley Utd eased to a 5-0 win at City Belles and Chesham Utd Res went one better against Stony Stratford Town, netting six without reply. Locks Heath triumphed 2-1 away to Marlow and Mansfield Road won
5-1 against Reading Ladies.
In the Premier Division, Shanklin went top of the table courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Oxford City whilst Southampton Women and Wycombe Wanderers finished level at 3-3.
One match was played in Division One (Southern), Oxford Utd Res took over as leaders by winning 5-1 away to Newbury Ladies & Girls.
West Midlands League
Stafford Town progressed to the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup with a 4-1 victory over Hereford Pegasus. Kingshurst Sporting beat Stratford Town 3-2 to go through as did Bradwell Belles with a 3-1 win against Cannock.
Table toppers FC Reedswood are through in the Division One North Cup following their 5-1 success at Cottage Farm Rangers. Silverdale and Port Vale are yet to record a point in the league but both recorded Cup wins against Dudley Utd Res and Chasetown respectively. Walsall were the other winners, beating Cresswell Wanderers 2-1.
In the Division One South Cup, leaders Malvern Town were eliminated as they lost 3-2 at home to Marston Green. Ferndale defeated Redditch Utd 4-2 to join them in the quarter finals.
Solihull Ladies kept up the pace in the Premier Division with a 1-0 victory over Lichfield Diamonds, which takes them two points ahead of Leamington Lions who drew 3-3 with Wednesfield Town.
Coseley Town have taken over as leaders of Division One North following their 4-1 win away to Shifnal Harriers with Wyrley Ladies in second after they crushed Prees Raiders 14-1.
There was also a change at the top in Division One South where Knowle took over with a 3-0 victory over Fairfield Villa. Coventry Sphinx' 4-0 win against KGV has lifted them into third place.
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