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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points with a 2-1 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Daventry Town defeated Market Warsop 3-0 and are up into second, climbing above Peterborough Northern Star who were held to a 3-3 draw by Gedling Town.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One North but it is Retford Utd who are the new leaders after beating Lincoln Development 4-2. Steel City Wanderers are in second place, level on points with Retford, as Sarah Smith, Bex Gregory and Danielle Harrison gave them a 3-0 win at West Bridgford. Rolls Royce Leisure had started the day as leaders but they were beaten for the first time, 3-0 at home by Nettleham. Arnold Town edged out Grimsby Town by the odd goal in seven and Appleby Froddingham went one better themselves, netting eight without reply past Mansfield Town Res.
In Division One South, Raunds Town ran out 3-0 winners over Ilkeston Town to open up a lead of two points over AFC Trinity, who shared a 1-1 draw with Loughborough Students Res in the other game played.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon have edged two points clear in the Premier Division after doubles from Angela Arnold and Charlie Dolby, plus a Carly Eagles strike gave them a 5-0 victory over Woodbridge Town. Peterborough stay second after drawing 2-2 with Billericay Town, Lesley-Ann Seaman netting both their goals with Billericay replying through Kerry Oldham and Nicola Dunsdon. Bedford Ladies moved up the table as they ran out 7-1 winners away to Braintree Town, Natasha Fensome bagging herself a six-goal haul with Lauren Prior adding the other. In the other game, Barking and Stevenage Borough battled out a goalless draw.
Division One North leaders Great Shelford netted six without reply against Fakenham Town, Becky Taylor and Sophie Lanham each scoring twice along with Alison Wright and Alison Burd. Luci Middleton and Jennifer Harrison were on target as Norwich City Res went second by beating Huntingdon Town
2-1. Tanya McKew bagged a hat-trick as Ipswich Wanderers won 9-0 away to Brandon Ladies. Georgina Tricker, Claire Ellis, Jo Welham, Claire Turnbull and Emma Goldsmith joined her on the scoresheet. Jodie Sharpe (2) and Charlotte Warren netted the goals as AFC Sudbury won 3-0 away to Cambridge Women Res and Bungay Town defeated Taverham thanks to a Michelle Stanborough hat-trick and Leonie Daulby.
Hannakins are the new leaders of Division One South following their 4-2 win at Royston Town. Grace Clark scored twice with Kierra Gabriel and Megan Murrell adding the others. Sawbridgeworth Town had begun the day on top but they were beaten for the first time, 2-1 at Colchester Town whose goals came from Lauren Richardson and Laura Brooks. Chelmsford City crashed 6-1 at East Thurrock Utd whilst Baldock Town were 4-1 victors over Hoddesdon Owls thanks to Michelle Smith (2), Eustacia Randles and Fiona Harris. Julia Carruthers hit a hat-trick as Haringey Borough won 5-0 at Leverstock Green, Eleftheria Taladiandy and Carrie-Ann Layton were also on target.
London & South East League
Westfield defeated Boreham Wood 2-0 to stay one point clear at the top of the Premier Division from Eastbourne Town, who were 3-2 winners over AFC Wimbledon. Chichester City won 3-1 against Hemel Hempstead to keep well in touch as did Crawley Wasps with a 3-0 victory over East Preston. Panthers beat Wandgas 2-1 and Denham Utd moved into mid-table by beating Maidstone Town 2-0.
Brentford kept up their good start to the season and they went two points ahead at the top of Division One (London) by winning their top of the table clash 2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur Res. MSA Ladies are now in second place after a 6-0 success away to Knaphill Wanderers. The honours were shared in the other two games, Fulham Compton OB and Garston battling out a 3-3 draw whilst Kent Magpies and Hampstead finished level at 1-1.
North East League
A 3-2 victory over Guiseley has taken Hull City back to the top of the Premier Division. They lead by a point from Hessle Town, 3-2 winners at Scunthorpe Utd, and Barnsley who beat Sheffield Utd Community 2-1 thanks to Rachel Petyt and Sue Elrington. Castleford White Rose defeated St Francis 2000 7-3 and Sheffield Utd Junior Blades were 4-3 victors at York City with Katie Waymouth, Lindsey Thackery, Lucy Ridley and Laura Watton all on target.
Birtley Phoenix have opened up a five point lead in the Northern Division with a 4-0 victory away to California Ladies. Their two nearest challengers, Redcar Athletic and Tynedale, met each other at Tynedale and shared six goals. Norton & Stockton Ancients edged out Whitley Bay Res 1-0 to go fourth and Brandon Utd won for the first time, 3-1 against Lumley.
In the Southern Division, Rothwell Town drew 2-2 away to Ossett Albion and saw their lead reduced to a single point by Lepton Highlanders, who triumphed 6-2 at AFC Preston. Third placed Malet Lambert YC also drew, 1-1 with Wetherby Athletic. Kirklees defeated Keepmoat Stadium and honours were also shared as the match between Wakefield Res and Bradford City A ended 1-1.
North West League
Chorley's perfect start continues and their 1-0 win away to Tranmere Rovers keep them five points clear of Blackpool who scored seven without reply against Chester City. Crewe Alexandra are in third following their 2-2 draw with Preston North End. Denton Town are up into fourth place after returning from Northwich Vixens with a 5-1 victory. Burnley Girls & Ladies drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic and remain unbeaten whilst Bury Girls & Ladies climbed off the bottom by beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1.
Blackpool Wren Rovers won 4-3 at Carlisle to stay top of Division One North on goal difference from Morecambe, who were 4-1 victors over Southport Birkdale. Three teams remain unbeaten and all recorded victories, Penrith AFC beating Springfields (Preston) 9-1, Padiham recorded a 5-1 success away to Warrington Town and Bolton Lads & Girls won 6-4 against Leigh RMI.
Manchester University defeated Liverpool Feds Res 4-0 to take over as the new leaders of Division One South from Macclesfield Town, who drew 2-2 with Manchester Stingers. Birkenhead are a point behind in third place following their 4-1 victory at Winsford. Mossley Hill Res lead the chasing teams after scoring eight times past Glossop North End, City of Manchester were narrow 3-2 winners at AFC Liverpool and improving Brazil beat AFC Urmston Meadowside 12-1.
South West League
Exeter City held on to the leadership of the Premier Division as goals from Naomi Wilkins and Catherine Wright gave them a 2-0 win away to Salisbury City. Larkhall Athletic also made it six wins out of six when they defeated Frome Town 5-2. Katie German netted twice for the Larks along with Emily Harrington, Carly Bryant and Katie Ransome. Bristol Ladies Union moved up into fourth on the back of a 2-0 success at Oldland Abbotonians, Sarah White and Katie Corkhill grabbing their goals. A solitary goal from Emma Acott earned Weymouth a 1-0 victory over Marine Academy (Plymouth) whilst Stoke Lane Athletic won for the first time, 4-0 at Cheltenham Town thanks to a Faye Slade hat-trick and Jessica Morgan.
There was a change of leadership in Eastern Division One with Cirencester Town going top of the table by beating Cam Bulldogs 4-1. Elle Maynard, Susie Berry, Poppy Best and Caz Dowdeswell netted the goals for Ciren. Previous leaders Forest Green Rovers Res went down to a 3-0 defeat at Downend Flyers, who climb above them into second courtesy of strikes from Kate Michaels, Carly Corcoran and Laura Baker. Cleeve West Town are just three points off the pace after a Natasha Crew double gave them a 2-1 win over Poole Town whilst Kate Liddington, Holly Savage and Rachael Illingworth were on target for Nailsea Utd in their 3-0 victory over Swindon Supermarine. Bishop's Lydeard moved closer to a mid-table position following their 4-2 win against Blandford Utd in which Jade Brammall, Natasha Stephens, Rosie Harper and Hannah Thompson all found the net. Swindon Spitfires claimed their first victory, 2-1 over Bridgwater Town thanks to a brace from Emily Sparkes.
Launceston have taken up the pace in Western Division One and have gone three points clear after winning 4-0 at Charlestown. Gemma Sanders netted twice for the new leaders along with Fiona Stevenson and Jill Haines. Second placed Bude Town meanwhile drew 6-6 in an amazing match with Roche. Jodie Smith bagged a hat-trick for Roche along with Ellie Brown, Stacey Newnes and an own goal, Bude replying through Tegan Nichols (2), Sarah Badham (2), Amanda Bickle and Leona Marsh. Alex Sheppard netted twice and Jazz Hervin the other as Stoke Gabriel defeated Dobwalls 3-0 to go fourth, just behind Falmouth Town who went down 2-0 to Callington Town, Sasha Cameron scoring both goals. Morley Rangers meanwhile won 8-2 away to Taunton Town, Chynna Evans leading the scoring with four along with a Georgina May hat-trick and Clare Thomas.
Southern Region League
Shanklin continue to set the early pace in the Premier Division and they maintained their lead of three points by winning 4-1 away to Andover New Street. Bracknell Town scored nine without reply against Reading Town to move into second, ahead of Oxford Utd who were 3-0 victors at Aldershot Town. Maidenhead Utd's 10-1 win over Launton has lifted them into fourth, ahead of Southampton Women and Woodley Utd who shared a 1-1 draw. Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile registered their first victory,
2-1 against Oxford City.
The top three in Division One (Northern) all recorded victories on Sunday, Banbury Utd holding on to top spot by defeating Chesham Utd Res 4-1. Mansfield Road were 6-0 winners over Oxford City Blues and Stony Stratford Town beat Beaconsfield SYCOB 3-2.
Oxford Utd Res have opened up a lead of three points in Division One (Southern) after winning 4-2 away to Locks Heath. Boscombe Albion's 6-0 victory at Newbury Ladies & Girls has taken them into third and Reading Ladies won for the first time, 3-2 against Marlow.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies drew 1-1 with fellow unbeaten side Leamington Lions on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to a single point by Cannock, 5-1 winners over Bradwell Belles, and Hereford Pegasus who beat Allscott 5-2. Lichfield Diamonds won 4-2 at Wednesfield Town to move back into the top half whilst Stratford Town defeated Kidderminster Harriers 6-0.
Wyrley Ladies are the new leaders of Division One North following a 7-1 victory over Port Vale, on goal difference from FC Reedswood who were 4-0 winners at Prees Raiders. Walsall defeated Cresswell Wanderers 2-0 to go third, just ahead of Coseley Town who went down 5-2 at Chasetown. Shifnal Harriers won 3-2 against Dudley Utd Res and the game between Silverdale and Cottage Farm Rangers finished level at 2-2.
Malvern Town took over at the top of Division One South with a 4-1 victory over KGV. Coventry Sphinx joined the leading teams as they were narrow 1-0 winners in their local derby with Coventry Development. Marston Green won for the first time, 3-2 against Ferndale, whilst Redditch Utd and Fairfield Villa drew 1-1.
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