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East Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Mansfield Town were eliminated from the League Cup on Sunday, beaten 5-3 by Long Eaton Utd in their First Round tie. Daventry Town meanwhile were given a scare by Lincoln Development but eventually made it through to the quarter finals with a 5-4 win. Radcliffe Olympic Res were the only team from outside the top flight to progress to the last eight, courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Ilkeston Town. The other ties were just as evenly contested with Rise Park edging out Sandiacre Town by the odd goal in seven, Shepshed Dynamo beating Arnold Town 3-1 and the match at Market Warsop going all the way to penalties before Gedling Town triumphed, the teams having shared a 1-1 draw.
In the First Round of the League Plate, Peterborough Northern Star survived a difficult tie away to Raunds Town before emerging as 4-0 winners. Steel City Wanderers netted five without reply at Appleby Froddingham thanks to a Danni Fletcher hat-trick, Lucy Smith and Sarah Smith, and Ruddington Village recorded a 7-1 success against Mansfield Town Res.
Eastern Region League
League leaders C & K Basildon were held to a 1-1 draw by Stevenage Borough. Jenny Brown-Wealls netted their goal, with Stevenage replying through Cara Breckenridge. Peterborough seized the opportunity to go level on points at the top as a Lesley-Ann Seaman double gave them a 2-1 victory over Barking and Arlesey Town are just one point adrift in third following their 3-2 success at Bedford Ladies, Sarah Tayler netting twice along with Kat Hamplova. Lisa Silverton bagged a brace and Sarah Bovington the other as Billericay Town won 3-0 away to Hethersett Athletic to go fourth and the other match saw Braintree Town and Woodbridge Town share four goals, Ella Tooley and Jodie Osbourne on target for Braintree with Woodbridge's responses coming from Amy Warnes and Rachel Gwilliam.
The withdrawal of Brandon Ladies has meant a re-calculation of the Division One North table but it has not affected Great Shelford who extended their lead to five points with a 5-1 victory over AFC Sudbury. Alison Wright netted twice along with Becky Taylor, Sophie Lanham and Sarah Gee. Second placed Norwich City Res were held to a 2-2 draw by Bungay Town despite goals from Rebecca Waters and Luci Middleton, on the scoresheet for Bungay were Lauren Purling and Michelle Stanborough. Shelley Woods and Chloe Riches scored the goals as Fakenham Town won 2-1 at Huntingdon Town to go third. Ipswich Wanderers netted seven without reply against Cambridge Women Res thanks to Kayleigh Harwood (2), Jo Welham, Charlotte Hayward, Tanya McKew, Claire Turnball and Emma Goldsmith.
Hutton took over the leadership of Division One South but only after narrowly getting the better of Chelmsford City in a titanic battle. Lucy Hudson, Danielle Cliffe and Leanne Cox all scored doubles to give Hutton a 6-5 win which takes them one point ahead of an inactive Hannakins and Sawbridgeworth Town, who beat Royston Town 4-0 with Carly Snell and Jackie Stott both hitting braces. Laura Brooks bagged a hat-trick with Elizabeth Anderson, Helena Martin and Georgia Box also on target for Colchester Town in their 6-0 victory over Hoddesdon Owls. Improving Haringey Borough stormed to a 5-1 success at Baldock Town thanks to Michelle Thomas (2), Annika Quartey, Nicole Houston and Erika Vareckova whilst East Thurrock Utd defeated Leverstock Green 5-4, Amy Leach netting twice with the others coming from Kerry Mills, Jodie Sweeney and Louise Webb.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town moved to the top of the Premier Division via a 3-0 victory over Wandgas. They lead by a point from Chichester City, 5-1 winners away to Boreham Wood, and previous leaders Westfield who were held to a 1-1 draw by Crawley Wasps. Hemel Hempstead are in fourth following their 2-1 win against Maidstone Town. East Preston and Panthers battled out a 1-1 draw and Denham Utd were 1-0 victors over AFC Wimbledon.
There was also a change of leadership in Division One (London) where MSA Ladies went top by scoring seven without reply past Tottenham Hotspur Res. Fulham Compton OB are in second, just above previous table toppers Brentford after narrowly winning their clash 1-0. Hampstead are close at hand in fourth place following their 5-1 success away to Knaphill Wanderers. Kikk Utd defeated Luton Town Res 4-1 to keep up their unbeaten start whilst Kent Magpies won for the first time, 2-1 against Carshalton Athletic.
North East League
Only two points now cover the top six teams in the table with Hessle Town holding on to first place despite losing yet another high scoring game, 4-3 against Castleford White Rose. Barnsley are in second on goal difference following their 3-2 victory over St Francis 2000, Laura Humphries scoring twice and Jess Burton the other. Hull City and Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, for whom Lucy Ridley scored, finished level at 1-1 whilst York City pushed themselves in amongst the leading pack by beating Guiseley 2-1. Tania Marsden (2), Deryn Ahmed and Jen Pearson netted the goals as Sheffield Utd Community inflicted a first defeat on Whitley Bay, beating them 4-2, whilst Scunthorpe Utd were 1-0 winners over Peterlee Town.
Birtley Phoenix further extended their lead in the Northern Division, going six points clear with a 4-1 victory over Teesside Sport Ladies, with Whitley Bay Res beating Brandon Utd 5-4 to go second. Tynedale received a setback as they were beaten for the first time, 3-2 by California Ladies, and Durham City ran out 4-0 winners over Lumley.
In the Southern Division, Lepton Highlanders defeated Ossett Albion 8-0 to maintain their lead of three points at the top from Keepmoat Stadium, who went second with a 6-4 victory against Wakefield Res. Malet Lambert YC beat Goole Town 3-1 to go into third place, just ahead of Rothwell Town who lost their unbeaten record in a 2-1 reverse at home to Kirklees. Bradford City A leapfrogged AFC Preston and out of the bottom two by beating them 1-0.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Chorley were not in action on Sunday and saw their advantage trimmed to two points by Blackpool who beat Crewe Alexandra 4-0. Northwich Vixens' 3-2 success at Preston North End has taken them third, just ahead of Tranmere Rovers who were 2-1 winners over Denton Town. At the other end of the table, Wigan Athletic claimed their first victory of the season when beating Bury Girls & Ladies 3-0.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Morecambe who beat Blackpool Wren Rovers 3-2 to take over as the new leaders. Penrith AFC won 4-1 at Carlisle to go second, heading a trio of clubs on goal difference. Padiham were also 4-1 winners away to Southport Birkdale and occupy third place, while Springfields (Preston) defeated Warrington Town 3-2.
Manchester University won 2-0 against Manchester Stingers to maintain their lead of three points at the top of Division One South from Macclesfield Town, who beat Mossley Hill Res 5-4. Birkenhead and City of Manchester remain just off the pace after cancelling each other out in a 1-1 draw. Brazil made it four wins on the trot when beating Winsford 4-1 and Liverpool Feds Res were 5-3 victors away to AFC Liverpool. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and it was AFC Urmston Meadowside who were 5-0 winners over Glossop North End.
South West League
The top two in the Premier Division remain neck and neck after both sides notched up their eighth successive victories on Sunday. Exeter City continue to hold on to top spot after a Lola Sanchez double gave them a 2-0 win at Stoke Lane Athletic whilst Larkhall Athletic defeated Cheltenham Town 5-1 thanks to a four-goal haul from Kate German and a Kelly Cripps penalty. Salisbury City are keeping up the chase in third place, they won 3-1 against Bristol Ladies Union with goals from Nicky Barns, Taz Pitman and Kerry Leigh. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season as Lisa Fletcher and Zoe Youren both scored to give them a 2-1 win over Marine Academy (Plymouth).
Eastern Division One leaders Cirencester Town went down to their first defeat of the season, 3-0 to second placed Forest Green Rovers Res for whom Charley Cooney netted a double and Sarah Carlisle the other. Downend Flyers are a further point adrift in third after first half strikes from Laura Baker, Kate Michaels and Mel Pickering gave them a 3-0 victory over Cleeve West Town. Nailsea Utd's good run has taken them into the top four, they won 3-0 at Blandford Utd thanks to Kate Liddington, Lindsay Pilgrim and Charlotte Savage. Poole Town and Bridgwater Town finished goalless whilst Bishop's Lydeard were 4-3 victors at Swindon Supermarine, goals coming from Jemma Bowker, Amy Walkman, Rosie Harper and Natalie Poole. Cam Bulldogs moved off the bottom after a Kirsty Brown hat-trick earned them a 3-1 win against Swindon Spitfires.
In Western Division One, table toppers Launceston also suffered a defeat, going down to a surprise
3-1 reverse at home to Callington Town for whom Sasha Cameron (2) and Jodie Shipton were on the scoresheet. They stay three points clear as Bude Town also lost, 4-1 at Stoke Gabriel whose goals came from Laura Plant, Rhiannon Bailey, Alex Sheppard and Kat Marment. Katy Barker netted twice and Laura-Beth Haggis the other as Falmouth Town were 3-2 winners over Roche whilst Taunton Town picked up their first point in a 1-1 draw with Dobwalls, Hannah Forse scoring their goal with Beth Morley replying.
Southern Region League
Shanklin stay three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 4-3 away to Launton. Oxford Utd scored seven without reply away to Southampton Women to stay hard on their heels as did Bracknell Town with a 3-2 victory over Woodley Utd. Maidenhead Utd moved into the top four on the back of a 4-0 win against Reading Ladies. Emma North scored a penalty and Jade Ferguson a late winner for Aldershot Town as they beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 while Andover New Street and Oxford City each picked up their first point when sharing a 1-1 draw.
In Division One (Northern), Mansfield Road defeated Chesham Utd Res 3-0 to stay two points ahead of Banbury Utd who were 7-1 winners over Oxford Utd Res. City Belles meanwhile drew 2-2 with Beaconsfield SYCOB who registered their first point.
Oxford Utd Res continue to set the pace in Division One (Southern), they beat Marlow 4-2 and still lead on goal difference from Basingstoke Town who scored five without reply away to Newbury Ladies & Girls. Boscombe Albion remain three points behind in third place after their 4-2 victory over Reading Ladies.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies have opened up a lead of four points in the Premier Division following their 4-0 win away to Wednesfield Town. Leamington Lions meanwhile maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-2 success at Stratford Town. Allscott edged out Kingshurst Sporting 2-1 whilst Bradwell Belles defeated Kidderminster Harriers 4-2.
Wyrley Ladies have taken over at the top of Division One North, their 5-0 victory over Prees Raiders seeing them move ahead of FC Reedswood who were beaten 4-1 by third placed Walsall. Dudley Utd Res are in the top four following their 8-1 win at Silverdale whilst Cresswell Wanderers ran out 4-2 winners over Chasetown. Coseley Town and Cottage Farm Rangers battled out a 2-2 draw whilst Shifnal Harriers and Port Vale also shared four goals, giving Vale their first point.
The top six teams in Division One South are level on points following Sunday's matches! Malvern Town, who did not play, still lead on goal difference with Coventry Development, 4-0 winners over Fairfield Villa, in second place. B & WM Police made it three straight wins when defeating Ferndale 3-2 and Marston Green leapfrogged Knowle into fourth by beating them 3-0. Crusaders were also 3-0 winners against Coventry Sphinx and Redditch Utd recorded their first victory, 2-0 over KGV.
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